Florida is on the verge of a COVID-19 resurgence
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida’s rising number of COVID-19 cases could be the leading edge of a dangerous spike that could continue for months as the state remains wide open for business, tourism and education, public health experts warn.A decline of cases since the summer surge is over, four weeks into the state’s Phase 3 reopening of bars and restaurants at full service, state and national data indicates.With Gov. Ron DeSantis promising there’s no chance of a return to lockdowns, no matter the severity of another surge, we can expect more people will need hospital treatment and more will di...
More than 77,000 new COVID cases reported in US on Thursday, breaking record
ATLANTA — The U.S. reported more than 77,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, breaking the previous record set in July.Nationwide, 77,640 cases were reported Thursday, exceeding the July 29 number of 75,723, according to NBC News.According to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, the U.S. continues to have the world’s highest number of confirmed cases — 8.4 million — and deaths, more than 223,000.Globally, almost 42 million coronavirus cases have been reported, with a worldwide death toll of more than 1.1 million.Seven-day rolling averages for daily new U.S. coronavirus cases have reached ne...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As pandemic started, US fatal overdoses soared in the first quarter of 2020, new data show
PHILADELPHIA — In the first three months of 2020, fatal drug overdoses nationwide rose by about 16%, compared with the same period a year before, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.The new figures cover preliminary reports of fatal overdoses around the country from January through March, the month when the first lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic began.Pennsylvania saw about a 4% increase in drug deaths in the 12-month period between March 2019 and March 2020, compared with the previous 12-month period. New Jersey’s figures jumped 2% in that time...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A meat-lover's mask: Hormel is giving away bacon-scented face coverings
MINNEAPOLIS — Bacon lovers and the pandemic finally have found common ground: Hormel.The Minnesota-based is giving away face masks that smell like bacon.“Don’t just eat bacon,” the company’s website advises. “Inhale it.”The masks, which also are imprinted with images of bacon, supposedly feature “the latest in bacon-smell technology” in capturing the aroma of the company’s trademark “Black Label” premium bacon.“Finally, bacony-bliss can be with you always,” the website enthuses.The masks, made of a breathable, two-ply fabric, meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
In the pandemic, Halloween is the latest culture war
PHILADELPHIA — In September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published guidance for Halloween celebrations: Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating — or even an outdoor “trunk-or-treat” event — is a high-risk activity, the CDC said.For Ellery Mims, whose Cheltenham Village neighborhood is usually awash with hundreds of costumed candy-seekers on Oct. 31, that guidance was decisive.“Please listen to the CDC!” said Mims, 37. “They’re doctors.”But on neighborhood Facebook groups and the social app Nextdoor, “It’s contentious,” she said. “A lot of people are saying, ‘I’m not doing...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Movie review: 'Synchronic' a unique, sci-fi-tinged drama rooted in real-world stakes and emotion
Note: We are continuing to review theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic, though please be aware that indoor moviegoing does carry risk during this time. Please follow every health and safety guideline outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as guidelines provided by local health officials in your area.The skies in “Synchronic” are never quite the right color. Bearing down on New Orleans in shades of sickly gray green and sometimes pinkish, they seem to be in a constant state of twilight transition, portending a certain kind of doom, as if a hurricane ...
Tribune News Service
Eight months in, California is containing COVID-19 as other states spike. Here's why.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Eight months into the coronavirus pandemic, California has become a rare case: a state that has contained the transmission of COVID-19 and isn’t experiencing another surge — yet, at least.Nationwide, daily infections are up one-quarter in the last two weeks, and the country just reported its most in a single day since July. Lightly populated North Dakota is seeing 85 new cases a day per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks. California? Ten new cases per 100,000, up just 2% in two weeks.The reasons why, health experts say, are made clear by a stroll through San Francisco...
The Mercury News
Twitter blocks tweet of Trump coronavirus adviser who undermined importance of mask usage during pandemic
Scott Atlas, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, was flagged by Twitter for a tweet that violated the social media site’s “misleading information” policy, a spokesperson confirmed to the New York Daily News Sunday.“Masks work? NO,” Atlas, one of President Donald Trump’s closest medical advisers, tweeted Saturday with a link to an article in the American Institute for Economic Research that argues that masks are ineffective. “LA, Miami, Hawaii, Alabama, France, Phlippnes (sic), UK, Spain, Israel.”Atlas then followed up the tweet with praise of Trump’s lax guidelines.“Use masks f...
New York Daily News
Carnival ships will need court approval 60 days before restarting cruises, judge says
MIAMI — A federal judge said she plans to require Carnival Corp. to certify that each of its cruise ships is compliant with its probation obligations 60 days before those ships reenter U.S. waters to restart cruises.The forthcoming order from U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida Patricia Seitz could inhibit the company’s plans to resume cruise operations in the United States on Dec. 1. Seitz made the announcement at a status conference Friday in the company’s ongoing criminal case for environmental crimes.Seitz said the order will require ships to notify her 60 days in adva...
What happens with COVID-19 'is in the hands of the American public,' CDC director says
COLUMBIA, S.C. — As families ready to gather next month for Thanksgiving, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed worry in South Carolina on Thursday about home gatherings further exacerbating the country’s COVID-19 caseloads, stressing that people should still social distance, wash hands and wear masks.And he urged Americans to get a flu vaccine, saying that while it won’t prevent contracting the potentially deadly respiratory disease, it could keep people from being hospitalized with the flu.“At the end of the day, what happens over the next three, four month...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)