The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it is 'tragic' to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia claims it will approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August

The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it is 'tragic' to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia claims it will approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY

> GOP under mounting pressure to strike virus deal quickly 

> Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE tests positive for coronavirus

> Russia claims it’s on track to approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August 

> Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances

> Teachers may stage ‘safety strikes’ if forced into unsafe schools, union leader says 

> Philadelphia schools will be virtual until at least November

> Coronavirus outbreak in Major League Baseball casts doubt over other reopenings

> Europe scrambles to avoid a second coronavirus wave as infections rise

> Heart damage may linger in COVID-19 patients, even after recovery 

> Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonOn Paycheck Protection Program, streamlined forgiveness is key Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates Progressives soaring after big primary night MORE stresses importance of bipartisanship in COVID-19 era, adds it is ‘tragic’ to see Americans reject masks, social distancing



THE INTERVIEW

Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.)

Rep. Fred Upton, former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, stresses importance of bipartisan cooperation in COVID-19 era; says schools need proper safety measures and adequate resources if they reopen in fall; adds it is ‘tragic’ to see Americans reject wearing a mask, social distancing.

 

 

 

 

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THE HILL’S CORONAVIRUS REPORT

Welcome to The Hill's Coronavirus Report. It's Wednesday, July 29.

Welcome to The Hill’s Coronavirus Report. It’s Wednesday, July 29. 

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CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

There are 16,810,315 reported cases of COVID-19 throughout the world and 661,917 have lost their lives from the virus as of the time of this newsletter. 

 

The U.S. is reporting 4,380,871 cases and 149,873 deaths. Brazil is reporting 2,483,191 cases. India 1,531,669. Russia 827,509. South Africa 459,761. Mexico 402,697. Peru 395,005. Chile 351,575. U.K. 303,092. Iran 298,909. Spain 282,641. Pakistan 276,288. Saudi Arabia 272,590. Colombia 267,385. Italy 246,776. Bangladesh 232,194. 

 

California is reporting 473,500 cases. Florida 451,413. New York 412,878. Texas 410,039. New Jersey 180,295. Georgia 175,052. Illinois 174,968. Arizona 165,934. North Carolina 116,924. Massachusetts 116,182. Pennsylvania 114,791. Louisiana 111,038. Tennessee 99,044. Virginia 87,993. Michigan 87,958. Ohio 86,497. Maryland 86,285. South Carolina 84,109. 

 

The U.S. is reporting the results of 52,985,577 COVID-19 test results and 1,355,363 full recoveries from the virus.



WASHINGTON WATCH

 

 

 

Rep. Louie Gohmert, who had been scheduled to travel with Trump, tests positive for coronavirus. Gohmert, a Texas Republican who has frequently walked around the Capitol without wearing a face mask or maintaining social distance from others, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the results. (Washington Post

 

GOP under mounting pressure to strike virus deal quickly. Republican lawmakers faced with slipping poll numbers and economic indicators acknowledge they are under pressure to reach a quick deal with Democrats on a new coronavirus package. Armed with more leverage, Democrats will likely not agree to any deal unless it is closer to the $3.4 trillion bill the House passed in May. Republican officials don’t see any advantages to drawing the battle out. (The Hill

 

Schumer: Trump should want COVID-19 deal to help GOP election chances. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt Schumer lashes out at Trump over 'blue states' remark: 'What a disgrace' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE should try to cut a deal on more coronavirus relief to help Republicans' electoral prospects in November. "The person who should really want something to happen actually is Trump because if the economy goes to hell in a handbasket, which it will do if we don't pass anything, he's finished. He may be finished anyway, but he's certainly finished if that happened," Schumer said during an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes. (The Hill

 

Biden presses science and caution on pandemic. Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE emphasized the importance of approaching the coronavirus pandemic with caution and touched on his running mate selection process during a wide-ranging question-and-answer session with reporters on Tuesday. When asked whether professional sports should be allowed amid the pandemic, Biden said, "They should just follow the science." (The Hill)



LAWMAKERS TWEET

Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseySecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GAO report finds brokers offered false info on coverage for pre-existing conditions Catholic group launches .7M campaign against Biden targeting swing-state voters MORE (D-Pa.) 

@SenBobCasey Right now, we have a chance to change things. We must expand access to home and community-based services so that people with disabilities can get the care they need in the location of their choice. This is the right policy at all times, but especially so during COVID times.

 

Rep. Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push resolution to battle climate change, sluggish economy and racial injustice | Senators reach compromise on greenhouse gas amendment stalling energy bill | Trump courts Florida voters with offshore drilling moratorium The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Fred Upton says it is 'tragic' to see Americans reject masks, social distancing; Russia claims it will approve COVID-19 vaccine by mid-August Overnight Energy: House passes major conservation bill, sending to Trump | EPA finalizes rule to speed up review of industry permits MORE (R-La.) 

@RepGarretGraves Protecting small businesses from frivolous lawsuits as they reopen to serve our communities must be a key piece of the next COVID-19 relief package. My bill provides a bipartisan framework & I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House & Senate to find a solution.

 

Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Hillicon Valley: Dems seek to expand DHS probe after whistleblower complaint | DHS rejects House subpoena for Wolf to testify | Facebook rolls out new features for college students Democrats call for narrowing digital divide to help students during pandemic MORE (D-Fla.) 

@RepShalala It should come as no surprise that the doubters and conspiracy theorists keep getting infected - I hope they all get well soon. The coronavirus is very real folks.  Wear a mask. Save lives.



ACROSS THE NATION

Teachers may stage “safety strikes” if forced into unsafe schools, union leader says. Teachers could go on strike “as a last resort” if they are forced to return to unsafe schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten warned Tuesday. The executive council of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers approved a resolution Friday — but did not release it until Tuesday — giving AFT affiliates across the country authorization to stage strikes. (Washington Post

 

Philadelphia schools will be virtual until at least November. Philadelphia's top schools official said Tuesday that students in the city would not return to in-person learning until at least November due to concerns surrounding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. (The Hill

 

Pa. health official says she's faced transphobic attacks while handling coronavirus response. Pennsylvania's top health official said Tuesday that she’s received multiple transphobic attacks while handling the state’s coronavirus response. Health Secretary Rachel Levine addressed the personal attacks during a press briefing, in a shift of tone from her usual COVID-19-focused public comments, Spotlight PA reported. (The Hill

 

North Carolina governor announces alcohol ban after 11 p.m. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced Tuesday a statewide 11 p.m. ban on the sale of alcohol to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ban will take effect Friday and will prevent restaurants from serving alcohol past the designated time. (Washington Post)



WORLD VIEW

Russia aiming to approve COVID-19 vaccine within weeks: report. Russia is aiming to approve a COVID-19 vaccine within weeks, although the country hasn’t released data on its vaccine tests yet, CNN reported Tuesday. Russian officials told the outlet they are hoping to gain approval for a vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya Institute on Aug. 10 or earlier. Once approved for public use, front-line health care workers will receive the vaccine first, the officials said. (The Hill

 

Europe scrambles to avoid a second coronavirus wave as infections rise. Several European countries that had their coronavirus outbreaks under control have begun to see a rise in cases that is feeding fears of a second wave. Governments are urging their citizens to be more vigilant amid the lure of summer gatherings and vacations, while health officials warn that lax public attitudes are putting the continent on a dangerous trajectory. (Washington Post

 

Severely limited annual hajj pilgrimage underway in Saudi Arabia. The annual hajj pilgrimage has begun in Saudi Arabia amid strict safety protocols and a much smaller number of pilgrims than during normal years. Whereas the five-day pilgrimage to Mecca’s Kaaba — Islam’s holiest site — usually attracts more than 2 million pilgrims annually, Saudi Arabia is allowing only up to 10,000 preselected participants this year who already reside in the kingdom. (Washington Post)



SCIENCE

Heart damage lingers in COVID-19 patients, even after recovery. There is new evidence that COVID-19 can have lasting effects on heart health, which may go undetected in patients who assume they have recovered from the infection. Two studies from Germany, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Cardiology, show how the virus can linger in the heart for months, even without producing symptoms. (NBC News


Vaccine could use “novel technology.” Here's why Fauci is “not particularly” concerned. As the Moderna coronavirus vaccine candidate enters phase three human trials in conjunction with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the head of the institution, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciControversial CDC guidelines were written by HHS officials, not scientists: report Overnight Health Care: Ex-Pence aide backs Biden over virus response | Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat | Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers MORE, said Monday that he is “not particularly concerned” about the safety risk of a potential vaccine. Moderna, one of the pharmaceutical companies that received extra funding from the White House for its coronavirus vaccine candidate under Operation Warp Speed, has moved quickly in its use of mRNA, though the technique has never been used to make a successful vaccine before. Still, Fauci says he is not worried about the fact that the vaccine uses new technology. (The Hill)



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BUSINESS

Victoria's Secret owner to cut more than 800 corporate jobs. Victoria’s Secret’s owner L Brands announced Tuesday that it plans to cut more than 800 corporate jobs, as the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic affected business. L Brands said in a release it plans to lay off 850 associates, amounting to about 15 percent of the corporate workforce, as part of a series of cost-saving measures. (The Hill

 

Coronavirus outbreak in Major League Baseball casts doubt over other reopenings. One after another this week, more than a dozen Miami Marlins players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus, leaving Major League Baseball scrambling to quell an outbreak just days after its reopening experiment began. After all, if pro sports teams — with their relatively limited number of participants, robust testing and detailed safety protocols — couldn’t evade the virus, what hope is there for students returning to classrooms or workers returning to offices? (Washington Post

 

Kohl’s to close its stores on Thanksgiving, following Walmart, Best Buy. Kohl’s said it will be closing its doors on Thanksgiving Day this year, joining a number of other retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy that are making the same move amidst the coronavirus pandemic. (CNBC)



ISSUES, CAUSES, PASSIONS

Trump's too little, too late coronavirus pivot. When John F. Kennedy sought the presidency in 1960, he said the “real issue in this campaign is the Republicans saying that things are as good as they can be. I don't agree with it.” Today, with less than 100 days to go to the election and less than 55 days until voting begins, the “real issue in this campaign” is whether President Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis is as good as it can be. (James D. Zirin for The Hill)



GENEROUS SPIRITS

Tips for boosting your child's mental health during COVID-19. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and families spend more time at home, adjusting to "the new normal" may prove especially difficult for younger children as they gear up for the school year — especially those learning remotely. While experts are still learning about how the pandemic could affect children's long-term mental health, they have tips for parents now on supporting their children during these unprecedented times. (Good Morning America)



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> Steve interviews Washington, D.C., Mayor MURIEL BOWSER 

> Steve interviews NIAID Director ANTHONY FAUCI

> Steve interviews HHS Secretary ALEX AZAR

> Steve interviews 3M Chairman and CEO MICHAEL ROMAN 

> Steve interviews Rep. LAUREN UNDERWOOD (D-Ill.) 

> Steve interviews Rep. ANGIE CRAIG (D-Minn.) 

> Steve interviews INOVIO Research & Development Chief DR. KATE BRODERICK 


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