Several U.S. states including Oklahoma - where President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a campaign rally on Saturday - reported a surge in new coronavirus infections this week, ahead of what would be the nation’s largest indoor social gathering since pandemic restrictions were imposed.
The group of Donald Trump supporters camped out to see the president's first campaign rally in months grew larger and louder on Thursday.
"Four more years!
Four more years!" The Saturday rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is set to be the biggest indoor event in the country since pandemic restrictions were imposed in March, and these Trump supporters weren't going to miss it even if their health depended on it.
"The United States needs to be open.
We need our freedom.
We need our freedom to make our choices, you know?
The country needs to open up, all the way.
We can't be afraid of this... China virus or whatever you guys want to call it.
I'm not afraid of it at all." "I knew this would be a big rally and wanted to get a seat in this.
Over 1 million tickets being requested for this.
So I wanted to be here early.
This ain't nothing.
I mean, what our president does for us.
Every day he sacrifice for us.
Every one of us.
No matter who we are, whether we are black, white, Asian, yellow.
He don't care." "As soon as Oklahoma was on the books, I decided I want to come here because I haven't seen a rally in Oklahoma and I've never been to Oklahoma.
So, one of the reason I kind of want to see, too, is how are they going to set this up?
Is it going to be like the rallies that we know, like in the past that we've been going to, like the ones we went to in February?
Or are they going to have, like chairs on the floor?
Like spread out like that?
Or are they going to have everybody together like we were?" Public health experts and some local officials are worried that thousands of shouting, chanting people inside an arena - particularly if many aren’t wearing masks - could turn Trump’s rally into a so-called “super-spreader event” in a in a state that reported a record number of new cases this week.
But Trump, in a Fox News interview on Wednesday night, repeated a claim he has made in the past that the coronavirus is "fading away." "The federal government's attitude is an undeniable mistake." New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday slammed the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus epidemic.
"The White House from day one has been operating on a pure political ideology." Cuomo also said New York continued to make progress, with fewer than 1% of more than 68,000 people tested on Wednesday coming back positive.
"Lowest percent positive since we have started." And in another sign of progress, Cuomo said his daily briefings, which have propelled him into the national spotlight, will end on Friday.
[NFA] Teachers from dozens of school districts nationwide protested plans by some governors to resume in-class instruction, saying it threatens the safety of students, their families and educators. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
As COVID-19 infections surge, health care professionals across the US are struggling to keep up with the demand for personal protective equipment. But according to UPI, a new report reveals that in 11 states, there's a shortage of intensive care unit doctors to take care of non-COVID-19 patients, too. This week's update shows that Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah and Washington all could face a shortage of intensivists.
On Friday, public health officials in Oklahoma announced that the state will start using text messages for contact tracing. Gizmodo reports that this will allow alerts to be sent to people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 by patients that have tested positive.
[NFA] President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Saturday partly restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the coronavirus pandemic, as the United States marked a grim milestone of 5 million cases. Freddie Joyner has more.
Larry Kudlow is against Americans getting any further weekly payments of $600 as supplemental unemployment benefits. CNN reports the top economic adviser to President Donald Trump reasons, if you get paid more to stay at home than go to work, why would you go to work? I think it is a disincentive to go back to work. We think we can create a much better balance to provide incentives to come back to work.
President Donald Trump won't be able to delay proceedings in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by E. Jean Carroll. The move by a New York state Supreme Court judge on Thursday allows the longtime magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll to pursue his DNA sample. The DNA sample is needed as part of an effort to prove claims he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s.
Liberty University officials say Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking an 'indefinite leave of absence from his roles' as president and chancellor. The son of the late Jerry Falwell, Falwell Jr. is a top evangelical Christian personality in the US, and a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump. According to HuffPost, Falwell shared ― and then deleted ― a photo on Instagram in which his pants were unbuttoned and unzipped.
CNN says the US intelligence community's top election security official has made an interesting remark... ...That China "prefers" an outcome where President Donald Trump is not reelected in November. He also said Russia is working to denigrate former Vice President Joe Biden's White House bid.
That Donald Trump rally inside Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 20th has resulted in what many feared. The president and his re-election campaign ignored the risks of COVID-19 to hold their rally. The team was repeatedly warned about a potential coronavirus spike for the city, says Gimodo. Tulsa City-County Health Department says the county has seen almost 500 new cases of the virus. That is only in the past two days... 261 on Monday and 206 on Tuesday...
Roughly two weeks ago, President Donald Trump held a campaign rally at an indoor arena in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in which 6,200 people attended. Now, CNN reports Tulsa is experiencing a surge in novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases. A Tulsa Health Department said on Wednesday there are high numbers being reported this week. The city has seen nearly 500 new cases in just two days. Trends are showing those numbers are likely to increase.
Top Trump campaign official and girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. Kimberly Guilfoyle has tested positive for coronavirus. Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was set to attend President Donald Trump's event at Mount Rushmore. CNN reports Guilfoyle was not with the President and Donald Trump Jr. has so far tested negative. Guilfoyle has not met with President Trump recently, but she was backstage for his rally in Tulsa, and was also at his event in Phoenix.
The Washington Post reported actions by President Donald Trump’s campaign at his Tulsa rally. The campaign reportedly removed thousands of “Do Not Sit Here, Please!” stickers from seats in the center. The Bank of Oklahoma Center purchased these stickers to keep people apart by leaving open seats. According to CNN, Trump campaign’s communications director spoke about the health precautions they took at the rally.
[NFA] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday said that all school districts in his state, once the epicenter of the nation's COVID-19 crisis, could open for in-person learning in the fall based on their current low infection rates of the virus. Gavino Garay has more.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said his state may seek damages after the Trump administration admitted making false statements in a U.S. lawsuit over New Yorkers being barred from a program that allows the use of expedited lanes at U.S. airports. This report produced by Chris Dignam.
[NFA] New York state reported the fewest hospitalizations from the coronavirus in four months on Monday just as New York City entered a new phase of reopening, but the progress was eclipsed by the rapid spread of COVID-19 elsewhere in the United States. Gavino Garay has more.
A low-security men's prison in Texas presents a cautionary tale about the danger of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in congregate living settings. CNN reports the former holding facility for WWII Japanese and German detainees is the hardest-hit federal prison in the United States. The Bureau of Prisons says more than 1,300 of the roughly 1,750 prisoners at FCI Seagoville prison and camp have tested positive for the virus. Put another way, that's a stunning three out of every four inmates.
(Newser) – A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with providing fentanyl to a player who died in his hotel room after taking it last year. Tyler Skaggs, 27, a pitcher, was found dead on a team road trip to Texas. The Angels said they commissioned their own investigation, which found "unacceptable behavior inconsistent with our code of conduct.
Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks. Colette Luke has the latest.
[NFA] New York state's attorney general sued to dissolve the National Rifle Association on Thursday, alleging senior leaders of the non-profit group diverted millions of dollars for personal use. At the same time, the attorney general for Washington, D.C., filed suit against the NRA, alleging the misuse of charitable funds. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Joe Arpaio is the outspoken, controversial, and former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona. And according to CNN, he will remain a former sheriff, thanks to Tuesday's Republican primary for the post. Arpaio lost his shot at getting his job back to his former chief deputy Jerry Sheridan by about 6,000 votes. In 2017, Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for ignoring a court order in a racial profiling case.
FBI agents in tactical gear on Wednesday raided the Los Angeles-area mansion home of YouTube star and social media influencer Jake Paul in an investigation stemming from a looting spree at an upscale shopping mall in Scottsdale, Arizona, officials said. Libby Hogan reports.
People are getting sick and even dying after swallowing hand sanitizer, reports CNN. Four died and others have suffered impaired vision or seizures, the CDC says. Hand sanitizer is everywhere and is useful for cleaning the hands during the coronavirus pandemic. However, it is not safe to swallow. "Alcohol-based hand sanitizer products should never be ingested," the CDC said. A CDC team described the cases of 15 adults in Arizona and New Mexico who have been hospitalized.