New coronavirus case counts are going down in almost half of US states. But it's too soon to celebrate

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Posted: May 15, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: May 15, 2020 6:41 PM

First, the good news: In 24 states, the number of new coronavirus cases reported each day is generally going down.

In 17 states, the numbers are holding steady, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. And in nine states, the numbers of new cases are still rising.

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But that doesn't mean it's time to celebrate and take off face masks in public.

As states remove more stay-at-home restrictions, it will take weeks to learn the health effects.

A poll shows most Americans aren't yet ready to return to their regular routines.

And a new study reveals the virus can be spread just by talking, with airborne particles lingering for eight minutes.

As of Thursday, more than 1.4 million people in the US have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 85,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins.

FDA investigating complains about fast Covid-19 test

The accuracy of the Covid-19 diagnostic test touted by President Donald Trump is raising concerns, the US Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

The agency is investigating 15 "adverse reports" about the Abbott ID NOW test, which shows results in less than 15 minutes and it's working with the maker to study data that suggests potential false negative results.

In an alert issued Thursday, the FDA said the test can still be used.

"While we understand no test is perfect, test outcomes depend on a number of factors including patient selection, specimen type, collection, handling, storage, transport and conformity to the way the test was designed to be run. ID NOW is intended to be used near the patient with a direct swab test method," Abbott, the test maker, said in a statement.

The FDA alert comes hours after Rick Bright, the ousted director of a federal office that procures vaccines for the national stockpile, said there's still not enough testing capability in the US.

"The virus is still spreading everywhere," Bright told the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Thursday.

Bright was ousted last month as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, a government agency that procures vaccines for the national stockpile.

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Prepare for a second wave of infection, WHO expert says

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for coronavirus response at the World Health Organization, said the pandemic doesn't have to be "out of control" if countries are prepared.

"This is a lesson for all countries. The virus likes to find opportunities to resurge, to increase again. And we just all need to be ready for that," Dr. Van Kerkhove said during CNN's coronavirus town hall on Thursday.

Van Kerkhove said some countries, including South Korea and Singapore have been successful in suppressing transmission after identifying new outbreaks of the virus.

If a second wave hits the country, she said authorities would not want to bounce between ordering lockdowns and lifting restrictions.

"That would be very, very difficult to maintain," she said, "because lockdowns are not a long term solution."

CDC has reopening 'decision trees'

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released six so-called "decision trees," aimed at helping workplaces, communities, schools, day cares, camps and mass transit decide when it's safe to reopen.

Documents posted to the CDC's website provide step-by-step guidance. For example, employers are advised to encourage social distancing, handwashing and intensified cleaning.

"The purpose of this tool is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers," one reads. "It is important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community."

The decision trees are very similar, with small adjustments to account for the differences between schools, for instance, and restaurants.

Wisconsin court strikes down state-at-home order

By Friday, at least 48 states will be partially reopened.

Wisconsin is among the latest after the state Supreme Court struck down the governor's stay-at-home order Wednesday, calling it "unlawful" and "unenforceable."

It was a victory for Republican state lawmakers, who said Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration overstepped its authority when it extended the order to May 26. Those lawmakers said the order would hurt companies and cost residents their jobs.

Less than an hour after the court's decision, some revelers celebrated by going to bars. Many ignored health officials' guidance to stay 6 feet away from each other.

"First thought, we flipped it right into the parking lot," Matt Griffin, a customer at The Buzzard's Nest in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb, told CNN affiliate WTMJ. "And yeah, we've got to get in and have a first drink."

Not everyone was comfortable opening. The majority owner of the Milwaukee LGBTQ+ bar This is It! told CNN that while he wants to open, he also wants to keep customers and staff safe.

"The Wisconsin Supreme Court may be a legal authority, but is not a public health authority," George Schneider said. "You wouldn't take medical advice from a butcher, right? You'd go to your doctor."

States consider reopening summer camps

Some state officials have taken steps toward allowing some typical summer activities in the coming weeks.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced her state would allow summer and youth camps to operate in-person beginning June 29, with strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines, such as keeping children in small groups of 10.

While this is just a goal and subject to change, Raimondo said she believed opening camps was important for kids' "mental and emotional and intellectual development and health."

Summer camps in Connecticut are set to open June 29 and youth summer programs in New Mexico will be allowed with some restrictions like daily temperature checks, the states' governors said.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and Delaware Gov. John Carney said beaches will be open by Memorial Day weekend, with capacity restrictions and social distancing.

There's little information about Kawasaki-like illness in children, CDC says

Doctors across the country are being warned by the CDC about a troubling new syndrome that seems to be affecting children after they were infected with coronavirus.

Hospitals and clinics in at least 18 states have reported cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. At least 150 children are under investigation, most of them in New York.

"There is limited information currently available about risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment for MIS-C," the agency said. "CDC is requesting healthcare providers report suspected cases to public health authorities to better characterize this newly recognized condition in the pediatric population."

Some children have been affected by the virus while battling Covid-19 or after healing, but experts can't say with complete confidence that both conditions are linked, Dr. Jake Kleinmahon, a pediatric cardiologist at Ochsner Hospital for Children in New Orleans, who has treated at least one case of the syndrome, told CNN.

But reports from Europe and from several cities in the US show a link, health experts say.

Symptoms include persistent fever, inflammation and poor function in organs such as the kidneys or heart. Children might also have blood vessel inflammation, such as red eyes, a bright red tongue and cracked lips.

The condition has been described as similar to Kawasaki disease -- another inflammatory disease most commonly diagnosed in children -- and toxic shock syndrome.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 51079

Reported Deaths: 2756
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion12019693
Lake5588248
Elkhart353959
Allen2939134
St. Joseph210669
Hamilton1691101
Cass16449
Hendricks1454100
Johnson1340118
Porter82638
Tippecanoe7709
Vanderburgh7276
Clark69544
Madison67464
LaPorte61628
Howard59858
Bartholomew59745
Kosciusko5754
Marshall5449
Noble51328
LaGrange4849
Boone48244
Jackson4783
Delaware47152
Hancock46736
Shelby45425
Floyd40644
Morgan34231
Monroe34028
Grant31826
Dubois3046
Henry30018
Montgomery29720
Clinton2903
White27410
Dearborn25823
Decatur25632
Lawrence25225
Vigo2528
Warrick25029
Harrison21722
Greene19432
Miami1932
Jennings17912
Putnam1738
DeKalb1694
Scott1649
Wayne1546
Daviess15017
Perry14710
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1352
Ripley1307
Franklin1278
Gibson1202
Wabash1162
Carroll1142
Fayette1067
Whitley1066
Starke1043
Newton10010
Huntington942
Jefferson862
Wells821
Randolph794
Fulton731
Knox710
Jay700
Washington681
Pulaski661
Clay645
Rush613
Posey570
Spencer541
Owen521
Benton510
Sullivan501
Adams491
Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Switzerland320
Tipton321
Parke270
Martin260
Ohio230
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union140
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 64214

Reported Deaths: 3036
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Franklin11724445
Cuyahoga8979393
Hamilton6781207
Lucas2952305
Marion274539
Montgomery244035
Summit2327209
Pickaway222241
Mahoning1928239
Butler182147
Columbiana137860
Stark1214114
Lorain112069
Trumbull104578
Warren97725
Clark80010
Delaware69815
Fairfield66717
Tuscarawas60410
Lake58923
Medina58232
Belmont56922
Licking56812
Miami50631
Portage49259
Wood48851
Clermont4737
Ashtabula44744
Geauga42543
Wayne37253
Richland3715
Allen35641
Greene3439
Mercer29910
Erie27122
Holmes2595
Darke25626
Huron2402
Madison2169
Ottawa17324
Sandusky16015
Washington14620
Ross1443
Coshocton1423
Athens1391
Crawford1385
Putnam13715
Hardin12312
Morrow1201
Auglaize1094
Jefferson1092
Muskingum1001
Union931
Preble901
Monroe8917
Hancock861
Lawrence830
Guernsey823
Clinton811
Hocking809
Williams762
Shelby744
Logan711
Ashland672
Carroll673
Fulton670
Scioto670
Wyandot635
Brown611
Fayette550
Defiance533
Knox531
Champaign511
Highland501
Van Wert471
Perry441
Seneca412
Henry330
Paulding300
Jackson280
Pike280
Adams261
Vinton232
Gallia201
Noble140
Harrison131
Meigs130
Morgan110
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