SimplyInfo.org Coronavirus Live Blog 8.25.2020

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Global coronavirus cases surpass 23 million

Sturgis cases at 81

15 covid cases, 1 hospitalization in MN tied to Sturgis rally

7 covid cases in NE tied to Sturgis rally

WY has Sturgis related covid cases

3 more public covid exposure notices tied to Sturgis rally
There is now a total of at least 10 public instances of virus exposure at crowded bars and businesses during the rally.

As of Friday night there were 14 locations/days of known covid exposure at the Sturgis rally

Maine CDC now links 53 COVID-19 cases to Millinocket wedding reception

An individual linked to Covid-19 outbreak at Maine wedding reception has died, hospital says

More than 200 new COVID-19 cases among students reported at UNC Chapel Hill

MN: 17 St. Olaf students suspended after attending off-campus party Such “reckless behavior … must stop,” the college’s president said. 50 in quarantine. 8 so far have been found infected at the college.

Two Texas A&M sororities now under chapter-wide quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Student papers say administrators share blame for virus outbreaks: ‘Don’t make us write obituaries

UT-Austin students, faculty call on board to cancel in-person classes amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Covid in the Classroom? Some Schools Are Keeping It Quiet Some states and school districts provide detailed data on school outbreaks. Others choose to keep such information under wraps

TX: 65 Lamar CISD employees test positive for COVID-19

Florida judge blocks state order for schools to reopen

17 more students test positive for COVID in Ga. Tech Greek house

GA: UGA health faculty on COVID-19 policies and testing: Campus is in ‘grave danger’

UNC reports spike in positive test rate on campus  (786 cases)

Teachers don’t need formal essential worker designation, CDC director says
Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Friday that the administration had designated teachers essential workers. He said this means, in part, that like doctors and law enforcement officers, teachers may continue to work even after exposure to a confirmed case of Covid-19, provided they remain asymptomatic. This designation is part of the administration’s aggressive campaign to pressure districts to bring students back this fall.

Iowa State University reports 130 Covid-19 cases after first week of class

71 covid cases at SD universities

University of Iowa discontinues sports programs due to Covid-19 The University of Iowa is discontinuing four sports programs at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. The school cited the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for shutting down men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis.

New York City shares latest data on confirmed and probable Covid-19 deaths New York City has 19,007 confirmed coronavirus deaths and 4,634 probable coronavirus deaths as of Aug. 19, according to the most recent data on the city website. The New York City Health Department defines probable deaths as people who did not have a positive Covid-19 laboratory test, but their death certificate lists as the cause of death “Covid-19” or an equivalent. The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths and probable coronavirus deaths in New York City is 23,641.

Vanderbilt University reports Covid-19 cases on football team

University of Minnesota regents OK delayed reopening of Twin Cities, Duluth and Rochester campuses

MD: Towson University moves to remote learning after 55 people test positive for coronavirus

Miami-Dade schools say almost 600 staff have tested positive for coronavirus

Arkansas governor responds to reports of largest number of Covid-19 deaths on record

Covid-19 death toll in California nears 12,000

Have L.A.’s homeless people dodged a COVID-19 catastrophe?

New Jersey reports lowest Covid-19 hospitalization rate since March 24

South Dakota sets new record for active coronavirus cases with 251 increase Saturday

25% of MN’s new covid cases are under 25 yrs. MN expects Sturgis related cases to continue to grow.

An ‘Unprecedented’ Effort to Stop the Coronavirus in Nursing Homes Researchers are testing an experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks. The trial may bring a new type of treatment for the virus.

Fauci warns against emergency coronavirus vaccine approval before widespread testing

AstraZeneca denies White House is fast-tracking its Covid-19 vaccine – The company struck a $1.2 billion deal in May to provide the U.S. with 300 million initial doses of the shot.

The surprising tale of LA’s first known COVID-19 patient

Genetic data show how a single superspreading event sent coronavirus across Massachusetts — and the nation Nearly 800 genomes from Boston and its environs show that out of 80 introductions early in the pandemic, most went nowhere. And one exploded.

Why do Covid fatalities seem steady when infection numbers are rising?

Why Are Coronavirus Cases Decreasing? Experts Say Restrictions Are Working

Moderna says more than 40% of participants enrolled for COVID-19 vaccine trial

Minnesota bets big on coronavirus saliva testing to double capacity

Coronavirus will be with us forever, Sage scientist warns
*This may mean people will need to get ongoing vaccinations to deal with this

China reports 12 coronavirus cases, seventh day without local transmission

China giving high risk people experimental covid vaccine

Covid experiment: “Coronavirus: Germany puts on crowded concerts to study risks

Spain warned of dire impact of second coronavirus lockdown

S. Korea reports biggest rise in coronavirus cases since March

South Korea’s fun spots shut indefinitely

China logs 9th consecutive day with no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

UK reports more than 1,200 new Covid-19 cases

Italy reports more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since May

Japan reports nearly 1,000 new coronavirus cases

Virus outbreak at Tokyo company sickens half its workforce 

Brazil reports more than 50,000 new coronavirus cases

Peru: 13 die in night club stampede after police raid due to ignoring covid restrictions

More than 60,000 people have died of coronavirus in Mexico

Philippines reports almost 5,000 new Coronavirus cases

Brussels reports further rise in coronavirus cases – Local authorities dismissed calls from health experts to impose stricter measures in the region.

Argentina reports highest number of new Covid-19 cases and deaths

Sweden counts cost of not letting coronavirus spoil its routine – Swedes begin reckoning the costs of the maverick no-lockdown coronavirus response.

The pandemic is turning into a super-expensive business quagmire

SFO opens first airport COVID-19 rapid testing site in the US – Frontline workers can get results in an hour or less

Meatpacking Companies Dismissed Years of Warnings but Now Say Nobody Could Have Prepared for COVID-19

Man in Walmart gives customers hugs and tells them they now have Covid-19

Minnesota’s OSHA hits two Twin Cities hospitals with penalties over COVID-19

Pennsylvania congressman tests positive for Covid-19 and won’t vote on bill that will provide more funding for Postal Service

Trump, without evidence, accuses FDA of delaying coronavirus vaccine trials and pressures agency chief

Pelosi hammers Trump for ‘very dangerous’ attack on FDA

Global stocks jump as investors pin hopes on coronavirus treatment

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