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Coronavirus Kills 16 More People In Illinois

coronavirus kills 16 more people in illinois

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CHICAGO — Coronavirus killed another 16 people across Illinois in the past day.

Two of the victims were in Cook County. In all, at least 7,672 people have died from COVID-19 in Illinois.

Another 1,645 cases of coronavirus were reported over the past day, as well. That brings the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 198,593.

The state’s positivity rate held at 4.1 percent.

As of Tuesday night, 1,525 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Illinois, including 357 people in the ICU and 129 people on ventilators.

In Chicago, the seven-day average positivity rate was at 5 percent, and the city was facing an average of 297 new cases and three deaths per day as of Wednesday.

In all, at least 2,812 people have died from coronavirus in Chicago, and there have been 64,357 confirmed cases.

The city’s numbers are higher than officials would like, but they show Chicago is not “surging” like other places, Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the city’s Department of Public Health, said during a livestreamed Q&A.

And deaths from coronavirus have remained relatively flat in the city since July 16, Arwady said, which means Chicago is staying in a “good spot there.”

Arwady said the city’s biggest outbreaks are still coming from …

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Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims

trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims

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“Wait, by the way, the gentlemen — you know everybody … This is Scott Atlas. Do you know that?” Trump asked.The man Trump was pointing to was Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution who frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government’s medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump’s — including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as “hysteria” and pushing for the resumption of college sports.Several months into the pandemic sweeping the nation, Atlas made his debut in the briefing room with a new title: adviser to the President.”He’s working with us and will be working with us on the coronavirus,” Trump said. “And he has many great ideas. And he thinks what we’ve done is really good, and now we’ll take it to a new level.”With the coronavirus spreading largely unchecked across the US, Trump has called on hesitant governors to reopen their states and school administrators to put children back in the classroom. Though Trump believed his push would help woo suburban voters, some districts …

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Coronavirus prompts closing of Georgia high school in district with over 1K in quarantine

coronavirus prompts closing of georgia high school in district with over 1k in quarantine

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A Georgia school district that does not require masks has closed a high school and now has over 1,100 students and staff in quarantine due to the coronavirus.The Cherokee County School District, based in Canton about 40 miles north of Atlanta, made the announcement Tuesday, just eight days after its schools reopened.”This decision was not made lightly,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement about the temporary halt to in-person instruction at Etowah High School. He said the high school had 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 15 tests pending as of Tuesday morning.”As a result of the confirmed cases, 294 students and staff are under quarantine and, should the pending tests prove positive, that total would increase dramatically,” the superintendent said.In total, the district has 59 confirmed cases of the virus, Hightower said.It also has 1,156 students and 37 staff in quarantine, according to a district list.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.Hightower warned that because the coronavirus cases are predominantly at the district’s high schools more of those schools could be closed.The Cherokee County district — which has an enrollment of 42,000, of whom over 30,000 are receiving in-person instruction — recommends but does …

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22 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine

22 new coronavirus cases have been reported in maine

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Another 22 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday’s report brings the total coronavirus cases in Maine to 4,070. Of those, 3,662 have been confirmed positive, while 408 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

New cases were reported in Androscoggin (3), Cumberland (8), Hancock (1), Penobscot (2), Sagadahoc (1) and York (6) counties, state data show. Where another case was reported wasn’t immediately available.

The agency revised Tuesday’s cumulative total to 4,048, down from 4,050, meaning there was an increase of 20 over the previous day’s report, state data show. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total.

No new deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the statewide death toll standing at 126. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.

So far, 394 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Information about those currently hospitalized wasn’t immediately available.

Meanwhile, 19 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,579. That means there are 365 active and “ …

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Tracking coronavirus: Seminole County schools to require face masks; COVID-19 vaccine volunteers needed

tracking coronavirus: seminole county schools to require face masks; covid-19 vaccine volunteers needed

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article ORLANDO, Fla. – Below is a log of the day’s events as it relates to the global coronavirus pandemic. 7:58 a.m. — A doctor in the United Kingdom decided to prove a point about masks after seeing some questionable claims that they drop a wearer’s oxygen levels being shared on social media. More HERE. 6:57 a.m. — Several new coronavirus testing sites are opening in Central Florida. Find the list HERE.5:39 a.m. — Seminole County Public Schools finalized plans to welcome students back soon. Some of those changes include policies around wearing masks. Details HERE. 5:17 a.m. — The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has suspended the alcohol license for Mathers LLC & Dobson Family Trust, the company which oversees operations for Joysticks, Mathers, and Shots in Downtown Orlando.  State shuts down three Orlando bars The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has suspended the alcohol license for Mathers LLC & Dobson Family Trust, the company which oversees operations for Joysticks, Mathers, and Shots in Downtown Orlando. Advertisement 5:00 a.m. — Coronavirus clinical vaccine trials have started across the country. In Central Florida, thousands more participants are needed. Read more HERE.4:30 a.m. —  …

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Restaurants in the U.S. Become a Hot Spot for Infection

coronavirus live updates: restaurants in the u.s. become a hot spot for infection

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Here’s what you need to know:Scores of restaurants in the U.S. have had to temporarily close after outbreaks.Britain’s lockdown recession is the deepest in Europe and North America.Crisis in the nation, crickets on Capitol Hill.New Zealand returns to a partial lockdown after a resurgence of locally transmitted cases.The top U.S. health official praises Taiwan’s response to the virus.The Paris marathon is canceled as France faces an uptick in virus cases.‘This is all beyond stupid’: Experts worry about Russia’s rushed vaccine.Image A recent evening in downtown Nashville, where masks are required by law and signs encourage social distancing.Credit…William DeShazer for The New York TimesScores of restaurants in the U.S. have had to temporarily close after outbreaks.Across the United States this summer, restaurants and bars, reeling from mandatory lockdowns and steep financial declines, opened their doors to customers — but the short-term gains have led to broader losses.Data from states and cities show that many community outbreaks of the coronavirus this summer have centered on restaurants and bars, often the largest settings to infect Americans.In Louisiana, roughly a quarter of the state’s 2,360 …

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Texans are seeing how dangerous coronavirus can be as cases soar past 500,000

texans are seeing how dangerous coronavirus can be as cases soar past 500,000

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“The most important thing I could convey today that is even though the numbers of Covid-19 have improved, it has not left Jefferson County, it has not left Orange County, it has not left the state of Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott said.Texas has been at the center of the resurgence of coronavirus cases along with California and Florida, which are both reporting thousands of new daily cases. Though Texas officials initially came under scrutiny for downplaying the severity of the virus’ spread and acting slowly to pull back plans for reopening, Abbott said during a news conference Tuesday that the state is ramping up distribution of personal protective equipment and encouraging Texans to wear masks and socially distance. “The bottom line is Texans realized how dangerous Covid-19 can be,” Abbott said. Infection and hospitalization metrics are improving in the state, but are “still too high,” he said. To get businesses up and running, Texans need to lower and maintain the positivity rate below 10% and stick to safety precautions. Beaumont Mayor Becky Ames said in the news conference with Abbott that the spike in July followed people letting their guards down as the state reopened. And rising positivity rates now …

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Russia says there is ‘major information warfare’ against its coronavirus vaccine

russia says there is ‘major information warfare’ against its coronavirus vaccine

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A police officer patrols a deserted Red Square during the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Valery SharifulinRussia has rejected international criticism and skepticism toward its coronavirus vaccine, saying that it’s safe and that it works.Russia announced Tuesday that its vaccine had been approved by its health regulators, making it the first coronavirus vaccine in the world to be registered. Full-scale production is due to start next month. Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted it was safe and effective and that one of his daughters had already received the vaccine.The news attracted widespread criticism and concern as to its safety and efficacy. It has only undergone rapid Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials on a small number of people and no data from these has yet been published. Phase 3 trials are to begin shortly yet Russia expects to start producing the vaccine in September.Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said Wednesday that allegations that the vaccine was unsafe were groundless and driven by competition, Interfax news agency reported.Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund RDIF, which is backing the vaccine named “Sputnik V,” said that Western — and specifically U.S. — criticism of the vaccine was biased.”It ( …

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’60s singer Trini Lopez, 83, dies while battling coronavirus

’60s singer trini lopez, 83, dies while battling coronavirus

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Singer Trini Lopez, who enjoyed a heyday in the 1960s with hits including “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Land Is Your Land,” died Tuesday from complications related to coronavirus, collaborators said. He was 83.Lopez had been in and out of a hospital setting for about six weeks before dying about 5 a.m. at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California, said songwriting partner Joe Chavira.Filmmaker P. David Ebersole, who just finished shooting a documentary on Lopez with Todd Hughes, confirmed the death to the Associated Press.From left, Singer Trini Lopez works with songwriter partner Joe Chavira.Courtesy Joe ChaviraChavira, who said he met Lopez n 2015, said the singer never married and had no children.The last song Lopez wrote with Chavira, “If By Now,” was performed for a half-hour coronavirus fundraiser expected to air over the weekend on local television in Chavira’s home city of Santa Barbara, he said.”He passed trying to tell people about COVID,” he said.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.Chavira said that he was unable to see his friend in his last days because he was hospitalized in a virtual …

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