September 14 coronavirus news

By Nectar Gan, Adam Renton, Jack Guy, Ed Upright, Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, September 15, 2020
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3:00 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

Smithsonian will reopen 4 more museums this week

From CNN's Rashard Rose

The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on Friday as part of a phased reopening.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture will open on Friday as part of a phased reopening. Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images

The Smithsonian is expected to reopen four additional museums Friday since closing due to Covid-19.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery will open Friday as part of a phased reopening.

The museums will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic and have reduced days or hours of operation. Visitors will need to reserve free timed-entry passes to visit most locations, according to a press release from the Smithsonian.

The National Zoo in Washington and the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy location in Chantilly, Virginia, reopened previously in August. 

2:28 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

Two more universities switch to all remote learning after increases in Covid-19 cases

From CNN’s Meridith Edwards

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse and Northern Illinois University are both switching from in-person learning to all remote classes for two weeks following increase in reported cases of Covid-19.

University of Wisconsin La Crosse is suspending instruction today and tomorrow, according to a release from the school, and will resume classes entirely remotely on Wednesday, with in person instruction tentatively scheduled to start again on Monday, Sept. 28. The school is also issuing a “shelter in place” for all residence halls — asking all students in residence halls to follow quarantine protocols until Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. local time. Following the recommendation of many health experts, the school is asking for students not to travel home during this period if possible. 

University of Wisconsin La Crosse has reported roughly 275 cases of Covid-19 in the last seven days, according to the coronavirus dashboard.

Northern Illinois University will begin delivering classes entirely online starting today for two weeks — until Friday, Sept. 25, with in-person instruction also planned to resume on Monday, Sept. 28 if conditions allow, the university said in a statement. More than 120 students at the school are currently positive for Covid-19, the university said. 

The school is also asking for all students living on campus and those who live in the county to limit their in person interactions to “essential” activities only- getting food, seeking medical care, or attending work if necessary.

2:13 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

Iowa Athletics reports 24 recent cases of Covid-19

From CNN Sports’ Dan Kamal

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

As the Big Ten Conference reportedly mulls an earlier-than-anticipated return to playing football, the University of Iowa Athletics Department is reporting a 3.5% positivity rate for Covid-19 in its latest testing.

That’s down considerably from the overall positivity rate of 6.3% since testing of student-athletes, coaches and staff began on May 29. 

The University of Iowa Athletics Department announced Monday that 24 of 677 tests administered between Sept. 7 to Sept. 13 came back positive. Since May, the university has registered 221 positive tests of a total of 3,489 given. 

Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors are expected to vote Monday on whether to reverse course and proceed with an abbreviated fall season, an official familiar with the discussions tells CNN.

12:28 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

NFL executive warns coaches and team staff to wear face coverings or they may face sanctions

From CNN's David Close

After several NFL coaches were seen not following league protocols for face coverings during Sunday’s Week 1 games, the league’s executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent responded by sending a memo to clubs Monday morning cautioning coaching personnel to wear their masks at all times. 

CNN has obtained quotes within the memo from a league source in which Vincent warns teams to stay “vigilant and disciplined” while mitigating Covid-19 challenges and that failure to adhere to the protocols in place would lead to sanctions. 

Vincent wrote, “…we must remain vigilant and disciplined in following the processes and protocols put in place by not only the league, union and clubs, but also by state and local governments. 
 The NFL-NFLPA Game Day Protocol, which reflects the advice of infectious disease experts, club medical staffs and local and state governmental regulations requires all individuals with bench area access (including coaches and members of the club medical staff) to wear face coverings at all times. 
 Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in accountability measures being imposed against offending individuals and/or clubs.”

Vincent also complimented the efforts put forth in order for the league to kick off on time stating, “A tremendous first week nearly in the books as the NFL and its partners overcame considerable challenges to achieve what many thought was impossible—football in 2020. Congratulations to all who have worked so tirelessly since March to make this season possible.”

1:25 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

More than 194,000 people have died from coronavirus in the US

From CNN's Amanda Watts

A mortician assistant prepares a funeral service for a man who died of COVID-19 at Ray Williams Funeral Home on August 12 in Tampa, Florida.
A mortician assistant prepares a funeral service for a man who died of COVID-19 at Ray Williams Funeral Home on August 12 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

There have been at least 6,526,143 cases of coronavirus in the US, and at least 194,155 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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

So far on Monday, Johns Hopkins has reported 6,570 new cases and 84 reported deaths.

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12:19 p.m. ET, September 14, 2020

New York has 38th straight day of Covid-19 infection rate below 1%

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

New York has remained under a 1% Covid-19 infection rate for 38 days, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Here's a look at today's numbers for New York:

  • Of the 63,358 tests reported yesterday, 583 were positive (0.92% of total).
  • Total hospitalizations are at 464.
  • There were 4 additional Covid-19 deaths yesterday.

 

11:16 a.m. ET, September 14, 2020

More than 45,000 Covid cases reported at colleges and universities across the US

From CNN's Annie Grayer, Alec Snyder and Mirna Alsharif

Faculty members from Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane administer COVID-19 tests to students at a mobile testing site on campus on September 2 in Pullman, Washington.
Faculty members from Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane administer COVID-19 tests to students at a mobile testing site on campus on September 2 in Pullman, Washington. Geoff Crimmins/The Moscow-Pullman Daily News/AP

As college students begin their fall semester, all 50 states have now reported positive cases of Covid-19 at colleges and universities.

This represents more than 45,000 cases of Covid-19 among students and staff at colleges and universities across the country.

Remember: This tally represents cases that CNN has reported so far. There are likely many others that have not been reported.

Additionally, many schools update their data every few days, or even once a week in some cases, so there can be a lag in data. 

11:00 a.m. ET, September 14, 2020

There won't be a live Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, New York City mayor says

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

The Aflac Duck and Macys balloon are pictured during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation in New York City on November 27, 2019.
The Aflac Duck and Macys balloon are pictured during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon inflation in New York City on November 27, 2019. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio teased that Macy’s is putting together entertainment for Thanksgiving to replace the traditional live parade coverage in light of the pandemic.

“It will not be the same parade we’re used to, it will be a different kind of event, they are re-inventing the event for this moment in history," de Blasio said.

This will not be a live parade, but the experience will be online, and on television, de Blasio said, not delving into details. 

He is reviewing the specifics with Macy’s later today.

De Blasio began by saying there are some things “we still can’t do” like have “large gatherings ... parades ... community events.” 

The Mayor noted he is looking forward to the parade's hopeful return in 2021.

10:43 a.m. ET, September 14, 2020

Florida sheriff deputy dies from Covid-19 

From CNN's Jamiel Lynch and Tina Burnside 

Coronavirus has claimed the life of a Palm Beach County Sheriff deputy, the agency announced on Twitter Saturday. 

"We are sad to announce the passing of D/S Angela Chavers" PBSO tweeted.

Chavers 44, died on Saturday as a result of battling Covid-19. Chavers began working for the sheriff's office in 2002, according to CNN affiliate WPBF. She was assigned to the Inmate Management and Corrections Division. 

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.