Heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say
University of Utah student Abigail Shull takes a rapid COVID-19 test at the University of Utah student testing site Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Now, many students are heading home for Thanksgiving, raising the risk of the virus spreading among family, friends and other travelers. Only about 100 colleges initially tested all students once or twice a week, regardless of symptoms, as part of their back-to-school plans. The few institutions that already regularly test students even without symptoms don’t have to change much. “We, of course, have health services and we have nurses, but they’re working like dogs and there’s not enough of them.”For students, testing availability can be a relief.
Carnegie Hall to remain closed through April 5
NEW YORK – Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic through April 5. The decision announced Thursday leaves only the possibility of performances at the very tail end of the hall’s 2020-21 season. Carnegie has been closed since March 12 and last June has canceled performances through Jan. 6. The venue has shifted some of its programming online. Among the events canceled early next year were a planned night of the music of film composer John Williams, performances by the New York Pops and the Shanghai Chinese and Vienna orchestras.
Dow climbs higher as hopes grow for bigger rate cut
Andrew Burton/Getty Images(CNN) - The Dow and the broader stock market climbed higher at Friday's open, driven once again by hopes of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. On Thursday, investors got excited about the possibility of a bigger-than-expected interest rate cut. New York Fed President John Williams on Thursday said policymakers should take preventative measures at the first signs of economic slowdowns. The market took this to mean that a bigger interest rate cut was on the way. Expectations of a half-percentage-point cut at the Fed's next meeting in two weeks more than doubled to 60% in response.