(ETH) – U.S. states on Monday reported more than 100 deaths from the novel coronavirus, pushing the country’s total death toll past 500 and marking the first time single-day fatalities have risen into the triple-digits since the pandemic reached U.S. soil. The virus has claimed lives in at least 34 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico,
and has infected more than 41,000 people nationwide, according to tracking by The Washington Post. By Monday afternoon, three dozen states had reported new deaths. New York, the state hit hardest by the outbreak, reported the most, with 43 deaths. Louisiana, where new infections are spiking, reported 14, followed by New Jersey and Michigan, which reported seven each. MORE
The National Guard has begun installing four hospital units for coronavirus patients inside the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. Dozens of troops arrived at the sprawling 1.3 million-square-foot convention center on Monday morning, hours after Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump confirmed plans to set up 1,000 beds inside.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is slated to oversee the set-up of four separate wings with 250 beds each, and will also staff and stock the facility with medical supplies. ‘This is literally a matter of life and death,’ Cuomo said Sunday. ‘[If] we get these facilities up, we get the supplies, we will save lives. If we don’t, we will lose lives. That is the simple fact of this matter. MORE