Government

Feds Zap Hundreds Of Scam COVID Cure Websites

The New York Daily News reports: The feds have disrupted hundreds of internet domains that cybercriminals have used to commit fraud and other crimes by taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The FBI as of Tuesday received more than 3,600 complaints related to COVID-19 scams, “many of which operated from websites that advertised fake vaccines …

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Bloomberg To Design NY Contact Tracing Program

CNBC reports: Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire philanthropist and former mayor of New York City, will help the state develop and implement an aggressive program to test for Covid-19 and trace people who have had contact with infected individuals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Health officials have said that radically increasing the current level of testing, along with tracing and isolating …

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McConnell To States: Bankruptcy Better Than Bailouts

Reuters reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday opened the door to allowing U.S. states to file for bankruptcy to deal with economic losses stemming from the coronavirus outbreak that are punching big holes in their budgets. McConnell said in a radio interview that Republicans would not support giving state and local governments more money in future coronavirus aid …

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CA Gov Needs “Army Of Volunteers” For Food Banks

Courthouse News reports: Courting an army of volunteers, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday urged healthy residents to fill in gaps at food banks and nonprofits overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. California food banks have lost 70% of their staff in recent weeks and Newsom pushed those capable to sign up on a new state website that will connect volunteers …

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GOP Southern Governors Form Reopening Coalition

Politico reports: Republican governors across the Southeast are teaming up to reopen the region’s economy, even as they lack the testing to know how rapidly the coronavirus is spreading. One health expert called the political decision a “perfect storm” for the virus to reassert itself. The newly formed coalition includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi, a part …

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FDA Approves First In-Home Coronavirus Testing Kit

The New York Times reports: The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said it had granted emergency clearance to the first in-home test for the coronavirus, a nasal swab kit that will be sold by LabCorp. The agency said that LabCorp had submitted data showing the home test is as safe and accurate as a sample collection at a doctor’s …

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CDC Director: Second COVID Wave Could Be Deadlier

The Washington Post reports: Even as states move ahead with plans to reopen their economies, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Tuesday that a second wave of the novel coronavirus will be far more dire because it is likely to coincide with the start of flu season. “There’s a possibility that the assault of the …

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Senate Approves $448B For Hospitals, COVID Testing

CNBC reports: Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal Tuesday on a $484 billion coronavirus relief package for small businesses, hospitals and testing. The deal would allocate $320 billion more for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides small business loans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. $60 billion of that would be set aside for small institutions, according to a …

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Gov. Cuomo Proposes 50% Bonus For Critical Workers

ABC News reports: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing a 50% bonus for police, firefighters, medical personnel, mass transit employees and other essential workers on the front-lines of coronavirus. “They are carrying us through this crisis and the crisis is not over. If you look at who they are and the equity and fairness of what is happening, I …

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US And Canada To Extend Border Closure By 30 Days

The Associated Press reports: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days. Trudeau said it will keep people on both sides of the border safe amid the pandemic. “The agreement is the same terms. It’s just extended for another 30 days. It will …

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US House Moves Toward “Low-Tech Remote Voting”

Roll Call reports: The House is inching toward “temporary, low-tech remote voting,” according to recommendations that House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern made on a conference call with House Democrats on Thursday. The Massachusetts Democrat recommended proxy voting, which would allow an absent member to designate a colleague to vote on their behalf, and unlike proposals floated previously, there would be …

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Ohio Governor To Stage Reopening Beginning May 1st

The Washington Examiner reports: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine was one of the first governors to start closing down his state when the coronavirus hit, but now he’s offering one of the first economic reopenings in the nation. DeWine, a Republican, announced Thursday that Ohio will begin to reopen some of its businesses on May 1. The governor has a stay-at-home …

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Cuomo Extends NY Lockdown Order Thru May 15th

NBC New York reports: Imagine MetLife Stadium jam-packed, every seat filled. Picture two more of those. Now tack on a full Madison Square Garden. Imagine if all of those people were infected with coronavirus. New York and New Jersey alone would still have more cases — and it wouldn’t be close. Now picture a full Barclays Center. It would barely …

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Mayors Of LA & NYC: No Large Events Likely Until 2021

Mediaite reports: Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said on CNN that it’s unlikely there will be any large gatherings like concerts or sporting events in the city until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. “According to to an internal email obtained by the Los Angeles Times, I’m sure you know about this, your office said this pandemic could stop …

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CDC Head: US Must Prep Now For 2021 COVID Wave

The New York Daily News reports: The US should brace for a second wave of coronavirus cases to hit next year, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. Dr. Robert Redfield said COVID-19 may turn out to be seasonal like other bugs such as the flu. “I think we have to assume this is like …

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Cuomo To Issue Mandatory Masks Order For New York

CNBC reports: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to issue an executive order requiring all people to wear a mask or face covering while in public as the state works to combat the worst coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., he said Wednesday. “If you are going to be in a situation, in public, where you come into contact with other …

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FEMA Ships Out 19.1 Million Doses Of Malaria Drug

Politico reports: The Strategic National Stockpile has sent out 19.1 million tablets of hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that some doctors have prescribed to Covid-19 patients, a spokesperson for the Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed. The tablets, sent out in two shipments, are heading to cities around the country. About 10.1 million are going to the Departments of Defense and Veterans …

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Fauci: “We’re Not There Yet” On Reopening Economy

Politico reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Tuesday the U.S. does not yet have the critical testing and tracing procedures needed to begin reopening the nation’s economy, adding a dose of caution to increasingly optimistic projections from the White House. “We have to have something in place that is efficient and that we can rely …

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Governors Of WA, OR, CA Form “Western States Pact”

From a joint press release: Today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. COVID-19 has preyed upon our interconnectedness. In the coming weeks, the West Coast will flip the script on COVID-19 – with our states acting …

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Cuomo: The Curve In New York “Continues To Flatten”

CNBC News reports: The death toll from the coronavirus in New York state has topped 10,000, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, calling that tally a “horrific level of pain and grief and sorrow.” There were 671 new deaths recorded in the state on Easter Sunday, bringing the total fatalities across the state to 10,056, Cuomo said. “We’re controlling the spread,” …

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