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    SUN VALLEY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Hundreds of worshippers gathered Sunday at a Sun Valley church that held indoor services, despite a state order prohibiting such services.Images shows people packed into Grace Community Church on Roscoe Boulevard. Very little physical distancing was seen, and many were not wearing a face covering at the mask-optional service.Those who left the service Sunday evening say the church is a vital service.RELATED: Newbury Park church holds indoor services despite judge's orders, drawing counter-protestersGrace Community Church was not the only congregation gathering inside despite the public health measures restricting such gatherings.In Newbury Park in Ventura County on Sunday, tempers flared outside Godspeak Calvary Chapel after the church defied a judge's temporary restraining order banning sermons...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t telling the full story when it comes to executive orders on coronavirus relief payments and health care. Over the weekend, the president suggested that his move to bypass Congress with executive action calling for up to $400 in weekly unemployment assistance would mean immediate cash in hand for laid-off Americans during the pandemic. There’s no guarantee of that. His own economic adviser acknowledged Sunday that various details remained to be worked out, including contributions from the states, and that legal challenges appeared likely. And on health care, Trump said he would pursue a “major” executive order to require health insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions, something that “has never been done before.” Actually,...
    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't telling the full story when it comes to executive orders on coronavirus relief payments and health care. Over the weekend, the president suggested that his move to bypass Congress with executive action calling for up to $400 in weekly unemployment assistance would mean immediate cash in hand for laid-off Americans during the pandemic. There's no guarantee of that. His own economic adviser acknowledged Sunday that various details remained to be worked out, including contributions from the states, and that legal challenges appeared likely. And on health care, Trump said he would pursue a “major” executive order to require health insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions, something that “has...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t telling the full story when it comes to executive orders on coronavirus relief payments and health care. Over the weekend, the president suggested that his move to bypass Congress with executive action calling for up to $400 in weekly unemployment assistance would mean immediate cash in hand for laid-off Americans during the pandemic. There’s no guarantee of that. His own economic adviser acknowledged Sunday that various details remained to be worked out, including contributions from the states, and that legal challenges appeared likely. And on health care, Trump said he would pursue a “major” executive order to require health insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions, something that “has never been done before.” Actually,...
    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...
    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...
    Spencer Platt | Getty Images Desy's is one of the last bars left standing in Morrisville, North Carolina.  Owner Desislava Nikolova made her American dream come true by opening Desy's and another bar in nearby Cary after immigrating to America from Bulgaria 11 years ago. While the coronavirus pandemic forced the majority of her counterparts in the local bar scene to close, she has been able to keep hers open through the support of longtime customers. But Nikolova has been served another restriction from state officials, which she expects will exacerbate her struggle to stay open: a new statewide mandate to stop serving alcohol after 11 p.m. "This could even destroy us completely," Nikolova said. "Nobody wants to come to a restaurant or...
    By The Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump has signed executive orders bypassing Congress to defer payroll taxes for some Americans and extend unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump accused Democrats of loading up their rescue bill with priorities unrelated to the coronavirus. “We’ve had it,” he said Saturday at a news conference at his country club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump said the payroll tax cut would apply to those earning less than $100,000 a year. He said that if he is reelected in November, he would look at the possibility of making the payroll tax permanent. Extra aid for the unemployed will total $400 a week, a cut from the...
    Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The pastor of a California church has vowed to continue holding indoor worship in defiance of coronavirus health orders after a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring the church from doing so. “I wish it didn’t have to come to this, I really do, but we will be violating the judge’s order. We will be open this Sunday,” Rob McCoy said Friday, hours after the judge prohibited Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park from holding indoor worship services. Ventura County Superior Court Judge Matthew Guasco cited “an immediate threat to public health and safety due to the 2019 novel coronavirus" in issuing the temporary restraining order. The order will be in place until...
    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...
    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....
    Less than a week after Syracuse University started allowing students back on campus, the school has already suspended a group of students for violating quarantine orders. Syracuse began welcoming 400 first-year students, many of whom were from out of state, to residence halls on Sunday. The early August start would provide students enough time to adhere to New York state's mandatory quarantine order before heading to classes. The order took effect June 25, and said anyone arriving into New York from one of the designated 34 states categorized as having "increased rates of COVID-19 transmission" is ordered to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. One student described the quarantine as "minimum-security prison." "The university has...
    An analysis published in Forbes this week—just ahead of Friday’s federal jobs report—challenges the argument from many GOP politicians, including President Donald Trump, that rapidly reopening businesses and loosening restrictions in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is somehow good for the economy. The United States continues to lead the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths, with over 4.9 million and at least 160,737, respectively. As the crisis was officially declared a pandemic at the global level in March, and in the absence of serious mitigation actions from the Trump administration or Congress, many U.S. cities and states imposed stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the virus. The new analysis from economist and Forbes senior contributor Christian Weller compared...
    LOS ANGELES -- Hundreds of revelers were seen at a large celebration in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood, with many not wearing face coverings or practicing physical distancing.Our sister station KABC-TV's chopper was over the party at a mansion in Holmby Hills near the UCLA campus and the Los Angeles Country Club Wednesday night.Video captured guests celebrating, dancing and gathering closer than six feet. Most were not wearing masks.The celebration comes on the same day Mayor Eric Garcetti implored Angelenos to follow county health orders and not gather in large crowds to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.He announced a new measure designed to crack down on party houses and other venues that violate health orders.If a large...
    HOLMBY HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Hundreds of revelers were seen at a large celebration in the posh Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills, with many not wearing face coverings or practicing physical distancing.AIR7 HD was over the party at a mansion along Beverly Glen Boulevard near the UCLA campus and the Los Angeles Country Club Wednesday night.Video captured guests celebrating, dancing and gathering closer than six feet. Most were not wearing masks.The celebration comes on the same day Mayor Eric Garcetti implored Angelenos to follow county health orders and not gather in large crowds to help limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.He announced a new measure designed to crack down on party houses and other venues that violate...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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....
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared racism a public health crisis in the state of Michigan. "We have a lot of work to do to eliminate the systemic racism that black Americans have experienced for generations," Whitmer said at a news conference on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, who is black, said the state has established the Black Leadership Advisory Council to fight against systemic racism. "It is not enough to simply label an injustice," Gilchrist said. "We have to formally take steps to replace injustice with justice." The American Public Health Association lists more than a dozen other states as having declared racism as one of the factors leading to a public health emergency. "We...
    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...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore nightclub has been shut down for violating coronavirus-related public health orders, the city’s health department confirmed Tuesday. In a statement, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letita Dzirasa said the health department is aware of video on social media that shows people violating health orders: “The Baltimore City Health Department has conducted inspections of Euphoria Night Club due to complaints over adherence to COVID public health orders and guidance. BCHD staff have reminded Euphoria of the dangers posed by COVID, the relevant guidance and regulations they are expected to follow and enforce, and the need to do so in order to reopen while reducing the risk of COVID transmission. The Health Department is aware of the...
    By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Supreme Court is weighing whether the governor has the authority to levy hefty fines against businesses as she enforces a public health order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Oral arguments were scheduled for Tuesday in the case pitting Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham against business owners who have resisted recent health orders spurred by the pandemic. The governor was an early adopter of hard-line health orders that still prohibit indoor restaurant service, required face masks, ban public gatherings of more than four people and suspend classroom attendance at public schools. The original lawsuit alleges that violations can be sanctioned with a fine of up to...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued an order Monday that prevents the states most populous county from forcing private schools to close this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hogan, a Republican, overrode a Montgomery County directive that said all non-public schools in the county must close until Oct. 1 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect Americans lives. Hogan said in a statement, "Private and parochial schools deserve the same opportunity and flexibility to make reopening decisions based on public health guidelines. The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer." Directly affected by Hogans order is Barron Trump, the 14-year-old son of President...
    Last week, the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment announced that it would be stepping up enforcement of public health orders implemented in the city as part of the battle against COVID-19 — and it wasn't blowing smoke. On August 3, the DDPHE announced that it had cited or closed a slew of businesses for alleged violations in recent days. The operations shuttered in the action include the Welcome Inn, an iconic dive bar; Zanzibar Billiards, which survived an infamous makeover by the TV show Bar Rescue; Your Mom's House, a live-music venue on Capitol Hill; and two strip clubs, one the site of the original Family Dog, a famed rock club that played host to acts such as...
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp extended the state's emergency declaration and statewide COVID-19 restrictions Friday night. Kemp signed two executive orders hours before the current restrictions were about to expire. "The fight against COVID-19 continues, and these executive orders reaffirm our commitment to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians. As our state ramps up testing, expands hospital surge capacity, and provides staffing, supplies, and resources to cities and counties throughout Georgia, we urge local officials to enforce the rules and restrictions detailed in these orders," Kemp said. The governor's order continues a ban on local mask mandates that has caused contention between him and local government officials. Kemp also maintained a ban on gatherings of...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) – Fines for violating health orders to stop the spread of COVID-19 could be coming to the Peninsula, as San Mateo County may become the latest in the Bay Area to impose penalties. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa told KPIX 5 that he’s proposing fines for people who don’t wear masks or practice social distancing. Penalties would range anywhere from $100 to $3,000. Canepa said he knows he will hear from folks who are concerned about their freedom. “Your freedom of not wearing the mask and not social distancing and going to these large parties and gatherings. You’re killing people,” Canepa said. Canepa’s call for fines comes as San Mateo County ended up on...
    The health officer of Montgomery County, Maryland, ordered nonpublic schools, including “private pay schools” and “schools affiliated with religious institutions,” to remain closed for in-school instruction through October 1. “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have based our decisions on science and data,” said Dr. Travis Gayles in a press statement Friday, and he added: At this point the data does not suggest that in-person instruction is safe for students or teachers. We have seen increases in transmission rates for COVID-19 in the State of Maryland, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia, particularly in younger age groups, and this step is necessary to protect the health and safety of Montgomery County residents. The order is...
    San José, Jul 31 (EFE) .- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ordered the Panamanian State to protect health, life and provide health services without discrimination to the hundreds of migrants who are stranded and housed in shelters in conditions of overcrowding due to to the COVID-19 pandemic. “To require the State of Panama to continue taking all appropriate measures to effectively protect the rights to health, personal integrity, and life of the people who are in the La Peñita and Lajas Blancas Immigration Reception Stations in the province of Darien,” indicates a resolution of precautionary measures released this Friday by the Inter-American Court. In this sense, the court considered the requirements of “extreme gravity, urgency and irreparable damage”...
    ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Hair salons in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin are talking about trying to unify using civil disobedience to open up "all at once," defying Alameda County's health orders during the novel coronavirus pandemic.Christine Palmer is making banners for a rally she will be holding outside her Pleasanton salon on August 1.It's a desperate last resort. She wishes officials would come by and sit in her chair."If only we had city officials, county officials... Governor Newsom, come get your haircut and see how we're following the guidelines you gave us," said the Flaunt Hair Designs owner.RELATED: Getting off state's COVID-19 watch list nearly impossible, Solano County public health official saysApp users: For a better experience, click here...
    A San Diego gym that refused to follow state orders to shut down due to the coronavirus is now linked to a community outbreak, officials said. Although authorities wouldn't specify how many people were infected with COVID-19, a community outbreak is defined as three or more positive cases from different households originating from the same location. WOMAN PEPPER-SPRAYED MAN FOR NOT WEARING FACE MASK AT SAN DIEGO DOG PARK, EATING IN RESTRICTED AREA: REPORT The Gym did not comply with the state mandate to only operate outdoor fitness facilities. “The Gym” on Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach Health officials ordered the facility to close immediately last week, but it refused. “For some businesses, it takes a lot of actions...
    AUSTIN, Texas – In an attempt to set the record straight, top Texas officials released a statement Friday about who can ultimately decide when and how public schools should reopen in the fall. The statement, released by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senate Education Chairman Larry Taylor and House Education Chairman Dan Huberty, said that the Texas Education Agency two weeks ago gave school boards the final say about reopenings and nothing has changed. “The authority to decide when the school year will begin lies with local school boards,” the statement said. “They can choose dates in August, September, or even later. But, whenever the local school board chooses to open, the board...
    SWEDEN has ordered all employees to work from home for the rest of 2020 amid fears packed public transport could set back a “positive” drop in coronavirus cases. The instruction comes days after 25 Swedish doctors and scientists warned other countries against "dodging lockdown like we did". 7State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden wants people to steer clear of public transport to stop a rise in Covid-19Credit: EPA Sweden's health minister, Lena Hallengre, and the public health agency have updated guidance to ward off a second spike of Covid-19 in winter, reports The Local. By continuing to work from home, congestion on public transport would be cut - reducing the risk of spreading coronavirus to essential...
              Minneapolis business owners are reeling after Governor Mayor Jacob Frey’s latest order closing “bar areas” indefinitely starting Saturday. According to the Minnesota Emergency Regulation 2020-17, counter service at bar areas will be prohibited. The regulation extends to dance floor areas, stages, game rooms, or “any space that is undefined or does not provide for seated food and/or beverage service.” The city estimates that this will impact more than 640 businesses. Mayor Frey cited the city’s greater number of positive COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population compared to rest of Minnesota as a reason for issuing this order. Frey also attributed the recent uptick in cases as a combination opening of outdoor and indoor seating...
    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — After weeks of stressing education over enforcement, California communities say they are now issuing fines and relying on anonymous tips to make sure businesses and residents are complying with health orders requiring masks, disinfection and social distancing as the state tries to contain the coronavirus. Los Angeles County, the state's most populous, is averaging 2,000 reports a week on its tip lines with complaints ranging from a lack of hand sanitizer to improper cleaning of workplace bathrooms, according to the county’s health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “We investigate all of the calls as long as we have enough information,” Ferrer said. “Everyone’s had a long time now to understand what the...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders and some conservatives who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill the governor’s “safer at home” order. Evers, a Democrat, declared a new public health emergency and ordered the wearing of masks for anyone age 5 and up starting on Saturday for all enclosed spaces except a person’s home. The new order also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, except when people are eating or drinking. Anyone who violates the order would be subject to a $200 fine. It is scheduled to run until Sept. 28. “This virus doesn’t...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill a “safer at home” order. The Democrat Evers declared a new public health emergency, after his initial one expired in May, and ordered the wearing of masks for anyone age 5 and up starting on Saturday for all enclosed spaces except a person’s home. The new order also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, except when people are eating or drinking. Anyone who violates the order would be subject to a $200 fine. It is...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill the governor’s “safer at home” order. Evers, a Democrat, declared a new public health emergency and ordered the wearing of masks for anyone age 5 and up starting on Saturday for all enclosed spaces except a person’s home. The new order also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, except when people are eating or drinking. Anyone who violates the order would be subject to a $200 fine. It is scheduled to run until Sept. 28. “This virus doesn’t care about any...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill a “safer at home” order. The Democrat Evers declared a new public health emergency, after his initial one expired in May, and ordered the wearing of masks for anyone age 5 and up starting on Saturday for all enclosed spaces except a person’s home. The new order also applies to outdoor bars and restaurants, except when people are eating or drinking. Anyone who violates the order would be subject to a $200 fine. It is slated to run until Sept....
    The Nordic nations are continuing to hold out against face masks even as most of the world either orders or recommends their use.    Masks are a rare sight in supermarkets, on buses and along the streets in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik, and most who do wear them are tourists.   According to a recent survey by YouGov, only five to 10 per cent of respondents in the Nordic countries said they used a mask in public settings, a figure that has remained stable since the start of the crisis in March. At the same time, the corresponding figures have risen to between 70 and 80 per cent for most of the other 20 countries polled, including India and the...
    By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Tribal leaders on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in northeastern North Dakota are requiring residents to wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, a rare move in a state where face coverings have not been mandated despite a sharp increase in overall cases. The reservation is located in Benson County, which according to The COVID Tracking Project has seen the state's most new cases per capita in the last two weeks. Area public health workers are worried about the trend after seeing the number of positive tests jump from 16 to 70 since the middle of July. Allen McKay, administrator for the Lake Region District Health Unit, which...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said local health officials cannot issue sweeping orders that close schools in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19. After received a request for guidance from Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien, Paxton issued the opinion on Tuesday. “Education of our children is an essential Texas value and there is no current statewide order prohibiting any school from opening,” Paxton said in a statement. “While local health authorities may possess some authority to close schools in limited circumstances, they may not issue blanket orders closing all schools on a purely preventative basis. That decision rightfully remains with school system leaders.” The opinion comes after a group of parents and Christian schools operators filed...
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a guide Tuesday saying that local health authorities were unable to issue “radical orders to close schools” for the sole purpose of preventing COVID-19 infections. The new state guide issued could change the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) plan to hold online classes for the first six weeks of the school year, the district superintendent said during a virtual meeting with authorities from the city. FWISD and all Tarrant County Public Schools were slated to run online for most of September. But the new guidance issued Tuesday by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton notes that local health authorities could not issue “radical orders to close schools” for the sole purpose of preventing...
    DALLAS and FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a legal opinion letter Tuesday that says local health authorities can’t issue blanket orders to close schools to prevent future COVID-19 cases. “We’re very disappointed that the health authority order was sort of overruled,” said Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health Director. Both Tarrant and Dallas County health officials had previously issued orders delaying in-person education. Dallas County Health and Human Services’ order pushed the start of face-to-face education to September 7. “We had 18 days of 1,000 or more new cases reported every day,” said Dr. Philip Huang, the director of DCHHS. “So it was really just to protect students, teachers, and staff in that context.” Tarrant...
    DENVER (CBS4) — Gov. Jared Polis said officials have the power to enforce the ban large gatherings — and they will. This comes after a rodeo and concert held on a private ranch in Weld County reportedly attracted thousands of people over the weekend. (credit: CBS) “These requirements are the law of Colorado,” Gov. Polis said during a news conference on Tuesday. “You don’t get to choose which laws you follow and which you don’t follow.” “You are risking the lives of innocent people in our state. And that is wrong. And we will not stand for it,” Polis said. RELATED: Concert On Private Ranch In Weld County Shut Down After Thousands Show Up Polis said officials will “explore every...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday used its emergency powers under state law to pass a new ordinance that establishes fines for violations of COVID-19 public health orders including the wearing of face coverings. Violations of coronavirus pandemic public health orders can also pertain to inadequate social distancing and group gatherings. The Board unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2020-21 effective immediately after determining it was necessary to provide an alternative to criminal enforcement of public health orders that will augment the ability of Contra Costa County and other local agencies to ensure compliance with public health orders and slow the spread of COVID-19. “Many people are following the Health Orders, but we need to...
    In a new guide issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, he says that local health authorities cannot issue “orders to close schools” for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections. The guide, released today, comes in response to a request from Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien, according to Paxton’s office. “While they play an important role in protecting the health of children and school employees, local health authorities cannot issue sweeping orders to close schools for the sole purpose of preventing future COVID-19 infections,” according to a press release from Attorney General Paxton’s office. Rather, its role is limited by law to addressing specific and actual disease outbreaks. School officials, both public and private, are the appropriate...
    People violating public health orders in Contra Costa County could now be fined for violating public health orders, the Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday. The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the ordinance Tuesday, which give city and county officials the ability to cite those who do not follow public health orders, such as the ban on hosting large gatherings. The fines would be as small as $100 for individuals’ first viiolations, increasing to $200 for a second violation and $500 for each additional violation thereafter, within one year of the first violation. For businesses, the initial fine for a first infraction would be $250, then $500 for a second violation and $1,000 for violations after that. “We’re not doing it...
    AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued has given the green light for school officials, both public and private, to decide whether, when, and how to open school. The legally nonbinding letter, which was in response to a request from Stephenville Mayor Doug Svien, gives schools permission to disobey local public health orders that would stop them from reopening. “Education of our children is an essential Texas value and there is no current statewide order prohibiting any school from opening,” said Attorney General Paxton. “While local health authorities may possess some authority to close schools in limited circumstances, they may not issue blanket orders closing all schools on a purely preventative basis. That decision rightfully remains with school...
    The attorney who filed a slew of lawsuits in several different counties to have judges find there aren’t public health emergencies says counties need to be careful in enforcing social distancing and mask-wearing rules because he’s ready to file even more lawsuits. Gov. J.B. Pritzker now faces lawsuits in several counties from attorney Thomas DeVore, who represents individuals and businesses seeking judges to declare there isn’t a public health emergency because of low numbers of COVID-19 deaths in those counties. DeVore said more lawsuits against the governor in other counties could be on the way. The lawsuits filed Thursday were in Sangamon, Clinton, Bond, Richland and Edgar counties showing COVID-19 data that DeVore claims don’t rise to the...
    Contra Costa could soon become the third Bay Area county to authorize administrative citations for anyone violating public health orders. A vote on the proposed ordinance, which is similar to those in Marin and Napa counties, is on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for their meeting Tuesday. It would give city and county officials the ability to cite social distancing scofflaws with fines starting at $100 for individuals and as high as $1,000 for businesses for each violation. Staff members began putting together the proposal following their meeting two weeks ago, July 14. In the time since, the Boards of Supervisors in Napa and Marin counties approved similar orders, though there are some differences. The Napa County order, the first...
    Photo via White House/FlickrPresident Donald Trump on Friday signed four executive orders designed to reduce prescription-drug prices, including one aimed at allowing drug importation from Canada and other countries. Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva and U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., were on hand for the signing event at the White House. The Florida Legislature in 2019 passed a law aimed at importing cheaper drugs from Canada, but it has not been implemented because it also required federal approval, including the passage of federal rules. The first draft of those rules was released a year ago. In a note to House members Friday evening, Oliva called the executive orders "historic" and said one was inspired...
    PIEDMONT (CBS SF) — Linda Beach Playfield closed to the public as of 4 p.m. Friday and will remain off-limits until further notice due to continued lack of compliance by users with novel coronavirus health orders, the city of Piedmont announced. The city also said it is considering additional enforcement measures to compel the public to comply with safety measures. Linda Beach Playfield. (Google Street View via Bay City News) “Despite repeated warnings from city staff, users of this facility have continued to play group sports in violation of COVID-19 health orders” made by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the city said in an advisory. “We regret having to take this action, but the actions of field users have...
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — The California Attorney General’s Office Friday agreed with Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer that Cary Jay Smith must register as a sex offender. Smith, who was recently released from a state mental health hospital, was being evaluated Friday at a mental health facility in Costa Mesa after moving through four Southern California counties. Pending the results of the evaluation, Smith might be re-admitted, according to Spitzer. However, even if Smith is released from the facility, he will once again have to register as a sex offender after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that state prosecutors serve Smith with the necessary paperwork, Spitzer said. “They reviewed the paper we submitted, and agreed he has...
    President Trump issued four executive orders Friday that he said will lower drug prices — but in reality, three of the orders will cause far more harm than good and represent electioneering at its worst. The three harmful executive orders allow the importation of drugs from Canada, reduce the price of insulin, and introduce an International Pricing Index for prescription drugs. The International Pricing Index will effectively impose price controls on prescription drugs under Medicare Part B — and in so doing, dramatically slow medical progress. That will be disastrous for the health of current and future patients. TRUMP'S FOUR EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO LOWER DRUG PRICES: WHAT TO KNOW The International Pricing Index is the worst offender in the three...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed four executive orders aimed at lowering the prices Americans pay for prescription drugs, as he faces an uphill reelection battle and criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  Trump has previously proposed most of the changes made by the executive orders he signed Friday, but this was the first time they had made it into signed executive orders.  One order would allow for the legal importation of cheaper prescription drugs from countries like Canada, while another would require discounts from drug companies now captured by middlemen to be passed on to patients, Trump said.  Another measure seeks to lower insulin costs, while a fourth, which may not be implemented...
    President Trump signed multiple executive orders on Friday aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs such as insulin. The executive orders the president signed will require discounts on insulin and EpiPens that were given to some hospitals to be passed on to patients; and speed up a proposal to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries for pharmacies, wholesalers and states. The president said the changes should eliminate the "middlemen" in drug purchases. "The middlemen are making a fortune," Mr. Trump said, joking he probably sees some of them in Palm Beach, Florida.   Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Mr. Trump said drug company executives will be at the White House on Tuesday and if they...
    As California’s coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise, some Bay Area officials are threatening to crack down on those who refuse to wear masks and practice social distancing — hoping to stop the virus before it overwhelms our health systems. Napa and Marin counties were the first to approve fines of up to $500 for people who refuse to comply with state and local health orders, but officials in some other jurisdictions now say they’d like to see that extended throughout the region. That would be a significant shift — so far, officials have relied mostly on voluntary compliance, with very little enforcement. For others, the existing rules aren’t enough. Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, on Thursday called on Gov....
    DETROIT (AP) — At least two Detroit students attending summer school have tested positive for the coronavirus after a judge ordered tests as a condition for attendance in the voluntary classes, officials said. The students were told to self-quarantine with their families, The Detroit News reported Friday. More than 250 students have been tested since U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow's order Tuesday. The Detroit district has said more than 600 students have been attending in-person classes since July 13. There's also an online option. “This is what I would have expected," city health officer Denise Fair said. "We are not seeing clusters and at this point this does not suggest school spread. We will continue to partner with Detroit Public...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting at the end of August, businesses that fail to comply with local health orders to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus will face fines of up to $500, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Thursday. People wearing face coverings wait in line to shop at Walmart July 22 in Burbank. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP-Getty) “I’m pleased that we’re seeing great compliance in some areas and we want to continue to see that,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “But we need to plan for the long-term reopening of our economic sectors while ensuring the public health and safety of our residents and our workforce.” Businesses cited for noncompliance will...
    LONG BEACH (CBSLA) — Starting next week, all health-care facilities in Long Beach will be required to provide COVID-19 tests for all symptomatic people and asymptomatic people that may have been exposed, the city announced Thursday. “I look forward to expanding our testing capacity by adding all health-care facilities to the list of locations at which individuals can get tested in Long Beach,” Mayor Robert Garcia said. According to city officials, the testing expansion will help identify people infected with the virus and ensure they are isolated and cared for, as well as help prevent them from spreading the virus to others. The new health order will take effect on July 31. (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights...
    Another North Bay county has the newfangled authority to fine anyone not wearing a mask or complying with social distancing protocols. The Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary measure to make violations of public health orders punishable by administrative fines, following in the footsteps of officials in Napa County, who put a similar measure in place last week. The move authorizes city and county employees, as well as police officers, to cite businesses and individuals not complying with the orders, though the priority is first to intervene and educate. Depending on the severity and frequency of the violations, individuals can face fines between $25 and $500, while businesses can be fined between $250 and $10,000. The policy suggests...
    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said last call for alcohol sales at restaurants will temporarily be at 10 p.m., citing data that younger people are continuing to spread COVID-19 in the state. “The number of new cases has roughly doubled; we were around 200 per day, we’re now on the 400 to 500 range per day,” Polis said during a news briefing. The 20-29 age group “is leading this spread of infection in our state,” he added. Polis said that while most are practicing social distancing, “we’re seeing some engage in risky behavior.” “Your health depends on responsibility, and yeah, your parents’ health, your neighbor’s health, your grandparents’ health really depends on you being more mature,” he...
    By JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A judge decided against sanctioning a Colorado drag racing track Tuesday for violating social distancing rules during a July 4 event but said the track must abide by public health orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus, even if those orders are constantly changing. The case involving Bandimere Speedway, nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Denver, and the Jefferson County Public Health department pitted government’s authority to enforce health orders against the track owners’ freedom to conduct business under liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. District Judge Tamara Russell’s ruling didn’t completely satisfy either side. She denied the county’s request to issue a permanent restraining order against Bandimere for lapses...
    DENVER (AP) — A judge decided against sanctioning a Colorado drag racing track Tuesday for violating social distancing rules during a July 4 event but said the track must abide by public health orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus, even if those orders are constantly changing. The case involving Bandimere Speedway, nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Denver, and the Jefferson County Public Health department pitted government’s authority to enforce health orders against the track owners’ freedom to conduct business under liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. District Judge Tamara Russell’s ruling didn’t completely satisfy either side. She denied the county’s request to issue a permanent restraining order against Bandimere for lapses in social distancing and other...
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Marin County supervisors have approved a temporary ordinance that imposes civil penalties on people and businesses who fail to follow orders aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.RELATED: Coronavirus crisis: Face coverings mandatory in Fremont, coming soon in Sonoma, Marin countiesPart of the ordinance calls for allowing more government employees, not just police officers, to enforce laws like the mandate to wear masks.Everyone is asked to wear a face-covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:Assistant Marin County Administrator Daniel Eilerman emphasized the focus will be on getting people and businesses...
    MADISON, Wis. — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by two dozen Wisconsin residents  challenging a variety of local stay-at-home orders enacted to curb the spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach on Monday dismissed the challenge, filed in May, saying those bringing it did not properly join all of the defendants into one lawsuit. That mistake requires that the lawsuit be dismissed, Griesbach said in his order. Those bringing it can file it again if they correct the errors, the judge said. Joseph Voiland, the attorney for those who brought the lawsuit, said he was reviewing whether to file an amended lawsuit or appeal. The lawsuit was brought against Gov. Tony Evers, Wisconsin Department of Health...
    MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Marin County supervisors are considering a temporary ordinance that would impose civil penalties on people and businesses who fail to follow orders aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.RELATED: Coronavirus crisis: Face coverings mandatory in Fremont, coming soon in Sonoma, Marin countiesPart of the proposal calls for allowing more government employees, not just police officers, to enforce laws like the mandate to wear masks.Everyone is asked to wear a face covering when they are interacting with others who are not members of their household in public and private spaces. Specifically, the order states that people must wear face coverings when:Assistant Marin County Administrator Daniel Eilerman emphasized the focus will be on getting people...
    CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's unemployment rate fell to 7.6% in June, down from 8.8% in May as state officials lifted some public health orders for slowing spread of the coronavirus. The rate released Tuesday by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services was well below the nationwide figure of 11.1% and third-lowest in the U.S., the Casper Star-Tribune reported. Natrona County had Wyoming's highest unemployment rate, 11%, while Albany County had the lowest, 4.5%. Teton County had the largest drop in unemployment, from 15% to 9.3%. Park County (8.4% to 6.3%), Sheridan County (7.7% to 5.8%) and Sublette County (9.8% to 8.4%) also saw significant drops. Several public-health orders regulating large, indoor gatherings remain in effect in Wyoming through July...
    By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A judge plans to hear arguments on an emergency request by Georgia's governor to stop Atlanta from enforcing a mandate to wear a mask in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the issue is pending. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Ellerbe has scheduled a hearing for 11 a.m. Tuesday on Gov. Brian Kemp's motion. Because of “the current public health crisis” the hearing will be held by videoconference, Ellerbe’s order says. Georgia has tallied 143,123 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,173 deaths, with 3,036 hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon, the most recent figures available. In a lawsuit filed Thursday against Atlanta Mayor Keisha...
    ATLANTA (AP) — A judge plans to hear arguments on an emergency request by Georgia’s governor to stop Atlanta from enforcing a mandate to wear a mask in public and other restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic while a lawsuit on the issue is pending. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kelly Ellerbe has scheduled a hearing for 11 a.m. Tuesday on Gov. Brian Kemp’s motion. Because of “the current public health crisis” the hearing will be held by videoconference, Ellerbe’s order says. Georgia has tallied 143,123 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,173 deaths, with 3,036 hospitalized as of Sunday afternoon, the most recent figures available. In a lawsuit filed Thursday against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the...
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed a bill Friday, as promised, that would have prohibited criminal penalties for violations of state or local health orders related to the coronavirus pandemic as the number of daily cases hit a new record of 1,679 cases. The legislation, which was sponsored by state Sen. Theresa Gavarone, a Bowling Green Republican, would instead have allowed fines of not more than $100 for violating a local order and not more than $150 for violating a state order. DeWine, a fellow Republican, spoke out against the legislation, labeling it “a tragic mistake” that would keep governments from taking bold action against the COVID-19 crisis. Legislative Republicans argued that they didn’t want to see...
    Private religious schools in Texas are free to decide whether they want to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Ken Paxton said in an open letter Friday that local governments in the state do not possess the authority to keep religious private schools from following state health guidelines if they wish to reopen their doors. “Under the Governor’s orders, local governments are prohibited from closing religious institutions or dictating mitigation strategies to those institutions,” Paxton wrote. “Local governments are similarly prohibited from issuing blanket orders closing religious private schools. Because a local order closing a religious private school or institution is inconsistent with the Governor’s order, any local order is invalid to the extent it purports to do...
              For the first time as governor, Mike DeWine vetoed a bill Friday that restricted penalties for people who violate public health orders. Senate Bill (SB) 55, which was introduced by state Senator Theresa Gavarone (R-Bowling Green), would have allowed Ohioans who violate public health orders to receive a warning rather than receive fines. According to the bill, if people did not follow the public health orders then it would result in a fine no more than $100 for each subsequent violation. According to The Toledo Blade, a violation of a public health order related to an epidemic can be charged as a second-degree misdemeanor. If found guilty of this crime, a person could...
    AUSTIN, Texas – While local health officials have the authority to keep school districts closed for in-person instruction through the fall, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a letter to schools Friday that private religious schools are free to decide for themselves whether to reopen. Last week, the Texas Education Agency released an order requiring schools to open their buildings to in-person instruction five days a week for all students who want it. Following backlash, on Friday, Texas officials said school districts will be allowed to delay on-campus instruction for at least four weeks, and ask for waivers to continue remote instruction for up to four additional weeks in areas hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday,...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — In a letter simply addressed to ‘Religious Private Schools in Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton made claims that local public health orders attempting to restrict school reopenings violate the U.S. and Texas Constitutions. Paxton further said that orders restricting the reopening of religious private schools or institutions is inconsistent with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders, and therefore, are invalid. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) Claiming that there are constitutional and statutory protections unique to religious individuals Paxton said, “In accordance with the protections granted by the First Amendment and Texas law, this guidance allows religious private schools to determine for themselves when to reopen free from any government mandate or interference.”
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) – State police liquor control enforcement officers say after visiting nearly 4,000 licensed establishments from Monday through Thursday, they issued 44 warnings to businesses failing to follow coronavirus orders. These random compliance checks make sure all customers are wearing masks when entering, exiting or moving through the restaurant or bar and that employees wear masks at all times. Police are also checking to make sure there are 6 feet or physical barriers between customers at tables or booths as well as ensuring maximum capacity limits are posted and enforced. Police say these checks are being focused in areas experiencing higher COVID-19 transmission rates. The Pittsburgh State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement office issued two warnings between July...
    A federal judge has sided with Washington Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 public health restrictions. The lawsuit was filed by water park company Slidewaters LLC in June. It claimed Inslee and the Department of Labor and Industries abused their powers and inflicted undue harm on them by keeping them from doing business during the summer season. At the time the complaint was filed, the park's home county of Chelan was in phase one of the governor's four-phase plan. Under Inslee's public health order, each Washington county must demonstrate that they meet sufficient criteria to move into a new phase. Chelan is currently in a modified Phase 1.5, prohibiting the park from reopening. U.S. Judge Thomas Rice wrote...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health minister Matt Hancock has ordered a review into how deaths from coronavirus are reported in England after academics said the daily figures may be unreliable and include people who have died of other causes, an official said. The government official, who asked not to be named, said an announcement of the review might be announced later on Friday. The way Public Health England, a government agency responsible for managing infectious disease outbreaks, calculates the figures in England means they might look worse than in other parts of the United Kingdom, according to two academics. Yoon Loke, from the University of East Anglia, and Carl Heneghan, from the University of Oxford, said Public Health England cross-checks...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County is asking for your help to pinpoint businesses and people not complying with health mandates. If you see something, they want you to give them a call at 311. The county started adding COVID Enforcement options to 311 when businesses first started to reopen weeks ago. County Health Director Dr. Peter Beilenson said they typically get 100 to 200 calls every week. “It’s to make sure we are holding people accountable,” he explained. Restaurants like Aioli Bodega Espanola are working to keep up with the changing guidelines. General Manager, Azi Bellarbi-Salah welcomes the county’s effort. “Please, if I’m not doing the right thing, call 311 on me,” he said. “We are all in this together...
    By THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday he is issuing an executive order requiring face coverings in indoor public areas to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Polis, a Democrat, had long resisted issuing a statewide mask mandate. But he's come under increasing pressure as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations mount in Colorado. Several local governments have caused confusion by opting out of mask orders issued by individual county health departments. Polis’ order will override those local decisions. The governor has recently become more vocal about the importance of wearing a mask, saying at a news conference last week, “Wear a damn mask.” In a Facebook post Sunday, he called people who refuse...
    SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) – Counties have been dealing with the pandemic for more than four months now and officials say it’s time to beef up enforcement of public health orders. In Marin County, residents may be keeping an eye on their neighbors. Marin County actually does a pretty good job when it comes to wearing face masks. But “pretty good” isn’t good enough. “We still are not where we need to go,” said Supervisor Katie Rice. “And given this virus is going to be around for quite a while, we really have to get to 100 percent compliance.” So, the county has established an email address, SIPViolation@MarinCounty.org, where people can report violations of the health order, with the focus on...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/CBS News) — The Trump administration is instructing hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in reporting their COVID-19 data to the government each day, effective Wednesday, and a Minnesota State Senator is urging health officials to ignore the instruction. Sen. Matt Klein (DFL-Mendota Heights) says Minnesota hospitals and the Minnesota Department of Health should “disobey” the order from Trump’s administration. “This data grab is the next step in what has been a steady political effort to suppress or cast doubt on the facts about COVID-19 in our country. As of today, 138,000 Americans have died of this illness. I’ve cared for some of those souls, and for many more–of all ages– who have suffered...
    Mask up, or risk being fined in wine country. The Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized citations from $25 to $500 for individuals and $200 to $5,000 for businesses that receive repeated complaints for violations of state and local health orders. But supervisors stressed the priority of education over enforcement. In the steps laid out in the policy, it takes multiple complaints to receive a written warning, and more violations after that before a potential penalty. After an initial complaint, a code enforcement employee will contact the business in violation with steps to remedy the situation. If complaints continue to file into the county database, the county should follow up in person with a written warning. If more...
    U.S. President Donald Trump meets with students, teachers and administrators about how to safely re-open schools during the novel coronavirus pandemic in the East Room at the White House July 07, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) In an unprecedented move, the Trump administration has ordered hospitals currently treating COVID-19 patients to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all data regarding their status to one centralized database in Washington D.C. Public health professionals are alarmed. Many believe the move is to manipulate important crisis information to help his upcoming election —hiding accurate numbers that may prevent thousands of deaths. Read More: Trumps says ‘more white people’ are dying from police violence than...
    Public health experts are warning that coronavirus statistics will soon be newly vulnerable to political manipulation after the Trump administration ordered hospitals to send Covid-19 patient data directly to a Department of Health and Human Services system rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which usually receives the information and releases it to the public. The New York Times reported Tuesday that the HHS database now positioned to collect daily Covid-19 information from hospitals “is not open to the public, which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers, and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions.” “Health and Human Services said that going forward, hospitals should report detailed information on a daily basis...
    The White House is now requiring hospitals around the country to change how they report data on COVID-19 patients in a move that effectively bypasses the nation’s largest public health agency. In a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the agency mandated that hospitals send information on their COVID-19 patients directly to a database managed by HHS rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order outlining the alteration claims it will help federal agencies move from manual data entry to automated, which would streamline the collection and dissemination of coronavirus data for multiple federal agencies that will have access to the database. The document reads: “As of July 15, 2020, hospitals...
    The Trump administration is now ordering hospitals to send coronavirus patient data to a database in Washington, DC as part of a new initiative that may bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a report from The New York Times published on Tuesday. As outlined in a document posted to the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), hospitals are being ordered to send data directly to the administration, effective tomorrow, a move that has alarmed some within the CDC, according to The Times. The database that will collect and store the information is referred to in the document as HHS Protect, which was built in part by data mining and predictive...
    Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is issuing a mask mandate and closing bars in hopes of controlling the state’s latest wave of COVID-19 infections. Starting Monday, bars will be closed again for indoor service, though curbside pickup will be allowed. Most state residents age eight or older will be required to wear masks when they enter a public indoor space and when they are outdoors and in close proximity to others. Indoor gatherings will be limited to 50 people. The order will remain in effect until at least July 24, which is when the current executive order keeping the state in “phase two” of the White House-endorsed road map to loosening pandemic restrictions expires. Other phase two restrictions,...
    Los Angeles County health officials have ordered the closure of a garment manufacturing facility where more than 300 employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including four people who died from the disease. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) said in a statement Friday that the order came as a result of an investigation into Los Angeles Apparel, a basics apparel manufacturer and distributor founded in 2016. The company employs more than 350 people, according to its Facebook page. DPH said that it initiated the probe after learning that three employees died of COVID-19 in June and that one succumbed to the virus in early July.  “The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic,” DPH Director Barbara...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced Friday that it was ordering the continued closure of Los Angeles Apparels’ downtown facility after a coronavirus outbreak. The downtown factory where Los Angeles Apparel manufactures clothing items, such as face coverings for sell on its website, remains closed after a coronavirus outbreak. (Source: Los Angeles Apparel Website) According to the department, more than 300 employees had tested positive for COVID-19 and four had died from the virus — three in early June and one in early July. “The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, county public health director, said. “Business owners and operators have a corporate, moral and social...