July 29 coronavirus news

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

Updated 12:40 p.m. ET, July 30, 2020
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2:30 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

US Open Championship will be held in New York without fans

From CNN's Elizabeth Joseph

A pin flag is seen on the 18th hole during the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The club is scheduled to host the championship in September without fans.
A pin flag is seen on the 18th hole during the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The club is scheduled to host the championship in September without fans. Morry Gash/AP

The US Open Championship will be held without fans at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, on Sept. 14 to 20, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

“It will be held without fans and the organizers are working with the state department of health to ensure everyone's safety," Cuomo said.

The United States Golf Association (USGA) will have protocols — like social distancing, the use of face coverings, cleaning and testing — in place to protect players and staff, a statement released by the governor’s office outlined.   

"We are very grateful to Governor Cuomo and his team for their collaboration over the past few months. We are very proud to give our competitors and champions the opportunity to chase their dreams at the U.S. Open to Winged Foot Golf Club in September. While we will miss having fans on-site, we know this is the right decision to make for the players and the community," USGA CEO Mike Davis said in the governor's office statement.

1:24 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Fauci on video with false coronavirus claims: "We've got to follow the science"

From CNN's Gisela Crespo

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Wednesday "we've got to follow the science" when asked about a viral video that promoted false coronavirus claims.  

The video included false claims about masks and hydroxychloroquine. Versions of it were shared by President Trump on Twitter. 

Speaking during an interview on MSNBC, Fauci said that amid the spread of misinformation, it's important to "follow the science."  

"I'm very explicit and unambiguous when we say we've got to follow the science. If a study that's a good study comes out and shows efficacy and safety for hydroxychloroquine or any other drug that we do — if you do it in the right way you accept the scientific data. But right now today, the cumulative scientific data that has been put together and done over a number of different studies has shown no efficacy," Fauci explained. 

"When there's a video out there from a bunch of people spouting something that isn't true, the only recourse you have is to be very, very clear in presenting the scientific data that essentially contradicts that," Fauci told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. 

1:10 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Alabama governor urges school districts to return to in-person instruction

From CNN's Tina Burnside

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference in Montgomery on Wednesday, July 29.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks during a news conference in Montgomery on Wednesday, July 29. Kim Chandler/AP

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey encouraged school districts Wednesday to phase back into in-class instruction.

"We don’t have the luxury of not getting our young people in school," she said during a news conference. 

Students from second grade to college will now be required to wear masks or face coverings while in school under Ivey's amended safer-at-home order.

Alabama reported 1,345 additional Covid-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 81,687, according to Dr. Scott Harris, health officer with the state's Department of Public Health.  

Approximately 22,000 of the total cases were confirmed in the last two weeks, Harris said.

1:04 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Oklahoma reports fewer than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases today 

From CNN’s Kay Jones and Brad Parks

There are at least 848 new Covid-19 cases in Oklahoma, according to the latest numbers provided by the state's Department of Health.

This brings the state’s total to 34,623 cases. The state had reported more than 1,000 cases the past three days.

There are 14 new deaths in the state, bringing the total to 523. However, the health department says that none of the new reported deaths occurred over the past 24 hours. 

The health department also reported a total of 27,386 people have recovered from the virus while 663 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus.

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

12:59 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

New York governor says "all the news" on Covid-19 numbers is good

From CNN's Brian Vitagliano

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state conducted 62,276 tests Tuesday with an infection rate of 1.1%. 

There are 619 New Yorkers hospitalized, which is the lowest number since March 15, according to the governor. 

Cuomo said there were unfortunately five deaths Tuesday from Covid-19 but overall, “all the news on numbers and our status is all very good.” 

“The whole goal now is to protect our progress and we are doing very well, and we want to make sure we continue to do well, even though the sea around us is roiled,” the Governor said during a press call Wednesday.

The governor said they are focused and concerned about the national increase rate and the “inevitability that people get on planes and come here.” 

On Tuesday, the state liquor authority issued 29 violations on bars and restaurants that were not “following the law," Cuomo said.

The 2020 US Open golf championship will take place without fans at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck Sept. 14 through Sept. 20, according to the governor. 

The governor said beginning today the Department of Motor Vehicle will allow driving schools to begin conducting distance learning for pre-licensing courses.

1:03 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Pence is in North Carolina to talk about reopening schools and vaccines

From CNN's Betsy Klein

Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, July 29.
Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Wednesday, July 29. Gerry Broome/AP

Vice President Mike Pence has arrived at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. He is expected to visit a fourth grade class in Apex at 12:50 p.m. ET and participate in a roundtable on reopening schools afterward.

Later, he will participate in a roundtable discussion on vaccines at the NC Biotechnology Center. 

After he deplaned Air Force Two, Pence greeted North Carolina GOP state chair Michael Wheatley with an elbow bump. Everyone wore a mask.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is traveling with Pence, as are Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Hahn and Reps. Richard Hudson, David Rouzer and Mark Walker.

12:40 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

NBA announces zero positive Covid-19 tests since July 20

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and players' union announced Wednesday that none of the 344 players tested since July 20 tested positive for coronavirus.

The NBA is set to restart the 2019-2020 season on Thursday at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, with a TNT doubleheader: Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers vs. Los Angeles Lakers.

Twenty-two of the league’s 30 teams will take part in the season restart.

12:47 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Spain records highest number of new Covid-19 cases since May

From CNN's Laura Pérez Maestro

A healthcare worker collects a swab sample at a coronavirus testing center in Getaria, Spain, on July 15.
A healthcare worker collects a swab sample at a coronavirus testing center in Getaria, Spain, on July 15. Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Spain recorded 1,153 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number since May 6, the Spanish health ministry’s data showed on Wednesday.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Spain has now reached 282,641.

The government started recording the number of cases in the country in 24-hour periods on May 6 instead of day by day. Wednesday’s spike is the highest since the new counting method was put in place.

Spain's Covid-19 death toll rose by five in the last 24 hours and nine in the last seven days. A total of 28,441 people have died from coronavirus in the country to date.

The director of the Center for Health Emergencies, Fernando Simón, recently explained that the new cases were increasingly linked to younger people — which could account for lower death and hospitalization rates in the country.

12:11 p.m. ET, July 29, 2020

Nadler says he hopes Gohmert's positive Covid-19 test serves as "a lesson" for lawmakers

From CNN's Manu Raju

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler wished GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert a "full and speedy recovery" in a tweet Wednesday, going on to say he hopes the congressman's positive coronavirus test serves as a "lesson" for his colleagues.

Nadler said he has regularly instructed all members of his committee, which Gohmert serves on, to wear masks.

"When individuals refuse to take the necessary precautions it puts everyone at risk," Nadler said in his tweet.

During Tuesday's hearing with Attorney General Bill Barr, Nadler urged a handful of Republican members to keep their masks on.

The group did not include Gohmert, but he also was not wearing a mask during the hearing. Gohmert was seen maskless outside the room near Barr at one point. The Justice Department told CNN Wednesday that Barr will get tested.

Read Nadler's tweet: