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BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Wednesday, March 18

Posted: 10:52 AM, Mar 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 05:26:58-04
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FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Wednesday, March 18. For today's updates, visit www.abcactionnews.com/virus. Don't forget we are in this together!


10:30 PM
A patient tests positive for coronavirus at Tampa General Hospital.

10:00 PM
Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, becomes the second member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus.

8:45 PM
Tyrone Square Mall is shutting down temporarily in wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

7:15 PM
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R.-Fla.) becomes the first member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus.

6:15 PM
City votes to shut down Clearwater Beach starting March 23 at 6 a.m.

6:00 PM
14 new positive cases of COVID-19 brings Florida's total to 328, according to Florida Department of Health.

4:30 PM
City of Tampa closes all beaches

4:15 PM
Diocese of St. Petersburg temporarily suspends all public masses until further notice.

4:03 PM
Dow Jones industrials sink 1,300 points, or 6.3%, erasing nearly all of their gains since President Trump's inauguration.

3:00 PM
City of Bradenton declares a local state of emergency.

1:45 PM
Stock trading is halted for the fourth time this month as S&P 500 drops 7%

12:00 PM

11:25 AM
98 new positive cases announced, bringing total of cases in Florida to 314

10:40 AM
Ikea announces they will temporarily close all U.S. stores, including their store in Tampa

CORONAVIRUS CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA

10:00 AM
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister announced the immediate suspension of evictions in the county.

9:50 AM
U.S. and Canada agree to temporarily close the border separating the countries

9:00 AM
Target reducing hours and all stores will be closed by 9 p.m. daily


Important updates from Tuesday, March 17


COMPLETE COVERAGE OF CORONAVIRUS