Editorial: Gov. Abbott must act on shutdown requests as coronavirus surges in Texas (Houston Chronicle)

Houston Chronicle: Editorial: Gov. Abbott must act on shutdown requests as coronavirus surges in Texas. “The delays and denials must end. It is time for Gov. Greg Abbott to give elected officials in the Houston region and other parts of Texas being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic the power to issue stay-at-home orders. COVID-19 deaths in the state are rising, hospitals are running out of ICU beds, respirators and other crucial supplies are running low again and the U.S. military announced last week that it is deploying medical and support personnel to the state to try to deal with a growing health-care crisis.”

New York Confronts Second-Wave Risk: Visitors From Florida and Texas (New York Times)

New York Times: New York Confronts Second-Wave Risk: Visitors From Florida and Texas. “New York, once the center of the coronavirus pandemic, has so successfully stemmed the outbreak that its death and hospitalization rates have plummeted and it has among the lowest infection rates in the country. But the state and its neighbors are facing a disquieting new threat: Can they keep the virus suppressed when it is raging across the South and West?”

‘They Put Us in Here to Let Us Die’: ICE Prison Sees Outbreak of Coronavirus—and Guard Violence (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: ‘They Put Us in Here to Let Us Die’: ICE Prison Sees Outbreak of Coronavirus—and Guard Violence. “A dire situation is unfolding at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prison in Virginia, where the vast majority of people detained have now tested positive for the coronavirus, and where guards have responded violently to protests at least three times in two weeks. The director of Farmville, a privately run immigration detention center in central Virginia, recently stated in court papers that at least 267 people currently detained there have tested positive for the coronavirus—and the numbers may spike further, with 80 people still awaiting test results.”

Pew: About a fifth of U.S. adults moved due to COVID-19 or know someone who did

Pew (pew pew pew pew pew!): About a fifth of U.S. adults moved due to COVID-19 or know someone who did. “Millions of Americans relocated this year because of the COVID-19 outbreak, moving out of college dorms that abruptly closed, communities they perceive as unsafe or housing they can no longer afford. Overall, around one-in-five U.S. adults (22%) say they either changed their residence due to the pandemic or know someone who did, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.”

‘Find something new’: White House-backed ad campaign’s advice to jobless (NBC News)

NBC News: ‘Find something new’: White House-backed ad campaign’s advice to jobless. “A new White House-backed ad campaign aims to encourage people who are unemployed or unhappy in their jobs or careers to go out and ‘find something new.'” Because this is a good time to abandon your employer-provided health insurance if you’re still employed and hey, bonus, if you voluntarily leave your job you don’t qualify for unemployment and government stats look better!

Gizmodo: Covid-19 Test Results Frequently Taking Over a Week and Only Getting Longer

Gizmodo: Covid-19 Test Results Frequently Taking Over a Week and Only Getting Longer. “Quest Diagnostics, the largest private medical testing company in the U.S., released a letter on Monday warning that the average wait time for non-emergency coronavirus test results is currently at least seven days. The really scary part: Quest says wait times aren’t going to get any shorter while the U.S. continues to have the worst covid-19 outbreak in the world.”

Vox: Trump reduced fines for nursing homes that put residents at risk. Then Covid-19 happened.

Vox: Trump reduced fines for nursing homes that put residents at risk. Then Covid-19 happened.. “Estimates vary, but analysts Gregg Girvan and Avik Roy found that as of June 29, 50,779 of the 113,135 US deaths from Covid-19 (or 45 percent) were deaths of residents of nursing or long-term care facilities. Their numbers suggest that about 2.5 percent of all nursing home residents have been killed by the disease; in New Jersey, which is particularly hard hit, the share is over 11 percent.”

Boston Business Journal: Mass. launches new online site for workplace safety complaints

Boston Business Journal: Mass. launches new online site for workplace safety complaints. “Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday unveiled a new website for residents to report businesses not complying with the state’s health and safety guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic. The website instructs anyone wishing to file a report of non-compliance to contact their local Board of Health. They can also contact the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards with any issues.”

AP: Texas GOP votes to move convention online after court losses

AP: Texas GOP votes to move convention online after court losses. “The Republican Party of Texas changed course Monday night and accepted a virtual convention after courts refused to force Houston, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, to let the party stick to its original plans of a massive indoor gathering.”

‘We opened too quickly, too soon’: Mayor Turner proposes a shutdown as city’s COVID-19 case count rises (Click2Houston)

Click2Houston: ‘We opened too quickly, too soon’: Mayor Turner proposes a shutdown as city’s COVID-19 case count rises. “Texas set a record on Saturday, reporting 10,351 new cases, the Associated Press reported. A record 10,083 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized, while 99 new fatalities were also reported Saturday. The total is second only to the record 105 reported Thursday and brought the state’s overall death toll to 3,112. On Saturday, the City of Houston reported 1,524 new cases and nine deaths. It is the second time in less than a week that the city has reported over 1,000 new cases in a single day.”

Washington Post: A month later, Pence’s wildly optimistic view of the pandemic has proved almost entirely wrong

Washington Post: A month later, Pence’s wildly optimistic view of the pandemic has proved almost entirely wrong. “Even at the time it was written, the fundamental proposition offered by Vice President Pence in his Wall Street Journal piece on June 16 was dubious. No second wave of the coronavirus pandemic was emerging, he wrote — an obviously true claim only because the first wave had not ended…. Nearly a month later, Pence has been proved wrong in nearly every way on every bit of data he offered. The vice president, as the head of the government’s response to the pandemic, presented a case for his own success that was shown to be inaccurate often only days after his article was published.”

BloombergQuint: Top Defense Firms Get Biggest Share of Accelerated Virus Funds

BloombergQuint: Top Defense Firms Get Biggest Share of Accelerated Virus Funds. “The largest share of the Pentagon’s billions of dollars in accelerated payments to contractors — intended to help mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic — is going to four of the country’s five biggest defense companies. Lockheed Martin Corp., Boeing Co., Raytheon Technologies Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and the United Launch Alliance LLC joint venture are the top beneficiaries of the Pentagon effort, according to a previously undisclosed May 15 letter to Senator Elizabeth Warren from Ellen Lord, the Defense Department’s undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment.”

EurekAlert: Altimmune COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested at UAB shows positive preclinical results

EurekAlert: Altimmune COVID-19 vaccine candidate tested at UAB shows positive preclinical results. “Altimmune, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, has announced positive results from the preclinical studies conducted in mice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham of its intranasal COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AdCOVID.”

Washington Post: White House effort to undermine Fauci is criticized by public health experts, scientists and Democrats

Washington Post: White House effort to undermine Fauci is criticized by public health experts, scientists and Democrats. “A White House effort to undermine Anthony S. Fauci has drawn rebukes from public health experts, scientists and mostly Democratic politicians, who argue it is dangerous for the Trump administration to disparage a highly respected government infectious-disease expert as the novel coronavirus continues to exact a heavy toll on the nation.”

Newsweek: Texas Teachers Writing Their Wills as State Promises to Open Schools in Fall

Newsweek: Texas Teachers Writing Their Wills as State Promises to Open Schools in Fall. “After Texas Governor Greg Abbott unveiled a plan in June to reopen his state’s schools, some teachers have said holding in-person classes while the coronavirus still poses a threat could place them in danger. Under Abbott’s plan, schools in Texas will be required to provide in-person instruction five days a week starting in August. Although parents and guardians may opt to have their children engage in long-distance learning, teachers must report to work in person.”