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“At least two-thirds of states across the country are sharing the addresses of people who have tested positive for coronavirus with first responders, and at least 10 states are going so far as to share patients' identities as well,” FOX News and MSN report. According to the Associated Press, the number of states giving police addresses of coronavirus patients is “at least 35.”
“Patients who took a test were assured that their private medical information would not be disclosed to anyone else,” the report continues, adding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services claims “the process [of sending their information to police and other first responders] is within the bounds of medical privacy laws.”
FOX notes that “activists are concerned that revealing the information would put minority groups at higher risk of being racially profiled, heightening tensions between law enforcement and black and Hispanic communities.”
May 29, 2020, 4:41 p.m. EST: LifeSite’s full article on Trump cutting ties with WHO – and thus depriving the pro-abortion United Nations health entity, which has suspicious ties to communist China, of $450 million annually – is HERE.
May 29, 2020, 3:54 p.m. EST: BREAKING: President Trump has cut U.S. ties with the pro-abortion World Health Organization. A LifeSiteNews story with more details is forthcoming. Developing…
May 29, 2020, 1:51 p.m. EST: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) have both tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, suggesting they both had the coronavirus at some point.
Pro-family leader Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute wrote on her blog this week (and said in a video also posted there) that she is “seeing people coming unglued from lack of human contact.”
“Humans are social creatures,” she wrote. “We need other people. We need to look at other people to see how they are reacting to us. Are we behaving and thinking in a socially appropriate manner? Or are we going off the rails? That is pretty hard to know if you are all by yourself.”
She continued (emphasis added):
Look. We need each other. And we need more than “virtual” contact. We need the real deal, physical presence, physical touch…
I don’t care what the infectious disease people say. I really don’t. The kind of isolation we’ve been enduring is not healthy. Being scared all the time is not healthy. We can’t go on like this. You need your hugs. You need to be touched. And someone you know needs it too.
“Free contraception as defined by the CDC, abortion and reproductive health care” and the establishment of “sex education at pre-k level – 12th” are recommended in a “transition” report about the post-coronavirus future in Boise, Idaho.
May 29, 2020, 11:16 a.m. EST: FOX News published a report today noting the discrepancy between World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidances on face masks. The WHO recommends healthy people only wear masks when caring for coronavirus patients, whereas the CDC recommends people wear masks in public. Some state governors in the U.S. have mandated masks be worn in public.
May 28, 2020, 9:08 p.m. EST:
May 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – After some backlash, Howard County, Maryland appears to have reversed a ban on Holy Communion in its coronavirus reopening order. The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about the ban, but it is unclear if they had intended to pursue a lawsuit.
At the beginning of May, Knoxville, Tennessee, made a similar demand of churches when it allowed them to reopen: “[t]he physical taking of communion/sacrament should not be performed due to the serial breaking of physical distancing across a congregation.”
In April, a California county banned any singing during live-streamed church services in empty church buildings. “Wind instruments” and “harmonicas” were also deemed a threat.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of President Donald Trump’s top coronavirus advisors, said it’s not safe for Catholic priests to distribute Holy Communion. Last month, he said sex with strangers met on dating apps is alright “if you’re willing to take a risk.”
United Kingdom Health Minister Matt Hancock said yesterday that a new “test and trace” system which will tell healthy people to quarantine for 14 days if they have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus, could “quickly” become “mandatory.”
A “Request for Voluntary Quarantine” document available via the Washington Department of Health website says, “It is very important that you comply with this request for voluntary quarantine. Your health and the health of others depend on it. If you do not comply with this request for voluntary quarantine we may use a detention order, enforced by the police, to assure your compliance” (emphasis added).
An April New York Times story falsely reported that a 26-year-old medical intern died of the coronavirus, the liberal newspaper admitted.
At The Federalist, Carina Benton analyzed, “Washington state Catholic leaders would rather stick it to the president than let him defend their right to celebrate Mass. Following President Donald Trump’s direction on Friday for states to allow houses of worship to [reopen] and to declare public worship as essential, Gov. Jay Inslee immediately thumbed his nose, and Washington bishops quickly follow[ed] suit.”
“In a disappointing response, the bishops demonstrated that rather than stand up for their flock and acknowledge the president’s commitment to religious freedom, they prefer hand-wringing and waffling while they wait for the governor to pass judgement.”
Two other articles at The Federalist, titled “Mandatory Masks Aren’t About Safety, They’re About Social Control” and “Our Coronavirus Response Is Making Us Lose Our Humanity,” also provide interesting insight. The latter is by Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life activist.
In the former article, Molly McCann argues (emphasis added):
Much of our freedom is maintained by the collective resistance of the American mood. When the Minnesota governor excluded churches from his Phase I reopening plan, Catholic and Lutheran leadership announced, through counsel, that their churches would reopen with or without the state’s blessing.
The governor’s resulting about-face was probably not due to a legal epiphany. Rather, he understood he’d pushed the envelope too far.