As the July 4 holiday weekend approaches, the United States recorded 52,291 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, breaking Wednesday’s record of 50,655, according to a count maintained by Johns Hopkins University.
It is the largest single-day total in the US since the pandemic began six months ago.
For the holiday weekend, many in New Jersey flock to the Jersey shore. Boardwalks, al fresco dining, fireworks displays, water parks, attractions, and casinos will also be open to some capacity this weekend.
That won’t be the case in some areas of Southern California, where Los Angeles and Ventura counties have closed beaches, and in Florida, where several counties, including Broward and Palm Beach, have done the same.
Starting at noon Friday, facial masks will be required in public in Texas counties with at least 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus. On Thursday, Florida set a new record, adding 10,109 new cases.
Here are some recent developments:
- The US economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, an increase that has more than offset the massive and persistent layoffs. The unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% in May, the Labor Department said Thursday.
- There is increasing evidence that a specific mutation makes the virus more contagious, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday. Fauci said there is still no connection to patient results and acknowledged that virologists are still working to understand the mutation. “It just seems like the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible,” he said.
- The City of Dallas will distribute $ 500,000 in funds to help immigrant families affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
- Apple has temporarily closed 77 stores across the country as cases increase.
- Florida added 10,109 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, a new record. It marks the ninth consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases have been counted, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide is now 169,106.
- Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday after hiring COVID-19. The 74-year-old man tested positive Monday.
Stats Statistics for today: Since the pandemic began six months ago, the United States has seen more than 2.7 million cases and more than 128,000 deaths. Globally, there have been more than 10.8 million cases and more than 521,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data panel.
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India approaches third most affected country after another record of daily cases
India on Friday reported another single-day record of new coronavirus cases, while its monuments, including the Taj Mahal, will reopen for tourists next week.
The 20,903 new cases brought the national total to 625,544. The Ministry of Health also reported another 379 deaths in the last 24 hours, with a total of 18,213 deaths.
At the current infection rate, India is expected to surpass 660,000 cases from Russia in the coming days and to become the third most affected country after the United States and Brazil. It has the eighth highest number of deaths in the world, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
After a strict two-month blockade, India has eased restrictions in most parts of the country except in the highest risk areas. The Culture Ministry decided to reopen all the monuments on Monday with a limit on the number of visitors and mandatory masks.
Dallas plans to distribute $ 500K to immigrant families affected by COVID-19
As Texas coronavirus cases increase, the city of Dallas will distribute $ 500,000 in funds to nonprofits that support immigrant families. The city’s Office of Host Communities and Immigrant Affairs partnered with Open Society Foundations to establish a fund.
Officials will work with local non-profit organizations that help immigrant communities distribute the funds. Priority will be given to families who are not eligible for federal COVID-19 aid programs.
“Immigrants have played a key role in driving Dallas’ economic growth. And they have not stopped working during the COVID crisis, ”said Open Society Foundations President Patrick Gaspard in a press release. “They are the essential workers of this city.”
Nonprofits will also collect unidentifiable information to “inform future emergency responses for Dallas immigrant residents,” according to the statement. City officials say they hope this program will attract additional funding from individuals and foundations.
New York County issued citations to attendees for the coronavirus contact screening party
Health officials in a New York county issued subpoenas to eight people after they refused to cooperate in finding contacts for the party-linked coronavirus group.
It worked: All eight partygoers responded to subpoenas, avoiding possible fines of $ 2,000 a day from Rockland County, the first known county in the state to resort to legal action amid this public health emergency.
The party in mid-June was hosted by someone who was sick with coronavirus at the time, Rockland County executive Ed Day told USA TODAY on Thursday. The host was symptomatic, but held the party anyway, which included 50 to 100 young adults, Day said.
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Oregon Soldier on leave after circumventing the state mask mandate in the cafeteria
An Oregon state police officer is on leave and the state police superintendent publicly apologized after the uniformed officer allegedly refused to wear a mask in the cafeteria on Wednesday morning.
After a video of four soldiers wearing non-masks was released Thursday and employees alleged that one soldier said the mask’s mandate violated their “civil liberties,” OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton called the soldiers’ behavior. as “shameful and indefensible”.
Authorities said Thursday that the soldier who refused to wear a mask was placed on leave and the incident is under investigation. None of the soldiers has been identified by the OSP.
– Whitney Woodworth, Salem (Oregon) Daily Statesman
More Apple Stores Now Closed as COVID-19 Cases Increase in the United States
With more spikes in coronavirus cases, Apple has recovered approximately 28% of its stores in the United States.
As of Thursday, 77 stores that had reopened are now temporarily closed again, Apple confirmed to USA TODAY. Other stores across the country are only open for online order pick-up and by appointment for “Genius In-Store Support”.
Last week, Apple closed 32 stores in five states, but as of Thursday, it added 45 more closings in 11 states. New temporary closings include 15 in California, another 10 in Texas, five of Georgia’s six locations, four of Nevada’s five stores, and two more in Florida.
Some of the new closings are open for appointments until Thursday or Friday, depending on the individual store pages. Apple has 271 stores in the United States.
– Kelly Tyko
The woman spits at the 7-Eleven counter in Texas after being asked to wear a mask
A woman was booked by spitting at a 7-Eleven counter on Monday after the cashier refused to cancel her purchase because she was not wearing a mask. The unidentified woman spat at the counter after yelling at the cashier that she had a “right” not to wear a face mask.
“I’m spreading more germs here,” he hears himself say.
The recording shows the woman in a Fort Worth, Texas 7-Eleven saying, “We have a right in the United States not to wear a mask (expletive).” You can hear the cashier saying to the woman, “I’m just telling you to put on a mask.”
CBS Dallas reports that an employee said there was a sign on the store door saying that customers should wear a mask.
“It is discouraging to see a member of the 7-Eleven team being treated with the disrespect shown in this video. 7-Eleven, Inc. complies with all federal, state and local laws, including local mandates that they require covering their faces in public “7. -Eleven said in a statement to USA TODAY. “We respectfully ask that customers do the same.”
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Florida breaks daily record, publishes more than 10,000 new cases
Florida added 10,109 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, a new record. It marks the ninth consecutive day that at least 5,000 new cases have been counted, according to data from the Florida Department of Health. The total number of COVID-19 cases statewide is now 169,106.
The state’s total number of cases has nearly tripled since the reopening of Phase 2 began on June 5. The bars closed a second time during the June 26 pandemic.
The number of reported deaths of Florida residents increased to 3,617, including the first death of someone between the ages of 5 and 14. The number of deaths increased by 67 since Wednesday.
– Cheryl McCloud, Treasure Coast Newspapers
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Contributing: The Associated Press