Captain seeks help as cases grow on ship
The captain of a U.S. aircraft carrier has pleaded with the Pentagon for more help as a coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship continues to spread, officials said. Military officials said dozens of sailors have been infected. In a letter, Capt. Brett E. Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt recommended offloading his entire crew, and then quarantining and testing them while the ship was professionally cleaned. The carrier is currently docked in Guam. Crozier’s proposal raised a series of issues, especially as housing more than 4,000 people while also isolating them would be extremely difficult on the island.
CNN host Chris Cuomo tests positive
CNN’s Chris Cuomo has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised to stay at work and do his prime-time show from home. Cuomo, whose brother is New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said he’s had fever, chills and shortness of breath. He’s quarantining in the basement of his Long Island home, hoping his wife and children don’t catch COVID-19.
Florida says it can’t handle cruise ship cases
Passengers from a South American cruise are anxious to disembark once they reach Florida, but Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s health care resources are stretched too thin to take on another ship’s coronavirus caseload. The U.S. Coast Guard said the decision would be punted to Washington if authorities can’t agree. With the Zaandam and Rotterdam ships arriving as early as Wednesday and at least two people on board needing emergency attention, state, local and federal officials will be asked to approve a detailed docking plan requiring Holland America to handle all medical issues without affecting South Florida’s already stressed hospitals.
Rikers doctor warns of ‘health disaster’
The chief doctor at Rikers Island sent an unsettling warning to law enforcement officials, saying that it’s “unlikely” that even herculean efforts by health professionals inside the jail can quell the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus within its walls. Rikers is a “public health disaster unfolding before our eyes,” he wrote. On Twitter, the doctor, Ross MacDonald, urged the city’s district attorneys to support the continued release of vulnerable inmates. At least 167 inmates and 137 corrections staff and health workers have tested positive.
Cases may be leveling off in hard-hit Italy
Hard-hit Italy reported that the infection rate appears to be leveling off and new cases could start declining, but that the crisis is far from over. “Arriving at the plateau doesn’t mean we have conquered the peak and we’re done,” said Dr. Silvio Brusaferro, head of Italy’s institutes of health. “It means now we should start to see the decline if we continue to place maximum attention on what we do every day.” The country has recorded about 12,400 deaths.