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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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


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.
11:08 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

This Democrat wore pink latex gloves on the House floor and shouted her speech when she ran out of time

From CNN's Manu Raju

Rep. Haley Stevens
Rep. Haley Stevens House TV

Rep. Haley Stevens, a typically mild-mannered freshman Democrat from Michigan, went over her allotted time while speaking on the House floor, prompting the presiding officer to tell her her time was up.

However, she continued to shout her speech as members were audibly telling her to stand down.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asked for her to have some additional time, but she went beyond that and Hoyer was gently trying to get her to wrap up - as the chair was banging the gavel down.

The House is debating a $2 trillion stimulus bill. The legislation represents the largest emergency aid package in US history and the most significant legislative action taken to address the rapidly intensifying coronavirus crisis, which is overwhelming hospitals and grinding much of the economy to a halt.

Stevens wore pink plastic gloves throughout her speech.

"To our doctors and our nurses, I wear these latex gloves to tell every American to not be afraid," she said.

Finally, she loudly said, “I yield back,” slamming her speech on the table.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was smiling and Stevens sat down next to her for a minute.


10:50 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Pence says opening US by Easter is "aspirational"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Vice President Mike Pence downplayed President Trump's Easter timeline for having the country "opened up" in a CNBC interview today.

“The President expressed really an aspirational goal as we continue to follow the data,” he said. 

“He would love to see it around Easter but whenever that day is that we can responsibly open up portions of the country," Pence added,

Some background: Earlier this week, President Trump said he wants the nation "opened up and just raring to go by Easter." But few health experts — which is just more than two weeks away — will be sufficient in containing the spread of coronavirus.

10:43 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

More than 500 NYPD employees have tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Pervaiz Shallwani

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/FILE
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/FILE

At least 512 New York Police Department employees have tested positive for coronavirus as of Friday morning, a senior NYPD official tells CNN, up 161 from an official update by the NYPD Thursday evening.

Of the 512, 442 are uniformed members of the forces, and 70 are civilian members, according to the source.

4,122 – about 11% of the NYPD work force – are out sick, the official tells CNN.

10:21 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

US epidemiologist: "I do not know what the national plan is" on coronavirus 

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

An infectious disease epidemiologist says there is still confusion over a concerted national plan for responding to the coronavirus. 

“We still don't have a plan. I do not know what the national plan is for responding to this virus. Until we get that, it is a piecemeal situation,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

Since there are so many areas affected by the coronavirus all at once, Osterholm said “we’re in trouble” from a supply standpoint. 

“We're all going to need these ventilators all at the same time. We're going to need the protective equipment for employees all at the same time, and we’re just not going to have it,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto. 

Multiple sources told CNN that there is frustration among employees within the Federal Emergency Management Agency over being brought into the coronavirus response too late, as well as communication discrepancies between the agency and the White House.

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10:20 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

A 87-year-old coronavirus patient recovered after his family was told to "prepare for the worst"

From CNN's Dominic Rech

Percy Ewart Lockton, 87, was diagnosed with coronavirus after he returned to the UK from an idyllic cruise around the Caribbean with his wife Phyllis last month.

His condition deteriorated and he was soon fighting for his life in North Manchester General Hospital.

“There were a few days when we really were very worried about him and we were told to prepare for the worst," his granddaughter, Sophie Edwards told CNN.

With the help of some antibiotics to help treat another chest infection triggered by the Covid-19, the tide began to turn for Ewart. Eventually, as his health improved, he was given the all clear to go home, according to his granddaughter.

A Facebook post from Sophie shows the moment Ewart was discharged, wearing a mask and walking out of the hospital, accompanied by a nurse. 

“This is my 87 year old Grandpa saying goodbye to staff at North Manchester Hospital where he’s been for 2 weeks with Covid Positive Pneumonia. He’s now finishing his recovery where he belongs, at home with my Grandma!” the post reads.

10:14 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

TSA screened 8% of the passengers it usually does yesterday

From CNN's Gregory Wallace

 worker staffs a security checkpoint in the international terminal at O'Hare Airport on March 12,  in Chicago, Illinois.
worker staffs a security checkpoint in the international terminal at O'Hare Airport on March 12, in Chicago, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Airport security screeners are currently seeing only a sliver of the traffic they saw this time last year. 

Yesterday, the Transportation Security Administration screened only 8% of the people that it did on the same day in 2019, according to newly-released numbers from the agency.  

It counted 203,858 people passing through its checkpoints. 

This marked the first day in the coronavirus outbreak that the agency has screened less than 10% of last year’s traffic. 

The figures are one way to measure the dramatic drop in people traveling. When March began, the agency was screening slightly more people than it did on the same day last year.  

10:39 a.m. ET, March 27, 2020

Members of both parties are angry with this GOP lawmaker who could delay the stimulus bill vote

From CNN's Haley Byrd, Manu Raju and Betsy Klein

Rep. Thomas Massie
Rep. Thomas Massie J. Scott Applewhite/AP/FILE

Members of political parties are furious with Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, for not being clear about whether he will object to the coronavirus stimulus bill passing on voice vote, with some former top aides also saying the Kentucky Republican is endangering the safety of his colleagues.

Rep. Eric Swalwell, a House Democrat from California, said about Rep. Massie: “It’s not about him. I don’t want to make an insignificant person more significant.”

"Dear @RepThomasMassie: If you intend to delay passage of the #coronavirus relief bill tomorrow morning, please advise your 428 colleagues RIGHT NOW so we can book flights and expend ~$200,000 in taxpayer money to counter your principled but terribly misguided stunt. #thankyou,” Rep. Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Democrat, tweeted Thursday night.

Rep. Pete King, a New York Republican, tweeted on Friday morning: “Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation. Because of one Member of Congress refusing to allow emergency action entire Congress must be called back to vote in House. Risk of infection and risk of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible.” 

And Brendan Buck, a former top aide to House Speaker Paul Ryan, said Friday that Massie is “legitimately threatening the health of his colleagues, many in their 60s or 70s even 80s, for a stunt on a bill he knows is going to pass.”

“I hope no one forgets what he’s done here,” Buck wrote.

Democratic congressman Thomas Suozzi of New York said his message to Massie is: “Cut it out.” He also said there’s “anxiety” about being here and his family isn’t happy that he’s here.

Now President Trump has weighed in on Massie. In a Tweet this morning, Trump called on Republicans to “throw Massie out” of the party.

Some context: The House is currently debating the $2 trillion stimulus bill for the next couple hours. Leadership is hoping to pass the measure by a voice-vote shortly thereafter. The fear right now is that Massie — who has not committed to voting yes — could prevent the House from approving the bill by voice vote, forcing them instead to cast a roll-call vote in person.

Massie is among about 50 members who are in the House chamber now, sitting quietly. He has not responded to multiple requests for comment from CNN.