BREAKING: BLOOMBERG: Treasury secretary warned senators that unemployment could reach 20%

The Bloomberg report notes

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin raised the possibility with Republican senators that U.S. unemployment could rise to 20% without government intervention because of the impact of the coronavirus, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mnuchin discussed the scenario with the lawmakers on Tuesday as he proposed an economic stimulus of $1 trillion or more.

FLASH (2x UPDATED): Pittsburgh journalist reporting RMU/SFU basketball game officiated by referee who has coronavirus

2nd Update: RMU has sent an email to the full campus community. It states

The Northeast Conference informed Robert Morris University today (March 17) that an official who worked the NEC men’s basketball championship game played March 10 at the UPMC Events Center has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

After consulting with the team’s UPMC physician, the university is notifying those most likely to have been in close contact with the official. Because the game took place seven days ago, and symptoms are most likely to occur within five to seven days, all are deemed to be at low risk for infection. They should, however, monitor themselves for the next seven days for symptoms that include:


Dry cough

Shortness of breath

Anyone who has these symptoms should contact their personal care physician or the UPMC MyHealth 24/7 Nurse Line (for UPMC Health Plan members) at 1-866-918-1591 or go to the UPMC

Update: Here’s the link to the full story

(FULL DISCLOSURE: Chris is a former student of mine.)

ORIGINAL POST: This tweet comes from Chris Mueller:

One member of the NCAA officiating crew that called the @necbbt championship between @RMUMBasketball and @RedFlashMBB has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)