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Month: March 2020

Helpful Engineering releases Origami Face Shield to address safety equipment shortage

As healthcare workers worldwide face a dire shortage of masks and respirators, a global network of over 3,400 volunteers has joined together to answer the call. Helpful Engineering, an all-volunteer community, has announced its first open-source and easy-to-produce piece of safety equipment created specifically to help stop the spread of COVID-19. One of the most pressing issues of the corona outbreak is the PPE supply shortage, medical professionals being unable to treat infected patients safely, and hundreds falling ill every day or having to go into quarantine. The Origami Face Shield is a new, low cost, disposable face shield,...

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US Virgin Islands extend measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic

During a press briefing on March 30, 2020, United States Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. (D) announced he is extending the state of emergency, as well as the stay-at-home order, closure of non-essential businesses territory-wide and limiting restaurants to take-out and pick-up orders only, through April 30 in further efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the Governor ordered the closure of all beach restaurants, effective immediately, in an effort to curtail people gathering in groups and ignoring the call for social distancing. As of Monday afternoon, 180 persons have been tested, with 126 coming back negative, 30...

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US territories grapple with the coronavirus pandemic

Like the rest of the world, the five unincorporated territories of the United States—Puerto Rico, Guam, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands—have had to fundamentally alter everyday life in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Geographically isolated, and with smaller populations than most states, the different kinds of approach the territories have taken could help other jurisdictions establish their plans. As part of our coverage, we have also established a dashboard to track the number of cases in the territories, since oftentimes, they are...

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Guam confirms first death due to COVID-19

The US Pacific territory of Guam has recorded its first COVID-19 death on Sunday, March 22: a 68-year-old woman. It is also the first coronavirus-related death in the Pacific. The Office of the Governor of Guam urged people to continue to stay indoors and limit social contact. The first death The Governor’s medical adviser and State Surgeon Dr. Mike Cruz made the announcement during a news conference on that day saying: “As a soldier and a surgeon I can tell you the toughest part of the job is losing somebody under your care. Today it was my duty to...

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Puerto Rico moves to curtail COVID-19

Amid international concerns regarding COVID-19 Puerto Rico has instituted multiple safety measures to protect the Puerto Rican people and contain the spread of the virus. As of March 15, 2020, there have been 5 confirmed cases of Corona Virus in Puerto Rico. These cases and the reaction spread around the world has led Governor Vasquez to call for the closure of almost every social activity after 6 pm. Theaters, parks, shopping malls, gyms, and other establishments have been ordered to temporarily halt their daily business, while grocery stores, pharmacies, among other food establishments can be open until 6 pm. ...

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