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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Image via Harvard Global Health Institute, A new, interactive COVID-19 risk level map, developed by researchers at the Harvard Global Health Institute, says many Florida counties should probably institute stay-at-home orders. The map, released today, allows users to view the risk level of every state and county in the United States. The coronavirus risk levels are indicated by a color rating―green, yellow, orange or red―based on the number of new daily cases per 100,000 people.  A county with fewer than one daily new case per 100,000 is green; one to 9 is yellow; 10-24 is orange, and 25 or above is red. If a county is at the red level, it means that it is at “a tipping point” and...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 565 new cases of coronavirus and six more deaths as of Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 39,076 cases and 720 deaths. It is unclear how the state’s backlog of reporting cases due to an issue with the electronic laboratory system has affected Orange County’s count, however, officials said the backlog did not impact hospitalizations, which have continued to trend downwards. The number of people currently hospitalized with coronavirus was 487 as of Sunday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, and 163 patients in intensive care. Those numbers are down from 491 and 167 on Saturday, and 511 and 177 on Friday. The rate of residents testing positive for...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    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.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California church held an indoor worship service Sunday morning despite a judge's temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. Pastor Rob McCoy led a 9 a.m. service in defiance of coronavirus health orders at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Ventura County's Newbury Park. McCoy had vowed Friday to continue in-person services even though the judge's order cited “an immediate threat to public health and safety due to the 2019 novel coronavirus.” A livestream of the morning's service showed a mask-less McCoy and a musician standing before at least two dozen worshipers — most of whom were also not wearing masks. It was not clear from the livestream if they were standing 6 feet (1.8...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (KABC) -- A Newbury Park church defied a Ventura County judge's orders and held indoor worship services Sunday morning, despite state and local public health measures to hold gatherings outside.Rob McCoy, the pastor at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, has been adamant about holding worship services and says it just isn't feasible to hold them outside. The service began at 9 a.m. and the pastor warned those in attendance that they could be cited. Two more services throughout the day were also scheduled to be held.A judge on Friday issued a two-week temporary restraining order banning the church from holding services indoors. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31.The county had sued the church, arguing that it threatened public...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois has surpassed 2,000 new coronavirus cases for the second day in a row. The state has also expanded the areas that are now considered at "warning level" for COVID-19 in the state.Thirteen counties now fall under the category due to the rising number of positive coronavirus cases and outbreaks linked to businesses, long-term care facilities, large gatherings, and out-of-state travel.The majority of the counties on that list are downstate, with the closest to the Chicago-area being Winnebago and Grundy counties. State health officials announced 2,190 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease, including 18 additional confirmed deaths Saturday.Latest COVID-19 deaths:Bureau County: 1 female 80s Cook County: 1 male 40s, 2 males 70s, 1 male 80s...
    By JENNIFER BROWN, The Colorado Sun DENVER (AP) — They really are watching you. From their cars and trucks, parked in the lots of King Soopers, Whole Foods and the corner store, they are staring out their vehicle windows as you shop. But these guys — volunteers from the public health department — are only interested in what’s on your face. Mask or no mask. It’s a simple tally mark, a “quick and dirty” assessment not meant for serious scientific scrutiny. But thanks to the reconnaissance, Tri-County Health Department has weekly data going back to April about the percentage of people in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties who are putting on face coverings when they go out in public. The...
    Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 2,645 new cases of the coronavirus and 51 related deaths but said hospitalizations continue to decline. The latest case numbers did not include a pending backlog of lab reports the county is expecting the state to send via its electronic reporting system over the next couple of days, officials said. It’s not clear whether that will change the overall picture of how rapidly the virus continues to spread. Still, officials said, death and hospitalization statistics were not affected by the reporting glitch, which has rendered new case numbers inaccurate. On Friday, there were 1,568 confirmed COVID-19 cases in county hospitals; the number topped 2,000 for much of July. The most recent...
    COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 80 students in a Tennessee school district have been quarantined during the first week of classes after a student tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, officials said. News outlets report that a student at Cookeville High School tested positive and others who were in close contact with the student have been told to quarantine for 14 days, according to the school district in mostly rural Putnam County. An additional seven teachers and staff, and a bus driver, are also at home due to a positive test or coming into close contact with someone who tested positive. Many of the contacts occurred outside of school, which started this week, the...
    On Thursday the state reported the first COVID-19 related death of a Chattooga County resident since April 28th. That one death was among the 42 Georgians listed on a daily infection and mortality report released by the Department of Public Health. Since March, the total number of Georgians who have died of the disease has risen to 4,026. Chattooga County had 19 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday bringing the running two-week total to 118 confirmed cases, according to the Department of Public Health. That brings the county’s cumulative case total to 231. Free COVID-19 testing available to anyone regardless of symptoms present or not. The Georgia...
    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...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A top California health official says 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 said Friday that up to 300,000 records might have been backlogged — but not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates. Breaking: CA says theres a backlog of 250,000-300,000 #coronavirus test results still to be resolved. @CHHSAgency Secretary believes that will be cleared in next 24 hours, and that "full normalization" of data flow is happening now. #COVID19 — SovernNation (@SovernNation) August 7, 2020 Ghaly said the problem...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Friday reported 3,116 newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 53 additional deaths, bringing countywide totals to 204,167 cases and 4,918 deaths. A group of runners pose for a snapshot Aug. 6 outside Dodgers Stadium where a COVID-19 testing site is set up in one of the parking lots.  (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP-Getty) Of the 53 new deaths, 21 were over the age of 80 years old, 18 were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 11 were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, and three people were between the ages of 30 and 49 years old. Thirty-nine people had underlying health...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported seven additional COVID-19 fatalities Friday hiking the death toll to 704. The county also announced 43 new diagnoses of coronavirus According to Orange County County Executive Officer Frank Kim, the low number of cases is undoubtedly due to the state’s recent glitch in reporting positive tests from laboratories. Of Friday’s reported deaths, one was a skilled nursing facility resident and two were assisted living facility residents. Since the start of the pandemic, 280 skilled nursing facility residents have died of COVID-19 in Orange County and 35 assisted living facility residents have succumbed to the virus. On Thursday, the county reported 32 deaths — the highest number reported on a single day...
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Montgomery County health officer Dr. Travis Gayles announced Friday that he has rescinded his health order that prohibited nonpublic schools from opening for in-person learning until after October 1. The decision was made due to the new policy announced Thursday by the State Department of Health prohibiting the blanket closure of nonpublic schools, Montgomery County officials said. Related Coverage:  Private Schools In Montgomery County Required To Stay Closed For In-Person Learning Through October 1 Under New Order Gov. Hogan Criticizes Montgomery County’s Online-Only Private School Order The new order is effective immediately and rescinds the order dated August 5. Dr. Gayles said he strongly advises schools against in-person learning due to the risks posed by...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — With fall classes set to begin across California next week, a technical glitch that has plagued the data system the state relies for COVID-19 tracking to make decisions about reopening businesses and schools has been fixed. But it could take until Sunday to get the numbers updated, California’s top health official said Friday. “Our data system has failed,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said, leaving up to 300,000 records backlogged, though not all of them are coronavirus cases and some may be duplicates. California reported 8,436 new confirmed cases Friday and surpassed 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus. “We apologize. You deserve better, the governor demands better of us and we are...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Tarrant County Public Health released new guidance on what school should look like when students return in the fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. TCPH published a 23-page document outlining strategies to keep students and staff safe. Health officials still suggest remote “virtual learning” is the safest thing to do at this time. Among some of the suggestions for in-person learning: Health screenings each day. Keeping class sizes as small as possible. Staggering start times to minimize movement through the hallways. Delaying the start of contact sports. In response, Keller ISD sent out a note to families and staff saying administrators need more time to review the information, so they are rescheduling a special board meeting that...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 422 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the total confirmed case count in Dallas County to 53,291. The county also announced 10 more deaths, bringing the total to 746. “We continue to see benefits from wearing masks. Unfortunately, today we had 10 confirmed deaths which is a somber reminder of the seriousness of COVID-19 and the need for us to continue to wear masks,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. An additional 167 probable cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Thursday, bringing the total probable case count in Dallas to 2,029, including five probable deaths from COVID-19. More than 2,514 children under 18 have been diagnosed...
    GRASS VALLEY (CBS 13) — A Nevada County restaurant that refused to stop indoor dining was vandalized with curse words and anti-Trump messages. The messages were painted in bright red and white on the windows on Old Town Cafe. The owners there have been outspoken about freedom of choice for weeks. They even have a sign on their door right that says they will not follow orders from the health department or the governor. READ MORE: 3 Nevada County Restaurants Defy Public Health Closure Notices By Offering Dine-In Service Regardless of what sparked this, many in Grass Valley say it was wrong. “In and of itself, that’s just violent even though you may not be hitting somebody, bad words like...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) – A Ventura County judge has granted a temporary restraining order against a Newbury Park church for holding indoor religious services in violation of public health orders. Socially-distanced chairs are set up in Godspeak Calvary Chapel for indoor services, which the county says are banned under COVID-19 guidelines. (credit: CBS) The Ventura County Superior Court granted the order requiring Godspeak Calvary Chapel and pastor Rob McCoy to adhere to statewide and local public health orders requiring church services to be conducted outdoors with masks and social distancing and/or online, according to officials. The church held socially distanced communion services on Palm Sunday before eventually returning to indoor services after McCoy said he was being unfairly targeted and was...
    (CBS DETROIT) – 53 employees at one Oakland County business tested positive for Covid-19 according to the Oakland County Health Department. “The big number got our attention and we haven’t seen numbers like this at a company until now,” Oakland County Health Department Spokesperson Bill Mullan. Between the end of June and beginning of August, Oakland County Health Officials say 53 employees of the United Shore Mortgage Headquarters in Pontiac, tested positive for Covid-19. “That big number was coupled with numerous complaints from employees about either relaxed or lack of enforcement for face masks, social distancing, among other complaints,” Mullan. Those complaints prompted the Oakland County Health Officer, to issue an emergency order to the company. The order...
    SACRAMENTO —  This started as a week of positive news, finally, in California’s battle with the coronavirus. After nearly two months of skyrocketing cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there were the first signs that the COVID-19 spike was ebbing and new cases were beginning to decline. But by Friday, state officials were still scrambling to fix a coronavirus-tracking database that had suffered glitches, rendering the numbers inaccurate. It came as the state marked another sober milestone: 10,000 deaths from the virus. The breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test results has further rattled confidence in how the state is responding to the coronavirus in recent months. It’s a big turnaround from the spring, when California was hailed as a model...
    A Ventura County Superior Court judge Friday granted a temporary restraining order against Godspeak Calvary Chapel and pastor Rob McCoy, forbidding the church’s indoor services and demanding adherence to statewide and local health orders aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus. Since May 31, the Newbury Park church has held large, indoor services without masks or social distancing every Sunday. Ventura County health authorities sued Godspeak and McCoy on Wednesday. McCoy said the services included “singing, hugging, no masks.” “The Constitution is not a suicide pact. The exercise of individual liberties has to be consistent with public health, otherwise the one would cancel out the other,” Judge Matthew Guasco said, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn....
    Orange County reported an additional seven COVID-19 fatalities Friday, pushing the region’s total death toll past 700. While a far cry from the record 32 deaths reported Thursday, the latest fatalities demonstrate that the novel coronavirus is continuing to take a toll on the county, even as officials weigh whether to reopen some schools for in-person instruction. A frustration of late in that regard, for Orange County and across the state, has been significant issues with the CalREDIE electronic system, which collects information from laboratories and feeds it to state and local health departments. A series of data failures have created a backlog of as many as 300,000 test results, the state said Friday, and left counties in the...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Rio Arriba County man has died of the plague in what the state Department of Health says is the first such death in New Mexico since 2015. The man was in his 20s and had been hospitalized, officials said Friday. Department officials had said in late July that a Santa Fe County man in his 60s who was recovering at a hospital was the first case of plague this year. The plague is a bacterial disease that usually originates with wildlife. It can be transmitted to humans and pets through the bites of infected fleas. Symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, and swelling of the lymph nodes. It can lead to death. Doctors say...
    Marin County is bolstering its roster of Spanish-speaking public health workers in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus among the county’s Latino residents. The county Department of Health and Human Services is set to hire five temporary workers who speak Spanish next week through a contract with the nonprofit Canal Alliance, a San Rafael-based organization that provides services for Latino immigrants. The workers will serve as “contact tracers,” charged with interviewing Marin residents who test positive for the coronavirus and forming a list of people they have come in contact with. The tracers then track down the people who might have been exposed to the virus and ask them to isolate from others. Contact tracing is a...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    (CNN)For the past several months, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has clashed with Donald Trump over the President's lax response to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the two-term Republican governor is sparring with state and local officials who say Hogan is not being responsive enough.This week, Hogan found himself in the middle of two controversies involving areas affected dramatically by the coronavirus pandemic: schools and elections. Hogan is pushing for private schools to have the option of opening on time this fall, overruling the wishes of county health officials in one suburban county of DC. He's also insisting Maryland go forward with its standard election process despite objections and concerns from state and local elections officials that polling places will be understaffed.Being...
    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...
    California won't put any more counties on its coronavirus watch list until it's solved a problem that has delayed reporting of COVID-19 cases.The state is struggling with problems to a testing database, making data incomplete. Until it's fixed, California has stopped removing or adding to the list of 38 counties with higher infection rates.California has recorded 525,000 positive tests, the highest figure in the nation. But authorities say the true number is even higher.Incomplete data has hampered health officials' ability to limit the spread of the virus by reaching those who had contact with infected people.LA County's health director warns against parties as young people drive up COVID-19 casesEMBED More News Videos L.A. County's public health director warned against attending...
    Maryland’s top health official has weighed in on a fight in Montgomery County over closing private schools because of the coronavirus pandemic, issuing a memo to all county health officers, saying, “it is the health policy of the state of Maryland that nonpublic schools not be closed in a blanket manner.” The memo from Maryland Secretary of Health Robert Neall underscores the executive order issued by Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday that stripped local health officers of the ability to close schools — public or private — on anything other than a case-by-case basis. The memo explains that it’s the state’s position that all schools be given the opportunity to come up with plans to comply with COVID-19 guidance from...
    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...
    VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There has been a 40% increase in child cases of coronavirus in just two weeks. A Mount Vernon boy who battled and beat the virus is now being honored by a children’s hospital for his bravery. Jorden Hutchins has been designated a superhero by the doctors and nurses at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. The 8-year-old was awarded a special cape and a sash, and made an ambassador to the hospital, after he fought off COVID-19. “I was worried that I might pass. It felt like that I was never going to go home again. Because I was very sick. I had the virus,” Jorden told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge on Thursday. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 100 new Coronavirus cases Thursday out of 1,574 test results, and three additional deaths. Of the 100 cases reported in the past 24 hours, 99 are confirmed and one is probable. The county-wide total number of cases now stands at 8,612 since March 14. New cases range in age from 8 months to 101 years with a median age of 42 years, the Health Department says. The date of positive tests ranged from July 10 through Aug. 5. Health Department officials report 12 more patients have been hospitalized. The total number of hospitalizations among all cases in the county stands at 713 patients. The death toll...
    The conflict between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Montgomery County over who can make the call on reopening private schools in the state’s most populous county took another step Wednesday, with county Health Director Travis Gayles issuing a new order suspending in-person teaching at all nonpublic schools until Oct. 1. County officials said the new order bypasses an amendment issued Monday by Hogan, a Republican, that empowers private and parochial schools to make their own reopening decisions based on public health guidelines. It followed an order the previous week from Montgomery County mandating private schools begin the fall with online classes — something that sparked pushback from some parents and Hogan. Hogan, in a statement on Monday, called that...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County's public health director warned Wednesday against attending parties, reminding residents that such gatherings are prohibited under coronavirus restrictions and puts others at risk."Don't host large parties and don't attend a party if you're invited," Dr. Barbara Ferrer said. "It isn't worth the risk you run, and it certainly isn't worth the risk you're creating for our collective recovery journey."Ferrer said such gatherings are a breeding ground for the virus among younger residents who can in turn infect older and more vulnerable residents."Gatherings are simply not allowed at this point under the health officer order,'' Ferrer said. "Because they create a lot of risk for transmission at activities that really are not essential. These...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The tsunami of news about the current coronavirus outbreak and now the reopenings can be overwhelming. To help you navigate through what you need to know here’s a news roundup of the top coronavirus and reopening-related stories from the last 24 hours. Good News — Neighbors Helping Neighbors Bay Area College Student Makes 3-D Face Shields For Kids With Special Needs, Frontline Workers SAN JOSE — A Bay Area college student who saw an urgent need during the pandemic has created a solution in his garage. San Jose State University senior Brenden Pragasam started making face shields in his garage to protect his relatives and friends from COVID-19. Then a phone call changed everything. ”And I...
    CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (WLS) -- Health officials are looking into, what they say, is a new COVID-19 outbreak in a Chicago suburb.The McHenry County Health Department says the coronavirus outbreak occurred at the Texas Roadhouse located at 835 Cog Circle in Crystal Lake. The restaurant has since voluntarily closed down and is working with the MCDH so that it may safely reopen as soon as possible, officials say.Anyone who went to the restaurant between July 19 and August 4, or has had close contact with someone who worked or visited the establishment, is encouraged to get tested. Health officials also urge anyone experiencing symptoms to consult with their primary care physician and/or get tested.RELATED: Coronavirus Illinois: Gov. Pritzker says state...
    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...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – A Santa Clara County doctor said Wednesday that now is the time to hit the ‘reset’ button, including tougher restrictions and sheltering in place for weeks to get COVID-19 under control. “I would certainly advocate for a reset, many people are advocating for a reset,” said Santa Clara County Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jeff Smith. This comes as the State of California electronic database, CalREDIE, is dealing with a glitch in the system. Smith and Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody believes the glitch has caused the system to underreport the number of coronavirus cases statewide for at least three weeks. Smith said during a news conference Wednesday that it feels like...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, also known as CalREDIE. The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange, also known as CalREDIE. The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them to...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday confirmed that two of its officers attended a controversial party at a Hollywood hot spot last Friday. The event for first responders was held at the Sassafras Saloon on Vine Street and appears to have been held in violation of Los Angeles County health orders, which prohibit large indoor gatherings. County health orders also require bars to remain closed unless they serve food and drinks on a patio. CBS Los Angeles was tipped off in advance that a gathering was happening at the bar and was able to capture video of dozens of people entering what appeared to be the bar’s backdoor. The LAPD, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    SAN MATEO (KPIX 5) — After weeks of warnings to mask up, as of Wednesday residents in San Mateo County who choose not to heed public health requirements can be forced to pay a fine. “People don’t take it seriously until it costs them money,” said Antonio Scott of Daly City. “It’s about time. We should have done this months ago,” said Daly City’s Cathy Brigaerts. It was Day 1 of enforcement after county supervisors passed the new ordinance making those who don’t comply with health orders subject to fines on Tuesday. It appeared most people were following the rules and most were in agreement with the fines. But for some, those rules are still a bit nebulous. David Fields...
    VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura County leaders have approved the use of restraining orders and other enforcement actions against individuals and businesses who refuse to comply with local and state health orders to control the spread of the coronavirus. The decision at a special meeting Tuesday of the Board of Supervisors gave County Counsel Leroy Smith discretion to seek court enforcement of health mandates, the Ventura County Star reported. Smith told the newspaper that the nature of any orders and the identities of the parties involved would only be released after litigation is filed. Meanwhile in neighboring Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a crackdown Wednesday on house parties that have brought hundreds of people together despite health orders banning...
    A breakdown in the electronic collection of coronavirus test data is hampering California’s pandemic response, with some public health officials resorting to counting results by hand and a growing number of counties warning the public that statistics provided by the state on infection rates are unreliable. The ongoing technical problems with the electronic system for gathering and analyzing COVID-19 infection rates affects the state’s ability to track the spread of the virus and could be resulting in significant undercounts of infections across the state. That was on vivid display Tuesday when the state’s top public health official acknowledged that Gov. Gavin Newsom had inadvertently provided flawed information on Monday that showed a steep decline — 21.2% — in the...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti intensified penalties for people and properties hosting parties. On Wednesday, Garcetti announced that he authorized the city government to cut power and water to homes that host unlawful gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Tonight, I am authorizing the city to shut off Los Angeles Department of Water and Power service in the egregious cases in which houses, businesses, and other venues are hosting unpermitted large gatherings," he said during a press conference. "Starting on Friday night, if the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property, and we see these properties re-offending time and time again, they will provide and initiate the process that DWP shut off...
    A health official in Ohio who declared racism a public health crisis has apologized for reportedly appearing in a photo wearing blackface, according to Cleveland 19. Terry Allan, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health Commissioner, confirmed that it was him in a photo from a Halloween party in 1990 dressed in blackface as Buckwheat from the TV show “Little Rascals,” Cleveland 19 reported. 19 Investigates has uncovered a top health official posed for a Halloween photo in Blackface 30 years ago. Tonight, Cuyahoga County Health Commissioner Terry Allan is apologizing, saying the photo does not reflect who he is or ever was. READ MORE: https://t.co/99SADAqkiQ pic.twitter.com/oQdiAWPLlI — Sara Goldenberg (@SaraGoldenberg) August 4, 2020 Allan apologized for the action, saying...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to determine the impact from an unresolved technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a highest-in-the-nation 525,000 positive tests. But California health officials say the true number is even higher. They don’t know how much so until they can add backlogged testing data and fix the problem with the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE). The incomplete data in the nation’s most populous state has hampered public health officials’ ability to follow up with those who test positive and contact people who have been around them...
    SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio residents continue to feel the effects of the pandemic as Bexar County added 340 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The additional cases bring the local total to 41,614. Some of the new cases were backlogged due to the county transitioning into the state’s health reporting software, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said 14 more people have died of the virus, bringing the death toll to 394. Many of those deaths were also backlogged, Nirenberg said. Hospital capacity, which has steadily declined in recent weeks, decreased again on Wednesday. COVID-19 hospitalizations stood at 817, down from 838 on Tuesday. Of those patients, 345 are in the intensive care...
    Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles adjusts his mask before talking with reporters at the VEIP station in White Oak on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Montgomery County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles has repeated his call for nonpublic schools to close until Oct. 1 and issued a new directive Wednesday. The move by Gayles comes hours after he told reporters that he had not rescinded his original directive, effective Monday morning, despite Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order stripping local health officers from “blanket” closures of schools. The county said in a release Wednesday afternoon that officials continue to make their public health decisions based on “the data and science...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County’s public health director warned again Wednesday that large gatherings are forbidden under coronavirus-prevention orders following two highly publicized parties, one of which ended in a fatal shooting, L.A. County public health director Barbara Ferrer said infection rates among residents aged 30 to 49 nearly tripled between June and late July, and rates among those 18-29 quadrupled. “These two age groups continue to drive new infections here in the county,” Ferrer said. According to Ferrer, people in the 18-29 age group now represent twice the percentage of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the county than they did in April, matching the rate of people aged 80 and over. People aged 30-49 now represent 25% of...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — With COVID-19 case rates increasing in Santa Cruz County, local leaders began implementing creative options to limit the spread of the virus this week. After reporting over 800 news cases last week, county public health officer Dr. Gail Newel announced on Wednesday two new countywide initiatives: an urgency ordinance for health order violations and the Blue Check program.  The urgency ordinance, passed unanimously by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, allows law enforcement officers or designated staff to penalize health order violations through administrative citations instead of misdemeanors. The citation will result in a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third within a calendar year....
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Statewide technical issues resulting in incomplete COVID-19 testing data have left Santa Clara County “back to feeling blind,” County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a news conference Wednesday. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said California recently stopped receiving a full count of tests conducted, or positive results, through electronic lab reports due to an unresolved issue he did not describe. The state’s data page now carries a disclaimer saying the numbers “represent an underreporting of actual positive cases” per day.  Cody said the lack of data makes her feel like the county has regressed to what it was in February and March when there wasn’t enough...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) — Statewide technical issues resulting in incomplete COVID-19 testing data have left Santa Clara County “back to feeling blind,” County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said in a news conference Wednesday. On Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said California recently stopped receiving a full count of tests conducted, or positive results, through electronic lab reports due to an unresolved issue he did not describe. The state’s data page now carries a disclaimer saying the numbers “represent an underreporting of actual positive cases” per day.  Cody said the lack of data makes her feel like the county has regressed to what it was in February and March when there wasn’t enough...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Photo via Adobe ImagesA new report released Tuesday found widening inequities in income, wealth, health and opportunity in Hillsborough County. The annual Health Equity Report, developed by the Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County and the Office of Health Equity, is meant to spotlight the health level of Hillsborough County and its residents. One’s health is deeply intertwined with their environment, as the report points out. Everything from access to healthy food, transportation, education and healthcare all play a part in an individual’s well-being. The final results of the annual report will eventually influence the Office of Health Equity’s suggestions and improvement strategies.  “We have not yet achieved health equity in Hillsborough County,” reads the report. “A person’s opportunity...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Dr. Sara Cody, Health Officer and Director, County of Santa Clara Public Health Department gives an update on the COVID-19 crisis at 11 a.m. PT. Related Articles Alameda County to give stipends to some coronavirus victims Pac-12 plans massive loan program to rescue athletic departments Coronavirus: ‘Discrepancies’ in California’s case data cast doubt as deaths continue to rise How safe is a road trip home to see the family? Can you get the coronavirus from secondhand smoke?
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota on Wednesday reported 89 new cases of COVID-19 and one death amid an uptick in the average number of daily new cases over the last two weeks. Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased by 20, an increase of 31%. The Department of Health also reported the highest number of active cases since June, with 951 people. But the number of people hospitalized from the coronavirus has remained low. 43 patients are currently in the hospital. During the course of the pandemic, a total of 9,168 people have tested positive for COVID-19 statewide. 88% of those people have fully recovered, while 137 have died. Minnehaha...
    SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody is holding a press conference Wednesday to give an update on the region's response to the coronavirus.We'll be streaming the press conference live here at 11 a.m., on Facebook and YouTube.Santa Clara County has been on the state's COVID-19 watch list since July 12.WATCH LIST: 38 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseWhen the county was added to the watch list, it was forced to roll back the reopening of hair salons, nail salons and gyms - all of which had just reopened for business 48 hours prior.As of Wednesday morning, the county is just above the case rate threshold that would require it to stay...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 124 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday and one additional death. The updated report confirms 108 deaths from complications of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. The latest victim was a Grand Forks County woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions, health officials said. North Dakota had 1,112 active cases on Wednesday, up one from the previous high set a day earlier. The number of active cases has soared in the past month and coincides with the reopening of the state’s economy and increased testing. Burleigh and Morton counties have been the state’s hot spot for the virus in recent weeks. Officials said 41 of the new cases were in Burleigh...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody is holding a press conference Wednesday to give an update on the region's response to the coronavirus.We'll be streaming the press conference live here at 11 a.m., on Facebook and YouTube.Santa Clara County has been on the state's COVID-19 watch list since July 12.WATCH LIST: 38 California counties where COVID-19 is getting worseWhen the county was added to the watch list, it was forced to roll back the reopening of hair salons, nail salons and gyms - all of which had just reopened for business 48 hours prior.As of Wednesday morning, the county is just above the case rate threshold that would require it to stay...
    OAKLAND — Alameda County will pay $1,250 to people diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-isolate, if they meet certain qualifications. The pilot program, approved unanimously by county supervisors Tuesday, is intended to help curb the spread of the disease in Alameda County, which has seen its number of cases rise. “This is specifically designed to encourage people who are positive for COVID-19 to shelter-in-place and quarantine,” Lori Cox, director of the county’s Social Services Agency, told supervisors. “This is intended to keep people at home and other people safe.” The money would be paid to people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are not receiving unemployment benefits or paid sick leave. The $10 million pilot project will cover up to...
    Los Angeles County health officials on Tuesday announced that they will not consider any applications for waivers to open elementary schools for in-person instruction."The decision will be reconsidered once the case rate falls to the levels recommended by the State," the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a press release.Under the program, California health officials recommend that counties with COVID-19 case rates at or above 200 cases per 100,000 residents do not extend those waivers.EMBED More News Videos California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction. Local health officers are responsible for reviewing the school's safety plan and evaluating local transmission rates to either approve...
    SANTA CRUZ — Violating masking rules and other pandemic-related restrictions is now an infraction in Santa Cruz County — punishable by fines starting at $100. Billed as a less severe sanction for those flouting COVID-19 health orders, the infraction was adopted under an emergency ordinance unanimously approved by county supervisors Tuesday. Because it was passed as an emergency ordinance, it immediately took effect in unincorporated areas of the county. Violating health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic is also a misdemeanor offense under California’s health code, carrying heftier penalties up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison. By creating an infraction with lower fines, law and code enforcement officers would have more flexibility to enforce the rules with...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Figures showing California has slowed the rate of coronavirus infections may be in doubt because a technical problem has delayed reporting of test results, the state's top health official said. For days, California hasn't received full counts on the number of tests conducted nor the number that come back positive for COVID-19, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said Tuesday. He blamed an unspecified technical problem affecting the state's database that provides test results to local health departments. Ghaly said it's unclear when the issue would be fixed, adding that the state is relaying information manually to county health officials. The announcement came a day after Gov. Gavin Newsom...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Jury trials have resumed in Maricopa County Superior Court after weeks of being put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The trials were initially suspended in March and the stoppage lasted until June 15. At that point, trials were allowed again on a limited basis with increased health protocols. But when COVID-19 cases in Arizona spiked in early July, all new jury trials were suspended July 9. That order expired July 31 and jury trials were allowed to recommence Monday. Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM reports Maricopa County Superior Court will continue with health protocols that include symptom screenings, temperature checks and mask mandates in the courtroom, limited elevator and juror bus capacity, and plexiglass installed in...
    Officials in a Maryland county say they “will spare no time or expense” investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a veteran public health worker who died of COVID-19 after relatives and coworkers believe she contracted the virus on the job. The probe follows a story by Kaiser Health News and The Associated Press two weeks ago focusing on the worker, Chantee Mack, a 44-year-old disease intervention specialist at the Prince George’s County Health Department who union officials said was among at least 20 department employees infected by the coronavirus. The outbreak underscores the stark dangers facing the nation’s front-line public health army, the subject of an ongoing series by KHN and the AP, “Underfunded and Under Threat.” Mack’s coworker...
    By: KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — First, there were reports of unsolicited seeds from China. Now, it’s face masks. Michelle Barron of Hickory, a small town outside of Burgettstown, contacted KDKA after she said a package from Shanghai, China arrived in her son’s mailbox last week. He received two bags of KN95 masks, which he did not order. “I’m thinking this is really odd, especially when I didn’t order anything and it’s showing up,” Barron told KDKA’s Jennifer Borrasso. The package had her son’s address on it, but her name and phone number. It also said $20 dollars on the label. “I didn’t know where they came from. I don’t know why I received these things. I...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported new deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Tuesday. A person wearing a mask walks by a of a now closed and up for lease “Le Pain Quotidien” restaurant in West Hollywood on August 3. (Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP-Getty) Riverside County health officials reported 356 newly confirmed cases and one additional fatality, bringing countywide totals to 38,487 cases and 738 deaths. Officials said 20,079 people had recovered. Health officials also reported 450 confirmed COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Monday, with 133 being treated in intensive care units. Riverside County officials warned that case numbers might increase in the coming days as lags in the state’s reporting system are fixed. “This...
    REDWOOD CITY — San Mateo County has joined the growing list of Bay Area counties to back up mask and other health mandates with stiff fines to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Anyone caught face-free in public areas where masks are required could face fines up to $500 per violation, the county’s Board of Supervisors unanimously decided Tuesday. Under an ordinance proposed by Supervisor David Canepa and approved by the board, first-time violators of coronavirus-related public health requirements such as wearing masks, keeping social distances of at least six feet and not gathering in large groups could get slapped with $100 fines. The fines would increase to $250 for a second offense and $500 for each subsequent violation. County...
    LOS ANGELES -- A technical problem has caused a lag in California's tally of coronavirus test results, casting doubt on the accuracy of recent data showing improvements in the infection rate and number of positive cases, and hindering efforts to track the spread, the state's top health official said Tuesday.Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said in recent days that California has not been receiving a full count of tests conducted, or positive results, through electronic lab reports because of the unresolved issue, which he did not describe in detail. The state's data page now carries a disclaimer saying the numbers "represent an underreporting of actual positive cases" per day.The latest daily tally posted Tuesday showed 4,526 new...
    The L.A. County Department of Public Health said Tuesday that it would not consider any applications for waivers enabling elementary schools to reopen, citing high local COVID-19 case rates. The decision comes one day after the California Department of Public Health announced new guidelines for granting school reopening waivers, indicating that counties with case rates above 200 per 100,000 residents should not consider applications. The case rate in L.A. County is currently 355 per 100,000 residents. “We know that to many families, this is a disappointing announcement, but it’s based on the existing science and data that is guiding all of our decision-making. We need to ensure the health and safety of our children, school teachers and staff and...
    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Effective immediately, residents and businesses that do not comply with state COVID-19 health orders in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties are subject to fines after lawmakers voted unanimously in favor emergency ordinances, Tuesday afternoon. Supervisor David Canepa introduced the law in San Mateo County, which includes face masks and other statewide measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. “If you don’t wear your face mask, then you should be fined. This ordinance decriminalizes violations of the health order essentially but at the same time gives us an added tool to enforce compliance of the state’s face covering and social distancing mandates,” Canepa said. Individuals in both counties may be fined $100...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools that seek to hold classes in person, even if they are in a county on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus watchlist. Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s watchlist. READ MORE: COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Elementary Education Waiver Process Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post...
    Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars - there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world.Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing, calling such precautions an overreaction or an infringement on their liberty. Public health experts say the problem has been compounded by confusing and inconsistent guidance from politicians and a patchwork quilt of approaches to containing the scourge by county, state and federal governments."The thing that's maddening is country after country and state after state have shown us how we can contain the virus," said Dr....