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  • 31 Dec 2021 7:55 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The U.S. breaks its single-day virus case record for the second day in a row

    With more than 580,000 cases, the United States shattered its own record for new daily coronavirus cases — beating a milestone it already broke just the day before.


    Thursday’s count, according to The New York Times’s database, toppled the 488,000 new cases on Wednesday, which was nearly double the highest numbers from last winter. The back-to-back record-breaking days are a growing sign of the virus’s fast spread and come as the world enters its third year of the pandemic.

    More at source: NY TIMES

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  • 28 Dec 2021 8:22 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    CDC revealed that fully vaccinated people can spread the coronavirus

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that anyone — regardless of vaccination status — can likely spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus to other people.

    Vials of Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine.

    • “The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown,” according to the CDC. “CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.”

    More at source: CDC

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  • 25 Dec 2021 7:55 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    In this most joyous of seasons we want to extend a very Merry Christmas to all IJCSA Members and their families & staff. Also in this season of reflection and looking forward to a prosperous NEW YEAR 2022!! Offices will be closed through the 27th and reopening on the 28th. For New Years closed on the 31st & open on the 3rd. All automated online services will be open. Be caring! Be kind! Be safe! Enjoy the holidays! 


  • 23 Dec 2021 7:46 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Covid-19 Marches Toward Endemic Status in U.S. as Omicron Spreads

    The Omicron variant’s aggressive advance is the latest twist in the course of a disease that public-health experts say is on a path toward becoming endemic in the U.S.

    In other words, the Covid-19 pandemic won’t have an end date. Rather, a crisis that engulfed the world within months of the coronavirus’s discovery in China will dissipate in fits and starts into something that feels more like normal over the course of years, infectious-disease experts say.


    “I don’t think there’s going to be a day where the whole thing feels over,” said Joshua Schiffer, an associate professor in the vaccine and infectious disease division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

    How quickly an endemic, steady-state arrives and how disruptive the virus remains will depend on what level of disease officials and individuals decide to tolerate, the precautions they are willing to adopt, and how the virus evolves.

    “It’s a tug of war between society and the virus,” said Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco...

    More at source: WSJ

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  • 21 Dec 2021 7:29 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The Omicron Plan: “Circuit breakers” and other short-term strategies to get us through the next wave.

    Are we back to square one? Unlikely. We are seeing an alarming increase in case counts, but I’ve yet to see data suggesting that our vaccines fail to provide protection against severe disease which, fortunately, matches my recent frontline experience. Due to high vaccination rates here in Massachusetts, mostly we’ve been seeing mild cases, with some serious cases among the unvaccinated.


    But it’s a very dangerous time. Because many parts of the country remain under-vaccinated, Omicron may stretch hospitals well beyond their limits. That could mean a horror show in some places, especially where hospitals are already full of patients receiving care for “usual” (non-Covid) conditions.

    More at source: Inside Medicine

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  • 16 Dec 2021 8:48 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Omicron variant has now been detected in 30 U.S. states, with over 150 confirmed cases. 

    The Omicron variant is continuing its spread across the U.S., now being confirmed over 150 times in 30 U.S. states.

    Over the weekend, five U.S. states - IdahoNorth CarolinaOhio, Rhode Island and Tennessee - joined the growing list of states to detect the variant within its borders.

    Texas also took over as the nation's leader in sequenced cases, overtaking New York, with 36 cases sequenced.

    In total, 159 cases of Omicron have been confirmed by U.S. health officials, though the total number of cases nationwide is much higher, including 43 cases reported by the CDC on Saturday.


    In the wake of this new threat, health officials are urging Americans to receive COVID-19 booster shots, as initial data is showing the new variant has the ability to evade protection provided by the vaccines.

    The nation also approaches another dark milestone in the pandemic, as it will likely eclipse 800,000 deaths caused by the virus at some point this week.

    An analysis by the New York Times finds that Americans over the age of 65 have been struck especially hard by the virus, with one of every 100 people in the age group succumbing to Covid. 

    Across the pond, the UK has recorded its first death caused by the strain, as the nation suffers a massive outbreak of the new strain.

    The UK leads the world in confirmed cases of the variant, approaching the 5,000 mark on Monday morning. 

    More at source: Daily Mail ... 

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  • 13 Dec 2021 11:08 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    When will the COVID pandemic end? CDC Director Rochelle Walensky shares her prediction

    ATLANTA -- When Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes stock of the coronavirus pandemic, she knows it's far from over. But she also believes it won't last forever.

    For Walensky, one of the key signs the United States is exiting the pandemic will be when hospitals are no longer filled to the brim with COVID-19 patients. And when the number of daily deaths starts to plummet.


    "We've gotten pretty cavalier about 1,100 deaths a day," Walensky told ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton in a rare in-person interview from CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

    "That's an extraordinary amount of deaths in a single day from this disease," Walensky said. "We can't -- I can't -- be in a position where that is OK."

    For the nation's public health experts, deaths and hospitalizations have become a more reliable benchmark for progress than overall cases.

    More at source: ABC

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  • 10 Dec 2021 8:16 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    66% of employees want better office cleaning practices before returning to work

    Omicron paired with the tight labor market has put pressure on business owners to do whatever it takes to retain their employees and instill a sense of workplace safety. However, a new study from the Cleaning Coalition of America (CCA), an organization that supports and celebrates America’s cleaning professionals, shows that nearly half of survey participants – 43% – are still worried about returning to the office. CNBC Make It spoke with Josh Feinberg, President of the CCA, to discuss what workers expect to feel more comfortable in the office.

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    According to the survey, which included 1,600 U.S. workers, when asked to rank their greatest impediment to returning to the office, respondents point to Covid infection rates first (35.2%) and vaccination rates second (17.4%). While cleaning practices weren’t a major priority for employees pre-Covid, 66% of U.S. workers find it extremely important now. For 62% of employees, simply seeing sanitation professionals regularly at their workplace would make them feel safer.

    More at source: CNBC

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  • 08 Dec 2021 12:15 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Janitorial Company Ordered To Pay Penalty And Refunds On Cleaning System Claiming To Mitigate COVID On Surfaces

    A Des Moines commercial custodial company has been ordered to pay a $75,000 penalty and provide refunds for making false COVID-19 cleaning claims. Iowa Attorney General, Tom Miller, reports the settlement with Heritage Group, Heritage Microbial Control, LLC, SPMC and Joseph Johnson must comply with those terms of the agreement and also refrain from claiming that their antimicrobial cleaning process provides long-term protection to surfaces from the coronavirus, unless such claims are approved by the appropriate federal and state authorities.


    “As the pandemic began, we shared concerns that companies would try to sell cleaning services based on unfounded claims to prevent the coronavirus, wasting Iowans’ money and potentially harming their health,” Miller says. “We are pleased to come to a resolution with Heritage Building Maintenance and to finalize the agreement that refunds customers and puts an end to these claims.” In the summer of 2020, Miller’s Consumer Protection Division opened an investigation into the company’s claims that Test-Treat-Track, their three-step antimicrobial cleaning process, would provide long-lasting prevention or mitigated transmission...

    More at source: CBC

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  • 06 Dec 2021 8:41 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    The US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases a day, the highest level in two months

    For the first time in two months, the US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases each day, shortly after millions of Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as of Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Prior to this week, the US last topped the 100,000-cases-a-day mark in early October.

    Omicron variant cases identified in at least 12 states but Delta still dominates

    Also on the rise is the number of Covid-19 deaths, with a seven-day average of 1,651 people dying from the virus each day as of Saturday, the JHU data showed. Average daily deaths haven't been this high in more than a month.

    More at source: CNN

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