Reopening

More Coronavirus Testing Is Key To Reopening, RivCo Officials Say

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — More Riverside County residents need to get tested for the coronavirus if they want to see increased reopening of local industry sectors.

That was the underlying message Thursday from county health officials.

“… increased testing supports moving into the next level of the state’s reopening plan … that will allow more businesses, as well as schools and places of worship to reopen indoors,” read a news release from Riverside University Health System – Public Health.

People who don’t show symptoms of the virus may not be inclined to get tested, but they are the ones who could influence the metrics used by the state to determine which counties can reopen.

While several benchmarks are eyed under California’s reopening framework, Riverside County remains in the state’s most restrictive tier because of its higher COVID-19 case rate.

Under the state’s color-coded tiered framework, a COVID-19 case rate of

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Canada’s top doctor says wear a mask during sex; cyberattacks hit virtual class; more colleges alter reopening

Higher education continues to grapple with the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with more universities altering plans on Wednesday.

That includes Iowa State University, which, two days after announcing plans to allow 25,000 fans to its home-opening football game, reversed its decision. Also Wednesday, 30 out of 40 Greek houses at Indiana University-Bloomington were asked to quarantine after a spike in coronavirus cases. School officials on Monday reported an 8% positivity rate among students living in Greek houses.

Some universities, however, are staying the course. University of South Carolina officials said they had no plans of shutting down campus even after reporting over 1,000 confirmed cases among students.

Some significant developments:

  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson revealed Wednesday that he, his wife and two young daughters all tested positive for COVID-19. 

  • A coronavirus vaccine may be ready to distribute by Nov. 1, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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UC Berkeley chancellor calls reopening amid crises ‘hardest situation I’ve ever encountered’

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UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ greets students on the first day of classes in 2017. (David Butow / For The Times)

The University of California’s first two campuses to reopen this fall, Berkeley and Merced, begin classes Wednesday amid multiple crises: fear of COVID-19 spikes among students, shuttered classrooms that have forced online learning, and battered university budgets.

The early reports from some college openings throughout the nation are unsettling. Despite months of careful planning and strict rules for testing, contact tracing, masking and social distancing, the virus is surging as students have begun gathering in groups large and small after months apart from friends.

At USC, officials announced an “alarming surge” in COVID-19 cases just one week into the semester. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported that 31% of students had tested positive for the virus this

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How to Navigate a College Reopening

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One thing is clear as students return to some college and university campuses amid the coronavirus pandemic: It will be very tricky to get this right.

Public health experts are concerned that attempts to start in-person classes too soon and an overreliance on imperfect testing practices could lead students to underestimate the risks of getting infected on campus, potentially seeding new outbreaks and spreading COVID-19. That’s especially true with ongoing community spread of the virus in much of the country and difficulty controlling what precautions students take when they’re not in class. 

Some universities opened in-person classes only to suddenly go remote after clusters of coronavirus infections emerged or the number of students testing positive ticked up quickly. Other schools are delaying in-person returns until September or October, and then will limit in-person attendance or require negative test results

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Steve Bannon is busted, educators face schism over schools, and talk of reopening revives questions

It’s Monday, Aug. 24, and even the unexpected Florida story sometimes has us flummoxed.

Take the tale of two Florida men snagged, along with President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and ideological point man, Steve Bannon. The three were arrested last week for fleecing hundreds of thousands of donors in an online crowdfunding campaign set up to privately finance construction of Trump’s border wall.

Some details you just can’t make up: Bannon, who was an early adviser to the president’s immigration strategy, was arrested on a yacht belonging to the Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, a Communist Party dissident accused of working as a double agent for China’s government. Wengui is also a Mar-a-Lago member.

Others arrested were Brian Kolfage, of Miramar Beach in the Panhandle, who ran the “We Build the Wall” group and is alleged to have pocketed more than $350,000 to fund a lavish lifestyle, Andrew M. Badolato,

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Steve Bannon bust, schism over schools and reopening redux

It’s Monday, Aug. 24, and even the unexpected Florida story sometimes has us flummoxed.

Take the tale of two Florida men snagged, along with President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and ideological point man, Steve Bannon. The three were arrested last week for fleecing hundreds of thousands of donors in an online crowdfunding campaign set up to privately finance construction of Trump’s border wall.

Some details you just can’t make up: Bannon, who was an early adviser to the president’s immigration strategy, was arrested on a yacht belonging to the Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, a Communist Party dissident accused of working as a double agent for China’s government. Wengui is also a Mar-a-Lago member.

Others arrested were Brian Kolfage, of Miramar Beach in the Panhandle, who ran the “We Build the Wall” group and is alleged to have pocketed more than $350,000 to fund a lavish lifestyle, Andrew M. Badolato,

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Experts warn many schools should delay reopening, as data indicates virus resurgence across much of country

COVID-19 data projection dashboard and school reopening guidance released Thursday by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seek to help school districts and parents make informed decisions and lead to sustained school reopenings.” data-reactid=”12″As communities across the country grapple with whether to bring students back into the classroom, a new COVID-19 data projection dashboard and school reopening guidance released Thursday by the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seek to help school districts and parents make informed decisions and lead to sustained school reopenings.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was granted access to Health and Human Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data pertaining to county positivity rates for the project. The hospital uses its projections to provide ongoing information to the federal coronavirus task force, and its data is used to update states with information about the spread of the virus within their various communities.

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School reopening debate shows power of local school boards

Donald Trump and Betsy Devos may want to dictate how — and if — schools reopen this fall, but in most states and cities those decisions will be made by a different group of elected officials, the more than 90,000 school board members nationwide.

Across the country, school board members, joined with district superintendents, are exploring online education options, considering mask mandates, and determining what a socially distanced classroom looks like. Lying beneath all these decisions is the outcome they’ll have on student learning.

This decision process shines a light on the power local school boards have. In an age of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and other federal and state education policy programs, it’s easy to write off school boards as bygones of an antiquated era with little power or say in how schools actually run. But it’s these local leaders who make countless decisions —

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Students among first to return offer lessons for reopening schools

NASHVILLE — Abigail Alexander shuffled through a stack of papers trying to find instructions for logging in to her school-issued laptop. 

The 10-year-old chatted with her best friend, a fellow fifth grader, about who is in their classes this year at Head Middle Magnet Prep in Nashville and what period they have a specific teacher.

Their conversation Tuesday sounded like a typical one between excited, anxious students on the first day at a new school — except this year’s first day of school was like no other.

Abigail was seated in the dining room of her North Nashville home while her two younger foster siblings played around the table. Her friend was on FaceTime, the phone propped up against the side of Abigail’s laptop.

The girls were among more than 86,000 Nashville students who started the school year virtually while their schools remained closed due the ongoing spread of the

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West Chester SD Opts For Online Reopening Plan In 8-1 Vote

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Area Board of School Directors followed the lead of families whose comments and feedback fell significantly in favor of opening school remotely.

The board approved 8-1 a remote reopening plan that called for ongoing review of when it may be safe to begin either hybrid or in-school instruction. Brian Gallen cast the only vote against the plan, citing concerns for the loss of the social benefit being in school provides to children.

The WCASD board acknowledged that the options were not optimal. The board cited safety and continuity as reasons for choosing to begin the 2020-21 school year with all-virtual instruction. “This is still a global pandemic,” the board stated in its public presentation. “The science is still emerging.”

In the presentation, the board noted that epidemiologists expect that schools that are opening in brick and mortar settings will close soon after reopening

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