Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas

Hospitalizations and COVID-19 cases soar as the United States enters one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

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  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

COVID-19: 199 new cases and 2 new deaths confirmed in SWLA

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Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

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  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

  Acadian Ambulance warns against coronavirus surge this holiday season

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

Three new confirmed COVID-19 deaths in SWLA

COVID-19 cases and deaths in Southwest Louisiana.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

COVID hospitalizations continue to rise across state

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Region 5 COVID-19 positivity rate above 10 percent for the first time since early August.

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  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

  Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.

  Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines

Multiple vaccines will be needed to meet global demand and help end the pandemic, raising concern that studies that still need to sign up thousands of volunteers could run short if people wait for an already OK’d option instead.

Five new deaths from COVID-19 reported in Region 5 over past week

Five new deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Region 5 over the past week.

  Navajo Nation locks down for 3 weeks because of coronavirus surge

People can only leave their homes for emergencies or essentials; government offices and businesses must close. Learning moves online.

  Study: Face masks unlikely to hinder lung function during exercise

Researchers said there’s little evidence that wearing a face mask during physical activity significantly impacts lung function or makes any measurable difference for people who are in good health.

  States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall or $400 billion or more by some estimates.

  Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states

Pfizer is planning to test distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in four states.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Some COVID-positive patients don’t believe virus is real, even as they’re dying, SD nurse says

The nurse says healthcare professionals need help from the public, including mask wearing and social distancing, to improve the situation, which she describes as being like a "horror movie that never ends."

  2nd coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study.

  Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP.

  Tokyo Olympic ‘participants’ encouraged to get vaccine

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says athletes and fans arriving for next year’s postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the Japanese public.

  Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

Malls are doing all they can to keep Santa and kids safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, completely changing what a Santa visit looks like.

  US cases hit 11M; latest million took 6 days

More than 11 million cases of the coronavirus have now been reported in the United States, with the most recent million coming in less than a week.

  Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear

Despite painstaking efforts to keep election sites safe, some poll workers who came in contact with voters on Election Day have tested positive for the coronavirus, including more than two dozen in Missouri and cases in New York, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia.

  Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns

In part, though, some of those views are hard to fight because of the reality that many people have no symptoms, and most of those who do get sick recover quickly.

  Biden faces tough choice of whether to back virus lockdowns

Joe Biden has devoted most of his public remarks to encouraging Americans to wear a mask and view the coronavirus as a threat that has no regard for political ideology.

  Fewer Americans traveling for Thanksgiving this year

There will be an estimated 10% drop in travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

  Oregon, New Mexico order lockdowns as other states resist

Many also continue to resist issuing statewide mask rules.

  With COVID-19 surging, schools suspend in-person education

Facing equally grim conditions, school systems around the U.S. and abroad are taking similarly tough action.

Iowa teacher dies 3 days after positive coronavirus test

Jason Englert, 38, was found dead inside his home on Sunday.

  Pfizer prepares for COVID vaccine distribution

The drugmaker said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results.

  COVID-19 cases hit 1st Caribbean cruise since pandemic

One of the first cruise ships to ply through Caribbean waters since the pandemic began ended its trip early after at least five passengers tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.

  Microsoft: Russian, North Korean hackers target vaccine work

It said in a blog post Friday that most of the attacks in recent months were unsuccessful, but provided no information on how many succeeded or how serious those breaches were.

  Feds announce COVID-19 vaccine agreement with drug stores

Federal health officials have reached an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free coronavirus vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.

  Chicago issues new COVID-19 restrictions before Thanksgiving

Chicago has issued new COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting social gatherings to 10 people, in hopes of combating the surge in cases ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

  States ramp up for biggest vaccination effort in US history

The push could begin as early as next month, when federal officials say the first vaccine may be authorized for emergency use and immediately deployed to high-risk groups, such as health care workers.

‘He had a great heart’: 91-year-old Korean War veteran dies of COVID-19

A 91-year-old Korean War veteran and former police officer died from the coronavirus in Minnesota.

  709,000 seek US jobless aid as pandemic escalates

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to 709,000, a still-high level but the lowest figure since March and a sign that the job market might be slowly healing.

  Face masks also protect wearer from COVID-19, says CDC in updated guidance

Previously, it was believed that mask wearing helped only to prevent infected people from spreading the virus to others.

  Texas tops 1 million cases as COVID-19 surge engulfs the US

The true number of infections is likely higher because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.

  Veterans Day in 2020: quiet parades, somber virtual events amid virus surge

Cemeteries decorated with American flags were silent as well, as many of the traditional ceremonies were canceled. With infections raging again nationwide, several veterans homes are fighting new outbreaks.

Russia says COVID-19 vaccine is 92% effective on early data

The statement, which did not include detailed information about the trial, comes just two days after a similar one from Pfizer Inc.

  Calcasieu Parish School Board sending in-person students back to five days a week

Calcasieu Parish School Board sending in-person students back to five days a week

  US hits record COVID-19 hospitalizations amid virus surge

The 1 million milestone came as governors across the nation are making increasingly desperate pleas with the public to take the fight against the virus more seriously.

  28 election employees in 1 Missouri county have coronavirus

A director believes they most likely got infected from voters, though local health officials aren’t convinced.

  Doctors may be better equipped to handle latest virus surge

Newly confirmed infections in the U.S. are running at all-time highs of well over 100,000 per day, pushing the running total to more than 10 million.

  Experts say no need to cancel Thanksgiving amid pandemic, but play it safe

With a fall surge of coronavirus infections gripping the U.S., many Americans are forgoing tradition and getting creative with celebrations.

  Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective

Pfizer said Monday that an early peek at the data on its coronavirus vaccine suggests the shots may be a robust 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, putting the company on track to apply later this month for emergency-use approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

  US allows 1st emergency use of a COVID-19 antibody drug

U.S. health officials have allowed emergency use of the first antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19.

  Biden targets virus as his White House transition begins

The U.S. has confirmed more than 10 million coronavirus cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as infections continue to rise in nearly every state.

  Europe hunkers down but also notes wins against virus surge

Some European nations report the fledgling beginnings of a possible turnaround.

  Kroger, other grocers place limits on paper towels, cleaning supplies amid virus surge

At least three supermarket chains say supply chains are still strained after hoarding in the spring at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

  New record high for US coronavirus cases

It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000 as the country has broken its own record for daily cases with nearly every passing day this week.

  Nursing home COVID-19 cases rise four-fold in surge states

Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities account for about 1% of the U.S. population, but represent 40% of COVID-19 deaths, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

  Tokyo holds 1-day gym meet to show Olympics may be possible

The good news for the Tokyo Olympics is that Japan on Sunday held a one-day exhibition gymnastics meet in front of several thousand fans with 22 athletes participating from Russia, China and the United States.

  US sets daily record, tops 126,000 virus cases

Worldwide infection numbers are also setting records.

Trump chief of staff Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19

Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows diagnosed with coronavirus as U.S. sets records for outbreak.

  Picking between a coronavirus test: what you need to know

By the end of November, Prien Lake Mall will have coronavirus testing available through QuestCap, which will deliver results in less than 24 hours.

Centex - Lake Charles seeking local volunteers for COVID-19 vaccine clinical studies

Centex Studies - Lake Charles says it is seeking volunteers to participate in a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Italy shuts down 4 regions as Europe tries lighter lockdowns

Italy’s move echoes those in many parts of Europe, where infections are surging again, but governments have been reluctant to impose the kind of nationwide shutdowns they did in the spring because of the terrible economic damage they did.

  US hiring likely slowed for a 4th month as virus resurges

Economists have forecast that employers added 580,000 jobs last month, down from 661,000 in September and 1.5 million in August.

Gov. Edwards extends Phase 3 in La. until early December

Governor John Bel Edwards held a news conference Thursday, Nov. 5 to update the state’s people on the fight against COVID-19.

  Fed signals readiness to do more for economy as virus rages

The Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate at a record low near zero Thursday and signaled its readiness to do more if needed to support an economy under threat from a worsening coronavirus pandemic.

  AstraZeneca to deliver vaccine trial data by year’s end

AstraZeneca hopes to show its COVID-19 vaccine is effective by the end of this year and is ramping up manufacturing so it can supply hundreds of millions of doses in January, Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said Thursday.

Nintendo’s profit soars as pandemic has people playing games

Nintendo, the Japanese company behind the Super Mario and Pokémon video games, reported Thursday that its fiscal first half profit more than tripled as more people passed time while stuck at home during the pandemic playing games.