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GOP Indiana Gov To Issue Statewide Mask Mandate

Indianapolis’s ABC News affiliate reports: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will sign an executive order that will require masks for all Hoosiers effective Monday, July 27. Holcomb said he will sign the executive order Thursday. “When I asked you months ago to hunker down, you did. We did. We slowed the spread. It’s just factual. We protected our hospitals,” Holcomb said. …

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California Surpasses New York In Total COVID Cases

The Washington Post reports: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in California reached 413,576 on Wednesday, causing it to pass New York as the state with the most confirmed infections, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. New York on Wednesday reported 705 new cases, to bring its total to 408,886 since the start of the pandemic. California was …

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Canadian CDC: Try Glory Holes For Safer COVID Sex

From the British Columbia Center for Disease Control: Sex can be very important for mental, social and physical well-being; it is a part of everyday life. People can, will and should continue to have sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages that discourage or shame people from sexual contact can be harmful and may discourage people from seeking essential sexual health …

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Dem Minnesota Gov Issues Statewide Mask Mandate

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: Gov. Tim Walz announced a statewide mandate Wednesday requiring Minnesotans to wear face masks in stores, public buildings and other places where people gather indoors, a dramatic extension of his emergency powers in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that still appears on the upswing in many states. The new rules takes effect Saturday and would …

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GOP Ohio Gov Announces Statewide Mask Mandate

Cleveland’s ABC News affiliate reports: Amid a continued rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the state of Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday that a statewide mask mandate will go into effect beginning Thursday at 6 p.m. The mandate follows similar guidelines as the county-level mask mandates that have been issued in parts of the state that were deemed …

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Florida Sees 10K New Cases, Testing Turnaround Slows

Tampa’s ABC News affiliate reports: Florida reported 9,785 new coronavirus cases and 139 new deaths on Wednesday, the latest report from the state health department’s shows. Of the test results received Tuesday, 13.51% were positive. Statewide, 379,619 people have been infected and 5,345 people have died since the beginning of the pandemic. Data shows an additional 463 people were hospitalized …

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Miami Cops Deployed To Enforce Stiffened Mask Rules

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: An emerging hospital capacity crunch is prompting cities in Miami-Dade County to release new counter-measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. Miami on Wednesday boosted the penalties for people caught not wearing facial coverings in public. The first offense is a $50 fine, second offense is $100, third is $500 and any additional offenses comes …

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TX Sees Record Hospitalizations, Gov Still Optimistic

The Austin Statesman reports: State health officials reported a record 10,848 patients in Texas hospitals Tuesday as the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continued to surge. Tuesday’s hospitalization figure increased by 279 patients. The statewide number has exceeded 10,000 for 12 days in a row, a level that health officials say is straining the health care system.  In …

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Four NYC Bars Lose Licenses Over Lockdown Violations

Gothamist reports: On a call with reporters on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that four establishments in the New York City region have had their liquor licenses suspended so far due to violations of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines. That includes a lounge in Astoria where large crowds have been seen gathering outside, as well as a strip club. The …

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FL Sees Record Hospitalizations, Gov Touts Progress

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Florida saw a record-high number of hospitalizations from coronavirus on Tuesday, adding 518 admissions, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. On Tuesday 136 deaths from the virus was announced, bringing the total number of people statewide who have died from coronavirus up to 5,319. Florida’s coronavirus death rate is higher than any …

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Hialeah Mayor Says City Is At “Breaking Point” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: The mayor of one of the largest cities in Florida said Monday that his community is at a “critical stage” in the pandemic and called for more of a unified statewide strategy, saying a patchwork of rules is rendering the restrictions in his area largely ineffective. “It’s a breaking point,” Hialeah, Fla., Mayor Carlos Hernández said …

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France Mandates Face Masks In All Indoor Spaces

ABC News reports: France is taking a new step in the fight against the spread of the new coronavirus making the wearing of the mask mandatory in closed public spaces from today. The Minister of Health, Olivier Véran [photo], said on Saturday that the obligation to wear a mask would apply in shops, “establishments open to the public”, “covered markets” …

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TODAY: New York City Enters Phase 4 Of Reopening

NBC New York reports: New York City joins the rest of the Empire State in Phase IV, the last step of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reopening plan Monday, but a few key activities like indoor dining remain held back as the nation’s former COVID-19 epicenter attempts to avoid a surge in new cases like the one swallowing many states in the …

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TX Sees 10K Cases For Fifth Day, Military Aid Deployed

UPI reports: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday announced the U.S. Navy has been deployed to assist in combatting COVID-19 as the state has reported more than 10,000 cases for five consecutive days. Abbott said the U.S. Department of Defense has sent five U.S. Navy teams, consisting of medical and support professionals, to support hospitals in Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle …

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FL Reports 12K New Cases, Fifth Straight Day Over 10K

Reuters reports: Florida reported over 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fifth day in a row the state has announced over 10,000 new infections, even as President Donald Trump pledged that the virus was coming under control. Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in an interview broadcast on Sunday, including his statement that there were only …

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FL Sees 10K New Cases, Hospitals Beg Feds For Drugs

The Orlando Sentinel reports: Florida reported 10,328 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, along with 90 new resident deaths, according to the state health department’s latest update. In total, 337,569 people have been infected, including 4,368 non-residents. 5,002 people have died since the pandemic began, including 107 non-residents. Statewide, the latest positivity rate made available by the Florida Department of Health, …

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Majority Of CA Schools Won’t Reopen In Fall [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Schools in much of California will be blocked from reopening in-person classes this fall unless they meet strict guidelines to protect students and staff, and unless counties where they are located slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. All public and private schools throughout California must also require staff and students …

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FL Sees 11K New Cases, State Rep Sues Over Masks

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports: Florida added 11,466 new cases of coronavirus Friday and another 128 deaths, with the caseload soaring by 21% since the beginning of the week. The state now has reported 327,241 total cases and 4,805 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in March. Congressional Democrats blistered Gov. Ron DeSantis’ refusal to enact a statewide mask mandate …

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US Sees Single-Day Record: 77,255 New COVID Cases

CNN reports: For the first time, the numbers of coronavirus cases reported in the United States passed 77,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. There were 77,255 new cases reported Thursday, topping the previous high of 67,791 two days ago. Florida reported 13,965 of Thursday’s cases, the second most reported in a day in the state. As much …

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Outbreak Shuts Florida’s State Emergency Ops Center

The Washington Post reports: The coronavirus thrashing Florida has penetrated the state’s emergency operations center, a clearinghouse for disaster-related information and a command center of sorts for the pandemic response. A new set of cases caused the center, located in Tallahassee, to shut down Thursday as staff shifted to remote work. One official with knowledge of the events, who spoke …

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