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    WILMINGTON, Del. -- President-elect Joe Biden is set to unveil his economic team Tuesday amid growing concerns about the pace of the nation's economic recovery as governments reimpose restrictions to curtail the surging coronavirus pandemic.Biden has assembled a team of liberal advisers who have long focused on the nation's workers and government efforts to address economic inequality, as unemployment remains high and as the COVID-19 outbreak widens the gulf between average Americans and the nation's most well off. The virus, which has killed more than 268,000 Americans, is resurgent across the country amid holiday travel and colder weather sending people indoors.Janet Yellen, announced Monday as Biden's nominee for treasury secretary, served as chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, when she placed a greater emphasis than previous Fed chairs on maximizing employment and less focus on price inflation. Biden also named Cecilia Rouse as chair of his Council of Economic Advisers, and Heather Boushey and Jared Bernstein as members of the council.SEE ALSO: Timeline of what happens between now and Inauguration Day 2021 EMBED More News Videos ABC...
    SAN ANTONIO – Dr. Junda Woo, the Bexar County health authority, issued a new health directive on Monday, recommending that people not dine in at establishments or gather indoors with people they do not live with to decrease the spread of COVID-19. On Monday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff reported 1,117 new cases on Monday City officials also reported that 587 patients are hospitalized, 182 are in the intensive care unit and 99 are on ventilators. Woo said case numbers are expected to continue to climb through the end of the year and called November a “critical month.” “As the cold weather approaches, and in the wake of Thanksgiving gatherings, we are expecting our case numbers to climb through the end of the year,” Woo said. “This is a critical month. We are asking people to be more selective about how they dine and how they gather with others until we’re on the other side of this surge. When you have to be around others, try to bring in fresh air by opening a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois school districts have made tough calls about how to educate students during a pandemic. With two vaccines possibly ready to go before the end of the year, will teachers be on the priority list to get the vaccine?"At some point, as a matter of public policy, we are going to have to decide how critical are our schools, how critical and essential are schools' workers," said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.Montgomery said if the goal is to gets kids back to school as soon as possible, teachers should be on the priority list for a vaccine. It is up to the state on how to distribute the vaccines."Teachers are very important, but I also want to recognize that we have a lot of frontline workers, cafeteria workers in hospitals for example, who are just as deserving," Gov. Pritzker said during Monday's COVID-19 briefing.Gov. Pritzker plans to announce a distribution plan later this week. According to an Illinois Department of Public Health draft, priority will be given to health care workers, staff and...
    By Dr. Kabelo Senyatso The African Wildlife Consultative Forum (AWCF) is widely known in Africa as one of the most productive wildlife conservation gatherings that occurs every year. The forum, hosted by the Safari Club International Foundation, brought together last week African government officials, professional hunting associations, community-based support organizations, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, international policy experts and wildlife biologists to create a unified force to confront challenges to sustainable use conservation practices. While the event this year was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Botswana and our partners across Africa eagerly attended and fully participated. As the new Director of Botswana’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks myself, we look forward to hosting the 2021 AWCF event in person next year. Botswana’s original nomination to host the 18th AWCF was especially meaningful to us, as earlier in 2019 His Excellency President Mokgweetsi Masisi took an important step for our country’s community-based conservation efforts by repealing the previous hunting moratorium on public lands. Unfortunately, after much hard work by my predecessors, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and our borders closed...
    Music legends Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have been slammed on Twitter for joining forces to record a new song that is critical of COVID-19 lockdowns. Morrison, 75, revealed on Friday that he had collaborated with the legendary guitarist, also 75, for the new track titled 'Stand and Deliver' that is due to be released on December 4. Clapton - who is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times - recorded the song but it was written by Morrison.  Morrison has been highly critical of the lockdowns imposed across the world in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Music legends Eric Clapton and Van Morrison have been slammed on Twitter for joining forces to record a new song that is critical of COVID-19 lockdowns. The pair, both 75, are pictured above performing in London in March before coronavirus restrictions were enforced He has previously released three other songs as part of his anti-lockdown crusade that, in particular, protests the measures enforced by the UK government. Lyrics in his...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As ICU beds get closer to reaching capacity in Minnesota, there’s a dedicated team working around the clock to make sure every patient gets the care they need Right now, one-third of all Minnesotans in the ICU are there because of COVID-19. Only on WCCO, we give you the first look inside the state’s critical care command center, or C4. The room has been dubbed mission control. Set up in May in response to the pandemic, it is where hospital critical care availability is coordinated, according to Dr. Karyn Baum, professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “The idea that as capacity rises and certain hospitals get busy, we want to make sure that all of our hospitals and our patients are taken care of,” Baum said. M Health Fairview already had the infrastructure for its hospital system, and its staff stepped up to also take on ICU patient placement for the state. What they do here is critical to patient survival. This is where hospitals turn for help when they’ve exhausted...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With a surge in coronavirus cases, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. COVID Cravings Drive Us To The Fridge In Search Of Comfort Food SAN FRANCISCO — COVID-19? How about the COVID 15? That is all the extra pounds you’ve gained? This pandemic is driving us to the fridge or pantry with some pretty intense cravings for comfort food. But there is good reason: we’re nearly 9 months into the pandemic and life is full of restrictions and fears. KPIX 5 spoke to folks on Chestnut Street in San Francisco who were trying to enjoy some fresh air. “Things aren’t getting better as we thought,” said Brian Goebel. “You can’t see your friends. You feel paranoid all the time,” noted high schooler Nastasia Hoppe. “I haven’t even started school yet, you don’t want to get COVID, but you want to spend times with your friends,” added her friend Sasha Briones. Read More Nearly A Third...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco health officials say the county will likely move to the most restrictive tier before the end of the week. The move would mean a limited stay at home order with a curfew and changes to local businesses.San Francisco health officials say we're at a critical moment.RELATED: California sees stunning rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, health secretary saysCOVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are up. San Francisco is currently in the red tier but expected to move to the more restrictive purple tier before week's end."We can not let the virus get so far ahead of us where we will never catch up," said Dr. Grant Colfax, Director of Health for the City and County of San Francisco."If and when that happens the city will be required to roll back or reduce capacity of several activities," said Joaquin Torres, Director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the story in a new window"This will require us to stop the indoor operations at houses of worship, movie...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Although San Francisco has yet to reach the purple tier — the most restrictive tier in California’s COVID-19 reopening system — the city’s Department of Public Health Director Dr. Grant Colfax said Tuesday he expects it to do so by later this week. The city currently remains in the red tier, despite predictions made by Colfax last week that the city would reach the purple tier by this past Sunday. During a Tuesday briefing, Colfax said although the number of daily new COVID-19 cases in the city remains below state and national levels, the recent surge is nonetheless concerning. Just as of Nov. 18, the city was seeing an average of 118 new cases daily, a jump from 95 new average cases daily as of Nov. 11 and just 73 a week before that, on Nov. 4. “We’ve seen an aggressive increase in our cases week over week,” Colfax said. “We are at a critical moment. We cannot let the virus get so far ahead of us, or we will never catch up.” He added,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of State Health Services [DSHS] released “guiding principles” on Monday, November 23 regarding how the state will distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once available. Texas officials said COVID-19 vaccines could be expected as early as December of this year. But that all depends on FDA authorizations. As of Monday, there are three companies that claim they have highly effective vaccines in the pipeline. One company, Phizer, has already applied for an Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA, others AstraZeneca and Moderna could soon follow. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said late-stage trials showed its vaccine was up to 90% effective as it became the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential coronavirus vaccine. United States officials said that a vaccine could start being administered to the public in some parts of the country as soon as 24 hours after authorization is given. The timetable is not clear yet as to when a vaccine will be available in Texas. A post on the FDA.gov web site on November...
    EL PASO, Texas – San Antonio physicians, nurses, medical technicians and pharmacists are providing care or services in El Paso after the U.S. Department of Defense deployed 60 medical personnel members as coronavirus cases surged in the city. “It’s no secret that this COVID-19 virus has sort of swept the nation at a critical status here in El Paso,” said First Lt. Ian Krug, a U.S. Air Force critical care nurse. On the front lines of COVID, Texas nurses confront life and death Krug is part of the medical team supporting hospitals in El Paso. He arrived in the border city on Nov. 6. “What we’re doing here with myself and my team at University Medical Center is providing the absolute best medical care that we can,” Krug said. Krug, originally from Detroit, was stationed at Brooke Army Medical Center in September 2019. This year, he was fighting COVID-19 on the frontlines in San Antonio and cared for critically ill patients. This helped prepare him for what was to come in El Paso. “What they’re doing is they’re integrating us...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threw cold water on the notion that a COVID-19 vaccine will be the savior of New York or any other state in the immediate future. “People say, ‘Don’t worry, there’s a vaccine,’” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “I will wager you dollars for doughnuts, it’s six months at a minimum before you hit critical mass with a vaccine. “The vaccine is starting to come December, January, depending on who you believe,’’ Cuomo said. “It will be for, first, high-need populations, nursing homes, etc. “But critical mass … I bet it will be at least six months.” Cuomo noted that it took New York eight months to administer 12 million COVID-19 tests while “moving Heaven and Earth’’ — and “we have to do 20 million vaccinations.’’ He said this is still the time when community behavior can be a region’s best weapon against the pandemic.
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday threw cold water on the notion that a COVID-19 vaccine will be the savior of New York or any other state in the immediate future. “People say, ‘Don’t worry, there’s a vaccine,'” Cuomo said at a press briefing. “I will wager you dollars for doughnuts, it’s six months at a minimum before you hit critical mass with a vaccine. “The vaccine is starting to come December, January, depending on who you believe,’’ Cuomo said. “It will be for, first, high-need populations, nursing homes, etc. “But critical mass … I bet it will be at least six months.” Cuomo noted that it took New York eight months to administer 12 million COVID-19 tests while “moving Heaven and Earth’’ — and “we have to do 20 million vaccinations.’’ He said this is still the time when community behavior can be a region’s best weapon against the pandemic. Filed under andrew cuomo ,  Coronavirus in NY ,  vaccines ,  11/22/20
    Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler has gone into quarantine after receiving conflicting COVID-19 test results - including one that was positive.   Loeffler's campaign said she took two rapid tests on Friday morning which both came back negative. She received another PCR test that night, which came back positive.   The Republican was then retested on Saturday and the results were inconclusive, prompting her to isolate out of caution.   'Senator Loeffler followed CDC guidelines by notifying those with whom she had sustained direct contact while she awaits further test results,' her office said Saturday night.  'She has no symptoms and she will continue to follow CDC guidelines by quarantining until retesting is conclusive and an update will be provided at that time.'  Loeffler appeared at a campaign event with Vice President Mike Pence and Sen David Perdue in Georgia on Friday.  This is a developing story.  Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler has gone into quarantine after receiving conflicting COVID-19 test results - including at least one that was positive
    SINGER Jeremih has been transferred out of the intensive care unit after being in “critical condition” during his battle with coronavirus. News of the 33-year-old struggling with coronavirus first broke last week after celebrity friends began asking for prayers from fans. 5Jeremih is out of the ICUCredit: Getty Images - Getty Jeremih’s family gave a positive update to TMZ on Saturday to share that he has been moved out of the ICU after days of being treated there. He’ll now spend time recovering in the regular hospital area for some “true healing.” The singer’s loved ones thanked everyone – both fans and Jeremih’s fellow artists – for all of their thoughts and good vibes. The record producer's health was initially declining after having to be put on a breathing ventilator to stabilize his condition in a Chicago hospital. 5The artist has been battling Covid since last weekCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5His celebrity friends have been asking fans for thoughts and prayersCredit: Twitter On Thursday, in a statement to Variety, the rapper's agent announced: “J was just pulled off the ventilator....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — One of the Twin Cities top doctors believes the next few weeks will be critical in the fight against COVID-19. The chief of hospital medicine at Regions leads 100 employees in several COVID wards. Dr. Benji Mathews told WCCO’s Liz Collin that Regions is caring for 90 patients with the virus right now. Mathews told Liz they’re doing alright when it comes to hospital capacity at this point, but more than 700 employees are out of work within the entire Health Partners system due to either a confirmed COVID case or exposure. What follows is a partial transcript of their discussion: Dr. Benji Mathews: It is the most we’ve seen at Regions Hospital here. Two weeks ago we were in the 70s, and we were in a relative calm a month or two ago. To see that rise come in an exponential rise has been troubling. … Many in the community might not see what we are seeing yet. We cannot unsee what we are seeing. Someone who is lying on their belly, breathing on a ventilator,...
    VIDEO2:1402:14Zebra Technologies CEO on company's role in Covid-19 vaccine distributionMad Money with Jim Cramer Zebra Technologies has played a role in coronavirus testing to fight off the pandemic, and now the barcode company has a new role to play in preventing the deadly virus from spreading further, CEO Anders Gustaffson told CNBC's Jim Cramer Friday. While Zebra's products have been used for tracking samples from mass tracking sites, the company is also being counted on for vaccine distributions in what's known as cold chain, a temperature-controlled supply chain. "Our vaccine vial labels," which can also be used on boxes and pallets "will change color based on the temperature exposure," Gustaffson said in a "Mad Money" interview. The labels come from Temptime, a manufacturer of temperature monitoring solutions for the health-care industry that the Lincolnshire, Illinois-based company acquired nearly two years ago. Pfizer and BioNTech on Friday became the first company in the race to produce a viable Covid-19 vaccine to apply for emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The review process is expected to take some...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The first batch of coronavirus tests Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan acquired from South Korea were flawed, according to a report by The Washington Post. Hogan used nearly $9.5 million in state funding to purchase 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from abroad back in April. But those tests were never used, according to the Post. Instead, Hogan reportedly paid the same South Korean company, LabGenomics, $2.5 million to replace the tests. On Saturday, First Lady Yumi Hogan and I stood on the tarmac at @BWI_Airport to welcome the first ever Korean Air passenger plane, carrying a very important payload of LabGun #COVID19 test kits which will give MD the capability of performing half a million coronavirus tests. pic.twitter.com/Elf0ADIRnJ — Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 20, 2020 After getting the replacement tests, the Post reported that they were offered two two private labs for use, but one declined due to possible false positives and the speed of the results. They say 370,000 of the replacement tests by the other lab. In June, Maryland lawmakers voiced concerns about the...
    California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday issued a temporary curfew throughout most of the state in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. The order, which goes into effect Saturday, stops gatherings and non-essential work between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in areas under the state's purple tier label, where virus transmission is considered widespread. "The virus is spreading at a pace we haven't seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm," Newsom said in a press release. "It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We've done it before and we must do it again." Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order. Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together--we can flatten the curve again.— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2020 The...
    (CNN)Few measures in preventive medicine can compare with the impact of vaccines. In fact, the only human disease ever eradicated, smallpox, was wiped out with a vaccine. Given the major health burden caused by the novel coronavirus, having a safe and effective vaccine would be a critical tool in mitigating that burden. Headlines as of late have painted a grim picture of the immediate public health landscape, with Covid-19 cases spiking across the nation and some cities and states forced to implement new regulations in an attempt to stymie the spread of disease. But amid the bad news, there has been a glimmer of hope. Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that early data on their vaccine candidate showed it was more than 90% effective in trial participants, before announcing on Wednesday that a final analysis of the vaccine's Phase 3 trial found it was 95% effective. And on Monday, Moderna reported that early data from its vaccine candidate shows it is over 94% effective. Blue states are blowing the Covid-19 response, too. We need a national response...
    JEREMIH is being "viciously attacked" by Covid as he battles the virus in hospital. The 33-year-old R&B singer's "critical" condition is "rare" considering his age, his agent said. 5 Jeremih is being "viciously attacked" by Covid as he battles the virus in hospitalCredit: Getty Images - Getty Jeremih - born Jeremy Phillip Felton - is currently fighting for his life in the Intensive Care Unit after getting struck down with Covid. "The Covid-19 condition he's experiencing is rare for a young man his age without underlying conditions," his rep told Deadline. "There's no shame in contracting Covid19, and people that have it need to be responsible and considerate of others. "Everyone diagnosed with Covid-19 is affected differently. Unfortunately for Jeremih, Covid-19 viciously attacked his body." 5 The 33-year-old is in a "critical condition" in the ICUCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5 His agent said: "Everyone diagnosed with Covid-19 is affected differently. Unfortunately for Jeremih, Covid-19 viciously attacked his body"Credit: Getty Images - Getty Jeremih has been battling the disease from a Chicago hospital. The record producer was initially put on a...
    Getty Singer Jeremih remains hospitalized after contracting coronavirus. Six days after the news broke that Jeremih was hospitalized with COVID-19 complications, the singer remains in “critical condition,” his agent said in a statement to Variety on November 19. While his outlook is grim, all hope is not lost. Jeremih, 33, whose real name is Jeremy Phillip Fenton, was “just pulled off the ventilator,” his agent said, but he’s still in the ICU at a Chicago hospital. Rapper 50 Cent, who collaborated with Jeremih on the hit song, “Down on Me,” was the first person to reveal that the singer was receiving care for coronavirus. He tweeted, “pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s*** is real.” On Instagram, 50 Cent also revealed that Jeremih was “in ICU in Chicago.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) Sources told TMZ last Saturday that Jeremih was not doing well and that his “prognosis” was “bleak.” Sources also told the outlet that Jeremih’s condition has continued to worsen and that...
    SINGER Jeremih remains "in critical condition at the ICU" while battling Covid as his celebrity friends beg fans worldwide for prayers. News originally broke on Saturday that the R&B artist had been hospitalized due to Covid-19. 9Jeremih is in critical condition in a Chicago hospitalCredit: Getty Images - Getty Jeremih, 33, has been fighting the disease quietly from a Chicago hospital. The record producer's health was initially declining after having to be put on a breathing ventilator to stabilize his condition. Today in a statement to Variety, the rapper's agent announced: “J was just pulled off the ventilator. He’s still in ICU in critical condition. Please keep him in your prayers.” 9He was originally put on a ventilator to stabilize his conditionCredit: Getty Images 9Jeremih is only 33 years old and suffering from Covid-related health issuesCredit: Getty Images Celebrity friends are fear-stricken as they have taken to social media to ask for prayers from fans. Rapper 50 Cent tweeted: "Pray for my boy Jeremih he’s not doing good this covid s**t is real." 950 cent expressed worry for...
    Joe Biden's coronavirus task force is doubling down on its call for President Donald Trump's administration to share information on the virus and are demanding a laundry list of items to help them in their response to the pandemic. 'Cooperation and communication must be the foundations of our COVID-19 response. We have to work together as quickly and efficiently as possible. We have to share information,' Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general leading Biden's task force, told reporters in a briefing on Tuesday. He pointed out that many government staffers working on the pandemic are career federal employees who will stay on the job during the Biden administration. 'They will be our partners in addressing COVID-19,' Murthy said.  Joe Biden's coronavirus task force is doubling down on its call for President Donald Trump's administration to share information on the virus In a briefing with reporters Tuesday, Dr. Vivek Murthy (left) and Dr. David Kessler (right) listed information they need in their work as part of Biden's coronavirus task force and said the Trump administration's refusal to start...
    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A day after announcing he'd tested positive for COVID-19, Gov. Steve Sisolak warned Saturday that Nevada's response to the coronavirus outbreak was at “a critical juncture" as the state reported a record number of new confirmed cases for the second day in a row. “Today, we recorded 2,269 new cases, including mine," Sisolak said on Twitter. “I again want to underscore the importance for Nevadans to stay home when they can to help protect themselves and our communities." The new cases announced Saturday with 15 additional deaths increased the state’s totals to 119,006 cases and 1,908 deaths. On Friday, Nevada had reported 1,857 new confirmed cases, surpassing the previous record of 1,824 cases reported Nov. 7. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick. Sisolak warned Nevadans earlier in the week that if the state fails to slow the spread of the virus within two weeks, he will be forced to reimplement stricter...
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — As the pandemic is expected to extend well through the rest of 2020, Maryland is stockpiling PPE to prepare for a surge in the coming cold months. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday the state is setting aside $20 million of the $70 million CARE Act funds for Maryland’s efforts to prepare hospitals and care centers for more cases. Federal officials have encouraged states to have 60 days worth of supplies. However, Gov. Hogan said the state is meeting and “in many cases already exceeding” their goal of stockpiling 90 days of supplies of critical resources. He said earlier this week, state budget officials reached out to county leaders to “strongly encourage them” to use some of their remaining resources to build up their supplies of critical PPE, especially gowns, gloves and masks. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh is urging residents to avoid gatherings and parties as coronavirus cases rise in the city. “We are at another critical point,” Walsh said Thursday. “Last time I said something like that was probably back in May.” There were 355 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Boston reported Thursday. “Today’s the largest case number I think we’ve seen since maybe June, in the city of Boston,” Walsh said. The neighborhoods with the highest positive rates of Covid-19 are Dorchester, Mattapan and East Boston. Roxbury and Roslindale increased 10 percent last week. New state guidelines that went into effect last week include a stay at home advisory between 10 p.m and 5 a.m. and limiting private gatherings at homes to 10 people inside and 25 people outside. Walsh urged residents to avoid hosting and attending parties. “When you have 300-plus cases in one day in Boston, we haven’t seen those numbers since the beginning of the virus, whenever they were shut down,” Walsh said. “We don’t want to go back to that place....
    (CNN)Some doctors have serious reservations about the Trump administration's Covid-19 antibody treatment rollout. Coronavirus hospitalizations in US reach an all-time high with more than 60,000Doctors from Harvard Medical School shared their concerns in an editorial published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, saying they need clearer insight on who such monoclonal antibody treatments are best for, how they'll be distributed and how much they'll cost.The US Food and Drug Administration gave Eli Lilly's monoclonal antibody treatment emergency use authorization on Monday. On Tuesday, the US Department of Health and Human Services said it would roll out the treatments as early as this week. "Getting new therapeutics like this to patients has the potential to save thousands of lives and significantly reduce the disease's burden on our health care system," HHS Secretary Alex Azar said at a news conference.Currently, there are over 80,000 doses available for allocation and distribution, Azar said. Lilly told CNN that at the beginning of the first quarter of 2021 it expects the supply of the antibody therapy will "increase substantially."Read MoreThe US government...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Pennsylvania reported more than 3,400 hundred new COVID-19 cases Monday. That follows more than 6,300 hundred new cases over the weekend. Hospitalizations are also up and so too is the percent positivity rate, showing more people are getting sick. “This is a call to action for everyone in Pennsylvania. COVID-19 is right here and we are at a critical point, we all need to take steps to prevent the spread of this virus,” said Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine. “And if we don’t, we put ourselves, our families, our communities and our health systems at risk.” Dr. Levine urged people to cooperate when contact tracers or case investigators call, saying your cooperation saves someone else’s life. Also on Monday, President-elect Joe Biden implored Americans to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, even as he cheered news about the promising development of a vaccine being developed by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. Biden in remarks after meeting with his newly formed coronavirus advisory board cautioned that Americans still face “a dark winter” and need to be...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Governor Cuomo appeared on "Good Morning America" to talk about advances with the coronavirus vaccine efforts.His appearance came on the heels of the news that Pfizer's vaccine may show 90% effectiveness at preventing COVID-19.The governor was critical of the Trump administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as a whole and also of their plan on how to administer the vaccine to the American public."The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we'll have a vaccine shortly, the bad news is it's about two months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration will be implementing a vaccine plan," Cuomo said.He said that the plan is flawed because the private providers will be administering the vaccine and that leaves out communities that didn't get enough help at the beginning of the pandemic."They're going to take this vaccine and they're going to go through the private mechanisms, through hospitals, through drug market chains, etc. That's going to be slow, that's going to bypass the communities we call health care deserts. If you don't have...
    The economy tops the minds of voters, but there is a split on whether the economy is doing well, and more than half say they have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, according to CNN exit polling. The most critical issue to voters: Economy: About 1/3. Racial inequality: About 1/5. Pandemic: 1/6. Healthcare: 1/10. Crime and violence: 1/10. President Donald Trump supporters are more likely to call the economy most critical at about 60% than Joe Biden supporters about 10%. Biden supporters cite coronavirus (35%) as their most critical issue, which is six times more than Trump supporters (5%). Somewhat surprisingly, almost twice as many say they are better off today than four years ago (4/10) than say they are worse off (2/10). This is an election with high voter turnout, including record-shattering numbers in mail-in and early voting. Just 4% voters say they made up their mind late, according to the exit poll. And, on par with 2008s record-setting turnout, 1 in 8 voters say this is the first time they have voted. ...
    President Donald Trump kicked off the first of four rallies in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Saturday with an attack on his Democratic rival Joe Biden, accusing him of championing policies that took jobs from the state. A smaller than normal crowd greeted the president in muddy field in Newton, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh. The Southwest part of the state is heavily invested in the energy industry, including mining and fracking. ‘Three days from now this is the state that will save the American dream,’ he announced to his supporters. 'I am going to be here all day today.' Trump wasted no time going after Biden, accusing him of betraying the people of Pennsylvania – the state where Biden was born. He said Biden ‘wiped out Pennsylvania steel,’ was a ‘cheerleader’ for NAFTA, championed for China to join the World Trade Organization. ‘In Pennsylvania you lost 50% of your manufacturing jobs after those Biden disasters,’ the president told the crowd. He said a vote for Biden would be a vote to end fracking, one...
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- Over the years, the blood supply at LifeStream Blood Bank has endured highs and lows. But officials who work at the facility in San Bernardino say the supply has never been as low as it is now, several months after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic."We're at a very, very critical need right now," said Dr. Joe Chaffin, chief medical officer at LifeStream Blood Bank. "It's as critical as I've seen in over 20 years."Early in the pandemic, blood bank officials enticed potential donors with COVID-19 antibody tests. And because hospitals were delaying non-essential surgeries, the demand for blood was low. But things have changed."As hospitals have gone more back to normal, at least in California, and to some extent in the rest of the country, and surgeries are going up, blood use is increasing while at the same time the number of units that we collect is still depressed," Chaffin said.Chaffin says not only are fewer people coming into the blood bank to donate, perhaps out of COVID-19 fears, but the closure of local...
    (Bloomberg Opinion) — As Covid-19 picked up speed and ferocity, digital dashboards were everywhere. Published by global health organizations, national and local governments, medical centers and media outlets, pandemic dashboards visualized an evolving narrative of life and death — from case numbers and mortality rates to testing capacity and ventilator access. Very soon, dashboards were deployed to illustrate all manner of non-medical consequences — whether the collapse in air traffic, the rise in unemployment, the sources of response funding or the rules governing restaurants and bars. In June, NASA co-created the “Earth Observation Dashboard” which allows “user-friendly tracking” of Covid’s planetary impact on “air and water quality, climate change, economic activity, and agriculture.” Three interconnecting factors catalyzed this Covid dashboard dash: the scale, speed and severity of the pandemic, which demanded the urgent assessment of complex streams of interconnected data; the widespread availability of dashboard generating software — including Tableau, Domo, Datawrapper and ArcGIS; the omnipresence of smartphones, tablets and computers on which dashboards could be (compulsively) viewed, compared and shared. *  *  * Before we sail any deeper into...
    Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) arrive with a correctional patient at North Shore Medical Center where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Miami, Florida, U.S. July 14, 2020.Maria Alejandra Cardona | Reuters The United States is reporting another record-high average number of new cases of the coronavirus as a top health official warned Wednesday that the country is at a "critical point." The U.S. reported 73,240 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the seven-day average of new cases up to about 71,832, a fresh record and an increase of more than 20% compared with a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Three dozen states reported that the average number of people currently hospitalized with Covid-19 rose by at least 5% over the past week, according to data from the Covid Tracking Project, which tracks testing, hospitalization and other data on the outbreak. Cases are up by at least that amount in 45 states, according to Hopkins data. "As the nation did after Memorial Day, we are at another critical point in the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A fast and accurate diagnosis is critical in getting a COVID patient the right treatment, but many tests take time and some are plagued by false negative results. But CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez says there’s a small device that can make test results much more accurate — an ultrasound scanner that you can actually hold in your hand. When you combine that device with other tests, diagnostic COVID accuracy goes up significantly, which is especially important when COVID pneumonia is suspected. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max Answers Your Health Questions What To Do If Someone Isn’t Social Distancing Or Wearing A Mask? Expert: Parents Be Mindful Of Children’s Stress After Months Of Isolation Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks Complete Coronavirus Coverage A patient is in the ER or ICU with COVID symptoms, having trouble breathing. Is it the flu, TB, a common lung infection or COVID-19? A portable, handheld ultrasound probe called...
    Basketball great Michael Jordan has opened a second health clinic for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte, aimed at providing 'critical services' during the coronavirus pandemic.  The 57-year-old sports icon praised the success of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in west Charlotte, which opened last year, as he announced the launch of the new North End location.  Both locations were made possible by a massive $7million grant given by Michael Jordan, three years ago. They work to address health equity gaps, offering comprehensive primary care - something made even more apparent by COVID-19.   Michael Jordan appeared on a Zoom call with patients as he announced the launch of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in North End An outside look of the new North End location, which will come stocked with 12 patient exam rooms and an X-ray room  'When we came together to mark the first clinic's opening last fall, no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic just five months later,' Jordan said in a release...
    (CNN)Despite repeated claims they're committed to transparency, Johnson & Johnson and the US Food and Drug Administration still aren't revealing crucial details one week after the pharmaceutical giant's Covid-19 vaccine trial went on pause.Public health experts have encouraged transparency in the Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials, considering that hundreds of millions of Americans will eventually be asked to roll up their sleeves and take a vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson trial was put on hold October 12 due to a study participant's "unexplained illness," according to a company statement last week. Johnson & Johnson voluntarily stopped enrolling study participants while the illness is being reviewed by an independent monitoring board. The company and the FDA declined to answer two questions from CNN: One, whether the study volunteer who became ill received the vaccine or the placebo, and two, if this is the first pause for the trial. Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after unexplained illnessThe answers to both questions are critical to understanding what this participant's illness might mean for the safety of a vaccine. Read MoreDr. Paul Offit,...
    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has been placed on a ventilator at an Israeli hospital where he is in critical condition with the coronavirus, officials said. The PLO on Sunday said that Erekat, 65, had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem due to “chronic health problems in the respiratory system,” Agence France-Presse reported. Erekat, who tested positive for the virus on Oct. 9, had “arrived in serious condition” and was receiving oxygen, the hospital said Sunday, adding that he was in “serious” but “stable” condition. But on Monday morning, Hadassah said his condition “deteriorated and is now defined critical and due to respiratory distress, he is anesthetized and ventilated.” Erekat, who lives in the West Bank town of Jericho, underwent lung-transplant surgery in the US in 2017 after years of suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. “Mr. Erekat is a challenge to treat for coronavirus since he had lung transplants, he is immunosuppressed, and has another bacterial infection in addition to coronavirus,” Hadassah said, adding it was...
    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, the secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, has been placed on a ventilator at an Israeli hospital where he is in critical condition with the coronavirus, officials said. The PLO on Sunday said that Erekat, 65, had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem due to “chronic health problems in the respiratory system,” Agence France-Presse reported. Erekat, who tested positive for the virus on Oct. 9, had “arrived in serious condition” and was receiving oxygen, the hospital said Sunday, adding that he was in “serious” but “stable” condition. But on Monday morning, Hadassah said his condition “deteriorated and is now defined critical and due to respiratory distress, he is anesthetized and ventilated.” Erekat, who lives in the West Bank town of Jericho, underwent lung-transplant surgery in the US in 2017 after years of suffering from pulmonary fibrosis. “Mr. Erekat is a challenge to treat for coronavirus since he had lung transplants, he is immunosuppressed, and has another bacterial infection in addition to coronavirus,” Hadassah said, adding it was...
    NIGHTINGALE hospitals have been placed on standby across the North — where up to a third of critical care beds are already taken by Covid patients. Around four in ten of all ­coronavirus cases are in the North West, health bosses say. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Nightengale hospitals have been placed on standby across the North — where up to a third of critical care beds are already taken by Covid patientsCredit: London News Pictures 4Bosses say around four in ten of all ­coronavirus cases are in the North WestCredit: PA:Press Association It has led to NHS leaders “mobilising” three overflow Nightingale hospitals in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate. It was also revealed yesterday that more people across England are now in hospital with Covid than on March 23 — the day national lockdown was imposed. But experts say deaths during this second wave of the virus could be less than half seen in the first. Dr Jane Eddleston, an intensive care consultant at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said admissions were rocketing in...
    Colorado has seen over $1.1 billion in marijuana sales since the COVID-19 pandemic began in this country, according to figures from the state Department of Revenue. Legal marijuana sales topped $200 million in August for the second month in a row, reaching the second-highest monthly total since recreational sales started in 2014. Counting back to March of this year, when Colorado and the rest of the nation began shutting down over the pandemic, dispensaries have sold over $1.1 billion in marijuana products — and that's not counting sales in September and October. Dispensaries sold over $218.6 million worth of marijuana products in August, DOR data shows. Recreational sales accounted for more than $176.5 million (also the second-highest monthly total since 2014), while medical marijuana sales remained strong at just over $42 million.Related Stories Marijuana Sales Smash Previous Monthly Record, Cross $200 Million Colorado Pot Prices Reach Three-Year High, Up 25 Percent Since July COVID-19 Ushering in Automated Future for Retail Pot We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City Engaging with our readers...
    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top team of cabinet ministers agreed at a weekend meeting that the country was at a critical point in the coronavirus crisis and that it was important to act now, his spokesman said on Monday. "Cabinet agrees that we're at a critical point as we confront the second wave of the virus and it is important that we take steps to limit the spread of the virus," the spokesman told reporters. (Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Michael Holden) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    LIVERPOOL'S hospitals are at a "critical" level of coronavirus admissions and have begun scaling back non-Covid surgeries to cope with the surge. The number of people being admitted to hospitals in Liverpool are the third highest in Europe and could be heading for the dreaded top spot with a huge spike in new patients. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4Liverpool Hospitals are at a "critical point" and having to redirect non-Covid procedures Credit: PA:Press Association 4 NHS chief Dr Stephen Powis warned Liverpool hospitals were seeing the steepest increase in new admissions as he delivered a dire warning about the worsening second wave of coronavirus in the UK. He said in a Downing Street briefing today: "Liverpool University Hospital is seeing the steepest increase in its beds (with Covid patients) "And the same is happening in other hospitals in the region." There are more than 250 patients with coronavirus in beds at Liverpool university hospitals, as the emergency Nightingale hospitals are being readied to deal with the crisis. ...
    On Saturday morning, former governor and expert on how to torture people who stutter, Chris Christie, announced that he was leaving Morristown Medical Center after being hospitalized for seven nights. Combined with Donald Trump’s release from Walter Reed Medical Center Monday evening, it seems that COVID-19 can bypass even people with highly evident co-morbidities, given that those people are given inordinate levels of medical care and mass doses of experimental drugs that are unavailable to ordinary Americans. Or … does it? Assuming that Donald Trump is giving an accurate account of the chronology of his COVID-19 infection, which is, admittedly, a yuge assumption, he first tested positive on Thursday, Oct. 1 after feeling ill on Wednesday, Sept. 30. For Christie, that positive test came on Saturday, Oct. 3. With both of them now checked out of their respective hospitals—and, in Trump’s case, diligently returning to the work of subverting democracy by repressing votes, lying about election fraud, and threatening to have political opponents arrested—it may seem they’re out of the woods. They’re not. Because nine months into this pandemic, doctors understand that COVID-19 tends to follow...
    Itchy-O, the 57-member experimental percussion troupe, brought fans some summertime pandemic relief with its fiery Sypherlot: Drive-In Radio Bath, held in the Mission Ballroom parking lot. Now the band is resurrecting its annual Halloween show as a drive-in concert series. The event, dubbed Hallowmass Performance and Offertory, promises to build on the Sypherlot spectacle. "Imagine a deep-space carwash at the end of Fury Road, where interstellar performers interact with vehicles to turn each car into a dancefloor, all while adhering to CDC-recommended public-health guidelines," explains the band. We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City Engaging with our readers is essential to Westword's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Denver's stories with no paywalls. Support Our Journalism Related Stories In This Bleak World, itchy-O Carries On With Sypherlot Itchy-O Is Back With the Sypherlot: Drive-in Radio Bath How 57-Member itchy-O Stays Creative, Together, During COVID-19 The performances are slated for Fridays and Saturdays, October 30 through November 7, and there will be...
    As New York City officials prepared on Tuesday to roll back openings in COVID-19 hot spots in Brooklyn and Queens, the president and chief operating officer of the city’s Mount Sinai Hospital, David Reich, sent an email to staffers warning of bed shortages and the activation of its surge capacity. The internal memo, obtained by The Daily Beast, was sent to attending physicians, house staff, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants with the subject line “Current Bed Shortage and Surge Policy Activation.” “We continue to experience very high occupancy of available inpatient beds and a large number of admitted patients in the Emergency Department,” Reich wrote. “Please look at all possible options for discharging patients as soon as possible. Nursing, Social Work, and Case Management are all aware and will work with you to facilitate patient discharges.” “Thank you in advance for your assistance with this important patient care and safety issue,” he added. The hospital did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Beast on Tuesday and did not answer questions about to what extent those bed...