National coronavirus updates: President Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30

The latest:In the United States, there are more than 143,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.At least 2,500 people have died in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 723,000 with more than 34,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.President Donald Trump signed a historic $2 trillion aid package into law Friday, hoping to curb COVID-19’s economic impact.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory on Saturday, urging people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that more than 100,000 Americans could die from coronavirus.President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30’Entirely conceivable’ that more than 1 million people in the US could contract coronavirus, Fauci saysDr. Anthony Fauci told reporters in the Rose Garden Sunday that it’s “entirely conceivable” that more than 1 million people in the U.S. could contract coronavirus but added that mitigation and extending guidelines through April will hopefully curb those numbers.”The number I gave out is, you know, based on modeling,” Fauci said, explaining the models he discussed on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning. Fauci said it was possible up to 100,000 could die from the virus.”What we’re trying to do is not to let that happen,” he said.President Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines until April 30 as cases continue to rise in the USPresident Donald Trump announced Sunday he will be extending federal social distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.The move marks a shift in the president’s earlier remarks hoping to have the country up and running by Easter Sunday.”We will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread. On Tuesday, we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people,” Trump said. More than 14,000 National Guard personnel supporting coronavirus responseThere are now more than 14,000 Air and Army National Guard personnel supporting the COVID-19 response efforts at the direction of their governors, according to a news release from the National Guard. Twenty-two states and two US territories now have the “authority to command active and reserve component troops under control of a state’s governor,” the release said. “We are using every tool available to get through this national crisis as fast as possible and get our great American economic juggernaut back to work,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in a statement. “COVID-19 is the most immediate threat facing our nation, and the virus knows no state boundaries. What the National Guard is doing in the states is part of a nationwide war on the coronavirus.”Ohio governor says state does not have enough N95 masksOhio Gov. Mike DeWine said his state does not have enough N95 masks to meet the demand of healthcare workers and first responders. Many people who need the masks are using them longer than they would normally use them, DeWine said. DeWine said he is hoping the FDA will give a full approval for the use of a mask cleaning machine produced by Battelle. The governor said he called President Donald Trump this morning to express how urgently the approval is needed and said the President told him he would do all he could to get the approval. Trump took to Twitter to express “hope” that the “FDA can approve Mask Sterilization equipment ASAP.” Fauci says US death toll could surpass 100,000The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, offered his prognosis as the federal government weighs rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been hard-hit by the outbreak at the conclusion of the nationwide 15-day effort to slow the spread of the virus.”I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases,” he said, correcting himself to say he meant deaths. “We’re going to have millions of cases.”But he added, “I don’t want to be held to that because the pandemic is “such a moving target.”Treasury Secretary says Americans can expect stimulus checks to be direct deposited within 3 weeksTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Americans could expect checks from the historic $2 trillion stimulus bill to be direct deposited in their accounts within three weeks.Congress and President Donald Trump enacted the stimulus bill last week to address the dramatic economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Included are direct payments to many Americans, an unprecedented expansion in unemployment benefits and $350 billion in small business loans.Mnuchin told reporters at the White House that there will be a web-based application for those who don’t receive direct deposit.CDC issues travel advisory in New York, New Jersey and ConnecticutThe United States is advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically after the number of reported coronavirus deaths doubled to over 2,000 nationwide within two days.It took about a month from the first report of a coronavirus death on Feb. 29 to the number reaching 1,000 on Thursday. By Saturday, the number of reported deaths had doubled to 2,000.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the travel advisory Saturday, urging residents of the three states to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.”The states would have “full discretion” on implementing the advisory, which exempts employees in critical fields.With more than 121,000 cases and 2,043 deaths nationwide, the three states make up more than half of the cases and nearly half of the deaths.PGlmcmFtZSBpZD0iaHR2LWNvdmlkLW1hcCIgc3JjPSJodHRwczovL2NvdmlkLTE5LWFzc2V0cy5odHZ0b29scy51cy9pbmRleC5odG1sIiBzY3JvbGw9Im5vIiBzdHlsZT0iYm9yZGVyOm5vbmU7Ij48L2lmcmFtZT4=President Donald Trump had contemplated issuing an enforceable quarantine for parts of those states, then later said it will not be necessary.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN on Saturday that Trump’s suggestion of a two-week enforceable quarantine within the three states was not legal or plausible.More than two thirds of the US population face restrictions As of Saturday, at least 215 million Americans were under various stay at home or shelter in place orders, according to a CNN count based on census data.By Monday, that number will reach 225 million, meaning more than two thirds of the country’s population will be facing those restrictions.And the growing numbers have also revealed new demographics facing severe illness.Cases of young adults developing severe illnesses have been more widely reported, but children were thought to be avoiding the harshest effects.On Saturday, state officials reported the death of an infant under age 1 who tested positive for coronavirus and is believed to be the youngest person to die of the virus in the United States.”There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Saturday. “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.” The death of a baby less than a year old with coronavirus has previously been reported in China, but that baby had a pre-existing condition.An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the baby’s death, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.A push for medical supplies grows Medical staff nationwide have struggled to maintain an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, hospital beds and ventilators.Trump approved four more emergency hospitals in New York.The facilities in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx will provide 4,000 beds, along with 1,000 beds at a temporary overflow hospital that will open Monday and an additional 1,000 beds on the USNS Comfort set to arrive in New York the same day, Cuomo said.But officials believe the state will need 140,000 beds when it reaches the apex of the pandemic in 14 to 21 days, Cuomo said.The administration will also facilitate the production or acquisition of “100,000 additional units” of ventilators over a 100-day period, Trump said.”Maybe we won’t even need the full activation,” said Trump of the Defense Production Act, which he invoked Friday. “We will find out, but we need the ventilators.”Large corporations are also stepping up to feed the supply gap. New Balance announced Friday on Twitter that its U.S. factories will work on developing, manufacturing and delivering facial masks to hospitals.The same day, Delta Air Lines announced it will fly medical professionals for free to areas significantly impacted by coronavirus.Police and nurses are falling illThose charged with treating patients and maintaining order are feeling the affects of the pandemic as well.The shortage of personal protective equipment drove a group of New York nurses to protest outside the Jacobi Medical Center on Saturday, demanding the supplies to do their jobs safely.”If we get sick, our patients will get sick. This is for our entire community,” said Kelley Cabrera, a registered nurse. “If you look at what we are wearing in comparison to others countries, it’s unacceptable.”The medical center said that although the staff has adequate supplies, there is a nationwide shortage and conservation measures are in place.Meanwhile, 12 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus, the state’s nursing association said.In New York City, the police department lost its first detective to COVID-19, marking the third death of an NYPD employee to the disease. It has infected at least 696 employees of the New York Police Department.W2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==

The latest:

  • In the United States, there are more than 143,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • At least 2,500 people have died in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 723,000 with more than 34,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.
  • President Donald Trump signed a historic $2 trillion aid package into law Friday, hoping to curb COVID-19’s economic impact.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory on Saturday, urging people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” for the next two weeks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday that more than 100,000 Americans could die from coronavirus.
  • President Trump extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30

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‘Entirely conceivable’ that more than 1 million people in the US could contract coronavirus, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters in the Rose Garden Sunday that it’s “entirely conceivable” that more than 1 million people in the U.S. could contract coronavirus but added that mitigation and extending guidelines through April will hopefully curb those numbers.

“The number I gave out is, you know, based on modeling,” Fauci said, explaining the models he discussed on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning. Fauci said it was possible up to 100,000 could die from the virus.

“What we’re trying to do is not to let that happen,” he said.

President Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines until April 30 as cases continue to rise in the US

President Donald Trump announced Sunday he will be extending federal social distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020, to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The move marks a shift in the president’s earlier remarks hoping to have the country up and running by Easter Sunday.

“We will be extending our guidelines to April 30, to slow the spread. On Tuesday, we will be finalizing these plans and providing a summary of our findings, supporting data and strategy to the American people,” Trump said.

More than 14,000 National Guard personnel supporting coronavirus response

There are now more than 14,000 Air and Army National Guard personnel supporting the COVID-19 response efforts at the direction of their governors, according to a news release from the National Guard. Twenty-two states and two US territories now have the “authority to command active and reserve component troops under control of a state’s governor,” the release said.

“We are using every tool available to get through this national crisis as fast as possible and get our great American economic juggernaut back to work,” Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in a statement. “COVID-19 is the most immediate threat facing our nation, and the virus knows no state boundaries. What the National Guard is doing in the states is part of a nationwide war on the coronavirus.”

Ohio governor says state does not have enough N95 masks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said his state does not have enough N95 masks to meet the demand of healthcare workers and first responders. Many people who need the masks are using them longer than they would normally use them, DeWine said. DeWine said he is hoping the FDA will give a full approval for the use of a mask cleaning machine produced by Battelle. The governor said he called President Donald Trump this morning to express how urgently the approval is needed and said the President told him he would do all he could to get the approval. Trump took to Twitter to express “hope” that the “FDA can approve Mask Sterilization equipment ASAP.”

Fauci says US death toll could surpass 100,000

The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, offered his prognosis as the federal government weighs rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been hard-hit by the outbreak at the conclusion of the nationwide 15-day effort to slow the spread of the virus.

“I would say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases,” he said, correcting himself to say he meant deaths. “We’re going to have millions of cases.”

But he added, “I don’t want to be held to that because the pandemic is “such a moving target.”

Treasury Secretary says Americans can expect stimulus checks to be direct deposited within 3 weeks

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that Americans could expect checks from the historic $2 trillion stimulus bill to be direct deposited in their accounts within three weeks.

Congress and President Donald Trump enacted the stimulus bill last week to address the dramatic economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Included are direct payments to many Americans, an unprecedented expansion in unemployment benefits and $350 billion in small business loans.

Mnuchin told reporters at the White House that there will be a web-based application for those who don’t receive direct deposit.

CDC issues travel advisory in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

The United States is advising residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut not to travel domestically after the number of reported coronavirus deaths doubled to over 2,000 nationwide within two days.

It took about a month from the first report of a coronavirus death on Feb. 29 to the number reaching 1,000 on Thursday. By Saturday, the number of reported deaths had doubled to 2,000.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued the travel advisory Saturday, urging residents of the three states to “refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately.”

The states would have “full discretion” on implementing the advisory, which exempts employees in critical fields.

With more than 121,000 cases and 2,043 deaths nationwide, the three states make up more than half of the cases and nearly half of the deaths.

President Donald Trump had contemplated issuing an enforceable quarantine for parts of those states, then later said it will not be necessary.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN on Saturday that Trump’s suggestion of a two-week enforceable quarantine within the three states was not legal or plausible.

More than two thirds of the US population face restrictions

As of Saturday, at least 215 million Americans were under various stay at home or shelter in place orders, according to a CNN count based on census data.

By Monday, that number will reach 225 million, meaning more than two thirds of the country’s population will be facing those restrictions.

And the growing numbers have also revealed new demographics facing severe illness.

Cases of young adults developing severe illnesses have been more widely reported, but children were thought to be avoiding the harshest effects.

On Saturday, state officials reported the death of an infant under age 1 who tested positive for coronavirus and is believed to be the youngest person to die of the virus in the United States.

“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant. A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said Saturday. “We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us.”

The death of a baby less than a year old with coronavirus has previously been reported in China, but that baby had a pre-existing condition.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the baby’s death, the Illinois Department of Public Health said.

A push for medical supplies grows

Medical staff nationwide have struggled to maintain an adequate supply of personal protective equipment, hospital beds and ventilators.

Trump approved four more emergency hospitals in New York.

The facilities in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx will provide 4,000 beds, along with 1,000 beds at a temporary overflow hospital that will open Monday and an additional 1,000 beds on the USNS Comfort set to arrive in New York the same day, Cuomo said.

But officials believe the state will need 140,000 beds when it reaches the apex of the pandemic in 14 to 21 days, Cuomo said.

The administration will also facilitate the production or acquisition of “100,000 additional units” of ventilators over a 100-day period, Trump said.

“Maybe we won’t even need the full activation,” said Trump of the Defense Production Act, which he invoked Friday. “We will find out, but we need the ventilators.”

Large corporations are also stepping up to feed the supply gap. New Balance announced Friday on Twitter that its U.S. factories will work on developing, manufacturing and delivering facial masks to hospitals.

The same day, Delta Air Lines announced it will fly medical professionals for free to areas significantly impacted by coronavirus.

Police and nurses are falling ill

Those charged with treating patients and maintaining order are feeling the affects of the pandemic as well.

The shortage of personal protective equipment drove a group of New York nurses to protest outside the Jacobi Medical Center on Saturday, demanding the supplies to do their jobs safely.

“If we get sick, our patients will get sick. This is for our entire community,” said Kelley Cabrera, a registered nurse. “If you look at what we are wearing in comparison to others countries, it’s unacceptable.”

The medical center said that although the staff has adequate supplies, there is a nationwide shortage and conservation measures are in place.

Meanwhile, 12 nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital have tested positive for coronavirus, the state’s nursing association said.

In New York City, the police department lost its first detective to COVID-19, marking the third death of an NYPD employee to the disease. It has infected at least 696 employees of the New York Police Department.