National coronavirus updates: President Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months

We also have a large team working on what the next steps will be Once the medical community gives a region the okay. Meaning the okay to get going to get back. Let’s go to work. Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this. It was not built to be shut down.

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National coronavirus updates: President Trump says he intends to reopen country in weeks, not months

The latest: In the U.S., there are at least 42,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., and at least 515 have died from the virus, according to CNN. Officials in multiple states are ordering residents to stay at home. States that have issued stay-at-home orders include the following: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. Some of the states have already issued the order, while others will go into effect later this week, CNN reports.The U.S. National Guard has been activated in three of the hardest hit states: California, Washington and New York. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday, while Sen. Rand Paul announced Sunday he had tested positive. The White House announced Monday that First Lady Melania Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.President Donald Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months.”We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.”Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs. “There’s no question about that,” but claimed — without evidence — that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.”US death toll surpasses 500 as cases spike nationwideThe battle against coronavirus has intensified across the country as more workers are laid off, medical supplies dwindle, and states enact new rules to get Americans to stay home.”I want America to understand — this week, it’s going to get bad,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC’s “Today” show Monday.”We really, really need everyone to stay at home. I think that there are a lot of people who are doing the right things, but…we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them.”More than 42,000 Americans have been infected with coronavirus across all 50 states, and at least 515 people have died. “If we do nothing, cases will increase fivefold,” said Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun of the Michigan Department of Health.Trump has activated the U.S. National Guard in three of the hardest-hit states — California, Washington and New York. Around half of all U.S. cases — 20,875 — are in New York state.Trump said those National Guard units will remain in the command of the states’ governors.Across the country, multiple states have issued stay-at-home orders that are either in effect or will take effect this week. By Wednesday, more than 126 million Americans will be subject to those new rules.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he will sign an executive order that will force anyone who travels from New York or New Jersey to Florida to self-isolate for two weeks immediately after they land in the state.It’s all in an effort to control the deadly virus and prevent a catastrophic overload of the U.S. health care system.W2lmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vZDJjbXZicTdzeHgzM2ouY2xvdWRmcm9udC5uZXQvZW1haWwvcHJvZF9jb3JvbmF2aXJ1c19pZnJhbWVfYXJ0aWNsZS5odG1sIiBoZWlnaHQ9IjQxNCIgc3R5bGU9IndpZHRoOjEwMCU7Ym9yZGVyOm5vbmU7b3ZlcmZsb3c6aGlkZGVuIiBzY3JvbGxpbmc9Im5vIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCIgYWxsb3dUcmFuc3BhcmVuY3k9InRydWUiXVsvaWZyYW1lXQ==Senate fails to pass coronavirus aid billSenate Democrats on Monday blocked advancing a coronavirus economic stimulus bill when a procedural vote failed to get to the 60 votes needed to pass.It was the second time in two days Democrats blocked the measure as talks over the giant bill continue.The vote tally was 49-46 with a largely party line vote.Senate Democrats lined up against the measure – just as they did yesterday when the first attempted procedural vote failed – as they argue that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not be holding what they have called “arbitrary” votes while negotiators are still attempting to reach a bipartisan deal.The failed vote is sure to incense Republicans, who have been criticizing Democrats all morning and accusing them of holding up efforts to move the package forward, and ratchet up tensions as lawmakers continue to hold talks on a stimulus package. Stay at home ordersA growing number of states are implementing stay at home orders. California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey were already under stay at home orders over the weekend. Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington and West Virginia all issued stay at home orders that go into affect at various points this week.Massachusetts and Maryland said all non-critical businesses must shut down their physical workplaces. And Virginia, like Kansas, has canceled all classes for the rest of this school year.The orders encourage social distancing measures but make exceptions for people to leave their homes for things like buying food, picking up medicine and going to work for essential jobs. Some encourage being outside and active — as long as it isn’t done in groups.IDxpZnJhbWUgaWQ9Imh0di1jb3ZpZC1tYXAiIHNyYz0iaHR0cHM6Ly9jb3ZpZC0xOS1hc3NldHMuaHR2dG9vbHMudXMvaW5kZXguaHRtbCIgc2Nyb2xsPSJubyIgc3R5bGU9ImJvcmRlcjpub25lOyI+PC9pZnJhbWU+Breaking the order could result in a fine in New York and Connecticut.”These are not helpful hints. … There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that is not in compliance” starting Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.More testing through constraintsThe number of U.S. coronavirus cases has surged as tests have become easier to access.About 254,000 Americans have been tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Sunday. That total does not include local hospitals or local health care labs, the vice president said.But increasing testing has put pressure on dwindling medical supplies and increased the possibility of exposure, and authorities in some places have made the choice to test only high-risk patients or patients in cases in which results would significantly change the course of treatment.Despite the constraints, coronavirus testing resources are being set up across the country. The City of Los Angeles is implementing a new web portal that would direct those who might the highest risk criteria to a testing center. In Chicago, two Walmart center parking lots are being designated as drive-through testing sites. And a new drive-up testing facility in Miami will give health care workers and first responders priority testing, DeSantis said.Outbreaks among the vulnerable in nursing homesNursing homes have seen spikes in cases of the virus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said is more likely to cause serious illness in older people and those with chronic conditions. The first nursing home outbreak was at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The center is associated with 35 deaths in one of the hardest hit states, the county health department said.CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The latest:

  • In the U.S., there are at least 42,000 cases across all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington D.C., and at least 515 have died from the virus, according to CNN.
  • Officials in multiple states are ordering residents to stay at home. States that have issued stay-at-home orders include the following: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and West Virginia. Some of the states have already issued the order, while others will go into effect later this week, CNN reports.
  • The U.S. National Guard has been activated in three of the hardest hit states: California, Washington and New York.
  • Vice President Mike Pence and his wife tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday, while Sen. Rand Paul announced Sunday he had tested positive.
  • The White House announced Monday that First Lady Melania Trump tested negative for the coronavirus.

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President Donald Trump said Monday that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months.

“We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump told reporters at a press briefing, echoing a midnight Sunday tweet. “We have to open our country because that causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems.”

Trump acknowledged there were trade-offs. “There’s no question about that,” but claimed — without evidence — that, if closures stretch on for months, there would be “probably more death from that than anything that we’re talking about with respect to the virus.”

US death toll surpasses 500 as cases spike nationwide

The battle against coronavirus has intensified across the country as more workers are laid off, medical supplies dwindle, and states enact new rules to get Americans to stay home.

“I want America to understand — this week, it’s going to get bad,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC’s “Today” show Monday.

“We really, really need everyone to stay at home. I think that there are a lot of people who are doing the right things, but…we’re finding out a lot of people think this can’t happen to them.”

More than 42,000 Americans have been infected with coronavirus across all 50 states, and at least 515 people have died.

“If we do nothing, cases will increase fivefold,” said Dr. Joneigh S. Khaldun of the Michigan Department of Health.

Trump has activated the U.S. National Guard in three of the hardest-hit states — California, Washington and New York. Around half of all U.S. cases — 20,875 — are in New York state.

Trump said those National Guard units will remain in the command of the states’ governors.

Across the country, multiple states have issued stay-at-home orders that are either in effect or will take effect this week. By Wednesday, more than 126 million Americans will be subject to those new rules.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he will sign an executive order that will force anyone who travels from New York or New Jersey to Florida to self-isolate for two weeks immediately after they land in the state.

It’s all in an effort to control the deadly virus and prevent a catastrophic overload of the U.S. health care system.

Senate fails to pass coronavirus aid bill

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked advancing a coronavirus economic stimulus bill when a procedural vote failed to get to the 60 votes needed to pass.

It was the second time in two days Democrats blocked the measure as talks over the giant bill continue.

The vote tally was 49-46 with a largely party line vote.

Senate Democrats lined up against the measure – just as they did yesterday when the first attempted procedural vote failed – as they argue that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should not be holding what they have called “arbitrary” votes while negotiators are still attempting to reach a bipartisan deal.

The failed vote is sure to incense Republicans, who have been criticizing Democrats all morning and accusing them of holding up efforts to move the package forward, and ratchet up tensions as lawmakers continue to hold talks on a stimulus package.

Stay at home orders

A growing number of states are implementing stay at home orders. California, Illinois, New York and New Jersey were already under stay at home orders over the weekend. Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Washington and West Virginia all issued stay at home orders that go into affect at various points this week.

Massachusetts and Maryland said all non-critical businesses must shut down their physical workplaces. And Virginia, like Kansas, has canceled all classes for the rest of this school year.

The orders encourage social distancing measures but make exceptions for people to leave their homes for things like buying food, picking up medicine and going to work for essential jobs. Some encourage being outside and active — as long as it isn’t done in groups.

Breaking the order could result in a fine in New York and Connecticut.

“These are not helpful hints. … There will be a civil fine and mandatory closure for any business that is not in compliance” starting Sunday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

More testing through constraints

The number of U.S. coronavirus cases has surged as tests have become easier to access.

About 254,000 Americans have been tested, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters Sunday. That total does not include local hospitals or local health care labs, the vice president said.

But increasing testing has put pressure on dwindling medical supplies and increased the possibility of exposure, and authorities in some places have made the choice to test only high-risk patients or patients in cases in which results would significantly change the course of treatment.

Despite the constraints, coronavirus testing resources are being set up across the country. The City of Los Angeles is implementing a new web portal that would direct those who might the highest risk criteria to a testing center.

In Chicago, two Walmart center parking lots are being designated as drive-through testing sites. And a new drive-up testing facility in Miami will give health care workers and first responders priority testing, DeSantis said.

Outbreaks among the vulnerable in nursing homes

Nursing homes have seen spikes in cases of the virus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said is more likely to cause serious illness in older people and those with chronic conditions.

The first nursing home outbreak was at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The center is associated with 35 deaths in one of the hardest hit states, the county health department said.

CNN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.