June 2, 2020
Trump calls for houses of worship to open; CDC says in 35% of cases, patients have no symptoms
As the U.S. approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, President Donald Trump said Friday he was calling on governors to allow houses of worship to open and welcome parishioners to return for religious services, deeming churches, synagogues, mosques and other worship locations "essential."

"In America we need more prayer, not less," Trump said at a brief press conference.

The U.S. accounts for over a fifth of the 5.1 million global coronavirus cases with more than 1.59 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. More than 336,000 people have died globally; the U.S. death toll is nearing 96,000.

Trump calls for houses of worship to open immediately

President Donald Trump said Friday that houses of worship should open immediately as churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship were "essential." "These are places that hold our society together and keep our people united," Trump said.

The practical impact of that designation was not immediately clear: It is state and local officials who have decided which businesses are essential and have enforced social distancing orders.

The CDC offers general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/faith-based.html

CDC estimate: 35% of cases are asymptomatic

About a third of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials.

The "current best estimate" for the percent of positive cases that are asymptomatic is 35%, but the CDC says that number could change as more data becomes available.

The CDC says the new coronavirus can be transmitted by people who have not yet experienced symptoms or who never experience symptoms.

Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots

The meatpacking industry faces perhaps its greatest test of worker safety, as the novel coronavirus continues to sweep through its slaughterhouses and processing plants.

As of May 20, officials have publicly linked at least 15,300 COVID-19 infections to 192 U.S. meatpacking plants, according to tracking by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. At least 63 workers have died.

The meatpacking industry has evolved into a marvel of modern efficiency, producing 105 billion pounds of meat annually, but those same features that allow a steady churn of cheap meat also provide the perfect breeding ground for airborne diseases like the coronavirus: a cramped workplace, a culture of underreporting illnesses, and a cadre of rural, immigrant and undocumented workers who share transportation and close living quarters.

Nevada’s 28% joblessness is worst in US and in state history

More than one-fourth of Nevada’s workers don’t have jobs after the state’s unemployment rate hit 28.2% in April – the highest rate in the U.S. and the worst joblessness showing in Nevada history. The previous record for Nevada unemployment was estimated at 25% during the Great Depression.

Nevada was hit especially hard by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic because so many of its jobs are tied to the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors, Schmidt said.

Caesars Palace, Flamingo will be first hotels to reopen on Las Vegas Strip

Caesars Entertainment, operator of nine properties in Las Vegas, has not unveiled when it will reopen because it's up to state and local officials controlling shutdown orders. But the company on Thursday granted a peek of what tourists can expect from the resort giant when Las Vegas reopens.

Rather than opening all properties at the same time, the chain will first welcome guests to Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Las Vegas. “Reopening Las Vegas in a phased approach will be a significant milestone for Caesars Entertainment as the country continues to emerge from this necessary closure period,” said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, in a statement.

Caesars Palace and the Flamingo will offer hotel rooms, dining options and access to pools, as well as slot machines and table games. An added perk has also come out of the pandemic: All self-parking at Caesars properties along the Strip will be free.

Florida to host 70-team youth baseball tourney over Memorial Day weekend

The Brevard County Commission in Florida says it's time to play ball again at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera, starting this weekend with a 70-team youth baseball tournament.

This weekend's event could draw 1,500 people, including players, coaches and family members. There will be a number of safeguards in place to help prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus, like social distancing, cleaning shared equipment and changing out game balls more frequently.

Pandemic halts vaccination for nearly 80 million children

The coronavirus pandemic is interrupting immunization against diseases including measles, polio and cholera that could put the lives of nearly 80 million children under the age of 1 at risk, according to a new analysis from the World Health Organization and partners.

In a report issued on Friday, health officials warned that more than half of 129 countries where immunization data were available reported moderate, severe or total suspensions of vaccination services during March and April.

China gets 'promising' early results from COVID-19 vaccine trial

A new study out of China suggests that it should be possible to develop a safe vaccine against COVID-19, though the effectiveness of a single shot remains unclear. In a paper in The Lancet on Friday, Chinese researchers revealed that their candidate vaccine has so far been tested in 108 healthy adults ages 18 to 60 in Wuhan, China, where the pandemic began.

Within two weeks of getting the vaccine, the immune systems of people receiving low, medium and high dose of the candidate vaccine showed some level of response, with most developing a type of antibody that can attach to the virus, though not necessarily destroy it. Some also developed so-called neutralizing antibodies, which can kill the virus.

The key outstanding question is whether this vaccine or other similar ones can generate enough of these neutralizing antibodies to protect people against the virus, said Peter Jay Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. (Source: USA Today)
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