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June 12 coronavirus news

Some states slow reopening as coronavirus cases rise
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What you need to know

  • More than 7.6 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 424,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • In the US, some states and cities — like Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee — are delaying reopening plans because of elevated coronavirus cases.
  • An influential model cited by the White House issued the dire prediction, saying the US death toll could reach 169,890 by October.
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"It's exhausting," Fauci says about responding to coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci finally admitted he is tired.

“It’s exhausting,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the chief US scientific spokesperson on the pandemic, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room Friday. 

“It’s the adrenaline of what you’re trying to do that drives you,” Fauci said.

“I’m chronically fatigued. I don’t get a lot of sleep,” added Fauci, who has made nonstop rounds of television appearances and media interviews since the pandemic started.

“As you can hear from my voice, I’m constantly breathing, talking, doing things, hopefully getting the right cause out.”

Fauci, who is 79, said he and his wife lead a simple life in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

“I do my job. I go out in the evening, after all of this and try to get exercise every day,” he said, adding that he always wears a mask outside.

Fauci doesn’t go into restaurants right now, he said, because Washington hasn’t reached that phase yet.

“I like to support the restaurants that I like around my neighborhood. So I do take out. I go there with my mask, I take out, I eat home. And that’s it — getting some exercise, trying as best as you can to get as much work done and just moving on,” Fauci said.

“It’s the life I’ve chosen. I have no regrets about it, but it is exhausting.”

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Fauci has not talked to Trump about the risks of holding a rally amid the coronavirus pandemic

President Trump is planning a rally in Oklahoma next week, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned there’s a risk of either “acquiring or spreading” the deadly coronavirus for those who attend.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room on Friday that he has not personally talked to Trump about the planned rally or the risks involved with mass gatherings at this point.

“I have not specifically spoken to him about that, but the principles that I have been espousing hold true,” he said.

“When you are in a large crowd — if you have the congregation of people that are much, much close to each other — you definitely increase the risk that you will either acquire or spread infections.” 

Fauci said people are going to gather, despite the warnings.

“But the issue is, if they do, please wear a mask, all the time, because the mask will give you some protection. The best thing to do is to avoid crowded areas, but if you’re not going to do that, please wear a mask,” he said.

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Experiment suggests coronavirus has evolved to more easily infect human cells

Researchers in Florida said they believe their experiment has shown that the new coronavirus has mutated in a way that makes it more easily to infect human cells.

They said more research is needed to show whether this changes how the virus infects people, and whether the change has affected the course of the pandemic. But at least one researcher not involved in the study said it likely has done so, and the changes may explain why the virus has caused so many infections in the United States and Latin America. 

The scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida said the mutation affect the spike protein – a structure on the outside of the virus that it uses to get into cells. If the findings are confirmed, it would the first time someone has demonstrated the virus has changed in a significant way.

“Viruses with this mutation were much more infectious than those without the mutation in the cell culture system we used,” Scripps Research virologist Hyeryun Choe, who helped lead the study, said in a statement. 

Just this week, the World Health Organization said the mutations seen so far in the new coronavirus had not made it more easily transmissible, nor had they made the virus more likely to cause serious illness.

Choe and colleagues ran a series of experiments in lab dishes that show a mutation called D614G gives the virus many more spikes, which in turn make it easier for it to get into cells. They’ve published their findings on a preprint server called BioRxiv. That means the work has not been reviewed by other experts in the field.

But Choe and colleagues did send their paper to William Haseltine, a virologist, biotechnology entrepreneur and chairman of Access Health International. Haseltine believes the findings explain the easy spread of coronavirus across the Americas.

“It is significant because it shows the virus can change, does change to its advantage and possibly to our disadvantage,” he told CNN. “It has done a good job so far of adapting to human culture.”

States should not "leapfrog" over reopening guidelines, Fauci says

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned states against leapfrogging over the reopening guidelines the federal government has outlined.

“You have to have a situation where you have a gateway into the process, and then gradually go from one phase to the other,” Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday. “If you leapfrog over different phases, you increase the risk that you’re going to have the kind of resurgence that we’re seeing in certain states.”

There’s been a spike in Covid-19 cases in a number of states over the past week, but Fauci declined to say they should decrease their rate of reopening.

“Everybody understands the need — the important need — to get back to some sort of normalcy, but you don’t want to do it at the sacrifice of greatly increasing risk. We’ve got to be really careful about that,” Fauci said. 

Fauci thinks a coronavirus treatment will come before a vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he thinks we’ll see a treatment for coronavirus before a vaccine.

“There is a better chance, timewise, of having something that can help in regards to treatments, before we actually have the capability of distributing the safe and effective vaccine,” Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in The Situation Room on Friday.

He mentioned having confidence in the drug remdesivir.

“We are now using that drug in combination with other drugs and are also pursuing things like the passive transfer of convalescent plasma,” he said.

Fauci said he is also hopeful treatment with monoclonal antibodies will prove successful.

“We have success with that in diseases like Ebola. Hopefully we can translate that success to coronavirus. These are things that are ongoing now in a very active way as we get into the fall in the winter. After these interventions have been tested, we will have some drugs that we can count on that would benefit people either, who are ill or even to prevent them from getting ill,” he said. 

Fauci is still confident on a vaccine, or multiple vaccines, by the end of the year

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he’s still confident the United States will have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year.

“By the end of the year, we will have a trial that has accrued a large number of people and we hopefully will get an answer, whether it works or not,” Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday.

There’s never a guarantee any vaccine is going to be safe and effective, Fauci said.

“But the preliminary data that we’ve seen, Wolf, still indicates to me, a degree that I can have a certain amount of cautious optimism – namely, it’s inducing a response in individuals to a level that would predict that there’s a good chance that it might protect,” he said.

Fauci said he’s hopeful there will be one or more vaccines by early next year.

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French government to lift travel restrictions on internal European borders on June 15

The French government will lift coronavirus travel restrictions on its internal European borders on June 15, said Interior Minister Christophe Castaner and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a joint statement released Friday.

Beginning June 15, people coming from European Union member states, as well as from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican, will be able to enter French territory without restrictions, according to the statement. 

“People from European area countries are also exempt from quarantine upon their arrival in France,” the statement said. “However, reciprocal restriction measures will continue to apply at the borders with Spain and with the United Kingdom.”

France will maintain reciprocal restrictions with Spain until June 21, including a 14-day quarantine for all passengers arriving by air. Travelers arriving to France from the UK will no longer be subjected to entry restrictions from June 15 but will be required to observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. 

France will also move towards gradually reopening its Schengen zone external borders from July 1, according to the statement. 

“This opening will be carried out in a progressive and differentiated manner depending on the health situation of the different third countries, and in accordance with the procedures that will be adopted at European level by then,” the statement said. 

France will also give priority to visa and residence permit requests for international students.

“Given the challenges of university attractiveness, international students will be allowed, whatever their country of origin, to come to France and the conditions of their arrival will be facilitated,” the statement added.

Fauci says reopening the US must be done in a "careful and prudent" way

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, understands the pressure to reopen the US, but that must happen “in a way that’s careful and prudent.”

“And there are certain fundamental basic things that we just heard from one of the previous guests that even when you do proceed according to guidelines, you’ve got to be careful to make sure that to the extent possible, you physically distance yourself and you wear a mask literally at all times that you’re on the outside and in a situation where you might be at risk either of acquiring infection or giving infection to someone else if you’re one of those asymptomatic carriers,” Fauci told CNN Friday afternoon.

What the infection numbers say: The US could suffer 130,000 coronavirus deaths by July 4, according to a projection released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And Covid-19 cases could rise this summer as states reopen, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases said during a conference call with reporters.

“If anything, we must be overprepared for what we might face later this year,” said Dr. Jay Butler. “Getting the flu vaccine will be more important than ever, as flu and Covid-19 could be circulating together as we move into the fall and winter months.”

More cities and states have reported increasing rates of new coronavirus cases per day as the nationwide total number of cases passed 2 million this week.

According to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University, 19 states have increasing case rates, several of which have seen record or near-record highs. And for the first time, rising caseloads have led some officials to delay phased re-opening plans.

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Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs canceled due to Covid-19

The Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs have been canceled, Illinois Agricultural Department said in a statement Friday.

“Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor (J.B.) Pritzker will issue an Executive Order canceling the Illinois and Du Quoin State Fairs this year,” the statement said.

This is the first time Du Quoin State Fair has been canceled since 1986, according to the statement.

“Due to the cancellations of the fairs, the Department of Agriculture will host a Junior Livestock Expo in Springfield in September, for Illinois exhibitors ages 8-21 to show their animals. The 4-H General Project Show will take place virtually,” the statement said. 

The state fairs are expected to return in August 2021, according to the statement. 

Ukraine's president switches to "special work mode" after wife tests positive for coronavirus 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is switching to a “special work mode” after his wife Olena tested positive for coronavirus, his office said in a statement Friday. 

Zelensky also underwent a coronavirus test but the result came negative, according to the statement. 

Under the Ukrainian constitution, the president cannot delegate his powers to anyone and situations of self-isolation and quarantine were not envisaged, according to the statement. 

“That is why a special protocol of the President’s work mode was adopted meeting both the norms of the current legislation and the sanitary-epidemiological requirements,” the statement said. 

Zelensky undergoes daily testing and medical examinations, his office said.

“He limits the range of physical communication, holds meetings online,” the statement said. “Face-to-face meetings involving personal communication with the Head of State are excluded in the coming days.”

Zelensky won’t be taking part in public events and all his working trips outside the capital Kiev have been canceled, his office said.

“The circle of persons with whom the President communicates personally is narrowed down to security and closest aides,” the statement read.

Exceptions to this protocol are possible only in the event of an emergency situation that will require an immediate response by the president in accordance with his constitutional powers, according to the statement. 

As of Friday afternoon, Ukraine has recorded more than 30,000 coronavirus cases and at least 880 deaths, according to the latest numbers by Johns Hopkins University. 

Indiana moves forward with reopening plan as coronavirus cases near 40,000

Indiana has moved into stage four of its reopening plan, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said Friday.

Here’s what is reopening:

  • Bars and entertainment venues can welcome customers back at 50% capacity
  • Zoos, museums and other sites may open
  • Movie theaters and bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity
  • Restaurants can open to 75% capacity
  • Gatherings of up to 250 people are allowed as long as they stays six feet apart

“I want to remind Hoosiers to be safe as we move to stage four. I feel a bit like a nagging mom, but I’m going to remind you that Covid has not disappeared, and we need to continue to protect ourselves and those around us, especially our most vulnerable populations,” Dr. Kristina Box with Indiana State Department of Health said during a news conference on Friday.

Most Americans following social distancing advice, CDC survey finds

A sign at the 17th tee reminds players to practice social distancing during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 11.

Most Americans are following advice to stay home and support other measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a new survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds – or at least, they did last month.

Close to 80% of Americans surveyed nationwide said they had self-isolated and 85% of New Yorkers said they had, the survey found.

Nationwide, 74% of those surveyed said they wore face coverings in public either always or often and those in the hard-hit cities of New York and Los Angeles said they did so about 90% of the time.

“Overall, 84.3% of adults in the U.S. survey cohort believed their state’s Covid-19 community mitigation strategies were the right balance or not restrictive enough, compared with 89.7% in NYC and 79.7% in Los Angeles,” the survey team, led by the CDC’s Michael Tynan, said in the agency’s weekly report.

“As well, 74.3% of respondents in the United States reported they would not feel safe if these restrictions were lifted nationwide at the time the survey was conducted, compared with 81.5% in NYC and 73.4% in Los Angeles.”

The team used survey data from Qualtrics LLC, given online. Surveyors contacted 4,000 adults and invited them to complete the questionnaire, so it was not completely self-selected – something that can skew survey results. In the end, 2,200 responses were included in the survey, taken in May.

Across the US, 17% of those surveyed said they knew someone who had tested positive for coronavirus but that rose to 42% in New York. Nationally, 6% of people said they knew someone who had died of coronavirus and this went up to 23% in New York.

“Most adults reported they would not feel safe if government-ordered community mitigation strategies such as stay-at-home orders and nonessential business closures were lifted nationwide at the time the survey was conducted, although a minority of these adults who did not feel safe wanted these restrictions lifted despite the risks,” the team concluded.

California reopens movie theaters, gyms and bars today

Despite a continued rise in confirmed cases of coronavirus in California, schools, gyms, movie theaters, and bars can reopen with modifications beginning today across much of the state.

Film and television productions are also able to send people back to work after months of closures to prevent the spread of the virus effectively shuttered Hollywood.

The reopening comes after California reported nearly its highest single-day total of confirmed new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, with more than 3,000 new infections. Los Angeles County, the epicenter of the pandemic in the state, also reported its second highest number of new cases on Thursday with 1,857 infections and 46 deaths. 

But while the state continues to see a rise in new cases, the California Department of Public Health gave the green light for an expanded reopening, including hotels, day camps, museums, zoos, and professional sports without live audiences, with approval from county health officers. Indoor movie theaters can also reopen today.

Not everywhere is reopening: While most counties across the state will further resume their economies on Friday, some regions, such as the Bay Area, are taking a more conservative approach, holding off on reopening some businesses and services until later this summer. And a number of other industries and activities, including nail salons, theme parks, public events and gatherings, in-person college courses, and convention centers remain closed statewide.

While California’s schools are allowed to reopen today, most are aiming to do so with the new school year in the fall. Schools and childcare facilities will be given thermometers, face shields, masks, face coverings, and hand sanitizer for safety. According to the guidance for schools, the California Department of Public Health recommends implementing distance inside and outside the classroom, limit sharing, intensifying cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation as well as training teachers and staff to educate families and students on proper hygiene, the use of face coverings, and physical distancing. 

Here’s the restrictions for industries that are reopening:

  • Fitness facilities will have to implement measures to ensure physical distancing and evaluate occupancy rules based on the size of the facility, according to the guidance.  
  • Bars, restaurants, and wineries must prioritize outdoor seating and curbside pickup. State public health officials also recommend air circulation by opening windows or doors, disposable or low-touch menus, and asking guests to wear a face covering when not eating or drinking.
  • Indoor movie theaters must limit the number of attendees to 25% of capacity or a maximum of 100 attendees, whichever is lower.

Chile reports spike in daily Covid-19 cases

Chile’s Ministry of Health reported 6,754 new cases of novel coronavirus on Friday.

That’s the highest number of daily cases reported by the country since March 3, when the first case was announced.

The country has reported at least 160,846 cases of coronavirus and 2,870 fatalities, according to health authorities.

On Tuesday, Chile announced a new counting method for Covid-19-related deaths. 

According to Jaime Mañalich, the minister of health, on Tuesday, the number of daily reported deaths will now be based on information exchanged between the Civil Registry and a database from the Ministry of Health with records of positive cases. 

According to CNN’s tally of cases, Chile reported its second highest daily number of cases on June 7 with 6,405 new cases.

More than 114,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

Medical workers administer tests for the coronavirus to people in vehicles, Thursday, June 11, in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.

At least 114,126 people have died from coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally of cases.

There has also been at least 2,033,003 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to the tally.

So far on Friday, Johns Hopkins reported 9,618 new cases and 308 deaths. 

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

WHO concerned with uptick in cases as countries lift lockdowns

Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, said they are “concerned that some countries are having difficulties in exiting the so-called lockdowns as they’re seeing increases of cases again.”

“First and foremost, most of the world right now is still very much in the throes of the first wave of this pandemic,” Ryan said during a briefing Friday, adding though that many countries have been able to flatten the curve and are slowly making their way out of lockdowns.

“There must be an alternative to lockdown because in the absence of lockdown, the virus will tend to spread again. So the question is, what have you got to replace lockdown with?” Ryan asked.

He pointed countries towards a strong public health system, testing and tracking cases, and educating the population to help as lockdowns are lifted.

“It’s very easy for me to sit here and say that that is difficult to achieve in any circumstance,” he said. “But it is the only way to sustain the next number of months while we wait for other interventions. And again we have to say that we really hope we have an effective vaccine in time, but there are no guarantees.”

“We have to learn to live with the virus,” Ryan said. 

Record number of Covid-19 cases reported in Arkansas in last 24 hours 

There have been a record number of Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said during a news conference Friday.

“We have increased 731 cases in the last 24 hours, the largest increase in community cases and total cases since this pandemic began,” Hutchinson said. 

There were 10,816 cases on Thursday and now there were 11,547 cases, he added.

At least 207 of the newly identified cases were in correctional institutions while the rest are community cases, Hutchinson said.

Georgia's film, TV and streaming production can resume, governor says

The television, film and streaming production industry in Georgia is back open for business, according to a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp.

Kemp announced the industries plan to bring back and hire an estimated 40,000 production workers in the state for an expected 75 production projects that with invest over $2 billion into Georgia’s economy, the statement said. 

According to the statement, this announcement follows the “COVID-19: Georgia Best Practices for Film and Television” production guide for studios provided by the Georgia Film Office, that complements the safety protocols recently released by the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force, which will help to ensure a safe workplace environment and reduce the spread of the virus.

Masks are not required — but recommended — in several California counties

People walk along Harbor boulevard in downtown Fullerton on Thursday, June 11,  in Fullerton, California. In an abrupt shift in health orders following weeks of debate over the use of face coverings to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, officials in Orange County announced that residents no long have to wear masks in public.

Several California jurisdictions do not require residents to wear masks in public as the state moves into various stages of reopening.

The Orange County health director recently resigned after receiving threats for her face coverings mandate. Yesterday, days after her departure, the interim health officer relaxed the order. Movie theaters, gyms, and hotels are reopening today in the county.

Riverside County ended the mandatory mask order in late April after their cases started to level off. The health department strongly recommends face coverings and some business can require it of patrons, according to Jose Arballo, Jr., public information officer for the county health department.

San Bernardino suggests several options to those who want to cover up and encourages people to do so.

“All individuals in San Bernardino County are strongly encouraged to use face coverings over their nose and mouth, such as scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandanas, neck gaiters, or other fabric face coverings when in public, when working in or patronizing businesses, public agencies and nonprofit and faith-based organizations, within the County when feasible,” according the department of public health.

Fresno, Kern, and San Joaquin counties do not require a face covering, according to county health department sites.

Ventura County recommends mask wearing though municipalities can require it. The city of Ojai requires employees and customers at essential businesses to wear face coverings.

While not required in Sacramento County, health officials look to an “if you can, you should” approach to face coverings, according to the county public information officer. 

“In spite of recent re-openings, the virus risk is still here,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, director of Health Services. “We have seen an increase in Covid cases and hospitalizations recently, in large part due to social gatherings, and to keep these cases down we need to remember to be sensible while we’re being sociable.” 

These eight counties are among the top 15 most populous in the state.

California has at least 143,646 coronavirus cases including 4,940 deaths.

Reports: NBA sets coronavirus testing and player report dates ahead of season restart

The National Basketball Association has laid out its plans to conduct coronavirus testing as 22 teams prepare to restart the 2019-2020 season in July.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the league will require Covid-19 testing for teams from June 23 to June 30 as part of the league’s health and safety initiative to begin play.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that players from outside of the United States will need to report to their home team markets by June 15 while players in the states will need to report by June 22.

Both reporters say the league is now targeting July 30 as the start date to the season.

The NBA has not responded to CNN’s request for details regarding these reports.

CDC officials "not confirming dramatic increases" in US hospitalizations

An ambulance is parked at Arizona General Hospital on Wednesday, June 10 , in Laveen, Arizona. The state is dealing with a surge in virus cases and hospitalizations.

Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would not confirm on Friday whether there have been striking increases in Covid-19 hospitalizations in certain states, but said they will “monitor very closely” that metric and others during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re not confirming dramatic increases in the number of hospitalizations, but this is something that is ongoing, and we will continue to monitor very closely,” Dr. Jay Butler, CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, said during a call with reporters.

The agency uses a number of metrics beyond hospitalization and testing numbers to track the outbreak, including intensive care admissions and “emergency department utilization for Covid-like illness,” Butler said.

“Because the test results in and of themselves only reflect a bit of the transmission that occurs. We know that some people don’t develop symptoms. We know that of those who develop symptoms, not everyone will be tested,” he said.

CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield added that expanded testing in certain “vulnerable populations” such as nursing homes may also be contributing to the increases.

Some background: On Wednesday, data that CNN aggregated from the Covid Tracking Project from May 25 to June 9 showed that the number of patients hospitalized due to coronavirus infection has gone up in at least a dozen states that are tracking hospitalization data: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

CDC's ensemble forecast now projects 130,000 US coronavirus deaths by July 4

An ensemble forecast published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects more than 130,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States by July 4.

The rate of new deaths is expected to grow in some states, a sign the pandemic may be worsening in some regions — even as the country begins to reopen.

This week’s national forecast relies on 17 individual forecasts from outside institutions and researchers. The new projections, published Friday, forecast about 130,560 deaths by July 4, with a possible range of 124,260 to 139,880 deaths.

The previous ensemble forecast, published last Thursday, forecast 127,230 US deaths by June 27.

“The state-level ensemble forecasts suggest that the number of new deaths over the next four weeks in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, North Carolina, Utah, and Vermont will likely exceed the number reported over the last four weeks,” the CDC says on its forecasting website.

“For other states, the number of new deaths is expected to be similar or decrease slightly compared to the previous four weeks.” 

Also on Friday, CDC officials reiterated the importance of social distancing, wearing face coverings in public and frequent hand washing.

Note on the forecast: Unlike some individual models, the CDC’s ensemble forecast only offers projections for the next month.