Florida nursing homes and assisted-living facilities have seen a 74 percent increase in coronavirus cases in the past month despite efforts by Gov. Ron DeSantis to isolate the elderly sick and avoid the kind of catastrophe that hit New York earlier in the pandemic, according a POLITICO analysis of state reporting data.
More than half of US states " 26 of them " are seeing new coronavirus cases increase compared with the prior week. Among those states, at least 10 are reporting a 50% increase or higher. read more
Do the autopsies of George Floyd agree, or not? News reports from last week suggest the report produced by the Hennepin County medical examiner and the one produced by an examiner hired by Floyd's family disagreed on his cause of death. The county ruled the cause to be "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression." It also cited heart disease and drug use as factors that could have contributed to the death. The secondary autopsy, by contrast, specifically said Floyd died from asphyxia. So who is right? Well, both of them, experts who weren't affiliated with the case said. "They are just different ways of describing the same thing," said Dr. Joye Carter, forensic pathologist to the sheriff of San Luis Obispo County, California. What's more, experts told me, the autopsies of George Floyd help show the complexity of medical examinations, how those examinations work and what they can and cannot tell us. read more
In its monthly jobs report released Friday, the BLS showed the US unemployment rate fell to 13.3% in May, as the economy gained 2.5 million jobs. Capitalizing on the good news, Trump took a victory lap Friday, touting the lower unemployment numbers as the nation deals with health and economic crises and major protests over racial injustice. BLS, however, noted its data collectors " for the third month in a row " misclassified some workers as "employed not at work," when they should have been classified as "unemployed on temporary layoff." Barring that issue, the unemployment rate could have been as high as 19.2% in April and 16.1% in May, not including seasonal adjustments, the BLS said. read more
Trump's approval has fallen from a high of 45.8% in mid-March to a low of 41.9% today. Remember, FiveThirtyEight is the same poll analysts who predicted Trump had about a 35% chance to win the election and the Trump campaign agreed with. read more