Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Elise Hammond and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 10:54 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020
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4:56 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Los Angeles County will not provide coronavirus testing for asymptomatic residents

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Health Services Director Christina Ghaly
Health Services Director Christina Ghaly

Los Angeles County will not provide coronavirus testing for low risk and asymptomatic residents, according to Health Services Director Christina Ghaly.

Ghaly said the focus will instead be on people living in institutional settings like nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails. That includes both people with symptoms and those without.

Ghaly acknowledged the psychological reassurance of knowing whether you are infected, but warned that a test captures only one moment in time.

“A negative test one day, doesn’t mean you won’t be infected the next day,” Ghaly said.

Those who wouldn’t necessarily qualify for testing in Los Angeles County can still go to the city to be tested. People showing symptoms will be prioritized.

4:48 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Ohio governor says stay-at-home order will be extended

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

The Ohio Channel
The Ohio Channel

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine confirmed today that the state’s stay-at-home order, which was set to expire May 1, will be extended with certain exceptions.

“So, the decision has been made, I made the decision to have the stay-at-home order still in effect,” DeWine said.

The governor said people can certainly continue to go to the grocery store, they can meet with their own family in a home, they can take walks, and “they can do a number of different things.”

“The social distancing is really the key to about everything, and people just keeping that distance. And that’s what we need to continue to do as we move to get back to work,” DeWine added.

4:42 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

No new coronavirus-related deaths reported in Utah over the past 24 hours

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Utah state epidemiologist Angela Dunn said that the state saw a 3.5% growth rate of Covid-19 cases in the past day, up to 4,495 total cases statewide. 

The total number of hospitalizations rose slightly to 383, up 13 from the day before but the state is not reporting any additional deaths over the past day. As of Thursday, 45 people have died in Utah.

Some more context: Earlier today, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert issued an executive order that will place Utah under a lower, “moderate risk” protocol beginning on midnight May 1, according to a statement on the governor’s website. 

Restaurants and bars will open for dine-in services but with “strict requirements.” The requirements include limiting tables to groups of 10, enforcing social distancing, and face coverings for staff. 

Dunn said that there will be some individuals who need to continue to practice extra precautions to prevent infection. These individuals include those over the age of 65, individuals at long-term care facilities and those who have underlying health conditions. 

4:41 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Tyson to temporarily close Nebraska beef plant for cleaning

From CNN's Dianne Gallagher and Konstantin Toropin

This Monday, April 20, 2020 photo, shows the Tyson Fresh Meats beef processing complex in Dakota City, Nebraska.
This Monday, April 20, 2020 photo, shows the Tyson Fresh Meats beef processing complex in Dakota City, Nebraska. Tim Hynds/Sioux City Journal via AP

Tyson Foods said it will temporarily stop operations at its Dakota City, Nebraska, beef facility to complete a deep cleaning of the entire plant, according to a statement released by the company.

The statement said the facility will stop operations between May 1 through May 4.

“Team member safety has and continues to be top priority for us and we’re grateful for our team members and their critical role in helping us fulfill, to the best of our ability, our commitment to helping feed people in our community and across the nation,” said Shane Miller, the senior vice president and general manager of beef enterprise at Tyson Fresh Meats.

Tyson said the plant is one of the largest beef processing plant in the country, employing about 4,300 people and producing enough beef to feed about 1.8 million people a day.

"However, with increased absenteeism over the last few weeks, the company has scaled back production," the statement said.

4:34 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

More than 7 million surgical masks to be shipped to nursing homes across the US

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will coordinate the shipment of personal protective equipment to more than 15,000 nursing homes across the country starting next week, if not sooner, according to a document obtained by CNN.

The shipment includes “more than 7.1 million surgical masks, nearly 32.3 million gloves, more than 922,000 goggles and other eye protection, and nearly 9.7 million gowns.”

The equipment is only being shipped to Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes based on input from the American Health Care Association.

The document, dated April 24, notes that facilities may not receive notification prior to the shipment arriving, citing a large number of nursing homes.

“However, as possible, FEMA will provide notification to a state prior to shipments arriving at their Medicaid/ Medicare-certified facilities,” it notes.

The first shipments are targeted for New York City metro area and northern New Jersey. The rest will be sent to other hotspots around the country. Shipments are expected to be completed in mid-June, the document says.

4:29 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

North Carolina reports largest daily increase in new cases since pandemic began

 From CNN’s Will Brown

North Carolina reported 561 new positive coronavirus tests on Thursday, the state’s largest daily increase since the pandemic began, according to Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Cohen explained that the increase is due to an increase in testing and that overall trends remain positive. North Carolina processed 6,000 tests on Wednesday.

“We remain optimistic that trends will be stable enough to move into phase one next week,” Cohen asserted in a Thursday press conference, referencing the governor’s three-phase plan for reopening the state.

North Carolina has reported 10,509 total positive coronavirus cases and 378 deaths.

4:27 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

2020 Little League World Series has been canceled

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

Little League International has canceled the upcoming Little League World Series.

The World Series was originally scheduled for August 20 through 30. The organization’s Board of Directors canceled the regional qualifying events as well, citing public health concerns with coronavirus.

This is the first time the event won’t be held since the tournament began in 1947.

“This is a heartbreaking decision for everyone at Little League International, but more so for those millions of Little Leaguers who have dreamt of one day playing in one of our seven World Series events," Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO said in a statement.

Little League International says it will donate about $1.2 million to help fund local Little League programs as they continue their operations.

4:32 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Here are the latest coronavirus updates from Connecticut

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Connecticut is on its eighth consecutive day of hospitalizations decreasing across the state, Gov. Ned Lamont said on Thursday. The state saw a decrease of 41 hospitalizations from the previous day, bringing the total hospitalizations to 1,650. 

One of the state’s criteria for initial reopening in the state is a 14-day decline of hospitalizations, Lamont said.

There are at least 27,700 cases of coronavirus in the state and at least 2,257 people have died from the virus.

The state has continued to increase its testing, which is a requirement on the state’s list of criteria for reopening. At least 97,133 tests have been performed so far.

4:25 p.m. ET, April 30, 2020

Frontier airlines is requiring passengers to wear masks

From CNN's Jordan Valinsky and Greg Wallace

Matt Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images/FILE
Matt Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images/FILE

Frontier is the second US airline to require passengers to wear masks or face coverings on flights beginning May 8.

"This new measure is aligned with CDC recommendations and those of many municipalities within the US that include wearing a face covering when out in public," Frontier CEO Barry Biffle said in a press release.

Customers must wear masks when they're around Frontier ticket counters and gate areas, as well as during flights. Young children will be exempt from the policy.

JetBlue announced a similar policy on Tuesday.

On Monday, American Airlines said its flight attendants would be required to wear face masks during every mainline and regional flight starting May 1.