Here are some significant developments:
- The CDC issued a scant six pages of recommendations Thursday to guide schools, businesses, day care facilities and others into the next phase of the covid-19 pandemic. The advice is less detailed than the draft the agency sent to the White House for review last month.
- Nearly 3 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, pushing the total number of benefit seekers to roughly 36.5 million in the past eight weeks.
- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is stepping down as Intelligence Committee chair amid an investigation of his stock sales before the outbreak.
- President Trump announced a plan to reconfigure the government’s chronically undersupplied stockpile of emergency gear to help combat the pandemic, accelerating manufacturing and broadening the array of supplies it houses.
- Trump celebrated the decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority striking down a stay-at-home order extension issued by Gov. Tony Evers. “We’re the Wild West,” Evers said after the decision, which Trump called a “big win.”
- Speaking at an ordinary volume can produce small respiratory droplets that stay in the air for at least eight minutes, possibly explaining why so many clusters are found at conferences and other confined spaces.