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Texas wins appeal on abortion ruling

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/31/20, 04:31 pm

Texas can resume enforcing a governor’s order that counts elective abortions as a nonessential medical procedure that must be postponed during the coronavirus pandemic. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Monday ruling by U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel that allowed abortionists to continue aborting babies while pro-abortion groups fought Gov. Greg Abbott’s order in the courts.

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U.S. tests more than a million people

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/31/20, 01:02 pm

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said healthcare workers are now testing more than 100,000 samples from potential COVID-19 patients per day. President Donald Trump added in Monday’s briefing that “over 1 million Americans have now been tested, more than any country by far.”

How quickly are results known? Food and Drug Administration Administrator Stephen Hahn said newly approved COVID-19 point-of-care tests allow patients to get results in just minutes.

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New York governor pleads for help

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/31/20, 12:34 pm

New York needs 1 million more healthcare workers to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A 1,000-bed Navy hospital ship arrived at a Manhattan pier on Monday to ease the burden on city hospitals as the city’s death toll neared 1,000. “I am asking healthcare professionals across the country, if you don’t have a healthcare crisis in your community, please come help us in New York now,” Cuomo said.

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