One Columbia touting COVID safety campaign to help end arts ‘intermission’

In the wave of cancellations, postponements, and restrictions that have come duringthe global COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, the arts community has been hit particularly hard.

Now a leading arts-supporting agency in Columbia is launching a campaign to urge the public to do its part in slowing the spread of COVID-19, so that artists and venues can get fully back to work.

One Columbia for Arts and Culture, an

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California lawmakers send Gavin Newsom COVID stimulus deal

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, takes questions from the media after a visit to Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles to discuss the state’s efforts to vaccinate hard-to-reach and disproportionately impacted communities, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. California’s new system of delivering and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties. It’s the first step in Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a disjointed vaccine rollout

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Ross OKs using community center gym for covid vaccination clinic; no opening date announced

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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Not Catch COVID

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations still remain high, you’re being told being outdoors is better than indoors, by doctors like me. But is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus.

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Snyder reflects on COVID, other issues that impacted 2020 | Local News

To put it mildly, 2020 was a tremendously challenging and difficult year for elected officials and their respective constituents across the nation.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a multitude of serious issues for area residents and the officials representing them, starting with the obvious major health-related concerns, which eventually impacted the economy, education, employment and much more.

State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, recently reflected on the tumultuous year for the residents

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N.J. COVID updates: Indoor capacity limits increased. CVS, Rite Aid to begin vaccinations. What you need to know. (Feb. 4, 2020)

Restaurant and bar owners who have been pushing to be allowed to welcome more customers inside their businesses got a bit of relief Wednesday when Gov. Phil Murphy expanded indoor capacity from 25% to 35%.

Murphy also lifted the 10 p.m. curfew for restaurants and bars to serve customers inside. The loosening of restrictions takes effect Friday — just in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday and 11 months

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N.J.’s COVID indoor capacity limits for restaurants, gyms, other venues to increase to 35%

New Jersey’s strict capacity limits for restaurants, gyms and other businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic will increase Friday from 25% to 35% as the outbreak in the state continues to slow and vaccination efforts increase, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.

Murphy, citing declining hospitalizations, a gradual decrease in new daily case numbers and the lowered rate of transmission of the virus, as reasons why certain businesses can increase indoor

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White Dallas residents outpace Blacks, Hispanics in registering for COVID vaccine

arly efforts to boost registrations among Dallas’ Black and Hispanic communities have yet to produce more equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, new data obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows.

Six out of every 10 city residents who have enrolled for the shot with the Dallas County health department through Jan. 24 were white, according to data obtained Thursday. That’s twice the rate of the city’s overall white population.

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Corky Lee, Iconic Asian American Photographer, Dies of COVID at 73

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Corky Lee, the legendary photographer who dedicated his life to capturing the lives of the Asian American community, has died. He was 73.

The photojournalist died Wednesday in New York City due to complications from COVID-19, according to Reuters.

Lee first began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Jan. 3 and was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 7, the outlet reported. He was then moved to the

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UNC-CH graduate students not required to get COVID tests

Most UNC-Chapel Hill students will submit negative COVID-19 test results to the university before returning to campus for the spring semester, and they’ll get tested weekly.

But thousands of graduate students are an exception to that rule.

UNC is prioritizing testing among undergraduate students because that’s where the majority of COVID-19 cases spread this fall and it’s the best use of their resources, according to Dr. Amir Barzin, an assistant

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‘I’m not hopeful.’ Will the county’s new COVID directive slow the virus in Charlotte?

Local leaders disagree on whether a COVID-19 directive — amounting to strongly-worded recommendations that can’t be enforced the same as emergency declarations — will have the same success as previous stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus.

The main thrust of this week’s new public health guidance pleads with Mecklenburg County residents to further scale back gatherings, work and school, instead using virtual platforms to stay connected.

Still,

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COVID vaccines in Florida: Where to get one

The following information is related to COVID-19 vaccination distribution in the Central Florida area.This information will be updated as more details are released. ORANGE COUNTY To get additional information on the vaccine, click here.Those who have trouble booking an appointment can call 305-351-9531 or email [email protected] information about when more vaccine appointments will become available people can text OCFLCOVID to 888777 to receive text message updates from the county. There … Read More

Celebrating some of the people who kept the arts alive during COVID | Life

It was a hard year for the arts. After the coronavirus pandemic surged into the United States, touring shows stopped dead, theaters went dark and live performance just about anywhere ground to a screeching halt.

This was true of Charleston, too. It has been a difficult year for musicians, artists, dancers — and yes, writers.

Despite the hardships and the difficulties in rehearsing or performing, some people and groups

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California church creates ‘freedom fund’ for businesses open during COVID shutdown

A large Northern California church has established what it is calling a “freedom fund,” designed to dedicate thousands of dollars to local businesses as most of the state has landed back in an economic shutdown.

But the fund isn’t for businesses that have closed their doors. It’s intended chiefly for those that are defiantly open.

Pastor Greg Fairrington of Destiny Christian, a Pentecostal church in Rocklin, has been a vehement

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Sacramento CA area may get vaccine, COVID shutdown this week

The COVID-19 clock is ticking in Sacramento toward two major moments this week.

Health officials on Monday said they suspect they will have to announce the shutdown of further businesses by the end of this week or early next week – this time restaurants, hair salons and barbers – as the capital region struggles to stem an increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

However, the end of the week could also

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Seven Springs prepping for ‘mid-December’ opening amid new covid restrictions

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Despite 10” of natural snow falling on the slopes last week, Seven Springs Mountain Resort is not quite ready to open for skiing.

“It’s too bad, but we feel we don’t have enough snow to open yet. With social distancing, we’re not comfortable opening with just two lifts

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Office of Arts and Culture finding a way through COVID

Lee said the resources the office still has are being focused on helping artists and arts organizations navigate public and private funding sources.

“There’s a diversity of resources available to artists. It was definitely true at the beginning of COVID, unique funds were created,” she said. “We hope to be the one-stop-shop for all of those resources available to artists and arts organizations, regardless if they are resources offered by

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Murphy scolds N.J. restaurant that flouted COVID rules, urges those who were there to get tested

Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday it made “absolutely no sense” for a New Jersey restaurant to have defied rules in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus as new cases continue to surge.

The governor criticized an Oakland restaurant, Portobello, after a Facebook photo of patrons packed in its outdoor bar area the night before Thanksgiving was shared dozens of times on social media.

“Everyone wants to know when

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Walz says Minnesota to report record deaths, 8,000 COVID cases

Health officials also reported 7,877 new cases of the virus, a bit under what the governor announced previously.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Thursday, Nov. 19 

  • 72 deaths, 7,877 new cases reported Thursday
  • Walz closes gyms, indoor dining, pauses sports as COVID cases spike
  • 83 of 87 counties now under distance learning recommendations
  • Eleven new COVID-19 testing sites to open across Minnesota; mail order testing program now available statewide

Minnesota continues

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I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Never Catch COVID

As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations hit record numbers, you’re bring told being outdoors is better than indoors. But is it safe to go outside? How do you know you won’t get the virus? How do you become infected with COVID-19? What can you do to stay safe? As a doctor, I’m asked these questions all the time. Here are the top ways to avoid catching coronavirus. Note that there is

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