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Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 30: Teacher Not Wearing Mask Infects Half the Class

Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 30: Teacher Not Wearing Mask Infects Half the Class

An unidentified and non-vaccinated elementary school teacher who took off her mask to read to the class ended up infecting nearly half of them last May, public health officials in California reported Friday.
Members of the class went on to infect other students, family members at home, and people in the community at large.
The teacher reported for work despite having Covid-19 symptoms, it was reported in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s …

Coronavirus News Update – July 23: 3 States Now Responsible for 40% of all U.S. Cases

Coronavirus News Update – July 23: 3 States Now Responsible for 40% of all U.S. Cases

The United States has “fundamentally changed the course of this pandemic” and the pandemic is now one of the unvaccinated.   Three states – Florida, Missouri, and Texas – are currently responsible for 40% of all cases in the United States. “For the second week in a row, one in five of all cases occurring in Florida alone,” Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters Thursday, adding that, …

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines announced the addition of almost 150 new flights to what it termed “warm-weather cities” come winter.
The additions are part of the airline’s preparations for a return to normalcy in air travel.
“United has prepared for the return of air travel for more than a year, matching its flying schedule and aircraft availability to demand by maintaining close coordination between its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups,” it …

Porter Airlines to Restart Some Operations in Early September

Porter Airlines to Restart Some Operations in Early September

Porter Airlines said it will return to the skies and recall 500 employees from furlough.
The move comes some 18 months after suspending flights amidst the coronavirus-induced downturn in travel.
The airline will first restore flights to and from Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, St. John’s, NL, Thunder Bay, and Toronto on September 8, followed by the addition of transborder destinations in the United States including Chicago, New York, and Washington, …

American Airlines Marks 80 Years of Service to Canada

American Airlines Marks 80 Years of Service to Canada

Eighty years ago today, June 24, American Airlines operated its first-ever flight from the United States to Canada.
The flight, which flew from Buffalo to Toronto, was operated using a Douglas DC-3 aircraft with 21 passengers on board.
The airline credits the flight with paving the way for its international expansion.
The DC-3 was built as a result of a lengthy telephone call between American Airlines CEO C.R. Smith and Douglas Aircraft CEO …

Historic Palmer House in Chicago Reopens Just in Time to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

Historic Palmer House in Chicago Reopens Just in Time to Celebrate 150th Anniversary

The historic Palmer House hotel in Chicago reopened its doors to guests on Thursday following a year-long closure.
The shutdown was precipitated due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
The Palmer House hotel, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary, first opened its doors to guests on September 26, 1871, 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and it reopened in 1873, after its …

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United to Boost July Schedule as Travel Returns

United Airlines said it plans to operate 80% of its U.S. schedule in July as compared to the same month in 2019.  Compared to June 2021, it will increase its domestic network by 17%.
The Chicago-based carrier is resuming discontinued flights and adding new routes.
The plans for July call for new routes to Bozeman, Montana; Orange County, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Yellowstone/Cody, Wyoming.  In addition, the carrier will adjust its …