COVID-19: Hudson Valley Infection-Rate Stays High; New Breakdown By County

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New virus-related deaths were reported over the weekend in the Hudson Valley as the region and country continue attempts to corral more transmissible variants of the virus that have been mutating and rapidly spreading.

In the Hudson Valley, the average seven-day COVID-19 infection rate jumped from 3.18 percent on Friday, Aug. 13 to 3.25 percent the following day before dipping back down to 3.16 percent of those tested on Sunday, Aug. 15.

lAs recently as three weeks ago, the infection rate was closer to 2 percent.

Statewide, the positive infection rate jumped from 2.86 percent to 3.09 percent in the

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AdventHealth provides monoclonal antibody treatments to fight infection

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ORLANDO, Fla. – One of Central Florida’s largest hospital systems is reminding families a lifesaving COVID-19 treatment is offered within its medical wings.

AdventHealth said it continues to provide monoclonal antibody treatments for eligible patients, a treatment option that has resurfaced as the country grapples with the highly infectious delta variant of COVID-19.

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Monoclonal antibodies can reduce the severity of COVID-19 in high-risk patients and in turn, help them avoid hospitalizations and

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Boy, 7, dies after being infected with brain-eating amoeba

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A 7-year-old Tehama County boy has died after contracting a rare but severe brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a lake in Northern California, the family said.

David Pruitt died from primary amoebic meningoencephalitis Aug. 7, Crystal Hayley, the boy’s aunt, said.

“We are sad and broken-hearted to report that our sweet little David has passed on,” Hayley wrote on a GoFundMe page for the child’s family.

David was infected after swimming in a freshwater lake last month in Tehama County, although public health officials for the county have not disclosed which body of water.

“People get infected when water containing

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Cholesterol Drug May Reduce COVID-19 Infection by 70%

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Key Takeaways

  • New findings indicate that an existing drug may reduce COVID-19 infection by up to 70%.
  • The drug works by inhibiting the virus from binding with human cells.
  • Researchers are now testing how well fenofibrate works against COVID-19 in clinical trials.

In a preliminary study, researchers found that a drug used to treat cholesterol may reduce COVID-19 infection by as much as 70%.

Scientists tested whether various drugs that are already on the market for other uses may reduce COVID-19 infection. They found that fenofibrate, a licensed drug typically used to lower abnormal levels of fatty substances

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A Chinese Port Partially Closed Because of a Covid Infection. What to Know.

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China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port

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One of the world’s busiest ports partially closed this week after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. The closure raises fears of new disruptions to world trade that could slow the global economy’s recovery.

Meishan, a key terminal at China’s Ningbo-Zhoushan port, closed indefinitely Wednesday after a 34-year old worker tested positive for Covid-19. A member of the board of the Ningbo Port Group Company—which operates the port—also resigned Wednesday, citing personal reasons, reported China’s Securities Daily.

The single asymptomatic infection came in a port employee who was already fully

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