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    As fresh rounds of mass testing raised apprehension about a possible citywide lockdown in Beijing, Chinese state media on Sunday sought to “normalize” mass nucleic acid testing as a permanent feature of life. Beijing on Sunday replaced the Communist Party’s beloved May Day celebration with a glum day of standing in line for the latest round of mandatory coronavirus testing. Residents who remembered the brutal Shanghai lockdown beginning with the same sort of citywide testing checked the latest horror videos from Shanghai on their phones while they waited in line, wondering if Beijing might be next. The latest Shanghai horror video showed an old man getting stuffed into a body bag and dragged from a care facility to a mortuary, whose attendants discovered he was actually still alive: Staff discovers "dead" coronavirus patient in Shanghai is still alive while taking him to the morgue. "Hes alive. Hes alive! I saw it. Dont cover him anymore!" pic.twitter.com/aap2P0a9vl — BNO News (@BNONews) May 2, 2022 On Monday, a fresh cluster of coronavirus infections in Shanghai seemed to dash hopes that the...
    Share this: New York City schools are now providing four at-home COVID testing kits to all students each week and asking families to use them on a regular basis, according to an education department letter sent to families on Wednesday. The new policy comes as students have returned from spring break, and “cases are on the rise again across New York City,” according to the letter posted on the education department’s website. Two of the tests are meant for the student, and the other two are for a family member, the letter said. The tests should be taken weekly, at least five days apart, unless the person has COVID symptoms.
    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting. Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DPH website every Wednesday beginning April 20. The last daily updates to the Daily Status Report and the vaccine dashboard will be April 15.   Weekly intervals provide a more complete picture than day to day changes or data fluctuations when determining areas of concern or COVID’s trajectory in the state. Given the number of at-home COVID tests that do not get reported, there is a now a greater focus on other indicators such as hospital admissions, hospital occupancy, and overall vaccination rates when assessing the community impact of COVID-19.   Additional data that are reported weekly (e.g., County Indicator Report, Breakthrough Case Report, School-Aged Surveillance Report, etc.) will continue to be published on their current publication days.   “We believe weekly COVID reporting will continue to support a sustainable response in Georgia while informing decision-making around transmission and infection rates,” said Kathleen E. Toomey,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday that she tested positive for COVID-19 and would “work at home while following isolation protocols.” In a series of messages posted to Twitter, Bowser said she took an at-home test Wednesday after developing “cold-like” symptoms. She later confirmed those positive results with a PCR test, which is more precise. READ MORE: Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson To Be First Black Woman To Sit On Supreme CourtBowser, 49, was elected Mayor in 2014 and will be running for a third term later this year. Her older sister Mercia died of COVID-19 complications in February 2021 at the age of 64. Bowser’s positive test comes amid a mini-outbreak in high-level Washington political circles following Saturday night’s Gridiron Club dinner. More than a dozen guests who attended the A-list event — including two Cabinet members, journalists and multiple members of Congress — have tested positive this week. READ MORE: 4 Suspects Sought In Attack Of Prince George's County SeniorBowser’s office said she did not attend the Gridiron event. Virus metrics in Washington have crept up...
    CARE home residents can receive unlimited visitors from Monday, it's been announced. In a huge boost for elderly and vulnerable Brits who have faced isolation since March 2020, the Health Secretary has revealed rules on visiting will finally end. 1Rules limiting the number of people allowed to visit loved ones in care homes will end on MondayCredit: Getty Homes will have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 days, rather than 28. Self-isolation will also be reduced from 14 days to 10 for those who test positive for Covid, with further reductions if they test negative on days five and six. And there will be changes to the testing regime for care workers from February 16, with pre-shift lateral flow tests replacing the current system involving weekly asymptomatic PCR tests. The move comes as government data shows 86.5 per cent of care home residents have had their booster jab. Sajid Javid said: "I know how vital companionship is to those living in care homes and the positive difference visits make, which is why we continued to allow three named visitors...
    WALMART is preparing to venture into the metaverse as documents reveal the company's plans to create its own cryptocurrency and NFTs. Nationwide retailer Walmart is thinking of getting into the cryptocurrency and non-fungible token (NFT) game, according to several trademark documents. 2Walmart has plans to launch its own crypto and a collection of NFTsCredit: Getty The retail giant filed the documents, which suggest it has plans to offer users a virtual currency, as well as create NFTs, in late December 2021. ″[The filings are] super intense,” said Josh Gerben, a trademark attorney. “There’s a lot of language in these, which shows that there’s a lot of planning going on behind the scenes about how they’re going to address cryptocurrency, how they’re going to address the metaverse and the virtual world that appears to be coming or that’s already here," he added. The company said in a statement that it is "continuously exploring how emerging technologies may shape future shopping experiences.” “We are testing new ideas all the time -- some ideas become products or services that make it to...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts will start making weekly at-home COVID tests available for students and staff at schools across the state later this month. The tests will come from the 26 million rapid at-home COVID tests coming to Massachusetts over next 3 months, according to a joint announcement Tuesday from The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Department of Public Health. Governor Baker is expected to discuss the announcement at a news conference at the State House at 10 a.m. You can watch it live on CBSN Boston in the video above at 10 a.m. Starting this week, schools can sign up to get the at-home rapid antigen tests. Participating students and staff will use them once a week. Schools that join the program will receive tests during the week of January 24. They’ll get tests for students whose families opt-in during the week of January 31. The tests will be sent directly to school districts. Each kit contains two tests. Students and staff will get one kit every two weeks to test themselves. Families will have to...
    Google CEO Sundar PichaiGetty Images Google is implementing a new Covid-19 testing policy for its U.S. work sites as it prepares for a continued surge in infections from the Omicron variant in the coming weeks. In an email sent to full-time employees on Thursday and obtained by CNBC, Google's health chief Karen DeSalvo said anyone who comes into contact with a Google office or facility will require a negative molecular test. They should also report their vaccination status and wear surgical-grade masks while at the office, the memo said. "The Omicron variant has become the dominant strain in then U.S. and is highly transmissible," DeSalvo wrote. "There has been a significant rise in infection across the country, and hospitals are overwhelmed with COVID patients — reducing their capacity to provide care to others who need it." Google has been more aggressive of late than its tech peers in enforcing Covid-19 safety measures among workers. Last month, the company told employees that they must comply with vaccine policies or face losing pay and eventually losing their job. That marked a shift...
    D.C. public schools students in pre-K will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 test every week beginning next week, Chancellor Lewis Ferebee said Thursday, noting the school system is prioritizing students who aren’t eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the tests would be made available to students earlier this week, but stopped short of saying they would be required. Now, tests will be distributed every Friday and families of young children will be required to upload results. For next week, test results should be submitted by 4 p.m. Monday before students return to school Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The rapid tests will also be available to kindergarten students, but they won’t be required to submit results. All students will be required to take tests following breaks in February and April. The changes come as students are nearly finished with the first week of classes after winter break. Parents, teachers and lawmakers remain concerned about the heightened levels of community coronavirus transmission. D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson wrote a letter to...
    New York (CNN Business)To comply with the Biden administration's upcoming vaccine mandate, Starbucks is requiring its workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or undergo weekly testing, the company recently told employees.In a letter from Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver, the coffee chain told its approximately 220,000 US employees they must disclose their vaccination status by January 10. Although Starbucks strongly recommended employees get vaccinated, workers can choose not to get vaccinated and instead get tested weekly. They will be responsible for acquiring their own federally approved tests and submitting results."This is an important step we can take to help more partners get vaccinated, limit the spread of Covid-19, and create choices that partners can own based on what's best for them," Culver wrote. "If vaccination rates rise and community spread slows, we will adapt accordingly. But if things get worse, we may have to consider additional measures. For now, my hope is that we will all do our part to protect one another."Starbucks sent the note to employees on December 27 and repeated the mandate details in a...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands recorded its highest weekly number of positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days, and lawmakers discussed legislation as cases continued to soar Tuesday to limit unvaccinated people from using the country’s COVID pass system. The country’s public health institute reported Tuesday that the number of positive tests rose by 44% to 110,558, the highest weekly total since the pandemic began. Hospital admissions for COVID-19 patients rose 12% and admissions to intensive care units by 3%, it said. The institute said 173 people died of COVID-19 during the past week, bringing the Netherlands’ death toll in the pandemic to 18,785. Cases rose sharply among children ages 4-12 years, most of whom have yet to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have been cleared for use in children ages 12 to 17 in Europe; the European Medicines Agency is evaluating whether to authorize them for 5 to 11 year olds. A new partial lockdown came into force Saturday across the Netherlands, with bars, restaurants and supermarkets ordered to...
    A Long Island father is being refused the right to see his 3-year-old daughter by a judge's ruling unless he gets the COVID-19 vaccine.   The father, who has yet to be identified, must either get the jab or submit to weekly COVID testing, according to Judge Matthew Cooper.     'Here, in-person parental access by defendant is not in the child's best interests, and there are exceptional circumstances that support its suspension,' wrote Cooper, who is presiding over the pair's divorce and custody dispute 'The dangers of voluntarily remaining unvaccinated during access with a child while the COVID-19 virus remains a threat to children's health and safety cannot be understated,' Cooper added. The family was not named in the ruling.  A Long Island father is being refused the right to see his 3-year-old daughter by a judge's ruling unless he gets the COVID-19 vaccine, based on a ruling by Judge Matthew Cooper (pictured) The father, who has yet to be identified, must either get the jab or submit to weekly COVID testing, according to Judge Cooper Cooper is a high-profile judge. In...
    KATIE Price insisted on taking weekly drug tests to "prove" she was clean - but suddenly stopped before her car crash. In March she told The Sun she was taking regular tests to put her family at ease, after her constant partying and her breakdown last year. 2Katie Price had been taking regular drugs tests to prove she was cleanCredit: Instagram 2She told The Sun in March that she was honest with her kids about her breakdown last year and turning to drugsCredit: Instagram However, the reality star was thrown off track when she signed up to tour the country with her make-up classes. A source said: "Katie went off on holiday and then she went on tour with the make-up masterclasses and the tests didn't happen. "Then everything seemed to go off the rails - all of her friends and family are devastated as she was doing so well." Katie, 43, first turned to drink and drugs last year after an avalanche of personal problems spiralled. Her mum Amy is terminally ill with a lung disease, disabled son...
    Share this: New York City will begin conducting weekly, random COVID-19 tests of unvaccinated students in the nation’s largest school district in an attempt to more quickly spot outbreaks in classrooms. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Monday, a day after the city’s teachers’ union sent de Blasio a letter calling for weekly testing instead of biweekly testing in the district with about a million students. The mayor also announced also a change in quarantine rules for schools, no longer requiring unvaccinated students to quarantine at home if they were masked and at least 3 feet away from someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A key component in Chicago Public Schools' plan for safely reopening schools is under fire.The CPS reopening plan was supposed to offer weekly COVID testing to students and staff, but a report from CPS shows they are struggling greatly to make that happen, leaving parents frustrated and fearful.Chicago Public School students are finishing up their third week of classes... but the safety measures that were supposed to be in place to offer weekly testing for students and staff, is not working the way it was planned.SEE ALSO | CPS COVID cases: CTU criticizes Lightfoot for 'deplorable lack of transparency and misinformation' "It's been a colossal failure and it's so frustrating is they had the entire summer to set this up," CPS parent Jessica Olson said. "They had the entire summer to do outreach to people, outreach to community groups. They just didn't bother to do it."Olson is particularly frustrated because her daughter, a sophomore at Whitney Young High School, was just notified a classmate tested positive for COVID.According to the CPS Dashboard, the district has tested 2,679...
    NPYD officers have been told they will be sent home without pay unless they get vaccinated against Covid or provide a weekly negative COVID-19 test which they have taken on their own time. The new guidelines follow an executive order by Mayor Bill de Blasio about coronavirus protocols for city workers, in response to the surge of the highly contagious Delta variant. The rules will go into effect on Monday, September 13.  Civilians and paid members of the NYPD who choose to remain unvaccinated will have to get a PCR or a rapid PCR test every seven days on their own time and upload results to an internal contact-tracing system. Tests have to be done on a weekly basis while officers are off-duty, but the NYPD announced it will soon allow its workforce to get tested at 15 sites across the city at no charge, according to a memo.  At-home antigen tests will not be accepted by the department, under the new police policy. 'Members of the Service who fail to comply with this directive will not be permitted to work...
    Chandler Powell Says Being Dad to Baby Grace Is the Greatest Gift on Australian Fathers Day Ryanair Ends Talks for Follow-On Boeing Max Order Over Price © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad One of the benefits of getting vaccinated comes from the ability to leave town during the regular-season bye and, more immediately, the mini-bye over Labor Day weekend. With the virus still spreading and vaccinated players traveling to and from various places where they may have been exposed to it, they now must be tested upon their return to work. And coaches are holding their breath for what may happen next. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that he has “[t]alked or text[ed] with number of NFL coaches/execs who are nervous about COVID-19 testing today with the number of players who visited their former college teams’ opening games (and social gatherings) this past weekend.” It’s possible that, given the incubation period, a vaccinated player who was exposed to the virus while, for example, attending a college football game (like Jaguars...
    Fully vaccinated players will be required to get tested for COVID-19 weekly instead of every 14 days as part of the revised protocols for the regular season agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The weekly testing applies also for fully vaccinated Tier 1 and 2 staff. There’s an option for a second test for those who want it, according to a memo sent to clubs and obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wait for results prior to entering a team’s facility. Each club must conduct its testing over a three-day period. Unvaccinated players will continue to be tested daily. Each team’s non-player traveling party will be reduced to a maximum of 75 people. Masks must be worn during travel, eating "should be kept to a minimum" and seating will be assigned. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Also, public transportation is prohibited for everyone in the traveling party and unvaccinated players or staff may not use private transportation. Last week, the...
    HOBOKEN, New Jersey (WABC) -- Going back to school in Hoboken will involve vaccinations or testing for students.Hoboken Public School District announced students in Grades PK-12 will need to provide a negative PCR test in order to start school. The tests may not be done any earlier than Tuesday, September 7th.READ THE FULL HOBOKEN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT MANDATEHowever, students over the age of 12 will be exempt from testing if they provide (via their parent) proof of vaccination.They'll have to repeat those tests to come back after any school break of two days or longer if they aren't vaccinated.The district also says there will be weekly testing for children under and over the age of 12.The district will randomly select a percentage of students in grades PK-6 for weekly testing on Fridays.Parents and guardians of students will be notified two days in advance so they can either be present or make arrangements to take their child to an alternative location for testing.Students over the age of 12 will be exempt from the student testing program they have proof of vaccination.If...
    The scene at Telfair Elementary in the days leading up to the Monday opening of the school year reflected what will be the new normal across the Los Angeles school district: Students, teachers and staff in line for their coronavirus test. Emilio Mendoza, 7, held a toy plane as he stood in the queue with his parents. At the check-in table, Emilio pumped hand sanitizer into his palms and rubbed them together. The technician showed him the swab and explained how it worked. She counted out loud to 15 as Emilio followed along on his fingers — and then it was over. In 24 hours Emilio’s parents were texted the result: negative. “He’s not vaccinated, so for us, it’s always going to be a little bit of a concern, uncertainty, especially if there are outbreaks,” said his mother Liliana Curioca, who is also a Telfair teacher. “But testing will help.” Emilio’s nasal swab test is a starting point in L.A. Unified’s colossal effort to screen every single student, teacher and staff member — more than half a million...
    MARTINEZ (KPIX) — Contra Costa County has issued a new vaccine mandate to all its first responders. Starting Sept. 17, they will now have to show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing. The county says it has experienced a surge in cases and hospitalizations. In the past two weeks, positive cases have jumped 30 percent. The Contra Costa County Health Officer, Dr. Chris Farnitano, says this is to protect first responders who are at high risk of becoming infected. Some of those emergency workers say the order crosses the line. “We do support getting vaccinated for all of our members. We provided them with a lot of education on the topic but, at the same time, we have respect for their ability to make their decision,” said Vincent Wells with the United Professional Firefighters Local 1230. Wells represents firefighters from seven different counties, from Santa Clara to Napa. He says the one positive aspect of Contra Costa County’s mandate is that it provides the weekly testing alternative. Contra Costa County Fire Protection District has been requiring vaccination or...
    STANFORD (CBS SF) – Officials at Stanford University announced that all students who will be coming to campus for in-person learning for Fall 2021 must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and undergo coronavirus testing every week, regardless of vaccination status. One of the first schools in the nation to implement such stringent measures, the new requirements were laid out in a statement Wednesday from Susie Brubaker-Cole, the school’s Vice Provost for Student Affairs. “Working together, we can monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 at Stanford, adjust requirements as needed, protect our friends and family, and keep campus as safe as possible for in-person learning and activities this summer and autumn,” Brubaker-Cole said. Starting August 15, students who are living on campus, living in university provided off-campus housing or coming to campus must be tested for COVID-19 every week, even if they have been vaccinated. All new arrivals to campus this fall must also be tested on the day they arrive and on the 5th day, the university said. With the increase in cases of the Delta variant, some students said simply requiring...
    Stanford University announced that it will require weekly COVID-19 testing for everyone who enters campus regardless of vaccination status. "Weekly testing with Color Genomics will be required for all students living on campus, living in university provided off-campus student housing, or coming to campus, regardless of vaccination status," said Stanford Vice Provost for Student Affairs Susie Brubaker-Cole in in a letter to students announcing the decision Wednesday. The move is a reversal from the decision the school made last month, when it eliminated the testing requirement for fully vaccinated students. But citing the highly contagious delta variant that has spread throughout the country in recent weeks, the school decided that reinstating the testing requirement was the best way to prevent spreading the virus on campus. Stanford joins several other elite universities that have decided to require testing for vaccinated students, including Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, and Brown. The decisions come as schools across the country grapple with how to handle the return of students to campus amid a spike in cases largely driven by the delta variant....
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom makes a gesture as he speaks during a news conference at San Bernardino Unified School District Office after visiting Juanita B. Jones Elementary School in San Bernardino on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.Watchara Phomicinda | MediaNews Group | Getty Images California will require all school staff in the state to submit proof of vaccination or submit to mandatory weekly Covid testing for the upcoming school year as students and teachers prepare for full in-person learning this fall, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday. The Golden state already requires vaccines or mandatory testing for state employees and health-care workers. That policy took effect on August 5. "We're now following up today to align our school strategy to the state strategy and become the first state in the country to require that all of our staff ... submit a verification of vaccination or submit to weekly testing," Newsom said.CNBC Health & Science Read CNBC's latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic: Moderna reaches deal with Canada to build Covid vaccine manufacturing plant Charts show Covid is hitting parts of...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Soon staff, contractors and volunteers for Oakland Unified School District must be vaccinated. Those who are not, will have to get tested weekly. The Oakland Education Association announced the order on Tuesday night and it takes effect on September 7. To date, the District did not require teachers and staff to be vaccinated. The new policy will READ MORE: UPDATE: Gov. Newsom Orders Mandatory COVID Vaccinations or Testing For California School Employees As of August 16, masks will be required outdoors on all campuses. In-person learning resumed for ore than 35,000 Oakland Unified School District students on Monday after 16 months of distance learning. READ MORE: UPDATE: Injury Crash Involving Overturned Car Cleared From Westbound Lanes of I-80 in San Pablo BREAKING NEWS pic.twitter.com/QvlTQvaHxq — Oakland Education Association (@OaklandEA) August 11, 2021 MORE NEWS: San Francisco Officials Plead With Residents To Stop Feeding Coyotes According to the OEA, 92 percent of all OUSD staff is already vaccinated.
    Joining a growing movement of public agencies across the country, San Jose announced Thursday that it will be requiring city employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine — or get tested weekly. Those who fail to do so will be placed on unpaid leave. The new mandate will go into effect on August 23rd for thousands of city employees — from those who work in the libraries to those in City Hall to the city’s police and fire departments. City officials say the measure is aimed at protecting the health and safety of employees, as well as community members, amid the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the highly contagious Delta variant. Santa Clara County is currently averaging 242 new COVID cases per day — up from just 47 new daily cases a month ago, according to county data. “As public servants, we take on a responsibility to protect and serve our public,” Deputy city manager Lee Wilcox said in a statement. “Ensuring our workforce is protected against the worst impacts of COVID-19 means our essential staff will...
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will require weekly tests for the coronavirus when staff and students return to school in mid-August, regardless of vaccination status, according to a notice published on Thursday. The LAUSD said: We believe Los Angeles Unified has the highest COVID safety standards of any public school district in the nation. Our preparations for the start of the new school year include continuing to require masking for all students, staff, and visitors; maximizing physical distancing as much as possible; continuing comprehensive sanitizing efforts, including frequent hand washing; upgraded air filtration systems; regular, ongoing COVID testing and community engagement; and collaborating with health partners and agencies to support free COVID vaccination. All students and employees, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, returning for in-person instruction must participate in baseline and ongoing weekly COVID testing. This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2. Ultimately, the greatest protection against COVID and the Delta variant is vaccination. We encourage everyone who is eligible to...
    More On: COVID vaccine De Blasio offering cash in latest plea to unvaccinated New Yorkers Pfizer sold $7.8B in COVID vaccines in 2Q, predicts more Delta-driven demand Washington Post to require COVID vaccines for reporters and staff Trump vows ‘we won’t mask our children’ in wake of new CDC recommendation State government workers will soon have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing — and vaccinations will be mandatory for frontline workers in state-run hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday. Negotiations with government labor unions are underway to impose the mandates by Labor Day, Cuomo said. Cuomo said that “by law,” employers have the authority to require their workers be vaccinated, even though the Federal Drug Administration has yet to grant final approval for the shots. “We’re taking the first major step down this road,” he said. During remarks at a virtual meeting of the Association for a Better New York, Cuomo also said there would be no testing option available for “patient-facing” workers in state-run hospitals. Negotiations with government labor unions are underway to impose the...
    Los Angeles city workers are now required to submit their proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or submit a weekly negative test, city officials said Tuesday.  The new policy is part of a broader plan by Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez to "aggressively" pursue a vaccine mandate for all city workers once vaccines have received full approval by the Food and Drug Administration.  It comes as the delta variant, a mutated and more transmissible version of the virus, is sweeping the country. The nation is averaging more than 57,000 cases a day and 24,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations.  Los Angeles has emerged as a hotspot in recent weeks, prompting city officials to reimpose mask-wearing indoors for residents, regardless of vaccination status.  In a statement, Garcetti urged Los Angeles residents to get vaccinated, saying it "could mean the difference between life and death for you or a loved one." CALIFORNIA CITY ASKS CITY WORKERS TO WEAR PROOF OF VACCINATION BADGES IF THEY WANT TO GO MASKLESS "The fourth wave is here, and the choice for Angelenos couldn’t be clearer...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Tuesday announced that all city employees will need to be able to show proof vaccination or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. According to Garcia, 72% of city employees have already been vaccinated, and nearly the same percentage of Long Beach adults have been vaccinated. READ MORE: LA To Require City Employees To Get Vaccinated Or Take Weekly COVID Test “This is a tremendous achievement and I want to thank all of the incredible people whose hard work and dedication allowed us to roll vaccines out quickly and become a national model for vaccine distribution,” Garcia said in an email release. READ MORE: Drive-By Shooting Possibly Linked To Fatal Crash In Venice Just last month, Garcia said the case rate in Long Beach was less than 1 per 100,000 residents. As of Tuesday, that rate was 21.6 per 100,000 residents. And, Garcia said, the daily positivity rate had gone from 0.5% to 8.2% in the same time period. Vaccines are available for Long Beach residents ages 12 and older at the Convention Center...
    CHICAGO (CBS Chicago/CBSNewYork/CBSLA) — Get vaccinated or get tested every week – it is the new mandate in New York City, where city workers have until September to get on board. The State of California has announced the same thing. READ MORE: Crest Hill Couple, John And Amy Schubert, Charged In U.S. Capitol Breach So with cases on the rise in Chicago, could we see such a rule as well? CBS 2’s Tara Molina brought that question directly to Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday. In response to COVID-19 cases rising in Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot warned that a possible return to a mask mandate is on the table, along with other public health measures – though the mayor was not specific. As for a vaccine requirement? She didn’t say no, but she didn’t say yes. Teachers, police officers, firefighters, and municipal workers in New York City have to get vaccinated or get tested weekly starting Sept. 13, based on an announcement Monday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In September, everything is going to come together. September is...
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City to require nearly all municipal workers to get vaccinated by September or undergo weekly coronavirus tests. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Workers at New York City's public hospitals and health clinics will be required to either get vaccinated or take weekly Covid-19 tests, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday, as the city moves to lean harder on remaining vaccine holdouts.Speaking to CNN's John Avlon on "New Day" Wednesday morning, de Blasio called the initiative "fair" and said he hoped it would push hesitant health care workers to get vaccinated rather than submit to repeated tests."I understand why a lot of people are hearing misinformation and being affected by it, but enough is enough," de Blasio said. "We need our health care workers to be vaccinated and it's getting dangerous with the Delta variant.""I think it's time to do something different, and New York City is ready to lead the way. We're saying, get vaccinated, or get tested weekly. And that's fair," he added.The city's requirement will begin on August 2 and those who refuse both options will be suspended without pay, he said in a press conference Wednesday. Read MoreDr. Sanjay Gupta: The importance of being vaccinatedThe requirement will apply to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking action to make sure city workers are getting vaccinated. It’s the first vaccine crackdown of its kind for New York City. READ MORE: Debate Continues To Swirl About Return To In-Person Classes For All Public School Students This Fall “What more do we have to do here at this point? This is getting insane,” de Blasio said Tuesday. The exasperated mayor has run out of patience with the slow pace of vaccinations. “So we’ve been really nice, really communicative, really respectful. I’m like, c’mon people, it’s time to step forward, and we’re gonna make that clear,” de Blasio said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here As CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports, the mayor announced all unvaccinated workers at New York City public...
    The University of Michigan-Dearborn is mandating its students either get vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus or undergo weekly tests to return to in-person classes for the fall semester. “As we move into the summer and plan for our transitional fall semester, we will continue to be guided by key tenets of health and safety, academic excellence and equity across our community,” the university’s chancellor, Domenico Grasso, said in an email to students. “We strongly encourage all members of the campus community to make a vaccination appointment as soon as possible,” the chancellor added. “Getting vaccinated will help us all get back to the activities we love more quickly.” Therefore, the school is mandating that students either get vaccinated against the coronavirus, or provide documentation of a weekly negative coronavirus test. As we transition to a more “on campus” fall 2021 semester, effective 9/1/21, those coming to campus for any reason will be required to provide documentation of weekly negative PCR COVID-19 tests or a COVID-19 vaccination. More at https://t.co/q4xUt8d0cu pic.twitter.com/2viAs6ijGp — Chancellor Domenico Grasso (@ChanceGrasso) April 23, 2021 “Students will...
    BRITS will still face some restrictions even after lockdown is lifted on June 21 - including Covid passports and twice-weekly testing. PM Boris Johnson announced the latest step on the road to freedom last night, saying pubs, shops and hairdressers will reopen on April 12. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... Brits may have to wear face masks into next year 5Cops confiscate alcohol and enforce social distancing in NottinghamCredit: PA 5Brits may need a third dose of the Covid vaccine in the autumnCredit: AFP The roadmap is set to end with caps on wedding attendances lifted and nightclubs being reopened on June 21. However, government scientists have warned that face masks and social distancing rules may have to stay in place until next year. SAGE says while Covid jabs will stop the vast majority of people being struck down they're "not good enough" to see all rules lifted without risking a surge in cases. Scientific advisers claimed that "baseline measures" would need to stay in place until next year. These are some of the restrictions that Brits...
    TWICE-weekly Covid tests have been branded "beyond reckless" over fears false negatives will lead to people letting their guard down. The rapid tests - which can be taken at home and give results in just 30 minutes - will be available to every adult twice a week from this Friday. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 3The tests will be available to every adult twice a week from FridayCredit: Getty The government says people will be able to collect or order batches of the free NHS tests as part of moves to reclaim a more normal way of life. And Boris Johnson has urged Brits to get and use theirs "even if you don't feel ill." The lateral flow tests are less accurate than the PCR tests given to those with Covid symptoms. However, they are far more convenient as they do not have to be processed in a lab and the results are known so quickly. They have been hailed a game changer in the fight against the pandemic, but not everyone is convinced by...
    LONDON (AP) – All adults and children in England will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks, the British government said Monday as it prepared to announce the next steps in lifting the nation’s months-long lockdown. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said regularly testing people who don’t have COVID-19 symptoms would help “stop outbreaks in their tracks, so we can get back to seeing the people we love and doing the things we enjoy.” The government said free lateral flow tests will be available free starting Friday by mail, from pharmacies and in workplaces. Lateral flow tests give results in minutes but are less accurate than the PCR swab tests used to officially confirm cases of COVID-19. The government insists they are reliable. Health Minister Edward Argar said the tests produced a false positive rate — showing someone has the virus when they don’t — in less than 1 in every 1,000 tests. “So that is still a highly accurate test which can play a really important part in reopening...
    LONDON (Reuters) - All households in England with school or college aged children will be offered two rapid COVID-19 tests per person per week to support the government’s priority to get young people back in the classroom, the health ministry said on Sunday. Last week British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a phased plan to end England's latest COVID-19 lockdown, offering a "cautious" approach to try to prevent a return to wholesale restrictions that have hobbled the economy. He said the first stage would prioritise schools returning on March 8 when only minimal socialising outdoors would be allowed. The health ministry said rapid test kits would be made available to collect from Monday at more than 500 locations, or through workplace testing and local community testing services. Secondary school and college students will be tested twice a week, receiving initial tests at school or college before moving to home testing. Primary school children without symptoms will not be tested at school but parents will be encouraged to test their children at home. “We know that one in three people...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As schools across Maryland prepare for students to return to the classroom in some form, Baltimore City Public Schools plans to offer weekly COVID-19 testing for all students and staff members. The tests will be offered to people regardless of whether they are showing symptoms of the virus or not in an effort to provide early detection of possible cases. READ MORE: Marijuana Legalization Proposed In Maryland Legislature City Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises said the testing will complement other efforts like social distancing, personal protective equipment and cleaning. Under the current plan, elementary and middle school students and staff members will swab themselves. Results at the elementary school level will be pooled by classroom, and if a classroom pool has a positive test, all of its students and staff will need to quarantine. The tests will then be picked up by a mobile lab from the University of Maryland Medical Center. READ MORE: External Cameras On Howard County Schools Buses Will Catch Drivers Who Pass Illegally At the high school level, students and staff members will...
    Universities across the country say they will punish students who do not comply with new rules relating to the Chinese coronavirus. Baylor University in Waco, Texas, for example, is mandating that its students take weekly coronavirus tests, adding that those who fail to comply could have their Wi-Fi disabled, be blacklisted from participating in student organizations, or be suspended. “After two instances of failing to complete a weekly test, you will not be allowed to participate in University or student organization activities (All University SING, athletic events, student organization events, campus recreation sports, access to the Student Life Center for recreation, etc.),” wrote Baylor University on its website. The university added that if students go more than two weeks without getting tested for the coronavirus, then they can have their Wi-Fi access disabled, as well as further “disciplinary action,” which can include suspension. “After missing three testing appointments, your WIFI access will be disabled for the remainder of the semester,” said Baylor University. “After four instances of failing to complete a weekly test, you will be referred to Student Conduct...
    Hackettstown Schools are offering free COVID-19 tests to students, parents and staff members in the district. The tests — available through the district’s partnership with Med Labs Diagnostics — will start Wednesday, Jan. 27, according to an update on Hackettstown Schools’ website. All testing will be completed in the cafeteria of Hackettstown High School between 1 and 3 p.m., the announcement says. District members in need of weekly testing are required to fill out a registration form the day of the test — as well as show photo ID or insurance card, the update says. Click here for more information.
    A group of Big Apple charter schools and families say they have been unfairly denied coronavirus testing despite the fact that the city conducts these tests weekly in its other public schools, according to new court documents. The Department of Education and the city, “defiantly announc[ed] that they will not provide COVID-19 screening tests to resident children who attend charter schools on the same terms they provide to students in the city’s traditional public schools, regardless of any request,” alleges a lawsuit filed by five charter schools and parents of 10 families at the schools. This is despite a city statute that requires the DOE, upon request, to provide health screening tests to children attending public schools, the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit from Monday claims. In late November, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered that in-school testing be conducted on 20 percent of teachers and students weekly. While charter schools are outside of the DOE’s public school program, they are run with public funding and should still be entitled to the same testing regimen that allows students to have at...
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