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US Coronavirus updates: Florida sets new record in deaths but confirmed cases down; Infectious Diseases Society backs Anthony Fauci

19:02  14 july  2020
19:02  14 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Much-needed pandemic help was on its way to Atlanta on Tuesday while Californians joined a lengthening list of Americans facing tighter restrictions in the face of the rapidly burgeoning coronavirus crisis.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday in a joint conference with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that his state would send testing and contact tracing teams to the city.

"Mayor Bottoms, we've been watching you and what you've been going through," Cuomo told Bottoms. "Anything we can do for you, for the city, we stand ready."

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But Cuomo, lauded globally for efforts that flattened the curve in New York, was taking heat back home for his administration's report that appeared to off-load blame for thousands of deaths at nursing homes in the state.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: A COVID-19 testing associate dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) assists people waiting in line at a testing center at Lincoln Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. © Mario Tama, Getty Images A COVID-19 testing associate dressed in personal protective equipment (PPE) assists people waiting in line at a testing center at Lincoln Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

In California, Los Angeles and San Diego public schools announced they will begin the school year online-only. And Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered fitness centers, churches, malls and other public areas closed in 30 counties.

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In Florida, which is experiencing the nation's biggest surge in new cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis blamed expansion in testing.

"We have to address the virus with steady resolve. We can’t 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:

  • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced a Mexican man died of COVID-19 in Florida.
  • California Gov. Newsom ordered statewide closures Monday, including indoor restaurant operations and all bars.
  • Hawaii extended its quarantine to Sept. 1, delaying its plan to allow out-of-state travelers to visit the island by one month.
  • Face masks are required in about 3,700 U.S. Walmart locations. The CEO says a national mask mandate is "something on our minds."

???? Today's stats: The U.S. has surpassed 3.3 million cases with over 135,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Globally, there have been 13.1 million cases and over 573,000 deaths.

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Florida's new confirmed cases tick down, but new record set in deaths

Florida reported a record 132 additional COVID-19 related deaths Tuesday, surpassing the previous high of 120 set on 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.

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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

Infectious Diseases Society of America backs Dr. Anthony Fauci

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 public support for Fauci.

“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 the the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease 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 couldn’t be further from the truth" and that Fauci and Trump "have always had a very good working relationship."

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No parade to mark Bastille Day in France amid COVID surge

France marked Bastille Day with a relatively quiet ceremony at the eastern end of the Champs--Élysées. For the first time in 75 years, the annual military parade down the hallowed boulevard to 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 said he wants masks to be required in all indoor public places starting on Aug. 1.

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

Smooth landing: CEO says Delta may not lay off any workers

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian, in a stark contrast to most of his rivals, says the airline might 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, United warned 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.

"I’m optimistic if we do have a furlough, it’s going to be relatively minimal numbers,'' Bastian said Tuesday on CNBC.

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Welcome to West Point: Four cadets test positive on first day at academy

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. Robert Kinney said the four were 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 training on Wednesday.

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Physician was infected with virus at a meeting on how to avoid infection

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 hear –  wear a mask, avoid crowds and protect yourself and those around you. Dr. Daniel Lewis was hospitalized in isolation and spent 10 days unconscious while hooked to a breathing machine. 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 don’t have to be elderly,” Lewis said. “It’s 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.”

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Pandemic threatens shopping malls, 'changing the face of America'

Just when many shopping malls had finally figured out how to adapt to the era of digital retail, the coronavirus pandemic is upending everything. Malls had turned 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 as theaters still temporarily shut down. The result: One in four malls to  one in two could go out of business altogether, analysts projected.

Half the nation's malls could be shut down “if we can’t stop the bleeding,” Coresight  Research CEO Deborah Weinswig told USA TODAY. “That ends up changing the face of America.”

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"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."

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Cuomo takes heat after state report on nursing home deaths

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo defended a state Health Department report that declined to blame thousands of nursing home deaths on a controversial Cuomo administration directive requiring facilities to take in COVID-19 patients. The report instead 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 ordered nursing 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 York’s 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.

Third immigrant in ICE custody dies of COVID-19

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

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New York to deploy COVID-19 testing and contact tracing teams to Atlanta

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state will send testing 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 that no one died from the virus in the city on July 11. Cuomo said Monday that air travelers from states with high rates of COVID-19 must provide their local contact information or face a penalty of up to $2,000.

Hawaii extends its quarantine until Sept. 1

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

In late June, the governor's office announced that travelers could visit 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 have always said that we will make decisions based on the health and safety of our community as the highest priority,'' Ige said.

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Milwaukee proposes re-opening schools with online learning

Tens of thousands of students who attend Milwaukee public schools would start the school year online and gradually return to the classroom once the threat of the coronavirus has subsided under a $90 million plan proposed by the administration on Monday. MPS school board members are expected to take up the proposal at a special board meeting Thursday.

The plan calls for students to return via virtual platforms on Aug. 17 or Sept. 1, depending on their school calendar. The online phase is projected to last 30 to 45 days, after which students would alternate two days in school and three online at home, and then fully return to classes once that was deemed safe.

"We would continue to monitor the health situation and the risk criteria ... based on the number of positive cases and deaths," said Marla Bronaugh, MPS' chief communications and school performance officer.

Milwaukee County, which has had more than 14,000 cases and at least 359 deaths – most of those in the city of Milwaukee – has been deemed high-risk by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

– Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Oregon set to limit group gatherings

Oregon is set to ban indoor social gatherings of more than 10 people and require people to wear face coverings outdoors, Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday. The two mandates go into effect Wednesday.

Starting Wednesday, face coverings will be required outdoors if people cannot remain 6 feet apart from others or if they are with people they don’t live with. The social gathering limit does not apply to churches and businesses, Brown said.

More on the coronavirus from USA TODAY

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 up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here, and come together and share the latest information about the coronavirus, coping with lifestyle changes and more by joining 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

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Coronavirus updates: Florida sets new record in deaths but confirmed cases down; Infectious Diseases Society backs Anthony Fauci

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