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Google is using location data gathered from smartphones to help public health officials understand how people’s movements have changed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In a blog post early Friday morning, Google announced the release of its COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports. The reports use data from people who have opted in to storing…

Bay Area health officials urged residents to wear face coverings when going outside the home for shopping and other trips in another effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.The move comes as officials in parts of Southern California have offered the same guidance. “The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but…

Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat.The project, launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2009, identified…

For 24/7 coverage, follow us on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.Champaign County Health District: COVID-19 informationState map: COVID-19 cases by countyHave a story to tell? Email news@news-gazette.com.Tom’s Mailbag: Click here****CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign police officer has tested positive for COVID-19, the city said Thursday evening.The officer is currently recovering at home in isolation and does not require hospitalization, a news release said. The…

FDA revises guidelines for blood donations by gay and bisexual men – WOAI

The city of Berkeley’s health officer and other health officers around the region and state recommend that everyone cover their noses and mouths with cloth when leaving home for essential visits to doctor’s offices, supermarkets or pharmacies. A bandana, fabric mask, neck gaiter or other cloth barrier helps prevent those who have mild or no…

Hydroxychloroquine traditionally used to treat malaria, lupusDETROIT – A groundbreaking study was announced Thursday by Henry Ford Health System.Doctors are looking specifically at whether hydroxychloroquine can be used to prevent people from getting coronavirus.Hydroxychloroquine is traditionally used to treat malaria and lupus.Doctors have been using the drug already in treatment of COVID-19 patients who have…

A doctor at the veterans home in Lebanon used a malaria drug to treat eight patients there for coronavirus, but said a state rule enacted last month would prevent him from treating any more veterans there.But after pushback against the Oregon Board of Pharmacy’s March 25 rule, the board amended it on Wednesday to allow…