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Officials in those states both take actions to boost coronavirus testing in vulnerable regions.
While some Americans still question the efficacy of masks, scientists find that even if masks don’t block the virus entirely that they can result in a milder form of the disease.
Quality of care for beneficiaries and reimbursement speed are among the complaints cited by health care providers about Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program. Other news stories cover New York’s rebate efforts and Medicaid enrollment.
Just as debate organizers announce a new site for the first scheduled presidential election debate they must now find a new location for the second.
An update of coronavirus cases and deaths from across the United States.
Across the country, families anxiously watch for decisions from their school officials and are often forced into a difficult decision about whether to enroll their children online or in person.
Tear gas, flash grenades and other tools employed by law enforcement during the escalating protests in several cities over the weekend left people injured. Seattle’s move to ban their use was blocked in court.
The acceptance of wearing face masks to slow down the transmission of the coronavirus continues to grow, but there are still places where officials and others resist the idea.
Over 400,000 coronavirus cases are confirmed by Florida. Media outlets look at how the crisis devolved so quickly in the Sunshine State.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, known as TANF, has been used by many states to help pay for programs that have little to do with moving poor people into the workforce, Stateline reports. Other outlets look at the president’s power to change the federal health law, technology problems for seniors and COVID-19’s effect on detention centers and prisons.
Mask news also comes out of Iowa, where Gov. Kim Reynolds is encouraging but not requiring mask-wearing, and Florida, where two mayors ask residents to consider wearing masks even while at home.
After a late-hour attempted move, President Donald Trump cancels all Republican National Convention events slated for Jacksonville, Florida, as the coronavirus surge again disrupts his wishes for a big renominating celebration.
Positive virus test results are being reported quickly from Wisconsin county health officials to the state, but negative test results are taking days, in some cases. In Massachusetts and New York, frustration mounts over lengthy delays for COVID test results from labs.
The United States is also back to April-level fatalities as more than 1,000 daily deaths were recorded consecutively.
Reports on the coronavirus from Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and others states.
Not much good news from the states on the battle against the coronavirus. Reports from Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Iowa, Louisiana and Mississippi.
COVID changes Opening Day and affects football too.
Georgia’s largest school district and a number of D.C.-area districts announce online schooling for the fall, and Seattle appears headed in the same direction. Arizona’s top education official suggests reopening plans should be based on data.
Also in testing news: neighborhood and socioeconomic status can determine how hard it is to get a COVID test, weighing the pros and cons of a rapid test, and more.
Mike Randol was hired in November 2017 to oversee Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program. Randol previously held the same position in Kansas, which also privatized its Medicaid program.