Junior college football will be moved to spring, NJCAA says
From CNN's Jill Martin
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced in a statement that all close-contact fall sports – which includes football – will move to the spring semester.
In addition to football, this move also impacts men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball.
The NJCAA says that all winter sports competition will begin in January with a majority of championship seasons moved from March to April. Spring sports competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates.
5:53 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
"Community engagement" will be key to getting vaccine support, Fauci says
From CNN's Amanda Watts
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said “community engagement” will be the one thing that helps boost support among Americans to get a coronavirus vaccine, if and when one becomes available.
During a webinar with the Stanford School of Medicine on Monday, Fauci said this is how they did it with HIV.
“We've got to engage the community to get out there and be people who are boots on the ground – who look like and are like the people they are trying to convince – the importance of getting vaccinated, particularly in this era of anti-vax and anti-science,” he said.
Right now, there is a “network of community workers” that is training for this exact thing, Fauci said, “to go into the community and try and convince people of why it's important for them and for their families to get vaccinated.”
“As I often say, you don't really want a lot of White guys in suits like me, going into the mostly minority community, and convincing them about something that they're very deeply skeptical of. You've got to get people that the community trusts," he added.
5:25 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Global coronavirus cases surpass 13 million
From CNN's Chandler Thornton
More than 13 million globally have been infected with the novel coronavirus and more than half a million people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.
So far on Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 13,006,764 cases worldwide, with the United States holding the highest number of confirmed cases of the virus. At least 570,776 have died from coronavirus around the world.
The US has 3,341,838 Covid-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins, accounting for more than a quarter of the global total.
5:04 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Peru tops 330,000 coronavirus cases and 12,000 deaths
From CNN's Claudia Rebaza
Peru surpassed 330,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases Monday, as it remains the country with the second highest number of cases in Latin America, behind Brazil.
The Peruvian health ministry reported 3,797 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total to 330,123.
The country's death toll also rose to 12,054 Monday, up 184 from the previous day.
5:04 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Oregon governor expands face mask requirements
From CNN’s Konstantin Toropin
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced new requirements for face coverings and limits on social gatherings in a statement.
Starting on July 15, Oregon’s face covering requirement will be expanded to apply to “outdoor public spaces when six feet of distance cannot be maintained,” according to the statement.
In addition, the new restrictions prohibit indoor gatherings of more than 10 people, the statement added.
The move comes in response to “the alarming rise in Covid-19” cases in the state.
“We need to do absolutely everything we can to reduce transmission in ways that do not require us to close down businesses again,” Brown said in the statement. “Either people will adhere to this requirement and be a positive force for stopping Covid-19, or I will be forced to take more restrictive measures."
Although the state has seen a rise in cases, it has not been as steep or dramatic as states like Florida or Arizona. A CNN analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University has Oregon showing a steady trend of new cases.
4:58 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Fauci says there isn't a good answer on who should lead the way during the pandemic
From CNN's Maggie Fox
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is no good answer when it comes to who should lead the way during the coronavirus pandemic.
“That's the $64,000 question that's being debated right now in our response,” Fauci said, speaking to the Stanford School of Medicine.
“There's arguments back and forth,” Fauci said. “Should the federal government provide resources, direction, guidance, and then pull back and let the states do it, or should they direct it federally? You know you can get arguments on both sides.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly said the pandemic response should mostly be led by state and local officials.
“Many of the states say ‘give us the resources, we'll take care of it.’ Others say ‘tell us what to do, and we'll do it.’ So we're a big country. We have 50 states. We have 3,007 counties. So it really is an ongoing argument,” he said.
Fauci added there are pros and cons of each approach.
“And to be honest with you I don't have a good firm answer for you – except, you've got to figure out on a case by case basis, what the best approach would be.”
4:47 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Texas reports more than 5,000 new Covid-19 cases
From CNN's Raja Razek
Texas reported 5,655 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 264,313.
A total of 3,235 people have died from the virus in the state.
One thing to note: These numbers 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.
4:32 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
West Virginia governor closes bars in county with surge of Covid-19 cases
From CNN's Shawn Nottingham
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice ordered bars in Monongalia County to close for 10 days in response to a spike of coronavirus cases.
“Today I am ordering the bars in [Monongalia] County to close for 10 days, and during that 10-day period I am very hopeful is what’s going to happen is we’re going to see a correction in the numbers," Justice said at a news conference.
Additionally, Justice said he is limiting crowd sizes to 25 people, effectively canceling fairs and large public gatherings.
“Well if you’ve got a fair that you can socially distance 25 people and everything, we’re fine. We’re fine absolutely. But for the most part our fairs, festivals, and outdoor concerts, we’re done with them in West Virginia for right now," Justice said.
4:21 p.m. ET, July 13, 2020
Fauci is optimistic about some of the treatments in development for Covid-19
From CNN’s Jen Christensen
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, believes the country is on track to find treatments that will help prevent the progression of Covid-19 disease, particularly for people who are the most likely to get extremely sick.
“What we really need, and we are on the track of getting them, are interventions that can be given early in the course of disease to prevent people who are vulnerable from progressing to the requirement for hospitalization,” Fauci said during a webinar with the Stanford School of Medicine on Monday.
“And those are direct antiviral drugs, convalescent plasma, hyperimmunoglobulin, monoclonal antibodies and a number of direct acting antiviral agents,” added Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “I believe we are on a good track to get there reasonably soon.
He also said he believes a vaccine could be proven effective by the end of the year or early next. As far as treatments, Fauci said based on experience in developing treatments for Ebola, he thought monoclonal antibody treatments are “almost a sure bet.”
Monoclonal antibodies are lab-made antibodies that are created specifically to target infection. Antibodies are the proteins the body naturally makes to fight infection. Vaccines are built on the same idea, but they take a few weeks to work and don’t help if someone is already sick. Antibody therapies can work right away.
There are already a few clinical trials underway in the US. From those trials a treatment could be approved for use as early as the fall or winter, Fauci said.