The death toll in America’s ongoing struggle against the coronavirus pandemic surged past 10,700 on Monday night, according to an NBC tally.
There have been at least 10,742 fatalities from COVID-19 and more than 363,434 positive tests of coronavirus in the 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules governor, says election should proceed Tuesday
WASHINGTON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday overturned an executive order from the state’s governor canceling Tuesday’s election, meaning the controversial contest is back on — at least for now.
The court’s action, just hours after the governor called off the election and not long before polls are to open Tuesday morning, is the latest twist in the only major election scheduled for this month after every other state postponed theirs in response to the coronavirus crisis.
Trump insisted on surprise Sunday briefing to counter ‘dour’ message of his own experts
WASHINGTON — Sunday was supposed to be a quiet day at the White House, with no briefing scheduled and a decision from senior aides to call a “lid” before noon, indicating there was no expectation of seeing President Trump for the rest of the day.
But President Trump was not satisfied with that plan, according to a source close to the task force, and didn’t want the “dour” messages from the surgeon general and Dr. Anthony Fauci to be the only public-facing moments of the day. He felt it was important to have a presser to stress “glimmers of hope,” according to this person.
South Carolina ends holdout and issues stay-at-home order
Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday ordered South Carolina’s 5 million residents to stay home, making his state the last one east of the Mississippi River to issue such a coronavirus-related mandate.
McMaster had fought demands to issue a stay-at-home order, questioning the constitutionality of such sweeping, executive action.
“The evidence and the facts … the rising infection rate” prompted Monday’s action, McMaster said. “I’m confident that what we’re doing today is legal, constitutional and is similarly protecting the people without destroying families.”
Anyone out and not performing essential duties is subject to a misdemeanor criminal charge, punishable by up to 30 days in jail, according to the governor.
The South Carolina health department on Monday said there have been 2,232 positive tests for coronavirus and 48 deaths in the Palmetto State.
Indiana extends stay at home order for additional 2 weeks
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb issued a new executive order extending the state’s stay-at-home measures for another 14 days.
Holcomb’s initial order on March 24 was set to expire Monday evening, but the governor asked residents to continue isolating at home and following social distancing guidelines as the pandemic continues.
“Hoosiers have done a great job adapting to the new rules put in place during this public health emergency, but I believe the next two weeks to month could be the most critical for all of us,” Holcomb said.
California courts suspend foreclosures and evictions during coronavirus crisis
The California Judicial Council voted Monday to effectively suspend the legal proceedings used to evict tenants or foreclose on homeowners, until after the coronavirus emergency declaration is rescinded by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The Council said that Newsom and local officials who directed that there be a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures did not necessarily have the authority to block action from continuing in court. This decision will do that.
The Council is considering a number of other items related to court operation, including allowing many more defendants to appear in court remotely via phone or video conference, and setting bail at zero for most nonviolent infractions.
Third passenger from Coral Princess cruise dies
A Northern California man died of complications from COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus, shortly after being taken off the Coral Princess — leading loved ones and a Florida lawmaker to wonder if the ill passenger was treated fast enough.
Wilson Maa, a 71-year-old South San Francisco resident, died late Saturday night at Larkin Community Hospital in Hialeah, Florida, after the ship docked in Miami in the morning.
“The family had to call 911 from out of state to get help for a family member,” niece Kellie Yuh told NBC News. “They had to wait over four hours for an ambulance and he died two hours later at the hospital.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., asked if the California man received timely medical care, tweeting: “It’s devastating and exasperating that we will never know if Mr. Maa’s death could have been prevented with a swift and urgent medical response that this situation deserved.”
Before Maa’s death, two others had passed away from COVID-19 complications aboard the ship. Operator Princess Cruises said it too wants to know the timeline leading to the man’s death, issuing a statement: “All of us at Princess Cruises are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Maa. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and those impacted by this loss.”