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7:55 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Union of Disneyland hotel workers protest park's reopening

From CNN's Paul Vercammen

A caravan with Disneyland union hotel workers circles the park where the group is protesting the reopening of the park on June 27, 2020.
A caravan with Disneyland union hotel workers circles the park where the group is protesting the reopening of the park on June 27, 2020.

The union representing 3,000 Disneyland hotel workers circled the closed park today in a caravan protest urging Disney officials not to reopen without more safety precautions. 

As the horns honked, union representative Austin Lynch said Disneyland needs to conduct routine testing of employees, perhaps as often as once a week. 

There are 31,000 Disneyland workers. The park attracts 21 million visitors a year and is the largest employer in Anaheim, California.

8:02 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

New York school district under investigation for Covid-19 exposure at drive-in graduation says it is working closely with officials

From CNN’s Ganesh Setty

Chappaqua Central School District, which encompasses Horace Greeley High School, released the following letter on Saturday regarding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that the state’s Department of Health is investigating Covid-19 exposure at the school's drive-in graduation.

"I would like to assure the entire community that we are working closely with local and state officials to support their efforts to prevent further spread of Covid-19 in our area," Superintendent Christine Ackerman said in a letter to the school district community.

Ackerman said that despite "repeatedly provid[ing] clear guidance and protocols for families that complied with all applicable health and safety orders and guidelines… numerous individuals failed to follow [their] protocols."

"In addition, we later learned that one attendee, who had recently traveled to Florida, later tested positive for COVID-19," Ackerman wrote.

8:02 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Colombia passes China in reported Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Stefano Pozzebon and Taylor Barnes

Colombia reported 4,149 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, the third time in a week that the country has posted a new single-day high of new cases.

The new cases bring the total number reported in Colombia to 88,591, a number higher than the total reported by China, 84,726.

Colombia also reported 128 new Covid-19 deaths, bringing the nationwide total to 2,939.

7:08 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Honduran president, diagnosed with Covid-19, tweets photos of himself working from hospital

From CNN’s Patrick Oppmann and Taylor Barnes

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on Saturday tweeted two photos of himself reading documents along with the message: "I am still in the hospital, but always working to serve my people."

The Honduran government announced that Hernández tested positive for Covid-19 on June 16. Hernández is the first president in Latin America to test positive for the virus.

Hernandez is being treated at a military hospital. His wife and two aides also tested positive.

Hernández wrote that he signed several decrees, including legislation to assist the production sector and an extension of a tax declaration affecting small businesses.

A government spokesman said Hernandez was stable and continuing to improve.

7:06 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

There are 2.5 million coronavirus cases in US

From CNN’s Melissa Alonso

There are at least 2,500,419 cases of coronavirus in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally. At least 125,434 people have died from coronavirus nationwide.

On Saturday, Johns Hopkins reported 32,865 new cases and 395 reported deaths. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.

Keep up with the latest numbers with CNN's interactive map.

6:40 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Brazil reports more than 1,100 new Covid-19 deaths

From journalist Marcia Reverdosa in São Paulo and CNN’s Taylor Barnes in Atlanta

Brazil's health ministry reported 1,109 new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s death toll to 57,070.

The ministry reported 38,693 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the nationwide total to 1.31 million.

5:43 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Here's a breakdown of the states pausing or rolling back reopening plans

From CNN"s Artemis Moshtaghian

Due to the rise in coronavirus cases, 12 states — Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Texas and Washington — have rolled back or paused reopening plans.

Here's a breakdown of where all 50 states stand when it comes to reopening:

Alabama – Reopening continues as state education and health officials unveiled on Friday a road map for school districts to reopen in the fall.

Alaska – The state is currently in phase three of a four-phase reopening plan.

Arizona – Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday the state’s reopening plans are now "on pause" as a result of a major spike in coronavirus cases.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he is not ready to further lift restrictions as cases surge.

California – If and when Covid-19 patients begin to strain resources like hospitals and ICU beds, Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to pull back on their reopening ability, he said Thursday.

Colorado – Gov. Jared Polis and state health officials said Thursday if the virus keeps spreading, they may have to slow or stop the reopening process.

Connecticut – Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday the state appears to be on track for a safe reopening of schools in the fall.

Delaware – Gov. John Carney announced Thursday the delay of the third phase of economic reopening originally scheduled for Monday.

Florida – Gov. Ron DeSantis says the state has no plan for continuing its reopening. The state has stopped on premises consumption of alcohol at bars.

Georgia – The majority of Georgia businesses statewide have reopened with restrictions. Live venues are slated to reopen July 1.

Hawaii – Reopening continues with Gov. David Ige announcing that travel restrictions will be lifted for tourist with negative tests results.

Idaho – Gov. Brad Little on Thursday said the state will remain in stage four of reopening for at least two more weeks.

Illinois – The fourth phase of reopening in Illinois starts Friday and includes gyms and indoor dining.

Indiana – Indiana is on track to enter the fifth and final stage of reopening on July 4.

Iowa – Reopening continues as state education officials released guidelines Thursday allowing schools to reopen to normal activities as of July 1.

Kansas – Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday she is recommending communities remain in phase three of the state's reopening plan in for at least two more weeks.

Kentucky – Reopening plans resume as state allows visitation at assisted living facilities to begin on Monday.

Louisiana – Gov. John Bel Edwards on Thursday formally extended the second phase of reopening in Louisiana for another 28 days, as new Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations increase.

Maine – Gov. Janet Mills paused the state's next phase, which would allow bars and restaurants to reopen July 1.

Maryland – Gov. Larry Hogan said the state will "continue to safely reopen" in a statement Thursday.

Massachusetts – State is currently in phase two and on track to start phase three in July.

Michigan – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed Thursday for professional sports to return without spectators.

Minnesota – Reopening continues with indoor games and scrimmages for youth sports expected to resume on July 1.

Mississippi – All Mississippi businesses were allowed to reopen in early June.

Missouri – Reopening continues as the state entered second phase of its "Show Me Strong Recovery" plan on June 16.

Montana – State has been in second phase of reopening since June 1, but there is no indication when it will move into its final phase.

Nebraska – Reopening continues with most counties currently in third phase.

Nevada – Gov. Steve Sisolak said Monday there is no timeline for further lifting of restrictions.

New Hampshire – Reopening continues with movie theaters and other venues expected to open on Monday.

New Jersey – Reopening still underway, Atlantic City casinos can reopen July 2 with 25% capacity.

New Mexico – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday further economic reopening plans are on hold. "We’re not quite ready to go to Phase Two," she said.

New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo removed shopping malls, gyms and movie theaters from its plans to reopen during phase four.

North Carolina – Gov. Roy Cooper extended the second phase of the state's reopening plan for three additional weeks on Wednesday.

North Dakota – State's "Smart Restart" plan continues to ease restrictions on restaurants, bars and school graduations.

Ohio – Reopening is continuing with the latest restrictions lifted on June 22, allowing sports practice to resume.

Oklahoma – Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday he is not planning to roll back any reopening plans at this point.

Oregon – Most of the state is currently in phase two. In early June, Gov. Kate Brown paused pending county applications for reopening for a week when case count rose following the start of reopening.

Pennsylvania – The southeastern part of the state advance to its "green phase" Friday. The rest of the state is expected to do the same on July 3.

Rhode Island – State expects to advance to phase three in July. Parking capacity at Rhode Island beaches was expanded this week.

South Carolina – Reopening continues. State education officials released guidelines Monday for reopening school districts.

South Dakota – Reopening efforts continue.

Tennessee – Reopening continues. State is currently in third phase of its four-part reopening plan.

Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday ordered bars to close again and restaurants to reduce capacity to 50%. On Thursday Abbot said the state would pause any further phases to reopen.

Utah – State's four-part, tiered reopening plan continues. Gov. Gary Herbert did pause the state's plan for a short time in early June.

Vermont – State remains on track with reopening.

Virginia – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday that he plans to loosen restrictions for the state on July 1.

Washington – Gov. Jay Inslee pauses reopening cities and going into fourth phase of reopening plan due to rising coronavirus cases

West Virginia – State will advance into week nine of reopening on Monday.

Wisconsin – State reopening plans continue, though local officials have said they might restrict bars and restaurants if numbers continue to rise. Dane County will restrict bar capacity after a spike there.

Wyoming – Reopening continues with visitation for long term health facilities resuming last week.

5:29 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Texas reports 5,747 new coronavirus cases today

From CNN's Melissa Alonso

Texas health officials reported 5,747 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturda, bringing the total case count to 143,371 cases, according to the state's health agency website. 

A total of 2,366 people have died in the state. 

On Thursday, Texas reported 5,996 new cases, its highest number of new cases in a single day. 

Texas has performed more than 1.9 million tests, according to the state's Health and Human Services Department.

For a nationwide and global scale of the coronavirus, check out CNN's interactive map and Johns Hopkins University's Covid-19 tracking project.

5:30 p.m. ET, June 27, 2020

Trump campaign postpones Vice President's events in Florida and Arizona due to surge in coronavirus cases

From CNN's Jason Hoffman, DJ Judd and Sam Fossum

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in Washington, DC, on June 26.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in Washington, DC, on June 26. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

The Trump campaign has postponed Vice President Mike Pence's campaign events in Florida and Arizona next week "out of an abundance of caution," the campaign told CNN. 

The decision to postpone the events comes as both states and the country experience a surge in coronavirus cases. Pence had a handful of campaign and political-related events scheduled as part of his trips to both states.

The Vice President's office did not provide an updated schedule for Pence's trips.

"The Vice President is still traveling to Texas, Arizona, and Florida this week as he said he is meeting with the Governors and their healthcare teams," a spokesperson from the office said in a statement to CNN.

The Associated Press and NBC first reported the schedule changes. 

During Friday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing Pence said that he will be traveling to Texas, Arizona and Florida, three of the states hardest hit in recent weeks by the pandemic, so he could "get a ground report."

Pence on Sunday will travel to Dallas where he will speak at First Baptist Church to participate in a “Celebrate Freedom Rally,” which his office bills as a celebration of American freedom and spirit. He will then meet with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about Covid-19.

When pressed Friday by reporters over the wisdom of holding campaign rallies, even as public health officials continue to warn against large gatherings, Pence described it as a personal decision outside the government's purview.

"The freedom of speech, the right to peaceably assemble is enshrined in the Constitution of the United States," Pence said when asked why he and President Donald Trump moved forward with campaign events.

"We have an election coming up this fall," Pence said. "And President Trump and I believe that, taking proper steps — we created screening at recent events — and giving people the very best counsel that we have, we still want to give people the freedom to participate in the political process. And we respect that."