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A Look At Why New York Has Nearly 10 Times More Deaths Than California

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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.

California State University Campuses To Stay Closed For Fall Semester In Hint Of Long Road Ahead

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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.

Losses Mount For Farmers Who Counted On Trump’s January Promise That ‘Best Days Are Yet To Come’

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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.

White House Recommends All Nursing Home Residents, Staff Be Tested In Next Two Weeks

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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.

Dentists, Physicians Offices Hit Hardest During April’s Loss Of 1.4M Health Care Jobs

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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.

California Projected A $6 Billion Budget Surplus In January. Now, Its Deficit Forecast Tops A Daunting $54 Billion.

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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.

Masks Becoming A Visual Short-Hand In Coronavirus Culture Wars A La Trump’s Red Hats

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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.

While U.S. Deaths Climb Past 71,000, Projection Models Get Swept Up Into Partisan Politics

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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.

Beaches And Parks Provide Too Much Temptation For Californians, Gov. Newsom Says

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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.