Coronavirus Live Blog 7.18.2020

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Wednesday: U.S. shatters coronavirus record with over 77,000 cases in a day
*This one day US total is near what China saw over 6 months

Georgia Hospital Worker Sounds Alarm: ‘I Have Never Ever Seen Anything Like This
The emergency room overflowed with patients. Then, the next wave arrived. This time on stretchers. “They were lined up along the walls in the ER,”
In previous weeks, the health care worker said, COVID-19 patients typically got transported to medical centers about 70 miles north to Atlanta or 160 miles east to Savannah. This week, there was no room. Desperate, the health care worker said, administrators began checking available hospitals in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.

At least 31 percent of children tested in Florida are positive for COVID-19: report

Public’s disconnect from COVID-19 reality worries experts

Washington state reports 1,267 new coronavirus cases, a record for a single day

San Francisco’s health director discourages ‘hard-to-resist’ gatherings

L.A. County sees highest COVID-19 hospitalization rates ever as part of ‘alarming and dangerous phase,’ official says

Ventura County sees coronavirus spike among farmworkers after outbreak at housing complex

Garment factories, meatpacking plants among L.A. County workplaces with the worst coronavirus outbreaks 

California shatters record with more than 11,000 new coronavirus cases in 1 day

Californians turn anger on each other over second coronavirus shutdown

US Army medical staff brought to Houston to set up covid hospital 
“Hospital admissions are rising,” Hotez said. “Hospital staff are getting exhausted. The acceleration of the death rate could go up higher as hospital staff get overwhelmed. You have to figure out another path. Patients are flowing in. This is all a consequence of transmission out of control.”

NY medical staff arrive in Houston to run covid test sites 

Houston ICU doc says caregivers are exhausted, describes long-lasting effects of COVID-19

Rural Texas hospitals running short on beds, ventilators and drugs 

Virus will continue to ‘hopscotch’ around U.S. if not contained, former CDC official warns

New York’s Cuomo announces new restrictions on bars and restaurants after compliance issues

City halves its coronavirus case rate after month of mask policy

Masks win political momentum despite GOP holdouts 

Dems raise concerns about White House diversion of covid data from CDC

US Health Department directs CDC to add hospital data back to its website

DHS upset masks are ruining facial recognition programs

Despite Trump’s pressure, most Americans think it is unsafe to reopen schools: Reuters/Ipsos poll

‘Science should not stand in the way’ of schools reopening, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says

WI summer school closes after covid exposure

3 Student-Athletes At Liberty High School In Brentwood Test Positive For COVID-19

Covid cases among SD high school football team

33 Central Florida high school football players, 5 coaches quarantined after 2 players test positive for COVID-19 

5 Carrollton HS football players test positive for COVID-19, quarantined

Michigan high school football players, coaches grapple with possibility of season cancellation

Dearborn High School football team cancels week of conditioning due to possible COVID-19 exposure

Mississippi delays start of high school football season due to COVID-19

Utah; How 8 high school football teams are responding to direct and indirect positive cases of COVID-19

Nebraska; Elkhorn South football player tests positive for COVID-19

Another Indiana high school football player tests positive for COVID-19; doctor says sports too difficult without vaccine

Youth sports a driver of COVID-19 infections in St. Louis area

Missouri: Wednesday COVID-19 Coverage: High school football coach tests positive

New Jersey: Bergan HS football suspends program after coach tests positive

Missouri: football and summer programs at 2 schools closed after covid cases

AZ: Athlete tests positive for COVID-19

KY: Silver Creek High School football player tests positive for COVID-19, coach says

Louisiana high school football player hospitalized with COVID-19 highlights concerns about fall sports

“72 NFL players have tested positive for COVID-19”

Kentucky Governor Warns GOP’s War On Masks Will Cause Explosive COVID Outbreak Democrat Andy Beshear is increasingly frustrated with Republican efforts to block his measures to slow the spread.

GA governor voids city mask mandates

Georgia governor sues to stop Atlanta mask mandate – “I am not afraid of the city being sued,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms had declared in instituting a mask requirement in the city.

This City’s Coronavirus Safety Measures Could Become Best Practices

Kroger will require masks starting Monday

Kohls mandates masks starting next Monday 

Target, CVS, Walgreens, Publix join mandatory mask mandates.

‘I’ve been discriminated against’: San Diego woman who refused to wear mask at Starbucks seeks half of $100,000 donated to barista

Global report: Barcelona facing new lockdown as Tokyo raises alert level

Hong Kong sees its biggest number of daily cases since the outbreak began.

Syria’s Idlib was already a humanitarian nightmare. Now the coronavirus has arrived. – The outbreak threatens to exacerbate the ever-present humanitarian disaster in northwest Syria.

Scans Reveal Heart Damage in Over Half of COVID-19 Patients in Study

Early-stage trial data on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine due Monday – Lancet

Covid-19 vaccine trials are showing promising results. A lot can still go wrong. – Not all experts are optimistic we’ll have a vaccine by the end of the year.

Covid Vaccine Front-Runner Is Months Ahead of Her Competition

Russian Hackers Trying to Steal Vaccine Research, Intelligence Agencies Say

More Than 130 Tesla Workers Test Positive For Coronavirus: Report – Leaked internal documents show more than 1550 employees are “affected” because of self-quarantining.

Pence says GOP considering moving convention outdoors

Republican convention in Jacksonville will be scaled back next month

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