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Coronavirus live updates: 15,000 people in the US have now died from COVID-19; more than 24,000 have recovered; Britain's Johnson out of ICU
April 9, 2020, 7:51 pm | Source
The United States has surpassed 15,000 deaths from the coronavirus as cases continue to increase, while more than 24,000 people have recovered nationwide. Confirmed cases in the U.S. exceeded 450,000 Thursday. The death toll was nearing 6,000 one week ago, but in the last two days there have been nearly 2,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. In other news, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is out of [...]

Fauci lowers U.S. coronavirus death forecast to 60,000, says social distancing is working
April 9, 2020, 7:14 pm | Source
Senior White House adviser Anthony Fauci said Thursday the death toll from the coronavirus could be closer to 60,000 Americans, assuming full social distancing, rather than the previously projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths."The real data are telling us that it is highly likely that we're having a definite positive effect by this mitigation things that we're doing – this physical separation – so I believe we are gonna see a downturn in that," Fauci, the director of the [...]

Reporters barred. Records delayed. How coronavirus shrouded local government in secrecy
April 9, 2020, 4:04 pm | Source
Her daughter was hospitalized after she drank from a well it poisoned.It made the roads in her neighborhood so treacherous she has nightmares about her family being swallowed up in 20-foot-deep sinkholes.And now the company responsible may get the green light to expand its operations without a public airing of her concerns.Because of COVID-19, Pennsylvania environmental regulators canceled a hearing about changes to a natural gas liquids pipeline and, with it, [...]

Coronavirus interrupted our lives. Now it's invading our dreams.
April 9, 2020, 3:31 pm | Source
In the age of coronavirus, dreams have taken on new meaning.The imaginings are vivid, often strange, sometimes terrifying. Long dead grandparents. Bob Dylan doling out psychic medicine. The dinosaurs reborn. Experts say dreams are a way for people to understand themselves. Their main function is to process emotions, which for many people have been more intense [...]

Crab pickers. Landscapers. Seasonal migrant workers who come to the US could be extremely vulnerable to coronavirus
April 9, 2020, 3:05 pm | Source
SALISBURY, Md. — Thousands of people are recruited to Maryland each year to become the crab pickers, landscapers, caregivers and others whose work is essential for maintenance of the state's seasonal economy.While some H-2B visa holders will be out of work due to not being designated essential in the fight against COVID-19, others are part of essential supply chains that must continue to function. But at a time when the U.S. government [...]

Essential workers exposed to coronavirus can return to work if showing no symptoms, CDC says
April 9, 2020, 3:00 pm | Source
WASHINGTON – In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration issued new guidelines to make it easier for essential workers who have been exposed to COVID-19 to get back to work if they do not have symptoms of the coronavirus.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced Wednesday at the White House that essential employees, such as health care and food supply workers, who have been [...]

Should I withdraw money from my 401(k)? The CARES Act allows no-penalty withdrawals, but experts advise against it
April 9, 2020, 2:45 pm | Source
The CARES Act makes it easier for Americans struggling with economic hardship from the coronavirus pandemic to withdraw money from their retirement accounts. Should you take advantage of it? Experts typically advise against it, but the fallout from the crisis has left many people scrambling to pay their bills after being laid off or furloughed.The new provisions from the CARES Act allow Americans to draw down money from tax-deferred accounts without penalties. It [...]

AG Barr calls coronavirus restrictions 'draconian,' says they should be reevaluated next month
April 9, 2020, 2:38 pm | Source
Attorney General William Barr Wednesday called the restrictions in effect in many states to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus "draconian" and said they should be revisited next month.Asked by Fox News host Laura Ingraham about the balance between religious freedoms and the need to [...]

More than 50,000 Americans flown home to US as the coronavirus pandemic rages around globe
April 9, 2020, 2:01 pm | Source
The government has flown more than 50,000 Americans home in a massive effort to evacuate citizens from countries around the world, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.The massive airlift, which began Jan. 29, involved 490 flights in coordination with foreign governments, militaries, airport authorities and others, Pompeo said at the daily White House press briefing on the [...]

Almost all of the federal stockpile of personal protective equipment is depleted, new documents show
April 9, 2020, 1:30 pm | Source
Ninety percent of the federal personal protective equipment stockpile had been depleted as the Health and Human Services Department made its "final shipments" of N95 respirators, surgical and face masks, face shields, gowns and gloves, according to new [...]

Looking for Lysol spray and Clorox wipes? COVID-19 wiped out disinfectants, but here's when you can buy again
April 9, 2020, 1:25 pm | Source
As the coronavirus locks down more of the country, shelf after shelf of Lysol sprays and Clorox wipes has been picked clean by shoppers preparing for the possibility that they could be quarantined for weeks or months.Store limits on disinfecting wipes and sprays haven’t slowed the fear-fueled run as households stock up on cleaning products to protect against infection. Neither have eye-popping prices online and off. In March, sales of aerosol [...]

A bridge between life and death: Most COVID-19 patients put on ventilators will not survive
April 9, 2020, 1:20 pm | Source
While governors, mayors and hospital officials conduct much-publicized life-and-death struggles to acquire ventilators, for most COVID-19 patients the oxygen-providing apparatus will merely serve as a bridge from life to death.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently [...]

GE workers demand to save jobs, make ventilators to fight coronavirus pandemic
April 9, 2020, 12:54 pm | Source
GE workers staged a series of protests Wednesday, demanding that they be able to make critically needed ventilators to help patients stricken with COVID-19. Workers demonstrated at factories in Schenectady, New York, Dallas and Salem, Virginia, as well as the company's aviation facility in Lynn, Massachusetts, which was the scene of a similar protest last week.The protesters called for a shift in production, allowing them to go from making turbines, [...]

Police blotter for Wednesday, April 8, 2020
April 9, 2020, 12:35 pm | Source
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Another 6.6M Americans file for unemployment benefits as layoffs show no letup
April 9, 2020, 12:08 pm | Source
The U.S. economy continues to shed jobs at a jaw-dropping pace and there’s little sign the payroll losses will ease significantly anytime soon amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. About 6.6 million Americans filed unemployment benefit claims for the first time last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, reflecting another surge in layoffs and an economy that has continued to shut down in stomach-churning waves the past few weeks to minimize further [...]

'Refund my money!' Customers accuse Instacart shoppers of stealing their groceries
April 9, 2020, 12:07 pm | Source
Connie Meyers said she placed a large grocery delivery order on Instacart last week that never arrived. The 59-year-old graphic designer didn't mind extended delivery delays amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. But something strange happened on Monday, the day her $351 purchase was set to arrive at her doorstep."The order immediately went to 'delivered' after the shopper began shopping," Meyers said. "And the shopper then sent an old picture of [...]

Fake cops are stopping drivers for violating coronavirus stay-at-home orders
April 9, 2020, 12:02 pm | Source
GREELEY, Colorado — Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams shakes his head in confusion: Somewhere out in his county, a guy with flashing lights on his Dodge Charger has been stopping drivers and warning them they're violating coronavirus-related travel restrictions.Whoever is stopping the [...]

Cost of Navy secretary's trip to Guam? $243,000, his job and isolation after coronavirus exposure
April 9, 2020, 11:57 am | Source
WASHINGTON – Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly's trip last weekend to address sailors aboard the COVID-19-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt cost taxpayers more than $243,000 for the 35-hour round trip on a Gulfstream 550, according to a Navy official.Modly's profanity-laced speech to the sailors, during which he branded the [...]

Americans could start receiving stimulus checks starting on April 9
April 9, 2020, 11:52 am | Source
Much-awaited stimulus cash will begin flooding into millions of bank accounts next week in the first wave of payouts to shore up the nation's wallets.Millions of taxpayers will begin receiving the extra money to pay rent, groceries and other bills next week, or possibly as early as Thursday or Friday, some say.The first group – estimated to cover 50 million to 60 million Americans – would include people who have already given their bank [...]

Area Community News
April 9, 2020, 9:37 am | Source
NEW HARTFORDVirtual martial arts demo for community availableWhile the American Martial Arts Institute’s training facility is closed due to COVID-19, Grandmaster Clifford Crandall and Headmaster Eric Stalloch have moved classes and instruction for their students online.They also wanted to do something for the community and have created a free 30-minute virtual martial arts demonstration to entertain those at home.The demo [...]

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