Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Fernando Alfonso III and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:50 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020
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4:01 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Michigan governor is reevaluating state's stay-at-home order

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state on April 20.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state on April 20. Michigan Office of the Governor/Pool/AP

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that she is evaluating the state's stay-at-home order and plans to make an announcement at the end of the week. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Whitmer said the "data we've received in the last week has shown me that it's time to reevaluate the stay home, stay safe order."

What the numbers show: Cases in the state are up 999 over the past day and currently stand at 33,966. The state is currently reporting 2,813 deaths, Whitmer said.

Hospitalizations peaked roughly 10 days ago and the state has seen a decline since then, the governor added.

She also said that they have secured enough medical equipment for hospitals to last at least a week. 

"The curve is flattening and starting to stabilize," Whitmer added.

3:58 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Pompeo announces $270 million in additional US foreign assistance for coronavirus response

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced more than $270 million in additional foreign assistance being provided in humanitarian aid and government assistance from the US to countries that need help responding to the Covid-19 outbreak.

This is part of the emergency supplemental funding provided by Congress for the pandemic – which totals $2.4 billion.

None of the money is currently scheduled to go to the World Health Organization, given the hold on funding while the administration carries out its review.

“This pandemic can’t wait for the review,” Jim Richardson, the director of US Foreign Assistance Resources at the State Department, told reporters today.

The acting administrator of United States Agency for International Development, John Barsa, explained that even before the WHO hold, there was already an effort underway at USAID to expand new partnerships and that effort is ongoing as they identify new partners to work with amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

4:17 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Anderson Cooper clashes with Las Vegas mayor over her desire to reopen: "That’s really ignorant"

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman clashes with Anderson Cooper on April 22.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman clashes with Anderson Cooper on April 22. CNN

CNN’s Anderson Cooper clashed with Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman in a lengthy interview this afternoon after she advocated for the swift reopening of casinos, hotels and restaurants in the city.

Goodman defended her desire to reopen saying, “I’d love everything open because I think we’ve had viruses here for years.”

Cooper presented a graphic showing the spread of coronavirus in a restaurant in China. Goodman dismissed it saying, “This isn’t China, this is Las Vegas, Nevada.”

"Wow, that’s really ignorant," Cooper responded. "That’s an ignorant, ignorant statement … yes it’s in China but they are human beings, too.”

When pressed by Cooper on whether she’d join casino workers on the casino floor if they reopened, Goodman said, "I don’t gamble."

Watch the moment here:

3:47 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Boston mayor says the city is still not at its peak of coronavirus cases

From CNN's Giulia McDonnell

 

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at a press conference on March 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh at a press conference on March 13, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

There are at least, 6,010 cases of coronavirus in Boston, and 196 people have died from the disease, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Wednesday.

The city is still not at its peak of cases and the surge is going to continue, he said. 

Walsh announced a fourth round of funding through the Boston Resiliency Fund. A distribution of an additional $1.7 million in funds will be given to at least 20 organizations that support community health centers, veterans, individuals experiencing homelessness, neighborhoods experiencing higher rates of coronavirus, and the Boston Muslim community during Ramadan, Walsh said. The money will also go towards medical equipment for frontline and essential workers. 

By the numbers: The city has added over 1,000 beds to improve spacing and provide treatment in the homeless shelter system, Walsh said. Boston Hope Medical Center has treated over 290 Covid-19 patients so far, and as of yesterday, it had 169 patients; of which 97 were on the shelter side and 72 in the hospital side, he said.

Walsh said he is “upset” with President Trump’s executive order barring new immigration.

“This would do nothing to protect people from the coronavirus and certainly do nothing to protect our economy,” Walsh said. “It was a foolish policy only to distract people from the real issue at hand. Our immigrants need and deserve support.”

Walsh noted that in Boston, 46% of accommodations and food workers are foreign born. Immigrants make up 35% of Boston’s health care workers, 40% of the city’s construction workers and 41% of hospitality workers, Walsh said.  

Trump said Tuesday his order will apply only to people seeking green cards, last 60 days and won't affect workers entering the country on a temporary basis. 

3:55 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Las Vegas mayor says businesses "better figure" out plan to reopen on their own

From CNN's Paul LeBlanc

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman pictured on January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman pictured on January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman repeatedly called for the city's businesses to reopen while refusing to provide any social distancing guidelines on how to do so safely.

"I am not a private owner. That's the competition in this country. The free enterprise and to be able to make sure that what you offer the public meets the needs of the public," Goodman, an independent, told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"Right now, we're in a crisis health-wise, and so for a restaurant to be open or a small boutique to be open, they better figure it out. That's their job. That's not the mayor's job."

Watch the moment here:

3:33 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

California governor on reopening state: "There is no date"

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said there "is no date" for when the state could reopen and residents could return to normalcy.

“No one wants to share the timeline for the return to normalcy than I do,” Newsom said at his daily press conference. However, “There is no date," he said.

“I wish I could prescribe a specific date ... and go back to normalcy,” he said. “I know so many of you demand and deserve clarity.” 

Newsom warned, “You will be left wanting.” About lifting restrictions, the governor said, “We are not prepared to do that today. We won’t wait week to week, when we’re ready, we will make those announcements in real time.”

California is looking closely at six key indicators based on health science, not politics, the governor said. Those indicators are:

  1. Testing and tracking
  2. Protecting vulnerable populations
  3. Hospital preparedness, including personal protective equipment
  4. Developing treatments, including vaccines
  5. The ability to continue physical distancing, especially at schools and businesses
  6. The ability to reinstate stay home orders if needed
3:32 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

California governor says call with Trump focused on need for testing supplies

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

 

Gov. Gavin Newsom pictured on April 14 during a news conference.
Gov. Gavin Newsom pictured on April 14 during a news conference. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom detailed a call with President Trump focused on coronavirus testing materials.

As the state increases testing capacity, the overwhelming need is supplies, specifically test swabs, Newsom said he told Trump during a call Wednesday.

The President promised that California will receive 100,000 test swabs this week, 250,000 next week, and more the week after, Newsom said.

So far, about 465,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in California.

3:59 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Minnesota records its most coronavirus deaths and infections seen in one day

From CNN's Allison Flexner

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to Covid-19 during a news conference on April 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz provides an update on the state's response to Covid-19 during a news conference on April 20 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Scott Takushi/Pioneer P

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the state recorded its highest number of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began.

The governor cited 19 deaths and 154 new infections. Walz went on to say it appears the state is climbing the slope.

Health Secretary Jan Malcolm said the state expects to see these numbers increase.

2:37 p.m. ET, April 22, 2020

Two cats in New York are first pets in US to test positive for coronavirus, federal officials say

From CNN Health’s Arman Azad

A veterinarian tests a cat for the coronavirus, a requirement for travel, at a clinic in Cairo, Egypt on March 29.
A veterinarian tests a cat for the coronavirus, a requirement for travel, at a clinic in Cairo, Egypt on March 29. Maya Alleruzzo/AP Images

Two cats in New York have been infected with the novel coronavirus, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Both animals had mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery.

“These are the first pets in the United States to test positive,” the US Department of Agriculture said Wednesday in a joint statement with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agencies emphasized that there is no evidence pets play a role in spreading coronavirus in the United States.

"There is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare," they said.

The two cats were tested after they showed respiratory symptoms, according to the agencies, and they join the ranks of a lion and a tiger in New York who were previously confirmed to be infected.

A veterinarian tested the first house cat after it showed mild respiratory signs, but none of the humans in its household were confirmed to have the virus.

It’s possible, officials said, that the cat was infected by somebody outside the home. Someone inside the house, with mild or no symptoms, could have also transmitted the virus.

The second cat, in a separate area of New York, was also tested after it showed signs of respiratory illness. The owner of that cat tested positive for Covid-19 before the cat became ill, but another cat in the household has shown no signs of illness.

Coronavirus and pets: Officials are still learning more about coronavirus and pets, but the CDC is recommending that people limit interactions between their pets and people or animals outside the household.

Cats should be kept indoors when possible, the CDC said, and dogs should be walked on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals. 

The agency said dogs should also avoid public places where a large number of people and animals gather, such as dog parks. 

If someone is ill with Covid-19 – whether suspected or confirmed – officials recommend having another member of the household care for pets.