“You cannot go to the beach in the city of Chicago!
You cannot drink indoors in the city of Chicago!
But they’re gonna send hundreds of thousands of students into school buildings?!” Advocates for keeping kids at home point to Gwinnett County, Georgia, the state’s largest district, as a cautionary tale.
Students there returned to the classroom last week, but by the next day, 260 of the district’s employees reportedly had been barred from returning because they either tested positive for the coronavirus or had been exposed to someone who had.
In nearby Paulding County, Georgia, Rachel Adamus sent her kids to school on the bus for the first time.
“We have kept them protected for so long, and now they’re going to be in a classroom with however many kids.
Masks are allowed but they’re not mandatory.” Even in New York, once the U.S. epicenter of the virus but now one of the few states that has controlled its spread, protestors came out in droves.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would announce later this week whether to reopen schools in his state.
Cases nationally fell for a second week in a row but rose week-over-week in 20 states, including Missouri, Montana and Oklahoma.
The U.S. has the highest number of cases, at 4.7 million, and highest number of deaths at nearly 156,000, in the world.
An independent panel of experts has been formed in California to review any federally approved Covid-19 vaccine. The move follows concerns that the White House could rush the process. Flora Bradley-Watson reports.
[NFA] With less than a week of voting left, President Donald Trump pushed ahead on Wednesday with mass rallies despite a U.S. surge in COVID-19 cases and mounting criticism that he is prioritizing his re-election above the health of his supporters. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Michigan officials launched a campaign aiming to recruit 30,000 poll workers for the November 3rd election, resulting in an overwhelming response from students at the University of Michigan and other colleges around the state. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] Republican Senator Lindsey Graham kicked off the Senate Judiciary Committee's Supreme Court confirmation hearing with his party looking to push through the approval of President Trump's nominee, conservative Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to replace the late liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just weeks before the November 3rd presidential election. Lisa Bernhard has more.
[NFA] President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, will face a grilling from Democrats this week during a multi-day Senate confirmation hearing as Republicans push ahead with their plan to quickly fill a vacancy on the bench before November's presidential election. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] This week’s vice presidential debate has taken on an outsized and perhaps unprecedented significance, with questions about President Donald Trump’s health now looming over the U.S. election less than a month away. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] A Los Angeles Catholic school principal had a chance encounter with Joe Biden, and gave him her rosary. She says the encounter shaped her view of the Democratic presidential candidate. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.