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After Reopening Of Public Spaces, Florida Education Official Orders Schools To Follow

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“All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students,” state Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran said — although some leeway was given to local jurisdictions as infections rise. New York and New Jersey schools are in the news, as well.

Kids Going Hungry: Nearly Four in 10 Black, Hispanic Families Struggling To Get Enough Food During Pandemic

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Food insecurity has surged over the last three months across all demographics, but has disproportionately impacted Black and Hispanic households with children. And other news stories on how racial and income disparities impact health care cover evictions and homelessness; period poverty; immigrant caregivers; child care challenges; and the potential for tech companies to try to close the gap.

Fauci’s Take On U.S. Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘Really Not Good’

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health’s infectious disease expert, said Monday that the need for public health practices to curb the virus’s spread should not be considered at odds with efforts to reopen the nation’s economy.

New CDC Data Reinforces Evidence That Black, Latino Americans Disproportionately Hit By Pandemic

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The New York Times sued for access to the numbers that confirm drastic disparities in the impact of COVID-19 on African-American, Latino and Native American communities, while The Associated Press interviews doctors who say the inequalities and poor health outcomes are nothing new. Unemployment and mental health challenges based on race are also reported.

School Districts Wrestle With Plans To Reopen In The Fall

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The task is not easy as school officials attempt to balance the public health concerns and the need to implement steps such as temperature checks and social distancing with the imperative to bring children back to the classroom to prevent further damage to their social and educational development.

Study Links COVID-19 To Neanderthals

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In other science news, researchers find new evidence that deepens the debate on whether a mutation helped the coronavirus spread.

Texas Academic Medical Center Links Many Health Workers’ Illnesses To Community Contact, Not Workplace

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“When you’re engaging in all the correct practices, you stay safe,” said Dr. Seth Toomay, chief medical officer for UT Southwestern Health System. “Most of us [at UTSW] feel safer when we’re at work than when we’re out in the community.” News on health workers is on other essential hospital workers at hospitals and nurses face lawsuits, as well.

About Face On Mask-Wearing: Texans, Kansans Get New Orders As Tensions Rise

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Some citizens continue to view the orders as signs of governmental overreach despite the rapid rise in cases in their states. Other news on masks is on confusion surrounding them, their role in saving lives, problems with makeup, potential health risks for some and mask hostility, as well.

High Court Takes A Pass On Hearing Pending Abortion Cases

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Just days after striking down a restrictive Louisiana law, the Supreme Court declined to take up several others. Meanwhile, House Democrats also take a pass on scrapping the decades-old Hyde amendment.