Kristi Noem’s grandmother died in nursing home hit by COVID-19

  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s 98-year-old grandmother Aldys Arnold died on November 22. 
  • She was living at a nursing home in Estelline, South Dakota, where 12 residents died from COVID-19-related causes between November 14 and November 28, the facility’s administrator Mike Ward told the Daily Beast.
  • Arnold tested negative for COVID-19 before her death.
  • Noem has downplayed the seriousness of COVID-19 for months and has not put a mask mandate in place to help prevent the spread of the virus in the state. 
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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem’s grandmother died in a nursing home hit by COVID-19 in November, as the politician continued to downplay the seriousness of the virus and avoided putting a mask mandate in place despite a rising case count in the state.

Noem’s 98-year-old grandmother Aldys Arnold tested negative for COVID-19 before she died on November 22, but 12

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Federal Advisory Committee To Vote On COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Groups : Shots

Several COVID-19 vaccines are being studied in trials around the country. Once the Food and Drug Administration authorizes a vaccine for use, health leaders must decide which groups of people get to receive the vaccine first.

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Several COVID-19 vaccines are being studied in trials around the country. Once the Food and Drug Administration authorizes a vaccine for use, health leaders must decide which groups of people get to receive the vaccine first.

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A federal advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is voting Tuesday to recommend guidelines on who should get COVID-19 vaccines first once one is authorized for use.

The 15 voting members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, along with representatives from federal science agencies and the health care industry, are participating in an emergency

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Stay at home, Hong Kong leader urges as COVID-19 surges anew

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial hub scrambles to contain a new rise in COVID-19 cases.

Lam was speaking at her weekly press conference a day after the government announced tighter measures to curb the spread of the disease which will see group gatherings restricted to two people and most civil servants working from home.

Schools across the territory will close for the rest of the year from Wednesday.

“The new wave of the epidemic is very severe and every citizen has to strictly uphold discipline. The upcoming two weeks is very critical,” Lam said. “Please stay at home, especially the elderly, and also avoid social gatherings.”

The worsening situation in Hong Kong also prompted the government to extend the postponement of an air-travel bubble

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California governor warns of stay-at-home order if COVID-19 trends continue

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California is imposing an overnight curfew on most residents as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases that it fears could tax its health care system. (Nov. 19)

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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday warned a stay-at-home order could soon be implemented in counties with widespread COVID-19 transmission if they continue to see a surge of new cases that could potentially overwhelm local hospital systems.

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state increased 89% while COVID-19 patient admissions into intensive care unit beds increased 67%. But that rise is just the tip of the iceberg, officials said. 

“We anticipate another large increase in cases within the next one to two weeks from Thanksgiving activities and gatherings,” Newsom said.

Already, 51 of the state’s 58 counties are in the most restrictive purple tier of the state’s four-tiered, color-coded framework. Nine

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Hong Kong leader reiterates call to stay at home to curb spread of COVID-19

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam attends a weekly news conference following a rise in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Hong Kong, China December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Joyce Zhou

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday again urged residents of the densely populated city to stay at home and avoid unnecessary family gatherings as the global financial hub scrambles to contain a rise in coronavirus cases.

Lam was speaking at her weekly press conference a day after the government announced tighter measures to curb the spread of the disease that will see group gatherings restricted to two people and most civil servants working from home.

Schools across the territory will close for the rest of the year from Wednesday.

Hong Kong has seen a rise in COVID-19 cases after weeks of reporting single-digit or low double digit numbers, but it has so far avoided a complete lockdown

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San Francisco 49ers will play “home” games in Arizona after COVID-19 rules ban team from playing at Levi’s Stadium

New local regulations taking effect will force the San Francisco 49ers to play their December home games in Arizona, the team announced Monday. The move comes as the NFL has grappled with several coronavirus-related issues over the last week, which included the postponed Thanksgiving Day game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens. 

The 49ers said they’ve reached an agreement with the NFL and Arizona Cardinals allowing them to host games against the Buffalo Bills (December 7) and Washington Football Team (December 13) at State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals’ home field. 

“The Cardinals organization, State Farm Stadium and League officials have been supportive and accommodating as we work through the many logistical issues involved in relocating NFL games,” the team said. Future team practice arrangements will be announced at a later time. 

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise, health officials announced over the weekend that all contact sports

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San Francisco 49ers to play next two ‘home’ games in Arizona after Santa Clara COVID-19 restrictions

General view of action between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

General view of action between the Arizona Cardinals and the Buffalo Bills during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.

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After a slew of new COVID-19 restrictions in Santa Clara County, where Levi’s Stadium is located, the San Francisco 49ers are heading south for their next few “home games.”

On Monday morning, the Niners announced they would be playing their Week 13 game against the Buffalo Bills and their Week 14 game against the Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. That stadium is where the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco’s division rivals in the NFC West, host their own home contests.

The Cardinals are slated to play their Week 13 game at State Farm Stadium, but that matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is on Sunday, while the 49ers will play the Bills on Monday. The Cardinals

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GOP aide sent home from Colorado Legislature had COVID-19

DENVER (AP) — As Colorado’s Democrat-led Legislature convened Monday for a special session, a GOP staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 attended a morning House session and was sent home.

In response to the incident, Colorado House Speaker KC Becker, a Democrat from Boulder, called it a “reckless breach” of the Capitol’s safety protocols.

“The minority’s dangerous disregard for simple and effective protections and this staffer’s presence on the floor has placed the health of every lawmaker and member of staff at risk as we meet to pass critical legislation to help Coloradans get through this crisis,” Becker said.

House Republican leader Hugh McKean said that the Republican aide was cleared by a physician to work in person.

“After consulting with the Aide and finding that the test was performed on November 17th and cleared to return to work in person on the 24th, there should be minimal concern

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How do you welcome home a college student amid COVID-19?

My daughter came home for the holidays. In response to COVID-19, her university had moved up the fall semester to ensure all classes and exams would end before Thanksgiving. That means we are now in winter break.

Were this a standard year, we would have celebrated her return by going out to dinner, perhaps to our favorite neighborhood sushi bar. Instead, the sushi bar was a non-starter, and my daughter marked her arrival by rapid testing for the coronavirus — the results came back negative — and retreating to her room to quarantine. After another negative test, we agreed that she could come out as long as everyone remained masked. After a third, the masks came down.

Those first days, though, when I had yet to spend any real time with her, my wife and I delivered meals and retrieved the dishes when she was done. We washed our hands.

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Everyone who met family over Thanksgiving should assume they have COVID-19, get tested, and wear a mask at home, White House advisor Dr. Deborah Birx said



Deborah Birx wearing a suit and tie: Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Joshua Roberts/Getty Images


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  • Americans who met with family they don’t live with over Thanksgiving should assume they have COVID-19 and get tested, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force has said.
  • Thanksgiving gatherings could cause a fourth surge of the virus, or a wave within a wave, Dr. Deborah Birx told CBS on Sunday.
  • Families should also wear masks indoors “if they chose to gather during Thanksgiving and others went across the country or even into the next state,” Birx said.
  • Millions of families across the US gathered to celebrate the holiday. The day before Thanksgiving was the busiest day for air travel since March 16.
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Everyone who traveled over Thanksgiving to meet with family should assume they have COVID-19 and get tested in

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