The coronavirus is once again dominating both business and sports news cycles on Wednesday, June 24. Here's what you need to know.
A Coronavirus Update
There are over 9.2 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 478,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 2.3 million cases with over 121,000 deaths.
California reported a new high of 7,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday. Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered residents to wear face masks in public after positive tests of the virus rose 35% in the state last week.
Virginia has proposed its own set of safety rules that companies have to implement in order to protect workers from infection. And Florida changed how it records intensive care unit occupancy by coronavirus patients. The move might lower the figures ahead of the state’s next phase of reopening, which is set to happen sometime in July.
The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut said that they are implementing a mandatory quarantine for visitors to their states from hotspots, which include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, Texas and Utah.
And remember President Trump’s comments about slowing testing on Saturday? Well, despite Dr. Fauci saying on Tuesday that that is not what officials want, the White House plans to end funding for 13 coronavirus testing sites in five states starting on June 30, per multiple news outlets. Texas has seven of the testing sites.
Finally, the E.U. is considering barring visitors from several countries, including the U.S. due to the high numbers of cases. No formal decision has been made yet.
Coronavirus and Sports
Earlier in the week, TheStreet and Sports Illustrated covered the spikes in coronavirus cases from athletes. And that list of athletes that tested positive for coronavirus continues to grow, as tennis pro Novak Djokovic reportedly tested positive for COVID-19, as did PGA’s Brooke Koepka’s caddie, which forced Koepka to withdraw from this week’s Traveler’s Championship located in Connecticut.
Many golfers arriving in Connecticut will have just left last week’s golf tournament in South Carolina, begging the question of how many more golfers we’ll see with positive test results in the coming days. The PGA is currently testing all personnel competing or participating in its events every two days.
The spikes all come at a time when Major League Baseball is asking its players to return to team facilities on July 1 and to start the season July 24. The National Basketball League is scheduled to resume its season in Orlando, Florida on July 31.
According to the Miami Herald, Florida had a single-day record of 5,508 new confirmed cases on Wednesday.
So far, three NBA players have opted out of playing when the league resumes its season. Lakers' Avery Bradley, Trail Blazers' Trevor Ariza, and Wizards' Davis Bertans have all said they will not rejoin their teams when it’s time to restart the season.
Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe, along with two other members of the United States Women’s National Team, also opted out of playing in an upcoming tournament due to health concerns relating to the coronavirus.
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