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Tue, 03/24/2020 - 18:00

The man, a 31-year-old Mexican national, is quarantined and receiving care, according to ICE. Advocates fear that coronavirus could spread quickly in facilities where immigrant detainees are jailed.

Dr. Esther Johnston of HealthPoint Community Health Center says her clinic in Auburn, Washington has overhauled how it sees patients, shifting resources away from routine primary care to pandemic response by necessity.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 17:47

Community clinics that serve low-income patients are rapidly changing their model of care to deal with the realities of the pandemic.

A worker with Haiti's Ministry of Public Health and Population checks the temperature of a Haitian man coming from the Dominican Republic on March 5.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 16:04

The co-founder of Partners in Health talks about the challenges facing already challenged health-care systems as coronavirus spreads.

A health care worker with the UNLV School of Medicine tests a patient for the coronavirus at a drive-thru testing site in Las Vegas.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 16:03

President Trump and other U.S. officials touted Tuesday that the United States had surpassed South Korea in total coronavirus tests. But South Korea is far outpacing the U.S. per capita.

A huge video screen shows members of the Philippine Congress participating in a special session via video conference in Manila on Monday to discuss a proposed emergency power to be given to President Rodrigo Duterte to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 16:00

Congress granted President Rodrigo Duterte special temporary powers early Tuesday to manage the COVID-19 crisis. To date, there are 552 confirmed cases, and 35 deaths.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will make it easier for an experimental plasma to be tried on patients with COVID-19.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:39

Scientists are rolling out an old-fashioned approach they hope will help treat COVID-19. The treatment involves giving patients plasma from people who have recovered from the virus.

Supermarket workers wear face masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus inside the metro in Santiago, Chile, on March 18.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 15:26

Local leaders in the South American nation are calling on the president to take far stronger measures to tackle the virus, after the number of identified cases rose from 170 to 922 in just a day.

President Donald Trump talks with host Bill Hemmer Tuesday during a Fox News virtual town hall with members of the coronavirus task force at the White House.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 14:58

This coronavirus is novel, meaning how it will manifest is still unclear. About 0.1% who get flu die. It's estimated that about 1% of those who have gotten coronavirus have died from it.

"We haven't flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of new coronavirus cases Tuesday. Cuomo said his state now has more than 25,000 cases, as he gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at a news conference at Manhattan's Javits Center, which will house a temporary hospital.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 14:47

"We were looking at a freight train coming across the country — we're now looking at a bullet train," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. The state now has more than 25,000 cases.

President Trump speaks with anchor Bill Hemmer during a Fox News virtual town hall from the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:59

The president's informal target to curtail mitigation measures like social distancing comes as the total number of confirmed cases nationwide tops 50,000.

Airport security staff wearing protective gear check passengers arriving at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on March 19, the day China reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus for the first time since it started recording them in January.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:46

The government has put in place a strict regime of health checks, monitoring and quarantine in the hope that it can catch inbound cases before infections spread. A British traveler shares her story.

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 13:00

Groups opposed to abortion rights have signed a letter asking federal health officials to urge abortion providers to "cease operations" in an effort to preserve medical equipment.

The Postal Service says gloves and surgical masks are made available to all employees who request them, but many postal workers say they don't have what they need.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:58

The USPS says that employee safety is its highest priority. But some workers still fear becoming carriers of another kind — catching and spreading the virus themselves.

Spanish army troops disinfecting nursing homes in Madrid found some residents living in squalor among the infectious bodies of people who authorities suspect died from the coronavirus.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:52

The Spanish military found residents of some care homes "completely abandoned" and "dead in their beds," Spain's defense minister announced Monday. Spain has more than 39,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Kroger advertises it's hiring on a billboard in Jackson, Miss., on Monday.
Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:48

Even as millions of Americans are losing jobs in restaurants, hotels and airlines, a few industries are adding thousands of workers. They include pharmacies, online retail and delivery services.

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