The latest coronavirus updates: Sunday, March 29, 2020

Posted at 11:14 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 18:28:23-04

All of the updates on the coronavirus and the incredible impact it's having on our lives can be hard to keep up with. To help you keep up, we'll post this daily blog on our homepage. You can find all of our stories, and a map of Ohio cases, on our coronavirus page.

6:27 PM
President Donald Trump says his administration is extending their guidelines on social distancing until April 30, after stating the COVID-19 death rate in the U.S. would likely hit a peak in two weeks. More here.

6:16 PM
The desperate search for drugs, which may help fight the coronavirus, is now causing a growing shortage of a drug that is crucial for patients suffering from lupus and arthritis. More here.

6:14 PM
With COVID-19 concerns causing many to panic-buy items at the grocery store, getting the essentials might end up a struggle for many shoppers. That’s how one web developer got the idea for a new website to help shoppers out. More here.

5:30 PM
The Coronavirus Task Force held a press conference at the White House Sunday evening, as the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. increase to more than 136,000.

3:40 PM
Summit County Public Health released an update to its COVID-19 numbers Sunday. More here.

3:11 PM
An 80-year-old woman is Lorain County's first death from coronavirus complications. More here.

2:52 PM
On Sunday during his daily press conference, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made yet another plea to the Food and Drug Administration to approve the machine that could sanitize much-needed N-95 respirator masks that are critical now more than ever with the COVID-19 pandemic at hand. More here.

2:12 PM
In a daily update on coronavirus cases, the Ohio Department of Health confirms there are now 1,653 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 247 over the previous day. More here.

1:54 PM
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will give an update on COVID-19 Sunday afternoon.
You can watch in the player below at 2 p.m.

10:34 AM
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized Columbus-based Battelle to sterilize only 10,000 surgical masks in Ohio each day, despite their ability to sterilize up to 160,000 masks per day in Ohio alone. More here.

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