A COVID-19 update in headlines

A COVID-19 update in headlines

We collected a selection of news reports that give you an idea of the latest COVID-19 news.

There are now at least 34,000 coronavirus cases in the US, and at least 414 Americans have died. “This week, it’s going to get bad,” U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned. President Trump has activated the National Guard to 3 states hit hardest.

The New York City Region is now an epicenter of the pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo is enlisting celebrities to urge New Yorkers to stay home as Mayor Bill de Blasio pleads for hospital supplies.

The Senate failed to advance a coronavirus stimulus package over the weekend, as Rand Paul’s diagnosis sent shockwaves through the upper chamber. (You want a coronavirus test? Here’s why your doctor probably won’t give you one.)

Nearly 300 new cases were reported in Illinois as officials call for volunteers to step up. In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers has ordered Wisconsinites to stay at home and closed nonessential businesses.

Global confirmed cases crossed 350,000; the death toll 15,000. COVID-19 cases are growing in Spain and Italy as the pandemic grips Europe – Italy witnessing a relentless rise in deaths. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in quarantine after contact with a doctor who tested positive. Meanwhile, China is reporting big successes in the coronavirus fight. Should we trust the numbers?

Here’s the good news: The virus can be stopped, but only with harsh steps, experts say. Singapore and Hong Kong offer lessons on keeping the coronavirus from infecting health care workers. And the WHO has launched a global megratrial of the four most promising treatments while the first person has been injected with a trial vaccine. Oh yeah, and actress Rita Wilson raps to Naughty by Nature to fight off quarantine boredom.

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  1. South Korea seems to have broken the COVID-19 outbreak in their country by doing extensive testing. Illinois is trying to duplicate this plan at the moment.

  2. I was tested at Lutheran General Hospital Park Ridge last Thursday. I have not seen my results yet. Can you tell me when the results will be available

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Adam Mesirow
Adam Mesirow

Adam Mesirow, health enews managing editor, is manager of public affairs at Advocate Health Care in Downers Grove. A media relations specialist with more than seven years’ experience securing high-profile media placements, he loves to tell a good story. Adam earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan. He lives in Chicago and enjoys playing sports, reading TIME magazine and a little nonsense now and then.