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Coronavirus pandemic in the US
By Mike Hayes, Meg Wagner and Zamira Rahim, CNN
There are at least 1,413,012 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 85,581 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.
Johns Hopkins on Thursday reported 22,606 new cases and 1,462 deaths.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.
Cook County in Illinois has replaced Queens County in New York as the single US county with the highest number of coronavirus cases, according to data generated by Johns Hopkins University.
Cook County, which includes Chicago and surrounding areas, has reported 58,457 cases. It is the largest county by population in Illinois, and the second largest in the country.
Queens County, which is one of five counties that makes up New York City, has reported 57,178 cases.
All Los Angeles County residents must wear face masks when outside their homes, Health Director Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference today.
"Masks are in fact mandatory across the entire county when you are outside of your home, not with members of your household, and in any kind of contact with other people," Ferrer said. "Our health officer orders are very clear."
Ferrer said face coverings are not needed while exercising alone but should be kept nearby at all times.
"As I've noted before, the reason you wear a cloth face covering is so you can protect other people from your respiratory droplets," Ferrer added.
Some context: Mayor Eric Garcetti's announcement yesterday on face coverings applies to nearly 4 million residents in Los Angeles.
The announcement from Ferrer today applies to over 10 million residents in Los Angeles County.
As of Thursday, 1,709 L.A. County residents have died due to Covid-19, Ferrer said.
Massachusetts reported 1,685 new coronavirus cases Thursday and 167 new deaths, according to the state's Department of Public Health.
The state now has 82,182 total confirmed cases and 5,482 deaths, according to the state health website.
The state had a peak of 3,079 new coronavirus cases on April 23 and one day later, it recorded 193 coronavirus deaths, a high.
Carnival Corporation has announced layoffs, furloughs, reduced work weeks and salary reductions with the majority of the impact occurring at the corporate and regional headquarters in Florida, California and Washington state.
In Florida alone, 820 positions will be eliminated and another 537 employees will be furloughed out of a workforce of about 3,000 employees in the state, according a statement that Carnival provided to CNN.
“While these moves will contribute hundreds of millions of dollars in cash conservation on an annualized basis, we are saddened by these decisions and are sorry that we must take these actions,” Carnival said in a statement. “Our employees are the foundation of our company and it is unfortunate that many talented people are being impacted, through no fault of their own.”
Job eliminations are permanent, Carnival said. The furlough is for six months, with the ability to reinstate employees ahead of time.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a health advisory to thousands of doctors across the country Thursday, advising them to be on the lookout for a troubling new syndrome that may be associated with Covid-19 infection.
The syndrome, called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), has been seen in children across Europe and in at least 18 states, plus Washington, DC.
“During March and April, cases of COVID-19 rapidly increased in New York City and New York State. In early May 2020, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene received reports of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome,” the CDC health advisory said. “There is limited information currently available about risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment for MIS-C.
"CDC is requesting healthcare providers report suspected cases to public health authorities to better characterize this newly recognized condition in the pediatric population," the advisory said.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released six “decision trees” Thursday aimed at helping businesses, communities, schools, camps, daycares and mass transit decide on whether it’s safe to reopen.
The "decision trees" are not part of a much-anticipated, lengthy and detailed document that has been delayed at least once.
The six documents posted on the CDC’s website Thursday provide step-by-step guidance advising employers, for instance, to encourage social distancing, hand washing and intensified cleaning.
“The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers. It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community,” one reads.
The "decision trees" are very similar, with small adjustments to account for the differences between school, for example, and restaurants.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said state will allow gatherings of 10 people or less starting May 22.
“We realize that people are making plans for Memorial Day and I trust that we can do this right, that we can do this safely,” Beshear said.
He recommended gatherings take place outside whenever possible. Beshear added that people should remain six feet apart from anyone who is not a part of their household.
The governor also said Kentucky will let its travel ban expire on May 22.
“The travel ban has been very important to where we are and to flattening the curve, and we still need to be very careful about where we travel to,” Beshear said.