COVID Cases Climbing in 36 States | Health News

By Robin Foster and E.J. Mundell
HealthDay Reporters


WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Coronavirus outbreaks in the Midwest and Western United States have driven the national case count to its highest level since August, fueling fears of what the coming winter will mean for the country.

COVID-19 cases are starting to climb in 36 states, including parts of the Northeast, which is starting to backslide after months of progress, The New York Times reported. More than 820 new deaths and more than 54,500 new cases were announced across the country on Tuesday, the newspaper said. Idaho and Wisconsin set single-day records for new cases.

About 50,000 new cases are being reported each day in the United States for the week ending Monday, the Times reported. That is still less than in late July, when the country was seeing more than 66,000 cases each day.

But the trajectory

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Boston-area Woman Owned VUE Health Wins Medical Marketing + Media (MM&M) Magazine Award for Second Year | News

BOSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Boston-based VUE Health was the proud recipient of the Gold award for Orphan Product Marketing Initiative for the “Escape the Castle” campaign they created for EUSA Pharma at this past Thursday’s MM&M Awards (

This award, which recognizes best-in-class industry advertising and marketing strategy and executions within the pharmaceutical industry, was held virtually due to COVID-19; however, the VUE team was able to bring people together in a socially responsible way via micro-parties to celebrate as a team. As a woman-owned business, they are proud to support several women-owned businesses that have been hit particularly hard due to the pandemic, including Viga Social Catering, Corinthian Events, Sweetbay Florist and East Coast Primped.

Kathryn Wilson, CEO of VUE Health, said, “It was important to me to bring some light into this year. The team worked really hard on this fantastic initiative and I

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The Latest: Trump to Face Voters’ Questions in NBC Town Hall | Political News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times local):

In lieu of a formal debate, President Donald Trump has agreed to answer voters’ questions during a town hall program sponsored by NBC News on Thursday night.

The event will be held outdoors at the Perez Art Museum in Miami.

NBC News says it has a statement from National Institutes of Health clinical director Dr. Clifford Lane indicating he and White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci have reviewed Trump’s medical data and concluded with a “high degree of confidence” the president is “not shedding infectious virus.”

Trump tested positive for the coronavirus Oct. 2. He spent three days at the Walter Reed military hospital. He resumed public appearances over the weekend and resumed campaign travel Monday.

A formal matchup between the Republican president and Democrat Joe Biden that was scheduled for Thursday in Miami

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Mountain Health hospitals revert to ‘no visitation’ policy | Wc News

HUNTINGTON — Mountain Health Network announced Monday that, as of 6 p.m., its “no visitation” policy will again be in effect for both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center due to an increase in community spread of COVID-19.

“This was a difficult decision, as we know the importance family plays in a patient’s recovery. But after considering what was best for our patients and employees, it was a decision we had to make,” said Dr. Hoyt Burdick, chief clinical officer for Mountain Health Network, in a release. “As community spread increases, we must adapt our policies in order to preserve everyone’s safety. We truly appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.”

The following restrictions are in place for both hospitals until further notice:

  • No one will be permitted to accompany or visit a patient in the hospital with few exceptions. This restriction also applies to many persons previously considered
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COVID 19 Brings New Urgency to Health Outreach in NC Latino Community / Public News Service

Latinos and Black Americans comprise 55% of U.S. coronavirus cases, nearly double their population makeup, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data released in June. (Adobe Stock)

October 14, 2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the coronavirus continues to affect North Carolina’s Latino communities, outreach workers are providing public health information, in Spanish and culturally relevant to this growing population.

Hector Salgado, community impact director for the American Heart Association in Charlotte, was spearheading an effort to raise awareness about heart health and blood-pressure monitoring among Latinos when the pandemic hit. With help from the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, he said, the program pivoted to COVID-19 prevention. As the crisis worsened, Salgado said, he began to notice what he described as rampant misinformation in the Latino community.

“And those resources are not reflected,” he said. “I went to the farmer’s market and I saw

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World Bank Approves $12B to Finance Virus Vaccines, Care | Business News

The World Bank has approved $12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments, aiming to support the vaccination of up to 1 billion people.

The $12 billion “envelop” is part of a wider World Bank Group package of up to $160 billion to help developing countries fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the bank said in a statement late Tuesday.

The World Bank said its COVID-19 emergency response programs are already reaching 111 countries.

Citizens in developing countries also need access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, it said.

“We are extending and expanding our fast-track approach to address the COVID emergency so that developing countries have fair and equal access to vaccines,” said the bank’s president, David Malpass, said in the statement.

“Access to safe and effective vaccines and strengthened delivery systems is key to alter the course of the pandemic and help

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Global Pandemic Disrupts Final Clubs’ Recruitment Plans | News

COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of Harvard life — including the efforts of the College’s most prestigious social groups to induct hopeful sophomores.

This semester, twelve final clubs on campus are not holding punch — the process by which final clubs recruit students each fall — due to the global health crisis, according to members of each club, who spoke with The Crimson on the condition of anonymity to divulge internal decisions.

The clubs not moving forward with punch include the Bee Club, the Spee Club, the IC Club, the Delphic Club, the Fly Club, the Owl Club, the Porcellian Club, the Phoenix S.K. Club, the Fox Club, the Sablière Society, La Vie Club, and the Exister Society.

The Crimson was unable to confirm the punch plans of the A.D. Club and the Pleiades Society — the only other two final clubs on campus.

Serena G. Pellegrino ’23, who said

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‘Un-Gala’ for mental health to feature actor Sean Astin – News –

WORCESTER – The affable sounding Sean Astin is known for his roles of resilience and everyday heroism, such as Samwise Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character in “Rudy,” and Bob Newby in Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

He is also an active advocate for mental health education and for ending the stigma of mental illness. Asked why he became involved in the cause of increasing mental health awareness, Astin had a two-word response: “My mother.”

Patty Duke (1946-2016) was a beloved actress who won an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and three Primetime Emmy Awards. She was also “really one of the first celebrity types to talk about bipolar disorder, or manic depression as it was known at that time,” Astin said.

“We watched her devote the second part of her life to advocacy, doing shows, speaking to Congress,” he said.

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Cancel trick-or-treating? ‘Oh, heck no,’ health department director says weeks ahead of Halloween | Local News

CV City Update

Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart makes remarks at a COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World

Traditional Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating will not be canceled in Tulsa County this year.

“Oh, heck, no,” said Dr. Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department.

“Halloween is something that can still be fun for kids and families, as long as people follow the same general recommendations of watching your distance, washing your hands and avoiding crowded, indoor events,” Dart said Tuesday during a regular city/county news briefing on COVID-19.

“Frankly, to be honest, I can’t think of a better opportunity to have some fun while wearing a mask,” he said.

However, Dart said it is important for everyone to make modifications, including masks that cover both the nose and mouth.

“A costume mask should not be used unless it is made

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Positive Virus Tests, Hospitalizations Surge in Colorado | Colorado News

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is experiencing another surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, prompting Gov. Jared Polis to plead Tuesday with residents to wear masks, stay home as much as possible, and maintain social distancing practices.

As of Tuesday, Colorado’s three-day average positivity rate — the percentage of total tests coming in positive — was 5.4%, and the state recorded 1,000 newly confirmed cases both Saturday and Monday, the highest daily numbers recorded during the pandemic, Polis said.

About 290 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest total since May 31, The Denver Post reported.

During a briefing on the pandemic, Polis didn’t suggest he was contemplating renewed mandatory restrictions on business or other activities to stem the surge. But he insisted: “If this continues, our hospital capacity will be in jeopardy.”

The World Health Organization recommends trying to keep the positivity rate below 5% of all tests.

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