COVID-19 Rates Soar, Feds Have No Plan

The news headlines are astonishing. Wednesday brought the highest number of new cases of coronavirus to date.

Across the United States, 38,115 new infections were reported by state health departments on Wednesday — surpassing the previous single-day record of 34,203 set on April 25. Texas, Florida and California led the way, with all three states reporting more than 5,000 new cases apiece.

Three states — California, Florida and Oklahoma — reported record highs in new single-day coronavirus cases, while hospitalizations hit a new peak in Arizona, where intensive care units have quickly filled.

Yet Mike Pence told a group of Republicans at lunch to "accentuate the positive". [More...]

Dozens of Secret Service agents have been put in quarrantine because of Trump's narcissistic ill-advised trip to Tulsa.

Houston is out of hospital beds and now facing a staffing shortage. The Governors of NY, NJ and CT are imposing a 14 day quarrantine on all travelers to those states from 9 other states.

Trump's coronavirus approval levels have sunk to their lowest on record.

As Rachel Maddow pointed out tonight, there is no federal response, no federal plan. The government of the United States has never been in such bad shape.

Donald Trump may just be a moron, but he's the most dangerous moron on the planet, matched only by Americans like these, frollicking on beaches without masks or a care in the world.

The young are getting infected in increasing numbers because they just have to go clubbing and partying and essentially just don't give a sh*t about anyone besides themselves. It's too bad when they get sick, health workers will have to put their own lives at risk to save them.

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    Just got the test results (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 02:10:45 PM EST
    Negative on both.

    I got a covid test and a blood antibody test.

    Woo hoo.

    Plan to keep it that way.

    Wouldn't testing pos for antibodies (none / 0) (#9)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 02:24:46 PM EST
    be a good thing?

    I get that no one is stating that the antibodies are any guarantee of "immunity," but I don't think it would hurt.


    It could mean I exposed others (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 02:32:27 PM EST
    My HS son got sick af (none / 0) (#11)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 02:49:25 PM EST
    right around the beginning of March just before they shut the state down. He never gets sick. I got slightly sick not too long after. The rest of the fam felt fine.

    I hope he had it and that we all got it too, and so we are now somewhat "immune." Probably not though.

    We as a fam have been pretty strict from the get go about social distancing, masks, and gloves, etc. Still am.

    Well, you didn't get it, so you didn't spread it.


    Same experience (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 03:04:21 PM EST
    Beginning of March

    I wonder how reliable the antibody test was?  The rumor is not that reliable


    Planning a brunch with drinks (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 03:06:40 PM EST
    On my deck tomorrow with my neighbor I was in line with for the test to celebrate.   While we are both negative.

    As long as you neighbor didn't go out (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by Peter G on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 03:31:42 PM EST
    to a bar tonight to celebrate.

    I (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by FlJoe on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 03:44:27 PM EST
    imagine we can rule out showing up in church.

    There is a plan (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 05:59:30 AM EST
    Trump plans to stop funding for testing.  Just to prove he was not kidding I guess

    Trump plan to cut federal support for Covid-19 testing sites sparks alarm
    Funding for 13 testing sites, including seven in Texas, will end this month - a move officials warn could cause further spread

    Pence told GOP Senators they should be talking about the good news.  That seems like a "plan"

    The stock market just dropped significantly

    Financial aid like extended unemployment ends in about a month.  If they do not do another stimulus package the "economy" is about to get much much worse.

    There will be depression style food lines.

    My state is looking a tiny bit better.

    I have a Dr follow up appt today I have had for months.   I still have not decided I'm definitely going.

    Just decided (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 06:40:08 AM EST
    Not going to the Dr today.

    Going to reschedule and hope things calm down.   It was routine no emergency.


    Hey (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 06:42:27 AM EST
    Not all bad.

    While many people may die, not have a place to live or go hungry, McSally will pay for the affluent to go on vacation or wine and dine in their second home.

    McSally introduces bill to incentivize Americans to take a vacation

    Many were quick to point out that the bill could be a big giveaway to wealthier households. One portion allows people with a second home to write off the costs of live entertainment, though not the mortgage on the second home or other home-related expenses.

    Matthew Gardner with the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy called McSally's bill "an invitation to tax avoidance." He also noted that she voted against increased unemployment benefits in the COVID-19 stimulus bill signed into law in March.

    In the absence of any leadership from DC (none / 0) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 07:33:42 AM EST
    Republicans governors are starting to get it

    Trump-loving Republican governors in states such as Arizona and Texas are finally starting to take the COVID-19 pandemic more seriously now that their states' hospitals are in danger of being overrun.

    CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said on Thursday that even though Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Doug Ducey of Arizona had proudly defied expert advice by pushing to reopen their states, they now seem to realize that extra precautions need to be taken to ensure the virus doesn't get out of hand.


    Every article you read (none / 0) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 08:57:37 AM EST
    about the increases in the virus, state significant increases in cases among young adults due to their ignoring guidelines in order to resume a pre-virus social life.

    I have two young adult grandsons and I  rarely lecture them about their behavior.  They are normally responsible people, yet I worry that they will relax their vigilance. I have now sent them reminders (i.e lectures) about staying safe by following the guidelines.

    The way things are going in Texas right now. (none / 0) (#6)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 10:01:41 AM EST
    Who knows, Texas may go blue in November. Abbott is walking back (ok, rolling back) previous statements about reopening the economy and going out.

    Dan Patrick is now keeping his mouth shut and not offering up anyone grandparents to die for the sake of the economy.

    And the orange clown and his administration just keep sticking their heads in the ground deeper. Nothing to see here.

    Maybe Texans will wake up and see how badly they have been betrayed by the GOP and its leaders.

    New GAO report out today (none / 0) (#7)
    by CaptHowdy on Thu Jun 25, 2020 at 10:28:02 AM EST
    Has nothing good to say about the government response to the pandemic

    GAO report finds widespread delays in US government response to Coronavirus

    There is news they sent 1200 $ checks to more than a million dead people.  My neighbor still has not gotten his.

    I love the republicans are trying to use this as an excuse to not do more stimulus instead of just saying let's not do that again now that we know about it.

    I am watching Pence give a speech (none / 0) (#16)
    by desertswine on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 11:47:47 AM EST
    with his Coronavirus Task Force.  I am slipping into a coma.

    What a slimy liar he is. (none / 0) (#17)
    by desertswine on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 11:52:02 AM EST
    Blah (none / 0) (#19)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 12:02:54 PM EST
    blah, blah, we are doing nothing but we are doing great!

    almost (none / 0) (#18)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 12:00:24 PM EST
    9000 cases today here in Floriduh. We have gone exponential.

    Just read (none / 0) (#20)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 12:06:02 PM EST
    They are closing the bars in Florida and Texas.

    Yes MO Blue (none / 0) (#21)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 04:23:32 PM EST
    They closed all bars in Florida earlier today, but the restaurants with bars are still open, so the heavy drinkers just cross the street and go there.

    Not surprising (none / 0) (#22)
    by MO Blue on Fri Jun 26, 2020 at 06:06:12 PM EST
    I guess they could restrict alcohol sales to only as part of a meal.

    Not sure if the restaurant atmosphere will attract the younger crowd quite as much as they tend to be interested in other things rather than food to go along with their alcohol.


    I was just engaging (none / 0) (#23)
    by jondee on Tue Jun 30, 2020 at 03:20:43 PM EST
    some Pence fans in Oklahoma who are up-in-arms about the "property rights" of the Nazi who shot that woman four times.

    A Civil War's comin and I better get on the right side, they said.

    I told them in my usual diplomatic fashion that this time when the 20th Maine fixes bayonets, the whole lot of mangy curs will be driven back down into the mouth of hell. Do not pass go, do not collect 200 dollars.