Coronavirus headlines: Congress, White House reach high for next virus bill

Coronavirus

April 6, 2020

(WJW) – More than 9,600 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in America.

John Hopkins University reports the number of U.S. cases is doubling about every 5 days.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the toll this week is “going to be shocking.”

Over the weekend, the CDC said they now recommend that people wear face coverings when interacting with others.

9:15 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders are pushing ahead with another coronavirus rescue package as President Donald Trump agrees that Americans will need more help as the economy grinds almost to a halt during the pandemic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told House Democrats another $1 trillion is needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the next package must put health care at the top of the list. The rare moment of accord comes during stark projections for what officials warn will be a hard week with a rising number of cases and deaths.

9 p.m. update:

(AP)– A new class-action lawsuit demands the release of hundreds of high-risk inmates at a federal prison in Louisiana where the coronavirus has claimed the lives of five prisoners and infected nearly two dozen others. The American Civil Liberties Union says authorities are not acting quickly enough to release medically vulnerable prisoners to home confinement. A coronavirus outbreak at the low-security facility already has killed five inmates and infected nearly two dozen others. The federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment. The lawsuit says Attorney General William Barr’s instructions to federal prisons last week did not offer specific details or a timeline.

8:40 p.m. update:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters in Wisconsin face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday postponing the election for two months, the Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with Republicans who said he didn’t have the authority to reschedule the race on his own. The decision leaves Wisconsin as the only state with an election scheduled in April that is proceeding as planned. 

8 p.m. update:

TORONTO (AP)— Manufacturing giant 3M says it has an agreement with the Trump administration that will allow the company to continue to send N95 protective masks to Canada and Latin America.

3M says the company has a plan to produce 166.5 million masks over the next three months to support healthcare workers in the U.S.

President Trump had used his authority under the 1950 Defense Production Act to stop exporting such masks, also known as respirators. The move to block such masks, which are crucial in protecting healthcare workers on both sides of the border from the virus that causes COVID-19, outraged many officials in Canada.

3M issued a statement last week saying that could have “significant humanitarian implications” for healthcare workers in Canada and Latin America. The company had said possible retaliation by other nations could actually lead to fewer of the masks being available in the U.S.

6:15 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP)– The USNS Comfort is now being used for COVID-19 patients.

President Trump confirmed that he’d called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier Monday to let him know that the USNS Comfort can now be used for COVID-19 patients.

“We’re going to let him do it,” said Trump, adding that the ship will will be used for patients from both New York and New Jersey.

“Hopefully that will be very helpful for both states,” he said.

Cuomo had tweeted shortly before Trump’s news conference began that the ship would add 1,000 beds staffed by federal personnel.

“This will provide much-needed relief to our over stressed hospital systems,” he wrote.

6 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP)— President Donald Trump is touting the end of a dispute with 3M to supply millions of masks to medical professionals on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus.

Trump said that the “3M saga ends very happily. We’re very proud to be dealing now with 3M.”

The president said that the company agreed to deliver an additional “55.5 million high-quality facemasks each month.”

Trump had invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act to prevent 3M from exporting masks abroad.

It had sparked some fears that other nations would down on the shipment of medical supplies to the US.

5:15 p.m. update:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s governor says the state will loan 500 ventilators to the national stockpile for use by New York and other states experiencing a crush of hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement on Monday follows commitments by Oregon and Washington to transfer ventilators to New York. It also comes despite California’s request for 10,000 ventilators from the national stockpile, which has not been fulfilled. As of Friday, Newsom said the state had about 4,200 ventilators. California is expecting its coronavirus peak to come sometime in May. 

4 p.m. update:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly says the captain of the COVID-stricken aircraft carrier who was fired last week had betrayed his service and may have been “too naive or too stupid” to be commanding officer of the ship. Officials are confirming that Modly made the comments Sunday to the ship’s crew in Guam. The handling of the coronavirus crisis aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt has become an escalating crisis for the Navy. Last week Modly relieved Capt. Brett E. Crozier of command of the ship, saying he had used poor judgment in widely distributing a note pleading for an urgent evacuation of the crew.

3:30 p.m. update:

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended stay-at-home restrictions through the end of the month, citing fresh evidence Monday that the outbreak-fighting rules could be helping the state avoid a worst-case catastrophe.

New York state has tallied 4,758 deaths from COVID-19, with 599 reported in the past 24 hours. It remains the most impacted state with more than 130,000 laboratory-confirmed cases and close to 17,000 people hospitalized.

But the number of new people entering hospitals daily has dropped, as have the number of critically ill patients requiring ventilators. Recent data suggests the state could be at or near the peak of the outbreak, state officials said.

Warning it was no time the relent, Cuomo said schools and nonessential businesses will remain closed until April 29.

Cuomo stressed that even if New York has reached the peak, numbers could persist at these levels, which would continue to stress struggling hospitals.

3:25 p.m. update:

(AP) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.

2:30 p.m. update:

NEW JERSEY (AP)— New Jersey’s death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 1,000 people, according to data released Monday from the state’s health department.

In the past 24 hours, New Jersey fatalities from COVID-19 climbed from 917 to 1,003.

New Jersey and New York are among the hardest-hit states in the country. New Jersey is likely weeks away from hitting the peak of the outbreak, according to health officials.

Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties in suburban New York have seen the most cases.

2 p.m. update:

BATON ROUGE, La. (WP) — The coronavirus pandemic claimed its youngest victim yet in Louisiana on Monday — a baby born prematurely after her mother contracted the disease and was put on a ventilator.

“The baby, because of the extreme prematurity did not survive,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark, who blamed the mother’s COVID-19 disease for putting her into labor.

The girl survived only one day, and the coroner said both he and Louisiana’s state epidemiologist agreed that she belongs in the state’s coronavirus death toll.

Whether the baby had COVID-19 remains under investigation, but Clark said her death is clearly linked to the virus.

If not for her mother’s infection, Clark said, “Likely she would have not gone into preterm labor and there would have been a different outcome. This is an incredibly sad case.”

Clark said the mother was admitted to a hospital on April 1 and remains alive. He provided no details about her condition, and no identifying information. This premature baby wasn’t the first U.S. newborn to die in similar circumstances, he added.

Louisiana’s coronavirus caseload grew Monday to nearly 15,000 people with confirmed infections, about 12% of whom are hospitalized. The death toll rose by 35 from a day earlier to at least 512.

1:30 p.m. update:

NEW YORK (AP) — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths in New York appears to leveling off in a faint glimmer of hope in the nation’s epicenter,the governor said Monday, warning residents they must continue to adhere to social distancing and lockdown measures that have likely slowed the virus in Italy, Spain and France. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of new people entering hospitals daily has dropped, as have the number of critically ill patients who require ventilators. Recent data suggests the state could be at or near the peak. That’s why it’s critical to keep to the restrictions, he said, ordering schools and non-essential businesses closed until the end of the month, and lambasted New Yorkers out in parks over the weekend. 

12:15 P.M.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the death toll there has passed 4,700. It jumped by 600 overnight.
  • The US has nearly 339,000 cases

12 P.M.

  • The Masters, which was supposed to start Thursday, has been rescheduled for Nov. 12-15

11 A.M.

  • China lifts lockdown, tourist sites packed
  • (AP) Wisconsin is moving ahead with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary and spring election on Tuesday, despite the coronavirus pandemic
  • (AP) The British Open will not be played this year for the first time since 1945
  • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH will update the state’s coronavirus response at 2 p.m.

10:30 A.M.

  • President Trump will hold a briefing with the Coronavirus Task Force at 5 p.m.

10 A.M.

  • The Cuyahoga County Board of Health reports a one-week-old has tested positive for coronavirus
  • (AP) Pentagon says number of COVID-19 cases in active duty force topped 1,000 over weekend

7 A.M.

  • More than 1,100 of Ohio’s coronavirus cases are hospitalized
  • Mahoning County has highest number of deaths in Ohio with 15
  • Cuyahoga County (which is combined between the county and City of Cleveland) has 14 deaths

5 A.M.

  • More than 337,000 people in America have been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • 69,000 people have died around the world
  • There are more than 4,000 coronavirus cases in Ohio
  • British PM Boris Johnson has now been hospitalized for treatment. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 10 days ago

Coronavirus questions answered



Around the Buckeye State

More Ohio News