Alabama’s schools could look very different when classes start again in August, and not just because teachers could be wearing masks. Alabama classrooms could also be missing hundreds of thousands of children.
“There’s a real belief among all of us that we’re going to have 15% to 20% of parents who are not going to want to put their kids back in traditional school,” Athens Superintendent Trey Holladay told AL.com.
That’s just an estimate, he said, based on the percentage of parents who have the ability to keep their child home without much difficulty, like two-parent households where one parent is not working outside the home.
“Just think,” he added, “if just 10% of 730,000 kids leave, that’s 73,000 kids.” Holladay isn’t worried about losing students in his district, but, he said, “I’m worried about it for our state.”
Athens Renaissance is a virtual school within Athens City Schools, one still adding students.
There is still nearly $150 billion left in the federal government’s primary program to help small businesses through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Small Business Administration handled 4.4 million loan approvals totaling $511 billion nationwide through May 23 from the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program, according to a summary report provided by the agency.
Intense demand caused the initial $350 billion approved by Congress to jumpstart the program in the CARES Act to be exhausted in mid-April after being available for just two weeks as small businesses across the country applied for the financial relief. Congress subsequently approved another $310 billion in PPP loan funds April 24.
Michael Huston, chief lending officer for Northrim Bank, said the Anchorage-based lender has processed more than 2,400 PPP loan applications and continues to but demand has waned.
“There is money available. Those applications have slowed significantly since the first few weeks of the program but we do stand ready to help businesses that need the assistance,” Huston said in an interview.
When Arizona students return to school, it will likely be a very different experience from what they knew before the coronavirus.
Students’ temperatures may be checked as they walk in the door. They might have to sit 6 feet apart from their friends. They might eat lunch in their classroom instead of crowding together into a cafeteria. Their teachers’ smiles may be hidden behind masks.
Arizona schools closed their classrooms and went online in mid-March. Since then, students have taken online tests, held proms via Zoom, and celebrated graduations with car parades and virtual ceremonies.
Planning has begun for summer school programs to be held online.
It’s still unclear when the state’s K-12 schools will reopen, and whether reopening would come with new regulations. But Arizona educators are beginning to plan for that eventuality.
Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Dr. Nate Smith has accepted a position with Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Smith will start his job with the CDC on August 28, 2020. He has been with the ADH since 2013.
Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) made the announcement Tuesday, May 26, during the daily COVID-19 briefing in Little Rock.
“Working for the governor has been one of the highlights of my career,” said Dr. Smith, “and made it difficult to make this decision.”
The California Senate’s plan to make up the state’s estimated $54.3 billion budget deficit rejects Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed cuts to public education and health care programs — and instead takes more money from reserves and delays billions of dollars in payments to school districts.
The Senate’s plan, unveiled late Wednesday, would spend about $8 billion more on public education than Newsom’s plan. But most of that money would be in deferred payments to school districts. It means school districts could go ahead and spend the money and the state would reimburse the districts later.
It’s unclear how the Legislature would pay the districts back next year, when the state could have an even worse budget deficit. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office predicts the state will have budget deficits through at least 2024 because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Unemployment filings in Colorado declined for the sixth straight week last week as an increasing number of businesses in the state reopen their doors after being shut down because of the coronavirus crisis.
For places like bars and clubs to reopen when Connecticut reaches Phase 3 of its return to business in late July or August, residents will have to retain the good habits that most people are following when it comes to social distancing, mask wearing and hand-washing, according to the report released tuesday by Gov. Ned Lamont and his Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group.
While exact protocols for Phase 3 are still being developed and are not part of the 43-page reported released Tuesday night, the reopenings are based on the same criteria as Phase 1 and 2, which depend heavily on health metrics, including testing and tracing contacts of COVID-19-positive patients to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Delaware’s state finances next year appear less woeful than believed last month, but cuts to Gov. John Carney’s budget proposal will likely include a pause to automatic pay increases that certain state employees enjoy, said Sen. Harris McDowell, chair of Delaware’s powerful Joint Finance Committee.
Asked about other spending priorities, the Wilmington Democrat, who has served in various legislative leadership roles since the 1980s, said he expects the state’s distributions to nonprofit companies to be preserved at last year’s levels. The grant-in-aid program, regularly a budgetary battleground, annually funds the operations of organizations in the state.
McDowell also believes school spending should continue to increase proportionally with the number of new students in the state.
Beyond canceled pay raises, McDowell declined to disclose cuts considered by his Democratic majority caucus, saying it “might get some people riled up for no reason.”
District of Columbia (5.28.2020)
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said the city will gradually start to lift restrictions in place since March, effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday, after meeting key thresholds to contain new virus infections. The city’s current stay-at-home and business closure orders had been set to run through June 8.
Broward County beaches are reopening in limited fashion Tuesday. You can swim, surf and exercise.
But there’s one thing you can’t do: Work on your summer tan in the sand.
That’s one of the many beach activities currently banned as Broward slowly reopens following a two month COVID-19 shutdown. Miami-Dade beaches are expected to reopen June 1, the same day the Florida Keys will accept tourists again.
Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he’ll continue to roll back coronavirus restrictions as long as residents abide by safety guidelines, adding that his decision to allow more businesses to reopen is “reinvigorating” the state’s stalled economy.
During a visit to a Macon hospital, Kemp said Georgia’s data “continue to look really good” and downplayed figures that show a recent rise in coronavirus cases. Asked whether he would lift more regulations, he said he was confident Georgians would “follow the guidance” and let him do so.
The governor has given the green light for hair and nail salons, barber shops and other “personal service providers” on Oahu to reopen Friday — more than two months after they were ordered to close.
Gov. David Ige also approved a broader city timeline for reopening other “medium-risk” activities.
- A number of outdoor attractions will be allowed to reopen Thursday, including water parks, pools, campgrounds, shooting and archery ranges, and similar outdoors facilities.
- On June 5, restaurants will allowed to offer dine-in service again, and non-commercial gatherings of 10 or less will allowed. “Non-essential” businesses will also be free to bring workers back to the office.
- The city announced that Honolulu Zoo will also reopen June 5 on a modified schedule.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell has said he wants indoor venues like movie theaters, museums and fitness centers to reopen June 19. The Governor’s Office said that request will be submitted in a separate proposal.
While businesses are given the green light to reopen, many of them are expected to take more time to prepare.
Sea Life Park said while it was included in Thursday’s list of permissible businesses, it hadn’t yet set a timeline for reopening. The attraction said it is preparing protocols and is preparing to resume operations soon.
City pools, farmers markets and campgrounds are also not ready to reopen.
For one of the few times since the coronavirus shut down the sports world in March, there were signs Wednesday that a college football season may actually be on the horizon.
During a radio interview Wednesday morning on KBOI, Idaho Gov. Brad Little left little doubt about Boise State’s ability to host football games this fall.
“We can play the games, no problem, and of course Boise State is pretty dependent on that TV revenue. ESPN revenue is pretty important to them,” he said. “But the question is how big of a crowd can we have? We’ll continue to work on that.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is set to hold a press conference Thursday to update on the city’s plan for phase three of reopening.
The event is set to take place at 1 p.m. and will include Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.
Lightfoot announced last week that the city would not be ready to enter phase three with the rest of the state and would likely not begin loosening restrictions until early June.
All four of Illinois’ health regions, including the one in which Chicago sits, are currently on track to enter phase three on Friday, one day before the end of the statewide stay-at-home order.
Health officials expressed optimism Tuesday in Illinois’ data, which appeared to show a downward trend that could mark a decline from a peak.
Indiana reported 646 new positive cases of COVID-19 and 37 additional deaths Thursday.
Indiana’s total positive caseload increased to 33,068 overall and the death toll increased to 1,907.
Tyson plant in Storm Lake reported 555 coronavirus cases among its 2,517 employees on Thursday.
Iowa Department of Public Health reported 500 total COVID-19 deaths in the state Thursday morning, with an additional 13.
266 new cases reported, totaling 18,522.
Kansas is under a stay at home order. Governor Kelly banned evictions and foreclosures. KDHE orders travelers, close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and those currently being tested to self-quarantine. K-12 school are online for the remainder of the school year.
Governor Andy Beshear said Kentucky is not under a shelter in place order but a healthy at home order. Bars and restaurants are restricted to serving customers via take-out, delivery, and drive through. All daycares, gyms, salons, theaters and other nonessential public spaces are closed. All gatherings are banned. Nursing home visitations are limited. All elective medical procedures are postponed.
Governor Hogan issued a state-wide stay at home order. LDH created an emotional support hotline (1-866-310-7977) help their citizens cope with COVID-19. Healthcare facilities have restricted visitors. All K-12 school are closed, so several parishes are offering breakfast and lunch to students on weekdays. Restaurants and bars are limited to takeout and delivery.
Maine is under a stay at home order. Bars and restaurants are reduced to take-out, drive-through, or delivery. Maine closed all nonessential businesses. Governor Janet Mills stopped all non-essential, out-of-state, work-related travel for State employees, and declared an insurance emergency, requiring private insurance to cover COVID-19 testing costs.
Maryland is under a stay at home order. Governor Hogan closed all nonessential businesses. Schools are closed through the end of April. Only airline passengers may enter Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Massachusetts officials are preparing for the possibility that remote learning continues into the next academic year, but they’re hoping to have students back in school.
“I want to be clear,” Jeff Riley, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, said during a live-streamed meeting Tuesday. “We are working to have schools up and running in the fall with appropriate safety protocols.”
As hard-hit Massachusetts rolls back restrictions on public life meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Riley said his office has formed a “return-to-school” working group to develop recommendations for how classes can restart in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Michigan issued a stay-at-home order. All nonessential businesses are closed. Restaurants and bars have been restricted to delivery and take-out. During the school closure the MDE is providing meals for families. The state’s tax foreclosure deadline was extended.
Minnesota is under a stay at home order. Due to limited testing material, MDH must adjust the testing criteria, prioritizing heath care workers and those in crowed living situations. Governor Tim Walz asked Vice President Mike Pence to increase the amount of COVID-19 tests available to Minnesota. Schools have been closed. Restaurants and bars are take-out or delivery only.
Mississippi is under a shelter in place order. Senior Centers are advised to restrict visitation and postpone group activities. Mississippi closed all schools. All elective medical procedures are postponed.
Governor Parson issued a stay at home order. Only critical visits to nursing homes and assisted living centers are allowed. Local elections have been postponed. All schools are closed.
Montana is under a stay at home order. All K-12 schools are closed. Governor Bullock closed all non-essential public spaces such as gyms, theaters, and casinos. Restaurants and bars and solely take-out or delivery.
Governor Ricketts, limited gatherings to 10 people or less. Restaurants and bars are required to serve through either take-out or delivery. All schools have closed.
Nevada is under a stay at home order. Governor Sisolak ordered closure of all Nevada’s K-12 schools. They will be providing meals to students who rely on school lunch programs. The paid administrative leave for state employees was expanded. Nevada ordered all nonessential businesses, including casinos, to close. Restaurants and bars are limited to serve through takeout or delivery.
New Hampshire (4.14.2020)
New Hampshire is under a stay at home order. New Hampshire bans evictions and foreclosures. All schools have been closed. New Hampshire is currently developing a $50M fund as no-interest, short-term loans, for health care providers and hospitals.
New Jersey (4.14.2020)
Governor Murphy issued a stay at home order. All nonessential businesses are closed. New Jersey set a recommended statewide curfew from 8pm to 5am. Restaurants and bars can only provide service via take-out and delivery. All schools are closed. No elective medical procedures are allowed.
New Mexico (4.14.2020)
Governor Grisham issued a stay at home order. All public spaces will be ordered to close on Thursday. Lodging facilities such as hotels and motels will operate at 50% capacity. $3.25M has been authorized to address COVID-19. Free testing and treatment for COVID-19 has been guaranteed by insurance superintendent. Food establishments will be limited to delivery and take-out.
New York (4.14.2020)
New York issued a stay at home order. All nonessential business must shut down all in-person work by 8pm Sunday (3/22); this excludes transportation, healthcare, financial companies, pharmacies, and media. Everyone must stay at least 6 feet away from each other outside of their homes. All nonessential gatherings are banned. Bars and restaurants can only serve via takeout.
North Carolina (5.25.2020)
President Donald Trump threatened Monday morning to move August’s Republican National Convention from Charlotte if the state is not able to commit to “full attendance” at the convention.
Vice President Mike Pence also said Monday morning the convention could be moved due to the pace of the state’s reopening process.
North Carolina is currently in Phase Two of its coronavirus reopening plan. Indoor gatherings are limited to 10 people. Before the virus, the RNC was expected to bring 50,000 people to Charlotte for events connected to the convention. Read more here:
North Dakota (5.28.2020)
Total number of deaths 57 in North Dakota.
42 new cases reported Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 2,481.
State Health Officer Mylynn Tufte has offered her resignation.
The Ohio State Fair has been canceled.
Outdoor visitation will be permitted at Ohio assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for developmentally disabled individuals starting June 8.
33,500 confirmed cases in Ohio and over 2,000 deaths as of Thursday.
CVS announced Thursday that it’s adding 15 drive-thru COVID-19 test sites in Northeast Ohio.
Columbus hospitals receive 150 million dollars in federal funding.
The Oklahoma State Department Department of Education on Thursday approved Saturday classes in case of another surge of coronavirus cases.
Oklahoma Department of Health reported the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 41 in Oklahoma on Thursday with four additional deaths.
At least 6,270 cases and 326 deaths due to COVID-19.
5,236 people with the virus have recovered.
Increase of 71 cases, bringing the total case number to 4,038.
Multnomah County will apply for Phase 1 of reopening on June 5 with the goal of entering Phase 1 on June 12.
Oregon Health Authority investigating recent outbreaks at metro area businesses.
625 new cases of COVID-19 reported Thursday by the state health department now put the statewide total at 70,042 since.
Health department also reported 108 more deaths, putting the official Pennsylvania COVID-19 death toll at 5,373.
State park beaches are reopening Friday.
State attorney general has penalized an Allentown convenience store for alleged price-gouging.
Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities account for 22% of the state’s total cases, and 65% of deaths.
Puerto Rico (4.14.2020)
Puerto Rico closed all nonessential businesses until March 30th. Citizens are allowed out of their homes between 5am to 9pm to purchase basic necessities, medical reasons, or work.
Rhode Island (5.28.2020)
22 new deaths, 18 in long-term care facilities.
There are 124 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 14,494.
Thursday reported 22 more deaths of Rhode Islanders with COVID-19.
Phase 2 of reopening begins next Monday.
Raimondo said Thursday that youth sports will be allowed in Phase 2.
South Carolina (5.28.2020)
DHEC has announced 207 new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 20 additional deaths.
Total number of people confirmed to have COVID-19 in South Carolina to 10,623 and those who have died to 466.
Death toll in South Carolinians with confirmed COVID infection is 4 percent.
CVS Pharmacy announced it will be expanding its drive-thru COVID-19 testing into South Carolina with 15 new sites in the state.
Many South Carolina high schools are preparing to hold in-person graduation for seniors.
South Dakota (5.28.2020)
There are 83 new positive cases, according to the state Department of Health, bringing the total throughout the pandemic to 4,793.
3,698 people have recovered from COVID-19; that’s up 79 from Wednesday.
Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is asking all state agencies to “identify and plan to implement” 12% budget cuts as soon as July 1, according to memo obtained by The Tennessean.
Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Butch Eley outlined the request in a May 26 letter to all agency heads and budget officers.
“The financial challenges which have evolved over the past two months are unprecedented in recent times,” the commissioner wrote.
Eley noted revenue projections, outlined Wednesday when five economists offered presentations to the State Funding Board, are expected to drop by a “large degree.”
“In order to adapt quickly to the new economic environments we face, we will need to have a heightened level of fiscal prudence, invest state funds in more targeted policies that show greater returns, operate more efficiently by continuing to provide our vital services with fewer resources, all while remaining stalwart supporters of our customers: Tennesseans,” he said.
More than 57,000 cases have been reported in the state, and more than 1,500 people in Texas have died.
Nearly 38,000 COVID recoveries in Texas.
At least 220 workers at the Tyson Foods plant in Sherman have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone is not a physical disability that qualifies people to vote by mail.
Utah’s number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 215 from Wednesday, with two new reported deaths.
Thursday’s totals give Utah 8,921 total confirmed cases, with 734 total hospitalizations and 106 total deaths from the disease.
Of the 203,507 tests conducted in Utah so far, 4.4% were positive for COVID-19.
Vermont officials reported Wednesday that no patients are currently hospitalized in the state with symptoms of COVID-19.
State’s COVID death toll of 54 has not risen in 2 weeks in VT.
13 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week and zero deaths.
Virginia has had 41,401 total cases of COVID-19.
That’s a rise of 1,152 cases since Wednesday.
By this Friday, May 29, all of Virginia will be in Phase 1.
Senator Tim Kaine released a statement Thursday morning saying he and his wife Anne Holton recently tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.
Nearly 1,400 COVID deaths in VA.
The Washington State Department of Health on Wednesday reported 225 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths.
Statewide totals from the illness caused by the coronavirus are at 20,406 cases and 1,095 deaths.
Washington state has conducted 332,791 coronavirus tests, with 6.1 percent coming back positive.
West Virginia (5.28.2020)
1,906 total cases and 74 of those cases resulting in deaths.
Currently a total of 621 active cases and 1,211 recovered cases in the state.
Cases double inside a WV prison.
The state reported 599 new known COVID-19 cases on Wednesday with 22 known deaths.
Wisconsin agencies have identified $70 million in cost savings to help cover anticipated revenue losses this fiscal year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wisconsin has more than 16,600 cases of the coronavirus.
Wyoming’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 now stand at 653, according to the Wyoming Department of Health. This is an increase of 57 new cases since last week.
The governor said 12 people are hospitalized in the state from COVID.
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks began the process of opening up to summer tourism last week.