Legal Insurrection readers will recall that during a press conference last week, President Donald Trump spoke about studies that showed chloroquine (generic name hydroxychloroquine) treated coronavirus.

Afterward, an elderly couple in Arizona thought the additive chloroquine phosphate in fish tank cleaner was the same thing. They proceeded to drink the fish tank cleaner.

The man died. The woman was in ICU.

Did she blame Trump because of her ignorance, her party affiliation, or both?

The Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands of dollars to Democratic groups and candidates over the last two years.

The woman’s most recent donations, in late February, were to a Democratic PAC, the 314 Action Fund, that bills itself as the “pro-science resistance” and has vocally criticized the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and held up her case to slam the White House.

U. of Minnesota & Mayo Clinic ready COVID-19 antibody tests in Minnesota

One factor in helping end this pandemic will be identifying those who have successfully fought-off an infection, and are no longer at risk for either spreading it or succumbing to a severe illness. A new antibody test will be critical in these efforts.

The University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic are close to unveiling antibody tests that can determine if people have already been infected by the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and are no longer threats to get or spread the infection.

State health officials see these tests as a key part of Minnesota’s pandemic response, because they could define the breadth of the outbreak and maybe identify previously infected individuals who could move about in public freely and volunteer in response efforts.

Identifying people with immunity to the virus “gives us the ability [to know] who wouldn’t need to be quarantined, who could be out and not infecting others,” Gov. Tim Walz said on Monday.

National Guardsman is 1st US service member to die from coronavirus

Sadly, we lost a service member to COVID-19.

A member of the New Jersey National Guard died on Saturday after being hospitalized for over a week, becoming the first U.S. service member to succumb to the coronavirus.

Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., said he was “heartbroken by the loss” of Capt. Douglas Linn Hickok, who was a drilling guardsman and physician’s assistant for the Guard.

Hickok had been in the hospital since March 21 after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement by the Pentagon released Monday.

L.A. freezes rent hikes for hundreds of thousands of apartments over coronavirus

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that landlords would not be allowed to increase the rent for hundreds of thousands of apartments in the city, in his latest effort to ease the financial hardship on Angelenos from the coronavirus outbreak.

“Rent will stay the same,” the mayor said during a briefing on Monday afternoon. “This is a common sense action on top of the eviction moratorium that will help folks stay in their homes and make ends meet.”

The announcement covers about 624,000 apartments that fall under the city’s rent stabilization program, according to city statistics.

 

 
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