L.A. is launching a testing program that is expected to be one of the most comprehensive school-based initiatives in the United States.
A major initiative to test and screen all 700,000 students and 75,000 employees in Los Angeles public schools for the virus has been launched. In the past week, five cases were carried out among more than 5,400 children and adults tested, the district superintendent said.
All were among adults who work for the district. Up to 20,000 more employees will be tested this week, said Austin Beutner, the superintendent whose Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest in the country after New York City.
According to Beutner, around 700 young children were also tested in the district-provided childcare facilities, but none were infected.
With the exception of a few special needs students who recently received permission to return to classrooms for very limited instruction, the courses at Los Angeles Unified were remote.
The $ 150 million program announced last month is expected to be among the largest and most comprehensive school-based initiatives in the country when the classrooms in Los Angeles fully reopen. It depends on the positive rates.
Mr. Beutner said the district would rely on two testing companies: the Kansas Clinical Reference Laboratory for spit testing and SummerBio, a small Bay Area start-up that specializes in automated test processing. The district will be SummerBio's first customer.
Last week's tests, conducted Thursday and Friday, were conducted by school principals, carers, and others who work in school sanitary buildings, as well as children in the district's childcare program.
"The next round will be for all employees, regardless of whether they are at a school location or not, and then we will test the students," said Beutner.
The positivity rate – about 0.1 percent of the tests performed – was far lower than the overall rate of 3.4 percent in Los Angeles County, said Mr. Beutner, who said it was to be expected. Los Angeles Unified testing is done regardless of symptoms, while the 11,000+ tests done across the county each day are more likely to belong to people who searched for tests based on symptoms or fear of exposure.
In New York City, about 17,000 public school employees tested before the first day of school on September 21, 55 of them positive, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. Starting in October, the city will require 10 to 20 percent of students and staff in all school buildings to be sampled monthly. "Some students will test positive at some point in the year," said the mayor.
The top communications officer in the powerful cabinet department responsible for combating the coronavirus accused the professional government's scientists of "rioting" in dealing with the pandemic on Sunday and warned that left-wing hit teams would prepare for an armed uprising after the elections.
Michael Caputo, 58, assistant secretary of public affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, said without evidence that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was home to a "resistance unit" determined to undermine President Trump. He also suggested that he might be personally in danger.
“They understand they have to kill me, and unfortunately I think that's the point,” Caputo, a Trump loyalist installed by the White House in April, told supporters in a video he hosted his live personal facebook page.
In a statement, the department said Mr. Caputo was "a critical, integral part of the president's coronavirus response leading to public news".
Mr Caputo has given his broadside against academics, media and Democrats after numerous news releases over the weekend alleging his team's systematic interference in official C.D.C. reports. about the pandemic. Former and current C.D.C. Officials described Politico, the New York Times, and other outlets as Mr. Caputo and a top aide routinely requested the agency to revise, delay, and even ditch the CDC's key public health updates as weekly reports of morbidity as well Mortality was called Mr. Trump's message that the pandemic was under control.
These reports are traditionally protected from political interference in such a way that political representatives only see them shortly before they are published.
Mr Caputo complained on Facebook on Sunday that he was being besieged by the media, saying that his physical health was in question and that his "mental health was definitely failing".
In his Facebook video, Mr. Caputo went through a series of conspiracy theories that culminated in a prediction that Mr. Trump will win re-election but his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will refuse to admit.
"And if Donald Trump refuses to step down on inauguration, filming will begin," he said. He added, "If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it will be hard to come by."
As wildfires struck across vast areas of Oregon this week, prison inmates were carried away by the flames – not to freedom, but to an overcrowded state prison, where they slept shoulder to shoulder in cots and in some cases on the floor. Food was scarce, there were few showers and toilets, and fights broke out between gang members.
You were safe from disaster but were extradited to another: the coronavirus pandemic, which has spread in American prisons at an alarming rate.
"After what we know about Covid-19, how fast it can spread and how deadly it can be, we need to prepare for the worst," said Bobbin Singh, the executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, an organization for the Prisoner Lawyers.
Twin crises of the pandemic and a devastating forest fire season have taken a significant toll in prisons along the west coast. Virus outbreaks have spread through cell blocks – the Oregon state prison system had 1,600 infections in the past three months – and poor ventilation systems have whipped smoke from the fires.
Kristina Boswell, an Oregon prisoner who moved overnight on Friday, described a chaotic evacuation in an audio recording her attorney shared with The Times.
She said the prisoners were tied together with cable ties and loaded onto buses in the middle of the night with no medication or water. When they arrived, she said there was a shortage of mattresses and no chance of social distancing.
"We're all in dormitories," said Ms. Boswell, who was among more than 1,300 female prisoners transferred to Deer Ridge Correctional Facility in Madras, Ore. "Everyone is crammed."
Wisconsin is grappling with the highest number of new daily cases during the pandemic, with an average of more than 1,000 new cases per day for the past week, with university cities driving the worrying increase.
On Sunday, the state reported a new daily record of 1,582 cases and a positivity rate of 20 percent. Most of the cases involved people between the ages of 20 and 29, a health ministry spokeswoman said.
According to a New York Times database, Wisconsin has reported more than 1,700 college campus-related cases, of which over 1,000 have occurred at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the school's flagship campus. La Crosse County, home of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, has had one of the highest per capita cases in the state for the past seven days, while some large counties such as Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine recorded cases and no major increases remain below that National average.
On Sunday afternoon, the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse announced restrictions on all dormitories on campus. And in Madison, the faculty senate called a special session on Monday afternoon to vote on shortening the spring break to a three-day weekend.
Wisconsin wasn't hit as hard as some other states at the start of the pandemic, but it didn't survive unscathed. Just over 1,200 people have died from the coronavirus, with some of the highest daily death reports coming in late May.
Kenosha, the site of days of anti-race and police street protests involving people from all over the world, has reported no increase in new cases. In an email message, Liane Blanck of Kenosha County's Health Department expressed more concern about the impact of restarting schools this month than about the late August riot.
Thousands take part in a Trump rally in Nevada.
President Trump held an indoor rally for the first time since late June on Sunday when he appeared at an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma that was later blamed for a surge in coronavirus cases in the area.
The Sunday night rally, held at a manufacturing facility outside of Las Vegas despite a state policy restricting indoor gathering to 50 people, was attended by thousands of supporters, the vast majority of whom did not wear masks.
Steve Sisolak, the Democratic governor of Nevada, said on Twitter that Mr. Trump is "taking reckless and selfish actions" that are endangering the lives of the people in the state. "This is an insult to any Nevadan who has followed orders, made sacrifices, and put their neighbors in front of them," he said. "It is also a direct threat to any recent progress we've made and could potentially set us back."
The Trump campaign had checked several outdoor facilities, but all of them were blocked by the governor, according to an administrative officer familiar with the planning. Tim Murtaugh, a campaign spokesman, defended the interior, saying in a statement: “If you can join tens of thousands of people protesting on the street, gambling in a casino, or burning small businesses in rioting, you can gather together peacefully first amendment heard from the President of the United States. "
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday he was ready to negotiate with Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi at any time and unconditionally as business talks between the White House and the Democrats in Congress continue to stall.
Speaking to CNBC, Mnuchin said that he believes a robust economic recovery is underway, but that parts of the economy, especially small businesses, need additional support. He also said President Trump could institute executive orders to provide additional momentum, but he acknowledged that there are restrictions on what could be done without Congress.
While Mr Mnuchin suggested he be open to a coronavirus relief deal, the chances of Republicans, Democrats and the White House reaching an agreement remain complicated by disagreement and distrust.
"I'm a little concerned that she fears that a deal will be good for the president," Mnuchin said of Ms. Pelosi.
Ms. Pelosi accused Republicans of merely pretending to be more supportive and criticized a Senate Republican Republican-approved limited relief bill as "relief only on behalf".
Last week, Senate Republicans didn't pass a significantly scaled-back stimulus plan that included aid to the unemployed, small businesses, schools, and vaccine development.
Mr. Mnuchin said he would be working with Ms. Pelosi on a plan to expand government funding and he hoped a proposal awaited by the House “Problem Solver” caucus could find non-partisan support.
High school parties are forcing some northeastern schools to delay returns to classes.
After several weeks of partying college students complicate their schools' reopening plans, high school students are now causing the same disruption. Several K-12 school districts in the northeast have delayed the start of face-to-face classes in the past few days after students attended large parties, raising concerns about the spread of the virus.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Massachusetts, west of Boston, delayed classroom opening for two weeks until September 29 after police broke up a party of 50 to 60 students at the school on Saturday.
The health department said police reported that the students did not wear masks or practiced social distancing, and that many either fled when police arrived or gave officers false names.
Although no cases of the virus were known among the party's students, the board said that without full information on who attended, "the risk to the school community cannot be adequately assessed."
In nearby Dedham, Massachusetts, the school district also delayed face-to-face tuition after an increase in cases in the city that local health officials attributed to two recent meetings between young people, including a party attended by students.
In Pelham, NY, students partying during and after Labor Day weekend led the school district to postpone the start of face-to-face learning for all students, requiring students either to be tested before school or in quarantine for 14 years are made days.
The superintendent, Dr. Cheryl H. Champ, wrote in a letter to the families that more than 100 teenagers appeared to have attended the parties and that the video showed that the students were “engaging in risky behavior, not maintaining physical distance, and not wearing masks or faces Toppings. "
Also in New York, Long Island's Carle Place Union Free School District delayed student return to school after late summer's parties led to positive cases.
"As we learn the hard way, the actions of a few can affect the many," Superintendent Christine A. Finn wrote to families.
The French cities of Bordeaux and Marseille are tightening restrictions as cases increase.
The cities of Marseille and Bordeaux significantly tightened restrictions on public gatherings on Monday after authorities warned of an increase in cases in the cities and surrounding areas.
The two cities were part of several areas where the French government has noted worrying spread of the virus, including among the elderly, amid a spike in cases nationwide.
Officials in both cities imposed a new ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in public places such as parks, riverside and beaches, and canceled school trips and student parties. Visits to retirement homes will also be more restricted.
In Marseille, a city on the Mediterranean coast, officials banned the sale and consumption of alcohol after 8 p.m. In Bordeaux, in the southwest of the country, authorities banned bars from having regular customers or playing music in the street, and made it illegal to drink alcohol in public areas.
The limit for large outdoor gatherings in Gironde, the area that includes Bordeaux, was 5,000 – as was the limit for the rest of the country. Now public gatherings are limited to 1,000 people and events such as carnivals and antique sales will be banned, local authorities said in a press conference on Monday.
Fabienne Buccio, prefect of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, which also includes Bordeaux, told the press conference that venues that used to organize “dance parties” such as weddings are no longer allowed to do so.
"The idea is not to stop getting married, but to postpone major wedding-related celebrations," said Ms. Buccio, adding that public transport would be strengthened during rush hour to avoid overcrowding on buses and trains.
In other developments around the world:
Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, He left a Milan hospital on Monday, almost two weeks after being admitted with pneumonia caused by Covid-19. In a short speech, he warned Italians not to underestimate the severity of the virus. Cases have risen in recent weeks in Italy and Mr Berlusconi most likely caught the virus while on vacation on the island of Sardinia, which became a viral hot spot in August.
India According to a New York Times database, 92,071 new cases were reported on Monday, the fifth straight day that more than 90,000 cases have appeared in the country. India has the second highest number of cases in the world after the US. On Monday MPs gathered for a meeting with socially distancing precautions.
From Monday Great Britain has lowered the limit on the number of people allowed to meet from 30 to six. The country recorded 3,330 new infections on Sunday, the third day in a row that more than 3,000 cases have occurred, a level not seen in the UK since May.
Also in the UK, London's West End will reopen his first musical since March. "Six," the hit about the wives of King Henry VIII, will kick off an 11-week run at the Lyric Theater on November 14th. It was due to make its debut on Broadway the day New York theaters closed.
Antarctic, the only coronavirus-free continent, prepares for an influx of researchers in the coming months as a change of season makes studies at the icy South Pole easier. The first researchers from the United States arrived in New Zealand on the Monday after the quarantine.
Israel will revert to a statewide lockdown for a minimum of three weeks starting Friday, the eve of Jewish New Year.
A health officer in Australia said Monday she was under police protection over death threats as opposition to her pandemic policies increased. Dr. Queensland's chief health officer, Jeannette Young, has been criticized for demanding that travelers from other parts of Australia be quarantined for two weeks, especially after a quarantined woman was not allowed to attend her father's funeral.
Amazon is planning a hiring frenzy as shoppers flock online.
Amazon said Monday it would be hiring 100,000 new employees in the US and Canada for its warehouses and logistics network, yet another sign that the pandemic has caused a huge surge in demand for the e-commerce giant.
Amazon was one of the biggest winners of the crisis as people turn to online shopping rather than traditional brick and mortar stores. These companies have been decimated. As the economy as a whole suffered from the economic fallout from Covid-19, Amazon posted record sales and profits in the last quarter.
Dave Clark, Amazon's senior vice president of global operations, said in a press release that the company opened 100 buildings this month for sorting, delivery, and other uses. The new jobs pay a starting wage of $ 15 an hour and include a $ 1,000 starting bonus in some cities.
The announcement of the hiring comes in addition to the 33,000 job openings Amazon posted last week in areas like cloud computing and warehouse management. In 2020, Amazon opened 75 new fulfillment and sorting centers, regional air transport hubs, and delivery stations in the US and Canada.
Amazon previously announced it has hired 175,000 additional employees to meet the huge surge in demand related to Covid-19.
The coronavirus lockdown caused the damage to the world's major economies six times more severe than the global financial crisis of 2009 and caused "unprecedented" growth in almost every country except China in the second quarter, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Monday.
Growth in the countries represented by the 20-strong group – an organization made up of 19 countries and the European Union, which accounts for 80 percent of global economic production – fell by a record 6.9 percent between April and June compared to the previous three months as governments kept people indoors and freezes business. The decline exceeded a 1.9 percent decline in the same period in 2009 when the financial crisis peaked, the organization said.
China, where lockdowns ended earlier than the rest of the world, was the only economy to rebound, expanding at a rate of 11.5 percent.
While national governments have published growth figures, the organization's record puts the extent of the damage in a global perspective. The largest declines in growth were recorded in India (minus 25.2 percent) and Great Britain (minus 20.4 percent).
Growth in the USA shrank by more than 9 percent and in the euro area by almost 15 percent. In contrast, China, South Korea and Russia appeared to be the least adversely affected.
The global economy will perform far worse if a second wave of infections prompt governments to renew extensive quarantines, the organization warned.
Prior to the pandemic, Tiffany Foy and a team of other dental hygienists visited schools in rural and urban parts of Oregon to treat thousands of children annually, many of whom had cavities, painful abscesses and "large holes" in their teeth, she said.
In March, the program was abruptly suspended after the state halted face-to-face learning to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ms. Foy, who works for a nonprofit that provides oral health care regardless of a patient's income or insurance, said she and her hygiene colleagues have not been to schools since then.
"You could have a mouth full of cavities and the parents aren't even aware," said Ms. Foy.
Hygienists typically examine students in classrooms, gyms, or nurses, where they look for cavities, perform fluoride treatments, and apply sealers – thin protective coatings that adhere to the chewing surface of the back teeth. Children get free toothbrushes and toothpaste and get proper dental care, said Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and chief executive officer of the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute, which cares for about 70,000 children across the country annually.
Dr. Minter-Jordan estimates that approximately one million children receive free access to dental care through school-based dentist programs. Since the pandemic suspended many of the programs, the organization has reached out to school districts and state health authorities for other ways to care for children, including online research.
The National Football League season was in full swing on Sunday, and Kurt Streeter, sports columnist for The Times, was watching. He writes:
The return of professional football to a nation that lives on a raw and dangerous fringes, still struggling to face a deadly virus and heal its deep racial wounds presented a tense and unlikely paradox for fans. I loved watching the games, but I hated it too.
After so many endless pent-up weeks, maybe you couldn't wait to see the impossible tackles and mind-blowing touchdowns. At the same time, you may have been concerned about what the return of professional football could mean for the sport, the nation and all of us.
Hold tight. We could be a big Covid-19 outbreak away from a calamity and deep regret.
Reporting was by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Liz Alderman, Tim Arango, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Aurelien Breeden, Maria Cramer, Abdi Latif Dahir, Shaila Dewan, Shawn Hubler, Jennifer Jett, Annie Karni, Isabel Kershner, Alex Marshall and Jennifer Medina written, Elisabetta Povoledo, Alan Rappeport, Amanda Rosa, Adam Satariano, Anna Schaverien, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, Kurt Streeter, Kate Taylor and Katie Thomas.