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The extra $ 600 in federal unemployment aid that has helped many Americans stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic expired on Friday as plans for additional stimulus stalled in the unattainable Senate.

Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to Capitol Hill on Friday to testify before a special House board. His testimony came at a time when early progress in the fight against COVID-19 seems to have been lost and uncertainty clouds the nation’s path forward.

A new survey shows that fewer Americans want to resume daily activities such as going to restaurants or sending children to school as spike cases. But as the school year approaches, state officials are releasing guidelines for schools to reopen. In Minnesota, Governments Tim Walz have announced a plan to give districts the option to reopen with a personal class, distance learning or hybrid classes. Increasingly, teachers are concerned about the mental health of their students.

Here are some significant developments:

  • For the second time this month, the European Union has extended its ban on American travelers.
  • Buddy, the first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States, died.
  • Herman Cain, one of the first presidents and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, died Thursday after he was admitted to a hospital in Atlanta for coronavirus treatment a month ago.

📈 Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 152,000 deaths and over 4.4 million cases of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there were more than 671,000 deaths and 17 million cases.

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More record cases in 6 states; record deaths at 9

A U.S. TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Thursday shows six states set records for new cases while nine states had a record number of deaths. Records of new cases have been set in Hawaii, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Oregon, and also Puerto Rico. Record numbers of deaths have been reported in Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Oregon.

– Mike Stucka

Minnesota schools will have flexibility in reopening

The Govt. of Minnesota Tim Walz unveiled a reopening plan Thursday that includes an equation for districts to use to decide whether to reopen with a classmate, distance learning or a hybrid option that depends on viral activity in the surrounding county and the district’s ability to meet mitigation requirements.

Experts from the health and education departments will partner with school districts and charter schools to help determine which learning model to use at the beginning of the year. School districts announce separately which learning models they will use.

“With this approach, we combine knowledge and data from our health and education departments with the expertise of our local school districts to make the best decisions for our students. in the whole state, ”Walz said.

The announcement comes a month after health and education officials called on districts to prepare for the three scenarios – and are ready to switch between options based on the new local spread of the coronavirus. .

– Jenny Berg, St. Cloud Times

Louisiana to extend the mandate of the face mask, bar closure

Louisiana Government’s John Bel Edwards said Thursday he expects to extend the mask’s mandate, bar closures and other COVID restrictions beyond Aug. 7 when his current order is out of date.

“People shouldn’t expect us to be making big changes every two weeks,” Edwards said during a public briefing. “I don’t want people to think there will be big changes. That doesn’t seem likely to be based on current data.”

Edwards will officially announce his decision next week, but has sent a clear signal that the modified Phase 2 reopening will remain in place. Although the governor said there are signs of plateau hope in the infection based on a three-day run of fewer hospitalizations, “We remain No. 1 among states in per capita cases.”

– Greg Hilburn, Monroe News-Star

$ 600 extra in unemployment benefits expired as ‘deadlock deadlock’

An unsuccessful Senate on Thursday left Washington for the weekend without acting to extend $ 600 a week with an unemployment benefit that helped keep both families and the economy afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country.

On Friday when the $ 600 unemployment benefit expired she sent Senate-controlled Republicans to respond. Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell has taken a procedural step to make it easier to reach a potential compromise next week extending the bonus unemployment benefit during talks on a broader COVID exemption measure.

“We are so far separated for a good long-term agreement now, that even if we said ‘yes’ to a long-term agreement you can (have) weeks of negotiations without reaching a common ground,” the chief said. of White House employees Mark Meadows.

– Andrew Taylor, Associated Press

The first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States died

Buddy the German Shepherd died. He was the first domestic dog in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. Months after he became ill, his owners and veterinarian made the difficult decision to yell at him, according to an exclusive report from National Geographic. The beloved dog died July 11 in Staten Island, New York.

Buddy first showed symptoms of the virus in mid-April, just before his seventh birthday. He was struggling to breathe, lost weight and became increasingly lethargic. After multiple visits to three different veterinarians, heart medications, steroids and other medical interventions, Buddy was tested for COVID-19 on May 15th. But it wasn’t June 2 that the New York City Department of Health called the Mahoney family to tell them their dog had actually contracted the virus.

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Actor Bryan Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, delivering plasma

Bryan Cranston is revealing that he had a coronavirus. Now, he says he is using his antibodies in hopes of helping others. “I had a COVID-19 some time ago,” Cranston, in a mask, tells fans in an Instagram video posted Thursday. In the word of the post, he writes that he got the virus despite strictly following the protocols.

“I’m very lucky,” he says, “with very mild symptoms.” A text at the bottom of Cranston’s video describes the Emmy winner’s symptoms as including a mild headache, chest tightness and loss of taste and smell.

Since recovering, Cranston explains that he started delivering plasma at the UCLA Blood and Plasma Donation Center, “because I have the antibodies.” A text on the selfie video says that doing so “will help people recover faster and be used in scientific research studies on this virus.”

– Carly Mallenbaum

The EU extends a ban on American travelers, once again

For the second time this month, the European Union extended its travel ban on Americans on Thursday, as COVID-19 infections continued to rise across the United States. The EU first began lifting out-of-block travel restrictions on 1 July, welcoming visitors from 14 countries, including Canada, South Korea and the United States. Australia. The United States was left out of that initial list, and the EU extended its ban on Americans visiting the bloc on July 16.

The announcement, by the European Council, came after EU officials carried out their quarterly review of travel restrictions, examining coronavirus trends and containment measures in each country. to determine whether to increase or decrease the list of permitted travelers. Key measures: Pandemic outbreaks in a given country need to contain them equally – or better – than in the EU.

– Curtis Tate and Deirdre Shesgreen

New cases being broadcast nationally?

Based on a seven-day continuous average, daily coronavirus cases in the U.S. have dropped to 65,266, down about 3% from a week ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Researchers prefer to see two weeks of trending data, but University of Florida biostatistician Ira Longini said she thinks “the direction is real.”

The good news: The percentage of positive tests across the country has dropped from an average of 8.5% to 7.8% over the past week. Still, Dr. Ali Khan, the dean of the University of Nebraska College of Public Health, warns that there could still be another increase in cases. “This disease will continue to put a hiccup until you find that tinder – prone individuals – like any good fire,” Khan said.

– John Bacon

Florida’s daily death rate continues to rise

For the third day in a row, the Florida Department of Health reported a new daily record for COVID-19 deaths Thursday. The 253 fatalities represented a jump of almost 20% from the record set the day before. The total death toll among Florida residents now stands at 6,586, nearly half in July.

A U.S. TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Wednesday shows seven states set records for new cases while eight states had a record number of deaths. Records of new cases have been set in Arkansas, Hawaii, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and West Virginia. Record numbers of deaths have been reported in Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.

– Mike Stucca and Cheryl McCloud

Herman Cain ex-presidential hope dies from COVID-19

Herman Cain, one of the first presidents and former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, died Thursday after he was hospitalized in Atlanta for coronavirus treatment a month ago, according to his website and the social media.

“Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to most of us – passed away,” Dan Calabrese wrote on Cain’s website.

Calabrese said Cain, 74, has been “quite healthy” in recent years but that his cancer story landed him in a high-risk group for coronavirus. Cain recently joined Newsmax TV and was working to launch a weekly show.

Newsmax said Cain attended a rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June, less than two weeks before he was diagnosed. Newsmax said it was not known where Cain, a chair of Black Voices for Trump, was infected.

– Nicholas Wu and Jeanine Santucci

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