COVID19

Florida GOP Congressman ‘Devastated’ After Longtime Staffer Dies From COVID-19

A longtime staffer for Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) died Friday from COVID-19.

Buchanan tweeted he was “devastated” by the death of 66-year-old Gary Tibbetts, a field representative who’d worked for him since 2011.

Tibbetts died at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.

The state is currently experiencing a devastating spike in daily confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Buchanan described his aide as “the consummate professional and a true public servant in every sense of the word.”

“He touched so many lives and was loved and respected by those who knew him,” he continued. “I will never forget his uplifting spirit, sense of humor and sheer joy at helping others.”

“Sandy and I offer our deepest sympathies to his wife, Valerie and family,” Buchanan added. “He will be missed greatly.”

Buchanan had announced Tibbetts’ hospitalization on July 15.

Tributes were paid to Tibbetts, who served as a sergeant with the Manchester

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Attentive’s Insights on COVID-19 Trends, Text Message Marketing

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Attentive vice president of client strategy, Elizabeth Ray, presented a strong argument for text message marketing. At Beauty Inc’s Virtual Wellness Summit, Ray spoke about the massive swell of business Attentive experienced at the onset of COVID-19, and the marketing opportunities inherent for brands moving forward.

Attentive, which analyzes data anonymously from the 1,000 brands it counts as clients, turned to the numbers when reasoning out its strategy moving forward. “Looking back over the first 90 days of the pandemic, what we saw was that e-commerce sales across all verticals were pacing above average starting around April 15,” Ray said. “It’s possible this was due to people realizing the effects of the pandemic may be longer than originally thought, and they started shifting their purchases to primarily be online due to help precautions. Also brick-and-mortar and store closures.”

According to Ray, there came

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More Parents Are Considering Microschools Amid COVID-19: Here’s What They Entail

With conversations raging on about whether or not it’s safe to go back to school come fall, some parents are taking matters into their own hands. Across the US, the concept of “pandemic pods” are picking up steam as an alternative to both full-on virtual learning and sending children back to class amid COVID-19. Otherwise known as microschools, each “pod” is composed of roughly between three-to-six children of ideally similar ages and abilities who will gather at one family’s home to learn from a teacher. Using this system, each parent will chip in to cover the educator’s fees.

While the concept may seem like something reserved for elitist parents, given the safety concerns of traditional school, the lack of childcare available, and working parents’ hectic schedules, it’s being considered widely throughout the country. A private Facebook group called “Pandemic Pods” that was founded by families in San Fransisco, CA, already

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‘Please, please observe health measures’, Dr. Tam urges amidst ‘worrisome’ upward trend of COVID-19 cases

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread around the world, Canadians seem to be increasingly concerned about their health and safety

Currently, there are more than 112,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada and nearly 8,800 deaths.

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July 24

2:30 p.m.: ‘Please, please observe the public health measures’

Canada’s top health officials are pleading for the country to

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Attentive Mobile’s Insights on COVID-19 Trends, Text Message Marketing

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Attentive Mobile’s vice president of client strategy, Elizabeth Ray, presented a strong argument for text message marketing. At Beauty Inc’s Virtual Wellness Summit, Ray spoke about the massive swell of business Attentive experienced at the onset of COVID-19, and the marketing opportunities inherent for brands moving forward.

Attentive Mobile, which analyzes data anonymously from the 1,000 brands it counts as clients, turned to the numbers when reasoning out its strategy moving forward. “Looking back over the first 90 days of the pandemic, what we saw was that e-commerce sales across all verticals were pacing above average starting around April 15,” Ray said. “It’s possible this was due to people realizing the effects of the pandemic may be longer than originally thought, and they started shifting their purchases to primarily be online due to help precautions. Also brick-and-mortar and store closures.”

According to Ray,

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Cash and 21 Other Everyday Things Wiped Out by COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered nearly every aspect of everyday life that people once took for granted. Activities and commodities that were standard just a handful of months ago have become scarce, if not impossible to access. Everything from paper money and coins to buffet restaurants and live concerts are becoming dim and distant memories for Americans. It’s quite possible that future generations won’t recognize a handshake or any of these 21 other items that are disappearing rapidly.

Long before COVID-19 battered the globe, e-commerce and the proliferation of payment apps have been replacing cash transactions. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., cash represented just 30% of all payments in 2017. The fear of handling paper money contaminated with the coronavirus has accelerated the digital marketplace. With so many brick-and-mortar businesses closed, there’s a tremendous decrease in in-person transactions.

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CDC COVID-19 advice tells schools to wash hands, wear masks, don’t touch. But not when to close

School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.
School districts across California continue to debate how and when to reopen — if they should at all.

Parent check-list for back-to-school: Label your child’s face mask with permanent marker. Have them practice putting on and taking off their mask without touching the cloth. Make a labeled, resealable plastic bag to store their mask during lunch time. 

Those are among the suggestions the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has for school administrators and parents as families prepare for school to resume in the fall.

Students should wear masks, wash their hands frequently and socially distance to protect against COVID-19 as schools reopen this fall, CDC urged in new guidance documents for administrators published Thursday.

“It is critically important for our public health to open schools this fall,” said CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield in a release.

“I know this has been a difficult time for our Nation’s families. School

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Back to school? Most major schools are heading toward online class as COVID-19 cases spike

As COVID-19 cases rise in most states, the prospect of in-person learning this fall at the country’s major school districts is becoming increasingly remote.

As of late Wednesday, 11 of the top 15 school systems by enrollment were already either planning to start the fall semester online or in a hybrid of in-person and online classes, according to Education Week magazine’s reopening tracker. Still other top districts have shifted school schedules later, hoping for cases to decline or for teachers and administrators to have more time to plan for the school year. 

As back-to-school season approaches, it’s highly likely the majority of big districts will start learning remotely while they work out plans for socially distant reopenings, said Annette Anderson, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Safe and Healthy Schools.

The biggest factor: whether the community where the school is located is seeing infection rates decrease, said Kristi

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Day cares welcome mask-wearing toddlers as parents struggle to ‘make best decision’ in COVID-19 world

Sam DeRoze is almost 4 years old. After years of nanny care, he’s supposed to dive into his first organized school experience this fall. But the coronavirus pandemic has his mother mulling.

“I’ll need to see the plan from his preschool before I decide,” says Dianne DeRoze, a business consultant in Leesburg, Virginia. “If it’s safe and a positive experience, that’s valuable. What I don’t want is for him to have a knee-jerk reaction that school is this scary place you get dumped.”

DeRoze is among the millions of parents grappling with sending their children to preschool and babies to day care as cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, spike nationally.

The debate continues to rage among politicians and school officials on fall reopening plans. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that the city would be providing day care for 100,000 children to help

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Symptoms of COVID-19? Here’s what you can do right now

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Telemedicine claims have surged more than 8000 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Getty Images)
Telemedicine claims have surged more than 8000 percent during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo: Getty Images)

Developing symptoms of COVID-19 is understandably terrifying. And, if you don’t have a primary care physician or you’re nervous to go to your doctor’s office or local hospital, it’s hard to know what to do.

That’s where telehealth comes in. Many doctor’s offices have shifted to providing healthcare through video chat or over the phone during the pandemic. For patients who don’t already have a provider, services like Amwell, one of the top telehealth platforms in the country, allow for quick and easy access to a doctor without a long wait time, and it’s relatively inexpensive for those who do

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