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New York City Hospitals Reckon With Onslaught Of Patients In Heart Of Country’s Outbreak

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Media outlets go inside the overwhelmed emergency departments at New York City hospitals to show what doctors and other providers are dealing with day in and day out. “I have so many different fears,” said Dr. Sylvie de Souza. “That’s all we can do: just pray, stick together, encourage each other, not get paralyzed by fear.” Meanwhile, across the country, California is carefully watching how New York City handles the surge, with expectations that the Golden State will see a similar number of cases in coming days and weeks.

Governors In Florida, Hawaii, Alaska Make Rare Move To Put Up ‘Not Welcome’ Sign To Tourists

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Historians said it was difficult to recall a time in modern American history when states imposed quarantine restrictions on residents of certain other states and critics of the decision say it might violate the Constitution. Media outlets report on news from Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Georgia.

Amid Grave Shortage Of Ventilators, Some Hospitals Start Sharing Between Patients, Searching For Alternatives

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Public health experts are calling on the federal government to take responsibility for getting hospitals the necessary equipment. But in the meantime, desperate hospitals are trying to work with what they have. Meanwhile, there’s a heated and private debate among doctors on the front lines of the epidemic about a suggested do-not-resuscitate policy for all coronavirus patients.

As Cases Climb In California, Bay Area’s Nearly 7M Residents Directed To Shelter In Place

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Vital businesses like grocery stores, banks and pharmacies will remain open. Even as states across the country ramp up their efforts to slow the spread of the virus, the directive remains one of the most extreme. California was one of the early states hit with the outbreak, and has nearly 300 confirmed cases in the Bay Area alone. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is taking additional drastic steps, such as asking the elderly to stay at home, but has not ordered a state-wide lock down.

West Virginia Reaches Opioid Settlement Deal With Most Drug Companies For $1.25B

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This would be the first deal among about 3,000 lawsuits that exist nationwide. Details must still be resolved on payments to local, state groups as well as hospitals and others. The plan also does not apply to two key drugmakers, Purdue Pharma and Mallinckrodt. News on the national drug epidemic is from California, as well.

California Coronavirus Case With No Travel Link Shines Light On Deep Flaws In CDC’s Early Testing Strategy

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The patient wasn’t tested right away because she didn’t fit the narrow parameters CDC issued about who should be checked for coronavirus. The agency has struggled with other missteps related to testing, and experts worry that they could have exacerbated whatever outbreak is set to come. Meanwhile, California is aggressively trying to contain the virus, now that it’s likely moved beyond just those who have traveled abroad.

California Defends Authority To Require Insurers To Cover Abortion As Protecting Women’s Rights

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HHS said last month that the state’s abortion coverage requirement violated federal law that banned government entities that receive HHS funding from discriminating against health-care organizations because they don’t provide abortion or abortion coverage. “The Trump Administration’s threats not only put women’s health on the line, but illegally threaten crucial public health funding that Californians rely on,” said California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra in a letter to HHS.

Coronavirus In U.S.: Cases Climb But All Still Linked To Travel Abroad; White House Seeks Emergency Funding; Cities Balk At Hosting Patients

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So far there has been no community spread of the disease in the United States, which means no cases in which the source of the infection is not known. But looking ahead, community spread within the country is very possible and maybe even likely, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Other stories on the outbreak and the United States focus on self-quarantines, scientists’ work understanding the virus, drug shortages, the politics of an epidemic, and more.

On Same Day As March For Life, Trump Threatens California Over Requirement That Private Insurers Cover Abortion

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President Donald Trump cemented his relationship with the anti-abortion movement when he became the first sitting president to speak in person at the annual March for Life last week. On the same day, his administration announced that it would give California 30 days to lift a requirement that insurers cover abortion or that federal funds would be cut off from the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom dismissed the threat.