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Newsfeatures Budget for Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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^COVID-19 exodus fills vacation towns with new medical pressures<
^CORONAVIRUS-VACATION-TOWNS:KHN—<The staff at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital is accustomed to the number of patients tripling or even quadrupling each summer when wealthy Manhattanites flee the city for the Hamptons. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended everything.
The 125-bed hospital on the southern coast of Long Island has seen a huge upswing in demand for obstetrics and delivery services. The pandemic has families who once planned to deliver babies in New York or other big cities migrating to the Hamptons for the near term.
From the shores of Long Island to the resorts of the Rocky Mountains, traditional vacation destinations have seen a major influx of affluent people relocating to wait out the pandemic. But now as summer vacation season has ended, many families realize that working from home and attending school online can be done anywhere they can tether to the internet, and those with means are increasingly waiting it out in the poshest destinations.
1450 by Markian Hawryluk and Katheryn Houghton and Michelle Andrews. MOVED
^Coronavirus, Trump chill international enrollment at US colleges<
CMP-INTERNATIONAL-STUDENTS:SH — Chittawan Boonsitanon started junior year at Michigan State University last week from his home in Bangkok, 8,500 miles and half a world away. Boonsitanon said many international students decided months ago to take classes online, before Michigan State administrators in mid-August urged all undergraduates to stay home.
Between the coronavirus pandemic and racial justice protests rocking America, returning to East Lansing didn't seem like a good idea. "It's the health and safety of the United States that really concerns us," Boonsitanon said.
Administrators at Michigan State and other public colleges and universities nationwide say they expect fewer new international students to enroll this fall because of visa delays and safety fears.
1850 by Sophie Quinton in Washington. MOVED
^2020 hurricane hunting evolves with new technology in light of COVID-19 safety concerns<
WEA-HURRICANE-HUNTING:OS — When the hurricane hunter aircraft collected data for Hurricane Laura in August, most of the meteorologists analyzing it weren't on board. That's something new for 2020. They now work thousands of miles away in their own homes interpreting the data thanks to new software developed out of necessity in a COVID-19 world.
Systems on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's P-3 aircraft communicate with researchers, meteorologists and modelers on the ground in real time to produce accurate forecast updates. Usually, about three or four researchers from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division, keep track of those systems to make sure no errors occur, like a drop in satellite connection.
1150 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^It's tough to tell COVID-19 from smoke inhalation symptoms — and flu season's coming<
^CALIF-WILDFIRES-SMOKE-SYMPTOMS:KHN—<The patients walk into Dr. Melissa Marshall's community clinics in Northern California with the telltale symptoms. They're having trouble breathing. It may even hurt to inhale. They've got a cough, and the sore throat is definitely there.
A straight case of COVID-19? Not so fast. This is wildfire country.
Up and down the West Coast, hospitals and health facilities are reporting an influx of patients with problems most likely related to smoke inhalation.
But facilities already strapped for testing supplies and personal protective equipment must first rule out COVID-19 in these patients, because many of the symptoms they present with are the same as those caused by the virus.
1050 by Mark Kreidler. MOVED
^Overdoses rise in South Florida as people struggle with isolation from pandemic<
FLA-OVERDOSES:FL — More people who are out of work and isolated at home are dying of drug overdoses in South Florida, becoming overlooked victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florida reported 5,621 overdose deaths, a 14% increase from January 2019 to January 2020, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And in parts of South Florida, early numbers suggest 2020 could be even worse.
1400 by Andrew Boryga in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
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