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As COVID-19 cases in the United States continue to climb, Apple is closing more of its retail stores in multiple states. This week, Apple is shuttering additional stores in California, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Utah, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

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The coronavirus has been spreading rapidly in Florida, Southern California, Texas, and other states where Apple is shutting down access to its retail locations, and as of this week, 77 stores that had reopened have been closed once again.

9to5Mac has been keeping up with all of the stores that are closing this week and has published a full list of the stores that will be closed today and tomorrow.

California
  • Glendale Galleria
  • Northridge
  • Pasadena
  • The Grove
  • Third St. Promenade
  • Century City
  • Manhattan Village
  • Beverly Center
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Topanga
  • Los Cerritos
  • The Americana at Brand
  • Valencia Town Center
  • Victoria Gardens
  • The Oaks
Alabama
  • The Summit
Georgia
  • Cumberland Mall
  • Perimeter
  • Lenox Square
  • Avalon
  • Mall of Georgia
Idaho
  • Boise Towne Square
Louisiana
  • Baton Rouge
  • Lakeside Shopping Center
Nevada
  • Fashion Show
  • The Forum Shops
  • Town Square
  • Summerlin
Oklahoma
  • Penn Square
  • Woodland Hills
Florida
  • St. Johns Town Center
  • University Town Center
Mississippi
  • Renaissance at Colony Park
Texas
  • Barton Creek
  • Domain Northside
  • La Cantera
  • North Star
  • Knox Street
  • Northpark Center
  • Galleria Dallas
  • Ciello Vista Mall
  • Southlake Town Square
  • University Park Village
Utah
  • Station Park
  • Fashion Place
  • City Creek Center
For stores that are closing this week, Apple is allowing customers to pick up existing online orders and repaired devices through Friday, July 3. There is no word on when stores will reopen.

This is the fifth wave of store reclosures, which started two weeks ago in states that include Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

When Apple first began reopening stores in the United States in May, the company warned that it could end up closing some locations again depending on local conditions. "These are not decisions we rush into - and a store opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant," said Apple's retail store chief Deirdre O'Brien.

Apple's decisions to close or reopen stores are based on data evaluation, such as local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. In a statement to CNBC Apple said that it is closing stores out of an abundance of caution.
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.
In store locations that have reopened, Apple has implemented safety measures that include mandatory masks, social distancing, frequent cleaning, temperature checks, and more. In some locations, stores are open only for repairs and curb-side pickup, while others are open but with a limited number of people allowed in at one time.

Article Link: Apple Closing Stores in Southern California, Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Texas, Utah and More
 

Goldfrapp

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The problem is that people are making mask-wearing a political thing.

Wearing a mask is like wearing a condom in a risky situation, or wearing a seatbelt while driving. It's for your own safety.

If we all agreed on that, we'd be on our way to recovery long time ago.
 
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Fatboy71

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This is what happens when things are reopened too soon. I can understand why they are keen to reopen, but businesses and shops are too keen and quick to reopen, and this is what happens. The virus is far from gone unfortunately!

Beggars belief that people argue and complain or even make it political about wearing a face mask, total selfishness.
 
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826317

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Yet deaths associated with it have been declining ever since the peak in April. There is still very little evidence that suggests that asymptomatic people are able to transmit the virus. The virus has a death rate of just 0.07% - 0.09%

With the broadcasting of all of these COVID related numbers on all sorts of websites and TV channels, of course it looks terrifying, however I think the general public would feel a lot more at ease if they also saw all other sorts of numbers besides the COVID numbers. Simply due to the fact that COVID is the only disease which has had its numbers published and broadcasted in such a widespread and continual manner.
 
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icanhazmac

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I wish they would just keep the stores open but have fixed appointments for sales and repair. This would in theory minimize contact for the staff and increase their ability to keep things clean for the consumer. Even before COVID-19 I felt like touching anything on the sales floor was like playing Russian roulette with germs.

edit: meaning you cannot come in without an appointment
 
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kurtatx

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I wish they would just keep the stores open but have fixed appointments for sales and repair. This would in theory minimize contact for the staff and increase their ability to keep things clean for the consumer. Even before COVID-19 I felt like touching anything on the sales floor was like playing Russian roulette with germs.
I get this, but better they close than stay fully open.
 
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dw3bb10

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I wish they would just keep the stores open but have fixed appointments for sales and repair. This would in theory minimize contact for the staff and increase their ability to keep things clean for the consumer. Even before COVID-19 I felt like touching anything on the sales floor was like playing Russian roulette with germs.

They have this. So cal specifically. Didnt do **** and employees were still affected.
 
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JPack

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It's almost like the country is doing the exact opposite of what science tells them.

  • Warning in January - "No, it's just the flu."
  • Wear masks - "No, it doesn't work. And it's my right to spread disease."
  • Create testing kits - "No, we'll develop our own crappy ones."
  • Develop contact tracing - "No, because privacy reasons."
  • Banned from EU / Apple Stores close - "Nobody saw this coming!"
  • Vaccine - "We won't use Chinese ones, even though they have 6 in Phase 3 trials. And vaccines cause autism."
 
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Relentless Power

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And this is how it’s going to be in the foreseeable future, with stores being closed based on regional conditions. The one thing I give Apple due credit, is that they are making quick, decisive decisions to close stores versus ‘waiting it out’. This isn’t an option, it’s necessary.
 
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Zen_Arcade

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Smart thing for Apple to do.

Now, if we could help people understand that wearing a mask in public and social distancing are all we have to fight C19, that'd be great.

Oh, and if we could help people understand that expertise matters and that their opinion is not as good as someone like Dr. Fauci's, that'd also be great.
 
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Morgenland

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Yet deaths associated with it have been declining ever since the peak in April. There is still very little evidence that suggests that asymptomatic people are able to transmit the virus. The virus has a death rate of just 0.05%.

With the broadcasting of all of these COVID related numbers on all sorts of websites and TV channels, of course it looks terrifying, however I think the general public would feel a lot more at ease if they also saw all other sorts of numbers besides the COVID numbers. Simply due to the fact that COVID is the only disease which has had its numbers published and broadcasted in such a widespread and continual manner.

'Todesfaelle' = deaths per day
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Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (today):
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death rate n.e. 0,05%
 
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NavySilver

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Doesn't matter with one's stance on the severity of COVID-19. Apple Stores should be more cautious than the vast majority of retail shops based solely on how its sales model rely on people touching & interacting with different surfaces. On top of that, it usually receives more foot traffic anyway.
 
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cmaier

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I wish they would just keep the stores open but have fixed appointments for sales and repair. This would in theory minimize contact for the staff and increase their ability to keep things clean for the consumer. Even before COVID-19 I felt like touching anything on the sales floor was like playing Russian roulette with germs.

edit: meaning you cannot come in without an appointment
Used an independent shop a few weeks back for AppleCare repair - they texted us a locker number and a code, and you drop off the machine in that locker at their store front. Then when it’s done they text you another locker number and code for pickup. Worked well.
 
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Zen_Arcade

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The virus has a death rate of just 0.05%.

In Colorado, based on official statistics, the mortality rate is about 4%. Assuming that CDC and CO's state epidemiologist are correct and that there are 10 times as many cases as positive tests, that gives a mortality rate of about .4%. What numbers are you using to get a mortality rate of .05%?
 
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cmaier

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Yet deaths associated with it have been declining ever since the peak in April. There is still very little evidence that suggests that asymptomatic people are able to transmit the virus. The virus has a death rate of just 0.05%.

Don’t confuse asymptomatic with pre-symptomatic. Lots of evidence for the latter, and mixed for the former. And it’s still spreading the disease without knowing you have it.

And the 0.05% is Not right. Even if you assume the number of asymptomatic people is 10x the confirmed infected number, it’d be 0.5%.
 
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timber

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There's the Big Mac index from the Economist and now it seems there's the Apple Store index.
It measures the covid 19 situation.
 
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NickName99

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If Apple, with all of their considerable resources, can’t safely keep a store open in your area, it’s probably not safe to keep a store open in your area.

We all need to wear masks to keep from inadvertently spreading the virus. Wearing a mask sucks, but it beats getting COVID-19, and it beats being unemployed.
 
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bodonnell202

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Yet deaths associated with it have been declining ever since the peak in April. There is still very little evidence that suggests that asymptomatic people are able to transmit the virus. The virus has a death rate of just 0.05%.

With the broadcasting of all of these COVID related numbers on all sorts of websites and TV channels, of course it looks terrifying, however I think the general public would feel a lot more at ease if they also saw all other sorts of numbers besides the COVID numbers. Simply due to the fact that COVID is the only disease which has had its numbers published and broadcasted in such a widespread and continual manner.
Try again, US currently has 127,681 deaths out of 2,658,324 reported cases. That works out to a death rate of 4.8%. Admittedly due to the high prevalence of asymptotic cases (most of whom probably aren’t tested), the actual cases is probably much higher, but even if the actual case count is 10x reported, that still brings the death rate down to 0.5%.
 
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NokX

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Everyone knew that when we started opening things up that numbers would tick up. And the numbers are mainly going up in the working class age groups because they're now around coworkers (many employers are making their employees get tested which drives up the counts) and they're going out in public (restaurants and bars, etc...). They're also extremely unlikely (99.9%) to go to the hospital or die.

Tests have gone up which drive up numbers but deaths and hospitalizations have plummeted. And neither of those numbers got remotely close to early estimates.

Apple is a private company and can close down all they want, but the hysteria in the media and among the mask Nazis is a bit much. People need to chill. If going to the store and seeing someone without a mask triggers you, order online or stay home. (The CDC recommends staying home too.)
 
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Jakewilk

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Yet deaths associated with it have been declining ever since the peak in April. There is still very little evidence that suggests that asymptomatic people are able to transmit the virus. The virus has a death rate of just 0.05%.

With the broadcasting of all of these COVID related numbers on all sorts of websites and TV channels, of course it looks terrifying, however I think the general public would feel a lot more at ease if they also saw all other sorts of numbers besides the COVID numbers. Simply due to the fact that COVID is the only disease which has had its numbers published and broadcasted in such a widespread and continual manner.

I’m not sure where you are getting your numbers but 0.05% is way off. Optimistic estimates put it at more like 0.5-1.0%, and upwards of 15-20% for people ages 80+. The majority of the world is not at risk of death as long as we have hospital space, since young healthy people have a very small chance of death. However, your grandparents have at least a 1/10 chance to die if they have no preexisting conditions. Just because you are safe doesn’t mean the disease is not deadly. To those with breathing problems and aging immune systems this is an enormous threat.



Do our elderly a favor and don’t spread stats you heard from unqualified sources
 
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