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People get tested for the coronavirus at a drive-through site in Phoenix last month. In Arizona, the portion of tests coming back positive now hovers around 24%, more than three times the national average. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Tables are marked with X's for social distancing in the outdoor dining area of a restaurant in Los Angeles, Wednesday. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered a three-week closure of bars and indoor operations of restaurants and certain other businesses in Los Angeles and 18 other counties as the state copes with increasing cases of COVID-19. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Amber England, who led the successful campaign for a ballot initiative to give 200,000 more Oklahomans health coverage, talked with supporters online this week. Voters narrowly approved the Medicaid expansion measure Tuesday, despite opposition by the state's governor and legislature. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday. Al Drago/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Fauci: Mixed Messaging On Masks Set U.S. Public Health Response Back

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Foreign-Born Doctors Start Their Residencies At U.S. Hospitals Amid The Pandemic

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Dr. Danielle Hairston, a psychiatry residency director at Howard University in Washington, D.C., trains and mentors young black doctors. Quraishia Ford hide caption

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To Be Young, A Doctor And Black: Overcoming Racial Barriers In Medical Training

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Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error, says medical mistakes are likely to increase as resource-strapped hospitals treat a rapid influx of COVID-19 patients. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Doctor Confronts Medical Errors — And Flaws In The System That Create Mistakes

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Gilead Sciences, maker of the antiviral drug remdesivir, has come up with a price for the COVID-19 treatment that was less than some analysts expected. ULRICH PERREY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Remdesivir Priced At More Than $3,100 For A Course Of Treatment

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A health worker in personal protective equipment stands in a COVID-19 intensive care unit in Taiz, Yemen. Ahmad Al-Basha /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Universal Health Care Supports Thailand's Coronavirus Strategy

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The governor of Texas is encouraging people to wear masks in public and stay home if possible, as the number of COVID-19 cases spikes in the state. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?

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After Pushing Lies, Former Cigna Executive Praises Canada's Health Care System

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Missouri Rural Hospital Braces For 'A Worse Surge' In COVID-19 Cases

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Alexis McGill Johnson becomes the permanent president and CEO of Planned Parenthood after serving in the role on an interim basis. Here, she addresses a rally against white supremacy last year in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. Marlena Sloss/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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