As California reports its earliest coronavirus outbreak started in a nail salon, multiple states are making moves to open up similar personal care businesses, a part of the nation's constantly shifting patchwork of social distancing regulations.
Those restrictions have led to skyrocketing unemployment as United States job losses reached 20.5 million in April. But many Americans believe the health benefits are worth economic pain, a new survey suggests.
There were more than 77,000 deaths and 1.28 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. early Saturday, according to the John Hopkins University data dashboard. Worldwide, the virus has killed more than 275,000 people and infected more than 3.9 million.
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States reopening: Tourism hotspots lifting restrictions
Denver will lift its stay-home restrictions this weekend. Ocean City, Maryland plans to reopen its Boardwalk, Inlet parking lot and beaches to the general public. And in Nevada, restaurants, retail stores, barbershops, hair salons and some brewpubs can resume limited operations Saturday.
Those are among many moves states have made in recent days to roll back social distancing restrictions.
In contrast, some states have said little about when restrictions will be lifted. In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has not publicly identified any key, specific benchmarks the state needs to hit to relax restrictions.
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Roy Horn of 'Siegfried and Roy' dies of COVID-19
Roy Horn, half of the Las Vegas stage duo Siegfried & Roy, died of complications due to the coronavirus Friday. He was 75.
“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Siegfried Fischbacher said in a statement. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.
“Roy was a fighter his whole life including during these final days. I give my heartfelt appreciation to the team of doctors, nurses and staff at Mountain View Hospital who worked heroically against this insidious virus that ultimately took Roy’s life.”
Roy Horn tested positive for the contagious respiratory illness in late April.
— Brett McGinness
Gov. Gavin Newsom says coronavirus outbreak in California started in salon
On the day he issued guidelines for parts of California to start reopening, Gov. Gavin Newsom also identified a nail salon as the origin of the coronavirus outbreak in the state, one of the first ones in the nation to get impacted.
Newsom provided details of the requirements for counties to relax social distancing measures beginning Friday, when clothing stores, florists, sporting goods stores and bookstores will be among the retailers allowed to operate again, albeit through curbside pick-up service.
Asked why businesses that offer personal-care services like nail salons can’t open yet, Newsom said, “This whole thing started in the state of California, the first community spread, in a nail salon. I just wanted to remind you, remind everybody, of that. I'm very worried about that.’’
He did not elaborate about the time and place community spread began in the state.
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US cuts funding to group studying bat coronaviruses in China
The head of a research group that studies bat-borne coronaviruses in China similar to the COVID-19 strain that's ravaged the globe has warned that a U.S. government decision to cut funding to his organization imperils American public health.
EcoHealth Alliance's research grant was abruptly terminated last month by the National Institutes of Health, the primary agency of the U.S. government responsible for biomedical and public health research. EcoHealth Alliance's research in China is focused on identifying and warning about coronaviruses dangerous to human health.
"I'm really concerned about where this leaves us," said Peter Daszak, director of the New York-based organization, in a USA TODAY interview.
The National Institutes of Health confirmed EcoHealth Alliance's $3.4 million grant, distributed over six years, was canceled on April 24. But it would not discuss details about how the decision was made.
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Cincinnati latest city to close streets for outdoor dining
The City of Cincinnati will close parts of 25 streets so restaurants can expand outdoor seating, a move that will help restaurants without patio space keep tables farther apart for social distancing – and open as early as possible.
Restaurants and bars have been closed by state order since March 21 in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. It's put people out of work and shuttered restaurants who opted not to morph into carryouts.
Tampa announced a similar plan May 5. And cities in San Mateo County in California temporarily restricted traffic beginning late last month in areas so people could safely get together.
In a similar move, Seattle said 20 miles of streets closed amid the state's stay-at-home order will be permanently closed to vehicles. The areas will remain for residents to exercise outside, and the construction of bike infrastructure will be accelerated in 2020, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced.
— Sharon Coolidge
11 Secret Service employees infected with coronavirus
At least 11 U.S. Secret Service employees were reported to be infected with the coronavirus and about 60 other staffers were in self-quarantine, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.
The person who is not authorized to comment publicly declined to breakdown the numbers of civilian versus agent infections. The assignment locations of the sick employees also were not identified.
The service, which provides personal protection for the president, vice president and their families, along with visiting heads of state, has 7,600 employees, including more than 3,000 agents who work in close proximity to those they protect.
— Kevin Johnson and Michael Collins
Mike Pence staffer tests positive for coronavirus
An aide to Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Katie Miller, has tested positive for coronavirus, the White House confirmed. Pence was traveling to Iowa to meet faith leaders to discuss reopening religious services to the public, but his plane was delayed and some staffers disembarked.
The news comes one day after the White House announced Thursday that a military valet to President Donald Trump had tested positive for the virus. Trump told reporters that his aides will now be tested daily instead of weekly after the valet tested positive for the disease.
— Michael Collins