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6-18 Daily COVID-19 Update

  • 1.  6-18 Daily COVID-19 Update

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    Good evening,

    Please find today's Daily COVID-19 Update for June 18th below and attached. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

    Thank you,

    Jeff Cohen

    INFORMS Members in the News

    Member: Turgay Ayer

    Member: David Shmoys

    Member: Julie Swann

    Member: Oguzhan Alagoz

    U.S. Federal Policy Update

    • The Labor Department released their new weekly data indicating that there were 1.5 million new unemployment applications filed last week.
    • President Trump announced in a telephone interview late yesterday night that they "won't be closing the country again."
    • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued updated guidance finding that employers cannot mandate that their employees take antibody tests before returning to the workplace. 

    Global Response

    • The Chilean government announced that they would reinstate some coronavirus restrictions, due to a resurgence of cases. These measures include mandates that citizens can only leave their homes twice a week.
    • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez unveiled a $4.77 billion stimulus package intended "to reactivate and to stimulate the tourism sector."
    • British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that as the government examines where to prioritize distribution of a future coronavirus vaccine, they are planning to "take into account which groups may be particularly vulnerable, including those from ethnic minority backgrounds."
    • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the country would begin the testing process for a "completely voluntary" mobile application that will contact trace coronavirus cases and notify Canadians if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive.


    State Update 

    • The California, Florida, and Arizona state health departments announced that they had reached record highs for new, known coronavirus infections in a single day. 
    • Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser confirmed that the city's progression to phase two of reopening would permit restaurants and retail stores to reopen at 50% capacity, along with other social gathering places.
    • Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that he would be extending the state's public health emergency status for another 45 days.
    • California Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order mandating that the state's residents will be required to wear face coverings in "most settings outside the homes."
    • Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that wearing masks would be mandatory in seven counties in the Portland region. 
    • Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that local officials have the authority to implement their own rules for compulsory facial coverings on a county-by-county basis.
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that public school students will return to classrooms for in-person instruction in the fall.
    • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in his press conference today that he is considering implementing a quarantine orders for travelers from Florida.
    • Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that he is "extremely concerned" about the recent uptick of infections in the city, stating that they are "going to do everything [they] can to keep Miami from becoming an epicenter."


    Economic Update (as of close of the markets)

    • U.S. stocks were volatile today, as the three indices closed with mixed results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by 0.15%, while the S&P 500 rose by 0.06% and the Nasdaq Composite by 0.33%.

    Latest Impact Data                                 

    • In the United States: Over 2,261,743 cases and 120,622 deaths in 50 states, 4 territories, and Washington, D.C.
    • Worldwide: Over 8,565,665 million cases and 455,488 deaths in at least 204 countries and territories.


    In the News                

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


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