Vice President Pence says there's consideration being made to hold convention in an outdoor setting.
In a campaign call with reporters, Vice President Mike Pence said that the upcoming Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, next month “is a work in progress,” and “there's consideration being given to having the convention in an outdoor setting, and also putting the kind of measures in place that put the health of all of those that are participating, our delegates, visitors, and anyone else is present, we'll put the health of everyone participating first.”As previously reported, the RNC Host committee has indicated they plan to test all those within the perimeter on a daily basis. Pence went on to encourage Americans, “particularly in the impacted areas, to take those steps to heed state and local guidance, to wash your hands, practice good hygiene, wear a mask when it's indicated by state and local officials, and, and also to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible.”It’s worth noting that President Trump is currently in Georgia, where he’s conspicuously not observing Atlanta’s mask ordinance.
Ohio governor calls on people to wear masks as Covid-19 continues to spread.
Gov. Mike DeWine called for Ohioans to show unity and take action against the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the state. At the beginning of the pandemic, it took Ohio 20 days to reach its first 1,500 total Covid-19 cases, DeWine said during a briefing Wednesday. Last week, Ohio saw over 1,500 cases in a single day.“And to think, just a month ago, we were at only 400 new cases per day,” DeWine said. DeWine emphasized that the number of new cases is not just the result of increased testing. “I know some say that our case numbers are increasing because we are simply doing more testing. Yes, our testing has gone up by 87%. But our number of positive cases has skyrocketed by almost 200%," the governor said.He encouraged Ohioans to wear masks, adding that masks are not enough.“Let’s be honest, some have started to let our guard down. I know I sometimes have. We’re tired. We want to go back to the way things were – and that’s very understandable. But when our guard is down, we're playing Russian Roulette with our lives," DeWine said.
There are at least 137,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the US. There are at least 3,478,009 cases of coronavirus in the US and at least 137,106 people have died from the virus in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases. So far on Wednesday, Johns Hopkins recorded 46,435 new cases and 640 reported deaths. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. American Airlines to warn 25,000 workers of potential furloughs.
In a memo to employees Wednesday, American Airlines’ top two executives say it will issue WARN notices to 25,000 employees that they face potential furloughs on Oct. 1. The memo, from CEO Doug Parker and President Robert Isom, also said that the airline hopes to avoid some of those furloughs. “We hope to reduce the actual number of furloughs significantly through enhanced leave and early-out programs for represented workgroups, which we are announcing today,” the memo said. The two executives also said the airline supports a union-led effort to lobby Congress to extend the CARES out relief money, which is set to expire at the end of September, through March 2021. They note the longer timeline is necessary due to the “much longer impact of the pandemic than was anticipated when the CARES Act was enacted.” "We know American will be smaller going forward and we must right-size all aspects of our airline to adjust to that new reality," they said. The possible furloughs include 10,000 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots.
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