COVID pandemic is no time to ask the Supreme Court to kill Obamacare

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FDA says a coronavirus vaccine would have to be at least 50% effective to be approved

A coronavirus vaccine would need to be at least 50% more effective than a placebo in preventing or at least decreasing the severity of COVID-19 in order for the Food and Drug Administration to approve it, the agency said Tuesday. That threshold “would have been what I would have chosen since that is around what […] Read more »

Positive COVID-19 tests force Denver Nuggets to close practice facilities

DENVER (AP) – The Denver Nuggets say they’ve closed their facilities after two members of the team’s traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. A third tested positive this week. All three are asymptomatic, the Nuggets said Tuesday in confirming a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 35-member traveling party includes players, […] Read more »

Pandemic postponements keep Supreme Court toiling into July

WASHINGTON – When the Supreme Court issues a rash of major decisions on hot-button issues such as abortion, immigration, religion and LGBTQ rights, it usually means the term is ending. Unless there’s a global pandemic. Long accustomed to closing up shop by the end of June and jetting off to teaching assignments, speaking engagements and […] Read more »

Rand Paul again rips Dr. Anthony Fauci over coronavirus: ‘We just need more optimism’

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul attacked Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday over the United States’ coronavirus response in round two of a confrontation between the junior senator from Kentucky and the nation’s foremost COVID-19 public health expert. During a Senate committee hearing in Washington, D.C., Paul told Fauci it is a “fatal conceit that central planners […] Read more »

‘We need real plans’: Joe Biden blasts Trump, offers alternatives to coronavirus response

WILMINGTON, Del. – Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic Tuesday and announced a plan to control the virus that he said Trump should adopt immediately. During a speech at Alexis I. duPont High School in Wilmington, Biden outlined the plan, which includes increased testing and rigorous contact tracing. It follows […] Read more »

Staying Apart, Together: A sore throat made me grateful for my health in the time of COVID

Editor’s Note: This is a preview of USA TODAY’s newsletter Staying Apart, Together, a guide to help us all cope with a world changed by coronavirus. If you would like it in your inbox on Tuesdays and Saturdays, subscribe here. Last week, I woke up with a sore throat. Normally I would have popped an […] Read more »

17 states are pausing reopening plans as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge. See the list.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday expressed concern about “significant increases” in coronavirus cases across the nation, which he attributed to increased testing, community transmission and individual outbreaks. Robert Redfield, CDC director, said hospitalizations are rising in 12 states and 130 counties across the country are considered “hot spots.” […] Read more »

New Orleans Pelicans optimistic about having full roster despite three players testing positive for COVID-19

The New Orleans Pelicans plan to land in Orlando for the NBA’s resumed season on a quarantined campus in about a week and a half. Yet, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin told his players on Monday they should adopt their routine “as if we’re already in the bubble.” “We need to […] Read more »

COVID-19 drug remdesivir priced at $390 per vial for some patients, $520 for others

Drug company Gilead Sciences has announced a pricing plan for the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir: $390 per vial. The company said on Monday that the price is set for all governments of developed countries, including the U.S. Most patients would need a 5-day dose of six total vails, which equates to $2,340 per person. However, that […] Read more »

Coronavirus baby boom may actually be a ‘baby bust’ as experts see spike in birth control orders

Many believe the United States is due for another baby boom after couples nationwide have had an abundance of alone time together. However, a spike in birth control requests may make a coronavirus baby boom unlikely. Digital health clinic Nurx says they’ve seen a 50% increase in new patient requests for birth control and a […] Read more »

Delaware beach towns balance COVID-19 risks, economics heading into July 4th weekend

Fewer lifeguards watching swimmers. Police officers dealing with parking tickets. Major capital projects put on hold. Those are just a few of the potential consequences in Delaware’s beach towns as they deal with hundreds of thousands of dollars in budget shortfalls from the coronavirus pandemic. But balancing the need to get business moving again needs […] Read more »

A new swine flu strain found in Chinese pigs has ‘pandemic potential,’ experts say

Researchers have discovered a swine flu virus in Chinese pigs that may be able to jump to humans and are sounding the alarm for another potential pandemic as international public health experts still struggle to contain the coronavirus. Chinese and British scientists found that the new virus, G4 EA H1N1, shares characteristics with the H1N1 […] Read more »

New York asking airline passengers to fill out questionnaire as part of COVID-19 quarantine

ALBANY – New York health officials are handing out questionnaires to passengers on flights coming into the state as it looks to enforce a sweeping 14-day quarantine on people traveling from states with high rates of coronavirus. The move comes after New York, New Jersey and Connecticut last week agreed to require the quarantineon all […] Read more »

250,000 babies may die indirectly due to COVID-19. Worst-case scenario: 1.2 million babies worldwide, study says

Disruptions to healthcare and lack of food from COVID-19 are likely to cost the lives of at least 250,000 babies and young children and more than 10,000 mothers in low- and moderate-income countries over the next six months, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The study, published in The Lancet Global […] Read more »

‘His life was taken away’: Culinary Union sues Las Vegas casinos as COVID-19 spreads

LAS VEGAS – On his final shift, Adolfo Fernandez could barely push his cart. The Culinary Union porter worked in Caesars Palace’s housekeeping department. In his final days, the hardworking man with high blood pressure worried about COVID-19. He got tested, and his results came back negative, but still he felt uneasy. “I know I’m […] Read more »

In our divided red and blue nation, coronavirus data is a uniting purple

Coronavirus has been highly politicized but granular information is the friend of public health, politicians and the equitable reopening of America. Read more »

Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan test positive for COVID-19

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‘I walked off the plane’: Travelers irked by inconsistent face mask use during coronavirus pandemic

Vernon Petri’s trip to Florida ended before it began. The Indianapolis attorney said he walked off his June 11 Allegiant flight before it departed because some passengers and crew were not wearing face masks and the passengers were not separated by empty seats, reports the Indianapolis Star, which is a part of the USA TODAY […] Read more »

In COVID-19 hot spots like Florida and Texas, youth sports have patchwork response to rising cases

Last month, the Amateur Athletic Union postponed its junior volleyball championships in Orange County, Florida because of the coronavirus pandemic — pushing the start of the massive event from mid-June to mid-July out of “an abundance of caution.” There were 1,615 recorded cases of COVID-19 in Orange County at the time. Now, cases in Florida […] Read more »

COVID-19 triggers mental health concerns in workplace: Ask HR

Johnny C. Taylor Jr., a human resources expert, is tackling your questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society. The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity. […] Read more »

Seven Steps to Recession-Proof Your Small Business

Blame Covid-19: the US officially entered a recession in February. I suspect that’s not news to you and your small business, as small businesses have been on the front line of this downturn, struggling to survive. In fact, since the shut-down, it’s estimated that over 100,000 small businesses have closed their doors for good. I […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: New Jersey bans smoking, drinking at casinos; Oregon, Kansas to require face masks; IRS won’t extend tax deadline

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Mnuchin, Powell to brief key House committee on pandemic response efforts

WASHINGTON – The nation remains mired in the worst economy since the Great Depression despite Congress’ approving trillions during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep large industries afloat, rescue small businesses, boost unemployment benefits and put money in millions of American pockets. So what’s the next step? Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome […] Read more »

Fauci to testify before Congress on state of coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON – Dr. Anthony Fauci and other top health officials will testify before Congress Tuesday on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, two days after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar warned that the “window is closing” for the United States to get the situation under control. Fauci, the top infectious disease expert at […] Read more »

Dinwiddie, Jordan have coronavirus, may not return with Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan said Monday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, potentially leaving the Brooklyn Nets without two starters when the NBA season resumes. Jordan said he won’t be in Florida with the Nets when they return from the suspension of the 2019-20 season, while Dinwiddie told The […] Read more »

San Quentin State Prison is ‘deep area of focus and concern’ in California: Nearly one-third of inmates have coronavirus

California’s oldest correctional facility is battling a widespread coronavirus outbreak that has impacted nearly a third of its inmates. San Quentin State Prison reported more than 1,000 positive coronavirus cases as of Monday morning, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a press briefing. The prison housed 3,507 inmates as of Wednesday, according to the California […] Read more »

Coronavirus: Los Angeles joins Florida counties in closing beaches during July 4th 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 get control over spiking COVID-19 infection rates. In California, Los Angeles County reported 2,903 new cases Monday, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. The […] Read more »

Why Chase Rice’s packed country concert roiled the industry and left fellow stars fuming

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Fact check: The U.S. government did not intentionally engineer COVID-19

The claim: The novel coronavirus was intentionally engineered by the U.S. government in research overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci In the newest slew of theories as to the origin of the novel coronavirus, the United States government played a role in its creation. “After the (SARS) outbreak in 2002, the United States government funded a […] Read more »

Pay attention to these key tax changes caused by coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the economy and life as we used to know it. In the process, it also altered the income-tax landscape. Several key changes, some designed to ease the financial burden of the resulting recession, are notable this year. They include changes affecting filing deadlines, retirement accounts and charitable deductions. New filing […] Read more »

Is COVID-19 preventing you from driving your car as much as you’d like?

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Sundance Film Festival expands to 20 cities or more, takes films online amid COVID crisis

NEW YORK – Sundance Film Festival, held annually at altitude in the snowy reaches of a Utah ski town, is expanding beyond the mountains. Sundance, the premier independent film festival, isn’t giving up its home in Park City. But on Monday, organizers said selections from next year’s edition will also play in at least 20 […] Read more »

Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas Strip mainstay, filing for bankruptcy protection amid coronavirus

Cirque du Soleil announced Monday it is filing for bankruptcy protection as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rattle the world. The entertainment group is working to “restructure its capital structure,” according to a statement. Its application will be heard by the Superior Court of Quebec on Tuesday. Once given this initial order, it will file […] Read more »

‘We will err on the side of freedom’: Arizona mayor says he won’t cancel events, nor require masks

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Broadway suspends performances through 2020 amid coronavirus, extends ticket refunds to 2021

Broadway performances are being further suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Broadway League announced Monday in a press release from that Broadway performances in New York City will be suspended through the remainder of 2020 due to COVID-19. Broadway theaters are also now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for all performances through […] Read more »

Minnesota Twins sideline two coaches because of COVID-19 concerns

The Minnesota Twins became the first team to prohibit “high-risk’’ staff members from working alongside their players and coaching staff as they arrive this week for the resumption of spring training at Target Field in Minneapolis. Veteran coaches Bob McClure, 68, and Bill Evers, 66, were informed that they will not be on the coaching […] Read more »

Dream Cruises to be ‘first cruise line in the world’ to resume operations in July amid coronavirus

Asian cruise line Dream Cruises announced Monday, amid the coronavirus pandemic, that some of its cruise operations will restart in July. According to a press release from parent company Genting Cruise Lines, the restart will begin with two and three-night “Taiwan Island-Hopping” itineraries on Dream Cruises’ Explorer Dream starting July 26. “After months of detailed […] Read more »

English FA cuts 82 jobs as pandemic wipes out Wembley events

The English Football Association is set to make 82 people redundant as it faces a shortfall of 300 million pounds ($370 million) over four years due to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down the sport and restarting without fans in stadiums. Wembley Stadium, which is owned by the FA, was due to be staging seven games […] Read more »

Coronavirus updates: More states close bars, slow reopening plans; Gilead Sciences sets price for remdesivir treatments

More states were slowing reopening plans Monday amid a national boom in coronavirus cases, although one Arizona mayor is unmoved by the ominous trend in his state. And a drug company has set a steep price for remdesivir, a drug that has proven to shorten recovery times by about 31% for severe COVID-19 patients. Nashville, […] Read more »