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Several Catholic churches in San Francisco are causing problems in the city by not following health orders. At least 40 members of an Alabama church congregation contracted the novel coronavirus after attending a multi-day revival event. New data from the New Mexico Department of Health shows that COVID-19 cases are decreasing in a number of industries, but they're increasing at places of worship.  Researchers estimate the high-risk regions in the United States for school reopening. Meanwhile, states continue to not only release reopening plans but lay out protocols for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in the event of a confirmed case.


Top 3 News Highlights This Week

  1. Researchers estimate that many regions in the United States will see infected students entering the classroom if schools open in the fall. Factors such as infection rate and school size were used to determine the possible number of infected individuals arriving on campus. High risk areas including Las Vegas, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Nashville expect more than five infected students or staff members at a school of 500.  
  2. Missouri schools outline plans for reopening in the fall and dealing with coronavirus cases among students and staff. A student or adult in the school who displays symptoms of the coronavirus will be separated from others, sent home, and asked not to return to the district for at least 10 days. People who have spent more than 10 minutes in a 6 foot radius from this individual will be identified by contact tracing and asked not to return to the school for 14 days.
  3. New data from the New Mexico Department of Health shows that COVID-19 cases are decreasing in a number of industries but they're increasing at places of worship. Churches tend to be hot spots because of the singing and more interaction with people. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's current public health order allows churches to have services at 25% capacity. The state data from the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau, Epidemiology and Response Division shows that COVID-19 cases jumped from 3.7 percent to 5.2 percent.

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