August 17 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Veronica Rocha, Mike Hayes and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 18, 2020
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10:10 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

155 students at Colorado College under quarantine after a student tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

A total of 155 Colorado College students have been placed under quarantine for two weeks after a new student arrived on campus last Friday and tested positive for Covid-19, the college announced in its weekly newsletter. 

The quarantined students have been told not to leave their rooms except to go to the restroom and only while wearing a mask, according to the newsletter.

University clusters nationwide: As schools and universities reopen for the new academic year, there are already reports of new clusters emerging at some locations -- and in some cases, those schools have been forced to close again just days or weeks after opening.

More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.

Schools in Georgia were hit particularly hard; in the Cherokee County School District, which reopened schools on August 3, more than 1,100 students, teachers and staff members are under quarantine after new cases were reported.

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9:56 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Mexico reports more than 3,500 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Karol Suarez in Mexico City

Mexico recorded 3,571 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of infections confirmed in the country to 525,733.

The Mexican Health Ministry also recorded 266 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 57,023.

Only the United States and Brazil have recorded more coronavirus deaths than Mexico, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

CNN is tracking worldwide coronavirus cases here:

9:39 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

The US has reported more than 400 coronavirus deaths today

From CNN's Virginia Langmaid

The United States has reported 33,326 new cases of Covid-19 and 406 new related deaths so far today, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

That brings the national total to at least 5,436,539 cases and 170,458 deaths.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

Follow CNN's live tracker of US cases:

9:29 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Texas surpasses 10,000 Covid-19 related deaths

From CNN's Raja Razek

A healthcare worker walks past a First Medical Response trailer at a Texas Division of Emergency Management free Covid-19 testing site in Houston, Texas on August 8.
A healthcare worker walks past a First Medical Response trailer at a Texas Division of Emergency Management free Covid-19 testing site in Houston, Texas on August 8. David J. Phillip/AP

Texas reported 51 new Covid-19 related deaths, bringing the total number of coronavirus related deaths to 10,034 in the state. 

The state also reported 2,713 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 542,950. 

The Texas Department of State Health Services also noted:

"Several commercial laboratories have submitted backlogs of test results to DSHS this week.
As the backlogged test results are added to the electronic reporting system, some counties are receiving notification of COVID positive results that were previously diagnosed but not reported to the local health department at the time the test was completed.
For this reason, the statewide confirmed case counts and some county case counts will include some older cases over the next few days. DSHS works daily with laboratories to facilitate reporting to ensure local jurisdictions receive timely laboratory reports. 
Patients were notified at the time of diagnosis through a separate process." 

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

7:07 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Los Angeles County sees decline in new Covid-19 cases: “We’re in fact back to slowing the spread”

From CNN’s Topher-Gauk Roger

 Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer
Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer Pool

Los Angeles County is continuing to show progress in the fight to curb the spread of Covid-19, health officials say.

In a Monday news conference, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer revealed the daily number of hospitalizations have steadily decreased in the last month by 37%, dropping from 2,719 in mid-July to 2,388 in mid-August.

“We do continue to be cautiously optimistic that all the sacrifices and the hard work that we’ve seen across our county is working and that we’re in fact back to slowing the spread,” Ferrer said.

The daily number of reported cases dropped from around 3,200 in mid-July to 2,388 in mid-August, the seven-day average of positive test results dropped from 10% in mid-July to about 6% in mid-August, and the daily number of deaths dropped from a late-July average of 43 to a mid-August average of around 30.

The county is currently meeting five of the six state-enforced benchmarks: More tests per day at 181 (meeting goal of > 150), testing positivity rate at 6% (meeting goal of 20% ), and ventilator availability at 63% (meeting goal of > than 25%).

The one benchmark Los Angeles County is still not meeting, is case rate per 100,000, currently at 235 (not meeting goal of < 100).

Nineteen additional deaths were announced Monday, bringing the county total to 5,273. An additional 1,185 new positive cases were also added Monday, bringing the countywide total to 223,131 confirmed cases.

6:29 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Brazil records more than 19,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

From Eduardo Duwe and Marcia Reverdosa in Sao Paulo

Brazil has reported at least 19,373 new Covid-19 cases and 684 deaths in the past 24 hours, the country’s health ministry reported Monday. 

The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections now stands at 3,359,570. At least 108,536 have died from Covid-19 in the country, according to the ministry’s data.

São Paulo State, the hotspot of the pandemic in Brazil, reported 3,022 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to 702,665 confirmed infections, according to data presented today by the state government at its daily news conference.

6:07 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

NFL season opener will have fans in the stands

From CNN's David Close

The Kansas City Chiefs will celebrate their Super Bowl LIV title and take on the Houston Texans in the NFL’s season opener in front of spectators at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs, in consultation with health officials and the NFL, have announced a plan allowing 22% of stadium capacity (under 17,000 fans) to attend upcoming home games. Fans with tickets will also be allowed to tailgate ahead of kickoffs.

Tickets will be sold and grouped in six seats or less. 

The team says fans will be required to wear a mask at all times while at the stadium, except for when they are “actively eating or drinking.”

All staff working home games will be directed to wear personal protective equipment.  

The first game of the season is Sept. 10.

5:59 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Two dozen coronavirus cases tied to Maine wedding 

From CNN's Dave Alsup

At least 24 people tested positive for coronavirus in connection with a wedding reception in Millinocket, Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency announced Monday it had opened up an investigation of the outbreak associated with the reception at the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket. The gathering occurred Aug. 7.  

Maine health officials have identified 18 people who attended the reception who tested positive and another 6 people testing positive after coming into close contact with event attendees.  

All those testing positive are residents of the state of Maine. 

6:21 p.m. ET, August 17, 2020

Wolf Blitzer to Jared Kushner: "1,000 Americans dying every day is not a success, right?"

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

CNN's Wolf Blitzer sparred with senior advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner, on Monday asking him if he still believed the federal government's coronavirus response represented "a great success story for the federal government" as the President's son-in-law claimed back in April. 

"I will just press you Jared, a thousand Americans dying every day is not a success, right?” Wolf Blitzer asked.

Kushner touted the administration's response and pointed to "a very strong rebound" in the US economy. 

"You want to keep that number as low as possible," Kushner said, in response to Blitzer's question. "One American dying everyday is too much but if you look at where we were back in April we had 2,500 Americans dying a day… But if you look at the case fatality rate obviously it’s gone down.”

Kushner predicted back in April that "by June a lot of the country should be back to normal" and said he was hopeful that "by July the country's really rocking again." 

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