Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 10:39 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020
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12:38 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

DC creates advisory group to reopen the city

From CNN's Nicky Robertson

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Pool

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the creation of the 'Reopen DC Advisory Group' this morning.

The group, consisting of government and community leaders, will form recommendations for reopening the District of Columbia.

It will have 12 committees focusing on different areas, and will be led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School. Recommendations from the group are expected in May.

Bowser emphasized that the advisory group will tackle what she called "longstanding...racial inequities" in the district when planning for reopening.

She said that this is a “once in a generation opportunity to reopen our city in a way that builds a more equitable DC.”

The current stay-at-home order in Washington is in place until May 15. Bowser reiterated that before phase one of the reopening can begin, a downward trend of positive coronavirus cases must occur over two weeks. 

Additionally, hospitals must have the capacity to treat everyone and there needs to be a widespread contact tracing capacity.

By the numbers: As of Thursday morning, there have been 155 new positive coronavirus cases in Washington, DC, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,361. There were 12 additional deaths, bringing the total to 139.

12:27 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

114 new coronavirus cases linked to Texas beef plant

From CNN's Gregory Lemos 

There are 114 new coronavirus cases linked to the JBS Beef plant in Cactus, Texas, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said Thursday in a statement.  

DSHS said JBS Beef contacted them last week to make sure they were taking appropriate steps to keep their employees safe, the statement said.

JBS brought a photo of the plant to a meeting, which DSHS reviewed and then made recommendations. DSHS was also given a tour of the plant  "and noted that they were following all of the best practices for an essential business to remain in operation." 

DSHS is currently involved in an "epidemiological investigation" to determine who the infected employees have been in contact with.  

"There is community spread in the area," the statement said.  
12:33 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

Virtual race of Triple Crown winners planned for the traditional Kentucky Derby date

From CNN's David Close

Country House and Code of Honor head to the first turn during 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Country House and Code of Honor head to the first turn during 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 04, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky. Rob Carr/Getty Images/FILE

With the 146th Kentucky Derby now scheduled to run on Sept. 5, the home of the famed Triple Crown race will now host a virtual "Run for the Roses" on the original date of the race.

The virtual race, set for May 2, will pit all 13 of the Triple Crown winners against each other utilizing “data algorithms including historical handicapping” to determine a winner.

Organizers look to raise $2 million for coronavirus emergency relief funds.

Kevin Flanery, the President of Churchill Downs Racetrack, said in a statement, "For many fans around the country, the first Saturday in May has become a part of their family’s yearly traditions."

"We will celebrate the annual excitement of our traditional date with our fans and community by offering ways for us to join together for a great cause," he added.
12:28 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

Cuomo says New York will perform more testing in "African-American, Latino communities"

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is going to do more coronavirus testing in African-American and Latino communities.

He said that while New York did not have same health disparities that other states saw, he still thinks it's important to address the issue.

"There could be a number of factors of why you can have higher percentages of positives in the African-American, Latino community. There were existing health disparities, there were existing comorbidities, underlying illness and diabetes and et cetera," Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said another reason he thinks these minorities have a higher percentage of coronavirus cases is because many of them are essential workers.

"While many other people had the opportunity to lock down at home, as terrible as that was, the essential workers have to get up every morning and go out and drive the bus and drive the train and deliver the food and do all those essential services that allowed people to stay-at-home," Cuomo said.

"Also you have more people in the New York City area. More people getting on subways, getting on buses. More people dealing with that density," he added.


12:15 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

New York death toll is not an accurate reflection of Covid-19 fatalities, governor says

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

The approximate 15,500 coronavirus deaths across the state of New York is not an accurate reflection of the overall death toll, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.

The state’s death toll only accounts for lives lost in hospitals and nursing homes, and doesn’t account for lives lost at home.

“We still have to compile all that data,” Cuomo said.
12:20 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

New York governor says state will undertake investigation of nursing homes

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reiterated that nursing homes are a top priority for the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The state will perform an investigation into nursing homes to make sure they are following additional rules during the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

"We're going to undertake an investigation of nursing homes now to make sure they're following the rules. It's going to be a joint Department of Health and attorney general investigation. ... They get paid to take care of a resident and they have to do it in accordance with state rules, and if they don't, we will take appropriate action," he said.

Cuomo said nursing home visitors and workers...

  • Must have their temperatures taken
  • Must quarantine any residents with coronavirus
  • Needs to notify family members of coronavirus cases
  • Should transfer any residents to another facility if they cannot give them adequate care

Cuomo said if nursing homes do not follow the rules, they will be subject to a fine or may lose their license.


11:58 a.m. ET, April 23, 2020

New York governor: Tests on group of New Yorkers show 13.9% have coronavirus antibodies

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said preliminary results of an antibody testing study showed 13.9% of people tested positive for antibodies.

The survey included 3,000 people in 19 counties and 40 localities. The tests came from people in grocery and big box stores. Cuomo said this was important because it came from people who were out — not people isolating at home.

"They were not people who were in their home, they were not people who were quarantined," Cuomo said.

12:12 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

A possible second wave in the fall could overwhelm the testing system, New York governor says

From CNN's Elise Hammond

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a possible second wave of the coronavirus in the fall could overwhelm the testing and health care system.

He said a resurgence of the virus at the same time as flu season would be "problematic" because then health professionals will be testing for the flu at the same time they are testing for Covid-19.

"That could be a possible overwhelming of the testing system," he said at a news conference Thursday.

"If people could have the flu or could have Covid in the fall and they don't know which it is, they could get nervous and start going into the health care system, which could then bring back a capacity issue in the health care system. That's something we have to worry about and watch," he added.


12:03 p.m. ET, April 23, 2020

At least 438 people died from coronavirus in New York yesterday, Gov. Cuomo says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

State of New York
State of New York

The number of deaths from coronavirus on Wednesday was at least 438, which is "still breathtakingly tragic," according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"That number is not coming down as fast as we would like to see that number come down," Cuomo said.

The number of people who died in the state on Tuesday was 474.