Most of the new cases are in Sunbelt states. Showing again the virus does not discriminate between the old and the young, one of the first major universities to welcome students back on campus, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is reversing course after outbreaks of the coronavirus and going to online classes only.
The experience at UNC could serve as an early warning sign for other campuses around the country as they contemplate reopening classes.
It’s not just classes that are a problem but socializing, President Donald Trump’s top expert said Monday. Dr. Deborah Birx, on Monday said families and friends holding parties are a big cause of outbreaks.
On the national front, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling back the House to weigh action on U.S. Postal Service changes that Democrats fear could slow mail delivery, including mailed-in ballots in the presidential election.
And a new study shows the order in which most people get COVID-19 symptoms. What’s first? Fever and coughs, followed by a litany of other flu-like symptoms.
Here are some significant developments:
- The virtual Democratic Convention begins Monday. There will be no crowds, little pageantry and entirely uncharted waters at the remote event this year.
- Five months into the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan and Maryland top 100,000 cases.
- New Zealand has delayed its election because of COVID.
- Uh oh. Pepperoni is the latest American staple to be in short supply amid the pandemic.
Today’s numbers: The U.S. has 5.4 million confirmed infections and more than 170,000 deaths. Worldwide, there have been more than 776,000 deaths and more than 21 million cases, according to John Hopkins University data.
‘Taken a step back’: Nursing home cases hit new high
A new report finds that coronavirus cases in nursing homes have surged to a new weekly high and the CEO of the industry association that sponsored the study warned “we’ve definitely taken a step back.”
The report by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living found 9,715 COVID-19 cases during the week of July 26, based on an analysis of the most recent federal data available. The figures edged the previous high of 9,421 cases in the last week of May.
Nearly four in five of coronavirus infections were at facilities in Sunbelt states, where total nursing home cases nearly tripled since mid-June, according to the report.
Deaths are on the upswing with 1,706 COVID-19 fatalities during the week ending July 26, a 22% increase from the previous week, but still well below the 3,130 deaths reported in the last week of May.
Community spread and slow testing turnaround that delays identifying the virus in vulnerable homes remain persistent problems, said Mark Parkinson, CEO of both the association and the center,