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Column: Karma may still want a word with Aaron Rodgers
Seattle at Green Bay was never going to live up to the hype, and really how could it? Karma intervenes in pro wrestling all the time, sure, but rarely in the NFL and almost never in the middle of the regular season. Ditto for those who hoped he’d emerge from a 10-day quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test like some avenging superhero, proving that Joe Rogan’s hair-of-the-dog-engineered cocktails work as well as anything the Centers for Disease Control puts its stamp of approval on.news.yahoo.com
A couple wore masks inside a Texas restaurant to protect their newborn son. The owner kicked them out.
The owner of a Texas restaurant gave the married couple a choice: They could ditch the masks, which they were wearing to protect their 4-month-old son with cystic fibrosis, or they could leave.washingtonpost.com
If you work at a large or midsize company, Biden's action plan requires your boss pays you for your time spent getting vaccinated and recovering from possible side effects
In surveys, workers reported a reluctance to get the vaccine because they couldn't afford to miss work, especially if they reacted badly to the shot.news.yahoo.com
US states brace for ‘avalanche’ of evictions as federal moratorium ends
Housing advocates are concerned that delays in rental assistance mean tenants will suddenly owe months of payments Activists hold signs calling for stopping evictions in Boston. Photograph: Cj Gunther/EPA For months, Denise Forcer would get stressed just by opening her closet. The crush of belongings stuffed inside reminded her she didn’t know where she would go or what she would do if her landlord followed through with the eviction notices they kept posting on the door of her south Florida aparnews.yahoo.com
Brownsville Catholic Diocese amending its safety protocols; face mask no longer required
The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is amending some of its safety protocols that were added due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Parishoners who have been vaccinated for the coronavirus will know longer have to wear face masks while attending church. In addition, there will be no skipping of every other pew, but families must sit 3 feet away from one another. Flores announced on May 22, 2020 that the churches could reopen on May 25, 2020 with safety protocols in place after he ordered them closed in March of that year for about three months because of coronavirus pandemic. Those protocols included practicing social distancing, the mandatory wearing of face masks and parishioners would be required to disinfect their hands as they enter and leave the church.myrgv.com
Nervous workers struggle to adjust to new mask policies
An abrupt relaxation of mask policies has left workers at some retail and grocery stores reeling as they try to sort out what the new environment means for their own safety and relationship with customers. Kroger, the country's largest grocery chain, became one of the latest to announce that, starting Thursday, workers and customers can stop wearing masks in states where mandates are no longer in effect. Other companies that have adopted similar changes include Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Macy's, Costco, Home Depot, Trader Joe's and Target, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.news.yahoo.com
Why Texas' 2022 GOP gubernatorial primary may be a key fight for the future of the party
Some Texas Republicans view the 2022 Texas gubernatorial GOP primary as a "critical juncture in the fight for the future" of the Republican Party, The New York Times reports. There's some speculation that the primaries could turn into a legitimate battleground, a smaller version of the split between former President Donald Trump's contingent within the GOP and the party's more traditional wing. The incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott (R) gets along well with Trump, but his COVID-19 requirements throughout the pandemic have led to some skepticism about where he stands in the eyes of Republican voters, who may back someone more closely aligned with the former president. Luke Macias, a consultant who has worked with many of Texas' conservative legislators, told the Times that Abbott "comes from the George W. Bush-John McCain-Mitt Romney school of Republicans who have run a pretty successful con game where you don't actually need to provide tangible policy results in order to run on a conservative platform. And Trump messed that up. What you're seeing now is this shift of Republicans, saying 'We know exactly what we're looking for.'" Texas' Trump-allied Attorney General Ken Paxton, meanwhile, wouldn't commit to supporting Abbott in a primary, which he told the Times consists of candidates "running their own race." "I don't think he supports me; I don't support him," Paxton told the Times (he later denied the comments on Tuesday after the Times article was published.) Abbott still has strong support, however; Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, whom the Times notes "has endured intermittent friction" with the governor, took himself out of the running and said he hopes no one challenges him. Read more about the state of the Texas GOP at The New York Times. More stories from theweek.com5 brutally funny cartoons about Giuliani's legal woesJosh Hawley claims he's being silenced in middle of live interview with Washington PostJudge orders DOJ to release memo about not charging Trump with obstructionnews.yahoo.com
Eye Opener: CDC to meet over Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine pause
The Centers for Disease Control will hold an emergency meeting after the Food and Drug Administration recommended there be a "pause" in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Also, demonstrators were out for a third night in a row to protest the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.cbsnews.com
CDC relaxes social distancing guidelines for schools
CDC relaxes social distancing guidelines for schools The Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance saying students can sit three feet apart instead of six, which could allow more kids back in the classroom. Nikki Battiste shares the latest.cbsnews.com
Air travel hits highest number of passengers in a year, even as CDC warns against flying
The number of air travelers is soaring in the U.S. — and flying in the face of federal health guidance. The Transportation Security Administration has reported five consecutive days of more than 1 million air travelers, including the single highest day for passengers since March 2020. TSA numbers show there were more than 1 million U.S. plane travelers each day between March 11 and March 15. Plane travel started lifting off again at the end of 2020, and has picked up even more as COVID vaccinations have begun. The TSA has reported 17 days of more than 1 million passengers since late February.cbsnews.com
Here's what the CDC sys fully vaccinated people can do
The Centers for Disease Control has released guidance for fully vaccinated people, outlining what they can safely do — including visiting indoors and mask-less with other vaccinated people. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced the much-anticipated guidance during a White House COVID-19 briefing Monday. Fully vaccinated people, according to the CDC, can:Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancingVisit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancingSkip quarantine and testing guidelines following a known exposure if asymptomaticThe CDC still says vaccinated people should wear a face covering in public, and still discourages non-essential travel. The CDC defines "fully vaccinated" as two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna shots, or two weeks after the single Johnson & Johnson shot. In the last week, data from the CDC indicates average new cases have ticked up nearly 2%.cbsnews.com
Justice Dept. to appeal judge’s order on eviction moratorium
The Justice Department said Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 it will appeal a judges ruling that found the federal governments eviction moratorium was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)WASHINGTON – The Justice Department said Saturday it will appeal a judge’s ruling that found the federal government’s eviction moratorium was unconstitutional. “The CDC’s eviction moratorium, which Congress extended last December, protects many renters who cannot make their monthly payments due to job loss or health care expenses," he said. “By preventing people from becoming homeless or having to move into more-crowded housing, the moratorium helps to slow the spread of COVID-19.”AdThe CDC eviction moratorium was signed in September by President Donald Trump and extended by President Joe Biden until March 31. “The federal government cannot say that it has ever before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a residential eviction moratorium,” Barker wrote.
How Rhode Island kept school doors open before CDC deemed it safe
How Rhode Island kept school doors open before CDC deemed it safe Rhode Island became one of the only Democratic-led states to keep school doors open before the Centers for Disease Control approved the return of in-person learning. Governor Gina Raimondo fought to keep students in school and limit the spread of COVID-19. New York Times magazine staff writer Susan Dominus joins CBSN to discuss the results of the governor's decision and how teachers responded to the decision to return to school.cbsnews.com
Transcript: Matt Pottinger on "Face the Nation," February 21, 2021
The following is a transcript of an interview with former deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger that aired February 21, 2021, on "Face the Nation." POTTINGER: That's- that's one of them. And that's- that's why we're paying the price that we paid. POTTINGER: Well, I- I think- think that there were undoubtedly officials in China who wanted to share more information than they could. POTTINGER: That's- that's one of them.cbsnews.com
Psaki says vaccinating teachers not required for return to 5-day in-person learning
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris do not believe vaccinating teachers is a prerequisite for students to return to the classroom five days a week. A reporter in the briefing room Wednesday asked Psaki: "The vice president this morning, I believe, said it's a priority to get vaccinations for teachers. Does the president believe teachers need to be vaccinated before they go back to school?" "No, neither the president nor the vice president believe that that it is a requirement," Psaki said. "The president and the vice president both believe that teachers should be prioritized and, as you well know, that's up to states to determine," she continued.cbsnews.com
Northerners share tips with Texans on how to stay safe and warm during the winter power outage
Winter power outages can be dangerous for those unprepared for intense cold. To help minimize risk, Twitter users are sharing basic safety tips with Southerners not accustomed to these temperatures. Food in fridges can stay good for about four hours without power and a freezer will keep its temperature for about 48 hours. If you can't make warm food or drinks? — MacGrubo (@loxyisme) February 17, 2021Stay homeYou will be safer indoors during a winter power outage, according to the CDC.cbsnews.com
Report: 91% of students live in CDC's "red zones" for school reopening
Report: 91% of students live in CDC's "red zones" for school reopening An analysis by Burbio shows that most students in the U.S. live in areas with very high rates of community transmission of COVID-19. The new color-coded Centers for Disease Control guidance for reopening schools places them in the red zone. CBS News White House reporter Bo Erickson joins CBSN's Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers to discuss what this distinction means for schools and what parents need to know about the CDC guidance.cbsnews.com
Report: 91% of students live in CDC's "red zones" for school reopening
Report: 91% of students live in CDC's "red zones" for school reopening An analysis by Burbio shows that most students in the U.S. live in areas with very high rates of community transmission of COVID-19. The new color-coded Centers for Disease Control guidance for reopening schools places them in the red zone. CBS News White House reporter Bo Erickson spoke with Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers on CBSN about what this distinction means for schools and what parents need to know about the CDC guidance.cbsnews.com
San Antonio confirmed its first COVID-19 case one year ago, marking the first in Texas
SAN ANTONIO – Editor’s note: This story is a look back at some of the biggest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Texas’ first case of the new coronavirus was discovered right here in San Antonio one year ago Friday — back when there were only 15 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the U.S. The video below shows KSAT’s coverage from Feb. 13, 2020, the day the first virus case was announced in San Antonio. AdAfter the plane arrived, the CDC reassured the city that a 14-day quarantine would be in place to protect the safety and health of the passengers and San Antonio residents. All were eventually medically cleared and on March 25, the last of the evacuees left San Antonio.
COVID-19 is scaring the Halloween fun out of some San Antonians
SAN ANTONIO – Halloween is still a month away, but it didn’t take the usual images of witches, vampires and ghosts to scare some people. In response, some San Antonians are opting out of taking part in some of the traditional activities, such as trick-or-treating. “Not this year because of COVID.”Carrasco said, instead, his family will be staying close to home, celebrating with immediate family. (KSAT 12 News)Lynn Saunders, a co-owner of Hocus Pocus Halloween Costume Shop, said she has noticed a big difference this year. A national group called the Halloween and Costume Association has put together some tips for celebrating safely in the midst of the pandemic.
CDC: COVID-19 patients can end isolation after 10 days if no symptoms
SAN ANTONIO People who tested positive for COVID-19 can exit isolation and resume normal activity after 10 days if they no longer have symptoms, according to new guidance from health officials. The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance that states COVID-19 patients who never developed symptoms no longer need a negative test to be considered recovered if 10 days have passed since their positive result. For most COVID-19 patients with symptoms, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after they first experienced symptoms, and they no longer have a fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, the CDC states. According to the New York Times, COVID-19 patients were able to be considered if they twice tested negative for the virus within 24 hours. With a surge in coronavirus tests in Texas and across the country, the new guidelines may help relieve clogs at laboratories, as previously COVID-19 patients dont need to return for yet another test.
How long is someone with COVID-19 contagious?
SAN ANTONIO Once diagnosed with COVID-19, how long should someone isolate before safely resuming with their normal activities? People exposed to the virus are recommended to quarantine for 14 days, which is the incubation period of the virus. Bowling said the 10-day window was determined after researchers grew viral cultures of the virus to see how long it stays alive. So it gives you a little more comfort that that 10-day window is probably pretty accurate for most people that have COVID-19 disease.However, people can still test positive for the virus beyond that window, Bowling said. Now whats helpful in those research studies that are done in viral cultures is they show that the virus is no longer growing, so they no longer have transmissible virus, Bowling said.
Texas wildlife experts warn of ticks as more people head outdoors and the summer heat rolls in
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is warning campers of the dangers of ticks as warmer weather makes its return. Ticks like to attach to the head, hair, chest, armpit, groin, waist and back of the knees, according to AgriLife. Ticks can be removed with tweezers by grabbing them as close to its head as possible and pulling straight out. Experts warn states to prepare for cicada infestationAgriLife says there are 11 common tick species found in Texas, with the American dog tick being the most common. If you come into contact with a tick and need to identify it, you can use the TAMU Tick App.
Pence: ‘Any American can be tested’ for coronavirus
The announcement follows numerous complaints of citizens asking to be tested and turned away due to the strict CDC testing criteria. In order to receive test kits from the CDC, labs that are approved by the agency must place an order for the kit. Various private companies have said they are preparing to make coronavirus tests available without providing specific timelines. Another diagnostic company, Qiagen, tweeted that it was "ramping up production" of coronavirus test kits. According to the CDC, coronavirus is thought to be spread mainly from person to person.
CDC confirms person at JBSA-Lackland infected with Coronavirus
CDC confirms person at JBSA-Lackland infected with CoronavirusPublished: February 13, 2020, 9:26 amOfficials from the Centers for Disease Control and the City of San Antonio announced Thursday that a case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed in San Antonio.
City officials to hold unplanned news conference on coronavirus Thursday
SAN ANTONIO – Update: Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and the City of San Antonio announced Thursday that a case of the novel coronavirus has been confirmed. The patient, who was quarantined at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, was officially diagnosed with the disease that first originated in Wuhan, China. Original story: City officials will be holding a news conference Thursday morning regarding the coronavirus situation at JBSA-Lackland, a source told KSAT 12 News anchor Steve Spriester. About 50 minutes after Spriester got word of the news conference, city officials sent an email confirming the news conference at 10 a.m. at Municipal Plaza. Ninety-one evacuees from China arrived at the base Friday for a 14-day, federally-mandated quarantine as a precaution against the virus.
New Medication Assisted Treatment Pilot Program will help people struggling with opioid addiction behind bars, upon release
The Bexar County Opioid Task Force announced Tuesday that it will be using money from a grant to will help those who are released from jail and reentering the community. "We're going to start a pilot program in the jail that we have a grant for that will help with the transition," said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Bexar County to seek $1 billion in first opioid trial in TexasThe new Medication Assisted Treatment Pilot Program will help people struggling with opioid addiction behind bars and that are reentering the community. “People would get two shots over 60 days in the jail and two shots after release,” said TJ Mayes, Bexar County Opioid Task Force Chairman. The task force anticipates that the program will serve about 100 people.
San Antonio health officials detail quarantine procedures for group coming to JBSA-Lackland from China
SAN ANTONIO – The Centers for Disease Control announced that a group of people who were in China and potentially exposed to the coronavirus is arriving in San Antonio on Thursday. The group will be housed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, which is one of four coronavirus quarantine zones in the United States. San Antonio city officials, along with regional public health partners, also answered questions about the coronavirus, including what it means to have coronavirus evacuees at JBSA-Lackland. "Folks that are being quarantined in these military installations, they are being isolated away from the general population. Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger said in there are no cases of the coronavirus in Bexar County or Texas.