Coronavirus

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 18 – CDC Testing Recommendation Was Not Written by its Scientists

Coronavirus News Update for Sept. 18 – CDC Testing Recommendation Was Not Written by its Scientists

A much-criticized recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published last month was not written by the center’s scientists and was published despite their objections. The guidance that was released stated that it was not necessary to test asymptomatic individuals even if they had been exposed to someone with the coronavirus.  Admiral Brett P. Giroux, the administration’s coronavirus testing czar, called the document a “CDC action” that had …

Delta Upgrades Its SkyMiles Financing Deal to $9 Billion

Delta Upgrades Its SkyMiles Financing Deal to $9 Billion

Delta Air Lines, which last week said it plans to issue a private-note offering to raise $6.5 billion backed by its SkyMiles frequent-flyer program, now says it will increase the total proceeds of the deal to $9 billion, an increase of $2.5 billion.
The Atlanta-based carrier said it expects to issue $2.5 billion in 4.5% senior secured notes that are due in 2025 and $3.5 billion in 4.75% senior secured notes …

United Airlines, Pilots Union Closer to Saving Several Thousand Jobs

United Airlines, Pilots Union Closer to Saving Several Thousand Jobs

Leaders at the union representing 13,000 pilots at United Airlines voted to approve a tentative deal that could save several thousand jobs.
The layoffs, were they to take place, would be a result of the coronavirus pandemic-induced drop in travel.
The United Airlines branch of the Air Line Pilots Union reached the tentative agreement on September 10.
Both United and the pilots union declined to comment on details of the agreement, although the …

Hawaii to Reopen Tourism October 15 with Coronavirus Testing Program

Hawaii to Reopen Tourism October 15 with Coronavirus Testing Program

Hawaii Governor David Ige announced it would reopen the state to visitors starting October 15.
Travelers who test negative immediately prior to arrival will be exempt from the current 14-day quarantine.
The news was announced by the governor on Wednesday.
Travelers to the islands will have to take a coronavirus test within 72 hours of their flights’ arrival time.  Pharmacy chain CVS and healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente will conduct the tests as part …

Coronavirus Stats and Facts: Thursday, Sept. 17 – The World Hits 30 Million Cases Days After Hitting 29

Coronavirus Stats and Facts: Thursday, Sept. 17 – The World Hits 30 Million Cases Days After Hitting 29

The worldwide number of reported virus cases crossed the 30 million mark on Thursday, just three days after crossing the 29 million mark on Sunday and less than a week after crossing the 28 million mark.  The number of cases currently stands at 30.03 million as of early Thursday, an increase of 307,465 new cases in the past 24 hours.
The number of deaths, which reached the 900,000 mark just over …

Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through Thanksgiving Travel Period

Southwest Airlines to Block Middle Seats Through Thanksgiving Travel Period

Southwest Airlines said it would continue to block all middle seats on mainline flights and maintain reduced loads on regional flights through at least November 30, 2020 as the travel industry continues to struggle with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airline reiterated that it will require all passengers over the age of two to wear face masks, with no exceptions.  The mask requirement is in effect at ticket counters, …

Alaska Airlines Promotion Offers Pairs of Travelers an Entire Row in Coach

Alaska Airlines Promotion Offers Pairs of Travelers an Entire Row in Coach

Alaska Airlines will offer passengers traveling together their own row with its latest promotion.
The airline’s “Get the Row with BOGO” promotion will give two people traveling together a complimentary third seat that would remain empty.
The move is aimed at those who want more personal distancing space amidst the coronavirus pandemic as well as more comfort.
The airline said it created the promotion to offer travelers “further peace of mind.”
The promotion available …