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CISD confirmed positive cases reach 55 this week

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Since our last report in Thursday’s Record, Canadian ISD has received new reports of five new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of confirmed positives among staff and students to 55, and the number of active positive cases to 15. Last Wednesday evening, Superintendent Lynn Pulliam reported at CHS staff member as the 51st confirmed positive, noting that the staffer was already in quarantine and had had no close contacts. On Thursday evening, Dr. Pulliam reported the 52nd confirmed positive in a CES staff member who does not work directly with students and involving no close contacts. On Friday, the school district received notice of its 53rd and 54th confirmed positives involving students in fifth and eighth grades, both of whom had already been in quarantine. In the only report to date this week, Dr. Pulliam reported Tuesday that one more confirmed positive case involved an eleventh-grade student at CHS who had last been at school on Nov. 17.
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State Capital Highlights

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Local, state leaders battle COVID surge, each other Texas topped 1 million COVID-19 cases as some counties reimposed restrictions that had been loosened after this summer’s spike. Particularly hard-hit El Paso extended its temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses, but the Texas 8th Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday to block County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s order.
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New cases put 80 percent of rural counties in the red zone

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The presidential election offers plenty of evidence that ignoring the coronavirus won’t make it go away. Last week, while most of us focused on the race for the White House, the number of Covid-19 infections in rural counties grew by 30 percent and set a record for the number of new cases for the seventh consecutive week.
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State Highlights

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If broadband is a lifeline, then rural Texas is in danger of dying. In its first report to the Texas Legislature, the governor’s Broadband Development Council called for the creation of a state broadband plan and a state broadband office. Texas is one of six states without a plan for enhancing broadband access.
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As coronavirus cases continue surge here, Texas becomes first state in the nation to top 1 million

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In the last week, Hemphill County Hospital has reported 36 new cases for Hemphill County residents, and 54 out of county residents. Wednesday’s newly-reported cases brought the totals to 65 active cases for Hemphill County and 88 out-of-county active cases. To date, 247 residents of Hemphill County and 197 out of county residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. Only one resident of Hemphill County has died from COVID-19.
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County officials discuss replacement of emergency communications tower destroyed by ice storm

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The main communication tower for Hemphill County’s emergency services, located at the US 60/83 Y south of Canadian, was felled two weeks ago by a winter storm that coated the Panhandle in several layers of ice and snow. County officials turned their attention Monday to what Judge George Briant said could be a quarter-million dollar project to rebuild that structure and restore those essential services.
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Democrat Joe Biden wins election in 2020 presidential race that draws record turnout

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A steady rain fell on Washington National Cemetery yesterday as President Donald Trump marked Veterans Day with the traditional laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony was the president’s first on-camera public appearance since Joe Biden successfully reassembled the so-called wall of blue states surrounding the Great Lakes—Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania—to defeat the incumbent.