Nationwide, supplies of personal protective equipment, including masks, N95 respirators and gowns, are in short supply. Hospitals are soliciting donations and some people are crafting supplies themselves. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as a last resort masks should be reused or providers could use scarves.
Here’s more from the Midwest:
- People who lack stable housing or food supplies are among the most vulnerable for the novel coronavirus.
- Fourteen people have died from the virus in Indiana, and there are over 450 confirmed cases.
- General Motors is exploring the production of ventilators at a facility in Kokomo.
- There are over 1,500 cases of coronavirus, and the state is currently under a stay-at-home order.
- There have been 16 deaths from the virus.
- Iowa has seen its first coronavirus-related death, and hospitalizations are on the rise.
- Some counties in are issuing stay-at-home orders, while the governor has not issued a statewide order.
- There are over 250 cases and five fatalities from the virus.
- There are over 150 confirmed cases of the virus.
- Gov. Andy Beshear announced all non-life-sustaining businesses in Kentucky will close to in-person traffic on Thursday.
- There are over 550 confirmed cases of the virus and eight deaths.
- Lawmakers return to the Statehouse to pick a new date for the Ohio primary, set a later state tax filing day and scrap mandatory school testing for this academic year.
As the case count continues to rise, information on this story is moving quickly and may be out-of-date.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.