Your Coronavirus Update – Today, May 27, 2020


President announces cap of $35/month on insulin for those on Medicare. 1 in 3 Medicare insured are on insulin. ADA spoke on behalf, “this is a very big deal”.

VP Pence says we will work to identify anyone over 65 or with underlying health conditions and do everything we can to protect them – ?

Novavax, Maryland company – Phase I vaccine trial has begun, Gates funded, results by July

Radiologists Conference set in Chicago with 50K people, canceled

Amtrak asks Congress for an additional nearly $1.5B

WHO has paused study on hydroxychloroquine over higher death rates in treatment of patients with serious disease.

Sweden steadfast in strategy as toll continues climbing

Miami, Miami Beach reopen restaurants

All retail business in Los Angeles will be allowed to welcome customers back inside, and houses of worship can resume in-person services

The Miami Dolphins are set to open outdoor theaters at Hard Rock Stadium where fans can watch past games, ceremonies, and films.

Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller returned to work Tuesday after three negative coronavirus tests.

New Jersey authorizes professional sports teams to resume practice and competition

NYSE floor reopens with Cuomo ringing in trading day

South America is the new epicenter with Brazil, in particular.

Japan is lifting the emergency state – they say the goal is to balance preventive measure and the economy until vaccines and effective drugs become available. “Our goal is to create a new normal,” he said. “We need a new approach to resume our daily social and economic activity.”

Victoria’s Secret to close about 250 stores in the U.S. and Canada, Bath & Body Works to close 50

Lake of the Ozarks pool party attendees are being asked to quarantine for 14 days


Massachusetts will have a nursing home report tomorrow.

Massachusetts considering curbside cocktail serving.

RI voters who requested mail ballots should receive them by today – call election board if you do not receive.

61% of deaths in Massachusetts are in nursing homes.

First SNAP food boxes were distributed today.

Several Rhode Island House of Representatives and Senate committees will meet for the first time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic next week. Because the State House is still closed to the public, no-in person attendance is allowed. The meetings will be livestreamed on Capitol Television.

RI Data

Today: Deaths: 13 – 1 in 60s, 4 in 70s, 3 in 80s, 5 in 90s – 5 from long term care facilities

Yesterday: Deaths: 13

Total of 26 deaths in 2 days

Gov. says, “All good news story about this weekend – TY for following the rules. Data shows very stable situation. No spikes – we’re learning to live with the virus. Safely. Lost more than 600 Rhode Islanders – we need to be mindful of that – a lot of suffering right now – be kind, be patient, be empathetic, be aware. Grateful for weather being not too perfect, kept beach traffic down.

98% compliance among employees – 97% among customers on spot check of masks, etc.

Crush Covid app: 35,000 downloads – getting feedback on Version 1. Version 2 coming in 2 weeks. Some still afraid of tracking, data, contacts and privacy concerns.

June 1st: Phase 2 still planned. Need to follow rules about masks, distancing even more.


New guidelines for opening businesses – will come later this week.

Nursing home fatalities: 460 deaths total to date are from nursing homes (including assisted living).  

Focusing on high density communities, with high positives.

Equity Council Members: expansion of representatives. Still not representative of seniors. Developmentally disabled.

Teachers are saying they feel that as a reward for hard work with distance learning they will be getting layoffs and other cuts. If we don’t get future federal stimulus Gov says she doesn’t know what will happen. 

Youth sports – will discuss this Thursday

Reunited after months apart due to coronavirus – married 70 years…
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