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Contact tracing is no longer possible across the US South due to rapid coronavirus surges, health expert says

contact tracing is no longer possible across the us south due to rapid coronavirus surges, health expert says

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“The cases are rising so rapidly, that we cannot even do contact tracing anymore. I don’t see how it’s possible to even do that,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday.The rapid rise in cases is considered a surge, not a second wave, because the infection numbers never lowered to where officials hoped they would, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream Monday. “We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” Fauci said. The national case count hits new records almost daily, Hotez said. As of Tuesday morning, more than 2.9 million people had been infected and 130,306 people had died from coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Though Florida set a record for most new cases in a single day over the weekend, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Education Richard Corcoran announced Monday in an emergency order that its schools will open their doors in August. But the state is among at least 24 that are pausing or rolling back their reopening plans for the summer in light of surging cases.”Let’s wait …

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California prisons replace their top medical officer amid a coronavirus outbreak

california prisons replace their top medical officer amid a coronavirus outbreak

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“We are in unprecedented times as we deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” California Correctional Health Care Services Receiver J. Clark Kelso said in a statement. “In order to meet current response needs while also working toward further delegations of medical care back to state control, it has become evident that a reorganization is necessary for long-term sustainability.”The move comes while more than 2,350 inmates are currently infected — more than half of whom are inside a single facility, San Quentin State Prison. According to the state’s department of corrections, there are currently more than 1,300 active cases at San Quentin with nearly 70 percent of those cases popping up in the last two weeks. Six prisoners there have died from the virus, according to state data. A total of 165 staff members have also tested positive for the virus at San Quentin. Throughout the pandemic, officials across the US have identified prisons as major hotspots for the virus. But inmates and experts have cautioned social distancing is a tall order in many facilities. Adnan Khan, executive director for Re:Store Justice, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, said it’s impossible for detainees to follow social distancing protocols and other guidelines …

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Live updates: Coronavirus hospitalizations skyrocket across Sun Belt as Fauci warns nation is ‘still knee deep in the first wave’

live updates: coronavirus hospitalizations skyrocket across sun belt as fauci warns nation is ‘still knee deep in the first wave’

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July 7, 2020 at 12:18 AM EDTStates mandate masks, begin to shut down again as coronavirus cases soar and hospitalizations riseThe pandemic map of the United States burned bright red Monday, with the number of new coronavirus infections during the first six days of July nearing 300,000 as more states and cities moved to reimpose shutdown orders.After an Independence Day weekend that attracted large crowds to fireworks displays and produced scenes of Americans drinking and partying without masks, health officials warned of hospitals running out of space and infection spreading rampantly. The United States is “still knee deep in the first wave” of the pandemic, Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Monday.By Josh Partlow and Nick Miroff

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Republican National Convention will test Jacksonville attendees daily for coronavirus

republican national convention will test jacksonville attendees daily for coronavirus

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Erin Isaac, the spokeswoman for the host committee of the Jacksonville portion of the convention, said in an emailed memo on Monday that “everyone attending the convention within the perimeter will be tested and temperature checked each day.”When reached by CNN on Monday night, Isaac repeated that attendees would be tested for Covid-19 and not just receive a more simple health screening.A party official said the GOP will be laying out more information on how the testing and other health protocols will work as the convention gets closer.The schedule is unclear for the Jacksonville portion of the convention, but if Republicans stick to the itinerary they previously planned, Trump will give his acceptance speech there at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on August 27, the last day of the convention.The news comes on the heels of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn saying on Sunday that it was “too early to tell” whether Florida will be a safe place for the convention next month due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.”I think it’s too early to tell,” Hahn, a member of the White House coronoavirus task force, told CNN’s Dana Bash …

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus again: Live updates

brazil’s bolsonaro tested for coronavirus again: live updates

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested for coronavirus again, after showing symptoms of the disease including a fever.
A group of more than 200 scientists are urging the World Health Organization to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air. 
Nearly 11.6 million people around the world have now been diagnosed with COVID-19, and nearly 537,000 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United States and Brazil have reported the most cases and the highest death tolls.

Here are the latest updates.
Tuesday, July 7
02:20 GMT – Students in China sit university entrance exam
More than 10 million students from around China have started sitting the highly competitive gaokao or university entrance exam that was delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.
The state-run Global Times says it’s the largest public event since the health crisis.

Born around the time of the SARS epidemic in 2003, more than 10 million high school graduates are taking the national college entrance exam, known as #gaokao. This year’s gaokao comes one month later than usual due to the #COVID_19. pic.twitter.com/FcheqHjZcG
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) July 7, 2020


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Young adults who think ‘they are invincible’ increasingly infected by coronavirus, Newsom says

young adults who think ‘they are invincible’ increasingly infected by coronavirus, newsom says

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Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday said the surge in coronavirus cases hitting California was due in part to younger people who might believe “they are invincible” but nonetheless are becoming sick from COVID-19.These are younger adults — who Newsom called “the young invincibles” — who are testing positive for the disease, a trend that has become apparent as the economy has reopened and working-aged adults return to work and had resumed social gatherings.“So a lot of these younger folks may be coming into hospitals, but with not as acute needs as what we were seeing in the past,” Newsom said. In L.A. County, working-age adults are making up an increasing share of the percentage of those who are hospitalized, while seniors are making up a declining share. Some young people think “they are invincible but don’t feel it’s going to impact them and if it does, it’s not a big burden.”
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But Newsom and other experts have warned that increasing infection in younger adults may serve as a way the disease can spread to those with underlying health conditions and older adults.That’s why, Newsom said, he has made moves to strengthen public health …

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Military deploying medical personnel as Texas sees spike in coronavirus patients

military deploying medical personnel as texas sees spike in coronavirus patients

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The personnel, from the 627th Hospital Center in Carson, Colorado, will “provide medical assistance by embedding in medical care facilities in the San Antonio, Texas area,” according to a statement from the US Northern Command, which oversees US military operations in North America.”The medical personnel include emergency room and critical care nurses, respiratory specialists and support personnel,” the statement continued.The deployment marks a return to military efforts to directly combat the worsening pandemic, a move previously associated with dire hot spots of the virus. In April, the military dispatched hundreds of medical personnel to embed in hospitals primarily in the New York City area — previously one of areas hit hardest by the pandemic — as well as elsewhere.Texas has seen over 194,900 cases and 2,600 deaths from the virus, making it one of the leaders among the 32 states reporting higher rates of new cases this week compared to the last, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The state is expected to see nearly 2,000 new hospitalizations per day by mid-July, according to forecasts published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The military isn’t alone in taking bolder steps to address the state’s outbreak. Texas Gov. Greg …

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Australia Closes Interstate Border Because Of Coronavirus Outbreak

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The border between Australian states Victoria and New South Wales will close because of a spike in coronavirus cases, officials announced on Monday. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said the closure is for an undetermined period. Victoria, whose capital city is Melbourne, has logged 127 confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, which accounts for more than 90% of Australia’s infections during that period, according to national data. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the border would first shut down to residents of Melbourne, where the outbreak has been concentrated, and then will extend to all residents of Victoria on Wednesday. Police and health officials will monitor 55 ground crossings — including highways, bridges and waterways — as well as airports and rail stations according to a report from ABC Australia. “We wouldn’t have taken this step unless we absolutely had to,” Berejiklian said. “Please know this is not a decision we take lightly, but during the pandemic I have always said New South Wales …

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Airborne Coronavirus: What You Should Do Now

airborne coronavirus: what you should do now

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The coronavirus can stay aloft for hours in tiny droplets in stagnant air, infecting people as they inhale, mounting scientific evidence suggests.This risk is highest in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation, and may help explain super-spreading events reported in meatpacking plants, churches and restaurants.It’s unclear how often the virus is spread via these tiny droplets, or aerosols, compared with larger droplets that are expelled when a sick person coughs or sneezes, or transmitted through contact with contaminated surfaces, said Linsey Marr, an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech.Aerosols are released even when a person without symptoms exhales, talks or sings, according to Dr. Marr and more than 200 other experts, who have outlined the evidence in an open letter to the World Health Organization.What is clear, they said, is that people should consider minimizing time indoors with people outside their families. Schools, nursing homes and businesses should consider adding powerful new air filters and ultraviolet lights that can kill airborne viruses.Here are answers to a few questions raised by the latest research.What does it mean for a virus to be airborne?For a virus to be airborne means that it can be carried through …

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Illinois Reports 6 Deaths From Coronavirus For The Second Straight Day

illinois reports 6 deaths from coronavirus for the second straight day

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CHICAGO — Illinois saw six people die from coronavirus in the past day, matching Sunday’s total which was the lowest one-day loss since March 25, officials said Monday.

As states around the country see COVID-19 surging, Illinois’ deaths have slowed. And after several days of rising cases last week, Monday’s announcement of 614 new cases marked a drop. There were 639 confirmed cases reported Sunday, although officials note weekend test results often lag.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 147,865 confirmed cases in the state and 7,026 deaths. All 102 Illinois counties have been impacted by the pandemic.

Illinois’ positivity rate held stable at 2.6 percent on Monday. The positivity rate is the percentage of tests administered in the past week that returned a confirmed positive case.

The number of coronavirus patients in Illinois intensive care unit beds is also falling, with 321 patients reported Monday. Of those, 151 people are on ventilators. One week ago, there were 372 people in ICU beds statewide and 187 on ventilators. A month before that, there were 980 patients in intensive care units. Of those, 593 were on ventilators.

In Chicago, the positivity rare crept up to 4.8 percent. On Sunday, the city announced 6 additional people had died and 191 new confirmed cases were …

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