March 25 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Ivana Kottasová and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:34 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020
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6:46 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Tesla CEO says its New York factory will reopen to aid with ventilator production

From CNN's Kate Trafecante

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company's shuttered Buffalo, New York, factory would reopen "as soon as humanly possible" to aid with ventilator production.

Telsa's Giga New York factory suspended activity on Monday to protect employees from the spread of coronavirus.  

But in a verified tweet Wednesday, Musk says the factory "will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible. We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York."

CNN has reached out to Tesla for further comment. 

Musk previously said that Tesla factories could convert to ventilator production if there was a crisis of supply.  

A tough situation: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called the need for ventilators "our single greatest challenge." 

New York needs 30,000 ventilators, Cuomo said in a news briefing Wednesday.

The state has 4,000 ventilators in the existing hospital system, the federal government has sent 4,000, and the state has purchased 7,000 others and is "still shopping," Cuomo said.

6:38 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Colorado governor declares stay-at-home order

From CNN's Stephanie Gallman

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a stay-at-home order beginning Thursday through April 11. 

“Now is the time to stay home," Polis said.

As of Wednesday, the state had 912 cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths.

6:30 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

At least 8,000 children of emergency workers have been enrolled in enrichment centers in NYC

From CNN's Sheena Jones

At least 8,000 children of emergency workers have been enrolled in enrichment centers across New York City, officials said at a news conference Wednesday.

The city has created a space for 40,000 children across the city, officials said.

At least 5,000 volunteers will help man the centers.

6:50 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Treasury secretary says stimulus deal would keep US economy afloat for three months

From CNN's Maegan Vazquez 

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The coronavirus stimulus deal agreed upon by the Senate will keep the US economy afloat for three months, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday during a White House press briefing.

When asked how long the deal would keep the economy afloat, President Trump didn’t have a concrete timeline.

“Hopefully, a long time. If we have to go back, we have to go back. We have to take care of the American worker. We’re going to take care of these companies that fuel this country … it’s not their fault,” Trump said.

Mnuchin clarified that the administration anticipates the deal to cover the needs of the US economy for three months.

“Hopefully we won’t need this for three months,” Mnuchin continued. “We expect that this is a significant amount of money if needed to cover the economy.”

6:27 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Trump says New York governor is "happy" with ventilators from the administration

From CNN's Betsy Klein 


Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

Trump said Wednesday he spoke with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio about ventilators and they are "happy," even though Cuomo has repeatedly said the state needs more to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Noting that the administration has sent 4,000 ventilators from the national stockpile to New York, Trump said, “I spoke with the governor about that. He was happy. I spoke with the mayor, also, Mayor de Blasio.”

“It’s hard not to be happy with the job we’re doing,” Trump said.

Some context: The White House said Tuesday that the state would receive two shipments of 2,000 machines this week from the national stockpile. But the state needs 30,000, Cuomo has repeatedly said.

The Strategic National Stockpile said Wednesday that it held approximately 16,660 ventilators before the coronavirus response and ventilators have been deployed over the past few days.



6:23 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

There are 236 NYPD members who have tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Mark Morales

Two NYPD officers walk through Times Square on March 22.
Two NYPD officers walk through Times Square on March 22. Noam Galai/Getty Images

There are 236 members of the New York Police Department who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to numbers provided by the department.

Of those, 197 are officers and 39 are civilians, the department said.

Additionally, 3,200 police officers are out sick, which is just about 9% of the entire NYPD.

6:24 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Trump: "Large sections" of US can go back to normal "much sooner" than others

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

President Trump continued to suggest that social distancing guidelines for certain parts of the country could be eased in the coming days.

"More aggressively we commit to social distancing, so important, social distancing, such an important phrase, and we do it right now, the more lives we can save and the sooner we can eventually get people back to work, back to school, and back to normal. And there are large sections of our country probably can go back much sooner than other sections and we’re obviously looking at that also,” he said during Wednesday’s briefing.

“People are asking, ‘Is that an alternative?’ And I say, ‘Absolutely,’” Trump continued. 

Trump’s comments come as many public health officials warn against easing the guidelines to stop the spread of the virus too quickly.

The President also announced that he has approved disaster declarations for the following states: New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida, something, he said, “that has great significance, as you know, and legal significance.”

Trump noted that he spoke with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, praising his work.

New York, he said, has “a number of very tough weeks ahead of them.”


5:52 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Kentucky reports first day with fewer new cases than previous day

From CNN's Rebekah Riess

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said there are now 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state with 35 new cases.

There were fewer new cases added Wednesday than Tuesday, he said.

Beshear also announced the state's fifth death Wednesday during a news conference, which was a 75-year-old man from Jefferson County who had other health factors contribute to his death.

The first case of coronavirus in Kentucky was someone who traveled to Florida and contracted the virus during their spring break, the governor said.

Beginning next week, Kentucky will have its first drive-through testing facility open up for people showing symptoms, Beshear said.

5:46 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

At least 13 people have died from coronavirus at Elmhurst hospital in New York

From CNN’s Linh Tran

At least 13 people have died from Covid-19 at Elmhurst NYC Health and Hospitals, according to a statement from hospital spokesman Christopher Miller.

“Elmhurst is at the center of this crisis, and it's the number one priority of our public hospital system right now," the statement said.

The hospital went on to urge people not to seek emergency care for mild and moderate symptoms.

Across New York: There are 285 people across the state who have died due to coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. 

"We have 10 times the problem that the next state has," he said.

There are 30,811 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York, Cuomo added.