At his Tulsa campaign rally Saturday night, President Trump said he told his administration to scale back coronavirus testing to keep numbers down. We also learned six campaign staffers, including at least two Secret Service agents, tested positive for coronavirus.
The same day, Florida reported a record number of daily cases and several other states reported spikes — including Oklahoma.
In Arizona, a sheriff who tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a meeting with President Trump has said he still has no plans to wear a mask in public or enforce any orders requiring people to do so.
“When I come back out, I don’t like to wear masks,” Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “And I respect people’s personal choices to not wear a mask.”
As more people, including many young adults, are traveling and gathering with friends, health officials worry about increased spread. Three teenagers celebrating senior week in Dewey and Rehoboth potentially exposed 100 or more people in coastal Delaware to the virus, state officials said.
Going out? Stay local, wear a mask when possible and don’t forget to keep hand sanitizer with you. Here are more tips on how to safely socialize this summer.
📈 Today’s numbers: Almost 2.3 Americans and 8.8 million people globally have had the coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard. America’s death toll has surpassed 119,700 and more than 464,000 people have died globally.
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What’s in the news
DL Hughley collapses onstage: The comedian tested positive for coronavirus after losing consciousness during a Nashville performance. — USA TODAY
Respect “our common home”: Pope Francis hopes the reduction in pollution during coronavirus lockdowns will continue. On Sunday, he said, “The lockdown has reduced pollution and revealed once more the beauty of so many places free from traffic and noise. Now, with the resumption of activities, we should all be more responsible for looking after our common home.” — Reuters
More young people in the South are sick: Officials in parts of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas say more young people are testing positive for coronavirus. In Mississippi, a cluster of new cases was linked to fraternity rush parties. — CNN
COVID-related illness strikes Arizona kids: Phoenix health officials say they’ve seen a few cases of the rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. — Arizona Republic
National coin shortage: Pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters are part of latest COVID-19 shortage — USA TODAY
NBA watching spikes: While preparing to resume play in Orlando next month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the National Basketball Players Association are fielding questions about virus spread. Their answers: The game will go on, but they are watching Florida case numbers. — ESPN
Texas bars lose alcohol permits: Two bars in downtown Austin had their alcohol permits suspended after the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission found them violating protocols in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. — Austin-American Statesman
AMC reverses mask policy: AMC Theatres changed its optional mask policy on Friday and will require employees and guests to wear face masks when the movie theater chain reopens. — USA TODAY
“I thought it would never end”: A Massachusetts man who spent 25 days in the hospital talks about beating coronavirus and assures skeptics the virus isn’t “fake.” — South Coast Today
What we’re reading
Vaccines are not all created equal. There are more than 150 vaccine development efforts worldwide. Here is a helpful breakdown of the technology being used to try to stop the virus that causes COVID-19.
As suicide, addiction death projections soar amid COVID-19, treatment centers struggle to stay alive, too. Nearly 30 mental health and substance abuse groups sent a letter to Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan asking for help because they’ve been blocked from getting “desperately needed relief funds.”
College athletes are testing positive. As college football players and other athletes across the country have started returning to campus for workouts, many now have COVID-19. Here’s a look at several schools who have reported positive tests.
Contact tracing in New York City isn’t really working. People in New York City infected with coronavirus have been reluctant to share information with contact tracers, according to a report in The New York Times.
Most people in Mississippi aren’t wearing face masks. As the state sees more than 20,000 coronavirus cases, Gov. Tate Reeves is pleading with residents to stay safe: “We are all tired and ready to be done, but the virus doesn’t care. Please be on your guard — small efforts have a big impact!”
Will you have to wear a mask on your next cruise? Probably. You can’t always social distance on ships, which means it’s likely future cruise passengers will have to pack a face mask.
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