December 1 coronavirus news

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton, Emma Reynolds and Ed Upright, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, December 2, 2020
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4:17 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Michigan's Covid-19 positivity rate is now 13% across the state

From CNN’s Lauren del Valle

Registered nurse Erica Fairfield, right, works at the Hackley Community Care COVID-19 curbside testing site in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, on November 13.
Registered nurse Erica Fairfield, right, works at the Hackley Community Care COVID-19 curbside testing site in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, on November 13. Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press/AP

Michigan recorded 10,428 new Covid-19 cases and 98 new deaths Sunday and Monday, according to the state Covid-19 dashboard. 

The average number of new confirmed cases was 5,214 per day, according to the dashboard.

The positivity rate is now 13% across the state, down from 14% on November 16, Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said at a press conference Tuesday. 

It is too soon, however, to determine whether the statewide "pause" will be extended next week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said at the press conference. 

Whitmer said state officials are bracing for a holiday-related surge in cases, despite the first two weeks of the three-week limited shut down showing positive results.

"Too many people traveled for Thanksgiving. And we will see our numbers increase very likely because of it. And that will coincide with the next big holiday Christmas. Too many people are considering traveling and I'm reiterating Please don't. And about four weeks after that we will see the impact of that. So the next two months are going to be hard. Our case numbers, our hospitalizations and deaths are dangerously high already," Whitmer said.

Note: These numbers were released by the state’s health agency, and may not line up exactly in real time with CNN’s database drawn from Johns Hopkins University and our Covid tracker.

4:04 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

FDA to look closely at how Covid-19 vaccines work for different population groups, commissioner says

From CNN's Lauren Mascarenhas

US Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Hahn testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23.
US Commissioner of Food and Drugs Dr. Stephen Hahn testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on September 23. Graeme Jennings/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

The US Food and Drug Administration will look closely at vaccine clinical trial data to understand how coronavirus vaccines will work for various subsets of the population, FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn said Tuesday.

“It’s not as easy as saying the top line results are X percent effective and X percent side effects,” said Hahn. “Let's look at these groups, let's look at side effects and let's look at efficacy in each of these groups.”

“When we go through the 44,000 patient data lines that are in these clinical trials, we have to ask those questions. We have to examine it and crunch the data, looking at subsets of patients,” he added. 

If a vaccine does not appear to work for a certain portion of the population, the FDA will say so, Hahn said. 

“If we don't have data to support the use of a vaccine, we're going to come out and say that,” Hahn said. “And then we're going to have to make some decisions about that in the emergency use authorization process.”

Hahn said the FDA will be looking at the data to understand how these vaccines work for pregnant women, children, those with existing health conditions and people from minority communities. 

“We did not require a pregnancy test for entry into the clinical trials, which means that you know when we look at the data there are likely going to be women of childbearing age who have gotten pregnant,” Hahn said. “Will that be enough data for us to have confidence in say, pregnant women should be vaccinated? I think that's something that we'll have to take a look at. I think it's unlikely, but we need to look at the data.”

3:57 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Canada's prime minister announces more than $77 billion in coronavirus stimulus

From CNN’s Paula Newton in Atlanta 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on December 1.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on December 1. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Tuesday that a second wave of the virus was compromising Canada’s economic recovery and pledged more than $77 billion more in stimulus. 

"This will be a significant investment to get our economy back on track and it's an investment that will make sure no one gets left behind," he said during a news conference in Ottawa Tuesday. 

The program will prioritize young families and other impacted communities. Trudeau added that the historic stimulus will be equal to more than 3% of GDP.

Canada’s average weekly test positivity rate has soared to more than 7% on average in the last week of November according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Tuesday, Trudeau said that given the current spike in cases in Canada and worldwide, he would continue to ban most non-essential travel to Canada, including maintaining a partial border closure with the US. 

“Until the virus is significantly more under control everywhere around the world, we’re not going to be releasing the restrictions at the border,” Trudeau told the CBC. 

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

3:49 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Wisconsin reports more than 100 new deaths from Covid-19

From CNN's Kay Jones

Wisconsin reported a daily record number of deaths on Tuesday, as the state continues to see a high rate of hospitalizations due to Covid-19, health officials said.

At least 107 deaths from Covid-19 were reported Tuesday — the second time the state has reported more than 100 new fatalities. There are now 3,420 total deaths statewide, the state's dashboard shows. 

Hospitals across the state are reporting "current and imminent critical staffing shortages," Department of Health Secretary-designee Andrea Palm said during a news conference today. The state dashboard currently shows that 15% of the state's staffed hospital beds are available.  

As CNN reported on Monday, nearly one in four people hospitalized in Wisconsin due to Covid-19 are in the intensive care. Gov. Tony Evers said today that more than 1,800 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus. 

Wisconsin reported 4,078 new cases Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 391,313.  

"As we continue to move through the holiday season and winter months, we must be as vigilant as ever," Evers said as he encouraged Wisconsinites to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.

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

3:35 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Covid-19 vaccine will not be available all at once, advisers are told

From CNN's Maggie Fox

Although federal officials expect to have 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccine available by the end of December, those doses will not all be available at once, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisers were told Tuesday.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting to vote on who should be the first to get any vaccines that win emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. ACIP is expected to designate health care workers in the first group.

One consideration: All 40 million doses would not be available right away, the CDC’s Dr. Sara Oliver told the meeting.

“We expect a constrained supply environment,” Oliver said. 

Oliver said the CDC expects between 5 million and 10 million doses will become available each week for the first few months as vaccine makers ramp up manufacturing.

That means ACIP may need to designate sub-groups to receive priority for vaccination, she said. 

Two companies – Pfizer and Moderna – have applied for EUA from the FDA for coronavirus vaccines.

3:54 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Top GOP senator says he met with bipartisan stimulus group last night 

From CNN's Lauren Fox

Senator John Cornyn attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on November 17 in Washington, DC.
Senator John Cornyn attends a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on November 17 in Washington, DC. Hannah McKay/Pool/Getty Images

Sen. John Cornyn, a member of GOP leadership, tells reporters that he met last night with the bipartisan Covid-19 relief group.

The group remains at an impasse over how to structure liability protections and Cornyn went over to help them talk through some ideas last night. Cornyn said he wasn’t ready to sign off on their proposal so far, but “I think it has some merit.”

Asked if this sent a message to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that Democrats are willing to go much smaller than $2 trillion, Cornyn said, “I think it helps to show where some of the votes are.” 

He also added that Pelosi has a narrow path to victory as speaker.

2:57 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

In the time it takes CDC advisers to meet today, about 180 people will die from Covid-19, official says

From CNN Health’s Maggie Fox

Close to 2,000 people are now dying every day from Covid-19 in the United States – more than one every minute, federal vaccine advisers were reminded as they started a meeting Tuesday to discuss how to allocate coronavirus vaccines. 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will vote later in this meeting on who should be among the very first people to receive any coronavirus vaccines that win authorization.

“In the time it takes us to have this ACIP meeting, 180 people will have died of Covid-19. So we are acting none too soon,” Dr. Beth Bell of the University of Washington, who chairs ACIP’s Working Group, told the meeting as it opened.

ACIP is expected to recommend that health care workers, including not only doctors and nurses, but also staff such as technicians and room cleaners, should be in the first group to get any vaccines that get emergency authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration.

ACIP chair Dr. Jose Romero also said he expects the committee to recommend that residents of long-term care facilities get vaccinated as part of the first group.

Once a vaccine is approved, there will not be enough vaccines for everyone at first, so choices have to be made.

The CDC estimates there are 21 million healthcare personnel, 87 million essential workers, 100 million adults with high-risk medical conditions and 53 million others 65 and older.

The federal government has said 40 million coronavirus vaccine doses could be available by the end of December.

3:37 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Florida becomes the third state to surpass 1 million total Covid-19 cases 

From CNN’s Amanda Watts and Jamiel Lynch  

People are seen lined up in their cars at a COVID-19 rapid testing site at Barnett Park in Orlando, Florida on November 23.
People are seen lined up in their cars at a COVID-19 rapid testing site at Barnett Park in Orlando, Florida on November 23. Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida became the third state to surpass 1 million cumulative Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, according to the Florida State Department of Health. 

The state department said there have been at least 1,008,166 total cases of Covid-19 across the state and 18,679 resident deaths since the pandemic began. 

On Nov. 8, Texas became the first state in the nation to surpass the 1 million milestone. California followed shortly after on Nov. 12, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.  

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

 

2:43 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

McConnell tells his members that GOP and White House are working on a revised stimulus plan 

From CNN's Manu Raju and Lauren Fox

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to speak with reporters as Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, on December 1.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) arrives to speak with reporters as Senate Republican leaders hold a press conference on Capitol Hill, in Washington DC, on December 1. Kevin Lamarque-Pool/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his members in a conference call that he’s working with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on a revised stimulus proposal with the President’s blessing, three sources tell CNN.

He has previously put forward a $500 billion plan that has been blocked by Democrats as insufficient.

McConnell is not embracing the new bipartisan proposal unveiled today, worth $908 billion, according to these sources. 

The bill will be slightly revised from the previous $500 billion proposal, but the new price tag and what exactly will be different is unclear. One source familiar tells CNN there will be similar elements with some additions.

McConnell is about to hold his weekly presser.