The US has surpassed 7,000 deaths
Written by Staff on April 4, 2020
By Christina Maxouris, CNN
(CNN)The US has surpassed 7,000 deaths and some state leaders say there’s still a lot they’re missing in the battle against the coronavirus.
Even as case tallies continue to rise, state leaders say they still don’t have enough tests to get a clear picture of infections.
“Everything about the tests are very difficult to come by, and there’s no federal plan for this, so every state is on their own,” Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker said. “As I’ve said, it’s the Wild West out here.”
At least 278,458 people in the United States have become infected and 7,159 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s running case count.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said the federal government must ramp up its efforts to push for more personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers, saying the state had received some but not all it had requested.
“We’re grateful for these supplies. But to be clear, we’ve gotten just 33% of what we’ve asked for, and they’ve told us not to expect more anytime soon,” he said.
“This pandemic is a war,” he said. “And we need the armor to fight it.”
President Donald Trump this week said theUS Strategic National Stockpile is nearly depleted.
“Governments at all levels, hospitals, law enforcement and others are competing against each other for a scarce amount of personal protective equipment,” Cooper said.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said officials in his state have tried to boost hospital bed capacity and buy more personal protective equipment.
“We try to buy (PPE),” he said. “It’s really hard. The federal government buys most all of it.”
Beshear called on residents to donate equipment they may have, saying there’s a great need for gloves.
“We believe this is the next area where there’s going to be another big run in the United States,” he said in a statement.
Story Credit: Christina Maxouris, CNN