All the Kentucky school employees, teachers who died from COVID: List

Andrew M. Santos

Small cities in their own right, school districts cannot educate children without a variety of professionals working together to keep a building operating.

Each school needs its teachers and counselors, its custodians, coaches, bus drivers and monitors, its cafeteria workers, attendance clerks and so much more.

Across Kentucky, schools have suffered the loss of at least 30 employees due to the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, though there are at least 30 more whose cause of death could not be confirmed by The Courier Journal.

They were the ones who advised against bullying and cheered touchdowns from the sidelines. They made sure students who arrived hungry had enough sustenance to make it through their classes and when schools shuttered, they turned their operations mobile.

Tasked with preparing the next generation — the pandemic proved to be the most trying time in their profession. Some fell victim very short

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Racial Gap in COVID Vaccinations Nearly Eliminated: Survey

Andrew M. Santos

The racial gap in COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. is closing, according to a new survey.

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Covid Vaccine Monitor published on Tuesday found that “similar shares of adults now report being vaccinated across racial and ethnic groups.”

According to the poll, more than seven in 10 (72 percent) of adults reported receiving at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. This included 71 percent of white adults, 70 percent of Black adults, and 73 percent of Hispanic adults. The telephone sample was of 1,519 adults ages 18 and older (including interviews from 339 Hispanic adults and 306 non-Hispanic Black adults).

A much wider racial gap was reported earlier in the nation’s vaccination campaign, driven by several factors including a mistrust of the health care system.

The same survey in May showed that 56 percent of Black adults and 57 percent of Hispanic adults

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Huntington Beach restaurant rebuffs COVID precautions, wants unvaccinated diners

Andrew M. Santos

A sign outside Basilico’s restaurant in Huntington Beach says patrons must be unvaccinated to enter. (Madeleine Hordinski / Los Angeles Times)

When restaurants across California halted indoor dining as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March 2020, Basilico’s Pasta e Vino in Huntington Beach continued to welcome patrons.

When officials issued an order for establishments to mandate face coverings to stem the spread of the virus, the Orange County eatery declared itself a mask-free zone and required that diners remove them before entering.

This week, the Italian restaurant issued another decree: Proof of being unvaccinated is required for entry.

Two signs bearing the message were taped to the windows of the restaurant, which is nestled between a gym and a sustainable beauty salon in a small strip mall at Hamilton Avenue and Brookhurst Street.

“We have zero tolerance for treasonous, anti-American stupidity,” the signs read.

Although an employee confirmed

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Lisa Maffia opens her own beauty salon despite Covid nearly wrecking her dream

Andrew M. Santos

Lisa Maffia has told fans how the pandemic almost totally destroyed her business dream.

The former So Solid Crew star has opened her own beauty salon in Margate, Kent, but says it nearly didn’t happen.

Salon 48’s door are now open and the 41-year-old star has revealed how she just couldn’t give up.

Covid nearly wrecked her business plan as salons were forced to close for much of the last year but Lisa is now able to offer customers treatments including teeth whitening and massages in the coastal hot spot.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Lisa has told about how she refused to be beaten by the deadly bug and the lockdown that almost spoiled it all.

She now says she wants to see fans – and give them some fantastic treatments.

Lisa Maffia explained how she couldn’t let Covid destroy her hard work

She wrote: “On the

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