MA: Contact tracing for coronavirus in Massachusetts significantly downscaled as leaders report chronic problems
Hundreds of contact tracers hired since the program was launched in April were recently laid off, and leaders in several cities and towns that collaborate with the Boston-based global health organization Partners in Health have expressed frustrations about problems with the initiative.
Classroom attendance in New York City, which has the nation’s largest school district, will be limited to only one to three days a week to continue to curb the outbreak, Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Republican state Rep. Nino Vitale is encouraging Ohio residents to stop getting tested for COVID-19, even as the number of infections have surged to near record highs.
Republican Gov. Tate Reeves is warning the public to get tested for the coronavirus if they have been in contact with a Mississippi state lawmaker.
Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said a state trooper who was driving her from an event last week “acted appropriately” when he hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was blocking the driveway of the business she was leaving.
The District of Columbia is on the verge of allowing felons to vote while they are still incarcerated and proactively mailing absentee ballots to residents held at the local jail and in federal prisons across the country. It would join Maine and Vermont in permitting incarcerated felons to vote, under a provision passed by the District of Columbia Council.
Days after Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered churches across California to discontinue singing and chanting, citing concerns amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic that these activities increase the likelihood of spreading the contagious disease, services at some Sacramento-area places of worship pressed on with unmasked singing anyway.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Maryland and local election officials to run a regular, in-person election with every precinct open to its voters on Election Day. To accommodate anyone who feels unsafe casting a ballot in person, Hogan also ordered the State Board of Elections to mail each voter an application for an absentee ballot.
Indoor shopping malls in New York state that are outside New York City can reopen Friday if they install new air filters that remove coronavirus particles from the air, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
Beginning Friday, Ohio will revoke its moratorium on water shut-offs and resume allowing water companies to disconnect delinquent customers. Hundreds of southeastern Ohio families are at risk of having their water shut off amid the coronavirus pandemic, and community leaders are expressing deep concern over the potentially devastating consequences.
TN: Tennessee governor calls for bust of Confederate general and KKK leader to be relocated to museum
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says the bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader should be relocated to the state museum, marking the first time the Republican governor has explicitly called for the removal of the monument of Nathan Bedford Forrest inside Tennessee’s Capitol.
At 398, Maryland’s tally of current hospitalizations is at its lowest since there were 308 reported March 31. The next day that number jumped to 402, reaching a peak of 1,711 by the end of April.
With coronavirus cases continuing to spiral to record levels, hospitals are again rescheduling elective surgery and hotels are making a new round of layoffs. An additional 9,989 people were diagnosed in Florida, raising the state’s total number of known infections to 223,783.
A Texas inmate received a lethal injection for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago, ending a five-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Michigan announced two new grant programs offering a total of $300 million in hazard pay to first responders for working during the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation that requires all law enforcement officers in New Mexico to wear body cameras. It applies to city police, New Mexico State Police and county sheriff’s offices.
All individuals in New Jersey must now wear face masks while outside and unable to maintain a six-foot distance from other people, under an executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, said she would sign an order requiring the use of masks in the city, joining other local governments in Georgia who are going beyond Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s order that encourages but does not mandate face coverings.
LA: Where are the biggest coronavirus outbreaks in Louisiana? Food processing plants, bars top the list
As Louisiana continues to see weeks-long increases in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, health officials have tracked hundreds of cases related to food processing facilities, bars, industrial sites and a host of other settings.
As Mississippi posts record COVID-19 case counts and, in the last couple of days, an increased number of deaths, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said new orders on social distancing and mask wearing are imminent.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will veto a concurrent resolution to terminate the disaster declaration he has used to manage Pennsylvania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, his spokesperson said.
WI: Masks now required for Wisconsin prison staff and all state workers as Capitol stays closed to the public
All state employees, including staff at state-run correctional facilities, will be required to wear masks at all times inside state buildings starting Monday, Wisconsin officials announced.
Minnesotans seeking COVID-19 testing should be prepared for delays in results amid a national surge in cases of the infectious disease that is stretching testing supplies and laboratory capacities again.
Vermont’s senior living facilities faced challenges with staffing, lower revenue, and in some cases deep loss, during the pandemic. The uncertainty is anything but over.
Washington’s weekly COVID-19 hospital admissions rose in June but remain less than half the level of the pandemic’s spring peak, according to an analysis of Department of Health data.
Increasingly, workplace safety complaints in Oregon center on one allegation: grocery chains not making their customers wear masks.
WI: Wisconsin Republican Assembly members propose forgivable loan program to help those waiting on unemployment
Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are calling on Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to set up a forgivable loan program to help a portion of those who have yet to receive unemployment insurance during the coronavirus pandemic.
Idaho has doubled its testing since the last week of May, while case counts have increased tenfold.
One of Hawaii’s largest COVID-19 testing laboratories has been cut off from its mainland supplier of chemicals needed to continue to run tests locally after a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
Connecticut’s state police troopers union is sharply questioning Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent executive order banning chokeholds — saying that they are already banned and Lamont is politicizing the issue for his “own political benefit.”
PA: Lawmakers will rule again over redrawing of Pennsylvania political boundaries, but critics aren’t giving up
While an effort to create an independent commission to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional and legislative maps has run out of time, a new bill would increase transparency and ban the most egregious practices.
IN: Lawsuit alleges Indiana election law on polling hours strips Hoosiers of their constitutional rights
An Indiana political watchdog group has filed a lawsuit to overturn a 2019 election law prohibiting voters, political parties and candidates from asking a court to keep polling locations open past the 6 p.m. closing time if they encounter voting problems.
Restaurants and other businesses that continue to blatantly disregard social distancing, mask-wearing and other coronavirus-control measures will be fined and could be shut down under an aggressive new policy announced by Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo.
“More than one person in DETR has had a breakdown,” said a veteran employee at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation.
The president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association wants immediate state action on waiving what she says are burdensome regulations on hospitals, including removing some patient protections against abuse, neglect and discrimination.
Utah state Rep. Mike Winder and state Sen. Curt Bramble, both Republicans, are about to push legislation that they figure will ensure that a candidate with the broadest party support wins — and does so with a majority in the final count.
VA: Virginia Republicans push for full in-person school; Democratic administration says they are playing politics
Virginia Republicans said Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, should prioritize in-person learning for all students in the state, wading into a debate over when and how to return students to school buildings that shuttered in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
NC: North Carolina legislature fails to override governor’s vetoes of bills to open gyms, skating rinks
In yet another attempt to scale back Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s coronavirus executive order that has kept some businesses shuttered, the legislature voted on two bills to open gyms and skating rinks in the state.
SC: Dueling rallies planned for anniversary of removal of Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse
On Friday, five years to the day after the Confederate battle flag was removed from the Statehouse grounds after a two-thirds vote by the legislature, the grounds will be split between supporters and opponents of the banner.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills unveiled an executive order, effective immediately, that requires businesses in Maine’s most populous cities to enforce wearing masks inside their premises.
As cities across Kansas pass ordinances requiring masks in public, Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt confirmed that cities have the constitutional authority to enforce those measures.
Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said local governments cannot implement mask requirements because they are not consistent with her public health disaster proclamation.
New Hampshire’s poll workers will be outfitted with masks, face shields, gloves and gowns for the September primary and November general election — but local officials will need to reuse some of those items, including face masks, in both elections.
Montana Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock announced a new emergency rule saying that to allow visitors, nursing homes and assisted living facilities must participate in surveillance testing programs for employees and residents.
PA: Evictions loom large as Pennsylvania renter relief program stumbles, lacks Spanish-language application
Pressure is mounting on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, to extend his moratorium on evictions as advocates fear the relief effort is coming too late.
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