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'What are you waiting for?' California governor appeals to 11 states that haven't ordered residents to stay home

Dr. Sanjay Gupta checks in with CNN's Chris Cuomo, who is in isolation after testing positive for coronavirus, and discusses one of the intense symptoms the anchor has experienced.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 4:40 AM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 4:40 AM

Coronavirus deaths across the US have topped 5,000 and all but 11 states have issued sweeping orders for residents to stay home -- affecting nearly 90% of the country's population.

"What are you waiting for? What more evidence do you need? If you think it's not going to happen to you, there are proof points all over the United States, all over the world," California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.

Newsom was the first governor to issue a statewide stay-at-home order in March after health officials warned social distancing measures would be the most effective in curbing the spread of the virus.

Even if Americans follow mitigation measures closely, the US death toll could be at least 100,000, White House experts said this week. But without those measures in place, that number could be as high as 2.2 million, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said.

It was these kinds of aggressive measures that helped some areas "flatten their curve," US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams says.

"The good news is that states like Washington, like California, countries like Italy, when they leaned into aggressive mitigation, they're being able to flatten their curve," Adams told NBC.

"The governors get to make the decisions, but we're going to give them the best possible guidance we can and that's to stay at home and social distance," Adams said.

Since January 20 when the first US case was detected, more than 216,450 Americans have been infected and 5,119 have died. At least 928 of those deaths were reported Wednesday -- the highest number reported in the country since the beginning of the outbreak.

Facing increasing pressure from local leaders and experts, governors in states including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi said they'd also be ordering residents to stay home. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp also announced Wednesday students would not be returning to class this school year.

"I want to encourage my fellow Georgians to hang in there. I know you're tired of this but we must first overcome the obstacles in our path," Kemp said, according to CNN affiliate WSB.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would not issue a national stay-at-home order because different states have different infection rates.

"You have to look -- you have to give a little flexibility. If you have a state in the Midwest, or if Alaska for example doesn't have a problem, it's awfully tough to say close it down. We have to have a little bit of flexibility," he said.

The states without orders

The 11 states that have not issued statewide stay at home orders include: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming.

In Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee issued a "Safer at Home" order Monday, directing all non-essential businesses to shut down through at least mid-April.

But critics of the guidelines point to the long list of services still considered essential -- including housing construction, hotels, accounting offices, landscape management, and religious facilities --- and also say the order does not ensure enforcement.

"I don't think we're going to have a strong, a large number of Tennesseans who are not going to comply with this order, and we will be monitoring that, and if we find something different than that, then certainly we'll make decisions around enforcement," the governor said, according to CNN affiliate WZTV.

Alabama, surrounded by states who just announced they'd be implementing stay-at-home orders, has not issued a similar order.

"Many factors surround a statewide shelter-in-place," Gov. Kay Ivey's office told CNN affiliate WSFA, "and Alabama is not at a place where we are ready to make this call."

One of the governor's concerns is the impact the order would have on businesses and residents whose "well-being also relies on being able to have a job and provide for themselves and their families," the affiliate reported.

Up to 16,000 New Yorkers could die

In hard-hit New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered all non-essential workers home last month.

On Wednesday, he cited a model that showed as many as 16,000 New Yorkers could die from the virus.

"If you believe these numbers, 16,000 deaths in New York, that means you're going to have tens of thousands of deaths outside of New York," the governor said. "So to the extent people watch their nightly news in Kansas and say well this is a New York problem, that's not what these numbers say."

"It says it's a New York problem today. Tomorrow it's a Kansas problem and a Texas problem and a New Mexico problem. That's why I say to my fellow governors and elected officials across this country, look at us today, see yourself tomorrow," he said.

New York, now the epicenter of the outbreak, has reported at least 84,025 cases and 2,219 deaths. At least 45,707 of those infections and 1,374 of the deaths are in New York City.

This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency sent hundreds of ambulances, EMTs and paramedics to New York City to help assist first responders.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received a record number of medical emergencies each day, with a 50% increase over normal daily call volume, the New York City Fire Department said in a news release.

On Tuesday alone, FDNY EMS responded to 6,010 medical calls, Jim Long, a spokesperson for the department, told CNN.

Medical care workers say walking inside the city's hospitals is like stepping into a war zone.

New York City hospitals still need 3.3 million N-95 masks, 2.1 million surgical masks, 100,000 isolation gowns and 400 ventilators by April 5, Mayor de Blasio said Wednesday.

The mayor has warned that this Sunday will be a crucial day for the city and that demands will continue to rise in the following weeks.

Test that could identify those who had virus may be ready this month

Doctors and nurses across the country have found themselves on the front lines of the crisis, responding to patients constantly streaming in.

Many hospitals have warned they're running out of space and supplies. In Georgia, Kemp said on the first day of April at least 3,520 medical surgery beds, 450 hospital beds and 1,006 ventilators were available. But he cited one study that showed the state could reach "peak hospital capacity" in about three weeks.

And healthcare experts also say staffing shortages as medical care workers test positive for the virus could slow the country's response to patients.

Dr. Birx said Wednesday a coronavirus antibody test could be available "within this month" -- which could help medical care workers identify who may have immunity to the virus.

"I've really called on every university and every state to develop ELISA's, you can buy the antigens and the controls online, and really work to test entire health care communities in your state and support them that way."

The ELISA, or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, test detects and measures antibodies in blood. If successful, the test could help identify those who have already had the virus, but have since recovered.

Experts have said that if a person has had the virus and developed antibodies, it will most likely mean they have built up immunity and the chances of that person being infected again drops dramatically.

That test could help identify medical workers who may have had the coronavirus and not known it, Birx said.

"I think really being able to tell them, the peace of mind that would come from knowing you already were infected, you have the antibody, you are safe from reinfection. 99.9% of the time, " she said.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
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Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
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Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
Wabash1152
Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
Fulton731
Jay680
Washington681
Knox670
Clay665
Pulaski661
Rush613
Posey550
Owen521
Benton510
Spencer501
Adams491
Sullivan471
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 62856

Reported Deaths: 3032
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Franklin11433443
Cuyahoga8786393
Hamilton6563207
Lucas2889305
Marion274039
Montgomery237835
Summit2299209
Pickaway221641
Mahoning1907239
Butler176747
Columbiana135060
Stark1196114
Lorain109769
Trumbull103277
Warren94525
Clark79310
Delaware67515
Fairfield64317
Tuscarawas60110
Lake57022
Belmont56722
Medina56632
Licking56012
Miami50331
Portage48759
Wood47451
Clermont4537
Ashtabula44544
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3635
Allen34841
Greene3229
Mercer29510
Erie26722
Holmes2575
Darke25326
Huron2382
Madison2139
Ottawa16624
Sandusky15715
Washington14420
Coshocton1413
Ross1393
Crawford1385
Putnam13415
Hardin12312
Morrow1211
Athens1111
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1052
Muskingum961
Union931
Monroe8917
Hancock851
Lawrence820
Preble821
Hocking809
Clinton791
Guernsey793
Shelby744
Williams742
Logan681
Fulton660
Scioto650
Carroll643
Ashland632
Wyandot625
Brown601
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland491
Van Wert451
Perry411
Seneca402
Henry330
Paulding280
Jackson270
Pike270
Adams251
Vinton232
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Morgan120
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