Well being officers in California on Friday ordered the Coachella music competition and its sister occasion, the nation music Stagecoach competition, canceled this yr due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2021 occasion had not been canceled by its promoter, Goldenvoice, however the expertise lineup was not introduced regardless of a historical past of rolling out the roster across the first of yr. The festivals additionally did not take place last year due to the pandemic.
“This order is meant to cut back the chance of publicity to COVID-19,” the Riverside County well being officer stated in a public discover to organizers. “If COVID-19 had been detected at these festivals, the scope and variety of attendees and the character of the venue would make it infeasible, if not unattainable, to trace those that could also be positioned in danger.”
The Coachella occasion, which began as an indie rock and dance music-showcase in 1999 however has morphed right into a pop showcase, attracts greater than 100,000 individuals to the Empire Polo Membership in Indio, California.
Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of Anschutz Leisure Group, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
About 12 sailors aboard the usChafee have examined constructive for Covid-19
A couple of dozen sailors aboard the usChafee have examined constructive for Covid-19 and have been faraway from the ship, the Navy confirmed Friday.
“People who had been in shut contact with these sailors are additionally off the ship and are in quarantine whereas they monitor for any signs,” Cmdr. Sean Robertson, a Third Fleet spokesperson, stated in a press release.
Robertson stated the warship, which is docked in San Diego, “stays capable of meet its mission.”
“No Chafee sailors have been hospitalized,” the commander stated.
Robertson’s assertion got here on the heels of a Navy Occasions report that 41 sailors out of a crew of 350 had both examined constructive or had “been in shut contact with contaminated shipmates,” together with a number of of the ship’s cooks.
And due to gear shortages, some sailors on journey over from Hawaii have needed to “put on soiled N95 masks for 5 days,” Navy Occasions reported.
Washington hospital apologizes after providing donors vaccine signup
A hospital in Washington apologized after providing 100 donors an invite to register for a Covid-19 vaccination appointment.
Final Friday, the Overlake Medical Heart in Bellevue stated in an e mail to benefactors that the hospital was “happy to share that we have now 500 new open appointments within the Overlake COVID-19 vaccine clinic,” The Seattle Times first reported.
The ability supplied donors with an entry code to register for appointments “by invite” solely, in line with the newspaper.
Hospital officers informed NBC Information in a press release Friday that it didn’t completely supply the vaccine signup to the 100 donors. The hospital additionally prolonged an invitation to 4,000 different neighborhood members, which included board members, volunteers, retired medical personnel, and present staff, the hospital stated.
All who registered needed to be eligible below the state’s Covid-19 vaccine coverage, in line with the hospital.
Cardinal Dolan in quarantine after coming involved with somebody who’s examined constructive
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chief of the Archdiocese of New York, is now in quarantine after coming into contact with an individual who examined constructive for Covid-19.
“The Cardinal has not examined constructive, feels fantastic, and has no signs,” the diocese stated in a a press release.
“He’ll, nevertheless, proceed to observe well being and security protocols as instructed by medical professionals, as will others on his employees who additionally had shut contact with this particular person.”
Which means Dolan is not going to be celebrating this week’s 10:15 a.m. Sunday Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York Metropolis.
Disney theme parks will proceed to require masks, even when vaccinated
Disney World and Disneyland will proceed requiring guests and staff to put on masks within the theme parks – even when they’ve been vaccinated for Covid-19, the corporate introduced Friday.
That’s in step with the present federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention tips which suggest that individuals hold carrying masks and social distancing even after they’ve gotten their photographs.
Cuomo broadcasts indoor eating reopening plans amid criticism over nursing house deaths
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Friday that indoor eating throughout New York Metropolis can reopen on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at 25 p.c capability.
The governor additionally laid out tips for secure marriage ceremony receptions that go into impact March 15, explaining that each one visitors will should be examined and venues can open at simply 50 p.c capability, up tp 150 individuals.
He additionally up to date reporters on the newest Covid-19 statistics within the state: 8,357 individuals at present hospitalized; 12,579 constructive check outcomes Thursday; 151 virus deaths the identical day.
Cuomo, whose each day briefings introduced him higher nationwide consideration and reward within the early days of the pandemic, has drawn higher scrutiny in current months for what critics say are numerous failures of his administration’s response to the virus.
Cuomo’s workplace has been below hearth this week after the state lawyer basic charged that the New York Well being Division underreported the Covid-19 death toll in nursing properties by as a lot as 50 p.c.
Fauci says youngsters might begin getting vaccine by late spring
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s prime epidemiologist, stated Friday the Biden Administration hopes to start out administering Covid-19 vaccines to kids by late spring.
“We’ve already began on age de-escalation testing,” Fauci stated in the course of the White Home Covid Response Crew briefing.
That seems to be a barely sooner schedule than Dr. Jose Romero, who chairs the federal Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s Committee for Immunization Practices, forecast final month.
Romero stated he hoped to see trials testing Covid-19 vaccines in younger kids beginning within the second quarter of this yr and that, if the they had been confirmed to be secure and efficient, kids under the age of 18 would begin getting their photographs after that.
3,905 new Covid-19 deaths nationwide Thursday
The USA reported 3,905 new Covid-19 deaths Thursday, according to NBC News’ tally.
A further 153,817 new instances had been reported by well being businesses throughout the nation.
Whereas the variety of new instances continues to say no from its publish holiday-high, deaths are on the rise. New instances have decreased 26 p.c within the final two weeks, whereas deaths are up 5 p.c in the identical interval.
Total, 25.8 million instances and greater than 430,000 deaths have been recorded in america as of Friday morning.
South Carolina set a file Thursday with 230 deaths.
J&J says vaccine efficient towards Covid, although weaker towards South Africa variant
A single shot of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine is efficient in stopping reasonable to extreme sickness, the corporate reported Friday.
Johnson & Johnson, which made the vaccine in partnership with Janssen Prescribed drugs, is poised to ask the Meals and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization as early as subsequent week.
The regulatory company might authorize the vaccine by the tip of February. It will be the third Covid-19 vaccine out there within the U.S., together with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Outcomes diverse by area, nevertheless. Within the U.S., the one dose was 72 p.c efficient at stopping each reasonable and extreme sickness. (Average sickness included signs similar to low oxygen ranges, shortness of breath or deep vein thrombosis.) In Latin America, the effectiveness was decrease, at 66 p.c. And in South Africa, the place a worrisome variant is the predominant pressure, the effectiveness fell to 57 p.c.
CDC director says neighborhood unfold of South African pressure is right here
The director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated Friday the South African Covid-19 variant, which was just detected in South Carolina, had already reached the purpose of neighborhood unfold within the U.S.
“I feel one of many regarding issues is that we all know these two individuals didn’t know each other and that they didn’t journey to South Africa so the presumption is, at this level, that there was community spread of this pressure,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky told Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show.
Walensky stated sequencing of the virus has been “scaled up” below the brand new administration, that means there’s extra of an opportunity to catch new pressure.