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California Public Venues, Schools Close To Stop Virus Spread

Michele Smith
AP Photo
This photo provided by Michele Smith, shows an empty dining center on the Grand Princess cruise ship Friday, March 6, 2020, off the California coast

A cruise ship hit by the new coronavirus and headed to the port of Oakland, California, will remain in international waters for at least another day as officials work on plans to transport American passengers to military bases around the country and repatriate international ones. Gov. Gavin Newsom says the crew will be quarantined and treated aboard the ship, which will dock elsewhere. The Grand Princess had been forbidden to dock in San Francisco amid evidence that the vessel was the breeding ground for a cluster of nearly 20 cases that resulted in at least one death after a previous voyage. The U.S. death toll from the virus is at 21.

A family member of a student in the Elk Grove Unified School District was diagnosed with COVID-19, and the district decided to shut down for the next week. In San Francisco, a family member of a student at Lowell High School was diagnosed as well; that school closed mid-day on Thursday and will remain closed through at least Monday.