COVID-19 testing site at Alliant Energy Center reopens, long lines reported

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MADISON, Wis. — The COVID-19 testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office tweeted about the closure around 1 p.m. citing a computer issue.

About an hour later, the agency sent another tweet saying the computer system was up and running again, but slowly.

Testing resumed with the computer system back up, but long lines were reported.

Dane County deputies are allowing people to park and wait if they choose, the post said.

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Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides pandemic friendly programming

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — The Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center provides a safe space for the LGBTQ community in the valley to find information on mental and physical health.



The Shenandoah LGBTQ center stays connected with the community in various ways, despite the pandemic.


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The Shenandoah LGBTQ center stays connected with the community in various ways, despite the pandemic.

Emily Sproul is the executive director of the organization. Sproul said the center has works with communities in the Valley to educate them on how to be more affirming on the LGBTQ community.

Throughout the pandemic, the center has tried various ways to stay connected, including weekly online check-ins, youth groups and picnics in parks.

“Specifically it is not mental health support, but it does support the mental health of our clients to be able to connect with each other, to have a safe space just to talk and catch up, be social and feel as normal as we can during this time,” Sproul explained.

Sproul said family conflict is aggravated by the stress and isolation of the pandemic.

“We’ve had a lot of people who are calling looking for mental health resources that we have been able to refer to some of our partners like ARROW and Allied Transformations. We refer folks to them and they can do telehealth. We’re also just a place people call to talk things through sometimes,” Sproul said.

Sproul said one thing the organization learned, is to be proactive.

“Depression is incredibly difficult and prevalent during this time and it makes it difficult for people to reach out when they need help. We have to be proactive. We call and text our regular clients to make sure that they are doing okay and to see if they need anything,” Sproul explained.

The Shenandoah Valley LGBTQ Center plans to hold a picnic this Saturday, October 17,

Intel, IIIT-Hyderabad, PHFI And Telangana Government Launch Applied Artificial Intelligence Research Center

What’s New: Today at the inaugural all.ai 2020 Virtual Summit, Intel India in collaboration with the government of Telangana, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H) and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) announced the launch of INAI, an applied artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Hyderabad. INAI is an initiative to apply AI to population scale problems in the Indian context, with a focus on identifying and solving challenges in the healthcare and smart mobility segments through strong ecosystem collaboration.

“With its unique strengths of talent, technology, data availability, and the potential for population-scale AI adoption, India has this tremendous opportunity to lead human-centric applications and democratize AI for the world. Our aspiration is to make AI synonymous with India as we strive to achieve the true potential of AI in critical segments like healthcare, smart mobility and the future of work by advancing innovation, research, technology and skills. The launch of the Applied AI Research Center, initiatives to train students on AI readiness skills and the all.ai 2020 Summit reinforce our commitment towards realizing the exponential impact of AI in an inclusive, collaborative and responsible manner.”
–Nivruti Rai, Intel country head for India and vice president of the Data Platforms Group

How It Will Work: INAI will act as a catalyst to accelerate India’s leadership in AI by driving innovation and entrepreneurship, creating national assets such as curated datasets, computing infrastructure, tools and frameworks with the aim to attract global talent for high-impact research towards social sector development. This collaborative effort, championed by Intel and catalyzed by the Government of Telangana, is anchored at IIIT-H and brings multiple institutions together to work on solutions that have societal-scale impact. PHFI is the founding healthcare partner in this initiative.

Why It Matters: As India continues its transformation, adoption

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to Remain Closed Through September 23; Virtual Programming Announced

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, but will be presenting a robust mix of virtual programs.

Read their statement here:

A Community Update from The Wallis

To Our Wallis Family:

We hope that, amidst the backdrop of our unusual landscape right now, you have been able to enjoy The Wallis’ many recent digital offerings over the past few weeks, such as the livestreamed performances of Romantics Anonymous from the UK and Hershey Felder’s George Gershwin Alone from Italy as well as the virtual showcases for GRoW @ The Wallis’ Staged Stories and Beyond Words. For us at The Wallis, they have been our salve. With fall upon us, we thought it was important to update you regarding our current plans.

Last July 30, we shared with you our intended programming for the coming year, full of hope that we would be able to invite you back to our stages in some manner. But we have now determined that The Wallis will not open its two indoor theaters – the Bram Goldsmith and the Lovelace Studio Theaters – prior to September 1, 2021, due to the current state of the viral pandemic, local and county health and safety regulations and significant economic sensitivities. Naturally, this is heartbreaking for all of us, but we do not foresee a viable way to make indoor live performances work safely and economically at this time.

However, our decision does not mean that The Wallis will be inactive or unimaginative while our theaters remain closed! On the contrary, we will continue to provide a robust mix of compelling virtual programs, both artistic and educational, as well as opportunities for

Brockton community center goes virtual, provides free, family friendly programming amid COVID – News – The Enterprise, Brockton, MA

The Brockton Family and Community Center first opened in North Middle School in January to offer free, family friendly programming to members of the community.

BROCKTON — With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the Brockton Family and Community Center to close its physical doors to the public just a couple months after its opening, providers at the center have gone virtual to continue serving the community.

The Brockton Family and Community Center first opened in North Middle School in January to offer free, family friendly programming to members of the community in the evenings and on weekends using CORI-approved providers. With the school anticipated to sit empty for over a year before renovations on the building begin, school officials and members of the community teamed up to use the space in the meantime for the community center.

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But the closure of nonessential businesses and organizations in March forced them to close and try moving operations online. Virtual offerings have included parenting classes and family engagement activities, support groups, assistance in applying for scholarships and financial aid, tutoring, robotics and resume help. When the building was open, other services included theater classes, English classes, pick-up basketball games and Zumba classes.

One virtual activity includes free yoga classes and one-on-one sessions by Johanne Barthold, an Ashtanga and hatha yoga provider. While she’s had a couple participants so far, Barthold said she’s trying to get the word out about her class, especially with the benefits yoga has with mindfulness and relaxation, providing non-strenuous physical activity and helping with conditions, such as