Belleville News-Democrat: Southwest Illinois schools adapt to COVID surges, including return to remote learning

Belleville News-Democrat: Southwest Illinois schools adapt to COVID surges, including return to remote learning. “Some school districts in the metro-east are changing their learning plans as students return from winter break, to curb the spread of COVID from the omicron variant and travel over the holidays. New daily COVID case numbers in Illinois are at an all-time high, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, and every county in the state is considered to have high transmission.”

WABC: New York adjusts patient intake reporting amid COVID hospitalization surge

WABC: New York adjusts patient intake reporting amid COVID hospitalization surge. “Amid mounting concern over surging hospitalization numbers, the state of New York is adjusting the way patients are admitted. Starting today hospitals have to clarify if patients with COVID came in for COVID symptoms or for something else. That’s because a number of those hospitalized for COVID in the last few weeks only found out they had it after being admitted for a separate issue.”

WLBT: Miss. Pediatricians urge school mask policies, vaccinations amid rise in COVID-19 infections

WLBT: Miss. Pediatricians urge school mask policies, vaccinations amid rise in COVID-19 infections. “As COVID-19 cases surge to record numbers in the state, pediatrician members of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MSAAP) are reiterating their strong recommendation that schools and child care facilities implement school-wide mask policies for staff and students older than 2 years of age, in alignment with guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics, to help keep children and staff in school.”

New York Attorney General: Attorney General James Issues Warnings to EZ Test NY and Keep Health Safe to Stop Misrepresenting Turnaround Times for COVID-19 Test Results

New York Attorney General: Attorney General James Issues Warnings to EZ Test NY and Keep Health Safe to Stop Misrepresenting Turnaround Times for COVID-19 Test Results. “New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday issued two warning letters to two companies facilitating coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing — EZ Test NY (a Brooklyn-based collection center) and Keep Health Safe (a Fort Lee, New Jersey-based collection center) — for not meeting promised turnaround times for test results.”

‘An Alarming Surge of COVID-19’: Central District of California Halts Jury Trials for 3 Weeks (Law .com)

Law .com: ‘An Alarming Surge of COVID-19’: Central District of California Halts Jury Trials for 3 Weeks. “The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Monday suspended jury trials through Jan. 24, citing “an alarming surge of COVID-19 cases,” including inside its own courthouses. ‘Given the increased rate of transmission of COVID-19 in the Central District of California due to the Omicron variant, conducting jury trials would place court personnel, attorneys, parties, and prospective jurors at undue risk,’ according to the order, which warns the suspension ‘may be extended as necessary.’”

Wired: Scientists Settled a Century-Old Family Drama Using DNA From Postcards

Wired: Scientists Settled a Century-Old Family Drama Using DNA From Postcards . “MyHeritage, the DNA testing company, announced in 2018 that it would be jumping into the business of commercial artifact testing. An Australian company, Totheletter DNA, was founded in 2018 to offer DNA testing of artifacts ‘from your passed loved-ones to enhance your genealogical research’ for a cost of over $2,000. But what was once envisioned as an explosion in artifact testing has petered into more of a slow burn.”

Denver Post: Omicron hasn’t overwhelmed Colorado hospitals despite “unprecedented” surge, but little capacity is left

Denver Post: Omicron hasn’t overwhelmed Colorado hospitals despite “unprecedented” surge, but little capacity is left. “Since the fast-spreading new omicron variant is less severe than the once-dominant delta, Colorado’s current COVID-19 situation is precarious, rather than catastrophic. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 50,974 new coronavirus infections statewide in the week ending Sunday, a 75% increase over the prior week — and a tally that blows past the state’s single-week record of 37,804 set in November 2020.”