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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3:33 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

More than 70,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

A view of row of parked trailers as a makeshift morgue behind Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan on Monday, May 4.
A view of row of parked trailers as a makeshift morgue behind Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan on Monday, May 4. John Nacion/NurPhoto/Getty Images

There has been at least 1,192,119 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

About 70,115 people have died.

Johns Hopkins reported 11,831 new cases and 1,193 reported deaths. 

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

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2:23 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

West Virginia governor says they have more recovered coronavirus cases than active cases

From CNN's Carma Hassan

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice West Virginia Governor's Office

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the state has 510 active cases of coronavirus and 667 recovered cases.

He said they have not had any coronavirus-related deaths since Saturday.

“Our overall trend line is still trending in a good way,” Justice said, referencing the number of positive cases of Covid-19.

The governor spoke more about the “West Virginia Strong” comeback plan, saying they would enter the next phase of reopening on Monday.

“The comeback is officially in effect. Again, we are telling people we are allowing you to open and not requiring you to open. The safer-at-home order is in effect. The order strongly encourages all West Virginians to remain at home but no longer orders them to stay at home," Justice said.

The governor also said that people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits can now apply for pandemic emergency unemployment compensation, which gives them a 13-week extension of their unemployment benefits.

2:05 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Small Montana schools will be among the first to reopen in the country

From CNN's Yon Pomrenze and Jessica King

Several small schools are planning to reopen in parts of Montana as soon as this Thursday, according to local education officials. The schools have under 100 students each, and have come up with comprehensive plans to ensure student and teacher safety, they say.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said schools may reopen as soon as May 7, although it's up to the local districts to decide whether or not they wish to open, according to a release distributed April 22.

Willow Creek School, which has between 50 to 60 students in grades K-12, will be opening May 7, according to Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools, Matthew Henry.

While Willow Creek is not in his district, Henry confirmed to CNN that Willow Creek's board "had voted unanimously to reopen and practice the social distancing guidelines."

In Garfield County, the Cohagen Elementary School, grades K-8, will also reopen on May 7. 

According to Garfield County Superintendent Heather Gibson, it is a one-teacher schoolhouse with 14 students, who come from 4 families. Gibson said she believes all 14 students plan on coming back.

“We came up with a comprehensive plan to ensure that distancing was going to be possible," Gibson told CNN. "It being only 14 kids, it makes it easy," she added.

Three other schools in Gallatin County are either reopening or finalizing plans to reopen later in May.

Gallatin County currently has zero active coronavirus cases.

2:10 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Rhode Island residents will be required to wear masks in public starting Friday, governor says

From CNN’s Mirna Alsharif

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced today that she will sign an executive order directing all residents to wear a cloth face mask in a public place.

The order will go in to effect Friday. 

Raimondo said residents in indoor or outdoor public places will have to wear face coverings, with an exception for children, the "developmentally unable" and those with underlying breathing conditions that will make it difficult to wear a mask. 

By the numbers: Raimondo also reported 281 new coronavirus cases and 14 deaths in the state, adding that hospitalizations and Covid-19 cases are "flattening out."

"In the context of Covid-19 crisis, I feel good about where we are," Raimondo said. 

As of Tuesday, the state has a total of 9,933 positive Covid-19 cases and 355 deaths. 

5:17 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Gold’s Gym CEO on bankruptcy filing: This gives us a chance to restructure to get through pandemic

CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Gold’s Gym is filing for bankruptcy after closing 30 corporate locations.

CEO Adam Zeitsiff says franchises are not impacted and that the closings are only for company owned locations.

“This is strictly focused on our company and giving us a chance to restructure and get through this pandemic,” Zeitsiff told CNN’s John King.

Gold's Gym said in a statement that it's "absolutely not going anywhere" and doesn't intend to permanently close any more gyms than the 30 it shuttered last month.

1:43 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Louisiana reporting the lowest number of patients on ventilators since March 25

From CNN’s Kay Jones

For the first time since March 25, Louisiana has less than 200 patients with Covid-19 on ventilators.

Today's report by the Louisiana Department of Health showed that people hospitalized with the virus went up slightly to 1,512 while the total ventilator usage dropped by 26 to 194.

Statewide numbers: The total number of cases in the state went up over the past day, bringing the total number of cases to 29,996.

The number of deaths is now at 2,042, up 51 from Monday's report. 

1:31 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

New Jersey reports more than 2,000 new cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Gov. Phil Murphy
Gov. Phil Murphy Pool

New Jersey reported 2,494 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 130,593, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

The governor cautioned that there are still some “lagging results” from the past couple of days, so the numbers could change. 

The state is also reporting 334 new deaths. New Jersey has now reported a total of 8,244 total coronavirus-related deaths.

New Jersey has seen a slow-down in the rate of new cases reported, Murphy said, and hospitalizations have started to tick down as well.

Hospitalizations: At least 5,328 patients are currently being treated in hospitals – a decrease of nearly 3,000 over the last three weeks. There has also been one full week of declining numbers of patients being treated in intensive care units, with about 1,534 patients currently being treated.

Murphy cautioned, however, that there is still a ways to go before the state can fully reopen safely.

“This is the fight of our lives, it’s not two dimensional,” Murphy said.

1:27 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

Antibody tests will be available at drive-through testing sites, Florida governor says

From CNN’s Lindsay Benson


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today that antibody tests will be deployed to drive-through testing sites. 

"We're also going to be announcing this week the deployment of antibody tests at our drive-through testing facilities. So the antibody tests test whether your body has developed antibodies which means that you have had the disease in the past," DeSantis said. 

The governor said they've "already received 200,000 antibody tests for serological testing."

"We've done a survey of all the hospitals that may need some, so we're going to send them to any hospital that wants it, clearly it's important for the doctors and the nurses. So we're going to do that, and then we're going to have lanes dedicated to antibody testing at our drive-through sites," DeSantis said.

"We're also going to likely do our own state of Florida study where we can try to determine the prevalence in different parts of the state," he added.

1:25 p.m. ET, May 5, 2020

"Many millions" of doses of vaccine in human trials could be available by end of year, CEO BioNTech says

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac


An experimental coronavirus vaccine entering into human trials in the US, could be available in “many millions” of doses by the end of 2020, the CEO of BioNTech told CNN. 

The German drug maker has partnered with US giant Pfizer to distribute a potential vaccine which is already in human trials in Germany. Uğur Şahin believes the regulatory approval process could be sped up from what is historically an 18-month time frame due to the global pandemic. 

“So the approval of any drug is based on the evaluation of a potential benefit and remaining risk," Şahin told CNN. "The benefit of a vaccine in a pandemic situation is much greater and therefore an approval or an authorization of a vaccine in a pandemic situation has to follow other rules than we have seen in the past."

He believes Covid-19 will be responsive to a vaccine which is he calls the “most important aspect” of vaccine development. He said the second aspect is the “very encouraging” preclinical data.

“We see vaccine responses, we see strong vaccine responses at even low doses. And we believe that this vaccine response, since we have seen that in different animal models will also translate into vaccine responses in human subjects," he said. 

If it is approved by the regulators, Sahin said the partners are “prepared to go as fast as possible" to get the vaccine to the population.