June 10 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Steve George, Zamira Rahim and Peter Wilkinson, CNN

Updated 12:34 a.m. ET, June 11, 2020
56 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
7:37 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Iowa State Fair postponed for the first time since World War II

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

People walk around at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 16, 2019.
People walk around at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on August 16, 2019. Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

The Iowa State Fair has been postponed, according to the event's Twitter account, for the first time since World War II. 

“We are heartbroken we can’t be together this August. We tirelessly analyzed all the unique traditions at the Iowa State Fair and believe it will be safer given the current COVID-19 situation,” according to a message posted on the fair's website.

The next Iowa State Fair will be August 12-22, 2021.

Only five fairs have been canceled in the past: 1898 because of the World’s Fair in Omaha, the Spanish-American War and World War II from 1942-1945, according to the fair's website. 

6:39 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Universities and grocery stores should open first, new pandemic research says

From CNN’s Jen Christensen

A pedestrian wearing a protective mask exits Harvard Yard on the closed Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 20.
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask exits Harvard Yard on the closed Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 20. Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Grocery stores, banks, dentists, universities and big box stores like Walmart should reopen earlier and face fewer restrictions as communities open up after pandemic lockdowns, researchers said Wednesday.

Cafes, gyms, sporting goods stores, bookstores, tobacco and liquor stores should be kept closed until later, they said in a new report.

The researchers taking part in a MIT-led initiative did a cost benefit analysis of 26 different location types to determine what the tradeoff would be between someone’s relative risk of getting infected during a visit and the importance of that establishment in that person’s life and to the economy. 

They used anonymous geolocation data from 47 million mobile phones to track where people went in the US during February and March. They determined how risky a location could be based in part on how much social contact someone would have in that location, how many hours they’d spend there, how crowded it would be, how many visits they’d make, and how many unique visitors they may encounter.

They also factored in visits by people 65 years and older and the distance traveled to the location. They measured economic benefits using US Census statistics and nationally representative consumer survey data.

They found some surprises.

“We find colleges to offer a relatively good trade-off, but most have shut down, leading to a 61% decline in visits,” they wrote in their report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Conversely, we find liquor and tobacco stores to be relatively poor trade-offs (due to mediocre economic importance and small busy stores), yet the number of visits to this category has declined by less than 5%.”

Some categories were easy — grocery stores have an obvious benefit and museums and movie theaters were of relatively low importance.

“Hardware stores are the location which has seen the largest increase in visits, as individuals scrounge for personal protective equipment and other home supplies,” the researchers noted.

Since many states have had to make reopening and closing decisions in the dark, the researchers hope their work will help policymakers figure out how to reopen the economy safely this time and if there are spikes in cases in particular regions.

6:29 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

California's Disneyland eyes July 17 for reopening

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

An employee cleans the grounds behind the closed gates of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, on March 14.
An employee cleans the grounds behind the closed gates of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, on March 14. David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Disneyland is proposing reopening its Southern California resort on July 17, according to a post on the park's official website.

The three main elements of their Anaheim, California, campus will begin with the reopening of the shopping district in Downtown Disney on July 9, theme parks Disneyland and California Adventure on July 17, and hotels Paradise Pier and Grand Californian on July 23.

As theme park capacity will be limited, Disneyland will implement a new reservation system along with new health and safety protocols.

The proposal is subject to the approval of the Orange County Health Department.

Some context: Disney CEO Bob Chapek previously told CNN that there will be “layers upon layers upon layers of defenses against the virus.”

This will include temperature checks for employees, or as Disney calls them, cast members.

Florida’s Disney World is set to reopen on July 11.

6:30 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Brazil records more than 100,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 5 days alone

From CNN's Rodrigo Pedroso and Shasta Darlington

Health workers assist a COVID-19 patient at the Gilberto Novaes Municipal Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, on June 8.
Health workers assist a COVID-19 patient at the Gilberto Novaes Municipal Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, on June 8. Michael Dantas/AFP/Getty Images

In the past five days alone, Brazil confirmed more than 100,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus.

The health ministry reported another 32,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total to at least 772,416.

The country is also nearing 40,000 deaths from the virus, after recording 1,274 new Covid-19 deaths Wednesday. 

The coronavirus death toll in Brazil stands at 39,680.

Brazil is Latin America's hardest-hit country by the virus, holding the second-highest number of cases globally behind the US.

5:46 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

US government to help develop at-home spit test for coronavirus antibodies

From CNN’s Maggie Fox

The US federal government said Wednesday it’s investing to help a company develop an at-home saliva test to look for antibodies to coronavirus.

It’s given OraSure $629,000 to develop the test, which would be specially designed for rapid-scale analysis. Antibody tests look for evidence of past infection with coronavirus and can give public health officials an idea of the extent of the pandemic. It’s not clear whether past infection protects people from future infections with the virus.

“Currently there are no SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests based on oral fluids available for high-throughput ELISA screening,” the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

“Although the test could be used at point of care facilities such as doctors’ offices, clinics, or hospitals, the goal is to have patients collect their own saliva samples at home to maintain social distancing and then ship their sample to the lab. Oral fluid collection is non-invasive and requires less human contact in comparison to blood draw. At-home self-collection also minimizes health care workers’ exposure to potentially infected patients and permits a large number of individuals to be screened quickly.”

It's the second test that OraSure is developing for BARDA’s coronavirus efforts. It also made an at-home saliva test to diagnose active coronavirus infections.

5:21 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Hispanics at disproportionate risk from Covid-19 over work and living conditions, health experts say

From CNN’s Shelby Lin Erdman

Hispanics are disproportionately hurt by the coronavirus pandemic due to their jobs as essential workers and multi-generational living conditions, according to a panel of health experts at Duke University.

“We're talking about people who have, during this pandemic, have been essential in working in meatpacking plants and manufacturing. They have been involved in cleaning, maintenance construction jobs,” Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, a primary care doctor and associate professor in family medicine and community health at Duke, said during the discussion Wednesday afternoon.

“While the rest of the country did quarantine or was able to stay home to flatten that curve that we were trying to do, the Latinx community continued to go to work. So, what we're seeing is now all these people who have been essential workers, who worked without even the masking and the protection that was legally required during the time of their jobs, are now becoming infected by the virus,” Martinez-Bianchi said.

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, an associate professor at the Duke University School of Nursing, agreed that the primary way the Hispanic population is contracting coronavirus at disproportionate rates is by “simply going to work.”

Another problem: multi-generational homes. “In this country in particular, the similarities of people living together of different ages, with some of the members of their family being essential workers, going to work and then bringing, getting sick at work and then bringing it home,” Martinez-Bianchi said.

Gonzalez-Guarda said people need better on-the-job protections.

“This means not only providing mask and social distancing measures in the workplace, but also putting pressure on business owners to provide paid sick leave to workers so that people don't have to make the decision between going to work while they're sick and potentially infecting others, or paying rent or providing food at home,” she said.

Another problem is access to testing, the panelists said. Barriers to testing include financial issues and access to insurance.

“We need more investment of resources and attention from leaders and government and health care institution and business owners,” Gonzalez-Guarda said.

7:47 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

United becomes first major US airline to require passengers to complete a health questionnaire

From CNN's Greg Wallace

United Airlines planes sit parked at San Francisco International Airport on April 12.
United Airlines planes sit parked at San Francisco International Airport on April 12. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

United Airlines said Wednesday it now requires all passengers to self-certify their health prior to boarding a flight.  

The airline is the first to require all passengers to complete a health questionnaire to screen for coronavirus as part of checking in.  

The questionnaire includes asking passengers to certify they have not experienced coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days nor tested positive for the virus in the past 21 days.  

It also asks passengers to agree to wear a face mask during the flight, which is an airline policy but not a federal requirement.  

A United Airlines flight attendant, Susannah Carr, testified before the House Transportation Committee on Tuesday that her colleagues have discussed “the fact that passengers don’t like to wear the mask, might take it off for a longer period than just to eat or drink. It’s definitely an issue that we need to address.”  

The airline said customers who “are not able to confirm these requirements” will be “able to reschedule their flight.”  

There are no government or industry-wide requirements for this broad type of health screening.  

The airlines have asked the Transportation Security Administration to conduct temperature screening of passengers, but so far the agency has not decided to do so.   

There's been health screening by government officials at some airports, particularly for incoming international passengers, and Frontier says it takes the temperature of each passenger to check for a fever prior to boarding.  

 

4:40 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

Los Angeles will allow zoos, museums and film production to reopen Friday

From CNN's Cheri Mossburg

The Warner Bros. Studios lot in Los Angeles, California.
The Warner Bros. Studios lot in Los Angeles, California. Amy Sussman/Getty Images

New TV shows will be coming your way soon, as Los Angeles will allow many sectors, including film and entertainment production, to resume Friday.

Zoos, museums, swimming pools and hotels can reopen Friday as well, according to the county's Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.

Outdoor recreation as a whole has been given the green light to reopen, but all sectors require certain safety protocols, which will be publicly released Thursday.

Visitors and employees will need to wear face coverings and maintain physical distancing, Ferrer said.

4:34 p.m. ET, June 10, 2020

At least 24 West Virginia Covid-19 cases linked to 4 churches

From CNN's Molly Silverman and Hollie Silverman 

There have been four churches in West Virginia linked to an outbreak of coronavirus that infected 24 people, Gov. Jim Justice said during a news conference Wednesday.

Justice said that since churches have resumed services, there have been at least four church-related outbreaks across the state, each with five to eight cases.

Justice asked that congregations follow guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks.

"We love our church activities and we treasure them the most of all and there is the number one thing in our lives that should be always," Justice said.

Reopening plans: Outdoor concert venues will be allowed to open on July 1, he announced Wednesday. Outdoor open air concerts at fairs and festivals can also resume the same day.

The guidelines for fairs, festivals, and outdoor concert venues will be the same, Justice said.