Coronavirus Timeline


Art posted with permission from JungHyun Lee.


1/20 first case of coronavirus in the U.S. (New England Journal of Medicine)

Accolade staff reporter Hannah Kim compiled this timeline. Accolade staff writer Hope Li, feature editor Lira Jeong and sports editors Annie Bang and Andrew Ngo also contributed to this timeline. This timeline will be updated at least once per day to reflect any updates. Last updated: 


  • 4:25 p.m. FJUHSD (Scambray) sends out coronavirus update (


  • 8:00 p.m. Southern California cancels Science Olympiad state competition (
  • 10:03 p.m. USC will test online classes next week (LA Times)
  • 10:37 p.m. Stanford University moves classes online (LA Times)
  • Seattle schools have closed (LA Times
  • 10:53 p.m. 71 students from Murrieta Valley Unified School District under self-quarantine (Murrieta Valley USD Facebook, LA Times)


  • 8:55 a.m. E3 Convention canceled (see @E3 on Twitter), would have been June 9-11 in LA (LA Times)
  • 9:16 a.m. WHO makes coronavirus officially a pandemic (NPR)
  • 3:00 p.m. National Science Olympiad tournament canceled, was to be held in NC State U May 15-16 (
  • 4:21 p.m. SCJEA writeoffs canceled (OCJEA)
  • 6:14 p.m. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus (LA Times)
  • 6:17 p.m. President Trump has Oval Office coronavirus address (ABC 10)
  • 6:40 p.m. NBA suspends season immediately because a Utah Jazz player tests positive for corona (LA Times)
  • 6:40 p.m. The White House announces Europe travel ban that will go into effect 3/13 at midnight (Twitter @WhiteHouse)
  • 7:06 p.m. LAUSD bans spectators, large gatherings (LA Times)
  • 7:25 p.m. Dr. Scambray’s sends letter about the parent who was allegedly in contact with a coworker who tested positive for corona (
    • 12:30 p.m. The District found out
  • SH IB teachers tested Zoom and Google Meet


  • 8:33 a.m. Gavin Newsom says gatherings with 250+ people should be canceled or rescheduled through March (Twitter,
  • 9:06 a.m. CIF State cancels state basketball championship games (Twitter,
  • 10:01 a.m. Universal Pictures delays “F9” release from May 22 to April 2, 2021 (LA Times)
  • 10:34 a.m. Garden Grove Unified School District suspends all athletics indefinitely, several other Orange County school districts follow.
  • 1:27 p.m. Disneyland, Disney World closed from 3/14-31 (
  • 1:55 p.m. Scambray sends another FJUHSD email about canceling field trips, events and holding sports without spectators (
    • 3/13 ASB assembly canceled
    • 3/18 COFA Quad Show canceled
  • 3:23 p.m. Disney postpones “Mulan,” “New Mutants,” and “Antlers” (LA Times)
  • 4:07 p.m. NCAA championships canceled (
  • 6:01 p.m. Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Huntington Beach UHSD postponed sports games indefinitely (LA Times)
  • 8:48 p.m. Canada’s PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tests positive for corona
  • BP High School Art Show Awards Ceremony canceled (
  • Tustin Unified surveys parents on school closure (OC Register)
  • SH teachers talked to students about remote learning devices Zoom, Google Meet
  • LAUSD suspended athletics
  • Orange Lutheran HS canceled school


  • 9:04 a.m. LAUSD to close campuses starting March 16 (LA Times, LAist)
  • 9:21 a.m. President Trump declares a national emergency
  • 12:02 p.m. Whitten sends another “Gold Standard” newsletter and talks about how we have Chromebooks so we are fully prepared
  • 1:57 p.m. FJUHSD sends email that schools will be closed from 3/16 to spring break 3/23-27. School will resume 3/30
  • 3:13 p.m. Whitten sends out an email detailing Sunny Hills’ “Distance Learning Plan.” There will be “to go style sacked lunches” available at the cafeteria. (
  • 6:00 p.m. Charter, Comcast offer 60 days of free internet service to homes with students (
  • 8:03 p.m. FJUHSD sends email summarizing what Whitten said (
  • Valencia SAT test center, Fairmont prep closed
  • Birmingham Charter, Harvard-Westlake, San Diego USD closed
  • Prom postponed


  • 10:57 a.m. Whitten sends his letter of encouragement and lets students know that he’ll try to preserve our traditions
  • 12:28 p.m. Pac-12 cancels all sports competitions for remainder of academic year (LA Times)
  • 4:41 p.m. President Trump tests negative for coronavirus
  • UCI cancels graduation ceremonies


    • 2:11 p.m. Gov. Newsom orders closure of bars, wineries and those aged 65 and over to put themselves into self-quarantine
    • 2:46 p.m. President Trump and vice president Biden call on Americans that there’s “no need for for anybody in the country to hoard supplies”
    • 2:54 p.m. Vice president Biden announces that new guidelines and recommendations will be released March 16. Travel fromUK and Ireland (non-American citizens) to be suspended


  • 2:56 p.m. USC student tests positive for coronavirus (LA Times)


    • CDC recommends no groups of 50 or more should gather for the next eight weeks (
    • 5:59 p.m. FJUHSD staff receive an email that attendance starts Wednesday; Monday and Tuesday is a staff development day


  • 9:00 p.m. California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington close bars and restaurants ( Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti closes all Los Angeles restaurants, except for takeout and delivery



    • 10:22 a.m. UK prime minister has told Britons to avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and theatres and to only make essential journeys in the “national fightback” against corona in first daily update (


  • 11:35 a.m. San Francisco orders resident to go on lockdown
  • 12:33 p.m. Trump asks for gatherings to be limited to 10 people. (15 Days to Slow the Spread) (


    • 2:49 p.m. Palos Verdes HS student tests positive for coronavirus (LA Times)


  • 8:13 p.m. Archdiocese of L.A. suspends in-person masses, but will hold livestreams (LA Times)
  • 9:15 p.m. CA Gov. Gavin Newsom in a Facebook Live asks restaurants to close. 3/15 He said they could remain open if patrons were six or more feet apart. (LA Times)



  • 4:00 a.m. Ontario declares state of emergency (CBCNews
  • 11:25 a.m. White House plans to send cash payments to Americans to stop economic free fall by virus (Washington Post