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Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
Civil Rights
Hoyer Presses States to Collect Data on Racial Disparities and COVID-19
2020-04-10 19:05:47
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urged the National Governors Association Friday to direct its members to collect demographic data on racial disparities and the coronavirus outbreak. Hoyer's request, directed to Govs. Larry Hogan, of Maryland, and Andrew Cuomo,... Read More

How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
In The News
How The Private Sector Is Fighting The COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-04-10 18:33:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - To no one's surprise, the coronavirus outbreak -- once it breached our shores -- became all anyone was talking about. Fears over the pandemic and the grim death toll projections dominated the early narrative, to be surpassed later... Read More

Competing Hospitals Cooperate to Meet the Crisis
Health
Competing Hospitals Cooperate to Meet the Crisis

For hospitals, among the nation’s biggest and most competitive businesses, giving up lucrative surgeries to make way for a competitor’s overflow of patients does not come naturally. But as COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm the American health care system, U.S. hospitals... Read More

The Feds Fell Short on PPE, So Everyday Americans Stepped Up
Health
The Feds Fell Short on PPE, So Everyday Americans Stepped Up

States are desperate for medical supplies, governors are pleading with the federal government to secure dwindling lifesaving equipment, and the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise nationally. But emerging from this crisis has been a widespread effort by... Read More

Fauci Says US Virus Deaths May Be 60,000, Half of Projections
Health
Fauci Says US Virus Deaths May Be 60,000, Half of Projections

U.S. fatalities from Covid-19 may be as low as 60,000 — far fewer than earlier projections — because of safety measures such as social distancing, the nation’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday. “The real data are telling us it... Read More

Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions
State News
Federal Judge Says Texas Providers Can Temporarily Resume Abortions

AUSTIN, Texas — Going against a recent federal appeals court ruling, a lower federal judge says Texas abortion providers can offer certain abortions while they continue fighting in court against a state order that halted most abortions. U.S. District Judge... Read More

Feds’ Stockpile for Coronavirus Response is Exhausted
In The News
Feds’ Stockpile for Coronavirus Response is Exhausted

WASHINGTON — As the Trump administration depleted the national stockpile of medical supplies over the last month to fight the coronavirus, it sent hundreds of thousands of masks, respirators and other protective equipment to states with very small outbreaks, new... Read More

New Data Suggest Coronavirus Death Toll May Not Be as High as Feared
In The News
New Data Suggest Coronavirus Death Toll May Not Be as High as Feared

WASHINGTON — Public health experts say information about the spread of the novel coronavirus through Texas and Florida in coming days could be crucial in predicting how many Americans are likely to die from the pandemic. The apparent effects of... Read More

Hospitals Say Feds Are Seizing Masks and Other Supplies
In The News
Hospitals Say Feds Are Seizing Masks and Other Supplies

WASHINGTON — Although President Donald Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and... Read More

Love Him or Hate Him, Brits Rally Around a Stricken Boris Johnson
In The News
Love Him or Hate Him, Brits Rally Around a Stricken Boris Johnson

LONDON — Back in December, when Britain was in the midst of an angry, divisive general election campaign, Amy Woodrow Arai went door to door in her southeast London neighborhood, desperate to divert votes away from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives. To... Read More

Tools to Handle the Challenges of Parenting During Pandemic
Mental Health
Tools to Handle the Challenges of Parenting During Pandemic
2020-04-07 15:55:50
by Kate Michael

Schools and activities are closed, parents are trying to work from home, and everyone feels cooped up and a little crazy. Parenting during a pandemic puts additional stress on a family, but there are strategies that can help you to... Read More

Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
In The News
Emergency Room Doctor Says, “We Knew It Was Coming”
2020-04-07 15:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- "We knew it was coming." Those were among the first words uttered by a young emergency room doctor when reached by The Well News earlier this week. The doctor, who had told his hospital he would be speaking... Read More

Medical Group Endorses Hydroxychloroquine for ‘Sufficiently Severe’ Coronavirus Patients
Health
Medical Group Endorses Hydroxychloroquine for ‘Sufficiently Severe’ Coronavirus Patients

NEW YORK — A task force led by the American Thoracic Society in New York has temporarily endorsed using hydroxychloroquine for hospitalized coronavirus patients with “severe pneumonia.” The group stressed the recommendation applies only to hospitalized patients where the “clinical... Read More

Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29
State News
Cuomo Extends New York ‘On Pause’ Order Through April 29

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday ordered non-essential businesses and schools across New York to remain closed through the end of the month, as the coronavirus claimed another 599 lives in the Empire State overnight. In his daily... Read More

Government Report on COVID-19 Crisis Confirms US Hospitals Face Dire Problems
In The News
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
In The News
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
Health
‘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
In The News
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
In The News
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
Health
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

Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
Congress
Bipartisan House Panel to Provide Oversight on Federal Coronavirus Response
2020-04-02 18:11:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of a bipartisan select committee to oversee the allocation of trillions of dollars in approved funding to address the coronavirus crisis and ensure taxpayers dollars are "spent carefully and effectively." Pelosi... Read More

More States Issue Stay-At-Home Orders as Coronavirus Cases Rise
Health
More States Issue Stay-At-Home Orders as Coronavirus Cases Rise

WASHINGTON — The United States hit a grim milestone Wednesday as confirmed coronavirus cases soared past 200,000, far more than any other country, adding intense pressure to overstretched hospitals still struggling to find necessary medical supplies and drawing new warnings... Read More

FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus
Courts
FDA Asks Judge to Delay E-Cigarette Deadline, Citing Virus

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration asked a federal judge to grant a 120-day delay for a deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to submit applications to keep their products on the market. Citing “the exceptional circumstances presented by the global... Read More

Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
Census
Census Bureau Nixes All Field Operations Through April 15
2020-03-31 21:22:28
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau, which had already suspended its field operations due to the coronavirus outbreak, has announced it will further postpone those operations at least through April 15. In a written statement, the agency said it made... Read More

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