coronavirus pandemic News

‘G4’ Swine Flu Virus Is Not New, Does Not Easily Infect Humans: China

SHANGHAI/BEIJING – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said on Saturday that the so-called “G4” strain of swine flu virus is not new and does not infect or sicken humans and animals easily, rebuffing a study published earlier this …

Potential New ‘Pandemic Virus’ Has Been Found in Chinese Pigs, Warns Study

SHANGHAI – A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study said, although experts said there is no imminent …

Nebraska Farm Bureau: Potential Ag Losses from Pandemic — $3.7B

Nebraska potentially faces nearly $3.7 billion in agricultural losses from the coronavirus pandemic if economic conditions do not improve, the Nebraska Farm Bureau said. Its estimate projects revenue losses for this year’s commodities, including corn, soybeans, wheat, beef cattle and …

Virginia Authorities Warn of Scams Targeting Relief Checks

Officials in Virginia are warning of possible scams related to the coronavirus epidemic. And they’re particularly worried about the $1,200 checks that many Americans will receive from the federal government in the coming weeks and months. The warning comes from …

Allstate Announces $1.3M Shelter-in-Place Payback to Mainers

Allstate is returning savings resulting from shelter-in-place orders back to consumers. This comes as the company cited an unprecedented decline in driving due to shelter-in-place orders, which translates into fewer accidents. Nationally, the company plans to return more than $600 …

Insurance Veteran Kevin Brooks Passes Away Due to COVID-19 Complications

Insurance industry veteran Kevin P. Brooks passed away on April 3, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. Brooks had a long and successful career in the insurance industry, focusing on wholesale, specialty and surplus lines. His career began in 1969 …

Maryland Auto Allows Participants to Pause Payments During State of Emergency

Participants in FineFix, Maryland’s auto fine forgiveness program, will be allowed to pause their payment plans during the current state of emergency in Maryland. The Uninsured Division of Maryland Auto Insurance is taking this action in order to provide additional …

Delaware Auto Insurers Take Actions to Help Consumers During COVID-19 Pandemic

Automobile insurers in Delaware are taking a number of actions in light of COVID-19, the Delaware Department of Insurance (DOI) announced. On Monday, Allstate announced it would embark on a premium payback program resulting in $1.5 million going back to …

Pennsylvania Governor Places Seven More Counties Under Stay-Home Order

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf added seven more counties to his order to stay at home as the new virus expanded its reach and Pennsylvania reported another big jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. Wolf told residents of Lebanon, Franklin, …

Federal-State Pandemic Training Focused on Flu, Not New Virus

In August, months before the first case of the new coronavirus was documented, some of Colorado’s top health officials gathered in a room at the state Department of Public Health and Environment to train for a pandemic. The hypothetical scenario: …