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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

1,018 federal TSA employees have tested positive for the coronavirus, the agency said in data updated on Thursday.

Why it matters: More people are getting on flights. After the TSA screened fewer than 100,000 people per day at airports across the U.S. in early April, the agency processed over 630,000 travelers on Wednesday.

Where it stands: 647 federal TSA employees have recovered from the virus and six have died, the agency said.

  • The airports where the most TSA personnel have contracted the virus are New York's JFK (116), Newark Liberty International (69), Miami International (56), Chicago's O'Hare (42), Orlando International (40), Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International (39) and New York's LaGuardia (39), according to the agency's data.

What they're saying: "These infection cases are cumulative since the pandemic began, with the first one reported on March 9. Some of them are non-uniformed federal employees and not on the frontline of America’s transportation system," R. Carter Langston, TSA media relations manager said.

  • "While the milestone is an unfortunate reminder of the continuing risk from the virus, this equates to roughly 1.6% of this very frontline group of federal workers," Langston added.

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Oct 17, 2020 - Health

Kamala Harris to campaign in Florida on Monday

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took a COVID-19 test on Saturday and the virus was not detected, according to a campaign aide.

Driving the news: The Democratic vice presidential nominee paused her campaign travel through Sunday after her communications director tested positive for the coronavirus.

Updated Oct 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Booster shots overtake first doses in the U.S. — Pfizer to vaccinate entire Brazilian city as part of study — FDA panel endorses shot of J&J booster for adultsU.S. to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated international travelers on Nov. 8.
  2. Health: New cases down, but the West is at risk — Low vaccination rates exacerbate America's caregiving crisis — COVID is here to stay. So what does "victory" look like? — FDA will review Merck COVID-19 pill.
  3. Politics: NHL announces all but four players have been vaccinated — WHO names new advisory group on COVID origins — Biden admin warns Moderna to "step up" global vaccine supply.
  4. Education: LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations amid staffing shortage — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive — Arizona can't use aid for anti-mask education grants, Treasury says.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

The industries that won’t recover without a vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Industries that were once expected to recover after the initial coronavirus lockdowns lifted are now unlikely to bounce back until a vaccine arrives.

Why it matters: In the absence of a widely-adopted vaccine, businesses in the entertainment, travel, restaurant and other industries are struggling to overcome consumer skepticism around indoor activities — even with new safety protocols in place.