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Health Feb 16Hospitals still ration medical N95 masks as stockpiles swell
One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of medical-grade N95 face masks are pouring out of American factories and heading into storage, yet doctors and nurses say there still aren’t enough to keep them safe.
Nation Nov 01Trump admin funds plasma company based in owner’s condo
When the Trump administration gave a well-connected Republican donor seed money to test a possible COVID-19-fighting blood plasma technology, it noted the company’s “manufacturing facilities” in Charleston, South Carolina. Instead, the company exists within the luxury condo of its majority…
Politics May 20Republican operatives front ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening
Republican political operatives are recruiting what are described as "extremely pro-Trump" doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by public health experts.
Economy May 14Officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance
U.S. health officials have released part of some long-delayed specific guidance that schools, businesses and other organizations can use as states reopen from coronavirus shutdowns.
Politics May 14Emails show Trump nominee involved in shelving CDC virus guide
A former chemical industry executive nominated to be the nation's top consumer safety watchdog was involved in sidelining detailed guidelines to help communities reopen during the coronavirus pandemic, internal government emails show.
Nation May 13CDC coronavirus guidance more restrictive than White House
The White House’s plan that was released April 17 included some of the CDC’s approach, but put the onus for reopening decisions was solely on state governors and local officials.
Politics May 08AP report: Top White House officials buried CDC report, emails show
The decision to shelve detailed advice from the nation's top disease control experts for reopening communities during the coronavirus pandemic came from the highest levels of the White House, according to internal government emails and documents.
Health May 07AP report: Trump administration shelves CDC guide to reopening country
A set of detailed documents created by the nation's top disease investigators meant to give step-by-step advice to local leaders deciding when and how to reopen public places such as mass transit, day care centers and restaurants during the still-raging…
Nation May 02Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds
With no specific guidelines, states are left to figure out what a successful testing program should be while they simultaneously try to reopen their shattered economies.
Nation Apr 25Many states fall short of mandate to track virus exposure
As more states push to reopen their economies, many are falling short on one of the federal government’s essential criteria for doing so — having an efficient system to track people who have been physically near a person infected with…