BLOG: Coronavirus updates from Sunday, April 19

Posted at 9:23 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 04:57:02-04

FLORIDA – ABC Action News is committed to providing Tampa Bay area residents all of the updates on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and the impact it's having on our way of life. To help you stay on top of it all, we've compiled all the updates for Sunday, April 19. For today's updates, visit Don't forget we are in this together!

8:38 PM

  • President Donald Trump says his administration and Congress are getting close to a deal on an aid package of up to $450 billion.

7:13 PM

  • During a briefing at the White House on Sunday, President Donald Trump said he would use the Defense Production Act to force medical manufacturers to create more swabs that can be used in COVID-19 tests.

6:01 PM

  • Department of Health reports 26,314 positive COVID-19 cases in Florida. Death toll is at 774

5:22 PM

  • An Italian cruise ship has been a virus-free bubble since it set sail in January. On Monday the Deliziosa will make its first port-of-call in 35 days when it docks in Barcelona, Spain.

3:51 PM

2:56 PM

2:38 PM

1:15 PM

12:00 PM

  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee tells ABC's George Stephanopoulos that President Donald Trump's message to liberate states, as some begin protesting stay-at-home and safer-at-home orders, is basically encouraging illegal activity.

10:43 AM

9:00 AM

  • Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has had his his right leg amputated after suffering complications from coronavirus, his wife says.

8:30 AM

  • Police break up a party with more than 60 people in Brooklyn, New York

12:45 AM

  • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont reopens marinas, boatyards and marine manufacturers at their respective states as long as strict social distancing and sanitization protocols are followed.

12:01 AM

  • A district judge strikes down Kansas' ban on church gatherings

Important updates from Saturday, April 18

Important updates from Friday, April 17

  • President Trump directed USDA to craft $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of the food supply chain and to ensure Americans continue to receive and have access to food they need.
  • Manatee County extends curfew until at least Tuesday.
  • Sarasota extends citywide public health emergency to April 24
  • Lakeland Regional Health opening city's first drive-thru testing site.
  • To view more updates, click here.

Important updates from Thursday, April 16

Important updates from Wednesday, April 15