Happy Independence Day!
News from the era in which the post was published.
The Department of Health reported 5,266 additional coronavirus cases statewide Monday, bringing the total to 146,341. Duval County added 260 cases, St. Johns had 57 new cases while Alachua added 40. Clay saw an increase of 27 and Columbia had 14 new cases. Flagler and Putnam counties both saw its totals increase by 10.Steve Patrick
North Florida is being slammed with COVID-19 cases, and we just now began clawing back things like opening bars at crowded beaches, and requiring masks to be worn. Man, fuck the economy, people are dying out here!
Our leaders are failing us at every turn. Look at this shit-fucker not wearing a mask, and singing with a choir also, without masks. 100-plus people!
At a campaign rally in Dallas that featured Vice President Mike Pence, a choir of about 100 people sang unmasked. Epidemiologists worry that singers are particularly likely to spread the coronavirus.Anastasia Tsioulcas
The dangers of social isolation outweigh the risks of in-person classes for most children, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.Anya Kamenetz
Oh, good, so we can kill ’em younger, too. Yeah, online courses suck. I’m currently taking a bunch at college. I’m not about to send my child to school when my college full of functioning adult people is unwilling to risk spreading COVID.
You can’t even get arrested without being exposed:
Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said Monday that 19 corrections officers have tested positive on top of 178 inmates who have also tested positive so far.Andrew Pantazi
Microsoft, having been bit by not only the COVID-19 physical retail sales slump, but also lagging sales due to a much more popular Apple Store retail experience, is closing all but four stores.
The company announced the closure today, amusingly, as the Microsoft Store taking “a new approach to retail,” by which it means “not actually operating retail stores.” Although four locations—in London, New York City, Sydney, and Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. campus—will remain open, they will become “experience centers,” where one can see, touch, and play with Microsoft products but not actually purchase any.Kate Cox – Arstechnica
This is actually kind of wild, but expected. Microsoft is not one to roll over easily, but apparently the physical retail store was just not their game. Obviously, they’re not hurting. With Azure and Office 365 being what they are, they’re making money hand over fist, especially during this pandemic. Thinking back, I don’t really recall anyone actually being in one of their stores every time I passed it, or entered it out of curiosity.
I do feel bad for the workers, though. Retail is a tough gig.
Chuck E. Cheese – where kids could be kids while parents nursed headaches – is filing for bankruptcy protection.
The 43-year-old chain, which drew kids with pizza, video games and a singing mouse mascot, was struggling even before the coronavirus pandemic. But it said the prolonged closure of many venues due to coronavirus restrictions led to Thursday’s Chapter 11 filing.
Well, it finally hit. We’re being sent home to work remotely as much as possible while still supporting the business. I can’t say that I blame them. There is a non-zero chance of a massive outbreak that cripples your workforce.
Be safe, people.