Happy Thursday! A correction from yesterday’s edition. We wrote that Vice President Pence filmed an RNC video outside of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood home in Kentucky. Although Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Pence’s remarks were actually filmed two hours northeast, at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer County, Indiana. But we all know Lincoln is truly an Illinoisan at heart!
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The United States confirmed 43,891 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, with 4.3 percent of the 1,013,309 tests reported coming back positive. An additional 1,230 deaths were attributed to the virus on Wednesday, bringing the pandemic’s American death toll to 179,695.
Hurricane Laura made landfall overnight in Louisiana and Texas, bringing destructive winds and rain to a vast swath of America’s southern coast. The storm hit Cameron, Louisiana, at 1 am as a Category 4 hurricane and left significant damage in its wake. Although it was downgraded to a Category 2 storm after coming ashore, authorities warn that it’s still dangerous.
Abbott Laboratories announced on Wednesday that its new, 15-minute rapid COVID-19 test received an FDA Emergency Use Authorization. The tests were found in a clinical study to have a sensitivity of 97.1 percent and specificity of 98.5 percent. Shipments will begin in September, and the company aims to be delivering 50 million tests per month by October.