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Trio’s cuts back dining as covid-19 cases go up

Trio’s, 8201 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, last week rolled back its dining capacity to 25%, in keeping with recommendations from the White House coronavirus task force, out of caution for the safety and well-being of customers and staff. “We have two dining rooms which allows us to do this easily,” according to the Facebook post (facebook.com/TriosLR) announcing the change. “We are not waiting for a mandate from the governor.” You will remember that it has been just two months since owner-chef Capi Peck, with great trepidation over the rise even at the time of covid-19 cases, reopened her dining room after six months of only curbside pickup and delivery, at the then-recommended 66% capacity. The restaurant will continue to offer curbside pickup, online ordering and third-party delivery. “When we make the decision to close for dine-in, which we believe is inevitable, we will continue with these options,” adds the

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  • November 26, 2020
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Onslow municipalities closing to public due to COVID-19 cases

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Onslow County, several municipalities have made the decision to close their buildings to the p beginning next week. 

Jacksonville Assistant City Manager Glenn Hargett released a statement on Tuesday saying, “In an effort to limit person-to-person contact and to protect valued employees and citizens from the increasing COVID-19 exposure, many Onslow local governments will be restricting access to buildings and personnel.”

Onslow County, City of Jacksonville and Richlands will have restricted building access beginning next week. Staff will remain on duty inside the buildings.

The Town of Swansboro said they are still considering a closure or partial closure but have yet to make a call and are waiting for the board of commissioners to weigh in, according to Assistant Town Manager Paula Webb. 

County officials announced 256 confirmed new positive COVID-19 cases since Friday. 

With the growing number of cases in

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  • November 24, 2020
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Fewer people expected to travel during Thanksgiving holiday amid surge in COVID-19 cases | Local News

With the nation in the midst of a surge in COVID-19 cases, fewer people are expected to make their annual treks to gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Lancaster County set a daily record for new COVID-19 cases this weekend when it recorded 465 Sunday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. That’s 97 more new cases than the previous record of 368 set Thursday. Another 181 new county cases were recorded Monday.

AAA is anticipating at least a 10% drop from last year’s 55 million travelers, the largest one-year decrease since the Great Recession in 2008.



Lancaster County's rate for positive COVID tests more than double the target level

“The wait-and-see travel trend continues to impact final travel decisions, especially for the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Paula Twidale, AAA Travel senior vice president. “The decision to travel is a personal one. For those who are considering making a trip, the majority will go by car, which provides the flexibility to

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  • November 24, 2020
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Should N.J. casinos close as coronavirus cases spike? We asked 3 experts.

Since they were allowed to open July 2, Atlantic City’s casinos have been working hard to try to make up some of the millions in revenue they lost during the coronavirus shutdown. Another shutdown would put them even further behind and put thousands out of work again.

So far, Gov. Phil Murphy hasn’t given any sign he’s considering closing casinos again as the second wave of the coronavirus wallops New Jersey. The state reported 3,998 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths Sunday, while hospitalizations rose for the 23rd consecutive day.

Asked last week about Philadelphia’s decision to close casinos, Murphy said Atlantic City casinos have been responsibly managing their gaming floors to mitigate the risk, though any indoor activity is not risk-free.

“There is not any evidence that there is either bad management of the floor or that there is a big outbreak coming from participating on the floor,”

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  • November 23, 2020
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The Day – Health officials make final pleas for holiday caution as coronavirus cases spike

WASHINGTON – With nationwide coronavirus hospitalizations topping 80,000 and case counts on the cusp of 200,000 a day, officials and experts are giving their final pleas for caution in the days before Thanksgiving. 

Average cases reported each day in the United States have jumped nearly 15% in a week, according to data tracked by The Washington Post. Deaths are also on the rise, with some communities overwhelmed by the bodies – in El Paso County, Texas, the National Guard was called in to help the morgues. With the holiday travel rush underway, public health leaders warned this weekend that “herd immunity” from promising vaccines remains months away and that every American’s choices this week will shape the country’s virus trajectory.

In an interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation,” Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, said he understands that many Americans are experiencing “COVID fatigue” after months of pandemic

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  • November 23, 2020
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Health experts urge against Thanksgiving gatherings as coronavirus cases explode nationwide

“If you look at the map of spread across the country, you can see the risk; it’s very visible. And moving through airports or travel hubs, I think that will increase people’s risk,” Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Even if they’re driving from point to point, unfortunately, we don’t know if we’re infected when we walk into a gathering.”

He referred to recent data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that said most infections are spread by people with no symptoms. The CDC, during its first news briefing in months on Thursday, recommended against traveling and gathering for Thanksgiving and said people should instead celebrate in their own households.

“The message for everyone is: You can’t assume you don’t have the virus, and you can’t assume the people whose homes you’re about to enter don’t have

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  • November 22, 2020
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Asia Today: Cases in Japan hit record amid holiday travel

The daily tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan has hit a record for the fourth day at 2,508

Airports and

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  • November 22, 2020
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Nevada facing double-bind of rising cases, limping economy

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People dressed as showgirls stand along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas. As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada’s limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas.

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As the coronavirus surges to record levels in Nevada, the governor has implored residents to stay home. But Democrat Steve Sisolak has also encouraged out-of-state visitors, the lifeblood of Nevada’s limping economy, to come to his state and spend money in Las Vegas.

The pandemic has put officials in this tourism-dependent place in a double-bind: trying to protect the economy while keeping people safe.

With the state seeing a record number of new cases, Sisolak said he’s on the brink of imposing new restrictions, but

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  • November 21, 2020
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People plan to attend large holiday gatherings, despite rising COVID-19 cases, survey finds

Despite repeated warnings from public health officials about the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19 during large Thanksgiving gatherings, plenty of people say they still plan to meet up as usual anyway.

That’s the major takeaway from a new survey from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The survey, which polled more than 2,000 people on their holiday plans, found that 40 percent intend to be part of a holiday gathering with more than 10 people. A third of the study participants also say they don’t plan to ask guests to wear a mask.

“We really wanted to get a better sense of how people were planning on approaching the holidays and how seriously they were taking precautions and calls from public health leaders across the country to avoid gathering in groups,” Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief quality and patient experience officer at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center,

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  • November 14, 2020
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Cyprus travel corridor at risk as cases soar

Cases are on the rise in Cyprus
Cases are on the rise in Cyprus

 

British holidaymakers planning to visit Cyprus this half term could be in for disappointment, as the country risks losing its travel corridor in the Government’s weekly update tomorrow.

In recent weeks, Covid-19 case numbers have spiked in the Mediterranean island nation. Yesterday, the country saw 152 cases, up from 83 this time last week and 29 the week before that.

The brings the number of cases per 100,000 over seven days up to 73.1 – higher than the threshold of 20, after which a quarantine is considered by the UK Government.

Grant Shapps is due to make an announcement on the UK’s travel red-list tomorrow, at 5pm. In recent weeks major holiday destinations, including Italy, Portugal and Turkey, have lost their travel corridors, meaning Britons arriving back in the UK need to go into a 14-day quarantine.

The Government is under rising pressure

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  • October 21, 2020