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May 13, 2020

Around the nation: Why this teacher took in her student's newborn brother

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    Luciana Lira took in the newborn sibling of one of her students after the student, his mother, and his father all tested positive for the new coronavirus, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia.

    • California: Social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo are removing a viral video called "Plandemic" that makes false claims about the new coronavirus pandemic. A representative for Facebook said the company is removing the video because some of the video's claims "could lead to imminent harm" (Andrews, Washington Post, 5/7; Cohn, The Hill, 5/8; Graham, CNBC, 5/7).
    • Connecticut: On March 31, Luciana Lira received a call from one of her student's mothers asking Lira to help the student and his father, as the mother, who was in respiratory distress from Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, was being prepared for an emergency Cesarean section. After the baby was born, the student and his father also tested positive for the new coronavirus, so Lira volunteered to take care of the newborn while the student and his father were quarantined. "I am honored that the family wanted me to help," Lira said (Free, Washington Post, 5/8).
    • District of Columbia: HHS on Thursday doled out a total of $583 million to 1,385 community health centers nationwide to help expand testing for the new coronavirus. The health centers also can use the funding to purchase personal protective equipment, train staff, and to trace the contacts of individuals who test positive for the virus (Cirruzzo, Inside Health Policy, 5/8 [subscription required]).

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