Death Valley National Park closes due to coronavirus
From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian
Death Valley National Park, which runs through California and Nevada, has closed as of April 4 citing public health concerns aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19. All park facilities, restrooms, viewpoints, trails, roads, and campgrounds are closed until further notice, a notice on the National Park Service’s website said. CA-190 and Daylight Pass are open to pass-through traffic, the website added. Additionally, all permits to the park are cancelled and no new permits are being issued to limit the spread of Covid-19.
21 min ago
Police in Arizona arrest hospital employee accused of stealing protective equipment
From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey
An employee at a Prescott, Arizona, hospital was arrested after being accused of stealing $1,700 worth of protective equipment and cleaning supplies, Prescott Police said in a statement on Saturday. Keith Brown, 49, was arrested and booked into the Yavapai County Jail on one count of felony theft and one count of fraud, police said. Brown worked in the housekeeping department of the Yavapai Regional Medical Center West Campus, who contacted police on Friday regarding suspicions that Brown had been stealing supplies. While being interviewed by police, Brown admitted to stealing gloves, hand sanitizer, surgical scrubs, wash cloths, paper towels, masks, bleach cleaner, toilet paper, and an automatic hand sanitizer over the last three weeks, Prescott Police said. According to Prescott Police, Brown has also been terminated from his job at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center West Campus. Police say they are working with the hospital to return the items as soon as they are deemed safe to use.
21 min ago
President of American Medical Association says US should prepare for a rough week
From CNN's Elise Hammond
Some context: The US surgeon general said this week is going to be the "hardest and saddest" for "most Americans' lives," describing the upcoming period of the pandemic in the United States as a "Pearl Harbor moment" and a "9/11 moment." There have been 321,762 confirmed cases and 9,132 deaths due to the coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.
59 min ago
Defense secretary issues guidance on use of face coverings for Defense Department personnel
From CNN's Barbara Starr and Ryan Browne
1 hr 21 min ago
Ford is making a face shield every 10 seconds, spokesman says
From CNN's Jake Carpenter
1 hr 14 min ago
Coronavirus cases in Louisiana grow while the state faces a ventilator shortage
1 hr 26 min ago
Trump approves disaster declarations for Delaware and South Dakota
From CNN's Betsy Klein, Jason Hoffman and Nikki Carvajal
Adding to a growing list, President Trump has approved disaster declarations for Delaware and South Dakota. These are the 46th and 47th disaster declarations approved by the President in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including 42 states, the US Virgin islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.
1 hr 39 min ago
New Jersey adds nearly 3,500 positive coronavirus cases
New Jersey has recorded another 3,482 positive Covid-19 cases to bring the state total to 37,505. There have been 917 deaths in the state, up from 846 reported yesterday, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted.
1 hr 49 min ago
There are least 321,762 coronavirus cases in the US
According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there are at least 321,762 cases of coronavirus in the US and 9,132 people have died. On Sunday, there have been at least 9,517 new cases and at least 636 new deaths reported in the country. On Friday, there were 1,169 new deaths reported in the US. On Saturday, 1,344 people died from the disease. The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Wyoming is the only state not reporting a death from coronavirus.
2 hr 1 min ago
This reporter tested positive for coronavirus. Here's what she wants you to know.
From CNN's Elise Hammond
2 hr 18 min ago
Louisiana governor says state could run out of ventilators by end of the week
By the numbers: Louisiana has emerged as one of several coronavirus hot spots across the United States with a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths. The state has more than 12,000 cases and more than 400 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases. Early Sunday, the nationwide death toll had gone up to at least 8,503 people, with at least 312,245 infected, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins.
2 hr 32 min ago
New York surgeon writes letter about rationing care for patients who don't have the coronavirus
From CNN's Elizabeth Cohen, John Bonifield and Minali Nigam
2 hr 41 min ago
US Northern Command deploys 1,000 medical personnel to New York City
From CNN's Jamie Crawford
US Northern Command, which oversees US military operations in North America, said it was “deploying a combined total of 1,000 Air Force and Navy medical providers to the New York City area in next 3 days,” according to a press release sent Sunday. “Approximately 300 of these uniformed medical providers will work from the Javits Center and the rest will deploy to other area locations to expand local medical capabilities in the war against Covid-19,” the release said. During an interview with CNN, Defense Secretary Mark Esper spoke of the effort. “The mayor and I talked as recently as Thursday. I spoke to the governor on Friday. What we plan on doing now is deploying over 1,100 additional doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel to New York. The bulk of them will go to the Javits center and then as of late yesterday, we agreed to deploy a few hundred of them to 11 New York City hospitals that are also seeing a deficiency when it comes to medical staff,” Esper said on CNN Sunday morning.
3 hr 2 min ago
The state of New Jersey has secured 500 additional ventilators, the governor says
3 hr 21 min ago
West Virginia limits gatherings to no more than 5 people in multiple counties
These are the restrictions, according to the governor: Limiting groups to a maximum of five people.Directing all businesses to require employees to work from home to the maximum extent possible. Directing the local health departments to establish the maximum occupancy of and proper social distance within essential businesses and taking action to enforce these health regulations. Directing the West Virginia National Guard to provide logistical support and services to assist county agencies.Directing the West Virginia State Police to assist with enforcement of local county orders.
2 hr 31 min ago
Various coronavirus treatments are being tested in New York, governor says
3 hr 45 min ago
Fauci on coronavirus in US: "We are struggling to get it under control"
From CNN's Nicky Robertson
Some context: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidelines, recommending that Americans wear some sort of face protection when out in public. When if Fauci wears a mask, he said that if he goes into a situation where he cannot control whether or not he is 6ft away from people, that he would and does wear a mask. He said the mask is an “adjunct to help protect you and protect others.”
45 min ago
New York hospitals are "being asked to do the impossible," governor says
From CNN's Elise Hammond
"They are being asked to do the impossible," Cuomo said.
He said hospitals are being asked to manage the same amount of staff and resources. "That is putting a tremendous amount of stress on the health care system," Cuomo said. "You're asking a system to do more than it has ever done before, more than it was designed to do with less." He said the way to get through it is to use a surge and flex the system to balance the patient load between private and public hospitals in the area.
3 hr 59 min ago
Pentagon workers told to bring face coverings to work Monday
From CNN's Barbara Starr
Some Pentagon workers began receiving emails from their office administrators over the weekend to come to work Monday with at least one face covering, according to an official who received one of the messages. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said during an interview Sunday that such a directive for Defense Department staff and troops would likely be coming very soon following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
2 hr 40 min ago