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iPhone 12: everything we think we know about Apple’s 2020 5G iPhones – The Verge

We’re likely just weeks away from Apple taking the wraps off its 2020 iPhones, and the rumor mill is in full swing, hinting at some major changes this year.

If you’ve been hanging on to your first-generation iPhone SE because you just love its squared-off edges, the newest iPhones could be the ones for you — there are already a lot of rumors pointing to a brand new design with squared edges instead of rounded ones. (If you’re keeping that SE because of its smaller size, there might be good news for you this year, too.)

And all signs are pointing toward this being the year the iPhone gets 5G, which should set you up for faster data speeds — once the networks can reliably deliver them.

There is still a lot of mystery surrounding the next iPhones — they haven’t leaked quite as much as, say, recent Google Pixel or Samsung Galaxy handsets — but there’s enough out there to piece together a decent picture of what Apple is planning.

The likeliest rumor of them all? We’re getting four new iPhones this year.

Four new iPhones this fall, with two new screen sizes

All of the most trusted sources of Apple rumors seem to agree: instead of announcing three new iPhone models, like Apple did in 2017, 2018, and 2019, the company will reveal four:

  • A new 5.4-inch model, which would be smaller screen than the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro (and presumably be an entirely smaller phone)
  • A low-end 6.1-inch model — the same screen size as the iPhone 11 — with similar specs as its 5.4-inch sibling
  • A second 6.1-inch model with high-end specs
  • A new 6.7-inch model, which would be a bigger screen than the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max (and likely be larger in size as well)

Originally, the credible rumor came from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who’s reliably predicted the sizes and features of new iPhones for several years now — but The Wall Street Journal also corroborated those screen sizes in April, and as of this past week, Bloomberg is reporting them as fact as well.

A new industrial design reminiscent of the iPhone 4 and 5

Apple has stuck with the same basic silhouette for the iPhone — a rounded rectangle with rounded sides — since the iPhone 6, a phone that came out all the way back in 2014. But this year, rumors indicate the newest iPhones could have flat edges, returning iPhone design to the glory days of the iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone SE. (Or the recent iPad Pros, if you want a newer point of reference.)

Apparent dummy models of the phones have been floating around this summer, based on the expected dimensions of the upcoming iPhones, and they give us our best idea of what that new design could look like, and how their size compares to other phones in Apple’s lineup.

Check out this photo of those dummy models from MacRumors. They kind of remind me of the iPhone 4:

Image: MacRumors

Bloomberg is reporting that all four new iPhones will have squared-off edges, and will continue to have stainless steel edges on the pricier models and aluminum on the less expensive ones.

If you want to get a sense of how these phones might size up to Apple’s 2019 iPhones, check out this MacRumors post:

I find this next MacRumors photo particularly intriguing, comparing the rumored 5.4-inch model (middle) to the first generation iPhone SE (left) and the second-generation iPhone SE (right). I’ve wanted an iPhone that’s smaller than the iPhone X / XS / 11 Pro with an edge-to-edge display so badly, and the size of this dummy model looks almost perfect to me.

Image: MacRumors

Plus, if you want to see what the rumored new iPhone sizes could look like in person, check out MKBHD’s video where he goes hands-on with a set of dummy models:

The first iPhones with 5G, but which flavors?

2020’s iPhones are expected to be the first to supports 5G cellular networks, which means the phones might be able to take advantage of faster network speeds — depending on the 5G coverage in your area, and possibly depending on which version of the next iPhone you end up buying.

The Wall Street Journal reported in April that “some” of this year’s iPhones would get 5G, while Bloomberg said that 5G will be added to “as many as four new handset models.” Fast Company has a source that claims only the top-of-the-line model will offer the fastest mmWave flavor of 5G.

All the way back in January, Ming-Chi Kuo said that all four upcoming iPhone models will support both sub-6GHz and the faster (but far shorter range) mmWave 5G, and we’d generally weight his rumors a tad higher than the rest… but even Kuo revised his guidance this past week to say that shipments of mmWave 5G iPhones would be “lower than expected,” without specifying whether any iPhones had dropped the technology.

So it seems like a safe bet that 5G should come to new iPhones — Qualcomm and Apple fought hard to make it happen — but right now, it’s just not clear which phones might have which forms of 5G.

An OLED screen in every iPhone, but what about refresh rates?

Apple’s entire fall iPhone lineup is finally expected to have OLED screens this year, The Wall Street Journal reported in April, and Bloomberg now agrees. Despite much of the industry moving on to OLED years ago, LCD screens have hung around in some of Apple’s recent phones, including 2018’s iPhone XR and 2019’s iPhone 11. OLED screens have some advantages over LCD — because each pixel on an OLED screen is individually lit, the screen can just turn those pixels off when showing blacks. That can mean deeper blacks, truer colors, more vibrance, and sometimes better battery life.

Flagship Android phones have also moved on to high-refresh-rate screens for smoother scrolling, animations and games, but it’s unclear if that technology will arrive on any iPhones this year. We’ve heard rumors both ways, and some sources say Apple has tested prototypes with and without the feature.

If the iPhone 12 does offer 120Hz, don’t be surprised if Apple calls it “ProMotion” on stage — that’s the brand name it uses for its iPad Pros, which have had high refresh rate screens since 2017.

Don’t expect four cameras, but high-end iPhones could get LIDAR

This year’s iPhones are expected to keep a dual-camera setup for the lower-end models and a triple-camera setup for the higher-end models. The highest-end model could also be getting something new, according to Bloomberg: a LIDAR sensor, which can detect objects using lasers. That, in theory, can enable better augmented reality experiences, because your phone could have a better sense of your surroundings.

Apple first added a LIDAR sensor to the iPad Pros in March, and in his review, my colleague Dieter Bohn found that the LIDAR sensor “seems quite advanced but built for a software future that hasn’t arrived yet.” We’ll have to wait and see if Apple can make a strong case for it in the iPhone.

No charger or headphones in the box

One of the biggest changes to this year’s iPhone lineup could be in the box they come in. Apple is rumored to remove both the in-box charger and earbuds, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in June. This would be a big shift, as iPhones have come with power adapters and earphones since the first iPhone launched in 2007. But perhaps Apple is just trying to avoid giving everyone yet another extra power adapter or set of headphones that just get shoved in a drawer. (The decision could also significantly reduce e-waste.)

That doesn’t mean Apple won’t offer ways to charge your phone — the new iPhones will apparently still come with a Lightning to USB-C cable, according to Kuo, which would let you connect your phone to a computer or a power adapter with a USB-C port. (That rumor of a Lightning to USB-C cable suggests the phone itself likely won’t have a USB-C port this year, even though the iPad Pro switched over to USB-C in 2018.)

Kuo also said that Apple would sell a new 20-watt charger, which may have been corroborated by this picture posted to Twitter. If this charger is a real Apple product, it might charge your devices faster than the 18-watt charger included with the iPhone 11 Pro and likely much faster than the anemic 5-watt charger included with the iPhone 11.

And without an included charger and headphones, the new iPhones may have a thinner box. Instagram account conceptsiphone posted a render of a tray that could be included in the new box, and it seems to only have space for a coiled-up cable and perhaps some papers and instructions.

That smaller box could help Apple claim that these iPhones are even more environmentally-friendly than in previous years.

Like usual, the new iPhones should have a new processor

This year’s iPhones are expected to have yet another new Apple-designed processor. Bloomberg reports that the new phones will have “a significant upgrade to the processor with an emphasis on speeding up artificial intelligence and AR tasks.”

It seems like a safe bet that the next iPhones’ processor will have A14 in the name, as the iPhone 11 series processor was called the A13 Bionic. Apple has tagged that “Bionic” moniker to the A11 and A12 as well, so perhaps we’ll be seeing an A14 Bionic this year.

This year’s iPhones are launching later than normal

The release of a new iPhone in September almost feels like something you could set your clock to, but Apple has already said that this year’s iPhones will be available “a few weeks later” than their usual September launch date. Bloomberg says we’ll get the less expensive iPhones soon than the higher-end models, too.

None of this rules out Apple holding its usual pre-iPhone release keynote sometime in September, however — perhaps alongside the launch of iOS 14.

And even though restrictions on in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic mean that Apple probably won’t host some kind of grand in-person iPhone unveiling at the Steve Jobs Theater, there’s always the chance the company does another highly-produced video keynote like it did for this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.

Other tidbits: battery, storage, price, name

There are a few other rumors floating around about the upcoming iPhones. Apple leaker @L0vetodream said in May the low-end phones may start with 64GB of storage, while the high-end models may have a base of 128GB. They also said the low-end iPhone would have 4GB of RAM and the high-end one would have 6GB.

We may also have an idea about the battery sizes for the new phones, thanks to reported certifications. The rumored 5.4-inch iPhone could have a 2227mAh battery, the 6.1-inch iPhones may both have a 2775mAh battery, while the 6.7-inch iPhone might get a 3687mAh pack. By comparison, those batteries would be smaller than the reported capacities of similar-sized iPhones in the current lineup (apparently, the 5.8-inch iPhone 11 Pro has a 3,045mAh battery, the 6.1-inch iPhone 11 has a 3,110mAh battery, and the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 3,969mAh battery).

And despite the lowest-end iPhone likely being physically smaller than the current iPhone 11, it’s unclear if Apple will change the starting price of this year’s iPhone lineup to reflect that change. The iPhone 11 starts at $699, which itself was a $50 price drop from 2018’s similarly-sized iPhone XR. Here’s hoping Apple lops off yet another $50 for a starting price of $649.

We also don’t know what the next iPhones might be called. If you ask me, the rumored design changes and addition of 5G seem like significant enough departures from the iPhone 11 series for Apple to skip the “S” it sometimes uses for spec bumps and jump straight to iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and so on.

But with four new models on top of the iPhone SE it already launched this year, perhaps Apple will take this opportunity for a new naming scheme. “iPhone 11 Pro Max” still sounds pretty ridiculous, after all.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Coronavirus Vaccine Race – The Motley Fool

COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in the United States. Some states are being hit especially hard. While researchers and physicians have learned a lot about the disease caused by novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, there seems to be no end in sight to the ongoing pandemic.

The good news, though, is that a frantic — and massive — effort is under way to develop vaccines that could potentially prevent the spread of COVID-19. Here’s everything you need to know about the coronavirus vaccine race.

Female scientist holding a COVID-19 vaccine bottle

Image source: Getty Images.

How many vaccine candidates are being developed?

As of July 31, 2020, there are 165 novel coronavirus vaccine candidates in development, according to the World Health Organization. However, 139 of these candidates are in preclinical testing. Many of these candidates might not advance into clinical testing in humans. The good news is that 26 COVID-19 vaccine candidates are already in clinical testing. 

Which vaccine candidates are in the lead?

Clinical testing of vaccines includes three phases. Candidates must successfully complete phase 1 testing to go on to phase 2 and then must successfully complete phase 2 testing to advance into phase 3.

There are currently five COVID-19 vaccine candidates in phase 3 testing, also commonly referred to as late-stage testing. Chinese drugmaker Sinopharm claims two of these candidates. Another Chinese company, Sinovac Biotech, also has a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in phase 3 testing. The other two late-stage candidates are AZD1222, which is being developed by AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) and the University of Oxford, and Moderna‘s (NASDAQ:MRNA) mRNA-1273.

In addition, Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and BioNTech (NASDAQ:BNTX) recently began a phase 2/3 clinical study evaluating COVID-19 vaccine candidate BNT162b2.

How do the leading vaccine candidates differ?

The vaccine candidates from Sinopharm and Sinovac use inactivated (dead) coronavirus cells that are introduced to the body. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are using what’s called a non-replicating viral vector. This approach uses a weakened version of an adenovirus (which causes the common cold) to deliver genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Moderna and the Pfizer/BioNTech partnership use a messenger RNA (mRNA) approach. While DNA contains all of the instructions for building proteins, mRNA carries those instructions to ribosomes, which serve as the body’s protein-making factories. The COVID-19 vaccine candidates developed by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech modify mRNA to cause ribosomes to produce spike proteins that are identical to those found in SARS-CoV-2.

The ultimate goal of all of these vaccines is to cause the body to develop antigens that remain in the blood and help fight off future viral attacks. 

Which vaccines not among the leaders could be winners?

Two COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently in clinical testing have received significant funding and appear to be especially promising. 

Novavax (NASDAQ:NVAX) received $1.6 billion from the U.S. government for developing COVID-19 vaccine candidate NVX-CoV2373. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) also was awarded $456 million in funding for its coronavirus vaccine candidate. 

There’s also an experimental COVID-19 vaccine that hasn’t advanced into clinical testing that scored a major U.S. government funding deal recently. Sanofi (NASDAQ:SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) were awarded $2.1 billion for up to 100 million doses of a preclinical coronavirus vaccine candidate. 

How soon might a vaccine be available?

In the past, it’s taken years for vaccines to advance through clinical testing and win regulatory approvals. However, the normal timeline is being accelerated greatly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opinions vary as to how soon a coronavirus vaccine will be available. Some CEOs of companies making vaccine candidates think their COVID-19 vaccine candidates could be ready by the end of this year. Others believe that early 2021 is more likely. However, there are also some less optimistic predictions that it could take much longer before a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is ready.

What are the chances that no vaccine will be safe and effective?

You’ll probably be happy to learn that the chances that none of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates in development will be safe and effective are quite low. Nearly three out of four vaccines that entered phase 3 testing between 2006 and 2015 went on to win FDA approval, according to biopharmaceutical industry organization BIO. 

Since there are currently six coronavirus vaccine candidates in late-stage testing or close to it, the probability that none of them will win approval based on BIO’s historical analysis is only one in 3,470. If we included all of the other candidates in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical testing, the odds are heavily in favor of at least one of them achieving success.

Which coronavirus vaccine stocks are good picks?

The Motley Fool’s mission is to make the world smarter, happier, and richer. Therefore, we can’t leave out addressing the investing angle of the coronavirus vaccine race. 

If your investing style is more conservative, big pharma stocks like AstraZeneca and Pfizer could be attractive. Both companies are leaders in the scramble to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. Both have landed major supply contracts already. And both AstraZeneca and Pfizer have other growth drivers in addition to their COVID-19 programs.

On the other hand, if you’re an aggressive investor, Moderna and Novavax might be more to your liking. Both biotech stocks have soared this year. But if their COVID-19 vaccine candidates are successful in clinical testing, Moderna and Novavax could go a lot higher.

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Everything you need to know for Sixers’ 1st televised scrimmage at Disney – NBCSports.com

When play was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Sixers had underwhelmed through 65 games. They were 39-26 and sat in sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Now, they get a chance at a fresh start with three scrimmages and eight seeding games to figure out their issues before the playoffs begins. 

Here are five burning questions for the Sixers as they resume their season in Disney World.

Can Joel Embiid stay healthy and fit?

With the time off, Embiid is rested and healthy. He said on Thursday that he was working out six days a week for the last 2½ months.

Brett Brown has been impressed, giving Embiid high marks for his fitness level unprompted.

“I’m happy with [the team’s] conditioning,” Brown said when the Sixers first arrived in Florida. “I thought Joel especially stood out.”

Brown was asked last week if he still planned to play Embiid around 38 minutes a game in the playoffs like he said in May. 

“I don’t know what footage is coming out of our practices,” Brown said, “but I will tell you when we got up and down and you watch Joel move and you watch him run, there is zero doubt that he would’ve had to put in a lot of time to arrive into Orlando in the shape that he’s arrived.”

Brown essentially doubled down on the fitness level of Embiid. We’ve all seen this movie before so it’s fair to be skeptical. 

While there are certainly things Embiid will want to work on, the ultimate goal is delivering the All-Star center to the playoffs healthy for the first time in his young career.

Will Ben Simmons shoot?

If Embiid’s conditioning is the No. 1 question mark surrounding the Sixers, this saga is easily No. 2. While Simmons shooting isn’t as important as Embiid’s health, the idea of the two-time All-Star stroking the occasional three is intriguing.

Just like with Embiid, Brown didn’t conceal his optimism.

“His three-point shot is looking good,” Brown said last week. “He’s shot more threes in practice the last few days than he might’ve for almost half a season. And he looks good, he feels good, and I know he’s getting tremendous encouragement from his teammates.” 

This was especially worth noting since Brown got burned when he said he wanted at least one three-point attempt a game from Simmons back in December.

Simmons playing free and shooting — and making those shots — when the opportunity presents itself would be a huge storyline, but how much would it change? Would opponents sag off him less? Would it actually open things up for the offense?

Simmons said at media day, “If it’s open, I’ll take it.” He’ll likely be open a time or two once the season resumes.

Will the new-look starting five help the offense’s clunky fit?

Well, it likely can’t hurt. The fit of Al Horford was awkward all season long. The veteran big didn’t stretch the floor next to Embiid the way GM Elton Brand had hoped. That two-man lineup was abysmal for the Sixers offensively.

If Brown does go with Shake Milton at the point, Simmons at the four and Horford on the bench to start games, that could theoretically present the Sixers with more options. Milton’s proficient shooting and ability to run a pick-and-roll should allow Brown to unleash Simmons as a screener and roller.

“The last few days I played [Simmons] exclusively as a four man,” Brown said last week. “He’s so dynamic. … Let’s just talk about running: There’s nobody faster in the NBA. And so to always have Ben have to have the ball and dribble it up against five guys … I think dilutes some of his potent weapons.”

This one could take time. This unit hasn’t played a single minute together this season, so everything is basically in theory as of now. Milton and Simmons will need to build chemistry in the pick-and-roll, while Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson will also have to adjust.

What is Al Horford’s role?

This is one is tricky. The Sixers gave Horford a four-year deal that could be worth up to $109 million this offseason. Brand didn’t sign him to that kind of contract simply to serve as Embiid’s backup.

That’s why it was a little odd to hear that Horford and Embiid have yet to take the floor together in Disney World.

“One of the groups that we haven’t done since we’ve been down here is pair Al and Joel up together,” Brown said earlier this week. “The Clipper game is a very good reference point to what I’m trying to explain, and then at that point you’re going to feel out what’s best for the team. I think that Al to date, when I watch him get up and down the floor and just his intelligence defensively, you’re again reminded of all the great things he can do.”

In the win over the Clippers Brown is referencing, Embiid played just 28 minutes and Milton wasn’t part of the rotation yet. It was Horford’s first game off the bench this season and he shared the floor with Embiid for less than nine minutes.

Don’t expect Horford and Embiid to play big minutes together. The seeding games will likely tell us more about the Sixers’ plans to use Horford. 

We’ll also get a chance to see where the 34-year-old is in terms of health. He admitted before the team left for Florida that he wasn’t where he wanted to be physically at times this season.

What about the rest of the rotation?

Brown has said that his rotation will start with 10 players and be shrunk down to nine for the postseason. We know Embiid, Simmons, Milton, Harris, Richardson and Horford will be a part of it. 

Brown also referenced a lineup he’s been using at practices where Simmons is running the point alongside Harris, Horford, Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz. If that five-man unit is used, that’s eight players.

That leaves two spots in the seeding games for three players in veterans Mike Scott, Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III. Nothing has been set in stone and there’s still plenty of time before the playoffs begin. The scrimmages and seeding games could be a good opportunity for guys fighting for rotation spots to stake their claim to one.

The good news for the Sixers is that they have way more options than they did last season.

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Here’s everything to know about coronavirus in Arizona on June 12 – 12news.com KPNX

There are 32,918 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,144 coronavirus-related deaths, as of Friday morning.

PHOENIX — The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Arizona continue to rise. 

In an effort to track the changes, 12 News has started a daily live blog.

Here is the live blog for Friday, June 12.

Major updates: 

  • There are 32,918 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,144 coronavirus-related deaths, as of Friday morning.  
  • The state does not record how many people have recovered.
  • Scroll down to see how many cases are in each ZIP code and additional information.

COVID-19 cases reported in Arizona on Friday

There are 32,918 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,144 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the state’s latest numbers.

That’s up from 31,264 confirmed cases and 1,127 deaths on Thursday.

One week ago, there were 24,332 cases across the state with 1,012 deaths.

More virus cases in Phoenix jails than state prisons

The number of jail inmates in metro Phoenix testing positive for the coronavirus has surpassed the total among state prisoners.

Officials say 313 of Maricopa County’s 4,400 inmates tested positive as of Friday morning.

That compares to 249 confirmed cases among the nearly 41,000 inmates in Arizona’s prisons.

The sharp case growth in the county’s jails has been attributed to more testing and contact tracing within the jails. Officials are considering whether to test all jail inmates.

Arizona is among states seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases after stay-home orders were lifted.

The state hit a new daily high Friday with 1,654 new cases reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sun City West requires face masks in shared spaces

Sun City West residents and employees will be required to wear masks in shared spaces starting Saturday, according to a news release from the community.

“This includes club rooms, fitness centers, pro shops, Member Services, the Village Store, Sports Pavilion, Library, etc. In outdoor areas where members can maintain 6 feet distancing, the masks are optional but encouraged.  The mandate is in place until further notice,” the announcement read.

“Mandating masks will allow us to keep our facilities open for now, unless this crisis worsens,” said General Manager Bill Schwind in the emailed announcement. “Compliance with this is critical to keeping our facilities available. And as we’ve said before, we will not tolerate any members taking their frustrations out on front-line staff. This is a difficult time for all of us.”

Arizona State University requires face masks on campus

Arizona State University will require all employees, students and visitors to wear face coverings while in buildings.

Face coverings will also be required in outdoor community spaces where social distancing isn’t possible, President Michael Crow said in a statement.

Examples of outdoor community spaces include garages and parking lots, ASU shuttles, bicycle racks and sidewalks. 

“ASU had already announced this requirement for the start of the fall semester,” part of the statement read. 

“But, given the current rise in COVID-19 cases we’re seeing in Arizona and a lax attitude toward face coverings and other social distancing measures since Gov. Ducey’s Stay At Home Executive Order was lifted, we feel it is important to accelerate our policy.”

Restaurants in Phoenix close due to potential coronavirus exposures

Hash Kitchen Arcadia said in a Facebook post that an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

It was not immediately known whether the individual was a customer or an employee. 

The company said the location temporarily closed and contracted a disinfection service to completely disinfect the restaurant.

Hash Kitchen will remain closed until all employees test for COVID-19 and the restaurant feels that it is safe to reopen its doors.

ARCADIA * To our community: Hash Kitchen Arcadia management has b… een alerted that an individual with close contact to the restaurant has tested positive for Covid-19.

The Porch Arcadia also said in a Facebook post that it is temporarily closing after someone who was at the restaurant tested positive. 

It was not immediately known whether that person was an employee or a customer. 

The closure will allow all employees to get tested. 

The restaurant will reopen “when we have all test results from our team, and have ensured that it is safe for our staff and customers to return,” part of the post read. 

“During our temporary closure, we will be doing a thorough deep cleaning and sanitizing of the entire building, and we will be completing some planned new construction projects, which will also include special features to help further minimize risk of exposure and transmission.”

TO OUR ARCADIA FAMILY: The Porch Arcadia ownership and management l… earned that an individual who was in The Porch has tested positive for Covid-19. We understand that this news may cause you concern.

Ducey touts hospitals amid focus on rise in virus cases

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is dismissing concerns about the state’s sharp rise in coronavirus cases and is instead focusing on hospitals’ capacity to care for patients. 

The Republican governor said Thursday that what’s most important now is that any Arizonan who gets COVID-19 can get medical care. 

Critics say Ducey is not doing enough to slow the spread of the virus. 

He has said the rise in cases was expected and partly resulted from increased testing. 

But public health experts have said it is clear the increase goes well beyond that, and some have called for the governor to tighten restrictions.

Navajo residents urged to stay the course, keep curve flat

Navajo Nation health officials are reporting 125 new coronavirus cases and five new related deaths on the reservation. 

The death toll is approaching 300 and reservation-wide cases totaled 6,275 as of Wednesday. 

Tribal officials said preliminary reports from 11 health care facilities indicate nearly 3,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 with more reports pending. 

Navajo officials are cautioning tribal members about letting up their guard too soon while the pandemic remains a serious threat throughout U.S. 

In Arizona, health care officials are reporting spikes in new cases and hospitals have been told to prepare for the worst.

Maricopa County health official: ‘We cannot go back to the way things were’

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is encouraging residents to continue to play a part in helping slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

“Until we have a vaccine, we cannot go back to the way things were pre-COVID-19,” executive director Marcy Flanagan said in a statement. 

“I know this is not what people want to hear, but in order to keep our community safe and protect our most vulnerable, we have to create a new normal,” she continued. 

“We expected to see an increase in cases with more people out and about, but the rate at which cases are increasing is concerning. And, the thing is, we have the tools to absolutely slow our rate of infection if each of us does our part.”

The department is working with partners to educate the public, facilitate testing in high-risk settings, provide personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, and conduct investigations and contact tracing for positive COVID-19 cases. 

Medical director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine pointed out what is required of each resident in order to slow the spread. 

“Regardless of age or risk, all persons in Maricopa County should take the following precautions to keep themselves, those they love and our community safe,” she said in a statement. 

People are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community marks first COVID death

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community confirmed its first death due to COVID-19. 

The individual is an enrolled member of the tribe and resides on the Salt River Indian Community. 

“I am very sad to report the loss of one of our own Community member to the coronavirus. Our prayers go out to the family on the passing of their loved one,” President Martin Harvier said in a statement. 

“Our SRPMIC health representatives have reached out to the family to assist and provide support.”

The Salt River Indian Community issued a local Emergency Declaration that is still in effect requiring members to stay home except for essential trips along with limiting gatherings to 10 people or less.

“The State of Arizona and businesses have opened, but the virus is still among us,” said Harvier. 

Arizona releases ZIP code locations of coronavirus cases, other data

The Arizona Department of Health Services has released expanded data points regarding coronavirus cases in the state. 

The AZDHS website now features the location of confirmed cases in Arizona by zip code. 

You can see the current ZIP code map below and can find yours by clicking around or searching for your ZIP code in the top right of the map.

More information on coronavirus cases from Friday

There are 32,918 people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 1,144 coronavirus-related deaths.

That’s up from 31,264 confirmed cases and 1,127 deaths on Thursday.

That’s an increase of 1,654 new cases reported on Friday, a record high and an increase from the 1,412 new cases reported on Thursday.

There were 17 new deaths reported on Friday, down from the 32 new deaths reported on Thursday.

In total, 13,559 new tests were reported on Friday, up from 12,383 tests that were reported on Thursday.

There have been a total of 442,886 PCR and Serology tests reported to the state as of Friday. 

6.7% of those tests have been positive, up from Thursday’s 6.5%.

Here’s a county breakdown:

  • Maricopa: 17,010
  • Pima: 3,628
  • Pinal: 1,363
  • Coconino: 1,345
  • Navajo: 2,512
  • Apache: 1,927
  • Mohave: 584
  • La Paz: 217
  • Yuma: 2,841
  • Graham: 48
  • Cochise: 178
  • Santa Cruz: 833
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COVID-19 is believed to be primarily spread through coughs or sneezes. 

It may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread, the CDC says. 

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There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so the best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

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Everything you need to know about the 2019-20 NBA season restart – NBA.com

The 2019-20 NBA season went on hiatus on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.  On June 4, the NBA’s Board of Governors approved a competitive format to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams returning to play and a tentative start date of July 31. The Board’s approval is the first formal step among many required to resume the season and the NBA is working to finalize a comprehensive season restart plan with the National Basketball Players Association.

The 2019-20 restart is contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., as a single site for a campus for all games, practices and housing for the remainder of the season.

In anticipation of the return of the NBA, here are some common questions and answers about the restart of the 2019-20 season. Again, it’s important to note that all of these dates are tentative.

> NBA’s Board of Governors approve restart of 2019-20 season


> NBPA approves further negotiations with NBA on 22-team format for season restart


> Playoff Picture: Closer look at current playoff matchups

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 Q:  When does the 2019-20 season restart begin and end?

July 31 is the tentative start date. The Finals would end no later than Oct. 12. 


 

Q: Which teams will be returning?

A total of 22 teams would return to play this season.

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Miami Heat
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • LA Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Phoenix Suns

This is based on the competitive format that the BOG approved. The returning teams are the 16 teams in current playoff positions and the six teams that are currently six games or fewer behind the eighth seed in their respective conferences.


 

Q: What are seeding games?

The eight remaining games each returning team would play before the playoffs begin. The games would be selected from a team’s remaining regular-season matchups.


 

Q: Where will games be played?

Games and practices would be held near Orlando as the season restart is contingent on an agreement with The Walt Disney Company to use Walt Disney World Resort. It would be a single site location, featuring a campus that would house players for the remainder of the season.


 Q: What are the NBA’s medical protocols? 

The NBA and the NBPA are working with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials to establish a rigorous program to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19, including a regular testing protocol and stringent safety practices.


 

Q: How many total games will each team in the 22-team field have played before the playoffs begin?

It varies by team, but most of the 22 teams would play 72 or 73 games after the eight “seeding games” are added to their regular-season game total. The Dallas Mavericks would have played the most total games (75) and the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers would have played the least (71).


Q: How will playoff seeding work?

The seven teams in each conference with the best records (regular-season games + seeding games) would have clinched a playoff spot. The usual tie-breaker scenarios would be in place for those seeds. The eighth seed could potentially come down to a play-in tournament.


 

 Q: How would the play-in tournament work?

If the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is more than four games ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, no play-in tournament would be necessary. The final playoff berth would simply go to the team with the eighth best record (regular-season games + seeding games).

But if the team with the eighth-best record in its conference is four games or fewer ahead of the team with the ninth-best record in the same conference, then we’ll have a battle for the final spot between those two teams.

The tournament would basically be a best-of-two series — where the No. 9 seed would have to win two head-to-head matchups to take over the No. 8 spot. 

 Q: Will the playoffs be any different?

No. Once the 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA playoffs would proceed in a traditional conference-based format featuring the usual best-of-seven series in the first round, conference semifinals, conference finals and The Finals.


 

 Q: When is the NBA Draft Lottery?

August 25. This is assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


Q: How will lottery teams be determined?

The 14 lottery teams would be the eight teams that do not participate in the restart and the six teams that participate in the restart but do not qualify for the playoffs. These teams would be seeded in the lottery and assigned odds based on their records through March 11. 

The 16 playoff teams would draft in inverse order of their combined records across regular-season games and seeding games.


Q: When is the NBA Draft?

October 15. This is assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


 Q: When will the 2020-21 season start?

The 2020-21 NBA regular season would likely begin on Dec. 1, 2020. This is also assuming games begin on July 31 as tentatively scheduled.


 

More tentative details, such as when training camps open and free agency begins, are forthcoming. This article will be updated accordingly.





















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