College president Zooms with students isolated due to virus

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Every day at 5 p.m., no matter what Dr. Debra Schwinn is doing, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s new president jumps on a Zoom call — not with faculty or donors, but with students in isolation due to the coronavirus.

Schwinn, a physician and mom, worries about the toll such isolation takes on her students at the small Christian school, some already struggling with the emotional

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Virus may reduce total Super Bowl bets, but online to surge

Here’s one more thing the coronavirus pandemic has ruined for at least some people: betting on the Super Bowl

The American Gaming Association, the

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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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City makes changes because of virus cases

In light of increases in the number of people infected with COVID-19, city of Oak Ridge officials issued updates Thursday on the status of city facilities.

“Due to the significant increase in COVID cases, city officials strongly urge citizens to conduct their business over the phone and by mail whenever possible,” stated a news release from City Manager Mark Watson. Information below is from that news release.

The city of

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The Latest: Tex. Official Critical of Lockdown Is Virus Case | Business News

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas state official who has been critical of measures ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott in efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic says he has tested positive for the virus.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was among an estimated 200 people who rallied outside Abbott’s home in October to protest his pandemic orders, including a continued statewide mask mandate and lockdowns.

In a statement Wednesday, the 65-year-old

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The Latest: Texas Reports More Than 15,000 Daily Virus Cases | World News

DALLAS — Texas on Tuesday reported more than 15,000 newly confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus amid spikes in cases and hospitalization as winter approaches.

The Texas Department of State Health Services also said 9,028 people were hospitalized across the state. Last week marked the first time Texas surpassed a daily count of 9,000 hospitalizations since a deadly summer outbreak.

During the summer outbreak, the state saw the numbers of

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With virus limits at ski resorts, backcountry risks beckon

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Ben Werner glided up the craggy mountain bowl between Hardscrabble Peak and Frazier Basin in the Bridgers, his heels lifting off his skis with every step. He paused periodically to assess his route up the slope.

Before Werner ascended the bowl, he’d tested the snow’s stability on a small hill with a similar slant and aspect. He directed his skis toward the hillside and coasted along, … Read More

U.S. Cases Rise 0.8%; Texas Nears 14,000 Deaths: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The virus is surging among the young in the U.K., as France’s prime minister warned of a “clear degradation” with more than 9,000 cases reported for a second day. Israel is headed for a second national lockdown.

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U.S. cases rose 0.8%, above the 0.6% average daily increase of the previous week. Florida is taking further steps to reopen its economy, announcing that bars will be allowed

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Airlines Seek Gate Checks for Virus to Revive Foreign Travel

(Bloomberg) — A coalition of international airline and aviation groups is calling on U.S. government leaders to help set Covid-19 testing protocols to assuage passenger concerns and boost severely depressed international travel.



a group of people standing in a room: A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.


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A worker speaks with travelers at San Francisco International Airport on Aug. 31.

In a letter to three cabinet secretaries signed by 18 groups, they call on the government to set up “a globally accepted framework

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UN: Global tourism lost $320 billion in 5 months from virus

The United Nations chief says the global tourism industry has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, with $320 billion lost in exports in the first five months of the year and more than 120 million jobs at risk

UNITED NATIONS — The tourism global industry has

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Beijing partly reopens movie theaters as virus declines

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing partially reopened movie theaters Friday as the threat from the coronavirus continues to recede in China’s capital.

Cinemas in parts of the city deemed at low risk of cross-infection began admitting moviegoers under social distancing rules. Tickets must be booked in advance, attendance is capped at 30% of capacity and no eating or drinking is allowed during the show.

As with most venues in China, a

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Some CA counties set fines for virus violations

LOS ANGELES — California counties are stepping up enforcement of public health orders as hospitalizations and positive tests for the coronavirus skyrocket in many parts of the state.

In the San Francisco Bay area, officials in Marin and Napa counties have approved fines ranging from $25 to $500 for individuals violating public health orders, including failing to wear masks. Supervisors in nearby Sonoma County will consider a similar move.

The

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India reports record 40,425 new virus cases

NEW DELHI — India reported more than 40,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, a record high for the country.

The 40,425 new cases raised India’s total to 1,118,043, including 27,497 deaths.

The ministry said late Sunday that India’s coronavirus fatality rate — currently at 2.49% — is “progressively falling” due to an effective containment strategy and aggressive testing.

A country of 1.4 billion people, India has been conducting

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S.African artisanal cheesery hopes virus will boost Slow Food

Clarens (South Africa) (AFP) – Cheddar-making was put on hold when coronavirus struck an artisanal cheesery on the outskirts of Clarens, a town tucked into the foothills of the Maluti mountains of central South Africa.

Hard cheeses requiring months of ripening were no longer viable, and the small business battled to stay afloat as sales plummeted.

Cheesemaker Marietjie Crowther only managed to produce small amounts of her signature smoked mozzarella

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Barcelona on cusp of lockdown as virus returns

Las Ramblas, Barcelona, full with people this week - AP
Las Ramblas, Barcelona, full with people this week – AP

Barcelona has been dragged back towards lockdown as Catalonian authorities urged people to stay home and not gather in groups of more than 10. 

The region’s health chief Alba Verges stopped short of mandatory restrictions but instead warned Spain’s second largest city that residents should not “move around if it’s not absolutely necessary”.

“It is very important to respect these

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China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdowns were lifted and factories and stores reopened.

Growth reported Thursday for the three months ending in June was a dramatic improvement over the previous quarter’s 6.8% contraction — China’s worst performance since at least the mid-1960s. But it still

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Virus worries and FOMO drive options bets on surging tech giants

By April Joyner

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Options investors are ramping up bets on some of this year’s biggest winners, including Amazon.com Inc, Netflix Inc and Tesla Inc, even as they turn cautious on the wider market amid a resurgent U.S. coronavirus outbreak.

Investors are betting that tech-related stocks will remain comparatively resilient to the coronavirus-fueled economic disruptions that have battered sectors such as retail and travel, despite growing concerns

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Strong demand for virus testing services; snacking surges

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Monday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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FRONT LINE VIRUS COMPANIES:

— Two vaccine candidates from Pfizer and BioNTech being developed to help protect against the virus that causes COVID-19 have received fast track designation from the U.S. Food and

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Florida Breaks Record Daily Cases in U.S. Outbreak: Virus Update

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Florida reported 15,300 new virus cases, the biggest one-day rise since the coronavirus pandemic began in the U.S. The number exceeds records from New York, California and Texas, all of which have reported daily counts at almost 12,000. Reported deaths in Florida dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,”

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Florida Cases Hit Record; Push to Open Schools: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) —

Florida reported its highest-ever increase of Covid-19 cases, 15,300, or a 6% rise compared to a 4.8% average over the last week. Reported deaths dropped to 44, from 95 the day before.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said “the rule should be that kids go back to school this fall,” despite rising cases around the country.

South Africa may reintroduce tighter regulations on the movement of people and

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