Today’s headlines grabbed their bells and walked through the streets crying, “The pandemic is dead! Long live the pandemic!” These headlines are selected from the front pages curated by FreedomForum.org, though note that headlines ending with an asterisk (*) did not appear on the newspaper’s website. Indigenous Territory names and Treaty information are provided by the Native Land map.
“Have bell will travel. Peter Moore, Town Crier to the Mayor of London and the Greater London Authority,” available under CC BY 2.0, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
The “Delta variant,” or “B.1.617.2,” is a strain of coronavirus first identified in October in Maharashtra, India. Its spread across 62 countries and proliferating sub-variants have prompted the World Health Organization to call it “a variant of concern.” “It is by far the most contagious variant of this virus that we have seen throughout the whole pandemic,” said Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, on Wednesday.
About 2,200 teachers, representing 62 public schools, and over 4,600 students, representing 52 public schools, responded to surveys from the Office of Public Instruction about how they were affected by the pandemic this school year. The surveys’ questions ranged from whether respondents had to quarantine (only about 25% of students did not have to, and nearly 35% of teachers had to quarantine at least twice), to whether they had consistent internet access.
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced that the state’s COVID-19 state of emergency ends tonight, “with the spread of the virus under control and supplies of vaccine well ahead of demand.” Once the state of emergency is over, the state will consider the virus a “public health incident,” which will allow health officials to “manage and monitor the disease and give legal liability protections to health care providers.”
“Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein” available under CC BY 2.0, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
This weekend marks the end or severe reduction of unemployment benefits for tens of thousands of Missouri residents. Governor Mike Parson announced a month ago that the state would stop participating in federal unemployment insurance programs on June 12th, a move similar to those made by Republican governors in 24 other states. “The fact that Missouri rolled back the unemployment definitely made a difference,” said Jana Franklin, a Jimmy John’s franchisee who has struggled to fully staff her businesses.
A moratorium on public utility shut-offs, implemented by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission because of COVID-19, is set to expire for Bayard residents on August 12th. Starting August 17th, the city will also begin implementing a 10% penalty on past-due balances, and if residents don’t pay in full by August 31st, services will be disconnected on September 1st. Clerk-treasurer Kristina Ortiz told the Daily Press that people experiencing difficulty paying utility bills can seek assistance from Bayard City Hall or renthelpnm.org.
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