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    (CNN)An Illinois day-care worker has tested positive for monkeypox, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday, but no other cases have been reported there."An adult at a day-care center in the Rantoul area has tested positive for a case of monkeypox," department Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said at a news briefing. "Screening of children and other staff is taking place now."Officials did not say how many children might have been exposed to the virus. The worker is in isolation and is "doing well." The day-care center has also been cleaned.Vohra said the US Food and Drug Administration has made the monkeypox vaccine available for the children "without jumping through the normal hoops in this process," so parents of children exposed to the virus can get their kids vaccinated. What is monkeypox? Symptoms, risk factors, treatment and how the virus is spread"Pediatricians are on-site as we speak to screen children for cases, and there are mobile testing and vaccines for their families," he said.Read MoreThe day-care worker also works in home health care, and public health officials are in contact...
    In Sherman Oaks, Julia Irzyk tries to gauge how rampant the coronavirus is in her community, turning to a constellation of data points to guide her. “I have very little confidence that I would survive COVID,” said Irzyk, who is more vulnerable to the coronavirus because she has lupus and other health conditions. So Irzyk keeps track of hospitalizations and deaths. She checks data from wastewater monitoring that predicts spikes in the coronavirus. Recently, troubled by what she was seeing in the numbers, she told employees at her talent agency to stop coming to work in the office. But she puts little stock in one of the simplest numbers regularly shared by health officials: How many COVID-19 cases are being reported. Those official figures are “relatively worthless at this point,” said Irzyk, who authored a book on disability and the law. “Positive tests are being discovered through home testing — and they’re not reported to anyone.” The boom in home testing for the coronavirus has meant that health officials never hear about many COVID cases, deflating official counts....
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic could get worse in the U.S. in the weeks ahead, officials said Wednesday, and more people could be advised to again wear masks indoors. Increasing numbers of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are putting more of the country under guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that call for masking and other infection precautions. For an increasing number of areas “we urge local leaders to encourage use of prevention strategies like masks in public indoor settings and increasing access to testing and treatment,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said during a White House briefing with reporters. However, officials were cautious about making concrete predictions, saying how much worse the pandemic gets will depend on several factors, including to what degree previous infections will protect against new variants. Last week, White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha warned in an interview with The Associated Press the U.S. will be increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus this fall and winter if Congress doesn’t swiftly approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments....
    TORONTO (AP) — Canada will no longer require a pre-arrival COVID-19 test for vaccinated travelers as of April 1. A senior government official confirmed the change Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to speak publicly ahead of the announcement this week. READ MORE: MSP: Ida Township Man Killed In 3-Vehicle CrashLast month, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced that travelers coming to Canada would be able to present a negative rapid-antigen test at the border as an alternative to a more costly molecular test. READ MORE: Judge Dismisses Eavesdropping Charge Against Activist Michigan School MomThe United States still requires a negative COVID-19 test to enter. MORE NEWS: Trial Resuming For 4 Men Accused Of Whitmer Kidnap Plot© 2022 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
    Novak Djokovic's Covid test certificates submitted as part of his failed bid to play in the Australian Open are valid, Serbian authorities have insisted today.  Prosecutors in the Balkan nation spoke out after doubts were raised because the serial numbers on the tests are out of sequence - with analysis of dozens of other certificates revealing this to be highly unusual.    The Belgrade Public Prosecutor's office said Wednesday that investigators had checked with the Health Ministry, which confirmed both of Djokovic's tests were valid - though provided no explanation for why the serial numbers are out of synch. Unvaccinated Djokovic had submitted the tests in a bid to get around Australia's strict border rules which state all arrivals must be vaccinated against Covid unless medically exempt.  Covid tests submitted by Novak Djokovic in an attempt to get a medical exemption to play in the Australian Open were valid, officials in his native Serbia have insisted  Questions were raised because Djokovic's positive Covid test, dated December 16, had a serial number that was higher than his negative test (pictured above, with...
    Oakland Unified School District officials said they’ve met “most” of the demands for COVID safety made by students, who are set to boycott classes starting Tuesday morning to push for their goals. As of Tuesday, more than 1,200 students have signed a petition organized by MetWest High School sophomores Ayleen Serrano, Ximena Santana and Benjamin Rendon, who noticed a wave of positive COVID cases at the school since returning from winter break. They’re asking that the district move in-person learning to online instruction and provide PCR and rapid testing twice a week, KN95 and N95 masks for every student in all schools, and more outdoor spaces where students can eat. They’re also planning to stage a protest on Friday outside of the district building downtown and continue until school officials meet all of their demands. In response, district spokesman John Sasaki said in a news release Monday that the district has been meeting “most” of the student demands by distributing 200,000 KN95 masks for students at all schools this week and installing covered, outdoor eating spaces at some of the...
    New York (CNN)In recent months, mobile Covid-19 testing tents and vans have sprouted on urban sidewalks and street curbs as demand has skyrocketed in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.Some of the sites run by private companies offer legitimate, timely and reliable results, but others are more like weeds. High demand and scarce supply opened the door to bad actors, and officials in some states are having a hard time keeping up their oversight amid the proliferation. And they are sounding the alarm that by visiting the pop-up industry's sometimes makeshift tents, desperate patients could be putting their health, wallets and personal data at risk. Biden administration launching additional testing sites in six states"These conditions change so rapidly," said Gigi Gronvall, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security who leads the COVID-19 Testing Toolkit, which provides guidance to employers and others. "It's not a surprise that these conditions were totally ripe for consumers to be gouged and to get fraudulent tests." Consumers seeking testing — either a rapid antigen test that provides results...
    The Biden Administration says it will start sending out at-home covid tests from a new government web site on Wednesday – but with a delivery window that could last longer than a typical case of covid. The administration has contracted for more than 420 million home tests kits, a senior administration official told reporters on a press call Friday. The tests will be free to the American public, with each household able to order up to four of them.   But with current wait times, it will take between 7 and 12 days for shipment within the continental, the official said. The U.S. Postal Service will be providing first class package delivery. 'We anticipate that that window will shorten as we get further along in this program,' said the official. Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories may have to wait longer for 'priority mail' delivery.' Those wait times may prove longer than some Americans are used to. A quick online search Friday revealed that Amazon.com could deliver a lawnmower by Monday, a holiday. Even in-demand at-home covid tests were available for delivery...
    Prosecutors say a network of DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) employees based at a California office accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to give people driver’s licenses without passing the necessary tests, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. One of the DMV employees, 44-year-old Jovana Tameka Nettles, pleaded guilty to mail fraud for accepting the cash bribes while she was a manager at a DMV office in Lincoln Park, according to the Times.  At state Department of Motor Vehicles offices in Torrance and Lincoln Park, workers have accepted tens of thousands of dollars in payoffs, federal prosecutors say. The scale of the graft is not yet clear.https://t.co/XizxOdCh93 — Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 18, 2021 Nettles was reportedly part of a conspiracy with her colleagues to give people passing scores on their written and driving tests in exchange for cash, and is the fifth former DMV employee in Southern California to admit to being part of the scheme. The network was uncovered after a DMV investigator noticed that the Torrance office was processing driver’s license applications...
    A North Korea Done Missile tests Over the weekend, White House officials told news agencies and newspapers on Tuesday. This is the first type of activity Joe Biden Took over as chairman To us. According to The Washington Post The tests were performed with short-range missiles. The move comes just days after US diplomats and security officials visited Asia South Korea. A U.S. government official told Reuters that the warning was part of North Korea’s “normal” military operations and that the tests would not open the door to dialogue between the White House and the regime. Kim Jong-un. Typically, when such tests occur, the North Korean government or observers in South Korea will detect and warn. This time, the test was reported by US authorities a few days later. According to a White House spokesman, the Biden government will outline its plan for North Korea and ask the two main enemies of the Kim regime, South Korea and Japan. 2 out of 2 military paraphernalia are seen marching to celebrate...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On the same day that thousands more Baltimore City Public School students were able to return to the classroom, officials announced 13 pooled COVID-19 tests conducted within the district last week came back positive. The district tweeted it conducted 253 pooled tests covering nearly 3,300 people. Last month, officials outlined their plans for weekly COVID-19 testing in schools; as part of those plans, they said elementary and middle school students would swab themselves and results would be pooled by classroom. READ MORE: 30-Year-Old Man Injured In Shooting, Baltimore Police Say When a classroom pool has a positive test, all of its students and staff will need to quarantine, according to the plan. It’s unclear how many students and/or staff members tested positive in each classroom pool, but the school system tweeted “it is most likely that a single person in the pool had COVID.” Last week the district conducted 253 pooled tests on approximately 3,290 people. This yielded 13 positive results. This does not mean every student in a pod has COVID-19. (2/4) READ MORE: Graffiti On...
    Russia test-fired an anti-satellite missile in its pursuit to turn space into a “warfighting domain,” the U.S. Space Command announced Wednesday.  The direct-ascent, anti-satellite missile test took place Tuesday, an official at U.S. Space Command told Fox News. To date, Russia has demonstrated two types of space weapons, the agency says.   “Russia has made space a warfighting domain by testing space-based and ground-based weapons intended to target and destroy satellites,” U.S. Army Gen. James Dickinson -- the leader of the Space Command -- said in a statement. “This fact is inconsistent with Moscow’s public claims that Russia seeks to prevent conflict in space.”  PENCE ANNOUNCES FIRST TWO SPACE FORCE BASES IN THE US  Dickinson added that Moscow is looking to “exploit U.S. reliance on space-based systems.”  “We stand ready and committed to deter aggression and defend our Nation and our allies from hostile acts in space,” he continued.  The U.S. Space Command says Russia has completed several tests of a ground-based weapon system “capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit.”  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP  “If this weapon is tested on an actual satellite or used operationally, it will...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – As more cases are reported across the state, finding out where the coronavirus is being spread is a top priority. “Only about 25 percent, about 8,332, of newly reported cases were successfully contacted by an investigator,” said Michael Huff, the state’s director of testing and contact tracing. In total, the state has completed 5.5 million tests. But as that number rises, there are more roadblocks with fewer people answering the call from investigators. “Clearly public trust is part of it. Providing information to someone you really don’t know. Plus, giving information that in some way may negatively impact the business,” Huff said. RELATED STORY: Fewer Pa. Coronavirus Patients Answering Basic Questions Needed For Contact Tracing Huff told KDKA that contact tracing is becoming more vital. The state is now pivoting to prioritizing cases caught within the last six days and match certain criteria. “Household contacts and people living, working, and visiting congregate care living care facilities. Plus, high-density workplaces or events with potential extensive transmission,” Huff said. The state continues to distribute tests to counties with a...
    Parents of a top New Jersey high school football program that was stopped for two weeks are asking district officials to resume practices and games, saying that a pair of COVID-19 cases produced false positives. The Lenape Indians' season was postponed last Thursday, as recommended by the Burlington County Board of Health, after a pair of tests came back positive, Coach Joe Wojceichowski said. The positive results were both false, a post published Tuesday morning in the Lenape Indians Football Facebook group contends  On 9/18/20 our football family was notified that we had 2 football related COVID cases. By order of the Burlington...Posted by Lenape Football Pride Club on Tuesday, September 22, 2020Wojceichowski declined comment other than to say that the team is on a 14-day shutdown. The coach said he looks forward to returning to practice Oct. 2. Don Davis, whose senior son is on the team, said he and other parents had heard the individuals who tested positive in a rapid test went for a second opinion at a lab last week. The lab tests came back negative, Davis said. District...
    Parents of a top New Jersey high school football program that was stopped for two weeks are asking district officials to resume practices and games, saying that a pair of COVID-19 cases produced false positives. The Lenape Indians' season was postponed last Thursday, as recommended by the Burlington County Board of Health, after a pair of tests came back positive, Coach Joe Wojceichowski said. The positive results were both false, a post published Tuesday morning in the Lenape Indians Football Facebook group contends  On 9/18/20 our football family was notified that we had 2 football related COVID cases. By order of the Burlington...Posted by Lenape Football Pride Club on Tuesday, September 22, 2020Wojceichowski declined comment other than to say that the team is on a 14-day shutdown. The coach said he looks forward to returning to practice Oct. 2. Don Davis, whose senior son is on the team, said he and other parents had heard the individuals who tested positive in a rapid test went for a second opinion at a lab last week. The lab tests came back negative, Davis said. District...
    CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Kevin Dietsch | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing new guidance on how to deploy coronavirus tests for screening purposes that could help reopen schools, businesses and entertainment venues, Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday. Testing has so far been used in the United States mostly to diagnose people who are sick or have been exposed to someone with a confirmed Covid-19 case. Screening would test virtually everyone in a given community, looking for potentially infectious people. "Screening can be very powerful for maybe non-public health reasons, maybe getting us back to life, and screening in schools, K-12 screening and university screening," he said at a Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing. "We'll be coming out with some guidance around screening." Redfield said the CDC would make it clear that testing asymptomatic and presymptomatic people, Covid-19 patients who either never develop symptoms or who are in the early stage of the infection before symptoms start, is important. The...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say Daimler AG and subsidiary Mercedes-Benz USA cheated on emissions tests, will pay $1.5B settlement. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    ABILENE, Texas – A bat found in the downtown area of Abilene has tested positive for rabies, according to city officials. The bat was found Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the 1100 block of North 2nd Street between Cedar and Cypress Streets. Abilene Animal Services was aware of the bat’s positive rabies test on Sept. 4. The City of Abilene would like to advise residents and those who frequent the downtown area that a bat found in the 1100...Posted by City of Abilene, Texas Government on Friday, September 4, 2020As of Saturday, there are no reported rabies infections among any residents or pets, according to city officials. Rabies targets the central nervous system and it can even deadly to other humans or animals. The virus is spread through the saliva of infected animals and is most commonly transmitted through a bite, officials said. However, rabies can be treated through a series of shots from a healthcare professional. Since the rabid bat’s sighting, Abilene city officials want to remind residents how to best stay safe from rabies exposure. Abilene Animal Services...
    (CNN) — Months into the pandemic that has infected more than 6 million Americans, the public and experts alike are learning the impacts of Covid-19 can drag on longer than expected. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that most Americans who have tested positive for coronavirus can return to work or school 10 days after the onset of symptoms, unless the illness requires hospitalization. But new research suggest that the virus and its symptoms are often no where near finished by that benchmark. According to research published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, patients may need to wait over a month before being retested to know whether they have cleared the virus. The study also suggests that about one in five negative tests are false negatives, meaning many are still spreading the virus after testing negative without knowing it. An undergraduate student processes wastewater samples from dorm sewage lines while testing for Covid-19 at the University of Arizona Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center in Tucson, Arizona, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020. The University of Arizona...
    (CNN)Months into the pandemic that has infected more than 6 million Americans, the public and experts alike are learning the impacts of Covid-19 can drag on longer than expected.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that most Americans who have tested positive for coronavirus can return to work or school 10 days after the onset of symptoms, unless the illness requires hospitalization. But new research suggest that the virus and its symptoms are often no where near finished by that benchmark.CDC broadens eviction protections amid pandemicAccording to research published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, patients may need to wait over a month before being retested to know whether they have cleared the virus.The study also suggests that about one in five negative tests are false negatives, meaning many are still spreading the virus after testing negative without knowing it.Even once patients do test negative, many patients are reporting that their symptoms -- from aches to loss of smell to brain fog and affected mood -- can last months longer.Read More"We think that this long-term damage may in...
    Inmates in an Arizona prison say they were ordered, sometimes with threats of violence, not to take COVID-19 tests so that officials could artificially present a picture that the facility had the pandemic under control, KJZZ-FM reported. Stephanie Hale-Perry, whose husband is incarcerated in the Yuma prison, says that when it was first announced that the Department of Corrections would be offering tests to the inmates, he called her to express his concerns about getting tested. Specifically, he said that prison officials had met with so-called “heads” — that is, informal inmate leaders — to convince the incarcerated men to refuse to submit to the mandatory tests.   Mario Tama / Getty Images “The inmate leaders in his yard said that all inmates were to refuse the test, otherwise they were going to get a beat-down. The prison administrators told the Heads ‘make sure the people in your building or in your run don’t get tested.’ They were threatened with getting beat up. They used violence and other threats as the scare tactic to prevent the testing from happening,”...
    Health experts in New York City are urging residents to get tested for COVID-19 at least once a month as schools and business are set to reopen, drawing the criticism of doctors who insist the suggestion is 'unrealistic' with results already backed up by two weeks. Since June, city officials have encouraged New Yorkers to get tested, whether they’re exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or not. That idea was taken a step further by Dr. Jay Varma, Mayor Bill de Blasio's Senior Adviser for Public Health, on Monday, who said coronavirus tests should be repeated every month. ‘The rule of thumb that I follow myself, and encourage others to do, is to make sure you’re tested at least once every month,’ Varma said in a press briefing with the mayor. ‘In an ideal world, we would have readily available tests that people could even just get in their homes, but we’re not in that world right now. So about once a month is practical. ‘We know this infection can be spread by people who don't currently have symptoms, and so the...
    CHICAGO -- Health officials in Chicago have confirmed the city's first West Nile virus-positive mosquito batch of the year.Chicago's Public Health department says it will continue to monitor the area where the positive test was taken.On its website, the health department listed East Garfield Park as an area with a positive mosquito pool.No cases of the West Nile virus have been reported so far this year in people in Chicago.The health department began is annual mosquito control activities on May 26.West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area SHELTER-IN-PLACE: Everything you need to know about San Francisco Bay Area's shelter-in-place order WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REOPEN BAY AREA?: Tracking progress...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area SHELTER-IN-PLACE: Everything you need to know about San Francisco Bay Area's shelter-in-place order WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REOPEN BAY AREA?: Tracking progress...
    The total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in Orange County was mistakenly inflated for more than a month beginning in late April in data released to the public, an error that may have painted a rosier picture of the pandemic than the reality in the region. For roughly five weeks, county staff incorrectly added 30,000 serology tests to its “cumulative tests to date” figure, which made it appear that more testing for the virus was happening was the case. The cumulative testing figure reported by the county is supposed to be a count of how many diagnostic tests — which detect whether someone was infected with the virus at the moment of testing — were conducted countywide, Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the Orange County Health Care Agency and the county’s interim health officer, said during a media briefing Thursday. Serology tests, which officials say are not meant to be included in the cumulative testing figure, determine whether the body has mounted an immune response to the virus in recent weeks or months. Those tests are not reliable...
    A Kansas resident has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a recent protest against police brutality, health officials announced on Friday. Officials with the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Department said the person attended a protest in downtown Lawrence on May 31. They advised anyone who attended the demonstration to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms. “Similar to what we would ask anyone who goes out in public right now, we are asking anyone who attended the recent protest to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate if they become sick as well as call their healthcare provider for next steps,” said Informatics Director Sonia Jordan. OKLAHOMA STATE LB SAYS HE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS AFTER ATTENDING PROTEST Demonstrators crowd into Civic Center Park during a rally calling for more oversight of the police Sunday, June 7, 2020, in Denver. Demonstrators marched from the park, which is in the heart of downtown, east along Colfax Avenue to City Park after the rally. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) The unidentified protester admitted he was not wearing a mask during the protest, health officials...
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