National coronavirus updates: U.S. has more than 100,000 cases, Alaska issues stay-at-home order
- In the U.S., there are at least 103,942 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
- The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has surpassed that of any other country.
- Over 1,689 people have died in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
- Globally, the number of cases has surpassed 593,000.
- The number of global coronavirus deaths has topped 27,000, Hopkins reports.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus.
- The House has passed a historic $2 trillion aid package hoping to curb COVID-19’s economic impact.
Alaska issues stay-at-home order and closes non-essential businesses
Alaska is the latest U.S. state to order residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Limited outdoor activities are allowed as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
In a pair of new mandates announced Friday evening, state Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum said Alaskans are also ordered to avoid travel between communities.
Travel to many rural areas of Alaska is only practical by plane, but Crum said aviation companies will not be required to ensure that their customers are traveling for essential reasons.
The prohibition on unnecessary travel goes into effect Saturday at 8 a.m. local time, while the new rule on staying at home goes into effect at 5 p.m. Crum says the mandates will be reconsidered no later than April 11.
Trump signs $2.2 trillion relief bill into law
President Donald Trump on Friday signed the $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package just hours after it passed a voice vote in the House of Representatives.
The far-reaching legislation stands as the largest emergency aid package in U.S. history. It injects a massive financial boost into a struggling economy with provisions aimed at helping American workers, small businesses and industries grappling with the economic disruption.
Key elements of the package include sending checks directly to individuals and families, an expansion of unemployment benefits, money for hard-hit hospitals and health care providers, financial assistance for small businesses and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
The money would likely be deposited directly into individuals' bank accounts -- as long as they've already authorized the IRS to send their tax refund that way over the past two years.
If not, the IRS would send out checks in the mail.
For those that haven't filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the IRS would rely on information on file at the Social Security Administration, which keeps records on all Americans who have paid payroll taxes.
The House of Representatives gave near-unanimous approval the historic legislation designed to prevent the economy from collapsing and rush resources to overburdened health care providers and struggling families during the deepening coronavirus outbreak.
Friday’s House session followed an extraordinary 96-0 Senate vote late Wednesday.
Trump’s signing of the package came as the U.S. surpassed China and Italy — two countries hit hard by the coronavirus — for the most reported cases in the world. Several health officials and experts say it's still the beginning.
"We are in for a bumpy ride for the next 12 to 18 months," said Dr. Ashish Jha, the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. "If we are aggressive now about stopping things, shutting down, building up a test regime, we can then open up again .... and most places can go back to work."
"But only when we are ready. And we are nowhere near ready now," he said.
When Trump said he hopes to have Americans back at work by Easter, he was making an "aspirational projection," said Anthony Fauci, one of the country's top health officials.
"He's listening to us when we say we really got to reevaluate it, in real time, and any decision we make has to be based on the data," Fauci said.
The areas officials are worried about
New coronavirus hot spots are emerging in the Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans areas — and health officials there are pleading for medical resources to meet the surges.
Michigan's roughly 3,000 cases are nearly a tenfold increase from March 19, and officials there say the federal government needs to prioritize states like theirs that face case surges, rather than having governors compete for supplies.
Doctors and nurses in the Detroit area are "using one mask for their entire shift," Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the Michigan health department's chief medical executive, told CNN Friday.
"I've heard of (them) putting their mask in a paper bag ... and taking it out when they think they have a patent who has coronavirus," Khaldun said.
"We don't have enough masks; we don't have enough gowns; and we need more from the federal government and others."
In Michigan, cases jumped from 350 to nearly 3,000 in a week.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said this week she sent Trump a request for a major disaster declaration and was hopeful the President would grant it in full "and within a matter of days, so we can provide more services to Michiganders who need them."
The declaration would allow the state to provide rental assistance and temporary housing to people in the state, counseling and therapy for residents and the ability to quickly set up field hospitals or other facilities to treat coronavirus patients.
Outbreaks in New York, which has just under half the country's cases, and California, Washington and New Jersey have captured the nation's attention for weeks. Health officials there have long been clamoring for more equipment.
But officials warn the newer hot spots will soon look like the earlier ones.
"Hot spots like Detroit, like Chicago, like New Orleans ... will have a worse week next week than what they had this week," U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told "CBS This Morning" on Friday.
For days, New York led the country with the highest number of cases, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered a partial lockdown and doubled down on testing.
At least 519 people have died from coronavirus across New York state, Cuomo said. That's up from 385 reported deaths.
"That is going to continue to go up, and that is the worst news that I could possibly tell the people of the state of New York," Cuomo said.
New York Bellevue Hospital Center created a makeshift morgue using tents and refrigerated trucks. At Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, 13 patients died from coronavirus within 24 hours.
Health officials said California, with more than 3,000 cases, isn't far behind from seeing a surge in cases similar to New York's. And with positive tests rapidly increasing across the country, experts worry other states may follow.
Earlier this week, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said cases in his state were growing faster than anywhere in the world.
Health experts said they were monitoring "clusters" in six nursing homes and in New Orleans. One official said hospitals were already facing shortages of ventilators and protective equipment.
"This is going to be the disaster that defines our generation," said Collin Arnold, director of the city's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.
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Jefferson and Orleans parishes, which make up most of metro New Orleans, ranked among the top seven counties nationwide in deaths per 100,000 residents for areas reporting 100 cases or more. And at least 3,000 were expected to be tested Thursday.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, said 40% of the country has "extraordinary low rates" of coronavirus. About 19 states have fewer than 200 cases, she said.
But she said counties including Wayne County, Michigan, and Cook County, Illinois, are showing a "more rapid increase" in cases.
Meanwhile, Cook County, Illinois, is in the process of "acquiring additional refrigerated warehouse space" as a precaution for what could come next, Cook County spokesperson Natalia Derevyanny said.
"Our hope is that we're doing all this planning but that we wind up not needing the plans we've put into place," said Derevyanny.
Illinois numbers jumped from close to 600 last week to 2,538 Friday.
British prime minister tests positive for coronavirus
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, the leader said on Friday.
On his Twitter account, Johnson said he had developed mild symptoms and was self-isolating.
"Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government's response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this," Johnson wrote.
In a video, Johnson said he was experiencing a temperature and a persistent cough, which are key symptoms of the virus, and that he took a test on the advice of the country's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.
"I've taken a test. That has come out positive," he said, adding that he was working from home and self-isolating. "And that's entirely the right thing to do."
Doctors, nurses on the front lines
Responding to the rising numbers, some hospitals say they've reached a breaking point — both because of overworked staff and few medical supplies left.
A Long Island hospital nurse said patients were streaming in with "non-stop coughing, sweaty, fevers" and with "fear in their eyes."
"I haven't slept because my mind won't shut off. I cried in the bathroom on my break, as I peeled off the PPE from my sweaty self, mask indentations on my face. I cried the entire ride home," the nurse, who CNN is not naming, wrote in a social media post.
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In one New York City hospital, an assistant nurse manager who suffered from asthma died less than a week after testing positive for the virus.
Kious Jordan Kelly was a "beloved member" of the nursing staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital, the hospital said.
The coronavirus crisis has "turned our front line professionals into true American heroes," Mt. Sinai said in a statement Tuesday. "Today, we lost another hero — a compassionate colleague, friend and selfless caregiver."
To combat a desperate need for more hands on deck in hospitals across the country, medical schools are considering early graduation for their senior medical students to become doctors, according to Dr. Alison Whelan, the chief medical education officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges.
On Tuesday, New York University became the first medical school in the country to offer this option. Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in New Jersey also sent an email to its senior medical students on Thursday gauging interest and offering early graduation.
To support hospitals, Vice President Mike Pence said the federal government has already shipped out millions of protective equipment and 6,000 ventilators from the national stockpile.
But the U.S. Surgeon General says those supplies will not resolve the crisis.
"We will not supply our way out of this problem," he said Thursday.
"A lot of the capacity that folks are looking for is already out there. It's sitting on shelves in surgery centers. It's sitting in hospitals. It's just misaligned," Adams said. "I really want you all to think about how you can help us fix that misalignment."
Summer may not be the end
And while some look to the summer hopeful that better weather will help alleviate the problem, Fauci says warmer days may not mean the end of the virus.
"We are hoping, though it may not happen, that we will see that impact of warmer weather on bringing the infection rate down, but you can't guarantee it," he said Thursday.
"Because this is a brand new virus, and it may not act like some of the other respiratory viruses in which often you do see a diminution, as the weather gets warmer, there's no guarantee that we're going to see that right now," Fauci said.
He has said that as far as the timeline of the virus outbreak in the U.S., it's important to remain flexible.
But, he says, the key to nearing an end with the battle against the virus is contact tracing — where researchers track down everyone an infected person might have been in contact with.
"We've got to do it better than we are now. Not that we're at fault, that no one's made any mistakes, but they've got to elevate it to the point where, when you have someone in society who is infected, you've got to not only identify them, but you've got to be able to isolate them very quickly, not five days later, after they wound up potentially infecting individuals."
"That's what's called strict containment and that's what we've got to do," Fauci said.