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3.3 Million Americans File Unemployment, Coronavirus News, Thursday March 26

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As the U.S. economy has slowed due to the coronavirus threat, 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment only weeks after an especially robust job market. These numbers are significantly worse than previous downturns, even in the aftermath of the 2008 market crash. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, hospitals and healthcare workers prepared for a spike in cases by scrambling for masks, ventilators and other equipment.

Here’s more news from the Midwest: 

Indiana: 

Iowa: 

Illinois; 

Kentucky: 

  • There are nearly 200 confirmed cases of the virus in Kentucky, and five deaths. 
  • The state legislature returns today, and the governor asks them to quickly pass the budget bill and avoid controversial measures. 

Missouri: 

Ohio

As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date. We recommend checking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for ways to stay safe and this John Hopkins tool for the most recent data.

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health.