Federal Update: U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 99,000, Don’t Mistake Your Stimulus Debit Card For Junk Mail, Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine Not Effective Against Coronavirus

May 27, 2020

  • There are at least 1,684,173 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and at least 99,123 people have died in the country from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally. On Tuesday, Johns Hopkins reported 3,260 new cases and 210 deaths. The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. territories, as well as repatriated cases.
  • Don’t toss out that mail just yet! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is reminding taxpayers that some Economic Impact Payments, sometimes called stimulus checks, are being sent by prepaid debit card. The debit cards arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.” Nearly 4 million people are being sent their Economic Impact Payment by prepaid debit card, instead of a paper check.
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci on Wednesday became the first Trump administration official to say definitively that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for the coronavirus, based on the available data. "The scientific data is really quite evident now about the lack of efficacy," Fauci — the U.S. government's top infectious disease expert — said.

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