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Florida's New Surgeon General: 'We're Done With Fear'

Joseph Ladapo makes quarantining optional for asymptomatic students who've been exposed

(Newser) - If Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis needed an ally in his approach to public health in the age of COVID, he just got one in his new surgeon general, who announced a new emergency order this week on student quarantines. "Florida will completely reject fear as a way of making...

Someone Tested Positive for COVID Here for the First Time

Vaccinated, asymptomatic traveler was resident returning home

(Newser) - A fully vaccinated person with no symptoms tested positive for COVID while quarantining at a hotel in American Samoa—the territory’s first case. Flights are suspended, but otherwise nothing is changing on the islands, the Hill reports. “The discovery of this positive case during quarantine highlights the importance...

Men With Zip Ties Confront Principal Who Quarantined Boy

Father and cohorts threaten 'citizen's arrest'

(Newser) - An Arizona elementary school principal says she was confronted by a father and two other men after enforcing county rules on quarantining students who've potentially been exposed to COVID. Per NBC News , Diane Vargo, principal at Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson, says the father showed up with his son...

Kidman Skips Quarantine to Film, HKers Aren't Happy

She was granted exemption to film 'Expats'

(Newser) - Hong Kong has some of the world' strictest COVID quarantine regulations—and residents aren't happy that Nicole Kidman has been allowed to bypass them. The Australian actress, who stars in new Amazon series Expats, arrived on a private jet from Sydney for filming last week and has been seen...

Tens of Thousands of Students Are in Quarantine
As School Gets Underway,
Sobering Numbers

As School Gets Underway, Sobering Numbers

Tens of thousands of students already quarantined across the US, including 20K in Mississippi

(Newser) - More than 20,000 students in Mississippi—about 4.5% of the state's public-school population—were quarantined over the last two weeks due to coronavirus exposures, per USA Today . Almost 6,000 students in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks, and two have...

England Makes Things Easier for Vaccinated Tourists

It does away with 10-day quarantine for vaccinated travelers

(Newser) - Fully vaccinated travelers from the United States and much of Europe can enter England without quarantining starting next week. The British government says people who have received both doses of a vaccine approved by the FDA in the US or the European Medicines Agency can take pre- and post-arrival coronavirus...

Olympian in Quarantine Blasts 'Inhuman' Living Conditions

Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs decries lack of fresh air at hotel, calls it 'mentally super draining'

(Newser) - An Olympic skateboarder who was put in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 called the conditions at the hotel "inhuman" on Wednesday. Candy Jacobs has been in isolation for eight days and missed the street event in skateboarding's debut as an Olympic sport, per the AP . She said...

Man Escapes Hotel Quarantine—for 8 Hours

A bed-sheet rope got him out

(Newser) - An Australian man ordered to spend the night in a quarantine hotel made a temporary escape early Tuesday down a rope made from bed sheets, which he dangled from his fourth-floor window, police said. The 39-year-old had arrived in Perth, Western Australia, from the Queensland capital of Brisbane on a...

Whitmer Rescinds Rule She Violated in Mich. Bar

Gatherings of more than 6 people at a table will be allowed as of June 1

(Newser) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Monday rescinded a rule that limits restaurant tables to no more than six people, a day after she apologized for violating the COVID-19 regulation while gathering with friends at an East Lansing bar. The Democratic governor has said tables at the Landshark...

Military College Dorm Gets a New Resident: Its President
Into Dorm

College President Moves Into Dorm

Col. Mark Anarumo of Norwich University worried about effects of lockdown isolation on students

(Newser) - The best military leaders aren't afraid to get in the trenches, and even though he's now a civilian, Dr. Mark C. Anarumo's old habits die hard. The 50-year-old retired Air Force colonel and father of four is the president of Norwich University, a private military college in...

She Quarantined for Night After Funeral. It Cost $2,750

An Ontario woman gripes about the government's new COVID restrictions

(Newser) - As of Feb. 22, air travelers to Canada must take a COVID test upon arrival and quarantine in a qualifying hotel until their results are in, reports Global News . That can take up to three days, but in the case of Cristina Teixeira, her results were in after just one...

'Inappropriate Encounter' Highlights Weak Spot in NZ Quarantine

It started with notes between hotel worker and quarantined traveler

(Newser) - The woman who took a flight back to New Zealand was supposed to avoid all physical contact with others for 14 days as she went into mandatory quarantine. The man working at the quarantine hotel was supposed to be the last line of defense. But the two started passing notes...

CEO, Wife's Vaccine Scheme Could Get Them Jail Time

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker went to Beaver Creek, Yukon, to get theirs

(Newser) - Their name is mud after cutting way ahead in the coronavirus vaccine line. And that may not be the worst of it for Canadian couple Rodney and Ekaterina Baker . It was revealed this week that the two chartered a plane, flew to a remote part of the Yukon that's...

Tennis Players Urged to Stop Feeding Mice in Quarantine Hotel

They're inlockdown for 14 days before Australian Open

(Newser) - Lonely tennis players spending 14 days in a quarantine hotel before the Australian Open have apparently been befriending mice—and authorities would like them to stop. After world No. 28 Yulia Putintseva complained that the hotel in Melbourne was infested with mice, Victoria state police minister said players are being...

US Teen Who Broke Caymans Quarantine Talks About It

Skylar Mack talks to 'Good Morning America' after her Friday release from prison

(Newser) - Skylar Mack is back on US soil and owning up to the mistake she made that landed her in prison for 32 days in the Cayman Islands. The 18-year-old flew there in late November and was to quarantine for 14 days per local regulations despite a negative COVID test; instead,...

Players in Strict Quarantine Before Aussie Open in 'Revolt'

Some participants are under more rigid lockdown orders than others due to positive COVID cases

(Newser) - A "growing controversy" is brewing Down Under as the tennis world gears up for the Australian Open. The BBC reports three people have tested positive for COVID—two players and a "nonplaying participant," per Victoria state health officials—and quarantine protocols are frustrating players, while locals are...

US Teen Who Broke Caymans Quarantine Has Sentence Cut

Grandmother of Skylar Mack says she wrote to Trump for help

(Newser) - An American teenager who broke quarantine in the Cayman Islands out of what a judge called "selfishness and arrogance" has had her sentence halved. Georgia resident Skylar Mack, 18, and boyfriend Vanjae Ramgeet will now serve two months in jail instead of four, WSB-TV reports. Mack was supposed to...

Teen Gets 4 Months for COVID Violation

Skylar Mack is imprisoned in the Cayman Islands

(Newser) - A Georgia teen has been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands for violating strict COVID-19 restrictions there, the AP reports. Skylar Mack, 18, pleaded guilty to breaking quarantine to watch her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, a professional jet ski racer from the Cayman Islands, compete at an...

Barely Anyone Goes to State Dept.'s Indoor Holiday Party

More than 900 were reportedly invited

(Newser) - Perhaps America's appetite for attending indoor parties during a pandemic is waning? The Washington Post reports an annual State Department holiday party that was to be hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife had anemic turnout on Tuesday. Of the 900-plus guests invited, about 70 RSVP'...

He Broke Quarantine for 8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine
He Broke Quarantine for
8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine
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He Broke Quarantine for 8 Seconds. Now, a $3.5K Fine

Taiwan isn't messing around when it comes to this safety protocol

(Newser) - Taiwan has had only about 700 cases and only seven deaths from the coronavirus, per Johns Hopkins University , and it intends to keep it that way. That's why the island nation is so strict with its quarantine protocols, as one man recently found out. The Filipino migrant worker was...

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