News from Congressman Banks Open in browser Open in plain text About Contact Issues Media Services Hello, As your congressman, I wanted you to see the latest details on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana. Local/State News Updates from the Indiana State Department of Health New Cases, Data Image The ISDH today reported 455 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, bringing the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed with the virus to 49,063 as of 12:00pm today. 2,539 Hoosiers have died. Image A total of 535,857 tests have been reported to ISDH to date. For more data on COVID-19 in Indiana, click here. The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which is updated every day at 12:00pm. Allen County COVID cases dropping, but caution still advised Image The following contains excerpts from this WOWO article. Local coronavirus case numbers have been holding steady, and are lower than in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. The Allen County Health Department tells the Journal Gazette that while the first week of July has seen COVID-19 cases ranging from the high teens to the low 30s per day, while June typically saw between 30 and 60 cases per day, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods. Some of those lower numbers could be due to less testing being done over the recent 4th of July holiday weekend, a health department spokeswoman says. Case numbers have also been affected by recent changes in testing guidelines, allowing anyone to be tested regardless of symptoms. Hospital capacity and ventilator availability numbers are remaining steady and stable statewide. Face masks required in 4 Indiana counties Image The following appeared on Fox59.com this morning. There is no statewide mask mandate in Indiana, but four counties have implemented one. Starting tomorrow, those counties are Marion, Elkhart, Lagrange, and St. Joseph Counties. And while there’s no order in Monroe County, the new public health order there requires businesses to post a sign at their main entrance. The signs request customers wear face coverings at the business to protect those around them. Businesses have to post the signs by Wednesday, July 8. Noble County 4-H fair opens this week Image The following contains excerpts from this KPCNews article. The rides, grandstand shows and food alley may not be there, but 4-H is still coming to the Noble County Fairgrounds starting this week. With temperatures in the 90s on Tuesday Doug Keenan, county extension director, was hard at work preparing for the start of the fair today. Chairs were being set up 6 feet apart and everything was being disinfected for the sewing, consumer clothing and fashion revue that is set to take place today at West Noble High School. The first animal shows are Saturday. Keenan said despite all of the safety precautions, which were put in place the 4-H’ers are excited to be able to show their animals. This year’s fair will look a little different due to COVID-19, with exhibitors being asked to check in their animals the day of the show and take them home afterward, as opposed to filling up the fairgrounds barns and camping out during the week. Inside the show ring things will also look a little different as competitors are being asked to wear masks during the shows. The staff, volunteers and judges will also be wearing masks. Keenan said Purdue Extension will be providing masks for those competitors and volunteers who don’t have one. The black masks have the Purdue University logo on them. Hand sanitizer will also be available in a variety of locations throughout the fairgrounds for visitors and participants to utilize. Spectators at the shows are also asked to try to maintain as much distance as possible and take precautions to try to prevent the spread of the virus. Capacity limits will be posted for each building on the fairgrounds and spectators will be asked to maintain good social distancing. Visitors and competitors will also be asked to enter each building through one door and exit through another to eliminate people moving in and out in the same direction. With only a couple of shows each day Keenan said all show areas will be disinfected inbetween shows to help keep everyone safe. For a look at the schedule of 4-H activities coming up, click here. National/World News Trump Moves to Pull U.S. Out of World Health Organization Image The following contains excerpts from this Wall Street Journal article. The U.S. has formally notified the World Health Organization it will withdraw from the United Nations agency over President Trump’s criticism of its ties to China. The U.S. State Department sent notice to the U.N. on July 6 it would end its 72-year-old membership in the WHO. “The President has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together,” a department spokesman said. “That starts with demonstrating significant progress and the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks with transparency and accountability.” The exit won’t take effect until next July. The president says the WHO, the U.N.’s chief global health institution, is under China’s sway and has failed to respond adequately to the coronavirus pandemic. He has said the U.S. would redirect the funds it currently sends the WHO to other “deserving, urgent global public-health needs” because the agency failed to make reforms the U.S. had requested. “They’re a puppet of China,” Mr. Trump said in May at the White House. “They give us a lot of bad advice.” … Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.), ranking member of the House oversight committee, supported the Trump administration’s decision. “China lied, the WHO complied, and Americans died,” he said in a statement. … The formal announcement moves the Trump administration one step closer to its goal of creating an alternative global health structure outside the boundaries of the U.N. system. Administration officials have floated the idea of creating an office within the State Department tasked with responding to pandemics. Previously, a similar office was situated in the National Security Council until it was disbanded in 2018. Unemployment Expected to Reach Highest Level Since Great Depression Image The following contains excerpts from this Wall Street Journal article. Unemployment rates in the world’s advanced economies will end the year higher than at any time since the Great Depression and not return to their pre-pandemic levels until 2022 at the earliest, the Organization for Economic and Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. The Paris-based research institute that serves the U.S. and 36 other countries warned against the premature withdrawal of emergency measures designed to support employment, and said governments should launch new programs to encourage businesses to hire workers, particularly those entering the jobs market for the first time. Jobless rates could be even higher if a second wave of outbreaks leads to fresh, if partial lockdowns, the OECD said. If the U.S. is hit by a second wave of lockdowns, the OECD forecasts jobless rates of 12.9% in 2020 and 11.5% in 2021, compared with 11.3% this year and 8.5% next year if there is no sustained resurgence. The lockdowns that governments imposed from mid-March in an effort to contain the coronavirus led to large-scale layoffs. Across the OECD’s members, the jobless rate has returned to the level last seen in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. “We are basically back where we were in 2010,” said Stefano Scarpetta, director of employment at the OECD. “In three months, we’ve lost all the gains in employment that it took a decade to make.” Mr. Scarpetta estimates that even if a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks is avoided, the jobless rate for OECD members will hit 9.4% in the final three months of this year, a level not seen since the 1930s. In the event of a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks, the jobless rate could rise to 12.6%. Even if further outbreaks are avoided—an outcome the OECD labels the “optimistic” scenario—the jobless rate is expected to fall only gradually, to 7.7% by the end of 2021. In the event of a second wave, it is expected to stand at 8.9%. The loss of jobs is only one measure of the pandemic’s impact on the labor market. Based on statistics from a small group of countries that includes the U.S., the OECD estimates that total hours worked fell by 12.2% in the first three months of the lockdown, compared with 1.2% in the first three months of the global financial crisis. Although the U.S.’s jobless rate fell in May and June, the OECD expects it to experience the largest rise in unemployment this year, an increase of 7.6 percentage points. By comparison, Germany’s unemployment rate is expected to rise by 1.4 percentage points this year, while the French rate is forecast to increase by 2.5 percentage points. In both cases, the expected drop in 2021 will leave the jobless rate higher than it was before the pandemic struck. Thanks for letting me fill you in. For more updates on the coronavirus and what’s happening in Congress, subscribe to my newsletter. Jim Banks Member of Congress Indiana’s Third District Washington, DC Office 1713 Longworth HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone: 202-225-4436 Fort Wayne Office 1300 S Harrison St Fort Wayne, IN 46802 Phone: 260-702-4750 Unsubscribe | Privacy Policy NOTE: Please DO NOT respond to this email as this inbox is unattended. To contact my office please click here.

News from Congressman Banks

Open in browser Open in plain text

About Contact Issues Media Services
Hello,

As your congressman, I wanted you to see the latest details on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana.

Local/State News

Updates from the Indiana State Department of Health

New Cases, Data

Image

The ISDH today reported 455 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana, bringing the total number of Hoosiers diagnosed with the virus to 49,063 as of 12:00pm today. 2,539 Hoosiers have died.

Image

A total of 535,857 tests have been reported to ISDH to date.

For more data on COVID-19 in Indiana, click here.

The complete list of counties with cases is included in the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at https://www.in.gov/coronavirus/, which is updated every day at 12:00pm.

Allen County COVID cases dropping, but caution still advised

Image

The following contains excerpts from this WOWO article.

Local coronavirus case numbers have been holding steady, and are lower than in recent weeks, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down.

The Allen County Health Department tells the Journal Gazette that while the first week of July has seen COVID-19 cases ranging from the high teens to the low 30s per day, while June typically saw between 30 and 60 cases per day, that doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods.

Some of those lower numbers could be due to less testing being done over the recent 4th of July holiday weekend, a health department spokeswoman says. Case numbers have also been affected by recent changes in testing guidelines, allowing anyone to be tested regardless of symptoms.

Hospital capacity and ventilator availability numbers are remaining steady and stable statewide.

Face masks required in 4 Indiana counties

Image

The following appeared on Fox59.com this morning.

There is no statewide mask mandate in Indiana, but four counties have implemented one. Starting tomorrow, those counties are Marion, Elkhart, Lagrange, and St. Joseph Counties.

And while there’s no order in Monroe County, the new public health order there requires businesses to post a sign at their main entrance. The signs request customers wear face coverings at the business to protect those around them.

Businesses have to post the signs by Wednesday, July 8.

Noble County 4-H fair opens this week

Image

The following contains excerpts from this KPCNews article.

The rides, grandstand shows and food alley may not be there, but 4-H is still coming to the Noble County Fairgrounds starting this week.

With temperatures in the 90s on Tuesday Doug Keenan, county extension director, was hard at work preparing for the start of the fair today. Chairs were being set up 6 feet apart and everything was being disinfected for the sewing, consumer clothing and fashion revue that is set to take place today at West Noble High School.

The first animal shows are Saturday.

Keenan said despite all of the safety precautions, which were put in place the 4-H’ers are excited to be able to show their animals.

This year’s fair will look a little different due to COVID-19, with exhibitors being asked to check in their animals the day of the show and take them home afterward, as opposed to filling up the fairgrounds barns and camping out during the week.

Inside the show ring things will also look a little different as competitors are being asked to wear masks during the shows. The staff, volunteers and judges will also be wearing masks.

Keenan said Purdue Extension will be providing masks for those competitors and volunteers who don’t have one. The black masks have the Purdue University logo on them.

Hand sanitizer will also be available in a variety of locations throughout the fairgrounds for visitors and participants to utilize.

Spectators at the shows are also asked to try to maintain as much distance as possible and take precautions to try to prevent the spread of the virus.

Capacity limits will be posted for each building on the fairgrounds and spectators will be asked to maintain good social distancing. Visitors and competitors will also be asked to enter each building through one door and exit through another to eliminate people moving in and out in the same direction.

With only a couple of shows each day Keenan said all show areas will be disinfected inbetween shows to help keep everyone safe.

For a look at the schedule of 4-H activities coming up, click here.

National/World News

Trump Moves to Pull U.S. Out of World Health Organization

Image

The following contains excerpts from this Wall Street Journal article.

The U.S. has formally notified the World Health Organization it will withdraw from the United Nations agency over President Trump’s criticism of its ties to China.

The U.S. State Department sent notice to the U.N. on July 6 it would end its 72-year-old membership in the WHO. “The President has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together,” a department spokesman said. “That starts with demonstrating significant progress and the ability to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease outbreaks with transparency and accountability.”

The exit won’t take effect until next July.

The president says the WHO, the U.N.’s chief global health institution, is under China’s sway and has failed to respond adequately to the coronavirus pandemic. He has said the U.S. would redirect the funds it currently sends the WHO to other “deserving, urgent global public-health needs” because the agency failed to make reforms the U.S. had requested.

“They’re a puppet of China,” Mr. Trump said in May at the White House. “They give us a lot of bad advice.”

Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.), ranking member of the House oversight committee, supported the Trump administration’s decision. “China lied, the WHO complied, and Americans died,” he said in a statement.

The formal announcement moves the Trump administration one step closer to its goal of creating an alternative global health structure outside the boundaries of the U.N. system. Administration officials have floated the idea of creating an office within the State Department tasked with responding to pandemics. Previously, a similar office was situated in the National Security Council until it was disbanded in 2018.

Unemployment Expected to Reach Highest Level Since Great Depression

Image

The following contains excerpts from this Wall Street Journal article.

Unemployment rates in the world’s advanced economies will end the year higher than at any time since the Great Depression and not return to their pre-pandemic levels until 2022 at the earliest, the Organization for Economic and Cooperation and Development said Tuesday.

The Paris-based research institute that serves the U.S. and 36 other countries warned against the premature withdrawal of emergency measures designed to support employment, and said governments should launch new programs to encourage businesses to hire workers, particularly those entering the jobs market for the first time.

Jobless rates could be even higher if a second wave of outbreaks leads to fresh, if partial lockdowns, the OECD said. If the U.S. is hit by a second wave of lockdowns, the OECD forecasts jobless rates of 12.9% in 2020 and 11.5% in 2021, compared with 11.3% this year and 8.5% next year if there is no sustained resurgence.

The lockdowns that governments imposed from mid-March in an effort to contain the coronavirus led to large-scale layoffs. Across the OECD’s members, the jobless rate has returned to the level last seen in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

“We are basically back where we were in 2010,” said Stefano Scarpetta, director of employment at the OECD. “In three months, we’ve lost all the gains in employment that it took a decade to make.”

Mr. Scarpetta estimates that even if a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks is avoided, the jobless rate for OECD members will hit 9.4% in the final three months of this year, a level not seen since the 1930s. In the event of a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks, the jobless rate could rise to 12.6%.

Even if further outbreaks are avoided—an outcome the OECD labels the “optimistic” scenario—the jobless rate is expected to fall only gradually, to 7.7% by the end of 2021. In the event of a second wave, it is expected to stand at 8.9%.

The loss of jobs is only one measure of the pandemic’s impact on the labor market. Based on statistics from a small group of countries that includes the U.S., the OECD estimates that total hours worked fell by 12.2% in the first three months of the lockdown, compared with 1.2% in the first three months of the global financial crisis.

Although the U.S.’s jobless rate fell in May and June, the OECD expects it to experience the largest rise in unemployment this year, an increase of 7.6 percentage points.

By comparison, Germany’s unemployment rate is expected to rise by 1.4 percentage points this year, while the French rate is forecast to increase by 2.5 percentage points. In both cases, the expected drop in 2021 will leave the jobless rate higher than it was before the pandemic struck.

Thanks for letting me fill you in.

For more updates on the coronavirus and what’s happening in Congress, subscribe to my newsletter.

Jim Banks
Member of Congress
Indiana’s Third District

Washington, DC Office
1713 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-4436 Fort Wayne Office
1300 S Harrison St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-702-4750
Unsubscribe | Privacy Policy

NOTE: Please DO NOT respond to this email as this inbox is unattended.
To contact my office please click here.

陳斯紅✝️語錄: 社會主義不適合美國🇺🇸!社會主義不適合美利堅合眾國🇺🇸! COMMUNIST PARTY USA The Marxist Classes July 26: 21st-Century Imperialism Dear 斯紅, Join us in a discussion of the impact of imperialism on the world today. Topics include: The sovereignty of nations with a special focus on Cuba Immigration The global working class Building the U.S. anti-imperialist and peace movements The growth of the international ultra-right Date: Sunday, July 26 Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern; 12 noon–2:00 p.m. Central; 10:00 a.m.–12 noon Pacific This class is open to all; register to participate and receive the recording. Donate Communist Party USA 235 W. 23rd Street, 7th floor New York, NY 10011 (Visits by appointment only) Tel : 212-989-4994 Fax :212-229-1713 Email : cpusa@cpusa.org www.cpusa.org Copyright © 2020 Communist Party USA. All rights are reserved. Unsubscribe empowered by Salsa

COMMUNIST PARTY USA

The Marxist Classes

July 26: 21st-Century Imperialism

Dear 斯紅,

Join us in a discussion of the impact of imperialism on the world today. Topics include:

The sovereignty of nations with a special focus on Cuba
Immigration
The global working class
Building the U.S. anti-imperialist and peace movements
The growth of the international ultra-right
Date: Sunday, July 26

Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m. Eastern; 12 noon–2:00 p.m. Central; 10:00 a.m.–12 noon Pacific

This class is open to all; register to participate and receive the recording.

Donate
Communist Party USA
235 W. 23rd Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10011
(Visits by appointment only)
Tel : 212-989-4994
Fax :212-229-1713
Email : cpusa@cpusa.org
www.cpusa.org

Copyright © 2020 Communist Party USA. All rights are reserved.
Unsubscribe

empowered by Salsa

Can’t view this? Read it online. | Feeding America | DONATE “In the past, we were the ones donating to the food bank because we had good jobs, a good income… Within a month, we were needing the food bank. It can happen to anybody.” At the Eastern Illinois Food Bank last month, Lewis shared his family’s story. Back in April, when he still had his job as a journalist, Lewis visited a food bank to report on the spike in people facing hunger due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, he’s a part of the story. “We never expected this to happen,” Lewis said. We’re seeing more people like Lewis visiting the Feeding America network of food banks for the first time. We’re expecting this increased need to last all summer, and that’s why I’m reaching out today – we need to raise $100,000 by July 10th to help feed families this summer. Make a $25 donation before midnight on July 10th and thanks to The Humana Foundation, your gift can go 2x as far. That means every $1 you give can help provide at least 20 meals for people facing hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks. Help people like Lewis. Lewis and his wife were both semi-retired, working part-time jobs before the pandemic. But in the blink of an eye, that changed. “I’m here for my wife and brother. Between the three of us, we lost a total of five jobs.” Lewis said. Right now, food banks in the Feeding America network are seeing a 60% spike in the number of people needing help. We know the huge increase in families visiting food banks for assistance is going to continue, and we’re committed to providing meals to as many people as possible – you can help. For families like Lewis’s, this summer is going to look very different than past years, but your generous donation can help ensure they don’t have to worry about going hungry. Please, donate $25 now. Reaching our $100,000 goal is so important for families like Lewis’s. Thanks to a special gift from The Humana Foundation, your contribution can have TWICE the impact for families this summer. Thank you for supporting families during these difficult times. Sincerely, Elizabeth Nielsen signature Elizabeth Nielsen headshot Elizabeth Nielsen Senior Vice President Feeding America Find us on Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Unsubscribe FeedingAmerica.org Donate Now Contact Us Privacy Policy ©2020 Feeding America 35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000 Chicago, IL 60601 1-800-910-5524

Can’t view this? Read it online.
| Feeding America |
DONATE

“In the past, we were the ones donating to the food bank because we had good jobs, a good income… Within a month, we were needing the food bank. It can happen to anybody.”

At the Eastern Illinois Food Bank last month, Lewis shared his family’s story. Back in April, when he still had his job as a journalist, Lewis visited a food bank to report on the spike in people facing hunger due to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, he’s a part of the story. “We never expected this to happen,” Lewis said.

We’re seeing more people like Lewis visiting the Feeding America network of food banks for the first time. We’re expecting this increased need to last all summer, and that’s why I’m reaching out today – we need to raise $100,000 by July 10th to help feed families this summer.

Make a $25 donation before midnight on July 10th and thanks to The Humana Foundation, your gift can go 2x as far. That means every $1 you give can help provide at least 20 meals for people facing hunger through the Feeding America network of food banks.

Help people like Lewis.
Lewis and his wife were both semi-retired, working part-time jobs before the pandemic. But in the blink of an eye, that changed.

“I’m here for my wife and brother. Between the three of us, we lost a total of five jobs.” Lewis said.

Right now, food banks in the Feeding America network are seeing a 60% spike in the number of people needing help. We know the huge increase in families visiting food banks for assistance is going to continue, and we’re committed to providing meals to as many people as possible – you can help.

For families like Lewis’s, this summer is going to look very different than past years, but your generous donation can help ensure they don’t have to worry about going hungry.

Please, donate $25 now. Reaching our $100,000 goal is so important for families like Lewis’s. Thanks to a special gift from The Humana Foundation, your contribution can have TWICE the impact for families this summer.

Thank you for supporting families during these difficult times.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth Nielsen signature

Elizabeth Nielsen headshot Elizabeth Nielsen
Senior Vice President
Feeding America

Find us on
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram.
Unsubscribe

FeedingAmerica.org

Donate Now

Contact Us

Privacy Policy

©2020 Feeding America
35 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60601
1-800-910-5524