Georgia passes 200,000 coronavirus cases
ATLANTA — Georgia passed more than 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, according to the latest figures released by the state Department of Public Health.The department said 201,713 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported. The state is also nearing 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with the latest total at 3,984.A total of 19,788 hospitalizations have been reported, with 3,616 patients admitted into intensive care units, the department said.Wednesday’s latest numbers also show 3,817 more cases reported over the last 24 hours, along with 65 more deaths over the same period. Nat...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
No NBA players test positive for COVID-19 Disney bubble for third straight week
ORLANDO, Fla. — The NBA bubble continues to be a success.None of the 343 players who were tested for COVID-19 on the Disney World campus since results were last announced on July 29 have returned confirmed positives, the league and National Basketball Players Association announced Wednesday. There were also no positive tests from July 29 or July 30.That came after the league and players association announced July 13 that two of the initial 322 players who had arrived since July 7 tested positive while in quarantine.Unable to clear quarantine, the two left the campus to isolate.———©2020 The Phi...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Member of controversial church sues online critics who claimed he helped spread COVID-19
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Shelby businessman has been defamed by false online allegations that he helped spread COVID-19 across the North Carolina foothills by working sickened employees, a new federal lawsuit claims.Samuel Pires says he has been singled out for repeated social media attacks for one reason: He’s a member of Word of Faith Fellowship, arguably the state’s most controversial church.According to the complaint, Pires blames a group of Facebook users for damaging his reputation and his businesses by alleging that the companies are a threat to public health and that Pires is funneling mone...
The Charlotte Observer
Woman asked for compassionate release, but the prison refused. She just died of COVID-19
MIAMI — Tressa Clements pressed her hand to the ICU window and spoke through her tears.“Baby girl, I pray to God you would wake up,” she said to her child, lashed to a ventilator. “I want you to wake up.”That was Sunday evening — the penultimate day of Saferia Johnson’s life. Johnson, an inmate at the women’s work camp at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Sumter County, died the next morning, just after 10.The cause: COVID-19. She was 36.Johnson, a nonviolent inmate with two young sons, had petitioned the prison for compassionate release on home confinement. The prison had rejected the r...
'Now you've got coronavirus,' Florida man tells boy to his face as the spit flies
MIAMI — A boy was sitting inside a Gulf Coast restaurant when a man walked up to him and asked if he was wearing a face mask.The boy said yes.The man then told the boy to take it off and shake his hand. The boy refused. So the man grabbed his hand, held it tightly, closed in on his face and said, “You now have the coronavirus.”The man was so close to the boy’s face “spit particles from the defendant’s mouth landed in his face,” a Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrest report says.Deputies charged Jason Andrew Copenhaver, 47, with disorderly conduct and simple battery for the incident at Ricky...
Sick ICE detainees are scared to die of COVID-19. Some beg federal judge to release them
MIAMI — The list of immigration detainees personally asking a Miami federal judge to release them from coronavirus-riddled detention centers in South Florida continues to grow.The new requests for release — each about 200 pages long — began to trickle in about two weeks ago after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement revealed that a detainee had died of the virus at a Palm Beach County hospital. It was, and remains, the state’s first reported COVID death of an immigration detainee.In their statements to U.S. District Judge Marcia G. Cooke, 13 detainees urged her to let them continue their d...
Biden won't attend Democratic convention in Milwaukee amid coronavirus concerns
Joe Biden will not accept his party’s presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee later this month because of concerns over the still-raging coronavirus pandemic, Democratic officials announced Wednesday.Instead, Biden will deliver his acceptance speech via streaming video from his home state of Delaware, the officials said, meaning the highlight of the convention will be entirely virtual.“From the very beginning of this pandemic, we put the health and safety of the American people first,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said. “That’s the kind of...
New York Daily News
Trump slams absentee voting and claims coronavirus 'will go away'
President Donald Trump slammed voting by mail as a “disaster” Wednesday just a day after urging his supporters to do just that in Florida.Hours after admitting that absentee voting and vote by mail are the same thing, the president claimed that only Florida’s Republican-run government can be trusted to run elections mostly by mail.“Absentee (voting) is OK because you have to go through a process,” Trump said in a rambling, hourlong morning appearance on his favorite morning show, “Fox & Friends.” “What we’re against is blanketing the state with ballots. Anyone who ever walked will get one.”Tru...
New York Daily News
Lack of public data hampers COVID-19 fight
WASHINGTON — Ali Mokdad, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, has been trying to make sense of this summer’s COVID-19 surge. He says he can theorize only in a general way about why the virus spread and what to do about it.“Yes, the new cases appear to be mainly young people,” he said. “Yes, they may be letting down their guard. Yes, it might make sense to close the bars.”But as a global health expert at the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, he says he should be able provide much more nuanced answers.“Why can’t we figure out what’s contributing to the recen...
Commentary: Crises highlight racial inequity
If there is any blessing in the medical and financial crises brought about by COVID-19, it is the light they’ve shone on our tragic economic inequality. And the United States’ bold reckoning with race has broadened the meaning of that inequality and heightened the urgency to confront it.Low-income and Black, Latinx and Native Americans are more likely than wealthy whites to contract coronavirus, more likely to die from it and more likely to lose a job due to the recession. Meanwhile, U.S. billionaires — overwhelmingly white and male — have seen their fortunes swell by more than $700 billion du...
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