NC State: Wolfpack athletics sets 2021 COVID travel policy

The N.C. State athletics department will reduce the traveling parties for away games in hopes to minimize exposure or the spreading of COVID-19.

As first reported by The Technician, the school’s student-run newspaper, the student-athletes and staff who travel will be limited to those who are vaccinated or who have an exception from the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity.

In a text message with the News & Observer, Fred Demarest, senior associate AD for communications, confirmed the policy.

“At the discretion of the athletic department,” Demarest wrote, “will be limited in ability to travel with the team. For

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Travel stocks decelerate as Covid fears grow but one stock may endure

Travel stocks have taken a hit this week as fears over the delta variant grow.

As of Thursday’s close, hotel stocks such as Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental were on track for weekly losses as steep as 4%, far wider than the 1% drop for the S&P 500. Those names were also under pressure after the latest data from travel metrics company STR showed hotel occupancy decline in August after rising in June and July.

One stock could withstand more weakness in travel activity into the fall, though. In an interview with CNBC’s “Trading Nation,” Inside Edge Capital Management founder

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‘Racist and flat out wrong’: Texas Republican blames Black Americans for Covid surge | Texas

Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor of Texas, has refused to apologise for blaming rising Covid-19 hospitalisations and deaths on unvaccinated African Americans, comments one Black Houston official called “racist and flat out wrong”.

Doubling down on his remarks to Fox News, Patrick blamed “Democrat social media trolls” and said “Democrats continue to play politics with people’s lives”.

Sylvester Turner, the Democratic mayor of Houston, who is African American, said Patrick’s comments were “offensive and should not be ignored”.

Amid widespread concern over the spread of the Delta variant, Texas is experiencing its highest hospitalisation rates since January. It emerged

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My young son can’t attend my wedding under Philly’s new COVID restrictions

In these horrible and uncertain last 18 months, a true moment of joy stands out to me: watching my 9-year-old son and my fiancé pick out matching suits for our wedding. My son was so proud to match his stepfather, and really excited to wear his suit. They have a beautiful relationship. My fiancé even taught my son how to ride a bike during virtual school “recess.”

I couldn’t wait to have our small restaurant wedding this fall with just our closest friends and family. I couldn’t wait for my son to walk me down the aisle, as our family

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Alabama adds almost 3,900 COVID cases, 1,400 from 3 counties

Three Alabama counties accounted for almost 40% of the state’s COVID cases added overnight.

The Alabama Department of Public Health’s most recent data shows the state added 3,851 coronavirus cases since yesterday, bringing the total since March 2020 to 619,752. The state added 41 deaths bringing the total to 11.689. Deaths reports typically lag, sometimes as much as weeks, based on the length of the investigation.

Three counties – Baldwin, Jefferson and Mobile – added the greatest number of cases, combining for 1,397. Baldwin reported 284 new cases, Jefferson 464 and Mobile 649.

The following are the latest county-by-county case

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Home improvement big box stores update COVID mask policies

Home Depot & Lowe’s have adjusted their polices based on the increase in COVID cases nationwide
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Two big names in home improvement have updated their mask policies nationwide.

Both Home Depot and Lowe’s updated their policies effective Monday in light of growing COVID cases.

LOWE’S UPDATE 8/2:

“The health and safety of our associates and customers continue to be our highest priority. Because of the increased cases of COVID-19 and the rapid spread of the delta variant, effective August 2, Lowe’s associates are required to wear masks indoors at all U.S. locations and while working in

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‘The Pied Piper leading us off a cliff’: Florida governor condemned as Covid surges | Florida

Florida governor Ron DeSantis earned a new moniker this week as the resurgent coronavirus continued to wreak havoc on his state: the “Pied Piper of Covid-19, leading everybody off a cliff”.

Dan Gelber, the mayor of Miami Beach, coined the term as Florida continued to set records for new cases and hospitalizations, recorded worrying increases in both deaths and rates of positivity, and led the nation in pediatric Covid admissions.

With the highly contagious Delta variant spreading, a state comprising little more than 6% of the US population was accounting for one in five of the country’s new cases,

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