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What you need to know about coronavirus Monday, Aug. 10

Find developments on the COVID-19 pandemic and the plan for recovery in the U.S. and Washington state.

Where cases stand in Washington

  • 9 new coronavirus deaths reported Monday in Washington among 575 new cases overall, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
  • Total: 1,697 deaths among 63,647 overall cases in Washington state. 
  • The state had previously reported the total number of COVID-19 tests submitted in Washington state, and the percentage of tests that came back positive. However, the state has not supplied that data since August 5. 
  • 1,009,486 people in Washington had taken a coronavirus test, and 5.9% of those tests were positive, as of Aug. 5. 
  • The DOH reports a total of 6,049 people have been hospitalized by coronavirus in Washington state this year. 

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Reports: Americans suspected of having coronavirus may be blocked from entering US

President Donald Trump is considering blocking U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents from re-entering the country if they are suspected of being infected with the new coronavirus, according to multiple reports Monday.

The measure is currently a draft legislation, according to The New York Times and Reuters. The latter reported it has not been finalized and could change.

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Pac-12 likely to cancel 2020 football season 

Reports surfaced Monday that the Big Ten won't be moving forward with its 2020 fooball season, and it's likely the Pac-12 would follow suit. 

DeseretNews reports the Pac-12 decision could come Tuesday after the CEO group meets.

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Mountain West Conference cancels all fall sports

The Mountain West Conference has canceled all 2020 fall sports and may reschedule the football season for spring. 

The decision to postpone the fall sports' seasons affects men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

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Reports: Big Ten votes to cancel 2020 football season

Less than a week after releasing its updated schedule, it appears the Big Ten won't be moving forward with its 2020 season.

According to The Detroit Free Press, the Big Ten's presidents have voted to cancel its upcoming college football season amid concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. An official announcement regarding the cancellation of the season is expected on Tuesday.

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Where cases stand in Washington

  • 9 new coronavirus deaths reported Monday in Washington among 575 new cases overall, according to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
  • Total: 1,697 deaths among 63,647 overall cases in Washington state. 
  • The state had previously reported the total number of COVID-19 tests submitted in Washington state, and the percentage of tests that came back positive. However, the state has not supplied that data since August 12. 
  • 1,009,486 people in Washington had taken a coronavirus test, and 5.9% of those tests were positive, as of Aug. 12. 
  • The DOH reports a total of 6,049 people have been hospitalized by coronavirus in Washington state this year. 

97,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 in two weeks

More than 97,000 children tested positive for the coronavirus during the last two weeks of July, a new report from the published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association says.

The report notes a 40% increase in child cases between July 16 and July 30.

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US surpasses 5 million coronavirus cases

The United States' failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world's most powerful country surpassed a global record of 5 million confirmed infections on Sunday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. 

As Axios reports, former Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb has sent out a warning, saying that the death toll will "definitely" reach between 200,000 and 300,000 by the end of this year. 

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New guidelines for indoor gyms

New guidelines for fitness centers and gyms will go into effect Monday in Washington state. As part of the updated guidelines, gyms and fitness facilities will need to nearly triple the minimum distance required for patrons exercising indoors, except for those practicing certain team sports.

The new COVID-19 guidance issued by Gov. Jay Inslee for counties in Phase 2 or 3 of reopening increases the requirement of six feet of distance between patrons to 300-square-feet, which is just over 17 feet of space.

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