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Texas ‘mom and pop’ business flooded with orders for helmet ventilators amid coronavirus crisis

One month ago, Chris Austin was running a little-known mom-and-pop business in Texas that fielded a few dozen orders a week for his helmet-style ventilation devices. He had five employees and a handful of volunteers from the family’s church who would pitch in at the workshop behind their home in the small town of Waxahachie. […]

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Fearing COVID-19 spread to families, health care workers self-isolate at home

After Dr. Tim Cheng, a pulmonary and critical care doctor in Orange County, California, saw his first COVID-19 patient, he made the decision to self-isolate, moving into a tent in the garage, to avoid the possibility of infecting his family with the coronavirus. Cheng is one of many health care workers who have decided to […]

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On César Chávez Day, Biden calls for coronavirus protections for farmworkers

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden marked the birthday of civil rights icon César Chávez on Tuesday by calling on employers to provide protections and benefits for farmworkers exposed to the coronavirus. President Barack Obama declared Chávez’s birthday a national commemorative holiday in 2014. Biden, who was vice president during both of Obama’s terms, leads Sen. […]

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Black, Asian and Hispanic House caucus chairs unite in ‘no tolerance’ for coronavirus racism

The leaders of the congressional black, Asian and Hispanic caucuses gathered Monday to condemn the racism that the Asian American community is confronting during the COVID-19 pandemic. The chairs of all three caucuses, as well as leaders of the full Democratic caucus, called for unity at a virtual news conference against increasing attacks against Asian […]

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Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls on ICE to release detainees amid COVID-19 crisis

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus on Tuesday demanded the release of hundreds of people held in immigration detention to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and stave off an outbreak within the jails. Four detainees and five Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to ICE, which is part […]

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Earthquake rattles remote region of Idaho

An earthquake preliminarily measured at magnitude 6.5 struck near the center of Idaho on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The shaker happened at 5:52 p.m. about 45 miles west of Challis, Idaho, the USGS said. Its depth was a little more than 6 miles, according to the agency. Possible damage was still being […]

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What we know about the coronavirus model the White House unveiled

On Monday, the White House coronavirus response coordinator warned that the U.S. could see up to 200,000 deaths from the outbreak “if we do things almost perfectly.” On Tuesday, the coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, showed how her team came up with the grim projection. In a task force briefing, the White House offered the first […]