US School pressure, sick lawmakers, go-cups: News from around our 50 states

10:40  06 october  2020
10:40  06 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Phoenix: The state reached a grim milestone of more than 5,000 known coronavirus deaths Saturday, just as the state ’s largest public university announced a staggering number of cases. The state Department of Health Services reported 629 additional COVID-19 cases and 29 more deaths.


Birmingham: A $100 million program to increase internet usage among low-income Alabama families during the pandemic has gone mostly unused, and the state is sending 300,000 more vouchers in a search for additional takers. Al.com reports the state is attempting to expand the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program after only 44,000 of 250,000 vouchers mailed in late August were used. While 75,000 students have gained internet access so far through the program, which seeks to make it easier for students to get online for school, about 450,000 students qualify statewide, said Mike Presley, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The vouchers, which are good for internet service through Dec. 30, can be used to pay for existing service or to connect new service or can go toward technology including wireless hot spots.

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Bethel: The state may have reached the limit of hospital space available for care of people infected with COVID-19, a health care company official said. The Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation recently had to keep a patient at its Bethel facility for an extra day because there were no available beds in Anchorage, KYUK-AM reports. The corporation’s hospital in Bethel does not have an intensive care unit, which medical staff deemed necessary for the patient’s treatment, said Dr. Ellen Hodges, the corporation’s chief of staff. “This was an ICU-level patient, and all the ICU beds in Anchorage were full,” Hodges said. “So we’ve already reached, I think, the limits of our capacity of the health care of the state. So it makes some of these mitigation strategies more important.” Hodges said 30% of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region’s cases are among people under the age of 18, with 70% under 40.

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Phoenix: A state lawmaker has been intubated and admitted to the intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital for treatment of COVID-19, legislative officials announced Monday. Democratic Rep. Lorenzo Sierra of Avondale was visiting family in Washington when he and his wife fell ill. Sierra went to a Washington hospital Sunday and was transferred to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Monday. His wife, Rhonda Cagle, is recovering in isolation with relatives in Washington, according to House Democratic caucus officials. Cagle and Sierra tested negative before leaving for Washington and took extensive precautions but still got sick, Cagle wrote on Facebook. “Please pray for my husband,” Cagle wrote. “He is a fighter and is determined to beat this terrible disease, but he needs the prayers of all of us to recover.” Sierra is the third Arizona lawmaker to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Little Rock: State health officials reported another 488 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, while the number of deaths due to the illness caused by the coronavirus rose by 18. There are now 1,425 reported deaths, 1,278 confirmed and 147 probable, due to COVID-19, according to the Arkansas Department of Health. That’s up from 1,407 Saturday. The department reported 83,306 confirmed cases of the virus and another 3,707 probable cases Sunday, compared to 82,851 confirmed and 3,674 probable cases a day earlier. There are 1,424 active cases, according to health officials. The actual number of cases in Arkansas is likely higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.


Sacramento: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday delayed new operating rules for theme parks such as Disneyland that have been closed since the beginning of the pandemic as tourism industry officials warned the state was set to lose more than $78 billion in travel-related spending this year. The Newsom administration had planned to release the new rules Friday, spokesman Nathan Click told the Sacramento Bee. But following industry criticism of the proposed rules, state health officials said no announcement was coming Friday as negotiations continue. The proposed guidance would have let theme parks reopen at 25% capacity once the counties where they are located reached the lowest level for virus transmission in the state’s four-tier reopening system, the Orange County Register reports. It also would have limited visitors to those living within 120 miles of a theme park, the paper reports.

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Aspen: A man pleaded guilty to violating a county coronavirus health order for coughing in a woman’s face. Tom Patierno was given a six-month deferred sentence and is expected to serve six months of supervised probation, The Aspen Times reports. Pitkin County Public Health Director Karen Koenemann charged Patierno with a misdemeanor violation of a March 23 public health order for not social distancing. Patierno must perform 60 hours of public service, attend 18 hours of mental health counseling and write an apology letter to the 68-year-old woman. The case will be dismissed and removed from his record if he meets all requirements. Patierno told police he “got in the woman’s face” March 29 and made at least a “coughing gesture” after she asked him to move over as they approached each other on the Rio Grande Trail in Aspen. The woman said she did not develop COVID-19 after the interaction.


Waterbury: The city’s police chief and an adviser to the mayor have tested positive for the new coronavirus, part of an uptick in COVID-19 cases within the city. City officials reported 60 new confirmed virus infections among residents this weekend, including Chief Fernando Spagnolo and David Lepore, an adviser to Mayor Neil O’Leary. Spagnolo said he has a fever and flu-like symptoms but also feels well enough to continue working from home while in a two-week quarantine. “I guess the fortunate thing with COVID is we have a pretty good method for working remotely,” Spagnolo told the Republican-American newspaper. “I feel good enough. If it gets to a point where I need to take time to rest, that’s what I’ll do.” The mayor has tested negative for the virus but plans to self-quarantine for at least two days before taking another test, said aide Adam Rinko, Waterbury’s emergency management director.

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Wilmington: Jury trials are permitted to resume as the state’s phased reopening continues. The change took effect Monday. The number of people allowed in courthouses will rise to 75% of capacity. But the courts will continue conducting temperature checks at entrances. Masks will continue to be mandatory. And social distancing signs and markers remain present throughout. Courthouses were closed to the public in late March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Attorneys and a limited number of others came back nearly three months later as part of a soft opening. The courts then moved to phase two and welcomed back the public for hearings and non-jury trials. Buildings had been capped at half their normal capacity. And no more than 10 visitors were allowed in courtrooms.

District of Columbia

Washington: Health officials have updated the list of high-risk states from which travelers will be required to quarantine for 14 days when visiting D.C., adding New Mexico, WUSA-TV reports. The list is based on states where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people. Anyone coming into Washington, D.C., from a high-risk state who was traveling for nonessential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in the district. Individuals traveling from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the district for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days, and if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing. Arizona was removed from the updated list.

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Miami: More than 22,000 students were returning to classrooms in Miami-Dade County on Monday for the first time since schools shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students are the first to return to the district under a staggered reopening plan. Another 40,000 students are expected to return to classrooms Wednesday, with yet another group starting Friday. Another group of students will continue distance learning from their homes. The school board originally wanted to push the reopening back to mid-October but settled on Monday’s start date after Florida’s education secretary threatened to withhold state funding. Miami-Dade County’s daily positive test result rate Sunday was over 5% during four of the previous seven days. School officials prepared campuses for social distancing, installed air filters, and arranged for school nurses and “medically trained staff” to be present at each school.


Brunswick: Business owners in coastal Georgia say they fear the revenue impact of an alcohol ban on the weekend of the Florida-Georgia college football game in nearby Jacksonville, Florida. Glynn County commissioners on Thursday banned alcohol on the beaches of St. Simons Island on Nov. 6-7, saying they were worried in part about COVID-19 transmission. Some commissioners have long disdained the party scene dubbed “frat beach” that overtakes parts of the resort island on that weekend. Heather Hardman told The Brunswick News that her restaurant, Beachcomber BBQ & Grill, could lose a third of its normal business that weekend. “It will definitely affect our bottom line, but sometimes you’ve got to think about more than your bottom line,” Hardman said. A blanket ban on alcohol might deter some of the disruptive elements, Hardman said, but she doubts it will stop the college crowd from imbibing on the beach.

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Hilo: State contact tracers have received productive responses from about 50% of travelers, despite spending of more than $150 million for screening and contact tracing, officials said. A House select committee on COVID-19 heard testimony last week that in calls to ensure traveler quarantine compliance, contact tracers have only meaningfully engaged about 50% of the time, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports. Mark Mugiishi, CEO of Hawaii Medical Service Association, said travelers can be reluctant to respond because of various factors including mistaking contact tracing calls for scams and unwillingness to provide personal information. The contact tracing program has been less effective than possible, but the information received from the 50% who engaged with tracers indicates the program is useful, Mugiishi said. The state and airlines are expected to launch a pre-travel testing program for visitors Oct. 15.


Emmett: A high school football game was canceled after anti-government activist Ammon Bundy refused to wear a mask or leave school grounds. The game Friday in Emmett between the Emmett Huskies and Caldwell Cougars was called off after Bundy refused to wear a mask in violation of coronavirus health protocols, KTVB-TV reports. The Emmett native ignored a request by school officials to wear a mask in the stands and then moved to a fence near the field to continue watching the game. A school principal and athletic director repeatedly asked the 44-year-old to wear a mask and then requested that police arrest Bundy for trespassing, authorities said. Officers told school officials they would not arrest or remove Bundy because he “wasn’t out of control and didn’t appear to be a threat to anybody.” School officials canceled the game at halftime after Bundy refused school and police requests to leave the property.


Chicago: Local officials are encouraging music venues, theaters and other performing arts venues to apply for financial help as the coronavirus pandemic keeps many closed down. Applications for the new relief program overseen by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events opened Monday. Up to 120 recipients can receive $10,000 grants backed by the Walder Foundation, the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and Accion. “Performing arts venues are incredibly important to our City because they make up the fabric of our neighborhoods,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement. “In order to keep this rich, diverse part of our City’s culture alive, it is critical that we continue to provide space and support for our artists, cultural workers and performing arts companies.” The deadline to apply is Oct. 23.


Indianapolis: Schools in the state are slowly making a dent in more than $200 million of federal aid meant to help local districts manage financial hardships spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The Indiana Department of Education received $215 million of the $13.5 billion that the federal government handed out to states under the federal CARES Act – the stimulus package to help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 – specifically for K-12 schools. Since May, nearly $22 million of Indiana’s share has been issued to school districts around the state, according to data provided by IDOE. As schools continue to apply for funds, state officials said millions more is expected to be given out in the coming months. The financial help is intended for things like buying remote learning technology and equipment for sanitizing school buildings.


a car parked in front of a sign: Many of the teachers taking part in the Drive for Lives parade urged state leaders to trust science in dealing with the novel coronavirus. The Drive for Lives car parade brought teachers and their allies to Des Moines on July 24 to take several laps around the state Capitol arguing for Gov. Kim Reynolds to give local control back to school districts for the decision to return to in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic. © MICHAEL ROLANDS/RECORD-HERALD Many of the teachers taking part in the Drive for Lives parade urged state leaders to trust science in dealing with the novel coronavirus. The Drive for Lives car parade brought teachers and their allies to Des Moines on July 24 to take several laps around the state Capitol arguing for Gov. Kim Reynolds to give local control back to school districts for the decision to return to in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Des Moines: State public health officials reported 356 new confirmed coronavirus cases Monday, significantly lower than the daily average last week of more than 1,000 new cases and likely a reflection of lower testing over the weekend. The state also reported seven more deaths. The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Iowa has risen over the past two weeks from 14.9% on Sept. 20 to 17.64% on Sunday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. That was the fifth-highest positivity rate in the nation Sunday. Many health experts recommend mask requirements and limits on gatherings in bars, restaurants and other public gathering places when positivity rates exceed 5%. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed an order allowing bars to reopen Monday in Johnson and Story counties as long as they follow social-distancing rules. The counties are home to the University of Iowa and Iowa State University.


Topeka: State education commissioner Randy Watson said schools will need to rethink the way they deliver education amid the coronavirus pandemic because what is happening now is “not sustainable.” Watson told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards on Friday that one of the best solutions is to return students for five-days-a-week learning, while keeping class sizes to fewer than 15 students and requiring masks and social distancing. Watson said schools may need to partner with other organizations in the community, like churches or businesses that are closed anyway because of the pandemic, to get enough room to space out students. Watson also suggested that schools look internally for backup and use non-teaching school staff – like librarians, paraeducators, substitute teachers, central office staff and reading specialists – to fill the ranks. “Everyone is going to have to be a teacher again,” he said. “Almost everyone.”


Frankfort: The state reported its highest-ever number of new coronavirus cases Saturday. “We now have 1,275 new cases announced today, meaning 1,275 Kentuckians have just tested positive,” Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release. “This is our highest number of cases ever. This is the highest number of cases per week ever, and we have one more day that will add to the count, and it shows that we have to do better.” Of the newly reported cases, 166 were in children age 18 or younger. Twenty-seven of the cases were in children age 5 or younger, with the youngest child just 2 months old, according to the news release. Kentucky also recorded eight new deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of virus deaths in the state to 1,205.


New Orleans: One of the sacraments of life in the Big Easy, buying a drink to go, is again on offer. City officials on Saturday allowed bars to begin selling takeout alcoholic beverages, as part of the city’s gradual reopening from COVID-19. Go-cups had been allowed during a temporary loosening of restrictions that began in June. But in late July, officials halted all alcohol service at bars, after Bourbon Street and other tourism magnets attracted crowds lubricated by to-go cocktails. Also on Saturday, restaurants were allowed to increase their capacity to 75% from 50%, as long as tables are at least 6 feet apart. If cases continue to decline, the next phase on Oct. 16 would allow outdoor table service at bars. About two weeks after that, limited indoor bar service, at 25% occupancy, could begin.


Portland: The state’s hospitality industry is bracing itself for a bleak winter. Conferences and large business meetings are no longer a reliable revenue source because of the pandemic. “I mean there’s virtually no meetings, zero, and right now they are canceling into 2021 now,” Steve Herwins, CEO of Hospitality Maine, an industry trade group, told Maine Public. He said the annual Maine Real Estate Association group usually gathers every year at the Holiday Inn by the Bay and usually draws 1,000 people. “It’s like the biggest single event in the state. And they’re going to do it virtually in January,” he said. Hewins said a follow-up report from the University of Maine due out this week is expected to show about $2.4 billion in revenue losses this year, about 30% down from 2019.


Baltimore: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has implemented new ways for its musicians to rehearse and for its fans to enjoy a show amid the coronavirus pandemic. In July, the orchestra canceled all concerts through Nov. 29. Now it’s introducing a new digital concert series called “BSO Sessions,” TV station WJZ reports. And, for the past three weeks, the orchestra has been bringing in musicians eight at a time to practice in person on stage, while following safety protocols including mask-wearing, temperature checks and social distancing. “Even the stage flats have been reviewed by experts in public health and engineering to ensure that we have ample distance between musicians to allow for aerosols,” Tonya McBride Robles, the orchestra’s vice president and chief operating officer, told the station. Tickets for the digital concert series, which premieres Oct. 14, go on sale this week.


Middleton: A virus cluster at a jail is growing, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Saturday. Twenty-five inmates, 21 employees and two contractors have tested positive. Each case showed mild symptoms; none have required hospitalization, the sheriff’s department said. All inmates and staff are now being tested. Also on Saturday, 28 male patients at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth tested positive for the virus, the state correction department said. Eleven employees with Wellpath, which handles inmate health care for the department, also tested positive. State public health officials on Saturday reported 600 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Officials also reported 17 new deaths, pushing the death toll in Massachusetts to at least 9,292. Total cases surged past 131,800.


a man standing in front of a bus: Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver Kevin Watkins, 54, of Harper Woods will have worked at DDOT for 25 years in August and says drivers are worried about their safety and health. Watkins stands near the front of his bus while making a stop at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit on July 10, 2020. © Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press Detroit Department of Transportation bus driver Kevin Watkins, 54, of Harper Woods will have worked at DDOT for 25 years in August and says drivers are worried about their safety and health. Watkins stands near the front of his bus while making a stop at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit on July 10, 2020.

Detroit: Buses returned to Motor City streets Monday after a three-day work stoppage by drivers over coronavirus protections and disputes with riders. Police officers will increase their presence as part of a deal between the city and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26. Riders must continue to wear masks, and they must not cross a barrier or approach the driver. Drivers “generally do not feel safe at work due to violent and threatening circumstances presented by customers and members of the public,” a memo says. Detroit buses serve an average of 85,000 people a day. A driver was suspended for 29 days for a fight with a rider who boarded without a mask. Mayor Mike Duggan said the strike, which began Friday, was in response to the suspension. Duggan said video of the incident was “disturbing.” Union leader Glenn Tolbert said Duggan’s remarks were insensitive to drivers. “We’ve had drivers stabbed and punched,” Tolbert said.


Minneapolis: Three congressmen from the state are facing backlash over taking a commercial flight home from Washington, D.C., on Friday night, just two days after they shared Air Force One with President Donald Trump. U.S. Reps. Pete Stauber, Tom Emmer and Jim Hagedorn all were on the same Delta Air Lines flight despite the airline’s restrictions on passengers recently exposed to COVID-19. Trump announced early Friday morning that he had tested positive for the virus. Delta’s policy says customers who know they were exposed to the virus in the past 14 days cannot travel on the company’s aircraft. The airline defines exposure as face-to-face contact with someone carrying the virus, or sustained contact for more than 15 minutes less than 6 feet apart. Ken Martin, chairman of the state Democratic party, said the three Republican congressmen put the health and safety of other passengers at serious risk.


Biloxi: Delta Air Lines says it’s investigating after a Democratic campaign consultant tweeted a picture of U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker not wearing a mask on a flight. Matt Harringer told the Sun Herald that he took the picture Thursday on a flight to Jackson, where his company is producing media for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy. “I’ve seen enough Republican senators test positive to tweet this photo,” Harringer posted on Twitter on Friday night. ”Senator Wicker – because you refused to wear a mask on our Delta flight last night, please let your fellow passengers know your status once you’ve been tested.” Harringer was referring to other senators who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days along with President Donald Trump. Delta requires passengers to wear a mask on its flights except while eating, and the airline responded to Harringer that it was looking into his photo.


Jefferson City: Gov. Mike Parson said Sunday that he has been cleared to return to the office after battling the coronavirus. Parson said on his Facebook page that he and his wife, Teresa Paulson, had both been cleared by doctors to return to work from their home in Bolivar. They both tested positive Sept. 23. Neither developed serious symptoms. “I just want to thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers during this time. We are so blessed to be fortunate to be in the over 100,000 people in the state of Missouri that’s recovered from the coronavirus,” Parson, a Republican, said in a video on Facebook. Missouri continues to have one of the highest rates of positive cases of the virus in the nation. The seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate has risen over the past two weeks to 18.04% on Saturday, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from John’s Hopkins University. That rate was the sixth-highest among all states.


Billings: State health officials said Saturday that 501 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, setting a new daily record. In the past week, the state has reported more than 300 new cases a day, with more than 1,500 new cases reported during that time, The Billings Gazette reports. According to the information compiled by the Department of Health and Human Services, there are currently 4,569 active cases in the state. The state reports 186 people have died since the pandemic began. Gov. Steve Bullock on Saturday said on Twitter that with another record high in cases, “our healthcare professionals around the state are working damn hard. As Montanans we know what we need to do and we need to do it: mask up, social distance, avoid large gatherings, stay home when sick, and follow quarantine and isolation orders.”


Lincoln: The number of deaths linked to the coronavirus has topped 500 across the state, and more people are hospitalized with the virus than ever before. The state reported four new deaths and 404 new cases of coronavirus Sunday to give Nebraska 501 deaths and 47,807 cases of the virus since the pandemic began. The number of hospitalizations for the virus jumped to 249 on Saturday and remained at that level Sunday. Previously, the number of people being treated in Nebraska hospitals peaked at 232 on May 27, according to the state’s online virus tracker. But even with the high number of hospitalizations, Nebraska said 33% of the state’s intensive care beds and 78% of the ventilators remained available. Last month, Gov. Pete Ricketts eliminated nearly all of the state’s social-distancing restrictions in favor of voluntary guidelines.


Las Vegas: Hundreds of university students will be trained and employed as contact tracers to help identify and inform people who may have been exposed to COVID-19. A $3.4 million grant from the state will pay for the 200-student program, a partnership between the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Southern Nevada Health District, officials said Friday. “Applying what they have learned in the classroom and through training, our students are now at the forefront of COVID-19 prevention efforts in the community,” said Shawn Gerstenberger, dean of the UNLV School of Public Health. UNLV’s contact tracing team was formed in March with a core group of volunteers who have been supporting SNHD throughout the pandemic. So far, 60 students have been trained through the grant. A team of experienced graduate students is training additional contact tracers.

New Hampshire

Windsor: A summer camp that stayed open during the coronavirus pandemic is acting as a boarding school for 30 students. The Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp is running through Oct. 12. Students are participating in virtual schooling during mornings and early afternoons before enjoying the 365-acre camp later in the day. The group tested negative prior to and upon arrival at camp Sept. 12. Most were campers who were there this summer. The camp hosted 300 students ages 7-16 over the summer and adhered to screening, testing, social distancing and mask-wearing. With the exception of two false positive tests, everyone tested negative, camp organizers said.

New Jersey

Trenton: President Donald Trump’s fundraiser at his Bedminster golf club hours before he announced he had contracted the coronavirus was wrong and “put lives at risk,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday. Murphy called the trip the “wrong decision at every level” and said it should have been canceled. The state is trying to keep tabs on the 206 attendees and 19 workers in an effort to thwart a potential outbreak stemming from the large gathering Thursday, which included an indoor roundtable with the president that one attendee said lasted 45 minutes or more, he said. “The actions leading up to and following this event have put lives at risk,” Murphy said at an afternoon news conference. “This is very much a race against the clock.” Murphy, a Democrat, made several television appearances Monday, saying state and federal officials were still working on contact tracing. He urged anyone at the club while the president was there to quarantine for two weeks.

New Mexico

Santa Fe: A federal judge has turned down an initial request to ease pandemic-related occupancy limits for in-person instruction at private schools in the state, in a setback for a lawsuit supported by the U.S. Justice Department. In a Friday order, U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson cast doubt on the complaint from the father of a seventh grade prep school student in Albuquerque who has only engaged in online learning during the pandemic due to provisions of a statewide public health order. Plaintiffs say the health order unfairly limits in-person learning at private schools to 25% of maximum room capacity, while public schools can apply to reopen under separate guidelines at 50%. To date, only a portion of elementary schools have been cleared to restart in-person instruction.

New York

New York: Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday that he’s ordering schools in certain New York City neighborhoods closed within a day in an attempt to halt a flare-up of the coronavirus. The governor took the action a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the state for permission to reinstate restrictions on businesses and schools in nine ZIP codes in Brooklyn and Queens where the virus was spreading more quickly. Cuomo said the closures would take place by Tuesday, a day ahead of when the mayor wanted. “These clusters have to be attacked,” Cuomo said, likening the state to a field of dry grass ready to ignite if burning embers aren’t put out fast. He said schools in the areas where the virus was spreading hadn’t been doing enough testing of students and staff to identify possible outbreaks, and he could no longer guarantee they were safe.

North Carolina

Chapel Hill: This college town’s popular Halloween celebration will not be permitted this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chapel Hill officials announced Friday afternoon that all town-sponsored public events and festivals through the end of the year have been canceled, the News & Observer reports. Also canceled was the annual Halloween-related closure of Franklin Street. While it’s not an organized event, thousands of costumed revelers typically pack the street. The town did not say how it would deal with any potential crowds that still might gather, the newspaper reports. Some years have seen as many as 40,000 people parade along the closed-off street on Halloween. North Carolina entered Phase 3 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s reopening plan Friday afternoon, under which outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people. Those restrictions will be in place through at least Oct. 23.

North Dakota

Bismarck: State health officials on Monday confirmed 12 new hospitalizations and three deaths due to complications from the coronavirus. The results lifted the state’s total to 277 deaths and 112 hospitalizations. The fatalities included a woman in her 90s from McHenry Count, a woman in her 80s from Stark County and a man in his 80s from Ward County. All had underlying health conditions. There were 312 positive tests in the prior day, for a positivity rate of just more than 7%. More than 23,860 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Active cases stand at 3,693, an increase of 86 from Sunday. Nearly 20,000 people have recovered from the virus. Cass County topped the state with 50 new cases, followed by Burleigh and Grand Forks counties with 47 each.


Cincinnati: The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,057 new cases of coronavirus in the state Monday and six new deaths. The total number of cases is at 159,964 in the state, and total deaths from the virus sit at 4,931. Hospitalizations increased by 73, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 15,840. Eleven new patients were admitted to intensive care units Monday. There have been 3,331 Ohioans total in the ICU.


Oklahoma City: Sen. James Lankford tweeted Saturday that he has tested negative for COVID-19 but will stay quarantined after recently meeting with a Utah senator who tested positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus. “I’ve received my COVID test results and am negative. Following CDC guidelines, I will continue to quarantine,” Lankford, a Republican, said in the tweet. Lankford said Friday that had no symptoms but would quarantine for 10 days because of recent meetings with fellow Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, who had announced his positive test. COVID-19 exposure has also led to the temporary closing of some driver license sites. The state Department of Public Safety said Friday that offices in Chickasha and Lawton and commercial driver license testing sites in Chickasha, Lawton and Oklahoma City are shut down because employees were exposed to COVID-19. The offices are expected to reopen Oct. 15.


Messages urging distance learning until COVID-19 cases decline are written on a car at a staging area for a car caravan protest for students and educators safety at Willamette Town Center, in Salem, Oregon, on Monday, July 27, 2020. © BRIAN HAYES / STATESMAN JOURNAL Messages urging distance learning until COVID-19 cases decline are written on a car at a staging area for a car caravan protest for students and educators safety at Willamette Town Center, in Salem, Oregon, on Monday, July 27, 2020.

Salem: Some families and teachers want an in-person learning option for Oregon schools. Community members gathered for a rally Monday at the Oregon Capitol in Salem to advocate for opening schools. Sister rallies were planned at the same time in Bend and Medford, all bolstered by a corresponding petition, which garnered more than 4,900 signatures by Monday evening. Event organizer Shalyse Olson said many people are not satisfied with the online-only options available right now, and they don’t feel their voices are being heard. “The aim is merely to advocate for an additional option,” said Olson, a parent and former teacher. “If distance learning is working for some families and they love it, that’s awesome. For most of us, those (programs) are not cutting it,” she said. “Not even slightly.”


Harrisburg: The state can restore pandemic restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, putting on hold a judge’s ruling that threw out statewide limits on crowd size and other measures meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, may once again enforce size limits on gatherings while it appeals the lower court order. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV in Pittsburgh, an appointee of President Donald Trump, had ruled against the state’s size limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, saying they violate citizens’ constitutional rights to assemble. The state has been enforcing a gathering limit of more than 25 people for events held indoors and more than 250 people for those held outside.

Rhode Island

Providence: Johnson & Wales University is moving to fully remote classes and telling students to stay in their dorms or off-campus apartments in an effort to control a coronavirus outbreak, the school announced Monday. Thirty-eight students who live off campus tested positive last week, and all students will be tested starting Wednesday, the statement said.Providence College and the University of Rhode Island have also dealt with outbreaks among students. Providence College turned to remote-only learning after a COVID-19 outbreak last month affected more than 200 students. Brown University undergraduate classes with 19 or fewer students are allowed to meet for in-person instruction as of Monday, a school official said. All other undergraduate classes remain remote, said Russell Carey, executive vice president of planning and policy, in a post on the Ivy League school’s website.

South Carolina

Columbia: Two congressional leaders, including the South Carolina congressman at the helm of a special subcommittee managing a multitude of issues related to the coronavirus pandemic, are asking the nation’s top education official to review a proposal by the governor to allocate millions of dollars so that students can attend private and religious schools, a program they call “a voucher scheme.” In a letter sent Monday to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and obtained by the Associated Press, U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and Bobby Scott say Gov. Henry McMaster’s use of discretionary funds in this manner “appears to violate the plain text” of a federal coronavirus aid package, as well as the Department of Education’s “related guidance.” Scott, a Democrat from Virginia, chairs the Committee on Education and Labor. Clyburn, the House Majority Whip, chairs the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

South Dakota

Sioux Falls: State health officials on Sunday confirmed 432 new cases of the coronavirus and a record high of 4,248 active cases. The state processed 1,756 tests in the past day, for a positivity rate of 24.6%. Figures compiled Saturday by the COVID Tracking Project rank South Dakota second in the country for the number of new cases per capita in the past two weeks. Officials have confirmed a total of 24,418 cases since the start of the pandemic. The death toll stands at 248, with no new fatalities reported Sunday. However, hospitalizations rose by 17, to a total of 232.


a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Metro Public Health Department mobile coronavirus tester Haley Moore administers a testing swab on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Antioch, Tenn. © Mark Zaleski / For The Tennessean Metro Public Health Department mobile coronavirus tester Haley Moore administers a testing swab on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Antioch, Tenn.

Nashville: The state surpassed 200,000 reported cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. The somber tally of 201,210 cases comes as an additional 17 deaths connected to the virus were reported since Saturday. Although new infections in the state have slowed in recent weeks, the number of deaths connected to it have not, data collected from the Tennessee Department of Health shows. The state reported its first case of the novel coronavirus March 5 before passing 100,000 cases by July 29. Tennessee passed 2,000 deaths on Sept. 11. On three separate days since then, more than 40 new daily deaths were reported statewide. The Tennessee Department of Health announced there have been 201,210 cases of the coronavirus in the state as of Sunday afternoon, including 8,304 “probable” cases. That’s an increase of 1,615 in 24 hours during which 33,275 tests were reported.


Austin: State health officials on Saturday reported 3,346 newly reported coronavirus cases and 3,660 previous cases that had been unreported for a total increase of 7,006 cases. The Texas health department reported 763,010 total cases and 15,992 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. The department on Friday had reported 756,004 cases and 15,895 deaths. The health department said Saturday in a note on its COVID-19 dashboard that the 3,660 older cases were excluded from previous reports of newly confirmed cases. The true number of cases in Texas is likely higher, though, because many people haven’t been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.


Salt Lake City: A multimillion-dollar coronavirus-testing contract the state signed with a startup company ended up costing significantly more per test because fewer people than expected took the tests, according to an audit released Wednesday. The agreement with Nomi Health, which also has similar contracts in Iowa and Nebraska, was for a flat fee and didn’t have a way to scale back if the number of tests was lower than planned, the audit found. The $7.6 million contract was for up to 3,000 tests per day, which would have made them cost less than other providers, according to the Utah State Auditor. But instead there were only about 540 tests processed per day at TestUtah sites, so each one ended up costing $235 – significantly higher than the $125-per-test average of other testing companies, according to the review. The state said it was reviewing the audit, a wide-ranging review of state spending in its response to the pandemic.


Burlington: Elected officials are considering a resolution to allow backyard fire pits in the city in what supporters say would be a good way to physically distance and socialize during the pandemic. The resolution would create a permitting process for fire pits, NECN reports. “I’m calling them COVID fires,” said city councilor Joan Shannon, a Democrat who represents the city’s south district. The resolution would allow backyard burning of clean, dry firewood in approved receptacles at least for a trial period of November through April. Shannon and two other city councilors believe it would improve residents’ mental health if they could socialize more during the pandemic. “We are social creatures. We do need to gather. I hope this will be a benefit for some people and allow them to continue to get together with friends, outside, in a safe way,” Shannon said.


Danville: A sheriff has instituted a face-covering policy for workers at a local jail and issued masks to inmates amid a widening COVID-19 outbreak. A total of 49 inmates at the Danville City Jail were infected as of Saturday afternoon, Sheriff Mike Mondul told the Register & Bee. The sheriff’s office first disclosed a single positive test at the facility Wednesday. “None of the inmates who have tested positive have significant symptoms at this point,” Mondul said. Earlier in the week, Mondul told the newspaper that not all jail employees had been wearing masks. When asked why there wasn’t a mask policy before now, he said there were no issues before Wednesday. “We had a mask policy, but the wearing of masks was not mandatory,” Mondul wrote in an email on Saturday. “No issue, no masks.” It was not immediately clear if facilitywide testing would be conducted for all 255 current inmates and the employees who work there.


Seattle: After two COVID-19 clusters in the state’s most populous county this week, a public health official said Friday that people need to remain vigilant. KING-TV reports King County is averaging 119 cases a day in the past week, which is up 40% from the previous week, according to Dr. Jeff Duchin, head of Public Health – Seattle & King County. University of Washington officials said Saturday that 22 additional COVID-19 cases have been confirmed among nearly a dozen sorority and fraternity organizations in Seattle for a total of 139 cases. An outbreak also was reported last week at the Salish Lodge and Spa in Snoqualmie, where at least 25 people have tested positive. As numbers trend up again, it’s important to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing because the possibility of even an average flu season compounding with coronavirus is potentially a huge threat to the health care system, Duchin said.

West Virginia

Charleston: A teachers union on Monday filed a legal challenge to the state’s color-coded map that determines whether counties can hold in-person public school classes and athletic competitions during the coronavirus pandemic. The West Virginia Education Association said the filing in Kanawha County Circuit Court seeks to replace the school reentry map that has undergone multiple changes by Republican Gov. Jim Justice and state officials with one compiled by independent health experts. The map uses five colors to determine a county’s public school status, depending on the local spread of virus cases. But critics, including the WVEA, said the sheer number of changes to the map has been confusing. “Our members have watched the constant manipulation of the map,” union President Dale Lee said in a statement. “As each rendition failed to provide the desired results sought by our state leaders, additional changes were made.”


Madison: A county health official says he’s frustrated with the lack of leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and is quitting. Sauk County Health Officer Tim Lawther said in a resignation letter that the virus is being turned into “a political tool,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports. “The political gamesmanship has empowered some County Supervisors to demand retraction of evidence-based public health guidance,” Lawther wrote. “It has encouraged and rewarded political allies to rail against science and data-driven measures to protect our neighbors. It has emboldened others to think it is appropriate to treat public health professionals with disrespect and disdain when they are just trying to do their jobs with skill and grace.” The letter, dated Sept. 14, said Lawther plans to step down Oct. 14.


Cheyenne: A former Wyoming coal mine vice president was sentenced Friday to five years in prison almost two years after he pleaded guilty and admitted to stealing millions of dollars from his company and private investors. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen sentenced Larry Wayne Price Jr., 40, to three years of probation after his prison sentence. Price embezzled tens of millions of dollars from his investors and helped his boss at the Signal Peak coal mine conduct a scheme of over-billing and fake equipment sales, the Billings Gazette reports. Price has admitted that his various crimes netted close to $40 million. Price’s attorney Jennifer DeGraw recommended no more than two years in prison, telling the court that home confinement was a fair punishment. She said her client had lung damage from coal mine work and was at an increased risk if he contracted the coronavirus in prison.

From USA TODAY Network and wire reports

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