Coronavirus cases top 784,000 globally

A Samaritan's Purse crew works on building an emergency field hospital equipped with a respiratory unit in New York's Central Park across from the Mount Sinai Hospital, Sunday, March 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Temporary hospitals set up in Central Park and around NYC
01:23 - Source: CNN

What you need to know

  • There are more than 857,000 novel coronavirus cases around the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • The US has the most confirmed cases globally at more than 185,200. More than 3,800 people have died in the US.
  • The US will reach “peak resource use” on April 15, according to one statistical model.
  • A new World Bank report warns Covid-19 could bring recession to countries in East Asia and the Pacific and push 11 million people into poverty.
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Sources at two US hospitals say they're running out of sedation drugs

Two nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, have told CNN that they’re running out of proper sedation drugs because they’ve had to intubate so many patients since the coronavirus epidemic began in the US.  

A nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, tells CNN that their hospital is running out of fentanyl, which they used to sedate intubated Covid-19 patients. 

“We are starting to run out of proper sedation medication like propofol and fentanyl,” one nurse says. 
“It’s hard to watch when you have to flip these people onto their bellies and use oral medications to sedate them through their feeding tubes.”

SCL Health Vice President of System Communications Nikki Sloup said that their hospital system, which includes St. Joseph’s Hospital, currently has an adequate supply to meet patient needs.  But Sloup warns that if they experience a patient surge, it could see shortages. 

“We have put in place numerous conservation programs and continue to work with public and private partners to secure the supplies we need to provide safe and appropriate care to our patients and ensure the safety of our caregivers,” Sloup told CNN in a statement.

CNN reached out to Johns Hopkins Hospital for comment but did receive a response.

One nurse said they’ve never seen so many ventilators being put to use.

“Being on a ventilator is a package deal – it typically comes with the addition of sedation in order to tolerate being ventilated and that’s where fentanyl comes into play,” they said. “It is being used in such high doses to appropriately sedate these patients.”

At least 80% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders

More than 262 million Americans are currently under stay-at-home orders – over 80% of the US population – according to a CNN count.

This count includes state, city and county orders. The numbers were tallied using US census data.

Among the most heavily impacted states are:

  • California: 39.5 million people
  • New York: 19.4 million people
  • Illinois: 12.6 million people
  • Ohio: 11.6 million people
  • North Carolina: 10.4 million people

Only one US state is yet to report a death from coronavirus

Hawaii has reported its first death from the coronavirus, leaving Wyoming as the only US state without a fatality from Covid-19.

The Hawaii victim “was an older adult resident of Oahu” with preexisting health problems, according to Dr. Bruce Anderson with the state Department of Health.

“This is a difficult time for everyone in Hawaii,” Governor David Ige said in a news conference Tuesday evening.

Plane with aid from Russia expected to arrive in US on Wednesday

A plane from Russia loaded with personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to assist in the response to Covid-19 is expected to arrive in the United States on Wednesday, a senior administration official tells CNN. 

“We expect Russia to deliver a planeload of personal protection equipment and supplies tomorrow, as President Putin offered President Trump yesterday,” the official said.
“We will put into immediate use any needed items that are FDA approved. Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries and will continue to do more as we are able.”