(Bloomberg) — The number of U.S. coronavirus cases rose above 7 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Virginia’s governor tested positive, days after Missouri’s governor was also diagnosed with the infection.
In the first case of its kind in the U.S., Massachusetts is charging the former managers of a veteran’s home where 76 people died of the virus. Florida’s governor is lifting capacity restrictions on restaurants.
London was added to a watchlist of potential pandemic hot spots. Spain’s government asked for restrictions on movement to extend across the entire city of Madrid. The Netherlands, Greece, Denmark and Poland are also grappling with extending or imposing new restrictions.
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It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the coronavirus is striking cities with much smaller populations in the heartland, often in conservative corners of America where anti-mask sentiment runs high.
The spread has created new problems at hospitals, schools and colleges in the Midwest, as well as in parts of the West.
Wisconsin is averaging more than 2,000 new cases a day over the last week, compared with 675 three
The Holyoke Soldiers Home in Holyoke, Mass., on March 31, 2020.
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Two former leaders of a Massachusetts home for aging veterans where nearly 80 people sickened by the coronavirus died have been criminally charged for their handling of the outbreak, the state’s attorney general said Friday.
It’s believed to be the first criminal case in the country brought against nursing home officials for actions taken during the pandemic, Attorney General Maura Healey said.
Former Holyoke Soldiers’ Home Superintendent Bennett Walsh and former Medical Director David Clinton were indicted by a grand jury on charges stemming from their decision to combine two dementia units in March, packing residents who were COVID-19 positive into the same room with those who had no symptoms, Healey said.
Walsh and Clinton could each face prison time if convicted of charges of causing or permitting
(Bloomberg) — Shelter-in-place orders by U.S. state and local governments did more to combat the spread of the coronavirus than business closures while destroying fewer jobs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania said in a new study released Wednesday.
Interventions “that target individual behavior (such as stay-at-home orders) were more effective at reducing transmission at lower economic cost than those that target businesses,” economist Kent Smetters and analysts Alexander Arnon and John Ricco wrote.
The paper is one of several being presented Thursday at a conference hosted by the Brookings Institution in Washington studying the impact of Covid-19 on
(Bloomberg) — Home Depot Inc. isn’t giving any extra incentive this Black Friday for shoppers to line up at 6 a.m.
In a move that might help crack down on crowding during the coronavirus pandemic, the retailer said that for the first time, its Black Friday prices will be available throughout the entire holiday season, preventing the need to swarm on the actual day after Thanksgiving. The sales will be available both in-store and online.
The Atlanta-based retailer said in a statement Wednesday it’s trying to end the “one day of frenzied shopping,” though a Home Depot company spokeswoman said there may still be a few “unique deals” that