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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #45 on: April 02, 2020, 07:28:52 am »
Thursday, 2nd April 2o2o

An open letter to fox corporation chairman rupert murdock and fox corporation ceo lachlan murdock



Americans consistently rate the fox news channel as one of the must trusted TV channels. 

The average age of fox news viewers is 65.

It is well established that this population incurs the greatest from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other words, fox news viewers are at a special risk from the virus.

But viewers of fox news, including drumphf, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by the network - false statements downplaying the prevalence of COVID-19 and its harms; misleading recommendations of activities that people undertake to protect themselves and others, including casual recommendations for untested drugs;  false assessments of the value of measures urged upon the public by their elected political leadership and public health authorities.

The misinformation that reaches the fox news audience is a danger to public health.

Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that your misreporting endangers your own viewers -- and not only them, for in a pandemic, individual behavior affects significant numbers of other people as well.

Yet by commission as well as omission --- direct, uncontested misinformation as well as failure to report the true dimensions of the crisis --- fox news has been derelict in its duty to provide clear and accurate information about COVID-19. 

As the virus spread across the world, fox news hosts and guests minimalized the dangers, accusing Democrats and the media of inflating the dangers (in sean hannity's words) to "bludgeon drumpf with this new hoax." 

Such commentary encouraged drumphf to trivialize the threat and helped obstruct national, state, and local efforts to limit the virus.

The network's delinquency was effective. 

According to a YouGov/Economist poll conducted March 15 - 17, Americans who pay the most attention to fox news are much less likely than others to say they are worried about the virus. 

A Pew Research poll found that 79% of fox news viewers surveyed believed the media had exaggerated the risks of the virus. 

63% of fox viewers said they believed the virus posed a minor threat to the health of the country. 

As recently as Sunday, 22nd March, fox news host steve hilton deplored the accurate views of the pandemic, which he attributed to "our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces --- whipping up fear over the virus."

fox news reporters have done some solid reporting.

And the network has given some screen time to medical and public health professionals. 

But fox news does not clearly distinguish between the authority that should accrue to trained experts, on the one hand, and the authority viewers grant to pundits and politicians for reasons of ideological loyalty.

There is a tendency to accept (or reject) them all indiscriminately, for after all, they are talking heads who appear on fox news, 'a trusted source of news'.

When the statement of knowledgeable experts are surrounded by false claims made by pundits and politicians, including drumphf --- claims that are not rebutted by knowledgeable people in real-time  --- the overall effect is to mislead a vulnerable public about risks and harms. 

Misinformation furthers the reach and the dangers of the pandemic. 

For example, the days after tucker carlson touted a flimsy French study on the use of two drugs to treat COVID-19, drumphf touted  "very, very encouraging early results" from those drugs, and promoted a third as a possible "game changer."

The basic purpose of news organizations is to discover and tell the truth.  This is especially necessary, and obvious, amid a public health crisis. 

Television bears a particular responsibility because even more millions than usual look there for reliable information.

Inexcusably, fox news has violated the elemental canons of journalism. 

In doing so, it has contributed to the spread of a great pandemic. 

Urgently, therefore, in the name of good journalism and public health, we call upon you to help protect the lives of all Americans --- including your elderly viewers  --- by ensuring that the information you deliver is based on scientific facts.


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Todd Gitlin, Professor, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia Journalism School
Mark Feldstein, Eaton Chair of Broadcast Journalism, University of Maryland
Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Adam Hochschild, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Edward Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #46 on: April 02, 2020, 04:23:30 pm »
Thursday, 2nd April 2o2o
U.S. Navy relieves commander of virus-hit aircraft carrier
by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali




(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday it had relieved the commander of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who sent a distress message that leaked to the public asking Navy leadership for stronger measures to control a virus outbreak onboard.

Reuters reported earlier on Thursday that the commander, Captain Brett Crozier, was expected to be relieved.












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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #47 on: April 03, 2020, 01:38:00 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Hobby Lobby closing all stores

by Bethany Biron



After quietly reopening stores across the country in defiance of virus-related state lockdown orders, Hobby Lobby is closing all stores nationally and furloughing employees without pay.

In a statement posted on the company website on Friday afternoon, Hobby Lobby announced it will furlough "nearly all store employees" without pay and "is ending emergency leave pay and suspending use of company provided paid time off benefits and vacation."

"As the country continues efforts to manage and mitigate the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19 virus, Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m," Hobby Lobby posted on its website.

"The stores will remain closed until further notice."

According to three employees, each speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, managers at their stores called teams into a meeting to deliver the news on Friday afternoon.

"The line our manager gave us was, 'The employees got what the employees wanted, the stores were closed,'" a Hobby Lobby employee in Indiana said.

"My question was did God tell them they needed to closed the stores and not pay us?"














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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2020, 06:25:18 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Mexican brewery halts production of Corona beer amid virus outbreak
by Ronnie Koenig





Corona beer, which is not in any way related to the virus, may be harder to find soon.

Grupo Modelo, the brewer of Corona and other beer brands including Pacifico and Modelo, will suspend production as breweries have been deemed as nonessential by the Mexican government amidst the ongoing virus pandemic.

“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its production and marketing operations for beer,” read a press release, which was translated into English, shared by Grupo Modelo on Twitter.

Grupo Modelo's parent company, Anheuser Busch InBev, has already slowed production of its beers (which it exports to 180 countries around the world) in the United States.

This week, the Mexican government declared a national health emergency as cases of virus continued to climb.

As of Thursday, Mexico reported at least 1,510 cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths.

All nonessential activities, including the production of beer, have been suspended.

However, Grupo Modelo, which operates 11 breweries in Mexico, cited the fact that 15,000 families and 800,000 grocers rely on beer sales for their income, so halting production entirely could have a devastating economic effect.

“If the federal government considers it appropriate to issue some clarification confirming beer as an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer,” the statement said.

Since agriculture and food production are considered essential activities, an adjustment to the ban would allow the breweries to resume production.

In many U.S. cities, liquor stores have been deemed as essential businesses so they have been permitted to remain open as other food businesses, like restaurants, have closed.
















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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #49 on: April 04, 2020, 06:28:35 pm »
Saturday, 4th April 2o2o
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE OR ELSE!



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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #50 on: April 05, 2020, 02:44:52 pm »

Sunday, 5th April 2o2o
After that Duke & Duchess of Sussex debacle, it seems as if the Queen of England is starting to feel a checkmate coming or else she would not have submitted this speech through YouTube:



"...and those who come after us, will say the Britons of this generation were just as strong as any."










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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #51 on: April 05, 2020, 06:47:25 pm »
Sunday, 5th April 2o2o
UK Prime Minister boris johnson hospitalized with virus
by Jill Lawless




(LONDON, Eng) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to a hospital Sunday for tests, his office said, because he is still suffering symptoms, 10 days after he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

News of Johnson’s admission to hospital came an hour after Queen Elizabeth II made a rare televised address to the nation, in which she urged Britons to remain “united and resolute” in the fight against the virus.





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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #52 on: April 06, 2020, 05:20:45 am »
Monday, 6th April 2o2o
Nine states still refuse to issue stay-at-home orders
by Jorge L. Ortiz and Grace Hauck




The governors of the nine states without some form of a stay-at-home order have offered different reasons for their refusal to issue the kind of directives implemented across most of the nation, covering more than 300 million Americans, to combat the virus pandemic.

Some say the specific circumstances of their state doesn’t merit such a mandate, others have advocated social responsibility instead, and yet others have expressed a preference for following the advice of their state officials.

The governors do have one significant trait in common: They’re all republican.

Of course, so is trunk, who has resisted calls for a national mandate that might send the strongest, most unambiguous message about the importance of social distancing to curb spread of the virus.

It’s doubtful the acting-president can actually supersede the governors’ authority in this area, but he could strengthen federal guidelines that stop short of directing citizens to remain at home except for essential activities.

In the absence of such a command, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming continue to allow their residents relatively free movement.

Why hasn't there been a national lockdown?

Legal experts have said trunk doesn’t have the authority to impose a national lockdown as the heads of countries such as Italy, Spain, France and Britain have done.

But he does have some tools at his disposal, including the bully pulpit and the ability to restrict air travel between COVID-19 hot spots.

trunk has pointed out some states haven’t had a large number of cases.

Those tend to be sparsely populated states in the middle of the country, such as Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

As of Sunday, none of them had more than 215 cases, although their numbers were rising.

What do stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders mean?

While some states call for shelter-in-place orders, others are calling their directives stay-at-home orders.

The directives differ by location but generally require people to avoid all nonessential outings and stay inside as much as possible.

They allow residents to continue performing tasks essential to the health and safety of family and pets.

It's still fine to buy groceries, go for a run, walk the dog, pick up medicine, visit a doctor or get supplies to work from home.

Federal guidelines give state and local authorities leeway in what they consider "essential" businesses during an emergency.

But in general, those industries include grocery stores and food production, pharmacies, health care, utilities, shipping, banking, other governmental services, law enforcement, emergency services and news outlets.





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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #53 on: April 06, 2020, 12:16:42 pm »
Monday, 6th April 2o2o
Pastor who decried 'hysteria' dies after attending Mardi Gras
by Aleem Maqbool




"He loved to laugh. He loved to play guitar. He played guitar even when he wasn't supposed to," says Jesse Spradlin of her father, Landon.

"He was just the best man in the world."

One day when this is all over, the wife and five children of Pastor Landon Spradlin hope to hold a large celebratory memorial for him.

For now they have had to make do with a funeral at which there were just a handful in attendance, including the blues guitarist who played at the graveside.

A little over a month ago, Pastor Spradlin, who was 66, drove with his wife Jean the 900 miles (1500 km) from their home in Virginia to Louisiana for Mardi Gras.

He viewed the festivities as an opportunity, through music, to save the souls of some of the hundreds of thousands of people that would attend.

He was joined by two of his daughters who came over from Texas.

"His mission was to go into pubs, clubs and bars, play the blues and connect with musicians and just tell them that Jesus loved them," says Jesse Spradlin, 28.

"Mardi Gras is like Times Square in New York during New Year's Eve. It's a sea of people just drinking and partying," she says.


"He was loud and laughing and in his element."

Over recent years Pastor Spradlin had realised a dream of using the preaching he had honed in churches across three states and taking it to the streets through the medium he loved.

He had been playing instruments since the age of four and in 2016 was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, but it was religion that he felt had saved him from alcoholism and drug addiction in his twenties.

Those dark years are why he now had a particular affinity for those who felt down and out, something he could relate to.

At Mardi Gras, the family band played in New Orleans' busy Jackson Square, unaware of the threat they faced.

"I don't even remember us talking about the virus," says Naomi Spradlin, 26.

"With what's happened we keep looking back, and we didn't talk about it once."

They were not the only ones.

Even though it had been more than a month since the first virus case in the US, Mardi Gras went on as planned.

Officials in the city now blame government inaction for what appears to have been a large spike in cases that followed.

Pastor Spradlin was one of those who became ill, but tested negative for Covid-19.

Even as he was sick, he posted on social media about "hysteria" surrounding the virus.

On the 13th of March Pastor Spradlin shared on Fakebook a misleading post comparing swine flu and virus deaths.

It suggested that Barack Obama and trunk respectively had been treated very differently by the media and that it was a politically motivated ploy to harm trunk.

Earlier the very same day, the acting-president himself had insinuated something very similar at a news conference.

Pastor Spradlin's son, Landon Isaac, 32, told me that he and his father had talked and agreed about what they felt was an irrational frenzy and fear mongering about the virus, perhaps because it was an election year.

"I want to say outright though, dad didn't think it was a hoax, he knew it was a real virus," says Landon Isaac.

"But he did put up that post because he was frustrated that the media was propagating fear as the main mode of communication," he told me.

By mid-March though, Pastor Spradlin's health suddenly took a turn for the worse.

He and his wife decided to make the long drive back from New Orleans to their home in Virginia.

"I spoke to him five minutes before he collapsed in North Carolina," says Landon Isaac.


"I could tell his breathing was getting bad. And I just said that you've got to get home. But he didn't make it."

Pastor Spradlin was taken to hospital in North Carolina where they discovered he had developed pneumonia in both lungs and he now also tested positive for the virus.

After eight days in intensive care, Pastor Spradlin died.

"It's a lot like Dad was our support column and somebody kicked out that support column. It feels like the roof is falling down on all of our heads right now," says Landon Isaac.

For days, he and his four siblings had to communicate with their mother through the glass door of her home.

The funeral that has just taken place happened the day after Jean Spradlin's quarantine finally ended.

"We just never thought our father would pass away because of this. But he wasn't the type of person to just live in fear and let it rob him of the joy of the life that he had," says Jesse Spradlin.













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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #55 on: April 09, 2020, 01:08:40 am »
Thursday, 9th April 2o2o
Tyler Perry Pays for All Groceries for the Elderly at 73 Stores Amid Virus Pandemic
by Alexia Fernandez






Tyler Perry surprised elderly shoppers across two states Wednesday morning by covering the cost of their groceries, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.

The TV and movie mogul, 50, paid for the groceries of all elderly shoppers at 44 Kroger stores in Atlanta, Georgia, his hometown state, as well as 29 Winn Dixie stores in his native New Orleans during the hour reserved for older customers amid the virus pandemic.

A number of stores are opening their doors early to older people so that they can get their shopping done without the fear of large crowds amid the virus outbreak.

His act of kindness comes after Perry gave $21,000 in tips for workers at an Atlanta restaurant while picking up takeout, PEOPLE confirms.

Perry has often famously given a helping hand to those in need.

In November, Perry came to the aid of a couple from Atlanta who was forced to seek medical treatment while on vacation in Mexico and then were prevented from leaving when they could not afford their $14,000 medical bill.

A source told PEOPLE the star paid the couple’s medical bill and also covered their travel expenses as soon as they were cleared to leave.

“Today I am thankful for and will always be thankful for Tyler Perry,” Austin wrote on Fakebook at the time.

“My mom was also a huge fan of his.”

In December 2018, Perry spread the holiday cheer by saying he would cover all layaways at two Walmarts in Atlanta.

(A layaway allows customers to reserve items at a store by making a deposit and paying the balance later at pick-up.)

LeMia Jenkins, a spokesperson for Walmart, told PEOPLE at the time that the Acrimony director paid about $434,000 in layaway items — products that were ordered by 1,500 people ahead of the holiday season.

“Tyler Perry’s generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can’t thank him enough for his kindness,” she said in a statement.

“The heartfelt excitement and joy we’re seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching.”

The company responded to the actor’s act of kindness, in a response posted on Twitter,

“Anonymous or not, we hope you know that you just made Christmas for so many families. You went above and beyond. Thank you #SparkKindness.”


















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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #56 on: April 16, 2020, 09:34:23 pm »
Thursday, 16th April 2o2o
COVID-19 In The United States
Data as of 8:11p.m. EST, April 16



Cases/ Total 667,649 / April 16th/ +31,451 (+5%)

Deaths/ Total 32,917 / April 16th/ +4,591 (+14%)

Since the first virus case was confirmed in the United States on January 21st, over a half million people in the U.S. have confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In the last week, the U.S. became the nation with the most deaths globally, but there are early signs that the U.S. case and death rate may be leveling off, as the growth of new cases and deaths plateaus.

The pattern isn't consistent across the country, as new hotspots emerge and others subside.











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Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« Reply #57 on: April 18, 2020, 09:34:00 am »
Saturday, 18th April 2o2o
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected black people

African Americans account for more than one-third of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. where the race of victims has been made publicly known.

Data from states, cities and counties show black people are regularly overrepresented compared to their share of the population:

When the race of COVID-19 fatalities were known in states, black people accounted for:

O denote % of population
O denote % of deaths

District of Columbia (61 of 80 deaths)



Mississippi (85 of 129 deaths)



Louisiana (524 of 805 deaths)



South Carolina (46 of 82 deaths)



Georgia (319 of 583 deaths)



Alabama (74 of 136 deaths)


Maryland (153 of 313 deaths)


Michigan (858 of 1,821 deaths)


Missouri (52 of 118 deaths)


Illinois (441 of 1,011 deaths)


Wisconsin (76 of 195 deaths)


North Carolina (46 of 123 deaths)


Virginia (66 of 188 deaths)


New Jersey (560 of 2,491 deaths)


Indiana (94 of 448 deaths)


Florida (123 of 615 deaths)


New York (449 of 2,534 deaths)


Connecticut (148 of 912 deaths)


Ohio (51 of 349 deaths)


California (85 of 769 deaths)


Massachusetts (47 of 503 deaths)


Colorado (27 of 310 deaths)


Minnesota (3 of 79 deaths)


Arizona (4 of 112 deaths)


Washington (15 of 517 deaths)







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« Reply #58 on: April 18, 2020, 09:58:26 am »
Saturday, 18th April 2o2o
Racial Toll Of Virus Grows Even Starker As More Data Emerges
by KAT STAFFORD, MEGHAN HOYER and AARON MORRISON




As a clearer picture emerges of COVID-19’s decidedly deadly toll on black Americans, leaders are demanding a reckoning of the systemic policies they say have made many African Americans far more vulnerable to the virus, including inequity in access to health care and economic opportunity.

A growing chorus of medical professionals, activists and political figures are pressuring the federal government to not just release comprehensive racial demographic data of the country’s coronavirus victims, but also to outline clear strategies to blunt the devastation on African Americans and other communities of color.

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its first breakdown of COVID-19 case data by race, showing that 30% of patients whose race was known were black.

The federal data was missing racial information for 75% of all cases, however, and did not include any demographic breakdown of deaths.

The latest Associated Press analysis of available state and local data shows that nearly one-third of those who have died are African American, with black people representing about 14% of the population in the areas covered in the analysis.

Roughly half the states, representing less than a fifth of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths, have yet to release demographic data on fatalities.

In states that have, about a quarter of the death records are missing racial details.

Health conditions that exist at higher rates in the black community -- obesity, diabetes and asthma -- make African Americans more susceptible to the virus.

They also are more likely to be uninsured, and often report that medical professionals take their ailments less seriously when they seek treatment.

“It’s America’s unfinished business -- we’re free, but not equal,” civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson told the AP.

“There’s a reality check that has been brought by the coronavirus, that exposes the weakness and the opportunity.”

This week, Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the National Medical Association, a group representing African American physicians and patients, released a joint public health strategy calling for better COVID-19 testing and treatment data.

The groups also urged officials to provide better protections for incarcerated populations and to recruit more African Americans to the medical field.

Jackson also expressed support for a national commission to study the black COVID-19 toll modeled after the Kerner Commission, which studied the root causes of race riots in African American communities in the 1960s and made policy recommendations to prevent future unrest.

Daniel Dawes, director of Morehouse College’s School of Medicine’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute, said America’s history of segregation and policies led to the racial health disparities that exist today.

“If we do not take an appreciation for the historical context and the political determinants, then we’re only merely going to nibble around the edges of the problem of inequities,” he said.

The release of demographic data for the country’s virus victims remains a priority for many civil rights and public health advocates, who say the numbers are needed to address disparities in the national response to the pandemic.

The AP analysis, based on data through Thursday, found that of the more than 21,500 victims whose demographic data was known and disclosed by officials, more than 6,350 were black, a rate of nearly 30%.

African Americans account for 14.2% of the 241 million people who live in the areas covered by the analysis, which encompasses 24 states and the cities of Washington D.C., Houston, Memphis, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — places where statewide data was unavailable.

The nation had recorded more than 33,000 deaths as of Thursday.

In some areas, Native American communities also have been hit hard.

In New Mexico, Native Americans account for nearly 37% of the state’s 1,484 cases and about 11% of the state’s population.

Of the 112 deaths where race is known in Arizona, 30 were Native Americans.

After Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation this week to try to compel federal health officials to post daily data breaking down cases and deaths by race, ethnicity and other demographics, the CDC released only caseload data that — similar to the AP’s analysis of deaths —show 30 percent of 111,633 infected patients whose race is known were black.

African American patients in the 45-to-64 and 65-to-74 age groups represented an even larger share of the national caseload.


The lawmakers sent a letter last month to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging federal release of the demographic data.

And Joe Biden, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, also called for its release.

Meanwhile, some black leaders have described the trunk’s response to COVID-19 as inadequate, after what they said was a hastily organized call with Mike Pence and CDC Director Robert Redfield last week.

According to a recording of the call obtained by the AP, Redfield said the CDC has been collecting demographic data from death certificates but that the comprehensiveness of the data depends on state and local health departments, many of which are overburdened by virus response.

No plan was offered to help health officials in hard-hit communities collect the data, leaders who were on the call said.

Kristen Clarke, president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which took part in the call, said African Americans “have every reason to be alarmed at the administration’s anemic response to the disproportionate impact that this crisis is having on communities of color.”

Mistrust runs deep among residents in many communities.

St. Louis resident Randy Barnes is grappling not just with the emotional toll of losing his brother to the virus, but also with the feeling that his brother’s case was not taken seriously.

Barnes said the hospital where his brother sought treatment initially sent him home without testing him and suggested he self-quarantine for 14 days.

Five days later, his brother was back in hospital, where he was placed on a ventilator for two weeks.

He died April 13.

Barnes’ brother and his wife also were caring for an 88-year-old man in the same apartment, who died from the virus around the same time.

“Those people are not being tested. They’re not being cared for,” Barnes said.

Eugene Rush lives in one of the areas outside large urban cities that have been hit hard with virus cases.

He is a sergeant for the sheriff’s department in Michigan’s Washtenaw County, west of Detroit, where black residents account for 46% of the COVID-19 cases but represent only 12% of the county’s population.

Rush, whose job includes community engagement, was diagnosed with COVID-19 near the end of March after what he initially thought was just a sinus infection.

He had to be hospitalized twice, but is now on the mend at home, along with his 16-year-old son, who also was diagnosed with COVID-19.

“I had a former lieutenant for the city of Ypsilanti who passed while I was in the hospital and I had some fraternity brothers who caught the virus and were sick at the hospital,” Rush said.

“At that point, I said, ‘Well, this is really, really affecting a lot of people’ and they were mostly African American. That’s how I knew that it was really taking a toll a little bit deeper in the African American community than I realized.”
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Stafford and Morrison are members of the AP’s Race and Ethnicity team.

Stafford reported from Detroit, Morrison from New York and Hoyer from Washington.

Associated Press writers Noreen Nasir in Chicago, Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia, Regina Garcia Cano in Washington, Chris Grygiel in Seattle and Kimberlee Kruesi in Nashville, Tennessee, contributed.



















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