COVID-19 Update 4/13/2020

Current COVID-19 updates as of Monday April 13th, 2020

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 1,860,011
Global deaths: 114,983.  The United States has now surpassed Italy as the country with the most deaths, with 20,457.
Number of countries/regions: at least 185
Total patients recovered globally: 438,516

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 557,590 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country. 
U.S. deaths: at least 20,457.  New York City has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 6,367.
U.S. total patients recovered: 31,270
U.S. total people tested: 2,816,674
U.S. total people hospitalized: 92,523

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 190,288 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  The province of Hubei, China, is next, with 67,803 confirmed cases out of a total population of 58.5 million.

The latest headlines
US has highest COVID-19 death toll in the world with over 20,000 deaths
America not only has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, it now has the highest death toll.  On Sunday, the country reported that there are at least 557,590 confirmed cases with at least 20,400 deaths, eclipsing Italy for the first time, according to Johns Hopkins University

Fauci says US may be able to begin a “rolling reentry” to open country in May
The nation’s top infectious disease expert expressed optimism Sunday that the U.S. may be able to tentatively begin reopening for business as early as next month.  However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, warned that such a move would have to be gradual, a “rolling reentry,” declaring on CNN’s State of the Union that such a move “is not going to be a light switch that we say, ‘OK, it is now June, July, or whatever, click, the light switch goes back on.’” 

Masks delivered by Patriots’ plane may not meet medical standards
Remember that surprise delivery of medical respirator masks on the New England Patriots’ plane April 2?  The Boston Globe reports the roughly one million masks, manufactured in China, may not be up to U.S. medical standards – so much so that some Boston hospitals have declined to use them.

Good news!
North Carolina docs get married in their hospital
Duke University Hospital OBGYN resident Dr. Shelun Tsai and Dr. Michael Sun, a resident in Duke Psychiatry’s program, were scheduled to exchange wedding vows in their native New York Saturday.  Then came COVID-19, and all plans were put on hold as Tsai and Sun did their part to fight the virus.  But as WTVD in Durham reports, rather than postpone their wedding day, the couple opted to exchange their vows Saturday at the hospital. 

Corrections officer mom wears Easter Bunny outfit to visit her child
Kendra Bogie is a corrections officer in Camden County, N.J. and as such, she’s been unable to visit her family while she works, due to fears of COVID-19 infection.  But WPVI in Philadelphia reports Bogie finally got to see her little boy in person on Sunday – thanks to an Easter Bunny costume. 

Tom Hanks takes questions from himself while kicking off SNL‘s at-home edition
Despite losing the live audience, the ability to film live and the convenience of doing bits while standing next to another person due to social distancing, Saturday Night Live made its grand return over the weekend and tapped Tom Hanks as its host. More...

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