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    COVID-19 cases are beginning to rise in Texas one week after millions lost power during the deadly storm, as medics say warming shelters providing refuge for desperate residents may have acted as 'giant petri dishes' for the virus. Texas recorded 7,640 new infections Wednesday, marking a 320 percent surge from 2,387 cases just one week earlier on February 18.  The state's seven-day average also climbed from 5,478 to 6,504 cases in the last week, undoing the progress made the week earlier as the average fell from 11,078 back on February 12.  The resurgence of cases comes despite state data showing fewer Texans have been tested in the last week, as testing sites were forced to shutter and people prioritized trying to survive the storm that left at least 30 dead.   Texans were forced to huddle together in warming shelters set up around the state while business owners opened their doors...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on homelessness in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion stimulus bill into law on Tuesday afternoon. The bill includes $600 stimulus checks for specific economic groups. The state stimulus bill also includes more than $2 million in grants for small businesses. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lawmakers in California have approved a bill that will give 5.7 million people in the state $600 stimulus payments. The checks are part of a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Tuesday. Fewer people will receive the state-ordered checks than those who received federal stimulus checks last year, but the payments will target two specific economic groups, the governor detailed on his website. The first group is...
    February 18, 2021 5:05 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. Almost a million people in the United States continue this Thursday for the third consecutive day without electricity supply due to two winter storms that advance from the south to the northeast of the country and have caused dozens of deaths. According to the US media, there are between 30 and 40 deaths related to the storms, including people who perished from carbon monoxide poisoning from the use of combustion stoves indoors. The PowerOutage.us platform, which tracks power outages, indicated that on Thursday morning in Texas alone there were at least 515,137 users affected by blackouts. Another 193,456 were in similar condition in Mississippi, 121,339 in Louisiana, 106,165 in Oregon, 68,730 in Kentucky, 63,424 in West Virginia, 34,914 in Virginia, 12,532 in Ohio and 10,758 in North Carolina. Freezing rains and snowfall from Texas, in the south of...
    Fewer than 1 million people were still without power in Texas as of Thursday morning, the lowest number in four days, but many lacked potable water after winter storm damage to all utilities. Miami World – AP Meanwhile, heavy snow and ice were forecast in the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania as winter weather shifted northeast into the night. The death of more than 30 people is attributed to the climate, some of them inside their homes. In the Houston area, a family died in their car, drowned by carbon monoxide fumes. A grandmother and three children were killed when flames escaped from the fireplace. In Texas, about 560,000 homes and businesses were still without power Thursday, compared with 3 million the day before. But the manager of the state power grid, who is being criticized for the response to the winter storm, warned that blackouts could fluctuate during...
    A woman walks on an empty street on February 15, 2021 in East Austin, Texas Montinique Monroe/Getty Images More than 5 million Americans are without power on Tuesday. The majority of outages are throughout Texas, according to poweroutage.us. The outages come as cold temperatures and more winter weather loom across the US. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. More than 5 million people across the US are without power Tuesday morning, with most outages centered in the state of Texas, as the US deals with record-low conditions and record-setting winter weather. According to poweroutage.us, which tracks power outages nationwide, most of the issues are in Texas, Oregon, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. As of early Tuesday, more than 4,400,000 people across the state of Texas are without power, according to the data. Just over 220,000 people were without electricity early Tuesday in Oregon, while about 185,000 were without...
    By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans’ annual pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebration is muted this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor LaToya Cantrell has ordered bars closed during the Mardi Gras weekend that started Friday and runs through Tuesday. The lavish parades are canceled and there are limits on gatherings. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is the annual pre-Lenten bash celebrated along much of the Gulf Coast — with the biggest celebration in heavily Catholic New Orleans. Last year’s revelry is considered to have contributed to an early surge that made Louisiana a coronavirus hot spot. Some locals are making the best of it, decking their houses like parade floats. A giant carton of popcorn, huge lollipops and a Paul Bunyan-sized ice cream cone are among the decorations on one two-story house aptly titled “Snacking in Place.” Motorists can drive by an array of idled floats at...
    The governor of Florida (USA), Ron DeSantis, highlighted on Wednesday the strong impulse of the state in the vaccination of people over 65 years of age against Covid-19, which leaves 11,914 new cases and reaches above 1 , 6 million infections since the start of the pandemic. Miami World – DNA Cuba DeSantis, who since the beginning of the health emergency has put Florida’s seniors first, posted on his Twitter account the results of the SeniorFirst vaccination campaign, which his state leads. “In Florida, we are putting #SeniorsFirst and seeing results. Almost 65% of all our vaccinations to date have been for people over 65, more than in any other state in the nation, “he said. Florida was the first US state to vaccinate more than 500,000 people 65 and older, and is one of only three states to vaccinate more than a million people. According to health authorities,...
    (CNN)With Covid-19 hospitalizations surpassing 100,000 for 40 days in a row, officials are trying to ramp up the pace of vaccinations across the United States."We really need to get this vaccine out more quickly, because this is really our only tool," Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.On Sunday, 129,229 people were in US hospitals with coronavirus, but the day marked only the sixth highest in pandemic history, according to the Covid Tracking Project. Experts have long said the best defenses against surging cases are preventative measures like masks and social distancing, as well as widespread vaccination. So far, at least 22.1 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed and nearly 6.7 million have made their way into patients' arms. Health officials had hoped to get 20 million people vaccinated at the start of the new year,...
    TOKYO — Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three nearby areas as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration at the government task force for the coronavirus. It kicks in Friday until Feb. 7, and centers around asking restaurants and bars to close at 8 p.m. and people to stay home and not mingle in crowds. The declaration carries no penalties. But it works as a strong request while Japan juggles to keep the economy going. Shopping malls and schools will remain open. Movie theaters, museums and other events will be asked to reduce attendance. Places that defy the request will get publicized on a list, while those that comply will be eligible for aid, according to officials. Coronavirus cases have been surging in Japan after the year-end and...
    COVID-19 hospitalizations have surged in New York by almost 80 percent in the past four weeks, as the state battles a second wave of infections.  The shocking news was revealed Sunday, following confirmation that more than 1 million residents have now tested positive to the deadly coronavirus.   That number is likely to be far higher, given that widespread testing was not available when the state was rocked by the first wave of infections in the spring of last year.  New York state was the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic during that time, before infection rates began to fall at the start of summer.  However, the state is now entering a deadly new phase, with deaths, new cases and the overall positivity rate increasing along with the number of hospitalizations.   Gov. Cuomo confirmed that, as of Saturday, 7,963 New Yorkers are being treated for COVID-19 in the hospital.  That is...
    (CNN)As the US ushered in 2021, more than 125,300 Covid-19 patients remained hospitalized -- another record for the fourth day in a row. The high count is a grim reminder that even with 2020 behind us, the pandemic continues to ravage parts of the country. And some local leaders warn the worst is still ahead. "We are still going to have our toughest and darkest days," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told CNN.Los Angeles County, as well as state state of California, have battled brutal surges of infections, hospitalizations and deaths in the past weeks, which in part were driven by Thanksgiving gatherings, health officials said. The surging hospitalizations in the county are pushing hospitals to the "brink of catastrophe," said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Los Angeles County Health Services director.With Covid-19 hospitalizations rising, California doctor says sometimes beds only open up when patients dieIn Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp said a...
    (CNN)As 2020 nears its end, the US reported a record death toll for the second day in a row, with more than 3,740 Covid-19 fatalities Wednesday. And the outlook is grim for January. More than 80,000 Americans could die of Covid-19 over the next three weeks, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ensemble forecast projects -- offering a stark reminder the nation is still facing challenging times.The new prediction comes amid ongoing vaccine distributions -- a roll-out experts say has been slower than they'd hoped. Vaccines will only make any meaningful impact once they're widely available to the public, experts have said, which likely won't be until the summer time. White House coronavirus testing czar: We need to be doing a better job with Covid-19 vaccine rolloutIn the meantime, Covid-19 numbers keep rising. The US reported a record high of more than 125,200 Covid-19 hospitalizations nationwide, according...
    U.S. air travel hit a pandemic-high on Sunday following Christmas, with at least 1.28 million Americans flying, according to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) data.  It was the sixth day in a row that nearly or more than one million people crisscrossed the country on airplanes despite warnings from public health officials like Dr Anthony Fauci to avoid travel and gatherings during the holidays to slow that rampant spread of COVID-19.  'If you look at the slope, the incline of cases that we have experienced as we have gone into the late fall and soon-to-be-early winter, it is really quite troubling,' he said on CNN on Sunday.  More than 184,000 new infections are being recorded a day on average, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.  Another 1,209 COVID-19 deaths were reported on Sunday, and the total death toll had reached well over 333,000 by...
    California is poised to make a hard and controversial choice amid limited supplies of the coronavirus vaccine: whether to prioritize essential workers for vaccination over the elderly. Such a step, to be debated by a state advisory committee on Wednesday, would help return schools and many businesses to some semblance of normalcy. But it would delay protection for those at greatest risk of dying. The deliberation comes as the state must decide how to divvy up the second round of vaccines, following the current campaign to protect 2.4 million health care workers as the first priority. These next groups are much larger, which makes the prioritization much more difficult. Only 2 million new vaccine doses are slated to arrive in January, although supplies will climb with each passing month. California is home to 11.9 million essential workers, of which 5.9 million are considered highest priority, not including health care workers....
    A new online tool reveals how long it will be until different Americans are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorizing both Pfizer/BioNTech's and Moderna's vaccines, healthcare workers and long-term care residents have begun being immunized.  However, the majority of the population will not be able to receive the jab immediately. So where do you fall in line?   Developed by Adriane Labs and the Surgo Foundation, the Vaccine Tool Calculator asks users to enter which state and county they live in, what their age is, what job they have and if they have any pre-existing conditions. From there, the calculator tells you how many people in your city and state are ahead of you, and how many Americans are in your priority group. It comes as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory panel voted to make frontline essential workers and...
    By Deidre McPhillips and Nadia Kounang | CNN Despite a growing number of Covid-related travel restrictions nationwide and caution from the federal government, more than 4 million people in the US spent Thanksgiving away from home, including more than 1.6 million who traveled out of state for the holiday, according to data shared with CNN by The Center for New Data. Using geolocation data, the non-profit agency was able to anonymously track the movements of more than 30 million devices across the country. Comparing the location of a device on Thanksgiving to its established home base allowed the researchers to see how far individuals traveled and whether they crossed state or county lines in the process. Nearly 2.5 million people — more than half of those who spent the holiday away from home — traveled more than 60 miles to their holiday destination, and about 91,000 devices were detected flying,...
    Protesters across California took to the streets last night in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s latest nighttime curfew orders that went into effect Saturday night to clamp down on resurging coronavirus cases. In Huntington Beach, a crowd of about 400 – dubbing themselves “Curfew Breakers” – gathered in front of the city’s main pier to protest the curfew that took effect at 10 p.m. By about midnight, the crowd had largely fizzled out.  Further north in Fresno, dozens of people gathered at the River Park Shopping Center to protest Newsom’s orders. A protester told ABC 30 that the curfew will only hurt small businesses. “I just think it’s ridiculous – they’re going about this all the wrong way,” a woman said. Meanwhile, officials in Los Angeles County – the state’s largest with about 10 million people – announced Sunday that all dining at restaurants, bars, wineries, and...
    By Michelle R. Smith and Sean Murphy | Associated Press School systems in Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and suburban Minneapolis are giving up on in-person classes, and some governors are reimposing restrictions on bars and restaurants or getting more serious about masks, as the coast-to-coast resurgence of the coronavirus sends deaths, hospitalizations and new infections soaring. The crisis deepened at hospitals, with the situation so bad in North Dakota that the governor this week said nurses who test positive but have no symptoms can still work. Idaho clinics struggled to handle the deluge of phone calls from patients. And one of Utah’s biggest hospital systems is bringing in nearly 200 traveling nurses, some of them from New York City. The virus is blamed for more than 240,000 deaths and over 10.4 million confirmed infections in the U.S., with the country facing what health experts say will be a dark winter because...
    (CNN)In just one week, the fall surge in Covid-19 infections added nearly half a million cases to the national total.Since October 20, 489,769 new cases have been reported, bringing the US total to more than 8.7 million reported cases since the pandemic began. And the week has been marked by daunting coronavirus records and upticks.The fall resurgence has led some local and state officials to rein in their reopening plans, as hospitalization numbers increase and states report case records. Building on already high case counts, health experts have warned this rise could be worse than any the US has seen before. What you need to prepare for the possible Covid-19 surge this season "We've never really had waves in the sense of up and then down to a good baseline," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday in a Yahoo Finance Interview. "It's been up and wavering up and down, until now...
    Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence voted in Indianapolis on Friday, becoming the first of the four people on the two presidential ballots to vote. The Pences, wearing face masks, dropped their absentee ballots in a drop box at the the Indianapolis City-County Building. They gave a thumb's up sign after depositing their ballots. Almost a million people have voted early in Indiana, according to the secretary of state's office.  'It's a great honor and great to be back home again,' Vice President Pence said.  The couple voted shortly after the building opened at 8 am and there was a line of voters around the block, waiting to cast their own ballot.  Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence voted in Indianapolis on Friday, becoming the first of the four people on the two presidential ballots to vote President Donald Trump, seen above...
    Colorado marijuana sales have topped $1 billion since the pandemic began, according to figures released this week by the state Department of Revenue. Legal marijuana sales topped $200 million in August for the second month in a row. Counting back to March of this year, when Colorado and the rest of the nation began shutting down over the pandemic, dispensaries have sold over $1.1 billion in marijuana products — and that's not counting sales in September and October, or back in February and January. And that's with prices at a three-year high. Readers had plenty to say about this record-breaking run in their Facebook comments on our story. Says Felicia: Good to see unemployment checks so well used. Adds Ed: No money to pay rent but plenty to purchase pot. Counters Josh: Is this the '50s? The MJ industry supports thousands of jobs...
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    South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is one of five governors to hold off on implementing any sort of stay-at-home order as President Trump delegates coronavirus response measures to states. AP Photo/Susan Walsh South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is going to use $5 million in coronavirus relief funds on a tourism ad campaign.  South Dakota experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases following last month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which researchers believe might be responsible for more than 19% of all new US cases. The state now ranks second in the country for new cases per capita over the last two weeks, with 439 new cases per 100,000 people, but Noem is actively still encouraging people to visit.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In the weeks following the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, South Dakota has emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot.  Despite the spike in infections, the Gov. Kristi Noem decided...
    (CNN)The US is nearing five million cases of coronavirus since the start of the pandemic -- and as experts have highlighted in the past, the true number of infections could be many times higher. The staggering number means the country holds about a fourth of global cases of the virus and also tops the list with the most reported deaths in the world. More than,162,000 Americans have died. The pandemic shows no sign of slowing and health officials from coast to coast have urged the use of face masks in public places and pleaded with residents to avoid all kinds of social gatherings until the spread of the virus is under control. As of this week, five states together hold more than 40% of all US infections: California (with the most cases in the country), Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia. Black and Hispanic children are impacted more severely by...
    Voter turnout under 6% may not seem like an achievement for democracy, but it made Texas Democrats optimistic Wednesday as they look to break Republicans’ statewide dominance this fall. A total of 955,735 people — 5.8% of registered voters — cast ballots in Tuesday’s Democratic runoffs. That is more than double the amount of votes cast in the 2018 Democratic runoffs, when a race for governor was at the top of the ticket instead of a race for a U.S. Senate seat. Party leaders said it was the highest raw number of votes cast in any Democratic primary runoff in history. That’s in large part due to the growing electorate, however. Turnout for the 1994 Democratic runoffs, featuring a U.S. Senate race between Dallas millionaire Richard Fisher and former Attorney General Jim Mattox, was 8.3%, though the number of votes was 746,641. Gilberto Hinojosa, chair of the Texas Democratic Party,...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India’s virus cases have surged another 32,695, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa, two weeks after it reopened to tourists. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 968,876. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported a record number of 606 deaths for a total of 24,915. The Indian Medical Association said 99 doctors have died and another 1,302 are infected with the coronavirus. It called for shortening of working hours for health workers following safety concerns. It also said the fatality rate among doctors was 7.6%, much high than the national average of about 2.5%. About a dozen states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam, have put high-risk areas under lockdowns, allowing only essential food supplies and health services. Goa state’s top elected official, Pramod...
    NEW DELHI — India’s virus cases have surged another 32,695, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa, two weeks after it reopened to tourists. The new confirmed cases took the national total to 968,876. The Health Ministry on Wednesday also reported a record number of 606 deaths for a total of 24,915. The Indian Medical Association said 99 doctors have died and another 1,302 are infected with the coronavirus. It called for shortening of working hours for health workers following safety concerns. It also said the fatality rate among doctors was 7.6%, much high than the national average of about 2.5%. About a dozen states, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Assam, have put high-risk areas under lockdowns, allowing only essential food supplies and health services. Goa state’s top elected official, Pramod Sawant, announced...
    INDIA has sent 375 million people back into lockdown as the country sees a record spike in coronavirus cases. Health officials announced today new infection cases had grown from 906,752 to 936,181 - a rise of 29,429 - with India closing in on a million infections. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 4The new state-wide and local lockdowns means nearly a quarter of the country's 1.3 billion people will be ordered to stay at home.Credit: EPA 4The death toll in India is currently 24,309Credit: AP:Associated Press Only the US and Brazil have so far passed that huge milestone. The death toll has also soared by 582, rising from 23,727 to 24,309 with half of the tragedies occurring in the state of Maharashtra which includes Mumbai. With the worrying news filtering through the country, some states took action. Bihar ordered all of its...
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