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Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill
Opinions
Time for Congress to Fix Leave Protections for Forgotten Frontline Workers in Next Relief Bill

Every day, Joyce Barnes starts work at 7 am. She wraps up at 10 pm to go home. And she’s done this for more than three decades as a home health care worker. One of Joyce’s patients suffered a stroke... Read More

DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
Elections
DC Residents Set To Vote Tuesday Amid Pandemic and Social Unrest
2020-06-02 12:31:14
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Polls are set to open on Tuesday for the District of Columbia’s primary election despite ongoing civil unrest and a lingering coronavirus outbreak in the nation’s capital. For the past three nights, the District has been rocked by... Read More

Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
Business
Restaurant Rich Charleston Offers Clues to Post-Pandemic Future of Industry
2020-06-01 18:23:49
by Dan McCue

CHARLESTON, S.C. - It wasn't exactly a typical Friday night in what could arguably be described as the "foodie district" of Charleston, South Carolina. But it was something of a barometer of how restaurants are fighting to come back from... Read More

Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
Health
Senators Discuss Solutions to the COVID-19 Long-Term Care Issue
2020-05-29 14:59:11
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON - Long-term care is a topic that hits close to home for many. Nursing homes and facilities providing care for people 65 and older are often crowded and understaffed, and care for seniors is even more complicated in the... Read More

Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
Health
Congress Seeks to Help Minorities Hit Hardest by Coronavirus
2020-05-28 12:49:20
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Medical and social welfare witnesses told a congressional committee Wednesday that ethnic minorities need an increased effort to protect them from the devastation of coronavirus. They are dying or losing their jobs in some locations at almost twice... Read More

US Coronavirus Deaths Pass 100,000 Mark in Under Four Months
In The News
US Coronavirus Deaths Pass 100,000 Mark in Under Four Months

WASHINGTON — The nation’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 100,000 in less than four months on Wednesday, a heart-rending inflection point in a pandemic that has profoundly altered Americans’ daily lives, ravaged the U.S. economy and put the country’s bare-knuckle political... Read More

District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
Economy
District of Columbia to Lift Stay-At-Home Order Friday
2020-05-27 19:00:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday the city will lift its stay-at-home order on Friday and begin phase one of its reopening process. The details of Bowser's announcement are available here. The mayor said though new... Read More

Coronavirus Widens Health Care Divide Between Red States and Blue States
Health
Coronavirus Widens Health Care Divide Between Red States and Blue States

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Jenny Morones and Courtney Marrs are both working mothers. Both labor to raise three children on low incomes. Both fled abusive relationships. But because Morones lives in California — a state that expanded its safety net through... Read More

Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says
Foreign Affairs
Trump Halts Entry Into US From Brazil, White House Says

The U.S. will restrict the entry of non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil, where coronavirus cases are spiking, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. The order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, and the entry of all foreigners who’ve... Read More

Dr. Birx Won’t Say Whether U.S. Will Shut Down for Potential Coronavirus Second Wave
Health
Dr. Birx Won’t Say Whether U.S. Will Shut Down for Potential Coronavirus Second Wave

Dr. Deborah Birx says it’s too early to tell whether we’ll have a second coronavirus shutdown. The White House coronavirus task force expert said Sunday that the nation will have to wait and see what the conditions are like when... Read More

Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
Congress
Senate Leaves for Memorial Day Break Without Deal On New Relief Bill
2020-05-22 19:57:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate has left town for its annual Memorial Day recess with no agreement in sight on a fourth coronavirus economic relief bill and a schedule that suggests a new stimulus won't be done until July. Last week,... Read More

Tennessee’s Secret to Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up the Tab
In The States
Tennessee’s Secret to Plentiful Coronavirus Testing? Picking Up the Tab

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — To reopen businesses and public spaces safely, experts say, states need to be testing and contact tracing on a massive scale. But only a handful of states are doing enough testing to stay on top of potential... Read More

Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
Aging
Senate Told to Find New Approaches for Nursing Homes Hit With Coronavirus
2020-05-22 13:09:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate made a first step Thursday toward new legislation intended specifically to protect elderly people from the ravages of coronavirus. The Senate Special Committee on Aging listened to medical experts’ opinions on measures needed to help... Read More

Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?
Space
Will Virus Keep Florida Spectators From Astronaut Launch?

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — In ordinary times, the beaches and roads along Florida’s Space Coast would be packed with hundreds of thousands of spectators, eager to witness the first astronaut launch from Florida in nine years. In the age of coronavirus,... Read More

CDC Issues Detailed Reopening Guidance After Initial Rejection
Health
CDC Issues Detailed Reopening Guidance After Initial Rejection

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a 60-page document that provides detailed suggestions for different phases of reopening workplaces, schools and restaurants, after an earlier draft was rejected by the White House for being too prescriptive.... Read More

Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
State News
Vermont Governor Proposes $400 Million Coronavirus Aid Package
2020-05-20 21:19:39
by Gaspard Le Dem

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott announced a $400 million coronavirus relief package on Wednesday that taps into some of the $1.25 billion in funding the state received through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. In March, Congress... Read More

The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector
Energy
The Coronavirus Is Taking A Toll On The Renewable Energy Sector
2020-05-19 20:21:22
by Gaspard Le Dem

The natural world has gotten a boost from the coronavirus pandemic.  With fewer cars on the roads and planes in the sky, the world has benefited from clearer skies and an unprecedented decline in carbon emissions.  Daily CO2 emissions decreased... Read More

Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine in Case He Gets Coronavirus
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Trump Says He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine in Case He Gets Coronavirus

President Donald Trump revealed Monday he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine preventatively for coronavirus for nearly two weeks — even though his own medical experts say the drug can be deadly and should not be administered outside hospital settings. Speaking in the... Read More

Coronavirus Vaccine Within a Year Is ‘Far From a Sure Thing,’ Expert Warns
In The News
Coronavirus Vaccine Within a Year Is ‘Far From a Sure Thing,’ Expert Warns

WASHINGTON — A coronavirus vaccine by year’s end is possible, but not something to “bank on,” a leading public health expert warned Sunday as the Trump administration continued to push for swift business reopenings in a bid to revive the... Read More

‘There Isn’t Enough Time’: Scientists May Need Years to Identify Coronavirus Immunity
Health
‘There Isn’t Enough Time’: Scientists May Need Years to Identify Coronavirus Immunity

WASHINGTON — When researchers in Los Alamos published a study last month revealing the emergence of a mutant coronavirus strain, a finding buried deep inside alarmed Robert Gallo, one of the co-discoverers of HIV. The mutation of the coronavirus’s outer... Read More

Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic
Mental Health
Fear, Isolation, Depression: The Mental Health Fallout of a Worldwide Pandemic

WASHINGTON — At Provident Behavioral Health in St. Louis, people who called the helpline at the beginning of the pandemic were fearful, even panicked. “Nearly everyone expressed fear. Fear of catching the virus, fear of the future, fear of the... Read More

Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump
In The News
Health Official Warns of Botched COVID-19 Management by Trump
2020-05-15 13:07:38
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - A whistleblower on the Trump administration’s response to coronavirus warned Congress Thursday that threats from the disease are greater than most government officials are willing to admit. The pandemic will “get worse and be prolonged” without a better... Read More

CDC Posts Advice on Reopening After Earlier Version Was Held Back
In The News
CDC Posts Advice on Reopening After Earlier Version Was Held Back

WASHINGTON — New guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising states on how to reopen bars, restaurants and workplaces was posted by the agency on Thursday. The guidance outlines a series of steps that should be... Read More

Battle Over Coronavirus Rules, Reopenings Increasingly Partisan, Bitter
In The News
Battle Over Coronavirus Rules, Reopenings Increasingly Partisan, Bitter

Urged on by President Donald Trump, Republican officials in several swing states, including Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, are ramping up pressure on Democratic governors to move faster on reopening their economies, despite experts’ warnings of a surge in infections and... Read More

Airlines, Government at Odds Over Passenger ‘Contact Tracing’
Health
Airlines, Government at Odds Over Passenger ‘Contact Tracing’

WASHINGTON — Two months after lawmakers lamented public health officials’ inability to contact air travelers arriving in the U.S. who may have been exposed to the coronavirus, the federal government and airlines are still at odds over who should take... Read More

House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions
Congress
House Vote on Aid Bill Set Despite Democrats Upset Over Omissions

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are plowing ahead with a Friday vote on a $3 trillion-plus coronavirus relief measure, arguing the urgency to act outweighs concerns among rank-and-file lawmakers that the “bold” package described by party leaders isn’t bold enough. Several... Read More

Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections
State News
Georgia Gov. Kemp Excludes Abortion Providers From Legal Liability Protections

ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp used his emergency powers to extend an executive order that limits legal liability for Georgia’s hospitals and medical workers during the coronavirus pandemic, while also including a provision that specifically excludes abortion providers from the... Read More

Paul Manafort Released to Home Confinement Over Virus Fears
In The News
Paul Manafort Released to Home Confinement Over Virus Fears

Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman for Donald Trump who was convicted of financial crimes and illegal lobbying, was released from prison to home confinement, according to his lawyer, Kevin Downing. Manafort, 71, was released from a low-security prison in... Read More

Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows
Health
Social Distancing Not As Effective as Hoped, New Modeling Shows

MINNEAPOLIS — New modeling by Minnesota researchers of the COVID-19 pandemic showed that social distancing isn’t as effective as initially expected in reducing deaths and infections, but will still help protect the state from a novel and highly infectious coronavirus.... Read More

Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests
Health
Analysis: We Knew the Coronavirus Was Coming, Yet We Failed 5 Critical Tests

The arrival of COVID-19 has provided a nuclear-level stress test to the American health care system, and our grade isn’t pretty: at least 80,000 dead, 1.3 million infected and 30 million unemployed; nursing homes, prisons and meatpacking plants that have... Read More

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