In 17 states, the numbers are holding steady, according to an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. And in 9 states, the numbers of new cases are still rising.
But that doesn’t mean it’s time to celebrate and take off face masks in public.
Wisconsin court strikes down state-at-home order
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.
“When you have more people in a small space — I don’t care if it’s bars, restaurants or your home — you’re going to be able to spread the virus,” Evers said. “Now we have no plan and no protections for the people of Wisconsin.”
Study provides new details on air droplets
Talking loudly for one minute in a confined space could generate at least 1,000 speech droplets containing Covid-19 particles, according to an estimate by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Pennsylvania.
“These observations confirm that there is a substantial probability that normal speaking causes airborne virus transmission in confined environments,” the study says.
Cases of mysterious illness in kids expand to 17 states
Not all of the affected children have tested positive for the coronavirus, but reports from Europe and from several cities in the US show a link.
“There seems to be delayed responses to Covid infections in these kids,” said Dr. Moshe Arditi, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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, Arditi said.
“This multisystem inflammatory syndrome is not directly caused by the virus,” said Dr. Jeffrey Burns, a critical care specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital. “The leading hypothesis is that it is due to the immune response of the patient.”
CNN’s Ethan Cohen, Liz Stark, Sergio Hernandez, Steve Almasy, Shelby Lin Erdman, Maggie Fox, Matthew Hoye and John Bonifield contributed to this report.