New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in New York State on March 2, 2020 in New York City. – Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty Images

Coronavirus cases more than double overnight

MARCH 20, 2020 

 

More than one-fourth of Americans are being ordered to stay home as much as possible in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.The governors of New York, Illinois and Connecticut on Friday joined California and Pennsylvania in shutting down most businesses. Workers considered “essential” are exempt, meaning grocery stores, pharmacies and take-out restaurants will stay open in those states.

 

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There are more than 19,300 cases in the U.S., and at least 250 people have died, according to John Hopkins University.

Latest U.S. numbers

There are at least 250 deaths linked to coronavirus across the U.S., and more than 19,300 confirmed cases.

Here’s a breakdown of where the deaths have occurred:

83 – Washington
46 – New York
24 – California
14 – Louisiana
13 – Georgia
11 – New Jersey
10 – Florida
5 – Illinois
5 – Texas
4 – Colorado
3 – Michigan
3 – Oregon
3 – Connecticut
3 – Wisconsin
3 – Indiana
2 – Virginia
2 – Missouri
2 – Kentucky
2 – Ohio
2 – Vermont
1 – Mississippi
1- Nevada
1 – Kansas
1 – South Dakota
1 – South Carolina
1 – Pennsylvania
1 – Maryland
1 – Oklahoma
1 – Massachusetts
1 – District of Columbia

New York is enacting a mandatory stay-at-home order for all non-essential workforce, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday morning.

Cuomo made the announcement in a press conference, noting the order was “the most drastic action we can take.”

He also tweeted, “I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others.”

Andrew Cuomo

@NYGovCuomo

: I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services.

This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others.

“If the number (of cases) doesn’t slow down, we have to tighten the valve. If they still don’t slow down, we tighten the valve. Now we are closing the valve,” he said.

Cuomo had said on Tuesday night that New York City would not be undergoing a mandatory quarantine, despite NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio saying it was under consideration.

“That cannot happen. It cannot happen legally,” Cuomo told reporters of a possible quarantine. “No city in this state can quarantine itself without state approval and I have no interest whatsoever, and no plan whatsoever, to quarantine any city.”

The announcement on Friday comes after New York state’s number of coronavirus cases more than doubled overnight, surging from 2,950 to 7,102.

New York currently has 53,000 hospital beds, though Cuomo said the state could need double that amount when the coronavirus reaches its peak in an estimated 45 days. The state also has just 3,000 intensive care beds, but could need over 37,000.

The U.S. Navy will be deploying hospital ship USNS Comfort to New York City in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It will offer 1,000 hospital beds to the city, but only for non-coronavirus trauma patients currently taking capacity in New York hospitals.

On Friday, Cuomo also announced an order prohibiting residential and commercial evictions for 90 days.

California Governor issues ‘stay at home’ lockdown order to 40 million as coronavirus spreads

California Governor Gavin Newsom (Office of the Governor of California)
MARCH 19, 2020 

Effective Thursday night, March 19, 2020, California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for all 40 million Californians in a press conference that was live streamed on Twitter.

Citizens are ordered to only leave their homes for essential trips and is in place until further notice.

It is unclear what enforcement measures will be taken for those that disobey the order.

Businesses such as bars, gyms, full-service restaurants and more will be closed according to the order.

Essential businesses like banks, gas stations, grocery stories, pharmacies, some take out restaurants and others are allowed to remain open.

Public events and gatherings are banned.

However, Newsom says California needs to “bend the curve” and that coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly.

“There’s a social contract here, people I think recognize the need to do more. They will adjust and adapt as they have.” he continued.

Newsom explained his numbers saying, “We believe the virus will impact about 56% of California’s population…You do the math, that’s a particularly large number…We believe with a 20% hospitalization rate, that’s about 19,543 people that would need to be hospitalized – above the existing capacity of our system.”

Newsom caveated the announcement with, “Home isolation is not my preferred choice…but it is a necessary one. This is not a permanent state, it is a moment in time.”

This order comes as the U.S. Senate unveiled a trillion dollar bailout plan and U.S. deaths from the coronavirus hit 200. The bailout is the third bailout after the first two packages totaled over $110 billion.

A patchwork of closings, lockdowns and social distance orders are springing up all over the country which is creating a more or less state of voluntary semi-lockdown around the country.

Today, the U.S. State Department told citizens that international travel plans “may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.”

To date, John Hopkins University is reporting there are a little over 14,000 U.S. reported cases of the virus and 205 deaths.

Globally, roughly 242,000 has reportedly been infected, with more than 9,800 having died.