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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will not be releasing guidance on practices considered safe for those who are fully vaccinated against coronavirus on Thursday as was expected. In a statement sent to Fox News on Wednesday, an agency spokesperson said the guidance was "not finalized." "CDC’s post-vaccination guidance will not be posted tomorrow because we have not finalized it here at CDC," Jason McDonald, CDC spokesperson, said. "Once it is final, we will publish and disseminate it." Earlier this week, Fox News learned the guidelines would allow for those who are fully vaccinated to gather with one another in small groups and visit grandparents living in nursing homes who have also been fully vaccinated. CUOMO RELAXES SOME NY COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WITH ONE-SHOT J&J VACCINES SET TO ARRIVE The CDC is not expected to rollback guidance such as mask-wearing in public, limiting gatherings, social distancing and other public...
    New York : Dead body in Houston, July 2020 Photo: Go Nakamura / . President Joe Biden harshly criticized the governors of states such as Texas and Mississippi yesterday, accusing them of having “Neanderthal thinking”, for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other senior public health officials. “I think it’s a big mistake (…) These masks make a difference. We are about to fundamentally change the nature of this disease, ”Biden said when asked about the decisions of Republican Governors Greg Abbott (Texas) and Tate Reeves (Mississippi) to relax restrictions. “The last, last thing we need is for a Neanderthal to think that in the meantime, all is well, take off the mask,” added Biden. Y called on all Americans to continue to follow the forecasting guidelines despite mixed messages from some state officials. “It’s critical – critical,...
    Nearly a year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive school shutdown across the United States. In a matter of weeks, more than 100,000 public and private schools were forced to close their doors and suspend in-person learning. The pivot to online at-home learning caused major and immediate disruptions for millions of children and their parents, who found themselves scrambling to create ad-hoc home school and child care arrangements while also working. School closures were also a reminder that the public school system provides not only instruction to 50 million school-age children, but also internet access, meals, child care, extracurriculars, and a range of therapies and mental and physical health services. No one was prepared for the pandemic, but the hardships still being endured offer opportunity to transform and improve education in the U.S.[ MORE: How Keeping Schools Open Helped French Women Return to the Workplace ]The public school system...
    NANCY, Ky. (AP) — Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument in southcentral Kentucky has reopened its visitor center and museum. The facilities in Nancy reopened to the public on Wednesday, a statement from the National Park Service said. Guests can visit Wednesday through Sunday and they must wear a face mask while inside. “The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount," Superintendent Catherine Bragaw said. Each operation and service will be examined to ensure they comply with current public health guidance, she said. That means some services remain unavailable, including in-person ranger-led interpretive programs, officials said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Kentucky, Associated Press
    LONDON (AP) — Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries plan to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that drugmakers are able to move swiftly in targeting emerging variants of the disease. Previously authorized vaccines that are modified to target new variants “will not need a brand new approval or ‘lengthy’ clinical studies,” Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency said in a statement. The new guidance was issued jointly by regulators in the U.K., Australia, Canada, Singapore and Switzerland. The guidelines build on the model already used to modify the flu vaccine in response to continual changes in that virus. Under the new rules, developers will be required to provide “robust evidence” that modified COVID-19 vaccines produce a strong immune response to the variant, as well as data showing they are safe and meet quality standards. “Our priority is to get effective vaccines to the...
    The Paraguayan Human Rights Coordinator (Codehupy) criticized the Government’s « insufficient response » on Wednesday, a few days after the first case was detected and the public health sector lacked supplies to face the pandemic . Source: . Codehupy pointed out that there is « a real desperation within the population » and considered « unintelligible » that the Government has been unable to stockpile medicines and supplies when a year ago it approved a loan of 1,600 million dollars, « the largest indebtedness recent history »of the country, to face the impact of the pandemic. « This compromises the lives of more and more patients and their families who are forced to sacrifice all their assets and resources to acquire in the private sector what the public service inexplicably lacks, » said the Coordinator in her statement. To prevent the population from falling into « true despair » in the face of the health situation and its economic...
    President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser on the Covid pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, spoke out against two Republican governors’ decisions to abruptly end all Covid restrictions in their state, despite an ongoing, elevated caseload across the country and with the nationwide vaccine rollout still in its early stages. Appearing on CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront, Fauci echoed Biden’s scathing critique of the moves (the president called them “neanderthal thinking”). On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had proudly announced that he was ending all mask mandates and social distancing restrictions as of next week, saying “It is now time to open Texas 100%.” Mississippi’s Republican Gov. Tate Reeves‘ made a similar announcement shortly thereafter on Monday, rolling back all pandemic mitigation measures in his state as of today. “I don’t know why they’re doing it, but it’s certainly from a public health standpoint ill advised,” Fauci told host Erin Burnett. “The curves of the the diminution of infections that are...
    Yours truly, cycling through the pandemic One year ago this week, my Kansas Jayhawks were the leading contenders to cut down the nets at the NCAA tournament. Everything on that team was clicking. Everyone on the team was perfectly playing their parts, reaching peak performance as they headed into college basketball’s biggest stage. Then the COVID-19 pandemic shut it all down. Like everyone else, the focus of March quite suddenly and dramatically shifted from normal spring happenings like the NCAA tournament to chasing down toilet paper and learning how to make bread at home because the bread and toilet paper shelves were as empty as the basketball arenas down the street.  Even then scientists like Dr. Fauci were warning the public that we could be wearing masks into 2022 and the pandemic would take considerable time to get under control, if it could be controlled at all. We were thrust into a whole new...
    More On: mental health COVID pandemic has taken a disturbing toll on teens’ mental health ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’: Poll shows 50% drop in fear of dying from COVID Let Medicaid cover inpatient mental-health care Scott Stringer takes shots at ThriveNYC mental health initiative Within hours of The Post’s report of a festering junk heap on an Upper West Side side street, the city Sanitation Department showed up with NYPD support to handle the eye-sore. We’re glad we got results, but why did area residents’ complaints go unheeded for weeks? The hoarder turns out to be a former fashion designer who admits he has “no aspirations for sanity whatsoever,” so this is yet another failure of the city’s mental-health system, too. That he’s not homeless is no excuse for the city allowing him to mound up chairs, books, baby toys, bedspreads and other of trash over...
    The Community of Madrid insists: it wants to vaccinate people over 55 against Covid-19 with AstraZeneca. This is how the regional government made it known to the Ministry of Health in February and this Wednesday it reiterated the request and even expanded it: it wants this formula to also reach people over 65. This request comes after countries like France and Germany will announce that they will immunize with this vaccine from that age, expanding their current ranges. Almost a month ago it was the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, who told Carolina Darias that Madrid I wanted to vaccinate people between 55 and 65 with this drug. This Wednesday, the one who advanced that Madrid has defended the administration of AstraZeneca also since the age of 65 was the president Isabel Díaz Ayuso. Also the vice president Ignacio Aguado was in favor of expanding the age range. Madrid...
    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado nonprofit group whose members include insurance companies and hospitals has launched a $1 million TV ad campaign opposing a public health insurance option plan being developed by Democrats in the Legislature. The Colorado Sun reports that the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future is airing ads in Denver, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction. Lawmakers drafting legislation say they want to give insurers until 2023 to offer plans on the individual market with premiums that cost 10% less than this year — and 20% less in 2024. One lawmaker says that under the legislation, which has yet to be introduced, the state would intervene if insurers can’t meet those goals. The nonprofit and a subsidiary, Colorado’s Health Care Future, lobbied against a similar public option proposal last year before it was abandoned because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sun reports it spent roughly $5 million on...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he will soon lift the state's mask mandate, even as federal officials have urged states not to abandon COVID-19 precautions and have noted a slowing drop in cases nationwide. "Make no mistake, COVID-19 has not disappeared, but it is clear from the recoveries, vaccinations, reduced hospitalizations, and safe practices that Texans are using that state mandates are no longer needed," Abbott, a Republican, said in a statement. Texas will join a dozen other U.S. states that do not currently have a statewide requirement to wear masks, including neighboring Oklahoma, according to a tally by the National Academy for State Health Policy. It's currently the most populous state without a statewide mandate. The governor's executive order, which will take effect on March 10, also lifts capacity restrictions imposed on the state's businesses. Local officials can still impose "mitigation strategies" if hospitalizations in their area...
    By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden doesn’t just have to manage the coronavirus pandemic, he also has to manage people’s expectations for how soon the country will come out of it. And on the latter task, projecting too much optimism can be as risky as offering too little, requiring what one public health expert calls a “necessarily mixed message.” At every turn, as the Biden administration works to inoculate every adult American, the president is tempering bullish proclamations about the nation’s vaccine supply with warnings about the challenges ahead. His big announcement Tuesday that there would enough vaccine for all adults by the end of May, two months earlier than previous predictions, came with a chaser from Biden that it could be a full year before the nation gets back to normal. But even then, his pledge skated over the idea that...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Public health workers told Colorado state lawmakers they’re being threatened and harassed by people angry about COVID-19 restrictions, and they need protection. One worker says her dogs were poisoned while others say their cars have been vandalized. San Juan Basin Public Health Director Lianne Jollon says protestors even showed up at her home. READ MORE: CBS4 Helps Celebrate Read Across America Day “The first time the crowd showed up, they had signs, flags, bullhorns. It was insanely jarring. I’m now shaken to the core every time there’s a slow driver by my front door.” (credit: CBS) The Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials says 80% of public health workers in Colorado report being threatened in the last year, and 19 public health directors have resigned or are planning to resign. Tri-County Public Health Director John Douglas hired armed security after, he says, their buildings were repeatedly...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The House on Tuesday passed legislation that would halt public funding to any entities that advise women about their abortion options. Lawmakers voted 55-14 to send to the Senate the bill supporters say would stop some women from obtaining abortions. The bill would bar all public funding to any entity — including schools, public health departments and other health care providers — if anyone associated with the entity provides an abortion, assists someone in getting an abortion, or even counsels a patient that abortion is an option they could seek out. It allows exceptions for hospitals, cases where the mother’s life is in danger and cases involving Medicaid transactions, which are governed by federal law. A federal law called the Hyde Amendment already bans federal dollars from being used for abortion services, with small exceptions. The bill would also stop public...
    DENVER (AP) — One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado public health officials asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it unlawful to disseminate personal information that threatens the safety of health workers and their families. Under current law, doxing or revealing personal information which poses an imminent or serious threat to law enforcement, human service workers or their families is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The proposed bill would add employees and contractors of the state, county or district public health agencies to the existing law. Susan Wheelan, director of the El Paso county health department told the state House Judiciary committee that over the past year she has had to drive unmarked vehicles and be escorted by law enforcement due to the community’s hostile reactions toward pandemic-related restrictions. READ MORE: Douglas County Sheriff Looking For Missing 12-Year-Old Katherine Gould “We should be able to be proud...
    By PATTY NIEBERG, Associated Press/Report for America DENVER (AP) — One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado public health officials asked lawmakers to pass a bill that would make it unlawful to disseminate personal information that threatens the safety of health workers and their families. Under current law, doxing or revealing personal information which poses an imminent or serious threat to law enforcement, human service workers or their families is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The proposed bill would add employees and contractors of the state, county or district public health agencies to the existing law. Susan Wheelan, director of the El Paso county health department told the state House Judiciary committee that over the past year she has had to drive unmarked vehicles and be escorted by law enforcement due to the community's hostile reactions toward pandemic-related restrictions. "We should be able to be proud of the work that we...
    More On: COVID vaccine Merck to help Johnson & Johnson produce COVID vaccine WHO warns it’s ‘unrealistic’ COVID-19 pandemic will end this year How NYC eateries are enticing staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine Rethinking Trump’s performance and other commentary An 86-year-old Ohio woman became the first person in the US to receive the single-dose coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday, according to a report. Barbara Schmalenberger got the newly-approved shot at the Schottenstein Center arena at The Ohio State University, CNN reported. “I wanted this shot. I didn’t want to settle for anything else,” she told the outlet. The J&J vaccine was cleared for emergency use by the feds over the weekend, joining the ranks of the already in-use COVID-19 inoculations made by Pfizer and Moderna, which require two doses. It can be stored for months at refrigerated temperatures, rather than needing to be frozen like the others. States...
    BURBANK (CBSLA) — The city of Burbank is seeking a judge’s permission to cut off the electricity of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill and padlock the doors in order to enforce its closure order during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit, filed Monday with the Los Angeles Superior Court, takes aim at the restaurant located at 2623 W. Magnolia Boulevard. READ MORE: Firefighters Battle Blaze At Strip Mall In Paramount Tinhorn Flats restaurant in Burbank, Calif. October 2020. (CBSLA) Last month, the Burbank City Council unanimously voted to take legal action against Tinhorn Flats in an effort to close the restaurant. The city previously revoked its operating license for violating both Los Angeles County health orders and the Burbank Municipal Code. READ MORE: Absolutely Reckless: California Governor Slams Texas Move To Lift Mask Mandate In December, the popular sports bar had its health permit suspended by the L.A. County Department of...
    A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent screens an airline passenger at O'Hare International Airport on October 19, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is requiring airlines to collect contact information for all passengers from Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo amid two separate Ebola outbreaks in the African countries. Beginning Thursday, airlines will be required to collect and handover contact information to the CDC for all travelers to the U.S. who have been in the DRC or Guinea within the last 21 days before their arrival in the U.S., the CDC said Tuesday. On Friday, the CDC announced that it would funnel travelers from the two countries through six U.S. airports in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, the District of Columbia, Newark and Los Angeles. The risk of Ebola spreading to the U.S. is "extremely low," the CDC said last...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Former U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield is joining Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s team of advisors tasked with helping guide the state through the COVID-19 pandemic. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Hogan announced Redfield will serve as a senior public health adviser. In that role, Redfield will help plan the state’s response to new COVID-19 variants as well as vaccination and reopening plans. READ MORE: Next Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine Shipment Not Coming To Maryland Until March 18, Gov. Hogan Says Hogan touted Redfield’s leadership of the agency and his work on the Operation Warp Speed board while also defending his appointment, adding most of the criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic was not directed at Redfield or the CDC. Gov Hogan defends Dr. Redfield’s new appointment in Maryland despite his role in Trump administration. Dr....
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been touting her administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying expansive lockdowns helped to keep COVID-19 at bay and that spread rates and new infections are trending downward. But critics have accused the first-term Democratic governor of ignoring her own policies by hosting in-person meetings with members of her cabinet last year and spending thousands of dollars on groceries while joblessness remains high and businesses have yet to recover from a year of navigating some of the toughest restrictions in the U.S. The Republican Governors Association on Monday launched a week of digital ads targeting the governor. Top Republicans in New Mexico and commerce groups also have voiced concerns over the past year, saying the policies have forced many small businesses to close for good. Lujan Grisham has repeatedly defended her public health...
    The Michigan Republican Party has called on the state’s attorney general to investigate a reported separation deal between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her former state health department director. The Michigan GOP issued a statement Tuesday calling for Whitmer, a Democrat, and her former Department of Health Director Robert Gordon "to release all information" surrounding a "secret deal" between the pair after Gordon’s "abrupt" departure from his post. Gordon and Whitmer's office reportedly agreed to a $155,506 payout following Gordon's abrupt resignation in January, with the details of his departure remaining confidential.  Republicans want Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office to "immediately open up an investigation" into the deal. They also called on the state legislature to "issue subpoenas and hold hearings to answer a very simple question — Why is Gov. Whitmer buying the silence of a former government employee, the state’s top public health official, in the middle of a global pandemic?"  State...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Two big conventions announced Monday they will cancel events this year at McCormick Place. Since the beginning of the pandemic - more than 200 shows have pulled out.Despite improving case counts, the financial impact of the pandemic is far from over.The National Restaurant Association Show was supposed to be the first event at McCormick Place in a year. It's now been rescheduled for spring of 2022.And the Inspired Home Show was set for this August, but for the second straight year, the organization has dropped its convention plans."It was incredibly emotional for all of the staff," said Leana Salamah, vice president of the Inernational Housewares Association. "This is really the core of what we do every year, all year. And to have it canceled two years in a row is really heartbreaking for a lot of us."Both shows cited pandemic safety concerns as the reason for canceling.Full...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has begun labeling tweets that include misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines and using a “strike system” to eventually remove accounts that repeatedly violate its rules. The company said Monday that it has started using human reviewers to assess whether tweets violate its policy against COVID vaccine misinformation. Eventually, the work will be done by a combination of humans and automation, it said. Twitter had already banned some COVID-related misinformation in December, including falsehoods about how the virus spreads, whether masks are effective and the risk of infection and death. “Through the use of the strike system, we hope to educate people on why certain content breaks our rules so they have the opportunity to further consider their behavior and their impact on the public conversation,” Twitter said in a blog post Monday. People with one violation — or strike — will see no...
    By Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Twitter said it would apply warnings to tweets that contain misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines and implement a strike system of enforcement that could see users permanently banned for repeat violations. The social media network started promoting public health information before COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. It also aimed to remove demonstrably false or misleading content about the virus that had the highest risk of causing harm. Since introducing its COVID-19 guidance, it said it had removed more than 8,400 tweets and challenged 11.5 million accounts. With more and more people now looking for authoritative public health information about vaccines as programs were rolled out across the world, it said it would expand the guidance. Katy Minshall, Twitter's head of UK public policy, said the company recognised the role it played in giving people credible public health information. "We continue to work with...
    WASHINGTON – Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity. After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. (iStock) "It’s shocking how quickly we’ve gone from moving at 100 miles an hour to about 25," said Dr. Clemens Hong, who leads the county’s testing operation. After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. The drop in screening comes at a significant moment in the...
    Republican legislation that requires North Carolina public schools to offer in-person learning was vetoed Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper. Senate Bill 37 mandates all public K-12 schools to resume in-person learning for students with special needs without social distancing and all other K-12 classrooms to operate based on school districts' discretion. Cooper, however, said putting middle-school and high-school students back in the classrooms without social distancing goes against public health guidance. The governor had told lawmakers he was willing to sign a bill that reopened schools but one that followed public health guidance. "As written, the bill threatens public health just as North Carolina strives to emerge from the pandemic," Cooper said in a statement Friday. "Therefore, I veto the bill." The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the state's largest education advocacy organization for public school employees, also opposed the measure, calling it "the opposite of a safe...
    The United States will soon begin screening travelers who come from countries with cases of Ebola, an often deadly virus that causes severe bleeding and organ failure.  In a statement Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that is closely following the outbreaks of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Guinea. Earlier this month, a woman in Butembo, a city in North Kivu Province, died after contracting the virus. Her death came just months after the DRC had declared an end to an Ebola outbreak there. Days following the woman's passing, a second person died after contracting Ebola.  Then, on Feb. 14., health authorities in Guinea declared an outbreak of Ebola in the rural community of Gouéké in N’Zerekore prefecture, the first time cases of the virus had been confirmed there since 2016.  In response to these outbreaks, the CDC said the U.S....
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House COVID response coordinator Jeff Zients said on Monday that scheduling coronavirus vaccination appointments remains too difficult in many places. In a press briefing by the White House COVID-19 Response Team and other public health officials, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said she was "really worried" about states rolling back measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over half a million Americans. (Reporting by Lisa Lambert and Caroline Humer, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, Laos, vaccines, United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, South America, diseases, Sweden, public health, coronavirus, Mexico, Asia, Europe, education
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Over the last two months, most COVID-19 indicators have showed the virus on the decline in Minnesota. “I don’t like to get too far over my skis, but I think it is time to know — we’re winning this battle,” Gov. Tim Walz told municipal leaders mid-February. “This thing’s coming to an end. We’re now down to 4 percent positivity rates.” That’s not all: Intensive care hospitalizations have dropped to levels not seen since the virus first landed in Minnesota, and in recent months, the number of new cases has leveled off, dropping from a high of 125 new cases per 100,000 residents in mid-November to 13.2 new cases per day in the most recent data. There is one indicator that...
    Health officials in a region of Canada advised parents to keep their children in isolation away from the rest of the family if a classmate tests positive for the coronavirus. “If your child does not have any symptoms: the child must self-isolate, which means stay in a separate room, eat in a separate room apart from others, use a separate bathroom if possible,” Peel Health, located in Ontario, said in its guidelines. The self-isolation is recommended to last 14 days, and the guidelines added, “If the child must leave their room, they should wear a mask and stay 2 metres apart from others.” The guidelines have been slammed by local leaders, other health officials, and families for not considering how the orders could affect a child’s mental health. FAUCI SAYS NEW CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILL MUST PASS BEFORE SCHOOLS REOPEN “This does not seem practically possible and is...
    Every adult Oregonian may qualify for COVID-19 vaccinations as soon as late this summer, Oregon state officials said Friday. Starting July 1, every adult Oregonian is expected to be eligible for a shot in the arm by the Oregon Health Authority's latest estimates. For every Oregonian ages 45 to 64, a shot is anticipated to come "no later than June 1," according to OHA Director Patrick Allen. Shots are slated as soon as March 29 for Oregon's thousands of homeless and people ages 45 to 64 with underlying conditions as defined by the CDC, which include cancer, chronic kidney disease, and Type 2 Diabetes. By May 1, vaccinations should open up for those ages 16 to 45 with underlying conditions, Allen said Friday. "While younger people living with underlying health conditions may not face the same risks as older people, they’re still at greater risk than...
    A group known as Guerilla Momz is calling Berkeley Federation of Teachers president Matt Meyer a hypocrite after spotting him dropping his two year old daughter off for in-person instruction at a private pre-school. "Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers' union," the group wrote in a tweet on Saturday along with video footage of Meyer. "He's been saying it is unsafe for *your kid* to be back at school, all the while dropping his kid off at private school." JOHN JAMES: SCHOOL CLOSURES PERPETUATE 'MOST RACIALLY DIVIDED EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM' SINCE JIM CROW ERA Meyer told KQED that the video, which blurs out his child's face, was an intrusion on his child's privacy and "super inappropriate." He reportedly argued that his job is to advocate for the will of the teachers in his union, and where he sends his own children is a "personal choice." Meyer told FOX...
    Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), told CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that there is “more and more evidence” coronavirus vaccines are also “preventing transmission of infection.” Most public health experts have advised the fully vaccinated to continue with public health measures like masking and social distancing because evidence didn’t yet exist that vaccines would prevent transmission as well as infection. Gottlieb’s comments came during a discussion with anchor Margaret Brennan about the recent FDA emergency use approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, a one-dose vaccine that could significantly speed up vaccination rates in the U.S. WATCH: “I think this is a good vaccine,” Gottlieb told Brennan after stating that he would gladly take it. “They’ll ship about four million doses this week. The vaccine was very effective at preventing severe disease, 85% effective at preventing severe and critical disease.”...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State University recently announced it is planning on using a phased approach to create an expanded on-campus learning environment for the Fall 2021 semester. A “full range of web classes” will still be offered, including remote synchronous and remote asynchronous classes. “However, with vaccines becoming more available and the expectation that public health guidelines will reflect progress, we are optimistic that we can begin to safely transition during the summer and move toward a full in-person experience this fall while doing all that we can to keep our students, employees and local communities as safe and healthy as possible,” said Penn State President Eric J. Barron. Penn State says it will use the summer semester to begin implementing some changes to prepare for the fall, including increasing the number of in-person summer courses and using large event or...
    By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A congressman from Maine who cast one of two Democratic votes against the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill said the proposal contained too much unnecessary spending. Rep. Jared Golden, who represents Maine's vast, mostly rural and politically mixed 2nd Congressional District, said he “won’t support trillions more in funding that is poorly targeted or in many cases not necessary at this moment in time.” The proposal, which had strong support from Democratic President Joe Biden, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday. The only other Democrat to vote against the proposal was Rep. Kurt Schrader of Oregon. The proposal passed along party lines by a fairly thin margin. Golden said he supported portions of the bill that focus on key recovery projects such as vaccine distribution and emergency federal unemployment assistance. “This bill addresses urgent needs, and then buries them...
    By Anna Almendrala | Kaiser Health News In the hospital with COVID-19 in December, Lavina Wafer was tired of the tubes in her nose and wondered impatiently why she couldn’t be discharged. A phone call with her pastor helped her understand that the tube was piping in lifesaving oxygen, which had to be slowly tapered to protect her. Now that Wafer, 70, is well and back home in Richmond, she’s looking to her pastor for advice about the COVID-19 vaccines. Though she doubts they’re as wonderful as the government claims, she plans to get vaccinated anyway — because of his example. “He said he’s not going to push us to take it. It’s our choice,” Wafer said, referring to a recent online sermon that praised the vaccines as God-given science with the power to save. “But he wanted us to know he’s going to take it as soon as he...
    MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, woke up on Sunday morning to a second lockdown in a month as health authorities try to rein in a coronavirus cluster of the more contagious UK variant. The seven-day lockdown, announced late Saturday by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, follows a three-day stay-at-home order in mid-February after a local emergence of the UK variant of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Genomic sequencing of a new case recorded on Saturday, which prompted the lockdown, was linked to the existing cluster, health authorities said on Sunday, bringing it to 13 cases. "It's unlikely we wouldn't see more cases," COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told the state-owned television network TVNZ on Sunday. "How many cases at this point we simply don't know." The new case has been considered infectious for a week. The person, a 21-year-old student, visited a number of public spaces during...
    Friday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson took aim at various responses throughout government agencies that resulted in worsening the COVID-19 pandemic over the past several months. He started with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) initial reaction to the pandemic threat all the way through the contradictions of Biden health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci. Transcript as follows: It was a year ago this week that Nancy Pelosi was walking the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown without any concern whatsoever for her personal safety. Nancy Pelosi’s face was stark naked. She wasn’t wearing a mask, neither were the dozens of people who surrounded her. A local CBS affiliate was on the scene following all of it, but even the coronavirus was already spreading all over the world in places like France and South Korea and we now know here in the U.S., CBS didn’t suggest that anything was amiss....
    By MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity. “It’s shocking how quickly we’ve gone from moving at 100 miles an hour to about 25,” said Dr. Clemens Hong, who leads the county’s testing operation. After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. The drop in screening comes at a significant moment in the outbreak: Experts are cautiously optimistic that COVID-19 is receding after killing more than 500,000 people in the U.S. but concerned...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just five weeks ago, Los Angeles County was conducting more than 350,000 weekly coronavirus tests, including at a massive drive-thru site at Dodger Stadium, as health workers raced to contain the worst COVID-19 hotspot in the U.S. Now, county officials say testing has nearly collapsed. More than 180 government-supported sites are operating at only a third of their capacity. “It’s shocking how quickly we’ve gone from moving at 100 miles an hour to about 25,” said Dr. Clemens Hong, who leads the county’s testing operation. After a year of struggling to boost testing, communities across the country are seeing plummeting demand, shuttering testing sites or even trying to return supplies. The drop in screening comes at a significant moment in the outbreak: Experts are cautiously optimistic that COVID-19 is receding after killing more than 500,000 people in the U.S. but concerned that emerging variants could prolong the...
    The CEOs of five major New York City hospitals came to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aid by issuing a statement in support of a controversial directive for nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients — after their industry pushed for it. A senior-care insider said Friday that nursing homes weren’t consulted before the March 25 mandate was issued and that it “obviously came from the hospitals.” “Who else would come up with that, other than the hospitals?” the source said. Jim Clyne, president of Leading Age New York — which represents nursing homes and other residential facilities for seniors — also said, “No one talked to me” before the state Health Department issued the directive. In an 800-plus-word statement, the hospital CEOs said the since-rescinded order was a “prudent and safe option” to free up beds at their facilities during the first wave of the pandemic. “It is an everyday practice for...
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was closely following outbreaks of Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Guinea, and said the risk of Ebola to the United States was extremely low. "Out of an abundance of caution, the U.S. government will institute public health measures for the very small number of travelers arriving from the DRC and Guinea," the CDC said in a statement late on Friday. "The Biden Administration is committed to working closely with the affected countries to end these outbreaks before they grow into epidemics," the CDC said. Guinea started an Ebola vaccination campaign on Tuesday, the World Health Organization said earlier in the week, as authorities race to contain the first resurgence of the virus there since the world's worst outbreak in 2013-2016. The resurgence of the virus, which causes severe bleeding and organ failure and is spread...
    While many have expressed concern about a new COVID-19 variant that has cropped up in New York City, some health officials are more cautious. This week, The New York Times reported on a new COVID-19 strain, labeled B.1.526, that has sporadically been confirmed throughout the Northeast, prompting some uneasiness in health officials along the East Coast. Original story - COVID-19: Discovery Of New Variant In New York City Sparks Concern The new variant is believed to be potentially more contagious and may cause more severe infections, though some health officials have said it may not be as big of a threat as initially believed, despite reports from Columbia University Medical Center and California Institute of Technology researchers. Bill Neidhardt, a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, downplayed the variant. “It’s great that Columbia and other academics are looking into COVID variants,” he posted on Twitter. “But please,...
    While many have expressed concern about a new COVID-19 variant that has cropped up in New York City, some health officials are more dubious about the reports. This week, the New York Times reported on a new COVID-19 strain, labeled B.1.526, that has sporadically been confirmed throughout the Northeast, prompting some uneasiness in health officials along the East Coast. Original story - COVID-19: Discovery Of New Variant In New York City Sparks Concern The new variant is believed to be potentially more contagious and may cause more severe infections, though some health officials have said it may not be as big of a threat as initially believed, despite reports from Columbia University Medical Center and California Institute of Technology researchers. Bill Neidhardt, a spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the variant. “It’s great that Columbia and other academics are looking into COVID variants,” he posted on...
    (CNN)Several of former President Donald Trump's closest Republican allies in the House have skipped Friday's votes and enlisted their colleagues to vote on their behalf, signing letters saying they can't attend "due to the ongoing public health emergency."But those members are actually expected to be in Orlando and listed as speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual meeting aimed at energizing conservative activists.The members include Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who addressed the conference on Friday -- as well as some of Trump's staunchest defenders who are listed as speakers, like Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Jim Banks of Indiana, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina and Ted Budd of North Carolina. CNN has reached out to those offices for comment.To vote by proxy, a process that Republicans originally fought in court, lawmakers must sign a letter with the House clerk and allow another member to vote at their direction...
    By JEFF AMY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia lawmakers are considering a reorganization of the public health system that would strip power from county boards of health and give it to the state public health commissioner, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the need for a more centralized structure. Now, each county board must approve its local health director, even when multiple counties share a district director who covers more than a dozen counties. Senate Bill 256 would give Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey the power to choose directors without having to get county board approvals, making Toomey their sole boss. The measure was discussed by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Friday without getting a vote. It would make county heath boards purely advisory, removing any ability to make rules or any requirement that they agree to rules made at the state level. “This bill is...
    By Rami Ayyub and Steven Scheer TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel has led the world in COVID-19 vaccinations. Now it faces another challenge that other countries will have to grapple with: how to balance public health and the rights of the unvaccinated. Its decisions will affect every walk of life - from schools to work, and culture to worship. Half of Israelis have received their first shot, and the country began reopening its economy this week after a year of lockdowns and remote working. But several activities have been deemed off-limits to the unvaccinated, angering those who cannot get the jab for health reasons, or refuse it as a matter of principle. Some employers already plan to ban unvaccinated workers from the office, which rights groups fear could cost them their jobs. Unions have suggested workarounds, such as COVID-19 tests every 72 hours. "I'm already at peace with the fact...
    South Korea administered its first available shots of coronavirus vaccines to people at long-term care facilities Friday, launching a mass immunization campaign that health authorities hope will restore some level of normalcy by the end of the year. The rollout of vaccines come at a critical time for the country, which has seen its hard-won gains against the virus get wiped out by a winter surge and is struggling to mitigate the pandemic’s economic shock that decimated service sector jobs. “I felt very anxious over the past year, but I feel more secure now after receiving the vaccine,” said nursing home worker Lee Gyeong-soon, who received her shot at a public health center in northern Seoul. Health authorities plan to complete injecting the first of two doses to some 344,000 residents and workers at long-term care settings and 55,000 frontline medical workers by the end of March. “We have taken...
    House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to end migration controls at the United States-Mexico border to help slow the Chinese coronavirus in foreign countries. In March 2020, former President Trump imposed a CDC order known as Title 42 that allows federal immigration officials to quickly return border crossers to their native countries to prevent adding to the current public health emergency in the U.S. Nearly 460,000 border crossers have been expelled and deported from the U.S. since March 2020 thanks to Title 42. In the last four months, alone, between 62,000 to 65,000 border crossers have been expelled and deported monthly under Title 42. A group of 61 House Democrats, though, are asking Biden to end Title 42 — arguing that the U.S. is contributing to the global spread of the coronavirus by deporting border crossers to their native countries. Instead, the House Democrats say, the border crossers should...
    Crescenciano Mendoza has watched with growing anxiety as his 6th grade daughter Angeles struggles to understand her teacher through a computer video at their San Jose home — the mode of teaching for most students in the state’s biggest cities since the pandemic closed classrooms almost a year ago. While other public schools — mostly in the suburbs — have at least partly reopened, his daughter’s campus in San Jose’s Franklin-McKinley School District remains in remote “distance learning,” widely acknowledged as inferior to in-person instruction. On Thursday, Crescenciano joined another San Jose public school parents, doctors from a community health clinic and Mayor Sam Liccardo in urging schools to find a way to reopen more quickly. While many parents in urban districts where infection rates have been high remain leery about sending their kids back to school, as distance learning drags on and they watch their kids fall behind, more...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials said Thursday they have a plan to boost COVID-19 vaccinations among older people and other vulnerable populations. Health Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins said during an online briefing that the plan calls for increasing shots among seniors by 10% over the next two weeks. The effort will include more outreach by providers, walk-in and locally scheduled clinics and the use of mobile vaccination teams. Collins said more doses also will be allocated over the next three weeks to areas of the state that are considered particularly vulnerable based on the rate of infection and a series of factors that range from household income and minority status to the availability of housing and transportation. She pointed to McKinley County as an example of one of the more at-risk spots in New Mexico. “Really we're looking at taking a...
    By JOHN HANNA and ANDY TSUBASA FIELD, Associated Press/Report for America TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top aide to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly warned Republican legislators Thursday that a proposal to curb the power of the governor and other Kansas officials could seriously hamper the state's response to future public health emergencies and urged them to extend a state of emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic. Will Lawrence, Kelly's chief of staff, objected to key portions of a bill from the state Senate's top Republicans that would rewrite the state's emergency management laws. The Senate Judiciary Committee reviewed it Thursday as another committee considered requiring all public schools to offer in-person classes by March 26 and after the House approved a measure designed to manage a backlog of criminal cases caused by courts' inability to hold trials because of the pandemic. Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature have criticized Democratic Gov. Laura...
    A new COVID-19 variant discovered in New York City that may reduce the effectiveness of vaccines has some concerned there could be a new surge in cases. Researchers announced this week that a new variant has been discovered in New York City and elsewhere in the Northeast that has mutated and may be more resistant to vaccines. According to researchers, the variant, dubbed B.1.526, has appeared in diverse neighborhoods in New York City and “is scattered in the Northeast.” The new variant is reportedly similar to the strain first seen in South Africa, which appears to evade some of the body’s response to vaccines. It was first reported in the New York Times. It is believed that the New York City variant could be more contagious and potentially may cause more severe infections. 
“We observed a steady increase in the detection rate from late December to mid-February, with...
    Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE (R-Ky.) is facing criticism for his questioning of one of President BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE’s health nominees, Rachel LevineRachel LevinePete Buttigieg represents progress, but the LGBTQ community needs more It's time to support science-based sex ed A Biden nominee offers a chance to learn from the transgender community MORE, a former state health official who would be the...
    Bella Thorne had a flurry of emotions while watching the new documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” knowing all too well what it’s like to be under a microscope. “Watching it, I was just so sad, like, I was sad, infuriated, so mad — mad at myself for also being young and not knowing that things are happening,” the 23-year-old recently told Page Six. “We’re all a part of this culture. We’ve all been raised in this culture … No one helped her. We’re all really to blame here.” The new doc delves into Spears’ rise to fame, her mental health struggles and her scrutinized conservatorship with her father, Jamie Spears. Thorne — who, like Spears, is a former Disney starlet — said she could relate to the 39-year-old singer when she was being bombarded by paparazzi. “They’re physically on top of her, these flashes are right here, it’s, like, they’re hitting...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has received an additional $65 million in federal funding to help the state's coronavirus vaccination efforts, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says. The funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency can be used for supplies needed to safely store and administer the vaccine; secure transportation of refrigerated doses; staffing and training on vaccine distribution and administration; and public engagement and outreach, the Rhode Island Democrat said in a statement Wednesday. The funds are being made available to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. “This is good news for the state that will help offset the costs of operating vaccination sites across Rhode Island to rapidly distribute and administer as many COVID-19 vaccine doses as possible in an effective and efficient manner," Reed said. Almost 154,000 people have received a first vaccine dose in Rhode Island, while more than 64,000 people have been fully vaccinated, according...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Health Department has arranged two mobile clinics to provide coronavirus vaccinations specifically targeting members of Alaska's community of Pacific Islanders. The clinics scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday this week were the first targeting a specific community since the pandemic began, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The focused clinic strategy was used by the department during past illness outbreaks. There were about 160 appointments available for the two clinics, officials said. “In order to make sure some of these other groups get access, we basically created some private clinics,” said Christy Lawton, Anchorage’s public health division manager. “We’ll still serve people who are eligible but we’re not getting the message out the same way.” The clinics were advertised via word of mouth among Pacific Islanders rather than the usual appointment sites accessible to the public, officials said. “The minute any appointments go on those, they...
    Alleging the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has failed its residents and harmed its businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the West Covina City Council in a split decision this week voted to begin the process of forming its own health department. The move would eventually free the 16-square-mile city of about 110,000 residents from health mandates handed down by the county’s health department — such as bar and restaurant closures related to COVID-19 — but not until it creates a department of its own that meets state health requirements. It would not free the city from state health mandates. The move comes at a time when various small cities in the area have expressed interest in going it alone on health matters, as differences of opinion over pandemic-related shutdowns have caused tensions and disagreements at the municipal level. West Covina could be a test case for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday there are now 18 confirmed cases in the county of the COVID-19 variant first detected in the United Kingdom. According to Ferrer, officials from county health and USC are investigating a university outbreak of four cases, two of which have been confirmed to be the UK variant, and the other two are suspected of being that variant. READ MORE: Santa Ana Police Officer, Steven Lopez, Pleads Guilty To Federal Bribery Charge “The individuals are doing well and they are in isolation,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Close contacts have been identified, notified and they’re quarantining.” To date, there are still no confirmed cases of a South African variant, but she says there does appear to be a large presence of a California variant. Los Angeles County also reported an additional 136 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday...
    By ADRIAN SAINZ and KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The health department director in Tennessee’s most populous county said Wednesday that she found out about wasted coronavirus vaccines days before she publicly disclosed any doses had expired. Dr. Alisa Haushalter, director of the Shelby County Health Department in Memphis, said during a news conference that wasted vaccine doses were discovered during preparations for winter storms that struck Memphis starting Feb. 11. Haushalter said she found out about expired vaccine doses on Feb. 13. Sub-freezing temperatures and accumulations of snow and ice on roads led to the closure of vaccination sites during the following week as severe winter storms continued, causing existing inventory to build as the state kept delivering vaccines to the county, Haushalter said. Haushalter did not publicly disclose that any vaccine doses had been wasted until Feb. 19. That day, she said about 1,315 vaccine...
    Pandemic journal: Biden’s Vaccine Inertia Evidence suggests “vaccines really do work and that normal life is just a few hundred million shots away. How about a bit of urgency in ­administering them?” urges Oliver Wiseman at Spectator USA. “Maddeningly, the Biden administration and the public-health establishment” have no “can-do spirit” or even a plan for doubling vaccinations when approval of the Johnson & Johnson shot means we will have “3 million doses a day.” Team Biden only shows urgency about its $1.9 trillion ­relief bill, leading it “to downplay the light at the end of the tunnel” that vaccines provide. Never mind that “ramping up vaccination speeds to bring the pandemic to a speedier end” is “a better way to alleviate” economic suffering. Then there is the “focus on ‘equity’ that prioritizes factors other than speed” and Biden’s “plodding logic” that it’s better to “underpromise than underdeliver.” The “inertia” is...
    (CNN)Two overlapping crises have our country in a literal death grip: the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people, and the crushing economic downturn.We believe there's something that can help. Building a new public health workforce will provide permanent, quality jobs to bolster neglected health systems; create new career pathways, particularly for women and people of color; and ensure greater health equity in the Black and brown communities hardest hit by the virus.Over the last year, Covid-19 has laid bare the failures of our health system, which invests enormous sums in treating illness and paltry sums in preventing it. With limited staff and funding, state and local authorities are struggling to keep pace with testing, contact tracing, and supporting isolating and quarantining Covid-19 patients. Now, those same strapped governments are also being asked to ramp up complex vaccination campaigns. To mount a public health response of appropriate scale...
    Groups including Haitian Bridge Alliance, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, African Bureau for Immigration and Social Affairs (ABISA), Black Immigrant Collective (BIC), Black Immigrants Bail Fund, Migration Matters, and African Communities Together call on Biden admin to stop deporting Black immigrants. More than 60 House members are calling for a halt to the expulsions of asylum-seekers under a Stephen Miller-pushed order that the Biden administration has continued to largely keep in place. Under the policy, hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers have been expelled without due process, including dozens of Haitian children in recent weeks. “In March, the Trump administration began misusing Title 42 to effectively shut down access to our asylum system. That practice has continued, and in the case of deportation flights to some countries, increased,” legislators tell Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas. “You have the power to halt these expulsions by repealing the Title 42 order, and you should use...
    (CNN)The Biden administration said Wednesday it would send more than 25 million masks to community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens across the country in order to reach some of the nation's most vulnerable populations. "While masks are widely available in many different shapes and sizes, many low-income Americans still lack affordable access to this basic protection. That's why we're taking this important action to keep Americans safe," President Joe Biden's Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said at a White House briefing. Starting in March, the Biden administration will deliver the masks to more than 1,300 community health centers as well as 60,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the country. The White House says an estimated 12 to 15 million Americans will receive masks as a result of these efforts. The masks will be "no cost, high-quality, washable and consistent with the mask guidance from the CDC," according...
    Prince Edward gave a brief health update on his father, Prince Philip, days after he was admitted to the hospital.  The palace announced earlier this week that the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh is "comfortable and responding to treatment" for an infection. The news came days after Buckingham palace referred to Philip’s admission to the hospital as a "precautionary measure" taken on the advice of his doctor after he started to experience symptoms.  Speaking to Sky News, Prince Edward, Philip’s youngest son, revealed that he spoke with his dad recently and found him to be on the mend.  "As far as I'm aware, well I did speak to him the other day, so he's a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he's looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing," he said.  PRINCESS EUGENIE NAMED SON AFTER PRINCE PHILIP AND DISTANT ROYAL GRANDFATHER The Earl of...
    Dr. Scott Atlas slammed public health experts for what he described as continuing to invoke fear as much of the population gains immunity from COVID-19 infections and vaccinations. “What is the endpoint here?” Atlas asked during an interview on Fox News. “Because the endpoint is supposed to be living a normal life.” "The point is to stop people from dying and lead a normal life ... not to be fearful for the rest of our lives about what-if scenarios,” Atlas continued. “What if there's a new variant? What if there's new pandemics?" Former Trump COVID adviser Dr. Scott Atlas on vaccinations: "The point of this is to stop people from dying and lead a normal life ... not to be fearful for the rest of our lives about what-if scenarios: What if there's a new variant? What if there's new pandemics?" pic.twitter.com/60kHD1Wkk3— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 24, 2021 The comments...
    Virginia — whose state capital Richmond was once the capital of the Confederacy — is about to become the first state in the South to declare racism a public health crisis. The state Senate approved the declaration Tuesday and sent it to Gov. Ralph Northam — who’s expected to sign it. It had previously passed the House of Delegates on an almost party-line vote, with Democrats voting overwhelmingly in favor. The American Public Health Association says 145 cities and counties in 27 states have declared racism a public health issue — up from just seven in 2019. Virginia lawmakers also moved Tuesday to remove a statue of segregationist Harry F. Byrd Sr., who served as Virginia’s governor and a U.S. senator, will be removed from the state capitol grounds under a bill that won bipartisan final approval. By a vote of 36-3, the Senate advanced the measure that had already...
    The Parliament of Galicia approved this Tuesday a reform of the Galician health law to include heavy fines for not complying with measures to contain pandemics such as Covid-19. The regime of fines reach up to 600,000 euros and penalizes acts like resist vaccination, do not comply with quarantines Y organize parties that involve agglomerations, among others. The reform has been promoted by the Popular Group, and it reforms the 2008 text to adapt it to the fight against the coronavirus. It was approved in plenary only with the votes of the popular and with the rejection of the opposition. Among the most criticized chapters is that of infractions in public health, which provides for a regime of fines in minor, serious and very serious cases when the measures decreed by the authorities are not complied with in the context of a health emergency to contain a communicable disease....
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – At least 70% of people living in Jefferson County, nearly 45,000, who are 70 years and older have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 35% of that population has received both doses. The county’s health department set out to meet that goal by the end of February. READ MORE: Teacher Lucky To Be Alive After Ex Boyfriend Hides In Crawl Space & Attacks Her “We are going to stay focused on getting the rest of the 70+ population vaccinated as well as push forward to vaccinating other high-risk groups as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director at JCPH. (credit: CBS) The county says it suffered the highest rate of hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 since the pandemic, making up about 80% of deaths in the county. READ MORE: 85-Year-Old Cyclist Hit, Killed By Garbage Truck In Aurora The state set out to meet...
    A health worker holds up a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to be administered to members of the Italian Army at a vaccination center set up at the military barracks of Cecchignola, in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP) – Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse The Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is to be offered to key civil servants in Germany in a bid by Angela Merkel’s government to win public support for the jab, it has emerged. While the AstraZeneca jab has been a vital component in the UK’s successful vaccination roll-out, health authorities in Germany have been struggling to get people to take it amid public perceptions it is less effective than its rivals and causes more severe side effects. In stark contrast to the EU’s accusations last month that AstraZeneca failed to deliver promised vaccines, Germany is struggling to use its stocks of the jab,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Every Tuesday on ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4:30pm, the Chicago Department of Public Health will take part in a live Q&A session hosted by Judy Hsu and Rob Elgas.If you have questions about the COVID-19 response or the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in your area, please upload a video of yourself asking your question using the form at the bottom of this page.Your video may be used during one of the weekly segments and appear on television and our digital platforms. See what questions have already been answered:February 23, 2021: Dr. Allison Arwady, Chicago Dept. of Public Health & Dr. Kiran Joshi, Cook County Dept. of Public Health EMBED More News Videos Chicago's Dr. Allison Arwady and Cook County's Dr. Kiran Joshi answer your most pressing COVID-19 vaccine questions. February 16, 2021: Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Illinois Dept. of Public Health EMBED More News VideosDr. Ngozi Ezike, director...
        The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District is ending its nearly yearlong operation of free COVID-19 testing sites effective Thursday, February 25, with the closing of that day’s site in Walker County.   “Over the last two months, we’ve been shifting more and more of our limited public health resources to providing vaccinations,” says Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the ten-county district, “and in anticipation of an increasing vaccine supply believe now is time to discontinue COVID testing and focus on immunization. There are now other sources in our Northwest Georgia communities for these tests.”   Voccio is quick to point out that the health district’s decision to stop providing free COVID testing should by no means be taken as an indication that the virus is no longer a serious problem in Northwest Georgia.  “Although...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado has launched a new web portal that helps those who want to explore work in the public health sector. Now more than ever, Colorado needs health care workers to navigate uncharted waters. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) The new portal is on My Colorado Journey. You can choose a level of career, type and then search for programs by position or salary. The site is free and designed to encourage interest and training in health care and other fields that make a different. LINK: My Colorado Journey Health Care
    More On: ThriveNYC Hiring delays push back NYC program to help the mentally ill Letters to the Editor — Feb. 7, 2021 De Blasio’s push for new ThriveNYC waste is latest low of his fake mayoralty Bill de Blasio triples down on worthless ThriveNYC City Hall has finally decided that its new program to divert non-violent mental health calls from the NYPD will launch in Harlem and East Harlem — three months after rolling out the new program with so few details the effort didn’t even have a name. The new initiative will have specially trained teams of Fire Department paramedics and city social workers respond to reports of non-violent emotional distress in the 25th, 28th and 32nd Precincts, which cover both Upper Manhattan neighborhoods. The neighborhoods were first reported by New York 1. The pilot program was initially supposed to launch in February, which is nearly...
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has paid more than $400,000 to a Maryland company that came under heavy criticism when the state's coronavirus vaccination signup system failed, according to public documents. The state was charged $318,000 in August for a lifetime license for PrepMod Public Heath Bundle, an “end-to-end system” that promised to “automate all aspects of managing public health programming, including pandemics and other public health emergencies,” according to documents obtained by the Boston Herald. On Jan. 7, the state was charged another $43,086 for a “project manager” and $77,445 for “senior development,” according to records. PrepMod is the state’s largest online appointment booking vendor. It’s behind the maimmunizations.org registration website that was overwhelmed last Thursday as thousands tried to book appointments. The crash enraged Gov. Charlie Baker and drew an apology from PrepMod. PrepMod wasn’t the only vaccine booking technology that failed. The state’s vaxfinder.mass.gov site developed by Project...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Monday reported 943 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,181,403 cases and 19,904 deaths. Of the 21 new deaths, five people who died were over the age of 80, six people were between the ages of 65 and 79, seven people were between the ages of 50 and 64, two people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. RELATED: The Forum To Offer First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Only Thursday Through Sunday The seven-day average number of daily cases, which peaked on Jan. 8 with more than 15,000 cases, has dropped 90% to 1,600 per day. Public Health said the sharp decline was due to actions and choices by millions of residents, workers and employers, but cautioned that increases might be coming...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams is speaking to CBS3 after spending several years in prison. The former DA is talking about Philadelphia’s gun violence problem. Only on #CBS3 — fmr. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams talks about his “unique perspective” on the city’s spike in violent crime and gun violence, and why he believes a public health emergency should be declared. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/6IeZVAw1DG READ MORE: Philadelphia Police: Suspect Wanted For Sexually Assaulting 55-Year-Old Woman Inside Center City Macys — Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) February 22, 2021 Williams says it’s time to declare a public health emergency. In the time since he left prison on an early release because of COVID-19, Williams says he has confronted his own demons — the self-medicating he believes brought down his career as Philadelphia‘s top prosecutor. “For me personally, I self-medicated with martinis and Jack Daniels. As the DA, I had...
    Some of the nation's leading public health officials are promoting "pseudoscience" in order to prolong coronavirus lockdowns across America, Laura Ingraham charged Monday. "The Ingraham Angle" host opened the program with a montage of Dr. Anthony Fauci's various opinions on mask-wearing, beginning with him saying last March there was no reason to wear a mask and ending with his statement last month that wearing two masks was better than wearing one. "For a long time, people of good faith were willing to overlook some of the goalpost- shifting," Ingraham said, "Because Fauci led everyone to believe that normalcy, don’t worry, was right around the corner." However, Ingraham added, Fauci isn’t the only medical expert "spewing lies or unprovable medical accusations." Ingraham also targeted National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins, who described a mask as "a life-saving medical device" over the weekend. TUCKER CARLSON: CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS REVEAL OUR LEADERS' TOTALITARIAN INSTINCTS Francis declined the opportunity to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Monday reported 943 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 21 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,181,403 cases and 19,904 deaths. Of the 21 new deaths, five people who died were over the age of 80, six people were between the ages of 65 and 79, seven people were between the ages of 50 and 64, two people were between the ages of 30 and 49 and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. READ MORE: Daft Punk Announce Split Through 8-Minute Epilogue Video The seven-day average number of daily cases, which peaked on Jan. 8 with more than 15,000 cases, has dropped 90% to 1,600 per day. Public Health said the sharp decline was due to actions and choices by millions of residents, workers and employers, but cautioned that increases might be coming this week resulting...
    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said political divisiveness contributed significantly to the "stunning" U.S. COVID-19 death toll, which on Monday surpassed 500,000 lives lost. The country had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 500,054 fatalities as of Monday afternoon, according to a Reuters tally of public health data. In an interview with Reuters, Fauci on Monday said the pandemic arrived in the United States as the country was riven by political divisions in which wearing a mask became a political statement rather than a public health measure. "Even under the best of circumstances, this would have been a very serious problem," Fauci said, noting that despite strong adherence to public health measures, countries such as Germany and the UK struggled with the virus. "However, that does not explain how a rich and sophisticated country can have the most...
    Reuters February 22, 2021 0 Comments The United States on Monday crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just over a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California. In a proclamation honoring the dead, U.S. President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff on public buildings and grounds until sunset on Feb. 26. “On this solemn occasion, we reflect on their loss and on their loved ones left behind,” Biden said in the proclamation. “We, as a Nation, must remember them so we can begin to heal, to unite, and find purpose as one Nation to defeat this pandemic.” Bells tolled at the National Cathedral in Washington to honor the lives lost. The country had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 500,264 lives lost as of Monday afternoon, according to a Reuters tally of...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses will commemorate the grim milestone of 500,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 with a moment of silence on Monday evening and ask all Americans to take part, the White House said. "They will ask all Americans to join in a moment of silence during a candle lighting ceremony at sundown," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters. Biden will order all flags on federal properties to be lowered to half-staff for the next five days, Psaki said. "Tonight's events, including the president's remarks, will highlight the magnitude of loss that this milestone marks for the American people," she said. "He will also speak to the power of the American people to turn the tide on this pandemic by working together, following ... public health guidelines, and getting in line to be vaccinated as soon as they are eligible."...
    By Susan Heavey (Reuters) - No health crisis has devastated the United States like the COVID-19 pandemic since the 1918 Spanish influenza, already killing 500,000 people, triggering the biggest decline in U.S. life expectancy since World War Two, and ranking among the biggest killers in U.S. history: 1918 INFLUENZA The outbreak known as the Spanish influenza killed about 675,000 people in the United States between early 1918 and early 1920, making it the deadliest pandemic of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/reconstruction-1918-virus.html. Health officials imposed quarantines, limits on public health gatherings, and cleaning and hygiene protocols to limit the spread of the disease with no available vaccines or antibiotics, according to the agency. (https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html) HIV/AIDS More than 675,000 people with HIV/AIDS died in the United States between 1985 and 2013, CDC data show https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/factsheets/todaysepidemic-508.pdf. While there is no vaccine to prevent HIV or...
    The Community of Madrid will start this Tuesday to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine at the Hospital Nurse Isabel Zendal to groups such as veterinarians, AENA personnel or forensic doctors. This has been indicated by the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, in her social networks, where she has indicated that these groups have been profiled following the indications of the Ministry of Health. Tomorrow the vaccination begins at the Zendal. Following instructions from @sanitygob We will vaccinate foreign Health personnel, AENA, Public Health inspectors, the Social Security Institute, juvenile offenders, forensic doctors, CC Health students and veterinarians. – Isabel Díaz Ayuso (@IdiazAyuso) February 22, 2021 The list is completed by the Foreign Health personnel, Public Health inspectors, those from the Social Security Institute, juvenile offenders, veterinarians and Health Sciences students. This strategy responds to the fact that with the AstraZeneca vaccine It can only be administered in Spain to citizens...
    EFE videos A nurse, the first person to be vaccinated in Paraguay against covid-19 Asunción, Feb 22 (EFE) .- A 40-year-old nurse was the first person to be vaccinated against the coronavirus in Paraguay, where this Monday the immunization campaign began with a shipment of 4,000 doses of Sputnik V, reserved for the country’s health personnel South American, with 3,000 deaths from the pandemic and more than 150,000 cases. Miriam Arrúa was vaccinated by the Minister of Health, Julio Mazzoleni, at the National Hospital, in the town of Itauguá, about 35 kilometers from Asunción. This procedure was followed by other vaccinations in that center, as well as in the Maternal Infant of the Asuncion neighborhood of Trinidad, in the regional hospital of Ciudad del Este, the second largest city in Paraguay, and in the city of Encarnacion (south). Arrúa, from the intensive care unit of the Itauguá center, underwent the...
    The 8M Commission, akin to Podemos, plans to celebrate International Women’s Day, on March 8, with different mobilizations in the Community of Madrid. They intend to « relocate » the convocation so that instead of a single and massive demonstration, there are several in different parts of the region. A real nonsense given the extreme risk situation in which the Community finds itself. The massive demonstration last year turned into a biological bomb that triggered infections by 2,000%, according to aggregate data published later by the Ministry of Health. His authorization led to the imputation of the Government Delegate in Madrid, José Manuel Franco, finally acquitted, because the Justice did not consider it proven that he had exact knowledge of the expansion of the virus that was spreading exponentially at that time. That saved him. Now, the Government Delegate cannot justify himself in ignorance. The data are there and, despite the fact...
    By Maria Caspani and Anurag Maan NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Monday closed in on the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just over a year to the day since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known U.S. victims in Santa Clara County, California. The country had recorded more than 28 million COVID-19 cases and 499,510 lives lost as of Monday morning, according to a Reuters tally of public health data, although daily deaths and hospitalizations have fallen to the lowest level since before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. About 19% of total global coronavirus deaths have occurred in the United States, an outsized figure given that the nation accounts for just 4% of the world's population. "These numbers are stunning," Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top infectious disease adviser to President Joe Biden told ABC News' "Good Morning America" program. "If you look back historically, we've done...
    Prince William has spoken out about his grandfather’s health condition. On Monday, the 38-year-old exchanged a few words with longtime royal photographer Arthur Edwards, who asked the Duke of Cambridge how Prince Philip was doing, People magazine reported. "He’s OK," said William about the 99-year-old. "They’re keeping an eye on him." On Saturday, Prince Charles visited his father, who was admitted on Feb. 16 to London's King Edward VII Hospital for "observation and rest" after falling ill.  PRINCESS EUGENIE NAMED SON AFTER PRINCE PHILIP AND DISTANT ROYAL GRANDFATHER William’s father arrived at the hospital by car and stayed for about half an hour. According to the hospital’s website, visits are only allowed in "exceptional circumstances" because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, Prince William gave a health update concerning his grandfather Prince Philip, 99. (REUTERS) Buckingham Palace called Philip’s admission "a precautionary measure" taken on the advice of his...
    BALTIMORE (AP) — A large number of Marylanders had signed up to get the coronavirus vaccine at a sports stadium only to have the appointments canceled. The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that most people had signed up using an invalid link. The vaccine appointments had been scheduled to occur at M&T Bank Stadium. The University of Maryland Medical System said the booking link was made “inadvertently” public. Spokesman Michael Schwartzberg said people who had signed up have since been notified that their vaccines were canceled because eligibility couldn’t be confirmed. He said that a non-public website had inadvertently made an appointment booking link discoverable. “Vaccination appointments were created in error by several thousand people via this invalid link, where vaccination eligibility was unable to be confirmed, and the link was shared widely before we were able to shut it down,” Schwartzberg said. M&T Bank Stadium is scheduled to open Thursday...
    LONDON (AP) — Prince William said Monday that his grandfather, Prince Philip, is “OK” as the 99-year-old royal consort remains under in a hospital for rest and observation. William was asked about Philip when he visited a coronavirus vaccination center in eastern England. “Yes, he’s OK, they’re keeping an eye on him,” William said, and gave a wink. Philip was admitted to the private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday after falling ill. Buckingham Palace said the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was expected to remain in the hospital into this week for a period of “observation and rest.” Philip’s illness is not believed to be related to COVID-19. Both he and the queen, 94, received a first dose of a vaccine against the coronavirus in early January. Philip, who retired from public duties in 2017, rarely appears in public. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    The director for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a new interview that statements made by former President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Florida officer arrested after live streaming from inside US Capitol during breach, FBI says Schumer says he's working to find votes to confirm Biden's OMB pick Pence declined invitation to attend CPAC: reports MORE and other Republicans who dismissed mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic may have cost tens of thousands of lives.  "The evidence was pretty compelling by last March or April that uniform wearing of masks would reduce transmission of this disease," Francis Collins told Axios. "And yet, with a variety of messages through a variety of sources, mask wearing became a statement about your political party or an invasion of your personal freedom." Collins also said that pleas from national public health officials like himself to commit to face coverings while in public "got categorized in all sorts...
    MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — The only Minnesota county located entirely within the borders of a Native American reservation has been vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in the state, authorities said. Mahnomen County is located in the northwestern part of the state, about an hour's drive from the Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota metropolitan area. As of this past week, 85 percent of people 65 and older in the county have been vaccinated. Public health leaders at the White Earth Nation and Mahnomen County credit that high vaccination rate to close collaboration between the tribe and the county to efficiently get those doses to residents, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The White Earth Reservation is a patchwork of tribal and private land — and the people who live there are a nearly equal mix of Native Americans and non-Native people. Since White Earth is a sovereign...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Amid a decline of confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, City Attorney Mike Feuer issued a warning to the public to remain vigilant in following public health orders. “As we have seen in the past, especially with the surges that we experienced in November and December, that progress is very fragile,” said Feuer Saturday in a video recorded message. “It depends on all of us doing our parts.” READ MORE: Strong Winds With Gusts Of Up To 50 MPH Possible In Parts Of SoCal To that end, Feuer explained that his office has held individuals who have held large indoor gatherings — in contravention of public health orders — accountable. READ MORE: VP Kamala Harris Returns To SoCal For 1st Time Since Taking Office “That work continues,” he said, explaining that criminal charges have in fact been filed against individuals connected to properties alleged to have...
    Declaring a national educational emergency « while the pandemic lasts » establishes the bill presented by teachers’ unions. Classes must restart on March 2. Four arguments presents the draft declaration of educational emergency presented by the National Union of Directors (Sinadi). Connectivity in all educational institutions and the provision of computers to teachers, biosecurity, human resources and infrastructure. The proposal was delivered as a preliminary draft to the Ministry of Education and Sciences for urgent referral to the National Congress. « God willing, urgent procedure is given, » said the head of Sinadi, Miguel Mareco. The request comes one week from the date of the resumption of classes and although the claims already existed, the teachers reiterate that the conditions for return are not in place and leave a sitting position throughout the project. There are 733 latrines nationwide, but all of them will be converted into modern toilets and...
    A U.S. Customs and Protection vehicle stands next to a sign saying the border is closed to nonessential traffic at the Canada-U.S. Border crossing at the Thousand Islands Bridge, to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Lansdowne, Ontario, Canada, on September 28, 2020 (Lars Hagberg / .) WASHINGTON – The United States’ land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least March 21, the first anniversary of restrictions to address concerns about COVID-19 transmission, the government said Friday. from the United States. The new 30-day extension is the first announced under President Joe Biden and comes as the White House has been holding meetings on potentially more stringent requirements for crossing U.S. land borders into North America, authorities said. Canada has shown little interest in lifting the restrictions and recently imposed new COVID-19 testing requirements for some Canadians returning via land crossings....
    This Saturday will be very hot with no chance of rain. The same trend will continue tomorrow and only from Tuesday are showers expected. The sky today will be partly cloudy to cloudy, variable winds will blow and the maximum will reach 35 ° C. Tomorrow, Sunday, a warm to hot day is announced, partly cloudy to cloudy skies and winds from the northeast. Temperatures will range from 21 ° C to 36 ° C. On Monday the peak of the ascent will arrive, with a maximum of 37 ° C and a minimum of 23 ° C. The sky will be cloudy to partly cloudy and north winds will blow. Hot and humid weather, partly cloudy to cloudy skies and north winds are expected on Tuesday. Temperatures will range from 24 ° C to 36 ° C. The Public Ministry presented an accusation of...