The Latest: UN makes Dec. 27 'Epidemic Preparedness' day
She said Health Department managers urged her to manipulate information to paint a rosier picture and that she pushed back. Asa Hutchinson announced plans Monday for a series of community meetings across Arkansas to address the growing surge of coronavirus cases. The state Department of Education is expected to give public school systems the green light to follow the relaxed quarantine rules. But the health department is sticking to a 14-day recommendation for prisons and nursing homes where people live together in tight quarters. When averaged out over seven days, South Carolina is seeing about 2,300 new COVID-19 cases a day.
Nude photos and death threats: Scandal topples Alaska mayor
ANCHROAGE, Alaska – A stunning tale of inappropriate behavior between a politician and a television anchor, death threats and nude photos culminated in a joint police and FBI investigation, the arrest of the journalist and the resignation of the mayor of Anchorage. The caller threatened to kill Berkowitz, who is Jewish, and his wife, in a diatribe laced with racist insults. “When he slided into my texts, he was so smooth with his little witty slogans and pictures,” Athens told the newspaper. Athens, a graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey, said she was feeling isolated in Alaska. He served as a Democrat in the Alaska House of Representative from 1997 to 2006, serving the last two years as minority leader.
The Latest: Utah State University to test 300 students
(AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)LOGAN, Utah Utah State University plans to test nearly 300 students for COVID-19 after wastewater samples from four dormitories showed elevated levels of the coronavirus, school officials said Sunday. Over the past day, there have been 157 new cases confirmed, of which 41 were international arrivals. ___The number of confirmed coronavirus cases globally has topped 25 million, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The state Department of Health has reported more than 7,800 confirmed coronavirus cases and 59 deaths, including 265 newly confirmed cases and four deaths, as of Friday. The state Department of Health Services reported 629 confirmed coronavirus cases and 29 more deaths on Saturday to total 5,007.
Alaska tribe to decide fate of European explorer statue
ANCHORAGE, Alaska The mayor of Anchorage has asked the Native Village of Eklutna to determine what happens to a statue of a British explorer following calls for its removal as monuments to historical figures are being dismantled across the country. The statue is of Captain James Cook, who came to Alaska in 1778 in what is now known as Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet while searching for the Northwest Passage as an explorer for the British government. Leggett said this is the most significant recognition from an Anchorage official of the village being a sovereign government. The Native Village of Eklutna is the only tribal government within the boundaries of the Municipality of Anchorage. A decision has not yet been made on what will happen to the statue, but Leggett said he would like to see modifications at the statue site that represent the history and voice of the Denaina people.