Cherokee reports COVID-19 cases in three more schools

In an updated COVID-19 case count Wednesday evening, the Cherokee County School District added one middle and two elementary schools to its list of affected schools. These schools are in addition to Sixes Elementary, which had the first known COVID-19 case Monday, the first day of classes in the district.

As with Sixes Elementary, students and staff are quarantining at all three schools.

 

Source: Cherokee reports COVID-19 cases in three more schools

Victoria records 471 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths, including four linked to aged care – ABC News

There are 7,449 active coronavirus cases in Victoria, including 1,533 linked to aged care, including residents and staff.

Stage 4 restrictions requiring most non-essential businesses to close took effect across Melbourne today.

Stage 3 restrictions also began in regional Victoria today.

Mr Andrews said there had been “many hundreds” of discussions with industry groups to clarify the stage 4 shutdown regulations for business.

“This is always going to be an imperfect process, it’s never been done before,” he said.

“There will always be further changes based on further feedback we get.”

Source: Victoria records 471 new coronavirus cases and eight deaths, including four linked to aged care – ABC News

Schools Will Close Again

We love to cling to the belief that kids are generally low risk if they become infected or that younger children don’t spread it as much as older ones and adults, but because we shut down schools so early (as we should have), we don’t really know what happens when a large population of kids are potentially exposed all at once. And this virus hasn’t existed long enough for us to know the long-term consequences for someone who had even a mild case of it.

As careful as our schools try to be, as much as we remind our kids why masks are important, and as much as our teachers try to keep their distance and sanitize all the things while also, you know, teaching, this isn’t going to work.

So brace yourself now. If your district still plans to re-open in person, even on a hybrid schedule, and even with all the possible precautions in place: it’s temporary. Your school is going to close again, and it will be soon.

 

Source: Schools Will Close Again

Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would ‘gut’ Americans With Disabilities Act | TheHill

“Allowing businesses to exclude employees with disabilities from reopening plans is exactly the kind of discrimination the ADA sought to abolish, yet the GOP’s HEALS Act seeks to relegate millions of Americans back to second class status, sending the offensive message that our community can be cast aside if the costs to companies are too high,” Duckworth added.

“No one is asking for special treatment, what we are asking for is to not take away those basic rights the Constitution promised all those centuries ago and this chamber affirmed three decades ago under a Republican president.”

 

Source: Duckworth: Republican coronavirus package would ‘gut’ Americans With Disabilities Act | TheHill

Trump tempers his description of Beirut explosion as an attack: ‘Nobody knows yet’

He just made up an answer and can’t admit he was wrong or just a blowhard!

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President Trump on Wednesday tempered his comments from the day before that the massive explosion in the capital of Lebanon was an “attack,” telling reporters it is too soon to say whether the deadly incident was a delibe…

Biden says he supports additional funding for the police | TheHill – (for community policing, social workers, psychologists…)

“I want to get police more money in order to deal with the things they badly need, from making sure they have access to community policing, that they have also in the department’s social workers, psychologists, people who in fact can handle those god awful problems that a cop has to have four degrees to handle.”

Source: Biden says he supports additional funding for the police | TheHill

Trump administration wants to see ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps like TikTok and WeChat removed from U.S. app stores, Pompeo says

Still in lap-dog attack mode, it appears. Lots more fun than actually making the nation safe by addressing Covid-19 with a rational plan.

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Pompeo’s comments come less than a week after President Donald Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he will act soon to ban Chinese-owned video app TikTok from the United States.