As confirmed coronavirus cases across the globe exceeded 10 million early Sunday, face coverings continue to be a national flash point even though health experts recommend their use to stem the rate of transmission in the U.S.
Viral video showed a maskless Trader Joe's shopper in California being kicked out of the store, an Oregon man was arrested after he refused to wear a face mask in a courtroom and walked out, and The Americans with Disabilities Act website is warning of "fraudulent facemask flyers," which include fake "face mask exempt cards."
Meanwhile, as Texas joins numerous states in pausing or rolling back reopenings, Gov. Greg Abbott said he regrets reopening bars quickly as the state now believes bars are "one of the most dangerous spreaders of COVID-19."
Meanwhile, the U.S. continues to see record single-day increases in new confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic and the growth in cases isn't because of an increase in testing, health officials say.
Here are the most significant developments of the day:Beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed over Fourth of July weekend, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.A journalist who attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa last week said he has tested positive for COVID-19.A new study this week found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications.
📈Today's stats: The world is nearing a half million deaths, and more than 125,000 of them are in the U.S. As of Sundyay, there have been more than 10 million confirmed cases worldwide and 2.5 million in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard.
📰 What we're reading: More than two in five U.S. doctors will be old enough to retire in the next decade and the pipeline of new doctors remains much like it did a generation ago – not as diverse as the overall population.
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As global deaths near 500,000, confirmed cases surpass 10 million
Confirmed global cases of the coronavirus have now surpassed 10 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. And, as the United States continues to break single-day records of new cases, one quarter of those confirmed cases have come in the U.S.
That pattern also applies to global deaths resulting from the virus; of the nearly half a million worldwide deaths, the U.S. accounts for more than 125,000.
Brazil is the next closest country: more than 1.3 million confirmed cases.
VP Pence cancels trips to Florida, Arizona amid coronavirus case surges
Vice President Mike Pence has canceled events in Florida and Arizona as coronavirus cases spike in those states. President Donald Trump's campaign confirmed to USA TODAY the events, which included stops as part of Pence's "Faith in America" tour, were canceled "out of an abundance of caution" as cases climb in Florida and Arizona.
On Tuesday, Pence was scheduled to give remarks at a "Faith in America" event in Tucson and to meet with Gov. Doug Ducey about the COVID-19 response. Pence had planned to travel to Florida on July 2 for a bus tour, meeting with Gov. Ron DeSantis about coronavirus, and to deliver remarks both at a "Faith in America" event in Sarasota after touring Oakley Transport Inc. in Lake Wales.
The Trump campaign faced criticism for holding a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. Local health officials called for it to be canceled over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, and several campaign staffers and Secret Service employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since the rally, along with a journalist.
– Nicholas Wu
Cuomo pulls sick leave for New York workers who voluntarily travel to high-risk states
Don't go to a state with a high COVID-19 rate, come back to New York and expect to get paid sick leave benefits. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Saturday that strips the paid sick leave protections for New York employees who voluntarily travel to high-risk states after June 25.
The order is the latest crackdown by Cuomo to avoid a surge in coronavirus in New York as its infection rates have been at record lows, but have hit record highs in parts of the South and West.
– Joseph Specter
Union members demand Disneyland reopen safely
The Coalition of Resort Labor Unions held a "Disney Caravan for Safety" in Anaheim, California, on Saturday to demand that the park reopen in a manner that would keep visitors and cast members safe amid the pandemic.
"We think now it's an opportunity for them, when they do reopen, to do it as safely as possible," said Maria Hernandez, an organizer with Unite Here Local 11, one of the unions within the coalition that represents more than 32,000 hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona.
One union member, Joey Hamamoto, told USA TODAY that he wants COVID-19 testing for Disney employees in order to better protect their own family members, coworkers and Disney guests.
– Morgan Hines
371 Tyson Foods employees at Missouri chicken plant test positive
Tyson Foods announced Friday that 371 employees at its chicken plant in Noel, Missouri, had tested positive for COVID-19.
Friday's announcement confirms suspicions that the recent spike in McDonald County's reported COVID-19 numbers was the result of large-scale testing at the chicken plant.
In a news release, Tyson said it tested 1,142 employees from June 17 to June 19, and 291 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 291, Tyson said 249 or 85% were asymptomatic or didn't show any symptoms.
Tyson said that an additional 80 Noel employees tested positive for COVID-19 in separate tests that were performed by their health care providers or the Department of Health and Senior Services.
There have been COVID-19 outbreaks at several meat processing plants across the country since March, when the virus was characterized as a pandemic. In late April, President Donald Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping the facilities open.
– Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader
Severe COVID-19 may be linked to brain complications, study finds
A new study has found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications, but researchers say they still aren't sure whether those complications are directly caused by the disease.
The preliminary study, billed as the first nationwide survey of the neurological complications of the disease, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry this week.
Over the course of three weeks in April, researchers surveyed 153 hospitalized patients in the U.K. who had both a new confirmed or probable COVID-19 diagnosis and a new neurological or psychiatric diagnosis.
Researchers found that, among the 125 patients with complete medical records, 57 had a stroke caused by a blood clot in the brain and 39 had an altered mental state. Among the patients with an altered mental state, 10 of the patients had developed psychosis – a "break with reality" – and seven had encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.
– Grace Hauck
Virus rages in US, Brazil, Russia, India
While China and Europe took the brunt of the early days of the pandemic, the virus is now raging in the U.S., Brazil, Russia and India. Against that backdrop, the European Union is not expected to allow travelers from the U.S., Brazil and Russia.Brazil trails the U.S. with the world's second-most confirmed cases and deaths. More than 1.2 million people have tested positive.In Russia, with the world's third-most confirmed cases, the country is reporting a steady decline in daily new cases.In India, confirmed cases crossed the half-million mark Saturday, jumping by a one-day record of 18,552 infections.In Europe, 11 countries have reported a "very significant resurgence" in cases recently, Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, regional director for the World Health Organization, warned Friday. Kluge told reporters that health systems could be "pushed to the brink" if these increased transmissions of the virus go unchecked.
– Doug Stanglin and the Associated Press
Miami closes beaches for Fourth of July
Beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed July 3 through July 7, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Friday, amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Florida.
Gimenez said his emergency order also bans any gatherings – including parades – of more than 50 people throughout the county "for whatever reason." In those situations, masks and social distancing are required and five groups of no more than 10 people will be allowed, Gimenez said.
"The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible," Gimenez said. "I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules."
Florida reported a record 8,942 new cases on Friday – a 62% increase over the previous daily record of 5,508 reported Wednesday.
– Grace Hauck
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Florida babies are getting COVID-19 at high rates this month
Infants and young children are rapidly catching the coronavirus and increasingly ending up in the hospital this month, according to an analysis of data from the Florida Department of Health.
Since June 1, more than 1,100 children ages 4 and younger have been diagnosed with the coronavirus – accounting for 70% of the total cases in the age group.
While more testing has been opened up to younger people this month, emergency department visits and hospitalizations have dramatically increased in June. More than half the total reported emergency department visits for the state’s youngest have come this month. And 40% of the hospitalizations of children up to 4 have come since June 1.
Florida hospitals are reporting about 34% capacity of their 620 pediatric intensive care unit beds, according to Florida Agency for Health Care Administration data Friday afternoon. Adult capacity was at 21% of just over 6,000 beds.
– Joshua Solomon, Treasure Coast Newspapers
US citizens likely won't be allowed to travel to EU anytime soon
European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again, possibly from late next week, EU diplomats confirmed Saturday. Americans are almost certain to be excluded in the short term because of the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.
The number of cases in the United States has surged over the past week, with an all-time high of 45,300 confirmed new daily infections just reached. President Donald Trump also suspended the entry of all people from Europe’s ID check-free travel zone in a decree in March.
The EU diplomats confirmed that an official agreement on the criteria – likely to include a limit on the infection rate per 100,000 citizens – is expected late on Monday or early Tuesday. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the procedure is ongoing and politically very sensitive.
– Associated Press
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