April 21, 2020
9:50 p.m. update:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials have reported a cluster of coronavirus cases at a second California homeless shelter as Gov. Gavin Newsom called for more testing. Officials said 56 people tested positive after 200 tests were administered at Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. Only 16 of those showed symptoms. The mission has quarantined everyone at the site and has stopped taking in new people. In San Francisco, more than 100 people at the city's largest homeless shelter have tested positive. Newsom said the state's testing of the homeless has been inadequate and vowed to do more.
9 p.m. update:
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Netflix picked up nearly 16 million global subscribers during the first three months of the year, helping cement its status as one of the world’s most essential services in times of isolation or crisis. Netflix more than doubled the quarterly growth it predicted in January, well before the COVID-19 outbreak began to shut down many major economies. It was the biggest three-month gain in the 13-year history of Netflix’s streaming service. The quarter spanned the beginning of stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and around the world. The numbers suggest that video streaming may thrive even as the U.S. economy sinks into recession.
8:15 p.m. update:
ATLANTA (AP) — Many business owners are wary of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's call to start reopening shuttered businesses within days. Atlanta restaurant and bakery owner Kristin Allin said she doesn't think her customers are ready to go out for meals. She probably won't reopen for another month at least. Savannah gym owner Mark Lebos said it would amount to professional negligence to reopen. Some public health experts say Kemp's aggressive plan seems premature. Dr. Harry J. Heiman of Georgia State University said Georgia isn't conducting enough testing or contract tracing yet to monitor for a resurgence in infections.
6:30 p.m. update:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that that he will be placing a 60-day pause on the issuance of certain immigration green cards in an effort to limit competition for jobs in an economy wrecked by the coronavirus. He said that, “To protect american workers I will be issuing a temporary suspension of immigrating into the United States." But Trump said that the move would not impact those in the country on a temporary basis and would apply only to those looking for green cards and hoping to stay. It's a return to a divisive issue at a time of national crisis.
5:20 p.m. update:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid bill after Congress reached an agreement with President Donald Trump. The measure would replenish a small business rescue program, provide hospitals with another $75 billion, and implement a nationwide virus testing program to facilitate reopening the economy. Trump has announced his support, saying he’ll sign the bill if it passes both chambers. The package now goes to the House. Most of the funding, more than $300 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week.
4:45 p.m. update:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. The measure would replenish a small business rescue program, provide hospitals with another $75 billion, and implement a nationwide virus testing program to facilitate reopening the economy. Trump has announced his support, saying he’ll sign the bill if it passes both chambers. The Senate is poised to quickly pass it in a late afternoon session Tuesday. It next goes to the House. Most of the funding, more than $300 billion, would go to boost a small-business payroll loan program that ran out of money last week.
4:20 p.m. update:
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said hospitals in parts of New York will be able to conduct outpatient elective surgeries again. The governor also pledged to consider regional differences when re-opening the state’s outbreak-stalled economy. Cuomo is heading to the White House as he seeks help with coronavirus testing. And New York City is planning to stockpile medical equipment and supplies to meet its own needs in any potential future coronavirus surge, rather than looking to federal authorities or global markets. Meanwhile, elective surgeries will be allowed in parts of the state where the outbreak is not so severe.
3:35 p.m. update:
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials say they have identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus from participating in the April 7 election. They would be the first such cases since the state held in-person voting despite widespread concern about the health risks. The conditions of the seven, all in Milwaukee, weren't immediately available. City health commissioner Jeanette Kowalik says six are voters and one is a poll worker. Voters in Milwaukee stood in long lines, many for hours, to cast ballots after the city was forced to pare nearly 200 voting locations down to just five due to a shortage of poll workers.
- (AP) USA Track and Field has rescheduled the Olympic trials for June 2021
- (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- (AP) Stocks are falling in morning trading on Wall Street and oil prices are continuing to collapse as traders anticipate demand for energy to shrivel
- (AP) Milwaukee’s health commissioner says officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin. Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik says six of the cases involve Milwaukee voters and one is a Milwaukee poll worker.
- Cuyahoga County reports 56 deaths, 1364 coronavirus cases
- (AP) UK Parliament to hold virtual debates amid virus lockdown
- (AP) MLB wants to cut player salaries if games are played without fans
- Germany has canceled this year's Oktoberfest in September
- Indonesia has banned people from traveling for Ramadan
- 509 people have died of coronavirus in Ohio
- 12,919 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Ohio
- There are 42,364 US deaths and 787,960 coronavirus cases
- 4,026,572 have been tested for coronavirus in the US
- 90,436 have been tested in Ohio
- There are 170,418 deaths worldwide and 2,480,749 confirmed cases
- President Trump says he'll suspend immigration to protect Americans from COVID-19 and to protect US jobs
- (AP) The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution calling for global action to rapidly scale up development, manufacturing and access to medicine, vaccines and medical equipment to confront the coronavirus pandemic.