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What you need to know about coronavirus Thursday, July 30

Find developments on the coronavirus pandemic and the plan for recovery in the U.S. and Washington state.
  • 818 new cases reported Wednesday, along with 9 new deaths, according to the Washington State Department of Health.
  • Total: 1,564 deaths among 55,803 overall cases in Washington state.
  • 973,654 people in Washington have taken a coronavirus test, and 5.7% of those tests were positive.

Herman Cain dies after battle with COVID-19

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain died Thursday, his website announced. He was hospitalized last month after testing positive for COVID-19 and recently had complications. He was 74.

Cain, who ran for President of the United States in 2012, grew up in Georgia and graduated from Morehouse College with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. 

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Stakes rise for coronavirus talks as jobless aid lapses

Frustrated negotiators of a massive coronavirus relief bill face heightened pressure with Thursday's brutal economic news and the rapidly approaching lapse in a $600 per-week expanded jobless benefit that has helped prop up consumer demand.

Talks are at a standstill with few reasons for optimism despite sweeping agreement among Washington's top power players that Congress must pass further relief in coming days and weeks.

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New limits on restaurants and bars start Thursday

Changes to restrictions at restaurants start Thursday, July 30, as Washington state tries to curb a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

Beginning Thursday, alcohol can’t be served after 10 p.m. at bars and restaurants, and counties in Phase 3 can’t seat more than five people per table and they all have to be from the same household.

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Can the coronavirus spread through the air?

Yes, it's possible.

The World Health Organization recently acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions.

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