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Covid-19 breaking news from April 2020
The facts and only the facts, without editorialization or opinion. You decide what to believe.

April Roundup

May 11, 2020 - New York City Mayor William DeBlasio stated that New York City may open up in June, 2020

May 11, 2020 - New York Governor Cuomo stated that several upstate districts will partially return to normal business activities this week. Businesses will still be required to observe social distancing rules and mask wearing rules, while indoors.

May 8, 2020 - The United States Labor Department have determined that the United States lost 20,500,000 jobs in April. This amounts to a 14.5% unemployment rate. Other sources claim that the unemployment rate is significantly higher with some saying 25.5% unemployment rate. It should be noted that James Bullard, the chairman of the St. Louis Federal Reserve stated in a memo in late March, 2020, that the unemployment rate may exceed 30% if the lockdown extended to the end of August, 2020.

April 21, 2020 - President Donald Trump says that his immigration restrictions will also apply for 60 days to green card applicants.

April 21, 2020 - President Donald Trump is demanding that Harvard University pay back corona virus aid. Harvard University has over 40 billion dollars endowment in reserve.

April 21, 2020 - Oil prices continued to fall to its lowest price since 2002. The American shale oil industry is at a complete standstill.

April 20, 2020 - President Donald Trump states that he will issue an order to suspend immigration.

April 20, 2020 The Governors of South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee have announced that most businesses will be permitted to open either now or by April 30.

April 20, 2020 - Oil prices crash. A 55 gallon barrel of "West Texas Crude" crashed to negative numbers today, to an astounding minus $39 per barrel, that is that the producers were paying the buyers to take the oil. The reason for this is that all of the storage facilities are filled to capacity and because of the lock down, oil consumption has dropped dramatically. This price drop is clearly temporary since now the wells have stopped pumping and thus output has dropped. In certain cases, such as the Alaska pipeline, it is extremely difficult and costly to stop oil flow for a variety of technical reasons.

April 16, 2020 - The $349 billion dollar Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses, distributed by the Small Business Administration (SBA), has run out of money and their application website now states "NOTICE: Lapse in Appropriations. The SBA is currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available protections". In the few days that the money was available, the SBA made 1,660,000 loans. According to the SBA, there are 30,200,000 small businesses in the country, thus about one in twenty small businesses received these loans. There is some controversy since a publicly traded company with over 5,000 employees received a loan and another major company received a loan, only to file for bankruptcy that was apparently pre-planned.

April 16, 2020 - Protests by thousands of protesters have converged on the state houses of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan and other states demanding that businesses and other activities be resumed. Many constitutional guarantees are mentioned including freedom of religion, freedom to assemble, the pursuit of happiness and others. Many protesters do not believe in the severity of the Corona Virus and compare it with the yearly flu.

April 15, 2020 - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo extends PAUSE till May 15, 2020.

April 15, 2020 - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issues an executive order stating that all people must wear masks or face coverings, if they might be closer than six feet from one another in public or if they go into a supermarket.

April 14, 2020 - President Donald Trump stopped funding the controversial United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). Up to this point, the United States had funded approximately 50% of the WHO's annual budget.

March 30, 2020 - A report from the Federal Reserve of St. Louis district said in a recent analysis that the US will lose 47 million jobs, resulting in an unemployment rate of 32.1%. During the Great Depression of 1929 to 1936, the highest unemployment rate was 24.9%. The original projections by James Bullard, the chairman of the St. Louis Federal Reserve was an unemployment rate of 30%.

Some people originally stated that all would be back to normal by August, with some optimistically saying as early as April 15th

March 25, 2020 - Congress passes a 2 Trillion dollar economic stimulus package that includes a one time payment to every citizen who earns less than $95,000 per year. A working couple earning less than $190,000 will get $2400 and a further $500 per child. The initial payment is based on a persons 2018 tax return or their 2019 return, if it has been filed. However the final determination will be the 2020 tax return so that in theory, if the person earns above the threshold in 2020, the money will have to be returned. The exact procedure has not be announced as of today. A variety of emergency loans for businesses and banks has been also been authorized. One such loan, that may not have to be repaid is a $10,000 Small Business Agency SBA loan, but there is a cap as to the total amount available.

March 24, 2020 - Mayor Bill DeBlasio plans to release non violent prisoners from jail to prevent the rapid spread of Corona Virus in prison. District Attorneys from most New York City Borough's object to this plan stating that crime will rise.

March 23, 2020 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has extended the April 15 tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

March 20, 2020 - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order known as "Pause" which is a ten point program. Key points include:

  • 100% closure of non essential businesses statewide, effective at 8PM on Sunday. Exceptions made for essential service such as groceries and health care.

  • "Matilda's Law, named after his mother, provides protections for those who are 70 and older, people with compromised immune systems and those with underlying illnesses.

  • Orders a 90 day moratorium on any residential or commercial evictions

The ten point executive order includes:
Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed

  1. Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time

  2. Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced
  3. When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet
  4. Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people
  5. Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders
  6. Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health
  7. Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations
  8. Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.

"Matilda's Law" includes the following rules for vulnerable populations:

  1. Remain indoors

  2. Can go outside for solitary exercise;Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms
  3. Do not visit households with multiple people;Wear a mask when in the company of others
  4. To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask
  5. Always stay at least six feet away from individuals
  6. Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

March 18, 2020 - Macy's announced that it is laying off the majority of its123,000 employees.

March 15, 2020 - There is a belief that after the economic shutdown is over, the economy and life will snap back to normal. There is considerable question to this, as there is a fear that those who have their jobs suspended, will not be able to pay their accumulated rent, mortgage payments and other accumulating bills, even after they return to work after the shutdown. There is the further issue that restaurants, and companies may not be able to catch up with their own accumulating rents, mortgages, loans and other bills and may have to layoff or fire employees or close their businesses entirely, if the shutdown continues over a period of time.

March 12, 2020 - President Donald Trump suspends all travel to Europe. This order is soon extended to the rest of the world.


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