States reopen in US as coronavirus pandemic persists

Updated 9:57 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020
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11:48 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

226 died of coronavirus in New York on Sunday

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

There were 226 people who died of coronavirus across New York state on Sunday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing.

"This is the number that haunts me every day, and this number is not declining anywhere nearly as fast as we would like to see it decline," he said Monday.

The number of deaths were down from 280 people who died across the state on Saturday.

12:05 p.m. ET, May 4, 2020

New York governor: Hospitalizations are declining, but not as quickly as we had hoped

NY Governor's Office
NY Governor's Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the total number of hospitalizations across the state continues to decline — but it's going down at a slower rate than it increased.

"Now we're on the other side of the mountain," Cuomo said. "Unfortunately the decline from the mountain is not as steep as the incline."

He noted that the state had hoped for a steep incline, a brief plateau and a "fast decline." That decline isn't happening as quickly as he had hoped, Cuomo said.

Cuomo said the big questions now are how quickly does the rate keep falling and how low does the decline go.

11:11 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

No White House coronavirus task force meeting planned today

From CNN's Jim Acosta

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There is no White House coronavirus task force meeting on the schedule as of this morning, according to a source close to the task force.

Last week, a source familiar with the task force told CNN the White House coronavirus task force may soon begin slowly scaling back its number of meetings.

11:06 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Miami Beach closes park after nearly 8,000 people broke face covering and distance rules

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt

People gather for sunset in South Pointe Park on April 29 in Miami Beach, Florida.
People gather for sunset in South Pointe Park on April 29 in Miami Beach, Florida. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Miami Beach reopened parks and other public spaces last week — but not everyone followed the rules. 

The Miami Beach Police Department announced it would close South Pointe Park again until further notice due to non-compliance. 

Across Miami Beach over the weekend, more than 7,300 warnings were issued for failure to wear a face covering, according to MBPD. More than 470 warnings were issued for failing to social distance, and more than 1,300 people were asked to leave parks after closing. 

Here is a breakdown of the city-wide warnings issued by date: 


  • 2,068 verbal face cover warnings
  • 148 social distancing warnings
  • 275 guests asked to leave parks after closing time


  • 2,829 verbal face cover warnings
  • 117 social distancing warnings
  • 587 guests asked to leave parks after closing


  • 2,432 verbal face cover warnings
  • 213 social distancing warnings
  • 473 guests asked to leave parks after closing

The majority of those warnings and instances of non-compliance occurred at South Pointe Park, according MBPD.

11:05 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Detroit outdoor workers can return to work, but office employees will have to wait, mayor says

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

John Spens of Geier Farms sets up at the Detroit Farmers Market on May 2.
John Spens of Geier Farms sets up at the Detroit Farmers Market on May 2. Carlos Osorio/AP

As some city workers in Detroit begin to go back to work under some restrictions, Mayor Mike Duggan said the city is ready for outdoor work under protocols, but it might take some time for office workers to return.

“We're not bringing people back sitting next to each other in cubicles and desks. This state isn't ready for that. But we definitely believe we can bring people under these protocols for outdoor work back safely.”

He detailed the protocols under which outdoor workers can return to work. They are required to wear masks and socially distance on the job. They must also test negative for Covid-19 before returning to work.

“We are bringing people back under the strictest medical protocols in the country,” he said. “It's the same protocols we put in our police department, our fire department and our bus system, and we had a dramatic positive effect in bringing down the infections.”

Meanwhile, protesters in Michigan are criticizing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, demanding she reopen the state. Mayor Duggan said the protests haven’t impacted Detroit and his measures are consistent with Whitmer’s orders.

“I haven't had to close parks, I haven't had to post curfews because we've had great compliance," he added.


10:49 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

Supreme Court hears oral arguments over historic teleconference

From CNN's Ariane de Vogue

The Marshal of the Supreme Court began with the traditional "Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!"

The US Supreme Court justices began conducting their business today via teleconference this morning. In general, as the justices started their questions, they sounded a bit stilted, but then they warmed up and it sounded more natural. Justice Clarence Thomas, who almost never asks questions, took his turn launching his inquiries after Chief Justice John Roberts. The justices proceeded in order of seniority.

When it was Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s turn, there was silence on the line for a moment. But then she piped in — “sorry Chief,” she said and began her questions.

Roberts is keeping time. He cut off a government lawyer more than once so that the next justice could speak.

Kagan seemed the most accustomed to the teleconference. She asked several questions and had more give and take with the lawyer


10:57 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

These 3 key coronavirus spread indicators are all down in NYC, mayor says

From CNN’s Sheena Jones

A sign about the novel coronavirus is seen in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Market in New York on May 2.
A sign about the novel coronavirus is seen in Brooklyn's Prospect Park Market in New York on May 2. Yana Paskova/Getty Images

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said today that three key indicators of the spread of Covid-19 that New York City is monitoring are down:

  • At least 88 people were admitted to the hospital Saturday for Covid-19, that number is down from 113 reported on Friday.
  • At least 632 people are in ICUs across the city, and that number is down from 645 as on Friday.
  • Of all the people tested for Covid-19, about 17% tested positive. That number is down from the 20% that tested positive as of Friday.
10:21 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

White House's vaccine effort hopes to have 3 or 4 eventually made available

From CNN's Jim Acosta

The White House's "Operation Warp Speed," which aims to develop a coronavirus vaccine quickly, expects to have six to eight of the vaccines being tested to make it to subsequent rounds of trials.

Officials’ goal is to have three to four vaccines then make it through final testing and to be made available — but that depends on how the testing and clinical trials proceed and how successful they are.

Some background: An administration official told CNN scientists have identified 14 vaccines to focus on for development as part of the operation.

"Operation Warp Speed" was a name chosen by the scientists working on all the challenges that surround vaccine deployment. They are already working on solutions to quickly ramp up production, organize distribution and determine who gets the first doses of the vaccine. 

Trump said Sunday night at a Fox News town hall, “We are very confident we are going to have a vaccine by the end of the year.” And Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, told NBC on Thursday it’s possible there could be a vaccine by early next year.

10:34 a.m. ET, May 4, 2020

FDA to require Covid-19 antibody test makers to get emergency use authorization

From CNN's Sara Murray

The US Food and Drug Administration will now require antibody test makers to promptly seek FDA authorization, as the agency aims to rein in unproven and fraudulent tests that have flooded the market. 

The new policy, announced today, requires commercial manufacturers to submit emergency authorization requests, along with validation data for their antibody tests, within 10 business days. The FDA is also setting specific performance recommendations for all test developers.

The agency also said it has the capability, working with the National Cancer Institute, to independently validate antibody tests on the market.

Why this matters: The move to require authorization reverses a policy the FDA put in place in mid-March, which loosened approval standards and allowed companies to sell antibody tests, also known as serological tests, without providing evidence that the tests worked. It quickly became clear that many of the tests were unreliable and some companies marketed tests that they falsely claimed were FDA-approved or FDA-authorized or claimed the antibody tests could be used to diagnose Covid-19.

More context: Antibody tests are used to check for prior Covid-19 infection and can provide a better sense of how much of the population has already been infected and might have some immunity to the virus. It’s still not clear whether the presence of antibodies means someone is immune or how long that immunity might last.

To date, at least 10 antibody tests have been authorized under an individual EUA, most within just the past few days, and over 200 antibody tests are currently the subject of a pre-EUA or EUA review.