Coronavirus updates: Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order; US hits 13 million cases; Ohio State coach tests positive

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Thousands and thousands of People are taking to the skies and highways forward of the Thanksgiving day vacation, posing a threat of a significant virus unfold across the nation. The CDC is asking People to restrict journey and keep at house this vacation season. (Nov. 25) AP Home

A nationwide surge in COVID-19 circumstances continues as america recorded its 13 millionth case on Black Friday, a day usually marked by crowds of cut price hunters. This yr, nevertheless, many patrons throughout the nation turned to on-line offers, protecting crowds skinny.

Even so, specialists nervous that testing disruptions over the vacation will lead People to falsely consider the virus’ unfold has slowed. That is as a result of testing websites have shorter hours and fewer persons are anticipated to be swabbed.

“I simply hope that folks don’t misread the numbers and assume that there wasn’t a significant surge because of Thanksgiving, after which find yourself making Christmas and Hanukkah and different journey plans,” Dr. Leana Wen, a professor at George Washington College and an emergency doctor, instructed the Related Press.

In vaccine information, AstraZeneca hit a setback when it was revealed {that a} dosing error was behind a excessive effectiveness fee amongst some abroad trial members.

📈 Right this moment’s numbers: The U.S. has reported greater than 13 million circumstances and over 264,000 deaths, in keeping with Johns Hopkins College knowledge. This week, 5 states set loss of life data and 23 states had larger case counts than final week. The worldwide totals: greater than 61 million circumstances and 1.4 million deaths.

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Los Angeles points stay-at-home order as virus surges

Los Angeles County introduced a brand new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus circumstances surge uncontrolled within the nation’s most populous county.

The three-week order takes impact Monday, and comes because the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new circumstances of COVID-19. The five-day common of recent circumstances was 4,751.

The order advises residents to remain house “as a lot as attainable” and to put on a face masking after they exit.

It additionally bans individuals from gathering with individuals who aren’t of their households, whether or not publicly or privately. Exceptions are made for church companies and protests, “that are constitutionally protected rights,” the county Division of Public Well being mentioned in an announcement. Companies and out of doors trails are additionally allowed to stay open.

Final week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced a brand new requirement that non-essential work, motion and gatherings cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for counties within the “crimson tier,” which most within the state are at present beneath.

– Related Press

Ohio State coach Ryan Day assessments optimistic

Ohio State College soccer coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Friday afternoon.

Day, who has guided the No. Three Buckeyes to an undefeated begin by way of 4 video games and serves as the first play-caller for one of many highest-scoring offenses within the nation, will miss Saturday’s recreation on the College of Illinois.

The optimistic take a look at places him in jeopardy of lacking the Buckeyes’ subsequent recreation at Michigan State on Dec. 5. Large Ten coaches who take a look at optimistic for COVID-19 are required to be out for 10 days, in keeping with the convention’s protocols.

In an announcement, OSU athletic director Gene Smith mentioned the 41-year-old Day is “doing nicely bodily,” however he didn’t say if he has skilled any signs since contracting the virus. Day is at present in isolation.  

– Joey Kaufman, Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

Colorado governor condemns ‘turkey funeral’ to skirt virus restrictions 

Republican Congresswomen-elect Lauren Boebert has drawn criticism from Colorado’s Democratic governor for saying she rebranded her Thanksgiving gathering as an animal funeral to skirt the state’s social distancing rules.

“Congresswomen-elect Boebert is looking her Thanksgiving a ‘turkey funeral’ and internet hosting over 30 individuals. My hope and prayer is that it doesn’t flip into an actual funeral for any of the attendees,” Gov. Jared Polis said on Facebook.

In most areas of the state, private gatherings are restricted to 10 individuals, however funerals have much less stringent guidelines.

On Wednesday, Boebert tweeted that she may host about 90 individuals if she hosted funerals for a turkey, pig and duck. Beforehand she suggested calling her Thanksgiving gathering a “peaceable protest in honor of my deceased turkey.”

Demand for stay Christmas bushes skyrockets amid toll of virus

It is early within the season, however wholesale tree farmers and small, cut-your-own tons are reporting strong demand for real Christmas trees, with many opening nicely earlier than Thanksgiving.

Companies say they’ve seen extra prospects, earlier, as extra People seem like in search of a vivid spot amid the virus’ worsening toll.

“The season is operating roughly six to seven days forward of what we have seen up to now. We’ve by no means seen the demand like we’ve had this yr,” mentioned McKenzie Cook dinner, who ships between 1.eight million and a pair of million bushes a yr from farms in Oregon and North Carolina.

Prospects flocked to some pick-your-own-tree farms earlier than Thanksgiving to tag the proper tree to chop down as soon as the enterprise opened. As demand surges, big-box shops are in search of recent bushes as much as per week sooner than final yr. Walmart is providing free house supply for the primary time.

— Related Press

Toronto man arrested after allegedly breaking into personal restaurant, violating COVID-19 shutdown

A Toronto barbecue restauranteur has been charged with trespassing, obstruction and violating COVID-19 pointers after allegedly breaking into his personal restaurant to serve meals to his supporters.

Adam Skelly was arrested Thursday in entrance of his personal restaurant, Adamson Barbecue, CBC and CTV News report, after his restaurant was shut down by metropolis officers for violating lockdown guidelines.

Skelly was permitted entry right into a “rear compartment” of his restaurant, an officer instructed CTV Information, however Skelly and a big crew of supporters allegedly smashed drywall and broke locks set by town.

Toronto Mayor John Tory told CNN that the congregation was “like a competition” to “rejoice a few of their unorthodox views,” together with anti-mask sentiments. Video of the scene confirmed few individuals within the crowd, except for police, sporting masks.

Shops kick off Black Friday gross sales with socially distanced strains

Extra shops have been closed on Thanksgiving than in recent times. Outdated Navy had the earliest opening time, with some shops opening at midnight.

“This Thanksgiving interval, customers are excited by two issues, getting deal on gadgets and feeling protected,” Rod Sides, U.S. retail, wholesale and distribution chief for consultancy Deloitte, mentioned in an announcement.

This would be the first Black Friday that extra customers scoop up offers on-line than at an precise retailer, Deloitte says, with 61% making purchases with the press of a button as in comparison with 54% who enterprise out.

— Charisse Jones and Kelly Tyko

After error, AstraZeneca will conduct further trial 

AstraZeneca mentioned it plans to conduct a brand new international scientific trial to evaluate the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine’s efficacy. The information comes after the corporate and the college acknowledged a dosing error in trials

It’s not clear what impact, if any, these outcomes could have on a separate, 30,000-person trial underway of the candidate vaccine in america. 

All 11,000 individuals who have participated within the U.S. trial up to now have obtained two equal doses of the vaccine, mentioned Moncef Slaoui, co-director of Operation Warp Pace, the Trump administration program to develop, manufacture and distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

AstraZeneca mentioned an extra trial should not delay regulatory approval in Britain or the European Union – however the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration may take longer.

Not like the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot doesn’t should be saved at freezer temperatures, making it simpler to distribute. AstraZeneca has agreed to not revenue from its vaccine through the pandemic.

North Korea chief Kim Jong Un ordered executions, locked down Pyongyang

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has ordered at the very least two individuals executed, banned fishing at sea and locked down the capital, Pyongyang, as part of frantic efforts to guard against the coronavirus.

North Korea made an unsuccessful hacking try on at the very least one South Korean pharmaceutical firm that was attempting to develop a coronavirus vaccine, in keeping with South Korea’s intelligence company. Reuters reported Friday that AstraZeneca, a key firm within the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, was focused by North Korean hackers.

Do not hug your aged kin through the holidays, warns UK medical chief 

The UK’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, cautioned households over the vacations to not hug their aged kin “in order for you them to outlive to be hugged once more” past the vacations.

The nation has granted its residents permission to congregate amongst themselves in a “Christmas bubble” of as much as three households and eight individuals from Dec. 23 to 27. The lax vacation restrictions, nevertheless, will probably result in an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances in the UK.

What do you do when your snow plow driver is quarantined?

Clearing snow from roads and sidewalks isn’t a cakewalk in Vermont. This winter, the COVID-19 pandemic has delivered to plow crews — and most of the people — more uncertainty.

Predictions are powerful in relation to a brand new illness like COVID, mentioned Dennis Lutz, director of public works in Essex, Vermont: “We’ve by no means been down this highway earlier than.”  He spelled out the three-tier alerts his division would possibly subject if COVID circumstances rise — inexperienced, yellow and crimson. Pink indicators delays from 24 to 48 hours, with half of the city’s licensed plow-truck drivers unable to work. 

Lutz’s counterparts in different communities have related contingency plans. As regular, some plans will fall brief, Lutz mentioned: “On the finish of the day, nothing’s foolproof.”

– Joel Banner Baird, Burlington Free Press

Specialists warn of worsening COVID surge throughout holidays

Thanksgiving may be the beginning of a dark holiday season because the surge in coronavirus circumstances is more likely to persist, and even worsen, by way of December, January and February.

“If the surge takes a flip of constant to go up and you’ve got the sustained larger than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the rely retains going up and up … I don’t see it being any completely different through the Christmas and New Yr’s holidays than throughout Thanksgiving,” Dr. Anthony Fauci mentioned in an interview with USA TODAY final week.

The Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Ailments director mentioned the nation is in a susceptible place heading into the vacation season as a result of infections are too excessive to manage a probable winter surge.

Ali Mokdad, professor of well being metrics sciences on the Institute of Well being Metrics and Evaluations and chief technique officer for inhabitants well being on the College of Washington, mentioned, “We should be further cautious these upcoming further couple of weeks in an effort to keep away from ache and struggling.”

– Adrianna Rodriguez

Oregon fines fitness center $90Okay for violating COVID order

Oregon officers have fined Courthouse Membership Health $90,000 for defying Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 order and remaining open all through the state’s two-week “freeze.”

Officers with the Occupational Security and Well being Administration, the company tasked with imposing compliance with COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, mentioned the penalty is the results of citations in opposition to every of the membership’s 4 services close to Salem.

Final week, Gov. Kate Brown ordered a statewide “freeze” to restrict group actions and sluggish the unfold of COVID-19 in Oregon, the place circumstances have reached a report. The freeze will final till Dec. 3, aside from 21 counties within the state that also will be beneath coronavirus restrictions.

– Whitney Woodworth, Salem Statesman Journal

COVID-19 sources from USA TODAY 

Contributing: The Related Press, Karen Weintraub

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