31 min agoChicago public school classes canceled for third day as clash over Covid-19 safety concerns continuesFrom CNN’s Rachel Burstein Parks
A sign is displayed on the front of the headquarters for Chicago Public Schools on January 5, in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed parents Thursday evening that classes will be canceled again on Friday for the third consecutive day as the district and Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement.
“CPS classes are cancelled on Friday, Jan. 7. In-person learning and activities may be available at a small number of schools tomorrow. Please do not plan on sending your child to school unless you hear from your child’s principal,” the district said in the message to parents.Some context: The decision comes as CPS, the third-largest school district in the country, canceled classes for more than 340,000 students Wednesday and Thursday after the Chicago Teachers Union voted Tuesday night to refuse to show up for in-person work, citing concerns over Covid-19 safety.
2 hr 15 min agoNational Guard deployed again to help New Hampshire hospitals deal with Covid-19 From CNN’s Sharif Paget
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced the deployment of another 100 National Guard members to help the state’s healthcare system amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.
About 30 guard members will be deployed to long term care facilities and 70 will be sent to hospitals that provide critical care, Sununu said on Thursday at a Covid-19 news briefing.
Thursday’s decision comes as new daily cases over the past seven days averaged 1,766 new infections, a 55% increase compared to the previous seven-day period, according to data obtained by the state’s health department.
In early December: Sununu announced that 70 National Guard members would be deployed to help hospitals where the need is most severe, assisting with tasks that will allow for a smoother operation.
2 hr 18 min agoLousiana sets a new record number of daily Covid-19 cases for the stateFrom CNN’s Chris Boyette
Louisiana reported at least 14,077 Covid-19 cases in the state Thursday, a record number of cases in a 24-hour period, Gov. John Bel Edwards said at a news conference.
Louisiana State Health officer and Medical Director Dr. Joseph Kanter said that to avoid further burdening hospitals, don’t go to the emergency room for Covid-19 testing.
He acknowledged that take-home tests can be difficult to obtain in the state, but said PCR testing centers are open and available, but if someone has symptoms and can’t get a test, they should assume they have Covid-19.
“If someone is looking for an antigen test, a take-home test, and they can’t find it, but they have symptoms, in the context of the surge we’re in right now, they should just assume that they have Covid and isolate accordingly,” Kanter said. “When you’re in a surge like we are right now and Covid is everywhere- and it is everywhere right now- if you have trouble getting a test, a take-home test particularly, and you do have symptoms, the prudent thing to do is just assume you have Covid and isolate away from other people. That’s the safest thing to do right now.”Some context: There are 1,412 people hospitalized across the state of Louisiana with Covid-19, an increase of 125 since Wednesday, the governor said.
“The percentage of emergency department visits related to Covid-like illness remains at an all-time high. The average daily incidence of Covid has exceeded its Delta surge peak across the state of Louisiana,” the governor said. “What is not captured on our Covid dashboard currently are reinfections, which we are seeing more of because of the Omicron variant than we saw before.”
Of those hospitalized with Covid-19, 76% of them are not vaccinated, Kanter said at the news conference.
2 hr 29 min agoCDC to hold independent Covid-19 briefing FridayFrom CNN’s Katherine Dillinger and Michael Nedelman
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a briefing Friday to give updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is scheduled to speak at 11 a.m. ET.
It’s been a few months since the agency had held a briefing like this: The CDC usually participates in joint briefings with officials from the White House or the National Institutes of Health, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Its last independent Covid-19 briefing was July 27, 2021.
The agency has faced renewed criticism this month over confusion surrounding its guidelines on testing and isolation for people who test positive for Covid-19.
1 hr 53 min agoOmicron makes up around 90% of Covid-19 cases in Maryland, officials sayFrom CNN’s Amy Simonson
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, right, speaks during a briefing in Laurel, Maryland, on January 6. (WJZ)Sample test results confirm that Omicron makes up approximately 90% of the Covid-19 cases that health officials are seeing surge throughout the state, according to state officials.
“Every 24 hours as part of our aggressive sequencing program, we are analyzing more samples to detect the Omicron variant, which as of today, we now estimate accounts for approximately 90% of all of our lab-confirmed cases in the state as well as 90% of all hospitalized cases,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a briefing Thursday.Hogan, who spoke from a new testing site at the University of Maryland Laurel Medical Center, announced the launch of 20 additional testing locations across the state that will be set up outside hospitals in an effort to divert people from going to emergenc
Chicago public school classes canceled for third day as clash over Covid-19 safety concerns continues
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