The number of U.S. deaths from the new coronavirus is nearing 5,000, as U.S. officials on Wednesday reported more than 1,000 deaths in a span of 24 hours—and warned that the national stockpile of personal protective equipment is almost depleted. See the states most affected by COVID-19 with our interactive maps.
Federal health officials in an open letter to U.S. health care workers on Tuesday said hospitals "as an absolute last resort" may split one ventilator between two COVID-19 patients to keep up with demand for the life-saving technology. Advisory Board's Colleen Keenan and Ari Prescott offer two things providers can do to procure ventilators.
The administration had been considering relaunching HealthCare.gov to allow Americans to enroll in exchange coverage via a special enrollment period due to the country's coronavirus epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.