White House leaders stress need to follow health guidelines to mitigate virus spread

The latest: In the U.S., there are at least 34,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. At least 413 have died from the virus.There are more than 300,000 cases worldwide, CNN reported. More than 12,000 have died, according to the World Health Organization.Officials in New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Connecticut are ordering residents to stay at home.Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday.Secretary of State confirms restricted travel order to Canada and Mexico.Hawaii will quarantine all arrivals to the state, both visitors and returning residents, for 14 days.President Donald Trump said it is absolutely critical that Americans follow guidelines about social distancing, nonessential travel and hand-washing.Vice President Mike Pence said it was vital for people to heed the advice of state and local officials to lessen the magnitude of the coronavirus in our country.”We can slow the spread,” Pence said Sunday at a White House coronavirus task force briefing. “We can protect the most vulnerable.”The president said we want to have as few deaths as possible.”You will see our economy skyrocket once this is over,” he also said.As the U.S. coronavirus outbreak grows and more states order residents to stay home, officials also are making a tough choice to only test high-risk patients and those who are severely ill.The number of coronavirus deaths has surged to 400 in the United States as the virus tightens its grip, leading to fears of a widespread shortage of medical supplies.Video above: Maryland National Guard members set up triage tents to prepare for influx of hospital patientsOfficials in hard-hit states such as New York and California are warning that panicked people are flooding hospitals for tests and health care facilities will run out of crucial items. The focus has shifted to avoiding broad testing to conserve rapidly dwindling resources such as masks, ventilators and intensive care beds.In a strategic shift, authorities are recommending that health care providers avoid testing patients except in cases in which results would significantly change the course of treatment.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 York health officials issued guidance asking medical facilities to stop testing non-hospitalized patients in an effort to preserve medical supplies.”At this point in the pandemic, demand for unnecessary testing is contributing to the rapidly diminishing supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) … ,” the guidance read. “Testing may play a more significant role after the pandemic has peaked.”California Gov. Gavin Newsom said testing should prioritize hospitalized patients, people with compromised immunities, health care workers, seniors and other high-risk patients. “Not every single person in the U.S. needs to get tested,” said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “When you go in and get tested, you are consuming personal protective equipment, masks and gowns — those are high priority for the health care workers who are taking care of people who have coronavirus disease.”A first weekend under restriction for millionsAs concerns over testing grow, states are ramping up efforts to stop the spread of the virus.Millions of people in five states spent their first full weekend at home under new orders by their governors. California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Connecticut and New Jersey have urged nonessential workers to stay home in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus and reduce stress on the health care system.Newsom urged younger residents to avoid visiting beaches as Californians adjusted to their new normal. “(It’s) time to recognize it’s not only about the old folks, it’s about your impact in their lives. Don’t be selfish,” he said.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards officially issued a stay-at-home order Sunday after previously shutting down schools, bars, clubs and other nonessential workplaces.The order officially goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, but Edwards said people shouldn’t wait until then to follow the orders. He said it will expire April 13. More than 800 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Louisiana. State health officials said 20 Louisiana residents have died of COVID-19.On Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also tweeted that health officials had signed a statewide stay-at-home order. “There is nothing in the order that we haven’t already been talking about. There is nothing in this that I haven’t been asking you to do for the last few weeks,” DeWine wrote in a subsequent tweet. DeWine noted “common sense exceptions” to the order: leaving for health and safety, necessary supplies or services and outdoor activities, such as dog-walking or going to a park, although playgrounds are closed. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned younger people of the risk after 54% of the more than 10,000 confirmed cases in the state were individuals between ages 18 and 49.”You’re not Superman and you’re not Superwoman,” the governor said. “You can get this virus and you can transfer the virus and you can wind up hurting someone who you love.”The most recent state to enact such a measure was New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy announced a statewide order closing nonessential retail businesses and asking residents to stay home until further notice. The order went into effect at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.”We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact,” the governor said. “The best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes.”Each state provides for certain exceptions, such as visiting grocery stories, pharmacies or healthcare facilities, among others.”Every state will head this way,” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said. “People need to prepare themselves that this gets harder before this gets easier.”Meanwhile, Hawaii Gov. David Ige is implementing a mandatory 14-day self quarantine for all returning residents and visitors that will begin Thursday.The order applies to all arrivals at Hawaii airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts.”With the majority of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” Ige said in a statement. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaiʻi’s business, community and visitor industry leaders.”Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued at 14-day “safer at home” order Sunday.On Twitter, the mayor explained that the order is for residents to stay in their homes and only go out for essential needs.Under the order, all businesses not performing essential services will close and all social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, Cooper tweeted.Cases climb as more people are tested Numbers have soared as testing became more available, with at least 25,740 confirmed cases as of Saturday evening.More than 195,000 Americans have been tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. That total does not include county hospitals or health care labs, the vice president said.As the demand for tests grows, private companies are joining the government’s efforts to restock masks, ventilators and other supplies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the disease in approximately 45 minutes. The tests will start shipping this week, according to the California-based manufacturer.Meanwhile, Pence and his wife tested negative Saturday after a staff member in his office tested positive.Sen. Rand Paul announced Sunday via Twitter that he had tested positive. In a subsequent tweet, Paul said he “expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time.”Physician predicts staffing shortagesHealth care workers and state leaders have sounded the alarm on medical supplies beginning to run short. Some medical experts are going a step further and adding staff shortages.Staffing shortages will likely come even before equipment starts to run out, said Dr. David Hill, a pulmonary critical care physician and a spokesman for the American Lung Association.”Part of it is just exhausting our personnel. Health care is complicated and people make mistakes when they’re overworked,” Hill said.If health care workers get sick, “everything can fall apart very quickly,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. 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The latest:

  • In the U.S., there are at least 34,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C. At least 413 have died from the virus.
  • There are more than 300,000 cases worldwide, CNN reported. More than 12,000 have died, according to the World Health Organization.
  • Officials in New York, California, Ohio, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey and Connecticut are ordering residents to stay at home.
  • Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday.
  • Secretary of State confirms restricted travel order to Canada and Mexico.
  • Hawaii will quarantine all arrivals to the state, both visitors and returning residents, for 14 days.

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President Donald Trump said it is absolutely critical that Americans follow guidelines about social distancing, nonessential travel and hand-washing.

Vice President Mike Pence said it was vital for people to heed the advice of state and local officials to lessen the magnitude of the coronavirus in our country.

“We can slow the spread,” Pence said Sunday at a White House coronavirus task force briefing. “We can protect the most vulnerable.”

The president said we want to have as few deaths as possible.

“You will see our economy skyrocket once this is over,” he also said.

As the U.S. coronavirus outbreak grows and more states order residents to stay home, officials also are making a tough choice to only test high-risk patients and those who are severely ill.

The number of coronavirus deaths has surged to 400 in the United States as the virus tightens its grip, leading to fears of a widespread shortage of medical supplies.

Video above: Maryland National Guard members set up triage tents to prepare for influx of hospital patients

Officials in hard-hit states such as New York and California are warning that panicked people are flooding hospitals for tests and health care facilities will run out of crucial items. The focus has shifted to avoiding broad testing to conserve rapidly dwindling resources such as masks, ventilators and intensive care beds.

In a strategic shift, authorities are recommending that health care providers avoid testing patients except in cases in which results would significantly change the course of treatment.

New York health officials issued guidance asking medical facilities to stop testing non-hospitalized patients in an effort to preserve medical supplies.

“At this point in the pandemic, demand for unnecessary testing is contributing to the rapidly diminishing supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) … ,” the guidance read. “Testing may play a more significant role after the pandemic has peaked.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said testing should prioritize hospitalized patients, people with compromised immunities, health care workers, seniors and other high-risk patients.

“Not every single person in the U.S. needs to get tested,” said Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “When you go in and get tested, you are consuming personal protective equipment, masks and gowns — those are high priority for the health care workers who are taking care of people who have coronavirus disease.”

A first weekend under restriction for millions

As concerns over testing grow, states are ramping up efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

Millions of people in five states spent their first full weekend at home under new orders by their governors. California, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Louisiana, Connecticut and New Jersey have urged nonessential workers to stay home in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus and reduce stress on the health care system.

Newsom urged younger residents to avoid visiting beaches as Californians adjusted to their new normal. “(It’s) time to recognize it’s not only about the old folks, it’s about your impact in their lives. Don’t be selfish,” he said.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards officially issued a stay-at-home order Sunday after previously shutting down schools, bars, clubs and other nonessential workplaces.

The order officially goes into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, but Edwards said people shouldn’t wait until then to follow the orders. He said it will expire April 13.

More than 800 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Louisiana. State health officials said 20 Louisiana residents have died of COVID-19.

On Sunday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine also tweeted that health officials had signed a statewide stay-at-home order.

“There is nothing in the order that we haven’t already been talking about. There is nothing in this that I haven’t been asking you to do for the last few weeks,” DeWine wrote in a subsequent tweet.

DeWine noted “common sense exceptions” to the order: leaving for health and safety, necessary supplies or services and outdoor activities, such as dog-walking or going to a park, although playgrounds are closed.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned younger people of the risk after 54% of the more than 10,000 confirmed cases in the state were individuals between ages 18 and 49.

“You’re not Superman and you’re not Superwoman,” the governor said. “You can get this virus and you can transfer the virus and you can wind up hurting someone who you love.”

The most recent state to enact such a measure was New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy announced a statewide order closing nonessential retail businesses and asking residents to stay home until further notice. The order went into effect at 9 p.m. ET Saturday.

“We know the virus spreads through person-to person contact,” the governor said. “The best way to prevent further exposure is to limit our public interactions to only the most essential purposes.”

Each state provides for certain exceptions, such as visiting grocery stories, pharmacies or healthcare facilities, among others.

“Every state will head this way,” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said. “People need to prepare themselves that this gets harder before this gets easier.”

Meanwhile, Hawaii Gov. David Ige is implementing a mandatory 14-day self quarantine for all returning residents and visitors that will begin Thursday.

The order applies to all arrivals at Hawaii airports from the continental U.S. and international destinations and extends to other private and commercial aircrafts.

“With the majority of Hawaiʻi’s COVID-19 cases linked to travel, it is critical that we further mitigate the spread of the virus by both residents and visitors who are coming from out-of-state,” Ige said in a statement. “This plan was developed in collaboration with our county mayors and Hawaiʻi’s business, community and visitor industry leaders.”

Nashville Mayor John Cooper issued at 14-day “safer at home” order Sunday.

On Twitter, the mayor explained that the order is for residents to stay in their homes and only go out for essential needs.

Under the order, all businesses not performing essential services will close and all social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, Cooper tweeted.

Cases climb as more people are tested

Numbers have soared as testing became more available, with at least 25,740 confirmed cases as of Saturday evening.

More than 195,000 Americans have been tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters. That total does not include county hospitals or health care labs, the vice president said.

As the demand for tests grows, private companies are joining the government’s efforts to restock masks, ventilators and other supplies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect the disease in approximately 45 minutes. The tests will start shipping this week, according to the California-based manufacturer.

Meanwhile, Pence and his wife tested negative Saturday after a staff member in his office tested positive.

Sen. Rand Paul announced Sunday via Twitter that he had tested positive.

In a subsequent tweet, Paul said he “expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time.”

Physician predicts staffing shortages

Health care workers and state leaders have sounded the alarm on medical supplies beginning to run short. Some medical experts are going a step further and adding staff shortages.

Staffing shortages will likely come even before equipment starts to run out, said Dr. David Hill, a pulmonary critical care physician and a spokesman for the American Lung Association.

“Part of it is just exhausting our personnel. Health care is complicated and people make mistakes when they’re overworked,” Hill said.

If health care workers get sick, “everything can fall apart very quickly,” said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Canada and Australia will not send athletes to Tokyo Olympics

Canada and Australia will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo because of the risks associated with the coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic committees for both countries said in separate statements.

Both countries’ Olympic committees also are calling for the Games to be postponed until 2021.

The International Olympic Committee’s executive board said it is considering postponing — but not canceling — this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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