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    (CNN)The body of 5-year-old Eliza Talal was found Wednesday after she went missing from her Pennsylvania home at the height of the storm a day earlier, Towamencin Township Police Chief Tim Dickinson said.Towamencin Township, in the southeastern part of the state, felt the powerful effects of Isaias as the storm barreled through the East Coast earlier this week. In its wake, the storm left heavy flooding, damage and widespread power outages, prompting at least two governors to declare states of emergency. On Thursday morning, nearly two million people were still without power across the Northeast, according to poweroutage.us.Eliza, who the chief said had autism and was reportedly nonverbal, was last seen around noon on Tuesday before she walked away from...
    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 (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 (CBSLA) — The University of Southern California released details on Wednesday that classes will resume in the fall with completely online instruction, with some limited exceptions for clinical education. The announcement is a change from what USC officials said last month, which would have had most classes online, classes that were mixed with online and in-person instruction, and 10% to 20% of classes conducted only in-person. School officials said they made the decision to not have any hybrid or solely in-person courses due to the state not yet having formal protocols for universities to reopen. Unfortunately, with the start of classes less than two weeks away on Aug. 17, we do not yet have clearance from the state...
    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 (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...
    Louisiana will leave in place its current mandates meant to slow the spread of COVID-19 at least through Aug. 28, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday. Edwards’ current executive order expires Friday. The regulations keep bars closed for in-person service, limit many other businesses to half of their usual capacity, restrict indoor crowd sizes to 50 people or fewer, and require most people age 8 and older to wear face coverings. Edwards said the current measures have led to “relatively modest” improvements, but it’s too soon to say the state’s trajectory has changed. “We need to stay the course,” he said. Monday night, the White House approved the extension of Title 32, which allows the state...
    By SAM METZ, AP/Report for America CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has begun collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of an expanded case investigation effort unveiled this week. The move is being heralded by advocates concerned about the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on the LGBTQ community. Sexual orientation and gender identity are among questions state health officials have added to Nevada's new case investigation module. When someone tests positive for coronavirus, they’ll be asked about their background, travel history and activities to provide a clearer picture of the pandemic’s effect, said Julia Peek, a deputy administrator in the state public health department. Expanded data collection will allow health officials to cross-reference different indicators to identify what...
    By CASEY SMITH, Associated Press/Report for America INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state officials defended brick-and-mortar school re-openings Wednesday despite mounting reports of students and education staff testing positive for the coronavirus since returning to school statewide. With no state mandates for if or how schools should reopen — or benchmarks for what would require them to shut back down as confirmed cases of the virus increase — the Republican governor re-emphasized "confidence" in local leaders to decide what's best for their districts. Dr. Kristina Box, the state health commissioner, added that she “continue(s) to believe that our schools can safely reopen." She cited improved testing and hospital capacity as helpful safeguards, along with wearing masks, hand-washing...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials. Among those released was...
    By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State prison officials say as many as 17,600 California inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus, 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up. The releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and community organizations scramble to provide housing, transportation and other services for inmates who may pose a public health risk because several hundred have been paroled while still contagious. “It has just been a total madhouse, quite frankly, and we’re doing this in the midst of a pandemic,” said Karen McDaniel, the statewide transportation and services liaison between community groups and corrections officials....
    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...
    Florida reported more than half a million coronavirus cases after adding 5,409 new cases to its tally on Wednesday, according to state health officials. The state's 502,739 confirmed cases make Florida the second state in the U.S. to confirm more than 500,000 cases of the novel coronavirus in recent days. Florida is behind California, which leads the nation with over 526,000 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. DOGS ABLE TO SNIFF CORONAVIRUS IN HUMAN SALIVA, GERMAN STUDY FINDS Other than cases, the seven-day average for confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in Florida also reportedly increased, rising to a record 184.86. Health officials in the state reported an additional 225 deaths due to the novel coronavirus Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 7,627, according to the health department's website. CORONAVIRUS-INFECTED LOUISIANA DOG...
    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...
    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Nearly a quarter of Kansas' almost 29,000 coronavirus cases have been linked to cluster sites, according to state health officials. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment identified 360 outbreaks which have infected 7,710 people and led to 243 of the state’s 365 COVID-19 deaths, the Kansas City Star reported Wednesday. Dr. Lee Norman, the state health department’s top administrator, said Tuesday that he expects to see a rise in cases linked to gatherings following the upcoming Labor Day weekend. The state’s clusters include 132 at private businesses, 95 at long-term care facilities and 54 from gatherings. Nursing facilities account for most of the deaths related to clusters, at 193. Meat packing facilities and state...
    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...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota health officials reported 629 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and nine additional deaths. The Minnesota Department of Health says the state’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is at 57,779. Of them, nearly 51,223 have recovered and no longer require isolation. A total of 305 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has decreased by 23 compared to the day before. Of those, 152 are in the ICU. The state’s death toll is now 1,629. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. MORE: MDH’s Situation Update For COVID-19 Testing has now breached over 1,090,000 overall in the state. Nearly 12,000 were completed in the last 24 hours. As Minnesota is capable...
    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...
    LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- At Lucerne Valley Elementary School in the High Desert, classes are scheduled to begin online this week, although district officials say they feel they're ready to start bringing students back into the classroom twice a week if the state grants them a waiver."We would expect about eight to 10 kids in a classroom, that's it, two days a week," said Peter Livingston, Lucerne Valley Unified School District superintendent. "Then they would be doing their instruction from home on other days."Under certain circumstances, California schools may be able to get a waiver to bring kids back into the classroom. Schools in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list can apply for waivers that would allow them...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Here are the current numbers of novel coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County and across Southern California: Los Angeles County: 195,614 confirmed cases, 4,758 deaths Orange County: 38,066 cases, 653 deaths Riverside County: 38,487 confirmed cases, 738 deaths San Bernardino County: 34,017 cases, 477 deaths Ventura County: 7,877 cases, 77 deaths San Diego County: 30,516 cases, 568 deaths Stay up to date with more coronavirus resources and the latest newsTUESDAY'S UPDATE: August 4, 2020L.A. County's COVID-19 case count has been underreported due to a state technical problem, but the issue has not impacted data on hospitalizations, which county officials said continues to decrease.A team is now working on contacting...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — State and local officials are receiving additional tools from the federal government to help defend the nation’s election systems from cyberthreats ahead of the November vote, as intelligence officials continue to warn about foreign efforts to interfere in the U.S. election. Under a $2.2 million pilot program that began in March, the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency in partnership with the Center for Internet Security has been deploying software to election offices. It is then placed on devices, including laptops and servers used for voter registration and reporting vote totals, to detect malicious activity. The program was highlighted during a congressional hearing Tuesday. “This is the next step, the evolution...
    One dead, four others injured in LA mansion party shooting How to Thaw Ground Beef So It Defrosts in Time for Dinner Colorado State football players allege officials are covering up COVID-19 health threat FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State football players and athletic department staff say coaches have told players not to report COVID-19 symptoms, threatened players with reduced playing time if they quarantine and claim CSU is altering contact tracing reports to keep players practicing. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT MLB season in jeopardy after Marlins positive tests MLB season in jeopardy after Marlins positive tests USA TODAY SPORTS Winners and losers after MLB opening week Winners and losers after MLB...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Minnesota botanist discovered a new invasive grass in Wisconsin last month, state wildlife officials announced Tuesday. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials said Amanda Weise was volunteering with the DNR’s Rare Plant Monitoring Program on July 12 when she spotted Japanese stilt grass in the Coulee Experimental State Forest between West Salem and Bangor. The grass had never before been found in Wisconsin, although it is spreading in every state east and south of Wisconsin except for Maine. The plant likely traveled to La Crosse County on the shoes or gear of a hunter or hiker who visited an infested area in another state, DNR officials said. Weise reported the find...
    Florida’s major coronavirus outbreak has come very, very close to Gov. Ron DeSantis, and maybe to Donald Trump as well. Last week, DeSantis attended a Florida Sheriffs Association meeting. As of Monday, five of the attendees of that meeting have tested positive for COVID-19, including Corrections Secretary Mark Inch and Department of Corrections Deputy Secretary Ricky Dixon. Two sheriffs have also tested positive, one of whom got his positive test just hours before he was slated to appear with Trump at an endorsement event. Fifteen sheriffs did do that Trump event, with none of the participants wearing masks. DeSantis strongly implied but did not say outright that he had recently had a negative test. “I’m tested regularly, and I don’t have or have not had...
    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...
    ATLANTA (AP) — State and local officials are receiving additional tools from the federal government to help defend the nation’s election systems from cyberthreats ahead of the November vote, as intelligence officials continue to warn about foreign efforts to interfere in the U.S. election. Under a $2.2 million pilot program that began in March, the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency in partnership with the Center for Internet Security has been deploying software to election offices. It is then placed on devices, including laptops and servers used for voter registration and reporting vote totals, to detect malicious activity. The program was highlighted during a congressional hearing Tuesday. “This is the next step, the evolution of helping state and local entities,”...
    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...
    DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — A recovery mission has been declared by emergency officials in Delaware County after Pennsylvania State Troopers say a man has gone missing while swimming at Ridley Creek Park. According to state police, the man believed to 18 or 19 years old was last seen just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday near West Bishop Hollow Road and Chapel Hill Road. According to witnesses, the man jumped from a bridge and was swimming. They add that he was possibly wearing a PennCrest High School T-shirt. A large scale search is ongoing. If there is a sighting of this individual, or if someone can provide any information, please contact the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks at 484-840-1000.
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A University of Minnesota botanist discovered a new invasive grass in Wisconsin last month, state wildlife officials announced Tuesday. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials said Amanda Weise was volunteering with the DNR's Rare Plant Monitoring Program on July 12 when she spotted Japanese stilt grass in the Coulee Experimental State Forest between West Salem and Bangor. The grass had never before been found in Wisconsin, although it is spreading in every state east and south of Wisconsin except for Maine. The plant likely traveled to La Crosse County on the shoes or gear of a hunter or hiker who visited an infested area in another state, DNR officials said. Weise reported the find to the...
    For the first time, entomologists in Washington state have trapped one of the so-called "murder hornets."The hornets, which are native to Asia, were first spotted in Washington late last year.The adult hornets earned the name "murder hornets" because they decapitate native honey bees, which are critical to the overall food chain and agriculture.WATCH: Asian murder hornet from Japan found in US for first time6148677Though they generally aren't a danger to humans, the hornet's sting can be deadly, and they can grow to about 2 inches long -- fives times the size of a honey bee.The one that was trapped is not quite that big, but it may hold a clue to the location of a nest, which entomologists are hoping...
    California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction.Schools in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list can apply for waivers that would allow them to conduct in-person learning if they meet certain health requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.Previously, Gov. Gavin Newsom had ordered all K-12 schools to close in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list. Counties had to be off the watch list for two weeks before allowing districts to reopen.Now, schools can apply for the waiver, which would only apply to transitional kindergarten through sixth grade classes, even if the school has additional grades.A superintendent or equivalent school leader can apply to their...
    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...
    Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. Accurate and up-to-date coronavirus data is critical — not just for informing the officials making policy, but for parents trying to decide whether to send their kids to day care and business owners wondering whether to reopen their stores. But Texas officials keep correcting the data — whether it’s because of human error, shifting benchmarks or bureaucratic changes. Last week, Texas revised its coronavirus fatality toll up by hundreds of people — then down again, lending fuel to skeptics who question the accuracy of the government data. The state does not typically report complete...
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials reported 149 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday and two additional deaths. The updated report confirms 107 deaths from complications of the coronavirus since the pandemic began. Officials said 4,904 tests were processed in the past day, for a total of nearly 330,000. A total of 6,933 people have tested positive for the virus. North Dakota’s active cases on Tuesday stands at 1,111, a sum that has about quadrupled in the past month, and coincides with the reopening of state’s economy and increased testing. Officials said 29 of the new cases were in Burleigh County and 11 were in Morton County. The counties have accounted for about 25% of the state’s active cases....
    California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction.Schools in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list can apply for waivers that would allow them to conduct in-person learning if they meet certain health requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.The waiver would only apply to transitional kindergarten to sixth grade classes, even if the school has additional grades. Under current state guidelines, districts on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning without the waiver.EMBED More News Videos Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines Friday to determine which school districts are allowed to reopen classrooms in the fall. In a statement in which the...
    Pennsylvania educators say they want to go back to school later this month, but doing so safely requires an investment in resources districts just don’t have – yet. “$100 million from CARES was a good start,” said Arthur Steinberg, president of the American Federation of Teachers’ Pennsylvania chapter. “Lawmakers should also sign a letter to our U.S. senators to pass the HEROES Act that would give $3.2 billion in education funding in Pennsylvania, too.” The $3 trillion HEROES Act cleared the U.S. House of Representatives in May with nary a single Republican vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed the bill as a Democratic wishlist and instead has focused his efforts on the smaller $1 trillion HEALS...
    Acting deputy Homeland Security secretary Ken Cuccinelli on Tuesday accused Oregon officials of “smearing federal officers” instead of “restoring peace” as Portland was blighted by riots and a record number of murders. Cuccinelli tweeted a link to a Post story about the spike in homicides in the city last month to underscore his point. “Even while this tragedy was unfolding, state and local officials seemed to be more concerned about scoring cheap political points, smearing federal officers, and impeding the @DHSgov mission than in restoring peace to Portland,” he wrote. Local and state officials have accused federal officers of inciting violence during the nightly protests in Portland. More than 100 officers were deployed to the city to quell the demonstrations...
    (WJZ)- Tropical storm Isaias has made its way up the coast and the state of Maryland is beginning to feel its effects. With the worst of the storm expected to hit the state between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., most of the activity thus far has happened on the lower eastern shore with various tornado warnings issued already this morning. TIMELINE: When Will Isaias Reach Maryland? Maryland Emergency Management Agency Deputy Executive Director Chas is asking all to be vigilant as he expects those high winds and potential tornadic activity to happen throughout the state. “High winds, even some potential tornadic activity on the lower eastern shore moving up north and possibly northwest into the state. There have been some...
    Five people who attended a Florida Sheriffs Association meeting last week with Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisJournalist covering Trump trip to Florida tests positive for coronavirus Governors declare emergency as hurricane bears down on Florida Florida newspaper editorial board asks DeSantis to issue statewide mask order: 'We're dying here' MORE (R) have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said Monday. Association officials confirmed to the News Service of Florida that they warned top state elected officials, including DeSantis, and all attendees about their possible exposure to COVID-19  two days after the meeting.  Sixty people at a Bonita Springs hotel. Florida Sheriffs Association spokesperson Nanette Schimpf told the news service that the association “exceeded” social-distancing recommendations during the event with required masks, one table...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — State Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and a group of public health officials expressed concern Monday about the potential for millions of renters across the state to be evicted later this month. Statewide emergency protections for renters, intended to prevent evictions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, are expected to end Aug. 14. Chiu and public health officials like Sonoma County Public Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase and UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations Director Dr. Margot Kushel argued that failing to extend renter protections will force millions of residents into homelessness. “Eviction results, much of the time, in households either doubling up within another household or becoming homeless,” Kushel said. “These outcomes always have terrible consequences...
    Students read their school work in Arlene Lebowitz's third-grade class during summer school July 2, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois. Tim Boyle/Getty Images Community leaders in Illinois called for history classes in state schools to stop until a " suitable alternative" is established to represent minority groups in the curriculum. Democratic State Representative LaShawn K. Ford said "current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women and minorities," according to NBC Chicago. The state representative is calling for schools to discard history books "that unfairly communicate our history." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Local officials and community leaders in Illinois called to cease history classes in state schools until new methods are...
    Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed state and local government officials of being behind the rise of José Antonio 'El Marro' Yépez and his Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel. López Obrador, who often criticizes past administrations for the country's ongoing wave of violence, made the claim during a Sunday afternoon address that was uploaded to social media after El Marro and nine henchmen were captured at approximately 4am local time in the Guanajuato municipality of Juventino Rosas.  'How did this cartel grow so much that Guanajuato became the most violent state in the country? They have 15 percent of the homicides that are committed in the entire country, 15 percent in Guanajuato. That is if there are 100 homicides,...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday revoked the authority of county officials to mandate schools close amid a clash with local health officials. Local health officials in Maryland's Montgomery County last week made the decision to keep private and parochial schools closed through October for in-person learning, arguing that having students in the classroom would present a danger to pupils and teachers as the state grapples with COVID-19. But Hogan amended an emergency executive order, which he issued April 5, that allowed local health departments to have the authority to close any individual facility deemed to be unsafe. He called the Montgomery County mandate "overly broad." "The recovery plan for Maryland public schools stresses local flexibility within the parameters set by...
    In May, Steve Linick — inspector general for the U.S. State Department — was among the IGs fired by President Donald Trump. Democrats in Congress have been investigating Linick’s firing, and Politico is reporting that they have subpoenaed four State Department officials to testify: Undersecretary Brian Bulatao, Acting Legal Adviser Marik String, Senior Adviser Toni Porter and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Mike Miller. The four subpoenas were issued by Rep. Eliot Engel, Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. In a joint statement, Engel —  along with House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney and New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee — said, “The (Trump) Administration continues to cover up the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department’s top independent watchdog earlier this year. Former State Department Inspector General Steve Linick appeared for a closed-door interview in the probe in June and told investigators that top department officials tried to bully him and dissuade his office from conducting a review of a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia before he was fired. Linick also said he was looking into previously reported allegations that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife may have misused government staff to run personal errands and several other matters. Trump...
    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...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and officials in the state are at odds over a county's decision to mandate private schools to begin virtual-only learning this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Health officials in Montgomery County last week made the decision to keep private and parochial schools closed through October for in-person learning, arguing that having students in the classroom would present a danger to pupils and teachers as the state grapples with COVID-19. DEVOS RESPONDS TO THREATENED TEACHER STRIKES, SAYS KIDS CAN'T BE 'CAPTIVE TO OTHER FEARS OR AGENDAS' But Hogan blasted the move over the weekend, saying: "I strongly disagree with Montgomery County's decision to mandate the closure of private and parochial schools." "As long as these schools develop safe plans...
    HARPSWELL, Maine (AP) — Maine parks officials removed some water activity restrictions on Monday in the wake of a fatal shark bite off Harpswell. The shark bite killed Julie Dimperio Holowach off Bailey Island on July 27. Maine officials responded by restricting swimming at some coastal state parks. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands said it has removed the restrictions at Popham, Ferry and Crescent Beach state parks. Water activity at Reid State Park are still limited to waist-deep swimming, the bureau said. That's because of a lifeguard shortage. The shark that killed Holowach was later determined to be a great white shark. It was the first recorded fatal shark attack in Maine history. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    President Trump on Monday slammed Nevada officials for approving the mass-mailing of ballots for the November election, saying it amounted to a “coup.” The Nevada legislature on Sunday voted to make the state the eighth to send ballots to all registered voters. Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Stephen Sisolak is expected to sign the bill. “In an illegal late night coup, Nevada’s clubhouse Governor made it impossible for Republicans to win the state,” Trump tweeted. “Post Office could never handle the Traffic of Mail-In Votes without preparation. Using Covid to steal the state. See you in Court!” For months, Trump has alleged there will be massive fraud if states send ballots to all eligible voters. In late-June, the president warned about widespread...
    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire in Delaware that heavily damaged a home and displaced six people. Five adults and one child fled from the home in Wilmington early Sunday morning when the blaze erupted, the State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release. They were not injured. The fire also caused exposure damage to nearby homes, the release said. Investigators are asking anyone with information to contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Delaware, Maryland
    A black bear has been euthanized in New Jersey after attacking an elderly man in his garage — leaving him needing 30 stitches to his face, according to reports. Ronald Jelinek, 82, told cops that he was attacked when he returned to the garage of his West Milford home after leaving the door open while taking his dog for a walk on July 24, officials told the Daily Record. The bear was behind a refrigerator in his garage — swiping Jelinek’s face as it fought to get to the food, police told the local paper. “It must have been a young bear because it only stood about 5 feet while on its hinds,” West Milford Police Chief James DeVore...
    Stacy Fernández - Aliyya Swaby August 3, 2020 11:30AM (UTC) This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune. After weeks of confusion and conflicting signals, Texas has settled into policies that effectively compel schools to reopen their classrooms this fall no later than eight weeks after the academic year begins, whether they want to or not. Teachers, parents, school administrators and public health officials have been seeking clarity for weeks on how the state will approach reopening schools safely as coronavirus infections and deaths rise across Texas. : Gov. Greg Abbott has not responded directly to questions from reporters about who has the authority to order schools closed in areas hard hit by the virus, and the Texas Education...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper cautioned residents on Sunday not to overlook the potential threats of Tropical Storm Isaias, which has weakened from a hurricane. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected to begin in North Carolina after dark Monday and into Tuesday morning, the governor said at a news conference. The eastern third of the state is forecast to experience gusts of 50 to 65 mph for the coastal plain and 30 to 45 mph in the central part of the state — enough wind to bring down trees and power lines. “Over the weekend, the storm turned much more inland, which increases the threat of heavy rain, tornadoes and flash flooding in eastern North Carolina," Cooper said....
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 769 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and eight more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 55,947, with 48,847 no longer needing isolation. Currently, 302 people in Minnesota hospitals are battling the disease, with 149 people in intensive care. The state’s death toll is now 1,614. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing has now breached over 1,054,900 overall in the state. About 15,000 were completed in the last 24 hours. The state has the capacity to process 20,000 tests a day. Meanwhile, health officials are keeping track of the...
    WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A black bear has been euthanized after an attack on an 82-year-old man in the garage of his North Jersey home last month, authorities said. Fish and wildlife workers trapped and killed the suspected problem bear on Tuesday in West Milford, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement Friday. State officials said the bear, which had entered multiple homes in the past week, is believed to have been the same one responsible for the attack on the night of July 24. Chief James DeVore of the West Milford police department said the man left the garage open while walking his dog, and the bear was inside behind the refrigerator door when...
    THOMASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Officials in two south Georgia towns are trying to figure out how to save their state-owned farmers markets after lawmakers gave them a one-year reprieve in the state budget. Markets in Thomasville and Cordele had been among those threatened by budget cuts, but will continue to be subsidized by the state into 2021. The state owns nine farmers markets overall, originally building them as a way for farmers to sell produce to wholesale buyers. “When we go into session next year, we need to have plan,” state Rep. Darlene Taylor, a Thomasville Republican, told the Thomasville Times-Enterprise. “The farmers market must be purchased. It is not a giveaway,” The buyer could be a joint venture between...
    By ERIC TUCKER, CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn't just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. Even if a ransomware attack fails to disrupt elections, it could nonetheless rattle confidence in the vote. On the spectrum of...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say one of the gravest threats to the November election is a well-timed ransomware attack that could paralyze voting operations. The threat isn’t just from foreign governments, but any fortune-seeking criminal. Ransomware attacks targeting state and local governments have been on the rise, with cyber criminals seeking quick money by seizing data and holding it hostage until they get paid. The fear is that such attacks could affect voting systems directly or even indirectly, by infecting broader government networks that include electoral databases. Even if a ransomware attack fails to disrupt elections, it could nonetheless rattle confidence in the vote. On the spectrum of threats from the fantastical to the more probable, experts and...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin confirmed 13 new COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing the statewide death toll to 947. The latest figures from the state Department of Health Services show there were 1,062 newly reported cases on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to more than 54,000. On Saturday, the seven-day average of new cases was 876. Nearly 950,000 people have been tested for the coronavirus, including 14,858 reported Saturday. The number of people who have ever been hospitalized in the state was 4,681 on Saturday, up 44 from Friday. For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people 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...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials reported Saturday morning 731 additional cases of COVID-19 and six deaths in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 55,188 tests have been positive for the disease since March, with 48,119 of those patients no longer needing isolation. 1,606 people have died from the disease. Earlier this week, the state reported they had process over 1 million tests since March; on Saturday the number increased to 1,040,317. A total of 317 people are currently in Minnesota hospitals, a number which has increased by five compared to the day before. 149 of those people are in the ICU. As Minnesota is capable of processing up to 20,000 tests each day, health officials are monitoring the...
    By ANITA SNOW, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — When some 45,000 coronavirus test kits went unused during a 12-day testing blitz in Phoenix's hardest-hit Latino neighborhoods, it was clear Arizona health officials failed to adequately spread the word to a community that's often distrustful of government. On the last day of testing in a state that's a national COVID-19 hot spot, just four vehicles lined up on a sweltering morning while a half-dozen uniformed members of the Arizona National Guard milled outside large white tents at a huge desert park in Phoenix. State officials said only about 15,000 of 60,000 test kits were used at South Mountain Park and Preserve and in the western Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale before testing...
    Agriculture officials have captured their first Asian giant hornet this month in Washington State - but are in a race against the clock to find the rest before mating season starts. The Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed in a press release that state's first Asian giant hornet, nicknamed 'murder hornet', was trapped on July 14.  Officials set up bottle trap near Birch Bay in Whatcom County and, following a review at WSDA's entomology lab, confirmed the hornet's species on July 29. This is the first hornet detected in a set trap, rather than found in the environment like the last five confirmed sightings in Washington. 'This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work,' Sven Spichiger, managing...
    PHOENIX (AP) — When some 45,000 coronavirus test kits went unused during a 12-day testing blitz in Phoenix’s hardest-hit Latino neighborhoods, it was clear Arizona health officials failed to adequately spread the word to a community that’s often distrustful of government. On the last day of testing in a state that’s a national COVID-19 hot spot, just four vehicles lined up on a sweltering morning while a half-dozen uniformed members of the Arizona National Guard milled outside large white tents at a huge desert park in Phoenix. State officials said only about 15,000 of 60,000 test kits were used at South Mountain Park and Preserve and in the western Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale before testing ended Tuesday. It shows...
    A Georgia overnight camp hit by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions but didn't make campers wear masks or have proper ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.The camp followed disinfecting rules and required staff to wear masks, but campers didn't have to wear face coverings. Health officials said "relatively large" groups of kids slept in the same cabin where they regularly sang and cheered, likely leading to spread.Nearly 600 people were at the overnight camp, which was not named in the report by Georgia health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Media outlets reported a large outbreak occurred at the time at a YMCA camp at Lake Burton in Rabun County, near the...
    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 SAN FRANCISCO — In recent weeks, some San Franciscans have raised concerns about a longtime problem they believe has suddenly gotten worse. Homeless tent encampments have spread to neighborhoods around the city. At the same time, however, the city has made substantial gains in fighting homelessness in the Tenderloin. It has some residents asking a very specific question. “If they can reduce that by 70% in the...
    Leading Off ● Postal Service, 2020 Census: Donald Trump's war on fair elections escalated to new extremes as recent reporting has detailed his administration's efforts to sabotage both the U.S. Postal Service and the 2020 census. Multiple news reports have revealed that the postal service is experiencing significant delays after Trump appointed a political crony as postmaster general. At the same time, NPR reported that the Census Bureau is now planning to end a month early the in-person efforts to contact people who haven't responded to the census, halting operations on Sept. 30 instead of Oct. 31. With the pandemic prompting an unprecedented surge in voters casting ballots by mail, and with many states making it easier to do so,...
    GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – Colorado health officials are working to increase vaccination rates in the state. By the end of June, 91% of Colorado kindergartners were vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reached their goal this year for more than 90% of kindergartners to receive the MMR vaccine. Officials said 2,289 more children were vaccinated this year compared to last school year, a 3.7% increase. MMR Vaccine (credit: CNN) “Way to go, Colorado! This accomplishment represents a significant collaboration between state and local public health agencies, parents, schools, and community partners,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of CDPHE. “Highlighting this achievement lets us also emphasize the importance of staying up-to-date...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California health officials reported the state’s first coronavirus death of a child on Friday as the statewide tally of fatalities surpassed 9,000, saying the victim was a teenager who had other health conditions. The teenager’s death occurred in the Central Valley, but officials at the state Department of Public Health released no other details, citing privacy rules. The Central Valley is the state’s major agricultural region and recently has become one of California’s hot spots for the virus. It’s extremely rare for children to die of the coronavirus. As of mid-July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 228 children had died of the disease in the U.S., less than 0.2% of the nation’s...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will issue an amended health directive next week that will include recommendations to guide school districts on safe restarting of face-to-face instruction. The announcement comes the same day that Gov. Greg Abbott and other top GOP state leaders released a statement saying that local health authorities can’t preemptively close schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement appears to prevent the implementation of a health directive announced July 17 by Metro Health Medical Director Dr. Junda Woo that would keep Bexar County school campuses closed to in-person learning until Sept. 7. Local health authorities “do not have the power to issue preemptive, blanket closures of schools weeks or months in advance of...
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada officials said Friday that unemployment statewide has risen again to 24.9%, with a wave of more than 18,000 people filing initial claims for benefits last week during an ongoing economic slump following mid-March coronavirus closures. The state Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported that the week ending July 25 was the fifth in a row of increases in regular initial unemployment benefit claims, up 18% from the previous week, and the second highest weekly total in state history. The total number of filings for first-time benefits is approaching 600,000 since the business closures began. Nevada set a record jobless rate in April of 30.1%. The figure was at 24.9% on May 23. The troubled...
    Washington (CNN)The US State Department entered the second phase of its reopening plan this week, despite an increase in coronavirus cases in and around the nation's capital.The move to enter Phase 2 of "Diplomacy Strong," which allows up to 80% of employees to return to work onsite, drew swift opposition from the American Foreign Service Association and seemed to contradict the State Department's own guidelines for bringing staff back into the office.Some State Department officials have expressed concern about pressure to come back into the office to suit the Trump administration's reopening agenda, with some senior officials reportedly calling a return to work "patriotic."A State Department spokesperson said the department moved the facilities in the National Capital Region to Phase...
    BOSTON (CBS) – It’s deadline day for school districts as state guidelines call for them to submit their preliminary re-opening plans. In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh was joined by Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. Both tried to reassure parents that schools will be flexible. “Parents will be able to choose either hybrid or remote without losing their spot at their school. This is one of the most frequent questions that I get,” said Cassellius. “Our children deserve the opportunity and the access to an excellent and equitable education.” Dr. Brenda Cassellius, superintendent of Boston Schools (WBZ-TV) Walsh stressed that a working plan will be guided by public health metrics – and asked union educators to take the politics out of the process....