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Hoboken Mayor: Coronavirus Cases Rising Again

HOBOKEN, NJ – Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said, in a nightly coronavirus update on Monday, that the Hoboken Health Department noted seven new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, two Sunday, and two Monday, after a recent week in which there was only one new case. That brings the total of confirmed cases of Hoboken residents to 583.

Bhalla noted a “slight uptick” related to “travel outside of New Jersey to regions with a substantial rise in new cases.” Media reports have said that several states have suffered recent spikes, including states that lifted stay-at-home restrictions sooner.

Bhalla encouraged people to postpone travel to places such as Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, and other states with spikes, and said those who go there should get tested after coming back. See more of his update here.

Last Thursday, Bhalla said there had been one new case of coronavirus the previous day, but

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Swamped mental health and addiction services appeal for Covid bailout

Mental health and addiction treatment centers and counselors have been overwhelmed with work during the coronavirus pandemic and economic crash. But many are struggling to stay afloat amid confusion and delays over the federal bailout for the health care industry.

Some have waited months for the release of promised aid. Others held out and didn’t apply, believing they’d get a better deal in a future round of funding aimed at centers that see mostly low-income patients. As a result, nearly a third haven’t received any of the $175 billion HHS is doling out to hospitals and other health providers on the front lines of the coronavirus response. And now, they’re appealing to the government for help.

Centers caught in a financial squeeze are shedding staff or unable to buy protective gear while trying to serve a flood of new patients and transition some existing patients to online visits. Meanwhile the

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Austin Testing Site Hours Changed Due To High Temps

AUSTIN, TX — Rising temperatures have forced a change in hours of operation of several testing sites for the coronavirus, health officials said Monday.

Central Health-affiliated CommUnityCare Health Centers announced the shifting of operating hours at all its COVID-19 testing sites to 6:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., officials said. The early-morning start will also help accommodate those who can only get tested outside of standard business hours, offiials added.

Hancock, Pflugerville and William Cannon locations will start the new testing schedule on Monday (June 22), while Colony Park, Hornsby Bend, Manor and Del Valle locations will shift to the new hours beginning Monday, June 29.

“By shifting testing hours, we can maintain current testing levels and keep staff safer as they work outside in the heat of summer in full protective gear for hours at a time,” CommUnityCare CEO Jaeson Fournier said in a prepared statement. “The situation is constantly

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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands of those it has housed. But as it enters its fourth month, negotiators have secured only 3,601 rooms. That’s only a fourth of the number needed to house all those who are eligible.

As a result, homeless officials are now changing course, saying they will continue working to find permanent housing for all those eligible, whether they first move into hotel rooms or remain on the street.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is scheduled to submit a plan to

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What’s mortgage amortization, and how does it determine your monthly payment?

Mortgage amortization is a fancy term for a rather straightforward concept: the process of paying off your mortgage loan in equal installments each month.

It’s something you should understand if you’re among the millions who are buying houses or refinancing their existing home loans to capitalize on today’s lowest-ever mortgage rates.

When you take out a new fixed-rate home loan, you can feel confident that your monthly payment will stay steady for the life of your loan. If it’s a 30-year loan and you live there for the long haul, you’ll pay the same amount every month for all three decades.

But the portion that goes to your principal — the amount of the actual mortgage that you’re paying back — and the share that goes to interest will change from month to month.

Here’s everything you need to know about mortgage amortization, including how a typical amortization schedule is

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Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren speaks with Yahoo Finance [Transcript]

Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, spoke with Yahoo Finance on June 22 to discuss the Fed’s unprecedented actions taken in the past few months and what lies ahead for the U.S. economy.

Below is a transcript of his appearance:

BRIAN CHEUNG: Thanks Julie, well we are here, virtually of course, with Boston Federal Reserve Bank President Eric Rosengren. Thanks so much for joining us this afternoon, President Rosengren.

ERIC ROSENGREN: Nice to be here with you, Brian. 

BRIAN CHEUNG: So I wanted to start off with a conversation about what you are seeing from the Federal Reserve’s perspective on the shape of the US economy recovery here. You made a speech last week, however, saying that the US has not been “particularly successful” was the language that you used, at containing the virus. I’m wondering: do you see that as threatening the likelihood of a

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Who will face Mitch McConnell? 3-way Kentucky Democratic primary comes to a head Tuesday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — U.S. Senate candidate Charles Booker stood in a Louisville parking lot Wednesday morning, mask pulled down to his chin, and promised the crowd gathered there: “This is our time. We will win.”

Across town, hours later, former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath stood beside union workers in the muggy afternoon heat as they called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to let a roughly $3 trillion, Democrat-crafted coronavirus relief bill move forward. 

And that evening, retired Marine, farmer and substitute teacher Mike Broihier — ever-mindful of the public health risks posed by COVID-19 — hosted a virtual town hall where Kentuckians could ask about education policies. 

As the final days of a primary race marked by a pandemic and protests against racism and police brutality tick away to Tuesday’s Election Day, the top three Democratic candidates are taking different paths to the finish line.

But they all

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Vast Federal Aid Has Capped Rise in Poverty, Studies Find

Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)
Groceries loaded into a vehicle at a food bank in San Antonio, Texas, May 18, 2020. (Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times)

WASHINGTON — An unprecedented expansion of federal aid has prevented the rise in poverty that experts predicted this year when the coronavirus sent unemployment to the highest level since the Great Depression, two new studies suggest. The assistance could even cause official measures of poverty to fall.

The studies carry important caveats. Many Americans have suffered hunger or other hardships amid long delays in receiving the assistance, and much of the aid is scheduled to expire next month. Millions of people have been excluded from receiving any help, especially migrants in the country illegally, who often have American children.

Still, the evidence suggests that the programs Congress hastily authorized in March have done much to protect the needy, a finding likely to shape the debate over next steps at

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94 Money-Making Skills You Can Learn in Less Than a Year

Learning a new business skill is an excellent way to break into an industry, make yourself more attractive to employers or earn more money and responsibility in your current career. But between work, family and life, the thought of spending years in a classroom can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don’t have to. It’s possible to learn many in-demand skills in less than a year — some in just a few weeks or months.

Potential earning increases for adding new skills to your resume are wide-ranging, but the more skill you can bring to the table for an employer, the better your advantage over other candidates, the higher your value in your industry and the more negotiating power you’ll have when discussing your wage or salary. Enrich your career and increase your paycheck with these 94 money-making skills and certifications.

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Where can I buy an at-home coronavirus test and how much does one cost?

As coronavirus testing has ramped up across the country, some companies have made it possible for the average American to adminster a test from the comfort of their own home.

At home tests are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are performed either by nasal swab or saliva collection.

Below are some of the companies who offer at-home coronavirus tests and how much each one costs:

SECOND CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN NOT NEEDED IN STATES WITH SPIKING CASE NUMBERS: DR. INGLESBY

Pixel by LabCorp

Pixel by LabCorp offers an at-home coronavirus test kit for $119, but those who are eligible may be able to get it at no upfront cost either through their insurance plan or through funding from the federal government.

To order a test kit, customers are asked to take an online survey which will ask you questions on symptoms you are feeling related to COVID-19. The test 

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