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Florida officials say other beaches will close again to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus as they try to crack down on large gatherings in a spike in confirmed cases of COVID-1

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As COVID-19 cases increase across the nation, more and more states are moving to combat the spread of the virus: Oregon and Kansas are the latest states that will begin to request face masks in public.

As of Wednesday, face masks will be required for all Oregonians in indoor public spaces. In Kansas, facials will be in demand starting Friday.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy announced late Monday that the state would pause the reopening of indoor dining and banned smoking and drinking in Atlantic City casinos that will reopen this week.

Here are some important developments:

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other senior health officials will testify today before Congress on the state of the pandemic.
  • Gilead Sciences, the remdesivir maker that has been shown to shorten recovery times for seriously ill patients, said Monday that it will charge $ 2,340 for a typical treatment course for people covered by governmental health programs in the United States and other countries. developed.
  • The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are meeting the deadline of July 15 to file taxes. The IRS had postponed the tax filing deadline from April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Los Angeles and several counties in Florida are closing their beaches on Friday to help stop the virus from spreading over the July 4 holiday weekend.
  • Dr Anne Schuchat, chief deputy director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a webcast Monday that the wave of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks is “very daunting”.

📈 Today’s statistics: The number of confirmed cases globally is over 10.3 million and the death toll is over 505,500. There are more than 2.5 million cases in the United States and an excess of 126,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.

📰 What we are reading: As cases of coronavirus increase in Arizona and in the government Doug Ducey orders bars, gyms and theaters to close again, the mayor of this city says that he will not cancel the events nor require masks. “My response from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been that we will have erred on the side of freedom,” said Eagar Mayor Bryce Hamblin in a statement.

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Coronavirus CDC official: “We’re not even starting to get over this”

The increase in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks is “very daunting,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy chief director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a webcast Monday.

“We’re not even starting to get over this,” he said.

At the beginning of the epidemic in the United States, the New York region suffered the greatest weight of infections. Now, he said, infections are much more prevalent, making it much more difficult to contain.

The only way to lower the infection rates again, he said, is to stay physically distant from each other, wear masks, wash your hands, and stay away from others after possible exposure. “In terms of the time or season that helps us, I don’t think we can count on this,” said Dr. Howard Bauchner, director of the Journal of the American Medical Association, who was conducting the online interview.

“Face coverage is something everyone can do,” he said, advising people to wear a mask every time they leave the house and around people they don’t live with.

– Karen Weintraub

New Jersey prohibits smoking, drinking in Atlantic City casinos, stopping the reopening of indoor meals

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy postponed the resumption of indoor meals on Monday and banned drinking and smoking in Atlantic City casinos during this week’s reopening, causing a casino to destroy plans to reopen soon.

Murphy said he acted because of disrespect for the use of face masks and social distancing as the coronavirus epidemic continues to rage in many parts of the country.

The decisions had an immediate effect: Atlantic City’s top performing casino, the Borgata, soon abandoned its plans to reopen. He had planned to organize a “soft opening” by invitation only on Thursday and to open its doors to the public starting on July 6th.

Now, none of these things are happening for the foreseeable future, and it is unclear late Monday whether the two-handed punch of a smoking and drinking ban would have caused other casinos to postpone the reopening as well.

San Diego County to close all bars, wineries and breweries

Non-food bars, wineries and breweries in San Diego County were ordered to close temporarily, county health officials announced Monday. The order will take effect at midnight on July 1st.

“The pandemic isn’t over,” said Wilma Wooten, county public health official. “The virus is still pervasive in our communities. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we all take precautions to guide our personal and collective health.”

The county recorded a new one-day record with 498 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, reports from the local broadcast station KPBS. The closings come when several California counties cut plans to reopen some activities after an increase in hospitalizations across the state.

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New York hotels were allegedly not following coronavirus cleaning procedures, according to the TV show

The main hotel chains have announced special cleaning protocols in the light of the coronavirus, but a television investigation into the news is raising doubts as to whether they are being followed.

Syndicated “Inside Edition” news reports Monday reported that two of the three hotels controlled in New York did not thoroughly clean rooms or change bedding between visits. He identified them as the Hyatt Place Times Square and the Hampton Inn Times Square Central. A third hotel, Trump International, overlooking Central Park, did better, but was not perfect.

“Inside Edition” said that its manufacturers checked into hotels and identified pillows, sheets and bath towels with a harmless and washable spray that becomes visible in ultraviolet light. The producer mixed the bed and room to make it seem like a guest had spent the night. A transparent and washable gel was applied to other surfaces that would be commonly touched by hotel guests, such as the TV remote control, the thermostat and the desktop.

– Chris Woodyard

Oregon, Kansas will begin to request face masks in public this week

Oregon and Kansas are the latest states intended to require residents to wear masks in public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday, face masks will be required in indoor public spaces for all Oregonians, Governor Kate Brown announced Monday. Brown said there has been an “alarming rate” of cases spread across urban and rural counties in the past month.

“The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend is a critical point for Oregon in this pandemic, and we can all make a difference,” Brown said in a press release. He said he does not want to shut down businesses like other states have.

In Kansas, Governor Laura Kelly said she will post an executive issue that requires face masks starting Friday. “The evidence could not be clearer: wearing a mask is not only safe, but another arrest must be avoided,” Kelly told reporters Monday.

The order will require people to wear a mask around the others. A specific guide will be published later this week, Kelly said.

As the New York Public Library prepares to reopen, the iconic lion statues wear face masks

As the New York Public Library prepares to reopen in July, its two iconic lion sculptures wear masks to remind New Yorkers to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The statues, Patience and Fortitude, are “perfect symbols for the strengths that our city and our nation need even more,” said New York Public Library President Anthony W. Marx in a statement.

“We will get to the other side of this public health crisis together. But to do this, we must remain vigilant, we must have patience and strength of mind and we must follow what the experts tell us, especially as we continue to reopen our cities. Lions, protectors of knowledge and truth who have seen 109 years of history, are leading by example, “said Marx.

This is the first time that statues have worn masks. On other occasions, lions wore garlands every holiday season in December, Mets and Yankees hats for the 2000 subway series and top hats to celebrate the centenary of the library system in 1995.

The library is preparing to reopen some of its branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island on July 13th.

What we are reading

Los Angeles, Florida counties to close the beaches for the 4th of July weekend

Several counties in South Florida, including Miami-Dade and Los Angeles County in California, are closing their beaches for the July 4th holiday weekend as part of an effort to gain control over infection rate peaks from COVID-19.

In California, Los Angeles County reported 2,903 new cases on Monday, the highest total in a single day since the start of the pandemic.

The Florida Department of Health reported 5,266 confirmed new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the sixth consecutive day on which at least 5,000 new cases were reported and 28 more deaths, according to Florida Today, part of the USA TODAY network.

The state now has more than 146,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 3,400 deaths. The cases have more than doubled since Florida entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan on June 5. Here’s what you need to know about weekend beach closures.

– Jayme Deerwester and Chris Woodyard

The IRS will not extend the July 15 tax deadline

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that it will stick to the July 15 extension deadline. Agencies are encouraging people to file an automatic October 15 extension request if they fail to meet the July 15 deadline by filling out this form.

Earlier this year, the IRS postponed the tax filing deadline from April 15 due to outages caused by the coronavirus pandemic. However, states can have different deadlines. Just last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said further postponement to September was being considered. Those who expect to pay 2019 taxes may want to check out their payment options.

– Josh Rivera

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