Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:10 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020
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9:38 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

The New York Stock Exchange floor will reopen minutes from now

From CNN’s Alison Kosik and Kevin Brunelli

Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

After months of electronic-only trading, the New York Stock Exchange is set to reopen the trading floor today. But rather than the bustling images we've grown accustomed to, floor brokers will return in smaller numbers, wear protective masks and socially distance. 

CNN's Alison Kosik talked to Jonathan Corpina, a senior managing partner with Meridian Equity Partners, about the reopening, coming up just moments from now.

"It’s exciting to be back. This is clearly a date that we have been waiting for. And to walk back in the building, I was just saying to somebody on the floor downstairs, it feels like your first day of school," he said.

Corpina said he'd usually take the train in — but today he walked. On his way in, people were getting temperature checks and signing wavers.

"What that new norm is we don’t know yet, but we’re starting to get to our norm here," he said.

9:01 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

How the coronavirus pandemic could impact your credit score

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Maintaining good credit is always important, but it may be a particular challenge during the economic fallout due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Personal finance journalist Jean Chatzky answered readers’ questions on how to protect their credit:

Q: Why is trying to keep your credit score so important right now?

A: “Credit is one of those interesting things that you need to go on the offensive about. When you're trying to get additional credit, it doesn't work if you lost a job or you've gotten yourself into a difficult situation. You're better off just protecting it up front. And right now, we have seen a lot of scam artists in the water.” 

Q: Some consumers are having their credit limits slashed. Why is that? 

A: “It’s because the credit card companies are worried that you're not going to have the money to prioritize their bills. If this should happen to you, pick up the phone, call the card company, ask them to reinstate the credit that they took away from you. But it is also happening most on cards that we're seeing people are not using. So if you’ve got a card that has just been sitting in a drawer, but you want to maintain that credit, just put one bill on it a month, put a subscription on it, pay that automatically, and then it is taken care of.”

Q: Some creditors and cards are allowing some kind of relief now if you can't pay. If you take advantage of this — not making a payment right now — what will show up on your report? 

A: "If you've come to an agreement with your creditor, then nothing should show on your report. But you've got to call the creditor and say, I'm looking for this kind of relief, come to an agreement, and then you have to go through the process of checking your credit report on a regular basis. … So go to, start checking your report on a regular basis. You can check your reports for free every single week if you want to. And personally I think a good preemptive move to make, if you're not going to be out in the market for credit, is to just freeze your credit. It is a great move to protect yourself against identity theft.” 

Watch more of Chatzky's tips here:

8:56 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Airport traffic up over Memorial Day weekend — but still only about 12% of what it was last year

From CNN's Greg Wallace

Passengers walk through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Sunday.
Passengers walk through George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on Sunday. David J. Phillip/AP

Memorial Day weekend traffic at airports was up significantly from recent weeks.  

The Transportation Security Administration says it screened about 1.5 million people between Thursday and Monday. That is still about 12.6% of the 12.2 million people it screened over the same period last year.  

But those five days also included three days — Thursday, Friday, and Monday — with more than 300,000 people screened. Thursday was the first time since March 23 that the agency has screened more than 300,000 people. 

The day with the highest volume was Friday. TSA said it screened 348,673 people that day, still just 12.5% of the 2.8 million people it saw that day last year.   

The number of travelers has been climbing in recent weeks as many state and local governments relax stay at home policies.  


8:50 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Brooklyn Nets players allowed to voluntary work out starting today

From CNN’s Wayne Sterling

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images/File
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images/File

The Brooklyn Nets will open their practice facility for voluntary player workouts today, the team announced in a statement. 

Here's what the NBA team said in a statement:

"Working in conjunction with state government officials and local health authorities, the Brooklyn Nets will open HSS Training Center for voluntary player workouts on Tuesday, May 26. The organization will strictly follow the protocols outlined by the NBA and infectious disease experts to ensure that all precautions are taken in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for players and staff."

The news comes after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps in the state if they’re able to follow “appropriate health protocols.”

8:30 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

He may have been exposed to coronavirus at salon. Now, he's worried about possibly infecting others.

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

A man said he is concerned after getting a haircut at a Missouri hair salon where two stylists potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days while symptomatic. 

Erik Chase said he went for a haircut on May 17, then was notified by the Springfield-Greene Health Department on May 23 about the possible exposure and was ordered to self-quarantine until May 31.

“My first thoughts were anger. You know, just a normal reaction. And then I had grief and then it was guilt,” Chase told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. “And then after that, it was, OK, I need to go into proactive mode and go down my list of people that I've come in contact with and notify them that I had been exposed to the coronavirus.” 

Chase said he has diabetes and other unspecified immune deficiencies. His mom is in the hospital right now, and he cannot see her because he is quarantining at home. He is getting a coronavirus test this afternoon or tomorrow to see if he is positive. 

“Even with my limited interactions with people and practicing social distancing measures, that's a lot of time — especially when you're doing your essential, like everyday life circumstances, if you will, to be out and about, not knowing that you had been exposed,” he said. 

Chase said he does not want people to retaliate against the salon. 

“I’ve heard that there's been some like harassing calls and, you know, death threats to the organization. I definitely don't want any of that to happen. And I guess you can just chalk it up, as I literally had a bad hair day,” he said. 


8:01 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

It’s 8 a.m. in New York and 5 a.m. in San Francisco. Here’s the latest on the pandemic 

Coronavirus has infected more than 5.5 million people globally. If you're just joining us, here's the latest on the pandemic:

  • US approaches 100,000 deaths: At least 98,223 people have died from coronavirus. The US has at least 1,662,768 recorded cases of the disease - the highest number globally.
  • Thousands disregarded health advice during holiday weekend: Many Americans flocked to beaches and pools to mark Memorial Day, ditching the face masks and social distancing urged by health officials.
  • Trump administration promises to buy 100 million swabs and vials: The administration promised buy 100 million testing swabs and vials by the end of 2020 and distribute them to states as part of the federal response to the pandemic, according to a report to Congress obtained by CNN.
9:09 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

The world sacrificed its elderly in the race to protect hospitals. The result was a catastrophe in care homes

From CNN's Emma Reynolds

A cleaning crew enters the Life Care Center on the outskirts of Seattle on March 12.
A cleaning crew enters the Life Care Center on the outskirts of Seattle on March 12. John Moore/Getty Images

Care homes were dubbed the "ground zero" of the US' coronavirus outbreak and the failure to control the spread at one Seattle facility had "statewide and national effects," according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

There were similar issues throughout the care home sector -- people with chronic conditions living in close proximity; caregivers spreading infection between residents and facilities; and staff shortages due to sickness, isolation and low pay.

A seniors' home in Montreal, Canada showed just how catastrophic such problems can be. A criminal investigation was launched after 31 residents died at Herron Seniors' Residence in less than a month, five of them confirmed Covid-19 cases. Quebec officials said most of the staff had abandoned the home and residents were found unfed and unchanged in what looked like a case of gross negligence.

The investigation is still ongoing. The home declined to comment when approached by CNN in mid-April because of pending investigations and lawsuits.

Read more here.

7:04 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

US stock futures rise as "re-opening optimism" takes hold

From CNN Business

People visit the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 23.
People visit the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, on May 23. Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

US stock futures rose on Tuesday, as a growing number of cities and countries around the world take steps toward re-opening their economies.

Stock futures rose after Americans crowded onto packed beaches in Florida, Maryland, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana for the Memorial Day weekend. Many states have begun lifting restrictions on businesses and public spaces.

Dow futures were up 490 points, or around 2%. Futures for the S&P and Nasdaq added 1.9%.

There is a sense of "re-opening optimism" among investors, Stephen Innes, global market strategist at AxiCorp, wrote in a research note.

Oil prices, which have been slammed by the sharp drop in demand caused by the pandemic, jumped during Asian trading hours Tuesday. 

US crude futures were up 3.7% to trade at $34.46 per barrel. Brent crude, the international oil benchmark, rose 2.3% to $36.36 per barrel.

5:24 a.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Death toll rises to 98,223

From CNN's Joe Sutton

At least 98,223 people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The US has at least 1,662,768 recorded cases of the disease - the highest number globally.

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

CNN is tracking Covid-19's spread across the US here.