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Coronavirus updates: 4-month-old baby hospitalized for COVID-19

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a tree in front of a building: The Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children in Huntsville, Ala. is seen here in an undated file photo. © Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children/Facebook The Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children in Huntsville, Ala. is seen here in an undated file photo.

A four-month-old baby who is infected with the novel coronavirus has been hospitalized in Huntsville, Alabama, according to local ABC affiliate WAAY. Elsewhere, the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in Florida jumped by 9,558 in one day, according to the state's Department of Health. Details on these and other developments below.

The has now killed more than 516,000 people worldwide. 

Over 10.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 128,184 deaths.

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  • Nashville closes bars, cancels Fourth of July fireworks
  • US reports record-high number of new cases in a day
  • US testing supply chain is under strain, FEMA memo says
  • Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates

    12:50 p.m.: Casinos reopen in Atlantic City

    Casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, reopened on Thursday after a 108-day closure.

    a group of people in a store: A worker at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J., June 3, 2020, installs a sign indicating that slot machines will routinely be sanitized once the casino reopens to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. © Wayne Parry/AP A worker at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City N.J., June 3, 2020, installs a sign indicating that slot machines will routinely be sanitized once the casino reopens to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

    The casinos must maintain a 25% capacity, The Associated Press reported.

    Gamblers are required to wear face masks and cannot smoke or drink, the AP said.

    a man standing in front of a store: Steven Ford, a worker at Harrah's casino sprays slot machines with disinfectant in Atlantic City, N.J., July 1, 2020, as the casino prepared to reopen. © Wayne Parry/AP Steven Ford, a worker at Harrah's casino sprays slot machines with disinfectant in Atlantic City, N.J., July 1, 2020, as the casino prepared to reopen.

    11:37 a.m.: Nashville closes bars, cancels Fourth of July fireworks

    Nashville is closing its bars for at least two weeks and is canceling the Fourth of July fireworks as coronavirus cases sharply rise, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday.

    a person and a dog walking on a city street: People wear masks as they cross Broadway, June 30, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. © Mark Humphrey/AP People wear masks as they cross Broadway, June 30, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Davidson County, which includes Nashville, is reporting a record daily high of 608 new cases, Cooper said.

    The mayor said phase 3 of reopening has not been effective and the city is reverting to its phase 2 plans, with some modifications. Entertainment venues will be closed and restaurants must reduce capacity to 50% from 75%.

    11 a.m.: Florida sees 9,558 new cases in 1 day

    In Florida, the number of diagnosed coronavirus cases jumped by 9,558 in one day, according to the state's Department of Health.

    a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: People queue in their cars to get COVID-19 tests administered by the Florida Army National Guard, the City of Miami Beach and the Florida Department of Health, at Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, July 1, 2020. © Cristobal Herrera/EPA via Shutterstock People queue in their cars to get COVID-19 tests administered by the Florida Army National Guard, the City of Miami Beach and the Florida Department of Health, at Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, July 1, 2020.

    Of those tested in Florida, 14.5% are now positive -- which is down 0.5% from Wednesday.

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    The state now has a total of 169,102 cases.

    Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, set a record daily increase with 2,306 cases. Of those tested in the county, 19.5% are now positive, according to the state's data

    a person swimming in the water: A woman wears a face shield as she wades in the ocean off South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., on June 10, 2020. © Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images A woman wears a face shield as she wades in the ocean off South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla., on June 10, 2020.

    10:30 a.m.: NYC opening 22 streets for outdoor dining

    New York City is doubling down on outdoor dining. Starting this weekend, 22 streets covering 2.6 miles will be dedicated to restaurants, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday.

    a group of people sitting on a bench: Plastic partitions separate patrons at Jake's Dilemma the first day of the phase two reopening of the city during the current coronavirus outbreak in New York City, June 22, 2020, in New York. © Kathy Willens/AP Plastic partitions separate patrons at Jake's Dilemma the first day of the phase two reopening of the city during the current coronavirus outbreak in New York City, June 22, 2020, in New York. a woman standing in front of a crowd of people at a bus stop: A waitress takes the temperature of customers at Dudley's as restaurants are permitted to offer al fresco dining as part of phase 2 reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, June 27, 2020. © Andrew Kelly/Reuters A waitress takes the temperature of customers at Dudley's as restaurants are permitted to offer al fresco dining as part of phase 2 reopening during the coronavirus pandemic in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, June 27, 2020.

    New York City won't allow indoor dining because of concerning data from states across the U.S., de Blasio said.

    "It became deafening how bad the situation was in many many states and how much it was related back to bars and restaurants," he said.

    a group of people in a city: People eat outside of LENA Winebar as restaurants are permitted to offer al fresco dining as part of phase 2 reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, June 27, 2020. © Andrew Kelly/Reuters People eat outside of LENA Winebar as restaurants are permitted to offer al fresco dining as part of phase 2 reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, June 27, 2020.

    Of those tested in New York City, just 2% of residents are now testing positive for the coronavirus, de Blasio said Thursday.

    The mayor is also addressing the plan for returning to school in the fall.

    He said face coverings will be required and schools will implement social distancing, handwashing stations and deep cleaning.

    9:30 a.m.: West Hollywood will charge you $300 for not wearing a mask

    As the coronavirus infection rate increases in California, those not wearing masks in West Hollywood will be charged $300 -- a $250 fine and $50 fee -- for the first-offense, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: People march down Santa Monica Boulevard to demonstrate against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, in West Hollywood, Calif., June 14, 2020. © Christian Monterrosa/EPA via Shutterstock People march down Santa Monica Boulevard to demonstrate against police brutality after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, in West Hollywood, Calif., June 14, 2020.

    "Our last option was to conduct enforcement by issuing an Administrative Citation, but the risk to Community health is too great," the department said Wednesday night.

    In Los Angeles County, 1 in 140 people are estimated to be infected, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday.

    Garcetti said the infection rate could be as high as 1 in 70 in the upcoming weeks.

    7:29 a.m.: FDA chief details response plan amid rising cases

    The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the agency is working to get more personal protective equipment and testing supplies to areas of the country where coronavirus infections are on the rise.

    "We are seeing rising cases, particularly in the south and the west," Dr. Stephen Hahn told ABC News in an interview Thursday on "Good Morning America."

    Hahn, who is also a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said one advantage the country has now that it didn't earlier in the year is the newly-authorized experimental therapeutics, such as the antiviral medication remdesivir. There's also convalescent plasma therapy, a century-old technique used for treating epidemics in which the blood plasma of patients who have recovered from a disease is transfused to those who are still infected.

    a man wearing a suit and tie: FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn appears on "Good Morning America," July 2, 2020. © ABC News FDA commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn appears on "Good Morning America," July 2, 2020.

    Some 28,000 people infected with COVID-19 in the United States have been treated with convalescent plasma, according to Hahn, who urged those who have recovered from the virus to donate their plasma.

    "We will eventually get beyond this pandemic," he said. "We have a lot of therapeutics, we have vaccines in the pipeline."

    The FDA has granted authorization for four separate vaccine candidates to proceed with clinical trials. Two of those potential vaccines are expected to begin the late state of trials later this month, according to Hahn.

    "We are on target to reach a vaccine by year's end or early next year," he added, "so I'm cautiously optimistic."

    a hand holding a large pair of scissors: A plasma donor has a blood sample taken before giving convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment at a newly-opened plasma donor center in Twickenham, southwest London, on June 11, 2020. © Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images A plasma donor has a blood sample taken before giving convalescent plasma for COVID-19 treatment at a newly-opened plasma donor center in Twickenham, southwest London, on June 11, 2020.

    Hahn advised people to continue washing hands frequently as well as practicing social distancing and, when that's not possible, to wear a face mask.

    "These are common sense things as we head into the Fourth of July weekend that we can do to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus," he said.

    6:51 a.m.: University of Oklahoma's football team reports cluster of cases

    At least 14 student-athletes and two staff members of the University of Oklahoma's football team have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said.

    Seven of the school's 111 football players tested Tuesday were positive for the virus, while the other seven players had tested positive earlier. Two players have since recovered, according to a statement from the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department.

    A general view of Oklahoma Sooners helmets on the field prior to the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 21, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. © Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images, FILE A general view of Oklahoma Sooners helmets on the field prior to the game against the Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 21, 2017 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.

    The University of Oklahoma football team has returned to campus and its student-athletes began voluntary workouts Wednesday.

    6:02 a.m.: Oregon sees highest single-day jump in cases

    Oregon health officials announced Wednesday the highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases that the state has seen since the start of the pandemic.

    The Oregon Health Authority said 281 new cases of COVID-19 were identified on Tuesday. About 75 percent of recent cases were patients under the age of 50.

    a group of people standing in front of a building: Healthcare workers wheel a gurney into Salem Hospital's emergency room in Salem, Oregon, on April 9, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. © Andrew Selsky/AP Healthcare workers wheel a gurney into Salem Hospital's emergency room in Salem, Oregon, on April 9, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Cases among children under the age of 10 are growing rapidly. At the end of May, there were 58 diagnosed cases of children under 10, while at the end of June, there were 319 confirmed cases, The Oregonian reported.

    Since hospitalization is less common among younger patients infected with the virus, statewide hospital capacity is "sufficient for now," the Oregon Health Authority said in a statement Wednesday.

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    5:29 a.m.: US testing supply chain is under strain, FEMA memo says

    The coronavirus testing supply chain in the United States is under strain with demand for tests outpacing supply, according to an internal daily memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    a person sitting in a car: A nurse performs a COVID-19 antibody test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 25, 2020. © Rick Bowmer/AP A nurse performs a COVID-19 antibody test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 25, 2020.

    Meanwhile, intensive care units in Utah are at 65% capacity and hospitals around the state could reach capacity within two weeks. Utah reported 3,754 new cases of COVID-19 last week, a 13.8% increase from the previous week. Planning is underway to increase ICU capacity and to prepare for patient transfers during a surge, according to the memo obtained by ABC News.

    In Hawaii, a bus driver who tested positive for COVID-19 in Honolulu on June 28 continued working for five days while feeling sick. Health officials there are working to trace anyone who came in contact with the driver during that time, the memo said.

    4:36 a.m.: 4-month-old baby hospitalized for coronavirus in Alabama, officials say

    A four-month-old baby who is infected with the novel coronavirus has been hospitalized in Huntsville, Alabama, according to local ABC affiliate WAAY.

    Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children CEO David Spillers told WAAY the infant is their youngest COVID-19 patient.

    "I think that probably the news today is we now have five children that are COVID positive that are in the hospital, so if you think this doesn't affect young people it actually affects young people," Spillers said during a press conference Wednesday. "Some of those children are only months old. So it's the first time we've seen that during the pandemic."

    Spillers said he's concerned about how the children contracted the virus. One of the young patients is a 4-year-old who has been receiving cancer treatment and is now positive for COVID-19.

    "I feel very confident the outcomes will be good for those children," he said. "We haven't seen that before, and I think it's just a direct result of more COVID in the community and people engaging around children and infecting them."

    For those who are against wearing face masks, Spillers had this message: "I challenge people who resist wearing face coverings to think about this the next time you resist wearing face coverings. Anybody can have COVID. Anyone can give COVID to anyone else because in many cases you could be asymptomatic. If the thought of you accidentally giving COVID to someone, particularly a child with cancer, is not enough reason to put on a face cover, then I don't know what is."

    A growing number of Alabama cities are making face masks mandatory, but Huntsville isn't one of them. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle told WAAY he thinks that mandate will come at some point in the future.

    3:32 a.m.: US reports record-high number of new cases in a day

    More than 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Wednesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

    It's the first time the United States has reached or crossed the 50,000 threshold of new diagnosed cases in a single day.

    Wednesday's caseload shattered the country's previous record set on June 26, when more than 45,000 new cases were identified.

    a person standing in front of a building: People wearing face masks carry their pints of beer past tables for outdoor dining in Los Angeles, California, on July 1, 2020. © Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images People wearing face masks carry their pints of beer past tables for outdoor dining in Los Angeles, California, on July 1, 2020.

    The national total currently stands at 2,686,582 diagnosed cases with at least 128,062 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

    By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up to over 30,000 and then crossing 40,000 last week.

    Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records.

    ABC News' Will Gretsky, Josh Margolin, Ben Stein and Scott Withers contributed to this report.

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