Crosstalk: July 20, 2020

Here’s your weekly glimpse at some of the stories that made the cut for the ’round-up’:

–The Florida State Health Department confirmed Tuesday that some state testing labs had not been disclosing their negative novel coronavirus testing results accurately, skewing the positivity rates dramatically.

–During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in April/May, Orange County, California, healthcare officials reported inaccurate numbers.

–The New York Times is being sued for 10 million dollars for reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic that students at Liberty University were victims after university officials decided to reopen campus after a break.

–A Chinese virology expert says China’s government was well aware of the deadly nature of the coronavirus long before it admitted that it knew of human to human transmission and that her efforts to ‘blow the whistle’ were muzzled.

–Leaders of a rural Nevada church asking the U.S. Supreme Court to suspend the state’s 50 person cap on religious gatherings. 

–The California Department of Health clarified that indoor religious services in the state have been suspended indefinitely.   

–The Texas Division of Emergency Management advising residents to consider wearing a mask at all times, even in your own home.

–Senator Rand Paul says every American should assess the risk associated with the coronavirus pandemic and make the choices that suit them.   

–The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons says there’s stunning, positive news on hydroxychloroquine that was released in early July.

–White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, tore into Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in a scathing op-ed published Tuesday.

–Cuyahoga County, Ohio, has rolled out a hotline enabling people to snitch on their neighbors who don’t wear masks.

–Senior White House officials reported that U.S. service members would be among the first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine after it’s been licensed.

–There are universities that will be mandating vaccinations.

–Tensions between the U.S. and China appear to be growing by the day and the ‘flash-point’ is the waterways of the South China Sea.

–Early Wednesday Portland, Oregon, protesters began setting up tents in the park near the federal courthouse and barricaded streets to create their own autonomous zone.

–Former U.S. Army Green Beret Kyle Daniels has designed an American flag that thwarts those who try to burn it.   

–As gun violence and murders continue to spike in New York City, Mayor Bill DeBlasio declared Wednesday that his city is safe and better because the number of criminals in jail is at the lowest level since 1946.

–White nationalist and child murderer Daniel Lewis Lee was put to death Tuesday morning following a late-night wave of legal disputes that’s come to typify the push to restart the federal death penalty.

–The U.S. carried out its second federal execution this week by killing Wesley Ira Purkey by lethal injection.

–Berkeley, California, moved forward with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead send unarmed, civilian city workers.

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