Yet governors of eight states have resisted the issuance of home stay orders to slow the spread of respiratory disease, and some churches have held large Palm Sunday services in violation of their orders in their states .
New York, the hardest hit state, said on Sunday that for the first time in a week, deaths had declined slightly from the previous day, but there were still nearly 600 new deaths and more than 7,300 new case. Places like Pennsylvania, Colorado and Washington, D.C. are starting to see an increase in deaths.
“It will be the hardest and saddest week in the lives of most Americans, quite frankly. It will be our time in Pearl Harbor, our time of September 11, but it will not be located, “warned American surgeon general Jerome Adams on Fox News Sunday. “It will happen across the country. And I want America to understand that. “
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that new hospitalizations have dropped 50% in the past 24 hours. He warned that it was not yet clear if the crisis was reaching a plateau in the state, which has a total of 4,159 deaths and more than 122,000 cases.
After the peak of the epidemic, Cuomo said that a massive deployment of rapid tests would be essential to help the nation “get back to normal.”
Most states have ordered residents to stay home, except on essential trips to slow the spread of the virus in the United States, where more than 335,000 people tested positive and more than 9,500 died, according to a report. from Reuters.
But eight states, all with Republican governors, have yet to order residents to stay at their homes: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, l ‘Utah and Wyoming. Georgia, which has recorded 6,600 cases and more than 200 deaths, ordered residents to stay at their homes but then allowed some beaches to reopen.
Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson defended his refusal to order statewide restrictions, saying the situation was under close scrutiny and that his “more focused approach” was still slowing the spread of the disease. virus.
Adams, the surgeon general, said that governors who had not issued a month’s stay order should at least consider one for the coming week.
Some churches held large gatherings on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week in Christian churches.
Pastor Tony Spell, who was arrested last week for holding services, summoned his worshipers again, three weeks after Louisiana prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people.
Hundreds of worshipers converged on the Spell’s Life Tabernacle mega-church in a suburb of Baton Rouge, many arriving in 26 buses sent to pick them up. Everyone except the immediate family members stood at least 6 feet (1.8 m) apart, said a lawyer for the pastor.
“They would rather come to church and worship as free people than live as prisoners in their homes,” Spell told reporters.
Louisiana has become a hot spot for the virus, reporting an increase in deaths to nearly 500 and more than 13,000 cases. The governor has predicted that the state will run out of fans by Thursday.
Michigan reported Sunday 1,493 new cases and 77 other deaths, bringing the death toll to 617.
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio said the city has enough fans to run Tuesday or Wednesday, and is looking for between 1,000 and 1,500 more from federal and state stocks, which he estimates he has respectively 10,000 and 2,800.
Oregon, which has reported around 1,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, said it was sending 140 respirators to New York, machines that help people breathe after the virus attacked them. lungs. Washington returns more than 400 machines to national strategic stock for hard-hit states like New York.
White House medical experts predicted that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could be killed during the pandemic, even if orders to stay at home were followed.
President Donald Trump said in a Tweet Sunday that “about two weeks are brewing.”
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat whose state has seen cases flatten out after early action, said that if other states did not also impose tough measures, the virus would simply circulate .
Kate Lynn Blatt, 38, rural property manager in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, said she was amazed that her state’s governor, Tom Wolf, waited until last Wednesday to issue a stay order at home throughout the state.
“We were shocked. I cannot believe that Trump has not issued a national order and I still cannot believe that there are states that are still open, “said Blatt.