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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2:25 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

 

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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

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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.

1:50 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Rhode Island restaurants can reopen with outdoor dining beginning May 18

From CNN’s Will Brown

Rhode Island restaurants can reopen outdoor dining areas beginning May 18, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Monday.

Restaurants will need to comply with several regulations that Raimondo says will ensure Rhode Island “can live safely with the virus.”

Here are the requirements:

  • Groups will be required to make a reservation, cannot exceed five people, and must provide their contact information for potential contact tracing.
  • Tables must be spaced eight feet apart or separated by barriers.
  • Menus, condiments, and utensils should be single use or must be sanitized in between groups.
  • Cashless transactions are recommended, and valet service is not permitted.

Rhode Island has created a team of inspectors that will visit businesses to confirm compliance with reopening guidelines.

  

1:52 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

New Jersey officials call for federal stimulus funds for states

From CNN's Julian Cummings

Senator Bob Menendez speaks at a press conference in Hackensack, New Jersey on Thursday, April 2.
Senator Bob Menendez speaks at a press conference in Hackensack, New Jersey on Thursday, April 2. Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media/Getty Images

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez and Gov. Phil Murphy called on Congress to pass legislation for federal aid for states.

Singling out Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, Murphy said, “Sen. McConnell, good luck tapping N.J. for your next project in Kentucky if New Jersey has nothing to give because you refuse to help us restart and recover.”

Murphy called the financial situation in New Jersey a “fiscal disaster” and said that it is “not months away, hard and unpalatable decisions are being made here and now.”

Menendez said that a “Covid4 stimulus” will include state aid and that he thinks there is bipartisan momentum for the bill.

“New Jersey can’t do it alone and it requires a national response. We did not choose to lose more than 9,000 residents…We did not choose to have our economy decimated and our state and local governments besieged by the soaring costs of the virus at a time when tax revenues have all but dried up," Menendez said at the new conference.

1:46 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Temporary hospital in Washington, DC, will be ready to accept patients tomorrow

From CNN's Alison Main

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, speaks during a press conference at a temporary field hospital at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, DC on May 11.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, DC, speaks during a press conference at a temporary field hospital at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, DC on May 11. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled an alternative care site that will be used to provide hospitals with additional capacity during the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary hospital was set up at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and holds 437 beds. The facility is ready to accept 100 patients this week and is on track to be operational tomorrow, the mayor said.

Peter Gaynor, administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said FEMA has committed to $56 million for the US Army Corps of Engineers' medical surge support facilities in DC, which includes convention center.

However, Bowser emphasized that the site is only meant to serve as an "insurance policy" to provide additional capacity if hospitals become overwhelmed. DC hospitals are currently at 71% capacity. 

By the numbers: As of today, there were at least 6,389 positive coronavirus cases and 328 deaths in Washington, DC. 

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director for the DC Department of Health, said that the District is still expected to reach its peak in late May.

1:42 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Fauci on possibility of full NFL season: "The virus will make the decision for us"

From CNN's David Close

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on April 29.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on April 29. Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “the virus will make the decision for us" in response to a question on whether or not the NFL should expect to play out their full 2020 season.

In an interview with NBCSports, Fauci expanded that the NFL has the summer months to see how the virus narrative plays out. 

“I think it’s feasible that negative testing players could play to an empty stadium. Is it guaranteed? No way . . . It’s going to depend. Like, right now, if you fast forward, and it is now September. The season starts. I say you can’t have a season — it’s impossible. There’s too much infection out there. It doesn’t matter what you do. But I would hope that by the time you get to September it’s not gonna be the way it is right now.”

A member of the White House's coronavirus task force, Fauci told NBCSports.com that players will need to be tested multiple times a week and understand that star players could be forced to quarantine for 14 days — possibly missing two game weeks — with a Covid-19 positive test result.

"This is a respiratory virus, so it’s going to be spread by shedding virus...Sweat as such won’t transmit it. But if people are in such close contact as football players are on every single play, then that’s the perfect set up for spreading. I would think that if there is an infected football player on the field — a middle linebacker, a tackle, whoever it is it — as soon as they hit the next guy, the chances are that they will be shedding virus all over that person ... If you really want to be in a situation where you want to be absolutely certain, you’d test all the players before the game … Those who are infected: Sorry, you’re sidelined. Those who are free: Get in there and play.”

Fauci said that the NFL has not reached out to speak with him.

1:46 p.m. ET, May 11, 2020

Navajo Nation president says he supports Sioux tribes in South Dakota

From CNN's Aditi Sangal

Jonathan Nez addresses a crowd after he was sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Ariz.
Jonathan Nez addresses a crowd after he was sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Ariz. Felicia Fonseca/AP

Navajo Nation's President Jonathan Nez says he fully supports South Dakota Sioux tribes in refusing to take down checkpoints that the governor says are illegal because they're hoping to prevent a coronavirus outbreak in their communities.

"We have to use our own sovereign ability to govern ourselves, and that's why we have to go as far as saying we're going to cut off traffic," Nez said. "We've been cutting off traffic to our Navajo Nation as well and telling people our tourism destinations are closed."

He also credited Arizona, Utah and New Mexico for working with Navajo Nation during the pandemic.

"That is partnership here because we are all in this together. What affects the Navajo Nation affects the states and vice versa. I'm hoping the South Dakota governor sees the same thing here. We've all got to work together to help our citizens."

He said that while Navajo Nation is testing its people aggressively, the coronavirus pandemic has "shed light on the inadequacy of our public health system" among the tribal communities.