July 6 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Tara John, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 11:10 a.m. ET, July 7, 2020
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7:18 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

The NHL will resume its season on August 1

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/FILE
Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/FILE

The National Hockey League will resume its season on August 1, the league announced on Monday. 

Formal training camps will begin on July 13 with teams traveling to the league’s “hub cities” on July 26.

Additionally, the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association have reached a tentative agreement on a Return to Play Plan and a four-year extension to the league’s collective bargaining agreement. The tentative agreement is subject to approval by the NHL’s Board of Governors, as well as the NHLPA’s Executive Board followed by a vote from the full NHLPA membership.

The NHL has yet to announce the two “hub cities” that will host games.

The NHL has also released the league’s phase three and phase four return to sport protocols, which spell out the health and safety protocols that will be in effect as teams begin organized training camp activities and as teams enter the “hub cities.”


7:09 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Miami mayor on coronavirus spike: "The statistics are very grave"

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez CNN

Miami’s Covid-19 cases have increased from 91 cases a day last week to 125 new cases per day, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said Monday.

“I'm looking at the statistics and the statistics are very grave," Suarez said. “Every single metric is up.” 

Suarez said officials need to start working on a long-term plan for the coronavirus pandemic after the Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez signed an emergency order to roll back openings of businesses in the county.

“We know that you can’t implement these orders forever. And we know that once you under these orders, things go back to the way that the were,” Suarez said. “I think if this is just a measure to maintain or reduce hospital capacity, then it’s something that is obviously a short term measure. What we need is a plan and strategy that is long-term, and that is calculated to defeat Covid-19 in our community.”

Suarez said the city shut down seven businesses over the weekend. He added that no mask citations have been issued yet.

“Part of the issue with this order is that this is going to be something that will burden our ability to police our cities,” Suarez added about the county’s new measures.

6:45 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Business founded by California governor received at least $150,000 from Paycheck Protection Program

From CNN’s Sarah Moon

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Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images/FILE

A winery and hospitality company founded by California Gov. Gavin Newsom received at least $150,000 from the small business loan Paycheck Protection Program.

Based in Northern California, PlumpJack Management Group runs a boutique hotel near Lake Tahoe, five restaurants and bars, four wineries in Napa Valley, and a few retail stores and event spaces.  

Newsom founded the first PlumpJack Wine Store on San Francisco’s Fillmore Street in 1992, according to the company’s website. He placed the companies into a blind trust before taking office as governor. 

Asked about the loans during a news conference on Monday, Newsom deferred the question to the company.

“You would have to ask the people that are running those businesses, it’s in a blind trust period, full stop,” Newsom said. 

PlumpJack Management Group has not returned CNN’s request for a comment.

6:40 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

MLS team forced to withdraw from season-opening tournament after positive Covid-19 results

From CNN's David Close

With 10 players and one staff member testing positive for Covid-19, Major League Soccer has withdrawn FC Dallas from the MLS is Back tournament.

The season-starting tournament is scheduled to kick off on Wednesday at Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Florida. 

“Given the impact of the number of positive tests on the club’s ability to train and play competitive matches, we have made the decision to withdraw FC Dallas from the MLS is Back Tournament," MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a league statement.

FC Dallas said the team supports the decision.

“As we continue to focus on the well-being of our players, coaches and staff who are in isolation in Orlando, we understand it is not in their best interests to compete at this time," Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez said in a statement.

On Monday, the players union acknowledged the complex nature of hosting a tournament during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the union said, "The removal of FC Dallas from competition in Orlando is a reminder of how difficult the circumstances involving returning to work remain across all sports amidst this pandemic."

The league provided stats that state of the 557 players currently in Orlando, 13 players have tested positive for coronavirus — including the 10 players from FC Dallas.

6:36 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Oldest GOP senator says he won't attend RNC due to Covid-19 concerns

From CNN's Clare Foran

Anna Moneymake/Pool/Getty Images/FILE
Anna Moneymake/Pool/Getty Images/FILE

The Senate's oldest Republican, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told local reporters on Monday that he won't attend the 2020 Republican National Convention because of coronavirus concerns. Grassley is 86 years old.

"I'm not going to go. And I'm not going to go because of the virus situation," Grassley said during a call with reporters, according to The Des Moines Register. The senator's office confirmed to CNN that the comments reported by the newspaper are accurate.

Grassley is also the Senate's longest-serving Republican and serves in the role of president pro tempore, which places him third in the line of presidential succession, after the vice president and House speaker.

President Trump is set to accept the 2020 Republican presidential nomination in Jacksonville, Florida, at a venue that holds 15,000 people. The President, who wants a full-scale convention, decided to change the location from Charlotte, North Carolina, after a dispute with the state's Democratic governor about social distancing guidelines put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus.

But health experts — and Republican officials — have expressed alarm over a recent spike of coronavirus cases in Florida.

The state set a record for most new coronavirus cases in the US in a single day on Saturday, with 11,458, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, and on Sunday the state surpassed 200,000 Covid-19 cases.

Keep reading.

5:59 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Houston mayor sends letter to "strongly encourage" GOP to cancel July state convention  

From CNN's Raja Razek

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Pool

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news conference on Monday he is sending a letter to the executive director of the Republican Party of Texas to "strongly encourage" the GOP to cancel its in-person convention on July 16. 

"I believe canceling the in-person convention is the responsible action to take while we are in a critical moment in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic," Turner said. "The virus continues to spread in our community, and we must protect the employees, the people who are in our city, visiting our city, as best as possible." 

"In this city, all other conferences and conventions have canceled or been rescheduled to next year with the exception of one ... and that is the state Republican convention," he added. 

Turner said hosting the convention in Houston at this time is a "bad idea." 

"I am going to call on the sponsors of this particular convention to join in with us in asking the state Republican Executive Committee to cancel their plans to have an in-person convention in the city of Houston at this time, and I would strongly, strongly recommend that it be a virtual event," he said.

Houston Health Department Dr. David E. Persse also called on the Republican party in Texas to reconsider their position.  

"Today, we have over 500 people in intensive care units in Harris County. And there is another over 1,300, I believe today, people admitted to local hospitals that are sick enough to be admitted to hospitals," Persse said. "Another large event like this, which known as a 'super spreader' event, is probably not the most responsible thing to do."

"I think the wise, prudent thing to do would be for the Republican Party in Texas to reconsider their position, keeping in mind their members and the people who will be supporting that event," Persse added. 

6:24 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Atlanta mayor says she tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Pierre Meilhan

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

“I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive,” the mayor said.

Bottoms later said in an interview she has taken two tests for the virus this month. 

During an interview with MSNBC, the mayor also added she will self-quarantine at home for the next two weeks.

Read her tweet:

5:55 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Air New Zealand limits capacity on inbound flights at government's request amid pandemic

From CNN's Samantha Beech and Chandler Thornton

Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images/FILE
Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images/FILE

Air New Zealand is limiting capacity on international flights traveling inbound after a request from the government so the country can provide enough quarantine facilities for passengers, according to a statement from the airline.

"Air New Zealand has put a hold on new bookings on international services into New Zealand following a request from the New Zealand Government," the statement read.

"The move is to help ensure the country is able to provide quarantine accommodation for inbound passengers for the required 14-day period," it added.

The "temporary" hold on booking services goes into effect Tuesday local time and will last three weeks, the airline said, adding that some passengers may be moved to another flight to align arrivals with capacity available at isolation spaces. 

“We accept this is a necessary short-term measure given the limited capacity in quarantine facilities and we’re keen to do what we can to help New Zealand’s continued success in its fight against COVID-19,” Air New Zealand Chief Commercial and Customer Officer Cam Wallace said in the statement.

The statement added that domestic services and services outbound from New Zealand will not be impacted.

This comes after Australian airline Qantas announced last week that all scheduled international flights, except for flights between Australia and New Zealand, would be suspended until at least the end of October 2020, due to government restrictions and all scheduled flights between Australia and New Zealand are suspended until at least mid-August 2020.

5:38 p.m. ET, July 6, 2020

Military deploying medical personnel to San Antonio as coronavirus cases spike

From CNN's Ryan Browne and Barbara Starr

The US military announced Monday it is sending approximately 50 medical and support personnel to the San Antonio area after a spike in Covid-19 cases in Texas.

The personnel, from the 627th Hospital Center in Carson, Colorado, will "provide medical assistance by embedding in medical care facilities in the San Antonio, Texas area. The medical personnel include emergency room and critical care nurses, respiratory specialists and support personnel," the Northern Command said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the military dispatched hundreds of medical personnel to embed in hospitals primarily in the New York City area, as well as elsewhere.