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    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Canine influenza, also known as the dog flu, is spreading fast in Southern California and experts warn holiday reunions and boarding may lead to an even bigger increase in virus infection.Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and virus infection tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters, which isn't good as many pet owners kick off the holidays."There's currently an outbreak in Los Angeles that's bigger than the outbreak that happened in 2017," said Madeline Bernstein, the president of the spcaLA. "The theory right now is that because of the holidays and dogs going into daycare and boarding and flying, you know, maybe perhaps with other dogs coming for holiday things, it could definitely continue to spread pretty rapidly."Owner of the Shabby Dog in Sierra Madre Sandy Duvall told Eyewitness News she's witnessed the impact of a dog flu outbreak and said it's not something pet owners should take lightly.READ ALSO | Canine influenza outbreak cases double in one monthEMBED More News...
    In the coming months, with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, family and friends are likely to gather in ways they haven’t since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two years ago. But with many guest lists including children under 12 who have not been able to get vaccinated, how worried should those who are be about being infected? Officials say it’s possible to safely participate in many holiday activities if everyone is vaccinated. But it is certainly possible for inoculated people to get infected and then pass the virus on to someone else. “I don’t think anybody should feel 100% certain that if they’re fully vaccinated, and they were to become infected with the virus — even if they’re asymptomatic — that they’re not capable of spreading or transmitting,” said Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. California Halloween still presents scary COVID-19 risk. How you can celebrate safely This Halloween seems set to more closely resemble pre-pandemic normal, with even Dr. Anthony Fauci saying outdoor trick-or-treating is safe. But she and...
    It’s 83 days until Christmas and Dr. Anthony Fauci is unsure if he can recommend holiday gatherings in December. CBS’ Margaret Brennan interviewed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director on Face The Nation, where the question was whether America can expect another Covid surge after the country surpassed 700,000 casualties from the pandemic. As Fauci suggested constant vigilance and recommended that the public get vaccinated, Brennan asked about recent Covid studies and what they might mean for the U.S. as it moves into the cold months. “We’re going into the holidays,” she said. “Do people need to start looking around and saying it’s just too risky to gather with family members if there are unvaccinated children?” Fauci answered that for communities with a lot of Covid spread, “even if you are vaccinated and you are in an indoor setting, a congregate setting, it just makes sense to wear a mask and to avoid high risk situations. And what we should be doing is look at ventilation in indoor places.” “But we can gather for Christmas,...
    More On: department of homeland security Romney blasts DHS head over ‘extremely damning’ border crisis response DHS Mayorkas: We’re reuniting whole families, not just parents, with border kids ICE deportations fall to record low numbers: report DHS announces drop in illegal immigrant children in CBP custody amid crisis The Department of Homeland of Security is cautioning that violent domestic extremists could exploit the easing of COVID-19 restrictions to plot attacks in the United States.  “Violent extremists may seek to exploit the easing of COVID-19-related restrictions across the United States to conduct attacks against a broader range of targets after previous public capacity limits reduced opportunities for lethal attacks,” said an official bulletin posted by the agency on Friday.  The update comes shortly after the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance allowing for vaccinated individuals to go maskless indoors, and several cities begin to loosen the restrictions on the capacities for gatherings.  The notice warned that while mass-casualty attacks have often targeted “houses of worship and crowded commercial facilities or gatherings,” government officials and facilities are also...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There are new warnings about the upcoming holidays of Passover and Easter. Public health officials say COVID-19 cases are increasing and holiday gatherings could make things even worse because not enough people have been vaccinated. Nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases were announced on Friday in Pennsylvania. That’s the most in one day since the end of January. Over the past two weeks, there’s been an increase of 53%. READ MORE: Partial Retaining Wall Collapse Closes Northbound Lane Of I-295 In Bellmawr “Case counts from the corona infection and hospitalizations are continuing to rise,” Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said. It’s a trend seen around the country and in the Philadelphia region. COVID-19 is making a comeback, even with an increase in vaccinations. “We haven’t vaccinated enough people yet to prevent this epidemic wave,” Farley said. The resurgence is blamed on the contagious variants that are increasing, more people traveling and relaxed mitigation, allowing bigger gatherings. Alison Beam is the acting Pennsylvania health secretary. READ MORE: Delaware County Launches Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program To Get Shots To...
    SPRING is in the air - and cooped-up Brits are making the most of the warmer weather to enjoy a weekend off ahead of the easing of lockdown. The UK is set to enjoy much milder temperatures in the days to come - and while the mercury will drop towards the end of the week, forecasters predict a bright start to April. ⚡ Read our UK weather live blog for the very latest news and forecasts...   12The weather will be mild in the days to come, forecasters say 12As temperatures reached around 15c today, friends walked through Canon Hill Park in BirminghamCredit: SWNS 12The seafront in Hove, East Sussex was busy as locals made the most of the weatherCredit: David McHugh / Brighton Pictures It comes as Boris Johnson prepares for the next step of unlocking the UK next weekend. Across the country, people have been making the most of the warmth. Temperatures reached around 15c yesterday and will top out at 14c on the south coast today. But the BBC predicts temperatures will rise to around 16c in the days to...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials across the Southland are concerned that Super Bowl gatherings coupled with Valentine's Day weekend and a low supply of COVID-19 vaccines could lead to the next surge in cases.The daily number of new infections and the hospitalization rate have been steadily declining over the past month in Los Angeles County, but officials warned the public not to gather on Super Bowl Sunday to avoid a repeat of last year's World Series and NBA Finals, when gatherings at bars, restaurants and private homes were blamed for fueling a spike in COVID-19 cases."Despite seeing some decreases, we continue to experience widespread community transmission in our county,'' Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.The L.A. County Department of Public Health banned TVs and outdoor screens at restaurants to limit the number of people gathering and avoid COVID-19 "superspreader" events.RELATED | Reopening LA County: Outdoor dining again allowed at restaurants, but without screens for TV broadcastsEMBED More News Videos After a two-month shutdown due to surging COVID-19 cases, outdoor dining again was allowed in Los Angeles County on Friday...
    (CNN) — Don’t let Super Bowl Sunday turn into Superspreader Sunday. Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations are getting better across much of the United States. But that progress could quickly reverse if fans celebrate with people who don’t live with them, according to health experts. “When people get together in private residences in close proximity, that is one of the single most effective ways to spread this disease,” Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Steven Stack said. “We can’t afford to have the disease spread now, with these mutations and these variants.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, “while the instinct may be to celebrate together, we cannot get cocky.” “We must continue doing the things we know are effective at taming the virus: wear a mask, adhere to social distancing, and avoid gatherings,” he said. “We can beat this thing, but we must stay smart.” That’s especially true after a new study found the highly contagious B.1.1.7 strain, first detected in the United Kingdom, is now spreading rapidly in the US. While the B.1.1.7 strain still makes up a relatively small...
    While Covid-19 numbers are trending in the right direction across much of the US, officials nationwide warned against Super Bowl gatherings to avoid another surge of infections."While the instinct may be to celebrate together, we cannot get cocky," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Saturday. "We must continue doing the things we know are effective at taming the virus: wear a mask, adhere to social distancing, and avoid gatherings.""We can beat this thing, but we must stay smart," he added.The warnings came from all corners of the country ahead of the big game Sunday, with local and state leaders reminding Americans that despite the hopeful signs in declining numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, now is not the time to let their guards down.That's because experts have made clear that the US is still not out of the woods. Thousands of Americans continue to lose their lives to the virus every single day. And the detection of several Covid-19 variants now poses new challenges."When people get together in private residences in close proximity, that is one of...
    Miami : Experts and government officials in the United States have called for avoiding the holidays that could turn Super Bowl Sunday into a major explosion of coronavirus cases. The game for the title of the NFL, the National American Football League of the USA, this year on Sunday -February 7- between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the city of Tampa, Florida, will take place while The nation remains in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and as new variants spread. A limited crowd of 22,000 fans, including 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers to whom the NFL offered free tickets, will be able to attend at the 65,618-capacity Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, along with 2,700 fans watching from the suites. On a weekend generally defined by packed gatherings in bars and lounges, with fans shouting in front of televisions and sharing snacks, authorities are urging smaller, quieter celebrations. “I can’t say it seriously enough: I want everyone celebrating this Sunday’s game to come back next year, and that means not allowing 2,000 more Kansas...
    The NFL’s biggest game presents a huge risk of coronavirus transmission if large numbers of residents gather to watch and celebrate the Super Bowl with other households, Los Angeles County health officials warned this week. Although the county, like California as a whole, is seeing promising declines in coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations following a devastating weeks-long surge, that progress remains precarious — and could easily be eroded, they said, if too many Angelenos throw caution to the wind when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs take the field Feb. 7. “It will be tragic if the Super Bowl becomes a super-spreader of coronavirus,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday. California L.A. has avoided a New York-level COVID-19 hospital meltdown as conditions improve California L.A. has avoided a New York-level COVID-19 hospital meltdown as conditions improve L.A. avoided a New York-level COVID-19 hospital meltdown as conditions improve More Coverage Tracking vaccinations in California Noticias en español County health officials have long pointed to gatherings held among...
    80% of the new Covid-19 infections that are being detected today in the Community of Madrid have to do with family or social gatherings. “Entire infected families are arriving at the emergency room”, the regional vice president, Ignacio Aguado, warned this Wednesday. The also spokesman for the regional government did not hide that he is “concerned” by the latest data showing an upward evolution of the pandemic in the Community of Madrid, which points to a third wave that could collapse health services. In this sense, Aguado did not rule out that the Ministry of Health dictates new restrictions this Friday to try to stop the infections. And he asserted: “Any restriction that must be raised has to do with trying to limit as much as possible” family and social gatherings. For his part, the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, also regretted this Wednesday that the contagion figures are increasing in Madrid, in all probability, due to the meetings that took place last Christmas. “We are approximately over 600 cases and the trend is for it to continue increasing”said...
    If Americans do not limit their holiday gatherings this year, the post-Christmas coronavirus surge could have devastating effects on a country that has already topped 18 million cases of COVID-19 and has experienced the deadliest year in U.S. history largely due to the pandemic.  "The virus transmission that took place during the Thanksgiving period has brought many health systems across this country to the brink of failure and we are still not yet finished seeing that impact," Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children's Hospital, told ABC News on Wednesday. (iStock) "Layering in the December holiday travel and gatherings means we will have a third jump in this wave or a surge on surge on surge," Brownstein continued. "Unfortunately, this increase will likely lead to catastrophic impacts on hospital capacity and the acceleration of terrible mortality milestones through February."  Brownstein’s warnings come as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened over 2 million passengers at airports across the U.S. on Saturday and Sunday, a consecutive record high for the first time since March, despite the Centers for Disease Control...
    Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order that limits indoor public gatherings in Tennessee to 10 or fewer people effective at 11:59 p.m. Sunday until Jan. 19. The order does not apply to gatherings at places of worship or for weddings or funerals. Lee announced the restrictions Sunday evening in a highly anticipated statewide address. Executive Order 70 pic.twitter.com/ly2CuE8X1Z— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) December 21, 2020 “We've seen firsthand that Thanksgiving gatherings and extended time indoors have been the principal driver in spreading COVID-19 like wildfire,” Lee said. “Tennessee cannot sustain a similar surge after Christmas or New Year's.” Lee asked Tennesseans to not participate in holiday gatherings with anyone outside their own household, and he strongly urged employers and businesses to take steps to equip and require employees to work from home when possible. Many expected Lee to announce a statewide mask mandate in his six-minute speech Sunday. Lee asked Tennesseans to wear masks, but he did not announce any requirement to do so. “Many think a statewide mandate would improve...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento County Health Officials are working to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In Southern California, local governments have tightened restrictions and stepped-up enforcement.  So could that happen here with numbers going up? Right now, Sacramento County is sitting with more than 39,000 cases, setting another record this week recording over 1,100 new infections Tuesday. With the county already seeing an increase in cases and numbers expected to get worse as cases related to Thanksgiving gatherings and travel start trickling in, what happens now? Will the county be placing local restrictions? CBS13 is getting answers. According to Dr. Peter Beilenson, Sacramento County’s Health Services Director, there won’t be more restrictions but there are plans towards enforcement such as fining people, not businesses. “There are some bad actors, pandemic fatigue. There are some people who are just refusing to play ball. It’s really going after the gatherings because the gatherings a big, big component of our cases,” he said. READ ALSO: After Large Party In Rio Linda, County Public Health Says They Need Help Stopping ‘Super-Spreader Events’ Governor Newsom has...
    (CNN)Thanksgiving this year comes at a critical point in the country's battle against Covid-19. The pandemic is already ravaging many American communities and experts fear traditional celebrations and gatherings will in a few weeks translate to a case surge stacked on top of the current one. Every day since November 3, more than 100,000 new infections have been reported. Every day for more than two weeks, climbing hospitalizations hit another national record. And every single day, hundreds of Americans die of the virus, with both Tuesday and Wednesday recording a daily death toll of more than 2,100 deaths.The devastating numbers show no sign of slowing down. One expert predicts daily deaths will double in just a matter of days. In a 5-4 ruling, Supreme Court sides with religious groups in a dispute over Covid-19 restrictions in New York"When you look at people who are hospitalized today, they were infected two weeks ago, maybe more. So, it takes about five to seven days to become symptomatic," Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, said. "Usually, it...
    By SOPHIA EPPOLITO, Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Thanksgiving could become a major super spreader event for COVID-19 transmission if people don't follow public health guidelines, physicians in Utah warned on Wednesday. An increased number of hospitalizations across the state has prompted doctors and public health officials to advise against attending Thanksgiving gatherings with people outside their immediate households. If people do not follow the guidance, COVID-19 hospitalizations will continue to increase and further overwhelm the state's already strained healthcare system, said Dr. Eddie Stenehjem, an infectious diseases specialist at the Intermountain Healthcare hospital network, based in Salt Lake City. "We feel that the consequences of doing this and not being safe is going to be absolutely dire on our healthcare networks," Stenehjem told reporters. “We plead with you to please stay within your families and stay within your homes tomorrow as we celebrate Thanksgiving.” Stenehjem's request for people to stay home for Thanksgiving came just days after Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he would not extend his previous two-week order requiring people to limit social...
    WASHINGTON - In Pennsylvania, if you're having friends over to socialize, you're supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That's the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. "No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home," said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. "They do not pay my bills and they are not going to tell me what to do." As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. But while such measures carry the weight of law, they are, in practical terms, unenforceable, and officials are banking on voluntary compliance instead. Good luck with that. While many are undoubtedly heeding public health advice — downsizing Thanksgiving plans, avoiding get-togethers, wearing masks when they're around people who don't live with them — it's inevitable that a segment of the population will blow off new state and local restrictions and socialize anyway....
    Loading the player... In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home,” said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. “They do not pay my bills and they are not going to tell me what to do.” As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. But while such measures carry the weight of law, they are, in practical terms, unenforceable, and officials are banking on voluntary compliance instead. Read More: Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine Good luck with that. While many are undoubtedly heeding public health advice — downsizing Thanksgiving plans, avoiding get-togethers, wearing masks when they’re around people who don’t live with them — it’s inevitable that a segment of the...
    In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. “They do not pay my bills and they are not going to tell me what to do.” As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. But while such measures carry the weight of law, they are, in practical terms, unenforceable, and officials are banking on voluntary compliance instead. Good luck with that. While many are undoubtedly heeding public health advice — downsizing Thanksgiving plans, avoiding get-togethers, wearing masks when they’re around people who don’t live with them — it’s inevitable that a segment of the population will blow off new state and local restrictions and socialize anyway. Experts say that...
    By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press In Pennsylvania, if you’re having friends over to socialize, you’re supposed to wear a mask — and so are your friends. That’s the rule, but Barb Chestnut has no intention of following it. “No one is going to tell me what I can or not do in my own home” said Chestnut, 60, of Shippensburg. “They do not pay my bills and they are not going to tell me what to do.” As governors and mayors grapple with an out-of-control pandemic, they are ratcheting up mask mandates and imposing restrictions on small indoor gatherings, which have been blamed for accelerating the spread of the coronavirus. But while such measures carry the weight of law, they are, in practical terms, unenforceable, and officials are banking on voluntary compliance instead. Good luck with that. While many are undoubtedly heeding public health advice — downsizing Thanksgiving plans, avoiding get-togethers, wearing masks when they’re around people who don't live with them — it's inevitable that a segment of the population will blow off new state and local restrictions and...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged residents to refrain from gathering with extended family and friends at Thanksgiving, saying casual indoor gatherings are helping fuel the new surge in cases in Massachusetts. Holiday dinners and festivities should be limited to members of a person’s immediate household, Baker said at a news conference, adding that the state has limited private indoor gatherings to 10 people. “If we treat this year just like we treat every other Thanksgiving, it’s quite likely that it will trigger a significant spread,” he said. Baker acknowledged that the choice to avoid large family gatherings is difficult for many but that the state continues to see more spread of the virus. He said cases have increased by eight times since Labor Day, while there have been four times as many hospitalizations in the same period. “This second surge is dangerous for all of us,” he said. Recent developments regarding potential vaccines are welcome news, he said, but that’s no reason for people to let their guard down. “At this point, folks should be going...
    As Thanksgiving approaches, our neighbors to the north are serving up a cautionary tale alongside the turkey and cranberry sauce — the coronavirus does not take holidays off. After celebrating Thanksgiving on Oct. 12, Canada saw a pronounced uptick in new COVID-19 infections. Two weeks after the holiday, the seven-day rolling average of positive tests in the country rose from 2,376 to 2,823, according to a TIME analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. By Nov. 10 the seven-day average had soared to 4,401, despite measures in some provinces to shut down indoor dining and movie theaters around the same time as the holiday. “Although we didn’t see a huge surge in the number of cases in Ontario and Quebec, what’s actually striking is that we didn’t see the decrease that you would have expected to see as a result of those lockdown measures,” Dr. Matthew Oughton, assistant professor of medicine at McGill University and attending physician in the infectious diseases division of Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital told the magazine. “One of the theories is that at the same time the...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County are on the rise, described as a gradual up-tick Thursday by the county's chief science officer. Officials say watch parties for the NBA and MLB playoffs could be playing a role.The county reported 25 coronavirus-related deaths Thursday and 2,065 new cases, compared to Wednesday, which saw 22 deaths and 1,843 cases. The culprit could be small sports gatherings."The great success of our sports teams, the Lakers and the Dodgers, and both watching those games and the celebrations that happened afterwards leads off into gatherings," said Dr. Simon, the county's chief science officer. "We're not seeing any sort of sector, workplace or other sector, that would explain this very slow, gradual increase. What we think may be happening is that there are more gatherings."Gatherings over national holidays have been tied to a rise in cases in the past, but it has been two months since Labor Day. The Department of Public Health is discouraging gatherings over Thanksgiving and the December holidays.RELATED: 2 killed during raucous World Series celebrations in Sylmar, police...
    YOLO COUNTY (CBS13) — Yolo County may be in danger of moving backward in the state’s reopening plan. Numbers have been rising and if it keeps up, the county could go back to the most restrictive purple tier as soon as next week. Yolo County Health officials say social gatherings are the predominant source of COVID-19 cases in the area. They are asking residents to avoid large gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus. The county’s metrics increased to meet the more restrictive purple tier for the week ending October 24, with an adjusted case rate of 7.2%. If the county continues to meet purple tier metrics next week, it could move back to move back as early as November 10. The move could force local businesses including retail, museums, zoos, places of worship, movie theaters, gyms and restaurants to close indoor operations. More from CBS Sacramento: What Do Election Results Mean For A Second Stimulus Package? Rocklin Teachers Association Files Lawsuit Against District California Nov. 2020 General Election Results If the county moves backward in the reopening...
    There are growing concerns that the coronavirus might be spiking again in Los Angeles County. Officials have been desperately trying to keep infection rates down as the fall and winter holiday season approaches. On Thursday, the county announced its highest one-day increase in cases not connected to a reporting backlog since August. There has been much focus on the role of social gatherings tied to the Lakers’ and Dodgers’ recent championship runs as possible causes — including images of the Dodgers’ Justin Turner celebrating with teammates Tuesday despite having tested positive for the virus. But experts say the risks go well beyond world championships. A huge problem is COVID fatigue: people resuming old routines after months of restrictions. So how can seemingly wholesome celebrations turn into potentially deadly coronavirus outbreaks? Los Angeles County’s public health director, Barbara Ferrer, tried to answer that question this week, showcasing three national examples that explain how it can happen.A wedding turns tragic An Aug. 7 wedding in a small town in Maine has been linked to eight COVID-19 deaths and 180 confirmed coronavirus...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police could break up large family gatherings at Christmas, Britain's housing minister Robert Jenrick warned, as he said it was right that they enforce coronavirus rules on socialising. "Well that's not something that anyone would want to see but it's right that everybody follows the law and obviously the police have to do what's necessary to enforce it," he said on Times Radio when asked about Christmas celebrations. (Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Kate Holton) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: infectious diseases, coronavirus, Europe
    Dr Anthony Fauci has warned Thanksgiving could cause a spike in coronavirus cases as he urged caution to families across the US. The nation's leading infectious disease expert said he was worried people will be meeting up from separate homes, sometimes from out of town, and gathering inside. Fauci, 79, said families should try to limit the number of people attending Thanksgiving and try to keep it to their own household. CBS News Privacy Policy Dr Anthony Fauci has warned Thanksgiving could cause a spike in coronavirus cases as he urged caution to families across the US He told CBS Evening News: 'I think given the fluid and dynamic nature of what's going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition. 'Namely, you may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering unless you're pretty certain that the people that you're dealing...
    Matthew Rozsa October 14, 2020 9:55PM (UTC) The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned America's governors on Tuesday that "small household gatherings" have been proved to spread the novel coronavirus, a fact that he urged the state executives to keep in mind as their citizens prepare for Thanksgiving. "In the public square, we're seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions," Dr. Robert Redfield told America's governors during a Tuesday call, the audio of which was obtained and initially published by CNN. "But what we're seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings. Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting." : Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, made similar remarks last week, telling reporters at a media briefing in Massachusetts that "it's important for all of us to not let our guard down during Thanksgiving. We see that from the High Holy Days, people...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr Robert Redfield has warned that families spending time together for the Thanksgiving holiday could cause COVID cases to soar with 'small household gatherings' already being blamed for a spike in infection rates.   'In the public square, we're seeing a higher degree of vigilance and mitigation steps in many jurisdictions,' Redfield said during a call with state governors on Tuesday, according to CNN. 'But what we're seeing as the increasing threat right now is actually acquisition of infection through small household gatherings,' Redfield said.    'Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in the household setting.' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr Robert Redfield (pictured) has warned that families spending time together for the Thanksgiving holiday could cause COVID cases to soar as 'small household gatherings' are blamed for a spike in infection rates Redfield said: 'Particularly with Thanksgiving coming up, we think it's really important to stress the vigilance of these continued mitigation steps in...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Monday the state could move to shut down religious institutions that do not agree to comply with restrictions on mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Cuomo, a Democrat, said state officials would take over enforcement of mandates such as building capacity limits, wearing masks and social distancing from local authorities amid a spike in coronavirus cases throughout several neighborhoods. While the governor did not unveil any new restrictions on religious gatherings, he warned that community leaders would have to agree to certain conditions in order to keep venues open. “We know religious institutions have been a problem,” Cuomo said at the press conference. “We know mass gatherings are a super-spreader event. We know there have been mass gatherings going on in concert with religious institutions in these communities for weeks. I don’t mean little violations – you’re only supposed to have 50, they had 55. I’m talking about you’re only supposed to have 50 outdoors, they had 1,000.” CUOMO: SCHOOLS IN NYC CORONAVIRUS HOTSPOTS TO CLOSE TUESDAY Cuomo said religious leaders would have to agree...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland’s seven-day coronavirus positivity rate is above three percent for the first time since mid-September, an increase Baltimore doctors said could be the result of Labor Day weekend gatherings. “The people who are getting sick at Labor Day, they’re spreading it to people who then spread it to people,” said Dr. Michael Allison, a critical care doctor at St. Agnes Hospital Center. The increase, Allison added, is not surprising. “They happen a few weeks after holidays and events where people are congregating,” he said. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines With other holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, providers are looking ahead and wondering if similar increases will come afterward. With 501 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and three new deaths reported Monday, the state’s seven-day positivity rate is at 3.02%, rising for the tenth consecutive day. “When we see trends over ten days that are consistently rising, then we do get concerned,” said Dr. Wilber...
    OAKLAND, Maine (AP) — A large gathering over the weekend at a church has the “potential to be a superspreader” event, the town manager says. Deputy Police Chief Rick Stubbert said the church's senior pastor, the Rev. Jamie Dickson, indicated the event at the Kingdom Life Church grew larger than planned. A crowd packed the church Saturday night for “Worship Night,” featuring a worship leader from California. The event is believed to have far exceeded the state's limit of 50 people at an indoors gatherings because of the pandemic. Stubbert said the parking lot of the church appeared to be full Friday and Saturday, and there were “a lot of out-of-state plates coming and going.” “Obviously, this has the potential of being a superspreader, so we’re trying to figure out exactly what to do and how to move forward,” Town Manager Gary Bowman told the Morning Sentinel. The church canceled an indoor conference that was originally planned for this past weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the church wrote on Facebook that it would be holding a “worship night”...
    A prominent doctor on Long Island is warning that ceremonies marking the Jewish High Holy Days could fuel another coronavirus outbreak in already hard-hit communities, triggering a vicious backlash online. The admonitions came as health officials in the Big Apple launched a new effort to contain coronavirus outbreaks in several New York City neighborhoods, many of which have large Orthodox populations. “This all “re-started” with the flagrant disregard for scientifically vetted guidelines around weddings and ‘kiddushim’, large public gatherings, with many people eating unmasked and in close proximity,” wrote Rabbi Aaron Glatt.  He added: “Do we all have such a short collective memory of what happened Purim and Pesach? Have we forgotten the numerous funerals and shivah calls that we zoomed?” The open letter was first reported by The Forward. That triggered an anonymous letter from other members of Glatt’s community in Long Island’s Five Towns community that circulated on Facebook and the WhatsApp messenger service. “‘Rather than rely on our Rabbanim to be our guides and our advisors, the power has been abdicated to you and communal and individual...
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a new six-person cap on most social gatherings that could remain in place through the Christmas season in an attempt to control the coronavirus transmission without closing schools or enforcing more economic paralysis. “You must not meet socially in groups of more than six — and if you do, you will be breaking the law,” Johnson said during a press conference Wednesday. “It will be enforced by the police. And anyone breaking the rules or risks being dispersed fined and possibly arrested.” Johnson’s team made clear that the policy will be in place indefinitely as London tries to manage the transmission of the coronavirus while ramping up a nationwide testing plan. Johnson emphasized that the new regulation is designed "to avoid a second national lockdown,” but his team said that they view the simplicity of the restriction as an advantage for law enforcement tasked with breaking up any illicit gatherings. "One of the pieces of feedback we had, including from the police, was that we needed the rules to be super simple...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that you could be arrested if you break the new social distancing rules which prohibit gatherings of more than six people in public or private. Mr Johnson made the announcement on Wednesday after earlier reports that suggested the maximum penalty would be fines of £3,200. Addressing the public from Downing Street, the prime minister said that from Monday, gatherings will be limited to six people. If you do exceed that number, “you will be breaking the law”. “This will apply in any setting, indoors or outdoors, at home or in the pub. “The ban will be set out in law and it will be enforced by the police — anyone breaking the rules risks being dispersed, fined and possibly arrested,” Johnson said. Farage Slams ‘Draconian’ Lockdown Laws Which He Claims Won’t Be Respected by BLM Protesters https://t.co/tIppa6I3F4 — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 9, 2020 There are exemptions, including if your “support bubble” is larger than six, and also for worship and in gyms, restaurants, education settings, and workplaces. The prime minister also announced the...
    As coronavirus cases rise across Europe, the British government has banned gatherings of more than six people in England in measures that could last through the year. The limits are set to stay in place for the “foreseeable future,” potentially until or even through Christmas, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday. EU, UK AGAIN TRY TO BREAK DEADLOCK ON POST-BREXIT TIES The new restriction bans large groups from meeting socially indoors and outdoors. It will not apply to schools, workplaces or weddings, funerals, and sports events that are deemed COVID-secure, the BBC reported. Hancock also said pubs and restaurants will be legally required to take the contact details of every customer for purposes of the government's test and trace program. Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock arrives to attend a cabinet meeting of senior government ministers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office FCO in London, Tuesday Sept. 1, 2020. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP) The British government said tighter restrictions were needed after the number of daily laboratory-confirmed positive cases hit nearly 3,000 on Sunday. The figure dipped Tuesday...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- There are heightened fears about Labor Day celebrations potentially sparking a surge in COVID-19 cases.Images could be seen nationwide of packed beaches.In Florida and Tennessee, there were crowded bars with what appears to be no social distancing, and not everyone wearing masks.This comes as the number of states seeing an increase in cases tripled in just one week from 10 to 30 states.Experts say it could take weeks to determine how the holiday weekend will affect the number of cases.A new forecast over the weekend predicted the United States could more than double its death toll and hit 400,000 deaths by the end of the year.What to know about coronavirus:Back to school informationHow coronavirus changed the New York regionDo you have coronavirus symptoms?What's Open, What's Closed in the Tri-State areaHere are more of today's headlines:University says any students at pontoon boat party could face sanctionsIndiana University says any students who were partying on a lake near Bloomington over Labor Day Weekend could face sanctions for not following the school's COVID-19 guidelines.As Labor Day Weekend kicked off,...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- 16 states are reporting an increase in the number of coronavirus deaths.Health officials are warning that Labor Day gatherings could become super spreaders.Miami-Dade county took a bold step, enacting a 10 p.m. curfew, and a $100 fine for anyone not wearing masks in public.Crowded scenes continue at colleges and universities across the country.At northeastern university in Massachusetts, 11 freshmen have been expelled for violating the rules in place against crowded gatherings.Cases are also on the rise at Arizona State University.Meanwhile, New York reported 29 straight days with an infection rate remaining below 1%. Saturday's positive tests were at 0.80%."New York went from one of the worst situations in the country to one of the best: Our state has gone 29 straight days with an infection rate remaining below one percent," Governor Cuomo said. "Overall, our numbers continue to be good news - our progress proves that this virus responds to science, not politics. But we cannot go backwards. As we celebrate this Labor Day Weekend, we must all continue to wear our masks, socially distance, wash...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A heat wave is approaching the Bay Area this weekend, making medical experts nervous about the possibility of increased COVID-19 cases as large crowds gather.The heat is expected to cool down by Monday, but for now epidemiologists are urging everyone who has plans to meet with crowds - to rethink them.RELATED: These Bay Area cities may break 100-year-old heat records"It's going to be a 107 tomorrow. That's what my phone told me," said Emily Downey, Concord resident.Sunday is expected to be the hottest day with temperatures reaching up to 116 degrees in the East Bay."We've decreased the amount of time that we've spent outside because of the air quality. So, we are taking our chance tonight to get in our last little bit of outside time before it heats up," said Downey.UCSF epidemiologist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong says a combination of the heat plus crowds gathering during the holiday weekend could cause a possible spike of COVID-19 cases.RELATED: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system"A lot for noses and mouths are going...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — One of Santa Clara county’s top health leaders said Friday the state’s approach to the pandemic isn’t working and the virus is just weeks away from spreading out of control in California. “We really need the state to uniformly do something dramatic to stop the spread,” said Santa Clara County executive officer Dr. Jeff Smith. “Otherwise, if we continue the way that we’re going now it’s only four to five weeks before we have the virus totally completely out of control, spreading like wildfire.” Smith said county leaders have reached out to state officials to suggest a more universal risk-reduction plan for California, however, they’ve been brushed away. “At this point they’ve made it clear they’re not interested in that right now,” Smith said. He said the state approach that leaves every county to decide for itself what’s best “hasn’t worked.” Smith said he also believes indoor gatherings should be banned statewide as they have been shown to be a high-risk activities for the transmission of the virus. Santa Clara county officials decided on Friday to...
    When sports finally emerge from their slumber, one physician believes proof of coronavirus immunity can eventually be a way to ensure the safety of those who attend certain arenas. Dr. Kumanan Wilson, a physician at a hospital in Ottawa, Canada, said that a digital immunization check would help promote gatherings at sporting events even with a deployable vaccine roughly a year or so away. “We’re going to need some kind of test that is proof of immunity to get people back into society,” Wilson told CBC Sports. “Otherwise, it’s a roll of the dice trying to open up these stadiums and large gatherings of people.” Wilson, who has developed an app called CANImmunize that lets Canadians track their immunization history, predicted the use of that type of security method. He said fans at stadium gates could be checked as they present their tickets — before they would be permitted inside. “It would be effectively barcode-enabled. Just like when you go to a sporting event [and] they scan your ticket, they are going to scan your barcode for proof of...
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