Jon Passantino

Jon Passantino


Los Angeles Bureau Chief @BuzzFeedNews, reporting the ? @BuzzFeedStorm. Made in California. Tips: jonp@buzzfeed[.]com. DMs open.

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“I will tell you in seven years I have covered the White House, that is the most stunning briefing I have ever sat through.” - @Acosta 

Early reports of a strong earthquake near Boise, Idaho, felt from Nevada to Montana. Still waiting for a USGS report…

A source close to the coronavirus task force said the idea of asking Americans to wear masks for a period of time during the pandemic is likely to be under "serious discussion."

California’s early shelter-at-home orders to slow the spread of coronavirus appear to be working, doctors in SF and LA say

Apple bought the DarkSky weather app today. "The news will certainly mean a much improved native weather app for iOS"

Another day, another record: At least 657 new coronavirus deaths were reported in the US today, according to a CNN count. This is the most reported deaths in the United States in a single day since the start of the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump says “this could be a hell of a bad two weeks," warns hospitals facing a surge in coronavirus patients "are going to be facing a war zone, that's what it is… it is a war zone in a true sense."

Only one US state has yet to report a death from coronavirus - Wyoming

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Breaking: A child under the age of 18 has died of coronavirus in Los Angeles, public health officials announce, in what is believed to be the first child death from the virus in the US. “A devastating reminder that COVID-19 infects people of all ages,” LA health official says.

Iceland has tested a higher proportion of its citizens for coronavirus than anywhere else in the world. Its found about half of those who tested positive are non-symptomatic

Trump just issued an executive order to slash 1/3 of all advisory committees that provide scientific advice. Union of Concerned Scientists responds: "It's no longer death by a thousand cuts. It's taking a knife to the jugular.”

California Gov Newsom letter to Trump requesting hospital ship: “We project that roughly 56% of our population — 25.5 million people — will be infected with the virus over an eight week period.” (!!)

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?Murdoch’s @nypost  will call for a ban on assault weapons on tomorrow’s front page

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The warning language used in the Australian bushfire alerts is incredibly dire: “You are in danger and need to act immediately to survive."

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In an Italian town: "We tested everyone, even if the 'experts' told us this was a mistake: 3,000 tests. We found 66 positives, who we isolated for 14 days, and after that 6 of them were still positive. And that is how we ended it.”

Wow: Floodwaters inundate Ground Zero construction site in NYC (via AP)

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CNN: An American Airlines pilot has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the airline and a second source familiar with the matter. The pilot is based out of Dallas-Fort Worth, according to the source.

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