White House officials finalize guidelines to reopen schools and restaurants, Amazon benefits from retail collapse, and other headlines

click to enlarge An upside-down American flag in front of the White House in Washington, Feb. 18, 2019. - SARAH SILBIGER/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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An upside-down American flag in front of the White House in Washington, Feb. 18, 2019.
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NATION: While much of the retail sector is collapsing, Amazon is strengthening its market position in ways that could outlast the pandemic — and raise anti-trust concerns.

NEWS: Idaho's Tommy Ahlquist – a former emergency room doctor and the co-founder of Crush the Curve Idaho — argues that the state is ready to gradually reopen its economy.

COVID-19


U.S. death toll
Almost 55,000 people nationwide have died from COVID-19, according to one estimate. (Johns Hopkins University)

A tale of two cities
Seattle's leaders largely let public health experts take the lead in the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak. New York's did not — and the state logged a death rate that was six times higher than Washington's. (New Yorker)

Reopening rules
White House officials are reportedly finalizing guidelines to allow the phased reopening of schools, camps, child-care programs, houses of worship, restaurants and mass transit. (Washington Post)

Continued distance
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus task force coordinator, said during a Sunday interview that some form of social distancing will remain in place through the summer. (Washington Post)


Pressure cooker
Governors across the nation are feeling pressure from all sides to both reopen their economies but also keep their populations safe. (New York Times)

Limited capacity
A dramatic increase in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing called for by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in his plan to gradually reopen the economy faces daunting obstacles. (Seattle Times)

IN OTHER NEWS...

Misplaced funds

Large, troubled companies received millions in federal loans through the Paycheck Protection Program that was supposed to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic. (New York Times)

Bad numbers
Republicans fear a Democratic takeover of both the White House and the Senate due to the collapsing economy, President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfavorable polling. (New York Times)

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Josh Kelety

As a staff writer, Josh covers criminal justice issues and Spokane County government. Previously, he worked as a reporter for Seattle Weekly. Josh grew up in Port Townsend and graduated from the University of Washington. Message him through Signal @ (360) 301-3490.