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CDC chief sees urgency to cut COVID rate to avoid flu collisionNEW YORK — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that many regions in the U.S. need to drive the rate of COVID-19 cases sharply lower to avert a dangerous convergence of the pandemic with flu season.CDC Director Robert Redfield said in an interview Thursday that he’s optimistic they’ll do so, because newly recorded cases have declined from their recent peak in July and most areas of the U.S. are in a “downward trajectory.”Even so, there’s a great distance for most of the country to go to reduce the burde...
Tribune News Service
American Airlines updates mask policy
American Airlines announced this week that face coverings with exhaust valves or vents would no longer be allowed when boarding the carrier’s flights, effective Wednesday.The airline consulted with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that the face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled through holes in the material.The exhaled air contains respiratory droplets that can spread the coronavirus.“Wearing a face covering is a responsibility we all share,” American Chief Customer Officer Alison Taylor said. “An effective covering, worn ...
Feds tout $8 million heroin bust as 'significant crush' to Atlanta's drug trade
ATLANTA — As part of the largest heroin bust in Georgia history, federal agents said the arrest of a top Mexican cartel liaison will significantly hinder the flow of drugs in metro Atlanta.The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI and state prosecutors touted the arrest of Antonio DaShawn Daniels, 46, of Atlanta, as a “significant crush” to the Jalisco New General Cartel’s ability to smuggle heroin, cocaine and other drugs into the Southeast.Daniels was arrested July 27 when agents raided several properties that he owned in “The Bluff,” a notorious segment of northwest Atlanta known for ea...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of 'overwhelming' risk to voters
PHILADELPHIA — The United States Postal Service warned Pennsylvania that mail ballots may not be delivered on time to be counted because the state’s deadlines are too tight for its “delivery standards,” casting fresh doubt on Pennsylvania’s ability to conduct much of the 2020 election by mail.The warning came in a July 29 letter from Thomas J. Marshall, general counsel and executive vice president for the Postal Service, to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, whose department oversees elections. That letter was made public for the first time late Thursday in a filing the Pennsylvan...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
San Diego cruise business takes huge hit as lines cancel voyages late into the year due to COVID
SAN DIEGO — San Diego’s once bustling cruise industry is facing a huge economic hit as major lines, from Disney to Holland America, are canceling scheduled voyages well into the remainder of the year because of the still serious threat of COVID-19.At a time when the city would normally be preparing to launch next month its fall-to-spring cruise season, the Centers for Disease Control has now extended its no-sail order through Sept. 30, while individual cruise lines have decided to take even more aggressive steps, with some deciding to nix planned sailings into mid-December.In all, San Diego is...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Rare illness linked to COVID-19 sickening children
A new federal report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details how a rare but severe illness linked to COVID-19 is affecting children in seven states.Illinois, Pennsylvania, Louisiana and California each had between 21 and 30 cases from March to July, according to an article released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts had more than 31 incidences each.The illness — called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C — can generally appear two to four weeks after the onset of COVID-19 in a child or adole...
CDC tells parents, docs to watch for rare, neurologic condition in children this fall
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One morning at breakfast six years ago, as Dawn Sticklen’s healthy 13-year-old son tried to eat a bowl of cereal, his arms started shaking and got so weak he couldn’t feed himself.“We thought maybe it was because he had been sick for a few days and maybe he was just kinda weak from not eating properly,” said Sticklen, who lives in Joplin.“But he just kept saying it was getting harder and harder to move his arms. So we knew something was wrong. We got him in to see the doctors and they all were like, ‘this doesn’t look right.’ ”Joplin doctors sent the family to Children’s Mer...
The Kansas City Star
Commentary: OSHA is failing to protect workers
On April 9, a worker at Maid-Rite Specialty Foods meatpacking plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, filed a complaint with OSHA, the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The worker listed a number of COVID-19-related safety issues, and went on to say:“About half the plant is out sick, they hire more people and (are) not taking care of the problem,” read the complaint, included in a recently filed lawsuit against OSHA. “I’m scared to go to work everyday. I’m risking my life.”OSHA didn’t inspect the facility. It relayed the worker’s concerns to Maid-Rite, which respon...
Tribune News Service
Delta tests temperature screening at LAX with pilot project
Delta Air Lines is testing a system for screening passengers’ temperatures at Los Angeles International Airport, an extension of a pilot project the airport is doing at its international terminal.Atlanta-based Delta said the pilot project using thermal imaging cameras started Tuesday at LAX for passengers flying out of Terminal 2 and is set to run for three weeks. The airline said it has no plans to deploy temperature screening in Atlanta or additional airports.Delta said its passengers who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will not be allowed to board. The Centers for D...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Businesses want a shield against COVID-19 lawsuits. But what about customer safety?
Wyoming state Sen. Liisa Anselmi-Dalton worried that a customer could get the coronavirus in her Old Chicago Pizza and Tap Room franchise in Rock Springs, attached to her Holiday Inn, and sue her.So, the Democrat with other Wyoming lawmakers pushed through a bill to grant immunity from liability lawsuits to businesses that do their best to follow state and federal pandemic guidelines as they reopen, rehire and serve customers.Anselmi-Dalton, who is also an attorney, envisioned a scenario where “a bunch of people went to a bar and drank out of the same bottle and now they have COVID” and sue th...