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3:46 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Key West to reopen parks and beaches to local residents only

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Empty lounge chairs are seen on the deserted beach of Florida Keys on March 22.
Empty lounge chairs are seen on the deserted beach of Florida Keys on March 22. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Key West, Florida, will reopen parks, beaches and recreational facilities to local residents effective today, according to a letter from City Manager Greg Veliz posted on the city’s official Facebook page.

“Although we are currently under a restrictive order as it pertains to businesses, we do understand the need to begin to allow our residents to resume some sense of normalcy while exercising personal responsibility and social distancing,” Veliz wrote.

Veliz added that the city is monitoring any reopening announcements made by Gov. Ron DeSantis so the city can respond to the needs of Key West.

The Florida Keys have been closed to visitors since the coronavirus outbreak. The closure is enforced with a checkpoint.

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3:47 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

NBA hoping to open some team facilities no later than May 8

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

The practice facility of the Charlotte Hornets is seen on April 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The practice facility of the Charlotte Hornets is seen on April 27, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

The National Basketball Association announced today that it is targeting a date no earlier than May 8 to allow individual workouts at NBA team facilities in cities not subject to government restrictions. 

The May 8 date is a week later than ESPN reported over the weekend.

The NBA informed its teams of the decision today, according to a statement from the league. For cities where government restrictions remain in place, the league will work with teams to identify alternatives.

"The purpose of these changes is to allow for safe and controlled environments for players to train in states that allow them to do so," the statement said.

Restrictions put in place by the NBA would include no more than four players permitted at a facility at one time, no coaching allowed and no group activity such as scrimmages or practices. Players are prohibited from using non-team facilities.

3:39 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

The White House will release two documents about coronavirus testing today, source says

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

The White House will release two documents today about coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the plan tells CNN.

The first will be a testing overview that looks at what the administration has done to ramp up testing, including strengthening the US supply chain for collection supplies and testing kits, and the second will be a "testing blueprint" that provides guidance for increasing testing as states begin to reopen. 

It's still not entirely clear what will be on the second document, but it is expected to explain how the administration views the roles of federal, state and local governments in addition to the private sector when it comes to testing. 

The blueprint document will also have guidance about establishing coronavirus monitoring systems and rapid response plans. 

 

3:29 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Coronavirus antibody tests are "not ready for prime time," former CDC acting director says

From CNN Health’s Gisela Crespo

Dr. Richard Besser attends a gala at the New York Athletic Club on April 28, 2014 in New York City.
Dr. Richard Besser attends a gala at the New York Athletic Club on April 28, 2014 in New York City. Rommel Demano/Getty Images

When it comes to antibody tests for people who believe they may have had the coronavirus, “from my perspective I would say they're not ready for prime time," Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday during a virtual chat with Stat.

“As we learn whether that means you are protected in the future, there could be value in that,” Besser told Stat reporter Helen Branswell about the tests.

Besser said he’s worried some countries are already considering the idea of immunity passports based on antibody tests when “the science isn't there yet to be able to say what those tests mean.”

"I worry that people will get a false sense of security and they can change their behavior based on the results of that test, or have a false sense of concern if it's a test that isn't detecting protections that they may actually have.”

3:24 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Florida's Miami-Dade will get its first walk-up testing site

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Health care workers wait for people to arrive to be tested at the Covid-19 walk up testing site that opened on April 27, in North Miami, Florida.
Health care workers wait for people to arrive to be tested at the Covid-19 walk up testing site that opened on April 27, in North Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the county’s first Covid-19 walk-up testing site today.

The new testing site is located at Holy Family Catholic Church in North Miami.

Walk-up testing sites are geared toward providing testing opportunities to underserved communities and people who do not own cars.

While this is the first walk-up testing site in Miami-Dade County, similar sites have been set up in other parts of the state in the past few weeks.

 

3:18 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

More than 11,000 people in New York City have died from coronavirus

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Medical workers transport a patient outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 27, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
Medical workers transport a patient outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on April 27, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York City has had at least 11,708 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 5,228 probable coronavirus deaths, according to the city website.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 16,936.

The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “COVID-19” or an equivalent.

There have been 156,100 coronavirus cases in the city, and about 40,000 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.

2:39 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

New York state cancels its presidential primary election

From CNN's Kate Sullivan, Annie Grayer, and Liz Stark

Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

The New York State Board of Elections voted to cancel the presidential primary scheduled for June 23 during a call with the board on Monday. 

Douglas Kellner, the co-chair of the New York State Board of Elections, told CNN the two Democratic election commissioners — himself and Andrew Spano — have the power under the election law to cancel the election.

“In the budget that was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor on April 3 included a provision that any candidates who have suspended their campaign or requested to be removed from the ballot should be removed from the primary ballot,” Kellner said. “And of course Sen. Sanders had suspended his campaign. He did that five days after the law was enacted. And it basically rendered the primary moot, and at a time when the goal is to avoid unnecessary social contact, our conclusion was that there was no purpose in holding a beauty contest primary that would marginally increase the risk to both voters and poll workers.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order last month moving the primary from its originally scheduled date of April 28 to June.

He responded to the board’s vote in his news conference today, saying, “I’m not going to second guess the board of elections there are a number of, I know there are a lot of election employees, employees of boards of elections who are nervous about conducting elections. But I’ll leave it up to the board of elections.”

Jay Jacobs, chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee, told CNN in a phone interview Monday afternoon that he agreed with the decision to cancel the state's presidential primary contest.

Jacobs said it was a "necessary move" by the New York election officials to protect the health and safety of voters and poll workers.

He noted that the outcome was essentially “pre-determined” since Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic race and emphasized the need to protect voters amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We've stopped all non-essential business. This certainly is a non-essential primary if ever there was one," Jacobs said.

 

2:23 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Florida governor: Reopening will be "slow and steady wins the race"

From CNN’s Lindsay Benson

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned at a news conference Monday that it "is going to be slow and steady wins the race" as the state moves forward during the pandemic.

"It's not going to be something that a switch is going to be flipped, this is going to be slow and steady wins the race, it's going to be very methodical, very data driven, and there's going to be probably some people that think it's too slow, and I get that," DeSantis said.

DeSantis said there are about 400 coronavirus patients on ventilators in the state.

"In the state of Florida right now, we have 6,408 ventilators that are just simply sitting idle. In fact, the total number of patients we have on ventilators for Covid-19 statewide is about 400, as of last night," DeSantis said.

2:14 p.m. ET, April 27, 2020

Los Angles County will soon be able to decontaminate more than 30,000 masks per day

From CNN's Stella Chan

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference on January 27, in Calabasas, California.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks at a news conference on January 27, in Calabasas, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images

Los Angles County will open a decontamination center to disinfect N95 masks, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference this morning.

He said the shortage in the supply chain, as well as the growing market for counterfeit masks is a concern.

The new center will be able to decontaminate more than 30,000 masks per day, and allow each mask to be used up to 20 times, said Sheriff Villanueva.

An airtight container, the size of a small dishwasher, will decontaminate masks using hydrogen peroxide vaporization. Within a few hours, the masks will be cleaned without compromising any protective properties.

The LASD is the first in the nation to implement this type of a center, said the sheriff.

Officials will be conducting scaling tests this week. It is not clear when the decontamination center will be completely operational.