Marshalltown man dies from COVID-19 after numerous attempts to get medical help
Marshalltown Times-Republican: A Marshalltown man died from COVID-19 after several attempts to get medical help, his wife said. Kyle Brown started feeling sick on April 17, while on the job as a maintenance technician at TPI in Newton. He died April 29 — 12 days after he began experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. His wife, Pamela, said symptoms started with Brown experiencing a strong burning in his chest and a shortness of breath. Pamela said she and Brown first went to UnityPoint Health in Marshalltown on April 18, but were told a test would not be provided because Brown did not work at a meatpacking plant or was not older than 65. Other attempts to seek care were also attempted, and after several days he was admitted in Marshalltown before being life-flighted to Des Moines where he later died. Pamela said she believes state guidelines were more to blame than the medical facilities.
Trump administration pushing to rip global supply chains from China: officials
Reuters: The Trump administration is “turbocharging” an initiative to remove global industrial supply chains from China as it weighs new tariffs to punish Beijing for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, according to officials familiar with U.S. planning. President Donald Trump, who has stepped up recent attacks on China ahead of the Nov. 3 U.S. presidential election, has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas. Now, economic destruction and the massive U.S. coronavirus death toll are driving a government-wide push to move U.S. production and supply chain dependency away from China, even if it goes to other more friendly nations instead, current and former senior U.S. administration officials said.
J. Crew becomes first major retailer to declare bankruptcy; Disney’s empire faces vast challenges
New York Times: J. Crew, known for producing preppy fashion with mass market appeal, filed for bankruptcy on Monday. The company is the first major retailer to fall victim to the pandemic that has hobbled the world economy. Meanwhile, the pandemic’s economic repercussions will become clearer on Tuesday when Disney, which has been devastated by the coronavirus after a decade of spectacular growth, reports quarterly earnings. Disney’s 15 theme parks (annual attendance: 157 million) delivered record profits in 2019, but they’re now padlocked. Its movie studios (there are eight) controlled a staggering 40 percent of the domestic box office last year. Now, they’re sitting at a near standstill.