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Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready
In The States
Reopening Means Contact Tracing. Many States Aren’t Ready

WASHINGTON — In mid-March, Jenine Clements’ boss asked her to set aside at least 24 hours out of her work week to call people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19. The goal was to locate people who had been in close... Read More

White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests
Health
White House Uses Data Collected by Journalists to Count Virus Tests

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is using coronavirus testing data from a volunteer tracking project led by journalists, according to a strategy document released by the White House, as one key government health agency significantly lags in counting how many... Read More

Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases
Health
Members, Staff in the Dark About Prevalence of Capitol Hill Coronavirus Cases

WASHINGTON — Staffers and members who work in the Cannon House Office Building were not informed that 11 construction workers working on its renovation tested positive for the novel coronavirus last week, a troubling revelation because lawmakers and their staff... Read More

Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine
Health
Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end, according to two people familiar... Read More

AP-NORC Poll: Seeking Virus Data, People Struggle With Trust
Health
AP-NORC Poll: Seeking Virus Data, People Struggle With Trust

WASHINGTON (AP) — When John Manley tested positive for COVID-19, his sister urged him to get on the malaria drug that she'd heard Fox News hosts plugging and that President Donald Trump was heralding as a potential “game changer” for fighting the coronavirus.... Read More

Drug Proves Effective Against Virus as Economic Damage Rises
Health
Drug Proves Effective Against Virus as Economic Damage Rises

Scientists on Wednesday announced the first effective treatment against the coronavirus — an experimental drug that can speed the recovery of COVID-19 patients — in a major medical advance that came as the economic gloom caused by the scourge deepened... Read More

Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down
Health
Many Field Hospitals Went Largely Unused, Will Be Shut Down

NEW YORK (AP) — Gleaming new tent hospitals sit empty on two suburban New York college campuses, never having treated a single coronavirus patient. Convention centers that were turned into temporary hospitals in other cities went mostly unused. And a... Read More

Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns
Transportation
Making Public Transit Safe a Next Hurdle in Easing Lockdowns

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In cities around the world, public transportation systems are key to getting workers back on the job and restarting devastated economies. Yet methods of getting around, ranging from trains and buses to ferries and bicycles,... Read More

Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health
Opinion Polls
Stressed-Out Americans Are More Worried About Money Than Health

The coronavirus pandemic is causing Americans to worry more about their finances than health, according to a study by MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer. Money was the top concern for 52% of full-time U.S. workers, compared with 44%... Read More

CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
Health
CDC Recommends Social Distancing for Dogs, Cats, Other Animals
2020-04-29 15:00:29
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that dogs, cats and other animals keep the same social distance from their counterparts as has been recommended for humans. The recommendation came after a small number of animals... Read More

Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
Congress
Problem Solvers Caucus Backs Bill To Examine U.S. Response To Coronavirus Crisis
2020-04-28 21:19:09
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of House lawmakers endorsed a bill on Monday to create a new congressional task force to scrutinize the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Made in America Emergency Preparedness Act, introduced in early April... Read More

Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
Congress
Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission
2020-04-28 12:53:53
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation's readiness to deal with future pandemics. H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced... Read More

Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer
Education
Trump Urges States to Consider Opening Schools Before Summer

President Donald Trump says states should “seriously consider” reopening their public schools before the end of the academic year, even though dozens already have said it would be unsafe for students to return until the summer or fall. Trump made... Read More

The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off
Economy
The US Reopening Is Coming, But 'Normal' Is Still a Ways Off

Everyone wants to know: When, oh when, will it go back to normal? As some governors across the United States begin to ease restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, hopes are soaring that life as Americans knew... Read More

NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
Congress
NewDEAL Sends Coronavirus Relief Recommendations to Congress
2020-04-28 12:13:33
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - NewDEAL, a network of state and local leaders, is urging Congressional leaders of both parties to consider the input of those on the front lines of dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as lawmakers return to Capitol Hill to... Read More

Grocery Stores Seeking Masks for ‘Essential’ Workers Confront Shortages, Federal Interference
Health
Grocery Stores Seeking Masks for ‘Essential’ Workers Confront Shortages, Federal Interference

The day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in early April advised everyone to cover their faces in public, the co-owner of a small network of grocery stores in Wisconsin logged into Facebook and began a post: “HELP!”... Read More

Isolation, Boredom Can Be Harmful in Their Own Way, Doctors Say
Political News
Isolation, Boredom Can Be Harmful in Their Own Way, Doctors Say

LOS ANGELES — Dr. Steven Siegel wakes every morning at 5, feeds his dogs, makes a fresh cup of coffee and begins exercising. By 7:30 a.m., he’s had breakfast, a shower, has dressed and is at work in his office.... Read More

Mnuchin Says Rising Budget Deficits to be a Focus ‘Over Time’
Federal Budget
Mnuchin Says Rising Budget Deficits to be a Focus ‘Over Time’

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that “over time” the U.S. will need to look into the sharply rising budget deficits created by the multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus support packages. Right now “we’re in a war,” Mnuchin said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re... Read More

Nations, US States Each Chart Their Own Path on Reopening
Economy
Nations, US States Each Chart Their Own Path on Reopening

LONDON (AP) — Nations and U.S. states have begun easing coronavirus lockdowns, each pursuing their own approach but all with a common goal: restarting their economies without triggering another surge of infections. Restrictions are being lifted piecemeal with no clear... Read More

US Confronts New Testing Dilemma: How to Figure Out Who Already Had COVID-19
In The News
US Confronts New Testing Dilemma: How to Figure Out Who Already Had COVID-19

As the U.S. begins to consider letting people go back to work and lifting social distancing rules, a new debate over testing is emerging. Researchers are racing to back-fill the gaping holes left by shortfalls in diagnostic tests for currently... Read More

The Other COVID Risks: How Race, Income, ZIP Code Influence Who Lives or Dies
Health
The Other COVID Risks: How Race, Income, ZIP Code Influence Who Lives or Dies

It started with a headache in late March. Then came the body aches. At first, Shalondra Rollins’ doctor thought it was the flu. By April 7, three days after she was finally diagnosed with COVID-19, the 38-year-old teaching assistant told... Read More

Some States Want to Track Your Phone — If You’re OK With That
Privacy
Some States Want to Track Your Phone — If You’re OK With That

WASHINGTON — When Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, suggested recently that the state might use residents’ cellphone data to trace the spread of the coronavirus, opponents on both the left and right were aghast. The American Civil Liberties... Read More

Reopening the Economy vs. Keeping It Shut Longer. What’s More Costly?
Political News
Reopening the Economy vs. Keeping It Shut Longer. What’s More Costly?

WASHINGTON — When the governor of Georgia and other leaders press for ending government restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus, they are proposing a huge gamble, not just for people in their own states but for millions of others nationwide.... Read More

Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns
Economy
Congress Passes Expanded Small-Business Loan Funding to Address Coronavirus Shutdowns

WASHINGTON — With unemployment claims topping 26 million in the last five weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, the House voted Thursday to approve another half-trillion dollars in federal relief to replenish a depleted small-business loan program and provide money... Read More

Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy
Economy
Trump, Governor Differ Over Georgia Plan to Reopen Economy

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “totally” disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to roll back coronavirus restrictions and allow shuttered businesses such as nail salons and barber shops to reopen this week. Refusing to reverse course, Kemp said he... Read More

Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
Opinion Polls
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Want Congress to Return to Washington Immediately
2020-04-23 15:08:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As the House prepares to vote on a $483 billion coronavirus aid package, a majority of Americans say they'd like Congress to return to Washington immediately to try to deal with the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, a new poll... Read More

Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
Census
Census Bureau to Gather Data on Disruptions Caused by Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-04-22 17:49:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Census Bureau is launching two new surveys to gather data on disruptions to households and small businesses due to the coronavirus outbreak. The bureau received emergency approval from the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on Sunday... Read More

Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak
Economy
Mayors Resist Southern Governors’ Push to Reopen Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

As several Southern governors began to reopen their states shuttered by the coronavirus outbreak, some mayors pushed back Tuesday, saying they have yet to see the decline in COVID-19 cases needed to ease stay-at-home orders. “I am beyond disturbed,” Van... Read More

White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
Economy
White House, Congress Reach Bipartisan Deal on $500 Billion Virus Relief Bill
2020-04-21 20:42:37
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Congressional negotiators and the White House reached agreement Tuesday on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that includes $331 billion to replenish a small business rescue fund while also providing an additional $75 billion to hospitals. The new... Read More

FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
Health
FDA Authorizes First At-Home Sample Collection Test for COVID-19
2020-04-21 20:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first diagnostic test for the coronavirus that allows people to collect their sample at home -- a development that could greatly expand testing options in states fighting to corral the... Read More

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