550 crew members from USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier test positive for coronavirus, US Navy says


The 550 sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier tested positive for coronavirus as of Saturday, according to a statement from the US Navy.

The statement said so far, 92% of the sailors have been tested and 3,696 of them have now been moved ashore.

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Earlier on Thursday, a sailor from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who had tested positive for coronavirus, was admitted to an intensive care unit in Guam after being found unresponsive.

What you need to know

  • The numbers: The coronavirus pandemic has infected 1.7 million people and killed more than 107,000 around the world.
  • Grim milestone in US: The country now has more than half a million cases. New York state alone has more cases than any other country. The US also has the most coronavirus-related deaths in the world.
  • Testing: Dr. Anthony Fauci says antibody tests — which show who has already been infected with the coronavirus — will be available in the US soon, says CNN.

Local officials order drivers to wear masks, Uber sends them to drivers

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images
Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

The mayor of Miami-Dade County is the latest official to require public transit and ride share drivers to wear masks.

“All passengers and drivers on public transit, buses and vehicles for hire also must wear a covering,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a video update posted to YouTube Saturday.

Gimenez ordered all essential workers to wear “face coverings” earlier this week.

The ride share company Uber said this week it began “distributing millions of ear-loop face masks to active drivers and delivery people around the world.”

“On Tuesday, we shipped our first order of masks to drivers in New York City, and we are receiving a shipment of nearly half a million more which we will immediately send to drivers in the hardest hit US cities,” Uber said in a press release.

Uber says it’s ordered “tens of millions more masks and expect them to arrive in other cities and regions around the world in the coming weeks.”

Philadelphia, Detroit and cities across the country now require public transit drivers wear masks.

Experts answer some of your coronavirus questions

A panel of experts have answered some of the questions from CNN viewers about the coronavirus.

Here’s what they had to say:

Q: Are all soaps created equal? Which ones are the best to use?

A: Dr. Darria Long, emergency room physician –– “It looks like when you’re using soaps that probably an antibacterial may be a little more helpful than say a generic moisturizing soap, but just as important as what you use is the duration. We say in medicine the solution to pollution is dilution–– meaning you have to have that time of the soap on your hands to really disrupt the virus and wash it off. That 20 seconds is really important.”

Q: How has coronavirus affected the housing market? Is it still a good time to buy or sell a home?

A: Suze Orman, money expert and host of the “Women and Money” podcast –– “I have to tell you for the housing market to go up means people have to be able to afford to buy a home and I’m not sure that is going to be able to happen. So I don’t think the housing market is going to go up. I probably would not be buying a home right here. If I had to, though, I would be selling a home if I needed to sell it but I wouldn’t be buying at this point.”

Q: Could Covid-19 spread from second-hand vaping and how quickly will it get into your lungs? 

A: Dr. Darria Long, emergency room physician –– “If you are vaping, increased coughing and maybe deeper breathing you may be more likely to spread Covid to other people, but what we also have to emphasize is studies are showing that people who vape, smoke, smoke cannabis, any type of smoking are at higher risk of developing potentially more severe Covid and more complications from Covid. It decreases your immune system and hurts your lungs.”

There are more than 514,000 coronavirus cases in the US

According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally, there are at least 514,415  cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 19,882 people have died from the disease.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as all repatriated cases.

Wyoming is the only state that is not reporting a death from coronavirus.

Massachusetts governor authorizes activation of 3,000 additional National Guard members

Members of the Massachusetts National Guard work at a medical field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 1.
Members of the Massachusetts National Guard work at a medical field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on April 1. Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald/Getty Images

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized the activation of an additional 3,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard in anticipation of the expected peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, Baker announced Saturday.

This raises the total of authorization up to 5,000 members statewide who may be tasked with supporting requests, depending on the needs.

Baker also announced that starting today essential workers, including grocery store workers and delivery workers, can schedule COVID-19 testing at both the Gillette Stadium temporary facility and the fairgrounds facility in Springfield.

Individuals do not need to be symptomatic in order to get a test, the governor said.