American deaths surged past 3,100 on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump defended his decision to extend social distancing measures and drastic actions across the country spoke to the stark reality facing the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 500 deaths were reported Monday, the nation’s highest daily total since the the first American died six weeks ago.
In Illinois, the largest conference center in America is being turned into a hospital. In New York, a floating Navy hospital featuring 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms arrived in the harbor to help ease the overflow of patients crowding Manhattan hospitals. And in Las Vegas, homeless residents are being forced to sleep in painted squares on the asphalt of a soccer stadium parking lot in an effort to maintain safe physical distances from each other.
The United States had more than 164,000 confirmed cases early Tuesday, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, more than 800,000 people have been infected with the virus and more than 38,000 have died.
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Trump: ‘No other choice’ but to extend social distancing
President Donald Trump said Monday evening that “we have no other choice” when it comes to extending social distancing through at least the end of April.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases who has become the go-to coronavirus expert, said Monday on CNN that after showing Trump data that proved the death rate wasn’t decreasing, Trump agreed to extend social distancing guidelines.
“It would not have been a good idea to pull back at a time when you really needed to be pressing your foot on the pedal as opposed to on the brakes,” said Fauci, who previously estimated that between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans could die of the virus.
Amazon worker says he was fired for planning walkout
Amazon faced another potential workplace disruption Tuesday as some employees have planned a “sick out” over demands for better conditions including double pay because of the hazards of working during the pandemic.
On Monday, workers at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island, New York, walked out during lunch over concerns about safety at the job site, claiming 10 co-workers had tested positive there with COVID-19. Hours later, employee Chris Smalls tweeted that he had been fired after helping organize the walkout.
“Amazon would rather fire workers than face up to its total failure to do what it should to keep us, our families, and our communities safe,” Smalls tweeted. Amazon said Smalls was fired for violating safety guidelines. New York Attorney General Letitia James called the firing “disgraceful” and said she was considering “all legal options.”
Workers at Whole Foods stores, owned by Amazon, also threatened job action Tuesday. And fears of contamination and risk also led to as many as 150,000 workers for grocery delivery service Instacart to execute a nationwide strike Monday.
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Virginians ordered to stay at home until June 10
Virginians were under orders to stay at home until June 10 under an edict issued by Gov. Ralph Northam. Individuals may leave their residence to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, shop for groceries and prescriptions, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements, Northam said. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, have issued similar orders issued a similar order, but included no end date.
“We are in a public health crisis, and we need everyone to take this seriously and act responsibly,” Northam said, adding that those who violate social distancing rules “are being very, very selfish because you are putting all of us, especially our health care providers, at risk.”
North America’s largest conference center remade into temporary hospital
Officials in Illinois announced plans Monday to convert Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center into an Alternate Care Facility with a capacity for up to 3,000 COVID-19 patients. The build-out will take place in phases over the next several weeks, officials said. Governor J.B. Pritzker has activated 30 airmen from the Illinois National Guard to assist with the general labor associated…
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