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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4:59 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Trump is being urged to consider national stay home recommendations, source says

From CNN's Jim Acosta

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Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is being urged to consider calling for nationwide stay-at-home recommendations, something he has so far refused to do, a source close to the White House Coronavirus Task Force says tells CNN. 

Among the officials nudging the President to embrace such a move is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the source said. On Thursday night during CNN's Town Hall on the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci said it's time for every state in the country to have stay-at-home orders

"If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that. We really should be," Fauci said.

Separately, a White House official tells CNN that the task force is looking to issue mask guidelines at Friday's White House briefing. 

The official said it's possible the mask guidelines could slide until Saturday, but the briefing is expected to delve into masks today. 

President Trump, Vice President Pence, Dr. Fauci, and Dr. Deborah Birx are all expected to attend the official said. 

4:55 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

New York mayor says federal government sent the city 200,000 N95 masks

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference on March 31, in New York.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a news conference on March 31, in New York. Frank Franklin II/AP

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said today that the federal government has provided 200,000 N95 masks that have been given to the NYC public hospital system.

De Blasio said he spoke to President Trump and Jared Kushner and thanked them for the masks.

4:54 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

2 more Houston-area sheriff's employees test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Two more Harris County Sheriff's Office employees have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of employees infected to 15, a press release from the Sheriff's Office said Friday.

One employee is a deputy in her late 40s and the other is a detention officers in her late 30s, according to the release. Harris County is home to the city of Houston and located in southeastern Texas.

Both employees were assigned to work at a county jail, the release said.

By the numbers: So far, 178 employees of the sheriff's office are currently on quarantine due to possible exposure to the virus and one is hospitalized, according to the release.

Three inmates at the jail have also tested positive and 33 more are in quarantine with symptoms awaiting test results, the release said. 

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

Wyoming extends order keeping schools, nonessential businesses closed through April 30

Gov. Mark Gordon announced today Wyoming its order closing schools and most nonessential businesses through April 30.

Gordon updated his order Friday, along with a directive that says anyone who comes to Wyoming from out-of-state must self-quarantine for 14 days unless the trip is related to a job.

Wyoming does not have a mandatory statewide stay-at-home order, although the governor’s office says in a statement, “The Governor continues to emphatically state that people need to stay home whenever possible to prevent or slow the spread of the virus.”

As of Friday afternoon, Wyoming is the only state in the US with no confirmed deaths due to Covid-19. However, state Department of Health spokeswoman Kim Deti tells CNN that a cluster of coronavirus at an assisted living facility in Lander is straining the resources of one of the hospitals in Fremont County, where nine patients are in isolation. 

Fremont County has a population of fewer than 50,000 people, but covers an area of more than 9,000 square miles.

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to reflect that Wyoming’s governor has recommended staying at home.

4:34 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Illinois reports biggest one day jump in coronavirus cases and deaths

From CNN's Omar Jimenez

Illinois announced 1,209 new cases and an additional 53 deaths Friday in the biggest one day jump in both cases and deaths the state has seen to date.

At a Friday news conference, Gov. J.B. Pritzker also urged residents to wear a mask when going outside.

“Maybe it’s a homemade fabric mask, or maybe it’s a manufactured general mask, really just something to cover your nose and mouth out of courtesy to those around you in case you’re one of those who are asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic,” Pritzker said at his daily briefing. 

Seventy percent of ICU beds are now occupied in the state of Illinois while only fifty percent of the state’s ventilators are available, according to data from the state health department Friday.

“Every day we have added existing beds and equipment at our existing hospitals to increase capacity,” Pritzker said Friday. “That availability is diminishing as Covid-19’s presence continues to grow,” Pritzker told reporters. 

4:30 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020

Connecticut reports more than 1,000 new coronavirus case

Members of the Connecticut Air and Army National Guard unload supplies for a temporary field hospital at Southern Connecticut State University on March 31 in New Haven, Connecticut.
Members of the Connecticut Air and Army National Guard unload supplies for a temporary field hospital at Southern Connecticut State University on March 31 in New Haven, Connecticut. Kathy Willens/AP

Connecticut has 1,090 new coronavirus cases and 19 new deaths, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Friday.

The state now has a total of 4,914 cases and 131 deaths. 909 patients are currently hospitalized.

“Our number of positives went up about 29%, which is probably more than we’ve seen in the past and a little disturbingly, the percentage of tests that resulted in people positive spiked up at 64%,” Lamont added.
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.