White House warns Americans aren't doing enough to flatten the coronavirus curve in some states
Social distancing works, but not enough people are doing it in some places, says Deborah Birx, a doctor advising the administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.Dr. Deborah Birx, who's advising the administration during the COVID-19 pandemic, noted that the curve depicting infections over time in the US has been steep, which indicates the coronavirus isn't under control. That's because not everyone is following recommendations to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, stay at least six feet apart and wash their hands. People falling sick now were infected after the US issued those guidelines, Birx said.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday officials are "cautiously optimistic" that the infection rate is slowing in the state. Cuomo said "we are flattening the curve" and must continue to do so.
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A Montefiore Medical Center employee walks past signs thanking the medical staff on April 9 in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that while signs show that measures taken by New Yorkers are beginning to flatten the curve, COVID-19 deaths across the state hit a daily record for the third straight day on Wednesday with 799 fatalities.
Staples Center is illuminated in blue lights during the coronavirus pandemic on April 9 in Los Angeles. Landmarks and buildings across the nation are displaying blue lights to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A healthcare worker takes part in a demonstration as part of a national day of action calling on federal and local authorities to provide more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and support outside New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in upper Manhattan during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City on April 9.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen as Vice President Mike Pence speaks about the coronavirus outbreak on April 9 in Washington.
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Members of the press wait in-line in the James Brady Press Briefing Room for a COVID-19 test April 9 at the White House in Washington, DC.
Digital billboards and a US Flag at half-mast at Time Square on April 9 in New York City. - New York Governor Andrew Cuaomo ordered flags at half-mast to honor COVID-19 victims.
New York leaders hopeful coronavirus crisis is peaking, flattening
At 600 deaths a day in New York, officials hope they are now seeing the worst of the crisis.(Pictured) People walk down a street wearing face coverings on April 6, in St. Louis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in Washington D.C on April 9.
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The "Teammates" statues of former Boston Red Sox players Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio wear makeshift masks made of Red Sox merchandise as the Major League Baseball season is postponed due the coronavirus pandemic on April 9 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Wearing his official robe, New York City Criminal Court Judge Paul McDonnell works remotely from his Brooklyn apartment due to the coronavirus outbreak on April 9 in New York. Judge McDonnell, who usually presides over cases in a Manhattan court room, has had to alter his work routine by hearing cases remotely due to the virus outbreak.
Krisna Carter, right, Jr. Sous Chef for the Oklahoma City Dodgers, prepares hot dogs at Bricktown Ball park on what would have been opening day for minor league baseball on April 9 in Oklahoma City. The OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation provided over 5,000 hot dog lunches across the Oklahoma City metro area to frontline workers and essential personnel who are helping the community in fighting COVID-19.
A member of the White House Press Corps holds up an informational note that was given to him after the White House administered a test for COVID-19 ahead of the Coronavirus Task Force press briefing in Washington, D.C on April 9.
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With tests in short supply as coronavirus cases rise and a hodgepodge of state reporting practices, coroners and medical examiners fear many Covid-19 deaths may go uncounted.Her total collection reached about 13 before the hospitals caught on and shut her down.
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People walk away with food that members of the AFL-CIO, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Labor Community Services were handing out on April 9 in Los Angeles.
Lily Haines is hugged by her dad, Jeph Haines, and mom, Suzanne Haines, as she celebrates her sixteenth birthday on her apartment balcony, watching her friends drive by with signs and balloons on April 8 in Los Angeles.
A tent is seen erected inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for what will be a temporary field hospital constructed by the Samaritan's Purse and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, April 8.
The Shubert Theater closed during the coronavirus pandemic on April 8 in New York City. The Broadway League announced today that theaters will remain closed until June 7, effectively ending the 2019-2020 season.
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}); He doesn’t remember exactly when his younger brother, a strong and healthy 53-year-old with whom he lived, began to have a high fever and breathing problems. But he knows that after about a week in that condition, taking the paracetamol prescribed by his general practitioner, he was taken to the hospital. Ten days later, he was dead.
Detroit bus driver JaVita Brown wears gloves and a protective mask during the COVID-19 outbreak in Detroit on April 8. Detroit buses will have free surgical masks available to riders starting Wednesday, a new precaution the city is taking from the new coronavirus.
Voters fill out ballots at Riverside University High School during the presidential primary election in Wisconsin on April 7.
California's coronavirus curve: Fewer deaths but a long stay-at-home period, experts say
California is beginning to see guarded progress in its fight against the coronavirus, with a slower spread in infections and the number of deaths - while rising rapidly - lagging significantly behind hot spots like New York and Italy. But California’s early successes are unlikely to bring a rapid return to normal life.
At the White House on April 7, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a conference call with banks on efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez celebrates the Chrism Mass for the faithful of the nation's largest Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles on April 6. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels live-streams its services.
New York City nurses and health workers gather at a 'COVID-19 Frontline Health Worker Action' event on April 6 to demand safer working conditions, more personal protective equipment (PPE) and free virus testing.
'Testing, testing, testing’: Cuomo asks feds to help New Yorkers return to work; 777 coronavirus deaths in NYS as pandemic hits ‘plateau’
Gov. Cuomo said 777 New Yorkers died of coronavirus Friday even as the number of those in intensive care units dipped for the first time since the pandemic hit the state weeks ago. “We continue to lose a great number of lives,” Cuomo said. “The leveling off of the number of lives lost is a somewhat hopeful sign." The state death toll rose to 7,844, about half the national total, as the nation entered Easter weekend, the holiest time on the Christian calendar. News to stay informed. Advice to stay safe.Click here for complete coronavirus coverage from Microsoft News The daily toll retreated a bit from its record high of 799 from a day before.
Jack Graham Jr. (L) exalts in a win while playing 10,000, a dice game, with his friend William Wentworth at The Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center on April 6 in Seattle, Washington. The space currently has 150 beds, separated six feet apart, and operated by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).
City of Sunrise employees place groceries provided by the food bank Feeding South Florida into the vehicles of the needy on April 6. Feeding South Florida has seen a 600 percent increase in the those asking for food aid during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Diana Sedler, a periodontist, puts on a mask made by a 3D printer and designed at her family's business, Burbank Dental Lab, on April 6 in Burbank, Calif. The lab, which typically makes dental products such as dentures, night guards and appliances, has shifted some of its efforts to making masks for health care workers dealing with shortages of protective equipment.
People walk down a St. Louis street wearing face coverings on April 6. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings after recent studies have shown a significant portion of the population can transmit the coronavirus without showing any symptoms.
Which deaths count toward the covid-19 death toll? It depends on the state.
The government’s official tally — a benchmark broadcast constantly on cable news and elsewhere — is a less concrete figure than it appears. Inconsistent counting methods also play into a political debate about the reliability of the numbers. The scale of undercounting that may result from tallying only lab-confirmed cases was made clear Tuesday when New York City authorities began reporting the deaths of people who were suspected of having covid-19 but never tested. The city’s tally soared past 10,000 as the change added more than 3,700 fatalities.
The three-day average of hospitalizations has seen a dramatic decline in numbers, Cuomo said, adding that the change in ICU admissions is a negative number for the first time since the pandemic started. He said the curve the state is seeing is much lower than what was projected.
"The bad news is we continue to lose a tremendous number of lives," he said. "I understand, intellectually, why it's happening. It doesn't make it any easier to accept."
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There were 777 deaths in New York on Thursday, a slight dip from Wednesday's toll, Cuomo said. That brings the total death toll in the state to more than 7,800.
He urged New Yorkers to keep doing what they've been doing and stay home, "because that works."
"We are in total control of our destiny here," he said. "What we do will affect literally life and death for hundreds of people."
He said the key to reopening will be testing – diagnostic testing and antibody testing to determine who has the virus and who has already had it.
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In Monday's coronavirus news, lockdown tensions grow as Americans seek normalcy. Some passengers from a luxury cruise are getting off, 15 weeks later.A driver displays an alternate opinion as she passes protesters demonstrating at the Tennessee state capitol to speak out against the state's handling of the COVID-19 outbreak on April 19 in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee is under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak except for essential personnel.