5 things to know for April 8: Coronavirus, White House, health, Navy, stimulus bill

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" in an address to the ship's crew.

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 2:31 PM
Updated: Apr 8, 2020 2:31 PM

A tiny bit of optimism: Public health officials now say the US death toll from coronavirus could be much lower than predicted, thanks to (most) everyone's scrupulous social distancing. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

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1.  Coronavirus

After 76 days of isolation, China has lifted lockdown restrictions in Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus was first detected. Trains and flights are now operating, and healthy residents and visitors will be allowed to leave. However, Chinese officials warn there is still work to be done to prevent another outbreak. In the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says the country is "nowhere near" lifting its lockdown, and estimates the peak of the virus is still a week and a half away. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still in an intensive care unit battling coronavirus symptoms. There's also concern that the methodology behind the UK's daily death toll updates could be leading to an underreporting of the true number. Tuesday marked the deadliest day yet for coronavirus cases in the US, with 1,858 recorded deaths. The new nadir came as President Trump picked a fight with the World Health Organization, which he inaccurately claimed underrepresented the threat of the virus. Follow updates here.

 2.  White House

The White House is in a state of flux. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham was moved out of her position without even giving a single briefing, and was replaced by Kayleigh McEnany, the Trump 2020 campaign's press secretary. McEnany is the fourth person to hold the position. In the past, she has downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, saying that under Trump's watch, the virus would not threaten American shores. Trump also removed acting inspector general for the Defense Department, Glenn Fine, from his post. This means Fine will no longer chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, sparking concerns over who will supervise the disbursement of the $2 trillion in emergency coronavirus funding.

3. Health

Lupus and arthritis patients are facing a shortage of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine after President Trump touted the drugs as a possible treatments for coronavirus. Medical experts warn such a claim is unproven. Dr. Mehmet Oz, the controversial celebrity cardiac surgeon, has also started talking up the drugs. Meanwhile on the frontlines, hospital workers are becoming desperate as ERs are overwhelmed by coronavirus patients. Some nurses at Detroit's Sinai-Grace Hospital staged a work stoppage and demanded hospital administrators bring in more nurses to help out. They didn't. The nurses who made the demands said they were doing so because they found it impossible to properly treat people amid a crush patients and not enough medical equipment.

4. US Navy

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned after calling the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt "stupid" for sounding the alarm over coronavirus cases on the aircraft carrier. Capt. Brett Crozier, the then-commanding officer of ship, sent a memo warning of coronavirus spreading among the sailors on the aircraft carrier. Modly removed him from his post and then insulted him for being "too naive or too stupid" during an address to the ship's crew, who had given Crozier a warm farewell just days earlier. Though Modly initially defended his remarks against criticism, he apologized after being reprimanded by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

5. Stimulus bill

Lawmakers are rushing to get their priorities included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill. The "phase four" bill would attempt to patch over some of the parts missing from last month's massive $2.2 trillion package. How could so much money not cover everything? For starters, the Treasury Department wants to ask Congress for an additional $250 billion for the Small Business Administration's new loan program after the $350 billion program experienced a rocky rollout. Top Democrats want more money for state and local governments, funds for personal protective equipment, more payments for individuals, and assistance for those still on the job despite coronavirus restrictions.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

UFC President Dana White wants to stage the UFC 249 fight on a private island 

That's literally "Mortal Kombat."

Churches are stocking up on disposable, pre-filled communion cups before Easter 

When you've gotta take the host to go, you've gotta take the host to go.

The ABC series "Modern Family" signs off tonight after 11 years 

The show has run for 250 episodes.

The MLB is considering having teams play all their games in just the Phoenix area, with no fans 

Other leagues are also considering weird solutions to the sports void.

Disney is releasing a series of shorts called "At Home with Olaf"

Parents, you will never be rid of "Frozen." "Frozen" lives with you now. You're welcome.

TODAY'S NUMBER

45,000

That's how many Americans abroad have been repatriated by the State Department since the end of January due to the coronavirus pandemic. The citizens have been flown back home on 374 flights from more than 75 countries.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I know that you all are making sacrifices. I want everyone to take this seriously."

Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leaders of the White House coronavirus task force, who admits she couldn't even see her own sick granddaughter because of the risk of catching or transmitting coronavirus.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Ravel's Boléro, piece by piece 

This is how the French National Orchestra does social distancing, and we are all the better for it. (Click here to view)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 749097

Reported Deaths: 13745
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030271775
Lake554211006
Allen41613691
St. Joseph36933564
Hamilton36505416
Elkhart29347459
Tippecanoe22849225
Vanderburgh22540400
Porter19313325
Johnson18386387
Hendricks17583317
Clark13190193
Madison13111344
Vigo12602253
LaPorte12385221
Monroe12152175
Delaware10947197
Howard10250225
Kosciusko9609119
Hancock8541144
Bartholomew8158157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7763180
Grant7227179
Wayne7154201
Boone6911103
Morgan6735141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6205116
Cass5989108
Henry5893108
Dearborn588878
Noble579786
Jackson508374
Shelby500697
Lawrence4727121
Gibson444093
Harrison440473
Clinton439855
DeKalb438585
Montgomery433890
Whitley405642
Huntington402181
Steuben398659
Miami392568
Jasper386254
Knox375690
Putnam371860
Wabash360583
Ripley346470
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White329753
Daviess3028100
Wells294881
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284664
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269855
Clay265448
Randolph244683
Washington244534
Jennings235149
Spencer234131
Starke227558
Fountain218347
Sullivan213943
Owen210858
Fulton201542
Jay200832
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175626
Vermillion173544
Franklin170135
Tipton165746
Parke148916
Pike137934
Blackford136032
Pulaski120047
Newton112636
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton100814
Martin91415
Warren83515
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1106796

Reported Deaths: 20091
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1284601459
Cuyahoga1155792204
Hamilton812751245
Montgomery524631040
Summit48327999
Lucas43289817
Butler38886603
Stark33275929
Lorain25631502
Warren24554303
Mahoning22327601
Lake21133385
Clermont20095252
Delaware18815135
Licking16643222
Fairfield16552204
Trumbull16520479
Medina15592270
Greene15246246
Clark14216306
Wood13276197
Portage13226214
Allen11904239
Richland11596211
Miami10832223
Wayne9112222
Columbiana9016230
Muskingum8889135
Pickaway8646122
Marion8633138
Tuscarawas8633247
Erie8049164
Ashtabula7136179
Hancock6995131
Ross6932161
Geauga6831150
Scioto6525104
Belmont6148174
Union583549
Lawrence5722102
Jefferson5669158
Huron5539122
Sandusky5433125
Darke5414129
Seneca5342126
Washington5307109
Athens523360
Auglaize501587
Mercer487385
Shelby476195
Knox4567112
Madison443665
Ashland435097
Putnam4333103
Fulton431871
Defiance431798
Crawford4031110
Brown401861
Logan387177
Preble3847103
Clinton378166
Ottawa372581
Highland359165
Williams347578
Champaign343558
Guernsey324153
Jackson317254
Perry297150
Morrow291240
Fayette285450
Hardin274865
Henry273267
Holmes2697101
Coshocton268359
Van Wert247264
Adams242856
Pike242735
Gallia240450
Wyandot234556
Hocking220062
Carroll196648
Paulding176342
Meigs148240
Monroe136144
Noble135739
Harrison113638
Morgan109624
Vinton85417
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