Epidemic in USA on January 31 2020 06:19 AM (UTC).
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday reported 1,342,594 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 18,106 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 1,064 to 80,820.The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 11, compared with its count a day earlier. (bit.ly/2SGLijD)The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
Sixty-four children have been hospitalised across New York with a disease possibly linked to the COVID-19, the state's health department said.In an advisory issued to healthcare providers on Wednesday, the New York State Department of Health said that as of Tuesday, 64 potential cases of what it called the Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19 have been reported in children in hospitals statewide, including New York City.
"Thankfully most children with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms, but in some, a dangerous inflammatory syndrome can develop," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.This syndrome has features that overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome, including persistent fever, abdominal symptoms, rash and even cardiovascular changes requiring intensive care.The department asked health providers to immediately report those cases in patients who are under 21 years old, and perform a diagnostic and serological test to detect the presence of novel coronavirus or corresponding antibodies in the patient.The advisory also said that similar cases among children have been recently reported from the UK."While we continue to reduce cases through social distancing, discoveries like this remind us we are still in the middle of our response to this deadly pandemic," said Zucker.Tuesday, New York City officials said that 15 children in the city had been hospitalized with this rare syndrome.
Over half of the children required blood pressure support and five required mechanical ventilation. No fatalities have been reported.
New York City's subway system went silent in the early morning hours of Wednesday, as part of a plan for the normally round-the-clock system to shut down for train cleaning.The trains, which had been running on a reduced schedule since late March, are now going to be stopped from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. each day.Fewer trains would be running in the overnight hours anyway, but the shutdown allows for daily cleanings and for city workers to move homeless people who have been more visible in subway cars during the coronavirus.
The New York Police Department has assigned more than 1,000 officers to secure many of the system's 472 stations, as fewer than 200 can be physically locked up.Outreach teams made up of officers and nurses are being sent to 29 end-of-line stations to roust homeless people from trains that are headed out of service for cleaning, Chief of Department Terence Monahan said Tuesday.New York City normally has the country's busiest public transit system, with a weekday ridership of more than 5 million. But the impact of the coronavirus and people staying at home has been severe, with overall mass transit use dropping more than 90% in the past several weeks.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he now believes as many as 100,000 Americans could die in the coronavirus pandemic, after the death toll passed his earlier estimates, but said he was confident a vaccine would be developed by the year's end. Trump alternated during a two-hour virtual town hall broadcast by FOX News between forecasting a rapid recovery for the U.S. economy and casting blame for the pandemic's spread on China, where the disease is believed to have originated. The COVID-19 illness, caused by the new coronavirus, has sickened more than 1.1 million in the United States and killed more than 67,000 Americans, shut wide swaths of society, including most schools and many businesses. tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T "We're going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100,000 people. That's a horrible thing," said Trump, who as recently on Friday had said he hoped fewer than 100,000 Americans would die and earlier in the week had talked about 60,000 to 70,000 deaths.
About half the states have now moved toward at least partial lifting of shutdowns as the number of new cases of the COVID-19 illness has begun to drop or level off and as citizens agitate for relief from restrictions that have sent the economy into a tailspin."We can't stay closed as a country (or) we're not gonna have a country left," Trump said.Trump has criticized FOX recently, casting the conservative-leaning network as insufficiently supportive. He faced few tough questions in the event, which gave him a new format to reach the public while he is unable to hold campaign rallies and after he faced widespread criticism for his combative daily briefings.In an assessment that clashes with those of some public health experts, Trump said he believed that by the end of the year there would be a vaccine against COVID-19. "I think we're going to have a vaccine by the end of the year. The doctors would say, well you shouldn't say that," Trump said. "I'll say what I think ... I think we'll have a vaccine sooner than later."Many health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, have cautioned that a vaccine is likely a year to 18 months away.There is an "incredibly small" chance of having a highly effective vaccine or treatment for the coronavirus within the next year, England's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said on April 22.Trump also said he wanted students to return to schools and colleges in the autumn, even as he acknowledged the possibility of a resurgence of the disease. "We'll put out the embers, we'll put out whatever it may be. We may have to put out a fire," he said.Speaking the day before the Senate returns to Washington, Trump said it was possible that federal coronavirus aid could rise to $6 trillion from the nearly $3 trillion Congress has already passed to try to ease the heavy economic toll of the crisis."There is more help coming. There has to be," he said.Democrats have made clear they want to provide a sizable rescue package for state and local governments as part of a broader bill - one that could total over $2 trillion - while some Republicans criticized the idea as unreasonably expensive."We will be doing infrastructure and I told Steve (Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin) just today we are not doing anything unless we get a payroll tax cut," Trump said.Trump, who has been criticized for not moving faster early in the year to stop the spread of the disease, sought to blunt the criticism by blaming China.Trump said China had made a "horrible mistake" without saying precisely what this was or providing specific evidence for his assertion.
Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was "a significant amount of evidence" that COVID-19 emerged from a Chinese laboratory, but did not dispute U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusion that it was not man-made.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 1,062,446 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 30,787 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 2,349 to 62,406.The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on April 30, compared with its count a day earlier. (bit.ly/2IVY1JT)The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported ?957,875 cases of the coronavirus, and said the number of deaths had risen to ?53,922.Over the weekend, the CDC updated its case count to 928,619 and said 52,459 people had died across the country, but that the numbers were preliminary and had not been confirmed by individual states.The CDC's tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, on Monday is as of April 26. (bit.ly/2IVY1JT)
The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
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With the U.S. coronavirus death toll topping 51,000 and nearly one in six workers out of a job, Georgia, Oklahoma and several other states took tentative steps at reopening businesses on Friday, despite disapproval from President Donald Trump and medical experts.
Fitness clubs, hair salons, tattoo parlors and some other workplaces were allowed to open their doors by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, disregarding warnings from public health officials that easing restrictions too soon could lead to more infections and deaths.
Georgia, one of several states in the Deep South that waited until early April to mandate restrictions imposed weeks before across much of the rest of the country to curb the outbreak, has become a flashpoint in the debate over how and when the nation should return to work.
While the COVID-19 illness is killing thousands of Americans daily, stay-at-home orders and business closures have thrown more than 26 million people out of work, a level of unemployment not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s."We've been hurting real bad," said Lester Crowell, co-owner and manager of the Three-13 hair salon in suburban Atlanta, which reopened after 33 days. "I had to dip into my own bank account to keep the lights on here."A dozen customers lined up outside the salon, each standing 6 feet apart. Before they could enter, staff members took their temperatures and asked if anyone had a cough, a recent fever or a housemate who had been sick or quarantined.Despite the lost revenue, not all eligible merchants in Georgia jumped at the chance to resume business. Shay Cannon, owner of Liberty Tattoo in Atlanta, said he would reopen in May by appointment only and did not foresee a return to normal until June or later."We're just watching the numbers and doing what seems right to us," Cannon told Reuters.The U.S. death toll from COVID-19, the highest in the world, surpassed 51,000 on Friday, having doubled in 10 days, according to a Reuters tally, and the number of Americans known to be infected surpassed 900,000.Georgia was not alone in reopening.Oklahoma was permitting some retailers to resume business on Friday, Florida began reopening its beaches a week ago, South Carolina started easing restrictions on Monday, and other states will follow suit next week.Trump, who had staked his November re-election on the nation's booming economy before the pandemic, has given mixed signals about when and how the country should begin to get back to work.Last Friday, a day after the White House issued federal guidelines urging a gradual, cautious approach advocated by health experts, he called for several Democratic governors to "liberate" their states from economic restrictions. But in a reversal this week, he publicly criticized fellow Republican Kemp's moves to reopen Georgia.Late on Thursday, Trump sparked fresh confusion over prospects for COVID-19 treatments, suggesting scientists should investigate whether patients might be cured by ingesting disinfectants or being bathed in ultraviolet light.The comments prompted doctors, health experts and manufacturers of bleach to warn the public not to drink or inject disinfectant. On Friday, Trump said his remarks were meant as sarcasm.U.S. Representative Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican, said restarting commerce on Friday was sending mixed messages."Everyone's supposed to be staying home, but yet we're opening up these businesses," Collins told Fox News. He cited the guidelines calling for states to register a two-week decline in coronavirus cases before easing restrictions, and said parts of Georgia were still struggling to treat patients.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose state has been the worst hit by the virus, said reopening the economy prematurely in any U.S. state was a danger to others.According to a University of Washington research model often cited by the White House, coronavirus hospitalizations in Georgia should peak next week.Oklahoma, with far fewer cases and deaths than Georgia, began opening hair and nail salons and other personal care businesses on Friday. The University of Washington model predicts Oklahoma already hit its hospitalizations peak on Tuesday and could safely loosen restrictions in June.Tennessee reopened most of its 56 state parks on Friday.Texas on Friday began a "retail-to-go" phase of its reopening, allowing retail shops to either deliver products to homes or letting customers wait in cars in parking lots for purchases to be handed them by store workers.In practice, many Texas merchants have been doing this for weeks or stayed open outright, as Republican Governor Greg Abbott had classified much of the state's retail economy, including big-box stores, bike shops, dry cleaners and farmers markets, as essential businesses.In the latest protest against the shutdowns, hundreds of people gathered on Friday outside the Wisconsin state Capitol building in Madison calling for Democratic Governor Tony Evers to reopen the state, even as it reported its largest single-day jump of new coronavirus cases."Stand strong, be united and stand tall and proud for America," said one of the protesters through a bullhorn. Many in the crowd wore Trump hats, waved American flags and carried "Go Back To Work" signs.There was also a quiet counter-protest - a woman standing by a tree wearing a face mask, a bottle of hand sanitizer on her hip, holding a sign that said, "Please Go Home."
U.S. coronavirus deaths topped 49,000 on Thursday as the number of lives lost in April rises by an average of 2,000 a day, according to a Reuters tally.At that rate, U.S. deaths will reach 50,000 no later than Friday.The total number of U.S. cases was approaching 860,000 with many states yet to report on Thursday.U.S. cases rose by over 30,000 on Wednesday, the biggest increase in five days but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April, according to a Reuters tally.Across the country, state officials say there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of materials such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact- trace infections.In addition to a staggering death toll, unemployment claims soared on Thursday and reaffirmed the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.Over 26.5 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits over the last five weeks, confirming that all the jobs gained during the longest employment boom in U.S. history have been wiped out as the novel coronavirus savages the economy.A Reuters/Ipsos survey this month showed a bipartisan majority of Americans want to continue to shelter in place to protect themselves from the coronavirus, despite the impact to the economy.
The US has recorded more than 800,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, with 44,845 deaths.The coronavirus death toll in the United States -- the country with the most fatalities in the pandemic -- has climbed by 2,751 in the past 24 hours, the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University showed Tuesday.The US has recorded more than 800,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Baltimore-based university, with 44,845 deaths.Nearly 40,000 new cases were reported between Monday at 8:30pm local time, and Tuesday at the same time, the university said.
A glimmer of light is starting to show at the end of the dark tunnel. Even as the U.S. struggles with taming the rising graph of coronavirus infections and its grim death toll, President Donald Trump announced a welcome piece of positive news at his White House news briefing Monday (April 20): far fewer people are expected to die of the pandemic in the country than earlier projections had estimated.
The new projections say the coronavirus will claim 50,000 to 60,000 lives - still a high number, but much lower than the 100,000 figure given by Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, last month."Now we're going toward 50 - I'm hearing, or 60,000 people," Trump said. "One is too many. I always say it. One is too many, but we're going toward 50 or 60,000 people. That's at the lower - as you know the lower (end of the projections) was supposed to be 100,000 people." The good news, however distant and small, did not end there. Another welcome trend was becoming discernible in the data. The number of infections recorded Monday, at more than 25,000, seemed to be sharply lower than the 32,500 reported Saturday and 26,900 Sunday, according to a dashboard maintained by the John Hopkins Univeristy. If the trend takes hold, it will offer state governors more maneuvering room in calibrating a rolling reopening of the economy, amid protests from people hit hard by business and job losses.The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. had crossed 42,000 by 9.30 p.m. ET on Monday, with more than 784,000 people infected so far.The rising infections have forced some states to extend their stay-at-home orders until the middle of May. But others are moving ahead gingerly to reopen the economy in order to reduce the lockdown's impact on businesses and jobs, despite a shortage of test kits needed to identify and isolate every infected person to prevent a second wave. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced in a press conference Monday (April 20) that the state will resume some business operations Friday.Experts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation said that Georgia's death toll reached its peak on April 7 while demand for hospitalization decreased. The previous model for Georgia projected the peak to occur in May.As of April 20, Georgia has 19,399 coronavirus cases with 775 deaths, per the Georgia Department of Public Health. Of these deaths, 65% had pre-existing medical conditions.Five Georgia counties have more than a thousand cases: Fulton ((2,198), Dekalb (1,521), Dougherty (1,436), Cobb (1,196) and Gwinnet (1,181). Glascock and Taliaferro counties have yet to record their first case. ?Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, held a call with governors on each state's lab capacity and equipment for testing. "We have enough testing capacity for every state," he said.Trying to deflect criticism from state governors about the shortage of testing kits to lift restrictions safely, Trump said the governors "didn't understand" about the testing facilities they could use."Some of the governors, like as an example the governor from Maryland, he didn't understand the list," the President said about a list of facilties the White House provided. "He didn't really understand too much about what was going on, so now I think he'll be able to do that. It's pretty simple."As of Sunday evening, Georgia has conducted 84,000 tests. Kemp said the Augusta University, a state medical school, will produce thousands of test swabs daily, and that the Georgia National Guard will do 1,500 tests a day. "Due to favorable data and more testing, gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools and massage therapists can reopen Friday, April 24 with minimum basic operations," the governor confirmed in a tweet.Kemp's decision comes after the White House released new guidelines on reopening the economy. The governor, however, clarified that it will not be "business as usual."Establishments will need to screen their staff for respiratory symptoms and fever. Employers are also expected to impose strict safety measures, such as social distancing at work stations and wearing face masks and gloves.The governor also said that businesses resuming operations will need to enhance the sanitation process. Companies are encouraged to implement staggering shifts or "teleworking if possible."By next Monday, Kemp said that theaters, dine-in restaurants and private social clubs could be open, subject to further mandates that will be released in the following days.However, amusement parks, nightclubs, bars and establishments with live performances are not yet allowed to resume in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, the shelter in place order will remain active until 11:59 p.m. on April 30."By taking this measured action, we will get Georgians back to work safely without undermining the progress that we have all made in the battle against COVID-19," the governor said.
It is the highest number of virus cases and deaths of any country in the world.The coronavirus death toll in the United States climbed by 1,891 in the past 24 hours to reach 38,664 on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.The US has seen a total of 732,197 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the start of the global health crisis, according to the Baltimore-based university.It is the highest number of virus cases and deaths of any country in the world.Also Saturday, coronavirus deaths surged past 100,000 in Europe, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the 157,539 fatalities worldwide.
US police found 17 bodies piled up in a nursing home morgue in New Jersey, media reported Thursday, highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak is overwhelming long-term care facilities.Officers in the small locality of Andover, around 52 miles (80 kilometers) west of New York City, discovered the bodies following an anonymous tip-off, according to The New York Times.The discovery came on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Unit - one of the largest care homes in New Jersey, a state badly hit by coronavirus.The cause of death of the 17 has not been confirmed but 68 people have recently died at the facility, and 26 of those tested positive for COVID-19, the Times reported.Police did not confirm the number of bodies found.
But in a statement posted on the Andover police Facebook page, one of the home's owners, Chaim Scheinbaum, said the morgue, which normally houses four bodies, "never had more than 15 present" on Monday."The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed," Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told CNN.New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was "outraged" that bodies had been allowed to pile up and ordered an investigation.COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 people across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, with New Jersey the worst-hit state after New York.The outbreak has reportedly claimed thousands of lives in retirement homes, spotlighting how vulnerable the elderly are to the illness.
U.S. coronavirus deaths increased by a record number for the second day in a row, rising by at least 2,371 on Wednesday to top 30,800, according to a Reuters tally, as states spared the worst of the pandemic mulled a partial lifting of restrictions on business and social life by May 1.The United States recorded its first coronavirus fatality on Feb. 29. It took 38 days to reach 10,000 deaths and just nine more days to go from 10,000 fatalities to 30,000. The previous high single-day death toll was 2,364 on Tuesday.U.S. confirmed cases topped 635,000 in the United States and 2 million globally.Despite the spike in deaths, there were tentative signs in some parts of the country that the outbreak was beginning to ebb.Governors of about 20 states with few coronavirus cases believe they may be ready to start the process of reopening their economies by President Donald Trump's May 1 target date, a top U.S. health official said on Wednesday.Governors in harder-hit states - New York, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Michigan - said there was a need for more widespread testing before starting to end the coronavirus shutdown, which has thrown millions out of work with the closing of restaurants, businesses and schools.Health officials have noted that death figures are a lagging indicator of the outbreak, coming after the most severely ill patients fall sick, and do not mean stay-at-home restrictions are failing to curb transmissions.New York state and some other hard-hit areas continue to report sharp decreases in hospitalizations and numbers of patients on ventilators, although front-line healthcare workers and resources remained under extraordinary stress.Officials have also cautioned that coronavirus-related death figures are likely an undercount due to people dying at home or in nursing homes who were never tested for the virus.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday halted funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, drawing condemnation from infectious disease experts as the global death toll continued to mount.Trump, who has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration's response to the worst epidemic in a century, has become increasingly hostile towards the WHO.
The Geneva-based organisation had promoted China's "disinformation" about the virus that likely led to a wider outbreak than otherwise would have occurred, Trump said."The WHO failed in this basic duty and must be held accountable," Trump told a White House news conference on Tuesday.Nearly 2 million people globally have been infected and more than 124,000 have died since the disease emerged in China late last year, according to a Reuters tally.
The Navy has removed 126 medical staff members from its hospital ship docked off Los Angeles after seven of them tested positive for COVID-19, an official said Tuesday.The personnel from the USS Mercy were taken to a nearby base and remain under quarantine. None so far has needed hospitalization, said Lt. Rochelle Rieger of the 3rd Fleet.It's unclear where or how the sailors became infected, Rieger said.The ship left San Diego on March 23 when all were screened with their temperatures taken before they boarded. It arrived to Los Angeles four days later to provide relief to the city amid the pandemic by accepting patients from hospitals who were not infected with the virus.None of the more than 1,000 personnel aboard were allowed to leave the ship once it departed San Diego."The only people going on and off the ship are the actual patients we've been treating so it's very hard to trace where this came from," Rieger said.The first case emerged last week as the ship was preparing to receive elderly patients from skilled nursing facilities in Los Angeles to protect them from being exposed to the virus.So far the ship, with 1,000 beds, has taken in only 20 patients from hospitals and none has tested positive for the coronavirus or showed any symptoms of the illness, Rieger said. Two medical personnel from the ship who tested positive came in close contact with a small number of the patients but they were wearing full protective gear, including gloves, N-95 masks and eye goggles.The removal of the 126 sailors will not affect the ship's ability to treat patients, Rieger said.The Navy is also planning to send some of its staff who have been properly screened and completed a 14-day self-quarantine period to work at area medical facilities at some point but that had not happened yet, Rieger said.The Navy has strictly followed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for hospitals, Rieger said. It also has done deep cleaning of the ship, including sanitizing spaces where any of the infected staff may have been.Those on board are practicing social distancing as best as possible, and the Navy has added tables to its flight deck to allow people to go up top to eat when mess decks become too crowded.The Navy has struggled to contain the virus once it comes aboard a ship. About 12 percent of sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier with a crew that has largely been moved ashore in Guam, are infected with the virus. On Monday, the Roosevelt reported its first death, a sailor who had tested positive on March 30.For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe life-threatening illness, including pneumonia.
Los Angeles County public health authorities have reported more than 9,400 virus cases and 320 deaths.
U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 23,000 on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, as officials said the worst may be over and the outbreak could reach its peak this week.The United States, with the world's third-largest population, has recorded more fatalities from COVID-19 than any other country. There were a total of nearly 570,000 U.S. cases as of Monday with over 1.8 million reported cases globally.Deaths reported on Sunday numbered 1,513, the smallest increase since 1,309 died on April 6. The largest number of fatalities, over 10,000, was in New York state with the concentration in and around New York City, the most populous U.S. city with about 8.4 million people.Wyoming reported its first coronavirus death on Monday, the final U.S. state to report a fatality in the outbreak.
Sweeping stay-at-home restrictions to curb the spread of the disease, in place for weeks in many areas of the United States, have taken a painful toll on the economy. With businesses closed and curbs on travel, officials and lawmakers are debating when it might be safe to begin reopening some sectors.The Trump administration has indicated May 1 as a potential date for easing the restrictions while urging caution.
A U.S. sailor from an aircraft carrier with hundreds of coronavirus infections has died of the disease.The Navy said Monday four other crew members from the USS Theodore Roosevelt are in the hospital in Guam. The carrier has been docked in the U.S. territory for more than a week as the 4,865-person crew is tested for the virus.The sailor who died was among 585 crew members who have tested positive so far. Those infected are being isolated on the U.S. naval base, while those who test negative have been moved ashore to quarantine in hotels. A number of people remain on the carrier to attend to its nuclear reactors and other sensitive systems.The Roosevelt's coronavirus outbreak set off a Navy leadership crisis after the ship's commander distributed a letter urging faster action to protect his sailors. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly fired Capt. Brett E. Crozier and then assailed him during a speech on the ship in Guam, saying Crozier was either "too naive or too stupid" to be in charge of an aircraft carrier. Modly resigned after facing blowback for his comments.The Navy's preliminary inquiry into the Roosevelt's coronavirus outbreak and related events is being reviewed.
The death toll in the United States from coronavirus eclipsed Italy's for the highest in the world Saturday at about 20,000, as Chicago and other cities across the Midwest braced for a potential surge in victims and moved to snuff out smoldering hot spots of contagion before they erupt. With the New York area still deep in crisis, fear mounted over the spread of the scourge into the nation's heartland.
Twenty-four residents of an Indiana nursing home hit by COVID-19 have died, while a nursing home in Iowa saw 14 deaths. Cook County here has set up a temporary morgue that can take more than 2,000 bodies. And Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been going around telling groups of people to 'break it up'.Around the world, meanwhile, European countries used roadblocks, drones, helicopters, mounted patrols and the threat of fines to keep people from traveling over Easter weekend. And with infections and deaths slowing in Italy, Spain and other places in Europe, governments took tentative steps toward loosening the weeks-long shutdowns.Glorious weather across Europe posed an extra test of people's discipline."Don't do silly things," said Domenico Arcuri, Italy's special commissioner for the virus emergency. "Don't go out, continue to behave responsibly as you have done until today, use your head and your sense of responsibility."
Italy registered 619 coronavirus deaths Saturday taking its overall tally to 19,468. However, health officials said that the number of deaths is decreasing on a daily basis.The coronavirus outbreak's center of gravity has long since shifted from China to Europe and the United States, which now has by far the largest number of confirmed cases - more than half-a-million - and death toll higher than Italy's count of nearly 19,500, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
About half the deaths in the US are in the New York metropolitan area, where hospitalisations are nevertheless slowing and other indicators suggest lockdowns and social distancing are 'flattening the curve' of infections and staving off the doomsday scenarios of just a week or two ago.New York state Saturday reported 783 more deaths, for a total over 8,600. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the daily number of deaths is stabilizing 'but stabilizing at a horrific rate'. "What do we do now? We stay the course," said Cuomo, who like other leaders has warned that relaxing restrictions too soon could enable the virus to come back with a vengeance.With authorities warning that the crisis in New York is far from over, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city's 1.1 million-student school system will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. But Cuomo said the decision is up to him, and no such determination has been made.
U.S. deaths due to coronavirus topped 16,400 on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the outbreak might be nearing a peak.U.S. officials warned Americans to expect alarming numbers of coronavirus deaths this week, even as there was evidence that the number of new infections was flattening in New York state, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.But Americans must resist the temptation to backslide on social distancing now that signs of progress have emerged in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. medical and state officials said on Thursday.U.S. deaths, the second highest in the world, set new daily records on Tuesday and Wednesday with over 1,900 new deaths reported each day, according to a Reuters tally. U.S. deaths were up over 1,600 on Thursday with several states yet to report their latest figures. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/2w7hX9T)U.S. cases topped 459,000 on Thursday, up 27,000 from the prior day.Only Italy has more deaths with 18,279 fatalities reported, although it has a much smaller population that the United States. After a marked reduction from previous peaks, new infections have picked up in the past two days, frustrating hopes that the illness was in clear retreat.The Italian government is planning to extend its lockdown to contain the country's COVID-19 outbreak until May 3, two trade union sources told Reuters on Thursday after meeting ministers.Spain's prime minister warned on Thursday that nationwide confinement would likely last until May even though he said the worst should soon be over as the death toll slowed from one of the world's most devastating coronavirus' outbreaks. Spain reported 15,238 deaths, the third highest in the world.Italy imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 9 to slow the spread of the virus and Spain followed on March 14. New York state required all residents to stay home except for essential businesses on March 20 and now more than 94% of Americans are under similar orders but the United States has resisted a national stay-at-home order.
Even as medical teams struggled to save an onslaught of gravely ill coronavirus patients and deaths hit new highs, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations seemed to be leveling off in New York state, the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.New York was one of several states, along with the nation as a whole, to post their highest daily loss of life from COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the virus. A staggering 731 fatalities were reported in Cuomo's state alone.
But early statistical signs the crisis might be peaking provided little comfort to weary doctors and nurses on the front lines of the outbreak, as hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units overflowing with COVID-19 patients."People are just so incredibly sick ... incredibly sick in a way that I've never experienced or seen before," said Jacqueline Callahan, 33, a New York City nurse who spoke to Reuters on condition she not identify the hospital where she works.
"So every day is, honestly, the hardest day," she said. "You just don't know how it's going to change, and you just hope it keeps getting better, but - you know - we haven't turned that corner fully yet."
In Wisconsin, voters on Tuesday braved the coronavirus outbreak to wait 6 feet (1.8 m) apart in lines for hours and cast ballots in the state's presidential primary and local elections.For the United States, the tally of known coronavirus infections approached 400,000 on Tuesday, with the number of deaths surpassing 12,700 in a record single-day jump of more than 1,800 nationwide.New York state accounted for more than a third of U.S. confirmed coronavirus cases to date, and nearly half the cumulative death toll - 5,489 as of Tuesday.But Cuomo said the rising number of deaths was a "lagging indicator" coming days or weeks after the onset of infections.
He pointed instead to slowing rates of coronavirus hospitalizations, intensive care admissions and ventilator intubations as signs social distancing measures imposed last month were working.The governors of Illinois and Louisiana - two other hot spots in the U.S. pandemic - likewise paired reports of record jumps in COVID-19 deaths with data suggesting the contagion may be reaching a plateau.The messages seemed calibrated to convey a sense of hope while urging the public to abide strictly by stay-at-home orders imposed by governors of 42 states."Let's not get complacent," Cuomo told a news conference. "Social distancing is working. ... That's why you see those numbers coming down."Across the country, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the infection curve in his state - the first to impose stay-at-home orders - was "bending but it's also stretching," with the virus outbreak there expected to peak in mid- to late May.
"The curve continues to rise, but now it is slower," he told a news briefing.In another glimmer of good news, the U.S. surgeon general, Jerome Adams, said on Tuesday the pandemic may end up killing fewer Americans than the range of 100,000 to 240,000 projected earlier by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The latest research model from the University of Washington - one of several cited by leading health authorities - has forecast U.S. coronavirus deaths totaling fewer than 82,000 by Aug. 4.Adams, who is black, also acknowledged early data showing African Americans more likely to die from COVID-19, highlighting longstanding disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care.The steps to curb the pandemic have hammered the U.S. economy, closing many businesses while unemployment soars.Trump reiterated at a White House briefing he wanted to reopen the U.S. economy soon."We want to get it open soon, that's why I think maybe we're getting to the very top of the curve," Trump said.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city is the focal point of the state's outbreak, said it was too early to declare a corner had been turned but cited encouraging developments."The number of people showing up in our hospitals who need a ventilator - that situation has improved a bit in recent days," he said.In the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday ordered workers providing "non-medical" essential services, such as supermarket employees, wear face coverings while on the job. The order, which takes effect on Friday also requires customers of grocery stores and other essential businesses to likewise wear face coverings.That will come as some relief to Tomas Flores, a grocery worker at Northgate Market in Los Angeles, who like many delivery workers, grocery staff and cleaners, doesn't have a stay-at-home option.
"I do worry," Flores said, hours before Garcetti's order."I ask God to watch over me when I leave my home and to take care of me at work, but I feel the need to come because many families depend on us," he said. "Not only my family depends on me because I must earn money to bring home, but many people depend on the work that I do."
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The next two weeks will be crucial in the United States' fight against the coronavirus, warn health officials, who are urging Americans to continue practicing social-distancing measures.Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, the US surgeon general, likened the coming week to a Pearl Harbor or 9/11 moment, saying on "Fox News Sunday" it would be the "hardest and the saddest week in most Americans' lives."The number of cases nationwide Sunday climbed to at least 335,524, with at least 9,562 dead, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Of those deaths, 1,344 were reported Saturday - the most fatalities recorded in the US in a single day.Despite the rising numbers and grim warnings from health officials, President Donald Trump said in a White House briefing Sunday evening, "We are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel."His comments were echoed by Vice President Mike Pence, who said, "We are beginning to see the glimmers of progress."Asked about the apparent dissonance in messages from administration officials, Trump said, "I think we all know we have to reach a certain point, and that point is going to be a horrific point in terms of death, but it's also a point at which things are going to start changing.""We're getting very close to that level right now," the President said, "and the next week and a half, two weeks, I think they're going to be very difficult."Earlier in the day, appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases conceded it "would be a false statement" to say the US has the pandemic under control."We are struggling to get it under control," Fauci said.Fauci continued to stress the importance of social distancing measures. On Saturday he pointed to Washington state, where such measures appear to be paying off.The Boston Department of Health issued a public health advisory Sunday recommending residents - except for those deemed essential workers - stay home from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning Monday, Mayor Marty Walsh said.Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear a face covering when in public, a step that aligns with the White House's recommendation Friday that Americans wear face masks - though Trump said the recommendation was voluntary."If you don't agree with me or you don't believe me or the governor or someone else, just turn the TV on," Walsh said. "Watch the number of lives that are being lost every day to this virus."Still, modeling cited by White House officials this week project that, even with stringent mitigation efforts, between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die from coronavirus. And President Trump has refrained from a nationwide stay-at-home order, preferring to leave it to states to decide.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a bit of good news in a news conference in Albany on Sunday, saying the number of deaths in his state has been dropping over the past few days for the first time.The significance of that, he said, is "too early to tell." The number of new hospitalizations is also down, while the hospital discharge rate is up, Cuomo said.Based on the data, Cuomo said the state is either near the apex of its curve, "or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau right now.""We won't know until we see the next few days," he said.With 122,031 cases and at least 4,159 deaths, Cuomo warned the state's hospital systems are running on just a few days' supply of medical equipment.Other states are coming to New York's aid, offering what supplies they can afford to give.New York state will receive 140 ventilators from Oregon, Cuomo said Saturday in a news conference, adding the gesture was both "kind" and "smart." China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said."Help New York today," Cuomo said Sunday. "And then nationally, we shift the resources to the next place that is most impacted."Additional help is on the way from Washington state, which was the initial epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.Because of mitigation efforts and the cooperation of residents, the state has seen fewer infections than it anticipated, Dr. Raquel Bono, director of the state's Covid-19 Health System Response Management, said in an news release.As a result, Washington state will return more than 400 ventilators it received from the national stockpile to help other communities in need, Gov. Jay Inslee said."These ventilators are going to New York and other states hardest hit by this virus," Inslee said. "I've said many times over the last few weeks, we are in this together. This should guide all of our actions at an individual and state level in the coming days and weeks."Washingtonians should still stay home, wash their hands and practice social distancing, the news release added."People have been so beautiful to us," Gov. Cuomo said. And it is the New York way - we're going to codify everything we've learned, and we get past this curve, whatever part of the country goes next, we will be there with equipment and personnel and however we can help.Social distancing measures were complicated by the fact that Sunday marked the beginning of Holy Week in the Christian faith, which leads up to Easter.Churches around the country held Palm Sunday services, many of which were streamed online. But some held services in defiance of state bans.We don't get our rights to worship freely from the government. We get those from God," said the Rev. Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he said more than 1,200 people gathered Sunday. "We'd rather obey God than man."Spell was charged last week for violating the state's ban.Meantime, the Rev. Alvin Gwynn Sr. of Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore said he had a steady stream of people walking through the church, processional style. He said he was careful not to have more than eight or nine in the building at a time.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told reporters Sunday churches there were allowed to stay open, noting most churches are making services available online.
"Churches by and large do the right thing. They want to protect their parishioners," Hutchinson said. "There are a few that have a very small attendance and they socially distance. We don't recommend that but if it's within the guidelines then that's understandable."Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Sunday thanked religious leaders who held services online, calling it the "safest way to keep us all connected."Let's help us all stay safer at home during these religious holy days," Gimenez said.Other religious holidays are soon to follow, with the beginnings of the Jewish holiday of Passover on Wednesday evening and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan later this month.Several states have reported big jumps in cases, including Pennsylvania, which saw an increase of 1,494 cases, the governor's office said Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 11,510.New Jersey reported another 3,482 cases on Sunday for a total of 37,505. At least 917 have died, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy's office said.After "multiple" conversations with the White House, Murphy on Sunday said the state had secured an additional 500 ventilators. He called them the state's No. 1 need.We're deeply grateful," Murphy told CNN's Wolf Blitzer Sunday evening, before adding, "It won't be enough."
"We're going to have, I think, not just a tough week ahead, but I think a tough several weeks ahead," Murphy said. "Whether it's ventilators, personal protective equipment, beds, health care workers - those will all be constraints as we go through the next few weeks."Louisiana reported a 21% increase in cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 12,500 cases, according to the state health department."We are still very much in this," Dr. Joseph Kanter, assistant state health officer for the department, said in a news conference. "In fact we haven't even hit halfway."New Orleans' coroner's office and mortuaries have reached their limit, said Mayor LaToya Cantrell, and she's asked the federal government for additional refrigeration. oOfficials are responding to the influx by converting a convention center into an emergency hospital.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday his state could run out of ventilators by the end of the week if cases continue to surge.
We now think it's probably around the 9th of April before we exceed our ventilator capacity based on the current number on hand, and ... we're a couple of days behind that on ICU bed capacity being exceeded," he told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."
Washington health authorities say the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the state has reached 310.The state Department of Health released updated figures Saturday that also showed 625 new confirmed cases in Washington, bringing the total to 7,591.For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
An ocean liner forced by a deadly onboard coronavirus outbreak to languish at sea since mid-March pulled into a South Florida port on Thursday, after authorities settled plans for the vessel and its sister ship to dock and most passengers to come ashore.The Holland America Line cruise ship MS Zaandam and its twin, the MS Rotterdam, docked late in the afternoon at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where medical personnel immediately began off-loading 13 severely ill passengers and one crew member for transport to area hospitals.Arrival of the ships capped a nearly three-week ordeal during which about 100 passengers and dozens of crew aboard the Zaandam reported influenza-like illness and four passengers died as numerous Latin American ports along its route refused the vessel's entry.Nearly two-thirds of the Zaandam's original passengers - those who cleared a medical screening - were transferred to the Rotterdam before the ships were granted passage through the Panama Canal on Sunday.U.S. President Donald Trump intervened on Tuesday to urge Florida officials to accept the stricken cruise ship after Governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Republican, had declared the Zaandam unwelcome, saying he did not want its sick passengers "dumped" in his state.The governor relented once a "unified command" consisting of federal, state and local authorities reached agreement days later on a plan for repatriating the Zaandam, which departed Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7 for what was to have been a 20-day voyage to Chile. A second leg of the cruise had been due to end in Fort Lauderdale on April 7.The Broward County Commission gave final approval to the plan, which is to be paid for by the cruise line, early Thursday."These two ships have U.S. citizens on board. I think the Zaandam has 40, 50 Floridians, so I think we have an interest in making sure these folks come safely," DeSantis told a news conference on Thursday before the vessels arrived.He said the arrival plan provides for a "controlled exit."At least 26 passengers known to still be symptomatic but not requiring hospitalization will remain aboard the ships in port until they are well and declared fit for travel under federal health guidelines, according to details of the agreement.
Holland America said its medical staff would care for them.Most of the remaining 1,200 some passengers, assuming they pass a medical screening, were expected to begin disembarking on Friday and be transferred straight to chartered flights home."Out of an abundance of caution, these guests will be transported in coaches that will be sanitized, with limited person-to-person contact and while wearing masks," the cruise line said.Until Thursday, none of the Zaandam's passengers had been off the ship since March 14, with all confined to their cabins for the past 10 days, according to the company.Holland America said 311 passengers are U.S. citizens, 52 of them residents of Florida. Those living near the port will drive home, the cruise line said.None of 1,180-plus crew members from the two ships will be allowed off in Fort Lauderdale, though it was not clear when the vessels will leave and how their personnel will be repatriated.Initial objections to the Zaandam's arrival had drawn a rebuke from Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of Trump's chief advisers on the pandemic, who urged Florida welcome the ships to port."You have to take care of the people who are ill. You just have an obligation to do that. And as quickly as possible. You've got to get the people who are not sick, who are not infected, off the ship," Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CBS "This Morning" just before the deal was reported.Keith Kobler, a passenger along with his wife, Doris, told NBC they were aware the country had undergone a major shift over the past month as the coronavirus spread nationwide."It's probably going to be strange for us," he said.
New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.As hot spots flared around the U.S. in places like New Orleans and Southern California dies loaded onto refrigerated morgue trucks by gurney and forklift outside overwhelmed hospitals, in full view of passing motorists."It's like a battlefield behind your home," said 33-year-old Emma Sorza, who could hear the sirens from severely swamped Elmhurst Hospital in Queens.And the worst is yet to come."How does it end? And people want answers," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "I want answers. The answer is nobody knows for sure."President Donald Trump acknowledged that the federal stockpile is nearly depleted of personal protective equipment used by doctors and nurses and warned of trying times to come."Difficult days are ahead for our nation," he said. "We're going to have a couple of weeks, starting pretty much now, but especially a few days from now that are going to be horrific."Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus can be spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, leading the U.S. government to issue new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a potential carrier.Stocks tumbled on Wall Street and markets around the world, a day after the White House warned Americans to brace for 100,000 to 240,000 deaths projected in the U.S. before the crisis is over. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 970 points, or over 4%.
A new report Wednesday from the United Nations said the global economy could shrink by almost 1% this year instead of growing at a projected 2.5%.Under growing pressure, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis belatedly joined his counterparts in more than 30 states in issuing a statewide stay-home order. The governors of Pennsylvania, Nevada and Mississippi took similar steps.Trump said his administration has agreed to ship out 1,000 breathing machines vital for treating severe cases of COVID-19. He said the U.S. government has kept close hold on its stockpile of nearly 10,000 ventilators so they can be deployed quickly to states in need.Meanwhile, European nations facing extraordinary demand for intensive-care beds are putting up makeshift hospitals, unsure whether they will find enough healthy medical staff to run them. London is days away from unveiling a 4,000-bed temporary hospital built in a huge convention center.
In a remarkable turnabout, rich economies where virus cases have exploded are welcoming help from less wealthy ones. Russia sent medical equipment and masks to the United States. Cuba supplied doctors to France. Turkey dispatched protective gear and disinfectant to Italy and Spain.Worldwide, more than 900,000 people have been infected and over 45,000 have died, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, though the real figures are believed to be much higher because of testing shortages, differences in counting the dead and large numbers of mild cases that have gone unreported.The U.S. recorded about 210,000 infections and about 4,800 deaths, with New York City accounting for about 1 out of 4 dead.More than 80,000 people have volunteered as medical reinforcements in New York, including recent retirees, health care professionals taking a break from their regular jobs and people between gigs.The few who have hit the ground already found a hospital system being driven to the breaking point."It's hard when you lose patients. It's hard when you have to tell the family members: 'I'm sorry, but we did everything that we could,'" said nurse Katherine Ramos of Cape Coral, Florida, who has been working at New York Presbyterian Hospital. "It's even harder when we really don't have the time to mourn, the time to talk about this."To ease the crushing caseload, the city's paramedics have been told they shouldn't take fatal heart attack victims to hospitals to have them pronounced dead. Patients have been transferred to the Albany area. A Navy hospital ship has docked in New York, the mammoth Javits Convention Center has been turned into a hospital, and the tennis center that hosts the U.S. Open is being converted to one, too.On near-lockdown, the normally bustling streets in the city of 8.6 million are empty, and sirens are no longer easily ignored as just urban background noise."After 9/11, I remember we actually wanted to hear the sound of ambulances on our quiet streets because that meant there were survivors, but we didn't hear those sounds, and it was heartbreaking. Today, I hear an ambulance on my strangely quiet street and my heart breaks, too," said 61-year-old Meg Gifford, a former Wall Streeter who lives on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Nearly 6,200 New York City police officers, or one-sixth of the department, were out sick Wednesday, including about 4,800 who reported flu-like systems, though it was not clear how many had the virus.Cuomo said projections suggest the crisis in New York will peak at the end of April, with a high death rate continuing through July."Let's cooperate to address that in New York because it's going to be in your town tomorrow," he warned. "If we learn how to do it right here - or learn how to do it the best we can, because there is no right, it's only the best we can - then we can work cooperatively all across this country."In Southern California, officials reported that at least 51 residents and six staff members at a nursing home east of Los Angeles have been infected and two have died. Mayor Eric Garcetti warned residents of the nation's second-largest city to wear non-medical-grade masks whenever they go outside.The number of dead topped 270 in Louisiana, Grand Canyon National Park closed to visitors indefinitely, and Florida was locked in a standoff over whether two cruise ships with sick and dead passengers may dock in the state.Even as the virus appears to have slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals on the Continent are buckling under the load.We don't have enough masks, enough protective equipment, and by the end of the week we might be in need of more medication too," said Paris emergency worker Christophe Prudhomme.Spain reported a record 864 deaths in one day, for a total of more than 9,000, while France registered an unprecedented 509 and more than 4,000 in all. In Italy, with over 13,000 dead, the most of any country, morgues overflowed with bodies, caskets piled up in churches and doctors were forced to decide which desperately ill patients would get breathing machines.England's Wimbledon tennis tournament was canceled for the first time since World War II.India's highest court ordered news media and social media sites to carry the government's "official version" of developments, echoing actions taken in other countries to curb independent reporting.Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to order law enforcement to shoot troublemakers and stop massive food and cash aid if there are riots and people defy a lockdown imposed on millions. Duterte, who has been condemned for a brutal anti-drug crackdown that left thousands of mostly poor suspects dead, also said he would ask police to punish people who attack health workers with toxic chemicals by dousing the offenders with the substance or forcing them to drink it.The strain facing some of the world's best health care systems has been aggravated by hospital budget cuts over the past decade in Italy, Spain, France and Britain. They have called in medical students, retired doctors and even laid-off flight attendants with first aid training.The staffing shortage has been worsened by the high numbers of infected personnel. In Italy alone, nearly 10,000 medical workers have contracted the virus and more than 60 doctors have died.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with health problems, it can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia.
A Southern California nursing home has been hit hard by the coronavirus, with more than 50 residents infected - a troubling development amid cautious optimism that cases in the state may peak more slowly than expected. Cedar Mountain Post Acute Rehabilitation in Yucaipa has been told to assume that all of its patients have the COVID-19 virus, San Bernardino County Department of Public Health Director Trudy Raymundo said. As of Tuesday, 51 residents and six staff members had tested positive. Two patients have died, including an 82-year-old woman who had existing health problems.The nursing home east of Los Angeles isn't accepting new residents and the facility has been closed to visitors under Gov. Gavin Newsom's two-week-old stay-at-home order, Raymundo said.
The announcement came as Newsom said extraordinary efforts to keep people home have bought the time needed to prepare for an expected peak surge of coronavirus cases in coming weeks.
Newsom said the slower-than-forecast increase in cases means the peak is now likely to occur in May, though he was reluctant to say whether that means the impact on the state won't be nearly as dire as initially feared.Two weeks ago, Newsom said more than half the state's 40 million people could be infected under a worst-case scenario."To be truthful and candid, the current modeling is on the lower end of our projection as I talk to you today," Newsom said Tuesday. "Very easily tomorrow I could say something differently, and that's why one just has to be very cautious about this."Under Newsom's direction, the state has been scrambling to add 50,000 hospital beds to its current 75,000 to ensure enough space for all potential patients during a peak.On Tuesday, there were more than 8,200 cases and at least 173 deaths reported in California, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. Michigan, which has 30 million fewer residents, had about 7,600 cases and at least 259 deaths.Health officials have warned that as testing ramps up, the number of cases will grow, in some instances very quickly.
Many have credited the state's early action to issue stay-at-home orders - first in the San Francisco Bay Area two weeks ago and then a few days later in Los Angeles and the rest of the state - with successfully slowing the rise of cases.Many retail businesses and social venues such as theme parks are closed, restaurants are only offering take out or delivery, and most school campuses have been closed for weeks.On Tuesday, San Francisco and six surrounding counties extended shelter-in-place orders until May 3 and added new restrictions, including closing playgrounds, dog parks, public picnic areas, golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, pools, and rock-climbing walls.Also on Tuesday, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond warned that he expects schools to remain closed into summer and suggested that districts plan to provide other forms of learning for the rest of the academic year.Millions of youngsters are getting "distance learning" through online teaching or other methods, such as watching special public broadcasting programs. However, the Los Angeles Unified School District hasn't reached all its 600,000 students.Some 15,000 high schoolers haven't taken part in any online learning and another 26,000 who are participating haven't checked in on a daily basis since campuses closed on March 16, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday.
While social distancing precautions seem to be generally obeyed by California's population, there are concerns that the virus will rampage through enclosed, crowded facilities such as nursing homes and prisons, and among the state's estimated 150,000 homeless people, who are hard to test or quarantine.For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that nursing home populations are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19 given the "congregate nature" of the facilities and the fact that many residents have chronic medical conditions.Eight residents of a New Jersey nursing home have died and all 94 residents of another New Jersey home were moved to another facility after two dozen tested positive for the coronavirus. In Washington state, some 35 residents of a single home near Seattle have died.U.S. Rep. Paul Cook, who represents the area that includes Yucaipa, said he and others had told themselves: "'God almighty, I hope that it never breaks out in a convalescent home,' and this is what has happened.""It could be serious today and even worse tomorrow if we don't do our jobs," he said. "We've got to make sure that this does not spread."Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said actions by California and Washington state to close schools, encourage people to work from home and only go out for essential needs had given her hope the virus could be controlled through social distancing measures.
Birx spoke Tuesday as grim new projections of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths nationwide were announced and President Donald Trump called on Americans to heed his safety guidelines, which are weaker than those in place in California and several other states.
A military hospital ship arrived in New York Monday as America's coronavirus epicenter gears up for the peak of the pandemic, with emergency restrictions extended as the national death toll passed 3,000.The navy's 1,000-bed USNS Comfort docked at a Manhattan pier as more US states enforced stay-at-home orders after President Donald Trump abandoned his Easter target for life returning to normal in the United States.The 894 foot-long vessel -- which also has space for a dozen operating rooms -- was greeted by cheering crowds after departing Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday.Its arrival came as Virginia, Maryland and the capital Washington became the latest areas to restrict citizens' movements, meaning almost three-quarters of Americans are now living, or about to live, under various phases of lockdown.On Sunday, Trump cancelled his plans to re-open much of the United States by Easter -- April 12 -- and extended social distancing guidelines until the end of April after his top scientists confronted him with data on the rising coronavirus deaths.
He said America's death rate was likely to increase for two weeks, describing as "horrible" a prediction by senior scientist Anthony Fauci that COVID-19 could claim up to 200,000 lives.Worst-affected New York is ramping up hospital capacity and taking delivery of desperately needed medical supplies as it races against time.
"We have been playing catch up from day one," Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters."Don't fight today's fight. Plan for two weeks, three weeks, four weeks from now when you're going to have the apex, and make sure that we're in a position to win the battle," he added.The Comfort will care for New Yorkers requiring intensive care unrelated to the coronavirus, easing the burden on a hospital network overwhelmed by an influx of COVID-19 patients.The US now has the highest number of confirmed cases in the world -- more than 163,000 according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.The virus has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the country, including more than 1,200 in New York state.Some 790 deaths have occurred in New York City, the country's financial capital and the most populous US city.It is spreading to other areas, notably New Jersey, Louisiana, Illinois and Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis said Monday he did not want passengers from the cruise ship Zaandam suspected of having the virus "dumped" in his state.New York opened a temporary emergency hospital in the Javits convention centre with 2,900 beds on Monday. A field hospital in Central Park is due to open Tuesday.Four other sites have also been approved to house patients discharged from hospitals to make way for residents suffering from the novel coronavirus.Flights run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began arriving at New York's JFK Airport as Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city needed 400 more ventilators by the end of the week, describing next Sunday as "D-Day."The flights, part of 50 planned under "Project Airbridge," are delivering millions of masks, gowns and thermometers for hospitals."We are all trying to reuse what we can because you never know when it's going to run out," 38-year-old doctor Peter Liang told AFP, referring to supplies at the Manhattan hospital he works in.Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric's healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus.Ford said the simplified ventilator design, which is licensed by GE Healthcare from Florida-based Airon Corp and has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, can meet the needs of most COVID-19 patients and relies on air pressure without the need for electricity.Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said Sunday that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die from "millions of cases."Trump told Fox News on Monday he expected a spike in cases around Easter, before numbers begin to fall. "That would be a day of celebration. And we just want to do it right," said Trump, who earlier said he expected the country to "be well on our way to recovery" by June 1.Fauci said he had no trouble convincing Trump to extend the confinement guidelines. "It was a pretty clear picture," Fauci told CNN on Monday.Trump, who initially downplayed COVID-19 pandemic, has oscillated between stressing the seriousness of the outbreak to talking of the need to get people back to work quickly.A staggering 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the third week of March, by far the highest ever recorded.
President Donald Trump backed away from calling for a quarantine for coronavirus hotspots in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, instead directing Saturday night that a "strong Travel Advisory" be issued to stem the spread of the outbreak.After consulting with the White House task force leading the federal response and the governors of the three affected states, Trump said: "I have asked the @CDCgov to issue a strong Travel Advisory, to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the Federal Government. A quarantine will not be necessary."Trump had told reporters earlier Friday that he had spoken with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others who wanted the federal government to restrict travel from the New York metropolitan area to their states.The notion of a quarantine had been sharply criticized by the governors of New York and Connecticut.Trump told reporters that he had spoken with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, among others, and that "a lot of the states that are infected but don't have a big problem, they've asked me if I'll look at it, so we're going to look at it."New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has criticized the federal government's response as his state became the country's virus epicenter, said roping off states would amount to "a federal declaration of war." Cuomo said the prospect of a quarantine didn't come up when he spoke with Trump earlier Saturday, adding that he believed it would be illegal, economically catastrophic, "preposterous" and shortsighted when other parts of the U.S. are seeing cases rise, too."If you start walling off areas all across the country, it would be totally bizarre, counterproductive, anti-American, anti-social," Cuomo told CNN. He added that locking down the nation's financial capital would shock the stock market and "paralyze the economy" at a time when Trump has indicated he's itching to get the economy back on track.Trump made his remarks while on a trip to Norfolk, Virginia, to see off a U.S. Navy hospital ship heading to New York City to help with the pandemic. At the event, he spoke to a sparse crowd at the naval base and cautioned Americans to take virus protections, even though he himself, at 73, is in a high-risk category and among those who have been advised to refrain from all non-essential travel.The federal government is empowered to take measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states, but it's not clear that means Trump can ban people from leaving their state. It has never been tested in the modern era - and in rare cases when any quarantine was challenged, the courts generally sided with public health officials.
Courts have ruled consistently for years that the authority to order quarantines inside states rests almost entirely with the states, under provisions in the Constitution ceding power not explicitly delegated to the federal government to states. The federal government, though, would have power under constitutional clauses regulating commerce to quarantine international travelers or those traveling state to state who might be carriers of deadly diseases.Still, "it is entirely unprecedented that governors or the president would prevent people from traveling from one state to another during an infectious disease outbreak," said Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor and public health specialist who questioned Trump's ability to order a quarantine on states.But as Trump traveled to Norfolk, he tweeted: "I am giving consideration to a QUARANTINE of developing "hot spots", New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. A decision will be made, one way or another, shortly."When asked about legal authority for quarantine, the incoming White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said officials are "evaluating all the options right now."Administration officials were discussing less-stringent measures as well. One idea under consideration would be to tell residents of the hard-hit areas to isolate themselves and not travel for two weeks, just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has instructed anyone who recently left New York to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to one person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing deliberations.The measure wouldn't necessarily come with any legal force or penalty, just the hope that people would comply in an effort to try to contain the virus spread.The governors of Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas already have ordered people arriving from the New York area to self-quarantine for at least 14 days upon arrival. In a more dramatic step, Rhode Island police have begun pulling over drivers with New York plates so that the National Guard can collect contact information and inform them of a mandatory, 14-day quarantine.Trump said the idea of isolating many in the trio of Democratic strongholds in the Northeast was pushed by DeSantis, one of the president's most outspoken supporters. It came a day after Trump made clear he wanted governors to be grateful when asking for federal support for the pandemic.Trump said people "go to Florida and a lot of people don't want that. So we'll see what happens." He later clarified it would not affect truckers or people transiting through, and would not affect trade.Florida is a perennial swing state, and one Trump must win come November - plus he recently moved his residence from New York to Florida. It also has a population of 21 million with a large percentage of old people, who are particularly vulnerable to the virus.DeSantis confirmed he had spoken with the president about the possibility of a quarantine for the New York City area. Speaking Saturday to reporters, DeSantis said Florida will soon set up a checkpoint along Interstate 95 to screen travelers from that area, similar to one already in place along Interstate 10 to screen people from Louisiana. Many airports in Florida also are screening travelers from certain areas, requiring them to self-isolate for 14 days.
The U.S. leads the world in reported cases with more than 121,000. There were roughly 2,000 deaths recorded by Saturday night, according to John Hopkins University.New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, said he did not talk about quarantining the tri-state area in his recent conversation with Trump, and learned of the president's comments as he walked into Saturday's daily briefing."Until further notified we're going to keep doing exactly what we're doing, because we believe the data and the facts are on our side in terms of this aggressive, as aggressive as any American state right now, in terms of social distancing and flattening the curve," he said.Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, also a Democrat, said at a news conference that Trump's words about a quarantine have created a "certain amount of confusion" and that "confusion can lead to panic." He said such a quarantine order would be "impossible to enforce given the spider web of roads" and that he hoped the White House would clarify what it wants.After speaking in Norfolk, Trump watched as the USS Comfort slowly made its way out of port. The 1,000-bed hospital ship had been undergoing planned maintenance, but was rushed back into service to aid the city.It is scheduled to arrive Monday at a Manhattan pier days after its sister ship, the USNS Mercy, arrived in Los Angeles to perform a similar duty on the West Coast.For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.
The sum of known coronavirus U.S. cases soared well past 100,000, with more than 1,600 dead, as weary doctors and nurses protested at shortages of scarce medical supplies that some have to keep under lock and key or even buy on the black market. American healthcare workers in the trenches of the pandemic appealed on Friday for more protective gear and equipment to treat a surge in patients that is already pushing hospitals to their limits in virus hot spots such as New York City, New Orleans and Detroit. Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center in New York's borough of the Bronx protested outside the hospital on Saturday, saying supervisors asked them to reuse personal protective equipment, including masks. Some held signs with slogans including "Protect our lives so we can save yours.""The masks are supposed to be one-time use," one nurse said, according to videos posted online. "Now, all of a sudden the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is saying that it's fine for us to reuse them. These choices are being made not based on science. They're being made based on need." One resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital said they were issued with just one mask."This is your mask forever. You can bring it home with you. Here's how you can clean your mask," said the resident, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media. "It's not the people who are making these decisions that go into the patients' rooms." Doctors are also especially concerned about a shortage of ventilators, machines that help patients breathe and are widely needed for those suffering from COVID-19, the pneumonia-like respiratory ailment caused by the highly contagious novel coronavirus. Hospitals have also sounded the alarm about scarcities of drugs, oxygen tanks and trained staff. The number of confirmed U.S. infections rose by about 18,000 on Friday, the highest jump in a single day, to more than 103,000. By Saturday morning, the total stood at 103,598. The United States has had the most recorded coronavirus cases of any country since its count of infections eclipsed those of China and Italy on Thursday. With at least 1,638 lives lost as of Saturday morning, the United States ranked sixth in national death tolls from the pandemic, according to a Reuters tabulation of official data. As shortages of key medical supplies abounded, desperate physicians and nurses were forced to take matters into their own hands.New York-area doctors say they have had to recycle some protective gear, or even resort to bootleg suppliers.Dr. Alexander Salerno of Salerno Medical Associates in northern New Jersey described going through a "broker" to pay $17,000 for masks and other protective equipment that should have cost about $2,500, and picking them up at an abandoned warehouse."You don't get any names. You get just phone numbers to text," Salerno said. "And so you agree to a term. You wire the money to a bank account. They give you a time and an address to come to."Nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York said they were locking away or hiding N95 respirator masks, surgical masks and other supplies that are prone to pilfering if left unattended."Masks disappear," nurse Diana Torres said. "We hide it all in drawers in front of the nurses' station."One nurse at Westchester Medical Center, in the suburbs of the city, said colleagues have begun absconding with scarce supplies without asking, prompting better-stocked teams to lock masks, gloves and gowns in drawers and closets. An emergency room doctor in Michigan, an emerging epicenter of the pandemic, said he was wearing one paper face mask for an entire shift due to a shortage and that hospitals in the Detroit area would soon run out of ventilators."We have hospital systems here in the Detroit area in Michigan who are getting to the end of their supply of ventilators and have to start telling families that they can't save their loved ones because they don't have enough equipment," the physician, Dr. Rob Davidson, said in a video posted on Twitter.U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invoked emergency powers to require General Motors Co to start building ventilators after he accused the largest U.S. automaker of "wasting time" during negotiations.He had previously resisted mounting calls for him to invoke the Defense Production Act, a Korean War-era statute that gives the president broad procurement powers in national emergencies.Sophia Thomas, a nurse practitioner at DePaul Community Health Center in New Orleans, where Mardi Gras celebrations late last month fueled an outbreak in Louisiana's largest city, said the numbers of coronavirus patients "have been staggering."In the nation's second-largest city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said spiking cases were putting Southern California on track to match New York City's infection figures in the next week.
A nurse died from coronavirus after working nonstop for weeks at a hospital where staffers frustrated with dwindling supplies posed in gowns made of trash bags. An emergency room doctor fears he had the virus long before getting too sick to work. Another nurse worries the lone mask she's issued each day won't be enough to protect her from an unending tide of hacking, feverish patients.At New York City-area hospitals on the front lines of the biggest coronavirus outbreak in the nation, workers are increasingly concerned about the ravages of the illness in their own ranks, and that the lack of testing and protective gear is making it not a matter of if they get it, but when."Our emergency room was like a petri dish," said Benny Mathew, a nurse at Montefiore Medical Center who got word Thursday that he had COVID-19 and is now worried he may infect his wife and two daughters."I'm angry. We could have secured enough personal protective equipment months ago. It was happening in China since December," he said. "But we thought it was never going to happen here."Some hospitals have had so many dying patients that the city brought in refrigerated truck trailers for bodies as a precaution. At Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, 13 people succumbed to the virus in one day. City ambulances have seen a surge in calls, responding to nearly 5,800 on Thursday alone.Several doctors, nurses and paramedics told The Associated Press of deteriorating working conditions in emergency rooms and ICUs that make caretakers even more vulnerable. Sick patients are placed in beds packed end-to-end. Limited supplies of face masks, gowns and shields have them wearing the same protective equipment all day. A lack of available ventilators could soon put doctors and nurses in the agonizing position of prioritizing who gets them and who does not.And perhaps most troubling, changes in official guidance that allow health care workers exposed to coronavirus to continue working, as long as they themselves are not showing symptoms. Some health care workers say they're being told they can keep working even if they've tested positive for the disease, known as COVID-19, as long as they're asymptomatic."We just have to hope we don't get infected," said William da Silva, a nurse at St. Vincent's Hospital in suburban Westchester. "People are going back to work with COVID-19, and they're going to infect the patients and each other."Da Silva is certain he's been infected, but he said he's been getting the run around from officials all week as he seeks to get tested. Self-quarantined with his pregnant wife and toddler, he's so disillusioned by how he's been treated that he may not go back."I've put them all at risk," Da Silva said of his family. "I don't think I want to go back to that environment after this because apparently we don't matter. I can't continue working in hospitals after this."While the city has meticulously tracked the toll of its outbreak - reporting 21,873 infections, 281 deaths and at least 3,900 hospitalized as of Thursday - officials say they do not have numbers on how many health care workers are sick or dying.Hospital operator Northwell Health said 155 of its 72,000 employees have tested positive for coronavirus. The New York State Nurses Association said at least 67 nurses had been infected. The union for the city's EMS workers said more than 50 had tested positive and more than 400 are showing symptoms. One of them, paramedic Christell Cadet, is in critical condition in a Brooklyn ICU.It's been a common theme as the virus has spread around the world.In China, where the outbreak started, over 3,000 medical workers are believed to have been among the more than 80,000 people infected. Health care workers account for about one-tenth of the more than 74,000 infections in Italy, and roughly one-eighth of the 47,600 cases in Spain.In New York City, at least one health care worker has been killed by coronavirus.Mount Sinai West emergency room nurse Kious Kelly, 36, died Tuesday after a 10-day bout with the disease. He worked at the same hospital where three nurses, frustrated at the scarcity of supplies, posted pictures of themselves on social media wearing makeshift garbage bag protective gowns, an image splashed on Thursday's New York Post cover with the headline: "TREATED LIKE TRASH."A nurse who worked with Kelly for eight years fell ill at the same time. Emailing the AP from her sick bed, she said Kelly had worked as a supervisor for weeks without a break since the coronavirus started taking hold in New York. She shared her thoughts on condition of anonymity because she said hospital policy threatens employees with termination for speaking to the media."He was helping nurses on the floor, pushing beds, transferring patients," said the nurse. "A couple weeks before his death we were talking about his future plans and he was telling me that he would go back to school. I am devastated about his death and cannot stop crying."In a statement Thursday, Mount Sinai Health System denied that the nurses depicted in trash bags were actually using them as protective gear since the real gear could be seen beneath the bags. "This crisis is straining the resources of all New York area hospitals and while we do - and have had - enough protective equipment for our staff, we will all need more in the weeks ahead," it said.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledges the ranks of health care workers are thinning while also claiming "no hospital, no nurse, no doctor can say legitimately, 'I don't have protective equipment.'"Medical specialists from other areas have been redeployed to emergency rooms and ICUs, and a volunteer force of 40,000 retired doctors, nurses, therapists and technicians will soon answer the call for reinforcements.Montefiore emergency room nurse Judy Sheridan said personal protective equipment are "clearly not being made available in any meaningful way to front line caregivers" and reusing masks will only make them susceptible to contamination."This is like telling a person, 'Here are three piece of toilet paper - make that last for a week!'" said Sheridan, who is also president of the State Nurses Association.Barbara Rosen, a registered nurse in New Jersey for more than four decades and a vice president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, said members are "scared to death."
"You're being torn between going out and doing your duty, what you were born to do, which is to take care of sick patients, and getting sick yourself and bringing it home to your family," she said.While coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, older people and those with existing health problems could have a more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.Rosen said her union has also heard from nurses using garbage bags to protect their clothing and receiving expired masks that could have decomposed elastic bands, compromising safety. She called the lack of resources "unheard of in the medical profession. It's like going into a three-alarm fire with a water pistol."Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed Thursday to get health care workers the supplies they need: "One way or another, we're going to get them to you every day," he said, adding that the city has enough supplies for this week, at least.In another effort to bolster the ranks of health care workers, the state is taking up an offer from New York University's medical school to allow students who completed their final year of training to become doctors immediately and help in the city's hospitals.For Evan Gerber, among about 60 NYU fourth-year medical students who have accepted the battlefield promotion, the furor over personal protective equipment is indeed weighing on his mind."Of course I'm a little bit nervous to jump into this ... anybody would be," said the 26-year-old from the Phoenix area. "It's definitely one of the risks that you take when you enter medicine. One of the big things that's driving fear here is the unknown."
Long lines of people formed Thursday morning outside Elmhurst Hospital in New York City where in just 24 hours, officials say 13 patients died of coronavirus. The hospital is now "at the center of this crisis."Dr. Colleen Smith, an emergency care physician at the hospital, described the area where the COVID-19 patients are being treated as "a parking lot of stretchers." As one emergency care physician told ABC News plainly, "this is ground zero."ABC News has obtained video from inside the hospital and sources there said they are seeing relatively young and seemingly healthy people hardest hit by this virus.One nurse who has worked at Elmhurst for over a decade, who previously dealt with multiple disease outbreaks and a hurricane, told ABC News, "I've never seen anything like this." She described the emergency room as "absolute chaos. The facility is overwhelmed." Another doctor said, "We're running out of stretchers. We need chairs."
At one point, the hospital even came close to running out of oxygen, according to one emergency care physician. When asked by ABC News what they needed most, he said, "ventilators, critical care staff, and space" - in that order.One doctor described the scene inside the emergency room as "apocalyptic" in an article posted by the New York Times."Right now, we're seeing double our average census every day," said Dr. Ben McVane. "We're filling up we're filling up our ICUs. We have several floors now that are devoted only to COVID positive patients. So we're finding ourselves getting close to being overwhelmed by patients. Some of these are very sick patients."
According to Smith, the hospital's entire Intensive Care Unit is now fully dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients, along with the cardiac, surgical and medical units all transitioned into the ICU as well.
NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, which runs public hospitals in New York City, declined to respond to ABC News' questions about Elmhurst, but the organization's president, Mitchell Katz, pointed to the transfer of the 30 patients from Elmhurst to other facilities to "help relieve our hospital at Elmhurst."Elmhurst has a level one trauma center and is located in one of the most densely populated spots in the city's most populous borough.It is also the hospital to which Rikers Island inmates are rushed in the event of an emergency at the city's jail complex.Of the more than 20,000 coronavirus cases in NYC there are at least 6,000 cases in Queens, the most of any borough.NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city has received enough supplies from the federal government to keep hospitals going over the last 24 hours, but they still need thousands more ventilators.The health department's full statement is below:"Elmhurst is at the center of this crisis, and it's the number one priority of our public hospital system right now. The frontline staff are going above and beyond in this crisis, and we continue surging supplies and personnel to this critical facility to keep pace with the crisis. We are literally increasing the effective capacity of the hospital on a daily basis by sending more doctors, nurses, ventilators and PPE to meet demand.Over the last 24 hours, 13 people have passed away, but that is consistent with the number of ICU patients being treated there. Staff are doing everything in our power to save every person who contracts COVID-19, but unfortunately this virus continues to take an especially terrible toll on the elderly and people with preexisting conditions.We need New Yorkers to do their part. Stay home. And don't seek emergency care for mild or moderate symptoms."
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CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the United States. In addition to CDC, many public health laboratories are now testing for the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
Total cases: 54,453
Total deaths: 737
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure*†
Cases of COVID-19 Reported in the US, by Source of Exposure
Travel-related 584
Close contact 986
Under investigation 52,883
Total cases 54,453
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

† CDC is no longer reporting the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) that have been tested, as well as PUIs that have tested negative. Now that states are testing and reporting their own results, CDC's numbers are not representative of all testing being done nationwide.
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Nearly one in three Americans was under orders on Sunday to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as Ohio, Louisiana and Delaware became the latest states to enact broad restrictions, along with the city of Philadelphia.The three states join New York, California, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey, home to 101 million Americans combined, as cases nationwide topped 32,000, with more than 415 dead, according to a Reuters tally."Every piece of evidence that I can lay my hands on indicates that we're at an absolutely crucial time in this war and what we do now will make all the difference in the world," said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. "What we do now will slow this invader. It will slow this invader so our healthcare system ... will have time to treat casualties."In the US Senate, partisan disagreement blocked a massive coronavirus response bill from advancing, with Democrats saying the Republican measure focused too heavily on helping corporations.But Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer said he believed differences could be overcome in the next 24 hours.The economic relief bill being finalized by the US Congress will include a one-time US$3,000 payment for families and allow the Federal Reserve to leverage up to US$4 trillion of liquidity to support the nation's economy, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.Mnuchin, speaking on the Fox News Sunday television program, said the additional liquidity measures would allow the US central bank to help a broad base of businesses to get through the next 90 to 120 days.Trump administration officials hoped to finalize the legislation on Sunday and see a vote on Monday, Mnuchin said, adding that further steps could be taken if the crisis did not abate in 10 to 12 weeks.Mnuchin said the US economy would clearly take a hit from the health crisis, but should rebound once the new coronavirus has been contained.Ohio has 351 cases and three deaths, while Louisiana has 837 cases and 20 deaths, several in a senior-care facility. Louisiana has the third-highest number of cases per capita and saw a 10-fold increase in cases in the past week, Governor John Bel Edwards said.Dallas County in Texas, home to over 2.5 million people, and Philadelphia, with 1.6 million residents, told non-essential businesses on Sunday to close and residents to stay home.In Kentucky, non-essential businesses must close by 8 p.m. EDT on Monday but authorities stopped short of ordering residents to stay home.Republican US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky on Sunday became the first member of the Senate to announce he had tested positive for the coronavirus. At least two members of the House of Representatives previously said they tested positive.Around the globe, billions are adapting to a new reality, with countries such as Italy, Spain and France on lockdown and several South American nations taking similar measures to try to stay ahead of the contagion, as global cases exceeded 325,000 and deaths topped 14,000.The mayor of New York City, the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus epidemic, on Sunday described the outbreak as the biggest domestic crisis since the Great Depression and called for the US military to mobilize to help keep the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed.
"If we don't get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die who don't have to die," said Mayor Bill de Blasio, as the nation's most populous city saw Covid-19 cases top 9,600 and deaths climb to 63.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged the federal government to take over acquisition of medical supplies so states do not have to compete with each other for desperately needed resources.Help is not coming quickly enough, Cuomo said."Time matters, minutes count, and this is literally a matter of life and death," he said. "At the same time, there is not going to be chaos, there is not going to be anarchy. Life is going to go on. Different. But life is going to go on."Cuomo gave New York City officials 24 hours to come up with a plan to deal with residents still congregating in parks and other places and not practicing social distancing.De Blasio said New York City was not getting needed medical supplies from the federal government to contend with the rapid spread of the sometimes deadly illness.Hospitals are scrambling for protective equipment for healthcare workers and for ventilators as they brace for a wave of patients who will need help breathing as severe cases often lead to pneumonia and decreased lung function.Over the past week, US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing for aggressive steps to stem the economic hit, after Trump spent several weeks downplaying the virus' risks.Trump said on Sunday the National Guard would help New York, California and Washington state respond to the coronavirus crisis.He said the US hospital ship Mercy would be in Los Angeles within a week and provided detailed numbers for the first time on the types and quantities of medical supplies sent to outbreak centers.
Vice President Mike Pence said 254,000 Americans had been tested for the coronavirus and 10 percent were positive.The number of cases of the highly contagious respiratory illness in the United States and Spain is exceeded only by China and Italy. Italy reported record numbers of daily coronavirus deaths last week."This is going to be the greatest crisis domestically since the Great Depression," de Blasio told CNN, referring to the economic crisis of the 1930s. "This is why we need a full-scale mobilization of the American military."Texas Governor Greg Abbott lamented the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) available for health workers. He said they were seeing delivery dates in July."That's not going to work. We need delivery dates tomorrow," Abbott said at a briefing. "We have ready money today for anybody who can sell us PPE. We'll cut you a check on the spot."
Total cases: 15,219
Total deaths: 201
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.
There are more than 255,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Italy has the highest death rate among all countries.
There are 14,631 diagnosed cases in the U.S., spanning all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. At least 215 people have died in the U.S., according to ABC News' count.

Total cases: 10,442
Total deaths: 150
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.
California's 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, warning that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the state's medical system.The move, the most sweeping by any state so far, was an exclamation point at the end of a week of increasingly aggressive moves meant to keep the virus in check by forcing people to stay away from each other as often as possible."I can assure you home isolation is not my preferred choice, I know it's not yours, but it's a necessary one," Newsom said at an evening news conference streamed on social media.He assured residents that they "can still take your kids outside, practicing common sense and social distancing. You can still walk your dog." Restaurant meals can still be delivered to homes.The announcement came after the release of a letter to President Donald Trump where Newsom warned the virus was spreading quickly and eventually could infect more than half the state's population. A spokesman later clarified that the figure did not take into account the aggressive mitigation efforts that have been made.The governor said he doesn't expect police will be needed to enforce his stay-at-home order, saying "social pressure" already has led to social distancing throughout the state."I don't believe the people of California need to be told through law enforcement that it's appropriate just to home isolate," he said.The Democrat who is barely a year into his first term also called up 500 National Guard troops to help distribute food. The move comes after panic buying led to massive lines at some grocery stores.Newsom also outlined a series of steps aimed at providing more space for hospital patients.He said the state has taken over a 357-bed bankrupt hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, soon will announce the purchase of a similarly sized hospital in Southern California and may use dormitories at the state's public colleges and universities. He also asked Trump to dock the Navy's 1,000-patient Mercy hospital ship in the Port of Los Angeles.The coronavirus is spread through sneezes and coughs. There are at least 1,030 confirmed cases in California and 18 people have died, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.Newsom's statewide order came after counties and communities covering about half the state's population already had issued similar edicts. He said the restriction is "open-ended" because it could raise false hopes if he included an end date.
However, he did offer a glimmer by saying he didn't expect it would last "many, many months."Just before Newsom's statewide declaration, Los Angeles announced what officials there called a "Safer at Home" order that carried the same restrictions."We're about to enter into a new way of living here in Los Angeles," Mayor Eric Garcetti said. "What we do and how we do it and if we get this right will determine how long this crisis lasts."In the letter to Trump seeking the hospital ship, Newsom said California's infection rates are doubling every four days in some areas and that 56% of the state's population could contract the virus in the next eight weeks, which would be more than 22 million people. He later said the "overwhelming majority won't have symptoms" and will be fine but that up to 20% could be hospitalized."If we meet this moment we can truly bend the curve" of escalating cases, Newsom said.For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. It can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, for some people, especially older adults and those with existing health problems.Most people recover - those with mild illness in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks, according to the World Health Organization.Also Thursday, Newsom asked U.S. House and Senate leaders for $1 billion to support state and local health systems. He said that money would be needed to do things like set up state-run and mobile hospitals, housing options to help people socially distance and testing and treatment for people without health insurance.He also asked for assistance so the state can extend unemployment benefits beyond the usual 26-week limit, expand food assistance programs, resources for the homeless and tribal communities and boost childcare programs. He further asked for assistance for schools, aid to local and state budgets and transportation relief."While California has prudently built a sizable Rainy Day Fund over the past ten years, the economic effects of this emergency are certain to mean that the state and its 58 counties will struggle to maintain essential programs and services," he wrote.
Newsom earlier announced $150 million of a $1 billion emergency state appropriation would go toward getting homeless people off the streets. He has estimated up to 60,000 of the state's homeless could get infected.This story has been corrected to show that Newsom said up to 20% of people infected by coronavirus, not 20,000 people, could be hospitalized.

Total cases: 7,038
Total deaths: 97
Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)
* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

Washington state health officials reported 11 new deaths from the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the state tally of fatalities to 65 - the highest in the country.Ten of the deaths were in King County and five were associated with the Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, Washington.To date, 35 of the state's death were linked to that facility.King County also reported 44 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the official count there to 562.Clark County also reported a death Wednesday - the county's third.Gov. Jay Inslee, on Tuesday, signed a measure drawing $200 million from the state's emergency "rainy day" fund for the state's coronavirus response.
Inslee said the funding bill "is really about protecting what we hold most dear, our lives and the lives of our loved ones."The measure has $175 million going to the public health system and the remainder to a dedicated unemployment fund for coronavirus impacts. The bill contains an emergency clause and takes effect immediately.
The state Employment Security Department did not immediately have data on the number unemployment compensation applications since the state was hit by the pandemic, but Inslee said that the state's $4.7 billion unemployment trust fund was `"very, very robust."For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the new virus.Inslee said it was possible the Legislature, which just adjourned its 60-day session last week, might have to be called back into special session if additional money is needed for the crisis.
"We can call a special session at any time that becomes necessary, and I would not be reluctant to do so," he said.He added he has told legislative leaders to be prepared to do their work even if needs to be done remotely due to social distancing requirements.And at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, it is not business as usual right now, Port of Seattle officials said Tuesday.This time last year, 50,000 passengers would be headed through airport security checkpoints at the beginning of spring break travel season, officials said.The airport, which remains open and operating, is currently averaging 16,000 passengers through its checkpoints.
West Virginia became the 50th state to report a case of the deadly novel coronavirus when Gov. Jim Justice announced the first positive test result Tuesday.Justice said the case was in the eastern panhandle of the state, but he gave no other details.The announcement comes just after the death toll from the virus in the United States passed 100, according to a CNN tally of data from state heath officials.Illinois reported its first death Tuesday, becoming one of 18 states to report the death of a resident who died from the virus in the pandemic.The grim milestone comes as health officials tout a consistent message: Limit your interactions now or overwhelm the health systems meant to take care of you. And get used to it, this won't be over soon.Tuesday at the White House, a reporter asked when the number of US cases could peak if the public adheres to social distancing."It probably would be several weeks or maybe longer before we know whether we had an effect," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. "And maybe, at the end of the day, we'll see a curve that would've been way, way up."Fauci said persuading younger people - who researchers say may be less likely to show symptoms but might pass the virus to more vulnerable people - to stay out of gathering places such as bars and restaurants was key.He hopes to say sooner rather than later that "we've seen that inflection and we're coming down," Fauci said.Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House task force response coordinator, also urged people Tuesday to cancel elective surgeries to ease strains on physicians and hospitals.As local measures are taking hold, the Trump administration is exploring ways to send money directly to Americans, possibly within two weeks, in a bid to curb the economic fallout, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Tuesday.While the White House has suggested limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer, state and local officials are giving orders for an altered American reality as the number of coronavirus cases across the United States surpasses 5,700.One of the new cases announced Tuesday is a person who was staying at a homeless shelter in New York. The person is now hospitalized, Department of Social Services spokesman Isaac McGinn said.Another is that of a 46-year-old member of the Navajo Nation who had returned to Arizona from traveling.Among the measures:
• Dallas said it was closing playgrounds, golf courses and tennis centers after Tuesday.
• North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said restaurants can only serve pickup orders or deliver food beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
• New Jersey's indoor shopping malls, amusement parks and amusement centers have closed "until the current emergency ends," according to Gov. Phil Murphy.
• New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's 8.4 million residents should prepare for a shelter in place order. The "very, very difficult decision" should be made in the next 48 hours. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose approval would be required for such a move, downplayed the possibility during an interview with CNN. "I don't think shelter in place works for one locality," he said.
• Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday the state was allowing no more than 10 people to gather on beaches statewide.
Public health officials say the US has reached a tipping point - warning that if residents don't take the call to action seriously, the country may approach the situation in Italy, which went on lockdown last week and where hospitals have been overwhelmed with more than 31,000 cases.The faster the disease spreads, the faster physicians will get sick, leading to a difficult scenario, Dr. Carlos Del Rio, a professor at Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine, told CNN on Tuesday."I'm really worried about ... having the worst possible combination: too many patients; too (few) doctors, nurses ... to take care of them.""Stay home. Do not leave," Del Rio said. "The economic pain is going to be significant, but we can stand it as a nation. We can do it for a month and stand it."The situation is stressing some health departments. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said the state is reaching out to retired nurses, to request they assist with patients.In Washington, Mnuchin expressed some support for an idea gaining backing among lawmakers: sending $1,000 checks to Americans. It will be discussed in Capitol Hill meetings, he said."I think it's clear we don't need to send (checks to) people who make $1 million a year ... but that's one of the ideas we like," Mnuchin said in a news conference with President Trump and other officials.Later, in a meeting with GOP senators, Mnuchin warned that a lack of action could drive unemployment to 20%, a Republican senate source told CNN.Stock indices were up Tuesday, a day after the Dow saw its worst one-day point drop in history.

And while more large events are being moved - the Kentucky Derby is being postponed from May 2 to September 5 - and the credit agency S and P Global says the world economy is in a recession, Amazon says it is hiring 100,000 more workers to keep up with online shopping surges.Pence: Defense Department could help expand medical capacityAfter New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week called on the Army Corps of Engineers to potentially help New York expand its hospital capacity, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday the Defense Department could help in two ways.First, the Defense Department could help establish field hospitals. Second, Pence said, the Army Corps of Engineers could retrofit existing buildings.
President Trump said Tuesday this administration was "starting the process" of examining the Army Corps of Engineers' potential role.
Trump also said the Food and Drug Administration was introducing "groundbreaking new policies to further increase testing," Trump said.
Source: Not enough medical equipment is stockpiled
Department of Health and Human Services officials said in a call with medical professionals Monday there isn't enough stockpiled medical equipment such as masks, gowns and gloves in the national stockpile to fill in the gaps that states and local communities may see, a source on the call told CNN.Tuesday, Pence urged construction companies to donate construction-grade N95 masks to local hospitals and forego additional orders as the nation's hospitals work to procure masks for health care workers."Those industrial masks that they use on construction sites are perfectly acceptable for health care workers to be protected from a respiratory disease," Pence said.HHS officials said the government didn't yet have a solution for possible equipment shortfalls but was working on one."We have been transparent that more supplies are needed - hence the request to Congress for additional funding so we could procure more and scale up production," an HHS spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.One Georgia hospital ripped through months' worth of supplies while tending to coronavirus patients, its president has told CNN.Scott Steiner, president and CEO of Phoebe Putney Health Systems, told CNN that despite being well prepared in terms of protective gear - with six months' worth of inventory stockpiled - the system has gone through five months' worth of that inventory in just six days.
There are now 119 presumptive and 45 confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts, health officials announced Saturday.
The cases involve 90 men and 74 women. Thirteen of the patients have been hospitalized, 115 not hospitalized and 36 are under investigation.One is from Barnstable County, nine are from Berkshire County, one is from Bristol County, six from Essex County, one from Hampden County, 75 from Middlesex County, 31 from Norfolk County, one from Plymouth County, 31 from Suffolk County, six from Worcester County and two unknown, according to the DPH.
Of the 164 cases, 108 have been linked to the Biogen conference.
Hospitals are able to take a swab from individuals who may be infected but those samples then have to be sent to the lab for additional examination.The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.
No more 24-hour Walmarts due to panic buying, chaos at airports as Americans flood back into the country and places of comfort such as bars, restaurants and movie theaters may soon be off limits as the coronavirus spreads across the United States."I think Americans should be prepared that they are going to have to hunker down significantly more than we as a country are doing," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Elderly people and those with underlying conditions need to be especially cautious.Fauci said he did not see domestic travel restrictions in the immediate future but warned, as he did last week, that the outbreak would get worse before it gets better.Asked whether he thought U.S. authorities should impose a 14-day lockdown to try to stop the spread of the virus, Fauci said: "You know, I would prefer (that) as much as we possibly could. I think we should really be overly aggressive and get criticized for over reacting."Fauci said on CBS' "Face the Nation" the idea of closing restaurants in the United States "might be overkill right now, but everything is on the table." He said he himself would not go to a restaurant."If it looks like you're overreacting, you're probably doing the right thing," Fauci said.With limited testing available, officials have recorded nearly 3,000 cases and 62 deaths in the United States, up from 58 the previous day. Donald Trump tested negative for coronavirus, his doctors said on Saturday, as the U.S. president extended a travel ban to Britain and Ireland to try to slow the pandemic. The U.S. House of Representatives passed an aid package on Saturday that would provide free testing and paid sick leave.U.S. officials appealed for patience on Sunday as travelers returning to the United States over the weekend were met by long lines and massive delays at major airports so they could be screened for the coronavirus.Trump said airport checks are "moving as quickly as possible but it is important to be vigilant and careful.The U.S. containment measures have so far been mild compared to the nationwide lockdowns imposed in Italy, France and Spain. The virus has infected more than 156,000 people in 142 countries, resulting in over, 5,800 deaths.New Jersey officials were also considering a statewide curfew, Governor Phil Murphy said on Sunday.Movie ticket sales in North America fell to their the lowest level for more than two decades this weekend, according to measurement firm Comscore.Democratic New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo called on Trump, a Republican, to mobilize the Army Corps of Engineers to create more hospital beds."We have had disagreements about your actions against New York, which we can pursue at another time. Today, let's work together as Americans. Time is short," Cuomo wrote on Sunday in an opinion piece in the New York Times.Cuomo has been criticized for not closing schools as other states have done, given that New York has a large cluster of coronavirus cases.Speaking on ABC's "This Week" program, Fauci acknowledged that the 13,000 respirators that were in the U.S. stockpile may not be enough if the number of cases in the United States jumped sharply. "What we're trying to do is make sure they don't get to the worst-case scenario."He said that no hospital system in the world is prepared for a massive increase in coronavirus cases but the United States has taken steps."We have a stockpile and we will hopefully be able to backfill and refill that stockpile," he said. "But I think people should remember, that's the reason why we want to blunt that curve. If you let the curve get up there, then the entire society is going to be hit."For an interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus, open tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in an external browser.
The US is on course to be severely ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak due to a delayed and dysfunctional testing regime and misleading messaging from the Trump administration, public health experts have warned.As of Friday, there were more than 1,600 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus across the US, with 41 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. However, the actual number of infected Americans is certain to be far higher, with the true toll obscured by a calamitous lack of testing.A lack of planning and restrictions that barred testing people without symptoms, even though the virus can be asymptomatic for some time, or those not arriving from overseas virus hotspots has needlessly worsened the situation, critics said.In the period from last Sunday until Wednesday morning, the CDC tested just 77 people in the US. By stark comparison the Utah Jazz basketball team alone managed to test 58 people as the NBA, along with scores of schools, Broadway shows and various other cultural and sporting events were shut down. Even in Washington state, where 31 people have died, health officials have had to ration test kits.On 31 January the Trump administration restricted travel from China, where Covid-19 originated, but then efforts to ramp up testing and ensure containment stalled. In a key setback, the administration rejected World Health Organization testing kits in favor of developing its own, which turned out to be faulty."The response has been frustrating and disappointing," said Thomas Chen-chia Tsai, a surgeon in Boston and faculty member of the Harvard Global Health Institute. "The strict quarantine measures in China bought the rest of the world a few weeks of time but in the US we were on the sidelines rather than reacting. It was a missed opportunity. If there was a targeted response we'd be in a very different position now."The US government didn't want to cause panic but Americans panic when there they sense there's no plan. That vacuum creates panic."This muddled response was exacerbated by Donald Trump who, reportedly fearful of the impact upon the stock market and his own re-election prospects, initially dismissed fears over the coronavirus as a "hoax" before stating that infections were "going very substantially down, not up". The administration promised millions of testing kits would be easily available to Americans.
All of these pronouncements have proved untrue, leading to sharp criticism of Trump.In an unusually stinging editorial, Holden Thorp, a chemist and editor-in-chief of Science, said the president's "distortion and denial is dangerous and almost certainly contributed to the federal government's sluggish response. After three years of debating whether the words of this administration matter, the words are now clearly a matter of life and death."The worsening situation has been acknowledged even by allies of the president. "We probably lost the chance to have an outcome like South Korea," said Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration chief under Trump, referencing a country that has helped curb the outbreak by testing nearly 20,000 people every day. "We must do everything to avert the tragic suffering being borne by Italy."Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, admitted in testimony to Congress this week that authorities had failed to respond swiftly to the spread of coronavirus."The idea of anybody getting [testing] easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not," he said. "It is a failing. I mean, let's admit it."
The US is now bracing itself for a huge wave of new infections without a coherent federal government response.Hampered structurally by the country's lack of paid sick leave and a for-profit healthcare system that makes going to the doctor prohibitively expensive for millions of Americans, states and cities are falling back on "social distancing" measures such as shutting down large gatherings and promoting good hygiene.Belated actions by Trump, such as banning travel from much of Europe, have done little to tackle a virus that has already raced across the American continent, with experts now predicting that tens of millions of people will become infected.Andy Slavitt, former head of Medicare under Barack Obama's administration, tweeted that there were expectations of "over 1 million deaths in the US since the virus was not contained and we cannot even test for it. This will be recorded as a major preventable public health disaster."Even a sudden surge in testing, combined with accurate, sober advice from the Trump administration, won't prevent a huge strain placed upon a fragmented American healthcare system that delivers wildly different outcomes for people depending upon their financial means. Ominously, there are far fewer hospital beds per capita in the US compared to the Lombardy region in Italy, where the coronavirus has overwhelmed the healthcare system."We don't have all the beds we need and if this thing hits us full on we are going to be up the creek," said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association."We started with a very crippled public health system that has been underfunded for many years and we knew that something like this would cause us huge challenges. We are seeing that now. We are planning for the worst but hoping for the best."
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday will declare a national emergency over the fast-spreading coronavirus, opening the door to providing more federal aid to fight the disease under the Stafford Act, according to a source familiar with the declaration.Trump will make the announcement at a news conference scheduled for 3 p.m. (1900 GMT), the source said.Pressure has been mounting for Trump to declare an infectious disease emergency under the 1988 law that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide disaster funds to state and local governments and to deploy support teams. The power is rarely used. Former President Bill Clinton in 2000 declared such an emergency for West Nile virus.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday suspended travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days in an "aggressive" effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has sparked a run on the stock market and is rapidly multiplying.The ban will not include travelers from the United Kingdom, which recently left the European Union, Trump said.In a primetime address from the Oval Office to a worried nation, Trump sought to rebuff critics who say his leadership has been lacking during the crisis, insisting that "the virus will not have a chance.""This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history," he said.He announced a series of measures designed to ease the financial burden for people having to take weeks off from work while on quarantine.But his most far-reaching announcement was the halt on European travel - and that suffered a moment of major confusion when he mistakenly appeared to say he was also stopping trans-Atlantic trade.Trump said the travel ban would go into effect from "midnight Friday."He then said "these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things."The White House afterwards clarified that "the people transporting goods will not be admitted into the country, but the goods will be."And Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary at the Homeland Security Department, went on Twitter to reassure Americans that the ban on travel from Europe wouldn't apply to "citizens or legal permanent residents or their families."In his address, Trump put a harsh accent on Europe's role in the spread of the virus, which began in China and has now traveled around much of the world, bringing sometimes fatal flu-like symptoms."The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots" as the United States, Trump said."As a result a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travelers from Europe."About 4,500 people have died so far worldwide. As of Wednesday, there were more than 1,100 confirmed infections in the United States and 32 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.Numbers are expected to skyrocket in the United States once more testing is done.Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said earlier Wednesday COVID-19 is estimated to be 10 times more deadly than flu and could infect that "many millions."Trump announced short-term tax deferments and called on Congress to enact "immediate payroll tax relief."He also said he was asking for another $50 billion in funding for small business loans to help those stricken by the economic disruption.However, there was no declaration of a national emergency which would allow the government access instantly to extra funding.Multiple cultural and sporting events have been cancelled across the United States, schools and universities are closing, and companies are scrambling to face the probability of sending many employees home on sick leave or self-quarantine.Even the US presidential election faces disruption, with Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders canceling rallies and questions mounting over the future of Trump's own usually frequent rallies.In his speech, Trump called on elderly people to avoid non-essential travel within the United States. Shortly after, the White House said Trump, 73, would be canceling a trip to Nevada and Colorado on Thursday out of "caution."For Trump, steadying market jitters is a must if he is to maintain his reelection message of delivering a booming economy.At a White House meeting with US bank leaders, Trump said "we'll be doing a lot of additional work with small businesses... many billions of dollars."
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said earlier that the White House was "looking at providing substantial relief to certain taxpayers and small businesses who will be able to get extensions on their taxes.""We think we can provide over $200 billion of liquidity into the economy by delaying certain tax payments," he said.Democratic leaders are cool on the idea of tax cuts and made a competing proposal for compensating workers' lost wages and sick leave, as well as providing loan forgiveness for individuals.The Democratic proposal also called for disaster loans and grants for small businesses, emergency housing assistance, and loosened requirements for food assistance including continuing to serve meals to children even if schools are closed.New York's Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio rebuked Trump for having nothing to say about remedying the low number of tests that had been carried out.
"Our 'leader' is more preoccupied with who to blame than how to protect people now that it's in our communities," he said in a statement.
As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread, banning large public gatherings, enforcing quarantines and calling National Guard troops.With new deaths reported and the number of confirmed U.S. cases closing in on 1,000, lawmakers and health officials set up containment zones and quarantine areas and sought to limit contact with those who might be infected.In Washington state, the governor was expected to ban gatherings of more than 250 people in virtually the entire Seattle metro area, home to some 4 million people. Schools and houses of worship were shuttered in a New York City suburb where a cluster of cases could be the largest in the nation, and the governor sent National Guard troops to help clean public spaces and deliver food.The moves came as the battle to stop the virus from spreading intensified. More schools and universities, including UCLA, Yale and Stanford, have announced plans to send students home and move classes online.The virus has infected more than 800 people in the U.S. and killed at least 30, with one state after another recording its first infections in quick succession.For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks, as has happened with three-quarters of those infected in China.For those in the middle of a quarantine, it's an anxious time waiting for the threat to pass.Judy Aqua, who's in her 60s, is quarantining herself at home in New Rochelle, outside New York city, after possibly being exposed to someone with the virus."People are really afraid to go to the supermarket. They're afraid to go to the cleaner," she said. When her husband made a recent run to a post office, she told him to wear gloves.Life in many places went on as usual, but many major events were cancelled or postponed, including the Coachella music festival that draws tens of thousands to the California desert near Palm Springs every April.The United Nations announced it would close its New York headquarters to the public and suspend all tours, and one of the biggest resort operators in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, said it would close buffets at all of its Las Vegas Strip casinos as a precaution, although the casinos were staying open.
The ban on gatherings in Washington state would apply to sporting events such as Seattle Mariners baseball and Seattle Sounders soccer games, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the matter publicly. It could be just the beginning of disruptions to sports: Already, some college sports games will be played without fans in Ohio and California, and the NCAA said it would "make decisions in the coming days" about its men's and women's basketball tournaments after two conferences banned fans from their championships and the Ivy League cancelled its basketball tournaments altogether.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency as cases statewide jumped from 51 to 92. Of that number, 70 are now connected to a meeting held last month by biotech company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston.
Baker said the state of emergency will give him greater authority to take such actions as shutting down large events, gaining access to buildings or stockpiling protective gear. Santa Clara County in California, home to San Jose and Silicon Valley, has banned on all gatherings of 1,000 people or more.Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly cancelled rallies in Cleveland because of worries about the virus.As many people considered whether it's prudent to travel, the news that everyone on a flight from Italy may have been exposed had health officials urging those passengers to self-isolate. A woman from suburban Houston flew home after testing positive to consult her own doctor, and now everyone on the two flights she took could be at risk.Some airport workers are also dealing with the outbreak, with several Transportation Security Administration officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport testing positive. They were receiving medical care and all TSA employees who had contact with them over the past 14 days are being quarantined at home, the agency said.
In Oakland, California, restless passengers on a coronavirus-struck cruise ship awaited their turn to disembark. After being forced to idle for days off the California coast, the ship docked Monday with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including at least 21 who tested positive for the virus. Passengers from Canada and other countries were to be flown home, while Americans were being sent to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and 14-day quarantines, and others were still waiting to get off."We're trying to stay calm and were trying to stay positive, but it's getting harder and harder. They can't make up their minds how to keep us safe," said passenger Beryl Ward, 77, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.By Tuesday night, Princess Cruises said about 1,400 people had gotten off the ship. About 1,100 crew members were to remain aboard.California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged the state's nearly 40 million residents to avoid sporting events, concerts and large gatherings and adamantly warned the elderly to stay away from cruise ships.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a disaster proclamation Monday as he announced the state's tally of coronavirus patients reached 11, with four new cases identified in Chicago.The declaration, Illinois' version of a state of emergency, was needed to open up access to additional federal funding that would help the state in its COVID-19 response, Pritzker said."We don't need it now, but we may need it in the near future ... because we can see, from the other states, from the other countries, what's coming. There's going to be an increase in cases," Pritzker said.Two of the new patients identified Monday - a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 70s - are both family members of the special education aide at Vaughn Occupational High School who tested positive Friday, said Allison Arwady, Chicago's health commissioner.Despite the new cases connected to the aide, Arwady said there so far is "no sign of transmission at the school" and no reports of serious illness in any students or staff. The aide's two relatives are not Vaughn employees and have not had any contact with the school."Obviously this school is a population of students with special needs, so our response has been particularly robust," Arwady said at a Thompson Center news conference with Pritzker. "Although more lab tests are pending, at this point the tests that have returned on students and staff have been negative," including those who visited emergency rooms on their own."I'd like to reassure people that these two new cases associated with the employee at Vaughn High School highlight what we know about this virus, particularly that close contacts to confirmed cases are the ones most at risk," Arwady said.
In a letter sent to all Chicago Public Schools families shortly after the press conference, schools chief Janice Jackson said "this case remains an isolated incident" at CPS, and that the district was expected to finish a deep clean of Vaughn by the end of the day.
Pritzker said officials at the state and local level "are working hard to stay ahead of this," but that he wants "people to understand [that] this is going to affect your daily life."The governor urged residents to follow the advice of health professionals."If you think you might be sick, please take no risks that might endanger others in the community," Pritzker said.He added that nobody should be hoarding supplies they don't need, such as masks, because "you are keeping supplies from the health care professionals that need them."
"Do not let fear replace level-headedness," Pritzker said.The third new case announced Monday is a woman in her 50s who had traveled from California to Illinois. The fourth is a woman in her 70s who recently returned from an Egyptian cruise.People who have been in close contact with a confirmed case are being told to self-quarantine, Arwady said.Asked if there were consequences for anyone who might violate orders to self quarantine, Pritzker responded: "There is no legal consequence today. But I will say that I think people know what they should be doing ... but to be honest with you, people have been very cooperative in this. Illinois is a special place in that way."As to whether experts will recommend canceling events expected to be attended by large amounts of people, Arwady said officials haven't gone that far yet."At this point there has not been a decision to cancel large mass gatherings," Arwady said, noting that the conversation about whether to recommend against such gatherings is renewed on a daily basis.
Also Monday, the Illinois State Board of Education sent a letter to school districts saying the state isn't recommending schools be closed, but it left the decision up to the local districts. It also said that students who want to self-quarantine and stay home from school - even without symptoms or a proven medical reason - should generally be allowed to do so and shouldn't receive an unexcused absence.The state is also encouraging all districts to have an e-learning plan in place in case the school needs to close. And because those plans need to be approved, the state board is proposing legislative changes that would allow expedited approval for e-learning plans during a public health emergency.As of Monday, more than 650 infections and 26 deaths had been reported in the United States.
One more thing of note: Hoping to allay coronavirus fears and keep fans in seats, the folks who run the United Center stressed Monday that the building is getting "cleaned and sanitized" before and after every event."Our professionals are using hospital-grade disinfectant and continually wiping down all surfaces, such as countertops, door handles and armrests," according to a letter addressed to "fans and visitors" that was signed by United Center Executive Vice President Terry Savarise and distributed Monday."We have also added multiple hand sanitation stations at all entrances and in high-traffic areas of the arena. And, of course, soap and cleaning products will be overstocked in all bathrooms for visitor use," the letter stated.
As more Americans get coronavirus on land and at sea, thousands of passengers from an afflicted cruise ship could soon disperse to quarantine centers across the country.The Grand Princess cruise ship, carrying at least 21 people with coronavirus, is headed to the Port of Oakland, California, where it's expected to dock Monday, the captain told passengers.The 21 infected people include 19 crew members and two passengers. But the number of onboard infections could rise, as not all 3,533 people on board have been tested.The ship has been in limbo since Wednesday, when officials learned a California man who traveled on the same ship last month later died of coronavirus.On Sunday, the CDC said four people from that February Grand Princess voyage have been diagnosed with coronavirus. It was not immediately clear whether those four include the California man who died.In a message to the ship's current passengers, the captain said authorities reached an agreement to bring the ship into the Port of Oakland. The arrival time Monday and the disembarkation process are being finalized by federal and state health authorities."Guests who require acute medical treatment and hospitalization will be transported to health care facilities in California. ... If guests don't require acute medical care following health screenings, California residents will go into a federally operated isolation facility within California for testing and isolation," the captain announced.About 1,000 California residents from the ship will go into mandatory quarantine at Travis Air Force Base and Miramar Naval Air Station, the US Department of Health and Human Services said Sunday.Residents of other states will complete their mandatory quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland in Texas or Dobbins Air Force Base in Georgia. Throughout the quarantine, passengers will be monitored for symptoms of coronavirus, DHHS said.At least 21 people have died from the virus - 18 in Washington state, two in Florida and one in California.The Washington state deaths include 16 linked to the Life Care Center nursing home.At least 496 people in the US have tested positive for coronavirus, including 70 people who were repatriated to the US.Worldwide, the number of deaths has topped 3,500, with more than 105,000 people infected.Several cruises have now been linked to patients who were later diagnosed with coronavirus.On Sunday, Virginia health officials announced the state's second case of coronavirus - a patient in their 80s who had recently traveled on a Nile River cruise.The patient, whose name and gender were not released, started developing symptoms of respiratory illness on February 28 and was hospitalized last Thursday, the Virginia Department of Health said. The person is in stable condition Sunday.But the largest known outbreak on a cruise ship was on the Diamond Princess, a sister ship of the Grand Princess owned by Princess Cruises.After the first handful of cases were reported from the Diamond Princess, Japanese officials decided to quarantine the ship. Eventually, more than 700 people on board became infected with coronavirus.Now Princess Cruises, which owns both the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess, said the CDC has given a "no-sail" order for a scheduled cruise on the Royal Princess ship.A crew member who recently served on the Grand Princess transferred to the Royal Princess just over two weeks ago, the cruise line said. The CDC issued the no-sail order until the crew member could be tested.But the cruise line said it was unable to obtain a test for the crew member, and "due to the unknown timing of obtaining the test and results or anticipated response," the cruise was canceled.A similar situation was playing out off the coast of Florida. Another Princess Cruises ship, Regal Princess, was being held offshore until the CDC could review and test crew members who were recently on the Grand Princess, according to Broward County officials.The Regal Princess was scheduled to dock in Port Everglades on Sunday morning before departing later that evening, officials said.
Princess Cruises was awaiting coronavirus tests for two Regal Princess crew members who were on the Grand Princess more than two weeks ago, the cruise line said in a statement. But again, the cruise operator decided to cancel the ship's next voyage, scheduled to begin Sunday.The US Coast Guard confirmed it delivered testing kits to a ship off the coast of southern Florida on Sunday morning.The US response to coronavirus has now shifted from containment to mitigation, Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday."Initially, we had a posture of containment so that we could give people time to prepare for where we are right now. We're shifting into a mitigation phase, which means that we're helping communities understand you're going to see more cases," Adams said.Unfortunately, you're going to see more deaths. But that doesn't mean that we should panic."Adams said those who aren't sick shouldn't wear face masks - they often cause more harm than good. Instead, people should wash their hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds and stop touching their faces - something much easier said than done.Washington state is grappling with an outbreak at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a suburban Seattle nursing home connected to at least 14 deaths, the King County Health Department said.All 63 residents remaining at the facility are confined to their rooms. Dozens more have been transferred to various hospitals, spokesman Tim Killian said.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided extra nurses, doctors and other health care personnel to the home after 70 employees showed symptoms and were asked not to return to work, Killian said.New York state announced 16 new cases on Sunday, bringing the state's total to 105.The rising number of cases prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency Saturday to facilitate purchasing, hiring and testing protocols related to the disease.State officials have urged more than 2,500 people to self-quarantine as they search for anyone who may have come in contact with patients.In Washington, DC, officials announced the first case of coronavirus in the nation's capital Saturday.That patient has no travel history outside of the United States, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said.But DC Health is recommending a temporarily pause of services at Christ Church Georgetown in light of the confirmed case.
The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States continued to mount on Saturday, bringing the nationwide total to at least 400. At least 19 people have died.At least 5,861 coronavirus tests have been completed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health laboratories, said Dr. Stephen Hahn, US Food and Drug Administration commissioner, in a briefing at the White House Saturday.However, that does not mean 5,861 people have been tested. Currently, each person tested typically has two swabs taken - one from the nose and one from the throat. This number does not include tests performed at private or commercial labs.Health officials at the White House Saturday could not say exactly how many people have been tested.Positive tests are coming from all over the country, including Washington, DC, which confirmed its first presumptive positive case on Saturday, according to the office of Mayor Muriel Bowser.But most of the cases were in communities in Washington state, New York and California. Authorities were working to contain the spread of the virus on a cruise ship off California's coast.
The 400 US cases include at least 330 people diagnosed through the US public health system and 70 people repatriated to the US - including 21 from the Grand Princess cruise ship.The ship was about 50 miles off the coast of San Francisco on Saturday, according to a news release from Princess Cruises.But it was unclear where the ship was headed and whether passengers would be allowed to disembark. Cruise operators are awaiting guidance from the CDC and the California Department of Health.The ship has been in limbo since Wednesday, when officials learned a California man who'd traveled to Mexico on the ship last month died of the coronavirus this week.
With the number of cases aboard, the captain said Friday it was unlikely the ship would be disembarking Saturday morning as originally scheduled.Princess Cruises is working with a team of health officials to help determine when and where passengers can disembark but no timeline for a decision has been given, said Jan Swartz, group president of Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia, during a conference call Saturday afternoon."We need to get the ship into a port as soon as possible," Swartz said.One "critically ill" passenger and a companion were "medically disembarked" from the ship early Saturday morning by the US Coast Guard, Princess Cruises said, but the passenger was receiving treatment "unrelated" to the coronavirus.Another passenger aboard, Steven Smith, previously told CNN the captain said a helicopter airlifted a passenger to San Francisco.The Coast Guard also delivered personal protective equipment like gloves and face masks to supplement the ship's current supply, the news release said.Vice President Mike Pence announced the ship's positive cases at a press briefing on Friday, but it was the first time passengers aboard heard about the test results.
"I thought the passengers were supposed to be notified first," said Debbi Loftus, who's celebrating her father's 84th birthday aboard the Grand Princess. "The fact that we weren't told first made us quite upset and angry. ... There's no excuse for this.""All passengers and crew will be tested for the coronavirus and quarantined as appropriate," Pence said at a meeting with members of the cruise line industry in Florida on Saturday. "Those that require additional medical attention will also receive it."Of the 16 coronavirus deaths in Washington state, at least 14 have been associated with Life Care Center in suburban Seattle, according to the King County Health Department.Sixty-three residents remain at the facility and 54 have been transferred to various hospitals, according to Tim Killian, a spokesman for the Kirkland facility.Of the remaining residents, six are showing symptoms, Killian said in a briefing Saturday. All residents remain confined to their rooms.Additionally, 70 employees were showing symptoms, he said, and have been asked not to return to work. There were 180 employees as of February 19.Life Care Center has been a focal point of the state's coronavirus crisis since last weekend. The outbreak has left family members in a desperate search for answers about what kind of procedures the nursing center was following and whether residents are being tested for the virus.Pat Herrick, whose mother died Thursday at the facility, said she was pushing officials to have her mother's remains tested to see if she had the virus. The cause of death was listed as natural causes, Herrick said.Her mother had lived at the facility for nearly seven years. Herrick emphasized the care her mother received from the nursing home workers had been excellent, but she didn't think the staff has enough resources to deal with the outbreak, she added.Across Washington state, at least 103 people have tested positive for the virus.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 21 new cases on Saturday, bringing the state's total to 76. The rising number of cases prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency, which permits officials to hasten purchasing, hiring and testing protocols related to the disease.Fifty-seven of the cases are in Westchester County, where health officials previously ordered a synagogue in New Rochelle to halt services over fears a man who tested positive for the virus may have exposed others."Westchester is an obvious problem for us," Cuomo said Saturday.The county's health commissioner urged congregants who attended certain events last month to self-quarantine until at least Saturday. The rabbi of the synagogue tested positive for the virus Friday, officials said.
Local health officials were taking steps to clean public facilities but are not restricting public gatherings, they said. New Rochelle is a suburb about 20 miles from New York City."This is a significant and fast-evolving challenge for our community, but it's important not to panic," New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said in a statement. "Public health experts remind us that the majority of people who contract coronavirus will recover without incident, and only a small fraction will experience life-threatening circumstances.The governor has asked more than 2,500 people in New York to self-quarantine as officials search for anyone who may have come in contact with ill residents.Officials on Tuesday confirmed one case of the virus spreading from person-to-person. By Friday, that number had jumped to more than 40 cases."We want to keep testing and finding more people who are testing positive because that's how you contain the outbreak - find the person who got infected, quarantine them and reduce the infection rate," Cuomo said in a news release.
Twenty-one people have tested positive for coronavirus aboard a cruise ship denied entry to San Francisco Bay this week after a number of passengers and crew developed flu-like symptoms on the vessel, which was linked to previously confirmed COVID-19 infections.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, announcing results of the tests during a White House briefing, also said the cruise ship Grand Princess will be brought to an unspecified non-commercial port where all passengers and crew, about 3,500 people, will be tested for coronavirus.Diagnostic test kits were flown by an Air National Guard helicopter on Thursday to the cruise ship, where medical staff took samples from 46 passengers and crew to determine if they have contracted the respiratory virus.The samples were carried back to a state laboratory in the Bay area. Pence said 21 of the tests came back positive, 24 were negative and one was inconclusive.In the meantime, passengers aboard the ship said they had been largely confined to their staterooms since Thursday afternoon, as the cruise line requested. One passenger who spoke on Thursday with Reuters, Kathy Reid, 67, a retiree from Granbury, Texas, said she and others felt like they were in "limbo."
The death toll from coronavirus in the United States rose to 12 on Thursday with the latest fatality recorded in King County, Washington, and 53 new cases broke out across the country, striking for the first time in Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and San Francisco.
A helicopter flew testing kits to a cruise liner idled off the coast of California and barred from docking in San Francisco after at least 35 people developed flu-like symptoms aboard the ship, which has been linked to two other confirmed cases of Covid-19.Twenty new cases of the virus were confirmed in King County, Washington, local health officials said. One death has been recorded in California.
"This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of Covid-19 in King County," the county said in a written statement, referring to the respiratory disease caused by the virus."All King County residents should follow public health recommendations. Together, we may potentially impact the spread of the disease in our community," it said.
Many of the cases in Washington state have been linked to an outbreak at a nursing facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, including six deaths.Google on Thursday joined Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft in recommending employees in the Seattle area work from home, after some were infected with the coronavirus. The companies' work-from-home recommendation will affect more than 100,000 people in the area.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the number of cases in that state had doubled to 22 after the federal government approved its use of additional laboratories, boosting testing capacity. Cuomo told a press conference that total would likely "keep going up".Of the new cases in New York, eight are connected to a Manhattan lawyer who lives in Westchester County and was previously diagnosed with the virus, two are in New York City and one in Nassau County.Texas confirmed its first three coronavirus cases and Tennessee and Colorado each reported one, bringing the number of affected states to 16.More than 3,200 people worldwide have died from the respiratory illness that can lead to pneumonia.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) early on Thursday reported 149 confirmed and presumed US cases. Those numbers are presumed not to include the 53 new cases reported on Thursday.The US Senate on Thursday passed an US$8.3 billion bill to combat the outbreak 96-1, a day after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved it. The bill now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.More than US$3 billion of the approved funds would be devoted to research and development of coronavirus vaccines, test kits and treatments. There are currently no approved vaccines or treatments for the illness that began in China and has infected more than 95,000 people in some 80 countries and territories.Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference the new cases in New York City - a man in his 40s and a woman in her 80s - were critically ill and being treated in hospitals. Both had "substantial" pre-existing health conditions, he said.Neither person had recently visited any other affected countries or had any connection to other confirmed cases, suggesting the city is confronting local person-to-person spread.California, which has declared a statewide emergency in response to the outbreak, reported six new cases, including two in San Francisco also deemed likely to be a result of "community transmission", local health officials said.
Federal authorities announced an investigation of the Seattle-area nursing home at the center of an outbreak of the new coronavirus as the U.S. death toll climbed to 11, including the first fatality outside Washington state.Officials in California's Placer County, near Sacramento, said Wednesday an elderly person who tested positive after returning from a San Francisco-to-Mexico cruise had died. The victim had underlying health problems, authorities said. California Gov. Gavin Newsom late Wednesday declared a statewide emergency due to coronavirus. Washington and Florida had already declared emergencies, and Hawaii also joined them Wednesday.Washington also announced another death, bringing its total to 10. Most of those who died were residents of Life Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkland, a suburb east of Seattle. At least 39 cases have been reported in the Seattle area, where researchers say the virus may have been circulating undetected for weeks. Vice President Mike Pence was expected to meet with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee near Olympia on Thursday.
California's first coronavirus fatality - an elderly patient who apparently contracted the illness on a cruise - prompted the governor Wednesday to declare a statewide emergency as six new cases, including a medical screener at Los Angeles International Airport, were confirmed.The measure made California the third U.S. state to declare a state of emergency. Washington and Florida are the other two.The state currently has 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said the emergency proclamation is intended to help procure supplies and resources quickly. He announced the move Wednesday afternoon during a news conference, hours after the patient's death in Placer County was announced.Newsom said the state is particularly focused on senior centers, nursing homes and other care facilities where people live together in light of the outbreak in Washington state that has already killed 10 there.The cruise ship is now under investigation as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention probe a "small cluster" of coronavirus patients who were aboard, according to the cruise line. Another passenger who contracted the COVID-19 virus is now in stable condition at a hospital in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco.It was unclear if the airport medical screener contracted through their work at the airport or from so-called community transmission, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. No travelers screened at the Los Angeles airport have tested positive for the virus.

Earlier Wednesday, officials in Los Angeles County announced that six new cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed, up from one previously. The airport screener is one of those six patients.
Across California, more than 50 people have tested positive for the virus, including several who got it through community transmission, according to the state Department of Public Health. More than 500 people have been tested for the virus.The elderly patient had underlying health conditions and died at a hospital in Roseville, near Sacramento, according to Placer County health officials.
The person was not identified, with officials disclosing only that the person was a Placer County resident who tested positive for the virus Tuesday.Health officials believe both cruise ship patients were exposed while they were on the Grand Princess cruise from San Francisco to Mexico from Feb. 11 to Feb. 21.Newsom said more than half of 2,500 aboard the February cruise, which docked in San Francisco, are California residents.The Placer County person had symptoms as early as Feb. 19, according to Placer County Health Officer Aimee Sisson. Emergency personnel were called to the person's home in Rocklin, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco, on Feb. 27, when they were admitted to a hospital.
The cruise ship is at sea but is expected to skip its next port and return to San Francisco by Thursday, according to a statement from Dr. Grant Tarling, the chief medical officer for the Carnival Corp., which operates the Grand Princess. Any current passengers who were also on the February trip will be screened.Newsom said the cruise ship, with thousands of people aboard, will be held offshore until passengers can be tested."The ship will not come on shore until we appropriately assess the passengers," he said.The CDC is working with California authorities to contact other passengers from the previous trip, CDC Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday at a White House briefing."We're at the very beginning of that, looking at the manifest to make sure that we understand who has gotten off the cruise and where they got off the cruise," Redfield said.The airport screener is a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security and wore protective equipment at work, the homeland security statement said. The person is being quarantined at home with mild symptoms.
The patient last worked at the airport on Feb. 21 and began feeling cold-like symptoms on Feb. 29, officals said. The patient's doctor tested them for coronavirus on March 1.NBC News first reported the case of the airport screener.Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, runny nose, cough and breathing trouble. Most develop only mild disease. But some people, usually those with other medical complications, develop more severe symptoms, including pneumonia, which can be fatal.In all, more than 94,000 people have contracted the virus worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, with more than 3,200 deaths. WHO reports that the COVID-19 virus is more fatal than the common flu.Los Angeles County health officials expect more cases to be confirmed and have increased the county's capacity to test at a local laboratory.The cases were from throughout the county, she said, but did not provide specific locations.
Regarding the new cases, officials said three of those who tested positive were travelers together in northern Italy, two were family members who had close contact with another family member who previously tested positive for the virus and the sixth patient is the airport screener.Officials in Los Angeles County and the city have signed proclamations of local emergencies to aid efforts to respond to the virus and free up resources. Authorities are also assisting shelters to prevent transmission of the virus in the homeless population."This is not a response rooted in panic," Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said.
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg on Monday declared a health emergency for his city in a bid to force those in a federal coronavirus quarantine at a nearby air force base to remain locked down until more testing is done.Nirenberg said his decision came after a woman was released from quarantine by federal officials on Saturday - only to test positive for coronavirus after she was free. Dozens of evacuees from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan are due to be released from their quarantine at Lackland Air Force base in the coming hours.
Health officials in Washington state said Sunday night that a second person had died from the coronavirus.Researchers said the virus may have been circulating for weeks undetected in the greater Seattle area.In a statement, Public Health-Seattle and King County said a man in his 70s died Saturday. On Friday, health officials said a man in his 50s died of coronavirus. Both had underlying health conditions, and both were being treated at a hospital in Kirkland, Washington, east of Seattle.Washington state now has 12 confirmed cases.State and local authorities stepped up testing for the illness as the number of new cases grew nationwide, with new infections announced in California, Illinois, Rhode Island, New York and Washington state.Authorities in the Seattle area said two more people had been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, both men in their 60s who were in critical condition, and two health care workers in California were also diagnosed.
A man in his 50s died in Washington on Saturday, and health officials said 50 more people in a nursing facility in Kirkland, Washington, are sick and being tested for the virus. On Sunday night, the International Association of Fire Fighters said 25 members who responded to calls for help at the nursing facility are being quarantined.The first U.S. case was a Washington state man who had visited China, where the virus first emerged, but several recent cases in the U.S. have had no known connection to travelers.In California, two health care workers in the San Francisco Bay area who cared for an earlier coronavirus patient were diagnosed with the virus on Sunday, the Alameda and Solano counties said in a joint statement.The health care workers are both employed at NorthBay VacaValley Hospital in Vacaville, California, and had exposure to a patient treated there before being transferred to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, the statement said. That patient was the first person in the U.S. discovered to have contracted the coronavirus with no known overseas travel.Alameda County declared a state of emergency on Sunday following the news.Elsewhere, authorities announced Sunday a third case in Illinois and Rhode Island and New York's first cases as worried Americans swarmed stores to stock up on basic goods such as bottled water, canned foods and toilet paper.The hospitalized patient in Rhode Island is a man in his 40s who had traveled to Italy in February. New York confirmed Sunday that a woman in her late 30s contracted the virus while traveling in Iran. The patient is not in serious condition. She has respiratory symptoms and has been in a controlled situation since arriving in New York, according to a statement from the governor's office.As the fallout continued, Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar sought to reassure the American public that the federal government is working to make sure state and local authorities are able to test for the virus. Both said during a round of TV talk show appearances Sunday that thousands more testing kits had been distributed to state and local officials, with thousands more to come."They should know we have the best public health system in the world looking out for them," Azar said, adding that additional cases will be reported and the overall risk to Americans is low.
As the cases ticked up, some Americans stocked up on basic supplies - particularly in areas with diagnosed cases - and began to take note of the impact on daily life. Stores such as Costco sold out of toilet paper, bottled water and hand sanitizer outside Portland, Oregon, where a case was announced Friday. Sports games and practices were canceled into the coming school week. Some churches said they would not offer communion because of fears of viral spread.As Americans prepared, researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington on Sunday said they had evidence the virus may have been circulating in the state for up to six weeks undetected - a finding that, if true, could mean hundreds of undiagnosed cases in the area. They posted their research online, but it was not published in a scientific journal or reviewed by other scientists.Trevor Bedford, an associate professor who announced the preliminary findings on the virus in Washington state, said on Twitter late Saturday that genetic similarities between the state's first case on Jan. 20 and a case announced Friday indicated the newer case may have descended from the earlier one. The Jan. 20 case was the first known case in the U.S."I believe we're facing an already substantial outbreak in Washington State that was not detected until now due to narrow case definition requiring direct travel to China," he said on Twitter.Bedford did not immediately reply to an e-mail requesting an interview Sunday.Scientists not affiliated with the research said the results did not necessarily surprise them and pointed out that for many people - especially younger, healthier ones - the symptoms are not much worse than a flu or bad cold.We think that this has a pretty high rate of mild symptoms and can be asymptomatic. The symptoms are pretty non-specific and testing criteria has been pretty strict, so those combinations of factors means that it easily could have been circulating for a bit without us knowing," said Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Dr. Adam Lauring of University of Michigan called the findings "high quality work" from scientists who've done similar work with the flu virus for years."They show their data and they show their work," Lauring said. "It's more than a series of tweets" because the researchers back up what they found with data that they've shared online. "If there's something wrong, someone will find it."Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University School of Medicine said the findings are from respected researchers in genomic sequencing and they make sense because of the geographic proximity of the two cases."This is a good time to reinforce the things we all should be doing to stop the spread of flu. Wash your hands. Don't touch your face. If you have a cold, stay home ... It's a good time to remind ourselves of that," he said.Pence, named by the president to be the point-person overseeing the government's response, said more than 15,000 virus testing kits had been released over the weekend. And, the administration is working with a commercial provider to distribute 50,000 more, he said.The vice president said testing was among the first issues raised by governors he's spoken with so far. Several states have begun their own testing, including Washington state, Oregon and Illinois."We're leaning into it," Pence said.Azar said more than 3,600 people already have been tested for coronavirus and the capability exists to test 75,000 people. He forecast a "radical expansion of that" in the coming weeks.Pence and Azar spoke a day after President Donald Trump approved new restrictions on international travel to prevent the spread within the U.S. of the new virus, which originated in China. There are now more than 80,000 cases worldwide and about 3,000 deaths.Two Americans are now known to have died of the virus, one in Washington state and one in China.
The new U.S. travel restrictions apply to Iran, although travel there by Americans already is severely limited, as well as heavily affected regions of Italy and South Korea. Trump tweeted Sunday that any travelers from those countries will be screened when they arrive in the U.S.The number of known coronavirus cases in the U.S. had reached76 as of Sunday, counting people evacuated from a cruise ship and the city of Wuhan in China.Trump said Saturday at a White House news conference that he was thinking about closing the southern border with Mexico as a precaution. Azar said Sunday that Mexico has few coronavirus cases and that it would take a dramatic change in the circumstances there to prompt serious consideration of a border shutdown.The president, Azar said, "was trying to say everything's on the table."We will take whatever measures are appropriate and necessary to protect the American people, but we don't forecast doing that any time soon," he said of closing the border.Pence noted that an infectious disease expert is joining an existing White House coronavirus task force on Monday. Last week, Pence announced the addition of Debbie Birx, a State Department ambassador-at-large and medical doctor who is the administration's global HIV/AIDS response coordinator, to the virus panel.Despite calls by Trump and Pence for political unity in the face of the viral threat, the issue has become mired in the partisan rancor in Washington, with both Republicans and Democrats accusing each other of mining the issue for political gain.Trump, at a political rally last week, accused Democrats of "politicizing" the issue and said their criticism of his handling of the public health challenge was their new "hoax."At the White House on Saturday, Trump said he was not trying to minimize the threat from the virus."Again, the hoax was used in respect to Democrats and what they were saying," he said Saturday.Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, who emerged victorious Saturday night from South Carolina's primary, criticized the administration over the availability of testing kits.Biden also panned the administration's decision to have political appointees Pence and Azar, neither of whom are scientists by training, appear on the Sunday shows, instead of an expert like Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health infectious disease chief.Biden claimed the administration doesn't have testing kits. Pence and Azar said thousands of kits had been distributed.Azar said he didn't know what Biden was talking about when the former vice president said testing kits didn't exist. Azar said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had developed a lab test for coronavirus with "historic speed."Pence was interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union" and Azar commented on "Fox News Sunday," CBS' "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Week." Biden commented on CNN.
The governor of Washington declared a state of emergency Saturday after a man died there of COVID-19, the first such reported death in the United States. More than 50 people in a nursing facility are sick and being tested for the virus.Gov. Jay Inslee directed state agencies to use "all resources necessary" to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus outbreak. The declaration also allows the use of the Washington National Guard, if necessary."We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus," the governor vowed.Health officials in California, Oregon and Washington state are worried about the novel coronavirus spreading through West Coast communities because a growing number of people are being infected despite not having visited an area where there was an outbreak, nor apparently been in contact with anyone who had.The man who died was in his 50s, had underlying health conditions and no history of travel or contact with a known COVID-19 case, health officials in Washington state said at a news conference. A spokesperson for EvergreenHealth Medical Center, Kayse Dahl, said the person died in the facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.Dr. Frank Riedo, medical director of Infection Control at Evergreen, said local hospitals are seeing people with severe coronavirus symptoms but it's probable that there are more cases in the community."This is the tip of the iceberg," he said.The health officials reported two cases of COVID-19 virus connected to a long-term care facility in the same suburb, Life Care Center of Kirkland. One is a Life Care worker, a woman in her 40s who is in satisfactory condition at a hospital, and the other is a woman in her 70s and a resident at Life Care who is hospitalized in serious condition. Neither had traveled abroad."In addition, over 50 individuals associated with Life Care are reportedly ill with respiratory symptoms or hospitalized with pneumonia or other respiratory conditions of unknown cause and are being tested for COVID-19," Seattle and King County officials said. "Additional positive cases are expected."Amy Reynolds of the Washington state health department said in a brief telephone interview: "We are dealing with an emergency evolving situation."A growing number of cases in California, Washington state and Oregon are confounding authorities because the infected people hadn't recently traveled overseas or had any known close contact with a traveler or an infected person.The U.S. has about 60 confirmed cases. Worldwide, the number of people sickened by the virus hovered Friday around 83,000, and there were more than 2,800 deaths, most of them in China. A 60-year-old U.S. citizen died in Wuhan in early February.Most infections result in mild symptoms, including coughing and fever, though some can become more serious and lead to pneumonia. Older people, especially those with chronic illnesses such as heart or lung disease, are especially vulnerable. Health officials think it spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how the flu spreads.The number of coronavirus cases in the United States is considered small. But convinced that they will grow, health agencies are ramping up efforts to identify those who might be sick.To achieve more rapid testing capacity, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an accelerated policy Saturday enabling laboratories to use tests they develop. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn said his agency is "rapidly responding and adapting to this dynamic and evolving situation."The California Department of Public Health said Friday that the state will receive enough kits from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention to test up to 1,200 people a day for the COVID-19 virus - a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom complained to federal health officials that the state had already exhausted its initial 200 test kits.Oregon was able to more quickly identify a case - an employee of an elementary school in Lake Oswego near Portland because it was able to test a sample locally. School district officials said Saturday the employee had been visited in the hospital by several people before he was diagnosed. Those individuals have been asked to observe a two-week quarantine and are being closely monitored.The district is deep-cleaning all its schools and all school buses with the goal of having students back in class Monday, said Superintendent Lora de la Cruz. But Forest Hills Elementary, where the man worked, is closed until Wednesday, marking two weeks since he was last at the school.Earlier U.S. cases include three people who were evacuated from the central China city of Wuhan, epicenter of the outbreak; 14 people who returned from China, or their spouses; and 42 American passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, who were flown to U.S. military bases in California and Texas for quarantining.The U.S. government looked at sending dozens of Californians, several of whom tested positive for the virus, who had been aboard the cruise ship to a state-owned facility in Costa Mesa, California. Local officials objected, saying they weren't included in the planning and wanting to know what safeguards would be in place to prevent spread of the virus. The U.S. government said it didn't need to use the facility after all.
At UC Davis Medical Center in California, at least 124 registered nurses and other health care workers were sent home for "self-quarantine" after a Solano County woman with the virus was admitted, National Nurses United, a nationwide union representing registered nurses, said Friday.
The case "highlights the vulnerability of the nation's hospitals to this virus," the union said.Washington state health officials announced two other new coronavirus cases Friday night, including a high school student who attends Jackson High School in Everett, said Dr. Chris Spitters of the Snohomish County Health District.
The other case in Washington was a woman in in King County in her 50s who had recently traveled to South Korea, authorities said. Neither patient was seriously ill.
The pneumonia outbreak, caused by a new strain of coronavirus, was first registered in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in the Hubei province and has since spread to more than 40 countries worldwide.
33 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in California, Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press conference on Thursday. Five of those individuals have since left the state, he said, while 28 others remain in California.The state is currently monitoring 8,400 people, who have arrived on domestic commercials flights from places of concern, particularly Asia, after 2 February, for possible coronavirus.
California has only an "inadequate" number of some 200 test kits now, Newman said, but has been in "constant contact with federal agencies" to get a significant number of new test kits in the near time.The first possible transmission was in a resident of Sacramento County, health authorities said earlier.As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US stood at 59, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.US President Donald Trump said the outbreak could worsen in the United States, but such a situation was not inevitable. The US government has begun preparing for a potential novel coronavirus epidemic within the United States after reported outbreaks in Iran, South Korea and Italy escalated this week.The coronavirus cases in the United States have so far mostly been travel-related and connected to those who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship. There are also cases from those repatriated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, as well as those who contracted the deadly virus by person-to-person contact.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Wednesday that 231 people in the state are being monitored for coronavirus-like symptoms.The risk of coronavirus in the state remains low and there has been only one confirmed case, officials said. The infected patient is said to be improving and doing well.
Officials also said that 377 other people in the state have been evaluated for the virus and cleared.Area hospitals have plans in place to combat the virus in the event an emergency situation arises, officials added. There is no shortage of supplies, including masks, and additional manpower is standing by if needed.Dr. Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Mass. DPH, stressed that, "Here in Massachusetts, we have the resources, the staff, the connections with our partners in healthcare and public health that we need in order to prepare for this."Extra precautions are also being taken by organizers of the PAX East convention that is taking place in Boston from Thursday to Sunday. Cleaning and sanitation is expected to be enhanced throughout the event, which Sony pulled out of due to coronavirus concerns.While the virus threat continues to grow across the globe, health officials in the Bay State stressed that they have been in constant contact with local colleges, schools, and hospitals in an effort to identify anyone who may be suffering from possible symptoms and to relay the latest information handed down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Reported worldwide illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, typically between people who are in close contact with one another and via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.Bharel warned that the risk of flu in Massachusetts is more serious than coronavirus at this time."Right now, if someone has symptoms similar to both coronavirus and influenza, at this time if somebody has those symptoms, it is likely to be influenza, not coronavirus," she said.Click here for more information on the coronavirus and tips on how to protect yourself.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Monday there were 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country, apart from the 39 cases among those evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the city of Wuhan in China.
The agency said the 14 confirmed cases included two new cases reported from Humboldt County and Sacramento County in California. (bit.ly/3cefTNM)On Friday, the CDC reported 13 cases among those within the country and 21 cases from among the repatriated Americans and said they were preparing for the possibility of the spread of the virus through U.S. communities that would force closures of schools and businesses.U.S. public health officials have also warned that cases among the repatriated citizens will likely increase.
Most of the Americans who were being monitored at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for coronavirus after evacuating a cruise ship in Japan tested positive for the virus, the hospital says.
UMNC said in a statement Thursday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention verified the Nebraska Public Health Lab results showing that 11 of the 13 patients have the novel coronavirus. The other two evacuees who were taken to the Omaha hospital tested negative, the statement said.The hospital had said some of the patients had tested positive in Japan but some "came with a lack of clarity what their test results were," Shelly Schwedhelm told CNN. Schwedhelm is the UNMC/Nebraska Medical Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness who has clinical oversight of the quarantine and biocontainment units.Several people are exhibiting minor symptoms but others are not showing any symptoms, the release said.Bert Kelly, a CDC spokesman, told CNN that the agency has verified the results, bringing the total of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States to 26.The US Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness Response asked UNMC early Monday to take in 13 patients who had either tested positive, or had a high likelihood of testing positive, for the novel coronavirus.The patients had been on a cruise ship docked off the cost of Japan for two weeks.UNMC was commissioned by the CDC in 2005 to create the biocontainment unit where three patients currently are. The rest of the patients are in a separate federal quarantine center on the campus that UNMC built through a private-public partnership.
In 2014, UNMC successfully treated three patients with Ebola, and the medical facility has the capacity to manage other highly infectious diseases such as SARS, monkeypox and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
The 15th case of the novel coronavirus in the United States is one of the evacuees at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.The patient has been under the 14-day federal quarantine since arriving in the US from China on a chartered flight on February 7, the CDC said. The person, described by a CDC official as a "solo traveler," has been isolated and is receiving medical care at a hospital."We are right in the middle of that potential incubation period so it is not surprising that maybe someone would have developed symptoms in this time frame," Capt. Jennifer McQuiston of the CDC said in a news conference Thursday. "And we're going to continue to be watching people during the whole 14-day quarantine period."Officials are investigating the patient's movements while in quarantine and monitoring any individuals who had contact with the patient, McQuiston said."For the most part the people in quarantine are not doing much associating with each other," she said.This is the third case of the coronavirus confirmed among evacuees from China, following two cases in California.It's the first case of the coronavirus confirmed in Texas. Eight cases have been confirmed in California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona, two in Illinois and one in Wisconsin. There are two instances of person-to-person transmission, one in Illinois and one in California.Earlier this week, 195 evacuees were released from federally mandated quarantine at March Air Reserve Base in California. No one in that group had tested positive for the novel coronavirusAccording to the CDC, more than 600 people evacuated from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, remain quarantined in the US.
A second person evacuated from Wuhan, China, to a U.S. Marine base near San Diego has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, raising the tally of confirmed cases in the United States to 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Wednesday.The patient was among 232 individuals who had been placed under quarantine at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar after being airlifted from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan earlier this month, CDC spokeswoman Ana Toro said.A previous case of coronavirus was documented a few days earlier among the same group of evacuees, the CDC said.CDC officials said it appeared that the two San Diego patients were separately exposed to the virus in China before arriving in the United States. The two arrived on different planes and were housed in separate facilities."At this time there is no indication of person-to-person spread of this virus at the quarantine facility, but CDC will carry out a thorough contact investigation as part of its current response strategy to detect and contain any cases of infection with this virus," Dr. Christopher Braden, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in a statement.To date, a total of eight coronavirus cases have been documented in California, accounting for more than half of the infections confirmed across the United States, none of them fatal.Two of those cases are believed to have been transmitted person-to-person within the United States - both between married couples after one of the spouses returned home from a recent visit to China.
Another plane carrying people evacuated from the virus zone in China landed Friday at a Marine Corps base just outside San Diego.The U.S. government-chartered jet landed at midmorning at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.No information about the number of people aboard was released. A briefing was scheduled for late afternoon.Those aboard are among hundreds of Americans who have been evacuated due to the viral outbreak centred in the Wuhan region of China.In addition to a previous flight to Miramar, other evacuation flights to California have brought people to March Air Reserve Base in Southern California and Travis Air Force Base between San Francisco and Sacramento.All evacuees are being quarantined for 14 days and monitored for any signs of illness.
Two jets carrying about 350 Americans fleeing the virus zone in China landed Wednesday morning at an Air Force base in Northern California. Some will be quarantined at a hotel on the base for 14 days while others will go under quarantine at a Southern California military base, officials said.Guests and staff at the hotel on Travis Air Force Base near the city of Fairfield, about 50 miles from San Francisco, were moved out ahead of the planes' arrival, said Technical Sgt. Traci Keller. The Americans were evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the new virus outbreak.Other planes carrying Americans home from Wuhan will arrive this week at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska, where they will be quarantined, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.The U.S. Northern Command tweeted that the planes that arrived in California carried about 350 people. Keller had no information about their health, but CDC officials were expected later Wednesday to provide more information about the evacuees.One of the planes was scheduled to leave Travis Air Force Base later Wednesday to take Americans to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, where those people will also quarantined for 14 days, the U.S. Northern Command said.The Americans were evacuated a week after another jet with 195 American evacuees from Wuhan arrived at March Air Reserve base in Southern California. They were also quarantined for 14 days.
The new virus is a member of the coronavirus family that's a close cousin to the SARS and MERS viruses that have caused outbreaks in the past.
Officials have confirmed that a central California couple has been sickened with a new virus after the husband travelled to the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak, bringing the number of U.S. cases to 11.The couple, both 57 years old, have not left their home since the husband returned from China, according to a Sunday announcement from San Benito County Health and Human Services. This was a case of person-to-person transmission, officials said.A woman in the San Francisco Bay Area who became ill after returning from a trip to China was the ninth person in the U.S. to test positive for a new virus, health authorities said Sunday. It was the second novel coronavirus case announced in Santa Clara County in the past three days but the two cases are not related, according to the county Public Health Department.The woman, a visitor to the U.S., had recently travelled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the virus. She arrived Jan. 23 to visit family, officials said in a news release.The patient has stayed at home with family since she arrived, except for two occasions when she sought outpatient medical care. She has been regularly monitored and was never sick enough to be hospitalized, the release said.
The woman's family members have also been isolated at the home. The health department has been bringing them food and other necessities, officials said."A second case is not unexpected. With our large population and the amount of travel to China for both personal and business reasons, we will likely see more cases, including close contacts to our cases," Dr. Sara Cody, the county's health officer, said in a statement.The first case in the Bay Area was a man who travelled to Wuhan and Shanghai before returning Jan. 24 to California, where he became ill, Cody said Friday.The man was also never sick enough to be hospitalized and "self-isolated" by staying home, she said.
The man left home twice to seek outpatient care at a local clinic and a hospital. Public health officials are now trying to reach anyone he may have come into contact with during those times to assess whether they were exposed to the virus.Those people, along with the few members of his household, will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Health officials believe it can take up to two weeks for someone who is infected to get sick.The new virus has caused 362 deaths and more than 17,300 infections. The vast majority of the cases and all but one of the deaths have been in China. The first death outside China from the new virus was recorded Sunday in the Philippines.Cody said there was no risk of infection for the general public from the Santa Clara County cases.Nearly 200 Americans who were evacuated from Wuhan are under a 14-day quarantine at a military base outside Los Angeles - the first by the government in half a century.Another planeload of passengers from China was expected to arrive Monday at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, but that timing is now "fluid," according to Rep. Scott Peters. The passengers, who have been screened twice for signs of the virus, will be quarantined at the base for 14 days to ensure they do not pose a health risk to the public, Peters said in a statement Sunday.Other cases of the new pneumonia-like virus include two in Southern California, one in Massachusetts, one in Washington state, one in Arizona and two in Chicago.
As the nation's eighth case of coronavirus was confirmed on Saturday, Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield was tapped to be one of four U.S. military bases on standby to house overseas travelers who may need to be quarantined.The Pentagon approved a Department of Health and Human Services request for facilities capable of housing at least 250 people in individual rooms through Feb. 29, according to announcement Saturday on the base's Facebook page.Travis will only provide housing - the housing agency will be responsible for care, transportation, and security of evacuees, according to the base's statement.The other three installations selected to house evacuees are the 168th Regiment, Regional Training Institute in Fort Carson, Colorado; Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; and the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, according to a statement from Jonathan Rath Hoffman, assistant to the Secretary of Defense for public affairs.There are now eight confirmed U.S. cases of coronavirus, including one in Santa Clara County that was announced on Friday.Health officials announced the latest U.S. case on Saturday in Boston, Massachusetts, of a man in his 20s who had recently traveled to Wuhan, China.The virus, which presents with flu-like symptoms, is thought to have spread from animals to humans, perhaps at a large seafood and animal market in Wuhan, China.
As of Saturday, the virus has sickened at least 11,971 people in China and killed 259, according to the National Health Commission of the People's Republic China.The World Health Organization reported Saturday that there were 132 confirmed cases in 23 countries outside of China.On Friday, Alex Azar, head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, declared a public health emergency due to the spread of the virus and said that anyone who had traveled to Hubei Province in China, where Wuhan is located, within the past 14 days, will be subject to a quarantine of up to 14 days.Anyone who was in the rest of mainland China will be required to undergo health screenings at one of seven airports: San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago and Honolulu.Also, foreign citizens who have been in China and "pose a risk" of transmitting the virus, except those who are immediate family of American citizens, will be denied entry into the U.S.