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5-20 Daily COVID-19 Update

  • 1.  5-20 Daily COVID-19 Update

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    Good evening,

    Please find today's Daily COVID-19 Update for May 20th. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

    Thank you,
    Jeff Cohen

    INFORMS Members in the News

    Member: Bin Hu

    Member: Julie Swann

    Member: Julie Swann

    Member: Sheldon Jacobson

    U.S. Federal Policy Update

    • The CDC issued a comprehensive 60-page report summarizing the federal government's response to the pandemic – entitled "CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President's Plan for Opening America Up Again."
    • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) published a Dear Colleague press release, formally authorizing the 45-day period during which House lawmakers can vote remotely – thereby codifying a "covered period" in accordance with rules changes adopted by the House last week.  
    • President Trump tweeted this morning that the administration is "considering rescheduling the G-7 [summit] on the same or similar date" to be held at Camp David. For reference, when COVID-19 was established as a pandemic in March this year, President Trump announced that the summit would be held via videoconference in June.
    • Vice President Mike Pence announced that the administration is "considering additional travel restrictions" from South America – particularly in Brazil. 


    Global Response

    • Despite easing some restrictions, the Spanish government announced that everyone over 6 years old is required to wear masks in public areas. The Spanish Health Ministry stated that they would disburse 9.6 million masks throughout the country.
    • The Greek government announced that the country would open back up to tourists on June 15th, after which they would gradually permit international flights beginning July 1st. 
    • New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern suggested that companies in the country should introduce flexibility mechanisms to their work models, ranging from remote work options to four-day work models and more.

    State Update 

    • As of today, all 50 states are engaged in some phase of reopening. 
    • The White House published a memorandum in support of offering Utah with maximum National Guard support as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic. 
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter to state agency heads requesting that they slash their budgets by 5% in order to appropriately combat the economic impacts of the pandemic. He wrote in the letter that "to prepare for this economic shock, [they] must take action today to ensure that the state can continue providing the essential government services that Texans expect."
    • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced that movie theaters and other public attraction venues will reopen on Friday, in the next phase of the state's reopening. 
    • Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced that on Friday, they'd be "open for business across the state."
    • After beginning phase one of their reopening process today, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced today that phase two of the reopening is currently scheduled for June 20th. 
    • California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that thirty of the state's 58 counties have now been allowed to move into the second phase of reopening in the state – with retail businesses opening for curbside pickup, shopping malls reopening, and manufacturing facilities reopening. 
    • Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that the state would be disbursing $300 million of CARES Act funding to city and county governments through the state's Department for Local Government. 
    • Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that restaurants will be permitted to resume operations for outdoor seating on May 29th. 
    • The Missouri School Board Association released a draft of its plan to reopen schools in the state.
    • South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced that popular attractions (zoos, museums, amusement parks, etc.) would be permitted to reopen starting this Friday. 
    • Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries are reimplementing strict restrictions after a spike in coronavirus cases during Ramadan. These more restrictive measures include 24-hour nationwide curfews, more social distancing protocols, and more.

    Economic Update (as of close of the markets)

    • U.S. stocks rebounded today, with all three indices reporting gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 1.5 %, the Nasdaq Composite by 2.1%, and the S&P 500 by 1.7%.

    Latest Impact Data

    • In the United States: Over 1,589,869 cases and 94,833 deaths in 50 states, 4 territories, and Washington, D.C.
    • Worldwide: Over 5,077,173 million cases and 329,063 deaths in at least 204 countries and territories.

    In the News                

    Signal Insights: A Shift in Agenda – A Dozen Policy Sectors to Watch Post-Coronavirus 

    Please visit the following Signal webpage for more resources and updates on the coronavirus pandemic:

    Jeffrey M. Cohen, MBA
    Director, Public Affairs & Marketing


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