COVID’s cognitive costs? Some patients’ brains may age 10 years | Reuters

People recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases of the infection linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain ageing by 10 years, researchers warned on Tuesday.

Source: COVID’s cognitive costs? Some patients’ brains may age 10 years | Reuters

State Police Issue 8 Warnings, 1 Notice Of Violation To Local Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders – CBS Pittsburgh

During coronavirus compliance checks, state police issued one notice of violation and eight warnings to Pittsburgh-area licensed liquor establishments.

Source: State Police Issue 8 Warnings, 1 Notice Of Violation To Local Establishments Not Following Coronavirus Orders – CBS Pittsburgh

China reports largest new cluster of coronavirus cases

China has reported its biggest cluster of asymptomatic coronavirus cases in nearly seven months — which it uncovered during a drive to test 4.7 million people after the discovery of a single infection.

Authorities in the Kashgar area of Xinjiang went into a partial lockdown almost as soon as a 17-year-old girl who works at a garment factory tested positive during routine weekly tests, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

By Sunday afternoon, more than 2.8 million residents had been tested — with the rest expected to be completed by Tuesday.

The initial results showed 137 positive infections, with another 26 by Monday, Xinhua said. All 163 infected were asymptomatic — the highest number since China began reporting such daily counts on April 1.

The infected teen’s immediate family all tested negative, even though the cluster of cases appeared to be based at a different factory where her parents work, the South China Post reported. Yet all 831 workers at the factory where the girl works all tested negative, the report said.

The scale and speed of the testing highlighted the dramatic push by China to stamp out the contagion. Earlier this month, the port city of Qingdao tested its entire population of 9 million after just 12 cases were detected.

While the pandemic originated in Wuhan, China claims to have had fewer than 100,000 cases and less than 5,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data — although its relatively low numbers have been met with skepticism.

Source: China reports largest new cluster of coronavirus cases

‘Rent erosion’ hits DC’s apartment market | WTOP

Apartment rents in the D.C. area remain some of the highest in the nation — but they’re slowly coming down as landlords seek to lure tenants as people move out to Canada during the pandemic.

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As it stands now, D.C. ranks seventh highest among big cities for rent — averaging just over $2,100 a month across all apartment sizes in September. However, that is down 1.6% from the average rent a year ago.

Real estate firm Zillow reports that reflects what is happening in mostly large, expensive cities across the nation. Rent erosion has landlords responding to a drop in demand and rising vacancies by lowering rental rates.

Source: ‘Rent erosion’ hits DC’s apartment market | WTOP

Grocery stores are preparing for a second wave of panic buying — you should, too

The hoarding began slowly in spring as forward-thinking shoppers snapped up masks and hand sanitizer. But once Americans realized the pandemic was serious, they emptied stores of just about everything, from toilet paper to canned soup.

With an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases this fall, panic buying could return as worries of a second lockdown spread. Retailers say they’re already seeing the signs and are hopeful they’ll be ready.

Source: Grocery stores are preparing for a second wave of panic buying — you should, too

Pittsburgh Public Schools plans transition to hybrid learning model next month

Families will be able to chose to switch to the hybrid model or continue with remote learning full-time.

Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet said about 6,000 students will continues learning completely online, roughly 25%of the student body.

Hybrid learning model will begin on Nov. 9

Source: Pittsburgh Public Schools plans transition to hybrid learning model next month

Residents at North Huntingdon care facility test positive for covid-19 | TribLIVE.com

Several residents at a North Huntingdon care facility tested positive for covid-19 this month, officials announced Wednesday night.

Transitions Healthcare posted on their Facebook page that 60 residents had contracted coronavirus in October. Nine of those residents have since recovered and officials said they “anticipate and hope that 51 of the residents will be resolved of all symptoms as of next week.”

Officials at the facility, located on Barnes Lake Road, were not available for comment early Thursday morning.

According to their Facebook post, the cases were discovered following required weekly testing, a measure that was put in place as coronavirus cases in Westmoreland County began to increase. Tests were previously conducted monthly.

Source: Residents at North Huntingdon care facility test positive for covid-19 | TribLIVE.com

Governor Tom Wolf to visit Pittsburgh to announce support for restaurant and bar industry

Visit planned for Thursday afternoon

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf plans to visit Pittsburgh Thursday to announce additional support for the restaurant and bar industry amid the COVID

Wolf will be joined by state Reps. Dan Deasy, Ed Gainey and Jake Wheatley, as well as state Sen. Wayne Fontana, when he makes the announcement on Thursday afternoon

Source: Governor Tom Wolf to visit Pittsburgh to announce support for restaurant and bar industry

Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

The district said it was notified at 1 p.m. Tuesday that one additional high school student and one additional middle school student tested positive for COVID-19.

The district said a total of 12 high school students have tested positive since Monday, Oct. 12.

The high school will reopen on Monday, Oct. 26 for students of group “A.”

The district said free meals can continue to be picked up at the high school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily. High school athletics are canceled for the remainder of this week.

Click here to read the full letter from the district.

Elementary parents, please follow this link to access a survey indicating if you would like your child to receive a
district-issued Chromebook for remote instruction. Please complete this form no later than Friday, October 23,
2020, by 4:00 PM so that Chromebooks can be prepared for distribution in the event of remote instruction.

Source: Hempfield Area High School to close for remainder of week due to additional COVID-19 cases

Greensburg City Hall closed this week due to suspected coronavirus case | TribLIVE.com

Greensburg City Hall is closed this week due to a suspected coronavirus infection of a city employee, Councilman Randy Finfrock said.

“Just as an abundance of caution we’re deep cleaning City Hall, and we’ll be back in business Monday,” he said.

Officials closed the building Tuesday afternoon.

A city employee was feeling ill and took a coronavirus test, but the results have not been confirmed.

Source: Greensburg City Hall closed this week due to suspected coronavirus case | TribLIVE.com

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Westmoreland County

State and local health officials have not pointed to any events or activities as the reason behind the current surge in cases.

With 86 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday, Westmoreland County is continuing to see its largest surge in cases since the pandemic began.

The county has averaged a daily total of more than 65 cases for the past week. The state Department of Health is also reporting 35 people are hospitalized in the county, with four people requiring ventilators.

“I think people let their guard down,” said Dr. Carol Fox, chief medical officer for Excela Health. “I think we went through a phase where there were not a lot of positive cases, and individuals felt more comfortable being without their mask.”

Fox said right now there are no concerns about hospital capacity within the Excela Health system, adding that many cases are not severe.

“We do have less individuals requiring ventilators and intensive care units,” Fox said. “That being said, they are sick enough to be in the hospital and that’s something to be concerned about.”

COVID-19 cases have impacted more than a half dozen school districts in Westmoreland County and outbreaks are currently ongoing at Westmoreland Manor senior care center and the Westmoreland County prison.

Fifty-eight people in the county have now died from COVID-19, according to the Westmoreland County coroner.

Source: COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Westmoreland County

Boris Johnson to unveil new measures to combat coronavirus in UK | TheHill

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil new coronavirus measures on Monday to fight the pandemic in the country.

Johnson plans to announce new COVID-19 protocols that will further involve local leaders, particularly from northern England which has been impacted by a recent increase in cases, Reuters reported.

The U.K. government plans to unveil a tier system to make coronavirus restrictions easier to understand after some in Johnson’s Conservative party have alleged the confusing messaging has led to the rise in cases.

The prime minister is hesitant to call for another national lockdown as the U.K. economy is still attempting to recover from the spring lockdown. The boost in cases leaves Johnson to balance between controlling the surge and limiting the economic effects of any restrictions. England’s deputy chief medical official said the U.K. is at a “tipping point,” and officials need to take action now to prevent a rising death toll, according to Reuters. Britain’s housing minister Robert Jenrick declined to detail Johnson’s expected announcement to Sky News beyond saying it will focus on local areas where “the virus is very strong.” He said the announcement will bring local leaders more involved with contract tracing and will release new guidance about traveling.

Source: Boris Johnson to unveil new measures to combat coronavirus in UK | TheHill

Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 10 – The Moscow Times

New restrictions in Moscow. Deaths surpass 22,000. Vaccine race.

Oct. 10: What you need to know today

  • Russia confirmed 12,846 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, bringing its official number of cases to 1,285,084.
  • Russia has carried out more than 500,000 coronavirus tests in a single day for the first time since the start of the pandemic, consumer protection watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Friday.
  • Starting Monday, Moscow employers will be required to transfer 30% of their employees to remote work through Oct. 28 due to the city’s coronavirus situation. Workers over the age of 65 and those suffering from chronic diseases will also be required to work remotely. Workers at medical institutions, defense agencies, Rosatom and Roscosmos are exempt from the new rules.

Source: Coronavirus in Russia: The Latest News | Oct. 10 – The Moscow Times

3 Westmoreland County Prison inmates test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

Three inmates at Westmoreland County Prison have tested positive for coronavirus, in addition to the two prison employees whose positive tests were announced Wednesday.The three inmates were from the same unit, and have been quarantined, according to the county.

Source: 3 Westmoreland County Prison inmates test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

US Coronavirus: CDC ensemble forecast forsees death toll from Covid-19 climbing to 233,000 by end of month

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention forecast that combines the data from dozens of independent models predicts US deaths from Covid-19 could reach 233,000 by the end of the month.

Source: US Coronavirus: CDC ensemble forecast forsees death toll from Covid-19 climbing to 233,000 by end of month

Westmoreland Prison on lockdown as two guards test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

Two guards at the Westmoreland County Prison tested positive for coronavirus and the Hempfield jail was placed on lockdown status Wednesday.

“The prison continues to follow all appropriate and currently recommended protocols to mitigate the spread of covid-19 to keep the employees and prison population safe,” according to a statement released by county commissioners.

Officials said both guards reported their positive tests on Wednesday. One had not been at the jail since Sept. 24 and the other was last at the facility on Oct. 3.

Wednesday’s cases were the first infections among the jail staff.

Source: Westmoreland Prison on lockdown as two guards test positive for coronavirus | TribLIVE.com

‘Thanks, But No Thanks:’ Trump Campaign Reportedly Exploring Holding Event In Pittsburgh On Monday – CBS Pittsburgh

The Trump campaign is reportedly “exploring” a visit to Pittsburgh next week.

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Reports say this potential visit from President Donald Trump would not be a rally, where typically hundreds or even thousands could be in attendance.

But the possibility of the president being here, while still having the coronavirus, is not sitting well with some local leaders.

Here’s what a New York Times reporter tweeted last night:

Mayor Bill Peduto responded on Twitter, as well.

Mayor Peduto’s assumption is correct.

However, according to the CDC, if you think or know you had COVID-19, you can be around others after 10 days since symptoms first appeared, have had 24 hours with no fever without the use of medications and you find other symptoms of the virus are improving.

On Wednesday, Sean Conley, President Trump’s doctor said the 74-year-old has been fever-free for more than four days and symptom-free for over 24 hours.

At this point, the Trump campaign has not publicly announced a visit to the city.

We’re also hearing from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald about the President possibly stopping by.

Source: ‘Thanks, But No Thanks:’ Trump Campaign Reportedly Exploring Holding Event In Pittsburgh On Monday – CBS Pittsburgh

Trump expected to carry out duties ‘without disruption,’ his doctor says

President Trump’s physician released a memo early Friday in which he said he expects the commander-in-chief “to continue carrying out his duties without disruption.”

“This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” Dr. Sean Conley wrote.

“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” he continued.

Source: Trump expected to carry out duties ‘without disruption,’ his doctor says

Face mask comments draw online backlash for Ullman, Wolf

A viral video capturing comments between Rep. Wendy Ullman and Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday caught backlash online from Eric Trump and conservative groups.

An exchange between Gov. Tom Wolf and a state House member from Bucks County on Tuesday went viral on social media, drawing the ire of Republican groups and even garnering national attention courtesy of Eric Trump.

The state livestream includes audio of Rep. Wendy Ullman, D-143, of Plumstead, referring to keeping her face mask on while at the podium before and removing it to speak as “political theater” at a press conference in Doylestown Borough.

“Wendy, I’m going to, I’m going to take my mask off before I speak,” Wolf is heard saying to Ullman before her remarks. It was picked up by a microphone at the podium.

“I will as well. I’m waiting so we can do a little political theater,” Ullman responded, laughing with Wolf after she spoke and then returning to the microphone with her mask still on.

The 19-second clip spread online Tuesday afternoon through tweets like one from the Young Republican National Confederation, one video gaining more than 850,000 views by Wednesday morning.

Just an hour before the first Presidential Debate began at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Eric Trump shared the Young Republicans’ tweet, which was then shared by nearly 30,000 people over night.

“While ‘political theatre’ may not have been the best turn of phrase, I’m not going to apologize for wearing a mask,” Ullman said in a statement to this news organization Wednesday afternoon after this story was published online.

Ullman added that wearing a mask on camera should be viewed as setting an example for Pennsylvanians to wear a mask and treat the coronavirus seriously.

Source: Face mask comments draw online backlash for Ullman, Wolf

China’s Media Predicts Winter COVID Pain for U.S., Europe and India

Chinese state media has continued its attacks on its rivals over their handling of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, predicting that continued failure to deal with the virus will bring a painful winter wave of new infections and deaths.

The pandemic originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan at the start of this year, spreading worldwide and to date claiming more than 1 million lives. China was able to bring its own outbreak under control through strict population control measures, but was unable to stop the virus spreading beyond its borders.

Nationalistic Chinese state media has celebrated Beijing’s success and maligned its rivals’ efforts to fight the spread of the disease. State media has been at the forefront of China’s propaganda push to avoid blame for the pandemic and reject accusations that Beijing covered up the severity of the outbreak and failed to adequately warn the international community.

Source: China’s Media Predicts Winter COVID Pain for U.S., Europe and India

Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million – BBC News

UN chief António Guterres calls it “an agonising milestone” as the fight to stem the virus continues.

The tally by Johns Hopkins University shows that deaths in the US, Brazil and India make up nearly half that total.

Experts caution that the true figure is probably much higher.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called it a “mind-numbing” figure and “an agonising milestone”.

“Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life,” he said in a video message.

“They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues. The pain has been multiplied by the savageness of this disease.”

The development comes nearly 10 months after news of the coronavirus began to emerge from Wuhan, China.

Source: Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 death toll passes one million – BBC News

National Guard at Westmoreland Co. nursing home to help with COVID-19 outbreak

GREENSBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania National Guard arrived at a Westmoreland County nursing home Sunday morning to help control an outbreak of COVID-19.

There are 47 confirmed cases among patients at Westmoreland Manor, and 22 staff members have also tested positive.

The guard will take over COVID-19 testing so the employees who aren’t quarantined can get back to caring for patient

Source: National Guard at Westmoreland Co. nursing home to help with COVID-19 outbreak

Updated CDC guidance says coronavirus can spread through the air

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes.

“Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread,” the site now says.

Previously, the CDC page said that COVID-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”

The page, updated Friday, still says COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another, and now says the virus is known to spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes.”

These particles can cause infection when “inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs,” it says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

Protect yourself and others

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can take steps to slow the spread.

Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Source: Updated CDC guidance says coronavirus can spread through the air

Covid-19: UK could face 50,000 cases a day by October without action – Vallance – BBC News

“Speed” and “action” are required to halt the rise in cases, the UK’s chief scientific adviser warns.

Sir Patrick Vallance said that “would be expected to lead to about 200 deaths per day” a month after that.

It comes as the PM prepares to chair a Cobra emergency committee meeting on Tuesday morning, followed by a statement in the House of Commons.

On Sunday, a further 3,899 daily cases and 18 deaths were reported in the UK.

Speaking at Downing Street alongside chief medical adviser, Prof Chris Whitty, Sir Patrick stressed the figures given were not a prediction, but added: “At the moment we think the epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days.

Source: Covid-19: UK could face 50,000 cases a day by October without action – Vallance – BBC News

CDC chief Dr. Redfield says coronavirus deaths could start to fall next week

Director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield said that daily new cases still remain high and he’d like to bring that number down below 10,000 new cases per day.

KEY POINTS
  • Daily new cases of the coronavirus have been on a sustained decline since the end of July, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
  • Deaths, which lag behind new cases as people fall ill, become hospitalized and die, have remained stubbornly high, at roughly 1,000 new Covid-19 deaths per day, on average, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.
  •  “I think we’re going to start to see a decline in mortality across the country now next week as we continue to get control of these cases,” Director of the CDC Dr. Robert Redfield said Thursday.

Source: CDC chief Dr. Redfield says coronavirus deaths could start to fall next week

Wolf extends stay-at-home order for ‘red’ counties to June 4; more move to ‘yellow’ Friday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday extended the stay-at-home order to June 4 for all counties in the red phase of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 reopening plan.

The stay-at-home order was originally set to expire on Friday. The governor’s office on Friday will announce additional counties moving to the yellow phase “at a to-be-determined date.”

All of southwestern Pennsylvania is currently in the red phase.

“[The] extension of the original order does not preclude counties moving into the yellow phase earlier than June 4,” Mark Nicastre, communications director for Mr. Wolf, said. “The extension of the overall order was necessary because it was expiring tonight.”

Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said the county would wait until the governor announced the new yellow regions before making a comment on the stay-at-home extension.

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald recently expressed optimism about the county’s numbers, and hoped the county would open soon.

“It is our understanding that Gov. Wolf will be making an announcement on May 8, and we’re certainly hopeful that the southwest region does go from red to yellow,” Mr. Fitzgerald said this week.

The county has averaged 22 new cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days, under the state’s target of 50 new cases.

Source: Wolf extends stay-at-home order for ‘red’ counties to June 4; more move to ‘yellow’ Friday | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Latrobe, Greensburg, New Kensington ZIP codes tops in Westmoreland for coronavirus cases | TribLIVE.com

The state Department of Health map includes information for all 67 counties.

The ZIP codes in Westmoreland County with the highest numbers of confirmed cases are Latrobe (15650) with 68, Greensburg (15601) with 38 and New Kensington (15068, including part of Allegheny) with 35, according to state figures. The county has 291 confirmed cases.

ZIP codes often include multiple municipalities or parts of several communities, such as 15068 — which includes New Kensington, Arnold, Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell and parts of Allegheny Township, Murrysville and Plum. The number of cases listed includes the entire ZIP code.

Allegheny County has reported positive covid-19 cases down to the municipal level using an online map since late March.

Source: Latrobe, Greensburg, New Kensington ZIP codes tops in Westmoreland for coronavirus cases | TribLIVE.com

What are the main modes of transmission for COVID-19? | Live Science

The new coronavirus has upended all of our usual calculus about seemingly ordinary activities. Is running past someone on the street safe? How about shopping in a grocery store with a 6-foot (2 meters) distance? And what about packages and takeout? And which of these activities poses the biggest risk?Unfortunately, there’s a lot we still don’t know about the way the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads.”At this point, I don’t think anyone can take a group of people with COVID, say how each person has become infected, and then say that xx% got infected with droplets and yy% got infected via touching surfaces,” Dr. Jeffrey N. Martin, a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, told Live Science in an email. “I don’t think this kind of study has ever been done for any infection. In most individual persons, we do not know how the person got infected.

 

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Source: What are the main modes of transmission for COVID-19? | Live Science