As COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the country this summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday meatpacking plants still present challenges in preventing transmission of the virus and that racial or ethnic minority workers are at much higher risk of getting sick and dying.

A new CDC analysis found that 16,233 workers in meat and poultry processing plants were infected with COVID-19 in April or May, according to data reported by 23 states. Eighty-seven percent of the workers were racial or ethnic minorities and 86 have died.

Of the 14 states that reported the total number of workers in affected meat and poultry facilities, 9% of all workers were diagnosed with COVID-19. In specific facilities the positive rate ranged from 3.1% to 24.5% per facility.

"High population-density workplace settings such as meat and poultry processing facilities present ongoing challenges to preventing and reducing the risk for SARS-CoV-2 transmission," CDC wrote in its report, saying more widespread strategies like universal testing could help limit the risk for workers.

"Targeted, workplace-specific prevention strategies are critical to reducing COVID-19–associated health disparities among vulnerable populations."

Experts in workplace safety like David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington University and former head of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, say the federal government is missing opportunities to do more to help workers in these high-risk jobs by requiring all employers to implement more protections.

Michaels said that while new cases among young Americans returning to social activities or bars and restaurants are part of the problem right now, many Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans have also been exposed at work since the beginning of the epidemic. He cited an analysis of new data from The New York Times that confirmed Black and Latino people have been impacted by the coronavirus at higher rates than whites.

"So what's going on here? You know, these are frontline workers. They're not able to stay at home like like many of us, they have to go into work every day. They work in factories on farms and grocery stores, nursing homes. Driving buses. They're making sure that we have food on our table. They're taking, taking care of our senior citizens. They need income to put food on their tables they can't afford these are low paying jobs. They can't afford to stay home," he said in an interview on ABC News Live.

Michaels said the new surges support the argument that agencies like OSHA need to require more protections.

"It's clear proof that recommendations suggestions aren't enough. We need a rule that says employers have to protect workers, they've got to get the right personal protective equipment," he told ABC News Live.

"Look, we know that they're going to have to get some help from the government because we have a shortage of masks right now. And this is another area I think the government has to step up to the plate and use all of its resources to make sure that industry is producing respirators, gloves, gowns, all the things they're needed in nursing homes and farms, in assembly line operations, every sort of workplace workers aren't getting what they need."

Under the Trump administration OSHA has said it doesn't need to issue any new rules to deal with COVID-19 cases because it can enforce it's current requirements on workplace hygiene and safety, as well as use other authorities to enforce CDC guidance. But Michaels says that approach doesn't do enough.

"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which I ran for seven years, under the law can issue an emergency standard right now. That would tell every employer in the country there that what they need to do is they need to make a plan figure out exactly how people are being exposed their workplace. And how they're going to protect them up to the Secretary of Labor. Eugene Scalia has said OSHA has all the tools that they need. And we don't need to do anything more. But they're not really doing anything real.

CDC also wrote that "expanding interventions" could help protect workers. Many companies have taken steps like screening employees before they come to work, staggering shifts, installing plastic barriers between work stations and requiring face coverings. But some experts say more changes are needed to allow for social distancing or even installing the type of air filtration system used in hospitals.

But CDC found those steps are not universal in all facilities. While 80% of the facilities in the state data reported screening workers and 77% said they required face coverings, only 37% offered coronavirus testing.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 539,000 people worldwide.

Over 11.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 130,546 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:

4:40 p.m.: For 1st time since March, CT reports no COVID-19 deaths

For the first time since March, Connecticut had no COVID-19 deaths to report on Tuesday, said Gov. Ned Lamont.

Connecticut reported 57 new cases Tuesday, bringing the state's total diagnosed cases to 47,033.

The state's positivity rate is down to .99%.

2:35 p.m.: At least 21 states have reversed, paused reopening

At least 21 states have either reversed or paused reopening measures, ABC News has found.

Six states -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan and Texas -- have reversed some aspect of their economic reopening.

Arizona, for example, began reopening on May 8. But on June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey announced the state would close all bars, gyms and movie theaters until July 27. The executive order also included a delay in state school openings.

These 15 states have either paused reopening plans or delayed any further action: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

New Jersey, for example, started reopening on May 18.

But on June 29, Gov. Phil Murphy said after seeing a surge in cases in other states, he would postpone reopening indoor dining indefinitely.

Then on July 7, Murphy said New Jersey would remain in phase two until further notice, explaining, "we’re not gonna be jumping the gun."

Beyond those 21 states, two states -- Maine and Virginia -- as well as major cities like New York City and Philadelphia, have postponed some aspect of reopening, such as indoor dining.

2:15 p.m.: NJ, PA report cases linked to Myrtle Beach trips

Officials in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are reporting coronavirus cases in their states linked to trips to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reported ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.

The "small spike" in New Jersey is linked to people who went to a wedding in Myrtle Beach, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said, according to WPVI.

"We need to be smarter and we need to work harder," Murphy said.

1:10 p.m.: Miami-Dade mayor reverses course, says gyms can remain open

One day after announcing gym closures, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez reversed course on Tuesday and said fitness centers can remain open.

"All doing activities inside must wear a mask or do strenuous training outside staying 10 feet apart w/outmask," he tweeted.

As cases in Florida surged, Gimenez on Monday said he was signing an emergency order to close gyms, as well as restaurants, short-term rentals and party venues.

"We are still tracking the spike in the number of cases involving 18- to 34-year-olds that began in mid-June, which the county's medical experts say was caused by a number of factors, including young people going to congested places -- indoors and outside -- without taking precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing," Gimenez said Monday.

On Tuesday, Gimenez said he had a "productive" meeting with medical experts and the county's wellness group and arrived at the "compromise" to keep gyms open.

12:30 p.m.: WHO says there's 'emerging evidence' around airborne transmission

There's "emerging evidence" around airborne transmission, according to the World Health Organization.

"We acknowledge there's emerging evidence in this field -- as in all other fields regarding the COVID-19 virus and pandemic -- and therefore we believe we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and regarding the precautions that need to be taken," said Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO technical lead for the infection prevention task force.

WHO epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkove said they're looking "at the possible role of airborne transmission in other settings ... particularly close settings where you have poor ventilation."

Van Kerkhove said the WHO has been engaged with the group of scientists reporting growing evidence of airborne transmission of the COVID-19 virus since April.

She said many of the signatories are engineers which adds important information in the area of ventilation.

Allegranzi said, "We do recommend as much as possible avoiding closed settings and crowded situations. We do recommend appropriate and optimal ventilation of indoor environments, and also physical distancing. And when this is not possible, in areas with community transmission of the virus, we recommend the use of face masks."

11:25 a.m.: Brazil's President tests positive for COVID-19

Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil, said he has tested positive for COVID-19 after he repeatedly downplayed the dangers of the virus.

Bolsonaro said Tuesday that he feels better than he did Monday. Bolsonaro says he is taking hydroxychloroquine.

Two sources close to the president told ABC News that Bolsonaro began exhibiting symptoms of the virus on Saturday.

On Saturday Bolsonaro had a private lunch with the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman. Bolsonaro and Chapman posted photos together on social media, without masks or social distancing.

10:50 a.m.: Florida's positivity rate climbs to 16.1%

Florida's positivity rate has climbed to 16.1%, up 1.3% from Monday, according to data from the state's Department of Health.

Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, has a positivity rate of 21%. In Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, the positivity rate stands at 24.6%

Florida is reporting 7,347 new cases, with the total number of diagnosed cases now at 213,794.

The number of people hospitalized rose by 380 in one day and now stands at 16,425.

The state's death toll has reached 3,943.

10:50 a.m.: Florida's positivity rate climbs to 16.1%

Florida's positivity rate has climbed to 16.1%, up 1.3% from Monday, according to data from the state's Department of Health.

Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, has a positivity rate of 21%. In Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, the positivity rate stands at 24.6%

Florida is reporting 7,347 new cases, with the total number of diagnosed cases now at 213,794.

The number of people hospitalized rose by 380 in one day and now stands at 16,425.

The state's death toll has reached 3,943.

10:23 a.m.: Delaware, Kansas, Oklahoma added to NY's travel advisory list

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday added three more states to New York's travel advisory.

Those traveling to New York from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma now must quarantine for two weeks.

Cuomo said the quarantine applies to anyone coming from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 people over a one-week rolling average, or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a one-week rolling average.

These are the current states on the travel list: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

"As states around the country experience increasing community spread, New York is taking action to ensure the continued safety of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic has been by the numbers, and we've set metrics for community spread just as we set metrics for everything," Cuomo said in a statement. "New Yorkers did the impossible -- we went from the worst infection rate in the United States to one of the best -- and the last thing we need is to see another spike of COVID-19."

9:35 a.m.: India's death toll tops 20,000

According to India's Health Ministry, 467 people have died from the coronavirus in the last day, bringing the nation's death toll to 20,160.

The number of diagnosed infections are increasing rapidly. Authorities reported a one-day increase of 22,252, bringing India's total number of coronavirus cases to 719,665.

Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are India's hardest-hit states with a total of 427,788 diagnosed cases.

India is the third-most affected country for diagnosed cases, behind the U.S. and Brazil. India ranks eighth for total number of fatalities.

6:26 a.m.: Woman in viral video who deliberately coughed on a baby has been fired from her job

A woman who deliberately coughed on a baby in a stroller at a restaurant following a verbal altercation with the child's mother has been fired from her job.

The incident, which went viral, occurred in the afternoon of June 12 at approximately 5:25 p.m. at a Yogurtland establishment in San Jose, California, when the suspect was standing in line in front of a mother and her 1-year-old child, who was in a stroller, when she allegedly became upset with the mother for not maintaining proper social distancing.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect was upset the female was not maintaining proper social distancing, so the suspect removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face, and coughed 2-3 times,” said Sergeant Enrique Garcia in a press release from the San Jose Police Department.

Oak Grove School District recently released a statement confirming that the woman in the video worked for them and that she has been terminated following the incident that was caught on tape.

"As many know, there have been allegations that a District employee was involved in a videotaped incident in which the person appeared to have intentionally coughed on a baby at a local Yogurtland," the Oak Grove School District statement read. "We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District. The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety. As we welcome our students back for learning this summer and in the fall in these unprecedented times, the District’s commitment to creating and maintaining a safe environment for our students is unwavering."

5:17 a.m.: Georgia public universities to make face coverings mandatory

The University System of Georgia said Monday it will require everyone to wear face coverings while inside campus facilities and buildings at all 26 of its public institutions where 6 feet of social distancing may not always be possible.

The new policy will take effect July 15 and will be in addition to -- not a substitute for -- social distancing.

"Face coverings are not required in one’s own dorm room or suite, when alone in an enclosed office or study room, or in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met," the University System of Georgia wrote in the updated guidance. "Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff or students."

The change comes after more than two-thirds of the Georgia Institute of Technology's academic faculty protested the school's plans to reopen this fall without making face masks mandatory.

An open letter to the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia voiced concerns that the current reopening plans only make masks mandatory for professors, while students are "strongly encouraged" to wear them. The letter, dated July 2, has garnered the signatures of more than 800 professors out of the roughly 1,100 faculty members at the prestigious public university in Atlanta.

4:33 a.m.: Florida teen who died from COVID-19 attended large church gathering

A Florida teenager who died from coronavirus complications last month had attended a large church gathering two weeks earlier, according to a medical examiner's report.

Carsyn Davis, 17, did not wear a face mask when she attended a church function with about 100 other children on June 10. Social distancing was also not followed, according to the report by the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department.

Three days later, Davis developed symptoms of what her parents thought was a sinus infection

On June 19, Davis' mother noted that her daughter looked "gray" and tested her oxygen saturation, which was in the 40s. The mother borrowed a home oxygen machine belonging to Davis' grandfather, and the teen's levels rose to the 60s. Her parents also gave her a dose of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that President Donald Trump controversially endorsed to treat COVID-19.

Davis' parents then took her to a local hospital where she tested positive for COVID-19, according to the report.

The parents declined intubation but Davis was given convalescent plasma therapy on June 20 and 21.

Intubation was required on June 22 after Davis' condition did not improve. She died on June 23, according to the report.

The report notes that Davis had a "complex medical history" and that hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysfunction, morbid obesity and bronchial asthma were all contributory causes to her death.

3:30 a.m.: US reports 45,000 new cases; death toll tops 130,000

More than 130,000 people in the United States have now died from the novel coronavirus, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

Some 45,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified across the nation on Monday. The latest daily caseload is lower than the country's record high of more than 54,000 new cases identified last Thursday.

The national total currently stands at 2,938,624 diagnosed cases with at least 130,306 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 50,000 for the first time last week.

Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records.

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Official White House Photo by Tia DufourBy JORDYN PHELPS and SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump has been clear about where he stands in the debate over whether schools should resume in-person learning amid the global pandemic, tweeting Monday in all-caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”

The president's push to reopen schools in the fall is tied to his broader push for the country to resume normal economic functions as he eyes his own reelection bid in the fall and his promise for a great American comeback despite the ongoing pandemic.

The administration is set to further spotlight the issue on Tuesday, when health and educational leaders, as well as students and parents, converge at the White House for an event with President Trump, billed as a “National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America’s Schools.” Cice President Mike Pence was also expected to discuss the issue on a call with the nation’s governors.

Even as the president has been outspoken about his belief that students should return to the classroom, senior administration officials acknowledged in a call with reporters that local jurisdictions, not the federal government, hold authority over reopening decisions.

“School decisions are local decisions. And so we're going to provide folks with resources both the dollars that we've referenced, but also help identify best practices which the CDC has done, but also other organizations have done as well, to make sure that this can be done safely moving forward,” a senior official said.

The White House focus on education amid the ongoing pandemic comes the day after Florida’s education commissioner signed an emergency order saying, “all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students,” subject to change based on future executive orders and advice of local health departments.

The move, which comes as Florida is experiencing a surge in cases, received quick backlash from Florida Education Association President Fredrick Ingram, who said, “It’s clear in communications with our members that educators are scared.”

“They don’t trust politicians to make sure things are safe -- rightly so, with the record-breaking number of cases being reported. The governor is trying to brush that off. Safety for students and school employees needs to be at the center of our conversations about reopening schools,” Ingram said.

Teachers and advocates across the country have voiced concerns about how the reopening of schools is being handled, from concerns about underlying health conditions or the possibility of infecting family members to uncertainty surrounding child care for their own kids.

Meanwhile, school systems have been looking at ways to creatively reopen, such as offering hybrid schedules and monitoring students’ health.

Even as the administration is now pushing localities to reopen schools for the fall semester, a senior administration official said Tuesday that “the most important thing” in doing so is that “we double down in our commitment to protect the vulnerable.”

When questioned about concerns that reopening puts vulnerable populations at risk, a senior official maintained that it is not an either-or situation.

“We do believe there are a variety of different strategies that schools can adopt that really minimize the risk and open these schools quite safely. And I think that's really the intent here,” a senior official said.

Though the decision of whether to reopen for in-person instruction is ultimately beyond federal control, a reporter asked senior officials on a call whether the federal government might seek to leverage federal funds as a carrot-and-stick approach to encourage schools to comply. A senior official did not directly answer the question, except to note that schools have already received funds as part of the government’s stimulus efforts.

However, advocates say state budget shortfalls from the pandemic could impact schools’ ability to reopen.

“Without federal assistance, we will see educator layoffs that will be particularly harsh for those who struggle most to make ends meet even during normal times, such as our wonderful, amazingly devoted education support professionals,” National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said in a prepared statement to Congress on Tuesday.

“Many of these workers have stayed on the job, putting themselves in harm’s way to deliver meals to students and families, drop off work packets to students, and keep our schools sanitized and safe,” she said.

Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have signaled they are in lockstep with the president in calling for schools to resume normal teaching in the fall, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled there is a way to exert federal influence through the latest coronavirus relief package under negotiation. McConnell has specifically stressed the importance of securing liability protections for schools.

"To step back toward normalcy, our country will need K-12 and college students to resume their schooling," McConnell said during a floor speech last week.

GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, said that while COVID-19 poses some health risks to children and young adults in school, "in my view the greater risk is not going back to school at all.”

Beyond funding, it’s unclear exactly how the next relief package will seek to pave a path for schools to reopen given that decision around opening and closures are ultimately in the hands of state and local governments.

In the House, Democrats have proposed a $100 billion fund for the Department of Education to support schools at every level, as part of the $3 trillion HEROES Act the Senate has not taken up.

The majority of that pot, $90 billion, would be for grants to states to support local funding schools and public universities, colleges and trade schools -- to be used for personnel costs, counseling and mental health services, and to offset new cleaning and technological expenses.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms appears on "Good Morning America," July 7, 2020. - (ABC News)By BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News

(ATLANTA) -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday that she, her husband and one of their children are now among a rising number of Georgia residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are "paying the price" for the state reopening its economy too soon.

"Prayerfully my symptoms won’t get any worse," Bottoms said during an interview on Good Morning America with ABC News' Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"What they’ve told me is I have a low-positive test," she said. "So it either means I’m on the way up or down. They don’t know which one. But they’ve told me to treat it as if I’m positive, just in terms of quarantining and all other things that are recommended that people do."

Bottoms, a 50-year-old Democrat, broke the news of her diagnosis to her constituents in a Twitter post on Monday, writing, "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive."

On Tuesday, Bottoms said she has only suffered headaches in recent days, but chalked it up to allergies.

She said her husband, Derek W. Bottoms, and one of their four children have tested positive. She said one of her children tested negative and she plans to get the other two children tested on Tuesday.

"My husband literally slept from Thursday until yesterday and that’s what gave me some concern. I’ve just never seen him sleep that much, but he’s feeling better," Bottoms told Stephanopolos, who along with his wife, author Ali Wentworth, tested positive for coronavirus in April and have since recovered.

Bottoms' diagnosis comes at a particularly turbulant time for Atlanta, one of several major U.S. cities that saw a surge in gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Monday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and activated 1,000 National Guard troops to help restore order in the Atlanta. The order followed an incident early Sunday in which about 60 to 100 protesters allegedly descended on the Georgia Bureau of Public Safety headquarters in Atlanta, vandalized the building and sparked a fire injuring two employees of the law enforcement agency, authorities said.

Since the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the June 12 fatal police-involved shooting of another Black man, Rayshard Brooks, in Atlanta, the Georgia capital has become a flashpoint for protests that have spread across the nation, fueling calls for police reform.

Bottoms said she was against Kemp, a Republican, deploying the National Guard to Atlanta, adding that the move was made without consulting her or other city officials.

"The irony of that is I asked him to allow us to mandate masks in Atlanta and he said no," Bottoms said. "But he has called in the National Guard without asking if we needed the National Guard."

Asked about the uptick in violence in recent days in Atlanta, Bottoms blamed it on "a perfect storm of distress in America."


COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive.

— Keisha Lance Bottoms (@KeishaBottoms) July 6, 2020


"I think that people are obviously anxious and even angry about COVID-19. Loved ones are dying, people are losing their jobs and I think there’s a lot of frustration, a lot of angst and I think that the rhetoric that comes out of the White House doesn’t help at all," she said. "It doesn’t give people much hope. And I think it's all converging together."

Bottoms, who has been talked about as a potential running mate for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, also expressed disappointment in the governor for reopening the economy while the state is still in the throes of the pandemic. Georgia is one of several states that continue to see a rising number of coronavirus cases.

On Monday, the Georgia Department of Public Health confirmed 97,064 coronavirus cases in the state, an increase of 6,571 cases since Friday.

Bottoms said that while Atlanta has taken a phased approach to reopening, elsewhere the reopening has been "too aggressive."

"It was too soon and we're paying for it not just in Georgia but we're paying for it across the country and people are paying for it with their lives," Bottoms said.

While President Donald Trump has said at recent rallies that schools across the country should reopen in the fall and he and First Lady Melania Trump were scheduled to participate on Tuesday in a National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools, Bottoms suggested that schools in Atlanta, which are controlled by independently elected boards, may not be ready to reopen by the beginning of August, when classes traditionally begin.

"I expect that we'll have more announcements soon but with the way the numbers are up I don't know how it can possibly be safe to send kids back into the school for the sake of our teachers," Bottoms said. "The kids may be OK but our teachers will certainly be at risk."

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FILE photo - stocknroll/iStockBy LUKE BARR and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- Ghislaine Maxwell’s temporary new home is a far cry from the 156-acre New Hampshire estate where she was arrested for enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s sex offenses.

Maxwell, who was charged with conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors, arrived Monday in New York where she was transferred to the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, a problem-plagued federal lockup that has been under scrutiny in the past year.

MDC is across the river from the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan, where Epstein -- who was charged last year with sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors -- died by suicide and where two of his guards were charged with falsifying records.

MDC Brooklyn has had its own share of controversy, including an inmate’s death following the use of pepper spray and a heating outage in the dead of winter. There have also been 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 there.

Last month, an inmate died at MDC after being pepper sprayed while in his cell, the Bureau of Prisons announced. The New York Medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy on the cause of death.

A source familiar with the investigation told ABC News that the inmate died of a heart attack.

The inmate, Jamel Floyd, was being "disruptive and potentially harmful to himself and others" after he barricaded himself inside his cell and broke the cell-door window with a metal object, the BOP said.

James Floyd, Jamel Floyd’s father, however, told PIX 11 in June that there was a cover up.

"They’re trying to cover it up, that’s why they didn’t give us no phone call, they didn’t give us any information at all," he said.

The year got off to disturbing start at the facility. From Jan. 27 to Feb. 3 it had no power. Hot water, preparations to handle inmates who used continuous positive airway pressure machines, electronic prescription refill requests as well as communications with inmates' counsel and relatives were not available during that time, the Department of Justice Inspector General concluded in his report on the facility.

Initially, investigators believed there was a fire that caused the power to go out, but Michael Horowitz, the DOJ IG concluded that there were "longstanding" issues with the power grid.

The safety and security of the inmates were not a concern, according the 65-page report released earlier this year, which gave nine undisputed recommendations to the BOP as a result of the investigation.

"The BOP’s initial silence about the fire and power outage was interpreted by defense counsel, the courts, the public, and ultimately members of Congress as apathy and indifference," it said.

The troubled lockup will take some adjusting to by Maxwell, who is used to a lavish lifestyle.

The government’s detention memo says it has identified more than 15 different bank accounts held by or associated with Maxwell between 2016 and the present -- with balances in those accounts ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars to more than $20 million.

Federal prosecutors allege in court documents that Maxwell is an extreme flight risk and hope that MDC Brooklyn will be her temporary home until she stands trial. They have requested her first court appearance in New York to be on July 14.

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(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Homicide detectives in Florida are investigating a shocking discovery in St. Petersburg: a human head that was found in the street.

A jogger informed St. Petersburg police officers of the remains at the intersection of 38th Ave. S and 31st St. around 7 a.m. local time, according to a police spokeswoman. Detectives arrived at the scene and closed off the street to traffic as they conducted their investigation, according to the spokeswoman.

St. Petersburg police said they did not have any details about the discovery as of Tuesday afternoon and the investigation was ongoing. They are urging anyone with information to call 727-893-7780.

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(WACO, Texas) -- A woman accused of helping to hide the body of murdered Fort Hood Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen made her first court appearance Monday to face conspiracy charges.

Cecily Aguilar, 22, appeared via closed-circuit television in the Waco, Texas, courtroom to face conspiracy to tamper with evidence for her alleged role in the death of the 20-year-old soldier. The U.S. Attorney's office of the Western District of Texas said 20-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Aaron Robinson told Aguilar, who was his girlfriend, that he killed Guillen with a hammer on April 22 and transferred her body off the Army base, according to the criminal complaint.

Aguilar is currently cooperating with the FBI.

Robinson, who died by suicide when he was confronted by police last week, allegedly enlisted Aguilar to help dispose of the body, and the pair allegedly dismembered and buried the remains in Bell County, according to the complaint.

Last week, investigators found remains in Bell County. Natalie Khawam, an attorney representing Guillen's family, said Sunday the remains belonged to Guillen. The Army Criminal Investigation Command confirmed the news at a press conference Monday.

"The Armed Forces forensic examiner has determined through DNA analysis that the remains found near the Leon River are in fact those of Vanessa Guillen," Maj. Gen. Scott Efflandt said.

Aguilar did not make any statement other than to acknowledge the charges against her, and she didn't enter a plea. She's due back in court on July 14 for a preliminary hearing to determine bond. Aguilar is being held at the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, a U.S. Marshals representative confirmed to ABC News.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Lewis Berray Gainor, the federal public defender assigned to Aguilar, declined ABC News' request for comment.

According to an updated criminal complaint, Aguilar cooperated with the FBI in the case by allowing investigators to tape a phone call between her and Robinson on June 30, during which Robinson didn't deny any of the alleged crimes. Aguilar also assisted law enforcement in locating Robinson before he was confronted and died by suicide, according to the document.

Guillen's family has called for a congressional investigation into Guillen's death. Nearly 100 lawmakers have also called for an independent review of Fort Hood's handling of Guillen's disappearance. On Monday, the House Oversight Committee announced it has requested a briefing on the Army's response and investigation into the disappearance and murder of Guillen.

While the Army hasn't commented on a possible motive, Khawam previously said investigators told her that Guillen and Robinson had an argument in the base's armory after she discovered his alleged affair with the estranged wife of a former soldier.

The family has also alleged that a man had walked in on Guillen and watched her as she showered, but the Army said it didn't hasn't found evidence of sexual harassment. On Monday, Efflandt said Army CID will complete that investigation and "take actions against those findings."

“Please know that every person who raises their right hand to serve their family in their country in uniform deserves to be safe and treated with dignity and respect to the victims of sexual harassment assault," he said. "We hear you. We believe you. And I encourage you to come forward."

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(NEW YORK) -- There were more than 220 damaging storm reports from the Plains to the Northeast Monday.

Winds gusted to 71 mph in Mamaroneck, New York, just north of New York City, and there were winds of up to 66 mph in New Jersey as well as 69 mph in Washington, D.C.

The highest wind gust due to thunderstorms was in South Dakota where it gusted to 83 mph and some downed trees were reported from the Northeast and in the Dakotas.

Elsewhere, golf ball-sized hail was reported in Bergen County, New Jersey just outside of New York City.

These thunderstorms also brought very heavy rain to the Northeast and the Plains.

Just north of Philadelphia, up to 5 inches of rain was recorded in just a few hours causing significant flash flooding in the metro area.

Just south of Washington, D.C., more than a half a foot of rain was reported and street and road flooding was reported as well.

There will be storms in the Northeast Tuesday but they won’t be as severe as they were Monday though gusty winds and heavy rain is still possible.

Severe storms Tuesday are expected in the Upper Midwest and the northern Plains from Montana all the way to Minnesota where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat and a possible threat for a few tornadoes.

In the West, several dozen fires are continuing to burn.

Some of the most significant fires are the Soledad Canyon Fire in Santa Clarita, California which is 1,500 acres and is 48% contained as evacuation orders have lifted.

The Crews Fire in Santa Clara County, California is now 5,400 acres and is only 20% contained as evacuations continue.

Wildfires are also burning in Nevada and one of them, called the Numbers Fire in Douglas County, is 2,500 acres with some evacuations occurring.

Another fire in Nevada is the Mountain Meadows Fire also in Douglas County and, at some point, 30 homes were threatened but not evacuated as the fire has been brought under control.

Five states in the West are under a Red Flag Warning with winds forecast to gust 30 to 40 mph and, locally, 45 mph winds are possible.

A tropical system is trying to develop in the Southeast and, at the moment, the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 40% chance to develop into a Tropical Depression or a Tropical Storm late this week as it moves off the coast of the Carolinas.

This southern system could bring very heavy rain to the Southeast from Florida to the Carolinas where, locally, some areas could see more than 5 inches of rain with flash flooding possible.

Heavy rain is expected due to a stationary front from Texas through the Gulf Coast where flash flooding is also possible.

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carlballou/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- For the last six weekends, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown has awakened to word of another eruption of shootings in his city.

On Monday, Brown stood at another news conference and admitted he was "biting my tongue," trying desperately to maintain his emotions as he spoke of 7-year-old Natalia Wallace, one of two children fatally shot on the Fourth of July, a week after 20-month-old Sincere Gaston and 10-year-old Lena Nunez were shot to death in the city.

"I am representative of 13,000 cops, so if I lose my emotional bearing they all take their cues from me," Brown said. "So it's important that I maintain as much as I can my emotions. But 20-month-olds, and 7-year-olds, 13-year-olds being shot with impunity... there's no regard for innocence in the crowds as these criminals shoot to kill."

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, cities across the country have seen a dramatic increase in shootings, and police in large cities like Chicago and New York said they are bracing for one of the most violent summers in decades.

"We cannot allow this to be normalized in this city, we cannot get used to hearing about children being gunned down in Chicago every weekend," Brown said.

Between 6 p.m. Thursday and midnight Sunday, 87 people were shot in Chicago, 17 fatally, police said. Natalia Wallace and 14-year-old Vernado Jones Jr. where among the latest casualties.

In New York City, 64 people were shot over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Ten people were killed by gun violence, making a total of 14 shot dead in the first six days of the month, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The grim tally came after 270 people were shot in New York City in June, 39 fatally -- numbers the city hasn't seen since 1996 when nearly 3,000 people were shot, almost 1,000 fatally. Officials said that all of the homicides involved minority victims and 88% of the slayings occurred on the streets.

In Philadelphia, at least 25 people were shot over the Independence Day weekend, five fatally, police said.

At least 23 people were shot in Atlanta over the weekend, including 8-year-old Secoriea Turner who was among five killed. The shootings came as protesters descended on the Georgia Department of Public Safety headquarters, hurled rocks at the windows, spray-painted graffiti on the walls and ignited a small blaze with fireworks, causing two state employees to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The weekend of violence was so bad in Atlanta that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday and activated 1,000 National Guard troops to help restore order in the city.

In Washington, D.C., 11-year-old Davon McNeal was killed on the Fourth of July when he was hit by a stray bullet that entered his home after teens got into a gunfight outside his apartment, police said. And in San Francisco, 6-year-old Jace Young was fatally struck by a stray bullet while on a sidewalk with friends watching fireworks, police said.

On Monday, Brown said that while his officers made 98 gun arrests and seized 173 firearms between Thursday and Sunday, his police force keeps struggling to curb the escalating rate of shootings.

"There are no words, no words to describe this pain, not anymore. That's also why none of us are giving up. In every police district, every corner of this city, this is on all of us," Brown said.

Brown said he thinks he knows why shootings are surging in Chicago, explaining that violent criminals are not being held in jails and prisons long enough and that many released in an effort to blunt the spread of COVID-19 are not being monitored as closely as they should be.

"We must keep violent offenders in jail longer. We should revamp the electronic monitoring program. It's clearly not working," Brown said.

Police officials in New York City echoed Brown's suspicions and presented statistics on Monday that they say proves the uptick in violence is linked to reducing the inmate population at Rikers Island jail by about half amidst the pandemic.

"We recommended 96% of that population not to be released. It was ignored and now we have more victims and we see the lawlessness on the streets," said Chief Michael Lipetri, head of the NYPD's Crime Control Strategies and co-chair of the department's CompStat crime trends tracking system.

He said that of the roughly 2,500 inmates released from Rikers due to COVID-19 concerns since mid-March, 275 have been rearrested, some multiple times. He added two of those individuals committed murders after their release and nine others committed violent acts across the city.

NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan alleged that the wave of violence is also linked to the passage in January of state bail reform law intended to make bail, which has long favored the rich who can afford it, more equitable. The law requires judges to release defendants on their own recognizance while awaiting trial on misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies, and limits prosecutors asking for bail or pretrial detention in certain felony cases, including nearly all violent crimes.

Monahan said that since courts have been closed due to the pandemic, many people indicted by grand juries on gun charges have been released on their own recognizance.

"Hundreds of more criminals who have been arrested for possession of a gun have yet to be indicted by a grand jury because the courts are not in session. They, too, are not behind bars," Monahan said.

He added that an "explosion" of gun violence occurred after the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis ignited protests and violence across the country.

"If these tremendous challenges were not enough, New York City had days and days of anti-police marches that honestly crushed the morale of our cops," Monahan said. "And it created a large sense of animosity towards the police, and I'm not speaking about the peaceful protests that took place."

He said that on May 29, the NYPD was dealing with only a small uptick in shootings over 2019, when there were 319 murders and 923 victims in 777 shooting incidents.

"The explosions started after the murder of George Floyd, after the protests here in the city, after the animosity towards the police within this city, after a feeling of emboldenment by the criminals on the streets that the cops can't do anything anymore, that no one likes the police, that they can get away with things and that it's safe to carry a gun on the street," Monahan said.

Lipetri added that gangs have also upped their criminal activity. He said that 28% of the murders in June were gang-motivated, compared to only 3% during the same month last year.

He said that out of the city's 77 police precinct areas, most of the shootings in June and, so far in July, have occurred in 10 precincts in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn and the northern part of Manhattan.

"Those communities are being overrun by gang members who have no regard for their own lives and absolutely zero regards for the community," Lipetri said.

Monahan said the problems are not irreparable but will require the community to work with the NYPD to combat crime, adding that under the current climate, that may be a tall order.

"The animosity toward police out there is tremendous," Monahan said. "Just about everyone we deal with is looking to fight a police officer when we go to make an arrest."

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travelview/iStockBy SOPHIE TATUM, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- International students studying in the United States on an F-1 or M-1 student visa won't be able to continue their studies in the fall if their school only offers online classes, according to an announcement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The ruling comes as schools across the country attempt to navigate how to safely reopen this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to tick upward in many areas.

Students enrolled in a school "operating entirely online" must either leave the country or transfer to a school that is offering in-person classes, ICE said.

"If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings," a news release said.

The Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) normally limits the number of online classes a nonimmigrant student can take under its student visa program. SEVP officials had relaxed those limits for the spring and summer semesters due to the coronavirus, but the new order eliminates those temporary exemptions for the fall 2020 semester.

The University of Southern California announced earlier this month that undergraduate students will "primarily or exclusively" be taking online classes during the fall semester and that "on-campus housing and activities will be limited."

On Monday, Harvard University announced only 40% of undergraduate students would return to campus in the fall.

The ICE announcement said that students enrolled in schools that offer a combination of in-person and online classes will be permitted to continue as long as the school certifies that the program is not all online, that the student is not exclusively taking online classes, and that "the student is taking the minimum number of online classes required to make normal progress in their degree program."

F-1 and M-1 visas are given to foreign nationals who are pursuing academic or vocational studies in the United States, according to ICE.

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Xtremest/iStockBy DANA SCHAEFFER, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- In recent weeks, statues of Confederate leaders have toppled to the ground amid nationwide protests, and Mississippi lawmakers have decided to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi state flag.

Mississippi was the last state in the country to still have the emblem on its flag, but last week state officials made the decision to officially remove it.

"I know there are people of goodwill who are not happy to see this flag change," Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said as he signed the bill. "They fear a chain reaction of events, erasing our history, a history that is no doubt complicated and imperfect."

But, the governor said, "We need a new symbol."

A state commission will now come up with a new design that residents will accept or reject in November.

While Mississippi looks ahead, the nation continues to debate whether certain monuments and statues dedicated to the past should be removed.

ABC's Lionel Moise spoke with the descendants of Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jefferson about the debate raging across the country.

Rev. Robert Lee IIII, is the great, great, great nephew of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and shares his name. As a child, he was taught about Lee's legacy as a Christian who wanted to fight for states' rights. But in his journey to become a pastor, he says he realized he needed to change his thought process.

"Why are we protecting statues that symbolize oppression instead of protecting the people that were oppressed?" Lee asked.

Amid the protests, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to protect monuments, memorials and statues, and has tweeted about jailing protesters for up to 10 years. But as some fight to preserve the monuments, Rev. Lee believes they should be taken down now.

"This is not about erasing history," Lee said. "This is about being honest, that our history has been filled with a heritage of hate, with the heritage of racism, and if that's something that we want in our city squares, then we need to examine that."

Shannon LaNier, a journalist based in Houston, is a ninth generation descendant of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings, with whom Jefferson had a relationship.

LaNier, one of the couple's six great grandsons, is the author of Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family. He recently published an opinion piece calling for statues of Jefferson and other similar monuments to be taken down.

"For many years, I used to give Thomas Jefferson a pass because of all the great things that he's done for this country," LaNier told ABC News. "But you really do have to look at the whole person and what else he did. Thomas Jefferson wrote that 'All men are created equal.' When he wrote those words, they did not include black people, they didn't include women, they didn't include people who didn't own land."

LaNier says history has been erased by not telling the entire story.

"We have to tell his full story and give validity and a voice to all those other people that gave their blood, their sweat and their tears to make his life possible," LaNier said.

LaNier, however, believes that monuments should be preserved -- moved to a museum or a library where the public can be educated on their full history.

He likens it to putting yourself in someone else's shoes.

"Imagine if you or your loved one, the person you love the most in your life, was killed or raped by someone," LaNier said. "And then someone came along and said, 'We're going to put a statue in the town square or in your front yard of the person who killed or raped your loved one.' How would you feel?"

Rev. Lee acknowledges that the conversation is a difficult one -- and one he continues to have with his own family. But he says that now is the time for the country to come together.

"Someone asked me the other day, do I think that the statue should be replaced with anything?" Lee said. "I actually think we should leave just the mount there for a while, because that in and of itself has become a monument to what might be, what could be, what could be possible if we actually listen to the voices of the people."

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kali9/iStockBy JON HAWORTH

(FLORENCE, Ky.) -- A father is in jail after losing an arm wrestling contest to his young son which led to a shooting and an 8-hour standoff with the police.

The incident occurred on July 6 shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning when Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Florence, Kentucky, about a 20-minute drive southwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, to a report of a person in a home with a weapon.

When authorities arrived, they found two family members had vacated the premises safely and were unharmed but 55-year-old Curtis Zimmerman was still inside the home and refused commands to come out, according to a statement by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

“Deputies learned that Zimmerman was intoxicated and challenged his juvenile son to an arm-wrestling contest,” said Boone County Sheriff’s Office. “When Zimmerman lost multiple times, he became agitated which led to a physical altercation with his son.”

Zimmerman then reportedly grabbed a gun and fired two shots in the house as his son was going upstairs.

It is not known if Zimmerman was aiming at his son, whose identity and age has not been disclosed, but he would later tell authorities that he fired the shots into the ceiling.

The suspect subsequently refused to listen to orders from the police to come out of the house which resulted in an 8-hour standoff with authorities.

Zimmerman was the only person inside the home during the standoff.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiation Team spoke with Zimmerman throughout the morning and ultimately negotiated his safe surrender approximately 8 hours later at 8:25 a.m. on the morning of July 6.

The suspect was then taken into custody without incident by members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and the Florence Police Department SWAT Team.

Zimmerman was transported to St. Elizabeth in Florence to be evaluated and once he is medically cleared from the hospital, he is expected to be placed under arrest on one count of Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, a Class D Felony, and taken to the Boone County Detention Center.

The arrest warrant for Zimmerman lists a $5,000 cash bond, according to the Sheriff.

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(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 535,000 people worldwide.

Over 11.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 130,101 deaths.

Here's how the news developed on Monday. All times Eastern:

10:44 p.m.: Florida orders all schools to reopen despite rising cases

The Florida commissioner of education signed an emergency order Monday saying "all school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools at least five days per week for all students" when the new semester starts next month, despite the state's rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The commissioner said the order is subject to change based on future executive orders and the advice of local health departments.

The announcement was criticized by officials with Florida's largest labor union.

"It's clear in communications with our members that educators are scared. They don't trust politicians to make sure things are safe -- rightly so, with the record-breaking number of cases being reported," Fedrick Ingram, the president of the Florida Education Association said in a statement. "The governor is trying to brush that off. Safety for students and school employees needs to be at the center of our conversations about reopening schools."

6:46 p.m.: Atlanta mayor says she has tested positive

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

"COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive," the mayor said on Twitter Monday evening.

In an appearance on MSNBC Monday, Bottoms said that her husband has also tested positive for COVID-19. She and her family tested negative for the virus two weeks ago, she said, adding that she does not know how or when they were exposed.

Other U.S. politicians who have contracted the virus include Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Georgia State Sen. Brandon Beach, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart and Shevrin Jones, Utah Rep. Ben McAdams and New York State Assembly members Helene Weinstein and Charles Barron.

As of Monday, the California Assembly also has five confirmed cases of COVID-19, the speaker's office told ABC News. One of those cases appears to be Assembly member Autumn Burke, who shared her diagnosis on Twitter Monday. The State Capitol will be closed for cleaning and sanitizing until July 13, the speaker's office said.

5:48 p.m.: Total cases in Florida double in two weeks

Total cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in two weeks in Florida, state data shows.

On June 22, the Florida Department of Health reported 100,217 total cases since the start of the pandemic. On Monday, it reported 206,447 total cases. That means that since June 23, there have been 106,230 new cases in the state.

3:45 p.m.: California's positivity rate climbs, San Diego bars must close

As coronavirus cases rise in California, the state's positivity rate has climbed to 6.8%, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.

California recorded 5,699 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the seven-day average to 7,876 cases, Newsom said at a news conference.

Hospitalizations are also increasing, Newsom said.

Twenty-three counties are now on Newsom's monitoring list, including Los Angeles and Sacramento, and newly added San Diego.

In those counties, bars must close, and restaurants and wineries must stop indoor operations.

Over the Fourth of July weekend the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control visited nearly 6,000 restaurants and bars and issued 52 citations, Newsom said.

The "overwhelming majority ... were conducting themselves outstandingly," the governor said.

2:52 p.m.: Fauci says 'the current state is really not good'

As the U.S. battles the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, says "the current state is really not good."

"We had been in a situation [where] we were averaging about 20,000 new cases a day," Fauci said in a livestream with NIH Director Francis Collins on Monday. "And then a series of circumstances associated with various states and cities trying to open up, in the sense of getting back to some form of normality, has led to a situation where we now have record-breaking cases."

Fauci said the average age of people getting infected now is 15 years younger than it was a few months ago, but young people must understand they aren't "in a vacuum."

"Innocently, they could infect someone who'd infect someone, and then all of a sudden someone's grandmother or grandfather, or aunt who's getting chemotherapy for breast cancer gets infected," he said. "You're part of the propagation of the pandemic so it's your responsibility to yourself, as well as to society, to avoid infection."

1:40 p.m.: Miami-Dade closing restaurants, gyms, rentals

As cases in Florida surge, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Monday said he's signing an emergency order to close short-term rentals, gyms, party venues and restaurants, except for takeout and delivery.

The order will go into effect on Wednesday.

Beaches will open on Tuesday, but if there's crowding, Gimenez warned that he'll close them again.

"We are still tracking the spike in the number of cases involving 18- to 34-year-olds that began in mid-June, which the county's medical experts say was caused by a number of factors, including young people going to congested places -- indoors and outside -- without taking precautions such as wearing masks and practicing social distancing," Gimenez said. "Contributing to the positives in that age group, the doctors have told me, were graduation parties, gatherings at restaurants that turned into packed parties."

The average age of new cases is 21, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said that may explain, in part, why the state's fatality rate is so low.

DeSantis also said the recent statewide surge is due to increased testing.

About 10% of the state's population has been tested for COVID-19.

He added, "part of the reason I think the fatality rate is lower is because you have better treatments today than you did in March. We brought a lot of hydroxychoroquine to Florida to have that as an option."

In June the FDA revoked emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, saying the evidence shows the recommended dose is unlikely to be effective against the virus.

"No need to be fearful," DeSantis said at a news conference. "There's some steps that individuals can take and that we're going to take statewide, but at the end of the day, this is something that has been around for quite some time."

12:40 p.m.: Harvard, Princeton announce back-to-school plans

Harvard will hold all courses online for undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year, the university said Monday.

Some students will live on campus but will still take classes remotely, the university said.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences is bringing up to 40% of undergraduates to campus, including all first-year students, for the fall semester. Assuming that density remains at 40% in the spring semester, Harvard said it plans to bring seniors back to campus, and freshmen would return home for the spring.

Meanwhile, Princeton announced Monday that it will bring roughly half of the undergraduate students back each semester.

Freshmen and juniors will come to campus in August and sophomores and seniors will return in the spring, the university said. Undergraduates have the option to spend the entire year remotely.

Most of the university's classes will be online, Princeton said.

12 p.m.: Arizona surpasses 100,000 cases

Arizona has become the eighth state to surpass 100,000 cases of the coronavirus.

As of Monday morning, 89% of Arizona's ICU beds are full, according to the state's Department of Health.

Arizona now has 3,212 patients in hospitals. At least 1,810 people in the state have died.

Arizona joins these states with more than 100,000 cases: New York, California, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois and Massachusetts.

10:33 a.m.: NYC has 1% positivity rate

New York City currently has a 1% positivity rate, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.

"At the height of this crisis," de Blasio said, 71% were testing positive.

Monday marks the start of New York City's phase 3 reopening which includes nail salons and spas, as well as access to basketball courts and tennis courts.

Indoor dining will remain closed.

Authorities inspected bars and restaurants this weekend to see how well they were complying with outdoor seating and social distancing. Of 1,000 businesses surveyed, 85% were in compliance, the mayor said.

10:08 a.m.: 100 homeless people in NYC die from coronavirus

There have now been 100 deaths attributed to the coronavirus among people in New York City experiencing homelessness, according to the city's Department of Social Services.

They are among the 1,293 homeless people in the city to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

8:50 am.: NBA star JJ Redick on the return of basketball

As the NBA gears up for its return, New Orleans Pelicans player JJ Redick calls it a "personal decision" whether to play or not, but that he felt a responsibility to his job, teammates and the league.

What so many Americans want is normalcy, Redick said, and bringing back sports is a "component of normalcy."

"We want to give the fans something to watch," he told ABC News' Good Morning America on Monday.

The NBA plans to resume its season with 22 teams on July 30 at the Disney complex in Orlando, Florida.

"I don't think it's wrong to say we shouldn't play," Redick said, adding, "we're gonna try to play. We're trying to make the best of a bad situation."

"This is an unprecedented time," Redick said, as he commended the league and union leadership for what he called an "amazing job" creating "an environment where we can go play basketball and, as best we can, only worry about basketball."

"But that's obviously gonna be very difficult," he continued. "We're isolated and away from our families, there's social unrest, political unrest. ... We have to do our job and try to focus on playing basketball to the best we can, but we realize there's way more important things going on in our country right now."

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7:25 a.m.: Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years after COVID-19 surge

The border between Australia's two most populous states will close Tuesday for an indefinite period of time as authorities scramble to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus in Melbourne.

The closing of the border between the states of Victoria and New South Wales marks the first time it will be shut in 100 years. The last time movement was blocked between the two states was in 1919 during the Spanish flu pandemic.

The move is expected to deal a blow to Australia's economic recovery as it heads into its first recession in nearly three decades.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Melbourne has surged in recent days and has forced authorities to enact strict social-distancing orders in 30 suburbs, including putting nine public housing towers into complete lockdown.

There were 127 new COVID-19 infections announced overnight, the biggest one-day spike since the pandemic began. Two deaths were also reported taking the national total to 106 after no deaths were reported over the previous two weeks.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there was no timetable for reopening the border which will be patrolled by the military to prevent illegal crossings.

"It is the smart call, the right call at this time, given the significant challenges we face in containing this virus," Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

Australia has had a total of just under 8,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the global pandemic began but the recent surge of an average of 109 cases per day in July compared with the average of just nine cases in the first week of June has raised alarm bells across the country.

6:43 a.m.: NHL, NHLPA finalize protocols for season to resume in Edmonton and Toronto

The NHL and NHLPA have finalized the protocols for the season to resume this summer in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.

As of Sunday night, the sides still were finalizing the details of a memorandum of understanding for a collective bargaining agreement extension.

The Phase 3 (training camp) and Phase 4 (24-team tournament) return-to-play protocols will need to be approved by the NHLPA's executive committee, which is composed of one representative from each of the 31 teams. Once that is done, the entire package -- both the return-to-play protocol and the CBA extension -- will go to a full membership vote of all NHL players. The NHL's board of governors also must ratify the package.

The NHL is now targeting a July 13 start date for training camps, sources told ESPN. If all goes according to plan, teams would travel to the hub cities on July 25 or July 26, and games will begin by Aug. 1. The Eastern Conference teams will play in Toronto, and the Western Conference teams will be in Edmonton.

The 24-team tournament will conclude with a Stanley Cup Final in Edmonton, likely in early October.

The protocols include an agreement that no player will be penalized if he chooses to opt out, and he does not have to give a reason for wanting to opt out. Players have until 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday to notify their teams if they are opting out.

Family members will not be able to join players until the conference finals.

According to the document, "all individuals shall maintain physical distancing (a minimum of 6-foot distance) at all times throughout Phase 4, to the extent possible" -- which includes being on planes and buses, at restaurants and in any social circumstances. The league will provide face coverings, though individuals may bring their own, and they must be worn at all times in the secure zones. Players do not need to wear face coverings while exercising, and coaches do not need to wear them while on the bench.

If teams do not comply with the protocols, it could lead to "significant financial penalties" and potential loss of draft picks.

5:19 a.m.: Over two-thirds of Georgia Tech faculty protest plans to reopen

More than two-thirds of the Georgia Institute of Technology's academic faculty are protesting the school's plans to reopen this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic without making face masks mandatory.

An open letter, dated July 2, has garnered the signatures of more than 800 professors out of the roughly 1,100 faculty members at the public university in Atlanta. The letter voices concerns that the reopening plans "have been shaped based on guidance from outside the Institute, and with limited input from the faculty who are being asked to carry out these plans."

"We are alarmed to see the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia mandating procedures that do not follow science-based evidence, increase the health risks to faculty, students, and staff, and interfere with the nimble decision-making necessary to prepare and respond to COVID-19 infection risk," the letter states.

The faculty are asking, among other things, that the school require face masks be worn everywhere on campus, provide large-scale COVID-19 testing, ensure timely contact tracing of new infections and make most classes take place remotely during the fall semester. The current reopening plans make masks mandatory for professors, while students are "strongly encouraged" to wear them.

ABC News has reached out to the Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia for comment.

The letter was first reported by Georgia Public Broadcasting.

3:30 a.m.: US reports over 49,000 new cases in a single day

More than 49,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Sunday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The latest daily caseload is just under the country's record high of more than 54,000 new cases identified last Thursday.

The national total currently stands at 2,888,729 diagnosed cases with at least 129,947 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.

By May 20, all states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 50,000 for the first time last week.

Nearly half of all 50 states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some -- including Arizona, California and Florida -- reporting daily records.

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(ATLANTA) -- Popular sandwich chain Jimmy John's said that employees at one of its franchise restaurants in Georgia had been fired after a now-viral video showed them pretend to hang an employee with bread dough shaped like a noose.

"The actions seen in the video are absolutely unacceptable and do not represent the Jimmy John's brand or the local franchise ownership team," Jimmy John's said in an official statement released on Monday. "As soon as we were alerted to the video, we notified our franchisee, who quickly investigated and terminated all employees involved."

The company added that it was meeting with the franchisee to "conduct training to help prevent anything like this from ever happening again."

The 16-second video was taken at a Jimmy John's location in Woodstock, Georgia, according to McClatchy News. In it, white employees can be seen and heard laughing as an employee twisted the dough into a circle and placed his head through it while another held it over his head.

During the clip, one employee told the coworker with his head in the dough that he's been "set to die" as the employee holding the dough above his head pulled the rope-like shape up in the air.

The video, which was originally shared on Snapchat, was set behind a "Happy 4th of July" filter.

On Sunday, Jimmy John's responded to a user who asked the fast-food sandwich chain about the video on Twitter saying, "We have zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form. The franchisee has taken immediate action and the employees have been terminated. The actions seen in this video are completely unacceptable and do not represent the Jimmy John's brand."

Jimmy John's was founded in Illinois has been helmed by John Liautaud for 36 years and has over 2,800 locations in the U.S.

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The New York Police Department commissioner warned officers of challenges they may face after the city and state enacted several reforms, including a ban on chokeholds, according to a memo obtained by ABC News.

Commissioner Dermot Shea's letter came a week after the New York City Council approved a budget that removed a billion dollars from the NYPD through several measures including removing two NYPD training classes and diverting command of school safety officers to the Department of Education. The state and City Council also banned the use of chokeholds during arrests last month, following the protests over the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minnesota.

Shea noted the department had "strong objections" over the chokehold ban and warned there will be enormous implications for the police officers because of the changes. He said the new laws were "poorly-conceived and -written" and they will make the department's work more difficult.

"We don’t yet know to what degree the state Attorney General or the city’s district attorneys will bring criminal cases against our police officers," he said in the memo. "But we do know that these and other laws make you subject to new criminal or civil liabilities – including for interfering with people recording police actions, for obscuring your shield numbers and rank designations, and for failing to provide necessary medical or mental health care to people in custody."

Shea added that a training module will be created for the officers that will instruct them on how to avoid risks posed by the new regulations.

A spokesman for City Council Speaker Corey Johnson's Office did not comment on the memo.

Despite the warnings, Shea said in the memo that the department's impact in the city is "overwhelming positive."

"We know that the people we serve want and need cops in their neighborhoods. And while poorly-conceived and -written laws absolutely will make our work more difficult, they will never stop us from fulfilling our core mission," he wrote.

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