June 24 coronavirus news

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7:56 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Washington state issues new coronavirus health guidelines for colleges and universities

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, June 23 at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, June 23 at the Capitol in Olympia, Washington. Ted S. Warren/AP

Washington state is issuing new coronavirus guidelines for colleges and universities as they prepare for students to return in the fall.

“Their return to campus won't be in the usual situation. Changes are afoot,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday.

All students will be asked if they have Covid-19-related symptoms before being allowed back on school grounds. Social distancing is required, and many larger lecture classes may be switching to an online format.

“We will be building community on campus, but we'll be doing it in a very different way,” said University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce.

Some context: The new guidelines come as a statewide mask requirement comes into effect for public places in Washington on Friday.

Inslee said he hopes for voluntarily compliance with the order.

“You don't want to hurt somebody else. You don't want to kill somebody else. You don't want to give people unknowingly, a virus,” he said.

7:45 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Sacramento Kings player says he has tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Jill Martin

Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 20 in Sacramento, California.
Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on February 20 in Sacramento, California. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker said he has tested positive for Covid-19 “several days ago.”

The NBA's Sacramento Kings shared Parker's statement:

“Several days ago I tested positive for Covid-19 and immediately self-isolated in Chicago which is where I remain. I am progressing in my recovery and feeling well. I look forward to joining my teammates in Orlando as we return to the court for the resumption of the NBA season.”
7:35 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Washington state removed from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut self-quarantine list

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Washington state has been removed from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut's self-quarantine state list, a spokesperson for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told CNN.

“There was a discrepancy with Washington state’s reporting, however, they have since corrected it and we have removed them from the list of states under travel advisory,” press secretary Caitlin Girouard said.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted that travelers from his state will not have to quarantine for 14 days when visiting New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.

“We do not meet the risk criteria and were added in error,” he tweeted. “Washington has been removed from the list.”

7:47 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

President Trump won't follow New Jersey's quarantine order this weekend

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

President Donald Trump attends a news conference at the White House on June 24 in Washington.
President Donald Trump attends a news conference at the White House on June 24 in Washington. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump will not abide by new rules set by New Jersey's governor requiring quarantine for visitors who have traveled recently to coronavirus hotspots when he visits his Bedminster golf club this weekend.

“The President of the United States is not a civilian. Anyone who is in close proximity to him, including staff, guests, and press are tested for Covid-19 and confirmed to be negative,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.

Trump recently traveled to Arizona, one of the states designated by New Jersey as a hotspot requiring quarantine. The governors of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York said they would require people who’d been to those states to quarantine for 14 days or face fines.

The White House said it followed mitigation plans to prevent contagion during the visit to Arizona on Tuesday. 

“With regard to Arizona, the White House followed it’s COVID mitigation plan to ensure the President did not come into contact with anyone who was symptomatic or had not been tested,” Deere said. “Anyone traveling in support of the President this weekend will be closely monitored for symptoms and tested for COVID and therefore pose little to no risk to the local populations."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told CNN's Erin Burnett on Wednesday that the President falls into a carve out for essential workers.

“There is a carve out for essential workers and I think by any definition the President of the United States is an essential worker,” Murphy said. “And I know the folks around him get tested all the time. I've been tested a couple of times when I'm with him over the past couple of months."

“I think the bigger point here is we want folks to really be responsible in terms of thinking about not just themselves, but their family and their communities,” he continued. “And we've beaten this virus down to a pulp in New Jersey with an enormous loss of life. We've been through hell, and we don't want to go through hell again. And that's the spirit that underpins what we're asking folks to do.”

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7:32 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Louisiana governor: "We're going in the wrong direction" in the fight against Covid-19

From CNN’s Janine Mack

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last month.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state's efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, Louisiana last month. Gerald Herbert/AP

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he plans to issue a new proclamation on Thursday extending the phase two restrictions under the current order another 28 days.

“Simply put, we're heading in the wrong direction. We have more cases than we can justify just by the fact that they're doing more testing,” he said during a news conference on Wednesday.

Edwards said Louisiana may not remain under the extended order for 28 days, depending on the data after 14 days and 21 days.

He also said the biggest increase in cases in Louisiana is in 18 to 29 year-olds.

“We've seen up ticks in young people, younger than 18, and people aged 30 to 39. But in that 18 to 29 years where we're seeing the largest increase," Edwards said.

He added: “Nobody is immune from this virus … the damage that this disease can do to your body is something that may last for a very long time. May last forever. So I do want to make sure that young people are listening."

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 52,477 cases of coronavirus and 3,039 deaths.

7:05 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Senior staffer for Utah governor tests positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Mitchell McCluskey

A senior gubernatorial staff member tested positive for Covid-19, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced in a news conference on Wednesday. 

The staff member has self-isolated and other staff members who were exposed to him are being tracked. Neither the governor or Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox were directly exposed to the staffer, Herbert said.

All staff are being monitored for symptoms, tested before coming into the office, and are required to wear masks at work, Herbert said. 

Herbert said he will sign an executive order requiring mask wearing in all state facilities under the purview of the governor’s office, including state higher education facilities. 

6:55 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Here's how to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus over the July 4 holiday, CDC says

From CNN's Shelby Lin Erdman

As Americans gear up for July 4 celebrations next week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recognizing that people will gather in groups and is offering tips to help people protect themselves and others from catching coronavirus.

Wearing a face mask is important when physical distancing is hard to achieve, CDC health scientist Sarah Lee said during a briefing Wednesday, but it’s not a sure bet for protection.

“I want to stress this point. The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering, and the longer you have that interaction, the higher potential risk for spread and becoming infected with Covid-19,” Lee said.

Outdoor gatherings are better than indoor gatherings in reducing the risks for transmitting or contracting the virus at a holiday event because people tend to be in closer contact with each other indoors, she said.

“Trying to keep the gathering outside is really important,” she said. It’s also important to help keep people apart, and take special measures to ensure people at high risk or who have underlying medical conditions are protected, she said.

She said the safest gathering with the lowest amount of risk is an online party.

“Where we get more risk, this includes smaller outdoor and in person gatherings where individuals from different households and maybe our neighbors come over and hang out in your back yard,” Lee said. “They stay six feet apart. You're all wearing cloth face coverings and you're not sharing objects, such as food utensils or other items, and you're all from the same local area.”

Mitigating risk: Lee said the highest risk for spreading coronavirus is in large gatherings where it’s difficult for people to remain spaced apart and that include people who have traveled from outside the local area.

“We're used to giving handshakes and high fives and fist bumps. So, trying to avoid those actions will help as well,” she said.

Wearing masks and washing hand frequently are also important.

“We know that the virus that causes Covid-19 can spread when respiratory droplets are produced through coughing or sneezing. So, if you have the cloth face covering on, that really helps prevent those droplets from moving and affecting someone else. And social distancing is another action that's really important. It helps reduce your chance of coming into contact with respiratory droplets that might not be captured by the face covering,” she said.

6:53 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

Brazil continues to report consistent increase in Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso

A Brazilian Armed Forces medical team member administers a coronavirus test on June 20 at a health post in Atalaia do Norte, Brazil.
A Brazilian Armed Forces medical team member administers a coronavirus test on June 20 at a health post in Atalaia do Norte, Brazil. Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Brazil's health ministry recorded 42,725 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as the country continues to record sharp daily increases in new cases. 

The highest one-day rise in cases in the country, 54,771, was reported on June 19. 

In the past three days alone, the country reported 103,593 new cases. Brazil's total confirmed cases stand at 1,188,631, according to the health ministry.

The ministry also reported 1,185 new fatalities Wednesday, bringing the country's death toll to 53,830.

6:31 p.m. ET, June 24, 2020

The US records more than 121,000 coronavirus-related deaths

Men transport a hearse at a funeral home in the Brooklyn borough of New York in April.
Men transport a hearse at a funeral home in the Brooklyn borough of New York in April. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

There are at least 2,371,422 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 121,870 people have died in the country from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases.

So far on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins reported 24,485 new cases and 646 deaths. 

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