National coronavirus updates: US enters crucial weeks of fight after grim milestone of most deaths in single day

Hello and welcome to this special broadcast on the Corona virus in a Facebook live event across America. Friday, our panel of medical experts from Kansas City, Sacramento and Pittsburgh answered your questions on Cove in 19 and how to keep your family safe. Stop those mass gatherings and try and stop other people who are not in your household from coming into your household. As the number of cases grows, they said, so does the need for help. This is from New York Presbyterian, and the picture is so striking you oversee six hospitals there in Northern California. Are you looking for? Volunteers were actually starting to solicit volunteers in our community as well as the schools nursing schools in particular. Laurie Harding expects a surgeon cases in three weeks in Kansas City, the health system is graduating medical students early to help with some of that surge. In Pittsburgh, Dr Argon Vinke, it is worried about shortages of medicine and protective gear and federal action. Just like we don’t fight wars in circumstances as individual states, we need to be fighting this battle for covert 19 as a nation. How are you looking to procure these more rapid test, we were able to get the abbot i d. 15 minute turnaround testing actually goes live on Monday and shown a map of states that still do not have full state home orders. Dr. Vinca had this warning. Those states that believe that they’re in the clear because they don’t have a number of cases now are unfortunately, I think, at risk for a very rude awakening in Washington, I’m chief national investigative correspondent Mark Albert.

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National coronavirus updates: US enters crucial weeks of fight after grim milestone of most deaths in single day

The latest:There are more than 312,000 cases in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. More than 8,500 people have died nationwide.At least 1,324 deaths were reported in the United States on Saturday, the most coronavirus deaths reported in a single day thus far.Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 1.2 million with more than 64,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.President Donald Trump detailed a new CDC recommendation Friday that Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order, but Trump said he will leave it up to governors.Wyoming is the only state without any reported coronavirus deaths.The U.S. reached a grim milestone with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, and officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread.With 1,344 new deaths reported Saturday, the U.S. had the most fatalities recorded in one day.That brought the nationwide death toll to at least 8,496 people, with at least 312,076 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.The big test will come in the next couple weeks, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.”The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” Birx said. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the six feet distancing, washing your hands.”Social distancing measures already appear to be paying off in Washington state, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, calling the measure “our most important tool.”Lack of testing still a key issue A struggle many states are facing in the effort to understand and combat the virus is inaccessible testing.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his state doesn’t even have enough tests to get a clear idea of the scale of the outbreak.”Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this, so every state is on their own,” Pritzker said. “As I’ve said, it’s the Wild West out here.”California, one of the hotspots of the outbreak, has been working to increase the number of its residents that have been tested, which stands now at more than 126,000, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.”That testing number may sound high to some. It is low to many others and certainly to me,” Newsom said in a news conference on Saturday.The state formed a new task force led by leaders of the public and private sector to handle coronavirus testing as well as a partnership between University of California Davis and University of California San Diego to create at least five to seven testing hubs to increase capacity.States see the impact not even halfway throughSeveral states have reported jumps in cases, including Louisiana, where there were nearly 12,500 cases — a 21% increase — and more than 400 deaths Saturday, according to the state health department.”Look at the magnitude of this. 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.New Jersey had its second day in a row of more than 4,000 positive cases reported. The state has lost nearly 100 more of its residents to coronavirus than it did in 9/11, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.”This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history,” Murphy said.With more than 10,000 new cases reported on Friday alone, New York state has seen a “new high,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. At least 3,565 people have died in the state, with more than 114,000 cases reported.The state has yet to reach the peak of its curve, Cuomo told reporters, saying projections forecast the apex is between four and eight days away. At that point, New York’s health care system will face its “ultimate challenge,” Cuomo said.”But there’s part of me that says it’s good we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready for the apex either,” he said. “We’re not yet ready for the high point. We’re still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better.”A battle to stop the spreadGrowing cases continue to put pressure on facilities, staff and resources. But officials are finding ways to address those needs.Cuomo said he will sign an executive order to allow medical students who have yet to graduate to begin practicing. In all, the state has 85,000 medical volunteers, he said, including 22,000 from out of state.Javits Convention Center in Manhattan has become an emergency hospital facility that will provide 2,500 beds and be staffed by the federal government, Cuomo said.In New Orleans, officials are also responding to the influx by converting a convention center into an emergency hospital.And other states — and even another nation — has rallied to remedy dwindling supplies in New York.New York state, which has been desperately searching for ventilators, will receive 140 ventilators from Oregon, Cuomo said Saturday in a news conference.”This was unsolicited, but the 140 ventilators will make a difference,” Cuomo said, adding the gesture was both “kind” and “smart.” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on residents to donate equipment they may have.China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said.”We’re all in the same battle here,” the governor said. “And the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”W2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==

The latest:

  • There are more than 312,000 cases in the United States, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. More than 8,500 people have died nationwide.
  • At least 1,324 deaths were reported in the United States on Saturday, the most coronavirus deaths reported in a single day thus far.
  • Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 1.2 million with more than 64,000 deaths, Hopkins reports.
  • President Donald Trump detailed a new CDC recommendation Friday that Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
  • Top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has called for a federally mandated stay-at-home order, but Trump said he will leave it up to governors.
  • Wyoming is the only state without any reported coronavirus deaths.

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The U.S. reached a grim milestone with the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in one day, and officials are warning the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the spread.

With 1,344 new deaths reported Saturday, the U.S. had the most fatalities recorded in one day.

That brought the nationwide death toll to at least 8,496 people, with at least 312,076 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The big test will come in the next couple weeks, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.

“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” Birx said. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the six feet distancing, washing your hands.”

Social distancing measures already appear to be paying off in Washington state, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, calling the measure “our most important tool.”

Lack of testing still a key issue

A struggle many states are facing in the effort to understand and combat the virus is inaccessible testing.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said his state doesn’t even have enough tests to get a clear idea of the scale of the outbreak.

“Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this, so every state is on their own,” Pritzker said. “As I’ve said, it’s the Wild West out here.”

California, one of the hotspots of the outbreak, has been working to increase the number of its residents that have been tested, which stands now at more than 126,000, Gov. Gavin Newsom said.

“That testing number may sound high to some. It is low to many others and certainly to me,” Newsom said in a news conference on Saturday.

The state formed a new task force led by leaders of the public and private sector to handle coronavirus testing as well as a partnership between University of California Davis and University of California San Diego to create at least five to seven testing hubs to increase capacity.

States see the impact not even halfway through

Several states have reported jumps in cases, including Louisiana, where there were nearly 12,500 cases — a 21% increase — and more than 400 deaths Saturday, according to the state health department.

“Look at the magnitude of this. 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.

New Jersey had its second day in a row of more than 4,000 positive cases reported. The state has lost nearly 100 more of its residents to coronavirus than it did in 9/11, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.

“This pandemic is writing one of the greatest tragedies in our state’s history,” Murphy said.

With more than 10,000 new cases reported on Friday alone, New York state has seen a “new high,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. At least 3,565 people have died in the state, with more than 114,000 cases reported.

Medical personnel are seen outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as the country works to stop the spread of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 in New York City.

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Medical personnel are seen outside NYU Langone Health hospital as people applaud to show their gratitude to medical staff and essential workers working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic as the country works to stop the spread of COVID-19 on April 4, 2020 in New York City.

The state has yet to reach the peak of its curve, Cuomo told reporters, saying projections forecast the apex is between four and eight days away. At that point, New York’s health care system will face its “ultimate challenge,” Cuomo said.

“But there’s part of me that says it’s good we’re not at the apex because we’re not yet ready for the apex either,” he said. “We’re not yet ready for the high point. We’re still working on the capacity of the system. The more time we have to improve the capacity of the system, the better.”

A battle to stop the spread

Growing cases continue to put pressure on facilities, staff and resources. But officials are finding ways to address those needs.

Cuomo said he will sign an executive order to allow medical students who have yet to graduate to begin practicing. In all, the state has 85,000 medical volunteers, he said, including 22,000 from out of state.

Javits Convention Center in Manhattan has become an emergency hospital facility that will provide 2,500 beds and be staffed by the federal government, Cuomo said.

In New Orleans, officials are also responding to the influx by converting a convention center into an emergency hospital.

And other states — and even another nation — has rallied to remedy dwindling supplies in New York.

New York state, which has been desperately searching for ventilators, will receive 140 ventilators from Oregon, Cuomo said Saturday in a news conference.

“This was unsolicited, but the 140 ventilators will make a difference,” Cuomo said, adding the gesture was both “kind” and “smart.” Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has called on residents to donate equipment they may have.

China is donating another 1,000 ventilators, Cuomo said.

“We’re all in the same battle here,” the governor said. “And the battle is stopping the spread of the virus.”