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    (CNN)A college student and former high school basketball player has died from Covid-19, highlighting the virus's danger even toward the young and healthy.Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, died this week after complications from Covid-19, according to the university. He was diagnosed with the virus earlier in September. Dorrill lived off campus, and all of his classes were online. The university did not say how he contracted the virus."When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19," Sheri Everts, chancellor of App State, said in an announcement to the university community. "After testing positive for COVID-19 in his home county, he followed...
    There were 44 newly reported COVID-19 cases in Westchester as the region saw a return to normalcy following a slight uptick in positive cases in the Hudson Valley. Since the virus was first reported in New Rochelle before rapidly spreading across the state nearly seven months ago, there have now been 38,239 confirmed COVID cases in Westchester out of 665,632 tested, according to the state's Department of Health. The overall percentage of positive results for those tested in Westchester dipped slightly to 5.7, down from 5.8 the day before. There were no new fatalities reported overnight, keeping the total at 1,456 COVID-19-related deaths in Westchester since March. A breakdown of total, active, and new COVID-19 cases in Westchester municipalities on...
    New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that nearly a quarter of New York state's positive COVID-19 cases came from 20 hotspots.  In a tweet, the governor shared a graphic showing the zip codes that have seen upticks in cases within the past 24 hours.  'Almost a quarter of yesterday's positive cases were from just 20 hotspot ZIP codes,' Cuomo wrote.  'We are targeting these clusters immediately to prevent community spread. If you live in one of these ZIP codes, treat this seriously. Wear a mask. Wash your hands often. Get tested,' he added.  Scroll down for video   New York Gov Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that nearly a quarter of New York state's positive COVID-19 cases came from 20...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY JULIE STEENHUYSEN Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc’s coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on Tuesday. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a more complete picture of the vaccine’s safety in older adults, a group at increased risk of severe complications from COVID-19. The findings are reassuring because immunity tends to weaken with age, Dr. Evan Anderson, one of the study’s lead researchers from Emory...
    A North Carolina teenage basketball player has died from a rare COVID-19 complication in which the virus attacked his brain, his family said. Chad Dorrill, 19, had been living off-campus and taking classes online at Appalachian State University in Boone when he became sick earlier this month with the virus, the college said Tuesday in a statement. “When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19,” Chancellor Sheri Everts wrote to students. His uncle, David Dorrill, said that the teen tested positive Sept. 7 and quarantined for ten days at home in Wallburg, the New York Times reported. But upon returning to college, he began to experience serious...
    HONOLULU (AP) — A University of Hawaii West Oahu student has died after contracting coronavirus. Jezreel Lowie B. Juan died on Friday, the university said in a statement. Juan had transferred to the West Oahu campus in 2019 as a junior after attending Honolulu Community College. A university spokeswoman on Wednesday said they did not have Juan's age or hometown. “As a first-generation immigrant, his drive to work in the STEM field to make his family proud became clear as he spoke passionately about his degree and what it could afford him and his family,” the statement issued Tuesday said. "Because of his student leadership at both Honolulu Community College and UH West Oahu, he was recently nominated to be...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The city will deploy almost 1,000 agents to check mask compliance, hand out face coverings, and potentially fine violators in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where COVID-19 cases have recently risen to worrying levels, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. An estimated 950 enforcers — consisting of some 400 cops, 300 officials with the NYC Health and Hospital’s Test and Trace Corps, and another 250 city staffers — will be out in the borough hotspots distributing masks, providing information on the coronavirus, and issuing summonses in cases of noncompliance, according to de Blasio. Almost 1,000 city employees will be out in...
    Singer-songwriter Mac Davis dies at 78 Here are the biggest winners in a solid third quarter for U.S. stocks Scottie Scheffler: Stunk to miss U.S. Open because of COVID-19 Scottie Scheffler learned of his PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honor while in quarantine. © Provided by Golf Channel A day after the USGA announced that the 24-year-old Texan had tested positive for COVID-19 and withdrawn from the U.S. Open, Scheffler was named the top newcomer for the 2019-20 season as voted on by his peers. “I had plenty of time at home to digest it,” Scheffler said Wednesday ahead of the Sanderson Farms Championship. “I felt like I had a really solid rookie season. If you had told...
    Weems Memorial HospitalFor nearly two weeks, a machine meant to run COVID-19 test results has been assembled and ready to operate at George E. Weems Memorial Hospital in rural Franklin County. But the hospital, a 25-bed facility in picturesque Apalachicola, hasn’t been able to use the instrument to get results for any COVID-19 tests the hospital or its clinics have administered to local residents. The hospital can’t get testing agents needed to process the tests and has been told by the company that manufactured the instrument that what are known as “reagents” won’t be available for another four or five months. Hospital CEO David Walker turned to the state health department, which also uses the type of machine manufactured by...
    The majority of Americans say they would not get the first coronavirus vaccine that approved in the US if President Donald Trump says it is safe, a new poll suggests. Conducted by Axios-Ipsos, the report found less than 20 percent said they are 'very or somewhat likely' to receive the jab against COVID-19 if was endorsed by the commander-in-chief. That figure is much lower than other scenarios presented to the survey respondents. More than twice as many people said they would be inoculated if the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says the vaccine it is safe and three times as many said they would get the vaccine if their physician says  it is safe. The survey comes as many Americans...
    “The food industry stopped at taste for too long,” says Sara Brito, co-founder and president of the Good Food Media Network. She believes that every bite of food is a product of an interconnected system: While taste is important, the land, plants and animals, farmers and fishermen, purveyors, chefs and restaurant workers must also be compensated and considered. Brito hopes to support this shift in perspective through the nonprofit’s annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List and Industry Impact Report. The 2020 list, released on September 21, seeks to make the purchasing practices of participating chefs and restaurants transparent and recognizes their commitment to buying good food and sourcing sustainably. This year, 131 restaurants from around the country participated, and 38...
    Governor Jared Polis's September 8 press conference about COVID-19 was dominated by discussion of a deal to allow a limited number of fans to attend the September 27 game between the Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — a contest that turned out to be agonizing on every level. Nearly lost amid the pigskin talk was a subject that deserved much more time in the spotlight than it received: a partnership with Google and Apple to launch the EN Express program, which will provide mobile-phone users with access to COVID-19 exposure notification technology. Sarah Tuneberg, of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, noted that the interface, accessible with a click on iPhones and through a free app for Android devices,...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours...
    On March 11, when the NBA shut down its games in light of several positive Covid-19 tests and kicked off a rapid-fire series of events and news items that would trigger nationwide lockdowns, Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone had a few words of wisdom for how he planned to spend his time away from the game:  “I’m probably going to drive up to WeldWerks Brewery in Greeley, Colorado, get some Juicy Bits, get on my mountain bike and figure out how we’re going to move forward,” he told the Denver Post and other media outlets at a news conference. Words of wisdom — and words that could have come from just about any Colorado resident with a penchant for local...
    Top officials at the White House pressured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to produce more data that showed the spread of COVID-19 was declining in young people ahead of schools reopening, some officials have claimed.  The officials, including Dr Deborah Birx and Vice President Mike Pence aides, were involved in pushing for alternate data that was in favor of children returning to school, the New York Times reports, citing interviews with former and current officials.  Olivia Troye, a former aide who worked on Pence's COVID-19 taskforce, said she was repeatedly asked by the VP's chief of staff Marc Short to produce data that showed declining cases in children.  She claims Pence's staff were asked to try and circumvent the CDC...
    Longtime local gelato favorite Dolcezza is closing five of its retail locations, citing “the sobering effect that COVID-19 has had on our industry.” Over the month of October, Dolcezza will close its outposts located at: 1418 14th St. NW in Logan Circle; 1704 Connecticut Ave. NW in Dupont Circle; 99 District Square SW at The Wharf; 904 Palmer Alley NW at CityCenterDC; and 7111 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda. “We will miss seeing you at these shops but know that we will keep finding ways to get our gelato — and the Dolcezza spirit — into your freezers and hearts,” husband-and-wife owners Violetta Edelman and Rob Duncan, who launched the gelato company 16 years ago in Georgetown, wrote in a...
    A new poll of U.S. households with children found that more than 60 percent are facing major financial difficulties since the COVID-19 outbreak. Released in September, the new study, “The Impact of Coronavirus on Households With Children,” is a research project between NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. The study polled nearly 3,500 adults with children and highlights how households are faring in areas of child care, finances, employment, and health, among others since COVID-19 upturned the national economy. - 61 percent of households with children said they are facing serious financial problems due to someone losing a job, having their wages or hours reduced, etc. The poll said that Latinos,...
    Suddenly feeling confused and delirious is a common symptom of Covid-19 among frail older people, scientists have found. Officials in the UK don't recognise any symptoms other than coughing, fever and a lost sense of taste or smell, but there are many others that people suffer regularly. Experts who run the Covid Symptom Tracker app, from King's College London, have now found that large proportions of elderly people get delirious when they're ill. Delirium is a state that comes on suddenly in which people get confused, struggle to think clearly and may hallucinate, become agitated or have mood swings.  The condition is caused by problems in the brain and can make people more likely to get seriously ill or die...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci downplayed concerns about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine during a conversation on Tuesday at the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leader in the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus, said Americans should feel confident in the development and efficacy of a vaccine. This comes as a growing majority of people say they are not likely to be immunized as soon as a vaccine is available. It's "disturbing" that so many people are reticent to get a vaccine, he said, blaming “mixed messages that have come out of Washington” for waning public trust. Some public officials, including President Donald Trump, have questioned the credibility...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A new study may ease fears about taking mass transit during the pandemic. Researchers say there is a low risk of contracting the coronavirus on a train or bus. Some riders stopped using mass transit because they say they believe it put them in danger of getting the virus. 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 study from...
    SAN ANTONIO – Halloween is still a month away, but it didn’t take the usual images of witches, vampires and ghosts to scare some people. The coronavirus pandemic, it seems, covered that base months ago. In response, some San Antonians are opting out of taking part in some of the traditional activities, such as trick-or-treating.Halloween masks are always a big part of the celebration. The CDC says it's safer this season to use a decorated cloth mask instead. (KSAT 12 News)“We usually take him trick-or-treating, but not this year,” said Jonathan Carrasco, looking at his elementary school-aged son, Julius. “Not this year because of COVID.” Carrasco said, instead, his family will be staying close to home, celebrating with immediate family....
    The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons has revealed that he and his husband, producer Todd Spiewak, had contracted the coronavirus in the middle of March. During an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”, the actor said their experience “defied the descriptions” of the COVID-19 virus. “Todd and I both had it early on. It was like… middle of March. We didn’t know what it was. We thought we had colds. “And then it seemed less likely, and then finally we lost our sense of smell and taste. It defied the descriptions for me. I didn’t realise how completely taste and smell could be gone,” Parsons told Fallon. Red Notice: Dwayne Johnson Resumes Shooting For Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds’...
    The cine life in India is getting back to normal amid the rising coronavirus cases. However, the units and crew members are taking extra precaution to make it all happen in a healthy way. The latest shoot to happen is Salman Khan’s action film, Radhe: Your  Most Wanted Bhai. The team is said to reunite to shoot the last portion of the film spanning for 15-20 days but not without stringent COVID-19 precautions on the set. Salman Khan’s Radhe to Feature South Indian Stars Bharath Srinivasan, Megha Akash, Narra Srinu. As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, the team had to go through a round of coronavirus tests before going back on the sets. There also will be now second...
    SACRAMENTO —  With skilled nursing homes hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a law requiring those facilities in California to report disease-related deaths to health authorities within 24 hours during declared emergencies. The law was written in response to concerns that health agencies were slow to respond to outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities because they did not receive timely information about them. So far, more than 5,630 residents and staff at skilled nursing facilities in the state have died from COVID-19 — 36% of California’s fatalities from the coronavirus. The percentage “reveals the significant weaknesses in the reporting system currently required by these facilities,” said Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), who introduced the legislation....
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — In just nine months, more than one million people have died from the coronavirus worldwide. Now, the University of Maryland is teaming up with Facebook to try to get a better understanding of the global impact of the pandemic. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines People in nearly every country will log on to Facebook and be invited to take a survey put together by University of Maryland researchers. It asks questions about things like COVID symptoms, testing availability and economic impacts. The hope is, responses will give researchers a much-needed global view of this pandemic, with information about where it’s growing...
    As the coronavirus pandemic spread in the spring and summer, Pokémon Go rolled out a series of changes that made it easier for players to keep participating. Now Niantic Labs has announced that while some of the temporary bonuses it added will remain active, several of them will go away as of October 1st. In April the game added a feature where your buddy Pokémon would gather gifts from nearby PokéStops even if you didn’t leave your home, and now it will only do that if you’re running low. The distance walked to hatch eggs is going back up to where it was previously, and incense that attracts Pokémon will only have increased effectiveness while walking.
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCoronavirus lockdowns work Michigan resident puts toilet on front lawn with sign 'Place mail in ballots here' Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election MORE (D) ordered a statewide emergency declaration extended through October on Tuesday, citing the continued dangers posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesperson for the governor's office told the Detroit Free Press that the executive order signed Tuesday would continue the governor's trend of extending the order by four weeks at a time, based on the current state of the outbreak. “This emergency will end, and it is a matter of months," Whitmer said in a news release obtained by the newspaper. It was not immediately available...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County did not make it out of the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system on Tuesday, but officials said that the county’s numbers continue to trend in the right direction. The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 109 new coronavirus cases and 33 more deaths on Tuesday. The number of fatalities reported is the highest one day total since the pandemic began. But, officials said the deaths were spread out over a few weeks due to the fact that they are received from multiple sources that come in at different times. According to the agency, the county’s deadliest day remains Aug. 3 when 19 people died from COVID-19 complications. The last day of...
    Pastor Todd Bell (pictured) has continued to hold in-person services at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Maine, even after he officiated a wedding that was linked to cases and deaths The family of a Maine pastor who officiated a 'super spreader' wedding linked to at least eight coronavirus deaths and nearly 200 cases in the state, will come together for an indoor ceremony and celebration next month.   Pastor Todd Bell, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, officiated the August 7 wedding in Millinocket that has been linked to more than 180 infections in the state, including in an outbreak at a nursing home in Madison, more than 100 miles away, and a county jail.  Despite the deadly outbreak,...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — These days, at the University of Maryland, they’re saying “gesundheit” for much more than sneezes. It turns out, “Gesundheit Two” is the name of a machine being used to study how people spread COVID-19. The machine has a large cone attached to one end, which COVID-19 patients sit in front of for two, 30 minute periods. During the first round, they wear a mask while breathing, shouting and even singing happy birthday. Then, they do it all over again, mask free. The creator said by seeing how much the patients contaminate both the cone and air, are some people more contagious than others, and how well do masks work as a control?
    New York is scrambling to suppress new clusters of the coronavirus across the state and in several New York City neighborhoods. “A cluster today can be community spread tomorrow,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday. Twenty New York ZIP codes have seen positive test rates of about 5%. Certain neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn, especially those that are predominantly Orthodox Jewish, have reported the sharpest increase in new cases due in part to low compliance with social distancing laws. Cuomo said Tuesday that he would meet with Orthodox Jewish leaders and local officials “to make sure we're all on the same page.” “A cluster problem is caused by lack of compliance," Cuomo said. "Why was there lack of...
    Long Island saw slightly more than 100 new COVID-19 cases as Nassau and Suffolk county officials continue combating the pandemic. In Nassau, the state Department of Health is reporting 80 new positive cases out of 5,621 tested in the past 24 hours, while in Suffolk, there were 36 new cases out of 4,300 who were tested for the virus, keeping the infection rate slightly below 1 percent, well below what some other counties are experiencing in the state. There have now been 46,711 positive COVID-19 cases out of 807,939 (5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent) tests administered in Nassau, and 46,428 confirmed cases in Suffolk out of 818,583 (5.7 percent, down from 5.8 percent) tests that have been administered since...
    Moderna's coronavirus vaccine triggered a strong antibody response in older adults, and only triggered 'severe' side effects in one volunteer, new data from the firm's phase 2 testing shows.  Two doses of the shot were given to each of about 40 volunteers, ages 56 to 71.  All of the patients enrolled to the the study developed 'neutralizing' antibodies to coronavirus - the kinds of immune cells thought to be most capable of shutting down the virus and stopping it from infecting our cells.  About 80 percent of people who have died of coronavirus are older, making the safety of any vaccines against COVID-19 in aging populations paramount.  With the election just over a month away, and President Trump promoting the...
    New York has suspended liquor licenses for 15 more businesses, including two in the Hudson Valley, after finding what it labeled violations of COVID-19 pandemic-related executive orders.  Over the last week, the state's multi-agency task force -- led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority -- conducted 8,634 compliance checks, documenting violations at 40 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.  The locations of the establishments, all restaurants/bars in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and upstate New York, are as follows: Brooklyn- 4 Dutchess - 2 Nassau - 2 Suffolk -...
    New York has suspended liquor licenses for 15 more businesses, including three on Long Island, after finding what it labeled violations of COVID-19 pandemic-related executive orders.  Over the last week, the state's multi-agency task force -- led by the State Police and State Liquor Authority -- conducted 8,634 compliance checks, documenting violations at 40 establishments. Businesses found in violation of COVID-19 regulations face fines up to $10,000 per violation, while egregious violations can result in the immediate suspension of a bar or restaurant's liquor license.  The locations of the establishments, all restaurants/bars in New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley and upstate New York, are as follows: Brooklyn- 4 Nassau - 2 Dutchess - 2 Suffolk - 1...
    The theme of Colorado Governor Jared Polis's September 29 update on the fight against COVID-19 in the state was what he referred to as "lost children" — kids who aren't going to school in person or participating in remote education efforts and may be at risk of suffering major learning shortfalls as a result. "This shouldn't be politicized. It should be personalized," Polis stressed. "Many kids are living with grandparents or others who are medically vulnerable — or online works well for them. But what we're worried about are kids who aren't doing either online or in-person [learning]. And other than parents willing to take on the rigors of home schooling, including the social aspect, they need to enroll their...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A group of student athletes and parents have sued the Illinois High School Association, demanding the return of fall sports.In their lawsuit, the group claims the guidelines issued by the IHSA moving falls sports like football to the spring violate the IHSA's own bylaws. The plaintiffs claim the "amendments to the IHSA by-laws were not enacted through the legislative process that the IHSA Constitution requires."Parents, students to file lawsuit against IHSA for canceling fall sports due to COVID-19The group is asking the court to declare the Return to Play and Contact Day guidelines invalid and void because they change the by-laws, and to issue a temporary restraining order.Dave Ruggles, the lead plaintiff on the class-action lawsuit, said...
    A Long Island man who was caught hoarding personal protective equipment (PPE) and price gouging customers of his retail store by authorities will donate $450,000 of equipment to area hospitals and health providers to avoid prosecution, according to the United States Attorney of the Eastern District of New York. Amardeep Singh, of Woodbury, 45, was arrested after police and postal inspectors found and seized 23 pallets containing more than 100,000 face masks,10,000 surgical gowns, nearly 2,500 full-body isolation suits and more than 500,000 pairs of disposable gloves at his retail store in Plainview and a warehouse in Brentwood on April 14. Singh became the first person in the nation charged under the Defense Production Act on April 24; afterward, an...
    There were 50 newly reported COVID-19 cases in Westchester as the region continues to see a slight uptick in positive cases in the Hudson Valley. Since the virus was first reported in New Rochelle before rapidly spreading more than six months ago, there have now been 38,182 confirmed COVID cases in Westchester out of 38,182 tested, according to the state's Department of Health. The percentage of positive results for those tested in Westchester held steady at 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent late last week. There were no new fatalities reported overnight, keeping the total at 1,456 COVID-19-related deaths in Westchester since March. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that 23 percent of the new positive cases came from just...
    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...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Americans are responding to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic by making positive lifestyle changes that they expect to continue long term, according to a national survey by Parade/Cleveland Clinic. The third annual Healthy Now poll shows that 18- to 34-year-olds were the most likely demographic to adopt new healthy behaviors in many categories. However, the survey also revealed significant mental health challenges, particularly stress, anxiety and depression issues, brought on by the pandemic among survey respondents. The full survey findings are featured online at Parade.com/normal. Key findings from the summer 2020 survey: SURPRISING POSITIVES AMID CHALLENGES Forging family connections: 78% agree that quarantine has made them value their relationships, with 34% saying they feel closer...
    The first half of 2020 saw 29 retailers file for bankruptcy as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already bleak outlook for brick-and-mortar stores whose customers shifted to online shopping. From January to June, 18 retailers, including once-popular brand names like Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, Pier 11, and GNC, filed for chapter 11, according to the financial advisory firm BDO USA. In the six-week period beginning in July and stretching through mid-August, 11 more retailers filed for bankruptcy. Among the notable companies that went belly-up over the summer are Lord & Taylor and its subsidiary, Le Tote; Tailored Brands, which is the parent company of Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank; and Ann Taylor’s corporate parent Ascena Retail Group. The...
    Covid-19 test positivity rates are approaching 15 percent across 10 Zip codes in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Tuesday. “A cluster today can be community spread tomorrow,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany. He noted the state’s top 20 Zip codes have a combined test positivity rate exceeding 5 percent compared to 1.1 percent in the rest of the state. The worst-hit communities include Orange and Rockland counties, in addition to Brooklyn. Cuomo said the new “clusters” of cases overlapped with Orthodox Jewish communities, which celebrated Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur this month. “This is a concern for their community, public health concern for their community,” Cuomo said. “It’s also a public health concern for...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New Yorkers could now be fined up to $1,000 if caught without a face mask in public, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.  The new measure comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city. Mayor de Blasio reported that the city’s coronavirus positivity rate has broken the 3% threshold for the first time since late May. De Blasio blamed COVID clusters in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens for the citywide uptick. “This is an inflection point and we will be taking more action at this point and more serious action and we will be escalating with...
    Extra safety precautions are being taken this week after players and staff members on two NFL teams tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The Tennessee Titans will close their facility until Saturday, and the Minnesota Vikings called off in-person training on Tuesday after three players and two staff members for the Titans tested positive for the virus following their game on Sunday. "Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus," the statement from the Titans read. "Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them." The Vikings reported no positive coronavirus tests on Tuesday morning and will...
    In the first case of an NFL team having to halt activities due to a coronavirus outbreak, the Tennessee Titans stopped in-person workouts on Tuesday after multiple tests inside the organization came back positive for COVID-19, the New York Post reported. The Minnesota Vikings, who lost to the Titans on Sunday, also ceased their team activities. Three players and five other personnel on the Titans had tests come back positive, according to the NFL. Minnesota has not reported any positive tests. “Out of an abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely [Tuesday] as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans said in a statement, according to the Post. “Several tests have come back positive and...
    (CNN)A group of students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine started a new tradition by creating a more inclusive Hippocratic oath to acknowledge racism, the coronavirus pandemic and the killing of Breonna Taylor.The symbolic white coat ceremony marks the beginning of an academic journey for students in medical programs across the country -- it's a time when students accept their white medical coats and recite an oath vowing to be fair and ethical as they begin their medical education. As part of their orientation, first-year medical students were challenged by Chenits Pettigrew, the medical school's associate dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and assistant dean for Student Affairs, to create a new class oath that acknowledged "their ever-evolving...
    MAS successfully achieved original commitment to the Universal Access Project of the UN Foundation (UNF), of providing health and well being, education and services to 10,000 employees ahead of the 2021 deadline. A group activity from the “Train the Trainer” programme on women’s health for MAS associates. A group activity from the “Train the Trainer” programme on women’s health for MAS associates. A community awareness programme addressing the underlying causes of domestic and gender-based violence. A community awareness programme addressing the underlying causes of domestic and gender-based violence. Sri Lanka, Sept. 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Colombo, Sri Lanka – September 29, 2020: MAS Holdings, the largest and leading design-to-delivery apparel solutions provider in South Asia renewed its commitment today...
    Your odds of dying from COVID-19 in Colorado remain very small if you're under thirty, forty or even fifty, although they've risen slightly in each category over recent months. Your chances also go up if you're Hispanic or, even more dramatically, Black. Those are some of the key takeaways from the latest demographic information about the novel coronavirus from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The numbers are particularly telling when juxtaposed against those highlighted in our May 26 post on the subject, headlined "Why So Many Coloradans Under 50 Don't Take Virus Seriously." People under forty certainly accounted for many more cases during the week of September 20, the most recent period for which CDPHE data is...
    The NFL’s coronavirus luck might have run out. The Titans halted in-person workouts on Tuesday after multiple tests inside the organization came back positive for COVID-19. The Vikings, who the Titans defeated on Sunday, also suspended team activities. According to an NFL.com report, three players and five other personnel all had tests come back positive. “Out of an abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely (Tuesday) as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the team said in a statement. “Several tests have come back positive and are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information (Wednesday). Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell tested positive at the end of last week, but no...
    There have been no new COVID-19-related deaths in Putnam in three months as the county saw 21 new positive cases reported, according to the Department of Health. There have now been 45,348 COVID tests administered in Putnam County, which have resulted in 1,780 (21 new) positive cases, the Department of Health reported in its latest breakdown. There have been 63 COVID deaths in Putnam since the outbreak began six months ago. The county is currently monitoring 20 active COVID-19 cases, and 1,760 Putnam residents are no longer isolated after testing positive for the virus more than two weeks ago. There are no COVID-19 patients at Putnam hospital. A breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Putnam County, according to the latest information...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A new study finds the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases is on the rise.Researchers with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Health Association found just 2.2% of nationwide cases in April were children.But data from September shows pediatric cases now account for 10% of all cases.EMBED More News Videos 10% of all cases are now found in children, according to a study. Experts say that while children generally don't get as sick as adults, it's still a troubling example of the virus spreading.As the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 1 million, New York City's COVID-19 positivity rate is approaching 2%, health officials said Monday, a concerning rise as New York City public schools...
    More COVID-19 cases in Fairfield County have been linked to students attending mass gatherings in violation of the state’s COVID-19 mandates. At least 14 positive COVID-19 cases have been linked to Fairfield Ludlowe High School students who attended gatherings, the district announced this week. The number had been at 11 through the weekend, but Schools Superintendent Mike Cummings said that there were three new cases that were identified among students already in quarantine. The announcement comes on the heels of the district being forced to close the building for two days last week to sanitize and disinfect following an initial outbreak of four cases. Earlier story - COVID-19: Cases Linked To High School Parties In Fairfield County Following a...
    A retired Air Force veteran in Arizona who voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE in the 2016 election announced on Monday that he will be casting his vote for Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE in November after the man’s wife died of complications from COVID-19.  Dave...
    By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter (HealthDay) TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic Americans are twice as likely to test positive for COVID-19 as white Americans, researchers report. For the study, an international team collected data on about 6 million people but found no differences in the number who died 30 days after testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. Yet the findings highlight the need for better ways to contain and prevent outbreaks in racial and ethnic minority communities in the United States, the study authors said. "Most studies investigating racial and ethnic disparities to date have focused on hospitalized patients, or have not characterized who received testing and those who tested positive. In this study, we compared patterns...
    Joe Raedle/Getty Images Mounting skepticism around a potential Covid-19 vaccine was vividly illustrated when far fewer than half of Americans said they’d be likely to get a coronavirus vaccine if they were paid $100 to do so, according to an Axios poll. Recent polling has consistently shown smaller and smaller numbers of Americans saying they would be willing to take a coronavirus vaccine as soon as one becomes available, as well as rampant concern over the safety and efficacy of a vaccine if it were rushed to meet an election Day deadline. A new Axios-Ipsos poll bears much of that out, and illustrates that skepticism with an unusual question. Respondents were asked if they would be “very likely” or “somewhat...
    Technical glitches have slowed the launch of Virginia’s new pandemic metrics dashboard meant as a resource to help local school administrators determine whether it is safe for in-person learning to resume. The Virginia Department of Health’s specialized dashboard will assist communities in monitoring case trends, disease transmission and the availability of hospital beds — but for hours after its debut Tuesday morning, many of the site’s features were not accessible. Attempts to click on the dashboard’s real-time data did not go through, prompting computer error messages. An early morning email to VDH requesting details on the dashboard’s unavailability has not yet been returned. The agency’s main coronavirus metrics page was offline Tuesday with a message citing “critical system maintenance” related...
    Madison Summers September 29, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Anthony Fauci is calling President Donald Trump’s new coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas an “outlier.” “The bad guy is the virus. The bad guy is not the person on the other side of your opinion,” Fauci said during a CNN interview on Monday. The top infectious disease expert said that Americans “really needs to know the facts” but “some of the media that I deal with really kind of — I wouldn’t say distort things but certainly give opposing perspectives on what seems to be a pretty obvious fact.” He pointed to Fox News saying, “If you listen to Fox News, with all due respect to the fact that they do have...
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will continue to report high numbers of daily coronavirus cases in the coming days, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Tuesday. Poland reported 1,326 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, after it saw a record last Friday with 1,587 new cases. The ministry is expected to announce new restrictions in some of the country's regions this week. (Reporting by Marcin Goclowski; Writing by Agnieszka Barteczko; Editing by Alan Charlish) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The mother of a South Carolina teacher who died from COVID-19 weeks ago has also died from the virus.Shirley Bannister's 28-year-old daughter Demetria was an elementary school teacher in South Carolina. Demetria died from COVID-19 complications in early September.When Shirley started having COVID-19 symptoms, she went to the hospital to get tested. However, she was turned away."(My aunt) and my uncle went to the hospital, and they wouldn't test them," Shayla Jones, Shirley Bannister's niece, told ABC News. "She tried more than one time to go to the hospital and they wouldn't admit her because they felt that her symptoms weren't severe enough."Shirley was eventually tested at an urgent care center. She tested positive, was admitted to...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution has more than 260 active cases of the coronavirus, in addition to another 100 inmates who have recovered from the virus, according to Wisconsin corrections officials. That makes the medium-security prison in Glenbeulah the state prison with the highest number of COVID-19 cases among inmates since the pandemic began in March and also the institution with the highest number of active cases. Department of Corrections spokesman John Beard says the entire inmate population of nearly 1,110 is being quarantined, the State Journal reported. “Given the high number of positive cases returned and more still outstanding from the National Guard testing last week, and the fact they are spread among the housing units,...
    Groups of up to 200 people openly stood closely together without masks Monday in two Brooklyn areas suffering from spiking COVID-19 infection rates — as the police presence appeared virtually non-existent. “We all already had it,’’ said a woman leaving a synagogue at 152 Rodney St. in Williamsburg with her daughter when asked by The Post why no one was wearing a mask in the crowd of up to 200 people outside. “We’re all fine,’’ the mother insisted — even though city health officials have said there is no herd immunity in the Big Apple against getting the contagion, nor any evidence that people who have been infected can’t get reinfected. “Our doctors are giving hydroxy right away,” the...
    (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was pushed to play down the risks of the coronavirus pandemic in reopening schools for in-person classes, Olivia Troye, a former top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, confirmed to CNN Monday. She called a New York Times story about the pressure campaign accurate. Situation was a "nightmare"Troye, who worked as Pence's lead staffer with the White House Coronavirus Task Force for months before leaving the Trump administration last month, said the situation was a "nightmare.""Unfortunately, this was an effort, you know, at times where I would get blindsided, where there would be junior staffers being tasked to find different data for charts to show that the virus wasn't as bad for...
    By practically every metric, California is steadily beating back the coronavirus pandemic. But officials are watching data that could suggest a second surge of the virus is on the way, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday. As COVID-19 test positivity rates, hospitalizations and deaths have fallen, more than half of California’s counties have been allowed to reopen some indoor business operations. Health officials are now watching as a lesser-known metric that signals how quickly the virus is spreading has “crept back up,” Newsom said. “If we’re not cautious, if we’re not vigilant, if we’re not wearing our masks, if we’re not practicing physical distancing, these numbers can start to tip back up,” he said. The metric, called the effective...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Health experts are strongly urging everyone to get vaccinated as the nation continues to battle the pandemic. However, a new study finds one-third of American parents have no plans to get their children vaccinated for the flu this year.The country's health care system, already taxed by COVID-19, has its eye on flu season which is expected to rev up in October.RELATED: Worldwide death toll from coronavirus eclipses 1 millionHealth experts are already urging people to get their flu shots in hopes of keeping the respiratory illness from spreading causing a so-called "twindemic.""The concern is, if we have continued COVID-19 infections, as well as a very busy flu season, that offices will be overwhelmed, urgent cares will be...
    House Democrats unveiled a pared-down coronavirus aid package that is about $800 billion less costly than an earlier measure but is still likely far too expensive to win Republican support. Among the provisions Republicans are likely to oppose is the restoration of $600 in weekly extra federal unemployment insurance benefits and nearly $436 billion for state, local, and tribal governments. It also leaves out lawsuit liability protections Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said must be included in any measure he brings to the Senate floor. The $2.2 trillion package is likely to serve as a messaging bill for Democrats heading out of Washington this week to begin campaigning ahead of the Nov. 3 election. At best,...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Former Dodgers outfielder and two-time World Series champion Jay Johnstone has died of COVID-19 complications, it was announced on Monday. NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 1981: Outfielder Jay Johnstone #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings and watches the flight of his ball during the World Series at Yankee Stadium in October 1981 in Bronx, New York. The Dodgers won the series 4-2. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) According to The Associated Press, Johnstone died Saturday at a nursing home in Granada Hills. He was 74. Johnstone grew up in West Covina, and he attended Edgewood High School. He was a fan favorite during his Dodgers tenure and a known prankster. “Jay Johnstone’s spunky spirit...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois is receiving more than $8 million to help prepare for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced Monday that $6 million will go to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Nearly $2 million to the Chicago Department of Public Health. The money will be used to deliver the vaccine throughout the state once a safe and effective vaccine is available.
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Former Dodgers outfielder and two-time World Series champion Jay Johnstone has died of COVID-19 complications, it was announced on Monday. NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 1981: Outfielder Jay Johnstone #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings and watches the flight of his ball during the World Series at Yankee Stadium in October 1981 in Bronx, New York. The Dodgers won the series 4-2. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images) According to The Associated Press, Johnstone died Saturday at a nursing home in Granada Hills. He was 74. Johnstone grew up in West Covina, and he attended Edgewood High School. He was a fan favorite during his Dodgers tenure and a known prankster. “Jay Johnstone’s spunky spirit...
    TEN people at Premier League clubs — including players — have tested positive for Covid-19. It is the highest number recorded since the start of the season, as positive tests rise following just three or four in each of the last three weeks. 2The Premier league reported its highest figure of positive tests so far this season, ten for the past weekCredit: Reuters 2West Ham boss David Moyes tested positive for coronavirus, taking control from home as they beat WolvesCredit: AFP or licensors The figure, from 1,595 tests, includes West Ham boss David Moyes and two of his players, Issa Diop and Josh Cullen. In fact, Moyes took charge from home when the Hammers beat Wolves 4-0 on Sunday for...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky appears to be starting another escalation of coronavirus cases that requires an urgent response through public mask wearing to contain the virus, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday. The Bluegrass State had nearly 5,000 COVID-19 cases last week — the most in a single week since the pandemic began, the governor said. He warned that some people have become more casual in their response to the health crisis, which risks causing more virus cases and ultimately more deaths. His warning came on a day that many children started returning to school across the state. “Folks, we’ve been at this long enough to know what we can do to reduce the number...
    The number of positive test results for COVID-19 increased sharply in the Hudson Valley, according to three-day data released Monday, Sept. 28. Four zip codes in the Hudson Valley -- three in Rockland County and one in Orange County -- have been identified among 10 areas in the state seeing spikes (along with parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Broome County.) For positive testing rates in those areas, see the image above. Those zip codes accounted for 27 percent of the state's positive test results on Sunday, Sept. 27. Of the 52,936 test results reported on Sunday to New York State, 834, or 1.5 percent, were positive.  In the Hudson Valley, the positive percentages in the last three days are as follows: Friday, Sept....
    Long Island saw a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases over the weekend, as Nassau and Suffolk counties continue to stay ahead of the curve in comparison to other states and regions. In Nassau, the state Department of Health is reporting 68 new positive cases out of 4,043 tested in the past 24 hours, while in Suffolk, there were 41 new cases out of 4,697 who were tested for the virus, keeping the infection rate slightly below 1 percent, well below what some other counties are experiencing in the state. There have now been 46,711 positive COVID-19 cases out of 807,939 (5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent) tests administered in Nassau, and 46,428 confirmed cases in Suffolk out of 818,583 (5.7...
    PORTSMOUTH — For the past three years as the fall colors started to emerge throughout Greenlawn cemetery, the Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation (FOGCF) prepared for the annual production of “The Story of Us.” Each year different than the past and each year larger than the previous. In 2019 more than 100 cast and crew were costumed as FOGCF profiled the stories of “The Brave Ones,” women who had made an impact throughout the history of the community to sold out crowds. Complete with a burning building and other incredible sets, a grieving widow burying her husband in Potter’s Field or the arrival of the Sisters of Saint Francis who would go on to found Mercy Hospital, FOGCF transported...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the United States in 'not in a good place' regarding rising COVID-19 infections ahead of the fall as he described Florida's decision to reopen bars and restaurants a full capacity 'very concerning'. Fauci warned Americans not to become complacent as the colder weather kicked in and said the current 40,000 average number of cases per day was concerning. 'We're not in a good place,' he told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.  'As we get into the fall and the winter, you really want the level of community spread to be as low as you possibility get it. 'There's certainly parts of the country that are doing well but… there are states that are starting...
    The Atlantic City firefighters’ union sued the city and State of New Jersey on Friday over the governments’ “ineffective approach” to the coronavirus pandemic. Atlantic City Professional Firefighters Local 198 alleged that officials’ actions are jeopardizing the health of firefighters and their families, according to the lawsuit, The Press of Atlantic City reported. About 65 firefighters have been exposed to coronavirus, the union alleged. “The city’s approach to handling the COVID-19 outbreak among firefighters is causing irreparable harm by jeopardizing the health and safety of firefighters, their families and the general public,” the complaint said, according to The Press of Atlantic City. “The spread of COVID-19 throughout the [Atlantic City Fire Department] places the general public at risk.” Two of...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo is bracing the government to handle expected spikes in COVID-19 as New Yorkers get into the fall and some counties see an increase. In preparation for the harsher months, Cuomo extended his executive order putting a pause on all residential evictions all the way through January 2021 while government staff work to contain hotspots primarily in Brooklyn, Orange and Rockland counties. “The point of the tests is to be able to pinpoint, identify the clusters to find where the cases are coming from. Brooklyn is a major contributor to the number of cases,” Cuomo said Monday morning. “Our...
    Thanksgiving is less than two months away and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out guidance on how to stay safe this holiday during the coronavirus pandemic. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC is recommending families who usually travel to see each other hold virtual Thanksgivings instead. Since travel increases the chance of coronavirus transmission, staying at home is the best way to prevent the spread, the CDC says. For those who must travel during the pandemic, the CDC has a list of potential risks and how to protect yourself and others.  The agency recommends families skip traveling altogether and have smaller Thanksgiving dinners with people only living in the same household. The...
    Yard signs supporting U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden are seen outside of an early voting site at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, September 18, 2020.Al Drago | Reuters Voters in swing states want President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden to use their first debate to offer clear answers on how they plan to improve the economy, while battling Covid-19 and racial inequality. Some of these voters, who spoke to CNBC ahead of Tuesday's debate, said the coronavirus has affected their lives and livelihood in a variety of ways, from new health-care guidelines to layoffs. The debate on Tuesday will be the first of three between the...
    Viral loads from coronavirus patients have been decreasing as the pandemic rages on, a new study suggests. Researchers found that just 25 percent of nasal swabs from hospitalized patients in April detected low levels of the virus. However, just five weeks later, nearly three-quarters of samples from patients had low viral loads - representing a 180 percent jump. What's more, the decline in viral loads was linked to a decrease in death rate. The team, from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan, says it believes that as states implemented measures, such as social distancing and face mask mandates, the number of severe cases fell. A new study from Wayne State University found that 50% of hospitalized coronavirus patients were in...
    Americans over 65 were excluded from half of all US clinical trials of drugs and all trials for vaccines - including those for COVID-19 - from October of last year until June 1, 2020, new research reveals.  People over 65 are the most likely to develop severe COVID-19 and die of the devastating viral infection.  Yet they have been systematically left behind 50 percent of the time as scientists tried experimental therapies in trials of drugs for any condition, including those for coronavirus, like remdesivir, which might have saved the lives of thousands of older Americans.  Older people were left out of 100 percent despite the fact that they will likely be the first Americans to receive a shot once...
    LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom reported 4,044 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of cases to 439,013, government data showed. The daily cases figure was down from 5,693 on Sunday. The United Kingdom also recorded 13 new deaths from the virus, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 42,001. (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, editing by David Milliken) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Texas and almost half the United States is reporting increased numbers of new COVID-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter. As of Sunday, the number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10% or more compared to the week before in 21 states, most of them in the West, according to analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Cases are rising in Texas, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Eighteen states were holding steady. Only 11 — Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Virginia,...
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- Coronavirus restrictions at hospitals mean visitors are being severely restricted and often even barred from entering.This can be particularly hard for families adding new members.A North Carolina couple expecting their first child were unable to allow any of their loved ones to visit.But this didn't stop those loved ones from setting up outside the hospital. They put up a tent and held a type of tailgate in anticipation of the new arrival.At the tailgate they created signs like "Push Maddie" and "Just say yes to the drugs."After some birthing scares, Madilyn Mazur and her husband Michael Mazur welcomed their son on Sept. 25.Michael Jr. arrived via c-section at six pounds and 11 ounces.
    Republican leadership in the Tennessee House has asked the state comptroller to conduct a “thorough review” of Nashville’s management of $131 million in state and federal COVID-19 relief funding. In response to Nashville’s lagging economic recovery and anticipating additional requests for state aid from the state’s budget next year, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Portland, and 10 other House Republicans sent Comptroller Justin Wilson a letter Friday, asking him to review the city’s use of federal relief funds. “In Tennessee, we do let locals do what they need to do, but we're not here to write a blank check and go into a partnership blind,” Sexton said in an interview with The Center Square....
    WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's former health minister, who had become synonymous with the country's fight against COVID-19 before his resignation last month, has tested positive for the disease, website Onet.pl said on Monday, as daily infections hover near record levels. Lukasz Szumowski was rated Poland's most trusted politician at the height of the national lockdown in April. He resigned in August after scandals surrounding the purchase of ventilators and masks dented his reputation. He denies any wrongdoing. Szumowski could not immediately be reached on Monday to confirm the Onet.pl report, which said that members of his family had also been infected. The health ministry declined to comment on the report. Poland weathered the first wave of COVID-19 infections that swept...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Children have 44% lower odds of catching COVID-19 than adults, according to an analysis led by the president of Britain's Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. "In this systematic review and meta-analysis including 32 studies, children and adolescents younger than 20 years had 44%lower odds of secondary infection with SARS-CoV-2 compared with adults 20 years and older," the analysis said. "There is preliminary evidence that those younger than 10 to 14 years have lower susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection than adults, with adolescents appearing to have similar susceptibility to adults." The analysis was led by Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. For the full analysis: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.4573 (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing...
    THE FAILURE of local lockdowns imposed on people across the UK to stop the spread of Covid-19 shows national measures won’t work, experts have claimed. Areas across the North West and North East of England have been slapped with restrictions as cases of the virus continue to rise. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 7Bolton is currently one of the worst hit areas in the country and experts say further lockdowns won't helpCredit: Rex Features Areas such as Bolton were shut down earlier this month due to a spike in cases. At the start of the month cases spiralled to the highest rate in the country at 120 per 100,000. Cases in the area...
    This article was written by WTOP’s news partner InsideNoVa.com and republished with permission. Sign up for InsideNoVa.com’s free email subscription today. Loudoun United FC have announced that the club will cancel the remainder of their 2020 United Soccer League season. The decision, made in consultation with the club’s medical experts and the United Soccer League, comes in response to “multiple positive COVID-19 cases within the team,” the team said in a statement. “Our priority has always been the health and wellness of all individuals involved with Loudoun United and we look forward to a successful 2021 season,” the statement said. The team’s last game against Charleston was originally postponed, then the determination was made to cancel the remaining two games, as well, against...