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US to ease lockdown after virus passes ‘peak’

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first_imgUnited States President Donald Trump says some states could reopen for business before May, 2020. AFP WASHIGNTON – United States PresidentDonald Trump said he will announce Thursday the first plans for liftingcoronavirus lockdowns across the United States after the country passed thepandemic’s “peak,” mirroring a gradual easing in Europe. His comments came shortly before thenumber of US fatalities – already the world’s highest – reached a new dailyrecord and became the heaviest one-day death toll of any nation.center_img “It is clear that our aggressivestrategy is working,” he told a news conference late Wednesday inWashington. “The battle continues but the data suggests that nationwide wehave passed the peak on new cases.” (AFP)last_img read more

Study breaks down top colleges and universities

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first_imgBatesville, In. — The first college application deadline on the horizon, WallettHub has released a study identifying “2019’s Best College & University Rankings.” The rankings are nationwide and broken down by region.A link to the complete study is here.last_img

Tobacco Free County Facilities Begin January 1

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first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyThe new rules banning smoking, e-cigarettes and the use of other tobacco products at county buildings go into effect on January 1, 2014. County staffers have been hard at work since the county Board of Health approved the new policies back in May, and many county employees and visitors to county buildings have been reminded of the change in recent weeks as blue and white signs with the new policy information are appearing near doors and walkways on county properties.The new sign featuring the words “cleaner air” on a blue sky background is also featured on the county’s website. The goal of the new tobacco-free policy is to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke for employees and for guests visiting county properties. Commissioners also hope the new policy will encourage employees who do use tobacco to quit the habit.“We know there’s no such thing as a safe amount of secondhand smoke, and this new policy is a tried and tested way of reducing secondhand smoke exposure and making our facilities and campuses safer and healthier for our employees and for the public,” said Thurston County Commissioner and Board of Health Chair Karen Valenzuela.Thurston County is one of several South Sound organizations to go tobacco free. Other government agencies and large employers have adopted similar policies in recent years:Mason County – 2006Capital Medical Center – 2010Providence St. Peter Hospital – 2010Washington State Department of Health – 2010South Puget Sound Community College – 2011All county properties and worksites, including wholly-leased properties, will be subject to the new tobacco-free policy. Thurston County parks will not be subject to the new tobacco-free rules.For more information on the county’s new tobacco-free policy, click here.   Click on the blue and white graphic with the words “Coming January 1st—cleaner air.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more