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Snow covers a basketball court at Camp Fernwood, a summer camp for girls in Poland, Maine. Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/AP

A rush of summer overnight camps are reopening this year in states like Maine, Massachusetts and New York.

Why it matters: Parents say their kids deserve "a glimpse of normal life" after a year in lockdown, while camps are getting ready to open as fully as they can because "campers and staff need this experience,” American Camp Association CEO Tom Rosenberg told AP.

  • But the danger of a fourth wave looms if Americans let their guard down too soon. Some states are lifting coronavirus restrictions as vaccinations in the U.S. continue to reach new records.

The big picture: At least 45 states plan to let overnight camps reopen this summer, compared to 39 states in 2020, the AP reports.

What they're saying: “Given all that kids have gone through, it’s an amazing opportunity for them that gives them a glimpse of normal life in a world that’s far from normal,” Elisabeth Mischel, of Short Hills, New Jersey told AP. She is sending her two boys, 11 and 13, to Maine.

One level deeper: In the latest annual survey published by the American Camp Association in February, directors said they faced "external pressures to reopen and do what we've always done" in the face of the pandemic.

Camps that reopened last summer were mostly successful through grouping kids into cohorts, requiring masks and hand washing, and enforcing social distancing — but there were still outbreaks.

What to watch: Parents are scrambling to grab in-demand spots while some states have yet to detail reopening guidelines.

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COVID cases and deaths keep falling

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

America’s coronavirus outbreak is rapidly improving as the Delta wave recedes, and vaccines for kids — which could become available within weeks — will help the situation improve even further.

By the numbers: Nationwide, the U.S. is now averaging about 79,000 new cases per day — a 22% drop over the past two weeks.

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How the pandemic caused a corporate rebound

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WeWork becomes a public company today worth more than $9 billion — a vindication of the expensive turnaround strategy employed after it spectacularly imploded in 2019. Like many companies that find themselves at death's door, that which didn't kill them made them stronger.

Why it matters: Hertz, Alamo Drafthouse, Airbnb, and Toast are among the currently-thriving companies that were shaken to the core in the early days of the pandemic — providing further evidence for the theory that, in the words of former Fast Company editor Bill Taylor, "companies can't be great unless they've almost failed."

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Facebook is a news media magnet

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New data finds that Facebook has been mentioned in more online stories in the U.S. in the past year than all of its major tech competitors combined.

Why it matters: Press scrutiny of Facebook has become so intense and negative that the tech giant is reportedly planning to rename itself as soon as next week to signal that it's more than just a social media company.