At present was one of many greatest COVID-19-related information days in fairly some time, so let’s get proper to the hyperlinks:
• Reopening processes across the nation—and in some elements of California—are coming to a halt or being reversed, as a result of rising COVID-19 circumstances and hospitalizations. In Texas and Florida, bars are being closed, and different enterprise are being restricted.
• San Francisco was planning on permitting hair salons, out of doors bars and different companies to open on Monday. That transfer has been delayed indefinitely.
• And most worrisome regionally: For the primary time for the reason that reopening course of started, the state has advised a county that it must re-impose a strict stay-at-home order—Imperial County, our neighbors to the southeast. And one other neighboring county, San Bernardino, is near operating out of non-surge hospital beds.
• Riverside County is behind the curve at hiring contact tracers. The excellent news is that as of yesterday, the county was as much as 220 of them, with 180 added within the final 5 weeks, in line with the Riverside Press-Enterprise. Nevertheless, the state says we want round 375 of them.
• Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned the federal authorities is contemplating a brand new method of testing for SARS-CoV-2—pool testing. “The approach works this way: Samples from, say, 20 people are combined into a single pool,” stories The Washington Put up. “One coronavirus test is used on the entire pool. If the test comes back negative, researchers know they can move on to another pool of samples. If it comes back positive, only then would each individual be tested.”
• A Tucson emergency room physician penned a column for The New York Occasions with this headline: “I’m a Health Care Worker. You Need to Know How Close We Are to Breaking.”
• Whereas the state-by-state numbers listed below are most likely too small to take too severely … a latest Axios/Ipsos ballot exhibits that 64 p.c of Californians put on masks every time they exit—the second highest proportion behind New York.
• A JPMorgan examine exhibits a correlation between restaurant spending and the unfold of the coronavirus, in line with CNBC—and, conversely, “higher spending at supermarkets predicts a slower spread of the virus.” Nevertheless, specialists level out that this doesn’t essentially imply eating places are in charge for the unfold.
• Additionally in line with CNBC: The variety of householders delaying their month-to-month mortgage funds is on the rise once more, after falling for a number of weeks.
• Are you able to store safely in a brick-and-mortar clothes retailer? Esquire talked to some specialists to get solutions. Key quote from Erin Bromage, affiliate professor of biology and immunology on the College of Massachusetts: “It comes down to how long you spend in the store and how many people are in the store. If you are only in there for a short period of time, and they’re restricting occupancy, then the risk is low.”
• From our companions at CalMatters, through the Impartial: College of California campuses are telling college students to organize for a fall semester that may principally—however not fully—happen on-line.
• We’re now transferring to our WTF?! portion of the digest, beginning with the information that American Airways goes to cease preserving center seats open, and resume reserving flights to capability.
• It’s not usually that I’ve needed to tip my hat to Dick Cheney, however right here we’re: He says that actual males put on face masks.
• Do you know North Carolina has an anti-mask legislation? It’s true—and it’s induced no small diploma of confusion. It seems the legislation is a decades-old measure meant to crack down on the KKK—however fortunately, it’s been quickly suspended, not less than by way of Aug. 1.
• Lastly, this story is especially devastating information to these of us right here at Impartial World Headquarters: Costco has stopped making half-sheet muffins. DAMN YOU ’RONA! DAMN YOU!!!
• No … we take again that “finally”; we will’t finish the week on that terrible observe. So right here’s some excellent news: San Francisco’s Transgender District was “the first legally recognized district in the world dedicated to a historically transgender community.” The financial downturn virtually compelled the nonprofit to shut—however then got here the Black Lives Matter protests. Now, the Transgender District is on firmer footing, as “the two movements have converged in a kind of intersectional synchronicity that is bringing renewed attention to the realities of transgender people of color,” stories the San Francisco Chronicle.
Readers, these are scary occasions. Please, deal with your self this weekend. Put on a masks once you exit. Examine in on neighbors and family members. Reside within the now and revel in life, as a result of lately nonetheless depend towards the full quantity you’ve gotten on this planet. Proper? Oh, and assist out the Impartial, should you’re ready, by changing into a Supporter of the Impartial. The Every day Digest will return Monday.