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The number of known coronavirus cases in the United States surged past 10,000 on Thursday, rippling into Capitol buildings and prompting sweeping action, even from state leaders who had been reluctant to order radical changes to daily life.
The Army is preparing two mobile hospitals, with around 250 beds each, to deploy to communities hard hit by the coronavirus, senior Army leaders said on Thursday.
Gen. James T. McConville, the Army chief of staff, said that the two hospitals, one at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State and one at Fort Campbell in Kentucky are have been put on “prepare to deploy” orders.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Thursday stopping dine-in service at restaurants and bars, officially shutting down all schools and gyms, and barring gatherings of more than 10 people statewide. The order, effective at midnight, imposes stringent new regulations similar to those in place in other states on the 28 million residents of Texas. The state also declared a public health disaster for the first time since 1901, Mr. Abbott said.
Florida’s southernmost county, which includes the Florida Keys, ordered all of its hotels on Thursday to close down — at the height of tourist season. There are more than 13,000 hotel rooms in Monroe County, and at this time of year, they are normally booked solid. Hotels were directed to take no further reservations, and current visitors were ordered to leave by Sunday at 6 p.m. The order remains in effect for 14 days.
“We are essentially asking visitors to leave the Keys, much as we do during a hurricane evacuation,” said county’s mayor, Heather Carruthers.
The City of Key West went further, ordering any business that “support social gatherings” of 10 or more people to close, including gymnasiums, movie theaters, museums and sightseeing vehicles.