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Harris suspends travel after two in her orbit test positive for virus

Harris has not been in close contact recently with either communications director Liz Allen or the other person who tested positive, a flight crew member who is not a campaign staff member, aides said.

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, also has not been in contact with those affected, according to a statement from campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. Biden is proceeding with a televised town hall event in Pennsylvania on Thursday night as planned.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution, we are canceling Senator Harris’s travel through Sunday,” O’Malley Dillon said, but “she will keep a robust and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to reach voters all across the country during this time.”

The announcement was the latest development to jolt already unprecedented campaign, as the Democratic running mate will now join President Trump in having been sidelined from the campaign trail for at least a short period during the final stretch of the race.

The results could muddy the Biden campaign’s message that Trump’s recent coronavirus infection, along with that of several people in his close orbit, is a direct result of his reckless disregard for public health recommendations.

But the Biden campaign was at pains Thursday to draw a distinction between its behavior and that of Trump and his team. The Biden campaign immediately revealed who tested positive and when, disclosed details of Harris’s last negative test and immediately announced contact tracing — all at variance from the approach of the White House after Trump’s diagnosis.

“This is the sort of conduct we have continuously modeled in this campaign,” O’Malley Dillon said, regarding the suspension of Harris’s travel.

Harris had been scheduled for a trip to North Carolina on Thursday, Ohio on Friday, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Texas on Sunday — the start of an all-out travel blitz for the vice-presidential nominee who previously was traveling sporadically since joining the ticket in August. As of midmorning, Harris was still scheduled to participate in two virtual fundraising events Thursday afternoon.

“I will be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive,” the senator tweeted. “In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the spread.”

The campaign’s statement said Allen and a nonstaff flight crew member took time off to attend personal events in the past week, and were tested before returning to work, in accordance with campaign policy.

It also said both were on a flight with Harris last Thursday, a day she spent campaigning with Biden in Arizona. The campaign said that Harris and the two people wore N95 masks on that flight, and that “she was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them.”

“As such, she does not meet the CDC definition of ‘close contact’ for exposure,” O’Malley Dillon wrote. Both people tested negative directly before and after

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Germany Warns on Tracing; Sanofi Plans Human Trial: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The U.K. government imposed tougher curbs on London in a bid to contain a spike in new cases, while France set a curfew in Paris. European nations from Germany to Italy to the Czech Republic reported record increases in new infections.

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An experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by Translate Bio Inc. and French drug giant Sanofi elicited high levels of protective neutralizing antibodies in early-stage animal studies, clearing the way for a clinical trial to start later this year. Germany’s health minister warned that the nation’s tracing capacity is nearing its limit.

Singapore and Hong Kong will create a travel bubble that exempts people from both cities from quarantine, an agreement that will re-open links between Asia’s two premier financial hubs. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.

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Global Tracker: Cases pass 38.5 million; deaths top 1.09 millionCovid’s deadly U.S. comeback widens, spreads to 46 statesWho’s succeeding against the coronavirus and why: QuickTakeRussia to miss Covid-19 vaccine goal amid production hurdlesEnergy demand will get a work-from-home boost this winterThe global economy is facing new fiscal cliffs

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Argentina Now Among Top Five Most-Infected Countries (9:12 a.m. NY)

A patchy lockdown that’s dragged on for 210 days has failed to spare Argentina from a late and aggressive outbreak of coronavirus.

Argentina passed Colombia as the most-infected country in Latin America after only Brazil and is currently number five globally in overall cases trailing the U.S., India, its northern neighbor and Russia. In total, 931,967 people have tested positive while 24,921 fatalities have been reported.

Germany Warns Tracing Capacity Near Limits (8:51 a.m. NY)

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s top health official warned that the recent surge in coronavirus infections is threatening Germany’s ability to track cases and check the spread of the disease.

“The problem is that day by day with increasing numbers our local authorities are not able any more to trace,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday during a Bloomberg webinar. “And then you lose track” and the numbers are increasing exponentially, he added.

Sanofi Plans Human Trial of mRNA Vaccine (8:14 a.m. NY)

Two doses of the candidate induced neutralizing antibodies “significantly higher” than those observed in Covid-19 patients as well as a response in infection-fighting T-cells in non-human primates, Translate Bio and Sanofi said in a statement.

The candidate is a so-called messenger RNA vaccine, which prompts the body to make a key protein from the virus, sparking an immune response. It’s based on technology similar to that used by one of the fastest-moving vaccine developers, Moderna Inc.

Sanofi is developing another coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline Plc. That shot is already in a clinical trial, and first results are expected in early December to support the start of a broader phase

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London Facing Tougher Curbs; Curfew Set for Paris: Virus Update

The virus’s comeback in the U.S. has reached the vast majority of the country, with trends worsening in 46 states and the nation’s capital. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.

• Global Tracker: Cases pass 38.5 million; deaths top 1.09 million

• Covid’s deadly U.S. comeback widens, spreads to 46 states

• Who’s succeeding against the coronavirus and why: QuickTake

• Russia to miss Covid-19 vaccine goal amid production hurdles

• Energy demand will get a work-from-home boost this winter

• How do people catch Covid-19? Here’s what experts say: QuickTake

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.

Floridians Fared Worst in Study of Pandemic Unemployment Relief (6:01 a.m. NY)

Laid-off workers in Florida were less likely to receive timely unemployment benefits when businesses closed at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic than those in other U.S. states, according to a newly published nationwide study.

Researchers surveyed 2,500 laid-off service industry workers in April and May and found that only a quarter of them had received unemployment benefits during the survey period, including those who had been laid off for two months or longer, according to the report released Wednesday by the Harvard Kennedy School and University of California at San Francisco.

Austria Urges Provinces to Tighten Virus Curbs (5:23 p.m. HK)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged the country’s provinces to tighten regional measures as new infections hit another record on Thursday.

“Make no mistake: The situation is serious. The coming weeks will decide whether we can slow down and contain the spread of the virus, or if the corona pandemic will inflict even bigger damage to the health system, jobs and companies,” Kurz said in a statement.

Austria reported a record 1,552 new infections on Thursday, bringing the 7-day incidence to 92 per 100,000 people. Capital Vienna, Tyrol and Salzburg all have an incidence of above 100.

EU Health Chief Airs ‘Great Concern’ (5:15 p.m. HK)

European Union Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides stepped up warnings about the spread of the coronavirus in the 27-nation bloc.

“It is with great concern that I am witnessing the increasingly rapid rise of infection rates all across the EU,” Kyriakides said in a statement on Thursday in Brussels. “Time is running out — everyone’s first priority should be to do what it takes to avoid the devastating consequences of generalized lockdowns.”

London Households Will Be Banned from Mixing (4:59 p.m. HK)

Londoners will be banned from mixing with other households indoors from this weekend as tighter coronavirus restrictions are imposed in an attempt to curb a rise in cases in the capital.

The change in the rules was briefed to London members of Parliament on Thursday morning and will formally be announced in the House of Commons by Health Secretary Matt Hancock later Thursday, according to two people familiar

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France Sets Paris Curfew; Hong Kong Travel Bubble: Virus Update

The virus’s comeback in the U.S. has reached the vast majority of the country, with trends worsening in 46 states and the nation’s capital. India reported fewer than 70,000 cases for the fourth straight day, though daily infections are still higher than in the U.S.

• Global Tracker: Cases pass 38.5 million; deaths top 1.09 million

• Covid’s deadly U.S. comeback widens, spreads to 46 states

• Who’s succeeding against the coronavirus and why: QuickTake

• Russia to miss Covid-19 vaccine goal amid production hurdles

• FDA chief says vaccine-trial halts about safety, not politics

• How do people catch Covid-19? Here’s what experts say: QuickTake

Subscribe to a daily update on the virus from Bloomberg’s Prognosis team here. Click CVID on the terminal for global data on coronavirus cases and deaths.

Pfizer, BioNTech Vaccine Trial Remains on Track (2:55 p.m. HK)

Side effects that have emerged in a large late-stage trial of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate from Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE are in line with those seen in smaller early studies, a positive sign for one of the front-runners in the race for a shot.

Singapore, Hong Kong Unveil Travel Bubble (2:50 p.m. HK)

Singapore and Hong Kong will create a travel bubble that exempts people from both cities from quarantine, an agreement that will re-open links between Asia’s two premier financial hubs.

Compulsory quarantine will be replaced by coronavirus testing, Singaporean Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said told reporters Thursday, and he hopes the bubble will start in “weeks.” Hong Kong’s commerce and economic development minister, Edward Yau, confirmed the pact, originally reported by the South China Morning Post, soon after.

Israel New Coronavirus Cases Slips Below 2,000 Target (2:40 p.m. HK)

New coronavirus cases confirmed in a single day slipped below 2,000, one of the targets cited by officials for easing lockdown restrictions. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with ministers on Thursday to discuss the possible reopening of preschools and some businesses next week. Some 1,994 new cases were diagnosed on Wednesday, bringing the total to 299,253, including 2,099 fatalities.

France Sets Paris Curfew as Europe Sees Record Infections (2 p.m. HK)

France imposed a curfew in Paris as Germany and Italy posted record increases in new infections, as Europe’s leaders intensified efforts to stem an unrelenting surge in coronavirus cases.

President Emmanuel Macron will confine residents of nine of the country’s biggest cities to their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. for four weeks starting on Saturday.

Poland to Announce New Restrictions on Thursday (1:40 p.m. HK)

Poland is considering announcing a so-called red zone in the entire country, which would implement further restrictions on weddings and could mean limiting the number of people in stores among others, according to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna newspaper.

Pakistan Warns of Restrictive Actions After Spike (1:14 p.m. HK)

Pakistan warned of “restrictive actions” because of a spike in coronavirus cases, the highest since August, which may hurt the economy that was showing signs of recovery.

“Time

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Due to the COVID 19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks. Recreation programs have been cancelled or postponed. For a list of the affected facilities, amenities, events and programs, click on the link below. 

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Updates



The Parks and Recreation Department manages over 4,171 acres of city-owned property. In addition to 96 areas formally named, there are hundreds of acres held in reserve as undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control. The department operates and maintains facilities for public use including four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, splash pads, 25 pavilions, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, Tuma Sports Complex, Tait Cummins Sports Complex, Noelridge Park Greenhouse, and trails. The parks system receives countless visits each year.

Also offered are more than 1,500 recreation programs annually. There is something of interest for every age and ability level. Programs are listed in the Play! guide which appears in the March, August and November issues of Our CR magazine. Attendance for aquatic and recreation programs totals more than 300,000 annually.

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State Department advises all US citizens to ‘reconsider travel abroad’ due to virus pandemic

The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is advising all American citizens to “reconsider travel abroad” due to the virus pandemic.

The State Department website says the advisory to reconsider travel abroad was issued on Wednesday, shortly after President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday night from the Oval Office on the U.S. coronavirus response.

The Global Level 3 Health Advisory says U.S. citizens should reconsider international travel as the COVID-19 outbreak spreads worldwide.

The department encourages people to check for individual travel advisories online at travel.state.gov.

Federal officials say citizens should make sure to check with airlines or cruise lines for updated information on travel plans or restrictions, and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to limit the virus’ spread.

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The World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic and is urging aggressive action from all countries to fight it.

Trump announced in his Oval Office address that he is sharply restricting European passenger travel to the U.S. and moving to ease the pandemic’s economic costs. Soaring cases in the U.S. and Europe’s status as the new epicenter of the pandemic underscore the challenge. 

While Italy exceeds 12,000 cases and the United States has topped 1,300, China reported a record low of just 15 new cases. Three-fourths of its patients have recovered.  

To put the coronavirus numbers into some context, millions of Americans get the flu every single year and there are thousands of flu deaths annually.

Since October 2019, the CDC estimates around 32 million Americans have gotten the flu. That’s one in every 10 Americans.

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Trump Administration Expands Travel Bans Over the Wuhan Virus Outbreak

During a press conference on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the Trump administration plans to expand travel bans to include the United Kingdom and Ireland. The ban goes into effect Monday night at midnight eastern standard time.

“As the president just suggested, all of our health experts presented information. Dr. Fauci will reflect on those numbers. [They] made a unanimous recommendation to the president that we suspend all travel from the U.K. and Ireland that will be effect midnight Monday night eastern standard time,” Pence said during the press conference. “Again, Americans in the U.K. or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home… they will be funneled through specific airports in the process.”

Last week, President Trump suspended all travel from the European Union. When the initial Wuhan Virus broke out in China, President Trump announced a ban on all travel from China. Not long after that announcement, the administration extended the ban to include Iran and any foreign national who has visited the country in the previous 14 days.

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Top NYC hospital execs are in Florida as workers fight virus

Two of the Mount Sinai Health System’s top executives are riding out the coronavirus pandemic down in Florida, as their hospitals up north weather medical supply shortages and rising death tolls, report Melissa Klein and Beth Landman of the New York Post.

Dr. Kenneth Davis, 72, the CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System, and Dr. Arthur Klein, 72, president of the Mount Sinai Health Network, are both sheltering near Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Post. Dr. Davis is thought to have been in his waterfront $2.6 million, six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion since at least early March. It is not known how long Dr. Klein has been in Florida, but the Post reports that he is staying at his oceanfront condo down in Palm Beach.

Their absence from New York City comes as the city’s health system overflows with victims and patients while the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on the state. New York City is now the epicenter of the virus in the United States, with over 45,000 cases and at least 1,500 reported deaths.

Amid a medical supply shortage, hospital workers have resorted to reusing face masks and wearing trash bags as hospital gowns to treat patients. Makeshift morgues are now situated outside of hospitals, and a field hospital has been set up at Central Park. 

Dr. Davis has been CEO of the Mount Sinai Medical Center since 2003. He was previously the chair of Mount Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry, a position he held for 15 years. He is also a noted Alzheimer’s researcher. Dr. Klein has been president of the Mount Sinai Health Network since February 2013. Trained as a pediatric cardiologist, he previously worked as the Regional Executive Director, Western Region of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Two hospital leaders take to Palm Beach as workers in New York City succumb to the coronavirus

In his daily briefing on April 2, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York City has only a 6-day supply of ventilators. Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio expects the number of cases to rise substantially, with an urgent need for increased help and more medical professionals in the city.

Dr. Davis, when reached by the Post, said that he had been in Florida before the pandemic reached the point it’s at now. He also told the Post’s reporters that he was advised by his doctor to stay in Florida because of his age. He then suggested that Dr. Klein was told the same thing and that they don’t have to physically be in the city to “get the job done.”

Meanwhile, hospital workers in the city, including those who work for Mount Sinai, are being infected with the virus as they treat patients. On April 2, it was reported that Priscilla Carrow, a coordinating manager at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, had died from COVID-19, just days after Kious Kelly, an assistant nurse manager at Mount Sinai West in Manhattan, died. Kelly was just 48.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE Several Parks amp Recreation Facilities and Amenities are Closed, and Recreation Programs and Events are Cancelled or Postponed Due to the COVID 19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks


Due to the COVID-19 virus, the City of Cedar Rapids has closed facilities and several amenities in the parks. Recreation programs have been cancelled or postponed. For a list of the affected facilities, amenities, events and programs, click on the link below. 

Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation Updates



The Parks and Recreation Department manages over 4,171 acres of city-owned property. In addition to 96 areas formally named, there are hundreds of acres held in reserve as undeveloped green space for future park expansion and flood control. We operate and maintain facilities for public use including four municipal golf courses, six swimming pools, splash pads, 25 pavilions, Ushers Ferry Historic Village, Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park, Tuma Sports Complex, Tait Cummins Sports Complex, Noelridge Park Greenhouse, and trails. The parks system receives countless visits each year.

We offer more than 1,500 recreation programs annually. There is something of interest for every age and ability level. Programs are listed in the Play! guide which appears in the March, August and November issues of Our CR magazine. Attendance for aquatic and recreation programs totals more than 300,000 annually.

Meet Scott Hock, Parks & Recreation Director.

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