“He was 34 years old and had no major, current health issues,” Elizabeth Gregg, one of his friends from college, told The New York Times on Thursday. “He was just at Disney World, and to come home and a week later — you’re dead? That’s not supposed to happen to anyone, let alone a healthy, successful 34-year-old man.”
Mrs. Gregg, who hadn’t seen Mr. Ghazarian in years, lives in Issaquah, Wash., and said that Mr. Ghazarian’s death may be a wake-up call to younger people who aren’t taking enough precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.
“Even here, I’m at the epicenter of this, and still large groups of teenagers are hanging out of the supermarket,” she said. “Maybe it’s going to take more people like Jeffrey to die for people to understand this can affect absolutely anybody.”
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.