In New York, one of the hardest hit states, hospitalization, intubation and death rates are falling, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday.
He said the state plans to gradually reopen, starting with construction and manufacturing activities in “low-risk businesses.”
How long to stay at home
Public servants at all levels of government assess how and when to reopen their communities.
As the states of Hawaii in Texas and Michigan in Alaska relax restrictions on certain businesses and outdoor recreation, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said on Sunday in NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his condition was still weeks from its reopening.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will explain the emergency orders for the reopening of parks, waterways and golf courses on Monday, his press office said on Sunday. But at the state level, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he did not set a date for the state to reopen, even if Florida home orders expire on Thursday.
“We will do it all intelligently,” DeSantis said at a press conference on Sunday. “I’m less concerned with the date and more concerned with getting it right. “
Disinfectant overexposure reports
Several states are also struggling with an increase in calls to their poison control centers, following President Donald Trump’s suggestion to inject disinfectants as treatment for coronavirus at a White House briefing on Thursday. He later said he was “sarcastic.”
Maryland has received hundreds of calls from people asking if they can effectively fight the coronavirus by injecting or ingesting disinfectants, Governor Larry Hogan told Margaret Brennan on Sunday in “Face the Nation”.
In Michigan, 65 cases of overexposure were reported between April 1 and April 25, an increase of 400% from the same period last year. In addition to overexposure of cleaning supplies, the Tennessee Poison Control Center has seen an increase in the number of people hospitalized following exposure to hydrogen peroxide, a common ingredient in disinfectants, according to the Tennessean newspaper.
In Illinois, calls to fight poison included one person who used detergent solution for sinus flushing and one who gargled a mixture of mouthwash and bleach to kill the germs, said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of public health for Illinois, at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
“All I know is that when the most powerful person on the planet encourages people to think about disinfectants, whether serious or not, people listen,” said the governor of Michigan , Gretchen Whitmer, at ABC “This Week”. “I mean unequivocally, no one should use disinfectants to digest it to fight Covid-19, please don’t.” “
Hope in antibodies and treatments
Researchers across the country are working to find effective methods to fight the virus.
Preliminary results of a clinical trial for heartburn medicine in the treatment of coronaviruses may be published in the coming weeks, said Dr. Kevin Tracey, president of the Feinstein medical research institutes at Northwell Health.
“We don’t know if this has any advantage. We really don’t have one. I swear not, “he said. “People are hoping for something. But we have to do this clinical trial. “
And although final results are not expected until mid-late May, preliminary results from a clinical trial of the experimental antiviral drug remdesivir could be released in a week or two, a trial principal investigator said on Sunday. Dr. Andre Kalil.
Doctors at an Orlando, Florida hospital said on Sunday that at least two patients are seeing “dramatic improvements” after convalescent plasma transplants, which use the antibodies from recovered patients to treat those who are currently ill.
Antibody tests will also help Boston assess exposure to the virus in the city. Mayor Martin Walsh has announced that 1,000 asymptomatic residents will undergo diagnosis and antibody testing, which is expected to be done on Friday.
No more outbreaks in meat factories
The ongoing pandemic has resulted in the closure of another meat factory.
JBS USA beef production plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin will temporarily close because of the pandemic, the company announced on Sunday. The county where the plant is located has at least 776 confirmed cases and two deaths on Sunday.
Processing plants and slaughterhouses have closed in recent weeks. Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, JBS Pork Processing in Worthington, Minnesota and Tyson Fresh Foods in Waterloo, Iowa, three of the country’s largest pork processing plants, have already closed indefinitely while the smaller ones have done temporarily.
“The closure of this plant, combined with a growing list of other protein crops that have closed in our industry, is dangerously pushing our country to the limit in terms of meat supply,” said Smithfield Foods CEO Ken Sullivan. “It is impossible to keep our groceries in stock if our factories are not operating. “
CNN’s Holly Yan, Devan Cole, Chuck Johnston, Elizabeth Cohen, Sheena Jones, Laura Ly and Erica Henry contributed to this report.