Live Blog: Coronavirus impacts events across the US


March 16 – 9:50 a.m. – There are now 22 confirmed cases in Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Department of Health website.

March 16 – 8:30 a.m. – WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is postponing arguments for late March and early April because of the coronavirus, including fights over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records.

Other business will go on as planned, including the justices’ private conference on Friday and the release of orders in a week’s time. Some justices may participate by telephone, the court said in a statement.

Six of the nine justices are 65 and older, at higher risk of getting very sick from the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87, and Stephen Breyer, 81, are the oldest members of the court.

There is no new date set for the postponed arguments. the building has been closed to the public since last week.

The only other time the 85-year-old court building was closed for arguments was in October 2001, when anthrax was detected in the court mailroom. That led the justices to hold arguments in the federal courthouse about a half mile from the Supreme Court,

Within a week and after a thorough cleaning, the court reopened.

In 1918, when the court still met inside the Capitol, arguments were postponed for a month because of the flu pandemic. In the nation’s early years, in August 1793 and August 1798, adjustments were made because of yellow fever outbreaks, the court said.

March 14- 6:48 p.m.- All 12 presumptive cases of the coronavirus in Arkansas are now confirmed, according to the Arkansas Department of Health’s website.

March 14 12:34 p.m. – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, will provide an update at 1:30 p.m.

March 14 – 12:00 p.m. – The White House has announced the U.S. will broaden its European travel ban, adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to its list. 

March 13- 1:32 p.m.- Governor Asa Hutchinson announces there are three new presumptive cases. Two of those are a couple and the other is of unknown origin and that’s of concern, says Gov. Hutchinson. The total number of presumptive cases in Arkansas is now 9.

March 13- 11:10 a.m.- Governor Asa Hutchinson and Dr. Nathaniel Smith, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health, will provide an update to media at 1:30 this afternoon regarding Arkansas’s coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

March 13- 10:59 a.m.- Shorter College: Full-time faculty and staff will report to work during normal operating hours. Faculty will also adhere to regularly scheduled office hours. Professors and instructors will communicate with students via email and Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) starting March 13, 2020. During this time, students are required to complete assignments within the allotted time. All student events are canceled until further notice. Classes are scheduled to resume on March 30, 2020.

March 13- 10:37 a.m.- President Trump announced he will hold a news conference today at 2 p.m. CT regarding the Coronavirus epidemic.

President Donald Trump speaks in an address to the nation from the Oval Office at the White House about the coronavirus Wednesday, March, 11, 2020, in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

March 13- 10:11 a.m.- Employees in all Walmart corporate offices will begin working remotely through at least Friday, April 3 in response to the spread of the coronavirus, Walmart President & CEO Doug McMillon announced on Friday.

People shop at the Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were murdered last August. Department of Justice are expected to announce Thursday that the suspected shooter Patrick Crusius will be charged with federal hate crimes, in addition to the state capital murder charges he already faces. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

March 13- 9:54 a.m.- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – With area schools closed due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the City of Little Rock is working with the Little Rock School District and other partner agencies to provide meals to all students in Little Rock.

On Friday, any Little Rock area students, regardless of where they are enrolled, will be able to pick up a lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at most LRSD schools. Starting Friday, parents will be able to visit or to find the nearest school providing meals.

March 13- 9:07 a.m.- The Augusta National Golf Club has announced the postponing of The Masters Golf Tournament as well as the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals.

March 13- 8:48 a.m.- Wall Street rallied on Friday, bouncing firmly back after the worst day for markets since the Black Monday crash in 1987.

FILE – This Jan. 31, 2020, file photo shows a Wall Street sign in front of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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