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    SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County health experts are once again keeping a close eye on COVID-19 cases as the county moves to "high" community transmission."Right now we're certainly seeing a surge in cases," said Dr. Matt Zahn, deputy health officer for the Orange County Healthcare Agency.He said transmission in the community is up due to the highly transmissible omicron subvariants."We have such an overlap in terms of our populations from Los Angeles County and us and other surrounding counties," Zahn said. "It's fair to say we're all seeing this increase in cases. We're all in this together."According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 data tracker, Los Angeles County's COVID-19 community level is now in the "high" category.Ventura and Orange counties also moved into the "high" level this week based on elevated rates of people being infected with the virus.San Bernardino and Riverside counties are currently in the "medium" category."Whenever we've seen an increase like this in the past during the pandemic there usually was an increase in ICU cases and also deaths. We're not seeing...
    Sen. Chuck Schumer with President Joe Biden, both feeling pugilistic. Congress returns from July 4 recess this week for a jam-packed few weeks before a planned August recess. An already extremely tight schedule for getting some critical stuff done has been made more difficult with the forced absence this week of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who has contracted COVID-19. Schumer is vaccinated and boosted and “has very mild symptoms,” but he’s out for the week. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is also out, recovering from a broken hip. So it’s really unlikely that there will be votes on anything that needs all 50 Democrats. While big votes won’t happen, Schumer can still work on his ongoing biggest priority: getting West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin to agree to passing what’s left of President Joe Biden’s big domestic economic package in a reconciliation bill that can pass with a simple majority and isn’t subject to a Republican filibuster. It is subject to a Manchin and/or Kyrsten Sinema filibuster, however, so getting their buy-in is essential. Last week Schumer finalized one part—reducing prescription drug costs—and sent...
    Golden State Warriors radio play-by-play broadcaster Tim Roye is missing Game 5 of the NBA Finals after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols. A league source told this news organization that Roye entered protocols between Game 4 on Friday and Game 5 on Monday. He was replaced on 95.7 The Game’s radio broadcast by TV play-by-play voice Bob Fitzgerald. Team and league personnel who either test positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms can be placed in health and safety protocols. Fitzgerald calls the Warriors’ broadcasts on NBC Sports Bay Area during the regular season, but does not typically broadcast playoff games as the playoffs air on other cable and broadcast networks. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is also in health and safety protocols for Game 5 of the Finals and was unable to attend Monday’s game between the Warriors and Celtics. ESPN and ABC play-by-play broadcaster Mike Breen missed the first two games of the NBA Finals after testing positive for COVID-19. He was replaced in the booth by Mark Jones. Staff writer Madeline Kenney contributed to this...
    New York City officials announced that the state is transitioning into 'high' COVID-19 alert levels, as cases and hospitalizations with the virus begin to rise. The City's Department of Health announced the move Tuesday morning, with Health Commissioner Dr Ashwin Vasan announcing that it is the time to 'double down' on Covid prevention measures. The change comes a day after city officials released a notice recommending all New Yorkers over the age of two mask in in-door public places - though they did not announce it would be mandated. Covid cases in the Big Apple are rising, averaging 4,000 cases per day - a 50 percent increase over the past two weeks. Officials also report a 28 percent jump in hospitalizations and a 19 percent jump in deaths. Around half of those hospitalizations are not even because of Covid, with data revealed last week finding that half of patients were actually receiving treatment for another ailment, and just tested positive while present. Covid cases in New York City are beginning to trend upwards once again, though have not reached anywhere...
    The Golden State Warriors will be without their head coach for Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies as Steve Kerr is entering into COVID-19 protocols. Unfortunately for the Golden State Warriors, Steve Kerr won’t be available for Game 4 as they face off against the Memphis Grizzlies. According to a tweet from the Warriors’ public relations folks, it appears as if Kerr will miss the game due to COVID-19 protocols. However, because Kerr is out, there’ll need to be someone to take over at head coach. Just because they’re the Warriors doesn’t mean Golden State won’t still need someone to guide this team. So, that’s where Mike Brown comes in. According to the tweet, the Warriors will be led by Brown for Game 4 as Kerr is in “Health & Safety protocols.” Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has entered Health & Safety protocols. Mike Brown will serve as Acting Head Coach for the Warriors. — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) May 10, 2022 Golden State Warriors to be without Steve Kerr in Game 4 vs. Memphis Grizzlies as he enters COVID-19 protocols...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Warriors coach Steve Kerr tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals series against the Memphis Grizzlies. The news of Kerr entering the league’s health and safety protocols broke just two hours before tip-off Monday night. No one else on the Warriors has tested positive. Assistant coach Mike Brown will serve as the acting head coach in place of Kerr. Brown, who was just named the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings, served as Golden State’s acting head coach during a portion of the 2017 playoffs when Kerr was sidelined with a back issue. He led the Warriors to an 11-0 record until Kerr came back for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Kerr started wearing a mark before Game 3 on Saturday night and continued to sport one during media availability and at practice over the course of the following days. His voice sounded hoarse over the last couple of days. The Warriors currently hold a 2-1 lead over the Grizzlies in the best-of-seven series. This is a developing story....
    Facing elimination in their first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Chicago Bulls were dealt another blow Tuesday when Zach LaVine entered health and safety protocols. LaVine will likely be out for Game 5 of the series, which tips off Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. The Bulls will drive up to Milwaukee to prepare for Game 5 Tuesday night. With Alex Caruso in concussion protocol, the Bulls might be down two starters for their must-win game. LaVine has averaged 19.3 points per game on 42.9% shooting in the first four games of the series. He is one of three Bulls players — alongside DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vučević — to average double-digit scoring in the first four games of the Bucks series. This is LaVine’s third round in the league’s health and safety protocols in the last year. He previously tested positive for COVID-19 last April, missing several weeks during the Bulls’ push for a play-in game. LaVine tested positive again last December during the league-wide outbreak following the omicron variant surge. LaVine said he was asymptomatic during both bouts...
    The Miami Heat’s week ahead of next Sunday’s NBA playoff opener at FTX Arena grew a bit more complex Sunday, with the team announcing that center Bam Adebayo has entered the league’s health-and-safety protocols. As a result, Adebayo likely will be away from the team for five days this week as the Heat prepare for the best-of-seven opening round. The NBA has dropped mandatory COVID testing, but symptomatic players still are required to test for coronavirus. Under league guidelines, players entering protocols must remain isolated for five days, unless they produce two negative tests in the interim. Adebayo had been one of the few players on the Heat roster yet to enter protocols this season. Coach Erik Spoelstra returned from protocols Friday night, after being away from the team for two games. Adebayo accompanied the team to Sunday night’s season finale against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center, with the Heat announcing his entry into protocols 90 minutes prior to that tip-off. The Heat also went into Sunday’s game without backup center Dewayne Dedmon, who is dealing with an...
    President Joe Biden is rolling out another health website, COVID.gov, as he calls on Congress to provide more pandemic emergency funds. The website eases access to vaccines, tests, treatments, and masks and provides virus updates in local communities, according to one White House official previewing a speech Biden plans to make about COVID.gov Wednesday afternoon. BIDEN BILLIONAIRE TAX FACES OBSTACLES IN CONGRESS AHEAD OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS "In particular, he will highlight the test-to-treat initiative announced at the State of the Union that has already expanded to over 2,000 sites nationwide, and through COVID.gov’s new test-to-treat locator, Americans can readily find pharmacies and community health centers to get tested for COVID-19 and receive appropriate treatments if they need them," the official said. The new website combines Vaccines.gov and COVIDTests.gov. It also offers information about masks and, for the first time, information about treatments in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Beyond the general public, the test-to-treat initiative has been tailored to hard-hit and high-risk people, including Veterans Affairs patients, active service members, TRICARE beneficiaries, and Native Americans. Biden will additionally send "an urgent...
    Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles has officially announced his entry into the Republican primary for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. Ogles made his announcement on Nashville’s Morning News with Dan Mandis, heard weekday mornings on WTN 99.7 FM in Nashville. Mandis asked Ogles, whose candidacy had been the subject of weeks of speculation, if he was going to run for TN-5. Ogles responded, “I’ve been watching carefully. I’ve been praying about it with my family, you know, and yes, I am going to be getting into the 5th Congressional District. And the reason is because the ballot is unsettled.” Ogles continued, noting Maury County’s place in the district and his record on COVID government overreach. “Maury County is the largest county in the 5th Congressional District. I have an obligation to represent my constituents of Maury County.” he said. “You know, when you look back at COVID over these past two years, Maury County is one of the counties that led through COVID. We refused to bow to the mandates. We stayed open. We protected liberty and freedom. I don’t see...
    BANGKOK (AP) — The death toll from COVID-19 has crossed 6 million, the latest tragic milestone as the pandemic enters its third year. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BANGKOK (AP) — The official global death toll from COVID-19 is on the verge of eclipsing 6 million — underscoring that the pandemic, now entering its third year, is far from over. The milestone is the latest tragic reminder of the unrelenting nature of the pandemic even as people are shedding masks, travel is resuming and businesses are reopening around the globe. The death toll, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, stood at 5,997,994 as of Sunday afternoon. Remote Pacific islands, whose isolation had protected them for more than two years, are just now grappling with their first outbreaks and deaths, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant. Hong Kong, which is seeing deaths soar, is testing its entire population of 7.5 million three times this month as it clings to mainland China’s “zero-COVID” strategy. As death rates remain high in Poland, Hungary, Romania and other Eastern European countries, the region has seen more than 1 million refugees arrive from war-torn Ukraine, a country with poor vaccination coverage and high rates of cases and deaths. And despite its wealth and...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Kings will be without their head coach in Friday’s Freeway Face-Off, after entering COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Todd McLellan has entered COVID protocol and will be unavailable for tonight's game against Anaheim. Assistant coach Trent Yawney will serve as acting head coach for tonight's game. — LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) February 26, 2022 The move was announced just about an hour ahead of the Kings showdown with the Anaheim Ducks, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Honda Center in Anaheim. READ MORE: Henrique, Deslauriers Power Ducks Past Canucks, 7-4In his place will be assistant coach Trent Yawney. READ MORE: Doughty, Kempe Score Twice In Kings' 5-3 Victory At ArizonaIt’s unclear why McLellan was placed in protocols, as players and staff are subject to the move if they test positive, or if they are exposed to a person who has tested positive. MORE NEWS: Kempe Scores Twice, Including In OT, To Lift LA Past Vegas, 4-3Should he report a positive test, he must self-isolate for at least 5 days as long as no...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan entered COVID-19 protocols and wasn’t behind the bench for Friday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings announced McLellan’s status less than an hour before faceoff. Assistant Trent Yawney served as the acting head coach. The Kings started a stretch of three games in four days, next hosting the New York Islanders on Saturday and the Boston Bruins on Monday. Los Angeles had won three straight and five of their last six going into Friday. The Kings are in third place in the Pacific Division and in contention for their first playoff berth in four seasons. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/nhl and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Washington Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and will not be on the bench for Saturday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Assistant Coach Pat Delany will assume acting head coaching duties as the Wizards go for their fourth straight win. Over the last month, several Wizards players have been in NBA health and safety protocols for the coronavirus, but all have returned to the team with the exception of Bradley Beal, who has missed the last two games. More Sports News More Wizards News Coincidentally, beginning Saturday, fans age 12 and over going to Capital One Arena will have to show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. For several months, Capital One Arena has been using the CLEAR app to help customers get into certain events or seats that have already required proof of COVID-19 vaccination. “This is something we have been doing since August since we returned to events,” Capital One Arena General Manager Jordan Silberman said. “With most concerts having...
    MILWAUKEE —  Just as the seats next to Steve Kerr began to stabilize, the Warriors coaching staff on Thursday took another hit. Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson entered health and safety protocols, Kerr said, leaving Golden State down an assistant for its game Thursday night at Milwaukee and likely the rest of the road trip. The undermanned staff has become more common than not as the season hits its halfway point. For the first time since October, Kerr had his full complement of coaches with him for the first time Sunday against Miami, and for the first time on the road Tuesday in Memphis. And just like that, with the results of one COVID test, the Warriors were shortstaffed again. “It’s a big loss. I just feel terrible for him,” Kerr said before tipoff. “Very frustrating for us as a staff because he’s a huge part of what we do.” Atkinson, who joined the Warriors staff before this season, suffered a leg injury that kept him off the bench for the majority of the year....
    Another Chinese city entered lockdown today, forcing five million more people to stay inside their homes as the country battles Covid-19 outbreaks. Anyang, in Henan province, was locked down after a handful of reported cases as Beijing prepares to host the Winter Olympics next month, sticking to a zero-Covid strategy of targeted lockdowns, border restrictions and lengthy quarantines. While those measures have kept the number of new cases far lower than virus hotspots in the United States and Europe, China is currently facing local flare-ups in multiple cities, caused in-part by the Omicron variant. Fast-spreading Omicron presents a fresh challenge to China, with two cases in Anyang linked to a growing infection cluster in the northern metropolis of Tianjin, some 250 miles away. China's desperation to limit the spread of Omicron was demonstrated further on Tuesday when Beijing police warned residents not to help any Winter Olympic vehicles involved in crashes to avoid breaching the Games' strict Covid 'bubble'. The Chinese city of Anyang entered lockdown today, forcing its five million residents to stay inside their homes as the country battles...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Tyronn Lue entered COVID-19 protocols on Friday, ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers New Year’s Eve matchup against the Toronto Raptors. In his place, will be assistant coach Brian Shaw. READ MORE: Clippers Fall To Raptors, 116-108, As Pascal Siakam scores 25The news comes on the same day that Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel was removed from COVID-19 protocols, after missing six games. READ MORE: Clippers Fall To Nuggets, 103-100According to ESPN, Lue is the 10th NBA coach to be placed into protocols, including: Chauncey Billups, Rick Carlisle, Mark Daigneault, Billy Donovan, Alvin Gentry, Michael Malone, Doc Rivers, Monty Williams, MORE NEWS: Paul George Scores 17 In Return, Clippers Top Kings 105-89Just like with players, if Lue is vaccinated, he will be required to report two negative COVID-19 tests within a 24 hours of each other to return to basketball activities. If he is unvaccinated, he will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
    METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has entered the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, coach Willie Green said Friday. Valanciunas’ status effectively rules him out for the Pelicans’ next game at Milwaukee on Saturday night. He has been among New Orleans’ most productive players this season, averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds per game. The development comes at a time when the Pelicans are trying to gather some momentum for a potential push to climb back into contention for one of the Western Conference play-in spots after a 1-12 start to the season. New Orleans has won five of its past six games and 10 of their last 16 — all without star forward Zion Williamson, who has yet to play this season because of his protracted recovery from offseason surgery to repair a right foot fracture. Wing player Brandon Ingram, who leads the Pelicans with 22.9 points per game, returned to practice after missing New Orleans’ previous game on Tuesday night with a sore Achilles. Also returning to practice were Josh Hart and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Naji Marshall and Jose...
    An already difficult season for the New York Knicks took another hit as one of its star players became the latest to enter the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols just as the team starting a mini-winning streak. The team announced on Thursday, Dec. 30 that Randle had been ruled out for Friday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and will be unavailable for the following two games. Under updated league COVID-19 rules, vaccinated players who test positive for the virus will be permitted to return within six days of entering the protocol as long as they remain asymptomatic. The 27-year-old Randle could potentially be back for the Friday, Jan. 6 game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden. The latest positive test comes on the heels of Wayne Selden, Jericho Sims, and Nerlens Noel all entering the protocol, leaving the Knicks with a depleted bench for the next several days after the team had won three in a row. A first-time All-Star last season, Randle set career highs in scoring (24.1 per game), rebounding (10.2), assists (6.0), and three-point...
    Getty Udonis Haslem #40 of the Miami Heat in action against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at American Airlines Arena on April 09, 2019. The Miami Heat ruled two players out for Tuesday’s game, including veteran captain Udonis Haslem who entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols for COVID-19. The team also listed Markieff Morris (neck) out and P.J. Tucker (leg) questionable against the Washington Wizards. Haslem – Miami’s beloved emotional leader, not mascot – has been seeing increased burn in recent weeks as a spike in COVID-19 cases has reduced rosters across the league. That, and injuries have decimated the Heat and shortened Erik Spoelstra’s bench. Haslem scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 11 minutes on December 26, three nights after going for seven points and five boards in 12 minutes. He’s played in eight games this season after seeing just one total minute of game action last year. Omar Yurtseven will be the only available center tonight with Haslem out due to COVID-19 and Bam Adebayo recovering from thumb surgery. Dewayne Dedmon...
    Almost 2,000 flights have been delayed and 898 have been cancelled across the United States on Monday as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge. Approximately 429 flights scheduled to enter, leave or fly within the country were canceled and about 161 were delayed, according to tracking website FlightAware. Among the airlines reporting disruptions are United, JetBlue, American, Alaskan, Delta and Southwest, as well as many international carriers. The disruptions came after more than 8,400 flights were impacted on Sunday and 4,249 flights were canceled or delayed on Christmas Day, leaving travelers frustrated amid the holiday weekend.  'This was unexpected,' United spokesperson Maddie King told USA Today.  Delta, United and JetBlue have blamed the Omicron variant for staffing challenges that led to the disruptions.  Over 1,000 flights have been delayed and 788 have been cancelled across the United States on Monday as of 9am. Above, travelers line up for shuttle buses at Denver International on Sunday Among the airlines reporting disruptions are United, JetBlue, American, Alaskan, Delta and Southwest. Lines are pictured forming at Denver International Airport Sunday A traveler pushes...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Dec 22, 2021; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers center Efton Reid (15) grabs a rebound from forward Darius Days (4) in front of Lipscomb Bisons center Grant Asman (35) during the second half at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports Michigan State enters the Top 10 for the first time in Week 8’s college basketball rankings. The holiday break comes at an opportune time for college basketball as an Omicron-powered COVID surge is threatening to wreak havoc on the season. With most teams playing just once (if they played at all) last week, a lot of the focus was on how each conference would pivot to deal with potential postponed games by amending their forfeit policies. One of the more interesting developments on the court has been the emergence of Michigan State, which cracks the Top 10 of the rankings for the first time after spending the past few weeks in the honorable mentions section. Read on to find out where the Spartans fell as...
    Nearly 600 flights have been delayed or cancelled on Monday across the United States as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to surge. Approximately 429 flights scheduled to enter, leave or fly within the country were canceled and about 161 were delayed, according to tracking website FlightAware. The disruptions came after more than 7,300 flights were impacted on Sunday 4,000 flights were canceled or delayed on Christmas Day, leaving travelers frustrated amid the holiday weekend.  'This was unexpected,' United spokesperson Maddie King told USA Today.  Delta, United and JetBlue have blamed the Omicron variant for staffing challenges that led to the disruptions.  Similarly, at least three cruise ships were also forced to return to port without making scheduled port calls after COVID-19 cases were detected on board. The hectic travel schedule comes as airlines have been hit hard by the recent COVID surge that saw 151,915 new cases confirmed on Christmas Day, along with a total 4,644 Omicron cases.   America's top medical expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, reported a weekly average of about 150,000 cases, telling ABC's This Week: 'Every day it goes up...
    Getty PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 15: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat looks on during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on December 15, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) For the Miami Heat, the next few days could get a little more complicated as they will be without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. The former Toronto Raptors star was placed in COVID-19 protocols and is ruled out for Sunday’s clash against the Orlando Magic, as per the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. Lowry’s absence (in addition to Caleb Martin who is also out due to protocol) adds to the long list of absences and injuries stockpiled on the Heat roster. Despite that, they continue to find themselves in fourth place in the Eastern Conference at 20-13. Kyle Lowry has entered health and safety protocols for Heat. — Ira Winderman...
    TORONTO (AP) — Toronto forward William Nylander entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols Friday, giving the Maple Leafs 13 players on the list. Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, defenseman Morgan Rielly and goaltender Jack Campbell also are in the protocols along with coach Sheldon Keefe, two assistants and four other members of the organization. The NHL shut down for its annual Christmas break after the lone remaining game Tuesday night. The league is scheduled to resume play Monday night with 14 games, Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The University of Miami football team has entered COVID protocols just days before its bowl game. The athletics department confirmed the news, adding that the football program “is adhering to the outlined guidelines within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report.” READ MORE: Brawl Breaks Out At Miami International Airport, Two Men ArrestedThe team is scheduled to play against Washington State in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Friday. READ MORE: No Bond For 68-Year-Old Man Accused Of Shooting, Killing SW Miami-Dade NeighborThe athletics department said the university is committed to making sure that still happens “while ensuring the continued health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff.” MORE NEWS: Florida Lottery Launching New Draw Game 'CASH POP' In 2022No word on how many players, coaches or staff have tested positive.
    The Indiana Pacers and the Toronto Raptors have cancelled Thursday practices to minimize COVID risk, with Pacers coach Rick Carlisle now out with COVID. Early on Thursday morning, Shams Charania shared that both the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors would be cancelling their Thursday practices due to the risk of spreading COVID and “an abundance of caution.” Pacers and Raptors have cancelled their practices today due to health and safety protocols and abundance of caution. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 9, 2021 A few hours later, Charania revealed that Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle is now in COVID protocols with the likelihood of missing multiple games. Sources: Indiana Pacers coach Rick Carlisle entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and could miss multiple games. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 9, 2021 The precautions come as the Pacers advance on a two-game win streak this week, even amid rumors that the team is preparing for a rebuild by trading away its key players. Carlisle now joins Pacers guard Justin Holiday in safety protocols, which Holiday has been in since Nov....
    Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan is listed as out versus the Denver Nuggets on COVID protocols and could miss more games as a result.  The Chicago Bulls have battled their way through Eastern Conference rankings to the No. 2 spot, but that could all change quickly with DeMar DeRozan now out on COVID protocols. As Shams Charania reports, DeRozan could miss several games while out on COVID protocols, and he is certain to miss Monday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets. Bulls star DeMar DeRozan has entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is listed out vs. Denver. DeRozan could miss several games in protocols. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 6, 2021 How long will DeMar DeRozan be out in COVID protocols? DeRozan joins several other NBA players across the league who are currently in COVID protocols, including four Charlotte Hornets players placed on the list on Dec. 4. According to NBA policy, “the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols requires players to be sidelined at least 10 days or record two negative tests in a 24-hour period before they can resume...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – According to Shams Charania, trusted NBA source with The Athletic, LeBron James has entered health and safety protocols, and will miss at least tonight’s game versus the Sacramento Kings. This is a developing story. Check back for details.  LeBron James has entered health and safety protocols and is out tonight vs. Sacramento, Lakers say. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2021
    LeBron James enters COVID protocol, out for Lakers.  According to The Athletics Shams Charania, LeBron James has entered COVID protocols and is out for the Tuesday, Nov. 30 game versus the Sacramento Kings. “LeBron James has entered health and safety protocols and is out tonight vs. Sacramento, Lakers say,” he wrote. LeBron James has entered health and safety protocols and is out tonight vs. Sacramento, Lakers say. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2021 This story is developing and will be updated shortly. Next:LeBron James got Pacers fans kicked out of their seats (Video)  
    In 2020, the holiday season preceded the worst COVID-19 surge the U.S. has faced since the pandemic began. Last year, the increase in daily virus cases began to accelerate in early December before peaking at more than 250,000 every day in early January. Now, Covid cases are rising once again in the U.S., with a seven-day rolling average of 95,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This had led some experts to fear another winter surge is just around the corner.  Dr Richard Zane, the chief innovation officer at University of Colorado Health (UC Health), told DailyMail.com that because of the different circumstances of this year's wave when compared to last, hospitals may struggle to deal with the surge even more this time around. Some Colorado hospitals have already reached a breaking point, according to UC Health's Dr Richard Zane, and if things get worse the upcoming holiday surge could overwhelm the state's healthcare system One Chicago-base epidemiologist believes his state may have already put the worst of the pandemic behind them. Due to the high vaccination rate, combined...
    Bitcoin prices fell sharply amid the global sell-off in equities.Luke MacGregor  | Bloomberg | Getty Images Bitcoin fell sharply alongside other assets on Friday, hitting a six-week low and officially entering bear market territory. Bitcoin sank 7% in the last 24 hours to $54,561, according to Coin Metrics data, its lowest level since Oct. 8. The cryptocurrency is down 20% from an all-time high of nearly $69,000 which it hit earlier this month. Bear markets are typically defined by a 20% decline or more from recent highs. Other cryptocurrencies also plunged Friday. Ether, the second-biggest crypto, fell more than 10% to $4,007, while XRP slumped 10% to around 95 cents. Digital currencies are falling in tandem with other risk assets amid panic over a new, heavily-mutated variant of the coronavirus first detected in South Africa. The World Health Organization on Thursday gave a briefing on the new variant, which is known as B.1.1.529 and is thought to contain more than 30 mutations. The U.K. and other nations have temporarily suspended flights from six African countries in response. Bitcoin has often been described by...
    Washington (CNN)Cases are going up. Hospitalizations are too. Depending on where you live, mask mandates are either being dropped or enacted. Vaccines are more available than ever, but hesitancy remains a real problem. Experimental drugs are showing promise as well, yet regulatory approval takes time. It's a confusing time in the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the overwhelming anxiety that defined the spring of 2020 or the hope that came with the start of the US' vaccination campaign late last year, fall 2021 has been more muddled: Some Americans are back at work or in the classroom, while other office returns were postponed to the new year. Underlying it all has been questions about boosters -- who should get one and when? But Friday went a long way toward providing some clarity: The booster era of the pandemic is here. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky endorsed the use of Covid-19 vaccine boosters Friday for all adults.Walensky made her recommendation just hours after CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's and Moderna's Covid-19...
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts Last month, In-N-Out Burger made national news when health officials in San Francisco shut down one of its restaurants. The company’s sin: refusing to comply with a law that requires restaurants to ask customers for proof of COVID-19 vaccination. An In-N-Out spokesperson described the mandate as “intrusive, improper and offensive” — and suddenly, the burger chain became a flashpoint in the country’s culture wars. Today, we talk about this beloved company with L.A. Times reporter Stacy Perman, author of the best-selling 2009 book “In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules.” Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times Company Town reporter Stacy Perman More reading: Column: What In-N-Out’s vaccine standoff reveals about the California dream Inside In-N-Out Burger’s escalating war with California over COVID-19 vaccine rules ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’: In-N-Out Burger, and other restaurants defy COVID mandates About The Times “The Times” is made by columnist Gustavo Arellano, senior producer Denise...
    Getty Philadelphia 76ers wing Matisse Thybulle defends the Atlanta Hawks' Cam Reddish. Add Matisse Thybulle to the growing list of Philadelphia 76ers players in the health and safety protocol. The defensive stopper joins Tobias Harris and Isaiah Joe as guys who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has. Not good. The Sixers are down to eight healthy players for Saturday night’s road matchup against the Chicago Bulls. Furkan Korkmaz (wrist) and Danny Green (hamstring) also headline the injury report with the questionable designation while Joel Embiid continues to battle an ongoing knee issue. The runner-up for MVP carries no official injury tag for this one. That leaves the following guys with no aches or pains: Seth Curry, Shake Milton, Andre Drummond, Tyrese Maxey, Paul Reed, Charles Bassey, Georges Niang. Ben Simmons remains out due to personal reasons. Tobias Harris out.Matisse Thybulle out.Furkan Korkmaz questionable.Danny Green questionable. Sixers @ Bulls tonight. — Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) November 6, 2021 Despite the sudden rash of injuries, the Sixers have won five straight games...
    (CNN)Oklahoma's two-term State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced on Thursday that she is switching her party affiliation from Republican to Democrat and challenging Republican incumbent Gov. Kevin Stitt in next year's gubernatorial election, according to a video Hofmeister posted to Twitter."I believe Governor Stitt is running Oklahoma into the ground," Hofmeister told the Tulsa World in an interview. "I am changing parties to run as a Democrat and that is because I also believe in the values of supporting public education, supporting quality and good access to healthcare, as well as rural infrastructure."Stitt's handling of the Covid-19 pandemic was a top reason for Hofmeister's decision to challenge the incumbent, and she told the Tulsa World that if Oklahoma "had a leader who contemplated expert advice and opinion and set an example to help protect Oklahomans, we could have avoided thousands of people dying."Like several other Republican governors nationwide, Stitt has targeted local school boards for their student mask mandates, challenging local officials in the Oklahoma City School District and the Cherokee Nation after signing a law in May...
    BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) –  Minnesota’s pandemic response and public safety are quickly emerging as central campaign issues for the widening pool of GOP hopefuls vying to unseat Gov. Tim Walz and break a 15-year streak of losing statewide office. State Sen. Michelle Benson on Wednesday morning announced her bid to be the Republican nominee challenging Walz next November. She joins former state senator and physician Scott Jensen, dermatologist Neil Shah and others with hopes to lead the state. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka stepped down from his leadership post earlier Wednesday in a move that likely is a precursor to his own run for governor. READ MORE: Phrasing Of Referendum To Strike And Replace Minneapolis Police Under Scrutiny State Sen. Michelle Benson (Credit: CBS) All four have been vocal critics of the Walz administration’s pandemic policies—and there are early signs that will be a theme of the Republican primary and general election campaigns. Benson during her launch in Blaine denounced Walz for shutting down schools and businesses, saying that those decisions have created a divide “that grows wider each day...
    Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley was sent home from the team’s training facility Tuesday after being deemed a close contact of a trainer who tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, reports say.  Beasley, 32, tested negative Tuesday morning but was removed from the Bills facility per the league’s COVID-19 safety protocols, the New York Daily News reported first. He will have to undergo a five-day reentry process despite the negative result-- a rule that does not apply to vaccinated players. BEARS’ JIMMY GRAHAM TAKES AIM AT NFLPA OVER DAILY TESTING RECOMMENDATION FOR VACCINATED PLAYERS According to ESPN, Beasley was working with a trainer Monday who tested positive for coronavirus. He was fully vaccinated. Wide receiver Gabe Davis and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei also tested negative but were deemed close contacts and sent home.  Beasley seemingly confirmed reports after retweeting Tweets from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The veteran wideout has been an outspoken critic about the league’s COVID protocols, mainly with the testing procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated players and staff. Under the updated policy, unvaccinated members will have to...
    This Smart Air Fryer Works With Alexa And Is On Sale for $69 Today Baseballs best shots from 2021 season © Martin Berry/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images For the second year in succession, the Melbourne International Film Festival is moving to a digital-only event after the Australian state of Victoria entered a sixth lockdown due to a surge of COVID-19 cases. “In light of the current COVID situation in Melbourne, and with the safety of audiences and staff at the forefront of their thinking, the Board and Management of the Melbourne International Film Festival have taken the difficult decision to cancel the in-cinema component of this year’s festival, planned to be delivered from Thursday 12 to Sunday 22 August,”  organizers behind MIFF said in a statement released Tuesday. More from The Hollywood Reporter Sean Penn Says Movie, Business Industries Need to Not Be "Timid" and "Take the Lead" on Vaccination Efforts Chet Hanks Calls Coronavirus "the Flu," Says He's "Tired" of Masking in Anti-Vaccine Video NY Film Festival Unveils Main Slate, Sets Vaccination Requirement for 2021 Edition...
    More On: australia Aussie athletes allegedly got drunk, caused chaos on wild flight home from Olympics Six million COVID vaccine shots needed to end Sydney lockdown One country partied their Olympic butts off in Tokyo Recently-discovered underwater volcano named for this popular franchise CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, went into a sixth lockdown on Thursday, with a state government leader blaming the nation’s slow COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s most populous and third-most populous cities respectively, in locking down due to the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. Melbourne and surrounding Victoria state will lock down for seven days after eight new infections were detected in the city, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said. Andrews gave less than four hours’ notice that the state would lock down from 8 p.m. He said his government had no other choice because only 20 percent of Australian adults had been fully vaccinated by Wednesday. “To be really frank, we don’t have enough people that have been vaccinated and, therefore, this is the only option available to...
                        Another Republican has thrown their hat in the ring for the 2022 Minnesota gubernatorial elections. Dr. Neil Shah’s campaign site says that he is a “husband, father, physician, business owner and son of immigrants.” In an email announcing his candidacy, he said that, “it’s time to remove the cancers of unilateral emergency powers and radical leftism.” Shah takes a conservative approach when it comes to COVID, calling the politicization of the virus “political science” and stating government bureaucrats have “destroyed science.” Shah called on voters to “bring science and common sense back to our response to COVID.” He also is strongly pro-life, holding a position that life begins at fertilization or conception. Shah also emphasized his position on policing, stating that he is pro-police and will work to correct the “colossal failure” of current Minnesota crime statistics. He stated that like every other profession, “law enforcement can and must evolve and improve,” but the “essential role of law enforcement” is “not debatable.” Shah also committed to championing...
    Outside the angle of television cameras and also of the set of the Olympic Games, the sporting event is being a thrown weapon between the opposition and the government these days with the increase in infections (247% from one week to another), up to more than 10,700 in one day, and the refusal of several citizens to the Games had been held. It is observed each morning on the approaches that two of the newspapers The most important of the country, the ‘Asahi Simbun’ and the ‘Yomiuri Simbun’, give to any of the news outside the competition. The first is critical of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga; the second has been openly in favor of the celebration of Tokyo 2020. In its Sunday issue, the ‘Assahi Simbun’ published a report in which it denounced that while millions of people in Tokyo “stay at home glued to their televisions to watch the Olympic Games, many others are partying in the parks every night, drinking cans of alcohol while applauding the medals of the Olympics. Japanese athletes “. The positive effect...
    CHICAGO (CBS)–  With day one of Lollapalooza under the city’s belt, another 100,000 plus people are expected to pass through downtown Friday for day two. The rising COVID anxiety has been the backdrop behind the biggest event in Chicago since the city reopened. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Cool Down Everyone attending the festival needs a negative COVID test from the last 72 hours or proof of vaccination to enter. Great job, Lollapalooza fans!  More than 90% of you showed us your proof of vaccination today!  Thanks go out to the 8% who brought their proof of negative COVID-19 tests and for the 600 of you who showed up without paperwork, we hope to see you tomorrow! Photo by @SheaFlynn. pic.twitter.com/v7yWmvUPHH READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Breezy, Clear Night; Dangerous Beach Conditions — Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) July 29, 2021 The Lollapalooza Twitter account said late Thursday, over 90% of festival goers brought proof of vaccination and 8% brought a negative COVID test. MORE NEWS: I Hope The City Does The Right Thing And Refunds Those Tickets: CBS 2 Investigators Discover Speed Camera...
    (CNN)Biden administration officials acknowledged Thursday the pandemic that appeared to be waning a month ago has entered a new, troubling phase.Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden said the two dozen members of his Covid team were examining the surge in cases and hospitalizations among the still-sizable portion of the country that remains unvaccinated, and determining whether new mask recommendations were necessary."We follow the science. What's happening now is all the major scientific operations in this country and the 25-person group that we put together are looking at all the possibilities of what's happening now. We have a pandemic among the non-vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you are safe," Biden said later Thursday during a meeting with union officials."They are investigating every aspect of any change that could, or might, take place," Biden went on.Biden's remarks came after a day in which administration officials adopted an urgent new tone as Covid-19 cases surge among Americans who have refused to get vaccinated.Read More"We, together, are not out of the woods yet and you will want to make thoughtful decisions to...
    Andrew Ross/Getty Images Chinese state media assured Thursday that the odds of avian flu spreading were “very low” after a man in southwestern China who contracted it was hospitalized. The 55-year-old man from Sichuan Province contracted a case of H5N6, also known as the “bird flu,” after he tested positive for the virus on July 6. His symptoms included a fever as early as June 30, according to CGTN, a media outlet controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. “According to assessment by experts, risks of a large-scale spread of the virus are very low,” the publication reassured readers, though it noted Chinese authorities had “activated an emergency response and sterilized the area.” Just eight cases of the virus in Asia have been reported to the World Health Organization since 2015, including one patient who died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted in a study published last year that humans who contracted the virus had a mortality rate of 67 percent. The figure for Covid-19, by contrast, ranged from 2 percent in December to 7 percent in the pandemic’s...
    (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has reportedly been hospitalized as of Wednesday morning as a result of unrelenting hiccups lasting upwards of 10 days accompanied by abdominal pain. The right-wing President has undergone his fair share of health issues in the past few years, including being stabbed in 2018 on the campaign trail and catching Covid-19 in the midst of the global pandemic. Media speculation in regards to Bolsonaro’s health has reached a peak as of late, resulting from his recent public appearances putting his labored speech on full display. Bolsonaro, 66, was reportedly taken to a Brasília military hospital early Wednesday morning in order to determine the cause of the chronic hiccups. According to the presidency, “He is feeling good and doing well,” including that he will remain under close observation for up to 48 hours. Bolsonaro recently stated that the unrelenting bout of hiccups began following a dental procedure that took place on June 3rd. The President placed blame on the drugs he was given for that surgery. This health scares comes at a...