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New York City’s Central Park Getting Coronavirus Field Hospital

By VOA News New York City’s strained health system is about to get some help with the arrival of a Navy hospital ship to care for general patients and a new field hospital to handle those infected with the novel ; The 68-bed field hospital is going up in the city’s iconic Central ; Governor Andrew Cuomo said it is expected to open Tuesday. A 68-bed field hospital is under construction in New York's Central Park to handle those infected with the novel coronavirus. (VOA/Vladimir Badikov) The Christian global relief group Samaritan’s Purse is behind the ; The group says a team…
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Country Singer Joe Diffie Dies of Coronavirus Complications

VOA News By Associated Press NEW YORK - Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.   Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday due to complications from the virus.   Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits…
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Trump Extends US Coronavirus Social-distance Guidelines 30 More Days

VOA News By Ken Schwartz WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has extended social distancing and other coronavirus-fighting guidelines through April 30, saying what has been done so far is saving lives.   “The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said Sunday moving the daily coronavirus briefing from the White House press room outside to the Rose Garden. “I want our life back again,” he said. The initial two-week period of government-recommended mitigation was set to expire Monday. Trump predicted that the death rate will peak in two weeks and said the country will be “well on…
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A Look at US Presidents and Public Health Crises

VOA News By Patsy Widakuswara Almost all American presidents have faced a crisis while in office, whether it’s a political scandal, natural disaster, economic calamity or terrorism. But not all have the misfortune of having to deal with epidemics and pandemics. Here are some of them and how historians view their performance. Woodrow Wilson – Spanish flu President Woodrow Wilson faced the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 that killed 20 million to 50 million people around the world while the United States was fighting in World War I. “Even though President Trump has talked about being at war with the pandemic, in…
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3 More US National Parks Close to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

VOA News BY AP SALT LAKE CITY - Three more of America's most popular national parks have closed their gates as pressure mounts on superintendents to prevent crowded trails that could lead to more spread of the coronavirus, even as the Trump administration sticks to its decision to waive entrance fees at the parks. Glacier in Montana and Arches and Canyonlands in Utah announced their decisions to close Friday night, days after several other well-known parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Great Smoky Mountains did the same. Visitors travel to Arches and Canyonlands to hike red rock trails…
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Death Toll Mounts; China Resumes Travel in Wuhan

By VOA News The global coronavirus pandemic death toll topped 30,000 Saturday, with the and France each posting more than 2,000 deaths, while Spain recorded its deadliest day, with 832 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics. Italy, which has seen more than 10,000 deaths, accounts for a third of the global total. In Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak began late last year, the city slowly began to reopen after months of near-total isolation. Thousands of people began arriving Saturday in the city in Hubei province. There are now more than 660,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide. The number…
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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Critical retail businesses

– Food and beverage stores ( supermarkets; liquor, specialty food, bodega andconvenience stores; farmers’ markets; food banks and pantries)– Pharmacies and medical supply stores, compassion centers– Pet supply stores– Printing shops, mail and delivery stores and operations, office supply– Gas stations– Laundromats– Electronics and telecommunications stores– Industrial, construction, agricultural/seafood equipment and supply stores, hardwarestores, general power equipment– Funeral homes– Auto repair and supply– Banks and credit unions– Firearms stores– Healthcare and public safety professional uniform stores– And other stores and businesses identified as critical by the Department of BusinessRegulation.
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Governor, Dr. Alexander-Scott Announce Stay-At-Home Order and New Travel Restrictions, Limit Gatherings to Groups of Five

Mandatory quarantine extended to anyone who has traveled to Rhode Island from another state Governor Gina M. Raimondo and Dr. Alexander-Scott today made several announcements about the state's response to the COVID-19 ; Stay At Home: The Governor has issued a stay-at-home order until April 13. This means that all Rhode Islanders should stay home unless getting food, medicine, gas, or going to travel: Earlier this week, the Governor ordered anyone coming to Rhode Island from New York by any mode of transportation to quarantine for 14 days. Today, the Governor expanded upon that order. Executive Order 20-12 entitled “Tenth Supplemental Emergency Declaration –…
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BBB Scam Alert: “Mandatory” COVID-19 Test Texts are a Scam

By Better Business Bureau.  The coronavirus outbreak has been big business for scammers. First it was fake masks, then fake government grants, and now it’s a fake COVID-19 tests. In the past few days, BBB Scam Tracker () has gotten numerous reports of phony text messages claiming to be from a government agency. How the Scam Works: You get a text message that looks like it comes from the US federal government. Current reports say that scammers are impersonating the US Department of Health and Human Services, but they are unlikely to stop there. The message tells you that you must take a…
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La Policía Estatal de Rhode Island está instando al público a estar atento a las estafas a raíz de la pandemia de COVID-19

"Durante estos tiempos difíciles e inseguros, los delincuentes buscan aprovecharse de las preocupaciones de los ciudadanos sobre COVID-19, también conocido como el coronavirus", dijo el comandante Timothy G. Sanzi, comandante del Buró de detectives. "Los miembros de la policía han observado un aumento en la actividad fraudulenta que busca explotar los temores de las personas y queremos que los isleños de Rhode sean conscientes de las estafas que vemos con más frecuencia".   A medida que el público busca respuestas en Internet y en las redes sociales, se les recuerda que obtengan información precisa de fuentes legítimas, en particular sitios…
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