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Texas, Florida may be the next hot spots for COVID-19 – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Texas, Florida may be the next hot spots for COVID-19 – ABC News

New York has been labeled as the current epicenter of the outbreak. April 2, 2020, 9:06 AM 6 min read The COVID-19 pandemic has spread rapidly, with 100,000 additional confirmed cases in the U.S. this past week alone, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Part of the U.S. and the global community have been trying to combat this spread of the novel coronavirus is by instituting measures such as social distancing, travel restrictions, school closures, closure of nonessential businesses, and in the most extreme cases, statewide stay-at-home orders. China and South... Read More

Colorado AG steps in after Hobby Lobby defies COVID-19 stay-at-home order – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Colorado AG steps in after Hobby Lobby defies COVID-19 stay-at-home order – ABC News

“Hobby Lobby is not a ‘critical business,'” the state’s attorney general wrote. April 2, 2020, 4:02 PM 3 min read The Colorado Attorney General’s office sent a letter to Hobby Lobby’s CEO, ordering the craft supplies company to shutter stores immediately after it continued operating despite being named a nonessential business during the novel coronavirus pandemic. “For the avoidance of doubt, and as you have been previously notified, Hobby Lobby is not a ‘critical business,'” the letter from attorney general Phil Weiser’s... Read More

Power company workers sequester in the office during COVID-19 crisis – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Power company workers sequester in the office during COVID-19 crisis – ABC News

Utility providers in New York and Tallahassee are housing employees at work. April 2, 2020, 3:52 PM 6 min read Think how much worse this coronavirus crisis would be if the power went out. That’s one of the reasons utility operators, the people who run your electricity service, are taking steps to sequester employees in offices, power stations, and control rooms to keep everything running. Thirty-seven employees of the New York Independent System Operator, a private company that runs part of the electricity grid in New York, are living in RVs and trailers at two of the company’s... Read More

Researchers investigate whether wearable apps could unveil hidden coronavirus cases – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Researchers investigate whether wearable apps could unveil hidden coronavirus cases – ABC News

As health officials were confronted this week with the possibility that as many as one in four people who have the novel coronavirus may not show symptoms, researchers are investigating whether subtle hints from wearable wellness devices could help identify asymptomatic cases — a critical advantage in the race to trace the virus’s spread. The gadgets — most commonly bracelets and rings — track users’ physiological metrics, from sleep cycles to heart rate, and report the data back to a corresponding smart phone app. While at present those metrics remain untested by... Read More

Union demands protection for nursing home staff amid coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Union demands protection for nursing home staff amid coronavirus pandemic – ABC News

Union for long–term care workers issues a plea for federal help amid pandemic. April 2, 2020, 8:05 AM 7 min read The union for 400,000 long–term care workers issued a plea for federal help on Wednesday to better protect the health care aides who they say are facing extreme risks as novel coronavirus has spread in dozens of nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the nation. “Our members are truly on the front lines of this crisis. They are providing vital care to the nation’s most at-risk population on a daily basis,” said April Verrett, president... Read More

NYC surgeon responds to Trump suggesting supplies being stolen from city hospitals – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
NYC surgeon responds to Trump suggesting supplies being stolen from city hospitals – ABC News

“I don’t see anyone running off with a ventilator,” Dr. Craig Spencer said. April 2, 2020, 3:39 PM 6 min read A surgeon who was the first person in New York City to be diagnosed with the Ebola virus in 2014 rejected President Donald Trump’s claim that masks and other protective equipment intended for use in New York hospitals to fight the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, might have been stolen. Dr. Craig Spencer, the director of global health and emergency medicine at Columbia University Medical Center is on the frontline of the COVID-19 fight in New York City,... Read More

Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows – ABC News

April 3rd, 2020
Trump’s contradictory views on China shift as crisis grows – ABC News

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has held an unequivocal position about China and the coronavirus — several of them. Trump initially praised China, then excoriated Beijing after it made unsubstantiated claims that the virus originated in the United States. Now, Trump is back to offering niceties. The diverging messages have generated finger-pointing by both Beijing and Washington that is further destabilizing a critical relationship between countries with the two largest economies and militaries. There might not be radical shifts in U.S.-China policy during the next several... Read More

Risk for severe COVID-19 increases with each decade of age – ABC News

April 2nd, 2020
Risk for severe COVID-19 increases with each decade of age – ABC News

Age is a key risk factor for coronavirus, researchers found. April 1, 2020, 6:31 PM 4 min read As the novel coronavirus outbreak rages on, researchers are learning more about which individuals are at risk of being severely sickened — or dying — from the disease. A study published this week in the journal The Lancet examined data from individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 in 38 countries and found that risk of death from the disease rose with each decade of age. The death rate among those who were sickened by the disease was roughly 0.03% for people in their... Read More

Federal prisons facing shortages of resources amid coronavirus outbreak – ABC News

April 2nd, 2020
Federal prisons facing shortages of resources amid coronavirus outbreak – ABC News

Federal prison officials are growing increasingly alarmed about a shortage of resources to test and treat prisoners and workers exposed to COVID-19. Across the Bureau of Prisons’ vast network of 122 facilities, at least 29 inmates and 30 staff members have been infected. Officials are scrambling to secure enough staffing and personal protective equipment, or PPE, to meet the need, battling a bureaucracy that has been slow to adapt to the crisis. Shane Fausey, the National Council of Prisons Union President, raised the alarm about the shortage of PPE on a conference call with a lawmaker... Read More

Coronavirus government response updates: Trump pressed for nationwide restrictions – ABC News

April 2nd, 2020
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump pressed for nationwide restrictions – ABC News

President Donald Trump and his top health officials warned Americans to brace for a “very painful” few weeks ahead as they delivered their projection Tuesday that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die of the novel coronavirus, even if social distancing measures are strictly followed. Far from the president’s vision just last week of “packed churches” on Easter, a grim-faced Trump now says that 100,000 lives lost is a “very low number” in comparison to a 2.2 million projection if nothing had been done. After comparing COVID-19 to the flu and downplaying... Read More