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12:06 p.m. ET, April 24, 2020

New York health official: We keep our kids away from disinfectants, so do not consume them

New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker speaks during a press conference at the State Capital in Albany, on April 24.
New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker speaks during a press conference at the State Capital in Albany, on April 24.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was just asked about President Trump’s comments yesterday, asking if it was possible to treat coronavirus with sunlight or a “injection” of disinfectants, such as Lysol.

Here's how Cuomo responded:

"I don't know much about UV rays. Not my job, not my business, not my education, not my background."

Cuomo then asked the state's Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to respond.

"These are chemicals you would not ingest," Zucker said of bleach and other disinfectants.

"We make sure our kids do not go into cabinets that have these chemicals in them, so we need to stay away from those products," Zucker added.

Remember: The maker of Lysol issued a statement today clarifying that under no circumstances should its products be administered into the human body.

"As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route)," the company said in a statement.

12:10 p.m. ET, April 24, 2020

Cuomo says New York will suffer a $13.3 billion shortfall

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference at the State Capital in Albany, on April 24.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference at the State Capital in Albany, on April 24. State of New York

New York will suffer a $13.3 billion shortfall due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at his daily news conference.

State revenues will decline by $61 billion from the 2021 fiscal year to the 2024 fiscal year, he said.

"New York state was not 'in trouble' before this happened. New York state was very, very strong before this happened. Our economy was growing, it was growing at a very high rate. Our government spending has been at record lows ... And then this economic tsunami hits, and you shut down all the businesses, everybody stays home, they're not getting a paycheck, they feel economic anxiety," Cuomo said.

"The consequence to the state is the revenue projections are way down," he added.

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11:53 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

New York governor warns reopening too soon could erase progress

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that reopening the state's economy too soon could have a devastating impact and could potentially erase any progress made.

The governor said while the number of cases is decreasing, state officials "have to be smart" about reopening businesses.

He warned: "All the progress we made is gone, and all experts, or virtually all experts, will say not only does the virus spread increase, but it increases to a higher point than we had increased the first time. Again, this is a remarkably effective virus at spreading and growing. So I know everyone is impatient. Let's just reopen. That's what happens if we just reopen."

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11:39 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

At least 422 people died of coronavirus in New York yesterday, governor says

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

There were 422 deaths from coronavirus in New York state on Thursday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“Again, this is at an unimaginable level, and it’s dropping somewhat but still devastating news,” Cuomo said.  

The number is down slightly: There were 438 deaths in the state on Wednesday.  

11:40 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

New York governor: "We're on the downside of the curve"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said evidence suggests the state is "on the downside of the curve."

New hospitalizations and intubations continue to decline, the governor said at his daily news conference.

"All the evidence suggests we're on the downside of the curve," he said.
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11:35 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

Georgia business owner: "No one wants to open up" but they need to make money

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Businesses stand temporarily closed in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, on April 22.
Businesses stand temporarily closed in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, on April 22. Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg/Getty Images

As Georgia businesses start to reopen today and into next week, business owners are expressing caution while also saying they need to open their doors in order to survive financially.

Mario Zelaya, CEO of Bad Axe Throwing, said most small business owners do not want to open up but they are compelled to do so, because of lease agreements and financial instability. 

“I think what the public really needs to realize is no one wants to open up. As business owners, we are all worried, we're scared, we're anxious. It's not something we're proud of doing. We are kind of waging our own war against survival,” Zelaya said. 

Greg Smith, who owns a gym in Martinez, Georgia, told CNN’s John King that he’s taking measures such as spacing out equipment by 10 feet, checking customers’ temperatures and buying an air filtration system. 

Smith said a few clients have expressed concerns but he thinks he’ll be able to keep a safe experience. 

Lester Crowell, owner of a hair salon in Marietta, Georgia, said he consulted with his employees about coming back to work. About half said they would return this week, and Crowell said the salon will be back to regular hours next week. 

“I definitely have hesitation. I'm anxious, I'm scared, I'm excited all at once. I'm just trying to rely on the advice of our local government,” Crowell said. 

11:24 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

There's a coronavirus outbreak on a US Navy destroyer

From CNN's Ryan Browne and Michael Conte

The USS Kidd is seen underway in the Pacific Ocean on May 18, 2011.
The USS Kidd is seen underway in the Pacific Ocean on May 18, 2011. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Crishanda K. McCall/U.S. Navy/Reuters

A US Navy destroyer performing counter narcotics mission has an outbreak of coronavirus, with 18 cases reported, a US Navy official tells CNN.  

The Pentagon has confirmed that there has been a coronavirus outbreak on the USS Kidd, with more than one sailor testing positive. The ship is assigned to the Caribbean/Eastern Pacific mission. 

The first sailor that tested positive was taken off the ship when he displayed symptoms, according to Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman. He tested positive at a medical treatment facility in San Antonio, Texas. There have since been other sailors on the ship who have tested positive. 

“They are preparing to return to port, where they will undertake efforts to clean the ship. They will remove a portion of the crew from the ship. And work to get everybody back to health and get the ship back to sea,” Hoffman said.

A Navy medical team is conducting contact tracing and isolating individuals who may have been exposed, according to Hoffman. 

 

11:27 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

Many Tennessee restaurants will be able to reopen Monday

Restaurants, bars and stores sit closed on April 16, in Nashville.
Restaurants, bars and stores sit closed on April 16, in Nashville. Mark Humphrey/AP

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee outlined today the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s guidance for reopening businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. These guidelines apply to 89 of the state's 95 counties.

The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries.

According to the plan....

  • On Monday: Restaurants are able to reopen at 50% occupancy.
  • On Wednesday: Tennessee retailers are able to reopen at 50% occupancy.

The state recommends that employees in both industries wear cloth face coverings and that business owners follow federal guidelines for hygiene and workplace sanitation standards related to the pandemic. You can read the full full guidance offered by the state here.

“Tennesseans pulled together to flatten the curve, and it is time for people to begin to get back to work and back to their businesses,” Lee said. “We are pursuing a careful, measured approach to reopening our economy that does not depend on heavy-handed mandates but instead provides practical tools for businesses of all sizes.”

Previously, Lee said that his administration will work with some of the state's most populated counties and their health departments as they plan their own reopening strategies. This includes counties surrounding Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.

11:15 a.m. ET, April 24, 2020

At least 50,000 people have died in the US from coronavirus

There are at least 50,031 reported deaths from coronavirus in the US,  according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of deaths in the United States. 

On Friday morning, Johns Hopkins is reporting at least 870,468 coronavirus cases in the United States.