On Twitter, Governor John Bel Edwards said that, despite the spike in deaths, the state is seeing some signs virus activity is slowing. “We are seeing positive signs in respect to lower hospitalizations and the number of people on ventilators, but all of these gains can be easily lost if we ignore the stay at home order & social distancing guidelines,
Today New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Twitter his state was sending 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 ventilators to Maryland—a promise of resource sharing he has touted in the past several weeks as he urged governors to work together to contain the virus. Cuomo also announced a new executive order that all New York residents must wear face coverings in public when maintaining a separation of 6 feet from other people is not possible.
Michigan announced today plans to increase COVID-19 testing among those with mild symptoms. In the past weeks, only the hospitalized, healthcare workers, or people in congregate living situations were tested. According to Michigan Public Radio, the move to increase testing will help state officials understand how widely spread the virus is and guide reopening decisions.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): any community, city, or region that wants to reopen must first meet four criteria: low incidence of infection, a well-functioning testing and surveillance system, a public health system capable of reacting to a surge in cases, and a hospital system with enough beds and staffing to rapidly respond to a surge in cases.
Reopening is not recommended before May 1, and in some areas may be pushed into June, the document said.