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(Reuters) - Wisconsin’s governor on Friday extended a statewide mask mandate despite a legal challenge from conservatives, renewing an emergency health order requiring face coverings in public spaces to curb an alarming surge in COVID-19 infections. Many Republican politicians, led by President Donald Trump, have belittled or criticized face coverings as an infringement of personal freedom. Public health experts say greater social mixing and indoor gatherings as the weather turns colder ahead of the holiday season is fueling a worsening contagion, putting already strained healthcare systems further under siege. His new health order requires everyone to wear masks in enclosed spaces except at home when no one from outside the household is present. Earlier in the day, Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, appealed to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel and limit social gatherings during next week’s Thanksgiving holiday.
Persons: Tony Evers, Evers ’, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, ” Evers, Evers, Deborah Birx, Birx, ” Birx, , “ I’m, Emily Handel, it’s, Kristin Nome, Trump, ” Nome Organizations: Reuters, Democrat, Republican, Democratic, American Association of Retired, Walmart, Shoppers, White, CNN, Pfizer Inc, South, The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: Wisconsin, “ Wisconsin, United States, COVID, Columbus , Ohio, South Dakota
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. health authorities braced for further increases in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths on Friday, capping a week in which the spread of the novel coronavirus accelerated ahead of next week’s Thanksgiving holiday. FILE PHOTO: A patient arrives outside Maimonides Medical Center, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S., November 17, 2020. Daily COVID-19 deaths surpassed the 2,000 mark for the first time since late June on Thursday. THANKSGIVING FEARSU.S. officials have pleaded with the public to avoid unnecessary travel and exercise caution as the winter holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach. It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from less than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
Persons: Brendan McDermid, Deborah Birx, ” Birx, Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Alex Azar, ” California’s, Gavin Newsom, Eric Borgerding Organizations: YORK, Medical, REUTERS, Coronavirus, Force, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, Health, CBS, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, Wisconsin Hospital Association, United Locations: COVID, Brooklyn , New York, U.S, Ohio, Minnesota, United States, Wisconsin
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A leading U.S. health official on Friday appealed to Americans to avoid unnecessary travel and limit social gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday, fearing a further acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic after one of the deadliest weeks in months. A healthcare worker holds a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) informational pamphlet for a resident at a drive-thru testing location in Houston, Texas, U.S., November 20, 2020. “This is faster, it is broader and what worries me - it could be longer,” Birx told CNN. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,” Noem said in a statement on Friday. It now projects 471,000 coronavirus deaths by March 1, up from fewer than 440,000 in its previous forecast.
Persons: Adrees Latif Deborah Birx, ” Birx, , Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Alex Azar, ” California’s, Emily Kandel, “ I’m, ” Kandel, I’m, it’s, Emily Randall, , Kristi Noem, Donald Trump, ” Noem Organizations: CHICAGO, REUTERS, Coronavirus, Force, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, Health, South, Republican, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: U.S, Houston , Texas, United States, COVID, Ohio, Minnesota, Columbus , Ohio, Illinois, Chicago’s, South Dakota
The face-covering mandate marked the latest in a flurry of new restrictions by state and local officials nationwide to tamp down COVID-19 cases soaring with the onset of winter. “Wisconsin hospitals are overwhelmed and facing staffing shortages,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, said in a press release. His state is one of several in the Upper Midwest registering some of the highest rates of positive results from COVID-19 tests. The order, which remains in effect for 60 days, requires everyone to wear masks indoors whenever non-household members are present. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,” Noem said in a statement on Friday.
Persons: Tony Evers, Deborah Birx, Birx, ” Birx, , Pfizer Inc PFE.N, Emily Kandel, “ I’m, ” Kandel, I’m, it’s, Emily Randall, , Kristi Noem, Donald Trump, ” Noem Organizations: Reuters, Wisconsin, White, CNN, Pfizer Inc, Pfizer, BioNTech, South, Republican, The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics Locations: Wisconsin, Midwest, COVID, United States, Ohio, Minnesota, Columbus , Ohio, ” In Illinois, Chicago’s, South Dakota
Protesters file federal lawsuit against Chicago police
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Dozens of protesters sued Chicago’s police chief and several officers on Thursday in federal court accusing them of brutal attacks and false arrests during social justice demonstrations this summer. The 205-page lawsuit that 60 protesters filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois named Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown as a defendant. It claims officers violated protesters’ constitutional rights and it calls for the department to pay them unspecified monetary damages. Some of the demonstrations in Chicago this summer turned violent with rioters destroying property and looters stealing from retail stores. Before the lawsuit, protesters filed more than 520 complaints against Chicago police officers for their conduct during the demonstrations.
Persons: David Brown, George Floyd, Kathleen Fieweger Organizations: CHICAGO, Northern District of, Chicago Police Department, Reuters, Chicago Locations: U.S, Northern District, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago, Minneapolis
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City’s public school district, the largest in the United States, will halt in-person instruction starting Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced, citing soaring coronavirus infection rates there and across the country. Franco, who said he has no one else lined up to care for his 6-year-old son during the school day, is already behind on his monthly car bill and racking up credit card debt. New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, has seen a late-autumn resurgence of the virus after a summertime lull. “Unfortunately, this means public school buildings will be closed as of tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 19, out (of) an abundance of caution,” de Blasio wrote on Twitter. “We must fight back the second wave of COVID-19.”New York City joins other large school districts in cities like Boston and Detroit that have recently canceled in-person learning.
Persons: Bill de Blasio, , Felix Franco, Franco, de Blasio, , Kayleigh McEnany, Ella Fitzgerald, Shannon Stapleton “, I’ve, ” Dr, Tom Inglesby Organizations: YORK, Twitter, U.S . Postal Service, New, , Clark County School District, Las, Nationwide, Health, Wednesday, Metro, North, REUTERS, Fox News, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, CNN, Reuters, U.S, Congress, Democrats Locations: New York, United States, U.S, COVID, New York City, York City, Boston, Detroit, Las Vegas, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Yonkers , New York, coronavirus, hospitalizations, Washington
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed a grim new milestone of 250,000 lives lost on Wednesday, as New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, called a halt to in-classroom instruction, citing a jump in coronavirus infection rates. Franco, who said he had no one else lined up to care for his 6-year-old son during the school day, is already behind on his monthly car bill and racking up credit card debt. Slideshow ( 5 images )New York City has seen a late-autumn resurgence of the virus after a summertime lull. Schools have been following a staggered, part-time system of classroom instruction since September, with 1.1 million students dividing their school week between in-person and online learning. New York joins other large school districts in cities like Boston and Detroit that have recently canceled in-person learning.
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The measures were driven by surging numbers of daily infections, rising hospitalizations and ominous spikes in the rate of COVID-19 diagnostic tests coming back positive. The onset of winter, with people more likely to congregate indoors, will only worsen the trends, experts say. While hopeful a vaccine might soon become available for front-line medical professionals and the most vulnerable, public health experts worry a wintertime surge will overwhelm hospitals in much of the country. “We are in the worst part of this pandemic to date,” Whitmer told a briefing. With many months ahead before an effective vaccine can be administered to the general public, medical experts urged strict adherence to well-known virus mitigation measures like wearing a face covering, frequent hand-washing and maintaining safe social distances.
Persons: Jeff Pothof, , ” Pothof, “ We’ve, Lori Lightfoot, Lightfoot, Gretchen Whitmer, ” Whitmer, Bill de Blasio, “ We’re, ” de Blasio, Dr, Anthony Fauci Organizations: CHICAGO, University of Wisconsin Health, Reuters, University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics, Chicago, MIDWEST, U.S, ABC, America Locations: New York , California, Iowa, Madison, United States, Michigan, Detroit, New York City, Midwest, Iowa , Minnesota, Illinois, U.S
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Outreach worker Bo Deal (L) talks with a gunshot victim Javell Gates, 17, and his father Jervelle Gates, 36, in their home in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., July 30, 2020. Deal recognized the teen’s name - he was friends with his father, Jervelle Gates. He is one of more than 200 outreach workers in Chicago trained in conflict resolution and employed by non-profit organizations. It has been a busy year for Deal and other outreach workers in Chicago. “I’m sweating - I’m that mad,” recalled Jervelle Gates when asked by a Reuters reporter how he felt after his son called.
Persons: Bo Deal, Gates, Jervelle Gates, Brendan O'Brien, Javell Gates, Jervelle, “ I’m, , , George Floyd, “ It’s, Thomas Abt, Lori Lightfoot, Javell’s, Javell, “ Bo, Bo doesn’t, Bo, ” Gates Organizations: CHICAGO, Chicago Outreach, REUTERS, Deal, Metropolitan Family Services, Studies, Minneapolis police, Criminal, Chicago, CHICAGO, Illinois, REUTERS, Metropolitan Family Services Locations: Chicago’s Austin, Chicago , Illinois, U.S, Jervelle Gates, Chicago, Los Angeles , New York, Washington ,, Chicago, Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: Chicago Outreach worker Bo Deal (L) talks with a gunshot victim Javell Gates, 17, and his father Jervelle Gates, 36, in their home in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., July 30, 2020. Deal recognized the teen’s name - he was friends with his father, Jervelle Gates. He is one of more than 200 outreach workers in Chicago trained in conflict resolution and employed by non-profit organizations. It has been a busy year for Deal and other outreach workers in Chicago. “I’m sweating - I’m that mad,” recalled Jervelle Gates when asked by a Reuters reporter how he felt after his son called.
Persons: Bo Deal, Gates, Jervelle Gates, Brendan O'Brien, Javell Gates, Jervelle, “ I’m, , , George Floyd, “ It’s, Thomas Abt, Lori Lightfoot, Javell’s, Javell, “ Bo, Bo doesn’t, Bo, ” Gates Organizations: CHICAGO, Chicago Outreach, REUTERS, Deal, Metropolitan Family Services, Studies, Minneapolis police, Criminal, Chicago, CHICAGO, Illinois, REUTERS, Metropolitan Family Services Locations: Chicago’s Austin, Chicago , Illinois, U.S, Jervelle Gates, Chicago, Los Angeles , New York, Washington ,, Chicago, Los Angeles
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