5 things for Houstonians to know for Tuesday, Dec. 15

Here are things to know for Tuesday, Dec. 15:

1. Electoral College makes Biden’s win official

The Electoral College formally selected Joe Biden on Monday because the nation’s subsequent president, giving him a stable electoral majority of 306 votes and confirming his victory in final month’s election. The state-by-state voting took on added significance this yr due to President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had misplaced.

Heightened safety was in place in some states as electors met on the day established by federal regulation. Electors cast paper ballots in gatherings with masks, social distancing and different virus precautions the order of the day. The outcomes can be despatched to Washington and tallied in a Jan. 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

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2. MD Anderson receives its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center acquired its allocation of COVID-19 vaccine early Monday, the hospital introduced.

“MD Anderson’s initial vaccination clinics will safely and efficiently vaccinate health care workers caring for highly immune compromised patients and those with increased risk of occupational exposure,” the hospital stated in a information launch.

Vaccination clinics are scheduled to start on Wednesday, Dec. 16, to give staff time to grow to be accustomed to new data made out there following emergency authorization.

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3. US COVID-19 deaths high 300,000 simply as vaccinations start

The U.S. demise toll from the coronavirus topped 300,000 Monday simply because the nation started meting out COVID-19 pictures in a monumental marketing campaign to conquer the outbreak.

The U.S. crossed the brink on the identical day well being care staff rolled up their sleeves for Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot, marking the beginning of the most important vaccination marketing campaign in American historical past. If a second vaccine is permitted quickly, as anticipated, 20 million folks may very well be immunized by month’s finish.

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4. As COVID-19 deaths mount in El Paso, the pandemic is robbing some mourners of conventional funerals

When Cindy Colorado’s mother-in-law died from COVID-19 on Dec. 1 – changing into one in every of greater than 1,300 El Pasoans who’ve succumbed to the virus on this border city – the household hoped to give her a standard Catholic funeral.

“We’d like at least some time of blessing, if it can be done,” Colorado stated earlier than she met with the funeral director. “If not, I understand because of what [El Paso] is going through, and I understand what [the church] is going through as well.”

She discovered that the church may have somebody pray the rosary on the funeral house, however the funeral house gained’t enable greater than 25 folks to attend a service – and nobody below 13. They wouldn’t be allowed to contact the casket or the physique.

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5. Spencer Solves It: Holiday miracle for grandmother now elevating 5 grandchildren after son dies from COVID-19

Rhonda Widemon reads a passage from the bible to her 5 stunning grandchildren.

It’s Rhonda’s means of making an attempt to ease the unbelievable ache they’ve been feeling, ever since their father and Rhonda’s son, Jamond Coffman, died from COVID-19 this previous July.

Since that point Rhonda has taken all 5 of her grandchildren in and is elevating them alone.

(*15*) Rhonda stated. “I don’t have the money, I don’t have anything.”

So Rhonda wrote to Spencer Solves It.

Now, working with the beneficiant folks at Academy Sports and Outdoors, who’ve agreed to present us with greater than $2,000 price of brand name new bicycles. All complete, 5 households in Houston can be given 21 bikes and equipment.

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