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Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 27: Europe Begins to Ease Restrictions, Germany Tightens Them

Europe is trying to figure out how to loosen coronavirus restrictions without setting the stage for another surge.
“We must learn from the summer and not repeat the same mistakes,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, told lawmakers in Brussels earlier this week. “Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas.”
The number of new daily …

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Park Hyatt Hotel to Open in London on the River Thames

Hyatt Hotels announced plans for a Park Hyatt hotel to open in London early in the next decade.
The Park Hyatt London River Thames is slated to open in 2022 and will be incorporated into the Nine Elms, a new residential, commercial, and cultural quarter on the South Bank, directly opposite Westminster.
The hotelier said that it had been a longtime priority for it to open a Park Hyatt in the English …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 25: CDC Updates Contact Tracing Guidance, United Could Fire Mask Policy Non-Compliant Employees

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for contact tracing just as the U.S. added over one million new coronavirus cases each of the two past weeks.  The updated guidance calls for health departments to focus their efforts on individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus within the previous six days. It also calls for a focus on individuals who are at the greatest risk of …

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest.  Unlike preceding years, where the day was marked by family travel and was followed by a day of retail madness on Black Friday, given the coronavirus pandemic most people are likely to remain home both days and pass on the opportunity of traveling as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued …

Thompson Dallas Opens in Historic Bank Building

Thompson Dallas Opens in Historic Bank Building

Hyatt Hotels announced on Tuesday the opening of the Thompson Dallas, following a $460 million restoration of the historic First National Bank Tower, designed by architects George Dahl and Thomas Stanley.
The exterior, now restored, features a dark and light contrasting theme, using dark glass and white marble from the same quarry in Greece that was used for marble for the Parthenon.
Construction for the 627’ (191 m) tower began in 1961. …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 23: Oxford/Astra Zeneca Vaccine 90% Effective, L.A. Suspends Outdoor Dining

Just as the world hit 59 million cases, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut crossed a collective milestone over the weekend that few wish to cross: The tri-state area recorded its one millionth positive coronavirus case.  Earlier in the month, Texas, followed by California, crossed that milestone.
The number of new reported daily cases in the United States was 141,648.  The nation has seen a 54% increase over the past 14 …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 22: Why New York City and New York State Can’t Agree on the Positivity Rate

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 22: Why New York City and New York State Can’t Agree on the Positivity Rate

Confused about New York City’s 3% positivity rate?  So is much of the rest of the world.  The city and New York State calculate the positivity rate differently. The state tallies each case on the day the test result is made available, while the city counts it when the test sample was provided.  In addition, the city only counts polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, tests, considered the gold standard in testing, …