June 30 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, July 1, 2020
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2:18 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Massachusetts will decide by end of week about next phase of reopening, governor says

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Gov. Charlie Baker
Gov. Charlie Baker Pool

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said there are 101 new cases of coronavirus statewide and the seven-day average of positive cases remains at 1.9%.

There are also 762 patients hospitalized, including 138 in intensive care.

Baker said he will decide by the end of the week if the state will move forward with phase three of reopening.

In phase three, fitness centers, museums, theaters and some other businesses can begin to reopen, according to the state's reopening website.


2:04 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Biden: "Everyone needs to wear a mask in public. Period."

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden slammed President Trump and his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Despite the administration's propaganda that their response should be cause for celebration, despite President Trump's request that we should slow down testing because he thinks it makes him look bad, the Covid-19 is still here and the daily threat to the American health and prosperity is continuing. It didn't have to be this way. Month after month, as other leaders in other countries took the necessary steps to get the virus under control, Donald Trump failed us. Month after month, as many of us urged him to step up and do his job, he failed us,” Biden said.

Biden added that there needs to be a clear message about the importance of wearing masks.

"We absolutely need a clear message from the very top of the federal government that everyone needs to wear a mask in public. Period," he said.

Biden went on to say that "it's a simple measure. It's also one of the most effective ways we can do the right thing."

1:59 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

This Florida county is not expected to close its beaches for Fourth of July

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Cocoa Beach is seen packed with beachgoers on  Saturday, May 23, Memorial Day weekend, in Cocoa Beach, Florida.  Brevard County is expected to keep beaches open for the upcoming July 4th holiday.
Cocoa Beach is seen packed with beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, Memorial Day weekend, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Brevard County is expected to keep beaches open for the upcoming July 4th holiday. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/FILE

Authorities in Brevard County, Florida, say beaches will remain open for the Fourth of July holiday. 

Don Walker, spokesperson for the county, tells CNN that they are expecting a high number of people on their beaches. Walker says the county has 72 miles of shoreline which is ample space for people to safely socially distance. 

The county is recommending all beachgoers follow all social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Walker says hotel bookings are down as they head into the holiday weekend which leads them to believe people are watching the numbers and are either opting to stay home or they're making last minute plans based on their own "risk tolerance."

Brevard County officials are expected to meet later today to determine if they will issue a mandate for face masks, Walker said. 

1:45 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

New Jersey reports 47 more coronavirus deaths

From CNN's Elizabeth Hartfield

Gov. Phil Murphy
Gov. Phil Murphy Pool

New Jersey announced 461 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 171,600, Gov. Phil Murphy announced today.

The state reported 47 new deaths. The total number of confirmed Covid-19-related fatalities in New Jersey is now 13,181. 

Murphy noted that he and the state’s health commissioner believe that the low number of fatalities reported on Monday — 18 — may have been the result of a glitch in the state’s recording systems. 

1:51 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

3 New Orleans Pelicans players test positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

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Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Three New Orleans Pelicans basketball players have tested positive for coronavirus, Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin said today. 

The players, who were tested on June 23, the first day of NBA testing, are in self-isolation and have been tested daily, Griffin said. Once the players get two negative tests, they can return to team activities.

According to Griffin, no other player has tested positive for the virus since the start of testing.

1:34 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Louisiana reports more than 1,000 new cases of coronavirus

From CNN's Tina Burnside

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 1,014 additional cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections to at more than 58,000, according to data released by the state today.

Today's positive test rate is 4.25%, which is significantly lower than the past 10 days. 

According to state data, hospitalizations are at 781 and continue rising.


1:34 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

How the US State Department is responding to the EU travel ban

From CNN's Kylie Atwood

Following an announcement that the European Union will bar American travelers from entering its member countries as borders begin to reopen, a US State Department spokesperson said the country is "committed to coordinating with them as we look forward to reopening our economies and easing restrictions."

The spokesperson noted that as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, "We’ve been working with countries all across the world, including our friends in Europe and the EU proper, to determine how it is we can best safely reopen international travel."

The State Department will continue to urge US citizens to check embassy or consulate websites for information about travel.

What this is about: Earlier today, the EU formally agreed a set of recommendations that will allow travelers from outside the bloc to visit EU countries, months after it shut its external borders in response to the outbreak of Covid-19.

As had been widely expected, the list of 14 countries does not include the United States, whose current Covid infection rate does not meet the criteria set by the EU for it to be considered a "safe country."

The list of approved countries included in the recommendations are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

1:20 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

14 people test positive after attending high school graduation

From CNN’s Taylor Romine

Fourteen people in in Westchester County, New York, have tested positive for Covid-19 after attending a high school graduation in another state, officials said Monday. 

The source of the cluster appears to be from two families who were in Florida before attending a drive-thru graduation for Horace Greeley High School and a celebration party afterward, County Executive George Latimer told reporters during a news conference.

One of the individuals who has since tested positive didn't show symptoms on the day of the event, he said, and was tested several days later. Not all attendees of the two events were properly masked and socially distancing, Latimer said.

The party, which was a field night for students for Horace Greeley and surrounding school districts, was not sponsored by the town or the school district, he added. 

Westchester County is now actively working on contact tracing related to the event, Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler said. Officials also asked that anyone who attended the graduation to get tested. 

Latimer said that the community will remain open despite the cluster. The general trend line for Covid-19 cases are dramatically down, he said. 

1:54 p.m. ET, June 30, 2020

Houston hospital president says possible coronavirus spike after July 4 "scares me"

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Marc Boom
Marc Boom CNN

About 91% of intensive care unit beds are full, with nearly 40% of those occupied with Covid-19 patients, in Houston Methodist Hospital, according to President and CEO Marc Boom.

On Memorial Day, the hospital had about 100 coronavirus patients, compared to 480 now, he told CNN’s Kate Bolduan. 

While it is a large increase, a lower percentage of patients need intensive care, which is “somewhat reassuring,” he said. 

The Fourth of July holiday “scares me,” Boom said. Houston officials must ensure that social distancing guidelines are enforced to stem the tide of coronavirus, he said. 

“I’m worried about what I see in the community. The virus is spreading rapidly. The time to act is now,” he said. 

The Texas city has seen more than 1,300 cases over Sunday and Monday.