Archive for March 27th, 2020

Federal Judge Considers Release of Migrant Children In Custody As COVID-19 Spreads

Crime & Justice | | March 27 2020, 10:00 PM

A federal judge in California wants all minors who were apprehended crossing into the U.S. alone to be released in an orderly fashion. But she refrained from mandating their immediate release.

Players And MLB Agree To Terms In Case Coronavirus Cancels Entire Baseball Season | | March 27 2020, 8:40 PM

On Friday, players and the Major League Baseball owners ratified a deal fairly quickly and with both sides taking concessions on economic issues in the face of the pandemic complicating the season.

FACT CHECK: N.Y. Governor Slams Trump Ventilator Claim As 'Ignorant' And 'Uninformed'

Politics | | March 27 2020, 8:00 PM

The president said New York ignored ventilators sent by the federal government. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back, saying the president's view was "incorrect and grossly uninformed."

U.S. Tops 100,000 Coronavirus Cases, Testing Kits, Equipment Still In Short Supply

Health | | March 27 2020, 7:00 PM

Data from Johns Hopkins University, which tracks the global spread of the disease, shows more than 1,500 people have died of the disease in the U.S. as of Friday evening.

What's In The $2 Trillion Bill For Health Care?

Health | | March 27 2020, 6:40 PM

There is $100 billion for hospitals and health care providers, money for vaccine research and the national stockpile, but patients could still face high costs if they get sick.

Relief Package A Good Start, Say Advocates For The Poor. But More Help Is Needed.

US & World | | March 27 2020, 5:00 PM

The coronavirus relief package includes a number of provisions to help low-income Americans. But advocates for the poor say it's only a first step.

Governors Say They'll Force Out-Of-State Visitors To Quarantine

US & World | | March 27 2020, 4:40 PM

People fleeing COVID-19 hotspots will get a chilly reception and a forced quarantine in Florida and Rhode Island

Coronavirus FAQs: Does It Live On Clothes? Can My Dog Infect Me? Any Advice On Wipes?

Health | | March 27 2020, 4:40 PM

Among the questions this week: Can you get COVID-19 more than once? What's the maximum surface area that can be treated with one disinfecting wipe?

Head Of NYC Hospitals Says City Only Has Enough Ventilators To Last Through March

Health | | March 27 2020, 4:20 PM

Dr. Mitchell Katz, who runs New York City's public hospitals, warned on Friday that the city will soon need "massive infusions" of ventilators and protective equipment.

Guess What's Flying Off Shelves Now: Hair Dye | | March 27 2020, 4:20 PM

Our roots are showing. And we've decided it's the perfect time to finally start baking our own bread. See a list of products that are selling the most.

D.C. Mayor Says Lack Of Stimulus Funds 'Infuriating' While Staffer Dies Of COVID-19

US & World | | March 27 2020, 4:20 PM

Mayor Muriel Bowser says a member of her Office of Legal Counsel died from coronavirus complications Friday. She also says she talked to the president about getting more coronavirus funding.

North Korea Seen Expanding Rocket Launch Facility It Once Promised To Dismantle | | March 27 2020, 3:40 PM

Satellite imagery shared exclusively with NPR suggests that North Korea is moving ahead with plans to expand its capabilities.

Fearing Shortages, People Are Planting More Vegetable Gardens | | March 27 2020, 3:40 PM

Emptier grocery store shelves are helping to cultivate a growing interest in home gardening.

Pope Francis Delivers Special Prayer For End To Coronavirus Pandemic

US & World | | March 27 2020, 3:00 PM

The "Urbi et Orbi" blessing is normally delivered at Christmas and Easter. The delivered his homily against the dramatic backdrop of an empty St. Peter's Square, glistening in the rain.

With Schools Closed, Kids With Disabilities Are More Vulnerable Than Ever

Education | | March 27 2020, 2:20 PM

About 14% of U.S. public school students receive special education services. And as schools transition from the classroom to the computer, many of those students could get left behind.

Stocks Are Sinking, But Orange Juice Futures Are Soaring | | March 27 2020, 2:00 PM

The Dow has been falling — a lot. But one corner of the markets has been a bright spot: orange juice futures. People looking to boost their vitamin C intake are lifting OJ sales.

State Officials Battle Over Abortion During Medical Supply Shortage

US & World | | March 27 2020, 2:00 PM

Republican officials in a growing number of states say abortion is a nonessential procedure that can be delayed during the coronavirus pandemic; Democratic attorneys general are pushing back.

'It's Like Something's Right In Your Grasp': Hospitals Struggle To Test For Virus | | March 27 2020, 2:00 PM

Despite a statewide effort to procure and distribute coronavirus testing supplies to hospitals in New York, some facilities still don't have what they need to test patients quickly on-site.

A Wedding In Jordan Leads To A Coronavirus Cluster And Closure Of A Major City

US & World | | March 27 2020, 1:40 PM

The Middle Eastern kingdom says 26 people tested positive for the virus after the large gathering, reportedly including a guest who flew in from Canada.

Gov. Cuomo Says N.Y. Cases Are Increasing, But At A Slower Rate

US & World | | March 27 2020, 1:40 PM

The number of coronavirus cases in New York is doubling every four days — a marked decrease from early on in the outbreak, when it was doubling every 2 1/2 days.

A Leading Voice On Coronavirus Task Force, Deborah Birx Draws Praise And Criticism

Health | | March 27 2020, 1:20 PM

This veteran of fighting HIV/AIDS around the world knows a thing or two about stopping epidemics. But are some of her assumptions too rosy?

'Essential' Status Means Jobs For Farmworkers, But Greater Virus Risk | | March 27 2020, 1:00 PM

Farmworkers are still working during the coronavirus epidemic. They're essential. But they're also at greater risk of infection.

Immigration System Slowdown Keeps Some Doctors From Coronavirus Front Lines

US & World | | March 27 2020, 12:40 PM

Coronavirus is disrupting the immigration system at nearly every level, as visa processing and other services slow at federal agencies. This affects immigrant doctors who have temporary work visas.

Sweden Bans Groups Larger Than 50 In Its First Major Coronavirus Crackdown

US & World | | March 27 2020, 12:20 PM

The previous ban was for groups of 500. Unlike its neighbors, Sweden has kept schools, restaurants, bars and businesses open. Reports of massive after-ski parties have shocked other Scandinavians.

Relief Package Includes Billions For Boeing And Airlines

US & World | | March 27 2020, 11:20 AM

Air travel has rapidly decreased, Congress has stepped up with assistance: more than $60 billion in aid for airlines as well as Boeing and some of its critical suppliers.

New Orleans Officials Point To Increasing Spread Of COVID-19 Cases

US & World | | March 27 2020, 9:40 AM

Officials fear that the growing number of COVID-19 cases could exceed the city's hospital capacity. As of noon Thursday, New Orleans had seen 11.8 deaths per 100,000 residents.

In Unprecedented Times, Governors Have Unprecedented Power

US & World | | March 27 2020, 9:40 AM

The coronavirus is forcing governors to ask how to balance public safety with the financial welfare of their states. We spent the day with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis as the pandemic tested his mettle.

Opioid Addiction Is 'A Disease Of Isolation,' So Pandemic Puts Recovery At Risk

Health | | March 27 2020, 9:20 AM

People in recovery from opioid or alcohol addiction are weathering a new storm of depression, anxiety and isolation these days, as 12-step programs move online and detox centers close their doors.

New Site Collects Reports Of Anti-Asian American Sentiment Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | | March 27 2020, 8:40 AM

Russell Jeung, a professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, describes harassment, assault and microagressions against Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive | | March 27 2020, 8:40 AM

NPR interviewed four residents of Wuhan who contracted the virus, recovered — but then had a retest that turned positive. What does that mean for China's recovery from COVID-19?

Supporters Of Brazil's Bolsonaro Call For Protests Against Coronavirus Lockdown

US & World | | March 27 2020, 8:40 AM

Followers of President Jair Bolsonaro demand that the country returns to work and ends closures imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which has killed 77 in Brazil.

Why 'Death Rates' From Coronavirus Can Be Deceiving

Health | | March 27 2020, 8:20 AM

"Case fatality rates have been very confusing," says Dr. Steven Lawrence, an infectious disease expert. Here's why.

David Biello: A Journey Into Uncharted Territory

Arts & Entertainment | | March 27 2020, 8:00 AM

There's so much we've yet to explore—from outer space to the deep ocean to our own brains. This hour, Manoush goes on a journey through those uncharted places, led by TED Science Curator David Biello.

In Phone Call, Trump, Xi Discuss Coronavirus Pandemic | | March 27 2020, 4:40 AM

The leaders spoke after a virtual G-20 meeting. The president called it a "very good conversation" and China state TV said Xi offered to help the U.S. in responding to the spread of the virus.

Bernie Sanders On His Campaign: 'It's Going To Be A Very Steep Road' | | March 27 2020, 4:20 AM

Sanders says he's eager to debate Joe Biden again. But facing an uphill battle for delegates, Sanders says he's still assessing the future of his presidential campaign.

Gig Workers Would Get Unemployment Safety Net In Rescue Package | | March 27 2020, 4:20 AM

Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts and other gig workers who have lost their livelihoods because of the coronavirus pandemic would get some relief under the proposed new $2 trillion federal rescue package.

CPAP Machines Were Seen As Ventilator Alternatives, But Could Spread COVID-19

Health | | March 27 2020, 4:00 AM

Doctors say the machine that helps some people with sleep apnea keep their airway open at night won't be enough to help an ill COVID-19 patient breathe, and could spread the coronavirus to bystanders.

House Aims To Send $2 Trillion Rescue Package To President To Stem Coronavirus Crisis

US & World | | March 27 2020, 4:00 AM

Under the shadow of new, strict social distancing rules, House lawmakers will take up the $2 trillion plan on Friday. The president is expected to sign the historic measure into law.

South Africa Reports First COVID-19 Deaths; Goes Into 3-Week Lockdown | | March 27 2020, 3:40 AM

At midnight Thursday, security forces began enforcing the order against all but essential movement. Meanwhile, the health ministry reported two COVID-19 deaths among nearly 1,000 confirmed cases.

The Frame: For Marc Maron, Timing Is Everything

Arts & Entertainment | | March 27 2020, 10:45 AM

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We Talk To Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Director About COVID-19

| March 27 2020, 9:28 AM

Physical health isn’t the only health concern during a pandemic.

COVID-19: Difficult Ethical Considerations For Care And Treatment

| March 27 2020, 9:18 AM

With the coronavirus rapidly spreading throughout the United States, hospitals and medical facilities are now face to face with extremely difficult decisions around how to care for patients.

AMA: US Has Highest Number Of Covid Cases, Best Practices Right Now And More

| March 27 2020, 9:00 AM

The U.S. yesterday overtook China for the highest total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, and by this morning had surged to just over 86,000.

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Rep. Adam Schiff On Efforts To Provide Federal Relief For Entertainment Industry

| March 27 2020, 9:11 AM

As we discussed last week on FilmWeek, entertainment industry professionals are among the hardest hit amid the stoppage of everyday work and life due to COVID-19. Whether you’re on camera or stage, or behind it, above the line or below it, production shutdowns mean that industry professionals who already rely on sporadic work as it’s available are left with few to no options for sustainable income.

FilmWeek: ‘I Still Believe,’ ‘Banana Split,’ ‘Vivarium’ and more

| March 27 2020, 8:57 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Amy Nicholson and Wade Major review this weekend’s new movie releases.

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