April 10 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Jenni Marsh, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 0138 GMT (0938 HKT) April 11, 2020
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6:38 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

New York City reports 6,684 new coronavirus cases and 651 new deaths

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

A funeral director collects a body from The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York on April 9.
A funeral director collects a body from The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York on April 9. John Minchillo/AP

New York City has 6,684 new coronavirus cases and 651 new deaths, according to the city’s website.

The city now has a total of 94,409 cases and 5,429 deaths.

Over the last few weeks, there has often been differences in the state and city numbers. In response to this, the city has posted an explainer on their website of how they report data on Covid-19 fatalities as compared with how New York state does.

6:23 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Louisiana governor orders flags to be flown half-staff in honor of lawmaker who died

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered flags be flown at half staff in honor of State Rep. Reggie Bagala, according to a press release from Edwards' office Friday.

Bagala died after battling coronavirus, his family said Thursday.

6:19 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Michigan governor orders flags lowered to half-staff for coronavirus victims

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives a speech on April 9, in Lansing, Michigan.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives a speech on April 9, in Lansing, Michigan. Pool via AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered US and Michigan flags lowered to half-staff throughout the state indefinitely beginning today to honor and mourn those who have lost their lives due to the virus.

She also announced that the special primary to fill the vacancy left by Rep. Isaac Robinson who died in late March due to the complications related to the virus will be held August 4. The general election will be on November 3.

The news comes after Whitmer announced the extension of her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order to the end of April.

The new order also encourages people to limit the number of household members running errands to the maximum extent possible and clarifies that travel for vacations or for any other purpose is prohibited.

By the numbers: Michigan has an additional 1,279 cases bringing the state total to 22,783, according to the states data. The state saw an additional 205 deaths bringing the death toll to 1,281.

6:14 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Coronavirus model projects some states have passed their peaks, others are weeks away

From CNN Health’s Arman Azad

Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as a make shift morgue at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City on April 9.
Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a refrigerated truck serving as a make shift morgue at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City on April 9. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The most recent version of an influential coronavirus model – which is often cited by the White House – projects that some states, such as New York and New Jersey, have passed their peaks in terms of daily deaths.

New York’s peak number of deaths, for example, is listed as April 9 on the model. New Jersey’s peak is listed as April 8.

Other large states are now approaching their peaks, according to the model, which was developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

California is expected to hit peak daily deaths within a week, on April 15. The state is expected to see 66 deaths that day. 

Pennsylvania is expected to follow a similar trajectory, hitting peak deaths on April 17, when 63 people are projected to die. 

For other large states – such as Florida and Texas – the worst is expected to come later. Florida’s peak is expected to come on April 27; roughly 112 people are projected to die that day.

Texas is predicted to hit its peak on April 28, when 66 lives are expected to be lost.

Some context: While it’s unclear when exactly the state expects to return to normal, lifting social distancing measures too soon – before the peak, for example – could reignite transmission of the virus and cost lives.

The current version of the model says it expects social distancing until the end of May, and assumes that states will enact other measures – such as mass screening and contact tracing – that will prevent any resurgence of the virus.

The institute previously told CNN that the projections assumed social distancing until August, as the model’s FAQ had stated in now-deleted language.

But on Thursday, the institute’s director, Chris Murray, said that was not actually the case – despite what a professor behind the model and an institute spokesperson had both said earlier.

6:02 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Philadelphia reports its highest number of new coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Alex Marquardt and Michael Conte

Philadelphia is continuing to see a slowing number of coronavirus cases in the city, the city’s health commissioner Thomas Farley said in a call on Friday.

Farley warned that the virus could pick up speed again.

Hospitals are seeing a steady increase in cases as well.

There are currently 5,521 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia and 110 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

Farley said that the hospitals are able to handle the cases so far.

Despite the better news on case rate, Farley reiterated the need to be very careful and continue to social distance.

5:54 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Kentucky to record license plates of those attending services this weekend and require them to quarantine for 14 days

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

The state of Kentucky is taking new action to discourage individuals from participating in mass gatherings, such as church services, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday.

The state will be recording the license plates of those who show up to any mass gatherings and provide that information to the local health departments, who will in turn order those individuals to be quarantined for 14 days, according to Beshear.

Beshear said the state is down to less than seven churches state-wide that are still “thinking about” having an in-person service this weekend.

“Folks, we shouldn’t have to do this,” Beshear said. “I think it’s not a test of faith whether you’re going to an in-person service, it’s a test of faith that you’re willing to sacrifice to protect your fellow man, your fellow woman, your fellow Kentuckian, and your fellow American.”
5:47 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

Los Angeles County implements new measures on face coverings for essential businesses

From CNN's Sarah Moon

Cashiers wear face masks at a convenience store in Los Angeles, California on April 4.
Cashiers wear face masks at a convenience store in Los Angeles, California on April 4. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Essential businesses open in Los Angeles County during the pandemic must provide all employees with a cloth face covering to wear during work.

These businesses must also share a plan in a visible place that explains how the business is implementing the physical distancing order and cleaning requirements in the workplace, L.A. County Department of Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer announced in a press conference today.

This order goes into effect Wednesday at midnight, Ferrer said.

Residents are still allowed to engage in outdoor activities and leave the home for essential activities while practicing physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering, she said.

“So from here on in, when you go into a business or a site that provides essential services, you need to put on your cloth face covering so that you provide some protection to all of those who are inside a place of business or providing you with a service,” she explained.

Ferrer also warned residents that May 15, the date the county’s stay at home order was extended to, is not a “magic date” and that she does not know what will happen on May 16.

“I do not anticipate that we lift all of our restrictions on May 15,” Ferrer said. “I do know that every day we get closer and closer to a place in a space where we're able to start relaxing some of the restrictions."

5:18 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

National Institutes of Health is recruiting 10,000 antibody test volunteers

From CNN's Jen Christensen

The National Institutes of Health is looking for up to 10,000 volunteers to be a part of a study to determine how many Americans have been infected with Covid-19 and not known it.

This “serosurvey” will give researchers critical information that will help them create better epidemiological models to understand how the disease spreads undetected. The work will also help researchers determine what communities have been most impacted by this particular coronavirus.

The NIH is asking for healthy volunteers from around the country who are 18 or older and have no confirmed history of infection. Volunteers will be enrolled over the phone and will attend a virtual clinical visit. They’ll complete questions about their health, provide basic demographic information and then, if they don’t live near the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, they’ll be sent a kit that will let them draw their blood at home and send the samples back to the NIH.

“This study will give us a clearer picture of the true magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States by telling us how many people in different communities have been infected without knowing it, because they had a very mild, undocumented illness or did not access testing while they were sick,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s National Insitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a statement. “These crucial data will help us measure the impact of our public health efforts now and guide our COVID-19 response moving forward."
5:19 p.m. ET, April 10, 2020

USPS concerned about potential issues with absentee ballots in Wisconsin

Election workers organize absentee ballots at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 7.
Election workers organize absentee ballots at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison, Wisconsin on April 7. Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

The United States Postal Service is aware of potential absentee ballot issues in Wisconsin and is conducting an investigation.

"Throughout every election cycle, the US Postal Service works with state and local election officials to ensure the timely delivery of Election Mail," the USPS statement read. "The United States Mail system serves as a secure, efficient, and effective means for citizens and campaigns to participate in the electoral process, and the Postal Service is committed to delivering Election Mail in a timely manner."

At this time, USPS does not have additional information to provide on this issue, according to the statement.

Some context: On Monday, Wisconsin's Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers' order to postpone Tuesday's election due to the pandemic, despite his arguments that in-person voting could endanger poll workers and voters. 

CNN has reached out to the City of Milwaukee Election Commission for comment.