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Myriam Borzee/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- A novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 525,000 people worldwide.

More than 10.8 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.

The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 2.79 million diagnosed cases and at least 129,437 deaths.

Here's how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.

11:47 a.m.: Spanish region goes into lockdown

Segrià, located in Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain, will be under a strict new lockdown Saturday after an increase in new COVID-19 cases, Catalan regional president Quim Torra announced Saturday.

Residents in Segrià, which includes the city of Lleida, will be confined to their homes and only allowed to leave for work if they have a certificate from their employer, according to the announcement. There were 3,706 cases in the Lleida region on Friday, up from 3,551 the previous day, according to regional health data.

10:52 a.m.: Florida records 11,458 new cases

The Florida Health Department said the state has 190,052 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday morning, with a record number of 11,458 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.

The state's overall positivity rate was 14%, which was a slight decrease from the previous day.

Miami-Dade County reported 2,432 new cases, a record high, and a positivity rate of 18.8%, and Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, had 1,359 new cases, a record high, and a positivity rate of 14.1%, according to the health department.

8:58 a.m.: Cincinnati mandates face coverings for indoor public gatherings


Cincinnati’s City Council voted Friday to require face coverings for residents for all indoor public gatherings.

In a 7-2 vote, the council passed the ordnance, which will go into effect on July 9 and mandate face coverings for anyone who takes a cab or public transportation, or shops, dines or works indoors in the city. Violators will be hit with a $25 fine.

Face coverings won't be mandated for outdoor activities, but health officials are encouraging residents to wear them.

The city has seen a jump in coronavirus cases over the last couple of weeks. Since June 20, there were 756 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the city’s health department. The virus has killed 65 Cincinnati residents so far, the health department said.

7:43 a.m.: YMCA campers, staff test positive for COVID-19 after camps close in Georgia


Multiple children and staff who attended YMCA camps in Georgia, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The camps, which are located on Lake Burton and Lake Allatoona, and being investigated by Georgia's department of health.

YMCA Camp High Harbour closed its two locations on the lakes north of Atlanta last week after a counselor at the Lake Burton site tested positive.

YMCA of Metro Atlanta president Lauren Koontz acknowledged the cases but could not confirm how many, AJC reported.

Campers are ages 7-15, and staff are ages 16-22.

Georgia reported 2,784 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. That’s down from 3,472 newly reported cases Thursday, which set a record for the number of new cases.

6:10 a.m.: Some Texas hospitals at 100% capacity


Some people in Texas received a jarring alert on their phones Friday evening, saying hospitals were at capacity. The alert, sent to Hidalgo and Starr County residents, asked them to celebrate this holiday weekend "responsibly" by sheltering-in-place, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, wearing a face mask and social distancing.

Hidalgo County and Starr County, which are located in the Rio Grande Valley, are home to more than 900,000 people. Hospitals in the region also put out statements that they have reached or are at critical capacity levels.

"Valley Baptist Health System is urging local residents to take all necessary precautions against COVID-19 as our hospitals are at a critical capacity level, like every other hospital across our region," the organization said in a statement Friday. "Our entire team is working around the clock to manage this crisis situation."

The health system CEO Manny Vela said their hospitals are now at "102% and 101% occupancy," according to ABC News Texas affiliate KRGV.

Dr. Jose Vazquez, of the Starr County health authority, said Friday that every hospital in the Valley is full and that patients are being transported to other parts of Texas.

"There are no beds in the Valley, Vazquez said. "We are becoming New York," Vazquez said, KRGV reported.

"Unfortunately, we find ourselves in difficult times, right smack in the middle of this difficult pandemic," Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a statement Friday. "Americans have always risen to the top in hard times. We did it WWII, we did it in 9/11, and we'll do it again today. All it requires is for us to take personal responsibility for our actions."

Texas has more than 82,000 active COVID-19 cases, and Friday's statewide test positivity rate was 13.32%. More than 7,300 coronavirus patients are hospitalized across the state. That number was at 6,900 on Thursday.

States reported over 57,000 new cases Friday across the U.S., which was another record day for cases, the third this week. There were 721,000 new tests Friday, a huge jump and the country's first day of more than 700,000 tests. There were 635 reported deaths Friday, according to analysis from the COVID Tracking Project.

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MattGush/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS

(SEATTLE) -- An overnight protest on a closed Washington state freeway ended with two women in the hospital after a motorist barreled into the crowd, according to Washington State Patrol.

For weeks, law enforcement authorities have warned pedestrian protesters not to use the highways as the setting for protests.

"The freeway is simply not a safe place...We feared something like this would happen," said Captain Ron Mead, commander of Washington State Patrol field operations for District 2, at a press conference Saturday morning.

A 27-year-old man from Seattle is accused of driving his car onto the closed I-5, going around the vehicles that were supporting the protesters, and striking the pedestrians standing in the shoulder of the road, said Mead.

"We don't know exactly where the vehicle came on, but we suspect he came on, on the wrong way of a ramp and entered the southbound lane of I-5, he did not come through on one of the closure lanes we had posted," said Mead.

Interstate 5 between SR 520 and I-90 was closed multiple times in the last 24 hours due to protests.

A 32-year-old woman from Bellingham and a 24-year-old woman from Seattle were hit and taken to a nearby hospital.

The younger woman is in critical condition after suffering life-threatening injuries while the other victim is in stable condition.

The unidentified driver stopped the all-white sedan and was taken into custody for questioning. Mead said the driver passed a sobriety test and there's no indication that the car was stolen.

"At the very least, he is looking at vehicle assault charges, felony hit-and-run, but those could be upgraded depending on the progress of the investigation," said Mead, adding, "We don't know if it's a targeted attack, but that remains the focus of our investigation."

Mead said police have made efforts to keep cars and pedestrian separated during protests in order "to try and avoid this."

"As a result, my hope is the protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate. I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple," said Mead.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Washington State Police.

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sshepard/iStockBy LAUREN LANTRY, ABC NEWS

(BALTIMORE) -- A noose was found Thursday at a construction site in an off-campus building owned by Johns Hopkins University, per Karen Lancaster, a Johns Hopkins University spokeswoman. Lancaster said the construction site is a part of ongoing renovations of the Whiting School of Engineering building in Baltimore. She called it a "heinous symbol of hate."

The job site has been shut down until further notice, Daniel Ennis, Johns Hopkins University's senior vice president for administration and finance, said.

"Johns Hopkins University condemns this act of hate," the university's president Ronald J. Daniels said in a message Friday to the university community. "We find such racist imagery horrifying and repugnant and a direct threat to the Black community at Johns Hopkins and in Baltimore, standing in stark opposition to the values of equity, justice, and humanity to which we are firmly committed."

Johns Hopkins referred the potential hate crime to federal law enforcement and launched its own investigation, led by the Office of Institutional Equity. University officials are coordinating their actions with Plano-Coudon, the contractor that notified the university about the noose and has offered its full cooperation and support.

"We take this matter extremely seriously," said Ennis. "We have shut down this job site until further notice and will do everything within our power to make sure our community is free from hate and intimidation. Acts like this have no place in our society. We encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact Campus Safety and Security at 410-516-4600."

"We know that incidents like this -- wherever they happen -- can cause or reinforce trauma for members of our community, especially our Black and Brown colleagues, students, and faculty," said Katrina Caldwell, Johns Hopkins University's vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer. "That this has happened at a moment when there has been such pain over racially motivated violence means we must lean in and offer the support our community needs now and that we must become better, more informed allies in the urgent work that needs to be done to fight against racism in all its forms."

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MicroStockHub/iStockBy CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC NEWS

(JACKSON, MISS.) -- Police in Jackson, Mississippi, are on the hunt for a suspect after a shooting at a sports bar left one person dead and three others injured.

During the early morning hours of July 4 at the M-Bar Sports Grill on Ridgewood Ct., a suspect got into an altercation with another customer before shots were fired.

The suspect, described by police as a Black man wearing a red baseball jersey, shot the person he was having a confrontation with and injured three others, police said in a press release issued Saturday morning.

One of the victims was identified by police as 41-year-old Cortez Shelby, who was shot in the neck, and died on the scene, police said.

The other three victims -- a woman and two men -- were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said.

It's unclear if Shelby was the intended target or what the altercation was about, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, said Captain Tyree Jones, the public information officer for the Criminal Investigations Division of the Hinds County Sheriff's Office.

The suspect left the location on foot and drove off in a red or maroon Ford Mustang that has a "large white diagram on the rear window," police said.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting are asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS or call County Hinds Sheriff's Office at 601-352-1521.

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Kali9/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC NEWS

(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- A Toledo police officer is dead after being shot in the chest while responding to a 911 call of an intoxicated person in a Home Depot parking lot overnight.

Witnesses, according to Toledo Police Chief George Krahl, said that the suspect was walking away from officer Anthony Dia when he "for some reason turned and fired a round from the handgun."

Dia, who leaves behind a wife and 2-year-old child, was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police deployed a drone and canine to try and locate the suspect. After police heard a lone gunshot, the 57-year-old white male suspect, who has not been publicly identified, was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a nearby wooded area, Krahl said at a press conference Saturday morning.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said as Americans gather Saturday to celebrate their independence and reflect on the sacrifices service members have made in this country's history, that they also reflect on the sacrifices that local authorities make every day "with little fanfare, often vilified and always under-appreciated."

"Our hearts are broken today over the loss of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this morning," Kapszukiewicz said in a statement Saturday. "We are all in mourning, and we will never forget his sacrifice."

Police are scheduled to hold a follow-up press conference Monday to discuss more details about the suspect and the timeline of events.

"Sacrifice comes in all forms and we cannot forget the struggle that our police officers face on a daily basis," Kapszukiewicz said a press conference Saturday.

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ABC NewsBy REED MCDONOUGH, ABC NEWS

(NEW YORK) -- High tides inundated the Southern California coast near Newport Beach on Friday, causing significant flooding damage to cars and homes in the area.

High surf advisories and beach hazard statements remain in effect along portions of the coastline until noon Monday.

Meanwhile, a gale watch remains in effect off of coastal California over the holiday weekend, where ocean waves could reach 13 feet.

A long period of south-southwest winds will bring elevated surf and rip currents to the California coast this weekend, where minor coastal flooding is expected to continue during high tides.

Tides are expected to peak at 9:15 p.m. local time at 6.6 feet, with waves up to 8 feet high along the beaches.

California is also dealing with several wildfires, including a new wildfire that started Friday afternoon.

The Mount R Fire has burned at least 100 acres as of Friday and is 15% contained.

While fire conditions are not forecasted to be too concerning, there is an “elevated fire risk” in northern Nevada, including the cities of Reno and Carson City.

Across much of the U.S., heat index values are expected to soar on Independence Day. Many areas, including Texas, Louisiana and the Plains, will see heat indexes in the 90s and 100s.

The next few days will remain extremely hot with heat index temperatures near or above 90° from California to Philadelphia.

The heat isn’t going anywhere as another potential “heatwave," defined as three days of 90 degrees or above, is expected in portions of the eastern U.S. starting next week.

Heat won't be the only weather issue American faces Saturday as severe storms are expected across a large area of the High Plains, stretching from central Montana to northwest Minnesota. The main threats will be damaging winds, large hail and the potential for a few isolated tornadoes.

A large portion of the southern U.S. is expected to see heavy rainfall through the holiday weekend.

Rainfall totals could reach 4 inches in portions of the southern Gulf states, including in and around New Orleans.

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z1b / iStockBy Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News

(HOOVER, Al) -- An 8-year-old was shot and killed and three others were injured in a shooting at a mall in Hoover, Alabama, on Friday.

Police said they responded to a scene at the Riverchase Galleria, near the food court, after multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired.

Among the three others injured in the shooting was another juvenile, Hoover police said.

Hoover Police Department officials said they don't yet know what led to the shooting or how many gunmen may have been involved, but they did confirm at least four victims were rushed to hospitals.

The conditions of the three victims still hospitalized is unknown. The mall was evacuated and police said they've secured the area.

"We are heartbroken by the tragic, senseless incident that took place in our shopping center this afternoon," Lindsay Kahn, the mall's public relations director, said in a statement to Birmingham ABC affiliate WBMA. "Riverchase Galleria was evacuated immediately and will remain closed while the Hoover Police Department conducts their investigation."

The mall will remain closed on Saturday, she said.

Hoover is a large suburb south of Birmingham.

The incident comes a year after a separate shooting at the same mall left one person dead. One suspect was arrested in connection to that case, police said.

ABC News' Matt Foster contributed to this report.

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US ArmyBy Christina Carrega and Luis Martinez

(NEW YORK) -- When Vanessa Guillen was a little girl, she dreamed of joining the Army, her family said.

The Houston native graduated César E. Chavez High School in 2018 and shortly thereafter enlisted, becoming a private first class who worked to repair small arms and artillery while serving with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

At some point, her family says she confided in her two sisters, Lupe and Mayra, that she was having problems while posted at Fort Hood, the sprawling Army base outside of Killeen, Texas.

Her sisters said Guillen, 20, told them and fellow soldiers that she was being sexually harassed by a superior and was fearful of reporting the incident because of potential retaliation.

Family attorney Natalie Khawam said while Guillen was taking a shower, a superior came into the bathroom, sat down and watched her.

Fort Hood investigators said on their Facebook page that they "have no credible information or report that Guillen was sexually assaulted."

While at work on April 22, Guillen was contacted by a fellow soldier, Specialist Aaron David Robinson, via text message to deliver paperwork regarding a machine gun that needed to be serviced, according to court documents.

After Guillen's disappearance, her Army ID, bank card and two sets of keys were found by investigators inside a workshop where she worked.

Khawam later said she was told Guillen and Robinson had an argument in the armory where they worked after she discovered his alleged affair with the estranged wife of a former soldier.

Later, as local police and federal marshals closed in on Robinson, he died by suicide.

Human remains were discovered near Fort Hood a few days ago, and an examination is underway into whether they belong to Vanessa Guillen.

Here's how the story has unfolded:

April 22
Officials within Vanessa Guillen's unit become aware she's missing, according to court documents.

April 23
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command received notification from Guillen's captain that she was last seen on the Fort Hood base.

April 28
A search of Guillen's cellphone records, according to court documents, showed that one of the last persons she was in contact with was Aaron David Robinson.

CID investigators interviewed the 20-year-old Robinson, who told them that the day Guillen went missing he went to the off-post residence he shared with his girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, according to court documents.

Robinson told investigators that he only left the house once, to go back to the base to log in on a computer to enroll in training, court documents show.

May 4
Vanessa's older sister, 22-year-old Mayra, started an online fundraiser to cover the cost of a private investigator and an attorney.

"My sister DID NOT sign up to the ARMY to be held AGAINST her will. We need to find her and get justice," Mayra Guillen wrote.

May 18
Investigators with CID talked to two witnesses who allegedly saw Robinson on April 22 leaving his work area with a large box that appeared "very heavy in weight," and place that box in his car before driving away, according to court documents.

May 19
Robinson consented to a search of his cellphone records, which showed that on the day Guillen went missing that he made several calls to his girlfriend, Aguilar, throughout the day into the early morning hours of April 23, according to court documents.

June 3
The Guillen family created social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to call attention to Vanessa's sexual assault allegation and disappearance.

"She was afraid to report it. She reported it to her friends. She reported it to her family. She even reported to other soldiers on base, but she didn't want to do a formal report because she was afraid of retaliation and being blackballed, and she, like most victims, just tried to deal with it herself," Lupe Guillen, 16, told ABC News on July 1.

Lupe Guillen said the hashtags #FindVanessaGuillen, #IamVanessaGuillen and #WeAreVanessaGuillen have become a sounding board for other military members who say they've been victims of sex-related crimes while on duty.

June 15
The CID and The League of United Latin American Citizens increased the reward for credible information leading to Vanessa Guillen's whereabouts to $50,000 -- $25,000 from each organization.

June 19
Aguilar is interviewed twice by investigators. After giving a false statement that Robinson was calling her phone repeatedly because she couldn't find it, she told investigators that on the night of April 22, they took a "long drive" to Belton, Texas, to "look at the stars," according to court document.

Robinson's cellphone records corroborated Aguilar's story and placed the pair along the Leon River, according to court documents.

June 21
Investigators began to search near the Leon River, more than 20 miles away from Fort Hood. Despite detecting an odor of decomposition, no remains were found, according to court documents.

June 23
Texas Rep. Sylvia Garcia and the Guillen family met with Fort Hood leadership, who told them they suspected foul play in Vanessa's disappearance.

June 30
CID investigators interviewed Aguilar again, and she allegedly admitted that Robinson told her that he'd bludgeoned Guillen to death with a hammer, according to court documents.

Aguilar then told officials that Robinson placed Guillen's body in a box, placed the box in his car and drove his car to a gas station where Aguilar worked. Robinson then drove Aguilar to the Leon River, where he opened the box to reveal Guillen's body, court records show.

Aguilar told authorities the two of them then dismembered Guillen's body using a "hatchet or machete type knife" and buried pieces of her body in three separate holes, according to court documents.

Investigators then found unidentified human remains about 20 miles away from the base, near the area investigators previously checked, according to court documents.

The discovery came on the same day Guillen's family members announced they were seeking a congressional investigation into her disappearance.

"It is truly disappointing how Fort Hood Army Base, a military base, has not given answers to Vanessa's family," Khawam, the family's attorney, wrote on Facebook.

July 1
Khawam announced at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol that a suspect tied to Guillen's disappearance died by suicide, and that a second suspect, a woman, had been arrested.

At the time, neither Robinson nor Aguilar were identified.

The Guillen family and Khawam said the deceased male suspect was a superior officer who allegedly walked in on Vanessa as she was showering, sat down and watched her. Vanessa didn't report the incident, her family said, because she feared reprisals.

Khawam announced at the press conference, attended by veterans including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, that she's planning to propose legislation to protect U.S. military soldiers from sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Gabbard said she knows "personally the strength of the chain of command. I also know and understand that fear Vanessa must have felt."

"I have long advocated for real reforms ... for them to report these incidents outside the chain of command," Gabbard added.

July 2
Investigators with CID identified Robinson as the deceased suspect who had been accused of killing Vanessa Guillen on April 22.

Military officials said at a press conference that Robinson was not Guillen's superior and that during their investigation they didn't find evidence of sexual harassment to confirm her family's accusations.

"And I am really sorry that I was not able to provide them the information sufficient to reduce their suffering," Major Gen. Scott Efflandt, deputy commanding general of III Corps at Fort Hood, said at a news conference.

The U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Texas later identified Aguilar as Robinson's alleged accomplice.

Aguilar, 22, was charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence for helping dispose of Vanessa Guillen's body, authorities said.

Aguilar is expected in federal court in Waco, Texas, for arraignment on July 6. An attorney was not listed for her among online court records.

If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

ABC News' Abby Cruz contributed to this report.

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(BRAINTREE, Ma) -- A 15-year-old girl was injured in a shooting at the South Shore Plaza mall in Braintree, Massachusetts, officials said.

Braintree police said she suffered non-life threatening injuries, and two male suspects were taken into custody in relation to the shooting, which took place at about 4:45 p.m.

After initially saying they were responding to an "active shooter," the Braintree Police Department said it now believes it was a targeted shooting.

Special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted Braintree police in the response to the scene.

The Braintree Police Department said via Twitter that the stores were put under lockdown. In a follow-up tweet, the agency said the suspect or suspects were "believed to have fled the mall on foot" and urged neighbors to shelter in place and report suspicious activity.

The shelter-in-place orders were lifted after the two suspects were taken into custody.

A witness inside the mall described the chaos to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB, saying he heard "six gunshots."

"Everything was acting normal, day to day, I was on the upstairs location near Sears, as I was walking toward Sears, I was on the second level I saw people start going to the railing, looking down to the first floor and then we just heard six gunshots one after another, then it went silent," he said. "I didn't see any shooter or anything like that. And then it all became chaos, the mall, everybody trying to find an exit."

Braintree is located about 25 minutes south of downtown Boston.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty ImagesBy WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News

(NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 520,000 people worldwide.

Over 10.8 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 2.7 million diagnosed cases and at least 128,740 deaths.

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

7:00 p.m.: NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson tests positive

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Champ Jimmie Johnson, currently 12th in points, has become the sport's first driver to test positive.

Johnson, who said he planned to retire after the current season, will miss this weekend's race in Indianapolis.

He can return to the track after he's symptom free and has two negative COVID-19 test results at least 24 hours apart, according to NASCAR.

"Jimmie is a true battle-tested champion, and we wish him well in his recovery," NASCAR said in a statement. "NASCAR has granted Jimmie a playoff waiver, and we look forward to his return as he races for an eighth NASCAR Cup Series championship."

5:00 p.m.: WHO expects interim results on drug trials within 2 weeks

The World Health Organization said it expects interim results on a potential coronavirus treatment drug -- not a vaccine -- within two weeks.

"The group reviewed data from the solidarity trial and agreed on the need for more trials to test different classes of therapeutics at different stages of the disease," WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a news conference Friday, adding that nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have been recruited for what's been dubbed the "solidarity trial."

"We expect interim result within the next two weeks," Ghebreyesus added.

The solidarity trial began as a study of five drug candidates, including the Trump-touted hydroxychloroquine, on which testing was halted after no significant coronavirus-related benefited were discovered.

The head of the WHO's Emergencies Program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said it would be "unwise at this point to predict when a vaccine could be rolled out."

"Vaccines may have shown efficacy by the end of the year," he added, "the question will be whether or not the scale of the production of those vaccines will be enough for us to begin vaccinating people early in 2021."

4:45 p.m.: MLB says 31 players have tested positive

The Major League Baseball League and its Player's Association announced on Friday the results of their first round of mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The league said 31 players and seven staff members have tested positive, approximately 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested, according to the MLB.

News of the testing results comes shortly after MLB announced the 2020 All-Star Game is canceled.

4:45 p.m.: Texas reports 10th consecutive day of increased cases

Texas health officials on Friday reported their latest COVID-19 data, revealing a 10th consecutive day of more confirmed cases.

The state now has 183,522 total cases and 87,382 active cases, with 2,575 reported fatalities. At least 7,652 patients are hospitalized.

The state is seeing a 13.92% positivity rate after administering 2,273,591 tests.

Harris County, which includes Houston, currently has the most cases at 34,108. Dallas County is second-highest in the state with 22,590.

4:00 p.m.: Ocean City to give out prizes to people wearing masks on the boardwalk

As New Jersey's coast is inundated with sun-seekers this holiday weekend, officials are imploring residents and visitors to wear masks.

Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian said city officials plan to roam the boardwalk on Saturday evening, awarding prizes at random to families and individuals who are wearing masks, The Associated Press reported.

The large crowds and gatherings that are expected at the beaches as the nation celebrates Independence Day have health officials on high alert. Moreover, New Jersey's casinos, amusement rides, water parks and restaurants have also reopened -- though with some capacity restrictions.

"We are especially concerned after the gatherings we saw at the Jersey Shore," the state's health commissioner, Judith Persichilli, told the AP. "Individuals were packed together, which raises the risk of spreading the virus."

3:10 p.m.: 98% of new Louisiana cases due to community spread

Almost all new COVID-19 cases in Louisiana -- 98% -- are because of community spread, the state's health department reported.

About half -- 43% -- are among people under 29 and younger.

There have been an additional 1,756 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday.

The new cases come as Gov. John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Pelican player Zion Williamson released a PSA encouraging residents to wear a mask or face covering while in public.

"It's up to all of us to do our part, and the three best and easiest things we can do to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus is to wear a mask when in public, practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently," Edwards said. "As we head into this holiday weekend it is critical that we not forget or ease up on the mitigation efforts we know work. Together, being good neighbors to one another, we will slow the spread and save lives."

"We still have a lot of work to do in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana," Williamson said. "Wear your mask and stay safe."

Louisiana only requires employees in open businesses -- not patrons -- to wear masks, according to Masks4All, an organization that promotes mask wearing.

2:44 p.m.: Employees at 30 Publix stores in Florida test positive

Employees at 30 Central Florida Publix stores have tested positive for COVID-19, the company confirmed in a statement.

All employees who tested positive, and any employees in close contact with one of them, will be quarantined for 14 days and receive paid leave.

"We continue to be keenly focused on intensive, ongoing protective measures in all our stores," the statement said.

2:14 p.m.: Arizona reports new high of current hospitalizations

Hospitalizations and ICU capacity reached new highs in Arizona, according to the state's health department.

There were 3,013 current hospitalizations in the state and the ICU capacity hit 91%.

There were also an additional 4,433 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in 91,858 total cases. An additional 31 people died, bringing the total to 1,788.

11:10 a.m.: Florida reports 9,488 new COVID-19 cases

Florida reported an additional 9,488 COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 178,594.

The positivity rate was 14.8%, up .3% from Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health.

Lee County reported the highest rate of positivity at 22.1.%, with Miami-Dade following behind at 20.8%.

10:50 a.m.: UK to lift quarantine for lower risk countries; US not among them

Travelers to the United Kingdom from a handful of countries will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days, the government announced.

The United States, however, is not among those countries.

Fifty-nine countries and territories are on the list, including Australia, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Spain.

Starting on July 10, anyone visiting the U.K. from those countries will not be required to self-isolate. The exemption may differ for those who have visited or stopped in any other country or territory 14 days prior.

Currently, all international travelers, with a few exceptions, are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

10:20 a.m.: Pakistani FM tests positive for COVID-19 a day after meeting with senior US officials


Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister, has tested positive for COVID-19, he wrote on Twitter.

The news comes one day after Qureshi met with Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the top U.S. diplomat brokering an end to the war in Afghanistan, and Adam Boehler, the head of the US government's international finance development institution.

"By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic," Qureshi tweeted. "I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers."

8:57 a.m.: White House defends domestic trips as Secret Service agents test positive

The White House is defending its domestic trips after yet another incident of Secret Service agents getting sick as a result of those trips.

A senior official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said, "I hope it’s reflected that these trips have been an important way for the Task Force to get ground reports from states, provide states what they need when they need it, and to assure the American people that we’ll get through this together."

While Vice President Mike Pence's trips this week to two hot spots -- Florida and Arizona -- took on a coronavirus focus, they were originally slated to include campaign activities as well. The campaign events were postponed.

However, ABC News confirmed that Secret Service agents in Arizona who were preparing for a trip involving Pence tested positive for COVID-19 or showed signs of illness, which led to a postponement of the trip, according to a government official familiar with the matter.

The delay was needed for the Secret Service to bring in a new team of healthy agents in to Phoenix to complete the trip, according to the official.

7:50 a.m.: Face coverings required in Myrtle Beach ahead of holiday weekend

Anyone in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is now required to wear a mask or face covering, Mayor Brenda Bethune told ABC News' Good Morning America.

The mandate comes ahead of what Bethune expected to be a crowded holiday weekend, with more than 100,000 tourists visiting.

Bethune said they should have enacted a mask order earlier, but didn't have the authority until just last week. The order went into effect Thursday at 11:59 p.m. local time.

"I wish we could have done it sooner, we acted on it as quickly as possible," Bethune said.

7:36 a.m.: Penn State student dies of COVID-19 complications

A student at Penn State University died of respiratory failure and COVID-19, according to a statement from the university.

Juan Garcia, a 21-year-old College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student from Allentown, died June 30, the university said.

He is the first known Penn State student death related to the coronavirus.

“We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan’s untimely death during this pandemic,” vice president for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. “While I did not know Juan personally, we have learned through conversations with those closest to him that this young man had a remarkable spirit and was greatly loved. I know our entire campus community sends our deepest condolences to his family and friends as they grieve this unthinkable loss. It is a poignant reminder that no one among us is immune to the worst consequences of this virus.”

Garcia was living off campus when he began to feel ill, according to the university statement. He then traveled back home to Allentown on June 19 and was tested for COVID-19 on June 20.

He died 10 days later.

7:18 a.m.: 'Great news': Trump says of increase in number of COVID-19 cases

Even as Republican-led states roll back reopenings due to the significant rise in coronavirus cases and warnings from his own government that the pandemic is far from over, President Donald Trump continues to take an optimistic tone about the increase in diagnosed COVID-19 cases.

"There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country," Trump tweeted late Thursday night. "This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!"

However, Adm. Brett Giroir, the man Trump appointed to oversee testing, testified at a House hearing Thursday that "this is a real increase in cases" and not just attributable to increased testing.

"There is no question that the more testing you get, the more you will uncover," Giroir said Thursday. "But we do believe this is a real increase in cases because of the percent positives are going up. So, this is real increases in cases."

Giroir said the U.S. is not flattening the curve right now.

"The curve is still going up," he testified.

Trump's positively also comes the same day the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its coronavirus death toll projections for July. Forecasts indicate that between 140,000 and 160,000 total deaths nationally are expected by July 25. The CDC forecast also suggests that the number of new deaths will increase in 11 states.

The U.S. reported 52,815 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. This week was the biggest week-over-week jump since the third week in March, when testing had just begun to increase in the United States.

5:55 a.m.: Arizona bar let COVID-19 positive workers continue working, officials say

The state of Arizona has seen an incredible rise in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations recently, forcing the state to pause its reopening. And now one bar is under investigation after it allegedly allowed multiple employees known to have tested positive for the coronavirus to continue working.

Varsity Tavern, located in downtown Tempe, allegedly permitted both employees and managers to continue working after being diagnosed, according to the State of Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.

After the state agency began its investigation, the business decided to close on July 1.

Officials are still seeking to revoke Varsity Tavern's license. The establishment has had its license suspended twice before, once in December 2018 and again in July 2019.

The Department of Liquor also alleges that the bar management knowingly didn't notify health officials that workers tested positive, didn't enforce social distancing requirements and didn't enforce mask-wearing requirements.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operators, last Sunday to pause their operations until July 27 in a renewed effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

For the fifth day in a row, Arizona has surpassed its record number of hospitalizations on Thursday, with 2,938 patients currently hospitalized. At least 89% of ICU beds are now in use in the state.

There are more than 87,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona, with at least 1,764 deaths.

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Bill Chizek / iStockBy Lauren Lantry, Stephanie Ebbs and Cheyenne Haslett, ABC News

President Donald Trump views his Friday trip to Mount Rushmore as celebrating America's "heritage" on the July Fourth holiday weekend.

“We're gonna have a tremendous evening,” Trump said Thursday. “It's going to be a fireworks display like few people have seen. It's going to be very exciting. It's going to be beautiful.”

But many Native American leaders could not disagree more.

They have watched as, across the country, protests over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers grew into a broader demand to reexamine and tear down relics of the nation's racial past.

For many Native Americans, the 79-year-old Mount Rushmore, with four white faces carved into the granite, is a symbol of similar oppression, especially offensive because it's located in South Dakota's Black Hills, which they regard with reverence.

“Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that cannot keep a promise or treaty then the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States called Mount Rushmore,” Chairman Harold Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe said in a statement. ”We are now being forced to witness the lashing of our land with pomp, arrogance and fire hoping our sacred lands will survive.”

While many Americans view Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln as great leaders, others are reminded of their controversial pasts.

Washington and Jefferson both owned slaves; Roosevelt promoted the country's westward expansion, leading to the desecration of Native lands and peoples by white settlers.

According to the Associated Press, Roosevelt is even reported to have said, "I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every 10 are."

And Lincoln, though celebrated for having led the emancipation of black slaves, approved the hanging of 38 Dakota Native American men, according to the Library of Congress. It was the largest government sanctioned mass execution in U.S. history.

Mount Rushmore historian Tom Griffith told the AP the sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. Though Griffith said Borglum’s allegiance to the Confederacy was more practical than ideological, his affiliations nonetheless stood for hatred and inequality.

The monument is also a reminder to Native Americans of the countless treaties broken by the U.S. government.

According to both the Lakota tribe and the United States Supreme Court, the Black Hills should never have been taken by the United States government.

In 1868, the Fort Laramie Treaty guaranteed a permanent “Great Sioux Reservation” to the Sioux tribe, which included the Black Hills. Under this agreement, “no treaty for the cession of any portion or part of the reservation” could be sold or traded unless 75% of “adult male Indians” agreed to the change.

But despite this treaty establishing the Black Hills as part of a reservation, white settlers began moving onto Lakota land searching for gold. Tribes in the area tried to fight them off, but they were also facing a threat of starvation as many of the bison herds in the area were destroyed.

In 1873, a group of Lakota men agreed to cede the Black Hills in exchange for the U.S. government providing food. That group of men made up just 10% of the male population of the tribe. But the U.S. government proceeded to take that land, and by 1941 the four presidents’ faces were carved into the mountainside.

After years of legal challenges, the Supreme Court in 1980 upheld the Indian Claims Commission's ruling that the taking of the Black Hills was illegal under the Fifth Amendment, based on the fact that 75% of the tribe’s men had not consented to the agreement.

“A more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealing will never, in all probability, be found in our history,” the majority opinion stated in United States v. Sioux Nation.

The Lakota tribe has been offered monetary settlements now worth about $1 billion, according to Jeff Ostler, a historian at the University of Oregon, but they refuse to accept it saying they will only accept the land back that was illegally taken from them.

Trump’s visit also comes at a moment when the nation faces a rising coronavirus cases.

“Now he’s hosting an over-the-top fireworks display in our sacred Black Hills, while he doles out retribution against our Tribal governments,” said Frazier of the Cheyenne River Sioux. “And for what? For doing what he failed to do—protecting people from a deadly virus."

This event celebrating the nation’s 244th birthday also has raised alarm in some Native American tribes in South Dakota, concerned that the event will put tribal members needlessly at risk for spread of the coronavirus. Their fear only was heightened given the toll the virus has taken on the Navajo Nation where members experience high rates of underlying medical conditions making them more vulnerable and have limited access to hospitals, some 100 miles away.

“We are more than three hours from the nearest critical care facility,” said Julian Bear Runner, President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, ahead of Trump's visit. “To expose our people to the virus would be devastating. And for our more vulnerable members who have underlying medical conditions, COVID-19 is far more deadly.”

While there were originally plans for social distancing during the South Dakota event, those plans have been scrapped and the state is now expecting 7,500 people to attend the Mount Rushmore celebration. An additional 3,500 people will be allowed to watch the fireworks on screens from the exterior.

“We told those folks that have concerns that they stay can home,” GOP Gov. Kristi Noem said in an interview with Fox News on Monday night. “But those who want to come, join us. We will be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one. We won’t be social distancing, we’re asking them to come, be ready to celebrate the freedoms and the liberties we have in this country.”

With large crowds expected, no social distancing and face coverings remaining optional – which goes against recommendations issued by the CDC, the Mount Rushmore event concerns Native American locals.

“Trump coming here is a safety concern not just for my people inside and outside the reservation, but for people in the Great Plains,” said Bear Runner in an interview with the Guardian. “We have such limited resources in Black Hills, and we’re already seeing infections rising.”

Just this week, the United States saw an increase in over 50,000 positive cases in just one day.

“In a time of crisis, where more than 127,299 Americans have died, the president is putting our Tribal members at risk to stage a photo-op at one of our most sacred sites,” Frazier said. “This is an administration that has not only mishandled the federal government’s response to the virus from the start, but has attempted to trample on our rights as a sovereign nation to conduct safety checks at our boundaries. We will not allow this administration or anyone to interfere with our right to take measures to protect our people.”

The pushback also comes on the heels of a lawsuit brought by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe against the Trump administration, claiming the White House tried to stop the tribe from implementing checkpoints on federal roads near the reservation. According to the lawsuit, Frazier, the chairman of the tribe, received calls from Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff, and Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of coronavirus task force. The tribe was told that if it didn’t let up on the checkpoints, their law enforcement program would be taken over by the federal government.

“You see what they’re doing at the state level in places like Washington state, New York and California to be proactive in slowing the spread,” said Rodney Bordeaux, President of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, who supports the lawsuit. “Our tribal governments also have rights, and obligations to our people to protect them. Apparently, the administration wants to punish Tribes for that. We will not stand by and let that happen.”

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pinkomelet/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News

(SALEM, Ore.) -- Oregon officials came out swinging at a group of state troopers caught on camera refusing to wear masks at a local coffee shop in Corvallis despite a statewide mandate.

Surveillance video shared with local outlet The Oregonian shows what appears to be four state troopers enter a coffee shop, all without face coverings, on July 1. All employees behind the counter can be seen wearing masks.

The store's assistant manager told the local paper he informed the first trooper who arrived that masks were required, but the officer allegedly refused and went on to blast the governor's mask mandate. The Oregonian reports that one unnamed trooper has been placed on administrative leave as a result of the incident, citing a statement from Oregon State Police spokesperson Timothy Fox. The agency did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Friday.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced a statewide mask mandate for all public indoor places on July 1 as part of an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus as much of the U.S. is experiencing concerning new jumps in cases.

Oregon health officials reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

Brown responded to the incident involving the troopers directly after the surveillance video from the shop, Allan's Coffee and Tea, went viral.

"It is inexcusable that a few Oregon State Troopers disregarded my face covering requirement yesterday, and ignored a request from a fellow Oregonian to follow the rule," Brown said in a statement Thursday. "Oregon State Police Superintendent Hampton and I agree that their actions and behaviors were absolutely unacceptable."

"Let me crystal clear: No one is above the law," she added. "Superintendent Hampton and I expect the Oregon State Police to lead by example."

Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton added in a separate statement that the police officer's conduct is "embarrassing and indefensible, especially in the wake of thousands of Oregonians taking to the streets each day to rightfully demand police accountability."

"Like any police misconduct, the actions of a few bring discredit to the scores of dedicated officers that do not believe they are above the law they are sworn to uphold," Hampton added.

Hampton pledged that their conduct "is being immediately addressed" and personally apologized "to the coffee shop employees and the community."

Allan's Coffee Shop did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Friday, but shared in a post on Twitter that they are "thankful for all of the support we have received from our community."

 

We are thankful for all of the support we have received from our community. This was definitely not something we could have anticipated. Our amazing team handled the conflict in a calm and professional manner, and we could not be more proud. https://t.co/jN1nLfZHZh

— Allan’s Coffee & Tea (@allans_coffee) July 2, 2020

 

"This was definitely not something we could have anticipated," the tweet added. "Our amazing team handled the conflict in a calm and professional manner, and we could not be more proud."

The incident in Oregon highlights the struggle many local businesses have encountered while attempting to enforce government mandates on face coverings.

Despite the global health crisis raging and health officials urging the use of face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19, wearing masks has become embroiled in a culture war of sorts in the U.S.

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(NEW YORK) -- Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown is facing a real-life plot twist that reads like his bestselling thrillers.

Brown's private divorce details went public after his ex-wife accused him of leading a double life.

The bestselling author has penned imaginative tales of intrigue and deceit, but his ex-wife of 21 years Blythe Brown filed a lawsuit Monday that claims he was living a "secret double life."

ABC News obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed in New Hampshire, which claimed Brown removed "substantial funds from their hard-earned marital assets to conduct sordid extra-marital affairs with women -- one half his age." The lawsuit also stated that Brown bought "a prizewinning stallion horse worth $345,000" for one of the women.

Family law attorney, who is not involved in the case, Laura Wesser, told ABC News that Blythe would need to prove how their money was spent.

"If she could show that the money used to purchase the horse came from their joint funds, she might be able to show that she "was entitled to all or some of those funds," Wesser explained.

The suit also claimed that the 56-year-old author misrepresented the couple's wealth in a sworn financial affidavit in their divorce agreement and hid multiple future projects worth "millions" from Blythe. Those included a TV series based on writing she said the couple "created together" and a children's book due out in September.

In a statement to ABC News Blythe said "the lawsuit is about standing up for myself."

"We worked so hard together, struggling to build something -- After so much pain, it is time for truth," she said.

Brown has adamantly denied all allegations and called them "fictional and vindictive," he told ABC News.

"Any suggestion that I was not completely honest in financial disclosures during our divorce is wrong," he continued, adding that his ex-wife received "more than half" of the couple's assets.

"The fact that he had relationships with other people in the marriage -- is not something he can be penalized for as part of the divorce," Wesser said. "if he really didn't say these are things that are generating income for me, then that could be a problem for him."

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(NEW YORK) -- From California to New Jersey, heat will be the story for the holiday weekend forecast.

For example, it's been the hottest start of the summer since 2005 in Albany, New York, where it has already had seven days of 90-plus degrees.

Also, the heat reached most of the northern reaches of the lower 48 states Thursday with Duluth, Minnesota, breaking a record high temperature with 93 degrees.

More heat and humidity east of the Rockies is in the forecast Friday, with most areas feeling like its 90 to 100 degrees. Some areas will feel closer to 110 degrees in the South-central states.

A heat advisory has been issued from Minneapolis all the way down to Shreveport, Louisiana, Friday.

Over the holiday weekend, the heat will hang out for most of the East Coast, and then spread into the West as well, with 110 degrees possible in southern California.

The only relatively cooler areas will be in New England and in the Pacific Northwest, where temps will be mostly in the 70s.

Strong to severe storms from the Plains to the Northeast are worth monitoring this weekend.

Already more than 150 damaging storms reports have been observed from Colorado to Maine Thursday, with five reported tornadoes in Colorado and Nebraska. No damage was reported with these tornadoes.

As the cold front moves through the Northeast, strong to severe storms are possible from Vermont down to New Jersey, where damaging winds and some hail will be the biggest threat.

More severe storms are expected in the Plains from western Montana and Wyoming to the Dakotas, where damaging winds and large hail will be the biggest threat.

Last but not least, a stationary front will continue to sit across the South and produce more storms from Oklahoma to Florida. The biggest threat in the South will be heavy rain that could produce flash flooding, where some areas could see more than 4 inches of rain.

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Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagesBy AVERI HARPER, ABC News

(MINNEAPOLIS) -- In the aftermath of George Floyd's death while in Minneapolis police custody, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution this week declaring racism a public health crisis.

Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley, the first Black commissioner in the county's history, stewarded the effort.

"I know how racism is perpetuated through our systems, I know how racist policies and practices show up on the ground -- show up in [the] community -- and we can't sit by and not say structural racism is the problem," said Conley in an interview with ABC News.

The resolution passed in a 7-1 vote.

The sole "no" vote came from Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who said he felt declaring racism a public health crisis would send a message that racism is the biggest problem the county faces, which he does not believe it is.

Hennepin County officials said in a statement that since 2017, the county has "focused on disparity reduction by allocating resources" and "launching training to build staff awareness of internal bias," but Conley said reduction of racial disparities isn't enough.

"It's not about disparity reduction, it's about dismantling disparities and if you want to dismantle those disparities, you can't do that without dismantling racism," said Conley.

Hennepin County's resolution places renewed focus on policies to improve health outcomes for Black, Indigenous and other communities of color, and calls for the formation of partnerships with community groups "confronting racism" and working to bring awareness to issues of racism. It also sets a deadline for the Board of Commissioners to create a timeline to address issues of systemic racism.

Hennepin County, which is where Minneapolis is located, is not the first to designate racism as a public health issue. According to Pew Trusts, at least 20 cities and counties and three states -- Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin -- have already declared racism a public health crisis.

Dr. Martine Hackett, a public health professor at Hofstra University, called Hennepin County and other similar declarations significant.

"The significance of declaring racism as a public health crisis draws the attention needed to be able to recognize that it is at the root of many of the differences that we see in health outcomes, everything from infant mortality to diabetes, to obesity," said Hackett. "It makes us recognize that we need to put the concept of racism front and center to be able to understand why these differences exist."

Discrimination on the basis of race has long been listed among the social determinants of health. Researchers have tied poorer health outcomes for Black patients to institutional racism, including the lack of access to quality health care, like Jim Crow-era segregation that pushed Blacks into low-quality care, and implicit bias on the part of providers.

Hackett believes that national designation of racism as a public health crisis could bring more funding to effectively address these issues and force a reckoning on their history.

"Designations on the federal level are also connected to funding," she said. "They're connected to Medicaid and Medicare, what can be billed for."

"It then forces us to say, 'Where did this structural racism come from?'" added Hackett. "And that forces us to deal with our history and makes us recognize that these differences in health outcomes are not just the result of poor behavior, but are fundamentally built into the system that we live in."

Conley encourages other government bodies who plan to make these declarations to ensure that action is taken to follow it up.

"If other municipalities, cities, counties, states are going to declare racism a public health crisis, you can't just do it because it sounds good," said Conley. "It has to have meat and you have to significantly shift the way that your entity does business or has done business. They can't be status quo."

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