16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak

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President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Illinois House passes bill that would mandate Asian-American history lessons in schools Overnight Defense: Administration says 'low to moderate confidence' Russia behind Afghanistan troop bounties | 'Low to medium risk' of Russia invading Ukraine in next few weeks | Intelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats he MORE is resisting calls to issue a nationwide stay-at-home order. His decision to stand back and let states deal with their own problems has created a patchwork of enforcement. Trump has stood by the decision despite criticism.

Trump on Wednesday also said he "absolutely" would speak to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden administration still seizing land near border despite plans to stop building wall: report Olympics, climate on the agenda for Biden meeting with Japanese PM Boehner on Afghanistan: 'It's time to pull out the troops' MORE about the coronavirus response, after the presumptive Democratic nominee offered to talk to the president and offer advice.


At the state level, Florida's governor finally issued a stay-at-home order after weeks of refusing to do so despite the rising number of cases in the state. But Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida on track to pass 'anti-riot' law requiring state approval for decreases to city police budgets Florida education official tells school districts to make masks optional next year The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE (R) explicitly carved out exemptions for religious services, even though there is evidence that gatherings of people for religious services have started outbreaks.  

Also, Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 have helped to create a surge in demand for the drugs, which has now officially landed them on FDA's shortage list. 


Here's what you need to know today...

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay at home order, something he had previously resisted doing despite mounting pressure. Julia Manchester reports
  • Mississippi’s governor, who had also earlier resisted the move, also issued a stay-at-home order. Zack Burdyk reports
  • Georgia is expected to issue a shelter-in-place order. Rebecca Klar reports.
  • Earlier in the day, former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb warned that states like Florida and Texas, which still has not issued a stay at home order, could leave the United States with more deaths from the coronavirus if they don’t take tougher actions. More on Gottlieb's comments here.
  • Connecticut said that a six-week old baby died from complications related to coronavirus, which the governor called “heartbreaking.” Rebecca Klar reports
  • And here is a list of the states that do not have stay-at-home orders from Cristina Marcos.



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And on a lighter note...

Curb your enthusiasm, don't hurt old people

California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and up California races to get ahead of another bad fire season Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez highlight vaccine concert MORE (D) enlisted some celebrity help in the effort to convince people to stay home.