Outdoor NFL stadiums and Major League Baseball ballparks across the country are being repurposed as states work to administer the Covid-19 vaccine en masse.
The move comes as members of Operation Warp Speed recommended that states should expand access to Covid-19 vaccines to everyone 65 and older, as well as any adult with an underlying health condition that might raise the risk for complications of Covid-19.
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56m ago / 10: 40 PM UTC
Nurse who works in Covid-19 unit wins $1 million in North Carolina lottery
A North Carolina nurse who works in the Covid-19 unit at a long-term care facility received a welcome surprise when she won $1 million in the state lottery.
The nurse, Terri Watkins, had entered the $300,000,000 Supreme Riches second-chance drawing but didn’t think she would actually win.
“I’m a nurse and I work in the Covid unit at a long-term care facility. Just seeing some of the things that I’ve had to see, I am very thankful,” she said. “I had been praying for something to help me with this situation. It really is a great thing. I’m very blessed.”
As of now, Watkins said she is still considering how she’ll spend the money. She said a new home would be nice, but she wants to “take time and put it in the right place.”
2h ago / 9: 56 PM UTC
Nearly 200 arrested in Los Angeles County by ‘superspreader’ task force
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested 182 people on Jan. 9, the agency announced on its Facebook page Monday.
The arrests were made by the agency’s superspreader task force at two underground parties, which violated the county’s Covid-19 safety protocols. All 182 people who were arrested were cited and released, the department said.
“Sheriff Alex Villanueva has made it clear he will seek out & take law enforcement action against ALL underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County,” the department wrote on its Facebook page. “The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of #COVID19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.”
Los Angeles County is currently seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths. The county has reported more than 945,000 cases and more than 12,000 deaths from the virus.
Alicia Victoria Lozano
3h ago / 8: 19 PM UTC
California to begin offering Covid vaccine to residents 65 years and older
California will begin offering the coronavirus vaccine to residents who are 65 years and older, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday.
The state’s announcement comes one day after members of Operation Warp Speed recommended expanding access to the vaccine for anyone in this age group.
“There is no higher priority than efficiently and equitable distributing these vaccines as quickly as possible to those who face the gravest consequences,” he said. “To those not yet eligible to start receiving vaccines, your turn is coming.”
California has been particularly hard hit by a monthslong surge that had brought the state’s coronavirus tally to more than 2.7 million cases and 31,000 deaths as of Wednesday.
4h ago / 7: 51 PM UTC
U.S. counts 23 million Covid-19 cases
The United States has recorded over 23 million Covid-19 cases, crossing the threshold Wednesday afternoon after a relentless winter surge in states across the country.
According to a NBC News analysis, Covid cases have ticked up over the past two weeks in more than 30 states. Only three states — Tennessee, Idaho and South Dakota — are experiencing slight declines in case rates.
Texas also became the second state, after California, to report over 2 million cases.
6h ago / 5: 37 PM UTC
Pharmacies say they could do more to distribute vaccines. States are listening.
Retail pharmacies are stepping in to help speed up Covid-19 vaccinations much earlier than anticipated after calls for states to take more advantage of their networks and experience.
Independent and chain drug stores weren’t supposed to take a large role in distributing the vaccines until later stages, when doses will be much more widely available. But the halting rollout so far has sent governors scrambling for alternatives to hospital systems and local health departments, which have been handling most vaccinations so far.
New York this week is expanding distribution to hundreds of pharmacies throughout the state so health care workers or people ages 75 and older have more options to get vaccinated.
“They know how to do this,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said at a briefing Friday. He said 1,200 pharmacies had committed to help speed distribution, in addition to other health care providers.
Nigel Chiwaya and Joe Murphy
8h ago / 3: 09 PM UTC
The United States logged another 4,000 Covid-19 deaths Tuesday
The U.S. crossed the 4,000-person Covid-19 death mark for the second time Tuesday as the pandemic continues to rage across the country.
A total of 4,052 people died from Covid-19 Tuesday, according to NBC News’ tally. The country surpassed 4,000 deaths for the first time on January 7, when 4,110 people died. New daily deaths have risen 21 percent over the last two weeks.
The country also recorded 225,618 new cases. New cases have risen almost 19 percent in the last two weeks.
Overall, 22,959,377 cases and 381,773 deaths have been recorded in America since the start of the pandemic.
The following states set single-day case or deaths records Tuesday:
- Alabama: 226 dead
- Arizona: 335 dead
- Mississippi: 98 dead
- Missouri: 258 dead
- New York: 19,679 cases
- Oregon: 54 dead
- Wyoming: 33 dead (tie)
Rachel Elbaum and Reuters
10h ago / 1: 59 PM UTC
China evacuates some villages in an effort to contain coronavirus outbreak
Around 20,000 people from about a dozen villages in China have been moved to centralized isolation sites on Wednesday, according to China’s state-controlled CCTN news.
The residents of the villages in the Hebei province, where there is currently an outbreak, were taken by bus to hotels, schools and other sites to quarantine, according to the report.
China posted its biggest daily jump in Covid-19 cases in more than five months on Wednesday. It has as a result stepped up containment measures that have seen four cities put under lockdown. The National Health Commission reported a total of 115 new confirmed cases on the mainland, compared with 55 on Tuesday, the highest daily increase since July 30.
11h ago / 12: 55 PM UTC
‘An error in judgment’: Bruce Willis spotted maskless in LA pharmacy
Actor Bruce Willis is speaking out after he was photographed entering and exiting a Los Angeles Rite Aid without a mask.
“It was an error in judgment,” Willis told People magazine in a statement. “Be safe out there everyone and let’s continue to mask up.”
After weeks of spiking Covid-19 rates, California is now experiencing a plateau in its rate of new infections, according to an analysis by NBC News.
However, Covid-19 rates remain stubbornly high across southern California.
Yasmine Salam and The Associated Press
11h ago / 12: 48 PM UTC
Full lockdown in Lebanon sparks panic buying in supermarkets
Lebanon is set to enter an 11-day, 24-hour curfew on Thursday morning amid a sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks. Authorities on Monday announced the tightened restrictions that will prevent residents from going outside to buy groceries.
The announcement prompted panicked supermarket buying with scenes from images on social media showing packed stores, empty shelves and lines through the parking lot.
Hospitals meanwhile, are at maximum capacity, reporting a shortage of respirators and medical supplies.