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Coronavirus cases spiked after these counties reopened. Now, officials are scaling back

coronavirus cases spiked after these counties reopened. now, officials are scaling back

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Sonoma County was one of the first regions in California to begin reopening after months of restrictions aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus.Public health officials loosened constraints on construction, car sales and landscaping services in early May. A week later, they began allowing retail stores to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. Last week, outdoor dining, summer camps, drive-in religious services and other ceremonies were allowed to resume.Then, coronavirus cases began rising again, forcing officials to slow the county’s efforts to reopen.
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Sonoma County has reported 203 new cases of the virus in the last 14 days, doubling its case rate in that time from 20 per 100,000 residents to 41 per 100,000, the county’s health officer, Dr. Sundari Mase, said. On Wednesday, Mase reported nine new cases, bringing the total number of infections in Sonoma to 524. The county has reported four deaths since the pandemic began. One area officials are particularly concerned about is the increase in instances of the virus being transmitted between people who have recently returned to work, Mase said.“We’ve also seen, over the weekend, a few more hospitalizations that make us worried that we might be seeing more COVID in our vulnerable …

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Coronavirus outbreak hits Townsend Farms in Fairview

coronavirus outbreak hits townsend farms in fairview

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This story is breaking and will be updated.The Townsend Farms cannery in Fairview is the site of the large coronavirus outbreak referenced by state health officials Wednesday that infected dozens of workers, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.About 300 people are employed at the cannery, some of whom began testing positive several weeks ago, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.The cannery never shut down, according to the person, and the heavily Latino workforce continued to work in close quarters.Although many workers were apparently tested, it appears the results of infections may not have been shared with state public health officials until recently. The Oregon Health Authority on Thursday would not confirm the outbreak at Townsend Farms or address the questions about testing and when officials learned about the infections. The Townsend Farms cannery in Fairview, Oregon is the site of a large coronavirus outbreak that infected dozens of workers. About 300 people are employed at the cannery, some of whom began testing positive several weeks ago.Brooke Herbert/The OregonianThe health authority on Wednesday announced an outbreak at a metro-area business but declined to immediately identify …

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Wisconsin again sees more than 500 new cases of coronavirus, but smaller portion of tests are positive

wisconsin again sees more than 500 new cases of coronavirus, but smaller portion of tests are positive

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After Wednesday brought state records for newly reported coronavirus cases and deaths, Thursday’s update was less striking.State health officials reported 512 new cases Thursday — the state’s third-highest single-day increase — but the cases were discovered amid another record-setting day of testing.Of more than 10,600 test results revealed Thursday, only 4.8% were positive for the coronavirus, down from 5.8% on Wednesday, when there were 599 positives.Both numbers are lower than the state’s 7.1% cumulative percent-positive rate since testing began. All told, nearly 238,000 people have been tested in Wisconsin, of whom 16,974 were positive.New COVID-19 deaths totaled 11, or half of those announced Wednesday. Total deaths reached 550.DAILY DIGEST:What you need to know about coronavirus in WisconsinThere were 408 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Thursday morning, according to a Wisconsin Hospital Association dashboard, with 250 inpatients awaiting test results. Of those known to have the coronavirus, 138 were in intensive care.The total number of inpatients awaiting test results fell by 85 on Thursday after it had shot up by 117 on Wednesday to a record high of 335. The state’s southeastern region accounted for much of the temporary spike: up from 87 to 164 on Wednesday and then down again to 109 on Thursday.Representatives from the Wisconsin Hospital Association and state Department …

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WATCH: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gives first coronavirus update since announcing mask requirement

watch: virginia gov. ralph northam gives first coronavirus update since announcing mask requirement

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Local NewsAll of Virginia will remain in Phase One for at least another weekRICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Ralph Northam is scheduled to give an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus on Thursday afternoon.The governor announced that all of Virginia will remain in Phase One for at least another week.During Tuesday’s update, he announced that starting tomorrow, at times, face coverings will be required in Virginia.As of Thursday, there are 41,401 coronavirus cases in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health. Across the state, 1,338 people have died.[Where are Virginia’s coronavirus cases? The health department’s interactive map]The governor is now only be giving coronavirus updates on Tuesdays and Thursdays.Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 – All rights reserved.Related Stories About the Author:

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UCHealth offers coronavirus antibody tests, nasal swabs for all Coloradans

uchealth offers coronavirus antibody tests, nasal swabs for all coloradans

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Gov. Jared Polis gave an update May 18 on coronavirus testing in Colorado, saying anyone who is symptomatic (and some essential workers) can be tested.

USA TODAY HandoutUCHealth is offering federally authorized coronavirus antibody tests to anyone who wants to know if they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus, although the health care system cautions that it remains uncertain whether the presence of coronavirus antibodies prevents reinfection.UCHealth is also offering coronavirus nasal swab tests to anyone who has coronavirus symptoms. The nasal swab tests, covered by most insurance plans, are $85. That test can determine if someone is currently sick with COVID-19.Coloradans can schedule an antibody test or nasal swab through an order from a UCHealth provider or by making an account online on My Health Connection and selecting an appointment. UCHealth is charging $100 for the antibody test, which is conducted through a blood draw and is covered by most health insurance plans. The antibody test can determine with a high rate of accuracy whether someone has coronavirus antibodies present in their bloodstream, according to UCHealth.“Many people have been interested in getting antibody tested because they want to know if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they want …

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Antibody Tests Point To Lower Death Rate For The Coronavirus Than First Thought

antibody tests point to lower death rate for the coronavirus than first thought

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In mid-April, people lined up in Chelsea, Mass., to get antibody tests for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

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Mounting evidence suggests the coronavirus is more common and less deadly than it first appeared. The evidence comes from tests that detect antibodies to the coronavirus in a person’s blood, rather than the virus itself. The tests are finding large numbers of people in the U.S. who were infected, but never became seriously ill. And when these mild infections are included in coronavirus statistics, the virus appears less dangerous. “The current best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%,” says Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. That’s in contrast with death rates of 5% or more based on calculations that included only people who got sick enough to be diagnosed with tests that detect the presence of virus in a person’s body. And the revised estimates support an early prediction by Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the White …

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Sen. Tim Kaine, wife test positive for coronavirus antibodies

sen. tim kaine, wife test positive for coronavirus antibodies

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Local NewsRICHMOND, Va. – Sen. Tim Kaine and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies, according to a statement.Below is the full statement from the senator:“My wife Anne and I recently tested positive for antibodies to coronavirus.“I tested positive for the flu earlier this year and was given standard medication to treat it. The symptoms lingered and I continued to receive treatment from my physician for the flu through mid-March. At the end of March, I experienced new symptoms that I initially thought were flu remnants and a reaction to an unusually high spring pollen count. Then Anne experienced a short bout of fever and chills, followed by congestion and eventually a cough.“After Anne got sick, we each talked to our health providers in early April and they thought it possible that we had mild cases of coronavirus. We were both at home in Richmond, working remotely and isolated from others. Due to the national testing shortage, we were not tested for the virus but continued isolating and watched for any worsening of symptoms. By mid-April we were symptom free.“We each tested positive for coronavirus antibodies this month. While those antibodies could make us less …

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Trump tweets condolences for 100,000 dead from coronavirus amid morning tweetstorm

trump tweets condolences for 100,000 dead from coronavirus amid morning tweetstorm

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News organizations began reporting the grim milestone late Wednesday afternoon, but Trump — on his 25th tweet or retweet of Thursday morning — didn’t acknowledge it until around 9:30 a.m. ET. The President has regularly downplayed the carnage and ongoing dangers of the pandemic in his eagerness to reopen the country, repeatedly revised his projections of the death toll and tried instead to suggest that the loss of life would have reached into the millions had it not been for actions taken by his administration.”We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000. To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!” Trump tweeted Thursday. Before expressing condolences, the President was using his Twitter account as a megaphone for dredging up his arguments about the Russia investigation and airing his allegations of bias against Twitter after it attached fact-checks to some of his tweets. He said Thursday would “be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!,” tweeting what appeared to be a reference to an upcoming executive order, and again …

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Thursday’s Coronavirus Updates: Total confirmed cases in Florida closing in on 53,000

thursday’s coronavirus updates: total confirmed cases in florida closing in on 53,000

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As of Thursday at 7 a.m., there have been 52,634 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 51,283 Florida residents and 1,351 non-Florida residents. There are 2,319 deaths reported and 9,639 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.
There have been 935,271 tests administered in Florida. A total of 52,634 tests have come back positive, and 880,937 tests have come back negative. The remainder are still pending, according to the FDOH website.
The state has also released a list of long-term care facilities where cases have been reported.
*Numbers are released by the DOH daily at approximately 11 a.m.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS
Total number of cases: 52,634 (up from 52,255)Deaths: 2,319 (up from 2,259)

379 total new cases reported Wednesday
60 total new deaths reported Wednesday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS
Total in SWFL: 4,021 (up from 3,976)Deaths: 224 (up from 216)

45 total new cases reported Wednesday
8 total new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 1,767 (up from 1,759) – 99 deaths (6 new deaths)Collier County: 1,334 (up from 1,305) – 46 deathsCharlotte County: 433 (up from 430) – 58 deaths (2 new deaths)DeSoto County: 124 (up from 121) – 8 deathsGlades County: 24 (unchanged) – 1 deathHendry County: 339 (up from 337) – 12 deaths
Click HERE for a SWFL case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

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Coronavirus might have been spreading in Houston before doctors knew what it was

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HOUSTON – The first day we knew about the “community spread” of coronavirus was the day the rodeo was canceled on March 11, 2020.Now, many of you are getting antibody tests and finding out you’ve had coronavirus but claim symptoms happened early in March, or before then. The virus started in Wuhan, China in November.Some doctors now think back to early in the year, after people returned from holiday travel, and think what appeared to be a respiratory virus going around, might have been coronavirus the whole time.”Oh yes, definitely, there’s no question about it. The thing is that we didn’t have a way to test patients at that time so we didn’t know. But if you had a COVID-related like illness in January or February, and your antibodies are positive, obviously you got it. So, as more data comes to be available we’ll be learning more about this but yeah that’s definitely a possibility,” said UT Health Infectious Disease Specialist Rodrigo Hasbun, MD.For example, Houston mom Layla Campbell said her antibody test last week proves she had it. She said she developed symptoms after attending a basketball game on Jan. 31.Professor of …

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