COVID-19 Update: Trump Signs Four Executive Actions to Boost Economy; Almost 100,000 Children Test Positive in Last Weeks of July; and More

World News:

As of Monday, August 10, there are now Worldometer there are over 20 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, and the virus has killed over 735,000 people.

Outside of the US, the nations with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 are:

  • Brazil: 3,035,582 confirmed cases; 101,136 deaths.
  • India: 2,236,229 confirmed cases; 44,597 deaths.
  • Russia: 892,654 confirmed cases; 15,001 deaths.
  • South Africa: 559,859 confirmed cases; 10,408 deaths.
  • Mexico: 480,278 confirmed cases; 52,298 deaths.

National News

Monday, August 10, 2020

US Death Toll Over 165,000

On Monday, August 10, the United States death toll from COVID-19 currently sits at over 165,000 – last week an influential model predicted the US could see almost 300,000 deaths by December. In total, there are currently 5.2 million cases of COVID-19 on American soil.

The US states with the most confirmed infections are:

  • California: 563,021 confirmed cases; 10,380 deaths.
  • Florida: 536,961 confirmed cases; 8,277 deaths.
  • Texas: 510,101 confirmed cases; 8,613 deaths.
  • New York: 450,432 confirmed cases; 32,840 deaths.
  • Georgia: 216,596 confirmed cases; 4,199 deaths.

President Trump Signs Series of Executive Actions Following Stimulus Talks Break Down

Following a break down in stimulus bill negotiations, President Donald Trump signed four actions for COVID-19 relief this weekend, one which will provide up to $400 extra in unemployment benefits. “I’m taking action to provide an additional or extra $400 a week and expanded benefits, $400. That’s generous but we want to take care of our people,” Trump said about his memorandum on unemployment, per a CNN report.

More Than 97,000 Children Test Positive for Coronavirus in Last Two Weeks of July

A report, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows that more than 97,000 children in the US tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks of July. Overall, there was a 40% increase in child cases across the cities and states they studied.

Good News in Florida

Florida reported 4,155 new cases of COVID-19 on Minday – the lowest daily increase since June. The state also reported an additional 91 deaths on Monday.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Over 5 Million US Cases; Influential Model Projects 300,000 Deaths by December

As of Friday, August 7, there are now over 5 million confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus in the United States, with the virus having now killed over 163,000 Americans. That number is high enough, and now, it’s expected to grow appreciably by end of year. An influential model now predicts that the US death toll could hit 300,000 by December 1. However, 70,000 lives could be saved if Americans simply don masks. “This virus Is not just going to disappear or vanish,” said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University told CNN. “The virus is with us, and we’re going to have to combat it, and the simple thing that we can all do is wear a mask. Please, everyone, wear your mask every day.”

The US states with the most number of confirmed cases are:

  • California: 541,494 confirmed cases; 10,028 deaths.
  • Florida: 510,389 confirmed cases; 7,747 deaths.
  • Texas: 489,731 confirmed cases; 8,116 deaths.
  • New York: 448,168 confirmed cases; 32,817 deaths.
  • Georgia: 204,895 confirmed cases; 4,026 deaths.

Gov. Cuomo Allows Nation’s Largest School District to Reopen

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the reopening of New York’s 750 school districts for in-person learning this fall – but Gov. Cuomo says ultimately, the decision is up to the parents. “Parents have to be included and believe the plan makes sense. Teachers have to be included and believe the plan makes sense. They are the ultimate determination,” Cuomo said this week. “If a teacher doesn’t show up, you can’t open the class. If a parent doesn’t send their child there’s no child to educate.”


Thursday, August 6, 2020

US Infections Verge on 5 Million

As of Thursday, August 6, the United States is about to surpass 5 million confirmed cases (4,991,802 currently), according to Worldometer. The US death toll now stands at over 161,000.

The US states with the most cases of COVID-19 are:

  • California: 532,745 confirmed cases; 9,872 deaths.
  • Florida: 510,389 confirmed cases; 7,747 deaths.
  • Texas: 482,101 confirmed cases; 7,880 deaths.
  • New York: 447,379 confirmed cases; 32,811 deaths.
  • Georgia: 201,713 confirmed cases; 3,984 deaths.

Fauci Hopes to Mitigate the Threat of COVID-19

Dr. Anthony Fauci is hoping to control COVID-19 to the point where it’s no longer a pandemic-level threat. “We hope as a pandemic threat, that we are really on the cusp of seeing the end of it – as we do public health measures and a vaccine,” said Dr. Fauci at an Alliance for Health Policy webinar on Thursday.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

US Hits Another Grim Death Milestone

The United States death toll hit 160,000 today, as the nation faces the wrath of the novel virus, especially in states like California, Florida, and Texas, which now lead the nation in confirmed cases with 527,186 (CA), 502,739 (FL), and 472,691 (FL), respectively.

Outside of the top three, the nation’s with the most confirmed infections are:

  • New York: 446,691 confirmed cases; 32,801 deaths.
  • Georgia: 197,948 confirmed cases; 3,921 deaths.
  • New Jersey: 188,645 confirmed cases; 15,924 deaths.
  • Illinois: 185,993 confirmed cases; 7,742 deaths.
  • Arizona: 182,203 confirmed cases; 3,932 deaths.

Moderna Charge $32 to $37 a Dose for its Vaccine

Moderna will charge between $32 and $37 a dose for its experimental COVID-19 vaccine for “low volume” customers according to its CEO, per The Hill. The company will use a tiered pricing system, and will charge less for higher volume orders.

Stimulus Update

Negotiations for a second stimulus bill are still ongoing, but finally progress is being made, according to a CNN report. Top Democratic and White House negotiators are now reportedly working through disagreements, putting up offers, and making concessions. Both sides now agree that the deal will be completed by end of week.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

US Death Toll Nears 160,000

As of Tuesday, the United States verges on hitting yet another grim milestone in terms of fatalities – Worldometer reports 159,369 deaths from the novel coronavirus. The US has a world-leading 4.8 million confirmed infections. Cases of COVID-19 are now so widespread that White House coronavirus coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx to state that the country has now entered a “new phase” of the pandemic.

The US states with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 are:

  • California: 522,030 confirmed cases; 9,507 deaths.
  • Florida: 497,330 confirmed cases; 7,402 deaths.
  • Texas: 461,266 confirmed cases; 7,455 deaths.
  • New York: 445,841 confirmed cases; 32,791 deaths.
  • Georgia: 195,435 confirmed cases; 3,842 deaths.

Florida ICUs Reaching Capacity

At least 45 hospitals in Florida have reached ICU capacity, according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

NYC Reports Third Straight Day of No Deaths

On a positive note, New York City saw no COVID-19 deaths for the third consecutive day. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reported that three people died across the state of New York on Monday.

Monday, August 3, 2020

US Death Toll Nears 160,000; Two More States Surpass NY in Confirmed Cases

On Monday, August 3, there are now 4.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll verges on 160,000 (currently 158,495). Over the weekend both Florida and Texas surpassed New York in confirmed infections with 491,884 and 454,364 cases, respectively. California remains the state with the most confirmed cases at 515,686. Outside of the top 4, the US states with the most number of confirmed coronavirus infections are:

  • Georgia: 193,177 confirmed cases; 3,840 deaths.
  • New Jersey: 188,048 confirmed cases; 15,913 deaths.
  • Illinois: 183,224 confirmed cases; 7,714 deaths.
  • Arizona: 179,497 confirmed cases; 3,779 deaths.
  • North Carolina: 126,532 confirmed cases; 1,999 deaths.

Update on Stimulus Negotiations

Bipartisan agreement on a second coronavirus stimulus package remains far apart. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said they expect to resume discussions on Monday. “We obviously need bipartisan support to get any deal done, the last two deals we got done 96-0 and 100-0. I think it’s pretty fair to say that we’re not going to do that again,” Mnuchin told reporters Sunday, per a CNN report.

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