Rutgers University to require Covid vaccine for students returning to campus in the fall

A worker prepares materials for vaccination at University Hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., December 15, 2020.

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Rutgers University will require students returning to campus this fall to prove they’ve been vaccinated against Covid-19, becoming one of the first institutions in the U.S. to mandate the immunizations.

Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway announced the change Thursday, saying in

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Will the COVID vaccine rollout mean a return for Vt. concerts, fairs, festivals?

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) – Gov. Phil Scott says he hopes Vermont can return to normal by July 4. But big events and concerts take months of planning. So is there still enough time to line some up for this spring and summer?

Current guidelines only allow up to two unvaccinated people or households to gather at one time. A concert or festival could never meet that standard. But with neighboring

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‘Put Me In Jail’: Fierce Covid Shot Resistance For US Republicans

Patients stream steadily into the Covid vaccine center that Todd Engle can almost touch from his West Virginia backyard. But like scores of other Republican voters, force would likely be required to get a dose into his arm.

Many of the party’s millions of supporters are among the nation’s most vaccine-skeptical people, which experts see as a dangerous barrier to finally taming the virus that has killed more than 540,000

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After hiatus because of COVID, Skagit Tulip Festival returns

After a year’s hiatus because of the statewide stay-at-home order, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival returns in April to offer acres of bright flowers — a pretty sign of spring and, this year, hope for the beginning of the end of the pandemic.

But COVID-19 remains, along with health and safety rules.

So, if you want to get an up-close look at the large gardens operated by Tulip Town and

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Westport officials reflect on year of COVID

WESTPORT — First Selectman Jim Marpe still remembers standing on the steps outside of town hall a year ago — maskless and surrounded by other officials — announcing schools and various aspects of town government would have to close.

COVID-19 had come to Westport.

“This was going to be the ultimate test,” Marpe said.

Days later, the town would be thrust into the national spotlight as news spread that someone

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Can Campbell’s Heritage Theatre survive COVID cutbacks?

There’s been no shortage of woeful tales about the fate of performance venues during the COVID-19 pandemic. “First to close, last to reopen” has been a common refrain heard during gatherings of arts advocates, but for the historic Campbell Heritage Theatre that may prove more true than most.

The Campbell City Council on Tuesday night is considering a series of mid-year budget adjustments in response to the pandemic — a

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Watch Live: Senate debates $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill ahead of expected vote

Washington — The Senate is beginning debate over President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday morning, kicking off a flurry of activity aimed at getting a final bill to the president’s desk before several key relief programs expire on March 14.

The 628-page bill enjoys support from all 50 Senate Democrats, but Republicans are aiming to make its passage as difficult as possible by forcing votes on dozens

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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