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What you need to know

  • More than 7.2 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 412,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • The global economy will take at least two years to recover from the pandemic as the world enters the worst peacetime recession in 100 years.
  • Almost half of US states are seeing higher rates of new Covid-19 cases as Americans go out to socialize or protest.
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Outdoor graduation ceremonies will be allowed in Maryland starting Friday, governor says

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced that the state will be allowed to reopen further on Friday.

Phase two of his Roadmap to Recovery will permit indoor dining to resume at 50% capacity, while maintaining “distancing and following strict public health requirements consistent with the CDC, the FDA and the National Restaurant Association,” Hogan said at a news briefing on Wednesday. 

Phase two allows outdoor graduation ceremonies to be held with the proper capacity and social distancing measures. Outdoor amusement parks and rides and miniature golf and go-carts will also reopen safety protocols.

Hogan announced that gyms and other indoor studio fitness facilities will begin to reopen on June 19 at a 50% capacity, along with casinos, arcades and malls – all with strict health and safety protocols. 

Coachella and Stagecoach festivals in California canceled due to coronavirus

An aerial view of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

The annual Coachella and Stagecoach festivals — two of music’s largest events held in Southern California — have been canceled due to the spread of coronavirus, local health officials announced Wednesday.

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival were originally scheduled to be held in April, but were postponed until October under the direction of Riverside County health officials.

“I am concerned as indications grow that Covid-19 could worsen in the fall,” Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a statement announcing the cancellation of the festivals. “In addition, events like Coachella and Stagecoach would fall under Gov. (Gavin) Newsom’s stage four, which he has previously stated would require treatments or a vaccine to enter. Given the projected circumstances and potential, I would not be comfortable moving forward.”

Health officials said they have been in contact with Goldenvoice, the festivals’ promoter about the issue.

“These decisions are not taken lightly with the knowledge that many people will be impacted,” Kaiser said. “My first priority is the health of the community.”

Nurses were not ready for the pandemic, new report concludes

A nurse evaluates a Covid-19 patient at Regional Medical Center in San Jose, California, on May 21.

America’s nurses were ill-prepared for the coronavirus pandemic and work needs to start now to get them ready for the next emergency, a new report concluded.

Many nurses lacked the right training to deal with the onslaught of patients and were not given the support they needed to do their jobs well, the team at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security found.

The report cites a survey by the American Nurses Association found that only 11% of nurses felt that they were well prepared to care for a patient with Covid-19. It found that 87% of nurses feared going to work and 36% of nurses had cared for an infectious patient without sufficient protective equipment.

“Nurses have played and will continue to play a pivotal role in the response, yet compelling evidence from nurses in the field reveals a lack of access to personal protective equipment; inadequate knowledge and skills related to pandemic response; a lack of decision rights as they relate to workflow redesign, staffing decisions, and allocation of scarce resources; and a fundamental disconnect between frontline nurses and nurse executives and hospital administrators,” they wrote.

“Developing a national nursing workforce response for pandemic and public health emergencies will improve quality of care, help contain the emergency, and protect the health of nurses and other providers, patients, families, and community members.”

Recommendations include providing immediate coronavirus testing for all health care workers, including nurses, the team, led by Center director Dr. Tom Inglesby, said.

The team also suggested that the US Department of Health and Human Services develop a plan for ways that nurses can train to take on crucial pandemic roles, such as in dispensing medical supplies.

Nursing education also needs to change, adding training for nurses on pandemic preparedness as a specific requirement, the team recommended. And the government should fund training for the current nursing workforce to prepare them for emergencies such as pandemics.

Peru and Colombia see steady increase in coronavirus cases 

Nurses wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) work at at Regional Hospital of Loreto Felipe Arriola Iglesias in Iquitos, Peru, on May 20.

Peru and Colombia showed a continued spread of Covid-19 Wednesday after their respective health ministries reported their daily tolls.

Peru, one of the recent hotspots in Latin America, saw 5,087 new confirmed cases Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to at least 208,823.  

The Peruvian Health Ministry also reported 165 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the death toll to at least 5,903.

Meanwhile, Colombia reported 1,604 new cases Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to at least 43,682. Colombia also recorded 61 new deaths from the virus, bringing its death toll to at least 1,433.

Mississippi governor extends "safe return" order 2 more weeks

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves speaks about his executive order relaxing restrictions on nightclubs and bars during the daily Covid-19 news update in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 10.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has extended his “safe return” order another two weeks, while loosening some restrictions on businesses.

“As a reminder, these should not be taken as a signal that the risk is gone. Covid-19 is still here, still deadly, still contagious. It is purely a recognition of the costs of continued shutdowns and heavy regulation,” Reeves said on Wednesday during a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi.

A 10 p.m. cut off time for restaurants and bars that serve alcohol has been lifted under the new order; and gyms and fitness center may increase the number of customers to 50% capacity, Reeves said.

The new order allows outdoor and indoor arenas to open under social distancing restrictions, such as limiting seating capacity to 25%, and following guidelines for business operations are in effect under Executive Order No. 1492, according to the governor’s website. 

The amended safe return order will remain in place until 8 a.m. on June 29.

Iowa State Fair postponed for the first time since World War II

People walk around at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 16, 2019.

The Iowa State Fair has been postponed, according to the event’s Twitter account, for the first time since World War II. 

“We are heartbroken we can’t be together this August. We tirelessly analyzed all the unique traditions at the Iowa State Fair and believe it will be safer given the current COVID-19 situation,” according to a message posted on the fair’s website.

The next Iowa State Fair will be August 12-22, 2021.

Only five fairs have been canceled in the past: 1898 because of the World’s Fair in Omaha, the Spanish-American War and World War II from 1942-1945, according to the fair’s website. 

Universities and grocery stores should open first, new pandemic research says

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask exits Harvard Yard on the closed Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 20.

Grocery stores, banks, dentists, universities and big box stores like Walmart should reopen earlier and face fewer restrictions as communities open up after pandemic lockdowns, researchers said Wednesday.

Cafes, gyms, sporting goods stores, bookstores, tobacco and liquor stores should be kept closed until later, they said in a new report.

The researchers taking part in a MIT-led initiative did a cost benefit analysis of 26 different location types to determine what the tradeoff would be between someone’s relative risk of getting infected during a visit and the importance of that establishment in that person’s life and to the economy. 

They used anonymous geolocation data from 47 million mobile phones to track where people went in the US during February and March. They determined how risky a location could be based in part on how much social contact someone would have in that location, how many hours they’d spend there, how crowded it would be, how many visits they’d make, and how many unique visitors they may encounter.

They also factored in visits by people 65 years and older and the distance traveled to the location. They measured economic benefits using US Census statistics and nationally representative consumer survey data.

They found some surprises.

“We find colleges to offer a relatively good trade-off, but most have shut down, leading to a 61% decline in visits,” they wrote in their report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Conversely, we find liquor and tobacco stores to be relatively poor trade-offs (due to mediocre economic importance and small busy stores), yet the number of visits to this category has declined by less than 5%.”

Some categories were easy — grocery stores have an obvious benefit and museums and movie theaters were of relatively low importance.

“Hardware stores are the location which has seen the largest increase in visits, as individuals scrounge for personal protective equipment and other home supplies,” the researchers noted.

Since many states have had to make reopening and closing decisions in the dark, the researchers hope their work will help policymakers figure out how to reopen the economy safely this time and if there are spikes in cases in particular regions.

California's Disneyland eyes July 17 for reopening

An employee cleans the grounds behind the closed gates of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, on March 14.

Disneyland is proposing reopening its Southern California resort on July 17, according to a post on the park’s official website.

The three main elements of their Anaheim, California, campus will begin with the reopening of the shopping district in Downtown Disney on July 9, theme parks Disneyland and California Adventure on July 17, and hotels Paradise Pier and Grand Californian on July 23.

As theme park capacity will be limited, Disneyland will implement a new reservation system along with new health and safety protocols.

The proposal is subject to the approval of the Orange County Health Department.

Some context: Disney CEO Bob Chapek previously told CNN that there will be “layers upon layers upon layers of defenses against the virus.”

This will include temperature checks for employees, or as Disney calls them, cast members.

Florida’s Disney World is set to reopen on July 11.

Brazil records more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 5 days alone

Health workers assist a COVID-19 patient at the Gilberto Novaes Municipal Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, on June 8.

In the past five days alone, Brazil confirmed more than 100,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

The health ministry reported another 32,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to at least 772,416.

The country is also nearing 40,000 deaths from the virus, after recording 1,274 new Covid-19 deaths Wednesday. 

The coronavirus death toll in Brazil stands at 39,680.

Brazil is Latin America’s hardest-hit country by the virus, holding the second-highest number of cases globally behind the US.

US government to help develop at-home spit test for coronavirus antibodies

The US federal government said Wednesday it’s investing to help a company develop an at-home saliva test to look for antibodies to coronavirus.

It’s given OraSure $629,000 to develop the test, which would be specially designed for rapid-scale analysis. Antibody tests look for evidence of past infection with coronavirus and can give public health officials an idea of the extent of the pandemic. It’s not clear whether past infection protects people from future infections with the virus.

“Currently there are no SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests based on oral fluids available for high-throughput ELISA screening,” the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

“Although the test could be used at point of care facilities such as doctors’ offices, clinics, or hospitals, the goal is to have patients collect their own saliva samples at home to maintain social distancing and then ship their sample to the lab. Oral fluid collection is non-invasive and requires less human contact in comparison to blood draw. At-home self-collection also minimizes health care workers’ exposure to potentially infected patients and permits a large number of individuals to be screened quickly.”

It’s the second test that OraSure is developing for BARDA’s coronavirus efforts. It also made an at-home saliva test to diagnose active coronavirus infections.

Hispanics at disproportionate risk from Covid-19 over work and living conditions, health experts say

Hispanics are disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus pandemic due to their jobs as essential workers and multi-generational living conditions, according to a panel of health experts at Duke University.

“We’re talking about people who have, during this pandemic, have been essential in working in meatpacking plants and manufacturing. They have been involved in cleaning, maintenance construction jobs,” Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, a primary care doctor and associate professor in family medicine and community health at Duke, said during the discussion Wednesday afternoon.

“While the rest of the country did quarantine or was able to stay home to flatten that curve that we were trying to do, the Latinx community continued to go to work. So, what we’re seeing is now all these people who have been essential workers, who worked without even the masking and the protection that was legally required during the time of their jobs, are now becoming infected by the virus,” Martinez-Bianchi said.

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, agreed that the primary way the Hispanic population is contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates is by “simply going to work.”

Another problem: multi-generational homes. “In this country in particular, the similarities of people living together of different ages, with some of the members of their family being essential workers, going to work and then bringing, getting sick at work and then bringing it home,” Martinez-Bianchi said.

Gonzalez-Guarda said people need better on-the-job protections.

“This means not only providing mask and social distancing measures in the workplace, but also putting pressure on business owners to provide paid sick leave to workers so that people don’t have to make the decision between going to work while they’re sick and potentially infecting others, or paying rent or providing food at home,” she said.

Another problem is access to testing, the panelists said. Barriers to testing include financial issues and access to insurance.

“We need more investment of resources and attention from leaders and government and health care institution and business owners,” Gonzalez-Guarda said.

United becomes first major US airline to require passengers to complete a health questionnaire

United Airlines planes sit parked at San Francisco International Airport on April 12.

United Airlines said Wednesday it now requires all passengers to self-certify their health prior to boarding a flight.  

The airline is the first to require all passengers to complete a health questionnaire to screen for coronavirus as part of checking in.  

The questionnaire includes asking passengers to certify they have not experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days nor tested positive for the virus in the past 21 days.  

It also asks passengers to agree to wear a face mask during the flight, which is an airline policy but not a federal requirement.  

A United Airlines flight attendant, Susannah Carr, testified before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday that her colleagues have discussed “the fact that passengers don’t like to wear the mask, might take it off for a longer period than just to eat or drink. It’s definitely an issue that we need to address.”  

The airline said customers who “are not able to confirm these requirements” will be “able to reschedule their flight.”  

There are no government or industry-wide requirements for this broad type of health screening.  

The airlines have asked the Transportation Security Administration to conduct temperature screening of passengers, but so far the agency has not decided to do so.   

There’s been health screening by government officials at some airports, particularly for incoming international passengers, and Frontier says it takes the temperature of each passenger to check for a fever prior to boarding.  

Los Angeles will allow zoos, museums and film production to reopen Friday

The Warner Bros. Studios lot in Los Angeles, California.

New TV shows will be coming your way soon, as Los Angeles will allow many sectors, including film and entertainment production, to resume Friday.

Zoos, museums, swimming pools and hotels can reopen Friday as well, according to the county’s Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Outdoor recreation as a whole has been given the green light to reopen, but all sectors require certain safety protocols, which will be publicly released Thursday.

Visitors and employees will need to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing, Ferrer said.

At least 24 West Virginia Covid-19 cases linked to 4 churches

There have been four churches in West Virginia linked to an outbreak of coronavirus that infected 24 people, Gov. Jim Justice said during a news conference Wednesday.

Justice said that since churches have resumed services, there have been at least four church-related outbreaks across the state, each with five to eight cases.

Justice asked that congregations follow guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks.

“We love our church activities and we treasure them the most of all and there is the number one thing in our lives that should be always,” Justice said.

Reopening plans: Outdoor concert venues will be allowed to open on July 1, he announced Wednesday. Outdoor open air concerts at fairs and festivals can also resume the same day.

The guidelines for fairs, festivals, and outdoor concert venues will be the same, Justice said. 

Arkansas will move into phase 2 of reopening next week

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today that the state will move into phase two of its reopening plan on Monday.   

“We have [already] opened gyms, bars, casinos tattoo parlors, and we are now wide open with certain restrictions on size and spacing limitations, but we have reopened youth activities, camping, and many outdoor and indoor venues as well,” Hutchinson said.

Nate Smith, director of the Arkansas Department of Health, said venues have been limiting capacity to a third. Those places will go to two-thirds “as long as they can maintain that six-foot physical distancing,” he said.

Hutchinson said there were at least 288 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. But, he said, “the state is best served moving together even though we have various regions with a current spike in cases.” 

The governor stated there will be “additional support to target the surge, assigning additional testing, training and public health support to those areas.” 

He said that the emergency order in place now expires in mid-June, and he will continue it for an additional 45 days.

Rhode Island governor announces all school districts to open for in-person classes on August 31

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo arrives for a news conference on May 12.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that all school districts in the state will reopen for school on August 31.

“I’m announcing this today so we can all start to think about what different might look like. It’s gonna look like a lot more cleaning in the schools, it’s going to look like kids desks further apart, it could look like staggered start times, it’ll look like fewer kids on a bus and more buses and more transportation,” Raimondo said during a news conference.

She continued: “It’ll probably involve mask wearing of some kind, certainly for the adults in some way. It’s also going to mean, we all have to understand, no one can go in the school building sick.”

UK records new Covid-19 deaths, health officials

At least 245 people with Covid-19 have died in the past 24 hours in the United Kingdom, the country’s Health department reported. 

This brings the official government total number of deaths in the UK to 41,128. 

In addition, 170,379 Covid-19 tests were carried out on June 9, with another 1,003 positive test results returning. In total, 290,143 people have tested positive in the UK.

However, according to statistic bodies from all the nations within the UK, the Covid-19 death toll is higher. The total number of deaths with Covid-19 listed on a death certificate is at 50,413, according to data from the Office of National Statistics of England and Wales, combined with data from statistics bodies in Northern Ireland and Scotland. 

One thing to note: The ONS figure exceeds Johns Hopkins University’s estimate because JHU’s number comes from the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). That figure does not include all deaths that occurred outside hospitals and does not include cases that were diagnosed post-mortem. Additionally, the ONS only reports deaths a week after they occur, which allows them to capture a more comprehensive picture.

Top DHS official says Trump administration is closely monitoring Covid-19 impact in Latin America 

Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

The Trump administration is closely monitoring the impact coronavirus is having on economies in Latin America, Acting Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Wednesday.

“We are worried about Covid-19 south of the border, all the way to South America,” Cuccinelli said during a webinar hosted by The Heritage Foundation. “We’re worried about what it’s doing to their economies, just like we worry about what it’s doing to ours. The difference being when their economies have struggles, their migration — illegal migration — to our country expands. So we’re watching that very closely and tracking the intelligence in that area as well.”

CNN reported over the weekend that Latin America recorded nearly 1.2 million coronavirus cases and more than 60,000 deaths.

At least 112,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

There are at least 1,988,491 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 112,311 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases in the United States.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins reported 2,821 new cases and 22 deaths.  

New York Philharmonic cancels all performances this year

A banner advertising the New York Philharmonic hangs on the exterior of Lincoln Center in New York.

The New York Philharmonic has canceled all performances through early January 2021, according to a letter from President and CEO Deborah Borda. 

“After careful deliberation, we have decided to cancel performances through January 5, 2021, as it has become clear that large groups of people will not be able to safely gather for the remainder of the calendar year due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter read. 

New York Philharmonic is a symphony orchestra that performs at the David Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center in the city. 

New Jersey will hire an additional 1,600 contact tracers in June

As New Jersey enters phase two of reopening next week, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that the state will bring on additional contact tracers.

The state will hire up to 1,600 additional contact tracers this month. New Jersey currently employs 900 contact tracers. 

“We are fully prepared to bring on as many as 4,000 or more should we see the need and should Covid-19 begin to make a second tour of New Jersey,” Murphy said. 

New Jersey reported 611 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the statewide total to at least 165,346. At least 74 new fatalities related to Covid-19 were reported, bringing the total number of deaths to 12,377, Murphy announced.

FDA authorizes first Covid-19 test that also looks for mutations

A sign outside the headquarters of Illunina, Inc, in San Diego, California.

The US Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Illumina, Inc. for the first Covid-19 diagnostic test that also uses next generation genetic sequencing technology to look for changes in the virus.

Illumina, a company that focuses on genomic sequencing, has designed its COVIDSeq test for use on swabs taken from the mouth or nose, as well as samples taken from further down the respiratory tract. It can diagnose a patient with coronavirus and also gather some information about the particular sequence of the virus infecting the patient, which in turn is useful for research tracking the pandemic.

“Having a next generation sequencing diagnostic tool available will continue to expand our testing capabilities. Additionally, genetic sequencing information will help us monitor if and how the virus mutates, which will be crucial to our efforts to continue to learn and fight this virus,” FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said in a statement.

Several teams of scientists have been gathering and sharing sequences of the virus, which can be used as a kind of fingerprint to see where particular versions of the virus may have originated. For instance, these sequencing studies have shown an outbreak in New York City was seeded by viruses that were also circulating in Europe, while another analysis showed small outbreaks across California were often set off by individual travelers and not by spread from within the state.

None of the genetic studies has shown that the virus is mutating in a way that makes it more or less harmful.

Medical supply facility Trump toured threw out products after his visit

President Trump tours the headquarters of Puritan Medical Products on Friday, June 5.

After President Trump toured the headquarters of Puritan Medical Products in Guilford, Maine, on Friday, the facility discarded the swabs it produced during his visit, according to a company statement issued Tuesday. 

This decision was made in advance, the company said, due to the number of individuals who would be present, including government officials, security and the media.

“Production was limited on selected machines to a reduced 15-minute demonstration period during which the President was actively touring our manufacturing floor,” according to the statement, posted on Twitter.

The company added that it “conducted the type of full facility cleaning that was necessary” after the visit, and that all swabs it produces for Covid-19 testing purposes are also sterilized post-production.

Puritan said it also decided in advance that it would shift Friday’s production schedule to the weekend, “which allowed for no production loss.” 

Puritan Medical Products has not responded to CNN’s multiple requests for comment. The White House declined CNN’s request for comment. 

In his remarks Friday, Trump recounted how in April the administration dedicated $75 million in Defense Production Act funding to boost the company’s output. Because of this, Trump said the company “will soon double” the number of foam-tip swabs it manufactures to 40 million per month, and down the line that figure is expected to reach 60 million.

Study will evaluate drugs prescribed to children with Covid-19

Researchers have launched a study to evaluate drugs prescribed to infants, children and adolescents with Covid-19.

The effort uses an existing trial and will be funded by the National Institutes of Health, the agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

“As we search for safe and effective therapies for Covid-19, we want to make sure that we do not overlook the needs of our youngest patients who may respond differently to these drugs, compared to adults,” Dr. Diana W. Bianchi, director of NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, said in the statement. 

The study is designed to gather information to refine dosing and improve safety, not to evaluate which drug is best, according to the announcement. Researchers will use blood samples to understand the movement of drugs through children’s bodies and collect information on potential side effects and outcomes. 

Physicians often prescribe drugs off-label to children, as they have not been specifically tested for use in children. Off-label use is when a US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug is used for an unapproved purpose.

The study is not a clinical trial with a control group. It will investigate a number of drugs that are already given to children with Covid-19. Health care providers who are already treating patients can enroll these patients into the study with parent or guardian approval. 

Covid-19 hospitalizations climb in various US states following Memorial Day, latest data suggests

Since Memorial Day weekend, the number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus infection has gone up in at least a dozen states that are tracking hospitalization data.

The states include:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Kentucky
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

These findings are according to data that CNN aggregated from the Covid Tracking Project from May 25 to June 9. Some of these states are seeing larger increases in hospitalizations than others. 

For instance, while hospitalizations rose slightly in California, they appear to be leveling off compared with the sharper increases seen in Arkansas, Arizona, South Carolina and Utah. In other states where the increase was small, such as Oregon and Mississippi, their hospitalization data has been fluctuating over time.

Overall, the new data mark an increase in several states that began in the past couple of weeks. The lag period between when people are exposed to the virus to the time that they may actually get tested and come back with a confirmed infection can be about two to three weeks. 

When it comes to cases alone, 19 states nationwide have seen a more than 10% increase in the number of new cases they reported between the weeks ending June 2 and June 9.