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    New metrics from the CDC take into consideration hospitalization numbers when measuring the impact of COVID-19 and masking requirements for communities.Previously, the "high," "substantial," "moderate" and "low" transmission categories were based on case rates and positivity percentages and the CDC recommended indoor masking for counties in the "moderate" or "low" levels. These new categories incorporate hospital admissions and bed utilization in addition to case rates.Counties with more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days will be categorized in the "high" level if its new weekly COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people is higher than 10, or if the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients over the last seven days is more than 10%. Otherwise, the county will be categorized in the "medium" level. Counties with a weekly case rate of more than 200 cannot move into the "low" category.For counties with fewer than 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, weekly hospitalization admission rates of more than 20 and a percentage of staffed beds occupied by COVID patients...
    (CNN)There is now more optimism that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic may be ending -- and as other nations lift certain Covid-19 restrictions, some public health experts question whether US counties and cities should consider easing their guidance on mask-wearing or social distancing, as well.But others warn not to relax such measures too soon.After the Omicron wave, heres what experts say could come next in 2022Denmark has decided to lift all Covid-19 restrictions within the country, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced Wednesday evening, adding that Covid-19 "should no longer be categorized as a socially critical sickness.""Denmark will be completely open from 1 February," Frederiksen said. "Tonight we can start lowering our shoulders and find our smiles again."The pandemic is still here, but with what we know now, we dare to believe that we are through the critical phase," Frederiksen added, highlighting the success of Denmark's vaccination program and booster shots. Read MoreIn the United Kingdom, people in England no longer have to show their Covid-19 vaccination passes to get into nightclubs and other large venues. Masks aren't required in...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Massachusetts is entirely in the red on the latest Centers For Disease Control COVID transmission map. Every county in the state is seeing high community spread of the virus, according to the CDC. Nantucket County went from “substantial” transmission to “high” on Saturday, joining the rest of the state. READ MORE: Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Works In Kids Ages 5-11 It’s rare these days to find a spot on the CDC’s map that isn’t in the red – the agency says nearly 95% of all counties in the United States are seeing high transmission. The CDC advises anyone in counties with substantial or high community spread to wear a face mask in indoor public spaces, regardless of COVID vaccination status. READ MORE: MCAS Would Be Scrapped As Graduation Requirement Under Proposed Bill The CDC map shows every Massachusetts county in the red (Image credit: CDC) The CDC’s transmission data is a combination of new cases by population and positivity rate. You can see the latest CDC map here. MORE NEWS: Parents Call For Remote Learning Option For Mass....
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Most of the Philadelphia region has turned red on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s  COVID-19 transmission map, which means it’s at the highest level of community spread. Now, there’s growing concern over large events becoming super spreaders for the virus. Health officials are holding yet another press conference on Friday at 10 a.m. in regards to the city’s response to the pandemic. READ MORE: Wawa Employee Stabs Man Who Jumped Over Counter In West Mount Airy, Police Say Meantime, there’s a growing concern that some outdoor events could become super spreaders due to the highly contagious Delta variant. With most of the Philadelphia area turning red on the COVID transmission map, some of the hot spots are Philadelphia, all of South Jersey and Delaware. “I think we’re at a dangerous time,” Dr. Tony Reed, the Chief Medical Officer of Temple Health, said.  Reed said the summer surge in cases is fueled by people who aren’t vaccinated. Meanwhile, his hospital staff is now bracing for yet another influx of COVID-19 patients. “There’s a lot of...
    A person wears a mask while walking in Grand Central Terminal on July 27, 2021 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that fully vaccinated Americans start wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates as nationwide infection levels are once again on the rise. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters Tuesday that masks should be worn in public, indoor settings by everyone, including fully vaccinated people, in areas "with substantial and high transmission." But what exactly is "high" or "substantial" transmission, and where are the areas the CDC is concerned about? The agency uses a two measures to group U.S. counties into four levels of community transmission: the number of new cases per 100,000 residents and the percent of Covid tests that are positive over the past week. If a county has reported 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or has a positivity rate of 8% to 10%, it falls into the "substantial transmission" tier, while those reporting 100 cases...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling infection surges. The guidance on masks in indoor public places applies in parts of the U.S. with at least 50 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week. That includes 60 percent of U.S. counties, officials said, including Bay Area counties. Related Articles CDC reverses course on indoor masks in some parts of US Canada border guards vote to strike days ahead of border opening Fully vaccinated Alaska cruise passenger tests positive for COVID-19, sent home Cal/OSHA board members call for transparency around California’s workplace outbreaks San Jose State football will head back to Humboldt State campus for preseason camp “In recent days I have seen new scientific data from recent outbreak investigations showing that the Delta variant behaves uniquely differently from past strains of the virus that cause...
    People 12 and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination, but not everyone is lining up to get the shot.Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, the CDC found that as many as a quarter of adults in some areas reported being hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. These rates are highest in the states of Wyoming, Ohio, Montana and Kentucky, and lowest in Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Connecticut and California.In cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, where overall vaccine hesitancy is low, areas with a higher percentage of people of color also tend to have slightly higher hesitancy rates.Explore the map below to see some of these patterns and to find out what the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy rate is in your area.Having trouble viewing this map? Click here to view in a new window.NOTE: This data is updated by the CDC, and we will as new data becomes available. The CDC data is through May 13 and we updated this page on June 9.
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen gave a statement as COVID-19 cases reached a record high on Black Friday. According to Dr. Bogen, if cases continue to rise at their current rate, the county’s healthcare systems will be overwhelmed within the next month. “We know that it can take two weeks for changes in behavior to impact the spread of the virus and for case numbers to decrease, which is why I am asking you to start now,” Dr. Bogen said in her statement. She is urging Allegheny County residents to abide by the stay-at-home advisory. Dr. Bogen also announced that due to the number of new cases, case investigators are having to prioritize who they reach out to. Starting today, case investigators will no longer be able to immediately call people with new cases who are in between the ages of 6 to 17 and 45 to 59 years. This development may change depending on if the daily case rate decreases. More information on...
    Twelve US states now have obesity rates of at least 35 percent - more than ever before, a new map reveals. More than one-third of adults in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia were dangerously overweight in 2019, according to the data released on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   This marks 33 percent increase from 2018, which showed obesity prevalence at 35 percent or higher in nine states. Colorado fared relatively the best with an obesity rate of just 23.8 percent, while Mississippi had the worst rate at 40.8 percent. Racial and ethnic disparities still persist with twice as many states having at least 35 percent of overweight Hispanic residents compared to overweight whites - and five times as many states with at least 35 percent of overweight black residents. In the annual report, the researchers warn that obesity can worsens outcomes from COVID-19, increasing the risk of severe illness, hospitalization and even death.  A new CDC map reveals 12 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana,...
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