March 30 coronavirus news

By Amy Woodyatt, Julia Hollingsworth, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:41 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020
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5:19 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New Orleans has more than 1,400 cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

There are 1,480 cases of coronavirus in New Orleans, the city’s Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced during a radio town hall. 

At least 86 people in the New Orleans have died from the illness, Cantrell added. 


5:18 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Inmate dies from coronavirus in Illinois

From CNN’s Omar Jimenez

The exterior of Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois.
The exterior of Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. John Patsch/Sun-Times Media/AP

An inmate at Stateville Correctional Center has died and 12 other incarcerated individuals are now hospitalized, state health officials said.

They added that “several” of them are in need of ventilators.

There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility and 11 staff also being isolated, officials said.

5:01 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

United Airlines extends change fee waiver for new flights

From CNN’s Janine Mack

United Airlines is extending its change fee waiver until the end of April, according to a notice on its website.

United says customers will be able to change their travel plans for any flight that is booked between now and April 30, no matter what the actual scheduled date of travel. The company had already announced that all flights scheduled to depart through May 31 can be changed without fees.

5:08 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

DC issues stay-at-home order

People walk along the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 28.
People walk along the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 28. Ting Shen/Xinhua/Getty Images

Washington, DC has become the latest location to issue a stay-at-home order, according to a statement from the Mayor Muriel Bowser's office.

“Our message remains the same: stay home,” the mayor said in the statement. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19. Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home.”

According to the order, all DC residents may only leave their home for essential activities like buying food and medical care. Essential workers are exempt from the order.

Neighboring states Maryland and Virginia issued similar orders today.

4:46 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New York City applied to the federal government for second disaster relief morgue

From CNN's Mark Morales

New York City has applied to the federal government for a second disaster relief morgue that is expected to be placed in Queens, a city official confirmed to CNN.

The exact location isn’t known yet and it’s not known when the city’s application will be accepted, the official added.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) previously said it received a request from New York and other states for assistance with mortuary operations. Hawaii and North Carolina have made similar requests.

On Monday, FEMA confirmed they have received a request from New York City for 250 ambulances and assistance from the Disaster Mortuary Operational Rescue Team (DMORT) for 85 refrigerated storage units and mortuary affairs teams.

Two experts from the DMORT have been deployed to New York City to “to serve as consultants for mortuary affairs and to help identify federal support needed in the area,” FEMA said.

CNN has reached out to FEMA for further comment.

CNN's Priscilla Alvarez contributed to this alert

4:49 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Ford will produce 50,000 ventilators

From CNN's Vanessa Yurkevich and Peter Valdes-Dapena

A Model A-E ventilator, left, and a simple test lung. 
A Model A-E ventilator, left, and a simple test lung.  Ford Motor Company

Ford will produce 50,000 ventilators in Michigan over the next 100 days, the company announced today. 

This is the second ventilator partnership the automaker will produce with GE. Production is expected to start the week of April 20 at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the capacity to produce 30,000 ventilators per month if needed. 

This new initiative is in addition to the program by Ford and GE Healthcare to increase production of existing GE Healthcare ventilators, which they announced last week. The ventilators will be produced by 500 paid volunteer UAW employees over three shifts. 

“The Ford and GE Healthcare teams, working creatively and tirelessly, have found a way to produce this vitally needed ventilator quickly and in meaningful numbers,” said Jim Hackett, Ford’s CEO. “By producing this ventilator in Michigan, in strong partnership with the UAW, we can help health care workers save lives, and that’s our No. 1 priority.”
4:53 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

About 15 tons of medical supplies arrive in Spain from China

From CNN's Mia Alberti in Lisbon

An A400 Spanish military plane arrived on Monday at the Zaragoza airport carrying about 15 tons of medical supplies from China, Defense Minister Margarita Robles announced at a news conference.

Part of the supplies will go to the Spanish autonomous island regions. 

Robles said the supplies are "essential" to Spain's fight against Covid-19.

She also announced "a battalion of engineers" will build another makeshift hospital in the indoor running track of Sabadel in Madrid, and plans for another center in Barcelona are being discussed.

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4:39 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Chicago to treat coronavirus patients at convention center

From CNN’s Bill Kirkos in Chicago

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the US Army Corps of Engineers and FEMA announced plans to temporarily convert part of the McCormick Place Convention Center into an care facility for Covid-19 patients experiencing mild symptoms who don’t require intensive care.

The buildout of the facility will take place in phases, and will ultimately house 3,000 patients between three different locations at the convention center, according to a statement.

Construction is currently underway with up to 500 beds expected to be assembled by the end of this week.

4:40 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of Covid-19

From CNN’s Mallory Simon and Nadia Kounang

Mary Altaffer/AP
Mary Altaffer/AP

Dr. James T. Goodrich, the neurosurgeon who allowed CNN inside a remarkable operation to separate twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, died on Monday after complications related to Covid-19, according to the hospital where he worked.

"Dr. Goodrich was a beacon of our institution and he will be truly missed," said Montefiore Medicine CEO Dr. Philip O. Ozuah. "His expertise and ability were second only to his kind heart and manner."

The hospital described Goodrich as a "humble and truly caring man" who "did not crave the limelight and was beloved by his colleagues and staff." They spoke of his skills as a neurosurgeon, but also of his spirit, including how he baked cookies during the holidays and hand-delivered them to nurses.

"Jim was in many ways the heart and soul of our department - a master surgeon, a world-class educator, and a beloved colleague for all," Dr. Emad Eskandar, chair of the department of neurosurgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center said. "His sudden loss is heart-breaking and his memory will always remain foremost in our thoughts."

The hospital called Goodrich a pioneer in the field of helping children with complex neurological conditions; he developed a multi-stage approach for separating craniopagus twins, like Jadon and Anias McDonald, who were fused at the brain and skull.

In 2016, Goodrich led a team of 40 doctors in a 27-hour surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx to separate Anias and Jadon, who were 13 months old when they were separated. CNN was in the operating room with Goodrich and the team as the boys were separated.

Goodrich, who was in this 70s, spent more than 30 years at Montefiore Einstein and was the director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Montefiore and professor of clinical neurological surgery, pediatrics, plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He is survived by his wife and three sisters.