Coronavirus Quick Hit

Stay-at-Home Orders Are Extending Longer, Social Distancing Measures Are Working, and More

March 31, 2020

1. Now more than half of the states in the U.S. have stay-at-home orders, and the end dates are getting further and further away. Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-athome order yesterday that goes through JUNE 10TH. Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis continued his erratic response to the pandemic yesterday when he announced a stay-at-home order through May 15th . . . then swore he misspoke and really meant April 15th.


2. Rodney Howard-Browne, the megachurch pastor in Tampa who held two Sunday services with hundreds of people and promised them the church had special technology to destroy sneezes to keep coronavirus from spreading, was arrested yesterday. He was charged with unlawful assembly and violation of a public health emergency order.


3. It may not feel like it as we watch the number of coronavirus cases go up every day, but social distancing measures ARE working, according to a new study of data from smart thermometers . . . and we could start to see the effects soon. And California, which took the most aggressive measures against coronavirus of any state, is now projected to actually have enough hospital beds for all its cases as they peak in late April.


4. Up to 47 million Americans could lose their jobs because of the economic fallout of the pandemic . . . and the unemployment rate could go over 32%. However, as terrible as that sounds, the experts do believe that the economy and job market could bounce back quicker than in the past once we can get past the outbreak.


5. The Justice Department is now investigating those members of Congress who made extremely suspicious stock trades after briefings on just how much coronavirus could impact the U.S.


6. There's growing talk of a rent strike right now . . . as well as a worker strike at Amazon and Instacart, where workers are demanding paid leave and hazard pay.


7. The USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York yesterday . . . and lots of people completely ignored social distancing rules to watch and take pictures.


8. Johnson & Johnson has signed a deal with the U.S. government to make more than one billion doses of a vaccine . . . but they won't begin testing the vaccine on people until September. And researchers at MIT have identified a protein fragment that could prevent the virus from entering lung cells.


9. A 42-year-old woman and breast cancer survivor died as a result of the virus earlier this month in a hospital in Washington . . . and all six of her children could only say goodbye to her over a walkie-talkie.


10. This is a tough milestone to talk about: Coronavirus has now taken the lives of more Americans than 9/11. There were 2,977 victims on 9/11, and the U.S. is now at more than 3,000 confirmed victims from the virus.