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Over the weekend, four prisoners died at San Quentin, where there have been more than 1,500 confirmed infections. Other California news focuses on ICE detention facilities, rising hospitalizations, the Assembly’s recess and closures of more businesses, among other things.
The number of confirmed U.S. coronavirus cases rose by another 41,000 on Monday. In response to the surge, governors in California, Texas and Florida in particular are taking steps to slow or reverse reopening measures as cases in those states hit record levels. Meanwhile, New York and New Jersey — former hot spots — aim to protect their states from slipping back.
Local leaders voice frustration at the inconsistent or unsound reopening and health guidelines provided by state capitols that they say have contributed to the rapid resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Moves being made in cities or regions in Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, California, Maryland and New York are in the news.
On Wednesday, 36,880 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported, as the outbreak spikes again primarily in the West and South. Public health experts fear “apocalyptic” surges in Texas, California and Florida cities. While new cases trend upwards, so far deaths are not rising at the same rate, though that may not continue to be the case for much longer.
The state broke its record for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in a day, with more than 6,000 reported Monday. Over 2,000 of those came from Los Angeles County. Other California pandemic-related news is on hospitalizations, nursing homes, renters, and prisons as well.
There have only been two days previously that the U.S. logged higher case counts than what was reported on Tuesday. Yet states continue to push forward with their plans to reopen.
Meanwhile, the state is coping with a surge in coronavirus cases as it struggles with social distancing and mask-wearing.
A federal judge in Oakland, California, points to a “significant failure of policy and planning” at San Quentin prison, while Arizona reports more than 1,100 cases of the virus among county jail inmates, state prisoners and federal immigration detainees.
News outlets investigate tactics employed by law enforcement during recent protests of racism and police violence. Calls for reform by protesters and lawmakers are also reported.
In other news on how the pandemic impacts voting: Minnesota changes its absentee ballot rules and Delaware steps back from its online voting system.
There’s a profound lack of infrastructure in the American public health system that makes contact tracing–widely viewed as a crucial tool to curb the pandemic–especially difficult to implement effectively.
Many states are reporting a record number of coronavirus cases and forecasters predict a slow and steady increase through the summer as part of the first wave. But they also warn that there will likely be a real, second wave that will hit the nation in the fall.
Experts say they are seeing more support for legislation that would more tightly regulate the ways that police can use force on suspects. Cities and states across the country are grappling with how best to address police violence as the protests sparked by George Floyd’s death continue.
Stat reports on how a slow public health response led to spread of the coronavirus in an east of Los Angeles prison, which has reported 767 cases and 13 deaths so far. News on prisons is reported from Pennsylvania, as well.
Media outlets report on news from Ohio, Louisiana, California, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maine, Texas and Wisconsin.
When some Americans protested shutdown measures, public health experts staunchly warned against mass gatherings. But as thousands pour into the streets to demonstrate against police violence and racial disparities, some of those same experts now say the benefit is worth the risk in terms of long-term public health gains. Meanwhile, cities and states across the country review police tactics and their implications on public health.
Media outlets report on news from California, Rhode Island, Maine, Wisconsin, Texas, Michigan, Maryland, Vermont and Massachusetts.
With hurricane and wildfire seasons looming, officials struggle to figure out how to keep Americans safe from natural disasters in the midst of a pandemic.
As many as 400,000 workers could begin returning to construction jobs, manufacturing sites and retail stores in the city’s first phase of reopening. But the momentous day comes amid turmoil and uncertainty from the protests. Media outlets look at how other areas of the country are weathering the pandemic as the U.S. death toll surpasses 110,000.
Media outlets report on news from New York, California, Maryland, Nevada and Massachusetts.