CNN: Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests positive for Covid-19

CNN: Rep. Ayanna Pressley tests positive for Covid-19. “‘After experiencing Covid-like symptoms, this morning I received a positive, breakthrough Covid-19 test result,’ Pressley said in a statement. ‘Thankfully, my symptoms are relatively mild, and I am grateful to be fully vaccinated and boosted. I am currently isolating and following all health protocols in order to mitigate further spread and keep my loved ones and community safe.’”

Hawaii News Now: Hawaiian Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid COVID staffing shortages

Hawaii News Now: Hawaiian Airlines cancels dozens of flights amid COVID staffing shortages. “As the highly transmissible Omicron variant infects workers and causes staffing shortages across the country, Hawaiian Airlines is also feeling the impact, already canceling dozens of flights. The airline said a total of 11 flights were canceled on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day combined, and 10 interisland flights were canceled on Wednesday.”

CNN: House GOP committee deletes tweet spreading disinformation about Covid-19 booster shots

CNN: House GOP committee deletes tweet spreading disinformation about Covid-19 booster shots. “The false tweet from the House Judiciary Committee Republicans’ official account, which was posted Thursday afternoon, read: ‘If the booster shots work, why don’t they work?’ The tweet received a wave of backlash before it was taken down and came at a time when Covid cases are spiking across the US following the Omicron variant’s emergence, and public health experts are encouraging people to get boosted to protect themselves and others.”

News 5 Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University turning Delta Gamma sorority house into COVID-19 isolation space

News 5 Cleveland: Case Western Reserve University turning Delta Gamma sorority house into COVID-19 isolation space. ” Members of the Delta Gamma sorority at Case Western Reserve University are being relocated so the school can create an ‘isolation space’ to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The school said it selected the sorority house to use after reviewing occupancy rates for university-owned fraternity and sorority residences.”

‘Decoupling’: The COVID-19 trend doctors hope to see in 2022 (WBNS)

WBNS: ‘Decoupling’: The COVID-19 trend doctors hope to see in 2022. “Over 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen the pattern of waves. When cases increase, we see the number of hospitalizations go up as well. Unfortunately, when there’s an increase in hospitalizations, the number of deaths has gone up. Eventually the waves peak, crest, and the numbers decrease again. With omicron, we are going to see more cases. However, as more people get vaccines and boosters, will that be enough to ease the hospitalizations and deaths?”

NBC News: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate, Debuts New Surge Plan as NY Smashes All-Time Case Record Again

NBC New York: Hochul Extends Mask Mandate, Debuts New Surge Plan as NY Smashes All-Time Case Record Again. “On the final day of 2021, the country’s first calendar year completely engulfed by the COVID-19 pandemic, New York delivered one last record-smashing COVID case high for a third straight day. The governor’s final update for the year included a record 76,555 new positives as the omicron surge stretches the state’s hospitals further. In her final address of 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul detailed a revamped winter surge plan with five keys targets to aid overwhelmed hospitals and protect the most vulnerable.”

Click on Detroit: Detroit public schools cancel classes Monday-Wednesday to configure COVID plan

Click on Detroit: Detroit public schools cancel classes Monday-Wednesday to configure COVID plan. “The Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has canceled all classes on Monday, Jan. 3 through Wednesday, Jan. 5 in an effort to test all employees for COVID-19 before students return to school. The announcement comes as Detroit, along with the rest of the state of Michigan, sees a surge in virus cases, likely partly driven by the new omicron variant.”

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?

FOSS Force: Will Anyone Actually Show Up at CES on Wednesday?. “I’ve wondered how Omicron and the current spike in new cases would affect this year’s show, but I didn’t bother to look into it. CES is generally off my radar (I’m mainly interested in conferences that focus on open source software), although my inbox at this time of year is filled with invites from PR folks looking to set up interviews with the press at the event.”

KnowTechie: LastPass says your passwords are totally safe and no one’s account was compromised

KnowTechie: LastPass says your passwords are totally safe and no one’s account was compromised. “LastPass really wants you to know that the company didn’t leak any of your passwords. Earlier this week, users reported that the company notified them that their master passwords might have been compromised. But now, the company says an “error” may have caused the alerts to be sent out.”