- Data in a leaked CDC and Federal Emergency Management Association document suggest that by June, US COVID-19 deaths could reach 3000/day.
- The Trump administration reportedly rejected comprehensive CDC guidance on reopening the country, according to the Associated Press, which published details of the shelved report.
- In the interim, clinicians can access the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Practice Reopening Guide.
- Field hospitals constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers to handle patients with coronavirus have sat empty for months, according to a National Public Radio news report.
- Public health experts expressed frustration over the more than $660 million US investment, which they say reflects an overall lack of US preparedness.
- The Transportation Safety Association issued orders that all employees must wear facial protection at all airport screening checkpoints.
- Meanwhile, incidents in Michigan (where a security guard was shot and killed after requesting that customers put on masks) and Oklahoma (where a city rapidly rescinded face-covering orders after retail employees were threatened) raise concerns over further COVID-19 spread.
- Lack of testing among the nation’s 1.4 million homeless persons feeds worries about COVID-19 transmission in this population.
- Similar challenges are being witnessed in the nation’s prison populations, many of which are located in rural communities.