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  • California's Top Public Health Director Out, No Reason Given California's top public health official has resigned, days after the state announced a fix for a glitch that caused a lag in reporting coronavirus test results.
  • Woman Is First in US to Get Second Face Transplant Carmen Blandin Tarleton was burned and blinded in a 2007 attack by her husband. A face transplant in 2014 was effective for 5 years but began to fail last year. "It's a new chapter in my life," she said.
  • Virus Testing in the US Is Dropping, Even as Deaths Mount An AP analysis found that the number of tests per day decreased 3.6% over the past 2 weeks to a total nationwide of 750,000. Long wait times to get tested and learn of results are blamed for the drop.
  • New State Law Sets Up Group to Study Lyme Disease Testing New Hampshire has signed into law a bill that establishes a commission to study the limitations of current testing for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses and available treatment.
  • As Virus Surges in Some US States, Emergency Rooms Swamped Patients struggling to breathe are being placed on ventilators in emergency wards since intensive care units are full. A doctor in Texas said patients are waiting 'hours and hours' to get admitted.
  • Doctor Who Survived COVID-19 Bewildered by Public Disregard Dr Michael Saag, an infectious diseases physician, is frustrated by the apathy he sees around him when it comes to social distancing and wearing masks. He contracted and recovered from COVID in March.
  • California Shuts Bars, Indoor Dining and Most Gyms, Churches California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday extended the closure of bars and indoor dining statewide and ordered gyms, churches and hair salons closed as coronavirus cases rise in the nation's most populated state.
  • Fauci, CDC Chief Raise Concerns About Full Airline Flights The government's top experts in infectious diseases criticized American Airlines' decision to pack flights full while the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow across much of the United States.
  • Doctors Urge GOP to Halt Texas Convention as Virus Surges On Tuesday, Texas' largest medical group urged the party to reconsider plans for a July convention before Republican activists flock to Houston, which has become one of the nation's most troubling hotspots.
  • Florida Marks 100,000th Coronavirus Infection More than 100,000 people in Florida have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, state health officials reported. Public health officials reissued advisories urging social distancing and mask wearing.
  • 'Still Scared': Health Workers Feel the Toll of Virus Fight At hospitals around the country, nurses, doctors and other health care workers are reckoning with the psychological toll of the virus fight.
  • NY Hospitals Can Now Allow Visitors at Their Discretion Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that hospitals must include time limits on visits. Additionally, visitors must wear protective gear and will be subject to symptom and temperature checks.
  • Third Lawsuit Filed in Deaths at West Virginia VA Hospital Lawsuits filed on patient deaths over wrongful insulin injections at a W.Va. veterans hospital. Federal prosecutors are probing up to 11 patient deaths at the hospital; two deaths ruled homicides.
  • Doctor Accused of More Than 200 Misdiagnoses Gives Up License Dr Yasser Awaad was accused of misdiagnosing epilepsy or seizure disorders in 250 kids between 1997 and 2007. Two juries have awarded families of Awaad's patients more than $3.6 million.
  • Hospitals Turn to Online Matchmakers to Swap Supplies As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, online swap meet platforms have popped up to match hospitals that need masks, gowns, ventilators, and even doctors with those that have extras.
  • Hospital Reinstates Suspended Nurses Who Demanded Masks A Southern California hospital reinstated nurses suspended for refusing to care for COVID-19 infected patients without N95 masks.
  • ER Staff Saves Lives, Suffers in Hot Spot The Yonkers community just outside Manhattan has been hit hard by COVID-19 cases, and St. Joseph's Medical Center is feeling the brunt of it. "It's been a nightmare," said the hospital's EM director.
  • Nurses Push Back on Pressure to Work Without Right Equipment As the pandemic continues, hospital nurses are insisting on N95 masks instead of surgical masks. 'I went into nursing with a passion for helping," said one, "but not under the conditions we're under.'
  • Singing Surgeon: Dr Elvis Cuts EP to Aid COVID-19 Fund Elvis Francois, a resident at the Mayo Clinic, recorded covers of 4 songs, including John Lennon's 'Imagine.' All proceeds will be donated to the Center of Disaster Philanthropy COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • More Than a Dozen COVID-19 Cases at Psychiatric Hospital A patient at Western State Hospital in Seattle died from complications of COVID-19 last week. The facility has been the target of state and federal investigations for safety violations in recent years.