Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Elise Hammond, CNN

Updated 9:02 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020
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6:52 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Texas governor provides guidance for reopening businesses

From CNN’s Ed Lavandera, Ashley Killough, and Jess King


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will allow certain business sectors to begin reopening in the coming weeks, with stipulations for each.

He also provided clarity on a previous executive order that allowed certain congregations, which now will include weddings.

Cosmetology salons, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and tanning salons are allowed to open beginning May 8.

Gyms and exercise facilities, nonessential manufacturing plants and businesses operating inside office buildings are allowed to reopen beginning May 18, with certain guidelines.

Funerals, memorials, burials and weddings are allowed to commence. Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25%, according to Abbott.

Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25% of the total listed occupancy, according to Abbott, but these occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.

Graduation ceremonies at “every level of education” are allowed “subject to certain constraints," Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath said.

6:36 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Malls in Hawaii will reopen on Thursday

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Shopping malls in Hawaii will be allowed to reopen on Thursday, Gov. David Ige announced today.

The governor said it will be "the first step in reopening businesses and getting people back to work."

The first phase of Ige's “safer-at-home” plan includes removing restrictions on car washes, pet grooming, elective surgery, non-profit organizations, and in-person retail businesses as long as social distancing is maintained. 

Ige said the state has enough testing materials to keep track of any future outbreaks. 

“Everyone in Hawaii has the ability to get tested for Covid if they have a reason to,” the governor said. 

He said the state is continuing to discourage visitors to the islands for now, as anyone arriving from out of state must immediately quarantine for 14 days.

6:27 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Trump says he would get a coronavirus vaccine: "Whatever is best for the country”

From CNN's Jason Hoffman 


President Trump was asked by CNN's Jim Acosta if he would get a coronavirus vaccine when one becomes available.

Trump said he would, but it depends on what is best for the country.

“I would absolutely Jim, and if they wanted me to be first on line, I’d be first on line or I’d be last on line or I wouldn’t take it at all. Whatever is best for the country,” he said.

The President added he “doesn’t want to waste” a vaccine.

6:22 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Here's the latest coronavirus update from Kansas

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess



Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced today that there are 625 new cases of Covid-19 in the state following mass testing at the Green River Correctional Facility.

He said 309 cases are from the Green River Correctional facility. Two staff members and two inmates have been hospitalized, and two deaths have been reported, according to Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown.

In addition to thermometer checks and ongoing sanitation, the facility will now be able to separate inmates into three groups: those who have tested positive, those who tested negative but had exposure, and those who tested negative with no exposure, Brown said.

6:07 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Small, recreational businesses in Tennessee will reopen on Friday

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Small, recreational businesses in Tennessee will be allowed to open on May 8, Gov. Bill Lee said at a news conference.

The state will be releasing guidance on Wednesday for bowling alleys, miniature golf and other recreational businesses that fall under that category.

The state’s economic recovery group is also working to help secure thermometers for businesses. Residents will be able to receive a free mask at any local health department, he said.

At least 13,690 cases of coronavirus have been reported and at least 226 people have died in the state.

6:04 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Illinois governor unveils five-phase plan to reopen

From CNN's Raja Razek

IL Office of the Governor
IL Office of the Governor

As Illinois reports its highest single-day death toll, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a five-phase regional plan to reopen the state. 

"Moving forward with 'Restore Illinois,' we are looking at the state as four regions, each of which can move through phases at different times. Northeast Illinois, North Central Illinois, Central Illinois, and Southern Illinois," Pritzker said in a news conference today. 

Illinois Department of Public Health will be tracking each region's metrics, and the state will make the data available online for the public, the governor said. 

He also said the earliest a region can move to phase three is May 29. He added schools could only open in phase four.

"The only way that we can cross into phase five 'Illinois Restored' with all the sectors of the economy running with completely normal operations is with a vaccine, or a widely available and highly effective treatment or with the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period of time," he said.

5:53 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Businesses in North Carolina will open on Friday

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch

Many business in North Carolina will be allowed to open Friday as the state moves into phase one, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today.

“Phase one is a limited easing of restrictions,” he said.

Under this first phase, retail stores will be able to operate at 50% capacity with cleaning and social distancing, parks and trails can reopen and restaurants can continue takeout and delivery with no in-room dining.

Gyms, bars, salons, theaters, playgrounds and pools will remain closed. 

The state is asking people to remember to wear a face covering, practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

The stay-at-home order remains in effect for the state with modifications.

Phase one is set to expire on May 22, but can be extended depending on the state's progress with mitigation efforts.

5:52 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Huntington Beach will allow beaches to reopen

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

 Lifeguards patrol an empty beach in front of the Huntington Beach Pier on May 3, in Huntington Beach, California. 
 Lifeguards patrol an empty beach in front of the Huntington Beach Pier on May 3, in Huntington Beach, California.  Michael Heiman/Getty Images

Huntington Beach, California, will allow active recreation at its beaches.

This announcement follows a rowdy protest on Friday at the Huntington Beach Pier that drew between 2,500 to 3,000 people, according to police. 

Activities that are now permitted at Huntington State Beach include: swimming, surfing, bodysurfing, boogie boarding, kite surfing, paddle boarding, skim boarding and kayaking.

Walking, running, hiking and bicycle riding will also be permitted where normally allowed, the city said in a statement.

Under the new active recreation rules, the city said the following activities remain prohibited: passive games, loitering, sunbathing and any gatherings of people (even if engaged in active recreation) outside of those within their immediate households.

The decision to reopen the beaches was made after extensive discussions with other local cities and California state representatives, the statement said.

5:59 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Connecticut hopes to reopen summer schools in July, education officials say

From CNN's Annie Grayer and Keith Allen


Some schools in Connecticut are hoping to open by July for summer school, Gov. Ned Lamont and the state's top education officials announced at a news conference Tuesday.

“We're hoping that if the trends continue the positive way they're going, and we maintain social distancing, we're hoping to have summer schools open in July,” Connecticut's Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona said.

Cardona said class sizes will likely be smaller, with 10 students to a group.

Asked if the state is considering moving to two sessions a day to break up the number of students in the building at one time, Cardona said, “those are things that are being considered. We have a lot of different options to consider, what works for students what works for school communities.”

Beth Bye, the state's Early Childhood Education commissioner, announced that the state's summer camps can open on June 29. 

Bye added that there are currently about five camps already open in the state providing childcare for the children of essential workers.

She said all camps will have to comply with guidance laid out in a memo released from her office in order to reopen such as taking students temperatures, limiting group sizes to 10 children, and having employees wear face coverings at all times.

In-person classes: Lamont said the decision to cancel in-person classes in the state for the rest of the academic year was heartbreaking.

“It breaks my heart. I mean, we were pretty early on in terms of a lot of the social distancing and protocols we put into place,” Lamont said at a news conference today, just after the decision was made.