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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 …

New York to Use National Guard to Enforce Covid-19 Testing Regulations at Airports

New York to Use National Guard to Enforce Covid-19 Testing Regulations at Airports

Travelers arriving at New York-area airports, already required to have a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before arriving in the state, will be greeted by members of the National Guard upon landing.
Passengers arriving at New York airports will be required to provide evidence of a negative test upon landing.  The National Guard is assisting with the verification efforts as will New York City’s Police Department.
“You should not land if you …

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, …

The Riskiest and Safest Places to Be in the United States on Thanksgiving

Aside from a few areas that are so remote they might serve as their own NBA bubble that fended off the novel coronavirus as long as they could, the coronavirus has left no stone unturned, no county untouched.  Indeed, only one county in the United States is virus free.
That county, Kalawao County in Hawaii, is where the Kalaupapa settlement is located on the island of Molokai.  The settlement dates back …

Macy’s to Hold Scaled-Down Thanksgiving Day Parade Without Spectators

Macy’s to Hold Scaled-Down Thanksgiving Day Parade Without Spectators

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Coronavirus Era will still look familiar to television views across the globe but there will be no throngs of spectators in the area along the parade route.
Indeed, there will be virtually no parade route to speak of.
Macy’s has already filmed the performances from several Broadway shows including “Jagged Little Pill,” “Hamilton,” and “Mean Girls” as well as the Radio City Musical Hall Rockettes.
This year, …

New York City Schools Close as Coronavirus Cases Surge

New York City Schools Close as Coronavirus Cases Surge

New York City Schools will temporarily close starting Thursday as the seven-day rolling average for the Covid-19 positivity rate hit 3%.
The news was announced by the city’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, using the mayoral Twitter account.
“New York City has reached the 3% testing positivity 7-day average threshold,” he said in the tweet. “Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday November 19, out an abundance of …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 18: Sweden Clamps Down, FDA Approves Rapid Home Test

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 18: Sweden Clamps Down, FDA Approves Rapid Home Test

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave an emergency green light to the first rapid coronavirus test that can be administered and provide results at home.   The news came as the country hit the 250,000 mark in coronavirus deaths. The test, developed by Lucira Health, requires a prescription and the use of a simple nasal swab.  It provides test results within 30 minutes, the company said, and should cost $50 …