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    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 21,686 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. That’s down from last week, when there were 32,909 cases. READ MORE: Judge Pauses COVID Vaccine Mandate For Certain Boston WorkersDistricts, collaboratives, and special education schools reported 18,536 cases among students and 3,150 among staff between January 20 and January 26. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 8,616 New COVID Cases, 7-Day Positivity Rate Drops Below 10%Here were the case numbers in the previous weeks between students and staff across the Commonwealth over the last several months: January 13-20: 32,909 cases (28,151 kids, 3,758 staff) January 6-12: 48,414 cases (41,063 kids, 7,351 staff) December 23-January 5: 51,110 cases (38,887 kids, 12,213 staff) December 16-22: 10,120 cases (8,576 kids, 1,544 staff) December 9-15: 8,376 cases (7,223 kids, 1,153 staff) December 2-8: 7.984 cases (6,879 kids, 1,105 staff) November 18-December 1: 9,909 cases (8,513 kids, 1,396 staff) November 11-17: 3,815 cases (3,257 kids, 558 staff) November 4-10: 3,021...
    NEW daily Covid cases in the UK have fallen 11 per cent on from a fortnight ago. Dipping under 100,000 again, 96,871 Brits tested positive in the last 24 hours - a drop from 109,133 on January 13. 1Cases have gone under 100,000 after rising for the past few days as kids catch the variantCredit: Maciek Musialek / Story Picture Agency Another 338 fatalities were added to the grim toll, with deaths hovering around that figure for a few weeks now. Cases had risen in the past few days, with this thought to be sparked by schools going back. Kids are largely unvaccinated and hadn't mingled much over Christmas, so they are only now catching Omicron in larger numbers. But patients being admitted to hospital haven't increased, despite the slight rise. And people on ventilators in ICUs have been steadily dropping since January 4, in promising signs the country is escaping Omicron's grip. A string of positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains, especially in the vaccinated. Most read in Health NewsPAIN GAME I’m a chiropractor and here’s how...
    After seeing nearly one in four COVID-19 tests coming back positive earlier in the month, the positive COVID-19 infection rate in Connecticut is back approaching 10 percent. On Tuesday, Jan. 25, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that there were more than 25,000 COVID-19 tests administered, resulting in 2,795 new laboratory-confirmed infections for a 10.93 percent positivity rate. The previous day, the infection rate was at 13.74 percent, marking the continuance of improving COVID-19 data in Connecticut. One hundred more COVID-19 patients were discharged from Connecticut hospitals, bringing the total being treated down to 1,346, 723 (53.7 percent) of which were not fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Public Health. According to the Department of Public Health, for the week beginning on Sunday, Jan. 9, unvaccinated persons had a 3.2-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had a 13.9-times greater risk of dying from the virus compared to vaccinated individuals. New virus-related fatalities brought the death toll in Connecticut to more than 9,700 since the pandemic began in March 2020....
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have agreed new Covid rules to clarify when matches can be postponed. Today’s meeting of the 20 top flight clubs backed Prem proposals to demand at least four positive cases of the virus for a postponement request to be accepted. 1Mikel Arteta's Arsenal were due to face Tottenham this monthCredit: Reuters The change comes in the wake of League bosses agreeing to call off the North London derby when Martin Odegaard was the only Arsenal player unavailable through Covid. That was among the 22 matches that have so far been postponed because of virus-related absentees, although four of those have since been played on a different date. The Gunners’ clash with arch-rivals Tottenham was postponed just 24-hours before kick-off. Prem chiefs were widely criticised for that decision, with many accusing Arsenal of taking advantage of a flawed process. Some managers have previously voiced that changing the rules mid-season could force them to play weakened teams when other sides had benefited. But SunSport understands no clubs spoke out against the change at today’s meeting. Most read in SportSZIL...
    Members of the public queue for Covid-19 vaccinations and booster jabs at St Thomas' Hospital on December 14, 2021 in London, England.Dan Kitwood | Getty Images News | Getty Images Omicron has almost completely replaced the previously dominant delta variant of Covid-19 in England, a new study has found, with the vast majority of cases being possible reinfections. Imperial College London's REACT study — which has been updated monthly since May 2020 and is funded by the U.K. government — analyzed 100,607 PCR test results from across England. Swabs were collected between Jan. 5 and Jan. 20. The study found that 99% of sequenced positive swabs came from people infected with the omicron variant, with only 1% of infections being caused by the delta variant. "We observed unprecedented levels of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in England in January 2022 and almost complete replacement of delta by omicron," the study's authors said in their paper released Wednesday.VIDEO2:4002:40Half of Americans could be infected with omicron variant by mid-February: Dr. Scott GottliebSquawk BoxReinfection capabilityTwo-thirds of the 3,582 participants who tested positive in January reported...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. This week in COVID-19 news On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. Researchers are unsure if the omicron variant, which appears to be less severe than previous strains, might still lead to cases of long covid.  Also, the omicron-fueled spike in positive cases has appeared to reach its peak – reaching as high as 800,000 new cases a day in the U.S. before, over the past few days, beginning to fall back down.  Here in Minnesota, MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann announced her retirement. The state official, with more than 30 years of public health experience in Minnesota, helped lead the state, alongside MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm and Gov. Tim Walz, through the pandemic thus far. Ehresmann will step down Feb. 2.  Article continues after advertisement Cases The omicron variant has caused such a large spike in new cases that Minnesota...
    CORONAVIRUS infections have dropped by 21 per cent in the last fortnight, new data has revealed. A further 94,326 Brits tested positive today, a drop from 120,821 infections on January 11. 1Brits have headed back to the office in droves this week after working from home restrictions were curbedCredit: w8media The update on infections today means a total of 16,047,716 people have now caught the bug in Britain. Sadly, a further 439 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded today, that's up on yesterday's death rate of 56 deaths, with Monday's data always lagging behind due to the weekend. The fall in infections from two weeks ago marks another positive sign the country is over the peak of the Omicron wave. Infections are also down steeply today compared to Christmas eve, when 122,186 people tested positive - meaning they would have to miss out on Christmas with their families. While Covid won't be a mild illness for everyone, most people who have had the variant say it's 'just like a cold'. A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron...
    THE UK's daily Covid cases have risen by 88,447 in the past 24 hours - a slight rise on yesterday's numbers. But in promising signs the country is steadily making it's way out of Omicron's grip, today's new cases are a drop of 37 per cent from 142,000 cases a fortnight ago. 1Covid cases are remaining fairly steady as they fall from the record highs in the new yearCredit: Zenpix Official figures also showed 75 Brits died from the virus yesterday - but today 56 were added to the grim toll of Covid fatalities. It comes after UK Covid figures almost halved in the past two weeks, with 74,799 people testing positive yesterday. While Covid won't be a mild illness for everyone, most people who have had the variant say it's 'just like a cold'. A string of hugely positive studies show Omicron is milder than other strains in the vaccinated, with the first official UK report revealing the risk of hospitalisation is 50 to 70 per cent lower than with Delta. Covid booster jabs protect against Omicron and offer the best...
    This is Bulloch County Schools’ latest report as released by the school system. The report is updated weekly. Last Update: 5:40 p.m., January 23, 2022 Totals for Week 25: January 16-21, 2022 Total Cases for Week 25: 403Total Close Contacts due to Week 25 Cases: 3,081Total Clusters for Week 25: 12Total Student Enrollment: 11,001Number of Students on Campus: 10,604Number of Virtual Students: 397Total Employees On-Campus:  2,099Total Employees Working Virtually: 46 Note: These are cases and close contacts that have occurred amongst students and employees. The data include those that happen both at school and in community. Not all cases or close contacts have been at school. A person may be identified as a close contact more than once.  No COVID-19 testing is done in the school district and no medical entities report positive cases to the district.  All cases are self reported by parents and employees; therefore, the school district is unable to control the time it takes for a confirmed-positive case to be reported to the school district. SCHOOL WEEK 25 Location # Employees # Students Enrolled Cases Close Contacts...
    UK Covid figures have almost halfed in the past two weeks as 74,799 more people test positive. Official figures also show that 75 Brits have died from the virus in the last 24 hours. 2 2Cases and deaths have almost halved in two weeksCredit: LNP Last week saw 75,041 cases recorded in the UK – which is slightly up from today’s figures. January 9 saw 141,472 people test positive and 97 people die after contracting the virus. Cases in the last seven days are down a fifth on the seven day period before, according to the NHS website. And today's infection number is also lower than yesterday, when 95,787 were reported. Last week, 91 people lost their lives to Covid, which is more than today’s 75 deaths. In total 137,271,605 people have now recieved a vaccination - and 36,890,079 have recieved their booster jabs. Most read in The US SunTRAGIC LOSS TV star Regina King's son dies only days before launching music careerBIG BOOST Automatic monthly $687 Social Security payments available - how to applyLEGEND DEAD Meat...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County reported another 72 deaths associated with the coronavirus Saturday, along with 39,117 new positive COVID tests. More than 250,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the county over the past seven days, down from the 291,000 cases reported for the previous seven days, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Saturday’s test positivity rate was 16.1%, a decline from 17.4% last Sunday. READ MORE: High-Powered Winds Whip Through Southland, Bringing Damage To Houses, TreesMeanwhile, the number of COVID-positive patients in L.A. County hospitals fell for the second consecutive day, dropping from 4,792 as of Friday to 4,698. However, the number of those patients in intensive care continued its worrisome climb, increasing from 740 to 769. The health department said residents who test positive should isolate away from others for at least five days. To exit isolation after day five, residents will need a negative COVID-19 viral test, have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine, and be asymptomatic or have improving symptoms. Residents...
    By Eli Walsh | Bay City News Foundation Three dozen COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at Santa Rosa’s Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter this month, with more than 120 residents at the shelter exposed to the virus, according to the city. City officials and Catholic Charities, which operates the city-owned shelter, confirmed the first two positive cases on Jan. 4. Since then, 121 residents have been exposed and 36 have tested positive, as of Thursday. The most recent positive test was Tuesday, according to the city. None of the infected shelter residents have been hospitalized. Related Articles Federal inspectors investigating ‘numerous complaints’ about labs and testing sites associated with Center for Covid Control Stanford to allow fans at indoor sports again starting Jan. 28 California teens could soon get COVID-19 vaccine without parental permission How to order free COVID-19 tests by phone Oakland students take to Zoom to demand more COVID safety measures on campus The shelter also experienced an outbreak of cases in July and August 2021,...
    UK COVID cases have dropped a FIFTH in a week after another 76,807 people tested positive for the virus. Official figures also show that 297 Brits have died from the virus in the last 24 hours. 1Official figures also show that 76,807 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hoursCredit: w8media A week ago on January 15, 81,713 cases were recorded in the UK. Cases in the last seven days are down a fifth on the seven day period before, according to the NHS website. And today's infection number is also lower than yesterday, when 95,787 were reported. Last week, 287 people lost their lives to Covid, which is slightly less than today's 297. Meanwhile, Brit scientists believe they have developed a new wonder pill that could tackle both covid and flu, new trial results suggest.   West Sussex-based biotech firm iosBio revealed that their new capsuled medicine dubbed “fluvid” had shown “excellent results” after a set of early studies took place this month.    Most read in The US SunLEGEND DEAD Meat Loaf...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Flint students will remain out of the classroom even longer due to a surge of new COVID-19 cases. The superintendent says more than 10% of COVID-19 tests in the district are positive, which is an all-time high for the district. READ MORE: State Fears Confusion After Michigan Restaurant Wins In Dining Ban CaseStudents were originally slated to return on Monday, Jan. 24. READ MORE: MSU Police Find Body That Is Believed To Be Brendan Santo In Red Cedar RiverThey’ll continue to learn remotely until further notice. MORE NEWS: Michigan Prisons Follows CDC, Allows COVID-Positive Staff To Work After 5 Days With Mild Symptoms© 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    In response to updated Department of Public Health (DPH) guidance, Bulloch County Schools says it will discontinue efforts to contact trace exposures to COVID-19 positive cases in its schools and offices. From Bulloch Co Schools: “This will reduce the burden placed on our nurses and administrative staff so that they can redirect their time to tasks directly related to teaching and learning and routine health needs in our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Charles Wilson. Close contact tracing will end in the school district at 8 p.m. on January 21, after any close contact notifications for Friday are complete. The school district will continue to report COVID-19 cases to the Department of Public Health and the public on a weekly basis. Employees and parents of students should still use the school district’s online COVID-19 Absences tool or contact their school to report any of the following: You have a confirmed-positive case of COVID-19 You choose to quarantine for 5 to 10 days due to a known close contact with a positive case You...
    DAILY coronavirus infections have fallen by 10 per cent in just 24 hours with a further 95,787 cases confirmed. It comes as the crucial coronavirus R rate has today dropped to 0.8-1.1 across England, in a sign that the country has passed the peak of Omicron infections. 1Brits headed back to the office today after restriction were lifted on working from homeCredit: w8media Yesterday 10,7364 people tested positive for the bug, with another 330 confirmed deaths. A week ago, infections were at 996,52, with deaths at 270. The R rate today is down from last week's rate of 1.1-1.5, and the North East still has the highest rate in the country between 0.8 and 1.2 with London having the lowest between 0.7 and 0.9. The growth rate in England is currently -6 per cent to one per cent. This means that the number of infections could be broadly flat, shrinking up to six per cent every day or growing by up to one per cent every day. The R rate aligns with current estimations from the Office for National...
    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 32,909 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The number is cases is down from last week, when there were 48,414 cases. READ MORE: They Have A Winner! Tewksbury Police Have Chosen Backyard Rink For Pick-Up Hockey GameDistricts, collaboratives, and special education schools reported 28,151 cases among students and 4,758 among staff between January 13 and January 19. READ MORE: 'How Do KF94 Masks Compare To KN95 Masks?' Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your COVID QuestionsHere were the case numbers in the previous weeks between students and staff across the Commonwealth over the last several months: January 6-12: 48,414 cases (41,063 kids, 7,351 staff) December 23-January 5: 51,110 cases (38,887 kids, 12,213 staff) December 16-22: 10,120 cases (8,576 kids, 1,544 staff) December 9-15: 8,376 cases (7,223 kids, 1,153 staff) December 2-8: 7.984 cases (6,879 kids, 1,105 staff) November 18-December 1: 9,909 cases (8,513 kids, 1,396 staff) November 11-17: 3,815 cases (3,257 kids, 558...
    DAILY Covid-19 infections are down on last week's rates as Omicron deaths have now 'past the peak'. A further 109,133 coronavirus cases have been reported today as Brits get back to the office after the PM axed work from home orders. 2Experts have today claimed that coronavirus deaths have peaked and will start to tail offCredit: LNP It's a drop on last week's figures when 109,133 people tested positive with the virus. Yesterday 108,069 new Covid infections were reported by the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA), with a further 359 deaths. Today there were an additional 330 deaths within 28 days of a positive test. Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday announced Plan B will be completely shredded next Wednesday. Hated vaccine passports will be dumped along with requirement to wear face masks anywhere indoors. The guidance to work from home has been dropped effective immediately - meaning Brits can go back to the office tomorrow. Most read in Health NewsRISK FACTOR Binge-watching TV for over 4 hours 'increases deadly blood clot risk by third'LEAVE IT B Boris Johnson SCRAPS Plan B from...
    MARIN COUNTY (KPIX 5) – New numbers from California state health officials Wednesday show COVID-19 cases are going down slightly. Despite there being 98,000 new cases, test positivity has dropped to just under 21%. Some leading health experts believe the latest headlines about the record number of hospitalizations can be misleading, saying the distinction between patients hospitalized for COVID-19, versus with COVID, is more critical during the omicron surge. READ MORE: San Francisco Opens Help Center For Tenderloin District Residents In Need“A lot more patients come in with something that isn’t Omicron, but they test positive.  You come in with a broken leg, and oh my gosh you happen to have Omicron,” said Chief Medical Officer of MarinHealth Medical Center Dr. Karen Shavelson. In San Francisco, 256 people were hospitalized with COVID last January. It’s up to 240 now. Health officials say a larger percentage these days, sometimes half of COVID hospitalizations, are patients seeking treatment for something non-COVID related, but then test positive, and count as a COVID hospitalization. “Things have changed where because it’s so much more prevalent...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The surge in COVID-19 cases has also affected children, with doctors and nurses reporting more young people in the hospital. (CBSLA) READ MORE: Sheriff Villanueva Blasts County Board Of Supervisors, DA George Gascón During 'Year In Review' Press Conference“The last two weeks, we’ve had more than 900 positive children,” said Melanie Patterson with Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Since the start of the pandemic, doctors and nurses at the hospital have treated more than 9,000 sick kids, though nearly of thousand of those cases, according to Patterson, have been in the last two weeks. “So, no. It doesn’t feel like it’s leveling off,” she said. “In fact, we’re waiting to see every day what our numbers look like.” Wednesday at CHOC, 33 children were admitted with COVID, with 12 of them in the intensive care unit and four on ventilators. READ MORE: Fashion Legend Andre Leon Talley Dies At 73Patterson, who is the chief of nursing, said many of the children have underlying diseases and are very sick. “What we’re seeing now is that...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — While more schools are reporting new cases since the end of the fall semester, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department reported that the test positivity rate among K-12 schools has decreased from last week. According to Public Health data,  1,032 K-12 schools in the county reported positive cases from Jan. 9 to Jan. 15 — 55% higher than the 665 schools that reported positive cases during the last week of December 2021. READ MORE: One Juvenile Shot Near Schools In WattsOf the 595,000 tests conducted at county schools between Jan. 9 and Jan. 15, 11% came back positive, a decrease from the 15% recorded the previous week. While there were 65,000 students and staff that tested positive in that time period, two elementary schools and one high school reported new outbreaks, indicating that the recent cases are from community transmission mostly within schools with active cases. According to Public Health, county officials are working with schools to increase testing capacity. “Frequent testing can help identify asymptomatic individuals before they have a lot of opportunities to transmit...
    BUDPAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The leader of Hungary’s political opposition said Wednesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 amid a surge in cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Peter Marki-Zay, an independent conservative who will represent a six-party opposition coalition in the parliamentary election in April, said on his Facebook page that he had received a positive test after exhibiting mild COVID-19 symptoms following a television appearance Tuesday evening. “I have canceled all external programs, gone into quarantine and am continuing to work from home, working for a change of government,” Marki-Zay wrote, adding that he has received three vaccine doses. Omicron is less likely to cause severe illness than the previous delta variant, according to studies. Omicron spreads even more easily than other coronavirus strains, and has already become dominant in many countries. It also more easily infects those who have been vaccinated or had previously been infected by prior versions of the virus. Marki-Zay’s announcement came on the same day that Hungary reported the highest number of daily cases of COVID-19 since the...
    A new bill that passed the D.C. council on Tuesday will require public schools to notify parents if a student in their child’s class has tested positive for COVID-19 within 24 hours. “We are just asking that it happen more quickly,” said At-Large Council member Robert C. White Jr., who introduced the emergency legislation. “Because if a parent gets a notice that three, four days ago, there was a COVID infection in their child’s classroom, they’ve sort of missed the opportunity to quarantine and prevent additional spread.” His bill, which passed unanimously, also requires the Office of the State Superintendent to post the percentage of asymptomatic testing that is being done in each school. Additionally, D.C. Public Schools will have to notify the council which schools still do not have expanded COVID-19 staffing, including a COVID-19 coordinator and an extra full-time substitute teacher, which the council required in legislation passed in October. Council Chair Phil Mendelson said that he is frustrated that the city has been slow to act on hiring additional staff. “The mayor announced last October that every...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There are some positive trends in New York’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kathy Hochul says the number of positive COVID cases statewide dropped 75% in two weeks. READ MORE: As NYC, Teachers Union Discuss Remote Option, Mayor Adams Reiterates 'Our Schools Are Going To Remain Open'State health officials said there were 22,312 new cases Monday, the positivity rate is at 12.48% and the number of hospitalizations is also going down, now under 12,000. READ MORE: Free COVID Tests Now Available Online Through USPSCORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Complete COVID Vaccine Coverage Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Find NYC Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times CDC’s COVID Vaccine FAQ CDC’s COVID Tracking Map By County Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental Health & More Remote Learning Tools For Students And Parents At Home “We hope to close the books on this winter surge soon so we can turn the page and open the book on our 2023 budget outlook and focus on the...
    Rep. Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryGOP rep facing charges of lying to FBI announces reelection bid Judge rejects Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's bid to dismiss charges GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment MORE (R-Neb.) tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, becoming the latest congressional lawmaker to announce a breakthrough case. The congressman said he is experiencing a moderate coronavirus case and will as a result vote by proxy this week. “Though I have been vaccinated and took every precaution to avoid infection, I have contracted a moderate case of COVID-19,” Fortenberry wrote in a statement. “Per House protocol, I will be recuperating and working from home, and will vote by proxy. As always, my excellent team is ready and available to serve the needs of all Nebraskans.” Congressional lawmakers have reported at least 50 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 since last summer, more than half of them contracted since mid-December. Rep. David TroneDavid John TroneMaryland Democrat announces positive COVID-19 test Biden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans Maryland Democrats target lone Republican in redistricting scheme MORE (D-Md.) announced a positive test on...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Health officials say positive COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County have increased nearly 10 times in one month.According to the county Department of Public Health, 31,576 COVID cases were reported on Monday. Back in mid-December, the daily number was close to 3,300.According to state figures, there were 4,564 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals as of Monday, up slightly from 4,507 on Sunday. The number of those patients in intensive care was 621, a slight reduction from 622 a day earlier.One month ago, there were just 772 COVID-positive patients in county hospitals. The rapid rise has been attributed to the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant of the virus.READ ALSO | Omicron surge hasn't peaked nationwide, and 'the next few weeks will be tough:' US surgeon generalEMBED More News Videos An average of more than 750,000 new Covid-19 infections were reported every day over the past week, according to Johns Hopkins University data. If there's any positive sign that the current surge might soon slow down, it is in the average daily rate of people testing...
    THE UK's daily Covid cases have gone up slightly today to 84,429 - after hitting the lowest point in a month yesterday. But tragic fatalities from the past 24 hours are slightly lower than yesterday in a promising sign, at 85. 2Cases have gone up slightly today, but this includes data that was missing over the weekendCredit: LNP Today's figures include data missing from Scotland over the weekend, which is why it will have jumped up a bit compared to Sunday. Yesterday 70,924 new infections were reported in 24 hours, with 88 deaths logged. This was the lowest figure for a month, after Omicron began to spread throughout the country. The last time infections dropped below 70,000 was on December 14 when 59,610 positive tests were recorded. It comes as working from home and vaccine passports are set to be dropped next Wednesday with Boris Johnson expected to ditch Plan B. Brits will be able to go back to the office and attend mass events like the footie without showing their vaccination status or a negative test. Most read...
    OMICRON is still spreading fast, although cases are starting to drop in the UK. Some people can test positive while showing no signs at all - but there are a few key symptoms to know of that could mean you have been hit with the variant. 2People could have Covid if they are presenting with only these two symptomsCredit: w8media This version of the Covid virus is presenting as more cold-like, especially in people who have been vaccinated. It is milder, again largely in those who have been jabbed, and so is unlikely to require anything more than a few days at home recovering. But incase you come into contact with anyone more vulnerable or who could be taken ill more seriously, it's good to know the signs you might be carrying Omicron. Two key symptoms, according to an expert, are a runny nose and headache. Professor Irene Petersen, a professor of epidemiology and health informatics at University College London, told the Independent: “A runny nose and headache are symptoms of many infections, but may also be the first symptoms -...
    This is Bulloch County Schools’ latest report as released by the school system. The report is updated weekly. Last Update: 6 p.m., January 16, 2022 Totals for Week 24: January 9-15, 2022 Total Cases for Week 24: 195Total Close Contacts due to Week 24 Cases: 1,939Total Clusters for Week 24: 2Total Student Enrollment: 10,996Number of Students on Campus: 10,607Number of Virtual Students: 389Total Employees On-Campus:  2,099Total Employees Working Virtually: 45 Note: These are cases and close contacts that have occurred amongst students and employees. The data include those that happen both at school and in community. Not all cases or close contacts have been at school. A person may be identified as a close contact more than once.  No COVID-19 testing is done in the school district and no medical entities report positive cases to the district.  All cases are self reported by parents and employees. All close contacts and clusters that occur at school are traced by school district medical and administrative personnel and reported to parents and guardians each weekday at 6:30 p.m. SCHOOL WEEK 24 Location # Employees...
    A FURTHER 70,924 Covid cases were reported in the UK today - the lowest daily total in more than a month. The last time infections dropped below 70,000 was on December 14 when 59,610 positive tests were recorded. 1Morning commuters crossing London BridgeCredit: LNP Another 88 sadly lost their lives to the virus, bringing the UK's Covid death toll to 151,987. The number of infections since the pandemic began now stands at 15,217,280. It is the third day in a row that the number of people testing positive has fallen below 100,000 in a promising sign the country is moving past the Omicron peak. The last time figures were below 100,000 before January 14 was December 21, which saw 90,629 cases. And in further positive news, coronavirus cases are now falling in every region in England as the crucial R rate has stabilised, new data has revealed. The R rate is currently between 1.1 and 1.5 a slight dip from last weeks 1.2 to 1.5. It's highest in the North East, which sits between 1.4 and 1.7, but despite a high R rate,...
    ARSENAL have returned another Covid positive... but only AFTER the North London derby was called off. The Gunners' request to have Sunday's clash with Tottenham postponed was accepted by the Premier League. 1Arsenal's game against Spurs on Sunday was called off due to the Gunners' lack of playersCredit: EPA The decision was made due to Arsenal players being unavailable because of Covid, injuries and being away at the Africa Cup of Nations. But it has been claimed the Covid aspect of the postponement was minimal as there are few cases in Mikel Arteta's squad. However, The Athletic are now saying Arsenal have another positive test just hours after the match was called off. This case was not taken into consideration when making the decision to postpone the fixture. Aside from the Covid cases in the squad, Arsenal have several players at the Africa Cup of Nations - Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Omar Rekik. Granit Xhaka is also unavailable after being shown a red card against Liverpool on Thursday. Most read in Premier LeagueNigeria 3 Sudan...
    DAILY Covid cases in the UK have more than halved in two weeks. A total of 81,713 fresh infections were reported in the latest 24-hour period, compared to a staggering 179,637 a fortnight ago. 1Masked commuters wait to catch a London bound train in Bracknell, BerkshireCredit: PA:Press Association A further 287 virus deaths were also recorded yesterday. It brings the total number of positive cases since the pandemic began to And the UK's Covid death toll now stands at a grim 151,899. Today is the second day in a row that the number of people testing positive has fallen below 100,000. Infections dipped to 99,652 before falling further to today's 81,713 in a promising sign the country is moving past the Omicron peak. The last time figures were below 100,000 before January 14 was December 21, which saw 90,629 cases. And in further positive news, coronavirus cases are now falling in every region in England as the crucial R rate has stabilised, new data has revealed. The R rate is currently between 1.1 and 1.5 a slight...
    CORONAVIRUS cases are now falling in every region in England as the crucial R rate has stabilised, new data has revealed. Today daily infections dropped below 100,000 for the first time in three weeks, indicating the Brits have now passed the peak of Omicron infections. 2The chart above shows how Covid cases are falling across the country, data from the days from January 10 to January 13 are incomplete 2 The R rate is currently between 1.1 and 1.5 a slight dip from last weeks 1.2 to 1.5. It's highest in the North East, which sits between 1.4 and 1.7, but despite a high R rate, infections are now starting to fall in the region - which had previously been an Omicron epicentre. Infections have dipped to 99,652 today across the country and the last time figures were below 100,000 was Christmas Day, but this was likely due to people celebrating the holiday and not getting tested. But December 19 saw 81,761 new cases in 24 hours, before it began to steadily increase over the next two weeks. For the...
    Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) announced Friday that she tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated and previously contracting the virus in 2020. Hinson said that she "began experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms" Thursday afternoon and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. She is the latest lawmaker to test positive amid a surge in cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. The Iowa Republican voted on the House floor in person on Thursday morning against Democrats' voting rights and federal election reforms package, which is being used as a legislative vehicle in the Senate for a fight over reforming the filibuster. Hinson said she is now isolating and working remotely from Washington. "I am fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19," Hinson tweeted. "I am isolating and following CDC guidance as well as the advice of the Attending Physician, and am currently working remotely in Washington, D.C. My team and I will continue working around the clock for Iowans and I look forward to being back at work, in-person, soon." It's the second time that Hinson has tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. She...
    THE UK's daily Covid cases have fallen below 100,000 for the first time in three weeks. Infections have dipped to 99,652 today, in a promising sign the country is moving past the Omicron peak. 1The UK is back below 100,000 daily cases for the first time in weeksCredit: LNP The last time figures were below 100,000 was Christmas Day, but this was likely due to people not being tested. But December 19 saw 81,761 new cases in 24 hours, before it began to steadily increase over the next two weeks. For the past seven days, infections have fallen hugely from record highs of over 200,000-per-day in an encouraging sign. It follows the release of Sage documents today, which revealed fresh data showed Omicron is 65 per cent less likely to cause death compared to Delta. Patients in hospital with the variant have also been found to have shorter stays, and are less likely to need oxygen or intensive care. Yesterday an expert hailed the UK is "on the other side" of the Omicron peak. Most read in Health NewsHIGH ALERT...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A large COVID-19 outbreak has hit at Sacramento County jail facilities. On Thursday, Sacramento County officials announced that they have identified 76 positive COVID-19 cases at the Main Jail as well as 48 positive cases at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. READ MORE: Gov. Gavin Newsom Denies Parole For RFK Assassin Sirhan SirhanContact tracing is now underway, county officials say. “Quarantine protocols are in place and extensive testing is being done,” said Dr. Olivia Kasirye in a statement. READ MORE: Paraglider Rescued After Crashing Into Peak In Yolo CountyHealth officials say the large spike in cases is due to the highly-transmissible Omicron variant that has quickly spread across the US. The county says the confirmed cases at the jail facilities are coming from intake quarantine, inmate workers, and close contact testing. Inmates at Sacramento County jail facilities are offered vaccinations, but they are not required. MORE NEWS: Firefighters Rescue Dog Hurt After Being Struck By Car In ModestoThe sheriff’s office is set to hold a press conference at 3 p.m....
    BOSTON (CBS) – There were 48,414 coronavirus cases among students and staff in Massachusetts schools in the last week, according to the latest data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. It is the most reported cases in a single week. READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 18,721 New COVID Cases, 7-Day Positivity Rate Drops Toward 20%Districts, collaboratives, and special education schools reported 41,063 cases among students and 7,351 among staff between January 6 and January 12. READ MORE: Light Snow And Windy Friday, Dangerous Cold Saturday And Strong Storm Forecast For MondayHere were the case numbers in the previous weeks between students and staff across the Commonwealth: December 23-January 5: 51,110 cases (38,887 kids, 12,213 staff) December 16-22: 10,120 cases (8,576 kids, 1,544 staff) December 9-15: 8,376 cases (7,223 kids, 1,153 staff) December 2-8: 7.984 cases (6,879 kids, 1,105 staff) November 18-December 1: 9,909 cases (8,513 kids, 1,396 staff) November 11-17: 3,815 cases (3,257 kids, 558 staff) November 4-10: 3,021 cases (2,640 kids, 381 staff) October 29-November 3: 3,963 cases (3,381 kids, 582 staff) The...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The number of COVID-positive patients in Los Angeles County hospitals topped 4,000 Thursday as the Omicron variant continued to fuel a winter surge in infections. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said there were 4,175 COVID-19-positive patients in county hospitals as of Thursday. READ MORE: No Burn Order Extended Through Friday For Many Parts Of SouthlandOf those hospitalized, 586 are being treated in intensive care. Wednesday, 3,912 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 536 were in the ICU. READ MORE: Critics Choice Awards Ceremony Set For March 13 After Being PostponedThursday’s hospitalization number is the highest it has been since early February 2021. Ferrer also reported there are 45,076 new cases of COVID in L.A. County Thursday and 45 additional deaths. MORE NEWS: Fresno Man Rahmad Parke, Wanted In Murders Of Mother And Grandfather, Known To Frequent Santa Monica, Van Nuys And Sherman Oaks(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
    Cruise ships have seen a 30-fold increase in COVID cases over the past two weeks, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has announced, with nearly 100 vessels carrying passengers in US waters currently under investigation. Speaking at the senate health hearing Tuesday, the CDC head said that the increase can be attributed to the highly contagious - and more mild - Omicron variant.   'Just over the last two weeks with Omicron, we've seen a 30 fold increase in cases on ships,' Walensky, 52, said During the 4-hour meeting, where the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions addressed the surging cases. Cruise ships have seen a 30-fold increase in COVID cases over the past two weeks, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has announced, with nearly 100 vessels carrying passengers in US waters currently under investigation According to Walensky, who addressed the spread along with the White House's Dr. Anthony Fauci, ships operating in US waters reported approximately 5,000 cases to the CDC from December 15 through December 29 - a 3000 percent increase The marked increase in cases comes after the agency warned...
    Marin public health officials on Wednesday urged the county’s school community to stay vigilant on testing, masks, vaccinations and quarantines for “a few more weeks” until the omicron surge plateaus and then declines by the end of this month. “I think we’re seeing early signs that the omicron surge is waning,” Dr. Matt Willis, Marin public health officer, told scores of parents, teachers and students on a webinar hosted by the Marin County Office of Education. “We’re seeing it plateau this week and next.” The words of encouragement came as Willis and Dr. Lisa Santora, Marin deputy public health officer, announced changes to the county’s quarantine guidelines to allow for more students and staff to stay in school, even if they have been exposed. The revised quarantine guidelines, available online at bit.ly/3K3hy9I, allow an unvaccinated person with a COVID infection within the last 30 days to not quarantine, unless the person is symptomatic and tests positive. “They should only test if they’re symptomatic,” Santora said. “If they test positive, then they should isolate.” Similarly, a fully vaccinated, but unboosted, person...
    (CBS4) – If you enter a hospital for any reason chances are now you will be tested for COVID-19. People coming in for unrelated illnesses or problems are testing positive. Centura Health doctor and Vice President of Research Michael Roshon says that incudes those who have been vaccinated. (credit: CBS) “That doesn’t mean that the vaccine is not working right. The vaccine is working to prevent severe disease. It’s just that omicron duplicates so quickly and evades those antibodies.” On Wednesday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said there are about 1,577 patients who tested positive for COVID. However, about 35% of those patients went to the hospital for a different reason, not COVID. State figures show normally 80-90% of those in the hospital with COVID-19 were brought there for that reason. Now that figure is down to 65% with more patients testing positive once already there. For UCHealth those figures are even more pronounced. Among 350 patients positive for COVID, two thirds were admitted for other medical reasons. The omicron variant of COVID is so contagious, the...
    SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — In her monthly update on the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Sara Cody, Director of Public Health Department, suggested to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors relief from the current Omicron surge could come as early as the end of the month. “‘When might we expect cases to peak?’ is a question that we often have, and the honest answer is we don’t quite know, although some state models show we may peak sometime towards the end of this month, or perhaps early next one,” said Cody. READ MORE: Widow of Theranos Scientist Blames Elizabeth Holmes for Husband's DeathAs of Monday night, the 7-day rolling average cases continued to set another historic high, with the count at 3,391 cases. The county is conducting 25,000 coronavirus tests per day, the highest since any point during the pandemic. And the positivity rate is 15.5, also a historic high. According to Cody, many positive cases identified through at-home testing is going unreported, so the actual number of cases in the South Bay are likely much higher. “As you all...
    Long Island is now seeing some relief from the post-holiday surge of new COVID-19 infections as the positivity rate of those being tested for the virus dipped below 25 percent. For three straight days, the seven-day average percentage of positive test results on Long Island dipped from 25.58 percent on Sunday, Jan. 9, to 25.14 the following day, and down to 24.33 percent on Tuesday, Jan. 11, still the highest in the state. Statewide, the positivity rate is also on the decline, to 20.22 percent on Jan. 11, as most of the state's 10 regions have seen COVID-19 either plateauing or declining following the spike of new cases that began after Thanksgiving. In Suffolk County, there were 3,942 new COVID-19 cases reported in the latest update from the state Department of Health, bringing the total to 383,816 since the pandemic began, while 3,987 newly reported cases brought the total to 361,426 total infections since March 2020. According to the state, "given the rate of spread of Omicron, it is more meaningful to now report the percentage of Omicron variants as...
    The Hudson Valley has seen relief from the post-holiday surge of new COVID-19 infections as the positivity rate of those being tested for the virus dipped closer to 20 percent. For three straight days, the seven-day average percentage of positive test results in the Hudson Valley dipped from 22.59 percent on Sunday, Jan. 9, to 21.96 the following day, and down to 21.09 percent on Tuesday, Jan. 11, still among the highest in the state. Statewide, the positivity rate is also on the decline, to 20.22 percent on Jan. 11, as most of the state's 10 regions have seen COVID-19 either plateauing or declining following the spike of new cases that began after Thanksgiving. According to the state, "given the rate of spread of Omicron, it is more meaningful to now report the percentage of Omicron variants as reported to the public COVID-19 sequence databases, than continue to report counts of individual cases." The Omicron variant has comprised 95 percent of all active cases reported in New York. One hundred and sixty-six new virus-related deaths were reported in New York...
    The positive COVID-19 infection rate in Connecticut remained steadily high, as nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests being administered have come back positive for the virus as the state continues contending with new variants of the virus and rising hospitalizations. In the latest update provided by the state Department of Health on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 28,312 COVID-19 tests were administered in Connecticut in the past 24 hours, resulting in 6,751 laboratory-confirmed cases of the virus for a 23.85 percent daily positivity rate. The positive infection rate is up slightly from the weekend, which had a 23.68 positive infection rate between Friday, Jan. 7 and Monday, Jan. 10.  Thirty-one new COVID-19 patients were admitted to Connecticut hospitals, bringing the total being treated for the virus up to 1,920 amid the post-holiday surge of new cases. Of the 1,920 hospitalized COVID-19 cases, the Department of Public Health noted that 1,292 (67.3 percent) were not fully vaccinated. Officials said that unvaccinated persons had a 3.3-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared to an unvaccinated person. Unvaccinated people also had a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The surge in COVID-19 cases behind bars across Illinois is now triggering state action: Illinois Department of Corrections officials are temporarily putting a halt to prisoner transfers from county jails into the state prison system.As Illinois state officials implement this freeze, a new piece of data comes into focus: the state prison inmate population across Illinois is better protected against COVID than the staff that guards them.Data from the Illinois Department of Corrections reveals that 75% of the incarcerated population statewide has been vaccinated while 66% of state prison staff has been vaccinated against COVID-19.At the maximum security Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet the vaccination gap is even wider. 85% of individuals in custody at Stateville have been vaccinated but only 67% of the prison staff has received COVID vaccines.Currently in Illinois state prisons, IDOC data reveals that 1684 offenders and 1042 staff are COVID positive.At the Cook County jail, two months ago, 38 prisoners and 30 staff were COVID positive. One month later the total had tripled. Tuesday night, the number of prisoners and staff COVID...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is the latest public official in the state to test positive for COVID-19. His office announced Tuesday evening that he tested positive for the virus. READ MORE: After Noting Need In North Minneapolis, Group Takes Testing Matters Into Their Own Hands“I took a PCR test on Saturday, and have been quarantining since then in an abundance of caution. I feel fine, probably because I’m fully vaccinated and boosted. At this point, I will continue to quarantine for the full ten-day period recommended in state and federal guidelines. I’ll keep working during that time, as I’ve been doing so far this week,” he said, in a statement. Simon urged Minnesotans to get vaccinated, as health experts say the vaccines significantly lessen the likelihood of severe illness. READ MORE: 'Plan Accordingly': Minnesotans Told To Expect More Disruptions As Omicron SpreadsMinnesota and the nation are currently experiencing a surge in cases linked to the Omicron variant. Earlier on Tuesday, state health officials announced that the state’s average positivity rate is now...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Mayor Lori Lightfoot has tested positive for COVID-19, she said in a tweet."Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19," the mayor tweeted. "I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation."Please note: The video above is from a previous report Earlier today, I tested positive for COVID-19. I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted. I will continue to work from home while following the CDC guidelines for isolation.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) January 11, 2022Illinois reported 28,110 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday and 92 related deaths. The statewide positivity rate is 16.9%.RELATED: Illinois reports 28,110 new cases, 92 deathsHealth officials in the city and state have stressed the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted in order to fight COVID and the omicron variant. Health officials have noted that the vast majority of severe cases, hospitalizations and deaths have been in unvaccinated patients."We continue to see...
    Michigan health leaders and physicians provided a COVID-19 update today and as we’ve been hearing, cases are at an all-time pandemic high. “We’re now at a point that we have not seen through this pandemic, this is the highest number of weekly cases we have ever had 129, 937 weekly cases in Michigan,” said Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian. READ MORE: Michigan's COVID Surge Won't Peak For Several WeeksDoctors say this does not include those who test positive at home. Right now 21.9% of inpatient beds are COVID positive, with the highest group testing positive in their 20’s and 30’s. There’s also been a major increase in pediatric cases. Doctors say most children experience mild symptoms but they are seeing more severe cases. “Many of these children have serious heart dysfunction the children we have cared for with COVID pneumonia, myocarditis, and multi system organ syndrome have often required a various of medical treatments,” said Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Children’s Hospital of Michigan Dr. Lauren Yagiela, MD, MS. Currently 107 children are hospitalized with...
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s vice president and six cabinet ministers have tested positive for the coronavirus and are in isolation, the government said Tuesday. The infection for Vice President David Choquehuanca came a week after he had received his first dose of an anti-COVID-19 vaccine. He had been widely criticized for waiting so long to get a shot. The Ministry of the President said others testing positive were ministers of the interior, Eduardo del Castillo; defense, Edmundo Novillo; foreign relations, Rogelio Mayta; education, Edgar Pari; justice, Iván Lima, and planning, Gabriela Mendoza. As in much of Latin America, confirmed COVID-19 cases have been rising sharply in Bolivia. Officials reported 3,550 new cases on Jan. 1 and 11,190 a week later. That has prompted officials to cancel mass gatherings in the country of 11.6 million people. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.