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    As Ethiopia heads towards a potential collapse, the Biden administration worries the situation will turn into another Afghanistan, Axios reported. The government of Ethiopia has called on its citizens to arm themselves as rebels make their way towards the capital, Addis Ababa, Axios reported. The rebels are reportedly from the Tigray region, where concerns have risen about ethnic cleansing and the use of starvation by the government as a tactic of war. State Department officials have issued multiple advisories and held numerous briefings in an attempt to avoid a fallout similar to the evacuation from Afghanistan, Axios reported. Non-emergency staff was ordered to leave the country in early November, a move which the administration hopes will prevent the need for an airlift like the one required in Kabul. “There are no plans to fly the U.S. military into Ethiopia to facilitate evacuations or replicate the contingency effort we recently undertook in Afghanistan, which was a unique situation for many reasons,” a senior State Department official told reporters in a briefing Monday. A member of the Ethiopian Federal Forces holds a...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – State Senate Republican Leader, Scott Wilk, is demanding answers from the Department of Public Health following an ongoing CBS13 investigation into shocking public health failures at the state’s $1.7 billion COVID testing lab. Following CBS13’s initial whistleblower investigation, the state said it would make it’s investigation public by mid-March. Now, seven months later, the state says “the investigation is ongoing” as problems continue at the lab and the  $1.7 billion no-bid lab contract is set to renew at the end of the month.  The contract with PerkinElmer requires the lab to return COVID results in 24-48 hours and process up to 100,000 tests per day. But now at its peak, the lab is processing about a quarter of that and is ranked among the slowest COVID labs in the state. According to CDPH, more than 1300 schools and districts are now contracted with the lab, which has a history of school quarantines linked to false positive and delayed results. State Secrets After CBS13 exposed tens of thousands of inconclusive COVID tests coming out of the state’s new...
    by Lulu Ramadan, The Palm Beach Post ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Series: Black Snow Big Sugar's Burning Problem It was the eve of the 2015 harvest season in Florida's heartland. As they did every year, sugar companies prepared to torch swaths of cane, a practice that sends plumes of smoke into the skies near rural Lake Okeechobee. This time, though, they faced mounting public criticism from residents and environmentalists, who claimed the smoke was making people sick. So on Sept. 30, industry leaders held a conference call with a special guest who tried to quell the objections: Pat Dobbins, the former head of a health department responsible for two Florida counties in the country's largest cane-sugar-producing region. She said decades of air-quality monitoring and mountains of public-health records suggest there is no link between cane burning and poor health outcomes in the community, according to media reports. But privately, the...
    The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of misreporting the state's COVID-19 numbers. On Monday, the CDC reported that 28,317 new Covid cases were recorded in The Sunshine State on Sunday, a record-high that was reported by multiple media outlets. However, the DOH official Twitter account fired back and said the CDC had overcounted the true 15,000 total.  'This is not accurate,' the DOH tweeted on Monday evening. 'Florida follows CDC guidelines reporting cases Monday through Friday, other than holidays.  'Consequently, each Monday or Tuesday, there will be two or three days of data reported at a time. When data is published, it is attributed evenly to the previous days.' The Florida Department of Health claimed on Twitter that the CDC misreported COVID-19 data from over the weekend According to the Florida DOH, a total of 56,386 cases over three days over the weekend - 21,500 on Friday, 19,567 on Saturday and 15,319 on Sunday.  The CDC reported the data over two days instead of three, causing a high of...
    On Tuesday, Dr. Michelle Fiscus warned that she had been fired after properly answering a question about whether teenagers are eligible for vaccinations without their parents’ consent (that answer is “yes”). The way in which Tennessee Republicans bullied Dr. Fiscus from her position for the act of telling kids the truth is emblematic of the way in which public health officials across the nation are being harassed by the lie-spreading anti-vaxx machine that is now the Republican Party and right-wing media. But as it turns out, getting rid of the head of vaccinations for the state health department was only the tip of what could be the nation’s sickest iceberg. Because in the wake of Dr. Fiscus’ removal, Tennessee health officials have dropped all vaccine outreach, and ending vaccination events that were planned at public schools. That’s all vaccines. That doesn’t just mean that kids are getting an opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s measles. That’s diphtheria and tetanus. That’s polio. According to the Tennessean, the state department of health is halting all vaccine outreach to children specifically because of...
    By Camille Furst and Alaa Elassar | CNN California has confirmed the first death from the West Nile virus in the state for 2021. The death occurred in San Luis Obispo County, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health. It gave no further identifying information about the death. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” Dr. Tomás Aragón, the state public health officer and health department director, said in the news release. West Nile virus is usually spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus has been identified in 177 mosquitoes from 13 counties throughout the state, according to the health department. “Hot temperatures this month are contributing to increasing numbers or mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans,” the release said, adding that the “activity is within expected levels” this summer. Symptoms of West Nile infection include fatigue, fever, headache, body aches, rash and swollen lymph nodes. However, 80% of infected people do not...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration started tracking COVID-19 related nursing home resident deaths as early as last April, but the complete data was left out of a health department report three months later, it was revealed Wednesday. The state Health Department sent a memo to nursing homes and adult care facilities on April 18, 2020, directing them to report the number of residents who died from COVID-19 whether they died in the facility or not, the New York Post reports. But 11 weeks later, the Health Department released a report on July 6 that excluded residents who did not die in a nursing home - appearing to under report the nursing home death toll by more than 8,000. A March 25, 2020 order from the Cuomo administration that nursing homes accept COVID-positive residents returning from hospitals has been blamed for a spike in nursing home deaths. But the July report found that the March 25 directive did not have a 'causal link' to the number of reported nursing home deaths. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 's administration started...
    (CNN)With Covid-19 vaccination production and distribution ramping up in the United States, more states are expanding who is eligible to be inoculated.On Tuesday, Mississippi is following Alaska's lead and becoming the second state to open vaccination appointments to all residents 16 years and older, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday."Starting tomorrow, ALL new appointments will be open to ALL Mississippians. Get your shot friends - and let's get back to normal!" he tweeted Monday. Officials are racing to get Americans vaccinated and manage the pandemic before variants can dominate the cases spreading around the country.President Joe Biden has called for all American adults to be eligible for vaccines by May 1, but some are planning to expand who can be inoculated earlier. Read MoreHere is where each state stands:AlabamaBeginning March 22, all residents 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, critical workers and people with high-risk medical conditions will be added to eligible for vaccinations, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.AlaskaOn March 9, Alaska became the first state to eliminate all other eligibility requirements. Everyone living and...
    (CNN)New York state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker again on Thursday defended the state's handling of nursing homes and their residents during the pandemic.The administration's decision to delay the release of data on Covid-19 deaths in long-term care facilities -- the subject of a federal investigation -- has become a political crisis for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. State lawmakers accuse Cuomo of a cover-up and said they are considering repealing the governor's emergency powers. Zucker, appearing virtually before a joint legislative budget hearing on health care, read a statement before taking questions. He pointed to a July 2020 Department of Health report that said health care workers were "likely" the cause of Covid-19 spread into long-term care facilities. "The virus, despite our collective best efforts to prevent it, was inadvertently brought into the nursing homes by dedicated staff at a time when we did not know enough about the science. It was tragic. It was troubling. But it's true," Zucker said. Read MoreHe also said the department has cooperated with lawmakers in making data of fatalities in long-term care facilities publicly...
    People wearing protective masks wait in line to receive a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a large scale vaccination site in Sacramento, California, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Scientists and health officials told Congress Friday the federal government needs to ramp up its supply of Covid-19 vaccine doses as they work to streamline the process for getting the shots. Those two changes are key if federal officials want to increase the number of people who will get the shots, scientists and public health officials testified before the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. "Even people who are motivated and excited about the vaccine can be deterred by the smallest amount of friction in the system, whether that's complex logistics, inconvenience or confusing instructions," said Dr. Alison Buttenheim, scientific director for the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics. The hearing comes as elected officials and health experts work to fight hesitancy and disinformation surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine. "Fix the easy stuff," Buttenheim said. "Frankly, fixing those hassle factors is often...
    MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is anticipating getting 90,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week, double what the state was receiving just two weeks ago, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday. As of Friday, 9.4% of the state’s population had been vaccinated, with 273,428 people receiving at least the first of two required doses, state health data showed. “We are continuing to urge the federal government to increase the number of vaccines we receive and they are actually doing so,” Kelly said in her biweekly call with elected officials. The number of cases has dropped dramatically in recent weeks. The state’s health department added 1,208 new confirmed cases from Wednesday to Friday, pushing the state’s pandemic total to 286,102. The number of deaths rose by 61 to 4,364. The number of hospitalized patients also is dropping and staffing problems are improving as the rollout continues. Lee Norman, the head of the state's health department, said that one hospital had seen the number of staff members who were out because of COVID-19 illnesses or quarantines drop into the single digits from an...
    (CNN)As Covid-19 vaccines roll out across the US, some states are already offering shots to people other than health care workers and nursing home residents.West Virginia recently announced it would start vaccinating some of its elderly population, joining states such as Tennessee, Nevada and Florida in expanding vaccine distribution.Federal recommendations advise that the first round of vaccines be allocated to health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities, followed by adults aged 75 and older and "frontline essential workers." But, in reality, states are free to make their own decisions on who gets vaccinated when.Leaders in some states have argued that focusing on vaccinating elderly people rather than younger essential workers could help reduce the burdens on their health care systems.Still, though some governors have expanded who can receive the vaccine at this time, when exactly those people get a shot depends on supplies and how localities administer them.Read MoreHere's how the effort to vaccinate the most vulnerable residents is going in some places.West VirginiaResidents aged 80 and older became eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine beginning on Wednesday,...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Governor Jared Polis just confirmed another first for Colorado: The first case in the country of the virus variant known as B117, with a second, possible case. At a press conference on December 30, Polis credited this discovery to "world-class work" by the state lab, headed by Dr. Emily Travanty, who was on hand to discuss the genetic variation key to identifying the variant. "This is unlikely to be the first person with the variant in the United States," Polis said, noting that the first positive case is a Colorado National Guard member who had not been out of the country and was working in Elbert Colorado, in rural Colorado. "But I'm proud that we detected it here as quickly as we did."  Related Stories Our Ten Most Popular News Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Denver Political Stories of 2020 The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020 ...
    (CNN)Wisconsin residents are being urged by health officials to pass on eating a traditional holiday dish this year to avoid getting sick.A "cannibal sandwich," considered a holiday favorite in the state, consists of raw ground beef on bread with sliced onions, salt and pepper. But, "eating raw meat is NEVER recommended because of the bacteria it can contain," the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) said in a tweet on Saturday.DHS, which said it issues this reminder annually, elaborated on its warning in another social media post."Time for our annual reminder that there's one #holiday tradition you need to pass on: raw meat sandwiches, sometimes called Tiger Meat or Cannibal Sandwiches," the state health department wrote on Facebook. Read More"Many Wisconsin families consider them to be a holiday tradition, but eating them poses a threat for Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Campylobacter and Listeria bacteria that can make you sick. (And, no, it doesn't matter where you buy your beef!)."Ground beef should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit, health officials added.There are "hundreds of people in...
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves held a Christmas party with maskless revelers this week, just days after his state health department told residents to avoid all social gatherings until further notice.  The Republican governor welcomed guests to the grounds of the Governor's Mansion Wednesday night. Partygoers weren't wearing masks and there appeared to be little social distancing, despite Reeves encouraging Mississippians to wear face coverings and 'be extra cautious and mindful' two days earlier.  Reeves had been forced to defend his decision to plow ahead with his holiday plans this week after elected officials revealed they had received invites for several gatherings at his residence.  This comes as COVID-19 cases are soaring in the state, with officials reporting a record number of new daily cases Wednesday.   Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves held a Christmas party with maskless revelers this week, just days after his state health department told residents to avoid all social gatherings until further notice. Pictured the party above  The Republican governor mingled with guests in the grounds of the Governor's Mansion Wednesday night Partygoers weren't wearing...
    Florida police wielding firearms conducted a raid at the home of Rebekah Jones, the health department data scientist who built its Covid-19 dashboard before being fired for insubordination.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the early morning search after Jones shared a 30-second of the encounter on Twitter.  She has been under investigation since early November when someone illegally accessed the state´s emergency alert health system.  'At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech. They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH filed a complaint,' she wrote. 'They pointed a gun in my face. They pointed guns at my kids.'  Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a search warrant at the home of Rebekah Jones (pictured) on Monday in Tallahassee
    Paul Henessy/ Getty Images Rebekah Jones, a former Florida health department employee who was fired in May, posted a video of Florida state police with a search warrant entering her home with guns drawn. Jones said she was fired for refusing to fudge COVID-19 numbers and she has been running her own dashboard since June called the Florida Community Coronavirus Dashboard. On Monday evening, Jones posted footage of the incident on Twitter, saying "There will be no update today," and stating that guns were pointed at her, her husband, and her children. In the statement, Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said that the search warrant was issued for Jones' Tallahassee home, "after receiving a complaint from the Department of Health regarding unauthorized access to a Department of Health messaging system." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Florida data researcher Rebekah Jones shared a video on Twitter of what she said were Florida state police officers entering and searching her house with guns drawn. Jones, a former Florida health department employee, developed the state's coronavirus...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf and the director of testing and contact tracing unveiled a new COVID-19 testing strategy for the state Tuesday. The governor says the Pennsylvania Health Department has expanded its contract with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare to deploy five “regional testing strike teams” over the next 12 weeks. “The strike teams will provide testing services to residents of 61 out of 67 counties that don’t have their own county health department,” Gov. Wolf said. Starting Wednesday, he says free testing will begin in four counties with rapidly rising cases: Bedford, Mifflin, Tioga and Northampton counties. There will be a fifth location opening Friday in Butler County. “The department of health will continue to deploy testing based on the total number of confirmed cases per 100,000 people in a county as well as where outbreaks are currently happening,” said the Director of Testing and Contact Tracing, Michael Huff. “Increased testing will assist in determining the prevalence virus and assist the counties in moving forward.” These teams will then move to new...
    Photo via Adobe ImageFlorida has seen a spike in Medicaid enrollment since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the agency responsible for enrolling and disenrolling people in the health-care program is swamped. Mark Mahoney, a 16-year veteran at the Department of Children and Families and director of revenue management, told state economists last week that processing Medicaid applications during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as applications for other social service programs, has been an enormous undertaking. And it won’t get easier any time soon as the state begins to consider ways to review the financial documents of an untold number of Medicaid beneficiaries to ensure they remain eligible for coverage if and when a public-health emergency declaration expires. The department generally reviews Medicaid beneficiaries’ eligibility each year. But those reviews have been put on hold since March, when the federal public-health emergency took effect. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated it will issue guidance in the coming weeks about how state Medicaid officials should proceed with the annual reviews. “The application work that is going to have...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,875 new cases of Coronavirus and 32 additional deaths. According to the Health Department, this is the highest daily increase of cases since the pandemic began. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 214,871 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2, is 259,898 with 16,301 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 39,561 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Monday. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,855. There are 2,354,346 patients across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there are 26,500 resident cases of COVID-19 in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there are 5,725 diagnosed cases. That...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,510 new cases of Coronavirus and 28 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 208,027 since Friday’s report, according to the state’s data. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 24-30, is 257,367 with 14,938 positive cases, the Health Department said. There were 45,416 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Friday. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,812. There are 2,314,634 patients across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there are 26,149 resident cases of COVID-19 in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there are 5,653 diagnosed cases. That brings the entire total to 31,802 cases. Out of the total deaths across Pennsylvania, state officials say 5,807 have occurred in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,751 new cases of Coronavirus and 23 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 198,446 since Monday’s report, according to the state’s data. Today’s increase is the largest daily increase to date. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 20-26 is 245,029 with 12,380 positive cases, according to the Health Department. There were 34,946 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Monday. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,696. There are 2,254,523 patients across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there are 25,624 resident cases of COVID-19 in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there are 5,539 diagnosed cases. That brings the entire total to 31,163 cases. Out of the total...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,219 new cases of Coronavirus and 33 additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 190,579 since Wednesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 16-22, is 235,737 with 10,840 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 39,757 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,625 There are 2,200,868 patients across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers show there are 25,122 resident cases of COVID-19 in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees, there are 5,455 diagnosed cases. That brings the entire total to 30,577 cases. Out of the total deaths across Pennsylvania, state officials say 5,699 have occurred in residents...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 2,063 new cases of Coronavirus and 30 additional deaths. The number of cases today is one of the highest numbers since the beginning of the pandemic, but there was a faulty data file which prevented some lab results from being properly reported. Some of the cases should have been part of Oct. 21’s report. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 188,360 since Wednesday’s report, according to the state’s data. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 15-21, is 231,482 with 10,375 positive cases, the Health Department says. There were 37,114 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,592. There are 2,185,079 patients across the state who have tested negative for the virus to date. The state Health Department numbers...
    The focus of Governor Jared Polis's October 16 press conference was a plan for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine that will be submitted to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention later today. But this information was accompanied by revelations regarding data about the novel coronavirus's current spread through the state, including a new record for daily cases and hospitalizations that continue to soar, with no end in sight. In revealing these figures, Polis encouraged people to cut back on gatherings. "If you have social plans this weekend with some friend to get together at their house or whatever it is, I suggest you avoid them for a few weeks," he said. The key Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment stats cited by Polis: 1,312 new positives today, as well as 352 hospitalizations. Those hospitalizations, he noted, are "the most since late May, and I am very concerned about this trend. We had three days over 1,000 cases, and our positivity rate continues to be just over 5 percent, which is the threshold from the World Health Organization about whether there...
    Colorado marijuana regulators have adopted new waste management rules intended to reduce the industry's growing carbon footprint. According to the state Department of Public Health and Environment, 3,650 tons (7.3 million pounds) of marijuana plant waste was produced by the state's pot industry in 2019, and that number would be increased to 7,300 tons by a requirement that unused plant matter and product be mixed with waste such as sawdust, mature compost, bleach, coffee grounds, sand, glass or shredded paper — as long as the marijuana-to-waste ratio is 50/50. Although the state Marijuana Enforcement Division didn't remove or alter the 50/50 requirement as had been discussed at previous meetings, the MED did open up several paths around it in the department's latest round of extensive rule updates, adding new exemptions for biomass recycling and composting methods. According to CDPHE marijuana environmental impact researcher and small business consultant Kaitlin Urso, the new waste removal rules take effect at the start of 2021.Related Stories Colorado Explores More Eco-Friendly Marijuana Regulations The Dankest Weed Could Also Be the Most Polluting Earth Day Highlights the...
    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Trader Joe's has set the bar for safety among grocery retailers in Colorado — but even the best practices can't guarantee that the novel coronavirus won't gain admittance. According to the latest report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the chain's Colorado Springs branch has suffered an outbreak. It's one in a wave of site-based infections that's set a new record for the third week in a row. The CDPHE considers an entity an outbreak after two or more COVID-19 cases among residents, staffers or other people connected to a specific location are confirmed within a fourteen-day period, or two or more cases of respiratory illness with an onset of symptoms within a fourteen-day period are paired with at least one additional COVID-19 diagnosis. The CDPHE's October 14 update lists 897 total outbreaks in the state so far: 274 active, 623 resolved. That's an increase of 64 over the October 7 total of 833, which was 63 outbreaks higher than September 30's 53. And the current number would be higher if not for...
    It's no longer a matter of debate: According to new data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, this state has been hit by a third wave of COVID-19. Key indicators of this status include a positivity rate just a whisper under the red line that government officials have cited as a reason for alarm and skyrocketing outpatient visits for people with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, as well as case and hospitalization counts that have climbed at a disturbing pace over the past month. Here are the grim statistics in major categories updated by the CDPHE at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 11, juxtaposed with figures from October 4 and September 13:Related Stories COVID-19: Polis on Why He's Extending Statewide Mask Order King Soopers' Response to Complaints About Poor Mask Use Inmate Claims COVID-19 Mess at Denver Jails 78,461 cases (up 5,385 from October 4 and 17,137 from September 13) 7,893 hospitalized (up 223 from October 4 and 666 from September 13) 64 counties (unchanged from October 4 and up one from September 13) 2,113 deaths among cases...
    This week is a real free-for-all, with virtual events bringing the world to you. Take a serious or silly look at the upcoming election, meet artists and learn the latest on COVID-19. Then on Saturday, get out of the house for World Archaeology Day. Here are the ten best free things to do this week. COVID-19 Webinar: Colorado Six Months in Monday, October 12, 8:30 a.m. What has Colorado learned about the coronavirus since March? How has the state's response evolved since that first wave of cases in the spring, and what insights have we gained about communication, testing, tradeoffs and the efficacy of public-health guidance? During this free public webinar presented by the Colorado School of Public Health, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the Institute for Science & Policy, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Kacey Wullf, senior advisor for COVID-19 response, resilience, and recovery in the Office of Governor Jared Polis, will discuss the latest caseload data and assess the state’s current level of infrastructure...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — For the third day in a row, Pennsylvania is reporting over 1,300 new cases of COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 1,380 new cases of Coronavirus and nine additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 169,308 since Thursday’s report, according to the state’s data. On Thursday, the state reported 1,376 new cases and 1,309 on Wednesday. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Oct. 2-8, is 211,544 with 7,805 positive cases, according to the Health Department. There were 34,228 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Thursday. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has risen to 8,308 . There are 1,999,765 patients across the state who have tested negative to date. The state Health Department numbers show there are 23,717 resident cases of COVID-19 in nursing and personal care homes across Pennsylvania. Among employees,...
    The Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division has issued a recall of products from AlpinStash, a wholesale recreational marijuana cultivation in Lafayette. According to the October 8 recall, issued in conjunction with the state Department of Public Health and Environment, marijuana grown by AlpinStash was found to have potentially unsafe levels of mold and arsenic, making it Colorado's first marijuana recall ever issued over heavy metals. Heavy metals such as arsenic, nickel, copper, mercury and cadmium can be found found in growing nutrients and fertilizers used to enhance the flavor, yield and potency of marijuana. According to the National Institutes of Health, long-term exposure to heavy metals can lead to liver or kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, heart abnormalities, a disrupted nervous system, anemia and more. Recalled products should have a cultivation facility license number on their packaging: 403R-00603. Here are the recalled AlpinStash strains and their harvest dates:Related Stories Husband and Wife Team Up in the Grow Room Denver Marijuana Health Inspections, Mold Report Delayed by COVID-19 Marijuana Grower Sundance Gardens Issues Microbial Recall Arsenic Cherry Pie (6-18-20)...
    The most recent COVID-19 outbreaks report from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment set an unfortunate record for new entries, including three Greek houses at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Add the outbreaks at Phi Delta Theta, Pi Kappa Phi and Sigma Pi to one at Kappa Sigma in early September and another pair (Chi Omega and Gamma Phi Beta) later in the month and that's a total of six fraternities or sororities at the school that have been hit by the disease — and that number doesn't include the two dormitories placed under quarantine amid a rise in Colorado case counts largely attributable to infections among college students. Unlike the University of Colorado Boulder, which made a temporary shift to remote learning after its COVID-19 numbers began spiking, CSU is still holding in-person classes. But judging from our visit to Fort Collins on Saturday, October 3, the university community is taking the potential spread of the virus very seriously.Related Stories Polis: White House COVID-19 Safety Protocols Weren't Good Enough Most Notable Coloradans to Test Positive for...
    Though Denver Public Schools will be shut down until October 16, the Denver Public Library is just starting a soft reopening, and many workers for the City and County of Denver are doing their gigs from home, Halloween is still happening. The holiday comes as coronavirus cases rise nationally and President Donald Trump, who is dealing with COVID-19, mugs as though he's doing fine and encourages residents of the United States not to be scared. But plenty of people are, especially as they contemplate kids and trick-or-treat activities. And so the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment has released a set of guidelines regarding what people can do to reduce their risk of transmitting or catching the virus as they celebrate Halloween. The guidelines are based on the county's current status on the state's COVID-19 Dial Dashboard, where Denver falls somewhere in the middle, under Safer at Home, Level 2 Concern, with enough cases to require restrictions but not enough to shut things down outright. The DDPHE recommends that kids trick-or-treat with people they live with, and stay six feet away from other...
    Andrew Wommack Ministries International defied the Colorado Attorney General's office when it staged an event for around 800 people during a late June-early July Bible conference. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment subsequently declared the gathering a COVID-19 outbreak, after two positive staff cases, six positive attendee cases and one probable attendee case. Now, Wommack and company are coming back for more. The organization sued Governor Jared Polis, among others, in federal court over safety protocols that could cramp its style during the AWMI Minister’s Conference, slated to start on October 5. On September 29, the court denied a ministry motion for a temporary restraining order to allow the event, prompting an appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court mere hours later. AWMI is represented by Liberty Counsel, which describes itself as "an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics." The legal organization claims that Colorado orders related to the novel coronavirus are unconstitutional. "The...
    Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here. Texas health officials announced Monday they are changing the way the state reports a key metric used to evaluate the extent of coronavirus infection, a move that conceded that the state’s previous method of calculating the “positivity rate” muddied the extent of viral transmission by mixing old data with new. The Texas Department of State Health Services said it will now “primarily rely” on a new calculation of the daily positivity rate — defined as the share of tests that yield positive results — which takes into account the date on which a coronavirus test was administered. Officials said the new metric will give a more accurate representation of viral transmission in Texas on a given day. It also means that each day’s positivity rate will be an oft-changing number, fluctuating as officials collect lab results over time. Labs and hospitals report their test results to the state with varying degrees of timeliness, and...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 521 new cases of Coronavirus on Monday, but no additional deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 134,025 since Sunday’s report, according to the state’s data. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The number of tests administered within the last seven days, between Aug. 24 and Aug. 30, is 159,917 with 4,456 positive cases, according to the Health Department. There were 22,467 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m. Sunday. These results represent the total number of tests administered. The statewide death toll stands at 7,673. At this time, 1,524,195 people have tested negative for the virus in Pennsylvania. #COVID19 Update (as of 8/31/20 at 12:00 am):• 521 additional positive cases of COVID-19• 134,025 total cases statewide • 7,673 deaths statewide• 1,524,195 patients tested negative to date More information: https://t.co/7pzosEXhEX — PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) August 31, 2020...
    (CBS Detroit ) – Michigan’s department of health and human services says 14 coronavirus outbreaks have been reported in schools, according to the Detroit News. Outbreaks have been reported in at least four state regions. Cases in grades K through 12 and in colleges are being documented. The health department says it’s working with schools to make sure parents are notified if their child is sick. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
              People wanting to visit their loved ones residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be able to starting August 29, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced Monday. This will be the first time visitors have been allowed into long-term care facilities since March 31. MDH’s latest guidance assigns levels to nursing homes and assisted living facilities according to the number of reported COVID-19 cases over a 28-day period. If any facility experiences active cases or exposure in the past 28 days, they are ranked “Level 1.” If not, they are “Level 2.” “Level 1” facilities must adhere to restrictions similar to those currently in existence: outdoor and window visitations only, social distancing between all residents, no trips off of facility property, personal protective gear (PPE) for staff, and medical screenings twice a day. The difference for facilities ranked “Level 2” is that residents are allowed visitations without social distancing and some trips off of facility property. Visitors must wear face coverings but do not have to wear PPE. Hugging is...
    COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A 74-year-old Richardson man with underlying health conditions who died August 3 at a local hospital is the latest person in Collin County to pass away after receiving a COVID-19 diagnosis. The Department of State Health Services reported 180 new cases in Collin County, including 76 in Plano. The total number of positive cases in Collin County is 7,833, including 2,015 in Plano. The county has 2,572 active cases, including 608 in Plano. There are 23 positive cases in the Denton County portion of Plano and 14 people have recovered. With the Denton County cases, the total number of positive cases in Plano is 2,038. Health & Safety What if I think I’m sick? People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. An updated symptom list can be found at the CDC’s symptoms webpage. Please call your provider before arriving to the provider’s office or emergency department to limit the potential spread of any infection. Can I get exposed/sick a second time?  The virus is so...
    The spread in the states Using criteria provided by the White House, analysts at Covidexitstrategy.org are tracking each state’s progress in reducing symptoms and case numbers and conducting testing. The group of public health and crisis experts includes members from the U.S. Digital Response and Duke University’s Margolis Center for Health Policy and has built the website to track each state’s progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19. Members of the team have experience working at the White House, Department of Health and Human Services and on the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the website says. The group says a downward trajectory of illness reported and of documented cases is critical. So far, not many states have a downward trend, but several are getting close.   According to Covidexitstrategy.com, the use of accurate, real-time data to inform decision-making is essential for infectious disease control. To fill in information gaps across states and provide useful and actionable COVID-19-related data, all states should update their COVID data portals to meet basic minimum standards, including reporting on essential indicators, the analysts says. The...
    Bryan Bedder/Getty Images The New York State Health Department is conducting an investigation into potential social distancing violations that took place at a Chainsmokers concert in the Hamptons over the weekend. New York has been in a state of emergency since March 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was once the epicenter of the virus — sometimes seeing more than 800 deaths per day. Despite vast improvements in the state, an executive order from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) still requires social distancing and bans all non-essential gatherings of more than 50 people until August 20. The Chainsmokers concert sold roughly 3,000 tickets, and although it was a drive-in event, most attendees were seen outside of their vehicles. In a statement obtained by Mediaite, Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner of the State Health Department, expressed his concerns to Southampton supervisor Jay Schneiderman: As commissioner of Health,  I have also issued a number of health regulations and emergency orders to safeguard the public health and reduce the spread of COVID-19. In that regard I am greatly disturbed by reports concerning the “drive-in” concert...
    The Trump administration is reportedly planning to establish a division dedicated to pandemic response at the State Department after facing criticism earlier this year for shuttering the National Security Council's (NSC) pandemic office in 2018. CNN reported that NSC officials hosted an interagency meeting Thursday to discuss plans for the new office. NSC officials did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation from The Hill. Today's meeting reportedly centered on hammering out details for the new office and working on a proposal that would require President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse panel approves 0.5B defense policy bill House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate House panel votes to constrain Afghan drawdown, ask for assessment on 'incentives' to attack US troops MORE's signature for the office's approval. Former homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco, who served under former President Obama, indicated that the Trump administration ran the risk of secluding the office from other government agencies by placing it within the State Department rather than the NSC. "This move now to set this unit, re-set this unit up, although...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Department of Health is urging you to “Answer the Call” if they try to reach you as part of their contact tracing in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The health department is launching a state-wide outreach campaign to get people to answer the phone when they see “MD COVID” or 240-466-4488 as the incoming call on their phone. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The campaign features people who have recovered from the virus. The state has more than 1,300 contact tracers reaching out to people who may have been exposed to the virus. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 621 new cases of Coronavirus on Saturday, in addition to 24 more deaths. The statewide total number of cases has risen to 84,991 since Friday’s report. The Health Department says all 67 counties in Pennsylvania have had cases of COVID-19. Current patients are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. The statewide death toll has reached 6,603. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There are 646,780 patients who have tested negative to date. To see the state’s county-by-county breakdown of cases and deaths, visit this link. Currently, all 67 counties are in the yellow or green phase of reopening. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury investigation into Pennsylvania’s large natural gas drilling industry released Thursday by state Attorney General Josh Shapiro has found systematic failures in state departments regulating that industry. The report comes after nearly two years of investigation into the state’s Marcellus Shale exploration industry. It notes that the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and State Department of Health failed to protect Pennsylvanians by not policing or investigating environmental complaints, failed to collect health data and failed to warn the public when they were at risk. The grand jury recommends giving Shapiro’s office the ability to criminally investigate the industry as well as other increased regulations. (© Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.More than 22 percent of the employees at a Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Iowa have tested positive for coronavirus, the Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday. Testing recently administered to workers at the facility, which is located in Storm Lake, resulted in 555 employees testing positive out of 2,517, the Des Moines Register reported, citing the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). SEE HIM: SUPERMARKET SHOPPER UPSET ABOUT PURCHASING LIMITS THROWS STEAK AT CASHIER Over the past few months, Tyson Foods facilities across the country have been forced to temporarily shutter following outbreaks of COVID-19, or staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. In late April, company chairman John H. Tyson even took out full-page ads in The New York Times, Washington Post and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette to outline the company’s response to the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. At the time, he also stated that further closures — not only of Tyson Foods facilities, but competitors’ facilities as well — would put more stress on the...
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