Rachel Lynn Aldrich

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U.S. moves from social distancing to lockdowns

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/20/20, 06:03 pm

Any U.S. citizens already out of the country should try to get home if at all possible, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. Officials told Americans to cancel any overseas trips and said it would only consider passport applications for “life-or-death emergencies.” Americans trying to return home likely will find travel difficult as international transportation options shrink.

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U.S. coronavirus death toll rises

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/19/20, 12:45 pm

COVID-19 has breached Capitol Hill. U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., and Ben McAdams, D-Utah, became the first two members of Congress to join a growing list of public figures to test positive for the virus. By Thursday midday, Johns Hopkins University reported that U.S. cases had soared past 10,000 as the death toll topped 150.

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These animals have no idea there is a pandemic

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 3/19/20, 12:39 pm

The COVID-19 outbreak may keep humans cooped up, but it means more freedom for some penguins. Staff at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago let out some of the birds to explore other sections of the empty building during the closure. Wellington the rockhopper visited the sea otters on Wednesday.

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