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Media outlets report on the status of state reopenings across the country.
ProPublica takes a deep dive into the early responses of city and state leaders on both coasts to see what went wrong or where California got lucky. Meanwhile, CDC Director Robert Redfield says that the country is on pace to pass 100,000 deaths by June 1.
Media outlets report on news from New York, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.
While other colleges and universities are weighing the decision about whether to bring students back, California State University said there was too much risk involved with reopening in the fall. California’s other four-year university system, the University of California, with nearly 300,000 students on 10 campuses, has not announced whether its fall classes will be held online yet.
Media outlets report on news from Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, Massachusetts, New York, Alaska, Maine, Ohio, Wisconsin, Louisiana and California,
While President Trump was telling farmers at the beginning of the year to expand operations because of new trade deals, the pandemic that would dash those dreams was just beginning in Wuhan. Now some farmers find themselves digging under crops and euthanizing animals no longer needed in the food supply chain stymied by restaurant and school closings. Other news on the food supply reports on small farmers making home deliveries and home chefs supplying neighbors.
When asked why testing wasn’t ordered at the facilities where about a third of all deaths have occurred, President Donald Trump said “I would certainly consider that. I will mandate it if you’d like.” Nursing home news is from New Jersey, California, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and California.
A new study on excess year-over-year deaths suggests that the New York City death toll should actually include about 5,300 more cases. The data reinforces what scientists and experts have been saying over the past weeks: that the number of COVID-19 cases is likely higher than reported.
The industry is usually immune to economic hardships, but closings of dentist offices and eliminating nonessential surgeries and procedures led to many layoffs and furloughs. News on health workers is nursing, paramedics, sports specialists, Doctors Without Borders, medical students, mobile health clinics, residents, mental health and hospice care, as well.
Families and loved ones of veterans living demand answers as to why VA facilities, like the New Jersey Veterans Home at Paramus, are being so hard hit. “The whole place is sick now,” said Mitchell Haber, whose 91-year-old father, Arnold, an Army veteran, died last month.
Media outlets report on news from Washington, New York, Illinois, California, South Dakota, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maine, Oklahoma, Nevada and Louisiana.
With tax revenue drastically down and demand for social services soaring during the pandemic, California’s financial outlook has reversed and the state now faces a $54 billion budget deficit. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the state’s reserve will only go so far and calls on the federal government to provide emergency funding. Other coronavirus-related news out of the state reports on hospitals’ financial crunch, ongoing equipment shortages and questions about the distribution of COVID-19 medicines.
ICE said in a statement that the health of detainees is “one of the agency’s highest priorities.” Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia died in the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, which has seen the most infections, reporting 200 this week. Mejia took part in a hunger strike to protest conditions.
Masks are becoming just the latest way for Americans to signal what side of the political divide they sit. The tensions between those who want to keep restrictions in place and those who want to reopen are flaring into outright violence, and experts say it is only going to get worse as time goes on. In other news on masks: TSA’s stockpile, a farmer honored for his inspirational donation, California’s mask deal that fell apart and more.
In the U.S., 2,100 people were reported dead between 8 p.m. Monday and the same time Tuesday, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of Johns Hopkins data. The total number of cases in the country passed 1.2 million, as well. Meanwhile, projecting the total number of cases and deaths was already tricky, but now scientists must also deal with political rhetoric at the same time.
Mourning is much harder for the families. Media outlets report on news from New York, Massachusetts, California, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, Michigan and Iowa.
Governors in at least 30 states have begun allowing some businesses to operate or announced plans to do so this month, but the total number of cases each day is still staggering. Shutdown news comes out of Georgia, Maryland, California and New York.
After pictures emerged of crowded beaches last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says they’ll be closed the coming days. States are struggling with what to do with outside, public spaces that are getting too crowded as quarantine fatigue deepens. Meanwhile, news outlets look at where states stand on reopening.
An estimated 1.5 million undocumented Californians remain uninsured, and advocates worry that the group will be hit hard by financial setbacks during the pandemic. In other health care costs news: free clinics try to fill gaps and what to do if insurers bill you for testing.
Some school systems are even anticipating continuing distance learning into the fall. When children do go back to the classrooms, teachers and leaders are acknowledging there need to be deep changes to ensure their safety.