Utah health department orders 1st round of COVID-19 vaccines


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s health department on Thursday placed the state’s first order for coronavirus vaccines that could arrive as early as mid-December.

Doses will be shipped directly to hospitals in Utah as soon as the Food and Drug Administration issues its final approvals, the agency posted on Twitter. Health officials did not provide any additional information.

The first doses in Utah will go to front-line workers such as doctors and nurses in emergency departments, urgent care facilities and COVID-19 units, as well as housekeeping workers, said Dr. Jeanmarie Mayer, chief of infection prevention at the University of Utah Health hospital.

“It’s just so incredibly important to make sure that we keep our health care systems intact and able to care for the most vulnerable in our populations,” Mayer told reporters.

Public health experts have warned that if people do not follow masking and social distancing guidance, COVID-19

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Los Angeles mayor orders residents to stay home to avert a ‘dreaded scenario’


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a Los Angeles County Health Department press conference on the novel coronavirus, (COVID-19)on March 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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The mayor of Los Angeles warned on Wednesday the city was nearing “a devastating tipping point” and ordered residents to stay in their homes and avoid social gatherings in new lockdown measures to rein in a surge in Covid-19 infections.

His order limits nearly all social gatherings of people from more than a single household, mirroring a directive by county health officials last week, but exempts religious services and protests protected by the constitution.

“Our City is now close to a devastating tipping point, beyond which the number of hospitalized patients would start to overwhelm our hospital system, in turn risking needless suffering and death,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said late on Wednesday.

Los Angeles is the

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China orders inspections to prevent COVID spread via cold chain


FILE PHOTO: Frozen fish is seen at the seafood section of a supermarket following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Beijing, China November 26, 2020. Picture taken November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is carrying out sweeping inspections on food importers, supermarkets, e-commerce platforms and restaurants to prevent the spread of coronavirus through imported cold chain products, the country’s market regulator said on Wednesday.

“The current epidemic prevention and control situation is still complex and austere, and the risk of the disease entering through imported cold chain links is continuously rising as the exchange of international personnel and goods increases,” State Administration for Market Regulation said in a statement on its website.

While China has already stepped up testing and disinfection of imported frozen products at ports and in local markets, driving up costs and curbing demand, the latest comments from Beijing showed inspections on cold chain

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Coronavirus outbreak reported after a California youth basketball tournament violated health orders


A youth basketball tournament in Rocklin, Calif., has been identified as the source of a coronavirus outbreak that has infected dozens of people, say Placer County health officials.

The county alleges that the owners of the Courtside Basketball Center refused to cancel tournaments and games, despite “being advised such operations are not allowed and with full knowledge that COVID-19 cases have been associated with activities at the facility.”

The tournament took place at the center at 1104 Tinker Road in unincorporated Rocklin, Calif., on Nov. 7 and 8.

The county reports that 30 people from multiple counties have tested positive for the virus following that event.


A director at Courtside, Olajuwon Jones, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the positive cases all came from the same team and he believes they were sick before playing in the tournament.

In September, Placer County Public Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson resigned after

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Salem gyms open, could face fines by defying Oregon COVID-19 orders


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Dr. Esther Choo speaks on the dangers of medical facilities reaching capacity if Oregonians do not heed new restrictions imposed by Gov. Brown’s two-week freeze statewide.

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Courthouse Club Fitness went forward with its promise to defy Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s order for gyms to close on Wednesday, with all five of its locations open across Salem and Keizer. 

Flex Fitness, a family-owned gym on Commercial Street, also stayed open. 

Both gyms said they wouldn’t survive the economic hit of a second shutdown, but they could also end up facing major fines.  

Brown’s order required all gym and fitness centers to close as part of a two-week “freeze” aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, which has spiked in recent weeks. 

Any business willfully staying open, in defiance of the order, could face a minimum fine of $8,900 and maximum penalty of $126,749, according to the Oregon Occupational Safety

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Oregon orders partial shutdown to slow spread of COVID-19


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Dr. Esther Choo speaks on the dangers of medical facilities reaching capacity if Oregonians do not heed new restrictions imposed by Gov. Brown’s two-week freeze statewide.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered a two-week “freeze” to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The statewide restrictions run from Nov. 18 through Dec. 2, and include the Thanksgiving holiday. They will limit restaurants to take-out only; close gyms, museums and outdoor recreational facilities; limit capacity at stores; and limit social get-togethers even in private homes.

They will continue for at least two additional weeks into mid-December for Multnomah County, and could also continue in other hotspot counties, Brown said during a news conference Friday. Marion County is among the areas considered hotspots. 

“The dreaded winter surge is here. Infection records are being set in states across the entire country,” Brown said. “Whether we like it or not, we’re about to face

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