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Coronavirus

What is contact tracing for COVID-19?

June 29, 2020

City of Philadelphia–Public health departments around the world have several tools to combat disease outbreaks and pandemics. One of the most important is contact tracing. Health departments do this all the time, but they have never done it at a scale like we’re expecting to do over the next few months for COVID-19. What is…

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US virus cases surge to highest level in 2 months

June 25, 2020

By Nick Perry And Ken Moritsugu ASSOCIATED PRESS  BEIJING — New coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged to their highest level in two months and are now back to where they were at the peak of the outbreak. The U.S. on Tuesday reported 34,700 new cases of the virus, according to a tally compiled…

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Texas puts reopening on ‘pause’ as coronavirus cases soar

June 25, 2020

By JIM VERTUNO and PAUL J. WEBER AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday halted elective surgeries in Texas’ biggest counties and said the state would “pause” its aggressive reopening as it deals with a surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations that has made it a virus hot spot. The suspension of elective…

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DL Hughley COVID-19 positive after fainting onstage

June 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Comedian D.L. Hughley announced he tested positive for COVID-19 after collapsing onstage during a performance in Nashville, Tennessee. The stand-up comedian, 57, lost consciousness while performing at the Zanies comedy nightclub on Friday night and was hospitalized, news outlets reported. On Saturday, Hughley posted a video on Twitter in which he…

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Alarming rise in virus cases as states roll back lockdowns

June 19, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: FILE – In this May 27, 2020, file photo, visitors to the River Walk pass a restaurant that has reopened in San Antonio. Coronavirus cases are rising in nearly half the U.S. states, as states are rolling back lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) By Mike Stobbe ASSOCIATED PRESS  NEW YORK  — States are…

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What the green phase means for Philadelphia

June 19, 2020

Philadelphia is on track to enter the green phase of reopening in early July. Our strategy is working: Daily case counts are falling, residents are wearing masks, and the number of patients hospitalized with the infection is steadily dropping. When we begin the green phase, not all activities can restart right away. Philadelphia will still restrict…

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A dozen new coronavirus cases are traced to beach gatherings

June 11, 2020

ASSOCIATED PRESS  A dozen new coronavirus cases in the Philadelphia area have been traced to someone who attended gatherings at beach houses at the Jersey Shore, according to the health department in suburban Bucks County. The department said 11 cases reported Saturday were linked to a New Jersey resident who was at gatherings in the…

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Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for virus

June 11, 2020

By Seth Borenstein ASSOCIATED PRESS  Officials across the South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying as of late May…

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Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control

June 5, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this Saturday, May 30, 2020, file photo, shows protesters demonstrating in Salt Lake City. Protests in Salt Lake City that drew several thousand people are a setback for contact tracers already struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus, said Tair Kiphibane, infectious disease bureau manager for the Salt Lake County Health…

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Risks complicate reopenings as WHO warns 1st wave not over

May 29, 2020

ABOVE PHOTO: In this image provided by the New York Stock Exchange, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, applauds as he rings the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange with with New York Stock Exchange President Stacey Cunningham, right, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in New York. The NYSE allowed a limited number…

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