Home testing could change the fight against the new coronavirus.


The additional $ 600 in federal unemployment benefits that helped keep many Americans afloat in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic will expire Friday as plans for additional incentives get stuck in the deadlocked Senate.

Dr Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify against a special palace commission. His testimony comes at a time when lost progress in the fight against COVID-19 appears and uncertainty is obscuring the nation’s path forward.

A new survey shows that fewer Americans want to resume daily activities such as going to restaurants or sending kids to school when cases occur. However, as the school year approaches, government officials are issuing guidelines for renovating schools. In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz has announced a plan to allow districts to resume learning in personal, distance, or hybrid classes. Teachers are increasingly concerned about the mental health of their students.

Here are some significant changes:

  • This month, the European Union extended its ban on American travelers for the second time.
  • Buddy, the first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, died.
  • Herman Cain, a one-time hopeful president and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, died Thursday after being hospitalized in Atlanta a month ago for coronavirus treatment.

📈 Today’s issues: According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 152,000 deaths and more than 4.4 million COVID-19 cases have been reported in the United States. More than 671,000 people and 17 million cases have died worldwide.

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More reported cases in 6 states; recorded death after 9

A weekly analysis of U.S. TODAY Johnson Hopkins data as of late Thursday shows that six states registered new cases and a record number of deaths in nine states. New cases have been identified in Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon, as well as Puerto Rico. Record deaths have been reported in Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon.

– Mike Stucka

Minnesota schools will be able to open more flexibly again

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday unveiled an update plan that includes a district equation to use when deciding whether to start private school or distance learning, or use a hybrid option, taking into account virus activity in the surrounding county and district meeting opportunities. mitigation requirements.

Experts from health and education departments will work with school districts and charter schools to help determine which learning model they should use at the beginning of the year. School districts will separately announce what learning models they will use.

“With this approach, we combine knowledge and data from our health and education departments with the experience of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students across the state,” Walz said.

The report came a month after state health and education officials asked districts to prepare for three scenarios and be prepared to move from one location to the new coronavirus.

– Jenny Berg, ‘St. Cloud Times

In Louisiana, extend the mandate of the face mask, closing the bar

Louisiana g. John Bel Edwards hopes to extend the mask mandate, bar closure and other COVID restrictions on Thursday after Aug. 7, when his current order expires.

“People shouldn’t expect us to make big changes every two weeks,” Edwards said in a public news release. “I don’t want people to think that big changes are going to happen. Based on current data, that doesn’t seem likely.”

Edwards will officially announce his decision next week, but has sent a clear signal that the modified Phase 2 renewal procedure will remain in effect. Although the governor said there are likely signs of flatulence in the infection, based on three days less hospitalizations: “We remain among the no. 1 per capita. ”

– Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star

The additional $ 600 in unemployment benefits will end in a stalemate in the negotiations

The Senate, which came to a standstill on Thursday, left Washington over the weekend without accepting an extension of the $ 600-a-week allowance that helped sustain both families and the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the country.

After Friday’s $ 600 unemployment benefit ended, Senate-controlled Republicans filed a response. Senate Supreme Republican Mitch McConnell has taken procedural steps to make it easier next week to reach a possible compromise that would extend the supplementary unemployment benefit until negotiations on a broader COVID aid measure begin.

“Currently, we are so divided on a longer-term deal that even if we said ‘yes’ to a longer deal, you could (have) weeks of negotiations without consulting,” White House chief Mark Meadows said.

– Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The first dog to be tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States died

A friend of a German shepherd died. He was the first domestic dog in the United States to test positive for coronavirus disease caused by COVID-19. After months of illness, its owners and veterinarian made a difficult decision to convict him, according to an exclusive report from National Geographic. The beloved dog died on July 11 on Staten Island, New York.

The buddy first showed symptoms of the virus in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He tried to breathe, lost weight and became more and more sweet. After numerous visits to three different veterinarians, heart medications, steroids and other medical interventions, Buddy was checked for COVID-19 on 15 May. But it wasn’t until June 2 that the New York City Department of Health called the Mahoney family to tell them. that their dog was actually infected with the virus.

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Actor Bryan Cranston reveals that he had COVID-19, donated plasma

Bryan Cranston reveals he had coronavirus. Now he says he uses his antibodies in hopes of helping others. “I had a COVID-19 some time ago,” Cranston, who is in a mask, tells fans in an Instagram video released on Thursday. The headline of the post writes that the virus became infected despite strictly adhered protocols.

“I was very lucky,” he says, “with very mild symptoms.” The text at the bottom of Cranston’s video describes the Emmy winner’s symptoms as mild headaches, chest tightness and loss of taste and smell.

From his recovery, Cranston explains that he started giving plasma at the UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center “because I have antibodies.” The text of the Selfie video says it will “help people recover faster and be used in research into the virus.”

– Carly Mallenbaum

The EU is renewing its ban on American travelers

For the second time this month, the European Union on Thursday extended its travel ban on Americans as COVID-19 infection continued to spread across the United States. The EU first began lifting travel restrictions outside the bloc on 1 July, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The US was not included in this initial list, and the EU extended the ban on Americans from visiting the bloc on 16 July.

The European Council issued a report after EU officials reviewed travel restrictions every two weeks, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country to determine whether to add to or narrow down the list of allowed travelers. Key assessment: The pandemic outbreak in a given country must be equally stopped or better than in the EU.

– Curtis Tate and Deirdre Shesgreen

New cases declining nationwide?

According to Johnson Hopkins University, based on a moving seven-day average, the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. fell to 65,266, or about 3% from a week ago. Researchers prefer to collect two weeks of trend data, but University of Florida biostatist Ira Longini said he thought “the direction is real.”

More good news: The percentage of positive tests fell from an average of 8.5% to 7.8% over the past week. However, Dean of the College of Public Health, University of Nebraska, dr. Ali Khan warns that another boom is possible. “The disease will continue until the thinner – sensitive individuals – like any good fire,” Khan said.

– John Bacon

Florida’s population is growing daily

For the third day in a row, the Florida Department of Health reported a new daily COVID-19 death record. The 253 deaths accounted for almost 20% more than the previous day. Currently, the total death toll of Florida residents is 6,586, nearly half of them in July.

An analysis of Johns Hopkins data conducted in the U.S. today late Wednesday shows that seven states registered new cases and a record number died in eight states. New case records were found in Arkansas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, and West Virginia. A record number of deaths have been reported in Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

– Mike Stucca and Cheryl McCloud

Former President’s hope Herman Cain died of COVID-19

The president’s one-time hope and former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain died Thursday after he was hospitalized a month ago for coronavirus treatment, his website and social media report.

“Herman Cain, our boss, our friend, as a father to many of us, is dead,” Dan Calabrese wrote on Cain’s website.

Calabrese said Cain, 74, has been “fairly healthy” in recent years, but has been put at risk for coronavirus because of his cancer history. Cain recently joined Newsmax TV and tried to launch a weekly show.

Newsmax said Cain attended a rally of President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, less than two weeks before his diagnosis. Newsmax said it was not known where Cain, chairman of Black Voices for Trump, had been infected.

– Nicholas Wu and Jeanine Santucci

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