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    With the number of new COVID-19 infections on the rise across Connecticut, the state has reported a fresh spike in the number of virus-related cases and deaths at area nursing homes, according to newly released data. In the past two weeks, there have been at least a dozen newly-confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in Connecticut, the largest number since the middle of the summer. In total, according to the Department of Health, there were 125 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 among nursing home residents between Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Nov. 23. Sixty-seven staff members at Connecticut nursing homes have also tested positive during that same stretch. 
“With the holidays and colder weather approaching, we expect cases of COVID-19 to rise in the community, which increases the chances that COVID-19 cases will rise in long-term care settings,” Department of Public Health Commissioner Manisha Juthani said. According to the Department of Health, of the new COVID-19 fatalities, five were at the Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford in Litchfield County, which reported 36 confirmed cases among its 105 residents and...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A dozen nursing home residents died from COVID-19 in Connecticut over a recent two week period, which is the largest number since mid-August, new data released Friday showed.There were 125 positive cases of COVID-19 among residents between Nov. 10 and Nov. 23, with 12 deaths, according to state Department of Health data. Sixty-seven staff also tested positive during the same period. Five of those deaths occurred at Candlewood Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in New Milford, which reported 36 positive cases among its 105 residents and eight positive cases among its staff.The last time there were more than a dozen nursing deaths reported during a two-week period was between Aug. 18 and Aug. 31. At that time there were 16 deaths from COVID-19 among nursing home residents, 111 positive cases among residents and 94 cases among staff.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:What is omicron? What to know about new COVID variantWhat is this new COVID-19 variant? And what's known and not known about omicron? Scientists know that omicron is genetically distinct from previous variants including...
    World Health Organization (W.H.O.) officials will meet Friday to address concerns regarding the latest coronavirus variant on the rise in South Africa. As of now, the variant is named B.1.1.529, but the W.H.O.’s technical working group will discuss whether B.1.1.529 should be assigned a name from the Greek alphabet, according to Fortune. If so, the variant will be most likely be named “Nu.” The variant was first discovered in Botswana and has been making its way through South Africa, including Johannesburg, NPR reports, citing the Guardian. During an online press briefing on Thursday, South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced that the country had seen a substantial rise in infections, per the Associated Press. “Over the last four or five days, there has been more of an exponential rise,” he stated and added that B.1.1.529 seems to be the catalyst for the spike.  South Africa had been reporting just over 200 new cases a day for a stretch before the new variant came to light, per the Associated Press. In the past week, new daily cases have soared. On Wednesday, the country...
    Michigan has requested federal military medical assistance to deal with the worst COVID-19 surge in the country, as Minnesota is asking its National Guard to support the struggling medical staff in its hard-hit care homes. Both states are seeing rapidly-rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, as the cold weather forces people indoors. Michigan is the current epicenter of the fourth wave, with cases up 88 per cent in the last two weeks, according to The New York Times's COVID tracking. Hospitalizations in Michigan have risen 48 per cent in the last 14 days, and deaths 64 per cent. Of 3,114 ICU beds in the state, 85 per cent - or 2,651 - are occupied, according to the state health department. Nearly 58 per cent of residents over five are fully vaccinated - below the national rate of nearly 63 per cent - and the Democrat governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has been begging her state's residents to take the virus seriously and get vaccinated. An ambulance crew weaves a gurney through the halls of the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in...
    JOHANNESBURG -- A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday.The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out. Scientists monitor for possible changes that could be more transmissible or deadly, but sorting out whether new variants will have a public health impact can take time.South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in new infections, Phaahla said at an online press briefing."Over the last four or five days, there has been more of an exponential rise," he said, adding that the new variant appears to be driving the spike in cases. Scientists in South Africa are working to determine what percentage of the new cases have been caused by the new variant.Currently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said.The WHO's technical working...
    Health officials across the state are making a fresh call for New Yorkers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as some hospitals risk going “past capacity” amid staffing shortage and the recent spike in newly reported infections. In upstate New York, several hospital systems are sounding alarm bells warning that many medical providers are beginning to become underwhelmed due to the number of COVID-19 patients coming through their doors and a lack of staff to treat them. Since the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers took effect over the fall, some hospitals have lost staffers en masse, which has caused for some to become overwhelmed as the state contends with a winter surge of newly reported infections that could rival that of 2020. “Let me be blunt," Howard Fritz, chief medical officer at Glens Falls Hospital in upstate New York wrote in a statement with other hospital administrators in Warren County. "If you are not vaccinated, get the vaccine immediately. If you are eligible for the booster, get it. Your life, your loved one’s lives, and those of your friends...
    In advance of Thanksgiving weekend, Connecticut saw its daily COVID-19 positivity rate spike up near 5 percent as friends and families get ready to celebrate at mass gatherings. In the latest update from the State Department of Health, Connecticut administered 16,255 COVID-19 tests, which resulted in 754 laboratory-confirmed cases for a 4.64 percent positivity rate of those tested. The state has been averaging more than 700 new daily COVID-19 cases over the past week-and-a-half, representing an increase of more than 100 percent over the previous two weeks. Related story - COVID-19: Cases Rising Faster In CT Than Any Other State; Latest Breakdown By County, Community According to the Department of Health, the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in Connecticut hospitals also continues to be on the rise, with 14 more being admitted to bring the total to 282 statewide, the most in more than a month. A breakdown of which populations have received the most vaccines, by age group in Connecticut: 65+: >95 percent 55-64: 93 percent; 45-54: 84 percent; 35-44: 85 percent; 25-34: 78 percent; 18-24: 72...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 905 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths, according to state health department data released Wednesday morning. The percentage of people testing positive increased by 0.15% to 3.9%. READ MORE: Underground Fire At Parkville Shopping Center 'Under Control,' Firefighters SayHospitalizations increased by 18 to 603. Of those hospitalized, 429 adults are in acute care and 168 adults are in intensive care. Four children are in acute care and two is in intensive care. Doctors say the new cases are fueled by dangerous strains targeting the unvaccinated. In an August press conference, Gov. Larry Hogan said the Delta variant, a strain that is reportedly two to four times more contagious than the original virus strain, accounts for nearly every new confirmed case in Maryland. “The vaccines are without a doubt our single most effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the surging Delta variant, and Maryland’s vaccination rate continues to outpace the nation,” Hogan said. Since the pandemic began, there have been 580,496 total confirmed cases and 10,915 deaths. There are 4,067,121 Marylanders fully...
    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. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news Ahead of Thanksgiving weekend, state health leaders on Tuesday said Minnesota’s hospitals are dangerously full and urged people to get vaccinated, get booster shots and reduce behavior that puts them at high risk for catching COVID-19. Jennifer DeCubellis, the CEO of Hennepin Healthcare, told reporters that the “demand for emergency and life saving care has exceeded our capacity.”  “We need all Minnesotans right now to stand up, to stand together and to protect our limited and vital emergency resources the best we can so that no one in Minnesota is faced with a life-threatening need without optimal care and recovery supports immediately available,” DeCubellis said. Hennepin Healthcare, which runs HCMC in downtown Minneapolis, is the largest top-level trauma center for adults and kids in Minnesota and has unique expertise in emergency...
    CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) — Governor Chris Sununu has announced a “booster blitz” initiative in New Hampshire. On December 11, there will be 20 sites set up statewide to give fully vaccinated people a booster shot. Boosters given on that day will be fully effective in time for Christmas. New Hampshire is averaging nearly 1,000 new infections a day and the seven-day positivity rate is now 9.5%. That’s the most cases the state has seen at any point in the pandemic. On Tuesday, Sununu signed an executive order to give hospitals more flexibility to add beds to treat more patients.
    BOSTON (CBS) – With holiday travel approaching for many families, state data shows more school-aged children coming down with COVID-19, outpacing every other age group in Massachusetts. A local epidemiologist says that’s not entirely surprising. “The highest rate per capita is among school-aged kids, kids ages 5-9,” said Dr. Jon Levy, a Boston University professor who’s been studying the state COVID-19 data. READ MORE: Framingham Man Crashes Into Westboro Police Cruiser, Charged With OUIThe latest numbers from the state Department of Public Health shows that within the last two weeks, children ages 5-9 saw the highest positivity case rate in Massachusetts, followed by 10-14 year-olds. “There’s a lot of exposure and a lot of potential risk happening,” said Dr. Levy. “Kids who might be missing school, and, of course, kids live with adults and might be them passing on COVID to their families.” READ MORE: 4-Year-Old Mistakenly Given COVID Vaccine At Fitchburg CVS Instead Of Flu ShotAs it gets colder and people spend more time indoors, Tufts Medical Center Epidemiologist Dr. Shira Doron says it’s to be expected that more...
    (CBS Detroit) — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be issuing a face mask advisory ahead of the holidays due to the rise in COVID-19 and flu cases. According to a press release, the department will issue a Public Health Advisory recommending everyone age 2 and older wear a face mask at indoor gatherings regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, establishments should implement a policy ensuring everyone entering or seeking services, including employees, wear a face mask. READ MORE: Organizations Hosting Turkey Giveaways In Metro Detroit This WeekendThe mask advisory will remain in effect until further notice. “The increases in case counts, percent positivity and hospitalizations have us very concerned,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “We are issuing the face mask advisory and are looking to Michiganders to do their part to help protect their friends, their families and their communities by wearing a mask in indoor settings and getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and flu as soon as possible if they have not already done so.” The department, which is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control...
    A resident sorts her free groceries as others wait in line at the food pantry of the Fourth Presbyterian Church amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 27, 2021.Brian Snyder | Reuters Doctors are urging caution to prevent Covid-19 outbreaks as cases rise nationwide following a nearly three-week plateau and Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family next week. The U.S. reported a seven-day average of nearly 95,000 new Covid infections Thursday, up 31% over the past two weeks, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Cases across the country declined for weeks this fall before hovering between 70,000 and 75,000 per day beginning in late October, down more than 50% from the peak of the delta surge that ravaged the U.S. this summer.VIDEO4:2504:25FDA panel advisor: Booster decision weighed risk between efficacy and safetyClosing BellBut with the holiday season approaching and cold weather driving more people to meet indoors, public health officials are hoping to mitigate against another record-setting Covid wave this winter. Last Christmas preceded the country's worst-ever...
    As COVID-19 infection rates rise locally, an indoor mask mandate appears poised to return in Montgomery County, Maryland. As of Monday morning, Montgomery County has reported six days straight of substantial transmission. If cases don’t drop dramatically, the mandate could be back within days. More Montgomery County News County health officials define substantial transmission as a rate of 50 cases per 100,000 people during the last seven consecutive day. The Montgomery County Council revised its definition after the lifting of its indoor mask mandate in late October led to widespread confusion when the mandate was reimposed after two days. Health officials say they will now give residents four days’ notice if they choose to reinstate the indoor mask mandate. If 85% of the county is fully vaccinated, the mask mandate will drop indefinitely. According to data from the Maryland Department of Health, just under 66% of Montgomery residents had received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Saturday. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Latest...
    MINNEAPOLIS ( WCCO) —  More people will be spending time inside as we enter the winter months, but with the COVID-19 positivity rate at 9.5%, the highest it’s been this year, some people may be hesitant to socialize indoors again. Several businesses are bringing back the creativity from last winter and offering outdoor options. READ MORE: Winter Weather Advisory Issued For Parts Of Minnesota, 2-4 Inches Of Snow PossibleOne of them is Utepils Brewing in Minneapolis. They first created an outdoor beer garden last winter during the pandemic that included a fire pit. On Saturday, they opened their winter beer garden again, but this time with two tents and several fires inside each them. “This is the first year they’ve added these tents, so I think wind won’t be as much of an issue as it was before,” said Mary Ross, who enjoyed a beer outside by the roaring fire at Utepils with her husband, Ben. “The fire out here is just a great one,” said Ben Ross. The outdoor beer garden is something that owner Dan Justesen wanted to...
    The contagious delta variant is driving up COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Mountain West and fueling disruptive outbreaks in the North, a worrisome sign of what could be ahead this winter in the U.S.While trends are improving in Florida, Texas and other Southern states that bore the worst of the summer surge, it's clear that delta isn't done with the United States. COVID-19 is moving north and west for the winter as people head indoors, close their windows and breathe stagnant air."We're going to see a lot of outbreaks in unvaccinated people that will result in serious illness, and it will be tragic," said Dr. Donald Milton of the University of Maryland School of Public Health.In recent days, a Vermont college suspended social gatherings after a spike in cases tied to Halloween parties. Boston officials shut down an elementary school to control an outbreak. Hospitals in New Mexico and Colorado are overwhelmed.In Michigan, the three-county metro Detroit area is again becoming a hot spot for transmissions, with one hospital system reporting nearly 400 COVID-19 patients. Mask-wearing in Michigan has declined to...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- For the first time in 10 weeks, overall COVID-19 cases nationwide are on the rise and fueled by 22 states.Health officials blame the unvaccinated, and the changing season, saying more Americans are heading indoors and near one another.Hospital admissions are climbing in 14 states.From New Mexico to Colorado, hospitals have been forced to activate emergency standards of care as some run low on ICU beds.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:COVID at-home test recalledThe FDA is elevating the seriousness of its recall for some at-home COVID-19 tests. Officials say 2.2 million Ellume tests are now being recalled because of the risk of false positives.The FDA is making it a class one recall, the most serious type. The agency has received dozens of reports of false positives, which could lead to a person wrongly receiving COVID-19 treatments.2nd Queens school closes to in-person education amid outbreakAnother Queens school is temporarily closed by coronavirus transmission in the building, the second this week. Village Academy in Far Rockaway will close today through Nov. 20. Students will return to the school...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As the weather gets colder and more people move inside, Innovative Express Care testing facility in Lincoln Park is seeing COVID-19 cases on the rise again."We have seen a pretty sharp increase over the past week of positive cases and new diagnosis, over the past few days we have seen a positivity rate of 8 percent," said Innovative Express Care Medical Director Jayme Silbey.That's a huge jump from just a few weeks ago at this testing center. As holidays approach, cases are trending upward statewide and citywide. According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, the current daily average is 414 cases, up 24 percent from the prior week.The positivity rate has increased to 2.2 percent and is higher in certain zip codes. Infectious disease experts said based on trends, the rise in cases was expected."Last year, our highest peak in the U.S. was around this time after summer towards winter," said Ramon Lorenzo-Redondo of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.While last fall is likely to remain the highest peak now that vaccines are available, medical...
    New York has seen a surge of new COVID-19 cases, despite an increase in vaccination rates, as the holiday season rapidly approaches. In the past week, New York reported a 12-percent increase in COVID-19 cases, largely due to a spike in cases upstate, where the positive infection rates have been on the rise. Two of New York’s 10 regions have seen their average seven-day positive COVID-19 infection rise above 6 percent, though downstate is largely containing the virus. Here are the latest seven-day average percentage of positive test results, according to the latest update from the New York State Department of Health: Finger Lakes: 6.48 percent; Western New York: 6.29 percent; North Country: 5.58 percent; Mohawk Valley: 5.11 percent; Central New York: 4.61 percent; Capital Region: 4.32 percent; Southern Tier: 3.42 percent; Long Island: 2.45 percent; Hudson Valley: 1.85 percent; New York City: 1.11 percent. Upstate, some counties have topped a 10 percent positive infection rate, while in the Hudson Valley, Westchester has seen the rate plunge, while Dutchess County saw a small rise over the...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  Somerset Elementary announced that the school will be moving back to long-distance learning next week due to a significant rise in COVID-19 cases. According to an email sent to families Thursday, all students will move to distance learning starting Monday. “All elementary students (Kindergarten through 4th grade) will move to a distance learning platform from Monday, Nov. 8 to Nov. 15,” read the message. All classroom teachers will use Seesaw for communication, the email said. Students are set to return to in-person classes on Nov. 16.   More On WCCO.com: Minnesota Weather: Developing System Could Bring 1st Widespread Snowfall Of The Season Home Alone: Tips For Coping With An Empty Nest Over 80% Of Iowa Deer Sampled In Study Found To Have COVID-19 2-Month Old Baby Dies After Alleged Assault; Father Charged
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota health officials’ Thursday update on the COVID-19 pandemic shows the latest positivity rate, hospital admissions and daily new case rate all on the rise. In the daily update from the Minnesota Department of Health, officials reported 32 more deaths and 3,718 additional virus cases. That brings the state’s total positive cases to 811,654, which includes nearly 8,500 reinfections, and the state’s death toll to 8,793. READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Global Shortages Are Affecting Consumers NationwideOf the 32 newly reported deaths, one person was in their late-30s (Dakota County) and three were in their late-40s (Olmsted and Ramsey counties). The state’s public health rise measures show a troubling trend. The latest positivity rate has increased to 8.2% as of Oct. 27. Daily new cases per 100,000 residents is also on an upward trend (44.2). READ MORE: State Patrol: SUV Passenger Killed In Crash Involving Semi-TruckWhile new COVID-19 hospital admissions have leveled out somewhat in the latest figures (13.2) it had been increasing as of late. In hospitals as of Wednesday,...
    THE UK is likely to be over the last Covid peak of 2021, a virus expert has said today. Professor Tim Spector thinks the country could be past the worst of the virus for this year at least - but urged eligible Brits to get their booster to drive down infections. 4We could be over the peak of the final Covid wave of 2021, data suggestsCredit: Alamy 4Cases have started to drop after rising to nearly 100,000 new infections a day According to data logged by Brits on the ZOE Covid Symptom Study App, infections are still high but dropping. From five days ago there were 88,592 new cases of Covid in the UK from PCR and LFT tests. This is a decrease of 4.7 per cent from the week before - which was nearing 100,000 new daily cases. Prof Spector said: "It’s great that we’re finally seeing cases start to come down, and hopefully we’re over the last great peak of Covid in 2021. "This is driven in large part by declining cases in children who have been...
    GENEVA (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases has risen in Europe for the fifth consecutive week, making it the only world region where COVID-19 is still increasing, the World Health Organization reported Wednesday. In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said new cases jumped by 6%, or 3 million, in Europe compared to an 18% increase the previous week. The weekly number of new infections in other regions either fell or remained about the same, according to the report. The sharpest drops were seen in the Middle East, where new cases decreased by 12%, and in Southeast Asia and Africa, where they fell by 9%. The number of deaths from COVID-19 worldwide rose by 8%, driven mainly by Southeast Asia, where deaths spiked by 50%. The coronavirus infection rate was by far the highest in Europe, which reported about 192 new cases per 100,000 people, followed by the Americas, which had about 72 new cases per 100,000. While the Czech Republic, Poland and other countries in Central and Eastern Europe have...
    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. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news Minnesota is gearing up to vaccinate more children after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by children 5 to 11 years old. A panel at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still has to weigh in on the shot before it is distributed. That CDC vote is planned for Tuesday. Gov. Tim Walz released a plan Wednesday to administer vaccines to children under the age of 12, which includes pediatric and family medicine clinics, primary care providers, pharmacies, school districts and extra capacity at the state’s vaccination site at the Mall of America. Article continues after advertisement On Saturday, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan said she tested positive for COVID-19 after her 8-year-old daughter did. Flanagan, who is fully vaccinated, said...
    ORANGE (CBSLA) – It was a take of two cities on the vaccination front Saturday. In Orange, residents held a rally to oppose all vaccination mandates. Demonstrators held flags and signs that claimed vaccines are dangerous. READ MORE: Two Wounded In Long Beach ShootingSome demonstrators described vaccinations as “experimental injections.” But in Wilmington, city leaders joined volunteers in promoting COVID-19 vaccines. They went door-to-door to encourage residents to get their COVID-19 shots. Volunteers also steered people to several vaccination clinics that were open in the Wilmington area. Earlier this month, California became the first state in the country to require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19, once vaccines are approved. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County Health Department announced Saturday that they are seeing a slight increase in coronavirus cases. READ MORE: Largest Band In USC School History Performs On SaturdayThe county reported more than 1400 new infections, with 14 additional deaths. Currently, there is 630 people hospitalized with COVID-19. According to the Los Angeles Times, nearly 69-percent of Californians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Just over...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– At one of Colorado’s largest hospitals, the threat of reaching capacity is real amid the increase in COVID-19 cases. (credit: UCHealth) READ MORE: Caravan Carpool App Connects Skiers, Boarders With Drivers Headed To The Mountains“Colorado is at the brink of breaking health care, theres no other way to put it,” Dr, Richard Zane said. Dr. Zane is the Chief of Emergency Services at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, among the hospitals in the state already using the monoclonal antibody treatment on those infected with COVID-19. He says they are relying on it now more than ever. “If we can prevent one hospitalization, it’s worth doing. Our hospitals are full, our ICUs are full, our emergency departments are full, the only tool in our toolbox to treat people once they have symptomatic COVID-19 and are a risk for hospitalization is monoclonal antibodies, it’s all we got,” he said. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise, Gov. Jared Polis says they will focus more of the state’s resources on making the treatment more available. (credit: CBS)...
    DENVER (CBS4)– As Autumn transitions into Winter, COVID-19 case numbers are dropping nationally, but rising in Colorado. Those rising cases are taking a toll on Colorado hospitals. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: 2 Vehicles Struck By Bullets After Argument Ends With Gunfire At Bus Stop“This is probably the biggest challenge our hospitals have faced in the modern era,” says Cara Welch is the Senior Director of Communications for The Colorado Hospital Association. You may have heard stories recently of ambulances diverting to different hospitals because there are no more beds, or of elective procedures being canceled because hospitals need the staff. Those are actions hospitals can take when they get too busy to release some of the pressure. Cara says it happens all the time even before the pandemic. Now hospitals are taking actions like these nearly every day. It’s not a sign of failure, but it is a sign that hospitals and their staff are stretched thin. (File photo. Kent Nishimura/Getty Images) Cara says beds are in short supply these days, but it’s not all COVID-19...
    World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a ceremony to launch a multiyear partnership with Qatar on making FIFA Football World Cup 2022 and mega sporting events healthy and safe at the WHO headquarters in Geneva on October 18, 2021.Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images Covid-19 cases and deaths are climbing across the world for the first time in two months as the virus surges across Europe, World Health Organization officials said at a briefing Thursday. After weeks of decline, infections in Europe have risen over the last three consecutive weeks, even as cases fall in every other region across the world, according to WHO. There were nearly 3 million new Covid cases reported worldwide for the week ended Sunday, an increase of 4% from the previous seven days, according to WHO's most recent epidemiological update. Globally, Covid cases had fallen 4% the week before, despite a 7% increase across Europe over that same period. Cases in Europe surged by 18% over the last week alone, WHO data shows. "The global number of reported cases and deaths...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Assistant criminal district attorney for Tarrant County, Zane Reid was appointed to work with the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force and will now only prosecute auto theft cases. He is the first prosecutor in Texas named to solely work with an auto crimes task force, according to a news release. READ MORE: Derick Tobar-Gonzalez Sentenced For Stalking, Kidnapping, Raping Ex-Girlfriend “We are dealing with a very, very evolving field of auto crimes now,” said Bryan Sudan, commander of the Tarrant Regional Auto Crimes Task Force. “Older cars, the ones you can mechanically steal, are aging out. We are seeing professional thieves using alternate methods to steal cars. We are now seeing very organized groups using sophisticated methods to steal vehicles,” he said. “We need more coordination with the prosecution of these cases.” In the past, auto theft cases were sent to the DA’s Office and assigned to various prosecutors. All will now go to Reid, who will be able to spot trends or see if there are multiple cases involving the same defendant that should be grouped together....
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff AMBRIDGE (KDKA) – Families of students in the Ambridge Area Middle School have been told students will move to remote learning for the rest of this week. READ MORE: Police: Suspect Caught On Camera Entering Unlocked Vehicle In Bethel ParkAccording to a letter provided to families, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has advised the district to move to remote learning due to the number of positive COVID-19 cases. READ MORE: Heinz History Center Offering Free Admission To Children 17 And Under This WeekOn Friday, the health department will advise the district if they can resume in-person learning. As the school closes this week, the district has also said that all extra-curricular activities. MORE NEWS: WVU Medicine Extends Deadline For All Employees To Be VaccinatedAll other buildings in the district will remain open this week.
    A Covid patient breathes oxygen through a mask at the sub-intensive care unit of the Casalpalocco hospital, south of Rome, on October 13, 2021.Alberto Pizzoli | AFP | Getty Images Covid cases in Europe have increased for the third consecutive week, World Health Organization officials said at a briefing Wednesday, urging caution as temperatures fall and work, travel and leisure activities return to normal. Europe is the only area out of the WHO's six regions of member states where cases are climbing, researchers wrote in an epidemiological update published Tuesday. There were more than 1.3 million Covid cases reported across the continent over the week ended Sunday, a 7% jump from the prior seven days. "That's three weeks of progressive increase," Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program, said during a Q&A streamed on the organization's social media channels. "So while the overall global curve looks like it's tracking down, Europe has gone up three weeks in a row." The situation in Europe is being partially driven by surges in Czechia, Hungary and Poland, where Ryan...
    LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization said there was a 7% rise in new coronavirus cases across Europe last week, the only region in the world where cases increased. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic released late Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said there were about 2.7 million new COVID-19 cases and more than 46,000 deaths last week, similar to the numbers reported the previous week. Britain, Russia and Turkey accounted for the most cases. The biggest drop in COVID-19 cases were seen in Africa and the Western Pacific, where infections fell by about 18% and 16%, respectively. The number of deaths in Africa also declined by about a quarter, despite the dire shortage of vaccines on the continent. Other regions including the Americas and the Middle East, reported similar numbers to the previous week, WHO said. But for the third consecutive week, coronavirus cases have jumped in Europe, with about 1.3 million new cases. More than half of countries in the region reported a rise in their COVID-19 numbers, WHO said. In the past week,...
    Check out our must-buy plant-based cookbooks! Learn more A recent study has revealed the rising numbers of women getting stage 4 breast cancer at a younger age. This alarming news shows that between 2000 and 2015, there has been a 4% increase in stage 4 breast cancer cases in women under the age of 40. In addition to common causes, like genetic factors, late periods, late menopause, having no children, and excessive alcohol and tobacco exposure were also linked to these cases With cases of stage 4 cancer on the rise, medical professionals are urging women to be more cautious than ever by having yearly checkups and looking for any possible triggers for these kinds of cancer. The side effects of chemotherapy can be extremely harmful, causing women to defeat cancer, but then pass away later from medical issues caused by the radiation. However, some good news is that other methods of treating breast cancer are being used more frequently. Though this news will be worrying to younger women, it is also helpful to know what...
    A NEW subvariant of the Delta strain is on the rise in the UK - that could be up to ten per cent more infectious. It comes as the UK saw the highest number of new daily cases in three months yesterday - with 49,156 infections recorded. 2The subvariant could be up to ten per cent more infectious as it rises in the UKCredit: LNP The spike in cases of AY.4.2 has been picked up in Britain, with a slice of the country's growing infections due to the subvariant. The former US Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb called for an urgent investigation into the rise. He called it "Delta plus", which was a name given to an earlier separate strain, but tweeted: "UK reported its biggest one-day Covid case increase in three months just as the new delta variant AY.4 with the S:Y145H mutation in the spike reaches 8% of UK sequenced cases. "We need urgent research to figure out if this delta plus is more transmissible, has partial immune evasion?" Experts have said "wait and...
    A RARE sexually transmitted disease (STI) that can cause your skin to decay is on the rise in England, one expert has warned. Donovanosis is thought to be more common in places like India, and South Africa but cases are starting to creep up in England. 1The rare STI can destroy your skin if it's not treated quickly and one expert said cases are on the up in EnglandCredit: Getty The bacterial infection can be transmitted by contact and if you catch it - it can cause your skin to to be destroyed unless it's swiftly treated. Before the coronavirus pandemic swept the UK, cases of the virus had been on the rise, data from Public Health England (PHE) shows. Total reported instances across the country swelled from 19 in 2016 to 30 in 2019. Even during the pandemic and related lockdowns, there were still 18 cases in England. The STI is also known as klebsiella granulomatis and creates lesions around the groin and genital regions which can turn into foul-smelling ulcers if infected. Across the country, searches for 'sexually...
    COVID cases in children are “high and rising” going into winter and more teenagers need to be vaccinated, scientists warn. The government’s REACT-1 mass-testing survey found that cases spiked in under-18s in September as they fell in adults – and the virus’s R rate could be as high as 1.6 in some areas. 1School pupils suffered rising infection rates in September as adults saw cases come down (File photo)Credit: PA The regular survey, which tested more than 100,000 people across England, found 0.83 per cent were positive between September 9 and 27. Cases were stable overall, it found, but this was because falling rates in adults balanced out a sharp rise in kids. Around 2.4 per cent of under-18s were infected with the virus compared to 0.46 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 0.29 per cent of over-75s. Imperial College London’s Professor Paul Elliott, who runs the study, said: “Our latest data show that infections are high and rising in school-aged children.  “Households with children also had a higher prevalence of infection, suggesting that children may be passing on...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, though the shot remained broadly protective, according to new statewide health data obtained by The Associated Press. The latest Department of Health data on so-called “breakthrough” infections shows that between Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, vaccinated people represented just over a quarter — 26% — of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions across the state. Death statistics for the last 30 days were not available because of lags in reporting and verification. READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Pleasant Afternoon Across Region As Clouds, Scattered Showers Possible Over WeekendWhen the Health Department released its initial set of data on breakthrough cases Sept. 14, just 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were among vaccinated residents. State health officials attributed COVID-19′s increased impact on vaccinated people to the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, along with waning immunity among some populations that have received the vaccine, among other factors. “The vaccines were designed to...
    (AP) – The proportion of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations among vaccinated Pennsylvania residents rose sharply last month, though the shot remained broadly protective, according to new statewide health data obtained by The Associated Press. The latest Department of Health data on so-called “breakthrough” infections shows that between Sept. 5 and Oct. 4, vaccinated people represented just over a quarter — 26% — of more than 135,000 new infections and nearly 5,000 hospital admissions across the state. Death statistics for the last 30 days were not available because of lags in reporting and verification. READ MORE: Florida Father, Son Arrested In Local 'Distraction-Style' BurglariesWhen the Health Department released its initial set of data on breakthrough cases Sept. 14, just 6% of cases and 5% of hospitalizations since January were among vaccinated residents. State health officials attributed COVID-19′s increased impact on vaccinated people to the rise of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, along with waning immunity among some populations that have received the vaccine, among other factors. “The vaccines were designed to prevent severe illness and hospitalization, but no...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials on Friday reported 3,661 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 deaths, as the state’s average positivity rate rises to 7.6%. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the state has recorded 735,646 cases of COVID-19 and 8,295 deaths. According to the daily update, four of the deaths reported on Friday took place in September of 2021. Case growth and hospitalization figures have been on the rise; as of last week, Minnesota is seeing 50.1 new cases per 100,000 residents, a figure not seen since fall of 2020. Hospitalizations are reaching 13.6 admissions per 100,000 residents, well into the “high risk” category. Health officials are raising alarms about the rise in hospital and ICU capacity, saying workers are exhausted and leaving the profession at record levels. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 871 people in Minnesota hospitals, of which 236 were in the ICU. There were 13 pediatric beds available throughout the state, and in the Twin Cities, 1.6% of staffed ICU beds are available. No beds were available in northwestern Minnesota. At both of North Memorial Health’s...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minnesota health officials reported 3,714 new COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths Friday, following a report that over 230 grade schools have had five or more virus cases since the start of the school year. The additional figures bring the state’s total case count to 714,790, while 8,170 people have died since March of 2020. Roughly 52,000 tests were processed in the past 24 hours. With the spike in exposures in schools, COVID-19 testing has surged in recent weeks. Health officials are encouraging families to get tested at mass testing sites or at local retail pharmacies, instead of taking children to the emergency room, which are already strained due to the influx of infected patients. RELATED: Swamped Children’s Hospitals To Parents: Get Kids COVID Tested At Pharmacies, MDH Sites As of Thursday afternoon, there were 799 people in Minnesota hospitals with the virus, of which 209 were in intensive care. ICU figures are reaching heights not seen since the fall wave of the virus. In the metro area, 2.5% of staffed ICU beds are available; the northeast and southeast portions...
    Harvard Business School is moving all first-year and some second-year MBA students to online learning amid a “steady rise” in breakthrough cases of the Chinese coronavirus, despite a high vaccination rate and frequent testing on campus, according to a report by Bloomberg. In response to a rise in breakthrough cases, Harvard will keep the students in remote learning until at least October 3, and will increase the frequency of coronavirus testing to three times per week, the report adds. © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File Maddie Meyer In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, a certified medical assistant prepares doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they’re confident both seniors and other vulnerable Americans seeking booster shots and parents anticipating approval of initial shots for young children will have easy access. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) In a Monday email, Harvard has also asked its students to halt unmasked activities while indoors. The school is also asking that students...
    Melbourne, Australia (Reuters)Australia's Victoria state reported 779 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths on Sunday, a decrease from the previous day's record high as the country's Prime Minister presses state leaders to be ready to reopen once they meet vaccination targets.The daily increase was still the state's second-highest, after the 847 cases logged on Saturday, as officials battle to contain a Delta variant outbreak that has taken root since midyear.Australia's two most populous states, Victoria and New South Wales, have been struggling to contain the highly infectious variant while they ramp up vaccinations to 80% of the population, a threshold that will allow officials to ease strict lockdown measures.Three-quarters of Australians have had a first dose of vaccine, while just half have had both doses. Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in AustraliaPrime Minister Scott Morrison said in an interview aired on Sunday that he expects states to open up borders and ease restrictions once the 80% vaccination threshold has been met.Read More"We each have a personal responsibility for looking after our own health. And so it's important that...
    COVID cases have risen in 61 local authorities and this interactive map reveals if your area is on the list. Cases have fallen in 315 areas across the country and a cluster of infections has become visible in Wales. PA 3 Cases have risen in 61 areas across the UK – with infections falling in 317 areas 3 The map above shows Wales – with the darkest areas being where infection rates are highest – the darkest spot is Neath Port Talbot Of the 61 areas across the UK where cases have risen, Wales accounts for 16, government data up to September 17 states. The rest come from England and Scotland, with no local authorities witnessing an increase in Northern Ireland. Neath Port Talbot, Wales, has the highest rate in the UK, with 1,235 new cases in the seven days to September 17 – the equivalent of 855.3 per 100,000 people. This is up from 699.5 in the seven days to September 10. West Dunbartonshire has the second highest rate, down from 1,172.7 to 806.0, with 712...