July 28 coronavirus news

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

Updated 12:10 a.m. ET, July 29, 2020
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4:38 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

North Carolina restaurants ordered to stop selling alcohol after 11 p.m.

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks at a news conference on Tuesday.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper speaks at a news conference on Tuesday. Pool/North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Starting Friday, restaurants in North Carolina must stop selling alcohol after 11 p.m., Gov. Roy Cooper announced in a news conference today.

Bars will remain closed, Cooper said, adding that “we want to prevent restaurants from turning into bars after hours."

“Slowing the spread of this virus requires targeted strategies that help lower the risk of transmission,” Cooper said in a statement. “This will be particularly important as colleges and universities are scheduled to start, bringing people all over the country to our state. We have seen case numbers increase among younger people, and prevention is critical to slowing the spread of the virus.”

The order will not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores or other entities permitted to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption, according to the governor.

4:27 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Biden says he has not been tested for coronavirus

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Joe Biden arrives at his campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday.
Joe Biden arrives at his campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden told reporters Tuesday he has not yet been tested for coronavirus. 

"No, I have not," said Biden, when asked by a reporter, "Have you been tested yet?" in the question and answer period of a news conference he hosted near his home in Wilmington, Delaware

The former vice president previously told CNN's Jake Tapper on May 24 that he'd not been tested because had not experienced symptoms, adding that he was following medical experts' advice — including keeping distance from his grandchildren when they visit and ensuring everyone who enters his home, including the Secret Service, wears gloves and masks.

“I have not been tested for the coronavirus," said Biden at the time. "I have had, thank God, no symptoms that I'm aware of,” he added.

Biden, 77, is considered to be among those in a high-risk risk category, according to to CDC guidelines.

4:12 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

US stocks finish lower

From CNN Business’ Anneken Tappe

US markets closed in the red on Tuesday. After hopes for Washington’s next pandemic stimulus package boosted stocks at the start of the week, investors now worry that drawn-out negotiations will make it difficult to come to a deal. 

On top of that, earnings season continues to show that corporate America is struggling with the pandemic. Both McDonald’s and 3M missed analyst expectations in their results and were among the weakest Dow stocks of the day.

Here's where the market closed today:

  • The Dow finished 0.8%, or 205 points, lower.
  • The S&P 500 closed down 0.6%.
  • The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.3%
4:23 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Portuguese islands make masks mandatory in public

From CNN's Duarte Mendonca and Lauren Kent

A view of Camara de Lobos, on the southern coast of Portugal's Madeira Island.
A view of Camara de Lobos, on the southern coast of Portugal's Madeira Island. Horacio Villalobos/Corbis/Getty Images

The Portuguese islands of Madeira will make wearing a mask mandatory in all public spaces, both indoors and outdoors, starting on Saturday, the regional government announced today.

"The mandatory use of the mask is an additional measure to protect people from the region. We are one of the safest regions in the world, and as such, we have to adopt a good practice of individual and collective protection," said Pedro Ramos, Madeira's Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection. "If we all collaborate, we will win. Tourism wins, the regional economy and public safety wins." 

Several groups of people will be exempt from the mandatory mask rule, including children up to the age of 10 and people who are "incapacitated, with the lack of ability to place or remove the mask." 

The Madeira government also said it is giving every person who arrives a "free, beautiful mask from our region" to emphasize mask-wearing and to show visitors that Madeira has "its epidemiologic situation under control."

The popular tourist destination, which is an autonomous region of Portugal off the northwest coast of Africa, has kept its number of coronavirus infections low, with only 105 confirmed cases. Of those, 97 are recovered cases and eight are active cases, according to the latest data from the regional government. 

4:09 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

At least 13 patients in Massachusetts health facility test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Laura Ly

At least 13 patients and 23 employees have tested positive for coronavirus at Baystate Health in Massachusetts.

These cases were related to an outbreak stemming from an employee who traveled to a hotspot in the US, as well as “simple lapses” in break rooms where people convened without masks and without appropriate social distancing, according to Mark A. Keroack, the president and CEO of the facility. 

An employee traveled to an area in the US that’s been identified as a hotspot and upon return was diagnosed with coronavirus, Keroack said in a statement earlier this week. 

Keroack also said staff convened in break rooms and removed their masks without observing proper social distancing protocols. 

“These simple lapses were able to happen in spite of our screening employees for fever and other symptoms before every shift, mandating mask usage and social distancing throughout the facility,” the statement said.

“Baystate has reached out to all patients who received care on the unit during the time period of July 15-23, and they are being tested. Baystate has been conducting testing and contact tracing of employees who were working on the unit, as well as those employees who spent more than 15 minutes on the unit during this same time period.” 

The 36 people with the virus were identified by Monday morning.

“This event reinforces that COVID-19 is highly contagious and requires vigilance in order to contain its spread,” Keroack said. 

3:53 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Biden: Trump has "failed" the pandemic test 

From CNN's Josiah Ryan

Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday.
Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Andrew Harnik/AP

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden lambasted President Trump on Tuesday saying he's proven he is incapable of keeping Americans safe from harm.

"Donald Trump faces a real test and he's failed it, the basic threshold of being President, the duty to care for the entire country, not just his re-election prospects," said the former vice president in a speech Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

"He's shown that he can't beat the pandemic and keep you safe," continued Biden. "He can't turn the economy around and get America back to work."

Biden was speaking to introduce the fourth and final plank of a "Build Back Better" program, detailing his proposal to pump stimulus spending into Black and brown-owned businesses and advance first-time homebuyers a $15,000 refundable tax credit as part of an economic plan focused on racial equity.

3:44 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

New gathering and dining restrictions to take effect in this Virginia region

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and State Health Commissioner Dr. Norman Oliver issued an executive order and public health emergency order today that will take effect at 12 a.m. Friday, affecting Virginia’s Hampton Roads area.

Under the new order, no alcohol will be allowed to be sold or consumed on site after 10 p.m., and all restaurants must close by midnight, the governor announced.

According to Northam, indoor dining in the area will now be limited to 50% capacity, along with food courts, breweries, wineries and distilleries.  

Additionally, all public and private social gatherings of more than 50 individuals will be prohibited, including indoor and outdoor parties, the governor said. 

“This is about stopping the spread of Covid-19 in Hampton Roads. It happens when too many people gather together, when too many people are non-compliant, and as I've said before, when too many people are selfish, and we all know that alcohol changes your judgement, you just don’t care as much about social distancing after you’ve had a couple of drinks, that’s when the virus gets spread, and that’s why we are taking this action,” Northam said.
3:28 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

MLB postpones multiple games out of abundance of caution

From CNN's David Close

The Miami Marlins play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, on Sunday.
The Miami Marlins play the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Phillies, on Sunday. Chris Szagola/AP

Major League Baseball has announced multiple postponements of upcoming games out of an abundance of caution after multiple Miami Marlins tested positive for Covid-19. The MLB statement says Marlins’ personnel who have tested positive for coronavirus are currently in isolation and are receiving care.

Here's what was postponed, according to a statement from the MLB:

  • All games on the Miami Marlins’ schedule through Sunday.
  • The remainder of the home-and-home series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees set to take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

"As a result of these postponements, the Yankees will now play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday in order to create more scheduling flexibility later in the season. Additional rescheduling during the week of August 3rd will be announced later this week," the statement said.

The MLB said that out of more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, July 24, no other on-field personnel has tested positive from any of the other teams.

"The realities of the virus still loom large, and we must operate with that in mind every day. We are confident that Clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and for others, and the data provides reason to believe that the protocols can work effectively," the MLB said.

3:31 p.m. ET, July 28, 2020

Georgia reports nearly 4,300 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Dianne Gallagher

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 4,293 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The statewide Covid-19 case total is now 175,052. 

The public health agency also reported 54 new deaths. The total death toll for Georgia is now 3,563. 

There were 402 new Covid-19-related hospitalizations recorded on Tuesday.

Note: These numbers were released by the Georgia Department of Public Health and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.