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Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
In The States
Florida Once Again Becomes the Country’s COVID-19 Epicenter
2021-07-28 14:17:01
by Reece Nations

Hospitalizations in some regions of Florida are increasing at their fastest rate since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as it records more new cases than any other state. Florida recorded 73,199 cases over the course of last week, according... Read More

How Acupuncture Can Help Treat COVID-19
Health
How Acupuncture Can Help Treat COVID-19
2021-07-28 13:16:59
by Alexa Hornbeck

A study by Chinese researchers examines the ability of acupuncture treatment to suppress inflammatory stress, improve immunity, and regulate nervous system function to help patients with COVID-19.  “Acupuncture is widely used in the treatment of inflammatory diseases, such as osteoarthritis,... Read More

In a Reversal, CDC Says People In COVID Surge Areas Should Still Wear Masks
Health
In a Reversal, CDC Says People In COVID Surge Areas Should Still Wear Masks
2021-07-27 19:51:40
by Dan McCue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday afternoon said fully vaccinated people should now wear face masks if they live or work in a location experiencing a surge in delta variant cases. The new guidance effectively reverses a... Read More

Moderna Expanding Kids Vaccine Study to Better Assess Safety
Health
Moderna Expanding Kids Vaccine Study to Better Assess Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children to better detect rare side effects, such as a type of heart inflammation recently flagged by U.S. health authorities. The... Read More

Restrictions on International Travel to Remain In Place
Travel
Restrictions on International Travel to Remain In Place
2021-07-27 12:59:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. is keeping existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place due to concerns about the surging delta variant of the virus among the unvaccinated. “Given where we are today [with] the more transmissible Delta variant …... Read More

Biden Admin Stepping Up Community Grants from COVID Bill
Economy
Biden Admin Stepping Up Community Grants from COVID Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's administration is beginning to make $3 billion in economic development grants available to communities — a tenfold increase in the program paid for by this year's COVID-19 relief bill. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said... Read More

Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
Research
Striking Vulnerability to COVID-19 Found in Diabetics
2021-07-22 12:32:27
by Reece Nations

One of the more disturbing trends of the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the susceptibility of diabetic Americans to the virus. Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso conducted a study that indicates unmanaged diabetes is a decisive... Read More

How COVID-19 is Changing Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Insurance
How COVID-19 is Changing Workers’ Compensation Insurance
2021-07-21 20:35:30
by Alexa Hornbeck

The National Council on Compensation Insurance will now allow the COVID-19 pandemic to be treated as a catastrophic event in workers’ compensation loss cost and rate filings. “We had specifically listed some perils that we were charging for. We had... Read More

McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike
Health
McConnell Urges Americans: 'Get Vaccinated' as Cases Spike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell implored unvaccinated Americans Tuesday to take the COVID-19 shot, issuing a stark and grave warning of a repeat of last year's rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from... Read More

Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9
Health
Canada to Let Vaccinated US Citizens Enter Country on Aug. 9

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced Monday it will begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as... Read More

Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5
Health
Number of Infected Texas Lawmakers Who Fled State Rises to 5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two more Texas lawmakers who left their state to hobble efforts to pass new voting restrictions have tested positive for the coronavirus, raising to five the number of infected people in the delegation. State Rep. Trey Martinez... Read More

Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships
Tourism
Court Blocks Order Lifting CDC Virus Rules on Cruise Ships

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships will remain in place after a federal appeals court temporarily blocked a previous ruling that sided with a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations. The one-paragraph decision by a three-judge... Read More

California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
In The States
California's Most Populated County Brings Back Masks as COVID-19 Cases Surge
2021-07-16 21:05:12
by Daniel Mollenkamp

LOS ANGELES- Everyone, whether or not they're fully vaccinated, will have to wear a mask indoors, according to an order from Los Angeles County, by far the largest county by population in California, the U.S.'s most populated state. The county... Read More

Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
Law
Judge Refuses to Toss Lawsuits by Students Seeking Tuition Refunds
2021-07-16 20:06:03
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- In a ruling with implications for the upcoming fall semester, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. last week refused to dismiss lawsuits by college students seeking tuition refunds. The students want at least part of their tuition and... Read More

Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
Science
Researchers Find COVID can Cause Disruption in the Brain
2021-07-16 13:49:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

Stanford researchers recently published a study which examines the brains of those who died from COVID-19, finding they resembled those with Alzheimer's disease and other degenerative conditions.  “We want to understand how the brain responds to this virus and people with... Read More

Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
Economy
Congress Searches for Way to Make Supply Chains Resilient
2021-07-15 20:29:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate continued its search Thursday for ways to prevent the kind of devastation brought to U.S. supply chains by COVID-19. Industry executives told a Senate panel the pandemic exposed U.S. dependence on foreign suppliers to keep the... Read More

Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
Congress
Virologists Urge Finding COVID-19’s Origin To Prevent Future Pandemics
2021-07-14 21:15:58
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional panel called a group of virologists together Wednesday to figure out the source of the COVID-19 virus but ended their hearing by concluding they still don’t know. However, they did agree the virus that has killed... Read More

Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
Congress
Blue Dogs Call on Congress to Investigate Origins of COVID-19
2021-07-14 21:10:47
by Dan McCue

The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats is calling on House and Senate leaders to establish a bipartisan commission to assess the United States preparation and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the origins of the virus. The letter, which... Read More

Washington Monument to Reopen Wednesday
National Parks
Washington Monument to Reopen Wednesday
2021-07-12 17:03:17
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Washington Monument will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 a.m. after a six-month closure, the National Parks Service announced Monday. The monument will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to... Read More

Pfizer to Discuss Vaccine Booster with US Officials Monday
Health
Pfizer to Discuss Vaccine Booster with US Officials Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pfizer says it plans to meet with top U.S. health officials Monday to discuss the drugmaker's request for federal authorization of a third dose of its COVID-19 vaccine as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser acknowledged that... Read More

As New York Salutes Health Workers, Missouri Fights a Surge
Health
As New York Salutes Health Workers, Missouri Fights a Surge

New York held a ticker-tape parade Wednesday for the health care workers and others who helped the city pull through the darkest days of COVID-19, while authorities in Missouri struggled to beat back a surge blamed on the fast-spreading delta... Read More

Rapid PCR Testing Needed as More COVID Variants Emerge
Health
Rapid PCR Testing Needed as More COVID Variants Emerge
2021-07-07 13:59:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

The U.S. is experiencing a decline in COVID-19 testing and vaccinations continue as the emergence of new variants like Delta or Lambda have spurred the need for PCR testing devices. “Many companies have reported a fall off of testing with... Read More

Plan to Slow Spread of COVID Variant Revealed by White House
Health
Plan to Slow Spread of COVID Variant Revealed by White House
2021-07-06 20:25:55
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The White House on Tuesday rolled out a new plan to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19 as the delta variant spreads among those who continue to go unvaccinated. President Joe Biden had hoped that at least 70%... Read More

Vaccine Hesitancy Complicates End to COVID-19 Pandemic
Health
Vaccine Hesitancy Complicates End to COVID-19 Pandemic
2021-07-02 13:01:12
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Warnings came from Congress and public health officials Thursday that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is potentially a greater hazard than originally believed. Complicating the risk is what they call “vaccine hesitancy” that could subject millions of Americans... Read More

As COVID Recedes in Prisons, Will Any Lessons Learned Stick?
Criminal Justice
As COVID Recedes in Prisons, Will Any Lessons Learned Stick?

Derrick Johnson had a makeshift mask. He had the spray bottle of bleach and extra soap that corrections officers provided. But he still spent every day crammed in a unit with 63 other men in a Florida prison, crowding into... Read More

Bicycle Health Expands Virtual Care for Treating Opioid-Use Disorders
Mental Health
Bicycle Health Expands Virtual Care for Treating Opioid-Use Disorders
2021-06-30 14:33:49
by Alexa Hornbeck

Lockdown orders during the COVID-19 pandemic created barriers to providing in-person treatment services for those battling opioid addiction, so Bicycle Health, which provides evidence-based treatment for opioid-use disorder, decided to go virtual. “When the pandemic hit and the public health... Read More

Japanese Government Recommends Four-Day Workweek
International
Japanese Government Recommends Four-Day Workweek
2021-06-29 20:05:50
by Reece Nations

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his cabinet approved new recommendations on Friday in the country’s annual economic policy guidelines that encourage businesses to allow employees to work four days per week rather than five. The policy’s intent is to... Read More

CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium a Month, Says It's Last Time
Housing
CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium a Month, Says It's Last Time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration has extended the nationwide ban on evictions for a month to help tenants who are unable to make rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but it said this is expected to be the last... Read More

VA Data Outlines Its Role In COVID-19 Response
Health
VA Data Outlines Its Role In COVID-19 Response
2021-06-24 14:44:15
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON- The Department of Veterans Affairs released data about its involvement with the national coronavirus response. According to the data, it provided thousands of personal protective equipment, admitted hundreds of non-veterans to its facilities, and performed thousands of tests across... Read More

SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
Business
SBA Chief Says Ensuring Equity Critical to Success of COVID Relief Program
2021-06-22 21:27:29
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — While much good came from the COVID relief funds doled out by the Small Business Administration as the pandemic ran its course time has shown that certain businesses -- particularly those owned by women and minorities -- went... Read More

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