Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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U.S. has most coronavirus infections

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/27/20, 11:12 am

In New York City, 13 people died of COVID-19 at one Queens hospital in a single day. Some hospitals have so many dying patients the city brought in refrigerated truck trailers to hold bodies as a precaution, while EMT workers responded to nearly 5,800 calls on Thursday alone. Mardi Gras took place a month ago, before most gathering bans took effect, making New Orleans a hot spot for the disease. Now, more than 2,300 people have tested positive in Louisiana. “In the last two weeks our growth rate has been faster than any state or country in the world,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said.

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Trump pitches COVID-19 risk assessment

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/26/20, 04:19 pm

Federal officials are working on ways to rate counties by their risk of coronavirus transmission, President Donald Trump said Thursday. He told the nation’s governors in a letter that he hopes the guidelines will help them make “decisions about maintaining, increasing, or relaxing social distancing and other measures they have put in place.”

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U.S. hospitals hunt for medical equipment

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/26/20, 11:46 am

In Washington state, a hospital sent 140 expectant mothers elsewhere so it could refit its birthing unit to treat COVID-19 patients. New York City is beyond that: It is converting a convention center into a temporary hospital. Health officials set up a makeshift morgue outside Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and are searching for more beds and medical equipment. The city’s police force is shrinking as officers fall ill, but they still have orders to patrol the nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing.

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