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A New Jersey Army National Guardsman who had tested positive for the coronavirus and been hospitalized since March 21, died Saturday, according to the Department of Defense.

The service member was identified as by Gen. Joseph Lengyel, head of the National Guard Bureau, as Army Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, a physician assistant.

The death marks the first service member to have died from the coronavirus.

The beloved children's author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, whose imaginative and warm-hearted work crossed generations and continents, died Monday at age 85. His death was announced, without details, on social media by his assistant, Bob Hechtel.

On this broadcast of The National Conversation, we bring you the latest on COVID-19 in the U.S., a doctor's tips for staying healthy, and a look at immigration during the pandemic.

Four of Boston's largest and best-known hospitals said on Monday that in all, 345 of their employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting additional pressure on the area's already stretched medical resources.

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Over the weekend, the Food and Drug Administration granted two malaria drugs "emergency use authorization" for the treatment of COVID-19. The move makes it easier to add the medicines to the strategic stockpile, which can be drawn upon in the current public health emergency.

The drugs — chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine — have been identified as potential COVID-19 treatments based on lab tests and small, limited studies in humans.

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A painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen early Monday morning from a Dutch museum in what appeared to be a smash-and-grab from the institution's front entrance.

The painting, an 1884 work titled The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884, had been on loan to the Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam. It is part of the permanent collection of the Groninger Museum, in the northern part of the Netherlands.

Last week, when the Internet Archive announced its "National Emergency Library," expanding access to more than a million digitized works, the group explained the move as a goodwill gesture in the time of coronavirus.

In a note to newsroom staff Senior National Editor Vickie Walton-James announced this staffing update:


I'm pleased to announce that Brian Mann, of North Country Public Radio, will be joining NPR as the network's first full-time correspondent covering addiction.

New rules at many hospitals around birthing aim to limit new moms’ exposure to COVID-19. Those rules combined with outright fear of the disease have some pregnant moms looking for alternatives to the hospital.

Texas Public Radio’s Paul Flahive (@paulflahive) reports.


The trade war with China includes about $5 billion worth of tariffs on medical products from the country.

And while states across the country are struggling to get medical supplies they need to fight the coronavirus, President Trump confirmed on Friday that reports he’s considering pulling back on those tariffs are not true.

Many Americans are feeling isolated these days as we stay home. But what impact is social distancing efforts having on people who are in addiction recovery? Many rely on group support networks to survive.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Vic Vela (@VicVela1), host of “Back From Broken,” a new recovery podcast from Colorado Public Radio.

Michigan Coronavirus Cases Top 5,000

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Michigan has more than 5,000 coronavirus cases. Oakland County alone has 1,200 of those. We check in with County Executive David Coulter about how Michigan and his county are holding up under the fourth-largest caseload in the U.S.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has asked everyone coming into Massachusetts to self-quarantine for two weeks, as the state caseload tops 4,900. We check in on Boston and western Massachusetts with WBUR reporter Carey Goldberg (@goldbergcarey).

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Dave Davies filling in today for Terry Gross. As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Americans and citizens of many countries are getting a new look at their national leaders, evaluating their performance in a moment of crisis. Our guest today, author Erik Larson, has a new book about one of the most renowned leaders of the 20th century, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and his leadership during some of the darkest hours of World War II.

Orleans Parish in New Orleans has one of the highest death rates per capita from COVID-19 in the world. Louisiana’s overall death rate is on par with New York’s, though the southern state faces unique challenges.

Its population is poorer than that of other hotspot states, and many residents have pre-existing conditions like diabetes, putting them at higher risk of death from COVID-19.

This map is updated regularly.

Since the new coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December, the infectious respiratory disease COVID-19 has spread rapidly within China and to neighboring countries and beyond. Hover over each circle to see that country's case count and number of deaths.

Plácido Domingo has been hospitalized because of COVID-19-related complications, according to multiple reports.

He is in stable condition in an Acapulco, Mexico, hospital and will receive medical attention for "as long as the doctors find it necessary until a hoped-for full recovery," a spokesperson for Domingo told Opera News over the weekend.

"It's hard to focus right now."

I've heard versions of that sentence on the phone, in person (at a distance), on email, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, on Zoom and Skype and all the other devices and online platforms we're using to stay connected with each other these days.

It's hard to focus right now.

Several large metal shipping containers are lined up in a warehouse under a large American flag. Their doors are ajar and workers stream in and out, power tools buzzing.

These are no ordinary shipping containers: They represent a huge scientific breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19.

"We're looking at the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System that we've developed to be able to decontaminate PPE for health care workers on the front-line," says Will Richter, a researcher at the Columbus, Ohio-based company.