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7:53 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

New York reports zero Covid-19 deaths Saturday, preliminary data shows

From CNN's Laura Ly and Kristina Sgueglia

New York City reported no confirmed or probable Covid-19 deaths Saturday, according to preliminary data from the New York City Health Department and a spokesperson for the mayor’s office.

Officials from both offices stressed that this data is preliminary and subject to change due to the retroactive nature of the City’s reporting system.

Right now it is too early to say that there were no fatalities on the [July] 11,” said Michael Lanza, NYC Department of Health spokesperson said. He added that all data is preliminary and subject to change.

Similarly a representative from the mayor’s office tells CNN while data from the health department shows no new deaths reported Saturday, the deaths are reported retroactively so it's still uncertain whether there were no Covid-19 related deaths on Saturday.

Earlier Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported five people died from Covid-19 Saturday.

NYC reported no Covid-19 confirmed deaths Friday, but reported two probable Covid-19 deaths that day, according to available data.

7:57 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Disney will ask guests who develop Covid-19 like symptoms to leave

From CNN's Natasha Chen

Park guests arrive at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Saturday, July 11.
Park guests arrive at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on Saturday, July 11. John Raoux/AP

Prompted by claims on social media this weekend that a guest felt sick on Disney property, CNN asked Disney about its policy regarding guests who feel unwell while inside the parks.

A Disney spokesperson replied, saying the company has robust protocols in place and will address each situation individually, considering advice provided by public health agencies and the company’s medical and safety experts.

In addition to the health screenings prior to entry of the park, this includes the process that if someone comes to the parks’ First Aid with Covid-19-like symptoms, Disney requires them to leave the park and assists them in seeking additional medical care.

7:22 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Peru records more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases as the country continues reopening measures

From CNN's Claudia Dominguez

Peru's Health Ministry reported 3,616 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its nationwide total confirmed cases to 326,326. 

The ministry also reported 188 new deaths from the virus. Peru's death toll is 11,870, making it the third highest death toll in Latin America and the Caribbean, after Mexico and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University. 

Despite the steady increase in cases, the Peruvian government is moving forward with it's reopening plan that began on June 22. 

Beginning Wednesday, long distance transportation will restart its operations, according to the state-run Agencia Andina news agency. 

Some transportation companies are preparing their waiting and boarding areas to respect social distancing guidelines, with one company even implementing disinfecting devices for passengers and their carry-ons before boarding, Agencia Andina reported.

Peru is among the top five countries in the world with the most confirmed cases, and is second after Brazil in the region. 

7:21 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Brazil approaches 1.9 million coronavirus cases, tops 72,000 deaths

From journalist Marcia Reverdosa in Sao Paulo

Brazil is nearing 1.9 million cases of the novel coronavirus after its health ministry reported 24,831 new cases Sunday.

Brazil's nationwide total of confirmed cases now stands at 1,864,681, the world's second highest number of cases, behind the US.

The ministry also reported 631 new deaths from the virus Sunday, bringing its death toll to 72,100, also the second highest worldwide.

Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro remains in semi-isolation after testing positive for the virus last week.

7:21 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Hospitalizations 'substantially higher' than four weeks ago as 3,322 new cases reported in Los Angeles County

From CNN's Stella Chan and Hollie Silverman 

There were 3,322 new confirmed cases of coronavirus and 18 new deaths reported Sunday in Los Angeles, according to a press release from the LA County Department of Public Health.

This is second highest daily case count reported in the last week. The agency reported 4,015 new cases on July 7, the largest single day case count increase, which they attributed to a backlog of test results.

There are currently 2,093 people hospitalized with 26% being confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the ICU and 19% confirmed cases on ventilators, the release said.

"This remains substantially higher than the 1,350 to 1,450 daily hospitalizations seen four weeks ago," the release said.

6:46 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Arizona Cardinals owner released from hospital after Covid-19 diagnosis

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell walks onto the field prior to an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals in 2019.
Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell walks onto the field prior to an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals in 2019. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell has been released from a Rhode Island hospital after admitting himself due to a Covid-19 diagnosis, according to a statement on the team’s website.

Bidwell issued a statement expressing his appreciation for front line workers as well as his team’s fan base. He said he is fortunate to have the experience behind him and encouraged people to take measures to avoid contracting the virus.

Bidwell’s full statement:

"This week I learned first-hand just how serious Covid-19 is. My immense appreciation for all those on the front lines of this pandemic has only increased and I am particularly grateful to the tremendous nurses and doctors at Newport (R.I.) Hospital. I am also overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness from the Red Sea as well as so many friends and colleagues in Arizona and throughout the country. I'm very fortunate to have this experience behind me and strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing the important measures to avoid it themselves."
6:46 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Toronto mayor is optimistic Blue Jays will play in Toronto despite quarantine rules

From CNN’s Paula Newton

The Toronto Blue Jays play an intrasquad game at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 9.
The Toronto Blue Jays play an intrasquad game at Rogers Centre in Toronto on July 9. Mark Blinch/Getty Images

Toronto Mayor John Tory says negotiations are ongoing between government, public health officials and the Blue Jays’ management team to strike a deal that will see the city's major league baseball team play its home games in Toronto. 

At issue, strict Canadian quarantine procedures that would see players and staff restricted to a "bubble" between their training facility and stadium at Toronto’s Rogers Centre and an adjoining hotel. 

It’s tough, I mean a lot of people are going through sacrifice right now and I guess that might have to include baseball players so they’ll work it out and I’m optimistic we’ll see those games played in Toronto, ” Tory said in a phone interview with CNN Sunday. 

The Blue Jays are currently training in Toronto and are observing the stadium-to-hotel quarantine, but some players have taken to social media to express their concerns about the quarantine rules lasting for the entire season. 

MLB is already requesting an exemption for its players entering Canada so they do not have to quarantine for 14 days, but will instead follow restrictions and continue to stay within the stadium-to-hotel bubble. 

The US-Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21.

On Friday, Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw tweeted that staying in a restrictive bubble between the stadium and the hotel was not sustainable.

Shaw and a few other players have expressed concern that the restrictions are too much of a burden, especially on their families. 

Toronto's first home game of 2020 is currently scheduled for July 29 at the Rogers Centre. 

6:22 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

There are at least 3,286,025 coronavirus cases in US

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

There are at least 3,286,025 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 135,089 people have died in the US from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, .  

As of 5 p.m. ET Sunday, 40,100 new cases and 312 new deaths have been reported in the US.

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

CNN has an interactive map tracking cases across the country.

5:56 p.m. ET, July 12, 2020

Phoenix is setting records in ventilator usage by Covid-19 patients, mayor says

From CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told CNN’s Dana Bash that coronavirus positivity rates and record-setting ventilator usage by Covid-19 patients continue to plague the greater Phoenix area.

Our health care workers are telling us they are already tired and they are worried that there could be additional growth after the 4th of July,” Gallego said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Gallego also said that Federal funding and testing could not “come a moment too soon” as her city had huge issues with testing for coronavirus.

“We have had people waiting, eight, 10, 13 hours” to get tested, Gallego said.

Gallego said she’s joined other mayors from across the state of Arizona in asking Gov. Doug Ducey to put significant expansion and safety precautions in regards to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We do not have a statewide requirement for facial coverings in Arizona,” Gallego said.

When asked about school reopenings, Gallego said the city has a separately elected school board and many of those elected leaders are saying schools can’t open until at least October with the level of the virus so pronounced in the community.

“They just don’t feel like it is a safe environment for teachers to go in and they are concerned about our students as well as spread of the virus,” Gallego said.