One room at a temporary hospital is viewed at the Georgia World Congress Center, Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Atlanta. Georgia.

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Georgia is planning to reopen a field hospital at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center as the state struggles with increasing hospitalizations and a record-breaking number of new Covid-19 cases, according to Gov. Brian Kemp’s office.

The convention center first turned one of its exhibit halls into a 200-bed makeshift alternative care facility in April, but officials closed the facility in May. The state has since reported record-breaking jumps in additional new Covid-19 cases since mid-June.

According to a release from Kemp’s office, the facility will use state-owned equipment, such as hospital beds and medical equipment, procured through the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency earlier this year.

The state first plans to “leverage a new contract for enhanced bed capacity with a metro-Atlanta area hospital” before using the center, according to the release. 

“Over the past two weeks, we have experienced an increase in cases and hospitalizations, and following a drop-off in specimens collected over the holiday weekend, we now expect a trend of higher case numbers as new results arrive,”

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As a teenager, Paulina Castle struggled for years with suicidal thoughts. When her mental health was at its most fragile, she would isolate herself, spending days in her room alone.

“That’s the exact thing that makes you feel significantly worse,” the 26-year-old Denver woman said. “It creates a cycle where you’re constantly getting dug into a deeper hole.”

Part of her recovery involved forcing herself to leave her room to socialize or to exercise outside. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made all of that much harder. Instead of interacting with people on the street in her job as a political canvasser, she is working at home on the phone. And with social distancing rules in place, she has fewer opportunities to meet with friends.

“Since the virus started,” she said, “it’s been a lot easier to fall back into that cycle.”

Between the challenges of the pandemic, the social unrest and the economic crisis, mental health providers are warning that the need for behavioral health services is growing. Yet faced with budgetary shortfalls, Colorado is cutting spending on a number of mental health and substance use treatment programs.


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Municipal workers fumigates an areas of housing complex against Aedes Aegypti mosquitos as a measures to control a dengue outbreak amids Covid-19 pandemic in Wanasari village, Bekasi regency, West Java province, on May 6, 2020.

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There’s no respite for Southeast Asian nations.

With health-care systems already under strain due to the coronavirus pandemic, countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are also grappling with another infectious disease outbreak: dengue fever.

“We are seeing exploding numbers of dengue in South East Asia,” Dr. Leong Hoe Nam, a Singapore-based infectious diseases physician at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, told CNBC in an email.

Dengue fever is spread by mosquitoes and can cause fever, muscle and joint pain, severe headaches and even death in its most severe form.

Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) said last week that the island nation is set to surpass its previous annual record number of 22,170 dengue fever cases in 2013. As of July 6, more than 15,500 dengue cases have been reported in Singapore, according to the NEA.

The more cases there are, the more likely uninfected mosquitoes will bite the infected individual, causing a spiraling of cases upwards.

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Jad Kamal lost his job and health insurance in March.

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In mid-March, Jad Kamal was laid off from his job as a sommelier at Lupa, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. That meant another loss: his health insurance. 

What followed were headaches. “Sorting out Medicaid and unemployment was work,” Kamal, 36, said. “I didn’t mind putting in the effort, but the prohibitive layers of bureaucracy make you feel like they don’t actually want to help you.” 

This one-two punch of losing your paycheck and then your health insurance will be a familiar pain to many people during the coronavirus pandemic. In 2018, more than 160 million Americans received health insurance through their employer. Over the last few months, with unemployment claims exceeding 40 million, that popular pathway to coverage has quickly narrowed. 

“It’s stressful for most people right now, but particularly if you’ve been laid off and have lost coverage,” said Caitlin Donovan, a spokesperson for the National Patient Advocate Foundation, a nonprofit that helps patients access and pay for health care. 

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the White House plans to pressure state governors and educators to reopen schools in the fall, despite a soaring rate of coronavirus infections in several states and an overall increase nationwide. 

“We’re very much going to put pressure on the governors and the schools to reopen,” Trump said at a White House event Tuesday on school reopenings. “Open your schools in the fall,” the president told attendees, who were seated close together despite the fact that very few were wearing masks.

The question of just how to reopen schools has become one of the thorniest issues of the entire national response to the deadly pandemic.

More than 50 million children attend school in the United States, and the near blanket closures of schools this spring forced millions of parents to become teachers overnight, often on top of holding down their own full-time jobs. 

As the traditional start of the school year approaches, there are few concrete plans in place at either the state or the federal level about how to open schools safely. And as the rate of coronavirus cases has soared to record levels in the past week, parents and educators

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Months into the coronavirus pandemic, older adults are having a hard time envisioning their “new normal.”

Many remain fearful of catching the virus and plan to follow strict precautions — social distancing, wearing masks and gloves, limiting excursions to public places — for the indefinite future.

Mortality is no longer an abstraction for those who have seen friends and relatives die of COVID-19. Death has an immediate presence as never before.

Many people are grieving the loss of their old lives and would love nothing better than to pick up where they left off. Others are convinced their lives will never be the same.

“We’re at the cusp of a new world,” said Harry Hutson, 72, an organizational consultant and executive coach who lives in Baltimore.

He’s among nearly a dozen older adults who discussed the “new normal” in lengthy conversations. All acknowledged their vulnerability as states across the country lift stay-at-home orders. (Adults 65 and older are more likely to become critically ill if infected with the coronavirus.) Here’s some of what they said:

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