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    More of the Massachusetts economy will be opening within the next week - a move that may usher in the return of attending live sports events. On Thursday, Feb. 25, Gov. Charlie Baker said that the state’s COVID-19 rates are declining at such a pace as to allow further expansion of the economy, according to WWLP. On March 1, Massachusetts will move onto Step 2 of Phase 3. There are 4 phases to Massachusetts's economic reopening plan after COVID-19. In Step 2 of Phase 3 - the final step of the phase - Massachusetts restaurants will not be tied to a percentage-based seating-limit. As long as there are six feet in between tables, a restaurant can serve as many people as it likes. Performance spaces such as concert halls and theaters can also operate at 50 percent capacity, but with a maximum of 500 people. Other industries...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The process of getting the COVID-19 vaccine into arms has been confusing, and WCCO has been getting a lot of questions from viewers about the rollout in Minnesota. The state is currently finishing up vaccinations for health care workers and long term care residents in phase 1A. We are currently in phase 1B, which includes people 65 and older, educators, and child care providers. READ MORE: Gov. Walz Launches Vaccine Connector, Says Its The Next Step In Rollout Strategy WCCO had a chance to ask the state health department about how they’re prioritizing who gets the vaccine first. Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease expert Kris Ehresmann says the state is given guidelines from the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine recipients. “We took that guidance and refined it for Minnesota and did tiering because obviously we can’t do everyone at the same...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- UPDATE, Jan. 13, 1:15 p.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Californians 65 and older are being moved up in line as next to get the vaccine, right after health care workers and nursing home residents. The tiers below have been updated to reflect the change. As California continues to receive hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses, Gov. Gavin Newsom explained who is next up to receive the shot.VACCINE TRACKER: See California's progress, when you might get a vaccine hereRight now, California is in Phase 1A of vaccine distribution, which covers: Health care workers Workers and residents at skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care homes After Phase 1A comes Phase 1B, which includes people who are unable to work from home, live or work in highly impacted areas, or are most likely to spread the virus to coworkers or the public.But who does that...
    Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said year-round schooling is one of the options on the table to help students who have fallen behind with at-home learning. Northam said discussions are already underway, and if the year-round school is approved, it may start next year. He said state education officials are also looking at the possibility of adding school days to the summer. “Our children have suffered from COVID-19 as have our families,” Northam said Wednesday. As vaccines become more available, giving many hope that the end of the pandemic is coming soon, schools are trying to prepare for the return of students to physical classrooms. One of the concerns educators have is how to help students that struggled during the at-home learning phase. While no set ideas have been decided, Northam said the need for all schools to welcome students back led to the state’s decision to put its 285,000 teachers...
    Masked "Patriot Front" marchers brought their message of creating a fascist America to Washington, D.C., in January. Trumpism—the ugly right-wing politics of hatefulness and division that coalesced under the current occupant of the Oval Office—and its effects will linger in the United States long after Donald Trump has vacated the presidency. This is acutely the case when it comes to the spread of white nationalist hate that he has enabled and empowered. The openly fascist hate group Patriot Front—known best to the public for the fliers its members plaster around towns and college campuses with such slogans as “We Have a Right to Exist,” “Fascism: The Next Step for America,” “Will Your Speech Be Hate Speech?”—is the living embodiment of this new reality. A deep dive into the group by Buzzfeed’s Jane Lytvynenko reveals how its danger and viciousness extends well beyond those fliers, and how it plans to keep it going...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said that he had serious doubts that the Russian-made COVID-19 vaccine, touted by Russian President Vladmir Putin on Tuesday, was safe and effective.  The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases spoke with National Geographic in a virtual panel discussion when he expressed his concerns. 'I hope that the Russians have actually, definitively proven that the vaccine is safe and effective,' Fauci said. 'I seriously doubt that they've done that.' Dr. Anthony Fauci expressed concern about whether Russia's COVID-19 vaccine was proven to be 'safe and effective' He continued:  'Having a vaccine, Deborah, and proving that a vaccine is safe and effective are two different things.' Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow...
    ABCVALENCIA Updated: 07/24/2020 19: 21h Save The residences and day centers for the elderly in the Valencian Community will remain in phase 3 of the de-escalation until there is a coronavirus vaccineIn addition, next week the measures that will apply to them in that phase will be tightened. This was announced this Friday by the vice president of the Consell, Monica Oltra, in the press conference after the plenary session, in which he specified that the evolution of the pandemic changes every day and it is possible that it will entail the introduction of “many more changes, more restrictive”, in different areas. Image of Vice President Oltra taken this Friday – EFE As an example, he explained that the Department of Equality and Inclusive Policies is working, and has met with the nursing home sector to deal with it, in “tightening up” as of next week the measures of...
    (CNN)Much of the world has pinned its hopes on a vaccine as a way out of the Covid-19 pandemic that has infected more than 15 million and killed more than 630,000 people globally.The World Health Organization says there are 25 potential coronavirus vaccines in clinical trials internationally.Here in the United States, the government has put its money behind several different vaccine candidates through Operation Warp Speed. Even once a vaccine gets approved, big hurdles remain for distributionOne of those vaccines is being developed by the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in partnership with the biotechnology company Moderna. The vaccine is expected to enter Phase 3 testing next week. This phase of the trial is expected to involve 30,000 volunteers and will test whether the vaccine protects people against the coronavirus.The vaccine uses messenger RNA (mRNA), which are cells...
    By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press Gov. Ned Lamont said Monday he's watching the rising number of COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country and is considering whether to possibly delay Connecticut's third phase of reopening, noting it depends on what's happening here and elsewhere. Indoor private gatherings capped at 50 people, outdoor private gatherings up to 250 people and outdoor event venues, such as amphitheaters and race tracks at 50% capacity, are all scheduled to be allowed sometime in mid-July. Meanwhile, bars and nightclubs remain shuttered, as well as large indoor event spaces. “Obviously, if I saw something in Massachusetts or New York that was very disturbing, it would certainly give me pause,” he said. “And what I see in in Arizona, Texas, and Florida, it shows you that things could change very quickly.” The governor said Connecticut's ultimately decision on what to reopen in mid-July will likely be...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Santa Clara County residents learned Friday that the community was ready and poised to enter the next reopening phase by the end of next week. Public Health Officer Sara Cody made the announcement that, although there was an increase in COVID-19 cases, she planned to release details of the next step in the middle of next week. “I anticipate issuing a new order next week,” Cody said. “Thanks to the efforts and sacrifices of our residents, the prevalence of COVID-19 in Santa Clara county does remain much lower than in most other places.” Cody has recently received criticism from some members of the community for being much slower to reopen the county than others in the Bay Area. Santa Clara County was hit hard by the virus in the beginning of the pandemic, and Cody was the first to enforce its stay-at-home order in the region....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19...
    Texas is forcing bars to close again, Arizona is telling residents to stay home and Florida has paused its reopening plans as the states continue to see record spikes in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The governors of those three states were among the first in the country to lift coronavirus lockdown measures two months ago but are now backpedaling as infections continue to surge. In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott shut down bars again on Friday and scaled back restaurant dining to 50 percent capacity - the most dramatic reversals yet as confirmed coronavirus cases surge.  Abbott also said rafting and tubing outfitters on Texas' popular rivers must close and that outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more must be approved by local governments.  The abrupt actions reflect how Texas is now scrambling to contain an outbreak less than two months after an aggressive reopening that was one of the fastest...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is a 'promising' coronavirus vaccine entering phase three trials next month and there could be a cure ready by early next year. 'It will be when and not if' there is a vaccine, Fauci said. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in his testimony before Congress on Tuesday, said there were several vaccines moving through the federal approval process at 'various paces.'  'One of them will enter phase three study in July. This is one that has already shown in preliminary studies, some very favorable response in the animal models that were developed,' he told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in his opening remarks.  Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is a 'promising' coronavirus vaccine entering phase three trials next month Dr. Fauci was spotted taking selfies before he testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee In...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is a lot of excitement in Pennsylvania and New Jersey about moving into the next phases of reopening, but experts caution that a resurgence in COVID-19 cases is possible. New Jersey is poised to reopen its hair and nail salons, barber shops, massage and tattoo parlors on Monday. It’s a move Gov. Phil Murphy considers a huge step in his Road Back plan. “The salons and barber shops are going to be our first step with largely sedentary indoor openings,” he said. Philadelphia won’t be far behind. Because of the steep decline in COVID-19 infection rates, city officials plan to allow more businesses to reopen Friday, June 26. They include salons, barber shops and spas, pools and swim clubs and outside sections of zoos. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! “The people of Philadelphia didn’t just flatten the cure, you suppressed the virus and...
    Biotech company Moderna said on Thursday that it is going to start the Phase III trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine with 30,000 volunteers next month. The vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, will be given in the 100 microgram dose level in the trial, which is being done in conjunction with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. At that dose level, the company said it can deliver 500 million doses per year and perhaps as many as 1 billion doses per year starting in 2021, as it works with Swiss drugmaker Lonza for its manufacturing needs. RESEARCHERS URGE 'WIDESPREAD' WEARING OF FACE MASKS TO SLOW CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC “We look forward to beginning our Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273 with some 30,000 participants in July,” said Tal Zaks, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer at Moderna, in a statement. “Moderna is committed to advancing...
    Art Van Furniture, Bar Louie and True Religion all sell different products, but they all have one thing in common: Each has gone bankrupt this year, as the coronavirus-induced recession that started in February flattens businesses large and small. Recent data show 722 companies sought bankruptcy protection around the U.S. last month, a 48% increase from the year-ago period. Chapter 11 filings also jumped in April and March, as states started imposing business restrictions amid the coronavirus outbreak.  "This is a sign that already weak companies are succumbing to the lockdown recession," Chris Kuehl, an economist with the National Association of Credit Management, which tracks bankruptcies, said in a research note. Businesses that were struggling before the pandemic "are starting to get in some real trouble," he added Coronavirus: The Race To Respond Business bankruptcies surge in the coronavirus recession Cuomo: Trump should apologize for "reprehensible" tweet Top GOP senator says next...
    As part of the state’s next phase in its coronavirus response, which begins June 10, gyms and fitness centers as well as pools and aquatic centers will be reopening soon with some restrictions, Gov. Tim Walz and state officials announced at a Friday press conference. Also allowable? Sporting events, including youth sports practices. “There are sports that you can play pretty easily six feet apart, even in a competition,” Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Steve Grove said Friday. “You can play a tennis match a pretty good distance away from somebody. You can compete in a race a good amount of distance away from somebody. Five-on-five basketball is a little tougher to play competitively in a game with social distancing. You’d be a pretty bad basketball player if you tried to stay six feet apart from the person you’re trying to defend.” The state...
    NEW YORK -- Westchester, Rockland counties and other parts of the Hudson Valley as well as Long Island will enter phase two of reopening this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.Westchester and Rockland counties will enter phase two on Tuesday. Long Island will follow on Wednesday.As part of phase two, restaurants will be allowed to offer outdoor dining.While restaurants can use canopies, the governor said the dining areas must be in open air space.Tables must be at least six feet apart, restaurant staff must wear face masks and customers must wear face coverings when they are not seated.UPDATESGrieving the lost: Tri-State residents who have diedNew JerseyConnecticut New York CityLong IslandRESOURCESZip Code Tracker: Where are the NYC cases?Where are the testing centers?See how our communities are making a differenceRELATEDSHARE YOUR STORY: Share Your Stay Home Stories With UsPHOTOS:Coronavirus in New York CityCORONAVIRUS NEW YORK LIVE UPDATES AND NEWSJUNE 4, 2020Coronavirus data...
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