Darius Turner Contributing Writer
Covid-19 has struck thousands of US citizens locally and nationally. As of Monday, March 24th, Covid-19-19 has expanded and continued to work its way through our nation. This brings the total case number to 875 positive tested cases in the state of CT. There have been 19 deaths and 54 hospitalizations according to Governor Lamont. There have been thousands of tests conducted following Covid-19 statewide and all across the US. As of Monday, March 23rd 2020 there were 4,500 tests that were conducted statewide. Not only is this major epidemic affecting people but it is also affecting major events and sporting events. Most importantly it is affecting education, as all public schools, colleges, and universities are rapidly closing due to the coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, March 24th, two people in Branford, CT have tested positive for Covid-19. The patients were identified as a male and a female between the ages 63 and 70. The UCONN Health center has finally begun to conduct its tests for Covid-19. Health officials say that patients who wish to be tested will need to bring an order from their doctor. Worldwide, more than 423,000 people are infected and there have been more than 18,000 deaths. More than 108,000 people have recovered so far, mostly in China said officials.
As of March 25th, Governor Lamont states that there are 875 cases of Covid-19, 106 hospitalized and 19 deaths. He also states that the majority of the fatalities are over the age of 75. New York state saw its case total hit 26,348 by Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 271. New York City has more than 15,500 cases alone, adding another more than 3,000 since Monday as its death toll surged to at least 192. The five boroughs now account for 60 percent of the state’s total, and about 35 percent of all cases in America. (NBC N.Y. News) Officials in New York also say that they will need over 110,000 hospital beds. According to the federal government, they have sent supplies such as masks, gowns and another 400 ventilators that arrived in New York this week.
As Covid-19 continues to make its way through our nation, it has had a major impact on sports and athletes. At the rate that the coronavirus is spreading, it has caused all high school sports to cancel including the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Major league and minor league sports have suspended their seasons, and won’t resume until further notice. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were canceled as well as all spring sports.
Following the spread of the virus, there were two players of the NBA who tested positive for the coronavirus. The players were Marcus Smart who plays for the Boston Celtics and Kevin Durant who plays for the Brooklyn Nets. Also a member of the Denver Nuggets organization tested positive for the virus on March 19th. It was not fully clear whether the person was a player but he was tested on March 16 and also experienced symptoms. Due to Covid-19, it has also forced officials to cancel the summer olympics that were set to take place in Tokyo this summer that will have now been postponed until next summer. Although we are all unsure of when events will resume, we hope and pray to overcome Covid-19 and fight through this challenging time.