April 3 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Ben Westcott, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 8:02 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020
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6:46 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Missouri governor issues statewide stay-at-home-order

Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address on January 15 in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address on January 15 in Jefferson City, Missouri. Jeff Roberson/AP

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Friday issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective Monday, April 6 until Friday, April 24, 2020.

The order stated individuals living in Missouri must avoid leaving their homes or places of residence unless necessary.

Like many state’s stay-at-home orders, it does not prohibit people from going out for “essential services,” such as grocery stores, gas stations, banks or outdoor recreation, as long as precautions are taken and social distancing requirements are met.

Most US states and DC have some kind of stay-at-home order in place.

6:29 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Kentucky governor says buying PPE supplies for the state is "really hard"

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky on March 29.
Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky on March 29. Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said his state has limited personal protective equipment.

"We try to buy. It’s really hard," he said. "The federal government buys most all of it.”

He said that while the state is trying to manufacture PPE, he also asked residents of his state to donate any available PPE supplies.

6:23 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

NYC Mayor says more than 100 federal personnel have been sent to city to help with rising deaths

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday that he has had extensive conversations with Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Defense on how to respond to the growing number of deaths in NYC.

De Blasio said more than 100 federal personnel, including members of the military, have been sent to NYC with necessary equipment to “help deal with this crisis on the mortuary side.”

De Blasio also said they will hire more personnel as needed to “address this very painful reality.”

6:17 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

CDC officials felt "pressured" to draft mask recommendations

From CNN's Nick Valencia

Some public health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control felt "pressured" by the White House to draft recommendations that all Americans wear masks or facial coverings while in public, according to a senior federal health official involved in discussions. 

A source told CNN the "CDC was under intense pressure to do this quickly." 

"The CDC would not have gone this direction if not for the White House," the senior official told CNN. "We would have tried more to understand about asymptomatic transmission. We would have done more studies if we had more time." 

"It was more than we were comfortable with, the source added. "Things were done very fast. It's a credibility risk to the agency. It's not fabulous for credibility. There is a real worry that this will provide a false sense of security to the public. Also, up until now the CDC has been telling people it's okay not to wear a mask, and it's going to be recommended that we do. It runs the risk of confusing the public."

6:20 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Trump on national stay-home order: "I leave it up the governors"

From CNN's Sarah Westwood 

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

President Trump again signaled his resistance to issuing a national stay-at-home order to slow the spread of coronavirus, despite comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci this week questioning why such an order has not been issued for all states.

The majority of states have issued orders for their residents to stay in their homes, but the federal government has not mandated people do so.

“I leave it up to the governors,” Trump said at the coronavirus task force briefing.

“I guess we’re close to 90 percent anyway,” Trump said of the number of people mandated to stay home. At least 41 states and the District of Columbia have issued stay-at-home orders.

“States that we’re talking about are not in jeopardy,” Trump said, referring to the handful of states that have not yet issued these orders.

“I like that from the standpoint of governing, and even from the standpoint of our Constitution,” the President said of his inclination to allow states to make their own decisions about ordering people not to leave their houses.

The federal government has issued guidance recommending that people stay home to the extent possible and avoid gathering in groups larger than 10.

 Watch:

6:15 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

US marks record for most new coronavirus deaths reported in a single day

From CNN's Keith Allen

Medical personnel remove a body from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to refrigerated containers parked outside, on April 2 in Brooklyn, New York.
Medical personnel remove a body from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to refrigerated containers parked outside, on April 2 in Brooklyn, New York. Mary Altaffer/AP

The US coronavirus death toll reached 7,077 on Friday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins University. The increase of 1,094 deaths today is the most number of deaths in a single day.

The previous record for the most new coronavirus deaths added in a single day as reported by CNN was 946 on Wednesday.

6:10 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Five infants in Maryland test positive for Covid-19, including a one-month-old

From CNN's Keith Allen

Five infants have tested positive for coronavirus in Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Friday afternoon.

The youngest of the infants is just one-month-old, Hogan said.

“The reality is that this disease does not discriminate, and no one is immune," he said.
6:05 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

NYC's Central Park field hospital at half capacity, expected to max out in the next few days

From CNN’s Erica Hill and Elizabeth Stuart

Medical personnel work at the Samaritan's Purse field hospital in New York's Central Park, on April 1.
Medical personnel work at the Samaritan's Purse field hospital in New York's Central Park, on April 1. Mary Altaffer/AP

New York's Central Park field hospital is already at half capacity on its third day treating Covid-19 patients, according to the director of the facility.

There are currently 34 patients being treated there, including four in their ICU, and it's expected the pop-up hospital will reach its 68-bed capacity in the next few days, according to Dr. Elliott Tenpenny, director of the international heath unit for Samaritan’s Purse.

Tenpenny says that while all the patients are adults, they are comprised of all ages, and many of them have severe shortage of breath and a need for oxygen. 

“It’s worse than I expected to see,” Tenpenny said.

The patients are from Mt. Sinai hospitals in Brooklyn and Queens, whose emergency rooms were overrun with patients with nowhere to go. 

Tenpenny says the patients will likely take 2-3 weeks to recover.

5:59 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Arkansas governor denies need for statewide stay-at-home order, citing CDC

From CNN’s Will Brown

Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks at a press conference on March 23 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks at a press conference on March 23 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson defied calls to put his state under a stay-a-home order, one of only nine states remaining without such a directive. 

He argued that his “targeted approach” is “a good approach for Arkansas.”

“It’s understandable that (Dr. Anthony Fauci) looks at that as a solution, a nationwide shutdown order. What’s important is that has not been given. The (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) — I watch their guidelines regularly — and they have not indicated that’s an appropriate or necessary step across the country. And so we’ll continue to look at those guidelines that’s offered from the federal level.”

Arkansas currently has at least 687 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 12 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.