Your Coronavirus Update – Today, August 2, 2020

Photo: Signage on a car from the teachers educational protest in Providence this week


The first dog diagnosed with coronavirus has died.

The World Health Organization has now formally recognized that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is airborne and that it can be carried by tiny aerosols.

Australia’s second-most populous state declared a state of disaster, with Melbourne imposing stricter measures including nightly curfews and limits on movement.

Lena Dunham on Friday revealed that she battled the coronavirus in mid-March — and that she’s still experiencing crushing after-effects of the disease.

MLB spokesperson says the season could abruptly end if players don’t take standards seriously – 4 more Cardinals bringing a total to 33 players in 3 days. This will be a critical week ahead. Some players played golf, went to a strip club, coffee shop, restaurant, etc. They’ve been told that they go to their room in the hotel and stay there – and go nowhere. Saying “this virus spreads like wildfire”.

Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said Thursday she was resigning from the Moderna board of directors after the Globe inquired about whether her position at the Cambridge biotech company conflicted with her hospital’s leadership role in a large study of Moderna’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (R) of Arizona has tested positive – and issued a statement chastising representatives who walk around without masks. He is asymptomatic at this time and is in quarantine.

Several members of the Cardinals test positive and the St. Louis and Milwaukee game was canceled

Colby College is already testing faculty and staff. In anticipation of students who eventually test positive, they have reserved and rented out one full hotel for quarantining and separate rooms.

Greenfield School in Indiana had its first positive test within hours of opening – the school is now closed for cleaning and those who had been near the student are quarantining.

Hundreds of people who attended a youth overnight summer camp, including dozens of children under the age of 10, tested positive for COVID-19, according to a CDC report published on Friday. The summer camp was revealed to be in northern Georgia.

USDA will end coronavirus exception, making SNAP recipients prove their income again to keep getting food stamps

President Trump raised the issue of possibly delaying the fall election, which was met with extreme reaction that this shouldn’t be talked about – but a few days later and some are discussing how glitches may be unavoidable, leaving an inexact election in November.

Poll workers for the fall elections will be in need throughout the country

Boston students will not return to school in-person, full time, Mayor Walsh said on Friday.

Dr. Fauci spoke enthusiastically about a vaccine being available in 2020

Extra $600 was not continued or extended and ends as of last week – senior level leaders met on Saturday to try to come to a compromise – and will return to work again on Sunday.

Bryan Cranston had COVID19 – and donated his blood plasma

Garth Brooks daughter had a mild case of COVID19

Greenwich, CT is experiencing a mini-surge after high school graduation parties have over 20 attendees coronavirus positive

Two restaurants at Patriots Place have closed due to coronavirus

Provincetown is asking the state to assure a 48 hour turnaround in testing – due to their high tourism population.


RI individual city/town school plans are now online – all should be posted by end of today. Go to

The Duck and Bunny Restaurant in Providence and Loie Fuller will remain closed through 2020.

Google has decided that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors will work from home through next June – 2021.

Target begins mandatory face masks today – also decides to close on Thanksgiving.

The RI Dept. of Health is looking for volunteers to hand out masks on RI state beaches – no enforcement duties

Providence Flea opens Sunday, 10am to 2pm

STRAC Institute in Providence is helping match college students looking for housing with homeowners who have rooms to rent.

Textron Inc. reported a $92 million loss in the second quarter due to COVID19

New England Institute of Technology will have a hybrid learning model, including in-person and remote classes. It will feature limited residential accommodations for students.

Downtown Providence will have several streets blocked off for downtown shopping and dining

Newport is stepping up its enforcement as tourist season is in high gear, by distributing masks, monitoring more closely the waterfront, patrolling the beaches for masks and social distancing, and emptying public trash bins more frequently.

GBAC STAR accreditation will assure PPAC and The VETS attendees that the buildings and policies meet 20 core elements as well as a superior level oof safety – in preparation for the facilities to open again.

This week, Rhode Island officials announced the state would receive $10 million for Providence public schools from Brown University.

A strike at 5 Rhode Island nursing homes has been avoided as Gov. Raimondo sent a letter vowing to come to some resolution of their issues.

Wear Your Mask!

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