White House tries to repair rift with Fauci
President Donald Trump on Monday said he has a "good relationship" with Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, despite evidence of a growing rift between the two men as coronavirus cases surge in several states. "I get along with him very well," Trump told reporters during a White House event. "I like him, personally." The conciliatory tone was a notable shift after White House officials over the weekend circulated to reporters a dossier of guidance Fauci had made early in the pandemic that was subsequently reversed. That effort came after Trump publicly criticized Fauci in a pair of TV interviews, and an interview published last weekend by the Financial Times in which Fauci said he had not briefed the president in more than two months, and hadn't seen him in person at the White House since early June.
GOP convention forced to go virtual
The Republican Party of Texas changed course Monday night and accepted a virtual convention after courts refused to force Houston, hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, to let the party stick to its original plans of a massive indoor gathering. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat, said last week he directed city lawyers to terminate the convention contract because he believed the three-day event could not be held safely. The party sued, alleging breach of contract, but lost an appeal at the Texas Supreme Court on Monday. The convention typically draws thousands of attendees and was scheduled to begin this week.
More than 300 cases, 4 deaths at L.A. firm
In mid-March, when there was a shortage in personal protection equipment, Los Angeles Apparel was one of the first clothing retailers to step into the void. It was deemed an essential business. On Friday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health ordered the manufacturing facility to close: An investigation found more than 300 confirmed infections among the garment workers, and four deaths. Three of the deaths were in June and one in July.
Governor reinstates virus restrictions
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced statewide restrictions to again halt all indoor dining and close bars, family entertainment, zoos and museums. At the same time, most counties, including Los Angeles, will be forced to shutter gyms, churches, hair salons, malls and other businesses. The stricter measures to close gyms, churches and other services are targeted at 30 of the most populous counties in the state.
Going to N. Y.? Get ready to fill out a form
People coming into New York's airports from 19 states where coronavirus cases are rapidly rising will be met by "peace officers" upon arrival, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday. The potentially infectious travelers will be required to fill out a state Department of Health form that provides information on where they are coming from, going to, how to contact them — as well as a guarantee to self-quarantine for two weeks. The forms will be distributed on flights before they land, and can also be filled out electronically. Those who decline will face a fine of up to $2,000.