April 14 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 9:38 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020
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4:17 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Maine extends state of emergency until at least May 15

From CNN's Janine Mack.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has extended the state's "State of Civil Emergency" until May 15.

"I sure wish that this proclamation were not necessary, but the continued spread of this, demands our sustained response," the governor said.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is currently reporting at least 734 cases of Covid-19 in the state, which is an increase of 36, of which the bulk remains in Cumberland County.

Maine's CDC said at least 20 people have died statewide because of the virus. 

4:12 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

The coronavirus curve has started to flatten in Idaho, health official says

From CNN’s Renee Baharaeen

Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he will make an announcement on the status of state's stay-at-home order tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET. 

The current order is set to expire tomorrow. 

Idaho has seen the curve begin to flatten, according to Dave Jeppesen, director of the Department of Health and Welfare. 

The state has at least 1,400 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 33 deaths. Of the confirmed cases, about 156 are health care workers. 

The state has tested 15,000 people, Jeppesen said.

4:19 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

US stocks finish higher

From CNN’s Anneken Tappe

Kena Betancur/Getty Images
Kena Betancur/Getty Images

US stocks closed higher on Tuesday after better-than-expected trade data from China. 

Here's where things ended:

  • The Dow finished 2.4%, or 559 points, higher.
  • The S&P 500 closed up 3.1%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite staged its longest winning streak – four days – since early February. The index closed up nearly 4%. It has now bounced back more than 20% from its low-point on March 23. But whether the Nasdaq has fully emerged from a bear market won’t be clear for another few months.

Remember: As stocks settle after the trading day, levels might still change slightly.

4:12 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

More than 340 patients are at New York's Javits Center hospital

From CNN's Sarah Boxer

Temporary hospital rooms are set up inside the Javits Center in New York.
Temporary hospital rooms are set up inside the Javits Center in New York. Liao Pan/China News Service/Getty Images

There are now 342 coronavirus patients at makeshift hospital at the Javits Center in New York City, Terry Lyman, Northwell’s senior vice president and chief public information officer, told CNN.

Meanwhile, there are 70 patients on the US Navy Hospital Ship Comfort, Lyman said. That includes both coronavirus and non-coronavirus patients.

The Javits Center has served 702 patients and the USNS Comfort has served 124, so far.

3:46 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

More than 25,000 people have died in the US from coronavirus

 

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, at least 25,239 people have died in the US from coronavirus. 

On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins reported 1,611 new deaths in the US.

3:46 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

California governor to residents who stayed home: "You have bent the curve"

A sign near Interstate 110 in Los Angeles reminds drivers of California's stay-at-home order.
A sign near Interstate 110 in Los Angeles reminds drivers of California's stay-at-home order. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said people "bent the curve" in the state by following the stay-at-home order.

“You have bent the curve in the state of California. The models have changed because of your behavior,” he said at a news conference.

Newsom acknowledged that the stay-home order is finite and will not be a permanent way of life. 

Here's how he put it:

“We also extend a recognition in that light that this can't be a permanent state, and I want you to know it's not, it will not be a permanent state. We recognize the consequences of these stay-at-home orders have a profound impact on the economy, your personal household budget, your personal prospects around your future if you've just lost a job or you lost wages, or you're struggling with your dream and that is to keep your dream afloat as a business person that may put everything on the line."

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3:38 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

California will consider these six factors when developing a plan to open the state

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Pool via KCRA
Pool via KCRA

California Gov. Gavin Newsom just unveiled six key indicators the state will use when "thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic."

“Science, not politics must be the guide,” Newsom said at a news conference moments ago. “It cannot be ideological.”

The framework outlined by the governor focuses on six prongs:

  1. Expanded testing, and tracking infected individuals (quarantine, isolation)
  2. Protect vulnerable communities
  3. Address hospital needs (personal protective equipment, ICU beds, ventilators)
  4. Engage academia and technology
  5. “Redraw floor plans” as they pertain to physical distancing in businesses, school sites, public and private business
  6. Reinstate vigorous controls with the ability to toggle back and forth as needed

He said the goal of the plan is to achieve things like ensuring the hospital system can care for sick patients, preventing infection in people who are high-risk and reducing "social, emotional and economic disruptions," according to a statement.

The state’s lockdown is currently in effect until May 3. A number of California counties, including Los Angeles, have already extended their stay home order to May 15.

3:19 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus could prompt the US to vote by mail. It won't make a partisan difference.

Analysis from CNN's Harry Enten

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

The coronavirus could change the way many Americans vote this November.

Many leading Democrats have called for more voting by mail to ensure Americans can stay safe while casting their ballots. But President Trump, on other hand, has charged that voting by mail as "corrupt" — an assertion not backed by the facts.

The dueling partisan responses might lead you to believe that voting by mail benefits Democrats more than Republicans. You'd be wrong — at least according to one new paper.

The paper, from the Democracy & Polarization Lab at Stanford University, looked at three states — California, Utah and Washington — that turned to vote by mail in staggered fashion across counties. This allows us to really see the effects of voting by mail.  

The findings: It turns out that voting by mail does not give either party any edge in turnout. Further, there was no discernible effect on election outcomes. 

What voting by mail did seem to do was cause some increase in voter turnout, which would be the point of more voting by mail during this pandemic. 

We saw a record number of people cast a ballot by mail in the Wisconsin primary. In Wisconsin, like in the the majority of other states, voters have the option of voting by mail if they want. 

This new paper suggests that this option may be our best hope to allow Americans to participate in the Democratic process during the coronavirus outbreak without either side gaining a clear edge. It comes on top of statements from multiple Republican leading officials who have made similar claims. 

2:53 p.m. ET, April 14, 2020

General Motors will ship 600 ventilators by the end of the month

From CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich

General Motors is ready to ship its first production of ventilators starting today, the company said in a statement.

“Everyone wants to help turn the tide and save lives. It is inspiring and humbling to see the passion and commitment people have put into this work," GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement.

GM started building ventilators in partnership with Ventec for Covid-19 patients last month at their Kokomo plant in Indiana.

There will be 600 ventilators shipped by the end of this month, with the rest of the government’s 30,000 ventilator order completed by the end of August.

“GM has moved swiftly in Trump time to manufacture one of the most critical lifesaving devices in America’s war against the coronavirus. GM’s rapid mobilization of America’s manufacturing might in defense of our country is a proud salute to the ingenuity of its engineers, the true grit of its UAW workers on the line, and America’s doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals fighting for our lives at the front lines,” said Peter Navarro, assistant to the President. 

This first batch of ventilators from GM will be sent to hospitals in Gary, Indiana, and Chicago, according to Navarro.