Bay Area health officers recommend masking indoors; region has highest infection rate in California

Bay Area health officers recommend masking indoors; region has highest infection rate in California Twelve Bay Area health officers on Friday recommended that people wear masks indoors amidst a new swell of COVID cases and hospitalizations. The Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID infection rates fueled by omicron subvariants, according to a joint news … Read more

Pandemic-era asylum limits in hands of federal judge | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL – Associated Press LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (AP) — An attorney arguing for 24 states urged a federal judge Friday to block Biden administration plans to lift pandemic-related restrictions on migrants requesting asylum, saying the decision was made without sufficient consideration on the effects the move could have on public health and law enforcement. … Read more

Nassau, Suffolk have high levels of COVID-19 spread, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday elevated both Nassau and Suffolk counties’ “community level” risk of COVID-19 transmission to high, with public health officials now urging Long Islanders to wear a mask indoors in all public locations. The change, which puts Long Island in the most high-risk designation, comes amid a steady … Read more

Most of SE Michigan at high level of COVID-19 community transmission

(WXYZ) — The Centers for Disease Control has updated the COVID-19 community risk level, placing nearly all of Southeastern Michigan in the high-risk of community transmission level. The updated map places Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair counties at the high-risk level. Monroe and Lenawee counties are at the medium risk of community … Read more

Is Paxlovid, the Covid Pill, Reaching Those Who Most Need It?

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As the nation largely abandons mask mandates, physical distancing, and other covid-19 prevention strategies, elected officials and health departments alike are now championing antiviral pills. But the federal government isn’t saying how many people have received these potentially lifesaving drugs or … Read more

Arguments set on whether pandemic asylum restriction can end | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEVIN McGILL – Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge hears arguments Friday on whether the Biden administration can lift pandemic-related restrictions on immigrants requesting asylum later this month. Migrants have been expelled more than 1.8 million times since March 2020 under federal Title 42 authority, which has denied migrants a chance … Read more

Democrats hit GOP attorney general with ethics complaint | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By BRUCE SCHREINER – Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — One day after launching his campaign for Kentucky governor, Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron was hit with a formal complaint Thursday alleging he violated ethics laws by investigating the Democratic governor he now wants to unseat. The complaint filed by the Kentucky Democratic Party requests … Read more

Travel is back: Dubai airport logs busiest quarter in years | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ISABEL DEBRE – Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport, the world’s busiest for international travel, reported on Thursday it handled over 13.6 million passengers in the first three months of 2022 — more than double last year’s number in a clear sign that a long -awaited travel revival has … Read more

New data show rise in deaths among vulnerable members of vaccinated population who haven’t been boosted

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A growing proportion of COVID-related deaths are occurring among the vaccinated, a new ABC News analysis finds. In August of 2021, about 19% of COVID-19 deaths were occurring among the vaccinated. Six months later, that number increased to more than 40%. In part, that may be because not enough vaccinated people, … Read more