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The US National Guard has been deployed to three states to fight coronavirus as millions face stay at home orders

March 23, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As US coronavirus cases top 34,000, the federal government has activated the US National Guard in three of the hardest hit states -- California, Washington and New York.

(CNN)As US coronavirus cases top 34,000, the federal government has activated the US National Guard in three of the hardest hit states -- California, Washington and New York.

New Yorkers, along with millions of people in at least seven other states, are facing orders from their governors aimed at keeping them home to prevent further spread.

President Donald Trump said Sunday that the federal government was deploying National Guard units to the three hardest hit states "to carry out approved missions" and as a "backup" to state leaders.

The deployment comes as more than 100 million people in at least eight states face orders from their governors to stay home to curb the spread of the virus.

California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey were already under stay at home orders over the weekend.

High demand for medical equipment has forced states to compete with one another as they struggle to get what they need to treat their patients, Cuomo said Sunday.

On Sunday, Trump approved a disaster declaration for California that will bring supplies, medical stations and naval hospital ships to the state, he said at a briefing.

And a new drive-up testing facility in Miami will give health care workers and first responders priority testing, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

At the assisted living facility Atria Willow Wood in Broward County, Florida, the virus has resulted in three deaths and seven additional positive cases with the results pending for five other residents, a statement from Senior Vice President of Care Mike Gentry said.

Seven other facilities in the state have reported cases, he said.

The center is associated with 35 deaths in one of the hardest hit states, the county health department said.

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