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A statue at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa, memorializing the brutality of the Tulsa Race Riot. Photo by Mike Goad courtesy of pixabay.com
Oklahoma state authorities have reported almost 500 new cases in the state, with many more expected in coming weeks after the rally in Tulsa. Tulsa county, in particular, has been hit uniquely hard due to density and a lack of restrictions. Health officials are urging anyone who has attended a large gathering to get tested, even if asymptomatic.
As talk of a “second wave” of COVID-19 begins to circulate, experts warn that we actually still haven’t overcome the first wave in many locations. Due to lax restrictions or slowness to act, many locations in the US have yet to even peak. Fears and doubts circulate as epidemiologists try to figure out how hard we’ll be hit come the fall as many school districts plan to return to normal function.
Medical workers of all kinds are having to scrounge, and in some cases improvise, to acquire vital medical supplies. Despite continuing difficulties in acquiring new materials, hospital procurement staff are worried that the reopenings will cut into an already unstable supply chain as non-medical businesses begin to demand and bid on supplies for their own workers.
Yard signs from Sioux City, Iowa, a common sight during a normal campaign season. Photo by Tony Webster reproduced under CC BY 2.0 license
Trump’s campaign team continues to push face-to-face voter contact strategies in battleground states despite the ongoing pandemic. This move has faced condemnation from Democratic campaign staff, who have raised concerns that in-person voter contact is likely to help spread COVID, particularly to vulnerable people who are often prioritized by voter outreach.
After the recent breaking point on police violence, police unions are finding it difficult to secure allies in their lobbying efforts. Even their attempts at donating to candidates are being rebuffed, with some DAs even openly encouraging a new norm of refusing to take money from police unions and sheriff’s offices, lest it color their prosecutions of offenders among the police.
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