Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 10:33 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020
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3:10 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Rhode Island to allow in-person summer camps starting on June 29

From CNN's Mirna Alsharif

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Pool

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced today that summer and youth camps in the state will be allowed to operate in person starting June 29.

Raimondo said that summer camps will look different than previous years because there will be strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place. The administration is also considering requiring camp advisers to keep children in "small, stable groups" of about 10 in order to limit their interaction with others. 

Raimondo emphasized that this decision is just a goal and is subject to change. More guidance about summer camps will be available on the state's reopening website starting next week. 

"For their mental and emotional and intellectual development and health, I think we need to try our best to operate summer camps this summer," Raimondo said, adding that she will be dipping into the Covid-19 emergency funds the state received to ensure camps get what they need to operate safely.
3:00 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Ohio to reopen childcare facilities at the end of the month

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine The Ohio Channel

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that beginning May 31 childcare providers in the state will be able to reopen with reduced numbers of children in each classroom and intensified cleaning and hand-washing practices.

Childcare providers will be wearing masks, temperature checks will occur regularly, and children will be required to wash their hands upon arrival, throughout the day, and before pickup, according to adviser Joni Close, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton.

Preschool classes will only be allowed a maximum number for nine children, while classes with infants and toddlers will only be allowed six per classroom.

DeWine emphasized that there is no playbook for childcare during Covid-19, saying the state must learn and make changes as it moves forward. The governor said Ohio therefore also intends to fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of Covid-19 in childcare settings.

As Ohio’s childcare providers will need assistance when they reopen, the state will be utilizing over $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants.

"Our goal is to have the safest child care system in the nation. One that nurtures the health and continued growth and development of our children and one that protects the health and safety of our child care workers and teachers,” DeWine said. 

 Day camps will also open the same day as daycares, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced.

2:57 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Nearly 40% of low-income workers lost their jobs in March, according to new report

From CNN’s Tami Luhby

Nam Y. Huh/AP
Nam Y. Huh/AP

The Federal Reserve Bank has released a report detailing just how unequally the coronavirus-induced economic downturn is hitting Americans.

On one hand, lower-income people are getting slammed. Nearly 40% of those with a household income below $40,000 reported a job loss in March, according to the Economic Well-Being of US Households report.

At the same time, for the majority of adults, their income and ability to pay current bills appeared to remain generally stable during the initial weeks of the coronavirus pandemic.

Also essentially unchanged was the percentage of people who reported they could pay off an unexpected $400 emergency expense entirely using cash, savings, or a credit card at the next statement.

What this all means: The findings back up other reports that show that lower-income Americans, as well as black and Hispanic people, are bearing the brunt of the outbreak's financial fallout. They are more likely to work in sectors that are laying off or furloughing workers, such as food services.

More than one in five Americans have filed initial jobless claims since the pandemic began. 

From the start of March through early April 2020, 19% of adults said they lost a job, were furloughed or had their hours reduced, the report found. More than one-third of these folks expected to have difficulty paying their bills in April. 

Some 64% of adults who reported a job loss or reduction in hours expected to be able to pay all their bills in full in April, compared to 85% of those without an employment disruption. 

But nine in 10 people who lost a job reported that their employer indicated that they would return to work, though their bosses did not say when that would occur. 

Just over half of workers did at least some work from home in the last week of March, and 41% did all of it remotely. That's a big jump from October when only 7% of those employed by others usually worked from home.

Those with college degrees were more likely to telecommute. Some 63% of workers with at least a bachelor's degree worked entirely from home, but only 20% of those with high school education or less did so.


2:39 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

108-year-old New Jersey woman recovers from Covid-19

From CNN's Julian Cummings

Gov. Phil Murphy/Facebook
Gov. Phil Murphy/Facebook

Last month, 108-year-old Sylvia Goldscholl of Allendale, New Jersey, was diagnosed with Covid-19.

Today Goldscholl has recovered from the virus, Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference.

“She was 7 years old during the 1918 flu pandemic and she survived it. Last month, Sylvia tested positive for Covid-19 and now we can say she has beaten that,” Murphy said.

The governor added: “A tremendous life. A tremendous spirit, A tremendous show of strength. A tremendous role model for all of the rest of us."

2:50 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Cuomo: Covid-related illness affecting infants to 21 year olds

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state's Department of Health is "now looking at 110 cases of Covid-related illness in children."

The governor said the age of patients range from less than 1 years old to 21 years old. 

He called this a "very frightening development."


2:26 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Parts of New York state will reopen Friday, governor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

State of New York
State of New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said certain regions of New York are still on track to reopen Friday.

“We have certain regions that are poised to reopen tomorrow,” Cuomo said at a news conference in Syracuse this afternoon. 

For those areas reopening, local government is now tasked with daily monitoring of numbers, business compliance, individual compliance and to “react immediately” if numbers change, the governor said.

“Phased reopening does not mean the problem has gone away," Cuomo said.


2:18 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Trump administration is sending nearly $4 billion to New York for transit funding, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he spoke to President Trump today about the state's funding issues and the administration agreed to expedite $3.9 billion in funding to the state for the Metropolitan Transit Association.

"We spoke about the state funding issues with Donald Trump. He heard me out. I've also asked him to expedite certain payments and he's expediting $3.9 billion payment to the MTA, which is a very large transportation agency in the state," the governor said. 

Cuomo said that Trump sent the first installment today.

He added that the MTA "desperately needs funding because the ridership is way down" on account of people staying home.

2:12 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

157 people died from coronavirus yesterday in New York, governor says

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today that state had 157 more deaths yesterday from Covid-19.

The number of deaths are down compared to 166 the day before.

Cuomo called the death toll "still terrible" but "heading in the right direction" in terms of daily decline.

2:06 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

The US's largest mall will reopen on June 1

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

Shoppers, visitors and employees leave the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Tuesday, March 17, moments before it closed temporarily due to coronavirus.
Shoppers, visitors and employees leave the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, on Tuesday, March 17, moments before it closed temporarily due to coronavirus. Jim Mone/AP

North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex – the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota — will reopen on June 1, according to a statement. 

The announcement comes a day after Gov. Tim Walz announced he would let his state’s stay home order expire and allow non-essential businesses to reopen beginning Monday. 

"As the COVID-19 crisis remains fluid, we will continue following guidance from our state government as we monitor and evaluate the safety protocols put in place and will make necessary adjustments as needed to manage the safety of everyone within our building," The small said in a statement. "It is important to know that while Mall of America will reopen on June 1, not all retailers within our building will open immediately. We understand it may be longer before some are ready to reopen."