A new poll has found Americans continue to be worried about their health amid the coronavirus pandemic and support a slow easing of social distancing restrictions, a finding that comes as hard-hit New York City says it is on track to begin reopening June 8.
But the economic effects of social distancing measures are at the center of a growing partisan divide, according to a Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll. In just 10 weeks, 40.7 million have sought jobless benefits, an economic crisis that some Americans say should be the government's top priority over health concerns.
There are more than 6 million confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world, with almost 1.8 million in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The virus has killed more than 103,000 people in the U.S., and more than 367,000 worldwide.
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The Supreme Court ruled against allowing churches in California and Illinois to reopen with more worshippers than allowed by current state restrictions, calling it a decision for elected officials and not unelected judges.
President Donald Trump announced he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization, blasting the multilateral institution as a tool of China.
New York reported the fewest daily deaths since late March: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said 67 people died Thursday due to COVID-19. The daily total had reached as high as 800 deaths in previous weeks.
Cuomo signs bill giving death benefits to families of frontline workers
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday signed a bill into law that creates a death benefit for the families of state and local government workers who have been on the front lines of the state's coronavirus response, according to a statement.
Those workers "gave their lives for us," Cuomo said in a statement.
New York has been the state hardest hit by the coronavirus. On Saturday, Cuomo also confirmed 1,376 new cases of the virus. According to the governor's office, that brings the statewide total to 369,660 confirmed cases.
Lake of the Ozarks pool partier tests positive for coronavirus
A week after images of Memorial Day weekend revelers jammed into a Lake of the Ozarks pool party made international headlines, the Camden County Health Department announced a Boone County resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus after visiting the Lake of the Ozarks area in Missouri over the holiday weekend.
The Boone County resident arrived at the lake on Saturday, May 23, and "developed illness" on Sunday, according to a news release obtained by LakeNewsOnline.com, part of the USA TODAY Network.
The infected person "was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit," the health department said. The health department released a timeline of possible COVID-19 exposures "due to the need to inform mass numbers of unknown people."
-- Gregory J. Holman, Springfield News-Leader
United Airlines announces executive cuts
United Airlines will cut 13 of its 67 senior-executive positions, the company said Friday. Eight of its executives will leave Oct. 1 and five openings will not be filled.
The moves are part of United’s plan to cut management and support staff by at least 30% in October, the earliest it can do so under terms of $5 billion in federal aid it is getting to help cover payroll cost, according to the Associated Press.
United Airlines President Scott Kirby has issued bleak outlook after bleak outlook since the coronavirus crisis began hitting U.S. airlines in late February, noting each time that he was laying out a worst-case scenario.
-- Morgan Hines
Supreme Court won't force California, Illinois to speed up church reopenings
A deeply divided Supreme Court refused Friday night to allow churches in California and Illinois to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic with more worshippers than allowed by state restrictions
Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote in the more consequential California case, said choosing when to lift restrictions during a pandemic is the business of elected officials, not unelected judges. He was joined in the vote, announced just before midnight, by the court's four liberal justices.
Writing for three of the four conservative justices who dissented, Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh said California's current 25% occupancy limit on churches amounted to "discrimination against religious worship services."
The legal battle reached the nation's highest court days before Pentecost Sunday, when churches that have been restricted to virtual or drive-by services since before Easter are eager to greet congregants.
– Richard Wolf
Poll: Americans worry about their health, partisan divide over economy grows
Americans see the coronavirus pandemic primarily as a health crisis rather than a financial one, but the government's role in fixing economic fallout is an increasingly political issue, a new poll has found.
The Public Agenda/USA TODAY/Ipsos poll released Friday found Americans see the crisis as a bigger threat to their physical health than to their mental health or financial well-being.
Still, disagreement over the government's priorities has grown since a survey in late March. There's a growing number of Americans who believe economic recovery should be the government's top priority – a shift primarily led by Republicans.
– N'dea Yancey-Bragg
Without more coronavirus relief, schools slash budgets, prep layoffs
School districts around the nation are scrambling to respond to a double whammy: a reduction in money from states and an increase in costs to operate safely as the pandemic wears on.
A $3 trillion House bill backed by Democrats in early May included nearly $1 trillion for states and local governments, but Republicans are balking. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lawmakers would decide in the next few weeks whether there would be another relief bill, according to CNBC.
Even if there is, McConnell signaled it would have to be narrower in scope than what the House passed.
Time is running out; many state and school district fiscal years begin July 1. Around the country, school boards and grassroots groups are pressuring lawmakers to send more stabilization funds before then.
– Erin Richards
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Many of the more than 1.7 million Americans who've contracted the virus are confronting puzzling, lingering symptoms, including aches, anxiety attacks, night sweats, rapid heartbeats, breathing problems and loss of smell or taste. Many are living a life unrecognizable from the one they had before.
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