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The additional $ 600 in federal unemployment benefits that helped many Americans stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic ends Friday as plans for an additional stimulus stalled in a dead-end Senate.

Dr. Anthony Foci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify before a special board of the House. His testimony comes at a time when early progress in the fight against COVID-19 seems to be lost, and uncertainty is obscuring the nation’s path.

A new poll shows that fewer Americans want to resume daily activities, such as going to restaurants or sending children to school when cases are perceived. But as the school year approaches, government officials are issuing instructions to open schools. In Minnesota, Tim Waltz has announced a plan that will allow counties to reopen with private classes, distance or hybrid classes. Increasingly, teachers are concerned about the mental health of their students.

Here are some important events:

  • 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, a one-time presidential hopeful and former CEO of Pizza Godfather, died Thursday after being hospitalized in Atlanta for coronavirus treatment a month ago.

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

📰 What we read: Leaders were in no hurry to test COVID-19 for Latin American communities. Now people are sick.

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More cases are reported in 6 states; death record at 9

A weekly analysis of US data today by Jones Hopkins at the end of Thursday shows that six states set records in new cases, and nine states had a record number of deaths. New records have been set in Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon, as well as in Puerto Rico. Record deaths have been reported in Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon.

“Mike Stukka.”

Minnesota schools will have the flexibility to open

Minnesota government’s Tim Waltz unveiled a reopening plan Thursday that includes an equation for districts to use to decide whether to reopen with a private class, distance learning, or a hybrid option that depends on the viral activity in the surrounding area and the district’s ability to meet. . mitigation requirements

Health and education experts will work with school districts and statutory schools to help determine which model of education they should use at the beginning of the year. School districts will announce separately which learning models they will use.

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

The announcement comes a month after public health and education officials asked districts to prepare for three scenarios – and to be prepared to switch between options based on the local spread of the new coronavirus.

– Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards said Thursday he expects to extend the mandate of the mask, closing the bar and other COVID restrictions after Aug. 7, when his current order expires.

“People shouldn’t expect us to make big changes every two weeks,” Edwards told a public briefing. “I don’t want people to think that big changes are going to happen. It doesn’t seem likely based on current data.”

Edwards will officially announce his decision next week, but has sent a clear signal that the modified Phase 2 reopening order will remain in force. Although the governor said there are hopeful signs of a plateau of infection based on the three-day launch of fewer hospitalizations: “We remain №1 among states in cases per capita.”

– Greg Gilburn, Monroe News Star

An additional $ 600 in unemployment benefits ends with a stalemate

The Senate, which came to a standstill on Thursday, left Washington over the weekend without trying to extend the expanded $ 600 a week unemployment benefit, which helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the country.

Friday’s end of a $ 600 unemployment benefit sent Republicans who control the Senate in an attempt to respond. Supreme Republican Senate Mitch McConnell has taken a procedural step to make it easier to reach a compromise next week that would expand unemployment benefits and negotiate a broader COVID.

“We are so far apart on a long-term agreement that even if we said ‘yes’ in a long-term agreement, you could (have) weeks of negotiations without reaching a common point of view,” White House chief of staff Mark Lug said.

– Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

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

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

Buddy first showed symptoms of the virus in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He tried his best to breathe, lost weight and became increasingly sluggish. After repeated visits to three different veterinarians, cardiac drugs, steroids and other medical interventions on May 15, Buddy was tested for COVID-19. that their dog was indeed infected with the virus.

“Adrianna Rodriguez.”

Actor Brian Cranston discovers that he had COVID-19, donates plasma

Brian Cranston discovers that he had a coronavirus. Now he says he uses his antibodies in hopes of helping others. “I had COVID-19 a little earlier,” Cranston, in a mask, told fans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday. In his signature, he wrote that he had contracted the virus, despite strict adherence to protocols.

“I was very lucky,” he says, “to have very mild symptoms.” The text below Cranston’s video describes the Emmy winner’s symptoms, including a mild headache, chest tightness and loss of taste and smell.

After recovering, Cranston explains that he started giving plasma at the UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center, “because I have antibodies.” The text of the video on the selfie says that it “will help people recover faster and use them in research on this virus.”

“Carly Malenbaum.”

Once again, the EU continues to ban American travelers

For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday as COVID-19 infections continued to grow across the United States. The EU first lifted restrictions on travel outside the bloc on July 1, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and Australia. The United States was left off the original list, and the EU extended its ban on Americans visiting the bloc on July 16.

The European Council’s announcement came after EU officials conducted a weekly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country to determine whether to add or narrow the list of permitted travelers. The key indicator is that a pandemic outbreak in a given country needs to be evenly contained – or better – than in the EU.

“Curtis Tate and Deedr Shesringen.”

New cases reaching out to national ones?

Based on the average period, the daily coronavirus in the United States fell to 65,266, which is 3% less than a week ago, according to Johns Hopkins University. Researchers prefer to see two weeks of trends, but University of Florida biostat Ira Longhini said she believes the “direction is real.”

The good news is: The percentage of positive tests across the country has fallen by an average of 8.5% to 7.8% over the past week. However, Dr. Ali Khan, dean of the University of Nebraska’s University of Public Health, warns that another business boom is possible. “This disease will continue to be treated until it finds people as susceptible to tendonitis as any good fire,” Khan said.

– John Bacon

Daily deaths in Florida continue to rise

For the third day in a row, the Florida Department of Health announced a new daily record of deaths from COVID-19 on Thursday. The 253 deaths were a jump of almost 20% from the record set the previous day. The total death toll among Florida residents is now 6,586, nearly half of them in July.

Today, an American analysis of Jones Hopkins data until late Wednesday shows that seven states set records for new cases, and eight states had a record number of deaths. New records have been established in Arkansas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and West Virginia. Record deaths have been recorded in Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

– Mike Stuck and Cheryl McCloud

Former presidential hope Herman Cain has died from COVID-19

Herman Cain, a one-time presidential hopeful and former CEO of Pizza Godfather, 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 the father of many of us, is dead,” Dan Calabrese wrote on Cain’s website.

Calabrese said Cain, 74, had been “fairly healthy” in recent years, but his history of cancer was at increased risk for coronavirus. Cain recently joined Newsmax TV and worked on a weekly show.

Newsmax said Cain attended a rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, less than two weeks before he was diagnosed. Newsmax said it was unknown where Cain, the head of the Black Voices for Trump, was infected.

– Nicolas Wu and Janine Santucci

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