40,000 retired medical workers have volunteered to help New Yorkers
From CNN's Adrienne Vogt
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the number of volunteers during the coronavirus crisis has been “inspiring.”
Cuomo said 40,000 retired medical staff volunteered, with 12,000 more people in one day volunteering to help work at health care facilities.
There have also been 8,600 mental health professionals volunteering.
“Easy times don’t forge character. It’s the tough times that forge character,” he said.
12:27 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
More than 37,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York
So far, at least 37,258 people have tested positive for coronavirus across the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
5,327 people are currently hospitalized
1,290 patients are in intensive care
1,517 patients have been discharged after being hospitalized
12:22 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
Michigan is "a few weeks out from the apex" of coronavirus cases, official says
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief deputy director for Health for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, said that as they are able to test more Michiganders, their target date for the apex of cases will improve, but right now they are “a few weeks out from the apex.”
Khaldun said they can flatten the curve if people listen to the stay-at-home order and practice social distancing.
12:14 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
More than 1,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus
From CNN's Amanda Watts
At least 1,046 people have died due to coronavirus in the United States, according to CNN’s tally.
12:37 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
Florida reports more than 2,000 coronavirus cases
From CNN's Tina Burnside
The Florida Department of Health has recorded at least 2,349 positive cases of novel coronavirus and 27 deaths as of Thursday.
That is a significant increase from Wednesday's report of 1,921 cases and 22 deaths.
Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties make up the vast majority of cases in the state.
CORRECTION: This post has been updated with the latest number of coronavirus cases in Florida.
12:19 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
New York governor says any "realistic" scenario will overwhelm state's health care system
From CNN's Adrienne Vogt
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued to warn that the coronavirus pandemic will cause a huge strain on hospitals and health care facilities.
"Almost any scenario that is realistic will overwhelm the capacity of the current health care system. A little reality,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the goal is to have a 1,000-bed overflow facility in each of the five New York City boroughs, plus Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Right now, hospitals and health care facilities in the state have enough personal protective equipment for the “immediate future,” Cuomo said, but they are still looking around the country for ventilators.
The state has approved the splitting of ventilators to allow one machine to serve two patients. Cuomo said they are also working on converting thousands of anesthesia machines into ventilators.
12:12 p.m. ET, March 26, 2020
New York has done 25% of all coronavirus testing in the US
About 25% of all coronavirus testing nationwide has been performed by New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference Thursday.
"We're testing more than any state in the country," and more per capita when compared to China and South Korea, he said.
11:54 a.m. ET, March 26, 2020
Pelosi "certain" of bipartisan vote on economic stimulus plan tomorrow
From CNN's Haley Byrd, Manu Raju and Kristin Wilson
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is “very proud of the product” of the congressional negotiations for the coronavirus stimulus bill, ahead of an expected vote in the House tomorrow.
“I feel certain that we will have a strong bipartisan vote,” Pelosi said, touting the changes Democrats were able to secure in the final package.
She said Democrats are already working towards another bill to address some of their unaddressed concerns, including changes for who qualifies for family leave, stronger Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections for workers, boosts for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and more money for state and local governments.
Pelosi said House Democrats will “be taking the lead” in crafting the next bill, but she emphasized that negotiations should be carried out by the four corners of congressional leadership. She said she’ll mostly be working from DC and the House committee chairs will be involved in the process.
“I’ve said from the start that we must have a proposal that’s government-wide, science-based, so that we can really address the challenge that we face in a scientific, evidence-based way. That is not necessarily the course that has been advocated by some, but it’s where we must be if we’re going to end this,” Pelosi said.
11:51 a.m. ET, March 26, 2020
New York governor on stimulus bill: "I find it reckless"
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized the Senate-passed $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, saying it does nothing to help local and state governments fight the coronavirus pandemic.
"I believe what they did failed to meet the governmental need," he said at a news conference today. "I find it reckless."
Cuomo said he would give congressional leaders "a piece of my mind" after the coronavirus outbreak has passed, but now he's focused on the pandemic response.
"I promise you I'm going to give them a piece of my mind, but I would say to them today, this is an extraordinary time in this nation, and it's an extraordinary time for government. This was the time to put politics aside and partisanship aside."