By Matt Christopherson

It’s Thursday, July 9th. Here are the stories we’re keeping our eye on:

COVID-19 Continues Surging In The South

HOUSTON, TX – JULY 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A member of the medical staff looks up to a TV screen for a moment in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

Some doctors warn if Texans don’t flatten the COVID-19 curve, hospitals will soon run out of personnel, supplies, and beds.

The White House coronavirus task force says additional outbreaks in Arizona, California, and Florida are particularly worrisome.

Today, indoor dining shuts back down in Miami-Dade County as South Florida tries to slow the spread, though gyms will remain open.

New Orleans, Louisiana is stopping bar service in restaurants. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said the increase in coronavirus cases started shortly after Memorial Day Weekend.

The White House Talks Schools Reopening

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and President Donald Trump listen as First Lady Melania Trump speaks at a roundtable discussion on the Safe Reopening of Americas Schools during the coronavirus pandemic, in the East Room of the White House on July 7, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

The White House says students will be back inside their classrooms at the end of summer, even if the CDC advises against it.

Some parents are frustrated with the choice they’ll likely have to make, and teachers say they don’t know how social distancing will work if all students are invited back at once.

Vice President Mike Pence said the CDC will issue new guidance on schools

next week. Looks At Post-Pandemic Spending

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A poll says many people plan on spending less money post-pandemic.

44% and 38%, respectively, say they would cut back on bar and restaurant visits.

24% plan on reigning in spending on haircuts and coloring.

And 24% also plan to cut housekeeping expenses.

What are some spending changes you’ll make? Let us know in the comments.

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Matt Christopherson