Iceland Health Monitoring, Church Support, Department of Education Guidance, More: Saturday CoronaBuzz, March 14, 2020

(This newsletter now has its own Twitter account at @buzz_corona , if you want to see individual items as they’re added.)


Iceland Monitor: New Website on COVID-19 Launched. “Health authorities in Iceland have just launched a new website… offering essential information regarding COVID-19.”

Religion News Service: New website offers resources for churches responding to coronavirus. “A new website guiding churches and ministry leaders as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic was launched Thursday (March 12) as a partnership between two Wheaton College institutions — the Billy Graham Center and the Humanitarian Disaster Institute — as well as Saddleback Church in California, led by pastor Rick Warren.”

Georgia Department of Public Health: Kemp, DPH Roll Out Status Report Website for COVID-19 in Georgia. “Today Governor Kemp and Kathleen E. Toomey, M.D., M.P.H., Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) commissioner, announced a daily status report page for confirmed COVID-19 cases in Georgia. This will replace nightly news releases from the Governor’s Office and DPH.”

US Department of Education: Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak. ” U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued new resources today that will assist education leaders in protecting student privacy and ensuring students with disabilities continue to receive services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the event of school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The Education Department also released importantinformation for K-12 educators on flexibilities the Department could grant when it comes to the accountability standards required by law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).”


Wired: Don’t Go Down a Coronavirus Anxiety Spiral. “If all this news is making you feel stressed, you’re far from alone. Many people are sharing their worries online; there’s a whole subreddit devoted to coping with these feelings. Experts say overloading on information about events like the coronavirus outbreak can make you particularly anxious, especially if you’re stuck inside with little to do but keep scrolling on Twitter and Facebook. But you can take steps to mitigate the amount of stress you feel, while still keeping you and your family safe.”

NME: Coronavirus: every cancelled gig, festival and tour – and how to get your ticket refund. “When it comes to getting your money back for shows that have been cancelled or postponed, Citizen’s Advice Bureau state that if the ticket was bought from an official ticket seller and not a secondary site ‘you can get a refund if the organiser cancels, moves or reschedules the event.'”


KPBS: Art In The Time Of COVID-19. “San Diego art organizations, artists, venues and audiences are staring down a lot of uncertainty in the face of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Here’s what we know so far, what it might mean for San Diego’s arts scene, what you can do to help and how you can find refuge in art regardless of whether everyone stays home.”

Al Jazeera: In Pictures: Coronavirus causes empty stadiums, cancelled matches. “The coronavirus pandemic has shredded the global sporting calendar, with men’s tennis shut down for six weeks, top European football leagues placed on hold, the National Hockey League (NHL) in the United States suspended, Major League Baseball’s (MLB) opening day postponed and the Formula One season thrown into doubt with the cancellation of the opening Australian Grand Prix.”

The Guardian: Religious festivals cancelled or scaled back due to coronavirus. “Next month, most of the world’s major religions have festivals involving large gatherings of people. Easter is on 12 April (a week later for Eastern Orthodox churches); Passover begins on 8 April; Rama Navami, an important Hindu festival, is on 2 April; while the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi is a few days later. The Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins around 23 April.”

This guy is making me seriously think about adding a “potato head” category to this newsletter. Didn’t quite convince me yet. New York Times: He Has 17,700 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer and Nowhere to Sell Them. “On March 1, the day after the first coronavirus death in the United States was announced, brothers Matt and Noah Colvin set out in a silver S.U.V. to pick up some hand sanitizer. Driving around Chattanooga, Tenn., they hit a Dollar Tree, then a Walmart, a Staples and a Home Depot. At each store, they cleaned out the shelves.” Good morning, Internet…

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  1. For your “potato head” category: probably too obvious, but maybe Paula White for supporting and speaking at that still not-yet-canceled “Passover 2020” thing in Phoenix.

    • I don’t feel competent to assess when things should or should not be closed, so I probably won’t include that as potato-headedness. But what this guy was doing was straight-up profiteering.

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