Coronavirus Live Blog 4.2.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.1 can be found here


There are at least 236,339 cases of coronavirus in the US and 5,648 people have died,

New York state will conduct hospital-by-hospital inventory survey every night

NYC issues new guidance for people to wear a face covering when outside in public

NYC: “The state-owned Javits Center has been turned into a 2,500-bed emergency medical facility being run by the US Army. The original plan for Javits was that it be used to take non-Covid patients from hospitals to open up hospital beds,” Cuomo announced. “However, the number of Covid positive patients has increased so dramatically that it would be beneficial to the state if Javits could accept Covid positive patients.”

Trump invokes Defense Production Act to ‘facilitate the supply’ of ventilator equipment

In just one day, Louisiana reports 2,700 new cases and 37 new deaths from coronavirus Since the outbreak started, Louisiana has had more than 9,100 cases and more than 300 deaths from coronavirus.

John Hopkins April 2 update:
Total Confirmed 1,002,159 Total Deaths 51,485
Confirmed Cases by Country/Region/Sovereignty
236,339 US
115,242 Italy
110,238 Spain
84,600 Germany
82,432 China
59,929 France
50,468 Iran
34,164 United Kingdom
Germany has more confirmed cases than China

MN 75 in hospital, 38 in ICU, 18 dead

MN struggles with craft stores refusing to close, including all of the big chains.

NJ large funeral broken up by police, given citations

N.J. coronavirus deaths increase to 537 with 25,590 total cases. More than 3K new cases confirmed.

Louisiana coronavirus tracking map: 9,150 cases | 310 dead | 1,639 in hospital

620 hospitalized, 80 deaths as Colorado looks to build field hospitals

Houston grocery stores offer family sized meals from local restaurants to go

Laredo Texas now requires a covering for nose and mouth to be in public, with some interesting results.

Instacart shoppers are a large part of who is in grocery stores

Silicon Valley fuel cell engineer fixes broken ventilators sent to CA

It could take 20 weeks for some to receive stimulus checks

Sac Bee calls for jail for churches refusing to close

Sacramento church at center of local outbreak with 70+ infected members refuses to stop meeting

Seattle grocery stores establish virtual lines so shoppers can wait in their cars until it is their turn.

Life Care Seattle may lose federal funding, fined over $600k

Interview with Fauci

Duerte wants lockdown offenders shot dead

House establishes pandemic oversight committee

NYC will be out of ventilators in 6 days. Some serious cases that survive the initial days needs to be on a ventilator as long as 6 weeks to fully recover. This issue is causing the dire situation of ventilator distribution.

DNC convention put off til August

Feds are seizing PPE from price gougers

GA governor says he just learned about asymptomatic carriers

Coronavirus is harming the mental health of tens of millions of people in U.S., new poll finds

Novel ideas for dealing with the pandemic

Virus spread through talking, breathing, experts warn mask wearing may be needed.

Portugal gives all immigrants access to citizen only social programs during pandemic

Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal has some advice for President Trump on how to lead the nation through the coronavirus pandemic: instill confidence, tell the truth, be unified and fight it like a war.

Covid is a unique threat to people in the southern US

St. Paul sheriff department forms helper squad to make sure vulnerable people have food, medicine

Scientists discovered they could detect a covid outbreak in a community before the health care system did, by testing sewage.

The WHO worried about a “Disease X” years before the pandemic, it looks exactly like the covid-19 pandemic.

Recovered virus patient persistently tests positive. Has been in a hospital or quarantine since late January

Unions, NY politicians go after Amazon for worker abuses during outbreak

from covidtacking page, the CA covid test backlog went down from 64.4k to 57.4k, still a crazy big number
April 1 info
8155 Postive
21772 Negative
57400 Pending
1855 Hospital
171 Dead
87327 Total (pos+neg)


Trump attempts to declare success in rapidly increase death predictions. 

U of WA seeks recovered virus patients for plasma antibody donations

Viral “dose” indicates who gets sick and how sick they get

Quest Diagnostics has a backlog of 160,000 tests

Texas spring break party now has 44 of 70 attendees positive with virus

After state fails to act, South Dakota’s largest city may go into lockdown next week.

104 year old veteran that survived 1918 flu pandemic survives covid infection

Engineer tries to derail train into navy hospital ship Mercy in port of Los Angeles

Jobless claims may hit 6.5 million today. Many still unable to file

San Francisco bans reuseable shopping bags due to outbreak

Democrats may delay Milwaukee convention

Grand Princess quarantine ends

NYC cases by zip code show significant income divide in infection rates.

US vaccine trial on track, moves to next phase

California preparing for “phase 2” of virus surge



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