Newton mayor relays concerns about rising COVID-19 cases to Boston College officials

“They need to act now to protect the health of their Boston College community and all of our Newtonians,” she said.

“Boston College community members are integrally connected with Newton — they live, shop, dine & drink, play sports, work and recreate amongst our community,” she said in an e-mail to Newton residents later Saturday evening. “When COVID-19 spikes within the Boston College community, this impacts all of us in Newton.”

The concern comes after a notable increase last week in the number of positive cases at the college, especially among athletes.

So far 104 people have tested positive at the college, including 67 in the past week, according to testing numbers published Saturday by the university. Thirty of the college’s 750 varsity athletes have tested positive, BC spokesman Jack Dunn said Saturday.

Many of the student-athlete cases are linked to an off-campus gathering, where students watched a basketball game

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Sacramento health officials order Capital Christian to shut down for violating COVID-19 rules

Sacramento County health officials on Tuesday ordered Capital Christian School to stop on-campus instruction, saying the school was violating state and local coronavirus orders by claiming to be a day care center.

Under emergency orders issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sacramento County schools are not yet allowed to open for in-class learning. Child care centers are, however, allowed to be open with restrictions.

Given those restrictions, Capital Christian Head of Schools Tim Wong told The Sacramento Bee the school used its elementary-school program as a model, in effect classifying the classroom as a day care session, allowing it to open.

Students returned to classrooms last week. Kindergarten through fifth-graders are required to attend in person, according to the school website. Older students and their families are allowed to choose whether to attend in person or to participate online from home.

Capital Christian is one of the largest private schools in

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Two top CDC officials step down; Birx urges Americans to wear masks indoors and outdoors

Two top officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were moving on and angry Democrats were calling out the U.S. Postal Service leadership Sunday as the U.S. COVID-19 death toll that inched toward 170,000.

Kyle McGowan, the chief of staff, and Amanda Campbell, the deputy chief of staff, had worked side-by-side with CDC Director Robert Redfield, including the last eight tumultuous months as the virus overwhelmed the nation.

“Amanda and I spent more than two years serving at the CDC and chose to leave to start our own business,” McGowan said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY.

A sliver of help may be on the way for the relentless coronavirus testing issues hampering efforts to slow the U.S. outbreak. This weekend the Food and Drug Administration approved a saliva-based test that Yale University researchers hope will clean up some of those testing issues.

“This is a huge

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CPS parents weigh difficult options for fall as officials try to quell fears about open schools and remote learning

Parents clamored for details about remote learning options at Chicago Public Schools’ fourth virtual feedback session on Thursday, even as officials laid out plans for a partial return to the classroom this fall and said an eventual return to the classroom is inevitable.

“At some point students will return to school,” said CPS CEO Janice Jackson. “It may be on Sept. 8, it’s possible it could be later in the year, but whatever the case may be, students will be returning to school.”

Jackson and other CPS leaders described the district’s tentative hybrid plan for fall, which for most students would include two days of in-person instruction, with students grouped in small “pods” meant to silo them off reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The rest of the week would involve two days of remote learning and one day with live online classes.

Officials, including Chicago’s Public Health Commissioner

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Biden snags support from prominent Muslim American officials

Several prominent Muslim American elected officials endorsed Joe Biden for president in a letter organized by Emgage Action ahead of an online summit that starts Monday and features the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Among those signing the letter, obtained by The Associated Press, are Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, all Democrats. Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, served as a high-profile surrogate for Bernie Sanders before he exited the presidential race in April — making her support for Biden potentially helpful as the former vice president seeks to mobilize Muslim voters this fall.

The letter coincides with an online summit that Emgage Action has titled “Million Muslim Votes,” underscoring its emphasis on boosting Muslim turnout in November. Biden is set to address the gathering on Monday.

“Joe Biden’s presence serves not only to galvanize Muslim Americans to cast

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Some GOP elected officials accuse Newsom of issuing ‘confusing orders’ and don’t appreciate being sidelined

A man wearing a facemask checks his phone near a sign urging people not to gather, while he walks on the beach in Long Beach, Calif. on July 14, 2020. California's Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant rollback of the state's reopening plan on July 13, 2020 as coronavirus cases soared across America's richest and most populous state.
A man wearing a facemask checks his phone near a sign urging people not to gather, while he walks on the beach in Long Beach, Calif. on July 14, 2020. California’s Governor Gavin Newsom announced a significant rollback of the state’s reopening plan on July 13, 2020 as coronavirus cases soared across America’s richest and most populous state.

The state sets tiers for who gets priority when it comes to COVID-19 testing. And all this authority-ing by Gov. Gavin Newsom isn’t sitting well with some Republican elected officials, who say shutting things down isn’t working. Plus: More on that L.A.-based moldy jam.

It’s Arlene with news for Tuesday. 

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California’s 2 Largest School Districts Will Be Online-Only In The Fall, Officials Say

California’s two largest public school districts, Los Angeles Unified and San Diego Unified, will hold classes completely online when teaching resumes in the fall, officials announced Monday as the coronavirus continues to surge around the nation. 

Together the two districts enroll about 825,000 students and are the largest in the country to announce such plans. In a joint statement, officials said ongoing research around the coronavirus remained “incomplete” and federal guidelines were “vague and contradictory.”

“One fact is clear: those countries that have managed to safely reopen schools have done so with declining infection rates and on-demand testing available. California has neither,” the districts said. “The skyrocketing infection rates of the past few weeks make it clear the pandemic is not under control.”

Cases of the virus have continued to rise in most states in the U.S. More than 61,000 new infections were announced Monday, the second-highest during any point

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Social distancing won’t stop until there’s a vaccine, B.C. health officials say

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 107,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and more than 8,700 deaths.

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July 10

2:00 p.m.: ‘Not right now’ Ontario’s premier says to American visitors

At a press conference in Woodbridge, Ont.

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