Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska’s largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

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An advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet Tuesday to vote on who will get the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. Front-line health workers will be first in line, with first responders, long-term care patients, people with underlying conditions, people over 65 and essential workers also being considered.

Tuesday’s meeting comes a day after Biotech company Moderna applied for F.D.A. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the second vaccine maker to request authorization from the federal government.

While the country awaits a coronavirus vaccine and states undergo lockdowns, some filmmakers have been granted permission to start production in public spaces. In Los Angeles, a COVID-19 testing site at a train station shut down Monday to allow Miramax to film a remake of “She’s All That,” according to Deadline. While students continue virtual learning in Atlanta, the production team and cast of “Spider-Man” received special permission from Atlanta Public Schools to film at two different high schools next year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported more than 13.5 million cases and over 268,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 63.1 million cases and 1.46 million deaths.

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Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

An unidentified COVID-19 patient sits in a hospital bed on Friday, November, 6, 2020 at the El Paso LTAC hospital in central El Paso. Mark Lambie / El Paso TimesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

A team of health care workers does a procedure on a patient with COVID-19 in UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus Wednesday, November 18, 2020. This group of nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists work on a floor of negative-pressure rooms treating 18 patients with COVID-19 requiring an intensive care unit level of care. T&G Staff/Rick CinclairFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

A COVID-19 patient on a ventilator lies in a negative air pressure room in a 12-bed intensive care unit Thursday, November 5, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis. The U.S. is contending with its third, and worst, wave of the virus yet. On Wednesday for the first time, more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported in a day. Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal SentinelFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Registered Nurse Daniel Corral works with a COVID-19 patient Thursday, November, 6, 2020 at the El Paso LTAC Hospital. Mark Lambie / El Paso TimesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Ventilator tubes are attached to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles on Nov. 19, 2020. The surge of coronavirus is taking an increasingly grim toll across the United States, even as of a vaccine appears close at hand. Jae C. Hong, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Registered nurses Daniele Payne, right, and Katie Zupek wearing powered air purifying respirators tend to a COVID-19 patient in a negative air pressure room in a 12-bed intensive care unit Thursday, November 5, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison, Wis. Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal SentinelFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

The patient board at the El Paso LTAC Hospital identifies those infected with COVID-19. Mark Lambie / El Paso TimesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

EMT Giselle Dorgalli, second from right, looks at a monitor while performing chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Jae C. Hong, APFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Medical staff members treat a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) on November 10, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Sparrow ICU nurses Mary-Jo Julin, left, and Lauren Brandon prepare to see a COVID-19 patient under their care, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, during their shift in the intensive care unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State JournalFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Medical staff member Tanna Ingraham checks I.V. on a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at the United Memorial Medical Center on November 19, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

A medical staff member works on a computer as the number on the wall indicates the days since the hospital opened its COVID-19 unit at United Memorial Medical center on November 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. According to reports, Texas has reached over 1,070,000 cases, including over 19,900 deaths. Go Nakamura, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Medical staff members insert a pipe into a vein of a patient suffering from coronavirus in the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at United Memorial Medical Center on November 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura, Getty ImagesFullscreen

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

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Alaska’s largest city begins modified ‘hunker-down’

A modified stay-at-home order begins Tuesday in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska. The order begins at 8 a.m. local time and is scheduled to go until Jan. 1, 2021.

The new order requires restaurants and bars to shut down in-door dining. Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining are still allowed with some restrictions. Indoor gatherings are limited to six people and outdoor gatherings at 10 people. Gyms and fitness centers will go from 50% capacity to 25%.

Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced the new order last week as the city experienced a “record-breaking surge” of coronavirus cases. Former Mayor Ethan Berkowitz issued a similar order in August for a “four-week reset,” according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Anchorage has over 16,500 infections and 68 deaths, according to state data. Statewide there are over 31,000 confirmed cases and 120 deaths.

Gov. Ron DeSantis: Florida schools will stay open in 2021

Florida public schools will remain open in 2021 and families will continue to have the option to keep students at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday. 

But the news came with one caveat: parents with students who are struggling academically in remote learning situations will be notified by their school districts and the students will be required to return to in-person instruction — unless the family again actively elects to keep the student at home. The caveat is part of a new emergency order issued by Richard Corcoran, Florida’s commissioner of education.

DeSantis at a press conference called closing public schools during the coronavirus pandemic the “biggest public health blunder” in modern U.S. history and called his detractors “flat-earthers.” He said the effects of closing schools will be felt for years. 

The announcement comes as Florida has seen a surge in cases in past weeks and is poised to cross the million-case mark on Tuesday.

– CD Davidson-Hiers, Tallahassee Democrat

Coronavirus updates: Gov. Ron DeSantis says Florida schools to stay open in 2021; Alaska's largest city tightens restrictions; 268K US death

Brendan Hurley, a high school junior, gets tested for COVID-19 at a drive-through testing site on Monday in West Nyack, N.Y. The site was only open to students and staff of Rockland County schools in an effort to test enough people to keep the schools open for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)

Another Michigan lawmaker tests positive for COVID

Michigan Rep. John Chirkun on Monday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chirkun, a Democrat, is at least the 11th state lawmaker to have either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

“Rep. Chirkun is doing well and in very good spirits. I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him returning to session following his quarantine,” House Minority Leader Christine Greig said in a statement.

Greig said Chirkun will not attend meetings at the state Capitol this week, which the state Legislature is scheduled to return a two-week break.

The diagnosis comes at the same time businesses around the state face strict operating regulations and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants lawmakers to pass a $100 million COVID-19 relief plan. 

– Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom warns of tougher restrictions

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday warned a stay-at-home order could soon be implemented in counties with widespread COVID-19 transmission if they continue to see a surge of new cases that could potentially overwhelm local hospital systems.

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state increased 89% while COVID-19 patient admissions into intensive care unit beds increased 67%. But that rise is just the tip of the iceberg, officials said. 

“We anticipate another large increase in cases within the next one to two weeks from Thanksgiving activities and gatherings,” Newsom said.

Newson also said he anticipates California will receive an initial 327,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses by mid-December. The first dose will be given in mid-December and the second dose will be given three weeks later, Newsom said.

– Nicole Hayden, Palm Springs Desert Sun

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