COVID-19/Coronavirus

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  1. NYC requiring vaccine for cops, firefighters, city workers

    ...Press Posted: Oct 20, 2021 / 08:11 AM CDT / Updated: Oct 20, 2021 / 08:11 AM CDT FILE – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his remarks in Times Square after he toured the grand opening of a Broadway...

  2. 1,028 more COVID deaths in Russia as non-workweek considered

    ...mask mandates on public transportation even as ICUs have filled in recent weeks. On Tuesday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said unvaccinated people over 60 will be required to stay home. He also told businesses...

  3. Tucson employees face firing if they don't get vaccinated

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to require that all city employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 1 or face getting fired. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and council...

  4. Juarez cuts back business hours, occupancy as COVID-19 cases creep up in Chihuahua

    Juarez has drastically curtailed occupancy and hours of operations at most businesses – including bars and restaurants – through the end of the month. City leaders say this is a preemptive move given a spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the state of...

  5. New Mexico clears way for hospitals to ration care if needed

    New Mexico on Monday cleared the way for hospitals to ration care if necessary, saying the state's health care system has yet to see a reprieve as the nursing shortage continues and as many patients with non-COVID-19 illnesses and those who have...

  6. Seattle touts 99% compliance with employee vaccine mandate

    ...— The city of Seattle reported Monday morning that 99% of its employees are in compliance with the mayor’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, all Seattle city employees have to be vaccinated...

  7. Chicago Police Department says officers who don’t adhere to vaccination policy could be fired, CNN affiliate reports

    ...Chicago’s rank-and-file police officers could face discipline because of a dispute between their union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot over the city’s requirement city employees be vaccinated and disclose their vaccine...

  8. Savannah OKs marathon for runners with vaccine or virus test

    ...as runners show they’re vaccinated against the coronavirus or recently tested negative. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced that health advisers concluded infection rates in the area have declined enough...

  9. The Latest: Another record in Russia's daily virus numbers

    The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday.

  10. The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine offers good protection now. A booster shot will maximize that, experts say

    “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine turns out not to be quite as effective as the Pfizer and Moderna. And people who got (the J&J vaccine) way back at the beginning of this year therefore have been somewhat less protected, although they’re still awfully...

  11. New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

    Musicians, sports stars and celebrities pitched in for the “Vaxathon” event which was broadcast on television and online for eight hours straight. By late afternoon, more than 120,000 people had gotten shots, eclipsing the daily record of 93,000 set...

  12. The Latest: Australia's capital: 99% with at least 1 dose

    Australia’s capital Canberra has come out of lockdown with authorities reporting more than 99% of the population aged 12 and older having at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Sydney came out of lockdown on Monday with only the 73.5% of the...

  13. The Latest: Europe Medicines Agency looking at antibody drug

    In a statement on Thursday, the EU drug regulator said it had started reviewing preliminary laboratory and clinical research data for Evusheld, a combination of the two monoclonal antibodies tixagevimab and cilgavimab. The two drugs attach to...

  14. The Latest: Hungary reports 5-month high in new daily cases

    Officials reported 1,141 new cases, the highest daily total since May 14. The increase pushed the number of cases so far this week to a 37% jump over the same period last week. The country of nearly 10 million has 742 hospitalized COVID-19 patients,...

  15. The Latest: South Korea has 100th day of 1,000-plus cases

    Health officials say 1,580 of the 1,940 new cases reported Thursday are in the Seoul metropolitan region. The capital area has been under South Korea’s toughest social distancing measures short of a lockdown since July. Private social gatherings of...

  16. Anchorage institutes mask mandate under emergency ordinance

    The ordinance requires all people to wear masks or face coverings in indoor public areas. It is in effect for 60 days or until at least two Anchorage hospitals stop operating under crisis of care standards for consecutive days or when the city is no...

  17. The Latest: Montana at new high for COVID hospitalizations

    Montana has set a new high for the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 — 510. The number reported Wednesday surpassed the previous high of 506 hospitalizations recorded Nov. 20, 2020, before any coronavirus vaccines were available.

  18. Pfizer to vaccinate entire city in Brazil for COVID-19 study

    Pfizer wants to study the effectiveness of its own COVID-19 vaccine by inoculating the entire city of Toledo in Brazil. Specifically, researchers want to study the impact of the vaccine in preventing symptomatic cases, reinfections, hospitalizations...

  19. Seattle opening COVID vaccination sites for winter

    ...is rolling out COVID-19 vaccine sites as more people become eligible for booster shots. On Monday Mayor Jenny Durkan and representatives from Amazon, Swedish Medical Center, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health...

  20. Unvaccinated pockets of France expose inequalities, could fuel winter wave

    ...hospital commission. "The people who are in intensive care now," said Michèle Rubirola, the deputy mayor in charge of public health, "largely come from that set of districts that are part of France's and...

  21. Brazil tops 600,000 virus deaths amid doubts about delta

    ...Some are even contemplating the end of mask mandates, which people often ignore already. And Rio’s mayor has announced plans to bring back the city’s massive New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana beach. Gonzalo...

  22. From sewers to golf courses, cities see green with new federal COVID relief dollars

    The infusion of dollars to cities and counties is intended to aid residents and businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic, invest in long-term projects or supplement budgets hit by a drop in tax revenue caused by shutdown restrictions and economic...

  23. Mayor: Chicago city workers can opt out of vaccine until 2022, get tested instead

    ...can opt out of vaccination and instead get tested semiweekly for COVID-19 for the rest of the year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Friday. City workers must report their vaccination status by Oct. 15. If...

  24. Hawaii eases COVID rules for college football, other events

    Honolulu will soon begin allowing a limited number of fans at University of Hawaii football games and other outdoor entertainment events as it begins to ease restrictions protecting the community from COVID-19.

  25. San Francisco to welcome cruise ships after 19-month hiatus

    ...19-month hiatus brought on by the pandemic in what's sure to be a boost to the city's economy, the mayor announced Friday. The Majestic Princess will sail into the port of San Francisco Monday, the first...

  26. San Francisco Bay Area to drop some indoor mask mandates

    ...already required to show proof of full vaccination, including offices, gyms and college classrooms. Mayor London Breed’s office said Thursday that mask requirements will be eased Oct. 15 for those and other...

  27. Los Angeles OKs one of strictest US vaccination mandates

    ...the ordinance that will require proof of full vaccination for patrons and workers starting Nov. 4. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed it Wednesday afternoon. “Vaccinating more Angelenos is our only way out of...

  28. The Latest: Arizona ordered to stop giving anti-mask grants

    The Biden administration on Tuesday ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using the state’s federal pandemic funding on a pair of new education grants that can only be directed to schools without mask mandates.

  29. Virus deaths in Russia hit record for third time this month

    ...exhibition space, in order to be able to hold “cultural events” there. At the same time, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin promised to start offering free rapid coronavirus tests in malls and government services...

  30. COVID vaccine mandate begins for New York City teachers, staff

    ...school district mandates in the country requiring employees to be inoculated against the coronavirus. Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a final warning to the city’s roughly 148,000 public school staffers on Friday,...

  31. The Latest: More US airlines requiring employee vaccinations

    American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue are joining United Airlines in requiring employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, as the Biden administration steps up pressure on major U.S. carriers to require the shots.

  32. At least 92% of Denver city workers vaccinated after mandate

    At least 92% of Denver's municipal employees were vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Friday, a day after the city's vaccine mandate took effect in a bid to slow the spread of the virus during the fall and winter, according to a review of city...

  33. South Africa launches drive to vaccinate 500,000 in 2 days

    ...COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa, and officials watch as the Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina, sited, getting ready to receives his second Pfizer vaccine jab from a healthcare...

  34. The Latest: California to require school children get shots

    California has announced the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine mandate for school children. Gov. Gavin Newsom says the mandate won’t take effect until the COVID-19 vaccine has received final approval from the U.S. government for various grade...

  35. The Latest: Japan fully lifts virus state of emergency

    Tokyo’s train stations were packed with commuters Friday as Japan fully came out of a coronavirus state of emergency for the first time in more than six months. Emergency measures had been in place for more than half of the country, including Tokyo.

  36. The Latest: Merck: Experimental pill cuts effects of virus

    Merck’s drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic. The study results were released by the company and have not been peer reviewed. An independent group of medical advisers...

  37. The Latest: Pakistan bans unvaccinated from domestic flights

    Pakistan banned unvaccinated adults from flights Friday as it tries to push vaccinations and avoid further lockdowns to contain the coronavirus. The bans don't apply to children, who are not yet eligible for Pakistan's vaccination campaign.

  38. Why some small towns are rejecting federal COVID relief funds

    ...rather than a municipal water system. Iowa Park, Texas, received CARES Act money last year, said City Manager Jerry Flemming. That money — $350,020, according to records published online by the federal...

  39. The Latest: Australia pressing its states to end lockdowns

    The government says in a Wednesday statement that its payments to workers who lose hours due to lockdowns will end two weeks after a state or territory reaches its vaccination benchmark. That benchmark is 80% of residents ages 16 and older being...

  40. Kauai to change COVID reopening plan to handle delta variant

    Mayor Derek Kawakami said officials will continue to enforce strict COVID-19 safety measures even as the state approaches a vaccination rate of 70%, a milestone earlier set for loosening rules under a tiered reopening plan, The Garden Island reported...

  41. iPhone users will soon be able to add COVID-19 vaccination card to Apple Wallet

    A spokesperson for Apple confirmed that while the feature to add a COVID-19 vaccination card specifically to Apple Wallet is not available just yet, it will be in an upcoming update.

  42. The Latest: Vaccines to be required for Albania lawmakers

    ...department says nearly 58% of eligible Michigan residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, meanwhile, tells The Detroit News that he worries another “major wave” of cases is coming...

  43. The Latest: New Zealand's PM hopes to avoid future lockdowns

    New Zealand has taken an unusual zero-tolerance approach to the virus and is trying to completely eliminate the outbreak in its largest city through drastic measures, at least until vaccination rates improve. Fifteen more local transmissions were...

  44. Michigan passes 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases

    Michigan has recorded more than 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, the health department reported Wednesday. The state crossed that threshold by reporting 6,079 new cases over the last two days. There have been at...

  45. The Latest: California virus spread lower than other states

    The state is currently the only one experiencing “substantial” coronavirus transmission, the second-highest level on the CDC’s color-coded map. So is Puerto Rico. In all other U.S. states, virus transmission is rated as “high.”

  46. The Latest: Wyoming'sgov. sends Guard to help at hospitals

    Wyoming’s governor has activated the Wyoming National Guard to provide temporary assistance to hospitals that are dealing with a surge of patients with COVID-19. The Guard members will help with cleanup, food service, coronavirus screening,...

  47. SFO first U.S. airport to mandate vaccinations for all employees

    All workers at San Francisco International Airport must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective immediately, airport officials and San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Tuesday. The new requirement is the first in the nation for an...

  48. Seattle mayor extends COVID eviction moratoriums

    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Tuesday the city's eviction moratoriums will remain in place through Jan. 15, 2022, rather than expiring at the end of September. The Seattle Times reports...

  49. The Latest: Hanoi is easing some pandemic restrictions

    An order signed by the mayor Monday evening will allow the opening of government offices, markets, essential services such as banking, logistics and take-away restaurants. But schools will remain closed, public events and gatherings of more than 10...

  50. The Latest: Virus cases down dramatically in West Virginia

    The number of current virus cases statewide fell to 21,490 on Monday, down 28% from Thursday’s pandemic high of nearly 30,000. However, the head of the state’s pandemic task force says deaths and hospitalizations for COVID-19 are expected to continue...

  51. Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta still may alter COVID-19 protocol

    ...say they are watching how the New Mexico state fair plays out as they weight last-minute changes. Mayor Tim Keller tells KOAT-TV that organizers are nevertheless ready for the 100,000 attendees expected...

  52. Salem to require negative test for large Halloween events

    ...delta variant is so transmissible. We are seeing an increase in COVID case counts in Salem," said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “Thankfully, more people are vaccinated, so we’re not seeing the crush of hospitalizations....

  53. New daily virus cases in Florida is lowest since July

    ...are around 600 Orange County Fire Rescue workers in the Orlando area who are resisting Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ mandate to get vaccinated for COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. Florida Gov. Ron...

  54. Georgia city offers $500 to employees who get vaccinated

    ...cash incentive to encourage city employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The Brunswick City Commission on Wednesday narrowly approved a $500 bonus for employees who get inoculated, the Brunswick...

  55. The Latest: Abu Dhabi removes test rule for other emirates

    The capital of the United Arab Emirates has ended a policy requiring those coming in from other emirates to have a recent negative coronavirus test. Abu Dhabi made the announcement Saturday, saying that people from the UAE’s six other emirates could...

  56. Fla. vaccine advocate loses 6 unvaccinated family members to COVID-19 in 3 weeks

    ...also wanted me to let people know to get vaccinated.” Lisa Wilson’s husband, Steve Wilson, is the mayor of Belle Glade. Signs advocating vaccines are posted around the city, and he said his family will...

  57. Latest: US OKs new use for Eli Lilly’s COVID-19 treatment

    The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday granted emergency use of the drug for adults and children older than 12 who may have an infection and are at high-risk for getting severe COVID-19. Previously the drug was authorized for high-risk patients...

  58. South Carolina reaches 50% vaccination rate as cases dip

    Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, health...

  59. World leaders face new rule at UN meeting: vaccination

    World leaders will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s big meeting next week. The assembly president and New York City officials made the announcement this week.

  60. Latest: China: Vaccinated 1 billion people, 72% of country

    Chinese health officials say more than 1 billion people have been fully vaccinated in the world’s most populous country. That represents 72% of its 1.4 billion people. A National Health Commission spokesperson says 2.16 billion doses have been...

  61. 1 in every 500 US residents have died of Covid-19

    The United States has reached another grim milestone in its fight against the devastating Covid-19 pandemic: 1 in 500 Americans have died from coronavirus since the nation’s first reported infection. As of Tuesday night, 663,913 people in the US have...

  62. As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

    ...a medical or religious exemption. A group of LAPD employees is suing over the policy. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a warning for those seeking exemptions: “We will not tolerate the abuse of these...

  63. Alaska records most daily COVID cases amid healthcare strain

    There were 1,068 new cases of COVID-19, with case counts 13% higher than last week. State officials said 201 Alaskans required hospitalization for COVID-19, and 34 of them were on ventilators in a state with limited health care capacity.

  64. 10,000 Mexican maquiladora workers from Nuevo Leon to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in South Texas

    ...that they ended up supplying COVID-19 shots to 10,600 workers from Reynosa over a period of 30 days. Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña, of the town of Mission, Texas, praised the project, calling it “an international...

  65. Latest: Colorado governor urges OK for Pfizer booster shots

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is urging the Food and Drug Administration to quickly authorize booster shots for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine as well as permit children ages 5 to 11 to be vaccinated.

  66. Florida governor threatens cities with fines for vaccine mandates

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday threatened local governments with $5,000 fines per violation for requiring their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus that has overrun hospitals and killed tens of thousands across the state.

  67. Springfield indoor mask mandate takes effect

    ...city of Springfield's mask mandate takes effect Monday. Under the directive announced last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and intended to stem the spread of the coronavirus, everyone regardless of vaccination...

  68. The Latest: Italy students return; teachers need green pass

    Starting this month, all teachers and administrative staff must have a Green Pass. That means they received at least one vaccine dose, have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months or tested negative for the virus in the previous 48 hours.

  69. Honolulu first responders account for half of city workers seeking COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions

    ...facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated. Honolulu City Council members Heidi Tsune yoshi and Augie Tulba, chair and vice chair of the Council's Public Safety...

  70. School starts for 1 million NYC kids amid new vaccine rules

    ...but the majority of families chose all-remote learning. That choice won’t be available this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio has insisted. “Our kids need to be in school and it’s unbelievable that some kids...

  71. Vietnam speeds up Hanoi vaccine drive; 1M jabs over weekend

    ...said. “We have to speed up the vaccination program so we can make a plan to reopen the city,” Hanoi mayor Chu Ngoc Anh said Sunday. More than half of the country’s 98 million population is also under lockdown....

  72. It may take many, many more vaccine mandates to end the Covid-19 pandemic, Fauci says

    “I believe that’s going to turn this around because I don’t think people are going to want to not go to work or not go to college … They’re going to do it,” ... “You’d like to have them do it on a totally voluntary basis, but if that doesn’t work,...

  73. Los Angeles mandates vaccines for students 12 and older

    The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the nation, and the mandate would eventually apply to more than 460,000 students, including some enrolled at independent charter schools located in district buildings.

  74. Columbus to reissue indoor mask mandate as COVID cases rise

    “This isn't about shutting down, and giving up,” Ginther told reporters. “All of us have three goals that we all share in common: keeping our schools open, keeping our economy open and making sure that our health care workers are not overwhelmed.”

  75. Virus cases, hospitalizations keep going up in Nebraska

    ...are running full and the rate of transmission of the virus now is higher than it was when the Omaha City Council imposed a mask mandate a year ago. “Your decision to deny this request is not based on the...

  76. Arkansas virus deaths rise; City launches vaccine incentives

    ...people who may still be inclined to become fully vaccinated, but simply haven't made it a priority," Mayor Frank Scott said in a statement. "We hope to codnvince them that now is the time to take this important...

  77. More first responders dying of COVID-19 amid resistance to vaccine mandates

    Despite the deaths, police officers and other first responders are among those most hesitant to get the vaccine and their cases continue to grow. No national statistics show the vaccination rate for America’s entire population of first responders but...

  78. Charleston mandates COVID-19 vaccine for city employees

    ...city of Charleston, South Carolina will now require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Mayor John Tecklenberg announced Friday that all workers in the state's largest city must be fully vaccinated...

  79. South Carolina Supreme Court blocks school mask mandate

    ...mandate for school children. The court said the ordinance was in “conflict with state law.” The mayor of Columbia said he enacted the mandate to protect children who aren’t allowed to receive the vaccine....

  80. Tulsa offers employees $250 stipend for virus vaccination

    ...coronavirus vaccination, plus a possible additional $250 if their department reaches vaccination goals. The City Council voted Wednesday night to provide $250 to employees who are fully vaccinated by Oct. 15 and...

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