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    (CNN)President Joe Biden has been celebrating Labor Day in Pittsburgh on-and-off for more than a decade, often using the city's parade as a testing ground while he contemplated a presidential run.When he returns to the city Monday, others' races will be front of mind, including Pennsylvania's increasingly nasty Senate contest. Yet Biden's own political strength will still be put to the test as he returns to the most intensive in-person politicking since before the Covid-19 pandemic.In Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday, Biden is expected to herald his economic record while celebrating "the dignity of American workers" at events with organized labor. His stop in Pittsburgh will mark his third visit to the commonwealth in the span of a week, and his 16th stop in the Keystone State since taking office.Democrats hope to flip two Republican-held Senate seats in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and their success or failure will be viewed as a key indicator of the party's -- and Biden's -- political power ahead of the 2024 presidential contest. Biden's own political future was the subject of anxious speculation over the...
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 after attending Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, parties and a Sunday brunch.  The State Department said that Blinken tested positive on a PCR test after testing negative for several days, including on an antigen test Wednesday morning.   'The Secretary has not seen President Biden in person for several days, and the President is not considered a close contact according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,' a statement from the State Department said.   Blinken only has 'mild symptoms,' State said, and he's fully vaccinated and boosted.  Blinken was spotted through WHCD weekend attending several events including the dinner itself, the Paramount-CBS after-party at the French ambassador's house and a Sunday brunch hosted by Politico.  He met with Armenia's foreign minister Monday, Mexico's foreign minister Tuesday and Sweden's foreign minister earlier Wednesday, before his positive test result came back.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center) arrives Saturday evening at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, alongside his wife Evan Ryan (left). He tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon  Secretary of...
    Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for Covid for a second time, the Palace confirmed yesterday.    The 64-year-old royal has contracted the virus again after he became the first known head of state to be infected back in March 2020, but is asymptomatic and will continue to work remotely.    It has not been confirmed whether Princess Charlene, who recently returned to Monaco after spending time in a treatment facility, or their seven-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques have contracted the virus.  One of Albert's most recent public outings was to attend the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service at Westminster Abbey last month, which he attended without his wife.  Prince Albert of Monaco has tested positive for Covid for a second time, the Palace confirmed yesterday It has not been confirmed whether Princess Charlene, who recently returned to Monaco after an extended stay away, or their seven-year-old twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques have contracted the virus A statement from the palace read: 'The Prince's Palace announces that H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco has tested positive for COVID-19.' ...
    In an effort to prepare school districts across the state to test students for COVID-19 when they return from spring break, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office has begun sending out COVID-19 testing kits to schools. The state has already shipped 14.3 million COVID-19 at-home tests for students and staff, the governor’s office said Saturday. The state said 11 million tests have already been delivered, while an additional 2.6 million tests have been shipped. Statewide, there are about 7.2 million students and staff. “California is focused on keeping schools open and students safe, and we’re not letting our guard down,” Newsom said in a statement. In December, as the nation faced another surge in coronavirus cases from the highly contagious Omicron variant, state officials announced they would send 6 million tests to school districts so students could get tested before returning to the classroom. But only half of the promised tests arrived in time, prompting frustration. The governor’s office blamed weather conditions and supply chain shortages for the delay. The state is currently not seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases,...
    (CNN)A growing list of energy companies, including BP, Shell, and now ExxonMobil, have announced they will leave Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. Unwinding their operations in the oil-rich country will have financial repercussions for the companies -- but executives appear ready to accept the losses in order to stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine. Other companies -- including Apple, Disney and Ford -- are also dialing back operations in Russia. Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. UkraineUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is warning that his country -- which has a much smaller military than Russia -- needs more help to prevent the crisis from spreading across Europe. Key cities in Ukraine were attacked from several sides yesterday, with Russia launching rockets that struck buildings in the center of the capital Kyiv. After days of heavy fighting and shelling, Russian troops have taken the southern city of Kherson, according to Russian...
    Rep. Jamie Raskin said in a statement Tuesday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to Congress. “Yesterday I took a COVID-19 test for members planning to attend the State of the Union address and tested positive,” Raskin said. “Having been fully vaccinated, and having received my booster shot, my flu-like symptoms have been pretty mild so far.” State of the Union address brings road closures Biden steps to State of the Union lectern at fraught moment What to watch in Biden’s 1st State of the Union address WATCH LIVE: State of the Union Address The Democratic Maryland representative said he’ll work remotely and quarantine for the week. “I am disappointed not to be able to attend President Biden’s State of the Union address in person,” Raskin said, adding that he’ll be following the speech closely, and “cheering for President Biden’s powerful call to the world to continue to reject in every way possible Vladimir Putin’s illegal war of aggression against the people of Ukraine.” Please see my attached...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. Like it or not, most of us have had to become a lot more conversant in the data of epidemiology over the last couple of years. Concepts like case positivity average, ICU bed capacity and community vaccination rate all have to be weighed in making daily decisions like whether or not to go to a movie, have dinner with friends or visit grandma. The good news is that the state of Minnesota makes all this data and more available in regularly updated, readable dashboards. The bad news is that these data are spread across several different dashboards on different Department of Health websites, many of which don’t link to each other. To help make sense of it all, here’s a guide to all of the state of Minnesota’s regularly updated COVID-19 data: what it tells you and where to find it. Article continues after advertisement The basics: How many new COVID-19 cases were...
    CAIRO — The song starts out like standard fare for Egyptian pop music: a secret infatuation between two young neighbors who, unable to marry, sneak flirtatious glances at each other and commit their hearts in a bittersweet dance of longing and waiting. But then the lyrics take a radical turn. “If you leave me,” blasts the singer, Hassan Shakosh, “I’ll be lost and gone, drinking alcohol and smoking hash.” The song, “The Neighbors’ Daughter,” has become a giant hit, garnering more than a half-billion views of its video on YouTube alone and catapulting Shakosh to stardom. But the explicit reference to drugs and booze, culturally prohibited substances in Egypt, has made the song, released in 2019, a lightning rod in a culture war over what is an acceptable face and subject matter for popular music and who gets to decide. The battle, which pits Egypt’s cultural establishment against a renegade musical genre embraced by millions of young Egyptians, has heated up recently after the organization that licenses musicians barred at least 19 young artists from singing and performing in Egypt....
    For the second consecutive day, New York State saw its highest death toll from COVID-19 since the beginning of vaccinations and while things aren't as dire as during the pandemic's peak, cases continue to go up. The state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID. New York City alone is responsible for 32,799 cases and 586 new hospitalizations. Cases are about six times as high among the unvaccinated as they are among those who've gotten the shot.  However, state data shows that 43 percent of the people being hospitalized with COVID were not specifically hospitalized for COVID. These patients were hospitalized for another reason and then tested positive.  'My administration is hard at work making testing, vaccines, boosters and masks more widely available in to fight this winter surge,' Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.  New York state recorded 82,094 new cases of coronavirus and 155 new deaths due to COVID Friday Cases continue to rise significantly higher among those who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is...
    (CNN) — With Covid-19 tests hard to find in many parts of the country and the Omicron variant spreading rapidly, health experts are advising those with symptoms to isolate themselves if they even only suspect they have the virus. And with the recent news that rapid antigen tests may lag in detecting positive cases when compared to PCR tests, the best time to take a rapid test may be a day or two after symptoms arrive, epidemiologist Dr. Michael Mina said Thursday. READ MORE: Howard County Healthcare Workers Get New Funding to Battle the Pandemic“The important thing is, when you feel symptoms, assume you’re positive at this point, especially with Omicron being so prevalent,” Mina said in an interview with telehealth company eMed, where he is chief medical officer. For those who take a rapid test and show a positive result after swabbing, yet the line shown is very faint, they may have an active infection and still be contagious, he said. “Does it mean you’re going to walk into a room and be a superspreader? No. But does it...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. If you’re looking to get a COVID-19 test appointment in the Twin Cities today, good luck. As cases in Minnesota rise with the new, more transmissible omicron strain, appointments at the state’s community test sites are mostly booked. Ditto local pharmacies and health care providers. Walk-in wait times are unpredictable and at-home rapid tests are so scarce they almost feel like a luxury good. The Minneapolis Vaccine Hunter Facebook page, a group that formed to help people find vaccines in the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination drive and now has more than 57,000 members, has morphed into more of a test-hunting page. Group members report where they’ve been able to get tests and how long they had to wait. Earlier this week, the state announced expansions in the state’s testing capacity. In an MPR interview, Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the testing shortage, but defended the state’s test infrastructure. Article continues after advertisement “We have...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an off-the-rails press conference Monday, dismissing COVID-19 vaccines and testing, downplaying the severity of symptoms of the omicron variant, and whining and complaining about how the federal government isn’t giving him the monoclonal treatment meds he’s convinced he needs. Seriously, it was bonkers.  Since late December, Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat who is running against DeSantis, has begged the governor to do something with the staggering number of unused COVID-19 tests sitting in a warehouse before they expire.  DeSantis’ office continued to deny their existence and accused Fried of lying. Well … today, there was a different story.  Thursday, COVID’s ride-or-die was forced to admit via his Division of Emergency Management director, Kevin Guthrie, that “between 800,000 and a million expired test kits were found in a warehouse.” xIn his 4th press briefing this year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally got asked the question I wanted to ask at the 1st, before I was kicked out.Did the state let nearly a million covid tests expire last week while he was on Christmas break as...
    SACRAMENTO — California has become the first state to require health insurance plans to cover at-home tests for sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, chlamydia and syphilis — which could help quell the STI epidemic that has raged nearly unchecked as public health departments have focused on covid-19. The rule, part of a broader law addressing the STI epidemic, took effect Jan. 1 for people with state-regulated private insurance plans and will kick in sometime later for the millions of low-income Californians enrolled in the state’s Medicaid program. By making it easier and cheaper for Californians to self-administer tests in the privacy of their homes, the provision could bring better disease monitoring to rural and underserved parts of the state, reduce the stigma patients experience when seeking care and give them more control over their health, say experts on infectious diseases. “This is the first law of its kind, and I’d say it’s kind of cutting-edge,” said Stephanie Arnold Pang, senior director of policy and government relations for the National Coalition of STD Directors. “We want to bring down every...
    New York City health officials have been prioritizing COVID tests for more racially diverse areas over majority white neighborhoods, leaked emails obtained by the New York Post reveal. In one email conversation with representatives from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, employees at City Councilman Joe Borelli's office said constituents on Staten Island's South Shore were having trouble getting tested at city-run sites. 'Our office has been receiving calls regarding the mobile NYC H+H testing sites such as Wolfes Pond Park,' Borelli staffer Briana Nasti wrote in the December 22 email. The agency responded the same day, the Post reports, and informed Nasti that they  are prioritizing neighborhoods flagged by the city's Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity - which has identified 31 underserved neighborhoods to receive preferential COVID treatment from the city.  The task force said names were picked based on a DOHMH analysis of 'health status, living conditions, social inequities, occupation and COVID-19 Wave 1 impact,' though it did not release the methodology the agency uses to weigh the different factors.  It comes as the New York...
    President Joe Biden on Monday admitted that his administration has not done enough to ease the COVID testing demand, vowing to do better. In a meeting with 25 of the nation's governors, Biden acknowledged the long lines around the country as people sought to get a COVID test ahead of the holidays, saying 'clearly' his administration has more work to do. 'That's not enough. Clearly not enough,' Biden said, adding: 'We have to do more. We have to do better. And we will.' Biden told the governors - a mix of Republicans and Democrats - that there was 'no federal solution' to the Omicron variant causing cases to spike around the country, saying the solution was solidly on 'state level.'  But his message to governors was: 'If you need something say something. We are going to have your back.' The president joined his COVID-19 Response Team's meeting with the governors, the first time he has done so.   President Joe Biden admitted that his administration has not done enough to ease the COVID testing demand, vowing to do better Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health wants Minnesotans to get tested for COVID-19 before seeing family for the holidays. But there are different options now. So, which type of test is more accurate, and when might you want to take more than one? READ MORE: Coronavirus In Minnesota: Second Student Dies Of School-Related Virus Infection This YearThere are two types of COVID-19 tests: PCR or molecular tests, which can be saliva or swab. Then there are antigen tests, sometimes called rapid tests. Health officials says PCR tests are the most accurate, but your results won’t be the quickest. That’s where the antigen tests come in handy. “I carry these with me. I’ve stocked up on them for my home visits,” said Dr. Frank Rhame, an Allina Health infectious disease specialist. He says positive results from at-home antigen tests are reliable. However, false negatives are not unheard of. He said tests can miss a real infection especially, if it’s early and you don’t have symptoms. “They’re not as good with very small amounts of the virus as PCR is,”...
    Police dashcam footage shows third-string Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller III failing a sobriety test and struggling to recite the alphabet for a highway patrolman in Columbus last week.  Miller got a drunk-driving citation after being pulled over when his pickup was seen encroaching on a bike lane blocks away from the Ohio State campus early Friday morning. The redshirt freshman from Scottsdale, Arizona remains on the team, but has been suspended. His next court appearance will be on November 12. Video from the arrest shows Miller failing a series of sobriety tests after being questioned by an officer. 'You're kinda weaving through traffic, you're gunning it,' the officer said. 'What's going on?' 'I'm sorry,' Miller said. 'I'm taking my boys home.' Miller's passengers Friday night have not been identified, but the quarterback is heard saying 'we're all football players' at one point. 'Those two might have been drinking, but I wasn't,' he told police. Police dashcam footage has been released, showing third-string Ohio State quarterback Jack Miller III failing a sobriety test after struggling to recite the alphabet for a...
    GENEVA — The World Health Organization says the number of newly reported coronavirus cases fell in the last week, continuing a declining global trend that first began in August. In its latest assessment of the pandemic, the U.N. health agency reported Tuesday that there were 3.1 million new COVID-19 cases, a 9% fall, and about 54,000 deaths in the last week, roughly similar to the week before. WHO said there were declines in case numbers in all world regions except for Europe, where the number was about the same as the previous week. COVID-19 cases fell by about 43% in Africa, by about 20% in both the Middle East and Southeast Asia and 12% in the Americas and the Western Pacific. The largest decline in deaths was seen in Africa, where numbers decreased by about a quarter. WHO also said nearly a third of African countries managed to vaccinate at least 10% of their populations by the end of September. The WHO chief has repeatedly urged rich countries to pass on giving booster doses until at least the end of...
    North Korea on Sunday issued a stark warning to the UN Security Council and said the international security body had 'better think about the consequences' of criticising the isolated country's missile program.  Jo Chol Su, a senior North Korean Foreign Ministry official, warned the UN council it 'had better think what consequences it will bring in the future if it tries to encroach upon the sovereignty' of North Korea, according to state news agency KCNA. Jo also accused the UN body of a 'double-dealing standard' because it doesn't equally take issue with similar weapons tests by the United States and its allies, according to the statement circulated by KCNA.  The council met behind closed doors on Friday upon requests from the United States and other countries over the North's recent missile launches. During the meeting, France circulated a proposed statement that expresses concern over North Korea's missile launches and called on the council to enforce its ban the pariah state's ballistic missile firings. The Friday meeting came just one day after Pyongyang fired a newly developed anti-aircraft missile, the latest...
    By The Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Anchorage Daily News reports that the Foo Fighters rock band is requiring that people who attend their upcoming shows in Alaska be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive a negative test result 48 hours before attending. The 12-time Grammy-winning-band plans to perform in Anchorage on Aug. 17 and 19 at the Dena’ina Center and in Fairbanks on Aug. 21 at the Carlson Center. Negative test results or proof of vaccination must be provided before entering — — either the original card or copy of card with an ID to match, according to a statement Saturday from Ticketmaster. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — Coronavirus claims more young victims in U.S. as deaths climb — Protesters in France denounce COVID-19 health pass for 5th straight Saturday — COVAX only goes so far as rich countries dominate global vaccine allotments — Iran will impose 6-day ‘general lockdown’ against coronavirus ___ — Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported over 3,000 additional...
    At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, Minnesota closed its 93 driver’s license exam stations. Two months later, the Department of Vehicle Services restarted operations at 15 stations, and only few more have opened since, leaving more than 70 shuttered, mostly in rural areas of Minnesota. The state said the consolidation helped Minnesota churn out licenses more efficiently in a system that had been plagued by appointment backlogs, long waits and staffing shortages.  But the move also drew criticism from officials throughout Greater Minnesota. Ted Herman, a Freeborn County Commissioner, said students that once could be back in school within an hour after a road test in Albert Lea now had to drive to Austin, Mankato or Rochester. “It’s definitely a three hour ordeal where you’re missing school,” Herman said. “That was a big hardship for our kids.” It wasn’t just a pain for students, either. Farmers who hire seasonal drivers faced delays and extra costs, Herman said, and state legislators from the area said rural transit drivers were having a difficult time getting commercial licenses....
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Ana Cummings is planning a trip with her son who’s too young to get vaccinated. That’s one reason they went to get a COVID-19 test Thursday. “It makes me feel better,” she said. READ MORE: Its So Worth It: Volunteer Puppy Raisers At NEADS In Princeton Help Train Service Dogs Remember those drive-through testing sites that popped up all over the state last year? They attracted crowds who wanted to find out if they had the disease. CIC Health is still running some, including a site in a vacant restaurant in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. “Our sites were sort of getting quieter over May and June, once people were starting to get more vaccinated,” CIC Health Operations Manager Jason Connell said. But state testing numbers show a sharp jump in the last month. From the first Wednesday in July to the first Wednesday in August, tests nearly doubled. READ MORE: This Is Outrageous: Frontier Airlines Turn Away Booked Travelers Due To Understaffing Issues Mass General Brigham Emergency Preparedness Dr. Paul Biddinger said more testing helps the state track...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom compared unvaccinated people to drunk drivers as he announced that all state and health care workers would have to submit to regular COVID-19 testing if they haven't gotten the shot.   In an interview with CNN on Monday, the governor said unvaccinated Californians are 'like drunk drivers,' according to Bill Melugin, a national correspondent for FOX News. 'You don't risk the right to go out and drink and drive, and put everyone else at risk, including your own life,' Newsom said, just moments after he announced that all California state and health care workers would have to get vaccinated or submit to regular testing. State employees would have to submit a proof of vaccination by August 2, Elex Michaelson tweeted, and health care workers would have to submit proof of vaccinations by August 23. Any state employee that does not provide a proof of vaccination will have to get tested once a week, and any health care worker who does not get vaccinated would have to submit to testing twice a week. They would also be required...
    A sixth Texas Democrat tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, their caucus confirmed, meaning that more than 10 per cent of those who fled the state a week ago to prevent the passage of an election bill are now infected. Rhetta Bowers of Dallas told The Dallas Morning News of the politician's diagnosis, and said that she and others have brought food to those quarantining in their hotel rooms in Washington DC. The six are all continuing to work remotely, she said.  The first of the 55 tested positive on Friday, then two more on Saturday and two more on Sunday.  Rhetta Bowers, in red, confirmed on Monday that six of the 55 Texas Democrats have now tested positive for COVID-19, since fleeing to Washington DC a week ago on a private jet The Democrats are seen fleeing Austin on a private jet. None are wearing their face masks, and now six of the 55 have tested positive for COVID-19. All are fully vaccinated The group began wearing masks and adjusting their plans on Saturday after they learnt of...
    Russia has successfully tested a state-of-the-art cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir Putin as the best in the world, according to reports. "The tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile were confirmed during the tests," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement. BIDEN TELLS PUTIN TO 'DISRUPT' RANSOMWARE GROUPS OPERATING OUT OF RUSSIA The defense ministry said the missile was fired from a warship in the White Sea and traveled at approximately seven times the speed of sound to a target more than 217 miles away on the coastline of the Barents Sea, Reuters reported. "The Tsirkon missile successfully hit a target directly at a range of over 350 kilometers. The flight speed reached nearly Mach 7," the ministry said, according to AFP. In this photo taken from video distributed by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile is launched by the frigate Admiral Gorshkov of the Russian navy from the White Sea, in the north of Russia, Russia, Monday, July 19, 2021.  (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP) Russia announced the missile...
    By Daisy Nguyen | Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — When a wildfire tore through Briceburg nearly two years ago, the tiny community on the edge of Yosemite National Park lost the only power line connecting it to the electrical grid. Rather than rebuilding poles and wires over increasingly dry hillsides, which could raise the risk of equipment igniting catastrophic fires, the nation’s largest utility decided to give Briceburg a self-reliant power system. The stand-alone grid made of solar panels, batteries and a backup generator began operating this month. It’s the first of potentially hundreds of its kind as Pacific Gas & Electric works to prevent another deadly fire like the one that forced it to file for bankruptcy in 2019. The ramping up of this technology is among a number of strategies to improve energy resilience in California as a cycle of extreme heat, drought and wildfires hammers the U.S. West, triggering massive blackouts and threatening the power supply in the country’s most populous state. Other tactics include raising the cost of electricity during high-demand hours — when it’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Health said that it will be closing community COVID-19 testing sites in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington by the end of the week due to declining demand. The site in St. Paul will close on Thursday, while Bloomington and Minneapolis locations will close on Friday. MDH says the sites are closing because more and more people are vaccinated and fewer people are seeking COVID-19 tests. By mid-June, labs across the state were processing roughly 10,000 tests a day, down significantly compared to the height of the fall surge of the pandemic, when 50,000 to 60,000 tests were administered daily. “We are making great progress toward ending the pandemic and this is another sign of that as we focus on distributing vaccines and making progress getting 70% of the Minnesota population vaccinated,” said Jesse Stock with MDH. Minnesotans are still able to walk in and get a free COVID-19 test at Walgreens or CVS locations. If you still need to access a COVID-19 test, there are available sites across the state. Click here for more...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — The German government is following up on media reports that coronavirus test centers across the country have overbilled authorities for the number of tests taken. Germans are allowed one free “citizen’s test” per week to check if they are negative for coronavirus. They can use the result to be able to dine at outside restaurants, go shopping or visit cultural institutions. In recent weeks, thousands of antigen tests centers for have popped up everywhere in cities and towns in empty store fronts, closed dance clubs or community centers. Several media have reported that test center operators are illegally billing for more tests than they actually take. German Health Minister Jens Spahn tweeted Saturday that “anybody who uses the pandemic to enrich himself should be ashamed.” He noted that prosecutors in the western city of Bochum were investigating some suspected cases of fraud, but said that most providers were doing a professional job. ___ MORE ON THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Just in time to plan summer vacations, Europe sees dramatic drop in coronavirus cases —...
    Governor Andrew Cuomo's daughter received priority COVID testing in April, just days after the governor came under fire for arranging them for his family a year earlier. Mariah Kennedy Cuomo and her boyfriend Tellef Lundevall submitted priority COVID tests to a state run site in Albay on April 3, according to The New York Times. The tests — referred to as 'specials' in the New York State Health Department —were rushed to the state's premier lab, Wadsworth Center, and processed within just a few hours. Health officials at the site called the move frustrating, considering testing was readily available statewide at the time. Governor Andrew Cuomo's daughter, Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, right, received a priority COVID test before visiting her father for Easter, the New York Times reports Special tests are supposed to be used for urgent cases, including ones linked to a outbreak, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Times reported. State officials said they were necessary for Mariah and her boyfriend because they were going to see the governor for the Easter weekend and there...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — In an effort to help schools fully reopen for in-person learning in the fall, the Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced a $225 million program to provide rapid COVID-19 testing for middle and high school students. “For in-person learning to occur, we need to help make schools as safe as possible for students, teachers, and staff,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a news release. “To help prevent an outbreak, it is important to identify cases of COVID-19 as quickly as possible.  Having testing readily available in schools can make it easier for more students to be tested and cases identified quicker.  Testing, along with vaccination and masking, will help all of Illinois get back to in-person learning.” READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Sunny Next Two Days Under the new program, IDPH will provide the covidSHIELD test developed by the University of Illinois at little to no cost for middle school and high school districts that opt into the program. The covidSHIELD saliva testing system returns results within 12-24 hours, allowing health officials to more quickly...
    The doctor tasked with administering COVID-19 tests to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew’s family last year worked for a nonprofit run by Cuomo’s health commissioner, the New York Post reported Monday. Dr. Eleanor Adams made multiple trips to the homes of various Cuomo family members, including Cuomo’s brother CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s Hamptons home and his mother, Matilda Cuomo’s personal residence, according to the Post. Doctor who fast-tracked Cuomo family COVID tests works for NY health commissioner https://t.co/rM8hkAvlQT pic.twitter.com/VarqJVSdvw — New York Post (@nypost) April 5, 2021 Adams was not paid by the State of New York at the time, however the Department of Health claimed she was paid an unspecified salary by Health Research Inc., a nonprofit that listed New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker as its president, according to the Post. (RELATED: ‘Details Emerge Allegedly Showing Gov. Cuomo Gave Special Treatment To His Family With Separate Testing List’) According to tax returns obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, Health Research Inc. received nearly $760 million in federal and state funding in 2019 and...
    March 25, 2021 8:02 AM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo prioritized family and allies to get tested for COVID-19 early in the pandemic, when tests were in short supply and the state became the global epicenter of the virus. This was revealed this Wednesday by the newspaper The Washington Post. In addition to prioritizing family and allies, the tests that were done were also put before them in the laboratory, with the capacity to analyze only hundreds of tests per day at that moment. On many occasions, the state deployed home doctors to perform the tests, who were then escorted to the laboratory in Albany by state police to speed up the process. Already in the laboratory, samples were handled with secrecy, marked only with initials or numbers. On the list of beneficiaries by Cuomo for these tests is one of his brothers, Chris Cuomo. He is one of the star presenters of the chain CNN who was diagnosed with the virus in March 2020. According to him PostChris Cuomo welcomed a senior...
    The Governor of New York, Democrat Andrew Cuomo, gave priority to family and allies to be tested for covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic, when you are they were scarce and the state became the world epicenter of the virus, as reported this Wednesday by the newspaper The Washington Post. In addition to prioritizing family members and allies, the tests that were also performed se put first in the laboratory, With the capacity then to analyze only hundreds of tests per day. On many occasions the state of New York displayed home doctors to perform the tests, which were then escorted to the lab in Albany by state troopers to speed up the process. In the laboratory the samples were handled with secrecy, marked only with initials or numbers. On the governor’s list of beneficiaries is one of his brothers, Chris Cuomo, one of CNN’s star presenters and that he was diagnosed with the virus in March 2020. According to him Post, Chris Cuomo welcomed a senior doctor from the New York Department of Health to his home...
    By The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea’s capital has ordered coronavirus tests for all foreign workers as the country expands mass testing targeting expatriates in a campaign that has triggered complaints of discrimination. Seoul officials said Wednesday the testing requirement covers all foreign nationals employed in the city, regardless of their visa status, as well as their employers. They could face fines of up to 2 million won ($1,768) if they fail to get tested until the end of March. Seoul had around 240,000 registered foreigners at the end of 2020, but city officials didn’t have an immediate estimate on how many of them would be covered by tests. The decision comes after similar measures in nearby Gyeonggi province, which is also forcing employers to require tests for new foreign jobseekers and hire only those who test negative. Critics have questioned why South Korean authorities are mandating broad tests based on nationality instead of specifically targeting people with vulnerable working conditions. The testing campaign targeting foreigners came in response to outbreaks among low-skilled foreign workers employed at...
    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s capital has ordered coronavirus tests for all foreign workers as the country expands mass testing targeting expatriates in a campaign that has triggered complaints of discrimination. Seoul officials said Wednesday the testing requirement covers all foreign nationals employed in the city, regardless of their visa status, as well as their employers. They could face fines of up to 2 million won ($1,768) if they fail to get tested until the end of March. Seoul had around 240,000 registered foreigners at the end of 2020, but city officials didn’t have an immediate estimate on how many of them would be covered by tests. The decision comes after similar measures in nearby Gyeonggi province, which is also forcing employers to require tests for new foreign jobseekers and hire only those who test negative. Critics have questioned why South Korean authorities are mandating broad tests based on nationality instead of specifically targeting people with vulnerable working conditions. The testing campaign targeting foreigners came in response to outbreaks among low-skilled foreign workers employed at Gyeonggi factories, who often...
    By The Associated Press MEXICO CITY — The official leading Mexico’s response to the pandemic says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell tweeted Saturday that he had light COVID-19 symptoms on Friday night and an antigen test came out positive. He was awaiting the results of a PCR test, which takes longer to process and is generally more accurate.. “I’ll be working from home,’ López-Gatell said, adding that he was involved in Mexico’s vaccination program. Some 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine arrived in Mexico from Hong Kong on Saturday, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Twitter. A total of 10 million Sinovac vaccines are expected. Mexico has approved several other coronavirus vaccines and has administered 1.5 million shots so far. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Pope Francis and Italy’s president mark new annual day to honor doctors, nurses and other health care workers — Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California are embroiled in political woes from the pandemic — Powdering sleeping beauty’s nose: Virus eases Louvre works —...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation’s top health officials are sounding the alarm about Super Bowl gatherings as a potential coronavirus superspreader event. They’re urging people to gather with friends over Zoom, not in crowds or at bars and parties. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs will play Sunday in a partly filled stadium in Tampa, Florida. The city has acquired 150,000 donated masks that officials will be handing out. The game is happening during a drop in new coronavirus cases — a sign the infection spike from December holiday gatherings may be easing. However, health officials are concerned Super Bowl parties with people outside their household could spread new cases. “We’ve seen outbreaks already from football parties,” said Rochelle Walensky, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “So, I really do think that we need to watch this and be careful.” The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases decreased from 180,489 on Jan. 22 to 125,854 on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. However, the coronavirus is killing more than...
    DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — A state senator in North Carolina has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Natasha Marcus announced her positive test results in a Facebook post. The Democrat from Davidson said that she hadn't been to work in person since January 13th and had not attended any social gatherings. She also said that she had made limited trips outside her home. “I hope that I’ve avoided spreading it to anyone else and that this news serves as a reminder to be extra careful in our efforts to combat this contagious virus,” Marcus said. Marcus is the fifth state legislator to publicly announce that he or she has the coronavirus. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, health, public health, coronavirus, lung disease, North Carolina
    About 1 in 5 coronavirus tests performed daily in Los Angeles County are currently coming back positive, an astounding rate that officials say illustrates the pandemic’s continued rampage through the region and foreshadows grave consequences for an already beleaguered healthcare system. Around Nov. 1, roughly the starting point of the current coronavirus wave, only about 1 of every 25 conducted tests confirmed an infection. Officials warn that the arithmetic is as grim as it is simple. When such a high proportion of people are testing positive, and you’re conducting tens of thousands of tests a day, you end up with case counts that are staggeringly high. And when community transmission is this prolific, officials warn activities that seemed mundane months ago now carry a higher risk of infection than ever. “When so many people are positive, the need for precautions significantly increases,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday. California Without urgent changes, the post-holiday COVID-19 surge will only get worse, officials say California Without urgent changes, the post-holiday...
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A top aide to Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has tested positive for the coronavirus. Department of Administration Director Brett Smiley got his positive result on Thursday, the agency said in a statement. Smiley immediately began quarantining after he was informed Monday that he had been in close contact with someone who had tested positive, agency spokesperson Robert Dulski wrote. He is not showing symptoms. Smiley is often seen standing near Raimondo during media briefings. But Dulski said Smiley has not had contact with Raimondo since Dec. 3 and his expsoure came after that. “Director Smiley has been working from home for the past week and has had no close contacts in state government,” Dulski said. Smiley was Raimondo’s chief of staff before being appointed to his current position earlier this year. The Department of Administration oversees multiple state government functions, including central management, legal services, budgeting, human resources, information technology and appropriations. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, health,...
    To give a more accurate picture of COVID-19 spread in Texas, state officials will be calculating positivity rate differently starting Friday. Previously, the state’s health agency used the “case reported date” to determine the positivity rate, which is the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive. However, state officials said that while that formula worked well in the beginning of the pandemic, it “got out of wack” due to an influx of backlogged tests. Because the results of the tests were backlogged, the “case reported” date became less relevant in determining current positivity rate, officials said. Starting Friday, the state will only give the positivity rate based on the date the test was taken. On December 11th, DSHS is updating how positivity rates are reported on the #COVID19TX Dashboard: https://t.co/2o7SfZXiTJWatch our video to learn more about positivity rates and these updates. pic.twitter.com/ueC5VNYORP— Texas DSHS (@TexasDSHS) December 9, 2020 “It’s the best method we have because it most closely tracks what the conditions were at the point those people were tested,” said Chris Van Deusen, director of media relations with...
    Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones has tested positive for COVID-19 after he refused to enforce California's mask mandate or nighttime curfew and refused to provide the state with data on virus cases in jails.  Jones tested positive for the virus Monday, the same day Sacramento County recorded its highest number of new daily infections with 1,115 cases in a single day.   It comes after the sheriff has consistently pushed back against Governor Gavin Newsom's state orders put in place to slow the spread of the virus.  Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones (pictured) has tested positive for COVID-19 after he refused to enforce California's mask mandate or nighttime curfew and refused to provide the state with data on virus cases in jails The sheriff's office confirmed Jones's diagnosis in a statement Monday, saying he was quarantining at home and following health official guidance.   Jones began showing mild symptoms for the virus Friday including a fever, congestion, light-headedness, and a headache after he was exposed to the virus through a colleague who later tested positive, his office said.  He started feeling better...
    People flying into T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island were given the option of a free coronavirus test this weekend as the state looks to prevent a surge in cases following Thanksgiving. CLICK HERE FOR FULL CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE The voluntary, rapid tests were offered to anyone arriving at the airport in a roped area near the baggage claim. The free tests started Saturday and will continue through Monday. The effort is being led by the state’s Department of Health and the Rhode Island National Guard. Results from the rapid tests are available in about 15 minutes. Also, Gov. Gina Raimondo has implemented a two-week “pause” of the state’s reopening plans, beginning Monday, to curb a rise in cases. The halt will require businesses including theaters and indoor sports facilities to close, and it reduces capacity at restaurants and houses of worship. The state has set aside $100 million to help affected businesses and employees. CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Rhode Island did not release any new virus data Sunday. The seven-day rolling average of daily new confirmed cases in...
    By The Associated Press BEIJING — Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, large-scale measures are being enacted in the cities of Tianjin, Shanghai and Manzhouli, despite the low number of new cases compared to the United States and other countries that are seeing new waves of infections. Many experts and government officials have warned that the chance of the virus spreading will be greater during the cold weather. Recent flare-ups have shown that there is still a risk of the virus returning, despite being largely controlled within China. On Monday, the National Health Commission reported two new locally transmitted cases in Shanghai over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to seven since Friday. China has recorded 86,442 total cases and 4,634 deaths since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. In Tianjin, health workers have collected more than 2.2 million samples for testing from residents...
    BEIJING — Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, large-scale measures are being enacted in the cities of Tianjin, Shanghai and Manzhouli, despite the low number of new cases compared to the United States and other countries that are seeing new waves of infections. Many experts and government officials have warned that the chance of the virus spreading will be greater during the cold weather. Recent flare-ups have shown that there is still a risk of the virus returning, despite being largely controlled within China. On Monday, the National Health Commission reported two new locally transmitted cases in Shanghai over the last 24 hours, bringing the total to seven since Friday. China has recorded 86,442 total cases and 4,634 deaths since the virus was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. In Tianjin, health workers have collected more than 2.2 million samples for testing from residents in the Binhai...
    Until this Monday, April 13, the state of Florida maintained a sustained growth in the number of confirmed cases. According to the Florida Department of Health (FHD) report, 20,601 cases have already been exceeded, and the state has had more sites to perform diagnostic tests while continuing to tighten control and prevention measures. Pembroke Pines Commission 100% reporting Winner Now, if we review in detail the daily reports of the FHD, we observe data that can help us to understand a little more about this new coronavirus. Here is a selection of 10 questions and answers about COVID-19 in Florida. When was the first case reported in the state?The first two cases were reported on March 1, and a public health emergency was immediately declared in the state. The cases were from residents of Hillsborough and Manatee counties in the Tampa Bay area. The first linked to a trip to Italy. How many tests are being done daily?With the incorporation of new test centers in the state, mainly in South Florida, in...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Sunday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily COVID-19 figures by the Minnesota Department of Health. Here are the latest updates from November 8, 2020: Thirty-one more Minnesotans have died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday, for a total of 2,656.  Minnesota has now reported more than 30 deaths in four of the last five days, and a total of 199 deaths in the first eight days of November. In July, when the outbreak declined, the state only reported 159 deaths over the entire month. If COVID-19 deaths continue in November at the state’s current pace, Minnesota would break its one-month record of 696 deaths set in May. Article continues after advertisement Of the people whose deaths were announced Sunday, six were in their 90s,...
    Photograph taken on October 12 in which the entry of a passenger to the test center for the detection of covid-19 at the Tocumen international airport, in Panama City (Panama), was registered. . / Welcome Velasco / Archive International Writing, Nov 6 . .- The requirement or not of diagnostic tests of the coronavirus in arrivals at American airports is one of the many reasons for discussion that the pandemic has raised in each country, on a continent that this Friday already It has 21,168,405 cases and 650,705 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).While in some cities and countries the idea that better control is carried out is reinforced by requiring negative PCR tests not exceeding 96 hours in airport terminals, in others strategies are implemented that involve more local or regional bodies, such as follow-up of travelers when they reach their destinations and networking.The highest note in this regard was put this Friday by the US state of New York, whose governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced that he will reinforce the presence of...
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