More than 900,000 people have died from Covid-19 worldwide
From CNN's Chandler Thornton
The global death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 900,000 this evening, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.
There have been 900,079 deaths worldwide. The United States has accounted for 190,649 coronavirus-related deaths, the most around the world.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases around the world stands at 27,695,130, according to the university.
6:29 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
Kentucky surpasses more than 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths
From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson
Kentucky hit a “tough and unfortunate milestone today” with more than 1,000 total deaths recorded from Covid-19, Gov. Andy Beshear announced in a news conference.
As way to honor those Kentuckians lost to Covid-19, Beshear said there would be a wreath-laying ceremony tomorrow in the Rotunda by the Kentucky State Police Honor Guard.
Beshear has also ordered all flags on all state buildings in the commonwealth to be flown at half-staff beginning tomorrow for a week “to recognize again those more than 1,000 Kentuckians we have lost."
“A number of people like my parents in their 70s [have died], I’m not gonna consider that old, because I want a lot more time with them and with them and my kids,” Beshear said. “Each one of these people is so much more than just what we read off. I mean, they’re one of us. They’re one of us, and no matter how old they were, they deserve time. No matter what other complicated health factors that they had, this played a part in it, and we owe it to them to work hard to make sure that we limit the future casualties that we have.”
Kentucky had 16 new deaths from Covid-19 for a total of 1,004 deaths and 667 new cases for a total of 53,977, Beshear added.
To note: These numbers were released by Beshear, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.
9:49 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
Fauci says the pause of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine trial shows that the system works
From CNN's Naomi Thomas
The decision to pause AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial because of a potential adverse event in one volunteer shows the safety monitoring system is working, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday.
“In many respects, obviously, it’s unfortunate that there was this serious adverse event, but in some respects, it shows that the system works,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Fox News.
When there is a serious adverse event, “this is the kind of thing that you’d like to see,” he said.
“Mechanisms are put into place to stop everything, no more enrollment until you can figure out what’s going on and you can alert other people in the sites. Did they see anything either similar to or identical to this, is this a one-off, is this a fluke, or is this something that’s real and that we have to pay attention to?" Fauci added.
Americans should feel reassured, he said. They can “feel comfort that when there is an adverse event, it becomes very transparent and it becomes investigated and the trial is halted until we can clarify that.”
5:57 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
Houston will "cautiously" restart live special events, mayor says
From CNN’s Raja Razek
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday that he has been working with the health department and the special events office to formulate health and safety protocols to "cautiously" restart live special events in the city.
"There is a desire from the live special events industry to follow safe guidelines and produce events in controlled environments," Turner said. "We're going to start out with a small audience, allowing up to 25% of the normal occupancy of a controlled venue. Everyone must wear masks, practice social distancing, have their temperatures checked, and answer the Covid-19 questionnaire upon entry."
Turner made clear he would not approve events in uncontrolled spaces or venues.
"There are events that will be unable to successfully take place at this time," he said.
Each event request will be reviewed, and strict guidelines must be met prior to approval, according to Turner.
"The Houston Dynamo and Dash have just announced that they will host their game series for the first time this year with less than 25% capacity in the stadium," the mayor said.
5:40 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
Arizona State University will report cumulative cases of Covid-19 among students, faculty and staff
From CNN’s Gisela Crespo
Arizona State University announced Wednesday it will start reporting Covid-19 cumulative cases among students, faculty and staff, according to President Michael Crow.
The announcement came during a news briefing where university leadership addressed questions from the media about not including this metric in the reports it publishes on its website. Instead, the university has been reporting total known positive cases.
Some context: On Monday, the university said that as of Sunday, there were 807 total known positives among students out of a student body of 74,500.
These numbers do not include online students. The university also reported a total of 18 known positive cases among 12,400 faculty and staff members. As of Sunday, the university reported it had collected tests results from approximately 48,152 students and employees since Aug. 1.
5:37 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
Los Angeles revises trick-or-treating ban
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
Public health guidelines surrounding Halloween in Los Angeles are being revised from a ban on trick-or-treating, to simply a recommendation that people don’t go door-to-door on Halloween.
“We are recommending that trick-or-treating not happen this year,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer said at a news conference. “It’s just not sensible in a pandemic," she added.
Though trick-or-treating typically takes place outdoors, Ferrer cautioned that there's no guarantee that when you go trick-or-treating the person opening the door will be wearing a mask, that the person is not sick or that they haven't touched the candy being offered.
L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said his deputies will not be enforcing the issue.
“We’re going to leave that alone. We want parents out there to practice some common sense,” he said live on Facebook. “By the time October 31 rolls around, let’s see what the conditions are at that time. And if there’s some type of trick-or-treating that will be permissible, that’s going to be up to the public health experts on that.”
5:08 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
California reports lowest number of new Covid-19 cases since mid-May
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
California is reporting at least 1,616 new coronavirus cases today – the lowest number the state has seen in four months.
The last time California recorded a lower number was May 19, when at least 1,365 new cases were reported.
Los Angeles Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer cautioned that closures of test sites and labs due to Labor Day and the extreme heat wave may impact the numbers in L.A. County.
The state’s positivity rate is “encouraging,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said.
The weeklong positivity rate is 3.6%, and the 14-day rate stands at 4%. Testing has dropped significantly, which Newsom attributes primarily to the ongoing wildfires.
To date, California has recorded at least 739,527 coronavirus cases and approximately 13,841 fatalities, according to state public health data.
Note: These numbers were released by California 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.
4:51 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
CDC director says if we can get a few Covid-19 vaccines, "we can get this behind us"
From CNN's Amanda Watts
Dr. Robert Redfield said if we can get a few Covid-19 vaccines approved, “we can get this behind us."
Redfield, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he wasn’t always so confident that we’d have a coronavirus vaccine, he said while peaking at the Research America forum on Wednesday.
“I didn't think we'd have one for a couple years. I thought the rest of my CDC career was going to be knee-deep in a war against Covid,” he said. “Now I can see if we can get an efficacious vaccine or two or three, that actually between now and next summer, we can get this behind us.”
"We should celebrate when we have a successful, safe and efficacious Covid virus vaccine," Redfield said.
4:28 p.m. ET, September 9, 2020
California governor signs bill granting Covid-19 relief for small businesses
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
Small businesses stunted by coronavirus closures will be eligible for tax relief in California thanks to new legislation signed into law today.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 1447, which expands Covid-related assistance programs specifically for California’s small business and establishes a hiring tax credit. Each small business that re-hires an employee once stay-at-home orders are lifted will receive a $1,000 credit toward their tax liability, as explained by state Sen. Anna Caballero, who sponsored the bill.
The new relief is expected to cost California about $100 million, Newsom estimated.
"If you want to create revenue, you've got to create jobs. It can't be anti-business," Newsom said. "The whole point of this effort is to stimulate economic recovery which stimulates revenue which stimulates the virtuous cycle of tax support."