Governor extends health emergency

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday renewed the state’s public health emergency in response to the coronavirus pandemic for an additional 60 days as the state’s count of virus cases grew by 680.

After climbing to a new high on Monday for the sixth time in seven days, the number of people hospitalized in the state with covid-19 fell on Tuesday by three, to 605.

The state’s death toll from the virus, as tracked by the state Department of Health, rose by 25, to 1,611.

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Hutchinson said the extension of his emergency declaration, originally issued March 11, would keep in place measures such as liability protections for businesses, an expansion of telemedicine and “other things that are necessary during the management of this pandemic and for life to go on.”

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D.C. extends public health emergency until end of 2020

The District has extended its public health emergency to the end of the year, and is urging people who attended recent White House events to get tested for COVID-19.

The D.C. Health Department, with nine other local agencies, released Thursday an open letter calling on people who attended the Supreme Court announcement in the Rose Garden in late September or have worked in the White House over the past two weeks to take coronavirus precautions.

“Given the growing numbers of positive COVID cases reported from staff working in and near the White House, people who attended the event hosted by the White House on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, and our preliminary understanding that there has been limited contact tracing performed to date, there may be other staff and residents at risk for exposure to COVID positive individuals,” the letter says, recommending individuals get tested and contact their local health departments

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Missoula Food Bank extends reduced hours | Local News

The Missoula Food Bank will extend its schedule of reduced hours as a second member of its team has tested positive for COVID-19. The team member was last at the food bank on Friday, October 2.

Operations at the food bank will continue with safety precautions in place. The food bank will extend its reduced operating hours, which are Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., until October 15. The food bank will be closed on Fridays, Oct. 9 and 16. Safety measures include a plexi-glass barrier between customers and staff at the welcome desk, a streamlined, pre-loaded cart system to expedite customer interaction, masking, physical distancing, and sanitizing procedures.

MFB&CC’s staffing structure has maintained two separate teams of employees since the beginning of the pandemic. These two teams have worked completely separate of each other, allowing for some

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Tulsa extends mask mandate, lowers to age 10

OKLAHOMA CITY — A mask mandate in Tulsa is being expanded and extended in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The amended measure lowers the age of those who must wear face coverings from 18 and up to those older than 10. It also extends through Jan. 31 the mandate for masks to be worn in public when social distancing is not possible. Previously it was to expire Nov. 30

President Donald Trump held an indoor campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20 that attracted about 6,000 attendees as well as protesters. Local Health Department director Bruce Dart said later that the event “likely contributed” to a sharp surge in new coronavirus cases.

As of Thursday, Oklahoma’s state health department has recorded 88,369 virus cases and 1,035 deaths due to COVID-19, increases of 1,170 and four, respectively, from the previous day.



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The Latest: US extends ban on cruise ships through October

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are extending the U.S. ban on cruise ships through the end of October amid reports of recent outbreaks of the new coronavirus on ships overseas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday that it was extending a no-sail order on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers.

The CDC said surveillance data from March 1 through Sept. 29 shows at least 3,689 COVID-19 or COVID-like illnesses on cruise ships in U.S. waters, in addition to at least 41 reported deaths. It said these numbers are likely an underestimate.

It cited recent outbreaks as evidence that cruise ship travel continues to transmit and amplify the spread of the novel coronavirus, even when ships sail at reduced passenger capacities. It said it would likely spread the infection in the U.S. communities if operations were to resume prematurely.

“Recent passenger voyages in

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Alabama governor extends pandemic rule requiring face masks


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Ohio National Guard Extends Food Bank Support Mission > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

The Ohio National Guard continues to assist 14 food bank locations and warehouses across the state.

The guard’s COVID-19 response began when Gov. Mike DeWine signed a state active duty proclamation to activate personnel from the guard and Ohio Military Reserve to assist with humanitarian efforts, March 18, 2020. About 350 guardsmen are currently supporting the food bank mission.

Federal funding for the National Guard’s nationwide COVID-19  response missions has been extended into December. While there are Ohio National Guard units transitioning out of the food bank mission in order to return to civilian and military obligations, new units are being brought in to continue providing assistance at all 14 locations throughout the state.

“The length and scope of this mission has been unprecedented for the National Guard, and our work is not finished yet. I am proud of the efforts of every soldier and Airman who has stepped up

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Phunware Extends “Healthy Spaces” Mobile App to Google Play for Android

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Phunware, Inc. (NASDAQ: PHUN) (the “Company”), a fully-integrated enterprise cloud platform for mobile that provides products, solutions, data and services for brands worldwide, today announced the release of its new mobile application software, Healthy Spaces, on Google Play for Android to help individuals and businesses track and monitor personal health information while gathering together more safely through tech-enabled pre-screening, health and safety protocols. Healthy Spaces is also available for download for iOS on the Apple App Store as well.

Healthy Spaces allows users to build their own health profiles, which includes tracking, recording and evaluating key medical activities, habits and symptoms. Mobile application users can then create, manage and join groups across their professional and social networks for easy monitoring and check-ins. The mobile application user profiles help to maintain healthy spaces by making key health attributes

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Extends COVID-19 Member Benefits Through 2020, Encourages Vaccinations

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Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C, Sep 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
Baltimore, Md./Washington, D.C, Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) announced it will be extending benefits for fully insured members put in place during the public health emergency to ensure the health and safety of the members and communities it serves. The benefits, which include the patient cost share waivers for the testing and treatment of COVID-19, were set to expire September 30, 2020 and will now be extended through December 31, 2020.

“These continue to be critical and serious times and no one should hesitate to get tested or treated for COVID-19 because of concerns about costs,” said Brian D. Pieninck, President and CEO of CareFirst. “We’ve made this decision to help our members stay healthy and our communities fight this

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Wisconsin Governor Issues New Emergency Order, Extends Mask Mandate

(TNS) – With positive COVID-19 cases surging in college communities across the state, Gov. Tony Evers has extended the statewide mask mandate through late November.


Evers announced on Tuesday the new mask mandate — along with the governor’s third public health emergency — in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. Positive cases had started to drop after Evers’ first mask mandate took effect in July, but have been rising, primarily among 18- to 24-year-olds, since students returned to campus.


“We continue to learn more about this virus, but what we do know is that we are facing a new and dangerous phase of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Wisconsin,” Evers said in a statement. “We are seeing an alarming increase in cases across our state, especially on campus. We need folks to start taking this seriously, and young people especially — please stay home as much as you

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