The electrical grid powers cities, factories, transportation, houses, communications; nearly everything people rely on in daily life. Keeping this vital machine running is a delicate balancing act, which goes almost entirely unnoticed by the public.
With the spread of the COVID-19 across the United States, lives are put at risk on a daily basis. Grocery stores are packed, shelves are emptied and cleaning necessities are out of stock. The virus has caused a nationwide shift as people decipher between hoarding products and stocking up for their family's needs. Grandparents and elderly individuals remain at high risk of catching the coronavirus and are encouraged to socially distance and isolate themselves to prevent infection. The inability to attend to those who rely on the daily care of family members causes worry, especially for caretakers.
After the global outbreak of coronavirus in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House mandated a shelter-in-place and banned any gatherings of ten or more people over 15 days, starting March 16. To contain the pandemic, the idea of social distancing and online transitioning becomes more crucial than ever for the next few months. However, the idea of working from home, adjusting to online school and social isolation is daunting to many.
In response to California Governor Gain Newsom's California school closures and subsequent announcement by FCS Superintendent Jeremy Brown to a campus transition to alternative learning model due to COVID-19, the upcoming choir trip to Nashville, TN, to participate in the WorldStrides Festival of Gold is canceled, March 16.
Cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) are now spreading around the world to different countries, including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Korea, and Italy. News outlets around the globe are tracking its advance and subsequent slowdown. Reuters, among others, publishes daily numbers on new cases, coronavirus xenophobia, deaths and when and where the coronavirus has subsided. The US death toll as of March 10 is 26 and CBS News reports that several members of Congress have joined hosts of others in quarantine. The entire country of Italy, 60 million people, is now under travel restrictions and encouraged to stay home.
Through rain, hail or shine, the annual Kids Day event across the Central Valley has prevailed for the past 33 years, incorporating thousands of volunteers and raising over $600,000 in 2019 for Valley Children’s Hospital. Despite the growth of community support, the recent global outbreak of COVID-19 presents an obstacle which has caused the cancellation of Kids Day and thrown millions into a panic: coronavirus. Kids Day 2020 was planned for March 10, however, as the event revolves around students and community members exchanging money and newspapers, spokeswoman for Valley Children’s Healthcare Zara Arboleda announced the cancellation of the event to avoid potential spread of the virus.
Over 200 high school students will split up and travel off-campus to eight different locations around the Fresno area to serve others for the seventh year in a row, Feb. 27.