Coronavirus Live Blog 4.4.2020

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Yesterday’s headlines from 4.3 can be found here



Europe’s mixed messages on masks causing the same suspicions as in the US

New Jersey is 1 week behind New York in virus surge

Senator trying to kick start a Manhattan Project for developing virus tests

Testing hurdles in US the key hurdle to reopening the country

Religious groups sue states to keep holding large services

Toilet paper shortages are more complicated than you think

Judge orders NYC to provide safety supplies and masks to Rikers Island jail staff

MN worried about neighbor states that refuse to impose any restrictions

In Mexico they are panic buying beer

Brazil isn’t testing people, likely virus deaths are not being counted

5 year old among latest UK deaths

MN will start classifying respiratory deaths without a clear non-covid cause as probable covid on death certificates. This is due to a number of factors including lack of testing.

Los Angeles begins prosecuting businesses that refuse to close, will reopen farmers markets with social distancing rules.

UK gets 300 ventilators from China

JoAnn Fabrics stores have been using “mask program” as an excuse to stay open and lure customers into the stores, even in areas with significant outbreaks and stay at home orders. Employees describe Black Friday level crowds in the stores. The mask program is widely described as a ploy by the company to encourage in store shopping. Supplies of the mask related materials have been frequently absent in stores.

2 passengers on the Coral Princess have died. The cluster of cruise ships in FL have been trying to offload healthy and sick passengers.

The Republican governors who refuse to issue statewide lockdowns.

NY total cases 113,704
total deaths 3,565
total currently in hospital 15,905
total currently in ICU 4,126
Gov. Cuomo says 2/3 of those hospitalized have been able to go home. The total hospitalizations over time in NY are not documented to make sense out of that number. NY has 1000 ventilators coming from the Chinese government as a donation. Oregon is sending 140 ventilators to NY. Source for all info here

FL vegetable producers can’t get their food to the people who need it. Producers say they need the government to help move it to food banks.

7 studies show how people spread the virus before they are symptomatic

The racial disparities in how the virus is hitting communities in WI

Amazon workers in Chicago also went on strike Monday. They describe the danger posed to people working in that warehouse in this in depth interview.

Alabama And Missouri Issue Stay-At-Home Orders

Scientists probe how coronavirus might travel through the air

AI discovers diagnostic signs of those who may end up in respiratory failure

Younger people with mild symptoms more likely to later test positive again.

27 virus cases among 47 residents and staff at a CA nursing home.

Pandemic has upended the US dairy markets, some farmers are dumping out milk.

What foods are flying off shelves now vs. recent weeks.

Cats can contract and give each other covid. Not considered an infection risk to humans. Dogs are less susceptible

Hobby Lobby closes all US stores, furloughs workers without pay

Walmart to limit number of people in stores, one way aisles

Mayo Clinic doing nationwide plasma antibody treatment trial

Safeway added one way aisles in Bay Area stores



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