Coronavirus live updates: US-Canada border closure to continue; Georgia drops mask lawsuit; Hawaii may delay tourists’ return
President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. government will be partnering with American McKesson Corporation to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once one is approved.
Three vaccines are in Phase 3 clinical trials, and 100 million doses of an effective vaccine will be ready “before the end of the year,” Trump said, with 500 million doses available “very shortly thereafter.”
Last month, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said a vaccine candidate could be available by the end of 2020 or early 2021.
Meanwhile in California, which is approaching 600,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the state ordered a private school to close after it welcomed students back Thursday without face masks or social distancing precautions. The school, with nearly 600 students, is now on the state’s monitoring list.
And in Hawaii, Gov. David Ige is considering another stay-at-home order for Oahu and may delay the start of a program that allows tourists to visit as COVID-19 cases spiked in the state. On Thursday, the state reported a new daily record of 355 infections and a total of 40 deaths.
Here are some significant developments:
- The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month.Bowling alleys, gyms, museums and other low-risk indoor cultural venues will soon be allowed to open in New York with strict COVID-19 rules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s chief of staff is quarantining at home after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said in a statement Friday.Weeks after filing suit against Atlanta city officials for implementing a mask mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19, the governor of Georgia is withdrawing the suit.Coronavirus stimulus negotiations are at a standstill: Congressional Democrats blamed Republicans on Thursday, while Republicans blamed Democrats, and President Donald Trump suggested that talks for a stimulus package are doomed.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 5.2 million confirmed infections and more than 167,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been more than 760,000 deaths and more than 20.9 million cases, according to John Hopkins University data.
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The content of the article:
- 1 People who recover from COVID-19 don’t need to get tested or quarantine for 3 months, CDC says
- 2 New York to allow museums, aquariums, more to open
- 3 Canada-U.S. border closed for another month
- 4 Police arrest 3 in attack on hostess enforcing virus rules
- 5 What we’re reading
- 6 COVID-19 testing ‘irrelevant’ as 94% of California counties report results take more than 2 days
- 7 Georgia withdraws mask mandate lawsuit against Atlanta
- 8 Survey: Latinos most worried, most affected by COVID-19 economic issues
- 9 New Zealand extends lockdown in its biggest city
- 10 Thousands of students, teachers are in quarantine: reports
- 11 Hawaii officials ‘looking at’ delaying tourists’ return amid spike in cases
- 12 COVID-19 in some ways comparable to 1918 Spanish flu that killed 50M
- 13 Movie theaters reopen in Mexico City after being closed for four months
- 14 California orders private school to shut down after defiant reopening
- 15 Coronavirus stimulus bill negotiations at an impasse
- 16 Six national restaurants, including IHOP, in deep trouble amid pandemic
- 17 NCAA Division I fall championships postponed amid COVID-19 concerns
- 18 China says chicken wings from Brazil were positive for coronavirus
- 19 More COVID-19 resources from USA TODAY
People who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months and come in close contact with someone who is actively infected do not need to quarantine, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again,” the new guidance says. “People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.”
But antibodies may begin to decline sooner than that. A June study in the journal Nature found that antibodies may begin to decrease within 2 to 3 months after infection.
New York to allow museums, aquariums, more to open
Bowling alleys, gyms, museums and other low-risk indoor cultural venues will soon be allowed to open in New York with strict COVID-19 rules, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
Bowling alleys will be allowed to open Monday, being limited to 50% of occupancy capacity and forced to follow other rules, such as bowlers must have a face covering and every other lane will remain closed. Food and alcohol service will also be limited to wait service, reports USA TODAY Network’s New York State Team.
Museums, aquariums and other low-risk indoor cultural venues will be allowed to open in New York City on Aug. 24 with various COVID-19 restrictions, including operating at 25% occupancy capacity. In upstate communities, museums and other indoor venues opened previously.
The opening date and rules for gyms will be revealed on Monday, Cuomo said.
– David Robinson, New York State Team
Canada-U.S. border closed for another month
The Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel for at least another month, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said in a statement Friday, a day after Mexico announced a similar measure for its border with the United States. The land border restrictions aimed at controlling the coronavirus pandemic were first announced in March and have been renewed monthly.
Essential cross-border workers such as health care professionals, airline crews and truck drivers are still permitted to cross. Americans and Canadians returning to their respective countries are exempted from the border closure.
– The Associated Press
Police arrest 3 in attack on hostess enforcing virus rules
Louisiana authorities have arrested three women accused of assaulting a teenage restaurant hostess because they were upset they couldn’t all be seated together due to coronavirus distancing rules. One was charged with aggravated second-degree battery and two were booked on counts of disturbing the peace and simple battery, Baton Rouge police said Thursday.
The 17-year-old hostess told news outlets she was working at a Baton Rouge Chili’s last weekend when a party of 11 people arrived and wanted to be seated together. She said the restaurant’s coronavirus policies stipulated no more than six people could be seated at a table.
When the worker told the group they couldn’t be seated all together, they became irate, she said. When she brought her manager over, the group of women attacked the teen, she said, adding they pushed her and began beating her. The worker said she was trying to defend herself when one woman hit her with a “wet floor” sign, leaving her bleeding.
– The Associated Press
What we’re reading
- Americans are drinking more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But how much alcohol is too much?Doctor runs 22 miles while wearing a face mask — to prove they’re safe.Masks are on superintendents’ back-to-school shopping lists. Some leaders wonder if there will be enough.‘Feels like I’m dorming anyway’: Hotels housing college students in effort to social distance.
COVID-19 testing ‘irrelevant’ as 94% of California counties report results take more than 2 days
California had a once-promising COVID-19 testing system that included short turnaround times for results. The system, however, has buckled under the weight of supply shortages, the state’s aggressive daily testing goals, and the federal government’s nonexistent testing strategy, according to a Desert Sun investigation that involved 60 public records requests and a survey of each of California’s 58 counties and their public health departments.
Across California, wait times to book a COVID-19 test and get results vary widely, and nearly all take too long, according to experts. In Santa Barbara County, it can take nearly a month to book a test and get the result if you’re not showing symptoms and are not a health care worker. In late July, of the 30 counties that provided information to The Desert Sun about booking appointments, 83% said patients had to wait at least two days before there was an available slot, and 47% had wait times of a week or more.
– Nicole Hayden and Mark Olalde, The Desert Sun
Georgia withdraws mask mandate lawsuit against Atlanta
Weeks after filing suit against Atlanta city officials for implementing a mask mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19, the governor of Georgia is withdrawing the suit.
Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday afternoon he would be withdrawing the suit against Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the City Council and would address the issue in an executive order Saturday.
“Unfortunately, the Mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia,” Kemp said in a statement.
Survey: Latinos most worried, most affected by COVID-19 economic issues
Latinos are more likely than white, Black and Asian Americans to be worried about economic issues related to coronavirus as the nation continues to deal with the ongoing pandemic, according to a new survey.
The concerns aren’t unfounded: Latinos are more likely than all other racial groups to have a spouse lose their job in the last year or have had a drop in household income in the last year, according to a survey from the Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape Project.
Robert Griffin, research director for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, said that while some may initially think that disparity is caused because Latinos make up higher proportions of young people or have a different median income, that is not the case. “Communities of color, and particularly Latino Americans, appear to be hard hit right now,” Griffin said.
– Rebecca Morin
New Zealand extends lockdown in its biggest city
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday that New Zealand’s government was extending lockdown orders for 12 more days in Auckland, the country’s most populous city, after a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 cases was detected this week.
New Zealand had gone more than 100 days without a single new COVID-19 case, earning international praise for effectively squashing the new coronavirus. That changed Tuesday when the new cluster was detected in Auckland. There are now 30 cases tied to the outbreak, which health officials believe came from overseas and possible spread through shipping workers.
“Together, we have got rid of COVID before,” Ardern said. “We can do all of that again.”
Thousands of students, teachers are in quarantine: reports
As schools in some states have returned after a monthslong break from in-person instruction, students, teachers and staff members across multiple states are in quarantine because of positive COVID-19 cases. According to CNN, more than 2,000 students, teachers and staff in five states are in quarantine after at least 230 positive cases. And ABC News’ count says at least 2,400 students and staff were either infected themselves or self-isolating.
In Georgia alone, 1,600 students and staff were told to quarantine as cases rise.
“I was not surprised at all,” Jenny Hunter, a nurse and mother of two in Cherokee County, just outside Atlanta, told USA TODAY. “My son was saying how low in volume some of his classes were throughout the day because of kids getting quarantined. It was becoming a question of when, not if.”
– Grace Hauck and Ryan Miller
Hawaii officials ‘looking at’ delaying tourists’ return amid spike in cases
Hoping to vacation in Hawaii in September? You might have to rethink those plans.
Given the state’s rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts, officials are “looking at” delaying the start of a much-anticipated program that would allow out-of-state visitors to vacation there without quarantining for 14 days by presenting a negative COVID-19 test, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said during a news conference late Thursday.
The program, set to begin Sept. 1, was already delayed once, a month ago, due to rising cases on the mainland and in Hawaii.
“If things do not get better we will have no choice but to look at more restrictions,” Ige said.
– Dawn Gilbertson
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COVID-19 in some ways comparable to 1918 Spanish flu that killed 50M
The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic claimed an estimated 50 million lives worldwide, yet in some ways the COVID-19 pandemic has been worse, according to a study published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA Network Open.
The current pandemic has been linked to less than 1 million deaths. But the study compares the two months after the first recorded death of COVID-19 in New York City – the epicenter of the U.S. epidemic for weeks – with the deadliest two months of the 1918 calamity.
“They’re comparable events in terms of magnitude,’’ said Dr. Jeremy Faust, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the lead author of the study. “What our numbers show is that what happened in New York was pretty similar to what happened in the greatest modern pandemic.’’
– Jorge L. Ortiz
Movie theaters reopen in Mexico City after being closed for four months
Mexico City movie theaters reopened this week after closing for four months. Moviegoers’ temperatures are checked upon entry. Customers are required to wear face masks and can only lift them up to eat or drink. And no more than two people are allowed to sit next to each other.
Theaters in the capital have been allowed to open at only 30% of capacity. Mexico is the fourth-largest movie market in the world following China, India and the United States.
California orders private school to shut down after defiant reopening
California ordered a private school to shut down after it reopened in defiance of a state health order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Fresno County issued a health order Thursday against Immanuel Schools in the city of Reedley. The K-12 school was told to close its classrooms until the county is removed from a state monitoring list for two weeks.
The school, with about 600 students, allowed students into classes Thursday without masks or social distancing. The school’s trustees and superintendent say they believe students’ development will suffer if they can’t be taught on campus.
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Grade 7 students of the Sitoromo Junior Secondary School in Sterkspruit, South Africa eat breakfast on July 6, 2020. MARCO LONGARI, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Thai kindergarteners wear face masks and stand in square outlines used for social distancing as they sing a song about washing their hands at the Wat Khlong Toey School on August 10, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. In the beginning of July The Wat Khlong Toey School reopened its doors to its approximately 250 students following the relaxation of lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic. When the school was forced to shutter its doors in mid March due to Thailand’s emergency decree and lockdown, the administration and teachers prepared measures to ensure a safe reopening. By installing sinks and soap dispensers outside of each classroom, creating social distancing screens in classrooms and lunch areas and installing hand sanitizer and temperature scanners at the entry the Wat Khlong Toey school has been open for a month and has had zero cases of COVID-19. Lauren DeCicca, Getty ImagesFullscreen
Palestinian members of staff checks the temperature of high school students as they return to class for the new academic year while respecting protective measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic in the West Bank city of Hebron, on August 10, 2020, after the disruption of studies since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HAZEM BADER, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
This picture taken on July 8, 2020 shows an aerial view of school buses at a school parking lot in the Gulf emirate of Dubai, during a government-organized plane tour. Dubai reopened its doors to international visitors on July 7 in the hope of reviving its tourism industry after a nearly four-month closure. KARIM SAHIB, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Kashmiri students walk homeward after attending an open-air class inside Eidgah, a ground reserved for Eid prayers, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, July 31, 2020. When months went by without teaching, Muneer Alam, an engineer-turned-math teacher, started the informal community school in the form of an open-air classroom in June. Schools in the disputed region reopened after six months in late February, after a strict lockdown that began in August 2019, when India scrapped the region’s semi-autonomous status. In March schools were shut again because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dar Yasin, APFullscreen
A Federal District’s employee disinfects a public school as a measure against the spread of the new coronavirus in Brazil, on August 5, 2020. EVARISTO SA, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Students with face masks sit in a classroom at the Petri primary school in Dortmund, western Germany, on August 12, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Schools in the western federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia re-started under strict health guidelines after the summer holidays. INA FASSBENDER, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
A Grade 7 student of the Sitoromo Junior Secondary School in Sterkspruit, South Africa prepares her work on a desk on July 6, 2020. The school reopened today for their Grade 7 pupils only, after being shut for two weeks due to a case of COVID-19 coronavirus among its staff. MARCO LONGARI, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
A Grade 7 student of the Sitoromo Junior Secondary School in Sterkspruit, South Africa takes some toilet paper to clean her desk on July 06, 2020. MARCO LONGARI, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Kashmiri students attend an open-air early morning class inside Eidgah, a ground reserved for Eid prayers, in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, July 18, 2020. When months went by without teaching, Muneer Alam, an engineer-turned-math teacher, started the informal community school in the form of an open-air classroom in June. Schools in the disputed region reopened after six months in late February, after a strict lockdown that began in August 2019, when India scrapped the region’s semi-autonomous status. In March schools were shut again because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dar Yasin, APFullscreen
In this June 24, 2020, file photo, students wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing at a classroom during the first day of school reopening at a high school in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Vincent Thian, APFullscreen
A student (2nd L) checks the body temperature of her classmates in a classroom in a high school in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province on July 10, 2020. High schools in Wuhan reopened on July 10 after the start of the term was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. STR, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
A sign reading: “Keep your distance” is displayed in a corridor of the Christophorusschule school in Rostock, northern Germany, on August 3, 2020, as school resumed after the summer break in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), amid a Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic. JOHN MACDOUGALL, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Palestinian students attend a class at a school run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, on the first day of school after local authorities eased some of the restrictions that were imposed in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, on August 8, 2020. MAHMUD HAMS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Palestinian students arrive at a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza Strip, on the first day of school after local authorities eased some of the restrictions that were imposed in a bid to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, on August 8, 2020. MAHMUD HAMS, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Janitor Emise Metelluson cleans the library of the Ecole Nationale de Tabarre on August 6, 2020, before the school reopens, in the Tabarre commune of Port-au-Prince. When Haiti’s pandemic-shuttered schools re-open for classes on August 10, the growing chasm between the country’s rich and poor students will be on painfully clear display. The wealthiest have broad campuses ready for social distancing and programs that continued online despite the virus, while some of the poorest don’t even have running water for students to scrub their hands. PIERRE MICHEL JEAN, AFP via Getty ImagesFullscreen
Teacher Inggit Andini, right, wearing a face shield as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak, speaks as her students in a makeshift classroom at her residence in Tangerang, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Andini offered free extra lessons for students who lack access to the internet as the school where she works at remain closed and switched to online learning due to the outbreak. Tatan Syuflana, APFullscreen
Pupils return to St. Paul’s High School for the first time since the start of the coronavirus lockdown nearly five months ago on August 12, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Pupils will return to more of Scotland’s schools today, as the fallout continues from the governments decision to upgrade exam results. Jeff J Mitchell, Getty ImagesFullscreen
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The parties negotiating a bill to provide relief from the economic ravages of the coronavirus agree on one point: They’re at an impasse.
“I want you to see how vast our differences are,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said at a news conference Thursday. She pointed to a large blue poster detailing the wide gap between what Republicans and Democrats want to pay for various priorities. “It’s no wonder we have a vast difference because this administration, other Republicans in Congress, have never understood the gravity of this situation.”
On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., condemned Democrats for sticking with a “completely unrealistic, far-left proposal” and holding the negotiations “hostage” over “non-COVID-related ideological items.”
– Michael Collins, Christal Hayes and Nicholas Wu
Six national restaurants, including IHOP, in deep trouble amid pandemic
Several of the largest restaurant companies in the U.S. are struggling with capacity restrictions on indoor dining and attempting to lure customers with takeout in a bid to avoid financial disaster.
The owners of chains like Outback Steakhouse, Applebee’s and The Cheesecake Factory are on a newly updated list of national restaurants that are facing the highest likelihood of not paying back their debts. When companies default on loans, they are often forced to file for bankruptcy protection, close locations or occasionally liquidate.
One chain, California Pizza Kitchen, has already filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, with plans to close some locations.
– Nathan Bomey
NCAA Division I fall championships postponed amid COVID-19 concerns
As conference after conference in Division I postponed fall sports, the NCAA has made the inevitable decision that there will be no fall championships in the organization’s top tier in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a video interview posted Thursday evening, adding it is hoped championships can be moved to the 2021 calendar year.
Emmert noted that the Board of Governors requirement of 50% of schools playing to hold the postseason would not be achievable.
“Sadly, tragically, that’s going to be the case this fall,” Emmert said. “That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t and can’t turn toward winter and spring and say ‘OK, how can we create a legitimate championship for all those students.'”
– Eddie Timanus
A sample of frozen chicken wings transported from Brazil to China tested positive for COVID-19, Chinese officials announced Thursday.
But there is no evidence that shows the coronavirus can be transmitted by eating or handling food, according to health experts.
Health officials in the Shenzhen Longgang District inspected imported frozen food Wednesday when a surface sample of frozen chicken wings tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement released by the Shenzhen Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters Office.
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