COVID-19 information update

August 6, 2020

August 6 (Thursday):


School districts pushing back against Michigan GOP state lawmakers’ bill to force in-person learning for elementary classes, no matter what reopening phase is in effect for the state. (Ron French/Bridge)




A cautionary tale that every parent should read -- how Israel attempted to reopen schools and failed.( Isabel Kershner, Pam Belluck/The New York Times)




Virtual education this fall may not be any better for many students than it was this past spring when the coronavirus threat first arrived. (Hannah Natanson, Valerie Strauss/The Washington Post)




There's debate about whether private schools have to follow executive health orders to close schools during  the pandemic. (Simon Romero, Giulia McDonnell, Nieto del Rio, Patricia Massei/The New York Times)




Children are not immune to the mental stress caused during the pandemic. (Jeffrey Kluger/Time)




From the office of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:


Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced a major bipartisan interstate compact with the Rockefeller Foundation to expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue safely reopening the states.


As the nation continues to face severe testing shortages and delays, this is the first interstate testing compact of its kind among governors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial agreement includes six governors—three Republicans and three Democrats—and additional states, cities, and local governments may join the compact in the coming days and weeks.


By banding together, the states are demonstrating to private manufacturers that there is significant demand to scale up the production of these tests, which deliver results in 15-20 minutes. With today’s agreement, the states are in discussions with Becton Dickinson and Quidel—the U.S. manufacturers of antigen tests that have already been authorized by the FDA—to purchase 500,000 tests per state, for a total of three million tests.


Through this interstate compact, states are coming together to ramp up the use of rapid antigen testing to help better detect outbreaks more quickly, and expand long-term testing in congregate settings such as schools, workplaces, and nursing homes.




With Michigan joining a compact with other states, here’s the value of banding together to expand testing. (Puja Ohlavr, E. Glen Well/Politico




A microscopic virus brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. (Ed Young/The Atlantic)




The “Warp Speed” vaccine project in Washington is raising serious transparency and conflict of interest questions. (Dan Diamond/Politico)




The new HHS mandated hospital reporting system is not working out as promised. (Charles Ornstein/ProPublica)




The anti-China schtick from the Trump administration appears to be working — American’s view of China has soured since 2018 and especially in the last four months. (Laura Silver, Kat Devline, Christine Huang/Pew Research Center)



(The COVID-19 Diary is issued on a periodic basis with Downtown newsmagazine staff curating news from dozens of publications and online news sources to keep residents informed about the coronavirus in Oakland County, the state of Michigan and nation. We attempt to provide links to news sources that do not have a paywall.)








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