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2020 Election Live Updates: Trump to Travel to 3 States as Biden Focuses on Pennsylvania

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President Trump is seeking to recapture the last-minute energy that lifted him to a surprise win four years ago, undertaking an aggressive schedule of rallies that will bring him to some of the country’s top battlegrounds even as coronavirus cases surge.

The president will start on Saturday in Lumberton, a town in North Carolina, one of the most important states for determining not only the next president but also control of the United States Senate, with Senator Thom Tillis locked in a tight re-election race against his Democratic challenger, Cal Cunningham.

From there, Mr. Trump is off to Circleville, Ohio, outside of Columbus, and then Waukesha, Wis. On Sunday, He will fly to New Hampshire, the lone state on his weekend itinerary that he did not carry in 2016. The hopscotching schedule is reminiscent of 2016, when Mr. Trump flew from state to state for multiple events a day in his private plane.

Except then there was no pandemic, and this time the final stages of the presidential race are coinciding with a surge in cases and hospitalizations. “We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away,” Mr. Trump claimed inaccurately at Thursday’s debate.

The virus’s surge ensures that even Mr. Trump’s well-attended rallies can be a political liability, a reminder to voters fearful of the pandemic of his regular disregard for expert and public health advice.

His rival, Joseph R. Biden Jr., will return to the campaign trail after a week dominated by debate preparations and capped by a speech on Friday in Delaware on the coronavirus, which the former vice president has made a centerpiece of his campaign and his closing argument. His opening line at the debate was counting the 220,000 dead Americans. “Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,” he said.

On Saturday, Mr. Biden will make two stops in Pennsylvania, both for drive-in rallies, a new style of event that his campaign has popularized during the pandemic. The first will come in Bucks County, outside of Philadelphia, and the second in the northeastern county of Luzerne, a former Democratic stronghold and one of three Pennsylvania counties that Mr. Trump flipped in 2016.

Pennsylvania is a top focus for the Biden campaign. Along with Mr. Biden’s appearances this weekend, Senator Bernie Sanders will be in western Pennsylvania on Saturday, holding a get-out-the vote event in Pittsburgh and a drive-in rally with the state’s lieutenant governor.

In a sign of Pennsylvania’s potential as the 2020 tipping point, the Biden campaign dispatched President Barack Obama there earlier in the week for his first in-person event of the general election. On Saturday, Mr. Obama will be in Miami for his second in-person event.

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Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division named state’s top agency | Johns Creek

Johns Creek residents know they have a great parks and recreation department. Now the rest of the state knows as well.

The Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division was recently honored with four awards by the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, including being named State Agency of the Year.

The city’s park and rec department was also recognized as the state’s Agency of the Year, while Parks Recreation Manger Kirk Franz was named Administrator of the Year for District 7 and  Dianna Aichele was named Volunteer of the Year.

The GRPA Agency of the Year Award recognizes excellence and leadership in providing quality recreation programs, parks and facilities that enhance the quality of life in communities.

“These esteemed industry recognitions further exemplify Johns Creek as a city with exceptional recreation and park management leaders, volunteers and programs,” Mayor Mike Bodker said. “Our talented staff and dedicated volunteers have helped to create one of the most admired and recognized family of park facilities and community programming in the state and across the entire southeast.”

The District 7 Agency of the Year Award recognizes the top-notch service and quality of facilities within a city. Johns Creek Recreation and Parks Division serves a population of 84,946. The Johns Creek team consists of five full-time employees, six permanent part-time employees and two part-time seasonal swim coaches for the JCAT Swim Team that competes in the GRPA State Swim Meet.

Franz was recognized for his dedication to ensuring the highest level of recreation programing to meet the needs of a diverse community. Kirk was the first recreation staff member after the city of Johns Creek was incorporated in December 2006.

City officials said that from the outset, Franz began the development and consistency for all programing including innovative events like the first City of Johns Creek 5K; theming this environmentally friendly 5K, “Go Green – Be Green!”

Aichele has been a volunteer with the City of Johns Creek and at Park Place Adult Activity Center for nine years, since the Park Place facility opened. City officials said she has proven herself “an indispensable participant who is always willing to help new Park Place members, programing, and many other projects pertaining to Park Place.”

The city maintains over 400 acres of parkland, green space, and nature preserves. The city currently operates four primary parks: Newtown Park, Ocee Park, Shakerag Park and the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve.

The city is in the process of design and master planning for five  additional parks: Cauley Creek, Linear Park, Bell/Boles Roads, Morton Road and State Bridge Road. The current park system offers a variety of settings and venues for multiple recreation activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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Bernhardt Announces 30 New National Recreation Trails in 25 States

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Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo by Mark Lellouch.

Like administrations before it, the Trump Administration continues to add new National Recreation Trails across the country. And 1,275 new trail miles are now open to the public.

From national water trails to accessible trails for people with disabilities, new National Recreation Trails are now in motion across the country.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the new trail designations from Lake Mead National Recreation Area. There, 76 miles of the Colorado River became a new national recreation trail, the Mohave Water Trail.

“I encourage Americans to get outside, enjoy our incredible public lands, and visit a nearby national recreation trail. Spanning more than 83,000 miles, larger than the interstate highway system, the National Trails System provides easy access to a wide variety of outdoor experiences,” said Secretary Bernhardt.

The newly designated additions include trails in Colorado, Arizona, California, Georgia, Michigan, and more. The newly recognized trails span the nation. They include gems like a Gulf Coast river trail, a volcano rim trail, and more cool locales. Each of the newly designated trails will receive a certificate of designation, a set of trail markers, and a letter of recognition from Secretary Bernhardt.

(It’s important to note that these 1,200 miles of trails already existed; they are just now getting a new designation.)

It’s routine for every presidential administration to announce new national trails. However, the announcements usually occur the first week of June in celebration of the country’s National Trails Day, which occurs each year on the first Saturday of June.

Especially with more people recreating outside and closer to home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public access to the outdoors is vital. You can view the current national recreation trails database (administered by the U.S. Forest Service) here to find a trail near you.

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21 States Now ‘At A Tipping Point,’ Per Harvard-Brown Covid-19 Tracker

Planning to get away for the weekend? Choose your destination carefully.

A staggering 21 states are now “at a tipping point” for Covid-19, according to the risk-assessment map run by the Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health. The number of high-risk states has more than doubled — from 10 to 21 — in just three weeks.

Yesterday, the United States recorded 71,671 new positive Covid-19 cases, very close to a pandemic record, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. That level of infection is on par with what the country saw back in mid-July, during the major summer surge of the virus in the U.S.

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The risk-assessment tool run by Harvard Global Health Institute and Brown School of Public Health is an essential travel tool, particularly for imminent trips. The color-coded map provides an easy way for Americans to assess how quickly the disease is spreading in a specific state or county. Each community has a rating of green, yellow, orange or red, based upon the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average.

States that are colored red on the map have recorded 25 or more new positive Covid-19 cases every day per 100,000 people, based on a rolling seven-day average. That level of spread is unsustainable strain and states should be under stay-at-home orders, according to the Harvard and Brown researchers.

Since Labor Day weekend, North Dakota has been the epicenter of coronavirus in the United States. Over the past six weeks, the Roughrider State’s caseload has increased by a staggering 205%, from 32.1 to 98.7 new daily cases per 100,000 people.

The rest of the top 10 high-risk states span across the heartland and Mountain West, including South Dakota (78.0 new cases/100K), Wisconsin (61.6 cases/100K), Montana (60.2 cases/100K), Idaho (46.1 cases/100K), Nebraska (43.0 cases/100K), Wyoming (41.0 cases/100K), Utah (40.8 cases/100K), Iowa(35.3 cases/100K) and Missouri (32.8 cases/100K).

An additional 21 states are colored orange on the map, which signifies that the community has 10 or more new daily positive Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day rolling average. These states are experiencing an “accelerated spread” of Covid-19, with “stay-at-home orders and/or test and trace programs advised,” according to the Harvard and Brown researchers.

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Only eight states — all of them located in the Northeast and Pacific West — are colored yellow on the Harvard-Brown map. Yellow means there is fewer than 10 new cases of Covid-19 each day per 100,000 people, which still signifies community spread.

Unfortunately, no state is in the green zone, which would mean fewer than one new daily case per 100,000 people. That metric would signify that the disease is “on track

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A majority of U.S. states are now on New York’s Covid travel restriction list, Cuomo says

  • People traveling to New York from 43 states and territories are now ordered to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face fines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
  • Connecticut and New Jersey, which adopted the advisory alongside New York, now qualify for mandatory quarantines.
  • Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is expected to release adjusted travel metrics soon, NBC Connecticut reports.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, July 13, 2020.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a daily briefing following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, July 13, 2020.

Travelers from a majority of states and territories across the U.S. are now required to quarantine upon arriving in New York as coronavirus cases grow across the nation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.


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In a “bizarre outcome,” people traveling to New York from 43 states and territories are now ordered to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival or face fines, Cuomo said on a call with reporters.

The coronavirus outbreaks sweeping the nation ahead of the holiday season have grown so severe that even neighboring Connecticut and New Jersey, which were able to suppress the virus after spring peaks, are reporting spikes that would land them on the list, Cuomo said on a call with reporters.

Cuomo initially adopted the coronavirus travel advisory alongside Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy in June to prevent travelers from states with growing outbreaks from spreading the virus in the tri-state area.

“There is no practical way to quarantine New York from New Jersey and Connecticut,” he said, adding that New York would help them try to suppress their outbreaks.

The travel advisory applies to anyone arriving from a state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positive rate over a seven-day rolling average.

The travel advisory list has grown so long that Lamont is expected to release newly adjusted metrics for Connecticut that would reduce the number of states ordered to quarantine, according to an NBC Connecticut report.

“It now applies to 43 states. Why? Because New York is doing so much better than the other states, that’s what’s happening,” Cuomo said on the call. “The norm in the country is going up. We are not going up the way the norm in the country is going up and hence they’re quote unquote quarantined from New York.”

More than half of U.S. states were on the Empire State’s travel advisory over the summer as America’s Sun Belt states were responding to widespread outbreaks.

New York has been responding to its own increase in coronavirus cases in “red zones” that have reported higher positivity rates, or the total percent of tests returning positive, compared with other parts of the state. The updated red-zone positivity rate now stands at 2.9%, Cuomo said, “down greatly” from where it started.

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Connecticut plans to change travel advisory rules, so fewer states meet threshold for restrictions

Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced that the state of Connecticut will soon modify the rules of its travel advisory so that fewer states and territories qualify for the list.

Currently, Connecticut adds a state or territory to the travel advisory list if it averages 10 new daily cases per 100,000 residents or a positive test rest of more than 10% over a seven-day period.

But soon, those rules will shift so that the travel restrictions will only apply to areas with the same threshold of new daily cases, plus a positive test rest of more than 5% over a seven-day period.

That is, states and territories must meet both criteria in order to be placed on the list. Once added to the list, travelers arriving in Connecticut from the hotspot areas are require to either test negative for COVID-19 or self-quarantine for 14 days.

On Monday, Lamont said the rules haven’t actually been changed yet and are under discussion with New Jersey and New York. The three states have collaborated on their travel advisories since June. Lamont said he expects the rules will go into effect “probably in the next day or two.”

As with the existing rules, the restrictions will still apply to anyone who was out-of-state for more than 24 hours and who plans to be in-state for more than 24 hours. The restrictions apply to travel of any form — including by plane, car and train — although the state has so far mostly focused on airline travel.

Until the change goes into effect, Connecticut appears to qualify for its own travel advisory, as cases spike in the state and across much of the country. After the change goes into effect, Connecticut will no longer meet the criteria for its own advisory.

But as COVID-19 has surged across the country, including in some Northeast states, the number of states that qualify for the list has ballooned. Last week, on Oct. 13, the tri-state travel advisory included 36 states and two territories.

The number of restricted states prompted Lamont to say he would “rethink” the advisory, although he also said the advisory had been a helpful tool.

“Right now it applies to just about everybody except tor those of us in the Northeast, and our numbers are ramping up,” Lamont said last week.

The advisory “was becoming unenforceable,” Lamont said Monday.

Last week, Lamont floated the idea of scrapping the thresholds for hotspot states entirely, and instead requiring all travelers to self-quarantine or test negative.

But after publicly suggesting that more significant change, Lamont said Monday that he’d been convinced to go with a less severe change because he still wants restrictions that apply specifically to areas where the virus is spiking.

Emily Brindley can be reached at ebrindley@courant.com.


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U.S. Travel Restrictions Struggling To Match Covid-19 Spikes Across 44 States

It was the week for targeted lockdowns on movement in European countries; at 12.01 Sunday morning, France introduced a nighttime curfew across all its major metropolitan areas for a minimum of one month (9pm to 6am) and London moved from a tier one (medium) area to a tier two (high) area, where households can no longer mix with other households.

Across the Atlantic, on Thursday, the U.S. added 65,000 new daily cases, the highest since July. On Friday, 70,000 new cases were announced, as nine states set single-day case records, as reported by The New York Times. Epidemiologists are warning that half of U.S. states are “seeing surges unlike anything they experienced earlier in the pandemic”. As reported by AP, new cases per day are on the rise in 44 states, with the biggest surges in the Midwest and Great Plains.

However, there are currently only travel restrictions in 18 states (listed below) meaning that current U.S. travel restrictions don’t match the reality of the pandemic.

North Dakota and South Dakota, for instance, are adding more cases than any other since the start of the pandemic, but there are currently no state-wide travel restrictions in either state. In the Great Plains of North Dakota, one official said residents need to know “how perilously close we are to the edge” as hospital beds are filling up (on October 12, there were only 39 open ICU beds). The state still has no state-wide mask mandate.

Montana–currently with no state-wide travel restrictions–is averaging more than 500 cases every day. Montana’s Cascade County jail was virus-free until recently and now 300 inmates and staff are infected as Covid-19 swarms through the county. Some of the seven Indian reservations have enacted restrictions; crucial, considering that Native Americans are disproportionately affected (they have 5.3 times higher rates of hospitalization and a 1.4 times higher rates of death).

The Covid Act Now warning system (which includes Georgetown, Harvard and Stanford universities among its partners) has many states with no travel restrictions listed at the highest level (red) as “active or imminent outbreak”. North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are currently the highest 3 states for new daily cases.

Travel restrictions across the U.S.

There are no nationwide travel restrictions across the entire U.S. and many states are allowing unrestricted travel either from their own state or for visitors arriving from other states with high infection rates.

Some states do currently have travel restrictions in place, either in a more general sense (e.g. encouraging self-isolation) or in a much more strict sense, based on a specific percentage or a specific rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people. These lists are being updated mostly on a weekly basis, with many more states having been added during the last week (to match the

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Mass. loosens coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions on visitors from 4 states

Massachusetts officials on Friday moved California, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Washington from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category for COVID-19 transmission, meaning visitors to Massachusetts from those four states will have an easier time when they get here.

a sign on the side of a building: A "Welcome to Boston" sign hangs on the facade of a structure as two workers assemble a portion of a roof at Terminal E, where most international flights arrive and depart, at Logan Airport in Boston, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced the change in a statement and said the state was also changing the way it assesses the risk level posed by people arriving from different states.

The Department of Public Health’s metric for determining a state’s risk level for purposes of interstate travel policy will consider two weeks of data before moving a state from lower-risk to higher-risk, the statement said.

The metric will consider one week of data before moving states in the other direction, into the lower-risk category, the statement said.

The state also said it would be raising the threshold of cases per 100,000 that would designate a state as higher-risk, from 6 cases per 100,000 to 10 cases per 100,000. The statement said officials were “bringing Massachusetts’ standard more in line with other states.” (Massachusetts itself had been failing to meet its own standard since late September, when its case rate went over 6. This week, the rate was 8.7 percent.)

The change had immediate implications for visitors from four states.

“Following this, Massachusetts updated today its state travel list, moving California, Hawaii, New Jersey and Washington state from the higher-risk category to the lower-risk category. This is effective at 12:01 am on 10/17,” the statement said. “Travelers arriving from these states will no longer need to fill out the MA Travel Form and follow quarantine rules under the travel order.”

The full list of low-risk states on the Massachusetts website Friday: California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Visitors to Massachusetts from any other state must either quarantine for 14 days once they arrive or produce a negative coronavirus test that had been administered up to 72 hours prior to getting here. They must also fill out an official Massachusetts Travel Form.

“All individuals arriving in Massachusetts by any means or mode, including Massachusetts residents who have left the state for anything more than transitory travel, are covered by the Massachusetts travel rule,” the state says on its website. “Accordingly, even travelers not required to complete the form should act in compliance with the rule.”

There are a number of exceptions to the rule, including commuters coming into Massachusetts for work or school, patients seeking or receiving medical treatment, military personnel traveling to the state for official duty, and workers providing critical infrastructure services, according to mass.gov.

Dasia Moore of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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Teen infected relatives in four states during family vacation, CDC says

In a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by the CDC, 11 separate coronavirus cases across four states were traced back to one 13-year-old child.

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Exposure to the virus occurred during a three-week family gathering at which five families met. The age of the attendees ranged from 9-72 years-old. The families shared a five-bedroom, two-bathroom house and the CDC report points out that the family members did not wear masks or practice social distancing.

It should be noted that although several states began requiring masks to be worn in public in April, data confirming their effectiveness in combating the spread of the coronavirus was not known until late June and the shared house would not necessarily classify as a public space. Six relatives who later joined the event remained outdoors and practiced social distancing without staying at the house.

Of the 14 people who stayed inside the house, 12 were later diagnosed with COVID-19 after experiencing symptoms. None of the six people who stayed outdoors were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The report used this incident to highlight that children and teens can be the source of COVID-19 outbreaks in their families even if their symptoms are mild and show the demonstrated benefit of social distancing.

The necessity to quarantine after possible exposure, even with a negative test, is also indicated in the report.

These recommendations come as President Trump recently held a rally in Florida on Monday less than 20 days after experiencing severe coronavirus symptoms. Trump’s doctor reported on Monday that he had tested negative for the virus on consecutive tests using the Abbott antigen test.

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