April 2 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:23 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020
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6:10 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Trump announces new guidelines for nursing homes

From CNN's Sarah Westwood

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Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump announced a new set of guidelines for nursing homes to combat coronavirus in addition to previous guidance from the administration that instructed nursing homes not to allow medically unnecessary visitors.

Trump said the administration would recommend “all nursing home facilities assign the same staff to care for the same group of residents consistently” to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In addition, the President said the administration would recommend that nursing homes “designate separate areas for healthy and sick residents.”

Trump said this is a practice that health agencies were likely to continue recommending “long into the future.”

His guidelines come after more than 140 nursing homes across the country have been hit by Covid-19.


6:01 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Louisville fairgrounds to be turned into 2,000-bed field hospital

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, on March 29.
Gov. Andy Beshear speaks during a media conference at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, on March 29. Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced the state is working on plans to convert the fairgrounds in Louisville into a 2,000-bed field hospital for coronavirus patients.

He said the state is working on doing this with the help of the Army Corps of Engineers.

He also issued a new executive order Thursday that requests visitors traveling to Kentucky to quarantine for 14 days.

5:38 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Javits Convention Center will now treat coronavirus patients, New York governor says

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The temporary hospital facility at the Javits Convention Center will now treat Covid-19 patients, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this afternoon. 

“The state-owned Javits Center has been turned into a 2,500-bed emergency medical facility being run by the US Army. The original plan for Javits was that it be used to take non-Covid patients from hospitals to open up hospital beds,” Cuomo announced. “However, the number of Covid positive patients has increased so dramatically that it would be beneficial to the state if Javits could accept Covid positive patients."

Cuomo added: "I asked President Trump this morning to consider the request and the urgency of the matter, and the President has just informed me that he granted New York's request. I thank the President for his cooperation in this pressing matter and his expeditious decision making."

5:34 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

New White House chief of staff Mark Meadows creates "coronavirus hotline"

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Trump's new chief of staff Mark Meadows has created a "coronavirus hotline" for lawmakers so they can call directly with concerns about the outbreak that are affecting their states or constituents, an official told CNN.

John Fleming, a former lawmaker and his new deputy chief of staff, will run the hotline. 

The White House sent a letter to congressional leadership alerting them to the hotline today.

Lawmakers can call the number with emergency requests about coronavirus efforts in case they have an issue that needs to be expedited outside the formal channels of the task force. 

6:06 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Trump again tests negative for coronavirus, White House says

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

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Alex Brandon/AP

President Trump tested negative for the novel coronavirus for a second time, according to a memo from White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released to reporters in the briefing room moments before the President walked in for his daily briefing.

Grisham's note said he was tested this morning and received the results 15 minutes later.


6:00 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

NYC issues new guidance for people to wear a face covering when outside in public

From CNN's Julian Cummings

A woman wearing a facemask crosses the street on March 28 in New York City.
A woman wearing a facemask crosses the street on March 28 in New York City. Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

New Yorkers are now advised to wear a face covering when outside and near other people, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference today.

De Blasio stressed that it does not mean that New Yorkers should wear a medical mask when outside and that they should be left for healthcare workers.

“It could be a scarf. It could be something you create at home like a bandana," de Blasio said.

The guidance come after a study was released yesterday about asymptomatic spread of coronavirus.

“When you wear the face covering you are protecting everyone else,” de Blasio added.

The order to wear a face covering does not replaces social distancing orders, de Blasio said.

5:17 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

New York state will conduct hospital-by-hospital inventory survey every night

From CNN's Bob Frehse

New York state will conduct a nightly, hospital-by-hospital, supply inventory survey to see how each hospital is stocked when it comes to supplies needed to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.

“Supplies are an ongoing challenge. The PPE is an ongoing challenge. The gowns, the gloves and the ventilators,” Cuomo announced. “First of all, we have for the first time ever a hospital-by-hospital survey that will be done on a nightly basis of exactly what they have.”

All hospitals are also being asked to contribute supplies they don’t currently need to a central stockpile so the state can distribute supplies to hospitals with the greatest need.

“Rather than having all these regional systems and public systems, private systems, et cetera, we have a central stockpile. We are asking all the hospitals to contribute what they have to that central stockpile, and then we will disburse on a need basis,” Cuomo added. “You know, some hospitals have more supplies than they're using. We're saying, don't hoard supplies. Let's put all the supplies in the central stockpile, and then we will draw down from the central stockpile, and we will monitor this literally on a daily basis.

5:17 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Washington state nursing home fined for failing to provide quality care following outbreak

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Ted S. Warren/AP
Ted S. Warren/AP

The Life Care Center nursing home home in Kirkland, Washington, which was an epicenter of Covid-19 cases in the early days of the pandemic, now faces a fine of more than $611,000 and loss of its Medicare and Medicaid funding if it does not correct a variety of problems that stem from its handling of the disease outbreak at its facility.

Inspectors for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found three "immediate jeopardy" deficiencies as well as several other, less severe, issues when they first visited the facility from March 6 to March 16, a summary for that visit shows.

"The facility failed to have a system in place that ensured timely action related to an identified respiratory outbreak within the facility," the federal agency wrote in the report, explaining why Life Care didn't provide its residents an adequate level of care. 

"There was no evidence the facility recognized all possible systemic risks and concerns related to this known outbreak," the report adds.

Other serious issues identified by inspectors were a failure to "ensure timely notification of public health authorities" and to make available "emergency physician services 24 hours a day during the outbreak crisis."

5:17 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Missouri governor is considering statewide stay-at-home order

From CNN's Andy Rose

Gov. Mike Parson listens to a media question during a press conference in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 29, 2019.
Gov. Mike Parson listens to a media question during a press conference in Jefferson City, Missouri on May 29, 2019. Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has not yet signed off on a statewide stay-at-home order, but indicated in a Thursday press conference that this could change soon.

Parson noted Missouri's social distancing requirements are set to expire shortly.

“We said we would evaluate (the next step) at the end of that order. That time is coming," he added.

Parson said he plans to announce more information on Friday. He said officials are trying to determine whether “essential businesses” could be classified differently in urban and rural parts of Missouri if there were a statewide order.

The state’s most populous counties already have put their own stay-at-home orders into effect covering more than two million Missourians.