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GOP Illinois US House Rep. Rodney Davis Tests COVID+

Chicago’s WBBM reports: Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis said Wednesday he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Taylorville Republican said he has a mild fever but no other symptoms and plans to self-quarantine. Davis said he received the positive test result Wednesday morning. His wife and the staff members he has worked with in-person have all tested negative, he …

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FL Passes 500K Cases, Breaks Hospitalizations Record

Forbes reports: One of the country’s hardest-hit states, Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus infections on Wednesday against a backdrop of dwindling federal aid that has turned local governments against each other. Despite a recent dip in new infections, Florida reported an additional 5,409 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, while setting a new record for hospitalizations. Last week, mayors from 163 Florida cities …

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CDC Reports Four Deaths From Swallowing Sanitizer

Reuters reports: Fifteen cases of methanol poisoning caused by swallowing alcohol-based hand sanitizers were reported in Arizona and New Mexico in May and June, leading to four deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday. Three of the 15 poisoning case patients in the Southwestern states were discharged with visual impairment, the CDC said. An earlier …

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Biden Camp To Spend $280M On Trump Pandemic Ads

CNN reports: Joe Biden’s campaign says it has reserved $280 million in television and digital advertising that it plans to use largely to hammer President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The presumptive Democratic nominee’s ads will often run 60 seconds rather than the more typical 30-second commercials, and will frequently feature Biden speaking directly into a camera, campaign …

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US Averages 1000+ Deaths For Ninth Straight Day

The Washington Post reports: The United States averaged more than 1,000 new coronavirus-related deaths for the ninth day in a row Tuesday, as fatalities remain high following a peak in new cases. Daily new deaths had surged to near 3,000 in April before dropping, on average, through May and June. But with states reopening, the summer brought spikes in infections, …

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Six States Form Rapid-Testing Coalition In Absence Of Any National Strategy From The Trump Administration

The Washington Post reports: In the absence of a national testing strategy for the novel coronavirus pandemic, six governors have formed a first-of-its-kind purchasing compact they hope will pressure companies that make rapid-detection tests to quickly ramp up production. The governors, three Republicans and three Democrats, say that other states and cities may join them and that talks have already …

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Virgin Atlantic Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Business Insider reports: Virgin Atlantic filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in New York on Tuesday, becoming the latest airline forced into reorganization during the coronavirus pandemic. Virgin Atlantic is the second Virgin Group airline to file for bankruptcy protection. Virgin Australia filed for voluntary administration — a form of bankruptcy in Australia — in April. London-based Virgin Atlantic, which is …

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Five Test COVID+ After Meeting With Florida Gov

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Five people who attended a Florida Sheriffs Association meeting last week have tested positive for COVID-19, and top state elected officials who appeared at the meeting have received a warning about their potential exposure to the virus. The July 27 meeting at a Bonita Springs hotel brought together 60 people from across the state, including …

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COVID Obit Wishes “Karma” On Trump And Texas Gov

The Washington Post reports: Much of David W. Nagy’s obituary, which ran in his local paper in Jefferson, Tex., on July 30, recounted his painful death from the novel coronavirus at age 79 and named his surviving family members. But midway down, the tone shifted to offer a pointed message for President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R). “Family …

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Investors Rush To Online Car Sellers Due To Lockdown

Reuters reports: After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put U.S. online car sellers on the map. Investors are buying in. Vroom’s shares are now trading at more than double their $22 launch price on June 8. Carvana’s market value is near that of No. 2 U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. …

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Hundreds Told To Quarantine After DC Catholic Priest Who Mocked COVID Fears Becomes Sick With COVID

Washington DC’s Fox affiliate reports: A DC Catholic church is closed until further notice after a pastor contracted COVID-19, forcing staff and congregation members into quarantine. The Holy Comforter Saint Cyprian Catholic Church is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. DC Health said parishioners who took communion should self-quarantine. The pastor who is sick, Monsignor Charles Pope, has criticized COVID-19 restrictions, …

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NYC Party Boat Owners Arrested For COVID Violations

The New York Daily News reports: The captain and owners of a popular Manhattan party boat were arrested for defying coronavirus social distancing mandates and going for a crowded booze cruise, officials said Sunday. The Liberty Belle, a four-story river boat that can hold up to 600 people, had just returned to Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan about 11:30 p.m. …

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NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Tests COVID+

ESPN reports: Eagles coach Doug Pederson has tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced Sunday night. Pederson convened an unscheduled team meeting Sunday to share the news with his players, sources said, before the team made the announcement. He told the team after receiving a second positive test result, confirming the diagnosis. The 52-year-old Pederson is asymptomatic and doing …

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MI State Rep Who Fought Lockdown Tests COVID+

The Detroit News reports: A Michigan senator who has been a vocal critic of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 says he tested positive for the virus after going through a screening process because of his service in the Army National Guard. Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, who is viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party, sponsored a bill …

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Lord & Taylor, Men’s Wearhouse Declare Bankruptcy

CNBC reports: Lord & Taylor, one of America’s oldest department stores, has filed for bankruptcy, joining a growing list of stores slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Tailored Brands, the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Banks, filed for bankruptcy as well. Many of the companies that have filed for Chapter 11 in recent weeks were already struggling, but …

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FL Reports 7K New Cases, DeSantis Ratings Plummet

The South Florida SunSentinel reports: Florida clocked in with 7,104 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday and another 62 more deaths among residents. The state has tallied 487,132 cases and 7,206 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Florida Department of Health. The one-day peak for new cases was July 12, with 15,300 infections. On Friday, the state reported yet …

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Testing Czar: Time To “Move On” From Drug Promoted By Trump’s Demon Semen Doc, No Evidence It Works

Business Insider reports: The White House coronavirus testing czar said Sunday it was time to “move on” from the discussions surrounding hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus days after President Donald Trump again defended the drug. “There may be circumstances — I don’t know what they are — where a physician may prescribe it for an individual, but I …

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BERLIN: Thousands Protest Against Lockdown Rules

The Associated Press reports: Thousands protested Germany’s coronavirus restrictions Saturday in a Berlin demonstration marking what organizers called “the end of the pandemic” — a declaration that comes just as authorities are voicing increasing concerns about an uptick in new infections. With few masks in sight, a dense crowd marched through downtown Berlin from the Brandenburg Gate. Protesters who came …

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Media To Be Banned From Downsized GOP Convention

The Guardian reports: The media will be barred from the Republican national convention where Donald Trump is set to be renominated as presidential candidate later this month, a spokeswoman said on Saturday, citing coronavirus restrictions. While Trump called off the public components of the convention in Florida last month, citing spiking cases of the virus across the country, 336 delegates …

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US Mint: Please Use Coins When Making Purchases

Via press release from the US Mint: Simply put, there is an adequate amount of coins in the economy, but the slowed pace of circulation has meant that sufficient quantities of coins are sometimes not readily available where needed. You may be experiencing this in your local communities. We are asking for your help in improving this coin supply issue. …

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