Today's Coronavirus News Roundup: COVID-Related Gun Sales, Trump Staff Shakeup, and Wisconsin GOP is Anti-Life

by Mercury Staff
Corrupt Wisconsin Republicans happily put voters lives at risk.
Corrupt Wisconsin Republicans happily put voters lives at risk. Scott Olson / Getty News

Here's your daily roundup of all the local and national news about COVID-19. (Like our coverage? Please consider donating to the Mercury to keep it comin'!)

IN LOCAL NEWS:

• As of Monday, Oregon's confirmed COVID-19 count stood at 1,132 cases and 29 deaths. United States coronavirus deaths have now surpassed 11,000. UPDATE: Today's confirmed positive count has risen to 1,181 cases, and 33 deaths.

• A group of Oregon prisoners have filed a class action lawsuit against the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) and Governor Kate Brown, claiming their inability to provide appropriate medical care at the state's 14 prisons is putting thousands at risk of serious illness or death. Alex Zielinski has more here.

• Joining other grocery chains, Fred Meyer will now halve its stores' customer capacity limits, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. As the Mercury reported last week, some Fred Meyer employees found it difficult to observe the six-foot social distancing rule when stores were operating normally.

Two houseless people in Multnomah County have tested positive for the coronavirus, indicated the virus has reached one of the most vulnerable communities.

• Gun sales across the country are surging during the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes Oregon. That could have disturbing implications for suicide attempts and domestic violence—both of which are already on the rise here. Blair Stenvick has more here.

• Related: While visiting Portland, Chicago indie rock band Whitney reported they were robbed at gunpoint in daylight in a "nice neighborhood." Police are investigating.

• Yes, it's nice out today. It'll be nice out tomorrow. Getting some sun on your porch/balcony/front yard is cool. But please stop crowding Portland parks, okay?

• Did you know Portland Fire & Rescue have been doing virtual field trips for local kids who can't visit in-person?

• And now, a pro-science PSA from... Steak-Umm?

IN NATIONAL NEWS:

• It's been a pretty busy 24 hours of turnover at the White House: Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham is no longer Press Secretary (number of press briefings given: 0), and was replaced this morning by Kayleigh McEnany. Defense Department inspector general Glenn A. Fine, leader of an INDEPENDENT watchdog panel overseeing pandemic relief spending, was removed from that position this morning by Trump and replaced with the EPA's inspector general, Sean O'Donnell. NOTHING CORRUPT ABOUT THAT, AT ALL.

• Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, the butter-dick that insulted the Navy captain who dared to complain about his sailors contracting COVID-19 and was then FIRED for it, has been forced to resign. BYE BOY.

• Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers expected immediate legal pushback from Republicans for his executive order yesterday to postpone today's state primary. He was correct: Not only did the state Supreme Court block his order, but the Supreme Court then refused to extend the deadline for absentee voting in the state.


• China has reported, for the first time since they started making data about COVID-19 available, a day with no coronavirus-related deaths.

• America's been looking to China for hints as to what our economic recovery might look like. It doesn't look like the "V-shape" the president wants. It looks way more tentative, cautious, and slow, with realistic expectations of "back to normal" occurring in 2021 at the earliest.

• Further to that point, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon (one of the only banking execs still around from the 2008 economic collapse) weighed in this morning, saying in a letter to his shareholders that the country is facing "a bad recession."

• Further details on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's stay have come out, and the PM hasn't been placed on a mechanical ventilator yet, but is receiving supplemental oxygen on his way into the second night of his ICU stay.

• Thinking about ordering out for some nourishing nosh that also supports local eateries? Check Takeout Tuesdays, the Merc's new sponsored weekly list of delivery and takeout options!

• If you're already having a tough day, get your mood going in a different, more positive direction with the Mercury Cheer Up Club!

• Looking for more ways to keep your mind sharp and your heart full while staying safe at home this week? Well, we have a ton stuff to fit that bill, courtesy of your pals at the Mercury!

• And finally, I don't know what's going on here... but I do feel confident it won't be the craziest thing I see today.

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Today's Coronavirus News Roundup: COVID-Related Gun Sales, Trump Staff Shakeup, and Wisconsin GOP is Anti-Life