Share Of Positive COVID-19 Cases As Texas Reopened Was Higher Than Originally Reported, New State Calculations Show



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By Shawn Mulcahy, The Texas Tribune Sept. 16, 2020

State health officials published new data this week that showed the state’s coronavirus positivity rate was higher in the spring than originally disclosed, even as public officials cited the data to justify business reopenings during the pandemic.

The Department of State Health Services announced a new method Monday for calculating the positivity rate, or the proportion of positive tests, and conceded that the previous method obscured the extent of viral transmission by combining old and new cases. The new formula relies on the date a coronavirus test was administered, rather than the date it was reported to health officials and verified as a case.

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As Texas prepared for the first phase of reopening in late April, Gov. Greg Abbott repeatedly pointed to the state’s positivity rate, even as the number of new cases and deaths

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Positive Swedish Jobs Data Bolsters Riksbank Ahead of Meeting

Sweden’s seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped to 9.1% from 9.2% a month earlier, Statistics Sweden reported.

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The unemployment rate in Sweden fell more than expected in August as the labor market in Scandinavia’s biggest economy shows further signs of revival.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate dropped to 9.1% from 9.2% a month earlier, Statistics Sweden reported. Economists were expecting a reading of 9.2%, according to the median of nine estimates from a Bloomberg survey.

The unadjusted rate declined to 8.8% from 8.9% the month prior. In August, there were 5.1 million employed persons aged 15-74, not seasonally adjusted, equating to an employment rate of 67.9%.

“The unemployment rate appears to be forming a peak, much ahead of most forecasts,” said Danske Bank chief economist Michael Grahn.

While the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has seen Swedish unemployment jump from 6.8% in March, weekly data has recently

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IEA chief praises Little’s school-funding restoration move as ‘positive step’ | Eye on Boise

Idaho Education Association President Layne McInelly issued a statement today welcoming Gov. Brad Little’s announcement that he’ll fully restore the $99 million cut from the K-12 school budget this year as “welcome and encouraging news.” McInelly had called for the funding restoration earlier this week after state revenues came in well ahead of projections. Today’s announcement is that the state will tap federal CARES Act funds to make up the cuts. Here is McInelly’s full statement:

“Today’s announcement from Governor Little that $99 million will be made available to Idaho’s K-12 public schools is welcome and encouraging news. These funds essentially backfill the $98.7 million that was held back in the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis and will certainly be put to great use for students and professional educators. Opening our schools safely requires additional personnel and resources, and this restoration of funds will enable school districts to better

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Positive Parenting: Self-control: Critical skill for kids | Positive Parenting

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — As parents we feed our kids and make sure they get exercise to keep their bodies strong. We expose them to new experiences so their minds grow. Science now shows that certain interactions between parents and children actually change the structure of their brains, improving their social and emotional skills into adulthood.

Many of the teens in the Allegheny Youth Development judo class signed up to practice basic self-defense.

“You move like this. Then you pin them to the mat,” explained Cymiar Woods.

Beyond training their bodies, these boys and girls are learning principles of self-control that give them a mental and emotional edge.

“When I get mad, I can calm down more,” shared Caeden Basking.

“When he has to focus and follow instructions, it helps him in school, too,” said Jackie Woods, Cymiar and Caeden’s grandmother.

Jamie Hanson, PhD, psychologist at University of Pittsburgh,

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Gold is flat as positive U.S. jobs data boosts dollar

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Gold was flat on Friday, reversing course as better-than-expected U.S. employment data bolstered the dollar, putting bullion on course for a weekly decline of more than 2%.

Spot gold erased early and traded flat at $1,930.11 per ounce. U.S. gold futures settled $3.50 lower at $1,934.30.

“Gold’s correlation with the dollar has been elevated, especially over the past couple of weeks and bullion is being weighed down by the bounce in the greenback following the solid report, especially the unemployment rate,” said Tai Wong, head of base and precious metals derivatives trading at BMO.

The dollar index was up 0.5%, putting it on track for its best week since early April and making the metal expensive for holders of other currencies. Data showed nonfarm payrolls increased

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Reskilling and Upskilling Training Tips to Create a Positive Employee Experience

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Reskilling and upskilling are having an extended moment in the spotlight. Already a key priority for many companies, a recent report from TalentLMS indicated that since the COVID crisis began 42% of companies have increased their reskilling and upskilling efforts and 74% of employees who didn’t receive any additional skill training said they would prefer to work for a company that did.

Reskilling refers to learning initiatives that teach employees new skills that prepare them to move to a new job within a business. Upskilling improves an employee’s existing skillset and adds to their capabilities and knowledge. Businesses upskill employees to give them greater responsibility and prepare them to take on more senior roles.

Both learning initiatives provide growth opportunities within a company, and help to improve company culture, increase retention and resilience, and make for a more positive employee experience.

Creating a Culture of

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