COVID-19 all-in-one update

(NEW YORK) -- Here's the latest information on the COVID-19 coronavirus as of 9:30 a.m. ET.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 4,444,670
Global deaths: 302,493.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 85,906.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 1,588,858

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 1,417,889 diagnosed cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 85,906.  New York state has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 27,477.
U.S. total patients recovered: 246,414
U.S. total people tested: 10,341,775

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in New York, with 343,051 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 19.5 million.  That is the most reported cases than in any other single region in the world.  New Jersey is next, with 142,704 reported cases out of a total population of 8.88 million.

Latest reported deaths per state
Visit https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html for the latest numbers.

School closures
For a state-by-state interactive map of current school closures, please visit the Education Week website, where numbers are updated once daily.

There are 98,277 public schools and 34,576 private schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Those schools educate almost 50.8 million public school students and 5.8 million private school students.

The latest headlines
Majority of Americans believe not enough COVID-19 testing available
As many states begin to re-open businesses, even as experts warn of an impending second wave of COVID-19 infections, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds a majority of Americans believe there aren’t enough tests for the virus available in the U.S.  Seventy-three percent of respondents held this belief, with 90% of Democrats polled saying so and 50% of Republicans.  Those who hold a college degree or higher are more likely to think there’s a shortage of testing, by an 11-point margin over those who hold a high school degree or less.  Americans are also unenthusiastic about sending their kids back to school right now, with only 31% of respondents saying they were comfortable doing so.  A majority of Americans overall are willing to leave their homes to go grocery shopping (91%), go to work (71%) or visit a barber or stylist (56%), but far less likely to visit a gym or health club (27%), a bar (24%) or – bad news for pro sports – attend a sporting event in a large stadium (19%).

Senate says $3 trillion House relief package DOA
While the House readies a vote on a historic three trillion-dollar package for COVID-19 relief today, the Senate has promised the bill is dead on arrival.  While the 1,800-page relief package, called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act, contains language allowing more federal relief for Americans, Republicans say it contains too many provisions unrelated to the pandemic and have since dubbed it a "liberal wish list."  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’s open to negotiations and that the bill contains numerous provisions formerly supported by Republicans.  On top of more stimulus payments to Americans, the package also includes an extension to unemployment benefits, $1 trillion in aid for local, state and tribal governments, assistance to front-line workers, and other Democrat-proposed measures.  Democrats hope the bill will open negotiations as more Americans are out of work due to the pandemic and businesses are struggling in the down economy. 

Barber who illegally kept business open tests positive for COVID-19
A barber in Kingston, NY who operated his barbershop in defiance of the state’s business closure mandate has tested positive for COVID-19.  WTEN in Albany reports that Ulster County health officials aren’t publicly naming the barbershop or the barber, but are asking anyone who received a haircut in the past three weeks from a barbershop on Broadway to get tested for the coronavirus as soon as possible.  Ulster County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith commented, “As much as we would all like to go out and get a professional haircut, this kind of direct contact has the potential to dramatically spread this virus throughout our community and beyond.”  The news comes as many states begin to open so-called non-essential businesses, including barbershops and hair salons, previously closed to help limit COVID-19’s spread.  WTEN reports there have been 1,533 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 62 deaths in Ulster County, which has a population of about 175,000, since the outbreak began.

Good news!
Woman uses stimulus check to open “soup kitchen delivery service”
Not all Americans have received their government stimulus check yet but most of those who did used it to pay bills.  Carly Holloway of Naugatuck, Connecticut used hers to feed people.  As WTNH in New Haven reports, Holloway – who was already making and donating masks to area homeless people and another local soup kitchen – posted a note on Facebook asking for volunteers to help her.  With local bar 66 Church donating the space and kitchen facilities, and her check used to purchase supplies, Holloway opened the Naugatuck Valley Soup Kitchen and started making boxed breakfasts of waffles and fruit.  She says it's more of a "soup kitchen delivery service," since after the meals are prepared, volunteers deliver them to folks who've signed up on the kitchen's Facebook page.  In the few weeks since, she and the volunteers are serving about 80 people a day who otherwise might go hungry.  “I have a lot of people, low-income families, people without cars, and I just have people who are suddenly on unemployment,” Holloway said.

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