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Following NY And NJ, Connecticut Keeps Schools Closed For Rest Of Academic Year
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Tuesday announced that schools from kindergarten through 12th grade would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
"Given the circumstances, this is the best course of action for the safety of students, educators, and staff," Lamont tweeted.
The news comes one day after New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy also said that schools in that state would remain shuttered due to the pandemic. Governor Cuomo announced the same decision last Friday, but added that colleges in New York would stay closed as well. The three governors have said they would try to coordinate their actions around the coronavirus crisis.
“I know how important it is for so many students and teachers to finish out the school year, and I was holding out hope – particularly for high school seniors – that we’d at least be able to complete the final few weeks, but given the current circumstances and to protect everyone’s safety, it has become clear that it’s just not possible,” Lamont said in a statement.
Lamont is scheduled to address the issue of schools at his press conference later this afternoon.
Connecticut has 29,973 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and at least 2,556 deaths related to the virus.
Cuomo, De Blasio Hit Back At Trump For Saying Funding For Virus Ravaged States Is "Unfair To Republicans"
Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday criticized President Donald Trump for suggesting that money directed to areas hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic would amount to a blue state bailout, an assertion first made last month by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.
Congress is weighing a fourth stimulus bill, which Cuomo has argued needs to include funding for state budgets.
“It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case," Trump told the New York Post. "Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt.”
New York has by far the most confirmed cases and deaths of any state in the U.S., but no state has emerged untouched by the virus. Last month, an analysis said that Florida was facing an $8 billion to $10 billion budget shortfall. Texas reported a 9 percent drop in sales tax revenues for the month of April, and the state comptroller warned of steeper declines ahead. In Ohio, preliminary revenue numbers released last month showed that tax revenue in March was $159.4 million short of projections.
Cuomo, along with other governors, have called on the federal government to pass $500 billion to help states address their budget shortfalls. New York state is facing a $13.3 billion budget shortfall, a 14 percent drop in its revenue forecast, which is due to the coronavirus crisis. The governor has said that a previous relief package, which allocated $7.5 billion to New York to meet costs from the virus, shortchanged the state.
In recent weeks, he has stressed that states are running out of money to pay for government services and employees, including police, firefighters, teachers, and healthcare workers.
"If you starve the states, how do you expect the states to fund this entire reopening plan," Cuomo said during a press conference in New York City.
"This is not a blue state issue," he added. "Every state has coronavirus cases."
The governor has had mixed reactions to the president during the coronavirus crisis, at times, praising and expressing gratitude for the federal response and at other times attacking Trump for incompetence in managing a national public health emergency.
Cuomo on Tuesday warned that the president needed to avoid partisanship so as to ensure that Congressional members could agree on another stimulus bill, which he said was critical to funding the country's economic turnaround.
"He needs to bridge this divide, or he will have no legislation," he said. "If he has no legislation, he will have failed as a leader."
Trump, who is said to watch Cuomo's briefings, later issued a tweet, disparaging "Do Nothing Democrats" and the media. He did not, however, mention Cuomo by name.
Earlier in the morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio began his daily press conference by also condemning Trump's remarks in the NY Post.
Holding a copy of the tabloid in front of the camera, he accused the president of “stabbing his hometown in the back."
As a rebuttal to Trump's contention that Republican states were doing fine, the mayor held up a letter signed by 111 Texas mayors asking the Texas governor for the same access to federal coronavirus relief funds, regardless of their size.
“Who cares who runs the states?” the mayor said. “The people need help.”
De Blasio later addressed a series of tweets at Trump. "What kind of human being sees the suffering here and decides the people in New York City don’t deserve help?" he wrote.
In New Forecast, CDC Says Daily COVID-19 Deaths In U.S. Could Double By June
A draft report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is projecting that coronavirus deaths could rise to more than 3,000 deaths each day by June, a dramatic surge representing roughly double the current level of about 1,750 deaths per day.
According to the model, there would be 200,000 new cases each day by June 1, up from about 30,000 new daily cases currently.
The White House and the CDC both "disavowed the report," according to the Washington Post.
Justin Lessler, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who created the model told the Post that the work was incomplete and that he was not aware that his projections had been turned into a slide deck.
But other modelers are also predicting a rise in cases, some precipitous, over the next few weeks.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, a model that the White House has frequently cited, revised its forecast on Monday. The new model now says the U.S. could have nearly 135,000 deaths through the beginning of August, more than double its previous projection.
"The revised projections reflect rising mobility in most U.S. states as well as the easing of social distancing measures expected in 31 states by May 11, indicating that growing contacts among people will promote transmission of the coronavirus," read a press release from the Institute.
A team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has compiled many of the existing coronavirus models into one chart. Its analysis shows projected cumulative deaths in the U.S. ranging between about 72,000 to 119,000 by May 22nd.
For New York alone, the projections predict cumulative deaths ranging between about 19,000 to 37,000.
As of Tuesday, more than 1.18 million people in the U.S. are known to have been infected with COVID-19, and at least 68,800 have died from the disease. New York now has more than 318,000 confirmed cases, the most of any state, and at least 19,415 recorded deaths. But over the last few weeks, the number of hospitalizations have steadily declined as have the number of fatalities, leading Governor Andrew Cuomo to announce that the state could begin a gradual reopening as early as May 15th.
As of Monday, 27 states have loosened social distancing restrictions in some way, according to a chart compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation.