July 19 coronavirus news

By Helen Regan, Jenni Marsh and Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Updated 12:50 a.m. ET, July 20, 2020
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6:13 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Texas reports 7,300 new coronavirus cases

From CNN's Ashley Killough and Hollie Silverman

A patient reacts after a healthcare worker collected a sample at a United Memorial Medical Center Covid-19 testing site on July 16, in Houston.
A patient reacts after a healthcare worker collected a sample at a United Memorial Medical Center Covid-19 testing site on July 16, in Houston. David J. Phillip/AP

Texas reported 7,300 new coronavirus cases and 93 deaths Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

The highest daily case count reported by the health department was 10,791 on July 15, its website said.

The positivity rate statewide is 15.03%, according to the health department.

The number of hospitalized patients has decreased by 66 from the day before to 10,592, the department said.

6:06 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Older children can transmit Covid-19 just as much as adults, research finds

From CNN's Naomi Thomas

Researchers in South Korea have found that children between the ages of 10 and 19 can transmit Covid-19 within a household just as much as adults, according to new research published in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Researchers also found that children ages 9 and younger transmitted the virus within their household at rates that were a lot lower.

Researchers from the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at reports of 59,073 contacts of 5,706 coronavirus patients.

Overall, the researchers detected Covid-19 in 11.8% of 10,592 household contacts. For 48,481 non-household contacts, 1.9% tested positive for Covid-19.

When the initial patient in a household was younger than 10, the researchers found that 5.3% of household contacts tested positive for Covid-19. When the initial patient was between the ages of 10 and 19, 18.6% of contacts tested positive.

Rates were higher for contacts of children than adults,” the authors said. “These risks largely reflected transmission in the middle of mitigations and therefore might characterize transmission dynamics during school closure.”

Researchers also found that the highest Covid-19 rate for household contacts of school-age children and the lowest rates for children younger than 9 was the middle of school closures.

“Although the detection rate for contacts of preschool-aged children was lower, young children may show higher attack rates when the school closure ends, contributing to community transmission of Covid-19,” the study said.

This is one study in many,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, speaking on CNN’s "Inside Politics" on Sunday. “And the general consensus that I think most of us has had is that younger kids definitely spread a lot less. Older kids, especially as you start getting into teenagers and older teenagers, start looking like adults.”

Jha said that, ultimately, what you want to do is get the virus suppressed in the community so schools can reopen safely.

“You might have a different threshold for getting kids kindergarten through 5, let’s say, back in at an earlier level,” Jha said. “And you may need to wait a little bit longer until the virus levels really are down before you open up high schools.”

There are some limitations to the study, the authors said, including that the number of cases may have been underestimated and that they were unable to assess the true difference in transmissibility between household and non-household contacts because of the different testing thresholds.


5:05 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Illinois reported nearly 1,000 new Covid-19 cases and six new deaths

From CNN’s Chandler Thornton

The Illinois Public Health Department reported 965 new Covid-19 cases Sunday and six new deaths.

Illinois now has 161,575 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 7,295 across all 102 counties.

The age of cases ranges from younger than 1 to older than 100 years," the health department said in a news release Sunday.

As of Saturday night, 320 people were in the ICU and 132 people were on ventilators with the virus, the health department added.

4:58 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Two sailors fighting fire on San Diego Navy ship test positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Barbara Starr

Two Navy sailors fighting the fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego have tested positive for Covid-19, the US Navy announced Sunday.

Contact tracing identified 27 other sailors who had been in close contact with them and they were put on ROM (Restriction of Movement).

4:29 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Minnesota governor says flags will fly half-staff to honor coronavirus victims

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted Sunday that flags are flying at half-staff Sunday "to remember and honor the lives of Minnesotans we've lost to COVID-19."

Minnesota has reported 1,541 coronavirus deaths, with three new deaths reported Sunday. Of those deaths, 1,187 were people who lived in long-term care or assisted living facilities, according to the Minnesota Department of Health Website.

There are also 40 probable deaths tied to the virus, the website said.

There were 737 new cases reported in the state Sunday for a total of 46,204 cases, the website said. About 258 people remain hospitalized, with 120 in intensive care.

4:26 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Record single-day new case increases reported Saturday in at least 2 states

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Georgia and North Carolina both reported record highs for single-day coronavirus case count increases Saturday, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

Georgia reported 4,688 new cases Saturday for a total of 139,880 coronavirus cases statewide.

Previously, 4,490 was the record number of cases in Georgia, reported July 10, according to the data from JHU. At least 3,000 new cases have been reported daily for the past six days.

North Carolina reported 2,522 new cases for a total of 98,092 cases statewide.

The previous record for the state was on July 10, when 2,376 new cases were reported, according to the data. There have only been four days where more than 2,000 cases were reported in a single day in the state, all since July 3.

3:45 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

There are no ICU beds available at 49 Florida hospitals

From CNN's Randi Kaye in West Palm Beach

Beachgoers wear masks on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, on July 19 in Hollywood, Florida.
Beachgoers wear masks on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, on July 19 in Hollywood, Florida. Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel/AP

There are 49 hospitals in Florida with 0% ICU beds available, according to Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration website as of 3 p.m. EST Sunday.

Five of those hospitals are in Broward County, just north of Miami Dade, which now has an overnight curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. 

Broward saw about 10,000 new cases in a week and has a positivity rate hovering just under 17%.

2:20 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Gov. Edwards says coronavirus is "more rampant in Louisiana now than it has ever been" 

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a tweet Sunday that the virus "is more rampant in Louisiana now than it has ever been."

"We now have a statewide epidemic, it is no longer one or two regions driving case growth," he added.

What the numbers look like: 3,119 new cases of coronavirus were reported since Friday, according to a series of tweets from the Louisiana Department of Health Sunday.

The total number of cases in the state is now at 91,706, a tweet from the agency said. 

34 more deaths were reported for a total death count of 3,433 in the state. 

The Louisiana Department of Health said Saturday that updates will be provided each day at noon except for Saturdays going forward.

Read the governor's tweet:

2:56 p.m. ET, July 19, 2020

Miami-Dade ICUs are at 127% capacity

From CNN's Randi Kaye in West Palm Beach, FL and Melissa Alonso in Atlanta

Florida currently has 9,351 Covid-19 related hospitalizations, an increase of 189 since Saturday morning, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).   

Miami-Dade County alone has 2,008 hospitalizations while Broward County has 1,240 hospitalizations, AHCA data shows.  

Miami-Dade County ICUs are at 127% capacity with 507 admissions and 398 bed capacity, according to data from the county. According to Miami-Dade County's daily summary, "this percentage represents the number of COVID positive patients utilizing hospital beds; does not include the 1,259 acute care and ICU beds that may be converted."