Sen. Elizabeth Warren tests positive for COVID-19; omicron makes up nearly 3% of US cases: Live updates

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Senator Elizabeth Warren has examined optimistic for COVID-19 in a breakthrough case, she introduced on Twitter Sunday.

“I recurrently check for COVID & whereas I examined detrimental earlier this week, immediately I examined optimistic with a breakthrough case. Fortunately, I’m solely experiencing delicate signs & am grateful for the safety offered towards severe sickness that comes from being vaccinated & boosted,” the senator from Massachusetts wrote. 

Warren has been a vocal proponent of the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington and misplaced her older brother to the virus in Might 2020. 

She’s certainly one of a number of senators who’ve examined optimistic for COVID regardless of being totally vaccinated, together with Lindsay Graham, R-SC and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.

Warren’s optimistic check comes amid an increase of COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation and the omicron variant, which Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main infectious ailments professional, stated has an “extraordinary functionality of spreading.”

Omicron has been recognized in 43 U.S. states and 89 nations, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and World Well being Group. 

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►Israel’s prime minister on Sunday referred to as on mother and father to vaccinate their youngsters towards the coronavirus as the brand new omicron variant confirmed indicators of spreading, whereas authorities ready to broaden a journey ban to incorporate the US.

►For the third day in a row, New York surpassed its all-time document of COVID-19 circumstances, totaling 22,478, in accordance with New York Metropolis Councilmember Mark D. Levine.

►Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for youngsters 2 to five will not be out there till the second quarter of 2022, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, after trials steered two doses weren’t as efficient towards COVID-19 and kids could require three doses. 

►The NBA on Sunday postponed a complete of 5 video games involving 9 groups in response to rising coronavirus numbers. Referred to as off have been three Sunday video games: Cleveland at Atlanta, Denver at Brooklyn and New Orleans at Philadelphia. Additionally referred to as off have been Orlando’s recreation at Toronto on Monday and Washington’s recreation at Brooklyn on Tuesday.

►State Sen. Doug Ericksen, a staunch conservative and former chief of Donald Trump’s marketing campaign in Washington state, died Friday at age 52. Ericksen’s demise got here weeks after he stated he had examined optimistic for COVID-19 whereas in El Salvador, although his reason for demise wasn’t instantly launched. 

►The Nationwide Soccer League introduced new revised COVID-19 protocols on Saturday, after an outbreak on a number of groups brought on three video games to be postponed. The protocols embrace a extra focused testing plan, extra flexibility to have digital conferences and an opportunity for a high-risk participant to decide out for the remainder of the season.

►Employers might be given extra time to adjust to a federal requirement that staff get vaccinated for COVID-19 or be recurrently examined, the U.S. Division of Labor introduced Saturday after a federal appeals court docket allowed the rule to go ahead.

►Saturday Night time Reside canceled its reside studio viewers for its final present of the yr “out of an abundance of warning” due to the spike in omicron circumstances in New York. Rising circumstances have additionally brought on cancellations of performances from the Rockettes to Broadway exhibits.

📈At the moment’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 50.7 million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 806,000 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College information. World totals: Greater than 274.3 million circumstances and 5.3 million deaths. Greater than 203.7 million People – 61.4% of the inhabitants – are totally vaccinated, in accordance with the CDC.

📘 What we’re studying: The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention has advisable the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines over Johnson & Johnson. What does that imply for you? Learn the total story.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s main infectious ailments professional, stated Sunday that the omicron variant of the coronavirus is “raging by means of the world” and will presumably exchange the extremely transmissible delta variant because the dominant pressure.

The variant has been detected in 89 nations, in accordance with the World Well being Group, and COVID-19 circumstances involving omicron are doubling each 1.5 to three days in locations with neighborhood transmission.

“The one factor that’s very clear – and there’s little doubt about this – is it’s extraordinary functionality of spreading,” Fauci stated in an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday. “It’s simply raging by means of the world.” 

The delta variant makes up greater than 96% of coronavirus circumstances, in accordance with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. However omicron is rapidly gaining floor, making up almost 3% of complete U.S. circumstances. Fauci stated in sure elements of the nation the omicron variant is present in about 50% of sequenced circumstances. 

“When you may have a doubling time that’s that brief a interval, fairly quickly that isolate goes to take over,” he stated. “I might not be stunned if omicron bumped delta off the desk.”

Docs are warning two normal medicine they’ve used to combat infections are unlikely to work towards the omicron variant.

For greater than a yr antibody medicine from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have been the go-to therapies for early COVID-19, due to their skill to move off extreme illness and hold sufferers out of the hospital.

However each drugmakers just lately warned that laboratory testing suggests their therapies might be a lot much less potent towards omicron, which incorporates dozens of mutations that make it tougher for antibodies to assault the virus. And whereas the businesses say they’ll rapidly develop new omicron-targeting antibodies, these aren’t anticipated to launch for not less than a number of months.

“We’re definitely going to see hospitalizations rise,” stated Dr. James Cutrell of the College of Texas Southwestern Medical Middle. “If now we have an absence of antibodies that’s definitely going to contribute to that many extra sufferers needing to be within the hospital.”

A 3rd antibody from British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline seems to be the most effective positioned to combat omicron. However Glaxo’s drug will not be extensively out there within the U.S., accounting for a small portion of the hundreds of thousands of doses bought and distributed by the federal authorities. U.S. well being officers at the moment are rationing scarce drug provides to states.

As People put together for the upcoming vacation festivities, the White Home braces for an additional doable winter surge in COVID-19 circumstances introduced on by household gatherings, journey and the extremely transmissible delta and omicron variants.

President Joe Biden plans to talk Tuesday on the standing of the combat towards COVID-19 and focus on authorities assist for communities in want of help, White Home press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted. The president may even warn in regards to the dangers for unvaccinated People.

Fauci advised NBC the president would once more urge individuals to get the booster shot, spotlight elevated availability of testing, focus on “surge groups” for besieged hospitals and clarify how essential it’s to supply vaccines for the remainder of the world.

“If we’ll cope with omicron efficiently, vaccinated individuals must get boosted,” he stated. “And clearly, people who find themselves not vaccinated clearly must get vaccinated now greater than ever.”

Forty-four individuals on board Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas cruise that ended Saturday examined optimistic for COVID-19, the cruise line stated.

The cruise line additionally notified passengers on that crusing and on two others {that a} passenger who sailed on that ship throughout an earlier itinerary examined optimistic for the omicron variant.

Lyan Sierra-Caro, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean, advised USA TODAY late Saturday every individual was quarantined rapidly.

“They have been discovered on account of instantly figuring out shut contacts after a visitor examined optimistic,” she stated. “Everybody who examined optimistic is asymptomatic, and we frequently monitored their well being. Six visitors have been disembarked earlier within the cruise and transported residence. The remaining visitors obtained help immediately upon our arrival.”

All passengers age 12 and older have been required to be totally vaccinated and to check detrimental to board the cruise which departed from Miami on Dec. 11. Kids ineligible for the vaccine have been required to check detrimental, too.

– Morgan Hines, USA TODAY

Hovering COVID-19 case numbers, lengthy testing strains and occasion cancellations would possibly really feel a bit like déjà vu, however up to now New York Metropolis hospitals aren’t seeing a repeat of the surges that swamped emergency rooms early within the pandemic.

The state reported Saturday that almost 22,000 individuals had examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Friday – eclipsing the day prior to this’s mark for the very best single-day complete for brand spanking new circumstances since testing grew to become extensively out there. Greater than half of the optimistic outcomes have been within the metropolis.

However new hospitalizations and deaths – up to now – are averaging properly beneath their spring 2020 peak and even the place they have been this time final yr, throughout a winter wave that got here as vaccinations have been simply starting, metropolis information exhibits.

At the very least up to now, “we’re seeing much more treat-and-release” coronavirus sufferers than in earlier waves, Dr. Eric Legome, who oversees two of Mount Sinai Well being System’s emergency rooms, stated.

COVID-19 circumstances throughout Florida greater than doubled over the course of every week, in accordance with information launched by the Florida Division of Well being on Friday. 

From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, Florida had 29,568 COVID-19 circumstances and 134.6 circumstances per 100,000; the week prior, Florida had 13,530 COVID-19 circumstances and 61.6 circumstances per 100,000. This makes for a rise of 16,038 COVID-19 circumstances and 73 circumstances per 100,000 within the span of 1 week. 

The rise within the new case positivity price noticed parallel will increase: From Dec. 10 to Dec. 16, Florida had a case positivity price of 5.4%, up 2.8% from the earlier week. 

The rise in circumstances coincides with the highly-contagious omicron’s arrival within the Sunshine State. Wastewater sampling in Orange County discovered the omicron variant that has swept different elements of the globe to be the principle pressure of COVID-19 discovered within the county’s sewage samples.

– Amira Sweilem, Florida At the moment

Contributing: The Related Press

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