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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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.

4:26 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

New Jersey governor says the state needs an additional 2,000 ventilators

From CNN's Laura Ly

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said today that he originally asked for 2,300 ventilators from the federal government. CNN has previously reported that 300 ventilators from the federal stockpile are on their way to the state.

Murphy thanked the Trump administration for their assistance, but still argued that the state needs an additional 2,000 ventilators in the long run.

Murphy said he would continue to advocate for New Jersey to get these ventilators from the federal government, but that the state is also looking for purchase additional ventilators through their own means as well. 

4:27 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Illinois will treat some coronavirus patients at Chicago convention center

From CNN’s Bill Kirkos in Chicago

The exterior of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
The exterior of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh/AP

Illinois will temporarily convert part of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago into a care facility for Covid-19 patients experiencing mild symptoms who don’t require intensive care.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency just announced the plan together.

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, a press release from Lightfoot’s office read.

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

4:19 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

California makes a plea for health care workers to boost staffing levels

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

California is calling on health care professionals, including medical students and the recently retired, to step up to help treat coronavirus patients.

In preparation for a surge in Covid-19 patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new website where health care workers can sign up and get matched to the need in their area.

There are currently more than 766,000 health care professionals in California, the governor said. He hopes to add 37,000 more workers.

Newsom made it clear that these professionals will be paid for their work, saying that reimbursements and grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help provide the required funds.

4:21 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Stocks kick off the week with healthy gains

From CNN’s Paul R. La Monica

Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Wall Street enjoyed a solid start to the week Monday, with all three major indexes posting strong returns even as the death toll from the Covid-19 outbreak mounted.

Johnson & Johnson was the biggest gainer in the Dow, surging 8% after saying it hoped to have an experimental coronavirus vaccine ready for human testing by September.

Here's where things stand:

  • The Dow rose 691 points, or 3.2%
  • The S&P 500 gained 3.4%
  • The Nasdaq Composite shot up 3.6%

Energy stocks were among the few market losers as crude oil prices settled just above $20 a barrel, their lowest level since 2002.

4:07 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Masters golf tournament organizers will donate $2 million for coronavirus resources

From CNN's David Close

Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Augusta National Golf Club, home of the famed Masters golf tournament, has announced a $2 million donation to two entities in Augusta, Georgia.

According to a statement from Fred Ridley, chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, half of the donation will fund Augusta University's coronavirus testing effort with the other half gifted to a local emergency relief fund.

“We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years," Ridley said in the statement.

Some context: The Masters, originally slated to tee off next week, was postponed earlier this month. No new date has been announced.

4:02 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

A top Catholic official in Rome has tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Livia Borghese in Rome 

Franco Origlia/Getty Images
Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Cardinal Angelo de Donatis, the vicar of Rome, has tested positive for Covid-19 "after showing symptoms," according to the city's dioceses.

De Donatis has been hospitalized with a fever but "his general condition is good," the dioceses said.

"I am also experiencing this trial, I am calm and confident. I entrust myself to the Lord and to the support of the prayers of all of you," de Donatis said. 

De Donatis was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2018 but they do not meet on a regular basis. The cardinal's close collaborators are in self-isolation as a precaution measure. 

3:46 p.m. ET, March 30, 2020

Indiana receives third shipment of medical supplies from national stockpile

From CNN's Keith Allen

An Indiana National Guardsman lines up a pallets of medical supplies in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 26.
An Indiana National Guardsman lines up a pallets of medical supplies in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 26. Darron Cummings/AP

Indiana has received three shipments of personal protective equipment from the strategic national stockpile, state Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lindsay Weaver said at a news conference today.

According to Dr. Weaver, here's what the first two PPE shipments consisted of:

  • 297,000 surgical masks
  • 168,900 gloves
  • 126,260 N95 masks
  • 85,612 surgical gowns
  • 54,720 face shields
  • 216 coveralls

The equipment has been distributed to 285 hospitals, EMS providers, and long-term care facilities throughout the state, Weaver said. Details about the most recent delivery was not made available at the news conference.