"We originally thought it would double every six to seven days, and we see cases double every three to four days," said Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency.
The world missed the first opportunity to control the virus, but now it is a new opportunity to act, said Director General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a media briefing in Geneva on Wednesday.
"This virus is the number one public enemy," Tedros said.
The action is especially important because Fauci said Wednesday that even when the virus is contained, it probably won't be completely stopped.
"We need to develop medicine so that when we come next year, it won't be that way again," he told Cuomo. "Never again like this."
The call for more research and more doctors
To fight back against the virus, officials call for all hands-on tires.
The US Army has reached out to retired medical personnel and said they must hear "STAT" about whether they would potentially volunteer in the coronavirus operation, according to an email obtained by CNN.
The school still needs the plan to be approved by state and education staff, but as of Wednesday afternoon, at least 69 students had volunteered.
In addition to more help, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said health professionals need more information.
"I'm sure this virus is just about everywhere, but how dense it is, how widespread it is – we don't know yet. We haven't tested adequately," Schaffner said. "If we could test a lot more, we would have a much better idea of how distributed this virus is."
Resources do not meet treatment needs while the wave continues
Nearly half of US coronavirus cases are in New York, according to CNN's summary of cases detected and tested through US public health systems.
As the number of cases climbs, New York is appealing to the federal government for more medical equipment to treat the sick.
New York hospitals will probably have personal protective equipment only for the next two weeks, Prime Minister Cuomo said. The state also needs around 30,000 respirators. As of Wednesday, the state had 4,000 ventilators in hospitals and a further 4,000 on the way from the federal government. New York has also purchased 7,000 respirators and is still "acting," the governor said.
The fans are "the difference between life and death for thousands of New Yorkers," said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Meanwhile, the mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, said her city could see an increase in cases similar to those seen in New York City, and she warned that with that comes an increased demand for supplies. Breed estimated that San Francisco may need as many as 1,500 more fans and 5,000 more hospital beds.
"If people out on the streets continue to gather with each other, continue to interact with each other, increasing the spread of this virus, we will not have enough beds, enough ICUs, enough fans to support the people we know are coming to need them, "Breed told reporters Wednesday.
"It's not even a question of whether we will need more," Breed said.
Officials who enforce home orders
To ensure that people follow orders to stay home, some cities have announced plans to punish people who do not follow the rules.
Interim Chicago Police chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that "the educational phase of this is over." Beck said police will begin giving citations Thursday to residents who do not follow social distance rules and stay home.
Breaking the orders is a misdemeanor punishable by a citation with a fine of up to $ 500, Beck said. If the violation continues, it may result in physical arrest.
So far, 21 states have problems with the home's home, with some not coming into effect until the end of the week.
New York, which has been severely affected by the pandemic, has limited non-essential activities and rallies, and individuals are asked to restrict outdoor activities to non-contact activities.
Civil fines will be issued to incompatible businesses, but not individuals, Cuomo said.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Wednesday that the city will also enforce restrictions on non-essential businesses that are open.
Despite rumors, however, the Los Angeles Police Department will not stop people from training and leaving their homes, Garcetti said.
CNN's Jen Christensen, Jacqueline Howard, Omar Jimenez, Sarah Moon, Steve Almasy, Christina Maxouris and Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.