Coronavirus and the Classroom

  Alabama Literacy Act one step closer to being put on hold

A bill is headed to the Alabama House to delay the Literacy Act for two more years.

LOCAL COVERAGE

  Concerns over newly approved FAFSA graduation requirement

  Mask requirement for DeKalb County students, staff expires next week

DeKalb County students and staff will not be required to wear masks beginning April 12.

MORE COVERAGE

  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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  Police: Man dragged, assaulted officer after mask demand

The suspect faces multiple assault charges for allegedly hitting the officer with a rescue hammer and a store employee with a piece of lumber.
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  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

The United States will likely move to resume Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine this coming week, possibly with restrictions or broader warnings after reports of some very rare blood clot cases, the government’s top infectious diseases expert said Sunday.
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  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic is facing a potential tax bill of over $16,000.
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  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday.
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ADPH: Current hospitalizations lowest since April 2020 as COVID-19 vaccination distribution expands

There’s no way of telling how many cases will be confirmed in Alabama, but the state began taking precautions on Friday, March 13, 2020.
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  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The new effort, which relies on money approved by Congress as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, aims to break what experts say is a feast-or-famine cycle in U.S. preparedness for biological threats, of which the coronavirus is only one example.
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  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.
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Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.
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  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

At the beginning of the pandemic, many people became more sedentary, may have turned to food for comfort, and, according to a recent study, may have gained weight.
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  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

The company is teaming up with medical researchers to see if its devices can predict early signs of respiratory illnesses, like the flu or coronavirus.
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  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache, St. Vincent’s chief medical officer, said Thursday that about a dozen cases have been reported in recent days.
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  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

Retail sales surged a seasonally adjusted 9.8% in March after dropping about 3% the month before, the Commerce Department said Thursday.
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  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

Overall, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows nearly 3 million deaths have been linked to COVID-19 worldwide.
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  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.
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  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.
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  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.
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  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.
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  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
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Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.