7 Things: Racial social media post causes high school football game to be canceled, Alabama schools continue to deal with coronavirus, vaccine could be ready next month and more …
7. Pelosi set up?
- After visiting a salon in San Francisco, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) received criticism on social media for going to the salon while also not wearing a mask during her time at the establishment.
- Pelosi publicly addressed the issue and took “responsibility for falling for a setup.” She went to the salon on Monday, but salons in the area weren’t allowed to open until Tuesday. Pelosi added, “When they said they were able to accommodate people one person at a time, I trusted that.”
6. Biden is plagiarizing again
- After President Donald Trump visited the area of protests and riots on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden plan to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday. It will be Biden’s first visit to the state this year after saying President Trump shouldn’t have gone there.
- Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign said in a news release that “Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face,” adding that the Bidens “will make a local stop.”
5. Biden keeps changing positions
- Former Vice President Joe Biden previously advocated for a national mask mandate as a way to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but more recently, he walked back those statements by saying that a national mask mandate wouldn’t be possible. Biden said he would put pressure on “every governor, every senator … every mayor, every county executive, every local official, and everyone in business.”
- Additionally, Biden is now ready to get kids back to school and wants everyone to know that not only has he been in favor of this all along, but he is also now claiming without evidence that it is actually President Donald Trump that is causing schools to be closed.
4. Alabama the worst state to work in during a pandemic?
- According to new data released by Oxfam America, Alabama is ranked as the worst state to work in during a pandemic, with the survey focusing on healthcare protections, unemployment support and worker protections, so coronavirus ravaged states like Washington, California and New Jersey are apparently wonderful places to be.
- Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia were also included in the rankings, so Alabama placed at 52 overall, but the state placed at 48 in worker protections, 49 in healthcare protections and at 52 in unemployment services.
3. A vaccine could be ready in late October
- States have been advised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to start preparing to distribute the first vaccine for the coronavirus, possibly coming in late October or early November. The first round of vaccines would go to national security personnel, health care professionals and essential workers.
- It’s expected that more vaccines for the public could be made available by January 2021, which lines up with previous statements from Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Dr. Anthony Fauci.
2. Alabama schools getting some help on coronavirus
- Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be sending over 2.4 million reusable masks for the schools and colleges in Alabama.
- Auburn University is experiencing a coronavirus spike after having just over 500 new coronavirus cases last week. A spokesperson for the school said that 67% of quarantine/isolation beds on campus are now full with 74 of the 225 on-campus beds available, but there are still off-campus beds available.
1. High school football game moved over racism
- The rivalry game between two Huntsville City Schools has been delayed over racial social media posts that Superintendent Christine Finley said were unacceptable but in a letter to parents, she made it clear the postponement of the games was not punishment. “Instead, this postponement allows us to ensure the game environment later this month will be safe and serve as an opportunity for Huntsville and Grissom high schools to address the issues that these social media posts present,” she advised.
- Reporting indicates that the posts were made by one student who is not on the football team. The student reportedly shared images of the George Floyd situation with Huntsville High represented by the police and Grissom High represented by the now-deceased George Floyd. The game is now scheduled for September 24.