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NEWTON COUNTY — For the first time in 5 months, students will be headed back to schools for in-person instruction. Both South Newton and North Newton school corporations have developed re-entry plans that are flexible enough to change at a moment’s notice.

KENTLAND — The A.J. Kent High School Alumni and Friends Banquet has been canceled for 2020.

INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Wednesday that the state will remain in Stage 4.5 of the Back On Track Indiana plan until Aug. 27.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) wants to remind Hoosiers that the deadline to apply for energy assistance in Program Year 2020 is on July 31st. In addition to the standard Energy Assistance Program (EAP) benefit, a one-time payment of $350 is al…

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NEWTON COUNTY — Gov. Eric Holcomb’s statewide mask mandate is now in effect in Indiana, but don’t expect any enforcement of that mandate in Newton County.

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MONTICELLO — People who want to enter White County businesses without the proper protection during the COVID-19 health emergency will have to stay in the car or at home for at least the next two weeks.

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DELPHI — Indiana Packers Corp. in Delphi plans to start testing its employees for the COVID-19 virus so that it can restart operations.

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WHEATFIELD — Kankakee Valley High School athletics resumed on July 6 after a well-laid-out plan that drew upon the information and recommendations provided from the Jasper County Health Department, the Indiana High School Athletics Association and even the national Center for Disease Control.

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WHEATFIELD — Kankakee Valley Superintendent of Schools Don Street explained the current plan for returning to traditional learning for the 2020-21 school year. He presented different scenarios for learning depending on the level of COVID-19 spread in the county and school district.

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NEWTON COUNTY — Funding for displaced workers in Newton County due to COVID-19 has been extended to Sept. 1.

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CARTHAGE, Mo. - Francisco Bonilla is a pastor in Carthage, Missouri, tending to the spiritual needs of the town's growing Latino community. He's also a media personality, broadcasting his voice far beyond the walls of Casa de Sanidad. Bonilla runs a low-power, Spanish-language radio station from the church. He mainly uses the station to broadcast sermons and religious music. But these days he ...

Power brokers for the Power 5 conferences are discussing this week whether to cancel the 2020 college football season because of the health and safety challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. So what about the NFL, which is scheduled to kick off its season in a month? A majority of NFL teams will begin training camp practices this week at their team facilities with the hope players and ...

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As a team physician for Tulane and co-director of the New Orleans school's Center for Sport, Dr. Gregory Stewart is never far from the ravages of the coronavirus. Louisiana has one of the nation's highest COVID-19 per-capita death rates, with over 4,100 total reported as of Sunday. All 64 parishes are considered hot spots for the virus. The state also has one of the nation's highest obesity ...

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Some weeks back, Louisville Athletics Director Vince Tyra said something about the intersection of sports and the coronavirus pandemic that seems especially relevant to the debate over whether college football should be played this fall. Tyra was asked about college athletes in any sport who might prefer to redshirt during the 2020-21 school year rather than burn a year of eligibility ...

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California needs a reality check. The COVID-19 data debacle calls into question whether Gov. Gavin Newsom has the leadership skills necessary to guide the state through the pandemic. The past week makes clear that his approach to dealing with the novel coronavirus is in tatters. Consider where things stood - or, at least where Californians thought things stood - a week ago. The governor on the ...

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El Gobierno de Cuba ha confirmado este lunes su maximo diario de casos de coronavirus y ha superado asi los 3,000 contagiados desde el inicio de la pandemia en la isla. El Ministerio de Sanidad ha detallado que durante las ultimas 24 horas se han confirmado 93 casos, diez de los cuales son importados, lo que situa el total hasta la fecha en 3,046, con 88 fallecidos. Asimismo, ha senalado que ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases Monday after state health officials announced that 718 more people tested positive for the virus. The report included one of the lowest daily case counts since June 17. That brought the total number of Palmetto State residents diagnosed with the virus up to 100,431. The Department of Health and Environmental Control ...

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La alcaldesa de Ciudad de Mexico, Claudia Sheinbaum, ha informado este lunes de que se encuentra en cuarentena despues de que el secretario de Gobierno de la capital mexicana, Jose Alfonso Suarez, diera positivo por coronavirus. "Estoy perfectamente bien y haciendolo todo de forma remota", ha explicado Sheinbaum en un mensaje difundido a traves de Twitter. En el, la edil ha confirmado el ...

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Both birthday wishes and well-wishes are in order for actor Antonio Banderas, who revealed on Monday - his 60th birthday - that he has tested positive for COVID-19. "I want to make it public that today, Aug. 10, I am forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine, having tested positive for the COVID-19 disease, caused by the coronavirus," the Oscar nominee wrote in a statement translated ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida reported the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases since June 23. With 4,247 new cases reported Monday, the count is less than half of the new infections only two weeks ago on July 27. A positive trend also is evident in people who need emergency care. Emergency department visits for COVID-19-like illness also declined from just two weeks ago with about 3,200 ...

Desperate to continue the tradition of a family beach week, I hatched a plan that would allow some mask- and sanitizer-enhanced semblance of normality. We hadn't seen my two 20-something children in months. They'd spent the lockdown in Brooklyn; one of them most likely had the disease in late March, before testing was widely available. My mother had died of COVID-19 in May. So in July, I ...

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To definitively answer the question of whether face masks protect against the novel coronavirus, here's what you'd need to do: - Recruit thousands of volunteers. - Randomly divide them into two groups. - Assign one group to always wear masks outside of the house, and one group to never wear masks. - Wait a few months, see who gets infected - then try to sort out all possible confounding ...

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When, in 1914, the designers of the New York General Post Office inscribed in stone the words that became the United States Postal Service's motto - "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" - they clearly didn't envision the presidency of Donald Trump. For months, President Trump has been relentlessly ...

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LOS ANGELES - A guard at San Quentin State Prison died Sunday morning of complications from COVID-19. Sgt. Gilbert Polanco, an Army veteran, was admitted to a San Jose hospital in early July and was on life support, ABC7 News reported. Polanco had worked at San Quentin since 1988. There have been 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among staff members at San Quentin, but Palanco is the first ...

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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 1,789 new cases of the coronavirus and 10 related deaths but said the numbers still did not include a pending backlog of lab reports that could cause a spike in new cases. Young residents continue to account for an outsize share of the new cases, officials said. Of the infections recorded Sunday, 35% were among ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Florida reported 77 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, along with about 6,200 new coronavirus infections and 254 new hospitalizations. The pandemic is still quite active in the state. A total of 8,315 people have died from disease complications and 532,806 people have been diagnosed with infections, while 30,505 state residents have been hospitalized. Sunday marked a decline in ...

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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles County public health officials on Saturday reported 2,645 new cases of the coronavirus and 51 related deaths but said hospitalizations continue to decline. The latest case numbers did not include a pending backlog of lab reports the county is expecting the state to send via its electronic reporting system over the next couple of days, officials said. It's not clear ...

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NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an upbeat daily report Saturday about the coronavirus situation in New York state, which has been stable for several weeks now. Even as caseloads and deaths have rocketed in other regions and are creeping up in parts of the northeast, New York is still an island of comparative safety during the pandemic. The state recorded just five coronavirus deaths on ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - State health officials are sending up an alarm about the rate of COVID-19 infections in people who don't have symptoms and likely don't know they're carrying the disease. "Evidence is increasing about the high rates of infection in people who do not have symptoms and don't know they are infectious," the Department of Health and Environmental Control said in a statement. "This ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - This started as a week of positive news, finally, in California's battle with the coronavirus. After nearly two months of skyrocketing cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there were the first signs that the COVID-19 spike was ebbing and new cases were beginning to decline. But by Friday, state officials were still scrambling to fix a coronavirus-tracking database that had ...

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LOS ÁNGELES — La noticia de que el nuevo coronavirus se está extendiendo por todo el mundo se ha vuelto ineludible, incluyendo anuncios de vuelos cancelados a China, cuarentenas masivas y actualizaciones sobre el número de muertes por la enfermedad y la búsqueda de su origen. Los funcionarios federales afirman que el riesgo de contraer el virus en Estados Unidos sigue siendo bajo, pero el ...

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SEATTLE - Since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a total of 11 children in Washington state have been hospitalized with a rare but serious syndrome that appears to be triggered by infection with the virus, state health officials said Friday. The state's first four cases were reported in May, and seven other children have been stricken since then, said Dr. Marisa D'Angeli, an ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A series of data failures has created a backlog of as many as 300,000 test results in California, the state's top health official said Friday as he provided the first public explanation of a problem that has stymied efforts to understand the spread of the coronavirus. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services secretary, said the state is developing a new ...

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After several weeks in which the coronavirus epidemic seemed under control, the reopening of the economy has caused a spike in cases in Havana, forcing the government to keep Cuba's main airport closed. On Friday, the Ministry of Public Health reported 54 new cases of people with COVID-19, the highest number in a month. Since August 1,221 new cases have been reported, the majority in Havana. ...

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LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan's state of emergency through Sept. 4, amid continued high daily case numbers, ongoing pushback from Republican lawmakers and an accelerated petition drive to sharply curtail her emergency powers. The state of emergency had been set to expire at the end of the day Tuesday. Michigan's state of emergency should not be confused ...