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Government Report on COVID-19 Crisis Confirms US Hospitals Face Dire Problems
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Government Report on COVID-19 Crisis Confirms US Hospitals Face Dire Problems

WASHINGTON — The first government report on the state of the nation’s hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic has confirmed that they are facing severe shortages of tests, critical protective gear and the staff needed to treat and protect both patients... Read More

No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says
Congress
No Probe on Trump’s Early Virus Response, House Democrat Says

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said it’s unlikely a congressional panel overseeing coronavirus relief will investigate the Trump administration’s initial response to the pandemic that’s claimed thousands of American lives. “This committee will be forward-looking,” Clyburn told CNN’s Jake Tapper... Read More

Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread
Military
Defense Secretary Defends Firing of Navy Captain Who Warned of Coronavirus Spread

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that he supported acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly’s decision to fire the Navy captain who wrote a letter to his superiors about his concerns of the coronavirus pandemic aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. “I... Read More

Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines
Economy
Democrats Urge Mnuchin to Avoid ‘Unreasonable’ Terms on Airlines

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer urged the Treasury Department to move more quickly to help airlines to save industry jobs and refrain from imposing “unreasonable conditions” that might spur some carriers to decline... Read More

Bronx Zoo Tiger is First U.S. Animal to Test Positive for Coronavirus
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Bronx Zoo Tiger is First U.S. Animal to Test Positive for Coronavirus

NEW YORK — A tiger at the Bronx Zoo is the first animal to test positive for coronavirus in the U.S., officials said Sunday. Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger, was tested “out of an abundance of caution” after coming... Read More

‘Hardest, Saddest’ Days Ahead in COVID-19 Outbreak, Surgeon General Warns
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‘Hardest, Saddest’ Days Ahead in COVID-19 Outbreak, Surgeon General Warns

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. coronavirus death toll neared 10,000 on Sunday, Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams said the coming week would be “the hardest and saddest of most Americans’ lives,” likening the projected loss of life to “our Pearl Harbor... Read More

States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing
Health
States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing

WASHINGTON — Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a reminder that people with disabilities have the same worth as everybody else. That the agency felt compelled to issue such a directive reflects the anguishing... Read More

Ambassadors from Italy, Spain Have Frank Discussion of COVID-19 Effects
Health
Ambassadors from Italy, Spain Have Frank Discussion of COVID-19 Effects
2020-04-03 16:56:41
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Ambassadors from two of the European countries hardest hit by COVID-19 gave details on the rapidly unfolding situation in a virtual briefing Thursday morning hosted by the Meridian International Center. H.E. Armando Varricchio, Ambassador of Italy, and H.E.... Read More

Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
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Florida Courts Find Stockpiles of Surgical Masks, Prompting Nationwide Search
2020-04-03 13:39:25
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has directed federal courts across the nation to conduct a search for surplus medical supplies after two Florida courts discovered such stockpiles and donated them to local hospitals. Employees in the... Read More

Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
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Arlington Firm Sees Surge in Demand For Virtual Town Hall Services Due to COVID-19
2020-04-03 13:36:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "Surreal" is the first word Shaun Thompson uses to describe what's happened to his business since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. just over a month ago. Tele-Town Hall was founded in 2006 with a single... Read More

States Get Fraction of Requested Supplies From Strategic Stockpile
State News
States Get Fraction of Requested Supplies From Strategic Stockpile

WASHINGTON — Since the novel coronavirus was first detected in the District of Columbia about a month ago, the city has requested more than 1 million N95 masks from the national stockpile. The number of these masks the city has received: 5,520. ... Read More

White House Ended Pandemic Early-Warning Program to Detect Coronaviruses
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White House Ended Pandemic Early-Warning Program to Detect Coronaviruses

Two months before the novel coronavirus probably began spreading in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200 million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat. The... Read More

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