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States close bars to stop virus spread

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/26/20, 05:09 pm

Florida and Texas took a step back in the push to reopen businesses on Friday as the daily number of confirmed new COVID-19 cases hit an all-time high. The United States saw a record of nearly 40,000 new coronavirus infections reported on Friday. “It is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican. He also scaled back restaurant capacity, shut down rafting operations, and said any outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people would need approval from the local government.

What about the rest of the country? The governors of Arizona and Louisiana also pressed pause on their state’s reopening plans as the number of coronavirus cases rose, and Nevada’s governor ordered the wearing of face masks in Las Vegas casinos and other public places. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said his state was asking Arizona, Florida, and Texas officials if they needed supplies, personnel, or advice since so many other states helped New York during its COVID-19 crisis. “We will never forget that graciousness, and we will repay it any way we can,” he said.

Dig deeper: Read Laura Edghill’s report in Schooled about the challenges educators face as they prepare for students to return to class in the middle of the pandemic.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  phillipW's picture
    Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 12:16 pm

    This is false information.  I can't even believe what WORLD is reporting anymore.  Look at the hospitalizations and deaths, rather than the positive test results.  It's all bogus and political, geared at rigging the election in November.  COVID will go away once the election is over.

    Posted: Tue, 06/30/2020 09:24 pm

    Two salient facts: 1) World is a member of the Associated Press, so many of the articles are “sifted” from that worldwide organization. Even with a World reporter’s byline, the bulk of the article was probably written by someone else – who may not have a biblical worldview nor have any skill in dealing with statistics. 2) Because some reporters have little skill in statistics, data numbers are reported in the main stream media (and elsewhere) with no context – and are most likely cumulative totals.

    In a local paper, a sports reporter (who is skilled in statistics) has dismissed the misleading cumulative totals. “The good news is that one can feel free to ignore empty-headed news coverage. State health departments nationwide have a wealth of reliable information.”

    He goes on: “One wishes that Governor Tim Walz would pay a little more attention to the data his own health department has gathered.”

    He explains: “As of Monday morning (June 22) Minnesota had conducted a total of 429,145 tests for COVID-19. Of those tests, a total of 30,882 tested positive. Of that number, 27,006 have recovered and 1,313 have died. That means that there are currently just 2,563 active cases in the entire state. Of those active cases, 357 were in the hospital on Monday with 185 being treated in intensive care units.”

    His conclusion: “I don’t know about you, but that sounds wonderful to me.” He thinks we could have gotten similar numbers with common sense safety recommendations instead of repressive government mandates and forced business closures. “… with just over 9 million unemployed Minnesotans, I can’t think of a better time to take off the training wheels and take the Minnesota economy for a test spin.”