State to ease restrictions in lower-risk communities Monday as number of COVID-19 cases rises

Starting Monday, lower-risk communities across the state can reopen some businesses under Phase 3, Step 2 of the economic recovery plan implemented earlier this year. The changes will loosen restrictions, including allowing more people to gather in places like performance venues, gyms, museums, and libraries.

Governor Charlie Baker said that the state was using a targeted approach that would not allow communities still hit hard by the virus to loosen restrictions.

“We have proven we can contain this virus. We have proven we can reopen our economy,” Baker told reporters Tuesday. “But people need to stay vigilant.”

Some public experts have been concerned about easing those restrictions, particularly as the state has seen an increasing positivity rate, climbing from .8 percent as of Sept. 23 to 1.1 percent as of Saturday.

The state’s latest coronavirus figures brought the state’s death toll to 9,295 Sunday, the state reported, while the total

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A tale of two cesspits: DNA reveals intestinal health in Medieval Europe and Middle East


IMAGE: The medieval latrine at Riga during excavation
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A new study published this week demonstrates a first attempt at using the methods of ancient bacterial detection, pioneered in studies of past epidemics, to characterize the microbial diversity of ancient gut contents from two medieval latrines. The findings provide insights into the microbiomes of pre-industrial agricultural populations, which may provide much-needed context for interpreting the health of modern microbiomes.

Over the years, scientists have noted that those living in industrialized societies have a notably different microbiome compared to hunter-gatherer communities around the world. From this, a growing body of evidence has linked changes in our microbiome to many of the diseases of the modern industrialized world, such as inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and obesity. The current study helps to characterize the change in gut microbiomes and highlights the value of ancient latrines as sources of bio-molecular

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Trump Makes a ‘Little Surprise Visit’ Outside Walter Reed on Day 3 of His Coronavirus Hospitalization

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President Donald Trump temporarily left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to wave at his supporters on Sunday, which was day 3 of his coronavirus hospitalization.

Possibly concerned about optics and taking publicity matters into his own hands, Trump, who was wearing a black face mask, was driven by his presidential motorcade in front of the D.C. hospital. Waving his bare hand from one of the black SUVs, Trump, 74, greeted the crowds of people who were waving “Make America Great Again” flags and posters.

Minutes prior to Sunday’s unannounced car ride, Trump tweeted another video from the hospital. “We’re getting great reports from the doctors. This is an incredible hospital, Walter Reed. The work they do is absolutely amazing. I want to thank them all, the nurses, doctors. I’ve also got to meet some of the soldiers and what a group,” he began.


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New Cases Above 1,000 For Second Straight Day In Virginia

VIRGINIA — On Sunday, the Virginia Department of Health reported 1,067 new coronavirus cases, the second day of cases being above 1,000 since Sept. 18. The seven-day average of new cases has been below 1,000 since Sept. 18 and now stands at 818. The cumulative numbers of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia stand at 151,870 cases, 11,221 hospitalizations and 3,273 deaths.

The northern region led the state Sunday with 268 new cases, followed by the southwest region with 242 cases, eastern region with 237, central region with 184, and northwest region with 136.

However, data on positive rates of tests shows Northern Virginia has the lowest average. The seven-day averages of PCR tests by region are 6.2 percent in the southwest region, 5 percent in the northwest region, 4.7 percent in the eastern region, 4.4 percent in the central region. 4.2 percent in the northern region. Statewide, the positive average

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Doctors say Trump case of COVID-19 likely severe

(Reuters) – Doctors not involved in treating President Donald Trump for COVID-19 said the fact that he has been started on dexamethasone – a generic steroid widely used in other diseases to reduce inflammation – is evidence his case is severe.

U.S. President Donald Trump rides in front of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he is being treated for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S. October 4, 2020. REUTERS/Cheriss May

Trump’s medical team on Sunday said the president was started on the steroid after experiencing low oxygen levels, but his condition was improving and he could be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

“What I heard in the news conference description suggested the President has more severe illness than the generally upbeat picture painted,” said Dr. Daniel McQuillen, an infectious disease specialist at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington,

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Department of Transportation rejects a public transit mask mandate

  • The US Department of Transportation on Friday turned down a petition by a group of labor unions who sought a federal mask requirement for passengers riding on public transportation, according to a Rolling Stone report.
  • In a letter to the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO labor federation, the administration took the position of deeming additional rules as unnecessary.
  • The announcement came on the same day that President Trump revealed that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the coronavirus.
  • At a virtual town hall on Saturday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that the department “stupidly” rejected the petition.
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The US Department of Transportation on Friday turned down a petition by a group of labor unions who sought a federal mask requirement for passengers riding on major modes of transit, including airplanes, buses, trains.

In a letter to the Transportation Trades

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Trump health update: President Donald Trump briefly leaves Walter Reed Medical Center to surprise supporters

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared, “I get it,” in a message to the nation Sunday evening before briefly leaving the hospital to greet cheering supporters from his motorcade, a surprising move that suggested that his health – and his understanding of the coronavirus – may be improving.

Hours earlier, the president’s medical team confirmed that his blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days. But they also said he could be discharged as early as Monday.

“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID,” Trump said, standing in his hospital room in a video posted on social media. “I learned it by really going to school.”

He added, “I get it, and I understand it.”

At least one medical professional inside Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where Trump has been hospitalized since Friday evening, questioned whether Trump had really learned anything.

“Every single

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Trump’s doctor says he is “not out of the woods,” but is “cautiously optimistic”

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President Trump, who was admitted to Walter Reed Medical Center on Friday for COVID-19 treatment, said in a four-minute long Twitter video on Saturday night that he is feeling “much better.” “I think I’ll be back soon,” he said. 

Mr. Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, said in a statement late Saturday that while Mr. Trump is “not out of the woods,” doctors are “cautiously optimistic.” 

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News late Saturday that he and Conley were “very concerned” about Mr. Trump’s health on Friday, and the president’s oxygen was dropping “very rapidly.” 

A source familiar with the president’s health said earlier Saturday that his vitals over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” and “the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care.”

“We’re still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source

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Health, well-being and public transit | Columnists

“Everyone deserves a fair and unprejudiced opportunity to enjoy health and well-being.” I’m pretty sure that most readers agree with this statement. I’m more certain that few of us think about how ‘health and well-being’ are impacted by public transportation. A few years ago, Dace West suggested that, “[public] transit helps increase physical activity, lowers levels of disease related to environmental factors, and results in greater pedestrian and vehicular safety.” These benefits are consistent with what many Missoulians believe, I think. Missoula is a place where citizens place high value on the protection and enhancement of personal well-being, community and the environment. In other words, we appreciate where we live and the ways in which our community encourages an optimistic quality of life.

In this upcoming election, Missoulians have many choices to make. Among them is our community’s commitment to the health and well-being of ourselves, friends, family and fellow

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Pelosi says she’s not being briefed on Trump’s health

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she has not been briefed on President Donald Trump’s health since his Covid-19 diagnosis despite her position as second in the presidential line of succession behind Vice President Mike Pence.

a close up of a person talking on a cell phone: WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on July 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. House Democrats urge House Republicans to extend unemployment benefits that was passed as part of the CARES Act which is due to expire on July 31, 2020. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 24: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on July 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. House Democrats urge House Republicans to extend unemployment benefits that was passed as part of the CARES Act which is due to expire on July 31, 2020. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

“We’re getting our information the way everyone else is — in the media,” Pelosi said during an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“But in terms of the succession, that’s an ongoing process. Sadly at this time, it comes to the forefront.”

Pelosi, who tested negative for Covid-19

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