The stimulus package is offering small businesses S.B.A.-backed loans to pay for basic expenses. They would not have to repay portions that were spent on paying employees, a mortgage, rent or utilities. The banks lending the money would be reimbursed for those portions by the Treasury Department, which is receiving $377 billion to fund the program.

Small Businesses Will Get Help Paying Workers, if They Can Wait

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Mayor Glenn Jacobs said on Friday that the Regional Forensic Center examined nine suspected suicide cases – eight of which are from within Knox County – in the past 48 hours alone.

Knox Co. seeing an increase in suspected suicides during coronavirus pandemic

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported the average cost for coronavirus treatment could be more than $20,000.

William Luking, a doctor in rural North Carolina who runs a clinic with his brother about 25 miles north of Greensboro, said he treated one of his regular patients last week who had a dry, hacking cough and trouble breathing. The longtime patient turned scarlet when Luking said he should go to the hospital.

Amid wheezing and a severe fever, Luking’s patient said he couldn’t afford that kind of care. He didn’t have insurance.

Coronavirus challenges states that rejected Medicaid expansion, leaves uninsured with few options

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Mar 23 2020
08:52 am

Spell Restaurant Group announced Sunday they will lay off employees at 12 restaurants across the country due to the coronavirus crisis and permanently close two Babalu locations, one in Knoxville and another in Birmingham, Alabama.

Babalu in Knoxville closing permanently amid coronavirus pandemic

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Germany has expanded curbs on social interactions to try to contain the coronavirus outbreak, banning public gatherings of more than two people.

Coronavirus: Germany tightens curbs and bans meetings of more than two

Germany's low coronavirus mortality rate intrigues experts

Several months before the coronavirus pandemic began, the Trump administration eliminated a key American public health position in Beijing intended to help detect disease outbreaks in China, Reuters has learned.

Exclusive: U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak

"Flushing wipes, paper towels and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic," the state's Water Resources Control Board said in a news release.

Disinfecting wipes are being flushed down toilets and causing major pipe problems

Pollution-monitoring satellites operated by NASA and the European Space Agency observed drastic decreases in air pollution over China over a two-week period in February when the quarantine was in effect. The satellites measured concentrations of nitrogen dioxide, which is released by cars, power plants and industrial facilities, from Jan. 1 to Jan. 20, and then again from Feb. 10 to Feb. 25. The difference was unmistakable.

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Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine.

Germany tries to stop Trump from luring away firm working on coronavirus vaccine

Germany tries to halt U.S. interest in firm working on coronavirus vaccine

Mon
Mar 16 2020
04:14 am

Several good candidates, but it seems like Rep. Katie Porter would be a good Cabinet or maybe VP candidate.

The downtown Hilton Knoxville hotel, which has seen a massive decrease in occupancy amid coronavirus concerns, has temporarily laid off a majority of its employees across a variety of job types.

Downtown Hilton lays off most employees as coronavirus plagues travel and hotels

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Brothers Matt and Noah Colvin, from Chattanooga, traveled on a 1,300-mile road trip in Tennessee and Kansas where they cleaned out the shelves of hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes and amassed thousands of supplies, the article says. The two then sold the supplies for large profits.

Chattanooga men stockpile hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, according to New York Times

He has 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and nowhere to sell them

Tennessee AG orders brothers to stop buying and selling medical goods

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New York is not the first state to do this. Locations in other states, including Colorado, Washington, California, Utah, Minnesota, Delaware and Indiana, have implemented their own drive-thru test sites this week or are in the process of setting them up.

Cities turn to a new model of coronavirus testing: Drive-thrus

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Mar 14 2020
02:07 pm

Russian troll operation targeting American voters

Inside a Russian troll factory in Ghana

Wente also announced that all university-sponsored events would be canceled until April 30, excluding sporting events.

Vanderbilt cancels class for rest of week, suspends in-person classes until March 30

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