March 23 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, James Griffiths, Adam Renton, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 9:46 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020
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6:48 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Trump: "It's very important that we totally protect our Asian American community"

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Trump on Monday opened the coronavirus task force briefing by echoing his tweet on Asian Americans, a message that comes after days of casting coronavirus as "China virus" and "Chinese virus."

After consulting with medical experts, and receiving guidance from the World Health Organization, CNN has determined that that name is both inaccurate and is considered stigmatizing.

"It’s very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. They’re amazing people. And the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together, it’s very important," he said, emphasizing the word "Asian."

Note that Trump used the words "they" and "us" when referring to Asian Americans. 

He also extended well wishes to a member of the White House press corps who is awaiting coronavirus test results. 

"I see we have fewer people because of the virus problem. We appreciate you being here. This is getting to be more and more social distancing and that's fine, that's the way it should be...We extend our best wishes to the person affected," he said. 

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6:33 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Trump says a decision on "opening our country" could come at the end of 15-day period

From CNN's Daniella Diaz

AP Photo/Alex Brandon
AP Photo/Alex Brandon

President Trump said Monday he hopes to reassess his instructions for people to stay home amid the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

"We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself. We're not going to let the cure be worse than the problem. At the end of the 15-day period, we'll make a decision as to which way we want to go," he said during the daily coronavirus briefing.

Trump said he hopes the United States will soon be "open for business."

He added: "And essentially, we're referring to the timing of the opening, essentially, the opening of our country. Because we have it pretty well shut-down in order to get rid of this invisible enemy."

6:33 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

National Guard called up to replenish grocery stores in Arizona

From CNN's Andy Rose

Arizona’s National Guard is fighting coronavirus by filling grocery shelves.

Gov. Doug Ducey said the state is employing them to help with the most immediate need — dealing with empty shelves for basic provisions. 

“They’re not going to be grocery store workers. They’re going to close the gap in terms of what was missing," Ducey said.

The governor said with the Guard helping to direct distribution, each store can be fully stocked, and stores can stay supplied as long as people spread out their shopping trips.

“If you’re going to go shopping, buy a week’s worth of groceries once a week. If you’ll do that, you’ll come back the next week, and the shelves will be full," Ducey said.

He said once store supplies stabilize, the Guard can be used for other purposes, such as helping hospitals with supplies and facilities.

6:29 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

More than 100 deaths reported in single day, brings US total to over 500

From CNN's Amanda Watts and Devon M. Sayers 

Health workers work at a drive-through coronavirus testing station in Stamford, Connecticut, on March 23.
Health workers work at a drive-through coronavirus testing station in Stamford, Connecticut, on March 23. John Moore/Getty Images

State health officials reported more than 100 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, according to CNN Health's Tally. 

This brings to the total deaths nationwide in the United States to 520, with the state of New York having the most deaths in a single state with 157.

5:57 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Oregon issues stay-at-home order

From CNN's Andy Rose

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is clamping down on nonessential activities in the state, issuing a new executive order that requires residents to stay home whenever possible.��

Nonessential businesses must also close immediately, including gyms, malls, spas, clubs and salons.

“If businesses are not complying with this order, we will shut them down,” Brown said. 
9:17 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Florida governor will issue order mandating self-isolation for travelers from New York and New Jersey

From CNN's Keith Allen

Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images
Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he is issuing an executive order that calls for a mandatory 14-day self-isolation for travelers coming from airports in New York and New Jersey.

“Today there’s over 190 direct flights from the New York City area to the state of Florida, and I would reckon, given the outbreak there, that every single flight has somebody on it who’s positive for Covid-19,” DeSantis said at a news conference.

There are at least 1,171 cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths in Florida, according to CNN Health’s tally of US cases.

DeSantis said travelers will be met by local or state law enforcement, as well as personnel from the Florida Department of Health. Passengers will also be subject to temperature checks, DeSantis said. Passengers planning to stay with family in Florida would not be exempt from the order.

DeSantis said the order “will go out today."

The governor said he believes New York State’s shelter-in-place order may have contributed a surge in visitors to his state.

“As soon as that shelter-in-place order came down from the New York governor, man, the flights took off and people just got the heck out of Dodge,” DeSantis said. “We’re just ending up having to deal with this.”
5:36 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Georgia's bars and nightclubs will shut down starting noon Tuesday

From CNN’s Stephanie Gallman in Atlanta

Georgia’s bars and nightclubs will shut down beginning noon Tuesday until April 6, according to the governor's executive order.

Gatherings of 10 or more people are also prohibited as part of the order as well as a “shelter-in-place” for all elderly residents and those with compromised immune systems.

5:35 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Trudeau tells Canadians: "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home."

From CNN's Dave Alsup and Raja Razek

Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP
Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking from his home in Ottawa on Monday, had a message for Canadians who choose to ignore social distancing advice: "Enough is enough. Go home and stay home." 

Trudeau reiterated the need for self-distancing, saying, "If you choose to ignore that advice, if you choose to get together with people or go to crowded places, you are not just putting yourself at risk, you are putting others at risk too."

He went on to warn Canadians, saying, "We are going to make sure this happens. Whether by educating people more on the risks or by enforcing the rules if that is needed. Nothing that could help is off the table."

There are at least 1,432 cases of coronavirus and 20 deaths in Canada.  

5:22 p.m. ET, March 23, 2020

Pennsylvania issues stay-at-home order for 7 counties

From CNN’s Laura Ly

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced a stay-at-home order for seven counties in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to a statement from his office.

The counties include Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.

The order takes effect at 8 p.m. ET on Monday and will continue until at least April 6, the statement said.

Individuals will only be permitted to leave their homes for essential activities, such as seeking medical care and getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, according to the statement.

A number of operations are exempt from the order, including health care services, news media, law enforcement, and religious institutions, Wolf said.