State lifts curbs on indoor visits to senior homes, but urges caution

Despite an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Tim Walz’s administration is rolling back a heart-wrenching policy that prevented families from visiting their loved ones in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during the pandemic.

The Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines Monday that allow indoor visits at most senior homes that have not had new COVID-19 infections in the preceding two weeks and the infection rate in the surrounding county is no more than 10%. But the state recommends that long-term care facilities limit how many visitors a resident can have at one time, as well as the duration of indoor visits.

The guidance was issued in response to a new federal policy and significantly eases restrictions in place since March, when nursing homes and assisted-living complexes across the state shut down and barred family visits in an attempt to protect older residents who are particularly vulnerable to the

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Nevada Lifts Block on Rapid Covid-19 Tests in Nursing Homes

The state of Nevada withdrew a directive that blocked nursing homes from using federally provided rapid coronavirus testing equipment late on Friday, in response to an order from the Trump administration.

Nevada told nursing homes on Oct. 2 to stop using the rapid-testing equipment, citing concerns about false-positive results. The back and forth highlights a debate over the proper use of the tests after reports of some false positives.

In a letter to state officials, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official who has overseen U.S. testing efforts, said the state’s action to ban use of the tests was “inconsistent with and preempted by federal law and, as such, must cease immediately or appropriate action will be taken against those involved.” The letter was dated Oct. 8 and made public Friday.

Adm. Giroir defended the performance of the federally supplied equipment on a call Friday with

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Oil gains after biggest one-day rally in five months as presidential homecoming lifts sentiment


  • Oil prices extended gains on Tuesday after Monday’s “presidential homecoming” triggered a big rally and lifted investor sentiment alongside worker strikes in Norway and a hurricane in the US.
  • Brent crude leapt 6% to $41.5 a barrel and US benchmark West Texas Intermediate jumped 6.3% to $39.5 on Monday, recovering the lion’s share of the heavy losses late last week.
  • A worker strike in Norway’s oil and gas industry and the start of evacuations in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of the expected Hurricane Delta helped lift prices on Tuesday.
  • However, an OANDA analyst warned that betting on Brent’s rise to $44, or WTI near $42, would be a “painful trade.”
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Oil prices extended gains on Tuesday, following Monday’s explosive rally that followed President Donald Trump leaving the Walter Reed National Military Centre to return to the

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Markets mixed after Trump-Biden debate; data lifts China

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Wednesday while upbeat manufacturing data lifted shares in China as investors studied the outcome of the debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden.

Hong Kong and Shanghai led regional gains while Japan’s Nikkei 225 edged lower. Overnight, the S&P 500 lost 0.5% as heavy selling of banks helped reverse some of the gains the market a day earlier.

Investors remain cautious with COVID-19 infections on the rise again in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Trump-Biden debate occurred as coronavirus deaths worldwide have surpassed 1 million. Many millions of people worldwide are jobless.

A survey of Chinese manufacturers, t he Caixin manufacturing purchasing manager’s index, showed economic activity accelerating further in September as businesses recovered from the downturn earlier this year due to the pandemic.

The Caixin manufacturing PMI slipped to 53.0 from 53.1 in August, on a scale of 1-100

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