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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5:37 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

New York Stock Exchange to reopen trading floor to subset of brokers in late May

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

People walk near the New York Stock Exchange on May 8.
People walk near the New York Stock Exchange on May 8. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The president of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) said the trading floor will look different when it reopens to a subset of floor brokers on May 26.

Floor brokers will return in smaller numbers, wear protective masks and follow “strict social-distancing requirements, enforced by a new choreography” that defines spaces where each person may work on the floor, according to an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal from Stacey Cunningham, the president of the NYSE.

Cunningham wrote that “designated market makers” will largely continue to do their jobs away from the floor. 

NYSE will require all visitors to avoid public transportation, Cunningham said, adding that floor brokers and visitors will be screened and have their temperatures taken as they enter the building. Those who do not pass the check will not be allowed to enter until they test negative for Covid-19, or self quarantine, Cunningham wrote.

The NYSE will not resume its regular schedule of events and most of the rest of the building will remain “largely empty” as many employees will continue to work remotely, Cunningham said.

A daily regimen of “thorough cleaning and sanitation” of the floor will be implemented, Cunningham said.

5:33 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Illinois governor wants to return to office next week after self-isolating

From CNN’s Julie Gallagher

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, April 17.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during his daily coronavirus news conference at the Thompson Center in Chicago, Friday, April 17. Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times/AP

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to return to his office in Springfield next week after self-isolating when a staffer tested positive for Covid-19.

“Well right now my staff and I are isolating at home, and we’re working with (Illinois Department of Public Health) to determine how long we’ll have to do this. I’d like to return to Springfield probably mid-late next week, for the opportunity to be there during session, but I just need to get sign off from the experts, from the doctors,” Pritzker said Thursday during a virtual news conference. 

Pritzker tested negative for Covid-19 on Monday, according to a statement from his office.

He said he plans to follow the same safety precautions Covid-19 as he did before self-isolating.

5:24 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Illinois has seen 6 times more unemployment claims now than compared to 2008 recession

From CNN’s Julie Gallagher

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A woman takes a w Nam Y. Huh/AP

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) has processed six times more unemployment claims during the period of March 1 through May 9, 2020 than “the equivalent time period of the 2008-2009 great recession,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday.

Pritzker said during a news conference that more than 1,076,000 claims have been filed in Illinois between March 1 and May 9, as the coronavirus pandemic swept through the state.

In addition to regular unemployment services, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program opened on Monday in Illinois.

Pritzker said IDES processed more than 50,000 applications under the umbrella of this program, which includes self-employed and independent contractors. Official filing numbers for the PUA program will be reported starting May 21.

The governor also announced that Illinois will partner with Coursera, an online training website, to offer free virtual job training and professional certificate programs through the end of 2020 for unemployed individuals in the state. 

5:35 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

North Carolina religious rights group files lawsuit against governor for executive order

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch and Jennifer Henderson

A religious rights group headed by the pastor of a North Carolina church has filed a lawsuit against restrictions put in place in the state by executive orders signed by Gov. Roy Cooper. 

In the complaint, the group alleged the executive orders are unconstitutional because they treat religious gatherings less favorably than similar secular gatherings, which they say is a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

The complaint said “absent emergency relief from this court all members and/or attendees of the Plaintiff’s entities will suffer immediate and irreparable injury form the threat of civil and criminal prosecution for the mere act of gathering for free exercise of region and in assembling for worship.”

The lawsuit is asking for a temporary restraining order.

Asked about the lawsuit during a news conference Thursday, Cooper responded, “We don’t want churches to become hotspots for this virus.”

“Regardless of executive orders, I would urge every congregation to pause and consider whether indoor services are the right thing to do right now for their members," he added. "We must care for and show love to one another. So, we need North Carolinians to keep doing what they know protects them from this pandemic.”

5:18 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Catch up on the latest coronavirus news from around the US

People walk through a shuttered business district in Brooklyn on May 12 in New York City.
People walk through a shuttered business district in Brooklyn on May 12 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It is about 5:15 p.m. ET in New York and a lot has happened with the coronavirus pandemic. Read up on the biggest headlines below:

  • Unemployment grows: Nearly 3 million people filed claims for unemployment benefits in the week that ended May 9. Altogether, more than 36.5 million Americans have sought initial unemployment aid since mid-March.
  • GOP senator to step down: Sen. Richard Burr is stepping aside as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee while he’s under investigation for stock trades he made ahead of the market downturn sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Some NYC retailers could open in June: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the city is exploring how to reopen some of the retail sector safely by next month. De Blasio said that the city is also talking to restaurant owners on how to reopen safely, possibly with outdoor seating.
  • Fleet retired: Delta Air Lines says it will retire its Boeing 777 fleet, which includes 18 aircraft, as the effects of the pandemic continue to cause a financial crunch.
  • Southwest Airlines and masks: Southwest Airlines has told flight crews not to stop passengers from boarding if they refuse to wear a mask, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.
  • Florida's Miami-Dade and Broward counties: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Miami-Dade and Broward counties can start reopening under phase one of the state's plan starting Monday.
  • New Jersey beaches: Ocean and lakefront beaches in New Jersey will be open by Memorial Day weekend with capacity limitations and social distancing remaining in place, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.
  • America’s largest mall: North America’s largest shopping and entertainment complex – the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota — will reopen on June 1, according to a statement. 
  • Billions of dollars sent to 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.
  • Disney’s “Frozen”: Disney’s Broadway production of "Frozen" will not reopen, according to a statement issued Thursday, which cites the “industry-wide shut down and resulting economic fallout” as the reason behind the decision.
5:02 p.m. ET, May 14, 2020

Disney's "Frozen" will not reopen on Broadway

 From CNN's Richard Davis 

Caissie Levy as "Elsa" and Patti Murin as "Anna" take their opening night curtain call of Disney's new hit musical "Frozen" on Broadway at The St. James Theatre on March 22, 2018 in New York City.
Caissie Levy as "Elsa" and Patti Murin as "Anna" take their opening night curtain call of Disney's new hit musical "Frozen" on Broadway at The St. James Theatre on March 22, 2018 in New York City. Bruce Glikas/WireImage/Getty Images

Disney’s Broadway production of "Frozen" will not reopen, according to a statement issued Thursday, which cites the “industry-wide shut down and resulting economic fallout” as the reason behind the decision.

The final performance was on March 11 after having played 825 performances. 

"In the summer of 2013 when Frozen began its road to Broadway two things were unimaginable: that we'd soon have five productions worldwide, and a global pandemic would so alter the world economy that running three Disney shows on Broadway would become untenable," said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions.

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.