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Lowell to offer free drive-up coronavirus testing for residents

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LOWELL — On Thursday, the city will offer free COVID-19 testing for Lowell residents only at Cawley Memorial Stadium, the first in a series of free testing opportunities in December.The Thursday testing session will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the stadium parking lot, located at 424 Douglas Road. It is a drive-up only site, and residents must register for specific time slots in advance.
The testing will be administered by Trinity EMS, and is funded through federal CARES Act assistance. About 435 slots are available Thursday.
“We appreciate the partnership of Trinity EMS in standing up a testing operation that will assist the city in meeting the growing demand for COVID-19 testing among residents. Access to low-barrier testing is critical to our ability to contain transmission of the virus,” City Manager Eileen Donoghue said in a statement. “The city is committed to expanding the availability of testing in our community, and we will be making a significant investment through the end of this year in order to advance that objective.”
The announcement comes as Lowell’s 14-day positivity rate tops 10%, according to state data released Friday. Lowell has been considered a “red,” or high-risk, community for coronavirus transmission …

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One Chart Shows How Bad Germany’s Second Wave of the Coronavirus Is

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Doctors in Berlin, Germany.Sean Gallup | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesGermany was widely seen as a poster-child for its approach to tackling the coronavirus in the spring, but its second wave of infections is proving far more deadly.Covid-19 cases in the country started to creep higher in October, after a lull in the summer months and a relaxation of lockdowns and restrictions in Europe. This rise in cases has been accompanied by an increasing daily death rate, on a 7-day average, which has now passed its April peak.One chart shows just how bad Germany’s second wave is.The 7-day average number of deaths from Covid-19 stood at 306.71 on November 29 — significantly higher than the peak of 248.43 seen on April 21, data from Johns Hopkin University shows.The first case of Covid-19 in Germany was reported 307 days ago on Jan. 27. Germany reacted quickly, isolating cases, rapidly scaling up testing and implementing a track and trace system to try to stop the spread of infection. Its robust network of local health authorities and modern health care system were also seen as key to keeping its death rate low.Nonetheless, Germany does not appear to have fared so well during the second wave …

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Vaccines within reach as U.S. braces for post-Thanksgiving coronavirus surge

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U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized and shipped within days of a Dec. 10 meeting of outside advisers to the Food and Drug Administration tasked with reviewing trial data and recommending whether it warrants approval. A vaccine from Moderna Inc could follow a week later, he said, after the company announced on Monday it would apply for U.S. and European emergency authorization. Final trial data showed the vaccine to be 94.1% effective at preventing COVID-19, comparable with Pfizer’s results. “So we could be seeing both of these vaccines out and getting into people’s arms before Christmas,” Azar said on CBS’ “This Morning.” The federal government will ship the vaccines. State governors will decide how they are distributed within their states.

The United States has reported 4.2 million new COVID-19 cases so far in November and more than 36,000 coronavirus-related deaths, according to a Reuters tally. Hospitalizations are at a pandemic high and deaths the most in six months. HOSPITALS AT BREAKING POINT As the virus rages across the country, overwhelming hospital systems and pushing already exhausted medical staff near a breaking point, the governor of California warned that intensive care units in the state’s hospitals …

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Coronavirus In Greater Houston: Harris County Tells Thanksgiving Travelers To Get COVID-19 Tests — But Not Right Away

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In this Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 file photo, travelers walk through Terminal 3 at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Transportation Security Administration said nearly 1.2 million people went through U.S. airports on Sunday, the highest number since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country back in March, despite the pleadings of public health experts for people to stay home over Thanksgiving.
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Updated 5:12 p.m. CT Monday
The city of Houston will begin cracking down on businesses that have not adhered to COVID-19 regulations, wih Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday afternoon warning that the next step could be an imposed citywide curfew.
While many bars have remained open by transitioning into restaurants, others are simply disregarding occupancy guidelines, Turner said. If that continues, the mayor said he would turn to a curfew as a last resort.
“I am watching the numbers carefully,” Turner said. “A lot of what we decide to do going forward will depend on people’s behavior, the extent of the community spread, and the status of our health care delivery system.”
The Houston Fire Department has responded …

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Massachusetts doctors concerned about second coronavirus surge

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There’s a growing concern among Massachusetts doctors and nurses about a second coronavirus surge. Hospital staff said many local hospitals are full or are seeing a higher volume of patients. With the Transportation Security Administration seeing seven million passengers traveling for Thanksgiving, medical experts said we won’t know how big the surge will be for another two to three weeks.

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Coronavirus Victims: North Carolina College Student Jamesha Waddell

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Jamesha Waddell, a senior at Livingstone College in North Carolina, spent nearly two months in the hospital with COVID-19. She died in November at age 23.

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Jamesha Waddell spent nearly two months in the hospital with COVID-19. She died earlier this month at just 23 years old.
MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:
Her grandmother Janice Waddell had a nickname for Jamesha.
JANICE WADDELL: I call her my rose.
SHAPIRO: Jamesha was a senior at Livingstone College in North Carolina. She was the kind of granddaughter who would drop everything to drive 3 1/2 hours if her grandmother needed her.
WADDELL: I quit driving a long time ago. And she would come home on weekends – she knew I had somewhere special to go. She would come home and take me wherever I had to go.
KELLY: Jamesha’s uncle Terry also remembers her being there for him when he needed her.
TERRY: She used to stay with me over the summer when she used to come home from college. When she was there with me, it felt like me not being all alone.
SHAPIRO: She loved to cook. Blue crabs were her favorite meal.
TERRY: She always had, you know – she always …

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Texas has $3 billion of federal coronavirus relief funds to spend before the end of the year

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Michigan coronavirus cases up to 360,449; Death toll now at 9,134

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The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 360,449 as of Monday, including 9,134 deaths, state officials report.Monday’s update represents 10,428 new cases and 98 additional deaths over the last two days — an average of 5,214 cases and 49 deaths per day. On Saturday, the state reported 350,021 total cases and 9,036 deaths.New COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in Michigan. Testing has increased in recent weeks, with more than 45,000 diagnostic tests reported per day, but the positive rate has increased to near 13% over the last week. Hospitalizations have increased steadily for the last five weeks, including upticks in critical care and ventilator use.Michigan’s 7-day moving average for daily cases was 6,759 on Sunday, slightly lower than one week ago. The 7-day death average was 82, the highest since May. The state’s fatality rate is 2.6%. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 175,700 on Saturday, near its highest mark on record. More than 165,000 have recovered in Michigan.According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 5 million have recovered in the U.S., with more than 13.4 million cases reported across the country. More than 267,000 have died in the U.S.Worldwide, more than 62.9 million people have …

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Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says

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The coronavirus was present in the U.S. weeks earlier than scientists and public health officials previously thought, and before cases in China were publicly identified, according to a new government study published Monday. The virus and the illness that it causes, COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, but it wasn’t until Jan. 19 that the first confirmed COVID-19 case, from a traveler returning from China, was found in the U.S. However, new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases suggest that the coronavirus, known officially as SARS-CoV-2, had infected people in the U.S. even earlier. “SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been present in the U.S. in December 2019, earlier than previously recognized,” the authors said. This discovery adds to evidence that the virus was quietly spreading around the world before health officials and the public were aware, disrupting previous thinking of how the illness first emerged and how it has since evolved. It …

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Coronavirus in Wisconsin: Fewer tests, fewer cases, fewer deaths reported

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – The Thanksgiving holiday continues to bring in lower numbers in coronavirus testing in Wisconsin. Monday, the Department of Health Services reported 2,534 new cases were identified in the latest batch of test results.TOTAL TESTS: 8,740Positive: 2,534 (28.99%)Negative: 6,206That’s the fewest test results since October 5, and aside from Friday’s two-month low of 1,300 cases, the 2,534 new cases is the fewest since October 12.The 2,534 new cases is well below the 7-day average of 4,209 new cases per day.The positivity rate — the percentage of tests which came back positive — was 28.99%, which is below the 7-day average of 34.59%.New cases were reported in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. In 19 of these counties, new cases were in the single digits.It’s been an erratic week for coronavirus numbers from the state Department of Health Services. With multiple testing sites closed and less testing over the holiday break, coronavirus cases fell to a two-month low on Friday, followed by more than 5,000 new cases and a 53% positivity rate Saturday, then 7-day averages back on the rise on Sunday. We’ve reported since last week that there may be a spike in case and death numbers for days after the testing sites reopen …

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