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A reporter asking Cubs manager David Ross about the COVID-19 news out of Atlanta on Saturday used the word "shocking" to describe it.

But there's nothing left to shock us about this pandemic - not spiking coronavirus infection rates across large swaths of the country, a national death toll of 132,000 or even one of the biggest stars in the National League being stricken with what looks like a tough case of the virus.

Freddie Freeman's case - which prompted the Braves first baseman's wife to take to Instagram to plead for Americans to take the virus seriously and to wear masks - is a sobering reminder the needle baseball is trying to thread during a pandemic and potentially instructive for the Cubs and other teams.

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COVID screener developed at George Mason helps with return to campuses across Virginia

A locally-developed online COVID-19 screening program is helping college students get back to school across Virginia.

The COVID Health Check tool was developed at George Mason University in March, at the onset of the pandemic. It has been refined since then and shared with universities across the state.

“We’re doing symptom and exposure screening, which means that we’re asking individuals to answer questions daily, or before they come into their place of work or university or school,” said Amira Roess, professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University.

Roess helped develop the screener and was also an outbreak investigator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those who use the screener are given a red, yellow or green light.

“Red basically means you may be experiencing an acute health crisis,” Roess said.

Yellow means the person should consider quarantining, and green means “that you’re clear to enter the premises or the place of employment or the university based on your answers.”

These types of screeners are “a really important first step,” Roess said. “These are the best sorts of tools that we have to really get ahead of these COVID-19 outbreaks.”

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