Friday, April 10, 2020

President Trump Officials Lay Groundwork for May Reopening | Democrats ramp up talks with Mnuchin on next relief deal and Other Coronavirus Updates

Welcome to Thursday's Overnight Health Care. There are more than 454,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., including 16,267 deaths.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), though, is cautiously optimistic the outbreak is slowing in his state. The Trump administration, meanwhile, is beginning a push to open up parts of the economy as early as May. In the Senate, Democrats blocked a GOP plan to give more money to the small business loan program. Democrats tried to counter with a separate plan; that was also rejected.
We'll start off tonight from the White House...
Trump officials lay groundwork for May reopening
The dates on this have been shifting around, but the new administration's target for reopening the country might be May.
President Trump and top government officials in recent days have talked about seeing "glimmers of hope" and a "light at the end of the tunnel" while publicly discussing ideas for how to revive the economy.
LINK: Today’s coronavirus update: NY cases top 
countries, New Zealand death toll is 1
The president has floated reopening businesses in parts of the country that do not have outbreaks. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday unveiled guidelines meant to encourage those in critical sectors who have been exposed to the coronavirus but aren't showing symptoms to continue working.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC on Thursday that he believes companies could reopen in May as long as Trump "feels comfortable with the medical issues."
Caveat: The actual decisions are more up to governors, who could decide to maintain stay at home orders even if the White House eases up on its messaging.
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