October 6 coronavirus news

By Julia Hollingsworth, Adam Renton, Nick Thompson, Amy Woodyatt, Mike Hayes, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, October 7, 2020
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9:38 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Only 4 US states are showing downward trends in Covid-19 cases

From CNN's Amanda Watts

People listen to the Kansas City Symphony on September 19 in Kansas City, Missouri.
People listen to the Kansas City Symphony on September 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie Riedel/AP

As the United States continues to battle coronavirus and cases surpass 7 million, Johns Hopkins University data shows only 4 states are showing downward trends in new Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week.

The 4 states are: Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and South Carolina.

Meanwhile, at least 22 states are showing upward trends and 24 states are showing steady trends.

Here's a look at where cases are rising across the country:

10:08 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

“Sometimes we eat, sometimes we don’t:” Mother struggles to feed children amid pandemic

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

Rose Rodriguez.
Rose Rodriguez. CNN

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, families like Rose Rodriguez’s struggle to keep food on the table. 

“The struggle is sometimes we eat, sometimes we don’t,” she said.

Rodriguez said she used to work at the Qantas Airlines cargo department at Los Angeles International airport. She told CNN’s Kyung Lah that since losing her job, she has applied for 50 jobs, has had 30 interviews, her unemployment has stalled, her car and furniture were repossessed, and she is months behind on rent.

“When we go to the laundromat, we see homeless washing themselves. And one day, if I don't go back to work, I’m going to be one of them,” she said. 

She gets a weekly box of food from the Salvation Army and the Los Angeles Food Bank that she needs to stretch out seven days for her and her three daughters.

She said her children shouldn’t have to worry about eating. 

“I should be working and they should be just worried about school and their futures. It just hurts,” Rodriguez said. 

The Salvation Army said that on the days when they can give out fresh produce, the line wraps around the block, Lah reports. 

“Even though we're trying our best to help, we know that we're barely scratching the surface because we can only do so much with the limited resources that we have,” the Salvation Army Siemon Center’s Mortimer Jones said. 


9:30 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Five former CDC directors answer your Covid-19 questions

From CNN's Melissa Mahtani

Five former CDC directors will join Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a special coronavirus town hall event this weekend. Leave your questions for them below.

9:28 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

No Tennessee Titans tested positive for Covid-19 for the second straight day

From CNN's Wayne Sterling

For the second straight day, no Tennessee Titans player or staff member has tested positive for Covid-19, National Football League spokesperson Brian McCarthy told CNN on Tuesday.

At least 20 Titans — ten players and ten staff members — have previously tested positive for the virus.

Last Tuesday, the NFL closed the Titans' facility due to the outbreak. McCarthy said Wednesday is the earliest day the team could possibly reopen the facility. 

The Titans are scheduled to play the Buffalo Bills in Nashville this Sunday.

9:19 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Pennsylvania is adding testing clinic at a mall to contain "recent rapid increas" of cases in county

From CNN's Kristina Sgueglia

Pennsylvania is adding a testing clinic Thursday at a mall in Indiana County to contain what health officials say is the “recent rapid increase in Covid-19 cases,” it said in a release. 

The health department is also extending the testing site in Centre County through Saturday, officials said, adding that this county still has the highest percent-positivity 9.4%

“Since the beginning of September, we have seen an increase of 324 cases in Indiana County, which gives us significant cause for concern,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “These testing sites will be open to anyone who feels they need a test. It is important that even people with no symptoms who test positive isolate and quarantine to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

This week, Indiana County has the 10th-highest percent-positivity at 5.9% – but in previous weeks the percent-positivity was above 10%. 

8:22 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

White House declines offers from CDC to help with contact tracing

From CNN's Nick Valencia

Amy Coney Barrett walks to the microphone in the Rose Garden on September 26, after Trump nominated her for the Supreme Court.
Amy Coney Barrett walks to the microphone in the Rose Garden on September 26, after Trump nominated her for the Supreme Court. Alex Brandon/AP

The White House has declined offers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate the outbreak surrounding President Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis, according to a federal health official.

The offer by the CDC to engage with efforts like contact tracing occurred almost immediately after the President revealed he had contracted the virus. Despite the concerns expressed by those at the CDC, including Director Robert Redfield, officials at the White House turned down the CDC’s offer to help, the official said. 

The offer was repeated in a phone call on Monday, according to the source.

Questions over contact tracing: The White House has shown little indication it is conducting a comprehensive effort to properly trace contacts from those exposed at events like the Supreme Court nomination ceremony two weekends ago. Almost no masks were worn at the event, and there was no social distancing both at the outdoor event and at the indoor reception.

Some attendees said they have had no outreach, and others have said even when notified they were not asked the slate of questions typically used to document who else may have been exposed through contact.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere said positive cases are taken seriously.

“The White House has plans and procedures in place that incorporate current CDC guidelines and best practices for limiting Covid-19 exposure and has established a robust contact tracing program led by the White House Medical Unit with CDC integration,” Deere said in a statement.

A White House official says a CDC epidemiologist has been detailed to the White House since March and is assisting.  

No "substantial contact" with White House, despite "multiple attempts": The DC government says it has gotten no response from the White House despite multiple efforts by political and health officials to get information. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday there had been no “substantial contact.”

Bowser's spokeswoman Susana Castillo says there have been “multiple attempts” since Friday to contact the White House at both the political and public health levels.

This past weekend, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the White House would not be providing public information about how many staffers become sick, citing privacy concerns. McEnany herself publicly announced yesterday she was infected. Two of her aides have also tested positive.

When asked for comment, the CDC referred all question to the White House.

8:02 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

It's 8 a.m. in New York and 1 p.m. in London. Here's the latest on the pandemic.

The novel coronavirus may have infected about 10% of the world’s population, according to Dr. Mike Ryan, director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program.

By that estimate, 770 million people may have contracted the virus -- but most have not been diagnosed or counted.

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally, at least 35.5 million infections have been officially confirmed worldwide, including more than 1 million deaths.

If you're just joining us, here are the latest coronavirus headlines.

  • Donald Trump is back in the White House: The US President left the Walter Reed medical center on Monday, telling Americans that Covid-19 was nothing to fear and posing for a mask-less photo-op on the White House balcony.
  • White House declines tracing offer: The White House has declined offers from the CDC to help investigate the outbreak surrounding Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis, according to a federal health official.
  • Airborne guidelines: The US CDC has again updated its guidance about how Covid-19 spreads to include information about the potential for airborne transmission. The agency said it continues to believe that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with Covid-19.
  • Covid fatigue is rising across Europe: The WHO's Europe director has called for action against Covid-19 "fatigue," warning that apathy around the virus has reached high levels in some cases.
  • New mask rules: Wearing a mask is now compulsory in German parliament. Meanwhile, Italy is on the verge of imposing a nationwide mask mandate outdoors.
  • China talks vaccines with WHO: China has approached WHO for a "preliminary discussion" on having its locally produced vaccines included in the “emergency use listing,” a WHO official said Tuesday.
7:37 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

Masks will be mandatory in outdoor spaces in Italy, health minister says

From CNN's Nicola Ruotolo in Rome

People walk in Rome on October 3.
People walk in Rome on October 3. Andrew Medichini/AP

The Italian health minister has said that masks will have to be worn in all outside places in Italy.

Roberto Speranza told the country's lower house of parliament that mask-wearing is necessary to combat rising Covid-19 cases.

The president of the council of ministers is expected to announce the decree on Wednesday after it is discussed by cabinet, with the measure likely coming into effect Friday.

Several Italian regions have already made facemasks obligatory, but so far, there is no nationwide rule.

"Italy, together with Germany, is the one that in the EU is holding up the second wave better, but we must not have any illusions," Speranza said.
7:33 a.m. ET, October 6, 2020

UK government urges health service to prioritize remdesivir for Covid-19 patients who need it most

From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite in London

The UK government has asked its National Health Service (NHS) to temporarily prioritize the antiviral drug remdesivir for the Covid-19 patients who need it most as hospital cases rise.

“We are aware of a rise in the use of remdesivir in line with an increase in Covid-19 hospital cases. While there remain plenty of remdesivir supplies, we have asked the NHS to temporarily prioritize patients to ensure those most likely to benefit can access it," a spokesperson for the UK Department of Health and Social Care said Tuesday in a statement sent to CNN.

“Patients are also receiving other approved treatments, for example dexamethasone or hydrocortisone, which have been proven to save lives and are in good supply," the statement reads.  

It adds: "The UK is leading the way on research to find and fast-track more potential treatments, including through the landmark RECOVERY trial which brought lifesaving treatment dexamethasone to NHS patients.”

What is remdesivir? Remdesivir is one of only two treatments demonstrated to help coronavirus patients. The other is the cheap, widely used steroid drug dexamethasone. The National Institutes of Health in the United States recommends both for certain Covid-19 patients.

In May, remdesivir became the first therapy drug issued an emergency use authorization for Covid-19 in the US.