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Reopening plans at UC Berkeley, other campuses fall apart amid coronavirus surge

A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. <span class="copyright">(Eric Risberg / Associated Press)</span>
A group of students walk through the Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. (Eric Risberg / Associated Press)

Hopes that college life might begin a slow return to normal this fall were deflated Tuesday, when two University of California campuses announced they would begin the semester with fully remote instruction amid a pandemic surge.

UC Berkeley and UC Merced had hoped to open Aug. 26 with a mix of online, in-person and hybrid classes. But they reversed those plans as COVID-19 infections began their record-shattering increases throughout California, with cases now topping more than 400,000 and deaths, 7,800. In Los Angeles County, half of new COVID-19 cases were among those ages 18 to 40.

The UC reversals follow other decisions to do likewise by several California campuses, including USC, Pomona College and Occidental College. Nationally, the proportion of colleges and universities planning for in-person classes has declined from about two-thirds in

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Can you safely go on vacation amid coronavirus? And other burning travel questions we asked an expert

With COVID-19 cases rising in popular vacation spots, should people be going on vacation?

They can, but with the same precautions you would be taking if you were home, said Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland. Before COVID-19, the travel center mainly assisted people traveling internationally to ensure they were prepared (such as vaccines) for travel.

The Akron Beacon Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, asked Armitage his advice about summer travel plans, amid rising COVID-19 cases nationwide.

We asked an expert: How much coronavirus risk is there in common travel activities?

Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation -- with precautions.
Dr. Keith Armitage, medical director of the University Hospitals Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health in Cleveland, says you can still take that summer vacation — with precautions.

Q: As cases are spiking, should people be taking their

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Missouri Gov. Says Students Who May Contract Coronavirus at School Are ‘Going to Get Over It’

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson insisted last week that students who may contract the novel coronavirus upon returning to school this fall are “going to get over it.”

“These kids have got to get back to school,” Parson, a Republican, said during a Friday interview with local radio station KFTK. “They’re at the lowest risk possible. And if they do get [coronavirus disease] COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals. They’re not going to have to sit in doctor’s offices. They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.”

“We gotta move on,” Parson, 64, also said about COVID-19 during the interview. “We can’t just let this thing stop us in our tracks.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has reported that kids 17 or younger make up about 6 percent of confirmed U.S.

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Cases of coronavirus in Canada

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Total COVID-19 cases in Canada: 111,124 diagnoses, 8,858 deaths and 97,474 recoveries (as of July 20, 8:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta –  9,587 cases, including 170 deaths (8,308 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 3,300 cases, 189 deaths (2,858 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 354 cases, 7 deaths (318 resolved, 11 presumptive)

  • New Brunswick – 170 cases, 2 deaths (163 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 262 cases, 3 deaths (259 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 5 cases (5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 1,067 cases, 63 deaths (1,003 resolved)

  • Ontario –  37,739 cases,

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Hillsborough’s Positive Rate For Coronavirus Reaches 15 Percent

TAMPA, FL — With positive coronavirus cases continuing to rise in Hillsborough County, the county’s Emergency Policy Group voted to extend the mandatory face mask order for another seven days during its meeting on Monday.

According to Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Tim Dudley, the rolling 14-day average of cases is 670, an increase of 5.9. The positivity rate based on daily test results is 15 percent.

John Hopkins University of Medicine has issued guidelines recommending that states reach positivity rates of 10 percent or below before they can be removed as “red zone” states.

A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force said those states in the red zone should maintain stringent protective measures, limit social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, close bars and gyms and ask residents to wear masks at all times.

Currently, there are 11 states in the red zone including Florida, Georgia,

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First Insight’s Data Puts Coronavirus Impact on Consumer Behavior Into Five Key Phases

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Since the very first days of the coronavirus pandemic, consumer behavior has been in a constant state of change.

Five consumer studies by First Insight, taken between February and April, found that perception that COVID-19 would impact the global economy remained consistently strong as consumers adjusted to new world orders. Worry and fear became driving forces and reached a peak in April correlating with reports of high levels of positive virus cases.

First Insight’s first report, on Feb. 28, identified Millennials as the most worried. “Millennials were first to change behavior, curtailing spending and going out in public less often, stocking up on goods and being more likely to work from home,” authors said of the report. Data from the survey found 36 percent of Millennial respondents had changed how much they were spending on products as a result of news about the

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Pacific Islanders hit hard by the coronavirus

The Ili family poses outside their Long Beach condo. From left are Taylor, 22; Aoga, 46; Lina, 46; and Pele, 26. Taylor, Aoga and Lina were all hospitalized with the coronavirus in a matter of days. <span class="copyright">(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The Ili family poses outside their Long Beach condo. From left are Taylor, 22; Aoga, 46; Lina, 46; and Pele, 26. Taylor, Aoga and Lina were all hospitalized with the coronavirus in a matter of days. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

It was still early in California’s coronavirus outbreak when Lina Ili started feeling the symptoms that would soon turn her family’s life upside down.

Coughing and running a fever, she holed up inside the bedroom of her Long Beach home for weeks. But breathing grew increasingly difficult, Ili, 46, said. “You couldn’t even lie down because it felt like a heaviness on your chest.”

On April 5, her husband, Aoga Ili Jr., decided it was time to take her to the hospital, where she tested positive for COVID-19.

The next day, her 22-year-old son, Taylor, was hospitalized. A few days later, her husband was too. In a

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More Than Half Of Hoboken Coronavirus Cases Are Under 40: City

HOBOKEN, NJ — In a coronavirus update on Saturday afternoon, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said the Health Department reported four cases of coronavirus among residents on Friday and one new case Thursday, bringing the total of confirmed cases among residents since the start of the pandemic to 645.

This past Tuesday, Bhalla had noted 12 new cases since Friday, bringing the city’s total that day to 634. That means there have been 11 new cases since the Tuesday update, for a total of 23 from last Friday to this Saturday.

The number of fatalities has remained unchanged at 29, with no new residents passing away from the virus since May.

Hoboken and several other cities in New Jersey experienced a week in June in which they had only one or no cases, before facilities started reopening and people traveled more.

The city also gave some statistics to break down the

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‘Game-changing’ coronavirus antibody test passes first major trials

A fingerprint test is carried out in Strasbourg, eastern France - AFP
A fingerprint test is carried out in Strasbourg, eastern France – AFP
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The hunt for a “game-changing” antibody test may be over after a version backed by the UK Government passed its first major trials with flying colours.

Ministers are drawing up plans to distribute millions of free pregnancy-style tests after they were shown to be 98.6 per cent accurate in secret human trials held last month, The Telegraph can disclose.

Developed by Oxford University in partnership with leading UK diagnostics firms, the fingerprick test, designed for use at home, can tell within 20 minutes whether a person has ever been exposed to coronavirus.

Until now, the only antibody tests approved in the UK have involved blood samples sent to laboratories for analysis, which can take days. 

“This rapid test appears to be truly amazing, and it shows we can do this ourselves,” said

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Surging coronavirus cases are complicating decisions on how to reopen schools in Hampton Roads

At the end of June, with many of the state’s key coronavirus metrics trending in a positive direction, it appeared as if Hampton Roads had escaped the worst of the pandemic. And with those promising signs came the hope that schools could reopen this fall — as close to normally as possible.

Many local cities had been reporting just a handful of new cases each day and much of the region was well below the state’s goal of less than 10% of tests coming back positive. There was optimism from educators, experts and parents that schools could offer students at least some in-person instruction.

But over the past three weeks, there has been nothing but bad news in the region’s rising case numbers, positive test rates and hospitalizations, particularly among younger age groups. The recent trends are complicating school boards’ options as they face a deadline to finalize their fall

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