Florida teachers union sues over return to in-person classes, as debate over school during the pandemic intensifies
Florida’s largest teachers union sued top state officials Monday over an order mandating a return of in-person schooling, drawing the courts into an increasingly politicized nationwide debate over when and how kids can return to class amid the coronavirus pandemic.Source: The Washington Post
How to plan a summer 'safecation': What to know about road trips, flying, hotels and more
As summer revs up, many families who've planned vacations and long-anticipated reunions are left wondering whether it's safe to travel during the coronavirus outbreak. Most states have reopened, giving residents a semblance of normalcy, but COVID-19 cases are still rising in some areas.Source: Today
Daily coronavirus updates: Connecticut’s deaths in single-digits for 4th straight day; medical officials urge continued social distancing and mask-wearing
Connecticut on Thursday reported its fourth consecutive day of single-digit coronavirus-related deaths, one day after the state entered the second phase of reopening. According to data released by the state, Connecticut has seen an additional seven coronavirus-related deaths, for a total of 4,226.Source: The Hartford Courant
Why the U.S. is experiencing a coronavirus plateau
Japan Today: When epidemiologists talked about "flattening the curve," they probably didn't mean it this way: the U.S. hit its peak coronavirus caseload in April, but since that time the graph has been on a seemingly unending plateau.Source: Japan Today
Furloughed due to COVID-19? Become a contact tracer.
Demand for coronavirus contact tracers has made it one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States. Contact tracers reach out to people who may have been infected with the virus. They answer questions, provide information, and encourage people to stay home.Source: Big Think
Why people are flouting coronavirus social distancing precautions that we know save lives
With more than 100,000 Americans dead and rising from the novel coronavirus, health experts and other leaders have been pleading for people to adhere to their strict guidelines to keep people safe.Source: ABC News
Increased testing and fewer cases, but contact tracing still ‘ramping up’
As COVID-19 testing increases and the number of new cases of the virus is falling statewide — but climbing in New London County — Connecticut’s contact tracing efforts are “still ramping up,” according to the state Department of Public Health.Source: the Day
The world wants to avoid a vaccine war, Trump plays solo
(Washington) Xi Jinping, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and the World Health Organization want any vaccine against the new coronavirus to be a "global public good", but at the same time, in Washington, Donald Trump has a priority: to vaccinate his compatriots.Source: La Presse
Reopening Connecticut: Is It Too Soon To Reopen Our State?
It’s May 20, which means the reopening process in Connecticut is underway. Thousands of workers across the state will return to their workplaces as some businesses resume their operations. It comes as the state has seen a steady decline in coronavirus-related hospitalizations in recent weeks, and dramatically increased its testing capacity.Source: CT Mirror
Opinion: The CDC is our best defense against pandemics. It needs reform — now.
As the coronavirus pandemic ravages communities, the federal agency responsible for outbreak control, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is conspicuously absent from leading the U.S. response. There’s now a cottage industry of plans for opening up the United States in the midst of the pandemic. But any plan that will keep us safe in the long run will have to include reforming the CDC.Source: The Washington post