March 27 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, James Griffiths, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 8:04 a.m. ET, March 28, 2020
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12:01 p.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York governor says it's "good news" the rate of hospitalizations is slowing

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospitalizations from the coronavirus are now doubling every four days. However, he noted that this is a decrease in the rate of hospitalization from earlier this week, when it was doubling every two or three days.

Cuomo said this was "good news" that the rate of hospitalizations is slowing. But he reiterated that rate of new cases of coronavirus is still going up in the state.

"We want to see the rate slowing, and then we want to see the number of actual cases coming down or flattening," Cuomo said.
11:57 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

More than 500 have died from coronavirus in New York, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

At least 519 people have died from coronavirus across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

That's up from 385 reported deaths.

"That is going to continue to go up, and that is the worst news that I could possibly tell the people of the state of New York," Cuomo said.
11:52 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

A racetrack and a college: Where Gov. Cuomo is looking to open temporary hospitals

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the following locations are among those being assessed to become temporary hospital facilities during the coronavirus pandemic: 

  • Bronx: New York Expo Center
  • Queens: Aqueduct Racetrack
  • Brooklyn: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
  • Staten Island: College of Staten Island
11:53 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York needs four more temporary hospitals, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will seek to build another four more temporary hospitals in the state to combat coronavirus.

He said that will increase hospital capacity by 4,000 beds. The state has already started working with the federal government to build four temporary hospitals.

Cuomo said, "I'm going to ask the President today to authorize" the additional hospitals.

Some context: Gov. Cuomo says New York will need 140,000 beds for the apex. There are currently 53,000 beds.

11:43 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York governor says state is looking at possible apex in 21 days

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is looking at "about 21 days for a possible apex" for the peak number of coronavirus cases. 

He continued: "So we want to do everything we can to be ready for that increased capacity that could hit us in 21 days and ramp up the hospital capacity." 

He said that, at that time, New York will need 140,000 hospital beds. There are currently 53,000 beds.

The press conference is ongoing.

11:43 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

New York state schools will stay closed until at least April 15

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo just announced that all schools across the state will remain closed until April 15.

Schools had originally been scheduled to reopen next week, but now, they'll stay closed for another two weeks. Officials will reassess the situation at that time.

"School should remain closed. I don't do this joyfully," Cuomo said at a news conference. "It only makes sense to keep the schools closed."
11:37 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

DC mayor announces member of staff has died from coronavirus

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Pool/WJLA

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser just announced that one of her staffers has died from coronavirus.

“A member of my team who worked in the office of legal counsel recently tested positive for Covid-19 and he passed away this morning," she said at a news conference.

She continued: "My prayers right now are with his family, his entire team and of course we will be supporting them during this very difficult time.”

Mayor Bowser did not give any further details on the staffer.

11:41 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Massachusetts governor tells everyone coming into the state to quarantine for 14 days

From CNN’s Sarah Jorgensen

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Pool

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced today that all travelers arriving to the state are to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The governor said all travelers will receive flyers with info at Boston's Logan Airport as well as other transportation hubs.

Drivers will also see this on message boards and at rest stops instructing travelers to quarantine.

“Do not travel to our communities especially if you have symptoms,” Baker said at an ongoing news conference.
11:12 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

FEMA working on getting resources to New York, US surgeon general says

From CNN Health’s Gisela Crespo

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams said Friday on "CBS This Morning" that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent a team to New York City to help allocate resources.

"You heard Governor Cuomo say, look, we have actually resources, they're just mismatched," Adams told CBS' Gayle King. "So we sent a team, a FEMA team to help New York City to make sure the resources are getting to where they need." 

"We need to make sure we get right resources to the right people, and that's what we're committed to doing," Adams said.