A record 1,858 deaths were reported in just one day Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that there were 779 coronavirus-related deaths across the state Tuesday. It was the highest number of deaths reported in one day by New York officials.
Researchers say the summit has not yet arrived. The United States reaches its highest daily death toll on or around Sunday, according to modeling by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Seattle.
The forecasts also suggest that the United States will reach its highest use of resources – such as hospital beds and ventilators – on or around Saturday.
But there is some good news: The modeling shows that fewer will die from coronavirus than previously predicted.
On Tuesday, IHME estimated about 82,000 people of coronavirus disease by August. On Wednesday, this estimate was lowered to 60,415.
“What has been so remarkable, I think, for those of us who have been in the science field for so long,” Birx said, “is how important behavioral change is, and how amazing Americans are to adapt to and follow through on these behavioral changes.”
“That’s what changes the frequency of new cases, and that’s what will change the mortality rate going forward,” she said.
Deaths can be higher than reported, says the CDC
And the actual number of deaths may be higher than we know.
Although there have been signs that the number of cases in New York and some other hotspots have been leveled, officials are concerned about other cities.
In a conference call with House Democrats, Birx said the Philadelphia and District of Columbia areas are expected to be the new hotspots, according to a source on the call. She said they also look carefully at the Houston area, one of the most populous regions in the country.
Black Americans are “very hard hit” by coronavirus, Trump says
In Chicago, about 72% of coronavirus deaths are among black residents, which make up only 30% of the city’s population.
“It always seems that the poorest pay the highest price. Why is it?” Sa Cuomo.
He said that African Americans make up 9% of the state’s population, but about 18% of the state’s coronavirus deaths.
“Let’s learn from this moment,” Cuomo said. “We will be doing more testing in minority communities, but not just testing for the virus. Let’s actually get more research and data that can inform us.”
President Donald Trump has also acknowledged that black Americans suffer from worse coronavirus results.
“It’s been disproportionate. They hit really hard,” Trump said.
“This is a real problem, and it proves very strong in our data – on the African American community. And we are doing everything to meet this challenge. It is a huge challenge. It is terrible.”
Millions of Americans are suddenly unemployed
In New York, the state with the most cases and deaths, officials estimate a loss of between $ 10 and $ 15 billion in revenue. Cuomo announced that those who have submitted unemployment claims will receive an additional $ 600 a week to try to end the meeting.
Tennessee has seen a “record spike” in unemployment claims of more than 250,000 over the past three weeks, said Prime Minister Bill Lee. Louisiana had 277,000 applications between March 1 and April 4, according to Gov. John Bel Edwards.
In Oklahoma, about 135,000 residents applied for unemployment, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said.
In West Virginia, Prime Minister Jim Justice said an additional $ 600 would be distributed to those who lost their jobs.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed an executive order allowing enrolled employees to receive Covid-19 support payments from their employers to still qualify for unemployment benefits, his office says.
Blood plasma treatment and vaccine trials continue
Vaccines usually take years before they are publicly available, but officials are competing to develop one for Covid-19 as quickly as possible.
The biotechnology company Inovio started a Phase 1 clinical trial this week and estimates that it will be completed late this summer, a spokesman for Inovio told CNN.
“We expect quick registration of the first study,” Dr. Pablo Tebas, specialist in infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and the study’s lead investigator.
“There has been a tremendous interest in this vaccine among people who want to do what they can to protect the wider public from this pandemic as soon as possible.”
A source who was on talks with the House Democrats told CNN that officials who made a commitment to make all vaccines and tests for the disease available to everyone, including those who couldn’t afford it.
Garcia said the doctors told him that a patient had since improved.
CNN’s Manu Raju, Lauren Fox, Nikki Carvajal, Jacqueline Howard, Ethan Cohen, Ben Tinker, Elizabeth Joseph, Eric Levenson, Gina Yu, Laura Ly and Jaide Timm-Garcia contributed to this report.