The U.S. Congress returns from its summer break on Tuesday, but hopes remain dim for another coronavirus relief bill from Washington. The legislation was supposed to provide another round of $ 1,200 direct payments to most Americans, but talks between the top Democrats and the Trump administration broke down last month and remain off track.
Over the holiday weekend, the United States surpassed 190,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to a tally by NBC News. With 6.2 million confirmed cases, the United States has the largest outbreak of any country in the world.
Before Labor Day weekend, several US officials urged people to maintain social distancing practices during the last unofficial weekend of the summer. Leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that Midwestern states were at risk of suffering a spate of virus cases, while President Donald Trump urged Americans to remain “vigilant” and wear masks. “We need everyone to be careful,” he said Friday.
But a heatwave over the holiday weekend sent thousands of Californians to the beaches as temperatures reached triple digits across much of the state, raising concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
The ebb and flow of new coronavirus cases and deaths
The charts below illustrate the distribution of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States. While New York accounted for the lion’s share of new cases and deaths in March and April, its number declined in May as some states increased. Hover or tap to see new daily cases and deaths across the country. The states with the highest number are sorted from top to bottom.
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the United States:
West Virginia University suspends in-person college classes amid spikes in COVID-19 cases
West Virginia University announced Monday that it will suspend in-person classes on its main campus due to concerns over a recent spike in coronavirus infections, NBC News reports.
The university said in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled Tuesday at its main campus in Morgantown and then switched to online-only education until September 25. The school said undergraduate and vocational courses will continue to be offered in person during the same period.
In a statement, university officials said the decision was made “in direct response to a recent increase in positive cases in Morgantown campus students, as well as concern over the likelihood of an increase in cases following several reports of parties held this holiday weekend where groups should have been quarantined. “
West Virginia University enrolls nearly 30,000 students across all of its campuses and programs. The state had nearly 11,600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon, according to the NBC News tally.
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Seventeen Providence College students became the latest group in the country to be suspended for violating COVID-19 restrictions. This incident follows students suspended from the SUNY system, Montclair University, Syracuse University, and the State of Michigan, among others, for getting together or celebrating during the pandemic.
The UNH president calls the Fraternity party “reprehensible” after 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus
More than 10 cases of COVID-19 were tracked down at a fraternity party where people did not follow public health guidelines, the University of New Hampshire president said.
University and state health officials said on Sunday that 11 people have tested positive for the virus so far after an Aug. 29 party at the Theta Chi fraternity, NBC Boston reports.
In a Sunday letter to the university community, UNH President James Dean said more than 100 students and non-students attended the “reprehensible” party at 5 Strafford Ave. in Durham.
“Let’s be clear: this is reckless behavior and the kind of behavior that undermines our planning and will lead us to go into a completely remote mode,” Dean said in the letter.
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