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Republican politicians are finding that the COVID-19 epidemic is undermining support. Mitch McConnell responds with a coronavirus relief plan.
The nursing home industry previously lobbied the Trump administration to relax regulations to certify nurse aides. At the start of the pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began to allow caregivers to complete eight hours of online training, instead of the 75 previously required.
President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell all deliver a message of support for Dr. Anthony Fauci after a top Trump adviser criticized him in an op-ed. Meanwhile, Fauci comments on the “bizarre” tension in an interview with The Atlantic.
Developments in the coronavirus pandemic are reported out of Texas, Nebraska, Arizona, Pennsylvania and Missouri.
Among the reasons, reports ProPublica, is that fewer people are coming to the emergency room to seek help, in large part out of fear of contracting COVID-19. Also, news on racial disparities from Maine, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
The outbreak in Billings at Canyon Creek Memory Care, where eight residents have died and almost are all infected, illustrates the need to adopt common-sense preventive measures. News on testing is on the slowness of getting results, and comes from California, Maine and Georgia, as well.
A shocking story of a nursing assistant at a Veterans Administration hospital who intentionally killed seven patients; she pleaded guilty to the crimes.
As job loss jeopardizes health coverage for millions of people, advocates say the administration should do more to publicize the availability of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or health plans being sold on marketplaces. Meanwhile, the administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court asking that Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirements be reinstated.
Intra-Trump administration conflict goes public as one official writes an op-ed criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci and another posts a mocking cartoon. In response to White House efforts to undermine his credibility, Fauci responds: “I believe, for the most part, you can trust respected medical authorities. I believe I’m one of them, so I think you can trust me.”
Instead, the coronavirus patient data will go to HHS. Public health experts voice concern that the change could lead to less transparency and accuracy about the state of the pandemic. The National Guard’s possible role also alarms hospitals.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly urges Americans to wear masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus while President Donald Trump’s reluctance to wear one influences the public more.
While recent attention has focused on hot spots like Texas, Florida and Arizona, cases are starting to soar in other states like Oklahoma and Nevada as well. In total, over 62,000 Americans were reported sick Tuesday — another record. Death rates also continue to climb.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System regulation is at issue.
A federal judge’s decision allows health care providers to mail or deliver mifepristone, the FDA-approved medication that induces an abortion, to a patient during the U.S.-declared public health emergency due to COVID-19.
President Donald Trump’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, met with the White House chief of staff after an internal memo surfaced that tried to undermine the doctor’s reputation. Despite the swirl of controversy, Fauci continues to sound the alarm about the pandemic.
The use of Gilead Sciences’s antiviral drug expands worldwide as more results from testing are announced. High hopes for the drug are tempered by shortages.
Though “there’s not going to be a one-size-fits-all approach to everything,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos urges educators to make plans based on current CDC guidelines for safely reopening schools. “There’s nothing in the data that suggests that kids being in school is in any way dangerous,” DeVos said.
The memo obtained by media outlets says, in part, that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. [Anthony] Fauci has been wrong on things.” President Donald Trump and other members of the Trump administration have recently said they don’t always agree with Fauci’s blunt assessments of the pandemic.
In a rosy prediction, Surgeon General Jerome Adams says that the country can reverse the current rapid escalation in coronavirus cases if all Americans follow social-distancing guidelines.
Public health experts had warned that the big surge in cases in the South and West would reverse the downward trend in U.S. mortality rates. Total cases in the nation now top 3.3 million.