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Expert says children may be able to spread coronavirus like they spread the common cold

Children may be able to spread Covid-19 just as easily as they spread another type of coronavirus – the common cold, said William Haseltine, a former professor at Harvard Medical School.

“There’s every reason to suspect that this virus, even though it can kill you, behaves pretty much like a cold virus, in terms of transmission. Who drives colds? Children drive colds,” Haseltine told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday.
“And that’s true of almost all respiratory diseases, including the colds that are caused by coronaviruses. And this is one of those cousins,” he added. “It even uses the same receptor in the nasal passages as one of the cold viruses. It just happens to be a cold virus that also kills.”

Haseltine warned that children can be infected and infect others, so they should wear masks.

He said that children up to 5 years old can be “highly infectious to other people.”

Mexico records more than 700 additional deaths from Covid-19

A cleaning worker disinfects the store of Morelia's Cathedral in Mexico on Aug. 10.

Mexico recorded 705 new deaths from the novel coronavirus Monday, taking the total number of fatalities in the country resulting from the virus to 53,003.

Only the United States and Brazil have suffered more virus-related fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mexico’s Health Ministry said 5,558 new Covid-19 cases were identified on Monday, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 485,836.

China reports 44 new Covid-19 cases

Another 44 Covid-19 cases were recorded in China on Monday, including 13 locally transmitted cases and 31 imported cases, the country’s National Health Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

All of the local cases were reported in the far western region of Xinjiang, according to the NHC. Another 17 asymptomatic cases were also reported Monday, authorities said. China records asymptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus separately.

Since the pandemic began, 84,712 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in China, according to the NHC.

Global coronavirus cases surpass 20 million

The number of known cases of the novel coronavirus surpassed 20 million globally on Monday at 8:10 pm ET, according to data held by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

JHU reports the current number of known cases around the world is now 20,001,019. At least 733,897 have died globally.

The United States has reported the most deaths and the most confirmed cases worldwide. At least 5,085,821 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the US, including at least 163,370 deaths.

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Georgia school district reports 826 students in quarantine since opening

The Cherokee County School District in Georgia reported Monday that 826 students are in quarantine due to possible exposure to Covid-19.

The school returned to in-person learning on Aug. 3.

According to a chart from the district, 42 staff members are in quarantine.

Thirty-eight students and 12 staff members have been tested positive for the virus, according to the district’s website.

The district said it has approximately 42,500 students.

The number of Covid-19 cases among US children has increased over the last 4 weeks, report says

There has been a 90% increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among US children over the last four weeks, according to a report published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

According to this new report, expected to be updated weekly, there were 179,990 new Covid-19 cases among US children between July 9 and Aug. 6. The data comes from case numbers provided by state health departments of 49 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. 

Some of the increase may be due to more testing, AAP said. Early in the pandemic, testing was reserved for the sickest. A broader number of tests may be identifying children that have fewer or milder symptoms than those who were tested earlier in the pandemic.

Children make up just over 9% of the total cases in states that report cases by age, according to the report. At least 380,174 total child Covid-19 cases reported as of Aug. 6.

As of now, it still appears that severe symptoms are rare among children with Covid-19 infections. Children were between 0.5% and 5.3% of total hospitalizations, according to data from the states that record that information. Children were 0% to 0.4% of all Covid-19 deaths. 

Nineteen states have reported no child deaths. In states that tracked the details, 0% to 0.5% of all child Covid-19 cases resulted in death.

The AAP called for an effective testing strategy so that communities can make the right choice about opening schools. 

“The data – while limited because of its reliance on how each state reports its cases – underscores the urgent need to control the virus in communities so schools may reopen,” a news release from the AAP said.

“In areas with rapid community spread, it’s likely that more children will also be infected, and these data show that,” AAP President Dr. Sally Goza said in the news release.  “As a pediatrician, I urge people to wear cloth face coverings and be diligent in social distancing and hand-washing. It is up to us to make the difference, community by community.”

The World Health Organization said last week that the coronavirus pandemic is starting to move into the younger population globally, while most cases, by far, are among people ages 25 to 64. 

Participating in 2020 Census interview is "low risk" for Covid-19 transmission, CDC says

Participating in a 2020 Census interview presents “a low risk of transmission” of Covid-19, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Census Bureau said in a joint statement on the CDC website Monday.

Census takers are highly trained in CDC recommendations to keep the risk low, the statement said, and follow these protocols rigorously. 

When participating in a census interview, census takers will wear a mask, keep a six-foot physical distance, have good hand hygiene, and will do the interview outside the home if possible. 

The CDC said it is ready to support the work of the Census Bureau and staff and provide technical assistance to make sure that staff and household members stay safe and healthy. 

Treasury secretary says he hasn't spoken with Pelosi or Schumer since talks breakdown

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin speak to members of the press after a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi at the U.S. Capitol August 7 in Washington.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he hasn’t spoken to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about continuing negotiations for coronavirus relief legislation. 

“I’ve spoken to several Democrats. I have not spoken to Schumer and Pelosi since then,” Mnuchin said during a White House press briefing with President Trump on Monday.

Asked if he’d reach out to the Democratic leaders to restart negotiations, Mnuchin said, “Any time they want to meet and they’re willing to negotiate, have a new proposal, we’re more than happy to meet.”

Mnuchin also said he expects unemployment insurance payments to be ready to go out in most states within two weeks.

“I think within the next week or two, most of the states will be able to execute,” Mnuchin said during a White House press conference Monday.

Some background: With negotiations on a new deal stalled, President Trump on Saturday unveiled an executive action that would provide the unemployed $300 a week under a new “lost wages assistance” program, but only if states first agree to put up an additional $100 a week – which the President cited as a total benefit of $400 a week.

With reporting from CNN’s Tami Luhby.

Trump postpones G7 summit until after November

President Trump said he has asked that the G7 meeting be postponed until after the election in November, after a previous delay due to Covid-19 concerns.

“I’m much more inclined to do it sometime after the election,” Trump told reporters at the briefing. “We were going to do it in September.”

The summit was slated to be held at Camp David in June, and after a tentative plan to postpone the meeting and switch to a virtual conference, Trump had floated in May the idea of doing it in person in the fall.

Trump said the White House had not yet formally invited leaders. 

“We haven’t sent out invitations. We’re talking to them,” he said. He noted he planned on inviting countries that aren’t formal members of the group of seven.

Asked whether he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said he would do so because Putin is an “important factor.”

“I certainly would invite him to the meeting. I think he’s an important factor.”

Mountain West Conference postpones fall sports, including football

The Mountain West Conference has announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports, the conference announced Monday, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, the fall sports affected by the decision are men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball (with the exception of the unique circumstances involved with the military service academies). 

On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference (MAC) became the first conference from NCAA’s top tier Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to postpone its football season. The Mountain West is the second to do so. 

Last week, the Mountain West announced that all fall competition in the sports of men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, softball and baseball was canceled. 

At this time, the Mountain West said there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter sports. 

The FDA has identified more than 700 fraudulent or unproven Covid-19 medical products

The US Food and Drug Administration has identified more than 700 unproven or fraudulent medical products related to Covid-19, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said Monday in an online conversation with the American Medical Association.

Hahn said that his agency is working with the US Federal Trade Commission to send warning letters to firms marketing products with misleading claims.

The FDA has also sent more than 150 reports to online marketplaces and more than 250 abuse complaints to web registrars. 

He asked doctors to be on the lookout for patients who are using some of these unproven treatments and to encourage patients not to take illegitimate or black market drugs.

“Remember, there is currently no cure for the coronavirus, and it’s important for doctors to help inform patients about dangerous products and unscrupulous marketers who may be selling products with false or misleading claims,” Hahn said.

Brazil reports more than 700 new coronavirus deaths 

Brazil has reported 703 people have died of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of people known to have died from coronavirus in the country to 101,752.

The country’s health ministry also recorded 22,048 new coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 3,057,450.

Brazil continues to trail only the United States in terms of the world’s highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths. 

Trump abruptly leaves coronavirus briefing after shooting near White House

President Donald Trump is being removed from the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, August 10.

After being abruptly rushed out of the White House press briefing Monday, President Trump came back to the briefing room, saying the situation “seems to be very well under control.” 

He told reporters that he had been escorted out of the briefing because there was a shooting outside of the White House.

“I’d like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work, but there was an actual shooting, and somebody’s been taken to the hospital. I don’t know the condition of the person. Seems that the person was shot by Secret Service, so we’ll see what happens,” Trump said.

Asked by CNN’s Jeremy Diamond if he was taken to the bunker under the White House, Trump replied, “no, we were taken just out to the oval office.” 

The President was also asked if he was rattled, he said, “I don’t know, do I seem rattled?” 

“I feel very safe with the Secret Service, they’re fantastic people, they’re the best of the best, they’re highly trained,” Trump told reporters. “They just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was clear outside.”

The suspect shot by Secret Service did not breach “anything,” Trump added. 

“I don’t know if he was close or not, he or she,” the President said. He added that he had “such confidence” in the Secret Service. 

“I don’t think the person breached anything,” he added. “I don’t believe anything was breached, I asked that question.”

A senior administration official confirmed to CNN’s Dana Bash that there was active shooter and the shooter is in custody.

The incident happened at the corner of 17th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, just outside of the White House grounds and close to Lafayette park. 

Trump abruptly departed the briefing room after a Secret Service agent approached him as he was speaking to the press and whispered something in his ear. “Sir, we’re just going to have to step outside,” the agent can be heard saying.

“Excuse me?” Trump asked.

“Step outside,” the agent said.

“Oh,” Trump said before departing the room.

Trump said he never thought about not returning to the briefing after being rushed out. 

CNN reporters at the White House report the complex is still under lockdown. 

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Jefferson Parish schools will delay start of school by two weeks

The superintendent of schools in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, James Gray, announced Monday that the district would delay the start of school by two weeks.

School in the Louisiana district was supposed to start on Aug. 12 and now will start on Aug. 26.

Several school districts have announced delays in reopening, as well as shifts from in person to virtual only models as the start of the school year draws closer and coronavirus outbreaks continue to occur across the country.

Gray announced that Ochsner Hospital for Children will be providing rapid tests for symptomatic parents, teachers and employees beginning Aug. 26, a new initiative that led the district to delay the start of school.

“Having rapid testing results available for our symptomatic teachers employees allows us to quickly determine if an employee has Covid-19 and take the appropriate precautions. Since Covid-19 rapid testing would not be available until August 26 we have decided to delay the opening of school until August 26. We remain diligent in our efforts to provide a safe environment, and this will allow us to add another layer of safety for our employees and students to ensure that we mitigate the spread of Covid-19,” Gray said at Monday’s news conference.

The school district is currently set to open under a combination of in-person and remote learning.

Colorado governor announces two free testing sites that promise to deliver fast Covid-19 results

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced the opening of two free testing sites in Aurora and Adams County on Monday that promise to deliver faster Covid-19 results after people complained they weren’t hearing back for more than a week. 

“A lot of the testing being done at the national labs was simply taking too long,” Polis said at a briefing at Water World in Adams County, which is now the location of a free testing site. “People weren’t hearing back for nine, 10 days.” 

The governor said the partnership with MAKO Medical will aim to provide “free, quick, easy testing.” Tests will take 15 minutes and the results should be available in two to four days, Polis added.

Polis, who got tested at the new site, stressed that these new sites are accessible to everyone.

“You don’t need appointments, you don’t need a doctor or primary caregiver, you don’t need a note,” he said.

Illinois reports more than 1,300 new Covid-19 cases

Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,319 new cases today, for a total of 195,399. 

One new death was reported today, bringing that total to 7,637.

The seven day positivity rate for new cases is steady at 4.1%. 

IDPH reports that 1,481 people are hospitalized statewide with the virus, with 352 of those in intensive care units.

Note: These numbers were released by the Illinois Department of Public Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

More than 500 people from a Georgia school district are in quarantine due to Covid-19

At least 484 students and 21 staff members in the Cherokee School District have been quarantined since school began on Aug. 3, according to the school’s website

The district is reporting 25 positive cases among students and six cases among staff. 

The district has about 42,500 students, a spokesperson tells CNN. 

22 schools in Mississippi are reporting Covid-19 cases

There are 22 schools in Mississippi that are reporting positive Covid-19 cases, State Health Director Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in a news conference.

Dobbs said there have been 19 cases reported among students and 15 cases among staff.

Last week, Gov. Tate Reeves ordered a two-week mask mandate for every county in the state, including in schools.

California governor on Trump's unemployment proposal: "The money simply does not exist"

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that President Trump’s unemployment proposal, which would require states to pitch in 25% of a $400 benefit, would cost the state approximately $700 million each week.

“The money simply does not exist,” Newsom said. “We simply do not have the capacity. We are simply not in that position.”

Newsom acknowledged that a $400 benefit rather than the current $600 weekly payment would be advantageous for those Californians who are otherwise looking at nothing.

He warned that it would add to the “enormous economic stress” already menacing the California’s government.

“We are at peril of being in a position where we’re making false commitments, false promises,” Newsom said.

The FDA will "not cut corners" to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, official says

The US Food and Drug Administration will not compromise on the safety of a Covid-19 vaccine, even with the speed with which it must evaluate vaccine candidates, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn told American Medical Association President Dr. Susan Bailey in an online conversation Monday.

Hahn acknowledged that because of the speed with which the agency is working, some experts have questioned if the FDA will compromise its scientific principles in reviewing clinical trial data.  

“Let me assure you that we will not cut corners,” Hahn said. “All of our decisions will continue to be based on good science and the same careful deliberative processes we have always used when reviewing medical products.”

Hahn asked the doctors listening to the conversation to urge patients to take the vaccine once it is approved. He said that he has seen surveys that report a significant part of the public will be reluctant to get a Covid-19 vaccine. A CNN poll in May found one-third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated against Covid-19, even if the vaccine is widely available and low cost.

“We hope that you will urge your patients to take an approved vaccine, so that we can seek to establish widespread immunity,” Hahn said.

More context: There are 26 vaccines in human trials around the world with four in the United States. There are also 139 in preclinical trials around the world, according to the World Health Organization. 

McConnell says Senate will be in session all week 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed to CNN that the Senate will be in session all week.

Most senators are gone and no votes are scheduled — with no stimulus deal to vote on.

Senators will have 24-hours notice to return if they have to vote.  

McConnell wouldn’t answer when CNN asked if he will be negotiating with Democrats this week. 

Lebanon records nearly 300 new coronavirus cases

Lebanon has recorded 295 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the day the country’s government stepped down.

The resignation of the prime minister comes less than a week after a massive explosion in Beirut killed more than 160 people and sparked days of violent protests.

Lebanon has also recorded four new coronavirus deaths in the previous 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Public Health. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 6,812 and the total number of deaths to 80.

Some background: Shortly before the ministry reported the rise in cases on Monday, Prime Minister Hassan Diab addressed the nation, announcing his resignation and that of his government in the wake of the deadly blast last week, which he called a “disaster beyond measure.”

In an impassioned speech, Diab berated Lebanon’s ruling political elite for fostering what he called “an apparatus of corruption bigger than the state.”

Georgia election board passes emergency rule to extend time it can scan ballots

An absentee ballot for Cobb County, Georgia.

In a Georgia state election board meeting Monday, the board passed an emergency rule to allow election officials to open and scan absentee ballots two weeks before election day, beginning Monday October 19.

This means election officials will have more time to process the increased number of absentee ballots the state expects to receive due to more people voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Election officials will not be able to tabulate votes early, they will simply be allowed to open and scan absentee ballots before election day, according to the new rule. 

Originally, there was a one-week window where officials could begin processing ballots. This move could help the state tabulate results more quickly on election night.