The Past 24 Hours or So – Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

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  • A total of 56,750 cases of Covid-19 and 372 virus-related deaths were recorded in the United States on Monday. On Sunday, there were 61,487 new cases and reported 415 new fatalities.
  • President Trump told reporters at the White house Monday that he plans to resume his daily coronavirus press briefings sometime this week, “probably starting” Tuesday.
  • President Trump tweeted a photo of himself wearing a mask and said: “We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!”
  • At the beginning of Vice President Mike Pence’s call with the nation’s governors, he endorsed mask-wearing in public and social distancing as ways to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

“What we have found is that masks, closing indoor bars, decreasing indoor dining capacity to 25%, continued social distancing and personal hygiene messaging are, according to the modeling, dramatically decreasing the rate of community spread,” he said.

  • Senate Republicans are clashing with the White House over whether to include new money for coronavirus testing in the next relief package. The administration is balking at including another $25 billion for COVID-19 testing. 
  • Top administration officials signaled on Monday night that a payroll-tax cut, a top priority for President Trump, is in the forthcoming Republican coronavirus aid proposal, at least for now.
  • A coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University showed positive results in early trials, triggering an immune response, researchers said Monday. 
  • Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the Trump administration hopes to pass a phase four stimulus package before the end of the month, and said that negotiations for the package will start with “another trillion dollars.”
  • Surgeon General Jerome Adams echoed President Trump, saying he does not think a national mask mandate is necessary, but at the same time urged all Americans to continue to wear face coverings.
  • Six members of US Forces Korea and four dependants have tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in South Korea from the US, bringing the total number of USFK-affiliated individuals with Covid-19 to 98.
  • The American Bankers Association, which represents large and small banks, joined other business groups in calling for its members to adopt national mask mandates “to protect the health of bank employees and customers.” 
  • Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, BI-LO and Harveys Supermarkets, is reversing course and says it will require that shoppers wear masks in its hundreds of stores throughout the Southern states.
  • The Washington Nationals have announced that Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day on Thursday.
  • The NBA and the players union have jointly announced that there have been zero positive Covid-19 test results from the 346 players tested since July 13.
  • The National Football League and the players union have agreed on a daily Covid-19 testing protocol that will commence at the start of training camps and last for two weeks.
  • The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Monday the postponement of all scheduled fall sports
  • In New York, hospitalizations continue to hit new lows since March 18, now at 716. The state added 519 positive tests, with a positivity rate at 1.05%, and 8 deaths.
  • New York City entered Phase 4, with caveats. Zoos and botanical gardens can open, but museums and indoor dining, permitted elsewhere in the state with limitations, will still be banned.
  • New York Gov. Cuomo (D) said it was a mistake for other state governments to listen to the President’s calls to open up during the pandemic. 

Cuomo said the federal government has been “incompetent” and “in denial” on the situation and has “pressured” states “to reopen recklessly, which they did.”

“Liberate, liberate, liberate,” he said, in reference to the President’s tweets on the matter. 

“Their mistake was they listened to the President,” he added.

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) warned against the idea of the White House sidelining Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, saying Fauci had been more responsive to the state’s coronavirus needs than President Trump or Vice President Pence. “Dr. Fauci never let me or the people of Maryland down. I shudder to think where our country would be today without him.”
  • The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has temporarily suspended in-service training after four trainees and two staff members tested positive for Covid-19 since Friday.
  • Georgia reported 3,243 new cases and five deaths on Sunday. The state registered 2,452 new cases and three deaths on Monday.
  • Athens, Georgia Mayor Kelly Girtz (D) said, “We are maintaining our mask mandate. The courts have not issued any cease and desist. And we believe we’re well within our rights and in fact, well within the health care guidance that we’ve been receiving nationally and internationally.”
  • Morehouse and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, announced that students will not be returning to campus for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • The largest school district in Georgia, Gwinnett County Public Schools, said that classes will begin on Aug. 12 with online-only instruction.
  • Florida reported at least 10,347 new cases of Covid-19 and 90 additional deaths on Monday.
  • Ten of the twenty-four ICUs in Miami-Dade County, the epicenter of Florida’s coronavirus pandemic, have no beds available.
  • There are now 53 hospitals in Florida without any ICU beds.
  • Florida educators have filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state’s emergency order that forces schools to open for in-person instruction next month.
  • The Miami-Dade Police Department issued 115 (67 individual citations and 48 business citations).

Individual citations are $100 and $500 for businesses.citations for noncompliance of county mask and social distancing orders.

  • West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) reported multiple Covid-19 outbreaks in seven churches across seven counties in the state. 75 cases were reported .

He warned churchgoers to be cautious, “Please, please know that a church setting is the ideal setting to spread this virus.”

  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Monday that the city would re-tighten some restrictions on businesses, including bars and personal services, in an effort to curb recent community spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) announced the largest single-day total of new Covid-19 cases in the state, with 979 newly reported cases.

According to the governor’s office, 30 cases were from children 5 years old and younger.

  • In the wake of Kentucky’s rising COVID-19 infections, Beshear has limited social gatherings to 10 people.
  • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) in a radio interview stated, “These kids have got to get back to school.” “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”
  • Minnesota, which on Monday reported 900 new cases, a single-day record, also reported its first virus-related death of a child, according to the state’s health department. The department said the child was 5 years old or younger, but did not list the exact age.
  • Kansas announced on Monday more than 1,000 new cases, a single-day record.
  • Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) signed an order mandating all students, teachers, faculty and visitors to public or private K-12 school buildings or facilities wear face coverings.
  • New COVID-19 cases in Texas dipped for the fourth straight day to 7,153. The statewide total on Monday went from 334,586 to 341,739. Another 64 deaths makes a total of 4,055 statewide.
  • Hidalgo County Texas’ emergency health director ordered residents to shelter-in-place and follow a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The order officially goes into effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. and is scheduled to last until Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
  • California reported a record increase of more than 11,800 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.
  • Los Angeles County has surpassed its record for daily hospitalizations for the fourth time in the past week. There are 2,232 patients currently hospitalized with 26% of them in the intensive care units and 19% on ventilators.
  • California Interscholastic Federation announced that high school sports will not begin until December or January.
  • Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that the country will block American tourists from entry as U.S. coronavirus numbers continue to surge.
  • France’s nationwide mask mandate includes fines for individuals who fail to wear a face-covering in public indoor settings. People can be fined 135 euros, or $154, if they are cited for not wearing a face mask in settings such as supermarkets, banks and other shops.

Sources:  ABC News, Associated Press, The Atlantic, Axios, Bloomberg, CBS News, CNN, Financial Times, Fox News,The Hill, Independent, NBC News, NJ.com, NPR, NY Times, Politico, Reuters, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post

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