Coronavirus Hits the Green: What We’re Watching Monday

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The 149th Open Championship has been cancelled by the PGA, an update on the coronavirus and New Yorkers still can’t gamble on sports on their phones. Here’s what we’re watching in sports and business Monday:

Open Championship Canceled

The 149th Open Championship was canceled by the PGA. It was scheduled to be played at Royal St. George in England on July 16th-19th.The Open Championship is the 9th PGA tour event canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus. The Masters was supposed to take place this week but is now expected to be pushed back until November.

The PGA is also expected to make an announcement regarding the Ryder Cup, US Open, and other PGA Tour events later this week.

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Latest on the Coronavirus

There are over 1.2 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 70,000 deaths. There are over 270,000 fully recovered cases.The U.S. has the highest number of cases, with over 337,000. Spain has the second highest amount of cases with 135,000 and then there’s Italy with over 128,000. Italy has the highest death toll, nearing 16,000. Spain has over 13,000 deaths.

These next seven to ten days are expected to be hard for many Americans as we could see a spike in deaths, according to many experts. And, in an odd turn of events, a Bronx Zoo tiger has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this is the first case of a tiger being infected with the coronavirus.

Other lions and tigers are also showing sings of a respiratory illness.The USDA and the CDC have said that they’re actively monitoring this situation and learning how the coronavirus spreads.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General released a report on hospitals’ experiences in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey included administrators from over 323 hospitals across 46 states--as well as D.C. and Puerto Rico--and was conducted from March 23 to March 27.The reports key takeaways was that hospitals are facing challenges in both testing and caring for patients who have the virus, something that is backed up by reporting from journalists all around the country. And the report also noted the difficulty that a lot of hospitals are having with personal protective gear (PPE). Hospitals are also apparently facing issues maintaining adequate staffing and support staffing.

And, of course, there’s the looming threat of increased costs with decreased revenue for many hospitals.

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No Mobile Gambling for New Yorkers

Bad news for New Yorkers looking to gamble on sports from their phones in 2021. Governor Andrew Cuomo and empire state lawmakers finalized the state budget and left out any revenue from mobile sports gambling.

Sports gambling is legal in New York but only at designated sites like casinos. New York Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. was the. primary advocate of New York adopting mobile sports betting. According to Legal Sports Report, Addabbo says the Governor was being irresponsible by not embracing new revenue streams. Especially with a 10 billion operational spending cut due tot he coronavirus.

In 2019, Mobile sportsbooks in New Jersey saw 4.5 Billion in action which accounted for about 87% of all total wagers. That 4.5 billion netted gaming operators $300 million in revenue which resulted in $36 million in taxes for the Garden State.

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