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Remember that $300-million HHS advertising campaign to help “defeat despair” about COVID-19? Apparently it was paid for with money Congress appropriated to the CDC. (Politico)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET Monday, the estimated U.S. COVID-19 toll included 7,116,456 cases and 204,762 deaths. That’s up an average of about 43,000 and 750, respectively, per day over the past week.
As well, new cases increased by at least 10% in 21 states compared to the week prior, while 18 states held steady and new cases declined by 10% or more in 11 states. (CNN)
FDA puts partial clinical hold on Inovio’s coronavirus vaccine trial. (Reuters)
On Friday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) moved the state into Phase 3 of reopening, allowing bars and clubs to reopen and overriding more restrictive local regulations. (NBCMiami.com)
Signs point to a major outbreak looming in Wisconsin. (The Atlantic)
Months into the pandemic, a little over 100 children and teenagers have died from the virus. (Washington Post)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shared details about the COVID-19 cluster linked to two inpatient units. More than 650 individuals are connected to the cluster, with 23 employees and 11 patients testing positive.
Elsewhere in Massachusetts, two former leaders of Holyoke Soldiers Home, where 76 residents died of COVID-19, will face criminal charges. (New York Times)
The CDC abruptly ended a coronavirus survey about how the virus was spreading in Minnesota neighborhoods after surveyors experienced “verbal abuse, intimidation and racism.” (NBC News)
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