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Coronavirus live updates: Need to prepare for ‘battle’ at the apex, Cuomo says

jarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than 823,000 people around the world.Over 174,000 of those patients have recovered from the the new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19.More than 40,000 people across the globe have died, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems…read more »

EMS on the front lines dealing with ‘madness,’ sleeping in their cars to avoid infecting their families

Marco_Piunti/iStock(NEW YORK) — Emergency medical service workers in Queens, New York, described living and working in what amounts to a “war zone” as they seek to help residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.”We have thousands of people that are sick. Thousands that are dying,” Oren Barzilay, president of FDNY-EMS Local 2507, told ABC News on Tuesday.…read more »

Las Vegas homeless placed in outdoor parking lot as ‘temporary shelter’

iStock/f11photo(LAS VEGAS) — As many Americans are told to shelter at home during the coronavirus pandemic, a striking image showing Las Vegas’ homeless lying on the ground of an outdoor parking lot designated as a “temporary shelter” has drawn swift criticism online.The photo shows several homeless people outside the city’s multi-use Cashman Center, positioned inside…read more »

With families quarantined together, some police fear rise in domestic violence

iStock/demaerre(NEW YORK) — With countless American families cooped up together amid stay-at-home orders for the coronavirus pandemic, some law enforcement officials said they fear an unintended consequence of long-term, close-quarters living: a potential rise in domestic violence incidents.So far there has been only a slight uptick in domestic violence calls to police, according to Steve…read more »

School principal shares encouraging coronavirus-related acronym to help students through pandemic

ABC News(BEAUMONT, Texas) — An elementary school principal who had to quickly pivot her school to remote learning amid the novel coronavirus pandemic has implemented an array of tools for students, parents and teachers. She’s even created an encouraging acronym out of the word “CORONA.”Belinda George, the principal at Homer Drive Elementary school in Beaumont,…read more »

New York City launches coronavirus portal to assist infected residents

ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York City has launched an online portal that provides residents with information and updates if they or someone they know has contracted the coronavirus.The website, which launched Friday at, allows New Yorkers to self-report confidential information if they or someone they know has contracted the disease, shows symptoms, came…read more »

Central Park will be the site of a new hospital for coronavirus patients

Stephanie Keith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A 68-bed makeshift hospital is expected to open in Central Park on Tuesday in an effort to ease some of the strain on the city’s hospitals that have been bombarded with COVID-19 patients.The field hospital in New York City is comprised of 14 tents and will receive patients first from…read more »

Nurse ‘terrified’ to return to work in ICU after aunt’s COVID-19 death

Courtesy Jhoanna Buendia(NEW YORK) — Hospital workers across the globe who made an oath to save the lives of patients are finding themselves fighting for their own, with increasing numbers of doctors and nurses falling victim to the deadly COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus.Jhoanna Buendia, an intensive-care unit nurse in England, said her aunt Araceli…read more »