Number of US coronavirus cases passes 3,000

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, appears on State of the Union.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The number of coronavirus cases in the US passed 3,000 on Sunday, as a top health official warned that life in America will change while the country fights the outbreak.

“For a while, life is not going to be the way it used to be in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “We have to just accept that if we want to do what’s best for the American public.”

As of Sunday, there were at least 3,155 coronavirus cases in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and Washington DC. At least 62 people have died. West Virginia remained the only state without any confirmed cases.

The US can expect more cases and deaths, Fauci said at a White House briefing Saturday. “We have not yet reached our peak.”

With the threat of further spread on the horizon, officials across the country have imposed a slew restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Local governments have encouraged residents to stay home and practice social distancing. Some states, including California, New York and Washington state have banned large gatherings.

Schools across the country have closed, worship services have been canceled and recreational and entertainment events are at a near-halt, bringing dramatic changes to the everyday lives of Americans.

Restrictions placed on bars and restaurants

And the restrictions and closures keep coming.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state’s Department of Health Director Amy Acton would sign an order mandating bars and restaurants in the state close at 9 p.m. Sunday night. Carryout and food delivery will still be allowed, the governor said.

The order, DeWine said, “will be in effect until as long as it needs to.”

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzkeralso ordered bars and restaurants to closebeginning at close of business Monday until March 30he said Sunday. State officials are working to help coordinate food delivery with restaurants and delivery services. Drive-thru and curb-side pickup will also be allowed, the governor said.

In Boston, restaurants and bars will need to close by 11 p.m. every night, Mayor Marty Walsh said Sunday. These establishments must also reduce their capacity by 50% by removing and spreading out tables and chairs. The restrictions on hours do not apply to delivery or takeout services.

Officials in Hoboken, New Jersey announced a city-wide curfew startingMonday. Residents will be required to stay in their homes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., with exceptions for people who are required to report to work, Mayor Ravinder Bhalla said Saturday.

Bars and restaurants in Hoboken won’t be allowed to serve food inside their locations as of Sunday at 11 a.m. They “will be permitted to conduct food takeout and food delivery service only,” Bhalla said.

In Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order Saturday requiring downhill ski resorts close for a week due to the presence of coronavirus in the mountain communities with limited care capacity. Officials will continue to monitor the outbreak and may amend the executive order, the governor’s office said.

Los Angeles County will temporarily suspend all jury trials through March 30, according to a source and an internal police memo obtained by CNN. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Josh Rubenstein confirmed the contents of the memo to CNN.

The hiatus would include the murder trial of multi-millionaire Robert Durst, pending a final approval from the judge presiding over his case.

“The courts will re-examine the suspension decision continuance prior to March 30th,” the police memo states. “Personnel will be resubpoenaed through the courts for new jury trial dates.”

Travelers returning to US find long airport lines

President Donald Trump expanded restrictions on entry into the US from Europe to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The travel restrictions go into effect Monday at midnight.

Restrictions from 26 other countries in Europe went into effect Friday.

US citizens and their family members are exempt from both sets of restrictions, but they are subject to enhanced medical screenings upon arrival.

Some passengers returning from Europe said they faced long lines and confusion upon landing at US airports.

Katherine Rogers landed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Saturday. After waiting in line for about five hours to be screened by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she was told she had an hour more to go.

“No one seems prepared,” she said. “To take us off planes from all over the world and put us together for hours seems counterproductive.”

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker criticized federal officials for the long lines, telling NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday they should have increased the number of personnel to handle the influx of travelers returning to the US.

“Last night, as people were flooding into O’Hare airport, they were stuck in a small area. Hundreds and hundreds of people. And that’s exactly what you don’t want in this pandemic,” the governor said.

“And then today,” he added, “it’s going to be even worse. There are a larger number of flights with more people coming. And they seem completely unprepared.”

Long lines also greeted travelers arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where passengers said they were instructed to share pens to fill out paperwork even as Americans are being urged not to come in close contact with one another.

“They didn’t have pens and told us to share, which sounds like a great thing in the middle of the pandemic,” passenger Katelyn Deibler said.

Acting US Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan said in a statement the wait times at some locations Saturday “were unacceptable.”

“CBP continually adjusts its resources, in real time, as needed,” Morgan said, “and we will continue to do so.”

“With this national emergency, there will unfortunately be times of disruption and increased processing times for travelers,” Morgan said. “CBP is working around the clock to minimize these inconveniences.”

Trump says more tests will be available

President Trump declared a national emergency Friday, freeing up $50 billion in federal resources to combat the outbreaks.

“No resource will be spared, nothing whatsoever,” he said.

The Trump administration said Friday it was partnering with the private sector to also boost testing capacity with both more tests and drive-through testing.

The country’s testing system has received stark criticism from health officials and people who said they were turned away despite showing symptoms. Fauci said earlier this week the US testing system was failing to meet the public’s needs.

On Friday, Trump said 5 million coronavirus tests would be available within a month. He also said American retail executives would be donating resources to facilitate drive-through testing across the country.

But those companies later said they had few details on what they could offer or when test kits would be available.

Trump told reporters Saturday that he took a coronavirus test Friday night. The White House later said the test was negative.

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