Coronavirus and the Classroom

  Schools in the Tennessee Valley continue to navigate COVID-19

As a new semester begins, the juggling act for school districts navigating the pandemic continues.

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Arab City Schools extend blended learning program

  Madison City in-person students return to full time schedule, starting Tuesday

Madison City School students who chose in-school learning this semester will be heading back to the classroom full time starting Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

Feds withheld info on virus cases following executions

  CDC: In-person learning safe with precautions

  Cancer survivor, 72, struggling to get COVID-19 vaccination in Pa.

The 72-year-old says she has nowhere to turn, blaming a lack of coordination and a system that seemingly “favors those with the right connections.”
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  20 family members removed from flight after alleged mask violation

American Airlines says the family did not comply with its policy on face coverings, but the family tells a different story.
  • National

AP sources: Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID-19

Pro Football Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” host Michael Strahan has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining, according to people familiar with the situation.
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Feds withheld info on virus cases following executions

Two journalists tested positive for coronavirus after witnessing the Trump administration’s final three federal executions, but the Bureau of Prisons knowingly withheld the diagnoses from other media witnesses and did not perform any contact tracing.
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  Virus will kill many more, White House projects as briefings resume

Administration experts began to host briefings that will occur three times a week on the state of the outbreak, efforts to control it and the race to deliver vaccines and therapeutics to end it.
  • National

  CDC: In-person learning safe with precautions

Experts have been stressing the importance of in-person learning for student development and access to essential services.
  • National

  California university rolls out COVID test vending machines

The University of California San Diego has installed 11 of the COVID test vending machines on campus, most of them near student residence halls.
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  Cancer survivor, 72, struggling to get COVID-19 vaccination in Pa.

The 72-year-old says she has nowhere to turn, blaming a lack of coordination and a system that seemingly “favors those with the right connections.”
  • National

  Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

The fast-moving events on Capitol Hill come as Biden's team at the White House is meeting privately with lawmakers to develop a bipartisan package, in line with his “unity” agenda.
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  Getting the vaccine to those who are homebound

Getting the vaccine to those who are homebound
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  US surging vaccine to states amid complaints of shortages

The Biden administration is giving states an approximately 17% boost in vaccine next week following complaints around the U.S. of shortages so severe that some vaccination sites had to cancel tens of thousands of appointments with people waiting for their first shot.
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  2 ‘pillars’ of Indiana family die from COVID-19 within 24 hours

The family encourages everyone to mask up and do their part to protect others, so no one else has to stand in their shoes.
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  UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll climbs

Quarantine hotels have been used to limit virus transmissions in countries including Australia, New Zealand, China, India and Singapore but the practice has not been widely adopted in Europe.
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  Some health experts suggest double-masking to stop spread of COVID-19 variants

More experts are saying wearing two masks or masks with extra layers could be more effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the new strains of the virus that are emerging.
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  US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

The government’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the improvement in numbers around the country appears to be the result of “natural peaking and then plateauing” after a holiday surge.
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  UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

The health department said 100,162 people have died after testing positive, including 1,631 new deaths reported Tuesday.
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  Morgan County COVID hospital patient number decreasing after record week of deaths

Morgan County had a record week of deaths last week. Now, hospital patients numbers are beginning to decline statewide.
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  Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as ’09 financial crisis

Four times as many jobs were lost last year due to the coronavirus pandemic as during the worst part of the global financial crisis in 2009, a U.N. report said Monday.
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  Samuel L. Jackson wears Avengers-themed mask while getting COVID-19 vaccine

Jackson will have to return for his second dose in three to four weeks.
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  Google Maps to display COVID-19 vaccination sites

Google Maps will soon display COVID-19 vaccination sites.
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  ‘My worst nightmare’: Mother speaks after 11-year-old son suffers heart problems due to COVID-19

The 11-year-old ended up in the cardiac intensive care unit with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, after he caught a seemingly mild case of COVID-19.