Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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Victor Garcia works to disinfect tables and clear finished plates at Fish restaurant in Sausalito, California, on Jan. 25. Fish was one of the first restaurants to re-open for outdoor dining after Governor Gavin Newsom lifted shelter-in-place orders. (JESSICA CHRISTIAN/THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE VIA GETTY IMAGES)
Posted in Coronavirus News

New Covid cases plunge 25% or more as behavior changes

by Christina Jewett January 28, 2021 A dozen states are reporting drops of 25% or more in new covid-19 cases and more than 1,200 counties have seen the same, federal data released Wednesday shows. Experts say…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health

As US hospitalizations hit new record, Fauci warns pandemic not expected to ease for holidays

As travelers ignored warnings, Thanksgiving marked the 24th consecutive day of more than 100,000 new daily Covid-19 cases in the United States. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, November 27 After millions of people crowded into…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Health News The Conversation

An epidemiologist explains the new CDC guidance on 15 minutes of exposure and what it means for you

Despite the change, most public health professionals have been clear for months that there is nothing magic about six feet. In the same way, there is nothing magic about 15 minutes. These should be used as…

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Posted in Analysis Kaiser Health News Labor Public Health

Most home health aides ‘Can’t afford not to work’ — Even when lacking PPE

Home health aides flattened the curve by keeping the most vulnerable patients — seniors, the disabled, the infirm — out of hospitals. But they’ve done it mostly at poverty wages and without overtime pay, hazard pay,…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Worker Safety

Foreign Masks, Fear and a Fake Certification: Staff at CSL Plasma Say Conditions at Donation Centers Aren’t Safe

Trump’s FDA authorized emergency use of plasma therapy for COVID-19, despite a lack of proof that it saves lives. Staff at CSL Plasma, an industry leader, raised alarms about faulty masks as donors flooded in, but…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Wade Rathke

Texas is a mess

by Wade Rathke Wichita Falls   For years signs along the Texas highways, bumper stickers, and just about everything else proudly declared, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was classic Texas. Designed to stop litter with a chest-thumping…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

FEMA warning states not to use COVID-19 testing kits ordered for them.

The faulty lab equipment sold by a company whose owner has faced fraud allegations is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general. by Ryan Gabrielson and J. David McSwane June 26, 2020 The…

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News

Packed bars serve up new rounds of COVID contagion

Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lawrence June 25, 2020 As states ease their lockdowns, bars are emerging as fertile breeding grounds for the coronavirus. They create a risky cocktail of tight quarters, young adults…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Hightower OtherWords

Unmasking the mask profiteers

A former Trump staffer with no experience landed a $3 million federal contract for medical masks, masks he couldn’t deliver, so the Navajo people didn’t get the help they urgently needed. By Jim Hightower June 17, 2020 Everyone…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations News Pro Publica

Federal agencies have spent millions on KN95 masks, often without knowing who made them

Government employees at several agencies are relying on KN95 masks that the agencies cannot guarantee offer the most protection. Some agencies have paid little attention to important manufacturing details and been tripped up by shifting regulations….

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Posted in Coronavirus Kaiser Health News News Public Health Safety Net

New coronavirus hot spots emerge across South and in California, as Northeast slows, cases up in Arizona

By the end on June 9th Arizona Cases totaled 28,296 an increase of 4,000 cases in 3 days. by Martha Bebinger, WBUR and Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio and Jackie Fortiér, KPCC June 10, 2020 Mass…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Masks sold by former White House official to Navajo hospitals don’t meet FDA standards

New information from the Indian Health Service calls into question why the agency purchased expensive medical gear that it now cannot use as intended. by Yeganeh Torbati and Derek Willis May 27, 5:20 p.m. EDT The…

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Posted in Coronavirus News Reveal Worker Safety

Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health Care Labor News Pro Publica

Healthcare workers getting sick across US. 31,000 and counting

A lobbying campaign driven by scarcity pushed the CDC to relax protective gear guidelines. Now tens of thousands of health workers are infected.   By Jennifer Gollan and Elizabeth Shogren May 11, 2020 Rick Lucas’ cellphone chimed, alerting him…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Health Public Policy

Continuing to push for reopening of economy, White House takes extra precautions as two staffers test positive for Coronavirus

“The do what I say, not what I do, mindset at the White House continues.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, May 10 Reports of at least two positive coronavirus cases among White House employees in…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke

Mask marauders

Pearl River  What’s the issue with masks? We see them everywhere and nowhere. United States Vice-President Pence toured a nursing home while in Indiana. They see a box of KN95 masks. Hey, here’s a good photo…

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