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Trump Brings Up Barron's COVID Case at Rally

'People have it, and it goes,' president said at Des Moines rally

(Newser) - The world found out Wednesday that 14-year-old Barron Trump had COVID-19 at the same time his parents did, though his case was an asymptomatic one. News of the diagnosis came via a statement from Melania Trump, but President Trump himself discussed it at a Wednesday night rally—while pushing for... More »

In NYC, a 'Most Precarious Moment' in the COVID Timeline

Parts of Queens, Brooklyn are seeing spike in cases; health dept. warns of possible shutdowns

(Newser) - New York City has been slowly reopening since June , with schools set to welcome back many in-person students next week and restaurants opening for indoor dining at the end of September, per Gothamist . But despite this staggered return to some form of normality, certain parts of the city are now... More »

The Big Ten Changes Its Mind on Football

Season will start weekend of Oct. 23

(Newser) - The president is pleased, and he's not alone: The Big Ten on Wednesday announced that rather than wait till spring, the football season will kick off the weekend of Oct. 23-24 despite the pandemic. Each team will have an eight-game schedule. "Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK.... More »

550 People Who Went to Strip Club Got Some Bad News

Worker tests positive for COVID at Toronto's Brass Rail Tavern, dinged for flouting safety protocols

(Newser) - A worker at a Toronto strip club has tested positive for COVID-19, but that isn't the only problem the venue has. Per the Guardian , health officials in the Canadian city say that up to 550 additional people may have been exposed to the virus at the Brass Rail Tavern,... More »

Cuomo Makes Big Move on Schools

All can reopen if conditions are met, but whether they will is a different story

(Newser) - New York state used to be the COVID-19 epicenter of the country. On Friday, its governor made a big announcement that shows how things have changed. "All schools can open," said Andrew Cuomo, per the New York Times . "If anyone can open schools, we can open schools.... More »

Barron Trump's School Gets the OK to Open

Gov. Larry Hogan overturned Montgomery County mandate to close private schools through Oct. 1

(Newser) - President Trump has been quite vocal about his desire to see schools open amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, an order from the Maryland governor may see Trump partly get his wish in one part of that state, in a decision that could affect his own son. On Friday, an order... More »

House Dems Slam 'Alarming' WH Response on CDC Chief Testimony

Robert Redfield reportedly blocked by White House from testifying next week on school reopenings

(Newser) - CDC Director Robert Redfield was apparently in the queue to speak before Congress at a public hearing next week on the reopening of schools during the pandemic, but reports now say he's been blocked by the White House from doing so. Politico and USA Today report that Redfield had... More »

Sure, American Schools Can Reopen—for 'Certain Kids'

The divide between public and private schools looks even wider now

(Newser) - Turns out schools can reopen in America after all—if they're private. While most public schools are opening part-time or not at all amid the coronavirus pandemic, private schools are finding they have the budgets, facilities, and small class sizes to reopen, the New York Times reports. That means... More »

Carlson Does a 180, Blasts Masks as 'Bizarre Health Theater'

Fox News host, who once said social distancing, other virus safety measures work, changes tune

(Newser) - A lot can change in three months. For Tucker Carlson, that change has come in the form of a big reversal on coronavirus safety measures. In a segment Tuesday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Fox News host was discussing the topic of schools reopening amid the pandemic, rueing the fact... More »

McDonald's Reacts to the Latest Coronavirus Surge

The chain won't be adding dine-in service for at least 3 weeks

(Newser) - McDonald's is hitting the brakes on its US reopening plans as the coronavirus surges across the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The megachain issued a statement Wednesday saying restaurants won't be told to add dine-in service for the next three weeks. Takeout, delivery, and drive-thru service, however,... More »

'Huge Step in the Right Direction' From CDC on Virus

Agency finally posts guidelines for Americans on how to minimize COVID-19 risk as we reopen

(Newser) - Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure staff are wearing face coverings. And no high-fives—or... More »

With Jobless Numbers, 'Recovery Appears to Be Underway'

But debate continues between GOP, Dems on whether to extend unemployment stimulus relief

(Newser) - America has started its economic recovery process, reopening businesses in phases across the nation, and the labor market numbers are beginning to reflect that. Per a Thursday release from the Department of Labor, the number of people drawing unemployment benefits for the week ending May 30 fell to 20.9... More »

NYC Begins to Reopen. Now, a 'Toxic Trifecta'

The triple whammy of virus, unemployment, and systemic racism pose a new challenge for city

(Newser) - The city that never sleeps is getting back to work. New York City has been in near-total lockdown for almost three months amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it's finally reached a "turning point," entering the first phase of reopening Monday, CNBC reports. Nonessential businesses in retail, manufacturing,... More »

Supreme Court Weighs In on Church's Shutdown Bid

In 5-4 ruling, court rejects California church's attempt to block restrictions on public gatherings

(Newser) - Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Supreme Court's liberal judges Friday to reject a California church's appeal to block restrictions on public gatherings. Per the New York Times , the 5-4 ruling found that the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, Calif., as well as other houses... More »

2 Workers at a Salon Got the Virus. Then the Threats Began

Great Clips locations in Springfield, Mo., have once again closed due to 'repeated threats'

(Newser) - A chain of hair salons in a Missouri city is once again closed—not because of a coronavirus outbreak, but because of threats made over a possible one. Earlier this week, it was announced two stylists who worked at the same Great Clips site in Springfield—which reopened earlier this... More »

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on... More »

Fauci Issues Warning About State Lockdowns

The infectious-disease official says staying closed could cause 'irreparable damage'

(Newser) - Ditching stay-at-home orders too quickly? "Suffering and death." Imposing them for too long? "Irreparable damage." Anthony Fauci spoke Friday to CNBC about the apparent tight-rope walk state officials are facing as they loosen lockdown rules. "I don't want people to think that any of... More »

2 Days After Reopening, a Bison Attack at Yellowstone

Woman 'knocked to the ground' when she got too close

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park had been shut down for almost two months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, so naturally people were excited to flock back there when it partially reopened Monday. The animals there—maybe not so much. Officials report that on Wednesday, a female visitor to the park... More »

After Weeks of Delay, CDC Issues Guide to Reopening

Officials complain the agency has been 'muzzled'

(Newser) - As the country reopens in stages, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a reopening guide that was reportedly shelved by federal officials earlier this month. The 60-page guide , posted on the CDC's website with little fanfare, calls for a three-phased approach, with the use of six... More »

Scientists Suggest '50/30' Approach to Reopening

As in 50 days of lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous cycle

(Newser) - As the world tries to figure out the right balance of safety vs. normalcy in reopening after the pandemic, a team of international researchers is suggesting a model: 50 days of strict lockdown, followed by 30 days of easing, in a continuous loop. This turned out to be the best... More »

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