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This Republican governor just showed the receipts to the coronavirus ‘herd immunity’ crowd – CNN

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China has just contained the coronavirus. Now it’s battling some of the worst floods in decades – CNN

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Nasal Coronavirus Vaccines May Work Better Than Injected Ones, Researchers Say – The New York Times

These mucosal immune responses seem to underlie the success of the oral polio vaccine, which contains a weakened form of polio virus and has helped most of the world eradicate polio. When it debuted in the 1960s, the vaccine was considered, in many ways, an enormous improvement over its injected predecessor because it targeted the bodys immune response in the gut, where the virus thrives. Many people who took the oral vaccine seemed to quash infections even before they felt symptoms or passed the germ on to others.

It was a fabulous vaccine to stop the transmission of polio, said Dr. Anna Durbin, a vaccine expert at Johns Hopkins University. It helped induce herd immunity, she said, referring to the threshold of the population that needs to be immune to a pathogen to keep it from spreading.

Vaccines given through muscle are great for prompting the body to churn out antibodies in the bloodstream, like IgG. If a pathogen shows up, hordes of these on-call molecules will rush to meet it.

For many respiratory infections, thats good enough.

The majority of respiratory vaccines, like the measles vaccine, are given intramuscularly, and it works, Dr. Iwasaki said. If enough antibodies reach the right mucosal surface, it doesnt really matter how they were induced.

Still, relying on that strategy alone can be risky a bit like shoring up a banks security at every entrance except for the one a thief would most likely hit. Sentinels roving throughout the building could subdue the interloper after they trip the alarm. But by that point, some damage has probably already been done.

Updated July 15, 2020

Its mainly a timing issue, Dr. Bhattacharya said. If you have circulating cells and molecules, theyll eventually find the infection. But youd rather have a more immediate response.

Without a strong mucosal response, injected vaccines may be less likely to produce so-called sterilizing immunity, a phenomenon in which a pathogen is purged from the body before its able to infect cells, Dr. Durbin said. Vaccinated people might be protected from severe disease, but could still be infected, experience mild symptoms and occasionally pass small quantities of the germ onto others.

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Nasal Coronavirus Vaccines May Work Better Than Injected Ones, Researchers Say - The New York Times

‘Things have not gone according to plan’: America’s coronavirus reopening falls apart – The Guardian

In echoes of the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, some American states and localities are reversing economic reopenings after spread of the coronavirus accelerated in some regions.

Americas Sun Belt, the region extending from southern California to Florida, has been particularly hard-hit, and now further flung and less populous states are joining the ranks rolling back reopenings.

New Mexico again banned indoor dining. Nevada closed bars in counties with major outbreaks. And Oregon, in the Pacific north-west, banned private indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Arizona and Texas reimposed restrictions on indoor dining and bars in early July.

California, the most populous state, dramatically expanded restrictions. Indoor operations of theaters, wineries, restaurants and bars were all stopped this week. In addition, some of the nations largest school districts have announced classes will be virtual this fall. Students in Los Angeles, San Diego and Atlanta will not have in-person classes.

The reopening plan was great if everything went well, the Miami mayor, Francis X Suarez, told the Republican Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, at a public roundtable Tuesday. But I think the fact is things have not gone according to plan.

If things do not improve quickly I think were going to be under a significant amount of pressure to shut down, Suarez said.

Florida closed indoor dining in late June but has persisted with other reopening plans. DeSantis called on schools to reopen in a few weeks, and Disney World reopened some of its parks to thousands of visitors on Saturday.

Republican officials moved the national convention, where Donald Trump will formally accept the nomination of his party, from North Carolina to Florida to avoid social distancing and mask requirements. But with cases rising, officials moved the biggest events outdoors, the New York Times reported.

Louisiana, an early center of outbreaks after Mardi Gras this spring, has again seen a spike in Covid-19 cases. Vice-president Mike Pence traveled to the state on Tuesday but was not greeted by one of its top officials, attorney general Jeff Landry, who tested positive for Covid-19 despite showing no symptoms.

The governor, John Bel Edwards, enacted a statewide mask mandate for people aged eight and older, which took effect Monday. He also returned bars to takeout and delivery only. Restaurants, casinos, gyms, salons and other businesses remain open, with occupancy restrictions.

But Americas vast landscape and varied politics means even as many states across the south and west roll back reopening, places whose overburdened health systems became emblematic of the perils of Covid-19 have continued to reopen.

The New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, will allow malls to reopen in some parts of the state. New York City hit a hopeful milestone on Saturday: for the first time since 11 March, no one died of coronavirus.

Its something that should make us hopeful, but its very hard to take a victory lap because we know we have so much more ahead, said the mayor, Bill de Blasio, on Monday, according to NPR. This disease is far from beaten. While New York state announced only 677 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, Florida reported more than 15,000.

In contrast to states in the south and west, some parts of the north-eastern economy never reopened. In New York City, Broadway shows are likely to remain closed until at least this winter, and indoor dining is still banned.

Across the river in New Jersey, gyms remain closed. Indoor dining in New Jersey was slated to reopen at very limited capacity, but the proposal was rolled back after photos emerged of unmasked crowds at beach bars on the Jersey shore.

Unlike in states such as New York, which has metrics that would trigger closures if the virus began to spread, Miami mayors said Florida had no such plan.

Renewed restrictions in the south and west have also brought renewed frustration. In New Mexico, businesses forced to close their doors again protested against the governors order. At some point you have to protect your livelihood, Kathy Diaz, owner of Monroes Restaurant, told local news station KOB4.

Parents of schoolchildren in Jacksonville, Florida, called for school reopenings, and anti-mask protesters have organized demonstrations against local mask mandates.

Marlyn Hoilette, a nurse who spent four months working in the Covid-19 unit of her Florida hospital until testing positive recently, said she worries about returning to work.

Nurses are getting sick, nursing assistants are getting sick and my biggest fear is that it seems we want to return folks to work even without a negative test, said Hoilette, who works at Palms West hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida. Its just a matter of time before you wipe the other staff out if youre contagious, so that is a big problem.

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'Things have not gone according to plan': America's coronavirus reopening falls apart - The Guardian

The Terrifying Next Phase of the Coronavirus Recession – The Atlantic

Now the economy is traveling sideways, as business failures mount and the virus continues to maim and kill. New applications for unemployment insurance, for instance, are leveling off at more than 1 million a weekmore than double the highest rate reached during the Great Recession, a sign that more job losses are becoming permanent. After rising when the government sent stimulus checks and expanded unemployment-insurance payments, consumer spending is falling again, down 10 percent from where it was a year ago. Homebase, a provider of human-resources software, says that the rebound has hit a plateau, in terms of hours worked, share of employees working, and number of businesses open.

The next, terrifying phase of the coronavirus recession is here: a damaged economy, a virus spreading faster than it was in March. The disease itself continues to take a bloody, direct toll on workers, with more than 60,000 Americans testing positive a day and tens of thousands suffering from extended illness. The statistical value of American lives already lost to the disease is something like $675 billion. The current phase of the pandemic is also taking an enormous secondary toll. States with unmitigated outbreaks have been forced to go back into lockdown, or to pause their reopening, killing weakened businesses and roiling the labor market. Where the virus spreads, the economy stops.

That is not just due to government edicts, either. Some consumers have rushed back to bars and restaurants, and resumed shopping and traveling. Young people, who tend to get less sick from the coronavirus than the elderly, appear to be driving todays pandemic. But millions more are making it clear that they will not risk their life or the life of others in their community to go out. Avoidance of the virus, more so than shutdown orders, seems to be affecting consumer behavior. Places without official lockdowns have seen similar financial collapses to those with them, and a study by University of Chicago economists showed that decreases in economic activity are closely tied to fears of infection and are highly influenced by the number of COVID deaths reported in a given county.

Read: A devastating new stage of the pandemic

In other ways, the spread of COVID-19 is keeping Americans from going back to work. The perception of public transit as unsafe, for example, makes it expensive and tough for commuters to get to their jobs. Schools and day-care centers are struggling to figure out how to reopen safely, meaning millions of parents are facing a fall juggling work and child care. This is a disaster. The lingering uncertainty about whether in-person education will resume isnt the result of malfeasance, but utter nonfeasance, the former Department of Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem has argued in The Atlantic. Four months of stay-at-home orders have proved that, if schools are unavailable, a city cannot work, a community cannot function, a nation cannot safeguard itself.

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The Terrifying Next Phase of the Coronavirus Recession - The Atlantic

Coronavirus testing is key to colleges reopening – The Boston Globe

Other schools, like Boston University, are forging ahead building their own high-capacity labs to regularly test their campus communities.

But whether there is enough laboratory capacity in Massachusetts to regularly test tens of thousands of college students is an open question. So, too, is the prospect of persuading hordes of students to regularly submit to nasal swabbing and to dutifully adhere to social distancing.

The higher education plans are being firmed up as waiting times grow for test results in Massachusetts and nationwide. Some national commercial laboratories used by businesses and health centers in Massachusetts to process the tests recently acknowledged waiting times stretching longer than five days as the surging virus in Southern and Western states fuels a demand for more testing.

Plentiful and timely lab results are crucial to quickly contain future clusters of COVID-19 on college campuses and beyond, and to prevent clusters from mushrooming into larger outbreaks, health experts say.

If we are going to [use] testing to control outbreaks, you have to get results back in one to two days, even three days is too slow, said Samuel Scarpino, a Northeastern University disease tracker. If I were ... anyone setting policy, I would have that on my daily dashboard and would make a lot of decisions about reopening based on that number.

Testing is just one facet of the complex plans colleges are developing this summer that they believe will make it safe to welcome students back to campus this fall. Some schools, like BU, Northeastern, and Tufts, plan to allow all undergraduates to return to campus if they wish, while others, like UMass Boston, plan to continue almost entirely online. Harvard plans to allow freshmen on campus, but all courses will be virtual. MIT will allow only seniors on campus this fall. In normal years, Massachusetts draws 500,000 college students per year who contribute $25 billion to the state economy.

A report last month from a task force of higher education leaders who advised Governor Charlie Baker on reopening colleges suggested a multipronged approach. The ideas included social distancing, masks, improved building ventilation, and reconfigured classrooms, residence halls, and dining facilities, in addition to robust coronavirus testing programs.

The report suggested several strategies for how schools should tackle the labor and cost of testing, which is expected to run about $25 per test for schools that use the Broads program, the report said.

It recommended that schools organize students and staff into groups that will be tested more or less frequently depending on their risk of exposure. Essential campus workers and students who live in dormitories, for example, would be tested most often.

The report also recommended three types of testing an initial test for everyone at the start of the semester, quick testing of symptomatic people, and routine testing at least once a week for everyone else.

Testing broadly is the sine qua non for safety, said Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health and a member of the task force. The more capacity we have, the better.

The Broad Institute, known for cutting-edge biomedical research, has become a pivotal player for college coronavirus testing, recently negotiating testing contracts with several schools. In addition to Harvard and Clark, the institute is working with Emerson College, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Wellesley College.

The Broad recently expanded its daily capacity to 35,000 tests and can turn them around in less than 24 hours, a spokesman said in a statement. The lab has the ability to ramp up to 100,000 daily if needed, the spokesman said, but declined to comment further on its new college testing program.

The Broad, which opened its testing lab in March, has so far not processed more than 7,000 tests in a day, according to the website where it posts its daily output.

Dr. Ashish Jha, a global health professor at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, said it is imperative that schools have a substantial amount of testing because relying on students to consistently practice social distancing is not practical.

And although this might be an unruly demographic, he said, students will likely submit to tests.

I generally think there is a way that if you implement your policy well, you can probably ensure that everybody does it, Jha said.

Maybe Im being too cynical, but I just feel like 20-year-olds really adhering to strict social distancing guidelines is going to be a tall order, and therefore it is that much more important that we do aggressive testing, he added.

Jha said he is pretty confident the Broad will be able to handle the daily testing load it is taking on.

But if the Baker administration believes it is important for colleges and universities to reopen, officials should figure out how to increase testing capacity statewide, he said.

"The state's got to keep pushing on that, and keep trying to drive toward higher capacity," he said.

A plan the state recently submitted to federal regulators raises questions about the scope of campus testing. It indicates the administration anticipates that only about 10,000 individuals in total will be tested daily statewide in September and about twice that come October long after campuses reopen. It is silent on expected turnaround times for results.

A Baker administration spokeswoman declined to comment about testing on campus. She said in a statement the administration is seeking to expand testing capacity but did not touch on turnaround times.

Oversight of the testing varies among local campuses. In many instances, colleges and universities are outsourcing the screenings. Several plan to ask students to swab their own noses with shorter swabs than are used in many public testing sites, where medical workers typically collect samples deep within the nasal cavity. Some schools will have medical staff observing as the students swab their own noses.

Anthony Monaco, the president of Tufts University who was a member of the higher education task force, said the group believes the biggest risk for spread on campuses will be within dorms. But he said it will be important for schools to also test students who live off campus.

Monaco said Tufts is developing an app that will let students know when they are scheduled to be tested and send reminders. The details are not finalized, he said, but there would likely be repercussions for missing a test, such as not being able to participate in a campus activity.

The testing will be a significant investment for schools, he said, on top of other adjustments like extra housing they are building to quarantine students.

They all add up, but for one semester, perhaps two, its an investment we need to make, Monaco said.

Kay Lazar can be reached at kay.lazar@globe.com Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKayLazar. Laura Krantz can be reached at laura.krantz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurakrantz.

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Coronavirus: Virus inquiry promised and office-worker face coverings rejected – BBC News

Here are five things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak this Wednesday evening. We'll have another update for you on Thursday morning.

Boris Johnson has for the first time promised to hold an "independent inquiry" into the coronavirus pandemic. He told MPs during Prime Minister's Questions that the government would seek to learn lessons "in the future" and "certainly we will have an independent inquiry into what happened". However, the prime minister said it was not right to devote "huge amounts of official time" to an inquiry while the UK was "in the middle" of a pandemic.

There are no plans to make face coverings mandatory for office workers in England, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told the BBC. He said face coverings helped prevent virus spread during short interactions with strangers, but that social distancing and hand washing were more effective for contact with people over long periods of time. Face coverings in shops will become mandatory in England on 24 July - but what's the best one for you and how should you wear it? Here is our handy guide.

Seventeen-year-old employees are the group most likely to have been put on furlough during the coronavirus crisis, official data shows. HM Revenue and Customs said men aged in their 40s and women aged 41 to 58 were least likely to have been put on the scheme. More than nine million workers who are unable to do their job because of the coronavirus outbreak have had their wages paid by the government.

Driving lessons in Wales will be able to resume from 27 July, with theory and practical driving tests phased in from 3 August, First Minister Mark Drakeford has said. Driving lessons resumed in England on 4 July. Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate arrangements.

Captain Sir Tom Moore, the 100-year-old who raised more than 32m for NHS charities, is to receive his knighthood from the Queen in his own personal ceremony at Windsor Castle on Friday. In May, the prime minister made a special nomination for the war veteran to be knighted.

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Florida, Texas and California account for about one-fifth of the world’s new coronavirus cases – NBC News

Almost 1 in 5 new cases of the coronavirus reported around the world came from just three U.S. states Florida, Texas and California a new NBC News tally revealed Tuesday.

The 27,574 cases recorded in those states Monday accounted for 18.9 percent of the global total and represented more than a third of the 61,751 new cases reported in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the two-week death total in Texas was up by 99 percent over the previous two weeks.

In Florida, the two-week death total rose by nearly 84 percent, and in California it jumped by nearly 27 percent.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been 3,407,556 confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S., and the death toll was 136,832, NBC News figures showed.

Florida reported 9,194 more cases and 133 deaths from Monday. Texas added 7,489 cases and 59 deaths. California recorded 5,063 more cases and 40 deaths.

On Tuesday evening, Los Angeles County alone announced a new single day record with 4,244 cases and 73 deaths.

Arizona, which has also had big increases in new cases in recent weeks, reported 4,273 more infections and 92 more deaths.

Texas' Latino community has been hit especially hard of late, and Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat whose district includes San Antonio, blamed President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott for being "slow to test people, slow to trace the infection and slow to treat people."

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They "tried to pretend like it wasn't a big problem because they didn't want to end up on the news every day the way New York did, and that's had an incredible effect on this community, and in the last three weeks, it's really exploded," Castro told MSNBC's Garrett Haake.

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Trump and Abbott have been accused of not having moved quickly enough to combat the coronavirus, and it wasn't until this month that Abbott mandated that people wear masks in public. Trump wore a mask for the first time in public just two days ago, and he predicted this month that the pandemic would "just disappear."

The staggering new sums were reported as Dr. Brett Giroir, the assistant secretary of health and human services for health, insisted on NBC's "TODAY" that "we're turning the corner on the current outbreak."

"We are all very concerned about the outbreak," Giroir said. "About half the cases are in four states: Texas, California, Florida and Arizona. But we are in a much different place now than we were several months ago, a much better place."

Maybe. But 41 states have had increases in cases over the last two weeks, and eight states have had spikes of more than 100 percent over the last 14 days, according to NBC News' Medical Unit.

And when Vice President Mike Pence arrived Tuesday in Louisiana to meet with officials about the pandemic, state Attorney General Mike Landry wasn't there to greet him on the tarmac because he has tested positive, The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge reported.

"Out of an overabundance of caution with the Vice President coming to our state, I was tested for Cornavirus," Landry wrote in an email to staffers. "Though experiencing no symptoms, I tested positive for COVID-19."

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"The amount of time it is taking to receive testing results is hurting the ability of long term facilities to fight the virus," the letter states. "For nursing homes and assisted living communities to protect residents and staff, we need on-site testing with reliable and rapid results.

"We don't have a Dr. Fauci problem," Graham said. "I have all the respect in the world for Dr. Fauci. I think any effort to undermine him is not going to be productive, quite frankly." Trump has also denied trying to torpedo Fauci.

There was also a smidgen of troubling news out of New York, which in April was posting Texas-size case numbers and since then has succeeded in flattening the coronavirus curve.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported that 1.5 percent of the 60,045 COVID-19 tests performed Monday came back positive. That is the highest positive rate in the state since June 5.

Cuomo also reported five more coronavirus deaths Monday.

On Sunday, the State Department of Health reported that there were zero COVID-19 deaths Saturday, the first time that has happened since March 13.

CORRECTION (July 14, 2020, 9:45 p.m.): An earlier version of this article misspelled the first name of a senator from South Carolina. He is Lindsey Graham, not Lindsay.

Nigel Chiwaya is a data reporter for NBC News.

Corky Siemaszko is a senior writer for NBC News Digital.

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Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff – The Texas Tribune

A coronavirus patient in Anahuac was flown by helicopter to a hospital in El Campo 120 miles away because closer facilities could not take him.

Ambulances are waiting up to 10 hours to deliver patients to packed Hidalgo County emergency rooms.

And short-staffed hospitals in Midland and Odessa have had to turn away ailing COVID-19 patients from rural West Texas facilities that cant offer the care they need.

As the tally of coronavirus infections climbs higher each day, Texas hospitals are taking extraordinary steps to make space for a surge of patients. Some facilities in South Texas say they are dangerously close to filling up, while hospitals elsewhere are taking precautionary measures to keep their numbers manageable.

Doctors warn of shortages of an antiviral drug that shows promise for treating COVID-19 patients. And epidemiologists say the states hospitals may be in for a longer, harder ride than places like New York, where hospitals were stretched to capacity in the spring and some parked refrigerated trailers outside to store bodies of people who died from COVID-19.

It used to [be that] if one hospital got kind of overwhelmed you would start transferring out ICU patients to other facilities that had ICU beds available, said Dr. Robert Hancock, president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians. And there really is none of that now, because everybodys in the same boat and theyre struggling to get their own patients admitted.

Cases of the new coronavirus have surged in Texas since Memorial Day weekend at the end of May, one month after Gov. Greg Abbott allowed a phased reopening of businesses. In June, Abbott scaled back parts of that plan, first pausing elective procedures in the states biggest cities in an attempt to conserve hospital capacity for COVID-19 patients, then ordering bars to close and capping restaurant occupancy at 50%.

Last week, he expanded the ban on elective procedures to more than 100 counties across broad swaths of the state, a sign of the increasing urgency of the virus toll on Texas hospitals. Then he warned that if the trend continues, he might order another economic lockdown.

Its going to be a rough few weeks, said John Henderson, president of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. Most everything were seeing is worrisome or scary.

State data shows the hardest-hit regions include most of Texas biggest cities, as well as large swaths of South and Central Texas and the Gulf Coast.

Dr. John Zerwas, the executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas System and a former state representative who is advising Abbott on coronavirus response, forecasted that July will be a month for peak activity related to the epidemic.

Probably toward the end of the month, well be seeing ourselves get into a bit more comfortable place, he said.

Local officials in urban centers throughout Texas say more restrictions are needed now to slow the virus spread and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed in the future. On Sunday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner called on the governor to shut down businesses for two weeks.

Many Texas hospitals have stopped accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge thats expected to come. In the Rio Grande Valley, that moment has already arrived, with hospital beds in short supply.

The tsunami is here, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said last week.

DHR Health, based in Edinburg, the county seat, is creating a third special COVID-19 ward in a facility normally used for physical therapy after spending more than $9 million to convert a hospice center and rehabilitation facility into COVID-19 units.

Were full to the gills, said Dr. Carlos J. Cardenas, chairman of the board at DHR Health.

In neighboring Cameron County, all of the hospitals were at or above capacity and holding patients in their emergency departments Monday, said Dr. James Castillo, the county health authority. Some were converting or eyeing areas not typically used for patient care, like conference rooms or lobbies, he said.

At Valley Baptist Medical Centers in Brownsville and Harlingen which keep opening new units to care for critically ill patients there were people waiting in the emergency room hallways for treatment this week, said Dr. Jamil Madi, medical director of the ICU in Harlingen. The hospitals are nearly out of ventilators and are starting to consider older models and disaster ventilators that are less optimal for treating the virus, he said.

Theres nothing else other than COVID. You treat COVID, you look at COVID, you see COVID, you smell COVID, you hear COVID. Everythings COVID, Madi said. There are two parallel worlds: The world inside the hospital and the world outside. We need people to understand that it is a dire situation going on inside the hospital.

Ambulances are sometimes waiting hours to deliver patients to the emergency rooms, said Mack Gilbert, chief operating officer of Med-Care EMS, which services most of Hidalgo County. Normally, the wait is less than 30 minutes, he said.

You cant blame the hospitals for being full. The ICUs are full, Gilbert said. But the longer [the patients are] with us, the longer it takes to get them the care they need. Were not really set up for long-term care like that, for four to six to eight hours.

The extended delay also leaves medics in the confined space of an ambulance with a COVID-19 positive patient for longer, increasing their risk of exposure to the virus even though they wear full protective gear, Gilbert said.

The state sent hundreds of medical personnel to South Texas earlier this month to alleviate staffing shortages. It also deployed a fleet of 10 ambulances to Hidalgo, of which Med-Care can use two for 12 hours a day.

Gilbert is grateful these guys are doing a great job. But in a 12 hour shift, they're only able to do three calls, because each call is taking four hours, he said.

In Houston, major hospitals have had to treat hundreds of COVID-19 patients in their emergency rooms as they await space in intensive care units. Data shows the dozen busiest hospitals in the area are increasingly telling emergency responders that they cannot safely accept new patients.

Ripple effects can be felt throughout the region, including at El Campo Memorial Hospital, about 75 miles southwest of Houston.

Under normal circumstances, hospitals in Houstons world-renowned Texas Medical Center would accept transfers of medically complex patients from smaller regional hospitals that are less equipped to handle them. But with many Houston hospitals diverting patients away, smaller facilities like the 49-bed El Campo Memorial Hospital have taken them on.

On Monday, the hospital was caring for 18 coronavirus patients, including at least two who were admitted from Houston and the Anahuac patient who was transported by helicopter, said Nathan Tudor, chief executive of the Mid Coast Health System, which includes the hospital.

Traditionally, if the complex cases need to go out, they do go to Houston, Tudor said. Were just praying that this virus gets behind us sooner rather than later.

In Dallas, some hospitals are gearing up for crisis as the number of admitted patients climbs. After requests from Abbott and Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, federal medical teams are heading to Parkland Memorial Hospital, one of the citys biggest facilities, to help treat an onslaught of patients.

Additional staff is our primary need, said Donna Richardson, chief nursing officer for Parkland Health and Hospital System.

Similar teams were already sent to Houston and San Antonio.

And for the next two weeks, Medical City Healthcare is suspending elective surgeries at 10 of its 16 North Texas facilities, even though the governors order allows such surgeries to take place outside Dallas County.

The pause will enable us to safely and quickly expand capacity and staff to care for hospitalized patients, spokeswoman Janet St. James said. While we currently have adequate capacity, staff, and [personal protective equipment] we are concerned that there is a misconception in the community that this rate of growth can continue.

Meanwhile, short-staffed West Texas hospitals have been forced to turn away patients from rural areas, where small regional hospitals lack the resources to treat the sickest patients.

Earlier this month, Medical Center Health System in Odessa went on diversion meaning it did not accept transfer patients from regional hospitals outside the county as it faced severe staffing shortages. Currently, more than 20 staff members are out because either they or their family members have been exposed to COVID-19, said Trevor Tankersley, a spokesperson for the Medical Center Health System in Odessa.

When MCHS resumed accepting transfer patients, 15 arrived in one day, from West Texas towns as far-flung as Kermit and Alpine. Soon after, the citys other major hospital, Odessa Regional Medical Center, stopped accepting transfers.

Nearby Midland Memorial Hospital stopped accepting transfers of critical patients Thursday, spokeswoman Tasa Richardson said. At that point, the 286-bed hospital was treating 34 coronavirus patients. By Monday, the number had grown to 44.

Its important that the numerous rural hospitals in the region have somewhere to send their patients, hospital representatives said.

We know what its like to be in a small hospital outside of this area and not have the resources, and its difficult to turn down a request for a transfer to a higher level of care, said Dr. Rohith Saravanan, Odessa Regional Medical Centers chief medical officer. There is really no option for that patient at that point theres no care they can provide that would give these patients a good fighting chance.

But even larger hospitals face severe staffing limitations. At ORMC, nurses in the intensive care unit are working with twice as many patients as they normally would. In remote West Texas, there is a severe shortage of nurses, respiratory therapists, and radiology and medical technicians, he said. So the hospital is turning to more expensive contract labor.

We have the bed capacity, we have [personal protective equipment]. ... The capacity is limited mostly by staffing, Saravanan said. There isnt any talent in the area that we can tap into.

Farther west, El Pasos University Medical Center is doing OK on capacity and ... able to handle all patients under a surge planning process that was set up early on, said Ryan Mielke, the hospitals director of public affairs.

Neighboring El Paso Childrens Hospital is prepared to offer up a number of its own units for adult COVID-19 patients if that becomes necessary, but we are not close to reaching that right now, said Audrey Garcia, director of marketing for El Paso Childrens.

You just gotta pray that it stays on that curve, Garcia said.

Health care workers urged Texans to wear masks, wash their hands frequently and avoid contact with others as much as possible to help prevent new coronavirus infections.

The community has an expectation of us as a hospital. The expectation is that well have beds to take care of them, staff to take care of them, medications, Saravanan said. They need to have an expectation of themselves to say, Were gonna do everything we can so we dont have to utilize those resources. The only way we can do that is by preventing the spread of this disease.

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I Cant Keep Doing This: Small-Business Owners Are Giving Up – The New York Times

On the last Friday of June, after Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said that bars across the state would have to shut down a second time because coronavirus cases were skyrocketing, Mick Larkin decided he had had enough.

No matter that Mr. Larkin, an owner of a karaoke club in Wichita Falls, Texas, had just paid $1,000 for perishable goods and protective equipment in anticipation of the weekend rush. No matter that the frozen margarita machine was full, that 175 plastic syringes with booze-infused Jell-O were in place, or that there were masks for staff members and hand sanitizer for guests.

That day, June 26, Mr. Larkin and his partner dumped what they had just bought into the trash and decided to close their club, Krank It Karaoke, for good.

We did everything we were supposed to do, Mr. Larkin said. When he shut us down again, and after I put out all that money to meet their rules, I just said, I cant keep doing this.

It was harrowing enough for small businesses the bars, dental care practices, small law firms, day care centers and other storefronts that dot the streets and corners of every American town and city to have to shut down after state officials imposed lockdowns in March to contain the pandemic.

But the resurgence of the virus, especially in states such as Texas, Florida and California that had begun to reopen, has introduced a far darker reality for many small businesses: Their temporary closures might become permanent.

Nearly 66,000 businesses have folded since March 1, according to data from Yelp, which provides a platform for local businesses to advertise their services and has been tracking announcements of closings posted on its site. From June 15 to June 29, the most recent period for which data is available, businesses were closing permanently at a higher rate than in the previous three months, Yelp found. During the same period, permanent closures increased by 3 percent overall, accounting for roughly 14 percent of total closures since March.

Researchers at Harvard believe the rates of business closures are likely to be even higher. They estimated that nearly 110,000 small businesses across the country had decided to shut down permanently between early March and early May, based on data collected in weekly surveys by Alignable, a social media network for small-business owners.

Christopher Stanton, an associate professor at Harvard Business School who was one of the researchers, said it was difficult to accurately gauge how many small businesses were closing because, once they shut their doors for good, the owners were hard to reach. He added that it could take up to a year before government officials knew the true toll the pandemic was taking on small businesses.

At the moment, 39 states continue to record growing numbers of new cases daily.

It is not clear how many of the businesses Yelp is tracking count as small defined by the Small Business Administration as those with 500 or fewer employees. But the company found that, among the tracked businesses which include restaurants, retailers and other independent, consumer-facing operations retail businesses, led by beauty supply stores, have been closing at the highest rate since the pandemic began. Restaurants are the next hardest-hit group.

Small businesses account for 44 percent of all U.S. economic activity, according to the S.B.A., and closures on such an immense scale could devastate the countrys economic growth. If they were grouped together, small businesses would be among the countrys biggest employers, said Satyam Khanna, a resident fellow at the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at New York University School of Law who has written about the effects of the pandemic on small businesses.

So when small businesses close en masse, an entire sector of the economy suffers, Mr. Khanna said. There is lower cash flow, higher debt and more unemployment. That leads to a big drag on the eventual recovery, he said. Because they are such an important source of jobs, losing them the way we are losing them now is going to make things far worse than they otherwise need to be.

Because small businesses depend heavily on foot traffic and operate on thin margins, they are especially vulnerable to the ripple effects of a widespread shutdown.

For nearly two decades, Rich Tokheim and his wife sold sports memorabilia hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs and other trinkets to fans in Omaha at their store, The Dugout. Since 2011, The Dugout has occupied prime real estate across the street from the citys 24,000-seat baseball stadium, which usually hosts the College World Series each spring.

The 2020 World Series was canceled in March. In the weeks that came after, other sporting events were scrapped starting with college sports and extending to professional leagues that have struggled to relaunch their activities.

Mr. Tokheim, 58, watched his business fall off with growing unease, but it was only after a friendly chat with a retired college athletic director in May that the gravity of his situation hit home. He was already worried about the state of the virus in Nebraska, and whether there was enough tracking. Then the athletic director predicted that if college football was canceled for the year, it would be the end of Division I sports as a whole.

That really put me in overdrive, Mr. Tokheim said. He negotiated an early exit on his store lease and announced a clearance sale at the store. The Dugout closed for good on June 30.

The governments Paycheck Protection Program, rolled out in April and administered by the S.B.A., earmarked $660 billion of aid for small businesses, but stipulated that a loan would be forgiven only if most of it was used to pay employee wages for eight weeks. The rules were later relaxed, but in a sign of how many small-business owners did not feel confident that they would be on steady ground by the time repayment was due, roughly $130 billion of aid money remained untapped when the program ended in June.

Even for those who took a P.P.P. loan, survival is no guarantee. Nick Muscari, a 38-year-old restaurateur in Lubbock, Texas, received one. His restaurant, Nicks Sports Grill and Lounge, had been the culmination of Mr. Muscaris lifes work his years of toil as a waiter, pizza cook and manager at restaurants and bars beginning in his teenage years. Three years ago, he bought out the two partners who helped him start the restaurant in 2010. He considered it a crowning achievement, but to do so, he had to borrow money. He still owes a bank $80,000.

Mr. Muscari tried to ride out the spring lockdown that temporarily shuttered his restaurant with the help of the P.P.P. money. But when the states second closure order took effect on June 26, he decided to close for good.

It had been in the back of our minds, just like, you know, if this happens again, can we make it? Mr. Muscari said. We were following all the rules and people were spread out. We never had anybody catch the virus in our establishment."

Mr. Muscari, with the business closed and its 30 employees jobless, has nothing left but his house and his car. He also expects his landlord to try to sue him for the eight years worth of rent he is contracted to pay on his defunct restaurants space.

Many small businesses are also finding it onerous keep up with constantly changing local guidelines, while others are deciding that no matter what their local officials say, it just is not safe to keep going. Gabriel Gordon, the owner of a tiny but popular barbecue restaurant in Seal Beach, Calif., decided to close permanently after studying the restaurants layout. He had determined that the kitchen would never be safe for multiple staff members to occupy at once while the virus was still active in the area.

Its essentially two hallways that are 11 feet wide, Mr. Gordon said, describing the shape of the restaurant, Beachwood BBQ. There are food trucks that are larger than my kitchen.

Whatever the specific reasons may be for each closure, Justin Norman, Yelps vice president of data science, said that the federal government should offer small businesses more help. Mr. Norman said Yelp was concerned about the effects of small-business closures, especially those owned by people of color, on society. Yelp, however, also has a financial interest in maintaining a robust small-business environment, because it relies heavily on advertising by businesses on its platform.

The time is right now to inject more capital or we may lose them forever, Mr. Norman said. Its going to make our economies worse, its going to make our communities worse.

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Dozens of Mississippi lawmakers have coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear masks - CNN

He invented the N95 mask filter. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and he was called to help once again – CNN

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43 new coronavirus cases have been linked to one large house party in Michigan – CNN

Most of the new cases are young people between the ages of 15 and 25, the Washtenaw County Health Department said in a press release Monday.

It is believed that the party took place between July 2 and 3, and health officials are now asking anyone who attended the party to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus for 14 days.

There were an additional 66 people who are believed to have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case. That number does not include family members who are immediate household contacts of the newly identified cases, the release said.

Over the weekend, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said may new cases had been linked to casual gatherings in people's backyards. The governor issued a restriction mandating gatherings be under 50 people.

Local health officials said this cluster in Michigan highlights how easily and rapidly the virus can infect people.

Spread from the party has impacted people outside the county and even the state, according to the release.

The party and subsequent events have led to additional exposures at retail stores, restaurants, businesses, canoe rentals, clubs, camps, athletic teams and a retirement community, the release said.

"None of us wants to be the reason someone in our community or county becomes seriously ill or dies," says Brian Marl, mayor of the city of Saline. "We have the opportunity to work together and with our local health department to contain this as quickly as possible. We know what we need to do, and we can certainly do it."

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Coronavirus updates: Almost half of all states are spiking at a faster rate than in the spring, USA TODAY study finds – USA TODAY

After 9/11, the U.S. enforced stricter control on immigration. This enforcement led to the birth of Homeland Security and ICE, but what is ICE exactly? We explain. USA TODAY

As parts of the U.S. continue to suffer through surges of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, a USA TODAY study found Tuesday that almost half of all states are spiking at a faster rate than they had been in the spring.

Idaho, for example, is adding 20 new COVID-19 cases per hour after it was adding five in early April. This comes as many states have been forced to pause or roll back their plans to reopen their economies in order to mitigate the transmission rate and not overburden health care capacity.

Also on Tuesday, the Infectious Diseases Society of America offered public support for Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top expert on infectious diseases, after reports emerged over the weekend that the White House distributed opposition research against Fauci.

On Monday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnanydenied launching a campaign to discredit Fauci.

Florida, meanwhile, saw its four-day stretch of new single-day cases of at least 10,000 snapped Tuesdaybut reported a record-high of new single-dayCOVID-19 deaths with 132.

Gov.Ron DeSantis has blamed increased testing for the surge of new cases.

"We have to address the virus with steady resolve. We cant get swept away in fear," DeSantis said Monday at a news conference. "We have to understand what is going on, understand that we have a long road ahead.

Some recent developments:

Today's stats:The U.S. has surpassed 3.4million cases with over 136,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been 13.2million cases and over 575,000 deaths.

What we're reading:Los Angeles and San Diego schools are going online-only in the fall. Will other districts' reopening plans defy President Donald Trump and do the same?

Businesses and cities across the country are requiring people to wear masks, which some people say infringe upon their individual rights. USA TODAY

A candidate vaccine against COVID-19 developed by the federal government and Moderna, Inc., appears to be safe and to trigger an immune response,according to data released Tuesday from an early phase trial.

But whether that immune response is enough to protect someone from thecoronavirusthat causes COVID-19 remains unclear, according to several experts who reviewed the results.

Moderna's chief medical officer Dr. Tal Zaks said although the protective effect of their vaccine can't technically be known yet, all indications are that mRNA-1273 will be safe and effective.

Zaks said the levels of protective antibodies produced by the trial participants were similar to those found in patients who had recovered from COVID-19, suggesting that the candidate vaccine provides the same protection as an infection. Animal studies also show that mRNA-1273 can protect mice against infection, he said, and trials in primates and Syrian hamsters are underway.

Karen Weintraub and David Heath

The first confirmed case of a mother transmitting the coronavirus to her unborn baby has been reported in France, according to a case study published Tuesday.

French doctors said inthe peer-reviewed journal Nature Communicationsthat a 23-year-old woman was admitted to the Antoine Bclere hospitalin Paris with a fever and a cough when she was more than 35 weeks pregnant.

She tested positive for COVID-19and gave birth to her baby by cesarean section. Presence of the virus also was found in the boy.

After testing positive, the newborn recovered and was discharged from the hospital 18 days later.

Adrianna Rodriguez

Some ofPhiladelphia's most iconic events,including the 2020 Thanksgiving Day and 2021 New Year's Day Mummers parades, as well as thePhiladelphia Marathon and Broad Street Run are among the latest events to be canceled becauseof COVID-19.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announcedTuesday the cancellation of all large events on public propertyfor six months due to coronavirus concerns.

The moratorium on publicly-advertised events on public property lasts until Feb. 28, 2021, the mayor said.

Indoor events are capped at 25 people and outdoor events are capped at 50, Kenney said.

Carly Q. Romalino,Cherry Hill Courier-Post

President Donald Trump's administration agreed on Tuesday to rescind its controversial rule barring international students from living in the U.S. while taking classes online, a sharp reversal that came after the White House faced a slew of lawsuits challenging the policy.

A Massachusetts judge announced the decision during a federal court hearing in a case filed last week byHarvard Universityand Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Judge Allison D.Burroughs said the universities' request for a preliminary injunction blocking the rule was moot because the government hadagreed to rescind the policy.

"The Government has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020" policy, the clerk's notes from Tuesday's session say.

The Trump administration's about-face came a day after 18state attorneys generalsued the Department of Homeland Security over the rule,which would have forced foreign students to leave or face deportation if they were only enrolled in online classes this fall.

Deirdre Shesgreen

About half of American states are adding COVID-19 cases significantly faster than they did inthe springas many states were shutting down, a USA TODAY study found.

Idaho added about five COVID-19 cases per hour in early April. By the middle of May, it was adding less than onecase per hour; now its adding about 20.

Other states and territories adding cases at rates far above their spring peaks: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Individual states and even parts of states have had dramatically different progressions with the coronavirus, as outbreaks that ravaged the Northeast have lulled as Sunbelt states surged.

Arkansas and Wisconsin never had much in the way of peaks or lulls; instead, theyve been steadily increasing. About six states and Puerto Rico are marking levels above springs peak, but not dramatically so.

Most states in the Northeast are far below their spring peaks.

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Florida reported a record 132 additional COVID-19-related deaths Tuesday, surpassing the previous high of 120 set July 9. The seven-day average for deaths statewide increased to 81.14, more than double the average on July 1 (38.43).

According to the Department of Health, the state added 9,194 novel coronavirus cases Tuesday, snapping a streak of four consecutive days with more than 10,000 new cases reported.That brings Florida's cumulative number of cases to 291,629. The state had reached a record high for new confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday with 15,300, the most any state has reported in a single day since the pandemic started.

Tuesday was the 21st consecutive day with at least 5,000 positive cases.

The record-breaking daily death total increased the overall toll to 4,409 resident deaths statewide.

Dan DeLuca,Naples Daily News

After reports emerged over the weekend of the White House conducting a campaign to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Infectious Diseases Society of America issued a statement Tuesday offering publicsupport forFauci.

The only way out of this pandemic is by following the science, and developing evidence-based prevention practices and treatment protocols as new scientifically rigorous data become available," said Dr. Thomas File, president of the IDSA. "Knowledge changes over time. That is to be expected.If we have any hope of ending this crisis, all of America must support public health experts, including Dr. Fauci, and stand with science.

Fauci, who is thedirector of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country's top expert on infectious diseases, said he hasn't briefed President Donald Trump in two months.

In response to accusations of a campaign intended to discredit Fauci with opposition research, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Monday "it couldnt be further from the truth" and that Fauci and Trump "have always had a very good working relationship."

France marked Bastille Day with a relatively quiet ceremony at the eastern end of the Champs-lyses. For the first time in 75 years, the annual military parade down the hallowed boulevardto mark the storming of the Bastille fortress in 1789 was canceled. More than 30,000 have died in France, and the country is experiencing a surge in new cases. President Emmanuel Macron saidhe wants masks to be required in all indoor public places starting Aug.1.

"We will be ready in the event of a second wave," Macron said.

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, in a stark contrast to most of his rivals,says the airlinemight not have to lay off any workers despite the crushing coronavirus pandemic.Bastian said more than 17,000 employees,or almost 20%of Delta's 90,000 employees, have accepted early retirement offers and thousands more have agreed to voluntary unpaid leave in the fall.Last week, Unitedwarned that up to 36,000 of its employees face layoffs, though its ultimate number will depend on voluntary programs, too. Other airlines are also bracing for heavy fall layoffs as the payroll protections from the CARES Act end.

"Im optimistic if we do have a furlough, its going to be relatively minimal numbers,'' Bastian said Tuesdayon CNBC.

Dawn Gilbertson

Four of the first group of cadet candidates who arrived on campus at the United States Military Academy to begin basic training tested positive for COVID-19 and will spend their first weeks either in isolation or quarantine on campus.Lt. Col. RobertKinneysaid the fourwere screened as part of their reception day Sunday. The 1,200-member class has been brought to campus on three reception days, called "R Day." Cadets began arriving Sunday and the entire class begins military trainingWednesday.

Peter D. Kramer,Rockland/Westchester Journal News

A 42-year-old Tennessee physician who was infected with the coronavirus at a meeting about how to keep the coronavirus from spreading has a passionate message for all to hearwear a mask,avoid crowdsand protect yourself and those around you. Dr. Daniel Lewis was hospitalized in isolation and spent 10 days unconscious while hooked to a breathingmachine. When he finally awoke, he was plagued by hallucinations, blood clots and muscle atrophy that left him unable to walk, eat or go home.

"You dont have to be elderly, Lewis said. Its an apolitical virus that can strike anyone. While there are certain risk factors that may predispose some people to being more ill than others, it can strike people like myself that otherwise were healthy.

Brett Kelman, The Tennessean

Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, thecoronavirus pandemic is upending everything.Malls hadturned to dining, entertainment, fitness and personal services a pivot that was supposed to help them survive the Amazon age. But now they face mall anchor J.C. Penney struggling to avoid liquidation, smaller retailers closing or requesting rent relief, and venues such astheaters still temporarily shut down. The result: One in fourmalls to onein twocould go out of business altogether, analysts projected.

Half the nation's malls could be shut down if we cant stop the bleeding, Coresight Research CEO Deborah Weinswig told USA TODAY. That ends up changing the face of America.

Nathan Bomey, Kelly Tyko

The coronavirus pandemic has tacked on hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs to this years election. Dozens of interviews with local election clerks, state officials and advocates by USA TODAY Network, Columbia Journalism Investigations and the PBS series FRONTLINE reveal the countrys patchwork election system is fraying. And a proposal to provide states an additional $3.6 billion in federal money to support cratering election budgets has yet to be voted on by the U.S. Senate. OneChicago nonprofit donated $6.3 million to five Wisconsin cities to help with their electionscosts.

"Local jurisdictions are literally relying on philanthropy to help pull off this election," said Nathaniel Persily, an election law professor with Stanford Law School. "It's like we are holding a bake sale for our democracy."

Pat Beall, Catharina Felke and Elizabeth Mulvey,USA TODAY Network and Columbia Journalism Investigations

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended a state Health Department report that declined to blamethousands of nursing home deaths on a controversial Cuomo administration directive requiring facilitiesto take in COVID-19 patients. The reportinstead suggested workers and possibly visitors unwittingly spread the virus.

Cuomo said ugly politics were behind this political conspiracy that the deaths in nursing homes were preventable.Some experts are less certain.Charlene Harrington, a professor emerita of nursing and sociology at the University of California at San Francisco, said it appeared the "Department of Health is trying to justify what was an untenable policy."

The Health Department, early in the crisis, had orderednursing homes to admit medically stable coronavirus patients discharged from hospitals that were overwhelmed by patients. More than 6,000 nursing home residents died. ProPublica reported that New Yorks nursing homes suffered a larger percentage of deaths relative to its total nursing home population than several states that did not have such a policy.

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A Mexican man being held in U.S. immigration custody in Florida died shortly after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Monday.

Onoval Perez-Montufa, 51, died Sunday afternoon at a Palm Beach County hospital, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcementnews release. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on July 2 at the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, which is west of Lake Okeechobee. Medical staff at the facility began treating him a day earlier after he complained of shortness of breath.

Perez-Montufa initially entered ICE custody June 15 following his release from federal prison in Massachusetts, where he had served 12 years for cocaine distribution. He was in ICE custody pending his removal to Mexico.

A Salvadoranman died in May after testing positive for coronavirus at a San Diego, California, ICE facility. A Guatemalan man died later that month at a Lumpkin, Georgia, facility.

Will Florida schools reopen?COVID-19 separated this school board member from her preemie. She plans to vote against reopening.

COVID survivors' main symptoms can linger for weeks or even months, causing pain, trouble breathing, nightmares and even organ failure. USA TODAY

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will sendtesting and contact tracing teams to Atlanta as the city's COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

"Mayor Bottoms, we've been watching you and what you've been going through," Cuomo told Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a joint video conference Monday. "Anything we can do for you, for the city, we stand ready."

Bottoms responded: "Thank you Governor, and that's exactly what we need assistance with. Testing that gets people results very quickly, and also the contact tracing because we know that's extremely important for us to help slow the spread."

New York was once the nation's epicenter of the pandemic. On Sunday, New York City health officials reported thatno one died from the virus in the city on July 11. Cuomo said Monday thatair travelers from states with high rates of COVID-19 mustprovide their local contact informationor face a penalty of up to $2,000.

Hawaii extends its quarantine until Sept. 1

Hawaii is delayingits plan to allow out-of-state visitors to return to the vacation hot spot by a month because ofan increase in coronavirus cases in the state and on the mainland U.S.

In late June, the governor's officeannouncedthat travelers couldvisit Hawaii beginning Aug. 1, no quarantine required, by presenting a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of boarding.Without one, passengers arriving from the mainland would have to strictly quarantine for 14 days, a policy in place since March that has scared away most tourists and decimated Hawaii's tourism industry.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige said at a news conference late Monday that the program won't begin until Sept. 1, a decision he said was not taken lightly. "We havealways said that we will make decisions based on the health and safety of our communityas the highest priority,'' Ige said.

Dawn Gilbertson

Where a face mask is required:Many governors are instituting or renewing orders requiring people to wear face coverings in public as cases continue to rise. Is your state on the list?See it here.

Coronavirus Watch:We have a few ways for you to stay informed.Sign upfor our daily coronavirus newsletter here, and come together and share the latest information about the coronavirus, coping with lifestyle changes and morebyjoining our Facebook group.

Where are states on reopening?Some are taking preemptive measures to postpone further phases of their reopening, while others have rolled back their phases to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.See the list.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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The pandemic virus is slowly mutating. But is it getting more dangerous? – Science Magazine

Data from Dutch mink farms hit by the coronavirus may shed more light on a mutation that has spread widely.

By Kai KupferschmidtJul. 14, 2020 , 5:45 PM

Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Its only a tiny change. At some point early in the pandemic, one of the 30,000 letters in the genome of SARS-CoV-2 changed from an A to a G. Today, that mutation, at position 23,403, has spread around the world. It is found in the vast majority of newly sequenced viruses and has become the center of a burning scientific question: Has the mutation become so common because it helps the virus spread faster? Or is it just coincidence?

More than 6 months into the pandemic, the virus potential to evolve in a nastier directionor, if were lucky, become more benignis unclear. In part thats because it changes more slowly than most other viruses, giving virologists fewer mutations to study. But some virologists also raise an intriguing possibility: that SARS-CoV-2 was already well adapted to humans when it burst onto the world stage at the end of 2019, having quietly honed its ability to infect people beforehand.

On average, the coronavirus accumulates about two changes per month in its genome. Sequencing SARS-CoV-2 genomes helps researchers follow how the virus spreads. Most of the changes dont affect how the virus behaves, but a few may change the diseases transmissibility or severity.

One of the earliest candidates was the wholesale deletion of 382 base pairs in a gene called ORF8, whose function is unknown. First reported by Linfa Wang and others at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore in a March preprint, the deletion has since been reported from Taiwan as well. A deletion in the same gene occurred early in the 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, caused by a closely related coronavirus; lab experiments later showed that variant replicates less efficiently than its parent, suggesting the mutation may have slowed the SARS epidemic. Cell culture experiments suggest the mutation does not have the same benign effect in SARS-CoV-2, Wang says, but there are indications that it may cause milder disease in patients.

The mutation at position 23,403 has drawn the most attentionin part because it changed the virus spike, the protein on its surface that attaches to human cells. The mutation changed the amino acid at position 614 of the spike from an aspartic acid (abbreviated D) to a glycine (G), which is why its called G614.

In a Cell paper this month, Bette Korber and colleagues at Los Alamos National Laboratory showed that G614 has become more common in almost every nation and region they looked at, whereas D614 is virtually gone (see graphic, below). That might be a sign that its outcompeted by G614, but it could also be a coincidence. Any one mutation may rise to very high frequency across the world, just because of random chance, says Kristian Andersen, a computational biologist at Scripps Research. This happens all the time.

Comparing the spread of different viral variants carrying the two mutations could reveal a difference. The United Kingdoms COVID-19 Genomics Consortium has sequenced 30,000 SARS-CoV-2 genomes, allowing scientists to compare how fast 43 lineages carrying the G614 mutation and 20 with D614 spread. They estimated that the former grew 1.22 times faster than the latterbut the statistical significance was low. Evidence for a difference is weak and if it does exist, the estimated effect is moderate, says evolutionary biologist Andrew Rambaut of the University of Edinburgh.

Researchers have also turned to cell culture experiments. When Korbers group engineered so-called viruslike particles to carry one spike protein or the other, the G614 variant appeared to be more efficient at entering cells. Jeremy Luban of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who has found the same thing, explains that G614 causes a slight change in the shape of the spike, apparently making it easier for the protein to undergo the structural changes that cause the membranes of the virus and the cell to fuse. Our data looks like its somewhere between three and 10 times more infectious, Luban says. Thats a pretty enormous effect.

That does not mean the mutation has an effect in the real world, says virologist Emma Hodcroft of the University of Basel. In the past, she notes, We have cases where we really thought that we had evidence for a mutation that was changing viral behavior and as more evidence came, it didnt seem to be the case. An increased ability to infect a laboratory cell line may not translate to the billions of diverse cells in a human body, adds Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University: Humans arent Vero cells.

A one-base mutation (D to G) in SARS-CoV-2s genome was rare in February but is found in almost every newly sequenced strain today. It may make the virus more transmissible.

Korberet al.,Cell, DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.043, Adapted by N. Desai/Science

Animal experiments are another way to probe the effects of G614. One option, virologist Marion Koopmans of Erasmus Medical Center (EMC) says, would be to infect ferrets with it and D614 and look for differences in how much virus they shed. But infections in ferrets only last about 1 week, Koopmans notes. The effect would have to be very big to show up in an experiment like that.

Another idea is to expose uninfected ferrets to animals carrying either of the two variants and see how well they transmit. An uncontrolled transmission experiment has already taken place on Dutch mink farms, where the new coronavirusjumped from humans to minksat least five separate times. Twice it was the D614 variant, and three times G614, Koopmans says. She hopes data from the outbreaks could show whether either one spread faster and wider than the other. But the experiment doesnt have the rigor of a lab study, she concedes. We have a natural experiment here. The study design is not optimal.

Whether G614 is more transmissible or not, it has become the dominant strain and the world is living with it, Rambaut says. Most recent estimates of the virus reproduction numberwhich denotes how well it spreadsare already based mostly on the mutant strain. What we dont know is whether D614 would have been different, Rambaut says.

The attention lavished on G614 may obscure a bigger question, however: With the virus having spread to at least 11 million people worldwide, why arent more mutations that affect its behavior emerging?

Perhaps theres just little selection pressure on the virus as it races through millions of immunologically nave people, scientists say. That could change with the advent of vaccines or new therapies, forcing the virus to evolve. But it could also indicate that the virus has been with people longer than we know, and was spreading before the first known cases in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The evolution of this virus to become a human pathogen may have already happened and we missed it, Rasmussen says.

Wang thinks a version of the virus may have circulated earlier in humans in southern Asia, perhaps flying under the radar because it didnt cause severe disease. If it happens in a small or remote village, even with some people dying, nobody is going to know theres a spillover, Wang says. The virus could then have infected an animal that was brought to Wuhan and started the pandemic.

At Dutch mink farms, after all, the virus jumped not just from humans to animals, but also back from animals to humans, Wang says. If that can happen in the Netherlands, surely it can happen in a village in Thailand, or in Yunnan province in southern China.

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Brazilian native leader fights off coronavirus to take on the President – CNN

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US Forces Test Positive On Japanese Isle Largely Spared By Pandemic – NPR

Pictured in 2019, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Tuesday questioned U.S. measures to stop the coronavirus from spreading on the island. Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Pictured in 2019, Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki on Tuesday questioned U.S. measures to stop the coronavirus from spreading on the island.

Relations between the more than 25,000 U.S. military forces on Okinawa and that Japanese island's 1.5 million residents have long been strained over pollution, crime and overcrowding associated with the 31 U.S. military bases there. Now a new outbreak of COVID-19 cases among American service members stationed on Japan's southernmost territory is fraying things further.

As of Tuesday, 100 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected in the past week at five U.S. bases on Okinawa, according to Japan's independent Kyodo News agency. Beyond those bases, where only three cases had earlier been confirmed, Okinawa has had a relatively low impact from the disease, reporting 148 infections and seven deaths.

At a weekend news conference, Okinawa Gov. Denny Tamaki called the surge of coronavirus cases among U.S. military personnel "extremely regrettable," according to the Reuters news agency.

"I can't help but have strong doubts about the U.S. military's measures to prevent infections," Reuters quotes Tamaki telling reporters, while citing reports of American service members going off base for Independence Day beach parties and nightlife district visits around July 4.

"It is extremely regrettable that there have been a large number of infections among those connected with the U.S. military over a short period of time," The Asahi Shimbun quotes the governor as saying Saturday, "when the Okinawa prefectural government and the public were working together to prevent further infections."

On Tuesday - one day before a slated meeting with the Okinawa governor to discuss the new coronavirus outbreak Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono told reporters that problems with COVID-19 extend to all U.S. military bases in Japan, not just those on Okinawa.

"We have discovered a number of problems," the Associated Press quotes Kono as saying, while noting that those unspecified problems were found after Japanese officials asked for information from the U.S. military. "We need to more strictly scrutinize the situation with the U.S. military in Japan."

Because a status of forces agreement excludes U.S. military personnel and their families from Japanese jurisdiction, American service members are not subject to a travel ban Japan has imposed on the U.S. and 129 other countries and territories during the pandemic.

On Sunday, in what the Japanese defense minister described as "an extremely grave incident," an American couple and their young daughter who landed at Tokyo International Airport at Haneda were tested for COVID-19 upon arriving en route to a U.S. Marines air base in Iwakuni. Kono said the family had falsely declared they would be traveling to the base by private car, when in fact they took a commercial flight there and were subsequently found to have tested positive for the virus.

Lt. Gen. Kevin B. Schneider, who commands all U.S. forces in Japan, on Saturday extended through Aug. 13 a COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration for all U.S. military bases in Japan. That means all clubs, bars, pachinko parlors, as well as flea markets, concerts, restaurant dining, the use of mass transit and gyms off base will continue to be prohibited for American military personnel in Japan.

Two U.S. Marine Corps bases on Okinawa have been placed on lockdown since the latest outbreak. Together, U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and Camp Hansen account for at least 62 of the known cases.

The Futenma air base, which is located in a densely populated urban area, has been at the center of ongoing controversy over the U.S. military's plans to relocate it to another part of the island. In a referendum last year, 70% of Okinawa voters rejected keeping the air base on the island.

Local officials complain that the U.S. military has not been sufficiently forthcoming about the details of who has been infected and where they have been during the recent surge in coronavirus cases.

"We have no way of knowing whether the large number of infections has made it difficult for the U.S. military to accurately grasp the details or if they have the details but are not disclosing them," an unnamed prefectural government official told The Asahi Shimbun. "We are also worried about whether the U.S. military hospital will be capable of dealing with a situation in which many patients develop serious symptoms."

American forces seized Okinawa 75 years ago in the last major battle of World War Two. The U.S. administered the island until 1972, when its control reverted to Japan. The island accounts for less than 1% of Japan's total land area, but 70% of the land occupied by the U.S. military in Japan is in Okinawa.

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Salesforce’s Marc Benioff: Face masks can end the U.S. coronavirus crisis within weeks – CNBC

Internet entrepreneur Marc Benioff told CNBC Monday that face masks have the potential to eradicate the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

"Masks are so important," the Salesforce co-founder and chief executive told "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer. "If everyone in the United States wore a mask for 3 weeks just 3 weeks we would not have anymore coronavirus, because there would be no more spread, but people do not want to wear masks."

That issue is one that Benioff, a frequent guest on the evening stock investing show, and Cramer have teamed up to address as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to spread rapidly across the country. The two are sponsoring the Next-Gen Mask Challenge, a contest launched by the global pandemic response coalition XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance.

Evidence suggests that proper mask-wearing can reduce transmission of respiratory viruses, like coronavirus, but a Pew Research survey found one-in-three people in the U.S. reportedly do not wear the protective gear regularly. The Next-Gen Mask Challenge is offering a $1 million prize split to three teams that can design a face mask that the general public will adopt, according to a press release.

The initiative includes resources to mass produce the masks for widespread consumer use as communities try to restore their economies after a lockdown that threw the U.S. into recession. The competition seeks designs that will address the main reasons people refuse to wear masks.

"We expect hundreds, perhaps thousands, of submissions," saidPeter Diamandis, founder and executive chairman of theXPRIZE Foundation. "We're then going to take the top 25 of those and find out [if] they're manufacturable. Once we determine their manufacturability, we're going to take the top 10 of those and go out to influencers" to gauge acceptance.

The eight-month challenge invites young innovators, ages 15 to 24, around the globe to submit ideas that can change people's perspectives about facial masks. A panel of judges and industry professionals will select the grand prize winner, along with two other teams in a shark-tank themed event, Diamandis explained.

"We want masks that are culturally cool to wear, that say something about you, that are functional and then, finally, we're going to be besides testing whether they're functional with our partners, for example at Honeywell, do they provide protection we're then going to a shark tank," to select winners, he said. "The goal here is a new generation, next-generation masks that people wear because they want to wear them, not because they're being forced to wear them."

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