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8:08 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

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9:10 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Coronavirus model now projects 11,000 fewer deaths in the US by August

From CNN’s Arman Azad

Refrigeration trucks serving as temporary morgues are parked at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in New York on Monday, May 25. On Tuesday, a coronavirus model that has been cited by the White House revised its forecast to 132,000 deaths in the United States by August — which is 11,000 fewer than it projected a week ago.
Refrigeration trucks serving as temporary morgues are parked at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal in New York on Monday, May 25. On Tuesday, a coronavirus model that has been cited by the White House revised its forecast to 132,000 deaths in the United States by August — which is 11,000 fewer than it projected a week ago. Noam Galai/Getty Images

A coronavirus model that has been cited by the White House now projects that fewer people will die in the United States by August.

In a Tuesday update, the model revised its forecast to 132,000 deaths -- which is 11,000 fewer than it projected a week ago.

Built by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, the model is one of more than a dozen highlighted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website. An ensemble forecast from the CDC, which relies on multiple models, projects that US deaths will exceed 110,000 by June 13. 

The White House cited the IHME model often in April, but it has been criticized by some for its assumptions and performance. The model has undergone a number of revisions in the past few weeks.

As states began reopening, IHME upped its forecast for the number of US deaths, based in part on cell phone mobility data that showed people moving around more. But the institute began revising its projections downwards last week, saying an expected increase in infections had not yet occurred.

Dr. Christopher Murray, the IHME director, said that might have been because of behavioral changes such as mask wearing. The institute has since described its plan for gathering data on how many Americans wear masks. It’s not clear what drove down the model’s projections on Tuesday, however.

7:54 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Nevada governor cancels news conference after possible exposure to coronavirus

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responds to questions during a press conference in Carson City, on May 7.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responds to questions during a press conference in Carson City, on May 7. Scott Sonner/AP

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak abruptly canceled a scheduled news conference Tuesday to announce the state’s phase two reopening plans. 

“Late last week, Gov. Sisolak had visited a work place where an employee — who was not in the building at the time — has since reported testing positive for Covid-19,” the governor’s office said in a statement.

Sisolak has had no symptoms in the five days since the potential exposure, according to the statement. The governor’s office does not say where the infected worker was employed, but Sisolak’s Twitter page shows that he visited a call center for the state Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation last Thursday.

Sisolak’s statement said the reopening announcement will go on as scheduled, but it will be presented on a video recording “out of an abundance of caution.”

The governor plans to take a coronavirus test on Wednesday.

7:52 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Illinois may be entering "downward trend" of Covid-19 deaths, public health director says

From CNN's Chris Boyette

Illinois may be entering a “downward trend” of Covid-19 deaths, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said at a news briefing on Tuesday.

Ezike said the state reported a total of 780 deaths during the week of May 16.

“While 780 deaths, of course, represents 780 individuals who lost their lives, and families and loved ones and communities who are mourning those deaths, it still signals the first week that there have been fewer deaths than the previous week,” she said.

“I am hopeful that this fact is the beginning of a downward trend. But of course, that also depends on all of us, and making sure that we're doing all that we can to decrease the transmission of this virus," Ezike added.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported at least 113,195 cases of Covid-19, including approximately 4,923 deaths, on Tuesday.

7:33 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Judge refuses to overturn ruling that Oregon's coronavirus restrictions were unconstitutional

From CNN’s Andy Rose

A judge in Baker County, Oregon, on Tuesday refused to overturn his ruling that the state’s coronavirus restrictions are unconstitutional, despite an order from the state Supreme Court to reconsider. 

“I have elected to stand by my original ruling,” Judge Matthew Shirtcliff wrote hours ahead of a deadline imposed by the state Supreme Court. “I will not be… taking other action.”

The high court told Shirtcliff over the weekend to revisit the case after delaying enforcement of his decision while an appeal is heard. 

Justice Thomas Balmer wrote for the court that Shirtcliff must either vacate his original order or provide a reason for not doing so. In his three-sentence letter today, Shirtcliff does not give a reason for adhering to his original ruling.

The Supreme Court has ordered both sides to file their arguments with the court no later than next Tuesday. The lawsuit was filed by a group of churches and businesspeople who argued that state law limits Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency authority to 28 days.

7:11 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

NBA considering "World Cup-style" playoff format

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

 Joe Robbins/Getty Images
 Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The National Basketball Association sent emails with proposal ideas to all 30 general managers, which included a “World Cup-style” playoff format in a plan to return to play.

It was first reported by The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

In the league’s effort to restart their 2019-2020 season, 16 to 30 teams would congregate at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, to be divided into groups to ensure each team tipped-off against the same opposition. Based on the regular-season records, the teams would be split up into “tiers” ensuring an equal level of competition, according to O’Connor and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

CNN Sports reached out to the NBA for comment about the reports.

 

7:03 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Northwestern University plans "phased return" to campus

From CNN's Brad Parks

Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Shutterstock.

Northwestern University announced its plan for a "phased return" to campus for fall 2020, including an outline of safety precautions.

The University's Return to Campus and Safety Work Group developed a set of "core responsibilities" that it said will help protect the health and well-being of the community, according to a letter sent Friday to Northwestern faculty, staff and students from Interim Provost Kathleen Hagerty and university leaders.

The measures include: social distancing, using face masks, consistent health monitoring, and protecting vulnerable members of the university community, which has more than 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

"It is important that you only come to campus when your school or unit permits," the letter said. "For many of you, that may mean continuing to work remotely in the months ahead."

The school said it is still in "step 1" of its phased reopen, which is essential faculty and staff only. "Step 2," a pilot phase to reactivate research laboratories, will take place when Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order expires, which could happen as soon as June 1.

7:02 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

Number of coronavirus cases in Mississippi not declining significantly, governor says

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

A nasal swab is held at ready by a Delta Health Center nurse as she waits to administer the free Covid-19 test at a drive-thru site at the center's Dr. H. Jack Geiger Medical Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, on Thursday, April 16.
A nasal swab is held at ready by a Delta Health Center nurse as she waits to administer the free Covid-19 test at a drive-thru site at the center's Dr. H. Jack Geiger Medical Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, on Thursday, April 16. Rogelio V. Solis/AP

Mississippi is still seeing a steady number of coronavirus cases, Gov. Tate Reeves said at a news briefing on Tuesday.

“That number is not declining significantly, and it certainly should serve as a warning to all of us that this disease is not disappearing. We have to stay vigilant," he said.

He added the number of cases "is primarily driven by finding asymptomatic or unserious cases, through our ramped up targeted testing." Active hospitalizations, patients in intensive care, patients on ventilators and deaths have stayed relatively flat, Reeves said.

Here are the latest numbers, according to officials:

  • At least 9,401 Mississippians have recovered from coronavirus.
  • The state still has approximately 3,678 active cases.
  • There are currently 134 patients in intensive care units, and 81 patients on ventilators.
  • Twenty-nine hospitals have received enough doses of remdesivir for 351 patients.
  • At least 154,624 tests have been done – 6,805 were serology tests or blood tests that look for antibodies.
  • About 69 inmates in prisons have been tested – 27 were positive, 41 negative and one test result is still pending.
  • There has been at least 273 new cases of coronavirus, 17 additional deaths and 121 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care settings.

6:40 p.m. ET, May 26, 2020

New Mexico begins “soft reopening” of restaurants tomorrow

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Most New Mexico restaurants will be able to have outdoor dining services starting on Wednesday, according to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office.

Eateries will be allowed to serve customers outdoors as long as they are seated and practice social distancing.

Inside dining will continue to be prohibited and bars will stay closed. 

Additionally, three counties in the northwestern part of the state will be excluded from the relaxed rules because of their higher rates of coronavirus infection.

“We continue to see sustained, consistent progress in our fight against this virus,” Grisham said in a written statement.