Saturday, January 16, 2021

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HEALTH
Yellow Zone declared for Utica, Rome after rise in COVID-19 cases

A portion of Oneida County was placed in a Yellow Zone, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday during a routine press briefing on the pandemic.

The zone encompasses the Utica and Rome areas, including New Hartford, Whitestown, Marcy and Westmoreland.

“There is a problem there and we have to be honest about it,” Cuomo said.

Here are the yellow zone restrictions:

  • Public and private schools must test 20% of a school over two weeks. If those results are lower than the zone’s current seven-day positivity rate, testing at that school is no longer required. 
  • Businesses can operate. 
  • Restaurants can offer indoor and outdoor dining, with a four-person maximum per table. 
  • Worship services are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Mass gatherings are limited to 25 people, either indoors or outdoors. The limit was reduced to 10 people in private residences after Cuomo imposed further restrictions statewide, effective Nov. 13.

Utica and Rome were

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Japan’s daily virus cases rise above 3,000

TOKYO — Japan’s daily coronavirus cases have exceeded 3,000 for the first time while the government delays stricter measures for fear of hurting the economy ahead of the holiday season.



Signs posted on the door of the Luscious Salon advises customers about the pandemic guidelines followed, Lodi, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Lodi, a city of just under 68,000 people, is part of the San Joaquin Valley region.  The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in California's San Joaquin Valley and filling its hospitals. It has the fewest available intensive care unit beds of any region in California, a frightening reality that health officials hope will convince more people to wear masks and socially distance.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


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Signs posted on the door of the Luscious Salon advises customers about the pandemic guidelines followed, Lodi, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. Lodi, a city of just under 68,000 people, is part of the San Joaquin Valley region. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly in California’s San Joaquin Valley and filling its hospitals. It has the fewest available intensive care unit beds of any region in California, a frightening reality that health officials hope will convince more people to wear masks and socially distance. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)



A healthcare worker finishes up organizing COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona on Tuesday set a new daily record with over 12,300 additional known coronavirus cases as the number of hospitalized patients approached levels similar to the peak of last summer's surge, with the state's seven-day rolling average continuing to climb in the past two weeks as have the rolling averages for daily deaths and daily COVID-19 testing positivity. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


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A healthcare worker finishes up organizing COVID-19 tests at a drive-thru testing center Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona on Tuesday set a

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U.S. hits 16 million COVID cases even as vaccine begins roll-out

(Reuters) – The United States hit a record 16 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday afternoon, with deaths closing in on the 300,000 mark, even as millions of doses of a new vaccine were expected to start rolling out across the nation on Sunday.

Healthcare workers take part in a rehearsal for the administration of the Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

The first vaccine was approved late on Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is expected to touch off a mass-inoculation campaign of unparalleled dimension to end the pandemic that has upended daily life and devastated the U.S. economy.

“FDA APPROVES PFIZER VACCINE FOR EMERGENCY USE!!!” President Donald Trump announced on Friday night on Twitter. He promised Americans the vaccinations would begin in less than 24 hours.

But U.S. Army General Gustave Perna said on

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HEALTH
US Covid-19 cases surpass 16 million as CDC committee votes to recommend Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine

The number of Covid-19 cases reported in the United States reached more than 16 million Saturday after the country added 1 million cases in just four days, according to Johns Hopkins University data.



a person sitting in a plastic bag: Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)


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Healthcare worker Demetra Ransom comforts a patient in the Covid-19 ward at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on December 4, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)

It took the nation more than 8-and-a-half months to reach 8 million cases but less than two months to double that, as the number of new cases continues to soar.

The milestone comes as an advisory committee for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted Saturday to recommend the Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for patients 16 and older, a day after the US once again saw a record number of new cases,

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HEALTH
The Latest: Tokyo Cases Hit Record Amid Government Criticism | World News

TOKYO — Tokyo reported 621 new coronavirus cases Saturday, setting a new record in the capital where a lack of government measures triggered concerns about a surge during the holiday season.

Nationwide, Japan reported a total of 174,000 cases, with about 2,500 deaths since the pandemic began.

Experts on a Tokyo metropolitan task force say serious cases are on the rise, putting burdens on hospitals and forcing many of them to scale back on care for other patients.

Japan issued a non-binding state of emergency in the spring and has survived earlier infection peaks without a lockdown.

The coronavirus task force on Friday asked the national government to take tougher steps to slow social and economic activities, such as suspension of out-of-town trips and requesting shorter business hours in areas where infections are accelerating.

Latest data shows that ongoing measures have been ineffective and the situation could worsen during the

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SC Shatters Daily Record With Nearly 3,200 COVID-19 Cases | South Carolina News

By MICHELLE LIU, Associated Press/Report for America

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A week after announcing a record-shattering 2,470 COVID-19 cases in one day, South Carolina health officials said Friday the state had eclipsed that figure by several hundred.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 3,137 confirmed cases and 47 additional deaths Friday. More than 220,000 cases have been recorded in the state since the beginning of the outbreak, and 4,332 South Carolinians have died due to COVID-19, according to the health agency.

The rising numbers come as the state lays out its plan to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers and then eventually the rest of the population. Officials say that with limited supplies, the vaccine isn’t an immediate solution.

“While the arriving vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, it will be months before there is enough vaccine available for everyone,” said a statement from Brannon

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