August 19 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Jack Guy, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, August 20, 2020
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4:09 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

Doctors' warning: Prepare now for how to deal with Covid-19 during hurricane season 

From CNN Health’s Naomi Thomas

Experts from Duke University shared advice on Wednesday on how to prepare for the possibility of facing a hurricane during a pandemic.

Dr. Cameron Wolfe, associate professor of medicine at Duke Division of Infectious Diseases and an infectious disease specialist at Duke Health, said that when it comes to storm preparedness, communities should be “thinking about ways of incorporating Covid-specific level care and planning for the logistics of that.”

That includes thinking about things like personal protective equipment and mobile testing capacity for places like storm shelters. 

One thing that could be easy to overlook, is the mental health and emotional impact of living in a hurricane-prone place, according to Lisa Campbell, a professor of marine affairs and policy at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment.

“I think the layering of Covid on top of this has really got people, pretty much, you know at their wits’ ends in terms of trying to anticipate uncertainty and consequence,” she said. 

She said that places like schools and employers should be attentive to the levels of stress that people are dealing with because of this double layer. 

Dr. Andrew Godfrey, an emergency medicine specialist at Duke Health and a medical instructor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University School of Health, said that people should take the time while things are calmer to make plans for hurricanes and storms.

“What their plan would be if they were ordered to evacuate or if they needed to leave, and to try to pre-plan a little bit, as much as possible, given the constraints of Covid,” he said. 

4:29 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

There are about 2,000 students quarantined in Mississippi due to Covid-19

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch 

A student receives hand sanitizer while arriving to an elementary school in Biloxi, Mississippi.
A student receives hand sanitizer while arriving to an elementary school in Biloxi, Mississippi. WLOX

Almost 2,000 K-12 students in Mississippi have been quarantined in the state due to possible exposure to Covid-19.

Dr. Thomas Dobbs, with the Mississippi Department of Health, said that 1,970 students and 328 school staff are quarantined in the state.

Dobbs said the state is also watching two outbreaks at two universities in the state – University of Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women. CNN has reached out to both universities for more information on their Covid-19 outbreaks. 

The state has reported 1,348 new Covid-19 cases and 31 new deaths today. 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said that today’s numbers are bad and do not follow the downward trend the state has been seeing recently.

Dobbs said a major concern in the state is that the people who are dying have not been exposed to the virus in congregate settings, but are instances of community spread of the disease. 

To note: These numbers were released by the state of Mississippi and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

5:21 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

New data on the number of confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths in New York City

From CNN's Rob Frehse

Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a make shift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 9 in New York City.
Medical personnel move a deceased patient to a make shift morgues at Brooklyn Hospital Center on April 9 in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

New York City has 19,005 confirmed and 4,638 probable coronavirus deaths as of Aug. 19, 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.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 23,643.

There have been 227,419 coronavirus cases in the city and 56,831 people have been hospitalized, according to the city.

The data is from the New York City Health Department and was updated on Aug. 19 at 1 p.m., according to the website.

To note: The numbers may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

4:56 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

Georgia reports more than 2,300 new Covid-19 cases and 56 deaths

From CNN’s Dianne Gallagher and Maria Cartaya

People stand in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a free walk-up testing site on July 11 in Atlanta, Georgia.
People stand in line to get tested for COVID-19 at a free walk-up testing site on July 11 in Atlanta, Georgia. Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 2,391 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday. 

The statewide Covid-19 case total is now 243,982.

Georgia DPH reported 56 new deaths. The total number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Georgia is now 4,849. 

There were 235 new Covid-19 related hospitalizations recorded.

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.

3:15 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

France reports highest daily increase in Covid-19 cases since end of lockdown in May

From CNN's Eva Tapiero in Paris

A firefighter takes a nasal swab sample at a coronavirus testing site in Marseille, France, on August 5.
A firefighter takes a nasal swab sample at a coronavirus testing site in Marseille, France, on August 5. Denis Thaust/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images

France has set a record for new daily coronavirus cases since coming out of lockdown in mid-May, with 3,776 new cases reported by the National Health Agency on Wednesday.

That brings France's total number of confirmed cases to 225,043.

While the latest data released by the French National Health agency shows a decreasing trend of people hospitalized and in intensive care units, the agency said in a statement that “in mainland France, all indicators continue to increase and transmission of the virus intensifies."

"It concerns all age groups and more particularly young adults,” the statement added.

Following the surge in the number of new Covid-19 cases, the French government will make it mandatory to wear masks in enclosed shared spaces such as corporate offices from Sept. 1, announced the Minister of Labor Elisabeth Borne on Tuesday.

2:27 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

More than 172,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Haley Brink

There are at least 5,505,074 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 172,418 people have died from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Wednesday at 1:45 p.m. ET, Johns Hopkins has reported 22,658 new cases and 597 reported deaths. 

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

2:11 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

Covid-19 deaths have nearly doubled in Paraguay over the last week

From CNN's Tim Lister and Chandler Thornton

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus in Paraguay have nearly doubled in the last week, according to numbers released by the country's health ministry.

The total number of cases has risen by nearly 25% in the same period.

Paraguay's death toll from the virus was 82 on Aug. 10. The number had reached 161 by Aug. 18.

Paraguay reported 7,519 total coronavirus cases on Aug. 11, and as of Aug. 18 more than 10,000 total cases have been reported. The ministry's statistics show that a rapid increase in the number of active cases — from 1,647 at the beginning of the month to 4,043 on Aug. 18. The vast majority of cases are concentrated in the middle of the country, around the capital, Asuncion.

The health ministry's data shows a high rate of infection among people in their 20s and 30s, who account for over half the total infections. 

Some more context: In the early months of the pandemic, Paraguay had a much lower infection rate than most other Latin American countries.

The Pan American Health Organization Tuesday said that the Americas account for 64% of the world's Covid-19 deaths, according to PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne.

"The Americas have approximately 13% of the world's population, but 64% of officially reported global deaths, so far," Etienne said, adding that more than 400,000 people have died from the virus in North and South America.

2:01 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

Coronavirus cases top 10,000 in Lebanon

From CNN's Ghazi Balkiz in Beirut

Workers administer a coronavirus test on May 28 in Sidon, Lebanon.
Workers administer a coronavirus test on May 28 in Sidon, Lebanon. Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

Lebanon has now surpassed the 10,000 mark in nationwide coronavirus cases, after registering a record 589 new cases in the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Public Health said.

This brings the country's total case count to 10,347. There were also two new fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours, raising the national death toll to 109, the ministry said.

The record high in new daily cases comes just a day after Lebanon's caretaker government announced a two-week countrywide lockdown starting Friday until Sept. 7.

More context: Lebanon has recently witnessed a surge of Covid-19 cases.

This comes as the country is suffering from an economic collapse and dealing with the aftermath of the port blast that ripped through the capital, killing at least 180 people, wounding around 6,000 people and displacing about 300,000 people.

 

1:50 p.m. ET, August 19, 2020

Two Boston colleges report cases of coronavirus on campus

From CNN's Elizabeth Stuart

Medical professionals work in the on-campus coronavirus testing lab at Boston University on July 23 in Boston.
Medical professionals work in the on-campus coronavirus testing lab at Boston University on July 23 in Boston. Charles Krupa/AP

Boston University and Emerson College are both reporting positive cases of Covid-19 as students return to campus.

Boston University is reporting 12 positive cases of Covid-19 since testing began on campus July 27. Four of those positive cases were reported Tuesday, out of 965 tests conducted, which is a 0.4% positivity rate.

According to the university's Covid-19 dashboard, 11 of the students with a positive result are in isolation. The university has conducted nearly 6,500 tests since testing began.

Emerson College is reporting one positive Covid-19 case since they began testing Aug. 10. According to Emerson's website, that person is now "receiving appropriate care."

Emerson says it has tested close to 250 members of its campus community so far.