As soon as students poured back into classrooms early this month, Palo Alto schools Superintendent Don Austin knew the pandemic had shifted gears and schools were about to be hit with rising case counts. He wasn’t wrong. Within days, the number of students reporting positive for COVID-19 spiked to unprecedented levels. Those kids had traveled through crowded halls and eaten lunch with friends, and older students had attended up to six different classes a day. Austin quickly understood it would be nearly impossible to determine where students or staff got the virus or who they might have exposed — and then send letters home to those who were close contacts. The number of parents getting letters could be in the hundreds at any given school every day. He decided the district would no longer track cases or send anxiety-inducing exposure notifications home. Instead, given the highly contagious omicron variant raging across California, he told students and staff to assume they were … [Read more...] about Is omicron leading to in-school transmission? Bay Area districts say there’s no way to know
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Update: A panel of judges ruled on Sunday that Australia’s immigration minister was within his rights to cancel the tennis champion Novak Djokovic’s visa. The judges’ ruling is final; the Australian Open begins Monday. MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic has had his visa to stay in Australia revoked — not once but twice. After a successful appeal of his apprehension at the border by authorities, our immigration minister has affirmed the initial refusal. The world’s No. 1 men’s singles tennis player is out of the Australian Open (at least for now). It’s a move that the local papers have claimed will “ undoubtedly prove popular with the Australian public.” So, Novak. Mate. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, hey? Australians may well be exhausted from two years of the pandemic and sick and weakened by a current mass infection of Covid-19, and yet many of us retain enough energy to be thrilled by this news. The hashtag #DjokovicOut has been a trending … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic Got the Boot. Australians Are Thrilled.
WASHINGTON - A surging omicron variant has sent ailing transit agencies into a heightened sense of crisis, prompting a fresh round of service cuts that have left passengers unsure whether they have a ride to work or school. Throughout the pandemic, bus operators have transported essential workers to jobs and riders who lack other alternatives to their destinations. But in recent weeks, the fast-spreading virus has proliferated throughout transit agencies across the country, sickening more drivers than at any other point in the pandemic as frustrated riders wonder whether their bus will arrive. Many transit agencies are paying higher wages while paring back schedules, reducing service for a second time after substantial cuts early in the pandemic. This time, transit officials say there's likely no path to normal levels until omicron subsides and workers are healthy enough to get behind the wheel. Scott Bogren, executive director of the D.C.-based Community Transportation … [Read more...] about Omicron deepens bus driver shortage, frustrating passengers as transit agencies pare back service
1 Pets Multiple coyotes are believed to have taken on a pair of pit bulls and a bulldog in a fenced-in backyard Wednesday afternoon. Jonah Meadows , Patch Staff Posted | Updated Reply DEERFIELD, IL — A group of coyotes is suspected of attacking three dogs in a North Shore backyard, killing one pit bull and wounding another around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Deerfield pet owner Kathy Crann believes the coyotes entered through a small hole in an otherwise fully fenced-in backyard and targeted her 17-pound French bulldog, Louie, who survived the attack with minor bites to his ears. The two pit bulls, 4-year-old Clover and 5-year-old Maggie, each weighing close to 40 pounds, managed to save him, she believes. But only Clover, with injures to her face, was able to make it back inside. Maggie was found fatally mauled. In 11 years of living at the … [Read more...] about Coyotes Kill Pit Bull In Attack On 3 Dogs In Deerfield Backyard