U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV on Monday ruled that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's orders to shut down the state, close businesses, and limit the size of gatherings to stem the spread of the new coronavirus were unconstitutional, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Connecticut, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
CDC Director Robert Redfield on Wednesday said he expects a vaccine will be available in "very limited supply" at the end of 2020 but will become widely available by next summer or fall. President Trump in response said Redfield had made a "mistake"—and he also pushed back on separate comments by Redfield regarding the value of face masks.
The Commonwealth Fund on Friday released its 2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on key measures of health care system effectiveness. See how your state fared on our interactive map.
Many parents are worried that their children's mask-wearing—and interactions with others who wear masks—could interfere with normal development in speech, language, and social interaction. Here's what the experts believe, writes Perri Klass, a pediatrician, for the New York Times' "The Checkup."