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Trump administration pulls funding for drive-through COVID-19 testing

  • NPR spoke with officials in Pennsylvania's Montgomery County who said their drive-through site has tested at least 250 individuals per day since opening on March 21.
  • By the time it closes Friday due to lack of funding, officials said, more than 5,000 tests will have been performed at that site.
  • The funding program originally included 41 testing sites nationwide, representatives with FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services told NPR.
  • By March 20, about 100,000 tests per day were being performed nationwide.
  • According to data assembled by the COVID tracking project, that number has increased only very slightly in the past week, with about 140,000 new tests now reported each day.
  • (One outlier, April 4, had about 227,000 new tests.) About 2.2 million cumulative COVID-19 tests have now been performed in the US, according to the tracking project.

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Scientists say coronavirus won't end with warmer weather while US plans for life under a new normal

  • Though Attorney General William Barr called current social distancing measures "draconian," Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers that the White House task force is developing a framework for what a return to normalcy will look like for Americans, a source told CNN.
  • Philadelphia and Washington D.C. are expected to be new hotspots for the coronavirus pandemic, White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said in a conference call with House Democrats Wednesday, according to a source on the call.
  • And though Kentucky saw its largest increase in reported cases Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said that the state's low numbers relative to the rest of the nation show that social distancing measures are working.
  • The Cook County Sheriff's office said Wednesday 251 detainees and 150 staff members of the Cook County Jail have tested positive for the virus.

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Texas woman arrested for threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

  • Lorraine Maradiaga later told police she had tested negative for the virus, according to a Carrollton Police press release.
  • Carrollton is about 20 miles north of Dallas.
  • More than 399,800 people have tested positive for the virus in the US and at least 12,900 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the country.
  • Maradiaga is now being charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and was transferred to Denton County Jail, police said.
  • Her bond has been set at $20,000.
  • It's unclear if Maradiaga has an attorney.

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72% of US counties likely have coronavirus epidemics, report says - Business Insider

  • The coronavirus has spread far more widely in the US than the number of confirmed cases indicates, according to a new report from a team of disease modelers at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Their modeling, which was first reported on by The New York Times, suggested that 72% of the US's 3,142 counties likely already have coronavirus epidemics, even if they don't know it yet.
  • To arrive at their estimates, the UT Austin researchers repurposed a tool they previously used to analyze the Zika virus, another "silent spreader." They applied the framework to calculate the risk of widespread, undetected community transmission of COVID-19 in each US county, based the number of confirmed cases in each county as of April 2.
  • Restrictions were initially limited to counties in southwest Florida where confirmed cases were more highly concentrated.

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72% of US counties likely have coronavirus epidemics, report says - Business Insider

  • The coronavirus has spread far more widely in the US than the number of confirmed cases indicates, according to a new report from a team of disease modelers at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Their modeling, which was first reported on by The New York Times, suggested that 72% of the US's 3,142 counties likely already have coronavirus epidemics, even if they don't know it yet.
  • To arrive at their estimates, the UT Austin researchers repurposed a tool they previously used to analyze the Zika virus, another "silent spreader." They applied the framework to calculate the risk of widespread, undetected community transmission of COVID-19 in each US county, based the number of confirmed cases in each county as of April 2.
  • Restrictions were initially limited to counties in southwest Florida where confirmed cases were more highly concentrated.

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A slow-moving storm will dump feet of snow and flooding rain across California Monday

  • The late-season storm is expected to bring a foot to 2 feet of snow to mountain peaks and flooding rains to lower elevations.
  • A flood advisory covers over 11 million people in Southern California, including Los Angeles, where rain could bring mudslides and debris flows over recent fire burn areas.
  • The weather service expected the most torrential rain in Los Angles to begin just before sunrise Monday.
  • There is also a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the mountains in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
  • Snow accumulations of 15 to 30 inches or more are possible above 6,000 feet, and about 4 to 12 inches between 4,500 and 6,000 feet, forecast the weather service in Los Angeles.
  • Snow could accumulate at an elevation as low as the town of Grapevine, the weather service said.

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A fire at a Florida airport destroyed more than 3,500 rental cars

  • The blaze began Friday, spanned 15 acres and originally involved only 20 cars in the grassy rental car overflow area at the airport in Fort Myers, fire department officials said.
  • Melinda Avni, Mitigation Specialist for Florida Forestry Service of Caloosahatchee, said authorities were called to put out the fire around 5 p.m. Friday, when there were about 20 vehicles involved.
  • Ground and aerial support was provided by Florida Forestry Service and multiple fire departments, Avni said.
  • At least 80 airdrops were made by the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office's aviation unit, it said in a Facebook post.
  • The forestry service deemed the blaze contained by 10:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly 18 hours after it began, Avni said.
  • The brush surrounding the overflow area caught fire and help its quick spread, but no structures at the airport were affected, Avni said.

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