July 9 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Brett McKeehan, Ivana Kottasová, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 9:12 PM ET, Thu July 9, 2020
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5:29 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

The US isn't "doing great" with Covid-19 and partisanship is in part to blame, Fauci says

From CNN’s Jen Christensen

Al Drago/AFP/Getty Images/FILE
Al Drago/AFP/Getty Images/FILE

Dr. Anthony Fauci said people would have to have "blindfolders" and be covering their ears if they didn’t think partisanship has something to do with why it is so hard to control the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You have to be having blindfolders on and covering your ears to think that we don’t live in a very divisive society now, from a political standpoint,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on Podcast-19, FiveThirtyEight’s weekly podcast on Covid-19.

“I mean, it’s just unfortunate, but it is what it is. And you know, from experience historically, that when you don’t have unanimity in an approach to something, you’re not as effective in how you handle it. So I think you’d have to make the assumption that if there wasn’t such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach," he said.

Fauci added that some parts of the country are doing “really well” at managing the pandemic, including communities where people follow the public health guidelines and have opened gradually. 

“But as a country, when you compare us to other countries, I don’t think you can say we’re doing great. I mean, we’re just not," he said.

5:20 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Texas reports highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in a single day 

From CNN's Raja Razek

Texas reported 105 Covid-19-related deaths on Thursday, the highest single-day increase in coronavirus fatalities.

The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in the state is now 2,918. 

Texas reported 9,782 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 230,346.

To note: These figures were released by the Texas Health and Human Services and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

5:19 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Most key Covid-19 metrics in Los Angeles County are trending upward

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

The positivity rate in Los Angeles stands at 9%, with about 1.24 million tests having been conducted to date, according to Health Director Barbara Ferrer. Most key metrics are trending upward, she said.

Los Angeles is reporting 50 additional deaths today, which is well above the seven-day average of 24 fatalities. Approximately 1,777 additional coronavirus cases were reported, bringing the county’s total to almost 125,000. 

Hospitalizations are also up slightly today. More than 2,000 patients are in the hospital with Covid-19 –– far more than the average of about 1,400 seen just four weeks ago.

Ferrer addressed what she calls the false narrative that younger people shouldn’t worry as much because they don’t tend to get as sick.

“The problem with that is that younger people affect everyone else,” she said.

“We are tied together as a community of human beings in what happens here. This isn’t the time for people to say, ‘I’m going to take the risk,’" Ferrer said. “It doesn’t work that way. It’s not just you that’s taking the risk. You’re creating a risk for other people.”

5:22 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

New York City mayor cancels large events through September

From CNN's Sheena Jones

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has canceled all large events across the city through September 30, according to a statement from his office.

"As New York has begun its reopening process, accessible open spaces are more important than ever," de Blasio said"While it pains me to call off some of the city's beloved events, our focus now must be the prioritization of city space for public use and the continuation of social distancing."

Events that do not conflict with "open streets" or "open restaurant" areas can still apply for a permit, the statement said.

De Blasio said large events means things like street fairs, concerts and parades.

"Things that here in the city can mean not just thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people. It's just not time for that," he told CNN on Thursday.

When asked if people would be able to gather to protest, de Blasio said that was an area of sensitivity.

"We understand at this moment in history, people are talking about the need for historic changes," he said. "This is a historic moment of change. We have to respect that, but also say to people the kinds of gatherings we're used to – the parades, the fairs – we just can't have that while we're focusing on health right now."

5:10 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Illinois reports more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Kay Jones and Brad Parks 

At least 1,018 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Illinois, bringing the total to approximately 150,450, according to the state's Department of Public Health.

The state also reported 20 new deaths – bringing the total to at least 7,119. 

Today marked the highest testing day since the pandemic began, with 36,180 tests returned on Thursday. More than 1.8 million tests have been conducted since the start of the pandemic, the health department said.

Additionally, there are about 1,507 people in the hospital and 317 patients in intensive care due to the virus, according to the health department. 

Note: These numbers were released by the Illinois’ public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

5:04 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Kentucky governor issues order mandating masks in public

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, on May 11.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Kentucky, on May 11. Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader/AP/FILE

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order mandating that people must wear a face covering or mask in public in certain situations.

The order goes into effect Friday at 5 p.m.

According to the governor, the order requires all customers in retail facilities to wear a mask, customers in grocery stores must wear a mask, and customers in most forward facing businesses have to wear a mask if they are indoors.

Additionally, if someone is outside and cannot be six feet away from another person, they also need to wear a mask.

“Now it's not just us that thinks that this is the right move. The National Retail Federation and the Kentucky Retail Association specifically asked us to take this action. This is the National Retail Federation, that wanted us to open and they want to stay open. They're now at 50%. They don't want to go back. They've asked every governor to require every individual, that's not encumbered by a medical condition, to wear masks when shopping in public places,” Beshear said. “This is to protect the employees, to protect the businesses and to protect the customers themselves.”

The order will be in effect for 30 days, according to Beshear.

“I want to see how well we can do in 30 days,” the governor added. “Our future and what we can do in the state, how our economy rebounds, how safe people are going to be, the health and the lives of Kentuckians all depends on our ability to wear one of these."

5:03 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

CDC director says Covid-19 is a "wake up call" that points to inequity in the public health care system

From CNN’s Jen Christensen

The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention views the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to rebuild a better public health care system.

“In every crisis there is an opportunity,” Dr. Robert Redfield said during a virtual summit hosted by the Hill. “I think this Covid crisis is an opportunity.”

The pandemic provides a chance to “finally make the commitment it needs to make” to prepare the public health system to work better in the US, he said.

“I think the other great opportunity is, to this nation, to understand that we need to have meaningful, meaningful progress in our efforts to impact social health care disparity in this nation. The Covid virus has obviously exploited it,” Redfield said.

The higher hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19 among the Native American, Alaska Natives, African American, Hispanic and Latino communities, he said, is not due to anything intrinsic.

“It’s actually a marker of the health disparity that exists in this nation for far too long,” he said. Statistics show these communities suffer more from health issues including diabetes, lung disease, heart and kidney disease and obesity. Poverty also plays a large role in these chronic inequities, he said.

“Clearly, you know, it’s a wake-up call to say are we serious about trying to truly impact health disparities so that there’s equity in health in this nation,” Redfield said.

4:58 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Colorado governor says mask wearing is key to economic recovery in the state

From CNN's Kay Jones

Colorado Governor's office
Colorado Governor's office

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said the key to the economic recovery in the state is for people to wear a mask.

Polis ordered all bars and nightclubs to close again last week for the month of July. He said that they won't see the impact from those closures for another week or two. 

During a news conference, he reiterated multiple times how important it is to wear a mask. He said that wearing one will not only save lives but also the economy. 

"The bottom line is the key to greater economic and social activity is wearing a mask," Polis said. 

He said that while the state has the ability to enforce the business level requirements for mask wearing, he is relying on local partners to enforce them in their cities and counties. 

"If you are waiting to wear a mask until the governor tells you to, I hope you've heard that I'm telling you, and I've made it clear: Wear a damn mask," Polis said.

4:43 p.m. ET, July 9, 2020

Big Ten Conference to play conference-only schedule this fall

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

The Big Ten Conference has announced all fall sports, including football, will participate in a conference-only schedule due to health and safety concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement released on Thursday, the conference outlined its reason for the decision by saying, it "will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season” while allowing for fluid decision-making based on the most current medical advice. 

In addition, summer athletic activities will continue to be voluntary in all sports currently permitted. Student-athletes who decide not to play citing Covid-19 concerns will have “their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.” 

Other sports included in this model are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. No decision has been made on any other sports at this time.

The conference-only football schedule means that games like Ohio State at Oregon and Michigan at Washington, both scheduled for this fall, are canceled.