Apple to re-close 30 more retail stores amid COVID-19 spike

Apple will close 30 additional stores in the United States this week. Apple has re-closed 77 stores in recent weeks in the United States as COVID-19 cases increase in several regions around the country.

Apple Knox Street in Dallas, Texas
Apple Knox Street in Dallas, Texas

Kif Leswing for CNBC:

Stores in Alabama, California, Georgia, Idaho, Lousiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma will close tomorrow. Other stores in Florida, Mississippi, Texas, and Utah are closed as of today. Apple has 271 stores in the United States.

An Apple spokesman said in a statement: “Due to current COVID-19 conditions in some of the communities we serve, we are temporarily closing stores in these areas. We take this step with an abundance of caution as we closely monitor the situation and we look forward to having our teams and customers back as soon as possible.”

The closings announced on Wednesday include the last two remaining stores open in Florida, as well as a number of stores around the Los Angeles area.

MacDailyNews Take: As expected, we’ll see retail outlets re-close, not just Apple Stores, as COVID-19 spikes occur around the country and the world.

Again, COVID-19 still exists, there is no vaccine, and it will be transmitted wherever transmission is possible.

Hence, we remain in a catch-22. We must have an economy and we’re in the midst of a pandemic. Both conditions will exist simultaneously until we have effective treatments and a vaccine, so try to be as safe as you can be – wash your hands frequently, keep your hands away from your face, wear a mask in public, practice social distancing, etc.

The CDC guidelines for how to protect yourself and others — especially older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes and are at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 — are here.


    1. Yep. That’s one estimate and one statistic.

      Howeve, there’s a lot more to it.

      Tthe relevant, related data is that the hospitalization rate for that same season for H1N1 related R was 0.45%. The confirmed hospitalization rate in the U.S. (number of confirmed hospitalizations divided by the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 whether hospitalized or not) is, as of midnight last night30 Juneher.
      across virtually all estimates
      Also when talking about deaths, the death rate for H1N1 during the 2009 season was 0.02%. For COVID-19 it is (again, confirmed COVID-19 deaths divided by confirmed COVID-19 cases), as of midnight last night, in the U.S. i 4.83%. That’s more than 236 times that of H1N1.
      Even the absolute worst case estimates for30 June H1N1 flu is 18,306 deaths, total. We’re at almost 128,000 dea

      ths from COVID-19 today and the nuber is rising rapidly — It’s far from over.
      It’s not any one statistic. Hell, the number of hangnails in the U.S. on any given day is likely 10s of millions, but they are very unlikely to kill you.They all need to be weighed in aggregateextremely

          1. Possibly, but there is also the possibility that deaths are being over counted as well, no? Dying from COVID isn’t the same as dying with COVID, right? My point is there is a lot of bad science and bad data floating around right now, which is being exacerbated by the lay-media as well as our wonderful, altruistic political leaders. Science is hard enough without politics getting involved as well as a non-disinterested press. Making public policy decisions based on flawed data is a recipe for disaster. It will be interesting when this is all over to study what actually happened and how our response ultimately helped or hurt us.

            John Ioannidis seems to believe that the number of cases globally may be much much higher (up to 300 million people – which is 30 times higher than the number of “confirmed cases”) and that the infection mortality rate is somewhere between .05 and 1% (close to 0% for people younger than 45, .05-.3% for people between 45 and 70, and can be much higher for people older than 70 – especially in people older than 85 as well as in nursing homes). Dr. Ioannidis also predicted back in March that protracted lockdowns may do more harm than good (e.g. slow down herd immunity, cause unrest, civil strife, cause a financial crisis, etc.). Good thing none of that happened. Also, although I’m forgetting where I read this, even in contained places (i.e. cruise ships, homeless shelters, etc.) the infection rate never exceeds 20-40% and there has been recent literature suggesting the herd immunity threshold may be lower than previously thought. This may all be incorrect as well as but it’s always nice to hear from dissenting voices.

          2. Dr. Ionnidis is almost as far outside the scientific consensus on the optimal coronavirus response as Donald Trump. His predictions in March did not indicate that the virus would overwhelm local medical resources as it did in New York during April and is doing in the Sunbelt now. Without the March lockdowns, the entire country would already have experienced that.

            1. Being outside the scientific consensus, especially with all of the uncertainty, does not invalidate his arguments. The absolute risk of dying from COVID is rare, especially for people younger than 70.

              New York was extremely mismanaged. Who would have thought that sending COVID patients to the nursing home was a bad idea. I don’t think you can extrapolate their situation to the rest of the country.

              Closing down the economy has had a devastating impact on our country, especially on our most vulnerable populations. We have data about who this disease kills and hospitalizes. We need to protect these patient populations while keeping the economy open. There is really no good outcome because there are trade offs to whatever we do.

            2. Sending the patients to the nursing homes was a spectacularly bad idea, but it was done to relieve hospital crowding. Emergency departments and ICUs in NYC would not have been any less overwhelmed without that mistake, and they might have been worse off.

              Nursing home patients have nothing to do with the overwhelmed facilities in the Sunbelt. Most of those patients are young people who refused to social distance because they were fed the false information that they were safe.

  1. There is a growing dissatisfaction among Trump’s allies about his dismissive response to COVID-19. Rather than marshaling a federal response to this national pandemic, he told states that they are on their own. And now he wants to shut down the much needed Obamacare that his trailer trash base depends upon, now especially. This shows his vindictive nature even toward his core supporters. Trump: “We can reduce the number of cases by testing less.”
    And the economy is tanking due to his dismissiveness.

      1. Conjecture? He has said he wasn’t joking about testing. His Justice Department has filed suit to eliminate the Affordable Healthcare Act. He has offered no alternative to replace Expanded Medicaid, subsidized insurance, or coverage for preexisting conditions. He has been dismissive of the coronavirus for six months now. 155,000 Americans have died. We are seeing about ten times as many new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths as the EU, which has a comparable population and testing rate. That has forced new shutdowns to harm the economy. Which part of all that is fake news?

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