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FLORIDA: All Schools Ordered To Reopen Next Month

The Tallahassee Democrat reports: Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran [photo] issued an emergency order Monday, requiring all schools to open in the fall and laying out the requirements districts must meet to offer any sort of non-traditional remote instruction in addition to their in-person option. “All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in …

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TX Pastor Takes “Responsibility” For 51-Case Cluster

The Christian Post reports: More than a week after at least 51 members of Calvary Chapel of San Antonio in Texas got infected with COVID-19 since the congregation started meeting in person, the church’s pastor says he takes full responsibility. “I accept full responsibility. I’m the leader of the church,” said Pastor Ron Arbaugh, according to News 4 San Antonio, …

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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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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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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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WA College Frat Houses See Outbreak, 100+ Cases

CBS News reports: More than 100 students living in fraternity houses near the University of Washington campus have reported testing positive for COVID-19, with hundreds of results pending. The Interfraternity Council, a student-led governing board for UW fraternities, said that at least 105 residents living in 15 fraternity houses have self-reported that they tested positive. University spokeswoman Michelle Ma said …

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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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Surgeon General: Wears Masks To Have More Freedom

Talking Points Memo f: Surgeon General Jerome Adams told NBC host Craig Melvin on “Today” that the most important thing a person who may be going to a public gathering can do is wear a face mask or covering. “As we talk about Fourth of July and independence, it’s important to understand that if we all wear these, we will …

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US Sets Global Daily Record With 55,000 New Cases

Reuters reports: The United States reported more than 55,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the largest daily increase any country has ever reported, according to a Reuters tally. The daily U.S. tally stood at 55,274 late Thursday, topping the previous single day record of 54,771 set by Brazil on June 19. Just two weeks ago, the United States was reporting …

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State Department To Launch Pandemic Response Office

CNN reports: The Trump administration disbanded the National Security Council’s pandemic response office in 2018 — and now, on the defensive after a failed response to the coronavirus pandemic, they are planning to launch a similar office at the State Department. The National Security Council hosted an interagency meeting Thursday to discuss the plans for the office, which will fall …

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Walmart To Turn Parking Lots Into Drive-In Theaters

USA Today reports: Movie-goers who miss the experience of heading to theaters have a new option for the summer. Walmart will turn 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters to offer contactless film premieres, the company announced Wednesday. The Tribeca Drive-in team will program the movies, which will run starting in August until October. “Walmart will roll out …

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Texas Gov Issues (Mostly) Statewide Mask Requirement

The Texas Tribune reports: Gov. Greg Abbott issued a nearly statewide mask mandate Thursday as Texas scrambles to get its coronavirus surge under control. The order requires Texans living in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while inside a business or other building open to the public, as …

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Florida Sees Single-Day Record With 10,000 New Cases

Reuters reports: Florida shattered records on Thursday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to a Reuters tally. Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at rates not seen since April. In June, Florida infections rose …

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Fauci Blames Surge On Haphazard Lockdowns By States

The BBC reports: In remarks to BBC Radio’s “Today” on Thursday, Fauci compared the U.S. and Europe’s attempts to halt the spread of Covid-19. He noted that the U.S. has seen a number of “disturbing spikes” recently, which he connected to efforts throughout the country to start reopening. Fauci remarked that multiple countries in Europe went into a state of …

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Record 50K New COVID Cases Reported In Single Day

NPR reports: In a grim accounting of the coronavirus’ progress in the United States, another milestone was reached Wednesday: more than 50,000 new cases reported in a single day. Johns Hopkins University & Medicine’s Coronavirus Resource Center, which tracks the virus worldwide, says the total number of cases reported in the U.S. stands at 2,686,480, an increase over Tuesday’s figure …

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Researchers Debate “Challenge Trials” For Vaccines

The New York Times reports: One way to quickly see if a coronavirus vaccine works would be to immunize healthy people and then deliberately expose them to the virus, some researchers are suggesting. Proponents say this strategy, called a human challenge trial, could save time because rather than conducting tests the usual way — by waiting for vaccinated people to …

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SC Beach Town Linked To Hundreds Of COVID Cases

The Washington Post reports: The pandemic had just started to wane in some parts of the country when South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) lifted some of the restrictions he had imposed, paving the way in April for Myrtle Beach and its surrounding communities to open their hotels fully by mid-May, just in time for Memorial Day. The Grand Strand, …

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Apple To Re-Close Stores In Seven More States

Reuters reports: Apple said it would re-close more than two dozen stores in seven states starting Thursday, including its home state of California, bringing total closures to 77 as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The stores will close in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada and Oklahoma, it said on Wednesday, when additional stores had already closed in Florida, Mississippi, Texas …

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California Gov Orders New Lockdowns In 19 Counties

ABC News reports: California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a new round of lockdown measures Wednesday, ordering 19 counties to close all indoor operations for several industries, including restaurants, as the state grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases. In addition to bars being forced to shut down temporarily, restaurants, wineries, movie theaters, family entertainment venues, zoos, museums and cardrooms must …

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