Coronavirus Live Blog 4.16.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.15 can be found here


Diabetes and obesity may be higher risk factors for serious virus cases than asthma

8 cases in Sioux Falls nursing home

Company in Sioux Falls suburb closes after 9 cases emerge

MN joins 7 state compact to manage reopening economy 

New York new cases, hospitalizations and deaths have all dropped steadily this week.

Small business loan program out of cash

Countries with the best response, what they got right

What a new normal might look like 

Stimulus checks deposited into wrong bank accounts

Sioux Falls, SD has over 1000 cases

Outbreak at Canada tar sands oil production camp

U of M emergency ventilator made out of random parts now has FDA approval, production by Boston Scientific and an open source plan available online.

Liberty University insistence in remaining open has resulted in lawsuits, threats and more virus cases

India continues to see virus spread but the counts are low

Japan expands state of emergency to entire country

Analysis of UK coronavirus deaths reveals that 91% of people had pre-existing conditions

FDA asks people who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood plasma – FDA directs people to their local blood collection facility to donate. The blood donations would be used for antibody treatments for sick virus patients.

Austin MN pork plant wants better PPE but has taken actions to reduce potential spread in the plant.

Worthington MN pork plant took aggressive proactive measures and has so far avoided an outbreak.

Pork plant in Des Moines sees spike in cases

Europe coronavirus cases reach almost 1 million, coming weeks ‘critical’: WHO

Osaka hospital workers wearing raincoats as protective gear runs out

Chicago has flattened the curve, mayor explains what is needed to reopen city.

Hot spots across the midwest while red state governors refuse to institute lockdowns

The largest hot spot in the US has been a new start for refugees for decades. 

Smithfield Foods closes 2 more meat plants. A combination of virus cases at these plants and their dependency on the Sioux Falls plant for meat to create finished products.

Stanford expands virus testing to general public

Japan predicts 400,000 deaths if no measures are taken

How coronavirus has impacted Congress

Navy may reinstate captain of Roosevelt 

Airports are doing more virus testing to catch incoming cases

Hungary has had a sort of coup while the pandemic rages

Trump threatens to adjourn Congress for not voting on his appointees

United Airlines gives grim outlook on travel business

NJ nursing home with questionable record has almost 70 deaths and even more positive cases among residents and staff

WA state new cases peaked March 28th 

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