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9:38 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

At least 80% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders

Lisa Condor sits on a blanket in her front yard as she works online on her masters in business administration from Colorado State University as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus on Monday, March 30, in Denver.
Lisa Condor sits on a blanket in her front yard as she works online on her masters in business administration from Colorado State University as a statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus on Monday, March 30, in Denver. David Zalubowski/AP

More than 262 million Americans are currently under stay-at-home orders -- over 80% of the US population -- according to a CNN count.

This count includes state, city and county orders. The numbers were tallied using US census data.

Among the most heavily impacted states are:

  • California: 39.5 million people
  • New York: 19.4 million people
  • Illinois: 12.6 million people
  • Ohio: 11.6 million people
  • North Carolina: 10.4 million people

9:19 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

Only one US state is yet to report a death from coronavirus

Hawaii has reported its first death from the coronavirus, leaving Wyoming as the only US state without a fatality from Covid-19.

The Hawaii victim “was an older adult resident of Oahu” with preexisting health problems, according to Dr. Bruce Anderson with the state Department of Health.

“This is a difficult time for everyone in Hawaii,” Governor David Ige said in a news conference Tuesday evening.
9:06 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

Plane with aid from Russia expected to arrive in US on Wednesday

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

A plane from Russia loaded with personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to assist in the response to Covid-19 is expected to arrive in the United States on Wednesday, a senior administration official tells CNN. 

“We expect Russia to deliver a planeload of personal protection equipment and supplies tomorrow, as President Putin offered President Trump yesterday,” the official said.
“We will put into immediate use any needed items that are FDA approved. Likewise, the United States is sending equipment and supplies to many other countries and will continue to do more as we are able.”

President Trump on Monday told reporters that Russia sent the US “a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment which was very nice.”

Why is Russia sending the equipment? The Russian embassy in DC tweeted Tuesday that President Vladimir Putin provided the assistance with the consideration that manufacturers would reciprocate and share supplies with Russia if need be.

The National Security Council and State Department did not reply to inquiries as to if President Trump promised that US manufacturers would share supplies with Russia if Russia gets to a point where they need them.

9:01 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

Trump warns coronavirus more "vicious" than flu, despite his previous comments

President Donald Trump in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on March 31.
President Donald Trump in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on March 31. Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday that Covid-19 is worse than the seasonal flu, despite claiming otherwise multiple times in the past.

“It’s not the flu. It’s vicious,” Trump said of Covid-19 Tuesday while discussing a personal friend of his who is in a coma battling coronavirus.

Some context: The tone is new for Trump, who on March 9 tweeted: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

Two days after Trump made that comment, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that coronavirus is “10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu.” 

Today members of the coronavirus task force warned that Americans should be “prepared” for over 100,000 deaths.

8:46 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

There are over 41,000 positive cases of coronavirus in New York City

There are 41,771 positive cases of Covid-19 in New York City and 1,096 fatalities, according to a news release from the New York City mayor’s office Tuesday evening. 

There were at least 8,400 people hospitalized, and of those individuals, at least 1,888 were in the ICU as of 6 p.m. ET on March 31.

9:42 p.m. ET, March 31, 2020

At least 811 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in the US on Tuesday

From CNN's Dave Alsup

There have been at least 811 new coronavirus deaths reported in the US on Tuesday, according to a count from CNN Health.

This is the most reported deaths in the United States in a single day since the coronavirus outbreak began. 

There have been a total of 3,833 deaths reported in the US.