Welcome to the weekend news. Here are some of the latest stories regarding coronavirus in the United States. As always, these headlines are courtesy of Newseum.org
The Salinas Californian, Published in Salinas, California
Initially officials feared that LA county’s homeless would be hit especially hard by the virus, however aside from an early outbreak at one shelter, positive tests amongst the homeless are currently significantly lower than the rest of the population. The rate of positive tests among homeless people in LA is 1.87% while for the rest of the population it is 10.2%. A theory surmises that homeless individuals could be less likely to catch the virus since they often live outdoors where more airflow decreases risk.
Pensacola News Journal, Published in Pensacola, Florida
A recent poll found that less than a third of Americans said that they would be willing to get a potential coronavirus vaccine as soon as it becomes available. The majority of people were concerned about getting a vaccine that had an expedited production. Many said that they would prefer to wait to see how it worked for other people. This worries healthcare experts who say that the vaccine will be useless if the majority of the population doesn’t take it.
Savannah Morning News, Published in Savannah, Georgia
In Chatham County, Georgia, the District Health Director has warned of the possible ramifications of high school football season opening this weekend. Scheduled games will continue as usual, although social distancing and precautions will be in effect for fans in the stadium.
The Indianapolis Star, Published in Indianapolis, Indiana
A fake flyer claiming new virus shower rules at Indiana University was posted on Instagram and went viral. According to the flyer, dorm residents would be required to wear a mask in the shower and RA’s would be conducting random compliance checks. In reality, the dorm bathrooms have newly installed plexiglass dividers between sinks and are being cleaned more often.
The Clarion Ledger, Published in Jackson, Mississippi
Since the initial $600 per week unemployment supplement expired at the end of July, many have been unable to claim any extra federal help. Only those already receiving at least $100 per week in unemployment are eligible for the new $300 per week federal funding. Unemployment is calculated by how much a person was earning at their previous job so this will hurt those who were already making the lowest wages.