COVID-19 has huge impact on Salt Lake County’s proposed 2021 budget

SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office released its proposed budget for 2021, and it includes a massive impact from COVID-19. Officials say a lot of county offices will have to make due with what they have now.

When the pandemic reached Utah, every department in Salt Lake County made huge cuts. Officials say the Community Services Department took the biggest hit; it covers recreation centers and arts and culture organizations. Some of those facilities are operating on “a shoestring budget,” according to financial analysts.

You can see that when you walk into the Taylorsville Recreation Center. The county delayed many of the youth sports leagues until further notice, and moved gym equipment to ensure social distancing. Some people who use that gym say the staff maintains it nicely, but few people use it.

One man told KSL, “There’s only like three or four people there when

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Suicides up in Dane County, mental health experts see link to COVID-19 | Local News

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Sarah Henrickson, a social worker with Journey Mental Health Center and a member of the Madison Police Department mental health unit, talks with Madison police officers during a joint patrol shift in 2018.

Suicides are up in Dane County this year compared to last year, especially among youth and young adults, with mental health providers seeing a link to COVID-19 and a related uptick in treatment for depression.

The county had 57 suicides this year as of last week, more than the total of 54 for all of last year, according to preliminary data collected by Journey Mental Health Center, said Hannah Flanagan, director of emergency services at Journey.

Among people age 24 and younger, 15 suicides were reported as of mid-September, up from eight for all of last year. Suicides are also up for ages 25 to 38,

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Oregon state parks director talks COVID-19 shutdown, wildfires, yurts



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Even during a year packed with drama, the weekend that shut down Oregon’s outdoors remains a surreal moment in state history. 

Beginning in the coastal town of Warrenton, where mayor Henry Balensifer declared tourists a “clear and present danger,” all of Oregon’s recreation destinations would eventually be closed for nearly two months due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lisa Sumption, the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, was in the middle that moment and more during what’s been a chaotic 2020 for Oregon’s outdoors. 

The czar of 257 state parks and much of the Oregon Coast, Sumption navigated the shutdown, reopening and economic impact of COVID-19, along with historic wildfires and wind storms.  

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State parks officials made the decision to close many state parks ahead of spring break this year to prevent the

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Surveys find Americans want to go, fear COVID-19


If you can’t get out of the city, try camping in your own backyard.


Americans would love to go on vacation. They’re just not sure they should actually go. 

That’s the finding of two surveys that both found many travelers are expressing hesitation due to the coronavirus pandemic about taking a trip.

Some 67% of those responding to an AAA Travel survey released Thursday say they are uncertain about whether to take a vacation.

And online travel booking site Travelocity found 57% of Americans say they won’t travel for the year-end holidays this year.

The findings are in line with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which offers a world map that indicates the coronavirus is a threat in just about every country, including the U.S.

The AAA survey points to a trend that has become a theme of fall travel since the pandemic

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COVID-19 related closings, changes in East Mississippi | Local News

Here are some local businesses, organizations and events that have been affected by COVID-19.

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Gov. Tate Reeves issued a Safe Recovery Order, which encourages the use of face coverings but does not require them. Restrictions in the executive order 1525 include:

• Public and private social gatherings and recreational activities where social distancing is not possible are limited to groups of no more than 20 people in a single indoor space or groups of no more than 100 people in an outdoor space where individuals not in the same household are in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to each other. The limitation does not apply to religious entities, voting precincts, students in classrooms or gatherings governed by other capacity limitations.

Every person in Mississippi must wear a face covering, covering the nose and mouth, while inside a school building or classroom, or when outdoors on a

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2 North Caldwell Schools To Close Amid Local COVID-19 Outbreak

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — Gould and Grandview schools in North Caldwell will close for two weeks starting Monday and switch to all-online classes amid an outbreak of the coronavirus in the region, officials announced.

Part of the reason for the shutdown is that parents and guardians in the district aren’t cooperating with contact tracing efforts, according to a letter from Superintendent Linda Freda.

Both schools started the year with in-person learning last month.

Freda wrote:

“I am sorry to inform you that both Gould and Grandview schools will be closed for in-person instruction for the next 14 days. The local health officer, Bill Wallace, has asked that we close for in-person instruction based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases present at the West Essex High School. Due to a lack of cooperation with contact tracing, Mr. Wallace has requested that we close as it would appear that the spread

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Kettle Moraine prison’s COVID-19 outbreak worries inmates

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The entrance to the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution as seen, Thursday, October 1, 2020, near Glenbeulah, Wis. (Photo: Gary C. Klein/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

SHEBOYGAN – With two in five inmates at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution infected with COVID-19 in the state’s largest prison outbreak, officials can no longer isolate the sick from the uninfected.

Devante Welch, who is among those who tested positive, says it’s “a whole new environment.” The medium-security prison now feels like a maximum-security one.

The prison is locked down, limiting the movement of inmates. They access certain parts of the prison on rotating schedules, but for the most part are quarantined in their cells with their cellmates.

More than 600 inmates have tested positive at KMCI since early September — or over half of the prison’s 1,100 population. As of Thursday afternoon, nearly 450 cases were still active.

Welch, who had a

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14 people test positive for COVID-19 at ODU residence hall

ODU said the outbreak happened in the Whitehurst residence hall, which houses 389 students.

NORFOLK, Va. — Fourteen people have tested positive for the coronavirus at an Old Dominion University residence hall, the university said in a statement Thursday.

ODU said the outbreak happened in the Whitehurst residence hall, which houses 389 students. The university says COVID-19 testing has also identified what could be the beginning of an uptick in positive results among symptomatic and asymptomatic students who live on campus, as it monitors cases in other residence halls.

In a statement, ODU said it has the following measures in place:

  • Same day-testing for symptomatic students and 24-hour test results for asymptomatic students
  • Contact tracing and quarantine/isolation protocols as soon as someone tests positive. 
  • Testing of all Whitehurst residents. Testing will also be available to Whitehurst staff.

Students in isolation or quarantine are provided special attention: 

  • They receive regular health
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Tahoe Ski resorts add COVID-19 restrictions for 2020-21 season


Packed chairlifts will be a thing of the past as Tahoe resorts implement policies that ensure social distancing. (Photo: Provided by Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe)

The end of the 2019-2020 ski season stands out in Caroline Guenther’s memory. After a dry February, winter storms were finally dropping some powder in the Tahoe basin – and then the resorts closed due to the pandemic.

“We were all shocked. It happened so quickly. We were just kind of starting to hear about corona. I think the week before, they had stopped flights from Europe, but it didn’t really seem like it was here yet,” said Guenther, a San Francisco resident who skis at Tahoe resorts. “In hindsight, caring about the skiing seems not that important to saving people lives, but in the moment, it was very shocking in the middle of a big powder weekend.”

With winter just around the corner,

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Out of Darkness walk to prevent suicide continues despite COVID-19

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Katherine Mulokey and Debbie Lebson Jacobs at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Mulokey and Jacobs are part of Team Tikvah (Hebrew word for Hope) in the Out of Darkness walk for suicide prevention. (Photo: Monique Calello/The News Leader)

STAUNTON – Because of COVID-19, this year the Shenandoah Valley Out of Darkness walk will be an experience versus a walk. 

Markita Madden, chair of the program, said they are walking in our area because some communities are not able to due to high COVID-19 positivity rates. 

The group worked with the City of Staunton and Staunton Parks & Recreation to make the event as safe as possible. 

Instead of coming together in one large group, teams will walk over two days this year. The two-day walk will happen 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday,

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