America hit a gloomy benchmark in the coronavirus pandemic, with the US death toll reaching 1
A day after the US registered 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Department of Labor reported an additional 2.1 million unemployment claims last week, meaning more than 40 million Americans have applied for unemployment in just 10 weeks.
A rebellious bar in Texas bans masks in Texas, and gyms in several states are vying for the right to open as frustration grows in pace with the nation’s economic awakening.
There are more than 5.7 million confirmed cases around the world, with nearly 1.7 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University’s data instrument. More than 356,000 people have died worldwide.
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Here are some major developments:
- The United States reached a bleak milestone with more than 100,000 coronavirus deaths over a period of less than four months. That’s more than the number of killed Americans in the Vietnam and Korea wars. These are some of them.
- Poor sales and income tax revenues hurt the state’s budgets, and it could cost 300,000 teachers their jobs, according to preliminary estimates.
- Disney opens again in July, the company announced. Visitors will need to wear a face mask and undergo a temperature check.
What we’re talking about: The United States hit a bleak milestone on Wednesday, surpassing 100,000 deaths in coronavirus. We contacted experts in different areas to get an estimate of what the new normal might look like in the next 100 days.
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New York City could open in early June
Up to 400,000 people could return to work in early June during phase one of the plan to open New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. Construction, manufacturing, wholesale and retail operations are included in the first phase, he said.
“I think all the indicators suggest it will be announced in the first or second week of June,” de Blasio said at a news conference. Companies must follow social distance guidelines and reduce occupancy to below 50%. He also warned that without a federal stimulus package, virtually all city agencies will face “massive cuts.”
New York has been the hardest hit state in the country, with nearly 30,000 deaths. But deaths and hospital admissions have been steadily declining, and the rest of the state has already begun to ease the restrictions.
More discounts, fewer relaxation areas: Shopping center in the COVID-19 era
Shopping malls that have been out of bounds for buyers due to home orders open the door to a whole new shopping experience that is very different from mid-March. Shopping during your COVID-19 era means fewer places to sit for a break or a bite. Trying clothes is complicated, and a strategy is required before moving into the large indoor areas where families spent their Saturdays, teens experienced first dates and friends flocked for hours on end.
Buyers will find some good news, experts say. “In clothing, the price for consumers will actually fall,” says Neil Saunders, CEO of retail consulting firm GlobalData. “They will get a lot more discounts and a lot more bargains.”
– Dalvin Brown and Kelly Tyko
300,000 teachers may lose jobs due to reduced tax revenue
The country’s unparalleled economic pause to curb the spread of coronavirus has lost sales and income tax revenue for states and, in turn, for schools. Preliminary estimates predict jaw-dropping holes in the state budget, which some education funding experts warn may cost in the range of 300,000 teacher jobs. Areas are crashing to respond to a double whammy: a reduction in state money and an increase in the cost of operating safely as the pandemic carries.
“It’s a big challenge,” said Gerald Hill, parent of schools in West Bloomfield, Michigan. “If we have reduced by 20%, but it costs us 20% more to operate, we have a cost difference of 40%.”
– Erin Richards
More than 40 million people apply for unemployment in ten weeks
About 2.1 million Americans filed initial unemployment benefits claims last week, the Department of Labor said Thursday. In just ten weeks, 40.7 million have sought unemployment benefits, representing the country’s most reliable termination goals. A record 20.5 million jobs were lost in April, according to the Department of Labor, which led to 14.7% unemployment, the highest since the Great Depression and four times the 3.5% unemployment reported in February, representing a 50-year-old low.
– Charisse Jones
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COVID reignites debate on “couch caucus” legislators sleeping in office
The Coronavirus has re-established a year-old debate over the “couch cage,” with some lawmakers claiming that their colleagues sleeping in their offices are inappropriate and increasing the chance of spreading COVID-19 to colleagues and staff in the U.S. Capitol.
Rope. Jackie Speier, D-California, wrote a letter to Congress’s current physician and the Capitol architect, the agency was tasked with maintaining and operating the building and asked that practices be banned in the light of the pandemic.
Rope. However, Ted Budd defends the practice: “I wanted my focus to be back here in North Carolina, where I represent the 13th District. I didn’t want it to be a lifestyle in Washington.”
– Christal Hayes
The Texas bar prohibits masks
A bar in Elgin, Texas, bans masks in violation of COVID-19 guidance set by counties, state and federal leaders. “Because of our concern for our customers, if they feel (don’t think) that they need to wear a mask, they should stay at home until they feel it is safe to be public without one. Unfortunately, no masks are allowed,” reads a sign in Liberty Tree Tavern.
The sign then announced that it would follow Greg Abbott’s demands that limit the occupancy of bars to 25% and 6 feet of social distance between the parties. Elgin has registered more than 50 confirmed COVID-19 cases and one death. “Sorry for the trouble, please bear with us through (sic) the ridiculously awful times,” the sign says.
– Brandon Mulder, Austin American States
CDC: Antibody tests may be wrong half the time
COVID-19 antibody tests may be wrong mid-term and should not be used to determine who can be grouped into settings such as schools and dormitories, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in its latest guidelines. The guidance can have a big impact when schools and universities build program plans for the coming school year. Office workers can also be affected.
“Serological test results should not be used to make decisions about returning people to the workplace,” says the CDC.
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Opening in California draws criticism
Govin Newsom’s bold plan to reopen California has some public health experts wondering if it’s too much too soon. Sara Cody, the Santa Clara County health watchman in charge of shutting down the San Francisco Bay area in mid-March, told her county council that the state is moving forward “without a real understanding of the consequences.”
Dr. David Relman, a microbiologist and immunologist at Stanford Medicine, says he is questioning whether the counties can really implement the rules and respond to any outbreaks. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency, countered that the plans provide guidance but that the counties are not pressured to “open sooner or stay longer than they themselves think they should.”
Dems blasts “pitiful” COVID-19 report on race
The House Democrats dismiss a federal report on the racial division of cases and deaths from the corona virus as “pitiful,” and say it hurts efforts to direct resources to communities of color. Early data shows that communities of color, including African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos, are dying at a disproportionately higher rate compared to whites. Lawmakers complained that a recently released four-page report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not reflect the national impact.
The agency said on Wednesday that it “leverages all of our available surveillance systems to … protect vulnerable communities.”
“We deserve to know the facts and have quality analysis,” the US rep said. Robin Kelly, an Illinois Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust. “Once again, they show us that they just don’t care.”
– Deborah Barfield Berry
North Carolina, Michigan, New Jersey gym owners file lawsuits to open again
Gym owners in North Carolina, Michigan and New Jersey have filed lawsuits against state officials over the past two weeks for not allowing them to open while other companies have started opening again. The owners claim that it is unconstitutional and a violation of their rights.
“If opening a business is certainly the goal, all businesses – including gyms – should be given the same opportunity to do so,” attorney Scott M. Erskine, who represents a 120-gym coalition in Michigan, said in a press release
In North Carolina, a Facebook page was created to raise money for the owners to retain a lawyer, reports The News & Observer. A group of nine complainants filed the lawsuit on Wednesday asking for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the Roy Cooper Intergovernmental Conference from keeping the gym closed.
A gym in New Jersey that reopened last week in violation of state orders also filed a lawsuit for similar reasons. In the lawsuit, the owners say “extraordinary precautions” have been taken to implement “health protocols … enough like the companies allowed to stay open” when it opened again.
Wyoming cancels Cheyenne Frontier Days, other major rodeos this summer
Wyoming, the self-proclaimed Cowboy State, canceled six major rodeos this summer because of the corona virus – including Cheyenne Frontier Days, statesman Mark Gordon announced Wednesday.
“This reality is not easy,” Gordon said at a news conference. “In my soul, I know how important these events are to our communities and our citizens.”
This is the first time that Frontier Days has been canceled in its 124-year history. The world’s largest outdoor rodeo attracts more than 140,000 people a year. The other canceled rodeos are Thermopolis Rendezvous, Cody Stampede, Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo in Casper, Sheridan WYO Rodeo and Laramie Jubilee Days.
Tom Hanks donates plasma in California to fight coronavirus
Tom Hanks is “plasmatic.” The actor, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” 63, held his breath high while donating plasma at the University of California, Los Angeles to help fight the coronavirus after his own recovery.
He documented his experience on Instagram Wednesday and shared several photos of his left arm connected to a machine and a picture of the end result: Two bags full of plasma.
“Plasma at 3! 1,2,3 PLASMATIC!” he wrote the series.
In March, Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, were hospitalized in Queensland, Australia after being diagnosed with coronavirus, which became the first major celebrities to test positive. Hanks told NPR in April that he hopes plasma will benefit vaccine research.
– Cydney Henderson
The United States reaches bleak milestone for 100K coronavirus deaths, most in the world
The United States, the only country to register anywhere near 1 million cases of coronavirus, reached another bleak milestone on Wednesday when it became the first to pass over 100,000 deaths from COVID-19.
The road to 100,000 – more than twice as many fatalities as the next nation on the list, Britain with more than 37,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – has been bleak and fast. By the end of March, the United States had registered about 4,000 deaths. But the figure rose dramatically in April, when the disease killed nearly 60,000 Americans and has continued at a slower but still devastating rate. Some models estimate that the death toll could approach 200,000 in early August.
In addition, epidemiology experts generally agree that the actual number of deaths is greater than the number reported by the highly respected Johns Hopkins University dashboard, given that there is no certainty when the first US victim of COVID-19 died. In addition, deaths outside the hospital setting may not have been recorded due to the coronavirus, especially in the early stages of the outbreak.
– Jorge Ortiz
The National Women’s Soccer League returns in June with the Utah Tournament
Pro football returns to the United States next month when the National Women’s Soccer League launches a 25-game tournament in a pair of stadiums in Utah that will be kept away from fans to protect players from coronavirus.
Players from the nine teams practice and live in two hotels in the Salt Lake City area, the league announced Wednesday. All players will be tested for COVID-19 before heading to Utah, and will be seen regularly throughout their long stay.
No fans will be allowed to Zions Bank or Rio Tinto Stadium, two suburbs in Salt Lake City that host the games.
The tournament begins June 27, with games to be broadcast and streamed by CBS and its online and broadcast companies. It is a blessing for a league that was looking for a new TV partner in the wake of the American woman’s victory in the World Cup last year and is now at the forefront of American leagues returning and offering live sports in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Disney World plans again on July 11 for Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World plans to open on July 11, according to a presentation the company made to an economic recovery working group on Wednesday. The theme park has been closed since March 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and its reopening will follow Florida’s rival, Universal Orlando, which will reopen on June 5.
Disney is planning a phase resume, with Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom opening July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open July 15 again.
Visitors from Disney World will undergo a temperature check and must wear a face mask. The park will provide masks to people who do not bring their own.
Social distance markers will be visible throughout the park. Disney’s “cast members” will uphold the rules, including the mask requirement, as part of a social distancing squad. The park’s capacity will also be limited and not all attractions will open immediately.
– Curtis Tate
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