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12:57 p.m. ET, July 10, 2020

WHO looking at studies that show impact of Covid-19 during pregnancy

From CNN's Gisela Crespo

Technical lead head for Covid-19 Maria Van Kerkhove attends a press conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on July 3.
Technical lead head for Covid-19 Maria Van Kerkhove attends a press conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on July 3. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization said Friday it will keep a close eye on the impact of Covid-19 during pregnancy, as some recent studies point to pregnant women with underlying health conditions being at higher risk of getting severely ill from the virus.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical lead for coronavirus response and head of its emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said during a news briefing that pregnant women "don't seem to develop a different type of disease than women of the same age who are not pregnant."

"However, there are some studies that have come out recently that have looked at pregnant women with underlying conditions. And if there are women with underlying conditions, they are at a higher risk of developing more severe disease," Van Kerkhove said.

In a recent report, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention said pregnant women who get infected with novel coronavirus are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted to an intensive care unit and put on a ventilator. While the CDC said the study included the largest cohort of pregnant women with lab-confirmed coronavirus, it's not clear whether the pregnant women who were hospitalized were in the hospital because of complications related to Covid-19 or for pregnancy-related reasons.

"We need to ensure that we keep a close eye on [this] and ensure that pregnant women have the right care throughout their pregnancy," Van Kerkhove said at the briefing.

 

12:56 p.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Jacksonville Jaguars' stadium will have 25% capacity this season

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

 

The Jacksonville Jaguars announced they will only seat about 25% capacity for all 2020 home games due to Covid-19 concerns. 

The team revealed their decision — which complies with state and local health authorities — in a statement to season ticket holders on Friday. Updates on new health protocols put in place prior to the season were also included in the announcement. 

Here's what to expect this season: 

  • All guests will be required to wear a face covering.
  • The team is looking to develop a seating chart which “allows for six feet of distance between unaffiliated parties.”
  • Any future increase of the capacity would “depend on developments on the health and safety front," the team said.

All season tickets will be returned and paid funds will be credited to those associated accounts. Members will have the chance to “apply credited funds towards the purchase of tickets this season or in 2021.” 

TIAA Bank Field seats 67,167 fans at max capacity. The Jaguars average attendance during the 2019 season was 63,085, according to ESPN.

Jacksonville’s first home game of the 2020 is scheduled for August 29 against Washington. 

12:50 p.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Florida allocating 550 contact tracers to Miami-Dade County

From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Sara Weisdeldt

Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos A. Gimenez (Right) listens as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Left) speaks during a press conference in Miami on July 07.
Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos A. Gimenez (Right) listens as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Left) speaks during a press conference in Miami on July 07. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida has allocated 550 contact tracers to Miami-Dade County, according to Alberto Moscoso, a spokesperson for the state's Department of Health. 

This comes after reporters grilled Gov. Ron DeSantis on contact tracing early this week and a group of mayors in Miami-Dade County demanded Thursday that the state provide at least 500 contact tracers.

Mayor Carlos Giménez announced Thursday that he signed a contract for 250 contact tracers. According to Moscoso, Miami-Dade already had 300 contact tracers allocated to the county by the state.

12:36 p.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Arizona has fewer than 1,000 inpatient hospital beds available

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Arizona only has 993 inpatient hospital beds remaining today as it fights off a surge of Covid-19 cases, state health data shows.

This is the lowest number of available inpatient beds the state has had available, according to records that go back to late March.

The previous record for the lowest number of beds available was 1,057 reported yesterday.

Currently, 6,955 of the state’s inpatient hospital beds are in use – 88% of its capacity, state data shows. About half of those patients, 3,432, are being treated for Covid-19, the data shows.

The state also continues to set records for ventilator usage, with just more than half of the state’s ventilators in use all of this week. Today, 615 — or about two thirds of all the state’s ventilators — are being used to treat Covid-19 patients, state data shows. This is a record high for the state.

Arizona has led the nation for over a month with the highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, according to a CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

12:32 p.m. ET, July 10, 2020

President Trump lands in Florida

From CNN's Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Miami International Airport in Miami on July 10.
President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Miami International Airport in Miami on July 10. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump has landed in the coronavirus hotspot of Miami-Dade County, the epicenter of Florida’s crisis, where intensive care unit beds are in short supply and the positivity rate is over 33%.

There are no coronavirus-related events scheduled at this time. The trip’s focus, in part, will be to shore up Florida’s Hispanic vote with an appeal on supporting the people of Venezuela, and also promoting his law and order message when he talks drug trafficking. He’ll attend a private fundraiser, as well.

In a FiveThirtyEight podcast yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, reiterated that the US is “just not” doing great on coronavirus, and criticized Florida, among other states, for reopening too early: “Certainly Florida I know, you know, I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints.”

Here’s a look at Trump's schedule:

  • 12:35 p.m. ET – Trump attends a briefing on the US Southern Command's Enhanced Counterterrorism Operations at US Southern Command in Doral.
  • 1:40 p.m. ET – He delivers remarks on the US Southern Command's Enhanced Counterterrorism Operations.
  • 2:15 p.m. ET – He attends a roundtable on supporting the people of Venezuela at Iglesia Doral Jesus Worship Center.
  • 4:55 p.m. ET – Trump arrives at a fundraiser in Hillsboro Beach.
  • 7:15 p.m ET – Air Force One leaves from Fort Lauderdale and heads back to the White House.
11:59 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

UK prime minister says face mask rules will likely become stricter

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite and Simon Cullen

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 8.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on July 8. Leon Neal/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government is likely to become increasingly insistent that people wear face masks in confined spaces. 

“I do think we do need to be stricter in insisting that people wear face coverings in confined spaces where they are meeting people that they normally meet,” Johnson said during an online question-and-answer session with members of the public.

“That's why it's mandatory already on public transport and we are looking at ways at making sure that people really do observe, have face coverings in shops for instance where there is a risk of transmission," he added.  

Johnson said the “balance of scientific opinion” is in favor of wearing face masks, but added that he wants to return to a situation where people feel able to shake hands again.

 

11:56 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

The US is in the middle of "a very serious problem," Fauci says

From CNN's Amanda Watts

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks on June 30.
Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks on June 30. Al Drago/Pool/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the United States is in the middle of a “very serious problem.”

Speaking at the AIDS 2020 Conference, Fauci said Covid-19 is “a true historic pandemic.” 

At the conference, Fauci showed a heat map of how the cases across the world have risen since the beginning of 2020.

“What we saw before us was the somewhat frightening — but nonetheless real — emergence of a true global pandemic. It just went on and on and got worse and worse and worse and worse," he said of the map.

Referencing the dark red United States on the map, Fauci said, his home country "is in the middle — right now, even as we speak — in a very serious problem.” 

 

11:52 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Decision to reopen schools "must be based on evidence," infectious disease experts say

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Infectious disease experts in the United States are calling for decisions on reopening schools to be "based on evidence and available resources to address risks of infection and illness" in a new statement on Friday from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association.

"While data indicate that children are less likely to develop serious illness due to COVID-19 and to transmit the disease, instances in which children have fallen seriously ill — including with multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) – and in which children have died, should raise concerns, given that much remains unknown about the dynamics of the new coronavirus," the statement from Dr. Thomas File, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and Dr. Judith Feinberg, chair of HIV Medicine Association, said.

"In addition, teachers, school administrators and other adults critical to school operation may be more vulnerable, due to age or conditions carrying higher risks to severe COVID-19 disease and death. Flexibility must be provided for students, teachers and staff with underlying health conditions that place them at risk for complications from COVID-19," the statement said. "Provisions for at-risk students should include distance learning only, and for their at-risk teachers, the option to provide only distance education."

The statement also noted that policies for screening symptoms among students and staff should be in place prior to reopening and that plans on how to respond to the possible event of a student or staff member becoming sick.

"New funding for all school systems is essential, and it must be adequate to ensure safe conditions, including appropriate physical distancing, as well as sufficient quantities of masks and other personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, and appropriate cleaning and disinfection of classrooms and surfaces in common areas, school buses and other community forms of transportation for students," the statement said.

"We will not gain control of this pandemic or successfully reopen the economy unless we protect people and public health first," the statement added. "The safety of our children, their families, teachers and other school staff must be guiding factors in all school reopening decisions, and no school should be forced to open in a situation that presents unacceptable risks."

11:46 a.m. ET, July 10, 2020

Michigan businesses will be required to refuse entry to people not wearing masks

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a press conference in Lansing, Michigan.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a press conference in Lansing, Michigan. Michigan Office of the Governor via AP

Following an increase in Covid-19 cases in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order on Friday requiring a face covering to be worn in all indoor public spaces across the state, and most notably, requiring businesses to refuse service or entry to anyone not wearing a covering, the governor announced in a release.

Violating the order — which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. local time on Monday — could carry a $500 penalty.

Businesses are required to post signs instructing customers to wear a mask, and there are exemptions for people with medical conditions and children under the age of 5, as well as for when people are eating and drinking at a restaurant.

“The heroes on the front lines of this crisis have gone hours without taking their masks off every day – doctors, nurses, child care workers, grocery store workers. We owe it to them to wear our masks when we’re on a trip to the grocery store or pharmacy,” Whitmer said in the statement.