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'Exponential Growth:' Michigan State Students Quarantined

342 cases since Aug. 24 as students party down like it's 2019

(Newser) - The kids at Michigan State University were apparently having a little too much socially undistanced fun after classes started back up, and Ingham County health officials are now asking them to self quarantine for the next two weeks after the "exponential growth" of COVID-19. The school saw at least... More »

Cop Busts Students for House Party, Makes Stunning Find

Miami University students who hosted gathering had tested positive for COVID-19

(Newser) - It's bad enough a group of college students at Ohio's Miami University hosted a house party over Labor Day weekend, despite the fact that their school has had upward of 1,100 students test positive for COVID-19 since the middle of last month. But what a local cop... More »

School Hit With Virus Makes 'Extreme' Move

Bradley University in Illinois quarantines all of its students for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Bradley University in Illinois has ordered every single one of its students to quarantine for two weeks after counting dozens of coronavirus cases over the past couple of weeks. The private university in Peoria—which had some 4,600 undergraduate students last year—had counted about 50 cases as of... More »

Tom Hanks Is Back in Quarantine

Actor is back in Australia, trying to finish filming Elvis Presley biopic

(Newser) - Tom Hanks is back in coronavirus quarantine in Australia but don't worry, he's not sick. The actor is undergoing a mandatory two-week quarantine after flying in to finish filming Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic, due out in November 2021. Hanks—who plays manager Colonel Parker opposite Austin... More »

Man Faces $560K Fine for Abusing 'Alaska Loophole'

Canadians say he wasn't supposed to be sightseeing

(Newser) - A brief sightseeing trip in Canada could end up costing a Kentucky man more than $500,000. The US-Canada border has been closed to most travelers since March, but Americans are still allowed to travel between Alaska and the lower 48 states if they take the most direct route possible... More »

Connecticut Hands Out Hefty Fines for Travel Violations

'We’re going to show people we're serious about this'

(Newser) - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says the state is cracking down on unsafe behavior and has issued its first fines to people who failed to comply with travel rules. The governor says two residents have been fined a total of $3,000 under the regulations, Fox reports. The residents were fined... More »

MTV Adds New VMAs for the Coronavirus Era

'Best Quarantine Performance' and 'Best Music Video From Home'

(Newser) - The MTV Video Music Awards will have two new categories this year, as fitting for the coronavirus era: "Best Music Video from Home" and "Best Quarantine Performance." Among the nominees for the latter is DJ D-Nice, who, back in March at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,... More »

NBA Player in Hot Water for Visiting Strip Club

LA Clippers guard Lou Williams was photographed at Magic City gentleman's club

(Newser) - An NBA player is facing quarantine for 10 days after visiting a strip club ... for dinner. Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams was photographed Thursday night at Magic City gentleman's club in Atlanta and later told NBA investigators that he dropped by there for a bite to eat, CBS... More »

Kentucky Couple Under House Arrest After COVID Test

Elizabeth Linscott tested positive, refused to sign an isolation order

(Newser) - A Kentucky woman who refused to sign a voluntary self-quarantine agreement after testing positive for COVID-19 is now under involuntary house arrest. Elizabeth Linscott tells Wave 3 that after her positive test, the health department asked her to sign a Self-isolation and Controlled Movement Agreed Order that required her to... More »

Aussies Could Get 6 Months for Breaking Quarantine

Queensland says current punishment 'appears to be not enough'

(Newser) - Officials in the Australian state of Queensland say those breaking quarantine rules could face up to six months in jail The current set of fines for breaking a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine for some visitors or lying about their whereabouts "appears not to be enough" in some cases, Queensland... More »

Canada Busts Americans Under Quarantine Act

Police say visitors roamed Canadian border town instead of isolating

(Newser) - When David and Anne Sippell entered Canada last month at Fort Frances, police say, they were told to drive straight to their destination and isolate for 14 days. That's not what the pair from Excelsior, Minn., did, Ontario officials say. Instead, Global News reports, the Sippells were seen in... More »

WH on Trump Flouting NJ Quarantine: He's 'Not a Civilian'

President visiting NJ golf course this weekend, would normally have to quarantine for 14 days

(Newser) - New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey announced earlier this week that visitors from coronavirus "hot spot" states will need to self-quarantine for 14 days before going about their business, or they'll face a fine. One visitor to the latter state this weekend, however, has no plans on following... More »

Tourist in Hawaii Arrested After Posting Selfies

NYC's Tarique Peters didn't quarantine himself for 14 days when he got to Oahu, as required

(Newser) - As the Daily Beast puts it, "Hawaii is not messing around" when it comes to tourists in the age of COVID-19. A 23-year-old New York City man found that out the hard way after he flouted the state's 14-day lockdown requirement for anyone coming in from outside of... More »

He Left His Room for 3 Hours. He Got 4 Weeks in Jail

Singapore jails US pilot for breaching quarantine

(Newser) - An American FedEx pilot has become the first foreigner jailed for breaching Singapore's strict quarantine regulations. Alaska resident Brian Yeargan, 44, and two co-pilots were told to spend 14 days isolated in an airport hotel before entering the city after arriving from Australia on April 3. They had planned... More »

Bad News for Brits Hoping to End Lockdown

Boris Johnson expected to announce another 3 weeks

(Newser) - Taking a different tack than most nations, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to extend the bulk of the country’s coronavirus lockdown restrictions for three weeks or so Sunday evening. Following a week of mixed messages that started with Johnson indicating that there will be changes to the... More »

Fauci, Top COVID Officials Exposed to Virus

He begins 'modified quarantine' as CDC, FDA chiefs self-quarantine after exposure

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the chief faces of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, is now among three top White House coronavirus officials who have been exposed to the virus, though CNN describes his contact with a White House staffer who tested positive as "low... More »

'Shocking': Most NY Patients Were Staying Home

New survey: 66% came to hospitals after being 'predominantly' at home, not out and about

(Newser) - More than 100 hospitals in New York were recently asked to find out where their COVID-19 patients were staying before they were admitted, and the findings are "shocking," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. NBC News reports that 66% of the patients came from their own homes, where they... More »

Who Handles Homeschooling? Answers Don't Sync

Poll shows perception divide between men and women

(Newser) - Perception is everything, and nowhere is that proving to be more true than in a recent poll on how housework and child care are being divvied up during the pandemic. Per the New York Times , the latest Morning Consult poll asked 2,200 Americans in April about these tasks, and... More »

Girl's Quarantine Song Asks a Pressing 'Existential Question'

'I wonder what's inside your butthole' is Jolee Dunn's earnest query

(Newser) - While stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, have you had ample opportunity to ponder the meaning of life? Or, perchance, what might be in your butthole? If you've come up short on the latter, Jolee Dunn has some possible answers for you. The 8-year-old from Los Angeles has... More »

Man Caught Quarantining in Disney's 'Tropical Paradise'

Richard McGuire says he never heard deputies or noticed 'no trespassing' signs

(Newser) - Florida deputies arrested a man who had been living out his quarantine on a shuttered Disney World island, telling authorities it felt like a "tropical paradise." Orange County Sheriff's deputies found Richard McGuire on Disney's Discovery Island on Thursday, the AP reports. He said he'd... More »

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