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Ex-Trump official warns of new COVID-19 surge: ‘Not a second wave — they never got rid of the first wave’

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Former Trump FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Thursday warned that the novel coronavirus is still plowing its way through the United States with few signs of relief in sight.

While appearing on CNBC, Gottlieb pointed to areas in the southwestern United States that were experiencing surges in new COVID-19 cases as reasons that “we should be concerned.”

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“When you look at states like Arizona and Texas, South Carolina and North Carolina, those are where the big outbreaks are right now,” he said. “It’s not a second wave, they never really got rid of the first wave.”

He then went on say how concerning it was that the United States still doesn’t have a handle on how to contain the virus.

“The more concerning part is they haven’t been able to isolate what the source of the infection is,” he said. “In some states, where you’re seeing infection rates go up, it’s related to a facility or a particular prison or a nursing home. In states like Texas and Arizona, it seems to be more pervasive and they haven’t been able to do the contact tracing to find a source.”

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Montana GOP ticket sidelined after exposure to COVID-positive Trump, Jr. girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle: report

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The Montana Republican Party is facing a crisis after multiple members of the ticket traveled to South Dakota for Donald Trump's rally and were potentially exposed to COVID-19.

"Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Kristen Juras, confirmed Saturday they will self-quarantine after Gianforte's wife, Susan, and Juras attended an event last week with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has since tested positive for COVID-19," KBZK-TV reported Saturday.

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WATCH: Florida beachgoer pushes new conspiracy theory of how COVID-19 got to the United States

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On Saturday, a viral video showed Jacksonville, Florida attorney Dan Uhlfelder — famous for touring Florida's beaches in a Grim Reaper costume to protest lax COVID-19 safeguards — confronting a beachgoer.

The other man offered a novel conspiracy theory of how the virus spread to the United States: that former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were behind the whole thing.

"Biden and Hunter went over to China, and then brought it back," said the man.

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Susan Collins’ July 4th tweet blew up in her face in spectacular fashion

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On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) tweeted her concern for small businesses in Maine that are suffering because the normal Fourth of July business has been suppressed by the coronavirus pandemic:

The Fourth of July is typically the height of Maine’s busy summer tourism season, but near-empty hotels, inns, B&Bs, and restaurants underscore the devastating effects the pandemic has had on many of our state’s small businesses and jobs.

— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) July 4, 2020

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