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COVID-19 relief talks begin to see progress, negotiators say – New York Post

Lawmakers reported progress on a huge coronavirus relief bill Saturday, as political pressure mounts to restore an expired $600-per-week supplemental unemployment benefit and send funding to help schools reopen.

“This was the longest meeting we’ve had and it was more productive than the other meetings,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who was part of the rare weekend session. “We’re not close yet, but it was a productive discussion — now each side knows where they’re at.”

Schumer spoke alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after meeting for three hours with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The Democratic leaders are eager for an expansive agreement, as are President Donald Trump and top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. But perhaps one half of Senate Republicans, mostly conservatives and those not facing difficult races this fall, are likely to oppose any deal.

Prior talks had yielded little progress and Saturday’s cautious optimism was a break from gloomy private assessments among GOP negotiators. The administration is willing to extend the newly expired $600 jobless benefit, at least in the short term, but is balking at other Democratic demands like aid for state and local governments, food stamp increases, and assistance to renters and homeowners.

Pelosi mentioned food aid and funding for voting by mail after the negotiating session was over. She and Schumer appeared more upbeat than they have after earlier meetings.

“We have to get rid of this virus so that we can open our economy, safely open our schools, and to do so in a way that does not give a cut in benefits to American workers,” Pelosi said.

Mnuchin said restoring the $600 supplemental jobless benefit is critically important to Trump.

“We’re still a long ways apart and I don’t want to suggest that a deal is imminent because it is not,” Meadows said afterward. “There are still substantial differences, but we did make good progress.”

The additional jobless benefit officially lapsed on Friday, and Democrats have made clear that they will not extend it without securing other relief priorities. Whatever unemployment aid negotiators agree on will be made retroactive — but antiquated state systems are likely to take weeks to restore the benefits.

Republicans in the Senate had been fighting to trim back the $600 benefit, saying it must be slashed so that people don’t make more in unemployment than they would if they returned to work. But their resolve weakened as the benefit expired, and Trump abruptly undercut their position by signaling he wants to keep the full $600 for now.

On Friday, Trump used Twitter to explicitly endorse extending the $600 payment and to criticize Schumer.

Washington’s top power players agree that Congress must pass further relief in the coming days and weeks. At stake beyond the $600 per week jobless benefit is a fresh $1,200 direct payment to most Americans, and hundreds of billions of dollars in other aid to states, businesses and the poor, among other elements.

Democrats hold a strong negotiating hand — exploiting GOP divisions — and they are expected to deliver a necessary trove of votes.

The COVID package will be the fifth legislative response to the pandemic and could well be the last one before the November election. The only other must-pass legislation on the agenda is a stopgap spending measure that should advance in September.

Since May, Republicans controlling the Senate had kept the relief negotiations on “pause” in a strategy aimed at reducing its price tag. But as the pandemic surged back over the summer — and as fractures inside the GOP have eroded the party’s negotiating position — Republicans displayed some greater flexibility.

Even with signs of progress in the talks, the list of items to negotiate remains daunting.

McConnell’s must-have item is a liability shield from lawsuits for businesses, schools, and charities that reopen as the pandemic goes on. The GOP’s business allies are strong backers but the nation’s trial lawyers retain considerable clout in opposition. A compromise is probably a challenging but necessary part of a final deal.

Among the priorities for Democrats is a boost in food stamp benefits. Republicans added $20 billion for agribusinesses but no increase for food stamp benefits in their $1 trillion proposal. Meadows played a role in killing an increase in food aid during talks on the $2 trillion relief bill in March, but Pelosi appears determined. The food stamp increases, many economists say, provide an immediate injection of demand into the economy in addition to combating growing poverty.

Food aid was the first item Pelosi mentioned in a letter to fellow Democrats apprising them of the progress.

“This is a very different kind of negotiation, because of what is at stake. Millions of children are food insecure, millions of families are at risk of eviction, and for the nineteenth straight week, over 1 million Americans applied for unemployment insurance,” Pelosi said.

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Sen. Kennedy says COVID stimulus talks turning into a ‘cluster’: ‘A true goat rodeo’ – Fox News

Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy called the Senate’s coronavirus relief talks “an impressively large cluster event.”

“As bad as it looks from the outside, you ought to see it from the inside,” Kennedy told “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday. “It is a true goat rodeo.”

Senate Republicans unveiled the “HEALS Act,” their version of a fresh round of coronavirus relief on Monday. HEALS stands for the package’s focus on Health, Economic Assistance, Liability protection, and Schools.

The $1 trillion Republican bill is the alternative to the House’s “HEROES Act,” the $3 trillion relief legislation passed in May.

Lawmakers have begun negotiating the terms of the newest stimulus package, just days before Americans will lose their boosted unemployment benefits from the federal government. More than 32 million Americans are receiving unemployment benefits, according to data released by the Labor Department earlier this month.

Host Sandra Smith noted that White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Republicans and Democrats are nowhere close to a deal on a new coronavirus relief package, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said about 20 Republican senators think that there has already been enough stimulus.

McConnell, R-Ky., told “The Story” Wednesday night that “there are about 20 of my members who think that we’ve already done enough and some who regret that we did all that we did back in April and March.”

“I think that’s an understandable position,” he added. “The majority of my conference thinks that we do need to act again, but they believe adding $3 trillion to the national debt is a serious mistake. We have divided government.”

When Smith asked Kennedy if he supports “in its entirety what has been unveiled in the Senate by your party,” he said, “No.”

“There’s a lot of spending porn in the bill and I’ve told my colleagues and I’ve told the White House,” Kennedy said.

He agreed with McConnell, who told “The Story” on Wednesday night that it would be “a mistake” to include funding for a new FBI headquarters building in the next round of coronavirus relief legislation after the president said Republicans who opposed the idea should “go back to school.

“Now’s not the time to build a new FBI building, now is not the time to renovate the West Wing of the White House, now is not the time to give $175 million to the corporation for public radio,” Kennedy said on Thursday. “This is supposed to be a coronavirus bill.”

He went on to explain “the way you solve the unemployment compensation problem.”

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“You put a bill on the floor and let everybody have a vote, we each have one vote, and let us be senators,” Kennedy said. “And the problem we have now is that the big shots on both sides of the aisle, they’re trying to control the process, but the little shots are not going along.”

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips and Yael Halon contributed to this report.

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As NFL camps open amid COVID-19 chaos, the biggest long shot is seeing a 16-game season – CBS Sports

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Sports were supposed to be our reward.

If we did things right as a country and if we let science rule and we were good teammates to one another out in the community and if our leaders avoided silly, avoidable pratfalls like not wearing masks and not adhering to critical health standards, then maybe, just maybe, come late summer there would be joy in Mudville and Green Bay, and, well, you get the picture.

If the numbers were decreasing and the curve was flat, and if testing was readily available across the country with results produced in hours and not days, then we could allow ourselves to concoct a scenario in which September was filled with a daily cornucopia of pro sports on tap, almost around the clock, from the NBA to NHL to MLB to NFL.

But, alas, we are nowhere close to the purported standards that were set back in March and COVID-19 is raging in hotspots across the country. Fears are already confirmed as Major League Baseball — which, like football, is having teams travel all over the U.S. and does not have a strict bubble of any sort — was unable to get through its first weekend of regular season play without the virus running rampant among the Miami Marlins. It got to the point where a game has already been cancelled and their season seems already compromised.

Folks, this is not doom and gloom. This is not rooting against sports. This is our reality. As a country. For sports leagues. And for sports fans. As someone who feeds his family reporting and writing and talking about the NFL 12 months a year, and who spends four hours a day on the radio commenting on sports, this is the last thing I would ever want. No one wants games to analyze and roster moves and transactions to obsess about more than me. But I also watch the news and read the paper, and sports is anything but immune to what it happening in Texas and Arizona and Florida and Georgia and so many other states where pro football is played.

It’s not rooting against sports — it’s stating what has long been obvious, it’s shooting people straight. It’s venting a frustration about the lackluster national response to the worst pandemic in over 100 years, which was always going to make the enterprise of trying to play these sports a miracle, or something close to it. This is wishing we had responded differently. This is wishing that this hadn’t seemed inevitable all along, given the lack of any collective response outside of states and cities grappling with it individually on their own.

“If they have an eight-game schedule somewhere over there on Park Ave. (at the NFL league office), now might be a good time to let us know,” said one AFC team executive this morning as word of MLB’s first major COVID-19 outbreak spread.

“I never understood the race to get people back in our buildings with the season not starting until September,” said another high-ranking team official. “And we’re playing 16 games in this? Really?”

This is why some GMs I’ve talked to believed 10 or 12 games would be the max. This is why another GM recently caught himself talking about “when” the season starts, and quickly changed it to “if.”

Even a sport in a bubble, like MLS in Orlando, had to send teams home before the tournament actually started, if you recall. Things are going well now, but chaos reigned early with matches being scratched at the last moment. And the NFL, titan of all sports, is nowhere near a bubble scenario and the scale of its operation is exponentially greater than anything MLB is even trying. No truncated season. No travel only within certain divisions. A full, 16-week schedule, at least so far.

The prospect of getting through a five-month campaign never seemed realistic to the football people I spoke to regularly throughout the offseason. And it feels beyond ambitious right now. Naive? Misguided? Fool hearted?

Pick whichever adjective you think feels most apropos. To this point the NFL has not been willing to entertain anything other than the norm, at least publicly. But within the nine-page memo the NFLPA sent to players and agents on Sunday includes one subsection that belies the fact that the executives from labor and ownership realize even the enterprise of reworked training camps may make more sense in theory than in practice.

From the NFLPA memo:

“Item 7b: Stipend For Cancellation Prior to Roster Cutdown. Item i. — For players on 90-man roster at time of cancellation and who earned a 2019 Credited Season or 2020 Draft picks: $250,000 stipend, NFL player health insurance. Item ii. — For players without 2019 Credited Season and 2020 undrafted: $50,000 stipend.”

Teams can opt to cut down to 90 players now, or wait until August, but regardless, the worst-case scenario for the NFL and its players is already baked into the cake. And it would have been ridiculous, given what is transpiring in hospitals across this country and what MLB is already dealing with, for such terms to have not been negotiated. Determining how to handle the economics of a shortened or aborted NFL season was one of the final big lingering issues in these months of talks, and it seems quite likely to be one of the more important pieces of the massaged collective bargaining agreement. 

And if in fact, a nationwide enterprise as exhaustive as the NFL, which takes thousands upon thousands of people to maintain it on a weekly basis, does not work, should anyone paying close attention to COVID-19 in this country be surprised? There is no one to blame within the sport or the union. If anything, the NFL and NFLPA should be commended for doing the work they did — very quietly and productively and in a far more professional manner than in MLB’s case — to even reach this point.

But it was always contingent on certain medical standards being met and the virus being contained and testing and tracing helping to lead cities and states out of the abyss. And that simply has not been the case. Not even close. This isn’t being negative; it’s merely shooting straight and following the numbers and listening to the doctors and now looking at baseball where the Marlins and Orioles (their next projected opponent) hang in limbo, as well as the Phillies (who hosted the Marlins this weekend) and the Yankees (who were next set to visit Philly). To say nothing of the umpire crews involved, and anyone else who staffed that Marlins/Phillies series.

The tentacles span outward, quickly, and, if anything, the larger numbers of people involved in the daily staging of NFL practices and games, the more extreme travel, the massive size of coaching staffs (rivaling a MLB roster) which include many over the age of 60, and the fact that many of the players are over 300 pounds and more vulnerable to the virus, would seem to portend even greater challenges for what the NFL is attempting to accomplish.

Creating a bubble that large is impossible … but it is also precisely the reason one must brace for gross totals of positive tests to be much higher than other sports. And with players’ families and friends interacting with them, and the outside world, and with no set standard of regulations regarding wearing of masks from state to state, among other preventative measures, the NFL getting through a season has always seemed like the biggest underdog of all.

The ’69 Jets and Joe Namath had far better odds. 

This is a crisis far out of the NFL’s control, which is not getting better the closer we get to kickoff. Leaving it up to what amounts to a sports corporation to navigate this unprecedented medical emergency, without any semblance of a unified response within the country itself, was always fraught with peril. With untold billions at stake, and players in a sport where careers are over in an instant, ample motivation remains to plow ahead.

But at some point, perhaps quite soon, something other than a 16-game schedule just may be in order. This virus is undefeated at totally reshaping the way every other sport has been forced to operate, and had a massive impact on both the volume and location of games. Expecting the NFL to be different, somehow exceptional to COVID-19, never made much sense, and once the training facilities finally start filling up this week that stands to be more obvious than ever. 

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Experimental COVID-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test – MSN Money

The biggest test yet of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine got underway Monday with the first of some 30,000 Americans rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the U.S. government as part o…
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New hospitalizations for covid-19 remain low for Allegheny County – TribLIVE

For a fifth straight day, the Allegheny County Health Department announced a new covid-19 case count below the 200 mark.

On Monday, officials reported 180 new cases, the ninth time in the past 10 days the count has been in the 100s; there were 96 cases reported on July 22. To date, the county has reported 7,474 cases of covid-19.

Of the 180 cases reported in the past 24 hours, 178 are confirmed cases and two are probable.

In the past 10 days, the county has averaged 148 new cases a day. That’s 53 cases less than the county was averaging the prior 10 days.

The new batch of positives come from 1,929 tests conducted July 9-26. Of those positive cases, all but two were confirmed. New cases range in age from 2 to 101 years with a median age of 45 years.

The county reported two new hospitalizations, the third straight day that number has been low. After seeing 53 people hospitalized July 22-24, the county reported just 10 hospitalizations in the past three days. In all, the county has seen 583 people admitted to hospitals for covid-19.

There were no new deaths added to the county’s total of 222 since the pandemic began in March.

Of Allegheny County residents who have died from covid-19, the majority (81%) were age 70 or older, while 11.7% were ages 60-69.

The age group that has tested positive the most remains those 20-29 (11%). However, they are also the ones being tested the most (18,922 individuals tested), and they are the age group that has recovered the most — with 1,319 people considered “recovered” out of 2,081 cases.

On its website, the county says, “Recovery is a calculation from the CDC … based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed after a person was hospitalized for covid-19 and not deceased or 14 days have passed after a person tested positive … and they were not hospitalized.”

To date, there have been outcomes in 4,497 cases — 4,275 are assumed to be recovered and 222 have died. Among cases that have had an outcome, 95% have recovered. There are 2,804 cases without an assumed outcome.

At the Allegheny County Jail, officials report another inmate and another staffer have tested positive.

A total of 34 inmates have tested positive since March 13, the county reported. Of those, two are still in the facility, with 31 having either recovered or been released. A total of 300 inmates have been tested, with 259 testing negative for an 11.3% positivity rate. The county reported six tests are still pending. To date, no inmates have required hospitalization.

So far, 11 jail employees have tested positive, with eight having recovered. In all, 90 staff members have tested negative with four tests still pending, for a 12.2% positivity rate.

County health officials have said the large volume of new cases has created issues with results. On its website, the health department has posted a what-to-expect information sheet for those being tested and those who have been in contact with them.

Health officials continue to urge residents to wear masks, wash their hands and maintain physical distance from others to keep the community safe.

Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, cpastrick@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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Study: 6 COVID-19 symptom clusters to watch for – WOODTV.com

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DALLAS (NEXSTAR) — A new study of COVID-19 from researchers at London’s King’s College found there are six distinct types of the virus with different symptom groups. The data was uncovered using a tracking app following 1,600 patients in the U.K. and United States during March and April.

The researchers behind the study hope the data helps doctors treat people and more accurately predict the type of medical care they might need.

Here are the six clusters of symptoms outlined in the study, according to CBS News:

  1. Flu-like with no fever: Headache, loss of smell, muscle pains, cough, sore throat, chest pain, no fever.
  2. Flu-like with fever: Headache, loss of smell, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, fever, loss of appetite.
  3. Gastrointestinal: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, diarrhea, sore throat, chest pain, no cough.
  4. Severe Level 1, fatigue: Headache, loss of smell, cough, fever, hoarseness, chest pain, fatigue.
  5. Severe Level 2, confusion: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain.
  6. Severe Level 3, abdominal and respiratory: Headache, loss of smell, loss of appetite, cough, fever, hoarseness, sore throat, chest pain, fatigue, confusion, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, abdominal pain.

“I think it’s very, very interesting,” Dr. Bob Lahita told CBSN. “Among the patients I see, those who recovered, many of them present different ways: some people with fever and some without fever, and some with nausea and vomiting, some people with diarrhea, etc.”

The researchers have been able to predict the likelihood patients suffering from each of the symptom clusters might need breathing support. For example, the first type, “flu-like with no fever,” has a 1.5% chance of needing breathing support such as a ventilator. To contrast, the second type, “flu-like with fever,” has a 4.4% likelihood.

According to CBS News, the most severe type of COVID-19, “severe level three, abdominal and respiratory,” carries a 20% chance patients would need breathing support.

The U.K. researchers discovered patients in the severe clusters trended older and often had pre-existing conditions.


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More than 200 COVID-19 cases reported Sunday; most are in Alaska residents – Anchorage Daily News

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New cases of COVID-19 reported Sunday throughout Alaska totaled 231, marking the first day the state has seen a single-day increase of more than 200 cases.

The new cases include 186 Alaskans and 45 non-residents, according to the Department of Health and Social Services. Five more people were hospitalized with COVID-19. There were no new deaths.

Of the new cases announced in residents Sunday, there are 154 cases in Anchorage, nine in Fairbanks, three in Eagle River, two each in North Pole, Palmer, Juneau, Wrangell and an area in the Yakutat plus Hoonah-Angoon area, and one case each was reported in Chugiak, Homer, the Yukon-Koyukuk area, Houston, Wasilla, Ketchikan, Prince of Wales-Hyder area, Sitka and Unalaska.

There were currently 35 people with COVID-19 who are hospitalized and another eight people who may have the virus.

As of Sunday, Alaska had reported 3,102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska, according to the DHSS coronavirus dashboard. More than two-thirds of the cases are currently active.

Twenty Alaskans have died of the virus since the beginning of the pandemic. There have been 115 Alaskans hospitalized because of COVID-19 since March.

In non-residents, 34 cases were reported in Seward, three in Fairbanks and one in Ketchikan. Seven of the cases were marked as “unknown” by DHSS.

As of Sunday, 950 people in the state have recovered from the virus since the pandemic began, although 2,132 COVID-19 cases are active.

The City and Borough of Juneau announced ahead of the state that 21 seafood processor employees tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday. In total, 61 Alaska Glacier Seafoods employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 14. Forty more employees are awaiting test results, the city wrote in an online statement.

The virus was spread through the processing plant by an employee who contracted COVID-19 through community spread, the city wrote.

The seafood employees are all in isolation and contact investigations are ongoing, the city said. The city did another round of testing on the 100 employees on July 22.

The city also announced 16 people tested positive for the virus unrelated to the seafood processing plant Saturday. The cases are likely due to community spread travel and secondary transmission, Public Health Nursing in Juneau said.

“It is paramount that community members remain vigilant in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Mila Cosgrove, emergency operations center incident commander for Juneau. “When you keep at least six feet away from non-family members, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and stay home when you’re sick, you’re not just limiting your own risk, you’re helping to protect the whole community.”

The Anchorage Health Department announced Saturday that there was a COVID-19 exposure on July 17 at the Anchorage Samoan Assembly of God in the Mountain View neighborhood. The department advised people who were at the church on that day should monitor for symptoms for 14 days following the exposure and get tested if they experience even mild symptoms.

This is the first church to be added to the health department’s list of potential exposures. The list also includes bars and restaurants.

Cases have continued to drastically rise throughout Anchorage, statewide and throughout the country. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz restricted capacities on bars, restaurants and entertainment facilities Friday in an attempt to curb the virus from further spreading. The restrictions also limit the number of people allowed to gather in groups.

Berkowitz imposed a mask mandate a month earlier.

Sunday marks the city’s highest increase in cases reported in a single day. In Anchorage, 958 people were currently infected with the virus as of Sunday.

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OK sees 1.2k new cases of COVID-19 Sunday – KFOR Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there are 1,204 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the Sooner State on Sunday.

There have been 31,285 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma as of Sunday, July 26, according to OSDH.

OSDH reported on Saturday that there were 30,081 total cases in the state since the pandemic began in March. That’s a 4 percent jump according to OSDH.

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OSDH is also reporting that there have been no new COVID-19 related deaths in the state, and the total coronavirus deaths in Oklahoma stands at 496.

A total of 24,698 people have recovered from coronavirus since March.

OSDH has not reported the latest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state, but on Friday they reported that 628 people were hospitalized with confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19.

The breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma counties is as follows:

Adair: 241 (5 deaths) (161 recovered)

Alfalfa: 1 (1 recovered)

Atoka: 57 (44 recovered)

Beaver: 36 (34 recovered)

Beckham: 34 (27 recovered)

Blaine: 29 (22 recovered)

Bryan: 316 (1 death) (226 recovered)

Caddo: 285 (12 deaths) (217 recovered)

Canadian: 830 (4 deaths) (662 recovered)

Carter: 255 (3 deaths) (210 recovered)

Cherokee: 228 (1 death) (150 recovered)

Choctaw: 154 (1 death) (133 recovered)

Cimarron: 1 ( 1 recovered)

Cleveland: 2,120 (41 deaths) (1,666 recovered)

Coal: 24 (19 recovered)

Comanche: 693 (9 deaths) (604 recovered)

Cotton: 16 (2 deaths) (11 recovered)

Craig: 53 (38 recovered)

Creek: 388 (12 deaths) (283 recovered)

Custer: 158 (109 recovered)

Delaware: 363 (19 deaths) (286 recovered)

Dewey: 4 (4 recovered)

Ellis: 4 (1 recovered)

Garfield: 280 (3 deaths) (163 recovered)

Garvin: 173 (4 deaths) (143 recovered)

Grady: 366 (6 deaths) (294 recovered)

Grant: 6 (5 recovered)

Greer: 78 (7 deaths) (63 recovered)

Harmon: 5 (3 recovered)

Harper: 4 (2 recovered)

Haskell: 27 (22 recovered)

Hughes: 73 (1 death) (23 recovered)

Jackson: 370 (3 deaths) (186 recovered)

Jefferson: 27 (24 recovered)

Johnston: 34 (25 recovered)

Kay: 181 (9 deaths) (138 recovered)

Kingfisher: 79 (60 recovered)

Kiowa: 24 (1 death) (18 recovered)

Latimer: 38 (1 death) (22 recovered)

Le Flore: 124 (1 death) (86 recovered)

Lincoln: 92 (2 deaths) (64 recovered)

Logan: 147 (1 death) (120 recovered)

Love: 61 (54 recovered)

Major: 22 (1 death) (17 recovered)

Marshall: 64 (51 recovered)

Mayes: 246 (5 deaths) (150 recovered)

McClain: 342 (4 deaths) (292 recovered)

McCurtain: 783 (20 deaths) (627 recovered)

McIntosh: 126 (1 death) (96 recovered)

Murray: 51 (36 recovered)

Muskogee: 333 (16 deaths) (211 recovered)

Noble: 73 (2 deaths) (55 recovered)

Nowata: 45 (1 death) (41 recovered)

Okfuskee: 38 (23 recovered)

Oklahoma: 7,621 (90 deaths) (5,973 recovered)

Okmulgee: 312 (204 recovered)

Osage: 304 (10 deaths) (254 recovered)

Ottawa: 269 (2 deaths) (208 recovered)

Pawnee: 107 (3 deaths) (87 recovered)

Payne: 614 (3 deaths) (527 recovered)

Pittsburg: 132 (3 deaths) (99 recovered)

Pontotoc: 131 (2 deaths) (103 recovered)

Pottawatomie: 300 (6 deaths) (199 recovered)

Pushmataha: 60 (42 recovered)

Roger Mills: 6 (3 recovered)

Rogers: 603 (12 deaths) (411 recovered)

Seminole: 141 (5 deaths) (83 recovered)

Sequoyah: 147 (3 deaths) (84 recovered)

Stephens: 147 (1 death) (124 recovered)

Texas: 1,018 (7 deaths) (996 recovered)

Tillman: 46 (1 death) (35 recovered)

Tulsa: 7,557 (90 deaths) (6,283 recovered)

Wagoner: 577 (20 deaths) (460 recovered)

Washington: 534 (39 deaths) (457 recovered)

Washita: 18 (11 recovered)

Woods: 14 (12 recovered)

Woodward: 28 (20 recovered)

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Although the CDC recommends patients be tested twice to determine if they have recovered, health department officials say they are preserving tests for patients who are sick.

Instead, the Oklahoma State Department of Health identifies a person as recovered if they are currently not hospitalized or deceased and it has been 14 days since the onset of their symptoms or since they were diagnosed.

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State officials urge Oklahomans to stay away from ill patients and to frequently wash their hands. Also, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

At this point, Americans are urged to practice ‘social distancing’ by staying in their homes as much as possible and not going out into a crowd.

The virus is mainly spread from person-to-person, and symptoms usually appear two to 14 days after exposure. Officials stress that the most common symptoms are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you do become sick, you are asked to stay away from others. If you have been in an area where the coronavirus is known to be spreading or been around a COVID-19 patient and develop symptoms, you are asked to call your doctor ahead of time and warn them that you might have been exposed to the virus. That way, experts say, they have the ability to take extra precautions to protect staff and other patients.

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COVID-19 cases top 50000 in Minnesota, affecting all 87 counties – Minneapolis Star Tribune

The statewide count from the COVID-19 pandemic now exceeds 50,000 cases in Minnesota, health officials said Saturday, and cases are now being reported in all 87 counties.

After standing for more than a month as the lone county without a confirmed case, Lake of the Woods County in far northern Minnesota now has one, according to a data release Saturday morning from the Minnesota Department of Health.

A net increase of 803 new coronavirus infections on Saturday came on a volume of about 18,227 completed tests. It was the third consecutive day of the state reporting more than 700 cases and only the third time Minnesota has reported more than 800 new cases since new cases peaked in May.

The larger daily tallies this month, however, come on a larger volume of tests than during previous peaks.

The latest numbers show 287 patients were hospitalized, compared with 278 on Friday; 115 patients required intensive care, compared with 108 ICU patients Friday. Daily tallies for hospitalized patients in Minnesota have been picking up over the last week, although they remain well below peaks of more than 600 hospitalized patients and about 260 in the ICU in late May.

Residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities accounted for four of five deaths newly announced by the Health Department. Statewide, 1,571 people have died from the virus.

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that surfaced late last year. Since the first case was reported in Minnesota in early March, 4,889 cases have been hospitalized.

People at greatest risk from COVID-19 include those 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities and those with underlying medical conditions.

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COVID-19 quarantines reduce seismic noise across the globe – CNET

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COVID-19 lockdowns resulted in a global seismic noise reduction.


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Lockdowns imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic have resulted in a seismic noise reduction of up to 50 percent across the globe. Human activity causes high-frequency seismic waves from vibrations. But due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the 2020 seismic noise reduction has become “the longest and most prominent global anthropogenic seismic noise reduction on record,” scientists reported Thursday in the journal Science.

The paper examined seismometers across the world, finding that lockdowns — which they said included full quarantines, physical distancing measures, travel restrictions and the closure of businesses and services — resulted in significantly reduced seismic signals caused by human activity.

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“Measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread changes in human activity, leading to a months-long reduction in seismic noise of up to 50 percent,” the paper says.

Seismic noise from human activity is measured constantly to help warn of local geological hazards, the paper says. Typically, there’s less noise at night, on weekends and during the holidays in regions that celebrate Christmas and New Year. But due to COVID-19, scientists observed a global seismic noise reduction even quieter than Christmas that began in January in China and spread to Europe in March and then the rest of the world in April.

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High-Frequency Seismic Ambient Noise (hiFSAN) in New York’s Central Park was around 10 percent lower during lockdown. In Belgium, there was a 33 percent hiFSAN reduction. And in vacation destinations like Barbados, which have been impacted due to a decrease in tourism, hiFSAN decreased by 45 percent following lockdown in March and April — and was 50 percent lower than in previous years during the same months.


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Overall, the paper says global median hiFSAN fell by 50 percent in March to May 2020.

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