Published 16:42 ET July 12, 2020 |
The largest one-off increase yet
Florida reported on Sunday the largest one-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases in any state since the pandemic began: 15,300. In May, Florida became one of the first states to start opening its economy again. But this past week, Florida was the deadliest: nearly 500 dead. And cases nationally as well as deaths will only continue to increase once a long-anticipated rise in the US has begun – fueled by fatalities in states in the south and west.
Adm. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said on Sunday that the increasing number of hospital admissions related to COVID-19 is “very worrying” and warned of an increase in deaths. “We expect hospital admissions to continue to rise,” Giroir said, noting that more Americans will die from the virus “in the next two or three weeks before this reverses.”
Trump dons mask in public
President Donald Trump visited with wounded soldiers and medical workers in front Saturday while wearing what is an unusual accessory for him: a mask. Trump, who has been criticized by public health officials for not making face covers public, has softened his opposition to wearing masks in recent days. But public health officials say he should have set a better example, claiming that too many Trump supporters have followed his lead without masking and contributed to the spread of the deadly virus.
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Washington NFL team for nicknames
Just less than two weeks after one of his most prominent corporate sponsors urged him to change the name of his football team, Washington’s owner Daniel Snyder plans to announce the retirement of the nickname “Redskins” and reveal a new team name Monday morning, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY. The new name remains unknown, but Warriors, Red Wolves and Redtails have been ranked among popular choices among fans on social media. Snyder has long ignored requests from Native Americans and other organizations to change names because some consider the term offensive, citing the fact that the dictionary classifies it as rattling.
A brand new (Disney) world?
Walt Disney World reopened to the public Saturday morning in Florida – the same day the state registered more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 – nearly four months after the closure because of the pandemic. But what Disney lovers returned to was not what they left in March: there are many more security measures in place. It is a completely different world for park visitors who have to take their temperature when they arrive. Face masks are mandatory, except when eating or swimming and hand protection stations are fought throughout the park. This is how Opening Day went.
Explosion, fire at USS Bonhomme Richard sends 21 people to hospital
An amphibious attack vessel caught fire following an explosion on Sunday at Naval Base San Diego, resulting in an on-board explosion that injured 17 sailors and four civilians and filled the sky with dark smoke. Naval Base San Diego Public Information Manager Krishna Jackson said the fire was reported just before 9 a.m. local time. The entire crew of the USS Bonhomme Richard has been reported and all are off the 840-foot vessel, according to a statement from Naval Surface forces. About 160 sailors were on board the ship, officials said – much fewer than if the ship was on active duty.
Authorities check cabins and buildings nearby to look for Naya Rivera
The search to find actress Naya Rivera in a Southern California lake resumed on Sunday as authorities continued to monitor the water, surrounding buildings and beaches. Best known for his role on “Glee,” Rivera is believed dead after disappearing from a rented boat on a lake in Southern California on Wednesday. Authorities on Saturday shared the methods they are looking for for Rivera, including sonar technology and a remote-controlled underwater vehicle. “We do not know if she will be found five minutes now or five days from now,” said Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow at a news conference Friday.
President Trump grants kindness to ally Roger Stone
President Donald Trump commuted Roger Stone’s 40-month prison sentence late Friday – days before the president’s long-standing confidence would sign up for prison. The grant, which wiped out Stein’s sentence but left his conviction in place, brings back the year-long battle over Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election in the midst of Trump’s bid for reelection. Stone was found guilty in November of lying to Congress and obstructing Russia’s investigation. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany described Stone as “a victim of the Russian hoax.”
Killed police officers “never had a chance” in Texas shooting, the chief says
Two police officers were killed Saturday in a South Texas city while responding to a disturbance call. The shooting happened so quickly that “our officers did not pull their weapons, did not shoot, never had a chance,” said Victor Rodriguez, McAllen, Texas police chief. The suspect met the officers at the door and shot them, police say, and then died by suicide when confronted by police after the incident. Rodriguez identified the officers killed as 45-year-old Edelmiro Garza Jr. and 39-year-old Ismael Chavez.
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