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Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says
Congress
Face Masks Required in House Committee Hearings, Congressional Physician Says

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are now required to wear masks during in-person committee meetings, but it’s up to the chairmen and chairwomen of those panels to decide on enforcement. Following updated guidance from attending physician Brian Monahan, Speaker Nancy Pelosi... Read More

Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
State News
Local Coronavirus Infection Spikes Muddle States’ Plans to Reopen
2020-06-18 13:46:30
by Reece Nations

As nationwide coronavirus deaths continue to trend downward, a surge of new cases across a multitude of states is complicating plans to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen economies.  Updated data from the Johns Hopkins University tracker indicates 10 states are... Read More

Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
Education
Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says
2020-06-18 13:36:15
by Gaspard Le Dem

Roughly three in five college students in America are struggling to meet basic living needs like food and housing during the coronavirus crisis, according to a new report by The Hope Center. The study, which surveyed more than 38,000 students... Read More

White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic
Economy
White House Considers Tourism Tax Break for Americans Wary of Vacations in Pandemic

WASHINGTON — A proposal to boost tourism by providing tax breaks for Americans who travel inside the United States is being “actively” considered by the White House for inclusion in the next coronavirus stimulus package. Three White House officials told... Read More

Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes
Medicaid
Medicaid Rolls Surge, Adding to Budget Woes

WASHINGTON — Many of the tens of millions of Americans who have lost their health insurance along with their jobs are enrolling in Medicaid — and with state budgets decimated by the pandemic, state officials worry they won’t have the... Read More

FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
Health
FDA Revokes Emergency Use of Hydroxychloroquine to Fight Coronavirus
2020-06-15 19:14:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration revoked its emergency authorization of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for treating COVID-19 as evidence mounts that the drugs don't work and can cause serious side effects. “We’ve made clear throughout the public health emergency... Read More

Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
Education
Rule Barring Some College Students From Receiving COVID-19 Relief ‘Immoral,’ Advocates Say
2020-06-15 15:54:11
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Education Betsy Devos issued a new rule on Thursday that would prevent colleges from granting coronavirus relief funds to undocumented students and non-citizens, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. After weeks... Read More

Trump’s Tulsa Rally Should ‘Probably’ Include Face Masks, Adviser Says
Health
Trump’s Tulsa Rally Should ‘Probably’ Include Face Masks, Adviser Says

Those attending President Donald Trump’s upcoming Tulsa rally should “probably” wear masks, one of his advisers says. Larry Kudlow, National Economic Council chief, stressed the importance of continuing to observe safety guidelines — such as practicing social distancing and wearing... Read More

New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South and in California, as Northeast Slows
Health
New Coronavirus Hot Spots Emerge Across South and in California, as Northeast Slows

Mass protests against police violence across the U.S. have public health officials concerned about an accelerated spread of the coronavirus. But even before the protests began May 26, sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several... Read More

New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
Health
New Tool Developed by RAND Corp. Uses Air Travel Data to Predict COVID-19 Risk
2020-06-12 12:53:11
by Dan McCue

A new tool developed by the RAND Corporation analyzes COVID-19 cases and air travel data to predict the spread of the coronavirus. According to the non-profit think tank, by providing estimates of the number of infected passengers, the tool can... Read More

Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
State News
Pennsylvania House Speaker Resigns Amid Claims He Hid Member’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
2020-06-12 12:47:37
by Reece Nations

A top member of Pennsylvania’s state Republican leadership is stepping down amid claims his party withheld information concerning a GOP representative's coronavirus diagnosis.  Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai announced Wednesday he is leaving the Legislature before his term ends in... Read More

Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
Opinion Polls
Americans Say They Struggle to Get Information They Can Trust During Pandemic
2020-06-11 15:20:32
by Sara Wilkerson

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in February, Americans have struggled to find information they believe they can trust on the rate of infection, the death rate and what they should be doing to protect themselves, a new Gallup/Knight... Read More

Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
Opinion Polls
Majority of Americans Cautious Concerning Return to Normalcy
2020-06-11 15:05:53
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – As state governors continue to roll back restrictions on gatherings and business brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Gallup survey indicates at least two-thirds of Americans want to meet specific conditions before they are willing to... Read More

Congress Weighs Next Steps on WHO Relationship
Health
Congress Weighs Next Steps on WHO Relationship

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are considering new ways to approach the World Health Organization, as President Donald Trump’s intentions behind his threat to terminate the relationship remain unclear. The WHO retains bipartisan support from Congress, even in the face of evidence... Read More

Internal Document Reveals Federal Plan to Ask Nurses to Reuse Masks
Health
Internal Document Reveals Federal Plan to Ask Nurses to Reuse Masks

WASHINGTON — Internal Federal Emergency Management Agency data show that the government’s supply of surgical gowns has not meaningfully increased since photos first emerged in March of nurses wearing trash bags for protection. “The demand for gowns outpaces current U.S.... Read More

Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
In The News
Senate Told That Fraudsters Prey on Pandemic Victims
2020-06-10 17:47:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement officials pledged a vigorous crackdown Tuesday during a Senate hearing on fraudsters who are trying to make easy money off vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic. They accused con artists of selling fake vaccines and... Read More

As Businesses Reopen, Workplace Testing Is the ‘Wild West’
Business
As Businesses Reopen, Workplace Testing Is the ‘Wild West’

WASHINGTON — Testing employees for the coronavirus as they come into work will be an important step in safely getting Americans back on the job. But employers have been left to their own devices as they navigate the public health... Read More

Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
Cities
Local Governments Tested by Challenges on Multiple Fronts
2020-06-08 13:32:41
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - The year 2020 will no doubt be remembered as the year when crisis and turmoil took center stage not just in the U.S., but around the world. From a global pandemic, to upheavals in the economy to social... Read More

'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises
Cities
'All Eyes' on New York: Reopening Tests City Torn by Crises

NEW YORK (AP) — The city that never sleeps had a curfew for much of last week. Famous stores were boarded up after days of unrest. The lights are out on Broadway theaters, and the subway no longer runs overnight.... Read More

Poll: Pandemic Does Little to Alter US Views on Health Care
Opinion Polls
Poll: Pandemic Does Little to Alter US Views on Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) — The coronavirus pushed hospitals to the edge, and millions of workers lost job-based coverage in the economic shutdown to slow the spread, but a new poll suggests Americans have remarkably little interest in big changes to health... Read More

Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health
Courts
Judges Try to Balance Legal Rights and Courtroom Health

t’s tough getting people to report for jury duty in normal times. It’s even harder during a pandemic. The kidnapping and rape trial of Kenneth Weathersby Jr. opened Feb. 24 in Vallejo, Calif., but three weeks later two jurors refused... Read More

She’s Patrolled the Navajo Nation for Nearly 20 Years. Nothing Prepared Her for the COVID-19 Outbreak
In The News
She’s Patrolled the Navajo Nation for Nearly 20 Years. Nothing Prepared Her for the COVID-19 Outbreak

TUBA CITY, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation patrol car pulled up to the jail near the center of town and Officer Carolyn Tallsalt stepped out. She adjusted her surgical mask, pressing the edges so they sealed against her cheeks, then... Read More

When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
Technology
When the Nation's Medical Supply Chain Faltered, This Software Firm Stepped Into the Fray
2020-06-05 17:49:11
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - If you wanted to have a front row seat to a global viral pandemic, you probably couldn't have been in a better position to do so than Keith Herron was three months ago. The company he'd worked at... Read More

Dems Urge Congress To Create “Robust” Recovery Plan For Clean Energy
Health
Dems Urge Congress To Create “Robust” Recovery Plan For Clean Energy
2020-06-05 14:44:20
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A group of lawmakers in the House and Senate urged congressional leaders on Wednesday to support the clean energy sector in future coronavirus stimulus legislation. In a letter signed by 57 members -- all Democrats or independents --... Read More

Tester, IAVA Detail Economic and Emotional Toll Coronavirus Taking On U.S. Veterans
Veterans
Tester, IAVA Detail Economic and Emotional Toll Coronavirus Taking On U.S. Veterans
2020-06-04 21:14:05
by Gaspard Le Dem

As the U.S. struggles to fight off a lingering coronavirus pandemic, the full impact of the crisis on the lives of Americans is just starting to come into view. But for the veteran community -- as for many other groups... Read More

Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study
Health
Malaria Drug Fails to Prevent COVID-19 in a Rigorous Study

A malaria drug President Donald Trump took to try to prevent COVID-19 proved ineffective for that in the first large, high-quality study to test it in people in close contact with someone with the disease. Results published Wednesday by the New England... Read More

Party Divisions Evident in Congress Over Expanded Use of Absentee Ballots
2020 Elections
Party Divisions Evident in Congress Over Expanded Use of Absentee Ballots
2020-06-04 12:49:24
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A congressional subcommittee on Wednesday threw itself into the growing controversy over absentee voting as a safeguard against coronavirus. Democrats and Republicans agreed voters should not need to risk their lives at polling places by exposing themselves to... Read More

Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
Criminal Justice
Federal Prison Officials Tell Senate About Their Coronavirus Control
2020-06-03 19:50:25
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The further move this week by cities to reopen as coronavirus infections subside is raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease, particularly in jails. The worries were heightened by protests this week against police brutality that drew... Read More

New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
Opinion Polls
New Poll Finds More Than 1-in-3 Willing to Sue Employer Over COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:50:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A new survey has found that 36% of American workers would sue their employers if one of their co-workers contracted COVID-19 upon their return to work, and soon after contracted it themselves. Additionally, the latest "Back-to-Normal Barometer" survey... Read More

Israeli Health Technology May Inform US Medical Response to COVID-19
Health
Israeli Health Technology May Inform US Medical Response to COVID-19
2020-06-02 18:46:01
by Kate Michael

Novel technologies are being used around the globe to combat COVID-19. Practical applications of new technologies are poised to make a significant impact in the fight against the virus. Among those is a batch of innovations coming out of Israel,... Read More

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