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    DUBLIN — Ireland is a nation of saints, scholars and status quo. This small island in the northwestern tip of Europe is ruled by two old foes: the right-of-center Republican Fianna Fáil party and the right-of-center Christian Democratic Fine Gael party, which have been on opposing sides of the political divide since independence in 1922. But not anymore. Under an agreement reached in June, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin took the reins as prime minister or “Taoiseach” from Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, the previous prime minister, until 2022. It is a polite, if imperfect, game of musical chairs to maintain stability during troubled times. It was either form a minority coalition with 43.1% of the vote combined, or form...
    Texas helicopter crash kills 3 parks and wildlife employees Dollar Tree, Family Dollar reverse decision to require masks at all stores, but request customers wear them MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus: List of COVID-19 cases in baseball As Major League Baseball attempts to play a 60-game season and the playoffs while navigating the perils of the novel coronavirus, its players will be tested and traced incessantly, isolated and placed, as needed, on the COVID-19 injured list.  Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull on seven-inning, one-run outing: Didnt have best stuff Detroit Tigers Spencer Turnbull on seven-inning, one-run outing: Didnt have best stuff Detroit Free Press Aston Martin...
    These data come at a time when the reopening of schools is still being discussed Most children are not seriously ill from COVID-19. Photo: Ketut Subiyanto / Pexels At least 97,000 children in the United States tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July aloneaccording to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatricians and the Children’s Hospital Association. The report adds that around 338,000 minors have been infected since the pandemic began. These figures reveal that in just two weeks a quarter of the total were infected. The data comes out at a time when families and educational leaders are trying to find a way to get around the challenges involved...
    More than a third of Americans said they would not get a vaccine against coronavirus at the present time even if it were to be free and approved by the FDA.  65% of those responding to the survey say they would accept the offer and get themselves vaccinated while 35% said they would not.  Those who who say they would not be happy to get the injection also runs roughly along party political lines with less than half of Republicans (47%) saying they would take the jab but with 81% of Democrats ready to line up to be inoculated, according to a new Gallup poll.  35% of Americans say they would not take COVID injection when its available according to...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis takes his mask off to speak at a news conference on the surge in coronavirus cases in the state held at the Jackson Memorial Hospital on July 13, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order that enables restaurant employees who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, to resume working on site, without officially needing a negative test. Originally, workers had the right to return to work only after obtaining two recent negative tests. DeSantis new executive order. Covid infected restaurant employees no longer need a negative test to return to work. Just go back and tell them youre fine!Do not go to restaurants, people. DeSantis...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related deaths are continuing to climb in San Antonio and Bexar County. However, hospitalizations are still on a downward trend, numbers on the city’s website indicate. On Sunday, Bexar County’s COVID-19 case load increased as the city announced 252 additional COVID-19 cases. The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 42,873 cases since the start of the pandemic. However, 13 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 445. Officials reported 738 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 743 on Saturday. Of those patients, 322 are in the intensive care unit and 220 patients are on ventilators. Numbers released by city officials indicate that 15% of staffed hospital...
    MOTZA, Israel (KGO) -- You may have seen some designer face masks out there, but they can't compare to the creation by a high-end jeweler.Luxury jewelry brand Yvel, out of Israel, is creating what they say is the world's most expensive COVID-19 face mask. The custom-made, ultra-luxe mask is making safety sparkle.When it's finished, the 18-karat white gold face covering will be encrusted with 3,600 white and black diamonds and can be fitted with the top-rated N99 filters.WATCH: See-through masks helping those with autism, hearing lossEMBED More News Videos One woman is on a mission to expand the availability of see-through masks. The jeweler says it was commissioned by a Chinese businessman living in the U.S. He's paying $1.5 million...
    Crowds of protesters demanding an end to the rule of 'Europe's last dictator' clashed with police on the streets of Belarus last night. The clashes came after state-approved exits polls claimed Alexander Lukashenko had won a landslide victory to retain the presidency he has held since 1994. Outraged opposition supporters came out in their thousands to demonstrate in disbelief that the repressive strongman had secured 79.7 per cent of the vote, as according to the official figures.  A law enforcement officer drags a man during clashes with opposition supporters after poll closed at presidential election in Minsk, Belarus August 9, 2020 Opposition supporters scuffle with law enforcement officers after poll closed at presidential election in Minsk, Belarus August...
    San Diego —  Later this week, a COVID-19 testing site will open up just outside a pedestrian crossing in San Ysidro, where tens of thousands of people enter the United States from Mexico every day. The PedEast testing location is thought to be the closest to the U.S.-Mexico border in any state, and is the result, the county says, of a data-driven, community-led strategy that aims to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Bay communities. Officials have long known that the pandemic has disproportionately affected the South County region, where cases continue to climb. Factors that contribute to these increases include long-standing disparities in access to health care, a large population of essential workers and a lack of affordable...
    A Memphis woman who is recovering from COVID-19  was evicted from her home last week over medical debt belonging to her mother-in-law.  The entirety of Leslie Nelson's life was stacked in haphazard piles on her front lawn on Thursday as she was being forcibly evicted from her Raleigh neighborhood home.   Nelson still struggled to breathe, could barely rise to her feet and even suffered a seizure as her belongings were removed from the home she inherited several years ago from family.  She said Memphis officers threatened to arrest her while she was being removed from her home.  Leslie Nelson of Memphis, Tennessee, was evicted from her home on Thursday while she said she was still recovering from COVID-19 ...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A veteran San Quentin prison guard who had been in a medically-induced coma as he battled COVID-19 in a San Jose hospital has died, according to several sources. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, a prison guard at San Quentin. (Polanco Family Photo) 55-year-old Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, a native of San Jose, served as chapter president of the Latino Peace Officers Association and first worked at San Quentin in 1988. He was a pioneer of the H-Unit Bootcamp program for inmates in 1991, according to a GoFundMe page biography. Sgt. Polanco was infected with the coronavirus at San Quentin and began showing symptoms in June. His wife and daughter also became infected, according to the San Jose...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Dr. Christina Ghaly is director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Ghaly spoke to ABC7 via Skype recently to answer questions from viewers on the coronavirus pandemic.Among the questions asked by viewers: How many days does it take to get COVID test results? If we can't quarantine at home safely, where can we stay? Why are outdoor malls still open? People still go inside the store to shop. Why are we not on lockdown like in March if the numbers are so high? Are we looking into using rapid tests? Require people to test at home before going to some places? To see her answers to these questions, please watch the video...
    Bandannas, gaiters and knitted masks are some of the least effective face coverings for preventing the spread of coronavirus, according to a new study. Researchers at Duke University made the discovery while testing 14 different types of masks, according to the study published Friday. N95 masks, often used by healthcare professionals, worked best to stop the transmission of respiratory droplets during regular speech. Other good performers at stopping leakage were three-layer surgical masks and cotton masks, which can be made at home, the researchers with Duke’s physics department found. But while bandannas and knitted face coverings may be a unique look, they did not offer much protection, according to the study. The scientists also discovered that neck fleeces, or...
    Washington, Aug 9. (EFE) .- The United States, the country in the world most affected by the coronavirus, exceeded 5 million cases this Sunday, immersed in a scuffle between Democrats and the White House over President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally sign measures to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the economy. According to the independent count of the Johns Hopkins University, the US registered a total of 5,017,150 infections at 1:30 p.m. local time (17:30 GMT), ahead of Brazil, with 3,012,412; India, with 2,153,010; and Russia, with 885,718. Regarding the deceased, the US also registers the highest number of deaths in the world with 162,635; followed by Brazil, with 100,477; Mexico, with 52,006; and the United Kingdom with...
    LOS ANGELES -- A Palm Springs nurse who is in a monthslong battle against COVID-19 is in need of a lung transplant, which would make him the first patient sick with the virus in California to receive such a procedure.Cesar Millan spent 85 days at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica after contracting the virus from one of his patients while working in Palm Springs."I started having shortness of breath and that's when I started going down," Milan told ABC7.The ICU nurses and doctors who cared for him say it was especially difficult for Millan as he would hear what they were saying about his condition and understood the severity of his illness."I could just imagine that he...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County started off the week by seeing an uptick in new COVID-19 cases, with 843 reported on Sunday. Sunday’s count brings the total in the county to 54,674, which is second in the state behind Harris County. The county also reported four more deaths from the virus, bringing that total to 755. All four were over the age of 50 and had been hospitalized. Two of them had underlying high risk health conditions. Dallas County health officials on Sunday reported 2,514 children under 18 years old have tested positive for the virus since July 1 and that 61 of them have been hospitalized. Tarrant County reported 491 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois public health officials Sunday announced 1,382 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, including eight additional confirmed deaths. That brings the total number of cases in the state to 194,080 and the total number of deaths to 7,636. Of the eight deaths, seven were in Cook County and one was in Pulaski County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. The state’s daily case rate has been steadily climbing in recent weeks, after seemingly plateauing from late May through late June. So far, the vast majority of COVID-19 patients have recovered from the disease, with a 95% statewide recovery rate as of Saturday. The state’s recovery rate calculates the number of people who have tested positive for the...
    Trevor Lawrence says his group desires to play. Clemson’s star quarterback reiterated the sentiment that he’s “100 p.c dedicated” to enjoying the 2020 soccer season, writing on Twitter Saturday evening, ‘I don’t learn about y’all, however we wish to play.” After dropping to 2020 first-overall draft decide Joe Burrow and LSU within the nationwide championship final 12 months, Lawrence and the Clemson soccer group look like pushing for the faculty soccer season to go on regardless of considerations over the coronavirus pandemic. “Everybody’s thought of it, however since I made the choice to play, I haven’t thought of it,” Lawrence mentioned after Clemson’s apply Friday, per ESPN. “I’m dedicated. It’s my final 12 months right here … and I’m...
    Trevor Lawrence says his team wants to play. Clemson’s star quarterback reiterated the sentiment that he is “100 percent committed” to playing the 2020 football season, writing on Twitter Saturday night, ‘I don’t know about y’all, but we want to play.” After losing to 2020 first-overall draft pick Joe Burrow and LSU in the national championship last year, Lawrence and the Clemson football team appear to be pushing for the college football season to go on despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. “Everyone’s thought about it, but since I made the decision to play, I haven’t thought about it,” Lawrence said after Clemson’s practice Friday, per ESPN. “I’m committed. It’s my last year here … and I’m super pumped.” Lawrence...
    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine warned Americans not to lose faith in tests for the coronavirus, even after himself suffering a scare in which he falsely tested positive, CNN reported. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, last week DeWine was scheduled to meet with Donald Trump when the president stopped in Cleveland. According to protocol, he was tested for the coronavirus, and was given a positive result, in the process scrapping his planned meeting with Trump and instead going home, with a view towards self-quarantining for two weeks. However, a series of two follow-up tests, given to both DeWine and his wife, were negative. The reason for the discrepancies appears to have come down to the types of tests given initially,...
    (CNN)At least nine cases of Covid-19 have been reported at a Georgia high school that came under scrutiny this week after a student shared a photo of a crowded hallway, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "At this time, we know there were six students and three staff members who were in school for at least some time last week who have since reported to us that they have tested positive," North Paulding High School Principal Gabe Carmona said Saturday in a letter to parents obtained by the AJC.Georgia student who posted photo of a crowded school hallway and called it good and necessary trouble is no longer suspended, her mom saysCarmona said the school custodial staff is cleaning and disinfecting...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 806 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and nine more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 60,898, with 53,568 no longer needing isolation. Currently, 312 people in Minnesota hospitals are battling the disease, with 148 people in intensive care. The state’s death toll is now 1,657. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing has now breached over 1,159,000 overall in the state. Nearly 20,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. According to the state’s Dial Back Dashboard, the state’s seven-day rolling average positivity rate stands at just...
    SAN ANTONIO – School districts in and around San Antonio are slated to open in the next couple of weeks despite the ongoing surge in coronavirus cases in the area. President of San Antonio Alliance of Teacher and Support Personnel Alejandra Lopez joined Leading SA on Sunday to discuss the reopening plan and how the organization is working with its members. “At the moment, we are a part of a citywide coalition that is calling for the first nine weeks of the full year to be completely online. We feel strongly that while our city is in the red zone, no teachers or support personnel should be working on campus. It’s just really an unnecessary risk for our community...
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will soon begin Phase III clinical trials on around 5,000 people for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's CanSino Biologics Inc, a Saudi health ministry spokesman said on Sunday. Last month, CanSino's co-founder said the company was in talks with Russia, Brazil, Chile and Saudi Arabia to launch a Phase III trial of the vaccine candidate, Ad5-nCOV. The vaccine uses a harmless cold virus known as adenovirus type-5 (Ad5) to carry genetic material from the coronavirus into the body. Researchers said last month that CanSino's vaccine, co-developed with China's military research unit, appeared to be safe and induced immune responses in most subjects. Saudi Arabia plans to test the vaccine alongside a placebo on 5,000...
    Time flies. Hard to believe that it was twelve years ago that healthcare reform activist Wendell Potter left his job as head of corporate communications at Cigna and shortly after, loudly blew the whistle on the gross malpractices of the health insurance industry that had employed him. Ever since, Potter has devoted virtually every minute to telling the story of his time as a top executive in a business dedicated to raking in massive profits at the expense of those suffering in medical need or just trying to stay healthy. He preaches the gospel of Medicare for All, single payer medical insurance for everyone at little or no cost. To that end, he has lectured around the country, written countless...
    Getty There’ll probably be a second spherical of COVID-19 stimulus checks. President Donald Trump held a press convention on August Eight to announce that he was signing 4 government orders designed to assist present aid to Individuals battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, none of them supplies stimulus checks on to Individuals. Trump did point out stimulus checks a pair occasions within the press convention. You may learn these mentions later on this story. That’s more likely to disappoint lots of people whose hopes grew that Congress would offer them with a second COVID-19 stimulus test. That was truly the one space that Republicans and Democrats in Congress stated they agreed on: Offering...
    (CNN)The US is nearing five million cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic -- and as experts have highlighted in the past, the true number of infections could be many times higher. The staggering number means the country holds about a fourth of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. More than,162,000 Americans have died. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing and health officials from coast to coast have urged the use of face masks in public places and pleaded with residents to avoid all kinds of social gatherings until the spread of the virus is under control. As of this week, five states together hold...
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - At least seven people died after a massive fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a COVID-19 facility in India's southern Andhra Pradesh state early on Sunday, police said. "Several people who were trapped and injured have been rescued and moved to a government hopsital. Fire is under control but rescue and fire-fighting operations are still underway," said Lakshmi, a constable at the police control room. Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: "Deeply anguished by the news of tragic fire accident at a COVID-19 facility in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh". "Centre assures all possible support to the state government. My condolences are with the affected families in this time of grief. Praying for the speedy...
    HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A fire killed seven coronavirus patients early Sunday at a southern Indian hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. The blaze at Hotel Swarna Palace in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state broke out at 5 a.m. Rescue teams evacuated those trapped in the multistory building, said Senior police officer Srinivasulu, who uses only one name. At least 22 people were brought to hospitals, he said. The fire was brought under control but the smoke was still billowing out from the building, he said. Srinivasulu said that an electrical short-circuit appeared to be the cause of the fire. Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China reported 23 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Aug 8, down from 31 a day earlier, the country’s health authority said on Sunday. Among the new cases, 15 were locally transmitted and eight were imported infections, the National Health Commission said in a statement published on its website. Some 45 people were discharged on Saturday and there are still 817 active cases in the country, including 43 severe cases. The total number of infections in mainland China now stands at 84,619, with the death toll unchanged at 4,634. (Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    KELLER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – New details have emerged after it was learned Friday that there was a possible COVID-19 exposure at Keller ISD’s special board meeting on Monday, Aug. 3. The meeting was to discuss the prevention of the virus in schools, and now, less than a week later, those in attendance are being asked to quarantine themselves after one speaker tested positive. But one North Texas parent is saying it could have been prevented. John Sempeles was one of dozens of speakers at the special board meeting. He said it was his only option if he wanted to be heard. “They had this session to hear people’s concerns, but they did not let them provide them electronically. Which I...
    A medical staff member takes the blood pressure and heart rate of a baby girl positive for COVID-19 while her mother holds her in her arms at the door of her hotel room turned into a hospital for people who do not need hospitalization during the week in Venezuela. (Photo by Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images) In Corpus Christi, a coastal city in South Texas, nearly 100 babies tested positive for COVID-19. In mid-July, Nueces County, where Corpus Christi is located, announced that nearly 85 newborns were positive for COVID-19. One 6-week-old infant even died after contracting it. Corpus Christi, TX: 187 INFANTS have tested positive for COVID-19 and sadly one has died. Georgia: 260 students in quarantine due...
    SAN ANTONIO – COVID-19 related hospitalizations are still declining, according to numbers provided by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and city officials. On Saturday, Bexar County’s COVID-19 case load increased as the city announced 232 additional COVID-19 cases. The additional cases bring Bexar County’s cumulative total to 42,531 cases since the start of the pandemic. However, 10 more COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, bringing the death toll to 432. Officials reported 743 Bexar County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down from 770 on Friday. Of those patients, 328 are in the intensive care unit and 229 patients are on ventilators. Numbers released by city officials indicate that 15% of staffed hospital beds and 52% of ventilators are available...
    Getty There will likely be a second round of COVID-19 stimulus checks. President Donald Trump held a press conference on August 8 to announce that he was signing four executive orders designed to help provide relief to Americans struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, none of them provide stimulus checks directly to Americans. Trump did mention stimulus checks a couple times in the press conference. You can read those mentions later in this story. That’s likely to disappoint a lot of people whose hopes grew that Congress would provide them with a second COVID-19 stimulus check. That was actually the one area that Republicans and Democrats in Congress said they agreed on: Providing another $1,200 check to qualifying...
    The death of a person who was fired from the famous Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, set off the alarms of the rest of the workers who were also fired, because apparently they were left without medical protection after the company allegedly violated a contract. “A serious man, a father, a fighter,” is how some people described a deceased friend, after the company he worked for not only fired him, but allegedly left him in his long agony. Inevitable words of comfort can be found in the expression of Ricky Sánchez, Germán Amaya’s former co-worker. “The company did not pay for the medical plan because he was not working, but our contract says otherwise.” “When they took away his...
    The jet setters enjoying a summer holiday in Saint-Tropez will have to add face masks to their wardrobes. The glamorous French Riviera resort began requiring the masks outdoors Saturday, as cases of the coronavirus began to creep up again across France. There were more than 2,000 new infections Friday, the biggest single-day increase since May. Masks were also required beginning Saturday in parts of Marseille, France’s second-largest city. And Paris will apply similar measures in the most crowded areas of the capital starting on Monday. Masks had already been required in all indoor public spaces across the country. There have been 235,208 coronavirus cases in France and 30,327 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University stats. With Post wires
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin confirmed six new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 996. The latest figures from the state Department of Health Services show there were 1,165 newly reported cases on Saturday, a single-day high that brings the state’s total to nearly 60,000. About 16% of the cases are active. A total of 1.04 million people have been tested for the coronavirus, including 13,162 reported Saturday. The number of people who have ever been hospitalized in the state was 4,980 on Saturday, up 50 from Friday. There were 311 people hospitalized on Saturday, including 96 in intensive care. Health officials reported another 152 people who were awaiting results of a coronavirus test also were hospitalized....
    The jet setters enjoying a summer holiday in Saint-Tropez will have to add face masks to their wardrobes. The glamorous French Riviera resort began requiring the masks outdoors Saturday, as cases of the coronavirus began to creep up again across France. There were more than 2,000 new infections Friday, the biggest single-day increase since May. Masks were also required beginning Saturday in parts of Marseille, France’s second-largest city. And Paris will apply similar measures in the most crowded areas of the capital starting on Monday. Masks had already been required in all indoor public spaces across the country. There have been 235,208 coronavirus cases in France and 30,327 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University stats. With Post wires Filed under...
    Havana canceled the reopening measures in force since last July and imposed strong epidemic phase restrictions on Saturday given the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, which also threatened to spread to the rest of Cuba. “The forecast indicates that the situation is about to become uncontrollable if we do not take all the measures (…) The threat of continuing to grow in infections is accentuated with each passing day,” insisted the Cuban Minister of Health, José Ángel Portal. Havana concentrates 205 of the 321 cases of coronavirus detected in the last two weeks on the island, which with the 59 infections this Saturday already accumulates 2,888 positives. Although mandatory confinement was...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin confirmed six new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 996. The latest figures from the state Department of Health Services show there were 1,165 newly reported cases on Saturday, a single-day high that brings the state’s total to nearly 60,000. About 16% of the cases are active. A total of 1.04 million people have been tested for the coronavirus, including 13,162 reported Saturday. The number of people who have ever been hospitalized in the state was 4,980 on Saturday, up 50 from Friday. There were 311 people hospitalized on Saturday, including 96 in intensive care. Health officials reported another 152 people who were awaiting results of a coronavirus test also were hospitalized....
    California health officials are warning of a potential spike in confirmed COVID-19 cases now that a technical glitch that caused a lag in collecting coronavirus test information has been fixed, but it could take up to 48 hours to get the data updated.Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly says up to 300,000 records might have been backlogged, but not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates."We expect that over the next 24 to 48 hours, that the backlog that is between 250,000 and 300,000 records will be resolved, giving us a better sense of the total number of tests that were delayed," Ghaly said Friday.RELATED: COVID data glitch resulted in 300,000 unprocessed records, California...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 204,106 confirmed cases, 4,918 deaths Orange County: 38,711 cases, 697 deaths Riverside County: 39,741 confirmed cases, 770 deaths San Bernardino County: 34,635 cases, 490 deaths Ventura County: 7,953 cases, 79 deaths San Diego County: 31,127 cases, 583 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsFRIDAY'S UPDATE: August 7, 2020Los Angeles County public health officials on Friday confirmed an additional 53 deaths and 3,116 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the region's totals to 2014,106 cases and 4,918 deaths.Officials noted that reported case numbers may not be...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — England’s Paul Casey finds himself in the thick of the battle for the PGA Championship title at TPC Harding Park as Round Three begins Saturday, but it’s a very strange and alien world right now in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Thousands of fans are not lining the fairways as they normally would at a major championship to cheer and, at times, jeer the players. The electricity is gone. Still Casey has grinded through the first two rounds of the championship and at 5-under par is just three strokes off the lead going into Saturday play. “My game has not been good,” said Casey, who has missed two cuts and placed 67th last week...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Clinical trials involving synthetic antibodies are underway in North Texas, and they could lead to a potentially life-saving treatment for COVID-19 patients. “I have been involved in multiple clinical trials since the onset of the outbreak in the united states, and I’ve never been excited this much,” said Dr. Mezgebe Berhe. Berhe is the principal investigator for two clinical trials sponsored by Regeneron at Baylor Scott and White Research Institute looking into monoclonal antibodies. One trial involves in-patients, but the other is an outpatient treatment. “What these antibodies do is they attach to the spike protein of the virus and prevent it from adhering into the cell, or getting into the cell,” he said. The treatment is...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois surpassed more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the first time the state has reached that mark in more than two months, as the state’s positive test rate continues to inch upward. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday announced 2,084 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 21 additional deaths. The last time the state reported more than 2,000 new cases was May 24, when IDPH reported 2,508 infections. The state’s daily case counts have been rising steadily since late June, though not as quickly as the original surge of cases in April and May. (Credit: CBS) The new cases announced Friday came as IDPH reported 46,869 virus tests in the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two free COVID-19 testing sites will open for weekend days in August, Ramsey County Public Health officials say. Officials are working with community partners to offer the sites starting on Aug. 8 and through the end of the month. The drive-thru and walk-up testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms. The tests are free, no insurance is required, and no ID is needed to take the test. The locations for the tests are:  Saturdays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Aldrich Arena at 1850 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109 Sundays, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Washington Technology Magnet School at 1495 Rice Street, Saint Paul, MN 55117 Though preregistration is recommended, it...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time since March, Sweden reported no new deaths from COVID-19. That country’s controversial approach to the global pandemic has been under the microscope for months. WCCO found a Minnesota native living there now, who has seen the pros and cons play out up close. During the same week Rick Nehm’s Norwegian medical device company, CardioMech, made headlines for its heart valve device developed in Fridley, the Roseville-native and father of two reflected on COVID-19 in the country he now calls home. “Sweden is an outlier in the way that they’ve approached it,” Rick Nehm said. “The health agency is independent from the government, so the government cannot compel the health agency to do anything.” That...
    California has now recorded more than 10,000 deaths from coronavirus. But the milestone comes at a complex and confusing time in the pandemic. After a two-month surge in cases following the reopening of the economy, there are signs the outbreak is peaking and the rate of infections is going down. Yet a serious breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test data has raised questions about how accurate the numbers are. A lot is riding on fixing the system. Schools are debating if and when they can reopen to anything other than remote learning. If counties see a big decline in cases, they could consider reopening some closed businesses and institutions. Here is what we know from coverage over the...
    Quito, Aug 8 (EFE) .- The number of positives for COVID-19 in Ecuador amounted to 93,572 this Saturday, 1,876 new cases compared to the day before, while official deaths reached 5,916, with 19 additional. This was reported in its daily part by the Ministry of Health, which also mentions 3,534 probable deaths from coronavirus. According to the official bulletin, since the first contagion was detected on February 29, 266,258 samples for coronavirus have been taken, between rapid tests and PCR in Ecuador, inhabited by more than 17 million people. With these tests, 129,394 cases were ruled out, while 12,261 were discharged from hospital. According to official statistics, Ecuador registers 59,344 recovered from the disease, 835 people are hospitalized in stable...
    The African Union says “aggressive and bold” action is needed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak on the continent.  More than one million cases of the virus have been reported across Africa, but officials such as the World Health Organization’s Richard Mihigo warn the real number is likely larger, citing the absence of comprehensive testing in some countries. Mihigo said in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville Friday that the one million mark in Africa is a “very symbolic milestone that the continent has crossed.” While experts say infections in wealthier countries are also probably significantly undercounted, undetected cases pose a greater danger in Africa because of underdeveloped health care systems in some countries. In the U.S., where coronavirus infections are approaching...
    Reuters August 8, 2020 2 Comments More than 160,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States, a Reuters tally showed on Friday, as President Donald Trump said he would unilaterally grant financial relief to Americans after talks with congressional Democrats stalled. The grim milestone, which includes 10,000 deaths nationwide in the past nine days, comes as Americans and their political leaders remain divided over such issues as reopening schools, testing, business closures and mask orders. “Elected leaders need to begin to address this crisis as a public health rather than a political issue,” said Dr. Melanie Thompson, an internist in Atlanta. “Federal and state governments should subsidize access to serial rapid testing for schools and all senior...
    Getty When does the $600 unemployment benefit expire. President Donald Trump, in a sudden August 7 evening press conference, promised to extend unemployment benefits until the end of the year. However, how much will you get if you qualify? President Trump did not say. Although he announced he was going to be extending the benefits, he didn’t reveal the amount. Trump is expected to make the change via executive order, although some question the legality of doing so in that way. However, we can glean some clues on the possible or even likely amount range based on past comments. For starters, the extra unemployment benefits, which have expired, were passed during the early stages of the COVID-19...
    The Sturgis, South Dakota motorcycle rally in 2015. This year’s rally, now underway, is expected to attract 250,000 people. It would be too much to expect the millions of Americans who choose to celebrate their personal identity with intentionally loud and purposely obnoxious, high-polluting machines, operated at speeds in excess of 70 mph on our nation’s highways, with zero protection between themselves and the roadway, all to care equally about potentially infecting other people with an invisible virus. Still, for at least a discrete subgroup of those folks who claim the “individual freedom” to face a fatality risk 26 times the rate of other motorists, attendance at the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally in Sturgis, South Dakota this year in the midst of the deadliest global pandemic...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A glitch has led to a backlog of between 250,000 and 300,000 unprocessed health records in California, many of them COVID-19 test results, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly revealed Friday.Not all of the records are coronavirus test samples, but most of them are, Ghaly said. The group of records may also include some duplicates, which the state is currently working to sort through and eliminate.ALSO: Coronavirus, flu combination could 'completely dismantle' holiday season, San Francisco doctor saysThe issue has been fixed, but working through the backlog is expected to take 24 to 48 hours, he said.State officials believe the number of new COVID-19 cases in California has been underreported since July 25,...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With the additional $600 weekly federal unemployment benefit now expired, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan are highlighting state benefits and assistance programs. State officials say the loss of the weekly boost will have a huge impact, and means that unemployed Minnesotans across the state will lose around $200 million to $300 million a week, making it difficult to pay for rent or other necessities. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If Washington won’t lead, Minnesota will,” Walz said. “While Congress continues to hammer out a deal to extend assistance to those financially impacted by COVID-19, the State of Minnesota is offering a range of emergency assistance that have...
    The number of places providing COVID-19 testing has expanded over the last week as Massachusetts and surrounding states pass travel restrictions for people coming in from out of state. A lot of testing places will provide free tests to people with no health care insurance, according to the Massachusetts COVID-19 online resource center. Some places require an appointment to take a test; it’s best to call ahead. Depending on the kind of test a person gets - SARS Antigen, PCR or anti-body - makes a difference as to whether a health care insurance provider will cover the cost or not. It also matters if the person being tested is asymptomatic. MassHealth and most health insurance providers will cover a test...
    Citing an outbreak that stemmed from a summer school program in Westchester County, the New York Teachers Union has new demands before classrooms potentially reopen in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The union demanded this week that state health officials issue clear protocols for how and when school districts must close their buildings, and how health officials will perform contact tracing and initiate quarantines in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school this fall. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school, the unions are calling for the closure of that building and a return to remote learning for at least 14 days before making a determination on whether or not to reopen....
    Citing an outbreak that stemmed from a summer school program in Westchester County, the New York Teachers Union has new demands before classrooms potentially reopen in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The union demanded this week that state health officials issue clear protocols for how and when school districts must close their buildings, and how health officials will perform contact tracing and initiate quarantines in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school this fall. In the event of a positive COVID-19 case in a school, the unions are calling for the closure of that building and a return to remote learning for at least 14 days before making a determination on whether or not to reopen....
    The number of places providing COVID-19 testing has expanded over the last week as Massachusetts and surrounding states pass travel restrictions for people coming in from out of state. A lot of testing places will provide free tests to people with no health care insurance, according to the Massachusetts COVID-19 online resource center. Some places require an appointment to take a test; it’s best to call ahead. Depending on the kind of test a person gets - SARS Antigen, PCR or anti-body - makes a difference as to whether a health care insurance provider will cover the cost or not. It also matters if the person being tested is asymptomatic. MassHealth and most health insurance providers will cover a test...
    Some employees of the “City Colleges of Chicago” who have been ordered to return to work in different colleges in the city, are concerned about the coronavirus situation and do not rule out going on strike if protections are not guaranteed to avoid contagion . In a virtual meeting this Thursday, employees of the system who belong to various unions express that they do not consider that the necessary protocols to prevent the spread of the virus are not currently being followed in educational facilities. “We are seeing that they are not doing what they were going to do, they are not even throwing away the garbage, they are not cleaning the bathrooms, they are not cleaning...
    The number of places providing COVID-19 testing has expanded over the last week as Massachusetts and surrounding states pass travel restrictions for people coming in from out of state. A lot of testing places will provide free tests to people with no health care insurance, according to the Massachusetts COVID-19 online resource center. Some testing places require an appointment, though; it is best to call ahead if a person is planning to get tested. Depending on the kind of test a person gets - SARS Antigen, PCR, anti-body - makes a difference as to whether a health care insurance provider will cover the cost or not. It also matters if the person being tested is asymptomatic. MassHealth and most health...
    A drunken man attacked a Lyft driver in Florida over his plastic partition to protect himself from COVID-19, putting the man in a chokehold from the backseat, wild video shows. The footage released by the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office shows Travis S. Smith, 36, chatting it up with a Lyft driver just after midnight Sunday as he traveled with a friend and his friend’s 7-year-old son. The ride appeared to be unremarkable at first, but Smith then asks the driver about the plastic partition, saying he “really liked” how well it sealed up the vehicle. The driver, in turn, said he bought it on eBay, the clip shows. “Right, right, so, like, how’d you seal that up?” Smith stammers. “Like,...
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - A rise in the COVID-19 infection rate in Ireland is a "serious concern," a leading health official said on Thursday. The reproduction rate, or the number of people who become infected from each positive case, has increased to 1.8 from 1.3 a week ago, Professor Philip Nolan, Chair Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told a news briefing. "A reproduction number of almost 2 is a serious concern, and although we have not yet seen a significant increase in community transmission, there is a significant risk this could develop over the coming days and weeks," Nolan said. (Reporting by Conor Humphries, Editing by Franklin Paul) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    AZUSA (CBSLA) — Azusa City Council has approved an agreement between the City and County of Los Angeles to open a free indoor COVID-19 testing site. Starting Tuesday, August 11th, people can receive free testing from 7:00 am to 7:00 p.m. at the North Recreation Center (NRC) at Memorial Park, 340 N. Orange Place. The testing will be available to anyone who believes they need one, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms or not. Tests are free and County residents do not need medical insurance to get tested. The increased access to community testing will help the County meet an intended goal of expanding COVID-19 testing capacity by over 65% in targeted communities. “We need...
    PHOENIX (AP) — The number of known coronavirus-related deaths in Arizona has now surpassed 4,000, health officials said Thursday. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported another 1,444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 70 more deaths. This brings the total number of cases since the pandemic began to 183,647 and the death toll to 4,002. Some of the fatalities were likely counted after health officials reviewed death certificates going back weeks. Still, the news comes a day after Maricopa County public health officials confirmed 22 bodies were moved to portable storage coolers. The action was taken after the medical examiner's office in metro Phoenix became 86% full, according to Robert Rowley, director of the county's emergency management department. It's a...
    A state lawmaker is demanding legislative hearings after being kept in the dark about the status of a vacant hospital in his district the state acquired at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic but later gave back to the owner in mid-June. The Illinois Department of Public Health this week revealed the vacant Vibra Hospital in Springfield the state leased was turned back over to the owner. “The Vibra Hospital property was surrendered back to the owner in mid-June,” an emailed statement said. “The just-compensation process for the period when the State had possession of the property is still ongoing, and the amount of any such compensation will be determined by the courts.” State and local officials...
    Scientist have discovered a link between life-threatening coronavirus infection and gum disease in new research published Thursday.  Gum disease has known links to heart disease and chronic lung disease, both of which also put people at risk for becoming severely ill from or dying of COVID-19.  Researchers in California and Brazil found in a review of studies that COVID-19 patients with high levels of an inflammatory immune protein, called interleukin-6 (IL-6), that indicated they suffered from gum disease were far more likely to need ventilators to keep them alive.  Although IL-6 is involved in many diseases, prior studies have shown that deep cleanings and treatments for gum disease can reduce the levels of the inflammation-triggering protein, the researchers say.  ...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note-- This video contains extended interviews and bonus footage not seen on-air. It was created specifically for the KSAT-TV streaming app. Download it today on your Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku, Samsung smart TV and smart phone for more exclusive content. The race for a COVID-19 vaccine is global with more than 150 in development across the world. According to the World Health Organization, there are 42 companies working on a vaccine in the United States and two of them are in San Antonio: Pfizer and Moderna. There are four phases vaccines must go through before being considered for approval by the Food and Drug Administration: Preclinical: where the vaccine is tested on animals...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said on Thursday he has tested positive for COVID-19 as part of a safety protocol to greet U.S. President Donald Trump as he arrives in Cleveland to visit a Whirlpool washing machine factory. A statement issued on DeWine's twitter feed said the governor, a Republican, has no symptoms at the present time and will return to the Ohio capital of Columbus to quarantine at home for the next 14 days. Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted also took the coronavirus test and tested negative, DeWine's statement said. (Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Chris Reese) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second time in a week, Illinois is reporting more than 1,900 new COVID-19 cases statewide, the highest daily total since the end of May. The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday announced 1,953 new confirmed cases of the virus, including 21 additional deaths. It’s only the second time since May 24 that Illinois has reported more than 1,900 new cases. The state also reported 1,941 new cases on Friday. The new cases announced Friday came as IDPH reported 41,686 virus tests in the past 24 hours, for a one-day positive test rate of 4.7%. The seven-day statewide positive test rate for the past week is up to 4.0%, compared to 3.4% two weeks ago,...
    The latest numbers on the coronavirus pandemic in Maryland look good, with the exception of the area around a popular vacation spot. The statistics released by Gov. Larry Hogan’s office Thursday show that the percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive Wednesday was 3.83%, bringing the statewide seven-day average to 4.03%, the lowest level since the pandemic began. The percentage of testing is considered an important metric, because it shows that enough testing is being done to find and isolate outbreaks. Montgomery County is doing even better than the state, the governor’s office said, with a positivity rate of 2.54%. COVID-19 positivity rates statewide and county-by-county for Aug. 6, 2020. (Courtesy Gov. Larry Hogan’s office) Meanwhile, the current total...
    BELFAST (Reuters) - Northern Ireland halted its programme of reopening pubs and ordered citizens to wear face masks indoors after reporting the highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 since May. The British region reported 43 new cases on Thursday compared to a total of 18 in the previous five days. "Because of the concern around the level of community transmission and the desire to frankly prioritise the reopening of our schools ... we have decided that it is prudent to pause the reopening of our public houses," First Minister Arlene Foster told reporters. (Reporting by William James, Ian Graham and Conor Humphries; editing by Stephen Addison) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    In most places in America, it’s not hard to get a Covid-19 test right now. You can walk into a clinic, pharmacy, even your local Wal-Mart, and walk out again, nose swabbed, without too much trouble. Getting the results of your test, on the other hand ... well, let’s just say you should be prepared to wait, and wait. And wait. This is a largely different problem than the testing woes that plagued America’s pandemic response in the early months of March and April. Back then, supply shortages, faulty test kits, and federal regulations limiting testing to only certain kinds of labs hindered widespread availability of tests. Since then, diagnostics manufacturers have significantly boosted production of the materials required to...
    Aaron Donald. Christian Petersen/Getty Images Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald said he wouldn't be wearing a face shield on the field this year because he doubts its effectiveness against COVID-19. In describing playing, Donald said: "If a guy got it and I tackle the guy, then I probably got it because he is going to be sweating and spitting and slobbering all in my face." As the NFL season draws closer, the lack of a bubble and nature of the sport has many doubting the season won't be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The 2020 NFL season is ramping up, with players reporting to training camp and the...
    A ROYAL Mail supply business office in Manchester has been strike by a coronavirus outbreak. Some 19 workers have tested constructive for the killer bug, in accordance to the Communication Personnel Union. ⚠️ Examine our coronavirus reside weblog for the latest news & updates 4The Royal Mail shipping and delivery business office in Oldham Road, Manchester, has found 19 associates of staff struck down with the bugCredit score: Gogle Maps4The business is undergoing an improved clean so workers can continue on to do the jobCredit history: AFP or licensorsA cell testing unit is becoming set up at the shipping place of work in Oldham Highway and make contact with tracing has started. The centre is continue to open and employees are...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials on Thursday announced 867 more COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths. Meanwhile, 14 more people need hospitalization. There are now 58,640 total positive cases confirmed in the state, with 6,641 being health care workers. Of the total cases, 51,604 people no longer need to self-isolate. MORE: Minnesota Department Of Health’s (MDH) COVID-19 Page According to the MDH, 1,636 people have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of March. Of those deaths, 1,240 involved someone at a long-term care facility. In hospitals, 319 patients currently need treatment — up 14 from Wednesday. Of those hospitalized, 153 patients need intensive care. Nearly 15,000 tests were completed in the last 24 hours. Since...
    Trump’s latest plan to use the census for political gain, explained Penn State: No fans at home games if no change to state order Real Housewives of New York City Tapes In-Person Reunion amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Best Reunion Yet After months of reuniting casts virtually, Bravo has taped its first in-person reunion amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. © Luann de Lesseps/ Instagram Ramona Singer bashed her costars Sonja Morgan and Luann de Lesseps for being late to the taping On Wednesday, the stars of the Real Housewives of New York City came face-to-face to film the season 12 reunion. Dorinda Medley, Sonja Morgan, Ramona Singer, Leah McSweeney, Luann de Lesseps and Tinsley Mortimer reunited at the Oheka Castle in Huntington on Long Island,...
    More evidence has emerged about the dangers of asymptomatic patients with the novel coronavirus.  Researchers found that the viral load of those without symptoms is just as high as infected people who cough and run fevers. What's more, because asymptomatic patients contained as much of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, in their noses and and throats, they were just as likely to spread the disease. The team, from Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital in South Korea, says the findings further suggest the importance of ramping up testing and contact tracing so that people without symptoms can quickly isolate and decrease the risk of transmission. A new study found that the viral loads of asymptomatic coronavirus patients were very similar to...
    Families across the nation grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic can breathe a little easier thanks to a mutual aid fund set up by one woman from Milwuakee.   Mother-of-three Chamieka House-Osuya, 30, has created a fund called The Snack Sack where she collects donations used to send snacks, hygiene products and other basic necessities to families struggling financially during the pandemic.   Chamieka, who said she's known as the 'resource lady' in her community, has sent Snack Sacks to 600 families across 30 states since launching in April after schools shut down and she realized how pricey feeding children full-time would get.   Speaking to DailyMail.com, Chamieka said: 'Children are feeling the effects and trauma of this just like anybody else....
    VIDEO4:0204:02Most college students don't plan to take a gap year due to Covid-19, survey findsSquawk Box For college students heading back to campus this month, life will be decidedly different. For example, at Middlebury College in Vermont, the school's 2,500 undergraduates are required to quarantine for two weeks before returning to school and get tested immediately upon arrival. After their Covid-19 test, they can move into their dorm room but must remain there until the test results are in. Meals are delivered and students are only allowed to leave their room to use the bathroom. Once they're cleared, they can move around campus but must remain at school at all times. Hikes through the Champlain Valley, trips to town and visits...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY ROXANNE LIU AND LUDWIG BURGER Shenzhen Kangtai Biological Products will produce AstraZeneca Plc’s potential COVID-19 vaccine in mainland China, the British drugmaker said on Thursday, its first deal to supply one of the world’s most populous countries. The deal underscores Astra’s frontrunner position in a global race to deliver an effective vaccine, given that Chinese ventures are leading at least eight of the 26 global vaccine development projects currently testing on humans. Under the agreement Shenzhen Kangtai, one of China’s top vaccine makers, will ensure it has annual production capacity of at least 100 million doses of the experimental shot...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP/WCCO) – St. Louis County in northeastern Minnesota this week has added new COVID-19 cases faster than any other county in the state. Health officials say that of the 475 cases on St. Louis County as of Wednesday, more than half were confirmed in July. The virus has been detected throughout the state’s largest county geographically, but about three-fourths of the cases came from Duluth. MORE: Minnesota Department of Health’s COVID-19 Situation Update While nursing homes were hit hard by COVID-19 in the spring and early summer, now nearly one-third of those infected in the county are in their 20s. The county’s public health director Amy Westbrook says about 40% of those testing positive say they’ve attended restaurants or bars...
    Lee Childress It took just days after schools opened in Corinth, Mississippi, for the first student to test positive for COVID-19, and about a week for 116 students to be told to quarantine. A week.  The quarantine instruction to 116 came after a total of six students and one staff member tested positive. But the school remains open, and will remain open, Superintendent Lee Childress insists, saying “Just because you begin to have positive cases, that is not a reason for closing school.” Well, actually ... How far is Childress going to take that position? How many positive cases? What would be the trigger point for closing if seven infections in a week is not? His position at this point is basically...
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli research institute that is overseen by the Defence Ministry intends to begin human trials for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as early as October, Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Thursday. The Israel Institute of Biological Research (IIBR) would start the trials in conjunction with the Health Ministry after a series of Jewish holidays ends in October, Gantz said. The IIBR has been working on a vaccine for six months and began animal trials in March. "All the initial experiments that have been successful ... give great hope," Gantz said after touring the institute in Ness Ziona, about 25 km (15 miles) south of Tel Aviv. Shmuel Shapira, the IIBR's director, said: "There is an excellent...
    Dr Anthony Fauci says the 'numbers don't lie' when it comes to coronavirus in the United States as he acknowledged that the country has the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the world and some states, in a sense, were 'on fire'. Fauci, who is a member of the White House's coronavirus task force, said that the US has 'quantitatively' suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic as the country averages nearly 60,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths per day.  His comments came during an interview on Wednesday with CNN's Dr Sanjay Gupta at a virtual Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health forum. When asked if the US had suffered the worst globally given the country represents a quarter of total COVID-19 infections but only holds...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — More than 500 new coronavirus cases were reported Thursday morning as the state’s total surpassed 93,000. State officials reported a total of 93,005 COVID-19 cases in state over the span of the pandemic, which is 579 more than Wednesday. Hospitalizations also decreased from 555 to 535, but ICU cases went up slightly from 135 to 139. WJZ has a new news app! Download it now! A total of 3,415 Marylanders have died from the virus. The state’s positivity rate is down to 4.03%. UPDATE: The @MDHealthDept is now reporting 93,005 confirmed cases of #COVIDー19 in Maryland. The state has conducted a total of 1,348,880 tests. The statewide positivity rate is now 4.03%. Number of persons tested negative:...
    Yet another cruise was recently interrupted by the coronavirus. Only several days after launching its first cruise since the pandemic began, an American-based cruise company is ending the trip early. The decision was made after a passenger on the boat was notified of a positive result on a COVID-19 test. UnCruise Adventures released a statement on Tuesday announcing that the Wilderness Adventurer would be docking at a port in Juneau, Alaska. Passengers on the boat would be taken to a hotel on Wednesday where they will quarantine, according to the company’s contingency plan, which was approved by the state of Alaska. NORWEGIAN CRUISE SHIP SEES CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE TO 53, OFFICIALS SAY Crew members will remain on the boat during their...
    Almost 100 people caught COVID-19 after one infected man went to church in Ohio causing the virus to 'spread like wildfire', according to the state's governor.  Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press briefing Tuesday that the worshiper attended a service at an undisclosed church in mid-June, triggering community spread to 91 others across five counties in the state.  'It spread like wildfire, wildfire. Very, very scary,' DeWine said.  'We know that our faith-based leaders want nothing more than to protect those who come to worship.' This comes as the state grapples to bring the pandemic under control, with infections surging to almost 100,000 and more than 3,500 Ohioans so far killed by the virus.   Almost 100 people caught...
    Daily testing for the coronavirus in the United States is falling, even while the death toll rises, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The number of tests has dropped nearly 4 percent over the past two weeks, AP reported. Experts said demand has overburdened laboratories that carry out the highly accurate molecular tests that detect the genetic code of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. These tests can give results in as little as two days. The experts are calling for a different test that people can do themselves and get results in just minutes, but the scientists say those tests are not as reliable. They include a do-it-yourself test where a patient would spit on a special piece of paper that...
    By Jordan Dajani (CBS SPORTS) – Dozens of players have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 concerns, and Denver Broncos pass rusher Von Miller considered doing so as well. The eight-time Pro Bowler was the second NFL player to reportedly test positive for the coronavirus back in May, but he feels as though the job the Broncos are doing to keep their players safe is enough for him to feel ready to return to the field. Von Miller (file photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) “I weighed the positives and negatives and came to my own decision and felt like I could play,” Miller said during a video conference. “The job the Broncos are doing...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 24,712 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 27 in Illinois, according to the DOL’s weekly claims report released Thursday. While this number is based on advanced estimates, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will be releasing a final number later Thursday. There were 1,186,000 new claims filed across the U.S. last week. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated 32,465 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 20 in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported 36,435 new unemployment claims were filed during the week of July 13 in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said 38,261 unemployment claims were filed during the...
    Don’t call it a comeback - please don’t call it a comeback: Baystate Health CEO Dr. Mark Keroack said Western Massachusetts may see a resurgence in COVID-19 infections. Keroack said, Wednesday, Aug. 5, that across Baystate Health’s facilities, there were 34 coronavirus patients - 32 of those people are being treated at Baystate Medical Center Springfield. “I am worried that we are entering a perilous new phase of this pandemic,” he said during an interview with MassLive. This is only the second time since June that the number of patients at Baystate hospitals were over 30, he said. The rate of positive coronavirus tests is inching up. Testing done at Baystate was showing a 1.7 percent positive rate, now it’s...
    SAN ANTONIO – The delivery of the daily COVID-19 case count in San Antonio is a sobering reminder that the pandemic is not ending anytime soon. But as Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff give an update in cases and fatalities every evening, a glimmer of hope can be seen in the recovery numbers. The city on Wednesday reported that 33,873 people have recovered from COVID-19 out of 41,614 total cases. The death toll stands at 394, including 14 new cases reported on Wednesday. Many of those deaths were backlogged, Nirenberg said. A total of 6,841 cases remain active, the city says. 340 COVID-19 cases added in San Antonio, Bexar County Another warning indicator that tracks the...
    TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A shocking number out of Tarrant County Wednesday, with 1,673 new novel coronavirus cases. The number, however, now reflects probable cases, something state health officials have asked agencies to begin reporting. Dallas County starting reporting the numbers last week, although their daily case count separates confirmed and probable cases. “It is maybe a more accurate reflection of transmission and what’s really going on in the community,” explained Dr. Philip Huang, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services. This all comes as the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) works to get agencies reporting uniformly across the board. “This is not trying to do anything to distort the numbers,” said Dr. Huang. So why track probable...
    London (CNN)Coronavirus conspiracy theorists have spread baseless rumors online -- frequently targeting minorities -- since the beginning of the pandemic. In England the latest wave of vitriol criticizes Muslims, blaming them for spreading Covid-19.Muslims were caught off guard last week, when the UK government suddenly announced local lockdowns in a slew of areas in northern England where cases have spiked. The announcement came just hours before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest festivals in Islam. The affected areas included Greater Manchester, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford and Leicester -- all places with a significant Islamic population according to the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). The restrictions -- published late last Thursday evening -- banned people in the named areas from...
    Alex Henderson August 6, 2020 7:15AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on AlterNet. TeleTracking Technologies, a Pittsburg-based company known for developing software that hospitals use to track the status of patients, was awarded a multi-million-dollar contract from President Donald Trump's administration to collect COVID-19 data from hospitals in the U.S. — and National Public Radio is reporting that it found "irregularities" in the "process" that gave TeleTracking the contract. According to NPR reporters Dina Temple-Raston and Tim Mak, NPR's investigation found that "the Department of Health and Human Services initially characterized the contract with TeleTracking as a no-bid contract. When asked about that, HHS said there was a 'coding error' and that the contract was actually competitively bid. The process by...
    San Salvador, Aug 5 (EFE) .- The authorities of the capital of El Salvador installed a drive-in cinema in a waste area as an entertainment alternative for Salvadorans in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, which does not give truce in the Central American country. The activity is part of the few initiatives that the mayor’s office of the capital managed to promote within the framework of the patron saint festivities in honor of the Divine Savior of the World, whose main date is this August 5. Authorities, who will screen films for seven consecutive nights, have set a limit of 100 vehicles with a maximum of four occupants. “We are aware of the difficult moments in the country. It...
    ZURICH (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted NeuroRx Inc Investigational New Drug (IND) permission to test RLF-100 (aviptadil) for inhaled use in patients with moderate and severe COVID-19 to prevent progression to respiratory failure, it and partner Relief Therapeutics Holdings said on Thursday. The clinical trial of the inhaled formulation of RLF-100 is expected to begin on or before Sept. 1, a joint statement said. They said aviptadil is shown as the first COVID therapeutic to block replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in human lung cells and monocytes while also preventing synthesis of cytokines in the lung. It is a patented formulation of aviptadil (synthetic human Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide, VIP), which has been granted FDA fast...
    By Sumit Khanna AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Eight COVID-19 patients died in a fire that broke out in the intensive care ward of a private hospital in India's western city of Ahmedabad early on Thursday, officials said as they launched a probe into the incident. Police stopped angry relatives from entering the Shrey Hospital in the Gujarat state capital after the tragedy which, according to emergency services, was caused by a medical staff member's personal protective equipment (PPE) catching alight. "A staffer whose PPE caught fire ran out of the ward to douse it but the fire spread rapidly to the whole ward," said Rajesh Bhatt, additional chief fire officer of the Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Services. "Five men and...