The coronavirus is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the United States, experts say. 

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Thursday was the deadliest day of the pandemic in the U.S., with 2,897 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins data. While the more than 277,000 COVID-19 deaths may not seem like a lot in a nation of nearly 330 million people, COVID-19 has replaced accidents as the third leading cause of death.

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According to the CDC, heart disease caused more than 650,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2018 followed by cancer, which caused nearly 600,000 deaths. The third leading cause of death in the U.S. for that year were accidents or unintentional injuries, which killed about 167,000 people in 2018.

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“Last year at this time, (COVID-19) wasn’t a cause of death. Now it’s around the number three cause of death,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “The numbers of deaths that are occurring right now is an aberration, it’s not normal.”

For those who equate the impacts of coronavirus to the flu, only about 60,000 people died from influenza and pneumonia in 2018, according to the CDC. Experts say that’s on par with a typical flu season, putting it at eighth place for deaths in the U.S. under chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

Here’s what to know today:  

The island kingdom of Bahrain said Friday it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Britain was the first. Job gains have slowed for five straight months with November only adding 245,000 jobs with unemployment dipping to 6.7%.  California warned that the rise of cases can overwhelm the state’s health care system within weeks. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced a regional stay-at-home order that would go into effect when a region hits the ICU capacity threshold. Four regions — all but the San Francisco Bay area — could meet that threshold “within a day or two,” he said. The Navajo Nation requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government. Health officials serving the Navajo Nation have warned of supplies and hospital bed shortages. Warner Bros. is releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters, a move that experts say should certainly alarm theater chains and could very well sound the death knell for moviegoing as we know it. 

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 14 million cases and over 277,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 65 million cases and 1.5 million deaths.

📰 What we’re reading: USA TODAY’s editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll embarked on a mission to learn why some Americans deny the severity of COVID-19, despite overwhelming evidence otherwise. With the help of USA TODAY’s intrepid health reporters, she hopes that facts can change minds and counter misinformation.

🙂Some good news:  An Alabama man who spent World War II repairing bomb-damaged trains in France recovered from a fight with COVID-19 in time to mark his 104th birthday. Read about it here

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Freeze on federal student loan payments, interest extended thru January

Student loan borrowers won’t have to make payments on federal student loans until the end of January, the U.S. Education Department said Friday, extending a pandemic-era reprieve through the first days of the Joe Biden presidency.

The extension also continued a pause in interest on loans and in collections on delinquent loans through Jan. 31, said a news release from the department.

President Donald Trump’s Education Department first paused debt payments on federal student loans in March, as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the U.S. economy. In August, officials extended that suspension through December. Now, the pandemic pause will last until Biden and his administration have taken over.

— Elinor Aspegren

San Francisco Bay Area issues stay-at-home order; Southern California to follow? 

Five San Francisco Bay Area counties imposed a new stay-at-home order for their residents that will take effect Sunday. Southern California and a large swath of the central portion of the state could join this weekend.

Those two regions have seen their intensive care unit capacity fall below the 15% threshold that under a new state stay-at-home order will trigger new restrictions barring all on-site restaurant dining and close hair and nail salons, movie theaters and many other businesses, as well as museums and playgrounds. 

If their capacity remains below that level when the data is updated Saturday, the closures will take effect Sunday and stay in effect at least three weeks. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the new plan Thursday. It is the most restrictive order since he imposed the country’s first statewide stay-at-home rule in March.

— Associated Press

‘A lot more’ must be done to distribute vaccine, Biden says

President-elect Joe Biden said more must be done to plan the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 after they are approved, but that his health advisers are developing plans.

“There’s a lot more that has to be done,” Biden told reporters. “There is no detailed plan that we’ve seen anyway about how you get the vaccine out of a container into an injection syringe and into an arm.”

He called the anticipated distribution “difficult and expensive.” He also said it must be equitable, to ensure that communities of color receive vaccinations beyond those distributed through major drugstore chains that might not have offices in all neighborhoods.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Biden said.

— Michael Collins and Bart Jansen

Pelosi says a new president, vaccine changed COVID-19 relief demands

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was backing down from months-long demands for trillions in new coronavirus relief to support a $900 billion bipartisan deal because of two things: Joe Biden was elected president and a COVID-19 vaccine is on the way.

“That is a total game changer. A new president and a vaccine,” Pelosi said, adding that some of her objections to the bill are OK because another batch of relief will come once Biden takes office. “We have a new president, a president who recognizes that we need to depend on science to stop the virus.”

This week, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., backed a $908 billion proposal offered by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate and House, saying it offered a good framework for bipartisan discussions.

Pelosi, asked about the sudden change after months of demands, cut off a reporter’s question and sternly said, “Don’t characterize what we did before as a mistake,” she said. “That was not a mistake. It was a decision. And it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want.”

Time is of the essence, though. The government is set to shut down Dec. 11 if Congress does not pass a spending bill that President Donald Trump will sign and the House is only scheduled to be in session for one more week.

– Christal Hayes

WHO leader: The pandemic isn’t over, even with vaccines

The head of the World Health Organization is concerned that the vaccine may lead many to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a United Nations meeting Friday that “the light at the end of the tunnel” is beginning to emerge but that people across the world must not be complacent, according to Reuters.

“The truth is that at present, he said, “many places are witnessing very high transmission of the COVID-19 virus, which is putting enormous pressure on hospitals, intensive care units and health workers.”

Key to ensuring the end of the pandemic, the WHO said, is ensuring that health care systems are able to survive — especially at a juncture in which hospitals in the United States are struggling again with resources, manpower and worsening COVID-19 cases.  

COVID-19 side effects mean your body is reacting properly, experts say

Americans will likely experience at least one side effect from the COVID-19 vaccine, but doctors say that’s normal and you should still get vaccinated.

In Moderna’s trials, where more than half of Phase 1 study participants experienced some side effect, the company said the most common side effects in Phase 3 were fatigue, muscle soreness and aches, joint pain, headache, and pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. In Pfizer/BioNTech Phase 3 trials, the probability of getting fatigued or a headache was 3.8% and 2%, respectively.

Dr. Melanie Swift, an occupational medicine physician helping lead the COVID-19 vaccination plan at the Mayo Clinic, said it’s important to educate Americans about the vaccines’ side effects or it may deter people from getting the second dose.

“Just because you’re sore doesn’t mean that (the vaccine) didn’t work or wasn’t effective. It just means that your body responded the way it’s supposed to,” she said. “It’s important to take both doses or that first dose was all for nothing.” Read more here.

 – Adrianna Rodriguez

National lockdowns ‘not on the table,’ says Biden official

Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert and a member of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ transition team, told CNN in an interview that a national lockdown is not in the works for the future.

The focus of stay-at-home orders and other preventative measures will be on areas where COVID-19 spread rates are high, rather than an overall national shutdown.

“We really view this as restrictions that you dial up or dial down based on the local epidemiology,” Gounder said in an interview with the media outlet. She also emphasized the importance of keeping schools open, while supporting schools through that process by providing PPE and other resources.

US adds 245K jobs in November, signaling further decline in job growth

U.S. employers added a disappointing 245,000 jobs in November despite the looming halt of extended jobless benefits and other federal lifelines for millions of Americans.

Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had estimated that 486,000 jobs were added last month. Job gains have consistently slowed for five straight months since peaking at 4.8 million in June.

While the nation has recovered 56% of the 22.2 million jobs wiped out in the health crisis, the gains are offset by a resurgent virus across most of the country as states begin to re-implement stay-at-home orders and other restrictions.

– Paul Davidson

What are the ethics of keeping COVID-19 vaccine trials going?

The first two COVID-19 vaccines to complete clinical trials have been so successful they raise concerns for the next ones. Is it ethical to give people a placebo when a lifesaving vaccine is available? Should those who received placebos in the first two trials be given preferential access to active vaccine to thank them for their sacrifice? There is no consensus among ethicists and public health officials on either point.

Typical vaccine trials last for two years. Both the group receiving the vaccine and the group receiving a placebo are followed to ensure safety and indicate how long the vaccine’s protection will last. 

“We don’t have the full profile on these vaccines,” said Norman Baylor, president and CEO of Biologics Consulting and a former director of the Office of Vaccines Research and Review at the Food and Drug Administration.

Continuing to compare the placebo and active vaccine groups could help researchers better understand how different demographic groups, such as the elderly, respond to the vaccine and identify any unexpected longer-term health issues. That information will never become available, Baylor said, if placebo recipients are vaccinated in the coming months. Read more here. 

– Karen Weintraub

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Warner Bros. releasing all 2021 movies on HBO Max, a ‘seismic’ move

In a potentially massive blow for the future of moviegoing, Warner Bros. announced Thursday that it’s releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters. The films will be available to HBO Max subscribers at no extra charge and will stream for one month. After they leave the platform following the 31-day streaming period, the movies will still be available to see in theaters. 

The studio’s 2021 slate includes hotly anticipated sequels and would-be blockbusters such as “Dune,””The Suicide Squad,” “Matrix 4,” “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Mortal Kombat” and “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”

“We’re living in unprecedented times which call for creative solutions,” said Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, in a statement. “We know new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will likely operate at reduced capacity throughout 2021.”

– Patrick Ryan and Bryan Alexander

Fauci said he accepted Biden’s offer to be his chief medical officer

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that he accepted President-elect Joe Biden’s offer to be his chief medical officer.

“Absolutely, I said yes right on the spot,” Fauci told Savannah Guthrie on the “TODAY” show.

Biden said he asked Fauci to remain in his role as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases while also advising him as a chief medical officer.

Newsom announces regional stay-at-home orders in California

Four of five California regions could meet the threshold to enter new stay-at-home orders “within a day or two” as intensive care unit bed capacity drops and COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm the state’s hospitals, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

Newsom announced the new approach to stay-at-home orders, which divides the state into five broad regions and would close businesses and curb travel in those with intensive care unit bed capacity below 15%. Previous stay-at-home rules were based on infection rates, and the new strategy is set to go into effect Saturday.

California’s virus hospitalizations have nearly quadrupled since mid-October and now stand at 8,240, including 1,890 in intensive care units. “If we don’t act now, we’ll continue to see our death rate climb, more lives lost,” Newsom said.

Navajo Nation ‘in crisis mode’ amid medical shortages

The Navajo Nation on Thursday requested a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge amid shortages of medical supplies, personnel and hospital beds. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced the declaration in a virtual town hall after hearing from public health officials and health care workers about shortages and challenges across the Nation.

The declaration, which can only be signed into effect by President Donald Trump, would bring a wide range of additional infrastructural and financial resources to the Navajo Nation, Nez said. These would include reimbursements for general fund spending and mental health resources for doctors, children and front-line workers.

Nez also announced an extension until Dec. 27 of the Nation’s current lockdown, which was initially due to expire Sunday. The Nation also will reinstate a 57-hour weekend curfew for three weeks beginning at 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. 

– Emily Wilder, Arizona Republic

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks to members of the media as he departs after holding a news conference to introduce his nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.




People line up to be tested for COVID-19 at a testing site at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida on November 24, 2020.




Large shields separate hair styling stations during the COVID-19 pandemic at Salon Fusion by Loren, Agana Shopping Center.




EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.




Low-level inmates from El Paso County detention facility work loading bodies wrapped in plastic into a refrigerated temporary morgue trailer in a parking lot of the El Paso County Medical Examiner’s office on November 16, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The inmates, who are also known as trustees, are volunteering for the work and earn $2 per hour amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in El Paso.




A nurse puts on personal protective equipment as she prepares to enter a COVID-19 patient’s room inside IU Health Methodist in April.




Jeff Sutter wipes down machines at Life Time Beachwood, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Beachwood, Ohio. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s statewide address urging Ohioans to take the coronavirus more seriously included threats to close bars, restaurants and gyms for a second time while stopping short of the type of severe crackdowns implemented in the spring.




Family and friends gather at Getz Funeral Home in Las Cruces on Friday Nov. 6, 2020, for a funeral for Thomas Mobley Jr. Mobely died Monday from complications due to COVID-19.




Registered Nurse Daniel Corral works with a Covid-19 patient Thursday, November, 6, 2020 at the El Paso LTAC Hospital.




Cindy Martinez of Fond du Lac. looks at pictures of two of her three sons who died from drug overdoses. She was laid off from her job during the COVID-19 Safer at Home order, found another job and uses her life experience to mentor young women who suffer from emotional trauma.




Cars with seniors drive by hot air balloons during the 5th annual Golden Years Jamboree, a drive-through event at the balloon launch field near the Anderson Civic Center in Anderson, S.C. Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The annual jamboree was originally scheduled for last July, but was postponed as governments responded to the threat of COVID-19 by postponing events, and in many cases cancelling them. The seniors held their event, with over 100 cars with seniors driving through.




Tommy Forrest, Director of Upstate Quilts of Valor Upstate South Carolina, wears a mask quilted with lips before receiving the 24th annual Jo Brown Senior of the Year award, during the 5th annual Golden Years Jamboree, a drive-through event at the balloon launch field near the Anderson Civic Center Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.




Residents of Cuyahoga county, separated by plastic due to health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic, fill out paper ballots for early, in person voting at the board of elections office in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Oct. 16, 2020.




Ivanka Trump, an advisor to President Donald Trump and his daughter, places an order at Graeter’s ice cream shop in Mariemont, Ohio, after speaking at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Cincinnati.




On Thursday morning, Oct. 15th, 2020, Deanna Hair is discharged from the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. with help from her husband, Ken Hair, who pushes her in a wheelchair after being there for 195 days battling COVID (She was admitted on April 2nd). Her survival is nothing short of a miracle and is very possibly the longest COVID hospitalization for a survivor in the state, if not nationally – longer. Hair’s family and friends gather in front of the hospital to give her a surprise send off from the hospital.




Maureen Ustenci wears a mask while looking into a tank at the California Academy of Sciences, which reopened today to limited capacity to members and donors, in San Francisco, Oct. 13, 2020. Ten California counties were cleared to ease coronavirus restrictions Tuesday, including some in the Central Valley that saw major case spikes over the summer, but the state’s top health official warned that upcoming Halloween celebrations pose a risk for renewed spread.




A glass of clean pens stands next to a glass for dirty pens outside a news conference with Colorado governor Jared Polis about the state’s spike in cases of the new coronavirus, Oct. 13, 2020, in Denver.




Ballet student Micah Sparrow dances in a classroom at the Texas Ballet Theatre, Oct. 7, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. For many, it’s not Christmas without the dance of Clara, Uncle Drosselmeyer, the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince. But this year the coronavirus pandemic has canceled performances of “The Nutcracker” around the U.S. and Canada, eliminating a major and reliable source of revenue for dance companies already reeling financially following the essential shutdown of their industry.




A person rides his bike near Time Square on Sept. 28, 2020 in New York City. Coronavirus infection rates have increased at “an alarming rate” in several New York neighborhoods, particularly among the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, city health authorities warned Sunday, threatening to sanction certain schools if they fail to comply with anti-virus regulations.




Live events industry workers push empty cases from Marquee Theatre to Tempe Beach Park on Sept. 22, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. The rally was held to show the impact of COVID-19 on the live events industry and its workers.




Barback Jaime Torres (L) and bartender Brandi Sterner make drinks after the bartop opened for the first time at Lucky Day bar in the Fremont East Entertainment District on Sept. 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nev. Last week, Nevada’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force voted to allow bars and lounges in Clark County to reopen at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday because of declining coronavirus numbers. The vote removes the last of the bar closure orders re-imposed by Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak in July due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Venues have to observe COVID-19 safety protocols and operate at half capacity, maintain social distancing between guests and employees and patrons must wear face coverings indoors. This is the first time Lucky Day will be open as a bar because it opened during the shutdown.




To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ethan Johnson, right, sprays hand sanitizer on the hands of a customer entering the Micro Center computer department store in Dallas, Sept. 21, 2020.




A Model walks the runway for the Christian Siriano Collection 37 2020 Fashion Show on Sept. 17, 2020 in Westport, Conn.




Visitors pass a hand sanitizer dispensing station as they visit Zoo Miami, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Miami. The zoo reopened Tuesday as Miami-Dade and Broward counties moved to Phase 2 of reopening on Monday.




An instructor helps a student with her online school lesson at a desk separated from others by plastic barriers at STAR Eco Station Tutoring & Enrichment Center on September 10, 2020 in Culver City, California. – California public school students will continue to learn at home, in private learning pods, or at specialized enrichment centers like Star Eco Station as the coronavirus pandemic continues, after a lawsuit brought by the Orange County Board of Education seeking to compel the state to reopen public schools was shot down by the California Supreme Court on September 10.




Inside the Franklin Public Library, Assistant Youth Services Librarian Bree Comeau leads the Happy Feet Creative Movement and Dance Class Friday morning on zoom. She has as many as 15 youngsters taking part. The library has instituted curbside pickup and drop off, but the library itself remains closed to the public due to the coronavirus.




OffBrnd practices a dance routine at the Boston University Beach on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.




Whitney Byars wears a Christine Moore designed hat to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Sept. 5, 2020.




A waiter in a face mask takes the order of customers inside a local restaurant during lunch during the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Hoboken, N.J.




People roller skate along Venice Beach amid the COVID-19 pandemic on September 3, 2020 in Venice, California. Retailers are reporting high demand for roller skates as people search for outdoor activities amid lifestyle restrictions due to the coronavirus. According to Google data, roller skating related searches from March to May nearly quadrupled.




A sign announcing COVID-19 pandemic health rules is displayed along the Venice Beach boardwalk where people sometimes roller skate on September 3, 2020 in Venice, California. Retailers are reporting high demand for roller skates as people search for outdoor activities amid lifestyle restrictions due to the coronavirus. According to Google data, roller skating related searches from March to May nearly quadrupled.




Burnell Franklin, of Paterson, wipes down his workout area at Gold’s Gym, which reopened to the public after being closed since March due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Totowa, N.J. on Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020.




One of two swings is zip-tied to the top of the swing set in order to enforce distancing during a tour to highlight coronavirus precautions being implemented by Collier County Public Schools throughout the district at Mike Davis Elementary School near Golden Gate on Thursday, August 13, 2020.




The Fort Braden School music room has been converted into a “clinic” where students who may have COVID-19 symptoms can be isolated.




In this Aug. 11, 2020, file photo, women wear masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at the end of a beach day in Ogunquit, Maine.




In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, Jemison band’s flag girls wear masks as they cheer on their team at an Alabama high school football game between Jemison and Thorsby in Thorsby, Ala.




Jamestown Fire Department’s 1947 Dodge pumper sending a message to residents in Jamestown, Rhode Island to mask up. It’s parked in front of JFD’s Bucky Caswell Memorial Museum on Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown. The fire engine was purchased by the department from the Block Island Fire Department in 2010 and restored by firefighter Lew Kitts. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kitts and his engine have led many birthday parades, teacher/student appreciation processions and other celebrations for the town’s residents. Outside of COVID-19 related events, Kitts annually cruises the island’s neighborhoods with Santa or the Easter Bunny on board and normally would participate in Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Block Island 4th of July parade.




Server Maddie Fink delivers a drink order Aug. 13 at the Clear Water Harbor Restaurant & Bar in Waupaca. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than usual are pulling up their boats to the dock and ordering lunch while staying in their boats, said co-owner Maureen Mondello.




An aerial view of members of the Jetty Fitness Club training with what they call a “Life Outside the Box” workout led by fitness instructor Alexa Hoovis at the beach on August 18, 2020 in Long Beach, New York. Gyms, which have been closed in New York since mid-March to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, will be allowed to open again as soon as August 24th Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.




PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 18: Guests watch television coverage of the Democratic National Convention at a virtual DNC party overlooking the city on August 18, 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775548277 ORIG FILE ID: 1228100578




FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE – AUGUST 20: Patrons watch a movie at AMC DINE-IN Thoroughbred 20 on August 20, 2020 in Franklin, Tennessee. AMC Theaters reopened more than 100 of its movie theaters across the United States today for the first time since closing in March because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a 15-cent ticket price promotion and new safety precautions in place. According to AMC, enhanced cleaning and safety protocols include disinfecting theaters before each show, mandatory face coverings for employees and customers, upgraded air filtration systems where possible, and high-touch points cleaned throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available throughout the theaters, auditoriums are at 40 percent capacity or less. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775547103 ORIG FILE ID: 1267403617




NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 20: A woman wearing a yellow outfit with matching protective mask walks down the sidewalk as the city continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on August 20, 2020 in New York City. The fourth phase allows outdoor arts and entertainment, sporting events without fans and media production. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775526444 ORIG FILE ID: 1267433271




Breakfast is handed out to students in Jessica Hicks’ second grade classroom at Norwood Elementary School in Oliver Springs, Tenn., on Monday, August 10, 2020. Anderson County Schools are starting on a staggered schedule on Aug. 10.




Meko Gray, left, of the Erie Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and Pastor Jim Parkinson of the First Methodist Church, go door-to-door Aug. 8, 2020 on East 19th Street in Erie, handing out masks and literature about COVID-19. The outreach event, organized by United Clergy of Erie, focused on the communities which have experienced high rates of COVID-19.




A man walks near a store window display featuring mannequins wearing protective masks as the New York City continues Phase 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on Aug. 8, 2020.




Jonathan Lasanas, left, and Damian Pardo, right, pass out free meals during an event sponsored by the Gay8 Festival during the coronavirus pandemic, Aug. 7, 2020, in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami. The Gay8 Festival is an annual Hispanic LGBTQ celebration in Little Havana.




Shanika Williams wears a facemask as she delivers food in John Knox Village, a retirement community in Pompano Beach some 40 miles north of Miami, Fla. on Aug. 7, 2020. About 900 retirees live in the John Knox Village senior community in Pompano Beach, South Florida. Of these, about 400 have learned to use technology to order food to their apartments, communicate with each other or participate in online social activities.




Congregants wear face shields during the first-ever outdoor Ordination Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels amid the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 8, 2020 in Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez ordained eight new priests, known as the Pandemic Class of 2020, beneath a tent with social distancing in a rite delayed more than two months due to the spread of the coronavirus.




People take an outdoor class at Pylo Fitness, with workout equipment set up on the sidewalk on La Brea Blvd, on Aug. 7 2020, in Los Angeles, California, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.




Election workers are spaced out and separated by screens for protection from the coronavirus as they open envelopes containing ballots for the Aug. 4 Washington state primary at King County Elections in Renton, Wash. on Aug. 3, 2020.




Staff work to continually clean all communal surfaces in the hopes of nullifying any viral spread during pre-tournament action in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 in Shelby County, Tenn.




Seattle Mariners players kneel for social justice before a baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, July 24, 2020, in Houston.




A customer of Cosmo’s barber shop receives a haircut in the parking lot in front of the shop on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Pleasanton, Calif. Throughout May and June, California reopened much of its economy, and people resumed shopping in stores and dining in restaurants. But infections began to surge and a new round of business restrictions were imposed, including a ban on indoor dining in restaurants and bars.




Noah Vasquez, of Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, wears a face mask on the wave rider, July 19, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla., during the coronavirus pandemic.




Juan Carlos, a host at Ocean 10 restaurant, stands at the entrance of the restaurant to turn customers away as a curfew from 8pm to 6am is put in place on July 18, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. The City of Miami Beach put the curfew back into place to fight the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which has spiked in recent days after the reopening of businesses.




People wearing protective face masks walk along King St. on July 18, 2020 in Charleston, S.C. South Carolina is struggling with a high percentage of positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test results.




Artists Jack Schwab, and Debbie Wilger, wear their masks July 14, 2020, inside the Missouri Artists on Main store in downtown St. Charles, Mo. Schwab, 60, who makes silver jewelry, and Wilger, 63, a painter, are concerned about the uptick in coronavirus cases in St. Charles County, and say most customers in the store abide by their facial covering policy, but a few have left in anger because of it.




Afework Meshesha, right, pushes his daughter Yohanna while she rides a swing at a playground, Saturday, July 11, 2020, in Los Angeles. The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. had been falling for months, and even remained down as some states saw explosions in cases. But now a long-expected upturn has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West.




Aubrey Prugger bags groceries for a customer while wearing a face covering at MaMa Jean’s Natural Market on Republic Road in Springfield, Illinois to slow the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, July 10, 2020.




Bailey Lorcher, left, and Evan Heffernan, from Calabasas, California, attend “Concerts In Your Car,” Saturday, July 11, 2020, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds in Ventura, Calif.




Guests wearing protective masks wait outside the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World on the first day of reopening, in Orlando, Florida, on July 11, 2020.




A mall employee sanitizes high touch surfaces as hoppers return to the Palisades Center in West Nyack, Friday, July 10, 2020.




St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez watches during baseball practice at Busch Stadium Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in St. Louis.




Healthcare workers Peggy Quartrman (L) and Tiffany Burke prepare to register patients during the COVID-19 drive-thru testing at the Duke Energy for the Arts Mahaffey Theater on July 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Pinellas County Government partnered with state and local health care agencies to open a COVID-19 testing site while the state undergoes another surge in coronavirus cases.




Candace Sanders, right, sits behind a plastic curtain while getting a pedicure at HT&V Nails in the Harlem section of New York, Monday, July 6, 2020. Nail salons and dog runs were back in business on Monday as New York City entered a new phase in the easing of coronavirus restrictions, but indoor restaurant dining will be postponed indefinitely in order to prevent a spike in new infections.




Lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site, Sunday, July 5, 2020, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida health officials say the state has reached a grim milestone: more than 200,000 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the start of the outbreak.




A pedestrian, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, walks down Miami Beach, Florida’s famed Ocean Drive on South Beach, July 4, 2020. The Fourth of July holiday weekend began Saturday with some sobering numbers in the Sunshine State: Florida logged a record number of people testing positive for the coronavirus.




People wearing face coverings walk past the closed Santa Monica Pier amid the COVID-19 pandemic on July 3, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. Los Angeles County beaches and piers will be closed starting today through the July 4th holiday weekend amid some reinstated restrictions intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.




Participants Amy Saylor, left, leads her dog Josie during the Clemson Area PUP parade at Clemson Heritage Assisted Living in Central, S.C. Tuesday, June 30, 2020. A group of dogs led by Paws 2 Care of Greenville dressed in patriotic attire for a group of residents seated outdoors in the shade, and wished them a Happy Fourth of July.




New Hampshire House of Representatives members gather for a legislative session on the drained hockey rink at the University of New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Durham, N.H. The N.H. House met for their scheduled final session of the year, with safety restrictions due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.




Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), joined by members of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, listens during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Pelosi joined her colleagues to unveil the Climate Crisis action plan, which calls for government mandates, tax incentives and new infrastructure to bring the U.S. economys greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.




House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., wears a face mask as she arrives to speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020.




Alcozy Payno-Gamble reads as she waits in line to vote in primary elections at the Nepperhan Community Center in Yonkers, N.Y. June 23, 2020. Despite the number of people who voted early by absentee ballot, election workers at the site said turnout was heavier than usual, which they attributed to the fact that there were fewer polling sites than usual throughout the city due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




Restaurant set tables on Main street, closed to traffic, to create an outdoor dining area where people can enjoy lunch in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 21, 2020 – Visitors flock to Annapolis for the start of summer 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.




Danielle Espinoza, right, listens as hairstylist Wendy Newsome, in Portland, Ore., provides a virtual guided haircut through Zoom during the coronavirus outbreak in San Francisco, Saturday, June 13, 2020.




Manager Adam Smith of the Hanover Raiders, left, and manager Mike Kipe of the Hagerstown Braves, right, stand at proper social distances with umpires Denny Rotz, center back, and Carl McKee before playing in game one of a doubleheader in the South Penn Baseball League at Diller Field on June 20, 2020 in Hanover, Pennsylvania. In their 55th season, the South Penn Baseball League resumed today after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issuing guidelines for recreational sports. Many other levels of baseball have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus around the globe, including Major League Baseball.




Rhode Island Democratic state Rep. Raymond Hull, below center, holds a microphone on the floor of the House Chamber while separated by plastic protective barriers at the start of a legislative session, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Providence, R.I. Wednesday’s session was the first by the legislature to be held on the floor of the chamber since March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.




People exercise at Inspire South Bay Fitness behind plastic sheets in their workout pods while observing social distancing on June 15, 2020 in Redondo Beach, Calif. as the gym reopens today under California’s coronavirus Phase 3 reopening guidelines.




Sonia Singh, the manager of Ashley 21 clothing store, tapes up a social distancing sign in Mount Vernon, N.Y., June 9, 2020. Counties north of New York City are reopening clothing stores as part of Phase 2 during the coronavirus pandemic.




People ride the subway on the first day of phase one of the reopening after the coronavirus lockdown on June 8, 2020 in New York City. New York City enters phase one one hundred days after the first confirmed case of Covid-19.




Nyasha Sarju sits as a Seattle Fire Department paramedic prepares to take a nasal swab sample to test for coronavirus at a testing site, Monday, June 8, 2020, in Seattle, after Sarju came in to be checked following her protesting over the past two weeks in the city. The new citywide testing program expanded testing criteria to include individuals who participated in demonstrations throughout the past week, where people who have been protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who was died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.




Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus.




USA; Amanda Davidson helps her daughter, Lyle, put on her face mask after they got out of the pool at Rosewood Pool on Tuesday June 2, 2020. Some city-owned swimming pools are reopening with reduced hours and capacity and with new rules to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Guests must have their temperature taken and give their contact information before entering the facility, and they must wear face masks when outside the pool. The pool closes every two hours for a 15-minute cleaning and disinfecting.




Lifeguard Mark Rerecich wears a mask as he watches over guests at Cowabunga Bay Water Park, which was allowed to open for the first time this weekend because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 30, 2020 in Henderson, Nevada.




Kalea Shippee, owner of Salon Meraki, in Brattleboro, Vt., works on dying the hair of Jen Delano on Friday, May 29, 2020. Friday was the first time the salon was allowed to open up since Vermont closed all hair salons and barbershops because of the COVID-19 pandemic.




Artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada works on a 20,000-square foot mural of a health care worker in a parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York on May 27, 2020.




Surrounded by fellow House Republican members, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, May 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Calling it unconstitutional, Republican leaders have filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional officials in an effort to block the House of Representatives from using a proxy voting system to allow for remote voting during the coronavirus pandemic.




Invited guests listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes, in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is closing in on 100,000 deaths in less than four months caused by the coronavirus.




Rep. John Mark Windle, left, D-Livingston, wears a mask due to COVID-19 precautions during a meeting of the House K-12 subcommittee Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Lawmakers resumed working inside the legislative facilities Tuesday.




Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, center, and Isaiah Tsosie, right, an office specialist with the Coyote Canyon chapter, move fresh food off a truck to be distributed to community members at a food distribution point before the start of a weekend long curfew, in Coyote Canyon, N.M., on the Navajo Nation on May 15, 2020. All businesses including the 13 grocery stores on the reservation were closed during the weekend long curfew to combat the new coronavirus pandemic. The Navajo Nation has been one of the hardest hit areas from the COVID-19 pandemic in the entire United States.




Workers have nearly completed preparations for the arrival of Illinois state representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center in Springfield, Ill. on May 18, 2020, when the Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield for three days to take up a spring session workload long delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The House will gather at the downtown location instead of in their chamber in the Illinois Capitol building a few blocks away because it affords more space for legislators to practice social distancing.




Candace Montgomery finishes a hair cut with Ralph Duncan of Anderson at Great Clips in Anderson, S.C. Monday, May 18, 2020. Gyms, salons, tattoo parlors and other close-contact businesses in the Upstate opened their doors Monday after an executive order closing them was lifted in South Carolina.




A crew member in a mask looks on in the garage area prior to the NASCAR Cup Series The Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 17, 2020 in Darlington, South Carolina. NASCAR resumes the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19).




Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) helps to register families as they wait in line in their vehicles for food to be distributed by the group Empowering Culpeper at the Culpeper Sports Complex May 16, 2020 in Culpeper, Virginia.




Jayden Deltoro, left, watches “Trolls World Tour,” while wearing a protective mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, at the Four Brothers Drive In Theatre, Friday, May 15, 2020, in Amenia, N.Y.




Joe Barnes, owner of Safe Spray Services, sprays disinfectant at Rococo restaurant as he treats and cleans the surfaces on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Barnes turned his grease traps cleaning service to a COVID-19 deep-cleaning service, that includes disinfectant spay, clean-up and UV ray treatment, to contribute to the pandemic response and keep his employees paid.




Ivanka Trump, first daughter and adviser to President Donald Trump, adjusts her mask after a tour at the distribution center of Coastal Sunbelt Produce May 15, 2020 in Laurel, Maryland.




Shandrika Pritchett with the Walton County Health Department administers a COVID-19 test at a drive-thru testing station set up at the Van R Butler Elementary School on May 14 in South Walton County, Fla.




Hollywood police officers monitor activity along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk during the new coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Hollywood, Fla.




People wait in line as members of the US Army National Guard hand out food and other essentials for people in need at a food pantry in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on May 13, 2020.




The United States Navy Blue Angels fly over Chicago outside of Northwestern Memorial Hospital to honor healthcare workers and all those affected by COVID-19, May 12, 2020.




Lee Moore of White Plains, N.Y. picks out Mother’s Day roses at Sunshine Market in White Plains May 10, 2020. Moore was buying roses for her mother, mother-in-law, and a friend, all of which she said would be delivered while practicing social distancing, including just leaving the roses for her friend on her doorstep.




A woman dressed in a former New England Patriots’ Tom Brady jersey, waits in line at a food distribution site, Saturday, May 9, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. The donated food was delivered to the site in the Patriots’ team truck.




Angela Hernandez has her hair washed at Kosmo Salon on Friday, May 8, 2020. Barbershops and nail salons reopened on Friday, May 8, 2020 as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen after coronavirus closures.




Battelle decontamination technicians Zachary Leiman, left, and Rod McCollum prepare to test a Battelle CCDS Critical Care Decontamination System on May 8, 2020 in Brighton, Colorado. The decontamination system can process up to 80,000 used N95 respirators per day using vapor phase hydrogen peroxide that kills coronavirus and allows masks to be reused 20 times without degradation.




Alice Mayes, 92, is visited by her family at Signature HealthCARE on May 6, 2020 in NewBurgh, Ind. The family, from left, Onya Rhoades, Lexi Rhoads, 3, Dylan Rhoades, 5, Kaitlyn Helmbrecht, 2, James Helmbrecht and Del Mayes were separated by a window glass on May 6, 2020 in Newburgh, Ind. The 92-year-old is a COVID-19 survivor.




Members of the National Nurses United stand among 88 pairs of empty shoes representing nurses that they say have died from COVID-19 while demonstrating in Lafayette Park across from the White House May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. The union is protesting during Nurses’ Week to demand that their employers and the federal government ‘provide safe workplaces by providing optimal personal protective equipment (PPE), safe staffing, presumptive eligibility for workers compensation benefits and more’ during the novel coronavirus pandemic.




Jurek Williamson, the owner of King’s Temple Barber Shop in Memphis, Tenn. cuts the hair of Dashawn Whiting, 16, on May 6, 2020, the first day he is able to reopen his shop during Phase 1 of the city’s plan to restart the economy after it was shuttered over fears stemming from spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (Via OlyDrop)




No need for social distancing on this day at the Whippy Dip ice cream stand in Erie, Pa. on May 5, 2020. Ed Beck, center, walks across the white X’s placed six feet apart to help customers practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.




With senators practicing social distancing Justin Walker testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be a U.S. circuit judge for the District of Columbia Circuit on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 6, 2020.




A sign in a store window at Greenwood Park Mall in Greenwood, Ind., lets customers know they are still temporarily closed on Monday, May 4, 2020.




Lisa Ford, right, of Kyle, gets her temperature checked by Margaret Capulin before entering EVO Entertainment on Monday. The movie theater in Kyle, Texas reopened Monday after Gov. Greg Abbott last week lifted the shelter in place order and allowed retail stores, restaurants and some other businesses to open to the public at no more than 25% capacity.




The band Hypnotik performs out of a garage in a Northwest Oklahoma City neighborhood, for a social distance concert for neighbors, Saturday, May 2, 2020.




The casket of Paul Cary rests in the back of an Ambulnz ambulance at Newark International Airport where his body will be flown back to his home state of Colorado on May 3, 2020. Cary died of complications from COVID-19, he became sick while serving as a volunteer with Ambulnzís State of New York COVID Response team.




Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Curtis Sulcer wipes down an escalator for shoppers at the North Park Mall in Dallas, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Texas charged into its first weekend of re-opening the economy with residents allowed to go back to malls, restaurants, movie theaters and retail stores in limited numbers.




Tymber Bryant, left, and Jackie Baker, with the 228 Theater Tactical Signal Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard in Spartanburg, place food in the car of Sterling Crawford of Abbeville, food from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina at the Department of Social Services Abbeville County Government Buildings in Abbeville, S.C. on Friday, May 1, 2020. Donal Dickens, the Williamston Branch Manager of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina said there was enough food for three days for 500 families who drove through, which ran out in two hours.




United States Postal Service mail carrier Frank Colon, 59, delivers mail amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. Everyday the United States Postal Service employees work and deliver essential mail to customers.




Medical workers take in patients outside of a special coronavirus intake area at Maimonides Medical Center on May 01, 2020 in the Borough Park neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are just beginning to see a downturn in COVID-19 cases.




The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort prepares to depart Manhattan’s West Side to return to Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia on April 30, 2020 in New York City. The USNS Comfort, a floating hospital in the form of a Navy ship, is departing New York after the last patient aboard was discharged earlier this week. The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operation rooms were deployed to ease pressure on New York hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic.




Pedestrians walk past a sign in front of the The Anthem, a popular live music venue, displaying a message of support amid the coronavirus pandemic, on April 29, 2020, in Washington, DC.




Richard Frady of Hartwell, Georgia, a recovering COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at AnMed Health in Anderson, waves a “Can’t Wait to be Home!” sign on his 32nd day after diagnosis, to his wife Sally Frady and daughter Allison Nissen of Atlanta, from his window at the hospital with medical staff in Anderson, S.C. Tuesday, April 28, 2020.




Phoenix Fire Department engineer Jake Fierros, left, receives a free antibody test for the new coronavirus, administered by Phoenix Fire Department engineer paramedic Johnny Johnson at the Phoenix Fire Department training facility in Phoenix on April 28, 2020. Antibody tests, do not test for the presence of COVID-19 itself, but detect whether someone has the antibodies in their immune system to fight off the virus. Within ten minutes after taking the test that first responder was notified by phone if they tested positive. The tests available to all members of the Phoenix Fire Department were organized by the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.




A person wears a mask to protect against the coronavirus, votes in the Ohio primary election at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Norwood, a suburb of Cincinnati.




AnMed Health staff and bystanders take photos and video of F-16 planes from The South Carolina Air National Guard 169th Fighter Wing flying over the hospital in Anderson, S.C. Monday, April 27, 2020. The group stated they “are humbled by the sacrifices made from our first responders and healthcare professionals. As our jets return from a training mission late Monday morning, 27 April, our six-ship formation of Swamp Fox F-16 fighter jets will split off into three groups, with each group flying over different regions of the state in a display of national thanks to all who are fighting the good fight.””Our flight planners did their best to cover as many areas of our great state that flight limitations could allow. We wish we could flyover everyone who are contributing to winning the fight against COVID-19.”




A waiter at Gloria’s Latin Cuisine in serves up lunch to patrons on the patio in Colleyville, Texas on April 27, 2020.




Shelley Craft, owner of The Men’s Refinery BarberSpa gives a haircut to Kenneth Gregory at her salon in Augusta, Ga., Friday morning April 23, 2020.




Vehicles line up to receive food during a donation drive by World Central Kitchen in the parking lot of the Camden Yards Sports Complex, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Baltimore. World Central Kitchen conducted its food relief operation during the coronavirus outbreak to help relieve food insecurity faced by Baltimore’s vulnerable communities, at the request of Governor Larry Hogan.




Eric Jones, 15, bowls as his dad, Heath, watches in the backyard of their Oklahoma City home, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Health and his son Eric built a bowling lane in their backyard so that Eric, a competitive bowler, could continue to bowl while bowling alleys are closed.




Edwar Johnson works on making protective masks in Warren, Mich., Thursday, April 23, 2020. General Motors has about 400 workers at the now-closed transmission plant in suburban Detroit.




Caskets of Muslims who have passed away from the coronavirus are prepared for burial at a busy Brooklyn funeral home on the first day of Ramadan on April 24, 2020 in New York. Like the majority of New York City funeral homes, services that deal with the dead in New York’s Muslim communities have been overwhelmed with the large number of deceased. Around the world, Muslims are preparing to observe the holy month of Ramadan under severe restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. New York City, which has been the hardest hit city in America from COVID-19, is starting to see a slowdown in hospital visits and a lowering of the daily death rate from the virus.




Cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank’s mobile food pantry at the Maverik Center, Friday, April 24, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. As coronavirus concerns continue, the need for assistance has increased, particularly at the Utah Food Bank.




Fitness coordinator Janet Hollander, leads a session of Balcony Boogie from outside Willamette Oaks in Eugene, Oregon for residents sheltering in their apartments during the COVID-19 shutdown Tuesday April 21, 2020. The staff of the senior housing center have modified some of the regular routines for residents, staging activities like morning stretches and aerobic opportunities while still observing social distancing protocols.




Sheila Parr and her daughters Violet Cann, left, 7, and Stella Cann, 5, donate food and toilet paper to the Little Free Library on Princeton Drive in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday April 21, 2020. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the book exchange boxes around the U.S. are being repurposed as sharing boxes with free food and toilet paper.




The Paterson fire department COVID-19 EMS unit responds to a call for a person under investigation of having the coronavirus on April 16, 2020. Paterson has one of the highest coronavirus caseloads in N.J., with about 3,000 residents testing positive, according to New Jersey health officials.




Alma Cropper, 84, left, is given a coronavirus test near her vehicle at a walk-up testing center, April 20, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. According to the City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, the testing site began with a limited number of tests for people with symptoms on Monday.




People wait in line for a coronavirus test at one of the new walk-in COVID-19 testing sites that opened at the located in the parking lot of NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Morrisania in the Bronx Section of New York on April 20, 2020.




A deserted 42nd Street is seen in midtown New York on April 19, 2020 during the COVID-19, coronavirus epidemic.




A woman wearing a face mask to protect herself from the coronavirus carries balloons for a birthday party on April 18, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia.




A pedestrian uses a face cover while walking in downtown Durham, N.C., Friday, April 17, 2020. Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-home orders remain in effect as the coronavirus has not yet reached its peak in the state according to some hospitals.




IMPD cadets salute during a traditional 10-42 end of duty call for IMPD Officer Breann Leath, Thursday, April 16, 2020. “I’m just heartbroken,” Hannon, who indicated she has members of her family on police departments, said about the death of Leath.




A mourner attends the funeral of Saul Sanchez, a longtime JBS employee that died of the coronavirus disease, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Greeley, Colo. on Apr 15, 2020.




Mike Lane, a gas station attendant, tries to protect himself the best way he can to avoid the coronavirus while working at a Sunoco in Ridgefield Park, N.J. on April 15, 2020. NJ is the only state with full service gas in the country.




To reduce the number of times a patient’s room door is opened and the amount of personal protective equipment required, nurses in the intensive care unit of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital communicate through a window with an erasable whiteboard from a COVID-19 patient’s room on April 14, 2020 in Leonardtown, Maryland.




This trio finds ample room to walk through a Rochester, N.Y. neighborhood on April 14, 2020 while following social distancing protocols during the coronavirus pandemic.




A woman gestures to a child in a protective face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus to pose for a photograph with the Rocky statue outfitted with mock surgical face mask at the Philadelphia Art Museum in Philadelphia, April 14, 2020.




Finn, Thunder and Lego at the window of Ronald Boik visiting him as their owner Nicole George holds their leashes at the Cedar Woods Assisted Living in Belleville, Michigan on Saturday, April 11, 2020. Nicole and Tim George brought their three alpacas, Thunder, Finn and Lego to the nursing home to brighten up the day for some of the 110 residents that live there. Nozmi Elder, 70 of Dearborn and owner of Cedar Woods Assisted Living said most of the residents have been confined to their rooms for the past three weeks as precautions for the Coronavirus and thought the site of alpacas visiting them would lift their spirits.




Lisa Chamblee buys produce at Concord Market in Anderson, S.C. April 9, 2020. The market sells food and plants from local sources and is selling well according to the business.




A man wearing a mask walks by St. John’s United Methodist Church COVID-19 Cross of Hope in Anderson, S.C. on April 9, 2020. The cross with royal blue ribbons for each diagnosed person in South Carolina started when there were 450 cases, but as the cross was placed in front of the church Thursday morning, the cases in South Carolina are at 2,552 with 63 deaths.




Sandra Cooley waves from her window to the Easter Bunny as he visits Crimson Village assisted living community Thursday, April 9, 2020. The bunny came from Amediysis, a home health, hospice care and personal care company that serves Crimson Village. The bunny stayed outside the building to ensure safety from COVID-19 exposure to the residents.




United Airlines’ Terminal C is nearly empty at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. on April 9, 2020.




Rabbi Dean Shapiro (left) of Temple Emanuel in Tempe, angles his laptop so others online can see their Seder plate as Shapiro’s partner, Haim Ainsworth and their son, Jacob Shapiro-Ainsworth, 11, look on, as they participate in an online Seder during the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover at their home in Tempe on April 8, 2020. The Seder which included members from Temple Emanuel was being held online because of the coronavirus pandemic.




First Responders gathered outside of Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. on April 8, 2020, to applaud the doctors, nurses and staff for the hard work they are doing during the coronavirus pandemic.




Nurses in the emergency department of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital don personal protective equipment before entering the room of a patient suspected of having coronavirus April 8 in Leonardtown, Md.




A whimsical display fashioned like giant high-demand toilet paper rolls draws attention to Hub City Smokehouse’s curbside service on Main Street in historic downtown Crestview, Fla. on April 7, 2020.




A woman looks for a director after voting at Riverside High School in Milwaukee on April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday’s election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day.




In Austin, Texas, on April 6, 2020.




Becky Kops, right, uses a picker to hand her friend, Dajen Bohachek, a present as friends of Bohachek, of Bayside, held a social distance drive by birthday party for her during the coronavirus to celebrate her 44th birthday in Bayside, Wis. on Friday, April 3, 2020. The group decorated their vehicles at the Fox Point Village Hall before heading to Bohachek’s home to celebrate from the road. The stay at home order and the necessity to stay socially distant from each other has inspired creative ways for people to connect.




An Arlington County employee speaks with a woman at a drive-thru donation point created to collect unused and unopened personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and some food items to help people responding to the coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, in Arlington, Virginia on April 3, 2020.




Lorena Dominguez, a campus operations specialist at the IDEA Rundberg charter school in Austin, Texas, teaches math to kindergartener Reighan Holzkamp, 6, on Wednesday April 1, 2020. Ten children of first responders and essential workers are being taught at the school amid the coronavirus pandemic.




The City of Phoenix closes park amenities due to the COVID-19 health crisis on the first day of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s “stay at home” order at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix on April 1, 2020.




The beach in Walton County, Fla sits nearly empty on March 31, 2020 following a mandated closure by the Walton County Commission.




A body wrapped in plastic is prepared to be loaded onto a refrigerated container truck used as a temporary morgue by medical workers due to COVID-19 concerns, March 31, 2020, at Brooklyn Hospital Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York.




The Oculus Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center in Manhattan was all but empty March 30, 2020 as the stores that ring the site are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




State Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Dist. 44, wears gloves as he holds his hand to his heart for the Pledge of Allegiance, as legislators convene in a limited number while exercising social distancing, due to the new coronavirus pandemic, at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, La., March 31, 2020. They assembled briefly on the last day bills could be introduced during the legislative session.




Medical personnel take people out of the Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation and Healing on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallatin Tenn. As of Sunday, 74 residents and 33 staff members at the facility has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for Gov. Bill Lee.




People prepare places to sleep in area marked by painted boxes on the ground of a parking lot at a makeshift camp for the homeless, March 30, 2020, in Las Vegas. Officials opened part of a parking lot as a makeshift homeless shelter after a local shelter closed when a man staying there tested positive for the coronavirus.




A postal service carrier dons gloves as he delivers mail in Jackson, Miss., March 30, 2020.




Workers set up a camp in front of Mount Sinai West Hospital inside Central Park on March 29, 2020 in New York City.




Gary Meyer, owner of Friedrichs Coffee, throws a bag of coffee into a car window at Friedrichs Coffee in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Meyer spent Saturday morning giving free bags of coffee to residents to help pull the community together as residents spend more time isolated in their homes due to the Covid-19 coronavirus.




Nurses stand on a hill outside the emergency entrance to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York, Saturday, March 28, 2020, as they demonstrate with members of the New York Nursing Association in support of obtaining an adequate supply of personal protective equipment for those treating coronavirus patients. A member of the New York nursing community died earlier in the week at another New York hospital. The city leads the nation in the number of coronavirus cases. Nurses say they are having to reuse their protective equipment endangering patients and themselves.




A lone traveler enters an empty baggage claim area in Terminal Four at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix on Mar. 27, 2020. Airlines are reducing flights due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.



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