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  • Terra Nova High School

    Terra Nova Times April 24, 2020Volume 14, Special Edition

    Despite all the changes to our school year, one thing has stayed the same: elections. Today, elec- tions for sophomore, junior, senior, ASB, and commissioner candidates will be open for voting. Voting will be held online, as it was last year. Usu- ally TN elections are a public affair, with posters in all of the hallways and around campus. Beginning last year, speeches were recorded in played in classrooms before voting. Due to the new AHL program, how- ever, campaigning has been forced to adapt. No longer can candidates do in-person campaigning. Instead, a virtual campaign has been underway. Amanda Mrad, the outgoing ASB president, said, “This year, all the campaigning is moved online. The candidates did a great job sending in self-recorded speeches which are posted on our Instagram @terranovapride. In ad- dition to the speeches on @terranovapride, several candidates have created campaign videos and posters that have been shared across social media by them- selves and their classmates. A link to the online bal- lot will be posted in English teacher’s Google Class- rooms and on social media. We will announce the winners of the election via social media next week.” Not seeing our fellow students has been a diffi - cult change, but this election aimed to create as much normalcy as possible. Mrad said, “The elections have been a nice way for students to reconnect with class- mates by communicating about the elections and seeing posts. It’s also nice to hear the candidate’s enthusiasm about the progress they are excited to make next year and do their best to support students next year after all the tough times we’ve had lately.” Mr. Escalante was unable to be reached for comment.

    In this troubling time, most of us are probably wondering when we will be able to return to normal everyday life. The real answer to that question is that there is no defi nitive answer as of right now; however, states all over the coun- try have been taking proactive steps and working together to reopen the economy. The “Western States Pact,” “Eastern States Pact,” and a coalition of Midwestern states have formed in order to coordinate a plan for their regions. On Apr. 3, the three governors of the Western coastal states — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee — announced that they would form this pact on reopening the three states’ econ- omies. Newsom highlighted six indica- tors that would enable a modifi cation for the stay at home order: “The ability to monitor and protect our communi- ties through testing, contact tracing, and supporting those who are positive or ex- posed; the ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19; the ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges; the ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand; the ability for businesses,

    Governors work together to get the job done

    Student body elections are today By Maile Harris Times staff writer

    By Catherine Raman Times staff writer

    Nina Young / Terra Nova Times

    Three groups of governors have banded together to plan how to reopen.

    Courtesy of Maile Harris

    Meet your candidates for the 2020-21 school year.

    schools, and child care facilities to sup- port physical distancing; the ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home, if necessary.” All of these indicators have to be taken into consideration before

    businesses and schools will reopen. Several Midwestern states have also decided to coordinate their reopenings, including Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Ken- tucky. The governors announced, “Our

    number one priority when analyzing when best to reopen our economy is the health and safety of our citizens.” Gover- nor of Indiana Eric Holcomb said, “We’re all thinking about that smart restart, opening of our states in a very gradual, methodical way if the numbers continue to hold and the trends continue to hold.” The Eastern States Pact is a pact be- tween seven eastern states, including New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylva- nia, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massa- chusetts, and New York, who have all decided to work together to gradually reopen their states safely. The goal of the Eastern States Pact, like that of the Western one, is to limit the potential out- breaks that may emerge in the process of reopening their states. Governor An- drew Cuomo of New York said during a press briefi ng that the decision will be made, “guided by experts, data and sci- ence.” These pacts were made shortly after President Trump said that he had the ultimate decision to reopen states, a statement quickly refuted by Con- stitutional scholars and pundits alike. Unfortunately, none of the plans contain the specifi cs yet as to how and when states will reopen; however, the various pacts indicate that the na- tion’s shelter in place will not last for- ever. There will be a unifi ed response soon as to how to open the economy.

  • 2 Terra Nova Times April 24, 2020

    Both large and small corporations are pitching in to help others

    By Peyton Dulay Times staff writer

    While many unessential busi- nesses have been forced to close as a result of COVID-19, those deemed essential have remained open and begun to step up and help their communities. Big companies such as Facebook and Yelp are donating millions to relief funds for small busi- nesses, whereas others have given directly to the healthcare

    industry. Ford Motor Company, Crocs, and All Birds are donat- ing healthcare supplies, Ford is 3D-printing face shields, and Crocs and All Birds are donating thousands of free shoes to health- care workers across the country. The main motive for these companies is to keep their em- ployees employed and to retain customers for the future. Ac- cording to a recent survey from the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s), re- searchers found that, “Fifty-six

    percent of consumers report being happy to learn about how brands are helping in response to the coronavirus pandemic.” The more that companies do- nate and organize charities, the more likely consumers are to support and purchase goods from those companies in the future. Many companies have lost a signifi cant amount of sales as consumers are forced into fi nancial insecurity due to a re- duction in wages. Since most people aren’t in a position to

    be spending money, companies have decided to support the broader economy by provid- ing for the healthcare industry. While many larger companies are stepping up to improve the general well being on a larger scale, many smaller and more local businesses have done the same on a smaller scale. Tripp Distillery, a local distillery, made the switch from manufacturing alcohol to making hand-sanitizer to keep the paychecks rolling. Jason Tripp, who owns the

    Antibody tests promising, come with concerns

    By Rose Kleinfeld Times staff writer

    Scientists all over the world are work- ing to discover more about COVID-19 using new testing methods. The medical fi eld is attempting to gauge how exten- sively the virus has spread and when society can safely reopen by utilizing a technique called antibody testing. The test is called Serological En- zyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay — or for those of us without a medical de- gree — ELISA. Despite its fancy name, ELISA is essentially an antibody test like any other — it checks to see whether you have the antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which basically shows whether you have previously contracted the virus. If you test positive for the an- tibodies, it means your immune system has had contact with COVID-19 and has made the antibodies for it, meaning your immune system was able to fi ght

    it off. If you test negative, it means you have not been infected by the virus, and therefore, you can still contract it. The main advantage to this testing method is that it can track people who are asymptomatic (show few or no symp- toms). Dr. Micheal Osterholm, an infec- tious disease expert from the University of Minnesota, said, “The hope is that sci- entists will be able to use the information from these tests to fi gure out what por- tion of the population has come in con- tact with the virus and is potentially im- mune to it and what portion is still at risk. From there, we can fi gure out how much longer to wait until letting restrictions on social interaction ease or if there are cer- tain areas less at risk, that kind of thing.” Despite the advantages of this test- ing, there are concerns. For starters, it is often diffi cult to properly catch and identify the antibodies someone has. Dr. Osterholm said, “Since it takes about one to two weeks for the body to produce an- tibodies after catching COVID-19, there

    are a lot of people who get the test done but turn out negative, even when they shouldn’t. The test may not fi nd some- one currently infected to have the anti- bodies, even though they will get them, making time a big factor that plays

    into the accuracy of the tests results.” Another issue that has arisen is false positives. When the test was fi rst being used, companies attempted to mass-pro

    Police now enforcing county orders By Catherine Raman Times staff writer

    You have probably seen the phrase “Stay home. Save lives,” since this quarantine has started and m