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States and cities are trying to fill in the gaps that could prevent many vulnerable people from successfully isolating themselves — an important part of tracing coronavirus infections and reducing the virus' spread.
Between the lines: People who don't have a home, who live in communal settings, or who don't have a way to meet their basic needs without leaving the home pose complicated challenges to the U.S. containment effort.
The big picture: Testing and contact tracing is the only way to contain the virus until there's a treatment, and isolating infected or potentially infected people is part of making that process work.
Yes, but: People experiencing homelessness, by definition, do not have a place to quarantine.
What they're doing: Some communities are trying to remove these barriers.
The bottom line: Successfully containing the coronavirus relies on sick or potentially sick people opting to isolate themselves. That isn't going to happen on its own.
Several Southern states are seeing a rise in new coronavirus cases, moving them further away from an important target for safely reopening parts of their economies, Axios' Andrew Witherspoon and Sam Baker report.
Why it matters: The Trump administration's reopening guidelines call for a consistent decline in new cases before proceeding with the process — and some states are proceeding even without clearing that threshold.
Between the lines: The total number of cases is an important piece of the puzzle — but it's only one piece.
Yes, but: Some of the states whose new cases are increasing in this analysis — including Arkansas, North Carolina and North Dakota — also fare poorly in a more holistic analysis that also accounts for other metrics.
Where it stands: South Dakota has made the most progress over the past week, cutting its new cases by over half.
The bottom line: No one measurement tells the whole story, and there are signs that most of the country is moving in the right direction.
President Trump said on Wednesday that he plans to stop taking hydroxychloroquine as a defense against the novel coronavirus when his regimen finishes "in a day or two."
The Department of Homeland Security's watchdog has launched a new investigation into how FEMA coordinated with federal agencies to prepare for — and respond to — the coronavirus pandemic.
The CDC recently released a 60-page roadmap for states, restaurants, schools, child care programs, mass transit systems and other businesses to navigate reopening during the pandemic.
Apple and Google said on Wednesday that they have finished the initial version of their exposure notification technology and are making it available to health authorities to build their apps, Axios' Ina Fried reports.
Nearly half of U.S. households have lost income since mid-March — but the suffering varies widely by state, according to survey data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau.
Health and Human Services principal deputy inspector general Christi Grimm will testify before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday about an April report that found "severe shortages" in coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment in U.S. hospitals, a committee spokesperson confirmed to Axios.
42 times as many mail-in ballots were cast in Tuesday's Virginia municipal elections than in 2016, according to new data from the Virginia Public Access Project.
The number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases globally jumped to a daily record this week, with more than 100,000 reported cases over the past 24 hours, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.
The COVID-19 pandemic is rolling back the tide of globalization, both economically and politically, Axios' Bryan Walsh reports.
Coronavirus deaths in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil and the Western Hemisphere, have increased by over 485% since the city's health department began keeping track in April.
The coronavirus pandemic will likely reduce total U.S. health care spending — at least for a while, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
The big picture: The pandemic is a health care crisis, but it's costing less than the other, routine care that's been postponed because of it.
Between the lines: Far fewer people went to their doctors and hospitals in March and April, according to KFF.
The wild card: How quickly patients come back.