August 11 coronavirus news

By Joshua Berlinger, Adam Renton, Melissa Macaya, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:02 a.m. ET, August 12, 2020
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5:33 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

New Hampshire enacts mask requirements for gatherings of over 100 people

From CNN's Slover Morrrison

Fans wear masks and face coverings look on prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire.
Fans wear masks and face coverings look on prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on August 02, 2020 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Anyone attending a gathering of more than 100 people in New Hampshire will be required to wear a face covering, Gov. Chris Sununu announced Tuesday.

“Effective immediately any scheduled gathering of over 100 people in the state of New Hampshire will require attendees to wear masks,” said Sununu during a news conference.

“New Hampshire citizens have been diligent. They’ve been doing a great job at social distancing and wearing masks and we continue to see very positive numbers," Sununu added.

The latest numbers: The state announced at least 21 new cases of coronavirus during the briefing.  Thus far, approximately 6,861 New Hampshire residents have tested positive. The state is reporting no new deaths today.  

Note: These numbers were released by the state of New Hampshire public health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

5:25 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Connecticut governor confident schools can reopen for in-person learning safely

From CNN's Elizabeth Stuart

A gymnasium sits empty at the KT Murphy Elementary School on March 17, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford Public Schools closed the week before to help slow the spread of the COVID-19.
A gymnasium sits empty at the KT Murphy Elementary School on March 17, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Stamford Public Schools closed the week before to help slow the spread of the COVID-19. John Moore/Getty Images

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont pushed for schools to reopen for in-person learning during a news conference Tuesday, saying he knows the state can bring students back safely.

"If Connecticut can't get their kids back into the classroom safely, no state can," the governor said, citing the state's hard work in wearing masks and social distancing.

"We've kept our infection rate one of the lowest in the country, and I think we've earned the right, and our kids have earned the right to be able to go into a classroom and see their friends, be with a teacher, and to have real in-classroom education," Lamont said.

Lamont appeared alongside Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona and other educators from the Winchester school district, which is offering full in-person learning to students when the school year starts August 31. There is an option for full remote learning for those families who choose it.

Lamont said he believes students can be brought back safely based on the current public health conditions in the state.

"I wouldn't be opening my school in southern Florida. I wouldn't be opening school in Texas or Phoenix or South Central LA. But I would do it in Connecticut. I would do it right here," Lamont said.

Winchester Schools Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley said most parents want their children to return for in-person classes, based on the results of a survey the district conducted. According to Brady-Shanley, 76% of families are opting for in-person learning, 22% for temporary distance learning and 2% for homeschooling.

"We expect that education is going to look different. However, different isn't necessarily a negative," Brady-Shanley said. "[Kids] need and benefit from in-person instruction." 

5:16 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

North Carolina reports first dog to die from Covid-19 in the state

From CNN’s Jennifer Henderson and Jamiel Lynch 

NC State College of Veterinary Medicine & Veterinary Hospital/Facebook
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine & Veterinary Hospital/Facebook

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting their first case of SARS-CoV-2 in a dog in the state. 

On Aug. 3, an owner took their pet to the NC State Veterinary Hospital. The dog had signs of respiratory distress and died from his illness, a news release said.

The owner told the hospital that a family member had previously tested positive for Covid-19. 

The dog was tested and was positive for SARS-COV-2, the agency said.  

“There is no indication at this time that dogs can transmit the virus to other animals, so there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals that may compromise their welfare,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes.  

A necropsy was performed and the state is investigating any contributing factors to the dog’s death.  

The state did not provide any additional information on the dog and its owners.

4:48 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Pac-12 conference postpones football season 

From CNN's David Close

The Pac-12 logo seen on the field during the NCAAF game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona.
The Pac-12 logo seen on the field during the NCAAF game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 09, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Pac-12 conference CEO Group unanimously voted on Tuesday to cancel the fall sports season including football. 

The conference says it would consider a “return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021.”

In a statement, the Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in part, “Unlike professional sports, college sports cannot operate in a bubble... Our athletic programs are a part of broader campuses in communities where in many cases the prevalence of COVID-19 is significant."

The statement also notes that student-athletes impacted by the decision will keep their scholarships.

Some context: This comes just hours after the Big Ten conference also voted to postpone fall sports on Tuesday. The Mid-American Conference made a similar move on Sunday.

4:50 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Countries were more likely to shut down if their neighboring countries did, too, study suggests

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

France's President Emmanuel Macron (center) talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (2nd, left) and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven prior the start of the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on July 18, 2020.
France's President Emmanuel Macron (center) talks with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (left), Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin (2nd, left) and Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven prior the start of the EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels, on July 18, 2020. John Thys/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Some government decisions about school and workplace closures, event cancellations, travel restrictions and other lockdown measures that emerged early in the coronavirus pandemic were based on what other nearby countries were doing, a new study suggests.

The study, published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, examined those "nonpharmaceutical interventions" that countries adopted to respond to the pandemic, using models related to the timing of implementing such measures between January 15 and March 30.  

The researchers – from various universities in Sweden – specifically focused on nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

"We focus on the OECD, since it represents a group of countries that are relatively homogeneous from an economic and democratic perspective, which means that the alternative cost of policy adoption will be similar across these countries and they have similarly developed democratic systems and healthcare systems," the researchers wrote.

The researchers found that almost 80% of the OECD countries adopted the same Covid-19 nonpharmaceutical interventions or NPIs around the same time, within a span of two weeks.

"One answer would be that the countries were uniformly exposed to the same universal threat. Yet, our findings suggest this to be, at best, a partial answer," the researchers wrote. "With the exception of population density, it is not primarily the needs of the country in terms of exposure to COVID-19, demographic structure, or healthcare capacity that predict the speed of NPIs adoptions, but the number of earlier adopters in the same region."

The researchers also found that countries with more health care capacity, such as hospital beds, were slower to adopt restrictions and the more densely populated a country was, the faster it was to adopt restrictions. Countries with stronger democracies were found to be slower to react.

The study has some limitations, including that some of its findings are based on assumptions from models. The researchers wrote that their findings can help "inform the social view of the world as interconnected."

4:14 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

WHO reviewing details of Russian vaccine trials approval

From CNN's Jacqueline Howard

President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that Russia has developed a coronavirus vaccine, claiming it as a "world first".
President Vladimir Putin announced on August 11 that Russia has developed a coronavirus vaccine, claiming it as a "world first". Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP/Getty Images

The World Health Organization has been in touch with Russian scientists and authorities, and "looks forward to reviewing details of the trials," WHO confirmed to CNN in an emailed statement on Tuesday, following news of a Covid-19 vaccine being registered in Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for use on Tuesday, claiming it as a "world first," amid continued global concern and unanswered questions about its safety and effectiveness. 

"WHO welcomes all advances in COVID-19 vaccine research and development. At the global level, WHO has been involved in guiding and accelerating R&D efforts since January 2020," WHO's emailed statement said.

"Accelerating vaccine research should be done following established processes through every step of development, to ensure that any vaccines that eventually go into production are both safe and effective. Any safe and effective pandemic vaccine will be a global public good, and WHO urges rapid, fair and equitable access to any such vaccines worldwide," the statement said. 
3:54 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Hospitalizations in San Francisco drop by almost 25% since July

From CNN’s Jenn Selva

Josephine Ng waits to test a patient for Covid-19 at Laguna Honda hospital on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in San Francisco, California. 
Josephine Ng waits to test a patient for Covid-19 at Laguna Honda hospital on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in San Francisco, California.  Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images

Hospitalizations in San Francisco, California, due to the coronavirus continue to drop and are down almost 25% since its peak in July, according to San Francisco Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax.

Colfax announced during a news briefing today that 88 people are currently hospitalized –– which is a slight decrease from last week.

Mayor London Breed said San Francisco is dedicating $446 million in the city’s latest budget for its Covid-19 response.

“That’s money that I wish we could divert to other places but unfortunately this is the reality of today, and I hope that’s not the reality of our next budget cycle,” Breed said.

So far, at least 7,692 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in San Francisco and approximately 67 people have died.

3:43 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Ohio governor says state does not have the money to contribute to unemployment aid

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

Mike DeWine on November 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio.
Mike DeWine on November 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Justin Merriman/Getty Images

In response to President Trump's executive order asking states to contribute 25% of additionally weekly unemployment aid, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the state doesn't have "the ability to do that."

“We’re looking at an economy that, while we’re optimistic about it, is coming back, our unemployment has gone down. We hope it will continue to go down. But we also know that we are facing Covid, we’re still fighting the Covid. We know what impact that has on the economy and so, you know, there’s no money in the unemployment fund to do this,” DeWine said at a news briefing on Tuesday.

DeWine added that he thinks Trump did the right thing.

“The President was looking at a stalemate. He wanted to move the ball, maybe push, get some people to negotiate more, but also try to do something that was a positive thing. And so the $300 that he's talking about, we have people in Ohio who really need that money. And we want to get that if that's where we end up, if that's what the final thing is from the administration, then we want to get that money out to people as fast as we can," he said.

DeWine said he thinks a deal between congressional leaders is necessary.

“I think there’s a deal to bed had between the House and the Senate and the administration, and I urge Congress to get about the job of getting that done," he said.

3:21 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Big Ten conference postpones 2020 football season 

From CNN's David Close

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren in March 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren in March 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Big Ten conference has postponed the 2020 football season. The conference presidents met on Tuesday to determine the fall season and have announced an intention to hold the season in the spring. 

The conference announced the postponement of the entire fall sports season in a statement.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in the statement.

Warren added: “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall."