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Runaway Train: New COVID Deaths, More Records in Oneida, Herkimer Runaway Train: New COVID Deaths, More Records in Oneida, Herkimer
- December 05, 2020

Los Angeles County reported another 44 deaths on Thursday, for a cumulative total of 7,782 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Almost 100 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the past 24 hours, according to the DeKalb County Health Department , which on Friday reported 90 more cases in DeKalb County residents, bringing the total to 5,458. (more...)
United Kingdom is first country to approve COVID-19 vaccine United Kingdom is first country to approve COVID-19 vaccine
- December 05, 2020

Approximately 800,000 doses are expected to arrive next week, with first priority going to nursing home residents and workers, and the most elderly citizens. Studies on the vaccine show it has to be stored at minus 70C but is also stable at 2C to 8C for a short time, meaning it could possibly be sent to different locations. (more...)
Alberta asks federal government, Red Cross for field hospitals as COVID spreads Alberta asks federal government, Red Cross for field hospitals as COVID spreads
- December 05, 2020

Alberta Health Services is in contact with the Canadian Red Cross as part of a contingency plan in case it eventually needs to open temporary hospitals to ensure there are more beds. There were 504 people in hospital and 97 in ICUs on Wednesday. Phase 3 should begin in the fall and will be when the vaccine will be offered to all Albertans, Kenney said . (more...)
Ohioans Are Asked To Avoid Traveling to Ohio Due to Covid Ohioans Are Asked To Avoid Traveling to Ohio Due to Covid
- December 04, 2020

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio's response to COVID-19 here. That means Ohio is among 14 states the health department says should be avoided by Ohioans - and any Ohioan traveling from their own state must quarantine themselves for two weeks after they get back home to, well, Ohio. (more...)
Georgia-Vanderbilt postponed due to COVID-19 Georgia-Vanderbilt postponed due to COVID-19
- December 04, 2020

Fitch said veteran kicker Ryley Guay, last year's kicker who left the team for Vanderbilt's medical school, may cycle back into the team in time for Saturday's game pending his coronavirus tests and other SEC requirements. She was available because she was already in the athletic department's COVID-19 testing routine and because the Vanderbilt soccer season was over after the team won the SEC championship. (more...)
California announces new statewide lockdown to fight surging Covid cases California announces new statewide lockdown to fight surging Covid cases
- December 04, 2020

In California's health care system as a whole, 59% of the total number of hospital beds were occupied as of Monday, with state Public Health officials projecting that hospitals could reach 78% capacity by Christmas Eve. Newsom said the order is "fundamentally predicated on the need to stop gathering with people outside of your household, to do what you can to keep most of your activities outside and, of course, always ... (more...)
Supreme Court gives temporary win to California churches over coronavirus restrictions Supreme Court gives temporary win to California churches over coronavirus restrictions
- December 04, 2020

In an apparent victory for religious freedom during state efforts to impose necessary COVID restrictions, the Supreme Court on Thursday vacated the Ninth Circuit's ruling against California churches. The decision followed a similar action by the justices on November 25 that backed Christian and Jewish houses of worship that challenged NY state restrictions in coronavirus hot spots. (more...)
Pfizer Declines on Report of Smaller Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Pfizer Declines on Report of Smaller Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout
- December 04, 2020

Fauci later rowed back on his comments, telling the BBC that what he meant to say was that us authorities do things differently than their British counterparts, not better, but his comments came out wrong. The European Medicines Agency, which plans to make its own decision by December 29, issued a statement saying its process was "more appropriate" than Britain's. (more...)
The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines The latest on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines
- December 04, 2020

A 44,000-participant clinical trial showed the shot to be 95% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19. Anthony Fauci, the expert leading the COVID-19 response in the United States, said on Thursday that the UK "did not do it as carefully" as the USA regulator to approve the rollout of the vaccine candidate developed by U.S. (more...)
Hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine cold chain, warns IBM Hackers targeting Covid-19 vaccine cold chain, warns IBM
- December 04, 2020

The KDCA has said 172 billion won ($157 million) was set aside to buy an initial 60 million doses this year, enough to vaccinate about 60% of the country's population of 52 million, around the second quarter of 2021. "The remarkable mobilisation worldwide has allowed the rapid development of vaccines". The objective "may have been to harvest credentials, possibly to gain future unauthorized access to corporate networks and sensitive information relating to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution". (more...)
Covid: First batch of vaccines arrives in the UK
- December 04, 2020

Maj. -Gen. Dany Fortin, who was named last week to lead the Canadian military's role in the vaccine distribution process, says the dry run is meant to get everyone involved comfortable with the intense requirements of distributing a vaccine that has to be kept below -70 C at all times. (more...)
COVID-19: Mexico signs deal for 34.4 million Pfizer vaccines COVID-19: Mexico signs deal for 34.4 million Pfizer vaccines
- December 04, 2020

A World Economic Forum poll from September found one-third of Americans would not agree to taking a vaccine if it was available. Perna repeatedly described the dosage-tracking element as a "draconian" part of protecting millions of Americans against the coronavirus . (more...)
CDC to cut COVID-19 quarantine in half with negative test CDC to cut COVID-19 quarantine in half with negative test
- December 04, 2020

He said the agency still recommends 14 days, but is now offering two "acceptable alternative quarantine periods". But the CDC is now giving an official framework in order to "make some of the quarantine times more manageable", she said. "So putting in place a 10-day quarantine period, even a seven-day quarantine period, you're going to capture the vast majority of infections within that time frame". (more...)
UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug category UN agency removes cannabis from strictest drug category
- December 04, 2020

The motion passed with a vote of 27 to 25. Anna Fordham, the executive director of the International Drug Policy Consortium, added: "The original decision (in 1961) to prohibit cannabis lacked scientific basis and was rooted in colonial prejudice and racism". (more...)
California Issues New, Moderated Stay-at-Home Order
- December 04, 2020

Describing the order as an "emergency break" created to flatten the curve of soaring infection and hospitalization rates, Newsom said it will go into effect when cumulative ICU hospital capacity drops below 15 percent in a given region and remain in place for at least three weeks. (more...)
Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified at Forest Glade Public School Positive Case of COVID-19 Identified at Forest Glade Public School
- December 04, 2020

Meanwhile, Begley Public School is still closed after an outbreak there was declared on November 12. "Based on the current situation, all students and staff at the school [will] be dismissed until at least Wednesday, December 9, 2020", wrote Thorncliffe Park principal Jeff Crane in a letter to the school's families on Thursday evening. (more...)
US Has Deadliest Day Ever From COVID
- December 04, 2020

Daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations also have been soaring - prompting CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield to say Wednesday that the winter months are likely "going to be the most hard time in the public health history of this nation". (more...)
The Value of Blood in Determining Immunity to COVID-19
- December 04, 2020

CDC officials said research shows there's anywhere between a 1% to 12% "residual risk" that someone remains infected after a 10-day quarantine period has ended - "an acceptable risk for many people". After a seven-day quarantine with a negative test, there's about a 5 percent chance of spreading the virus. According to a senior Trump administration official, the new guidelines will allow people who have come in contact to someone with the coronavirus to resume normal activity after 10 days, ... (more...)
Coronavirus: UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to roll out next week Coronavirus: UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, to roll out next week
- December 03, 2020

The deputy chief medical officer also urged those in the priority groups to accept the call for vaccination, saying the success of the immunization program and subsequent lifting of restrictions depends on the public's adherence to the plan. (more...)
Quebec reports 1,470 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths Quebec reports 1,470 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths
- December 03, 2020

The ministers say restrictions for visitors crossing the border from the USA are now in place until December 21, but may be extended. But the ministers also say they're looking to make it possible for "high-performance, amateur sporting organizations" to hold major global events on Canadian soil. (more...)

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