Category Archives for "COVID-19"

COVID-19, also referred to as the coronavirus, is sweeping the globe. It’s a pandemic the vast majority of us have never experienced. We need to hunker down, stay home, and “flatten the curve” is we want to minimize the effects of this deadly virus.

Ohio governor says 91 people got coronavirus after infected man went to church – CNN

Ohio governor says 91 people got coronavirus after infected man went to church - CNN 1(CNN) A man with Covid-19 went to church in mid-June, then 91 other people got sick, including 53 who were at the service, according to Ohio’s governor.

“It spread like wildfire, wildfire. Very, very scary,” Gov. MIke De Wine said Tuesday. “We know that our faith-based leaders want nothing more than to protect those who come to worship.”

To illustrate how one infected person can spread the virus, state health officials released a color graphic showing how the cases radiated to some who weren’t even at the service.

Source: Ohio governor says 91 people got coronavirus after infected man went to church – CNN

Two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump

Two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump 2The scenarios foresaw leaky travel bans, a scramble for vaccines, and disputes between state and federal leaders, but none could anticipate the current levels of dysfunction in the United States.

It’s all Trump’s fault (I’m paraphrasing).

Source: Two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends 3WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

The government’s report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful news: The number of jobless claims declined by 249,000 from the previous week, after rising for two straight weeks, and it was the lowest total since mid-March.

Still, claims remain at alarmingly high levels: It is the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid. Before the pandemic hit hard in March, the number of Americans seeking unemployment checks had never surpassed 700,000 in a week, not even during the Great Recession of 2007-2009.

Source: 1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Trump threatens executive actions as coronavirus relief deal remains elusive on Capitol Hill – The Washington Post

Trump threatens executive actions as coronavirus relief deal remains elusive on Capitol Hill - The Washington Post 4President Trump on Wednesday threatened to take executive action to extend an eviction moratorium, suspend collection of the payroll tax and boost unemployment benefits unless a coronavirus relief deal can be reached quickly with Democrats on Capitol Hill.

And in a sign the White House could be preparing to act, the Trump administration has asked federal agencies to identify all of the money they have not yet spent from the $2 trillion Cares Act, which passed in March, according to two people briefed on the effort. White House officials are trying to determine whether this money could be redirected and used for other purposes, such as temporary unemployment benefits or the eviction moratorium.

The president has been floating the possibility of acting unilaterally for several days, but he detailed his specific plans for the first time Wednesday at the beginning of a coronavirus news conference at the White House. It came as negotiations continued between top Trump administration officials and congressional Democrats, but agreement remained elusive.

Source: Trump threatens executive actions as coronavirus relief deal remains elusive on Capitol Hill – The Washington Post

Georgia second grader tests positive for coronavirus after attending the first day of school – CNN

Georgia second grader tests positive for coronavirus after attending the first day of school - CNN 5(CNN) A Georgia second grader tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the first day of school, the school district told CNN.

Sixes Elementary in the Cherokee County School district began in-person classes on Monday. But by Tuesday, a classroom was temporarily closed for deep cleaning and the teacher and 20 other students had been asked to quarantine for two weeks after the second grader tested positive.

Source: Georgia second grader tests positive for coronavirus after attending the first day of school – CNN