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COVID-19 Update: July 9. 2020: American Exceptionalism

The US set another record yesterday, with more than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19: bit.ly/2ZLUCoY.

The US has crossed the three million mark in coronavirus infections: bit.ly/3edkjEq.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says states with rapidly expanding outbreaks should consider shutting down again: cnb.cx/3iP4LKj.

Once again, the country is running out of medical masks, gowns, and gloves: wapo.st/2O8Pnur.

Another 1.3 million workers apply for unemployment: tinyurl.com/yclocf2a.

Churches, reopening across the US, have become a vector of infection: nyti.ms/2Zb9ZZd.

How retail workers are dragged into the frontlines of the war over masks: tinyurl.com/y9enle2d.

And yet the president wants schools to open in the fall: nyti.ms/3ffJKXc.

Around the country:

In Florida:

The state racks up another 8,900 infections; a spike in deaths means 4,000 have been lost: bit.ly/2DixqqS.

AdventHealth hospitals move to their emergency plan: bit.ly/3fdYFkL.

Disney World reopens this weekend; what will it be like? tinyurl.com/yaqool4j.

In Illinois:

The governor compares the federal response to the pandemic to the Hunger Games: bit.ly/2O6UdZ5.

In New Jersey:

The state will now require people to wear masks outdoors in public: bit.ly/322g1gy.

In New York:

Residents of Corona, Queens test 68% positive for coronavirus antibodies; are they a herd immunity? tinyurl.com/yc9cao2r.

In Oklahoma:

The director of the Tulsa health department says the president's rally is probably the source of the city's dramatic surge in COVID-19 cases: bit.ly/2W2oyMI.

In Texas:

The in-person edition of the state's GOP convention is off: bit.ly/2ZdwUTR.

Around the world:

In the UK:

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella, an anchor of the new West End season, originally schedule for October, will now open April 7: tinyurl.com/y8rp8kpf.

Food for thought:

Health officials emphasize that the pandemic didn't have to happen this way: wapo.st/38E5U2T.


The Mellon Foundation will award $10 million in emergency grants to arts groups: tinyurl.com/ya5v24mm.


On July 16 at 4:00pm, Arup hosts "Returning to Daily Life: The Built Environment and Its Implications on Wellness." It's the first in a series of live digital events that spotlights how the built environment can positively impact a return to daily routines. Experts from healthcare and office design to education and arts and culture will each share short presentations on how aspects of everyday lives, including traveling to work, taking kids to school, or experiencing art and entertainment, might change, as well as the digital connection underpinning each. Register at bit.ly/3gCG8P2.


The 27th annual Obie Award-winning Ice Factory Festival will be livestreamed online for the first time, and will feature four new works over four weeks, July 24 - August 15. For more info, visit NewOhioTheatre.org.

Available now for home viewing is "Spiritual Sounds and the Jazz Age." The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis tackles two groundbreaking suites: Chris Crenshaw's "God's Trombones," and Victor Goines' "Untamed Elegance:" bit.ly/2CfaDfb.

The New Group Off Stage and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) announce "Facing the Rising Tide: A free digital festival of play readings and conversations about environmental racism, the climate crisis, and hope" featuring five plays, each followed by a discussion. The week will also feature an hour-long New Group Now panel entitled "Climate Arts Activision," an inspiring conversation on how art and storytelling can help save the world. The series is free and will be streamed on YouTube Live (youtube.com/user/TheNewGroupNYC/live). Free registration and additional information including climate action resources are available at bit.ly/3elvURX.

New from Playwrights Horizons Soundstage series is The Edge of Night, by Kirsten Childs: bit.ly/2Oc2WZP.

For your pleasure:

Over 75 artists -- including AndreĀ“ De Shields, Jessie Mueller, Joe Mantegna, Jim Belushi, Kurt Elling, Brad Hall, Keegan-Michael Key, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Perry, Alan Ruck, and George Wendt -- pay tribute to "Sweet Home Chicago:" bit.ly/2AJMiO9.

That's all for today. Stay safe. -- DB.

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(9 July 2020)

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