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: 4,918,938
Global deaths: 323,723.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 91,938.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 1,704,965

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,528,661 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 91,938.  New York state has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 28,558.
U.S. total patients recovered: 289,392
U.S. total people tested: 12,233,987

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 352,845 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 149,356 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
All 50 states have now eased COVID-19 restrictions
All 50 U.S. states have now taken steps to ease restrictions enacted to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Among the last states to do so is Connecticut, which as of today is allowing residents to visit retail shops and dine at restaurants, albeit outdoors only.  However, other Connecticut businesses remain closed for now: hair salons and barbershops will be allowed to reopen June 1, with reopen dates still to be announced for gyms, nail salons, massage therapy businesses and tattoo parlors.  Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont called it a "slow and methodical reopening," reflecting an approach many other states are also taking.  Connecticut has 38,430 confirmed COVID-19 infections as of today, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, with 3,472 deaths.  Continuing to keep businesses closed to fight the pandemic has resulted in record national unemployment and a near-record economic recession, increasing the pressure on governors to ease restrictions sooner rather than later, even as medical experts warn that doing so now could well result in a resurgence of COVID-19 infections and deaths.

Passenger with COVID-19 stopped from boarding plane in Michigan
Health officials in Lansing, Michigan last week were forced to confront a passenger at the local airport to prevent them from boarding a flight after they’d tested positive for COVID-19.  The Detroit Free Press reports the passenger had been visiting family in the area when they tested positive, then told the Ingham County Health Department that they wished to return to their home in another state, rather than quarantine in place.  After failing to convince the unnamed individual to remain, health department officials obtained a cease-and-desist order which, after working with airport officials to locate the individual, they delivered to them at the airport, just before they were about to go through security.  The passenger then voluntarily elected to remain and quarantine locally.  Health officials said had the individual refused, they had the option of obtaining a judicial order to force compliance.  Health officials have warned repeatedly against taking public transportation during the pandemic, due to the risk not only of infection, but also of already infected people potentially spreading the virus to untold others.

President Trump standing by decision to take hydroxychloroquine
President Donald Trump
is bucking advice from top medical experts concerning anti-malarial medication hydroxychloroquine and is taking the drug to prevent COVID-19, despite the fact the drug has not been found to help patients and could lead to negative side effects.  Nevertheless, the president on Tuesday said he will continue to take the drug.  "I think it's worth it as a line of defense, and I'll stay on it for a little while longer. I'm just very curious myself," the president told reporters.  President Trump's decision to take the controversial treatment comes as two White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.  He says he consulted a White House physician first, and denied that he's taking it because he's been exposed to the virus.  The president also declared, without providing details, that data showing hydroxychloroquine was ineffective in treating COVID-19 was the result of "a false study done where they gave it to very sick people, extremely sick people, people that were ready to die."  Trump also claimed a political motivation behind the study, adding "It was given by obviously, not friends of the administration."  The Food and Drug Administration has cautioned against using hydroxychloroquine, saying it could cause abnormal heart rhythm and lead to cardiac arrest.  However, the president was adamant that the drug "doesn't hurt people" and added, "People are going to have to make up their own mind."

Good news!
Century-old veteran knighted for fundraising efforts
His name is Tom Moore, but everyone in Britain knows him as Captain Tom.  He first made news in April, when the then-99-year-old World War II veteran, who knows more than a little about how to meet a challenge, was determined to help National Health Service workers fighting COVID-19.  He began walking laps of his 80-foot-long yard in Bedfordshire, England to raise money for the NHS.  His goal was £1,000.  But after his story went viral, Moore – who used a walker to do the laps – has raised over £32.7 million, well over $40 million USD.  His goal was to walk ten laps a day to complete 100 laps before his 100th birthday.  He met that goal, and more.  In recognition, he was awarded the honorary rank of colonel when he turned 100 – and Tuesday, he learned he will be knighted in recognition of his efforts, with the official announcement made today, according to the BBC.  Since his recent promotion is honorary, Captain Tom will henceforth be known as Captain Sir Thomas Moore.  Not that the recognition has gone to his head.  "I'm still Tom Moore,” the veteran said, upon learning of the news.  “I mean, it's nice. It's nice, I think Sir Thomas sounds very nice, but inside I haven't changed.”  He added, “I will remain at your service.”

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