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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago reinstates indoor mask mandate as COVID cases rise, health officials announced Tuesday.RELATED: Illinois COVID Update: IL reports 3,639 cases, 17 deathsGovernor J.B. Pritzker also recently announced a mandatory mask mandate for all K-12 schools, which has sparked debate in the past few weeks as students prepare to go back to in-person learning.This is a developing story. check back for updates.
    UPDATE, May 21, 9:50 a.m.: California health officials are holding a teleconference at 10 a.m. to give an update on the state's COVID-19 response. Listen in to the video player above and check back for updates as we learn more. Read the original story below.California is on track to fully reopen its economy on June 15 -- but what exactly will that look like? We should know very soon, said Gov. Gavin Newsom.Newsom said the details of California's reopening guidelines would be announced Thursday or Friday at the latest.Where exactly will masks still be required? Will there be any capacity limits on businesses or can we expect to see crowded bars? Will all classrooms reopen and can fans pack into arenas again? We haven't had detailed answers to those questions yet.The governor said he wants to make those details public ahead of the June 15 deadline, not just so businesses can plan, but also "so people can really paint that future and see themselves in it, post-masks, and post any modification to this blueprint." (The blueprint refers to the state's...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: April 25, 202110: 40 a.m.California's 7-day positivity rate is 1.3%, state health officials sayCalifornia recorded 1,739 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, according to new statistics reported by the state health department. The 7-day positivity rate is 1.3%.There have been 59,095,717 tests conducted in California,...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 908 new COVID-19 cases and 3 additional deaths on Monday.Overall, 12,906 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 699,823 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 4.8%. Health officials say there have been more than 9.2 million tests administered.Gary mass vaccination site open to Illinois, Chicago residentsA lot of Illinois residents are heading across the state line to get vaccinated where appointments are apparently easier to get.The Gary Indiana Health commissioner said 40% of the people who have been vaccinated at a the mass vaccination site in Gary are from Illinois.WATCH | Indiana lifts statewide mask mandate EMBED More News Videos Indiana public health officials announced 669 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths on Tuesday, as the statewide mask mandate was lifted. Notre Dame to require COVID-19 vaccinations for the fallThe University of Notre Dame says it will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for this year's fall semester.University officials notified the campus...
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana public health officials announced 1,380 new COVID-19 cases and 7 additional deaths on Saturday.Overall, 12,733 Indiana residents have died from COVID-19 and 697,533 have contracted it since the start of the pandemic.Health officials say the latest recorded seven-day positive COVID-19 test rate in the state is 4.8%. Health officials say there have been more than 9 million tests administered.Gary mass vaccination site open to Illinois, Chicago residentsA lot of Illinois residents are heading across the state line to get vaccinated where appointments are apparently easier to get.The Gary Indiana Health commissioner said 40% of the people who have been vaccinated at a the mass vaccination site in Gary are from Illinois.WATCH | Indiana lifts statewide mask mandate EMBED More News Videos Indiana public health officials announced 669 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths on Tuesday, as the statewide mask mandate was lifted. Notre Dame to require COVID-19 vaccinations for the fallThe University of Notre Dame says it will require all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for this year's fall semester.University officials notified the campus...
    (CNN)A green light for a Covid-19 vaccine could come any day now in the US, but leading health experts warn the nation is only at the start of a winter that's projected to be one of the most difficult in the nation's history. "We are in a totally unprecedented health crisis in this country. The disease is everywhere -- Midwest, West Coast, East Coast, North, South. Health care workers are exhausted, hospitals are totally full," former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told CNN Wednesday night.FDA authorizes first over-the-counter, non-prescription Covid-19 test system for home useDecember has already proved devastating. Wednesday recorded more than 3,100 Covid-19 deaths -- the highest daily death toll ever since the pandemic's start, beating a record set just days ago. There are now more than 106,600 Covid-19 patients nationwide, the most ever, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And the country's average of daily new cases is now more than 200,000 -- and that's as experts are soon expecting another surge to kick off, one fueled by the Thanksgiving travel and gatherings that took...
    By JIM SALTER, Associated Press O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Leaders of the Kansas City area announced Monday new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, days after St. Louis County announced similar new measures. All indoor gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people effective Friday in Kansas City, Missouri, Democratic Mayor Quinton Lucas. Restaurants and bars must close by 10 p.m. and limit occupancy to 50% capacity. Masks must be worn at all indoor spaces and at outdoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. “We’re here because we have reached, I think, our greatest crisis moment in Kansas City’s response to COVID-19,” Lucas said at a news conference. Separately, neighboring Kansas City, Kansas, along with Jackson County in Missouri and Wyandotte County in Kansas jointly announced similar measures. Restrictions announced last week in St. Louis County go into effect Tuesday. For four weeks, residents are being told to stay home except to work, go to school, shop, exercise or get medical care. Residents are advised to establish social groups of 10 or fewer relatives and/or...
    During an October 9 press conference about COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that he will extend the statewide order to wear facial coverings in public places for another thirty days; it was set to expire on Monday, October 12. He contextualized the decision by noting that the state is currently experiencing the most problematic data related to the novel coronavirus since July and August. "We need to be better at wearing masks — not because I say to do it or because public-health officials say to do it," Polis allowed. "It's because you care about your health and your family and your neighbors and your job. That's why we're doing it." At the outset of his remarks, Polis revealed that 834 new cases of the virus were reported on the 9th, with the total being similar to counts in recent days. Many of these infections will inevitably translate into an increase in hospitalizations, and Polis pointed out that this scenario carries with it the possibility of the state's health-care system being overwhelmed in ways that could make effective treatment...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday announced 1,617 more people were confirmed to carry COVID-19. The numbers announced by the public health officials were the result of 49,513 tests, which kept the state’s seven-day average testing positivity rate at 3.4%. Overall, nearly 6 million COVID-19 tests have been administered in Illinois, and more than 305,000 have tested positive since March. Health officials also attributed 32 more Illinois deaths to the virus, raising the pandemic death toll to 8,836. Illinois hospitals were treating 1,673 coronavirus patients as of late Monday, with 384 receiving intensive care and 159 using ventilators. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Illinois, Associated Press
    California public health leaders on Monday outlined guidelines for how some elementary schools across the state may return to in-person instruction.Schools in counties on the state's COVID-19 watch list can apply for waivers that would allow them to conduct in-person learning if they meet certain health requirements to limit the spread of COVID-19.The waiver would only apply to transitional kindergarten to sixth grade classes, even if the school has additional grades. Under current state guidelines, districts on the watch list will only be able to do distance learning without the waiver.EMBED More News Videos Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines Friday to determine which school districts are allowed to reopen classrooms in the fall. In a statement in which the waiver program was announced, the California Department of Public Health cited new data that shows young children were far less likely to shed and transmit the virus.Schools that apply for the waiver must have reopening plans that include, at minimum, a plan for cleaning and disinfection, face covering requirements, health screenings, physical distancing guidelines and small class sizes.Schools and counties...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In the last 24 hours, Minnesota added 769 more cases of COVID-19 to its tally of infections and eight more deaths. The additional cases bring the state’s total positive cases to 55,947, with 48,847 no longer needing isolation. Currently, 302 people in Minnesota hospitals are battling the disease, with 149 people in intensive care. The state’s death toll is now 1,614. The majority of the deaths have occurred in long-term care facilities. MORE: Minnesota Health Dept.’s Situation Report On COVID-19 Testing has now breached over 1,054,900 overall in the state. About 15,000 were completed in the last 24 hours. The state has the capacity to process 20,000 tests a day. Meanwhile, health officials are keeping track of the case positivity rate. This metric should drop with increased testing, however, spikes in the rate could detect localized outbreaks. If the positivity rate climbs to 15% or more than 5% over a two-week period, health officials will consider rolling back Minnesota’s reopening. According to MDH, the rolling positivity rate average as of July 22 was 5%. RELATED: What Does The...
    The Trump administration submitted a notice of withdrawal from the World Health Organization to the United Nations secretary-general, a senior administration official told Fox News on Tuesday, after President Trump for weeks had blasted the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and what he called its pro-China bias. The White House also notified congressional lawmakers Tuesday of the official removal, effective July 2021. "Congress received notification that POTUS officially withdrew the U.S. from the @WHO in the midst of a pandemic," Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., tweeted. WHO CONTINUES TO LAVISH CHINA WITH PRAISE FOR HANDLING OF CORONAVIRUS CRISIS  Trump first announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the organization in late May. "Because they have failed to make the requested and greatly needed reforms, we will be today terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and redirecting those funds to other worldwide and deserving urgent global public health needs," Trump told reporters at a Rose Garden event. "The world is now suffering as a result of the misfeasance of the Chinese government," Trump added. In the course of the same statement, Trump announced...
    California officials on Monday announced the replacement of the prison system’s statewide medical executive amid a worsening coronavirus outbreak among inmates in the Bay Area. San Quentin, California’s oldest prison, had been free of coronavirus cases until, in late May, a busload of 121 prisoners were transferred from California Institution for Men in Chino to alleviate a virus outbreak there. Prison officials had not tested the inmates for COVID-19 within two weeks of the transfer, but reports now say more than one-third of San Quentin’s prison population is infected. HERD IMMUNITY MAY NOT BE ACHIEVABLE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS “They should not have been transferred,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a public address, according to the LA Times. He added that handling the prison outbreak “remains a top priority for our administration.” Newsom said he hopes efforts can "responsibly" move prisoners out, reducing the population count by nearly 1,000 prisoners in the upcoming weeks, the Times added. The measures involve expediting qualifying inmates’ release to parole or probation. Those with high-risk medical conditions were also considered for expedited release. In an update posted on Monday, officials announced three more...
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