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COVID-19 roundup

Friday, Aug 7, 2020

* Ugh

The United States has recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the highest number of daily fatalities in three months, Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tally showed Thursday.

The country, which has seen a major resurgence in coronavirus since the end of June, added 2,060 deaths in one day as well as more than 58,000 new cases, the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Friday).

The last time the US recorded more than 2,000 deaths in 24 hours was on May 7.

* Capitol News Illinois

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday that 20 weeks of state extended benefits are available to those who exhaust the allotted 26 weeks of regular state unemployment and the additional 13 weeks of federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits.

IDES encouraged those with unemployment questions to visit first before calling the unemployment hotlines, which continue to receive a high volume of calls.

* Jake Griffin

The only tax revenue categories that experienced gains over July 2019 were those with tax rates that had increased since last year.

The motor fuel tax doubled since July 2019, but revenues from the tax in July 2020 were only 61.7% higher, according to revenue department figures.

Taxes from cigarettes, private vehicle sales and corporate income were the only other categories to see increases above July 2019. Cigarette and private vehicle sales tax rates were both increased in the last year. Corporate income tax filings were also delayed three months.

Sales tax revenues were down almost $100 million from the previous July, usually one of the state’s stronger months.

* The Southern

A second inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 at the federal prison in Marion has died amid a coronavirus outbreak that has affected dozens of inmates and a handful of employees.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said Taiwan Davis, 39, died Wednesday at a local hospital where he was receiving treatment for the disease.

Davis tested positive for COVID-19 on July 29, one week prior to his death. He was transported to a local hospital three days after receiving his diagnosis.

In a news release, the federal agency said that Davis had “pre-existing medical conditions, which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.”

More from KFVS

As of Friday, Aug. 7, at least 80 inmates and four staff members at USP Marion have active COVID-19 cases.

BOP reports 57 inmates and four staff members have recovered from the virus.

USP Marion is a medium security facility, which also operates a minimum security prison camp.

In total, the federal prison complex houses 1,213 male offenders.

* ABC 7

Alderman Michael Scott Jr. of Chicago’s 24th Ward has tested positive for COVID-19 and appeared at a press conference this week with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Mayor Lightfoot appeared with Alderman Scott on Wednesday. Since then, she has tested negative for the virus and has no plans to self-quarantine. […]

The mayor’s office says all participants were wearing masks and practicing proper social distancing for the duration of Wednesday’s news conference.

Gov. Pritzker was asked today if he agreed with Lightfoot’s decision not to self-quarantine

I’m not going to advise, she has a doctor. I’m not going to make advice here about that. Look, I just want people to do the right thing and keep everybody around them safe and healthy and of course, the mayor to be safe and healthy. So whatever the best advice is that she’s been given I know she will follow.

* Herald-Whig

Amid an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in the county and on the advice of the Adams County Health Department, city officials said on Thursday that all city meetings will again include an option for officials to participate virtually.

The policy applies to both the Quincy City Council weekly meetings and committee meetings.

All meetings will be closed to the public, but those who wish to view the meeting will be able to do so online.

* Tribune live blog

Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues rule to penalize businesses that don’t enforce mask requirements with fines up to $2,500

Drug and alcohol use has spiked during pandemic, prompting Chicago’s recovery community to find new ways to reach out

Chicago Urban League to hand out $100,000 to Black-owned businesses after Ford Fund grant

Some lakefront restaurants reopening Friday

Preckwinkle to announce new coronavirus-related rental assistance program

* Sun-Times live blog

How the pandemic is reshaping the way we date

State unemployment extended as claims remain historically high

Loyola University Chicago closes all dorms for fall semester due to COVID-19

Men have long shunned protective gear

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative for virus after earlier positive test.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Keyrock - Friday, Aug 7, 20 @ 1:16 pm:

    Hopkins itself reversed its decision to have students on campus and is going remote this fall.

  2. - Pundent - Friday, Aug 7, 20 @ 1:37 pm:

    Part of the problem at the federal level is that we can never admit that we’re failing. Everything has to be the “best” regardless of the facts. Our testing process is an ineffective, inconsistent disaster. We’re simply reacting to the rising positive test rates with a slow and ineffective contract tracing process.

    We keep hearing that rapid tests are coming but 5 months in there’s no sign of that. We’ve pinned our hopes on a vaccine that may or may not come or be effective. We need to overhaul the testing process to one which detects the virus at the earliest stage not one that only happens when a person believes they may be sick or exposed.

  3. - OOO - Friday, Aug 7, 20 @ 2:14 pm:

    ===2,000 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours===

    2,000 deaths from C-19 or 2,000 deaths with C-19?

    I’m not being snarky here. One of the most prevalent problems with the pandemic is the complete and utter failure to present real, credible data. That failure includes federal, state, and county officials. I believe it’s the single most important reason that the pandemic has become more a political issue than a public health issue.

    Most people gave up trusting packaged data a long, long time ago. They now go by how they interpret the raw data themselves or what they experience.

    Elected. Leaders. Have. Failed.

  4. - Trevor Beahm - Monday, Aug 10, 20 @ 9:53 pm:


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