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    Global trust in science and scientists has grown immensely during the pandemic, according to a new report released by the health research foundation Wellcome Trust. The organization's Wellcome Global Monitor survey found that 80 percent of people globally said they trust science either "a lot" or "some" and 77 percent said the same about scientists. The percentage of people who said they trust science and scientists "a lot" rose by nine percentage points from when the foundation last released the report in 2018. "The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust scientists into the spotlight, where they have provided information and guidance affecting the day-to-day lives of billions of people," said Lara Clements, Wellcome Trust's director of public engagements and campaigns. "In both 2018 and 2020, we saw a link between people’s perceived knowledge of science and their trust in science. As the pandemic has brought science into more people’s lives, it is perhaps no surprise that people’s trust in science and scientists has risen so much," said Clements. According to the report, people in Australia and New Zealand said they trust science and scientists the most, with 62...
    Those who want to rent a car for the holiday season this year may be in for sticker shock. Travel site Kayak reports that the average cost of rental cars is up 75 percent from 2019 and 66 percent from 2020. Jonathan Weinberg, the founder and CEO of Autoslash.com, also said the average price for a rental car nationwide is about $100 more per day than it was to rent a car in 2019. In in-demand markets, like New York, renters could even pay as much as $300-a-day to rent a car, he told the New York Post, as AAA expects 48.3 million people will drive for the Thanksgiving holiday and 4.2 million people will fly. And a study from Finance Buzz found that the average cost of renting a sedan in New York City is $261.17 per day while the average price of an SUV in the city comes in at $392.30.  The increased prices come amid sky-high gas prices and supply chain issues that are slowing down the production of new cars.  'Things are pretty crazy at the moment,...
    TWO-THIRDS of sports fans are superstitious when it comes to game day, according to new research. From wearing a specific jersey every time their team plays (50 percent) — with some not washing it until the end of the season (44 percent) — to sitting in a specific spot (42 percent), sports fans aren’t willing to take any chances.  3More than half of sports enthusiasts have superstitions about their teamsCredit: Getty 3Many will wear the same jersey thinking it's luckyCredit: Getty The survey of 2,400 Americans who regularly watch and/or attend sporting events found 62 percent have even blamed themselves for their team’s loss — as they weren’t wearing the right shirt or had moved from their spot on the couch during the game. And these superstitions go beyond respondents themselves: 38 percent feel someone in their family is “bad luck,” and of those, 84 percent have asked them to leave the room when the game is on. Commissioned by Tipico Sportsbook and conducted by OnePoll, the survey found the stakes will be even higher as families gather for Thanksgiving. Eight...
    The Hudson Valley has seen a new increase in the average number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. According to information released by the state on Sunday, Nov. 21, the seven-day average was 14.1 cases per 100,000 people on Saturday, Nov. 6. But as of Saturday, Nov. 20, that average has increased to about 23.2 cases. State officials also reported that the seven-day average percentage of positive test results in the Hudson Valley was 2.87 percent as of Saturday. It had been 2.80 a day earlier and 2.77 on Thursday, Nov. 18. The average statewide is 3.77 percent. In Sunday's update, state officials also reported 6,857 new cases statewide, and 191,142 tests. "With the colder months and holiday travel season quickly approaching, we know how to prevent the spread of this deadly virus in our communities," Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement. "Get the vaccine if you have not already, get the booster shot to add another layer of defense, get tested before gathering with others, and stay home if you feel sick. This is no time to let our guard...
    Elon Musk has lost $50 billion this week after shares of his company Tesla Inc. plunged for a second straight day on Tuesday, marking the company's biggest two-day loss in the history of the stock after the CEO polled Twitter to ask if he should sell off some of his stake.  The steep loss comes as it's revealed that his brother, Kimbal, sold $109 million worth of shares in his 15% stake just one day before Elon surveyed the internet. Tesla closed Tuesday at $1,023.50 a share. Musk, 50, poised a question to his horde of 63.1 million Twitter followers on Saturday asking if he should sell 10 percent of his $250 billion stake in the company to pay President Joe Biden's proposed 'billionaire's tax' - a controversial new tax that would affect approximately 700 of America's wealthiest citizens.  The day prior, Kimbal, 49, sold more than $100 million of his stock in the EV company, garnering a $109 million payout before shares plummeted just days later, after his older brother's infamous tweet, according to a filing reported by Bloomberg....
    Residents in three Bay Area counties hit the polls Tuesday for a city council race and several measures affecting school district funding and zoning changes. Here are the results so far. In Alameda County, a seat on the Emeryville city council went to Courtney Welch, who defeated Charlotte Danielsson-Chang in a special election. Out of 1,158 votes, Welch received 55.35 percent of the vote. A communications and policy director at the Bay Area Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for affordable housing, Welch will be the first Black woman elected to the Emeryville City Council in over 30 years. She ran on a platform of bolstering Emeryville’s revenue stream, addressing homelessness, expanding access to affordable housing and increasing communication between law enforcement and city residents. In San Mateo County, Measure A in the town of Woodside that would allow for more outdoor gathering and dining areas by changing existing zoning rules is a nail biter, with 848 voting yes and 828 voting no. A Measure B parcel tax that would raise an estimated $4.6 million per year for the...
    Both  Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Rockland County Executive Ed Day rolled to re-election victories by wide margins on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2. In Westchester, Latimer earned a decisive victory over Republican challenger Christine Sculti by a record 62 percent to 38 percent margin, according to the Board of Elections. According to his camp, Latimer remains undefeated in his Westchester electoral history - tonight marking his 20th victory, and only once before has a Democratic County Executive broken the 60 percent threshold in an election. “We have established a solid record in office and the voters knew it,” Latimer said. “We rallied our Democratic base to be sure, but we went beyond that to capture independent voters and a large slice of Republicans who want solid results from government that we can deliver— not just right-wing rhetoric. 
“It is an honor to once again have the trust of Westchester residents placed in me.” In Rockland, Day, a Republican, won his third term by an even larger margin, topping Democratic challenger L’Tanya Watkins by a 72.6 percent to...
    Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he's 'the only person in America' equipped to  challenge Big Tech 'censorship' - as shares in the company behind his new social media venture Truth Social tumbled for the second day. He tore into 'wildly aggressive censorship' on existing social media platforms and decried 'cancel culture' as 'un-American.'  Through his new company, Trump Media & Technology Group, the ex-president made a lengthy statement outlining why he was launching a social media site, which he said was 'about saving our country.' 'The more I looked into this problem, the more I realized that to restore free speech, a major new platform would have to enter the market, with an ironclad commitment to protecting vigorous debate from all sides,' Trump said. He added that any plan that's 'totally independent of Big Tech's infrastructure' would be costly and need to 'rapidly attract millions of users, welcoming not only Republicans to join, but Independents and Democrats as well.' 'It’s a tremendously difficult set of challenges—and I realized I might be the only person in America with the megaphone,...
    Elon Musk has slammed President Joe Biden’s plan to tax billionaires’ income to pay for his proposed spending bill as the Tesla CEO saw his company’s value top $1trillion and his personal wealth increase by a single-day record of $36billion. Musk took to Twitter on Monday and responded to a tweet that was critical of the Democrats’ idea for a new billionaires’ tax to help pay for Biden’s social services and climate change plan. The world’s richest man predicted that the Democrats’ plan to tax the wealthy will eventually expand to include new levies on middle class Americans. ‘Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you,’ Musk tweeted. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Musk and his rival, Jeff Bezos, have in recent years paid nothing in federal income tax. Musk's wealth grew an estimated $13.9billion between 2014 and 2018.  He reported $1.52billion in total income and paid $455million in taxes. It equates to a 3.27 percent true tax rate.  In 2018, Musk paid no federal income tax. The records show he paid...
    San Francisco residents hired private security to patrol their streets amid a huge property crime spike that has left many people feeling unsafe in their community. More than 150 families have hired the Patrol Special Officers - who are overseen by the police commissioner - to monitor the neighborhood. 'We don't feel safe in our neighborhood,' Katie Lyons, resident of the Marina District neighborhood, told CBS San Francisco. 'We have an alarm, we have cameras on our property, but we want the extra security of having someone have eyes on our place.' Lyons said that she, like many other residents, is cautious about walking around outside. 'Especially at night, I don't walk with a purse, I'll drive, or I'll take an Uber, and it's beginning to become a daytime problem too,' she shared.  Lyons spoke as it was revealed 15,000 cars have been broken into in San Francisco this year. An effort to recall the city's ultra-woke DA Chesa Boudin appears to have succeeded, with more than 80,000 signatures collected - far above the 51,000 needed to launch next June's...
    While several high-ranking officials from the Biden administration met with Mexican government dignitaries to discuss the crisis at the southern border, the de facto manager of the migrant crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris, visited a daycare in New Jersey. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland, and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas all attended the meeting in Mexico City on October 8. “Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership,” Mayorkas wrote in a tweet. “We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations.” Harris, who has been to the border once in her tenure as vice president, visited a daycare in Little Falls, New Jersey, and a vaccine site in Newark instead of attending the meeting. Learning numbers today at Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University. pic.twitter.com/pvZNZED3Yr — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) October 8, 2021 In her visit to the southern border, more than 100 days ago, Harris made a pit...
    Democrat gubernatorial hopeful and former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is losing ground in the Virginia governor’s race as Election Draw draws closer, a CNU released Friday found. The survey examined the upcoming election between McAuliffe and Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin. According to the survey, McAuliffe leads by four percentage points, 49 percent to 45 percent. Not only is that within the survey’s +/- 4.2 percent margin of error, but it also reflects the Democrat losing significant ground from the last survey taken in August. August’s survey found the Democrat leading Youngkin by nine percentage points, or 50 percent to 41 percent. Additionally, independent voters have moved “significantly” toward Republican candidates in the governor’s race, lieutenant governor’s race, and attorney general race. In the governor’s race, specifically, Youngkin has gained 11 percent support from independents in the last few months, jumping from 39 percent in August to 50 percent in the latest survey.  In the same time frame, McAuliffe has dropped support, falling from 44 percent to 41 percent: Youngkin’s support is currently driven by white voters (58%), male voters (48%)...
    The positive COVID-19 infection rate in the Hudson Valley rose slightly for the first time in days as the numbers continue to trend in the right direction, according to the latest update from the Department of Public Health. In the past week, the average seven-day positive COVID-19 infection rate in the Hudson Valley had declined daily, from 2.99 percent on Friday, Oct. 1 down to 2.29 percent of those tested in the region on Wednesday, Oct. 6, up slightly from the previous day. Statewide, the positive infection rate is also dropping, from 2.45 percent to 2.43 percent during the same time frame, up slightly after declining for nearly a full week. A total of 34 new virus-related deaths were reported in New York on Oct. 6, though none were recorded in the Hudson Valley. Average seven-day Infection rates in the state’s 10 regions according to the latest update from the Department of Health: Mohawk Valley: 5.38 percent (down .08 percent); North Country: 5.26 percent (up .07 percent); Central New York: 5.09 percent (up .06 percent); Western New York: 4.39...
    More Americans have died from COVID-19 in 2021 than in 2020. A week into October, the U.S. has recorded more than 353,000 Covid fatalities since the start of the year, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  Meanwhile, in 2020, when the pandemic first began in late winter, about 352,000 deaths from the virus were reported. A large number of the 2021 deaths this year occurred in January and February, when the U.S. was experiencing its third and deadliest wave.  It comes less than a week after the U.S. hit a grim milestone and surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths last Friday. There have been more than 353,000 COVID-19 deaths recorded in the U.S. in 2021, surpassing the roughly 352,000 total figure recorded in 2021 (above) January was the pandemic's deadliest month, with 101,672 deaths recorded. February was the third deadliest month of the pandemic, with 55,654 deaths  January 2021 was the deadliest month of the pandemic so far, with 101,672 deaths being recorded, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is the only month in...
    The positive COVID-19 infection rate on Long Island continues to decline, though multiple new virus-related deaths were reported in both Nassau and Suffolk counties in the latest update from the Department of Health. After spiking above 4.15 percent recently, the average seven-day average positive infection rate for those tested for COVID-19 on Long Island has dipped for the fourth straight day, from 2.99 percent on Friday, Oct. 1 to 2.82 percent of those tested on Monday, Oct. 4. Statewide, the positive infection rate is also dropping, from 2.45 percent to 2.34 percent during the same time frame. In Suffolk, 354 new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in the latest update from the state, with 208 new cases in Nassau, bringing the totals to 233,362 and 210,362 respectively. A total of 38 new virus-related deaths were reported in New York on Oct. 4, including four in Suffolk to bring the total to 3,549 since the pandemic began, while the death toll in Nassau rose by two to  3,273 since March 2020. "We're seeing a continuation of the Delta variant, but we're going to...
    The positive COVID-19 infection rate in the Hudson Valley continues to decline, though multiple new virus-related deaths were reported throughout the region in the latest update from the Department of Health. After spiking toward the end of the summer, the average seven-day average positive infection rate for those tested for COVID-19 in the Hudson Valley has dipped for the fourth straight day, from 2.37 percent on Friday, Oct. 1 to 2.20 percent of those tested on Monday, Oct. 4. Statewide, the positive infection rate is also dropping, from 2.45 percent to 2.34 percent during the same time frame. A total of 38 new virus-related deaths were reported in New York on Oct. 4, including two each in Westchester and Rockland, with one more in Dutchess County. "We're seeing a continuation of the Delta variant, but we're going to stay ahead of this," New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said during a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Albany. "We're paralleling where we were last year, but it's the time of year where we start going indoors, celebrating festivals and holidays,...
    President Joe Biden mourned 'the painful milestone' of 700,000 American deaths from COVID-19, a day after the U.S. surpassed that mark on Friday. That figure is more than the number of Americans who died during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined  To put the figure into context, it is about equivalent to the populations of Nashville, Tennessee or Washington, DC, and just a bit smaller than the population of Denver, Colorado.   'The astonishing death toll is yet another reminder of just how important it is to get vaccinated' he wrote in the Saturday release. 'The vaccines are safe, free, and easy—and we have made extraordinary progress in our fight against COVID-19.' Biden said that three-fourths of Americans have gotten at least their first vaccine dose, including 94 percent of seniors. He wrote: 'Hundreds of thousands of families have been spared the unbearable loss that many Americans have already endured during this pandemic.'  'If you haven´t already, please get vaccinated,' he said. 'It can save your life and the lives of those you...
    CHICAGO — A pill could halve a sick person’s chances of being hospitalized for or dying from COVID-19, officials announced Friday. Merck & Co., who developed the pill — called molnupiravir — said they plan to apply for emergency use authorization for the pill with the FDA and to push for use of the pill around the world, according to a Reuters report. The pill would be the first oral antiviral medication for COVID-19. It works by creating errors in the virus’s genetic code, according to Reuters. Other drugmakers are working to create similar medicines. The drug is being hailed as a “huge advance,” according to Reuters, but it will be some time before it’s OK’d for widespread use. And officials have said the best thing people can do to be protected from COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated. The announcement of the pill’s effectiveness comes as the United States hit a grim milestone: The virus has killed about 700,000 Americans. Illinois also hit a milestone Friday: 25,000 people dead from COVID-19. Vaccinations: • In Illinois, about 7 million people...
    CHICAGO — More fake coronavirus vaccination cards have been seized at O’Hare Airport. Two packages labeled as containing greeting cards actually contained a total of 41 fake vaccination cards, according to a Customs and Border Patrol news release. Officials could tell the cards were fake “due to their low-quality appearance and other discrepancies,” according to the agency. The cards were arriving from China and were seized Monday at O’Hare. They were headed to homes in Houston and in downstate Bartelso, according to the agency. Earlier this month, 19 fake cards were seized at the airport. “These dishonest vendors that are producing and sending these counterfeit cards are putting the American population in danger with every card they produce,” LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of field operations in Chicago, said in the news release. “Ordering and producing these cards is illegal and the only reason this is being done is to make a quick dollar, when getting the vaccination is free.” The FBI has warned creating, buying or selling fake vaccine cards is illegal, and people who do so can face fines and...
    Vaccine racial disparity gap narrows; 400K Americans got booster shots last weekend: COVID-19 updates Top police organizations push back on GOP Sen. Tim Scotts attack on Democrats for why police reform talks broke down Back in June, during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks, Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a severe hyperextension of his left knee. Somehow, he avoided serious injury and returned in the Finals to lead the Bucks past the Suns for their first title in 50 years.  © Provided by CBS Sports Giannis put on an incredible display in the Finals, including 50 points in the title-clinching Game 6. He would never trade that for anything, nor should he. But playing through the injury did come with a cost. Now months later, Giannis' knee still isn't 100 percent.  During a recent interview with a television station in Greece, Giannis admitted, "I shouldn't have played in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. I was in a lot of pain. I'm still hurting. But I'll be okay." During Bucks media day on...
    CHICAGO — More Chicagoans are learning about coronavirus vaccines as volunteers throughout the city try to help more people get their shots. The city rolled out its Vaccine Ambassador program in earlier this summer, focusing on reaching residents in 13 South and West Side neighborhoods where vaccination rates were lagging most. Residents and community organizations were trained to canvass neighborhoods, answer people’s questions, encourage them to get their shots and even help them make appointments, said Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Volunteers teams since have spread out to more communities. To date, they’ve spoken with 4,500 residents about vaccines. Though it’s not clear how many people have gotten vaccinated specifically because of that outreach, data show percentages of people getting shots in some of the areas volunteers targeted are going up. In the 60624 ZIP code on the West Side, 32.6 percent of residents were fully vaccinated and 37.5 percent of people had received at least one shot as of July 1. Now, more than 39.4 percent are fully vaccinated and and...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1934, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “Turned down on the one hand by his Board of Aldermen and on the other by the federal government, Mayor [Fiorello] LaGuardia late yesterday cast about almost hopelessly for funds with which to feed New York’s 400,000 jobless, needy families. And while it seemed that nothing short of a miracle, comparable to Biblical loaves and fishes, would solve the harassed mayor’s dilemma, he declared he was determined to find a way out. ‘There will be no starvation while I am the mayor of New York,’ he said. … Friday, when the Board of Aldermen reported back to committee the mayor’s gross business income tax, with which he hoped to raise a $50,000,000 poor relief fund, [it was] immediately announced that no more checks would be mailed out. Within the hour, William Hodson, commissioner of public welfare, ordered all payments stopped — affecting upward of 1,000,000 New Yorkers. Saturday, in desperation, the mayor petitioned Harry L. Hopkins, federal administrator of relief funds, in the hope of obtaining the government’s...
    Massachusetts health officials are reporting the largest number of new single-day COVID-19 cases in months. There was a spike of 2,096 new laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts on Thursday, Sept. 9, the highest total since April, before the Delta variant was surging across the country. More than 2,000 new cases have not been recorded in the Commonwealth since Wednesday, April 14. There were 84,745 COVID-19 tests administered in Massachusetts according to the latest update from the Department of Health, bringing the seven-day average positive infection rate to 2.48 percent. As of Friday, Sept. 10, there were 622 COVID-19 patients being treated in Massachusetts hospitals, with 166 in Intensive Care Units and 93 intubated. Eighteen new virus-related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 17,954 confirmed fatalities. The average age of patients who died from COVID-19 is 74 years old. During the last two weeks, the bulk of new cases have been confirmed in younger Massachusetts residents. The latest breakdown of new cases in the past two weeks, by age group, according to the Department of Health: ...
    CHICAGO — Mayor Lori Lightfoot shied away Friday from questions about if the city will require some businesses to check people for proof of vaccination. New York City is requiring spots like gyms, restaurants and bars to check patrons for proof of vaccination, hoping that can limit the spread of COVID-19 during this latest wave of cases. But Lightfoot has so far refused to say Chicago will do the same. This week, a group of aldermen from the Committee on Health and Human Relations sent a letter to Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the city’s health department, and Lightfoot to say they’d support checking vaccination proof for people at restaurants, bars, movie theaters, gyms and concert halls. The letter was first reported by Greg Pratt of the Tribune. Asked about that letter at a Friday news conference, Lightfoot did not directly respond. “We gotta get more people vaccinated,” Lightfoot said. The mayor said she’s been “encouraged” by the number of businesses that are individually opt to check if patrons are vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test, but she would...
    The U.S. COVID-19 vaccine rollout is beginning to slow down once again, especially in the deep South. Just over 800,000 Americans are getting shots every day, a ten percent decrease from the previous week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The drop may partly be due to Labor Day weekend, during which many traveled or participated in other activities rather than getting jabbed. A similar drop also happened after July 4, though it took a while for daily vaccines to reach previous levels. In the South, where Covid vaccination rates are the lowest and more shots are needed the most, the amount of people receiving the shots every day has declined the most. Louisiana has had the most significant drop, with daily vaccines dropping 50 percent with the past three weeks after Hurricane Ida rampaged through the state at the end of August.  One week ago, on September 1, more than 900,000 Americans were receiving a COVID-19 shot every day. That figure was reached after climbing from mid-July to early...
    CHICAGO — The chance of having a breakthrough coronavirus infection could be as low as less than one in 10,000 in Chicago, according to a new estimate. The estimate, coming from a New York Times analysis, highlights how well fully vaccinated people are protected against the virus. A breakthrough case is when a person who is at least 14 days past their final COVID-19 vaccine dose becomes sick with the virus. The analysis estimates the average vaccinated American has a one-in-5,000 shot per day of getting a breakthrough case. But that chance is even lower for people who take safety precautions or live in highly vaccinated areas. In Chicago, where the COVID-19 outbreak is more under control than in other parts of the country, the chance of a vaccinated person getting a breakthrough case is probably less than one in 10,000 per day, according to the report. And officials have repeatedly emphasized that the vast majority of people who do experience a breakthrough case will only have a mild case, as the vaccines still widely protect against severe illness and...
    It’s not your imagination: it really is harder to make ends meet these days. Real average hourly earnings for all employees decreased 0.1 percent from June to July, seasonally adjusted, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Businesses across America are paying their workers more as they struggle to fill a record number of open positions. Wages increased four-tenths of a percentage point in July. But prices are rising even faster. The Consumer Price Index rose five-tenths of a point. This means that workers are worse off than they were a month earlier. Zoom out the time frame and things are even worse. Real average hourly earnings nosedived 1.2 percent from July 2020 to July 2021. The change in real average hourly earnings combined with an increase of 0.6 percent in the average workweek resulted in a 0.7-percent decrease in real average weekly earnings. So we’re working more and earning less. The government tracks a category of job holders called “production and nonsupervisory employees.” In other words, everyone but the bosses. From July 2020 to July 2021,...
    Pictured: Michael Moultry Jr, seen with his father Mychal Moultry Sr At least 68 people were shot, and a four-year-old boy killed, during bloody Labor Day weekend in Democrat-run cities across the country.  In Chicago alone, where four-year-old Mychal Moultry Jr. died after being shot in his bed, 58 people were gunned down.  Moultry Jr. was sleeping at his father's home on the 6500 block of South Ellis around 9 pm Friday night when he was struck twice in the head by gunfire that came through the window from outside the residence, according to NBC Chicago.  A spate of attacks also erupted in Washington D.C. and New York City, where a cab driver was gunned down by a 15-year-old boy in the early hours of Sunday morning.  Overall, murders have increased 16 percent across most major U.S. cities, which are dominantly governed by democrats, so far in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a new report published by Fox News.   At least 68 people were shot, and a four-year-old boy killed, during bloody Labor Day weekend in Democrat-run cities across the...
    Medical staff move COVID-19 patient who died onto a gurney to hand off to a funeral home van, at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La., Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021. Gerald Herbert/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.Just three months ago, the United States averaged fewer than 25,000 COVID infections a day, with an average of 627 COVID deaths over a seven-day period. It was the end of May and it seemed as if the light at the end of the proverbial COVID tunnel was near just as the “hot vax summer” was about to begin.  Then, as more and more Americans became vaccinated, too many—to the tune of 47 percent of Americans as of Sunday—have refused. And among that group of people, the more transmissible Delta variant spread like wildfire. Now, at summer’s end, as the nation averages more than 160,000 infections per day, more than 100,000 daily hospitalizations, and more than 1,500 deaths, the highest rates since March, epidemiologists, public health officials, and, frankly, many Americans are asking:...
    Four states in the U.S. South are posting record COVID-19 cases to start September, as the pandemic continues to slam unvaccinated pockets of the country. Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Tennessee are each averaging a new seven day record of new cases. The new records indicate how contagious the Delta variant is, as previous records from winter were set before vaccines were widely available. Hospitalizations are up as well, with more than 100,000 being recorded every day nationwide as America continues to weather the Covid-storm at the end of summer. Georgia is recording a record 10,840 new cases every day. Schools in the state have been slammed especially hard Tennessee is averaging a record 9,912 new cases per day. The Volunteer state's Department of Health was recently exposed for undercounting total hospitalizations by over 5,000 Georgia is averaging 10,840 new cases per day, a 32 percent increase over the past two weeks. The Peach state does not report cases daily.  Schools in the state have been hit especially hard by the virus, with thousands of students and staff...
    The Covid Delta variant may finally have started to peak in the US - amid speculation it has followed the same two month trajectory as other prior mutations.    While cases in the United States are still rising, the rate has slowed in recent weeks, leading many experts to believe the variant that devastated the nation is running out of fuel. Cases grew by 67 percent from August 2 to August 16, from 85,000 per day to 142,000 per day, and only 15 percent, 139,000 per day to 160,000 per day from August 17 to 31. The sharp decline in case rise could be a blip on the radar, a brief respite before a larger spike to come, or it could be the beginning of the end of 2021's summer surge. Previous surges have often last around two months, though, and with Delta first erupting in the Midwest at the end of June, this peak could represent the mutation following the same schedule as prior variants, which began to fall after two months.  Cycles of...
    NEARLY a third of Americans have been so caught up with work, life, and kids, that they haven’t had a day to relax alone in more than three months. A survey of 2,000 Americans looked at how people like to exercise self-care from listening to music (54 percent), taking bubble baths (48 percent), and napping at the end of a long day (37 percent). 3The few Americans who try to relax do so by taking bubble bathsCredit: Getty 3Some also try to meditate and practice yogaCredit: Getty Before a long day, people also like to make the most of the morning hours (50 percent) and set the mood by wearing comfortable clothing (55 percent) and playing music (47 percent). Nearly half feel the most relaxed in their bedroom (49 percent). Some people like to wind down by using body care products such as bath bombs or candles, but 27 percent who purchase these items don’t use them until two weeks later. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Aroma (Be) Free by Saje Natural Wellness, the survey found that 65 percent...
    MEXICO CITY. LThe Ministry of Health reported 756 new deaths this Saturday, which totaled 257 thousand 906. In addition, from 17 thousand 546 cases confirmed by covid-19 to give a total of 3 million 328 thousand 863. At the end of epidemic week 32, in the national scenario of estimated cases there was a decrease in the curve, of -5% after more than five weeks of increase. In Mexico, the only entity with more than 70% hospital occupancy in general beds is: San Luis Potosí with 75%, according to the Information System of the SARI Network (Serious Acute Respiratory Infections). According to the Covid-19 Daily Technical Communiqué, there was also a slight decrease in the occupancy of general beds, registering 51%, and of beds with a ventilator, destined for critical patients, of 47 percent. At the cutoff at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, the application of 592 thousand 870 doses of vaccines against the virus was reported. At a general level, from December 24 to today, a total of 84 million 026 thousand 447 doses have been applied to people over...
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to cancel a campaign event due to safety concerns, after a horde of angry anti-vaxxers protested the liberal politician in an effort to prevent vaccine mandates for the third time on Friday.  'I need freedom,' one protester's sign read, as a chorus of fellow anti-vaxxers shouted 'F*** Trudeau!' during a planned campaign stop in Bolton, Ontario. Stops in Nobleton and Mississauga earlier in the day were no different, as protesters flew flags and signs to express their anger. The Globe and Mail reports that the Bolton event was initially delayed for only two hours, before it was cancelled entirely over security concerns, as the growing crowd continued protesting. Trudeau was diplomatic in his response following Friday's cancellation, saying he identifies with their anger and frustration.  'Canadians have had a hard year,' Trudeau said. 'And these protesters have also had a hard year... I know and I feel the anger, the frustration, perhaps the fear.'  Anti-vaxxers gather to protest Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a campaign stop in Bolton, Ontario on Friday, causing the event...
    A Covid patient who was left 'unable to talk' has written a harrowing message from her ICU bed begging friends to 'get the dam shot'.    Charlotte Broussard, 72, from Lafayette, Louisiana, penned the handwritten note from her hospital bed in Baton Rouge General.  While being treated for the virus, she was intubated to aid her breathing, and was unable to speak, according to The Advocate.  Charlotte Broussard, 72, who was left 'unable to talk' has wrote a harrowing message from her ICU bed begging friends to 'get the dam shot'  She signalled to nurses that she wanted to write something, and penned a note urging people to get vaccinated.  Photos of the notes the patient wrote, including one that said 'take the dam shot', were shared on Twitter by CBS correspondent David Begnaud.   This comes after an unvaccinated police lieutenant and father-of-three from Baker, Louisiana, died from complications of Covid-19 on August 13 – one day before his wedding. Demarcus Dunn, 36, had planned to wed his fiancée Francine in July 2020, but rescheduled the ceremony to August 14 due to...
    CHICAGO — All people must once again wear masks when indoors in public in Chicago starting Friday, officials announced Tuesday. The return of the mask mandate comes as the city sees a surge of COVID-19 cases fueled by the more contagious Delta variant. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in July the city would consider bringing back a mask mandate if Chicago consistently saw more than 200 cases per day. Instead, when the city passed that mark a few days later, officials simply recommended people start wearing them indoors in public. Now, Chicago is seeing more than 400 new cases per day, on average. Hospitalizations and deaths remain lower than they were during previous surges, but they’ve also risen. The latest wave of coronavirus has had the deepest impact on unvaccinated people, who have made up more than 97 percent of recent hospitalizations and deaths in Chicago, officials have said. And as Delta spreads — driving up cases, hospitalizations and deaths — mask mandates and other safety measures have been making a return across the country. Chicago has brought back its travel...
    On Monday, Aug. 2, a 34-year-old woman in Gulfport, Mississippi, started feeling dizzy at work. She tested positive for COVID-19 a few days after that. By the next Sunday, she was dead. Her husband, also in his mid-thirties, died from coronavirus this past Saturday, according to Brian Switzer, the local coroner. “These are deaths I wouldn’t have seen a month or two ago,” Switzer, the Harrison County Coroner, told The Daily Beast. “I’m seeing significantly younger folks this time around, but there’s still this idea that if you’re young and don’t have comorbidities, you’re not going to die.” But as the Delta variant pushes the state’s entire health-care system to the brink of collapse, those coming face-to-face with COVID’s victims say the virus’ target has changed dramatically, from older to younger Mississippians—often healthy, and virtually always unvaccinated. “We’re seeing more and more deaths in younger age groups,” Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs told reporters last week. “And there’s a very simple reason for that. And that’s because the vast majority of our 65-plus group have been [vaccinated]” while,...
    COVID-19 hospitalization rates for adults in their 30s have hit record highs amid the surge of the Delta variant as experts worry it has become a 'pandemic of the young.' Dr. James Lawler, co-director of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, addressed the alarming hospitalization rate in a weekly update on Tuesday. 'All of these younger age groups that we previously thought were relatively spared from severe outcomes from COVID up to 50 years, those hospital admission rates are all moving upwards at a dizzying pace unfortunately,' Dr. Lawler said. 'So this is not only the pandemic of the unvaccinated in the U.S., it's a pandemic of the young now.' He added: 'It is not just a huge proportion of patients admitted to the ICU with COVID, it is also a much younger demographic than we've seen previously.' 'And again, I think this is another myth that young people don't get very sick. And that is clearly not the case, particularly with Delta wave.' Dr. James Lawler, co-director of the Global Center for Health...
    Dozens of students at a Nevada middle school were exposed to COVID-19 after a parent sent their child to class despite both testing positive for the virus. According to officials at the Washoe County School District, the child and the parent learned they were infected over the weekend  However, the child - whose name, age and sex has not been revealed - still attended school on Monday, the first day of classes.  Now, more than 80 pupils at Marce Herz Middle School in Reno are quarantining at home and began virtual learning on Tuesday.   Charges will not be brought against the parent. The incident comes as school officials around the country are working to safely reopen schools amid an Indian 'Delta' variant fueled surge in cases.  More than 80 students at Marce Herz Middle School (pictured) in Reno, Nevada, will have to quarantine after a parent sent their student to school despite having a positive COVID-19 test over the weekend Cases in Nevada are spiking amid a Delta variant fueled Covid outbreak, growing 120% in the past month Families...
    Florida has set a record for COVID-19 hospitalizations for the 11th day in a row as the state contends with a massive surge. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), nearly 15,800 patients are hospitalized with the virus. More than 30 percent of all patients in Florida hospitals are sick with Covid as are over 50 percent of patients in intensive care units.    The surge has become so dire that officials in one county are telling residents to use 911 only if they have a 'life-threatening emergency.'  Florida's current situation demonstrates the dangers of being unvaccinated as the Indian 'Delta' variant dominates this new Covid wave. Officials in Florida's Brevard County are telling residents to avoid using 911 unless in a dire emergency. Pictured: A young woman arrives outside a Covid treatment tent at one of the county's hospitals, in Palm Beach, July 2021 Florida is now seeing more Covid patients in its hospitals than at any other time during the pandemic, with over 2,000 people admitted each day in the past...
    CHICAGO — Chicagoans can get vaccinated against coronavirus and they’ll get $25 at an event Thursday. The Park District is hosting Queering the Parks Thursday at Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. People who attend can get vaccinated 3-6:30 p.m. — and they’ll receive $25 in return. Johnson & Johnson doses will be available for adults. Kids who are younger than 18 can get their first Pfizer shot, though they’ll need a parent or guardian with them. Walk-ups are welcome. Registration is available online but is not required. The vaccines are free and do not require insurance. They have been shown to largely prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. Thursday’s event will also have a fashion show, resource fair, DJs, art-making stations, HIV and STI testing and information about job and housing opportunities, according to the Park District website. Officials are encouraging people to get vaccinated so they can be best protected against COVID-19. The Delta variant, which is surging in Chicago and across the country, has had the biggest impacted on unvaccinated people. Any Chicagoan can...
    CHICAGO — The Delta surge is “very much here” in Chicago, Chicago’s top doctor said Tuesday. Officials have warned for weeks about a growing wave of COVID-19 fueled by the more contagious Delta variant. More than 98 of recent cases in Chicago, in Illinois and across the United States are thought to stem from that variant, Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said during a Tuesday livestream. That’s driven up COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths among Chicagoans. For months, Chicago was only seeing about one person die per day from coronavirus; now, an average of more than three Chicagoans die per day from the virus. Hospitalizations are up, too, though those and deaths remain far lower than during previous surges. Arwady’s said that largely because vaccines are now available and are better protecting people. “… Our cases are continuing to increase,” Arwady said. “But the good news is our hospitalizations have continued to be relatively low — about 15 new hospitalizations a day.” The local surge has not been as bad as in other places,...
    CHICAGO — More than 70 percent of adult Chicagoans have now gotten at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the same is true for more than 50 percent of kids 12-17. The city’s health department celebrated the milestones, which come as officials push people to get their shots so they can be protected against the virus’s Delta variant. The vaccines are free and do not require insurance. They have been shown to largely prevent serious illness and death from COVID-19. The city and state have seen a surge in cases and hospitalizations due to the more contagious Delta variant. But the latest wave of COVID-19 — which has been fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant — has had the deepest impact on unvaccinated people. In June, 96 percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois were not fully vaccinated, and the majority were younger than 60, Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday. In Chicago, about 97 percent of people who have been hospitalized with or died from COVID-19 since January were did not have all their shots,...
    The nation's top infectious disease expert says he fears new vaccine-resistant coronavirus variant could emerge during the fall.  In an interview with McClatchy, Dr Anthony Fauci said so many variants have emerged during the pandemic that he fears a strain more serious than the Indian 'Delta' variant could be on the horizon. He also predicted nation is 'in trouble' if more Americans do not get vaccinated and predicted that daily cases could double to over 200,000 per day in the coming weeks. While the U.S.'s vaccine rollout is beginning to tick upwards due to fears about the infectiousness of Indian 'Delta' variant - after months of slow progress - much of the country is still vulnerable.    Dr Anthony Faucis (pictured) fears that a vaccine resistant strain of COVID-19 could form in the coming months if that nation can't get more people vaccinated 'What we're seeing, because of this increase in transmissibility, and because we have about 93 million people in this country who are eligible to get vaccinated who don't get vaccinated - that you have a significant pool of vulnerable people,'...
    CHICAGO — Everyone will be required to wear masks in Illinois schools as in-person learning resumes this fall, Gov. JB Pritzker is set to announce Wednesday. The governor will give a coronavirus update at 2:30 p.m. He’s expected to address the growing wave of COVID-19 cases across the state — and to announce plans to require masking in all schools, according to reports. He’ll also say some state workers will be required to get vaccinated. Chicago Public Schools had already planned to require masking of everyone, vaccinated or otherwise. But the mandate is expected to fuel debate in other schools and parts of the state, as masking in schools has proven a divisive issue. Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health, have said they’ll bring back restrictions and safety measures if cases continue to rise due to the Delta surge. Officials have blamed the latest wave on the more contagious variant, not enough people getting vaccinated and people letting down their guard. Because Chicago is now seeing a “substantial” amount of community transmission,...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides weekly updates on coronavirus in Minnesota on Tuesdays that cover COVID-19 in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present.  This week in COVID-19 news According to an internal health document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obtained by The Washington Post, the delta variant of COVID-19 appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants. The federal document stated that the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox and that officials should “acknowledge the war has changed.” Shortly before the revelation in the internal CDC document came new mask guidance from the federal health organization. The CDC last week recommended that vaccinated people wear masks in schools and in indoor public places where the virus numbers are rising. It’s a change in their stance from May when the CDC advised that vaccinated people may forgo masks, indoors and outdoors, in most places. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health emphasized...
    The state of Florida on Friday recorded its highest ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 21,683 new infections, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Friday’s infection surge comes as the Sunshine State is emerging as the new epicenter for the virus. The new tally  outpaces the state’s previous peak measured in early January, when daily new cases reached a total of 19,334.  Florida on Thursday recorded 17,093 new cases, according to the CDC, even as the state's vaccination rate has recently increased.  On Friday, the Florida Department of Health said there had been a 50 percent jump in new coronavirus cases in the previous week, with more than 110,000 new infections recorded.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisFlorida coronavirus cases jump 50 percent in one week Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' Publix will require employees to wear masks MORE (R) has resisted imposing mandatory mask mandates despite the CDC's updated...
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    KANKAKEE, Ill. (CBS) — The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,082 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday – the first time the state has surpassed 2,000 cases a day since May 7. Meanwhile, the statewide case positivity rate is up to 4 percent – the highest it has been since April 19, during the minor surge Illinois experienced this spring. READ MORE: How Many Hugs And Kisses Can You Give? PAWS Chicago Needs Foster Parents This comes as vaccination rates are still way down – with an average of 17,982 doses per day over the past week compared to 43,219 a month ago, a 58 percent drop. And nowhere in northern Illinois has a lower vaccination rate than Kankakee County, where not even four of every 10 people have gotten vaccinated. We wanted to know why. CBS 2’s Chris Tye spent the day Wednesday in Kankakee County, and found a trust deficit and a healthy rumor mill are keeping those numbers well below the national average. “Some of the excuses that you hear is mind boggling – you don’t even...
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