Good morning and happy belated Mother’s Day to all you moms. We hope you had a wonderful day full of family and fun.
P.S. Father’s Day is June 21 for all those who are wondering (which is apparently a lot: ‘Father’s Day’ was as high as #5 on Google search trends yesterday).
“A wise person will make more opportunities than they find.”
– Francis Bacon
This Week at a Glance
Monday: Shanghai Disneyland reopens
Tuesday: International Nurses Day, Dr. Fauci to testify in Senate coronavirus hearing
Wednesday: Israel swears in new government
Thursday: Weekly jobless claims
Friday: National Chocolate Chip and Pizza Party day. Match made in heaven?
Keeping An Open Mind
The COVID-19 outbreak has uniquely affected each U.S. state, shaping their individual responses to the virus. Many states are beginning to gradually reopen their economies, while others recently extended lockdown orders.
Back In The Saddle Businesses are resuming operations in stages across 32 states. Here’s what’s open (data pulled from the NYT):
Retail stores have been allowed to provide curbside pickup or operate at limited capacity in 26 states.
Outdoor dining is permitted in 17 states.
Personal care businesses (hair salons, barbershops, etc.) have been allowed to resume in 22 states.
Coming Soon… Stay-at-home orders (and resulting business closures) have been extended beyond next week in 13 states, while other states plan to reopen in the near future.
This week:Ohio will reopen outdoor dining, Oregon, Arizona, and Virginiawill lift their stay-at-home orders, Maine and New Hampshirewill allow some businesses to reopen, and Louisianapotentially begins their reopening process.
To see where your state stands on reopening, check out this link.
On A Positive Note… Before you go further down the newsletter, here are a few stories about people coming together during this difficult time:
13 Nurses Share Stories of Positive Moments Behind-the-Scenes of COVID-19
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Global cases rose to nearly 4.18 million yesterday with almost 283,700 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases is approaching 1.37 million with 80,757 confirmed deaths (map by county).
Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary and Ivanka Trump’s personal assistant tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday; both Ivanka and Pence have since tested negative.
Dr. Anthony Fauci and two other members of the White House coronavirus task force began a two-week self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with an infected person.
British PM Boris Johnsonannounced restrictions will be gradually eased beginning today.
South Korea closed all nightlife establishments on Saturday after more than 50 cases were traced back to five clubs and bars visited by a single infected person in Seoul.
A report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 38% of all COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have come from nursing homes (based on the 33 states that report such data).
The FDA on Saturday granted emergency use authorization to Quidel Corp for the first COVID-19 antigen test, which uses nasal swabs to produce samples (Antigen tests differ from antibody tests. Here’s how).
Hong Kong Protests Resurface
Hundreds of anti-government protesters gathered in shopping centers across Hong Kong on Sunday before being dispersed by police. At least 10 demonstrators were arrested.
More: The Hong Kong protests began last June in response to a proposed bill that would have allowed the extradition of criminals to China (later withdrawn), though activists’ demands grew to encompass five main points.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order on Friday authorizing mail-in ballots for November’s election. Five other states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and Utah – already conduct their elections entirely by mail, but CA is the first to do so due to COVID-19 concerns.
*Correction*: On Friday, we incorrectly stated that Georgia native Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed in March. The incident took place on February 23.
The Coronavirus Effect
Apple will reopen stores in Idaho, South Carolina, Alabama, and Alaska beginning this week.
The Bureau of Labor Statisticsreleased the April jobs report on Friday, showing a record 20.5 million Americans lost their jobs last month.
Teslafiled a lawsuit against Alameda County, California, on Saturday over its refusal to allow the company to reopen its factory in Fremont.
The SBA Inspector Generalfiled a report on Friday stating the agency failed to follow several congressional mandates regarding the rollout of the PPP.
Major cable and satellite TV companieslost more than two million customers in the first three months of 2020, the industry’s worst quarter on record.
Private equity firm Vista Equity agreed to buy a 2.3% stake in Indian telecommunications and tech giant Jio Platforms for $1.5 billion, Jio announced on Friday. Last month, Facebook purchased just under 10% of Jio Platforms for $5.7 billion, while last week, fellow private equity firm Silver Lake bought a 1.1% stake in the company for $750 million.
Lighting The Way
Volvo announced a partnership with tech startup Luminar to integrate its lidar and perception technology into Volvo’s hands-free highway driving technology. The new system will be available in the company’s next generation of vehicles starting in 2022.
Cash Rules Everything Around Me
People often like to daydream about how they would spend an exorbitant amount of money. When Jose Romaniz, 19, of Albuquerque, NM, unexpectedly found himself on the receiving end of a windfall of cash, it was what he didn’t spend it on that impressed his local community.
While making a deposit at a local ATM, the teenager happened upon a clear plastic bag filled with an astonishing amount of $20 and $50 bills. Jose promptly called the police to pick up what they later counted was $135,000, which had been mistakenly left out by a bank subcontractor servicing the ATM.
Not Choking Under Pressure
Three-year-old German Shepherd Jett was playing fetch when he accidentally swallowed the entire ball, obstructing his airway and rendering him breathless. Jett’s owner, Teresa Perkins, tried to rush to the vet to save him but ended up stuck in traffic near Charlottesville, VA.
Teresa began to honk her horn, in a desperate attempt to draw someone’s attention, as Jett lay dying in the backseat. It worked – a construction worker named Cavaja rushed to her car, reached inside Jett’s throat, and pulled the ball out, saving his life!
Meet & Greet
Donna Molina was hospitalized with COVID-19 in late March while nearly seven months pregnant. Though she wasn’t due until June, doctors were forced to perform an emergency C-section due to the severity of her illness.
After a medically induced coma, Donna eventually recovered but was unable to meet her newborn until she passed two separate COVID-19 tests. Last Thursday, Donna was properly introduced to her new baby girl, Harley.
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🐶 See Spot Run… Singapore police have launched a two-week trial of Spot, Boston Dynamics’ remote-controlled four-legged robot, which patrols public areas and reminds residents to stay socially distant.
🕒 Time Flies… learn what happened when six boys were shipwrecked on an island for 15 months back in 1965 – a real-life Lord of the Flies.
🌊 Off The Deep End…the New Yorker takes an inside look at the research team who attempted to reach the deepest point in each ocean: “one of the last meaningful records on Earth” (~45 min read).
📸 Picture This… spanning births, deaths, graduations, celebrations, demonstrations, and more – here are 29 of last week’s most powerful photos from around the globe.
Talking My Language
Astronauts who visit the International Space Station are required to learn which language?
A) English B) Mandarin C) American Sign Language D) Russian
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Nowadays, missions to the ISS are launched exclusively from Russian soil (though SpaceX & NASA soon aim to change that), and a large chunk of the space station itself has modules and operations in Russian, so astronauts are required to learn Russian before departing for the ISS.