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Klamath County reports second death attributed to COVID-19 Klamath County reports second death attributed to COVID-19
- August 07, 2020

The current average of nine cases per day is one of the lowest averages the county has seen since early July. Lewis County reported 12 people tested positive for the disease on Thursday. Minnesota saw a rise in new COVID-19 cases. In total, 109 deaths have been linked to COVID-19 in the state. This week's death was a female resident in her 80s, health department spokesperson George Diepenbrock said. (more...)
Australia's Queensland shuts state border to stem COVID-19 second wave Australia's Queensland shuts state border to stem COVID-19 second wave
- August 07, 2020

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is shutting the state's border with NSW but horses from NSW will still be allowed to race in Queensland. Queensland's border closures will be reviewed at the end of August. The latest border incident led to calls from Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington for mandatory maximum penalties for Queenslanders who lie about being in COVID-19 hot spots. (more...)
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus
- August 07, 2020

In a Thursday afternoon press conference conducted via video from his home, Gov. Mike DeWine said that he's feeling "fine" after testing positive for COVID-19 this morning ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Ohio . DeWine's first try at a statewide requirement for wearing masks inside businesses - back in April - drew backlash that led him to rescind that directive the following day, a stutter among the aggressive moves that had won him early praise in his efforts to curb the ... (more...)
Businesses react to new border ban Businesses react to new border ban
- August 07, 2020

The Queensland Government has indicated it will provide exemptions for border communities but it is yet to clarify the boundary of that exemption. Queensland had previously barred people who had been in Victoria from entering the state. Returning Queenslanders will enter 14 days mandatory hotel quarantine at their own cost. Meanwhile, in NSW, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said that the quarantine of people coming from Victoria would largely be restricted to returning citizens and also those ... (more...)
Masks to be mandatory for school staff, Grades 4-12 students Masks to be mandatory for school staff, Grades 4-12 students
- August 07, 2020

The top doctor stated that there's been a "great deal" of focus recently on mask-wearing, but she stressed that they only make up "one part" of the public health approach to protect schools from COVID-19. Additional safety measures include the frequent sanitization of high-touch areas and a recommendation to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. "With the addition of masks for students in grades 4 to 12, and all staff, we are optimistic that this will reduce the transmission of airborne ... (more...)
Governor DeWine tests positive for COVID-19
- August 07, 2020

The 73-year-old governor has no symptoms, however, and plans to quarantine for 14 days at his home. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took a COVID-19 test and tested negative. It's not clear yet if that briefing will still happen. DeWine is the second US governor to test positive for the coronavirus, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his illness in July. (more...)
47 new COVID-19 cases, only one in Interior Health 47 new COVID-19 cases, only one in Interior Health
- August 07, 2020

An outbreak was declared by the authority on Haida Gwaii on July 24. 47 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed across the province, bringing the total to 3,881. waters. To see a list of B.C. COVID-19 public exposures, visit the B . C. Centre for Disease Control website here . Four of those are in long-term care centres and one is in an acute care facility. (more...)
Sartell-St. Stephen School Board Layout Framework for School Year Sartell-St. Stephen School Board Layout Framework for School Year
- August 07, 2020

They were set to begin Monday, Aug. 10. The district is taking a cautious approach to reopening due to Harrisburg and Dauphin County being "negatively and disproportionately" affected by the virus, Celmer said. He said the district will watch local COVID case data and once there has been a decline in positive cases in the community for two weeks, the district will make a decision to move to the next phase. (more...)
Pfizer, BioNTech to supply Canada with COVID-19 vaccine Pfizer, BioNTech to supply Canada with COVID-19 vaccine
- August 06, 2020

Zydus Cadila's COVID-19 vaccine candidate found safe in early-stage human trials Zydus Cadila said its COVID-19 vaccine candidate was found to be safe and well-tolerated in an early-stage human trial. Tedros had said on Monday that while the coronavirus was the biggest health emergency since the early 20th century, the worldwide race for a vaccine was also "unprecedented". (more...)
OH governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit OH governor tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump's visit
- August 06, 2020

Mr. DeWine, a Republican, had been credited with taking aggressive action this spring to stem the spread of the virus, including shutting businesses before many other states did so. Amy Acton, left government this week. DeWine had postponed his usual Thursday press briefing to Friday in order to meet Trump. DeWine held one of those briefings Tuesday but no other public events had been announced for this week besides his meeting with Trump. (more...)
There might never be a Covid-19 vaccine: WHO Director There might never be a Covid-19 vaccine: WHO Director
- August 06, 2020

Dr Tedros accepted the advice of the committee and confirmed that the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to constitute a PHEIC. "The message to people and governments is clear: "Do it all"," Tedros said , adding that facemasks should become a symbol of solidarity around the world. (more...)
Feds line up COVID vaccine supply, leave key questions unanswered Feds line up COVID vaccine supply, leave key questions unanswered
- August 06, 2020

Canada is signing deals with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and US -based biotech firm Moderna to procure millions of doses of their experimental COVID-19 vaccines. This is J&J's first deal to supply its investigational vaccine to a country. Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said Ottawa was investing C$56 million ($42 million) to support clinical trials by VBI Vaccines Inc. (more...)
North American market close higher, S&P 500 nears record high North American market close higher, S&P 500 nears record high
- August 06, 2020

Heading into these results - much had been made about the dominance of the FAANG stocks - which now make up a significant portion of U.S. markets. With 384 companies in the S&P having reported earnings through Wednesday morning, results are coming in 23.5% above expectations, in aggregate, according to Refinitiv data, the highest on record back to 1994. (more...)
Common cold infection may train the body to recognise novel coronavirus Common cold infection may train the body to recognise novel coronavirus
- August 06, 2020

This could mean that the fight against a common cold might be teaching T-cells to recognize at least some parts of SARS-CoV-2 - and perhaps jump-start the fight against SARS-CoV-2 should it appear. A new study's findings may explain why some people have milder COVID-19 than others, reported Hindustan Times (HT). The other two strains (MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-1) will cause severe infection in humans. (more...)
Goldman warns Covid-19 vaccine approval could upend markets Goldman warns Covid-19 vaccine approval could upend markets
- August 06, 2020

The U.S. has agreed to pay Johnson and Johnson more than $1 billion to create 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in a deal announced Wednesday by the company. However, unlike other vaccines in the COVID-19 race , mRNA as a technology has not yet been proven commercially. Since April, the Massachusetts-based pharmaceutical company has received almost a billion dollars in taxpayer grants to develop a vaccine as part of the Trump administration's so-called Operation Warp Speed . (more...)
Coronavirus hospitalizations drop in LA, Orange counties Coronavirus hospitalizations drop in LA, Orange counties
- August 06, 2020

In a Monday press release, Public Health added that in addition to greater adherence to mask guidelines the decrease in transmission can also be "the decreased opportunities for transmission, particularly in high-risk settings". Of the 57 new deaths, 19 people that passed away (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena) were over the age of 80, 21 people who died were between the ages of 65 and 79 years old, 12 people who died were between the ages of 50 and 64 years old, three people who died was ... (more...)
Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna for experimental COVID-19 vaccines Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna for experimental COVID-19 vaccines
- August 06, 2020

Are you confident in Canada's ability to secure a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccines? . "AWS' breadth and depth of services are supporting our mission to create a new generation of medicines for patients and are instrumental in our quest to develop a vaccine for COVID-19". (more...)
Ontario reports 86 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths Ontario reports 86 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
- August 06, 2020

That brings the province's total up to 35,747 resolved out of 39,714 total cases. One of the new cases is an epidemiologically-linked case, which is a person who was never tested but was presumed to have COVID-19 because they developed symptoms and were close contacts of a laboratory-confirmed case. (more...)
CDC Expects 2020 Outbreak of Rare, Polio-Like Condition Mostly Affecting Children CDC Expects 2020 Outbreak of Rare, Polio-Like Condition Mostly Affecting Children
- August 06, 2020

A CDC study of cases from 2018 found that more than 90% of patients who got AFM first had fever and cold symptoms about 6 days before they began to have a headache , muscle weakness, and perhaps pain in an affected arm or leg. While the CDC doesn't know how many deaths have resulted from AFM, it said many children who develop the condition remain permanently disabled. Parents should look out for any sudden weakness of the arms or legs in addition to pain in these areas, the neck or the ... (more...)
United Kingdom says rapid tests help accelerate 500,000 tests a day target United Kingdom says rapid tests help accelerate 500,000 tests a day target
- August 06, 2020

Most currently-available tests take at least a day to provide a result. The swab test, which involves a deep swab of the nose or the back of the throat, is used to determine whether someone is now infected with Covid-19. On Monday, the government said the new 90-minute tests could be rolled out in schools. Why is testing so important? This will be crucial as Britain heads into winter, as the tests will be able to quickly and easily identify whether sufferers will need to self-isolate. (more...)

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