Texas reports more than 10,000 cases for fifth straight day
From CNN's Kay Jones
For a fifth day in a row, Texas has reported more than 10,000 new Covid-19 cases, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Saturday's 10,158 new cases bring the state's total to 317,730 cases.
The DSHS reported an additional 130 deaths, just a day after reporting highest daily total of 174 new deaths. Texas has reported 673 deaths over the past six days, bringing the total to 3,865 statewide.
The number of hospitalizations rose slightly on Saturday to 10,658 Covid-19 patients.
Miami-Dade County ICUs at 122% capacity and ventilator usage is up 64%
From CNN’s Rosa Flores and Dan Shepherd
Intensive care units in Miami-Dade County are at 122% capacity, according to the latest data released on the county's coronavirus dashboard on Saturday.
There are a total of 484 Covid-19 ICU patients and an ICU bed capacity of 396.
According to the dashboard, another 457 hospital beds can be converted to ICU beds.
In the past 14 days, the county has seen a 40% increase in the number of Covid-19 patients being hospitalized, a 46% increase in the number of ICU beds being used and a 64% increase in ventilator usage, according to the latest data.
5:22 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
Canada will not allow Blue Jays to play regular season games in Toronto due to pandemic
From CNN's Laura Ly
Canada will not allow the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team to play in Toronto due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.
While the Blue Jays were allowed to hold preseason training in Toronto because there would be no cross-border travel for either the Blue Jays outside of Canada or any opponent team into Canada for the duration of preseason training, the Canadian government determined that "the cross-border travel required for MLB regular season play would not adequately protect Canadians' health and safety" and the team would be required to play in locations where the risk of Covid-19 transmission remains high.
"Canada has been able to flatten the curve in large part because of the sacrifices Canadians have made. We understand professional sports are important to the economy and to Canadians. At the same time, our government will continue to take decisions at the border on the basis of the advice of our health experts in order to protect the health and safety of all Canadians," the statement reads
Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro released a statement:
"The club completely respects the federal government’s decision," Shapiro said. "Though our team will not be playing home games at Rogers Centre this summer, our players will take the field for the 2020 season with the same pride and passion representative of an entire nation. We cannot wait until the day comes that we can play in front of our fans again on Canadian soil."
7:52 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
Trump tells supporters he will hold telephone rallies until the “Covid-19 problem” is solved
"I wanted to be with you, and this is really replacing our rallies that we all love so much, we had great rallies in Wisconsin and all over the country, and unfortunately until this gets solved, and we're doing really well with the therapeutics and vaccines, but until that gets solved it's going to be tough to have those big massive rallies, so I'm doing telephonic rallies, and we'll call them the Trump Rallies, but we'll do it by telephone and we have a lot of people on the line and I appreciate it," Trump told supporters on the line.
While Trump has said in a tele-town hall that "it's going to be tough" to hold in-person rallies until coronavirus is "solved," neither he nor his campaign have definitively ruled out holding more in-person campaign rallies.
4:57 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
Infectious diseases association in Brazil calls for doctors to abandon hydroxychloroquine as Covid-19 treatment
From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo
A report published Friday from the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, urges medical professionals to stop using hydroxychloroquine on patients to treat coronavirus, emphasizing that clinicians should focus on effective therapies and resources that are currently lacking in Brazil, like anesthetics, ventilators and additional testing.
The report, from Brazil’s most prominent association of infectious diseases experts, states hydroxychloroquine must be abandoned as a treatment for Covid-19 and underlines that "public agencies should stop spending money on treatments which have been proven to be ineffective and that can cause collateral effects."
The association's recommendation contradicts President Jair Bolsonaro's public push for the drug. Bolsonaro posted a television report on his Twitter account on Saturday in favor of the medicine for treating the virus.
3:05 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
South Carolina's health department says daily Covid-19 report contained incomplete laboratory information
From CNN's Hollie Silverman
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) said in a series of tweets Saturday that their daily report contained incomplete laboratory information.
The incomplete data was due to to a synchronization error between DHEC and a major private laboratory, a tweet from the agency said.
Additional information today will be included and highlighted in tomorrow's daily release once the issue is resolved, another tweet said.
DHEC also tweeted that as they transition to the new TeleTracking portal for monitoring hospital bed occupancy data there may be incomplete data.
No hospitalization data was included in today's news release. The data will likely have significant gaps over the next few days, according to the tweet.
The health department is transitioning from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network to the new module at the request of the federal government, the tweet said.
In a news release, the agency said there were 1,481 new confirmed cases and two new probable cases with 39 additional confirmed deaths.
The total number of confirmed cases in the state is now 67,396 and 216 are probable cases. There are a total of 1,117 deaths statewide and 18 probable deaths, the release said.
The positivity rate for the 7,060 tests reported Friday statewide was 21%, according to the release.
2:25 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
Indianapolis pushes back start date for public schools amid rise in Covid-19 cases
From CNN's Chandler Thornton
Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners voted on Saturday to push back the start date for public schools another two weeks to August 17.
The school board voted to push the start date back citing the governor and state health commissioner saying this week that “the number of COVID-19 cases in the state were rising” and their “decision to freeze the state at Stage 4.5 for an additional two weeks.”
"The decision to delay the opening of school by two weeks gives our community more time to ensure we are turning the tide on the number of positive COVID-19 cases and confirm we are doing the right thing,” Superintendent Aleesia Johnson said in the statement Saturday.
Families will still have the option for in-person learning or remote learning on the new start date. "The delay will also give families more time to decide which learning option will work best for their child."
The total number of Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 55,654 and 2,627 deaths have been report.
Indiana reported today its second highest daily increase since the outbreak, recording 854 new cases.
2:15 p.m. ET, July 18, 2020
More than 139,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the US
From CNN's Hollie Silverman
There are at least 3,670,005 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 139,480 people have died from the virus in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.
So far on Saturday, 22,290 new cases and 214 new deaths have been reported in the US since midnight.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.