July 14 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Tara John, Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:50 AM ET, Wed July 15, 2020
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11:33 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

New York adds 4 more states to quarantine travel advisory

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

Kathy Willens/AP
Kathy Willens/AP

Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin have been added to the list of states included in New York’s travel advisory requiring individuals traveling to the Empire State from those locations to quarantine for 14 days, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in a press statement Tuesday morning.

“The quarantine applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average," the statement says.

The statement notes: "Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced a travel enforcement operation will commence today at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions and to help contain the rates of COVID-19 transmission in New York State."

Here is the updated list of states included in the travel advisory:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Arizona
  4. California
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Iowa
  8. Idaho
  9. Kansas
  10. Louisiana
  11. Minnesota
  12. Mississippi
  13. North Carolina
  14. New Mexico
  15. Nevada
  16. Ohio
  17. Oklahoma
  18. South Carolina
  19. Tennessee
  20. Texas
  21. Utah
  22. Wisconsin

Note: Delaware has been removed from New York's travel advisory, per the governor's office.

11:16 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Ecuador's Galapagos Islands reopen to tourists, face masks will be mandatory 

From CNN's Tatiana Arias

Ecuador's Galapagos islands' tourist sites have reopened to visitors, the country’s Ministry of Environment and Water said in a statement today.

Tourists will have to wear masks and use disinfectant gel when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site, the statement notes, adding that visits to recreational places near the ports, will be restricted to three hours, maximum .

The Galapagos were closed to all visitors starting on March 16, in an effort to control the spread of Covid-19.

“The opening of the protected areas of the archipelago responds to the need to reactivate tourist activity, as part of the local economic revitalization promoted by the national government throughout the country,” Ecuador's Minister of Environment and Water, Paulo Proaño, said during a Saturday news conference.

At least 183 land and marine sites of the Galapagos National Park have reopened, according to the ministry of environment.

The Galapagos are home to some of the most unique and scientifically significant ecosystems on earth. The archipelago of 127 islands, is about 1,000 kilometers, or 600 miles off Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean.

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world's premier destinations for wildlife viewing. However, conservationists have increasingly voiced concern that the Galapagos and its delicate ecosystem are under threat from over-tourism. 

 

11:38 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Mississippi governor: Wearing a mask "is the right thing to do. Don’t mock it."

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Rogelio V. Solis/Pool/AFP/Getty Images
Rogelio V. Solis/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves is urging people in his state to weak masks and spoke out against residents in the state who don’t believe in the reality of coronavirus.

“I’m telling you: It is very, very real. You can see it in our death toll. We are in the thick of things," the Republican governor wrote on Facebook. He went on to further say that the best way to avoid spreading the virus and shutdowns of schools, sports, and work is to wear a mask. 

“The President is wearing a mask. I’m wearing a mask. We’re all doing it. It’s got to happen, or we’re going to find ourselves in a place as bad as we can imagine,” Tate wrote in one Facebook post. 

President Trump had long refused to wear a mask in public but this weekend, he finally wore one in front of cameras during a visit to wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. 

In a subsequent post on Facebook Reeves, spoke to people who refuse to wear masks or speak out against face coverings saying, “mask-shaming in either direction is dumb and counterproductive.”

“Wearing one is the right thing to do. Don’t mock it. And attacking those who don’t only hardens their resistance,” Reeves wrote.

He ended the post with a unifying message saying, “Our enemy is the virus - NOT EACH OTHER!”

 

11:28 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Pelosi indicates she's willing to cut into August recess to pass Covid-19 relief bill 

From CNN's Haley Byrd

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it is “absolutely urgent” to approve a new coronavirus stimulus package. During an interview with CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday, she reiterated the Democratic priorities, including extending enhanced unemployment insurance benefits and sending another round of direct payments to Americans.

Asked if she is willing to consider Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s demand that liability protections be included for businesses, Pelosi said Republicans should instead join Democrats in approving an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provision to protect workers.

“It looks to me by that, does he mean essential workers have to go to work, if they don’t they lose their unemployment insurance, and if they get sick there, they have no recourse?” she asked of liability protections.

She also said she is willing to cut into the planned August recess to get the bill finalized.

“Oh we absolutely have to,” she said. “The timetable is the timetable of the American people."

Regrading the surging cases across the country, Pelosi said local leaders should look to other countries that shut down seriously to begin with and were able to stop the spread of the coronavirus, as states across the US experience surges after taking steps to open up.

She said it’s a regional decision, but “unless you have a very, very low percentage of incidence of the infection, you really have to consider locking down.”

Asked if California opened too quickly, Pelosi said she believes Gov. Gavin Newsom “has done an excellent job,” but she added that he was under pressure from different regions of the state that were experiencing the virus differently.

Watch Speaker Pelosi on liability protections:

11:42 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Florida now has more coronavirus cases than these previous hotspots

From CNN's Holly Yan and Amanda Watts

Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Coronavirus cases are soaring in Florida. Across the state, at least 48 hospitals have zero ICU beds available, and Miami is "now the epicenter of the pandemic," an infectious disease expert with the area's Jackson Health System said.

The situation is so serious in Florida, the state has more cases than all but eight entire countries — including some of the pandemic's first hotspots.

Six months ago, the world thought this new coronavirus was contained to China — specifically, the Wuhan area

But now, the entire country of China has less than 1/3 the total Covid-19 cases that Florida does, according to Johns Hopkins University data. As of Monday, China had 85,117 total cases since the pandemic started, compared to Florida's 282,435.

After the China outbreak, Italy came under worldwide scrutiny for its handling of Covid-19 as the disease quickly spread out of control. 

But after strict government mandates, the country has managed to quell the virus and has largely returned to normal

As of Monday, Italy (population 60 million) had 243,230 cases from throughout the pandemic. Florida (population 21 million) has already surpassed that number, at 282,435.

Florida's death toll, however, remains lower than Italy's — 4,277 in Florida, compared to 34,954 in Italy.

10:53 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Miami Beach mayor says “mixed messages” from federal, state leaders hinder effort to stop Covid-19

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

There’s been an attempt to downplay the coronavirus, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said, decrying “mixed messages” from federal leaders and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.  

“For crying out loud, we had the vice president here last week telling us that we're in a much better place, and then immediately … we had the worst couple days in the history of the pandemic anywhere in the world,” Gelber said in an interview with CNN's John Berman. 

Miami is "now the epicenter of the pandemic," according to an infectious disease expert with the area's Jackson Health System.

In Florida, there are currently at least 48 hospitals that have reached their ICU capacity and show zero ICU beds available, according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Gelber said that Miami-area leaders will enforce new stay-at-home orders soon if hospitals cannot care for all people, not just Covid-19 patients.

“I suspect if, in a week of or two, this is not changed in any way, then we’re all going to do it — whether or not the governor wants us to or not,” he said. 

Watch the interview:

10:55 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

NYC mayor's fund raises more than $50 million for Covid-19 emergency relief 

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

The mayor’s fund to advance New York City has raised $54.5 million for Covid-19 emergency relief. Over 9,000 donors contributed to this fund to help frontline workers and vulnerable New Yorkers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

First lady Chirlane McCray added that the funds will also assist in saving businesses, aid immigrants and support youth.

In particular, she touted the Restaurant Revitalization Program as part of the fund, which will support 1,000 unemployed and underemployed restaurant workers, and approximately 100 restaurants.

The city also is creating micro-grants to directly support survivors of domestic violence, McCray said, adding that “the pandemic has brought new horrors for those who shelter in place with an abusive partner.”

The immigrant emergency relief fund has so far provided 13,000 households across 180 zip codes representing 41,0000 New Yorkers with one time emergency financial relief, an official said.

10:44 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers from New York City

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

The daily Covid-19 indicators are all under desired thresholds, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

“Again, today very good news, continued progress in the city thanks to all of you,” de Blasio said. 

Here's a look at the latest numbers:

  • The daily number of people admitted to hospitals for Covid-19 is at 46, under the 200 threshold.
  • The daily number of people at health and hospitals' intensive care units is at 294, under the 375 threshold.
  • The percent of people who tested positive for Covid-19 is at 2%, under the 15% threshold. 
10:54 a.m. ET, July 14, 2020

Canada-US border expected to remain closed until at least mid-August

From CNN’s Paula Newton in Ottawa

The majority of the customs lanes at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel remain closed on April 10. The US-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential traffic since March.
The majority of the customs lanes at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel remain closed on April 10. The US-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential traffic since March. Tara Walton/The Washington Post/Getty Images

The US-Canada border is expected to remain closed until at least Aug. 21, two Canadian government sources with knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

There will be stepped-up enforcement and surveillance at most Canadian land borders in the coming weeks, the sources add.

By mutual agreement, the US-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential traffic since March.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity, as they are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to formally announce the decision later this week.

CNN has reached out to US officials for comment.

President Trump and Prime Justin Minister Trudeau discussed the matter briefly during a phone call Monday morning, according to Trudeau’s office. 

Also on Monday, Trudeau said Canada recognizes that the US coronavirus pandemic is a "complex" situation.

"Every month we have been able to extend the border closures to all but essential goods and services and those discussions are ongoing with the United States right now as we are a week from the next deadline for closures. We’re going to continue to work hard to keep Canadians safe and to keep our economies flowing and we will have more to say later this week I’m sure,” Trudeau said during a press conference Monday. 

About the current closure: Truck drivers, healthcare workers, flight crews and others including most recently sports professionals, are currently exempt from Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine. 

According to one poll, a large majority of Canadians say the US-Canada border should remain closed for the foreseeable future.