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NEW YORK STATE (NEWS10) — Gov. Kathy Hochul Tuesday updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19.  

“Wearing a mask, washing your hands, getting your vaccine – it’s that easy to keep yourself and your community safe,” Gov. Hochul said. “If you haven’t gotten your vaccine already, now is the best time to do so. It’s safe, effective, free, and readily available anywhere across the great state of New York.”
 
Tuesday’s data is summarized below:

·         Test Results Reported – 117,753
·         Total Positive – 4,098
·         Percent Positive – 3.48%

·         7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.16%
·         Patient Hospitalization – 2,476 (+85)
·         Patients Newly Admitted – 296
·         Patients in ICU – 552 (+8)
·         Patients in ICU with Intubation – 279 (-3)
·         Total Discharges – 196,464 (+182)
·         New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 28
·         Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 44,005
·         Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 56,097
·         Total vaccine doses administered – 24,387,543
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 40,017
·         Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 352,623
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 79.2%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 71.5%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 81.7%
·         Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 73.4%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 66.9%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 60.2%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 69.2%
·         Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 61.8%

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:  

Region Saturday, September 11, 2021 Sunday, September 12, 2021 Monday, September 13, 2021
Capital Region 4.29% 4.42% 4.38%
Central New York 5.76% 5.73% 5.41%
Finger Lakes 4.68% 4.69% 4.58%
Long Island 4.23% 4.12% 4.18%
Mid-Hudson 3.67% 3.64% 3.56%
Mohawk Valley 5.33% 4.92% 4.66%
New York City 2.15% 2.15% 2.17%
North Country 5.71% 5.83% 5.65%
Southern Tier 3.30% 3.31% 3.20%
Western New York 4.93% 5.07% 4.88%
Statewide 3.22% 3.19% 3.16%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows:  

Borough in NYC Saturday, September 11, 2021 Sunday, September 12, 2021 Monday, September 13, 2021
Bronx 2.49% 2.50% 2.47%
Kings 2.19% 2.19% 2.27%
New York 1.53% 1.56% 1.58%
Queens 2.30% 2.29% 2.27%
Richmond 3.45% 3.28% 3.16%

Monday, 4,098 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,327,163. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  

County Total Positive New Positive
Albany 27,817 48
Allegany 3,889 14
Broome 21,081 61
Cattaraugus 6,528 20
Cayuga 7,640 18
Chautauqua 10,379 22
Chemung 8,681 21
Chenango 4,068 11
Clinton 5,359 8
Columbia 4,509 12
Cortland 4,647 9
Delaware 2,905 22
Dutchess 33,179 78
Erie 97,252 115
Essex 1,876 8
Franklin 3,294 24
Fulton 5,132 22
Genesee 5,901 8
Greene 3,839 6
Hamilton 398 2
Herkimer 5,846 18
Jefferson 7,137 19
Lewis 3,075 5
Livingston 5,040 12
Madison 5,245 9
Monroe 76,508 97
Montgomery 4,920 21
Nassau 203,624 407
Niagara 21,683 28
NYC 1,040,961 1,545
Oneida 25,032 48
Onondaga 44,486 51
Ontario 8,313 19
Orange 53,663 84
Orleans 3,500 2
Oswego 9,196 47
Otsego 4,049 12
Putnam 11,628 24
Rensselaer 12,944 31
Rockland 50,133 71
Saratoga 18,033 45
Schenectady 14,951 30
Schoharie 2,023 7
Schuyler 1,227 4
Seneca 2,367 3
St. Lawrence 8,407 50
Steuben 8,013 22
Suffolk 223,543 556
Sullivan 7,632 12
Tioga 4,291 9
Tompkins 5,690 7
Ulster 16,003 35
Warren 4,520 19
Washington 3,765 22
Wayne 6,678 28
Westchester 139,488 156
Wyoming 3,824 6
Yates 1,351 8

Monday, 28 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 44,005. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence:  

Deaths by County of Residence
County New Deaths
Albany 1
Bronx 4
Chemung 1
Dutchess 1
Erie 3
Herkimer 1
Kings 2
Manhattan 1
Monroe 2
Nassau 2
Oneida 2
Onondaga 1
St. Lawrence 1
Suffolk 2
Ulster 2
Washington 1
Westchester 1

Monday, 24,357 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 17,523 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows: 

  People with at least one vaccine dose People with complete vaccine series
Region Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours Cumulative
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region 736,307 882 676,270 780
Central New York 575,596 588 533,760 441
Finger Lakes 745,153 925 694,609 785
Long Island 1,806,055 4,431 1,598,606 2,929
Mid-Hudson 1,415,702 2,426 1,254,339 2,120
Mohawk Valley 286,787 330 265,094 253
New York City 6,377,370 13,299 5,654,161 8,986
North Country 266,679 324 240,307 210
Southern Tier 381,811 371 352,300 311
Western New York 812,426 781 746,231 708
Statewide 13,403,886 24,357 12,015,677 17,523

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Jersey City Police Officer Eduardo Matute holds a baby he saved after the infant was thrown from a balcony on Sept. 18, 2021, officials said. (Credit: Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (PIX11) — Jersey City police officers were hailed as heroes this weekend after they quickly sprung into action to catch a 1-month-old baby who was thrown from a balcony.

Officer Eduardo Matute was among several officers who responded to the scene on Saturday after someone called police and reported a child was in danger, according to officials. Upon arrival, they encountered a man who was dangling the baby from a second-story balcony and threatening to drop the infant, officials said.

Police set up a perimeter and several officers positioned themselves below the balcony as the man continued to threaten to throw the baby over the railing, according to officials. After a lengthy standoff, officials said the man dropped the infant, and Matute and other officers caught the child.

The baby was taken to a hospital for evaluation but was unharmed, according to officials. The man was arrested and faces charges.

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop praised the officers on social media Saturday evening. “We are lucky to have the men and woman of the JCPD, as every single day I see it firsthand they rise to meet any/all challenges,” he wrote in a Facebook post.

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Illinois schools, hospitals begin vaccine mandate with Covid-19 testing option

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — A new state vaccine mandate is now in place for hundreds of thousands of teachers, nurses, and other medical professionals in Illinois. Staff at schools, hospitals, and clinics will now have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated or submit to weekly Coronavirus testing after a new statewide requirement went into effect on Sunday.

The Pritzker administration delayed the initial vaccine mandate to buy enough time to negotiate a testing option with schools and hospitals. Most school districts are now offering rapid saliva tests from the University of Illinois’ SHIELD testing system. Some others are using PCR or antigen tests from a provider named Achieve. Both programs use federal funding to pay for the tests, which are available at no cost to teachers in many school districts. Hospitals report using a wide variety of tests.

“It was hard for some of them to implement that,” Governor Pritzker said at a press conference in Peoria on Monday. “Particularly the healthcare institutions, interestingly, because of not having enough personnel.”

While most teachers and nurses are already vaccinated, administrators at school districts and hospitals are now bracing for tough conversations with some of their unvaccinated employees who may refuse to submit to testing. A small group of protesters, including some health care workers, rallied outside the state Capitol on Saturday to voice opposition to the vaccine mandate. Since unvaccinated workers have a week to show their employers a negative Coronavirus test, the first hard deadline will come at the end of this week.

“If they do not test or provide the beginning of their vaccination, then we can we cannot let them then work in the school building after this week,” Springfield’s District 186 superintendent Jennifer Gill said.

Worker shortages have plagued the the education and health care sectors since long before the pandemic began. Now employers are concerned they may lose some ground in filling open positions if the mandate forces some workers off the job.

“My primary job in an education system is to educate our students, and we are also in the middle of a very deep and important employee shortage that we have across the state,” Gill said. “It’s not just the teacher shortage. It’s paraprofessional shortage, it’s bus driver shortage, it’s all of the above. And operating a district to educate students is my primary goal. And that is something that we have to keep in mind.”

“Of course, I’m concerned about people who will refuse to get vaccinated and refused to get tested,” Governor Pritzker responded when asked about the potential for the vaccine mandate exacerbating staffing shortages. “We don’t want to cause any shortages, but we do want to keep everybody safe,” he said. “We do have these alternatives available to people. But again, vaccination is the safest thing that people can do for themselves for their communities for the schools, as well as healthcare groups for their health care.”

Vaccine mandates have caused unintended consequences in other areas. A hospital in New York recently had to suspend services in the birthing unit after several nurses resigned in protest to a vaccine mandate.

The Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act does provide civil protections for patients who decide to refuse vaccines or medical tests. Gill says the new state vaccine mandate policy allows teachers to decline the vaccine for medical or religious objections, but she cited new emergency rules from the Illinois State Board of Education, and said that a religious exemption “does not apply to testing.”

A spokeswoman for the State Board of Education said any school district that does not enforce the vaccine mandate “risks state recognition,” which could result in a school district losing state funding.

“ISBE will investigate all complaints of noncompliance,” spokeswoman Jackie Matthews said in an email. “School districts will maintain records at the local level to ensure the compliance of all school personnel.”

School districts have to identify personnel in three categories: “fully vaccinated, unvaccinated workers in compliance with testing requirements, or excluded from school premises.”

The Pritzker administration expects legal challenges to the vaccine mandate.

“I know that there are people who are attempting to challenge these things in court,” Pritzker said. “I would just say that this is a very unhelpful thing to do, and it is going to make schools and healthcare settings less safe.”

Most teachers and students who are old enough to be vaccinated have already had their shots. Gill said 72.3% of teachers in Springfield schools are fully vaccinated, while 20% have not yet responded to the district’s questions, and 6.4% say they will refuse the vaccine despite the mandate.

More than a year-and-a-half into the pandemic, the virus is still spreading so quickly through unvaccinated populations that it’s putting severe strain on health care systems, especially in Central and Southern Illinois.

Region Five, which consists of 20 of the state’s southern-most counties, has no ICU hospital beds left available, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. St. Anthony’s hospital in Effingham set a pandemic record with 24 patients hospitalized with Covid-related illness last week. All but two of them were unvaccinated.

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Odds you’ll run into someone contagious with COVID in Colorado are at their highest point this year

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The odds that a Colorado resident will run across someone who’s contagious with COVID-19 in any large group are now higher than they’ve been since the start of 2021 — though how much people should worry about that depends on whether they’ve been vaccinated.

With the state now experiencing its fifth wave of the virus, about one in every 99 people was estimated to be contagious as of last Wednesday, according to a new report from the Colorado School of Public Health’s COVID-19 modeling team. During the fall surge last year, about one in every 40 people was contagious.

When so many people are contagious, it means that interactions will remain relatively risky, even if cases start to go down, said Beth Carlton, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at the School of Public Health. Getting vaccinated, wearing masks and avoiding high-risk activities will help speed up the return to the relative freedom we had in the early summer, but “it takes a while,” she said.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s COVID-19 data paints a mixed picture of whether the situation is improving. But what is clear is that unvaccinated people remain highly vulnerable, Carlton said. The state reported about 83% of those who are hospitalized now aren’t fully vaccinated.

New cases were down for a second week, with 11,561 reported in the week ending Sunday. But the percentage of tests coming back positive was up, reaching 6.58% over the last three days. That suggests the state might not have a complete picture of how widely the virus is spreading.

So far, Colorado has been spared the large increase in seriously ill children that some states have endured, though about 26% of new coronavirus cases are in people younger than 20.

Hospitalizations also were difficult to interpret. As of Monday afternoon, 980 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. That’s an improvement over the previous Monday, but a worsening compared to Saturday and Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone wear masks in indoor public places when their community has 50 or more cases for every 100,000 people. Only three Colorado counties have case rates lower than that: San Juan, Hinsdale and Lake. More than 10% of tests in Lake County were positive, though, suggesting the virus is spreading more widely than the case numbers show, and residents might want to mask up.

It appears that the rapid increase in cases and hospitalizations Colorado saw in August has slowed down, but it’s not clear if a decrease is starting, Carlton said.

“I think we’re at a very uncertain moment,” she said. “We’re seeing these kind of wild swings in the data.”

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Electrical workers charged up for Annissa Essaibi-George

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Annissa Essaibi-George has connected with another union in her bid for mayor.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 endorsed her Monday at the union’s office on Freeport Street in Dorchester. IBEW Local 103’s membership includes 10,000 highly skilled electricians and technicians in the Boston area.

“IBEW Local 103 is incredibly proud to stand with Annissa Essaibi-George in her candidacy for Mayor of Boston,” said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager for IBEW Local 103. “As a former union member herself, Annissa knows our values firsthand. She will advocate and fight for us every single day as our Mayor, and will always govern with Boston’s hard working residents and families in mind.”

Essaibi-George said she will “work hand in hand with our unions to fight for fair wages, increase benefits, and maintain safe working conditions for all. Labor will always have a seat at the policymaking table in order for us to do this work, together.”

Michelle Wu, the other finalist for mayor of Boston, has also lined up a few key endorsements — Suffolk Sheriff Steven Tompkins, to name a big one — as the Nov. 2 final looms.

Jamaica Plain State Sen. and gubernatorial hopeful Sonia Chang-Díaz also endorsed Wu during a rally in the South End on Saturday.

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J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response

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LONDON — Johnson & Johnson released data showing that a booster dose to its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a strong immune response months after people receive a first dose.

J&J said in statement Tuesday that it ran two early studies in people previously given its vaccine and found that a second dose produced an increased antibody response in adults from age 18 to 55. The study’s results haven’t yet been peer-reviewed.

“A booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine further increases antibody responses among study participants who had previously received our vaccine,” said Dr. Mathai Mammen, global head of research and development at J&J. The company previously published data showing its one-shot dose provided protection for up to eight months after immunization.

J&J said it is now in talks with regulators including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and others regarding using booster doses of its vaccine.

J&J’s vaccine is approved for use in the U.S., across Europe and there are plans for at least 200 million doses to be shared with the U.N.-backed COVAX effort aimed at distributing vaccines to poor countries. But the company has been plagued by production problems and millions of doses made at a troubled factory in Baltimore had to be thrown out.

The J&J vaccine has been considered critical by numerous health officials to ending the pandemic because it requires only one shot, but fears about the easier-to-spread delta coronavirus variant have prompted numerous governments to consider the use of booster shots for many approved vaccines.

Last week, experts at the FDA recommended people 65 and older get a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech while Britain previously authorized booster shots for people 50 and over in addition to priority groups like health workers and those with underlying health conditions. Other countries including Israel, France and Germany have also begun offering third vaccine doses to some people.

The World Health Organization has urged rich countries to stop administering booster doses until at least the end of the year, saying vaccines should immediately be redirected to Africa, where fewer than 4% of the population is fully immunized. In a paper published last week in the journal Lancet, top scientists from the WHO and FDA argued that the average person doesn’t need a booster shot and that the authorized vaccines to date provide strong protection against severe COVID-19, hospitalization and death.

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Police charge Albany man in connection with May shooting incident

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – On Tuesday, September 21 Washington County reported their daily COVID update.

For Monday, September 20 case activity, 18 new COVID cases were added/processed, there were 24 new recoveries of active cases, nine current cases are hospitalized. 12 of the 18 new cases with ties to other cases/investigations (including household spread cases, workplace spread, and other school and/or community activities) and the remaining six cases have no identified origin of exposure at this time. Of the Tuesday, September 21 new cases were added, six have been fully vaccinated (five received the Pfizer series, one received the Moderna series).

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Where is Brian Laundrie? Timeline of FBI search for Gabby Petito’s boyfriend

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(NEXSTAR) – The search is still on for Brian Laundrie, a person of interest in the disappearance and death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito.

Petito had been traveling around the country with Laundrie, 23, documenting the road trip on Instagram and YouTube. Remains fitting her description were found in Wyoming Monday.

So while the search for Petito has ended, Laundrie is now the one who has disappeared. Here’s what we know about where he was last seen, where he might be now.

Sept. 1: Laundrie returns home

Police say Laundrie returns to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida on Sept. 1 with the white van the couple had been traveling in. The van was registered in Petito’s name.

Sept. 11: Petito reported missing

After Petito’s family hadn’t heard from her since August, they report her missing. At this point, Laundrie was not named a person of interest or taken into custody.

Sept. 14: Petito’s family begs Laundrie to help, search warrant executed for the van

Petito’s family releases a statement asking Laundrie to cooperate with the investigation and help find their daughter, saying, “the one person that can help find Gabby refuses to help.”

An attorney for Laundrie’s family releases a statement saying he would be “remaining in the background at this juncture and will have no further comment.”

“It is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is reunited with her family,” reads the statement from his family.

Petito’s van is towed away from Laundrie’s parents’ house to be processed as evidence. Police find an external hard drive inside.

Sept. 15: Laundrie named person of interest

Police name Laundrie a person of interest, but not a suspect, in Petito’s disappearance.

Police say Laundrie “has not made himself available to be interviewed by investigators” and hasn’t “provided any helpful details.”

They request a warrant to search the hard drive found in Petito’s van.

Sept. 16: Investigation continues

North Port Police hold a press conference asking for the public’s help finding Petito. The police chief says he knows Laundrie’s whereabouts, but is frustrated he isn’t being more helpful.

“Two people went on a trip. One person returned. And that person that returned isn’t providing us any information,” says Chief Todd Garrison.

Sept. 17: Laundrie goes missing

Police and the FBI enter the Laundries’ home and search the property. Brian’s parents say they haven’t seen their son since Tuesday, Sept. 14.

Law enforcement announce they’re now searching for two missing people: Petito and Laundrie.

Sept. 18: Search for Laundrie begins

More than 50 North Port police officers, FBI agents and members of other law enforcement agencies search the 24,000-acre Carlton Reserve in Sarasota, Florida. They start the search there because his family says it’s where he went earlier in the week with just a backpack.

Authorities use drones, scent-sniffing dogs and all-terrain vehicles in the reserve, which has more than 100 miles of trails, as well as campgrounds. Investigators took some of his clothing from his parents’ home Friday night to provide a scent for the search dogs.

Sept. 19: Petito is found, Laundrie still missing

The FBI says remains matching the description of Gabby Petito are found in Wyoming. Meanwhile, the search for Laundrie in Florida continues.

Sept. 20: FBI, police search Laundrie’s home for hours

Law enforcement announces they are no longer searching the Carlton Reserve for Laundrie. Instead, FBI agents and North Port police begin searching the Laundrie home, tape it off and start collecting evidence.

WFLA reporters on scene see FBI agents carry suitcases and documents into the home and photograph a shed on the property.

A few hours later, a tow truck arrives and tows away a Ford Mustang.

The search of the Laundrie home lasts about eight hours.

What comes next?

While officers have stopped searching the wildlife reserve, the search for Laundrie continues. An attorney for the Laundrie family originally planned a press conference for Tuesday afternoon in New York, but later canceled it at the FBI’s request.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vail Resorts nixes reservation system this year, but vaccine proof will be required for some dining

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Vail Resorts will require proof of vaccination for guests to dine at indoor on-mountain, cafeteria-style restaurants this winter and vaccinations will be required for all employees, according to protocols announced Monday.

The Broomfield-based industry giant which owns three dozen resorts — including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado — also reiterated that reservations will not be required for skiing and snowboarding, a decision that was announced last spring. Reservations were required last season due to COVID-19.

An email from chief executive Rob Katz to Epic Pass-holders sent out Monday said lifts and gondolas will be loaded at normal capacities this season but face coverings will be required indoors, including at lodging properties, restrooms, retail and rental locations and shuttle busses. They will not be required in lift lines or on chairlifts, unless local public health policies require them.

Some on-mountain restaurants will require reservations, the email said, but Katz noted “we are expecting significantly more seating and dining capacity than last season.”

The company said details on the vaccination requirement for guests will be posted on resort websites before those mountains open for the season.

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Welcome to Jet Set. Below, see our favorite travel items and accessories right now. Julia Cherruault for Observer

Welcome to Jet Set, a recurring feature in which we highlight our favorite accessories and travel must-haves that are perfect for any kind of trip. Travel is starting to open up again, and whether you’re already packing for your next adventure or you’re just beginning to contemplate venturing out again, we’re here to help with all your jet setting needs. From a customizable suitcase and the most luxurious travel-sized fragrance to toiletry bag essentials and the comfiest on-the-go ensemble, here are the travel pieces we’re loving and coveting right now.

Jet Set Early Fall Travel Accessories
Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Gentle Fluidity Silver Eau De Parfum

While you want to avoid toting around a giant bottle of your favorite fragrance, this travel-sized (TSA-approved bottles are key) version of Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Gentle Fluidity is ideal for fall getaways; it’s a dreamy scent of amber, vanilla, juniper berries and nutmeg, which is perfect for the season. $140, Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Irene Forte.

Irene Forte Essential Regenerating Kit

Irene Forte launched her skincare brand in 2018, and while her company is separate from her family’s famed Rocco Forte hotels, she knows a thing or two about travel. Now, she’s combining the best of travel and beauty, with this seven-piece skincare set complete with a cleansing milk, toner, serum, face cream, night cream and mask, all in very convenient travel sizes. $345, Irene Forte Skincare.

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Ilia.

Ilia Fullest Volumizing Mascara

A quality mascara is a key component of any toiletry bag, and if you’re looking to amp up the drama, then you must try clean beauty brand Ilia’s latest volumizing formula. Just one swipe gives serious volume and definition, without any leftover flakiness or smudges. It’s non-irritating, which is a major plus for those of us who wear contacts, and it also easily comes off using your favorite cleanser, without having to aggressively rub at your eyes. $28, Ilia.

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Roam.

Roam Luggage The Jaunt XL

There’s a lot to like about Roam’s The Jaunt XL suitcase, like its sturdy polycarbonate exterior, waterproof zipper, TSA-approved lock, smooth-gliding wheels and double interior compression system. The best part, though, is surely that Roam’s luggage is entirely customizable; you can select the colors for the shell, wheels, zipper, accents and every other possible detail, because why not explore your creative side when it comes to your travel accessories? $525, Roam Luggage.

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Onzie.

Onzie Hush Puppy Jumper

An ultra-soft jumper just might be the most comfortable travel outfit, and this wide-legged version is such a cozy way to dress while on-the-go this autumn. $58, Onzie.

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Tom Ford.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush

Tom Ford’s new blush is one of those rare beauty products that’s actually worth the hype. It comes in six different shades, and each palette contains dual colors with semi-matte and highlighting shades, for the perfect natural glow. $90, Tom Ford.

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DEL RIO, Texas — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday — and warned all to stay away.

Calling it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a stark warning: “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life.”

Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would look into agents on horseback using what appeared to be whips and their horses to push back migrants at the river between Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, and Del Rio, Texas, where thousands of migrants remain camped around a bridge.

Both officials said they saw nothing apparently wrong based on the widely seen photos and video. Mayorkas said agents use long reins, not whips, to control their horses.

Ortiz, the former chief of the Del Rio sector, said it can be confusing to distinguish between migrants and smugglers as people move back and forth near the river. The chief said he would investigate to make sure there was no “unacceptable” actions by the agents.

Mayorkas said 600 Homeland Security employees, including from the Coast Guard, have been brought to Del Rio, a city of about 35,000 people roughly 145 miles west of San Antonio. He said he has asked the Defense Department for help in what may be one of the swiftest, large-scale expulsions of migrants and refugees from the United States in decades.

He also said the U.S. would increase the pace and capacity of flights to Haiti and other countries in the hemisphere. The number of migrants at the bridge peaked at 14,872 on Saturday, said Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, a labor union that represents agents.

Migrants in the camp are not in custody until they are put on buses, and “as long as they do not try to further their entrance into the United States, they’re free to go back and forth to Mexico,” Judd said Monday.

Word of expulsion flights spread rapidly through the camp on Sunday, but few have turned back to Mexico, he said.

Mexico also said it would expel Haitian migrants.

The rapid expulsions were made possible by a pandemic-related authority adopted by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 that allows for migrants to be immediately removed from the country without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Biden exempted unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.

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