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Nearly 3,000 phone chargers headed to city hospital for coronavirus patients
Nearly 3,000 phone chargers are expected to be delivered to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital — because coronavirus patients are being rushed there without theirs and have no way to contact loved ones during extended stays, officials said Sunday. A registered nurse who works at NewYork-Presbyterian’s Columbia University Medical Center tweeted Sunday morning asking the public to donate their...
New business models could emerge from musicians’ livestream performances
In mid-March, as more Americans were ordered to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, a sense of foreboding started to creep up on British rocker Yungblud. His US tour — set to kick off in April at the Coachella music concert in Indio, Calif. — had just been canceled, and his Asia...
Larry David Says Bernie Sanders 'Should Drop Out' of 2020 Race: 'Everybody' Must Support Joe Biden
The comedian and Bernie Sanders doppelgänger said that the Vermont senator "should drop out" of the 2020 presidential race, telling a New York Times columnist over the weekend that "everybody" should support former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign.
Data Suggests Many New York City Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Are Also Low-Income Areas
The city's breakdown of which neighborhoods had the most COVID-19 cases revealed that "coronavirus is hitting low-income communities of color extraordinarily hard," said New York City councilman Mark Levine.
Nebraska docs urge statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order, predict thousands of cases have gone undetected
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, received mounting pressure to issue a statewide stay-at-home order after more than 40 doctors sent him a letter Saturday detailing how a lack of testing in one region of the state could mean thousands of coronavirus cases have gone unreported.
Gov. Cuomo: NY coronavirus deaths drop for first time but too early to tell what that means
Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York's coronavirus death rates have dropped but it's still too early to tell what that means.        
Jadeveon Clowney drawing sudden NFL free agency interest from Browns
The team with the most remaining cap space in the NFL has been showing interest in perhaps the best player left on the free-agent market. The Cleveland Browns have positioned themselves as a potential suitor for Jadeveon Clowney, who has lowered his asking price from more than $20 million per season to as low as...
Queen Elizabeth addresses coronavirus pandemic: 'We will succeed'
Queen Elizabeth II gave a rare address to the nation on Sunday night, uplifting the spirits of her people in the United Kingdom and offering hope to her country as it faces the devastating coronavirus pandemic.
Robert Wickens happy with return to IndyCar grid: 'It felt, in a way, like the real thing'
It may have been a virtual race, but for Robert Wickens, Saturday's iRacing Challenge was a major step in his return to IndyCar racing.       
Cameo videos let NBA stars connect with fans during self-isolation
Athletes, entertainers and others have an alternative way to connect with fans thanks to their cellphone and Cameo, a social media company that delivers video.
Pope sends message to young people during crisis
Pope Francis holds Palm Sunday mass in an empty church and encourages selfless acts in the pandemic
Teresa Giudice shares sweet Instagram tributes to late father Giacinto
The Gorga patriarch passed away Friday.
New York Gov. Cuomo Reports A Drop In Number Of Deaths, But Warns It May Be A 'Blip'
In a press conference on Sunday, the governor stressed the importance of working together, both in-state and nationally. "Nobody can do this alone," he said. "Nobody."
Bronx man stabbed to death by his teenage cousin
A family dispute turned tragic when a Bronx man died after being stabbed by his teenage cousin, according to police sources. Lloyd Hill, 23, was arguing with his 17-year-old cousin just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning when the boy pulled a knife and stabbed him multiple times in the neck and torso, sources said. It’s...
Queen says she hopes Brits can ‘take pride’ in coronavirus response
In rare address to the nation, Queen Elizabeth II says she hopes “those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any.”
Mark Esper defends firing of Navy captain: It’s ‘how we hold leaders accountable’
US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday defended the removal of a Navy captain who blew the whistle about a coronavirus outbreak aboard his aircraft carrier, saying that’s “how we hold leaders accountable. “I think Acting [Navy] Secretary [Thomas] Modly made a very tough decision, a decision that I support,” Esper said Sunday on CNN’s...
Amid coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass without the public
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public after the ceremony in St. Peter's Square was scrapped.
Powerful late-season storm heads toward Southern California
A powerful late-season storm slammed central California on Sunday and is expected to soak Southern California next. CBSN Los Angeles' Alex Biston has the latest forecast.
Large and slow-moving storm moves toward Southern California
The storm is expected to slow, sit and spin Sunday night through Tuesday in the region, bringing along heavy rain.
US' daily coronavirus death count Saturday is highest since pandemic started
The U.S. on Saturday recorded its highest daily total of coronavirus deaths since the pandemic started, according to new data.
Esper directs individuals on Defense property to wear 'cloth face coverings' when they can't practice social distancing
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday that all individuals operating on department property worldwide should "wear cloth face coverings" when they can't practice proper social distancing in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Where Is the Federal Government?
The federal government’s stockpile of medical supplies, gloves, and masks is nearly exhausted, President Donald Trump admitted at a White House briefing on Wednesday. Meanwhile, individual states are scrambling, bidding against one another for the equipment they need.“The coronavirus pandemic is a damning indictment of this country’s health-care system,” Joseph Kantor, the assistant state health officer for the Louisiana Department of Health, told me. “The richest country in the world is scrounging around for ventilators” and personal protective equipment.[Read: Why America is uniquely unsuited to dealing with the coronavirus]Kantor is one of a dozen health professionals across the country with whom I spoke this week. Taken together, those conversations reveal a federal government that has failed to protect, supply, and prepare the country and its cities. These health-care workers are looking with horror at the chaos in New York City, as evidence of what can happen to a vibrant city in the absence of national strategy and preparedness. As they struggle to avoid a similar crisis, they’re losing faith in the federal government, and resorting to their own improvised solutions.Louisiana, Kantor warned me when we spoke on March 30, is “in the exact situation, per capita, as New York City” and the state has witnessed one of the sharpest increases in coronavirus cases in the country.This is an “absurd situation where every state and every hospital is competing with each other to buy supplies from the private market and the government,” Kantor said. He compared the situation to “a crazy flea market,” and called it, “no way to manage a natural disaster like this.”Louisiana is leaning on its experience, trauma, and resilience from Hurricane Katrina. The state is currently building a massive health-care facility with 2,000 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients inside the New Orleans Convention Center. Across the street from the center, work is under way on a new 250-patient facility for people awaiting test results. “We are working at a breakneck pace to expand acute-care capacity,” Kantor said.Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered 14,000 ventilators, including 5,000 from the federal stockpile. As of Tuesday, the state had received only 300.Yani Turang, a nurse in New Orleans, is working on the COVID-19 response at the convention center. She complains that health-care professionals and experts knew that a pandemic was inevitable in the United States, but even though the “writing was on the wall,” it was never a priority for the country. In 2018, the Trump administration disbanded the National Security Council’s directorate focused on pandemics, and it has urged budget cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: This isn’t all Trump’s fault (but he isn’t helping either)]In 2015, Turang worked in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, but says that experience was less stressful than what her colleagues are enduring now in the United States. In Africa, she said, “there wasn’t even a question that I would ever have to reuse any supplies.” Her colleagues are now forced to purchase their own protective eyewear and face masks. She blames privilege and arrogance for this chaotic mismanagement, a “consequence of living in a world where you think you’re kind of untouchable.”And Turang worries about the future. “I see hospital beds being full,” she said. “I see our convention center being overrun by patients we can’t manage, because they are so sick. I see a lot of people dying.”Louisiana is hardly alone. “Right now, we’re still in what I call a lull before the storm,” said Nauman Qureshi, a nephrologist and the chief of medicine at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Alabama. Being two to three weeks behind New York has given them time to learn and adapt.Although his hospital has enough personal protective equipment, or PPE, for now, Qureshi says they are all “preparing for the worst.” His hospital has been accumulating masks and gowns, and has increased its stock of ventilators by 80 percent. Local physicians are discharging nonessential patients and postponing elective surgeries. Teams of physicians have already been organized to rotate when patients become sick with COVID-19.Qureshi says towns in rural areas such as his present unique challenges. The population is older, and internet access is spotty. “When we try to get in touch with patients, a third of them are able to connect with us through Zoom. A third of them prefer a cellphone, so we had to buy extra phones, and a third of them don’t know how to use smartphones.”[Michael R. Brumage: Rural America isn’t ready for a pandemic]His community puts more emphasis on what’s happening in Birmingham, 90 miles from Athens, than on what’s happening in New York. “Life is very local here,” he said. “Everybody thinks local.” Convincing people to stop congregating together in church has been a challenge. “Over here, life revolves around church,” he said. Qureshi, a Muslim immigrant from Pakistan, volunteered to explain the urgency of the situation to local church leaders. In Athens, he said, people stopped congregating in churches and mosques nearly three weeks ago. Governor Kay Ivey finally implemented a “stay at home” order on April 4, as Alabama surpassed 1,500 cases. A recent epidemiological model predicts that the state could have the highest per-capita death rate in the country and the fourth-highest total death count.North Carolina also has a stay-at-home order, but it is not enough to assuage Amy Marietta, the medical director of Blue Ridge Health in Polk County. “I don’t feel confident,” she told me. “I’m scared. The reason I’m scared is because we don’t have the capacity to meet the numbers we are going to see.”Marietta works in a rural community in North Carolina where many physicians are older and nearing retirement. Unlike in larger cities, she said, if medical practices and hospitals cut elective surgeries or clinic work to accommodate a surge of COVID-19 patients, they lack “a financial cushion or parachute” to absorb the lost revenue. Her local hospital was already making cuts before the coronavirus, she said, even though it serves as a vital health-care facility for patients who can’t afford to travel out of the county.Nearly 35 percent of her patient population is aged 65 or older, and many have health conditions that put them at greater risk. After seeing what happened in New York and Seattle, she said, local providers are “frantically” increasing bed capacity, creating crisis-response centers, and seeking to deploy health-care professionals to provide services in surge locations.The limitations of rural health-care have forced Marietta and her team to come up with creative solutions. Because 60 percent of her patients don’t have reliable internet access and a third of them don’t have reliable cellphone access, they come to the clinic parking lot for their telehealth appointments. Her clinic purchased a single iPad and keeps it in a plastic bag; patients can drive up and use it for their visits. It’s a creative solution, but the pandemic has prompted her to ask, “Why can’t everyone, especially people in rural communities, have better Wi-Fi?”In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking why her residents can’t have access to crucial supplies and resources.“It’s a very dire situation we are confronting right now in Michigan,” Whitmer told me in a phone interview last week. Michigan has the third-highest number of coronavirus-related deaths in the U.S., behind New York and New Jersey, and federal officials estimate that anywhere from 1,000 to 4,500 Michigan residents may die from the pandemic. “Like every single state in the nation, we are struggling to get what we need out of our federal national stockpile,” she said.[Read: How the pandemic will end]Meanwhile, Trump has attacked governors as “complainers” with “insatiable appetites.” He has reserved his harshest criticism for Whitmer, whom he has referred to as a “big problem” and a “woman governor” who blames the government. “We are not each other’s enemy,” she told me. “The enemy is COVID-19.” She said she is using every possible avenue to secure necessary supplies and masks for health-care workers. “It’s a source of strain on every governor in the nation,” she said. “We really would be served if we had a national strategy.”That’s a common complaint of political leaders and health-care professionals across the country, but they will have to keep waiting. During Thursday’s press conference, Trump said the federal government is a “backup” and “not an ordering clerk.” Jared Kushner, who is advising the coronavirus-response team with zero experience and credentials, stated that the federal stockpile of supplies was “supposed to be our stockpile” and not that of the states. In fact, the stockpile was created specifically to help states in need during a crisis.Not all states are suffering from the same degree of neglect. Some states, such as Florida and Oklahoma, have had all their supply requests fulfilled, while others have been left begging. Is it favoritism, putting states with pro-Trump Republican governors ahead of those governed by Democrats? “I don’t have an answer,” Whitmer said. “I know this: COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate along state lines, or party lines, or socioeconomic lines. COVID-19 is ravaging our country.” She wishes she could secure for Michigan all the test kits it needs, and provide PPE for all her front-line responders.Asha Shahjahan could benefit from that magic. “[Our] medical supply is adequate for a normal situation. This is a war-zone situation,” she told me. She’s a primary care doctor in Detroit, Michigan. To preserve supplies, she and her colleagues have been wearing one set of PPE for an entire shift, instead of changing for each new patient. “First, we didn’t want to be like Italy. Now, it’s ‘We don’t want to be like New York City,’” she said. “It’s going to get worse and we have to be prepared.”[Fred Milgrim: A New York doctor’s warning]Jahan Fahimi, an emergency-medicine doctor at the University of California, San Francisco, feels the same. “New York is the canary in the coal mine,” he told me. “We can see what’s going to happen.” Like other health professionals, he is using the limited time before the anticipated surge to prepare. He said doctors are developing work groups and doing dry runs, so that if a surge hits, they won’t be “caught flat-footed.” They are rushing to repurpose the hospital and are changing inpatient wards into negative pressure isolation wards to accommodate the needs of COVID-19 patients. He praised San Francisco Mayor London Breed and California Governor Gavin Newsom, who implemented stay-at-home policies “in the nick of time,” which bought them crucial weeks and helped flatten the curve.Fahimi, though, is distressed by the unevenness of the national response. He cringes at the packed beaches in Florida. “It’s insulting to the health-care professionals who will have to deal with the consequences and irresponsibility of everyone who said this was business as usual,” he said. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally ordered a statewide shutdown on April 2. He kept the beaches open for more than two weeks after Trump declared a national pandemic.Kris Okumu, the chair of orthopedic surgery at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, California, told me that even though community physicians have been “banding together” like the Avengers and communicating with the local academic centers, such as UCSF and Stanford University, they are still not fully prepared.Okumu is originally from Uganda, which he described as the “the country known for having viruses,” such as Zika, Ebola, and HIV. He’s long dealt with death, but the coronavirus is uniquely frightening for him. “It’s ironic to come to the U.S., the most developed country in the world, and deal with a pandemic, with a virus, affecting my life here and not in Uganda,” he said with a sigh.His hospital, which has been leased by the state to treat COVID-19-positive patients, has a shortage of PPE. His wife is a physician who worked in Milan, Italy, and has kept in touch with her Italian colleagues over the past three months. She had been warning him that the U.S. was not prepared for the virus. He said his hospital currently has less than a week’s worth of isolation gowns, “which we should have for every health-care professional treating a COVID-positive patient or person under investigation.” He also said they don’t have enough N95 masks.He told me the crisis is forcing them to ask difficult questions, such as “Who is going to be treated when we don’t have enough space to treat everyone?” If an older patient breaks her hip, will he still be able to help her? Where will she stay? He is still searching for the answers.In Boston, Mary Ann Dakkak doesn’t have time to ask questions. She’s busy trying to save lives at Boston University’s medical center, where she’s an assistant professor and a family-medicine physician. Her state is expecting its peak caseload in the next two weeks. Dakkak has rearranged her entire life to fight against the virus. In order to protect herself and others from potential contamination, Dakkak has stopped eating in the clinic and hospital during her 10-hour shifts. On March 9, after being informed she’d be starting COVID-19 service on March17, she arranged to have her husband and children stay with her parents in California. Like every health professional I interviewed, she is deeply worried she will be exposed to the virus and then come home and infect her family and local community. “I didn’t send my family to California so I can quarantine and be sick. I sent my family to California so I can be healthy and work,” she said.[Thomas Kirsch: What happens if health-care workers stop showing up?]Her peers call her tough, but she admits to crying every day. “Sometimes I cry because of something I’ve seen. Sometimes I cry because I’m exhausted. Sometimes I cry because I’m scared.” She said the last time she felt this helpless was when she worked in Chad, near the Sudanese border, in 2007. Back then, she felt that despite all her knowledge, she couldn’t stop people from dying. In the face of the coronavirus, she says, “I’m using everything I know, and I can’t do anything except hold a patient’s hands while they’re intubated.” She said all her colleagues went into medicine to help people and use science to fight diseases. However, she concedes, “I’ve never faced anything like this. This is so much more rapid-fire.”She worries about resource-poor communities and rural hospitals that don’t have the same infrastructure or supply of doctors that Boston enjoys. Even in Boston, though, she told me, “we are pushing our backs against a dam that is breaking, and it might break over us anyway.”Earlier this week, she asked her husband, Jason, to leave their children with their grandparents and rejoin her in Boston, realizing the stress has become too much to handle alone. She told me that Jason, a former marine, says his entire job right now is to make sure she is ready. He calls her the “spear.”Ordinarily, the wealthiest and most powerful country in the world would support its “spears”—its health-care workers—during a crisis. In the Trump administration, however, TV ratings seem to take priority over tests. Americans are being left to rely on one anther.
Op-Ed: Dispatches from the pandemic: I was laid off and denied unemployment. Now I could lose my home of 15 years
Maybe it's enough just to be a witness to these crazy times.
Uber driver spit on, slashed for not accepting counterfeit money: cops
An Uber driver was viciously attacked and spit on after he refused to take a handful of phony bills as payment for a fare, cops said Sunday. A 41-year-old driver was completing a ride near the intersection of Third Avenue and 59th Street in Manhattan around 2 a.m. Saturday when his passenger tried to pay...
Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey dies at 73
Tom Dempsey, a journeyman NFL kicker who despite missing the toes on his right foot set a field goal record that stood for more than four decades, has died of coronavirus, according to reports.
Rep. Chris Smith: China's deception on coronavirus – here's how to hold their leadership accountable
A recent intelligence community report confirms that disinformation began as early as November, when China misreported the seriousness of the disease.
Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard field goal set an NFL record, dies at 73 of coronavirus
His game-winning kick for the New Orleans Saints stood as a record for 43 years.
Gavin Newsom Says He 'Owns' Lapse in California Coronavirus Testing
California Gov. Gavin Newsom took responsibility for the state's backlog in coronavirus testing on Saturday, and assured residents the number had been significantly reduced.
Suspended T.J. Dillashaw reveals title shot assurances for UFC return
T.J. Dillashaw intends to fight for the bantamweight title in his return to the UFC from suspension.       Related StoriesRafael dos Anjos reveals how infrared sauna caused body to overheat during recent weight cutShamil Gamzatov out of UFC on ESPN+ 31 fight vs. Ovince Saint PreuxDana White named in sex-tape lawsuit; UFC boss says case is 'bull(expletive)' 
Wisconsin mayors implore top health official to 'step up' and shut down primary
The fate of the election has been embroiled in dispute stemming from efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Amid coronavirus spread, Thousand Oaks councilman resigns, will offer Communion at church
Rob McCoy, pastor of Godspeak Calvary Chapel, submitted his resignation, saying that he planned to violate orders that deem churches nonessential.
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Colts owner Jim Irsay says he will donate 10,000 N95 masks to Indiana Department of Health
Jim Irsay's donation is the latest in a long line of gestures by the Indianapolis Colts owner in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.       
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Head of New York's largest health care provider says state is "as prepared as we can be"
Michael Dowling, the head of Northwell Health, says New York hospitals "have enough protective equipment" to treat the number of COVID-19 patients.
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Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million to coronavirus relief
Oprah Winfrey joined the growing list of celebrities who are donating money to coronavirus relief efforts.
Rick Pitino challenges son Richard to bet on outcome of WrestleMania title bout
Coaches Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino could have the site of a future Iona-Minnesota game determined by tonight's Brock Lesnar-Drew McIntyre match.
Their nursing home isn't allowing visitors. So these seniors took to social media to let family know they're doing well
Like many other nursing homes across the nation, Texan Nursing and Rehab in Gonzales, east of San Antonio, is currently not allowing visitors as a way to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Gary Holmberg among Pleasant Views deaths
Gary Holmberg loved helping people and playing pranks, his family said.
My boss is now calling me constantly at home — how do I get them to stop?
Now that I’m working from home, my boss keeps calling constantly, even out of office hours. What do I say to get her to stop? You could say “I quit” — then you won’t have to deal with it anymore. But I wouldn’t recommend it. These are unusual times. I have no idea what line...
Surgeon General Adams Warns of ‘Saddest Week of Most Americans’ Lives’ as COVID-19 Pandemic Spreads
Adams' characterization of the threat has changed markedly since the beginning of the outbreak
Chelsea Handler Questions if It’s Ethical and Safe to Air Trump Coronavirus Briefings
Comedian Chelsea Handler has joined the left-wing media's attempts to block the public from seeing parts or all of President Donald Trump's coronavirus  briefings, saying that news organizations ought to consider if it's "ethical" and safe to continue broadcasting the daily White House event.
Ex-NFL Kicker and New Orleans Saints Hero Tom Dempsey Dies at 73
Dempsey was born in Milwaukee without four fingers on his right hand and without toes on his right foot
Pope Francis Livestreams Palm Sunday Mass In An 'Empty' St. Peter's Amid The Pandemic
Tens of thousands would usually gather for the traditional service that launches Holy Week. But Francis was joined by just a few nuns, prelates and laypeople, adhering to social distancing guidelines.
BP is offering a discount on gas for health care workers
BP is offering a discount of 50 cents off per gallon for first responders and health care workers the next time they fill up at BP or Amoco gas stations in the US.
WA Gov. Inslee: 'Ludicrous' Trump Doesn't Have National Effort on Coronavirus
Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) said it is "ludicrous" President Donald Trump is not mounting a "national effort" to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus-Related Spike in Highway Robberies Expected in Mexican Border State
Government officials in the Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon announced a new series of operations aimed at curving an expected spike in highway robberies targeting commercial vehicles and possible looting. The expected crime wave comes at a time when highway travel has greatly diminished following the arrival of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Mexico.
A Bill Belichick-Cam Newton marriage would fail: ex-Patriots exec
The New England Patriots have shown no known interest in free agent Cam Newton as a potential replacement for Tom Brady, and at least one former team executive believes he knows why. Scott Pioli, who worked in the Pats’ front office for seven years before becoming GM of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, doesn’t...
Louis C.K. acknowledges 2017 #MeToo scandal in first stand-up comedy special since allegations
Louis C.K. addressed his #MeToo accusations in his first stand-up special released since his career imploded in 2017 over sexual misconduct claims.