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Council Rock North Shuts Down Athletics Amid Rising COVID Cases

NEWTOWN, PA — All athletics and activity programs for Council Rock North High School students are shut down until further notice, Principal Susan C. McCarthy told parents in an email Tuesday afternoon.

The move comes one day after the high school decided to cancel in-person classes for the week after three students reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Superintendent Robert Fraser’s decision to close the school went against the advice of Bucks County Health Director David Damsker, who did not recommend closing school.

The health department will only recommend closing a school when there is a clear indication that the district’s health and safety plan isn’t working, Damsker told Patch, and there’s no evidence at this point that transmission is happening within schools.

“School closures are very disruptive and don’t help stop people from getting sick outside of school,” Damsker said. “If people continue to have parties and gather, closing school won’t stop any of that from occurring.”

In a follow-up email sent late Tuesday afternoon, McCarthy said two people “from our Council Rock High School North community” reported testing positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases this week to five.

The district is working with the Bucks County Department of Health to identify close contacts of the individuals who tested positive as part of the contact tracing process, she added.

“As always, please continue to monitor your health and that of your children,” McCarthy said. “If you notice a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, please remain home and contact your medical provider. Moreover, if you feel uncomfortable, you may keep your children home, and during this time your children may continue to access the classroom and curriculum through interactive livestream.”

Between Aug. 31 and Oct. 13, there have been 131 cases of COVID-19 throughout the 13 public school districts and private schools in Bucks County, Damsker said, with many of those cases linked to activities outside of school.

Parents or guardians concerned about family members are encouraged to contact their child’s physician or the county health department, she said.

This article originally appeared on the Newtown Patch

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Chris Rock, Colin Jost and Michael Che Address Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis During SNL Premiere

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Saturday Night Live was not shy about addressing President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

The SNL cast returned to the studio on Saturday for their first live in-person show since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March, with Chris Rock serving as the host and Megan Thee Stallion as the musical guest for the season 46 premiere.

For the cold open, Alec Baldwin played Trump opposite Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden and recreated the first presidential debate, which took place in Cleveland on Tuesday, three days before the commander-in-chief, 74, publicly announced on Twitter that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

“You did take the COVID test you promised you’d take in advance,” asked Beck Bennett, who played moderator Chris Wallace. “Absolutely, scout’s honor,” Baldwin’s Trump replied. Days after the debate, the Fox News host said on air that “there was an honor system when it came to the people that came into the hall from the two campaigns.”

Then in the opening monologue, Rock, 55, kicked off his remarks with Trump’s hospitalization. “Before we get started, the elephant in the room. President Trump is in the hospital from COVID, I just want to say my heart goes out to COVID,” the Fargo actor said.

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And during Weekend Update, Colin Jost and Michael Che started their segment with Trump’s diagnosis. “Well say what you will about 2020 but it’s got moves. This news was a lot for us to process a day before we came back on the air after four months off and it all happened so fast. I woke up yesterday and heard the president had mild symptoms. And then four hours later, he was getting medevaced to a hospital in what looked like the last chopper out of Vietnam,” Jost, 38, said.

“I gotta say it’s a bad sign for America that when Trump said he tested positive for a virus, 60 percent of people were like, ‘prove it.’ And it’s been very weird to see all these people, who clearly hate Trump, come out and say ‘we wish him well.’ I think a lot of them are just guilty that their first wish came true,” he said.

Che, 37, also chimed in and said, “While in the hospital, the president isn’t allowed to see any guests but he is expected to be visited by three ghosts, probably one from his past, one from his — okay this is weird! Because a lot of people on both sides are saying there is nothing funny about Trump being hospitalized with coronavirus even though he mocked the safety precautions for the coronavirus and those people are obviously wrong. There’s a lot funny about this, maybe not from a moral standpoint but mathematically, if you were constructing a joke this is all the ingredients you need. The problem is it’s