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France sees highest number of COVID-19 patients going into hospital since April

PARIS (Reuters) – French hospitals registered 1,307 new coronavirus patients on Monday in the highest one-day increase since April 2, which saw 1,607 new patients, as the health system comes under increasing stress from a runaway infection rate.

French health ministry data showed that France now has a total of 17,784 coronavirus patients in its hospitals, compared with a record 32,292 on April 14, at the height of the March-May lockdown.

The ministry also reported 26,771 new confirmed coronavirus cases in past 24 hours, from 52,010 on Sunday. On Monday, the tally usually drops sharply because of reporting lags over the weekend.

The death toll went up by 257, taking the cumulative total since the start of the epidemic to 35,018. The number of people in intensive care units rose by 186 to 2,770.

Several regions in France have implemented emergency plans in hospitals, delaying non-essential operations to make space in ICU units for COVID-19 patients and cancelling staff holidays.

Sources told Reuters that authorities were looking at options for still tighter measures to fight COVID-19, including starting a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m curfew earlier, confining people to their homes at weekends except for essential trips, and closing non-essential shops.

(Reporting by Geert De Clercq, Editing by Franklin Paul and Alison Williams)

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Doctor goes clean-shaven for first time in 50 years

Dr Manoj Joshi, before and after. (SWNS)
Dr Manoj Joshi shaved his beard and moustache to raise funds for a polio. Here, before and after. (SWNS)

A doctor who shaved all his facial hair off for the first time in five decades to raise funds for a polio vaccine says his wife doesn’t recognise him.

While Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, had trimmed his beard before, he had not shaved his moustache since he was 16 years old.

Joshi’s wife said she she’d never seen him without facial hair before in the 42 years they had been married.

A member of Rotary International, a humanitarian service whose goal is to advance goodwill and peace around the world, Dr Joshi has been involved in what he calls “acts of giving” for his entire life.

Dr Manoj Joshi, before his shave. See SWNS story SWLEmoustache; A man who shaved his moustache to raise funds for a polio vaccine says his wife can’t even recognise him - after he trimmed it for the first time in 52 YEARS. Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, says he had never shaved his moustache ever since he could grow one as a fresh faced 16-year-old but decided to chop it all off in a bid to “eradicate polio”. But after he chopped it off his shocked wife said she couldn’t recognise him as she’d never seen him without it in the 42 years they had been married. The grandfather-of-two joked that it would take a lawn mower to trim his luscious facial hair - which is older than the invention of the mobile phone. Dr Joshi, a proud Rotarian, which is a worldwide charitable society with over a million members worldwide, has been involved in what he calls “acts of giving” for his entire life. On World Polio Day (Saturday, Oct 24) he took centre stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to shave off his beloved moustache in an “emotional day”.
Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, has not shaved since he was 16 years old but decided to chop it all off for the cause on World Polio Day. (SWNS)
Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, shaved his moustache for the first time in 52 YEARS at Bradford City Hall to raise funds to eradicate polio. See SWNS story SWLEmoustache; A man who shaved his moustache to raise funds for a polio vaccine says his wife can’t even recognise him - after he trimmed it for the first time in 52 YEARS. Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, says he had never shaved his moustache ever since he could grow one as a fresh faced 16-year-old but decided to chop it all off in a bid to “eradicate polio”. But after he chopped it off his shocked wife said she couldn’t recognise him as she’d never seen him without it in the 42 years they had been married. The grandfather-of-two joked that it would take a lawn mower to trim his luscious facial hair - which is older than the invention of the mobile phone. Dr Joshi, a proud Rotarian, which is a worldwide charitable society with over a million members worldwide, has been involved in what he calls “acts of giving” for his entire life. On World Polio Day (Saturday, Oct 24) he took centre stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to shave off his beloved moustache in an “emotional day”.
Dr Manoj Joshi took centre-stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to have his beard and moustache shaved off. (SWNS)

On Saturday, World Polio Day, he took centre-stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to shave off his beloved moustache.

He was nervous and said he’d miss his beard, which was painted purple as an homage to how immunised children had their little finger dyed purple.

When a child receives their polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received the vaccine.

Watch: Wild Polio wiped out in Africa

Read more: Top scientist who battled COVID-19 says we will never live normally without vaccine

Dr Joshi, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, hopes to raise awareness and funds for the Rotary Foundation’s End Polio Now campaign – and has so far raised nearly £4,000.

He said: “It was such an emotional day for me because this cause means the world and if we can eradicate polio and make sure no child is at risk – it will be a great day.

“We are so close and I think we need to keep doing all we can to push over the final stretch.

“For me, it’s very strange to be without my moustache which I’ve had for 52 long years – but shaving it off is nothing compared to what we are fighting for.

Collect photo of Dr Manoj Joshi as a young man. See SWNS story SWLEmoustache; A man who shaved his moustache to raise funds for a polio vaccine says his wife can’t even recognise him - after he trimmed it for the first time in 52 YEARS. Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, says he had never shaved his moustache ever since he could grow one as a fresh faced 16-year-old but decided to chop it all off in a bid to “eradicate polio”. But after he chopped it off his shocked wife said she couldn’t recognise him as she’d never seen him without it in the 42 years they had been married. The grandfather-of-two joked that it would take a lawn mower to trim his luscious facial hair - which is older than the invention of the mobile phone. Dr Joshi, a proud Rotarian, which is a worldwide charitable society with over a million members worldwide, has been involved in what he calls “acts of giving” for his entire life. On World Polio Day (Saturday, Oct 24) he took centre stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to shave off his beloved moustache in an “emotional day”.
Dr Manoj Joshi as a young man. (SWNS)
Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, shaved his moustache for the first time in 52 YEARS at Bradford City Hall to raise funds to eradicate polio. See SWNS story SWLEmoustache; A man who shaved his moustache to raise funds for a polio vaccine says his wife can’t even recognise him - after he trimmed it for the first time in 52 YEARS. Dr Manoj Joshi, 68, says he had never shaved his moustache ever since he could grow one as a fresh faced 16-year-old but decided to chop it all off in a bid to “eradicate polio”. But after he chopped it off his shocked wife said she couldn’t recognise him as she’d never seen him without it in the 42 years they had been married. The grandfather-of-two joked that it would take a lawn mower to trim his luscious facial hair - which is older than the invention of the mobile phone. Dr Joshi, a proud Rotarian, which is a worldwide charitable society with over a million members worldwide, has been involved in what he calls “acts of giving” for his entire life. On World Polio Day (Saturday, Oct 24) he took centre stage at a park in front of Bradford City Hall to shave off his beloved moustache in an “emotional day”.
The 68-year-old says that his wife struggled to recognise him after going under the chop. (SWNS)

“The barber told me he would need a lawnmower to shave it all off – but thankfully he managed in just 30 minutes.

“It was light-hearted fun but there is a profound importance to this. These causes are so close to my heart.

“But I do feel very weird and strange now without my beard and moustache.

“You don’t normally keep something for half a century but my moustache has always been there.”

While there hasn’t been a case of

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Kamala Harris’ awkward laughs spark outrage. Why laughter is not her best medicine



Kamala Harris wearing a suit and tie


Kamala Harris

Senator Kamala Harris, the Democratic Party’s vice-presidential candidate, faced harsh criticism and ridicule from Republicans, including President Donald Trump, for bursting into laughter at a question about her alleged Leftist leanings.

Kamala Harris was mercilessly criticised, even reviled, in the battleground state of Twitter for laughing out loud when CBS reporter Norah O’Donnell asked her if she would push a progressive agenda since she was rated as “the most liberal senator” by the non-partisan, independent Congressional vote tracker, GovTrack.us.

Kamala Harris seemed unprepared for the question and laughed nervously when O’Donnell set the stage with a statement about her being a liberal. Kamala Harris said it was Vice President Mike Pence who had called her liberal during their debate.

The reporter persisted and cited GovTrack as the source of the information, and said Harris had supported the Green New Deal, Medicare-for-all and legalization of marijuana while Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had not, the senator defended her record.

Kamala Harris again broke into laughter when O’Donnell asked, “Is that a socialist perspective?” Socialism is a bad word in American politics in a way conservatism is not. US politicians can espouse the most extreme right-wing positions and not face questions but anyone who dares to talk about workers and unions can be labeled a socialist and face an onslaught.

Kamala Harris got a bit emotional and explained, “It is the perspective of a woman who grew up a black child in America, who was also a prosecutor, who also has a mother who arrived here at the age of 19 from India, who also likes hip hop.” She finished by chuckling again.

Kamala Harris’ laughter has become a point of ridicule even though this time it probably came from a place of disbelief because she was being labeled as left of Bernie Sanders. But she does tend to break into awkward laughter at inopportune moments, something that leads to memes and counter memes.

Republican digital hawks are always at the ready to extract a clip from what might have been a longer conversation to portray Kamala Harris negatively. Some of the reactions on Twitter to the latest Kamala Harris outrage were downright vile.

Donald Trump made fun of Kamala Harris’ laughter at a rally on Monday hours after his “rapid response team” flooded Twitter about the incident. Two days ago, he went on a rant against her saying the US would never see a “socialist” president, “especially a female socialist we’re not going to put up with it.” The attacks would be deemed sexist by any definition.

Last month, Donald Trump said, “If a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can’t be her,” referring to Kamala Harris since Joe Biden has indicated he would be a one-term president. It is a scare tactic Republicans use with aplomb.

The fight for the White House in 2020 has gone down to a level that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. Misogyny, dog whistles,

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El Paso imposes curfew as COVID-19 cases overwhelm hospitals: “We are in a crisis stage”

Residents in the Texas border city of El Paso have been urged to stay home for two weeks as a spike in coronavirus cases overwhelms hospitals. The crisis prompted the state to dedicate part of the city’s civic center as a makeshift care center for the ill.

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A woman holds up a mask she bought at a store on Friday, May 1, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. 

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El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Sunday night issued a stay home order with a daily curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Violators could be fined $500 under the order.

“We are in a crisis stage,” said Samaniego, the county’s top elected official.

Earlier Sunday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said 50 hospital beds will be set up in the convention center and another 50 beds could be added if needed.

Abbott ordered the alternate care site to expand hospital capacity in the El Paso area in response to the coronavirus surge, he said. The site, scheduled to open this week, will provide additional medical equipment and medical personnel.

The surge in El Paso cases comes as President Donald Trump downplayed the virus’ effect on Texas, saying during last week’s presidential debate: “There was a very big spike in Texas, it’s now gone.”

The state has already provided over 900 medical personnel to El Paso, some of whom will be staffing the convention center site.

“The alternate care site and auxiliary medical units will reduce the strain on hospitals in El Paso as we contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region,” Abbott said.

El Paso County health officials reported 772 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a day after a record 1,216 new cases were reported, making up more than 20% of the 3,793 new cases reported statewide. That brought the total cases since the pandemic first hit Texas to 862,375. An estimated 91,885 active cases was the most since Aug. 30, and the 5,206 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported statewide Sunday was the most since Aug. 22.

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U.S. News Names Best Nursing Homes for 2020-21

Nursing Home profiles to also include new patient safety information, highlighting up-to-date COVID-19 data.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in health care rankings, today released the 2020-21 Best Nursing Homes. As nursing homes and facilities across the nation cope with the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. News remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help patients, families and caregivers understand their long-term and short-term care options. This year, to accompany the new ratings, nursing home profile pages were updated to include a patient safety summary that reflects COVID-19 data alongside other measurements of safety and related advice on choosing a home or facility amidst the pandemic.

U.S. News & World Report Logo. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. News & World Report)
U.S. News & World Report Logo. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. News & World Report)

“U.S. News strives to provide access to information that allows consumers to make educated decisions on all types of care,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “Updating the profiles to include a patient safety summary that highlights COVID-19 data paired with other measures of care arms families, caregivers and patients with the information needed to make a decision that keeps safety at the highest priority.”  

The 11th year of the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes combines comprehensive information about care, health inspections and staffing with COVID-19 outbreaks, flu and pneumonia vaccination rates, and infection control violations listed on the patient safety summary. Individuals can easily conduct customized research for a highly rated nursing home by location, size, Medicare and Medicaid coverage and Alzheimer’s care.

In addition to helping families find the best nursing home for their loved one, U.S. News published pieces on nursing home patient safety during COVID-19 and what to expect as nursing homes resume in-person visits. These pieces join new Hospital Hero profiles featuring a nursing home activities director easing pandemic-related isolation and a public policy expert calling for nursing home employees’ wages and benefits to reflect the current dangerous nature of their jobs.

This year, California has the highest number on the list, with 215 nursing homes that received a High Performing Rating in Short-Term Rehabilitation and 135 designated as High Performing in Long-Term Care, followed by Florida, Illinois and New Jersey. Hawaii, Maine and Alaska have the highest proportion of Best Nursing Homes with at least half of all Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes in these states receiving a High-Performing designation in either Short-Term Rehabilitation or Long-Term Care, or both. The Best Nursing Homes reflect U.S. News’ analysis of data collected and published by the federal government using a methodology defined by U.S. News that evaluates factors that U.S. News has determined most impact patient and resident care, safety and outcomes.

The Best Nursing Home finder features ratings on both long-term and short-term care. The Long-Term Care Rating aims to provide prospective residents who need help with daily activities, and their families, with analysis and information regarding the quality

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A Malaria Mystery, Partly Solved: What Happens When the Rains End?

But during the dry season, the researchers found, the parasites in most red blood cells stopped making the sticky versions of that protein. They slipped away into the spleen to their destruction. But a few clingy survivors hung on, and appeared to slow down their metabolism, like microscopic bears hibernating for the winter.

This had two effects that protected them.

First, by measuring the inflammatory proteins produced by the immune system, Dr. Portugal showed that the reclusive parasites had somehow become too “quiet” to trigger the immune counterattack that might destroy them.

Second, too few sticky cells remained to clog brain capillaries, so even infected children survived.

“A parasite that kills its host during the dry season reaches a dead end,” Dr. Portugal said.

Sarah K. Volkman, a molecular biologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a leading malaria expert, called the new study “important.” Dr. Volkman’s research in Senegal has found that parasite lineages persisted in villages for 10 years. She noted that understanding the importance of that small dry-season reservoir could reveal ways to destroy the parasites when they are at their weakest.

Dr. Miriam K. Laufer, a malaria specialist at the University of Maryland’s medical school, also praised the study, saying it “delivered concrete data about things we thought were the case, such as that the dry season infections do not elicit a big immune response.”

Dr. Nicholas J. White, director of a malaria research unit based at the University of Oxford and Mahidol University in Thailand, was more reserved, noting that researchers in Vietnam had previously shown that parasites persist in dry months.

Parasites might simply “change their clothes” every few cycles to avoid being recognized by the immune system, he argued, and the lower number of cells clinging to walls could be explained by a change in the host’s antibody response rather than by a change in the parasite.

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Fit4Mii app Announces Online and Online-to-offline Fitness Training Platform and Multi-Lingual Marketplace

“Find the right fit for you at Fit4Mii”

In one swift move, Fit4Mii app has established a workout system that allows fitness enthusiasts to participate virtually via the internet or offline from it’s world-class trainers. The platform also features a marketplace where fitness enthusiasts can get their hands on all necessary tools required to achieve a healthy body and mind.

Fit4Mii app is a fully accessible online and online-to-offline fitness platform and market place. It provides online training for everyone, no matter age or ability both on and offline. Fit4Mii app trainers go through rigorous training and are largely multi-lingual and when combined, speak 19 languages. They are qualified in many disciplines including Muay Thai, corrective exercise, yoga, nutrition, pilates, and Zumba. At Fit4Mii app, there is an online fitness class for everyone, everywhere regardless of age, language, health condition, body type and gender.

Given the covid pandemic, health and fitness has become an important focus. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate to vigorous physical exercise, and sufficient rest. The Fit4Mii app online fitness platform does not only help users to exercise, but to do it the right way. Fit4Mii app enables each participant to find tailored fitness programs to help them get the most from working out. Besides fitness, these programs also touch on other aspects of health and wellness such as bone, mental, social and emotional.

Fit4Mii app has a well-rounded online fitness program to improve a person’s fitness levels in all aspects of fitness. Fitness enthusiasts have come forward to say that the platform has been a lot of help as it has pushed them into developing other parts of their bodies. Without Fit4Mii app, most participants confessed to only practicing cardio/respiratory endurance or weight training.

Fit4Mii app is virtual gym providing live and interactive fitness classes online. Participants can access several fitness courses or programs ranging from Cardio, Dance, Nutrition to Kids fitness, and Family. In a bid to make its services available to everyone, the team at Fit4Mii has made sure to mix its paid courses with some free courses. Now, everyone can participate.

For more information visit the Fit4Mii website or use the media contact outlets below.

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No Indoor Dining In Northbrook Under New Coronavirus Restrictions

NORTHBROOK, IL — Indoor dining at Northbrook restaurants will be forbidden starting Wednesday, as state public health officials announced new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. All service inside bars and restaurants in suburban Cook County will be off-limits, all outdoor eating or drinking has to stop by 11 p.m. and gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

It marks the first time the additional mitigation measures will be applied to Arlington Heights and the rest of the Cook County suburbs, although similar restrictions are already in place in Regions 7 and 8, including DuPage, Kane, Kankakee and Will counties.

According to data from the Cook County Department of Public Health, the average number of new confirmed cases rose by 75.9 percent from Oct. 7 through Wednesday, the most recent day where data is available, compared to the prior two weeks.

As of Monday, there have been 742 confirmed coronavirus-related cases in Arlington Heights, according to the Cook County Department of Public Health with 56 new cases last week. That marks an 119 percent increase in confirmed cases over the last 14 days.

(Cook County Department of Public Health)
(Cook County Department of Public Health)

In suburban Cook County overall, the positivity rate and the rate of hospital admissions has been rising sharply. As of Thursday, the most recent day when data is available from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the rounded rolling average of daily new hospital admissions of people with symptoms of COVID-19 had risen to 49 — more than doubling since the start of October.

“We are seeing test positivity across the state increase, but for Region 10, Suburban Cook County, we are also seeing a steady increase in hospitalizations for COVID-like illness,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a statement announcing the new restrictions. “At the beginning of the pandemic, we were concerned about overwhelming our hospitals, and we must take action now to prevent that possibility.”

RELATED: 1 Coronavirus Death, 61 New Cases Since Last Week In Northbrook

With Monday’s announcement of new measures in suburban Cook County, Region 10, and the re-imposition of restrictions on the Metro East region, Region 4, more than half of the state’s 11 COVID-19 resurgence mitigation regions will be under some form of additional resurgence mitigation.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 28, the following rules take effect in Northbrook and other Cook County suburbs:

Bars/Restaurants

  • No indoor service

  • All outside service closes at 11:00 p.m.

  • All patrons should be seated at tables outside

  • No ordering, seating, or congregating at bars — bar stools should be removed

  • Tables should be 6 feet apart

  • No standing or congregating indoors or outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting

  • No dancing or standing indoors

  • Reservations required for each party

  • No seating of multiple parties at one table

Meetings, Social Events, Gatherings

  • Limit to lesser of 25 guests or 25 percent of overall room capacity

  • No party buses

  • Gaming and Casinos close at 11:00 p.m., are limited to

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Fauci Calls Situation ‘Quite Precarious,’ Tamps Down Vaccine Expectations

KEY POINTS

  • Fauci said the nation is “at the highest baseline” after officials reported more than 80,000 new cases in a single day two days in a row
  • The top health official expressed optimism over the ongoing coronavirus vaccine trials
  • A potential vaccine would likely only prevent symptomatic cases of coronavirus

The coronavirus situation in the U.S.  is “quite precarious” amid a resurgence of new cases across multiple states, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, on Monday.

The U.S. is “at the highest baseline” it has ever been during the pandemic after health officials recorded more than 80,000 new coronavirus cases on both Friday and Saturday, Fauci said. The previous single-day record of 74,818 cases was set in July. 

“We came back up again to the worst that we’ve ever had, which was over 80,000 per day,” Fauci, who is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious, said. “It’s been up and wavering up and down till now, we’re at the highest baseline we’ve ever been, which is really quite precarious.”

Fauci expressed optimism over the results from various ongoing coronavirus vaccine trials. He said results should be available at the end of November or the beginning of December. However, he noted that a vaccine would not eradicate the virus. Instead, it would only decrease a person’s chances of having symptoms.  

“The primary thing you want to do is that if people get infected, prevent them from getting sick, and if you prevent them from getting sick, you will ultimately prevent them from getting seriously ill,” Fauci said. 

The infectious disease expert also emphasized the importance of observing preventive measures, including wearing face masks, avoiding large gatherings, social distancing, and frequent handwashing, Business Insider reported. 

“We can do this. I’m absolutely convinced that as a nation, if we pull together and do some fundamental common-denominator public-health measures, that we can get through this with a lot of help in the future from vaccines and adequate therapies,” he said. 

American health officials have reported nearly 8.7 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The number of cases recorded globally is also inching closer to 43.5 million. More than 225,000 people in the country have died due to COVID-19. 

The U.S. continues to have the highest number of reported coronavirus cases worldwide. It is followed by India, which has recorded 7.9 million cases, Brazil with 5.4 million cases, and Russia with 1.5 million COVID-19 cases, Johns Hopkins University reported.    Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Fauci said the government would not make any future COVID-19 vaccine obligatory for the general public Photo: POOL / Al Drago

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Possible coronavirus exposures at Madison County Walmart, Price Chopper, Planet Fitness

Oneida, N.Y. — The Madison County Health Department is warning of three potential recent exposures to the coronavirus.

Health officials said that anyone who visited the following locations during the following times should monitor for symptoms:

Planet Fitness, 2002 Glenwood Shopping Plaza, Oneida. Time of exposure: Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.; and Oct. 21 and 22, from 5 to 5:15 p.m.

Walmart, 2024 Genesee St., Oneida. Time of exposure: Oct. 22, from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

Price Chopper, 142 Genesee St, Oneida. Time of exposure: Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m.

In all three cases, the individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 who visited the three locations were wearing masks.

The county encourages anyone who visited those locations to monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19, which include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny rose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty breathing. County officials say anyone who visited Walmart and Planet Fitness in Oneida should monitor for symptoms through Nov. 5; and anyone who was at Price Chopper should monitor through Nov. 4.

“It is important that residents remain diligent and continue to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19,” county health officials said in a news release. “Please protect yourself and others by wearing a face covering when you are out in public, especially when you are unable to maintain social distancing. Also, please practice good hygiene. These guidelines are for all of our protection to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Madison County also announced it has partnered with SUNY Upstate to hold Covid-19 diagnostic mobile testing clinics.

Testing is available to anyone interested at no cost to the patient, however they are by appointment only. To schedule an appoint, call (315) 464-2582 and select option 0.

“They are experiencing longer than usual wait times, so please be patient and remain on hold to book an appointment,” health officials said.

The mobile testing clinics are scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

Oct. 29 and Nov. 12 at the Madison County Complex parking lot, 138 N. Court St., Wampsville.

Nov. 5 at the Hamilton Village Police Department, 5121 Wings Way, Hamilton.

For more information and a full list of potential exposures, visit the Madison County Health Department website.

Have a tip or a story idea? Contact Catie O’Toole: cotoole@syracuse.com  5/8 text/call 315-470-2134 5/8  Twitter  5/8  Facebook

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