US coronavirus death toll tops 100,000

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Fernando Alfonso III and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 9:04 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020
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1:38 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

New Jersey reports 148 new coronavirus-related deaths

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

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News 12 NJ/Pool

New Jersey reported 970 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 156,628 cases, Gov. Phil Murphy announced in his daily briefing.

The state reported 148 new deaths, bringing the total to 11,339 coronavirus-related fatalities. 

Murphy noted that of the total number of cases in the state, 31,099 have been in long-term care facilities. At least 4,871 of the deaths related to Covid-19 have been in those facilities. 

The governor said that although the battle against the virus continues, key public health indicators across the state continue to be positive. New hospitalizations are down, as are the numbers of patients in intensive care and on ventilators. 

“We are now well past the peak,” Murphy said.

He also said that he and his wife got tested for the virus this morning.

1:12 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

New York state reported 74 new coronavirus-related deaths as hospitalizations continue to fall

New York state has reported 74 new coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The number of hospitalizations across the state also continues to drop, as are intubations, the governor said today at his daily news briefing.

"It's rare that good things happen after an intubation. And the number of new cases is down, which is very encouraging news. These are the number of new cases that are walking through the door," Cuomo said. "Again, only in this time of crisis would 74 deaths would be anything less than truly tragic news. But when you have gone through what we have gone through, it's a sign that we're headed in the right direction."

On May 25, New York reported 73 deaths due to the virus, an all-time low, the governor said.

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12:59 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

Caesars Palace and Flamingo to reopen in Las Vegas June 4

From CNN’s Stephanie Becker

People walk in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on May 9.
People walk in front of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on May 9. Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Caesars Palace and Flamingo in Las Vegas will reopen June 4, according to a statement from Caesars Entertainment.

Visitors will be able to stay at the hotels and place their bets – all in accordance with physical distancing guidelines.

Self-parking is free and dining and pool options will also be open.

Caesars expects Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the gaming floor at The LINQ Hotel and Casino to be the next properties in the city to reopen, with timing "based on customer demand."

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced yesterday the state's move into phase two starting on Friday.

1:00 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

Washington University in St. Louis will stagger fall start dates for students

From CNN's Elizabeth Stuart

Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis
Brookings Hall at Washington University in St. Louis Stephen Ehlers/Moment Editorial/Getty Images

Washington University in St. Louis said it will take a phased approach to bring students and faculty back to campus, with a staggered calendar that will start the fall and spring semesters several weeks apart.

The school said this will allow extra time to continue preparing for a majority of students to be back on campus, according to a letter sent Wednesday to the university community from Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

"We have every intention of teaching courses in the classroom this fall," Martin wrote. "At the same time, we know the fall semester will not be business as usual."

The university's Brown School (Social Work and Public Health) and Law School will have the first day of classes on August 24. The spring semester for those two schools will start on January 19. 

For Arts & Sciences, McKelvey Engineering, Olin Business School, Sam Fox School (Design & Visual Arts), and University College (continuing education) will start three weeks later on September 14, and the spring semester for those schools will start on January 25.

The letter said it's possible that some courses, such as those typically held in a large lecture hall, will be held online or through "a hybrid model with some students in the classroom and others participating remotely."

The university said it will provide more details on its plans for the fall semester by July 31, and acknowledged, as other universities have, that these plans are subject to change.

"As hopeful as we are that we will be able to welcome students and employees back to campus in August and September, we are also mindful that a lot could change in the coming weeks — for better or worse — and that there may still be some tough decisions ahead," Martin wrote.
12:41 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

Pennsylvania reports 113 new coronavirus-related deaths

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

As of noon Tuesday, Pennsylvania reported an additional 780 positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 69,417, a statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health said.

The statement, released just before noon Wednesday, also noted an increase of 113 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 5,265.

“As Pennsylvania continues to move forward in the process to reopen, we need to remember that the threat from Covid-19 has not gone away,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
12:40 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

Miami-Dade County to reopen beaches and hotels on June 1

From CNN's Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt 

South Beach is seen closed on May 19 in Miami Beach, Florida.
South Beach is seen closed on May 19 in Miami Beach, Florida. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced that beaches and hotels will reopen on June 1.

He said lounging on the sand, walking, swimming and jogging will be allowed with restrictions.

Here are some of the rules for beachgoers:

  • Maintain six feet of social distancing.
  • Umbrellas or chairs will be allowed. The umbrellas and chairs must be cleaned between every use if they are rented.
  • Facial coverings are not required on the beach, but a mask must be worn when social distancing is not possible. 
  • Facial coverings are required at restrooms or concession stands.
  • Facial coverings are not required while jogging; but you must have a mask accessible if social distancing is not possible.
  • No more than 10 people allowed to gather in a group.

Additional enforcement personnel will be on hand to ensure the rules are followed, according to Gimenez. 

Hotels will expand their services to nonessential travelers on June 1. Hotels will be allowed to reopen, but the common areas will only be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity. 

12:31 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

83 inmates test positive for Covid-19 in West Virginia prison  

From CNN’s Nakia McNabb

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in January
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in January Chris Jackson/AP

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the Huttonsville Correctional Center now has 83 inmates who have tested positive for coronavirus. 

“You know we have tested all the staff and all the inmates and we have no additional positives that have been tested on our staff,” Justice said.

“We didn't have a single test in all of our correctional facilities that tested positive, up until just all of a sudden, just a few days ago,” he added.

Justice went on to say the prisoners "deserve to be protected just as much as I deserve or all the rest of us deserves."

By the numbers: The governor said today that a 75-year-old man from Preston County has died, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 1,867 with 74 deaths.

West Virginia will move forward with another round of reopenings on May 30, the governor said.

12:14 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

US coronavirus death toll surpasses 99,000

From CNN's Amanda Watts

The Statue of Liberty is seen behind refrigeration trucks that function as temporary morgues at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25 in New York City.
The Statue of Liberty is seen behind refrigeration trucks that function as temporary morgues at the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal during the coronavirus pandemic on May 25 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

There are at least 1,684,173 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 99,123 people have died in the country from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally.

On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins reported 3,260 new cases and 210 deaths. 

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

12:15 p.m. ET, May 27, 2020

Task force votes to approve SeaWorld and Disney reopening plans

From CNN’s Natasha Chen

The entrance to Disney World is deserted on the first day of closures on March 16.
The entrance to Disney World is deserted on the first day of closures on March 16. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Florida Economic Recovery Task Force in Orange County has approved both SeaWorld and Disney World's reopening proposals.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will now likely approve the plans and submit a letter of endorsement to the state of Florida the end of the day.

The details: Walt Disney World has proposed to reopen its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks on July 11, and EPCOT and Hollywood Studios on July 15, in a presentation made by the company on Wednesday.

SeaWorld has proposed to reopen its Orlando parks for employees on June 10 and to the public on June 11.

Out of safety, both companies are also requiring patrons to wear face masks, among other guidelines.