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Georgia School in Viral Photo Closes Indefinitely Following Covid-19 Outbreak

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Administrators at a Georgia High School got a taste of the Streisand Effect last week when they suspended two students for shared images of students navigating packed hallways between classes while a pandemic rages across the state. The photo went viral and one student used the free time to do TV news hits. Now, the school is getting a taste of some kind of previously unknown Mecha-Streisand Effect as it closes down for a deep clean after nine positive covid-19 cases were discovered among staff and students.

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On Sunday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported on a letter sent to parents by North Paulding High School Superintendent Brian Otott informing them that the school will be closed on Monday and Tuesday so it can be “thoroughly cleaned and disinfected” after six students and three faculty members tested positive for covid-19. Carmona wrote that students will switch to digital learning courses while the procedure is underway and warned of the possibility that the number of cases could increase “if there are currently pending tests that prove positive.” Otott said that parents will be notified by Tuesday evening if regular classes will resume on Wednesday.

All eyes were on Georgia last week as schools reopened amid the coronavirus spread that has seen over 5 million documented cases of infection in the United States. When North Paulding opened its doors in Dallas, Georgia, last Monday, its lack of precautions for preventing the spread of the virus disturbed Hannah Watters, a 15-year-old student at the high school. Watters took a photo of the facility’s hallways filled with students moving between classes, shoulder-to-shoulder, with virtually no masks being worn.

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Watters and another student shared the disturbing hallway images online and they quickly spread as the perfect visual example of authorities’ lack of preparations for reopening schools at a moment in time when coronavirus cases continue to explode in various regions of the country. School administrators suspended the students for sharing the images, and Watters decided to use her free time to go on cable news and talk about the situation. By Friday, the school had a change of heart, reversed the suspensions, and wouldn’t you know it, the people in charge now have an outbreak on their hands.

According to the New York Times coronavirus tracker, Georgia is averaging 3,227 new covid-19 cases per day. Since June, the number of cases has steadily been on an upward curve with a total of just over 200,000 cases and 4,108 deaths. Georgia has been a model of incompetence when it comes to tackling the coronavirus, but the nation as a whole has been watching its schools for signs of how things could go in other states where classes resume at a later date.

On Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association released a report finding that over 97,000 children in the U.S. tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July. And while some countries that have handled the pandemic in a more responsible way than the U.S. have had luck with school reopenings, they’ve also reimagined how to approach in-person classes with proper social distancing guidelines.

In his letter to parents, Superintendent Brian Otott didn’t mention any guidelines for keep students safe at North Paulding while they’re in classrooms, but did remind parents that school district guidelines require that, “any students and staff who are confirmed cases of COVID-19, along with any identified close contacts, must quarantine for at least 14 days and cannot return to school until they have completed all the requirements of the DPH’s guidance for persons infected with COVID-19.”

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Take a look at that picture of the hallways and tell me how many close contacts you think should be quarantined for 14 days.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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