Coronavirus updates: CDC orders contact tracing on travelers from southern African countries
The directive follows President Biden’s order barring most foreign nationals from entering the country if they have recently visited southern Africa.
The information includes the passenger’s full name and date of birth, their location in the United States, an email address they check regularly, and primary and secondary phone numbers.
Airlines will also need to provide the passenger’s flight number, departure and arrival cities and their seat number.
Here are other headlines from today’s COVID-19:
NYC Announces New Vaccine Mandate
New York City on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccination mandate that will require all non-public school employees to be vaccinated by December 20. It affects around 56,000 employees of 938 yeshivas, Catholic schools and other private schools.
“Vaccinations are the key to our recovery, and our public schools are among the safest places in the city,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Child care centers will now be just as safe, and it’s time to use the tools we have to move up the ranks even further. We go out of our way to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for non-public school employees will help keep our school communities and younger New Yorkers safe. “
Omicron COVID case confirmed in Minnesota, patient visited New York
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced on Thursday that it had a confirmed case of the omicron variant COVID-19 in a resident who recently traveled to New York. The variant was found thanks to the MDH variant surveillance program, which experts consider to be one of the most powerful surveillance programs in the country. Officials cited their robust virus surveillance system for allowing them to quickly identify the omicron once it entered the state and made it more likely that Minnesota would be among the first states to find the variant. .
As omicron hits the headlines, the delta rages on
While all eyes are on the new, little-understood omicron variant, the delta form of the coronavirus has not finished wreaking havoc in the United States, sending record numbers of patients to hospitals in some states, in particular. in the Midwest and New England. The United States recorded its first known omicron infection on Wednesday, in a fully vaccinated person who had returned to California from South Africa, where the variant was first identified just over a year ago. week.
Two more cases were identified Thursday in Minnesota and Colorado. For now, the extra-contagious delta variant accounts for virtually every case in the United States and continues to inflict misery at a time when many hospitals grapple with nursing shortages and a backlog of patients. And now the fear is that omicron will no longer tax patients, and possibly sicker ones, in hospitals.
More than 1,000,000 New Yorkers boosted
More than one million New York City residents have now received a COVID-19 booster injection, said Mayor Bill de Blasio. About 89% of the city’s residents, 81% of 12 to 17 year olds and 16% of 5 to 11 year olds have received at least one dose, the mayor said.
Some New York hospitals close to capacity
Five hospitals in New York and Long Island have less than 10% remaining capacity and may have elective surgeries canceled as early as Friday. Two are in New York: Long Island Jewish Forest Hills and Queens Hospital Center, both in Queens. There are three on Long Island: Long Island Community Hospital and Southside Hospital in Suffolk County and North Shore Teaching Hospital in Nassau County. All five are on a state list that currently shows 37 hospitals in the state at 10% capacity or less. Under an executive order signed by Governor Hochul last week, any hospital with a capacity of 10% or less by Friday will have to close most elective surgeries until January 15, 2022.
FDA approves Merck COVID pill, paving way for US authorization of first home drug against virus
A panel of U.S. health advisers have closely supported the benefits of a closely watched COVID-19 pill from Merck, paving the way for a likely clearance of the first drug Americans could take at home to treat the virus. A Food and Drug Administration panel voted 13 in 10 that the drug’s benefits outweigh its risks, including potential birth defects if used during pregnancy.
Health experts say omicron variant is result of COVID-19 vaccine inequity
The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world’s desperate and possibly futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminiscent of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as large parts of the world run out of vaccines.
The build-up of COVID-19 vaccines limited by rich countries – creating virtual vaccine deserts in many poorer countries – does not just mean a risk for regions of the world to experience shortages; it threatens the whole world.
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