The latest:There have been more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.The U.S. death toll has surpassed 97,000 people, according to Hopkins.Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.There will likely be longer air travel security lines as the Transportation Security Administration adjusts staffing with more people taking to the skies, according to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.During an unannounced press conference Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration would label houses of worship as “essential” to mandate their reopening.Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days.It’s not going to happen.A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try.Only a handful of states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, have said they’ve already tested every nursing home resident.Many states said the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time. California, the most populous state, said it is still working to release a plan that would ensure testing capacity for all residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities statewide.And still other states are questioning whether testing every nursing home resident and staff, regardless of any other factors, is a good use of time and money.White House announces new travel restrictions on BrazilPresident Donald Trump on Sunday issued a proclamation suspending entry to the U.S. for any individual who has been in Brazil within the 14 days immediately prior to their arrival.”I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,” the proclamation reads in part.The policy is aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. As of Sunday evening, Brazil had more than 347,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second most worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.”Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. “These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.” Coronavirus has yet to peak in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest and worst-infected city, but the health care system is already beginning to break down. As the crisis deepens and the number of deaths continues to rise, President Jair Bolsonaro is urging businesses to reopen. He opposes many governors who are stressing social distancing measures to slow the spread.Far from hospitals, Brazil’s indigenous people are dying at an alarming rate. The death toll is double that of the rest of Brazil’s population, according to the advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.FDA commissioner issues Memorial Day warningThe commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, saying the deadly virus “is not yet contained.””With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all,” Dr. Stephen Hahn wrote in a tweet.The commissioner’s Memorial Day warning comes as some states begin to reopen, allowing people to go to beaches, cookouts and bars as they observe one of the more popular holidays that’s to take place amid the pandemic. But as social activities increase, health experts like Hahn warn the U.S. is still not out of the woods.”Even as states and some state officials rush to reopen it’s on us to make smart and safe decisions,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, a former disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Saturday night.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told the public last week that going outside was fine, with cautious measures.”Go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from anyone so you can have the physical distancing,” he told a CNN coronavirus town hall. “Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you’re not in a crowd and you’re not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus.”Experts worry about case spikes as Americans try to go back to normalWith more sweeping reopenings, many Americans gathered to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in parks, backyards, restaurants and beaches after weeks of staying inside.”It looks like America’s opening up,” beachgoer Steve Ricks in Alabama’s Gulf Shores told WPMI. “There are literally thousands of people out here on the beach, and what I’m really pleased to see is that many of these folks, almost all of them, are doing a great job with social distancing.”On the same beach, Patricia Patton said she felt safe and she didn’t have to wear a mask.”There’s nobody that has been near me or in my space at all,” she told the affiliate.Others flocked to Georgia and Florida beaches to kick off the weekend. Farther north, beaches in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware also began welcoming visitors Friday.But while snapshots from across the country may look like a return to normal, experts warn the U.S. is still not out of the woods. So far, more than 1.6 million Americans have been infected and over 97,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. “Even as states and some state officials rush to reopen it’s on us to make smart and safe decisions,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, a former disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Saturday night. “If you … look at the numbers, you’ll see that on Thursday more than 20,000 Americans were infected … Just yesterday, that number went up and there were more than 24,000 Americans newly diagnosed with Covid-19.”States such as North Carolina and Arkansas are seeing major spikes, Yasmin said.Some states raise more concern than othersOn Saturday, North Carolina reported its highest single-day increase of new coronavirus cases, just a day after the state rolled into its second phase of reopening.In Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said after a “deep dip” in cases, the state now seemed to be experiencing a “second peak.” That rise is in part because of more widespread testing, Hutchinson said.Yasmin’s warnings echo concerns shared by senior military leaders last week who said the threat from the coronavirus is still high. They stressed they’re preparing for a second wave.There were still a high number of new positive tests coming out of places such as Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Nebraska and Illinois, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator. Houston mayor: ‘We’re not equipped’ to handle surgeTexas beaches also saw crowds over the weekend after bars were allowed to reopen Friday with restrictions.In Austin, crowds were having drinks into Saturday morning, Taylor Blount told CNN. Several images he posted to Twitter showed one street teaming with people in the night.Texas is one of a handful of Southern states at risk of seeing a rapid surge of new coronavirus cases in some areas, according to a new outbreak predictions model.That model predicts that Harris County, which includes Houston, could see more than 2,000 daily cases by June. “We’re not equipped to handle that type of surge,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Saturday. “We can take about 200 cases a day, for example, with contact tracing and we’re building up that program.””I’m worried,” he said. “The virus is still here. There are still people who think it’s a joke and it’s not a joke. Things have opened up. We’re in stage two in the state of Texas so bars, restaurants, barbershops, you name it, are now open. So (we’re) nervous but we’re going to do everything we can to manage the virus.”The Miami area and parts of Alabama and Tennessee are also poised for sharp upticks, according to the study.43rd NYPD member dies In New York, the city’s police force announced it lost a 43rd member due to complications of the virus.New York Police Department School Safety Agent Doris Kirkland died Friday after serving in that role for over 30 years, the NYPD said.More than 5,700 members of the department have tested positive for the virus.Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Friday allowing gatherings of up to 10 people, saying the move shouldn’t impact the state’s ability to continue reopening.The state is on track to reopen its eighth region this week, the governor said Saturday. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The latest:

  • There have been more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases in the United States, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.
  • The U.S. death toll has surpassed 97,000 people, according to Hopkins.
  • Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.
  • There will likely be longer air travel security lines as the Transportation Security Administration adjusts staffing with more people taking to the skies, according to Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.
  • During an unannounced press conference Friday, President Donald Trump said his administration would label houses of worship as “essential” to mandate their reopening.

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days.

It’s not going to happen.

A review by The Associated Press found that at least half of the states are not going to meet White House’s deadline and some aren’t even bothering to try.

Only a handful of states, including West Virginia and Rhode Island, have said they’ve already tested every nursing home resident.

Many states said the logistics, costs and manpower needs are too great to test all residents and staff in a two-week window. Some say they need another week or so, while others say they need much more time. California, the most populous state, said it is still working to release a plan that would ensure testing capacity for all residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities statewide.

And still other states are questioning whether testing every nursing home resident and staff, regardless of any other factors, is a good use of time and money.

White House announces new travel restrictions on Brazil

President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a proclamation suspending entry to the U.S. for any individual who has been in Brazil within the 14 days immediately prior to their arrival.

“I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens who were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,” the proclamation reads in part.

The policy is aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. As of Sunday evening, Brazil had more than 347,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second most worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. “These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil.”

Coronavirus has yet to peak in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest and worst-infected city, but the health care system is already beginning to break down.

As the crisis deepens and the number of deaths continues to rise, President Jair Bolsonaro is urging businesses to reopen. He opposes many governors who are stressing social distancing measures to slow the spread.

Far from hospitals, Brazil’s indigenous people are dying at an alarming rate. The death toll is double that of the rest of Brazil’s population, according to the advocacy group Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil.

FDA commissioner issues Memorial Day warning

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Sunday urged Americans observing Memorial Day weekend to follow federal guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, saying the deadly virus “is not yet contained.”

“With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks protect us all,” Dr. Stephen Hahn wrote in a tweet.

The commissioner’s Memorial Day warning comes as some states begin to reopen, allowing people to go to beaches, cookouts and bars as they observe one of the more popular holidays that’s to take place amid the pandemic. But as social activities increase, health experts like Hahn warn the U.S. is still not out of the woods.

“Even as states and some state officials rush to reopen it’s on us to make smart and safe decisions,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, a former disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Saturday night.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told the public last week that going outside was fine, with cautious measures.

“Go out, wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from anyone so you can have the physical distancing,” he told a CNN coronavirus town hall. “Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing. As long as you’re not in a crowd and you’re not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus.”

Experts worry about case spikes as Americans try to go back to normal

With more sweeping reopenings, many Americans gathered to celebrate Memorial Day weekend in parks, backyards, restaurants and beaches after weeks of staying inside.

“It looks like America’s opening up,” beachgoer Steve Ricks in Alabama’s Gulf Shores told WPMI. “There are literally thousands of people out here on the beach, and what I’m really pleased to see is that many of these folks, almost all of them, are doing a great job with social distancing.”

On the same beach, Patricia Patton said she felt safe and she didn’t have to wear a mask.

“There’s nobody that has been near me or in my space at all,” she told the affiliate.

Others flocked to Georgia and Florida beaches to kick off the weekend. Farther north, beaches in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware also began welcoming visitors Friday.

But while snapshots from across the country may look like a return to normal, experts warn the U.S. is still not out of the woods. So far, more than 1.6 million Americans have been infected and over 97,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

“Even as states and some state officials rush to reopen it’s on us to make smart and safe decisions,” Dr. Seema Yasmin, a former disease detective at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN Saturday night. “If you … look at the numbers, you’ll see that on Thursday more than 20,000 Americans were infected … Just yesterday, that number went up and there were more than 24,000 Americans newly diagnosed with Covid-19.”

States such as North Carolina and Arkansas are seeing major spikes, Yasmin said.

Some states raise more concern than others

On Saturday, North Carolina reported its highest single-day increase of new coronavirus cases, just a day after the state rolled into its second phase of reopening.

In Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said after a “deep dip” in cases, the state now seemed to be experiencing a “second peak.” That rise is in part because of more widespread testing, Hutchinson said.

Yasmin’s warnings echo concerns shared by senior military leaders last week who said the threat from the coronavirus is still high. They stressed they’re preparing for a second wave.

There were still a high number of new positive tests coming out of places such as Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Nebraska and Illinois, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator.

Houston mayor: ‘We’re not equipped’ to handle surge

Texas beaches also saw crowds over the weekend after bars were allowed to reopen Friday with restrictions.

In Austin, crowds were having drinks into Saturday morning, Taylor Blount told CNN. Several images he posted to Twitter showed one street teaming with people in the night.

Texas is one of a handful of Southern states at risk of seeing a rapid surge of new coronavirus cases in some areas, according to a new outbreak predictions model.

That model predicts that Harris County, which includes Houston, could see more than 2,000 daily cases by June.

“We’re not equipped to handle that type of surge,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Saturday. “We can take about 200 cases a day, for example, with contact tracing and we’re building up that program.”

“I’m worried,” he said. “The virus is still here. There are still people who think it’s a joke and it’s not a joke. Things have opened up. We’re in stage two in the state of Texas so bars, restaurants, barbershops, you name it, are now open. So (we’re) nervous but we’re going to do everything we can to manage the virus.”

The Miami area and parts of Alabama and Tennessee are also poised for sharp upticks, according to the study.

43rd NYPD member dies

In New York, the city’s police force announced it lost a 43rd member due to complications of the virus.

New York Police Department School Safety Agent Doris Kirkland died Friday after serving in that role for over 30 years, the NYPD said.

More than 5,700 members of the department have tested positive for the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Friday allowing gatherings of up to 10 people, saying the move shouldn’t impact the state’s ability to continue reopening.

The state is on track to reopen its eighth region this week, the governor said Saturday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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