21 States Cancel $300/Week Unemployment Benefits

Finally, the good news is CDC researchers predicted earlier this month that COVID-19’s toll on the US will fall sharply by the end of July. This scenario assumes that unvaccinated people will follow basic precautions such as wearing masks and keeping their distance from others.

Under the most optimistic scenarios considered, by the end of July new weekly national COVID-19 cases could drop below 50,000, hospitalizations to fewer than 1,000, and deaths to only 200 to 300.

“We are not out of the woods yet, but we could be very close,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky recently said, while noting that variants of the coronavirus are still a “wild card” which could set back progress.

It remains to be seen if more states than the current 21 will opt to end the $300/wk. federal unemployment benefit just ahead. In any event, the benefit is set to end on September 6, unless the Biden administration decides to extend it – which will not surprise me.

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