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Russian Governor Fears Chinese Citizens Have Spread Coronavirus in His Region After Beijing Closes Border
China has closed its border with Russia but a governor in the Russian far-east, Oleg Kozhemyako, fears the virus may have already spread throughout his region.
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newsweek.com
Ex-NFL running back Chris Johnson accused in murder-for-hire plot related to 2015 gang hit: report
Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has reportedly ben accused of being involved in a gang-related murder-for-hire plot related to a 2015 shooting in Florida that resulted in the death of his friend. 
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foxnews.com
The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Trigger the Worst Economic Recession Since the Great Depression, Says IMF Chief
About 170 of the 189 member countries in the International Monetary Fund organization are projected to have negative growth.
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newsweek.com
Kaiser closing many Southern California clinics to slow coronavirus spread
Kaiser will stop or limit services at locations including Los Angeles, San Diego, the Antelope Valley and Orange, Kern and Ventura counties.
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latimes.com
NYC cathedral turning into coronavirus field hospital
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese in New York, will serve as a field hospital during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report. The cathedral’s dean, the Right Rev. Clifton Daniel III, told The New York Times that nine climate-controlled tents capable of holding...
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nypost.com
Jessica Simpson parodies her Rolling Stone ‘Housewife of the Year’ cover
Things have changed a bit in 17 years.
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nypost.com
AG Barr says ‘draconian’ coronavirus restrictions should be reevaluated
Attorney General William Barr called the restrictions intended to slow the spread of coronavirus “draconian” and said they should be reexamined next month. Government officials, Barr said on Fox News Wednesday evening, should be careful to ensure “that the draconian measures that are being adopted are fully justified, and there are not alternative ways of...
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nypost.com
Fed boosts support for small businesses, local governments
The central bank announced a new $2.3 trillion round of loans that include even more support for small businesses and consumers — and, for the first time, for states, cities and municipalities, too.
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Liz Cheney: China is responsible for the coronavirus pandemic
Rep. Liz Cheney said on Thursday that she forecast potential issues with China’s wet markets for a long before the coronavirus outbreak.
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foxnews.com
Chilling video reveals how coronavirus spreads from a single cough in a supermarket
Researchers in Finland have created a chilling video that models how coronavirus could spread from a single cough in a supermarket.
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foxnews.com
When Are Stimulus Checks Being Deposited Into Bank Accounts? What You Should Know
The IRS says it is developing a portal for taxpayers to quickly provide the agency with direct deposit information to help facilitate payments.
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newsweek.com
A Rural Health Center With a Pandemic Plan
The Rowland B. French Medical Center is the primary health-care facility for the residents of Eastport, Maine, a tiny Down East fishing town, population 1,400. Eastport was one of the first of some 50 towns that Jim and visited during our reporting across America for our book, Our Towns. We have returned there a half-dozen times since 2013.The French Center, along with two others in nearby Calais and Machias, together compose the Eastport Health Center. They operate on a community-based health-care model, which began as part of a rural health initiative from the era of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty to aid the underserved.When I first learned about the rural health-care centers in Ajo, Arizona, and then Eastport, they struck me as unusually personal and almost quaint in their attention to the local detail of the environment and the people they served. Outwardly, the two couldn’t seem more different, The Desert Senita Community Health Center in a former copper mining town in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, and the the Rowland B. French Medical Center on the powerful tidal waters of the Bay of Fundy.In another way, the centers shared a foundation that seemed efficient and smart in design and operation. Today, in the horrible and confusing pandemic era, I would tack on a few more adjectives for their model: prescient and exemplary.The key element is that long before the current emergency, both of them were designated as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC); they are two of roughly 1,400 FQHCs that serve more than 28 million people around the U.S. today. And with this designation, it meant that two of America’s smallest and most remote communities were required to make preparations for a public-health disaster like the one underway now.As I wrote earlier: FQHC designation is a godsend for rural health-care centers. It ensures that the centers will receive, among other things, enhanced reimbursements for patients covered by Medicaid and Medicare, and will offer a sliding scale for those without any coverage. It promises federal malpractice-insurance coverage for providers, extra partnerships for the centers, and more specialist care. Each center is unique in its profile, depending on the community’s needs. For example, the Rowland B. French Medical Center has providers for behavioral health counseling, podiatry, radiology, nephrology, and social support. Desert Senita has a regularly visiting cardiologist and ophthalmologist, a certified Spanish translator, and a special phone line with third-party translators for multiple languages. Being a FQHC comes with requirements and perks. In Ajo, I saw the stacks and stacks of paperwork required of FQHCs by the government to document every step of their compliance with governance, finances, and regulations. I also learned about the one-stop shopping so they could supply services to cover everything from dentistry, x-rays, pharmacy, translation services, rotating visits from specialists, and emergency preparedness. At the time, Jane Canon in the Ajo center described that emergency preparedness meant “self-ready” for everything from a massive power outage to an ebola outbreak. At the time, we both chuckled at “ebola outbreak.” That doesn’t sound funny anymore.I spoke by phone last Sunday morning with Ellen Krajewski, the director and CEO of the Eastport Health Center, to learn how emergency preparedness in Eastport has played out so far.We started with a few weeks ago, when it was business as usual at Eastport’s Health Center. People were coming in for their primary-care appointments, drop-ins, the usual. Then came the identification by the CDC of the coronavirus as a pandemic. As an FQHC, said Krajewski, echoing my conversation in Ajo, we are required to have emergency preparedness plans. “So,” she said, “we had a pandemic plan.” The trigger was pulled and Eastport immediately kicked into gear to engage the protocols and adhere to guidelines from the feds and the states for pandemic operations. Here’s what the plan looks like and here’s how it has worked in reality:The pivots: The health center shifted from being an all-purpose primary care provider to accepting only acute visits in person and providing all other visits remotely, either by phone or virtually. It was tricky: While operations were clear to those inside the building, not all the residents in Eastport were aware of the news and, understandably, what that would mean to their usual healthcare behaviors. As now throughout the rest of the country, word needed to get around Eastport that the first step was not showing up at the center, but calling on the phone. The center set up a series of questions by phone to determine how best to provide needed care, from those with what appeared to be illness unrelated to coronavirus to triaging patients with what may be coronavirus symptoms. The very sickest people go to the hospitals; the middle group may come to the center; the least sick generally stay at home.Some of both the regular patients and the potential COVID-19 positive patients needed to be seen in person, so the center set up work-arounds for organizing their physical space. They scoured the possibilities and came up with separate locations for seeing potentially COVID-19-positive patients and regular patients. They flipped a board room into a sterile room, with a trained nurse to administer COVID-19 tests. Krajewski told me that the center has a limited supply of tests, and they follow the CDC guidelines on who is eligible to be tested.Within 10 days, all the providers were trained and using remote technologies. “It meant a huge, gigantic change,” Krajewski said. But it was one they were generally equipped to do, despite their relatively-older, less tech-savvy provider population. Being a FQHC, the center was already heavily teched-up, and familiar with using the technology required to comply with all the usual FQHC reporting and protocols.On the patient end, it was more complicated. Eastport is a rural, remote area, where broadband coverage is spotty, and the population is less likely than much of the U.S. to be able to afford computers and internet subscriptions. Compounding the problems, Washington County—where Eastport is located—has one of the oldest populations in Maine, a state that has the oldest population of any in the country—meaning overall comfort with technology is more rare than usual.The equipment and testing: As of our last conversation, Eastport has an adequate, though limited, number of test kits; more have been promised. Test results have been slow in coming, but the speed is improving. They have not yet recorded a single positive test for COVID-19. Maine has promised some community testing sites around the state, but tiny Eastport won’t be one of them. Those will be located in a more populated area, far away from Eastport.Their original supply of equipment has sufficed. There are enough PPEs and masks, although the center has already back-ordered and duplicate-ordered, just in case. Eastport doesn’t have an ICU or a ventilator. The nearest so-equipped hospitals are in Machias and Calais, which are 60 and 30 minutes away, respectively.The staff: During our travels, we frequently heard about rural America’s challenge to entice new young staff into professional positions like doctors, nurses, dentists, and teachers. In fact, Eastport, in another far-sighted effort, has already set up scholarships for high-school students pursuing medical professions, hopefully giving them a reason to stay and practice in their hometown.Today, the staff and providers at the center are generally older and are more likely to have co-morbidity issues that come with age. The pandemic presents a new challenge to this provider base, where they naturally fear their constant exposure and feel more personally vulnerable.The finances: Finances for the center and payments for services are complicated now. On one hand, there has been some easing on federal rules and regulations for payments and coverage, making the system work more smoothly. On the other hand, fewer patients are coming to the clinic. Patients are reluctant to show up, and they are delaying their well visits. When Krajewski and I talked, the center’s roughly 150 visits per day had dropped to 22. Already 12 employees in the three centers of the Eastport Health Center network have been furloughed, and five others are working reduced hours. And while virtual visits are increasing, they are not replacing in-person visits either in number or revenue.The culture: For all of us, the specter of COVID-19’s arrival into our communities is scary and looming and bizarre. For all of us, there is a sense of unreality—until it becomes real—that maybe it won’t get here, maybe we can be immune from this tragedy. Because part of the cultural appeal of living in remote towns like Eastport and Ajo is being a good arm’s length away from national issues or intrusions, it makes sense that this instinct or temptation of “not me/not us” could be even stronger. It is a familiar and attractive idea that the virus will remain far away, like some other 21st century disasters.We will stay in touch with our friends in Ajo and Eastport to see what their futures hold.
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theatlantic.com
Maryland jobless claims more than 108,000 last week
Maryland is reporting that more than 108,000 unemployment filings were made last week as jobless claims continue to rise sharply due to shuttered businesses because of the coronavirus
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washingtonpost.com
Mason Fine: 5 things to know about the 2020 NFL Draft prospect
Mason Fine is a quarterback who is looking to make the jump from college to the pros.
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foxnews.com
Why Some Doctors Are Now Moving Away From Ventilator Treatments for Coronavirus Patients
The concern from some medical professionals is that the machines could be harming certain patients
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time.com
'Families of the Mafia' star Karen Gravano explains why dad Sammy ‘The Bull’ is appearing on MTV reality show
Sammy “The Bull” Gravano is getting ready for his close-up.
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foxnews.com
Naomi Campbell says she’s wearing Elizabeth Taylor’s caftans during quarantine: ‘I’m not counting days’
Naomi Campbell is keeping things glamorous while practicing social distancing.
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foxnews.com
Investment firm dangled up to 175% returns to investors using US aid programs
A New York investment firm pitched wealthy investors in recent days on a way to make returns of 22 percent to 175 percent using US government programs designed to help Americans keep their jobs.
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nypost.com
Forecast Map Predicts Counties at Greatest Risk from Surge in COVID-19 Cases
The Columbia University map shows which parts of the country will exceed the number of beds they have for critical care over the next six weeks.
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newsweek.com
Coronavirus pandemic forces funeral homes, morgues into the frontline fight
In the hardest-hit coronavirus crevices of the country, funeral homes and morgues are being vanquished and exhausted in the quest to keep up with the number of victims succumbing to the novel pathogen, officially termed COVID-19.
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foxnews.com
Oil prices pare earlier gains as OPEC+ works on output cut deal
Oil prices were up almost 2% on Thursday, pulling back from an earlier surge as OPEC and other crude producers work on a deal to drastically cut output in response to a collapse in global demand from the coronavirus.
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reuters.com
New York's coronavirus outbreak came from Europe and other parts of the United States, research projects suggest
Two separate research projects suggest that the novel coronavirus may have been circulating in New York City earlier than thought and the earliest cases likely originated with travelers coming from Europe and other parts of the United States, not Asia.
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Andrea Bocelli on Easter quarantine concert: ‘Music can become a prayer’
The coronavirus crisis may prevent you from going to church on Sunday, but you can still worship the talent of Andrea Bocelli when he brings an Easter concert directly to your home.
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nypost.com
'Pokémon Sword and Shield:' Zarude's Signature Attack Jungle Healing Revealed
Jungle Healing will restore HP and heal status effects.
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newsweek.com
Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake team up for a funky quarantine remix
It was only a matter of time before Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake made a duet about being stuck at home.
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edition.cnn.com
UK, Spain, India and More Live Coronavirus World Coverage
In the global scramble for equipment, poor countries are being outbid. European finance ministers will try to agree on emergency steps to reduce the economic devastation caused by the epidemic.
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nytimes.com
Why sourdough baking is a non-starter for me right now
The peer pressure is real, but I can't imagine trying to keep something else alive in this pandemic.
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washingtonpost.com
Can mosquitoes spread coronavirus?
As the weather warms and many move their stay-at-home orders to their backyard, the question of whether you can contract COVID-19 through a mosquito bite continues to surface.
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foxnews.com
The best designer bag sales: Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Valentino and more
With stores closed due to the coronavirus quarantine, online sales continue to heat up — including some incredible deals on designer bags from past and present seasons. Here are our top 10 picks of luxury handbags to snag for a steep discount. Or just scroll through for an eye-candy escape from the real world! Louis...
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nypost.com
New York City’s coronavirus death toll passes 4,400
More than 4,400 people have died from the coronavirus in New York City as both fatalities and total cases continued to rise, according to new statistics released Thursday morning. The Big Apple’s death count from COVID-19 stood at 4,426 as of 9:30 a.m, up from 3,602 on Wednesday morning, data from the city Health Department...
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My year of free mattresses
Natalie Nelson I slept on a new one every 100 nights, but I couldn’t scam my way to self-care https://www.curbed.com/2020/4/9/21214157/mattress-casper-purple-leesa-story
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vox.com
Shirtless Shawn Mendes sets up a basketball hoop and more star snaps
Shawn Mendes makes sure he can play hoops, Sam Smith goes for a full 80's workout fantasy and more...
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nypost.com
Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo almost at a loss for words over ‘totally different’ WFAN
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, alongside Mike Francesa, helped build WFAN into a sports-talk giant, having the No. 1 afternoon drive-time show in the area for years. Now, watching from a distance, he isn’t sure what to make of the station’s direction. So many of its big names are gone, Russo pointed out, from Don Imus...
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nypost.com
Justin Timberlake: 24-hour parenting is ‘just not human’
Timberlake and Biel are doing their best in quarantine, even if their son doesn't think so.
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nypost.com
Jeff Bezos makes surprise visit to Amazon warehouse, Whole Foods
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos visited one of his company's warehouses as well as a Whole Foods grocery store on Wednesday, making rare public appearances as employees have raised complaints about working conditions.
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nypost.com
Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee calls for WHO chief to testify
“I’ve been ... outraged by the responsiveness and the performance of the World Health Organization," Sen. Todd Young says.
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politico.com
Dr. Siegel: Economy cannot reopen without rapid COVID-19 testing capability
America's economy cannot reopen without rapid COVID-19 testing capability, Fox News medical contributor Dr. Marc Siegel said Thursday.
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foxnews.com
Lady Antebellum's 'Islands in the Stream' rendition will lift your spirit
Isolation is not stopping Lady Antebellum from creating beautiful music together.
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edition.cnn.com
Taiwan hits back at World Health Organization chief's claims of racism
Taiwanese officials on Thursday pushed back strongly on allegations from World Heath Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that the Asian island off the coast of China was involved in a months-long racist smear job against him. 
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foxnews.com
Chef-recommended must-haves for grilling season
Grilling season is right around the corner. Though you can't have a cookout just yet, that doesn't mean you can't start flexing your grilling skills at home. We asked chefs about their all-time favorite grilling tools.
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edition.cnn.com
Florence Pugh hits back at cyberbullying about boyfriend Zach Braff's age
Actress Florence Pugh, 24, shamed trolls on Instagram for criticizing the age gap between her and boyfriend Zach Braff, 45. Said Ariana Grande: You go, girl.
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latimes.com
Margiela's latest collaboration
Director Reiner Holzemer discusses his project -"Martin Margiela: In His Own Words" - which offers an intimate portrait of the elusive fashion designer. (April 9)       
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usatoday.com
'Be the light': Why high schools across America are burning stadium lights
There's nothing like those Friday night lights.
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foxnews.com
Coronavirus in NY: De Blasio to make decision on fate of school year this week
The fate of the city school year will be determined in a matter of days, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday morning. “I think we are a couple of days away — two, three days away — from getting to that decision,” Hizzoner said during a press conference at City Hall. With the nation’s largest school...
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nypost.com
Live Coronavirus US News and Updates
6.6 million U.S. workers joined the jobless rolls last week. The virus is ravaging the Navajo Nation. A sailor assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt is in intensive care in Guam.
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nytimes.com
Internal Senate memo warns Zoom poses ‘high risk’ to privacy, security
Two federal overseers have also advised agencies not to use Zoom’s free or commercial service.
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politico.com
Can Pets Contract the Coronavirus? What About the Tiger?
Here’s what to do if your cat starts coughing.
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slate.com
'This Is Not Humanity's First Plague,' Pope Francis Says Of Coronavirus
The pope says the COVID-19 pandemic is exposing hypocrisy and misplaced priorities in the modern world, as he calls on people to remember their shared humanity.
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npr.org