August 9 coronavirus news

By Ben Westcott, Steve George, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Fernando Alfonso III and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 12:03 a.m. ET, August 10, 2020
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8:16 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Over 350 cars stopped at NYC 'quarantine checkpoints' during first three days

From CNN’s Alec Snyder

Over 350 cars were stopped at New York City “quarantine checkpoints” in the first three days after being established, according to Laura Feyer, press secretary for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Feyer said there were 353 total stops across the city from Wednesday through Friday. Approximately 1,100 masks were distributed as well, Feyer said.

On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that several checkpoints would be set up around the city to give travelers from travel advisory states information about the quarantine and to remind them that it’s mandatory. Travelers who fail to quarantine are subject to a $10,000 fine and individuals who refuse to fill out the New York State Department of Health travel form are subject to a $2,000 fine, de Blasio said.

The checkpoints will also be at major bridge and tunnel crossings, New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said Wednesday.

6:52 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

MLB postpones St. Louis Cardinals series against Pittsburgh Pirates

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

The exterior of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Friday, August 7.
The exterior of Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Friday, August 7. Jeff Roberson/AP

Major League Baseball has postponed the St. Louis Cardinals’ three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled to begin Monday, due to recent positive Covid-19 test results. 

The Cardinals have now had 13 consecutive games postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak within the team that has seen at least eight players and six staffers test positive for Covid-19.

Here is the full MLB statement:

"Major League Baseball announced today that the upcoming three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, has been postponed. In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the Club believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More information regarding the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later in the week."

6:37 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Chicago mayor shares photo of crowded Chicago beach, warns of closures if 'reckless behavior' continues

From CNN's Hollie Silverman

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted a picture of a crowded beach Sunday, saying that the crowds and "reckless behavior" will make the city shut down parks and the lake front.

"Don't make us take steps backwards," Lightfoot tweeted.

6:10 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Georgia high school where viral picture was taken announces it will implement virtual learning Monday

From CNN's Chuck Johnston

Students walk down a crowded hallway at North Paulding High School.
Students walk down a crowded hallway at North Paulding High School. Hannah Watters

North Paulding High School in Georgia will have digital learning only on both Monday and Tuesday, according to a letter from the school district sent to parents this evening.

"We have consulted with the Department of Public Health and are temporarily switching the instructional model to digital learning at NPHS,” the letter read in part. “Tuesday evening parents and students will be notified of whether digital learning will continue, or if in-person instruction may resume.”

“The school will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on Monday and Tuesday and the district will consult with the Department of Public Health to assess the environment and determine if there are any additional close contacts for confirmed cases who have not already been identified,” the letter read.

At least nine cases of Covid-19 have been reported at the Georgia high school that came under scrutiny last week after a student shared a photo of a crowded hallway, according to a letter from the school's principal.

6:06 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Brazil reports almost 600 new coronavirus deaths, one day after surpassing 100,000 total deaths

From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

Brazil has reported 572 people have died of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a day after the country surpassed a total of 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

On Sunday, Brazil’s Health Ministry said the total number of people recorded to have died from the coronavirus is now 101,049.

The ministry also announced 23,010 new cases were registered on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 3,035,422.

Brazil continues to trail only the United States in terms of the world’s highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths. 

6:05 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Illinois governor calls mask wearing 'common sense'

From CNN’s Jennifer Selva

Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker wears a mask during a press briefing on May 21.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker wears a mask during a press briefing on May 21. Justin L. Fowler/Pool/The State Journal-Register/AP

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pleaded with residents to wear masks during a press conference Sunday, calling it "common sense."  His statement comes after announcing new rules on Friday designed to better enforce mask requirements and give local authority guidelines to enforce compliance.

“Imagine if someone could walk into a restaurant, light a cigarette, blow smoke in your face, and all the smoker had to say is 'well it’s my choice,’" Pritzker said.

Illinois reported 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths on Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

In the past two days, the state has seen the numbers of new cases surpass 2,000, which was a record high since IDPH reported 2,508 new cases back on May 24.

6:01 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Texas reports 4,789 new coronavirus cases and 116 new deaths

From CNN's Slover Morrison 

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services reported 4,789 new coronavirus cases and 116 new deaths Sunday

There are now a total of 486,362 coronavirus cases and 8,459 deaths in the state of Texas, according to the health website.

6:01 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

Brazilian president attacks lockdowns and the media

From journalist Rodrigo Pedroso in Sao Paulo

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has used an online post to criticize coronavirus lockdown measures and news coverage of the pandemic, in his first comments almost a full day after Brazil surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

In a series of tweets Sunday, Bolsonaro pointed to a story published by the UK’s Daily Mail that criticizes lockdown measures to address the spread of coronavirus.

It concludes that lockdown killed two people for every three with Covid in the UK. In Brazil, even without official data, the numbers would not be very different," Bolsonaro tweeted.

The Daily Mail article suggests “it is thought that as many as 16,000 people died because they didn't get medical care between March 23 and May 1.” The story claims – without evidence – that those people didn't go to hospital during lockdown because they feared catching the virus.

Bolsonaro went on to criticize Brazil’s biggest TV station without specifically naming it, saying the TV station “only spreads panic in the population and the discord among the powers” and “disdained, debauched and discouraged the use of hydroxychloroquine."

Brazil surpassed 100,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday and cases in the country are now more than 3 million, according to the latest numbers by the country's Health Ministry.

Bolsonaro's only mention of the 100,000 coronavirus deaths reached in his country on Saturday was to criticize the TV station's coverage of the topic.

“In a cowardly and disrespectful manner to the 100,000 dead Brazilians, this TV celebrated that date yesterday, as a true World Cup final, blaming the President of the Republic for all the deaths," he wrote.

He added that “misinformation kills even more than the virus itself. Time and science will show us that Covid's political use of this TV has brought us deaths that could have been avoided.”

4:57 p.m. ET, August 9, 2020

2,127 new coronavirus cases, 8 new deaths reported in Tennessee on Sunday

From CNN's Slover Morrison

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,127 new coronavirus cases and eight new deaths Sunday.

There are now a total of 122,712 cases and 1,223 deaths statewide, a tweet from the Department of Health said.

5,304 people have been hospitalized with 42 additional hospitalizations reported Sunday.