Coronavirus updates: New Jersey at 'very dangerous place,' governor says

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 677,000 people worldwide.

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Coronavirus spread to more than 40% of children and teens within one week at a Georgia sleep-away camp, new CDC study says.

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 677,000 people worldwide.

6:39 p.m.: US suffers worst month of cases, hospitalizationsAs infections surged in the South and West, the U.S. marked its worst month yet for coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, according to The COVID Tracking Project.The country had over 1.9 million confirmed cases in July, a steep increase from the previous four months, none of which crosses 1 million. The number of tests (23.2 million) increased as well, however.

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Maybe more concerning, the number of hospitalizations was the highest it's ever been: 51,936. That number outpaced April by a small margin, when cases in the Northeast were at their peak.July also featured an increase in deaths (24,902) from June after three straight months of decline.

5:24 p.m.: Pandemic effects to be felt 'for decades,' WHO saysThe head of the World Health Organization said the world should be prepared to feel the effects of the coronavirus pandemic"for decades to come."Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called the pandemic a"once-in-a-century health crisis."

The remarks were made as the WHO convened its emergency committee for the fourth time. The meeting came about six months after declaring a global health emergency, its highest level alert. The WHO said it was a pandemic later in March.The WHO also reported on Friday a record daily increase in cases worldwide -- over 290,000 in the past 24 hours.

4:55 p.m.: California reports 1st death of teenagerThe California Department of Public Health reported that a teenager has died of COVID-19, marking the state's first death of a young person.The person, who was not identified, had underlying health conditions, the agency said.

The hospital where the patient died also confirmed the news."The death of this patient reaffirms that children -- and no age group -- are not immune from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic," Valley Children's Hospital said in a statement."It is imperative, now more than ever, for us to all work together to prevent further spread of this disease."

4:28 p.m.: New Jersey at 'very dangerous place,' governor saysNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that while the state is one of the nation's leaders in low positivity rate,"we are standing at a very dangerous place."The state's department of health reported 699 new positive cases Friday, an increase that pushed the total number of cases to 181,660.

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"The alarm bells are going off," Murphy said."We need people to take this seriously."Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, N.J., on July 27, 2020.Beachgoers enjoy the weather at Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, N.J., on July 27, 2020.

Theo Wargo/Getty ImagesThe governor said the state is cracking down on house parties, which he said was one of the reasons for the increase. He added that he could change the number allowed for indoor and outdoor gatherings at any time."I am not announcing any specific action today, but consider this as being put on notice. We will not tolerate these devil-may-care, nonchalant attitudes any more," Murphy said."We are not past this. Everyone who walks around refusing to wear a mask, or who hosts a house party, is directly contributing to these increases."

3:50 p.m.: 4 hospitalized with COVID in Norway after cruises resumeFour crew members on a Norwegian cruise ship have been hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the University Hospital of North Norway, where they are being treated.The cruise line said in a statement that there are 160 other crew members isolated onboard the Roald Amundsen cruise ship, and no guests were onboard at the time the test results came back.

The MS Roald Amundsen arrives with corona infected people, on July 31, 2020, in Tromso, Norway.The MS Roald Amundsen arrives with corona infected people, on July 31, 2020, in Tromso, Norway.Hinrich Basemann/dpa via NewscomThe cruise line recommended all guests who were on the ship that departed on July 17 to quarantine and monitor their health for the next 10 days. Guests who were on the ship that departed on July 24 are required to quarantine for 10 days, according to the cruise line.

All the passengers had already disembarked by the time the positive test results came back, and the cruise company is in the process of contacting everyone, according to Reuters.The conditions of the crew members in the hospital were not released.2:06 p.m.: NIH picks 7 companies to receive nearly $250M in funding

The National Institutes of Health has picked seven companies to receive $248.7 million to invest in new technologies and increase COVID-19 testing, the government agency said Friday."With national demand estimated to be millions more tests per day above current levels, these technologies are expected to make a significant contribution to expanding the nation’s testing capacity," the NIH said in a statement. The increase could reach millions per week by this September, according to the NIH.

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A health worker puts a nasal swab sample into a tube in a tent at a COVID-19 testing site at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, July 24, 2020, in Los Angeles.A health worker puts a nasal swab sample into a tube in a tent at a COVID-19 testing site at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, July 24, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty ImagesThe NIH put 100 of the best concepts it received through a rigorous “shark tank” evaluation, then winnowed those candidates down, according to the agency. It said more than 20 companies could be considered for funding in the coming weeks.

The seven companies that will receive the funding are Mesa Biotech, Quidel, Talis Biomedical, Ginkgo Bioworks, Helix OpCo, Fluidigm and Mammoth Biosciences, Inc.1:00 p.m.: Children at sleep-away camp test positive for virusThe coronavirus spread to more than 40% of children and teens within one week at a Georgia sleep-away camp, according to a

new studyfrom the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention.All campers and staff had tested negative within 12 days of arriving; however, one staff member developed symptoms and eventually tested positive for COVID-19, according to the study.Within two days, campers and staff were sent home, and the Georgia Department of Public Health tracked the attendees' diagnoses for the next two weeks, the study said.

A total of 597 Georgia residents attended the camp.In this June 23, 2020, file photo, children play in the gym amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, at Carls Family YMCA summer camp in Milford, Mich.In this June 23, 2020, file photo, children play in the gym amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, at Carls Family YMCA summer camp in Milford, Mich.

Emily Elconin/Reuters, FILEThe study noted there are three limitations to the findings.The first is the rate of positivity is"likely an underestimate because cases might have been missed among persons not tested or whose test results were not reported," according to the report.

Secondly, given the increasing incidence of COVID-19 in Georgia in June and July, some cases might have resulted from transmission occurring before or after camp attendance.Lastly, the study said it was not always possible to maintain physical distancing and masks were not required for campers.

11:22 a.m.: New York reports 3 new record lows since mid-MarchNew York saw its lowest number of hospitalizations, ICU patients and intubations since mid-March on Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said.Hospitalizations dropped to 576, the lowest since March 17, while ICU patients dropped to 140, the lowest number since March 16. Intubations were down to 70, the lowest number since March 15.

Less than 1% of Thursday's COVID-19 tests were positive.There were five deaths in the entire state in the last 24 hours."New York State continues to closely monitor alarming COVID-19 numbers throughout the nation as we flatten the curve, slow the spread and proceed with a data-driven, phased reopening," Cuomo said in a statement.

He encouraged New Yorkers to continue social distancing, wearing masks and washing their hands.10:36 a.m.: Florida reports 4th day of record deaths, DeSantis announces new initiative to fight COVIDThe Florida Department of Health recorded 257 deaths in the last 24 hours, marking a new, grim record for the state for the fourth day in a row.

There are now 6,966 total deaths and the number of confirmed cases has reached 470,386, with an increase of 9,007 in the last 24 hours, according to the health agency.The rise in deaths and cases comes on the same day that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new initiative to stop the virus's spread.

Governor Ron DeSantis during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C, July 24, 2020.Governor Ron DeSantis during a ceremony in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C, July 24, 2020.Stefani Reynolds/EPA via Shutterstock

DeSantis' initiative -- called One Goal One Florida -- encourages the public to follow four guidelines: Protect the vulnerable, practice proper hygiene, practice social distancing and wear a mask if in close contact with another person.“COVID-19 has been a significant challenge for all Floridians but I’m 100% confident we can, and will, overcome this challenge,” DeSantis said in a statement. “To that end, I’m asking all Floridians to join me in this important effort."

DeSantis has previously encouraged people to wear masks when they cannot maintain social distancing; however, the initiative is believed to be the first formal plan put forth by the state.Women wearing protective face masks walk along Ocean Drive amid the coronavirus pandemic, July 24, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.

Women wearing protective face masks walk along Ocean Drive amid the coronavirus pandemic, July 24, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla.Lynne Sladky/AP10:13 a.m.: Cardinals v. Brewers game canceledThe St. Louis Cardinals have postponed their game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday after multiple positive coronavirus tests were reported, a source told ESPN.

It was not clear exactly how many positive tests had been reported.The two teams were expected to play in Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. local time.Six of the Major League Baseball's 30 teams will not be playing Friday because of coronavirus cases. That is 20% of the league.

Miller Park is seen, July 28, 2020, in Milwaukee.Miller Park is seen, July 28, 2020, in Milwaukee.Morry Gash/AP7:25 a.m.: 45 fraternity members at University of Southern California test positiveAt least 45 fraternity members at the University of Southern California have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed the cases while investigating a coronavirus outbreak at three fraternities associated with the private university in Los Angeles. The names of the fraternities involved were not released.University Village area of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, March 12, 2019.

University Village area of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, March 12, 2019.Reed Saxon/AP, FILE"The outbreak may be linked to a large social gathering on July 4," the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement Thursday night."As a reminder, gatherings of people from different households are prohibited under the Health Officer Order in place. These are high-risk situations where COVID-19 can spread quickly to many people. Those people, even if they are asymptomatic, can then spread it to their household, which may include someone who becomes seriously ill or who may die."

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ccp virus This is why covid is bullshit GovernorTomWolf So they sent their kids to a camp in the ultimate experiment? Who does that? Even if it was all BS I would rather be safe than sorry with my kids. Worrying statements from WHO in the light of the ever increasing numbers breaking the records by every hour now, of the covid19 positive cases. The scenario now represents a wuhan covid19 holocaust.

Hopefully Revive Therapeutics treatment can be beneficial once it is finalized. They just got approved for phase 3! trump If you don't start covering the Bill Clinton/Epstein thing, people might get the idea that your covering something up... 🤨 Trump the thin skin, sat on his wall, Trump the thin skin had a great fall!! Please remove this pathetic excuse for a president in November.

Horrible news!!! Really? MSM IS THE REAL VIRUS THE WAY THEY SPIN IT Dinesh D'Souza Fauci seems never to have considered the contradiction between calling for restricting weddings, churches and other gatherings while at the same time saying nothing about restricting vastly larger protests. His bewildered expression when Jim Jordan asked about

Take malaria drugs and be safe. Decades... this is really bad. Me be as a grandpa telling grandkids - remember this covid thing... I was lucky (unlucky) enoguh to witness it! I remember.... lol Why were parents sending their kids to a camp on the middle of a pandemic? Virus is fake, numbers to make trump look bad

jaredkushner and realDonaldTrump abandoned the much talked about testing plan when they saw the virus was affecting mostly States with Democrat governor! Then ofcourse, it spread everywhere, 152,000 dead! This is a malignant family, a disease that America needs a cure from! how in the hell can you believe anything from the CDC or ABC.. they both have lied so much.. ... who the hell knows ....

realDonaldTrump vp this 👆👆👆 greta You have to ask at this point if it was intentionally spread and how. greta Good thing school isn’t a sleep away camp greta Highlights from the study So. Investigative journalism. How many were sick? How many at each level of severity? greta It's going to spread to 100% of population-eventually. That's how virus' & and herd immunity works! That doesn't mean its killing everyone.

Well that’s a timely. Shut down the public schools, give taxpayers their $ let parents school their own how they best see fit. Easy. China flu going to really jump this week. Fake News covering for Clinton on Epstein’s child sex island. greta did any get sick? greta Sad liberal media is so biased it won't investigate the spread of the China virus from the protesters and rioters. I guess the massive amount of homeless people aren't contributing to the increase either. Do your job. You reported this only because it's Georgia. Cuomi got a pass.

How many were hospitalized ? I BET 0 How well has it spread with countries whose schools are open? Until you report that you are just AlwaysBroadcastinfCommunism! 👎 Virtual learning for my kid. More fear to spread now school is getting back in session. That was predictable Well that settles it, reopen the schools 🤔

realCAMERALERO This was in June correct Old news cmon!! Imagine what it could do in the schools within a week 😨 When will you cover this story! I know you have to pretend to be unbiased, start now maybe? Ain't seeing Russians. Thought they had something too And you want to open school? Wakey everyone, they call it coronavirus now. That’s a cold 🤧 Atishoo

Now let’s open up the schools!!! But, you know, open schools, or something. Is anyone sick. Probably not Half of the top-ten developments are Chinese projects.... what does that mean for the rest of the world? 🤔 There has never been a successful vaccine for any type of Corona Virus. Why should C19 be any different?

It would've been wiser to keep this under wraps. Now trump will lie and denounce it. Revive therapeutics should be on there too!! They were approved today as well!!! And will get none.. Clickbait China was working on their vaccine before they released it.

Brewers vs. Cardinals Game Postponed Over New Coronavirus CasesMore coronavirus issues for MLB ... maybe if they stanned uzi Wow. Unbelieveable it’s just a flu.

Federal Push For Faster, Cheaper Coronavirus Tests Focuses On 7 New TechnologiesThe NIH is giving $248.7 million to seven companies developing new tech for COVID testing. One employs a revolutionary gene-editing tool. Another uses a hand-held device that produces results within 30 minutes. Why did it take so long? Can put a man on the moon but not keep schools safe or all speak up to get a leader to fight this virus. Glad you brought that up because the NIH and FauciTheFraud knew Hydroxychloroquine would work 15 years ago and still let people die!! This guy needs to rot in prison for what he has done to America!! COVID19 COVID COVIDIOTS 🇺🇸💪🏽

New York authorities break up alleged sex party in crackdown on large gatherings amid coronavirusAuthorities in New York City are ramping up efforts to crack down on massive parties and other large gatherings as more videos pop up on social media showing mask-less revelers flouting the rules. Bill de blasio & Cuomo defunded police and now druggies are shooting up on the streets, taking a shit in the street and they put homeless people who have not been checked out for drugs or mental health up in a 4 star hotel 🤣 And don't forget about the mask-less trump rallies/events.... Imagine contracting Covid & and STI. shivers, man

Op-Ed: Coronavirus is unleashing righteous worker anger and a new wave of unionism'In recent decades, we have rarely seen so much worker anger and so many strikes as we’ve seen since COVID-19 hit America. Fears of the virus have greatly emboldened American workers.' (via latimesopinion) opinion Fears? Why should they not be bold about their rights? opinion Unions always want more money. How do they earn it? Other people’s work. opinion No one fears Covids More cases = more antibodies = lower death rate The science of human immunology never fails

After 99 Coronavirus-Free Days, Vietnam Battles a New OutbreakNearly three dozen recently-detected cases of coronavirus in Vietnam have stirred fears about the potential size and source of the outbreak in the country where the pathogen was believed to have been eliminated 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂😂😂😂😅😅😅😅😅😅🤣🤣🤣🤣 Hence open it up. Virus is here to stay. China has the same circumstance. China has enjoyed a lot of days when no more cases are emerging. But recently the condition is going to be reversed and people go back to where they were when there were a lot of cases emerging every day during the first quarter of 2020.

New York's coronavirus deaths in worst week still outnumber Florida, Texas death tolls since pandemic's startThe Sun Belt states have seen a major spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks. However, data from John Hopkins University (JHU) suggests that the growing death tolls in states like Florida and Texas still pale in comparison to the deaths that have taken place in New York. Yall say that to say what 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️ Can’t be a coincidence that New York a Democrat State is seeing a massive surge in crime (up 340% in crime because of the rioting/ defunding of our law enforcement) as well as a surge in Chinese Virus cases. Bill and Alexandria Newton Cortez must resign. The left = socialists New york was hit first and had to figure this out. Florida had New York's experience to learn from.