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    More than 100 people filled the dining room at Ararat Nursing Facility to celebrate Thanksgiving. Children and grandchildren embraced their loved ones. Friends in wheelchairs sat beside one another chatting in Armenian. Residents rose from their seats to dance to “Hey Jan Ghapama,” an Armenian song written about a stuffed pumpkin dish. At one of the tables in the...
    When some people arrive to attend a workout class at fitness studio Cut Seven in D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood, sometimes they don’t bring masks. Some non-D. C. gymgoers who come from places like Northern Virginia, which hasn’t had an indoor mask requirement since May, are sometimes unaware that mask guidelines are different across the region, Co-owner Chris Perrin said. When...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County reported 1,876 new cases of COVID-19 and 26 additional deaths associated with the virus Saturday. The latest figures brought the county’s cumulative totals to 1,518,732 cases and 26,999 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. READ MORE: Family Of James Vargas Holds Vigil For Father...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As hospitals in Minnesota fill nearly to capacity, health officials reported 10,913 new COVID-19 cases and 51 more deaths Tuesday. Those figures include a data lag due to the Veterans Day holiday and weekend. Minnesota’s total deaths attributed to COVID-19 have now reached 9,047. One of the dead reported Tuesday was a teenager in Goodhue County. The...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- COVID-19 hospitalizations in Los Angeles County ticked upward again as health officials encouraged people to get vaccinated, again warning that unvaccinated residents are far more susceptible to becoming severely ill or dying if they get infected.According to state figures, there were 632 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Monday, up from 600 on Sunday. Of...
    NORTH CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut nursing home says it is a cautionary tale about the need for booster shots. It blames waning immunity for complicating an outbreak of the Delta variant, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Monday. READ MORE: TIMELINE: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Resigns In Wake Of Sexual Harassment, Nursing Home Scandals“We’re still grieving with the families, and...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Local health officials remain concerned that the onset of cooler weather may lead to a new surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among the unvaccinated.Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer noted that the approaching winter season - despite last week's mini-heat wave - has begun to take its toll in the form of higher...
    COVID-19 lockdowns are returning to Austria, but only for the unvaccinated. Beginning Monday, unvaccinated residents ages 12 and older will only be allowed to leave their homes to go to work or to purchase essential items. The lockdown is set to last 10 days and will not apply to those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have recently recovered...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County reported 1,378 new cases of COVID-19 and 19 additional deaths associated with the virus Saturday. The latest case and death numbers brought the county’s cumulative total to 1,510,434 cases and 26,856 fatalities since the pandemic began, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. READ MORE: Kaiser Permanente, Workers Reach Tentative...
    Despite having the highest vaccination rate in the country, Vermont has been dealing with a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases. Infections have risen by 55 percent over the last two weeks to an average of about 300 per day, according to a recent report from the state's Department of Financial Regulation. Yet 80.9 percent of the state's total population has...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving Day, marking the second holiday season under the COVID-19 pandemic.A big difference this year is the added protection of vaccines and boosters to better our chances of staying healthy. However, even with the added layer of protection, health experts say there is still a level of risk when...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland reported 844 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths, according to state health department data released Wednesday morning. The percentage of people testing positive increased by .02% to 3.12%. READ MORE: Biden To Showcase Baltimore As Fertile Ground For His AgendaHospitalizations decreased by 3 to 529. Of those hospitalized, 392 adults are in acute care and...
    THOUSANDS of care home staff have until tomorrow to get double-jabbed — or be fired. The number of unvaccinated workers has dropped from 88,000 to 32,000 since the mandatory vaccination policy was announced in the summer. 3Thousands of care home staff have until tomorrow to get their second jab or risk facing the axeCredit: Alamy 3But bosses warned social care...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Alameda County health officials issued an order Tuesday requiring all first responders and medical transport providers to be fully vaccinated against COVID by next month. The order by Alameda County Health Officer Dr. Nicholas Moss applies to police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs and other non-emergency medical transport personnel to by fully vaccinated by December 21 or...
    Free Covid-19 healthcare in Singapore will be axed for anyone who refuses to be vaccinated, the city-state's health minister said yesterday.  Minister Ong Ye Kung said residents who are eligible for the vaccine but have refused to have it would from December 8 no longer receive free care if they are hospitalised for Covid-19.   'Unvaccinated persons make up a sizeable majority...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The city of Los Angeles’ new vaccine mandate will begin Monday, requiring customers to be vaccinated in order to patronize indoor businesses.  The ordinance, called SafePass L.A., is one of the strictest in the country requiring individuals to show proof of vaccination in order to enter indoor L.A. businesses such as restaurants, gyms, entertainment facilities, recreational...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The number of coronavirus patients in Los Angeles County hospitals fell slightly Saturday, declining from 664 to 660, according to the latest state figures. The number of those patients in intensive care was 161, up one from Friday. READ MORE: 8 dead after crowd surge at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival in HoustonThe latest hospitalization numbers come...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County’s children aged 5 to 11 years old will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19, officials said Wednesday. On Wednesday morning, the Western States Scientific Safety Review workgroup passed along its OK of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 to western...
    Dr. Anosh Ahmed, the COO and CFO of Chicago's Loretto Hospital, resigned from his position in March after it was revealed that he was able to get the vaccine for 70 employees at Trump Tower – where he lived in a $2.7 million condominium – almost three weeks before they were officially eligible for the shot  The FBI has launched...
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – San Francisco public health officials urged senior residents Monday to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, citing data that they are more likely to be hospitalized with the virus even if they are fully vaccinated. While unvaccinated residents are still three times more likely than fully vaccinated ones to be hospitalized with COVID-19, the risk of hospitalization...
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County officials said Monday that 95% of residents age 12 and older have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 88.5% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated. “Our message has been clear: to Stay COVID Safe, get vaccinated,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “This milestone is not by accident; our...
    SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – Marin County health officials eased indoor COVID mask requirements Monday for restaurants, bars, retail establishments and other businesses for patrons who can produce a proof of vaccination. Health officer Dr. Matt Willis called the revised order “part of the process of tiptoeing back toward normalcy.” READ MORE: Safeway In Castro Cuts Hours Due To...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Eighty-one percent of the people in Illinois who are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine have gotten at least one shot. Now, the state’s top doctor is encouraging people to get their booster shot by publicly getting hers on Thursday. She also took the opportunity to urge people still waiting to get the vaccine to roll up...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Despite Maryland’s best efforts to get its residents vaccinated, including cash incentives, some adults in the state say they definitely won’t get the coronavirus vaccine, according to a new Goucher College Poll. Of the 700 Marylanders surveyed, 9% of residents said they definitely won’t get the vaccine. It’s not a big change from the 10% who said...
    China is lowering the minimum age of vaccination yet again, this time mandating that toddlers take the shot. China announced in recent days it will begin vaccinating children age 3 and up against COVID-19. Local city- and provincial-level governments in at least five Chinese provinces issued notices announcing children age 3-11 are required to get vaccinated, according to Associated...
    Gov. David Ige (D-Hawaii) on Wednesday invited fully vaccinated people to travel in and out of Hawaii for non-essential travel beginning on Nov. 1, citing a drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. "Our hospitals are doing better, we are we have less Covid patients in them. And I think most importantly, our healthcare system has responded and feels like we do have the ability...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF/BCN) — The top health official in Sonoma County said this week that the county could allow some small venues to let fully vaccinated residents to forego masks. Dr. Sundari Mase told the county’s Board of Supervisors that the county is considering tweaking its indoor mask requirements for small settings in which the host or organizer can...
    On Monday, San Francisco State University, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and the San Francisco Unified School District announced that they will be incentivizing school-age teens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by offering 10 full-ride scholarships to the state school for 12- to 17-year-old residents who get vaccinated. A drawing will be held on Nov. 15, and the results will be announced...
    Share this: Nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics. About 12.7 million of New York’s 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the seventh highest percentage of any state — below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island,...
    NEW YORK -- Nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics.About 12.7 million of New York's 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.That's the seventh highest percentage of any state - below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine,...
    ​​As the COVID-19 vaccine campaign gained steam in the United States last spring, I was locked down in my apartment in Rio de Janeiro, trying to avoid being infected with the virus. Brazil—then, as now, second only to the U.S. in coronavirus deaths—seemed to have the world’s slowest immunization program rollout. Brazilian cities had started vaccinating locals in January, but...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- West Garfield Park and West Englewood saw the biggest increase in residents getting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, each jumping about 1% in a week, according to the Chicago Department of Public Health. It's sign to community organizations that their hard work getting people vaccinated is paying off."We were the areas hardest hit by the...
    The fourth wave of the pandemic over the summer, fueled by the Delta variant, saw some U.S. states experience their highest rates of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths ever. Health officials - and others in the mainstream media - have said unvaccinated people were responsible for the surge. Some in the mainstream media, such as CNN White House reporter Stephen...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — According to CDC data, 99.1% of Montgomery County’s eligible population is at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. “I want to thank the people of Montgomery County for believing the science and doing their part to slow the spread of this vicious virus,” said County Executive Marc Elrich Monday. “Our high vaccination rates have been the key to...
    Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan warned the city's communities will "pay the price" as unvaccinated officers face termination amid rampant shortages. Solan made the remarks on "Fox & Friends" on Monday suggesting the move is the latest attempt to defund the department by cutting down the number of officers, and demanding remaining officers get vaccinated.  DAMIEN FERGUSON CHARGED...
    Residents in rural California counties with low vaccination rates died from COVID-19 at significantly higher rates during the summer Delta coronavirus variant surge than those in better-vaccinated regions such as the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California, a Los Angeles Times data analysis has found. The findings demonstrate how vaccinations reset the recent course of the pandemic and...
    NAPA (BCN) – Roughly 90 percent of eligible Napa County residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as local case and hospitalization data trends down, the county’s public health officer said Tuesday. Unvaccinated residents continue to make up at least half of those being hospitalized due to COVID-19 or other factors, county Health and Human Services Agency Deputy...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- With the rate of COVID-19 transmission declining in the county and vaccination numbers slowly climbing -- likely boosted by current and upcoming inoculation requirements -- the county's public health director said she can foresee a time when residents will no longer have to wear masks in most indoor settings.But dropping the county's mask-wearing mandate will be...
    When it comes to misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, health advocates have heard it all. During a recent round of surveying farmworkers, there were a number of concerns ranging from misguided and inaccurate to specific and head-scratching, such as that the shots will somehow alter a recipient’s sexuality. “Every single week, it’s a new myth,” Hernan Hernandez, executive...
    SANTA CRUZ COUNTY (BCN) — Santa Cruz County officials announced the confirmation Monday of two more deaths due to COVID-19, the first deaths in the county among vaccinated people with underlying health conditions. The first victim, a woman in her mid-60s, died Sept. 3 while the second, a woman in her early 70s, died Sept. 24, according to the county’s...
    LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- COVID-19 hospitalizations fell below 800 in Los Angeles County, according to the latest data, declining by 35 people to 790 and continuing a month-long downward trend.According to state figures, the number of COVID-positive patients in intensive care in the county also declined, from 231 on Saturday to 228.The number of COVID-positive people hospitalized in the county...
    After a seven-week battle against the delta variant of COVID-19, New Zealand is throwing in the towel in its pursuit of zero infections. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the city of Auckland will begin to ease lockdown restrictions beginning Wednesday — Auckland residents will be able to meet outdoors with 10 others, early childhood centers will...
    The worst of California’s months-old coronavirus surge now appears to be in the rearview mirror, but worrisome headlines are cropping up about the presence of a potentially dangerous new strain. Still, officials and experts say the latest variant to enter the public consciousness, dubbed R.1, likely doesn’t present nearly the same threat as previous strains — in part because, despite...
    A Maine organization will host a COVID-19 event on Thursday, at which participants will discuss how to encourage the unvaccinated to get the shot. Maine Community Action Partnership, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Maine residents, will host the hourlong event, "Encouraging Vaccinations: How to talk to your family and neighbors," on Thursday at 6 p.m. on...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As the Delta variant continues to fuel a rise in COVID-19 cases, Pfizer booster shots are now going into some arms of Marylanders following the CDC’s stamp of approval on Friday. “Upwards of 98 to 99-percent of positive cases in the country are delta at this point,” said Dr. Jonathan Thierman, Chief Medical Information Officer of LifeBridge...
    Covid-19 is killing so many people in Idaho that some funeral homes are running out of space to store the bodies as coronavirus deaths continue climbing in the US. “We are working nonstop. We’re exhausted. We’re frustrated. … Funeral homes are out of storage. Our hospitals are out of storage. It’s just become quite a mess,” Dotti Owens, the...
    Infections, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 have continued to decline in Los Angeles County. It’s a far cry from last fall, when residents faced a new wave of coronavirus cases that led to a huge winter surge. Despite the improvements, which officials have largely pegged to vaccination rates, an imminent death milestone is a reminder that caution must still...
    A recent study shows the health care workers who perform most of the direct care for nursing home residents are lagging in vaccination rates. JAMA Internal Medicine reports vaccination rates for certified nursing assistants are less than 50% nationwide as of July 18. Registered and licensed practical nurses were 61% vaccinated, while therapists and physicians were at 71%. “Maximizing vaccination...
    Denise King, a staff member at Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from Walgreens Pharmacist Annette Marshall, in Brooklyn, New York, December 22, 2020.Yuki Iwamura | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that an average of 60% of nursing home personnel in the U.S....
    U.S. states with the lowest vaccination rates are recording many more deaths from COVID-19 than their highly vaccinated peers.  A DailyMail.com analysis finds that 10 states - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming - with the lowest vaccination rates accounted for 73.9 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to data from the Centers for...