First reported in December, there are now more than 2.8 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, worldwide as of 11 a.m. April 25, 2020 — including more than 906,551 cases in the U.S., according to data collected by John Hopkins University.
Since the highly-infectious respiratory illness was declared a worldwide pandemic on March 11, U.S. federal and state officials have made moves to limit its spread, including closing down schools, restaurants and bars, cancelling large events and encouraging people to practice "social distancing" by keeping at least 6-feet away from others.
The Midwest Center is reporting on the pandemic's impact in rural areas and in farm country.
This diary will be updated throughout the outbreak of Covid-19 with personal observations and short news updates from the Midwest Center staff.
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- Reports on “recovered” Covid-19 cases inconsistent and incomplete
- COVID-19 disproportionately affects minority meatpacking workers. These groups say racial discrimination is the reason.
- Amid COVID-19 Concerns, Clinics Step Up Testing For Migrant Farmworkers
- Temporary worker at Central Illinois meat processing plant tests positive for Covid-19
- EPA Inspector General: Covid-19 could affect agency’s ability to communicate health risks to communities
- “Fall-off-a-cliff moment”: Covid-19 adds new dimension to farmers’ stress
- ‘All smoke and mirrors’: How Trump’s meatpacking order has failed to keep workers safe
- Meat and shopping: One more impact of the coronavirus on ordinary life
- Coronavirus outbreaks climb at U.S. meatpacking plants despite protections, Trump order
- Three new coronavirus cases reported at Central Illinois meat processing plant