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Georgia Gov Blasts Atlanta Mayor Over New Lockdown

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has reinstated Phase 1 reopening guidelines after a steady surge in coronavirus cases. In following Phase 1 guidelines, residents should wear face masks, restaurants should close dining rooms, non-essential city facilities should close and individuals are encouraged to leave home only for essential trips. The Phase 1 guidelines conflict with guidance …

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Dozens Of FL Hospitals Max Out On ICU Admissions

Fox News reports: A surge of coronavirus cases in Florida has maxed out dozens of intensive care units (ICUs) at hospitals around the state, following an attempt by local officials to institute a phased reopening of the economy. Over 40 hospitals are now hitting their limit with regard to ICU capacity. This news comes on the same day that Florida …

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At Least 26 Mississippi Lawmakers Now COVID Positive

The Associated Press reports: Packed elevators and crowded committee rooms. Legislators sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the House and Senate floor. People standing close to each other and talking, sometimes leaning in to whisper, without a mask in sight. Those were common scenes at the Mississippi Capitol in June — a month that saw a historic vote to remove the Confederate emblem …

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GA Sees Record Cases, Gov Okays Temporary Hospital

Atlanta’s NBC News affiliate reports: Georgia had the largest single day increase of coronavirus cases so far on Friday. The number of coronavirus cases across the state reached 111,211. That’s an increase of 4,484 new cases since Thursday. That’s nearly 1,000 more cases than the previous record set last Thursday, where Georgia’s cases increased by nearly 3,500 cases. The percentage …

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FL Sees Another 11K Cases, Hospitalizations Tripled

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Florida reported 11,433 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, just shy of the state’s single-day record of 11,458 new cases reported last Saturday. The state also reported 93 new deaths a day after announcing 120, which was a new high. Florida is now up to 244,151 confirmed cases with 4,102 resident deaths associated with the …

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“Global Epicenter” FL Sees 9K Cases, ICUs Swamped

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Florida marked another grim COVID-19 milestone Thursday when health officials reported 120 new deaths from the coronavirus — the highest one-day jump yet amid a surge in new infections that continues to befuddle the state’s attempts to contain the outbreak. The number of deaths announced Thursday was the highest since the 113 reported in early …

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California Reports Record 11,694 New COVID Cases

Sacramento’s NBC News affiliate reports: On Wednesday, President and CEO of the California Hospital Association Carmela Coyle offered a grim update from the medical community. “We’re preparing to surge,” said Coyle. And with good reason. California Governor Gavin Newsom then announced a mind-boggling number of new coronavirus cases in the state. Over the previous 24 hours, California saw 11,694 new …

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FL Reports 10K New Cases, Miami-Dade Breaks Record

Orlando’s ABC News affiliate reports: Florida reported 9,989 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning and 48 new resident deaths. As part of that, both Miami-Dade and Monroe counties reported their highest single-day case increases since the start of the pandemic. The state is now up to 223,783 confirmed cases with 3,889 resident deaths associated with the novel coronavirus, according …

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NYC Schools To Reopen In “Blended Learning” Model

CBS New York reports: New York City students will return to school in the fall with a “blended learning” model, the mayor announced Wednesday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said most students will attend in-person classes two or three days a week, depending on the week. Families who aren’t comfortable sending their children back to school may continue remote learning. They …

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Anthony Fauci Blames Surge On Premature Reopenings

USA Today reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday that the United States’ handle on the coronavirus outbreak is “really not good” and that action is needed to curb the spread. In an interview via Facebook Live, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said, “We are still knee-deep in the first …

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Miami-Dade County To Re-Close Gyms And Restaurants

CNN reports: As Florida sets the most dubious of records amid the coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade County has decided it’s done playing by the state’s rules. As of Wednesday, restaurants in the county, the state’s most populous, will be shut down — again — except for takeout and delivery, county Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced in a news release. The mayor’s executive …

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Ex-FDA Commissioner: We’re Back At “Peak Epidemic”

Mediaite reports: CBS’s Face The Nation host Margaret Brennan asked former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb where the U.S. is heading right now and he answered, “We’re right back where we were at the peak of the epidemic during the New York outbreak.” “The difference now is that we really had one epicenter of spread when New York was going through …

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FL Reports Another 10K Cases, Some ICUs At Capacity

Tampa’s NBC News affiliate reports: The Florida Department of Health says the number of known cases of COVID-19 in the state rose by 10,059 since yesterday morning as the virus spreads and as more people are tested across the state. The total number of cases in Florida is now 200,111. The number of Florida resident deaths has reached 3,731, an …

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FDA Retreats From Trump’s Claim Of Vaccine This Year

The Hill reports: In a Fourth of July address in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Trump said that the U.S. was unleashing its “scientific brilliance” toward developing treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. “And we’ll likely have a therapeutic and/or vaccine solution long before the end of the year,” Trump said. “I can’t predict when a vaccine …

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Florida Shatters Single-Day Record With 11,455 Cases

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports: Florida shattered its daily record for new coronavirus cases Saturday with health officials reporting over 11,000 confirmed cases The rapidly escalating daily figures continue a trend that began when Florida started reopening its economy last month. The state now has confirmed 190,052 coronavirus cases since March 1 and 3,702 deaths. Testing hit a high percent …

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Mexican State Closes Border With Arizona Over COVID

The Arizona Daily Star reports: Mexican authorities are closing the U.S-Sonora border to nonessential travel this holiday weekend, when Arizonans would normally flock to Mexican beach towns like Rocky Point and San Carlos for the Fourth of July. Starting Saturday, July 4, southbound travelers without essential business in Sonora will be turned away at border checkpoints in Nogales, Agua Prieta, …

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Texas Gov’s Mask Order Goes Out Via Text Message

San Antonio’s NBC News affiliate reports: Governor Greg Abbott’s two new executive orders about face coverings in public and gatherings of 10 people or more have begun. The new orders took affect at noon on Friday. The first order requires all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or …

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14 States Reported Record High Cases Over Last Week

The Washington Post reports: With the rate of new coronavirus cases rising in nearly 40 states, Fourth of July celebrations across the United States have been canceled or scaled back as anxious governors and mayors urge people to take a more restrained approach to the holiday. President Trump, however, is traveling to South Dakota on Friday for the first of …

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Florida Reports 9000+ Cases For Third Time This Week

The Palm Beach Post reports: For the third time in a week, Florida recorded more than 9,400 new COVID-19 infections in a day, according to data reported by the Florida Department of Health. The 9,488 new cases reported Friday mark the third highest one-day total the state has seen since the start of the pandemic. The highest total, 10,109 was …

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Birx Urges Florida To Begin Pool Testing For COVID

Click Orlando reports: Dr. Deborah Birx traveled with Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis to Tampa on Thursday to meet with medical leaders. Birx is a world-renowned medical expert in infection disease and vaccine research, according to the U.S. State Department. While in Florida, she urged the staff at the University of South Florida to begin pool testing …

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