Just Sold: Chili’s in Miami, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a Chili’s Bar & Grill property in Miami, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which generated multiple offers and was sold to an all-cash buyer. This corporate-guaranteed asset is a prime example of a stable, income-producing property that requires no landlord maintenance for ease of ownership.

Single-tenant, net-leased properties like this one continue to attract the most attention from investors. As the retail property market works to rebound from the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors are targeting assets with minimal near-term risk. This Chili’s Bar & Grill Ground lease fit the bill perfectly, thanks to its scheduled rental increases, long-term lease and new construction.

This Chili’s Bar & Grill restaurant is new a newly constructed outparcel within Coral Reef commons, a new mixed-use development anchored by Walmart. At least 900 residential units are planned as part of the project’s multiple development phases, which will considerably increase foot and vehicle traffic to the site. The property sits at a highly visible corner site facing Southwest 152nd Street. Florida’s Turnpike—a major east-west thoroughfare—is less than one mile away. Visitors to the site have immediate access to Zoo Miami and the heart of downtown Miami just 20 miles away.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: Wawa in Vero Beach, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a new Wawa property in Vero Beach, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold for the full asking price to an all-cash 1031 buyer. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate tenant and Wawa’s status as an essential retailer.

Wawa convenience stores are one of the most sought-after net lease investments on the market today. Wawa sites offer investors long-term security and no maintenance or management responsibilities thanks to a Ground lease structure. Wawa convenience stores are located on prime real estate, typically at hard corner locations with great visibility and ingress/egress. This particular Wawa location has full access via Old Dixie Highway and additional exposure on three main roadways. Although the area surrounding the property is mostly zoned for industrial use, visitors have easy access to Vero Beach Regional Airport and Disney’s popular Vero Beach Resort.

Situated along Florida’s Treasure Coast, this newly constructed Wawa sits within Indian River County, Florida’s seventh-richest county by per capita income. The average annual household income within just three miles of the site is nearly $85,000. Additionally, the area immediately surrounding this Wawa has seen a population boom, growing an average of around 18 percent within a five-mile radius over the past decade.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: McDonald’s in California, MD

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a McDonald’s property in California, Maryland. After receiving multiple offers, the tenant chose to exercise its right of first refusal to purchase the property. This asset features a 20-year Ground lease that includes scheduled rental increases and multiple five-year options to extend the lease well into the future.

This McDonald’s property is a prominent outparcel to the Laurel Glen Shopping Center along busy Three Notch Road. Nearby retailers include Target, BJ’s, Walmart, Harris Teeter, Ross Dress For Less, Lowe’s and countless others. This particular area of Southern Maryland is one of the fastest-growing regions in the state, and retailers along Three Notch Road benefit from an affluent population with annual household incomes exceeding $96,000. 

The quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector has once again proven to be resilient, even during the face of a global pandemic. Drive-thru lanes, contactless payment options and curbside pick-up have become increasingly important as they directly address their customers’ needs in a convenient way. Even before the pandemic began last March, many QSRs had begun to evolve their store formats to enhance different aspects of the customer experience, from pay kiosks to partnerships with online delivery platforms. McDonald’s is one QSR chain that provides investors with a stable, long-term net lease investment with a reliable, credit-rated tenant, consistent monthly income and few to no maintenance responsibilities.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: Wendy’s in Winter Park, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of a Wendy’s property in Winter Park, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold within four percent of the asking price to an all-cash 1031 buyer. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate quick-service restaurant (QSR) tenant, the world’s third-largest hamburger fast food chain.

This property is a prime example of a stable, COVID-safe asset that requires no landlord maintenance. The Wendy’s Ground lease features a corporate guarantee, multiple five-year renewal options and scheduled 10 percent rental increases. The new in-line concept features a drive-thru lane and is adjacent to a SimonMed Imaging location. The site is less than one mile from the popular Park Avenue shopping district, the city’s new SunRail station and the Valenica College Winter Park campus.

Wendy’s benefits from its prime location less than five miles from the heart of downtown Orlando, Florida. The city has long been a popular tourist destination, attraction more than 75 million people from around the globe in 2018 alone. Major attractions within easy driving distance from the site include Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Just Sold: The Tire Choice in The Villages, FL

Ground + Space today announced the sale of The Tire Choice in The Villages, Florida. Michael Zimmerman exclusively marketed the property, which sold within 2.5 percent of the asking price to an all-cash 1031 buyer. This listing garnered multiple offers thanks to the property’s strong corporate tenant and The Tire Choice’s status as an essential retailer.

This property is a prime example of a stable, income-producing asset that requires no landlord maintenance. The Tire Choice’s NNN lease features a corporate guarantee, multiple five-year renewal options and scheduled rental increases. The Tire Choice is conveniently located along a dense retail corridor that includes other national tenants like Publix, Walmart, Bealls, The Fresh Market and Red Lobster.

The Tire Choice benefits from an ever-growing consumer base as The Villages continues to grow in population and popularity. Forbes recognized The Villages as one of the “25 Best Places to Retire” in the United States for the second time in 2018, and The Villages was recently named the best-selling master planned community for the seventh consecutive year in 2020.

About Ground + Space

Ground + Space is a net lease brokerage firm that leads with an emphasis on personalized relationships. Michael Zimmerman and team have curated a brokerage firm and investment sales platform focused on boutique amenities and down-to-earth service. During these uncertain times, Ground + Space remains dedicated to providing best-in-class services and results to our clients. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. Contact us today to find out more!


Good News: Retailers Grow Despite Pandemic

Economists expect retail sales to increase approximately 1.9 percent this month. While any increase is good news, it’s a significant drop off from June’s increase of 7.5 percent. Not all hope is lost, however, at least not for some major retail tenants. Today, we take a look at some of the retailers who are making moves and shattering records, even amidst a global pandemic.

7-Eleven

7-Eleven recently entered into a definitive agreement with Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: MPC) to purchase the Speedway convenience store chain for $21 billion in an all-cash transaction. The arrangement is expected to conclude in the first fiscal quarter of 2021 and includes a 15-year fuel supply agreement for 7.7 billion gallons per year associated with the Speedway business. This large-scale deal includes approximately 3,900 convenience stores. These additional stores will bring 7-Eleven’s retail footprint to roughly 14,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

At Home

At Home’s CEO recently told CNBC that the company has been slowly expanding its store count by roughly 20 percent per year over the past seven years. The home décor and furnishings retailer currently has 219 locations but may expand to as many as 600 thanks to record-breaking net sales in its second fiscal quarter. Thanks to its listing as an “essential retailer,” At Home boasted net sales of $515 million in its most recent quarterly filing. What’s behind the increase? At Home is a one-stop-shop for a broad range of home goods, and the store’s open, spacious layouts and the brand’s omnichannel platform allowed the company to easily accommodate COVID-19 regulations.

Chili’s and It’s Just Wings

Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), the parent company of Chili’s and Maggiano’s, recently introduced a delivery only-service called “It’s Just Wings.” Since launching in late June, this concept is now on track to exceed $150 million in sales during its first year. So, how does It’s Just Wings work? Brinker International is utilizing what it calls “ghost kitchens”—restaurants with a delivery service instead of a dining room. The “ghost kitchen” concept involves setting up kitchens that only make food for customers who order online, through mobile apps or via third-party delivery services. Instead of using independent kitchen space, It’s Just Wings now operates using separate, dedicated kitchen areas in 1,050 of Brinker’s U.S. Chili’s and Maggiano’s restaurants. This new concept—along with the established pick-up and delivery services already in place under the Brinker International umbrella—have generated strong bottom-line results.

CVS and Publix

Both of these leading retailers have seen a marked increase in year-over-year sales. Both companies benefitted from their status as “essential retailers” during the COVID-19 pandemic. CVS Health Corp. (NYSE: CVS) reported a 35.2 percent increase of $634 billion in the company second fiscal quarter of 2020. The company’s net income also rose to $5 billion (a 48 percent increase). Although CVS plans to close 22 underperforming stores, the remainder of its locations have remained open since the pandemic was first declared a national emergency on March 13, 2020. Publix has also remained open throughout the pandemic. Within its second quarter earnings report, Publix announced that sales have increased by 21.8 percent. Publix estimates that its second quarter sales increased by $1.5 billion due to the pandemic.

Starbucks

Although Starbucks Corp. (NASDAQ: SBUX) saw a decline in U.S. comparable store sales during its third quarter, the company still opened 130 net new stores. This marks a five percent year-of-year unit growth. The company currently operates or licenses approximately 15,243 locations in the United States and 32,180 worldwide. As of late July, Starbucks has opened roughly 97 percent of all its company-operated stores, both in the United States and China. Temporary closures affected locations in airport and college and university locations within North America.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


COVID-19 CRE News: July Updates

Thanks to a surge of COVID-19 cases in new hotspots across the country, commercial real estate investment activity has slowed considerably. The Ground + Space team have been hard at work tracking the effects of the novel coronavirus on the commercial real estate industry, both in our home state of North Carolina and beyond. Below, we take a look at some of the top headlines from the first half of the month of July:

Decline in National Investment Activity

Owners and investors remain cautious regarding sales of retail assets. This trend has permeated markets across the country, especially those in fast-growing cities. Some locales that have seen steep drop-offs in commercial sales activity include Raleigh, Seattle, Nashville, Atlanta and even Washington, D.C. Historically, major markets such as New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles are the first to recover in terms of sales volume following economic downturns. That may not be the case this time around.

Any future increase sales activity will likely be tied to areas that can sustain recovery from both a public health and economic standpoint. There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon: Most markets around the country saw an increase in deal volume in the month of June. This could signal an uptick in deal velocity in the third and fourth quarters of 2020.

Retail Spending Increased in June

Retail sales in the United States rose approximately 7.5 percent in June. This is due to the increase in store openings across the country as retailers welcome back guests to their brick-and-mortar locations. In June and July, consumers have been spending more in four key sectors: automotive, clothing, furniture and electronics.

Although increased retail activity is a welcome harbinger of good news, continued recovery in this sector will be determined by the ability of cities and states to remain open in the face of rising COVID-19 infections. Something important to keep in mind: Despite this increase in activity, total retail sales for the second quarter of 2020 were still down by 8.1 percent.

Retailers Continue to Downsize Footprints

National retailers continue to downsize their retail footprints, and some have even turned to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings for protection. New York & Company parent RTW Retailwinds is just one of many clothing retailers to join the likes of J.C. Penney, Brooks Brothers and Neiman Marcus in filing for bankruptcy.

Banking giant Wells Fargo recently announced a proposed $10 billion cut in annual expenses. This move will shrink the brick-and-mortar footprint of the nation’s third-largest bank substantially. In the short term, Wells Fargo plans to consolidate its brick-and-mortar locations, which would include not only bank branches, but field offices and corporate sites as well. The move comes as more and more Americans move to digital and mobile banking.

A Bit of Good News

While it’s disheartening to hear that many retailers are shutting their doors permanently, others have found a way to pivot their business models to align with recent events. One such retailer is Tropical Smoothie Café. Since March 1, 2020, the fast-casual café concept has opened 35 new locations. Additionally, the company has signed at least 103 new franchise agreements in 2020.

Chipotle is also looking to expand its footprint and plans to hire as many as 10,000 new employees during the next few months. The concept now has a presence in 32 states, and many of its new restaurants feature a drive-thru lane (dubbed “Chipotlane”). Chipotle expects that more than 60 percent of its new restaurants will feature this “Chipotlane”—a measure that will allow more locations to remain open during the pandemic.

Ground + Space is Here to Help

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The IRS 1031 tax deadline is less that one week away, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Safe and Informed

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Loan Relief and Delinquency in the Days of COVID-19

The effects of COVID-19 are being felt by lenders hoping to collect loan payments as government relief programs near their expiration dates. Lenders began allowing borrowers postpone billions of dollars in loan payments back in March. Many lenders adopted this practice at the request of government regulators and lawmakers who placed moratoriums on both foreclosures and evictions. As forbearance requests from government-controlled mortgage finance companies end, the mounting number of distressed loans is expected to grow.

Loan Delinquency Rates on the Rise

In mid-June, bond rating agencies reported the greatest month-to-month increase in commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) loan delinquencies in at least three years. The CMBS loan delinquency currently totals around $36 billion. That number is five times higher than it was before the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping through major metropolitan markets in February.

The Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) reported another $60 billion on servicers’ watchlists. These loans include those that have experienced the loss of a major tenant and loans that have near-term maturity dates on which borrowers may not have the option of refinancing. On the commercial real estate front, Fitch Ratings recently released current and April delinquency rates. Except for multi-family, all other commercial property types have seen an increase in delinquency rates. Retail property delinquency rates have increased by 3.82 percent, and mixed-use property delinquency rates have increased by just under one percent.

What Happens Next?

The effects of the massive coronavirus relief measures are expected to create operational challenges for banks. According to Fitch Ratings, the asset quality for many U.S. banks is expected to deteriorate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it will likely take a few quarters before the true impact to materialize on bank financial statements.

The economy’s overall recovery—and the ability for borrowers to make timely loan payments—will depend on the ability of states to adequately contain COVID-19. A number of states that opted to “open early” are now seeing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases as a result of community spread. These states remained mostly unaffected during the so-called “first wave” of COVID-19. As the number of active cases begins to decline in areas like New York City, COVID-19 infections are on the rise in states like Florida, Arizona, California and the Carolinas.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The IRS 1031 tax deadline is fast approaching, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Retail Closures and Other STNL News

Many retailers that found themselves struggling in a pre-coronavirus world dominated by increased e-commerce adoption rates have begun to restructure their business models or close their doors for good. Current research shows that between 20,000 and 25,000 storefronts are expected to shutter forever by the end of 2020. This is a dramatic increase compared to the 9,300 store closures reported in 2019. At least 15 major retailers have filed for some form of bankruptcy protection.

What retailers are closing their doors and filing for bankruptcy? Are any retailers expanding their footprints amidst the nationwide pandemic? Let’s take a look.

Store Closures and Bankruptcies

As of early June, at least 4,000 storefronts are in the processing of closing. More than half of those can be accounted for by six major retailers, including: Pier 1, Tuesday Morning, GNC and JCPenney. Other retailers that have either filed for bankruptcy or announced store closures include: Papyrus, CMX Cinemas, Starbucks, Victoria’s Secret, J.Crew, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Payless, Dress Barn and Gymboree.

Pier 1 filed for bankruptcy in early February. Three months later, the company is ceasing all its retail operations and expects to close all of its remaining stores by October 2020. The company is currently working to liquidate the remainder of its assets. Discount home goods retailer Tuesday Morning joined Pier 1 in filing for bankruptcy in late May. The Dallas-based chain will permanently close at least 230 of its nearly 700 stores in the United States this summer. During the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, the retailer hopes to renegotiate many of its leases so it can focus on improving product offerings in its remaining high-performing stores.

The health and nutrition chain GNC will close at least 900 of its retail locations by the end of 2020. CEO Ken Martindale pointed to decreasing mall traffic as one of the many reasons the company has decided to significantly reduce its footprint. GNC plans to reduce its mall count by nearly half. (Currently, mall locations make up about 23 percent of GNC’s retail footprint.) Another former mall staple—the 118-year-old company JCPenney—filed for bankruptcy in early May. The coronavirus pandemic had a dramatic effect on the department store chain, resulting in major decreases in store sales. The company hopes to continue doing business even while closing a at least 154 of its remaining 846 stores.

Some Good News

Although few retailers are focusing on expansion plans during the midst of this nationwide pandemic, some notable brands—most in the quick-service restaurant (QSR) sector—are hiring more workers. Fast-food chain Dunkin’ announced its plan to hire at least 25,000 new employees nationwide. Taco Bell made a similar announcement in late May as it unveiled its plan to hire 30,000 workers this summer.

Because of the relative strength of QSR assets, they are at the top of investors’ lists as many in 1031 exchanges prepare for the July 15 IRS tax deadline. Single-tenant, net leased assets are still trading even as investments in department stores, strip centers and other non-essential retailers have been put on hold. Retail assets valued between $1 million and $5 million that feature essential tenants like Dollar General, McDonald’s, 7-Eleven and Wawa are doing well, although they are being sold at higher cap rates.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.


Pandemic Reshapes Commercial Real Estate Market

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused dramatic changes in the way individuals do business and buy goods. These changes have not only affected the retail sector—every aspect of the United States economy has been impacted in some way. Here we take a look at some of these changes and how they will influence the future of the commercial real estate market.

Physical Versus Economic Vacancies

Retailers deemed nonessential during the COVID-19 pandemic are facing a dramatically different economic outlook than their essential retail counterparts. Experiential businesses, buffet-style restaurants and retailers facing financial hardships before the pandemic began currently face an uncertain future. Although many businesses have begun opening their doors as nationwide restrictions have been partially lifted, some retailers might be forced to close their doors for good.

Higher vacancy rates are expected as a number of retailers reassess their position in the marketplace. Although more and more storefronts have shuttered, a number of leases still remain in effect. This, in turn, has expanded the gap between physical and economic vacancy. According to some reports, the average physical vacancy rate will jump to between 5.6 and 6.8 percent by the final quarter of 2020. The economic vacancy rates are expected to be even higher as retailers grapple with new regulations, depleting cash reserves and lack of financial assistance.

Construction Projects Slow and Rent Prices Fall

As a result of the pandemic, developers and retailers are slowing down the rate of construction and expansion projects. Completed projects during the first three months of 2020 dropped to just 8.3 million square feet. Inventory additions are expected to decrease to levels not seen since 2000 by the end of the year. Although some projects have been cancelled altogether, many others have simply been put on hold and are expected to resume in 2021. There is a silver lining, however: Single-tenant net lease (STNL) properties will account for the largest portion of this year’s construction projects at nearly 17 million square feet.

Less new available space and rising vacancy rates will have a negative effect on asking rent prices for commercial real estate assets. During the first quarter of 2020, asking rent climbed to an average of $20.50 per square foot. Some experts believe asking rent prices will fall as much as 9.4 percent by December 2020.

STNL Assets Are Still Going Strong

Long-term security is just one of the reasons investors are targeting STNL assets now more than ever. Discount retailers like Dollar General and Dollar Tree have attracted a wide range of investment offers, along with other essential retailers like CVS Pharmacy. Quick-service restaurants (QSR) with drive-thru service windows are also being targeted as these retailers have generated near pre-pandemic sales. For now, buyers are less interested in fitness centers, department stores, sit-down restaurants and strip centers with a number of nonessential tenants.

Navigating These Uncertain Times

Ground + Space is a leading commercial real estate firm that specializes in single-tenant and retail NNN investments. We have several listings available featuring retailers that are in a prime position to succeed in a post-pandemic economy. We are committed to providing up-to-date information and best-in-class services to clients during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The market changes daily, so please contact one of our brokers for specialized guidance during this time.

Stay Healthy and Safe

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers daily updates and other information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing in the United States. Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has created a resource to help inform the public and advance comprehensive understanding of the novel coronavirus and its effects backed by experts in global public health, infectious disease and emergency preparedness. Additionally, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to track the number and location of confirmed cases of the virus across the globe.