Fourth of July celebrations this weekend definitely won’t be the same, and officials in several cities and states are urging Americans to remain vigilant in their social distancing — they don’t want a repeat of Memorial Day, when crowds flouted the rules, flocking to beaches and parks for barbecues in warm weather.
California has rolled back reopening plans, as Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday put 72% of the state’s population on a coronavirus “watch list.” In Los Angeles, officials are trying to build capacity at hospitals that are almost maxed out, with fewer than 850 beds left.
“This is becoming an increasingly dangerous time,” LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said, warning the next two weeks would be critical. “Don’t start socializing in ways that are not permitted.”
Banner Health, Arizona’s biggest hospital provider, is activating a coronavirus surge plan after an increase in cases in the Phoenix area, bringing in 200 more nurses and converting three floors of one of its children’s hospitals for adult use.
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q. What’s the risk of having someone clean your home?
A. “It’s probably safe if you’re not at home,” said Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency room physician. She suggested leaving the windows open to improve ventilation and asking the cleaners to use your own cleaning supplies so they’re not bringing in items that have been in other people’s homes.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
The EU will reopen its borders. China’s in, the US is out
The European Union is preparing to reopen its external border to 15 countries outside of the bloc as early as Wednesday. One country that won’t be featured on the proposed list is the US, two EU diplomats told CNN’s Luke McGee and James Frater.
WHO warns pandemic end ‘not even close’
“This is not even close to being over,” Tedros said Monday at a media briefing in Geneva. “Although many countries have made some progress globally, the pandemic is actually speeding up. We’re all in this together and we’re all in this for the long haul,” Tedros said.
Australian state reintroduces partial lockdown
A stay-at-home order will come into effect at 11:59 p.m. local time on July 1 and last until July 29 in 10 affected postcodes, according to a statement from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. “If you live in these locations, there will again only be four reasons to be out: Shopping for food and supplies, care and caregiving, exercise, and study or work — if you can’t do it from home,” the statement said.
ON OUR RADAR
- A San Francisco author was stuck on a cruise ship for weeks. Like many, she’s struggling to get thousands of dollars she says she’s owed as a refund.
- Covid-19 takes a village — and a ukulele: Students are sharing ways they’re getting through the pandemic.
- Costco stopped selling its $20 half-sheet cake, used widely for birthdays and graduations, to try and keep customers at a safe distance.
- The English city of Leicester has locked back down after a spike in cases, while UK leader Boris Johnson pledged a £5 billion ($6.1 billion) economic injection.
- More than 100 Covid-19 cases are being linked to this one bar in Michigan.
- Off Broadway: The world-famous strip of theaters will go dark for the rest of the year.
- The United States now has a highly anticipated price tag for the antiviral drug remdesivir.
- People with coronavirus are crossing the border from Mexico to the US to get medical care. Most of them are Americans.
These are difficult times for children, whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic. Many are also grappling with the idea of death, whether it be something that has happened to members of their own family or something they simply hear about in the news. So how do we talk to kids about death?
“Across (different) countries, this is going to be complicated. And within countries, it’s going to be complicated,” says philanthropist Bill Gates, speaking on how the world will choose who to prioritize in getting a Covid-19 vaccine first.