October 13 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:00 a.m. ET, October 14, 2020
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3:07 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

New York Philharmonic cancels its entire season for the first time in its history

From CNN's Javi Morgado

A woman pushes a cart outside Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic on April 16 in New York City.
A woman pushes a cart outside Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic on April 16 in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in the 178-year history of the New York Philharmonic, the symphony orchestra is canceling its entire season, citing mandatory state and city government health regulations during the pandemic.

The cancelation will last until at least June 13, 2021.

There will be no live, indoor concerts as the organization had hoped, according to a statement from President and CEO Deborah Borda that cited “deep regret” for the cancelation.

“In the 178-year history of our institution, the cancellation of an entire season marks a historic first, and a dreadful one at that,” according to the statement. “If you are disappointed, please know how devastated we all are by this turn of events. The health and financial challenges, indeed the experiential challenges we all face, are profound.”

The statement continued: “But the Philharmonic didn’t survive and indeed flourish for nearly two centuries by giving up, so we won’t now! We are energetically working to bring you and all New Yorkers live music experiences with NY Phil Bandwagon, which I’m delighted to report will resume by popular demand in the spring.”

NY Phil Bandwagon is a series of free, pop-up concerts at announced locations around New York City. 

Additionally, the organization is developing an expanded live-streaming series for the winter, if allowed by Covid-19 restrictions, and hopes to announce that soon, according to the statement.  

The New York Philharmonic’s 2021-22 season will be announced in the spring of 2021.   

2:57 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

All Netherlands bars and restaurants must close, prime minister says

From CNN’s Mick Krever

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on October 13.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte speaks during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, on October 13. Bart Maat/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday announced a series of additional measures in an effort to contain skyrocketing coronavirus infections.

Here are some of those new measures:

  • All restaurants and bars must close as of 10 p.m. Wednesday, including for outside dining, except for takeout.
  • No alcohol or soft drug retail sales will be allowed between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • No carrying or consumption of alcohol or soft drugs in any public space is allowed between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • All non-life-sustaining retail stores must close by 8 p.m.
  • Face coverings must be worn in all indoor public spaces.
“All in all, there are too many people who have not adhered enough to the rules,” Rutte said during a news conference.

Asked whether his leadership was to blame, and if Dutch citizens had acted so much worse than their neighbors in France and Germany, Rutte said, “I have said before that I don’t venture into sociological comparisons. I am prime minister in this country.”

What we know: Coronavirus infections in the Netherlands rose 60% over the seven-day period ending Monday compared to the previous week-long period, according to the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

 

2:38 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

Testing supply shortages are "disconcerting," Fauci says 

From CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas

The nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said that shortages of testing supplies are disconcerting, and speak to the disconnect between the information that he receives and the experiences of those who are working on the ground. 

That's really very disconcerting, in October of 2020, when we knew about those shortages in the spring of 2020,” said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The suppliers for these materials – such as the chemical reagents needed to process the tests – have said there should not be shortages, Fauci said at an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists.

“That's a bit of the disconnect that I get concerned about when centrally, we think that things are going well, and yet when you talk to people on the ground and in the trenches … you find that still there are problems.”

2:25 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

Philadelphia Eagles will allow 7,500 people to attend Sunday's game

From CNN's Dan Kamal

Lincoln Financial Field is seen on September 20 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Lincoln Financial Field is seen on September 20 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles announced they will welcome fans to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time this season for their game vs. the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Occupancy will be limited to 7,500 people, which includes players, coaches, team and stadium personnel, media and fans. The total seating capacity at Lincoln Financial Field is over 65,000.

In making the announcement Tuesday, Eagles president Don Smolenski said, “We have been working very closely with state and local officials, public health experts and the National Football League on a number of scenarios to safely bring Eagles fans back to Lincoln Financial Field. After many thoughtful and active discussions, we are thrilled to announce that the fan experience will return to Lincoln Financial Field this Sunday.”

“On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles, I would like to thank Governor [Tom] Wolf, Mayor [Jim] Kenney and their respective representatives for the support and guidance over these past few months,” Smolenski added. “We will all continue to stay in close communication and will be prepared to adjust and adapt as needed.”

Fans attending games at Lincoln Financial Field will have to wear masks at all times, other than when actively eating or drinking, which will be allowed in seats only. Fans will also be required to maintain six feet of distance from other fans and stadium staff at all times. The team has established personalized seating pods for proper social distancing and limited fan-to-fan contact.

Social gatherings or tailgating at the sports complex in which Lincoln Financial Field is located are not permitted for the entirety of the 2020 season.

1:54 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

Increasing coronavirus test positivity might mean a resurgence of cases is soon to come, Fauci says

From CNN's Lauren Mascarenhas

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23. Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Increasing coronavirus test positivity in various regions of the country might mean that a resurgence of cases is soon to come, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said Tuesday.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he’s observed a trend in various regions of the country – particularly the Midwest, the upper Northwest and the states above the Sunbelt.

“We’re seeing an uptick in what's called test positivity – namely, the percentage of tests that you do in a community surveillance that turn out to be positive,” Fauci said at an event hosted by the College of American Pathologists. “You'd like to see them less than 3%, optimally 1% or less.” 

Fauci said that test positivity is a good indicator of what’s to come.

“We're starting to see a number of states well above that, which is often – in fact, invariably – highly predictive of a resurgence of cases, which historically we know leads to an increase in hospitalizations and then ultimately an increase in deaths,” he said.
1:49 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

26 schools in Michigan report new outbreaks of Covid-19

From CNN's Annie Grayer

At least 26 schools in Michigan are reporting outbreaks of Covid-19 totaling 116 new cases, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

This is in addition to the 5,151 Covid-19 cases already reported from outbreaks in 81 schools. Michigan includes K-12 and colleges among its count.

The department defines an outbreak as “two or more Covid-19 cases who may have shared exposure on school grounds and are form different households.”

Michigan schools have a choice of specifying if the cases are from students, staff or both so these numbers are not all a direct comparison.

Of the 26 schools to report new outbreaks, 7 are from preschool through elementary schools, 7 are from middle schools, 6 are from high schools and 6 are from college. Kalamazoo reported the highest number of new cases, with a total of 21, which includes both students and staff.

Of the 81 ongoing school outbreaks, 17 are from pre-school through elementary schools, 7 are from middle schools, 26 are from high schools, 30 are from colleges, and one is from a graduate school. Michigan State University has the most cumulative cases at 1,531, which includes both students and staff.

The data is updated on Mondays by 3 p.m.

Note: These numbers were released by Michigan's HHS Dept. and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project.

1:44 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

NFL says 8 players and 7 team personnel have tested positive for Covid-19

From CNN's Kevin Dotson

A close up an NFL football logo on a goalpost is seen during an NFL football game on October 11 in Landover, Maryland.
A close up an NFL football logo on a goalpost is seen during an NFL football game on October 11 in Landover, Maryland. Daniel Kucin Jr./AP

The National Football League and NFL Players Association confirmed that eight players and seven staffers tested positive for coronavirus between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.

This brings the NFL’s total number of positive cases to 39 players and 60 other personnel since Covid-19 monitoring testing began Aug. 1.

1:15 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

18 employees at USPS processing center in Las Vegas test positive for coronavirus

From CNN's Jennifer Selva

Eighteen employees from a United States Postal Service processing center in Las Vegas have tested positive for coronavirus since Sept. 26, USPS spokesperson Rod Spurgeon tells CNN. There are 775 employees that work at the facility.

Spurgeon said they’re continuing with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's protocols, such as social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing, but there has been no "operational impact" at the center.

The condition of the employees who tested positive will be kept confidential, according to Spurgeon.

 

1:11 p.m. ET, October 13, 2020

First person in Mexico tests positive for both Covid-19 and influenza

From Ana Cucalón, Jaide Garcia and Krupskaia Alís

A patient in Mexico tested positive for Covid-19 and influenza, José Luis Alomía, the health ministry's director of epidemiology, confirmed Sunday.

This is the first case in the country where a patient has tested positive for both viruses simultaneously.

Alomía, speaking during a nightly briefing in Mexico City, reported that the 54-year-old patient has a history of autoimmune disease, cancer, obesity and chronic lung disease.

Health authorities confirmed the patient remains hospitalized and in stable condition.