State Department says Russia is pushing coronavirus disinformation

The U.S. State Department says Russia is exploiting a well-established online operation that includes proxy websites to amplify coronavirus disinformation and conspiracy theories. Read the rest

Twitter makes 'Team Trump' remove false coronavirus post, banned from tweeting until post was removed

Facebook also took down a Trump post for the first time, citing COVID-19 misinformation ban

Watch the Herman Cain 2012 Smoking Ad — in memoriam

“I am America.”

9. 9. 9.

Herman Cain died of COVID-19 today.

Killed by a hoax. Sad.

Herman Cain dies of Covid

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Russia is using 3 English-language websites to spread coronavirus disinformation: US government officials

US government officials told the Associated Press today that three different English-language websites are spreading disinformation about the novel coronavirus directly from Russia. Read the rest

White House cafeteria worker tests positive for coronavirus, officials now doing contract tracing — NBC

'Contact tracing is being done after positive test in office building where many senior advisers and top officials work.'

U.S. reports over 1,000 coronavirus deaths for first time in two weeks

Tuesday’s reported deaths from the coronavirus outbreak have exceeded 1,000 for the first time in two weeks, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. (via CNN). Read the rest

Trump admin orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send COVID-19 info to Washington database closed to public

“Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information to a central database in Washington, raising questions about transparency.”

The Trump administration is ordering hospitals around America to bypass the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and send COVID-19 info to a database that is not open to the public, with access to reporters and researchers unlikely and unclear. Read the rest

Oops. Nevermind. California rolls back reopening as coronavirus spikes

As new coronavirus case numbers surge throughout California, the state today imposed a sweeping rollback of its reopening plans. Read the rest

KFC closes dining rooms in Florida over coronavirus spike

The fried chicken chain KFC is closing dining rooms at the restaurants it owns in Florida because of the state's accelerating outbreak of COVID-19.

Today, Florida is reporting 12,600 new coronavirus cases. Read the rest

U.S. sets record high COVID cases for 3 days in a row, nearly 69,000 new cases today

On Friday, the confirmed number of new COVID-19 cases rose by nearly 69,000 across the United States on Friday, according to Reuters, which is a new record high -- and the third consecutive day of new record highs.

And yet, Disney is barrelling ahead with plans to reopen its theme parks in Orlando, Florida, a COVID-19 hot zone. Workers and public health experts are protesting, but the company's chief medical officer says it'll all be fine.

Sure thing.

From Reuters:

A total of eight U.S. states - Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin - also reached records for single-day infections.

In Texas, another hot zone, Governor Greg Abbott warned on Friday he may have to impose new clampdowns if the state cannot stem its record-setting caseloads and hospitalizations through masks and social distancing.

“If we don’t adopt this best practice it could lead to a shutdown of business,” the Republican governor told local KLBK-TV in Lubbock, adding it was the last thing he wanted.

California announced on Friday the state will release up to 8,000 inmates early from prisons to slow the spread of COVID-19 inside the facilities. At San Quentin State Prison, outside San Francisco, half of the facility’s roughly 3,300 prisoners have tested positive for the virus.

The Walt Disney Co. (DIS.N) said the theme parks in Orlando would open on Saturday to a limited number of guests who along with employees would be required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks. The park also cancelled parades, firework displays and events that typically draw crowds.

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Here's where Donald Trump is dining with rich donors tonight, raising $10 million with tickets at $580,600 per couple

Donald Trump once boasted of being so rich he did not want campaign contributions from wealthy donors. Like everything he says, that was a lie. Here is where Donald Trump is on Friday night, July 10, as COVID-19 ravages America. Read the rest

WHO says 'evidence emerging' airborne COVID-19 spread may be a threat indoors

“We appeal to the medical community and to the relevant national and international bodies to recognize the potential for airborne spread of COVID-19,” 239 researchers in 32 countries wrote to WHO.

Mike Pence Arizona trip was delayed because Secret Service agents got coronavirus

"Pence was scheduled to go to Phoenix on Tuesday but went on Wednesday instead so that healthy agents could be deployed for his visit."

'Bar Lives Matter' concert promoted by Texas bar owner to protest coronavirus restrictions

The coronavirus is thrilled to learn that a bar owner in Texas is organizing a 'Bar Lives Matter' concert to protest the state's restrictions to slow the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the rest

Los Angeles County beaches CLOSED for 4th of July weekend as coronavirus spikes

Officials in Los Angeles have ordered all beaches in the county closed over the Independence Day Holiday, in hopes of slowing the accelerating coronavirus pandemic in Southern California. Read the rest

Arizona closes bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks for 30 days as coronavirus ravages state

• AZ governor Ducey orders bars, gyms, theaters to close 8 p.m. tonight • Large gatherings restricted • School start delayed

People not wearing masks or social distancing is why we can't have nice things.

Arizona's governor today ordered all bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks in the state to close for at least 30 days as coronavirus continues to surge in the state. Read the rest

As COVID-19 surges, Apple re-closes 11 stores temporarily in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina

Apple will temporarily close a number of retail stores again in the U.S., as the coronavirus outbreak re-emerges as a significant threat in new areas of the country, reports Bloomberg News. Read the rest

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