Saturday marked 100 days since the U.S. became the global hotbed for coronavirus cases — a distinction we have not been able to shake as we set the record for the seven-day average COVID-19 case total for the 27th day in a row and hit single-day records for cases four times. Sunday marked 100 days since the CARES Act became law — an effort that the Trump administration has continued to fumble through slow distribution of funds, stimulus checks sent to dead people, and loads of money sent to public corporations intended for small businesses.
100 DAYS AGO FRIDAY: March 25, 2020
- Betsy DeVos announced that the Department of Education would stop collections and wage garnishment but continued to garnish wages of 54,000 borrowers through May and still thousands through the end of June.
100 DAYS AGO SATURDAY: March 26, 2020
- The United States officially became the country with the most COVID-19 infections.
100 DAYS AGO SUNDAY: March 27, 2020
- Trump signed the CARES Act into law.
100 DAYS AGO MONDAY: March 28, 2020
- 6.6 Million workers newly filed for unemployment, the highest such week ever.
- Millions of Americans have lost employment every week since the pandemic started ravaging the nation’s economy.
- After months of botched execution, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created through the CARES Act has given a tax infusion to wealthy, well-connected, publicly-traded companies looking to pay their executives, while actual small businesses trying to pay their employees have been shut out entirely.