Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Elise Hammond and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:15 p.m. ET, April 20, 2020
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12:28 p.m. ET, April 20, 2020

New York governor proposes hazard pay for frontline workers

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed hazard pay for frontline workers to be included in the federal stimulus plan for businesses.

He also pointed to the fact that 41% of frontline workers are people of color.

"'Thanks is nice, but recognition of their efforts and their sacrifice is also appropriate," Cuomo said. "They’re the ones that’s carrying us through this crisis."

He added that the infection rate among African-Americans and brown people is higher because they’re a large part of the essential workforce.

“When you are home with your doors locked dealing with cabin fever, they were out there dealing with the coronavirus. That’s why they are more infected. Pay them what they deserve. I would say hazard pay, give them a 50% bonus," Cuomo said.

12:14 p.m. ET, April 20, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: 20% cut to schools, local government and hospitals if there's no federal funding

If the federal government doesn’t step in to provide funding to New York, the state’s financial plan this week will forecast a 20% cut to schools, local governments and hospitals, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Here's how the governor put it:

"If they exclude state government again, our state forecast will project without any federal funds you can't spend what you don't have if you were to do allocate the shortfall relatively on a flat basis across need, you would be cutting schools 20%, local governments 20% and hospitals 20% and this is the worst time to do this. Now, federal government said from day one, don't worry," he said.

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12:14 p.m. ET, April 20, 2020

New York City public housing will have onsite coronavirus testing, Cuomo says

People wait in line for a coronavirus test at the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in New York on April 20.
People wait in line for a coronavirus test at the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in New York on April 20. Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is setting up a program with New York City Housing Authority to provide onsite health service and testing in the city's public housing.

"High concentration of people in one place, many people in the small lobby, many people in an elevator, many people in the hallways. Higher number of people in the apartment, just a higher occupancy, That's where the virus spreads," Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said the state is working to distribute 500,000 masks and 10,000 gallons of hans sanitizer to New York City's public housing communities. That's one mask for every public housing resident, according to Cuomo.

11:55 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

New York governor: "The numbers would suggest we're seeing a descent"

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

State of New York
State of New York

New York has seen a plateau for coronavirus cases and now the numbers may be on the descent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference today.

“The question was, 'How long are we going to be on this plateau? How long, how wide is the plateau?' The question now is, assuming we’re off the plateau and we’re seeing a descent — which the numbers would suggest we’re seeing a descent — the question is now 'How long is the descent and how steep is the descent?' And nobody knows," Cuomo said.

He added that the time frame for the descent is between two to four weeks according to some projections but he wouldn’t “bet the farm on them.”

11:54 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

Gov. Cuomo: "You don't need protests to convince anyone" of desire to reopen

State of New York
State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state needs to "reimagine" society as it works to reopen businesses.

Cuomo alluded to protests across the country organized to demand an end to stay-at-home orders and other coronavirus restrictions.

"You don't need protests to convince anyone in this country that we have to get back to work and we have to get the economy going and we have to get out of our homes," Cuomo said.

He said instead of asking when New York can reopen, the state should consider what lessons can be taken away from the pandemic.

"When we look back we can say, 'wow we went through hell, but look at all the lessons we learned and look at how much better we made this place from this incident,'" he said, adding that now is the time to consider how to make New York transit, housing and other businesses better.

"Let's use this situation, this crisis, this time, to actually learn the lessons," he said.

11:51 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

At least 478 people died in New York from coronavirus yesterday

Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

At least 478 people across New York died from coronavirus yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"The worst news is the number of lives lost. That number is still horrific," he said.
11:48 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

New York governor: The question now is "are we past the apex?"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said coronavirus hospitalizations are down across the state.

The governor said that as hospitalizations increased, experts wondered when the city would reach the apex. Now, the question has changed.

"The question for us is, 'Are we past the apex?'" he said.

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11:33 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

Brooklyn Supreme Court justice dies from coronavirus

From CNN's Erica Orden

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear addresses a meeting for the transportation committee in New York, on Thursday March 28, 1996.
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear addresses a meeting for the transportation committee in New York, on Thursday March 28, 1996. Paul Hurschmann/AP

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear died early Sunday from complications related to coronavirus, Lucian Chalfen, a spokesperson for the New York state court system, confirmed to CNN.

Dear was elected as a justice in 2015. He also served as a New York City council member for nearly 20 years.

11:17 a.m. ET, April 20, 2020

US, Mexico and Canada will extend non-essential travel restrictions, US official says

From CNN's Priscilla Alvarez

 

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks about the coronavirus on Wednesday, April 1, in Washington.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks about the coronavirus on Wednesday, April 1, in Washington. Alex Brandon/AP

The Department of Homeland Security will extend travel restrictions with US, Mexico, and Canada an additional 30 days.  

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced the extension today, saying the decision was made in "close collaboration" between leaders in the US, Mexico, and Canada. 

"As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country,” he said.