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A patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Calif. is not allowed visitors. For many months during the pandemic, family weren't allowed to visit any hospital patients. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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The Coronavirus Crisis

Some Question Whether Hospital Visitation Bans During Pandemic Were Too Strict

For more than a year, people couldn't sit with loved ones as they died in hospitals. Those lonely deaths took a toll on families. Now some doctors are questioning whether the rules were too strict.

Support for Rep. Liz Cheney, seen here on April 20, is crumbling as Rep. Steve Scalise, the second-ranking House Republican, is publicly supporting her ouster from the GOP leadership. Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images hide caption

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'History Is Watching': Liz Cheney Doubles Down On Trump Criticism Amid Fallout

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Protesters call for stronger eviction protections in January in Sacramento, Calif. A federal appeals court will now decide whether to scrap a federal eviction moratorium from the CDC. Housing groups say renters need more time to qualify for and get rental assistance money. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Judge Strikes Down Federal Eviction Moratorium, Setting Up High-Stakes Appeal

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Owner and founder Jeff Smith in front of what remains of Hourglass' winery and processing facility in California's Napa Valley. He's rebuilding, but wildfires have him rethinking everything about his land and business. Eric Westervelt/NPR hide caption

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Deepening Drought Holds 'Ominous' Signs For Wildfire Threat In The West

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An election campaign billboard for the Likud party shows its leader, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), and opposition party leader Yair Lapid, in Ramat Gan, Israel, days before that country's election in March. The banner reads "Lapid or Netanyahu." Spray paint on Netanyahu's portrait reads, "Go home." Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

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Netanyahu Opponent, Yair Lapid, Given 4 Weeks To Form New Government In Israel

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A patient in the COVID-19 ICU at Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Calif. is not allowed visitors. For many months during the pandemic, family weren't allowed to visit any hospital patients. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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Some Question Whether Hospital Visitation Bans During Pandemic Were Too Strict

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COVID-19 patients in the emergency ward of an unidentified hospital on Monday in New Delhi. Dr. Sumit Ray, a hospital critical care chief in the city, says India's health care system is collapsing. Rebecca Conway/Getty Images hide caption

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Doctor In India: Emergency Room Is So Crowded, 'It's Nearly Impossible To Walk'

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