For this morning news briefing, articles will focus on how states are dealing with COVID-19 in terms of online schooling, in the absentee of social gatherings and celebrations, and traditional educational events. These topics are especially important as we enter a new week of mandatory quarantine; feelings of isolation can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health diseases. Learn how others are learning to cope. If you or anyone you know need mental health and coping strategies during this time period please refer to the CDC's helpful guide.
Be the Church by Marianne Russell courtesy of Creative Commons
BIRMINGHAM NEWS, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
The closing of churches and large social gatherings across the United States have left those who celebrate Easter feeling nervous. The Church has typically been the source of providing Easter Sunday religious service. People are tasked with how to bring a new meaning to Easter, one they will cater personally. Many churches are however offering online services and group prayer services to fill the void left by absentee churches.
THE STUART NEWS, Published in Stuart, Fla. USA
After working hard for four years, seniors all over the United States who have anticipated major events such as prom and graduation to round out their high school experiences are left feeling empty and dissatisfied by the cancelling of both the rest of the school year and these events. Students in Stuart, Florida voice both their understanding and displeasure to how their senior year is coming to a close.
Porch Parade by Lyric Aquino courtesy of The Morning Journal
THE MORNING JOURNAL, Published in Lorain, Ohio USA
Birthdays, baby showers, weddings, and other social events have been cancelled all across The United States for the past six to eight weeks and continue to be. Forced to spend these milestone events alone, porch parades have become the new fad. Family and friends can see their loved ones briefly and let them know they’re still thinking of them through this practical and safe social distancing idea. Daily videos of those participating in porch parades for canceled disney trips, 10th birthday parties, and the end of chemo have brought a smile to all our faces during this pandemic.
THE REPORTER, Published in Fond du Lac, Wis. USA
During a time of unprecedented layoffs and uncertainty political leaders on all levels of the hierarchy are urging Americans to not only wash their hands but be kind as well; hospitals and big insurance companies however did not get the message. Blanche Jordan is just one of many Americans who were served a summons within the past few weeks for medical debt. Hospitals who are bursting at the seams are looking to collect unpaid debt to flatten the curve. However, many Americans just simply do not have the money due to staggering unemployment rates.
Online Learning by Daniel Castro Maia courtesy of The New York Times
THE TIMES-TRIBUNE, Published in Scranton, Pa. USA
With many schools initially one temporarily closing;; online learning was voluntary for many schools throughout the state of Pennsylvania. However, with the most recent announcements that the rest of the school year will be completed online, mandatory work is scheduled to start next week. This is an unprecedented time in history and both teachers and faculty are looking to create an innovative and scheduled plan moving forward.
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