Nearly half all US cases — 16,887– are in New York state, making it the epicenter of the US outbreak. New Yorkers, along with millions of people in at least seven other states, are facing orders from their governors aimed at keeping them home to prevent further spread.
There are 34,276 cases of coronavirus across the US. Covid-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has killed at least 413 people across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that the federal government was deploying National Guard units to the three hardest hit states “to carry out approved missions” and as a “backup” to state leaders. Governors will remain in command, Trump said.
The deployment comes as more than 20 million people in at least eight states face orders from their governors to stay home to curb the spread of the virus.
Stay at home orders
The orders encourage social distancing measures but make exceptions for people to leave their homes for things like buying food, picking up medicine and going to work for essential jobs. Some encourage being outside and active — as long as it isn’t done in groups.
Breaking the order could result in a fine in New York and Connecticut.
“These are not helpful hints. … There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that is not in compliance” starting Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
‘All in on the medical supply front’
The orders are intended, in part, to reduce stress on the health care system.
High demand for medical equipment has forced states to compete with one another as they struggle to get what they need to treat their patients, Cuomo said Sunday.
“In some ways, we’re savaging other states. I’m trying to buy masks. I’m competing with California and Illinois and Florida,” he said.
The bill would mandate the Trump ensure the production of at least 500 million N95 respirators, 200,000 ventilators, 20 million face shields, 500 million pairs of medical gloves and 20 million surgical gowns.
“Anything that can provide relief to the frontline troops, do it. I would go all in right now. All in,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and one of Trump’s close allies, said. “Be all in on the medical supply front.”
On Sunday, Trump approved a disaster declaration for California that will bring supplies, medical stations and naval hospital ships to the state, he said at a briefing. Similar declarations were previously issued for New York and Washington state.
More testing through constraints
The number of US coronavirus cases has surged as tests have become easier to access.
About 254,000 Americans have been tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Sunday. That total does not include local hospitals or local health care labs, the vice president said.
Despite the constraints, coronavirus testing resources are being set up across the country. The City of Los Angeles is implementing a new web portal that would direct those who might the highest risk criteria to a testing center. In Chicago, two Walmart center parking lots are being designated as drive-through testing sites. And a new drive-up testing facility in Miami will give health care workers and first responders priority testing, DeSantis said.
Outbreaks among the vulnerable in nursing homes
Arkansas has coronavirus cases in seven nursing homes across the state, with 41 cases linked to Briarwood Nursing Home in Little Rock, according to Arkansas Department of Health Secretary Dr. Nate Smith. Residents accounted for 35 cases and staff members for six, Smith said during a Sunday news conference.
At the assisted living facility Atria Willow Wood in Broward County, Florida, the virus has resulted in three deaths and seven additional positive cases with the results pending for five other residents, a statement from Senior Vice President of Care Mike Gentry said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis claimed the facility did not take precautions against the virus, allowing staff not screened for symptoms to freely enter the building, but Atria said the governor’s comments do not accurately reflect their practices.
CNN’s Faith Karimi, Dakine Andone, Hollie Silverman, Phil Mattingly, Lauren Fox, Jason Hanna and Christina Maxouris contributed to this report.