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5 things to know for May 27: Antibody tests, coronavirus, RNC, SpaceX, George Floyd

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Posted: May 27, 2020 6:11 PM
Updated: May 27, 2020 6:11 PM

New York reported its lowest daily coronavirus death toll since the pandemic began, and in this bizarre reality we live in now, that qualifies as positive news.

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1. Antibody testing 

Coronavirus antibody testing may not be as reliable as we thought. The CDC now says tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time. This can be especially dangerous if the test results in a false positive, leading people to believe they have been infected in the past and may be immune (it's still not clear whether a past infection means someone can't get the virus again). Regardless, the CDC says the antibody tests aren't accurate enough to use to make important policy decisions, like figuring out when people should return to work. Health officials or providers using antibody tests need to use the most accurate ones they can find and might need to test people twice, the CDC says.

2. Coronavirus 

As parts of Europe and Asia look toward pandemic recovery, Latin America has now become the center of the global coronavirus outbreak. The director of the Pan American Health Organization says the region has surpassed Europe and the US in daily infection numbers. Mexico saw its largest single-day increases in both newly confirmed cases and reported deaths yesterday, the same day Peru reported 5,000 new cases. Peru now has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America behind Brazil and one of the world's highest infection rates per capita over a seven-day rolling average. Brazil also continues to suffer, with daily death tolls this week surpassing those in the US.

3. Republican National Convention

President Trump is threatening to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte, North Carolina. That comes as a surprise to top Republican organizers, who have been working closely with the state's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, to plan the event. Trump said in a tweet this week that Cooper is "unable to guarantee" that the convention arena can be safely filled to capacity as the pandemic rolls on. However, GOP officials have repeatedly said they are open to virtual or online options and haven't yet submitted a plan to Charlotte leaders for how the gathering, set for late August, would be held safely in person. The uncertainty has led the governors of Georgia and Florida to throw their hats in the convention ring, saying they would be more than willing to accommodate the event in their states.

4. SpaceX

It's a big day for spaceflight -- that is, if the weather holds out. SpaceX will attempt to launch two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station today from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. If the launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft happens without a delay, it will mark the first time in history that a commercial aerospace company has carried humans into Earth's orbit. It's also a big moment for NASA and space fans, who have waited nearly a decade to see human spaceflight return to US soil. NASA says it must carry on with the mission despite the coronavirus crisis to keep the ISS fully staffed with US astronauts. Plus, the agency says it hopes the launch brings a little excitement to a pandemic-weary public.

5. George Floyd

Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired for their involvement in the death this week of George Floyd. Video shared on social media shows Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, being held down on the ground, his neck pinned under an officer's knee. He can be heard saying he is in pain and can't breathe. Floyd died at a hospital a short time later. The video did not capture what led up to the arrest or what police described as the man resisting arrest. The FBI is investigating the incident, which has already drawn wide protests and condemnation. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said he supported the decision to remove the officers. "Being black in America should not be a death sentence," he said.

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Denmark will allow sweethearts from neighboring countries to reunite despite coronavirus restrictions 

But ... couples need to prove they've been together for at least six months and actually know each other in person.

KFC is testing a new fried chicken sandwich

A chicken sandwich is exactly what we could use in these trying times.

Will we ever go back to the office? 

The work-from-home life may become, well, just life.

Chris Evans nearly turned down 'Captain America' role 

And we're all glad he didn't.

Pizza Hut is giving away 500,000 pizzas to celebrate the class of 2020

If you can't have a graduation ceremony, a pizza party is a close second.

TODAY'S NUMBER

80%

That's about the proportion of Covid-19 deaths in Canada related to long-term care institutions for the elderly, Health Canada says. As of yesterday, Canada reported more than 6,555 deaths from the virus.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I'm asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him -- the memory of my dead wife -- and perverted it for perceived political gain."

Timothy Klausutis, the widower of Lori Klausutis, asking Twitter to remove tweets by President Trump that refer to a conspiracy theory around his wife's death. Lori Klausutis, a former staffer of broadcaster Joe Scarborough, died in 2001 as a result of an undiagnosed heart condition.

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AND FINALLY

The pencil, from start to finish 

School may be ending for the summer, but a well-made pencil is forever. (Click here to view.)

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 50300

Reported Deaths: 2748
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Marion11920692
Lake5432248
Elkhart347058
Allen2902133
St. Joseph205169
Hamilton1665101
Cass16449
Hendricks1446100
Johnson1325118
Porter80238
Tippecanoe7599
Clark68144
Vanderburgh6816
Madison67264
LaPorte60527
Howard59458
Bartholomew59345
Kosciusko5704
Marshall5308
Noble50128
LaGrange4829
Jackson4783
Boone47444
Delaware46952
Hancock46036
Shelby43525
Floyd40444
Morgan33631
Monroe32928
Grant30926
Dubois2976
Henry29717
Montgomery29720
Clinton2893
White26810
Decatur25532
Dearborn25423
Lawrence25225
Vigo2478
Warrick24329
Harrison21722
Greene19332
Miami1922
Jennings17912
Putnam1728
DeKalb1674
Scott1639
Wayne1536
Daviess15017
Perry1459
Orange13723
Steuben1362
Jasper1332
Franklin1278
Ripley1277
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Carroll1132
Gibson1132
Fayette1057
Whitley1045
Newton10010
Starke983
Huntington932
Randolph794
Wells791
Jefferson782
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Washington681
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Owen521
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Brown431
Blackford402
Fountain352
Crawford330
Tipton321
Switzerland300
Martin240
Parke230
Ohio220
Vermillion200
Warren151
Union130
Pike110
Unassigned0193

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 62856

Reported Deaths: 3032
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Cuyahoga8786393
Hamilton6563207
Lucas2889305
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Mahoning1907239
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Greene3229
Mercer29510
Erie26722
Holmes2575
Darke25326
Huron2382
Madison2139
Ottawa16624
Sandusky15715
Washington14420
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Ross1393
Crawford1385
Putnam13415
Hardin12312
Morrow1211
Athens1111
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Jefferson1052
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Union931
Monroe8917
Hancock851
Lawrence820
Preble821
Hocking809
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Shelby744
Williams742
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