May 2 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Brett McKeehan, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:26 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020
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1:04 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

About 50% of employees at an Indiana food processing plant tested positive for coronavirus

From CNN’s Jason Morris

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant employee leaves the Logansport, Indiana, plant on Thursday, April 23.
A Tyson Fresh Meats plant employee leaves the Logansport, Indiana, plant on Thursday, April 23. Darron Cummings/AP

About half of the people tested at the Tyson pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana, have Covid-19.

A spokesperson with the Joint Information Center said of the approximately 2,200 employees at the plant, about 1,900 individuals were tested.

Tyson announced yesterday that the plant will be reopening next week.

“We’ve taken additional precautions to reassure team members that they are returning to a safe environment and have made additional changes to continue supporting them during this global health crisis," Senior Vice-President Todd Neff said in a press release Friday.

Some context: This news comes after President Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat-processing facilities open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Still, plants across the country are scrambling to balance worker safety with pressure from the federal government to remain operational.

1:04 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Eurostar will require passengers to wear face coverings

From CNN's Lindsay Isaac

A security member stands near the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord in Paris on April 1.
A security member stands near the Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord in Paris on April 1. Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

The high speed train that runs from southern England to Europe by undersea tunnel will require passengers to wear face coverings as of Monday.

“Any type of mask is suitable as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth,” Eurostar said in a statement. 

Passengers without masks will be refused travel, it adds. 

Eurostar has been running largely reduced service.

12:00 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

New York state will donate 7 million cloth masks to vulnerable communities

New York state will donate 7 million more cloth masks to those most vulnerable to coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday during a news conference.

The masks will be given to nursing homes and the poorer communities, Cuomo said.

The governor also announced the state will distribute $25 million to food banks across the region.


4:46 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

New York governor: "I'm not going to put dollar signs over human lives"

From CNN's Elise Hammond

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Source: Governor's Cuomo Office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo disagrees with people who want to open the economy while the pandemic persists because he refuses to "put dollar signs over human lives."

"I understand people's frustration with the economy not being open. I get it. I want to see the economy open. For myself, for my family, and by the way, the state has a tremendous financial problem," Cuomo said at a press conference Saturday.

Cuomo said that while he understands people have a first amendment right to express their disagreement with his decisions, he said they "have no right to jeopardize my health."

The state will continue to enforce the order that requires New York residents to wear a mask in public when they are unable to social distance.

"The mask is not about your health. The mask is about my health and my children's health and your children's health –– and that's why you have to wear a mask," he said. "I believe it should be enforced because it's reckless, it's irresponsible and it's not about your lives, it's about other people's lives and you don't have a right to do that."

On antibody testing: Of the 15,000 people tested for Covid-19 antibodies, 12.3% of them have tested positive, Cuomo said.

As of May 1, New York City is seeing nearly 20% of the positive cases with the borough of the Bronx seeing the highest percentage according to the governor.

Cuomo went on to announce they are doing antibody testing for transit workers in the New York City region.

4:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

More than 65,000 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the US

There has been at least 1,106,373 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 65,173 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

As states begin to include “probable deaths” in their counts, so will the university. In the upcoming days, these changes may show as surges of deaths in the United States. 

The totals includes cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases and those in the US military, veterans hospitals and federal prisons.

4:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

New York hospital workers to gather demographic data from patients to help target new infections

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Hospitals in New York will now ask patients specific demographic questions to try and figure out where new coronavirus cases are coming from, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference Saturday.

He said there has been about 900 new infections a day across the state.

"If you find a specific place or pattern that is generating infections, then you can attack it, but you have to find it first," Cuomo said.

He said hospital workers will ask new patients about what community they live in within the boroughs, as well as their occupation and how they travel.

"Are these infections that are being spread in the home? Or are they front line workers, which means they're getting up every day, they're getting on public transit, they're going to work and maybe they're getting it on public transit, maybe they're getting it at the work place," Cuomo said.

The governor said this data will be collected over the next few days.

1:06 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Several previously closed Trump golf properties are now back open

From CNN's Nicky Robertson


In this video screengrab from June 2, 2017, the Trump National Doral Miami Golf Club is seen in Doral, Florida.
In this video screengrab from June 2, 2017, the Trump National Doral Miami Golf Club is seen in Doral, Florida. Alex Sanz/AP

Several Trump Organization golf properties previously closed to comply with various business restrictions are now open.

Trump National Doral Miami Golf Club reopened for members on Friday and as of Saturday, guests of the hotel are also able to golf.

Details of new procedures for those golfing to follow include having to wear masks when they approach the club house and abiding by social distancing guidelines.

Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been open since Wednesday to members only.

Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, re-opened Saturday. It is only allowing members.

Trump National Golf Club Washington, DC, in Potomac Falls, Virginia, is open Saturday.

Some background: CNN previously reported that the Doral and West Palm Beach properties collectively furloughed 713 workers due to the coronavirus outbreak as well as 102 employees from the Potomac Falls property.

CNN has reached out to the Trump Organization to see if those furloughed are being re-hired and if so how many.

1:06 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

Pennsylvania to reopen some state parks and forest facilities

From CNN's Artemis Moshtaghian

Pennsylvania's Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced a phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities in line with social distancing guidelines set forth by Gov. Tom Wolf, according to a statement released on Saturday.

With the exception of one restroom in each day use area and marina, all state park and forest facilities outside of the counties will remain closed until changes are made consistent with Wolf’s guidelines for reopening, the statement reads.

The public can still access trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads and parking areas statewide for recreation. All playgrounds, nature play areas, interpretive centers, amphitheaters and group camping facilities statewide will remain closed indefinitely.

Beaches statewide will be closed until June 6.

4:47 p.m. ET, May 2, 2020

New York has reported 299 coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Source: Governor's Cuomo Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reported that 299 people in New York died due to coronavirus over the past day.

"The new cases walking in the door, the new Covid cases, the number of new infections was also down a little bit, 831. It had been relatively flat at about 900 every day. Which is not great news. Yesterday was 831. We'll watch to see what happens with that," Cuomo said a news conference moments ago. "The number that I watch every day, which is the worst, is the number of deaths. That number has remained obnoxiously and terrifyingly high. And it's still not dropping at the rate we would like to see it drop. It even went up a little bit, 299, 289 the day before. So that is bad news. 276 deaths in hospitals. 23 in nursing homes."

Cuomo added that nursing homes are where the "most vulnerable population is, and the highest number of the most vulnerable population."