Tuesday, October 27

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Teachers concerned about their health and quality of education when dealing with COVID-19 – The Canadian News

OTTAWA - Kelly Main says she has never felt so drained and stressed during her 27 years of high school teaching as since she returned to the classroom this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. As someone who teaches grades 10 and 12 at Waterloo, you are faced with the challenge of delivering material to students in class and online at the same time. The Waterloo Region School Board, like many others across the country, has adopted a hybrid system to have fewer students in class at the same time in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. “We are expected to deliver the material every day to both cohorts,” she said of the 15 students she has in class with her and the other 15 who study remotely from home. The two groups change places every five days. "You will never be on the ...
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Utah Mom Warning Others After Two College Kids Return Home With Virus

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A mother is warning other parents to be careful after two of her college kids returned home last month, unknowingly carrying COVID-19. “We see things happening in the world and we think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s happening. That’s too bad,’” said Brooke Shirley. “But then when it happens to you or someone you know who gets it, then it’s real.” Weeks into the start of the fall semester, things got real for Shirley and her family. “It totally affects your whole life,” she said. It started when her son, who’s at Brigham Young University, came home Labor Day weekend for a short visit. Everything seemed fine. And then he left. “I took him somewhere. Dropped him off. He had a drink in there and I took a drink of his drink,” Shirley said. Not long after he ca...
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President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, the president tweeted early Friday. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that senior aide Hope Hicks came down with the virus after traveling with the president several times this week. Trump is 74 years old, putting him at higher risk of serious complications from a virus that has now killed more than 200,000 people nationwide. “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” Trump tweeted.Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get th...
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President Trump In ‘Quarantine Process’ After Top Aide Gets COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump are beginning a “quarantine process” as they await coronavirus test results after a top aide he spent substantial time with this week tested positive for COVID-19. Trump’s comments came after he confirmed that Hope Hicks, one his closest aides, had tested positive for the virus Thursday. Hicks began feeling mild symptoms during the plane ride home from a rally in Minnesota Wednesday evening, according to an administration official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose private information. She was quarantined away from others on the plane and her diagnosis was confirmed Thursday, the person said. Trump tweeted late Thursday: “The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results....
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Children’s Justice Center Moving To Bigger Building As Need For Help Jumps

LOGAN, Utah – Child abuse is a growing problem during the pandemic, but help has arrived for the Children’s Justice Center in Cache County, which will soon have a bigger building. The victim’s advocacy group is moving into a new 6,000-square-foot facility and it’s happening just in time. The stories the victims tell are hard to hear. New building for the Children’s Justice Center in Cache County. (KSL TV) Terryl Warner has been listening for decades. She said people are generally not aware of how bad it really is. “We’re seeing kids right now, that are making pornography in their home, because they’ve been coerced to do it by somebody, or they’re being paid to do it by somebody,” Warner said. She said the stories have to be heard in order to get the cases to court. ...
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Rise In Utah COVID-19 ICU Patients Causing Capacity Concerns

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – A frontline physician in Utah said his hospital still has capacity for COVID-19 patients, but they are getting very busy. Throughout the pandemic, medical experts have warned that everyone needs to do what they can to reduce the spread of the virus. Otherwise, Utah’s hospitals could be overwhelmed. Dr. Clark Bishop said at the governor’s weekly COVID-19 briefing Wednesday that Utah is not there yet, but it could happen if the surge in cases continues.“This is a miserable, persistent, ugly disease, and whatever we can do to prevent it we ought to do,” said Bishop, a critical care and pulmonary medicine physician at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. “The people who ge...
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Navajo Nation Reports 22 New Cases Of COVID-19, One Death

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – The Navajo Nation reported 22 new cases of COVID-19 and one death Wednesday evening. A total of 556 people have now died from the disease in the Navajo Nation. Tribal authorities will begin enforcing a 57-hour weekend lockdown starting at 8 p.m. Friday, which will run until 5 a.m. Monday.22 new cases, 7,256 recoveries, and one more death related to COVID- pic.twitter.com/5J7clS35tH — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) October 1, 2020A stay-at-home order is also in effect for the entire reservation. It restricts people from leaving their homes except for emergencies or essential activities. “The latest public health emergency order allows for wood gathering and hauling during the 57-hour weekend lockdown, as long as you have a ...
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Utah Health Dept. Reports 1,008 New COVID-19 Cases

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,008 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths. The rolling seven-day average for positive tests is 987 per day, and the rolling seven-day average for percent of positive laboratory tests is 13.6%. The state has tested 836,218 people so far, and 74,050 of those tests returned positive. There have been 1,085,068 total tests reported.There are currently 201 patients hospitalized with the virus, 76 of which are in intensive care units. Another 58 patients are currently hospitalized as COVID-19 persons under investigation. UDOH reports 52.7% of all non-ICU beds and 69.9% of all ICU beds in Utah hospitals are occupied. A total of 459 Utahns have died from the virus. The state is considering 55,510 ca...
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A Total Of 4,458 Utahns Filed New Unemployment Claims Last Week

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Department of Workforce Services reported that a total of 4,458 Utahns filed new unemployment claims for the week ending Sept. 26. There were 44,306 continued claims filed during the same period. The overall numbers are down slightly from the week before, when 4,458 Utah workers filed new claims and 47,839 workers filed continued claims.“We continue to see economic recovery as evidenced by the now twenty-one consecutive weeks of reduced ongoing claims for unemployment benefits in the state of Utah,” said Kevin Burt, Unemployment Insurance Division director for the Utah Department of Workforce Services. “It is clear this pandemic continues to be disruptive, but Utah’s diverse economy does offer employment opportunities to those act...
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Boxing Club Fights To Create Safe Space For Members With New Layout, Tech

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – In the fight to create a safe space for customers and get back to business as it was before the pandemic, a boxing gym in Sugar House is adapting its layout and investing in new technology. “It’s definitely been difficult,” said Jon Bish, owner of Title Boxing Club in Salt Lake City. “We know we can’t stop the virus from being in here, but we’re going to do everything we can to fight it.” The virus is far from the fight they’re used to, but it’s still close enough for the club to take a swing. After the gym closed for several weeks, Bish said they “had more people offering to pay us during that time than to cancel, which was pretty overwhelming.”COVID-19 is far from the fight this gym is used to. But still close enough for them to take a swi...
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Putting An End To A COVID Mask Frustration: Foggy Glasses

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s a complaint KSL has heard over and over during the pandemic, and with colder temperatures coming this time of year, it’s going to get worse. We’re talking about face masks or coverings fogging up eyeglasses. When you wear a mask and it sends your warm breath across the cooler surface of your lenses, you’re going to get fog. So, we asked an eye and vision care expert on how we can avoid it. “So, air is going to follow the path of least resistance, whether it’s at the sides down below or up towards our eyes,” explained Dr. Jeff Pettey, an ophthalmologist with the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center. “So, anything you can do to get a tighter seal will improve the fogging.” A quick, easy seal for a cloth mask can be made with a piece of tap...
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Audit Finds Lack Of Pre-Planning, Communication Hindered COVID-19 Response

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — State leaders were underprepared for the COVID-19 pandemic and response was hindered by an unclear chain of command. That’s according to a new report from the State Auditor. The limited review of state emergency procurements and emergency response examined how State leaders reacted as the pandemic grew from March 6 to May 7, 2020. This coincides with Governor Gary Herbert’s declaration of a State of Emergency, and concludes with his ending of the emergency procurement period. “Pandemic Preparation Was Not Reasonably Sufficient” According to the report, the Utah Department of Health and Division of Emergency Management both identified “pandemics as the top priority hazard to Utahns for the period 2019 through 2024.” When the novel coronavirus s...