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Random and illustrative stories about the global pandemic and how businesses and various business sectors are trying to recover from it, with brief, occasional, italicized and sometimes gratuitous commentary…

•  In the United States, we've now had a total of 41,206,672 Covid-19 coronavirus cases, resulting in 669,022 deaths and 31,522,263 reported recoveries.

Globally, there have been 222,895,962 coronavirus cases, with 4,602,961 resultant fatalities and 199,451,565 reported recoveries.  (Source.)

•  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that 73.1 percent of the US population age 12 and older has received at least one dose of vaccine, with 62.3 percent being fully vaccinated.

•  From the Washington Post this morning:

"It’s back to school week for many families in the United States — just as coronavirus cases surge among kids and teens. Weekly pediatric coronavirus cases surpassed 250,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent data published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Its data shows that more than a quarter of weekly reported coronavirus cases in the United States were among children for the week ending Sept. 2. And while most pediatric cases are not severe, there were just shy of 2,400 children in hospital nationwide with covid-19 in the seven days ending Tuesday — more than ever before, according to data tracked by the Washington Post."

The Post also writes that "Miami-Dade County Public Schools are reporting at least 13 employee deaths from covid-19 since mid-August, a tally that forecasts what could be a grim autumn for Florida educators."  

And in Texas, the Post writes, "Masks are now mandatory for students and staff in the Connally Independent School District, on the outskirts of Waco. The decision, made late last week, followed the two teacher deaths and a surge of cases in the community.