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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3:26 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

More than 500,000 Ohio public school students will return to in-person learning, governor says

From CNN’s Rebekah Riess

A graduate student arrives to pick up her diploma in May 2020 in Bradley, Illinois.
A graduate student arrives to pick up her diploma in May 2020 in Bradley, Illinois. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP/Getty Images

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine today announced that 325 of Ohio’s school districts are planning to return to full-time in-person learning, making up about 590,000, or 38%, of public school students.

DeWine said 55 districts, approximately 398,000 students, or about 25.6% of public school students, will be fully remote or online at least to start the school year. And, 154 districts, approximately 380,000 students, or 24.5%, will be doing some form of hybrid schooling, the governor said.

According to DeWine, the state was missing information for the plans of 78 districts in the state.

The governor expressed his confidence that every school district will do everything they can to keep Ohio's children safe, but pointed out that whatever is going on in their communities regarding Covid-19 numbers, will be reflected in the schools.

“It’s incumbent upon all of us, every single one of us, to do everything we can to keep down the spread in the community in which that school lives," he said.

2:59 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Here's the latest coronavirus update from California

From CNN's Sarah Moon

An urgent care worker performs drive-up COVID-19 testing at James Jordan Middle School on August 10, 2020 in Winnetka, California. 
An urgent care worker performs drive-up COVID-19 testing at James Jordan Middle School on August 10, 2020 in Winnetka, California.  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

California reported at least 12,500 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, raising the state’s confirmed total since the start of the pandemic to approximately 574,411 cases, according to data from the state's Department of Public Health.

The high number of cases is due in part to a backlog caused by issues with the state’s electronic laboratory system. 

It was not immediately clear how many cases included in Tuesday’s data were from the backlog. New cases attributed to the backlog will be reported over the “next few days,” according to the state department of public health.

Some context: This is the second highest number of cases reported by the state in a single day. The health department reported at least 12,807 cases on July 22.

With 109 new deaths reported on Tuesday, the state has recorded a total of at least 10,468 fatalities from the coronavirus.

Note: These numbers were released by California 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.

2:54 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Florida governor advocates for college sports to play in the fall

From CNN's Lindsay Benson

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrives at a news conference, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at the Broward Health Corporate Office in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  Wilfredo Lee/AP

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a roundtable on collegiate athletics in Tallahassee on Tuesday at Florida State University.

Some of the people who took part in the roundtable included Florida State University President John Thrasher, Florida State University football coach Mike Norvell, as well as a couple of Florida State college athletes. 

Florida State University President John Thrasher spoke about how they think it's in the "best interest" of the college athletes to play football this fall.

Thrasher said they'd like to send "a message to some of the other schools that may be teetering on whether or not to play football. We think it's in the best interest of our student athletes for us to play football.

"We can do it safely, and we can do it productively for them as well as the, the absolute culture of our university and certainly this community of Tallahassee," he added. 

At the end of the roundtable, DeSantis said that it's not just college football that he'd like to see back.

"As we're here talking about football, cause we all get so excited about it, and it is very important because it is an engine for all the athletic programs, you know, we do want to say that all these student-athletes are important," DeSantis said, going on to say he wanted to be able to see teams like women's soccer, basketball, baseball and softball back. 

2:44 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Texas man says he regrets dismissing Covid-19 after 14 family members get sick

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

Tony Green, from Texas, thought coronavirus was hoax and just a “rebranded flu” until a small gathering in June resulted in 14 of his family members becoming ill.

“In all fairness there’s so much misinformation out there,” Green told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “There was a lot of things that were going on that were causing me to believe misleading information,” he said.

“It seems that the White House, the communication was really broken down … There are things that have to be corrected if we discover more and more about the virus. But it seemed like it was being downplayed, ‘don’t panic, don’t worry,’ to the point where you just think, ‘OK, well, you know, if the President is not worried, if the White House isn't worried ... let's go on with life,’” Green added.

Since the gathering in June, while most of Green’s family is recovering well, his father-in-law remains on ventilator and another family member died in July.

Green said the loosening of restrictions in Texas made his family think that the small gathering would be okay.

“It just kind of spread from there. It spread quickly. It spread to multiple cities and 14 of us got infected,” he said.

Watch full interview:

2:50 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Illinois reports more than 1,500 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Brad Parks in Chicago and Kay Jones

A sign alerts residents to a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. 
A sign alerts residents to a mobile COVID-19 testing site set up on a vacant lot in the Austin neighborhood on June 23, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.  Scott Olson/Getty Images

Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,549 new Covid-19 cases in the state.

There are now a total of 196,948 recorded cases throughout the state since the start of the pandemic.

At least 20 new fatalities were reported today, bringing that total to 7,657.

Hospitalizations declined slightly, with 1,459 hospitalized today while 336 patients are in the intensive care units.  

Remember: These numbers were released by the Illinois 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.

2:43 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

More than 23,000 people have died from coronavirus in New York City

From CNN's Rob Frehse

A medical worker about to take in a patient outside a special coronavirus area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 06, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
A medical worker about to take in a patient outside a special coronavirus area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 06, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

New York City reports at least 18,966 confirmed coronavirus deaths and approximately 4,626 probable coronavirus deaths as of August 11, according to the most recent data on the city website.

The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “COVID-19” or an equivalent.

Together, the total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is at least 23,592.

There have been approximately 224,920 coronavirus cases in the city and at least 56,599 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.

Note: The data is from the New York City Health Department and was updated on August 11 at 1 p.m., according to the website. The numbers may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

2:46 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

UK records more than 1,100 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Sarah Dean in London

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sanitizes his hands during a visit to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in London on Monday Aug. 10, 2020.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson sanitizes his hands during a visit to St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in London on Monday Aug. 10, 2020. Lucy Young/Pool/AP

The United Kingdom recorded 1,148 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, government figures show. 

This is compared to 816 recorded cases on Monday and 1,062 recorded cases on Sunday – the first time the figure had risen above 1,000 since late June, according to the UK government’s official dashboard. 

The UK is among several European countries seeing new infection clusters as fears of a possible second wave rise. Stay-at-home orders have been put in place in parts of northern England where outbreaks have been identified.

"We need to do everything we can to avoid a second wave," UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday. "I'm afraid you are going to see outbreaks, we've seen them across the country in the last few weeks and months and we've also seen the immense efforts that local authorities have gone to, that local communities have gone to, to get that outbreak under control." 

On Friday, the government’s website said the reproductive rate across the UK was between 0.8-1.0 but SAGE (the government’s scientific advisory group) “does not have confidence that R is currently below 1 in England”.

“As of 9am on 11 August, 312,789 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK,” the Department of Health said Tuesday. “Cases are reported when lab tests are completed and confirmed positive. There are more cases in the UK than are confirmed, for example where people are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and do not get tested,” it added.

2:29 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Approval of coronavirus vaccine needs to be based on evidence, NIH chief says

From CNNs Elizabeth Cohen and Dana Vigue

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a roundtable at the American Red Cross national headquarters on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington.
National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a roundtable at the American Red Cross national headquarters on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Washington. Evan Vucci/AP

The director of the National Institutes of Health says he will “make a big noise” if President Trump were to pull an “October surprise” and pressure the US Food and Drug Administration into approving a vaccine prematurely in order to get votes on Election Day. 

“This just cannot be allowed to happen,” Dr. Francis Collins told CNN.

He said if FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn allows approval of a vaccine based on flimsy evidence, “he’s got a lot of people he’d have to answer to.”  

The fear that the US Food and Drug Administration might approve a Covid-19 vaccine without sufficient safety and efficacy data in order to please the President was first put forth publicly in a June New York Times opinion piece by two physicians at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Some background: There’s a precedent for Trump declaring a product safe and effective without any proof. For months he has said that hydroxychloroquine is both, even though high-quality studies have shown it doesn’t help coronavirus patients and could be harmful. 

“It didn’t go so well for HCQ did it?” Collins said, using an abbreviation for the drug. “Do we really need to be reminded of how important it is to make those decisions based on evidence?” 

Collins said he, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and others would “certainly make a big noise about not supporting [the vaccine]” if the FDA were to approve it prematurely, adding that the vaccine cannot be approved “on the basis of anything other than science.”

2:17 p.m. ET, August 11, 2020

Nursing home residents on dialysis treatments could be at greater risk for Covid-19, research finds

From CNN’s Naomi Thomas

A member of the dialysis team dons personal protective equipment (PPE) before treating a patient with coronavirus in the intensive care unit at a hospital on May 1, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland. 
A member of the dialysis team dons personal protective equipment (PPE) before treating a patient with coronavirus in the intensive care unit at a hospital on May 1, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Nursing home patients who receive dialysis treatment could be at greater risk for contracting Covid-19, as well as hospitalization and death from the disease, according to research published Tuesday in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Researchers from the Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at an outbreak of Covid-19 among the 164 residents of a Maryland nursing home.

As of April 30, 15 of 32 – or almost 50% – of residents who received dialysis had positive Covid-19 test results, compared with 22 of 138 patients – or 16% – of residents who did not receive dialysis.

Hospitalization and death rates were also higher among patients who were going through dialysis.

Among the residents who tested positive, 8 of 15 were hospitalized, compared to 4 of 22 patients who did not receive dialysis treatment.

Those undergoing dialysis were also more like to die within 30 days –– about 6 out of 15 people, compared to 6 out of 22 people who were not receiving dialysis.

Some context: Residents receiving dialysis are particularly vulnerable because they often have more underlying medical conditions that have been associated with more severe Covid-19 infection, and they could be more frequently exposed to people outside of the nursing home.

“Residents leaving their rooms for dialysis could be a potential source of SARS-CoV-2 introduction into the nursing home and might pose an underrecognized source of transmission, both in the dialysis center and in the nursing home,” the researchers said. “Better monitoring and understanding of the risks associated with residents who regularly leave the facility for outpatient health care is needed.”