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  • 1.  7-2 Daily COVID-19 Update

    Posted 07-02-2020 20:09
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    Good evening,

    Please find today's Daily COVID-19 Update for July 2 below and attached. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

    Thank you,
    Jeff Cohen

    INFORMS Members in the News

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    Member: Sheldon Jacobson

    Member: Vishal Ahuja

    U.S. Federal Policy Update 

    • President Trump stated during a White House briefing that "work has started" with Congress on the next phase of a coronavirus relief package. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin added that they're "seriously considering whether [they] need to put more stimulus checks" in the package.
    • Assistant Health Secretary Brett Giroir announced that the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile will reach a total of over 50,000 ventilators by next week. 
    • The Labor Department released weekly data showing that 1.4 million Americans filed for first-time unemployment benefits last week – marking the 15th consecutive week of nationwide first-time claims exceeding 1 million. 
    • The White House published remarks from Vice President Mike Pence in a briefing with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on COVID-19.
    • The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health & Human Services issued new guidance for the airline industry aimed towards "better protecting passengers, crew, and other airport workers from the COVID-19 pandemic."
    • Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn announced this morning that they "are on target to reach a vaccine by year's end or early next year," stating that they "have a lot of different shots on goal with respect to vaccines."


    Global Response 

    • World Health Eastern Mediterranean Regional Director Ahmed al-Mandhari issued a warning that the region is at a "critical threshold," as "health systems are overwhelmed, health care workers are exhausted, and a large number of people in the region are still vulnerable."
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement warning that "Europe is facing the most difficult situation in its history," while calling on European Union member states to reach an agreement on a 750 billion euro recovery fund to help the bloc with their economies amid disruptions caused by the pandemic. 


    State Update 

    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a an executive order requiring that residents must wear masks in public in any county that has 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. The order also states that local authorities can restrict gatherings of more than 10 people. Upon announcing the mandate, Governor Abbott emphasized that "wearing a face covering in public is proven to be on the of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19."
    • New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order extending their public health emergency for an additional 30 days. 
    • Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the state would be implementing a new public health advisory warning system, which would provide local health departments with information on COVID-19 flare-ups throughout the state.
    • The mayors of Columbus, Indianapolis, and other cities around the country have been implementing their own mandates requiring residents to wear masks when in public.

    Economic Update

    • U.S. stocks ended positively today, with the three indices reporting gains. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 0.4%, the S&P 500 by 0.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite by 0.5%. 


    Latest Impact Data 

    • In the United States: Over 2,830,472 cases and 131,415 deaths in 50 states, 4 territories, and Washington, D.C.
    • Worldwide: Over 10,960,555 and 522,985 deaths in at least 204 countries and territories.


    In the News                

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


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