The number of U.S. reported COVID-19 deaths on Sunday hit its lowest level in more than a year, with 222 fatalities recorded, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The number represents the lowest reported level since March 23, 2020, when coronavirus deaths were 192.
A Johns Hopkins spokesperson told The Hill, “Many states either did not report over the weekend or did not have any deaths to report.”
They continued, “About 37 dates didn’t report any new deaths either to no reporting due to the holidays or just no new deaths. The California data portal was down yesterday and we are in the process of back-distributing the data.”
Sunday’s death toll is a decrease from the seven-day average for fatalities through Saturday of 804 deaths per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s down from 968 the previous week.
CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy said that the seven-day average for deaths had decreased compared to last week’s data during a White House COVID-19 response team briefing.
But she warned that the country was entering its fourth week of “increased trends and cases,” including CDC data documenting a seven-day average of about 64,000 cases and 4,970 hospital admissions per day.
According to the CDC, 18.8 percent of the U.S. has been fully vaccinated against COVID and 32.4 percent has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
COVID Stimulus to Cost Taxpayers Equivalent of 17k Each or 69k Per Family
Analysis has found that the $6 trillion COVID-19 stimulus packages passed by Congress, which includes the 1.9 trillion passed on Wednesday, will cost American taxpayers the equivalent of $17,000 individually or $69,000 per family.
The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard reports that House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Jason Smith provided him with highlights of the COVID bill passed by the Senate:
- Less than 9% goes to combating COVID-19.
- Twenty-seven percent (or more than $500 billion) goes to state and local governments.
- Twenty-one percent (or approximately $400 billion) goes to policies that reduce private-sector employment.
- $135 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
- $135 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- $12 billion for foreign aid.
What is spent in this year of the $1.9 trillion?
- Five percent ($6 billion) of the $130 billion set aside for K-12 schools.
- Five percent ($250 million) of the $5 billion for Emergency Housing Vouchers.
- Seventeen percent ($7 billion) of the $39 billion for child care.
- Twenty-three percent ($11 billion) of the $50 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- None of the $5 billion for homeless assistance.
Smith reportedly told NPR, “If this bill was about direct payments to people and putting shots in the arms and vaccines, you would have strong bipartisan support across this Congress and across this country, but less than 9% of the entire spending in this bill actually goes to crushing the virus and helping distribute vaccines and putting shots in arms.”
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Conservative Groups At The University Of FL Get Suspended Over COVID-19 Rules
Three conservative student organizations at the University of Florida have reportedly been suspended for allegedly violating the school’s COVID-19 policies.
The three organizations, Turning Point USA, Young Americans for Freedom, and Network of Enlightened Women chapters were told by Heather White, who is the University of Florida Dean of Students, that they “were observed not complying with” the school’s rules and regulations surrounding COVID-19 and were indefinitely suspended “pending resolution of the allegations.”
In a letter obtained by Campus Reform, White alleged that the Turning Point chapter had violated university policy by hosting an unsanctioned and unregistered event on “Norman Field,” an outdoor public field located on the university’s campus. White also stated that some chapter members were observed not wearing “appropriate face coverings” or maintaining “appropriate physical distance.”
The suspension means that, according to the letter, the groups will lose “all privileges and access to all campus resources and services, for a period of time, including, but not limited to, the use of University space, participation in University programs, activities, events and services, and registration of gatherings and events.”
Abigail Streetman is the secretary of the University of Florida Turning Point chapter and she told Campus Reform, “The event in question took place outside in a big open field with people wearing masks. Given such circumstances, the university’s decision to suspend all of the clubs seems extreme.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), commented on the story saying, “Leftist at universities have always wanted to silence young conservatives. STAND STRONG!”
-Turning Point USA
-The Network of Enlightened Women
-Young Americans for Freedom
Were all just SUSPENDED at the University of Florida.
Leftist at universities have always wanted to silence young conservatives.
STAND STRONG! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
— Madison Cawthorn (@CawthornforNC) March 19, 2021