Law .com: Public Records Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Law .com: Public Records Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nations and organizations across the world to take emergency action to safeguard public health. Courts, public schools and colleges, municipalities, and other agencies throughout Florida, and across the nation, have temporarily closed office buildings, suspended or reduced operations, and instituted work from home policies. Federal, state, and local governments have requested that residents practice social distancing, and some states have even implemented ‘stay-at-home’ orders. Notwithstanding these unprecedented times, agencies continue to have an obligation to acknowledge and respond to public records requests. ”

ABC News (Australia): As the coronavirus spread, an experiment showed Facebook was struggling to keep up with fake news

ABC News (Australia): As the coronavirus spread, an experiment showed Facebook was struggling to keep up with fake news. “Facebook approved a series of paid ads on its platforms that claimed everything from COVID-19 being a hoax to the idea that drinking bleach will keep you healthy. The ads were part of an experiment by American tech writer Kaveh Waddell earlier this month to test the social media giant’s early ability to stop coronavirus misinformation as it was starting to spread. The ads were never published or seen by the public.”

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus becomes leading cause of death in L.A. County as toll nears 800

Los Angeles Times: Coronavirus becomes leading cause of death in L.A. County as toll nears 800. “Los Angeles County health officials on Thursday announced that COVID-19 — the illness caused by the coronavirus — has become the leading cause of death in the county, surpassing fatalities from flu, emphysema and heart disease. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s public health director, confirmed 68 new coronavirus-linked deaths, bringing the total to just under 800 since the outbreak began. The county also reported 1,081 new COVID-19 cases — pushing the overall number to 17,508.”

WBEZ: COVID Toes Skin Disease Gains A Foothold Across The Country

WBEZ: COVID Toes Skin Disease Gains A Foothold Across The Country. “In the Chicago area, teens and young adults are developing red, purple, sore and itchy toes that doctors are informally calling ‘COVID toes.’ Dr. Amy Paller, the chair of dermatology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, said that in the past week she’s gotten more than 50 reports of new pediatric cases in the Chicago area. She said she expects many more cases as news of the condition spreads.”

CNET: Amazon extends its higher hourly and overtime pay during coronavirus

CNET: Amazon extends its higher hourly and overtime pay during coronavirus. “Amazon is extending its increased hourly pay and double overtime pay, offering warehouse employees in the US and Canada $2 extra an hour through May 16. The online retail giant said Friday the higher wages will now cost the company just under $700 million, up from an estimated $350 million when it first announced the increased pay in mid-March.”

Coronavirus: Why going without physical touch is so hard (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why going without physical touch is so hard. “Milestone birthdays are being celebrated over video calls, elderly people are talking to neighbours through windows and those who live alone are going without any human touch at all, as they obey the government guidelines to stay at home and keep 2m (6ft) apart from others. But touch is ‘really fundamental’ for humans, says Prof Robin Dunbar, evolutionary psychologist at the University of Oxford – and going without it weakens our close relationships.”

‘Payment status not available’: For many, IRS stimulus payment website raises more questions than answers (CNBC)

CNBC: ‘Payment status not available’: For many, IRS stimulus payment website raises more questions than answers. “When the government launched a web tool on April 15 so that eligible Americans could find out the status of their coronavirus stimulus payments, Jake Koepke was eager to log on. But the central Wisconsin resident, 34, was disappointed to find himself shut out after three failed attempts to get onto the site.”

Washington Post: Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes

Washington Post: Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes. “Thomas Oxley wasn’t even on call the day he received the page to come to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. There weren’t enough doctors to treat all the emergency stroke patients, and he was needed in the operating room. The patient’s chart appeared unremarkable at first glance. He took no medications and had no history of chronic conditions. He had been feeling fine, hanging out at home during the lockdown like the rest of the country, when suddenly, he had trouble talking and moving the right side of his body. Imaging showed a large blockage on the left side of his head. Oxley gasped when he got to the patient’s age and covid-19 status: 44, positive.”

Arizona State University: Novel coronavirus detected, monitored in wastewater

Arizona State University: Novel coronavirus detected, monitored in wastewater. “Within weeks of arriving on the world stage, SARS-CoV-2 has managed to encircle the globe, leaving illness, mortality and economic devastation in its wake. One of the central challenges facing health authorities and the medical community has been testing for the elusive virus on a sufficiently comprehensive scale. A new approach to monitoring the novel coronavirus (as well as other dangerous pathogens and chemical agents) is being developed and refined. Known as wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), the method mines sewage samples for vital clues about human health. It can potentially identify levels of coronavirus infection at both a local and global scale.”

KXAN: New website tells you where to go for to-go cocktails in your area

KXAN: New website tells you where to go for to-go cocktails in your area. (This appears to be for the entire state of Texas.) “All you do is enter a zip code, and it populates a map of all the places in and around the zip code that offer cocktails and other adult drinks to-go. You can set filters up, like what kind of liquor you’d like to enjoy or how big of a radius you want to search in, and restaurants that match the criteria will pop up.”

The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents (CNN)

CNN Press Room: The ABC’s of COVID-19: A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Parents. “CNN and Sesame Street will join together for a very special Town Hall this Saturday morning to help children and parents deal with issues surrounding Coronavirus. The special, The ABC’s of COVID-19, will be hosted by CNN Chief Medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN anchor Erica Hill, along with America’s favorite feathered friend Big Bird on Saturday, April 25 at 9am, ET on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. The 90-minute special will provide information and tools for families, and answer the big questions both parents and kids have about the coronavirus pandemic.”

Protecting Workers From Coronavirus: OSHA Leaves It to Employers (New York Times)

New York Times: Protecting Workers From Coronavirus: OSHA Leaves It to Employers. “The agency, part of the Labor Department, announced last week that there would be few inspections of workplaces aside from those in high-risk activities like health care and emergency response. Instead, it called on employers to investigate coronavirus-related issues on their own, even in hot spots such as the food supply chain.”