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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5:28 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

CDC committee starts voting on who gets coronavirus vaccines first

From CNN's Maggie Fox

The US Center for Disease Control And Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is about to begin voting on recommendations about who should get a coronavirus vaccine first.

4:47 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Connecticut's Covid-19 positivity rate jumped to more than 5%

From CNN's Laura Ly

A technician gives a Covid-19 test at a drive through testing facility in Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 13.
A technician gives a Covid-19 test at a drive through testing facility in Greenwich, Connecticut, on November 13. Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Just one day after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont expressed cautious hope that the state’s Covid-19 positivity rate might be declining, new data released by the state instead showed that Connecticut’s daily positivity rate jumped to 5.88% on Tuesday. 

The state previously reported a positivity rate of 4.4% on Monday and had averaged a rate of 4.7% over the previous week, state data shows.

Rising cases in the state brought Connecticut’s overall case count to 118,754, with 1,459 new cases reported on Tuesday. With an additional 20 deaths announced Tuesday, the state has now lost 5,040 residents to Covid-19. 

Hospitalizations also continue to rise in Connecticut, with an additional 54 people admitted on Tuesday, with 1,152 people hospitalized overall, new data from the state shows.

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

4:43 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Stock market closes higher on investor optimism over stimulus and vaccines

From CNN's Anneken Tappe

People walk past the New York Stock exchange at Wall Street on November 30 in New York City.
People walk past the New York Stock exchange at Wall Street on November 30 in New York City. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

December started out strong with a stock market rally. 

Wall Street finished higher on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite both logging fresh all-time highs, surpassing their records from last week. 

Investors are optimistic that there will be additional government stimulus before the end of the year, and are hopeful that the near-term distribution of a vaccine will help the economic recovery.

Here's how things closed on Tuesday:

  • The Dow closed 0.6%, or 185 points, higher.
  • The S&P climbed 1.1%.
  • The Nasdaq finished 1.3% higher.
6:51 p.m. ET, December 1, 2020

Oklahoma nears 200,000 total Covid-19 cases 

From CNN's Kay Jones

Oklahoma is nearing 200,000 total Covid-19 cases, according to state data.

The state is reporting at least 199,492 cases of Covid-19, up 1,737 from Monday's report. There are also 15 new deaths being reported today, bringing the total to 1,758.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health shows that at least 1,718 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus. The dashboard shows that the state currently has 57 ICU beds available. 

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.

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.