Previous coronavirus daily briefing updates, May 28-30
Current daily briefings on the coronavirus can be found here. Scroll below to read previous listed in eastern time.
May 30, 7:45 p.m.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new measure into law on Saturday that will provide death benefits to family members of frontline workers who died due to COVID-19. The new law will provide benefits to families of state and local government frontline workers who died due to the virus.
"It is the least we can do to say thank you, and we honor you, and we remember you,” Cuomo said. “We will be there to support your families going forward. And we say to their families, we thank you, we grieve for your loss, and we will always be there for you the way your loved one was there for us." Over 29,000 people in New York state have died due to COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.
May 30, 6 p.m.
Belgian Prince Joachim has contracted COVID-19 after attending a party while in locked down Spain, The BBC reported. Joachim, 28, travelled to Spain on May 26, where he attended a party in Córdoba with 27 people, according to reports from Spanish media. Spanish police are investigating the matter, as violators of lockdown rules could face up to €10,000 or $11,100 in fines. Officials of the city called the partygoers “irresponsible.”
"I feel surprised and angry. An incident of this type stands out at a moment of national mourning for so many dead," representative of the Spanish government in Córdoba, Rafaela Valenzuela, said.
May 30, 4:29 p.m.
Rising food prices are likely not going to go back to normal any time soon, The Associated Press reported. While prices for some produce spiked and then dropped due to people stockpiling them at the beginning of the pandemic, other prices have climbed high and stayed there, which may be because more people are cooking at home rather than eating out. Garlic, for example, has risen in price by 278% from last year. “Our biggest concern is long-term food costs. I believe they will continue to go up,” Julie Kalambokidis, co-owner of Adriano’s Brick Oven in Glenwood, Iowa, said.
May 30, 3 p.m.
Masks have become the new norm for anyone leaving their home in the past few months, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing have suffered from the inability to read lips. "I can hear one or two words but it's random, it makes no sense,” Fizz Izagaren, a pediatric doctor in the U.K. who is deaf herself told the BBC. “When someone is wearing a face mask I've lost the ability to lip read and I've lost facial expressions - I have lost the key things that make a sentence."
In response to the issue, organizations and companies have developed clear masks. Main dans la Main in France is one of the many organizations that started manufacturing clear masks. "The basic aim of these transparent masks is to allow deaf and hearing impaired people to read the lips of someone speaking to them," Kelly Morellon, the organization's founder, told the BBC. "But they are also very useful for autistic people, people with learning difficulties and small children who might be scared of masks or need to be able to see facial expressions.”
May 30, 1:44 p.m.
The Supreme Court denied a California church's challenge of state restrictions. A California church attempted to overturn the state's coronavirus restrictions on in-person religious services but was rejected in a 5-4 decision. The South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista sued Gov. Gavin Newsom, over an order limiting congregations to 25% capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower. The plaintiffs told the court its services typically attract 200 to 300 congregants. Worship services and nonessential retail were halted for more than two months in California. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the court in upholding the state's right to impose limits on congregations in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to NPR. "Although California's guidelines place restrictions on places of worship, those restrictions appear consistent with the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," Roberts said, in an opinion that denied the request made by the church.
Security officers, one wearing a mask, walk in front of the Supreme Court, Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
May 30, 12:12 p.m.
U.S. saving rates have hit 33% in April — a new record high — amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. According to CNBC, this rate, which shows how much people save as a percentage of their disposable income, is the highest since tracking began by the department in the 1960s. This number nearly triple the amount of March’s 12.7% saving rate. With the record savings rate, spending declined by a record 13.6% in the month of April. “The saving rate is the residual of an extraordinary event,” Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, told CNBC.
May 30, 10:49 p.m.
The March 2020 flight cancellation rate is the highest since September 2001, when 20% of flights were canceled following 9/11. In the month of March, 17% of flights were canceled as lockdowns and fear of coronavirus started to rise. The increase in cancelations began to tick upward in the month's second week then increased more steeply in the last few weeks of March, according to The Bureau of Transportation Statics.
May 30, 9:07 a.m.
Major Las Vegas casinos are prepping to reopen on June 4. After closing for more than 70 days, casinos are allowed to reopen this week, Gov. Steve Sisolak said on Tuesday. While all casinos are allowed to open next week, some will remain closed. Casino operators, such as MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment, will only reopen two of their 10 Strip properties initially. "We're welcoming visitors back, but we're going to take every precaution possible," Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said in an online briefing. "We're encouraging visitors to come and enjoy themselves and have a good time." Ahead of the opening, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures are forecasting 104 F on Monday with an ‘extreme’ UV index of 12 in Las Vegas.
May 30, 7:35 a.m.
Here are the latest totals from around the world, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University:
Total confirmed cases: 5,945,737
Total deaths: 365,368
Total recovered: 2,507,354
May 29, 9:03 p.m.
New York City is heading toward a reopening the week of June 8, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo said he will now focus on other hot spots in the state. “We know down to the zip code where the infection rate is higher than average,” he said. “We will meet the need where it is greatest.” The state of New York has confirmed more than 368,000 cases of COVID-19, New York County, where Manhattan is located, has confirmed over 24,000 cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
May 29, 8:13 p.m.
As temperatures in the Southwest skyrocket to new records, nonprofit groups like the Salvation Army found themselves juggling efforts to provide heath relief centers for homeless people while also sticking to social distancing regulations. On Wednesday, Death Valley, California, was the hottest place in the U.S. as the mercury reached 118 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking a new daily record high.Places like Las Vegas and Phoenix experienced temperatures 10-15 degrees above normal the same day, with Las Vegas nearly tying a 40-year-old record. High temperatures continued to threaten records on Thursday and will persist throughout the weekend for areas such as the Phoenix and Tucson metros. “Even in places where records are not set, anyone outside will need to stay hydrated and seek relief in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adams said.
With government-run facilities such as libraries and community centers closed in an effort to avoid the transmission of the coronavirus, the number of cooling center sites has become more limited. “There are still few places where our homeless can go,” Salvation Army Major David Yardley told The Associated Press at the organization’s downtown center. “Here, they can get some water, get out of the heat.” To adhere to CDC guidelines, Salvation Army staff and volunteers have asked people at the cooling centers to wear masks, clean their hands with hand sanitizer provided and stay at least 6 feet apart from one another.
May 29, 7:06 p.m.
After beginning the reopening process in many California counties, officials are now pulling back as cases of COVID-19 spike. Sonoma County and Lassen County are among places in the state that have seen an increase of COVID-19 cases after beginning the reopening process. In response, both counties have halted their progress, The Los Angeles Times reported. Lassen County has made the move to put restrictions back in place after amending them, re-closing hair salons, retail stores and in-person places of worship, as well as restricting restaurants to curbside pickup and delivery only. Even though state guidelines would allow Sonoma County to reopen in-store retail, hair salons and places of worship, an increase of over 200 cases in the past 14 days has led to county officials to extend shelter-in-place orders. “We understand these measures are not easy or convenient,” Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chair, said. “We look forward to a time when Sonoma County is fully open for business, recreation and social and religious gatherings.”
Steve Severyn gets his hair cut and colored by stylist Colleen Morrow at the Willo Aveda Salon in Roseville, Calif., Friday, May 29, 2020. The salon closed back in March, due to the coronavirus pandemic, reopened for businesses Friday. New guidelines, are being followed including requiring six feet between patrons, sanitizing each station after every client and providing masks for workers and customers who need them. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
May 29, 6:09 p.m.
While global coronavirus death toll stands at 363,031, the number of people who have recovered from the virus has reached 2,474,762 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That equates to a little under the population of Chicago, and nearly half of the of the total global cases confirmed at 5,888,498. In the United States, the nation with the highest number of confirmed cases at 1,740,599, over 400,000 people have recovered. The number of people recovered from the virus in the U.S. equates to about the population of Tampa, Florida.
May 29, 5:08 p.m.
The first known pet to be infected with COVID-19 has recovered. Papille, the 9-year-old French cat, likely contracted the virus through her owners, who also became sick from the virus. Papille stopped eating and began coughing and vomiting in mid-April, according to her owner Brian, 24. “We started to worry,” Brian, who is keeping his last name private, said. “She wouldn’t stand up, she wouldn’t respond when we called her name. Her eyes were crazed, so knowing her, we decided it wasn’t normal.”
Cases of pets contracting the virus from their owners is still very rare, AccuWeather reports, but social distancing from pets after testing positive for COVID-19 is a good way to keep your pets healthy.
May 29, 4:04 p.m
With most Brazilian states prohibiting large gatherings to curb the explosion of coronavirus cases in the nation, many citizens have had to delay traditional wedding ceremonies or find safer alternatives — one of which is a drive-thru wedding. Santa Cruz, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, is the only place to hold these, according to The Associated Press. The ceremony lasts about five minutes — enough time for the couple to read their vows, exchange rings and kiss. In most cases, couples had set a date for their wedding only for the pandemic to alter plans, according to the AP. They preferred to go through the wedding rather than waiting. Others want access to their partner’s health insurance plan with the pandemic, Alessandra Lapoente, a notary officiating drive-thru weddings, told the AP. “We saw the need to create a way to hold a safe celebration that was fast and with regulations,” Lapoente said. “We made the ceremony brief, but with all the requirements, and everyone leaves happy.”
May 29, 3:04 p.m.
A high school in Florida has made waves with its graduation ceremony, a special event that was planned with social distancing in mind. Seniors in Key West, Florida, received their diplomas by jet ski during their commencement ceremony earlier this week. The graduates rode a jet ski out to a boat where the principal presented them with their diploma with the help of a long pole. Luckily for the graduates, it was a sunny day with a light surf.
May 29, 2:11 p.m.
As countries around the world continue to east restrictions on travel, the concept of a travel bubble, an agreement between select countries to open their borders to one another, has grown in popularity. On Friday, the governments of Denmark and Norway announced that they would open their borders to each other in June, but their Scandinavian neighbor, Sweden, would not be permitted in the agreement, Reuters reported. Sweden's total cases are more than 36,000, higher than the combined case count of Norway (8,422) and Denmark (11,793), according to Johns Hopkins University data. Sweden was one of the few countries worldwide that didn't implement mass restrictions and closures during the pandemic. The Swedish government has advised its citizens to avoid going abroad until July 15, Reuters said.
May 29, 1:13 p.m.
La Liga, Spain's top soccer division, is set to return to action next month without fans. Play will resume for the first time in nearly three months on Thursday, June 11 with a match between Sevilla and Real Betis. Another 28 games will take place between Friday, June 12 and Monday, June 15, ESPN reported. The decision to return to play was announced by Spain's National Sports Council. The La Liga announcement is more positive news for soccer fans as it comes one day after the Premier League, the top-flight division in England, announced a targeted return date of June 17. Germany's top division, the Bundelisga, has already been playing for several weeks in empty stadiums.
May 29, 12:21 p.m.
Would you trust an automated throat swab from a robot? Many experts believe mass testing may be key to reopenin the world and a creation from Lifeline Robotics could be the crucial next step for large-scale testing. Lifeline Robotics, based out of the University of Southern Denmark, designed a prototype with a vision system to identify the right points to swab in a patient’s throat before placing the test sample in a jar and screwing on the lid. The designers say the robot will be able to start issuing tests in late June.
May 29, 11:05 a.m.
Blood clots, a dangerous complication, are increasingly being found in COVID-19 patients. According to The Associated Press, doctors and scientists around the world are puzzled at the number of blood clots they are diagnosing in COVID-19 patients. Even in children. Blood clots can lead to strokes and even death and some of the top health officials in the world are sounding the alarm about the need to look out for the issue and to better understand it. "I don’t know what’s going on there, but boy we need to find that out because unless you know what the pathogenic (disease-causing) mechanism is, it’s going to be tough to do intervention," Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, has said. Others are calling for urgent warnings about the risk of stroke to patients battling COVID-19.
According to the AP, scientists believe the body's response to fighting off the infection may be a factor in the development of the clots, which doctors are observing not just in the lungs but throughout the body, and which are often going undetected until an autopsy is performed. The AP reported that some hospitals are blaming up to 40% of COVID-19 deaths on blood clots and a new study indicated the clotting problem could be hitting the African American community especially hard. Dr. Alex Spyropoulos, a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, New York, who specializes in blood clots, told the AP that clotting issues were observed with SARS, but not nearly to the magnitude that doctors are seeing now. “COVID-19 is the most thrombotic (clot-producing) disease we’ve ever seen in our lifetime,” Spyropoulos said -- a statement that's backed up by the frightening experience Darlene Gildersleeve, a 43-year-old mom from New Hampshire went through.
A nurse treats a coronavirus patient at the intensive care unit of the Dr. Ernesto Che Guevara hospital, that exclusively treats COVID-19 patients, in Marica, Brazil, Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
May 29, 10:46 a.m.
A resurgence of COVID-19 cases around Seoul forced over 500 schools in South Korea to close on Friday, just shortly after reopening. In Seoul and in its surrounding metropolitans, where over 25 million South Koreans reside, many public spaces such as parks and theaters have been closed for the next two weeks. According to CNN, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip said in a Friday briefing that almost 100 new cases emerged from a logistics center in Bucheon, the second most-densely populated city in the country located 16 miles from the capital.
Temperatures in Seoul were consistently above-normal in the first three weeks of May. June is forecast to start extremely warm in the region as well.
May 29, 10:31 a.m.
There is some serious monkey business going on in India. According to Reuters, a number of monkeys absconded with blood samples of COVID-19-positive patients on the campus of a state-run medical college in the city of Meerut, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. A lab technician had been walking on the campus with the samples when the monkeys attacked. Monkeys have been seen more often in urban areas in India due to the destruction of their natural habitat, Reuters said.
“Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again,” Dr S. K. Garg, an official with the college, told Reuters. Garg added that it was unclear if the monkeys could contract the virus or if they came into contact with the infected blood.
May 29, 9:55 a.m.
The Wisconsin State Fair, the largest event held in the Badger State on an annual basis, has been canceled, organizers said Thursday. The fair, originally scheduled for Aug.6-17, has been held for the past 169 years and brings crowds of more than 1 million over an 11-day span to the town of West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. Organizers said in the release that the 2021 state fair will take place from Aug. 5-15. Overall, Wisconsin has nearly 17,000 cases of COVID-19.
“On behalf of the entire State Fair Park Board of Directors, please know that the decision to cancel the 2020 Wisconsin State Fair was not taken lightly," Wisconsin State Fair Park Board Chairman John Yingling said in a statement. “Months of deliberation took place, considering all options to host a Fair that adheres to the highest standard of safety without compromising the experience. We explored countless models, but ultimately safety cannot be compromised. The risks associated with hosting an event of this size and scope right now are just too great.”
May 29, 9:31 a.m.
Uruguay is gradually reopening with rates of COVID-19 at one of the lowest levels in Latin America. The World Health Organization recently declared that the Americas are the new epicenter for the pandemic. As of Friday morning, Uruguay reported 811 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. In comparison, Brazil, which has had the largest outbreak in South America, has 438,238 confirmed cases. Other nations such as Chile, Peru, Argentina and Bolivia have also had higher rates of infection than Uruguay. The nation acted quickly in March when it had first detected COVID-19 cases. The country managed to curb infections by using several different techniques including voluntary quarantines, widespread monitoring and tracking of infections, issuing randomized tests and using models to predict how the disease could progress through different parts of the country, according to Reuters. There have been no deaths since May 23. “Uruguay’s population responded well and abided by government regulations, making it possible to control the pandemic effectively,” said Adriana Garcia Da Rosa, a pediatrician in the nation’s capital of Montevideo.
May 29, 8:38 a.m.
Atlantic hurricane season and COVID-19. That was the theme of the AccuWeather TV Network's first-ever television special on Thursday night. With forecasters calling for a more active season than normal, and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic throwing the world out of sorts, the network broadcast a town hall featuring top meteorologists, emergency management experts, government officials and business leaders to discuss the unique challenges of the upcoming season.
The program aired at 9 p.m. Thursday with repeats to be broadcast on May 30 at 11 a.m. and June 1 at 9 p.m. Featured segments will be available at the top of this article for the remainder of the hurricane season, which starts on June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30.
May 29, 6:55 a.m.
Here are the latest totals from around the world, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University:
Total confirmed cases: 5,831,165
Total deaths: 360,776
Total recovered: 2,430,343
May 28, 9:17 p.m.
Kate Nelson, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sustainability officer, is using a tactic dating back to the first World War to feed those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. Using the university vegetable gardens, which would otherwise sit idle at the closed campus, Nelson grows food to help stock the campus food pantry, according to KMBC News, transforming them in to “victory gardens.” The Food Center and Pantry has seen a demand increase of up to 60%, mostly from students who have lost jobs, Quincy Kissack, the director of the UWM Food Center & Pantry told KMBC News. “Our thinking was, learning from the past to shape the future,” Nelson said.
May 28, 8:05 p.m.
Chicago will move to “cautiously reopen” on Wednesday, June 3, city Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced over Twitter on Thursday. Restaurants and coffee shops will be open to customers, but for outdoor dining only, according to NBC News. Gyms will also be reopened with restrictions. Other places reopening include:
Child care centers
May 28, 7:14 p.m.
As the mask debate continues in the U.S., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has taken action. On Thursday, Cuomo signed an executive order allowing businesses to deny entry to customers not wearing face coverings. “People don’t have a right to jeopardize other people’s health,” he said. According to Johns Hopkins University, over 200,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state, with more than 29,000 deaths reported due to the virus. Over 64,000 people have recovered.
May 28, 6:03 p.m.
While Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak gave casinos the go ahead to reopen on June 4, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Thursday that casinos could be a particularly high-risk area for the transmission of the coronavirus. “You look at Las Vegas reopening its casinos,” Gottlieb told CNBC. “Those are the kinds of settings where I think you have more risk, where you have a lot of people crowding together, coming and going in indoor settings for sustained periods of time.” During a news briefing on Tuesday when he made the announcement, Sisolak said the test-positivity rate has fallen to 6.5% in Nevada and confirmed COVID-related hospitalizations were trending downward across the state for over a month.
May 28, 5:04 p.m.
The Boston Marathon has been canceled for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. Originally, the race had been postponed from April 20 to September. On Thursday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the Boston Athletic Association with the city’s input and support, had determined that the race was “not feasible this year, for public health reasons.” Previously, the Boston Marathon has persisted through both World Wars and even the Spanish Influenza. In place of the race, there will be a virtual event where participants who verify that they ran the 26.2 miles of the race on their own will receive a finisher’s medal, according to The Associated Press. “This is a challenge, but meeting tough challenges is what the Boston Marathon is all about,” Walsh said at a news conference. “It’s a symbol of our city’s and of our commonwealth’s resilience. So it’s incumbent upon all of us to dig deep, like a marathon runner, like we did in 2013, and keep that spirit alive.”
FILE - In this Monday April 20, 2020 file photo, the Boston Marathon start line in Hopkinton, Mass., is vacant on the scheduled day of the 124th race, due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The 2020 Boston Marathon, which was rescheduled to run on Sept. 14th, was canceled Thursday May 28, 2020, for the first time in its 124-year history. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
May 28, 4:12 p.m.
On June 2, bars, restaurants and cafes in France will be authorized to reopen. Paris is moving out of the red phase into orange, meaning those living in the city will not be awarded as many freedoms as the remainder of the country. However, according to Reuters, Paris is no longer deemed a coronavirus hotspot. Next week, beaches and parks will be allowed to reopen and a travel ban within the country will also be lifted, allowing people to travel more than 60 miles once again. Restaurants will be allowed to reopen under the expectations that tables stay spaced three feet apart and staff members will wear face masks. Restaurants in the Paris region will only be allowed to open for outdoor dining. “Freedom will become the rule, bans the exception,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
May 28, 3:17 p.m.
Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, was canceled Wednesday for the first time in its 124-year history due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the event had decided the risk of transmission for the more than 140,000 people who visit Cheyenne, Wyoming, for the event was too great, Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr told the Associated Press. “What this pandemic means is we just can’t come together,” Orr said. “We really have to stay apart so we can come together again sooner rather than later. It’s clear that we aren’t just going to be ready for this.”
May 28, 1:58 p.m.
The rubber will hit the road this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, but it won’t be NASCAR drivers zipping around the track. Three high schools will be holding commencement ceremonies at Daytona on Sunday where graduates will be able to complete a “Victory Lap” at the end of their high school careers. “We’re honored to have the graduates of Matanzas, Flagler-Palm Coast, and First Baptist Christian Academy, along with their families, with us on what will be a very special day at Daytona International Speedway,” said track President Chip Wile. “The France family and track are committed to supporting our community in any way possible, and we’re glad to be able to provide what will be an unforgettable experience for these graduates. Their day is finally here.” More than 1,000 high school seniors are expected to take the checkered flag during the three ceremonies.
May 28, 12:42 p.m.
The Premier League is set to restart in less than a month. Soccer fans will be circling June 17 on their calendar as England's top league is set to return with two matches: Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal, the BBC reported. Play was halted on March 13 due to the pandemic with a dozen people across the league testing positive for COVID-19. Similar to other sports leagues around the world, the Premier League is taking a phased approach at restarting, but play is expected to resume by the third weekend in June. Players and staff across the league will be tested twice a week, and those that test positive will be required to self-isolate.
May 28, 12:01 p.m.
A team of Chinese climbers re-measuring the height of Mount Everest has become the first to scale the famed mountain amid the pandemic. China has put the height at 4 meters lower than Nepal, so a group of Chinese surveyors set out to determine the actual height, according to the BBC. Earlier this year, both China and Nepal banned foreign teams from climbing the mountain due to travel restrictions. The Chinese team began its ascent in April and encountered numerous delays due to challenging weather. Despite the difficult weather conditions, live footage showed the surveyors working on the wind-swept summit, the BBC noted. “After summiting, team members began erecting a survey marker on the snow-covered peak, which measures less than 20 square metres,” China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
May 28, 11:40 a.m.
Thursday is World Hunger Day and, under normal circumstances, global hunger is a major issue. However, the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen that crisis. The United Nations says the COVID-19 crisis could put nearly 265 million people at risk of starvation by the end of 2020. Already, about 820 million people regularly go to bed hungry with about 135 million suffering from acute hunger due to man-made conflicts, climate change and economic downturns, according to the U.N.'s World Food Programme.
"In light of the pandemic’s effects on the food and agricultural sector, prompt measures are needed to ensure that food supply chains are kept alive to mitigate the risk of large shocks that have a considerable impact on everybody, especially on the poor and the most vulnerable," the U.N. said.
Migrant workers from Odisha trying to return to their homes wait for transportation in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, May 28, 2020. India sees no respite from the coronavirus caseload at a time when the two-month-old lockdown across the country is set to end on Sunday. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
May 28, 10:58 a.m.
What better way to celebrate a successful recovery from the coronavirus than sipping on an ice cold beer? That’s what a 103-year-old woman in Easton, Massachusetts, had in mind after her three week fight against COVID-19. Jennie Stejna was the first person to test positive for COVID-19 in her nursing home, and was also the first to recover, according to USA Today. “This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus,” Stejna’s grandson Adam Gunn, said. “We’re truly very thankful.” Last month, 93-year-old Olive Veronesi of Seminole, Pennsylvania, went viral after she was given a 150-can supply of Coors Light. Veronesi was staying at home to help flatten the curve and was running low on her supply of beer, but now has plenty to last through the worst of the pandemic.
May 28, 10:12 a.m.
Thousands of onlookers swarmed communities surrounding NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday to witness the first crewed launch from Florida since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011. Social distancing was virtually nonexistent in some of the popular viewing spots as people jockeyed for a good view of the launch. Some people in these crowds also elected not to wear a face mask. In other areas, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were clear. The Coca Beach Pier, located a few miles south of the launch pad, was shut down from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to allow officials to clean and sanitize the area for onlookers, Florida Today said. Businesses that were open across the area also operated at 50% capacity.
Spectators endured drenching rain and thunderstorms throughout the day before the launch was ultimately postponed due to poor weather conditions. The next launch attempt will be on Saturday afternoon, and the weekend launch could draw in even larger crowds. Those that do elect to travel to witness the launch in person should prepare for unsettled weather as showers and thunderstorms could once again cause the SpaceX launch to be postponed. People can also watch the launch from home with NASA holding a broadcast that will start at 11 a.m. EDT Saturday and will continue through the liftoff, which is set for 3:22 p.m. EDT.
May 28, 9:33 a.m.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued its weekly report on unemployment claims early Thursday and the latest numbers show over 2.1 million Americans filed for jobless benefits during the week ending May 23. This number is a decrease of about 323,000 from the previous week's revised totals. About 41 million Americans have filed for unemployment during the course of the past two months, one of the biggest indicators of how the COVID-19 crisis is wreaking havoc on the economy. Last week's jobless claims are the lowest weekly total since the pandemic began, according to CNBC.
May 28, 7:56 a.m.
The U.S. became the first nation in the world to record 100,000 fatalities from COVID-19 on Wednesday evening, and, as of Thursday morning, was just shy of 1.7 million confirmed cases since the outbreak erupted. Here are the latest totals from around the world, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University:
Total confirmed cases: 5,716,570
Total deaths: 356,124
Total recovered: 2,367,292
Reporting by Lauren Fox, John Murphy, Brian Lada, Mark Puleo, Maria Antonieta Valery Gil, Kevin Byrne, Chaffin Mitchell, Adriana Navarro, John Roach, Dexter Henry, Bill Wadell, Jonathan Petramala, and Monica Danielle
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