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Cy-Fair ISD school board approves additional desk shields for second half of semester

With more students returning for the second half of the fall semester, the Cy-Fair ISD board of trustees approved the purchase of additional desk and tabletop protective dividers for protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After Trustee Tom Jackson asked about the desk shields’ effectiveness, Chief of Staff Teresa Hull said the shields have been approved by Memorial Hermann doctors collaborating with the school district and advising the district on precautionary COVID-19 measures.


“When we started looking at the number of students that we anticipated would be returning to campus, especially the second marking period, we reached out to Memorial Hermann and asked that very question,” Hull said. “They felt very strongly that that absolutely was a layer of protection; when you couple it with the mask, it definitely is helping us minimize the number students that may be identified as a close contact (during contact tracing).”

Previously, Chief Financial Officer Karen Smith said the district is working on recovering funds used on COVID-19 precautions and online learning.

“Because we didn’t have face to face (instruction) in the building there are costs we simply did not incur,” Smith said. “But if you recall we have instructional packets that we delivered. We purchased PPE when we were planning for this before COVID actually hit so bad that the schools were closed.”

Cy-Fair ISD has lost $2.2 million in revenue from food services, $16.1 million is expected to be spent from the general fund for the 2020-2021 school year, $500,000 was spent on personal protective equipment and $5.2 million for social distancing measures and more according to the presentation from Oct. 8.

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No Additional Deaths; 46 New Cases

WASHINGTON, DC — D.C Department of Health confirmed 46 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. That’s up from the 38 reported on Monday. This brings the District’s total number of positive cases to date to 16,068.

D.C. Health reported no additional deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday. The total number of deaths in the District stands at 637.

According to D.C. Health, 443,081 coronavirus tests have been administered in the District, 233,450 residents have been tested, and 12,583 have been cleared from isolation.

The District currently has 50 intensive care unit beds available out of 345 total intensive care unit beds. There are currently 169 in-use ventilators out of a total of 440 available. Also, there are 25 COVID-19-positive ICU patients.

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Globally, more than 37.9 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Tuesday morning. In the United States, more than 7.7 million people have been infected and over 214,000 people have died from COVID-19.

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District residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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L.A. County health officials report 1,285 new coronavirus cases and an additional 28 deaths

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 07, 2020 - A sign tells customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as shoppers return to indoor shopping at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers were allowed to return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eased restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. Such stores have been closed for weeks, but reopened Wednesday at 25% capacity. Westfield Santa Anita has placed Covid-related signage with one-way traffic, 6 feet distancing when waiting to get into individual stores, hand sanitizing stations and mask are required before entering the mall. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
A sign tells customers to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as people return to indoor shopping at the Westfield Santa Anita mall in Arcadia on Wednesday, the first day L.A. County malls were allowed to reopen at limited capacity. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Twenty-eight more people have died from COVID-19 across Los Angeles County and 1,285 new infections have been confirmed, officials said Saturday.

The numbers, reported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, bring the countywide pandemic death toll to 6,768 people, with 281,165 confirmed cases.

In 72% of the new cases, those who tested positive were under 50 years old, the department said.

Of the 28 deaths, the department said, 22 people had underlying health conditions. One of the fatalities involved a person between 18 and 29 years old, while two people were between 30 and 49, seven were between 50 and 64, nine were between 65 and 79, and nine were over 80, the department said.

“Please remember that even young people can have serious illness if infected with this virus and have severe outcomes,” county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a news release. Ferrer recommend the use of face masks, social distancing, and avoiding non-essential activities.

The department said 93% of the fatalities involve people with underlying health problems. The LA County numbers do not include Pasadena, where the reported deaths are now 129, and Long Beach, where the number is 249.

The department urged bars and restaurants that might be airing sports not to allow customers to congregate around the televisions.

Experts say it is too soon to characterize the increase in cases in Los Angeles County as a surge, of the kind that accompanied rapid business reopenings over the summer. The state is now relying on a tiered reopening strategy, and in L.A. County, where businesses such as breweries and wineries have been allowed to reopen outdoors, the high case count has kept it at Tier 1.

Across the county, some 40,000 new cases of COVID-19 are reported every day. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, said last week that the pandemic could get worse in the winter and persist through much of next year. He warned that a vaccine won’t return the country to pre-Covid conditions, but predicted “some degree of normality” in the second half of 2021.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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New coronavirus testing site coming to Elkridge; additional locations announced at churches through October

A new coronavirus testing site in Elkridge will open later this month, Howard County announced this week.

Quality First Urgent Care is opening a drive-thru testing site at the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive, according to a county news release.

The site will open Oct. 12 and will be operated from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

“As part of the public safety team in Howard County, it is imperative that we support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” fire Chief William Anuszewski said in a statement. “The ability to assist with a feasible location for COVID-19 testing without impacting our ability to continue providing quality emergency service is a win-win for the community we serve.”

A doctor’s order will not be required at the site. Appointments can be made ahead of time, but they are not required.

“Opening a testing site in the northern part of the county allows more residents to conveniently obtain testing near them,” Howard County Health Officer Dr. Maura Rossman said in a statement. “The more people who are tested and are aware of their COVID status, the more effective we can be at controlling the spread of the virus.”

The announcement comes a week after the closing of the COVID-19 testing site at the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program location in Columbia. The VEIP site stopped serving as a testing site in order to allow the emissions location to resume regular operations, according to the county.

Howard County General Hospital also released additional community testing sites for the month of October:

8 a.m. to noon Saturday — First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. John’s Lane, Ellicott City

8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25 — Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6020 Ten Oaks Road, Clarksville

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 — Celebration Church, 7101 Riverwood Drive, Columbia

Advance registration is encouraged at bit.ly/j2bh-testing.

Other testing sites in Howard County include:

Howard County General Hospital (drive-thru, appointment/doctor’s order required), 5755 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Savage Volunteer Fire Company, 8521 Corridor Road: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Quality First Urgent Care (drive-thru), Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department, 5700 Rowanberry Drive: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting Oct. 12

OUCH! Urgent Care, 6020 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite F, Elkridge: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday

Righttime Medical Care Urgent Care, 6334 Cedar Lane, Columbia: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday

First Call Urgent Care Center/Centennial Medical Group, 10981 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday

All Care Urgent Care (drive-thru, appointment required), 9396 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to

36 Additional Cases, 2 New Deaths

WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. Department of Health confirmed 36 new positive cases of COVID-19, the virus associated with the new coronavirus, on Tuesday. That more than double the 14 cases reported on Monday. This brings the District’s total number of positive cases to date to 15,300.

D.C. Health reported two new deaths due to COVID-19 on Tuesday. The deaths are described as two 80-year-old women. The total number of deaths in the District stands at 626.

According to D.C. Health, 386,396 coronavirus tests have been administered in the District, 214,731 residents have been tested, and 12,115 have been cleared from isolation.

The District currently has 46 intensive care unit beds available out of 345 total intensive care unit beds. There are currently 196 in-use ventilators out of a total of 440 available. Also, there are 23 COVID-19-positive ICU patients.

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Globally, more than 33.4 million people have been infected by COVID-19, and over 1 million people have died, Johns Hopkins University reported Tuesday morning. In the United States, more than 7.1 million people have been infected and over 205,000 people have died from COVID-19.

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District residents should take the following actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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