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    Dr. Deborah Birx on Sunday denied that President Biden has been set up to fail in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic — saying it was “important” to her that the new administration receive the necessary tools to tackle the crisis. “If I thought that was true, I wouldn’t be sleeping right now,” Birx told CBS moderator Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” when asked if she thought that his administration received “bad architecture” and was “being set up for failure.” Biden’s team has accused the Trump administration of having no vaccine plan for the virus. The former White House coronavirus response coordinator said she ensured the Biden administration and others have access to data tracking outbreaks. “Because what was important to me even before the election was that people had access to data and the data I was seeing,” Birx said. She added that it’s critical to understand...
    FORMER Trump White House's Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Deborah Birx said she "always" considered quitting her job after feeling "censored," but promised she never withheld information to the public. Dr. Birx, who retired on Wednesday after four decades of public service, said nothing prepared her for the chaotic handling of the pandemic under the Trump White House. 4Dr. Deborah Birx said she felt "censored" at the Trump White HouseCredit: AP:Associated Press 4She said she "always" considered quitting Credit: Getty Images - Getty "I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?" Birx said in a Face the Nation interview set to air on January 24. "Colleagues of mine that I had known for decades,"Birx said, "decades in that one experience, because I was in the White House, decided that I had become this political person, even though they had known me forever." Birx, who acted...
    Tiger Woods' infamous mistress Rachel Uchitel has revealed how she called his wife Elin Nordegren to convince her they were not sexually involved just days before the affair was exposed.  Uchitel, the first of more than a dozen women who were identified as Woods' mistresses in 2009, lifted the lid on her relationship with the golf pro in part two of the HBO documentary Tiger, aired Sunday.  Her account offers an inside look at Woods' desperate efforts to prevent Nordegren from discovering his infidelity as media outlets edged closer to exposing it. Uchitel said Woods connected her with Nordegren after she joined him at the Australian Masters in November 2009 at his insistence.   'We had an extensive, 30-minute conversation, Elin and I, convincing her that I was not having a sexual relationship with Tiger,' Uchitel recalled. 'We talked about how I knew Tiger, how I knew his friends, how and...
            by Matt Muns  What do George Floyd, Thanksgiving, and the Civil War all have in common? The publicly traded Scholastic Corporation has made a conscious decision to weave them into a twisted account of American History (their label) portraying our country as systemically racist, fundamentally flawed, and essentially evil. Articles written in their weekly Scholastic News Review are mandatory classroom reading and discussion for our children—6 million in total from first through sixth grade across the country, according to Scholastic. During back-to-school week in August, these 6 million mostly elementary-age students were welcomed back with an article titled “Demanding Justice,” with the subheading: “Protests spread across the United States after a Black man is killed by police.” The opening article paragraphs are misleading and disturbing: Hundreds of thousands of Americans are demanding an end to the long history of racism and police brutality against Black people in the U.S....
    A video has emerged this week showing a Texas couple accused of carrying out a deadly shooting spree in November getting married in a Las Vegas chapel while sporting 'Make America Great Again' baseball caps. Kayleigh Lewis, 25, her newlywed husband, Shawn McDonnell, 31, and his younger brother, 28-year-old Christopher McDonnell, were arrested on November 26 and charged with a slew of felony counts, including murder and attempted murder, for allegedly going on a rampage spanning 11 hours and two states that left one man dead and several others wounded. Prosecutors in Nevada have said they will consider adding terrorism and hate-crime charges, and pursuing the death penalty against the trio. This wedding video from November 7 shows murder suspects Kayleigh Lewis and Shawn McDonnell exchanging vows in MAGA hats in Las Vegas  The pair, who are accused of killing a man in Nevada and injuring four others,...
    An ethics board is reportedly investigating the mayor of Denver, Colorado after he made posts on Twitter telling people to stay home for Thanksgiving while traveling across the country to see his family. Lori Weiser, a spokesperson for the Denver Board of Ethics, confirmed to the Denver Post that the board voted Wednesday to continue looking into an ethics complaint that was filed against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock by a resident. Hancock traveled across the country to visit his family over Thanksgiving while telling residents that they should cancel holiday plans and stay home to control the spread of coronavirus. “Pass the potatoes, not COVID,” the mayor said in a Nov. 25 post on Twitter. He urged residents to stay home as much as they can, “host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners,” and to avoid travel. Pass the potatoes, not COVID. ????️Stay home as much as you can, especially...
    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) will have to defend himself to Denver’s Board of Ethics over his trip to see his family over Thanksgiving after telling others not to travel over the holiday season. The Denver Board of Ethics voted Wednesday to continue to look into this case and will discuss the situation at next month’s meeting, The Denver Post reported. Hancock must respond to the complaint before the meeting takes place.  A complaint was sent to the Board of Ethics after the Democratic mayor flew to Texas and rented a car to drive to Mississippi to have Thanksgiving dinner with his wife and youngest daughter.  Hancock was telling people on Twitter to avoid travel and to host virtual Thanksgiving as he was traveling to Mississippi to see his family. Mike Strott, a spokesman for Hancock’s office, told the Denver Post at the time that there wasn’t a contradiction between...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s not yet Valentine’s Day, but stores are already announcing their Thanksgiving plans. Target says it won’t be open on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row. The retailer said the response to its closure last year was so positive, they’ll do it again this year. The company closed stores to minimize crowds and help guests take the stress out of holiday shopping. There are multiple Target stores in Pittsburgh, including one in East Liberty and plans for one downtown.
    TARGET has announced it will close on Thanksgiving Day 2021 for the second year running.  The Minneapolis-based retailer announced the decision on Wednesday as it unveiled its performance over the 2020 festive holiday period.  1Target stores will be closing on Thanksgiving Day 2021 It comes after the company joined a host of brands who stayed closed on Thanksgiving Day 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic   Target said in a statement that this decision was made to “minimize crowns and help our guests take the stress out of getting the best deals of the season.”  The company added that the response was so positive it has decided to carry this forward again in 2021 by “keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day.” Target is the first major retailer to announce the Thanksgiving Day closure - 10 months before the national holiday in November.  In previous years, some...
    Target announced that it will be closed on Thanksgiving, even though the fall holiday is 11 months away. Target announced on Wednesday that it will be closed on Turkey Day in a blog post. The store was closed on Thanksgiving 2020 “in order to minimize crowds and help our guests take the stress out of getting the best deals of the season.” A number of retail stores that partake in Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales went virtual in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic continued to spread. Target said that the response to being closed on Thanksgiving 2020 was “so positive” that it decided to do it again this year, saying that its stores will be “closed all day long.” The store announced that sales in November and December 2020 were larger than those of the year prior. Comparable sales in that time period grew by about 17%. “The...
    DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver woman has lodged an official complaint with Denver’s Ethics Board against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock over his out-of-state travel during the 2020 Thanksgiving holiday. The complaint states the mayor’s actions were unethical and showed him “abusing his office for his own benefit and for the benefit of his immediate family members.” (credit: CBS) Tonia Wilson, who filed the complaint, told CBS4 she filed the ethics complaint “because so many Denver residents, including myself, were angered by the hypocrisy of our Mayor’s actions.” The ethics board voted 5-0 to seek a formal response from Hancock on Wilson’s complaint. Just before Thanksgiving, Hancock urged Denver residents not to travel. “Stay home as much as you can,” tweeted Hancock. “Host virtual gatherings instead of in person dinners. Avoid travel if you can.” He then boarded a flight an hour later to celebrate Thanksgiving in Mississippi with his wife...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Ethics Commission says a formal complaint should move forward in Mayor Michael Hancock’s travel over Thanksgiving. Hancock has apologized for the trip to Houston while city leaders were encouraging everyone to avoid social contact as much as possible due to the coronavirus pandemic. (credit: CBS) A citizen filed the complaint, claiming the trip violated the high levels of ethical conduct to which the mayor should be held. The commission voted Wednesday that there should be further investigation in the interest of transparency. (credit: DIA) Hancock flew to Mississippi before Thanksgiving 2020 even as he urged everyone else to stay home. He says he wanted to be with his daughter for the holiday and acted with his heart and not his head. He says he didn’t want to disappoint his daughter, and he knows, he instead disappointed those who did follow his COVID advice. He...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota-based retailer giant Target announced Tuesday that, due to a positive response last year, it will close stores again for Thanksgiving. Target closed its stores for the entire day on Thanksgiving last year to minimize crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the store said it offered a new approach to Black Friday, which offered deals to customers throughout the entire holiday season. “The response was so positive that we’ll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day,” Target said in the announcement. The retailer made the announcement in a holiday season overview, where the company touted its strong performance during November and December — including “tremendous” growth in same-day services. “Sales on our industry-leading contactless same-day services—Drive Up, Order Pickup and Shipt—grew a combined 193% as more guests made them a part of their routine...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  San Francisco’s post-December surge is lower than Thanksgiving’s, but coronavirus cases continue to rise, city officials said Tuesday, adding that the state’s stay-at-home order was likely to last through January. “The rate of increase is not as severe as after Thanksgiving,” Mayor London Breed said at a news conference. “This is some good news.” Still, she said, the Bay Area remains in a “very difficult” position. The region on Monday saw close to zero capacity in hospital intensive care units. Dr. Grant Colfax, the city’s director of public health, said coronavirus cases rose by 70% after Thanksgiving and have risen by 28% since Christmas and New Year’s. The number of hospitalized patients also continues to rise, he said. During the July surge, the city had 114 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, he said. As of Monday, the number was more than twice that, at 249. “The...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With a surge in coronavirus cases, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. Current COVID-19 Hospitalizations Derive From Thanksgiving Week Infections SAN JOSE — From Wednesday to Thursday, California has seen a 2-day state record of COVID-19 deaths: 1,042. ICU capacity in the Bay Area was down to 3.5% on Thursday. Public health officials said they could predict the drop because they’ve now discovered that coronavirus infections follow a timeline. As of Thursday, there were only 3 ICU beds available in all of Santa Clara County. One public health expert says that, to understand why, we need to look back to Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving has had a profound effect and we’re still seeing the residue of that right now,” said Dr. John Swartzberg,...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — From Wednesday to Thursday, California has seen a 2-day state record of COVID-19 deaths: 1,042. ICU capacity in the Bay Area was down to 3.5% on Thursday. Public health officials said they could predict the drop because they’ve now discovered that coronavirus infections follow a timeline. As of Thursday, there were only 3 ICU beds available in all of Santa Clara County. One public health expert says that, to understand why, we need to look back to Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving has had a profound effect and we’re still seeing the residue of that right now,” said Dr. John Swartzberg, a public health professor at UC Berkeley. He says experts figured out these COVID surges actually follow a predictable timeline. After a holiday gathering where people have been exposed, Swartzberg says it takes about six days for them to become symptomatic and get tested. That sends the positive...
    (CNN)Weston Kerekes plans to eat his Thanksgiving dinner alone in his childhood bedroom in Santa Monica, California. If all goes as planned, the Yale University freshman's quarantine will have followed a tightly choreographed trip from his New Haven, Connecticut, campus to ensure he doesn't expose his parents to Covid-19."He'll take a Covid-19 test 72 hours before he leaves campus and then he will wear an N95 (mask) and goggles from the moment he steps into the airport," said Erika Kerekes, his mother, who has asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes. "On the plane he won't eat or drink anything or use the bathroom." Yes, we have a new US President, but you still have to wear your mask and social distanceOnce he tests negative, after several days of quarantining, the Kerekes family will be able to live together without wearing masks or social distancing.Welcome to the 2020 holiday season,...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said it is too early to tell if there has been a spike in COVID cases due to the holiday season. But Baker said there does seem to have been an uptick in hospitalizations following the holidays. Health officials had warned people to avoid holiday gatherings. After Thanksgiving, Baker said the Massachusetts health care system took “a pretty significant hit.” “With respect to the rising cases and hospitalizations that came after that, it’s still a little early to draw broad conclusions about the post-Christmas and New Year’s impact,” said Baker. “But we certainly believe, based on everything that we’ve heard from our conversations with our colleagues in the hospital world, that there has been a tick up in hospitalizations, after the beginning of that particular week, and we’re obviously going to pay a lot of attention to that data over the course of...
    She’ll forever be a moral compass. Jeanise Jones, 62, the baby sitter whose surprisingly touching presence in last year’s “Borat” sequel, has remained close to the film’s breakout star, Maria Bakalova — the two even shared a phone call on Thanksgiving this year. Bakalova, 24, played Borat’s teenage daughter Tutar in the Sacha Baron Cohen satire. The character was left in the care of Jones in the moments before a planned plastic surgery. Jones’ earnest encouragement of Tutar and message of self-love in the scene stole not only fans’ hearts — but Bakalova’s as well. “Jeanise is a true angel,” Bakalova told the Los Angeles Times this week. “I will probably always think of her as my godmother, a real hero and life coach. She just wanted to help this girl become a strong woman.” Bakalova and Jones in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.” Amazon Bakalova said she became...
    More On: sacha baron cohen ‘Borat 2’ star: Rudy Giuliani ‘scared’ me — but I ‘escaped’ Roots of stolen-election claims and other commentary Woman claims her Alexa ordered sex toys after hearing Borat in new film ‘Borat’ bus posters spark outrage in Paris She’ll forever be a moral compass. Jeanise Jones, 62, the babysitter whose surprisingly touching presence in last year’s “Borat” sequel, has remained close to the film’s breakout star, Maria Bakalova — the two even shared a phone call on Thanksgiving this year. Bakalova, 24, played Borat’s teenage daughter Tutar in the Sacha Baron Cohen satire. The character was left in the care of Jones in the moments before a planned plastic surgery. Jones’ earnest encouragement of Tutar and message of self-love in the scene stole not only fans’ hearts — but Bakalova’s as well. “Jeanise is a true angel,” Bakalova told the Los...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Some Orange County residents are optimistic that the coronavirus isn’t breaking records in the county, but health experts warn that the numbers are still dangerously high and now is not the time to let their guard down. “I think it’s awesome. I’m totally floored though, it’s like COVID is not even happening,” visitor Shana Fisk. Newport Beach was packed with partiers celebrating what they described as a feeling of normalcy on New Year’s night. “I’m excited about it bc it feels a little bit normal for the first time in a long time,” visitor Mark Fisk said. “In a way, it’s just telling Newsom, you can make your rules but we are not going to go along. Everyone’s tired of it.” Bars were packed throughout the O.C. and hundreds of people were out walking and biking. Some locals have still been feeling concerned about the reality...
    During the 37-day stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, Nassau County has seen COVID-19 hospitalizations triple as the number of new cases continues to spike during the holiday season, County Executive Laura Curran said. Alarm bells are ringing in Curran’s head, as the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate on Tuesday, Dec.29 rose to 6.16 percent with 879 positive cases out of 14,306 tests administered in Nassau. According to Curran, since Thanksgiving, the number of hospitalizations in Nassau has tripled, with 657 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized, including 74 in ICU and 48 intubated across the county. On Long Island, there are currently a total of 1,358 patients hospitalized for COVID-19.  Curran said there were eight new COVID-19 fatalities reported in Nassau in the past 24 hours, as the death toll rose to 2,347 since March. A total of 4,648 Long Islanders have died from virus-related causes. “After Thanksgiving, we saw a steady...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – It’s a whirlwind of emotion for Tom Ward and Sheri George coming back to see their home on Randall Drive that went up in flames on Thanksgiving. The couple had no clue flames were roaring just as they started cutting their turkey – and then something happened. “We heard a knock on the front door and Sheri went to the front door and a gentleman was passing by,” Ward said. “I just kind of barged in the house and said, ‘Hey, I think your house is on fire. You might want to get out,’ ” Dominick Holmes, a good Samaritan,” said. The couple walked outside of their home and then saw the flames on their roof. “It was all a blur. I can remember I was just running through the home telling everyone to get out, call 9-1-1,” George said. After the fire was put out and...
    (CNN)As a parent, I know that one of the first rules of parenting is to model the behavior I want to see. "Do as I say, not as I do" is rarely an effective strategy: My children notice even the slightest whiff of double standard between my words and my actions. This holds true for simple things, like not snacking before dinner, as well as the big things, like Covid-19 precautions. I can't get together with friends and then tell them they're not allowed to do so. Megan Ranney Our politicians and appointed officials are certainly not parents, but they do serve as leaders and role models. And -- just like parents -- their language and messaging on Covid-19 matters. Their actions matter. What matters most of all is the concordance between the two. Consistent disregard for public health principles has a negative effect, of course. The Covid-denying activities...
    Numerous politicians have violated their own coronavirus restrictions during the pandemic. Politicians have gotten haircuts after telling citizens to stay home, visited elderly relatives after emphasizing the pandemic’s risk towards older populations, and eaten inside at restaurants even after banning indoor dining. Here are the worst instances of politicians’ hypocrisy during the pandemic. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended herself for getting a haircut despite telling citizens to stay home except for essential activities. In a video posted March 30, Lightfoot urged citizens to “stay home” and “save lives” in compliance with the statewide stay-at-home order. A few days later, however, a photo surfaced of Lightfoot standing with a woman who gave her a haircut. Mayor Lightfoot Criticized After Post Shows Her Getting Haircut During Stay-At-Home Order https://t.co/JkluWJXgdN pic.twitter.com/8jyjReRdZQ — CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) April 7, 2020 “I’m the public face of this city and you know, I’m a person who...
    (CNN) — The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 1,128,773 people at airports nationwide on Saturday, the latest sign traveling public is not staying home for the holidays despite warnings from health officials. The new number is close to Wednesday’s pandemic record when nearly 1.2 million people flew — and represents the third-busiest day for US air travel since it cratered in March. While Saturday TSA traffic was just 45% of the air traffic a day after Christmas a year ago, it means many people are still traveling — something Dr. Anthony Fauci called “concerning” when speaking to Wolf Blitzer last week. Earlier this month, the CDC ratcheted up language urging people to not travel. Air travel has spiked over the past week, when US air travel numbers hit near or more than a million passengers for six straight days. TSA numbers show that, about 9 million people were screened...
    Washington (CNN Business)The Transportation Security Administration says it screened 1,128,773 people at airports nationwide on Saturday, the latest sign traveling public is not staying home for the holidays despite warnings from health officials. The new number is close to Wednesday's pandemic record when nearly 1.2 million people flew — and represents the third-busiest day for US air travel since it cratered in March. While Saturday TSA traffic was just 45% of the air traffic a day after Christmas a year ago, it means many people are still traveling — something Dr. Anthony Fauci called "concerning" when speaking to Wolf Blitzer last week. Earlier this month, the CDC ratcheted up language urging people to not travel.Air travel has spiked over the past week, when US air travel numbers hit near or more than a million passengers for six straight days. TSA numbers show that, about 9 million people were screened at...
    Alex Trebek passed away on November 8 at the age of 80 following a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This is the first Christmas his family is spending without the beloved Jeopardy! host. His widow Jean, who was married to the TV star for 30 years, took to Instagram to reveal she enjoyed the holiday with their two children, daughter Emily and son Matthew. Sad loss: Alex Trebek passed away on November 8 at the age of 80 following a battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. This is the first Christmas his family is spending without the beloved Jeopardy! host; Alex and his wife Jean in 2019 Time with their kids: Jean, who was married to the TV star for 30 years, took to Instagram to reveal she enjoyed the holiday with their two children, daughter Emily and son Matthew In a stunning portrait, the two smiled as sunlit, ragged mountains...
    IRVINE (CBSLA) – More than 100 firefighters and paramedics received the Moderna coronavirus vaccine Saturday morning. The Orange County Fire Authority set up popup tents in Irvine to give staff the vaccine. “These are the men and women on the frontlines,” said Chief Brian Fennessy with the O.C.F.A. “These are the people truly making the first contact with COVID-19 patients.” Healthcare workers said many of the patients they have seen in the ICU tested positive for COVID-19 after attending private gatherings for Thanksgiving. Experts worry that after Christmas there will be another surge in coronavirus cases, similar to the spike seen after Thanksgiving. “The surge has increased exponentially so to see so many firefighters and paramedics getting the vaccine makes me very happy,” added Chief Fennessy. The 100 doses of the Moderna vaccine, like the Pfizer vaccine, must be given in two doses, so firefighters and paramedics will not have full...
    VILLA PARK (CBSLA) — A Villa Park family knows the reason for the season and wastes no time in giving back to the community. A mother-of-five, who made turkey dinners for a giveaway during Thanksgiving, again gave out meals and gift cards on Christmas Day to brighten spirits this holiday season. Anyone in need who saw Elizabeth Frazier’s post on social media about her giveaway was welcome to stop by and pick up the meal and gift card. “Everyone says we are in the same boat and we are not. We are in the same storm. We’ve just got to help each other best we can,” Frazier said. RELATED: Villa Park Family Provides Turkey Meals To Those Who Are Alone, Struggling This Thanksgiving Frazier said complete strangers saw her other donation of 100 home-cooked turkey dinners in front of her home on Thanksgiving and donated to help fund and give...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Restaurants struggling during the pandemic are offering Christmas meals to go and pickup for the first time ever – and it’s not to make extra dough on the side. One owner told CBS 2’s Marissa Parra the effort is needed to stay afloat at all. It has been at least nine months since restaurants first had to get creative – and at this point, they’ve tried everything. Between outdoor dining and heated tents, holiday meal kits are just the latest effort in the fight to stay in business. Erick Williams is owner and executive chef at Virtue Restaurant, at 1462 E. 53rd St. in the Hyde Park neighborhood. He told Parra that on Christmas Eve last year, the scene at the restaurant was something that one wouldn’t recognize today. “Last year, the restaurant was open. It was vibrant. It was hard to get in. It was bustling,”...
    Getty Walmart Is Walmart open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020? Walmart will be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. It reopens again on December 26.Walmart Closes Early on Christmas EveA representative of Walmart told Heavy that all Walmart stores will close at 6 p.m. local time on Christmas Eve.Walmart Is Closed on Christmas DayA representative of Walmart told Heavy that all Walmart stores will remain closed on Christmas Day. The stores will reopen for normal business hours on December 26, 2020. So where can you go for groceries with Walmart closed today on Christmas? Here’s a list of grocery stores that are expected to be open. But please note that these details might change depending on local pandemic regulations and individual store decisions, so call the location near you before heading over. Stores expected to have at least some locations in their chain...
    Coronavirus updates: CDC says up to 420K deaths by mid-January; California first state to 2M cases; Vaccines given slower than expected Coronavirus stimulus bill, Christmas Eve shopping: 5 things to know Thursday 10 stupendous stuffing and delicious dressing recipes for the holidays Boxed mixes may be on supermarket shelves year-round, but fresh, homemade stuffing is part of what makes the holiday season so special. This savory, stick-to-your-ribs side has a permanent place on the dinner table because it pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving poultry, goes great with meaty Christmas roasts and can be made a myriad of ways. It can be prepared with different bread bases, a variety of veggies, many different proteins — even seafood! Stuffing took home the trophy in this year's Sidesgiving bracket challenge as the ultimate side to serve with any holiday meal. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, we just call it delicious. Make...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- With the federal COVID-19 relief package stalled, and the virus keeping people at home, many local businesses are worried about making ends meet in the New Year. And even as they worry, some are still looking to help those even more vulnerable.A simple home-cooked, traditional meal is so hard to come by for so many this year."There was such a need out there for people who were struggling, who lost their incomes, couldn't afford food," said Robert Magiet, owner of Takorea Cocina in West Town.Magiet is one of the lucky ones whose restaurant is still making a little money."A few weeks before Thanksgiving it hit me: let's put together a Thanksgiving meal plan. And it took off," he said.A daily demand for food and enough good will from the community and fellow restauranteurs has kept a few employees cranking out 20 to 50 hot meals a day....
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Cambridge will roll back to what it is calling a “modified” Phase II, Step 2 in the Reopening Massachusetts Plan due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. The rollback begins Saturday. Read: Cambridge Temporary Emergency Order “Like many communities, Cambridge has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases among its residents following the Thanksgiving holiday and our daily case rate has not returned to pre-Thanksgiving levels,” said City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “We continue to urge everyone to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread of COVID-19 and follow the public health guidelines while visiting public spaces or businesses. I strongly encourage residents for the next few weeks to minimize or avoid in-person gatherings with people from outside their immediate household.” The city will close museums, historic sites, sightseeing tours, movie theaters, indoor meeting and function rooms, and indoor recreation activities, including indoor batting cages, bowling alleys...
    By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press While “things have calmed down” since the uptick in COVID-19 infections following Thanksgiving gatherings, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents on Wednesday to limit their interactions with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year's holidays to prevent another surge. The Democrat said there appears to be more air travel, compared to the Thanksgiving holiday, and he urged people not to fly unless they absolutely have to. Those who do fly should test and quarantine, he said. He also urged people to celebrate with just their immediate family. “No need for additional restrictions or anything. I think we found that we’ve got some stability right now,” said Lamont, adding that “things have calmed down and stabilized” with infection rates since Thanksgiving. “The most important thing you can do is have you stay close to home," he said, noting how the biggest flareups of COVID-19...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — With staffs stretched to the breaking point and hospital rooms continuing to fill up as COVID cases continue to soar, state health care providers were begging Californians to pull back on their holiday gathering and travel plans. If they don’t, the crush will get overwhelming. The providers are asking Californians to please “don’t share your air” “We simply will not be able to keep up if the COVID surge continues to increase,” Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Greg Adams said. “We’re at or near capacity everywhere.” California’s health care system is in the throes of a coronavirus crisis stemming from ill-advised Thanksgiving gatherings, forcing top executives from the state’s largest hospital systems to put out a desperate call for residents to avoid a Christmas repeat. Increasingly exhausted staff, many pressed into service outside their normal duties, are now attending to virus patients stacked up in hallways...
    Dr. Deborah Birx said she took her Thanksgiving jaunt to Delaware because her parents were so down in the dumps, they “stopped eating and drinking” — a justification ripped by people who said it was her coronavirus restrictions that prevented them from seeing their own dying loved ones. In her interview with Newsy, in which the White House coronavirus task force coordinator revealed she plans to retire over the scandal of breaking her own travel guidance, Birx complained about how her family had been suffering over her own guidelines. “My parents stopped eating and drinking because they were so depressed,” the 64-year-old complained to Newsy. “My daughter hasn’t left that house in 10 months, my parents have been isolated for 10 months. They’ve become deeply depressed,” Birx said of the need to “recover from the trauma of the last 10 months.” Birx was quickly eviscerated online for being “tone...
    More On: Coronavirus NYC health care worker has ‘significant allergic reaction’ to vaccine US workers file 803K jobless claims as COVID-19 pressures labor market Coronavirus set to make 2020 deadliest year in US history Scottish politician admits breaking her own COVID-19 mask rules Dr. Deborah Birx said she took her Thanksgiving jaunt to Delaware because her parents were so down in the dumps they “stopped eating and drinking” — a justification ripped by people who said it was her coronavirus restrictions that prevented them from seeing their dying loved ones. In her interview with Newsy, in which the White House coronavirus task force coordinator revealed she plans to retire over the scandal of breaking her own travel guidance, Birx complained about how her family had been suffering over her own guidelines. “My parents stopped eating and drinking because they were so depressed,” the 64-year-old complained to Newsy. “My daughter...
    By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press SACRAMENTO  — California’s health care system is in the throes of a coronavirus crisis stemming from ill-advised Thanksgiving gatherings, top executives from the state’s largest hospital systems said Tuesday as they put out a “desperate call” for residents to avoid a Christmas repeat they said would overwhelm the state’s medical system. Increasingly exhausted staff, many pressed into service outside their normal duties, are now attending to virus patients stacked up in hallways and conference rooms, said officials from Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health and Sutter Health, which together cover 15 million Californians. The CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital in Los Angeles, Dr. Elaine Batchlor, separately said patients there have spilled over into the gift shop and five tents outside the emergency department. The officials offered what they called a “prescription” for Californians to slow the virus spread, a marketing effort...
    Weary after months of sleeping on other peoples’ couches, Martha Escudero walked through the broken door of an empty home in El Sereno and started bringing it back to life. She fixed the garbage disposal, turned the garage into a classroom for her 11- and 8-year-old daughters and harvested squash and sweet potatoes from a vegetable garden she planted. Her homesteading, part of an organized effort by tenant activists in March, was illegal, but it worked. The L.A. Housing Authority this fall granted occupancy rights to the family of Escudero and others who had seized numerous homes that the state acquired as part of now-abandoned plans to extend the 710 Freeway. “I feel like it was the best decision of my life,” said Escudero, 41, who works as an elderly caregiver. “Everyone deserves this.” Other families agree and are willing to trample the legal niceties. Aided by activists armed...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – Nursing home deaths in Florida doubled over the Thanksgiving holiday, but the increase was dramatically lower than the national average. That’s according to statistics gathered by AARP. In the three weeks straddling the Thanksgiving holiday, the rate of deaths in Florida nursing homes was 4.7 for every 1,000 residents — more than double the 2.3-death average recorded in the four weeks leading into the holiday. The data was partly culled from statistics generated by the Centers for Disease Control. Nationally, the death rate over the holiday period was 15.3 deaths per 1,000. The rise in deaths drew concern from advocates who are also worried about gatherings over Christmas and other yearend celebrations. “There is nothing to celebrate. The national average is a catastrophe,” said Dave Bruns, the spokesperson for AARP Florida. More from CBSMiami.com Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa Showing Growth Says CBS’ Charles Davis: ‘You Can See...
    The coordinator of the White House COVID-19 response is planning to retire once the transition to President-elect Joe Biden is complete next month following a firestorm of controversy after she apparently violated the CDC's guidelines for travel. Dr. Deborah Birx, who has been one of the public faces in the fight against the virus, announced on Tuesday, Dec. 22 in an interview with Newsy that she was planning to step down from her position, though no specific timeline was provided for her retirement. The announcement comes days after it was reported that Birx ignored federal health officials’ guidance to stay in-state and traveled out-of-state for a Thanksgiving holiday celebration. In a statement released over the weekend, Birx said that her trip from Washington, D.C. to Delaware for Thanksgiving in which she was shown with family beyond her own household was so that she could prepare her property for a potential...
    The President-elect has warned the American public that the Coronavirus pandemic’s “darkest days” are ahead as the country moves into the winter months. President-elect Joe Biden made the ominous warning Tuesday to Americans during his press conference in Delaware, according to CNN, promising Americans that he would “tell it to you straight” and tell the truth during the crisis. “And here’s the simple truth: Our darkest days in the battle against COVID are ahead of us, not behind us.” Biden said, as reported by CNN. (RELATED: Deborah Birx Says She’s Retiring After Criticism Of Thanksgiving Weekend Trip) Biden warns that the “darkest days” of the pandemic are still to come and calls on Congress to be ready early next year to produce another stimulus package https://t.co/5lZpOpuSlU — Bloomberg (@business) December 22, 2020 While Biden acknowledged that most Americans were frustrated to hear about buckling down for the winter months,...
    Biden to pick Miguel Cardona, proponent of reopening schools, as education secretary Padilla Picked to Serve as California’s First Latino Senator Two James Beard Winners On How To Do Thanksgiving With Kids There are no shortage of reasons to get your kids involved in the rituals and traditions of Thanksgiving; it can inspire a love of cooking, get them to appreciate their friends and family or just give them tons of practice playing the “Get Beers For Dad” game. We asked two James Beard winners – food writer and cookbook author Tanya Steel and Michael Anthony, Executive Chef at New York City’s Gramercy Tavern – how they celebrate with (and feed) their own kids this time of year. © Provided by Fatherly What are some can’t miss Thanksgiving dishes for kids, and do you ever simplify the classics so they go over better? Tanya Steel: I would never simplify...
    Public health officials have been pleading with people to think twice about big family Christmas gatherings and traveling for the holidays as California struggles with a crushing surge of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. The astounding burst of infections after Thanksgiving is all the evidence they need to show why. An analysis by the Bay Area News Group clearly shows how the Bay Area’s case rates took off in the weeks after Thanksgiving — and explains the alarm over what could happen if Californians don’t heed stay-at-home orders for this next round of holidays. This interactive map above shows the 14-day case rate, the number of new coronavirus cases reported by each county per 10,000 residents, from June 1, before the summer mini-surge, and the current surge. While cases in the Bay Area started to increase in early November, the rate of increase went up sharply in the...
    White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx said she is looking to retire, though she did not nail down a timeline. She told news site Newsy that she is willing to first help President-elect Joe Biden’s team with its coronavirus response as needed.  "I will be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire," Birx told the news outlet. Birx’s comments come days after The Associated Press reported that she traveled out of state over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as health officials urged Americans to forego holiday travel. "I have to say as a civil servant I will be helpful through a period of time," Birx said.  BIRX DEFENDS HERSELF AMID POST-THANKSGIVING TRIP PUSHBACK  "I will have to say this experience has been a bit overwhelming, it's been very difficult on my family, I think what was done in the last...
    Bradley Cortright December 22, 2020 0 Comments White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx is planning on retiring after receiving criticism for a trip she made during the Thanksgiving weekend to winterize a vacation home.  During an interview with Newsy, Birx said she will assist President-elect Joe Biden and his team during the transition process, and then she plans to retire after that.  “I want the Biden administration to be successful,” Birx said, adding, “I will be helpful in any role that people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire.” Birx continued to reference criticism she received after the Associated Press reported that she traveled with “three generations of her family” to a vacation home in Delaware to winterize it over the Thanksgiving weekend. At the same time, health officials urged Americans to avoid traveling for the holiday to helps stop the spread of the coronavirus. ...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, says she intends to ultimately retire. She made her comments during an interview with Newsy’s Amber Strong, who tweeted a video excerpt on Tuesday. “I want the Biden administration to be successful," Birx said. "I’ve worked since 1980 in the federal government, first through the military, then through [the Department of Health and Human Services], and then detailed to the State Department and detailed here, where I hope I was helpful. I will be helpful in any role people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire." Birx said her decision to step down was sparked by the treatment of her family after it was reported that she traveled for Thanksgiving to a vacation property on Fenwick Island in Delaware. According to the Washington Examiner, Birx had insisted the purpose of the weekend trip wasn’t for “celebrating Thanksgiving” but did acknowledge she...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, a key figure on the Trump White House Coronavirus Taskforce, said Tuesday in an interview with Newsy that she would be retiring shortly after the transition to the Biden administration.  Birx cited criticism of her family, particularly in the last week, as a primary motivator of her decision in the interview. Birx has been under fire for having a gathering with numerous family members at her Delaware beach house the Friday after Thanksgiving, after telling Americans not to travel and gather for the holiday. EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Deborah Birx tells @newsy that she is willing to help with the #Biden transition but ultimately plans to retire, citing her family’s treatment over the past week. pic.twitter.com/yEPy9s0Tf9 — Amber Strong TV (@AmberCStrong) December 22, 2020 “It’s been very difficult on my family,” Birx told Newsy. “I think what was done in the last week to my family… to drag...
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    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the leading public health experts on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, said she intends to retire in the near future, citing the treatment of her family after it was reported she traveled for Thanksgiving. Birx, 64, has served as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator for President Barack Obama and President Trump since 2014. She announced her intention to step down shortly in an interview with Newsy's Amber Strong. “I want the Biden administration to be successful," she said. "I’ve worked since 1980 in the federal government, first through the military, then through [the Department of Health and Human Services], and then detailed to the State Department and detailed here, where I hope I was helpful. I will be helpful in any role people think I can be helpful in, and then I will retire." Birx addressed her Thanksgiving weekend trip to one...
    Dr. Deborah Birx revealed in an interview with Newsy that while she intends to assist in the transition to the Biden Administration, she intends to retire shortly after. The reason for her relatively sudden plans to retire? The manner in which her family has been treated over the past week. Dr. Birx is a well-respected public health official and has been a leading figure on the White House Coronavirus Taskforce since its formation in the early spring of 2020.  She recently received criticism for visiting a second house of hers during Thanksgiving, while numerous government agencies were actively discouraging holiday travel as a means to abate the spread of Covid-19. This apparent mistreatment was cited by Birx as the reason for wanting to retire, which you can view in a teaser clip tweeted by Newsy host Amber Strong below: EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Deborah Birx tells @newsy that she is willing...
    Airports are seeing steady increases in travelers determined to spend Christmas with family and friends. Coronavirus testing centers are seeing brisk business, including from some people who want to know whether they have the virus before attending holiday events. And last-minute shoppers are still out looking for that perfect gift. To the alarm of California health officials, Christmas is looking an awful lot like Thanksgiving, when where social gatherings put an already unprecedented surge of the coronavirus into overdrive. The Thanksgiving “super-spreader” events helped fill hospitals with COVID-19 patients, forcing more restrictions on businesses and pushing the healthcare network to the brink. But even the most dire public health warnings seemed to have failed to sink in. And in some cases, they are no match for the basic human need to spend time with loved ones, maintain family traditions and turn to others for support during challenging times. Officials...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the White House's top coronavirus advisers, defended herself Monday as she faced scrutiny for traveling to a vacation property in Delaware with others after Thanksgiving. The Associated Press reported that the day after Thanksgiving, Birx traveled to a vacation property off Delaware with three generations in her family from two households. "Like many Americans, I am the sole caregiver for my parents," she said in a statement to Fox News. "They live with me in my immediate household in Potomac, where my daughter and her family reside as well. We are all supporting each other and providing for each other during this difficult time."FAST FACTS Birx is the latest health official accused of flouting their own guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. California Gov. Gavin Newsom similarly caught flak for his attending a dinner party at an upscale French restaurant last month.  Birx joined other experts prior to the Thanksgiving...
    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the White House's top coronavirus advisers, defended herself Monday as she faced scrutiny for traveling to a vacation property in Delaware with others after Thanksgiving. The Associated Press reported that despite her telling others to stay in their immediate household, Birx accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present. "Like many Americans, I am the sole caregiver for my parents," she said in a statement to Fox News. "They live with me in my immediate household in Potomac, where my daughter and her family reside as well. We are all supporting each other and providing for each other during this difficult time." BIRX TRAVELED TO DELAWARE VACATION PROPERTY WITH FAMILY AFTER WARNING OF HOLIDAY GATHERINGS She added: "We did not hold the usual Thanksgiving dinner we have every year which includes...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Bronx family is seeking justice after the death of its beloved patriarch. The NYPD says Roberto Velez, 59, was struck by a vehicle on Thanksgiving morning. Family members believe several people are hiding a guilty secret, and they want answers, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. “Somebody saw something that night on Bruckner and Havermyer. That night somebody saw something,” said the victim’s sister Awilda Velez. Her brother died last week after being removed from life support. The NYPD believes Velez was struck by a white van early on Thanksgiving morning as he returned home from work at the Four Seasons Hotel. But there’s something unusual about this hit-and-run. The NYPD says surveillance video shows after the van struck Velez, it pulled up the street and stopped. Then, two people are seen running right past the victim, without rendering aid. They get back into the van...
    So now, on top of these 19 Democrats, we have Dr. Deborah Birx locking us down and shoving us in dirty masks while she behaves as though the coronavirus is no big deal. To me, this is just like Global Warming. Our left-wing elites tell us we have to give up our freedoms to avoid a catastrophe, and they then run off and behave in a way that proves they don’t really believe that. Why would Barack Obama and Bill Gates spend millions of dollars to live on the coast if the rise of the oceans is imminent? Why would CNNLOL move from the inland safety of Atlanta right to the edge of the water if the rise of the oceans is imminent? Why would all the elite media remain on the island of Manhattan when it was supposed to be underwater a few years ago? And why would Nancy...
    Despite rising numbers of cases of the coronavirus nationwide, travelers are increasingly turning to air travel as the holidays approach. For the first time since March, the Transportation Security Administration screened more than 1 million passengers on two consecutive days for a total of 2,140,310 travelers throughout the weekend. The new figures come on the heels of a spike in cases associated with travelers returning home to celebrate Thanksgiving. On Nov. 25, the TSA screened 1,070,967 people at checkpoints nationwide, after which the seven-day average for cases rose to 196,882. JUST IN: For the second consecutive day, @TSA screened more than 1 million people at airport checkpoints nationwide. On Saturday, Dec. 19, TSA screened 1,073,563 individuals. On Friday, Dec. 18, TSA screened 1,066,747. First time since pandemic two consecutive 1M+ screened.— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) December 20, 2020 Public health officials have continued to ask people to exercise caution...
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    White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx traveled to one of her vacation properties the day after Thanksgiving, despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warning Americans not to travel over the holiday. Birx traveled to Fenwick Island in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving with three generations of her family who came from two different households, the Associated Press reported. Prior to traveling, Birx had told Americans that celebrations should only include “your immediate household.” “Travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19,” CDC’s guidelines for Thanksgiving read. “Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.” The guidelines also advised against having Thanksgiving with members of different households and recommended virtual gatherings. (RELATED: ‘She’s Not Some Distressed Damsel’: White House Denies CNN’s Report That Dr. Birx Is ‘Unhappy’) The day after Thanksgiving, Deborah Birx, coordinator of...
    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) is the latest state leader to urge residents to drastically limit their holiday gatherings by spending them only with members of the same household, signing an executive order limiting indoor public events to ten. In a Sunday evening address, the Republican governor identified Tennesee as “ground zero for a surge in sickness,” describing the ongoing pandemic as a “war.” Approximately 10,000 Tennesseans are getting sick daily, the governor said, largely attributing the spike to holiday gatherings — namely, the Thanksgiving gatherings. “We have seen firsthand that Thanksgiving gatherings and extended time indoors have been the principal driver in spreading COVID-19 like wildfire,” Lee said. “It only took a matter of days to see gatherings around Thanksgiving translate into a record level of sickness. Tennessee cannot sustain a similar surge after Christmas or New Year’s. Tonight, I am asking you to make some hard decisions,” he...
    Madison Summers December 21, 2020 0 Comments Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, is receiving some criticism following reports she traveled the day after Thanksgiving. The Associated Press reports that Birx traveled to a property on Fenwick Island in Delaware the day after Thanksgiving — seemingly contradicting her messaging to Americans to “be vigilant” over the holidays as the U.S. continues to combat the coronavirus pandemic. She also previously suggested people limit their in-person gatherings to their immediate household. As the AP reports, “She was accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present.” Birx sought to defend herself, telling the AP that her travel to the home in Delaware was for the purpose of winterizing it for a potential sale rather than celebrate Thanksgiving. “I did not go to...
    Well, somebody’s not listening. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 2 million passengers at airports across the U.S. on Saturday and Sunday, a consecutive record high for the first time since March. The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to urge Americans to stay home in the fight against COVID-19, though it would seem that people are apparently still heading out for the holidays. According to the latest checkpoint travel numbers, the TSA screened 1,066,747 travelers on Friday, 1,073,563 travelers on Saturday and 1,064,619 on Sunday. Spokesperson Lisa Farbstein tweeted that the Friday and Saturday figures marked the "first time since pandemic" that over a million people were screened on two consecutive days. The federal agency’s historical data shows that a similar number of people hadn’t passed through checkpoints since the weekend of March 13 – the day the coronavirus outbreak was declared a national emergency....
    THE White House's Covid Task Force coordinator Dr Deborah Birx was "slammed by other medics for taking a Thanksgiving trip with her family" Birx, 64, reportedly flouted her own coronavirus travel advice by heading to Delaware holiday home on Fenwick Island with her husband Paige Reffe, her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren on Black Friday. 10Dr Deborah Birx was slammed by fellow medics – and even one extended family member – for her Thanksgiving tripCredit: AP:Associated Press 10Birx and the CDC urged people not to travel over the holiday weekend in November as cases soaredCredit: AP:Associated Press As infections and contagion spread over that holiday weekend, she had urged Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” The medic said the 50-hour trip with three generations of her family was to deal with the winterization of the property before a potential sale – but Birx confirmed she had a...
    Live updates: Coronavirus relief deal reached; new strain pauses flights out of Britain Trumps talk of martial law sends White House staffers rushing to the press Deborah Birx Traveled to Delaware to Gather With Family Over Thanksgiving, Despite Her Own Guidelines Despite repeatedly urging Americans to stay home over the holidays to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Deborah Birx, the Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House’s Coronavirus Task Force, traveled to Delaware the day after Thanksgiving to gather with her daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren at her vacation home, the AP reports. © Provided by Slate Birx during a White House Coronavirus Task Force press briefing on November 19, 2020. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images Birx, who said she was in Delaware to winterize her house, insisted in a statement that everyone on her Delaware trip was part of her “immediate household,” although she acknowledged that they do not live...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” For many Americans that guidance has been difficult to abide, including for Birx herself. The day after Thanksgiving, she traveled to one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware. She was accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Americans not to travel over the holidays and discourages indoor activity involving members of different households. “People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered part of different households.” Even...
    Dr. Deborah Birx traveled with family out of state over Thanksgiving weekend — disregarding her own advice to stay home and not gather during the holidays, according to a report. The White House coronavirus response coordinator was joined by three different generations of family at one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware on Nov. 27, just one day after the Thanksgiving holiday, the Associated Press reported. The group — which included her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren — were from two separate households. Birx — who has a home in Washington D.C. and another in Potomac, Maryland — defended the trip saying that she needed to take care of winterizing the property before a potential sale. “I did not go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving,” Birx said in a statement. She argued the members of the trip belong to...
    More On: Coronavirus Congressional leaders hopeful of coronavirus relief bill Cuomo rips UK-to-JFK air travel as London shuts down over new strain of COVID-19 Surgeon general pick discusses UK’s new COVID-19 strain Surgeon general pick outlines COVID-19 vaccine timeline Dr. Deborah Birx traveled with family out of state over Thanksgiving weekend — disregarding her own advice to stay home and not gather during the holidays, according to a report. The White House coronavirus response coordinator was joined by three different generations of family at one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware on Nov. 27, just one day after the Thanksgiving holiday, the Associated Press reported. The group — which included her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren — were from two separate households. Birx — who has a home in Washington D.C. and another in Potomac, Maryland — defended the trip saying that...
    White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah BirxDeborah BirxThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Congress slogs toward COVID-19 relief, omnibus deal 'Saturday Night Live' features its own Fauci and Birx to explain vaccine rollout The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Congress moves to avert shutdown as virus talks stall again MORE traveled to her Delaware vacation home during the Thanksgiving weekend despite advising people to celebrate the holiday with only those in their immediate household. The Associated Press reported that Birx traveled with family members from two other households. Birx told the AP in a statement the purpose of the trip was to winterize the property before an upcoming sale. “I did not go to Delaware for the purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving,” Birx said, adding that her family shared a meal while in Delaware. Birx said that all of the gathered family members belonged to her...
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. It marks the first time U.S. airports have screened more than 1 million passengers since Nov. 29. That came at the end of a Thanksgiving weekend that saw far more travel around the country than had been hoped as the weather turned colder and COVID-19 cases were already spiking again. Now, hospitals in many areas are being overwhelmed amid the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. since March, when most Americans were ordered to stay home and avoid interactions with other households. The seven-day rolling average of newly reported infections in the U.S. has risen from about 176,000 a day just before Thanksgiving to...
    White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx traveled to her vacation home to have a meal with her family around the Thanksgiving holiday despite warning Athe public not to participate in similar gatherings. Birx’s trip happened the day after Thanksgiving when she traveled to her Delaware vacation property along with members of her family from two other households. “To me this disqualifies her from any future government health position,” Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, told the Baltimore Sun. “It’s a terrible message for someone in public health to be sending to the American people.” The trip was a vast departure from the doctor’s public messaging, where she called gathering “over the Thanksgiving time period” a mistake. "We know people may have made mistakes over the Thanksgiving time period," Birx said during an interview on CBS's Face the Nation in...
    By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writer SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. It marks the first time U.S. airports have screened more than 1 million passengers since Nov. 29. That came at the end of a Thanksgiving weekend that saw far more travel around the country than had been hoped as the weather turned colder and COVID-19 cases were already spiking again. Now, hospitals in many areas are being overwhelmed amid the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. since March, when most Americans were ordered to stay home and avoid interactions with other households. The seven-day rolling average of newly reported infections in the U.S. has risen from about 176,000...
    SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — More than 1 million people have passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints in each of the past two days in a sign that public health pleas to avoid holiday travel are being ignored, despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases. It marks the first time U.S. airports have screened more than 1 million passengers since Nov. 29. That came at the end of a Thanksgiving weekend that saw far more travel around the country than had been hoped as the weather turned colder and COVID-19 cases were already spiking again. Now, hospitals in many areas are being overwhelmed amid the largest outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. since March, when most Americans were ordered to stay home and avoid interactions with other households. The seven-day rolling average of newly reported infections in the U.S. has risen from about 176,000 a day just before Thanksgiving...
    By AAMER MADHANI and BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As COVID-19 cases skyrocketed before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus response, warned Americans to “be vigilant” and limit celebrations to “your immediate household.” For many Americans that guidance has been difficult to abide, including for Birx herself. The day after Thanksgiving, she traveled to one of her vacation properties on Fenwick Island in Delaware. She was accompanied by three generations of her family from two households. Birx, her husband Paige Reffe, a daughter, son-in-law and two young grandchildren were present. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has asked Americans not to travel over the holidays and discourages indoor activity involving members of different households. “People who do not currently live in your housing unit, such as college students who are returning home from school for the holidays, should be considered...
    States are receiving less vaccine than promised. We now know why. Top official apologies for Pfizer miscommunication, says US still on track for 20m doses this year G-Eazy Shares Sweet Tribute on Girlfriend Ashley Bensons Birthday: Love You to the Moon & Back © Provided by People G-Eazy/Instagram G-Eazy is showering girlfriend Ashley Benson with love on her birthday. To commemorate her 31st birthday on Friday, the rapper, 31, posted a sweet tribute on Instagram which included a heartfelt message and photos of the couple. © G-Eazy/Instagram G-Eazy and Ashley Benson spent their first Thanksgiving together last month In the post, G-Eazy featured silly images of Benson as well as photos of the pair snuggled up to one another and out at events together. In one of the pictures, Benson is seen giving the rapper a kiss on the cheek while he has his arm wrapped around the actress....
    Citing rising COVID-19 numbers, Gov. J.B. Pritzker moved the state under Tier 3 mitigations In November, closing indoor service in bars and restaurants. Now that the metrics are improving, when will the restrictions be loosened? Most areas of the state apparently avoided a post-Thanksgiving surge that Pritzker warned about, and a couple regions have met the requirements to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, which would reopen many businesses. Pritzker says he continues to follow the science. “Not just Dr. [Anthony] Fauci, but the whole wrath of doctors that we rely upon for their good advice as we move forward with this novel coronavirus,” Prizker said. “We need to be deeply concerned about the gatherings that people may have around the holidays.” Before Thanksgiving, the Pritzker administration asked Illinoisans to skip family gatherings, saying the events could be super spreaders of the virus. Most areas of the...
    CHICAGO — Illinois appears to have escaped a post-Thanksgiving surge in coronavirus cases that many had feared would happen, the state’s top doctor said Friday. Dr. Ngozi Ezike, head of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said she still needs to wait until Monday to get all of the COVID-19 data from this week to determine there was no bump in statistics like daily new cases, hospitalizations and positivity rates. But it’s been 22 days since Thanksgiving and there’s been no significant surge on a statewide level. “I am really happy to say we did not see” a significant post-Thanksgiving surge, Ezike said at a Friday news conference. “While others on the coast are surging, I think we had that a little bit earlier [in November] and are on the way down.” As new cases, hospitalizations and deaths spiked in October and November, officials warned people shouldn’t gather for Thanksgiving...
    The famed Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park has come under fire for hosting a lavish Thanksgiving feast for hundreds amid stay-at-home pleas from public health officials. “This Thanksgiving, celebrate among family, friends and the epic beauty of Yosemite National Park,” the hotel wrote in promotion of the event. “Our Executive Chef is once again preparing a legendary feast served in the Ahwahnee stunning dining room.” Advertised as a “hearty touchless buffet,” the meal cost $103 per adult and $53 per child, and included options like cider-brined turkey, dijon-herbed salmon filet, and vegan wild mushroom strudel, the menu said. Guests were strongly advised to make reservations as seating capacity was “limited due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.” At the time, Mariposa County, where Yosemite is located, was in the orange tier of California’s color-coded blueprint for reopening, indicating moderate risk of COVID-19 transmission. According to state guidelines, restaurants in orange-tier counties...
    More than 84.5 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, in spite of COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. But non-essential travel could spell disaster for COVID-19 rates, as infections and hospitalizations from Thanksgiving still surge across the country.  "Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19," said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an updated statement Wednesday. "CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year." The U.S has surpassed 17 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic with a surge that public health officials have linked directly to Thanksgiving travel. During Thanksgiving, more than 50 million Americans left their homes for the holiday, 34.5 million fewer than are predicted to travel this winter.  The agency offered a list of questions Americans should consider before traveling: Does someone...
    On Thursday, the United States racked up over 231,000 new cases of COVID-19. Over 3,200 people died. These are hideous numbers, not at all made better by the fact that Wednesday was worse. Right now across the country, the 7-day moving average puts the number of new cases at 220,000. That’s 40,000 cases a day higher than it was on the day before Thanksgiving. The 7-day average for deaths is 2,600. That’s 900 more each day than on the day before Thanksgiving. And still, there are people pointing at the fall in reported cases in several states over that period and somehow breathing a sigh of relief. Sure, cases are up in places like Texas, California, and Florida. But smaller states like Iowa and South Dakota—both loaded down with COVID-19 right before the holiday—have actually seen case counts falling steadily for almost a month. Where is that Thanksgiving surge that...
    By DAVID KOENIG and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Business Writers Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in cases. In the U.S., AAA predicts that about 85 million people will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, most of them by car. If true, that would be a drop of nearly one-third from a year ago, but still a massive movement of people in the middle of a pandemic. Jordan Ford, 24, who was laid off as a guest-relations worker at Disneyland in March, said he plans to visit both his and his boyfriend’s families in Virginia and Arkansas over Christmas. “It is pretty safe — everyone is wearing a mask, they clean the cabin thoroughly,” said Ford, who has traveled almost weekly in recent months from...
    Tens of millions of people are expected to travel to family gatherings or winter vacations over Christmas, despite pleas by public health experts who fear the result could be another surge in cases like the one that has swept the nation since Thanksgiving. AAA predicts that about 85 million Americans will travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3, most of them by car. If true, that would be a drop of nearly one-third from a year ago, but still a massive migration taking place in the middle of a pandemic. Jordan Ford, 24, who was laid off as a guest-relations worker at Disneyland in March, said he plans to visit both his and his boyfriend’s families in Virginia and Arkansas over Christmas. “It is pretty safe — everyone is wearing a mask, they clean the cabin thoroughly,” said Ford, who has traveled almost weekly in recent months from his home...
              Governor Bill Lee called out Tennessee for its recent Thanksgiving gatherings as selfish, indifferent, and foolish decisions. The governor issued these remarks during a press conference as some of the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered at Vanderbilt University. “We do stand here and celebrate a tremendous breakthrough in this pandemic,” stated Lee. “But there is a darkness before the dawn that’s happening right here in Tennessee – we have to recognize that. Tennessee’s cases are surging. The holidays have caught up with us. Decisions that some made during Thanksgiving have a severe reality in this hospital and all across Tennessee today.” The governor didn’t explain what decisions he was referring to, nor did he explain how they led to a spike in cases. The Tennessee Department of Health released case reports this week; some county health officials attributed the spikes to Thanksgiving gatherings....
    By JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFEILD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois might have eluded the COVID-19 “surge upon a surge” that has struck some parts of the country in the aftermath of heavy travel and family congregations during the Thanksgiving holiday. But it's all relative. Even as thousands across the country, including in Illinois, are inoculated against the disease this week with a newly approved vaccine, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration on Thursday reported 181 additional deaths related to coronavirus illness and 8,828 newly confirmed infections. With the report came new warnings for holiday gatherings with Christmas next week. “This is the time of year for friends and family, but I would like to ask that you continue to celebrate the holidays virtually — or in person with the people that you live with,” said Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state public health director. November's wintry winds pushed people indoors where the...
    Melrose Figueroa BI Orlando-based chef Terrance Fisher learned the value of community-building from a young age, and learned on his own as he pursued his cooking career a decade ago. Now, Fisher is using his kitchen skills to give back to his Orlando community and beyond. He cooked Thanksgiving dinner for five local families as part of a collaboration with charity Everyone Eats. As an ambassador at cooking collective Chef Kulture, Fisher also helps support other communities. This article is part of a series titled The Doers. Three hours before Chef Terrance Fisher was set to serve 300 people at a Johnson University event in Kissimmee, Florida, none of the industrial kitchen's brand new ovens would heat up.  With university trustees and the president en route to the fancy affair, Fisher knew ordering pizza wasn't an option. Instead, he turned to his boss and told...
    DENVER (CBS4) – On Thursday Mayor Michael Hancock held his first City of Denver news conference about the COVID-19 pandemic since Thanksgiving. It was also the first time he spoke in a news conference about the trip he made over the Thanksgiving holiday, and he reiterated his apologetic stance over doing it while city leaders were encouraging everyone to avoid social contact as much as possible. (credit: CBS) The news conference primarily was focused on this week’s arrival of the coronavirus vaccine at Denver Health and the city’s current case numbers, but Hancock said he wanted to take a moment to discuss the situation. “Elected officials are no different (from anyone else) … we tend to have moments where we disappoint and we make not very good decisions, our judgement can fail us at times. That’s what happened to me over Thanksgiving,” he said. Hancock flew to Mississippi even as...
    Staffers at a Yosemite National Park hotel have revealed that they feared for their safety after hundreds of maskless guests dined indoors at a $103-per-person touchless buffet for Thanksgiving.  Despite the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issuing guidance for holiday travel and gatherings, the buffet took place anyway at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Hotel employees told SFGate that the buffet was fully booked all week and hundreds of guests showed up for the dinner's multiple indoor seatings between 2-8pm.  The meal cost $103 per adult and $52 per child between the ages of 6 and 12.  Employees said that face coverings were required but there was no real enforcement and many guests went without them.  Staffers at a Yosemite National Park hotel have revealed that they feared for their safety after hundreds of maskless guests dined indoors at a $103 per person touchless buffet for Thanksgiving Despite the...
    The 25 greatest Jimmy Stewart films Forget the Piggy Bank: 6 Better Ways to Save for Your Kid’s Future Chiefs-Saints a Ratings Bonanza or Bust? Much has been made this week of the 2020 NFL ratings slip costing broadcasters money. Simultaneously, the NFL is reportedly nearing a $100 billion broadcasting deal with those same networks plus Amazon, which is to say the financial sky isn't falling at NFL HQ despite the downward trajectory of viewership. © Provided by The Big Lead Patrick Mahomes pointing to the haters. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images This week, the NFL gets another chance to redirect the ratings narrative as the AFC's top-seeded Kansas City Chiefs face off against the NFC's second-seeded New Orleans Saints in a potential Super Bowl preview. Even with Drew Brees not expected to play as he continues to rehab from broken ribs, it's a dream matchup for CBS...
    (CNN)This year may not have turned out the way any of us had anticipated because of the coronavirus pandemic. But even though trips were canceled, events were postponed and many of us spent our days inside our homes, memories were still made -- just through computer screens and cellphones. And while Zoom fatigue is a real thing, many say they actually felt closer to people than they ever had before.So even though we may have lost a lot this year, here are some of the amazing things that actually did happen.We welcomed new life In March, Desmond Wiggan Jr. and his wife, Fanecia had planned a gender reveal with their family in Charlotte, North Carolina. But those plans changed two weeks prior to the event when they saw that coronavirus cases were rising and restrictions were being tightened. Read More"It's the first baby on both sides in a long time...
    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Samuel Birch appeared before a judge on Wednesday, charged with murder and robbery in the fatal shooting of a Centennial gas station clerk on Thanksgiving. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office arrested the 31-year-old on Friday following numerous tips from the public. Samuel Birch (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office) Investigators say Birch walked into the Valero Gas station at South Quebec Street and East County Line Road and asked for a carton of cigarettes. As the clerk rang up the order, Birch is accused of pulling out a revolver and demanding cash from the register. (credit: CBS) “I need everything in the register too, though. Dude, it’s going to be you, your stomach or the money. Put everything in the bag. All of it, all of it right now. I can shoot you when I leave or I can shoot you now,” the suspect said to...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Health officials say it appears Colorado avoided a spike in COVID-19 transmission following the Thanksgiving holiday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment credits the recent decrease in cases and hospitalizations to the hard work of Coloradans. Nearly 300,000 people in the state have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. The daily number of COVID-19 cases reported to CDPHE dropped from 6,613 on Nov. 12 to 1,886 on Dec. 14. (credit: CDPHE) Hospitalizations have steadily declined after peaking in early December. On Wednesday, CDPHE reported 1,428 confirmed COVID-19 hospital patients, a decrease of 17 from Tuesday. CDPHE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France said he expects the rollout of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to lower hospitalization rates even more, particularly for people living in residential care facilities. “We have a vaccine that is 95% efficacious and safe, and we’re now providing it to...
    Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that he won't be spending time with his children for Christmas this year and encouraged others to do the same as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the US.  The nation's top infectious disease expert told The Washington Post that while the decision is 'painful' it's also 'just one of the things you're going to have to accept as we go through this unprecedented challenging time'. Fauci will also be turning 80 on Christmas Eve, a time usually spent with his wife, Christine Grady, and their daughters, Jennifer, 34, Megan, 31 and Alison, 28. However, Fauci explained that it will just be him and his wife for Christmas. It will mark the first time in 30 years that Fauci hasn't spent the holiday and his birthday with his children.  Dr Anthony Fauci has revealed that he won't be spending time with his children for Christmas...
    It’s nice to find your other half. But, maybe it’s not when you find out your "most compatible" match is your brother. That’s what TikTok star Brooke Averick showed her hundreds of thousands of followers in a humorous viral video. Averick, 24, shared a TikTok video on Thanksgiving that showed the dating app Hinge recommended she connect with a man named Noah. BOYFRIEND HAS HILARIOUS REACTION TO GIRLFRIEND’S FAKE DIET, WORKOUT ROUTINE "Most Compatible: Brooke & Noah, we think you two should meet," a screenshotted notification says with a side-by-side of their profile photos. However, what Hinge’s algorithm didn’t actually know was that Averick and Noah were already connected through familial ties. TikTok star Brooke Averick got a surprising match on Hinge, which she turned into a viral video on Thanksgiving. (iStock) "We agreed, and we are already spending Thanksgiving together, and it’s going well," Averick joked in...