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

By Anna Breuer on 25 November 2020
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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 infecting others.  Patients infected over 14 days past should no longer be traced.

The agency is reportedly planning to shorten the recommended Covid-19 quarantine period from 14 to ten days, in order to encourage more people to comply.

United Airlines could terminate employees who do not comply with the carrier’s mask policy.  In a video message to employees at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday week, CEO Scott Kirby told employees that the company’s leadership team will “buckle down” on mask compliance, adding that non-compliance “can mean termination.”

In Pennsylvania, the governor has ordered that bars and restaurants stop selling alcohol at 5 p.m. local time in an effort to ward off the possibility of pre-Thanksgiving gatherings. “It turns out, the biggest day for drinking is the day before Thanksgiving,” said Governor Tom Wolf at a news conference on Monday.

North Dakota continues to report the most coronavirus cases in the country, based on per capita figures, although the number of new daily cases has declined 8% on average over the past 14 days.  Almost 10% of the population there has tested positive since the start of the pandemic. The number of cases in the South and Southwest as well as on both coasts continues to climb, however.

In Japan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced that the country will restart business travel with China, its largest trading partner, towards the end of November.

France is past the peak of its second wave, the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday.  The government will allow shops to reopen on Saturday, but bars and restaurants probably won’t reopen until mid January.

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