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Houses of death

Coronavirus | Small Belgium has the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in the world, raising questions about restrictive protocols surrounding nursing homes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/02/20, 01:43 pm

When COVID-19 hit the Westervier nursing home—a residential care center in the Belgian city of Bruges—it struck with swift severity.

“We had residents talking in the living room in the morning. Then they became short of breath. Then drowsy. And in the evening they were gone. It went very fast,” said Dirk Snauwaert, director of Westervier.

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Monday meals with neighbors

Neighborhoods | A summer tradition isn’t completely out of reach
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/02/20, 12:55 pm

If you think about it, everything comes down to a meal.

Eve in the Garden must’ve been looking for something to eat. The Passover Seder meal became the linchpin for Old Testament Jews. The hoped-for Messiah took bread and gave thanks with His disciples before beginning His journey to the cross. After, He cooked them fish to launch a new kind of journey.

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More states require face coverings

by Seth Johnson
Posted 6/30/20, 05:47 pm

All Oregonians must wear masks in indoor public spaces, Gov. Kate Brown said on Monday. Kansas residents must follow a similar requirement starting on Friday, with more details to follow later in the week, Gov. Laura Kelly said. People in Miami who refuse to wear a mask after a first warning can face a $50 fine. Earlier this week in Texas, Vice President Mike Pence said, “Wearing a mask is just a good idea,” adding that it would slow the spread of coronavirus.

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