Los Angeles issues stay-home order as coronavirus surges – POLITICO

Los Angeles County announced a new stay-home order Friday as coronavirus cases surge out of control in the nation’s most populous county.

The three-week order takes effect Monday. It came as the county confirmed 24 new deaths and 4,544 new cases of COVID-19. The five-day average of new cases was 4,751.

Nearly 2,000 people in the county are hospitalized.“We know we are asking a lot from so many who have been sacrificing for months on end,” Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said. “Acting with collective urgency right now is essential if we want to put a stop to this surge.”The order advises residents to stay home “as much as possible” and to wear a face covering when they go out. It bans people from gathering with people who aren’t in their households, whether publicly or privately.

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Steelers practice canceled as team awaits NFL decision on game Sunday vs. Ravens | TribLIVE.com

Coach Mike Tomlin canceled practice for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday as the team awaits a decision from the NFL on whether the game Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens will be played.

The game is in danger of being postponed for a second time because of the coronavirus outbreak in the Ravens locker room.

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12 staff members at Westmoreland Manor test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

Since Sept. 19, the number of residents testing positive stands at 152; the number of staff with positive test results has reached 60, according to Assistant Administrator Abby Testa. Six residents have died of covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic.

Westmoreland County set a new daily record for cases on Wednesday, when 273 new coronavirus cases were added. In the past 15 days, the county has seen more covid cases (2,728) than all of October and September combined (2,657).

The county saw another seven covid-related deaths added on Wednesday — setting a new record seven-day total of 41 deaths. To date, Westmoreland has seen 179 fatalities because of the coronavirus.

Source: 12 staff members at Westmoreland Manor test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

Black Friday looks different for Pittsburgh-area shoppers this year

Black Friday looks different in Pittsburgh this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were fewer Black Friday shoppers early in the morning and less lines, though some did venture out in search of deals.

Malls and stores made changes to their hours this year, opening later or staying closed on Thanksgiving.

Many are also offering more sales online to encourage consumers to do shopping from home.

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Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game postponed to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. on Channel 11 after COVID-19 cases

The Steelers-Ravens game that was set to air on Channel 11 on Thanksgiving has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Baltimore players and staff.

Source: Steelers-Ravens Thanksgiving game postponed to Sunday at 1:15 p.m. on Channel 11 after COVID-19 cases

Greensburg restaurant adapting, plans indoor farmers market

GREENSBURG, Pa. —A Greensburg restaurant owner is continuing her mission to adapt to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Lisa Hegedus has owned Caffe Barista for 23 years. This year, she was forced to adapt quickly when the coronavirus pandemic hit in March.

“We developed a box meal program, we delivered to all essential workers and offered curbside pickup,” Hegedus said.

The business is located across the street from the Westmoreland County Courthouse and has always relied on foot traffic. With her catering business taking a hit, Hegedus focused more on getting individual meals to customers.

“You have to pivot your business,” Hegedus said. “If you don’t look at the way things are happening around you and adapt to them, you’re not going to stay open.”

Now, Hegedus is planning to pivot again with an indoor farmers market in her store, starting early next year. The goal is for customers to be able to pick up fresh produce and dairy products, while still offering the food and beverages customers are used to.

“We’re just adding a new dimension to what we already offer. It brings more people into town shopping at all the other businesses,” Hegedus said. “We’re very thankful for everything, for all of our customers the 23 years we’ve been here, and hopefully another 23 more.”

Hegedus said work on the new setup is set to get underway soon, with the goal of having the farmers market open in the early months of 2021.

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Europe Covid: WHO says continent was largest contributor to new deaths in the past week – CNN

Europe remained the biggest global contributor to new Covid-19 cases and deaths in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, despite signs that stricter measures against the spread of the virus are starting to have an impact.

(CNN)Europe remained the biggest global contributor to new Covid-19 cases and deaths in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, despite signs that stricter measures against the spread of the virus are starting to have an impact.

The European region accounted for 44% of global new cases and 49% of global new deaths in the past week, according to the latest weekly WHO report, released Tuesday.
While the number of new cases in the region is declining on a weekly basis, the number of deaths is still rising, with 32,684 new fatalities reported in the previous seven days.
This update comes as countries across the continent grapple with how to allow people to celebrate upcoming holidays, including Christmas, and mitigate the economic pain to businesses while countering the pandemic.

Source: Europe Covid: WHO says continent was largest contributor to new deaths in the past week – CNN

Live Updates: China says it found COVID-19 on packaging of frozen imports | Fox News

China has increased the testing of frozen foods after the country said it has repeatedly discovered the coronavirus on imported products and their packaging,

The most recent instance saw frozen shrimp imported from an Ecuadorian company banned for one week on Tuesday

Studies have shown the virus can survive for a time on cardboard and plastic containers, but it remains unclear how serious a risk that poses.

FAST FACTS

    • Packaging first became a major issue with outbreaks in China linked to wholesale food markets
    • China pushed back against the U.S. which has questioned whether the country’s crackdown is scientifically based

Studies have shown the virus can survive for a time on cardboard and plastic containers, but it remains unclear how serious a risk that poses.

Source: Live Updates: China says it found COVID-19 on packaging of frozen imports | Fox News

Increase of last-minute shoppers at Pittsburgh grocery stores

PITTSBURGH —Thanksgiving looks a little bit different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shoppers at Waterworks Market District in Pittsburgh grabbed turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie filling, but they also got items such as toilet paper and paper towels that are in high demand.Giant Eagle workers said last-minute holiday shoppers, combined with what they call “panic shoppers” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create an increase of shoppers in grocery stores.

But they said workers are strictly following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, have put safety measures in place such as plexiglass shields, and are using alternate vendors to keep what shoppers need on hand.

“Going into these busy winter months, we were prepared, and we have everything our guests need to feel safe and secure and stocked up in their homes,” Giant Eagle spokesperson Jannah Jablonowski said.

Many people said they are having smaller turkey dinners because they are celebrating with just their immediate family to stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We tried to plan ahead for that. We figured we would get a lot of those smaller sized frozen and fresh turkeys, stock up on those breasts and just make sure we have a lot of options across the store,” said Jablonowski.

Other shoppers are changing the menu altogether.

“Doing something a little different. We’re going to have London broil for Thanksgiving dinner,” shopper Harvey Adams said.

Some shoppers are buying prepared meals for minimal work in the kitchen.

Giant Eagle said that, along with sanitizing carts between uses, the store is also hiring more workers, especially with its curbside service picking up because of the pandemic.

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