Coronavirus USA Updates: New York state death toll closing in on 15,000

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Coronavirus USA Updates: New York state death toll closing in on 15,000
Coronavirus USA Updates: New York state death toll closing in on 15,000

At least another 481 New York state residents died from complications related to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, officials said Tuesday.

The state’s coronavirus death toll has now reached 14,828 since the outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

There were 1,308 new patients hospitalized with COVID-10 on Monday, down from rates of 2,000 a day late last week. Cuomo called it good news while noting, “Our definition of good has changed here.”

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– Schumer says White House, Dems have deal on money for small businesses, hospitals, testing

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that lawmakers had reached a deal with the White House on a nearly $500 billion interim coronavirus bill that includes additional funds for the small business loan program as well as more money for hospitals and testing.

“There is still a few more I’s to dot and T’s to cross, but we have a deal, and I believe we’ll pass it today,” Schumer said on CNN.

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The minority leader said he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had been on the phone “well past midnight” with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and they “came to an agreement on just about every issue.”

Schumer said the proposal included $75 billion for hospitals but not additional funding for states as Democrats have sought. The proposal also would allocate $125 billion to “unbanked” businesses in rural and minority areas that might have had trouble accessing the the Paycheck Protection Program, which was created by the stimulus legislation passed late last month. The interim proposal is expected to include more than $300 billion in additional money for the program.

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