July 16 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Steve George, Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 0424 GMT (1224 HKT) July 17, 2020
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12:11 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Target stores will require customers to wear face masks starting next month

From CNN's Nathaniel Meyersohn

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Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Target will require its customers to wear masks or face coverings in all of their stores starting on Aug. 1.

“This builds on the more than 80% of our stores that already require guests to wear face coverings due to local and state regulations. Given the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the role masks play in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, our store team members also already wear masks when they come to work, which we provide for them,” the company said in a statement.

Individuals with underlying medical conditions and young children are exempt from the announced policy. 

Target joins other major US companies that have made similar announcements, including CVS, Walmart, Starbucks and Best Buy.

12:09 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Miami Dolphins will have no fans during preseason games

From CNN's Jabari Jackson

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Mark Brown/Getty Images

The National Football League’s Miami Dolphins will not allow fans at training camp and preseason games in 2020 due to Covid-19 health and safety concerns.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Dolphins revealed plans to help “create a safe environment in 2020," which also includes no tailgating for the entire season.

“Things are changing week to week and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular season home game so we’ll wait and work with local authorities and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer,” Tom Garfinkel, vice chairman and CEO of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium, said in the statement. “We’re ready for any scenario and feel very good about the diligence and attention to detail that has gone into creating the safest environment we can if we are able to have fans on September 20th.”

Capacity for Hard Rock Stadium for games will be announced at a later date as the team seeks guidance from health and government officials.

Miami will host their first preseason game on Sept. 20, against the Philadelphia Eagles.

12:04 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

About 3.3 million US seniors live with school-age children, new analysis finds

From CNN's Health Gisela Crespo

As the nation debates how to safely reopen schools – and one of the main concerns being that children may become infected at school and carry the virus back home – new data released by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Thursday found that about 3.3 million older adults in the US live in a household with a school-age child.

About 7% of children, or 4.1 million, between the ages of 5 and 18 live in a household with adults 65 and older – a population that is more vulnerable to the virus.

Older people of color are more likely to live in a house with a school-age child compared to their White counterparts, according to the analysis.

Around 19% of seniors who are Asian and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander live with a child that goes to school, as do 17% of older Hispanic adults.

About 13% of American Indian seniors and 11% of Black seniors live with a school-age child.

Covid-19 has disproportionately affected communities of colors, and if schools become a source of infection, older people of color would be at "increased risk of exposure through school-age children," the analysis said.

California, Texas, and Florida – states that are currently dealing with large increases in Covid-19 cases – have relatively large numbers of seniors living with a school-age child.

"The risk posed by Covid-19 to older family members is just one of the many factors that state and local officials will need to consider as they develop plans to safely reopen schools," the analysis said.
12:04 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

These are the 4 hotspot states we're watching today

A health-care worker collects paperwork at a drive-thru testing site in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday.
A health-care worker collects paperwork at a drive-thru testing site in Tucson, Arizona, on Monday. Cheney Orr/Bloomberg/Getty Images

Coronavirus cases are rising across the US, and at least 39 states have reported an increase in the number of new cases from the week before.

We're keeping an eye on several hotspots today, where the spiking numbers of cases have created hospital bed shortages and prompted officials to prepare for the worst.

Here's what you need to know about the US's hardest-hit hotspots:


  • Morgues are filling up: In Maricopa County, which has the most Covid-19 cases in the state, the medical examiner's office has ordered four portable coolers as morgues begin to fill up, said Fields Moseley, the county spokesperson.
  • Out-of-state help needed: State health officials have also announced they're bringing nearly 600 critical care and medical-surgical nurses from out of state to help as they enhance their internal surge plans to fill staffing gaps.


  • New records: The country's most populous state set two more records yesterday with highs for hospitalizations and ICU admissions.
  • New lockdowns possible: In Los Angeles County, the public health director warned another stay-at-home order is likely: "We can't take anything off the table — there's absolutely no certainty of what exactly is going to happen next," Dr. Barbara Ferrer said.


  • Out of ICU beds: As of yesterday, more than 50 hospitals have reached intensive care unit capacity and show zero beds available, according to according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). In Miami, hospitals have reached 95% capacity, Mayor Francis Suarez, told reporters Thursday.
  • Another day of soaring cases: The state reported nearly 14,000 new coronavirus cases today, brining the total number of cases during the pandemic to more than 315,000. The state's record-high for new coronavirus cases in a single day came last weekend, when officials reported more than 15,000.


  • Trucks for bodies: Two counties in Texas — Cameron and Hidalgo — are sharing a large refrigerated trailer to store bodies of coronavirus patients because of a lack of space at the morgues. San Antonio officials have also said they're requesting refrigerated trucks.
  • Hospitals in one city are full: In South Texas, hospitals in Laredo are full and the federal government is converting a hotel into a health care facility.
12:09 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

CVS will require customers wear face coverings starting next week

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

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Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on Monday, pharmacy chain CVS will require all customers to wear face covering when entering any of their stores throughout the US.

"With the recent spike in Covid-19 infections, we're joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings when entering any of our stores throughout the country effective Monday, July 20," CVS Health Chief Operating Officer Jon Roberts said in a press statement.

"To be clear, we're not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer. What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering," Roberts added.

CVS joins other major companies that have announced similar moves, including Walmart, Starbucks and Best Buy.

12:02 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Florida teacher on school reopenings: No yearbook "should include a memorial page" for Covid-19 deaths

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Dave Galloway, a sixth-grade science teacher in Florida, said he is setting up his will and thinking of pushing up his retirement because of coronavirus concerns. 

“No yearbook this year should include a memorial page for those that passed from Covid,” he said in an interview on CNN’s “New Day.” 

Galloway, 64, who has been teaching for 14 years, is an Army veteran who has type 2 diabetes. His wife is a breast cancer survivor. 

The state is unprepared to properly plan for school reopenings, he said, and schools shouldn’t be open if the governor’s office isn’t even open for visitors and teachers still need to meet virtually. 

“Right now, we have been given yet another mandate, a demand to perform, if you will, with … what I consider zero leadership from Tallahassee and zero funding to accomplish what it is they want us to do,” he said.

Part of his school prep this year has been setting up a will, he said, and he's not the only one facing these concerns.  

“They are putting an assumed level of risk on teachers and students — and our most vulnerable students — that quite frankly, I find untenable,” Galloway added. 

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12:10 p.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Atlanta mayor's office says masks are still required after governor suspends local mask mandates

From CNN’s Jason Morris

People stand in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a free walk-up testing site on July 11 in Atlanta.
People stand in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a free walk-up testing site on July 11 in Atlanta. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Atlanta's mask order remains in effect, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' office told CNN, despite the governor's earlier executive order suspending all local government mask mandates.

“Mayor’s Order remains in effect, as science and data will continue to drive the City’s decisions. Masks save lives," Michael Smith, press secretary for the mayor, said.

Some background: Yesterday, Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that included language indicating that local governments are prohibited from implementing rules requiring people to wear masks and face coverings in public places.

 Under the executive order, the Republican governor extended the state's public emergency and said face coverings are "strongly encouraged," but not required.

Kemp's executive order voids masks mandates already imposed by some local governments as Covid-19 cases tick up in cities across the state.

11:25 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Coronavirus hospital data removed from CDC website following Trump plan to reroute information

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Following the Trump administration’s decision to reroute coronavirus hospital data first to the administration, instead of sending it to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some data is no longer available on the CDC.gov website. 

The information removed from the website is the hospital data that was reported to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network, according to CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund.

The data includes...

  • the current inpatient and intensive care unit bed occupancy
  • Health care worker staffing
  • Personal protective equipment supply status and availability

The information appeared on the National Healthcare Safety Network Covid-19 module page and the CDC’s Covid-19 data tracker.

11:21 a.m. ET, July 16, 2020

Here are some of the latest Covid-19 numbers from New York City

From CNN’s Lauren del Valle

People ride bikes as they visit Governors Island on July 15 in New York City.
People ride bikes as they visit Governors Island on July 15 in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

There were 65 new suspected Covid-19 hospitalizations across New York City yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in a press conference this morning, adding the city’s latest test positivity rate was 2%.

The latest city data shows there are at least 332 patients being treated for the virus in ICUs. 

Remember: These numbers were released by the city and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database, which is drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.