Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Elise Hammond, Mike Hayes and Emma Reynolds, CNN

Updated 9:03 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020
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4:19 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Ohio governor on reopening plans: It's "my decision"

CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the 'Stay at Home' order on April 20, in Columbus, Ohio.
Protesters gather at the Ohio Statehouse to protest the 'Stay at Home' order on April 20, in Columbus, Ohio. Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images

When talking about the reopening plans laid out for the state today, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said, "ultimately, the decision is my decision, and I take full responsibility for the decision.”

DeWine announced earlier today that Ohio will be reopening some health care services on May 1, saying all health procedures or operations that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can move forward.

Manufacturing, distribution, and construction companies, as well as general offices will be allowed to open on May 4.

In a third step, consumer, retail and other services will be allowed to reopen on May 12, DeWine said.

 “With a decision like this, there is no easy decision – we have to balance. We will be criticized by those who think we shouldn't open up. We'll be criticized by those who think we didn't open up enough," he added.

When asked about other Republicans, who had called for him to open up everything immediately, DeWine said “these are a balance, and to throw the doors open on May 1 and say, get rid of the stay at home order, or get rid of the distancing, and get rid of everything, would be totally irresponsible.”

“I have an obligation as governor of the state to do two things right now – get people back to work and keep them safe,” DeWine said.
4:07 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Boston won't reopen on May 4, mayor says

From CNN's Anna Sturla

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

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said May 4 is "too early” to reopen after the Massachusetts governor promised "clarity" on reopening the state on that date.

“I would have serious concerns if we start relaxing some of the measures we have taken in Boston and the Commonwealth on May 4, especially If it is done without a clear and thoughtful plan," Walsh said.  

Earlier today, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said that later this week he would “create clarity” on reopening the state on May 4.

Walsh said that the city is working with the state to determine which public health benchmarks need to be met to determine reopening. 

“We are building a framework for short-, medium- and long-term recovery," he said. 

“We cannot afford any mistakes and we can’t wait for the coronavirus to go away to take next steps," Walsh added. 

3:51 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

California is "weeks away, not months" from changes to stay-at-home order, governor says

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, in Sacramento, California.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at the California Department of Public Health on February 27, in Sacramento, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state is "just weeks away, not months away, from making meaningful changes to our stay-at-home order.”

He warned the public about the need to continue to abide by social distancing guidelines and chastised beachgoers in Ventura and Orange County for flocking to the coastlines on Saturday in particular.

“This virus doesn’t take the weekends off. This virus doesn’t go home. We have to manage and augment our behavior,” Newsom said. “The only thing that will set us back is people stopping practicing physical distancing.”

There were no citations issued, but some people were given warnings for defying stay-at-home orders. Newsom warned that more aggressive enforcement could come if the guidelines and procedures are flouted.

The governor reiterated that the state’s lifting of restrictions will be “driven by data that’s driven by our behavior.”

3:46 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Key West to reopen parks and beaches to local residents only

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Empty lounge chairs are seen on the deserted beach of Florida Keys on March 22.
Empty lounge chairs are seen on the deserted beach of Florida Keys on March 22. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Key West, Florida, will reopen parks, beaches and recreational facilities to local residents effective today, according to a letter from City Manager Greg Veliz posted on the city’s official Facebook page.

“Although we are currently under a restrictive order as it pertains to businesses, we do understand the need to begin to allow our residents to resume some sense of normalcy while exercising personal responsibility and social distancing,” Veliz wrote.

Veliz added that the city is monitoring any reopening announcements made by Gov. Ron DeSantis so the city can respond to the needs of Key West.

The Florida Keys have been closed to visitors since the coronavirus outbreak. The closure is enforced with a checkpoint.

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3:47 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

NBA hoping to open some team facilities no later than May 8

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

The practice facility of the Charlotte Hornets is seen on April 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The practice facility of the Charlotte Hornets is seen on April 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The National Basketball Association announced today that it is targeting a date no earlier than May 8 to allow individual workouts at NBA team facilities in cities not subject to government restrictions. 

The May 8 date is a week later than ESPN reported over the weekend.

The NBA informed its teams of the decision today, according to a statement from the league. For cities where government restrictions remain in place, the league will work with teams to identify alternatives.

"The purpose of these changes is to allow for safe and controlled environments for players to train in states that allow them to do so," the statement said.

Restrictions put in place by the NBA would include no more than four players permitted at a facility at one time, no coaching allowed and no group activity such as scrimmages or practices. Players are prohibited from using non-team facilities.

3:39 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

The White House will release two documents about coronavirus testing today, source says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

The White House will release two documents today about coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the plan tells CNN.

The first will be a testing overview that looks at what the administration has done to ramp up testing, including strengthening the US supply chain for collection supplies and testing kits, and the second will be a "testing blueprint" that provides guidance for increasing testing as states begin to reopen. 

It's still not entirely clear what will be on the second document, but it is expected to explain how the administration views the roles of federal, state and local governments in addition to the private sector when it comes to testing. 

The blueprint document will also have guidance about establishing coronavirus monitoring systems and rapid response plans. 

 

3:29 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Coronavirus antibody tests are "not ready for prime time," former CDC acting director says

From CNN Health’s Gisela Crespo

Dr. Richard Besser attends a gala at the New York Athletic Club on April 28, 2014 in New York City.
Dr. Richard Besser attends a gala at the New York Athletic Club on April 28, 2014 in New York City. Rommel Demano/Getty Images

When it comes to antibody tests for people who believe they may have had the coronavirus, “from my perspective I would say they're not ready for prime time," Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday during a virtual chat with Stat.

“As we learn whether that means you are protected in the future, there could be value in that,” Besser told Stat reporter Helen Branswell about the tests.

Besser said he’s worried some countries are already considering the idea of immunity passports based on antibody tests when “the science isn't there yet to be able to say what those tests mean.”

"I worry that people will get a false sense of security and they can change their behavior based on the results of that test, or have a false sense of concern if it's a test that isn't detecting protections that they may actually have.”

3:24 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Florida's Miami-Dade will get its first walk-up testing site

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Health care workers wait for people to arrive to be tested at the Covid-19 walk up testing site that opened on April 27, in North Miami, Florida.
Health care workers wait for people to arrive to be tested at the Covid-19 walk up testing site that opened on April 27, in North Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the county’s first Covid-19 walk-up testing site today.

The new testing site is located at Holy Family Catholic Church in North Miami.

Walk-up testing sites are geared toward providing testing opportunities to underserved communities and people who do not own cars.

While this is the first walk-up testing site in Miami-Dade County, similar sites have been set up in other parts of the state in the past few weeks.

 

3:18 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

More than 11,000 people in New York City have died from coronavirus

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Medical workers transport a patient outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 27, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
Medical workers transport a patient outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 27, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York City has had at least 11,708 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 5,228 probable coronavirus deaths, according to the city website.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 16,936.

The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “COVID-19” or an equivalent.

There have been 156,100 coronavirus cases in the city, and about 40,000 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.