April 9 coronavirus news
New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) issued a memo Thursday extending the time a body will be kept in their custody to 14 days.
The memo was obtained by CNN from Mike Lanotte, the director of the NY State Funeral Directors Association, and confirmed by OCME.
"The NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner acknowledges the significant impacts of the pandemic to the funeral industry which may in turn further impact families who have lost a loved one, whose body may be within our custody," the memo said.
Funeral director Patrick Kearns, upon hearing the news, told CNN, "I’m very relieved, because now we don’t have the idea that people are going to be sent to mass burials and the psychological stress that puts on families.”
Kearns called the news, “a workable timeframe for us."
Some context: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday he will be signing an executive order to bring additional funeral directors into the state to help with the high number of deaths.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the state is taking a close look at how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in their prison population after an inmate revolt at one facility Wednesday.
The Department of Corrections said the disturbance at the Monroe Correctional Complex – which involved more than 100 inmates – was prompted by concern after six minimum security prisoners tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“Last night’s disturbance ended without injury and we recognize the grave concerns of the incarcerated individuals and their families about Covid-19 in correctional facilities all over the state,” Inslee said in a written statement.
Inslee said they are concerned with balancing “the needs of incarcerated individuals with public safety.”
Detroit will be receiving $100,000 to expand Covid-19 testing and 10,000 coronavirus test kits from the Hyundai Motor Company, Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced today.
Lawrence said she received a call from the company’s vice president, who told her Hyundai had been looking at hot points in the country and wanted to offer help to Detroit.
“I made a phone call and it was verified that the check has been cut and the resources are being shipped,” the congresswoman said. “And so everything should be in place by Tuesday.”
By the numbers: Detroit is now reporting 6,083 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 272 deaths, according to Detroit’s Health Director Denise Fair.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that one of the 25 individuals the city lost to Covid-19 yesterday, was a Detroit fire captain.
The mayor added, that there is good new in the trend line in the city and that the curve is starting to flatten.
The state of Connecticut has announced that May 20 is the earliest date schools, bar and restaurants can reopen, Gov. Ned Lamont said at a presser Thursday evening.
Lamont cautioned this date could get pushed back as well.
The State Department of Education Chair had a message for graduating seniors saying in part the class of 2020 will still have their graduation.
Former President Barack Obama addressed a group of mayors organized by Bloomberg Philanthropies on Thursday, telling the group that “the biggest mistake any us can make in these situations is to misinform."
“Speak the truth. Speak it clearly. Speak it with compassion. Speak it with empathy for what folks are going through,” Obama said, according to a press release on the virtual meeting.
Obama also pushed the mayors to bring in as many smart advisers and experts as possible.
“The more smart people you have around you, and the less embarrassed you are to ask questions, the better your response is going to be,” Obama said.
This is the fourth virtual meeting Bloomberg’s group has held with mayors. Two of the previous meetings have featured speeches by Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
Those attending or holding religious services must abide by social distancing orders during the holiday weekend, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said during a Thursday afternoon press conference.
Parson said that the state has been in contact with clergy and the faith based community to make sure they abide by the orders.
Several religious leaders are holding video sermons online and are being creative in their services, Parson said, including those that hold service in parking lots in cars.
US stocks finished higher on Friday, buoyed by a new $2.3 trillion Federal Reserve program to support the economy through the coronavirus crisis.
Exchanges are closed for Good Friday tomorrow, so that concludes this trading week.
Here's where the markets finished up:
- The S&P 500 finished up 1.4%. The index recorded its best week since 1974, climbing 12.1%.
- The Dow ended up 1.2%, or 286 points. It logged a 12.7% gain on the week.
- The Nasdaq Composite closed 0.8% higher. On the week, the index climbed 10.6%, marking its best week since 2009.
Remember: As stocks settle after the trading day, levels might still change slightly.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the formation of the Michigan Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities.
The task force is designed to provide the governor with recommendations on how to address the disparity among victims from coronavirus. More than 40% of the state’s coronavirus deaths are black victims.
The task force will hold its first meeting next week and will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an expanded executive order extending her stay-at-home order through April 30.
The order also “prohibits all businesses and operations from requiring workers to leave their homes, unless those workers are necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations.”
Under the new order, all public and private gatherings among people outside a single household remain temporarily banned.
The order also imposes restrictions on stores in an effort to reduce crowds. Here's what the order says:
"Large stores must limit the number of people in the store at one time to no more than 4 customers for every 1,000 square feet of customer floor space; small stores must limit capacity to 25% of the total occupancy limits (including employees) under the fire codes. To regulate entry, stores must establish lines with markings for patrons to enable them to stand at least six feet apart from one another while waiting. Large stores must also close areas of the store that are dedicated to carpeting, flooring, furniture, garden centers, plant nurseries, or paint."