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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4:00 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Idaho governor issues "stay home" order

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has issued a "stay home" order for the state.

Citing confirmed community transmission in the state, Little said that the order is in effect immediately and initially extends for 21 days.

People in the state can still leave home to obtain essential services, but the governor has closed all non-essential businesses and directed restaurants to only delivery or take out options.

Little has also activated elements of the Idaho National Guard to "assist civil authorities and local jurisdictions" with executing the state's coronavirus response.

Little did not specify any specific mission or role for the national guard but did say they are preparing to "stand up a joint task force, if requested." The size and mission could vary.

4:28 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Israel's Netanyahu warns of possible "complete lockdown" if situation worsens

From CNN's Oren Liebermann in Jerusalem

Medical staff disinfect beds and equipment at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Thursday, March 19.
Medical staff disinfect beds and equipment at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center on Thursday, March 19. Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a potential "complete lockdown" if coronavirus continued to spread throughout the country.

"In two weeks, we are liable to find ourselves with thousands of patients, many of whom will be in danger of death," Netanyahu said in a statement Wednesday night, shortly after Israel imposed a new set of more stringent restrictions.

"I am already telling you that if we do not see an immediate improvement in the trend, there will be no alternative but to impose a complete lockdown, except for essential needs such as food and medicines," he added.

Netanyahu said such a decision would be made within a few days and authorities were working on legal and logistical preparations.

As of Wednesday night, there were five confirmed deaths from coronavirus in Israel and 2,369 cases.

3:58 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

First Palestinian fatality from coronavirus reported

From CNN's Abeer Salman

The Palestinian Authority (PA) has announced the first fatality from coronavirus in the West Bank.

In a statement, a PA government spokesperson said the woman was in her sixties and from the village of Biddu, to the west of Ramallah.

The PA reports 62 cases of coronavirus in the West Bank and two in Gaza.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Tennessee reports spike of 117 cases in one day

From CNN's David Wright

Tennessee has reported 117 new cases today alone, bringing the state total to 784 cases, according to the Department of Health. 

The state has reported three deaths.

3:56 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

A famous New York City hotel is providing free rooms for medical workers

From CNN's Kate Trafecante and Sonia Moghe

The famous Four Seasons hotel says it will offer housing to medical staff "free of charge" as they help respond to the coronavirus pandemic in New York City.

“Our health care workers are working tirelessly on the front lines of this crisis,” said founder and chairman Ty Warner in a statement.  “Many of those working in New York City have to travel long distances to and from their homes after putting in 18-hour days. They need a place close to work where they can rest and regenerate."

New York City agencies including the Office of Emergency Management and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are also helping health care workers and recently discharged Covid-19 patients get hotel rooms, so they don’t have to go home and potentially expose their families to the highly contagious virus.

OEM spokesperson Omar Bourne said that both individual hotels and hotel associations have given “a tremendous outpouring of support and offers to help.”

CNN has asked the agencies if the individuals are expected to pay for the rooms or if they are covered with public funding.

4:24 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Minnesota governor orders residents to shelter in place

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

Mike Stevenson flips his barber shop sign to closed in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 18.
Mike Stevenson flips his barber shop sign to closed in Columbia Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday, March 18. Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune/AP

Minnesota's 5.6 million residents will shelter in place starting at midnight on Saturday, Gov. Tim Walz said at a news conference today. 

He asked residents to stay at home for two weeks and limit their movement outside to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Residents can still leave their homes for groceries and exercise, Walz said. 

The order lasts until April 10. 

During that period, the state plans to convert stadiums and arenas into hospitals, and stock up on supplies, the governor said. State officials also hope to alleviate capacity on its intensive care unit.

Walz said he hopes to "strike a proper balance" and make sure "our economy can function" while protecting the most vulnerable and slowing the rate of infection. 

"We can get ahead of it," Walz said.

3:54 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

The first homeless New Yorker has died from coronavirus

From CNN's Anna Sturla

The first homeless New Yorker has died because of Covid-19, Isaac McGinn, spokesman for NYC’s Department of Social Services, tells CNN

"Our hearts go out to the individual’s friends and family," McGinn said.

Here's the full statement:

"What we’re seeing continues to track the trends across our city, state, and country – with more testing taking place, we’re effectively identifying more positives, which gives us the ability to immediately connect each individual to the care they need, whether in hospital or in isolation. Tragically, one New Yorker experiencing homelessness succumbed to this virus after several days in the hospital – our hearts go out to this individual’s friends and family. Another individual completed their isolation and got back on their feet healthy. We remain focused on coordinating with Agency partners, health experts, and providers to keep our clients informed and prepared as we respond together to these realities.”
4:01 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Stimulus bill includes additional funding for judicial branch

From CNN's Michael Warren

Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post/Getty Images
Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The judicial branch would receive some additional funding in the economic stimulus bill. 

The Supreme Court of the United States, for example, is provided an additional $500,000 for salaries and expenses "to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally."

There is also a similar provision, of $6 million, for salaries and expenses to be used by federal courts of appeals, district courts and other judicial services. 

The bill also provides that emergency conditions apply to allow for the use of videoconferencing and telephone conferencing for certain federal criminal proceedings, including felony pleas and sentencing.

There is discretion left to the chief judge or other senior judges about whether to use such remote conferencing "cannot be conducted in person without seriously jeopardizing public health and safety."

3:49 p.m. ET, March 25, 2020

Department of Veterans Affairs reports significant jump in positive cases for second day in a row

From CNN's Zack Cohen

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported another significant jump in positive cases for the second day in a row Wednesday. The VA is now tracking 365 positive cases nationwide, up from 294 on Tuesday, marking one of the largest 24-hour increases in veteran cases to date. 

The VA facility in New Orleans maintains the largest number of positive cases by far, reporting more than 100 as of Wednesday. No other VA facility is tracking more than 20 cases.

VA officials in Louisiana told CNN they still do not know why the New Orleans facility is seeing so many more positive cases than any other medical center in the country but noted that the trend aligns with what has been observed at hospitals statewide.  

"At the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, we have seen a higher number of positive cases than other VA facilities, just as Louisiana has a higher per capita rate of diagnosed cases than most other states. We cannot speculate as to why at this point," spokesperson Phillip Walls told CNN when asked about the disparity.

VA says it has administered more than 3,378 Covid-19 tests nationwide.