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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.

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.

Federal Judges Knock Down ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Bans In Georgia, Tennessee

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A temporary hold on Georgia’s 2019 “heartbeat” abortion law was ruled permanent by a federal judge Monday. In a separate case, another federal judge put a temporary block on a similar measure, just signed by Tennessee’s governor. Both state laws would have effectively prohibited the procedure at six weeks of pregnancy.

As COVID Hits Hard In Minority Communities, Concerns Rise About Mental Health And Suicide Risks

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Social distancing urged by health officials to stave off the virus may lead to other health problems for some people with depression and anxiety. At the same time, new data looks at the toll in Black and Hispanic areas, and some communities are reaching out to minority neighborhoods to inform residents about efforts to stop the infections; plus other developments in the fight the coronavirus.

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.

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.

State Legislatures Experience COVID-19 Outbreaks

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The Mississippi statehouse is closed for two weeks after 26 lawmakers and at least 10 employees tested positive for the virus. Meanwhile, in Ohio, the state House of Representatives has returned to work-from-home status.