Health officials in California, Oregon and Washington reported three new cases of coronavirus with no travel history to China or known exposure to carriers, adding to concerns that the virus is spreading in communities.17
A Trump administration policy is dramatically limiting the time migrants have to prove they should be granted asylum or be sent back home, a move immigration lawyers say circumvents due process and breaks the law.135
The spread of coronavirus world-wide has intensified efforts to prepare for a U.S. outbreak, with hospitals straining to increase capacity to handle an influx of contagious patients and local governments mulling closures.
California’s mountain snowpack is about half its normal level, raising fears of a renewed drought after a string of mostly wet years. State water officials named climate change as a possible culprit.165
The White House is taking steps to better coordinate messaging on the coronavirus outbreak, instructing senior officials to seek approval from Vice President Mike Pence’s office before speaking publicly about the epidemic, according to people familiar with the directive.