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            by Vivian Jones  Tennessee lawmakers will return to Nashville on August 10 for a special session to consider legislation to provide COVID-19-related liability protections for health care providers, businesses and schools. Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation Monday afternoon calling for the legislative special session. “It is now more important than ever that Tennessee businesses, hospitals, churches and schools have COVID-19 liability protection,” Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) said in a statement. “The last thing small business owners, pastors, doctors and school superintendents need to worry about are frivolous lawsuits which would further impede their ability to do their jobs in this difficult time.” Tennessee schools and businesses reopening amid the pandemic remain open to lawsuits....
    Dr. Anthony Fauci says he has security detail after reportedly receiving "serious threats" to the well-being of his family. What are the details? In a Friday interview with David Axelrod on CNN's "The Axe Files" that he and his family — thrust into a very public spotlight amid the COVID-19 pandemic — have been the subject of harassment. "Serious threats agains me, against my family," he recalled. "My daughters, my life. I mean, really? Is this the United States of America?" Such threats required him to receive security detail for his protection. Fauci says he believes the threats stem from the perception that he is "pushing a public health agenda." "There are people who get...
    South Carolina’s business community is calling for safe harbor liability protections for businesses operating in good faith during the coronavirus pandemic. Both of South Carolina’s neighbors, Georgia and North Carolina, have passed COVID-19-related liability protection legislation. “South Carolina is at a competitive disadvantage when you look at other states that have implemented proposals, and we have still yet to act,” Ted Pitts, president of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, told The Center Square. Gov. Henry McMaster joined 20 other Republican governors Tuesday in a letter urging Congressional leadership to include liability protections in the next round of federal coronavirus relief funding. The letter asked that health care workers, businesses and schools that make good faith efforts...
    A new study backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown just how effective tactics like social distancing, face masks, and eye protection are against the spread of coronavirus. The study found that keeping a distance of at least 3 feet from other people lowered the chances of coronavirus spread by 82%. Six feet distance could be even more effective. When wearing a mask, the chance of infection was 3% and without a mask is 17%. This means that wearing a mask reduces your chance of infection by more than 80%. For healthcare workers wearing an N95 mask, the N95 was shown to be 96% effective at protecting workers. “Physical distancing likely results in a large reduction of...
    A waiter wearing a face shield prepares some beers to be served at the bar's terrace in La Malvarrosa beach in Valencia, on May 19, 2020 Jose Jordan / Contributor There was an outbreak of "several" coronavirus cases at a hotel among staff and guests in Switzerland. Health officials found that only people who wore plastic face shields were infected. Those who wore a mask, or a combination, were not. The WHO and other authorities have advised that face shields can offer an added layer of protection, but in additional to a mask, social distancing, and handwashing, not as a substitute.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A health department in Switzerland is now warning against wearing...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York Attorney General Letitia James along with 23 other Democratic attorney generals are suing the Trump administration to stop a new rule that removes non-discrimination protections against LGBTQ people when it comes to health care and health insurance which is set to take effect in mid-August.  Headed by James and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the lawsuit was filed against the United States Department of Health and Human Services, HHS Secretary Alex Azar and the head of HHS’s Office of Civil Rights, Roger Severino, in New York’s Southern District on Monday. James and the...
    Republicans in the Senate are proposing protection from coronavirus lawsuits for five years, according to The Hill. The proposal would retroactively prevent lawsuits in state courts related to personal injury or medical liability linked to coronavirus infections contracted between December 2019 through 2024 or whenever the Department of Health and Human Services ends the emergency declaration. Lawsuits would only be able to move forward in federal courts. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has been adamant about getting coronavirus liability protections and said he wont pass another coronavirus stimulus bill without it. "It must have, must, no bill will pass the Senate without liability protection for everyone related to the coronavirus. .... Nobody should have to face an epidemic of lawsuits...
    The United States played fast and loose with the health of essential workers during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, and the push to reopen businesses despite surging COVID-19 infections is no different. Essential workers and advocacy groups that represent them are calling for stronger health and safety protections, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna have called for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights, and some local governments have increased protections, but businesses—backed, of course, by the Trump administration—are pushing back, even as workers are “on the frontlines like sacrificial lambs,” call center worker Hope Gilmore told NBC News. “Employers are tending to take the position that they're complying with OSHA guidelines, but it's extremely clear that OSHA guidelines...
            by Vivian Jones  Gov. Bill Lee plans to call a special legislative session to take up COVID-19 liability protection that Tennessee lawmakers debated but did not pass last month. While an executive order Lee signed Wednesday limits liability for licensed health care workers responding to the coronavirus, it leaves businesses, local governments and school districts across the state open to COVID-19-related lawsuits. “There is an urgent need for broad COVID-19 liability protection,” Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, tweeted last week. “[Executive Order No. 53] is a much-needed step but across the board protection is necessary. Businesses need these protections to stay open, schools need them to re-open and local governments need them to continue providing essential services. That...
    Reuters July 6, 2020 0 Comments U.S. health official Anthony Fauci said on Monday that the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States “is really not good” and a “serious situation that we have to address immediately.” The United States is still “knee-deep” in the first wave of the illnesses, having never gotten the case number as low as planned, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said during a live internet interview with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. “It’s a serious situation that we have to address immediately,” Fauci said. Fauci said that he expects an eventual vaccine,...
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health official Anthony Fauci said on Monday that the current state of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States "is really not good" and a "serious situation that we have to address immediately." The United States is still "knee-deep" in the first wave of the illnesses, having never gotten the case number as low as planned, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said during a live internet interview with National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins. "It's a serious situation that we have to address immediately," Fauci said. Fauci said that he expects an eventual vaccine, now in development...
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s new president has signaled that his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his dead predecessor, calling the virus the country’s “worst enemy” and announcing new screenings. President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Tuesday said the screenings will be launched wherever clusters of cases are suspected, and that soap prices and water bills will be reduced. Predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza died last month of what Burundi’s government called a heart attack. His government had been criticized not taking the pandemic seriously. It kicked out the World Health Organization’s country director, allowed large campaign rallies ahead of the presidential election in May and expressed the belief that divine protection would largely suffice for protection. Some countries...
    The Trump administration announced Friday that it was finalizing the elimination of an Obama-era regulation prohibiting health care discrimination against certain LGBT individuals. In 2016, the Obama administration extended protections under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which "prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in certain health programs and activities." The updated rule redefined sex discrimination to include gender identity — defining that as "one's internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female" — and pregnancy termination, or abortion. In a statement on Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services said the Obama administration's change "exceeded the scope of the authority...
    WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care.The policy shift, long-sought by the president's religious and socially conservative supporters, defines gender as a person's biological sex. The Obama regulation defined gender as a person's internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination.LGBTQ groups say explicit protections are needed for people seeking sex-reassignment treatment, and even for transgender people who need medical care for common conditions such as diabetes or heart problems.Behind the dispute over legal rights is a medically recognized condition called "gender dysphoria" - discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as and the gender at...
    Washington (AP) — The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The policy shift, long-sought by the president’s religious and socially conservative supporters, defines gender as a person’s biological sex. The Obama regulation defined gender as a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination. LGBTQ groups say explicit protections are needed for people seeking sex-reassignment treatment, and even for transgender people who need medical care for common conditions such as diabetes or heart problems. Behind the dispute over legal rights is a medically recognized condition called “gender dysphoria” — discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between the gender that a person identifies as...