COVID-19 Update: Medicine Hat passes mandatory mask bylaw | 1,685 new cases, 10 deaths



a person standing in front of a sunset: Araleigh Cranch adjusts her mask watching the sunset on Crescent Hill as the province announced plans for vaccines starting in January in Calgary on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.


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Araleigh Cranch adjusts her mask watching the sunset on Crescent Hill as the province announced plans for vaccines starting in January in Calgary on Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

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WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates’ for travel



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The last remaining foreign staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left North Korea, the latest in a mass exodus of foreigners amid strict coronavirus lockdowns.

North Korea has reported zero confirmed cases of coronavirus, but the government has imposed stifling measures that in some cases go beyond the controls already in place in the politically and economically isolated country.

International ICRC staff left Pyongyang on Wednesday and the organisation’s ongoing work there will be managed by its delegation in Beijing, said Graziella Leite Piccoli, the ICRC’s deputy head of delegation for east Asia.

“They have completed their assignments in the DPRK,” she said, using the initials of North Korea’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “They will be going to their home countries to reunite with their families.”

The ICRC office remained open with very limited activities given the current anti-coronavirus

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COVID-19 Update: 1,685 new cases, 10 deaths | Province requests field hospitals from federal government



a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, appears at a daily update on COVID-19 with Premier Jason Kenney on March 15, 2020.


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Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, appears at a daily update on COVID-19 with Premier Jason Kenney on March 15, 2020.

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1,685 new cases, 10 deaths

Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided an update on COVID-19 in the province.

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Washington region braces for increase in virus cases after Thanksgiving travel

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Monday said she expects a rise in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, underscoring concerns about holiday travel as leaders across the Washington region lobby the federal government for additional financial relief.

The District reported 371 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its highest total in a single day since the start of the pandemic. The city’s daily case rate per 100,000 people, calculated on a seven-day rolling basis, reached 27 in recent days — a number not seen since May.

While it could be weeks before the region sees the effect of Thanksgiving travel, Bowser on Monday pointed to a nationwide jump in cases that is still being felt in the nation’s capital. She reminded residents to adhere to city travel guidelines, which call on those who visit a “high risk” state to limit activities for 14 days when returning to the

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There will ‘almost certainly’ be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said on Sunday that there will “almost certainly” be an uptick in coronavirus cases after Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday despite public health officials’ warnings.



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Fauci: There will ‘almost certainly’ be an uptick in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving travel

“The travel that has been done has been done,” said Fauci on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“Having said that, we have to be careful now because there almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel,” Fauci said. “We understand the importance of families getting together. And it’s just something that we have to deal with that we likely will have an increase in cases, as we get into the colder weeks of the winter, and as we approach the Christmas season.”

Fauci urged travelers to be safe when returning

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Mental health hospital suspends staff vacation due to COVID cases

A state-run psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island has suspended all medical staff vacation in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases among patients and workers.

“We regretfully are canceling all direct care patient support vacations” effective midnight Nov. 25, according to a letter to Eleanor Slater Hospital staff, The Providence Journal reported.

The letter also said, “We hope this vacation hold is temporary as we recognize the hard work and dedication of our staff and the need for time off.”

The letter was signed by Kathryn Power, director of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, which oversees the Cranston facility.

A Slater spokesperson earlier this week confirmed that 14 patients and 35 staffers had tested positive for the virus.

Another hospital group, Lifespan, previously issued an appeal for retired doctors and nurses to return to work, and even sought medical students and interns, to help

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Public hospital suspends staff vacation due to virus cases

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A state-run psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island has suspended all medical staff vacation in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases among patients and workers.

“We regretfully are canceling all direct care patient support vacations” effective midnight Nov. 25, according to a letter to Eleanor Slater Hospital staff, The Providence Journal reported.

The letter also said, “We hope this vacation hold is temporary as we recognize the hard work and dedication of our staff and the need for time off.”

The letter was signed by Kathryn Power, director of the state Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, which oversees the Cranston facility.

A Slater spokesperson earlier this week confirmed that 14 patients and 35 staffers had tested positive for the virus.

Another hospital group, Lifespan, previously issued an appeal for retired doctors and nurses to return to work, and even sought medical

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US number of cases 8 times bigger than reported, CDC says; AstraZeneca vaccine faces questions; WHO encourages exercise

Like pretty much everything in 2020, Thanksgiving looks a lot different due to COVID-19.

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Many are spending their first Thanksgiving alone or without loved ones. Families are turning video calls into the dinner table. Even the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are social distancing. 

“I know the country has grown weary of the fight,” President-elect Joe Biden said in a Thanksgiving eve address urging unity. “We need to remember we’re at war with the virus, not with one another. Not with each other.”

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Biden gave his address a day after the U.S. reported its deadliest day since May, with more than 2,000 new fatalities due to the virus. It could get worse: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Millions ignore travel warning as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide

With millions of Americans on the move Wednesday, health experts worry what is usually one of the country’s biggest nights for travel may also become one of its most dangerous. Despite the surge in new coronavirus cases, AAA expects up to 50 million Americans to travel.

More than 2.3 million people have been infected nationwide in the past two weeks, and more than 2,000 have died in the past 24 hours, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. That’s the highest single-day death toll in more than six months.

Despite blunt warnings from public health officials pleading for people to stay home this Thanksgiving, millions are hitting the skies and roads anyway. 

Romeo Garcio left Maryland on Wednesday afternoon for his parents’ home in Greenville, North Carolina.

“The holidays are really the only times where I could be able to see my family,” he said.

When asked if

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As coronavirus cases surge, Red Sox offer discounted season tickets for 81 home games in 2021

After a baseball season in which the Red Sox had not a single paid fan in attendance, the local nine are planning on playing 81 home games with paid attendance at Fenway Park in 2021.

The Sox began their season ticket campaign this week, as sales representatives started calling season-ticket holders and offering discounts on renewal packages for next season.

With Alex Cora back in the dugout and the Sox poised to make some additions to a roster that finished with the franchise’s worst winning percentage since 1965, the Red Sox are confident enough that the pandemic will be contained to begin selling 81-game packages.

“We’re going to roll out invoices next week,” executive vice president of ticketing Ron Bumgarner told the Herald on Tuesday. “We sent all our season ticket holders a postcard telling them about them our new 2021 benefits package. And we just enhanced the benefits.

“So

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