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CDC Director: “Now Is Not The Time” To Lift Restrictions

Axios reports: CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states on Monday that “now is not the time” to lift public health restrictions, as the recent dramatic declines in coronavirus cases and deaths “appear to be stalling.” While the average of 70,000 new infections and 2,000 daily deaths is nowhere near the extremely high levels recorded at the start of 2021, the …

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Fauci: CDC Guidance For Fully Vaccinated Coming Soon

CNN reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he expects US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for fully vaccinated people will be coming soon. Fauci said that the CDC wants “to make sure they sit down, talk about it, look at the data and then come out with a recommendation …

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CDC: Historic Decline In Life Expectancy Due To COVID

The Associated Press reports: Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years, according to preliminary estimates Thursday from the Centers …

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New COVID Cases In US Continue Sharp Decline

The Washington Post reports: Newly reported coronavirus infections in the United States continued their steep drop, with about 56,000 new cases reported Monday, though the figure may be artificially low due to the holiday. However, the seven-day average, considered a more reliable measure, has dipped below 90,000 a day for the first time since early November. Scientists have been split …

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CDC Issues New Guidelines On Reopening Schools

The Wall Street Journal reports: Federal health and education officials urged the nation’s elementary and secondary schools on Friday to reopen safely as soon as possible, saying they can operate by strictly adhering to safety precautions to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in classrooms and in their communities. In new guidelines for schools, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …

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CDC: Those Fully Vaccinated Need Not Quarantine

Changing America reports: People who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if they have been exposed to someone who is infected with the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. “Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of …

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CDC Issues Mask Mandate For All Public Transportion

The Wall Street Journal reports: U.S. travelers and commuters will be required to wear a mask on nearly all forms of public transportation and inside of transportation hubs, according to a late Friday emergency order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mandate, which goes into effect on Tuesday and applies to most everyone over the age of …

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CDC: Travelers To US From UK Must Test Negative

USA Today reports: The United States will require air passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to provide a negative coronavirus test within 72 hours of departure, the CDC  announced late Thursday. The move comes as a growing number of countries banned British travelers amid the rapid spread of a new variant of coronavirus in London and elsewhere. Earlier this week, …

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CDC: 1M Americans Have Gotten First COVID Shot

Politico reports: More than 1 million Americans have received Covid shots, but the government isn’t likely to make good on the goal of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of this month, federal officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention touted breaking the 1 million mark 10 days after the start of the most ambitious immunization …

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Florida Governor Defies CDC On Vaccine Prioritization

Changing America reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced divergent vaccine plans on Tuesday, saying that the Sunshine State’s elderly senior citizens will be the next to receive initial doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. But this next step breaks with CDC recommended protocol, which says in addition to those 75 and over, essential workers should receive the next doses. This …

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Incoming CDC Director To Resume Public Briefings

The Hill reports: Rochelle Walensky, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said Wednesday that she intends to resume public briefings, which have been all but halted at the agency during the coronavirus pandemic. “I think communication has to be key here,” she said on CNN’s “New Day.” “The public needs to know …

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US Adds 1M New Cases In Six Days, Passes 18M

Reuters reports: Total U.S. COVID-19 cases surpassed 18 million on Tuesday as health officials tried to tamper fears about a new, highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom. The latest million cases were recorded in just six days, according to a Reuters tally, as U.S. COVID-19 fatalities approach 320,000, the most in the world. Some U.S. health …

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Ex-CDC Staffers: Ivanka Tried To Meddle In Guidances

The New York Times reports: Kyle McGowan, a former chief of staff at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and his deputy, Amanda Campbell, were installed in 2018 as two of the youngest political appointees in the history of the world’s premier public health agency, young Republicans returning to their native Georgia to dream jobs. Often, Mr. McGowan and …

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CDC Director Told Staff To Delete Email From Trump Flack Seeking To Water Down Reports On COVID Deaths

Politico reports: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield instructed staff to delete an email from a Trump political appointee seeking control over the agency’s scientific reports on the pandemic, a senior CDC official told congressional investigators this week. An Aug. 8 email was sent by Paul Alexander, who was then the scientific adviser to Health and Human …

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Biden Names Surgeon General And Director Of CDC

NPR reports: President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the team he wants to have lead his response to the nation’s greatest public health crisis in a century after he takes office in January. Biden said he would nominate Dr. Rochelle Walensky as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Walensky is chief of infectious diseases at Massachusetts …

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US Sets New Record For Cases And Hospitalizations

Reuters reports: The United States set a pair of alarming coronavirus records Wednesday, surpassing 200,000 new infections and topping 100,000 covid-19 patients hospitalized — the first time the country has reached either metric in a single day. And Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the worst might still be ahead. He predicted that the …

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CDC Shortens Quarantine Time To 7 To 10 Days

CNBC reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced shortened alternatives to its recommended quarantine for people who were exposed to someone with Covid-19, Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said. The agency previously recommended that anyone who was exposed to Covid-19 quarantine for 14 days. Walke said the agency still recommends a 14-day quarantine …

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CDC: Health Workers, Nursing Home Residents First

NBC News reports: Health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities will be the first groups to be offered the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a new proposal from an independent advisory committee within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met virtually on Tuesday to discuss who would receive the first doses of …

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CDC May Add The Obese To Vaccine Prioritization List

The Washington Post reports: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers will meet tomorrow to discuss who should get coronavirus vaccines first. One population they may consider prioritizing: Americans who are obese — a major risk factor for severe covid-19 that some experts say has gone under-recognized. “Obesity was ignored for the longest time and overweight was completely ignored,” said …

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CDC To Vote Tuesday On COVID Vaccine Prioritization

CNN reports: Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will vote Tuesday on the very first people to get a coronavirus vaccine once one gets emergency authorization. The CDC’s Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday to discuss allocation of Covid-19 vaccines. Members of the committee will discuss who should be in the …

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