Coronavirus pandemic in the US

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Updated 4:00 p.m. ET, May 12, 2020
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6:25 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Trump says he may mandate coronavirus testing in nursing homes

From CNN's Jason Hoffman and Betsy Klein

President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, in Washington, DC.
President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing about coronavirus testing in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 11, in Washington, DC. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Trump said he may mandate all nursing homes conduct coronavirus tests on their residents.

“Well, I would certainly consider that. I will mandate it, if you’d like,” he said to the reporter who asked why it wasn't a requirement. “I think it's important to do.”

He added that he thinks all the states should be testing nursing home residents and that they have the capacity to conduct that testing.

Members of the task force: Earlier today, on a video call with Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the nation’s governors, both Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx also addressed the issue.

Moving forward, Birx said, the administration is looking to test key areas, nursing homes in particular.

“We really believe that all 1 million nursing home residents need to be tested within the next two weeks as well as the staff,” she said, noting that there should be “probably weekly testing” after that.

Pence reiterated Birx’s comments, telling the governors that they should develop plans to test all nursing home residents whether their states have reached phase one reopening plans or not. 

“We are recommending very strongly that as you all have been rapidly expanding testing… is that you sit your teams down today and figure out a strategy to make sure whether you’re in phase one or not… we’re calling on states across the country, start now deploying those testing resources to test the residents and staff at your nursing homes as quickly as you can get up to weekly testing,” he said.

6:14 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Twitter says it plans to label misleading coronavirus tweets

From CNN's Donie O'Sullivan


Twitter said Monday it plans to put labels and warning messages on some tweets that contain disputed or misleading information related to Covid-19, even if it's tweeted by President Trump.

Twitter announced in March that it would remove Covid-19 tweets that could cause a "direct risk to people's health or well-being." 

Starting Monday, it will use labels and warning messages "to provide additional explanations or clarifications in situations where the risks of harm associated with a Tweet are less severe but where people may still be confused or misled by the content."

Trump, possibly Twitter's most prolific user, will also be subject to the rules, according to Yoel Roth, Twitter's head of site integrity.

"These labels will apply to anyone sharing misleading information that meets the requirements of our policy, including world leaders," Roth wrote in a tweet Monday in response to a question about how the policy would apply to Trump and other elected officials.

Keep reading.

6:12 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

North Dakota schools to open for summer school and programs on June 1

From CNN's Chris Boyette

Summer school classes and certain programs in North Dakota will be able to take place beginning June 1, potentially bringing over 20,000 students statewide back to buildings and facilities closed for months in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Doug Burgum announced Monday.

In an executive order signed by the governor, public and non-public school facilities may offer on-site summer school classes, extended school year programs, Head Start programs, child care programs licensed by the Department of Human Services, and the administration of academic standardized tests such as the ACT, at the discretion of local school boards and school superintendents.

“We're talking about over 20,000 students last year we're in our buildings over the summer. This is about one sixth of our normal capacity and so again this is going to have to give us an opportunity to learn how we can open and how we can manage with perhaps smaller numbers but still really significant numbers,” Burgum said.

There are more than 120,000 students in North Dakota schools, according to the governor.

6:08 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

A 10-year-old in Kentucky in on a ventilator as multiple states investigate rare syndrome

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

A 10-year-old who has tested positive for Covid-19 is on a ventilator, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced today.

According to Kentucky’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, the boy has what doctors are referring to as "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome," a condition that has hospitalized dozens of children.

With this syndrome, the immune system of a child becomes overactive, causing extensive inflammatory response in their body, and some cases have been gastrointestinal, while others are respiratory, Stack said.

“For kids who get this syndrome, it's serious,” the health commissioner said. “The young patient that we have in Kentucky is critically ill at this time, and for those who get this, it's serious.”

Some context: Three children in New York have died from this mysterious inflammatory syndrome, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state is investigating 93 other cases.

A hospital in Connecticut also reported three cases earlier today.

6:05 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Chicago hopes to increase testing by 50% by the end of the month

From CNN’s Hira Humayun

People wear mask as they ride bicycle in downtown Chicago on May 7.
People wear mask as they ride bicycle in downtown Chicago on May 7. Nam Y. Huh/AP

Chicago hopes to increase its testing capacity from 3,000 residents per day to 4,500 by the end of the month, Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Monday.

Arwady said the current rate of positive tests is 24.6% with over 100,000 people tested so far. Within Chicago, they have set a specific goal of being able to test at least 5% of residents in the city each month.

“You may remember that the state has set as a goal for reopening a 20% positivity rate in total,” Arwady said. “We actually are getting a little more detailed than that and aiming at a 30% positivity in our congregate settings, meaning like our long term care facilities homeless shelters, and we're actually hoping to get to a 15% positivity in our community settings so that would be in the clinics and these new testing sites that were standing up.”

New test sites: Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Chicago will be launching six new coronavirus testing sites across the city starting later this week, which would help the city expand its testing.

One of the new sites will be specifically for first responders and health care workers, and the other five will be “located within communities disproportionately impacted by the disease,” Lightfoot said.

Actor Sean Penn’s non-profit CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), which brings emergency medical supplies to areas in need around the world, will assist with the operation of the new testing network, she said.

“We are thrilled to announce that our first sites will launch later this week,” the mayor said, going on to say, “These new sites represent a major step in our city’s fight against COVID-19”


6:09 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Trump ends news conference after heated exchange with reporter

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, on May 11, in Washington DC.
President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, on May 11, in Washington DC. Alex Brandon/AP

When an Asian-American White House reporter asked President Trump about him saying the US is testing for coronavirus more than any other country, he responded by asking her to ask China and then ended the news conference abruptly.

"You've said many times that the US is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?" the reporter from CBS, Weijia Jiang, asked Trump.

Trump responded: "Well they're losing their lives everywhere in the world and maybe that's a question you should ask China, don't ask me, ask China that question, OK? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer."

Trump then called on another reporter, but Jiang followed up: "Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically? That I should ask China?"

"I'm telling you. I'm not saying it specifically to anybody, I'm saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that," Trump responded.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins then tried to ask Trump two questions but he cut her off and abruptly ended the news conference. Trump then immediately left the White House Rose Garden.

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5:52 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Pennsylvania governor says discretionary funding will not go to counties "operating illegally"

From CNN’s Hira Humayun

State of Pennsylvania
State of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said discretionary funding to fight Covid-19 will not go to counties putting people at risk by “operating illegally.”

He said the funding put aside to help combat the crisis will go to those who “do their part.”

“That includes the CARES act funding which will be used to support counties that are following the orders to prevent the spread and medical communities," he said.

Wolf said other discretionary funding will not go to counties that “put us all at risk by operating illegally” and instead to those that are “doing everything they ought to do to keep their citizens safe.”

When asked about President Trump’s tweet from earlier in the day saying the people of Pennsylvania “want their freedom” and that the “Democrats are moving slowly all over the USA, for political purposes,” Wolf said, “I don’t know how you stay safe and move quickly. We’re trying to move deliberately.”

6:36 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Fight breaks out at Target over refusal to wear masks

From CNN's Alexandra Meeks

CNN obscured parts of this image to protect the identity of those pictured.
CNN obscured parts of this image to protect the identity of those pictured. Surveillance video from Target in Van Nuys

Surveillance video at a Target store in Van Nuys, California, shows two men assaulting an employee after they were confronted about not wearing masks, the Los Angeles Police Department told CNN. 

The two suspects, 31-year-old Phillip Hamilton and 29-year-old Paul Hamilton, have been arrested and face felony battery charges. Their bail was set at $50,000, the police department said.

The two suspects were escorted out of the store on the morning of May 1 after refusing to wear face coverings, according to LAPD officers. 

As they approached the exit, one suspect, suddenly without provocation, turned and punched a store employee, causing him and the suspect to fall to the floor. While on the ground, the store employee broke his left arm.

The Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics had to transfer the store employee to a local hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

5:47 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Pence has tested negative for coronavirus again today

From CNN's Jason Hoffman

President Trump said that Vice President Mike Pence has tested negative for coronavirus again today.

“The vice president first of all has been tested and he’s negative and he was tested yesterday, tested today and he is negative. He's in very good shape and I think that that's going to be fine,” Trump said.

Both Trump and Pence are now being tested for coronavirus daily.

Pence was at the White House today but was not at the Rose Garden event.