Home testing can transform the fight against the novel coronavirus.


The extra $ 600 in federal unemployment aid that helped many Americans stay in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic will expire on Friday as plans for additional stimulus stuck in a stalled Senate.

Dr Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify before a Special House panel. His testimony comes at a time when early progress in fighting COVID-19 seems to have been lost and uncertainty paves the way for the nation to move forward.

A new study shows that fewer Americans want to resume daily activities like going to restaurants or sending kids to school as quick cases. But as the school year approaches, state officials are issuing instructions for reopening schools. In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz announced a plan that gave districts the opportunity to reopen with in-person classes, distance learning or hybrid classes. Increasingly, teachers are concerned about the mental health of their students.

Here are some significant developments:

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

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More registration cases in 6 countries; record deaths at 9

A weekly US TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data as of late Thursday shows six states set new records for cases while nine states had a record number of deaths. New case registrations were set up in Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon, and also Puerto Rico. Record death tolls were reported in Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon.

– Mike Stucka

Minnesota schools will have flexibility in reopening

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday unveiled a reopening plan that includes an equation for the districts they will use to decide whether to reopen with a class of people, distance learning or a hybrid option dependent on viral activity in the surrounding county. and the ability of the district to meet mitigation requirements.

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

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

The announcement comes a month after state health and education officials urged districts to prepare for all three scenarios – and be prepared to switch between options based on the novel spread of the novel coronavirus.

– Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times

Louisiana will extend the mandate of face masks, closing the bar

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday he expects to extend the mask’s mandate, tape closure and other COVID restrictions beyond Aug. 7, when his current mandate will expire.

“People should not expect us to make big changes every two weeks,” Edvard told a news conference. “I do not want people who think there will be big changes. This does not seem likely to be based on current data.”

Edvard will formally announce his decision next week, but sent a clear signal that the modified Phase 2 of the reopening order will remain in place. Although the governor said there are hopeful signs of a plateau becoming infected based on a three-day run of less hospital, “We remain No. 1 among states in cases per capita.”

– Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star

An additional $ 600 in unemployment benefits was cut short as talks stalled

A stalled Senate on Thursday ousted Washington for the weekend without acting to extend an extended unemployment benefit of $ 600 a week that has helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate the country.

Friday’s $ 600 unemployment benefit expired sent Republicans controlling the Senate trying to respond. Senior Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell made a procedural move to make it easier to reach a possible compromise next week that will extend the unemployment benefit as talks on a broader COVID relief measure.

“We are so far apart on a longer-term deal now that even if we said ‘yes’ to a longer-term deal, you could have (weeks) talks without reaching a common issue,” said White House chief of staff. Mark Meadows.

– Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the US has died

German Buddy Shepherd is dead. He was the first pet dog in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. After months of being ill, the owners and himself made the difficult decision to euthanize him, according to an exclusive National Geographic report. The beloved dog died July 11 in Staten Island, New York.

Buddy first exposed the symptoms of the virus in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He was trying to breathe, lost weight and became increasingly lethargic. After numerous visits to three different veterinarians, heart medication, steroids and other medical interventions, Buddy was tested for COVID-19 on May 15th. But it was not until June 2 that the New York City Department of Health called the Mahoney family to tell them that their dog had indeed contracted the virus.

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Actor Bryan Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, donates plasma

Bryan Cranston is discovering he had coronavirus. Now, he says he is using his antibodies in hopes of helping others. “I had COVID-19 a while ago,” Cranston, in a mask, told fans in a video on Instagram posted Thursday. In the title of the post, he writes that he got the virus despite strict protocols.

“I’m very lucky,” he says, “very mild symptoms.” The text at the end of the Cranston video describes the symptoms of the Emmy winner as a mild headache, tightness in the chest and loss of taste and smell.

Since recovering, Cranston explains that he has started donating plasma to the UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center, “because I have antibodies.” The text in the selfie video reads that such action “will help people recover faster and be used in scientific research studies related to this virus”.

– Carly Mallenbaum

The EU again tightens the ban on American travelers

For the second time this month, the European Union extended travel bans for Americans on Thursday as COVID-19 infections continued to rise across the United States. The EU first began lifting its out-of-bloc travel restrictions on July 1st, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The US was left off the initial list and the EU extended its ban on Americans visiting the bloc on July 16.

The announcement, from the European Council, came after EU officials conducted their two-week review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and control measures in each country to determine whether to increase or narrow the list of allowed passengers. Key Measurement: The spread of the pandemic in a given country should be contained equally – or better – than in the EU.

– Curtis Tate and Deirdre Shesgreen

New cases going towards the country?

Based on a seven-day moving average, daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. have dropped to 65,266, down about 3% from a week ago, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Researchers prefer to look at two weeks of trend data, but University of Florida biostatist Ira Longini said he thinks “the direction is real.”

The best news: The percentage of positive tests nationwide fell from an average of 8.5% to 7.8% over the past week. However, Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska College of Public Health, warns that another boom in cases is possible. “This disease will continue to plague until it detects susceptible individuals – like any good fire,” Khan said.

– John Bacon

The daily death toll in Florida continues to rise

For the third day in a row, the Florida Department of Health reported a new daily record for COVID-19 deaths Thursday. The 253 victims represented a jump of almost 20% from the record set the day before. The total number of deaths among Florida residents is now 6,586, nearly half of them in July.

A US TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data as of late Wednesday shows seven states set new case records while eight states had a record number of deaths. New case registrations were set up in Arkansas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and West Virginia. Record death tolls were reported in Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

– Mike Stucca and Cheryl McCloud

Former presidential hopeful Herman Cain dies of COVID-19

Herman Cain, once a hopeful president and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, died Thursday after being hospitalized in Atlanta for coronavirus treatment a month ago, according to his website and social media.

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, as a father to so many of us – has passed away,” Dan Calabrese wrote on Cain ‘s website.

Calabrese said Cain, 74, was “pretty healthy” in recent years, but that his history of cancer landed him in a high-risk group for the coronavirus. Cain recently joined Newsmax TV and was working towards starting a weekly show.

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

– Nicholas Wu and Jeanine Santucci

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