April 4 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Amy Woodyatt, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 6:32 a.m. ET, April 5, 2020
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5:37 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Pennsylvania reports 1,597 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

Pennsylvania has 1,597 new cases of Covid-19 as of Saturday morning, the state's Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said at a briefing.  

The state now has 10,017 cases in 64 counties, Levine said. 

Approximately 10% of patients require hospitalization, according to Levine. There are have been 136 coronavirus-related deaths across the state, Levine said.  

Levine said 189 of the state's cases are health care workers. 

12:27 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

United Kingdom receives 300 ventilators from China

From CNN's Nada Bashir

The United Kingdom has received 300 ventilators from China to aid efforts by the National Health Service to support and treat patients who have contracted coronavirus, UK cabinet minister Michael Gove said Saturday. 

"We have been buying invasive ventilators from partners abroad, including Germany and Switzerland, and today 300 new ventilators arrived from China," Gove told reporters during a briefing at Downing Street. 

In addition to increasing the capacity of the NHS to deploy invasive ventilators, Gove confirmed that the government is also working to secure non-invasive ventilators for National Health Service hospitals, including a new and clinically-approved device developed by University College London (UCL). 

"We have secured new non-invasive capacity with the help of UK manufacturers, who have worked at pace to develop new technologies," Gove said. "A team from University College London, working with Mercedes Benz, have produced a new device which has been clinically approved."

According to Gove, UCL was able to produce 250 devices on Friday.

12:15 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Missouri governor is recruiting medical professionals to help fight against coronavirus

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks on March 18.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson speaks on March 18. David A. Lieb/AP

Missouri Gov. Michael Parson is recruiting medical professionals to supplement the state’s current health care workforce amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are calling on all available medical professionals to support the effort to fight the virus by joining a critical reserve unit now focusing on providing care in high need areas across the state. Their efforts can help save the lives of their fellow Missourians,” Parson said in a statement on Saturday.

Selected medical professionals would become part of the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team which is slated to operate throughout the state of Missouri and deployed when necessary to provide patients with on-site medical care.

Missouri has 2,155 confirmed coronavirus cases and 33 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

8:28 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

NY governor says coronavirus pandemic on Long Island is like a 'fire spreading

State of New York
State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo elaborated on the spread of coronavirus on Long Island today saying it is like a "fire spreading."

Cuomo said the number of cases on Long Island has grown steadily for the past 10 days, and is not moving more north but moving “more east.”

“New York City went from 75% percent of cases in the state down to 65 and that is almost all growth in long island from 15% of the cases to 22 so the shift is undeniable” Cuomo said during a press conference.

Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor, said there have been 2,624 coronavirus deaths in New York City and 941 outside the city.

11:40 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Number of medical volunteers in New York grows

State of New York
State of New York

Gov Andrew Cuomo said New York has 85,000 medical volunteers, including 22,000 out of state volunteers, according to comments he made at a press conference today.

Cuomo said he is signing an executive order to allow medical students slated to graduate to begin practicing.

“I want all of this to be over,” Cuomo said Saturday regarding the pandemic.

The governor mentioned his mother has been stressed about his brother and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s positive diagnosis.

Read a tweet from Cuomo about the order:

8:30 p.m. ET, April 4, 2020

Number of ICU cases and intubation in New York has increased, governor says

From CNN's Elise Hammond 

State of New York
State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of ICU cases and intubations in the state has increased while New York continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time, Cuomo said the number of patients being discharged also increased.

"Two-thirds of the people who have been hospitalized have been discharged," he said at a press briefing Saturday, "That's what we've been saying all along. Most people won't be hospitalized."

There are 15,905 people in the hospital and 4,126 in ICU, Cuomo said. As of today, 3,565 people have died due to coronavirus in New York.

11:44 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

NY governor says China is donating 1,000 ventilators to the state

State of New York
State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that New York will receive 1,140 ventilators from China and Oregon.

The Chinese government has facilitated a donation of 1,000 ventilators that are expected to arrive at JFK Airport today, Cuomo said moments ago during a press conference.

"This is a big deal and it's going to make a significant difference for us. Also, the state of Oregon contacted us and is going to send 140 ventilators," Cuomo added. "Which is I can tell you just astonishing and unexpected. And I want to thank Gov. Brown, I want to thank all of the people in the state of Oregon for their thoughtfulness."


11:34 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

New York has 113,704 confirmed Covid-19 cases across the state

From CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia and Sheena Jones

New York has a total 113,704 Covid-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during a press conference.

The state recorded a new high of positive cases Friday with 10,841. There are 15,905 people in the hospital and 4,126 in ICU, Cuomo said.

As of today, 3,565 people have died due to Covid-19.

"By the numbers we're not yet at the apex. We're getting closer," Cuomo said. 

New York City’s numbers are dropping and Long island positive case numbers are growing, Cuomo said.

New York City's Javits Convention Center will have 2,500 beds and will be staffed entirely by the federal government, Cuomo said.


11:06 a.m. ET, April 4, 2020

A woman flying to see her dying mother was the plane's only passenger

By CNN's Christina Zdanowicz

courtesy Sheryl Pardo
courtesy Sheryl Pardo

Sheryl Pardo was preoccupied with one fact as she boarded her flight; this would be the last time she saw her mother.

A surprise awaited her as she learned she was the only passenger on the plane because of the coronavirus pandemic. She met Jessica and Dion, two flight attendants who turned her trip into something to remember in a good way.

The American Airlines flight attendants bumped her up to first class and addressed her personally over the loudspeaker. Pardo spent the flight telling them about her mom and the loving, get-things-done person she was.

"I think in moments like this the pain of losing your mom is exacerbated by being in this frightening time," Pardo told CNN. "Other people's kindness is what's going to get us to through this."

"I want them to know how much it meant to me," the 59-year-old said. "It was super positive, which I didn't expect from that trip."