Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Kim Wahl of the Wisconsin Green Schools Network leads a workshop on rain barrels April 21 at Aspen Ridge Home & Garden in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The workshop was part of an initiative by Trinity Episcopal Church. Photo: Elizabeth McGehee[Episcopal News Service] You might say Trinity Episcopal Church in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, is offering creation care by the barrel.The congregation, thanks in part to a Stewardship of Creation grant from the Episcopal Church, distributed 30 rain barrels on April 21 to residents of this small city in mostly rural southwest Wisconsin. Its rain barrel workshop kicked off a weeklong program of Earth Day events on the theme “Water Is Life.”The Rev. John Floberg, Episcopal missioner on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, will speak later this week in Mineral Point about the Episcopal Church’s opposition last year to part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And Trinity’s $10,000 grant also will be used to create raised garden beds and a separate rain garden on church grounds, as well as to produce a children’s education program on environmental issues.This flurry of activity follows Trinity’s success hosting a one-day environmental film series in September that was backed by a Diocese of Milwaukee grant. These are examples of ways Trinity is deliberately reaching out to residents on environmental issues, said the Rev. Brian Backstrand, Trinity’s rector.“I think we’ve touched a chord of interest and concern in the community,” he said. “It’s something that I’m personally very passionate about.”Rain barrels at Aspen Ridge Home & Garden in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, are lined up ready for customers to take home through a discount program set up by Trinity Episcopal Church. Photo: Elizabeth McGeheeTrinity was able to offer the rain barrels, which typically cost $180 each, for just $46 because the congregation negotiated with the manufacturer to bring the price down to $114. The grant then covered more than half that cost. To receive the rain barrels, each customer was asked to attend a workshop on April 21 at Aspen Ridge Home & Garden to learn how the barrels work and how to set them up.The idea for the rain barrel initiative stemmed from a meeting with an official at the state Department of Natural Resources, or DNR.Jane Stenson, who leads Trinity’s Creation Care Committee, told Episcopal News Service that she, Backstrand and Trinity’s senior warden met with the DNR official to learn more about water issues in Iowa County. Backstrand had recently preached at Trinity on the gospel passage about the woman at the well and the water of eternal life, and Stenson noted echoes of biblical language in the DNR specialist’s scientific descriptions of how “old water” is renewed.While rain water is naturally fresh, agricultural and stormwater runoff is one threat to the drinking water in the Mineral Point area, the specialist said. He recommended subsidizing rain barrels and creating a rain garden, which catches runoff and filters the water before pollutants can enter storm drains.Trinity sold all of the discounted rain barrels it offered, and Stenson said she has been encouraged by the response.“The community is small and our church is even smaller, so the idea was not to pay attention to how many people were coming through the doors on Sunday morning,” she said. “The idea was, what can Trinity do to present itself to the community?”She is upfront in saying one of the most important lessons the congregation has learned in the past year is how to market its outreach to the community. “There’s a lot that we have to share to people, but if nobody’s listening, then you’re not sharing,” she said.Trinity’s first big step was hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, held Sept. 9 at the Mineral Point Opera House. It featured several short films on environmental issues and drew a crowd of about 200 people.The turnout reflected a diversity of backgrounds in Mineral Point and nearby Dodgeville, which Trinity also serves. Mineral Point has a growing arts community, Backstrand said. At the same time, the cities are surrounded by farmland and rural life, and some families have lived in the area for generations. Others are relative newcomers, drawn by the “diversity of music and art and also the small-town feel.”“So we have people with small-town backgrounds with long-term history here. And some of the people are in both worlds,” he said. “It’s a unique place.”Backstrand developed his love of the natural world growing up in Oregon, with its great forests and mountain ranges, and his uncle also had a farm. Backstrand and his wife lived for several years on their own farm in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, before moving to Mineral Point in 2015 when he became rector.The love of the environment that he and his wife share soon rubbed off on the Trinity congregation.“We care about these things, and others in the church responded,” Backstrand said.The congregation plans to expand its film series to three nights this September and invite a Native American storyteller to speak, as well.In the meantime, Backstrand and the congregation look forward this week to hosting Floberg, the South Dakota priest, first at a series of small events and then at a larger public event April 28 in the Opera House. Floberg also will join the congregation for Eucharist the following day.After the Eucharist, the church will hold a ceremony to bless the church’s own rain barrels, and residents who bought discounted rain barrels from Trinity this month can have theirs blessed, too. Backstrand also has offered to bless the barrels during home visits.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Racism has again driven people to the streets to demand an end to the destructive and deadly consequences of racial hatred, white supremacy and unconscious bias. As we consider events of the last few months, we know that our nation is in desperate need of healing, hope and justice for the senseless deaths of unarmed Black people at the hands of law enforcement and their surrogates.In the wake of the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY, and Ahmaud Arbery near Brunswick, GA, as well as countless others that have not made the news; the National Council of Churches USA calls upon all people of faith to turn to the task of ending racism with increased fervor and commitment before more lives, and the soul of the nation, are lost.It does not escape our attention that this crisis of racism intensifies just as we face another crisis, the coronavirus global pandemic, that has infected millions and taken the lives of more than 105,000 Americans, and over 375,000 people worldwide. This pandemic has amplified disparities already integrated into American systems, particularly health care, education and the economy.As protesters march through cities across the country, we pray that change is on the horizon. We recognize that non-violent protests have led to many of the changes in our nation that we celebrate today. We also acknowledge that a convergence of stressors, bad actors, and other factors have led to demonstrations becoming disorderly and unsafe, further escalating tensions. We urge all protesters to persist in their efforts for non-violent demonstrations to ensure the safety and well-being of all who are lifting their voices to stand for justice.Additionally, the NCC must join the outcry by our member denominations for the troubling display in the nation’s capital on June 1. It can never be acceptable for the military to be deployed at the order of the U.S. Attorney General against peaceful protesters to violently move them out of the way using tear gas, rubber bullets and other weaponry in order for any elected official, much less the U.S. President, to take a blasphemous photo-op with a bible in front of a church. This was spiritual manipulation and a disgraceful mockery of our sacred text on sacred ground.At times like these, society looks to public officials to lead, console and unite. Instead, today we see and hear from some government leaders only what leads to hostility and more division. Rather than calm tensions, they seem to be provoking them. But, the church is not closed, absent or silent. We ask church leaders to fill in the gaps of leadership that our nation is now experiencing. We know what it means for the brokenhearted to be healed, for those who mourn to be comforted and for those who are bound to be set free. This is a moment for us as the Church to stand as witnesses—to be light and salt to our country and the world. And, we urge Christian leaders throughout our nation to stand in the gap in leadership, to be available to those who are hurting and to be diligent in pursuing peace, advocating for justice, and helping to heal our nation.For more information on the NCC’s A.C.T. Now! to End Racism initiative and to access a list of resources, click here. 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You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSRainfallSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleThe first 100 days: Mayor Demings marks his accomplishmentsNext articleHealthier worksites continues to grow in Orange County Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here From the St. Johns River Water Management District Data collected by the St. Johns River Water Management District shows rainfall during February was below average in all areas except Brevard County and parts of Osceola County. A full report outlining changing hydrological conditions was presented at the district’s March Governing Board meeting, in addition to a proclamation designating April as Water Conservation Month.“Water conservation is at the core of our mission,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “This month is the perfect opportunity to remind the community that everyone has the power to take action and help ensure we use water wisely as well as safeguard future supplies.” According to district data, 12-month totals show the effects of prolonged above-average rain in the central region, and prolonged below-average rainfall in the southern region. The coastal regions of Brevard and Osceola counties had the least amount of rainfall in the last 12 months. For that same time, Marion, Alachua, Putnam, and Seminole counties all had more than 60 inches of rain on average across the county.While April has been formally recognized as Water Conservation Month in Florida for 21 years, as April is typically a dry month when water demands are higher due to springtime planting, water conservation is a year-round focus at the district. The district is dedicated to grassroots education and outreach programs that share with the public the importance of ongoing water conservation and stresses water conservation through the permitting process.For information on saving water, visit the district’s water conservation web pages at www.sjrwmd.com/waterconservation/savingwater. About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate
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Receive email alerts IndonesiaPapua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expression Indonesia is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en IndonesiaPapua New GuineaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expression August 23, 2019 – Updated on August 26, 2019 News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua News Internet access in West Papua was initially slowed down and then disconnected altogether on 21 August in what the information ministry called a “temporary” measure designed “to accelerate the process of restoring the security and order situation in Papua and the surrounding areas,” where violent protests have been taking place. During a protest outside the ministry of communication and information technology in Jakarta on 23 August, a demonstrator brandishes a #KeeptItOn sign denouncing the Internet blackout in West Papua (right). The blackout is the next step after dispatching soldiers to the region (left). (Photos: DASRIL ROSZANDI / AFP , ANI / Free Press Journal) As a result of the blackout, journalists reporting in the field have been finding it extremely difficult to transmit their stories, photos and video, and to contact their news organizations and sources. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an immediate end to a two-day-old Internet blackout in West Papua, where Indonesian security forces have been clashing with Papuan pro-independence demonstrators. The blackout violates the freedom to inform and makes it hard for journalists to work, RSF said. Violent protests and rioting began in West Papua on 17 August after police raided a student campus to arrest young Papuans accessed of removing the Indonesia flag. The raid triggered multiple clashes between the security forces and pro-independence activists, and has prompted the Indonesian authorities to dispatch 1,000 soldiers to the region. Help by sharing this information “Cutting Internet access prevents journalists from covering the situation and encourages rumours, at the risk of fuelling instability in the region,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “This measure constitutes a disproportionate violation of the right to information and freedom of expression, which underpin all democracies. We urge the Indonesian government to reconnect the Internet without delay.” News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 7, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacific
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Tagged with: Home Prices Home / Daily Dose / ‘Online Buyers’ Contribute to Growing Home Sales Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home sales in July parachuted 8.7% over the same time last year, putting the breaks on a run of year-over-year sales drops stemming from COVID-19, according to ReMax National Housing report for July 20.The lowest Months Supply of Inventory (1.7 months) in the 12-year history of the report aside, July’s market was on an insatiable roll, establishing a record for the greatest number of home sales—in any month—among the report’s 53 metro markets. In fact, contrasted to the end of May, when the year-to-date total was 8.9% behind last year’s pace, home sales are merely 4.8% below last year. At this point, in four of the seven months of the year, monthly sales have surpassed last year. At 20, Omaha, Nebraska was atop the list of metro areas with the fewest number of days on the market. Following were Cincinnati, Ohio, 24, and Seattle, Washington, 25. Conversely, Des Moines, Iowa lingered on the market for the highest number of days, 24, with Augusta, Maine coming it at 91, and Miami, Florida, 90.Compared to last month, among July’s survey of 53 metro areas, there was a spike of 18.6% in the overall average number of days of homes sales. What’s more, contrasted to last July it parachuted 8.7%. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania led the year-over-year sales percentage hikes at +25.9%, followed by Des Moines, Iowa, +25.2%, and Denver, Colorado, +22.3%.The median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $285,000 in July, a bounce of 3.4% from June 2020. It was accelerated 8.6% from last year. At -4.0%, Honolulu, Hawaii was the lone mero area to experience a drop in the year-over-year median price sales. Birmingham, Alabama, +17.1%, Augusta, Maine, +14.1%, and Indianapolis, Indiana, +14.0%, paced 22 metro areas with year-over-year jumps.Adam Contos, RE/MAX Holdings CEO, said the sharp acceleration in July sales—the best month of home sales in the country’s history—further reflects the “remarkable recovery” of the housing in the eye of the pandemic. “Home sales typically peak in May or June, but this year we’re seeing an overlap of the spring and summer markets. “A significant ongoing challenge for many: finding a home. Along those lines, compared to July 2019, there was a 30,1% spiral in July inventory this year, which topped the record. Additionally, it was the ninth consecutive month of double-digit, year—over-year, dips. December 2017 and January and February 2018 were the sole three months with lower inventory totals two winters ago.Also history-setting, July’s 1.7 Months of Inventory marked only the second month in the history of the report with a supply under two months. Typically, during the summer, housing inventory is at its apex.Perhaps not surprisingly, more buyers are shifting online in light of a greater number of distressed sales resulting from foreclosure moratoriums and forbearances stemming from COVID-19.A growing number of Multiple Listing Services and real estate brokerages are cancelling all open houses while placing common-sense limits on property showings, appraisals and closing appointments, all of which typically require some degree of person-to-person interaction, said Auction.com VP, Market Economic Daren Blomquist. “These preventative measures will likely throw a wet blanket on retail home sales and price appreciation in the coming months, depending on how extreme, widespread and lengthy those measures turn out to be.”Blomquist said properties available for online auction accounted for more than 50% of individual property page views on the Auction.com website on March 18—the first day this year that online REO auction properties have accounted for more than half of all property page views. 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Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Number of Covid patients at LUH drops further WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Twitter The number of people with Covid-19 at Letterkenny University Hospital has dropped further. As of last night, there were 75 patients with the virus being treated on site, down from the previous figure of 83.Meanwhile, the testing of close contacts resumes today after the practice was suspended due to the large number of people with Covid-19 presenting with symptoms.It comes as 1,552 people are being treated in hospitals around the country for Covid-19 – the figure is down from 1,620 yesterday.Last night, 216 people were in ICU.1,466 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday, along with 47 deaths. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – January 29, 2021 Previous articleRow erupts in Dail between Minister & Donegal TDNext articleNew grants scheme for Colmcille 1500 commemorations News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp
narvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 59.2 million people and killed over 1.3 million worldwide.Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:Nov 24, 10:47 pmCOVID-19 deaths in US up 27% week-over-week: HHS memoThere were 10,784 deaths recorded from Nov. 17 to 23, marking a 26.9% increase in new deaths compared with the previous week, according to an internal Health and Human Services memo obtained by ABC News Tuesday night.New cases increased 12.2% during that time, and the national test-positivity rate dropped to 10.3% from 10.8%, the memo said.Across the country, 27% of hospitals have more than 80% of their intensive care unit beds filled.Maine, Pennsylvania and Texas saw unprecedented increases in COVID-19 cases, and hospitalizations in Pennsylvania surpassed their April peak, the memo noted.Nov 24, 8:15 pmHospitalizations hit record high for 15th consecutive dayThe number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 set a new record for the 15th consecutive day on Tuesday, according to The COVID Tracking Project.There were 88,080 people currently hospitalized, based on the tracker. The record-setting run began on Nov. 10 with 62,062 hospitalizations.Hospitalizations are increasing “at an extremely fast rate” in Pennsylvania and Ohio, the tracker said.The U.S. also saw more than 2,000 new COVID-19 deaths for the first time since early May, COVID Tracking Project data shows, with states reporting 2,028 fatalities on Tuesday.Nov 24, 8:14 pmMinnesota pauses football program, cancels Wisconsin game dueThe University of Minnesota has paused its football program and canceled Saturday’s game against Wisconsin due to a “sudden increase” in COVID-19 cases, officials said.Nine student-athletes and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last five days, officials said Tuesday. The program is also awaiting confirmation of additional presumptive positive tests.The numbers marked a “sudden increase in positive cases,” Dr. Brad Nelson, the department’s medical director, said in a statement. The pause “will allow the team to focus on stopping the spread of the virus,” he said.The cancellation marks the first time Minnesota and Wisconsin won’t play in 113 consecutive years, ending the longest uninterrupted series in Football Bowl Subdivision history, according to ESPN.Saturday’s game at Wisconsin will not be rescheduled, per Big Ten policy, and will be ruled a no contest.Minnesota officials said they hope to be healthy enough to play Northwestern on Dec. 5.Nov 24, 6:36 pmWhite House testing czar warns of false sense of security with negative COVID testWith holiday travel approaching, a top White House coronavirus official warned against a false sense of security that a negative COVID-19 test might provide.“Please remember that a negative test today does not mean you will be negative tomorrow or in a few days afterwards,” Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, said on a call with reporters Tuesday. “We know that a single test can provide false senses of security. You still have to wear your mask and everything else.”“If you’re negative today, you could be positive by Thanksgiving or Friday,” he continued. “You can get it while you’re traveling on vacation.”Giroir confirmed that the Trump administration is considering shortening the recommended coronavirus quarantine time from 14 days to 10 days, complemented by a negative test administered on day seven or 10 — as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. They are “right now reviewing the evidence,” he said.Demand for testing ahead of the holiday continues to strain the diagnostics system, prompting recurrent warnings from major labs that turnaround times may be delayed. Testing could become even further strapped if a shortened quarantine would require a negative test. When asked if the system has the ability to handle such widespread asymptomatic screening, Giroir said he was “certainly cognizant” of the turnaround times and was doing “everything possible to increase those supplies.”“Asymptomatic testing is very important, but we need to do that on targeted populations,” he said. “We’re not at the point that sort of every American can test themselves every day, without a reason to do that. We are trying to build that infrastructure.” ABC News’ Sasha Pezenik contributed to this reportNov 24, 4:59 pmCalifornia ‘in the midst of a surge,’ health secretary saysCalifornia is “in the midst of a surge,” as the COVID-19 test positivity rate has increased 51% in two weeks, state Health Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said.“These numbers are really going up and going up quickly,” Ghaly said during a press briefing Tuesday. The state reported 15,329 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The 14-day positivity rate is 5.6%.COVID-19 hospitalizations have gone up 81.3% over the last 14 days, and intensive care unit hospitalizations increased 57.1% during that period. There are currently 5,844 hospitalizations and 1,397 ICU hospitalizations in the state. Ghaly warned that 12% of today’s cases end up hospitalized about two to three weeks later, and that ICU units in parts of the state are already being pressed.Four more counties also moved to California’s most restrictive reopening tier on Tuesday, bringing the total number of “purple” counties to 45 — nearly 95% of the state’s population. No counties are left in the yellow tier, the least restrictive of the four.ABC News’ Bonnie Mclean contributed to this reportNov 24, 4:38 pmCOVID-19 deaths rates increased worldwide in past week: WHOCOVID-19 fatality rates continue to increase globally, with more than 67,000 new deaths reported in the week ending Nov. 22, according to the World Health Organization.That continues an upward trend since mid-October, according to the WHO’s weekly global epidemiological situation report. The European region is the largest global contributor of new cases and fatalities, with Italy reporting the highest number of new cases in the region and the third-highest globally. Cases have decreased 6% in Europe, “a sign that the re-introduction of stricter public health and social measures … is beginning to slow transmission,” the report said.The U.S. reported a 14% increase in cases and a 23% increase in deaths, according to the report. Fatalities nearly doubled over previous weeks in Puerto Rico.The African region reported the highest increase in new cases (15%) and deaths (30%) this week, according to the report. ABC News’ Christine Theodorou contributed to this reportNov 24, 4:19 pmFrance to lift COVID-19 restrictions in stages starting this weekFrance will begin lifting its COVID-19 restrictions this week, President Emmanuel Macron announced.“The peak of the second wave of the epidemic has passed,” Macron said Tuesday during an address to the nation, but warned the virus remains “very present” in France.The president outlined three stages of opening. Starting Saturday, all businesses can reopen until 9 p.m., and at-home services, such as hairdressers, can resume. Religious services up to 30 people will be permitted, and more outdoor activity will be allowed. Residents still need permission slips to leave their homes.The country’s lockdown could end by Dec. 15 if COVID-19 cases are below 5,000 per day, Macron said. At that stage, residents will no longer need permission slips to move about, including between regions, and can celebrate family holidays. Cinemas, theaters and museums will be able to reopen, and a nightly curfew will operate from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.By Jan. 20, if cases are below 5,000 per day, restaurants, bars, cafes and gyms can reopen, and the curfew will be reduced. High schools will also fully reopen for in-person learning, followed by universities 15 days later.Authorities are working to make testing more efficient, with the goal of having test results within 24 hours by Jan. 20, Macron said.The president also announced financial support for those affected by lockdowns; restaurants, bars, nightclubs and sports halls can receive 20% of their turnover for the year 2019, if it is more than the 10,000 euros, from the existing “solidarity fund.”ABC News’ Ibtissem Guenfoud contributed to this reportNov 24, 3:01 pmPfizer vaccine could be distributed ‘soon after Dec. 10,’ Azar saysPfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate could be distributed “soon after Dec. 10,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said during an Operation Warp Speed briefing Tuesday.Pfizer applied for emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration last week, and a hearing date was set for Dec. 10 to discuss the vaccine’s possible authorization.“If all goes well, we could be distributing vaccines soon after Dec. 10,” possibly within 24 hours of FDA authorization, Azar said.Elderly care facilities and health care providers will be the first to be offered the vaccine, according to U.S. officials.Officials addressed an increase in vaccine hesitancy amidst the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health leaders are working on a campaign to educate the public on the need to be vaccinated and the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, Azar said.“I will get myself vaccinated as soon as I will be allowed to be vaccinated, to demonstrate to the American people my complete confidence in the independence and integrity of the process and the quality of any vaccine that I would make available to the American people,” Azar later added.ABC News’ Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this reportNov 24, 12:23 pm26 US states plus DC see average number of new cases double since Nov. 1At least 26 U.S. states and the nation’s capital have seen the seven-day average of their daily COVID-19 cases double since the beginning of the month, according to an ABC News analysis of trends across the country.In addition to Washington D.C., those 26 states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.The national monthly tally of cases also continues to increase rapidly. There have been at least 20 straight days where the country as a whole has confirmed more than 100,000 new cases in a 24-hour reporting period. Over 3.1 million cases have been confirmed so far in just the month of November, which would be roughly the equivalent to a theoretical scenario where the entire state of Utah had tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three weeks.Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the United States has doubled in the past month, with 12 states reporting a record number of hospitalizations on Monday.The United States is now averaging more than 1,500 new COVID-19 fatalities every day, a rate of more than one death reported per minute. The national seven-day average of daily deaths is also now twice as high as it was just a month ago.The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average.ABC News’ Benjamin Bell, Brian Hartman, Soorin Kim and Arielle Mitropoulos contributed to this report.Nov 24, 11:54 amRussia says its vaccine is over 95% effectiveRussia claims it’s COVID-19 vaccine, called Sputnik V, is more than 95% effective in preventing the disease.The Russian Ministry of Health’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology released results Tuesday from the second interim data analysis of its ongoing Phase 3 clinical trials, which showed Sputnik V had a 91.4% efficacy rate 28 days after volunteers received the first dose and seven days after they received the second one.Moreover, preliminary data obtained 42 days after the first dose — 21 days after the second dose — indicates the vaccine’s efficacy rate is more than 95%, according to a press release from the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which is overseeing the vaccine’s development.The analysis was carried out among nearly 19,000 volunteers who received both the first and second doses of Sputnik V or placebo. The press release noted that some volunteers experienced short-term, minor adverse events such as pain at the injection point and flu-like symptoms, but that no unexpected adverse events were identified as part of the research and the safety of the vaccine is constantly being monitored.After being developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Sputnik V was controversially registered by the health ministry in August before starting crucial Phase 3 trials, with Russia declaring itself the first in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine. The latest results come just days after three other leading vaccine candidates from Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford announced that data from their respective trials showed efficacy of up to or over 90%.Russia has offered to share related technology from Sputnik V with U.K.-based pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca to help boost the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine developed with England’s University of Oxford. Like the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Sputnik V is based on a modified adenovirus, a type of virus that causes the common cold, which is adapted to produce an immune response for COVID-19. However, Russia claims its vaccine is more effective because it uses different types of modified adenovirus in the first and second doses, rather than just one. The Eastern European country has also said it will sell the drug for cheaper than the leading Western vaccines, offering it for less than $10 a dose.Russia’s vaccine effort has faced criticism for its lack of transparency and hurried approval process. International researchers raised questions about results from early trials published in peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet that contained anomalies and did not include a detailed breakdown of the data.Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly praised Sputnik V and said one of his daughters has already received it. But Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskvov, told reporters Tuesday that the vaccine has not yet been administered to the head of state because it would be inappropriate for him to participate in the trials “as a volunteer.”“The president can’t use an uncertified vaccine,” Peskov said.ABC News’ Alina Lobzina and Patrick Reevell contributed to this report.Nov 24, 9:56 amUS Bureau of Prisons working with Operation Warp Speed to prioritize staff, inmates for vaccineThe U.S. Bureau of Prisons is working with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine initiative, Operation Warp Speed, to prioritize prison staff and inmates once a vaccine is approved, according to a memo obtained by ABC News.The memo said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is determining allocations but the Bureau of Prisons will be included in that initial allotment, which will first be reserved for staff. The memo noted that staff must register on the CDC’s website before receiving the vaccine, which will be administered in two doses.“The BOP Health Services Division is working with the CDC and Operation Warp Speed to ensure the BOP is prepared to receive the COVID-19 once it becomes available,” the memo said.Earlier this month, a report by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General “identified numerous failures” in how staff at a federal prison complex in south Louisiana responded to a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility.The Federal Correctional Complex in Oakdale, Louisiana, suffered the first coronavirus-related death in the federal prison system. As of Nov. 8, the facility had 256 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and at least eight of the prison’s approximately 1,800 inmates had died from COVID-19 complications, according to the inspector general’s report.ABC News’ Luke Barr contributed to this report.Nov 24, 9:03 amGlobal airline body developing COVID-19 ‘Travel Pass’The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced it is finalizing the development of a digital health pass that will allow travelers to store all vaccination or testing information required by airlines and governments amid COVID-19 restrictions.IATA, a Montreal-based body that represents many of the world’s major airlines, plans to test the “Travel Pass” platform later this year before launching the set of mobile apps for Android and Apple iOS smartphones in the first half of 2021.“Our main priority is to get people traveling again safely,” Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president of airport, passenger, cargo and security, said in a statement Monday. “In the immediate term that means giving governments confidence that systematic COVID-19 testing can work as a replacement for quarantine requirements.”The “IATA Travel Pass” incorporates four open sourced and interoperable modules: a global registry of health requirements that enables passengers to find accurate information on travel, testing and eventually vaccine requirements for their journey; a global registry of testing and vaccination centers that allows passengers to find testing centers and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccination requirements of their destination; a “Lab App” that enables authorized labs and testing centers to securely share test and vaccination certificates with passengers; and a “Contactless Travel App” that allows passengers to create a “digital passport,” receive test and vaccination certificates while verifying that they are sufficient for their journey, and share those certificates with airlines and authorities to facilitate travel.The “Contactless Travel App” will also link to a digital copy of the user’s passport and other travel documentation.“Testing is the first key to enable international travel without quarantine measures,” IATA director-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement Monday. “The second key is the global information infrastructure needed to securely manage, share and verify test data matched with traveler identities in compliance with border control requirements.”Nov 24, 6:16 amDaily virus deaths hit new high in RussiaRussia registered 491 more fatalities from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, marking the country’s highest single-day death toll from the disease so far.An additional 24,326 cases of COVID-19 were also confirmed nationwide, down from the previous day’s peak of 25,173 newly diagnosed infections. The cumulative total now stands at 2,138,828 confirmed cases, including 37,031 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has seen a resurgence in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks, with multiple back-to-back days of record-high deaths and cases. The Eastern European nation of 145 million people has the fifth-highest tally of confirmed cases in the world, behind only the United States, India, Brazil and France, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said Tuesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign is expected to begin next year, according to the Interfax news agency. She noted that immunization will be voluntary.More than two million doses of Sputnik V, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Russian Ministry of Health’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, will be produced by the end of the year, Golikova said.Nov 24, 5:45 amDeath toll from outbreak at Illinois veterans home rises to 27A COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans home in Illinois has left more than two dozen people dead, according to a report by Chicago ABC station WLS-TV.At least 27 veterans who lived at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle, some 100 miles southwest of Chicago, have died from COVID-19, according to WLS, which cited the Illinois Department of Veterans.“That’s over 20 percent of our veterans that have passed away in the past several weeks,” state Sen. Sue Rezin told WLS.Rezin said the facility, which is in her district, continues to see an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases.“November 4th, there were only four cases of COVID within the home,” she said. “Very quickly within the past 20 days, we’ve had almost 200 cases.”The Illinois Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will meet virtually Tuesday to discuss the crises at the LaSalle facility.“We need answers and we need answers today,” Rezin said.So far, a total of 96 residents and 93 employees at the Illinois Veterans Home in LaSalle have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from the facility’s administrator, Angela Mehlbrech. The veterans home has been conducting health screenings of its residents and staff, maintaining social distancing practices, wearing face coverings as well as intensifying cleaning and disinfecting protocols.An infection control team has been sent to the facility, according to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.“When there is massive, widespread community spread,” Pritzker told WLS, “there’s no way to keep it out of every facility.”Nov 24, 4:05 amUS reports over 169,000 new casesThere were 169,190 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 21st straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Monday’s count falls under the all-time high of 196,004 new cases on Nov. 20.An additional 889 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Monday, down from a peak of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.A total of 12,420,872 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 257,701 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.