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COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus causing the World Health Organization (WHO) to classify this outbreak as a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone experiencing emergency signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or bluish lips or face should immediately seek medical attention.

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Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC urges citizens to monitor your health and practice social distancing. Social distancing means staying out of crowded places, avoiding group gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.

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Recent 2021 2020

Fauci Declares Delta Variant ‘Greatest Threat’ to the Nation’s Efforts to Eliminate COVID
CNBC  |  June 22, 2021

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday the highly contagious delta variant is the “greatest threat” to the nation’s attempt to eliminate COVID-19. Delta, first identified in India, now makes up about 20% of all new cases in the United States, up from 10% about two weeks ago, Fauci said.

President Biden Takes on Racist Home Appraisals that Hurt Black Homeowners
Realtor.com  |  June 2, 2021

President Joe Biden took another step toward addressing the persistent discrimination in housing and business that has been holding generations of Black Americans back from building wealth that can be passed down to future generations.

Millions of Americans Could Face Eviction as Housing Protection Expires in June
CNBC  |  May 31, 2021

More than 11 million Americans are behind on their rent and many could be pushed from their homes when the national eviction ban expires in June. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium, which has been in effect since September, will lift on June 30.

Job Searches Jumped 5% in States Cutting Unemployment Benefits, Analysis Finds
CNBC  |  May 31, 2021

The threat of losing unemployment benefits in two dozen states had a modest but short-lived effect on job search activity, according to an analysis published Thursday by job site Indeed. At least 24 states have announced their early withdrawal from pandemic-era unemployment programs since early May.

Forbearance Numbers Drop for Third Consecutive Month
HousingWire  |  May 24, 2021

The total number of loans in forbearance managed to fall three basis points last week to 4.22% of servicers’ portfolio volume, according to a report from the Mortgage Bankers Association. A drop-off in the number of exits did mark a slower decline than in recent weeks, however, Monday’s data still marks three consecutive months of downward trend for forbearance volume.