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Trump to visit Blair County on Monday; tickets available online | News

President Donald Trump will make a return visit to the region to deliver remarks at the Blair County Airport in Martinsburg on Monday — with just over a week remaining until the 2020 election.

Trump has been crisscrossing Pennsylvania as the state is viewed as a likely difference-maker.

Trump visited Johnstown Oct. 13, just a week after being released from the hospital for COVID-19 treatment, to rally support in an event that drew thousands of supporters.

His southern Blair County stop is titled a “Make America Great Again Victory Rally.” Trump is scheduled to speak at 4:30 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30.

Unlike Cambria County, which flipped its voter registration edge to Republican over the past year, Blair County has been a Republican stronghold for generations, making the Monday stop a chance for the president to motivate his base.

“The energy is building!” the Blair County Republican Party wrote

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Lancaster County voters: Here are some issues to consider before you vote for president [editorial] | Editorials

THE ISSUE

We are just nine days from Election Day. As of Friday morning, 59,138 of the 352,114 registered voters in Lancaster County had cast their ballots by mail. In 2016, Donald Trump won Lancaster County by nearly 20 percentage points over Hillary Clinton. This year, President Trump faces former Vice President Joe Biden.

Lancaster County residents tend to be pragmatic, judging the president on his actions rather than his personality. We’ve outlined some of the issues we hope Lancaster County residents consider when they cast their ballots for president.

— The U.S. unemployment rate in January 2017: 4.8%.

— The U.S. unemployment rate in September 2020: 7.9%.

— The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Jan. 20, 2017, the day Trump was sworn into office: 19,827.25.

— Where the Dow was at midday Friday: 28,200, an increase of 42.2% since Trump took office.

— Percentage of Americans who own stock,

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Guilford County Schools delays return of 1st, 2nd graders

Guilford County Schools will not bring first and second graders back to classrooms on Monday because of the coronavirus, the district announced Friday.The district made the call with local health officials, who noted the community’s risk factors were not decreasing and the county had been identified by the White House Task Force as a county of concern.Click the video player above for headlines from WXII 12 News.“It has been our plan from the beginning to bring our exceptional children back to school more quickly than other students, as their disabilities make it more challenging for them to access learning online,” said Superintendent Sharon Contreras.The district will review the data next week and make an announcement for pre-K through second graders next Friday for a possible return on Nov. 4 or 5, depending on whether the school is a polling place.“These are difficult decisions with serious consequences. We need to make … Read More

LA County, City Advancing Plans For COVID Rapid Testing Program

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Two months after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a coordinated effort to establish wide-scale use of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests, local health officials are poised to announce details of a pilot program next week that will employ an FDA-approved test and assess the feasibility of its widespread use.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into developing plans and implementing these sorts of studies, and we are very excited about the partnership with the city of L.A. and USC that we have made considerable progress over the last two months,” Dr. Paul Simon, chief science officer for the county Department of Public Health, told reporters in an online briefing Thursday.

“We will be having a press event next week to share an update on where we’re at and hope to begin implementing at least the first phase of these studies very quickly,” he said.

Garcetti announced

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Genesee County health director explains coronavirus surge, possible data error

GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – (10/22/2020) – “People are just closer together now. And so, the spread of the infection happens easier,” Genesee County’s Health Director John McKellar said.

He wants to remind the community social distancing is key as the third surge of coronavirus hits Genesee County.

With people spending more time indoors on cold and rainy days, it’s important to remember COVID-19 is still a threat.

ABC12 News has been watching the numbers; and reporting them on air and online every day. The high number of cases for the City of Grand Blanc caught our attention.

How could a City of about 8,000 people make up more than 12-percent of Genesee County’s cases?

McKellar said there may be an issue with how the state pulls in the data.

“We’re looking into that. We have a fairly high suspicion that actually the city and township numbers might almost be

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Mongomery County 2020 school board candidates

Like many other school systems, Montgomery has been upended as never before by the fallout of the health crisis. Students are logging in from home for virtual learning. There are no buses to school every day, no sitting in classrooms for in-person instruction.

Seven weeks into the school year, it is unclear when it will change. State officials have pushed Maryland school systems to consider bringing at least some students back on campus. But Montgomery has not set a date.

Meanwhile, enrollment is down, with worries about major budget shortfalls.

In this uncertainty, voters will choose between two candidates for each seat in nonpartisan contests. One hopeful is a professor, another a teacher and yet another is a sports radio personality. Many have been involved as advocates. Two are incumbents.

Below are answers each candidate gave to several questions from The Washington Post. They have been edited for clarity and

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San Mateo County to launch COVID-19 compliance unit

FILE – Surgical masks on a white surface stock photo. (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Starting this Monday, San Mateo County will launch a COVID-19 compliance unit that will warn and cite businesses that fail to follow the county’s pandemic-related health order.

During a media briefing on Wednesday, County Manager Mike Callagy said that people will be able to call 211 or go online to report businesses that have not been compliant.

Callagy said the compliance unit will work with businesses to ensure that they understand what is required of them.

Under the county’s health order, businesses must implement social distancing protocols, require face coverings, and provide hand sanitizer or soap and water. Businesses must also prepare and distribute a health and safety plan to personnel.

The full health order can be found online.

“It’s not our intention to go out and cite businesses,” Callagy 

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San Mateo County launches COVID compliance unit | Local News



Mike Callagy

Mike Callagy




Businesses failing to comply with state COVID-19 health orders may face civil and legal repercussions following the launch of a county compliance unit created to educate on state health ordinances before serving tickets. 

“It is not our intention to go out and cite businesses. We want to go out and work with businesses to make sure that they are compliant, that they are providing a [safe] and healthy environment for individuals to come to their businesses,” County Manager Mike Callagy during a remote press briefing Wednesday. 

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, residents will be encouraged to submit a questionnaire online or by calling 2-1-1 to alert the task force of establishments violating various health guidelines, including mask enforcement, social distancing and capacity requirements.  

Depending on the violation, Callagy said businesses will be given a reasonable amount of time to address and remedy the code violation before being

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Brown County health care workers urge people not to ignore COVID-19

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Green Bay-area medical professionals talk about what they’re seeing locally regarding COVID-19.

Green Bay Press-Gazette

GREEN BAY – Health care professionals renewed their plea to residents to take the pandemic seriously as the Brown County death toll from COVID-19 increased by seven since Friday and hospitals are near capacity.

“We know that our capacity is going to be stretched and continue to stretch until that community spread can be decreased,” said Andrea Czarneski, a critical care nurse at Aurora BayCare.

Local health care professionals spoke Wednesday about their concerns and frustration with the people who ignore the virus’ dangers.

Brown County’s death toll stood at 79 people as of Wednesday, according to state Department of Health Services numbers. Fourteen deaths have been reported in the last two weeks.

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Lancaster County contact tracers reaching 61% of those exposed to COVID-19 patients | Local News

As the coronavirus continues to spread across Lancaster County, contact tracers are having greater success alerting people who may have been exposed and encouraging them to self-isolate for up to 14 days to stop further spread.

Self-isolation of potentially contagious individuals is a key strategy for limiting transmission of COVID-19, experts say, and if contact tracers are getting more people to respond to their calls and take precautions to protect others, it could ease the impact of the pandemic here.

Tracers try to call people within 24 hours of being identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive. They are now reaching 61% of those contacts in Lancaster County, compared to 52% in mid-June and 48% in late May, when Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health launched a $42 million testing and tracing initiative.

The improvement may be the result of ongoing communication skills training to help tracers better

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