California closes indoor restaurants, movie theaters and all bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise 1

California closes indoor restaurants, movie theaters and all bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all bars and all dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, museums and other indoor businesses across the state to close Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to climb.The affected businesses include all operations at bars and the indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums and cardrooms. All except for bars will be allowed to operate outdoors, if possible, he said. The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these businesses to close in counties on the state’s “monitoring list.” The new order, which will now apply across the state, is effective immediately, Newsom said.In addition to the statewide order, Newsom also ordered the closure of indoor operations for fitness centers, worship services, personal care services, malls, offices, hair salons and barbershops for all counties that have been on California’s monitoring list for three or more consecutive days, which represent 80% of the state’s population. There are now 30 counties on the list, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties, Newsom said. Newsom said the state recorded 8,358 new cases on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate, or the percentage of all tests returning positive, has ticked up to 7.4%.  “The data suggests not everyone is acting with common sense,” Newsom said at a press conference Monday.  California hospitals also reported an increase in thRead More…

Surge in U.S. coronavirus cases causes testing delays across the nation as labs scramble to keep up 2

Surge in U.S. coronavirus cases causes testing delays across the nation as labs scramble to keep up

Wilma Thomas, right, a registered nurse, and Ricky Vargas, a medical assistant, process 50-to-65 patients per day getting COVID-19 tests at AltaMed Health Services in Anaheim on Thursday, July 9, 2020.Allen J. Schaben | Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesThe surge in U.S. coronavirus cases has labs across the nation falling behind in processing and delivering test results with the turnaround time for Covid-19 tests taking days to a week or longer for many patients, two of the country’s biggest lab diagnostics companies said Monday.”We attribute this demand primarily to the rapid, continuing spread of COVID-19 infections across the nation but particularly in the South, Southwest and West regions of the country,” Quest Diagnostics said in a statement. The test manufacturer added that it can now perform up to 125,000 tests per day, roughly double its capacity compared with two months ago.”Despite that dramatic increase, demand for testing is increasing even faster,” the company said. “As a result, our average turnaround time for reporting test results is slightly more than 1 day for our priority 1 patients. However, our average turnaround time for all other populations is 7 or more days.”Priority one patients include hospital patients, pre-operative patients in acute care settings and symptomatic healthcare workers, the company said.Quick testing turnaround is crucial to the U.S. response, health officials say, so that infected individuals can be quickly isolated aRead More…

California to close indoor restaurants, movie theaters and bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise 3

California to close indoor restaurants, movie theaters and bars statewide as coronavirus cases rise

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all dine-in restaurants, bars, movie theaters, museums and other indoor businesses across the state to close Monday as Covid-19 cases continue to climb.The businesses ordered to close statewide include indoor operations at restaurants, wineries and tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos and museums, cardrooms and bars. They will be allowed to operate outdoors, if possible, he said. The order comes after Newsom previously ordered these businesses to close in counties on the state’s “monitoring list.” The new order, which will now apply across the state, will be issued effective immediately, Newsom said.In addition to the statewide order, Newsom also ordered the closure of indoor operations for fitness centers, worship services, personal care services, malls, offices, hair salons and barbershops for all counties which have been on California’s monitoring list for three or more consecutive days, which represent 80% of the state’s population. There are now 30 counties on the list, including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties, Newsom said. Newsom said the state recorded 8,358 new cases on Sunday. The state’s positivity rate, or the percent of all tests returning positive, has ticked up to 7.4%.  “The data suggests not everyone is acting with common sense,” Newsom said at a press conference Monday.  California hospitals also reported an increase in coronavirus pRead More…

Manchester City’s ban from European football overturned: CAS says club did not breach FFP rules 4

Manchester City’s ban from European football overturned: CAS says club did not breach FFP rules

Missing out on the Champions League would have cost Manchester City, who have denied any wrongdoing, as much as 100 million pounds in prize money and broadcast revenue, as well as matchday and other revenues. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne with Riyad Mahrez and Benjamin Mendy. (Courtesy: Reuters photo/File)Manchester City’s two-year suspension from European football was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, allowing the club to compete in next season’s elite Champions League competition.CAS ruled that City did not breach Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship. Sport’s highest court also reduced a fine for failing to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros from 30 million euros.Related News“Most of the alleged breaches reported by the (UEFA) Adjudicatory Chamber of the CFCB (Club Financial Control Body)were either not established or time-barred,” CAS said in a statement.European soccer’s governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.Missing out on the Champions League would have cost City, who have denied any wrongdoing, as much as 100 million pounds in prize money and broadcast revenue, as well as matchday and other revenues.The FFP regulations are designed to stop clubs running up big losses through spending on players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on their real market value and are genuine commeRead More…

Stock futures rise as investors shake off a continued spike in coronavirus cases 5

Stock futures rise as investors shake off a continued spike in coronavirus cases

A pedestrian passes in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesStock futures rose in overnight trading on Sunday as investors looked past a record spike in coronavirus cases in Florida.Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 65 points, pointing to a 90-point gain at Monday’s open. The S&P 500 futures and the Nasdaq 100 futures rose about 0.2% and 0.4%, respectively.Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest single day total for any U.S. state since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, the U.S. has reported more than 60,000 new cases daily for three days in a row now, bringing the national total to more than 3 million cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.”COVID remains a huge problem w/cases, hospitalizations, and fatalities all climbing,” Vital Knowledge founder Adam Crisafulli said in a note on Sunday. “The market continues to absorb all this information relatively well and this seems to be a function of vaccine hopes, lower fatality rates vs. Mar/April, the avoidance of wholesale lockdowns, and the lack of a resurgence in the Northeast (esp. NYC).”The Dow and the S&P 500 are coming off two consecutive weeks of gains, while the resilience in tech shares pushed the Nasdaq to a new record after three straight positive weeks. For July, the Dow and the S&P 500 have risen 1.0% and 2.7%, respectively. The tech-heavy NasdaRead More…

These doctors and nurses volunteered to battle Covid-19 in the Navajo Nation, and came back with a warning 6

These doctors and nurses volunteered to battle Covid-19 in the Navajo Nation, and came back with a warning

A group of medical providers gathering at the Gallup Indian Medical CenterSource: Nate TeismannDr. Jeanne Noble has worked all over the world as an emergency medicine physician. So when the hospital where she works, UC San Francisco, asked if anyone was willing to fly out to the Navajo Nation and help with an escalating Covid-19 outbreak, she eagerly volunteered. The Navajo Nation, which reported its first Covid-19 case in mid-March, has seen infection rates per capita among the highest in the country. Thus far, there have been 8,000 cases and more than 300 deaths. The reservation, which is home to more than 170,000 people, is spread out across the varied desert landscape of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The people refer to themselves as the Diné. Noble went to work at the Navajo Nation’s hospital — Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico — as part of the second group that made the trip out from UCSF. The first group arrived in April after responding to a call from Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez for health worker reinforcements. Around that same time, a similarly-sized cohort of medical providers from UCSF made their way to New York. Noble’s group arrived in May. She was immediately impressed with the steps taken to ensure that more patients could get seen on-site. “They had put up plastic sheets and barriers to double the capacity in the emergency room, and then taken over an old pediatric clinic,” she recalled. “There wereRead More…

Here are five charts illustrating the U.S. economic amid the coronavirus pandemic 7

Here are five charts illustrating the U.S. economic amid the coronavirus pandemic

As states take differing approaches to re-opening and closing, some parts of the economy continue to see improvement from the start of the pandemic while others continue to struggle. Some states have instituted mask mandates and other measures, such as closing indoor bar service, amid rising coronavirus cases.These five charts illustrate trends in important industries that help track reopening progress in the U.S.Direction requestsData from Apple’s navigation tool, Maps, shows a new dip for walking and driving. Compared to last week, walking and driving have decreased in lockstep from the summer high, both still have requests higher than pre-pandemic levels. Transit directions has stayed nearly the same as past weeks at below pre-pandemic levels. These dips in walking and driving could reflect recent spikes in positive coronavirus cases that may prompt less of a need to go places. On the other hand, as more cities and states contemplate further re-opening and possible return to work measures, these numbers could go up in coming weeks.Restaurant bookingsNew weekly numbers from the restaurant booking app OpenTable is more than 60% lower than last year, though still above the 0% booking levels seen from mid-March until May. The lower number of bookings compared to previous weeks is likely an effect of rising cases that have led to restrictive measures, including closing or reducing bar capacities in some areas, including parts of Michigan, where indoor bar service was closeRead More…

White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid coronavirus surge 8

White House seeks to discredit Fauci amid coronavirus surge

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on efforts to get back to work and school during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Washington, D.C., June 30, 2020.Al Drago | ReutersThe White House is seeking to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, as it works to marginalize him and his dire warnings about the shortcomings in the U.S. coronavirus response.A White House official told NBC News that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things.” The official provided NBC News with a lengthy list of past comments by Fauci earlier in the pandemic, including Fauci saying in January that coronavirus was “not a major threat” and “not driven by asymptomatic carriers” and Fauci’s comment in March that “people should not be walking around with masks.”Many of the past statements the White House is criticizing Fauci for are ones that were based on the best available data at the time and were widely echoed by Trump, other members of the task force and senior White House officials. As Surgeon General Jerome Adams told CBS News on Sunday, “When you learn more, you change those recommendations. Our recommendations have changed.”The attacks on Fauci come as coronavirus surges nationwide, which Trump has repeatedly downplayed as a result of increasRead More…

Florida reports more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases, shattering record 9

Florida reports more than 15,000 new coronavirus cases, shattering record

Florida on Sunday reported 15,299 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest single day total of any U.S. state since the pandemic hit the nation, including New York at the peak of its outbreak. The surge in infections brings Florida’s total cases to 269,811, higher than the totals of several major nations with much larger populations such as Spain, Italy and France among others. Those countries, like New York state, passed the peak of their outbreaks months ago while virus transmission in Florida has escalated after a relatively quiet spring. More than 18,000 people have been hospitalized in Florida since the pandemic hit the state. The Florida Department of Health also reported that 45 more people died, bringing the statewide death toll to 4,346. Nearly 143,000 people were tested Saturday in Florida with 11.25% of the results coming back positive for coronavirus.  That’s Florida’s lowest rate of positive test results since the end of June as more people receive tests. On Wednesday, the percentage of people tested who were positive for the virus was much higher at 18.35%. Admiral Brett Giroir, who leads the Trump administration’s testing efforts, said the rate of positive test results has leveled off this week even as it remains high in hotspot states. Giroir said he expects hospitalizations and deaths to increase over the next two to three weeks before also leveling off and then declining. “We do expect deaths to go up. If you have more cases, moRead More…

As Facebook's unofficial Black leader, Ime Archibong is pursuing racial justice while seeking the next big thing 10

As Facebook’s unofficial Black leader, Ime Archibong is pursuing racial justice while seeking the next big thing

Ime Archibong is Facebook’s lone Black vice president running a product division and one of very few across the tech industry.Courtesy of FacebookIme Archibong plays a unique role in Mark Zuckerberg’s orbit.For nearly a decade, Zuckerberg has turned to Archibong any time he’s come up with ideas for special projects at Facebook. Archibong is also Zuckerberg’s point person in dealing with third-party developers. Outside of the office, the two executives are running buddies. While Archibong, 38, has been a critical player at Facebook since joining the company in 2010, his position today is more central than ever. He’s the company’s head of new product experimentation, responsible for helping Facebook find its next big hit. He’s also among the highest-ranking Black executives at the company, and the unofficial leader of the Black employee base at a time when racial tension internally and across the company’s advertiser universe has reached a boiling point. After the killing of George Floyd in late May by a police officer in Minneapolis and the subsequent nationwide protests for racial justice, tech’s perpetual diversity problem resurfaced as a hot topic in Silicon Valley. Facebook, where Blacks make up only 3.1% of the staff, faces the added risk of losing big business after activist groups sparked a widespread advertising boycott, leading major brands to demand that the company crack down on hate speech across its platform.Archibong, Facebook’s lone Black vice presidenRead More…