August 25 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Amy Woodyatt, Ed Upright, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, August 26, 2020
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5:19 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Indoor dining can resume next week at 50% capacity in Miami-Dade county, mayor says

From CNN’s Lindsay Benson

People eat outside of a restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida, on June 26.
People eat outside of a restaurant on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, Florida, on June 26. Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez announced during a virtual news conference on Tuesday that restaurants can resume indoor dining at 50% capacity starting Monday. 

Giménez said that this announcement comes "after consultation with our medical advisors and also from the White House Task Force." 

Some of the requirements will include a maximum of six people per sitting area and six feet of space between tables, Giménez said. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Carlos Hernández, the mayor of the city of Hialeah, Florida, told CNN over the phone that he directed his departments not to enforce the county's previous order.

In a video shared on his Facebook page Tuesday, Mayor Hernández said "I am asking my city employees, my departments, that we will not be enforcing in the City of Hialeah the regulations of restaurants being closed. The county can come and do that. Now I'm not going to ask these businesses or tell any business to do it, to open or not. But what I'm saying is, Hialeah cannot be part of this any longer."

Mayor Giménez responded to Mayor Hernández's comments.

"These are county rules, and if the Hialeah Mayor decides that his police force is not going to be enforcing the county rules, the county will be enforcing the county rules, because the county has jurisdiction everywhere," Giménez said.  

He went on to say "the opening is not allowed until Monday. So if restaurants in Hialeah open up before Monday, they may well find a Miami-Dade County police officer there to give them a fine for violating the county rules."

4:53 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Kentucky moved from red state to yellow one in terms of overall Covid-19 infection rates

From CNN's Pierre Meilhan

Kentucky has been moved from a red state to a yellow one by the White House in terms of overall Covid-19 infection rates, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

Beshear told reporters in Frankfort that the masks are working and have helped lower the infection rate in the state, but he doesn’t believe it’s safe to reopen schools for in-person classes before Sept. 28

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Kentucky schools has grown to 147 students and 35 faculty or staff. In colleges and universities, a total of 479 students and 44 faculty or staff have been infected by the virus, Beshear said.

In an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the governor also said he commuted the sentences of 646 inmates in light of the crime they were convicted of.

Beshear announced that 688 new Covid-19 cases were reported Tuesday, including 96 kids who are 18 and younger. There were also 10 new Covid-19 related deaths from the virus, most of them above 80 years old.

The positivity rate is now back above five percent, at 5.07%, the governor said as he emphasized that the state is aiming for a rate below 5%.

4:20 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Georgia reports more than 2,200 new Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Maria Cartaya

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported at least 2,236 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.  

That brings the statewide Covid-19 case total to approximately 258,354. 

The health department also reported at least 107 new deaths. The total number of deaths attributed to Covid-19 in Georgia is now approximately 5,262.    

The state reported at least 292 new Covid-19-related hospitalizations on Tuesday.  

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.

4:22 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Illinois announces new Covid-19 restrictions for restaurants and bars

From CNN’s Nakia McNabb

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a new expanded statewide policy focused on slowing the spread of Covid-19 in restaurants and bars and combating rising coronavirus numbers in some parts of the state.

Beginning tomorrow, all restaurant and bar patrons must wear face coverings over their noses and their mouth when interacting with wait staff and other employees. Customers must follow this rule when food and beverages are brought to the table, when orders are placed and when picking up carry out orders, Pritzker said at a news conference Tuesday.

“My hope is that imposing stronger mitigations now will result in faster public health progress that will allow us to reopen again, sooner. To open businesses, and to keep them open, we must slow the rate of the infection across the state” Pritzker said.

Hot spots: The governor also addressed the rising number of positive Covid-19 cases in Will and Kankakee counties. The average positivity rate for both counties exceeds 8% with the numbers of cases getting worse, not better. Pritzker said that the positivity level is a “danger signal that triggers new and stricter mitigations” and is based upon the resurgence plan he announced last month.

In order to mitigate the rising number of cases in Will and Kankakee counties, the governor announced new policies for that region also beginning tomorrow.

“All indoor bar service and indoor dining service will be closed. Outdoor bars and dining may stay open for table service if they follow the required mitigations, including that all patrons should remain seated, and that reservations will be required for any size groups," he said.

Other policies include removing all barstools to help ensure that no ordering, seating or congregating takes place at bars. Additionally, all bars, restaurants, gaming facilities and casinos must close at 11 p.m. local time. Party buses will be closed and gathering limits will be the lesser of 25 individuals or 25% of overall room capacity, Pritzker said.

The latest numbers: Illinois reports there are at least 1,549 individuals currently hospitalized across the state with Covid-19. Of those, at least 345 are in the ICU and at least 135 are on ventilators. The state also reports at least 1,680 new cases over the last 24 hours and 29 additional deaths.

3:47 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Pennsylvania debuts state's first mobile Covid-19 testing facility

From CNN’s Alec Snyder

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced the state’s first moving Covid-19 testing facility Tuesday.

The unit – which is officially referred to as Community-Accessible Testing and Education (CATE) – is an RV that made its first official stop in Littlestown, Pennsylvania on Monday. It has the capacity to test between 220 and 250 individuals for Covid-19 and also provides education on how people can care for themselves and others if they or their loved ones get sick.

Tests will be sent to the state’s Exton-based lab where results will be available within 24 to 48 hours, Levine said.

CATE is scheduled to make 30 stops by the end of September and will be focused in south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania, Levine said. The unit will also make stops in Erie and Allegheny Counties.

Anyone is able to get a test without an appointment and regardless of insurance or immigration status, Levine said. CATE will be stopping at local community centers, YMCA’s and churches.

3:11 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Texas shelters will have PPE and have Covid-19 testing as state braces for hurricane

From CNN’s Jamiel Lynch

Shelters in Texas will be stocked with PEE, use social distancing to separate people and have testing available, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference as the state prepares for Hurricane Laura.

Abbott said that he made a disaster declaration for 23 counties yesterday and will be adding 36 more to that list. 

The governor, who noted today is the third anniversary of when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, said that there are more evacuations in the state than they had with Harvey. 

Abbott recommended that residents evacuate to hotels or motels if possible, but said that shelters will be ready and available if needed. 

The state is expecting high winds and up to a possible 10 foot water surge when the eye of the hurricane comes a shore, he said. 

3:08 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Iraq reports nearly 4,000 new coronavirus cases and 77 deaths

From CNN’s Aqeel Najim in Baghdad

A worker disinfects a mosque on August 20, 2020 in Basra, Iraq
A worker disinfects a mosque on August 20, 2020 in Basra, Iraq Hussein Faleh/AFP/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Iraq’s Ministry of Health reported 3,962 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The total number of cases in Iraq is now 211,947.  

The health ministry also reported 77 Covid-19 related deaths. That brings the total number of deaths in Iraq to 6,596.

3:05 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

Los Angeles NFL teams will hold games at new stadium without fans until further notice

From CNN's Dan Kamal

The Los Angeles Rams scrimmage at SoFi Stadium on August 22 in Inglewood, California.
The Los Angeles Rams scrimmage at SoFi Stadium on August 22 in Inglewood, California. Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams announced their games at the new SoFi Stadium will be held without fans, at least for the immediate future.

The 70,240-seat facility in Inglewood, California, is home to both Los Angeles-area NFL teams, with the Rams set to host the Dallas Cowboys in their home opener the evening of September 13, and the Chargers hosting the NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs the following Sunday.

In Tuesday’s announcement, the Rams pledged to “continue to work with LA County Department of Public Health and the City of Inglewood on a plan that, when circumstances permit, safely brings fans to SoFi Stadium and adheres to local, State, CDC and NFL guidelines.”

According to the Chargers, “While not being able to open SoFi Stadium with fans in attendance is heartbreaking, we are grateful for the opportunity to play NFL football this Fall…

“We know our community, however, is still in the throes of a pandemic, and our only way out is to heed the guidance of state and local health officials and community leaders. Every decision we have made – and every decision we will make in the future – begins and ends with the health and safety of our community, players, coaches and staff in mind.”

2:34 p.m. ET, August 25, 2020

It's about 2:30 p.m. in the US. Here's what you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic.

If you're just tuning in, here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic today.

  • A changing office landscape: Bustling skyscrapers and office parks packed with workers could be a relic of the pre-pandemic world. A new survey says big corporations could favor a virtual work model even after a Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Catching Covid twice: Two European patients, one in Belgium and one in the Netherlands, have been infected twice by the coronavirus, virologists say. This comes after a 33-year-old man in Hong Kong was reported to have had Covid-19 twice this year, according to preliminary research.
  • College campuses: As students return to campuses, at least 24 states are reporting positive cases of Covid-19 at colleges and universities. This represents more than 3,300 cases of Covid-19 among students and staff. Additionally, North Carolina State Athletics has temporarily paused all athletic-related activities, including football, "due to an identified cluster within its programs."
  • Hot spots: Florida health officials reported 2,673 new Covid-19 cases and 183 additional resident deaths on Monday. Across the country, there have been at least 5,750,470 cases of coronavirus, and at least 177,619 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Airline Industry: American Airlines says it will lay off or involuntarily furlough 19,000 employees as of Oct. 1 unless the airline industry gets more help from Congress.