Coronavirus pandemic in the US

By Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Fernando Alfonso III and Zamira Rahim, CNN

Updated 0126 GMT (0926 HKT) May 29, 2020
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5:37 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Rhode Island will begin Phase 2 of reopening Monday

From CNN’s Pam Wessmann

 

Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo arrives for a news conference giving a coronavirus update at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, on May 12.
Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo arrives for a news conference giving a coronavirus update at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence, on May 12. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

Gov. Gina Raimondo announced today that phase two of Rhode Island's reopening will begin on June 1.

The governor said everything will be posted for general business, retail, personal services and indoor dining on the website reopeningri.com later today. 

The governor said there would be major changes. Among them, relaxing retail rules so more people can go into stores, allowing indoor dining, opening gyms, barbershops and salons.

“Pretty much every area of the economy except for large group gatherings is going to start to reopen,” Raimondo said.

The governor explained that indoor dining rules would include allowing 50% capacity, taking reservations and prohibiting self-service style food.

Personal services effected would include hairdressers, barbers, hair-braiders, nail salons, tanning facilities, tattoo parlors and probably many other categories, Raimondo added.

The governor said personal services would also have a capacity limit, and things like waiting rooms should not be used. 

5:37 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Idaho to allow theaters and bars to reopen Saturday

From CNN’s Andy Rose

Champions Grill & Bar is closed as part of city wide order to help prevent spread of the coronavirus in Moscow, Idaho, on March 20.
Champions Grill & Bar is closed as part of city wide order to help prevent spread of the coronavirus in Moscow, Idaho, on March 20. Don & Melinda Crawford/Education Images/Universal Images Group/Getty Images

Movie theaters and bars in Idaho will be allowed to open earlier than first planned under a new order from Gov. Brad Little. 

Those businesses will be included in Saturday’s start to the state's phase three plan, the governor said Thursday. That’s two weeks sooner than originally announced.

Gatherings of up to 50 people also will be allowed, but all businesses must follow social distancing requirements.

“Half a million Idahoans are at risk of developing serious complications from Covid-19 if they contract it, and we cannot rebound if a huge segment of our population is concerned to engage in the economy again,” he said.
5:28 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Cancer patients given hydroxychloroquine combination for Covid-19 infection more like to die, study finds

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

Hydroxychloroquine sits on a shelf at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on Wedneday, May 20.
Hydroxychloroquine sits on a shelf at Rock Canyon Pharmacy in Provo, Utah, on Wedneday, May 20. George Frey/AFP/Getty Images

New data on cancer patients who were sick with Covid-19 finds those treated with the controversial combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin were more likely to die than those who weren’t.

Early data published in the medical journal The Lancet on Thursday showed that patients treated with the two drugs, once strongly promoted by President Trump, were nearly three times as likely to die within about a month. The researchers found no significant increase in risk for patients given either drug alone.

The researchers from across North America and Europe looked at data on 928 cancer patients who also were infected with Covid-19 in March and April. Overall, 121 patients total — or 13% — died during the study period and within 30 days of being diagnosed with Covid-19.

"This is early and evolving data, and more time and analysis will be needed to confirm and expand on these findings," Dr. Jeremy Warner, who worked on the research and is an associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said in a written statement on Thursday.

"Right now, we’re working to quickly get information about why some patients with cancer become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and identify the factors that affect disease severity and death," Warner said. "We're also interested in the effects of treatments that are being used to treat patients with cancer who have COVID-19."

Other studies have also found a higher risk of death among coronavirus patients treated with the drugs. One is an antibiotic and the other is a malaria drug also approved for inflammatory diseases such as lupus.

5:25 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

More than 1,000 coronavirus deaths reported in Colorado since outbreak began 

From CNN’s Janine Mack

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis talks during a news conference on the state's efforts against the spread of the coronavirus in Denver, on Tuesday, May 26.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis talks during a news conference on the state's efforts against the spread of the coronavirus in Denver, on Tuesday, May 26. David Zalubowski/AP

There have been 24,767 positive cases of coronavirus and 1,135 deaths since the pandemic began in the Colorado, according to the state's department of public health and environment.

CDPHE’s website said 4,196 people have been hospitalized and 160,796 tests have been conducted.

At least 273 workers have tested positive for coronavirus at JBS meat processing plant in Greeley, according to CDPHE’s website. Five workers have tested positive and one worker has died from the coronavirus at JBS’ corporate offices, said CDPHE.

Restaurants have reopened at 50% for in-person dining, according to a statement on Gov. Jared Polis' website.

“We provide guidelines to make indoor dining as reasonably safe as possible given that we're in the face of a pandemic and individuals make their decisions about whether they're choosing to go out or whether they're continuing to order in or pick up at their favorite restaurants,” Polis said during a news conference on Thursday.

The state's restaurant guidelines for reopening include:

  • A six-foot distance table
  • Limiting parties to eight people
  • Workers must wear facial coverings
  • All surfaces must be cleaned and disinfected between parties

The governor added that people at risk of getting coronavirus, such as the elderly, should not go to restaurants.

 

5:16 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Coronavirus raises the risk of death five-fold for cancer patients, according to study

From CNN Health's Jacqueline Howard

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. 
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Researchers are learning more about the risks cancer patients face if they become sick with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has swept the world. 

Patients whose cancer was getting worse or spreading were more than five times more likely to die in the space of a month if they caught Covid-19, researchers told a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology this week.

Even if their cancer wasn't spreading, coronavirus infection nearly doubled risk of dying, according to the early data, published in the medical journal The Lancet on Thursday.

The researchers from across North America and Europe looked at data on 928 Covid-19 cases from between March and April. 

Overall, 121 patients total — or 13% — died during the study period and within 30 days of being diagnosed with Covid-19.

"While it’s not surprising, it’s informative that it looks like patients with cancer have twice the risk of dying than the general public," Dr. Jeremy Warner, who worked on the research and is an associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN on Thursday.

The new study comes with limitations. More research is needed to determine whether similar findings would emerge among a larger group of patients, and there are questions about whether Covid-19 impacts patients with certain types of cancer differently.

"This is early and evolving data, and more time and analysis will be needed to confirm and expand on these findings," Warner said in a statement. 

4:58 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

NBA team owner says season decision could come next week

From CNN Sports Jacob Lev

Sterling Brown #23 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks over Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, in March 9.
Sterling Brown #23 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks over Michael Porter Jr. #1 of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center in Denver, in March 9. Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry appeared Thursday on CNBC, where he said a decision to resume the National Basketball League's season could happen next week. 

Lasry, co-founder of Avenue Capital, said on CNBC's "Halftime" that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will present multiple options to resume the NBA season at the league's board of governors meeting on Friday. Lasry said that the board could then take the weekend to consider the options and meet again early next week to vote on the proposals. 

“I think at the end of the day, we’ll be in Orlando at Disney. The question is going to be will we have all 30 teams there or will we have 24; whatever the number will end up being. But hopefully, by the middle of July, we start playing again," Lasry said. 

 

4:54 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Covid-19 cases in Michigan continue to decline while more financial support is needed

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, left, speaks at a news conference as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer watches in Lansing, on Tuesday, May 26.
Michigan Executive Office of the Governor, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, left, speaks at a news conference as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer watches in Lansing, on Tuesday, May 26. Michigan Executive Office of the Governor/AP

Michigan has 56,014 Covid-19 cases and 5,372 deaths related to the virus in the state, according to Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. 

Khaldun said that the cases are continuing to decline, and that Michigan is able to perform about 14,400 Covid-19 tests per day. If the positive trends continue, she said, then they will be able to continue to reopen.

Khaldun also said that by the end of this week, the state will have trained 500 contact tracers. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer listed some of the expenditures from the last 10 weeks, including $251 million spent on personal protective equipment, $25 million on hospitals and $22.8 million on direct care workers. She also said that approximately $8.5 billion dollars was paid in unemployment. 

Need for federal funds: Whitmer called on the federal government for more financial support to get through the current budget crisis.

While the state is well-managed, she said, Michigan needs additional funds to pay for essential services like schools and public safety. 

According to Chris Cole, the state's budget director, the state has lost approximately $6.2 billion in revenue for this fiscal year.

Cole said that this crisis is "as bad, if not worse than the Great Recession, and the only way we can made it through that recession was with direct support from the federal government."  

Whitmer announced that she has taken a 10% pay cut for the rest of the calendar year in an effort to help the state budget. Her cabinet has taken a 5% pay cut, she said. 

 

4:30 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

Basketball Hall of Fame still considering a 2020 event after postponing original date

From CNN's David Close

A fan writes a message on a mural for former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant for him and his daughter, Gianna, at nearby Staple Center in Los Angeles, on February 24.
A fan writes a message on a mural for former Los Angeles Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant for him and his daughter, Gianna, at nearby Staple Center in Los Angeles, on February 24. David McNew/Getty Images

The latest Basketball Hall of Fame class, which includes the late Kobe Bryant, may still be enshrined in 2020 despite the original ceremony date being postponed.

Basketball Hall of Fame President John Doleva announced on Thursday that the enshrinement scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 28 was postponed but left the door open for a possible October event.

"At this time, I can now confirm that the August 28-30 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies have been postponed. Given the unprecedented challenge of planning in the Covid-19 era, we are exploring several scenarios to accommodate the class of 2020 ceremony, including postponing the festivities until October or early 2021," Doleva said in a statement. 

Doleva says that the Hall of Fame will make a final decision on the 2020 enshrinement the week of June 15.

4:21 p.m. ET, May 28, 2020

US stocks finish lower

From CNN's Anneken Tappe

A trader walks across the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on Thursday, May 28.
A trader walks across the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, on Thursday, May 28. AP Photo

US stocks closed lower on Thursday, dragged down by losses in the energy and consumer sectors.

The S&P 500, the broadest measure of the US stock market, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite both snapped three-day winning streaks.

Investors also had to reckon with more dire economic data released Thursday. Another 2.1 million people filed for first-time jobless claims last week, and first-quarter GDP was revised down to an annualized -5%, from -4.8% before.

Here's where the markets closed:

  • The Dow finished 0.6%, or 148 points, lower.
  • The S&P 500 closed down 0.2%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite fell 0.5%.