States reopen in US as coronavirus pandemic persists

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020
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7:20 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Retail stores in Arizona to open Friday with "strict physical distancing," governor says

From CNN's Andy Rose

An empty parking lot at a shopping center in Chandler, Arizona, on April 4. Arizona will allow all retail stores to do in-person business again starting Friday.
An empty parking lot at a shopping center in Chandler, Arizona, on April 4. Arizona will allow all retail stores to do in-person business again starting Friday. Matt York/AP

Arizona will allow all retail stores to do in-person business again at the end of the week. 

“Friday, May 8 will be a full reopening with strict physical distancing,” Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday.

He said with the number of new coronavirus cases declining, he feels businesses can reopen safely. 

“Arizona is heading in the right direction. We have a downward trajectory,” Ducey said. 

Barbers and salons are also included in Friday's reopening order.

Ducey said restaurants will be able to offer dine-in services again on May 11. The governor said the state is working with the restaurant industry to come up with specific distancing rules.

The governor reminded Arizonans that although more retail options will be opening to them within the next week, the state’s stay-at-home order remains in effect until May 15, so people shouldn’t spend too much time around others.

“Get your hair cut, get something to eat, and head home,” Ducey said.
7:03 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Nike to donate 30,000 pairs of shoes to health care workers

From CNN's Elise Hammond

An OHSU nurse wears a version of the Air Zoom Pulse.
An OHSU nurse wears a version of the Air Zoom Pulse. Nike

Nike announced on Monday that it will donate 30,000 pairs of Air Zoom Pulse – a shoe specifically designed for health care workers – to health systems and hospitals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis and New York City, and within the Veterans Health Administration, according to a company statement.

"The effort is led by messages of gratitude to healthcare professionals. From one athlete to another, Nike athletes recognize the physical and mental resilience of healthcare athletes," the company said.

Hospitals across Europe – including Barcelona, Berlin, London, Milan, Paris and Belgium – will receive an additional 2,500 pairs, according to the statement.

About 95,000 pairs of soccer socks will also be delivered to health care workers in Los Angeles and New York City, the company said.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted his appreciation, saying, "Thank you so much for supporting our front line health care heroes."

Read the tweets:

6:56 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Retired Colorado paramedic dies from coronavirus after volunteering as first responder in New York

From CNN's Keith Allen

Ambulnz paramedics and Aurora firefighters salute the casket carrying the body of retired paramedic Paul Cary at Denver International Airport on Sunday, May 3.
Ambulnz paramedics and Aurora firefighters salute the casket carrying the body of retired paramedic Paul Cary at Denver International Airport on Sunday, May 3. Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post/AP

A retired paramedic from Colorado who volunteered to travel to New York City and serve as a first responder on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic has died from the virus, Gov. Jared Polis said Monday afternoon.

Paul Cary, 66, left Colorado Springs with colleagues from the national ambulance company Ambulnz, and began working in New York on April 1, according to Polis. Cary later contracted Covid-19 during his work in New York, and died on April 30, his family said in a statement. 

“He volunteered to travel to New York City, the worst corona outbreak in the world in New York City,” Polis said Monday. “Fifteen thousand lives lost, he said, ‘You know what, I'm gonna go serve on the frontlines as a paramedic and save lives.’ And he knew ... that he was putting his own life at risk, he knew that he might contract the virus, he knew that he was high risk at age 66."

Prior to working with Ambulnz, Cary served as a firefighter and paramedic with Aurora Fire Rescue for more than 30 years, Ambulnz said a statement. 

“Accepting Paul’s commitment to serving others in need, we respected his choice to volunteer to be part of Ambulnz’s response team to the COVID-19 crisis in New York City,” Cary’s family said in a statement to CNN on Monday. “He risked his own health and safety to protect others and left this world a better place. We are at peace knowing that Paul did what he loved and what he believed in, right up until the very end.”

Cary is survived by two sons and four grandchildren, according to Ambulnz.

“He didn't hesitate to raise his hand and volunteer and travel thousands of miles from his home to help his fellow Americans in need,” Polis said. 

6:48 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

The National Women's Soccer League will allow individual training starting Wednesday

From CNN's Jillian Martin

The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced Monday the league will allow for voluntary, individual workouts to start Wednesday on outdoor team training fields.

According to a statement from the league, “the voluntary, individual player workout phase prohibits access to club facilities including but not limited to locker rooms, weight rooms, and indoor team training rooms. Team weight rooms and training rooms are still only accessible to players receiving medical treatments that can’t be performed at home.”

The NWSL’s moratorium on full team training remains in place through the end of May 15.

6:47 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Department of Labor opens investigation into Wisconsin meat processing facility 

From CNN’s Omar Jimenez

The exterior of American Foods Group processing plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Gpgamericanfoods05849
The exterior of American Foods Group processing plant in Green Bay, Wisconsin.Gpgamericanfoods05849 Ebony Cox/Green Bay Press-Gazette/USA Today Network

The Department of Labor has opened an investigation into American Foods Group, a meat processing facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

More than 150 employees at that facility have tested positive for coronavirus, according to Brown County Health officials. 

A Department of Labor spokesperson confirmed the investigation in a statement to CNN but would not provide more details.

American Foods worker Filiberto Reyes Martinez told CNN that he, along with the workers’ rights group Voces De La Frontera, recently filed a whistleblower complaint to Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor over the working conditions at the facility. 

Among the complaints: Personal protective equipment was getting so wet with sweat that some of it “was dripping onto the raw meat” with no replacements readily available and having to work faster due to less workers present.

It’s unclear whether Reyes Martinez’s allegations are connected to the Department of Labor investigation.

The department would not confirm that his complaint is the subject of their investigation into American Foods as it is their policy not to release the names of employees involved in whistleblower complaints.

CNN has reached out to American Foods multiple times since learning of these allegations but has not yet received a response.

6:48 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Businesses in San Francisco might need more time to reopen safely, mayor says

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

Deanna Sison stands at the window where she takes to-go orders at her restaurant in San Francisco, California.
Deanna Sison stands at the window where she takes to-go orders at her restaurant in San Francisco, California. Paul Chinn/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images

Shortly after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced some stores will reopen with limitations this Friday, San Francisco’s mayor said their city may need more time to open businesses responsibly.

“We're talking about new guidelines for restaurants now and we're talking about new guidelines for gyms and other places, but can we say definitively that those businesses are going to be open this Friday? No, we can't,” Mayor London Breed said at a news conference today.

“I would love nothing more than to open restaurants and go to a restaurant myself right now… but we have to do so responsibly so we don’t see the city go backwards in terms of numbers," she said.

Breed also said she wants to give businesses enough time to know the city’s expectations for reopening and assure their workforce capacities are adequately prepared.

“Whenever the opportunity presents itself to open anything in this city, I’m going to be the first one to make sure that it is announced and that it ensures public health,” Breed said.

On testing and social distancing: Breed also emphasized expanding testing capacities and maintaining proper social distancing at heavily-populated areas are crucial while city officials are looking at opening more businesses. 

She said Dolores Park, a large and popular area in San Francisco, has been “a real challenge” due to overcrowding. Breed threatened to shut down the park if officials continue to non-compliance with social distancing orders.

The mayor separately announced that all essential workers in San Francisco will now be eligible for free Covid-19 testing, regardless of symptoms or exposure. 

7:05 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

More than 10,000 applications for rent and small business relief have been submitted in Miami

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

Miami, Florida, has received more than 10,000 applications for rent and small business relief, according to Soledad Cedro, associate communications director for the mayor's office.

The relief programs include grants of up to $10,000 to pay for up to three months of business expenses and loans from $10,000 to $20,000 to help cover rent, salaries and utilities.

The small business programs have already reached their application limits, but the separate rent and utilities program is still taking applications from Miami residents, Cedro said.

6:34 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

North Dakota governor says Covid-19 testing backlog is "close to 5,000"

From CNN’s Julie Gallagher 

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum said the Covid-19 testing backlog from over the weekend is close to 5,000 tests.

The backlog was due to a temporary shortage of deep well plates.  

“Well, we estimate that I think that the backlog right now is close to 5,000 that are stacked up from over the weekend in terms of tests that have been collected, but those tests are stable and the virus can live and so we don’t have to worry about retesting any of those folks yet,” Burgum said.

6:35 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

More than 1,000 people have died from coronavirus in Chicago

From CNN's Omar Jimenez

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city had reached the “sad milestone” of 1,000 coronavirus deaths in the city. 

The Chicago Department of Public Health confirmed that 1,014 people have died.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Chicago has now more than doubled the amount of homicides in the city for all of 2019.