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Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook and wife Brooke expecting third child

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ABC/Randy HolmesA member of the Zac Brown Band is expecting a baby. 

Clay Cook, a multi-instrumentalist for the Grammy winning group, and his wife Brooke will welcome their third child this fall, People confirms. The couple is expecting a daughter, which Clay says will be the first girl to be born into the Cook family since the 1930s. 

“Our whole family, and especially her big brothers, cannot wait to meet her,” Clay says of his impending arrival. “I can’t say how much it means, especially during this time in the world, that we can share our joy and blessing with everyone.”

The new baby will join the couple’s two sons: three-year-old Charles and one-year-old Teddy.  

Zac Brown Band recently announced that they would be cancelling all remaining tour dates in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The band originally planned to postpone the spring leg of The Owl Tour, but the group revealed on March 10 that they’re outright cancelling the remainder of that tour, in addition to the Roar With the Lions Tour, which was supposed to start in May. 

Front man Zac Brown also revealed in a tearful post that ZBB has had to lay off nearly 90 percent of their crew, referring to them as “family.” 

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"Everyone's gonna be okay, baby boy": Maren Morris gives birth to son Hayes Andrew Hurd

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris has given birth to a baby boy. 

Maren and her husband Ryan Hurd welcomed a son, Hayes Andrew Hurd, today. The singer shared the news via social media alongside a set of photos from the hospital. One shows Maren lying in a hospital bed as the baby sleeps on her chest, while another shows Ryan smiling down at Hayes as he holds him in his arms. 

She also shared a precious photo of Hayes in a hospital bassinet wrapped in a blanket with little duckling prints, along with a photo of the new dad leaning over to kiss Maren, who has the baby in bed beside her.   

“Hayes Andrew Hurd. 3/23/20. Love of our lives,” she writes. 

The couple, who married in 2018, announced they were expecting their first child in October 2019. At the time, Maren noted the irony of a singer who’s known for an album and song called GIRL having a boy.

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Kelly Ripa's coronavirus "dos and don'ts" go viral

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ABC/Mitch Haaseth(NEW YORK) — Kelly Ripa shared a list of dos and don’ts that she’s been adhering to during the worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic, including “it’s OK to feel scared,” and “it is not ok to hoard toilet paper.”

In an Instagram post Monday, Ripa wrote that she decided to post the list because “it struck a chord,” though she acknowledged others might not agree.

She also shared her list in a conversation with her Live With Kelly and Ryan co-host Ryan Seacrest, who broadcast their show from home.

“I’m sure you have your own,” she wrote.

Among the entries on Kelly’s “do” list? “It’s OK to feel overwhelmed.” “It’s OK to work at home in your pajamas”, and “It’s OK not to understand the math your kids are doing in school.”

Among the “don’ts”? Shaking hands, and judging others — “especially now.”

More than 367,000 people around the world have been diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, including more than 41,500 in the United States, according to Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and the pandemic is accelerating, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Nearly every country has reported cases, he announced Monday.

“It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases. Eleven days for the second 100,000 and just four days for the third 100,000,” he said.

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CMT Next Women of Country Tour to resume in August

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ABC/Image Group LAThe remainder of the CMT Next Women of Country Tour is moving to summer. 

The tour, headlined by Tanya Tucker and featuring a rotating cast of up-and-coming artists, started in February and was originally scheduled to run through mid June. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the rest of the tour will now take place later in the summer and fall. 

The tour picks up at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio on August 5, visiting several other cities in August and October, with one date in September. The tour wraps on October 25 at The Fox Theatre in Bakersfield, California. 

“A bit of good news and something to look forward to amongst this craziness!” Tanya writes on Instagram announcing the new dates. Tickets purchased for the original shows will be honored at the rescheduled ones.  

Rising stars Walker CountryErin Enderlin and Hailey Whitters will serve as opening acts throughout the trek. Visit CMT.com for more information. 

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Hospitals trying to figure out how they would ration ventilators

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upixa/iStock(NEW YORK) –Faced with more critically ill COVID-19 patients than equipment to treat them, New York hospitals are mapping out how they can ration care and equipment in order to save the greatest number of patients possible.

In the last two days, internal memos from a chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian, one of the city’s largest hospital systems, raised alarms that the estimated crush of coronavirus patients within the next month would require 700 to 934 intensive-care beds, well beyond the current capacity.

Faced with more critically ill COVID-19 patients than equipment to treat them, New York hospitals are mapping out how they can ration care and equipment in order to save the greatest number of patients possible.

In the last two days, internal memos from a chairman of surgery at New York Presbyterian, one of the city’s largest hospital systems, raised alarms that the estimated crush of coronavirus patients within the next month would require 700 to 934 intensive-care beds, well beyond the current capacity.

The Queens branch of New York Presbyterian is actively putting together a committee to help make such critical-care determinations in an emergency, so individual doctors would know what to do at the moment it matters most. According to emails reviewed by ABC News, that hospital has already convened an “ethics committee” to address the “triage of ventilators.” In layman’s terms, that is a process that dictates how medical staff would decide which patients are assigned ventilators in the event the number of patients needing those breathing machines surpasses the number available in the hospital.

Ethics committees are not new, though few hospitals have fully functioning panels. For those committees that are in place, the types of decisions now being contemplated are almost unheard of because the questions are so rare in developed countries like the US. The whole notion of making life-or-death decisions based solely on available medical equipment is a type of thinking more common to a combat zone than a big-city medical center in urban America.

Ventilators, also known as artificial breathing machines, are considered to be the most effective way to treat patients in respiratory failure from a critical case of COVID-19 because there is no known cure for the illness.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly said his state’s current number of 6,000 ventilators is inadequate to handle the surge of patients caused by the pandemic that is now sweeping through his state. Cuomo has said repeatedly New York will need for 30,000 more.

New York Presbyterian declined repeated requests for comment, first referring questions to the New York state Department of Health and then to the hospital trade group, the Greater New York Hospitals Association.

“The conversations are happening,” said Brian Conway, spokesman for the organization, which represents New York Presbyterian and other medical centers in New York City. “We are awaiting some kind of state guidance.”

The Health Department declined to comment. Two people briefed on the discussions told ABC News that officials are working to draft emergency protocols for hospitals, realizing that the disease is moving so quickly that it might only be days before emergency rooms are swamped. At the same time, large groups of hospitals are also consulting with medical ethicists to figure out how to set priorities that would allow them to make near-impossible choices between patients suffering the same disease but with dramatically different chances of survival, based on age, medical histories and underlying conditions.

According to those policies, patients likely to die would be given pain-control treatment so staff do not use vital equipment that would better be deployed to treat patients with stronger chances of survival.

Across the country, top health officials and hospital representatives in Washington state gathered on a call last week to discuss the same wrenching matter: when to invoke “crisis standards of care,” the a medical term for the rationing care and equipment.

Cassie Sauer, executive vice president of the Washington State Hospitals Association, told ABC News that details are still being decided, but basic factors to be included in their algorithm will be “age and underlying health conditions.” Sauer also said the policy would likely consider prioritizing the treatment of police, first responders and medical workers because saving their lives makes it more likely that others could be saved in the crisis.

“I understand it’s scaring the public,” Sauer told ABC News. “The public should be scared. The public should be demanding action to keep this from happening.”

Dr. Scott Halpern, professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, has been working with leading bioethicists to prepare a policy that would be put in place at hospitals across the nation. That document is expected to be distributed early this week.

“Priority is assigned to those most likely to be saved, and most likely to live longer,” said Halpern.

The scenarios envisioned by people like Sauder and Halpern are familiar to very few practitioners in the U.S, health care system, according to Dr. Dan Hanfling, an emergency disaster responder and physician who wrote a medical paper widely considered the standard for crisis care in disaster.

Hanfling cited the 2010 Haiti earthquake as being one of the worst disasters and one that ethicists point to when considering the worst types of choices in medicine.

The most important thing, he said, is for health care systems to have plans in place before they are amid the chaos of a disaster.

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