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Researchers say efforts to track the status of coronavirus in a South Coast college community also shows a COVID-19 test they’ve developed may be an important new tool in the battle against the virus. UC Santa Barbara biologist Carolina Arias and a team of colleagues targeted young adults at UCSB, Isla Vista, and Goleta. More than 1800 volunteers were tested in two batches from May to June, and June to July.

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It was a good day Tuesday on the Central and South Coasts in the battle against coronavirus, with less than 100 new cases reported in the region, and San Luis Obispo County dropping from the most restrictive closure tier.

Ventura County had 42 additional cases, Santa Barbara County 25 and San Luis Obispo County just 15.  More than 24,600 cases have been reported in the region since the start of the pandemic, with most of those diagnosed with the disease already recovered.

A South Coast community college district will be sticking with mostly remote classes for its Spring, 2021 semester.

Ventura County Community College District officials say they are making the announcement now so its more than 30,000 students, and 1700 staff members will know what to expect in January.

Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges are currently offering mostly remote classes.  There are strict safety protocols in place for the few classes which can’t be properly offered remotely.

A 2018 missing persons case has led to a grim discovery on the Central Coast, and the arrest of two people on murder related charges.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say evidence led to a search by divers of a lake at a San Luis Obispo County golf course.  Human remains were recovered from the Blacklake Golf Course in Nipomo.

Ventura County has tweaked one of its coronavirus related health orders to try to help bars, breweries, and other places which serve alcohol on-site.

They had to close at 10 p.m., even on Friday and Saturday nights.  Now, they can stay open until 11.  But, other restrictions still apply. 

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Coronavirus On The Central & South Coasts

It was a good day Tuesday on the Central and South Coasts in the battle against coronavirus, with less than 100 new cases reported in the region, and San Luis Obispo County dropping from the most restrictive closure tier.

Ventura County had 42 additional cases, Santa Barbara County 25 and San Luis Obispo County just 15.  More than 24,600 cases have been reported in the region since the start of the pandemic, with most of those diagnosed with the disease already recovered.

A South Coast community college district will be sticking with mostly remote classes for its Spring, 2021 semester.

Ventura County Community College District officials say they are making the announcement now so its more than 30,000 students, and 1700 staff members will know what to expect in January.

Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges are currently offering mostly remote classes.  There are strict safety protocols in place for the few classes which can’t be properly offered remotely.

Ventura County has tweaked one of its coronavirus related health orders to try to help bars, breweries, and other places which serve alcohol on-site.

They had to close at 10 p.m., even on Friday and Saturday nights.  Now, they can stay open until 11.  But, other restrictions still apply. 

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Swastika, New York, Is Keeping Its Name

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Michael Alcamo lives in New York City but loves cycling through the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York, with their tiny towns and hamlets and historical cemeteries.

He was on a trip like this, winding through a remote stretch this summer, when he noticed something else, a small brown street sign with the name "Swastika."

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While the much of the world is on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, about 50 cats are roamig around one rooftop in the Moroccan capital of Rabat.

Big cats, little cats. Cats with one eye. Cats with three legs. In this one makeshift shelter, it's both young and old, sick and strong — all together.

"I've been surrounded by animals from the moment I could open my eyes," says Ahmed Tazi. He runs the shelter with his family, who own the adjacent apartment.

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