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President Trump Now Says Coronavirus Task Force “Will Continue On Indefinitely”

A day after President Donald Trump stated that he planned to disband the White House coronavirus task force, Trump announced Wednesday that it will now continue indefinitely. In a series of tweets, Trump said the task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, has done a “fantastic job of bringing together vast highly complex resources that have set a high standard for others to follow in the future.” Trump said later Wednesday that the task force will also be “very focused” on the development of a coronavirus vaccine and treatments and he would be announcing “two or three new members to the task force” as soon as Monday. ... [Read Full Story]

Blood Thinners May Help Improve Survival Among Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

In treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients, anticoagulants–  or blood thinners — are helping improve their chances of survival.  In recent weeks, physicians have noticed that the sickest coronavirus patients are more prone to forming blood clots — an unexpected symptom for a respiratory virus. Clotting means “patients are at increased risk for deep vein thrombosis, strokes, heart attacks” and pulmonary embolisms.... [Read Full Story]

15 Children Identified With Rare COVID-Related Condition

At least 15 children in New York City have been hospitalized with a mysterious illness believed to be linked to COVID-19. Ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old, the children have shown symptoms consistent with other inflammatory illnesses, such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome, which affect the heart and blood vessels. Other cases of what’s now being called “pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome” have also been reported in Europe.... [Read Full Story]

Students At 26 Universities File Lawsuits Seeking Refunds

Students at more than 25 U.S. universities are filing lawsuits against their schools demanding partial refunds on tuition and campus fees, claiming they are not receiving the “caliber of education they were promised.”  Schools scrambled to create as the coronavirus forced campuses across the nation to close last month. The suits say students should pay lower rates for the portion of the term that was offered online, arguing that the quality of instruction is far below the classroom experience.... [Read Full Story]

Asian Giant “Murder” Hornet Discovered In U.S.

The invasion of Asian giant hornets started trending over the weekend, with the term “murder hornet” being used on social media platforms. The first spotting of the 2-inch Asian giant hornet, or vespa mandarinia, was verified in the United States in December, according to the Washington state Agriculture Department. The insect does not generally target people or pets, but it is a deadly threat to honeybee hives.... [Read Full Story]

Amazon’s Sales Jump Due To Surge In Online Shopping During Pandemic

Amazon recorded a 26% increase in sales driven by a surge in shopping by consumers worried about leaving home during the coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement that Amazon intends to ramp up spending to address the challenges and business opportunities presented by the coronavirus, adding, “If you’re a shareowner in Amazon, you may want to take a seat, because we’re not thinking small.”... [Read Full Story]

Federal Reserve Set To Maintain 0% Interest Rates Until Stability Is Reached

Federal Reserve maintained its current fed funds target range of 0% to 0.25% on Wednesday, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle to manage the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.” data-reactid=”19″ type=”text”>The U.S. Federal Reserve maintained its current fed funds target range of 0% to 0.25% on Wednesday, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. The Fed said in a statement: “The Committee expects to maintain this target range until it is confident that the economy has weathered recent events and is on track to achieve its maximum employment and price stability goals.” All 10 Fed members voted unanimously to maintain current rates.... [Read Full Story]

Hillary Clinton Endorses Joe Biden For President

Presidential nominee Joe Biden won the endorsement on Tuesday of Hillary Clinton.  The endorsement, at an online town hall on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on women, came as Biden aims to raise his profile with female voters and other key demographic groups. Biden has vowed to pick a woman as his running mate this year; he introduced Clinton at the town hall as the person who should be now be president. Clinton told the former vice president: “I am thrilled to be part of your campaign to not only endorse you but to help highlight a lot of the issues that are at stake in this presidential election.”... [Read Full Story]

New York’s Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Falls Below 400 For First Time In April

For the first time this month, New York’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has dropped below 400. Speaking at his briefing Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that 367 New Yorkers died from the respiratory illness the day before, which is less than half of where it was at the height of the outbreak. New hospitalizations also dropped to about 1,000 on Saturday.... [Read Full Story]

Louisiana Pastor Breaks House Arrest Orders To Hold Sunday Service

A Louisiana pastor has broken house arrest by hosting a large gathering of congregants for a Sunday service, in defiance of orders to stay at home to limit the impact of the coronavirus.  Pastor Tony Spell of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge was seen on a live stream Sunday walking among more than 100 congregants. Nearly all parishioners were not wearing face masks, and social distancing was not being practiced. Spell had been placed on house arrest Saturday morning after refusing to tell a judge if he’d continue to hold Sunday services. ... [Read Full Story]

Trump Administration Offers Plan To Cover COVID-19 Care For Uninsured

The Trump administration announced a plan on Wednesday to start paying hospitals and doctors who care for uninsured patients with COVID-19. Under the approach detailed by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, hospitals and doctors would submit their bills directly to the government and they would get paid at Medicare rates. Uninsured people would not be liable for costs, and health care providers would not have to ask any questions about a patient’s immigration status. COVID-19 treatment for the uninsured could cost from $14 billion to $48 billion, according to a recent estimate from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.... [Read Full Story]

Shake Shack Plans To Send Back $10 Million Coronavirus Stimulus Loan

Shake Shack is returning the money it received from the government’s stimulus loans program aimed at saving small businesses ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. Shake Shack received $10 million in forgivable loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which kicked off on April 3. The plan was meant to help small businesses pay employees during the pandemic. However, the fund ran out of money on Thursday.... [Read Full Story]

Texas Governor Greg Abbott Says One Police Officer Killed, Two Injured During ‘Ambush’

A police officer was killed and two others were injured in what authorities described as an “ambush” in San Marcos, Texas. Officials said the shooting took place after officers responded to a 6:05 p.m. domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex, the San Marcos Police Department said in a statement. “During the course of their response, the suspect ambushed the officers with a rifle,” it said. A suspect apparently died for a self-inflicted gunshot, police said.... [Read Full Story]

16 Killed In Nova Scotia Shooting Rampage

Sixteen people, including a police officer, are dead in Nova Scotia following the worst shooting rampage in Canadian history. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Sunday that the suspected shooter was also dead,  identified as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman. Police said he was believed to be wearing an RCMP uniform at one point, but he was not employed by RCMP. The motive is unknown.... [Read Full Story]