Boston Herald: 32 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus transmission as red zone doubles over two weeks

Boston Herald: 32 Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for coronavirus transmission as red zone doubles over two weeks. “The number of Massachusetts cities and towns at high risk for COVID-19 transmission has more than doubled in the past two weeks, rising to 32 this week from a low of 14 as officials sound alarms about local outbreaks.”

Newswise: Mayo Clinic’s Coronavirus Map now features forecasting on emerging COVID-19 hot spots

Newswise / Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic’s Coronavirus Map now features forecasting on emerging COVID-19 hot spots. “The predictive modeling uses Mayo Clinic data analysis and expertise to forecast trends in COVID-19 cases and is based on modeling that Mayo Clinic has used to anticipate COVID-19 cases at its locations and to assist public health agencies. Predictive modeling is not available for Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories.”

Washington Post: After weeks of declining cases, echoes of hot spots emerge in Upper Midwest, New York City area

Washington Post: After weeks of declining cases, echoes of hot spots emerge in Upper Midwest, New York City area. “Caseloads are down nationally and tens of millions of people are fully loaded with antibodies to the virus, with more than 2 million people getting doses of vaccine every day. But the virus continues to pose a real and present threat, with about 55,000 new infections daily. Michigan has seen a rise in hospitalizations and positive test results. Minnesota’s numbers are creeping up, as are Maryland’s and New Jersey’s. Many places, including New York City and surrounding counties, are no longer seeing steady declines in cases, despite intensive vaccination efforts.”

CNN: Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals

CNN: Brazil plunges into crisis as a second wave and deadly new variant overwhelm hospitals. “Brazil has broken its own record three times this month for number of deaths in a 24-hour period. On Wednesday, Brazil’s Health Ministry registered a devastating new high — 2,286 lives lost to the virus. In total, more than 270,000 people are known to have died due to Covid-19, making Brazil’s the second-highest national death toll after the United States.”

AP: Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe

AP: Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe. “The virus swept through a nursery school and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with amazing speed. In a matter of just days, 45 children and 14 staff members had tested positive. Genetic analysis confirmed what officials already suspected: The highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in England was racing through the community, a densely packed city of nearly 40,000 with a chemical plant and Pirelli bicycle tire factory a 15-minute drive from the heart of Milan.”

Task & Purpose: The Navy tried to cast Capt. Brett Crozier as a villain. New emails reveal how much support he really had

Task & Purpose: The Navy tried to cast Capt. Brett Crozier as a villain. New emails reveal how much support he really had. “The Navy has repeatedly blamed Capt. Brett Crozier for the unprecedented novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt last year, but newly-released emails show several of Crozier’s colleagues instantly recognized that he had put the lives of his crew above his own career.”

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say

New York Times: Brazil’s Covid Crisis Is a Warning to the Whole World, Scientists Say. “No other nation that experienced such a major outbreak is still grappling with record-setting death tolls and a health care system on the brink of collapse. Many other hard-hit nations are, instead, taking tentative steps toward a semblance of normalcy. But Brazil is battling a more contagious variant that has trampled one major city and is spreading to others, even as Brazilians toss away precautionary measures that could keep them safe.”

Washington Post: Nursing home staffers attended a 300-person superspreader wedding. Now six residents have died.

Washington Post: Nursing home staffers attended a 300-person superspreader wedding. Now six residents have died.. “Last month, more than 300 people packed into a wedding near rural Ritzville, Wash., defying state restrictions. Authorities later traced more than a dozen coronavirus cases and two outbreaks to the ceremony — and warned the fallout would probably get worse. Now, health officials say the wedding also included some guests whose job is caring for among the most vulnerable to coronavirus: nursing-home residents. At least six residents have now died of covid-19 at two nursing homes where staffers tested positive for the virus after attending the wedding, the local department announced in a Thursday news release.”

Covid: South Korea raises alert level amid spike in cases (BBC)

BBC: Covid: South Korea raises alert level amid spike in cases. “South Korea is raising its Covid-19 alert levels, as it battles a rise in infections. Gatherings of more than 50 will be banned in the capital Seoul and surrounding areas from Tuesday, while gyms and karaoke bars be closed. On Sunday 631 new infections were reported in one day, the highest number in nine months.”

CNN: An Oregon mink farm has reported a Covid-19 outbreak

CNN: An Oregon mink farm has reported a Covid-19 outbreak. “An Oregon mink farm has reported an outbreak of coronavirus among mink and farmworkers. Ten mink samples submitted all came back positive for coronavirus, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) said in a news release on Friday. The farm has been placed under quarantine, meaning ‘no animal or animal product can leave the farm until further notice,’ according to ODA.”