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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5:37 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Trump: "This is a very vital 30 days"

From CNN's Kevin Liptak and Daniella Diaz

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Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told reporters he believes the next 30 days are important for flattening the curve to stop the outbreak of coronavirus.

Trump said yesterday that he was extending social distancing guidelines by another 30 days, to April 30.

"Every one of us has a role to play in winning this war. Every citizen, family, and business can make the difference in stopping the virus," Trump said today. "This is our shared patriotic duty. Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days."

He continued: "And this is a very vital 30 days, we're sort of putting it all on the line, these 30 days, so important, because we have to get back."


5:27 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Governors tell Trump about lack of supplies during call, source says

From CNN's Lauren Fox

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP Images

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock raised the lack of supplies including both personal protective equipment and testing capabilities on a phone call with President Trump and other governors, a source familiar tells CNN.

The New York Times first reported that Bullock, a Democrat, told Trump "officials in his state were attempting to do 'contact tracing' — tracking down people who have come into contact with those who have tested positive — but they were struggling because 'we don’t have adequate tests.'”

According to the Times, Trump responded saying, “I haven’t heard about testing in weeks,” and told the governors “We’ve tested more now than any nation in the world. We’ve got these great tests and we’re coming out with a faster one this week.” He added, “I haven’t heard about testing being a problem.”

5:19 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New Orleans has more than 1,400 cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

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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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