"The good news is that we are finally ahead of this virus," New York City Councilman Andrew Cuomo said in a coronavirus briefing Friday. "We haven't killed the animal, but we're ahead of it."
The numbers look better in some corners of the United States as well. Hawaii reported no confirmed coronavirus cases for the first time since March 13. Meanwhile, Friday was the second day in a row, Orleans Parish in Louisiana reported no new coronavirus deaths.
These bright spots come as the scores in the country continue to disagree on how we can move forward in fighting the deadly virus.
Experts have said that reopening too soon could lead to a new wave of the pandemic. It may be weeks before the US sees the impact of the reopens.
Infections from the White House to prisons
As states continue to navigate the reopening process, the White House responds to two cases of coronavirus.
The president and the vice president have since tested negative, White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
In Arkansas, more than 1,000 inmates have tested positive – with 876 from a single criminal record, according to Dr. Nate Smith, director of the Arkansas Department of Health. For Ohio, 20% of the state's infections are attributed to people behind the bars.
Throughout the pandemic hold in the United States, nursing homes have also been particularly vulnerable. The large populations in close quarters and the severity of the virus in older adults have led to large numbers of infections.
Call for parental vigilance after the death of the 5-year-old
Parents are also on guard after a New York City child died raising questions about whether data from Chinese health officials showing that the virus was less common and less severe in children is correct.
A 5-year-old boy died Thursday of coronavirus-related complications, Cuomo said at a news conference Friday.
"This would be very painful news and would open up a whole other chapter because I can't tell you how many people I talked to who took peace and comfort in the fact that children were not infected," Cuomo said. "We thought kids could be vehicles with transmission … but we didn't think kids would suffer from it."
The governor did not name the child, but said the state health department is investigating other cases with similar circumstances.
The death comes the same week that state officials sent a health care adviser saying that dozens of New York City children have been hospitalized with a condition that doctors describe as "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome."
Most of them tested positive for coronavirus or had positive antibody tests.
"We were led to believe that the good news about this virus was that it did not affect children … now we have a new case that we are looking at," Cuomo said.
Employment sees the worst numbers since the Great Depression
The Coronavirus pandemic has put Americans out of work on a historical level.
The US economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Many economies began to shut down to curb the spread of the virus in March, reducing 870,000 jobs.
The layoffs were more than double the job lost during the financial crisis in 2008. In just two months, the pandemic wiped out the development for years of recovery for the nation.
Unemployment rose as a result, reaching 14.7% in April. This is the highest level since the BLS began recording the monthly rate in 1948.
Americans last saw severe unemployment during the Great Depression. At the highest in 1933, unemployment was at 24.9%, according to historical annual estimates from the BLS.
CNN's Faith Karimi, Andy Rose, Elizabeth Joseph, Kay Jones and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.