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    CHINA is building massive Covid quarantine camps and hospitals as cases reach a “critical” all-time high. New images show the vast facility under construction in the city of Guangzhou, where the authorities are building Covid quarantine accommodation for 250,000. 3One of the sites under construction in GuangzhouCredit: Twitter/@steve_hanke 3The city is building accommodation for 250,000Credit: Twitter/@steve_hanke 3A hazmat clad lockdown enforcer in BeijingCredit: Getty Some 31,527 cases were recorded in China this week, compared with the April peak of 28,000 with the authorities in Beijing declaring the situation in the city was “critical”. Now new footage shows row upon row of white buildings being built in Guangzhou, which has been the hardest hit by the latest spike in cases, leading to are violent protests. The southern city of 19 million people will build 246,407 beds, including 132,015 in hospital isolation wards and 114,392 for people, the city’s authorities have said. READ MORE ON CHINA NEW THREAT Scientists discover 5 new coronaviruses in bats ‘poised to jump to humans’PLANE RIDDLE I know where MH370 crashed - now there's one last chance...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is outlining its request to Congress for the next government funding bill that includes additional money for what it is describing as "four critical needs," including "support for Ukraine, Covid-19, monkeypox and natural disaster recovery."The request comes as lawmakers are set to return to Washington after the August recess facing a major must-pass legislative agenda item: Preventing a government shutdown by the end of the month. Passing a stop-gap spending bill before a deadline of midnight on September 30, when government funding is set to expire, will be a top priority for Congress. Both chambers are expected to pass some kind of stop-gap funding extension in the upcoming weeks to avert a shutdown. Stop-gap funding bills are known on Capitol Hill as a continuing resolution, or CR for short.The administration has advised Congress with "technical assistance" on what funding is needed in a CR to avoid disruptions to public services, but it is also asking for extra resources for those four key areas, Office of Management and Budget director Shalanda Young said in a blog post.As Russia's...
    (CNN)This fall, the health of the nation will depend in large part on vaccines. Health officials are banking on vaccinations to contain monkeypox and polio before those become standing threats in the United States. They're counting on updated boosters to restore waning immunity against Covid-19. With influenza expected back in the US this fall, flu shots could be critical to prevent severe illness and keep hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. We know what weve got in terms of this outbreak -- White House defends monkeypox response While the federal government will facilitate getting these inoculations to states, it will be the 2,820 state and local health departments that will spearhead the work of getting shots into arms, and public health experts say it's not clear that these offices have enough funding or staff to get the job done. "I think it's deeply worrisome," said Dr. Peggy Hamburg, former health commissioner for New York City and former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration. "It's hard to imagine how state and local health departments can all mobilize, and they desperately do...
    Buffalo Public Schools has a detailed plan to use some of the school system's federal COVID-19 relief funds for college credit programs that teach students critical race theory. The New York school district received $289 million in funds from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund under the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in 2021. In its plan for the funds, released last year, the school district pledged to establish "Enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Scholar Programming," which would involve partnering with local colleges to "bring college courses to the students; especially those courses that focus on diverse history and culture and critical race theory." 'PARENTS ARE AWAKE': SCHOOL ACTIVISTS PREPARE FOR LONG-TERM STAYING POWER Critical race theory is an academic theory that claims U.S. institutions and culture are systemically racist and oppressive to racial minorities. Such systemic racism must be rooted out through anti-racism, a term prominently featured in diversity initiatives in schools. The 169-page plan is replete with references to "diversity, equity, and inclusion" and how it must...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Martin, a Nashville doctor critical of Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s hands-off approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, won the Democratic nomination for governor Friday and will face Lee in November. Martin, a first-time political candidate, defeated Memphis attorney and City Councilman JB Smiley Jr. by a thin margin, with advocate Carnita Atwater finishing a distant third. Both Smiley and Atwater would have been the state’s first Black gubernatorial nominee if they had won. Lee was unopposed Thursday as he looks to secure a second term in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006. He trounced his Democratic opponent in 2018. Martin jumped into the gubernatorial race last year after becoming an outspoken critic of Lee’s handling of the virus outbreak. The Republican governor declined to issue a statewide mask mandate and signed off on several laws that banned largely vaccine mandates as the pandemic swept across the United States, killing more than 1 million people over two years. However, even as virus pandemic continues to spread throughout the state, the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference on Thursday to make some recommendations, and criticisms, when it comes to the city and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.The latest omicron sub-variant, BA.5, has become the dominant strain in New York City.The infection rate has been surging over the past two weeks to nearly 20%, and experts warn that the number of infections could be significantly undercounted.This new omicron sub-variant can avoid antibodies thanks to new mutations which aid its rapid spread.Currently, there are more than 1,000 New York City residents currently hospitalized with COVID-19; this is the first time that the five boroughs' infection rates have surpassed this mark since the second week of February when the massive winter wave of omicron infections started to ebb.De Blasio said there are also concerns with long-COVID with this particular sub-variant.He had some criticism for the current mayor, Eric Adams, and his handling of some aspects."The Adams administration has done zero inspections for vaccine compliance at businesses throughout the city and has fallen...
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will work remotely this week, his office disclosed. Schumer’s absence, disclosed by his office on Sunday, will chip away at an already dwindling number of legislative weeks before November’s midterm elections and will further shrink his party's slim majority for the week. Justin Goodman, a Schumer spokesman, said in a Sunday statement that the senator is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” and will quarantine in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HOUSE SET TO PASS ABORTION RIGHTS BILL AGAIN DESPITE EXTREMELY GRIM SENATE CHANCES “Anyone who knows Leader Schumer knows that even if he’s not physically in the Capitol, through virtual meetings and his trademark flip phone he will continue with his robust schedule and remain in near-constant contact with his colleagues,” Goodman said. Goodman added that Schumer is “fully vaccinated and double boosted” and “greatly appreciates the protection the vaccine has provided him and encourages everyone to test regularly and get vaccinated and boosted.” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)...
    (CNN)Covid-19 surveillance is at a crossroads in the United States. With at-home tests now outnumbering those done in laboratories, official case counts are more incomplete than ever as the nation -- and world -- faces down increasingly transmissible coronavirus variants.Wastewater surveillance is poised to fill in the gaps and help avoid the threats that an invisible wave of the virus could bring. This surveillance can help identify trends in transmission a week or two earlier than clinical testing, giving public health leaders the chance to focus messaging and resources. It can be used as a tool to sequence the virus and find new variants sooner, too.But eagerness to use this tool is stifled by uncertainty about exactly how to do so, along with a lack of resources and support to learn.Testing sewage for virus particles can provide early warning signs of increased transmission in a community, capturing even those who have asymptomatic infections or aren't being tested. Wastewater monitoring for Covid-19 is picking up steam across the USSince the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the National Wastewater...
    (KHN)Even as top U.S. health officials say it's time America learns to live with the coronavirus, a chorus of leading researchers say faulty messaging on booster shots has left millions of older people at serious risk.Approximately 1 in 3 Americans 65 and older who completed their initial vaccination round still have not received a first booster shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers have dismayed researchers, who note this age group continues to be at the highest risk for serious illness and death from covid-19.People 65 and older account for about 75% of U.S. covid deaths. And some risk persists, even for seniors who have completed an initial two-dose series of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or gotten one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Among older people who died of covid in January, 31% had completed a first vaccination round but had not been boosted, according to a KFF analysis of CDC data. Whos eligible for second Covid-19 booster shots -- and when to get themThe failure to boost more of this group...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is now at a medium risk alert level for COVID.The NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan released a statement on the change in the alert level Monday morning."With COVID-19 cases rising, NYC has entered the Medium risk alert level. Cases have now surpassed a rate of 200 per 100,000 people in the five boroughs. As a practical matter, what this means for New Yorkers is that they must exercise even greater caution than they have the last few weeks," he said in part.The statement went on to say that anyone at a higher risk for severe disease due to age, underlying health conditions or because they are unvaccinated, should consider additional precautions such as avoiding crowded indoor gatherings.The city also recommends all New Yorkers wear a mask in public indoor settings.The statement also adds that city residents should get tested for COVID before and after any gatherings, and if you test positive, call your doctor or 212-COVID19 to get evaluated for treatment."Vaccination and boosters are as critical as ever. If you're eligible...
    The leader of a veterans’ care center in Massachusetts where 76 veterans died after contracting the coronavirus in the spring of 2020 lacked both the leadership skills and the temperament to run such a facility when he was hired in 2016, according to a blistering state Inspector General’s report released Friday. The 91-page report, which covers the period from May 2016 until February 2020 — just before the pandemic struck with full force — was also highly critical of the process that led to the hiring of Bennett Walsh as superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and of state oversight of the home. The investigation that led to the report started in 2019 in response to pre-pandemic complaints about Walsh, who resigned in October 2020 as he faced criminal charges over his handling of one of the deadliest known COVID-19 outbreaks at a long-term care facility in the U.S. Those charges were dismissed last year. “Superintendent Walsh did not have and did not develop the leadership capacity or temperament for the role of superintendent,” a summary of the report said....
    HOLYOKE (AP) – The leader of a veterans’ care center in Massachusetts where 76 veterans died after testing positive for the coronavirus in the spring of 2020 lacked both the leadership skills and the temperament to run such a facility when he was hired in 2016, according to a blistering state Inspector General’s report released Friday. The 91-page report, which covers the period from May 2016 until February 2020 — just before the pandemic struck with full force — was also highly critical of the process that led to the hiring of Bennett Walsh as superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home and of state oversight of the home. READ MORE: Construction On I-93 In Wilmington Will Cause Weekend Lane And Ramp ClosuresThe investigation that led to the report started in 2019 in response to pre-pandemic complaints about Walsh. “Superintendent Walsh did not have and did not develop the leadership capacity or temperament for the role of superintendent,” an executive summary of the report said. “He created an unprofessional and negative work environment, retaliated against employees he deemed disloyal, demonstrated a...
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    The View hosts locked horns with guest-host Lindsey Granger while addressing recent hot topics in education, specifically clashing over critical race theory and Covid-19 safety in schools. Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic by citing a recent New York Times op-ed that argued the Republican party is using critical race theory as a way to bait voters. Goldberg shared that the column suggested that Democrats update their platform and their talking points to take the emphasis off education and focus on pushing for better tax cuts and labor unions. “Yeah, all of that is great. That’s what we should be doing, but you know, the reality is, as a child, a Black child, I learned that there was a part of my history as an American child that was not there,” Goldberg continued. “That no one could give me answers that I needed.” She went on to highlight options throughout academia for those who do not want to attend college, such as trade schools, where one can gain vocational education or technical skills required for a specific job. “I think if you’re saying we shouldn’t be talking...
    David McCormick, a Republican candidate running for the U.S. Senate to represent Pennsylvania, said on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Matt Boyle that China should pay “reparations” for damage done to Americans via COVID-19 and fentanyl abuse. He said, “We need to hold China accountable for COVID, and we need to hold China accountable for fentanyl, which is killing people across Pennsylvania, coming across our open borders, and coming into our country, and it’s a huge problem nationally.” China should not be be protected from sovereign immunity, given the Chinese Communist Party’s complicity in the novel coronavirus outbreak and the human toll wrought by drug abuse related to fentanyl produced in the one-party state, he added. “China hasn’t been held accountable,” he remarked. “We need reparations on the Chinese for both of those things, or we need to eliminate sovereign immunity so the victims of COVID can can hold China accountable. We lost a million Americans and trillions of dollars of value, and that’s a way we go on the offense with China.” McCormick...
    The White House on Tuesday will tell Congress about plans to scale back its COVID response efforts due to what it calls a lack of funding, according to a person familiar with the plans.Last month, the White House asked Congress for $30 billion for vaccines and treatments to combat future variants but the request was dropped from the spending bill passed by Congress last week.Press Secretary Jen Psaki previewed the cuts on Monday, warning reporters that "some programs, if we don't get funding, could abruptly end or need to be pared back.""Without COVID response resources and additional money," she said. "there could be immediate impacts on testing capacity, the uninsured fund - which offers coverage of testing and treatments for tens of millions Americans who lack health insurance - and on our supply of monoclonal antibodies."Without the money, Psaki warned earlier this month, the federal government's supply of monoclonal antibodies would run out by May, the supply of pre-exposure prophylaxis drugs used to protect immunocompromised people would run out by July and the supply of oral antiviral pills would run...
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s health minister pleaded with his compatriots Friday not to assume that the coronavirus pandemic is over as the country sees a steady rise in new cases, warning that it is still in a “critical” situation. Germany had seen COVID-19 cases decline last month, but official figures have now shown the infection rate increasing for nine consecutive days. Officials point to the spread of an even more contagious version of the omicron variant known as BA.2, which by this week accounted for half of cases in Germany, and to the relaxation of restrictions. On Friday, the national disease control center said more than 250,000 new cases had been reported in the past 24 hours, along with 249 deaths. The infection rate stood at 1,439 new cases per 100,000 residents over seven days. “We are in a situation that I would like to describe as critical,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told reporters. “We have strongly rising case figures again. … I keep reading that the omicron variant is a milder variant and that’s only true to a...
    RUSSIA has developed a "Covid for computers", which uses porn to disable laptops and phones. The potent piece of malware - which Russia has been perfecting over two decades - could infect millions of personal devices across the UK. 3Russia has developed 'Covid for computers' which has the potential to disable millions of personal devices 3Vladimir Putin is set to launch a massive revenge cyber attack on Britain and NATO alliesCredit: EPA Keyboard warriors from Russia's spy agencies the FSB and GRU are poised to unleash a wave of cyberattacks in retaliation to crippling Western sanctions, according to a former cyber spy. They told the Sunday Mirror: "One click on an enticing video is enough to introduce malware into your computer or mobile. "The advice for safe cyber sex is the same as for real sex - use protection." Users are being urged to install the latest security software on devices to ward off any attack. People are also being told to keep all sensitive information on a laptop not linked to the internet so viruses cannot destroy it. Experts...
    by Kathleen Kauth   According to Hans Rosling “Critical thinking is always difficult, but it’s almost impossible when we are scared. There’s no room for facts when our minds are occupied by fear.” The American Psychological Association indicates the use of fear to influence behavior is effective, especially among women. For fear to be a successful change agent, it must be viewed as a legitimate warning about what will happen if behavior does or does not occur. Jeff Zients, the current coordinator of the Covid response team at the Biden White House stated, “For the unvaccinated, you are looking at a winter of severe illness and death, for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”  These messages are intended to create a sense of fear and lack of control. Offering the mRNA gene editing shot as a clear path of relief from this certain doom provides the illusion of control needed to stem the fear. The perpetually shifting advice about medical interventions from those declared to be experts creates heightened uncertainty. Human brains are not designed for...
    At a Tuesday press conference, New York City Mayor Eric Adams accused the media of distorting the news and implied it had something to do with his race. “How many blacks are on the editorial boards?” he asked. “How many blacks are determining how these stories are being written?" A video of the conference was shared to Twitter by Libs of Tik Tok. NYC Mayor says the media distorts news about NYC and his leadership because he’s a black man. pic.twitter.com/dX0nqXXaVR— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 15, 2022 "We need to really stop distorting the news,” Adams told reporters, blaming bad media coverage on media entities, not his policies. "I’m a black man that’s the mayor.” “My role as mayor is being interpreted through the prisms of your realities and not mine," he added. WATCH: MAYOR BOWSER RELAXES SOME COVID-19 MANDATES IN WASHINGTON “Diversify your newsroom so I can look out and see people that look like me," he said. This comes as a vaccine mandate, implemented by Adams's predecessor,...
    (CNN)Canadian demonstrators were blocking the busiest international crossing in North America on Saturday in defiance of a court order -- setting up a potential showdown with police over the Covid-19 protests that have snarled supply chains and alarmed political leaders.On Friday, officials warned that those blocking the Ambassador Bridge between the US and Canada will face severe consequences if they do not clear the critical economic artery that's been shut down for days. How the Canadian Covid-19 protests could play outAnd although the protests have been simmering for more than two weeks, the situation intensified Friday when a judge granted an injunction to the Canadian city of Windsor in Ontario and a manufacturing association to allow police to begin clearing the bridge, which connects the city to Detroit in the US.Demonstrators could be arrested if they are involved in blocking the bridge, the Windsor Police Service said in a statement. In addition, it warned vehicles may be seized and could be forfeited in the case of a conviction. The judge gave crowds until 7 p.m. Friday to end the blockade....
    (CNN)The Canadian mayor whose city includes the busiest international crossing in North American is expected to ask a court Friday for more authority to budge truckers blocking the critical bridge as nationwide protests over Covid-19 rules continue to disrupt transit, with a mounting toll on the auto parts supply chain -- and residents' and public officials' patience.The stalemate, now in its fifth day, "is causing real harm to workers and economies on both sides of the border," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, adding he'd spoken with Windsor, Ontario, Mayor Drew Dilkens about the impasse at the Ambassador Bridge, which connects to Detroit.How the Canadian Covid-19 protests could play outTruckers in recent days also have used semi-trailers and sometimes farm equipment to block key Canadian-US access points at Emerson, Manitoba, and Pembina, North Dakota, as well as at the Coutts access point between Alberta and Montana. And for two weeks, they've blockaded the downtown core of Ottawa, Canada's capital -- including at its main airport -- prompting a judge there to rule they must stop honking.The protests were sparked by...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — The deadline for some emergency workers in Santa Clara County to vax up or stay home is fast approaching, and if they don’t show up, there could be gaps in critical staffing positons. A health order takes effect on Tuesday for all workers in so-called “high risk” occupations to provide proof of vaccinations and boosters, or they can’t report for work. That includes medical workers and firefighters. READ MORE: Police in El Cerrito Investigate Slaying of Homeless Man“We very, very much hope that people will go ahead and get their booster shot, it’s simple to do,” said James Williams, Santa Clara County Counsel. The order has been looming for months, and fire departments and other agencies have been working to verify that their employees comply, but gaps remain. “We did see over a 90 percent vaccination rate originally, and so we are expecting our booster rates to be similar,” said Erica Ray, a San Jose Fire Department spokesperson. The department says 634 firefighters have been fully vaccinated Which leaves 42 who are not according to...
    While domestic COVID-19 restrictions will almost entirely disappear on Feb. 1, there will still likely be some protocols for international travelers. "Denmark intends however to keep some border measures in place for another four weeks, including tests and/or quarantine depending on travelers' immunity status," the Daily Mail reported. "According to Health Minister Magnus Heunicke, Denmark's recent cases of COVID were more than 46,000 daily on average; however, only 40 people are in hospital intensive care units," according to Newsweek. "We continue with a strong epidemic surveillance," Heunicke declared. "Then we ... can react quickly if necessary." Frederiksen added, "It may seem strange that we want to remove restrictions given the high infection rates. But fewer people become seriously ill." "The Danish Health Authority said that 35 percent of those in hospital with Covid were actually in hospital for another diagnosis," The Local Denmark reported. Other European nations are also significantly curbing their COVID-19 restrictions during the current Omicron wave. Starting on Thursday, England halted its mask mandate – including in classrooms. The requirement for proof...
    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks during a press conference on December 20, 2021 at the WHO headquarters in GenevaFabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images The Covid-19 pandemic is at a "critical juncture" as it enters its third year, the WHO's top official said on Monday. Speaking at a press conference during a meeting with Svenja Schulze, Germany's minister for economic cooperation and development, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus praised Germany — the biggest donor to the WHO — for approaching global public health with "solidarity and multilateralism." "These qualities are more important than ever, because the Covid-19 pandemic is now entering its third year and we are at a critical juncture," Tedros told reporters. "We have the tools to end the acute phase of this pandemic. But we must use them equitably and wisely." Noting Germany's commitment to international cooperation and tackling the pandemic under its newly adopted G-7 presidency, Tedros praised the country's efforts as "an example for all" but warned that "we still have a long road ahead." Globally, more than 71 million new cases of Covid...
    But resentment towards those progressive ideas among voters was a major reason that Youngkin was elected in the first place. During his campaign, Youngkin specifically rallied against race-based curriculum in schools and vowed to ban the teaching of critical race theory. Sailor, for her part, will have no problem carrying out the duties assigned to her. In recent blog posts for the Heritage Foundation, she said lessons arguing that “America is systemically racist” are “the textbook definition of racism.” “No one would argue that children shouldn’t be thoroughly taught about the evils of racism, slavery, and segregation that happened in this country,” she wrote in a July 2021 column. "But [critical race theory] ignores the hundreds of thousands of lives that were sacrificed during the Civil War to end slavery, the long struggle of the civil rights movement to end segregation and win equality, and the reality that the nation has made great progress.” The George W. Bush administration alum currently serves as the vice president of the Heritage Foundation's Feulner Institute, which was founded to "restore confidence in...
    How did the White House respond? A White House official told CNN that administration officials "are in contact with our colleagues at the Hill about a range of issues related to our COVID-19 response, and share their goal of expanding access to free, at home testing." However, the official also downplayed the problem around lack of tests. "While we are not where we would like to be with at home testing, neither are most countries due to unprecedented demand," the official said. Last month, Biden announced a plan to distribute 500 million at-home COVID tests. Last week, he announced the government would procure another 500 million for a total of 1 billion tests. However, Americans will not be able to order the tests until later this week, and the tests should arrive one to two weeks after they are ordered.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A shooting Thursday afternoon on a SEPTA train platform at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue has left a man in critical condition. Video from the Citizen app shows the platform after the incident as police investigate. READ MORE: Alarmingly Low Levels Of Children Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Has Cases Increasing DramaticallyPolice say that a man and a woman got off a train and continued arguing on the platform. READ MORE: Social Justice Groups Believe Sharon Hill Officers Who Opened Fire Should Be Held Responsible In Death Of 8-Year-Old Fanta Bility Another man then intervened on behalf of the woman and police say he shot the man she was arguing with. That man is now in critical condition. A SEPTA police officer was on the platform and made an immediate arrest. MORE NEWS: Supreme Court Halts Biden Administration's COVID-19 Vaccine-Or-Test Mandate For Big US BusinessesFor a list of gun violence resources in Philadelphia, click here.
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Donated blood can save a life, but it is in dangerously short supply nationwide. The American Red Cross is calling on people to donate. “We’re in a dire strait in terms of our blood inventory,” said Dr. Pampee Young, the chief medical officer with the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Perhaps the most critical shortage we have experienced in over a decade.” READ MORE: NTSB Holds Briefing As Investigation Into Drexel Hill Medical Helicopter Crash UnderwayThe American Red Cross is facing a national blood crisis. Dangerously low blood supply levels are threatening patient care and forcing doctors to make difficult decisions. “We’re putting doctors in a position where they have to make the tough decision on who gets a transfusion and who has to wait,” Young said. The ongoing pandemic coupled with weather events has forced the Philadelphia Red Cross to cancel many blood drives. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had less than a one-day supply of blood types, leaving hospitals in desperate need. “I saw it on the news last night that there’s a...
    Nearly 23% of hospitals throughout the United States reported critical staffing shortages on Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, according to data released by the Department of Human and Health Services.  Out of 4,294 hospitals that reported to the HHS, 975 said they didn't have enough nurses and doctors.  The staffing shortage comes as 80.8% of all ICU beds were full on Tuesday, 30.8% of which were being used for COVID-19 patients.  Registered nurse Sara Nystrom, of Townshend, Vt., prepares to enter a patient's room in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)  Several states have implemented emergency measures to deal with the shortage.  The situation is so dire in California that the state's health department announced Saturday that nurses who test positive for COVID-19 can stay at work as long as they are asymptomatic and only interact with COVID-19 patients.  On Tuesday, 143 out of 199 hospitals in California that reported data to the HHS said they were dealing with a critical staffing shortage. ...
    "Winter weather across the country and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases are compounding the already-dire situation facing the blood supply," Baia Lasky, medical director for the Red Cross, told The Hill in a statement. "Please, if you are eligible, make an appointment to give blood or platelets in the days and weeks ahead to ensure no patient is forced to wait for critical care." According to a previous report from the New York Times, the U.S. faced a critical shortage in March 2020 following the first wave of COVID-19 in the country. “This is the biggest challenge that I’ve seen in my 30 years in the business,” Chris Hrouda, president of biomedical services at the American Red Cross, told the Times in a December statement on the worsening shortage. “We simply like to keep three days of inventory,” he added. “We’re struggling to keep one day.”
    (CNN)The current Covid-19 surge in the US, fueled by the Omicron variant, could peak later this month -- but the next couple of weeks are critical, a health expert says.Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, warns long-term planning is needed to avoid continued stress on the health care system, as hospitals become full, schools struggle to keep students in class and testing remains difficult to access."We're seeing two sets of things happening: A lot of vaccinated people getting infected. We're doing fine. Largely avoiding getting particularly sick, avoiding the hospital; a lot of unvaccinated people and high-risk people who have not gotten boosted and they're really filling up the hospitals, and so our hospital systems are under a lot of stress," Jha told ABC's "This Week.""Then we have to start thinking about a long-term strategy for how do we manage this virus and not go from surge to surge feeling like we don't have a longer-termed approach," said Jha. Nearly a quarter of hospitals are reporting a critical staff shortage as Omicron drives a...
    A Florida school has a policy against teaching critical race theory, arguing that such curriculum is the result of a "controlled" message from the media. "As a school, we do not subscribe to or promote Critical Race Theory, Gender Fluidity, or the mainstream narrative surrounding Covid, all hot topics that many schools are now choosing to teach as factual rather than as the theories they are," reads a section of the website for the Centner Academy, a private school in Miami, Florida. IOWA PROFESSOR EXPLAINS HOW SHE CIRCUMVENTS STATE BAN ON TEACHING CRT Amy Carney speaks on behalf of parents during a protest against critical race theory being taught at Scottsdale Unified School District. (Reuters) The policy comes as debate has raged in recent months about the inclusion of elements of critical race theory in school curriculum, with proponents arguing that the lessons are needed to inform students about the country's past injustices. But the Centner Academy called critical race theory "controlled messaging from the media," which it said comes at the same time as "unprecedented censorship in the...
    About 24% of U.S. hospitals are reporting a “critical staffing shortage,” according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services, as public health experts warn the COVID-19 surge fueled by the omicron variant threatens the nation’s health care system. “Given how much infection there is, our hospitals really are at the brink right now,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, told CNN on Sunday. Of the approximately 5,000 hospitals that reported this data to HHS on Saturday, nearly 1,200 — about 1 in 4 — said they are currently experiencing a critical staffing shortage, the largest share of the entire pandemic. More than 100 other hospitals said they anticipate a shortage within the next week. The US health care system is Jha’s greatest concern, he said, noting the omicron surge could hamper its capacity to care for patients suffering from conditions other than COVID-19. “The health care system is not just designed to take care of people with COVID … it’s designed to take care of kids with appendicitis and people who...
    THE numbers of hospital patients in critical condition are comparable with those before the pandemic as Covid cases "peaked on New Year's." London's regional director for Public Health England Professor Kevin Fenton explained that out of 130 hospital trusts, 24 have declared a critical incident while before the virus the number stood at 23. 4The hospital patients in critical condition are comparable to those before the pandemicCredit: Getty 4 4Nadhim Zahawi said isolation measures will be reviewedCredit: Sky News Speaking to Sky News' Trevor Phillips, he said: "In 2017-18, 23 declared a critical incident so it is a mechanism that the NHS uses very well in times of very high pressure on the system. "The NHS is very good because they have this ability to digital passport staff between trusts that's also capable. "We are launching eight Nightingale sites, we are probably going beyond that increased capacity." It comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than...
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — A medical team from the U.S. Defense Department is extending its stay at Beaumont Health, which has been overwhelmed with patients sick with COVID-19, especially people who are not vaccinated. Beaumont, which is Michigan’s largest care provider, had more than 750 COVID-19 patients at eight hospitals Thursday, with 65% unvaccinated, a doctor said. READ MORE: Ohio-Based Company To Pay Nearly $250K For Fish Kill In Michigan RiverThe omicron variant is “frankly a juggernaut,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection prevention. “If you have ignored our pleas for help before, now is the time to take action. … Wear a mask. Get vaccinated. Get boosted.” Michigan averaged 13,673 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday. READ MORE: Police Seek Assistance After Amazon Driver Carjacked In Detroit, 110 Packages StolenA Defense Department team dispatched in December is sticking around through January at a Beaumont hospital in Dearborn. It includes nurses and respiratory therapists in the emergency and critical care departments. “We were able to open additional beds in critical care, and our patients...
    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CBS Detroit/AP) — A medical team from the U.S. Defense Department is extending its stay at Beaumont Health, which has been overwhelmed with patients sick with COVID-19, especially people who are not vaccinated. Beaumont, which is Michigan’s largest care provider, had more than 750 COVID-19 patients at eight hospitals Thursday, with 65% unvaccinated, a doctor said. READ MORE: Ohio-Based Company To Pay Nearly $250K For Fish Kill In Michigan RiverThe omicron variant is “frankly a juggernaut,” said Dr. Nick Gilpin, Beaumont’s medical director of infection prevention. “If you have ignored our pleas for help before, now is the time to take action. … Wear a mask. Get vaccinated. Get boosted.” Michigan averaged 13,673 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and Wednesday. READ MORE: Police Seek Assistance After Amazon Driver Carjacked In Detroit, 110 Packages StolenA Defense Department team dispatched in December is sticking around through January at a Beaumont hospital in Dearborn. It includes nurses and respiratory therapists in the emergency and critical care departments. “We were able to open additional beds in critical care, and our patients...
    A TOTAL of 20 hospital trusts have declared critical incidents as pressure mounts on Boris Johnson to slash the length of Covid isolation. With the mild Omicron variant spreading, the seven-day isolation period is causing a staff shortage at hospitals - amid demands for it to be cut to five days. 2Hospitals have declared 'critical incidents' amid NHS staff shortagesCredit: Rex 2Extra beds arriving at Manchester Royal Infirmary for the Nightingale WardCredit: Twitter/@Inzamam Rashid Downing Street has now confirmed 20 trusts now have "critical" status, though it is hoped this will be short-lived. Calls for the quarantine period to be further reduced comes amid a string of hugely positive studies which showed Omicron IS milder than other strains, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best chance to get through the pandemic, health officials have repeatedly said. The Sun's Jabs Army campaign is helping get the vital extra vaccines in Brits' arms to ward off the need for any new restrictions....
    Coronavirus cases in California exploded into record territory as counts from the holiday weekend were tallied, and officials are warning that the next few weeks are crucial in the fight against the highly infectious Omicron variant. The mounting toll was evident in long lines for those seeking tests and increasingly crowded conditions at some hospitals. In a sign of how widespread the coronavirus is, the share of tests coming back positive reached a seven-day rate of 20.4%, the highest during the pandemic so far, according to the California Department of Public Health. “We need to quickly adapt to periods of high transmission, like right now,” San Francisco Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said in a statement Tuesday. “The next several weeks are absolutely critical. It is within our power to limit the damage of this latest surge, but we need everybody’s help.” California Hospitals see big jumps in COVID-19 patients, but this surge is different from last winter Roughly two-thirds of patients who have tested positive at the four hospitals run by the L.A. County Department of Health...
    MORE than 100,000 critical workers will be fast-tracked for lateral flow tests to stop essential services grinding to a halt, Boris Johnson has announced. The PM is fighting to stop a surge of Omicron cases crippling the country as workers are forced into isolation or struggle to access a test. 2Critical workers will get their hands on lateral flow tests first under new plans announced tonight by Boris JohnsonCredit: Alamy 2Daily Covid cases have tipped over 200,000 for the first time in the UK - but experts have said they should start to fall next week The number of people testing positive for Covid in the UK has tipped past 200,000 for the first time in the UK. Experts say cases should begin to drop next week. Speaking to Brits this evening, Mr Johnson made a rallying cry for Brits to get boosted. He also warned footie fans and nightclubbers will soon need all three jabs on their Covid passports. Despite rising cases of the super-strain, ministers are increasingly confident that hospitals will not become overwhelmed...
    Almeida, who was fully vaccinated, said that she likely contracted the virus through treating COVID-19 patients. She told the U.K.'s Sun that she believed the Viagra saved her life. "Within 48 hours it opened up my [airways] and my lungs started to respond," she said. "If you think how the drug works, it expands your blood vessels,” she told the Sun. “I have asthma and my air [sacs] needed a little help.” "Mentally I am now as good as ever, but I do get a bit teary and frustrated at times," Almeida told the Lincolnite. "Physically, I am very weak and fragile, but I am determined to recover. I was in the COVID ward and then intensive care and I haven’t got a bad word to say about my treatment. I was listened to and included in everything about my care and I owe my life to those people. From the housekeepers to the nursing staff who showed me care and compassion, to an amazing medical team, I’d like to say a public big thank you." Almeida...
    SIX NHS trusts have declared critical incidents over Covid staff shortages. It has lead to renewed calls to slash isolation for people who test positive from seven to five days. 2NHS trusts have said they are facing large levels of staff shortages at the moment Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents trusts, told Sky News around half a dozen hospitals declared critical incidents in the last five days. He said: "It is a sensible, planned thing to do to ensure that trust can carry on providing the services that it needs to provide, particularly the critical and essential services." Although he stressed staff shortages are largely localised, dismissing suggestions a quarter of all workers could soon be off with Covid. Maggie Throup, vaccines minister added: "I think the critical incidents are announced and then they can be very short-term ones and it’s saying to the other trusts around 'can we have some extra help, can we have some mutual aid'. "Sometimes it’s just a matter of hours that the critical incident is in place for, other times...
    The pre-American Rescue Plan food bank lines are probably going to resurge, too. “It’s going to be hard next month, and just thinking about it, it really makes me want to bite my nails to the quick,” Anna Lara told The New York Times in December. She’s talking about the end of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments; the last payment went out on December 15. She’s a mother of two young children and she lives in Huntington, West Virginia. “Honestly, it’s going to be scary. It’s going to be hard going back to not having it.” It’s her senator, Democrat Joe Manchin, who has given Senate Republicans an assist in blocking President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, and the extension of those monthly payments. Manchin has privately told colleagues that he’s opposed to those payments because he believes parents will spend the money on drugs instead of on their children. “Your children watch you, and if you worry, they catch on to that,” Lara said. “With that extra cushion, we didn’t have to worry all the time.” The money has helped...
    A HOSPITAL Trust have declared a "critical" incident after Covid sparked a mass staff shortage, leaving medics overstretched in their wards. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was "unable to maintain safe staffing levels" leading to "compromised care" across its sites. 1Lincoln County Hospital has issued a 'critical' alert because of staff shortagesCredit: Paul Tonge - The Sun An alert from the Trust said the staffing levels at Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital in Boston was causing the "compromised care." The "critical" incident was announced late last night and has continued into today. The hospitals said they are currently unable to support "key pathways" - including stroke, cardiac care, and urgent care. It's not clear if surgeries are continuing to take place during the unprecedented staff shortage. And in a bid to stretch staffing levels, the hospitals have been told to increase the number of discharges and reduce the number of new patients. The ordeal has been caused by an increase in staff being sick and therefore unable to work, the Trust said....
    As the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread across the U.S., state leaders have ordered millions of COVID-19 rapid tests ahead of the new year. The state of Connecticut plans to distribute three million at-home COVID-19 rapid tests and 6 million N95 face masks in an effort to protect its residents against the variant. On Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced that he is calling up nearly 100 members of the Connecticut National Guard to do so. BIDEN ADMIN'S PLAN TO DISTRIBUTE 500M COVID TESTS STARTING NEXT MONTH NOT NEARLY ENOUGH, HEALTH EXPERTS SAY The first allocation to the general public will include the distribution of 500,000 iHealth kits, each containing two tests, with distribution running through next week. Another million iHealth kits will be given to K-12 schools statewide.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has granted emergency use authorization for the iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid test. The total cost of the three million tests is approximately $18.5 million, paid for through federal funding. People line up and receive test kits to detect COVID-19 as...
    Members of the White House COVID-19 response team reacted Wednesday to new guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the sensitivity of rapid antigen tests, telling reporters that the tests' usefulness amid the pandemic has not altered. White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said it was already known that an antigen test was not as sensitive as a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.  CORONAVIRUS TESTING SITES PLAGUED WITH LONG WAITS AND LINES AS OMICRON SURGES: 'OVERWHELMING' "What the FDA was saying, that when they were looking at the sensitivity with regard to omicron, in some of the tests there appears to be somewhat of a diminution – not a disappearance, but a diminution – of the sensitivity," he said.  "The fact that the sensitivity is diminished somewhat does not obviate the importance of the, still, advantage and usefulness of these tests under different circumstances. That was the message of the FDA. They wanted to make sure they were totally transparent in saying the sensitivity might come down a bit, but they did emphasize [that] there still...
    A physician speaking with CNN’s "New Day" knocked the Biden administration on Tuesday, arguing that the White House "dropped the ball" on COVID-19 testing. During an interview with CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Kaitlin Collins, Brown University School of Public Health Dean Dr. Ashish K. Jha was asked whether the administration was missing a "critical window" for COVID testing heading into the New Year.   "You saw President Biden yesterday acknowledging, pretty bluntly, that they need to do better when it comes to testing because we are seeing this nationwide shortage of those rapid at-home tests. It’s very difficult to just walk into a store and get one. And what we’re hearing from officials like Dr. Fauci is that they believe they’re gonna have this solved by mid-January, in a few weeks. But, how critical is the window that we’re missing right now for testing?" asked Collins. CNN REPORTER KNOCKS BIDEN OVER INTERVIEW ON COVID TEST SHORTAGES: HE 'SEEMS CONFUSED' "Oh I think it’s incredibly critical, and I cannot believe this is where we are almost two years into the...