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    WAKE COUNTY, N.C. -- A North Carolina mother of three's work-from-home headshot LinkedIn post has gone viral, spurring a discussion about workplace norms during the coronavirus pandemic.Lauren Griffiths, who works in human resources, opted to change her profile picture on the site, writing a lengthy post behind her decision to do so:Why I Changed my LinkedIn Profile PicRecently, I took a long hard look at my LinkedIn profile photo - the woman staring back at me had newly highlighted hair and a fresh cut, a pressed blazer, a hint of a smile that showed just the right amount of teeth to let you know she was serious but could be lighthearted when needed. I remember standing in my power pose...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco’s Latino community continues to disproportionately bear the brunt of COVID-19, but that could soon change. The mayor’s office announced on Thursday a $28.5 million boost to be allocated to the city’s Latino community to combat the virus. The money will go toward COCID-19 testing, including community pop-up hubs. Also, food support, housing subsidies and even eviction prevention. “We have to do a better job to address this disparity,” Mayor London Breed said on a UCSF zoom forum which focused on San Francisco’s flattening of the curve over the last 6 months. As KPIX 5 recently reported, Latinos make up 15 percent of the city’s population and 51 percent of those testing...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY MICHELLE NICHOLS The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the “same disunity and disarray” of COVID-19, then: “I fear the worst.” Guterres said the coronavirus was out of control as the global death toll approaches 1 million, while more than 30 million have been infected. He blamed “a lack of global preparedness, cooperation, unity and solidarity.” “The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- In Oakland's Fruitvale District, one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 in the Bay Area, organizing testing in the community has been a struggle."Not having access to rapid response testing and having to wait two days, three days and at some points early on we were waiting seven days," describes Jane Garcia, CEO at La Clinica, a community-based clinic-provider in the East Bay, on the early days of setting up testing sites.RELATED: Oakland's Fruitvale District a COVID-19 hot spot as California sees decline in positivity rateAnd that's why she was less than thrilled about the news that United Airlines would be offering their passengers a chance to get rapid COVID-19 test results for $250, so they...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — BART would have finished fiscal year 2020 facing a budget deficit of some $120 million were it not for federal funding help during the novel coronavirus pandemic, agency officials said Thursday. BART’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to amend the agency’s fiscal year 2020 budget to account for adjustments from late in the fiscal year, which ended June 30. While the agency ended the fiscal year with a balanced budget, plummeting ridership due to the pandemic and state and local shelter-in-place orders nearly blew a hole in BART’s financial health. Multiple directors praised the agency’s budget staff for their efforts to adjust the budget for the turbulence at the end of the fiscal year....
    The 51st edition of the annual International Film Festival of India (IFFI) which was scheduled to start from November 20 in Goa has been postponed to next year amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) confirmed the news on their Twitter handle. Their tweet read, “51st Edition of the #InternationalFilmFestival of India, #Goa postponed to 16th to 24th January 2021. Earlier it was scheduled to be held from 20th November to 28th November 2020.” Olivia Colman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Zurich International Film Festival 2020 The Bureau further informed that the festival will be conducted in virtual and physical formats. They tweeted, “The festival will be conducted in a Hybrid format i.e. Virtual & Physical format.” Prakash...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In two days restaurants, bars, malls, and even sports venues in Indiana can go back to almost pre-pandemic rules, but that doesn’t mean all businesses will be full. Masks are still required for at least another three weeks. While “full capacity” is the new rule, social distancing is still required, which has some confused on the motive for this move. Thursday the inside of the 18th Street Brewery in Hammond was pretty much void of customers it could hold. “Technically our capacity is 300 of 400 [people],” said manager Raven Mckie. Getting back to pre-pandemic normal comes with a lot of consideration, some of which is out of their hands. “If our customers don’t feel comfortable, then that’s...
    Emilia Clarke attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 02, 2020 in London, England. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images In a new interview with Raisa Bruner for the Time 100 Talks, "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke explained how her own experiences around death helped her emotionally prepare for life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Between her two brain aneurysms and the death of her father in 2016, Clarke says she learned a lot about grief.  She said that she has a "greater understanding of the fragility of life." She also said being introspective and reflective is more important than material things. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Last spring, "Game of Thrones"...
    The average single person Connecticut, according to a survey conducted by EverydayCarry.com, would travel 2.6 hours to go on a date amid COVID-19, and half of singles polled nationwide would avoid dating someone living in an area with a high rate of COVID infections.  In early March, Dating.com reported that usage of its site had gone up by 82 percent. Tinder reported that the average length of conversations between potential lovers on their platform had increased by 10 to 30 percent. Dating app Inner Circle saw messages increase by 116 percent.  EverydayCarry.com polled 3,200 nationwide to get a feel for how the pandemic has changed dating habits, considering the national increase in dating app usage and how much COVID-19 has...
    The number of those between 18 and 29 living with their parents since the onset COVID-19 is at a higher rate than during the Great Depression, according to an analysis of census data conducted by Pew Research. As of July, 52 percent of youths in this age range, or 26.6 million individuals, are living with one or both of their parents, up from 47 percent in February.  The number of young people living with their parents grew in all demographics, according to the analysis. Of those between the ages of 18 and 24, 71 percent are now living with parents, compared to 63 percent in February.  This increase may be due to increased unemployment; according to monthly census data, the...
    The average single person in New York would travel 2.1 hours to go on a date amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by EverydayCarry.com, and half of the singles polled nationwide would avoid dating someone living in an area with a high rate of COVID infections. In early March, Dating.com reported that usage of its site had gone up by 82 percent. Tinder reported that the average length of conversations between potential lovers on their platform had increased by 10 to 30 percent. Dating app Inner Circle saw messages increase by 116 percent. EverydayCarry.com polled 3,200 nationwide to get a feel for how the pandemic has changed dating habits, considering the national increase in dating...
    Having lost most of this year's fundraising money due to the coronavirus pandemic, the American Legion Post 414 in Mercer County started a GoFundMe campaign this week to stay open after 75 years of service to veterans and the community. Post 414 Commander Charles Brothers wrote, "Our money has always been generated thru our fund-raising events such as our annual Pig Roast. With large gatherings prohibited so too is our ability to raise funds." Lawrence's post has set a goal of raising $25,000 in this GoFundMe campaign to continue sponsoring programs like Boys State & Girls State and the Legion Baseball Program, Brothers said, in addition to events for veterans. Raising $25,000 would help the post survive the COVID-19 pandemic, Sons of...
    With hundreds still dying daily from COVID-19, views of the United States by citizens of other countries’  continue to crater due to America's response to the crisis, according to a brand-new Pew Research Center survey. The Pew Research Center released the 13-nation survey that shows America’s reputation has also rapidly declined since Donald Trump assumed the office of president in 2017, but now, especially so, during the COVID-19 outbreak. According to researchers, the favorable view of the United States is the lowest it has been since polling began more than 20 years ago. Countries surveyed were Spain, Italy, Canada, the UK, Sweden, France, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and South Korea.  There was a total of 13,273 respondents...
    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States, China and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic after U.N. chief Antonio Guterres had warned the body that if the climate crisis was approached with the "same disunity and disarray" of COVID-19, then: "I fear the worst." Guterres said the coronavirus was out of control as the global death toll approaches 1 million, while more than 30 million have been infected. He blamed "a lack of global preparedness, cooperation, unity and solidarity." "The pandemic is a clear test of international cooperation – a test we have essentially failed," he told the 15-member body. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Chinese...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are asking Congress to launch an investigation into whether President Trump politicized his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “The question of, ‘What did they know and when did they know it?’ cannot be left to the history books to answer. Our future health and economic security depends on holding the Trump administration accountable today,” wrote the two Democratic governors, who have sparred with the president over handling of the pandemic, in a press release Thursday. “It is an inarguable fact that the United States has had the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world. Nearly 7 million Americans have tested positive for the virus, and more...
    Movie theater giant and Regal owner Cineworld Group said it swung to a loss for the first half of the year as revenue plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic, which led to global cinema closures. The UK-based theater chain also warned that there was “no certainty” about the impact of the pandemic in the future, sending shares down over 11 percent in early-morning trading Thursday. During the six month period ended June 30, the company registered pre-tax loss of $1.64 billion compared with a year-ago profit of $139.7 million. Adjusted earnings totaled $53 million versus $758.6 million, a year earlier. Revenue fell 66.9 percent to $712.4 million from $2.15 a year earlier. During the six months, movies like “Bad Boys...
    Movie theater giant and Regal owner Cineworld Group said it swung to a loss for the first half of the year as revenue plummeted amid the coronavirus pandemic, which led to global cinema closures. The UK-based theater chain also warned that there was “no certainty” about the impact of the pandemic in the future, sending shares down over 11 percent in early-morning trading Thursday. During the six month period ended June 30, the company registered pre-tax loss of $1.64 billion compared with a year-ago profit of $139.7 million. Adjusted earnings totaled $53 million versus $758.6 million, a year earlier. Revenue fell 66.9 percent to $712.4 million from $2.15 a year earlier. During the six months, movies like “Bad Boys for...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 23,113 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of Sept. 14 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday. While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be releasing a final number later Thursday. There were 870,000 new claims filed across the country last week. There were 27,384 new unemployment claims were filed in Illinois during the week of Sept. 7. IDES reported 26,194 unemployment claims filed the week of Aug. 24. The state reported 26,262 unemployment claims were filed during the week of August 17 in Illinois. IDES reported 22,406 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of August...
    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KGO) -- United Airlines is set to become the first carrier in the U.S. to launch a COVID-19 testing program for travelers.The hope is to make it easier to manage requirements for entering popular destinations around the globe. They already have the test center set up at the San Francisco International Airport terminal and have been running it on a trial basis. The test is optional for passengers and they will officially start using it on October 15 on people headed from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii.The test can be taken the day of your flight and the results should be available in 15 minutes. If a traveler tests negative, they will not be required...
    SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KGO) -- United Airlines is set to become the first carrier in the U.S. to launch a COVID-19 testing program for travelers.The hope is to make it easier to manage requirements for entering popular destinations around the globe. They already have the test center set up at the San Francisco International Airport terminal and have been running it on a trial basis. They will start officially using it on October 15 on people headed to Hawaii on United Airlines.The test can be taken the day of your flight and the results should be available in 15 minutes. If a traveler tests negative, they will not be required to quarantine for two weeks in Hawaii. Hawaii right...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — An explosion of illegal drugs and an increasing cache of counterfeits are flowing through one of the busiest mail facilities in the country, right here in Chicago. CBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey got an exclusive look at the loot, how they’re finding the fakes, and why the pandemic is fueling the surge. K9 Detective Hans checks out the packages snaking their way down the conveyor belt at Chicago’s International Mail Facility, located at O’Hare International Airport. Hans barks when he sniffs out something suspicious. On this day, in just one 15-minute time period, we watched Hans find four packages with illegal drugs inside. Drugs like ecstasy and MDMA. These drugs are coming from several different countries including...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It's the hottest new thing in home schooling: the pod. Small clusters of kids distance learning together.Efrat Brayer's 4-year-old daughter, Malka, is home-schooled. The curriculum allows for quite a bit of socialization with other homeschoolers. All that ended with COVID-19, until Brayer says another mom invited her daughter to join a pod."It is important for her to have this, and you know, to also be engaging with other kids," said Brayer.But some health experts like pediatrician Dr. Nicole Herzog warn learning pods aren't as risk free as you might think."One of the main misconceptions about pods is that if you're seeing the same children every day, you're in a bubble, and you're safe," said Herzog. "But...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The pandemic has created medical problems beyond COVID-19. Doctors and non-profit leaders alike are concerned about cancer screenings and patient funding."We're very, very worried," said Dr. Heather Greenwood, a UCSF radiologist.EXCLUSIVE: Patients with serious health problems avoiding ER over coronavirus concerns, Bay Area hospitals say"While there's unfortunately a lot of patients struggling with COVID, the number of patients with cancer is not going away either."Dr. Greenwood specializes in breast imaging, as well as diagnosing and treating breast cancer."Several models that have been published from the National Cancer Institute suggest that from breast cancer and colon cancer alone related to the pandemic, in the next decade, they'll be 10,000 more deaths that are just related to the...
    EAST PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- Antonio Lopez is running for East Palo Alto city council. The 26-year-old is working with high school and college students to do COVID-19 outreach."It shows we care," says Lopez, who met with residents on the city's eastern side on Wednesday.Several city and community groups are taking part in different outreach programs, all trying to stop the spread of coronavirus.RELATED: Coronavirus kindness: East Palo Alto council members, local volunteers deliver thousands of meals at food drive"When I draw back and say 15.4-percent, it's a big number," says Mayor Regina Wallace-Jones.The 15.4-percent is the COVID-19 positivity rate for East Palo Alto, which is more than three times the average of San Mateo County. But the mayor...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- The Santa Rosa Police Department has responded to charges from Cal-OSHA that it could have prevented the death of a detective from COVID-19 earlier this year.The memorial to Santa Rosa Police Detective MaryLou Armer is on the wall, visible to anyone who visits Santa Rosa Police Headquarters. She died of COVID-19 last March, as the department says, "In the Line of Duty."RELATED: Santa Rosa grieves first police officer to die from new coronavirusNow, the department has received yet another reminder and not a pleasant one.It came in the form of citations and $32,000 in fines from Cal-OSHA, in connection with Detective Armor's death and eight other COVID-19 cases from last winter.Among the complaints: A...
    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.WEDNESDAY'S LIVE SCHEDULE4 a.m.-7 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News10:30 a.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom announces 'new initiative to dramatically advance the state's progress toward a low-carbon future'11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News1 p.m.: Coronavirus update by Los Angeles County public health and elected officials3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News5:15 p.m.: Mayor Eric Garcetti will hold a remote press briefing to provide an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC -...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Another local business was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dick’s Last Resort in the Inner Harbor has shut down for good. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines It comes almost a month after the Barnes and Noble, and Joseph A. Bank closed. The Charm’tastic Mile of Baltimore said the closure of this local favorite is just another sign the once-thriving economy is slowly dying with no end in sight. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee education officials on Wednesday predicted a big hit to student learning due to interruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the state Department of Education projected a 50% decrease in reading proficiency rates and a 65% drop in math among third graders. The estimates come as Republican Gov. Bill Lee and his administration continue to urge districts to hold in-person classes during the ongoing pandemic. “What we’re looking at is unprecedented,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said at a news conference Wednesday. “And I think that the drops that we are seeing in terms of learning loss as a result of school building closures is going to take more than a school year. So I want...
    STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area will soon be the site of expanding clinical trials of potential COVID-19 vaccines. Stanford has announced that it will now begin recruiting for at least one new trial, with others possibly to follow.With the nation's attention focused on the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, researchers at Stanford are now joining the effort to produce reliable and accurate data to move the most promising candidates forward.RELATED: Pres. Trump says US to have 100M COVID-19 vaccine doses before 2021, despite contradictions from health expertsFirst up is a trial vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Investigator Dr. Phil Grant says the formula relies on a disabled virus to carry instructions for creating anti-COVID proteins into the...
    STANFORD, Calif. (KGO) -- The Bay Area will soon be the site of expanding clinical trials of potential COVID-19 vaccines. Stanford has announced that it will now begin recruiting for at least one new trial, with others possibly to follow.With the nation's attention focused on the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, researchers at Stanford are now joining the effort to produce reliable and accurate data to move the most promising candidates forward.RELATED: Pres. Trump says US to have 100M COVID-19 vaccine doses before 2021, despite contradictions from health expertsFirst up is a trial vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Investigator Dr. Phil Grant says the formula relies on a disabled virus to carry instructions for creating anti-COVID proteins into the...
    Last Updated 2:52 pm EDT, 9/23/2020 Overview Stimulus Check Update: Will Americans See More Financial Aid Before The Election? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced 504 new coronavirus cases in the state and an additional 15 deaths Monday. Stay At Home New COVID-19 forecasts show a “fragile balance,” but the potential for a quiet summer in Detroit. Reopening Phase 2 of Michigan’s Bottle Recycling to begin in October. Closures Kensington Metropark had to temporarily shut down their splash pad Tuesday for further cleaning after an employee was tested COVID-19 positive. Events Detroit’s North American International Auto Show moves dates to September 2021. Healthcare Status Michigan hospital workers are eligible for $500 payments. Schools Eastern Michigan University to...
    This makeup artist is not making it up: In order to do her job, she now needs to take a mind-blowing number of coronavirus-related precautions. In a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 19,000 likes and 110 shares, Los Angeles-based Shannon Marie Trigger details the tedious steps that go into a single work day, as movie and TV shoots resume around the country. In addition to wearing a mask underneath a plastic face shield, Trigger prepares for a day working during the pandemic by getting an early start and loading easy-to-wipe-down plastic bins full of makeup supplies in her car. On top of that, she has to comb through a detailed questionnaire, including whether she has body...
    The feds are planning to dole out up to $100 million in government aid to tobacco farmers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, a new report says. The US Department of Agriculture will distribute the money as part of a $14 billion effort to help struggling farmers that’s funded by the CARES Act, the massive stimulus bill Congress passed in March, Reuters reported Wednesday. Federal law bars tobacco farmers from receiving money from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, or CCC, which pays out most of the nation’s crop subsidies. But USDA will get around that by routing the money through a new account set up in Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s office, according to Reuters. The USDA subtly mentioned that tobacco...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This content was created exclusively for KSAT Explains, a new, weekly streaming show that dives deep into the biggest issues facing San Antonio and South Texas. Watch past episodes here and download the free KSAT-TV app to stay up on the latest. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, San Antonio along with other major cities saw a significant drop in vehicles on the streets and highways. "The virus had done in a three week time period what generations of planners and decision-makers had never been able to succeed in doing, and that was eliminate traffic congestion,” said Allison Blazosky, AAMPO planning program manager. The Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has been keeping track of the monthly...
    This makeup artist is not making it up: In order to do her job, she now needs to take a mind-blowing number of coronavirus-related precautions. In a TikTok video that has gone viral with more than 19,000 likes and 110 shares, Los Angeles-based Shannon Marie Trigger details the tedious steps that go into a single work day, as movie and TV shoots resume around the country. In addition to wearing a mask underneath a plastic face shield, Trigger prepares for a day working during the pandemic by getting an early start and loading easy-to-wipe-down plastic bins full of makeup supplies in her car. On top of that, she has to comb through a detailed questionnaire, including whether she has body...
    Opening a small business in New York City, where rents and risks can rise as high as a skyscraper, is no mean feat even under ideal circumstances. COVID-19 exacerbates everything. Ask Shweta Khare, Jackie Casiano and Myriam Simpierre, entrepreneurs behind an Upper West Side cafe, West Village hair salon and Bedford-Stuyvesant grocery, respectively, which all opened their doors during the pandemic. They’re making space for guarded optimism as well as setbacks, and recognizing that a key to survival is being able to pivot to a Plan B or C.  “The most important lesson of COVID-19 is learning to adapt,” Simpierre said. “Distribution channels go awry. Prices change. A pandemic happens. Anything can happen. You have to be adaptable.”  Myriam...
    The feds are planning to dole out up to $100 million in government aid to tobacco farmers affected by the coronavirus pandemic, a new report says. The US Department of Agriculture will distribute the money as part of a $14 billion effort to help struggling farmers that’s funded by the CARES Act, the massive stimulus bill Congress passed in March, Reuters reported Wednesday. Federal law bars tobacco farmers from receiving money from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation, or CCC, which pays out most of the nation’s crop subsidies. But USDA will get around that by routing the money through a new account set up in Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s office, according to Reuters. The USDA subtly mentioned that tobacco growers...
    By The Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 9 a.m. The chairman of Bosnia’s three-member presidency is urging the world’s nations at their first virtual U.N. meeting to make a coronavirus vaccine available to all of mankind. Sefik Dzaferovic said in his pre-recorded speech to the high-level General Assembly session that the past few years have seen a “crisis of multilateralism” at international organizations including the United Nations. He said the 193-member world body has become an object of dispute but that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the U.N. has extraordinary significance in today’s globalized world. “The pandemic has shown that the largest problems of today can no longer...
    TANZANIA – The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 9 a.m. The chairman of Bosnia’s three-member presidency is urging the world’s nations at their first virtual U.N. meeting to make a coronavirus vaccine available to all of mankind. Sefik Dzaferovic said in his pre-recorded speech to the high-level General Assembly session that the past few years have seen a “crisis of multilateralism” at international organizations including the United Nations. He said the 193-member world body has become an object of dispute but that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the U.N. has extraordinary significance in today’s globalized world. “The pandemic has shown that the largest problems of today can no longer be solved...
    PHOTO BY MICHAEL JOHNSONSaying that fear of lawsuits is holding back the economy, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he supports placing limits on coronavirus-related litigation and is willing to consider such a bill during a potential special legislative session in November. The comments marked the first time DeSantis has publicly supported limiting lawsuits for Florida businesses that are grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. DeSantis said the Legislature could consider a bill to give liability protections to “run-of-the-mill businesses” during a session that also could involve his controversial plan to crack down on disorderly protesters. DeSantis unveiled the plan about protesters Monday and suggested Tuesday that a special session could be held when lawmakers return to Tallahassee for a Nov....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami)  – With Halloween happening in about a month, many parents are wondering if it will be safe to let the kids go trick or treating due to the pandemic. In Miami-Dade and Broward, where the coronavirus positivity rate has been slowly trending down, county and city officials have not made any official announcements as to whether trick or treating this year is a ‘yea’ or ‘nay’. However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued its first guidance for the holidays, including Halloween. Door-to-door trick-or-treating and costume masks and parties are discouraged this year due to the pandemic, the CDC said. “Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses,” the agency said in its...
    After COVID-19 forced the Colorado Ballet to cancel The Nutcracker in its sixtieth season, the company began cutting salaries and furloughing dancers, teachers and administrative staff. Now the nonprofit has launched a relief and recovery fund. “We have identified three million as our need for the organization, but every dollar counts,” says Gil Boggs, artistic director of fourteen years. “We are assessing the ballet’s overall situation at least twice a month. The relative success of this campaign will certainly factor into our decision-making, and we will make adjustments accordingly.” The company hopes the sixtieth season picks up again in 2021 with The Great Gatsby (February 5 to 7), The Wizard of Oz (March 5 to 14) and Giselle (April 9 to...
    (CNN)As the US passes a sobering milestone, Covid-19 survivors have a message for those who view the pandemic as politics: The virus is not a hoax. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. CoronavirusThis time last year, the headline we are facing today would have been unbelievable. Unfathomable. A sick joke. More than 200,000 people have died on American soil of a virus that, mere months ago, was completely unknown to us. Around the world, more than 970,000 lives have been lost. With no vaccine and no widely adopted solutions, the misery...
    CHENNAI, India — “Will India be No.1 by Dussehra, or Diwali?” Atul Thakur, referring to major Hindu festivals occurring in October and November, poses that question in the Times of India. He is not talking about primacy in economic growth. Rather, he refers to the number of COVID-19 infections and the pace of their increase, which are likely to catapult India ahead of the U.S. by mid-September, conferring the dubious distinction of being the worst-affected nation on the planet. With Unlock 4 having commenced and most institutions and services back in full-fledged operation, infections too are going through the roof, having increased by 1.5 million in the first 17 days of September. While permitting the reopening of transport, temples,...
    After getting kudos for its early response to the coronavirus, Subway Restaurants is now being blasted by store operators for demanding that they return to business as usual despite still-sagging sales in the midst of the pandemic. Subway this month told its roughly 23,000 US restaurants to resume operating 84 hours a week, or an average of 12 hours a day, as they did before the pandemic, sources said. It has also demanded franchisees begin repaying royalties fees that the company graciously deferred in the early days of the health crisis after it shuttered the restaurant industry. The demands, franchisees say, come as Subway sales continue to lag — leaving store operators unnecessarily exposed to both the coronavirus and...
    Despite the number of individuals infected by the novel coronavirus and the increasing deaths as a result, individuals nationwide continue to dismiss the virus as a hoax. As the pandemic continues to spread across the U.S., stories of those who openly denied the virus only to be infected by it are increasing. While some of these stories come from individuals who survived the virus, many of them follow the deaths of those who did not. The virus is far from over and these stories shed light on the importance of abiding by COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing a mask. In the list of those who denied the virus only to be infected is Tony Tenpenny, a Republican former Nashville...
    The U.S. COVID-19 death toll hit 200,000 Tuesday, but the rate of deaths has slowed, keeping hopes alive for a less disruptive fall. The current coronavirus mortality rate in the United States is nowhere near what it was in April at the pandemic’s peak, when daily deaths would often surpass 2,000. Keeping coronavirus transmission rates low in colder months will be difficult as more people are indoors and in smaller spaces, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, told CNN Tuesday. He added that he'd like to see the U.S. go into the fall and winter months “at such a low level that when you have the inevitable cases, you can handle them.” As long...
    (CNN)More than 80 years ago, the American salesman extraordinaire, Elmer Wheeler, introduced his "Five Wheeler Points" to help his brethren boost sales of whatever it was they were selling. The first Point, later immortalized by an episode of Seinfeld , was this: "don't sell the steak -- sell the sizzle." JUST WATCHEDGiroir: We do not have a safe, effective vaccine yetReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHGiroir: We do not have a safe, effective vaccine yet 03:38This adage seems to have been adopted by the some in the Trump administration as they still, seven months in, try to find their footing on the federal response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have seen a lot of sizzle -- lots of happy talk about...
    Ohio's GOP Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted has been booed at a Trump rally after he tried to encourage the President's supporters to wear face masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Republican politician took to the stage in front of 1,200 Trump supporters in Dayton on Monday evening, where he urged the crowd to cover their noses and mouths when out in public.  'I'm trying to make masks in America great again,' Husted enthusiastically stated into the microphone after whipping out a red face mask with the words 'Trump 2020' emblazoned across it.  The audience instantly made their disapproval known, with loud jeers breaking out.  'Get off the stage,' one Trump supporter could be heard yelling in video shared on social...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that traditional trick-or-treating puts people at higher risk of spreading COVID-19.The agency says some alternative Halloween activities would reduce that risk.Halloween is one of Lana and Eddie McKendree favorite days of the year."We are looking to make it memorable especially because with all the e-learning I think it's important to get together and have have some fun activities," said their mother Lori McKendree."There's a lot of Halloween activities you can do short of going trick or treating door to door," said Dr. Mickey Caplan, Northshore Health System.Business is already picking up at Fantasy Costumes on the city's northwest side, according to manager Cathy Bunger."People are still going to have their small...
    As the United States passes the grim milestone of 200,000 Covid-19 deaths, Fox News continues to mostly ignore the ever-mounting death toll in favor of complaining about health measures meant to mitigate the pandemic’s worst-case scenario. So says a new report by the journalistic watchdog group Media Matters for America published on Tuesday which details how Fox News has complained about pandemic health measures nearly five times as often as it has reported the growing national death toll since September 1. “Fox News personalities or guests have reported or mentioned the coronavirus national death toll or daily death rate in just 55 segments that were about the pandemic,” said Rob Savillo, the report’s author. “By contrast, they largely spent their time complaining about coronavirus health measures, attacking...
    Cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise again, and that spells trouble for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE, who would prefer to fight for reelection on almost any other issue. The number of coronavirus cases confirmed on a daily basis in the United States “has jumped more than 15 percent in the past 10 days,” The New York Times reported Tuesday. The Times noted that this was the biggest increase since late spring and warned that a “surge appears to have begun.” Public health officials have been predicting...
    The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 200,000 on Tuesday, but the grim milestone passed without too much of a comment from a White House more focused on the battle over the Supreme Court. Trump used a recorded speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to condemn China for unleashing “the plague onto the world,” but did not mention the fact that the U.S. was nearing 200,000 deaths. The U.S. passed that marker a couple hours later, according to John Hopkins University. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany opened her briefing about 90 minutes later with an attack on Democrats about the battle to nominate a successor to liberal Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgGraham: GOP will...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked emotional havoc on New Yorkers, according to the results of a city Health Department survey released Tuesday. The survey conducted in two separate periods of April and May of this year — after the virus had peaked in New York and began its slow drop — quizzed 1,200 New Yorkers of all walks of life about their knowledge, opinions and experiences of the pandemic.  Forty-four percent of all respondents said they experienced anxiety symptoms, while another 36% reported suffering from symptoms of depression. That accounts for a combined 80% of all those who answered the survey. Additionally,...
    RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – More schools will open their doors in the coming weeks, allowing students on campus for the first time in six months. The transition could be tricky, so we asked parents how they prepared their kids to go back to class. “They are very nervous about it,” said Krystal Hurst. The Richardson ISD mom has two sons in elementary school. She says during virtual learning she kept them on the same schedule as last year. “Starting at 7 a.m. they have breakfast and all of that, then they pretend to walk down to the school and then we come back and hop online.” Hurst said the boys are mostly concerned about masks. “The idea of wearing it...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 320 new cases of COVID-19 as the state experiences an uptick in cases in recent weeks and state lawmakers readied plans to address the crisis with federal relief money. Representatives from the state’s health care providers told lawmakers that the pandemic has stressed their operations, revenues and staff as the number of hospitalizations increased and infections spread. State legislators concluded a series of public input sessions Tuesday as they prepare for a special legislative session on Oct. 5. Gov. Kristi Noem called the session so the Legislature can provide input on using the $1.25 billion in federal funds the state received to address the pandemic and its economic...
    Much like other expecting mothers this year, Ciara didn’t have a guidebook to follow before giving birth to son Win Harrison in July. During a virtual appearance Monday on “The Motherhood Juggle” lifestream series with the USO and Motherhood Maternity, the 35-year-old singer opened up to moderator Tamron Hall about finding the “silver lining” in her pregnancy amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think my biggest mission or focal point was to try my best to always find the silver lining through it all, and to find the positive moments,” Ciara explained. “I think you have to take a step back and think about, the reality is it’s a blessing and a gift to be able to give birth, so if...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Tuesday cited more dire predictions from medical experts when asked about the Trump administration's response to the U.S. passing the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. "As you’ve heard several doctors in the task force note from this podium, we were looking at the prospect of 2 million people potentially perishing from the coronavirus in this country," McEnany said at a press briefing when asked for her message to Americans who may be "outraged" by the administration's handling of the pandemic. "We grieve when even one life is lost," she added. "But the fact that we have come nowhere near that number is a testament to this president taking immediate action." McEnany...
    Much like other expecting mothers this year, Ciara didn’t have a guidebook to follow before giving birth to son Win Harrison in July. During a virtual appearance Monday on “The Motherhood Juggle” lifestream series with the USO and Motherhood Maternity, the 35-year-old singer opened up to moderator Tamron Hall about finding the “silver lining” in her pregnancy amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I think my biggest mission or focal point was to try my best to always find the silver lining through it all, and to find the positive moments,” Ciara explained. “I think you have to take a step back and think about, the reality is it’s a blessing and a gift to be able to give birth, so if...
    State universities in Connecticut will be calling off spring break due to concerns about spreading or contracting COVID-19. A spokesperson for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system announced this week that spring break - originally scheduled between March 15 and Sunday, March 21 has been called off due to the pandemic. Schools impacted include Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, and Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. Instead, those universities will use a modified spring calendar that will include a delayed start and a longer winter break for students. Other schools and universities in Connecticut have also announced altered calendars, while others will stay...
    Olivia Troye, a former White House aide who worked for Vice President Mike Pence’s office, is sounding off with more details about the Trump administration’s early knowledge about the severity of the coronavirus. Troye appeared on “The Today Show” on Tuesday where she discussed the weeks leading up to the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a global pandemic. Although Pence and President Donald Trump have repeatedly claimed they had no way of knowing how bad the pandemic could be, Troye suggests otherwise, reports The Hill. Troye —who was privy to many of the critical, pre-pandemic decisions that were made— confirmed that during a “late January” briefing, the Trump administration was told that the coronavirus was “going to be big.” “We...
    Even Sizzler has lost its sizzle amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The steakhouse chain known for its grilled meats and giant salad bars filed for bankruptcy Monday after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered its restaurants and strained its finances. “The filing is a direct result of the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the casual dining sector, particularly long-term indoor dining closures and landlords’ refusal to provide necessary rent abatement,” Sizzler said in a statement, according to Restaurant Business News. Sizzler says it has struggled to bounce back from virus-related lockdowns that forced all of its 14 company-operated restaurants to close at least twice. The chain said it has tried to shift to take-out, delivery and outdoor dining, but...
    Even Sizzler has lost its sizzle amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The steakhouse chain known for its grilled meats and giant salad bars filed for bankruptcy Monday after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered its restaurants and strained its finances. “The filing is a direct result of the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the casual dining sector, particularly long-term indoor dining closures and landlords’ refusal to provide necessary rent abatement,” Sizzler said in a statement, according to Restaurant Business News. Sizzler says it has struggled to bounce back from virus-related lockdowns that forced all of its 14 company-operated restaurants to close at least twice. The chain said it has tried to shift to take-out, delivery and outdoor dining, but those...
    Jake Johnson September 22, 2020 6:29AM (UTC) This article originally appeared at Common Dreams. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Feel free to republish and share widely. As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll was all but certain to hit 200,000 on Monday with the virus still taking the lives of nearly 1,000 Americans each day, President Donald Trump told Fox News that he would give himself a perfect grade for his handling of a pandemic that has infected more than 6.8 million people across the country, permanentlyeliminated millions of jobs, and destroyed countless livelihoods. "We're rounding the corner, with or without a vaccine," Trump claimed Monday morning, even as the virus continues to spread nationwide. "We've done a phenomenal job,...
    Photo via NSFAgriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried teed off Monday on a wide range of economic, health and election issues that she says the state Cabinet and lawmakers should have addressed throughout the coronavirus pandemic. On the eve of a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, Fried said Gov. Ron DeSantis shouldn’t have been allowed to solely address issues such as an overwhelmed unemployment system, problems in health-care reporting, election security and how federal CARES Act stimulus dollars will be spent by the state. “I didn't want to have to do this today,” Fried, the only statewide elected Democrat, said at the end of the one-hour online session, aired on The Florida Channel. “When the body in which we serve, the Florida Cabinet, that...
    ATLANTA -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially discouraged trick-or-treating in 2020.The new holiday guidance appeared on the CDC website Monday night.America's health protection agency said "many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses."High-risk Halloween activities, according to the CDC include the following: Door-to-door trick-or-treating Trunk-or-treat events with treats handed out to large groups from trunks of cars Indoor costume parties Indoor haunted houses Hayrides/tractor rides with people who are not in your household Going to a fall festival outside your community But that doesn't mean Halloween is canceled. You and your family can still participate in plenty of festive activities.Below are some of the low-risk Halloween activities mentioned by the CDC:...
    As the U.S. Covid-19 death toll was all but certain to hit 200,000 on Monday with the virus still taking the lives of nearly 1,000 Americans each day, President Donald Trump told Fox News that he would give himself a perfect grade for his handling of a pandemic that has infected more than 6.8 million people across the country, permanently eliminated millions of jobs, and destroyed countless livelihoods. “We’re rounding the corner, with or without a vaccine,” Trump claimed Monday morning, even as the virus continues to spread nationwide. “We’ve done a phenomenal job, not just a good job, a phenomenal job, other than public relations, but that’s because I have fake news.” “On public relations I give myself a ‘D.’ On the job itself, we take an...
    It’s time to laugh again. Comedy clubs ordered closed in March during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak haven’t been allowed to reopen — while restaurants and bowling alleys got the OK to to resume operations, albeit with rules limiting capacity to prevent the spread of the killer bug. But bills introduced by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and backed by the jokers and club operators would allow the venues to re-open and operate under the same indoor restrictions as either bowling alleys or restaurants. Channeling Rodney Dangerfield, comedians and club owners say they’re getting “no respect” from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state health officials even though the COVID-19 pandemic has abated in New York. A person in a facemask walks...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We could see a new standard to help determine when counties in California can reopen. It's called the "equity metric."Counties in California are placed in one of four colored-coded "community disease transmission" risk tiers.RELATED: Coronavirus employment recovery will not be equal across Bay Area, new report predictsRight now, in order to determine how and when a county can reopen, California uses two primary indicators to determine how and when a county can reopen:1. Average number of COVID-19 cases per day2. Average percentage of positive test resultsCalifornia's Department of Public Health is still finalizing details, but a third metric, called the "equity metric," is in the works.VIDEO: Statistics show COVID-19's stunning impact on Bay Area after 6...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As election season heats up, many voters have reached out to the I-Team with questions about voting in a presidential election during a pandemic -- including asking if new voting methods allowed because of COVID-19 are safe and reliable.The I-Team is looking into new protocols and procedures that are in place for this election and separating fact from fiction so you can make sure your vote counts.Holding a presidential election during a global pandemic means changes on the campaign trail and a new focus on voter safety and ballot security."These aren't ideal conditions for an election," Brian Gaines, University of Illinois Political Science Professor, told the I-Team. "I think there are a lot of things that might...
    SAN ANTONIO – Families with babies in neonatal intensive care unit already know the stress of isolation, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for parents of preemies . “Miss Alize!” Jenna Bollig said laughing, watching her daughter yawn. Baby Alize has a right to be sleepy. She’s been fighting hard since the day she was born, Feb. 9 at 24 weeks weighing just 1 pound 9 ounces. “You’re already dealing with the stress of the NICU life, then all of a sudden you have a pandemic happen, and it’s just a double whammy” Bollig said. She said the pandemic hit about a month into Alize’s 97-day stay in the Baptist Hospital NICU. At the time, only one...
    Loading the player... The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be worse for Black communities and a new report details how the impact on health and employment could make it difficult for many families to purchase new homes, or remain living in their current residence. Read More: Chris Rock says Dems worsened COVID-19 by focusing on Trump: ‘You let the pandemic come in’ The Wall Street Journal reports a combination of tighter lending standards for Black borrowers, plus the impact coronavirus has had on Black Americans’ health and employment could potentially grow the racial homeownership gap. This contributes to the overall racial wealth gap between Black and White Americans as the WSJ notes homeownership is a key source for wealth. Happy...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city is launching a new Mentors Matter Initiative aimed at helping students of color, particularly young boys, manage academic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday.   Through Mentors Matter, 750 Black and brown boys will be assigned mentors who will work as academic tutors. Mentors will also be in charge of helping their mentees handle the social changes of school during the COVID-19 pandemic and offer guidance on how to handle these changes. The program is an expansion of the nonprofit One Hundred Black Men and the Young Men’s Initiative Junior 100 program which, along...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The need for substitute teachers in the Bismarck Public School districts has pressingly increased this year due to coronavirus-related teacher absences. The demand is mainly because of all the coronavirus close contacts that have to quarantine as a preventive measure, according to Stacey Geiger, Bismarck Public Schools human resources director. Close contacts are defined as people who spend 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of a person infected with COVID-19. Many substitute teachers are shared between the Bismarck and Mandan school districts, and while the roster of substitute teachers is “about the same” as last year, the need for them is higher, The Bismarck Tribune reported. The Bismarck district has so far hired 55 “long-term”...
    CHICAGO (AP) — More than 5 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Illinois, a milestone state officials touted on Monday. The state surpassed the mark Saturday, the same day it reported more than 74,000 tests, the highest in a 24-hour period. “In a pandemic, widely available testing and faster results mean our people are safer,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. Four other states have already tested more than 5 million people, according to the COVID Tracking Project. They are California, New York, Texas and Florida. On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 1,477 new confirmed cases and seven additional deaths. Overall, the state has reported 275,735 confirmed cases, including 8,457 deaths. State officials said Monday...
    Heather Wirsing and her husband, Michael, started trying for a baby in 2016, long before the world had ever heard of COVID-19. But it was this year’s pandemic that made for a devastating detour on their fertility journey. The couple, who live in Naugatuck, Conn., tried to get pregnant naturally before seeking medical assistance, initially with Heather’s OB-GYN, in 2017. In 2018, the couple met with Dr. Claudio Benadiva at the Center for Advanced Reproductive Services at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, Conn., and decided to try in vitro fertilization (IVF). Heather, who works as a wedding photographer, spent a year losing weight to lower her body mass index (BMI) to meet the criteria for the procedure. This January,...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Hundreds of demonstrators rallied Times Square in conjunction with 14 other cities to highlight the deaths of more than 200,000 deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Demonstrators organized by RefuseFacism.org, railed against President Donald Trump for failing to take proper measures to protect people from the contagion. They added the virus to a laundry list of complaints about the administration that includes the president’s statement that he will try to appoint a new, conservative justice to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat. “We face a rolling coup barreling to a showdown on Nov. 3. The Trump/Pence regime have said and shown...
    A new executive order will extend rent relief measures regarding COVID-19-related commercial evictions for another month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday, Sept. 21 that he has signed a new Executive Order the state's moratorium on COVID-related commercial evictions and foreclosures through Tuesday, Oct. 20. Cuomo said the move extends protections previously put in place for commercial tenants and mortgagors who face financial hardships due to the pandemic. The measure includes retail establishments and restaurants. The extension of the protection gives commercial tenants and mortgagors additional “time to get back on their feet and catch up on rent or their mortgage, or to renegotiate their lease terms to avoid foreclosure moving forward,” Cuomo added. The order was first...
    (KPIX 5) – Amid the harsh realities of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is also inspiring a burst of creativity from photographers, and business is booming for photo storage services. Jim Hilt, president of Redwood City-based Shutterfly, said the company has seen a surge in photo storage since the pandemic, along with a 50 percent increase in photo gifts, as amateur photographers find inspiration in once-in-a-lifetime scenes. “People step back and say this is a unique time in my life and as much as I want to be done with it I’m going to make sure that I look back on it and recognize what was meaningful about it,” Hilt said. Google Photos has also seen a jump so large...
    BILOXI, Miss. -- Along parts of the Gulf coast, first responders and families are feeling drained from this year's hurricane season even though there's more rain on the way and more trouble brewing in the tropics.It's been a tough year to make and communicate hurricane forecasts with storm tracks constantly shifting, not to mention public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic."We worry about hurricane fatigue. We worry about people becoming frustrated," Vincent Creel, the city of Biloxi's public affairs manager, told AccuWeather. "'I"m not going to evacuate, I'm not going to worry about it' -- that's a huge danger we always worry about."Creel and other officials say it's better to overprepare than to ignore the warnings. Mississippi missed out on...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — The Indian Cultural Association has been helping families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by collecting and donating 700,000 pounds of food. According to the organization’s website, their food pantry The Lentil has been hosting food distribution events throughout the county at churches, temples, schools, libraries and other community associations throughout the pandemic. The food pantry, which was started in 2018, is providing food, including fresh fruits, vegetables and milk, to families and individuals of all background. Their next distribution is on Wednesday, September 23 at the Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. If you know of a neighbor in need or want to get involved email, contact@ICAHoward.org....
    A new Congressional report claims China could have prevented a vast majority of coronavirus cases before the end of February if officials followed international health guidelines after the first outbreak occurred in Wuhan. The report, released Monday and authored by Republican members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, found that China initially covered up the spread of SARS-CoV-2 — which causes COVID-19 — and that the World Health Organization (WHO) was complicit because it “parroted” Chinese propaganda. “It is beyond doubt that 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,” the report says. “Research shows the CCP could have...
    Bill Gates says he believes there will be a coronavirus vaccine approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by early 2021. In an interview with Fortune, the Microsoft co-founder says there is a new level of collaboration among drugmakers that could see an immunization receive an emergency use authorization license in the next few months. 'The likelihood is that at least two, three, or four [vaccines] will probably prove to be both safe and efficacious,' he said. However, anti-vaxx groups fear an inoculation will lead to mandatory jabs while other Americans are skeptical that the FDA is under political pressure to authorize a vaccine before the November 3 presidential election. Gates says it will depend on how many...
    House Foreign Affairs Committee Republicans on Monday morning released its final report on the Chinese Communist Party’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, which provided damning details of how Beijing tried to hide the outbreak of the coronavirus, allowing for its spread to the rest of the world. “As we continued our investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, we uncovered even more disturbing evidence about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) coverup and WHO Director General Tedros’s gross mishandling of the virus that allowed it to turn into a deadly pandemic,” said the committee’s top Republican Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who led the investigation. He added: It is crystal clear that had the CCP been transparent, and had...
    President Trump said he expresses his anger whenever he speaks about Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Beijing’s failure to contain the coronavirus pandemic and allowing it to spread about the world, killing nearly 200,000 Americans. The president was asked about a New York Post exclusive report on findings from the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the COVID-19 pandemic may have been prevented if the Chinese Communist Party hadn’t covered up the severity of the outbreak. “I say it every time I speak. And I’m angry at him [Xi] because they could have stopped this, they could have stopped it easily,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” referring to the Chinese president. “They stopped it from going back further into their...
    Wall Street is opening sharply lower, led by financial stocks, after a report alleged banks were profiting from illicit dealings with disreputable people and criminal networks. JPMorgan is down 3.3%, Deutsche Bank fell 7.6%.  The prospect of tougher restrictions on public life in Europe to limit coronavirus cases is also weighing on stocks, particularly in the travel sector. In the U.S., daily COVID-19 cases are once again rising, reversing earlier progress in slowing the spread of the disease. The S&P 500 fell 1.7% in early trading on Monday, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 546 points, or almost 2%, to 27,110. Investors were spooked by a report from BuzzFeed News and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that alleges...