Coronavirus Live Blog 4.18.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.17 can be found here


Sioux Falls care home has growing outbreak but majority now tested are asymptomatic.

Care home in Mpls suburb, wind turbine factory in Grand Forks, ND and meat plant in rural MN all experience growing outbreaks

Former Trump campaign manager working behind the scenes in SD Governor’s office

IL uses secret flights from China to bring in needed PPE and supplies

Officials want Waterloo, IA Tyson pork plant shut down after outbreak among workers

Blanket testing of a Boston homeless shelter found 60% of the residents were positive, all were asymptomatic. 

Over 60% of those tested on the Roosevelt who were positive, were also asymptomatic.

Spanish military will begin fogging public areas to cut down on virus

Virus genetic “barcode tags” shows distinctly different versions in Asia, Europe and the US

CA exceeds 1000 deaths, economy continues to tumble

Bay Area posts largest single day decrease in hospitalizations

Pentagon extends travel ban 

South Dakota has about a 6% positive case rate among those tested. Testing is still limited to those with symptoms or workers of the Smithfield plant. 128 new cases in Sioux Falls metro, many tied to contacts of Smithfield workers

Almost 7000 people have died of the virus in nursing homes

Tense phone call over lack of testing between VP Pence and US Senators

States that say they are ready for phase 1 reopening

Far more people in Santa Clara county contracted virus than were counted by health dept.

Rural communities are not safe from virus

Mapping the burden of covid in the US

US has more than 700,000 coronavirus cases According to Johns Hopkins University’s tally, there are now at least 700,282 cases of coronavirus in the US. On Friday, 29,131 new cases were reported in the country. At least 36,822 people have been killed by the virus in the US.

Chinese nationals flee Russian border city as outbreak rages there.

Top Nigerian official dies of virus

North Korean leader absent from national event fueling speculation about his health

Shelter in place in CA saved $1 billion in losses to accidents, injury and related fatalities.

Economic Recovery Will Require ‘Lessening Of The Wealth Gap,’ Says Hedge Fund Titan

Lawyer suggests Trump could be criminally liable for his failure to act on pandemic


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