Students are sending teachers, professors signs of appreciation over Zoom calls and it will warm your heart
We’ve all had to adjust to the craziness of this year, but some students across the world, from preschoolers to graduate students, had to learn virtually, and it’s been difficult on the students and teachers. That’s why a lot of students are showing their appreciation for teachers and professors everywhere as they’ve had to get creative and figure out how to teach curriculum on a Zoom call. This group of students from the College of New Jersey said thanks to their professor over Zoom, and his reaction is just priceless. Here is another of students surprising their college professor. These students said thanks to their Spanish teacher, and her reaction is so heartwarming.
Are your kids doing school virtually? We want to see what your home classroom looks like
Whether your children have already begun their school year or you’re still preparing, due to delays, there are many who are choosing to keep their kids home to learn as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. Parents are doing their best to adapt, and we applaud every parent for the decision they’re making -- regardless of what that is. But for those who are keeping kids home for virtual learning, we want to see exactly how you’re adapting. What does the “classroom” you’ve created look like? We’d love to see what kinds of ideas parents have come up with, and we have a feeling other parents might appreciate some good ideas, too.
San Antonio area volleyball teams adapting to shorter schedules, strict guidelines
San Antonio area volleyball teams adapting to shorter schedules, strict guidelinesPublished: August 17, 2020, 12:22 amWith rapidly dwindling schedules and steadily increasing health and safety guidelines, high school volleyball teams across the greater San Antonio area have been forced to adapt quickly in order to stay prepared for the upcoming season.
Police in one country are using drones to enforce social distancing
Police in Singapore have taken an extraordinary step to ensure people are following social distancing rules. In a 3 1/2-month trial, police have used 22-pound pilotless drones, developed by Israel’s Airobotics, as a way to enforce social distancing and contain the spread of COVID-19, according to Reuters. Airobotics CEO Ran Krauss told Reuters the company is simply helping police maintain normal operations, specifically related to COVID-19. “The pandemic created a situation where it might be difficult for police to maintain,” Krauss said. The trial continues on in the social distancing aspect, according to Airobotics, and Krauss said the company is in talks with other cities to deploy drones.
A roundup of social distancing-friendly events, places in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO From art to drive-in movie screenings to kayaking, now is the time to head outdoors and see what San Antonio has to offer, even during a pandemic. See a list below for some additional social distancing-friendly events and places in San Antonio. Drive-thru at San Antonio ZooDrive-thru sessions are still being held on Fridays and Saturdays in August. Volunteers, artists and Centro San Antonio staff painted words that celebrate dark skin in the streets around Travis Park. For a full list of state parks within driving distance of San Antonio, click here.
Lack of social distancing is killing people in Del Rio
No one in Del Rio knew the answer to that question — but so far, it’s not 48. Dionisia Valadez, 88, had been living in a long-term care facility in Del Rio when staff placed the building on lock-down in March. The lack of social distancing in Del Rio has made COVID-19 worse, and likely cost people their lives. Then in May, Texas began to reopen gradually and things in Del Rio changed over the course of the summer holidays. Gutierrez said the summer is when Del Rio adults want to be at Lake Amistad and Del Rio teenagers want to visit San Antonio.
Aerial footage shows large crowd at Los Angeles mansion hours before fatal shooting
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Three people were shot, one fatally, early Tuesday during a party attended by hundreds of people at a Los Angeles mansion, authorities said. Police responded to reports of gunfire around 1 a.m. at the gated hillside home in the Beverly Crest neighborhood, Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Chan said. To prevent the virus spread, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has banned parties of all sizes. When bars initially closed because of the pandemic, police reported receiving an increase in calls about large, illicit parties at private homes, the Los Angeles Times reported. In May, officers responded to a raging Los Angeles house party with more than 100 people that ended when a partygoer accidentally shot himself in the groin.
Voices of mask-wearers and opponents around the world
The only person who was wearing a mask while talking to the AP at Red Square was Vladimir Ingatyev. "You want to treat people like you'd want them to treat you so you've got to wear one," Ignatyev said. The wearing of face masks is causing a cacophony of human argument around the world. I try to wear a face mask so that at least I won’t catch it and also to avoid causing trouble for others.” — Reyhane Rajaei, a tattoo artist in Tehran. ___“People often don’t wear their mask properly — it’s the wrong way round or they wear it like this (pulls mask under his chin).
CDC: COVID-19 patients can end isolation after 10 days if no symptoms
SAN ANTONIO People who tested positive for COVID-19 can exit isolation and resume normal activity after 10 days if they no longer have symptoms, according to new guidance from health officials. The Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance that states COVID-19 patients who never developed symptoms no longer need a negative test to be considered recovered if 10 days have passed since their positive result. For most COVID-19 patients with symptoms, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after they first experienced symptoms, and they no longer have a fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, the CDC states. According to the New York Times, COVID-19 patients were able to be considered if they twice tested negative for the virus within 24 hours. With a surge in coronavirus tests in Texas and across the country, the new guidelines may help relieve clogs at laboratories, as previously COVID-19 patients dont need to return for yet another test.
Mask mandate appears to be helping in Texas, but experts ask Gov. Greg Abbott not to rule out a shutdown
Scientific Report shows that the mask mandate is successfully slowing the spread of COVID-19 in North Texas. Public health experts say more time is needed to see if daily case numbers hold steady or, ideally, decline which would also lead to fewer hospitalizations and deaths. New York, one of the countrys earliest hot spots, began requiring face masks in mid-April; Abbott announced Texas statewide mask order July 2. Disease modelers pointed to recent findings to bolster the idea that mandatory mask-wearing is a highly effective public health strategy at least when there is widespread compliance. But public health experts say shutdowns are an effective measure that may be appropriate in areas with severe outbreaks.
UT-Austin preparing to allow 50% occupancy in the stands when football season starts Sept. 5
A University of Texas football game at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin on Sept. 7, 2019. Eddie Gaspar/The Daily TexanThe University of Texas at Austin will kick off the football season Sept. 5, albeit with a stadium open at half its capacity, athletics officials told ticket holders Monday. I want you to know that as we are working toward hosting football games this season, our number one priority remains the health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans," Del Conte wrote. But officials have pushed forward with kicking off the football season as planned. Earlier this month, Del Conte said the annual game between the Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners would continue, even as organizers canceled the State Fair of Texas, held on the same weekend and in close proximity.
Health experts: Wait 8 days after COVID-19 exposure to get tested if asymptomatic
SAN ANTONIO Health experts in San Antonio are advising people to wait for more than a week to get tested for COVID-19 if they believe they were exposed to the virus but are not feeling the effects. UT Health San Antonio states if people have been exposed, but arent showing symptoms, then they should quarantine immediately but wait eight days for a test. UT Health San Antonio experts offer new COVID-19 testing adviceBefore those eight days, theres a 60-70% chance of a negative result, she said. UT Health officials do not advise people to go to an emergency room for a COVID-19 test. San Antonio doctor, teacher, psychologist weigh in
Workplaces should close for 24-hours, clean if employee has COVID-19, infectious disease specialist says
Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist at the UT Health San Antonios Long School of Medicine, told KSAT 12 News during an interview on Thursday that employers should follow certain protocols as the citys COVID-19 trend worsens. When an employee tests positive for the virus, she says, managers should tell people who may have been exposed. Berggren said work areas that an infected person came into contact with should be closed for at least 24 hours and deep cleaned. The City of San Antonio did not immediately respond to questions about a possible change in requirements for businesses following the uptick in cases. Here are the San Antonio Metro Health guidelinesWhich face mask should I be using?
Sippin safely: Texas-based company selling zipper masks
SAN ANTONIO One Texas company founded by three women has created a practical face mask to use while drinking and eating. Shut Your Mouth has invented colorful face masks with zippers at the mouth, making it perfect for sipping on a straw or eating small snacks. The three friends, from Houston, said they created the zipper masks because they wanted to help people by encouraging them to follow safety protocols during the coronavirus pandemic. Shut your mouth, but look great while doing it.778 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths reported in Bexar CountyThe zipper masks are priced at $34.99, but the company also sells masks without a zipper for $18.99. These should not be unzipped for other reasons as it will defeat the purpose of the cover, the website states.
Heres what to do if someone in your household is COVID-19 positive
SAN ANTONIO Social distancing and quarantining are among the steps people can take to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19, but living in the same household with someone with the virus can make that difficult. City officials say to stay in separate rooms, give patients their own trash cans and trash bags, leave meals at their door and wear a face mask when entering their quarantine room. A new study shows homemade masks can be most effectiveIf a bathroom is shared, it should be thoroughly cleaned after each use. Gloves should be worn and hands should be washed after handling items the patient has touched, officials said. For more information, visit our website at https://t.co/WIQ66VmbMp or call 210-207-5779. pic.twitter.com/psfzikbe3a City of San Antonio+= (@COSAGOV) July 7, 2020COVID-19 patients should also be monitored for their breathing and tightening in their chests.
Bexar County Fire Marshals Office urges safe fireworks use in small group gatherings this Fourth of July
BEXAR COUNTY, Texas With many public fireworks shows canceled amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, people are choosing to have their own displays at home in Bexar County. Reminder: Hand sanitizer and fireworks a recipe for disasterThe Bexar County Fire Marshals Office urges people living outside of city limits to use caution and be aware of their surroundings when using fireworks. Fireworks are not a toy, so if youre going to be using them, make sure theres an adult present. And secondly, we want to make sure that theres a water source nearby, said Eric Maldonado, a spokesperson for the Fire Marshals Office. Wolff has issued an order saying that gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people within your household and no large outdoor gatherings, he added.
Tips for signing up for a gym membership during the pandemic
SAN ANTONIO With the temperatures heating up for the summer, you may be considering a gym membership to escape the sun. But joining a gym may sometimes become a big commitment if youre required to sign an agreement, and not all facilities offer the same benefits. Here are a few important questions to ask your membership representative to see if a gym is right for you:What are the hours of operation? Watch out for these COVID-19 scamsOnce youve asked your questions and youre sure youve found the right gym, read your agreement carefully. To submit your money questions for our GMSA at 9 Money: Its Personal series, which airs on Tuesday mornings, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Money: Its Personal story idea.
From voting to grocery shopping: The risk level associated with 6 activities during the COVID-19 pandemic
Its probably low to moderate risk if the voter is wearing a mask and if everyone else is wearing a mask, said Patterson. Health experts and elections administrators also recommend voting early on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, days when the polls usually see less traffic. Grocery ShoppingGrocery shopping can be relatively safe as long as people are wearing face coverings and staying socially distant when possible. As soon as you consume alcohol, your inhibitions are lowered and youre going to be less likely to observe all of these measures, said Berggren. This weeks episode of KSAT Explains will focus on the battle brewing across Texas over the proposed expansion of mail-in voting.
Trump addresses a socially distanced West Point graduation
President Donald Trump on Saturday addressed 1,107 graduates who gathered at the US Military Academy at West Point for the academy's annual commencement. West Point is a universal symbol of American gallantry, loyalty, devotion, discipline, and skill," Trump began his address, reading from a teleprompter. The West Point superintendent, Army Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, told NBC's "Today" show in a segment Friday morning that "we're happy that (Trump's) coming." West Point graduates occupy prominent roles in the Trump administration, including Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pompeo's two closest aides at the State Department, Brian Bulatao and Ulrich Brechbuhl. This story has been updated with comments from Trumps speech at West Point.
Social distance speed dating opportunity in San Antonio this weekend
SAN ANTONIO Has the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on your social, dating and love life? The Good Kind is hoping to bring back the opportunity to have some social human interaction. San Antonios Chicken N Pickle opens pickleball courts, sets grand opening dateYou can search for love 6 feet apart at their Dating at a Social Distance event on Saturday, May 30. The Good Kind, located at 1127 S. St. Marys Street, has an outdoor garden lounge where the speed dating will take place. This social distance dating event will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
As beachgoers pack Port Aransas for Memorial Day, U.S. officials say to heed social distancing rules
SAN ANTONIO – This Memorial Day is like no other in the United States, but beachgoers in Port Aransas tried to bring a sense of normalcy over the weekend. At the beach, people gathered to sunbathe and enjoy the warm weather, while some tried to practice social distancing. ‘If I get it, everybody else is going to get it': Crowds head to Comal River over Memorial Day weekendMemorial Day marks the first major holiday amid Gov. Beachgoers are being urged to practice social distancing to guard against COVID-19. People gather on the beach for the Memorial Day weekend in Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday, May 23, 2020.
For some, forgoing masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic has become a political statement
Public health experts have advised the use of masks, especially in public spaces. Public health experts have looked on in dismay at the sight of public places and protests where throngs of people crowd together without protective face gear. We should definitely be wearing masks in any public place, said Paige Brann, a student who lives in Spring Branch. Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner both regularly wear face coverings during livestreamed press briefings. Payne said its important for public officials to talk to health experts and get informed opinions to the public.
Governor Greg Abbott encourages Texans to wear face coverings in PSA
AUSTIN, Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday released a public service announcement encouraging Texans to do their part to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by following best practices. Be a Texan," urges residents to practice social distancing in public, wear a face covering and wash their hands regularly as the Lone Star State begins to open up. Greg Abbott is cracking down on cities enforcement of COVID-19 orders, but many already took a lax approachIn late March, Gov. But on April 27, Abbott said Texans could not be fined for not wearing masks. A report from the San Antonio Police Department states the manager told him he needed to wear a mask while inside the store.
Padre Island National Seashore cancels popular turtle release events for the summer
SAN ANTONIO The Padre Island National Seashore will not hold public turtle releases, which were known to attract up to 1,200 spectators, this summer due to the pandemic. The National Park Service announced Wednesday that the events at the seashore will be suspended in accordance with social distancing guidelines, according to a news release. These public release events have become increasingly popular and regularly draw crowds between 700 and 1,200 participants, the release states. Then came the hate mailDuring the events, Kemps Ridley sea turtles, the most endangered of all sea turtle species, are released to the gulf. The Padre Island National Seashore has resumed overnight camping as Gov.
San Antonio Museum of Art to reopen to the public by end of May
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Museum of Art has announced when it will reopen to members and the public, with limitations. SAMA announced Tuesday that it will reopen to museum members on May 26 and to the general public on May 28. Greg Abbotts reopening orders, the museum will operate at a 25% capacity limit. Interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas and interactive games, must remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Day cares open now in Texas; Schools, youth camps can reopen by end of May
Greg Abbott says schools, day cares and youth camps can reopen to kids. Abbott announced that child care centers and youth clubs can reopen immediately, and camps and youth sports can open on May 31. Child care centers also include other places that provide care and education, according to guidelines from the Governors Strike Force to Open Texas. Until now, some day cares closed entirely as others stayed open only to service essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. If a COVID-19 case is confirmed among students or staff, the facility must report it to Child Care Licensing and the local health department.
New reservation system put in place at Six Flags theme parks to ensure proper social distancing
SAN ANTONIO – Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is putting a new system in place when they reopen to ensure proper social distancing. According to a press release, the new guest reservation system is the new process that will allow parks to manage daily attendance levels and avoid overcrowding in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Fiesta Texas donates food, toilet paper to food bank and hospitalThe day before your visit you will get an email confirming your reservation. The reservation process is not open yet but will be activated once park reopening dates are announced. Six Flags Fiesta Texas and other Six Flags parks were closed in March as COVID-19 cases began to increase.
This Florida city is cracking down after 12,000 pounds of trash were hauled from its beaches
(CNN) -- When beaches in Cocoa Beach reopened last weekend, people flocked to the sand -- and the trash came with them. Two weekends ago, teams collected 297 bags of trash -- at 40 pounds a bag, that's almost 12,000 pounds, Bobbitt said. The staff and volunteers at Keep Brevard Beautiful typically clear the 100 trash cans on the beaches of Cocoa Beach about three times a day, he said. Police are dispatching more officers to the beach to focus on litter violations and that started this weekend, Cocoa Beach Detective Sgt. Normally, Cocoa Beach is one of the few places in the state that permits drinking on the beach.
Officials: 40 people cited for illegal gambling and social distancing violation after 8-liner bust
SAN ANTONIO – Forty people are detained after an 8-liner bust on the South Side, according to San Antonio police. However, after arriving on scene, officers determined no shooting had occurred and no one was injured. After going inside the residence, authorities found 40 people using 40 8-liners. SAPD: Two men shot dead in vehicle after ‘drug deal went sideways’ on North SideOfficials issued citations to all 40 people for violating the city’s ordinance for social distancing and for illegal gambling. We’ll bring more updates as they become available.
What San Antonians need to know before going to the movies
SAN ANTONIO – Closures of non-essential businesses like bars, bowling alleys and movie theaters were announced on March 14 by Governor Greg Abbott to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Movie tickets are only $5 and all showtimes are listed on Santikos’ main website. “We’ve trained our staff on opening and closing doors, and we’ve really eliminated contact points throughout the whole theater,” Brooks said. The grab and go options like chips, candy or bottled sodas aren’t available, but Brooks said main items remain available for purchase. “Again, we eliminated a touchpoint of a cup, going back to one of our freestyle machines or ICEE machines.
PHOTOS: Hundreds of people visit Surfside Beach, but many didn’t respect social distancing
HOUSTON – Surfside Beach was busy with visitors Saturday. The majority of the people seem not to be respecting social distancing guidelines or didn’t wear a face mask or covering. Hundreds of people visit Surfside Beach, but many didn’t respect social distancing. On April 7, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta ordered the temporary closures to county parks, including Quintana Park and Stephen F. Austin Park. Hundreds of people visit Surfside Beach, but many didn’t respect social distancing.
Social distancing? A website will pay you to watch your favorite Disney movie
SAN ANTONIO – A “dream” job has opened up for Disney fans practicing social distancing. Reviews.com is hiring 10 movie lovers for the “Disney+ Dream Job," which pays people to watch their favorite Disney movie. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus: How to try streaming services for free during coronavirus quarantineThe deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on April 10, according to Reviews.com. They can send an email to email@example.com with “Dream Job” in the subject line, and their name and favorite Disney movie in the message. These San Antonio-area restaurants are offering To-Go dealsThe last time Reviews.com opened the job in October, more than 51,000 people applied.
Second pastor charged with violating public orders says church doors will still be open on Sunday
(CNN) -- For the second time in two days, police have charged a pastor with defying public orders against large gatherings by holding church services with hundreds of members. And despite the charge, he says the church doors will still be open Sunday. On Tuesday police in suburban Baton Rouge, Louisiana, issued Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church a misdemeanor summons for six counts of violating the governor's executive order barring large gatherings. Spell told CNN that opening the church is no more risk than the hundreds of people shopping at stores. Spell has told CNN he believes the pandemic is "politically motivated."
Boerne mayor connecting with constituents through social media
BOERNE, Texas – Boerne Mayor Tim Handren has been using social media to stay in touch with his community during the coronavirus pandemic. “There’s no playbook for this -- when you step into a role as mayor -- that says, 'Here’s how you handle a COVID-19 situation,” Handren said. He said the city had to decide to close Boerne City Lake Park because there were too many people gathering this past week. “They’re going out there to hang out together, and that’s kind of not abiding by the principles that we are all setting.”As of Tuesday, there are seven confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kendall County. That includes our county, our school districts, cities of Fair Oaks and Boerne.”COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
Proud Grandfather Meets His New Grandson Through a Window Due to Social Distancing
Social distancing lead to a proud new grandfather in Ireland recently meeting his newborn grandchild in a unique way -- through a window. “Three generations of social distancing as my dad meets his grandson for the first time 😭😭😭,” Emma captioned the photo. “Also Faolán is my nephew and it is my brother Míchéal holding him. Also Faolán is my nephew and it is my brother Míchéal holding him. See more on how people are coping with social distancing across the globe below.
’It’s not a game:’ Boerne mayor passionately speaks out on importance of social distancing
BOERNE, Texas – Boerne Mayor Tim Handren isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to addressing the public in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Handren took to Facebook Live Monday morning and seemed perplexed by the fact that some people still weren’t practicing social distancing. “There are some people that frankly still don’t believe this is real, which I don’t get," Handren said. HANDREN LIVE: Mayor Tim Handren has an update on the situation in Boerne regarding COVID-19. Posted by City of Boerne - City Government on Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
WATCH: Why is social distancing important?
Dr. Robert Frolichstein, an emergency room doctor working in San Antonio, discusses the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March. MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT:
Can I go to the grocery store? Here’s what you should know about social distancing
CNN – To stop the spread of coronavirus, health officials have instructed the public to practice social distancing -- staying home, avoiding crowds and refraining from touching one another. Practice as much social distancing as your work allows. "Social distancing does not mean social isolation. But before you do, call the daycare center or meet with staff to ensure they're implementing social distancing measures. How long will we have to keep social distancing?
Kill germs with 2 ingredients
SAN ANTONIO – No hand sanitizer? Adeina Anderson, of Creative Lifestyles with Adeina , shares how to make a simple hand sanitizer recipe in the comfort and safety of your own home. *According to the CDC , alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs. Ingredients:• Isopropyl alcohol (It is best to use a bottle of 99% isopropyl alcohol)• Aloe veraDirections:Fill up plastic container with three-quarters 99% isopropyl alcohol, one-quarter aloe vera. WARNING: Experts note that if you don’t mix the right amounts of alcohol to aloe vera, you could damage your skin.
VIDEO: GMSA anchors Mark Austin, Leslie Mouton practice social distancing during newscast
Mark Austin is well-known to South Texas viewers having spent the bulk of his TV news career at KSAT. After brief stints at two stations in East Texas, Mark came to San Antonio as a freelance reporter in late 1998. He joined KSAT 12 News just months later.