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Coronavirus patient was twice denied testing by Trump CDC — and only got it after ‘adamant urging’ from doctor

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A woman who has been diagnosed with coronavirus was twice refused testing under guidelines from President Donald Trump’s Centers for Disease Control, and only got tested for the virus after the doctor who examined her pushed for it.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a 46-year-old woman went to the Floyd Medical Center in Georgia on Saturday and reported having flu-like symptoms.

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The woman was subsequently screened, treated, and released without being tested for coronavirus — but she came back two days later reporting that her symptoms had gotten even worse.

After being notified of her return to the hospital, the Georgia Department of Public Health once again authorized her release on the grounds that she still did not meet the testing criteria for coronavirus.

Floyd Medical Center officials nonetheless kept her at the facility, and the doctor who examined her succeeded in getting her tested after employing “adamant urging” with the Department of Public Health.

“The preliminary test result was deemed positive,” the hospital said of the tests. “Additional confirmatory testing is being performed and results from CDC are anticipated in the coming days.”

The Trump administration has struggled to respond to the spread of the virus, and on Thursday it admitted that it would not meet its goal of sending out 2,500 test kits throughout the country.

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Privacy rights may become next victim of killer pandemic

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Digital surveillance and smartphone technology may prove helpful in containing the coronavirus pandemic -- but some activists fear this could mean lasting harm to privacy and digital rights.

From China to Singapore to Israel, governments have ordered electronic monitoring of their citizens' movements in an effort to limit contagion. In Europe and the United States, technology firms have begun sharing "anonymized" smartphone data to better track the outbreak.

These moves have prompted soul-searching by privacy activists who acknowledge the need for technology to save lives while fretting over the potential for abuse.

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards honors staffer who died from COVID-19

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Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) offered a moving tribute to a member of his staff who died from COVID-19.

"On behalf of the first lady and my entire administration, it is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear April, who succumbed to complications from COVID-19," he posted on Twitter, along with photos.

"She brightened everyone’s day with her smile and was an inspiration to everyone who met her," he continued.

"She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities as a dedicated staff member in the Governor's Office of Disability Affairs. April worked hard as an advocate for herself & other members of the disability community," he wrote.

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Washington state nurses share shocking stories from their war against coronavirus

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by Ken Armstrong and Vianna Davila

Nurses at one hospital in southeastern Washington state have alleged that, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, they were ordered by supervisors to use one protective mask per shift, potentially exposing themselves to the novel coronavirus.

At another hospital, just east of Seattle, nurses had to use face shields indefinitely.

At a third hospital, on Washington’s border with Oregon, nurses reported that respirators were expired. The hospital responded, the nurses said, by ordering staff to remove stickers showing that the respirators might be as much as three years out of date.

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