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VP Pence cancels trips to Florida, Arizona amid coronavirus case surges
Vice President Mike Pence has canceled events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. A spokesperson for President Donald Trump’s campaign confirmed to USA TODAY the events, which included stops as part of Pence’s “Faith in America” tour, were canceled “out of an abundance of caution” as cases climb in Florida and Arizona.
On Tuesday, Pence was scheduled to give remarks at a “Faith in America” event in Tucson and to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey about the COVID-19 response. Pence had planned to travel to Florida on July 2 for a bus tour, meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis about coronavirus, and to deliver remarks both at a “Fatih in America” event in Sarasota after touring Oakley Transport Inc. in Lake Wales.
The Trump campaign faced criticism for holding a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. Local health officials called for it to be canceled over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and several campaign staffers and Secret Service employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since the rally, along with a journalist.
Florida babies are getting COVID-19 at high rates this month
Infants and young children are rapidly catching the coronavirus and increasingly ending up in the hospital this month, according to an analysis of data from the Florida Department of Health.
Since June 1, more than 1,100 children ages 4 and younger have been diagnosed with the coronavirus — accounting for 70% of the total cases in the age group. | Read more
Saturday’s record: 9,585 new cases in Florida; 2 more deaths in PBC
The state set another record for new coronavirus cases Saturday with 9,585, a 7.8 percent increase in the deadly disease statewide, the Florida Department of Health reported.
The third new-case record in four days brings the state’s total number of cases to 132,545.
Florida has added more than 38,700 cases in a week, a 41 percent jump. That’s 30 percent of the state’s cases in seven days. Palm Beach County now has 12,928 cases, with two more reported deaths, raising the total to 505. | Read more
PBC teachers union calls for school campuses to stay closed as pandemic rages
Palm Beach County’s teachers union is calling on the school district to keep campuses closed to students when classes resume in August, saying that a return to in-person schooling is “a dangerous gamble” with the coronavirus pandemic worsening. | Read more
Cuomo pulls sick leave for New York workers who travel to high-risk states
Don’t go to a state with a high COVID-19 rate, come back to New York and expect to get paid sick leave benefits. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday that strips the paid sick leave protections for New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25.
“If we are going to maintain the progress we’ve seen, we need everyone to take personal responsibility,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The order is the latest crackdown by Cuomo to avoid a surge in coronavirus in New York as its infection rates have been at record lows, but have hit record highs in parts of the South and West.
Oregon man arrested after he refused to wear face mask in courtroom
An Oregon man was briefly jailed for contempt after he refused to wear a mask and walked out of the courtroom where he was scheduled to appear for a harassment charge and a traffic violation.
A court clerk advised John Kulbeth to put on a face mask Wednesday, he declined and stood in the back of the courtroom in Sweet Home, Oregon, with his 6-year-old daughter, Baylee, far from everyone else.
When Judge Larry Blake entered and saw him in the back of the room, “he proceeded to chew me out, tell me if I was not going to wear a mask he was going to hold me in contempt of court,” Kulbeth told the USA TODAY Network.
371 Tyson Foods employees at Missouri chicken plant test positive
Tyson Foods announced Friday that 371 employees at its chicken plant in Noel, Missouri, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Friday’s announcement confirms suspicions that the recent spike in McDonald County’s reported COVID-19 numbers was the result of large-scale testing at the chicken plant.
In a news release, Tyson said it tested 1,142 employees from June 17 to June 19, and 291 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 291, Tyson said 249 or 85% were asymptomatic or didn’t show any symptoms.
Severe COVID-19 linked to brain complications, study finds
A new study has found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications, but researchers say they still aren’t sure whether those complications are directly caused by the disease.
The preliminary study, billed as the first nationwide survey of the neurological complications of the disease, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry this week.
Over the course of three weeks in April, researchers surveyed 153 hospitalized patients in the U.K. who had both a new confirmed or probable COVID-19 diagnosis and a new neurological or psychiatric diagnosis.
Virus rages in US, Brazil, Russia, India
While China and Europe took the brunt of the early days of the pandemic, the virus is now raging in the U.S., Brazil, Russia and India. Against that backdrop, the European Union is not expected to allow travelers from the U.S., Brazil and Russia.
Brazil trails the U.S. with the world’s second-most confirmed cases and deaths. More than 1.2 million people have tested positive.
In Russia, with the world’s third-most confirmed cases, the country is reporting a steady decline in daily new cases.
In India, confirmed cases crossed the half-million mark Saturday, jumping by a one-day record of 18,552 infections.
In Europe, 11 countries have reported a “very significant resurgence” in cases recently, Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, regional director for the World Health Organization, warned Friday. Kluge told reporters that health systems could be “pushed to the brink” if these increased transmissions of the virus go unchecked.
Miami-Dade to close all county beaches for the Fourth of July weekend
County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was expected to sign the order Saturday to close all beaches and ban large gatherings from Friday, July 3 through Tuesday, July 7.
“I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives,” Gimenez said in a statement.
The Miami Herald reports that the order also will cancel gatherings, including parades, of more than 50 people for the same time period.
After consulting with our County’s public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7. More info: https://t.co/oSgkrB8CrS pic.twitter.com/CydnVmljz5
— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) June 27, 2020
Judge: US must free migrant children from detention amid pandemic
A federal judge on Friday ordered the release of children held with their parents in U.S. immigration jails and denounced the Trump administration’s prolonged detention of families during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee’s order applies to children held for more than 20 days at three family detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some have been detained since last year.
US citizens likely won’t be allowed to travel to EU anytime soon
European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.
The envoys were expected to have narrowed later Saturday the exact criteria for countries to make the list, which include the way the spread of the virus is being managed. Another key condition is whether the country has a ban on citizens from European nations.
The number of cases in the United States has surged over the past week, with an all-time high of 45,300 confirmed new daily infections just reached. President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all people from Europe’s ID check-free travel zone in a decree in March.
Palm Beach County residents to receive masks by mail
Palm Beach County residents will soon find reusable face masks in their mailboxes.
A package of masks — two cloth and two disposable — will be sent to each residence in the county starting in July, paid for with federal dollars. | Read more
Coronavirus regulations increase for Palm Beach County restaurants and bars, but closures rare
Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation has logged some 1,100 coronavirus-related complaints since the start of the shutdown period, says Patrick Fargason, the DBPR’s deputy communications director. At least two dozen of complaints logged through May targeted Palm Beach County restaurants. | Read more
Pandemic’s youth embrace myths as cases skyrocket
COVID-19 infections for Floridians aged 15 and 24 went from about 2,000 to more than 14,000 new cases — a 600% increase in only two months’ time. | Read more
Florida’s ban on bars serving alcohol: What’s it mean for Palm Beach County?
The state’s announcement Friday that it will order bars to stop serving alcohol effective immediately does not affect Palm Beach County.
The new state requirement applies to standalone bars, so restaurants that serve alcohol can remain open.
Restaurants that serve alcohol have already been allowed do so in Palm Beach County, with limitations, and the county never entered its next phase of reopening, which likely would have included standalone bars. | Read more
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Third PGA Tour player tests positive for COVID-19
Denny McCarthy has become the third PGA Tour player to test positive for the COVID-19 virus and has withdrawn from the Travelers Championship.
His playing partner, Bud Cauley of Jacksonville, has withdrawn out of caution. | Read more
Macy’s cutting 3,900 corporate jobs as part of restructuring
Macy’s is cutting approximately 3,900 corporate and management jobs as part of its restructuring to address the impact COVID-19 has had on sales, the department store chain announced. | Read more
Pandemic’s youth embrace myths as cases skyrocket
Positive cases for 20-somethings have absolutely exploded since the state reopened from its lockdown in the last month.
In two months’ time, the infections for Floridians between the ages of 15 and 24 went from about 2,000 to more than 14,000 — a 600% increase. | Read more
Record number of courses taken at Palm Beach State College
Palm Beach State College has hit a record enrollment this summer, numbers not seen in the school’s 80-year history, said the school’s vice president for student services and interim provost of the Lake Worth campus Peter Barbatis. | Read more
Apple Stores in PBC close temporarily amid coronavirus spike
With coronavirus cases surging, Apple announced Thursday it was temporarily closing 21 stores in five states, including three in Palm Beach County.
The new closures include Apple Stores at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, The Mall at Wellington Green in Wellington, and Town Center at Boca Raton. | Read more
Coronavirus hospitalizations rise beyond April levels, FIU study shows
More people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Palm Beach County this week than when the state was in a lockdown in April to slow the spread of the deadly disease, according to data collected by Florida International University.
On Wednesday, 394 people were hospitalized, 84 of them in intensive care and 39 on ventilators, according to the latest data available on a website launched by the university this week. | Read more
Biden says he’d require everyone to wear masks in public
Former Vice President Joe Biden said in a Thursday television interview he would require wearing face masks in public to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Asked by Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA what he would do to help halt the surge in coronavirus cases, Biden said he would “go back to making sure that everyone had masks.”
When asked if he would use federal powers to require the wearing of masks, Biden said, “Yes, I would. From an executive standpoint, yes I would.”
Biden and Trump have struck different tones on face masks while coronavirus case counts continue to rise and the United States reaches new records for daily cases. Trump called masks a “double-edged sword” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal last week and has retweeted posts making fun of Biden for wearing one.
Calls grow for Disney World to delay reopening as cases spike in Florida
Groups representing workers and actors at Walt Disney World are calling for the theme park to delay its planned July 11 reopening as coronavirus cases surge in Florida.
On Thursday, the Actors Equity Association, which represents about 600 professional actors at Disney World, cited Disneyland’s postponed reopening in California in calling for the same at the Florida parks. Disneyland said late Wednesday that the park would not reopen as planned on July 17.
These are Palm Beach County’s rules for wearing masks
In an effort to curb the growing number of coronavirus cases, county officials made wearing a facial covering obligatory inside buildings where the public is welcome, and outdoors when physical distancing is impossible, starting Thursday.
Here are the specifics. | Read more
The USA Today Network contributed to this report.
BY THE NUMBERS
Coronavirus by the numbers, as of Sunday, June 28:
PALM BEACH COUNTY
How many cases are in Palm Beach County? The county has 12,928 cases and 505 deaths. Read full story here.
How many cases in South Florida? Palm Beach County has the third-most positive cases in the state behind Miami-Dade (31,562 cases; 947 deaths) and Broward (14,046 cases; 382 deaths) and the second-most deaths.
How many cases in the Treasure Coast? Martin (1,850 cases, 25 deaths), St. Lucie (1,576 cases, 45 deaths) and Indian River (620 cases, 16 deaths).
In the counties near Lake Okeechobee: Hendry County has 895 cases and 25 deaths. Glades County has 158 cases and 1 death. Okeechobee County has 333 cases and no deaths.
How many cases are in Florida? There are 132,545 cases. There have been 3,485 deaths and 14,136 are currently hospitalized. Read full story here.
Orange County (Orlando) has 7,837 cases and 56 deaths. Hillsborough County (Tampa) has 9,130 cases and 132 deaths. Duval County (Jacksonville) has 4,848 cases and 64 deaths.
How many cases are in the U.S.? There are now 2,510,333 total cases, the most in the world, and 125,539 deaths, the most in the world.
Cumulative hospitalizations: New York leads with 89,995 followed by New Jersey (19,823), Florida (14,432), Massachusetts (11,310), Maryland (10,751), Georgia (10,689), Connecticut (10,268).
State by state deaths: New York leads with 31,368. Following New York is New Jersey (14,948), Massachusetts (8,040), Illinois (6,873), Pennsylvania (6,603), Michigan (6,153), California (5,899), Connecticut (4,311), Florida (3,485).
For real-time state numbers go here.
How many cases are in the world? There are 9,994,206 cases and 499,024 deaths.
For real-time world numbers go here.
Which countries have the most cases? After the U.S. (2,510,333), Brazil (1,313,667), Russia (633,542), India (528,859), the United Kingdom (311,727), Peru (275,989), Chile (267,766), Spain (248,469), Italy (240,136). Mexico has 212,802 and Canada has 104,878.
Which countries have the most deaths? The U.S. leads, with 125,539. Brazil is second with 57,070, followed by the U.K. (43,598), Italy (34,716), France (29,781), Spain (28,341), Mexico (26,381). Canada has 8,576.
For real-time numbers go here.
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