In California, the number of cases doubles every three to four days. And in Louisiana, where healthcare workers make masks from office supplies, hospitals are expected to run out of beds within two weeks.
When beds are no longer available, “we have no resources to save the lives we need to save,” said former Louisiana Minister of Health, Dr. Rebekah Gee. “This is why these orders are so important for staying at home.”
There are more than 74,000 cases of novel coronavirus in the United States and at least 1,046 people have died.
The highest number of deaths in a single day was reported on Wednesday with 223 deaths.
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Gee, desperate for protective face masks, said that healthcare workers punched holes in plastic office report covers and tied a string through those holes.
“I think what’s equally important is that we need more fans,” she said. “And the federal government has to do that.”
As states look for resources, the virus continues to spread across the country.
“I am sure that this virus is found almost everywhere,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“But how dense it is, how widespread it is – we don’t know yet. We haven’t tested enough,” he said. “If we could test a lot more, we would have a much better idea of how common this virus is.”
Recordless unemployment claims
The widespread closure of companies to control the outbreak has led to a record number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits for the first week.
This is the highest number of initial jobless claims since the Department of Labor began collecting data in 1967. The previous peak was 695,000 applications submitted during the week ending October 2, 1982.
The jump in the past week was a massive increase over the revised 282,000 claims in the previous week.
Medical students and pensioners could join the front
The U.S. Army has approached retired medical personnel and said it needs to hear “STAT” about whether they could volunteer according to an email received from CNN.
The school still has to be approved by state and educational officials, but at least from Wednesday 69 students volunteered.
Orders that stay at home are enforced
Georgia and Florida have no nationwide rules, but Atlanta has its own home stay ordinance and Miami has announced a nighttime curfew.
Some cities will punish those who don’t follow the rules.
Charlie Beck, provisional superintendent of the Chicago police, said the police will issue quotes on Thursday for residents who do not abide by the rules of social distancing and staying at home.
Breaking the orders is an offense that can result in a fine of up to $ 500, Beck said. If the violation persists, it may result in physical arrest.
In New York, the state has not restricted essential business and meetings. Residents are asked to limit outdoor activities to non-contact activities.
Civil sentences are imposed to non-compliant companies, but not to individuals, said Cuomo.
In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city would also enforce restrictions on non-essential companies that remain open.
But the Los Angeles police won’t stop people from doing sports and leaving their homes, Garcetti said.
“The difference between life and death for thousands”
Almost half of US coronavirus cases are in the state of New York. This emerges from CNN’s reports that have been reported nationwide by state health authorities.
New York hospitals only have enough personal protective equipment for the next two weeks, said Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state also needs around 30,000 fans and appeals to the federal government for more supplies.
On Wednesday afternoon, the state had 4,000 ventilators in hospitals and another 4,000 on the way from the federal government. New York also bought 7,000 fans and “is still shopping,” said the governor.
The fans are the “difference between life and death for thousands of New Yorkers,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In San Francisco, Mayor London Breed said that her city could see an increase in cases similar to New York City.
She warned that this would lead to increased demand for deliveries. Breed estimates that San Francisco could require up to 1,500 additional ventilators and 5,000 additional hospital beds.
“If people on the street continue to congregate and interact with each other, which increases the spread of this virus, we will not have enough beds, enough intensive care units and ventilators to support the people we know they will need “said Breed.
CNN’s Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard, Anneken Tappe, Brynn Gingras, Omar Jimenez, Sarah Moon and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.