At least we’re not Florida
Okay, so things may not be going all that great in terms of coronavirus in North Carolina. But good Christ, look at what’s happening in Florida, where the 7-day average is more than 8,500 new cases per day, even after re-closing bars and beaches in advance of the holiday weekend.
Also, Arizona sucks, with more than 3,000 new cases a day right now.
- A NC Superior Court judge has placed a stay on Gov. Roy Cooper’s order closing bowling alleys. They may reopen immediately.
- Raleigh has canceled everything — festivals, parades, road races and more — through October.
- The Cardinal Kimpton Hotel in downtown Winston-Salem has laid off 77 employees indefinitely, telling the Journal it was due to the economic downturn and decrease in travel.
- Data on the PPP money — the companies that got more than $150,000 — came out today, but the document keeps crashing my computer. Let me know if you can crack it.
- 1,346 new cases in NC today. I’m calling it good news, because it’s fewer than yesterday, and pulls down our 7-day average.
- But hey — testing has slowed considerable. And 10 percent of those tests are coming back positive.
- And our hospitalizations continue to climb.
- Guilford County reports 3,208 total cases, with 59 new ones today. One new death for 119, and 25 new recoveries for 1,780.
- Forsyth County has 70 new ones, for 3,423 total. 2,105 have recovered. No new deaths (37).
I’ve been disappointed in my fellow humans lately, getting cynical about the virus and our response to it, growing weary of trying to explain things to people who don’t want to understand them. I’m mad, dammit. So why not watch “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” a delightful 1963 comedy that’s part mystery, part road race and still pretty funny, I’d imagine. It stars Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman and Mickey Rooney, along with old Hollywood stars like Jimmy Durante. Warning: It’s got commercials.
- From the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s public-domain collection, tonight we’ve got “The Art of Conversation,” by Suzuki Harunobu, 1700s.
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