COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) -- Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:30 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 3,864,696
Global deaths: 270,020.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 75,670.
Number of countries/regions: at least 187
Total patients recovered globally: 1,292,672

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,256,972 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 75,670.  New York state has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 26,144.
U.S. total patients recovered: 195,036
U.S. total people tested: 8,105,513

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 327,469 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  New Jersey is next, with 133,991 reported cases out of a total population of 8.88 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
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School closures
For a state-by-state interactive map of current school closures, please visit the Education Week website, where numbers are updated once daily.

There are 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.

The latest headlines
Unemployment reaches 14.7%, over 20 million jobs lost
As expected, the unemployment rate for the month of April hit a near-record 14.7%, according to figures released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  These are the highest unemployment numbers in the U.S. since the Great Depression and the highest ever recorded in this set of data, post-World War II.  By comparison, the unemployment rate in March was 4.4%, making April’s numbers the biggest consecutive-month jump in U.S. history.  A total 20.5 million jobs have been lost as a result of businesses closing and laying off workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  While the job losses are in all sectors, the leisure and hospitality industries have been especially hard-hit, with employment plummeting 47%, representing a loss of 7.7 million jobs.  The overall job loss numbers are near the lower end of expectations, meaning when the data are more carefully examined, job loss figures could be revised up.  Economists warn that the unemployment rate could move even higher from here.  By some estimates many of these job losses may not be recovered until 2024.  In a best-case scenario, the economy starts to see a pick-up in job growth later this year, in turn pushing the unemployment rate down.

Poll finds majority of Americans feel it’s too risky to reopen the country now
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds a majority of Americans feel it’s too early to re-open the country as health experts are warning that the threat of COVID-19 is not yet under control.  Some 30% of those polled believe the risk to human life of opening the country now outweighs the economic toll of remaining under restrictive lockdowns.  By comparison, slightly more than a third of those polled believe opening the country now is necessary to minimize the negative economic impact of the lockdown.  However, the poll also finds those sentiments are starkly divided among political party lines, with 65% of Republicans saying the country should be opened now to salvage the economy, compared to only 6% of Democrats.  Among independents, 63% oppose reopening the country now, with 36% supporting it.  The poll also finds a majority 57% disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, compared to 42% who approve.

Trump valet, part of a regular rotation serving the president, tests positive for COVID-19
A U.S. military service member who works at the White House campus and serves as a valet to the president has tested positive for COVID-19, but President Trump has since tested negative, a White House official said.  The valet is part of a team that serves the president his lunch and Diet Cokes, among other service items.  President Trump told reporters that he was tested Wednesday and again on Thursday. He added, “I’ve had very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman.”  This marks the latest coronavirus scare for President Trump and the first known instance where a person who has come in close proximity to him has tested positive. The last instance occurred in early March, when several people present at his private Florida club were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Good news!
COVID-19 survivor meets her baby for the first time
Donna Molina just met her baby daughter, one month after giving birth to her.  As WABC in New York reports, Molina was hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey with COVID-19 in late March and placed in a medically-induced coma while she was on a ventilator.  Four days later, on April 2, her daughter, Harley, was delivered via an emergency C-section almost two months early, a decision doctors made to safeguard the infant’s life.  Mom came off of the vent after 11 days, and then had to wait until she tested negative for COVID-19 twice before it was safe for her to see Harley.  Thankfully, both mother and daughter are doing fine, and Harley will be discharged from neonatal intensive care and allowed to go home in another two weeks.

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