April 2 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Helen Regan, Adam Renton, Rob Picheta, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:23 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020
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3:42 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

California unemployment climbs to nearly 2 million people

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Rancho Cordova, California on April 1.
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Rancho Cordova, California on April 1. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Job loss in California is climbing rapidly and stands at 1.9 million unemployment claims, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a news conference today.

Over the past week, claims have been coming in at a rate of about 111,000 per day, Newsom said.. 

Unemployment checks usually take about three weeks to turn around in California. Through reorganization, about 1,000 workers are being brought in to administer the claims surge.

Providing more support: The governor outlined a few of new programs for small businesses and independent contractors.

The first is a one year reprieve on sales tax payments, a bridge loan with no penalties or interest. 

Another program – the Paycheck Protection Program – starts Friday and will lend up to $10 million to small companies in order to pay their employees. Those loans will be eligible for a federal repayment grant, but at least 75% of the money must be used for payroll.

Additionally, the governor said $50 million is being added to the state’s infrastructure bank for micro loans – those would be payable to people not eligible for small business loans.

Newsom also noted a partnership between Fresno company Bitwise and Silicon Valley giants LinkedIn and SalesForce. That group has created onwardca.org, a website that matches unemployed workers with open jobs. It is specifically focused on healthcare, agriculture, logistics and grocers.

3:21 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Michigan reports more than 1,400 new coronavirus cases

People are tested for coronavirus in Dearborn, Michigan on March 26.
People are tested for coronavirus in Dearborn, Michigan on March 26. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Michigan has 1,457 new coronavirus cases and 80 new deaths, according to the state's website.

There are now 10,791 total cases in the state.

So far, 417 people have died from coronavirus in Michigan.

3:13 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Arkansas governor defends decision to not issue stay-at-home order for state

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP
Staton Breidenthal/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP

Gov. Asa Hutchinson defended his decision not to issue a stay-at-home order for the state of Arkansas this afternoon during a press conference.

Hutchinson said that the aggressive measures that he has taken — including closing schools, closing restaurants and bars (except for delivery or takeout), closing salons, barbershops, massage parlors, movie theaters, bowling alleys — have helped curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state. 

"So the strategy of a targeted response to this emergency virus situation Arkansas is proven to be successful in bending the curve, lowering the apex of the curve and reducing the number of cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas," Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson said if he was to issue a stay-at-home order, it would put a 100,000 people or more out of jobs.

Arkansas has 624 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

2:58 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

UK considers "immunity certificates" for those who have recovered from coronavirus

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio and Sarah Dean

The United Kingdom is “looking at” the idea of an “immunity certificate” — or passport — for people who have had coronavirus and have got the antibodies, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday.

People with the passports would be able to show them “and get as much as possible back to normal life," he said.

Asked if an immunity passport is a possible way out of the lockdown, Hancock said: “That is an important thing that we will be doing, that we are looking at.”

However, he cautioned: “It's too early in that science to be able to put clarity around that. I wish that we could but the reason that we can't is because the science isn't yet advanced enough.” 

Hancock said the "number one thing people can do to get out of this as fast as possible" is to stay at home and follow social distancing measures.

3:30 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Pennsylvania is reporting more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases today

From CNN’s Daniel Shepherd

Pennsylvania is reporting 1,211 new cases today of novel coronavirus, according to Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine.

There have been 90 coronavirus related deaths in the state and all are adults, Levine said.

So far, 730 people have been hospitalized since March 6 and 216 of those hospitalized needed intensive care, according to Levine.

She added that 345 of the state’s cases are healthcare workers.

According to Levine, 10% of the 695 nursing homes in Pennsylvania currently have at least one case of Covid-19.

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2:52 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Indiana closes public schools for rest of the academic year

From CNN's Jessica King

Indiana’s K-12 public schools "shall not conduct in-person instruction for the remainder of the year, and school buildings shall remain closed,” unless otherwise stipulated in an executive order, Indiana’s superintendent of public instruction for the Department of Education said in a press conference with state officials including Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday.

The schools will be delivering remote instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, Dr. Jennifer McCormick said.

2:48 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

There are now at least 2,900 cases of coronavirus in Ohio

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 2,902 cases of coronavirus and 81 deaths in the state, Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, said during a news conference.

Acton said that social distancing is making a difference in the case counts.

The peak for the state is expected between April 15 and May 15, Acton said. 

2:41 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

More than 468,000 people in Ohio applied for unemployment in the last two weeks

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

The Ohio Channel
The Ohio Channel

There are 468,414 people in Ohio who have applied for unemployment in the last two weeks, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said during a press conference Thursday.

That figure represents 100,000 more people that have applied in the first three months of 2020 than the total of people who applied in 2019, Husted said. In 2019, there were 364,603 jobless claims statewide.

The state has created a job search website on their coronavirus website to help people find jobs.

Additionally, the state has expanded staffing and hours to continue to process unemployment applications, Husted said.  

2:39 p.m. ET, April 2, 2020

Ohio extends stay-at-home order until next month

The state of Ohio has extended its stay-at-home order for all non essential workers and businesses until May 1, Gov. Mike DeWine said during a news conference.

The previous order was set to expire on Monday, DeWine said.

Anyone coming into the state has been asked to quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions can be made based on locations and work schedules, according to DeWine.

Additional provisions in the new order include a dispute resolution panel, stores establishing new occupancy numbers to account for social distancing and stores creating lines for social distancing, DeWine said.

The dispute resolution panel is for cases where similar businesses are being treated differently in different health districts. There are 113 health districts in the state, DeWine said.

The state will not be regulating weddings or funerals and will be leaving "it up to people's good judgment," DeWine said. Receptions have to follow rules, not more than 10 people coming together.

State parks will remain open — but they could be closed if people don't stick to social distancing guidelines, DeWine said.