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11:44 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
As some hospitals near 90% capacity due to COVID-19, this map can tell you if your local hospital is almost full A new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their areaA new tool can help people assess the hospital-bed situation in their area.
2:18 a.m. Dec. 7, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Joe Biden’s pandemic plan: Restore Obamacare, mandatory masks, paid sick leave and free COVID-19 tests The President-elect said: ‘Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face’The President-elect said: ‘Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face.’
5:11 a.m. Dec. 1, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
‘There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions and workers’: Biden wants to undo Trump executive orders on federal workers Federal unions challenged three Trump administration orders in particular. Federal unions challenged three Trump administration orders in particular.
4:31 a.m. Nov. 24, 2020 - By Davide Mamone
It’s 2:30 a.m. in Wyoming: ‘You’re holding a smartphone to let a husband say goodbye to his wife via FaceTime after 60 years of marriage’ Doctors and nurses in North Dakota and Wyoming tell MarketWatch what it's like on the front lines of COVID-19Doctors and nurses in North Dakota and Wyoming tell MarketWatch what it's like on the front lines of COVID-19.
9:47 a.m. Nov. 9, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Joe Biden announces his COVID-19 task force The team of public-health experts will advise the Biden administration and the transition’s COVID-19 staffThe team of public-health experts will advise the Biden administration and the transition’s COVID-19 staff.
11:33 p.m. Nov. 1, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Italy tightens COVID-19 restrictions, plunging Venice back into ‘victorious solitude’ Residents reflect on the pandemic and the costs of globalizationResidents reflect on the pandemic and the costs of globalization.
9:12 p.m. Sept. 29, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Can Trump write off $70K in haircuts? IRS allows tax deductions for highly unusual expenses — including fertility treatment, vasectomies and rehab The agency has guidelines on expenses that aim to ‘increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation’The agency has guidelines on expenses that aim to ‘increase your personal prestige or establish your professional reputation.’
7:40 p.m. Sept. 22, 2020 - Associated Press
Congressional watchdog GAO faults IRS and Treasury Department for millions of missing pandemic relief checks GAO report also faults CDC over school-reopening guidelinesGovernment Accounting Office’s report also faults Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over school-reopening guidelines.
12:21 a.m. Sept. 20, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
Federal law now gives some parents paid time off to help their kids with remote learning Worried about missing work if your child’s school suddenly closes? You may be eligible for paid time offWorried about missing work if your child’s school suddenly closes? You may be eligible for paid time off.
2:33 a.m. Sept. 8, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
Renters in U.S. cannot be evicted through the end of the year due to coronavirus, CDC order states Unpublished order provides declaration for renters to sign stating they are unable to pay rent, have sought government assistanceTo be eligible for protection, renters will need to provide proof of their inability to pay rent because of the pandemic.
12:21 a.m. Sept. 5, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My roommate tested positive for COVID-19. The nursing home where I work told me to come in and get a nasal swab. I’ve refused More than 3,400 nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for noncompliance with infection-control requirements and/or failure to report COVID-19 dataMore than 3,400 nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for noncompliance with infection-control requirements and/or failure to report COVID-19 data.
12:59 a.m. Aug. 21, 2020 - By Margie Zable Fisher
Can family caregivers get paid? Here are some financial resources if you’re taking care of a loved one The financial impact of family caregiving has gotten worse since the outbreak of COVID-19There are ways to get help paying for caregiving, including new ones created because of the pandemic.
8:11 a.m. Aug. 18, 2020 - By Diane Eastabrook
How to find a nursing home in a pandemic: What to look for and critical questions to ask Things that matter: technology, COVID testing, isolation; and what the Nursing Home Compare tool can and can’t doHow do you make an educated decision on behalf of a loved one?
11:03 a.m. Aug. 8, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
Health care will cost this much in retirement — but probably even more And with COVID lurking, here’s one employer benefit you should absolutely reviewAnd with COVID lurking, here’s one employer benefit you should absolutely review
11:02 a.m. Aug. 4, 2020 - By Bev O’Shea
You get a call that you’ve been exposed to coronavirus. How to make sure a contract tracer isn’t a scammer Here’s what to look for, and what a legitimate contract tracer will never ask youScammers are masquerading as contact tracers, and it’s smart to verify calls or texts before giving out any information
5:37 a.m. July 19, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
White House animus toward Fauci may escalate as he calls coronavirus pandemic ‘your worst nightmare, the perfect storm’ ‘This was avoidable,’ says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, continues run of media appearances that are likely to only further upset the administrationAnthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, continues with media appearances that are likely to only further upset the administration.
2:00 p.m. July 16, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
USA Today says Peter Navarro’s op-ed criticizing Fauci was ‘misleading’ and did not meet ‘fact-checking standards’ USA Today published an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Anthony Fauci responded: ‘It doesn’t do anything but reflect poorly on them’USA Today published an op-ed by White House trade adviser Peter Navarro. Anthony Fauci responded: ‘It doesn’t do anything but reflect poorly on them. I cannot figure out in my wildest dreams why they would want to do that’
1:02 a.m. July 16, 2020 - By Cecilia Clark
Why college students shouldn’t miss the fall term Stay enrolled. Taking a break from college this fall could derail your overall educational and financial goalsReturning students who choose to take time off face risks that don’t come with a traditional gap year.
5:43 a.m. July 14, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
As COVID-19 cases surge in the U.S., Trump administration turns ire on Democrats, media — and Anthony Fauci Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he has not briefed the president since June 2Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he has not briefed the president since June 2.
1:19 p.m. July 4, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
U.S. new coronavirus cases hit all-time high of 57,497 — as COVID-19 surges in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas New cases are up 43% in Florida over the past week, up 35% in Texas, and up 20% in California over the same periodNew cases are up 43% in Florida over the past week, up 35% in Texas, and up 20% in California over the same period.
9:00 a.m. July 3, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
U.S. records 55,000 new coronavirus cases — as COVID-19 surges in Florida, Arizona, California and Texas New cases are up 38% in Florida over the past week, up 27% in Texas, and up 20% in California over the same periodNew cases are up 38% in Florida over the past week, up 27% in Texas, and up 20% in California over the same period.
9:27 a.m. July 1, 2020 - By Sheryl Jean
Worried about going back to the gym? Here’s a guide to staying fit at home Plus, the ‘sweet spot’ for the right amount of exercise for your immune systemYou don’t need a gym, expensive equipment, special clothing or a large space to do many activities at home.
9:17 a.m. June 21, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
After Juneteenth, a reminder that millions of African Americans have NO access to affordable health care or quality education Juneteenth on June 19 is the observance of the ending of slavery in the U.S.Juneteenth on June 19 is the observance of the ending of slavery in the U.S.
9:10 a.m. June 21, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My estranged husband filed a joint tax return without my knowledge. He got my family’s stimulus payment — what can I do? ‘He has used the pandemic to commit emotional and economic abuse’‘He has used the pandemic to commit emotional and economic abuse.’
7:08 a.m. June 15, 2020 - By Jacob Passy
As Supreme Court affirms workplace rights, LGBTQ Americans have a long way to go for economic equality The Supreme Court ruled Monday that civil rights laws barring workplace discrimination based on gender also apply to gender identity and sexual orientationThe Supreme Court ruled Monday that civil rights laws barring workplace discrimination based on gender also apply to gender identity and sexual orientation.
4:20 p.m. June 2, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
Stimulus checks are a mere Band-Aid for Americans — amid fears of an even bigger economic crisis than the Great Recession Economic impact payments would cover less than half of the average family’s monthly expenses, a new study foundEconomic impact payments would cover less than half of the average family’s monthly expenses, a new study found.
5:02 a.m. May 26, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
My husband refuses to give me my stimulus check. He says that I don’t deserve it because I didn’t earn it. What can I do? ‘It is outrageous that a spouse would share liability for tax debt, but not share in the stimulus payment.’ What legal recourse does this woman have?‘It is outrageous that a spouse would share liability for tax debt, but not share in the stimulus payment.’ What legal recourse does this woman have?
5:28 a.m. May 24, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘I owe child support from my first marriage and did not receive a stimulus check. Does Trump not realize I have another family to take care of?’ ‘Withholding checks now does not take into account the unprecedented circumstances in which we’re living’‘Withholding checks now does not take into account the unprecedented circumstances in which we’re living.’
8:10 a.m. May 12, 2020 - By Nancy Collamer
How to find work in a pandemic economy It’s not easy these days. Here’s where to look, and some networking tipsWho’s hiring, what to add to your resume and how to network virtually.
9:11 a.m. May 11, 2020 - By Leslie Albrecht
Most major health insurers aren’t charging patients for coronavirus treatment — but that doesn’t mean it’s free Aetna, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and others are ‘waiving cost-sharing,’ but if you get your insurance through your job, your employer can opt out of waiving cost-sharingAetna, Cigna, Humana, UnitedHealthcare and others are ‘waiving cost-sharing,’ but if you get your insurance through your job, your employer can opt out of waiving cost-sharing.
12:08 p.m. May 10, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
New estimates on coronavirus fatalities make for chilling reading as U.S. states ease restrictions on social distancing ‘I don’t want to be Mr. Doom and Gloom,’ President Trump said‘I don’t want to be Mr. Doom and Gloom,’ President Trump said.
5:36 a.m. May 9, 2020 - By Meera Jagannathan
Librarians are being enlisted to help in the battle against coronavirus — how you, too, can get a contact-tracer job New contact tracers reach about four contacts on average per shift, while more seasoned tracers reach more. They also leave a lot of voicemailsNew contact tracers reach about four contacts on average per shift, while more seasoned tracers reach more. They also leave a lot of voicemails.
3:19 a.m. May 6, 2020 - By Quentin Fottrell
‘Will some people be affected badly? Yes.’ As Trump says U.S. must reopen soon, question hangs in the air: Can the economy be saved without sacrificing lives? ‘What government does today will literally determine how many people live and how many people die,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said ‘What government does today will literally determine how many people live and how many people die,’ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
1:19 p.m. May 2, 2020 - By Andrew Keshner
‘It’s something we’re going to have to get used to.’ How some Georgia businesses are reopening, one temperature check at a time Bowlers at one bowling alley won’t be allowed to pick out their own balls; one gym is opening extra early to disinfect exercise equipmentBowlers at one bowling alley won’t be allowed to pick out their own balls; one gym is opening extra early to disinfect exercise equipment.
2:36 p.m. April 29, 2020 - By Liz Lucking 
Office reopenings may come with staggered shifts, increased hygiene and recalibrated spaces In New York City, large corporations may shrink their square footage post COVID-19As employees transition back to offices in post-coronavirus lockdown, they’re likely to return to a very different reality.
10:47 a.m. April 29, 2020 - By Alessandra Malito
Nursing home residents and staff could be in great danger if states open too soon ‘This virus is so infectious and so insidious — it will make its way into long-term care facilities’ ‘This virus is so infectious and so insidious — it will make its way into long-term care facilities’
5:35 a.m. April 17, 2020 - By Kerry Hannon
It might be time to think about a career change Seeds for change can begin in a crisisSeeds for change can begin in a crisis
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