S.D. House Speaker battles COVID-19: ‘It’s been the most devastating stuff I’ve ever had’ (Argus Leader)

Argus Leader: S.D. House Speaker battles COVID-19: ‘It’s been the most devastating stuff I’ve ever had’. “A high-ranking lawmaker in South Dakota had a case of COVID-19 that sent him to the emergency room twice this month. Speaker of the House Steve Haugaard, R-Sioux Falls, told the Argus Leader Monday that he spent the last two weeks dealing with a severe case of the coronavirus that’s infected thousands of South Dakotans in recent months.”

Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds (Des Moines Register)

Des Moines Register: Auditor: Iowa misallocated at least $21 million in COVID-19 funds. “Iowa’s government misallocated at least $21 million of federal assistance intended for COVID-19 relief and must correct the error by the end of the year or face having to repay the money, State Auditor Rob Sand says. Iowa used the money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act to help pay for a new accounting system.”

Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined (Washingtonian)

Washingtonian: Super-Concierge Doctors, High-Design Home Classrooms, and Catered Backyard Dinners: Lifestyles of the Rich and Quarantined. “Dr. Brown said he would charter the plane himself. He was nervous—the patients wanted him at their summer home in St. Michaels to screen them for Covid immediately. But it was a Thursday in summer, and driving would take forever. Forget about taking the car. Instead, Ernest Brown, owner of Doctors to You, a Washington-area concierge-medicine group whose house-yacht/private-jet calls start at $600 a pop, drove to Gaithersburg and hopped a puddle jumper to the airport in Easton. The patients, who needed to be screened in order to meet with another VIP, sent a car to meet him. All told, Brown was at their waterfront estate for ten minutes, max. Results: negative.”

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?

Sports Illustrated: ‘I Think There’s a Better Way’: Can—and Should—College Football Change Its Approach to Contact Tracing?. “In college football, a player who is exposed to COVID-19 can’t ‘test out’ of quarantine, regardless of whether he ever tested positive himself. Some believe that will change soon. But should it?”

Bloomberg: Vaccine Makers Can Skip U.S. Inspections

Bloomberg: Vaccine Makers Can Skip U.S. Inspections. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects a few thousand drug manufacturing plants every year to ensure their standards are up to par. Many of those inspections are required before a pharmaceutical company can gain approval of a new drug. They serve as a check on whether drugmakers can produce quality therapies. But that won’t be the case for Covid-19 vaccine developers that gain emergency authorization of a shot.”

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push

BNN Bloomberg: ‘Surge’ Virus Testing Targets Asymptomatic in Latest Push. “Missouri, Kentucky, Utah, and South Dakota will be the next states to get “surge” virus testing sites as Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rise and federal officials push for ‘smart testing’ strategies.”

‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘At Capacity’: Covid-19 Patients Push U.S. Hospitals to Brink. “A hospital in Idaho is 99 percent full and warning that it may have to transfer coronavirus patients to hospitals in Seattle and Portland, Ore. Medical centers in Kansas City, Mo., turned away ambulances on a recent day because they had no room for more patients. And in West Allis, just outside Milwaukee, an emergency field hospital erected on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair admitted its first virus patient this week.”

Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?

Washington Post: The pandemic is rewriting the rules of science. But at what cost?. “The pandemic has upended norms of the scientific process, from the way studies are funded through the publication of findings. Researchers have been presenting their results online or sending them directly to media outlets rather than awaiting publication in prestigious academic journals. And the stodgy process of peer review has evolved into forthright — and sometimes acrimonious — assessments in the unbridled atmosphere of the Internet.”

CNN: A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn’t have internet at home

CNN: A fourth-grader walked to school to use its WiFi because he didn’t have internet at home. “A fourth-grader in Roswell, New Mexico, has been walking to his shuttered elementary school to do his classwork over the building’s WiFi because he didn’t have internet access at home. Schools in the Roswell Independent School District have been conducting classes online because of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss (Politico)

Politico: ‘A mass exodus’: HHS staffers jumping ship amid pandemic, fears of Trump loss. “At least 27 political appointees have exited the embattled Health and Human Services department since the start of the Covid-19 crisis in February, according to a POLITICO review, and senior leaders are bracing for dozens more officials to depart swiftly if President Donald Trump loses re-election.”

BuzzFeed News: A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane

BuzzFeed News: A Woman In Her Thirties Died Of COVID-19 On A Plane. “A woman in her thirties died of COVID-19 while she was on a plane from New Mexico to Texas in July, officials said Sunday. Dallas County official Lauren Trimble told BuzzFeed News on Monday that the woman died while the plane was on the tarmac in Arizona. However, on Tuesday, Trimble said the woman died while the plane was on the ground in New Mexico.”

CNN: The Flaming Lips performed a concert with the band and fans encased in plastic bubbles

CNN: The Flaming Lips performed a concert with the band and fans encased in plastic bubbles. “It’s unclear whether The Flaming Lips are using jelly — or vaseline, for that matter — at their concerts these days. The rock band is, however, trying plastic bubbles. The rock musicians from Oklahoma City are literally blowing up in 2020, using inflatable human-sized bubbles to defend themselves and fans against Covid-19 while finding a way to play live.”

BuzzFeed News: FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them

BuzzFeed News: FEMA Threw Out The Faulty Ventilators Russia Gave The US Without Ever Using Them. “The Russian ventilators were received by Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York on April 1 and divided up between hospitals there and in New Jersey. But there were problems with the Aventa-M ventilators from the moment they landed and they were never used. Now, according to FEMA, they have essentially been tossed in the trash.”