Some citizens are concerned about travel times now that Sorrels Overpass is closed


COLUMBIA, Mo (KMIZ)

Some residents that use the Sorrels Overpass say that traveling is now difficult for them when they leave their homes since the overpass’ closure on Monday.

David O’Bryan, 51, was driving a Waste Management truck that had a piece of equipment extended that hit the bridge during the afternoon. Officials reported O’Bryan was injured because of the crash but University Hospital officials report he is in good condition.

Rayema Ireland uses the overpass to visit her daughter but instead used Stadium Boulevard Tuesday as an alternate route.

Ireland said her daughter uses the overpass but now uses Stadium to drive home serval times a week. Ireland said she is concerned for her daughter’s safety because she knows drivers can become frustrated.

“That’s one of the things I’ve always told my daughter, be careful out there and she’d say mom you know I’m a good driver and I’d say yes but I don’t know about that other guy,” Ireland said.

Allison Ferguson says her grocery store runs will now take longer than five minutes because the overpass is closed.

“The road is the main way to all the grocery stores over there. It’s about a five-minute trip, or at least it was to Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart. So now that’s out of the way probably going to have to start going around which going to add a lot of time,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson added that the overpass needed improvements.

“The bridge has always been a little sketchy if you ask me anyway. So, I think its been needing some work for a long time. I think this just kind of sets it in stone for me. It probably needed it longer than the city would like to admit,” Ferguson said.

Before Monday, MoDOT had already rated the Sorrels Overpass in poor condition. Bridges are rated on a nine-point scale, with 9 being a new bridge and 2 being a closed bridge. Missouri’s poor bridges carry a rating of 4 or less.

Tawny Brown said she’s already planning her next trip to run errands, knowing her travel troubles will add more time to her commute.

“I probably won’t go to Wal-Mart as much, I’ll probably go to a different store because that overpass kind of provides a back way the way to get there really quickly. I’ll probably go to a different grocery store to spend my money,” Brown said

MoDOT currently has 837 bridges that have been rated “poor” using Federal Highway Administration criteria.

Officials said this project will impact traffic. The Sorrels Overpass will remain closed at the bridge during construction, and there will also be temporary lane closures along I-70.



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Lufthansa CEO Concerned About China’s COVID Travel Restrictions | World News


BOSTON (Reuters) – Lufthansa is very concerned about coronavirus travel and border restrictions in China hurting the German air carrier’s recovery, its Chief Executive Carsten Spohr said on Sunday.

China sharply reduced transport links with other countries as the coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019, spread around the world.

Visitors to mainland China, regardless of nationality, face tough requirements prior to travel including multiple medical tests and stringent quarantine rules upon entry.

Airlines, both Chinese and non-Chinese, also face the risk of their flight routes being suspended temporarily if a certain number of infected passengers are detected on arrival in China.

“We are not only slowing down our recovery at Lufthansa, which is also my concern, we are slowing down the recovery of the economic relations between China and Germany,” Spohr told reporters on the sidelines of a conference of airlines group IATA in Boston.

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Local doctors are concerned about a new spike in COVID-19 cases following holiday travel


BAY COUNTY Fla. (WMBB) — Thousands of people from across the country came to our beaches this holiday weekend . 

Now local doctors are concerned about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Executive Director Parker Mcclellan said around 8000 people passed through the airport on Monday alone. 

“People from all over the midwest and as far west as California and Arizona so we have a whole variety of people coming to our community,” Mcclellan said.

While airport officials are pleased with the holiday weekend results, the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic is still looming.

“We are still following that with the daily spraying and sanitizing the wiping down of high touch areas and the requiring of masks continues,” Mcclellan said.

He said the federal mask requirement will be in place in the airport through January 18, 2022. 

Although air travel is good for the local economy, some doctors like Dr. Roman Nation MD, a family medicine physician in Panama City, said he fears that when travelers could be spreading the COVID-19 virus.

“The biggest concern that I would have as somebody from our area is people traveling when they’re sick,” Nation said. 

Doctor Nation said the last major spike happened after the Fourth of July.

He said people refrain from getting tested so they don’t miss out on the fun. 

“Travel advisories and stuff like that would expect at least something of a spike here from this last weekend,” Nation said. “I’m hoping it’s not nearly as bad as the one we had in July.”

But Dr. Nation said the Delta variant has changed some of the most common ways of detecting the virus. With the original strain of the virus, the incubation period was about five to seven days. With the Delta variant it is shorter. 

“Delta, which replicates more than 1000 times faster than the previous one, only takes about three to four days for it to manifest itself and have symptoms,” Nation said.

He also said loss of taste and smell is not as common with the Delta variant. 

Dr. Nation said the rest of the symptoms are similar to the flu with a cold, body aches, fevers, chills and more. 

Dr. Nation recommends getting vaccinated for both COVID and the flu to protect yourself and others.

“It’s not all about which political side of the aisle you’re on, we’re really trying to save lives,” Nation said. 

He said it’s everyone’s personal choice but if you want to get a shot they are available.



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Health officials concerned holiday travel could cause spike in COVID-19 cases


COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Health officials are concerned Labor Day travel could cause another spike in COVID-19 cases, especially among the unvaccinated population.

This comes as the start of the school year has brought an uptick in cases among children who are not vaccinated.

Dr. Nancy Tofil, the Director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care at the UAB & Children’s of Alabama said the Delta variant is hitting the unvaccinated population hard.

“Most are either unvaccinated or under the age of 12 and unable to get vaccinated,” Tofil said. “The numbers have been three or four times what we were seeing last winter at its peak.”

The CDC is warning people who are traveling to take caution during the holiday and has a warning to the unvaccinated population.

“If you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling,” CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

According to the CDC, the U.S. has averaged over 150,000 cases a day for the past week. This is an increase of nearly 5% compared to the previous week.

CDC COVID-19 Daily Case Data – Sept. 6, 2021

The Missouri State Dashboard reports the state averaging over 1,500 cases a day for the past seven days of data available. This data set is from Aug. 27 – Sept. 2.

The state has seen 38 COVID-19 deaths during this time period.

The State Vaccine Dashboard has seen an uptick in vaccine orders within the past month. The most recent Aug. 30 vaccine order was for 65,900 vaccines. The order was up over 40 thousand vaccines from the July 26 order of 20,560 vaccines.

According the the dashboard, 52.2% of Missourians have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine. Nearly 40% of kids between the ages of 12-17 have gotten vaccinated and 63.3% of adults are vaccinated.



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Delta variant travel restrictions: The latest news and trends for concerned tourists


(CNN) — The 2021 summer travel season started out full of hope and promise, but increasingly by the week, the Delta variant is throwing it in disarray.

This more transmissible variation of the coronavirus was first detected in India in February, just when the United States and some other places around the world were starting to gear up their vaccination efforts. It turned out to be a race against time: shots in arms vs. Delta’s spread.

Delta infections are climbing as we enter August, particularly among the unvaccinated. Just like all other waves of the pandemic, travel feels the Covid impact quick and hard.

From the latest travel news to recent Google searches on the topic in the past few days, it’s clear the Delta variant is causing increasing worry and disruptions for governments and would-be travelers. Here’s a quick round-up:

UK green list update

The entire world seems to have the United Kingdom on its collective hive mind. In the past 24 hours, worldwide searches for various terms surrounding the United Kingdom’s “green list” have risen anywhere from 450% to 200%.

The official announcement is to come Thursday, August 5, that Austria, Germany, Latvia, Norway Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will be added to the green list.

A traffic light-based travel system — red, amber and green — is in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non-UK residents from red list countries are currently refused entry to the UK. British residents arriving home from red list destinations must undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

You can read England’s list here. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have their own rules but tend to follow suit. You can click links on the England site to see the latest from those places.

Mexico wants to know about a neighbor

A butterfly hatches from its pupa at the National Museum of Costa Rica.

A butterfly hatches from its pupa at the National Museum of Costa Rica.

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Meanwhile, Mexicans are more interested in travel restrictions to Costa Rica, a favorite of tourists in Central America.

The is one nation not yet putting up any barriers because of Delta: As of August 4, tourists from any country can still visit and arrive via air, land or sea (but only on yachts and sailboats in specific ports). There aren’t even any Covid-19 tests or quarantines in place. But you are still required to fill out a health pass.

New York City: Get vaccinated for the full experience

People walk and ride bicycles over the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this year. Vaccine mandates are going to be set up for indoor venues in New York City.

People walk and ride bicycles over the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this year. Vaccine mandates are going to be set up for indoor venues in New York City.

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New York City, on the other hand, is responding to rising cases of the Delta variant in the United States. It’s keeping out the welcome mat to tourists, but they’ll find more rules to follow soon.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced August 3 that vaccines will be mandated for employees and patrons of New York’s indoor dining, fitness and entertainment venues.

The “Key to NYC pass” will launch August 16 and begin being enforced September 13, he said. Final details of the program are expected to be announced the week of August 16.

Chicago responds to the Delta variant

While the state of Illinois has no travel restrictions, the city of Chicago does.

Chicago has a separate system that advises Covid-19 testing or quarantine if the unvaccinated visitor comes from a state with a significant infection rate.

As of August 3, there were 19 states and two US territories on the “orange list” that asks for testing or quarantine. Some of the states falling into the orange category included Georgia, Florida, Texas and Missouri.

China cracks down again

Visits to the wildly popular Great Wall may have to be postponed again.

Visits to the wildly popular Great Wall may have to be postponed again.

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Your dreams of seeing the Great Wall and other sites of China soon will most likely have to be postponed.

Because of the Delta variant, China is grappling with its worst Covid-19 outbreak in months. The country now has 144 medium- and high-risk areas, the most since the initial outbreak in early 2020, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

Chinese immigration authorities have vowed to “strictly restrict non-urgent, unnecessary cross-border travel,” including tightening the issuing of passports for Chinese citizens.

The speed and scale of the spread has also spurred mass domestic travel restrictions, with all inter-city coach, taxi and online car hailing services suspended in medium- and high-risk areas.

More destinations moved to Level 4 this week

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, during sunrise. Greece was moved to the CDC's "Level 4" warning, its highest, on Monday.

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, during sunrise. Greece was moved to the CDC’s “Level 4” warning, its highest, on Monday.

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Other popular destinations that were already on Level 4 before Monday’s announcement included Brazil, the Maldives, Portugal, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.

Highlights from the previous week

“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons. The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and around the world,” Psaki told reporters. “Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely to continue in the weeks ahead.”

People who have been in Brazil, China, the European Schengen Area, Iran, India, Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom in the past 14 days are denied entry to the United States.
— Search interest in Mexico: Google searches for this popular destination have been high. Mexico has been — and continues to be — one of the easiest countries to visit.
Its land border with the United States has been closed for well more than a year now, but air traffic has been flowing in from all over the world. You don’t even have to provide a negative PCR test result or quarantine on arrival. Mexico was at “Level 3: High” on the CDC’s advisory list.



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A traffic light-based travel system — red, amber and green — is in place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non-UK residents from red list countries are currently refused entry to the UK. British residents arriving home from red list destinations must undergo a 10-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.



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Okanagan businesses concerned travel restrictions will limit tourism


KELOWNA (NEWS 1130) — Kelowna Chamber of Commerce is vocalizing concerns with the new B.C. wide travel restrictions considering Okanagan businesses depend on tourism.

British Columbians have entered their first week with the new travel order that will prevent people from leaving their health zone.

Read More: B.C. restricts non-essential travel until May 25, fines to be issued for violations

Dan Rogers with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce says the rules the province implemented this week are not focused on the actual problem.

“One of the issues that we raised some time ago with the province was consideration of regional … restrictions,” he says.

“When we look at what’s happening in the two major health regions in the Lower Mainland … there’s more spread of the disease … than in some locations, and the interior is one of them. If we can [stay open] while the focus is on those hotspot areas, we think that will help the economy and will give people an option to continue their businesses.”

Rogers says some time ago, the Chamber suggested that the Ministry of Health restrict travel into areas with a high transmission rate, “red zones.”

“We continue to make that case. The data is there. And we think it’s a common-sense approach. But yet we haven’t heard back from the government.”

Rogers adds he’s concerned if restrictions are extending into the summer, the tourism industry will take a big hit.

“Small businesses have already been hard hits, and this is a bit of another blow to them. So until we get the details, we don’t know what the extent of that impact will be. But we know it’s going to be another tough one.”

Rogers is calling on the provincial and federal governments to support businesses in these impacted regions financially.

Rogers says it’s likely 10 per cent of businesses are on the verge of bankruptcy if restrictions stay in place.

“It’s important to know too, we’re integrated as much with Albertans as we are with other British Columbians. We want to focus … not where people are from, but what actions they take and ensure that if they do visit, they follow the guidelines that are there … If they come in and don’t follow the guidelines, they don’t wear their masks, they don’t keep their physical distance — we don’t want to see them.”

However, if visitors are following the rules, Rogers says they are welcome.

“We believe that we should focus not where people are from, what license plates on their vehicle, but how they behave and if they behave properly and respect the guidelines.”





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Whitmer concerned about Florida travel, urges precautions


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a March 1, 2021, press conference in Lansing about coronavirus. (Courtesy Michigan Executive Office of the Governor)

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that a factor in Michigan’s surging COVID-19 cases is fewer people were infected earlier in the pandemic than in other states, and she expressed concern about spring break travel to Florida.

Florida and Michigan have reported the highest and second-highest number of cases of a more contagious variant that was first identified in the U.K. Michigan had the United States’ worst infection rate in the past two weeks.

“Yes, I am concerned” about travel between the states, the governor told reporters while attending the opening of a large-scale vaccination site in Oakland County. “It’s a concern no matter what. That’s why we are really encouraging people to get vaccinated.”

She urged people returning from Florida to work from home and have their kids learn virtually for at least a week. She and health officials later recommended that people get tested after in-state, out-of-state or international travel. Michigan will provide about three-dozen pop-up testing sites to make it easier for travelers.

The variant first identified in the U.K. is up to 50% more transmissible than the virus that surged last spring and again in the fall, making it more adept at thwarting measures that were previously effective, according to the World Health Organization. Scientists have concluded it is also more deadly.

Whitmer remained averse to tightening restrictions that were loosened in recent months and continued to emphasize vaccines, which have been given to at least 35% of Michigan residents ages 16 and older, including more than 67% of people 65 and up. She said she will get her first shot Tuesday, alongside one of her daughters, a day after eligibility opens to everyone 16 and older.

“It’s a bit disappointing that as our vaccination rates are going up that our infection rates have not done a similar decline,” Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter said.

The state health department reported nearly 5,500 new coronavirus cases and 20 additional deaths. The seven-day average, 5,128, has grown six-fold over nearly six weeks. About 2,600 adults were hospitalized with confirmed infections, more than double the roughly 1,200 in the hospital two weeks ago.

“By the recent numbers, we know we’ve got a bit of a reality check happening,” Whitmer said. “We know that COVID is still very present and it is still a very real threat. We may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in the tunnel.”

She said Michigan did well keeping COVID-19 metrics low. She suggested that is a reason — along with variants, pandemic fatigue and increased travel — why there is a third wave.

“Because of that, we’ve got fewer people per capita who have antibodies than a lot of other states do,” she said. She noted that while her administration has eased restrictions, it has not gone as far as states that eliminated mask requirements.

More than 17,000 deaths in Michigan have been linked to COVID-19. More than 569,000 people had recovered as of March 26.



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