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Google is publicizing your location data due to coronavirus; how Georgia can be affected

Taking a page out of George Orwell’s “1984”, Google has officially launched a tool that publicizes users’ location and movements in order to help health officials develop a plan of attack for COVID-19, according to the company’s blog post. The first data report was published on April 3. These findings are “Community Mobility Reports”: They detail the places people have ...

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This generation must vote to change America

From COVID-19 to the Black Lives Matter protests, 2020 has opened the eyes of this generation. We have faced unspeakable tragedies in less than a year, and still we remain strong. The next step in improving our country is to vote. The semester of spring 2020 was cut short when news got out about COVID-19 being confirmed as the start ...

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Kamala Harris may break barriers this upcoming election

From running against each other to joining the same ticket, it is time to clear the air about Senator Kamala Harris and her intentions with Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden. Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee, Kamala Harris has had citizens on the edge of their seat since running in the 2020 election back in Jan. 21, 2019. After dropping out of the ...

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A Look into Lowndes County Ballot

The presidential candidates aren’t the only people running this November. The Public Service Commissioners for Lowndes County will also be held with Republican candidate Jason Shaw and Democratic candidate Robert Bryant. According to the State of Georgia’s Public Service Commission, the role of a public service commissioner is deciding reasonable rates of utilities for Georgia citizens. The main utilities include ...

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2020 U.S. Census affects students financially

When one thinks of the year 2020, they might think of the presidential election, COVID-19 or the fact that we have entered a new decade. However, something that might get lost in all the madness is the 2020 census. The census is mandated by Article 1, section 2 of the Constitution that is a population count of every living person ...

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VSU COVID-19 updates compared to other Georgia colleges

VSU students no longer need to play the guessing game as VSU will begin conducting weekly data updates of COVID-19 cases on campus. “VSU will be releasing its data weekly and on Fridays starting this week,” Robbyn DeSpain, the director of strategic communications said. “The data that will be available is current active cases involving faculty/staff and current active cases ...

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CDC does not recommend masks with valves

All masks are not created equal. On Aug. 6, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that certain masks are not as effective as others. The University System of Georgia and CDC have partnered in requiring all schools providing face-to-face curriculum to wear masks on-campus for safety purposes. The four basic masks consist of surgical, cloth, KN95, and masks ...

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Parties on campus disregarding pandemic

Five parties have taken place in the just the first week of classes. Dr. Vince Miller, vice president for student affairs, is aware of at least one of these parties, and was quite shocked to learn that students were disregarding the safety standards in place. “A block party happened on campus,”  Dr. Miller said. “It was not expected. There were ...

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VSU reports new positive COVID-19 cases on campus

After almost two weeks of not having any updates of COVID-19 cases posted on the VSU website, VSU finally posted the current active cases on-campus on their COVID-19 News Center page. As of Friday Aug. 28, VSU currently has 18 students who have reported having COVID-19, according to the VSU update. There are 25 total positive COVID-19 cases that have ...

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City of Valdosta Mandates face coverings in public

On Aug. 27, the City of Valdosta released an ordinance that requires all residents to wear face coverings in public areas where it’s hard to maintain social distancing of 6-feet. This new ordinance followed Gov. Brian Kemp’s Executive Order which was released on Aug. 15 and allows local governments to issue face covering requirements. Valdosta businesses are not required to ...

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VSU receives large shipment of PPE for fall semester

Thanks to the University System of Georgia and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), VSU is prepared to hand out personal protective equipment to its students, faculty and staff throughout this upcoming fall semester. On July 23, USG announced that they would be distributing PPE to its 26 institutions. According to the USG website, USG has sent a total of ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!