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Spread of COVID-19 appears to slow in U.S.

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 8/25/20, 06:20 pm

Since the beginning of the month, the number of new coronavirus cases cropping up each day in the United States has fallen by more than 20 percent. Health officials reported about 33,000 newly confirmed COVID-19 infections on Monday, the lowest number of new daily cases since late June, according to Johns Hopkins University. Some experts credited increased mask-wearing and social distancing, while others blamed a lack of testing in certain areas.

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UNC–Chapel Hill officials respond to COVID-19 outbreak

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/17/20, 06:28 pm

University administrators nationwide have ordered extensive on-campus pandemic precautions, but they could not curb off-campus parties where the coronavirus spreads freely. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said on Monday it would move all classes online just one week into the semester after COVID-19 clusters popped up in dorms, a fraternity house, and other student housing. As of Monday, 130 students and five employees were ill, and administrators were making arrangements for students who wanted to leave on-campus housing to do so.

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Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies, visitors

by Esther Eaton
Posted 8/12/20, 06:30 pm

If someone confronts a Marion County, Fla., sheriff’s deputy about not wearing a mask, the deputy is supposed to respond politely and walk away. Sheriff Billy Woods emailed his staff on Tuesday with instructions saying that, with a few exceptions, deputies may not wear masks, and neither can visitors to the sheriff’s office, WFTV-TV in Orlando reported.

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