Latest Morning Briefing Stories

Even Before Pandemic, A Third Of Hospitals Were Losing Money On Patient Care

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An extreme drop-off in procedures and patients other than those who have COVID-19 has taken the hospital industry out at the knees financially. Hospitals that were barely staying afloat before the pandemic have been hit especially hard. In other industry news: pediatric-care deserts crop up, California wants more power to stop mergers and more.

To Keep Returning Employees Safe, Workplace Measures Will Need To Go Beyond Temperature Checks

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People with the virus can be contagious without a fever, so temperature checks can only do so much. In other news on reopening: Hollywood eyes new safety measures as it considers restarting productions; amusement parks plan to open but doubt remains whether people will actually go; dental office get the message out that they’re taking patients again; and more.

As States Reopen, Demand For Plexiglass Is Booming Like Never Before

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States and businesses are trying to protect their residents and workers with new safety measures–including putting up plexiglass between cashiers and costumers. It’s just one example of the new, booming marketplaces created by the virus. Media outlets also look at where states stand on their plans to reopen.

Newly Released Data Shows How COVID Is Ravaging Nursing Homes Across Massachusetts

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Data, provided after public-records requests were filed, shows that nearly 62% of the deaths in the state were recorded at 80 long-term care facilities. News also focuses on the financial toll the virus is taking on the industry across the country and comes from Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Michigan and California, as well.

For States Whose Economies Rely On Tourism And Commerce, There’s ‘No Playbook’ For Recovery

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California’s economic strengths have now become the state’s weaknesses as it tries to game out a recovery plan. In other news on the economic toll: racial and gender disparities in business and job losses; hard-hit families that were stretched to near-breaking point before the crisis; and paid sick leave is moving to front of mind during pandemic.