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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4:51 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

More than 85,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There are at least 1,405,961 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 85,194 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

Johns Hopkins on Thursday reported 15,555 new cases and 1,075 deaths. 

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

 

5:03 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Maine college considers not reopening until January 2021

From CNN's Bianna Golodryga and Sarah Boxer

In this Friday, January 23, 2015 file photo, Miller Library towers above Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
In this Friday, January 23, 2015 file photo, Miller Library towers above Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

As some colleges and universities are announcing their decisions to hold classes virtually in the fall, one school in Maine is exploring a different path: not re-opening at all in the fall, until students can be safely back on campus in January 2021.

David Greene, president of Colby College, a private liberal arts in Waterville, Maine, tells CNN, “I would rather open in January and go into next summer and have two full semesters worth of in person instruction, if it were safer to do it at that time than it were earlier in the fall.”

A definitive decision about reopening is not expected until early July when school officials hope to get more clarity and information from medical officials about the progression of testing and therapeutics.

“I’m spending everyday talking to medical professionals around these issues from testing to safety protocols,” Greene said. 

While Greene is not ruling out the possibility of offering virtual classes for the fall semester, he is torn by the chorus he is hearing from students and faculty who miss the on-campus experience. “From both sides there’s a strong interest in having people back as long as it’s safe to do so,” he said.

Safety protocols could involve “testing members of the community on a regular basis both for antibodies and for infection.” 

Greene said he has set up a task force of 10 different working groups as they focus on what reopening will look like. The groups will focus on testing, supply chain issues, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and housing.

4:46 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Florida governor hints Miami-Dade restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt 

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he has approved Miami-Dade County’s reopening plan, which kicks off Monday.

The request included reopening restaurants at 50% capacity. 

The governor said Miami-Dade's proposal will be approved and added that he would make a further announcement on the matter tomorrow from Jacksonville. 

4:49 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort to partially reopen Saturday

From CNN's Kristen Holmes

US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on November 1, 2019, in Palm Beach, Florida.
US President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort on November 1, 2019, in Palm Beach, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is telling members the club will partially re-open this weekend, and guests will need to maintain social distancing guidelines.

In an email sent to members, guests are told that the main house, where Trump often takes up residence, along with the spa, gym, and tennis courts will remain closed, and the Beach Club will open under new guidelines through June 28.

Mar-a-Lago's staff will be enforcing social distancing guidelines for members who visit the Beach Club and says loungers and tables will be spaced six feet apart and “on the pool deck and in the pool/jacuzzi.” 

The club is also conducting a heightened cleaning regime. Restrooms will be “thoroughly sanitized hourly” and the club will have “sanitizing stations” spread around the pool deck.

It is unclear whether Trump will return to the property before the season ends. He normally visits the club during winter months.

The last time he visited the club was in early March as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold. 

The President generally stops going to his Florida resort after Mother’s Day, opting for his Bedminster Golf Club in New Jersey over the summer.

Several Trump Organization golf properties also reopened last week, including the Trump Doral in Florida. The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, also reopened this month, and the Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC, in Potomac Falls, Virginia, is also open.

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4:14 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

US stocks finish higher

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

A Wall St. sign near the New York Stock Exchange on May 8, in New York City.
A Wall St. sign near the New York Stock Exchange on May 8, in New York City. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

US stocks closed sharply higher on Thursday, bouncing back from steep losses earlier in the day.

Gains in financials and basic materials stocks helped push the indexes higher. Investors continue to be torn between hopes for the reopening of the economy, and a worsening outlook for growth.

Here's where the markets finished the day: 

  • The Dow snapped a three-day losing streak and closed up 1.6%, or 377 points.
  • The S&P 500 finished up 1.2%
  • The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.9%.
4:00 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

US medical mask maker details production concerns: "I've been ignored for so long"

From CNN's Amanda Watts 

Executive Vice President of Prestige Ameritech Mike Bowen testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 14.
Executive Vice President of Prestige Ameritech Mike Bowen testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 14. Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Bowen, executive vice president with Prestige Ameritech, a medical supply company in Texas, said today the US dependence on foreign masks has been a national security issue for years.   

“Forgive me for being angry; I'm angry because I've done this for so, so long. And I've been ignored for so long. And I apologize,” Bowen said, fighting back tears.

Bowen made the remarks today before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

He said the issue of US dependence on China for masks is “not some multi-billion dollar problem.” The issue, he said, amounts to “people trying to save pennies across the whole United States.”

Bowen said to help fix the foreign dependence, the US government should say it is a national security problem. “It requires the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), telling America's hospitals 'you’re dependent on foreign made masks’ and put them in legal liability. They have to protect their patients and staff," he added.

China controls most of the world’s mask supply, Bowen said. China sells a box of masks for $1, he said, while he sells them for about $5. “Their prices are so cheap that they've captured most of the world's mask market,” he said.

“Their masks cost less than the materials. If I take my labor costs totally out, I'm still nowhere near the cost of their products,” Bowen said.

Rep. Anna Eshoo called Bowen's testimony “some of the most important testimony that Congress could be hearing.” 

Eshoo continued: “I think, shame on us. I think, shame on all of us that we've allowed this to happen. And this is powerful testimony, it underscores what we need to do, the position that we're in, our crippling dependence on foreign countries for what is. We all realize now with this pandemic — what has been laid bare."

3:54 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

There are 9 cases of Covid-related pediatric inflammatory syndrome in Massachusetts

From CNN’s Carma Hassan and James Froio

A child rides a bicycle with training wheels past a fence with the slogan "Boston Strong" crocheted into it, on Wednesday, May 13, in Boston.
A child rides a bicycle with training wheels past a fence with the slogan "Boston Strong" crocheted into it, on Wednesday, May 13, in Boston. Steven Senne/AP

Massachusetts has nine cases of a Covid-related illness that is appearing in children, state officials announced today.

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said in a news conference with Gov. Charlie Baker that they issued a public health order requiring the reporting of pediatric inflammatory syndrome cases.

“There are nine known cases to us at this date and [we’re] literally just collecting the information,” Sudders said. 

 

3:41 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Trump says he has lost five friends to coronavirus

From CNN's Nikki Carvajal 

President Donald Trump speaks following a tour of medical supply distributor Owens and Minor Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 14.
President Donald Trump speaks following a tour of medical supply distributor Owens and Minor Inc. in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 14. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump said he's lost five friends to Covid-19 as he spoke to a crowd of dozens of workers in Allentown, Pennsylvania. 

The President, who early in the pandemic often compared coronavirus to the flu, on Thursday used his personal experience to contrast the two viruses. 

"You can say what you want about the flu, but I’ve never lost anybody that I know to the flu," he said. 

Trump said he knew people that got sick with the flu, but "they're fine. Nobody ever said they died." 

"But I’ve lost five people that I know," he said, "two people were very good friends."

"Now they were older," Trump continued, "I wouldn’t say they were in the greatest of health. I wouldn’t say their weight was perfect. Not perfect. But they’re gone."

"It’s just a terrible, terrible thing," the President said. 

Last month, Trump said he'd lost four friends to the virus, including one close friend. 

4:15 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

At least 5 sailors from pandemic-stricken aircraft carrier test positive for coronavirus 

From CNN's Barbara Starr

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on Monday, April 27.
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is docked at Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor on Monday, April 27. Tony Azios/AFP/Getty Images

At least five sailors who had returned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier have tested positive for coronavirus despite extensive efforts by the US Navy to prevent another outbreak on the ship, according to a US defense official.

More than 1,000 members of the aircraft carrier’s nearly 4,900 member crew had tested positive for coronavirus following an outbreak aboard the ship. 

The Navy had instituted several screening procedures to enable those who had recovered to return to the ship following two negative tests, however, despite those measures the five sailors have since again tested positive for the coronavirus  

At least one of the sailors who had returned to the aircraft carrier had suddenly started experiencing symptoms, according to the official.

The other four sailors that tested positive had been in close proximity to the sailor exhibiting symptoms.  

An additional 18 sailors who had close proximity with those stricken have also been taken off the ship out of “an abundance of caution,” the official said. 

The official said the initial inclination is the new cases may be a testing issue rather than a renewed outbreak. 

After evacuating about 4,000 sailors from the ship to Guam, the Navy had been returning sailors to the ship following a period of quarantine and isolation in the hopes of getting the aircraft carrier to sea as soon as possible.

CNN's Ryan Browne contributed to this report.

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