Screening university students could reduce community COVID-19 burden

Researchers in Canada and the United States report that screening students for infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as universities re-open this fall could reduce the burden of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the broader community.

The team conducted a model-based analysis to estimate the impact that the return of a relatively large student population would have on the rate of COVID-19 infections in a mid-sized city, where the number of cases was relatively few, prior to students returning.

Lauren Cipriano (University of Western Ontario) and colleagues from the London Health Sciences Centre and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health say the findings suggest that the return of such a student population would significantly increase the number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The study also suggests that routine testing of students would prevent the number of infections in this population and provide significant public

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Oakwood University uses CARES Act money to help community through students

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – One of Governor Ivey’s CARES Act allocations was a $72 million check towards higher education.

Oakwood University in Huntsville received $1.4 million of those funds. Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard said they were fortunate to be one of the schools that received a larger grant.

Pollard assigned three of his top administrators to apply the funds in Oakwood’s main areas of need, including technology, cyber technology, and community engagement.

The money for community engagement, Pollard said, will be used for a Community Health Clinic to help not only students to learn, but help community members as well.

“And of course education for them around health, around health preservation, around health maintenance, around healthy dieting and healthy eating, all of the things that they can do to actually help protect themselves against the virus,” Pollard said.

Pollard said this new endeavor is going to take community engagement

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Cy-Fair grad gifting education to his community

At 25 years old, Shivam Bhakta has been busy. The former Cy-Fair High School student wouldn’t have it any other way.

Since graduation, he’s completed two undergrad degrees at the University of Houston, worked as an engineer for Exxon, backpacked through numerous countries in Asia, and most recently secured a new job with the federal government. It sounds exhausting but it wasn’t enough for the enthusiastic Bhakta who has opened his heart and a new business to give back to his community.

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Bhakta has invested in an IDEA Lab Kids franchise and opened in early August to be ready for the fall rush.

“We started with about six to eight kids, but enrollment has been steadily climbing,” he said.

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IDEA Lab Kids was founded as a way

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New Hampton Bays School Reopening Forums Planned For Community

HAMPTON BAYS, NY — With schools set to reopen soon, two new community forums to discuss the Hampton Bays Public School district’s plan have been scheduled.

The district, which held a first meeting on July 31, has planned additional forums for Wednesday, August 19 at 6 p.m. and Friday, August 21 at 11 a.m.; both meetings will be held via Zoom, and all attendees must register in advance.

Links to register for the forums can be found in the August 16 message on the district’s reopening plan webpage.

The district has also created an email address where individuals can send concerns and clarifications regarding the reopening plan. Community stakeholders can email [email protected] with those questions.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced recently that all school districts in the state must host information sessions for parents and staff. With all New York school districts authorized to open this fall, Cuomo said the question

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Virtual community, entertainment events

While everyone is staying close to home, here is a list of reader-submitted opportunities to learn, take classes, contribute, stroll through galleries, or have front-row seats to hear and see some great musicians — from the convenience and comfort of your own home. All programs are subject to change.

‘Symphonic Dances’ at The Kravis Center @ Home: Available for viewing until Aug. 10 — on Facebook or YouTube. It’s still intermission IRL – but the show goes on at the digital stage that features a lineup of curated concerts, talks, performances and arts education events to entertain and inspire. Next up, join the Aug. 19 watch party at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live with Eduardo Vilaro and Batucada Fantástica or catch the moves of Ballet Hispanico today at #BUnidos. Enjoy all this and more at

Current Events at ILIR on Zoom: 10-11:15 a.m. Aug. 10. Institute For Learning In

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Misty Copeland Says the Black Community Has Never Felt Like Ballet “Was Their World”

Misty Copeland became the first Black principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre in 2015, and through her professional career that has spanned two decades, she’s been fighting for change. “Initially, I got into ballet because it’s a silent art form,” she said on Yahoo Finance’s Influencers with Andy Serwer. “I didn’t want to speak, I wanted to express myself through movement.” The first decade of her career, she was the only Black woman in American Ballet Theatre, and she described feeling a sense of panic where she questioned if she was ever going to see another Black woman in her company or in her lifetime, even.

This realization prompted Copeland to start using her voice when it came to the racial insensitivity and inequality in the ballet world, with the hopes that she could make change for generations to come. “Black ballet dancers, our histories are so often just

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Howard Community College faculty, students prepare for fall semester with virtual learning and potentially higher enrollment

With a month before students start returning to college, Howard Community College faculty and staff are preparing for its mostly online learning model this fall.

However, distance learning isn’t a new concept to the Columbia-based community college.

“HCC has had distance learning for a really long time,” said Megan Myers, director of eLearning at the college. “HCC even used to ship VHS tapes to students back in the 1990s.”

Howard Community College students won’t be learning via VHS tapes when the semester starts Aug. 22 — and that’s probably for the best, as many of its students may not know what they are.

“No, I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of [VHS tapes],” said Amani Pressley, who will be attending Howard Community College in the fall. “Maybe when I was really young my parents had them.”

Howard Community College, like many colleges and K-12 schools across the country, has

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‘I Want to Be the Most Honest Ally for My Community’

James Rodriguez was a freshman at New York University when the then-aspiring actor first learned that his Mexican-American heritage was going to be a problem for Hollywood.

He had just nailed an audition for a big feature film, but the casting director was put off by the fact that his Caucasian-like skin tone was out of sync with his last name. So he was offered the chance to read for the role of a gang member, only to be told that he wasn’t right for that, either.

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“I didn’t look Latino enough,” he recalls. “They basically didn’t know what to do with me.”

The movie was Primal Fear. The lead role in question launched Ed Norton’s career.

Three years later, on the eve of his college graduation, Rodriguez nailed another big audition for a series-regular role in a buzzy, DreamWorks-produced TV pilot. But the issue of

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