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Most states sharing coronavirus patients’ addresses with law enforcement, report says – Fox News

May 19th, 2020

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At least two-thirds of states across the country are sharing the addresses of people who have tested positive for coronavirus with first responders, and at least 10 states are going so far as to share patients’ identities as well.

The move is an effort by officials to arm police officers, firefighters, EMTS and other frontline workers with information that could help them avoid contracting the virus from one of the over 11 million people who have been infected in the U.S., according to reports by the Associated Press.


However, those patients who took a test were assured that their private medical information would not be disclosed to anyone else, and activists are concerned that revealing the information would put minority groups at higher risk of being racially profiled, heightening tensions between law enforcement and black and Hispanic communities.

“The information could actually have a chilling effect that keeps those already distrustful of the government from taking the COVID-19 test and possibly accelerate the spread of the disease,” the Tennessee Black Caucus said in a statement.

State and local health departments keep track of who has received a test in their region and then provide the information to dispatch centers. The process is within the bounds of medical privacy laws, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A review by the AP of information given to states shows that at least 35 states that share the addresses of those who tested positive.

At least 10 states — Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee — also share the names. Wisconsin did so briefly but stopped earlier this month.

When responding to a call for help, dispatchers are able to flag the information in a computer system regarding a positive case of COVID-19 and use it to forewarn responding officials to use precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. First responders are not allowed to refuse a call if it relates to a positive case of the virus and in some states, the information is deleted after a period of time.

Detractors of the practice also point to potential issues concerning immigration, if local officials are instructed to share the information they’ve obtained with federal agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. 


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May 19th, 2020

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Twitch clarifies what its Safety Advisory Council will do – Engadget

May 19th, 2020

Elderly covid-19 patients on ventilators usually do not survive, New York hospitals report – The Washington Post

May 19th, 2020

The high mortality rate, especially among elderly patients with some underlying disease, stunned Max O’Donnell, the senior author of the study and a pulmonologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

“We had no idea how horrific this would be,” he said. “Definitely not just the flu.”

The research focused on 257 critically ill adults, representing a little under one-quarter of the confirmed coronavirus patients admitted at the two hospitals in northern Manhattan between March 2 and April 1. The median age of critically ill patients was 62 years, and two-thirds of them were male.

Of the critically ill patients studied, 39 percent had died by April 28, and 37 percent remained hospitalized at Milstein and Allen hospitals.

No critically ill patients under the age of 30 died at the two hospitals, O’Donnell said, and only a small number of them had to be put on ventilators. But more than 80 percent of people over 80 who went on a ventilator did not survive, he said.

That fact, he said, should be shared with elderly patients and their family members when trying to decide whether to use the invasive procedure to treat severe illness associated with covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“It’s a difficult conversation, obviously,” O’Donnell said.

Discharge and mortality rates for the most critically ill patients have varied widely among hospital systems. Doctors say the mortality rates — which range from 50 percent to 97 percent in published studies — probably reflect different regions’ demographics and the varied treatment practices in the early days of the outbreak, when doctors were writing and rewriting treatment protocols on the fly almost every day.

Early data from Northwell Health, New York state’s largest health system, for example, drew a grim picture of survival chances for patients who were ill enough to need mechanical ventilators. In a paper published April 22, doctors reported that of 1,281 critically ill patients, only 3.3 percent of them had been discharged, while 24.5 percent died. The rest remained hospitalized.

“The mortality rate [for patients on ventilators] creeps up to 70 percent when you’re over the age of 70,” Thomas McGinn, deputy physician in chief at Northwell Health, said Tuesday, noting that the new Lancet paper seems consistent with what his organization reported last month. “If your mom’s 85 and not well, they should know what the potential is for surviving before they have a ventilator placed.”

But at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, 40 percent of the 217 critically ill patients made it to discharge while 29.7 percent died, according to data that has not yet been peer reviewed. Craig M. Coopersmith, a critical care doctor at Emory, said he feels the numbers show that “unequivocally, being on the ventilator is not a death sentence.”

The new Lancet paper adds details to the narrative of how patients fared during the catastrophic months of March and April, when hospitals in New York endured a surge of covid-19 cases.

The study appeared to confirm associations between a patient’s risk of death and markers for inflammation and coagulation in laboratory analyses of their blood samples. Doctors have been reporting in recent months that some covid-19 patients are suffering from clots that can lead to strokes or respiratory arrest.

The obesity rate is among the striking features of the new research: Among critically ill patients under the age of 50 who were admitted to the hospitals, 71 percent were obese.

Precisely how obesity plays a role in the disease is unclear, but the Lancet report notes that severe obesity — defined as a body mass index (BMI) over 40 — did not appear to increase the risk of death compared with the other critically ill patients. The authors of the report say further investigations are needed to understand whether obesity leads to greater susceptibility to coronavirus infection or to the kind of severe illness from covid-19 that leads to hospitalization.

Several other studies have highlighted obesity as a risk factor for severe covid-19, especially among patients younger than 60 years. According to one study published in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal in early April, patients with a BMI over 30 were almost twice as likely to be admitted to a hospital with covid-19, and if their BMI was higher than 35, they were three times as likely to die as someone with a healthy BMI.

Jennifer L. Lighter, a hospital epidemiologist at NYU Langone who was the lead author on the Clinical Infectious Diseases study, said she believes different parts of the world have different vulnerabilities to the coronavirus. In China, she said, it was pollution and smoking. In Italy, the large older population and the fact that many live in multi-generational households contributed to mortality.

“In the United States, it’s obesity. That’s our Achilles’ heel when it comes to this virus,” Lighter said.

She said a number of theories may explain why obesity is implicated in amplifying the effects of the coronavirus. It could be because people who are obese are more likely to have compromised lung function to begin with and other issues that make them more vulnerable to a virus. They may also be more vulnerable to inflammation. It could also be that the virus attaches to something known as ACE receptors, which are highly expressed in fat cells. “So maybe the virus has more opportunities to attack,” she said.

The Lancet report found a high rate of problems not related to the respiratory system, notably kidney injury, evident in nearly a third of covid-19 patients and a clear signal that the novel coronavirus is distinct from influenza in the way it attacks multiple organs.

The Lancet study looked at hospitals that drew heavily from predominantly Hispanic and African American neighborhoods, and 62 percent of the critically ill patients were Hispanic. O’Donnell noted one racial and ethnic trend: White patients who are not Hispanic came to the hospital after three days of symptoms, on average, while Hispanics arrived after five days on average and African Americans after seven days.

“Part of this may speak to access to care,” O’Donnell said. When someone delays going to the hospital, he said, “you’re more likely to come in critically ill.”

Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, said the Lancet study “gives a perspective on the devastating nature” of covid-19, and “should give pause to anyone who wants to dismiss SARS-CoV-2 as less than a major threat to health.”


NYC sees controversial underground parties popping up during coronavirus outbreak – Fox News

May 19th, 2020

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As the coronavirus pandemic raged through New York City, its underbelly didn’t turn off the lights.

Regardless of orders shuttering all nonessential businesses to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, speakeasies are reportedly popping up all over the region.

Reports allege that patrons of controversial underground parties weren’t practicing social distancing or wearing face masks while the virus was spreading rapidly and starting to max out the health care system.

The cool kids allegedly do shots cheering the virus.

“What’s wrong with hanging out amongst ourselves? I don’t know any old people!” one guest reportedly said.

“We’re young. We’re not the target,” another purportedly said.


COVID-19 has killed at least 16,000 New York City residents, plus another 4,800 whose deaths weren’t immediately confirmed by a lab test.

The coronavirus has cut an unequal path of grief through New York City, hitting hardest in a ring of predominantly poorer, nonwhite neighborhoods along subway and bus routes from Manhattan, according to data released by the city Monday.

The new accounting of fatalities by neighborhood revealed that the ZIP code with more deaths per capita than any other place in New York is the one that contains Starrett City, a huge complex of apartment towers in Brooklyn that is the largest federally subsidized housing development in the country.

Of the area’s roughly 12,400 residents, 76 have been killed by the virus. Nearly 63 percent of the people living in the ZIP code are black. It is also the ZIP code with the largest percentage of older people in the city, likely a contributing factor to the high fatality rate.

The data released Monday reinforced earlier revelations that black and Hispanic New Yorkers were both more than twice as likely to be killed by the virus as white people.

It also showed a direct link between death and poverty.

Neighborhoods with very high poverty levels suffered an average of 232 deaths per 100,000 residents while areas with low poverty rates experienced 100 deaths per 100,000 residents.

A tale of two cities: influenza or influencer.

An unnamed “famous Upper East Side bar and lounge” and a “trendy downtown hotel” allegedly reopened to host parties this week, the New York Post reported.

Earlier this week, the New York Post reported that a Lower East Side nightclub allegedly hosted a party this month in the tradition of Prohibition-era gatherings, with cocktails flowing and patrons reciting passwords at the door to be allowed entry.

Snitches are emerging as enthusiastic allies as officials work to enforce directives meant to limit person-to-person contact amid the virus pandemic that has claimed so many lives worldwide. They’re phoning police and municipal hotlines, complaining to elected officials and shaming perceived scofflaws on social media.

Police arrested the 56-year-old owner of an illegal Brooklyn speakeasy where a dozen people were found drinking and gambling after someone called 311 with a tip.

Vasil Pando, the first bar owner to be arrested over the city’s lockdown order, faces charges of illegal sale of alcohol, promoting gambling, reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance, police said.


A New York City-based gay porn star got in trouble for a packed party during the quarantine.

“In the middle of a pandemic, @IanFrostok thought it would be a good idea to post 51 Instagram stories (yes, 51) of a house party he went to last night and early this morning in NYC,” tweeted journalist Yashar Ali, along with a clip.

DJ Alec Brian, who played at the party, took to social media to say sorry and defend his actions.

“As many of us are now unemployed, I had an opportunity to avail myself of some needed money to pay my bills,” he wrote on Instagram. “If I have insulted anyone or made anyone feel uncomfortable by this event, I sincerely apologize as that was certainly not my intent.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Some have tested positive for COVID-19 after recovering. What does that mean? – NBC News

May 19th, 2020

At least 14 sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt who had recovered from COVID-19 have tested positive for a second time, raising questions about immunity and whether people can catch the coronavirus shortly after getting better.

The sailors who “previously tested COVID positive and met rigorous recovery criteria have retested positive,” a U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesperson said in a statement. The sailors are now off the ship and are required to isolate for at least 14 days.

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Experts said the perplexing test results don’t necessarily establish that a person can become infected twice — the positive results following negative tests may be a quirk related to the type of test that was used.

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Nearly all of the diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in the U.S. look for snippets of the virus’ RNA, or genetic code. (Another type of diagnostic test, called an antigen test, looks for proteins from the virus.)

But according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “detection of viral RNA does not necessarily mean that infectious virus is present.” In other words, the test may be picking up a piece of the viral RNA that’s been left behind, rather than a fully intact, infectious virus particle.

A second positive test after a negative result may mean the virus is simply taking its time leaving the body, doctors said, and is no longer able to infect others.

“It’s possible that people could shed remnants of the virus for some period of time. That doesn’t mean anything is wrong with them or that they are contagious,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

A study from South Korea bolsters that idea. Researchers at the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analyzed data on 285 COVID-19 patients who also tested positive after having appeared to recover.

Scientists were unable to find evidence that the patients remained infectious. And viral samples taken from the patients couldn’t be prompted to grow and thrive in lab studies, suggesting that the samples were duds.

“What we’re finding more and more is that the fragments of virus that are being picked up on these swabs weeks later are not able to replicate,” said Dr. Ania Wajnberg, associate director of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. “They’re not live virus.”

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Still, the world has known about COVID-19 only for mere months, giving scientists no indication yet of how the virus acts long term.

“We just don’t have enough details yet to make confident statements about immunology,” said Dr. John Sanders, chief of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Sanders said the different diagnostic results might also be explained by false negatives. “I think that there is a lot to be learned about the testing and about the protective impact of having been infected or having developed an antibody,” he said.

Sanders and a team of researchers at Wake Forest have embarked on an ambitious study to get a feel for how the virus acts in people, how long symptoms last and how COVID-19 might lead to immunity from secondary infections, at least for a certain period of time.

The group has enrolled 15,000 volunteers, some of whom have had COVID-19 and others who haven’t. Each day, the volunteers are asked to record any possible symptoms they’re experiencing. If a person reports any kind of symptom, such as fever or a cough, researchers ask for more information.

“We will send them a home test collection kit to send back to us. We’ll test them to see if they have the virus and then continue to track them for antibodies after that,” Sanders said.

The research team will upload the results into a database, tracking symptoms in real time. Ideally, public health officials could then compare the information with electronic health records. Sanders said the project aims to tease out whether an uptick in cough, for example, correlates with a true rise in COVID-19 or simply with allergy season.

The research group plans to conduct antibody testing on 10,000 of the volunteers six times over the next year. So far, all of the volunteers are from health systems in North Carolina, but researchers are working to expand the study along the East Coast.

“We have dozens of unanswered research questions about whether or not an antibody protects you against future infection, about whether or not you get complications after a COVID infection,” Sanders said.

“This also allows us to collect the information necessary to start answering those more detailed questions.”

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Mark Schone and Courtney Kube contributed.


‘Very Cavallari’ ending amid Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler divorce – Page Six

May 19th, 2020

Amid her divorce from Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari has decided that she’s done allowing cameras into her personal life, announcing on Tuesday that her reality show is over.

“As I start this new chapter in my life, I have decided not to continue with ‘Very Cavallari,’” she captioned a photo of herself on Instagram. “I’ve absolutely loved my time filming and am so grateful to E! Entertainment for making this journey possible.”

She added, “To the fans: I can’t thank you enough for all your support and for keeping up with me all of these years. I love you guys.”

“Very Cavallari” ran for three seasons, documenting the couple’s marriage, as well as Cavallari’s jewelry business.

The Uncommon James founder, 33, and former NFL pro, 37, announced in April that they were divorcing after seven years of marriage. In a joint statement, the pair — who share sons Camden, 7, and Jaxon, 6, and 4-year-old daughter Saylor — said it was “just the situation of two people growing apart.”

However, a source told Page Six earlier this month that Cavallari found Cutler “unmotivated” and “lazy.” 

The couple reached a joint custody agreement earlier this month, as well as an agreement over their money. Cavallari previously alleged that Cutler was blocking her from buying a new house.

Reps for E! and Cavallari declined to comment.


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The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: CDC Director Redfield responds to Navarro criticism; Mnuchin and Powell brief Senate panel | TheHill – The Hill

May 19th, 2020


> Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Fed Chair Powell testify before Senate Banking Committee on pandemic response programs 

> President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Fox after hydroxychloroquine warning: ‘Looking for a new outlet’ Trump threatens permanent freeze on WHO funding without ‘major’ reforms within 30 days Schumer: Trump’s statements on hydroxychloroquine ‘is reckless, reckless, reckless’ MORE says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine despite risks

> In scathing letter, Trump threatens to leave WHO if changes aren’t made within 30 days 

> Children’s hospitals are experiencing ‘catastrophic losses’ 

> Greenhouse gas emissions have plunged an unprecedented 17 percent 

> CDC Director Redfield says CDC agency took first action on COVID-19 in late December and notified White House Jan. 1

These days, it may take a lot for news from Washington to shock anyone. In just the past 3½ years, the American public has witnessed one of the nastiest presidential campaigns in history, a sexual assault allegation against a Supreme Court justice nominee and now a Democratic presidential nominee, the impeachment of President Trump and — to top it all off — a once in a generation global pandemic that has locked down the world and pushed economies to the brink of collapse. 


Nevertheless, at an informal press event at the White House, President Trump shocked reporters when he said he’s been dosing up on hydroxychloroquine for more than a week in hopes it will prevent him from contracting the coronavirus. Let’s keep in mind that the drug is highly controversial and there is no body of empirical evidence to suggest the drug wards off the virus or is even safe to take at all. In April, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety warning on the anti-malaria drug. But the president said he did consult with the White House physician about taking the drug and — to quell concerns that the president was either lying or feeding the press a distraction — the White House released a memo last night detailing the commander in chief’s decision to preventively take hydroxychloroquine. It is rather ironic that Trump has continued to downplay the severity of COVID-19 and relentlessly push for the country to reopen, but he seems concerned enough to take his own preventive measures against the virus. 


Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTop Democrat to introduce bill to limit Trump’s ability to fire IG’s Pelosi says ‘morbidly obese’ Trump taking hydroxychloroquine ‘not a good idea’ Senate Republicans demand answers from Trump on IG firing MORE (D-Calif.) responded, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper “I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and in his, shall we say, weight group, morbidly obese, they say. So, I think that it’s not a good idea.” (The Hill


Trump has not yet responded to Pelosi, but a fiery response is likely.

Today, more than 90,000 are dead in America. More than 36 million are unemployed since the virus took hold. The daily lives of us all have been turned on their heads. And the leader of the free world is taking a risky drug with no proof of effectiveness. And the most powerful woman in American politics responds by calling him fat. Welcome to 2020.


Robert Redfield, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Director Robert Redfield says agency has been underinvested for decades and must up public health infrastructure before Covid/flu combo hits in the fall, says CDC took first action on COVID-19 in late December and notified White House Jan. 1, and adds he doesn’t know why Trump administration official Peter Navarro said what he did when the facts are otherwise.


* Interview transcript and full footage will be available shortly. Watch this space for updates.


Welcome to The Hill’s Coronavirus Report. It’s Tuesday, May 19.

Editor’s Note. 

One of the TV shows I used to watch when no one was looking was “The Weakest Link.” It was a BBC production that celebrated sharp-edged wit and general knowledge, praising those who knew all the answers, and publicly, somewhat viciously shaming those who didn’t succeed and couldn’t keep up. It was a terrible show, but it portrayed what many think is possible — that the strong or like-minded or most intellectual can become a tribe by casting out inferiors, or those who are different, or bring a different set of talents to the scene that don’t quite align with others.

Amid the global devastation of this virus, we can’t look at lesser developed nations as
“weak links” that can be expelled or walled off. In a global pandemic with a virus that doesn’t pay attention to borders and nationalism, the weak links — whether inside our own society or abroad — must be cared for and made strong and resilient. Today, in my discussion with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, he said that we may need to greatly widen our contact tracing in America, and we need to find ways to care for and quarantine people who have no homes and are infected. He also said, very slowly and forcefully, that the CDC had global assets to work with and that America needed to invest much more in global health infrastructure, not walk away from it.

From the sheer number of cases and deaths, COVID-19 is hitting America harder than any other nation in the world. But it is virtually everywhere in the world. Not containing it abroad increases the chances that this virus becomes not just a one wave or two waves crisis, but the kind of threat to mankind that continues to work around the world in a wave, always coming back to harm and kill inside the United States as well. And that’s a challenge even if a virus is discovered. Redfield said that even with a virulent flu — about which Americans are educated and know can be lethal — the vaccination rate is only 15 percent. He said we need more Americans to lean in on flu vaccinations so that society is less vulnerable to so-called weak links.

– Steve Clemons

Your Coronavirus Report team includes Steve Clemons, editor-at-large of The Hill, and researcher Andrew Wargofchik. Follow us on Twitter at @SCClemons and @a_wargofchik. CLICK HERE to subscribe to The Hill’s Coronavirus Report. To stay up-to-date on all things coronavirus, visit and SUBSCRIBE to our Overnight Healthcare newsletter.


Thursday, 11 a.m. EDT | Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinOn The Money: Recipients of PPP loans face big decision | Fed chair: US economy will rebound from coronavirus, but not by end of 2020 | White House adviser says fourth stimulus package may not be necessary Overnight Health Care: Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine despite safety concerns | US coronavirus death toll tops 90,000 | Moderna reports ‘positive’ results from early data on coronavirus vaccine Treasury to deliver millions of coronavirus relief payments by prepaid debit card MORE to join The Hill’s Editor in Chief Bob CusackRobert (Bob) CusackOvernight Health Care: Trump says he’s been taking hydroxychloroquine despite safety concerns | US coronavirus death toll tops 90,000 | Moderna reports ‘positive’ results from early data on coronavirus vaccine Overnight Defense: State Dept. watchdog was investigating emergency Saudi arms sales before ouster | Pompeo says he requested watchdog be fired for ‘undermining’ department | Pensacola naval base shooter had ‘significant ties’ to al Qaeda, Barr says Overnight Energy: Biden campaign says he would revoke Keystone XL permit | EPA emails reveal talks between Trump officials, chemical group before 2017 settlement | Tensions emerge on Natural Resources panel over virtual meetings MORE

On Thursday, The Hill will host “A National Virtual Summit on Advancing America’s Economy,” a forum to discuss a responsible reopening of the U.S. economy. The summit will feature three one-hour segments, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT. 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin joins The Hill’s Editor in Chief Bob Cusack for a keynote interview followed by an afternoon of discussion with leading CEOs and national health experts including: 

> U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams 

> Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill’s Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Rubio to lead Senate Intel Committee amid Burr investigation The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Dr. Tom Inglesby says society will have to learn to live with virus until vaccine emerges; Good news on vaccine trial propels stocks MORE (D-Va.)

> Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Dr. Tom Inglesby says society will have to learn to live with virus until vaccine emerges; Good news on vaccine trial propels stocks Bipartisan lawmakers call on Pompeo to defend Israel against ICC probes Senate GOP blocks Democratic oversight bill for small-business aid MORE (D-Md.) 

> Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Former Rep. Harman says Russia is trying to exploit America; Mylan’s Heather Bresch says US should make strategic reserve in medicines; Trump unveils leaders of ‘Warp Speed’ GOP sees groundswell of women running in House races The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Moniz says U.S. needs energy jobs coalition and Manchin says Congress is pushing Wall Street solutions that don’t work for Main Street; Burr to step aside MORE (R-Texas)

> Rep. Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisHouse GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting House conservatives voice concerns over minority rights during remote hearings House Rules Committee approves remote voting during pandemic MORE (R-Ill.) 

> Mayor Michelle De La Isla, city of Topeka

> Teva North America President and CEO Brendan O’Grady 

> Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker 

> GoDaddy CEO Aman Bhutani 

> Citizen Founder and CEO Andrew Frame 

> Independent Restaurant Coalition Founder chef Tom Colicchio  

> AOL Founder and Revolution Chairman Steve Case

> Chester River and Cheese Co. co-proprietor Jennifer Laucik Baker 

> Siemens USA President & CEO Barbara Humpton

> Wells Fargo CEO and President Charles W. Scharf

*Additional speakers to be announced 

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Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT, The Hill will host “The Vir [tech] tual World Ahead,” a virtual program focusing on our dramatic shift to a digital ecosystem at a time when digital literacy continues to be uneven, much as basic access to the internet can be. 


Steve Clemons, The Hill’s editor-at-large, will be speaking with: 


> FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly 

> Rep. Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBeneHillicon Valley: Uber lays off 3,000 | FBI unlocks Pensacola shooter’s phones | Lawmakers introduce bill restricting purchase of airline equipment from Chinese companies The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Dr. Tom Inglesby says society will have to learn to live with virus until vaccine emerges; Good news on vaccine trial propels stocks The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Some good news on the vaccine front MORE (D-Wash.) 

> Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District Michael Hinojosa

> Next Century Cities Executive Director Francella Ochillo 

> Information Technology Industry Council President and CEO Jason Oxman 

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There are 4,867,515 reported cases of COVID-19 throughout the world and 321,459 deaths as of the time of this newsletter. 

The U.S. is reporting 1,519,986 cases of coronavirus and 91,179 deaths. Russia is reporting 299,941 cases. Brazil’s 262,545 cases are now third most in the world. The U.K. is reporting 250,121 cases. 232,037 in Spain. 226,699 in Italy. 180,933 in France. 177,574 in Germany. 151,615 in Turkey. Iran 124,603. India 106,453. Peru 94,933. Saudi Arabia is reporting 59,854 cases. 51,633 in Mexico. 30,799 in Sweden. 28,794 in Singapore. 18,876 in Ukraine. 18,496 in Indonesia. South Africa 16,433. Egypt 13,484. South Korea 11,078. Cameroon 3,529.

New York is reporting 352,845 cases. New Jersey 149,356. Illinois 96,485. Massachusetts 87,052. California is reporting 81,904 cases. 67,311 in Pennsylvania. 51,915 in Michigan. 49,308 in Texas – where cases are increasing as the state begins to reopen. 46,944 in Florida. 38,116 in Connecticut. 28,956 in Ohio. 28,704 in Indiana. 19,239 in North Carolina. Iowa 15,296. Arizona 14,576. Rhode Island 12,951. 10,625 in Nebraska. 8,942 in South Carolina. 4,085 in South Dakota. 3,687 in Oregon. 640 in Hawaii. 

11,834,508 COVID-19 test results have been recorded in the U.S. and 283,178 have reported full recoveries from the virus.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testify before the Senate Banking Committee. During the hearing, Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownSenate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections On The Money: Unemployment rate spikes to 14.7 percent as 20.5 million lose jobs | Trump, White House pumps brakes on next relief bill | Senate GOP resistant to new round of stimulus checks An evidence-based response to rising child poverty — reform and expand the Child Tax Credit MORE (Ohio) and Mnuchin had a tense exchange when the top Democrat on the committee asked whether people were being pushed to go back to work amid a pandemic to boost stock markets. Brown argued that people were being pushed “back into the workplace” with “no national program to provide worker safety.” (The Hill

Trump threatens to permanently cut WHO funding, leave body if changes aren’t made. President Trump threatened Monday to permanently halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and “reconsider” the country’s membership in the United Nations body if it does not “commit to major substantive improvements” within the next 30 days. In a letter to the WHO posted in a late-night tweet, Trump said the global health agency floundered in its early responses to the coronavirus outbreak. (Washington Post

Read the president’s “self explanatory” letter here

White House, CDC rift spills into the open. The rift between the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has spilled out into the open as one of the nation’s top public health agencies finds itself on the margins of the response to a once-in-a-generation pandemic. “To allude that we’re sort of taking a backseat to this response just because we haven’t had such a forward-facing presence with the news media really does disservice to what we have actually done as far as leading the public health response to this,” a CDC spokesperson said. (The Hill

Congress eyes changes to small-business pandemic aid. Lawmakers are pushing for changes to a key program that provides aid to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus. Talks about “fixes”— from tweaks to an overhaul of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to changes to other programs — come as Congress remains divided over a so-called Phase Four relief bill, which would actually be the fifth agreement reached on the coronavirus response since early March. (The Hill


Sen. Jacky RosenJacklyn (Jacky) Sheryl RosenHillicon Valley: Experts raise security concerns about online voting | Musk finds supporter in Trump | Officials warn that Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research groups Lawmakers move to boost federal cybersecurity in annual defense bill Democrats introduce legislation to ensure internet access for college students MORE (D-Nev.) 

@SenJackyRosen .@SenCortezMasto and I are calling for ramping up #COVID19 testing. 

Our public health, government, and business leaders need information about who has COVID-19, who needs to be isolated or quarantined, and who may have already had the virus.

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Americans venture out as officials pin future on vaccine GOP rallies behind effort to defeat Steve King McConnell acknowledges GOP faces ‘challenging’ political environment MORE (R-Iowa) 

@SenJoniErnst In the bipartisan #COVID19 relief packages, we worked to ensure states like Iowa received funding to increase testing capabilities. Last week, 

@CDCgov announced that Iowa will receive over $114 million to enhance testing in our communities.

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellHuman Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary Coral Princess cruise ship with cases of coronavirus docks in Miami Florida gov says if White House recommended stay-at-home order it would ‘carry a lot of weight’ MORE (D-Fla.) 

@RepDMP The GOP Senate has to get to work to help those hurting in this crisis instead of appointing right wing conservative judges. They need to work for the people and bring the #HeroesAct to the floor. Americans are hurting. They need this assistance and there’s no time to waste.


Texas, North Carolina, Alabama see rising cases as they reopen. North Carolina and Arizona are among the states seeing rising numbers of coronavirus cases, intensifying concerns as they seek to reopen shuttered economies. Texas saw its largest one-day increase in cases on Saturday, with 1,801 new cases. North Carolina also saw its largest single-day jump on Saturday with 853 new cases. And Arizona reported 462 new cases that day, close to a record high. (The Hill)

Chicago blocks church parking lots to enforce stay-at-home order. The city of Chicago blocked parking at some churches’ lots Sunday in order to enforce Illinois’s stay-at-home order. (The Hill

Coronavirus having “catastrophic” impact on children’s hospitals. Children’s hospitals across the country are experiencing “catastrophic losses” after stepping up to help in the COVID-19 fight, Fox News has learned, and they are calling on the Department of Health and Human Services for urgent help. In a letter Tuesday to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the leaders of some 76 children’s hospitals across the country are suggesting that “failure to provide immediate relief to children’s hospitals will weaken our infrastructure and risk our current capability to care for all the nation’s children.” (Fox News)


China hits back, in words and aid pledges, as America goes at it alone. The World Health Organization’s annual meeting entered a second day on Tuesday, after an opening dominated by feuding as the United States escalated threats of isolationism and China bit back against criticism. “The United States has made a miscalculation and found the wrong target when it picks on China, shirks its responsibilities and bargains on how to fulfill its international obligations to the World Health Organization,” Zhao Lijian, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, told reporters. (New York Times

️ A super cyclone racing toward India and Bangladesh threatens coronavirus response. A crushing cyclone barreled up the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday, heading for a swampy stretch along the border of India and Bangladesh and threatening to unleash 165-mile-an-hour winds and massive floods when it makes landfall Wednesday. The power of the storm is not the only threat, as the cyclone, Amphan, nears coastal areas. It also poses a risk to the coronavirus response as hundreds of thousands of people begin moving toward emergency shelters. (New York Times)


Trump administration picks U.S. firm to manufacture COVID-19 drugs now made overseas. The Trump administration is awarding a $354 million, four-year contract to a Virginia-based company to manufacture generic medicines and pharmaceutical ingredients needed to treat COVID-19, federal officials and the company announced Tuesday. Phlow Corp. said in a release it was awarded the federal contract to create “essential medicines at risk of shortage,” including medicines for the COVID-19 pandemic response. (The Hill

Global emissions plunged unprecedented 17 percent during coronavirus pandemic. The wave of lockdowns and shuttered economies caused by the coronavirus pandemic fueled a momentous decline in global greenhouse gas emissions, although one unlikely to last, a group of scientists reported Tuesday. (Washington Post


Top execs for Netflix, Disney, Salesforce and others call on Congress to provide $1T in coronavirus relief to local governments. Top business leaders in California are urging Congress to approve an additional $1 trillion in spending to head off massive budget cuts facing state and local governments due to COVID-19. In a letter to Congress, members of California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher Newsom12 things to know today about coronavirus Newsom loosens rules on when California communities can reopen Add the death of common sense to the coronavirus’s toll MORE’s task force on business and jobs recovery wrote, “the worst of the economic impact [is] likely still to come.” The letter, sent Friday, was signed by nearly 100 business leaders. (CNBC

“Way too late”: Inside Amazon’s biggest outbreak. An Amazon warehouse in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania has become Amazon’s biggest COVID-19 hot spot. (New York Times)


House Democrats’ HEROES Act is a giant political scam. When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that the current coronavirus crisis “is really quite an exciting time for us,” she meant it. On Friday, House Democrats passed a gargantuan $3 trillion COVID-19 bill — the HEROES Act — that will serve as a starting point for negotiations with Senate Republicans and the White House over the next round of coronavirus “relief” legislation. In addition to bailing out numerous irresponsible state and local governments and the Postal Service, the legislation is chock full of radical, wildly irresponsible provisions that clearly show that congressional Democrats are more concerned with expanding their power and pleasing their allies than they are fixing our broken economy. (Justin Haskins for The Hill

Fighting vulnerable workers instead of the virus. Everyone wants to get tough on the coronavirus, but so far that has proven difficult. Unfortunately, rather than redoubling efforts in that fight, some are seeking an easier target: vulnerable low-wage workers.Cynical politicians are threatening the workers most at risk of infection, many of whom face heightened risks of serious illness or death. Some of these threats are fraudulent, ugly bluffs. The very fact that they are being made, however, tells us something ugly about how we are responding to this crisis. (David Super for The Hill)


Magic Johnson pledges $100M to help minority businesses. The NBA Hall of Famer joined “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to discuss the new program he’s creating to provide loans to mostly minority and women-owned businesses struggling to get PPP assistance.


> Steve interviews Rep. LEE ZELDIN (R-N.Y.) 

> Steve interviews former Maryland Lt. Gov. and ex-RNC Chairman MICHAEL STEELE 

> Steve interviews former U.S. Energy Secretary ERNEST MONIZ 

> Steve interviews Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.) 

> Steve interviews Mylan CEO HEATHER BRESCH 

> Steve interviews Wilson Center President and CEO JANE HARMAN 

> Steve interviews Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Director TOM INGLESBY 

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