omicron

Complaints about White House handling of COVID-19 aired at U.S. Senate hearing

BY: - January 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senators from both political parties expressed their frustration with the Biden administration coronavirus response team during a Tuesday hearing that keyed in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on vaccines, as well as the shortage of COVID-19 tests available for Americans. The hearing also was highlighted by a tense exchange between […]

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Ohio leaders have failed the public as state now stands as one of worst for COVID

BY: - January 4, 2022

Paging Dr. Amy Acton. Help! We are rudderless and reeling. Our health care system is crashing. Hospitals are running out of beds. COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations are through the roof. Hospitalized children are outpacing adults. Especially in five states. Ohio is one. With only half the state fully vaccinated, the even more infectious virus […]

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During a COVID-19 surge, ‘crisis standards of care’ involve excruciating choices

BY: - January 3, 2022

By Matthew Wynia, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus As the omicron variant brings a new wave of uncertainty and fear, I can’t help reflecting back to March 2020, when people in health care across the U.S. watched in horror as COVID-19 swamped New York City. Hospitals were overflowing with sick and dying patients, while […]

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Omicron underscores the limits of local COVID policy

BY: - December 29, 2021

Omicron is upon us. From Dec. 20 to Dec. 23, over 40,000 Ohioans tested positive for COVID-19, the most of any four-day stretch ever. As a matter of fact, each of the days in that window topped the previous single-day high of 13,374 cases recorded on Nov. 30, 2020, giving us the new first, second, […]

CDC: 25 states report omicron strain of COVID-19, but delta remains biggest threat

BY: - December 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases. On Saturday, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed two cases in the state of the variant, bringing the number to at least 26 states. Of those initial, confirmed […]

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Figuring out omicron – here’s what scientists are doing right now to understand the new variant

BY: - December 10, 2021

By Peter Kasson, University of Virginia Scientists around the world have been racing to learn more about the new omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2, first declared a “variant of concern” on Nov. 26, 2021 by the World Health Organization. Officials cautioned that it would take several weeks before they’d know whether the recently emerged coronavirus variant […]

New COVID omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic,’ Biden says

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday about the latest COVID-19 variant, describing it as “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” Biden did not announce any new travel restrictions or other federal actions during his brief remarks from the White House. Instead, he urged Americans to get a booster […]

White House imposes travel restrictions for Africa amid new COVID-19 variant

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — The White House is set to announce travel restrictions to eight countries in Southern Africa on Monday due to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant, according to senior administration officials. The World Health Organization classified the COVID-19 variant as a “variant of concern” due to its high mutation and transmission rate, and […]