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The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew – The Associated Press

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew – The Associated Press

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew “for the safety and welfare and health of the citizens of Tucson.” It prohibits residents from being on public streets or spaces unless traveling to work or other essential activities. Romero says Pima County reported had a record-high 944 new coronavirus cases Tuesday, and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. Earlier Tuesday, state health officials reported 10,322 new known coronavirus cases and 48 additional deaths around Arizona. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK...
Live Updates: Health care workers and nursing home residents should get first vaccine, US panel says – Fox News

Live Updates: Health care workers and nursing home residents should get first vaccine, US panel says – Fox News

Health care workers and nursing home residents should get priority when the first coronavirus vaccine shots become available, an influential government advisory panel said Tuesday.  The recommendations now must be approved by CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield before the vaccine can be distributed to states and ultimately to the groups part of the Phase 1A distribution plans.  FAST FACTSThe plan to distribute the vaccine to health care workers and long-term care residents is also dependent on authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which still has to approve an application of emergency use from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the first to apply, and biotech company Moderna. Follow below for more updates on the coronavirus. Mobile users click here. 
County drops into the red zone for COVID-19 cases – Seymour Tribune

County drops into the red zone for COVID-19 cases – Seymour Tribune

Dr. Christopher Bunce Jackson County has fallen into the Indiana State Department of Health’s red level, one of the county’s top health officials said Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Christopher Bunce, public health officer for the Jackson County Health Department, made that announcement during Schneck Medical Center’s weekly COVID-19 update. Bunce, an infectious disease specialist at the Seymour hospital, said there are an estimated 17 other counties in Indiana in the red level for infection. The ISDH releases the status of each county at noon each Wednesday. “We aren’t alone, but we are among the worst counties,” Bunce said. The county has been at the orange level in recent weeks. On what it means for a county to go from orange to ...
NC coronavirus update December 2: North Carolina hopes to give COVID 19 vaccine to 75% of the population by summer 2021 – WTVD-TV

NC coronavirus update December 2: North Carolina hopes to give COVID 19 vaccine to 75% of the population by summer 2021 – WTVD-TV

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the latest updates about COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in North Carolina. Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Send them to us here 11 a.m.Some startling new guidance from the White House Coronavirus task force has urgent warnings for many Americans concerning their handling of COVID-19. The task force's new reports said the COVID-19 risk to all Americans is at a historic high. ABC News obtained the briefing that was intended for governors and dated for November 29. The task force recommends everyone over the age of 65 or with significant health conditions "should not enter any indoor public spaces where anyone is unmasked" and all Americans under 40 should "assume you became infected" if Thanksgiving involved anyone outside the ...
CDC expected to announce decrease in coronavirus quarantine durations | TheHill – The Hill

CDC expected to announce decrease in coronavirus quarantine durations | TheHill – The Hill

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will shorten its recommended quarantine period for people exposed to the coronavirus to as little as seven days, CNN reported. Under the new guidelines, quarantines can end after seven days for people who test negative and 10 days for those who do not get tests instead of the current 14-day period for both groups.  CDC Director Robert Redfield announced the update Tuesday in a meeting of the White House coronavirus task force, according to CNN, which cited two senior administration officials. Vice President Pence, the head of the task force, has reportedly been pushing the CDC for a review of the recommendations for several months, and the topic has long been under discussion. The CDC previously defined a close contact as inv...
Maine CDC reports four new coronavirus-related deaths, 232 new cases – WMTW Portland

Maine CDC reports four new coronavirus-related deaths, 232 new cases – WMTW Portland

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting four new coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday and 232 new cases.Hancock, Kennebec, Oxford, and Penobscot counties each had one new reported death.The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died is now 218.The 232 new cases bring the total since the outbreak began to 12,208.The Maine CDC reported 200 new recoveries, bringing the total to 9,564.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:Deaths: 218Total cases: 12,208Confirmed cases: 10,870Probable cases: 1,388Cumulative positivity rate: 1.72%14-day positivity rate: 2.8%Patients recovered: 9,564Active cases: 2,426Currently hospitalized: 138Patients in intensive care: 46Patients on ventilators: 16COVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of the coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breat...
New Study Reveals SARS-CoV-2 Can Invade The Brain Through The Nose – ScienceAlert

New Study Reveals SARS-CoV-2 Can Invade The Brain Through The Nose – ScienceAlert

A systematic analysis of 33 COVID-19 autopsies has found small traces of viral material in the human brain, and they appear to have come from the nose. It's a scary thought that SARS-CoV-2 might actually make its way into the human nervous system; while the results are preliminary, the signs are not looking good.    The upper part of the human nasal cavity, known as the nasopharynx, is thought to be one of the first sites of infection and replication for SARS-CoV-2, and it might also be a weak point in our brain's defences. The human brain is separated from the rest of the body's blood supply by a semipermeable barrier of cells - helpfully named the blood-brain barrier - that keeps toxins and pathogens away from our precious noggins, at least most of the time.  Some viruses, includin...