Will Washington-area schools publicly report coronavirus cases? Many say no.

Laveta Brigham

This can make it hard to discover whether a school system has suffered an outbreak. When an employee in Montgomery County Public Schools’ central office recently tested positive for the virus, news of the case trickled out informally. Spokeswoman Gboyinde Onijala confirmed it Wednesday, saying she could not release more details due to medical confidentiality but anyone potentially exposed was notified and the superintendent and school board had been informed.

But there are a few bright spots: Loudoun County Public Schools in Northern Virginia, for example, sends schoolwide emails whenever a student or employee case emerges, as well as blasting an alert to local media outlets. The school system of 82,000 has followed this policy ever since campuses shut down in March, even though Loudoun students are pursuing remote learning this fall and do not physically set foot in school buildings.

Last week, this led to a string of notifications,

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Oppenheimer: These 2 Stocks Are Poised to Surge by Over 100%

When it comes to the market’s wild swings, is the glass half empty or half full? Oppenheimer’s chief investment strategist John Stoltzfus is taking the latter view.Despite the volatility that has ruled the market over the last few weeks, Stoltzfus actually likes what he’s witnessing in both the market and the economy. In particular, he points to U.S. companies that have been outperforming most other markets around the world as exciting plays, with the innovation in the U.S. reflecting a key component of his bullish thesis.“The U.S. is outperforming most of the markets around the world — whether it’s developed markets or emerging markets… We’ve taken out the froth that had come into the market in certain [mega cap] names. It may be a good opportunity to pick up some really good, high quality growth stories that are

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Flu Shot Clinic, Coronavirus Testing Coming To Delco This Week

Laveta Brigham

ASTON, PA — Delaware County is offering residents the chance to get tested for the coronavirus and vaccinated for the flu this week.

The county is hosting one day of coronavirus testing and two days of flu vaccinations in Aston.

Whether residents are getting flu shots or coronavirus tests, all must wear masks or face coverings.

Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road in Aston.

Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit and is open to all residents 12 years of age and older and individuals who work in Delaware County who have coronavirus symptoms or who have had a known exposure to someone with coronavirus or are critical/essential workers.

Critical and essential workforce—including first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery workers—and those at higher

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Hoboken Mayor Gives Updates On Coronavirus Numbers, Testing Sites

Laveta Brigham

HOBOKEN, NJ — Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a coronavirus update on Sunday afternoon that the Health Department had confirmed that nine more residents tested positive from Thursday through Saturday.

That brings the total cases in Hoboken to 772 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Hoboken, a mile-square city of 53,000 people across the water from Manhattan, was one of the first communities in the area to begin closing facilities in March.

A total of 31 Hoboken residents have died from the virus, with the last occurring in May.

“As of Friday, 721 residents have made a full recovery,” Bhalla said Sunday. “On Saturday, New Jersey reported the largest amount of new covid-19 cases in one day since early June. As we enter the fall and winter months, it is critical to continue to taking the precautions we did at the beginning of the pandemic to avoid further upticks

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Inside the bizarre rise of coronavirus conspiracy theories

Laveta Brigham

Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the Unite For Freedom rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (PA)
Anti-lockdown protesters, who believe that the coronavirus pandemic is a hoax, gather at the Unite For Freedom rally in Trafalgar Square, London. (PA)

A weekday afternoon in Leeds city centre and a furious speaker is telling a crowd of 40 or so onlookers that coronavirus is a scam dreamed up by a shadowy cabal of global elites seeking to control the rest of us.

“This is not a conspiracy theory,” she shouts to applause. “This is Bill Gates.”

She found the truth, she tells me later, after starting to question the world while in lockdown. Where was it? In Facebook posts and YouTube videos, apparently. “But they get removed so fast,” she says. “Because they’re part of it too.”

Welcome to the West Yorkshire leg of the Covid-19 Truth Tour, a 27-date whizz around the UK by a motley crew of corona-sceptics. People here are anti-lockdown, anti-mask and anti-vaccine but,

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Coronavirus Is Teaching Me What I Can’t Do Online

Laveta Brigham


3 “Strong Buy” Stocks That Are Flirting With a Bottom

In the investing game, it’s not only about what you buy; it’s about when you buy it. One of the most common pieces of advice thrown around the Street, “buy low” is touted as a tried-and-true tactic.Sure, the strategy seems simple. Stock prices naturally fluctuate on the basis of several factors like earnings results and the macro environment, amongst others, with investors trying to time the market and determine when stocks have hit a bottom. In practice, however, executing on this strategy is no easy task.On top of this, given the volatility that has ruled the markets over the last few weeks, how are investors supposed to gauge when a name is flirting with a bottom? That’s where the Wall Street pros come in.These expert stock pickers have identified three compelling tickers whose current share prices land close to

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How the coronavirus is making school segregation worse

Laveta Brigham

In New York City, the nation’s largest school district, teachers and students of color say they don’t feel safe returning to school. Many of their schools lack windows that open, an ample supply of soap, masks or working ventilation systems — making it nearly impossible to navigate live classes in the middle of a pandemic.

An hour’s drive from the U.S. Capitol, about 27,000 Baltimore city school children — 1 in 3 students — do not have computers vital for virtual school. Thousands lack reliable wireless internet access.

And in Salinas, Calif., a photo of two elementary school girls huddled over their laptops and using free Wi-Fi outside a Taco Bell went viral last month, raising alarms in this majority Latino city and seizing the attention of public officials.

“This is California, home to Silicon Valley … but where the digital divide is as deep as ever,” tweeted Kevin de

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Beware Coronavirus, Election Scams, Ohio Attorney General Warns

Laveta Brigham

COLUMBUS, OH — Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to ripoff Ohioans.

Nearly six months ago, Ohio launched an anti-robocall initiative. Since its inception, nearly 30,000 robocalls have been investigated. Recently, the scams have taken the form of COVID-19 scams, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said.

“Scammers follow the news and create variations of common scams based on current events,” Yost said. “Among other things, the public should be on guard for scams related to COVID, charitable donations, and the upcoming election in an attempt to defraud them of personal information and money through robocalls and text messages.”

Earlier this year, in the heart of the pandemic, someone contacted a Delaware County woman pretending to be her grandson. He asked her to send him money so he could get home because he was stuck out-of-state due to travel restrictions.

Another Ohioan was sent a text message telling her to click

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Coronavirus dampens seasonal cheer in China’s Christmas production hub

Laveta Brigham

By Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh

YIWU/SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) – At the Yiwu Fuye Christmas factory in eastern China, workers are stitching and testing out Santa Claus toys, checking they play a Christmas tune at the press of a button.

But the jingles are the only seasonal cheer in the factory in the city of Yiwu, which produces 80% of Christmas consumer goods exported globally, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

“There is no way to save this year,” Luo Jingjing, the company’s co-owner, told Reuters after losing almost half her clients because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s see if the virus will return when weather becomes cold and if it does, my next year’s business is also finished,” she added.

Yiwu is a city dedicated to Christmas all year round, filled with factories, showrooms and stores that deliver decorations and toys to destinations all around the world.

The city last

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Three More Coronavirus Cases In Summit; Testing Change Monday

Laveta Brigham

SUMMIT, NJ — The city of Summit said on Sunday that there were three new cases of coronavirus confirmed among Summit residents from Saturday to Sunday. That brings the total number of confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 249.

On Friday, the number was confirmed at 246.

There have been a total of 14 new cases since Sept. 1 when the total was 235. As of Friday, five had been confirmed as cases in students away at college.

Of the 11 cases from Sept. 1 to Sept. 18, the Westfield Regional Health Department reported the following:

  • Five cases were students living at college and not physically in Summit (using Summit address for paperwork);

  • Three cases with other positive household contacts;

  • One case with patient with a known exposure;

  • Once case with patient that traveled to a high risk state; and

  • One case with patient that did not

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