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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4:23 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Colorado governor asks everybody in the state to wear a mask

David Zalubowski/AP
David Zalubowski/AP

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis asked everybody in his state to wear a mask when they leave their homes.

"Now, if you've been around grocery stores, you've noticed that more and more people are wearing cloth masks — we want everybody in Colorado to do that," Polis said during a press conference today.

He asked people to use non-medical masks to save resources for health care workers, and tweeted tweeted out a photo of him wearing one of his own.

4:18 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Stocks finish lower following worse-than-expected jobs report

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe 

Wall Street stands empty on March 24 in New York City.
Wall Street stands empty on March 24 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

US stocks closed sharply lower on Friday, following a much worse-than-expected jobs report for March.

All three major indexes recorded a loss for the week, making it their third down-week in four.

Here's where the markets closed:

  • The Dow closed 361 points, or 1.7%, lower.
  • The S&P 500 closed down 1.5%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite finished down 1.5%.

 Remember: As stocks settle after the trading day, levels might still change slightly.

3:56 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Trump approves disaster declaration for New Hampshire

From CNN's Jason Hoffman and Betsy Klein 

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 3, in Washington.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 3, in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump has approved a disaster declaration for New Hampshire in response to coronavirus.

This is the 36th such declaration he has made in response to the coronavirus pandemic, including 31 states, the US Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

 

3:38 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Worldwide output of goods and services drops at fastest rate since 2009

From CNN Business' Anneken Tappe

The coronavirus pandemic is starting to noticeably damage economic data around the world.

The global composite output index, produced by JPMorgan and IHS Markit, slumped to 39.4 points in March, its fastest drop in some 11 years. Any level below 50 denotes an economic contraction.

Even though the index had been in contraction territory in the prior month as well — 46.1 points in February — the drop-off was the second-biggest on record, surpassed only by a drop in October 2001.

Looking closer at the global services sector, business activity, new business and new export business all dropped at the sharpest rate in survey history.

Not all countries were hit the same: China, which was hit by the pandemic earlier in the year, got some respite from its rate of contraction.

The outbreak is still sweeping across the United States, where business activity dropped to the greatest extent since the height of the 2007-2009 financial crisis. Still, America saw the weakest downturn among its developed world peers.

3:36 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Transportation Security Administration employee dies due to coronavirus

From CNN's Greg Wallace

The Transportation Security Administration reported the first coronavirus death in its ranks. 

The employee was a 39-year-old K9 handler at the Newark airport, the TSA said Friday.

More than 130 TSA officers and agency employees have tested positive for coronavirus. 

3:46 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

California coronavirus cases exceed 10,000

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Medical professionals administer coronavirus tests at a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California on March 26.
Medical professionals administer coronavirus tests at a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California on March 26. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

There are 10,710 cases in the state, with 237 deaths, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health.

3:32 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

There are now at least 261,438 coronavirus cases in the US

Medical workers remove a person on a stretcher from Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 2.
Medical workers remove a person on a stretcher from Holland America's Zaandam cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on April 2. Lynne Sladky/AP

There are at least 261,438 cases of coronavirus in the US and 6,699 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

So far, on Friday, 15,865 new cases and 641 deaths have been reported, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins. 

The total includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases. Wyoming is the only state not reporting a death from coronavirus.

3:26 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

North Carolina governor: “This pandemic is a war. And we need the armor to fight it.”

From CNN's Chris Boyette

Gov. Roy Cooper gives an update on the state's response to coronavirus in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 31.
Gov. Roy Cooper gives an update on the state's response to coronavirus in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 31. Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said at a press conference Friday that the federal government should do more to direct industries to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the front lines treating patients with Covid-19.

“I know the President has ordered some companies to ramp up productions of ventilators. This is important, and badly needed. But the federal government can and should do more to direct industries to help produce these supplies,” Cooper said. “This pandemic is a war. And we need the armor to fight it.”

North Carolina has received three shipments of PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile but not the amount they have requested, Cooper said.

“We're grateful for these supplies. But to be clear, we've gotten just 33% of what we've asked for and told not to expect more anytime soon," Cooper added.

Some context: The governor said that North Carolina, like many states in the country, is grappling with shortages of critical medical supplies amid the coronavirus pandemic and trying to find ways to buy more.

“Now of course we know that we can't rely solely on the National Stockpile, and our emergency management teams are working around the clock to find the equipment that is so badly needed by those on the front line of this pandemic, we're not the only ones,” Cooper said.

3:24 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

US military preparing to deploy additional forces to support coronavirus response

From CNN's Ryan Browne

The US military is preparing to deploy additional forces in support of the coronavirus response, including 15 Army task forces, a US defense official told CNN.

The US Navy has placed two additional Navy Expeditionary Medical Treatment Facilities, one active duty and the other drawn from the reserves on "prepare to deploy orders." The Navy earlier sent two of these units to New Orleans and Dallas. They consist of about 450 personnel, 150 of which are doctors. 

The location of where the units are being sent has yet to be determined and that decision will be made by Federal Emergency Management Agency. The official said the units should be ready to deploy in about 72 hours. While they are expected to go to New York, FEMA will make that decision. 

The Navy and Air Force are also mobilizing volunteer reservists. 

The Army has also created from its reserves 15 teams known as "Urban Area Medical Task Forces" to help bolster the coronavirus response. These teams will consist of 85 personnel each, 20 of whom will be doctors, for a total of 1,275 personnel. The task forces are intended to serve as an augmentation element, going into retrofitted arenas and convention centers in support of HHS. The official said these forces should be mobilized by Tuesday.

There is acknowledgement within the Department of Defense that the situation in New York is deteriorating to the point where the US military has to draw more from its own medical capabilities, assuming risk at defense installations, in order to help combat the pandemic. 

By the numbers: These additional forces will join the US military's 460 doctors, 1,117 nurses and other medical personnel already assisting civilian communities in their response to the coronavirus.