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COVID Wreaks Havoc On Republicans

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Republican politicians are finding that the COVID-19 epidemic is undermining support. Mitch McConnell responds with a coronavirus relief plan.

White House Backs Off From Fauci Criticism

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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.

Opioid Deaths Soar Among Black People On Chicago’s West Side

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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.

Unused Free Testing Behind Lethal Outbreak In Montana Care Home

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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.

Critics Say Administration Not Helping Unemployed Find New Health Coverage

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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.

White House Infighting: Fauci Defends Record While Navarro Goes On Attack

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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.”

Trump Administration Orders Hospitals To Bypass CDC With Data On COVID

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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.

CDC Leadership Urges Mask Wearing

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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.

Outbreak Escalates In Even More States As US Continues To Break Case Records

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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.

Fauci Returns To White House Amid Swipes At His Reputation

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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.

Use Of Remdesivir Expands

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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.

DeVos Backs CDC School Reopening Guidelines As Safe

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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.

Leaked White House Memo Shows Efforts To Discredit Fauci

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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.

Death Rates Begin To Climb In Hard-Hit Areas Of U.S.

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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.