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Kirk Mellish Blog

    It may not rain constantly Easter Sunday but rain is likely, heavy at times.  This looks like a possibly historic severe weather outbreak in parts of Dixie, the data is showing all the parameters and ingredients coming together for heavy rain and numerous wind damage storms and some tornadoes, including the chance for a long-track strong tornado especially West and South of Atlanta.  From this distance that looks maximized in LA, MS, AL but other areas could be added in future updates. (The threat here in Metro Atlanta is real though). It’s still 3-days out so too early for specifics but not too early to have your family shelter and safety plan in place just in case.  From this distance it looks like the greatest risk for damaging winds in our area will come late afternoon Easter OR overnight Sunday night, exiting first thing Monday morning.  (best estimate for now is 4pm Sunday to 2am Monday). Check back for updates here and on-air WSB Radio through the weekend as the situation becomes more clear. Watches and warnings of some kind are likely. One thing to keep in mind is there may be enough wind gusts for a tree to cause a power outage even without rain or a severe thunderstorm.  I’ve been covering the risk of severe weather Easter since Monday and illustrated the set-up in my blog back on Tuesday if you missed it here.  FACTORS I AM LOOKING AT WITH THE SYSTEM COMING OUR WAY: *Southern California potent low pressure system ejects east and phases with another incoming northern jet stream trough of low pressure with incredible wind energy forming a large baroclinic cyclone surface and aloft. *Strong short-wave trough becomes negatively-tilted with a rapidly deepening surface low that suddenly leaps Northeast whipping a cold front through the South and East states by Monday.  *Warmer than normal Gulf of Mexico water to feed moisture fuel. *Strong low-level jet (~5,000FT). *Intense upper-level jet stream (18,000-35,000FT) and possible dual jet stream couplet to maximize upward air motion. *Jet stream overspreading surface warm sector of mature mid-latitude cyclone. *Widespread parameters for near-surface helicity and wind-shear. Bottom line... a prolific destructive and dangerous weather set-up for a widespread pretty broad area of the Southern States from Texas to the East Coast, BUT the details can not yet be pined down.  It is RARE for the NOAA Storm Prediction Center to issue a moderate risk 3 days in advance but they have, something reserved only for what they think may be prolific and impactful event.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Five days of rain in a row in L-A and San Diego is very rare The system now: The weather in far off places plays a role here warmer than normal Pacific Ocean surface water energizes sub-tropical jet stream with upper-level low (ULL) in Southern jet stream and another from the polar jet stream from the Northwest merge: WHAT HAPPENS NEXT: SURFACE WEATHER MAP SEQUENCE: Saturday surface chart: Sunday morning surface chart: Monday surface chart: 500MB LEVEL JET STREAM VORTICITY SUNDAY AFTERNOON: 500MB LEVEL JET STREAM VORTICITY EARLY MONDAY MORNING: RAINFALL OUTLOOK: SEVERE WEATHER GUIDANCE (greatest risk in brighter/darker colors): WHAT THIS DOES *NOT* MEAN... OMG we’re all gonna die. Everyone will get storm damage. There will be a thousand tornadoes and many will be the biggest and strongest and longest path ever seen in history on earth.  100% chance of rain means 100% of the day will be wet. There’s no way the forecast can be a bust. Again, none of the above are true.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Do I see some ways this can end up not being all that bad? Yes, just like snow or freeze predictions or any forecast there is a normal and expected margin of error.  We can get lucky in a variety of ways with this system, I won’t bore you with every one, to name a few... maybe the system ends up weaker than expected, the dynamics come close but don’t quite line up with the right timing (aka the phase-space it out of sync so best thermodynamics and kinematics are not together), heavy rain and storms near the Gulf sap the system of energy, rain and clouds are widespread enough to keep instability at a minimum and/or prevent surface rooted rotation, the system slows down enough that the storms weaken by the time any squall-line arrives locally and the air mass is less unstable than modeled etc.  Fingers crossed, as the Boy Scouts say: “Be prepared”. I’d rather be safe than sorry, plan for the worst hope for the best. Check back for updates through the weekend. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB. ******************************************************************************************************************************************* Do this know this NOW: 1) Figure out the safest place in your house 2) Keys: avoid windows, use interior room like bathroom, closet or pantry on the lowest floor  3) Mobile homes/manufactured homes are UNSAFE in a tornado and you must leave for better shelter. 4) Have multiple ways to get warnings but NOT social media or outdoor sirens: 5) RADIO/TV 6) Free APP Note below is for a standard house NOT a mobile or trailer: More on tornado dos and dont's.
  • There could be some patchy light frost in the usual colder rural areas in North Georgia Saturday morning away from I-285. Then after the risk of flooding and Severe Weather I’ve been blogging about Sunday into very early Monday morning the jet stream pattern shifts toward a cooler than normal pattern that may last a while.  This change to below-normal temperatures is supported both by models of the jet stream over the U.S. and by projections of the MJO Phase in the Pacific ocean and changes to the EPO and PNA indices and well.  The main question is just how cold and how long will the below-normal regime last, some models suggest only 3-4 days while others indicate 1-2 weeks.  I’ve covered this topic in a half dozen or more posts the past couple months so I hope you’ve been following along.  So without repeating what I’ve already written about I’ll just say here that I am skeptical of any deep freeze or any long lasting chilly weather, at least for now.  I think any chill is more likely to be the come and go variety. I don’t see a freeze YET but growers and gardeners beware in case I am wrong and have to update the outlook. NOAA/CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK: ANALOG TOOL FREEZE GUIDANCE BASED OFF NAM MODEL APRIL 11 SATURDAY MORNING: ANALOG TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE APRIL 14-17 BASED ON GEFS MODEL: ANALOG TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE APRIL 20-23: Meanwhile still looks like a major high impact severe weather outbreak Sunday across much of the South including the potential for large strong long track tornadoes. Details TBD but as of now the greatest risk for the worst of it in the darker shaded orange or red:  STORM PREDICTION CENTER OUTLOOK SUNDAY/SUNDAY NIGHT: HISTORICAL GUIDANCE ANALOGS:  **Remember uncertainty still exists on the details so the threat areas will likely change in updates in the future, check back.  NOAA/WPC RAINFALL ESTIMATE 5-DAY TOTALS: 2-4 inch totals on average: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • Above map is the Surface Weather Chart for mid afternoon today Wednesday. My 5-Day Forecast. If you did not read yesterday's blog please do, as I will just hit the highlights in this post.  Surface Weather Chart early this evening: Surface weather chart late tonight-early Thursday morning: SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK 3AM-TONIGHT TO 7AM THURSDAY: SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK THURSDAY AFTER 7AM: Surface Weather Chart 7PM THURSDAY: 500MB CHART THIS MORNING, NOTE OUR SUNDAY/MONDAY CLOSED LOW ALOFT OVER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: It heads our way Sunday into Monday: SURFACE WEATHER CHART SEQUENCE SATURDAY THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY: WEEKEND SEVERE WEATHER GUIDANCE: ESTIMATED 5-DAY RAINFALL AVERAGE TOTAL: I am not convinced the rain will be quite this widespread or heavy, at least not yet. From this distance I don’t think the rain Easter will be non-stop and the highest risk for severe weather as of now anyway looks to be Easter Sunday night-early Monday for the Atlanta Metro.  Expect more detailed blogs in the days ahead as the forecast becomes more clear. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • This blog post is not about specific forecast details for each of the next 5 to 10 days, I provide that elsewhere as always across all platforms digital and over the air.  This is about the chance of a thunderstorm with damaging wind or hail odds the next couple days and again Easter Sunday. I’ve already posted several blogs on this topic along with the chance of a cold snap to follow so you already had a heads up if you’re following along. You miss a blog or a tweet you miss a lot. NO severe weather concern for today, Tuesday. A low-end “MARGINAL” RISK (1/5) for an isolated severe thunderstorm tomorrow Wednesday: Same for Thursday, a MARGINAL RISK (1/5) for an isolated severe thunderstorm: ZERO RISK Friday-Saturday: The big question mark is Sunday as periods of rain are expected Saturday night through Sunday night with 1-2 inch totals on average. But there is concern for severe weather as well. Here is the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center discussion on the matter: The system for Sunday/Monday in the Southeast is heading into Southern California today, you can see it in the 500mb ~18,000 foot jet stream as a closed upper level low in the charts below, it slowly ejects to the East between now and the weekend: The corresponding surface weather chart depictions days 3-7: The ensembles have a robust signal for the set-up and the time of year is a match for climatology. In other words, tis the season. The numerical variants have been depicting a favorable jet stream pattern for significant lift or synoptic scale upward vertical motion (strongly rising air) in the atmosphere from surface to aloft as jet streaks (concentrated pockets of strongest winds within the general jet stream) spread out aloft. The equations place a good part of the Southeastern U.S. in a favorable jet stream quadrant for severe weather.  Following Quasi-Geostrophic (QG) Theory  we can project the kinematics of the situation to approximate the areas of concern as we add a look at upper level diffluence and  divergence as streamlines spread out: Indications are for a jet stream of 92-125 MPH at 500mb. The darkest colors indicate the location of the jet streak or jet “max”. I’ve highlighted the 4 quadrants and the most favorable for strong upward motion and highlight the streamlines spreading apart downwind of the upper level trough of low pressure. Higher up to the main jet stream core we see the model simulation showing even stronger winds and a dual jet streak pattern for couple jet stream dynamics as the farther North and farther jet streaks work in tandem to provide synoptic scale enhanced upward air motions: Plenty of vorticity embedded within the jet stream flow is depicted by the ECMWF model which is also favorable late Sunday into early Monday: These strong jet stream dynamics indicate favorable QG forcing for ascent, but the devil is in the details as to how big a severe threat and where. A model guesstimate below from the ECMWF end of day Easter Sunday: I DO NOT present this information as some kind of OMG alarm.  It is too far in the future to know how this system will play out. This would be true any time, but particularly this year as I’ve beat the dead horse on how poorly models have been performing beyond 3-5 days for a couple years now in the new weather and climate regime.  Either way strong jet stream kinematics are just ONE single factor to severe weather, there are hundreds of others. And even this model with its favorable jet stream shows some of the other parameters such as thermodynamics to be much less favorable.  Other models keep the severe weather risk to our South. My current thinking (current is the key word) supported by the analog method, is it will end up worse to our West and to our East both North and South but I could change my mind by the time we get closer. Much will depend on the strength and timing of cyclogenesis to our West and whether-or-not Atlanta gets in the warm sector with deep layer shear or if rain cooled air keeps the warm front closer to the Gulf with soaking rains and convection there robbing points North.  We will obviously be able to fine tune the forecast with each passing day.  It still looks like a couple shots of brief colder air over the course of the next 10 days, I don’t see a freeze but frost can’t be ruled out, details TBD.  For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The coming week will be covered on-air (and all streaming options via the internet) and with my 5-day forecast available 24/7/365 on 95.5 WSB Radio, our homepage on the web and on demand with our WSB Radio APP. You can click straight to weather if you chose.   Nothing too extreme is foreseen as I type this Sunday morning for the week ahead. Mostly warm with some showers at times maybe a thunderstorm. However, check my specific 5-day updates each day for my latest forecast! Looking beyond that... some interesting potential. Potential for severe weather and a brief sharp cold snap. But potential is the key word right now thanks to considerable model spread on the medium to long-range outcome.  The first CHANCE for any severe weather looks to be sometime in the next Thursday-Sunday timeframe (maybe 2 separate events) but due to aforementioned model disagreement too soon for any details yet.  There seems to be a more robust signal in the data for severe weather around April 14th give or take a day. This possible event is hinted at by both model numerical equations and analog schemes.  Before or after that SOME of the analog methods are suggestive of a frost or freeze risk in about 6 days and again maybe after any second or third severe episode, if it happens, mid-April.  Notice the active up and down pattern of temperatures thanks to the series of storm systems lined up in the split-jet stream pattern Polar and subtropical jet streams shown in the Northern Hemisphere satellite water vapor image shown at the top of the blog with systems lined up from China into the U.S. and Canada.  At least for now I am skeptical of any critical chill coming to fruition thanks to many model false alarms since early December when it comes to cold waves. But it’s worth watching in case since all the plants are two weeks or more ahead of schedule. If we do get a cold shot or two I would expect they would be transient. MODEL AND ANALOG MAPS DAYS 7-13: So in general I think this month will feature MOTS. More of the same to what we experienced in March. Mainly above normal temperatures but with some chill periods that allow the month to average near-normal on temps with normal to above-normal rainfall and at least normal severe weather threats including large hail.  MODEL BLEND MEAN: GFS ENSEMBLE MEAN: Then hotter than average for summer in much of the country with a drought risk for the Southeast (but if it happens at least the lake water supply will not be a problem thanks to wet winter and spring). For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The models continue to suggest APRIL will average out near-normal to above normal on temperatures and rainfall, with brief up and downs on the thermometer.  To get a VERY PRELIMINARY look at the coming SUMMER pattern I don’t yet incorporate models except to try to get a read on the ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation). Currently we are in what is known as the “Spring barrier” for ENSO where the models accuracy for predicting the state of the Pacific Ocean SSTA is poor. So for what it’s worth they presently show a neutral to weak La Nina for the Summer and Fall. This, if correct, hints at heat for summer in much of the country and an above normal number of tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic/Caribbean in the autumn.  To assess what the past can tell us about the future we look for analogs to recent weather behavior and current sea-surface temperature patterns around the hemisphere.  Using these and signals from how the winter played out plus recent and current jet stream patterns we can identify past years that are similar and use these as a possible guide to the future.  The total list of very preliminary analogs: Using the “best match” from this winter yields these analogs: So at this early juncture it looks like a widespread warmer than normal summer is on the way, a long hot summer that starts in May for some areas unless future analogs shift. Confidence is fairly high for the temperatures but the rainfall outlook has lower confidence as there has been a trend since 2013 for wetter summers with the Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico running warmer than normal: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The estimated average rainfall amounts next 24 hours shown above.  Showers early this morning become more widespread rain and heavier heading into the lunch hour then diminishing to scattered coverage later afternoon and then isolated leftover shower ending in most areas by early tonight. A thunderstorm possible, strongest South. Much cooler today and tomorrow, in fact below the average high of 68. Temperatures today will not change much during the daylight hours. Chilly and breezy Wednesday with some patchy light frost possible away from I-285 Thursday morning.  Dry weather returns tomorrow through Sunday with low to mid 70s Friday through Sunday.  Chance of rain returns next week.  SURFACE WEATHER CHART TUESDAY LATE AFTERNOON: SEVERE WEATHER RISK LEVELS TUESDAY: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • We stay dry and warm today as seen in surface weather chart above, the shower chance is after midnight. The ONLY rain day of the week looks to be tomorrow with a few scattered light showers in the area during morning drive tomorrow, with rain more likely afternoon and evening, a risk of severe weather in Central and South Georgia, also noticeably cooler in Metro Atlanta tomorrow: Any pre-sunrise shower Wednesday goes away and it turns mostly sunny and cool. Some patchy light frost (no freeze) is possible Thursday morning away from the permitter.  24-HOUR RAINFALL ESTIMATE TUESDAY/TUESDAY NIGHT: MULTI-MODEL BLEND TEMPERATURE OUTPUT: MY 5-DAY FORECAST HERE.  For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB. 
  • Happy to be able to forecast a few consecutive dry days! Today we will see the clouds breaking to start the day with a good dose of sun this afternoon.  It will be noticeably cooler tonight but we get a warming trend to above-normal temperatures tomorrow through the weekend.  A chance of showers returns late Saturday night into the first half of Sunday but light rain amounts in most cases.  Cooler weather returns with showers by next Tuesday. Temperatures much of next week will be near-normal to cooler than normal.  SURFACE WEATHER MAP THURSDAY: SURFACE WEATHER CHART FRIDAY: SURFACE WEATHER CHART SATURDAY: MULTI-MODEL BLEND MAX/MIN TEMPERATURES GUIDANCE: MY EXCLUSIVE 5-DAY FORECAST HERE.  For more Follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • A strong jet stream aloft with an embedded upper-level disturbance and a surface low pressure frontal system will bring back showers and thunderstorms tonight across much of Georgia and the rest of the Southeast.  A tornado watch has already been issued to our North and West where a strong tornado risk exists: For Metro Atlanta a few hit and miss showers early this evening will give way to increasing coverage of heavy showers and thunderstorms later tonight. A few storms may become severe. Sooner for the mountains but for the Atlanta area the main threat window is 9pm to 3am give or take a couple hours. The last shower ending before 7am Wednesday.  The SEVERE WEATHER RISK LEVEL IS 2/5 North and marginal 1/5 South: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS ON AVERAGE: To get severe weather alerts or listen live download the WSB RADIO APP Tell your smart speaker or stream us live on your desktop, laptop or phone. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.

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  • As COVID-19 social distancing and self quarantining continue, some of us may be going stir crazy not able to go and do the things we’re used to. Now is the time to relax, but when you’ve been cooped up for weeks, and still can’t hit the malls or movie theaters, how can you spend your time? There are a lot of options out there, especially for Easter weekend. Plan for take out Don’t let the coronavirus lock down stop you from having a holiday dinner. You can order in from restaurants all over your area. Howl at the moon People are really going outside to break the monotony of being stuck at home and howling at 8 p.m. local time. Some are doing it to thank health care workers and first responders for their dedication while fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus, The Associated Press reported. Some people are yipping just to reduce pain from isolation and their frustration from being tied down stuck at home. There’s even a Facebook group dedicated to the nightly howl, called appropriately enough, Go Outside and Howl at 8 p.m. It has members from every state in the U.S. and has gone international with people joining from 99 countries in the night song. Get organized, deep clean It’s time for Spring Cleaning and why not do it when you have the time to purge. Good Housekeeping has 33 easy tips to help you get the job done. Read a rare book What is a bibliophile to do when their sanctuary, known as a library to most non-book aficionados, is closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s the Internet Archive to the rescue. The group has created what it calls a National Emergency Library, removing any waitlist on more than 1.4 million books until June 30, or the end of the national pandemic. Pick up a new instrument Fender announced three free months of lessons on Fender Play, People magazine reported. The company will teach you how to play acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass or ukulele. All you have to do is sign up and find an instrument. At the same time, Gibson is teaming with Amped Guitars to offer free months of online guitar lessons, NME reported. Those companies are using the Amped Guitar Learning app that is currently only available on the Apple App store to learn how to play. >> Gibson offers free guitar lessons during coronavirus pandemic Make masks The White House and other government officials continue to debate whether to advise people to wear masks to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. Recently, President Donald Trump said his administration would have regulations when it came to the general population and the wearing of masks, but that the measures would be voluntary. Some opportunities for wearing masks while in public would be when going to pharmacies and grocery stores, The New York Times reported. All you need is some fabric, elastic and time. Click here for different designs. Have a campfire in the backyard If you’re legally able to do so, either make or buy a fire pit and sit around the fire. Share family stories or ghost stories. Then make s’mores or toasted marshmallows. You can even keep the gas grill off and cook over an open fire making foil pack meals or mountain pies (camping versions of Hot Pockets). Have a backyard “drive-in” Find a sheet, get a projector and let the movie light up the night after the sun goes down. Click here for setup ideas that run the gamut from low tech to over the top when it comes to gear. Camp in the backyard If the weather cooperates, and you have the gear, string up a hammock, put up a tent and “rough it' from the safety of your own backyard. Click here for some ideas. Connect with friends virtually We use virtual meeting apps for work all the time, but why not use platforms like Zoom and Skype to hold a virtual party or a virtual happy hour? Learn to draw Mo Willems, the author of the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggy children’s books hosts a daily lunch doodle. While you may not be able to take the time at 1 p.m. every weekday, catch up on the weekends. The classes are all on YouTube. Disney animator Michael Woodside is also hosting a daily drawing class where he teaches kids and grownups how to draw Disney characters. Find out early in the day who he plans to draw by visiting his Twitter site, then log into YouTube for the live class. Participate in a heart, bear or rainbow scavenger hunt People are putting a heart, bear or a rainbow in a window to allow kids to go on a hunt. The bears were, according to KSAT, a book and song called “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.” You can not only put the requested item in a window if you’re allowed to leave the confines of your home, but you can also try to see if anyone in your neighborhood is participating, as long as you are doing it by practicing social distancing. Learn a new craft, hobby Got one of those high tech paper crafting machines collecting dust on the shelf, then learn how to use the Silhouette or Cricut. You can use them not only scrapbooking (even though it would be a great time to go through all those photos both in boxes and on your phone) but also to make shirts, jewelry and wall art. Try knitting. You just need some yarn, not even needles are required if you finger-knit, according to Martha Stewart. Or you can try painting. There are a lot of options, Stewart says. HGTV has a quiz to help you find the right craft or hobby for you. Build a Lego If you have kids, and they have a bin of Legos, dump them out and build. See what you can come up with by free-building. But there are some kits that are more adult-friendly than kid-friendly. One thing you can do with some Legos and other things laying around the house is to make a Rube Goldberg Machine, WKBW suggested. Basically make a complicated machine to do something simple. The Rube Goldberg Twitter account has challenges if you can’t think of an idea. Play board, card games Turn off the Switch, XBox, PS4, iPads and dig out one of the board games that are stashed in the hall closet. See if you can beat your family at Trivial Pursuit, or how about an epic game of Monopoly or Risk. There’s no need to play the short versions since we all have hours to kill. Play some poker or Uno too. Binge-watch a series Want to find out why everyone’s talking about Baby Yoda, but you haven’t sat down to watch “The Mandalorian?' Now is your chance. There’s a bunch of shows that are perfect for binge-watching while you’re still home. Maybe you’ll want to start new shows like “Picard” or catch up on those classic “Seinfeld” episodes. Get some culture The Metropolitan Opera is streaming nightly. Click here for the schedule. The Kennedy Center is uploading new shows to YouTube every day. You can see Sara Bareilles, Gladys Knight and Queen Latifah from the comfort of your couch. Broadway HD also has about 300 classic musicals, plays and shows, according to Cosmopolitan. BroadwayWorld is also posting clips of stars singing songs from popular shows. The National Theatre is streaming a production a week each Thursday. You can see what’s showing here. You can also visit a museum without leaving the comfort of your home. Click here for a list. Read a book Psychology Today suggests reading five books you have always wanted to read but never had the time. Write, journal The COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of people saying we’re living in an unprecedented time. Write about it. Or if you always wanted to write a book, start writing, Psychology Today suggested. Listen to podcasts Find your favorite topic and listen to a podcast on it, The New York Times suggested. Go for a walk, get outside You can leave your homes in most cases, just practice social distancing. if you’re not under curfew or shelter-in-place orders. Doctors say fresh air and exercise are good for not only your physical health but also mental health, USA Today reported. You can walk around your neighborhood if you live in the suburbs, go to a park, go hiking or go jogging. Just make sure you know where and when you can go when it comes to the state laws and COVID-19 restrictions. One place you should avoid is a playground. If you do end up on a playground, make sure you wash your hands and don’t touch your face, USA Today reported. Cook See what you have in your pantry and whip up a new meal, Psychology Today recommends. Or make it competition the likes of “Chopped” or “Iron Chef America.” SuperCook is one app that can help. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts has a list of others.
  • Airport officials already dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit New Orleans particularly hard, had another matter to deal with last week when a Colorado woman showed up naked and refused to leave, authorities said. Mariel Vergara, 27, of Pueblo, walked into Louis Armstrong International Airport the night of April 3 completely naked, according to NOLA.com. Witnesses told the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office she strolled up to the Spirit Airlines ticket counter. Airline workers told Vergara she could not travel that way and asked her to leave, NOLA.com reported. She refused. By the time a deputy arrived, Vergara had donned a dress, the news site said. She was still cited for violating public decency laws, however, because she was allegedly wearing no underwear, leaving her genital area visible beneath the short dress. Vergara refused deputies’ commands to leave the airport, authorities said. She fought with them as she was taken into custody, NOLA.com reported. Jefferson Parish jail records show Vergara was booked early Saturday on charges of obscenity, entering or remaining after being forbidden, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer and simple battery. While jailed, she was charged Thursday with two additional crimes: resisting an officer by violence and battery of a corrections officer. Details of those charges were not immediately available, NOLA.com said.
  • A Michigan mother, believed to be the state’s first coronavirus patient to give birth, is back home after having a healthy baby girl. Mallory Pease was nine months pregnant when she started showing symptoms of the coronavirus, including a sore throat, cough, and aches and pains, WWMT reported. “I definitely didn’t think that I would’ve contracted it, especially right before I gave birth,' Pease told WWMT. “It was hard to tell what was being nine months pregnant, and what was actually sickness.” She went into labor March 22. “(The doctor) was like, ‘Are you having a contraction or are you just that out of breath?’ And I was like, ‘I can’t breathe,'' Pease said. Alivia was born five hours later. After spending about five minutes with the newborn, she was taken to an isolated nursery, WWMT reported. Alivia tested negative for the coronavirus. “We think we’re the first hospital, and Mallory's the first patient in Michigan to deliver being COVID positive, and so that being said, there was not a lot of information really to pull from and to guide what our plan was going to be,' nurse Julie Smalley told WWMT. Pease was taken to the hospital’s coronavirus ward. She was isolated from her family for the next four days. On Thursday, she was reunited with Alivia and the rest of her family. “It’s kind of hard to wrap your head around,” Pease told WWMT. “It’s just one in a million I guess.” There are 21,375 confirmed cases and 1,076 deaths from the coronavirus in Michigan, according to The New York Times.
  • The debate continues on how to hold a presidential election while still practicing social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials in some states have decided to delay their primary elections until after the outbreak peaks. Others have had to hold theirs at the height of the pandemic. A prime example was Wisconsin where voters waited in lines, with a 6-foot buffer between them, for hours, to cast their vote. Originally Wisconsin’s Gov. Tony Evers had decided to postpone the primary election day and extend absentee voting, but that decision was overturned by the courts, Reuters reported. About 1.3 million votes were cast by absentee ballot in Wisconsin, according to Reuters. That number was more than the total votes cast in the 2016 Democratic primary, the Wisconsin Election Commission revealed to Reuters. There is one other option, that many states don’t use: the mail-in ballot, a measure that Democratic leaders are asking to be considered. Republicans are pushing back, however, saying that mail-in ballots could be fraudulent, The New York Times reported. The president’s party is heading to the courts, trying to stop extensions of voting by mail, the Times and Reuters reported. President Donald Trump has said that having early voting and voting by mail, the plan touted by Democrats, “you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again,” the Times reported. He also has admitted that many elderly voters would benefit from casting their votes by mail, but expanding it to everyone “shouldn’t be allowed.” But what is the difference between absentee ballots and mail-in ballots? Really, not much. Absentee ballots differ from mail-in ballots pretty much in name only. Both must be filled out with pen or pencil, signed and submitted in an envelope, a columnist for The Washington Post wrote. But there are some differences. To vote absentee, a voter in 16 states has to apply and be approved if they are eligible to make their votes by mail-in ballot, giving reasons like age, being disabled or not being in the country on the stated Election Day, USA Today reported. Five states hold universal mail-in elections, where all registered voters are mailed ballots, but can still opt to visit a polling place in person. Three other states have about two-thirds of votes being cast being done so via mail, according to USA Today.
  • More than 1.6 million people worldwide – including more than 475,000 people in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. Officials are attempting to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. as hospitals brace for unprecedented patient surges. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking cases in the U.S. here. Live updates for Friday, April 10, continue below:  Trump plans to unveil task force aimed at reopening country Update 3:15 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to announce the names next week of people who have agreed to join a new coronavirus task force aimed at reopening the country. Trump said the group would likely be called the “Opening Our Country Task Force.” It would aim to allow for businesses shuttered by coronavirus to reopen as soon as it’s feasible and safe to do so. “This country was meant to be open and vibrant and great,” Trump said Friday at a Coronavirus Task Force meeting. He denied allegations that he might rush the process. “The facts are going to determine what I’m going to do,” the president said. Feds buying machines to sterilize N95 masks, allowing health care workers to use cloth gowns Update 3 p.m. EDT April 10: Food and Drug Administration Administrator Stephen Hahn said Friday that his agency has approved of two companies to sterilize N95 masks for reuse by health care professionals and approved of allowing the use of cloth gowns in medical settings. Hahn said Friday that 60 machines, each capable of sterilizing 80,000 masks per day, were being bought by the federal government. The machines will be sent to facilities nationwide. Hahn also said the FDA has revised guidance around the use of cloth gowns in medical settings instead of the plastic ones typically used. “This is not something that normally happens around the country,” he said. The revision was made in order to help health care workers who are struggling with a shortage of medical gowns. Trump bemoans loss of life due to coronavirus Update 2:30 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump on Friday bemoaned the “horrible” number of Americans who have died due to the coronavirus while pointing to signs of hope that infection rates are stabilizing nationwide. “In the midst of grief and pain” the country is seeing “clear signs that our aggressive strategy” is working, Trump said. That included a decrease in hospital admissions in some places. Trump’s comments came on the same day that Johns Hopkins University’s worldwide death toll hit 100,000. Trump, who is weighing when to re-open the country’s economy, pointed to models that are now forecasting U.S. death rates far lower than originally estimated. “We’re saving so many lives compared to what it could have been,” he said. But experts have warned that re-opening the country too soon could cause a devastating new spike in infections. ‘We have not hit the peak’ of coronavirus infections, US officials say Update 2:25 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials on the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force warned Friday that although there are signs nationwide that the virus infection rate is slowing, the United States has yet to hit its peak infection rate. “As encouraging as (the signs) are, we have not hit the peak,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, emphasized that despite the positive signs, “this is not the time ... (to be) pulling back at all' in terms of social distancing measures. President Donald Trump said that there are indications that the number of deaths due to coronavirus in the U.S. could be “headed to a number substantially below the 100,000” mark he previously named as the minimum expected deaths from the virus. “Hard to believe that if you had 60,000 (deaths), you can never be happy, but that’s a lot fewer than we were originally told and thinking,” he said. Coronavirus Task Force holding news briefing Friday Update 1:50 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the federal Coronavirus Task Force are holding a news conference Friday to update the public on ongoing efforts to stymie the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. More than 100,000 killed by COVID-19 worldwide Update 1:45 p.m. EDT April 10: The world reached a grim milestone Friday in the coronavirus pandemic when the death toll associated with the virus topped 100,000 globally, according to numbers compiled by Johns Hopkins University. A majority of the world’s coronavirus deaths were reported in Italy, where health officials have reported 18,849 deaths. The second-most number of fatal cases was reported in the United States, where more than 17,000 people have died. Spain had the third most number of COVID-19 deaths in the world with 15,843 reported deaths. Louisiana reports 970 new coronavirus infections Update 1:40 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials in Louisiana reported 970 new coronavirus infections Friday, raising the state’s total number of infections to 19,253. The number was slightly lower than the 1,263 new cases reported Thursday. Officials also reported 53 more fatal coronavirus cases. Statewide, 755 people have died of COVID-19. Feds launch investigation of veterans nursing home stricken by virus Update 1:35 p.m. EDT April 10: The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division have opened an investigation into the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where more than two dozen residents have died since March, WFXT reported. >> Read more on Boston25News.com The investigation, which is separate from one being conducted by the state attorney general and Gov. Charlie Baker, will focus on whether the soldiers’ home “violated the rights of residents by failing to provide them adequate medical care generally, and during the coronavirus pandemic.” UK officials report nearly 1,000 new fatal coronavirus cases Update 1:20 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials in the United Kingdom recorded 980 new fatal COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the country’s coronavirus death toll to 8,958. The number was slightly higher than the 881 new fatal coronavirus cases reported one day earlier. Authorities with the British Department of Health and Social Care also announced a total of 73,758 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus infections in the U.K. The number was 8,681 higher than the number of cases reported nationwide Thursday. Nearly 20,000 coronavirus cases reported in Pennsylvania Update 1:15 p.m. EDT April 10: Health officials in Pennsylvania reported 1,751 new COVID-19 cases Friday, raising the state’s total number of coronavirus infections to 19,979, WPXI reported. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Health also reported 78 new deaths, more than twice the 29 new deaths reported Thursday. According to WPXI, 416 people have died of coronavirus in the state. Trump participates in Oval Office Easter prayer Update 1 p.m. EDT April 10: President Donald Trump said Friday that although Americans will not be able to gather as they normally would on Easter, they can use “this sacred time” to focus on prayer, reflection and on growing their relationship with God. The president participated in an Easter prayer from the Oval Office on Good Friday. He acknowledged the sacrifices that people are making to end the pandemic, saying “at this holy time, our nation is engaged in a battle like never before.” The president asked all Americans to pray that God would heal the nation, bring comfort to those who are grieving and to give strength to the nation’s health care providers. Connecticut governor extends social distancing measures until May 20 Update 12:55 p.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Ned Lamont of Connecticut extended his state’s mandated social distancing measures Friday until May 20 due to the ongoing threat posed by COVID-19. In a statement posted on Twitter, Lamont said data has shown the curve beginning to flatten in Connecticut, but he warned that 'returning to normal too soon will have too many negative consequences. “I will continue to consult with medical experts every day and do our best to protect the health and safety of Connecticut,” he said. HHS begins distributing $30B in grants for health care systems Update 12:20 p.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the federal Health and Human Services Department said Friday that they’re releasing the first $30 billion in grants provided by the stimulus bill to help keep the U.S. health care system operating during the coronavirus outbreak. Congress provided $100 billion for the health care system in the $2 trillion stimulus bill. Officials said the relief funds will go to hospitals and doctors through Medicare and will be based on their billings to the program last year. Hospitals are supposed to use some of the money to cover COVID-19 treatment for the uninsured, although an independent study earlier this week suggested it might not be enough. New York governor ‘cautiously optimistic’ COVID-19 infection rate slowing Update 11:50 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York said Friday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing in the state, which has recorded more coronavirus cases than anywhere else in the world except the United States itself. Cuomo said Friday that 777 new fatal coronavirus cases have been reported, slightly lower than the 799 fatal cases reported one day earlier. The governor added that admissions to intensive care units were down to a negative number for the first time Friday, making him “cautiously optimistic” that the infection rate has slowed. Still, the governor urged New Yorkers continue social distancing efforts. “What we do today will affect the infection rate two to three days from now,” he said Friday at a news conference. “Even though it is a grind, we have to stay with it.” Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 7,844 people have died of COVID-19 in New York. Vermont governor extends state’s state of emergency Update 11:40 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont said Friday that he’s extending a previously issued state of emergency until May 15 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “These are incredibly difficult times, and I know this extension is disappointing news for many,” Scott said in a statement posted Friday on Twitter. “But the fact is, Vermonters are saving hundreds of lives by staying home. We’re making big sacrifices to save lives but we can’t let our foot off the gas yet.” The state of emergency was declared March 13 and originally set to expire April 15. Florida officials report 705 new coronavirus cases Update 11:25 a.m. EDT April 10: Health officials in Florida reported 705 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the state’s total number of cases to 17,531, WFTV reported. A vast majority of the cases involve Florida residents, according to the Florida Department of Health. Officials also reported 19 new coronavirus-related deaths, WFTV reported. Statewide, 390 people have died of COVID-19. More than 1,600 coronavirus infections reported in DC Update 11:20 a.m. EDT April 10: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Friday that 137 new coronavirus infections have been reported in the area, bringing the total number of cases in the capitol to 1,660. Bowser said Friday that six people between the ages of 61 and 89 also died of COVID-19. Thirty-eight Washington D.C. residents have died of coronavirus, officials said. New Jersey governor signing order that may release some low-risk inmates Update 11:10 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said Friday that he’s signing an executive order which may allow some low-risk inmates to be paroled early amid the coronavirus pandemic. Murphy said the order will establish a process “to provide temporary home confinement for certain incarcerated individuals or grant parole if already eligible.” “Social distancing is extremely hard to accomplish in a prison setting,” he said. “Allowing some of our most vulnerable individuals who do not pose a public safety threat to temporarily leave prison will protect both their health and the health of those working in our correctional facilities.” Among the inmates who would be affected by the order are those at-risk of serious complications from COVID-19 due to their age or health status, inmates who were denied parole within the last year and inmates whose sentences are set to expire in the next three months. “No one convicted of a serious crime – such as murder, or sexual assault, among others – will be eligible for consideration,” Murphy said. Florida judge rules isolation order violators can be jailed without bond Update 11:05 a.m. EDT April 10: The chief judge over Brevard and Seminole counties in Florida issued an order this week saying that people suspected of violating isolation orders can be held in jail without bond until they see a judge, WFTV reported. The preemptive decision was aimed at helping officials determine how to handle such cases if they arise, according to the news station. Chief Judge Lisa Davidson said in a statement that the order applies solely to individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and who ignore commonsense guidelines for social distancing and self-quarantining anyway, WFTV reported. >> Read more on WFTV.com About 100 people opposed to Ohio’s stay-at-home order protest at statehouse Update 10:55 a.m. EDT April 10: About 100 protesters gathered Thursday outside Ohio’s statehouse in opposition to Gov. Mike DeWine’s stay-at-home order, which they claim is unconstitutional, WHIO-TV reported. >> Read more on WHIO.com DeWine told reporters Thursday that the protesters had “every right to be there.” “They have every right to say what they want to say,' DeWine said, according to WHIO-TV. 'My job is to communicate as honestly and candidly as I can. I will guarantee you will not be going to keep these orders on one day longer than we have to.” 3,627 new COVID-19 cases reported in New Jersey Update 10:45 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey said health officials reported 3,748 new coronavirus infections Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 54,588 in the state. The number is slightly lower than the 3,748 new cases reported Thursday but higher than the 3,088 new cases reported Wednesday. Officials also reported 233 new fatal COVID-19 cases Friday. Statewide, 1,932 people have died of coronavirus. University of Mississippi cancels in-person events until August Update 10:30 a.m. EDT April 10: Officials with the University of Mississippi announced Friday that in-person, on-campus summer camps, conferences and events will be canceled through Aug. 1, WHBQ-TV reported. Officials with Ole Miss said online or remote experiences would be offered where possible, according to the news station. >> Read more on Fox13Memphis.com Oklahoma high school 3D printing respirators for hospitals Update 10:25 a.m. EDT April 10: Companies and at least one high school in Oklahoma are using 3D printers to produce ventilators for area hospitals, KOKI-TV reported. A bulk of the respirators are being printed in the fabrication lab at Muskogee High School, the news station reported. Other companies, including Indiana Capital Technology Center and Optronics, are helping with the project. KOKI-TV reported that producers hope to have the first batch of ventilators out to health care providers by next week. >> Read more on Fox23.com Ohio manufacturers team up to produce face shields for health workers Update 10:10 a.m. EDT April 10: A partnership of Ohio manufacturers led by the recently created Ohio Manufacturing Alliance are working together to make personal protective gear for health care workers amid the coronavirus outbreak, WHIO-TV reported. Four companies that typically produce tools and molds, including Trifecta Tool and Engineering in Kettering, are making molds for face shields, the news station reported. Four more companies, including Evenflo in Piqua, will begin mass production of face shields next week with a goal of producing 650,000 shields across the state within four weeks. “Our manufacturers have been busy, rapidly doing the hard work required to transform production lines, design products and source materials from supply chains to make the PPE that is critical to keeping our front line workers safe,' said Phil Ratermann, director of FastLane, the group coordinating the effort, according to WHIO-TV. >> Read mo>> Read more on WHIO.comre on WHIO.com UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recovering from COVID-19, ‘must rest up,’ father says Update 10 a.m. EDT April 10: The father of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday that his son “must rest up” after he was moved Thursday out of intensive care at a London hospital. “He almost took one of the team and we’ve got to make sure we play properly now,” Stanley Johnson told BBC News on Friday. A spokesman for 10 Downing Street told the news network that Johnson is in an “early stage' of his coronavirus recovery and that he “continues to be in good spirits.' Johnson spent three nights in an intensive care unit at London’s St. Thomas’ Hospital. He tested positive March 26 for COVID-19. Atlanta buildings light up in blue in support of front line workers Update 9:55 a.m. EDT April 10: Landmarks and buildings across the country are being lit in blue to show appreciation for workers on the front line of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, WSB-TV reported. >> Read more on WSBTV.com A few places in metro Atlanta joined the #LightItBlue campaign Thursday, including the Braves’ Truist Park, according to WSB-TV. Washington working to release nonviolent offenders from prison, governor says  Update 9:45 a.m. EDT April 10: Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and state Corrections Secretary Steve Sinclair said Thursday that officials were working to release some nonviolent offenders from prison due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, KIRO-TV reported. The announcement came less than a day after more than 100 inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex “revolted” when they learned six fellow inmates and five prison staff members all tested positive for the coronavirus. No one was injured, according to KIRO-TV. >> Read more on KIRO7.com Fauci: Officials discussing possibility of immunity certificates Update 9:20 a.m. EDT April 10: Federal officials are mulling over the possibility of having Americans carry certificates of immunity as authorities continue working to contain the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s one of those things that we talk about when we want to make sure that we know who the vulnerable people are and not,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday.-'This is something that’s being discussed. I think it’s something that might actually have some merit under certain circumstances.' Antibody test will be available to Americans ‘in a week or so,’ Fauci says Update 8:50 a.m. EDT April 10: Americans wondering whether they’ve unknowingly had and recovered from COVID-19 will have access to antibody tests in about a week, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday. “In the period of a week or so, we’re going to have a rather large number of tests that are available,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” on Friday. “These antibody tests are tests that we do on other diseases but they need to be validated. You need to make sure that they’re consistent and that they’re accurate. And that’s what we’re doing now.” Fauci said the tests will be particularly useful while figuring out when to allow businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic to reopen. “It’s very important to appreciate and to understand how much that virus has penetrated the society because it’s very likely that there are a large number of people out there that have been infected, have been asymptomatic and did not know they were infected,' Fauci said. “If their antibody test is positive, one can formulate a kind of strategy about whether or not they would be at risk or vulnerable of getting infected. This will be important for health care workers, for first line fighters -- those kinds of people.” Global coronavirus deaths approach 97K, worldwide cases top 1.6M Update 8:02 a.m. EDT April 10: The global death toll attributed to the novel coronavirus reached 96,787 early Friday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally. In the four months since the virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, it has infected at least 1,612,646 people worldwide. Five countries – the United States, Spain, Italy, Germany and France – have now confirmed total infection counts well above China’s 82,940 cases. • The United States has reported 466,299 cases, resulting in 16,686 deaths. • Spain has confirmed 157,022 cases, resulting in 15,843 deaths. • Italy has reported 143,626 infections, resulting in 18,279 deaths. • France has confirmed 118,785 infections, resulting in 12,228 deaths. • Germany has reported 118,235 cases, resulting in 2,607 deaths. • China has recorded 82,940 cases, resulting in 3,340 deaths. • Iran has recorded 66,220 cases, resulting in 4,110 deaths. • The United Kingdom has reported 65,872 cases, resulting in 7,993 deaths. • Turkey has recorded 42,282 cases, resulting in 908 deaths. • Belgium has confirmed 26,667 cases, resulting in 3,019 deaths. NY hires contractors to bury dead as coronavirus toll continues mounting Update 7:06 a.m. EDT April 10: After three consecutive days of record-breaking coronavirus deaths, New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter’s field on Hart Island. Since the 19th century, the city has used the site off the coast of the Bronx borough for primarily indigent burials and those for whom no next of kin could be located, Reuters reported. Read more here. WeWork proposes redesigned shared-office layouts for a post-coronavirus workforce Update 5:31 a.m. EDT April 10: WeWork has a few tweaks in mind for shared office space in a post-coronavirus world, The Washington Post reported. The shared workspace company has proposed in an email to clients and real estate brokers, obtained by the Post, the adoption of new floor plans, the addition of sanitizing capabilities and foot traffic-flow reviews, The Washington Post reported. WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani stated in the email the adaptive steps will be implemented over the next six weeks and will include enhanced cleaning techniques, the posting of new capacity signage for meeting rooms and the adoption of “every other” desk occupancy in private offices. Yemen confirms 1st novel coronavirus case Update 5:20 a.m. EDT April 10: War-torn Yemen confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday. According to The Associated Press, the national emergency committee for COVID-19 infections in Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramawt said in a tweet the patient is in stable condition and receiving treatment. Nasser Baoum, the minister of health for Yemen’s internationally recognized government, told the AP the case involves a 73-year-old Yemeni national who works at the al-Shahr port in Hadramawt. Amazon developing own coronavirus testing lab after workers in 64 warehouses fall ill Update 4:58 a.m. EDT April 10: In a bid to fast-track the return of operations to normal, Amazon announced Thursday it is developing its own laboratory to screen its workers for the novel coronavirus. In a blog post made public Thursday, the Seattle-based e-commerce juggernaut said it has begun assembling the necessary equipment to build the testing facility and is hopeful testing for “small numbers of our front-line employees soon.” According to The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, employees in at least 64 of the company’s warehouses and shipping facilities have tested positive for the virus. “Regular testing on a global scale across all industries would both help keep people safe and help get the economy back up and running,” Amazon wrote in its blog post, adding, “But, for this to work, we as a society would need vastly more testing capacity than is currently available.” In reversal, coronavirus testing sites to maintain threatened federal funds if desired Update 3:15 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reversed course Thursday, announcing community-based novel coronavirus testing sites across the country will continue to receive federal funding. In partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the HHS announced local authorities can now opt to maintain federal oversight and assistance or transition to state control which would still include federal technical assistance as well as supply requests through traditional FEMA channels. FDA warns Infowars founder Alex Jones to halt promotion of unapproved coronavirus cures Update 2 a.m. EDT April 10: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned InfoWars founder Alex Jones to remove several products advertised on his website as potential coronavirus cures. In a letter to Jones, the FDA singled out products such as “SuperSilver Whitening Toothpaste,” the “SuperSilver Wound Dressing Gel” and “Superblue Fluoride Free Toothpaste” as both 'unapproved” and “misbranded” in violation of agency regulations. Specifically, the letter requests Jones “take immediate action to cease the sale of such unapproved and unauthorized products for the mitigation, prevention, treatment, diagnosis, or cure of COVID-19.” US coronavirus deaths hit 16,690, total cases top 466K Published 12:47 a.m. EDT April 10: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States surpassed 466,000 early Friday morning across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 466,033 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 16,690 deaths. U.S. cases now more than triple the 153,222 reported in Spain and the 143,626 confirmed in Italy. Of the confirmed U.S. deaths, 7,067 – or roughly 42% of the nationwide total – have occurred in New York, 1,709 in New Jersey, 1,076 in Michigan, 702 in Louisiana and 551 in California. In terms of diagnosed cases, New York remains the hardest hit with at least 161,799 confirmed cases – more than three times the next-closest state – followed by New Jersey with 51,027, Michigan with 21,504 and California with 19,950. Five other states have now confirmed at least 16,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including: • Massachusetts: 18,941, resulting in 503 deaths • Pennsylvania: 18,633, resulting in 365 deaths • Louisiana: 18,283, resulting in 702 deaths • Florida: 16,826, resulting in 371 deaths • Illinois: 16,422, resulting in 528 deaths Meanwhile, Georgia and Texas each has confirmed at least 10,000 novel coronavirus infections; Connecticut and Washington state each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Indiana, Colorado and Maryland each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases; Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; North Carolina, Missouri and Arizona each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Wisconsin, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases. Click here to see CNN’s state-by-state breakdown. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • More people will be eating Easter dinner at home this year, and many grocery stores will be open if you need last-minute items. Store hours vary this year, and your local store may not be open as usual. Below is a list of stores that will be open and those that have announced they will be closed. Check with your local store for hours. Grocery stores open on Easter Albertsons The Fresh Market Kroger Safeway Walmart Whole Foods Winn-Dixie Grocery stores closed on Easter Aldi Costco Publix Sam's Club Target Trader Joe’s