More than 4 million people worldwide – including at least 1.3 million in the United States – have been infected with the new coronavirus, and the number of deaths from the outbreak continues to rise. While efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak continue, states have begun to shift their focus toward reopening their economies.
Live updates for Sunday, May 10, continue below:
Customers pack Colorado restaurant on Mother’s Day against state orders
Update 11:50 p.m. EDT May 10: Customers crowded a Colorado restaurant that had opened dine-in service defying a state order limiting restaurants to only takeout and delivery options.
Gov. Jared Polis’ office decried the conduct by C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock, calling it illegal and dangerous, The Denver Post reported.
“These restaurants are not only breaking the law, they are endangering the lives of their staff, customers, and community,” Shelby Wieman, Polis’ deputy press secretary, said in a statement. “Under Safer at Home, restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses and other similar places of public accommodation offering food or beverage for on-premises consumption are still closed. Delivery and drive-up service is available. Coloradans can contact their local public health department if they believe someone is violating Safer at Home.”
Customers who arrived to pick up their orders were surprised to see the dining room filled with people.
“I wasn’t even going to eat the food even if I had gotten it,” customer Nick Whitehill, who posted images of the restaurant on social media, told the Post. “I walked in, took the picture and turned right around.”
April Arellano, owner of C&C Coffee and Kitchen, did not comment to the Post. She did make several posts on social media saying she reopened, “for America, small businesses, the Constitution and against the overreach of our governor in Colorado!”
She also posted a video showing the crowded restaurant.
“So much for some of those people saying nobody would show up,” she said in the video. “Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the support, guys. I got to get back to work.”
There are 19,595 confirmed cases and 969 deaths from the coronavirus in Colorado, according to The New York Times.
Sen. Lamar Alexander to self-quarantine after staffer tests positive for virus
Update 9:35 p.m. EDT May 10: Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander, who is leading a Senate inquiry into the coronavirus, will self-isolate after one of his staff tested positive, CNN reported.
Alexander is not showing symptoms and tested negative for the virus Thursday. The staff member tested positive Sunday, The Hill reported.
"After discussing this with the Senate’s attending physician, Senator Alexander, out of an abundance of caution, has decided not to return to Washington, D.C., and will self-quarantine in Tennessee for 14 days," David Cleary, Alexander's chief of staff, said. "Almost all of the senator’s Washington, D.C., staff are working from home, and there is no need for any other staff member to self-quarantine."
Alexander chairs the Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committee. He still plans to helm the hearing Tuesday by video conference. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who are under full or partial quarantine will testify remotely.
Pence to limit exposure after aide tests positive for virus
Update 8:27 p.m. EDT May 10: Vice President Mike Pence is voluntarily self-isolating and will limit his schedule this week after one of his aides tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday.
Pence is not planning to self-quarantine, but he will have a lighter-than-usual schedule, CNN reported. Three other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have quarantined themselves after coming into contact with Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dr. Stephen Hahn, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration are under full or partial quarantines.
Pence has tested negative for the virus multiple times and is following the advice of medical professionals, The Associated Press reported.
“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” Devin O’Malley, Pence’s spokesperson, said. “Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House (Monday).”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
US Chief of Naval Operations under quarantine
Update 8:08 p.m. EDT May 10: Adm. Michael Gilday, the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations, will self-quarantine after coming in contact with a family member who has tested positive for the coronavirus, CNN reported.
Gilday tested negative for the virus Friday.
He will quarantine for several days.
Gilday’s self-quarantine is why he did not attend a meeting with President Donald Trump Saturday at the White House.
Three top public health officials, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration are all under full or partial quarantines.
Italy records lowest number of infected patients since starting lockdown
Update 4:44 p.m. EDT May 10: Italy recorded the lowest number of coronavirus infections in a 24-hour period since starting a national lockdown in March.
According to the country's health ministry, there were 802 confirmed cases in the 24 hours ending Sunday evening, The Associated Press reported.
It’s the first time the country has recorded less than 1,000 cases in a 24-hour period since the outbreak began.
There are 219,070 confirmed cases and 30,560 deaths resulting from coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins’ tracking information.
Officials believe it is likely that many more have died from the virus. Deaths at homes, nursing homes and private residences are not counted if coronavirus testing has not been completed.
UK’s Boris Johnson announces ‘careful steps’ to ease stay-at-home restrictions
Update 2:44 p.m. EDT May 10: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced “careful steps” the government will take to ease stay-at-home restrictions, urging people to get outside more.
“From this Wednesday, we want to encourage people to take more and even unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise,” Johnson said Sunday during a taped address to the nation.
“You can sit in the sun in your local park, you can drive to other destinations, you can even play sports, but only with members of your own household,” Johnson said.
Johnson stressed that people violating social distancing guidelines will face increased fines.
Johnson also said that people who cannot work from home will be “actively encouraged” to return to their jobs Monday.
“Work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home and when you do go to work, if possible, do so by car or, even better, by walking or bicycle,” Johnson said. “We want it to be safe for you to get to work, so you should avoid public transport if at all possible, because we must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will therefore be limited."
US death toll passes 79,000
Update 2:25 p.m. EDT May 10: The death toll in the United States due to the coronavirus topped 79,000, according to figures released Sunday afternoon by Johns Hopkins University.
According to numbers compiled by the university, at least 79,100 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 issues.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
As of Sunday afternoon, the total number of confirmed cases in the U.S. was at least 1,320,362. Of that number, 57,180 people have recovered.
Cuomo: NY probing 85 cases of coronavirus-related illness in kids
Update 12:30 p.m. EDT May 10: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said his state is investigating 85 cases of a coronavirus-related illness in children.
“Its symptoms are similar to toxic shock-like syndrome. This does not present as a normal COVID case. COVID cases tend to be respiratory,” Cuomo said at his daily news conference. “This presents as an inflammation of the blood vessels. Sometimes inflammation of the heart. It’s possible that these cases were coming in and were not diagnosed as related to COVID because they don’t appear as COVID. It is a situation that is taken the lives of three New Yorkers.”
3 top health officials, including Fauci, confirm self-quarantine
Update 10:30 a.m. EDT May 10: Three top public health officials, incuding Anthony Fauci, have begun partial or full self-quarantine for 14 days after coming into contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, The New York Times reported.
Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, confirmed a CNN report on Saturday that he had begun a “modified quarantine.
Representatives for Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, confirmed that they were taking the precautions. the Times reported.
10 anti-lockdown protesters arrested in Australia
Update 9:22 a.m. EDT May 10: Victoria Police arrested 10 people, including two protest organizers, Sunday outside Melbourne’s Parliament House during a planned protest against Australia’s coronavirus response efforts, The Guardian reported.
Three protesters were charged with assaulting a police officer, and one officer was hospitalized with a rib injury, CNN reported.
Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos told Nine News Australia that the protest was “incredibly disappointing.”
“Those people know that this pandemic is not fake news,” Mikakos said.
One dead after fire breaks out at Moscow coronavirus hospital
Update 8:36 a.m. EDT May 10: According to Russian state news agencies, one person died after a fire broke out late Saturday at a Moscow hospital treating coronavirus patients. The fire also caused the evacuation of patients.
In a statement, Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said the blaze occurred at City Clinical Hospital No. 50.
“The fire was quickly extinguished,” Sobyanin said. “All patients are evacuated and will be transported to other hospitals. Unfortunately, there were some casualties. According to preliminary data, one of the patients died. I express condolences to their family and friends.”
SC doesn’t report number of visitors who test positive; some residents worried
Currently, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control doesn’t report how many visitors test positive for the coronavirus, according to WSOC-TV.
If an out-of-state visitor tests positive in South Carolina, that case would count toward the visitor’s home state’s total, not South Carolina’s.
Some residents are asking the state to report this information, even if those cases are not included in the state’s official tally.
“If they’re from Alaska, they need to be counted and it needs to be reported here. Even if they have to have a different system to say OK, this person isn’t necessarily counted as a South Carolina case, because they were here from Alaska, but they were here. That’s the point. They were here,” said Horry County resident Kristy Armjad.
DHEC officials said if someone tests positive for COVID-19 in the state but is from somewhere else, contact tracers will contact their state of residence.
Nearly 40% of Florida’s COVID-19 deaths were at nursing homes, assisted living facilities
Update 6:45 a.m. EDT May 10: Florida is reporting that more than 650 patients have died from the novel coronavirus at the state’s nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
According to Orlando’s WFTV, the Florida Department of Health released figures late Friday showing that 656 patients and eight employees have died at long-term care facilities in the state.
That’s almost 40% of the state’s 1,669 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.
One facility near St. Petersburg has had 23 deaths, with 13 others in Florida reporting at least 10.
People over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are particularly endangered by the disease, making nursing homes especially vulnerable to outbreaks.
The state now has more than 40,000 confirmed cases of the disease.
Tennessee grandmother working to supply masks to inmates
Update 6:05 a.m. EDT May 10: A grandmother from Memphis, Tennessee, is on a mission to save lives.
According to WHBQ-TV, Hattie Jackson took on the challenge to make face masks for those in need.
On average, Jackson said she can make 75 face masks.
“I do them where you can wear them reversible on either side,” Jackson said.
The grandmother was a crossing guard before she was furloughed.
“I’m retired and this was my little last job,” Jackson said. “I really enjoyed being a [crossing guard], and I miss the kids.”
With the extra free time, she’s made it her mission to get face masks to every detainee at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center.
“I think about what is going on now and what I can do with my God-given talents to help other people,” Jackson said.
Face masks are in high demand, but the supply of personal protective equipment is still lacking.
Jackson said she can’t supply masks for every inmate by herself. She worked with officials to host a drop-off next month.
She hoped to raise enough masks for 1,800 detainees.
“If they sew, [are a] seamstress or a quilt maker, if they would find it in their heart to make a few masks and donate them to 201 Poplar, at least it would help out in that way,” she said.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office announced 46 workers and 134 detainees have tested positive for COVID-19, with two employees hospitalized.
As for the Memphis Police Department, 16 employees tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
Jackson said the masks will cover inmates but benefit law enforcement workers.
“I think about them as well as the inmates,” she said. “I need my officers; I need to see them patrolling in my area. I wouldn’t want all of them to get sick.”
The mask drop-off is set for 11 a.m. June 12.
People can drop off masks at the South Precinct on Range Road.
Rhode Island governor lifts stay-at-home order, details first phase of reopening
Update 4:19 a.m. EDT May 10: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order to officially lift the state’s stay-at-home order Saturday.
According to WFXT, an official release said the first phase of re-opening entails the following:
• Noncritical retail stores will reopen with capacity limits.
• Elective medical procedures can resume under safety guidelines.
• Everyone who can work from home should.
• Offices can start allowing people to come and go on a limited basis.
• Some state parks will reopen with limited parking.
Raimondo will issue a new executive order extending the ban on social gatherings of five people through May 22.
Also extended through May 22, anyone traveling to Rhode Island from another state for non-work-related reasons must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Restaurants, bars and cafes will remain closed for dine-in services, but wine and beer can still be sold for take-out orders.
Recreation and entertainment businesses will remain closed, including theaters, cinemas, bowling alleys, concert venues, museums and zoos.
To read the full news release, click here.
45 minors at Tennessee juvenile facility test positive for COVID-19
Update 3:07 a.m. EDT May 10: The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services asked the state’s Department of Health and National Guard to conduct a second mass testing of the juveniles at the Memphis Center for Success and Independence, officials said.
According to WHBQ-TV, there were 48 minors at the facility, and 45 of them tested positive for COVID-19.
Three of the minors have returned home.
Thirteen employees also tested positive.
Officials said none of the children are showing symptoms.
Those who tested positive this week were separated from the minors who had previously tested positive.
Virus outbreak prompts temporary closure at NC Tyson Foods poultry plant
Update 2:45 a.m. EDT May 10: A Tyson Foods poultry plant in North Carolina is closing temporarily for deep cleaning after a coronavirus outbreak there, WSOC-TV is reporting.
News outlets reported that one of two Tyson plants in Wilkesboro closed Saturday and will reopen Tuesday. The plant is normally closed on Sundays.
Tyson employs about 3,000 people at its two Wilkesboro plants.
A spokesman for the plant wouldn’t say how many employees had contracted COVID-19. But officials in Wilkes County said Friday that an outbreak at the plant is responsible for a majority of the county’s 194 coronavirus cases.
Meat processing plants across the country have seen outbreaks of coronavirus.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will require all to wear face coverings in public areas
Update 2:06 a.m. EDT May 10: Starting May 18, all passengers, visitors and workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state will be required to wear cloth face coverings in public areas, officials with the Port of Seattle said.
“Airport workers keep our region’s supply chain moving and support safe essential travel,” Port of Seattle Executive Director Steve Metruck said in the statement. “I am deeply grateful for the dedication they bring to their work. Many port employees and partners and members of the public already wear cloth face coverings. This policy makes clear our commitment to public health, safety and well-being.”
The policy to wear face coverings will not apply to certain groups, such as very young children and those who cannot medically tolerate them, according to the release.
Port commissioners will be briefed Tuesday on the work that is underway regarding the implementation of added protocols at the airport.
US coronavirus cases reach 1.3M, deaths top 78K
Published 12:50 a.m. EDT May 10: The number of novel coronavirus cases in the United States climbed past 1.3 million early Sunday across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
According to a Johns Hopkins University tally, there are at least 1,309,541 confirmed U.S. cases of the virus, which have resulted in at least 78,794 deaths.
The hardest-hit states remain New York with 333,122 cases and 26,612 deaths, New Jersey with 137,397 cases and 9,116 deaths and Massachusetts with 76,743 cases and 4,840 deaths. Only 11 states and territories have confirmed fewer than 2,000 cases each.
Ten other states have now confirmed at least 30,000 novel coronavirus cases each, including:
• Illinois: 76,085 cases, resulting in 3,349 deaths
• California: 66,558 cases, resulting in 2,687 deaths
• Pennsylvania: 58,560 cases, resulting in 3,779
• Michigan: 46,815 cases, resulting in 4,530 deaths
• Florida: 40,001 cases, resulting in 1,715 deaths
• Texas: 38,394 cases, resulting in 1,066 deaths
• Connecticut: 32,984 cases, resulting in 2,932 deaths
• Georgia: 32,588 cases, resulting in 1,403 deaths
• Maryland: 31,534 cases, resulting in 1,614 deaths
• Louisiana: 31,417 cases, resulting in 2,267 deaths
Meanwhile, Indiana, Ohio and Virginia each has confirmed at least 23,000 cases, followed closely by Colorado with 19,375 and Washington state with 16,674; Tennessee and North Carolina each has confirmed at least 14,000 cases; Iowa, Rhode Island, Arizona and Minnesota each has confirmed at least 10,000 cases; Wisconsin, Missouri, Alabama and Mississippi each has confirmed at least 9,000 cases; Nebraska and South Carolina each has confirmed at least 7,000 cases; Kansas, Kentucky, Delaware, Nevada, Utah and the District of Columbia each has confirmed at least 6,000 cases; New Mexico and Oklahoma each has confirmed at least 4,000 cases; Arkansas, South Dakota, Oregon and New Hampshire each has confirmed at least 3,000 cases; and Idaho and Puerto Rico each has confirmed at least 2,000 cases.