Coronavirus Update: Google Delays Return to Office Until Labor Day

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Good morning, it’s Wednesday, July 1. 

Here’s your daily coronavirus update.

There are 10.4 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 511,000 deaths.

The U.S. has 2.6 million cases and 127,000 deaths.

On Tuesday, the U.S. reported 47,000 across the U.S., which beats previous records. This is the fourth time in a week that the U.S. has posted a new record for a single day.

Alaska, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas all reported single-day highs. Arizona announced over 4,600 new cases, California announced 7,800 and Texas announced 6,800.

Dr. Fauci gave a stark warning yesterday, telling Senate members that we could see new cases rise to 100,000 a day if behaviors don’t change. He said, “The numbers speak for themselves. I’m very concerned. I’m not satisfied with what’s going on because we’re going in the wrong direction...Clearly we are not in total control right now.”

Google is delaying the reopening of its U.S. offices until early September after a surge in coronavirus cases in several western and southern states.

All U.S. offices will remain closed until Sept. 7 at the earliest, according to a memo Google sent to employees, per Bloomberg. Originally, the company had planned to slowly bring workers back on July 6.

Chris Rackow, vice president of global security, wrote in the memo, “While conditions do vary from state to state, we need to see that the U.S. outlook as a whole is stable before we move forward...As the recent resurgence of cases demonstrates, COVID-19 is still very much alive in our communities.”

“For all of you that are working from home, please continue to do so unless you are told otherwise by your manager,” he continued. “We don’t expect this guidance to change until Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) at the earliest.”

And finally, the Senate has approved extending the application period for the paycheck protection program for small businesses. The extension will give the program five weeks for the $130 billion left available to be dispersed to businesses.

Now, the legislation will go to the House and will also require President Donald Trump’s signature.

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