California broke its own records in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
One hospital even had to turn its parking garage into a makeshift surgical hospital.
In Massachusetts, a newly reopened field hospital is admitting more patients than expected.
Pennsylvania is banning all events with more than 50 people as well as suspending indoor dining beginning Saturday.
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Here are more of today’s headlines:
Indoor dining to shut down again in NYC starting Monday
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that indoor dining would be shut down in New York City starting on Monday.
Many restaurant owners have said that if forced to shut down again they aren’t sure they will be able to survive the winter.
New Color Zone Rules in NY
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new rules to trigger the various coronavirus restrictions and color zones in New York State.
A “Red zone” with NY Pause will go into effect if a region is 21 days from 90% hospital capacity.
An “Orange zone” will be determined if a region is over 4% positivity over the past 10 days, or 85% hospital capacity or DOH determines an unacceptably high rate of growth in hospital admissions.
A “Yellow zone” is when there is 3% positivity over the past 10 days and a cluster is topping 10% for hospital admissions per capita over the past week, and there is week over week growth in daily admissions.
COVID testing begins at LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport is starting a new COVID testing program Friday. New York City’s Test and Trace Corps is also now offering rapid COVID testing right on the first level of the Terminal B parking garage.
They can do 250 tests a day with results in as little as 15 minutes. The launch comes after New York set a record of more than 500,000 tests in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
Clorox disinfectant wipes shortage likely to last until mid-2021
A top Clorox executive says the shortage of disinfectant wipes will likely last until midway through 2021. This is the third time this year that the Oakland-based company has pushed back to the timeline for easing nationwide shortages. In May, Clorox officials said they expected improvement by the Summer. Then in August, Clorox said restocking store shelves would take until the end of the year.
The company blames the recent surge in COVID-19 cases for creating a demand that’s impossible to match.
Stimulus update: Emerging $900B COVID-19 aid package has all but collapsed
An emerging $900 billion COVID-19 aid package from a bipartisan group of lawmakers has all but collapsed after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republican senators won’t support $160 billion in state and local funds as part of a potential trade-off in the deal.
McConnell’s staff conveyed to top negotiators Thursday that the GOP leader sees no path to an agreement on a key aspect of the lawmakers’ existing proposal – a slimmed-down version of the liability shield he is seeking for companies and organizations facing potential COVID-19 lawsuits – in exchange for the state and local funds that Democrats want.
The GOP leader criticized “controversial state bailouts” during a speech in the Senate, as he insists on a more targeted aid package.
Pay the bills or buy Christmas presents? A furloughed mother’s dilemma as unemployment benefit deadline looms
Angela Kearney’s living room is filled with Christmas decorations. The lights on her tree illuminate her most prized ornaments. The room looks festive, but the mood is filled with dread. Kearney has been furloughed from her job as a paralegal since March and her pandemic unemployment benefits run out in January — like they will for 12 million other Americans — unless Congress extends them.
The mother of five, who still has three children living at home, currently receives $300 a week in unemployment benefits — which she says is not enough to cover her bills.
NYC announces Vaccine Command Center
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new Vaccine Command Center. It will provide outreach to communities, give information on metrics, will have real-time troubleshooting and rapid response, and continually works to building public trust. Meantime the city reported 205 daily hospital admissions. This was the first day over the threshold of 200. The 7-day positivity average is 5.35%.
Azar announces FDA set to grant approval for Pfizer on GMA
The FDA has announced it will grant emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar broke the news live on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The FDA released a statement at the same time.
“Following yesterday’s positive advisory committee meeting outcome regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has informed the sponsor that it will rapidly work toward finalization and issuance of an emergency use authorization,” the statement said.
“The agency has also notified the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Operation Warp Speed, so they can execute their plans for timely vaccine distribution,” the statement continued.
COVID testing begins at LaGuardia Airport
LaGuardia Airport is starting a new COVID testing program Friday. New York City’s Test and Trace Corps is also now offering rapid COVID testing right on the first level of the Terminal B parking garage. They can do 250 tests a day with results in as little as 15 minutes. The launch comes after New York set a record of more than 500,000 tests in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.
Know your NYC COVID Zone
You can find your COVID zone at NYC.gov/covidzone.
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