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Houston Hospitals Transfer Patients, ICUs At Capacity

Newsweek reports: With novel coronavirus cases in Texas approaching nearly 161,900, hospitals in Houston, the county seat of Harris County, are moving patients to facilities outside the city in a bid to cope with the surge in COVID-19-related cases and lack of beds. Harris Health System, which operates Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital, has transferred patients …

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De Blasio Puts NYC Indoor Dining On Hold Indefinitely

The New York Daily News reports: Phase 3 is scheduled for NYC next Monday but Mayor de Blasio put the city’s reboot of indoor dining on hold indefinitely Wednesday, citing nationwide coronavirus surges and the heightened dangers of the indoor spread of the disease. “Indoors is the problem more and more. The science is showing it more and more,” de …

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Swamped Arizona Hospitals To Begin Triaging Patients

Arizona Central reports: Arizona’s state health director on Monday declared that hospitals could activate “crisis care standards” that guide the allocation of scarce resources to patients based on factors such as their likelihood for survival. The announcement by Dr. Cara Christ, the Arizona Department of Health Services director, immediately was met with criticism by advocates for people with disabilities who …

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DeSantis: Florida Is “Not Going Back” On Reopening

The Florida Phoenix reports: Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated Tuesday that he’s not turning back his plans to reopen the state’s economy as the daily number of positive test results from COVID-19 edged up again above 6,000. “We’re not going back, closing things,” the governor said. The state reported 6,093 infections coming in overnight, pushing the total to 152,434 and the …

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Colorado Gov Re-Closes Bars Two Weeks After Opening

The Denver Post reports: Gov. Jared Polis on Tuesday closed Colorado bars for in-person service — after allowing them to reopen at limited capacity on June 19 — due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus. The move comes as Colorado has seen COVID-19 cases increase in the past two weeks. Other states experiencing surges in infections have also …

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Fauci Warns US Could Soon See 100K New Cases Daily

Forbes reports: In a Tuesday hearing with the Senate Help Committee on the state of the coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he is “very concerned” about rise in coronavirus cases across the U.S. as the nation sees 40,000 new cases per day. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. …

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Florida Reports 6000+ New Cases, Spike Unabated

Click Orlando reports: On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 6,093 new cases of COVID-19, approximately the same number as the day before, as well as 58 new deaths and 226 new hospitalizations. These new statistics bring the total number of coronavirus infections to 152,434 since the virus was first detected in the state on March 1, as well …

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Kansas Gov Issues Order Mandating Masks In Public

The Wichita Eagle reports: Gov. Laura Kelly said late Monday she is ordering Kansans to wear face masks in public spaces beginning July 3, as coronavirus cases surge upwards across the state and nation. The order, effective Friday, is almost certain to spark a backlash in the conservative state. Local leaders will confront a tough choice over whether they will …

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US House Passes Bill To Expand Obamacare

The Washington Post reports: The House Monday passed the first significant expansion of the Affordable Care Act since its birth a decade ago, providing Democrats a high-wattage platform to castigate President Trump for his efforts to overturn the landmark law during a pandemic and an election year. The 234-179 vote, almost entirely along party lines, was a hollow exercise in …

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AZ Gov Re-Closes Bars, Gyms, Theaters Amid Spikes

Phoenix’s ABC News affiliate reports: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing to close for at least 30 days on Monday, following weeks of steady increases in positive COVID-19 test results in the state. The order goes into effect Monday at 8 p.m., he said. Restaurant dining rooms, some bars, nightclubs, attractions, and movie …

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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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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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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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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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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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Florida Again Breaks Single-Day Record For New Cases

Tampa’s NBC News affiliate reports: Florida broke its single-day coronavirus case record Saturday morning when the health dept. reported nearly 10,000 new cases of COVID-19. A total of 132,545 people have tested positive for the new virus in the state of Florida, which is 9,585 more than Friday. The state said a total of 78,345 people got tested Friday — …

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Miami Beaches To Close For Fourth Of July Weekend

Re Miami Beach reports: As COVID-19 cases surge in Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez [photo] said he will sign an emergency order on Saturday closing all beaches for the Fourth of July weekend beginning beginning Friday, July 3 and ending on Tuesday, July 7. “The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow …

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TX Gov Totally Sorry For Opening Bars Amid Pandemic

Austin’s ABC News affiliate reports: Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday expressed regret for the first known time about the reopening process he spearheaded during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he should not have allowed bars to open as quickly. “If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing …

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