Coronavirus

REPORT: Loony Louie Gohmert Has Tested COVID+

Mediaite reports: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 less than 24 hours after attending the House Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Attorney General William Barr, according to Politico. Gohmert has not been wearing a mask around the hill, he told CNN, because he’s been tested regularly. “I don’t have the coronavirus, turns out as of yesterday I’ve …

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Gay Critical Care Doc Dies Of COVID In His Own ICU

The Huffington Post reports: The “beloved” chief of critical care at a Baltimore hospital died Saturday of COVID-19 after caring for the facility’s “sickest patients” during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the facility. Dr. Joseph Costa, 56 — who a colleague likened to “an older brother that [staff] admired and revered” — was the intensive care unit chief at Mercy …

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Feds Says Russia Is Spreading COVID Disinfo In US

The Associated Press reports: Russian intelligence operatives are using a trio of English-language websites to spread disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to exploit a crisis that America is struggling to contain ahead of the presidential election in November, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Two Russians who have held senior roles in Moscow’s military intelligence service known as the GRU have …

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FL Gym Owner Arrested For Defying County Mask Rule

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Michael Carnevale was contesting authorities’ decision to close his gym on Monday when he was arrested. He said he was allowing his members to choose whether or not they should wear a face mask during workouts. Officers locked his business. Carnevale, who owns Fitness 1440, a 24-hour gym at 7067-A W. Broward Blvd., in Plantation, …

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Far-Right Dark Money Behind Batshit Doctors Group

NBC News reports: America’s Frontline Doctors is led by a group of 10 doctors of varying specialties, according to its website, which was registered two weeks ago. The group’s leader, Dr. Simone Gold, is a “concierge immediate-needs physician,” who offers private medical consultations, according to an archive of her recently deleted professional website. In April, she made several videos answering …

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Texas AG Seeks To Override Health Officials: Schools Cannot Be Closed For “Purely Prophylactic Reasons”

The Texas Tribune reports: Local health officials do not have the authority to shut down all schools in their vicinity while COVID-19 cases rise, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in nonbinding guidance Tuesday that contradicts what the Texas Education Agency has told school officials. After Texas ordered schools to reopen their classrooms this fall, county and city public health …

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Homocon Sorry For Believing “Hoax” Claims After He Hosted Party, 14 Family Members COVID+, One Dead

NBC News reports: Fourteen members of the same family in Texas tested positive for the coronavirus following a small gathering in June hosted by a man who says he believed the coronavirus was a hoax. One of them has died and another is on life support. Tony Green, who lives in Dallas and hosted the event, wrote a column titled, …

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Florida Sees Record Deaths As Activist Seeks Billboard

Orlando’s ABC News affiliate reports: Florida heath officials reported Tuesday the largest single-day increase in COVID-19-related deaths in the state. Officials said 191 new deaths are now linked to coronavirus, bringing Florida’s death toll to 6,240. The Florida Department of Health also recorded another 9,230 positive test results, with a total number of cases for the state now reaching 441,977. …

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Belarus President Who Touted Vodka Cure Has COVID

Reuters reports: Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday he caught the coronavirus and recovered “on his feet” without showing any symptoms, sounding a defiant tone as he addressed military leaders in Minsk. Lukashenko, 65, has resisted calls for strict lockdown measures to contain the pandemic, dismissing fears about COVID-19 as a “psychosis” and suggesting remedies such as drinking vodka, …

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Cuomo Offers New York As Host For All MLB Games

“New York state could host any Major League Baseball game that any teams want to play and they could play those games in our stadiums. New York state has one of the lowest infection rates in the United States. “New York state has a full Department of Health protocol system in place. We have a testing system in place. I …

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Pew Research: 48% With High School Diploma Or Less Believe Pandemic Was “Probably Or Definitely” Planned

Pew Research reports: Most Americans (71%) have heard of a conspiracy theory circulating widely online that alleges that powerful people intentionally planned the coronavirus outbreak. And a quarter of U.S. adults see at least some truth in it – including 5% who say it is definitely true and 20% who say it is probably true, according to a June Pew …

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Lincoln Project Blasts Trump Over Stolen “Memories”

Just in from the Lincoln Project: The Lincoln Project today released a new video, “Memories,” a reminder of the loss of life’s most sentimental moments as a result of President Trump’s calamitous response to the COVID-19 crisis. “We’ve lost millions of moments that make life worth living. And while people around the world are going to movies, eating at restaurants, …

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Poll: 47% Have Created COVID Safety Social “Bubbles”

Axios reports: Nearly half of Americans say they’ve established social “bubbles” of people they can trust to follow the rules for minimizing the risk of spreading the coronavirus, according to the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index. The trend isn’t particularly partisan. It is most common in the suburbs and among women, older adults and people with college educations. …

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FL Reports 9K New COVID Cases, Pence Visits DeSantis

Florida Today reports: The Florida Department of Health reported 8,892 new COVID-19 cases Monday. While that marks the lowest daily total since July 9, it’s the 34th consecutive day the state has recorded more than 5,000 new cases. Florida has counted a total of 432,747 cases since the pandemic began. The state also reported 77 new deaths, increasing the state’s …

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Man Arrested After Fighting Cops In Mask Dispute

Buffalo’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Mayville man is facing a list of charges after an incident inside a Chautauqua County bank last week. Officers from the Lakewood-Busti police department responded to a call of a disorderly person Wednesday, July 22 inside the Lakewood Keybank. When they got there they found Gerald Hewes, Jr. holding a bank employee up against …

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Trump Cultists Lose Mask Battle In Palm Beach County

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: A Florida judge on Monday upheld a county’s coronavirus ordinance that requires masks be worn in public places like stores, saying government officials have the authority to protect their residents from the spread of infectious diseases. Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes, noting Palm Beach County’s recent spike in cases and deaths, rejected the challengers’ claim that …

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Cain Still Hospitalized After 27 Days, “Getting Better”

Just in from Herman Cain’s staff: We know it’s been a few days since we last gave you an update on the boss. But he is still in the hospital being treated with oxygen for his lungs. In the meantime, the doctors say his other organs and systems are strong. Re-strengthening the lungs is a long and slow process, and …

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Trump Relaunched COVID Briefings After Being Shown Maps Showing Pandemic Was Now Hitting “His People”

The Washington Post reports: People close to Trump, many speaking anonymously to share candid discussions and impressions, say the president’s inability to wholly address the crisis is due to his almost pathological unwillingness to admit error; a positive feedback loop of overly rosy assessments and data from advisers and Fox News; and a penchant for magical thinking that prevented him …

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Neiman Marcus To Vacate New Store At Hudson Yards

From the fashion site Hypebeast: Ever since Neiman Marcus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in May, there has been rumors and speculation that the retail giant would vacate its Hudson Yards location, some even suggesting that it could become a Facebook office. Regardless of what the Hudson Yards space may now be used for, Neiman Marcus has finally …

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Two MLB Games Canceled, Multiple Players COVID+

The New York Daily News reports: The Yankees woke up here Monday morning to the news that their game against the Phillies had been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak, a league source confirmed. The Marlins had eight players and two coaches test positive during their weekend road trip hare, according to an ESPN report. The Yankees obviously expressed their …

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