Midday News to Use: 12.31.2020

Not Just Another Year
Some people want to say good good riddance to 2020. It was a challenging year for most, down right horrifying for others and deadly for some, as covid-19 became the number one killer of the year. If this year seemed longer than most, it was most likely because some much happened that was having long term effects on us, the nation and the world. With all that there may be some things you forgot, Just in case we have this.
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When it All Started
A year ago today, the first cases of a mystery virus that would come to be known as Covid-19 were reported in Wuhan, China. Since then, 1.8 million people across the world have lost their lives in the ensuing pandemic. The US set another Covid-19 daily death record yesterday, and by some estimates, another 80,000 people could die in the next three weeks as the consequences of holiday travel and gathering set in.
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The Keystone Cops
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley says he will formally object to the results of the 2020 presidential election when Congress meets early next week to count the Electoral College votes. He is the first senator to announce plans to object to the results, along with Republican Rep. Mo Brooks. Their combined efforts will force the House and Senate to formally debate the matter, providing a platform for President Trump’s baseless conspiracy theories claiming the election was stolen from him.
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Meanwhile The Earth Moves
A magnitude 3.6 earthquake has jolted the San Francisco Bay Area on the last day of 2020. The U.S. Geological Survey says the offshore quake struck around 5:40 a.m. Thursday a few miles west of San Francisco at a depth of about 9 miles (14 kilometers). The agency’s website shows thousands of reports of people saying they felt the earthquake. Many of them took to social media to say it woke them up or was a fitting end for 2020.
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Vaccinations in Pinellas County
Pinellas long-term care residents and staff began receiving COVID-19 vaccines on Dec. 16 as part of the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) mission to protect the most vulnerable in the community. The first vaccines were provided to long-term care residents and staff and efforts will continue the rest of the week. Among the first to receive the vaccines were a resident, nurse and staff member at Carrington Place of St. Pete.
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