Salt Lake Tribune: Utah prison, jail facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks

Salt Lake Tribune: Utah prison, jail facilities report COVID-19 outbreaks. “As Utah continues to report record-high coronavirus case counts, cases also are spiking in the state’s prisons and jails. The Davis County Jail is experiencing a new outbreak after the facility had been COVID-free for nine months. As of last week, 24 individuals had tested positive, and a dozen other inmates were being monitored for exposure. On Monday, the number of confirmed cases had jumped to 35, according to a spokesperson.”

Associated Press: US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread

Associated Press: US, Japan agree to keep troops on base to curb COVID spread. “The U.S. and Japan on Sunday agreed to keep American troops within their bases as worries grew about a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the country. The restrictions starting Monday will last 14 days, confining U.S. military personnel to base facilities except for ‘essential activities,’ a statement from the U.S. Forces in Japan said. The Japanese Foreign Ministry released the same statement.”

Bloomberg: Hong Kong birthday bash lands 30 officials in quarantine

Bloomberg: Hong Kong birthday bash lands 30 officials in quarantine. “All of the approximate 100 guests at a celebration thrown for a representative of a mainland Chinese agency were being sent to the quarantine camp in Penny’s Bay, local media reported Friday. Some of Hong Kong’s most senior politicians — along with more than 20% of its new ‘patriots-only’ legislature — will be confined to 20-square-meter rooms with no wifi access, just as the government fights an outbreak of the infectious omicron variant.:

WPRI: Outbreak hits Rhode Island hospital after COVID-positive staff called in to work

WPRI: Outbreak hits Rhode Island hospital after COVID-positive staff called in to work. “Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston on Thursday reported 28 patients had tested positive for the virus as of that morning, totaling about 14% of the facility’s roughly 200 patients. The outbreak of cases comes in the wake of the state announcing it would align with federal guidance and permit COVID-positive health care workers to continue treating patients.”

Everything Lubbock: Ten Texas Juvenile Justice Dept. employees test positive for COVID-19

Everything Lubbock: Ten Texas Juvenile Justice Dept. employees test positive for COVID-19. “Ten employees at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 24 hours. This comes after the Texas Juvenile Justice Department announced in December that 68 cases were active across its facilities (37 youth and 31 staff).”

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive) (Hollywood Reporter)

Hollywood Reporter: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Production Paused After More Than 50 Test Positive for COVID-19 (Exclusive). “Sources say more than 50 members of the large production tested positive on Monday, which was the first day of work after the Christmas break. The Patrick Stewart-led series has one of television’s biggest crews, numbering more than 450 staffers. The infections impacted multiple zones, including cast in zone A.”

4WWL: Visitation for Louisiana-run prisons suspended indefinitely due to COVID

4WWL: Visitation for Louisiana-run prisons suspended indefinitely due to COVID. ” The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has suspended prisoner visitation indefinitely starting Thursday. According to the DOC, the precautionary measure was made after the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. The department also suspended volunteers from entering any of the eight state-run prisons.”

CBC: Natuashish reporting double-digit case numbers as COVID-19 hits community for first time

CBC: Natuashish reporting double-digit case numbers as COVID-19 hits community for first time. “COVID-19 has entered the isolated community of Natuashish for the first time — in a large way — and contact tracers are having difficulties, according to Mushuau Innu First Nation Chief John Nui. Nui said he and council got their first update from their health workers on Tuesday, and the community of 935 people, located 295 kilometres north of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, has since reported 30 cases.”

Covid-19: More than 100 test positive on an Italy-India flight (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: More than 100 test positive on an Italy-India flight. “A total of 125 passengers who arrived in the northern Indian city of Amritsar on a chartered flight from Italy have tested positive for Covid-19. They will be placed in isolation, health officials said. They were among 179 passengers on the flight from Milan which landed in Amritsar on Wednesday afternoon.”

COVID surge: Outbreaks hit multiple Bay Area homeless shelters (The Mercury News)

The Mercury News: COVID surge: Outbreaks hit multiple Bay Area homeless shelters. “The Division Circle Navigation Center, a large shelter in San Francisco that also helps occupants access medical, mental health and substance abuse care, reported more than half of its 88 residents — plus three staff members — have been infected. Another 17 residents and nine staffers have tested positive at San Francisco’s MSC-South shelter.”

Covid: Scotland hits record number of new cases (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Scotland hits record number of new cases. “A further 20,217 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland, the highest daily figure of the pandemic. The Public Health Scotland figures are the first to be published in 2022 – after the last tranche released on 29 December also showed record cases.”