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Bay Area’s ‘Dark Covid Winter’: Stay-at-Home Order Goes Into Effect Sunday

Bay Area’s ‘Dark Covid Winter’: Stay-at-Home Order Goes Into Effect Sunday

Officials in the San Francisco Bay Area announced a new stay-at-home order late Friday.
The action came once day after the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, warned that the state was reaching critical hospital capacity levels.
“The dark Covid winter that we feared has arrived in the Bay Area,” said Contra Costa County’s health officer, Christopher Farnitano.
While the Bay Area hasn’t reached the levels the governor had said would trigger new restrictions, local …

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 4: On Deadliest Day of the Pandemic, L.A. Mayor Says ‘Cancel Everything’

Coronavirus News Update – Dec. 4: On Deadliest Day of the Pandemic, L.A. Mayor Says ‘Cancel Everything’

The United States plunged into what may be the darkest days of the pandemic, with a record number of deaths and new cases in the past 24 hours.
On this, the deadliest day of the pandemic, there were 2,885 new deaths and 199,988 new cases, as the total number of Americans who have tested positive for the coronavirus passed 14 million.
The CDC extended the travel warnings it issued for Thanksgiving into …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 30: Dr. Fauci Warns of a Surge on Top of a Surge After Thanksgiving Holiday

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 30: Dr. Fauci Warns of a Surge on Top of a Surge After Thanksgiving Holiday

Millions of Americans travelled home on Sunday, having visited friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control to the contrary.
November is ending with over four million new cases this month, doubling the record set in October.
Health officials across the country are warning of an almost certain increase in cases following the holidays.  FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira, who has studied the pandemic since …

Why Enclosed Outdoor Dining is as Risky as Indoor Dining

Since the start of the pandemic, readers of this magazine have seen stories with headlines that included “Why Indoor Dining is So Risky” and “How to Dine Outdoors Safely.” As outdoor temperatures in many parts of the world begin to fall, and restaurateurs who are only permitted outdoor dining adapt their al-fresco ad hoc dining rooms to compensate, dining under the stars may end up being as risky as dining in …

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Los Angeles Adopts Strict Stay-at-Home Order as Virus Cases Surge

Health officials in Los Angeles County issued a temporary and limited stay-at-home order that goes into effect Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections continued to rise in the region.
“Residents are advised to stay home as much as possible and always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when they are outside their household and around others,” the county Department of Health said in a statement.
The county’s …

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Disney to Lay Off an Additional 4,000 Workers Amidst $6.9 Billion Loss

Walt Disney Company said it will lay off an additional 4,000 employees in addition to the 28,000 announced last September as it announced a $6.9 billion loss for fiscal year 2020.
The action comes as theme parks continue to face significant operational restrictions in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The pandemic has caused some Disney parks, such as Disneyland in Anaheim, to remain shuttered while others such as Walt Disney World …

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 …