A coronaviral pandemic has swept the nation, killing more than 300,000 people and destroying homes and businesses.
The outbreak has been traced back to the Disneyland Resort in California, but officials have struggled to explain how it emerged, where it originated, and how widespread the spread is.
Here’s a look at some key developments in the outbreak: • The Disneyland virus outbreak has now killed more than 30,000 Americans and sickened nearly 30,500, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday.
• The coronaviruses that have infected nearly 30 people have also killed more Americans than the two previous cases.
The Disneyland outbreak has infected at least 17 people in the U.S., including an elderly woman in her 70s who died after she contracted the virus while visiting her family in Texas.
• Disneyland officials are calling for visitors to stay away from Disneyland theme parks, the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland California, and Disneyland California Resort in Anaheim, California, as well as Disneyland in Anaheim County, California.
• On Thursday, the first Disneyland virus case was reported in the state of Louisiana, which is just west of New Orleans.
Officials there say that a man with a history of mental health issues was visiting a friend in Louisiana when he developed symptoms of the coronavetic poliovirus.
The man had been staying at the Disney theme park.
Authorities have not released any information about his illness.
• Officials in Illinois are also warning residents to stay indoors and away from areas with a high concentration of the virus, including parks and tourist attractions.
The governor of the state, Rod Blagojevich, announced Thursday that a state-sponsored lockdown will begin on Monday, July 12, in order to stop the spread of the pandemic.