Trump Signs Executive Actions For Pandemic Relief
- Trump signed four executive actions on coronavirus relief including $400/week jobless payments.
- America surpassed 5 million coronavirus cases with the death toll hovering around 1,000 deaths a day.
- Two parents sued a school board in Ohio demanding for in-person class instruction.
- A CDC report shows that hundreds of children were admitted to the ICU due to an inflammatory syndrome.
President Trump Signs Executive Relief Measures
President Donald Trump has signed four executive actions on coronavirus relief, one of which will provide as much as $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits. The move came after Democrats and the White House were unable to reach an agreement on a stimulus bill last week.
The other three actions he signed include a memorandum on a payroll tax holiday for Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, an executive order on “assistance to renters and homeowners” and a memorandum on deferring student loan payments.
States are being asked to cover 25% of enhanced unemployment benefits and must first agree to enter into a financial arrangement with the federal government to get any of the additional benefits. Some governors say they don’t have the money to pay for the program.
Up to $44 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund would be made available for “lost wage assistance” to supplement state payments. Trump’s executive orders also did not include any one-time stimulus checks.
5 Million Cases – A New Milestone For America
The United States has now reached more than 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases. Cases are trending upward in seven states, as well as in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the past week, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida had the most new cases relative to population. Many of the places with the most cases per capita have been smaller cities and rural communities in the South and the Midwest.
Roughly 720,000 people are tested each day across the country. The number of daily new cases peaked on July 16th with 75,697 cases. That number has since tapered off to a seven-day average of around 54,000 new cases per day. At least 161,000 people have died since the pandemic began. The seven-day average death toll is still hovering around 1,000 deaths per day, a doubling from early July.
Parents Sue Public Schools Over Not Reopening
Two parents are suing the school board and health department in Franklin County, Ohio, demanding that their son’s high school provide in-person classes to start the school year later this month. The lawsuit claims that remote learning, which the district plans to provide to all students until at least Sept. 21, does not meet their son’s educational needs.
Similar lawsuits have been filed in other parts of the country, including Springfield, Mo., where three families are demanding five days a week of in-person classes, and California, where more than a dozen parents are seeking to overturn an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom that prevents schools from immediately reopening classrooms in most of the state.
Parents of private school students in Maryland also sued this week to block a Montgomery County order requiring private schools to teach remotely. The order was rescinded on Friday after a battle of authority between the county and the governor.
CDC Report Shows COVID Related Illness In Children
A new report from the CDC shows that hundreds of children were admitted to the ICU due to an inflammatory syndrome associated with COVID-19. The syndrome, which can be deadly, has rattled parents and education officials as schools across the country struggle with the prospect of reopening.
Public health experts continue to debate the evidence over how easily children contract or spread the virus. It is also unclear how often they develop the inflammatory condition.
Researchers said that from early March to late July, the CDC received reports of 570 young people — ranging from infants to age 20 — who met the definition of the new condition, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). The reports came from health departments in 40 states, as well as New York City and Washington, D.C. About 25 percent of the patients had obesity before becoming sick.
The syndrome, which can include a fever, rash, pinkeye, stomach distress, confusion, bluish lips, muscle weakness, racing heart rate and cardiac shock, appears to emerge days or weeks after the initial viral infection, and experts believe it may be the result of a revved-up immune system response to defeating the virus’s first assault.
The CDC reported that about two-thirds of the patients had no previous underlying medical conditions, and most experienced complications that involved four or more organ systems, especially the heart. At least ten children with the condition have died.
Thousands Convene For 10 Day Motorist Rally
Tens of thousands of motorcyclists swarmed the streets of Sturgis, S.D., on Saturday for an annual rally. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a 10-day event that began Friday, is expected to attract roughly 250,000 people this year, a figure that puts it on track to be among the country’s largest public gatherings since the first coronavirus cases emerged. South Dakota is one of many states that did not impose a lockdown nor does it require residents to wear face masks.