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Kaitlin Gebby reports: Coronavirus cases in local schools have fallen in the last week, according to reports released Wednesday and Friday from county and city school systems.
Bradley County Schools and Cleveland City Schools release COVID-19 data on current active cases confirmed among students each week.
As of Wednesday, Cleveland City Schools reported 77 active cases of COVID-19, a decline of 41 cases since its report two days prior on Sept. 6. Cases have moved the needle from 102 total; 118 total, and now 77 total active cases in the city schools. The system began requiring masks on Tuesday with at least 646 students choosing to opt out of the requirement, leaving approximately 88% of the student population masked.
Bradley County Schools, which released a report Friday at 5 p.m., reported 99 total COVID-19 cases, another decline compared to its previous reports.
Prior to this week’s report, Bradley County Schools confirmed 230 active cases.
The decline in school cases comes as Bradley County as a whole has seen a decrease in its active cases and new daily cases for the last three days. Active cases peaked at 1,703 in Tuesday’s health department report, and have fallen to 1,521 cases as of Friday.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press announced Saturday that it plans to drastically scale back its print publications.
A letter to subscribers from Publisher Walter Hussman says the newspaper will only be printing hard copies on Sundays starting June 2022.
The letter goes on to say that the newspaper is planning to provide an iPad to all subscribers where users will be able to access a seven-day-a-week publication.
The letter says a handful of newspapers in other parts of the country have already made this digital transition.
The letter goes on to say that specially trained representatives with the newspaper will meet one-on-one with subscribers to explain the features of the iPad.
It’s been 20 years since the Twin Towers fell.
Cleveland firefighters Clay Sneed and Logan Helton came up with an idea to climb the height of the Twin Towers everyday for 20 straight days. They’re doing this in full gear that they said can weigh up to 45 pounds.
On top of that, they are running 3.43 miles everyday to honor those who didn’t return home on 9/11.
They are also raising money for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, which provides resources to the families of those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and tries to prevent future tragedies.
Everyday, they said they climb in honor of a different firefighter who died. On September 10th, they climbed in honor of Peter J Ganci Jr., who was the fire chief at the time of the attacks.