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    BOSTON (CBS) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Friday raised the West Nile Virus risk level from moderate to high in 27 cities and towns in the Boston area. The decision was made due to four recent human cases and the first animal case discovered in a Middlesex County alpaca. Health officials are seeing an increase in the Culex mosquito population, which carries the virus, and they say recent rainy weather conditions are favorable for mosquito activity. READ MORE: Man Found Dead After Significant Fire Tears Through Northboro Home With No Smoke Detectors The communities seeing their risk level raised are Lynnfield and Saugus, in Essex County; Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester, and Woburn in Middlesex County; Brookline in Norfolk County; and Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop in Suffolk County. Click here to see the West Nile Virus risk map for the entire state. READ MORE: UMass Amherst Cancels Football Tailgate As Breakthrough COVID Cases Increase “September is the month when we are most...
    COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) — Despite one of the highest vaccination rates in the state, Howard County announced Wednesday it has reached “substantial level” of COVID-19 transmission by CDC standards. The county is averaging 53.43 Covid cases per 100,000 over the past seven days. Substantial submission is defined by the CDC as between 50 and 99 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day rolling average. Howard County said in its announcement the CDC recommends the following measured for fully vaccinated individuals: Wear a mask indoors in public spaces to reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others. Everyday activities should be limited to reduce spread and protect the health care system. Practice everyday preventative actions, including: washing your hands often, maintain six feet of physical distance, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated areas, cover coughs and sneezes, frequently disinfect commonly-touched surfaces. You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County has officially raised the COVID-19 threat level to red, which means health officials believe the risk of transmitting the virus in the community is high. The county’s public health committee voted unanimously Tuesday night, August 3 to upgrade the level to the highest one possible, as the more contagious delta variant continues to take its toll. “That means, let’s get vaccinated today,” said Christian Grisales with Dallas County Health and Human Services. “If you have been vaccinated, you need to mask up if you’re indoors.” Putting the threat level back at red doesn’t trigger any new restrictions, but DCHHS hope it sends a very strong message. “This situation right now, it’s just skyrocketing right, and that’s affecting a lot of people,” Grisales said. There are more than 1,900 COVID-19 patients in area hospitals right now, according to the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, which is nearly five times the amount it was a month ago. Under level red, those who haven’t been vaccinated are urged to stay home as much as possible. DALLAS COUNTY HEALTH GUIDANCE...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — A big announcement overnight out of Dallas County. An independent board of doctors and health experts raised the COVID threat level in the county back to ‘red’ — the highest level possible. READ MORE: New Push In North Texas For Pregnant Women To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine The Public Health Committee made the following observations in their unanimous recommendation to move backward to the RED COVID threat level: Because of the very dramatic and frightening trajectory of the increases in cases, the committee voted unanimously to move to RED. — Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) August 4, 2021 READ MORE: Frisco ISD First In North Texas To Offer Online Learning In Wake Of Rise In COVID-19 Cases Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released some concerning new numbers overnight showing that there’s been a 189% increase in cases in the past two weeks. Jenkins said COVID-related hospitalizations in North Texas are also up more than 300% since the end of June. According to county guidance, the Red Threat Level indicates there is a high community risk for COVID transmission....
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Jefferson County Public Health announced face masks will not be required in outdoor public spaces in the county. The change takes effect April 5 until May 6 unless otherwise changed. Public health officials in the county say the move is in line with a new state executive order. Masks are still required in indoor spaces where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained among non-household members. READ MORE: Colorados Mesa Verde National Park Now Dark-Sky Certified (credit: CBS) “While we are at a place where we can remove the outdoor mask requirements, we are asking our residents and visitors to continue wearing their masks indoors a bit longer so we can stay on the right path. After vaccination, masking and social distancing remain the most effective weapons we have against COVID-19 transmission,” said Dr. Dawn Comstock, Executive Director, JCPH. Last month, the county was at risk of moving to level yellow because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. On April 5, the county says that risk is still there. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update:...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Beginning Friday only two of Oregon's 36 counties — Coos and Douglas — will remain in the “extreme risk” level category, due to COVID-19 spread in the area. In addition, Multnomah County — the state's most populous county and home of Portland — will improve to the “moderate risk” tier, which allows for increased capacity in restaurants, gyms, movie theaters and stores. “We are largely seeing case rates decline across the state,” Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday, when she announced the updated risk levels. “This should serve as a reminder that when we follow the health and safety measures we know work against this virus, we can truly make a difference in infection spread." Every two weeks state epidemiologists assess each counties risk levels, based on COVID-19 spread in the area, and assigns safety measures and restrictions based on that level in an effort to decrease COVID-19 cases. Under the “extreme risk” level, generally, indoor dining, indoor exercise at gyms and indoor visits at long-term care facilities are prohibited...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that starting next week counties that have moved out of the COVID-19 extreme risk level will not be moved back into it without giving them two weeks to improve their case numbers. The temporary freeze also will allow businesses to avoid abrupt closures and major changes in how they do business. If case numbers don’t improve in those two weeks, however, the county will move backward. “Recognizing the challenges businesses encounter when facing a switch back and forth between Extreme Risk and other risk levels, this two-week extension will alleviate some of these challenges and give counties a bit more time to bring case rates down," she said in an emailed statement. "As always, businesses and community members should continue to make smart choices and follow statewide and county-specific health and safety guidance.” The change will continue until further notice. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press, infectious diseases, Oregon, public health, health, coronavirus, lung disease
    As of Tuesday, Feb. 9, California had fully vaccinated about 1.7% of its population. According to the California Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Dashboard about 7.6 million doses have been shipped and of those, 4.9 million have been administered. That is up about 1 million vaccinations from last week. Los Angeles (1.22 million), San Diego (508,287) and Orange (408,645) counties have administered the most doses to date. About 99% of the data is recorded by the patient’s county of residence. Here are the totals from Feb. 9: Here are the totals from Feb. 2: This map from Bloomberg shows how California compares to other states in doses per 100 people, as of Feb. 1. California vaccination phases:   Current tier assignments In California, 53 of its 58 counties are in the purple tier (considered widespread risk), three counties are in the orange tier (moderate risk) and two are in the red tier (substantial risk) according to the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system. Del Norte county is the only county to change since that last report –...
    By SARA CLINE, Associated Press/Report for America PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For more than two months restaurants in the state's most populous counties have been closed to indoor dining, in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. But on Friday, that will change. Gov. Kate Brown announced Tuesday that 14 counties, including the Portland tri-county area, will be moving to a lower risk category as COVID-19 cases decrease in the state — allowing restaurants to open for indoor dining and gyms to increase capacity. “Thanks to Oregonians who have stepped up and made smart choices, we have made incredible progress in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives in Oregon,” Brown said Tuesday. “This is welcome news, as we’ll start to see more businesses open up and Oregonians being able to get out a bit more." Every two weeks state epidemiologists assess each counties risk levels, based on COVID-19 spread in the area, and assigns safety measures and restrictions based on that level. Since November Multnomah County, home to Portland, has been listed at highest level, “extreme risk.”...
    As of Tuesday, Feb. 2, California had fully vaccinated 1.5% of its population. According to the California Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Dashboard about 6.25 million doses have been shipped and of those 3.64 have been administered. Los Angeles (917,491), San Diego (365,205) and Orange (301,433) counties have administered the most doses to date. About 99% of the data is recorded by the patient’s county of residence. This map from Bloomberg shows how California compares to other states in doses per 100 people, as of Feb. 1. California vaccination phases:   Current tier assignments In California, 54 of its 58 counties are in the purple tier (considered widespread risk), three counties in the orange tier (moderate risk) and one in the red tier (substantial risk) according to the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system. On Nov. 24, the state had 41 counties in purple, 11 counties in red, four in orange, two in yellow. Counties are assigned to a tier based on metrics showing the speed and the spread of the virus in their borders. The states progression...
    (CBS4) — There has been an extreme spike in coronavirus cases in Colorado, causing multiple counties to increase restrictions. El Paso, Routt and Ouray counties are the latest to announce they’re being moved to Level Orange: Safer at Home – High Risk. The Level Orange restrictions limit occupancy at bars, restaurants, stores, businesses, houses of worship, and events. (credit: Colorado Department of Public Health And Environment) Most places where people gather are limited to 25% capacity: Houses of Worship: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people Gyms: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people indoors; up to 10 people outdoors Restaurants: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people indoors Non-Critical Manufacturing: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people Offices: Up to 25% capacity Retail: Up to 25% capacity Personal Services: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people Group Sports: Outdoors only, up to 10 people per activity Indoor Events: Up to 25%, or 50 people Outdoor Events: Up to 25%, or 75 people Routt County moved to Level Orange on Wednesday. The tighter restrictions go into place on...
    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Arapahoe County is the latest to join several other counties in being moved to Level Orange: Safer at Home – High Risk. Rising coronavirus case numbers and positivity rates caused the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to upgrade the county’s classification. (credit: CBS4) County officials say the COVID-19 incidence rate, as of Nov. 9, is at 616.61 and the positivity rate sits at 10.15% The new restrictions that come with Level Orange will take effect on Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. The county shared what those restrictions would look like: Houses of Worship: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people Gyms: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people indoors; up to 10 people outdoors Restaurants: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people indoors Non-Critical Manufacturing: Up to 25% capacity, or 50 people Offices: Up to 25% capacity Retail: Up to 25% capacity Personal Services: Up to 25% capacity, or 25 people Group Sports: Outdoors only, up to 10 people per activity Indoor Events: Up to 25%, or 50 people Outdoor Events: Up to...
    BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Health officials are increasing restrictions in Boulder County after a rapid increase in new COVID-19 cases. Beginning Friday, the county will move to the Safer at Home Level Orange: High Risk (previously called Level 3) on the state dial system. Public health officials are urging residents to avoid all gatherings, for now. State health officials say, in the past two week, new cases of COVID-19 among Boulder County residents is 312.1 per 100,000. If it gets to 350 per 100,000 the county will move to a Stay at Home order. (credit: CBS) The five-day rolling average of daily cases among county residents is 98 cases per day, which is higher than any other time — except the CU surge — since the start of the pandemic. The latest report suggests that, on the current trajectory, hospitalizations will likely exceed the April peak. And, if transmission continues over the holidays, ICU capacity could be exceeded by the end of the year. “It’s disappointing,” said City of Boulder Mayor Sam Weaver. “Everything about going into a lockdown...
    SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Summit County will enter into the Level Orange: High Risk coronavirus category, CBS4 learned Wednesday night. The county will also impose a curfew that is set to take effect on Friday at 5 p.m. (credit: CBS) This news came after the county met with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment this evening. Wednesday was the end of a one-week deadline to see a plauteau or decline in the number of cases, and since then, things have continued to increase dramatically. The two-week average positivity rate is above 14%. “We wish that we did not have to go down this path. We’re seeing as I said, significant case activity in Summit County,” said Scott Vargo, Summit County Manager. “We are seeing more activity around hospitalization around the Front Range, and that has been our biggest concern is hospital capacity in the long run and the risk that we place our more vulnerable. We’re now seeing with this wider community spread, more people in more age groups being affected by the virus.” Safer at Home...
    BROOMFIELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Broomfield County is the latest in Colorado to be moved to Level Orange-High Risk coronavirus restrictions. The county announced the change on Wednesday evening. The changes take effect on Friday at 5 p.m. The State of Colorado has moved the City and County of Broomfield into Safer at Home Level Orange in an effort to reduce the alarming spread of COVID-19 in Broomfield, the metro region, and state. This change is effective November 6. Visit https://t.co/zzMcD23a6U for more info. pic.twitter.com/FOpqS72eGi — Broomfield Govt (@broomfield) November 5, 2020 According to the county’s website, the tightened restrictions include: Gatherings are limited to 10 people or less, and from no more 2 households max. Retail, office based businesses limited to 25% capacity. Personal services and gyms/fitness centers are limited to 25% capacity, or up to 25 people per room, whichever is fewer. Indoor restaurant seating, places of worship and indoor events are limited to 25% capacity or 50 people per room, whichever is fewer. The Broomfield Community Center, Paul Derda Recreation Center and Broomfield Library are limited...
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Commissioner Justin Rodriguez updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 64,767 total COVID-19 cases and 1,247 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 151 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 192. City officials also reported that 248 patients are hospitalized, 91 are in the intensive care unit and 45 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 71% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said the COVID-19 positivity rate has jumped to 6.9%, up from 5.8% last week. The goal is to have a positivity rate under 5%. The county’s COVID-19 risk level is now “moderate." The school risk level is also “moderate.”COVID-19 Risk Level 10/26/20 (COSA/Bexar County)MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio, Bexar County...
    None of California’s small and large amusement parks closed for seven months by the coronavirus pandemic can reopen right now under the new COVID-19 health and safety guidelines issued as part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. California issued long-awaited theme park reopening guidelines last week, but the new rules could leave small parks closed for weeks or months and major players like Disney and Universal unable to return until early 2021 or next summer. California officials issued separate reopening guidelines for small and large theme parks in the state. Small theme parks with a capacity of fewer than 15,000 visitors can reopen in the orange/moderate tier 3 while large theme parks can return in the yellow/minimal tier 4. California has more than 30 small and large amusement parks and family entertainment centers with amusement rides. California’s eight large theme parks are all months away from opening under Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Most California counties with major theme parks fall into the second-most restrictive red/substantial tier 2 risk level — including Orange (Disneyland and Knott’s),...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins upped the COVID-19 risk level in the county on Wednesday. “Today we see another high number of new COVID-19 cases with the numbers today being 454 confirmed cases and 50 probable cases for a total of 504 additional cases. The increase in hospitalizations, and new COVID-19 positive cases, as well as other metrics like the R-naught factor being above 1 for several weeks, has led the Public Health Committee to recommend a return to ‘Red’ on our color-coded chart. With a new and quickly escalating wave of COVID-19 cases hitting North Texas, it is more important than ever that we make good decisions,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in a statement. “Things that doctors recommend as safe and permissible in ‘Orange,’ they recommend against in ‘Red.’ These things include dining in restaurants and personal grooming services, among other activities.” Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 454 newl positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total confirmed cases in Dallas County to 87,835. The county also confirmed one more death...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. At 10 a.m., Santa Clara County public health officials discuss what it means that Santa Clara County is moving from the Red Tier (Tier 2) risk level to the Orange Tier (Tier 3) risk level. Related Articles Coronavirus: California’s COVID-19 deaths continue to plummet Saratogans write the book on Operation Gratitude Facebook bans anti-vaccination ads but not antivax posts Coronavirus real estate: Silicon Valley adjusts California will release theme park reopening plan ‘when we’re ready,’ state official says
    SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s Note: Watch the entire briefing in the video player above. Newsletter recipients can click here to access the video. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing Monday night. Nirenberg reported 59,730 total COVID-19 cases and 1,201 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Monday, an increase of 46 new cases. No new deaths were reported today. The 7-day moving average of cases is 141. City officials also reported that 184 patients are hospitalized, 78 are in the intensive care unit and 40 are on ventilators. There are 16% of staffed beds available and 72% of ventilators available. Nirenberg said the COVID-19 positivity rate has jumped up to 5.8%, up from 4.9% last week. Official reminded people that early voting starts Tuesday in Bexar County. Click here to learn more. COVID-19 RISK LEVEL:COVID-19 Risk Level: 10/12/20 (COSA/Bexar County)SCHOOL RISK LEVEL:School Risk Level: 10/12/20 (COSA/Bexar County)MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT: Track daily spikes in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio,...
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