Daily Bread for 4.25.20

Good morning.

Saturday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of fifty-five.  Sunrise is 5:55 AM and sunset 7:49 PM, for 13h 54m 32s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 5.2% of its visible disk illuminated.

Today is the one thousand two hundred sixty-fourth day.

 On this day in 1898, Congress declares that a state of war between the U.S. and Spain had de facto existed since April 21, the day an American blockade of Cuba had begun.

Recommended for reading in full —

Daphne Chen and Rory Linnane report As residents at two Milwaukee nursing homes contracted and died of coronavirus, administrators and local officials kept it to themselves:

On April 9, as paramedics rushed to a nursing home in West Allis to assist a 79-year-old COVID-positive resident found without a pulse, police did not join them.

The officers had a reason: “Due to the high volume of COVID positive cases, police are no longer physically responding to the facility,” read a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report about the man’s death.

West Allis police had long known about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak among residents and staff at Allis Care Center, a 152-bed skilled nursing facility in West Allis.

But many members of the public — and family members of residents — did not.

All told, in a span of less than three weeks this month, at least eight residents of Allis Care Center died from coronavirus complications, according to medical examiner reports.

Meanwhile, eight residents of BRIA of Trinity Village, a nursing home on the northwest side of Milwaukee, died of coronavirus complications in the same period.

Family members of residents at both homes said administrators have not been open about the number of cases or deaths, even as the fatalities mounted.

  Jin Wu, Allison McCann, Josh Katz, and Elian Peltier report 36,000 Missing Deaths: Tracking the True Toll of the Coronavirus Crisis:

At least 36,000 more people have died during the coronavirus pandemic over the last month than the official Covid-19 death counts report, a review of mortality data in 12 countries shows — providing a clearer, if still incomplete, picture of the toll of the crisis.

In the last month, far more people died in these countries than in previous years, The New York Times found. The totals include deaths from Covid-19 as well as those from other causes, likely including people who could not be treated as hospitals became overwhelmed.

These numbers undermine the notion that many people who have died from the virus may soon have died anyway. In Paris, more than twice the usual number of people have died each day, far more than the peak of a bad flu season. In New York City, the number is now four times the normal amount.

  Brenna Houck reports For Restaurants, Masks Could Be the New Normal:

A few months ago, at the beginning of cold and flu season, Erica Pietrzyk decided to have employees wear face masks while working at her Polish food stand Pietrzyk Pierogi in Detroit. In her mind, the masks were the best way to protect customers and her employees from getting sick. The patrons, however, were put off by the practice. “We determined that we would just stop it for the time being, because people are very uncomfortable with it,” Pietrzyk says.

Now, amid the novel coronavirus epidemic, when employees don a mask, it barely gets a second glance.

United While in Isolation:

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