Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Updated 10:35 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020
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11:57 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

New York City could limit number of people in parks as weather gets warmer, mayor says

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New York City could limit the number of people that go into parks as the weather gets warmer to help with social distancing, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his morning Covid-19 presser.

The mayor said he has been having discussions with New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea to see how limiting park goers could work to prevent overcrowding which can happen quickly.

He said he expects to discuss this more tomorrow.

12:07 p.m. ET, May 7, 2020

New York extends ban on evictions for not paying rent

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced extra protections for renters during the coronavirus crisis.

He extended a ban on evictions due to non-payment of rent for both commercial and residential tenants until Aug. 20. Previously, he issued a moratorium on evictions until June.

"It's not that the bill collectors have taken a vacation," Cuomo said.

The governor also said he is banning late fees on rent, and he's allowing tenants to use their security deposit as a rent payment.

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11:49 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

At least 231 people in New York died of coronavirus yesterday

At least 231 people died across New York from coronavirus yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the death toll is decreasing, but slowly.

"You can see how slow that has come down and how painfully high it still is," he said.

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11:50 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Health director says ramping up testing will be "a wild ride"

From CNN's Amanda Watts

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Andrew Harnik/AP

Dr. Francis Collins, Director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said the race to ramp up testing across the United States will be “a wild ride.”

Speaking today to the Senate Health, Education Labor and Pensions Committee about new ideas for defeating coronavirus, Collins said, last week NIH announced a program called Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostic (RADx), “the goal of RADx is to help make millions more accurate and easy to use tests per week available to all Americans by the end of summer, and even more in time for the flu season,” Collins said.

Since it announcement last week, Collins said he is “delighted and somewhat astounded” that as of yesterday afternoon, “there were 1,087 applications initiated, 79 of those already complete.” 

 “In 27 years at NIH, I have honestly never seen anything move this quickly. The expert review team already in place has identified 20 of these completed applications that are ready to move into that first phase of intense scrutiny and the game is on, and it's going to be a wild ride,” he said.

Collins warned, the goal of RADx “is a stretch goal that goes well beyond what most experts think will be possible. I have encountered some stunned expressions, when describing these goals and this timetable.” 

“The scientific and logistical challenges are truly daunting, but I remain optimistic because of the track record of American ingenuity and the outpouring that has already happened, of great ideas coming into this Shark Tank,” Collins said. 

10:59 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Japan approves remdesivir for treating coronavirus patients after positive US research

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Ulrich Perrey/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Japan has approved the use of the experimental anti-viral drug remdesivir, for the treatment of coronavirus patients with severe symptoms.

About the drug: Researchers in the US released some good news last week about a possible treatment for coronavirus — evidence that the experimental drug may help patients recover more quickly from the infection.

The US Food and Drug Administration has authorized remdesivir for emergency use in patients with severe Covid-19.

The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare granted special approval of the drug, developed by the US's Gilead Pharmaceutical, just three days after it applied for approval. 

10:56 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

One of Trump's personal valets tests positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Peter Morris

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Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

A member of the US Navy who serves as one of President Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN has learned Thursday, raising concerns about the President's possible exposure to the virus.

The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the President and his family.

Trump was upset when he was informed yesterday that the valet had tested positive, a source told CNN, and he was subsequently tested again by the White House physician.

In a statement, the White House confirmed that one of the President's valets had tested positive.

"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."

A White House source said the valet, a man who has not been identified, exhibited "symptoms" yesterday morning, and said the news that someone close to Trump had tested positive for coronavirus was "hitting the fan" in the West Wing.

Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and the senior staffers who regularly interact with them are still being tested weekly for coronavirus, two people familiar told CNN.

10:42 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

Number of people admitted to New York City hospitals for Covid-19 are down, mayor says

The number of people that were admitted into the hospital for Covid-19 as of Tuesday are down, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

At least 79 people were admitted to hospitals. That number is down from 109 reported Monday, the mayor said.

At least 567 people were admitted into ICUs for Covid-19 treatment across the city and that number is down from the 599 reported on Monday.

10:43 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

More than 200 homeless people left New York subways for shelters and hospitals last night

Workers clean a train car as the New York City subway system is closed for nightly cleaning on May 7.
Workers clean a train car as the New York City subway system is closed for nightly cleaning on May 7. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Outreach workers and police engaged 361 homeless individuals in New York City last night into this morning, the second day the Metropolitan Transportation Authority closed its subways stations to disinfect trains during overnight hours.

At least 218 people accepted social services: 196 went to shelters and 22 went to hospitals, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press conference.

“When 218 come in at one night … that’s an extraordinary story,” he said.
10:22 a.m. ET, May 7, 2020

JetBlue and Spirit's airline losses are even worse than expected

From CNN ‘s Chris Isidore

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Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

No one expected airlines to report good news for the first quarter. But Spirit's and JetBlue's losses were even worse than analysts predicted.

Spirit followed other airlines in announcing it will offer 12 million shares at an as-yet-undetermined price, and $150 million in debt to raise cash to weather the crisis. It also has reached an agreement to increase a credit line by $30 million by May 18.

That news, combined with Spirit's adjusted loss of $58.9 million, sent Spirit shares down 14% in early trading Thursday.

JetBlue lost an adjusted $116 million excluding special items, compared to a $51 million profit a year earlier. Shares of JetBlue were little changed in early trading.