Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes, Elise Hammond and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 4:00 p.m. ET, May 12, 2020
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2:44 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

44% of Rhode Island coronavirus cases are in Latino patients

From CNN’s Will Brown

 Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott
Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott Pool

Latinos account for 44% of Rhode Island’s coronavirus cases, despite only making up about 16% of the state’s overall population, Department of Health Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott said Monday.

Gov. Gina Raimondo faced criticism in a news conference that her administration’s outreach to the Latino community has been insufficient. Raimondo disagreed, arguing that her team has “doubled down” on outreach with targeted radio, TV and Facebook interviews.

“We are working overtime to communicate to the Latino community,” Raimondo said. “To suggest that it’s just a small effort isn’t true.”


2:43 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Iowa got its shipment of remdesivir over the weekend, governor says

From CNN's Gregory Lemos

State of Iowa
State of Iowa

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said that her state received its first shipment of possible coronavirus treatment remdesivir over the weekend.  

She said there has already been a call with doctors and pharmacists, and there will be a second call this afternoon between the State Medical Director and Epidemiologist Dr. Caitlin Pedati and the Department of Public Health to discuss distribution throughout the state.  

"So they will put the parameters together and agree to what that distribution looks like based on who benefits the most from the drug," the governor said.   

Reynolds also said the state is working to make sure doctors on the frontlines of fighting the virus are able to consult with "someone who has experience with the drug." 

About the drug: Remdesivir is the first and only drug shown to be effective against the novel coronavirus in a rigorous trial. Its effects are modest but significant — shortening a patient's hospital stay by about four days. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease specialist, has called it the new "standard of care" for Covid-19.

As it stands now, there's only enough remdesivir in the world for about 200,000 patients, according to the drug's maker, Gilead Sciences

3:12 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

MLB and players association in talks to begin baseball season

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are starting conversations aimed at beginning the 2020 MLB season with the approval of local governments and health officials, according to a source with knowledge of MLB operations. 

The MLB source tells CNN that league and team leadership are gathering for their weekly meeting today to discuss plans to get back on the field and the safety and economic conditions that would need to be met to do so.  

However, lines are already being drawn regarding key financial terms previously outlined in a March agreement on how much players would be paid in a shortened season. The potential financial snag could create a public relations nightmare for the sport at the worst possible time. As unemployment hits depression era levels, and the world economy struggles to reopen, this is not the kind of game that the fans want to see being played.

Under the terms of the March agreement, MLB players received a $170 million salary advance. In exchange for that advance, the MLBPA agreed not to challenge the loss of their 2020 salaries if the season were to be canceled and to accept prorated salaries if a partial season is played.

An excerpt of that March agreement provided to CNN indicates that if MLB games cannot be staged in teams' home stadiums in front of spectators, the MLB and MLBPA agree to hold good faith discussions about the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at neutral sites. MLB's position is that those discussions could include asking players to take further salary reductions. 

The MLB Players Association is balking at the idea of reopening the discussion of players' salaries. 

"Players recently reached an agreement with Major League Baseball that outlines economic terms for resumption of play, which included significant salary adjustments and a number of other compromises. That negotiation is over. We’re now focused on discussing ways to get back on the field under conditions that prioritize the health and wellbeing of players and their families, coaches, umpires, team staff and fans," MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said in a statement.

A separate source with knowledge of the MLBPA's position tells CNN that MLB owners are in no need of a financial bailout from MLB players. The source echoes Clark's position that the salary issue was previously settled in the March agreement, which provided the owners with flexibility to adjust their revenue sharing this season.

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4:13 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Catch up: Here are today's top coronavirus headlines in the US

From CNN's Elise Hammond

It's 2:30 p.m. ET in the US. If you're just tuning in, here's what you need to know:

  • Vaccine development: The World Health Organization says 110 potential Covid-19 vaccines are in development around the world — eight of those are in clinical trials.
  • More emergency federal funding: House Democrats are finalizing their new stimulus bill, according to Democratic sources, with one senior aide saying it’s more likely that the bill will be introduced tomorrow.
  • White House outbreak: People inside Vice President Mike Pence's office are concerned more staffers have been infected, a source close to the vice president tells CNN. They said officials are waiting to see if somebody comes back positive after they spent the weekend attempting to do contact tracing for Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary who tested positive last week.
  • Food workers: The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union estimates at least 30 meatpacking plant workers have died, and more than 10,000 meat plant workers have been infected or exposed to Covid-19. 
  • Airline industry: At least 3,162 planes were grounded on Sunday, representing 51% of the fleet in the US, according to Airlines for America, which represents major air carriers. But, the number of air travelers on Mother’s Day weekend climbed to levels not seen since March, according to Transportation Security Administration figures.  
  • New York's reopening plan: The state will start a phased reopening on May 15. This includes starting with construction, manufacturing, retail (for curbside pickup), agriculture, forestry and fishing. New York is also investigated 93 cases of young children that have Covid-related diseases.
  • Stay-at-home attitudes: New surveys by Gallup show that many people think that a mandatory quarantine for people who test positive and the availability of a vaccine need to be in place before they'd be willing to return to normal life.
3:18 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

New Orleans reports nearly 77% of coronavirus deaths in city are African Americans

From CNN's Kay Jones


New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, speaking at a news conference today, said that of the 470 deaths in the parish associated with Covid-19, 360 are African American and 99 are white.

Orleans Parish currently has 6,693 cases, with 11 new cases and two new deaths reported on Monday. 

Dr. Jennifer Avegno, the director of the New Orleans Health Department, spoke about the milestones the city needs to meet in order to reopen, including a decline in new cases and testing capacity. 

Avegno said that the city has seen at least 28 days of sustained decline in new cases. With a threshold of low numbers set at around 50, which is 90% below peak, the city has met that milestone for weeks now. 

She said that roughly 3% of those tested through the mobile testing being conducted by the city are positive. This is down from a high of 20%. Avegno said the city has met that milestone as well.

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2:25 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Connecticut summer camps to open June 29 with strict guidelines

From CNN's Yon Pomrenze

Summer camps in Connecticut will be able to reopen on June 29, but with strict public health guidelines, according to Beth Bye, commissioner of the state's Office of Early Childhood.

Bye talked about summer camps during a roundtable discussion Monday held by members of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group. The discussion covered a wide array of education topics for the state.

Bye said summer camps will provide parents with much needed child care. A number of camps have been opening already to provide child care.

Schools that are traditionally used for summer camps are also being encouraged to make the space available due to a critical need for families, it was announced during the online discussion.

"We are working incredible hard to plan for scenarios. Our best hope is that we will have some type of in-person learning in the fall, and we’re very hopeful that maybe we’ll be able to begin that in the summer,” said Fran Rabinowitz, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents.
2:25 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Massachusetts will be ready for phase one of reopening next week, governor says

From CNN’s Alec Snyder and Melanie Schuman



Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced today the framework for reopening the state, which is expected to begin next week.

There will be a four-phase reopening plan for businesses starting on May 18.

“The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to methodically allow certain businesses, services, and activities to resume, while protecting public health and limiting a resurgence of new COVID-19 cases," the governor's office said in a statement. 

  • Phase one will be “start:” Limited industries resume operations with severe restrictions
  • Phase two will be “sautious:” Additional industries resume operations with restrictions and capacity limits
  • Phase three will be “vigilant:” Additional industries resume operations with guidance
  • Phase four will be the “new normal:” Development of vaccine and/or therapy enables resumption of new normal
2:13 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

There are more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus in the US

North Memorial Hospital medical workers provided drive-up COVID-19 testing outside the North Memorial Health Hospice in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on May 8.
North Memorial Hospital medical workers provided drive-up COVID-19 testing outside the North Memorial Health Hospice in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on May 8. : (Photo by Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images

There has been at least 1,337,541 cases of coronavirus in the US, and approximately 79,825 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Johns Hopkins reported today 7,750 new cases and 297 deaths due to the virus.

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

2:10 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

New Jersey reports more than 1,400 new cases of Covid-19

From CNN's Julian Cummings


There are 1,453 new cases of Covid-19 bringing the total number of cases in the state to at least 139,945, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at a press conference.

There were 59 new deaths reported bringing the total to 9,310 total deaths in the state, according to Murphy.

“We are seeing real progress in declining positivity rates,” Murphy said.

Murphy stressed that deaths reported on Mondays tend to be lower after a weekend.