California has another record high with more than 5,000 new daily coronavirus cases
From CNN's Cheri Mossburg
California is breaking records again, this time setting yet another daily high for confirmed coronavirus cases with at least 5,019 recorded Monday. This is the fourth daily case record in the state over the past week, according to data provided by California Department of Public Health.
Hospitalizations are also at their highest to date for confirmed cases, with more than 3,700 people currently receiving in-patient treatment. Those in intensive care — nearly 1,200 patients — are just below the all-time high for California which was recorded in April.
More than 3.4 million people have been tested for Covid-19 in California to date, and about 4.9% of those have tested positive for the virus.
More than 183,000 people in California have contracted coronavirus and more than 5,500 have died as a result, the data shows.
3:44 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
Amusement and water parks to reopen in New Jersey on July 2
From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield
Amusement parks and water parks can open at 50% capacity in New Jersey on July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Tuesday, including the rides on boardwalks along the Jersey Shore.
Face coverings will be required for all staffs and attendees at the parks where practical.
Playgrounds will also be allowed to reopen on July 2. State officials will provide their timeline for the return of indoor recreation tomorrow, the governor said.
Murphy warned that if businesses do not take proper precautions and the numbers continue to tick up, he will respond accordingly — though he did not announce any specific actions.
“Don’t be the knucklehead who ruins it for everyone else,” Murphy said.
The numbers: New Jersey reported 382 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday. The statewide total is now 169,734.
The state reported 57 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 12,914. Nearly half of those reported deaths — 6,248 — continue to be in long-term care facilities.
1:24 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
England's Chief Medical Officer says he expects a "significant" coronavirus presence into 2021
From CNN's Simon Cullen
England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, says he expects a “significant” amount or coronavirus to be circulating until at least 2021.
“I would be surprised and delighted if we weren't in this current situation through the winter and into next spring,” he said Tuesday in a press conference in Downing Street.
“(But) I expect there to be a significant amount of coronavirus circulating at least into that time and I think it is going to be quite optimistic that for science to come fully to the rescue over that kind of timeframe.”
The UK Government today announced that in England, the two-meter social distancing rule is being reduced to one meter. However Professor Whitty says people should still maintain two meters where possible.
“A lot of the changes are about emphasizing things that we can do and it is really critical that individuals and firms take these really seriously,” he said, referring to mitigation strategies like avoiding sitting face-to-face.
“Because if we don't take them seriously then chains of transmission between households will be re-established.”
3:50 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
Louisiana reports more than 1,300 new cases
From CNN's Kay Jones
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) reported 1,356 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 51,595.
There were 17 new deaths reported today, bringing the statewide total to 3,021.
Gov. John Bel Edwards said on Monday that due to the increase of positive cases, the state will stay in phase two for an additional 28 days.
3:49 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
A Vermont college will require all students to quarantine at home for 14 days before traveling to campus
From CNN's Elizabeth Stuart
Middlebury College in Vermont will require strict testing and quarantining protocols for students upon arrival to campus as part of its initial decisions for the fall 2020 semester.
All students have to complete a 14-day quarantine at home before traveling to campus for their assigned move in date, according to a letter sent to the Middlebury community on Monday from President Laurie Patton.
In partnership with Broad Institute, a medical research institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, all Middlebury students will go into "room quarantine" and will be tested for Covid-19 twice — once upon arrival to campus and a second time after seven days.
"Meals will be delivered to dorms during the quarantine period. Students will not be able to leave their rooms except to use the bathroom, get their meals from the dorm delivery point, or in case of a medical emergency," said Patton.
If students test negative, they will go from "room quarantine" to "campus quarantine," and can move around campus, while still following all physical distancing and safety protocols in place.
"However, for the health and safety of everyone, students will not be permitted to leave campus during this time," according to the plan.
The small liberal arts college in Middlebury, Vermont, will also adjust its fall calendar to allow for a minimal amount of people coming and going from campus. The fall semester will begin on September 8, fall break will be canceled, and on-campus classes will end before the Thanksgiving holiday, with the final week of class and exams conducted remotely.
"This coming semester at Middlebury must be one of discipline and vigilance, without the same open boundaries and without many of the activities we are used to," said Patton.
17 Ohio high school students test positive for Covid-19 after trip to Myrtle Beach
From CNN’s Elizabeth Joseph
At least 17 high school students in Ohio have tested positive for coronavirus after a recent trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Robert Sproul, deputy health commissioner of the Belmont County Health Department, tells CNN.
“We were told that 91 students from the Ohio Valley (West Virginia and Ohio) went to Myrtle Beach and returned to the Valley the weekend of the 13-14. Of that group we are being told 45 were Belmont County residents from multiple school districts. This was not a school sanctioned event,” Sproul said.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Belmont Health Department confirms 17 positive cases and two contact positives, but Sproul expects that number to increase as more people who went on the trip and the individuals they were exposed to get tested for the virus.
“We’re worried our numbers are going to be creeping up,” he said, adding none of the students have been hospitalized and all are quarantining at home while health officials conduct contact tracing to identify where the students were and who they were with. Contact tracers check in with coronavirus-positive individuals on a daily basis, he added.
Before this spike in cases, Belmont County had reduced infection rates to zero, Sproul said, attributing the county’s then-success to residents taking state-imposed restrictions seriously.
“Maybe reconsider your destination,” he cautions future travelers. “If you’re going to a hotspot and not taking precautions you’re asking for trouble … it could happen in your town”
12:49 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
London's Imperial College vaccine team delivered the first dose to a human volunteer
From CNN's Mick Krever in London
A team of scientists at Imperial College in London has delivered the first dose of their trial Covid-19 vaccine to a human volunteer, a spokesperson told CNN on Tuesday.
The dose was administered on Friday to a volunteer, Ryan O’Hare told CNN. The vaccine will initially be trialed in 15 volunteers, he said. In the second phase, 300 volunteers will receive the vaccine.
The so-called self-amplifying RNA vaccine uses “bits of genetic code, rather than bits of the virus,” to use muscle cells to “produce copies of a protein found on the outside of the virus.” According to Imperial College, this “trains the immune system to respond to the coronavirus so the body can easily recognize it as a threat in future.”
In April, scientists called for volunteers for the human trial of the coronavirus vaccine.
“We are looking for volunteers to take part in our trial in June — they will be the first volunteers to get the vaccine,” Professor Robin Shattock told BBC radio in April.
12:45 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
Here's the latest coronavirus update from Italy
From CNN’s Nicola Ruotolo in Rome
Italy recorded 18 more coronavirus-related fatalities — the lowest daily increase in deaths among Covid-19 patients since March 1, the country’s Civil Protection Agency said Tuesday.
According to the latest data, the national coronavirus death toll now stands at 34,675.
The total number of active cases has fallen by 1,064, and is now at at 19,573.
Italy also recorded its lowest number of patients in intensive care unites since February with 115 in ICU, 12 less than the previous day.
The total number of coronavirus cases, including deaths and recoveries, is now at least 238,833.
12:40 p.m. ET, June 23, 2020
Former CDC director calls for "credible" and "apolitical" experts to oversee Covid-19 vaccine safety
From CNN's Gisela Crespo
Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the US Centers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Tuesday called for "credible" and "apolitical" experts to oversee the safety of a potential Covid-19 vaccine in order to build the public's trust.
There needs to be "transparency about exactly what the safety assessments are," she said, when asked during a Senate Health Committee hearing what specific commitments the Trump administration should make to build public confidence around a coronavirus vaccine.
Gerberding said scientific organizations including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration should have oversight of the process.
She also recommended the National Academy of Medicine to monitor vaccine safety.
"When I, for example, had responsibility for administering the smallpox vaccination program for first responders, it was the National Academy of Medicine that monitored the safety of that program and helped us identify very early that there was a safety signal," Gerberding told the committee.
"Involving the scientific community, credible experts, apolitical in orientation, is really going to be a very important part of building this trust," Gerberding told the committee.