Desperate for medical equipment, states find a beleaguered national stockpile

States seeking masks, drugs, ventilators and other items from the stockpile are encountering a system beset by years of underfunding, changing lines of authority, confusion over the allocation of supplies and a lack of transparency from the administration, said state and federal officials and public health experts.

Urban centers gird for catastrophic outbreak

Still unable to do widespread testing, and fearful as the federal government fails to marshal critical supplies, officials in Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles are watching caseloads climb and trying to prepare.
Lisa Pezzino and Kit Center of Oakland, Calif., gaze out at a rainbow in Big Sur, Calif., after they left the Bay Area during the coronavirus outbreak. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Lisa Pezzino and Kit Center of Oakland, Calif., gaze out at a rainbow in Big Sur, Calif., after they left the Bay Area during the coronavirus outbreak. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Lisa Pezzino brushes her teeth at her retreat in Big Sur, Calif., 140 miles from her city home in Oakland. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Lisa Pezzino brushes her teeth at her retreat in Big Sur, Calif., 140 miles from her city home in Oakland. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
A rainbow appears along the Pacific Coast in Big Sur, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
A rainbow appears along the Pacific Coast in Big Sur, Calif., during the coronavirus outbreak. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Empty streets are seen in downtown Seattle as viewed from the roof of the Space Needle on Thursday during a statewide stay-at-home order in Washington. (AP)
Empty streets are seen in downtown Seattle as viewed from the roof of the Space Needle on Thursday during a statewide stay-at-home order in Washington. (AP)

The Great American Migration of 2020: On the move to escape the coronavirus

Even as most people stay close to home, millions of others have been on the move, a mass migration that looks urgent and temporary but might contain the seeds of a wholesale shift in where and how Americans live. But virus fugitives often are running into fierce opposition on their routes.

Guide to the pandemic

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