The Newest: Calif. OKs some waivers for reopening colleges


An inmate models the protective gear inmates manufacture as fellow inmate Luis Huaman makes face shields at a workshop in the Lurigancho prison, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Health authorities and inmates look to implement protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19 at the overcrowded prison.

An inmate fashions the protecting gear inmates manufacture as fellow inmate Luis Huaman makes face shields at a workshop within the Lurigancho jail, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Well being authorities and inmates look to implement protocols to curb the unfold of COVID-19 on the overcrowded jail.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has begun approving purposes to reopen elementary colleges for in-person instruction underneath particular waivers permitted by counties that have been placed on a state monitoring checklist due to excessive numbers of coronavirus infections.

The state hasn’t mentioned what number of have been permitted statewide. However knowledge from San Diego and Orange counties on Thursday confirmed that collectively they’ve had 50 colleges permitted. All of them are non-public and principally non secular, together with two small public college districts.

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Orange County’s performing well being officer says he has considerations concerning the reopenings however is aware of staying dwelling causes hardship for youngsters and oldsters.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:

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— Rise in jobless claims displays still-struggling US economic system

— WHO seeks extra data about Russia vaccine

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— India experiences document excessive of 69,000 new infections in previous 24 hours

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— Working households enlist grandparents to assist with the youngsters. As the varsity yr will get underneath manner for a lot of youngsters with working dad and mom, extra grandparents have moved into each day caregiver roles.

— Two gamers on the South Africa cricket squad have examined constructive for COVID-19. The constructive assessments got here at a workforce camp involving greater than 30 of the nation’s high gamers.

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— As hospitals take care of individuals with COVID-19 and attempt to forestall its unfold, extra sufferers are opting to be handled the place they really feel most secure: at dwelling.

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— Observe AP’s pandemic protection at http://apnews.com/VirusOutbreak and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state is reporting its lowest tally of latest coronavirus circumstances in additional than six weeks, following two weeks of unprecedented lockdown of the state capital, Melbourne.

Victoria’s Well being Division reported on Saturday that the state had 179 new infections and 9 deaths within the newest 24-hour interval. That’s the lowest rely since 131 new infections have been reported July Eight. Victoria had recorded 240 new circumstances Thursday and 216 Wednesday.

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State authorities say the each day an infection price should fall to single digits or low double digits earlier than Melbourne’s lockdown is relaxed.

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ROME — The Venice Movie Pageant is requiring contributors on the first in-person cinema showcase of the COVID-19 period to put on facemasks throughout screenings and take a coronavirus take a look at in the event that they’re arriving from exterior Europe.

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Based on tips printed Thursday, followers and most people might be avoided the crimson carpet in the course of the Sept. 2-12 competition, and movie-goers should purchase tickets and reserve seats on-line to make sure each different seat is left vacant. 9 gates arrange at varied factors across the Venice Lido will take temperatures of movie-goers and media. Pageant-goers attending indoor occasions might be tracked to ensure contact tracing if essential.

Venice is the primary movie competition to get underneath manner because the pandemic, and is among the first main worldwide occasions Italy is internet hosting after changing into the onetime COVID-19 epicenter in Europe. After getting infections underneath management with a strict, 10-week nationwide lockdown that led to Might, Italy is now coping with a rebound in circumstances on account of summer season trip journey.

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Biennale organizers mentioned the rules have been labored out with native well being care officers.

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BATON ROUGE, La. — U.S. Sen. Invoice Cassidy of Louisiana says he has examined constructive for the coronavirus and is experiencing some signs of COVID-19. The Republican senator made the announcement Thursday and mentioned he’s quarantining in Louisiana.

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His spokesperson says the 62-year-old senator is experiencing “gentle signs that started this morning.” Cassidy, a doctor, mentioned in an announcement that he was examined after being notified Wednesday evening that he’d been uncovered to somebody contaminated with the coronavirus.

The senator says he’s adhering to medical steerage and notifying individuals with whom he might have come into contact. Cassidy is working for reelection on Nov. three.

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Cassidy’s announcement got here a day after he was in north Louisiana, visiting a veterans hospital in Shreveport.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington will apply to hitch a federal coronavirus program offering an extra $300 every week in unemployment advantages. The Employment Safety Division mentioned in a information launch Thursday that it’ll apply for the help by means of the Federal Emergency Administration Administration no later than Friday.

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This system took place by means of an govt order by President Donald Trump after a federally funded $600 increase to weekly state unemployment advantages ended on the finish of July. Thus far, greater than two dozen states have determined to take the funding.

This system cuts the weekly profit to $300 or $400 every week, relying on which plan governors select. States are required to chip in $100 per claimant to have the ability to ship out the upper quantity, one thing few — together with Washington — have agreed to do. Thus far, most states which have mentioned they’re taking Trump up on his supply have chosen the $300 model. Some haven’t determined which plan to take.

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BOISE, Idaho — The variety of Idaho residents making use of for unemployment elevated 12% final week after three weeks of declines. The Idaho Division of Labor mentioned Thursday it obtained three,644 new claims because the state’s restoration in the course of the coronavirus pandemic stays fitful.

The company says the general variety of individuals accumulating unemployment dropped 7% to 18,772. That’s the 15th week of consecutive declines because the pandemic entered Idaho in March and Republican Gov.

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Brad Little issued a stay-at-home order as infections surged. That order ended April 30, and most companies are open underneath present tips. Johns Hopkins College experiences that Idaho has greater than 28,000 coronavirus infections and 291 deaths.

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PHOENIX — COVID-19 circumstances in Arizona have improved to the purpose the place it’s protected for 4 largely rural counties to reopen colleges for partial in-person studying, state well being officers mentioned Thursday.

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The counties given the inexperienced mild to reopen colleges for a mixture of digital and in-person instruction have been Apache, Cochise, Coconino and Yavapai. Cities in these counties embody Flagstaff, Prescott and Sierra Vista. Apache County contains a part of the Navajo Nation, which was a nationwide virus hotspot within the spring.

Arizona’s different 11 counties, together with Maricopa, which incorporates Phoenix, and Pima, the place Tucson is situated, nonetheless haven’t cleared benchmarks primarily based on case numbers, testing positivity and hospital visits.

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Arizona turned a nationwide hotspot in June and July, with new infections rampant, hospitals nearing capability and deaths hovering.

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NEW YORK — Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech will take its COVID-19 vaccine candidate with the fewest uncomfortable side effects into final-stage testing.

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In a web based report Thursday, Pfizer researchers in contrast knowledge from early-stage testing of two vaccine candidates. Each revved immune programs equally, and neither prompted extreme uncomfortable side effects.

However one candidate prompted significantly fewer injection reactions, notably in older adults — signs reminiscent of fever, headache, chills or muscle ache which might be short-term however disagreeable, Pfizer reported.

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Remaining testing of Pfizer’s lead candidate has begun as researchers recruit about 30,000 individuals within the U.S. and different international locations. It’s one among a handful of experimental vaccines to succeed in end-stage assessments around the globe.

It typically takes years to develop a protected and efficient vaccine for widespread use and distribution. U.S. well being officers hope to begin providing vaccinations someday subsequent yr.

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PARIS — France President Emmanuel Macron say the nation will ship thousands and thousands of scholars again to high school beginning Sept. 1, regardless of the largest weekly spike in virus infections in months.

France’s nationwide well being company reported four,771 new infections Thursday, and greater than 18,000 new circumstances up to now week – the largest weekly rise since April. The rise is attributed to summer season trip events, household gatherings and clusters in workplaces as individuals returned to work.

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Considerations are mounting amongst academics and oldsters that colleges can’t preserve the virus at bay. A number one academics’ union requested the federal government this week to delay the beginning of the varsity yr.

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LAWRENCE, Kansas — The College of Kansas says early testing of scholars and employees returning to the campus has turned up 89 coronavirus circumstances, with a majority in fraternities and sororities.

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KMBC-TV experiences 87 college students and two school or employees members examined constructive. Entry testing upon return to campus earlier than the beginning of actions and courses confirmed a positivity price of 1.25% for the 7,088 assessments performed to date.

Testing is necessary for college students, school, and employees on the college’s campuses in Lawrence or Overland Park earlier than Sept. 7. The college plans focused testing and random sampling later.

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GREELEY, Colo — Two college students at a Colorado highschool have examined constructive for coronavirus, prompting a two-week shutdown of the varsity simply days after the beginning of the educational yr.

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The Greeley Tribune experiences the Weld Re-Eight College District introduced the primary confirmed case on its Fb web page and despatched an e mail to oldsters asserting the second case.

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Fort Lupton Excessive College officers say the scholars have been in separate teams on campus with greater than 500 college students mixed, requiring a whole college shutdown. The highschool has moved to distant studying and is scheduled to be closed by means of at the very least Sept. 7.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Thirty-five confirmed circumstances of coronavirus have been reported in Omaha-area colleges within the early weeks of the varsity yr, Douglas County well being director Adi Pour says.

Seventeen college students and 18 college employees members have examined constructive. One other 152 college students, employees and college who had shut contact with these testing postiive have been in quarantine, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

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JOHANNESBURG — The World Well being Group has urged African governments to speed up the reopening of faculties, saying the continent’s youths will endure from extended closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WHO officers warned that poor vitamin, stress, elevated publicity to violence and exploitation and teenage pregnancies are among the many issues confronted by college students remaining out of faculty in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Solely six African international locations have absolutely opened colleges, in accordance with a survey of 39 international locations by WHO and UNICEF. Many governments closed colleges as a part of measures to restrict the transmission of the coronavirus. Some reopened after which needed to shut once more when virus circumstances broke out within the colleges.

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MADRID — Spain’s high coronavirus professional is warning about surging infections principally tied to nightlife and socialization in the course of the summer season holidays.

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The pinnacle of Spain’s well being emergency coordination heart Fernando Simón says youthful individuals ought to know they’ll infect older relations that suffer extra the results of COVID-19.

“No one ought to be fooled, issues will not be going properly,” Simón says.

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The Well being Ministry added 7,000 new circumstances to the tally Thursday, bringing it to just about 378,000 confirmed infections because the begin of the pandemic. It’s the very best quantity in Europe.

The entire dying toll rose to greater than 28,800, with 16 new deaths.

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ATLANTA — New steerage from the President Donald Trump’s administration that declares academics to be “crucial infrastructure staff” may exempt academics from quarantine necessities after being uncovered to the coronavirus and ship them again into the classroom.

Retaining academics with out signs within the classroom, as a handful of faculty districts in Tennessee and Georgia have already mentioned they might do, raises the danger they’ll unfold the coronavirus to college students and fellow staff.

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A number of academics might be required by public well being businesses to quarantine for 14 days throughout an outbreak, which may stretch a district’s potential to maintain offering in-person instruction.

South Carolina well being officers additionally describe academics as crucial infrastructure staff, though it’s unclear if any district there may be asking academics to return earlier than 14 days.

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