Day: September 7, 2020

Wisconsin Farmer Planted Over 2 Million Sunflowers to Bring Joy During Coronavirus Pandemic

Courtesy Thompson Strawberry Farm Sunflowers at Thompson Strawberry Farm

A farmer in Wisconsin wanted to bring happiness to others amid the coronavirus pandemic — so that’s what he’s doing, one sunflower at a time.

Scott Thompson typically offers customers at his for-profit family farm, Thompson Strawberry Farms, the chance to pick their own strawberries in the summer as well as raspberries and pumpkins in the fall, according to CNN.

But this year, when the pandemic hit, Thompson and his wife wanted to find a way to make their customers happy, while also adhering to safety guidelines.

Putting their heads together, the couple ultimately decided to plant sunflowers — over 2 million of them — which could be safely picked by customers across 22 acres and more than 15 fields, the outlet reported.

“We just did it … and we just kept building,” Thompson told CNN. “As the season went on,

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Dr. Tam expresses ‘concern’ over trend; Quebec reports its most new cases in 3 months with 216

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6,533 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 132,138 diagnoses, 9,146 deaths and 116,459 recoveries (as of Sept. 7, 4:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,433 active cases (14,474 total cases, including 242 deaths, 12,799 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,233 active cases (6,162 total cases, 211 deaths, 4,706 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 412 active cases (1,338 total cases, 16 deaths, 910 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 3 active cases (192 cases, 2 deaths, 187 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active cases (270 total cases, 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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Halloween Canceled? Businesses, Parents, Kids Say ‘No Way!’

ACROSS FLORIDA — Halloween may look and feel a bit different this year due to coronavirus safety protocols but a majority of parents polled say they feel it’s important for kids to celebrate the holiday and plan to take their children trick-or-treating this year.

A poll conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the National Confectioners Association found that 63 percent of adults believe that people will find creative, fun and safe ways to celebrate the Halloween season this year.

Americans are looking forward to Halloween to add some normalcy and fun to what has been a serious and uncertain time. In a poll conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the NCA, 74 percent of millennial moms and young parents say that Halloween is more important than ever this year.

“Consumers report that they will be getting creative throughout the month of October to make sure that they

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Kentucky state representative contracts COVID-19

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky state representative announced that she has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Courier-Journal reported that State Rep. Attica Scott, a Louisville Democrat, said in a video posted to social media that she took the test last week and got the results back on Sunday.

Scott’s announcement came on the same day Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear announced a record number of positive coronavirus cases for the second straight week in Kentucky.

Beshear said the 4,742 confirmed cases for the week ending Sunday topped the record 4,503 cases from the previous week.

Health officials say there were 313 new cases recorded on Sunday, pushing the state total to at least 52,774. The three new deaths reported, brought the state’s total to at least 996.

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The Summer of COVID-19 ends with health officials worried

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others so as not to cause another coronavirus surge like the one that followed Memorial Day.

Downtown Atlanta was quiet as the 85,000 or so people who come dressed as their favorite superheroes or sci-fi characters for the annual Dragon Con convention met online instead. Huge football stadiums at places like Ohio State and the University of Texas sat empty. Many Labor Day parades marking the unofficial end of summer were called off, and masks were usually required at the few that went on.

“Please, please do not make the same mistakes we all made on Memorial Day weekend. Wear your masks, watch your distance and wash your hands,” said Dr. Raul Pino, state health director in Orange County,

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Quebec reports its most new cases in 3 months with 216

Yahoo News Canada is committed to providing our readers with the most accurate and recent information on all things coronavirus. We know things change quickly, including some possible information in this story. For the latest on COVID-19, we encourage our readers to consult online resources like Canada’s public health website, World Health Organization, as well as our own Yahoo Canada homepage.

6,520 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 132,112 diagnoses, 9,146 deaths and 116,446 recoveries (as of Sept. 6, 4:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,433 active cases (14,474 total cases, including 242 deaths, 12,799 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,233 active cases (6,162 total cases, 211 deaths, 4,706 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 409 active cases (1,323 total cases, 16 deaths, 898 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 3 active cases (192 cases, 2 deaths, 187 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 2 active cases (270 total cases, 3 deaths, 265 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories

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India’s COVID crisis catching up to U.S., and may already be worse

New Delhi — In just one month, the number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India has doubled from 2 million to more than 4 million. That puts the Asian giant right behind the United States as the second worst affected country in the world, now beating out Brazil for the dubious distinction.  

The Indian government reported 90,802 new cases on Monday, pushing the total number to 4,204,613. The rate of the virus’ spread in India, the world’s second most populous nation, has increased sharply over the last month. In the first week of August, India was recording only about 55,000 new cases daily. A month later, the daily numbers have spiked to 90,000. That’s currently the highest confirmed new daily caseload in the world. 

But some experts believe, in terms of the actual number of infections, India may already have surpassed the U.S. 

“It’s only a matter of time before

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‘Awful’ Facebook users are telling her to ‘suck it up’

REDDING, Calif. – In the months since her father died from coronavirus, a Redding woman said she’s been called everything from a liar to a sensationalist perpetuating a misinformation campaign.

When Mark Neal lost his battle with the virus in April, his 21-year-old daughter Alex Neal posted on social media and told people in person he had died. Since that time, calls and comments from those who believe the virus is a hoax have made dealing with her grief more difficult. 

People told me to my face he didn’t really die of the coronavirus, she said. “It has been pretty awful. If he had died of cancer, I think people would have said a lot more nicer things to me.”

Negative comments she received are often politically-charged reactions to her telling people her father died as a result of the coronavirus, and to her plea on social media for people

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Nick Cordero’s Family and Friends Honor Late Star During Musical-Filled Virtual Memorial

Nick Cordero’s Wife Amanda Kloots Tells PEOPLE: ‘Words Can’t Describe How Much I Will Miss Him’

Nick Cordero died on Sunday at 41 after spending 95 days in the hospital fighting coronavirus complications

Nick Cordero was honored by his family, friends and colleagues during a virtual memorial on Sunday, two months after he died from coronavirus complications at the age of 41.

The two-hour memorial, which streamed for free on Broadway On Demand, included a collage of photos and videos from Cordero’s life with appearances from his wife Amanda Kloots, his mom Lesley, and many of his former castmates from his theater and acting jobs.

At the start of the memorial, Kloots, 38, reminded viewers to make donations in Cordero’s honor to the Save the Music Foundation.

“Nick would want this memorial to be a celebration — something that makes people smile, that makes people sing, that makes people remember

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This AI analyzes placentas to predict complications in the next pregnancy

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a machine learning technique that analyzes placenta samples for signs of health risks in future pregnancies.

The system aims to assist the work done by doctors, who sometimes analyze placentas for signals that women could have health problems the next time they’re pregnant.

Among the biggest warning signs are blood vessels with lesions called decidual vasculopathy. Their presence suggests a mother could suffer from pre-eclampsia, a condition that complicates 2-8% of pregnancies and one that can be fatal to both mother and baby.

If these lesions are spotted early, the condition can be treated before symptoms arise. But as the examination is extremely time-consuming and requires highly-specialized skills, it’s rarely conducted.

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CMU’s approach aims to make the assessment more accessible, by automatically searching placenta slides for the diseased vessels.

“Pathologists

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