Coronavirus

Dem Colorado Gov Finally Issues Statewide Mask Rule

The Denver Post reports: Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide mask mandate Thursday afternoon, after days of pressure from his fellow Democrats to make the move. Polis announced at a news conference that he has issued an executive order requiring everyone age 10 and older to wear a mask or other facial covering while in public indoor spaces. The …

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GOP Arkansas Gov Finally Issues Statewide Mask Rule

ABC News reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an order Thursday requiring people to wear face masks in public throughout the state, which has had a surge in coronavirus cases over the past several weeks. The Republican governor had resisted a statewide mask mandate and opposed issuing a stay-at-home order earlier in the pandemic, but he signed the order requiring …

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CVS And Target To Require Face Masks In All Stores

CNN Business reports: CVS and Target will require customers to wear masks in their stores across the United States as the retail industry moves to enforce mask mandates to slow the spread of the coronavirus. “We’re joining others in taking the next step and requiring all customers to wear face coverings,” CVS tweeted Thursday. The policy goes into effect Monday. …

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Gov. Cuomo Ends Walk-Up Bar Service After Abuses

Reuters reports: Bars and restaurants in New York City that receive three “strikes” for failing to enforce social distancing will be forced to close, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday. In addition, bars and restaurants across the state will be allowed to serve alcohol only to patrons also ordering food, and walk-up bar service will not be allowed. The governor …

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Florida Reports 14K New Cases, New Record For Deaths

The Miami Herald reports: Florida’s Department of Health on Thursday confirmed 13,965 new cases of COVID-19, the second highest single-day total recorded in the state since the pandemic began in March. The state now has a total of 315,775 confirmed cases. There were also 156 new Florida resident deaths announced, bringing the statewide resident death toll to 4,677. The 156 …

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Covidiot Gets Pepper Spray After Mask Confrontation

CBS News reports: A confrontation inside of a Ralphs grocery store in the Mid-Wilshire section of Los Angeles turned hostile after a man refused to wear a face covering. Witnesses said a store employee told the man he had to wear a face covering or leave the store, as required by Los Angeles County as part of efforts to curtail …

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Over 1M New Jobless Claims For 17th Straight Week

CNBC reports: The number of Americans who filed for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week as the country continues to grapple with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Initial weekly jobless claims came in at 1.3 million for the week ending July 11, the Labor Department said Thursday. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected 1.25 million. It …

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Georgia Gov Bans Cities From Requiring Face Masks

The Washington Post reports: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed an executive order Wednesday night explicitly banning cities from enacting their own mask mandates, even as the state experiences a sharp rise in coronavirus cases and other Republican governors are turning to mask orders to try to quell the surge. Kemp’s order voids existing mask mandates in more than a …

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Russian Hackers Are Trying To Steal COVID Vax Data

The New York Times reports: Russian hackers are attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research, the U.S., British and Canadian governments said Thursday, opening a dangerous new front in the cyberwars and intelligence battles between Moscow and the West. The National Security Agency said APT29, the hacking group known as Cozy Bear which is associated with Russian intelligence, has been taking …

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Rose Parade Canceled, First Time Since WWII [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: The 2021 Rose Parade has been canceled because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on planning for the New Year’s Day tradition and the risk of spreading infections among its huge audience and participants, organizers said Wednesday. The Pasadena, California, Tournament of Roses Association said the decision was put off until organizers were certain that safety …

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RNC Slashes Republican Convention Capacity By 80%

Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports: The convention to nominate President Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president is going to happen in Jacksonville, but be much smaller than originally planned. Rather than the 15,000 people originally scheduled to attend the event in Jacksonville next month, the communications director of the Republican National Convention announced Thursday that only about 2,500 …

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Ohio Gov Urges Action From Citizens, Mandates None

Columbus’s NBC News affiliate reports: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine encouraged action but mandated none during his Wednesday evening coronavirus address. The governor appealed to Ohioans on an emotional level to make “once-in-a-hundred year sacrifices” to protect their neighbors — whether or not the government requires them to do so. “Ohio has reached the most critical point in the battle against …

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California Reports Near-Record 11K New COVID Cases

Deadline reports: Without fanfare — or one of Governor Gavin Newsom’s regular press conferences — California quietly posted the news that there were 11,126 new confirmed coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday. That’s the second-highest total of new cases since the pandemic began, eclipsed only by the 11,694 new cases reported last Tuesday. But last week’s record was padded by numbers …

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TX Sees Record High 10.5K Cases, Hospitals on Brink

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas today reports 10,745 new cases of coronavirus, a record high, as number of people hospitalized surpasses 10,500. Under Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to revive the economy, businesses started reopening in May. But he paused further reopening plans and scaled back others in June. Recently, he told one TV station he regretted reopening bars too quickly. …

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Public Radio Hit Hard By Plummet In Commuting

NPR reports: Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR’s radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept many Americans from commuting to work and school. The network’s shows lost roughly a quarter of their audience between the second quarter of 2019 and the same months in 2020. People who listened to NPR …

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Chuck Woolery Tweets And Deletes Claim His Son Has Contracted COVID, Entire Twitter Account Now Offline

Snopes reports: On July 12, 2020, former game show host Chuck Woolery found himself in the spotlight after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a message from the “Love Connection” star in which he said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the media, Democrats, and doctors were all lying about the COVID-19 pandemic. A day later, a screenshot …

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Court Boots Suit Against Cruise Line Over COVID Risk

Reuters reports: A federal judge dismissed lawsuits by Grand Princess cruise ship passengers who sued for emotional distress caused by their fear of exposure to COVID-19, saying that allowing their cases to proceed would “lead to a flood of trivial suits.” Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles said in Tuesday’s ruling that allowing passengers to collect damages based on potential …

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Cain Making “Slow Progress” After 14 Days In Hospital

ABC News reports: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the first governor since the start of the pandemic to publicly announce a positive diagnosis. Stitt’s diagnosis came several weeks after President Donald Trump held a controversial campaign rally in Tulsa, where Stitt was photographed without a mask alongside thousands of the president’s …

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REPORT: Tennessee County School System Requires Parents To Sign “Death Waiver” For Returning Students

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Anderson County will welcome their students back starting on August 10, but that will not be the same starting date for every school and grade. Ryan Sutton, Anderson County Schools communications/public relations coordinator says it will be a staggered start for various grade levels. Social distancing efforts will be in place for classrooms, hallways and …

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Florida Sees Another 10K Cases, Daily Deaths Tripled

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Florida has surpassed 300,000 cases of COVID-19 with 10,181 new cases reported on Wednesday. The state added another 112 deaths on Wednesday bringing the statewide death toll to 4,521. Florida’s rolling seven-day average for deaths is now 92 per day, triple the 31 posted a month ago just before the toll began creeping up and …

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