CORONAVIRUS UPDATE — APRIL 9, 2020

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Coronavirus Update
April 9, 2020
Driving the Day:

By the Numbers

Thursday, April 9, 7:30 AM 
Number of US cases reported: 432,438
Number of US deaths: 14,808
Total Number of People Tested in US: 2,222,441 (may not include all labs) 

CNN: CNN Poll: Majority of Americans now say the federal government has done a poor job of preventing coronavirus spread
Wall Street Journal: U.S. Surpasses 430,000 Coronavirus Infections
Washington Post: Hundreds of young Americans have now been killed by the coronavirus, data shows

What to Watch For

President Trump participates in a phone call with mental health leaders today at 2:30 PM.  The coronavirus task force will brief the press at 5:00 PM.

Must Read Stories

AP: HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted “The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns and other medical supplies desperately needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients. The Department of Health and Human Services told The Associated Press Wednesday that the federal stockpile was in the process of deploying all remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory.” 

  • Politico: ‘Just madness’: Governors mull consortium to end chaos over medical supplies “The nation‘s governors are in talks about creating a multistate consortium to oversee the purchase and distribution of medical supplies across the country — a direct response to the White House’s hands-off approach to the issue. With the federal stockpile ill-prepared to supply medical equipment in time to meet the insatiable needs of states hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the National Governors Association said Wednesday that discussions were underway about how such a cooperative would function.
  • LA Times: Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word “Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.”

WSJ: Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show “The Department of Veterans Affairs is experiencing serious shortages of protective gear for its medical workers treating patients infected by the new coronavirus, according to excerpts of internal memos shared with The Wall Street Journal.”

Military Times: Seven VA health care workers dead from coronavirus as cases mount. “Seven Veterans Affairs health care staffers have already died from coronavirus complications and more than 1,100 more forced into quarantine in recent weeks, adding further stress to the already taxed medical system.’ 

NPR: Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears “Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday. In a few places those sites will close as a result. This as criticism continues that not enough testing is available.”

Worth Watching

Trump administration dysfunction:

  • According to Politico, “Even in the midst of coronavirus, the Trump administration’s top health officials are competing for attention. Medicare administrator Seema Verma announced on Tuesday night that hospitals could tap $30 billion in ‘no-strings-attached’ coronavirus grants — a move that won her plaudits from health care providers but also one that her rival, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, had planned to make, according to three people close to the situation. Azar, however, was away from Washington because of the death of his father, and two of his advocates in the agency insist Verma should have waited for his return the next day.” 
  • Attorney General Bill Barr also appeared to contradict the administration’s message on the importance of of social distancing, appearing on Fox News to call some measures “draconian” and saying the DOJ is “keeping a careful eye” on the situation. Barr said that by the end of April, “We have to allow people to adapt more than we have, and not just tell people to go home and hide under their bed.”

Other News

Trump’s Failures 
Associated Press: HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted
Axios: Scoop: White House plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled
Bloomberg: Trump Health Team Crafts Plan to Open Economy If Virus Crests
The Hill: Fauci: ‘Looks like’ US deaths will be lower than original projection
The Hill: FEMA finds itself in uncharted waters with coronavirus
The Hill: Customs to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus pandemic
Los Angeles Times: Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word
Military Times: Seven VA health care workers dead from coronavirus as cases mount
NPR: Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears
New York Times: Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show
Politico: FEMA tells lawmakers most new ventilators won’t be ready until June
Politico: Why the U.S. isn’t on track to open up
Politico: U.S. medical stockpile wasn’t built to handle current crisis, former director says
Politico: Verma-Azar feud extends into coronavirus era
Politico: ‘Just madness’: Governors mull consortium to end chaos over medical supplies
ProPublica: A Company Promised Cheap Ventilators to the Government, Never Delivered and Is Now Charging Quadruple the Price for New Ones
Wall Street Journal: Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show
Washington Post: Barr calls lockdown measures ‘draconian,’ and suggests they should be revisited next month
Washington Post: As shortage worsens, federal officials ask agencies to donate spare medical supplies
Washington Post: Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official’s resignation cost taxpayers over $243,000
Washington Post: Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say
Yahoo: Coronavirus is ushering in a new wave of racially motivated attacks, warns intelligence bulletin

Trump’s Lies 
Associated Press: As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame
CNN: Fact check: Trump makes false claims about his coronavirus record and voter fraud, misleads about the WHO
New York Times (Opinion): The Unholy Alliance of Trump and Dr. Oz
New York Times: In Trump’s Marathon Briefings, the Answers and the Message Are Often Contradictory
Wall Street Journal (Editorial): Trump’s Wasted Briefings

Trump and the GOP Not Looking Out For You 
Business Insider (Opinion): The Trump administration is trying to shove a bunch of worthless tax cuts for rich people into the next coronavirus aid bill
Politico: Recovery bill allows the Fed to spend billions without keeping records
Politico: Oversight sputters as Trump starts doling out billions in coronavirus aid
Talking Points Memo: Trump Tells America To Forget About Global Pandemic Once It’s Over

Affordability And Access
The Hill: Drugmaker caps insulin costs at $35 to help diabetes patients during pandemic

Campaigns and Elections
New York Times: Republicans Pursue Limits on Voting by Mail, Despite the Coronavirus
Washington Post (Opinion): My state has proved vote-at-home works. We need to do it nationally.

Congress
Politico: Partisan clash threatens more aid for small business

Democratic Response
CNN: Obama suggests a ‘robust system of testing and monitoring’ is needed before US can ease current coronavirus measures
The Hill: Pro-Democratic group slams Trump’s coronavirus response in Midwest ad campaign
New York Times (Opinion): What Congress Must Do Now to Confront the Coronavirus

Economic Impact
Business Insider: Walmart, Costco, Target are barred from selling ‘nonessential’ items such as clothing and electronics in parts of the US
CNN: Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims
New York Times: Another Way to See the Recession: Power Usage Is Way Down
New York Times: ‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Cars Line Up for Miles at Food Banks
Wall Street Journal: Nearly a Third of U.S. Apartment Renters Didn’t Pay April Rent
Washington Post: One call at a time, he listens as an economic crisis unfolds because of the coronavirus. He can’t help.

Hospitals and Health Care Workers
CNN: Some ER doctors are losing pay and hours even as coronavirus rages
The Hill: Hospitals face shortage of drugs for ventilators
New York Times: Many Dermatology Practices Stay Open, Ignoring Public Health Pleas
Stat: With ventilators running out, doctors say the machines are overused for Covid-19

Immigration And Travel
Associated Press: Trump quietly shuts down asylum at US borders to fight virus
Washington Post: ‘It’s a time bomb’: ICE detainees seek release amid growing coronavirus fears
Washington Post (Opinion): Terminating DACA during the pandemic would be a callous error in judgment

Inequality
Associated Press: Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans
DCist: Black D.C. Residents Have Been Diagnosed With COVID-19 At Twice The Rate Of Their White Peers
New York Times (Opinion): The Pandemic’s Missing Data 
Vox: Study: Small increases in air pollution make coronavirus much more deadly
Washington Post: Two black men say they were kicked out of Walmart for wearing protective masks. Others worry it will happen to them.

International
Associated Press: Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises
Associated Press: Masked crowds fill Wuhan’s streets, trains as lockdown ends
New York Times: Ecuador Gives Glimpse Into Pandemic’s Impact on Latin America
Wall Street Journal: To Curb the Coronavirus, Hong Kong Tells the World Masks Work

In the States
Buzzfeed: A Natural Coronavirus Experiment Is Playing Out In Kentucky And Tennessee
Daily Beast: NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Houses—and Soon They Will Be Counted
Kaiser Health News: Retiree-Rich Palm Beach County Leads Florida In COVID-19 Deaths
Los Angeles Times: California counties scrambling to find ventilators as Newsom sends 500 to other states fighting coronavirus
New York Times:  How Delays And Unheeded Warnings Hindered New York’s Virus Fight 
Politico: Newsom: California’s enormous mask order won’t disrupt supply chain for others
Washington Post: Ninety thousand medical workers volunteered to help New York battle coronavirus. Most are sitting idle.
Washington Post: A funeral and a birthday party: CDC traces Chicago coronavirus outbreak to two family gatherings

Public Safety
Buzzfeed: Many Inmates Fear Coronavirus Is The New Death Penalty
New York Times: Chicago’s Jail Is Top U.S. Hot Spot as Virus Spreads Behind Bars

Science
Bloomberg: Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ in Cured Patients, Korean CDC Says
Washington Post: Coronavirus unlikely to diminish with warm weather, National Academies of Sciences panel finds

Social Impact
New York Times: Don’t Expect a Quarantine Baby Boom
New York Times: Here’s How Those Hot Jigsaw Puzzles Are Made

Workers
Axios: Coronavirus pandemic pushes WeWork to make more room for workers
Bloomberg: OSHA Is Investigating Amazon Warehouse Over Coronavirus Concerns
CNN: American Airlines union says 100 flight attendants have coronavirus
CNN: Meat plants are shutting down as workers get sick
Kaiser Health News: Postcard From The Edge: L.A. Street Vendors Who Can’t Stop Working
New York Times: 41 Transit Workers Dead: Crisis Takes Staggering Toll on Subways
New York Times: Is My Takeout Risking Lives or Saving Restaurants?

Trump Tweets 

Absentee Ballots are a great way to vote for the many senior citizens, military, and others who can’t get to the polls on Election Day. These ballots are very different from 100% Mail-In Voting, which is “RIPE for FRAUD,” and shouldn’t be allowed! [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

This morning, 450,000 protective suits landed in Dallas, Texas. This was made possible because of the partnership of two great American companies—DuPont and FedEx—and our friends in Vietnam. Thank you! @DuPont_News @FedEx [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!  [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

FLATTENING OF THE CURVE!  [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten. Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!  [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

The Radical Left Democrats have gone absolutely crazy that I am doing daily Presidential News Conferences. They actually want me to STOP! They used to complain that I am not doing enough of them, now they complain that I “shouldn’t be allowed to do them.” They tried to shame the Fake News Media into not covering them, but that effort failed because the ratings are through the roof according to, of all sources, the Failing New York Times, “Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale” type numbers (& sadly, they get it $FREE). Trump Derangement Syndrome!  [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

Will be immediately sending 100 Ventilators to Colorado at the request of Senator Gardner! [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20

Republicans should fight very hard when it comes to state wide mail-in voting. Democrats are clamoring for it. Tremendous potential for voter fraud, and for whatever reason,  doesn’t work out well for Republicans. @foxandfriends [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20]

“The number of New Yorkers admitted to hospitals has dropped.” @ainsleyearhardt @foxandfriends  Good news! [@realDonaldTrump, 4/8/20]


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