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CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations
Health
CDC Issues COVID-19 Warnings, New Recommendations

WASHINGTON — The next few months of the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be the most difficult yet, warned Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, who said the agency would cooperate with the incoming Biden administration. Redfield's remarks at a U.S. Chamber of... Read More

Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing
Congress
Signs of Life for Coronavirus Relief as Bipartisan Plan Wins Key Backing

WASHINGTON — COVID-19 aid talks got a jolt of momentum Wednesday when the top Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill all but endorsed a $908 billion interim package a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled the previous day. In a joint statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure
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CDC's New Virus Guidelines Would Shorten Quarantine for Exposure

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on Tuesday that its new guidance would cut quarantine time for individuals exposed to the virus by as much as half, according to two people familiar with the matter.... Read More

Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says
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Emergency Approval of Coronavirus Vaccines is Not Guaranteed, FDA Commissioner Says

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will not automatically authorize emergency use of coronavirus vaccines before completing a rigorous independent review, despite heightened expectations that two vaccine candidates will be available to Americans this month, Dr. Stephen Hahn, FDA commissioner, told McClatchy in... Read More

Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines
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Medical Workers, Long-Term Care Centers Get Nod for First Vaccines

WASHINGTON — Health care workers and residents at long-term care centers should be first in line for COVID-19 vaccines, key government advisers urged Tuesday, citing the high risk for infection within the two groups and the positive effects on hospital care.... Read More

Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
Congress
Bicameral Coalition Endorses $908 Billion Bipartisan Proposal for COVID Relief
2020-12-01 18:23:41
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Republican and Democratic senators were joined by members of the House Problem Solvers conference Tuesday to endorse a $908 billion COVID economic relief bill they say should carry the nation into the early spring. The proposal, described by... Read More

Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths
Health
Thanksgiving Travel Figures Point to Surge in COVID-19 Infections and Deaths

Coronavirus infections are already reaching unprecedented levels throughout the U.S. Now with Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas and New Year's just around the curve, the question is: Just how much worse is the pandemic going to get? The latest travel data out Monday suggest... Read More

Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results
Business
Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results

Moderna Inc. requested clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. after a new analysis showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety problems. A Moderna spokesman said in a text message late Monday afternoon that its application for an... Read More

Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers
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Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers

Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVID-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive. The first COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID
Health
Fauci, Birx Voice Dire Post-Thanksgiving Warnings on COVID

Top federal officials voiced dire predictions of a nationwide post- Thanksgiving surge in COVID cases on Sunday. "What we expect, unfortunately, as we go for the next couple of weeks into December, (is) that we might see a surge superimposed upon that... Read More

High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship
Supreme Court
High Court Blocks NY Coronavirus Limits on Houses of Worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — As coronavirus cases surge again nationwide the Supreme Court late Wednesday barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 with new... Read More

Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package
Congress
Rep. Neal Eyes Massive Coronavirus Relief, Climate and Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON — House Ways and Means Chairman Richard E. Neal's attitude toward legislating under a Democratic-led White House might aptly be described as "never let a crisis go to waste." The Massachusetts Democrat wants to take a page from his party's 2009 playbook, when the Obama administration... Read More

Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic
Congress
Opening of 117th Congress Will be Different Due to Pandemic

WASHINGTON — When the 117th Congress convenes in January, COVID-19 precautions will prevent the 435 House members from gathering in the chamber together, so opening day festivities of swearing in members and electing the speaker will look a little different. House leaders have... Read More

Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing
Economy
Stabenow Says Smaller Coronavirus Relief Bill Better Than Nothing

WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat said Tuesday that she's engaged in bipartisan discussions on COVID-19 aid and urged quick action even if that means "a short-term package for the next few months." "We need to act," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich.,... Read More

COVID Test Crunch Means Hours-long Waits Before Thanksgiving
Health
COVID Test Crunch Means Hours-long Waits Before Thanksgiving

You can bring wine to Thanksgiving, bring sweet potatoes, bring congealed salad if you must. But you can't bring COVID-19, and that's causing hours-long lines at U.S. testing centers, triggering desperation among people yet to be cleared for the holiday meal. They're waiting... Read More

White House Still Planning Holiday Parties, Despite Warnings
White House
White House Still Planning Holiday Parties, Despite Warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) — All those warnings from public health officials begging Americans to limit gatherings this holiday season amid a surge in coronavirus cases aren't stopping the White House from planning a host of festivities and holiday parties in the... Read More

Gov. Evers Announces One Million N95 Masks Shipped for Wisconsin’s Distribution System
State News
Gov. Evers Announces One Million N95 Masks Shipped for Wisconsin’s Distribution System
2020-11-23 20:22:06
by Sara Wilkerson

Today, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said the state has shipped its one-millionth N95 mask as part of ongoing efforts to ensure frontline workers have access to the critical personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to limit their exposure to COVID-19.... Read More

US Vaccine Train Won't be Derailed, Warp Speed Leader Says
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US Vaccine Train Won't be Derailed, Warp Speed Leader Says

Efforts to speedily develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. won't be derailed by a change in administration, said the head of Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's program aimed at accelerating a COVID-19 jab. "All decisions are made, the... Read More

Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot
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Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Gets a Dry Run in a Louisiana Parking Lot

NEW YORK — A COVID-19 vaccine may be months from reaching millions of Americans. Getting all those shots into arms will be a monumental task. Shreveport, Louisiana, is getting ready now. The city recently completed a test run, one of about a... Read More

Front-Line Workers in Capitol Keep Getting COVID-19
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Front-Line Workers in Capitol Keep Getting COVID-19

WASHINGTON — Front-line workers on Capitol Hill are continuing to contract COVID-19. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, 153 legislative branch employees have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19, according to a Democratic aide for the House Administration Committee. This cumulative... Read More

Over Half of Americans Still Plan Thanksgiving Travel Amid COVID Concerns, Report Says
Opinion Polls
Over Half of Americans Still Plan Thanksgiving Travel Amid COVID Concerns, Report Says

As health officials warn of the risks of Thanksgiving travel, more than half of Americans still plan to venture away from home, according to a new survey. The website Tripadvisor says 56% of people intend to take trips for the holiday this... Read More

CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
Travel
CDC Urges Americans to Forego Thanksgiving Travel, Visits With Extended Family
2020-11-19 19:25:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- It is traditionally the largest travel holiday of the year, however, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans not to travel during this Thanksgiving holiday and to skip gatherings with family members outside... Read More

Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
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Doctors Tell Senate Pandemic Deaths Preventable With Early Treatments
2020-11-19 18:20:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Medical experts told a Senate committee Thursday that misguided information about early treatment contributed to giving the United States the world’s highest death rate from coronavirus. Some of them blamed the Food and Drug Administration for halting a... Read More

BPC Examines What 2020 Election Communicated About Health Care
Political News
BPC Examines What 2020 Election Communicated About Health Care
2020-11-19 15:05:32
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — Political players have long had different ideas about national health care, but coronavirus not only shifted policymakers’ priorities, it has also thrown the future of health care reform into question.  The Bipartisan Policy Center convened leading pollsters and... Read More

NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates
Education
NYC Schools to Close Temporarily Because of Rising COVID-19 rates

NEW YORK — New York City public schools will shut down temporarily starting Thursday because of surging coronavirus cases, top city officials said Wednesday. Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said the closure would be "temporary" in an email to staffers Wednesday afternoon, but did not signal... Read More

Pfizer Plans Filing as Its COVID-19 Vaccine Proves 95% Effective
Health
Pfizer Plans Filing as Its COVID-19 Vaccine Proves 95% Effective

Pfizer Inc. said a final analysis of clinical trial data showed its COVID-19 vaccine was 95% effective, paving the way for the company to apply this week for the first U.S. regulatory authorization for a coronavirus shot. The U.S. drugmaker and partner BioNTech SE said their vaccine... Read More

Sen. Grassley, 87, Says He Tested Positive for Coronavirus
U.S. Senate
Sen. Grassley, 87, Says He Tested Positive for Coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator and third in the line of presidential succession, said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Grassley, 87, had announced earlier Tuesday that he was quarantining after being exposed... Read More

FDA Allows 1st Rapid Virus Test That Gives Results at Home
Health
FDA Allows 1st Rapid Virus Test That Gives Results at Home

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed entirely at home and delivers results in 30 minutes. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important... Read More

Shelves Bare of Toilet Paper, New State Restrictions as COVID Remains Stubborn Adversary
State News
Shelves Bare of Toilet Paper, New State Restrictions as COVID Remains Stubborn Adversary
2020-11-17 22:09:00
by Dan McCue

It's the time of year when many of us start to think "it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," but for residents of an ever-growing number of states, this November is starting to look an awful lot like March... Read More

Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
Labor
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-11-17 16:40:05
by Reece Nations

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning... Read More

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