Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Meg Wagner, Mike Hayes and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 9:26 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020
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4:06 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

California now has 10 counties moving into stage two of reopening, governor says

From CNN's Sarah Moon

Customers wait in line at Philz Coffee on May 12 in Long Beach, California.
Customers wait in line at Philz Coffee on May 12 in Long Beach, California. Ashley Landis/AP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that the state now has 10 counties moving into stage two of reopening.

The three new counties are Plumas, Sierra, and Tuolumne counties.

More on this: Earlier today, California officially allowed seven counties to move into the next stage of reopening businesses. Those counties are Amador, Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, and Shasta. There are 58 counties in total in the state.

These counties are allowed to operate curbside retail, childcare for essential workers, car washes, and other services. Personal services like nail salons and gyms are still not permitted at this stage.

3:35 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Abbott quick Covid-19 tests used by White House frequently miss cases, NYU study finds 

From CNN's Maggie Fox

An Abbott Laboratories ID Now Covid-19 test kit stands next to U.S. President Donald Trump speaking during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on May 11.
An Abbott Laboratories ID Now Covid-19 test kit stands next to U.S. President Donald Trump speaking during a press briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, on May 11. Oliver Contreras/Sipa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A new study suggests that the Covid-19 test being used by the White House frequently misses cases of the virus. 

The Abbott ID NOW test, which has been touted by President Trump on several occasions, is faster than other tests, showing results within 15 minutes. 

Researchers at New York University Langone School of Medicine decided to compare it to other tests. They looked at nasal swabs from 101 patients who came in for coronavirus testing, comparing the Abbott test to a test made by a company called Cepheid.   

The test from Cepheid found that 31 of the 101 patients were positive. The researchers ran those same positive swabs through the Abbott test and found it got a negative result on 48% of them.  

“The fact that it misses positive samples on patients being admitted to the hospital with clinical picture of COVID19 makes this technology unacceptable in our clinical setting,” Maria Aguero-Rosenfeld and colleagues at NYU wrote. 

The Abbott test was better for the negative samples, with a 98.5% accuracy rate, according to the NYU research. 

The research was posted on the pre-print server biorxiv.org. It was not reviewed by outside scientists or published in a medical journal.  

Abbott said it was reviewing the NYU research.  

“It’s unclear if the samples were tested correctly and we’re further evaluating these results,” the company said in a statement. “The outcomes in this paper are inconsistent with any experience that we’ve had with this instrument.” 

 

3:28 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Virginia governor details first phase of reopening

From CNN’s Mitchell McCluskey

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as he speaks to a group of volunteers to distribute supplies at health equity community event on May 12 in Richmond, Virginia.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures as he speaks to a group of volunteers to distribute supplies at health equity community event on May 12 in Richmond, Virginia. Steve Helber/AP

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam detailed the first phase of reopening starting Friday during a news conference on Wednesday.

Nonessential retail and centers of worship can operate at 50% capacity starting Friday.

Gyms will remain closed, but can offer outdoor fitness options. Restaurants will also remain closed, but can offer outdoor seating at 50% capacity. Salons and barbershops can reopen with social distancing and face covering requirements. 

Gatherings of more than 10 people will remain banned, Northam said.

On May 18, 11 DMV centers will reopen on an appointment-only basis for select services, such as getting a license, vehicle registration, or disabled parking permit, Northam said.

Phase one will be delayed for two more weeks in northern Virginia, which has almost one-third of the state's population but half of the coronavirus cases, Northam said

"Moving forward requires us all to act responsibly. We cannot act as things are back to normal because they are clearly not," Northam said. "Phase one is a floor, not a ceiling."

3:10 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

New York City reports more than 20,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Trucks used as temporary morgues are seen outside the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office on May 12,  in New York City.
Trucks used as temporary morgues are seen outside the New York City Chief Medical Examiner's office on May 12, in New York City. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

New York City has 15,233 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 5,083 probable deaths as of May 13, according to the most recent data on the city's website. 

The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “Covid-19” or an equivalent.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 20,316.

There have been 185,206 coronavirus cases in the city and approximately 49,307 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.

The data is from the New York City Health Department and was updated on May 13 at 2:30 p.m., according to the website.

3:08 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Detroit mayor says Covid-19 numbers dropping fastest in country

From CNN’s Kay Jones

Nurse practitioner for Mercy Primary Care Margaret Wells administers a nasal swab to a patient at Say Detroit where they have opened a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Highland Park, Michigan, on May 1.
Nurse practitioner for Mercy Primary Care Margaret Wells administers a nasal swab to a patient at Say Detroit where they have opened a mobile COVID-19 testing site in Highland Park, Michigan, on May 1. Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press/USA Today

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said today that the city's Covid-19 numbers are dropping faster than anybody in the country. He attributes that to the residents wearing masks and social distancing.

“You drive around this region, and there is no city that is committed to the masks and social distancing the way Detroit has and the numbers continue to show it,” Duggan said.

The weekly trend in the city is going down, and he announced that the city will expand the testing starting Thursday. Detroit will be able to test 2,000 residents a day with a prescription. They have also made testing available without a prescription to anyone over the age of 60. Testing will also be available to any family member of a city employee.

Duggan emphasized that everyone should be wearing a mask when they leave the house.

By the numbers: There are at least 10,001 cases of coronavirus in Detroit and at least 1,220 people have died due to the virus.

2:46 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Florida governor: "All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing"

From CNN's Melissa Alonso 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 6. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he's aiming for sports to resume practice and playing in the state as soon as this week. 

"That may not be the case in every other state in this country as we've seen and so what I would tell commissioners of leagues is if you have a team in an area where they just won't let them operate. We'll find a place for you here in the state of Florida, because we think it's important and we know that it can be done safely," DeSantis said Wednesday. 

Sport teams that play in the state will not necessarily have fans, according to DeSantis.

"We want to have the basketball practicing again, we would love to have the Major League Baseball and I think the message is that our people are starved to have some of this back in their lives, it's important part of people's lives," the governor said. 

Florida is already hosting two charity golf tournaments, DeSantis said. 

"All professional sports are welcome here for practicing and for playing," the governor said.

DeSantis said he will announce plans for sports "probably this week."

3:21 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Pennsylvania congressman calls on Trump to cancel visit: "This is no time for campaigning"

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

House Television via AP
House Television via AP

Rep. Brendan Boyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, called on President Trump to cancel his visit to Allentown scheduled for tomorrow.  

Boyle represents an area about one hour from Allentown and voiced his concerns with the President’s visit.

“This is a thinly veiled campaign stop to one of the most important battleground states come November. This is not a time for campaigning,” he told CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Boyle added that the President should focus on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is has been an unmitigated disaster from this White House and a real absence of leadership,” he said.

Boyle urged the President:

“Cancel the visit tomorrow. Don’t put other people at risk, given how many people are involved in any presidential visit. And, instead, stay at home, do your job. Get us closer to solving this unbelievable crisis.”

Watch here:

2:29 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

Yellowstone National Park to partially reopen on May 18

From CNN's Konstantin Toropin

Old Faithful geyser
Old Faithful geyser Gagliardi Giovanni/REDA&CO/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Yellowstone National Park will begin to reopen on a limited basis on May 18, almost two months after it closed to visitors, according to a statement from the National Park Service.

The park has been closed to visitors since March 24 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The park has created a three-phased plan that initially opens the South and East entrances of Wyoming and limits visitor travel to the lower loop of the park. The first phase will allow visitors to visit Yellowstone Lake, Old Faithful, and Canyon Village as well as restrooms, self-service gas stations, trails and boardwalks in open parts of the park.

The entrances on the Montana border will remain closed for now as will campsites and overnight accommodations. The park is also not allowing commercial tour buses back in or opening hotels and dining establishments. 

The park said it has developed "a range of mitigation actions" to guard against Covid-19, including protective barriers where needed, encouraging the use of face masks in high-density areas, metering visitor access in certain locations, and increasing cleaning frequency of facilities.

The statement said that Wyoming had "requested the state’s entrances open the week of May 18."

"Montana and Idaho continue to have out-of-state restrictions in place and the park is working closely with these states and counties to open the remaining three entrances as soon as possible," the statement added.

2:25 p.m. ET, May 13, 2020

New Jersey has at least 18 cases of inflammatory response syndrome in children

From CNN's Julian Cummings

There have been 18 reported cases of inflammatory response syndrome in children in the State of New Jersey, according to Department of Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

The ages of the children showing symptoms of the syndrome range from 3 to 18. The cases are all under investigation and four of the children have tested positive for Covid-19.

Some more context: In neighboring state New York, there are more than 100 cases of children with the inflammatory syndrome, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier today.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to release an alert warning doctors to be on the lookout for a dangerous inflammatory syndrome in children that could be linked to coronavirus infection, a CDC spokesman told CNN Tuesday.