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CDC States Fully Vaccinated People Can Skip COVID-19 Testing

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC ) has yet again updated its policies in relation to COVID-19. The agency is now reporting people who have been fully vaccinated can skip future COVID-19 testing.

via NYDN

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that most people who have received the full course of shots and have no COVID-19 symptoms don’t need to be screened for the virus, even if exposed to someone infected.

The change represents a new phase in the epidemic after nearly a year in which testing was the primary weapon against the virus. Vaccines are now central to the response and have driven down hospitalizations and deaths dramatically.

Experts say the CDC guidance reflects a new reality in which nearly half of Americans have received at least one shot and close to 40% are fully vaccinated.

“At this point we really should be asking ourselves whether the benefits of testing outweigh the costs — which are lots of disruptions, lots of confusion and very little clinical or public health benefit,” said Dr. A. David Paltiel of Yale’s School of Public Health, who championed widespread testing at colleges last year.

While vaccinated people can still catch the virus, they face little risk of serious illness from it. And positive test results can lead to what many experts now say are unnecessary worry and interruptions at work, home and school, such as quarantines and shutdowns.

Other health specialists say the CDC’s abrupt changes on the need for masks and testing have sent the message that COVID-19 is no longer a major threat, even as the U.S. reports daily case counts of nearly 30,000.

“The average Joe Public is interpreting what the CDC is saying as ‘This is done. It’s over,’” said Dr. Michael Mina of Harvard University, a leading advocate of widespread, rapid testing.

With more than 60% of Americans not fully vaccinated, he thinks screening of those without symptoms still has a role, particularly among front-line workers who have to deal with the public.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said the updated guidelines are based on studies showing the robust effectiveness of the vaccine in preventing disease in various age groups and settings. Even when vaccinated people do contract COVID-19, their infections tend to be milder, shorter and less likely to spread to others.

As a result, the CDC says vaccinated people can generally be excluded from routine workplace screening for COVID-19.

That change could eliminate testing headaches like the one recently reported by the New York Yankees, when one player and several staffers tested positive on a highly sensitive COVID-19 test, despite being vaccinated.

Baseball officials are discussing whether to drop or reduce testing of people who have no symptoms.

But widespread attempts to waive testing for vaccinated people could face the same dilemma seen with the CDC’s new guidelines on masks: There’s no easy way to determine who has been vaccinated and who hasn’t.

Employers can legally require vaccinations for most workers, though few have tested that power, since the vaccines don’t yet have full regulatory approval. Even asking employees to disclose their vaccination status is viewed as intrusive by many employment-law specialists.

For now, testing appears to be continuing unchanged in places that adopted the practice, from offices to meatpacking plants to sports teams.

Pork producer Smithfield Foods said it continues to conduct a combination of mandatory and optional testing for employees, depending on conditions at work sites. Amazon said it will still offer regular, voluntary testing.

The NBA has indicated it plans to keep its testing system in place for now. The league has been praised for using rigorous testing to create COVID-19-free “bubbles” around players, coaches and staff.

On a national level, the supply of COVID-19 tests now vastly surpasses demand. U.S. officials receive reports of about 1 million tests per day, down from a peak of over 2 million in mid-January, though many rapid tests done at home and workplaces go uncounted.

Consumers can buy 15-minute, over-the-counter tests at pharmacies and other stores. That’s on top of increased capacity from U.S. laboratories and hospitals, which ramped up testing after last year’s crushing demand.

The U.S. will be capable of conducting 500 million monthly tests in June, according to researchers at Arizona State University.

As recently as this winter, many health experts were calling for a huge testing effort to safely reopen schools, offices and other businesses. But that was before it was known how effective the vaccine would be in the real world, how quickly it could be distributed and whether it would protect against variants.

“The vaccines overperformed, which is the best news possible,” said Dr. Jeffrey Engel of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. “So now you can begin to peel back some of these other layers of mitigation like mask use and screening.”

We are now over a year into dealing  with COVID-19 and its restrictions. It is good to see the world reopening. However, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated and use their own discretion while interacting with others.

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Bryshere Gray to Serve Jail Time in Felony Domestic Violence Case

Empire star, Bryshere Gray, known by for playing the role of “Hakeem Lyon, has pled guilty to felony domestic violence and will have to serve jail time!”

The rapper/actor,  on charges of felony aggravated assault against his wife, Candice Jamar, earlier this year. He was initially charged with kidnapping as well, but those charges have been seemingly dismissed. Bryshere will do ten days in jail and serve three years on probation.

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[EVENT RECAP] BADDIES ATL’ Premiere w/ Natalie Nunn, Tanisha Thomas, & More

Zeus Network – the premiere streaming network for original content creators and subscribers, celebrated the original bad girls of reality television with the premiere of its latest new original series, “BADDIES ATL.”

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Joined by network founder, Lemuel “Lemmie” Plummer, the original badgirls Natalie Nunn, Tanisha Thomas, Janelle Shanks, Seven Craft, Sarah Oliver, Christina Salgado, Judi JaiMehgan James and newbie Sidney Starr celebrated the series launch at CMX CineBistro in Peachtree Corners, Atlanta.

Additional special guests included OG Bad Girl Amber Meade – who displayed a baby bump!; Rapper Euro GotitJ Butler, Rapper Milan Christopher, Recording artist Mikael Amoré, actor Terrence GreenCharisse Mils, TV personality Kiyomi LeslieCorey Mekell and more. Zeus Network executives: Darryl Farmer, Janeisha John, Shane Norman, Ashley Washington and more also attended. Show Executive Producer and star Tanisha Thomas attended the pink-carpet with her fiancé TV Carey St. Hilaire.

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“Baddies: ATL” is the newest series from ZEUS starring the original bad girls of reality tv Executive Producers Natalie Nunn & Tanisha Thomas along with Janelle Shanks, Seven Craft, Sarah Oliver, Christina Salgado, Judi Jai, Mehgan James and introducing Sidney Starr. The ladies reconnect in the ATL to reminisce, bring the fireworks, and settle old beefs. Once newcomer, Sidney Starr, is thrown into the mix the OG Baddies prove that being bad girls is not just who they are…but what they do. Zeus is available on Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Fire TV and Chromecast – subscribe by visiting TheZeusNetwork.com.

Watch the “BADDIES ATL” trailer here. “BADDIES ATL” airs Sunday nights on Zeus Network.

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Yes! City Councilman Antonio Brown announces run for Atlanta Mayor

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Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown, delivers a speech at the steps of City Hall, announcing his intentions to run for Mayor on Friday, May 14, 2021. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Atlanta City Councilman, Antonio Brown, entered the mayoral race today, announcing his intent at noon on the steps of City Hall surrounded by his family, friends, influencers, supporters and staff.

The District 3 councilman, is known for his activism in social justice, speaking out for the marginalized and poor communities, advocating for the rights, safety, and inclusion of the LBTQ+ community seeks to “Reimagine Atlanta!”

Antonio endured quite a rocky upbringing. Both of his parents were incarcerated during his childhood, he grew up impoverished and dropped out of high school at fifteen to bag groceries and help support his younger siblings. Over the years he not only improved on his own life but fought for a better way of life for people all over the city. In his announcement speech, Brown outlines this reimagining of Atlanta by transitioning the political power away from Atlanta’s elite and placing it back into the hands of it citizens. “People are no longer asking for a seat at the table. They realized that they are the table, and elected officials are just invited guests to that table!” He further outlined the reimagining by speaking on affordable housing, more jobs, a better educational system, and an improved public transportation system, and second chances for people who have paid their debt to society.

Antonio lightly touched on the indictments of fraud and false bank statements from 2020 stating outright they are false and that he would not be running for mayor if there were any validity to them. He went on to make a profound statement about the type of politicians people everywhere need. “…the time for perfect politicians is done, people want politicians that are real and are working for them.”

Antonio’s announcement comes on the heels of current Mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms’ announcement she would not seek re-election. Brown has voiced his love and support the mayor publicly and via social media tweeting, “Always hold tight to your faith, God makes no mistakes. Thank you for your service to our city Mayor @KeishaBottoms [praying hands].” If Brown is he elected he will become the 61st, and youngest mayor at the age of 36, for Atlanta. “Young people are leading the way, just look around at all the young activists and people here. Antonio is a part of a generation of people unafraid to take on big politics and fat cats. He knows who he is and the people he is fighting for. It’s refreshing! It’s a good time be an ATLien!” states Ernesto Allen.

To support Antonio Brown’s campaign follow him on social media via Instagram @antonioforatl, on Twitter @AntonioIsMuted,  and donate to his campaign by visiting his website at www.ReimaginingAtlanta.com.

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