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    ABC7 brings you coverage of live events from public officials updating residents on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the live events above, and click here to watch Eyewitness News during regularly scheduled programming, listed below.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here.THURSDAY LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News1 p.m.: Orange County officials discuss latest on local COVID-19 response, impact3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIESWATCH | Here's a breakdown of each tier in Newsom's reopening frameworkEMBED More News Videos Does the new color coded, 4-tier system for monitoring COVID-19 in California leave you scratching your...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — The city of Concord announced Wednesday that it will open its 19 playgrounds on Thursday following new guidance from state public health officials. As of Monday, all public playgrounds that are fully outdoors are allowed to reopen, according to a list of new rules the state issued on Monday. Visitors ages two and up will be required to wear a face mask while at the playground and should maintain six feet of distance between each other. State public health officials also suggest visitors limit their time at a playground to 30 minutes. Concord Public Works staff inspected all of the city’s playgrounds Wednesday in anticipation of their reopening and installed signage laying out the rules for...
    Arizona state health and education officials are calling for the continuation of face-covering requirements to help fight the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, multiple health groups and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman urged cities in the Copper State to keep mask mandates steadfast after requirements were lifted in Lake Havasu City, according to KTAR-FM. NEW YORK CITY IMPOSES $1,000 FINE FOR PEOPLE WHO REFUSE TO WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC “Eliminating these mask mandates will only increase the potential for community spread and place additional burden on our health care delivery system,” Health System Alliance of Arizona Executive Director Jennifer Carusetta wrote in a statement. “We urge Arizona leaders to maintain existing mask mandates and COVID-19 mitigation efforts.” The Health System Alliance of...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) – Amid growing concern about COVID-19 cases rising alongside the flu this fall and winter, Contra Costa County health officials plan to offer flu shots alongside coronavirus testing at several sites. Contra Costa Health Services said several COVID-19 testing sites will provide free flu shots starting on Thursday, including testing sites in Antioch, Central Concord, North Concord, Richmond and San Ramon. Health officials said additional testing sites will provide the influenza vaccine in the future. “We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their flu shots this year,” county health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said in a statement. “Offering flu vaccine at COVID testing sites will let people cross two...
    LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey health officials are focusing on an uptick of COVID cases in Ocean County. Their focus is specifically in Lakewood, where the positivity rate is now 27%. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage “We are working closely with the Lakewood community and religious leaders to increase our testing at the federally qualified health centers in the region...
    By Lauren Weber and Katheryn Houghton | Kaiser Health News While the president and vice president forgo masks at rallies, the White House is quietly encouraging governors to implement mask mandates and, for some, enforce them with fines. In reports issued to governors on Sept. 20, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended statewide mask mandates in Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma. The weekly memos, some of which have been made public by the Center for Public Integrity, advocate mask usage for other states and have even encouraged doling out fines in Alaska, Idaho and, recently, Montana. Masks, a political flashpoint since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, are considered by public health officials to be a top safeguard against spreading...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — The New Jersey Department of Health says there are nearly a dozen COVID-19 outbreaks linked to schools. They are using a new tool to monitor those outbreaks. On Wednesday, officials unveiled a new dashboard to report instances of school transmission in each county. “In-school transmission is considered the transmission of the virus between students and/or school staff that occurs on school property in the context of academic school activities,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Judy Persichilli said. The health commissioner says there are 43 cases of COVID-19 linked to those 11 outbreaks. Seven of the outbreaks have happened in South Jersey schools located in Cape May, Gloucester and Burlington Counties.
    ABC7 brings you coverage of live events from public officials updating residents on the response to the coronavirus pandemic.Watch the live events above, and click here to watch Eyewitness News during regularly scheduled programming, listed below.Get the latest news, information and videos about the novel coronavirus pandemic here.TUESDAY LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News12 p.m.: CA Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly gives COVID-19 update1 p.m.: Los Angeles County officials discuss latest on local COVID-19 response, impact3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIES What SoCal tenants need to know about rent payments amid COVID-19 outbreak EMBED More News...
    By GRANT SCHULTE, Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of wrangling over it in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign that led voters to approve it and a nearly two-year rollout that left some people in health care limbo. The state will provide coverage to 10,288 residents who have signed up so far, a number roughly in line with the state's projections. State officials expect expanded enrollment to rise to about 90,000 within a few years. “This expansion is an excellent opportunity” for people who are now eligible, said Dannette Smith, executive director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Nebraska was among several...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of wrangling over it in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign that led voters to approve it and a nearly two-year rollout that left some people in health care limbo. The state will provide coverage to 10,288 residents who have signed up so far, a number roughly in line with the state’s projections. State officials expect expanded enrollment to rise to about 90,000 within a few years. “This expansion is an excellent opportunity” for people who are now eligible, said Dannette Smith, executive director of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Nebraska was among several conservative states where state lawmakers...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore city health officials are discouraging families from participating in traditional trick-or-treating or hosting Halloween parties. City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa asked residents to help the city avoid a spike in COVID-19 cases by celebrating Halloween with health and safety in mind. “Halloween is fast approaching, and by being safe and planning ahead, we can make sure that we get through the holiday season, without seeing a significant spike in New COVID-19 cases,” Dzirasa said. “There are two things I want everyone to remember this Halloween. First, traditional trick or treating indoor Halloween parties and indoor haunted houses are not advisable this year, and present an elevated risk of disease transmission,” she continued. “If you’re thinking...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed attorney Kirk Clements of the Nashville-based Sovereignty Legal Foundation to the newsmakers line. During the second hour, Clements highlighted elements of the case against Mayor John Cooper for shutting down Kid Rock’s downtown restaurant owned by Steve Smith and the fake COVID numbers to assist in that. He added that according to the timing of the emails from Cooper’s director Ben Eagles, it’s alleged that this was a personal vendetta orchestrated by the mayor. Leahy: We are joined on our...
    Vice President Biden said that he would not trust President Trump to deliver a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine during a bitter debate rife with repeated, personal attacks. Biden said Thursday that “we don’t trust him at all” to create a safe coronavirus vaccine, adding that “we trust a scientist.” Trump has touted his administration’s progress in developing a vaccine as part of its research initiative Operation Warp Speed, which has pushed four vaccine candidates to final clinical stages. Trump said that “we’re weeks away from a vaccine,” despite health officials in his own administration saying that the soonest the majority of the United States would be immunized would be spring 2021. Biden argued that Trump has...
    A Wisconsin youth football coach was fired for exposing colleagues and players to COVID-19 during a scrimmage — when he already had learned he tested positive for the virus, league officials said. The assistant coach, who was not identified, had been tested for the coronavirus after showing symptoms but still decided to attend Saturday’s scrimmage and practice between fifth- through eighth-graders from Hartford Youth Football and the Kewaskum Gridiron Club, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. “Responding to this pandemic is easy,” Washington County Executive Josh Schoemann said in a statement Monday. “Stay home when sick, period. I have not found anyone who agrees with the coach’s decision to attend practice and a scrimmage while waiting for his test results.”...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin’s chief medical officer. READ MORE: Study Finds Few Wisconsin Residents With COVID-19 Antibodies On Tuesday, Wisconsin recorded its highest single-day increase in deaths from COVID-19 since May. The state’s seven-day average in new confirmed cases was three times higher than a month ago and Wisconsin ranked third in new cases per capita over the past two weeks. The number of people hospitalized, 640, was also an all-time high and an...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Wyoming, Nevada, and Texas were added to Chicago's COVID-19 emergency travel order Tuesday.Kentucky was also added back on the list after being removed last week.States on the travel order are seeing new cases at a rate of greater than 15 per 100,000 per day or higher.City health officials said Georgia is starting to see a declining number of cases and could be removed from the list if that trend continues.North Carolina saw a spike in cases due to a data anomaly, but has not been officially added to the list as of now, health officials said.EMBED More News Videos Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady updates Chicago's COVID-19 travel order. Last week, health officials...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Outdoor playgrounds can reopen in California, health officials say. The new guidance was issued by California’s public health department late Monday as the state’s coronavirus numbers continue to improve. Some changes will be in effect for playgrounds, however, in order to try and stop virus spread. Face masks for everyone over 2 years old and physically distancing of at least 6 feet for people from different households are among the requirements for playgrounds to reopen. Public health officials are also requiring no eating or drinking in playgrounds to ensure that face masks are always worn. At his press conference on Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom noted that California is seeing a noted decrease in coronavirus cases since the...
    White House officials pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the summer to issue guidelines that said reopening schools would be safe for children and better for their overall health, a new report claims. The New York Times spoke with a former member of Vice President Mike Pences staff, Olivia Troye, who said the Trump administration pushed the CDC to loosen its restrictions and cite experts opinions that children were less likely to contract and spread COVID-19 — even though studies suggested the opposite could be true. Pences chief of staff Mark Short, according to the report, asked Troye on multiple occasions to ask the CDC to put together reports that showed the number of COVID-19 cases among...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Prop. 19 closes loophole while protecting transfers Intergenerational transfers, when children or grandchildren inherit the family home, have been under attack by lawmakers for years because of an unintended loophole being exploited by the super-rich. Proposition 19 closes that loophole that has been forcing taxpayers to subsidize what wealthy non-Californians should be paying in property taxes and it directs the funds from these loopholes to schools, fire funding, and wildfire protection. Proposition 19 will also ensure these transfers are protected by the California Constitution so children and grandchildren can afford to live in their family home without facing a massive spike in property taxes. Barbara...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 450,000 threshold on Tuesday with 3,677 infections identified in the last 24 hours, a health ministry spokeswoman told state TV, as the Islamic Republic's death toll spiked to 25,986. Sima Sadat Lari said 207 people had died in the past 24 hours and the total number of infection cases reached 453,637. Coronavirus has surged in almost all of Iran’s 31 provinces, but President Hassan Rouhani said last week that his government had no plans to impose a complete lockdown despite the growing number of cases. However, Iranian authorities said some restrictive measures would be reimposed in Tehran and some other cities classified as "red", the highest category in Iran's coronavirus risk...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Unlike the spike in COVID-19 positive cases in Los Angeles County after the Fourth of July holiday, public health officials say so far the region has not seen a surge in cases following Labor Day."That's in part because people took actions to make sure we didn't see that surge," L.A. County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said Monday during a coronavirus briefing.But there is concern about what's ahead in regard to the flu season converging with COVID-19 and the demand it could place on health care providers."This fall and winter, however, we will probably see both flu and COVID-19 at the same time," Ferrer said.Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday also urged Californians to get a...
    There have been over 1 million coronavirus-associated deaths worldwide since the illness was first reported in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, according to Johns Hopkins University data. In January, as the virus began to spread outside of the country's borders, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a global health emergency, but it wasn’t officially deemed a global pandemic until March. Since then, the world has been watching as companies race to develop a vaccine, and numerous countries issued lockdowns in hopes of containing the virus’ spread and cutting down on the number of fatalities, but outbreaks at nursing homes and other care facilities added thousands to the death toll. Advancements in testing capabilities and contact tracing allowed for some...
    (CBS SF) – Health officials in the Bay Area urged people to make alternate plans for celebrating Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos this year, amid concerns of spreading COVID-19 through events like trick-or-treating or parties. “These holidays are no different from the rest of the year when it comes to reducing the spread of COVID-19. Stay home if you feel sick or have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19; wear a face covering whenever you leave home; and keep your distance from others (even relatives) who don’t live in your household,” the officials said in a joint statement. Officials said trick-or-treating, while being held outdoors, is viewed as a high-risk activity because it brings people from...
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado county has announced an update to coronavirus health restrictions, including a limitation on gatherings of young adults. Boulder County Public Health announced the change Monday allowing 18-22 year olds to gather publicly in groups of up to two people, The Daily Camera reports. The updated order also allows people to participate in “legally required activities.” A statement by the agency said a previous public health order prohibited any gatherings and public health officials changed the order “to ensure young adults feel safe in the community.” The amended order allows residents of 36 residences in designated “stay-at-Home properties” to leave home for activities and travel deemed essential, including moving cars to avoid parking tickets. Public...
    President Donald Trump on Monday announced plans to distribute millions of Abbott Laboratories 15-minute COVID-19 tests in the coming weeks, a move aimed at expanding access and helping reopen schools that are seen as key to getting parents back to work. The federal government will send out 6.5 million rapid tests to governors this week and expects to ship 100 million tests over the next several weeks, based on states populations. The White House will encourage states — which have ultimate discretion over how to deploy the tests — to use the tests to screen teachers, check symptomatic children to see if they have contracted the virus, or conduct baseline surveillance, Bloomberg News reported. Trump said in a Rose Garden announcement that...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s top health official says the number of new cases of the coronavirus is growing and he’s warning about a “geometric surge.” Another health official is worried about outbreaks “coalescing into one big fire.” Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that with community transmission cases can keep doubling rapidly. “I am extremely, extremely concerned,” Shah told the Portland Press Herald. Dr. Dora Anne Mills, chief health improvement officer at MaineHealth, the state’s largest hospital network, said that in York County a lot of people are testing positive for the virus from all age groups and people who are healthy and “not so healthy” who have no idea...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine’s top health official says the number of new cases of the coronavirus is growing and he’s warning about a “geometric surge.” Another health official is worried about outbreaks “coalescing into one big fire.” Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that with community transmission cases can keep doubling rapidly. “I am extremely, extremely concerned,” Shah told the Portland Press Herald. Dr. Dora Anne Mills, chief health improvement officer at MaineHealth, the state’s largest hospital network, said that in York County a lot of people are testing positive for the virus from all age groups and people who are healthy and “not so healthy” who have no idea...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced 57,145 total COVID-19 cases and 1,130 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Sunday, an increase of 56 new cases. Three new deaths were reported today and 53 new deaths are included in the total, ranging from June 29 - September 10, 2020. The 7-day moving average of cases is 162, as of Friday. City officials also reported a slight uptick in hospitalization numbers. Health officials said there are currently 221 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 86 are in the intensive care unit and 34 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Health Department continues to monitor a growing number of coronavirus cases in neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens. In an update Sunday afternoon, health officials said COVID-19 cases in these areas “continue to grow at an alarming rate.” CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage The eight neighborhoods account for nearly a quarter of new cases in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 1,077 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and four more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 96,734, with 86,252 no longer needing isolation. More than 7,493 people have needed hospitalization since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll is now 2,008. Of those who have died, 1,445 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing is now at 1,981,100 overall in the state. More than 25,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate. According to the “Dial Back Dashboard,” Minnesota’s positivity rate has...
    (CNN)A door-to-door Covid-19 survey in Minnesota has been halted after team members reported receiving racial and ethnic slurs in the city of Eitzen, according to state health officials, but the city denies the claims."A door-to-door Covid-19 testing survey has been halted due to multiple incidents in outstate Minnesota of residents intimidating and shouting racial and ethnic slurs at state and federal public health survey team," the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tweeted Friday.Eitzen is in southern Minnesota near the Iowa boarder.The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) survey is "a voluntary, in-person survey to understand the effect Covid-19 is having on Minnesota communities," the MDH website says."Many of the individual incidents could perhaps have been considered misunderstandings," Dan...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City health officials are monitoring several areas in Brooklyn and Queens that are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Homecrest and Gravesend in Brooklyn have seen the highest return of positive test results, which officials say jumped to 6.7% with the rest of the state sitting at 1%. Other areas of concern include: Midwood (5.22%) Kew Gardens (3.53%) Edgemere/Far Rockaway (4.03%) Borough Park (4.20%) Bensonhurst/Mapleton (3.81%) Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (3.57%) Flatlands/Midwood (3.40%) Health officials say these areas account for over 23% of new cases citywide over the past two weeks despite representing just under 7% of the city’s overall population. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City health officials said they’ve noticed an alarming number of students without proper vaccines against childhood diseases. Some local schools are making sure kids are ready to go back to school. With the school year officially underway, students should be getting their vaccines for things like measles and mumps. But, health officials say an increasing number of students aren’t getting vaccinated. University Of Maryland physician Dr. Matthew Grant said part of the blame is on the coronavirus pandemic. “People don’t necessarily think they have to get all of the vaccinations if their children are distance learning but it’s still just as important if they are going out into the community to play with friends or go to...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced 54,295 total COVID-19 cases and 1,074 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 100 new cases. One new death was reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 162, as of Friday. City officials also reported a slight uptick in hospitalization numbers. Health officials said there are currently 228 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 85 are in the intensive care unit and 30 are on ventilators. There are 15% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar County Track coronavirus cases by ZIP, age...
    SAN ANTONIO – Austin Public Health officials are confirming that 31 pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Austin-Travis County. Three probable human cases of West Nile Virus have also been reported in the county so far, officials say. The affected ZIP codes of where the positive mosquito pools are located can be viewed in the map below, provided by Austin Public Health. Mosquito update: There have been 31 total mosquito pools positive for West Nile Virus this year across Austin-Travis County. Dont forget to drain standing water on and around your property! #FightTheBite ????https://t.co/9fixUxSiEk pic.twitter.com/NdfbqaDSm9— Austin Public Health (@AusPublicHealth) September 25, 2020 Earlier this month, Brazos County Health District’s Mosquito Surveillance Unit also confirmed that...
    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged full support Saturday for the embattled World Health Organization and promised additional funding -- undercutting the U.S. decision to withdraw from the body earlier this year. Johnson used a pre-recorded speech to the United Nations General Assembly to praise Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and promise a 30 percent increase in U.K. contributions -- with only a nod to calls by the U.S. to reform the WHO. TRUMP TELLS UN TO HOLD CHINA ACCOUNTABLE FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC “The U.K. supports the efforts of the World Health Organization and of my friend Tedros to explore the aetiology of the [coronavirus] disease, because however great the need for reform, the WHO is still the one body that marshals humanity against the legions of disease,” he...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports 1,478 additional coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths Saturday, as the state’s death toll now surpassed 2,000. With the additional deaths, the state’s total is now 2,004. Of those deaths, 1,444 had resided in long-term care or assisted living facilities. There are now 95,659 positive cases confirmed since the pandemic began in the state in March. Health care workers account for slightly more than 10% of those cases, with 10,116 confirmed cases among their ranks. MORE: Situation Update For COVID-19 A total of 7,443 people have been hospitalized due to the virus, where 2,085 ended up in the ICU. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate as it has...
    Texas officials have warned residents of some communities near Houston to stop using tap water because it may be tainted with a brain-eating amoeba. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the potential contamination of its water supply by naegleria fowleri. The Brazosport Water Authority is issuing a Do Not Use Advisory for all water in the following cities: Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, Rosenburg, Dow Chemical, TDCJ Clemens and TDCJ Wayne Scott. pic.twitter.com/PWp95dXdrE— Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (@TCEQ) September 26, 2020 The commission issued an advisory warning people not to use tap water for any reason except to flush toilets in Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood,...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Inspection and enforcement efforts continue Saturday after health officials reported COVID-19 spikes in parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Doctors said they’re starting to see an uptick in the number of patients hospitalized in Brooklyn, CBS2’s Christina Fan reported. City officials are focusing in on a list of clusters causing concern: Gravesend/Homecrest — 6.42% infection rate Midwood — 5.05% infection rate Kew Gardens — 4.18% infection rate Edgemere/Far Rockaway — 4.05% infection rate Borough Park — 3.9% infection rate Bensonhurst/Mapleton — 3.45% infection rate Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay — 3.34% infection rate Flatlands/Midwood — 3.1% infection rate Most of the reported COVID clusters are in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods that are home to Orthodox Jewish communities,...
    An Orthodox Jewish man shut down a press conference in Brooklyn on Friday as New York City health officials attempted to address the community about a troubling spike in coronavirus cases.  Radio host Heshy Tischler heckled the event, branding the officials liars and comparing them to Nazis, as he claimed that he needed to interrupt the event to tell the real truth about the alarming clusters.  Tischler was repeatedly asked to wear a mask but refused as he interrupted the conference until it was eventually called off.  He was joined by a man The Gothamist identified as Borough Park resident Heshy Brach who also shouted at city officials and told them to go back to their own neighborhoods.  Scroll down for...
    MELBOURNE – The health minister in Australia's Victoria state has resigned in the fallout from an inquiry into why security guards were used instead of police or the military at quarantine hotels. Lapses in security at the hotels were given as the major reason for a second wave of COVID-19 cases. Victoria reported just one more coronavirus death as Melbourne’s new case average continued to fall. The death took the state toll to 782 and the national figure to 870. There were 12 new cases, while Melbourne’s 14-day average fell again on Saturday to 23.6. Melburnians, who have been in lockdown for more than a month, are waiting for the easing of restrictions on Monday. It's expected to include a...
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (KABC) -- Riverside County public health officials are urging residents to get flu shots, fearing the potential for hospitals to be overwhelmed if a resurgence of COVID-19 cases coincides with the height of flu season."While COVID-19 is clearly more dangerous than influenza, influenza still kills, as was the case with our first death this flu season, a man in his 80s in the San Jacinto Valley," said Riverside County Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.When is the best time to get a flu shot this year?EMBED More News Videos Today's Ask the Doctor segment looks at whether wearing glasses can reduce the risk of getting COVID-19; when is the best time to get a flu shot; and whether secondhand...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Friday night. Nirenberg reported 54,195 total COVID-19 cases and 1,073 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Friday, an increase of 224 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 162. City officials also reported that 225 patients are hospitalized, 83 are in the intensive care unit and 36 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 72% of ventilators available. Nirenberg...
    By TOM DAVIES and CASEY SMITH, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health leaders say the wearing of face masks will be as important as ever to stem the coronavirus spread, even as most of the statewide restrictions imposed by the governor are lifted as of Saturday. The new executive order from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb continues the mask mandate that has angered some conservatives around the state who maintain they won’t support his reelection over it. Holcomb’s order removes the 75% capacity limit for restaurants and the 50% limit that bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues faced. But they must continue maintaining at least 6 feet between unrelated patrons, which could diminish capacity in many of those businesses....
    By Rachel Smith, CBS4 Producer (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released guidance Thursday to help restaurants as they work around the latest obstacle to their business: Colorado winters. Many Colorado restaurants have stayed in business through the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on outdoor dining. Restaurants have expanded existing patios, put out tents and in some cities expanded into the street. It’s an approach that public health officials say is much safer than dining indoors. Now that summer is over and the days are getting colder, restaurants are exploring new options to keep the customers coming. CBS4 has reported on restaurants already tackling this issue, many of them opting for “bubble” structures that would isolate each...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. 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 daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska public health officials have confirmed 453 new cases of the coronavirus but no new deaths, according to the latest available data. The total number of known cases has reached 42,731 as of Thursday evening, according to the state's online tracking portal. Of those cases, 462 people have died since the pandemic began. Nearly 438,000 people have been tested so far. Despite the increase, the number of available hospital beds has remained stable. State officials say 33% of Nebraska's hospital beds, 27% of its intensive care unit beds and 80% of its ventilators are still available for coronavirus patients if needed. For some infected people, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY AIDAN GRAHAM AND MEAGHAN MCGOLDRICK Anti-maskers heckled city health officials during a southern Brooklyn press conference meant to address a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases on Friday — forcing the medical professionals to cut the gathering short.  Various officials leading the charge against the virus within the Five Boroughs met at Gravesend Park shortly before noon, ostensibly to alert community members about new measures in response to the spike of cases in Brooklyn and Queens — but shortly before things kicked off, local resident and amateur radio host Heshy Tischler showed up filming himself bombastically denying the continued existence of COVID-19 in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health announced Friday the next cities to get free COVID-19 testing sites next week as part of the four-week push to track how the virus is spreading in the state. During the week of Sept. 28, the “no barrier” testing will be offered in Bemidji, Bloomington, Maplewood, Marshall, Moorhead, and Thief River Falls. The testing will be available regardless if someone is showing symptoms or not. No insurance or identification is needed. However, to avoid long lines, officials are urging people to sign up for a specific testing time slot. RELATED: Nearly 1,200 Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported, With 6 More Deaths Last week, the free testing was offered in Grand...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York will "review" a potential COVID-19 vaccine over fears of a politicized process -- despite a number of assurances from the nation’s top health officials. "The first question is, is the vaccine safe? Frankly, I'm not going to trust the federal government's opinion and I wouldn't recommend to New Yorkers based on the federal government's opinion," Cuomo said at a press conference on Thursday CUOMO, WHITMER CALLS FOR CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE TRUMP'S RESPONSE TO COVID CRISIS "New York state will have its own review when the federal government has finished with their review and says it’s safe," he said, announcing a panel headed by the state's Department of Health. “We’re going to put together a...
    Parents in Wisconsin are knowingly sending their kids to school while infected with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms, health officials said. Kirsten Johnson, the director of the Washington-Ozaukee Public Health Department, said this week there have been multiple cases of parents lying about their child being infected with the virus, news station WISN reported. “Something that happened and continued to happen, but happened on the first day of school, which I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would happen, is people sent their known positive kids to school,” Johnson said. Parents in Wisconsin are knowingly sending their kids to school while infected with COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms, health officials said. (iStock) She said that parents are also neglecting to...
    New York City officials admit they may have to shut down some neighborhoods as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the city. On Thursday night, CBS reported the city’s Department of Health confirmed infection rates are skyrocketing and could get out of control. There have been growing concerns a second wave of COVID-19 will cause similar lockdown measures to those implemented earlier in the year. Due to a rising number of infections, the Department of Health issued an ultimatum. If there is no improvement by Monday, action will be taken. Officials have become increasingly frustrated and say they will need to crack down on New York City neighborhoods where cases are spiking. Brooklyn and Queens are seeing the highest number...
            by Alan Suderman  RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening. Dr. Natasha Dwamena, a Department of Public Health district director, said in a letter Thursday that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport would be breaking Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order generally banning gatherings of more than 250 people. She said the rally should be canceled, rescheduled or scaled down to comply with the governor’s order. “The rally poses a concerning public health risk,” Dwamena said in the letter, which was addressed to the private company...
    President Trump touted the Pac-12’s decision to resume its college football season on Thursday night, days after he pressured conference officials to reverse their decision to postpone play during the coronavirus pandemic. “GREAT NEWS! PAC- 12 football is back this Fall! Congrats to the players, their families, the coaches, and the universities,” Trump tweeted. “The west coast games will kick off soon – You’re welcome!!!” TRUMP PRAISES BIG TEN FOR RENEGING ON FALL SPORTS POSTPONEMENT Pac-12 school officials voted unanimously in favor of a plan to play a seven-game schedule, beginning on Nov. 6 and running through a conference championship game on Dec. 18. The move marked a major reversal from the Pac-12’s decision in August to postpone all sports until...
    The Pac-12 set a Nov. 6 start date Thursday for a seven-game football season, following the Big Ten in overturning an August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about playing through the pandemic. With the conference having secured daily COVID-19 testing for its athletes and having been given the green light from some state and local health officials in California and Oregon, the Pac-12 university presidents voted unanimously to lift a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition. The Pac-12′s men’s and women’s basketball seasons can start Nov. 25, in line with the NCAA’s recently announced opening date. The football championship game is set for Dec. 18 — along with other cross-division games that weekend — putting the conference...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Thursday night. Nirenberg reported 53,971 total COVID-19 cases and 1,073 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Thursday, an increase of 177 new cases. Five new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 153. City officials also reported that 231 patients are hospitalized, 87 are in the intensive care unit and 36 are on ventilators. There are 12% of staffed beds available and 73% of ventilators available. Bexar County will be distributing masks to business owners...
    The governor of Virginia and other state officials are warning an airport that hosting a Trump 2020 rally could result in a "super-spreader" event, but the campaign intends to continue with the rally. The event is planned for Friday evening at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, excoriated the airport officials for defying his coronavirus order and continuing with their plans to host the rally. "Public health experts have made it clear: tomorrow's @realdonaldtrump clown show should not move forward," he tweeted on Thursday. Public health experts have made it clear: tomorrow’s @realdonaldtrump clown show should not move forward. The rally… https://t.co/yfy7CEzlJ0 — Terry McAuliffe (@Terry McAuliffe)1600981684.0 "The...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — More than 70 citations have been issued over the last month to businesses and organizations — including churches and gyms — for violating L.A. County’s COVID-19 health orders, officials announced Thursday. However, health officer Dr. Muntu Davis said that no closures have been ordered yet. Davis warned that failing to adhere to these guidelines, especially moving forward with indoor operations, can make the virus spread much worse. “Not just for us in terms of public health but others who are watching and monitoring the spread of this virus and trying to do everything we can to control it, it is concerning when we don’t have compliance with the measures that are needed in order to slow...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — While the coronavirus pandemic continues to claim thousands of lives in Maryland, new data shows a dramatic jump in drug and alcohol-related deaths across the state. Last year’s numbers showed a decrease in fatalities, but because of the pandemic, officials said people are left feeling disconnected. They’re worried more people will fall victim. The latest report from the Maryland Department of Health and the state’s Opioid Operational Command Center shows that in the first half of 2020, there were 1,326 fatalities related to drugs and alcohol, a 9.1% increase compared to the same period last year. Nearly 90% of those deaths are due to opioids. “People are being disconnected from their support systems, they aren’t going to...
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia health official is warning of a “severe public health threat” if a planned campaign rally for President Donald Trump goes forward Friday evening. Dr. Natasha Dwamena, a Department of Public Health district director, said in a letter Thursday that the 4,000 people expected to attend Trump’s rally at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport would be breaking Gov. Ralph Northam’s executive order generally banning gatherings of more than 250 people. She said the rally should be canceled, rescheduled or scaled down to comply with the governor’s order. “The rally poses a concerning public health risk,” Dwamena said in the letter, which was addressed to the private company that leases the hangar where the rally is...
    (L-R) National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Assistant HHS Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 26, 2020 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Will an authorized coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. be safe? It's a question that more people appear to be contemplating as the nation races to develop, manufacture and distribute a Covid-19 vaccine in historic time as part of the federal government's Operation Warp Speed. "People are always...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority reported 382 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Thursday, the state's highest daily case count since mid-July. Officials also said 77 employees at a seafood processing plant on the Oregon Coast tested positive for coronavirus. The outbreak was tied to Labor Day social activities Oregon's confirmed COVID-19 case count, since the start of the pandemic, is now 31,865. The death toll is 539. Nearly 25% of the cases reported Thursday were in Multnomah County, Oregon's most populous county and home to Portland. Last week the health authority said that data suggested that the rate of transmission is continuing in a downward trend, meaning that each case is generating less than one other case. If...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — In an effort to expand available COVID-19 testing, county health officials are issuing a new health order to require private healthcare facilities to quickly provide COVID-19 tests to essential workers and others who risk exposure to the virus. Under the health order, which goes into effect Oct. 8, healthcare providers will have to test people in a “timely” fasion if they are essential workers, report having been exposed to someone with COVID, or are part of a contact tracing investigation designated by the county health department. County health officials also sent a formal request to large healthcare facilities with a presence in Contra Costa, including Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health, Sutter Health and San Ramon Regional...
    Breonna Taylor: Calls grow for Kentucky AG to release evidence America’s most historic fast food joints Some Wisconsin Parents Have Sent COVID-19 Infected Children to School, Health Officials Say Some parents in Wisconsin’s suburban Washington and Ozaukee counties have sent their children to school knowing they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, state health officials said. © Provided by People Getty High school students wearing PPE in class “Something that happened and continued to happen … which I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would happen, is people sent their known positive kids to school,” Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department Officer Kirsten Johnson told WISN. Johnson said there have been at least three instances where students tested...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – New positive cases of COVID-19 are still steadily rising in Boulder, and have been for three weeks. On Thursday, Boulder County Public Health issued a new Public Health Order ordering all people between 18 and 22 to stop all gatherings in Boulder. The order is aimed at lowering the transmission rate of the COVID-19 virus. The order takes effect at 4 p.m. Thursday and is in effect for 14 days. New cases of COVID-19 have been on the rise for 3 weeks, with most among Boulder residents & CU students,18-22. To reverse this trend we have issued a new Public Health Order for Boulder that takes effect at 4 p.m. and lasts for 14 days. See...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said health officials in his state will review any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the Trump administration. In making the announcement, Cuomo cited his distrust of the federal government. “Frankly, I’m not going to trust the federal government’s opinion, and I wouldn’t recommend to New Yorkers, based on the federal government’s opinion,” Cuomo said at a press conference. The Hill noted the Food and Drug Administration reviews vaccines for safety and efficacy. But there have been fears that the development of the vaccine could be politicized. However, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has said the administration will not compromise on the safety and efficacy of a coronavirus vaccine, even though the race to find one...
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – In an effort to combat the opioid crisis in New Jersey, health and law enforcement officials on Thursday started handing out naloxone – also known as Narcan – the medication used to treat a narcotic overdose in an emergency. For the next three days, state officials will be at pharmacies across New Jersey giving out naloxone for free and encouraging people to pick it up, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported. “I recently, as of less than a year ago, lost a cousin, a young cousin, only 21 years old to an overdose and I think this could have saved his life had this been in his household,” said Gloria Manderville, of Jersey City. Manderville said she’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 995 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and three more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 93,012, with 83,862 no longer needing isolation. More than 7,335 have needed hospitalization since the pandemic began. The state’s death toll is now 1,988. Of those who have died, 1,435 have occurred in long-term care or assisted living facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing is now at 1,895,302 overall in the state. More than 21,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Health officials are monitoring the state’s positivity rate. According to the “Dial Back Dashboard,” Minnesota’s positivity rate has hovered...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County: 263,333 cases, 6,423 deathsOrange County: 52,538 cases, 1,176 deathsSan Bernardino County: 53,121 cases, 908 deathsRiverside County: 57,695 cases, 1,173 deathsVentura County: 12,385 cases, 143 deathsMONDAY'S UPDATE: Sept. 21, 2020Coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates have been dropping across the state, but Los Angeles County officials remain concerned about a possible spike linked to the Labor Day weekend.Gov. Gavin Newsom said cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations have all been dropping across the state. And the number of tests conducted every day has risen, after dropping for a time because of extreme heat, wildfires and air quality. There are now about 124,000 tests conducted per day across California.LA County health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said she...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Local public health officials will now be included in the groups eligible for California’s confidential address program because of the threats and harassment they have faced while working to protect the public during the coronavirus pandemic. The Safe at Home program provides a substitute mailing address and other confidentiality services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, elder/dependent adult abuse, as well as reproductive health care workers. Public health officials have often faced the wrath of those who have been impacted by stay-at-home orders and measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, with some officials being stalked and threatened. Last month, a community college instructor with ties to the far-right, anti-government “Boogaloo”...
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday allowed health officials to hide their addresses under a California state program designed to protect people from harassment or violence. Newsom’s executive order permits the secretary of state to make the Safe at Home confidentiality program available to local health officers and other public health officials. The order says those officials have been subjected to harassment and threats. Some threats targeted their homes, “which threatens to chill the performance of their critical duties,” the governor’s order stated. The order is designed “to protect local health officers and other public health officials on the front lines of the fight against the virus,” said a statement from the governor’s office. A California community college instructor...
    Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. Flu season starts in October, overlapping with the coronavirus pandemic that continues to rage across the state and the country. At the same time, thousands more Texas school children are scheduled to return to the classroom next month. This combination, Texas health officials warn, could be a recipe for an unprecedented health disaster, but one they hope could be mitigated if people get their annual flu vaccines. “If we have a bad flu season and fill up our emergency rooms, our ICU beds and our hospital beds with flu [patients], we’re not going to...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India reported another 86,508 new coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees little merit in imposing even short local lockdowns. India now has confirmed more than 5.7 million cases, the second-most in the world. The Health Ministry also said Thursday that 1,129 more people have died, for a total of 91,149. India’s junior Railways Minister Suresh Angadi died on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he was admitted to a New Delhi hospital with COVID-19. He was the first federal minister and the fourth Indian lawmaker to die from the disease. Modi on Wednesday decried short, local lockdowns imposed in some places and said the country needs to not only keep fighting the...
    NEW DELHI — India reported another 86,508 new coronavirus cases, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees little merit in imposing even short local lockdowns. India now has confirmed more than 5.7 million cases, the second-most in the world. The Health Ministry also said Thursday that 1,129 more people have died, for a total of 91,149. India’s junior Railways Minister Suresh Angadi died on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after he was admitted to a New Delhi hospital with COVID-19. He was the first federal minister and the fourth Indian lawmaker to die from the disease. Modi on Wednesday decried short, local lockdowns imposed in some places and said the country needs to not only keep fighting the virus,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday allowed health officials to hide their addresses under a California state program designed to protect people from harassment or violence. Newsom's executive order permits the secretary of state to make the Safe at Home confidentiality program available to local health officers and other public health officials. The order says those officials have been subjected to harassment and threats. Some threats targeted their homes, “which threatens to chill the performance of their critical duties,” the governor’s order stated. The order is designed “to protect local health officers and other public health officials on the front lines of the fight against the virus," said a statement from the governor’s office. A California community...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reported 156 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 52,538. The county also reported 26 additional coronavirus-related fatalities, increasing the death toll to 1,176. The 49 deaths reported since Sunday were spread out over the past few weeks, according to the O.C. Health Care Agency. The lag in reported is common since data comes from several sources, officials said. The last double-digit day of reported deaths was Aug. 27, when 12 people died. Last week, the county reported 34 fatalities, down from 42 the week prior. Hospitalizations in the county increased from 170 on Tuesday to 175 on Wednesday, with the number of patients in ICU decreasing from 55 to 51....
    Health officials in Oklahoma report an increase in rabies in Oklahoma with 38 cases thus far in 2020 compared to an average of 36 per year during the previous four years. A rabid bat was found earlier this week near Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health veterinarian LeMac’ Morris. It was the second rabid bat found in the area in the past six weeks. Morris said it isn’t known why there is an increase in rabies, but the rise should prompt pet and livestock owners to have their animals vaccinated. Skunks and bats are the most-likely animals in Oklahoma to contract rabies, and 27 of...
            by Sophie Mann  The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is set Monday to release an audit report on actions perpetrated by China and the World Health Organization at the beginning of the global coronavirus pandemic. The report, written by Republican members of the Democrat-led committee, states that “beyond doubt” the Chinese Communist Party “actively engaged in a cover-up designed to obfuscate data, hide relevant public health information, and suppress doctors and journalists who attempted to warn the world,” according to news accounts ahead of the release of the report. The 96-page document alleges that the Chinese government hid data and destroyed inconvenient evidence related to the deadly virus that originated in Wuhan. Citing findings posted at Medrxiv,...
    CONCORD (CBS SF) — In what officials view as first steps in creating more comprehensive capability to respond to calls about homelessness and mental-health issues, Concord City Council members on Tuesday approved moving ahead with establishing local teams to do that. The council voted unanimously to begin work to create its own Mental Health Evaluation Team to work full-time within Concord, and to expand the Coordinated Outreach Referral and Engagement (CORE) homeless outreach team from half-time to full-time. CORE teams serve as the main entry point into the county’s programs to help the homeless. The CORE team that covers Concord and Walnut Creek was created in 2017; Concord officials want to expand the Concord side of that from half-time to...
    Reuters September 23, 2020 0 Comments New York City officials said on Wednesday they were working to address a rise in COVID-19 cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that was raising “a lot of concern.” Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new outbreaks, including a large cluster in three Brooklyn neighborhoods, accounted for about 20% of confirmed positive cases citywide. “We’re seeing a serious uptick in multiple neighborhoods simultaneously and it’s something we have to address with a very aggressive public health effort right away,” de Blasio told reporters, adding that the Sheriff’s Office and the New York Police Department would help tackle the spread. Dr. Mitch Katz, the CEO of New York City’s public healthcare system, said...
    By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City officials said on Wednesday they were working to address a rise in COVID-19 cases in parts of Brooklyn and Queens that was raising "a lot of concern." Mayor Bill de Blasio said the new outbreaks, including a large cluster in three Brooklyn neighborhoods, accounted for about 20% of confirmed positive cases citywide. "We're seeing a serious uptick in multiple neighborhoods simultaneously and it's something we have to address with a very aggressive public health effort right away," de Blasio told reporters, adding that the Sheriff's Office and the New York Police Department would help tackle the spread. Dr. Mitch Katz, the CEO of New York City's public healthcare system, said...
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) told health officials she was worried about financial conflicts of interest influencing the development of a Covid-19 vaccine — and kept wailing on the topic even after officials denied personally having a financial interest in the matter. She made the comment during a Wednesday Senate hearing with Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield; Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn; Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir; and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief Dr. Anthony Fauci. “If federal officials stand to gain financially from certain Covid vaccines and not from others, then Americans might reasonably worry the vaccine was pushed for personal profit and not because it was best for our health,”...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a major blow to one of New York’s greatest cultural institutions. The Metropolitan Opera announced Wednesday it has cancelled its 2020-21 season due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. “The inability to perform is taking a tremendous toll on our company,” said Peter Gelb, general manager of the Met. “Our future relies on making strong artistic strides, while collectively reducing our costs until the audience has fully returned.” In their announcement, the Met said it made the “painful decision” based on advice given from health officials to the Met and Lincoln Center. We regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020–21 season, based on the advice of health officials....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials reported 690 new COVID-19 cases on Monday and six additional deaths, bringing the state’s death toll up to 1,985. The Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is at 92,100. Of them, about 83,500 no longer require isolation. A total of 303 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has increased by seven compared to the day before. Of those, 148 are in the ICU. Hospitalization figures appear to be on the rise, based on the last week’s worth of figures. Among those included in the state’s death toll, 1,433 of them involved cases in long-term care (LTC) facilities, which have been particularly hard hit by...
    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are searching for answers after coronavirus cases linked to Michigan State University students and staff rose to more than 1,200. “I’m kind of feeling like I’m running out of tools in my toolbox. I’ll find some more,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County health officer. Vail could further restrict indoor gatherings and put more large apartments and housing complexes on quarantine, the Lansing State Journal reported. Fraternities and sororities close to campus already have restrictions. Since the semester started, 1,250 cases of COVID-19 have been tied to MSU students or staff. MSU cases are 40% of cases reported in Ingham County since March. The rate of positive tests connected to MSU has fallen to 10%...
    The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is holding a hearing with the nation’s top health officials in order to get a status report on the coronavirus pandemic. The session will hear testimony from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield, Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Adam Giroir, and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn with regards to the federal response to Covid-19. The hearing comes after the U.S. officially passed the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from the virus, and it is highly like that it will center on the development of a vaccine, Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis, and the president’s recent...
    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Health officials are searching for answers after coronavirus cases linked to Michigan State University students and staff rose to more than 1,200. “I’m kind of feeling like I’m running out of tools in my toolbox. I’ll find some more,” said Linda Vail, Ingham County health officer. Vail could further restrict indoor gatherings and put more large apartments and housing complexes on quarantine, the Lansing State Journal reported. Fraternities and sororities close to campus already have restrictions. Since the semester started, 1,250 cases of COVID-19 have been tied to MSU students or staff. MSU cases are 40% of cases reported in Ingham County since March. The rate of positive tests connected to MSU has fallen to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco health officials have launched an online dashboard that allows parents at a glance to see updated reopening information on their child’s school. The new dashboard will be updated daily at 9 a.m. with real-time information such as which schools have applied for reopening, and whether they’ve been approved. Click To Access Dashboard To Check On You Child’s School In San Francisco The website contains an easy to use map so at a click the status of your child’s school will be shown. Some private and charter schools in San Francisco were being allowed to reopen for in-person instruction this week via a waiver application process. Although the San Francisco Unified School District has...
    By LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Johnson & Johnson is beginning a huge final study to try to prove if a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine can protect against the virus. The study starting Wednesday will be one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccine studies so far, testing the shot in 60,000 volunteers in the U.S., South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. A handful of other vaccines in the U.S. — including shots made by Moderna Inc. and Pfizer Inc. — and others in other countries are already in final-stage testing. Hopes are high that answers about at least one candidate being tested in the U.S. could come by year's end, maybe sooner. U.S. health officials insist the...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday reported a new record level of daily cases of coronavirus, shortly before government officials were to meet to discuss tightening a new nationwide lockdown. The Health Ministry reported 6,861 new cases Wednesday as a raging outbreak showed no signs of slowing. Israel, a country of some 9 million people, now has one of the world’s highest rates of coronavirus on a per capita basis, and health officials say hospitals are quickly approaching capacity. The government last week imposed a nationwide lockdown that closed schools, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants. The coronavirus cabinet was meeting later Wednesday to discuss further tightening the restrictions. Israel won international praise for its handling of the outbreak last spring,...
    (CNN)A new clash between Donald Trump's political goals and his duties to public health threatens to deprive America of presidential leadership in the critical weeks that will decide if a second wave of Covid-19 swamps the country this winter.As the US death toll from the pandemic passed 200,000, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Tuesday that he was worried that the high base level of infections could make it difficult to keep the virus under control in the colder months.While the government's top infectious diseases specialist, who has been marginalized by Trump, said serious trouble was not "inevitable," he added at the Citizen by CNN conference that "it's not acceptable to not realize that we are entering into a risk period and...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Just in time for the start of fall, health officials at Johns Hopkins University are warning the public to be aware of the so-called “twin-demic” of the flu and the coronavirus. The coronavirus and the flu may meet at a dangerous crossroads this fall. They’re being dubbed the “twin-demic”. Dr. Andrew Pekosz is Vice-Chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “These are two infections that are very similar in terms of how they present,” he said. In Maryland alone, hundreds of people ended up in the hospital...