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No COVID-19 tests available for prisoners at center of New York outbreak, court documents show
Leonsbox/iStock (NEW YORK) -- A federal detention center at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in New York City has no in-house ability to test sick or high-risk inmates for COVID-19, according to a letter from the jail's top official in court documents reviewed by ABC News. "MCC New York does not have COVID-19 tests," M. Licon-Vitale, the recently installed warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, wrote in a letter to a federal judge this week. The warden's letter came in response to an order from U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer to test an MCC inmate...
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Coronavirus live updates: Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 cruise ship passengers
Maksim Tkachenko (NEW YORK) -- The death toll amid the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to skyrocket as more than 7,000 people in the United States have died from COVID-19. There are at least 278,458 diagnosed cases in the U.S. and more than 1.1 million around the world. The actual number is believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks. Over 58,900 have died across the globe and more than 226,000 people have recovered, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science...
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Pair of storms to hit West Coast with heavy rain, snow and strong winds
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- A powerful Nor’easter remains lurking well offshore of the northeast coastline. It backed westward on Friday, somewhat closer to the shoreline and as a result, gusty winds, large waves, some heavy rain and coastal flooding affected parts of New England. The Nor’easter brought some heavier bands of rain to eastern Massachusetts, with over 1 inch of rain reported in parts of the Boston metro area. A wind gust of 59 mph was reported east of Nantucket, Massachusetts. As the storm slips southward and then finally will head out to sea Saturday morning, some coastal flooding...
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US death toll tops 6,000 as global cases cross 1 million
narvikk/iStoc (NEW YORK) -- A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed at least 7,152 people in the United States. With more than 277,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the U.S. has by far the highest national tally in the world, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. More than 1.09 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with the disease. The actual number is believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations' outbreaks. Over 58,900...
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Majority of veterans who died at Massachusetts health care facility had coronavirus
Derek Brumby/iStock (BOSTON) -- The number of deaths at a Massachusetts health care facility for veterans has continued to rise amid the novel coronavirus crisis, with at least 21 residents reported dead as of Friday afternoon, state officials said.Fifteen of those veterans tested positive for COVID-19, according to Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. The results for three residents were pending, while two tested negative and one person's COVID-19 status was unknown.Through Thursday, there had been 18 deaths at the facility.The Soldier's Home, a veteran's center and hospital in the city of Holyoke, has been battling a...
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7-year-old donates more than 6,000 masks, gloves and caps from hotels to hospital workers
Courtesy of Isma Zubair (ASHBURN, Va.) -- A 7-year-old in Virginia has found a special way to show his appreciation to the hospital workers fighting on the front lines to save patients from COVID-19.Zohaib Begg of Ashburn, Virginia, said he gained his strong sense of respect and admiration for doctors and nurses when he spent years in Inova Fairfax Hospital as a younger child. That feeling never went away.So when the second grader asked his mother what they could do to help hospital workers fighting the deadly coronavirus pandemic, she helped him start calling around."My first mission was to help...
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9 states have yet to issue formal stay-at-home orders amid coronavirus
barbaraaaa/iStock (NEW YORK) -- As the American death toll from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, pressure to impose a nationwide stay-at-home order mounts.President Trump has resisted calls to issue a nationwide stay-at-home directive, despite task force projections that predicted between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans could lose their lives from the coronavirus, even if social distancing measures are strictly followed.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and a member of the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the federal government should enact a nationwide stay-at-home order to curtail the spread...
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Sailors on aircraft carrier give their fired captain a rousing sendoff
Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), gives remarks during an all-hands call on the flight deck, Dec. 15, 2019.Seaman Alexander Williams/U.S. Navy, FILE (NEW YORK) -- Videos have emerged on social media showing sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt giving their fired captain a rousing sendoff as he left the ship.Capt. Breet Crozier was relieved of duty for a "loss of confidence" following the leak of a letter in which he advocated for stronger measures to protect his crew from an outbreak of coronavirus aboard the ship.The videos show hundreds...
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Detroit bus driver who complained about a passenger coughing has died
CasPhotography/iStock (DETROIT) -- A bus driver in Detroit, who had complained about a passenger coughing without covering her mouth and feared people were not taking the novel coronavirus pandemic seriously, has died after contracting the virus, officials said.Jason Hargrove, an employee of the Detroit Department of Transportation, recorded a Facebook message on March 21 criticizing a woman who he said got on his bus and coughed multiple times without covering her mouth."We out here as public workers, doing our jobs, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families, but for you to get on the bus...
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Record snow falls in Upper Midwest, new storm to hit California this weekend
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- There was record snowfall in the Upper Midwest Thursday. In Grand Forks, North Dakota, almost 10 inches fell and Fargo, North Dakota, received almost 5 inches of snow. Wyoming saw the largest amount of snowfall, with 21 inches. Seven states from Minnesota to Kansas are under ice and snow alerts Friday morning.The cold front associated with the storm system that brought the record snow to the Upper Midwest is moving east and south Friday, with an icy mix from Minneapolis to Kansas City. Further south, strong storms with lightning and gusty winds are moving through...
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The last coronavirus holdout in New York: A rural upstate county braces itself
marcusamelia/iStock (NEW YORK) -- In rural upstate New York, it takes up to two weeks to find out test results for the novel coronavirus. Personal protective equipment is sparse. And there's no medical facility with an intensive care unit.This is what officials in Seneca County are trying to remedy as their first COVID-19 case was diagnosed on Monday.Government and health officials across New York state have been working to obtain thousands of ventilators and millions of PPE, and are repurposing convention-sized facilities into makeshift hospitals since the first New Yorker was diagnosed with coronavirus on March 1. Meanwhile, residents in...
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Coronavirus fears help push gun background checks to record levels in March
suratoho/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Nearly four million gun background checks were performed last month, the highest number since the federal government began tracking them, the FBI said.And gun safety advocates say they're worried there isn't enough being done to prevent shootings as the coronavirus heightens the public's fears.There were roughly 3.7 million background checks performed by the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) last month, which is the highest number of one-month checks performed in the system's 21-year history. By comparison, there were about 2.8 million checks performed in February and about 2.6 million checks in March 2019,...
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