Officers in Hawaii urged the general public to keep away from Tremendous Bowl events and introduced a extra transmissible COVID-19 variant was present in Oahu.
Hawaii’s Division of Well being introduced an Oahu resident with no historical past of journey contracted the B.1.1.7 variant that first emerged in the UK. An in depth contact additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“We aren’t helpless in opposition to this variant,” stated Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “We are able to combat it doing these easy, on a regular basis issues. We aren’t helpless in opposition to this extremely transmissible variant.”
He added, “Please restrict your Tremendous Bowl viewing events to family members.”
Later this month in California, greater than 1,000 energetic responsibility troops will start supporting vaccination websites round the US, White Home senior COVID-19 advisor Andy Slavitt introduced Friday. He stated Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin OK’ed the transfer and troops’ mission in California would being inside 10 days.
Additionally Friday, the Democratic-controlled Home of Representatives voted almost alongside celebration traces Friday to approve a key procedural step paving the way in which for the Home to cross President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 reduction invoice to cross the chamber as early as the top of the month.
COVID-19 has killed greater than 456,000 Individuals, and infections have continued to mount regardless of the introduction of a pair of vaccines late in 2020. USA TODAY is monitoring the information. Hold refreshing this web page for the most recent updates. Join our Coronavirus Watch publication for updates to your inbox, be part of our Fb group or scroll means of our in-depth solutions to reader questions.
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►An absence of knowledge is additional masking vaccination rollout transparency, well being fairness researchers say, and the information deficit is hurting these most susceptible. To date, solely 16 states are releasing vaccination counts race and ethnicity, and the information is incomplete.
►Whereas the U.S. economic system is much from healed from the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, many completely laid-off staff are discovering new jobs and infrequently for extra pay and at greater ranges than their earlier positions, in response to a current survey Skynova.
►The Ohio-based grocery store chain Kroger stated Friday it would pay its workers a one-time $100 cost to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
►The FDA’s advisory committee will meet Feb. 26 to debate Johnson & Johnson’s utility for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, the company introduced Thursday.
►The White Home is learning a proposal to ship masks to all Individuals, a notion the Trump administration thought-about however discarded. “There are a number of choices on the desk to assist defend extra Individuals from the coronavirus and encourage folks to masks up,” White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated Thursday, including that no choice has been made on the thought.
► A British teen who slipped into coma earlier than COVID-19 grew to become a pandemic is now displaying indicators of enchancment, regaining consciousness in a world a lot completely different from the one he knew.
📈 Right this moment’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 26.8 million confirmed coronavirus circumstances and greater than 459,000 deaths, in response to Johns Hopkins College knowledge. The worldwide totals: Greater than 105.four million circumstances and a pair of.3 million deaths. Greater than 58.Three million vaccine doses have been distributed within the U.S. and about 36.Eight million have been administered, in response to the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: One masks supplies good safety in opposition to spreading the coronavirus, however two masks may provide extra. Learn the total story.
Coronavirus circumstances drop at US properties for aged and infirm
Coronavirus circumstances have dropped at U.S. nursing properties and different long-term care amenities over the previous few weeks, providing a glimmer of hope that well being officers attribute to the beginning of vaccinations, an easing of the post-holiday surge and higher prevention, amongst different causes.
Greater than 153,000 residents of the nation’s nursing properties and assisted residing facilities have died of COVID-19, accounting for 36% of the U.S. pandemic dying toll, in response to the COVID Monitoring Mission. Most of the roughly 2 million individuals who reside at such amenities stay lower off from family members due to the chance of an infection. The virus nonetheless kills 1000’s of them weekly.
The general pattern for long-term care residents is enhancing, although, with fewer new circumstances recorded and fewer amenities reporting outbreaks. Coupled with higher figures for the nation general, it is trigger for optimism even when it is too early to declare victory.
Iowa governor lifting masks necessities efficient Sunday
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will raise the state’s restricted masks requirement on Sunday, together with the social distance and different limitations she had in place for companies and social gatherings.
Her newest coronavirus emergency proclamation, issued Friday afternoon and efficient 12:01 a.m. Sunday, as a substitute “strongly encourages Iowans, companies and organizations to take cheap public well being measures in line with steerage from the Iowa Division of Public Well being,” Reynolds’ spokesperson Pat Garrett stated.
Since mid-November, Reynolds, a Republican, has required Iowans two years of age and older to put on masks in the event that they had been in indoor areas and spent 15 minutes or extra inside 6 toes of an individual not of their households. The rule carried a number of exceptions. Her earlier proclamation additionally required social distancing between teams at bars, eating places, casinos, health facilities and different institutions, in addition to at social gatherings and sporting occasions.
Masks violations on planes, trains, buses may lead to fines as much as $1,500
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) introduced Friday that it’s going to advocate fines starting from $250 to $1,500 for individuals who don’t abide the brand new transportation masks order issued President Joe Biden on his second day in workplace.
The company stated it may additionally “search a sanction quantity that falls exterior these ranges,” within the announcement and famous the upper fines would apply to repeat offenders.
Biden’s order requires folks to put on masks in airports, bus and prepare terminals and on trains, planes, buses and public transportation.
TSA has been charged with implementing Biden’s govt order and subsequent Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mask-wearing guidelines that took impact Feb. 1 and constructed on the order.
Though the TSA is mostly related to airport checkpoints, fines will apply to offenders throughout these varied transportation sorts. TSA stated on Twitter the company has “supplied transportation system operators particular steerage on the right way to report violations in order that TSA might problem penalties to those that refuse to put on a face masks.”
– Julia Thompson
FDA will draft steerage to work with vaccine, drug and testing corporations on COVID-19 variants
The U.S. Meals and Drug Administration introduced late Thursday that it’s growing steerage to assist vaccine, drug and testing producers adapt to the rising menace of COVID-19 variants.
The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention reported a minimum of 618 circumstances of the coronavirus variants from the UK, Brazil and South Africa throughout 33 states.
Current vaccines, remedies and exams nonetheless work nicely, emphasised the FDA’s appearing commissioner Janet Woodcock. However now could be the time to prepare for a future when they might not.
“We should put together for all eventualities,” she stated in a name with reporters.
– Karen Weintraub
Contributing: Ryan Miller and Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY; The Related Press