Government

CDC Issues Guidelines On Opening Bars, Restaurants

Fox News reports: As states begin to lift restrictions for non-essential businesses, restaurants and bars are grappling with how to reopen while keeping both employees and customers safe. On Friday, the CDC released guidelines instructing certain organizations on how to safely open their doors. The one page “decision tool” documents were released by the CDC and provided detailed information for …

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USDA Sec: We’ve “Turned The Corner” On Meat Supply

“We track daily our plant openings. One of the challenges we had in protein — meat, poultry, beef, pork — had been the closure of some of our processing plants there. And we’ve had infections in those plants that caused some temporary closures. “Essentially all those plants are back open. We’ve turned the corner, and while some retailers are suggesting …

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FDA Gives WH New Guidance On Rapid COVID Test

The Associated Press reports: The head of the Food and Drug Administration said Friday his agency has provided new guidance to the White House after data suggested that a rapid COVID-19 test used by President Donald Trump and others every day may provide inaccuracies and false negatives. Commissioner Steve Hahn said that if a person is suspected of having the …

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Cuomo Extends NYC Lockdown Through June 13th

CBS New York reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended the stay-at-home order for New York State until June 13 unless regions meet certain conditions. That’s according to a new executive order issued late Thursday night. The governor says five regions – Central New York, North Country, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley – can begin Phase One of reopening …

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McConnell Slams Move For Remote Voting By House

The Washington Post reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday defended Democratic efforts to change the chamber’s rules to allow remote voting during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the move is “not in opposition to the traditions of the House.” The House will vote Friday on the proposed rule changes, which were drafted after bipartisan negotiations. The proposal would …

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NJ Beaches To Open With Restrictions By May 25th

The New York Daily News reports: Beaches will open on the Jersey Shore by Memorial Day with distancing rules in place, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday afternoon. The shore’s famous rides, arcades and playgrounds will remain shuttered for the foreseeable future, according to a coronavirus notice shared by Murphy. But the state’s sandy public and private beaches are …

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COVID+ House Reps Donate Plasma For Antibody Study

Roll Call reports: Mike Kelly was back home in his district at the end of St. Patrick’s Day week when he started to experience “flu-like” symptoms that included headache, upset stomach and chills. “My wife said, ‘You know what? I don’t like the way things are going here.’” What came next is quickly becoming a ritual for members of Congress …

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Miami-Dade Readies For Limited Opening Next Week

Miami’s ABC News affiliate reports: Mayor Carlos Gimenez released Miami-Dade County’s new guidelines on Wednesday afternoon aiming to reopen some nonessential businesses on Monday. The 184-page document is a proposal that Gimenez sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis in an effort to allow some people to get back to work. DeSantis still has to approve Gimenez’s plan. DeSantis’ first reopening order …

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Maryland Gov Lifts Stay-At-Home Order Starting Friday

The Baltimore Sun reports: Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he is lifting Maryland’s stay-at-home order effective at 5 p.m. Friday as the state has seen a slight two-week decline in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan said he is replacing the order with a “Safer at Home” advisory that will not be enforced by the rule of law. It …

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DC Mayor Extends Lockdown Order Through June 8th

The Washington Post reports: D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) extended the city’s stay-at-home order, mass gathering ban and closure of nonessential businesses through June 8, saying infections have not declined enough to start reopening the capital. The social distancing measures were set to expire Friday. New cases have started to decline over the past several days, but officials want …

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Senate Republicans To Intro Bill Shielding Employers From “Second Epidemic Of Frivolous” COVID Lawsuits

Courthouse News reports: Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee expressed concern Tuesday about the possibility of an overwhelming number of lawsuits filed by employees challenging the necessity of their workplace exposure to Covid-19. With an exasperated health care system tattered in the wake of a Covid-19 response, lawmakers have feared litigation by employees against businesses deemed essential could flood …

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Tennessee: Fear Of Virus No Reason To Vote By Mail

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Tennessee election officials say the fear of contracting the coronavirus doesn’t meet the criteria to vote by mail due to illness in the state. Elections Coordinator Mark Goins [photo] said Tuesday the determination was made in consultation with the attorney general’s office. Officials are advising their local counterparts to prepare as though all 1.4 million …

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LA County Lockdown Likely To Continue Through July

The Los Angeles Times reports: Los Angeles County’s stay-at-home orders will “with all certainty” be extended for the next three months, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer [photo] acknowledged during a Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday. Ferrer, though she didn’t issue an official order, said that timeline would only change if there was a “dramatic change to the virus and …

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Louisiana Gov To Let Stay-At-Home Order Expire Friday

NBC News reports: Louisiana, one of the states hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, will allow its stay-at-home order to expire on Friday and will loosen other lockdown restrictions this weekend, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced on Monday. The first phase of the state’s reopening on Friday will draw back certain restrictions currently impacting churches, restaurants, salons and gyms, officials …

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NYC Deaths Likely Thousands Higher Than Official Tally

The Associated Press reports: New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus may be thousands of fatalities worse than the official tally kept by the city and state, according to an analysis released Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between mid-March and early May, about 24,000 more people died in the city than researchers would ordinarily …

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Cuomo: Upstate NY To See Partial Reopening On Friday

The New York Daily News reports: Gov. Cuomo said some parts of upstate New York will be able to start reopening on Friday as the statewide coronavirus stay-at-home order expires. Even as he warned that little will change in NYC or the immediate suburbs, Cuomo suggested that some regions will likely meet a seven-point checklist of conditions needed to allow …

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Illinois Gov In Quarantine After Staffer Tests COVID+

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: A member of Gov J.B. Pritzker’s senior staff has tested positive for COVID-19 and all staffers — including the governor — will now work from home for an “appropriate isolation period,” the governor’s office said Monday. The staff member was asymptomatic and tested positive late last week. That staffer was also in close contact with Pritzker …

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COVID+ Staffer Derails Senate Hearing On Reopening

Mediaite reports: This coming Tuesday, there’s a Senate Health Committee hearing to discuss reopening American schools and businesses. All the key personnel at that hearing — including the Senator who chairs the committee and the expert witnesses — are self-quarantining after recently being exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19, and will be appearing by videoconference. Sen. Lamar Alexander …

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NYT: Reopening New York City Is “A Long Way Off”

The New York Times reports: Nearly 190,000 people were tested for the coronavirus in New York City over the past two weeks, a record number. The increase in testing, crucial for curbing the outbreak, came as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to hire a small army of 1,000 disease detectives to track down the contacts of every infected New …

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Georgia AG Requests DOJ Probe Into Vigilante Killing

The Associated Press reports: Georgia’s attorney general on Sunday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the handling of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who authorities say died at the hands of two white men as he ran through a neighborhood. Arbery was shot and killed Feb. 23. No arrests were made until this month after …

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