Employee at Nationwide office in Des Moines tests positive for coronavirus
Des Moines Register: A Des Moines employee of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has tested positive for the coronavirus, the company announced today. Spokesman Joe Case said in a statement that other employees who were in touch with the infected worker have been alerted and are in self-quarantine. The affected employee is receiving treatment and “recovering well,” Case said. The office was cleaned Thursday night, he said.

Feds label Deere & Co. ‘essential critical infrastructure’

Quad-City Times: Deere & Co. continues operations, with some changes, as it was labeled essential critical infrastructure this week. That federal designation came from President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That means Deere workers, amid COVID-19’s spread, have a special responsibility to maintain their normal work schedule, according to a statement released by the company.

Illinois governor issues order requiring residents to ‘stay at home’ starting Saturday
Chicago Tribune: llinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker today issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state starting Saturday at 5 p.m. through April 7. Residents can still go to the grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and make pharmacy runs, the governor said. 

N.Y. governor orders all nonessential workers to stay home
CNN: All workers in nonessential businesses across New York state are required to stay home in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today. The executive order takes effect Sunday evening, Cuomo said, and comes a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home. The two states have a combined population of nearly 59 million people, meaning the two orders affect nearly 1 in 5 Americans.

Stocks close down, log worst week since 2008
CNN Business: U.S. stocks ended today’s session lower, although the losses were more contained than they have been in previous weeks. Even so, it was the worst weekly performance for all three major stock indexes since October 2008. The Dow closed 913 points, or 4.6%, lower, dropping 17.3% this week. The index has now erased all of the gains accumulated during the Trump administration.

– U.S. border with Mexico to close to nonessential travel (Iowa Public Radio)
– U.S. home sales hit 13-year high; coronavirus disruption looms (Reuters