Coronavirus headlines: Not all nursing home deaths, locations being disclosed

Coronavirus

April 10, 2020

(WJW) – On March 10, there were 712 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 27 deaths.

Today, that number is 466,299 cases and 16,686 deaths in America alone.

The trajectories do not show that the U.S. has hit the peak yet.

You can check the latest numbers here.

8:45 p.m. update:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s nursing homes have seen at least 45 deaths from the coronavirus. But the overall total across the state remains unknown. That’s because many local health departments aren’t releasing that data or revealing which nursing homes have had outbreaks. Eleven nursing home residents have died in Miami County near Dayton while another outbreak in neighboring Darke County has killed seven. In the Youngstown area, 12 have died from the virus at long-term care facilities. The state association representing for-profit nursing homes says it’s frustrated more information isn’t being shared. It also says more testing is needed in the nursing homes.

7:10 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that coronavirus deaths in New York jumped by 777 in one day. Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized is growing far less than last week, a possible sign the outbreak in New York is peaking. New York state is getting help from Google to overhaul a decades-old unemployment benefits system that has left laid-off workers frustrated and awaiting help. Google helped New York design a revamped website that launched Thursday evening. The state also added 300 workers to its 700-person staff to process unemployment benefit applications. Cuomo says the state Department of Labor’s system has crashed because of a record-shattering surge in claims amid outbreak-related layoffs.

6:40 p.m. update:

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Because of the coronavirus threat, nobody knows for certain when or even if the 2020 college football season will happen. NCAA officials and programs are trying to plan as best they can. The NCAA announced the creation of a committee to look at issues such as how much preseason practice and conditioning would be required. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says discussion is just beginning after most programs had spring football practice shortened or wiped out.

2:30 P.M.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is bemoaning the “horrible” number of Americans who have died due to the coronavirus, while pointing to signs of hope.

Trump says “in the midst of grief and pain” the country is seeing “clear signs that our aggressive strategy” is working. That includes a decrease in hospital admissions in some places.

Trump’s comments come on the same day as Johns Hopkins University’s worldwide death toll hit 100,000.

Trump, who is now weighing when to re-open the country’s economy, is pointing to models that are now forecasting U.S. death rates far lower than originally estimated.

He says, “We’re saving so many lives compared to what it could have been.”

But experts warn that re-opening the country too soon could cause a devastating new spike in infections.

2 P.M.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government’s budget deficit for the first half of this budget year totals $743.6 billion, up 7.6% from last year and well on its way to topping $1 trillion even before the impacts of the coronavirus were felt. The Treasury Department reported Friday that the deficit from October, the start of the government’s budget year, through  March was $52.5 billion higher than the same period a year ago.

1:45 P.M.

NEW YORK (AP) — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has hit 100,000, according to the running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The sad milestone comes as Christians around the globe mark a Good Friday unlike any other — in front of computer screens instead of in church pews. Meanwhile, some countries are tiptoeing toward reopening segments of their battered economies. Public health officials are warning people against violating the social distancing rules over Easter and allowing the virus to flare up again. Authorities are using roadblocks and other means to discourage travel.

11:50 A.M.

NEW YORK (WJW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state now has more than 7,800 deaths related to the coronavirus.

According to FOX 5, New York lost 777 lives in just one day, adding that the number is lower than the previous day.

“What is happening when we had those high hospitalization rates 2-3 weeks ago, you either got treated and released or you went on a ventilator. Those lives lost are those who came in during the height,” the Governor said.

Cuomo also said they are “cautiously optimistic” that New York is lowering its hospitalization rate, citing that there are now fewer people in the ICU statewide than previously.

11 A.M.

(CNN) — 3M, the largest maker of N95 face masks in the country, has sued another company for offering to sell New York City overpriced N95 masks for $45 million.

3M claims the company, New Jersey-based Performance Supply, wasn’t authorized to distribute the masks, and had attempted to inflate the price of the masks at a more than 500% markup for New York.

Performance Supply had offered them to the city on March 30 — when the number of coronavirus cases had skyrocketed and hospitals struggled to give their workers protective equipment. The price: more than $6 a mask, according to the lawsuit. 3M sells the masks at a list price of just over $1.

3M called Performance Supply’s offer to New York “extreme price-gouging,” according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan on Friday.

Though the case reads like a fairly standard trademark and false advertising case, it highlights widespread alleged price gouging that’s popped up throughout the country since the national emergency began. The company’s legal action dovetails with pushes from federal authorities and state governments to crack down on price gouging and other alleged fraud during the coronavirus pandemic.

Performance Supply has not yet responded to the allegations in court.

10 A.M.

  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force will hold its briefing at 1 p.m. Friday
  • Cuyahoga County reports 746 cases, 20 deaths

8:45 A.M.

  • (AP) The top U.S. infectious disease official says coronavirus antibody tests are just days away. Dr. Anthony Fauci says at the last White House coronavirus task force meeting, the people responsible for developing, validating and disseminating the tests were saying “a rather large number of tests” will be available within a week. An antibody test could show whether a person was recently exposed to the coronavirus.
  • (AP) – France’s only aircraft carrier has confirmed 50 cases of the virus aboard and is heading back to port.
  • (AP) Notre Dame Cathedral will have its Good Friday ceremony with no crowd

7 A.M.

  • “Saturday Night Live” returns this weekend with cast members following social distancing guidelines. The show is being produced remotely
  • (AP) Boris Johnson’s father says the British prime minister needs time to recover from the new coronavirus and is unlikely to be back at work soon. The 55-year-old U.K. leader spent three nights in the intensive care unit at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened.

5:45 A.M.

  • There are 1,605,548 cases in the world, according to John Hopkins University
  • 95,808 people have died around the globe
  • There are 356,161 confirmed recoveries
  • Ohio has 5,512 coronavirus cases and 213 deaths
  • Mahoning county has 28 deaths, the highest in the state of Ohio

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