Coronavirus updates: CDC says people who test positive for covid-19 can still vote in person

Here are the latest developments:

As the presidential election collides with a global pandemic, the CDC says that people who are sick with the coronavirus can still vote in person on Tuesday.

In newly-updated guidance published Sunday, the agency says that voters who have tested positive or may have been exposed to the coronavirus should follow the standard advice to wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from others and sanitize their hands before and after voting. “You should also let poll workers know that you are sick or in quarantine when you arrive at the polling location,” the CDC’s website states.

For tens of thousands of Americans, that may be the only option: People who received their test results in the past few days missed the cutoff to request an absentee ballot in most states, and getting an exemption typically requires surmounting arduous logistical hurdles, as The Post previously reported. But the prospect of casting a ballot alongside someone who’s sick is unlikely to defuse the tension surrounding mask-wearing at polling places — something that remains optional in multiple states.

While turnout numbers and exit polls consume much of the national attention, the steady rise of new infections across the country shows no sign of abating. The United States reported more than 86,000 new coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing the total count to nearly 9.3 million, according to data tracked by The Post. Twelve states — Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming — recorded record numbers of hospitalizations.

Rural areas are feeling the strain. In Utah, overwhelmed hospitals are repurposing pediatric beds for adult patients, and plan to soon start bringing in doctors who don’t typically work in hospitals, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

“We’re asking people to do things that they trained for, maybe when they were a resident, but they haven’t done in three years,” Russell Vinik, chief medical operations officer at University of Utah Health, told the paper on Monday.

Jacqueline Dupree contributed to this report.

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People With COVID-19 Can Still Vote In Person, CDC Says

KEY POINTS

  • The CDC said people infected with COVID-19 may still exercise their right to vote
  • Sick voters would be asked to follow safety guidelines
  • The recommendations come as case numbers continue to increase in 40 states

People who have been infected or are currently sick with the novel coronavirus may vote in person, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In an email written on Monday, the health agency said Americans who are or have been infected with COVID-19 can exercise their right to vote as long as they follow proper safety guidelines, CNN reported.  

“CDC’s recommendations for isolating someone who has COVID-19 or quarantining someone who was in close contact with a person with COVID-19 would not preclude them from exercising their right to vote,” the email read. 

“In-person voting can be carried out safely following CDC’s recommendations for polling location and voters,” it continued. 

Voters who are sick are required to disclose their health condition to on-site poll workers. They also must follow coronavirus safety protocols, including wearing face masks, social distancing, and washing their hands before and after casting ballots. 

Poll workers will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) and receive training to use them. 

The CDC recommended designating a voting site for those who are ill, extending voting hours, or organizing curbside voting. The health agency also suggested offering coronavirus-infected individuals with alternative voting options, The Hill reported.  

“When possible, alternative voting options — which minimize contact between voters and poll workers — should be made available for people with Covid-19, those who have symptoms of Covid-19, and those who have been exposed,” a CDC spokesperson said. 

The guidelines come as the number of new coronavirus cases reported weekly had seen an upward trend for four weeks. Last week, the U.S. broke another record-high number of cases after health officials reported 98,500 infections on Friday. 

Case numbers also climbed by at least 25% in 40 states, with battleground states seeing the most significant increase. Michigan has seen a 115% increase in COVID-19 cases, while Rhode Island’s case number increased by 221%, an NBC News analysis showed.  

Nearly 5,800 people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic in the week ending on Nov. 1. The U.S. has now reported more than 9.2 million COVID-19 cases and 231,486 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus dashboard. 
A voter drops a ballot for the 2020 US elections into an official drop box in Norwalk, California A voter drops a ballot for the 2020 US elections into an official drop box in Norwalk, California Photo: AFP / Frederic J. BROWN

 

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WHO chief self-quarantining after contact with person who tested positive for coronavirus

The World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced late Sunday he was self-quarantining after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for #COVID19,” Tedros wrote on Twitter. “I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with @WHO protocols, and work from home.”

The announcement comes as the coronavirus has totaled at least 46,426,677 worldwide cases and more than 1,199,684 deaths, as of Sunday night, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)

Tedros is currently in Geneva, which is home to WHO headquarters, according to his Twitter bio. On Sunday, the city announced a partial lockdown, following an outbreak of cases and hospitalizations due to the virus.

“On November 1, 474 people are being treated by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG), including 56 in intensive care beds (intensive and intermediate care). As a reminder, in mid-October, the HUG had 78 hospitalizations, including 13 in intensive care beds,” a statement by the cantonal government said.

“The figures show that the situation is severely worsening. Over the past few days, more than 1,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus on a daily basis,” the statement continued.

According to WHO guidelines cited by Tedros, the agency “recommends that all contacts of individuals with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 be quarantined in a designated facility or at home for 14 days from their last exposure.”

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On Sunday, he wrote that it was “critically important that we all comply with health guidance.”

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“This is how we will break chains of #COVID19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems,” Tedros added. “My @WHO colleagues and I will continue to engage with partners in solidarity to save lives and protect the vulnerable. Together!”

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What it’s like to live with stiff person syndrome

Jane Lees, 58, lives in Indianapolis and used to work in media. Last year, she suddenly lost a lot of weight and began experiencing extreme muscle pain. She learned a rare condition was behind it. She told her story to TODAY to encourage others to advocate for their health.

Everyone likes to think of themselves as 1 in a million and last year I learned I truly am. After a series of symptoms that ranged from mild to worrisome, I learned that I have stiff person syndrome, a neurological condition that affects 1 in a million people, mostly women. Having a unique condition has been tough, but I have spent the time trying to understand who I am now that I live with this rare illness.

I love to cook, but now I need to sit down every few minutes to build up my strength to continue. (Courtesy Jane Lees)
I love to cook, but now I need to sit down every few minutes to build up my strength to continue. (Courtesy Jane Lees)

I first noticed something wrong when I joined my daughters for vacation last year in Florida. I struggled to keep up with them. But the real wake-up call came when I visited my college roommate and she was shocked by my appearance — I weighed about 87 pounds after suddenly dropping 20 pounds in a month without explanation.

Then in early May, I woke one morning and realized I could no longer ignore what was happening. I felt like I had the flu, but I had received a flu vaccination. Did I somehow get the flu from the vaccine? Doctors felt somewhat puzzled by my condition, but found that I had an infection and treated me for it.

For months, doctors didn't know what was causing my extreme muscle pain, fatigue and stomach upset. Finally a med student suggested stiff person syndrome. (Courtesy Jane Lees)
For months, doctors didn’t know what was causing my extreme muscle pain, fatigue and stomach upset. Finally a med student suggested stiff person syndrome. (Courtesy Jane Lees)

I never completely recovered. The left side of my body felt so tight that I’d ask my daughters to help stretch it. I struggled to walk and I felt unsteady on my feet. My body was so stiff and weak that I felt like I did not have the strength for basic tasks. I was in constant pain. By September I returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I felt relief and imagined feeling better soon, but it never happened. I still had crippling pain, stiffness and weakness.

The team at Indiana University Health ran every test they could think of trying to uncover the reason why my muscles felt so tight, but still felt at a loss about what was behind my pain.

Then a med student mentioned something that the doctors and nurses had never heard of — stiff person syndrome.

Because stiff person syndrome compromises my immunity, I can't see many people these days. Though I still appreciate time with my family. (Courtesy Jane Lees)
Because stiff person syndrome compromises my immunity, I can’t see many people these days. Though I still appreciate time with my family. (Courtesy Jane Lees)

At first I felt overjoyed there was a name for what I was experiencing. But that turned to worry when doctors admitted that they don’t really understand how to treat this

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