National coronavirus updates: More than half of US states will begin reopening by end of the week

Yes, we’re back answering more of your questions and joining us once again. Pete Done. Pete is a USA Today columnist and author of many books, including 60 Days to Change. He’s also the host of the radio show and podcast. The Peep. The Planner Show and CEO of two companies. Your Money Line and Tame Money AP Hey, Jeff, good to be with you. All right, Let’s get right to some viewer questions. Tierra Johnson asks. I am a daycare owner but just opened March 11th so I don’t qualify for the P P. P loan. Any relief for new business owners? There’s a couple things here. First Tierra. These daycare workers like yourself that are so important to our economy and the families of America. You’re in a tough position, so unfortunately, don’t qualify for P P. P. But there’s a couple other areas you might wanna look first. Your local chamber of commerce could have funds available for people in your position. We’ve seen that in an increasing manner. I really like that. The second thing to consider is depending on whether you’ve got families participating with your services. Right now, you may actually qualify for unemployment benefits if you don’t have any paying customers, so check with your state on that option as well, PP $310 billion. That was added this week to the P P. P. What should people know about that if someone applied for the last round of loans, didn’t get it or didn’t get to the S B A. Do they have to apply again? Yes, a great question, because A you don’t have to apply again, however, and this is a big, big. But if you have not heard from that lending institution that you’ve applied for, even if it was weeks ago, have a backup plan, you may consider just applying at a smaller community bank. And that second application you know, the 1st 1 you put through. If it actually gets to the process, it will just be kicked back out. Beyond Twitter, I’ve been reading. Actually, people who have applied to the big banks said they got so frustrated they called their small community bank and had it approved in like, two days community banks. By the way, this is not anti big bank cinnamon. This is I want to talk to a person I want to know their name. And I want that person to know my name and to help me. And big banks can’t pull that off one way or another right now because they have tens of thousands of applications. So call that community bank on Main Street and the city in which you live. They should be able to help you get application through quicker. I want to talk about stimulus checks for a moment. Some people have gotten them. Some people haven’t. Terry Hamburg Dairy wants to know. Will there be another check sent out to help people with their bills? So stimulus check number one. Maybe you got it. Not gonna last you till whenever. Yeah, I go back and forth on this one. Jeff, I don’t I don’t know about you. Early on, I thought You know what? There is gonna have to be another round of stimulus. You’re just too many people not covered by unemployment benefits or protected bee the pee pee pee by their employer. But then I started doing the math in my head and I started thinking, You know what I think? To some degree, this is why there is a rush to reopen because they’re playing it from both sides. P p p last eight weeks That’s what it’s supposed to do for small businesses. Unemployment benefits are supposed to last this 13 week period. So I would be surprised if there is another stimulus, because the whole point of trying to open fast is to avoid a second set of stimulus. But anything surprises me these days. Pete, thank you so much for being here. Always, always helpful. Thank you. Thanks for you at home. Here’s how you can send in your questions to me on Facebook at Rossen reports on Twitter and Instagram, you can find me at Jeff Rawson. As always, we look forward to hearing from you. Stay safe out there. Use your money wisely. Back to you.

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National coronavirus updates: More than half of US states will begin reopening by end of the week

The latest:There have been more than 1 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.The U.S. death toll has surpassed 60,000 people, according to Hopkins.Globally, there have been more than 3.1 million cases with more than 227,000 deaths.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for the investigational coronavirus treatment, remdesivir, the New York Times reported, citing a senior administration official.The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it “will invest $75.5 million in Defense Production Act Title 3 funding to increase swab production by 20 million per month starting in May.”America’s first-quarter GDP fell at a 4.8% annualized rate, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Wednesday.President Donald Trump said he will travel to Arizona next week, after weeks of staying in Washington because of COVID-19.More than half of the United States will be partially reopened by the end of the week when many states’ stay-at-home orders are set to expire.Governors across the country have been announcing whether they will begin phased reopenings of their states when many of their order expire this week or wait a few weeks more. At least 28 states will have loosened coronavirus restrictions by Friday. Florida is among the states that will soon reopen. Its restaurants and retail shops can let customers inside, at reduced capacity, starting Monday. The change in restrictions will not apply to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, home to about 6 million people.”These counties have seen the lion share of the pandemic, but they are trending in a positive direction,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “We are working with them and I do believe they will be able to move to phase one very soon.”West Virginia will allow dentists to go back to work Thursday. Restaurants, churches and professional services, like salons, can open on Monday, with restrictions, said Gov. Jim Justice.But other states are waiting longer.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a news conference that he has extended the stay-at-home order for the state until May 15. And while California has a plan for a phased reopening, the state has no set end date for its stay-at-home order and Gov. Gavin Newsom said that reopening schools and businesses is still “weeks away.”Optimistic outlook on potential coronavirus treatment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for the investigational coronavirus treatment, remdesivir, the New York Times reported, citing a senior administration official.The FDA said in a statement to CNN Wednesday it is in discussions with Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, about making the drug available to patients. Gilead’s current supply of the drug could cover at least 140,000 treatment courses for coronavirus patients, CEO Daniel O’Day said Wednesday.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, announced optimistic results of a remdesivir trial that began Feb. 21.”The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery,” he said in the Oval Office during a meeting with the President Donald Trump and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.But the researcher behind that trial told CNN that remdesivir is “not the end of the story” when it comes to treating the virus.”We have work to do. We are looking for other therapies, this trial is going to continue,” said Dr. Andre Kalil, the principal investigator for the clinical trial, which was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. “In medicine, it’s never ending. We can always do better. And we want to do better.”Los Angeles offers free testing for residentsHealth experts have said states should ramp up testing for coronavirus in order to safely reopen.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee referenced testing Wednesday when announcing that the state’s stay-at-home order would remain in effect past May 4. Inslee said the state cannot reach its full potential of 22,000 tests per day.”Unfortunately, because we don’t have additional swabs in the viral transfer media … we can only do about 4,600,” he said.The state’s outbreak is disproportionately affecting the Hispanic community, which makes up 13% of the population, but represents 30% of coronavirus cases, Inslee said.Meantime, Los Angeles began offering free coronavirus tests Wednesday night to all residents, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference. Los Angeles is now the first major U.S. city to make that offer to its residents.There is no limit to the number of times an individual can request a test, and while symptomatic individuals are top priority, people can get tests without symptoms.Garcetti initially said at the news conference that the testing would be open to city residents only, but according to a news release and the city’s website, all Los Angeles County residents can sign up for a free test.”We have the capacity, so don’t wait, don’t wander and don’t risk infecting others,” Garcetti said. “If you feel you need a test, get one. If you want to be safe, get one.”There are 34 testing sites across the city and county of Los Angeles, with a capacity to test 18,000 people per day. More than 140,000 people have been tested throughout those testing sites, according to Garcetti.A second round is ‘inevitable’How the nation responds to this wave of coronavirus will determine how bad the “inevitable” second one will be, Fauci said.If states begin lifting restrictions too early, Fauci says he predicts the country could see a rebound of the virus that would “get us right back in the same boat that we were a few weeks ago,” adding that the country could see many more deaths than are currently predicted.CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Celine Gounder said Tuesday that before it is safe to list social distancing restrictions states should see a 14-day decline in cases and deaths, a hospital capacity for expected patients and the ability to do testing and contact tracing.A University of Iowa study recommended maintaining mitigation efforts another two weeks to prevent another wave of infections.

The latest:

  • There have been more than 1 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 60,000 people, according to Hopkins.
  • Globally, there have been more than 3.1 million cases with more than 227,000 deaths.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for the investigational coronavirus treatment, remdesivir, the New York Times reported, citing a senior administration official.
  • The Pentagon announced Wednesday that it “will invest $75.5 million in Defense Production Act Title 3 funding to increase swab production by 20 million per month starting in May.”
  • America’s first-quarter GDP fell at a 4.8% annualized rate, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported on Wednesday.
  • President Donald Trump said he will travel to Arizona next week, after weeks of staying in Washington because of COVID-19.

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More than half of the United States will be partially reopened by the end of the week when many states’ stay-at-home orders are set to expire.

Governors across the country have been announcing whether they will begin phased reopenings of their states when many of their order expire this week or wait a few weeks more. At least 28 states will have loosened coronavirus restrictions by Friday.

Florida is among the states that will soon reopen. Its restaurants and retail shops can let customers inside, at reduced capacity, starting Monday. The change in restrictions will not apply to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, home to about 6 million people.

“These counties have seen the lion share of the pandemic, but they are trending in a positive direction,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “We are working with them and I do believe they will be able to move to phase one very soon.”

West Virginia will allow dentists to go back to work Thursday. Restaurants, churches and professional services, like salons, can open on Monday, with restrictions, said Gov. Jim Justice.

But other states are waiting longer.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a news conference that he has extended the stay-at-home order for the state until May 15. And while California has a plan for a phased reopening, the state has no set end date for its stay-at-home order and Gov. Gavin Newsom said that reopening schools and businesses is still “weeks away.”

Optimistic outlook on potential coronavirus treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to announce an emergency-use authorization for the investigational coronavirus treatment, remdesivir, the New York Times reported, citing a senior administration official.

The FDA said in a statement to CNN Wednesday it is in discussions with Gilead Sciences, the maker of remdesivir, about making the drug available to patients. Gilead’s current supply of the drug could cover at least 140,000 treatment courses for coronavirus patients, CEO Daniel O’Day said Wednesday.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, announced optimistic results of a remdesivir trial that began Feb. 21.

“The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery,” he said in the Oval Office during a meeting with the President Donald Trump and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

But the researcher behind that trial told CNN that remdesivir is “not the end of the story” when it comes to treating the virus.

“We have work to do. We are looking for other therapies, this trial is going to continue,” said Dr. Andre Kalil, the principal investigator for the clinical trial, which was sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. “In medicine, it’s never ending. We can always do better. And we want to do better.”

Los Angeles offers free testing for residents

Health experts have said states should ramp up testing for coronavirus in order to safely reopen.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee referenced testing Wednesday when announcing that the state’s stay-at-home order would remain in effect past May 4. Inslee said the state cannot reach its full potential of 22,000 tests per day.

“Unfortunately, because we don’t have additional swabs in the viral transfer media … we can only do about 4,600,” he said.

The state’s outbreak is disproportionately affecting the Hispanic community, which makes up 13% of the population, but represents 30% of coronavirus cases, Inslee said.

Meantime, Los Angeles began offering free coronavirus tests Wednesday night to all residents, Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a news conference. Los Angeles is now the first major U.S. city to make that offer to its residents.

There is no limit to the number of times an individual can request a test, and while symptomatic individuals are top priority, people can get tests without symptoms.

Garcetti initially said at the news conference that the testing would be open to city residents only, but according to a news release and the city’s website, all Los Angeles County residents can sign up for a free test.

“We have the capacity, so don’t wait, don’t wander and don’t risk infecting others,” Garcetti said. “If you feel you need a test, get one. If you want to be safe, get one.”

There are 34 testing sites across the city and county of Los Angeles, with a capacity to test 18,000 people per day. More than 140,000 people have been tested throughout those testing sites, according to Garcetti.

A second round is ‘inevitable’

How the nation responds to this wave of coronavirus will determine how bad the “inevitable” second one will be, Fauci said.

If states begin lifting restrictions too early, Fauci says he predicts the country could see a rebound of the virus that would “get us right back in the same boat that we were a few weeks ago,” adding that the country could see many more deaths than are currently predicted.

CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Celine Gounder said Tuesday that before it is safe to list social distancing restrictions states should see a 14-day decline in cases and deaths, a hospital capacity for expected patients and the ability to do testing and contact tracing.

A University of Iowa study recommended maintaining mitigation efforts another two weeks to prevent another wave of infections.