Coronavirus

Florida Keys May Close Again, Beaches Now Off Limits

Miami’s PBS affiliate reports: Spiking coronavirus numbers in the Florida Keys are causing consternation among public officials, and questions about whether the county will once again close to visitors. “We were fortunate for the time we had the checkpoint up and you saw what the results were. We did a really good job. The community was behind it,” Bob Eadie, …

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New Jersey Gov Halts Plan For Indoor Dining This Week

New Jersey Online reports: New Jersey will not reopen indoor dining this week as planned in the first major reversal of the state’s Phase 2 coronavirus reopening plan, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday. Indoor dining was scheduled to resume Thursday along with several other big reopening steps including Atlantic City casinos, amusement parks, boardwalk rides and arcades ahead of the …

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Cirque Du Soleil Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The New York Daily News reports: Cirque du Soleil announced Monday it was filing for bankruptcy protection, blaming “immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Montreal-based entertainment company also said it was entering a “stalking horse” agreement with some of its existing stakeholders, TPG, Fosun and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, …

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Host City Of GOP Convention: Masks Now Required

Jacksonville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Residents and visitors in Jacksonville, Fla., will be required to wear masks indoors and in public spaces to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the city announced Monday, potentially complicating President Trump’s desire to hold the Republican National Convention there in August without masks or social distancing. The requirement will be for public and …

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Cuomo May Hit The Brakes On Indoor Dining For NYC

NBC New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo hinted Monday he may slow the Phase III reopening process for New York City, which would mark a reversal of course for a governor who has consistently said all state regions are subject to the same reopening rules. Phase III, which Mayor Bill de Blasio has said the five boroughs are on track …

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Randy Rainbow: Cover Your Freakin’ Face [VIDEO]

Randy Rainbow is back this morning to mock Trump’s refusal to wear a mask with “Cover Your Freakin’ Face.” The piece is set to the tune of “Put On A Happy Face” from the 1960 Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie in which the song was performed by Dick Van Dyke. The show’s plot was inspired by Elvis Presley having been …

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Taiwan Sees Small Pride Parade Despite COVID [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT pride parade on Sunday, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with such an event in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of thousands of people in the past, but participant numbers Sunday were reduced by both virus …

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COVID Drug To Cost $3120 In Developed Countries

The Associated Press reports: The maker of a drug shown to shorten recovery time for severely ill COVID-19 patients says it will charge $2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by government health programs in the United States and other developed countries. Gilead Sciences announced the price Monday for remdesivir, and said the price would be $3,120 for …

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ATM Use Plunges As People Fear Handling Cash

Axios reports: People have suddenly stopped using money — of the bill-and-coin variety — for fear it may spread the virus. Some worried shopkeepers have stopped accepting it, too. The coronavirus may have changed our buying and payment habits forever. Online shopping is through the roof, and consumers are rushing to get “contactless” credit and debit cards, which are tapped …

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Fauci: Anti-Vax Nuts Could Keep Pandemic Raging

CNN reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a Covid-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak. Fauci noted that “there is a general …

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Mike Pence: Wearing Masks Is “A Good Idea” [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday encouraged people living in areas with coronavirus outbreaks to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. At a news conference alongside Texas and Trump administration officials at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Pence plainly called on Americans to “wear a mask, wherever it’s indicated.” “We …

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral Resumes Holding Mass [VIDEO]

New York City’s Pix11 reports: St. Patrick’s Cathedral held indoor Mass on Sunday for the first time in three months, with precautions against the coronavirus in place. Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the 10:15 a.m. Mass. Capacity was limited to 25% and people had to follow federal health guidelines that include wearing face coverings and staying at least 6 feet apart. …

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Australian PM: Border Might Be Closed Until Mid-2021

Bloomberg News reports: Prime Minister Scott Morrison signaled that Australia’s borders may remain closed to most international visitors until the middle of next year as the coronavirus crisis escalates across the world. Morrison was asked whether he shared the view of Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce that there was little chance of traveling overseas for at least …

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California Gov Orders Bars To Close In Seven Counties

The Sacramento Bee reports: Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered bars to close in seven California counties Sunday because of escalating coronavirus rates, and recommended closures in eight others, including Sacramento. Bar closures are required in Los Angeles, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, San Joaquin and Tulare. Bar closures are recommended for Sacramento, Contra Costa, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Stanislaus …

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GOP Senator Appeals To Trump’s Vanity On Masks

The Daily Beast reports: Retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) implored President Donald Trump to publicly wear a mask on Sunday in order to cool the politicization of mask-wearing, appealing to the president’s vanity in the process. The conservative senator ended his plea to Trump by playing to the president’s well-known obsession with appearing strong and tough. “People admire him and …

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Florida Reports 8000+ Cases For Third Straight Day

Florida Today reports: The state of Florida added more than 8,000 new COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row Sunday. The number of new cases counted Sunday was 8,530, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. Saturday saw a record 9,585 new cases. Florida’s total number of novel coronavirus cases is now at 141,075. The state’s …

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Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Now Over Ten Million

The Wall Street Journal reports: Coronavirus cases world-wide passed 10 million, and deaths approached half a million, as cases continued to surge in the U.S. and some states took steps to reverse their reopenings. The U.S. recorded more than 42,000 cases Saturday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, lower than the record 45,255 recorded Friday, but the second …

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Hot Spots See Waits Of 8 Hours For Drive-Thru Testing

The New York Times reports: Coronavirus testing sites in Arizona, Florida and Texas have become a source of tension and risk, with numerous residents waiting in long lines and others turned away as sites reached capacity, and crowding raising the risk of infection as people rushed to the front of the line at some centers. Residents of these and other …

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Michigan Bar Linked To 85 New COVID Cases [VIDEO]

Lansing’s ABC News affiliate reports: People who visited a bar in East Lansing, Michigan, are being asked to self-quarantine because roughly 85 people contracted Covid-19 after visiting the establishment this month, a health official says. The Health Department is asking patrons who visited Harper’s Restaurant & Brew Pub between June 12 and June 20 to self-quarantine, and report cases of …

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Pence Cancels Campaign Visits To Arizona And Florida

Florida Politics reports: Vice President Mike Pence indefinitely postponed a rally planned Thursday in Sarasota. The Republican Party of Sarasota announced Saturday that the stop, part of Pence’s “Faith In America” tour, was off for now. “Stay tuned for updates on the new time for Vice President’s visit,” an email blasts reads. The news came the same day Florida reported …

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