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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11:43 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


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


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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