Schools Shut in Seattle Area as Coronavirus Spreads

New York, Illinois and other states report new cases as tech companies in Seattle urge employees to work from home

California ordered the Grand Princess cruise ship to stay back from the coast until all people aboard get tested for the coronavirus after at least one former passenger from a recent cruise died of the virus. Photo: California National Guard

2020欧洲杯APPA suburban Seattle school district launched the farthest-reaching school closures in the U.S. Thursday in an attempt to contain the coronavirus, directing more than 23,500 students to stay home for up to two weeks in a last-resort step that districts across the country are considering.

The number of deaths in Washington state rose to 11 Thursday and confirmed cases jumped to 70 from 39 a day earlier, prompting companies including Microsoft Corp., Amazon Inc. and Facebook Inc. to encourage employees in the region to work from...