President Donald Trump is going to Maine Friday for the latest stop on his tour of companies producing coronavirus medical supplies.
He's headed to the tiny town of Guilford, where he will tour the Puritan Medical Products factory. The factory is one of only two in the U.S. that makes the medical swabs used in testing for COVID-19.
Meanwhile, J.C. Penney, one of the many retailers struggling hard amid the coronavirus pandemic, could start liquidation sales in closing stores as soon as June 11. A list of some of those locations was revealed yesterday.
Pro tips: How do you shop a going-out-of-business sale amid a pandemic? Social distancing means it will be different for sure. USA TODAY's Kelly Tyko has advice on to protect yourself financially:Compare prices: Do a Google search or use a price comparison website. Search the web for old store circulars to see the advertised sales prices from previous sales.Check the product thoroughly: Open the box, look for damage and make sure all parts, accessories, instructions, warranty information and other items are included.Use a credit card: If you experience any problems, this will give you a way to contest the charge.
The coronavirus isn't going away anytime soon. Worldwide, there have been almost 6.7 million confirmed cases and the United States is inching closer to 2 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.
News roundup: Today's headlinesYour next visit to the dentist may feel a little awkward: The industry is upping its sanitizing standards, which are already stringent. Of note, no COVID clusters tied to dental offices have been reported. - LA Times20,000 new US cases: That was just on Wednesday. Officials are concerned that protests over George Floyd's death could mean still more. - CNN'Superspreaders': One person can infect a huge number of people, yet may never experience symptoms themselves. - Miami HeraldUniversal Orlando reopens: Universal, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld in Florida have been closed since mid-March. - USA TODAYHydroxychloroquine study walked back: Authors have asked The Lancet to retract their study, saying they are no longer confident in its findings. - USA TODAYBlack Lives Matter protest: Police challenged whether a planned Saturday demonstration in Australia is too much of a virus risk, as demonstrators in the capital reminded the country that racial inequality is not a U.S. issue alone. - AP
What we're reading
Conspiracy theories abound: While the United States spends billions in an all-out effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine, there’s concern that when there finally is one, not enough people will take it to protect the population as a whole. Read more.
About covering your face: Those who think they evaded police this past week because they wore face masks might be in for a surprise. Face recognition technology is getting more sophisticated.
Remember Lake of the Ozarks party pics?Many other places boomed Memorial Day. The number of people entering businesses in about 400 U.S. ZIP codes doubled and some destinations beat 2019, despite the coronavirus.
Contributing: Associated Press; Nathan Bomey, Michael Collins, USA TODAY