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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.
A range of U.S. companies — from N95 mask supplier 3M to defense contractors — say they’re affected by the factory shutdowns in Mexico. In other news: the world’s antibiotic supply could be at risk; two men accused of trying to sell millions of nonexistent masks; fears ease about ventilator shortages; and more.
Media outlets report on news from Oklahoma, California, Louisiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Indiana, as well.
More than 50 older patients recovering from the coronavirus are being moved out of hospitals located near New York City into Sharon Health Care Center, which is located in a rural area and has a low number of cases compared to other areas in the state. Other nursing home news is from Rhode Island, New York, Utah, Washington, Massachusetts, California and Michigan, as well.
As more than 11,000 of the nation’s deaths have been in nursing homes, advocates call for universal testing for all staff and vulnerable patients, citing the federal government’s and states’ failures to not make it the top priority. News on nursing homes is from Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Louisiana, California and Georgia, as well.
As of Friday morning the U.S. crossed the grim 50,000 death mark, though many experts think that’s an undercount. On California’s worst day of the pandemic so far, COVID-19 became Los Angeles County’s leading cause of death.
Five top epidemiological models vary in severity of what the country can expect in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, after two California deaths in early February are confirmed to have been caused by COVID-19, scientists and leaders adjust to the new evidence that the virus has likely been in the U.S. for longer than they had thought. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) ordered state medical examiners and coroners to review autopsies dating back to December.
Early experiments with antibody testing in California reveal that the number of cases are far, far greater than the official count. But that doesn’t mean those numbers will play out across the country. Scientists are starting to think about testing incentives–like cash rewards–as they try to figure out ways to get the best samples possible.
Media outlets report on news from New York, Texas, California, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
“We haven’t known the true extent of COVID-19 infections in our community because we have only tested people with symptoms and the availability of tests has been limited,” Neeraj Sood, a professor of public policy at USC and lead researcher on the study. The numbers back up what public health experts have been saying about the confirmed cases being only the tip of the iceberg.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) put the state on an aggressive course toward reopening, saying that he was prioritizing his residents’ need to put food on the table for their kids. But health experts have been vocal about the dangers of lifting stay-at-home orders too quickly as states that do so will likely be overwhelmed with a second surge of cases. Tennessee and South Carolina announced similar steps to relax social distancing guidelines following Kemp’s announcement.
The New York Times interviews employees and inmates at the Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, La., as well as family of the first prisoner at the facility who died from coronavirus. Six more have died since. Other prison news comes from California and Georgia.
While some protesters grabbed national attention, polls show that the majority of Americans are in favor of stay-at-home orders until they can be lifted safely. Meanwhile, experts say that even if state-ordered restrictions are loosened, Americans’ fear may keep them at home anyway. And a look at lessons learned from past pandemics.
Media outlets report on news from California, Texas, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The coronavirus has exacted a severe toll on the patchwork of community clinics and storefront doctors in New York City’s central Queens neighborhoods. In other news on health-care providers: a respiratory therapist talks about working “code to code;” workers staying at hotels; recovered doctors go back to the front lines; and more.
“We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” President Donald Trump said. The plan leans heavily on the idea that some states that have not been as hard-hit can reopen quicker than hot spots. Trump also walked back prior claims that he has “total” authority on lifting shut-down measures. “You’re going to call your own shots,” he told governors on a call to discuss the guidelines.