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The Corona virus has been spreading from America’s biggest cities to its rural areas and has infected almost 800,000 people according to the Worldometer .
- The first case of COVID-19 has been reported by a 35-year-old man,on January 19,2020, who had presented to an urgent care clinic in Snohomish County, Washington, with a 4-day history of cough and mild fever. He disclosed that he had returned to Washington State on January 15 after traveling to visit family in Wuhan, China. The patient stated that he had seen a health alert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the novel coronavirus outbreak in China and, because of his symptoms and recent travel, decided to see a health care provider. On January 20, 2020, the CDC confirmed that the patient’s nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs tested positive for 2019-nCoV by real-time reverse-transcriptase–polymerase-chain-reaction (rRT-PCR) assay. The patient was admitted to an airborne-isolation unit at Providence Regional Medical Center for clinical observation.
- On January 29, the White House Coronavirus Task Force was established. Two days later, the Trump administration declared a public health emergency and announced a ban of most foreign nationals arriving from China.
- The early U.S. response to the pandemic was slow, especially in regards to testing. Initially, President Donald Trump, was optimistic, dismissing the threat posed by coronavirus and claiming the outbreak was under control.
- By March 11, the U.S. had tested less than 10,000 people, but that number exceeded 1,000,000 (1 per 320 inhabitants) by the end of the month. Health inspectors surveyed hospitals in late March, reported shortages of test supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other resources due to extended patient stays while awaiting test results.
- Since March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of State has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel.
- On March 16, the White House advised against any gatherings of more than 10 people.
- In mid-March 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told the United States Army Corps of Engineers to construct new medical facilities, and to convert leased buildings for use as hospitals and ICUs.
- US is nearing almost 800,000 cases of COVID-19, and death count is near to 42,000.
- President Trump said he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration to the United States, citing “the attack from the Invisible Enemy” and “the need to protect” American jobs.
- Munich has canceled its famed Oktoberfest event that attracts some 6 million people, despite plans in Germany to gradually ease restrictions.
- The World Health Organization warned that even once a Corona virus vaccine is developed, distributing it to billions of people around the world will be a monumental task.
- Several governors have said that lack of testing supplies is the key impediment to beginning to open up their states. President Donald Trump said Sunday night (April 19) that he would use the Defense Production Act to get a U.S. facility to up their production of test swabs to 20 million a month, the Times reported.
- New York state will begin the nation’s most aggressive antibody testing campaign this week and some states are beginning to loosen restrictions as the nationwide effort to restore the economy.
- Across the country, groups of Americans are taking to the streets in protest of lockdown orders aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Protests are nearing down in areas like: Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Minnesota, Utah, Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon, Maryland, Idaho, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Washington, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
Hotspots around the States:-
- New York remains the epicentre for cases in the United States.
- Detroit:-The home of the US automotive industry and one of the largest cities in Michigan, Detroit faced an economic downturn for years as auto production moved overseas.Michigan has more than 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as of April 14. Wayne County, where Detroit is located had more than 11,000 cases and 760 deaths. “At this time, the trajectory of Detroit is unfortunately even more steep than that of New York,” Dr Teena Chopra, the medical director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at the Detroit Medical Center, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
- Chicago:-Cases have shot up in Illinois, with over 800 deaths and more than 22,000 cases as of April 14. More than 15,000 of those cases were confirmed in the Chicago area, one of the largest cities in the US with a metropolitan population of over nine million.
- New Orleans:-Louisiana has developed coronavirus cases faster per capita than other states, according to officials there, and no city in the state has been hit harder than New Orleans.There were more than 5,700 cases in the Orleans Parish, which encompasses New Orleans, according to the latest figures on April 14. Data shows 276 people there died of COVID-19.
- South Florida:-Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hs issued a stay-at-home order for the southern part of his state as the number of coronavirus cases grows. The order affects the four counties – Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe – that have the bulk of the state’s 21,000 cases, according to the latest figures. The order was later extended to include the entire state.
- Washington DC:- There were more than 2,000 confirmed cases as of April 14, according to city data. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser warned on April 3 that one in seven DC residents will likely contract the coronavirus before the pandemic ends.
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