Coronavirus: Israel marks Jewish New Year with second lockdown (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Israel marks Jewish New Year with second lockdown. “Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a time for big, family get-togethers. But under the new three-week lockdown, Israelis must stay within 1km (0.6 miles) of their homes, with exceptions, and the number of people allowed in synagogues has been greatly reduced.”

WSLS: More than 1,000 Liberty University students, employees either in or instructed to quarantine

WSLS: More than 1,000 Liberty University students, employees either in or instructed to quarantine. “Liberty University released information on its COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday that shows a large amount of the campus population in quarantine. According to the dashboard, the university has 1,118 students and employees who are either in quarantine or have been instructed to quarantine.”

Coronavirus: South Africa eases strict lockdown as cases drop (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: South Africa eases strict lockdown as cases drop. “South Africa, which had one of the world’s earliest and strictest lockdowns, has announced a further easing of anti-coronavirus measures. From 20 September an overnight curfew will be reduced, gatherings will be allowed at 50% of a venue’s capacity, and restrictions on the sale of alcohol will be eased.”

People: NYU Places Entire Dorm Under Mandatory Quarantine After 6 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus

People: NYU Places Entire Dorm Under Mandatory Quarantine After 6 Students Test Positive for Coronavirus. “New York University has placed all residents and employees in one of its dormitories under mandatory quarantine after reporting several positive cases of the novel coronavirus. NYU officials said in an update shared on the school’s website Monday that six out of approximately 400 students living at Rubin Hall recently tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the entire dorm to go into lockdown since the weekend.”

CNN: Multiple Michigan State University sororities and fraternities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks after coronavirus spike is tied to students

CNN: Multiple Michigan State University sororities and fraternities ordered to quarantine for 2 weeks after coronavirus spike is tied to students. “Local health officials have ordered a number of Michigan State University fraternities and sororities to quarantine for two weeks following hundreds of reported cases in the area. In an emergency order issued on Monday, Ingham County Health Department listed 30 addresses in East Lansing, Michigan, that will be required to quarantine from Monday until September 28.”

Bloomberg: Americans Stayed Inside Even as Cities and States Reopened

Bloomberg: Americans Stayed Inside Even as Cities and States Reopened. “By the latter half of August, 130 million Americans said they avoided eating at restaurants, a new U.S. Census Bureau survey analyzed by Bloomberg News shows. Only about 21 million of the nearly 250 million people had resumed dining out, according to the data gathered in collaboration with multiple federal agencies. Asked if they were still making fewer trips to stores in late August than before the pandemic, 70% said ‘yes.’ Even among the youngest adults aged 18 to 24, 68% said they were shopping less.”

Vice: Queen’s Guards Jailed After Partying and Testing Positive for Cocaine

Vice: Queen’s Guards Jailed After Partying and Testing Positive for Cocaine. “Thirteen of the Queen’s Royal Guards have been jailed after attending a party near Windsor Castle, in breach of coronavirus rules. The soldiers were sentenced to between 14 and 28 days following a Military Summary hearing at their barracks near Windsor at the end of last week, reports the Mirror. Sources say the men are being jailed for drinking with civilians while not socially distancing, potentially putting the rest of their battalion at risk of infection.”

ProPublica: He Faced a Criminal Charge for Not Self-Isolating When He Had COVID-19 Symptoms. Prosecutors Just Dropped the Case.

ProPublica: He Faced a Criminal Charge for Not Self-Isolating When He Had COVID-19 Symptoms. Prosecutors Just Dropped the Case.. “In March, a southern Illinois man who was under isolation orders for showing COVID-19 symptoms entered a busy gas station. An employee recognized him from Facebook. Prosecutors charged him with reckless conduct. Now, the case has been dismissed.”

Coronavirus: Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Melbourne lockdown extended by two weeks. “A strict lockdown in the Australian city of Melbourne has been extended by two weeks, with officials saying new Covid-19 cases had not dropped enough. Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said the restrictions would be in place until 28 September, with a slight relaxation. A gradual easing of the measures will be implemented from October.”

Stars and Stripes: Marines in quarantine on Okinawa served moldy sandwiches and other ‘unacceptable’ fare

Stars and Stripes: Marines in quarantine on Okinawa served moldy sandwiches and other ‘unacceptable’ fare. “Marines take their chow seriously, particularly while dining in quarantine when the menu may be the highlight of the day. So, higher-ups acted quickly Monday when Marines of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, at Camp Schwab, Okinawa, mistakenly received moldy sandwiches and prepackaged meals slated for disposal, according to a spokesman for Marine Corps Installations Pacific.”

Covid: Woman in Australia jailed for six months over quarantine breach (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Woman in Australia jailed for six months over quarantine breach. “Asher Faye Vander Sanden, 28, had spent a month in the state of Victoria, which has been hit heavily by Covid-19. She was permitted to fly home to Perth, Western Australia, and quarantine in a hotel for 14 days at her own expense. But she instead arrived secretly in the state in a truck and stayed at her partner’s home, where she was later arrested.”

CNN: Birx says she wishes US lockdown had resembled the one in Italy

CNN: Birx says she wishes US lockdown had resembled the one in Italy. “In Italy as the virus spread, residents were told to stay home and only leave for essential activities. Authorities would stop people and check to make sure they had documents that said where and why they were traveling. In a roundtable discussion hosted by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Birx said she has learned what Americans are willing to do to combat the virus, and that officials must meet people where they are.”

AZ Central: Need a laugh? Phoenix improv comedy groups are streaming free shows. Here’s how to watch

AZ Central: Need a laugh? Phoenix improv comedy groups are streaming free shows. Here’s how to watch. “Comedians thrive off a crowd’s reactions, and improvisational comedy is nearly impossible without live audience feedback. With COVID-19 closures and safety considerations in recent months, improv groups in metro Phoenix have largely stopped hosting in-person shows. Instead, several have brought their cast members’ talents online so fans can watch from the comfort and safety of their homes.”

Phys .org: Researchers launch video game exploring the effects of confinement

Phys .org: Researchers launch video game exploring the effects of confinement. “An interactive video game created by researchers and students in the EPFL College of Humanities (CDH) and UNIL Gamelab, in collaboration with the Initiative for Media Innovation (IMI) and Le Temps, allows users to explore a series of digital narratives that bear witness to the period of pandemic-induced isolation. Would you let your children play in the park? How can you stay focused during your distance-learning course? Who are you going to call to pass the time while semi-confined? People across the world are dealing with these questions, and many more, as social distancing and confinement have become key strategies for fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

KVAL: ‘Quarantine Buddy’ website seeks to match you up with a friend for the pandemic

KVAL: ‘Quarantine Buddy’ website seeks to match you up with a friend for the pandemic. “A new website hopes to help people make new friends during the quarantine. It’s called Quarantine Buddy and matches people with virtual friends. The website pairs you with a buddy based on your preferences. You can customize the age, gender, and proximity of your new friend, as well as the hobbies you’d like to share with them.”