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More than 2,100 University of Tennessee students and staff are quarantined or isolated due to Covid-19
University of Tennessee has been forced to adopt "drastic measures" after Covid-19 surged on the Knoxville campus.
 The institution had 600 active cases as of Monday, according to Chancellor Donde Plowman. ”We now have 2,112 people in quarantine or self-isolation. Of these, 1,939 are students, split nearly equally between on-campus and off-campus residence," Plowman said.

The chancellor also expressed frustration about reckless behavior -- such as "fraternity leaders communicating to houses how to have parties and avoid being caught, avoid the police” -- by a small portion of students. University of Tennessee is far from alone in battling outbreaks. Across the country, colleges and universities have reported more than 37,000 coronavirus cases from all 50 states.

Ukrainian church leader who called Covid-19 'God's punishment' for same-sex marriage tests positive for virus
A prominent Ukrainian church leader who previously said the Covid-19 pandemic was "God's punishment" for same-sex marriage has tested positive for the virus.

Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church--Kiev Patriarchate, is reportedly stable and undergoing treatment.

...The 91-year-old made headlines in March when he told a Ukrainian TV channel that the coronavirus crisis was "God's punishment for the sins of men, the sinfulness of humanity."

"First of all, I mean same-sex marriage," he added.

The Ukranian LGBTQ+ group Insight sued the leader following his comments, saying his words could potentially fuel hate and discrimination. The lawsuit called for an apology from Filaret and a retraction from him and the TV channel, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

At least 3 teachers have died from Covid-19 complications in recent weeks
At least three teachers have died from complications of Covid-19 in recent weeks, according to CNN reporting and local media reports.

Demetria Bannister, a 28-year-old elementary school teacher in Columbia, South Carolina, was diagnosed with the virus last Friday and died Monday from Covid-19 complications, a week into the start of the school year there, CNN affiliate WIS reported.

AshLee DeMarinis, a 34-year-old middle school teacher in Potosi, Missouri, died Sunday after battling complications related to Covid-19 for three weeks, CNN affiliate KMOV reported.

Thomas Slade, a teacher at Vancleave High School in Jackson County, Mississippi, passed away last week, Superintendent John Strycker said in a statement on Wednesday.

CNN affiliate WLOX reported that Slade died on Sunday due to complications related to Covid-19.

Most Adults Wary of COVID Vaccine Approved Before the Election
The public is deeply skeptical about any coronavirus vaccine approved before the November election, and only 42% would be willing to get a vaccine in that scenario, according to a new poll.

The results of the poll by KFF reveal widespread concern that the Trump administration will bring pressure on drug regulators to approve a vaccine before the election without ensuring it is safe and effective. (KHN is an editorially independent program of KFF.)

Six of 10 adults said they were worried the Food and Drug Administration will rush to allow a vaccine because of political pressure. The concern is held by 85% of Democrats, 35% of Republicans and 61% of independent voters.