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Welcome to The Hill’s daily roundup of COVID-19 news.

The U.S. death toll is steadily climbing, with nearly 93,000 people having died so far. There are at least 1.5 million cases domestically, and just about 5 million worldwide.

In Washington, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quietly released detailed guidelines for re-opening schools, child-care facilities, restaurants and mass transit. But at this point, every governor has begun to push ahead with loosening coronavirus restrictions anyway, and almost no state meets the White House/CDC guidelines for reopening.

One notable element that was missing from the guidance? Anything to do with houses of worship, which was reportedly the most contentious part inside the administration.

 

From the administration:

  • The 60-page CDC guidance on reopening encourages communities to use coronavirus transmission rates to determine whether to reopen, adding that restrictions should remain in some locations for now. Justine Coleman has the story.

  • In an interview with The Hill’s Steve Clemons, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said he believes the U.S. is ready to begin reopening, even as he acknowledged the need to invest further in the nation’s public health infrastructure and expand contact tracing to avoid sustained outbreaks. Brett Samuels has more.

  • White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday said that President Trump’s physician prescribed hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure against the coronavirus. Read Brett for the full report.

  • On a related topic, Brett reports President Trump’s declaration that he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to guard against the coronavirus has stirred debate about how best to keep the president healthy amid the pandemic, and has prompted alarms from medical experts. 

In Congress:

  • The top official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) watchdog agency will testify before the House Oversight Committee next week. Read Nathaniel Weixel for the rest.

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) formally authorized a 45-day period during which House members can cast votes remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cristina Marcos has more.

  • Vulnerable GOP Sen. Cory Gardner (Colo.) on Wednesday said that it is “unfathomable” that the Senate will leave for a one-week break before passing additional coronavirus legislation– but it’s unclear if he will object to adjourning. More from Jordain Carney here.

 

In the states:

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and disputed allegations by a former state employee who claims she was fired after refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data. Zack Budryk has more.

  • The Department of Justice warned California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D)  that his reopening plan for the state discriminates against churches. Justine Coleman has the story.

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) made the case why wearing a mask is important, presenting data showing that people who work jobs where a face mask is necessary have shown lower rates of coronavirus infection. J Edward Moreno has more.

Across the nation and the world:

  • Health care workers faced shortages of face masks, hand sanitizer, medical gowns and other supplies needed to keep themselves safe from COVID-19 in early May, according to a new Washington Post-Ipsos poll released Wednesday. Jessie Hellmann reports on the poll.

  • The World Health Organization reported the highest single-day increase of coronavirus cases worldwide, warning the gradual end of lockdowns in wealthier countries may be obscuring an increasing crisis in the developing world. Get the rest from Zack Budryk.

  • In education, universities across the country are changing their fall schedules in hopes of avoiding what models forecast as a surge in coronavirus cases likely to sweep through the United States in early December. Reid Wilson reports.

  • Nursing home advocates are concerned that states are reopening their economies without the ability to protect residents. More from Nathaniel Weixel here.

  • Childhood vaccine rates for preventable diseases like measles and whooping cough have fallen during the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the possibility of an additional health crisis. Get the rest here from Nathaniel.

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