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    Public Advocate Jumaane Williams rolled out a vision last week he calls “Redefining Public Safety” — an earnest effort to flesh out what the less-extreme de-policing advocates want. But the better name is “Eliminating Public Safety.” “People want to feel safe. Very often the thing that’s offered is simply more policing,” Williams lamented last week. “That’s a narrative that needs to change.” Huh? Through Sept. 6, the number of people shot is nearly double last year’s figure (1,288 vs. 653). Many survived, thank goodness, but homicides are still up 35 percent from 2019. Burglaries are up 41 percent; auto thefts, 61 percent. And the quality of life in the city, with vagrants and druggies terrorizing communities, is the worst in decades...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County reported 13 new coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, raising the death toll to 6,330. An additional 1,343 cases were also reported, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 259,817. Currently, 732 people are hospitalized, and 31% are in the ICU. Daily case rates have risen over the past four days, which is likely due to the reopening of testing sites and an increase in the number of people being tested, according to the public health department. It is not yet clear if there was increased transmission over the Labor Day holiday. “The recent increases in the number of new cases is of concern because it may reflect increased exposures associated with Labor Day...
    A man hold a sign that reads "The Lasting Monument to Trump's Presidency is Being Built One Death At a Time!" as he stands in Lafayette Square outside the White House on the fourth night of the Republican National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in Washington. Andrew Harnik/AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.The nation has reached a tragic milestone: 200,000 Americans dead from COVID-19. It didn’t have to be this way. Public health experts, scientists, physicians, and policy experts have shown us the way forward—and yet our leaders still aren’t listening. Over the past few months, for our series Pandemic-Proofing America, we’ve asked experts from many...
    By STEVE PEOPLES, AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is escalating his promise for a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day. But across America, Democrats, independents and even some Republicans do not trust his administration to produce a safe and effective vaccine on such an aggressive timeline. Such hesitancy threatens to exacerbate the public health risk for millions of Americans whenever a vaccine is released. With the Nov. 3 election fast approaching, Democratic officials face a delicate political challenge. Should they attack Trump's vaccine claims too aggressively, Democrats risk further undermining public confidence in a possible lifesaving medicine while looking as though they are rooting against a potential cure. But if they don't push back, it...
    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump is escalating his promise for a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day. But across America, Democrats, independents and even some Republicans do not trust his administration to produce a safe and effective vaccine on such an aggressive timeline. Such hesitancy threatens to exacerbate the public health risk for millions of Americans whenever a vaccine is released. With the Nov. 3 election fast approaching, Democratic officials face a delicate political challenge. Should they attack Trump’s vaccine claims too aggressively, Democrats risk further undermining public confidence in a possible lifesaving medicine while looking as though they are rooting against a potential cure. But if they don’t push back, it makes it easier for Trump to...
              The Virginia House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions tabled a Senate bill on Thursday, which called for the limitation of public health emergency orders by the Virginia Health Commissioner. Sponsored by Sen. Steve Newman (R-Bedford), Senate Bill 5025 was tabled by a vote of 13-Y 9-N along party lines.  The bill, which unanimously passed the Senate last week, would cap emergency public health orders from the state health commissioner at 30 days and require the Board of Health to meet and decide whether to approve the order, extending it for another 30 days. Under the bill, the board could continue that process for an 18-month period from the effective date of the...
    (CNN)Most children in British Columbia can say goodbye to those icky swabs and uncomfortable Covid-19 tests as the Canadian province launches a new gargle method for students ages 4 to 19."It is one of the first of its kind around the world," said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.'s provincial health officer, at a press conference Thursday.The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the new test is just as accurate as tests using a nasal swab and is much easier to administer for children.The announcement comes at a time when testing is in high demand: Canada has seen a doubling of new daily cases in the last month. And while experts are still looking into the role children play in Covid-19 transmission,...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– The City of Boulder has cited the University of Colorado’s director of football operations for violating a public health order. The city claims that he took the team on a hike on Mt. Sanitas on Thursday. Bryan McGinnis was issued a summons for failure to obtain a large group permit and violation of a public health order. The issue is, many participants on the hike were not wearing masks or social distancing when passing others on the trail. There were 108 people in the group. A group that large requires a permit from the city. Additional Information from the City of Boulder: Always bring a face covering when you leave home. Face coverings are...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Friday reported 1,281 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 22 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 258,516 cases and 6,330 deaths. A person wearing a face covering walks past a closed movie theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP-Getty) Of the 22 new deaths reported, eight people were over the age of 80, five were between the ages of 65 and 79, four were between the ages of 50 and 64 and one was between the ages of 30 and 49. Nineteen had underlying health conditions. In total, 92% of those who died from COVID-19 had underlying health conditions,...
    Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner list Manhattan condo for $5.9M 5 Ways Retirees Can Lower Their Inflation Risk Colorado football director cited by city after taking team on hike amid COVID-19 pandemic Colorado’s director of football operations was ticketed by the city of Boulder after taking more than 100 players on a team hike in violation of local COVID-19 health orders, according to the Boulder Daily Camera. Bryan McGinnis, the Buffaloes’ director of operations, was issued a summons on Friday for violating a public health order and ticketed for failing to obtain a large group permit, per the report.  “The city continues to prioritize education of public health orders rather than issuing citations,” Boulder officials wrote in a statement, via the...
    Medical groups and health organizations have urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remain transparent and maintain independent authority when giving approval to COVID-19 vaccine candidates, which they say will play a key role in earning the public's trust. “We really want to make sure that all of the appropriate safety and efficacy standards are followed so when the vaccine is ready to be administered to the public it has gone through the proper procedures”, Dr. Thomas File, president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America(IDSA), told Fox News. The IDSA recently spearheaded a letter involving over 90 organizations representing scientists, physicians and other health providers, as well as patients and medical advocates to the FDA. The letter urged FDA...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Travelers from Wyoming will have to quarantine or provide a negative COVID-19 test upon arriving in Massachusetts starting Saturday. The state had previously been exempt from the Massachusetts Travel Order. Anyone coming from a state not considered “lower-risk” by the Mass. Dept. of Public Health needs to fill out a travel form and quarantine for two weeks or provide a negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of your arrival. Failure to comply could result in a fine up to $500. The current list of COVID-19 lower-risk states as of Sept. 18, 2020 (Photo Via Mass. Dept. of Public Health) Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, and all of New England exempt for Rhode...
    (CNN)I'm not asking you to feel sorry for Kanye West.The rapper/designer/provocateur may have earned as many critics over the course of his career as he has fans. But West's mental health, which he has been open about, should be observed with sensitivity.His recent interview with Forbes, concerning tweets and a press conference in which he made inaccurate statements about Harriet Tubman have raised alarms about his current well-being.His wife, Kim Kardashian West, appealed to the better nature of the public last week with a plea for compassion for her husband, who she acknowledged has bipolar disorder."Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand," she...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Tomorrow at 10am, David Putney from the Santa Clara County Office of Education will be joining us to share information about school reopening plans. Watch it on our Public Health Facebook: https://t.co/UuDiEGSzS1 pic.twitter.com/btAR46xTso — Healthy SCC (@HealthySCC) September 18, 2020 David Putney from the Santa Clara County Office of Education shares information about school reopening plans at 10 a.m. PT. Related Articles How California’s Coastal Cleanup Day is different this year Could coronavirus cause a better flu season? Maybe. Here’s why. Disneyland could allow for social distancing at 50% capacity, data shows Why are California unemployment checks months late? State audit aims...
    Whether a vaccine is effective — or not — will also depend on the role the public plays. That’s according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and an expert in infectious diseases for the last four decades, who was speaking at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council in a remote interview. “One of the things you need to understand, it’s the combination of how effective a vaccine is and how many people use it,” he said. This is all the more important if the vaccine developed for COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, is moderately rather than highly effective. “If the vaccine is moderately effective, enough that you definitely want to use...
    (CNN)Eleven Northeastern University students who were dismissed from the university's study abroad program for violating the school's public health protocols will each get $27,760 of their fall semester expenses credited to their spring semester at the university.The university previously announced it wouldn't give any of the money back and while the students appealed the decision, the student conduct board upheld the original sanctions, including the loss of tuition, room and board, according to a new statement from the university Thursday night. The school will now keep $8,774 of the pre-paid fall expenses from each student.Northeastern University dismisses 11 students for violating the schools public health protocols"Nevertheless, the university retains discretion to modify the sanction and, in the case of all...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- As the Bay Area prepares for the double threat of the flu season and a resurgence of COVID-19, medical experts are urging the public to get a flu shot as soon as possible."Some people think that they're healthy, they're young, and it's not going to affect them," said Kamaljit Kaur, a nurse practitioner with Sutter Health. "Well guess what? It doesn't spare anybody."RELATED: Health experts urge flu shots in effort to avoid 'twindemic'Sutter Health, which operates dozens of walk-in convenience clinics throughout the Bay Area, says it's easy for community members to swing by to receive their flu vaccine after grabbing coffee or takeout in the area. Appointments are accepted, but not required in advance."It's...
    Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week Stephen Engelberg at Pro-Publica writes—America Is About to Lose Its 200,000th Life to Coronavirus. How Many More Have to Die? [...] At ProPublica, it was Andrea Wise, a story producer working for us on contract, who in early May asked: What are we planning for the 100,000th confirmed COVID-19 death? The result was a story we published on May 27 by Caroline Chen that looked back at how we got here and forward to how we might avoid reaching another grim milestone. As we wrote at the time: “The full tragedy of the pandemic hinges on one question: How do we stop the next 100,000?” The sad,...
    Managua, Sep 17 . .- The independent COVID-19 Citizen Observatory concluded this Thursday that the Nicaraguan health system has lost the trust of families amid the new coronavirus pandemic, due to little public information about the itself, and its management by the Government. “Families have lost confidence in the health system, especially hospitals, both public and private,” said the observatory, a network of doctors and volunteers from all over Nicaragua, in a six-month analysis that the first case was reported of COVID-19 in the country. “Families have chosen to seek advice through alternative channels of services, including information on networks or by telephone. There is also no evidence that primary care centers have been useful to...
    Tami Chappel/AFP/Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sparked confusion and outrage last month when it announced it was not necessary for people without symptoms of Covid-19 to be tested. The New York Times now reports that recommendation “was not written by C.D.C. scientists and was posted to the agency’s website despite their serious objections.” The Times report, based on multiple sources and internal documents, points out that public health experts are calling for more testing to get a handle on the virus, not less. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that more testing drives up the number of reported cases. The Times reports: The guidance said it was not necessary to test people without symptoms of Covid-19...
    One of the greatest issues with our country’s public health policy right now is how splintered and erratic the information being disseminated is. The lack of federal consistency in guidance and financial support, along with the intense politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has led to incredibly inconsistent applications of public health mandates and suggestions. It has also pitted public health policies and mandates up against the frequently amorphous political understandings of civil liberties. One such place facing issues like this is South Dakota, where a video recently went viral that shows a very large man, Reed Bender, being escorted out of a school board meeting by two police officers for refusing to wear a mask. Bender, a...
    The City Council of Philadelphia approved a resolution on Thursday pushing for Mayor Jim Kenney to declare gun violence a citywide emergency, after the measure was introduced last month. The resolution was originally proposed by Councilmember Jamie Gauthier and has since picked up 14 co-sponsors, according to Fox 29. Councilmembers reportedly asked for community outreach programs, educational institutions, and healthcare organizations in addition to the emergency request. Lawmakers also cited a deadly quadruple shooting as one of the reasons they've devoted increased time and attention to the issue. PHILADELPHIA GUN SHOP OWNER 'JUSTIFIED' IN SHOOTING BURGLARS, KILLING ONE, DA SAYS VideoLocal police said two young men, Khallid Henderson, 21, and Jayden Lucas, 18, were both killed in the shooting that occurred at the...
    "Defiant Anti-masker" Reed Bender. One of the greatest issues with our country’s public health policy right now is how splintered and erratic the information being disseminated is. The lack of federal consistency in guidance and financial support, along with the intense politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has led to incredibly inconsistent applications of public health mandates and suggestions. It has also pitted public health policies and mandates up against the frequently amorphous political understandings of civil liberties. One such place facing issues like this is South Dakota, where a video recently went viral that shows a very large man, Reed Bender, being escorted out of a school board meeting by two police officers for refusing to wear...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE’s latest broadside against one of his administration’s public health officials has shined a spotlight on his distrust of experts and placed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield in a potentially untenable position. The president on Wednesday contradicted Redfield’s congressional testimony on vaccine distribution and the efficacy of masks, telling reporters he phoned the CDC director to inform him he was mistaken.  The White House and GOP allies on Thursday piled on. Trump chief...
    SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Dept. of State Health Services and the Texas Education Agency released its first set of numbers Thursday for confirmed COVID-19 cases in public schools across the state. According to the state health department, there were 2,344 reported on-campus student cases of COVID-19 out of an estimated 1.1 million students who have been on campus for instruction or activities since the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The total count of on-campus staff cases during the same period is 2,175. Cases were counted from Aug. 9 to Sept. 6. The full data from the TEA can be found here. The DSHS said this week’s report is statewide and cases will be reported on the district level...
    Scott Atlas, one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpBarr criticizes DOJ in speech declaring all agency power 'is invested in the attorney general' Military leaders asked about using heat ray on protesters outside White House: report Powell warns failure to reach COVID-19 deal could 'scar and damage' economy MORE’s coronavirus advisers, is threatening to sue a group of Stanford doctors and researchers after they penned a public letter calling out “falsehoods” and “misrepresentations” of science around COVID-19.  Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who has questioned the science of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, has made claims that “run counter to established science” and undermines public health authorities by doing so, 78 researchers and doctors...
    Loading the player... Minority households are bearing an unequal portion of the burden of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic in America.  A new survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health explores COVID-19’s impact on families’ finances and their ability to maintain not just their profit margins, but the infrastructure of their daily lives. While many Black Americans have long depended on charities, food banks and nonprofits to meet their nutritional needs, the Covid-19 pandemic has only multiplied the number of hungry experiencing food insecurity. Here, New York church volunteers distribute food in July. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Dr. Robert Blendon, professor of Public Health and Political Analysis at...
    Nearly 300 patients were possibly exposed to the novel coronavirus in Clark County, Wash., after visiting a chiropractic office last week. At least 14 employees were also potentially exposed, according to public health officials in Clark County. An employee at Chiro One Wellness Center in Salmon Creek tested positive for COVID-19 and was potentially contagious over a course of four days while working last week, according to the statement provided to Fox News from Clark County public health officials. “All patients who visited the office Sept. 8, Sept. 9, Sept.10, and Sept.11 are considered close contacts who are at risk of contracting COVID-19,” the statement said. Patients who attended the facility during that period were considered close contacts to the individual infected with COVID-19 and were...
    SAN ANTONIO – There have been 34 citations issued so far in September for violations of San Antonio’s emergency declaration. The city’s emergency health declaration requires businesses to post a list of COVID-19 symptoms near the entrance, requires all people 10 years and older to wear a face covering, prohibits large outside gatherings in excess of 10 people (with some exceptions) in line with social distancing guidelines, and allows restaurants to operate only up to 50% capacity. The San Antonio Development Services Department, Center City Development and Operations Department, San Antonio Police Department and Metro Health are all charged with enforcing the order. The information below regarding citations has been provided by the city. For the full list of requirements...
    Leaked emails show Nashville’s Metro Health Department and the mayor’s office attempted to withhold information from the public that strongly suggested COVID-19 wasn’t spreading through the city’s bars and restaurants. “They are fabricating information," said city councilmember Steve Glover. "They’ve blown their entire credibility.” “I don’t trust a thing they say going forward ... nothing," he added. The emails between the mayor’s office and the health department discuss the low number of COVID-19 cases coming out of the city’s bars and restaurants and how to keep that information from going public. “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?” asked Leslie Waller, an official from the health department, in one email. “Correct,...
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    By Isla Binnie MADRID (Reuters) - "What does RadarCOVID not do?" a promotional video for Spain's contact-tracing app asks. The answer: while navigating the country's decentralised healthcare system, it does not locate users, identify them, record personal details, or send data. Without a vaccine or a cure for the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide, countries around the world have unleashed such technology to help break the chain of infections. Some governments' contact-tracing tools use location data. But that tool is not available under European privacy laws in countries like Spain. Instead, they use Bluetooth to generate anonymous codes logging proximity between people's phones. Most of the region's apps, many based on a structure designed by Apple...
    US Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday said a nationwide coronavirus lockdown would amount to the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties” besides slavery in US history, according to a CNN report. Barr reportedly made the remarks during a speech at Hillsdale College in celebration of Constitution Day in response to a question about the “constitutional hurdles” of banning church gatherings during the pandemic. “You know, putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest. Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history,” Barr said. As health experts have championed the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, Barr, a staunch defender of...
    (CNN)We made a whole podcast about how this election is going to work. It's even more complicated than you think. The first episode of the Election 101 podcast is about voter registration, which is where the process starts -- but there's a dirty history of people being denied the right to register in this country. This is a really worthwhile adventure from Kristen Holmes and CNN Audio, and you're going to learn a lot about our weird election system. Listen here. And we've also launched an Election 101 hub as a one-stop shop for figuring out US democracy, including how and when to vote in your state.Here's a pop quiz on realityI'm going to list a series of quotes --...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pushed for city residents to take influenza precautions seriously, especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Garcetti said in a press conference on Wednesday that coronavirus numbers are “headed in the right direction” but could still use improvements, which rely on people continuing to follow their local health guidelines. The mayor expressed concern about potentially overwhelmed health care systems if too many Angelenos become ill with both the flu and coronavirus, which can infect people simultaneously. To date, L.A. County has reported 256,148 coronavirus cases and 6,303 death since the pandemic began. RELATED: Doctors Weigh In On How Coronavirus Precautions Impact Flu Season The case rate and positive rate in the county...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County: 256,148 cases, 6,303 deathsOrange County: 51,124 cases, 1,105 deathsSan Bernardino County: 50,978, 835 deathsRiverside County: 55,986 cases, 1,125 deathsVentura County: 11,693 cases, 138 deathsWEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020Downward trends in coronavirus cases and testing- positivity rates could allow Los Angeles County to move into the next tier of the state's economic-reopening matrix by sometime in October, the public healthdirector said, but pending Labor Day numbers could potentially thwart that move.The county is in the most restrictive, or "purple,'' level of the state's four-tier virus-tracking roadmap. The county already has a low enough seven-day average testing positivity rate -- around 3.2% -- to move to a less-restrictive tier, but average new case numbers are...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County: 256,148 cases, 6,303 deathsOrange County: 51,124 cases, 1,105 deathsSan Bernardino County: 50,978, 835 deathsRiverside County: 55,986 cases, 1,125 deathsVentura County: 11,693 cases, 138 deathsWEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020Downward trends in coronavirus cases and testing- positivity rates could allow Los Angeles County to move into the next tier of the state's economic-reopening matrix by sometime in October, the public healthdirector said, but pending Labor Day numbers could potentially thwart that move.The county is in the most restrictive, or "purple,'' level of the state's four-tier virus-tracking roadmap. The county already has a low enough seven-day average testing positivity rate -- around 3.2% -- to move to a less-restrictive tier, but average new case numbers are...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Wednesday that he is willing to roll up his sleeves to be vaccinated in public to show his confidence in the safety of COVID-19 vaccines once they become available. The Democratic governor urged patience even as federal health agencies and the Defense Department have sketched out plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. “We do have to let the science take its course," Beshear said. “And we do have to make sure it’s safe. Because I’m going to be asked to sign a form for my kids...
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was wrong to say a vaccine wouldn't be available to the general population until later next year. "I think he made a mistake when he said that," Trump said at a press conference at the White House. "It's just incorrect information."[ READ: CDC Head Emphasizes Mask Wearing ]The president said that a vaccine could be approved under an emergency use authorization in October, November or December. Once that happens, "we're ready to go immediately," he said. CDC Director Robert Redfield told Congress earlier Wednesday that a vaccine likely won't be widely available to the public until "the second or third quarter" of next...
    LARCHMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Health experts are urging you to get a flu shot, and get it early. Demand is already high and there’s concern supplies may grow tight, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Wednesday. FLASHBACK: Facing Threat Of Second COVID-19 Wave, Experts Say Get Your Flu Shot As Soon As You Can A quick visit to her local Stop & Shop for a flu shot is an annual autumnal event for Margaret Vivolo, although she usually gets it closer to Halloween. “I got it earlier this year because we don’t know what’s down the road, and I’d rather have this already in me rather than wait until something else hits me,” said Vivolo, who lives in Larchmont. Especially if that...
    WASHINGTON -- The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans when proven safe and effective, though a top public health official made clear that widespread vaccination of millions of Americans couldn't come until well into next year.In a report to Congress and an accompanying "playbook" for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot.President Donald Trump asserted Tuesday that a vaccine could be three to four weeks away. But the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Matthew Perrone | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans when proven safe and effective, though a top public health official made clear that widespread vaccination of millions of Americans couldn’t come until well into next year. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. President Donald Trump asserted Tuesday that a vaccine could be three to four weeks away....
    Welcome to The Hill’s Campaign Report, your daily rundown on all the latest news in the 2020 presidential, Senate and House races. Did someone forward this to you? Click here to subscribe. We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail:  LEADING THE DAY:  Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons beats back progressive Senate primary challenger in Delaware Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies Biden campaign manager touts 'multiple pathways' to victory MORE on Wednesday questioned whether the public can trust a coronavirus vaccine distributed by the Trump administration in an election year. Biden said politics should not interfere with the development and distribution of a vaccine, which should be...
    WASHINGTON -- The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the public.In a report to Congress and an accompanying "playbook" for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon would be involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers would be the ones giving shots.The whole enterprise faces remaining skepticism. Only about half...
    WASHINGTON -- The government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is developed, even as top health officials faced questions about political interference with virus information reaching the public.In a report to Congress and an accompanying "playbook" for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even late this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon would be involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers would be the ones giving shots.The whole enterprise faces remaining skepticism. Only about half...
    High-ranking federal health officials vehemently denied on Wednesday that political appointees are manipulating or meddling with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) weekly scientific reports outlining the progress of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic. During a hearing by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, Dr. Robert Redfield, the CDC Director, joined two top public health officials who dismissed claims that political interference is compromising his agency’s scientific Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWRs). “At no time has the scientific integrity of the MMWR been compromised, and I can say that under my watch, it will not be compromised,” Dr. Redfield told Senators on Wednesday, further stressing: We’re going to continue to give Congress and the nation the...
    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 News11 a.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News12 p.m.: Gov. Gavin Newsom provides update on state's COVID response1 p.m.: Coronavirus briefing by Los Angeles County health and elected officials3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness News5:15 p.m.: Mayor Eric Garcetti holds news briefing on coronavirus in Los Angeles7 p.m.: Eyewitness News on KDOC - CLICK HERE TO WATCH11 p.m.: ABC7 Eyewitness NewsRELATED STORIES What SoCal tenants need to know about...
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. government Wednesday outlined extensive plans to provide Americans with free vaccinations against the coronavirus, but officials offered conflicting views on just how soon the preventative shots will be widely available. Paul Mango, an official at the Department of Health and Human Services, told Bloomberg News that health experts expect the Food and Drug Administration will approve a safe vaccine by the end of 2020 and that the national government has contracts with drug manufacturers to produce enough doses so that all Americans can be vaccinated by the end of March. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did not commit to a timetable during testimony at a Senate coronavirus hearing....
    WASHINGTON - A top U.S. spokesman on the coronavirus is taking a leave of absence after accusing government scientists of “sedition” and alleging their handling of the pandemic was meant to undermine President Donald Trump.     In a statement Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Michael Caputo, the agency’s assistant secretary of public affairs. will be on leave for the next 60 days “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”   Caputo contended without evidence Sunday that a “resistance unit” of medical personnel “deep in the bowels” of the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to defeat Trump, even if it means the U.S.’s world-leading coronavirus death...
    Health and Human Services spokesperson Michael Caputo is taking a leave of absence amid a congressional investigation into whether he pressured officials to alter scientific Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, the department said Wednesday. The announcement comes after Caputo, a former campaign aide to President Trump, faced criticism on Sunday for a series of aggressive, late-night tweets suggesting people tear-gas journalists and arguing with other users. Caputo deleted his account and made his Facebook page private after posting a video on Sunday in which he discussed conspiracy theories. TRUMP HHS SPOKESPERSON MICHAEL CAPUTO DELETES TWITTER ACCOUNT AFTER LATE-NIGHT RANT "Today, the Department of Health and Human Services is announcing that HHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo has decided to take a...
    Dr. Robert Redfield, director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said a coronavirus vaccine may be generally available to the American public by the late second quarter to the third quarter of 2021. The comments came amid a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. A COVID-19 vaccine could be generally available to the American public by the late second quarter to the third quarter of 2021, according to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images) CORONAVIRUS PEDIATRIC FATALITIES MOSTLY AMONG MINORITIES, THOSE WITH UNDERLYING CONDITIONS, CDC SAYS Redfield said he thinks a vaccine will initially be available “sometime between November and December,” though in “very limited supply and it will have to be...
    An audience of expendables. Oklahoma state officials knew that Trump's Tulsa campaign rally, held in June, would kill people. That's the clear message in a series of emails obtained by The Hill, in which officials inside the Oklahoma public health department panicked about the upcoming event and weighed how far they could push to cancel it. State epidemiologist Aaron Wendleboe was blunt. "I am concerned that the mass indoor gathering in Tulsa of 19,000 people will directly lead to deaths in Oklahoma. As the state epidemiologist, I feel I have a responsibility to speak out and warn of the estimated risk." Wendleboe's risk analysis estimated "at least 2 deaths and probably closer to 10" from Trump's event. And in a warning...
    WASHINGTON -- The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land.In a report to Congress and an accompanying "playbook" for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots.The campaign is "much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination responses," said the...
    The Supreme Court will extend its coronavirus social distancing policies and hold oral arguments in October over the phone. A statement released by the high court on Wednesday said oral arguments would resemble the format used in May, in which all nine justices heard arguments from lawyers by teleconference. "In keeping with public health guidance in response to COVID-19, the Justices and counsel will all participate remotely. The Court building remains open for official business only and closed to the public until further notice. The Court will continue to closely monitor public health guidance in determining plans for the November and December argument sessions," the Supreme Court said. An audio feed of the arguments will be provided to...
    Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), speaks during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2020.Erin Scott | Pool | Reuters Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he was "deeply saddened" by remarks made earlier this week by Trump appointee Michael Caputo, who reportedly said CDC scientists were engaged in "sedition" against President Donald Trump.  Caputo, a former Trump campaign official, made the comments in a Facebook Live event broadcast through his personal Facebook page on Sunday, The New York Times first reported. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., asked Redfield to respond to the comments in a hearing hosted Wednesday by the Senate...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, assuming a safe and effective shot is established and widely accepted though polls show skepticism remains across America. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or even later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers would be the ones giving shots. The campaign is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots. The campaign is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination...
    Loading the player... WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots. Read More: LSU football coach on COVID-19: ‘Most of our players have caught...
    With the coronavirus still at the forefront of many people’s minds, books, films, and podcasts on pandemics and infectious diseases have become a popular way to better understand the COVID-19 pandemic. Documentaries can help educate us on the science and politics related to infectious diseases, by exploring historical cases of struggle and triumph amid global pandemics. Many of these films point to how these deadly viruses can start, what we can do in the fight to contain the current coronavirus, and what we must do in order to limit future pandemics. Here are ten documentaries on pandemics and infectious diseases: 1. Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak Source: Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. /Youtube The 6-part Netflix docuseries...
    Students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Boulder have received a stay-at-home notice as a result of nearly 400 positive COVID-19 tests since late August — a setback driven by worrisome developments that have accrued over the past few weeks. The recommendation was announced late yesterday, September 15, by CU Boulder chancellor Phil DiStefano and vice chancellor for integrity, safety and compliance Dan Jones. Their announcement makes it clear that university attendees and employees are being asked to quarantine, not isolate, and can leave their domiciles in order to go to in-person classes, other academic activities and athletic trainings, as well as to obtain food, medical care and a test for the novel coronavirus. But while the university's...
    WASHINGTON – The federal government outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across the land. In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year, eventually ramping up to reach any American who wants a shot. The Pentagon is involved with the distribution of vaccines, but civilian health workers will be the ones giving shots. The campaign is “much larger in scope and complexity than seasonal influenza or other previous outbreak-related vaccination responses,”...
    Michael Caputo, the top communications official for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sparked a firestorm this week with comments attacking scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His comments brought to the forefront concerns over political officials interfering with scientists in order to paint a false picture on the pandemic that favors President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't think he could've done more to stop virus spread Conservative activist Lauren Witzke wins GOP Senate primary in Delaware Trump defends claim coronavirus will disappear, citing 'herd mentality' MORE’s public narrative.  The controversy risks further undermining public health agencies and the Trump administration’s efforts to convince the public a potential coronavirus vaccine will be safe. ...
    The future of Broadway is looking a bit brighter after some reassuring words from Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday. Fauci, the top infectious disease specialist at the US Centers for Disease Control, reportedly told Evan Roider, a musical director for the national tour of “Wicked,” that theaters will see a “gradual return to normal” throughout 2020 and 2021. The comments were slightly different than last week when Fauci said the safety of theaters could be compromised for a year or more as the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the country. Roider had reached out to Fauci asking for any indication of when theatre would be returning. He wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that he did not expect a...
    The future of Broadway is looking a bit brighter after some reassuring words from Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday. Fauci, the top infectious disease specialist at the US Centers for Disease Control, reportedly told Evan Roider, a musical director for the national tour of “Wicked,” that theaters will see a “gradual return to normal” throughout 2020 and 2021. The comments were slightly different than last week when Fauci said the safety of theaters could be compromised for a year or more as the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the country. Roider had reached out to Fauci asking for any indication of when theatre would be returning. He wrote in a now-viral Facebook post that he did not expect a response...
    The American Journal of Psychiatry (AJP) has released a correction to a 2019 Swedish study which drew as its primary conclusion that individuals who claim to be transgender experience mental health benefits following gender-affirming surgeries. An article at the Public Discourse by family physician Dr. Andre Van Mol of the American College of Pediatricians, endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw, and psychiatrists Dr. Miriam Grossman and Dr. Paul McHugh noted the authors of the original study retracted its conclusion after numerous requests for a reanalysis of the data led to the corrected findings. The American Journal of Psychiatry issued a major correction. Reanalysis demonstrates that neither “gender-affirming hormone treatment” nor “gender-affirming surgery” reduced the need for mental health services. Gender-anxious people deserve better. https://t.co/VcDY3cTtu2 — Public...
    by Efthimios Parasidis, The Ohio State University Americans are increasingly concerned that regulators and manufacturers will rush a vaccine to market without an adequate review. That prompted nine vaccine front-runners, including Pfizer and Merck, to promise to abide by clinical and ethical standards in an effort to increase the public’s confidence in any vaccine that ultimately comes to market. As a scholar of law, public health and bioethics, I have extensively studied vaccine policy, as well as the laws and regulations governing human subject research and FDA-regulated medical products. In my view, the pledge is little more than a public relations strategy, with companies simply reaffirming that they’ll follow FDA guidelines and standard scientific practices. While I doubt the biotech...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s public health director Tuesday denied that plans for reopening school campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic were politically linked to the upcoming election. Los Angeles County’s public health director said her comments about schools reopening after the election had nothing to do with politics, but was rather a reference to a timeframe for reopening. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP-Getty) “We need about six weeks of implementation for the school openings that are going to be happening so that we can have a lot of assessment data that will help guide and inform any decisions we make,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the board of supervisors. “I apologize for any confusion that I may have caused...
    Loading the player... A senior Trump official raised brows after going on a conspiracy thinking Twitter rant accusing government scientists of engaging in “sedition” in their handling of the pandemic. According to the New York Times, Sunday, in a since-deleted social media rant, Michael R. Caputo, assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, accused the CDC of having a covert “resistance unit” meant to undermine President Donald Trump. WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 14: Former Trump campaign aide Michael Caputo (L) and his lawyer Dennis Vacco talk to reporters after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee during a closed-door session at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by...
    CONTRA COSTA COUNTY — In aligning its health order to match the state’s reopening blueprint, Contra Costa County will allow some businesses to reopen this week, according to county health officials. Starting Wednesday at 8 a.m., the county’s new rules will allow personal care services that involve close contact with people’s faces to operate outdoors, with the exception of tattoo and piercing, as well as nonmedical electrolysis. Racetracks and cardrooms can operate outdoors, too, in the county. Music, television and film production can begin again, as well as professional sports without a live audience. Contra Costa is still in the “purple tier” of the state’s reopening plan, meaning that COVID-19 is still widespread. According to the data most recently published...
    WASHINGTON - A top U.S. spokesman on the coronavirus has accused government scientists of “sedition,” saying their handling of the pandemic is meant to undermine President Donald Trump.   Michael Caputo, assistant secretary of public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), also said that left-wing hit squads are preparing for an armed insurrection if Trump wins reelection in November.  Caputo contended without evidence Sunday that a “resistance unit” of medical personnel “deep in the bowels” of the government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to defeat Trump, even if it means the U.S.’s world-leading coronavirus death toll of more than 194,000 continues to rise.  He accused the scientists of abandoning science to become...
    Joe Biden’s (D) campaign condemned the Trump campaign for holding an event in Michigan Monday night which featured Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Detroit rocker Kid Rock. Bill Russo, the deputy communications director for Joe Biden’s campaign, suggested that President Trump and his allies are not taking the Chinese coronavirus pandemic seriously by holding such events and are effectively putting voters at risk. “People in Michigan know inherently, even before this crisis hit, what the reality of the Trump administration has been. And I think since this crisis hit it’s only gotten worse,” Russo said, according to Fox 2. “President Trump has had the best counsel and advice and has privately admitted he knows how serious this crisis is...
    Popular science magazine Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden for president, the first political endorsement ever granted by the publication. "The 2020 election is literally a matter of life and death," the magazine's editors said Tuesday. "We urge you to vote for health, science and Joe Biden for President." In their endorsement, which appears in the magazine’s October 2020 issue, the editors argued that President Trump "has badly damaged the U.S. and its people — because he rejects evidence and science." They add that Trump neglected to develop a national strategy to distribute personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, construct a coronavirus testing and tracing system, or issue clear health guidelines to the public. "That is why...
    New Jersey police have been called in to break up a huge crowd of revelers gathered together for an event held by a group of YouTube pranksters.  The Nelk Boys - a Canadian trio who boast 5.7 million YouTube subscribers - encouraged fans to show up outside a Seaside Heights home for the launch of their new clothing merchandise on Monday evening.  Footage shared on one of the prankster's Instagram accounts shows hundreds of people cheering outside the residence.  The attendees were not following social distancing guidelines and most were not wearing face masks, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  New Jersey police have been called in to break up a huge crowd of revelers gathered together for an...
    Michael Caputo, the Heath and Human Services spokesman who has been accused of trying to alter weekly scientific reports about the coronavirus, on Monday confirmed a New York Times report that he had accused government scientists of withholding effective COVID-19 treatments to hurt President Trump, a claim for which he offered no evidence. But in a 45-minute phone conversation with CBS News, Caputo said the Times' article is missing context for some of his comments.  At one point during the Facebook Live session in which Caputo made the comments, he said that "there are hit squads being trained all over this country" to prevent a second term for Mr. Trump. When he added, "You understand that they're going to have...
    The national public health agency in Wales on Monday announced a large-scale data breach of Welsh residents who tested positive for coronavirus. Public Health Wales said that on Aug. 30, “personally identifiable data” for 18,105 Welsh residents were “uploaded by mistake to a public server where it was searchable by anyone using the site.” The information was available for 20 hours and was viewed 56 times. 5 SCAMS SPREADING ONLINE THAT CAN COST YOU THOUSANDS Health officials said there was no evidence that the data was misused and described the risk of identification as low. For the vast majority of cases (16,179), the data included peoples’ “initials, date of birth, geographical area and sex.” However, matters were worse for nearly 2,000 people living...
              Delaware, Ohio City Council met Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. to consider a resolution requesting past-due information from the Ohio Department of Health. Resolution 20-53 requests the total number of tests administered in the city, as well as the total number of tests in the county to be released to the Delaware General Health District from the Ohio Department of Health. The resolution states “our community’s access to accurate data about COVID-19 is crucial to our local decision making.” “The Ohio Department of Health has failed to provide the total number of tests performed in each county during a particular reporting period making calculating the county’s positivity rate impossible.” Before the meeting,...
    The Communist Party of China is struggling to convince citizens to receive influenza vaccinations to protect them in the upcoming flu season after years of corruption scandals involving faulty, watered-down, or otherwise useless vaccines, the South China Morning Post noted on Monday. About 30 million flu shots are distributed in China each year. This year, authorities have increased production to ensure that “up to 50 million doses [are] available,” Zhang Hui, deputy director of China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control, said late last month. Even with the increase, “the coverage rate would rise only slightly to 3.57 percent,” Zhang cautioned. “[W]hile China has the capacity to increase flu vaccine supply, public demand has remained low because of a lack...
    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes opened his show Monday night going after top Health and Human Services spokesman Michael Caputo for reporting on the altering of CDC coronavirus reports and a video he posted after that reporting accusing government scientists of “sedition.” To briefly recap, last week Politico reported that emails from the communications team at HHS to the CDC “openly complained that the agency’s reports would undermine President Donald Trump’s optimistic messages about the outbreak”: [S]ince Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign official with no medical or scientific background, was installed in April as the Health and Human Services department’s new spokesperson, there have been substantial efforts to align the reports with Trump’s statements, including the president’s claims that fears...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Councilman Andrew Pruski tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend, his office said in a statement Monday. Pruski said he had been asymptomatic but decided to get tested anyway. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Immediately after receiving the positive COVID result, I have self quarantined from both my family and the public, per the Maryland Department of Health protocol,” he said in the statement. “I have also worked closely with the Maryland and Anne Arundel County Departments of Health to contact anyone who has been around me over the past...
    PITTSBURG, Calif. -- A 52-year-old woman was charged Monday for violating Contra Costa County COVID-19 orders by keeping her Pittsburg bar open with patrons inside drinking alcohol earlier this summer, county prosecutors said.RELATED: Ohio college house party-goers cited over COVID-19 concernsKimberly Beatrice Dixon, a Pittsburg resident, is charged with violating the health order as well as operating her bar, Skorz Sports Bar at 3742 Railroad Ave., with a suspended alcohol license, according to the district attorney's office.Prosecutors said Skorz was open on June 11 with people inside even though bars are not currently allowed to be open to the public amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control also earlier this year suspended Dixon's license for alleged...
    (Reuters) - The top communications official at the U.S. cabinet department in charge of combating the coronavirus told his followers in a Facebook Live session that government scientists were engaging in "sedition" in their handling of the pandemic, the New York Times reported https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/caputo-virus.html on Monday. Michael Caputo, assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said, without evidence, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was harboring a "resistance unit" determined to undermine President Donald Trump, according to the newspaper. Caputo is a former adviser to Trump's presidential campaign. Trump is pressing for treatments and a vaccine for the virus ahead of the November presidential election, and some scientists are...
    Monday on CNN, former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson reacted to President Donald Trump telling journalist Bob Woodward there was “nothing more could have been done” with regards to the coronavirus pandemic. He also took a shot at Trump rallygoers for going maskless. Johnson said, “To say that nothing more could have been done is absurd. Put aside what he said to Bob Woodward in February and March. By mid-April, here in the Northeast in the New York and New Jersey area where I live, the densest part of the country, we knew how to flatten the curve. We knew how to slow the spread of the virus through aggressive physical distancing, through hygiene, wearing masks, but after...
    The top communications official at the Health and Human Services Department warned in a bizarre Facebook Live session that political opponents 'are going to have to kill me' and claimed Democrats are plotting an armed insurrection. Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaing official, issued the warnings after publication of a Politico story Friday that indicated Caputo and other political appointees were pressuring Centers for Disease Control officials to alter weekly coronavirus reports. 'You understand that they're going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I think that's where this is going,' he said, the New York Times reported on his Facebook live post.  'If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it's going to be hard to...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The Santa Clara County Public Health Department advised residents Monday to get vaccinated against the flu in addition to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The annual flu affects many of the same demographics as the coronavirus, according to SCCPHD public health expert Rodrigo Garcia-Reyes, including those over the age of 65 and people with chronic medical conditions. Getting vaccinated for the flu will be even more important this year, Garcia-Reyes said, because the symptoms of the flu and the coronavirus are very similar and the two illnesses could be mistaken for each other if someone has not been vaccinated or tested for the virus. Many of the same public health practices that help...
    The top spokesman at Health and Human Services accused scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “sedition” for their response to the coronavirus pandemic and warned people to buy guns and ammo because an insurrection led by Democrats could start on Inauguration Day if President Trump refuses to “stand down,” according to a report Monday. Michael Caputo, who was appointed by the president to be the HHS spokesman in April, claimed without providing evidence that the CDC was creating a haven for a “resistance unit,” working to undermine President Trump, the New York Times reported. Caputo also said his life could be in danger. “You understand that they’re going to have to kill me, and unfortunately, I...