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  1. #1381

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Jessica De Leon
    @JDeleon1012
    BREAKING: @HCSOSheriff (Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office. Tampa area)
    Chad Chronister announces he has obtained an arrest warrant for Rodney Howard-Browne, the Pentecostal pastor at the River at Tampa Bay Church in Riverview, who ignored social distancing orders and encouraged the packed services held over the weekend.

    The warrant charges the pastor with reckless disregard for public safety and unlawful assembly in violation of public safety orders, both misdemeanors, according to @HCSOSheriff Chronister.

    Chronister says the pastor should be in process of turning himself in.

    For safety reasons, they didn't want to storm the church service to arrest him.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  2. #1382

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Kasie Hunt @kasie @NydiaVelazquez
    says she’s been diagnosed with a presumed case of coronavirus
    She was in the room with top House leaders
    @SpeakerPelosi & @GOPLeader on Friday
    She & other N.Y.-ers came to vote after @RepThomasMassie threatened to hold up relief package
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  3. #1383

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by MJ2004 View Post
    I can’t watch John Oliver today. I want to, but it’s going to be far too depressing.
    It was not any worse than tuning in to MSNBC, or watching Tiny's rambling. He has had far worse (meaning, more depressing).
    Missing winter...

  4. #1384

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Tina Sfondeles @TinaSfon
    The 300,000 masks the White House sent Illinois were the wrong ones. @GovPritzker asked for N95 masks. They sent surgical masks. "While we do not have the final count on this yet, I can say with certainty that what they sent were not the N95 masks that were promised," he said.

    Pritzker: "I can't emphasize enough how much we need the federal government to step up and amplify the size of their PPE deliveries to Illinois and frankly across the nation."

    Mark Wein @mwgl
    Replying to @TinaSfon and @GovPritzker

    Between the broken ventilators we got here in California, the way he's treating New York and this I get the feeling that we are being punished for having Democratic governors who are stepping up and demonstrating leadership in the void left by the federal government.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  5. #1385

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Ti-Amie View Post
    Tina Sfondeles @TinaSfon
    The 300,000 masks the White House sent Illinois were the wrong ones. @GovPritzker asked for N95 masks. They sent surgical masks. "While we do not have the final count on this yet, I can say with certainty that what they sent were not the N95 masks that were promised," he said.

    Pritzker: "I can't emphasize enough how much we need the federal government to step up and amplify the size of their PPE deliveries to Illinois and frankly across the nation."
    And California received about 200 faulty ventilators from the feds. Gavin was basically like we don't have time to play these games and a Silicon Valley company stepped in and is rehabbing them though they definitely do not usually work on this sort of equipment. That asshole is playing with people's lives.

  6. #1386

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Virginia keeping it real. I'm sure it didn't help at all that plenty of pictures showing very busy Virginia beaches this weekend.


    FOX 5 DC
    @fox5dc

    UPDATE: Virginia's new stay-at-home order is EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY through June 10, 2020. DETAILS: https://t.co/ciPjZ5Y5Ww?amp=1

  7. #1387

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Some rare good news.


    Alice Miranda Ollstein
    @AliceOllstein

    BREAKING: A Texas judge appointed by George W. Bush just sided with abortion clinics who were challenging the state's order to halt abortions during the #covid19 pandemic. The state is banned from enforcing the order for the next couple week while the lawsuit continues in court.

    The ruling comes at four other lawsuits are pending against other states that have moved to ban abortions as a "non-essential" surgery -- in Ohio, Iowa, Oklahoma and Alabama. More to come...

    In his ruling, the judge says even though he understands the public health fears, Texas' abortion ban clearly violates Roe vs. Wade. He then quips:

    "This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent 'except-in-a-national-emergency clause.'"

    The judge also argued that:

    -delaying abortions during the pandemic puts patients at risk of running into the Texas' 20-week ban & not being able to get one at all

    -forcing people to travel out of state to obtain an abortion in the middle of pandemic does more harm than good
    Last edited by JazzNU; Today at 03:19 PM.

  8. #1388

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    A Mancino-Williams
    @Manda_like_wine
    Nevada, a state in one of the richest countries in the world, has painted social-distancing boxes on a concrete parking lot for the homeless to sleep in.




    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa





  9. #1389

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Los Angeles Times
    @latimes

    Nearly three weeks after a Washington state choir to practiced, against the advice of scientists and government officials, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.

  10. #1390

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by JazzNU View Post
    Los Angeles Times
    @latimes

    Nearly three weeks after a Washington state choir to practiced, against the advice of scientists and government officials, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.
    The full article is a good read, shows how easy this transfers because though they shouldn't have met, they really did take steps to go about it safely and it still wasn't enough.


    A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead


    By RICHARD READ

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal.
    The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour’s drive to the south.

    But Skagit County hadn’t reported any cases, schools and businesses remained open, and prohibitions on large gatherings had yet to be announced.

    On March 6, Adam Burdick, the choir’s conductor, informed the 121 members in an email that amid the “stress and strain of concerns about the virus,” practice would proceed as scheduled at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

    “I’m planning on being there this Tuesday March 10, and hoping many of you will be, too,” he wrote.

    Sixty singers showed up. A greeter offered hand sanitizer at the door, and members refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes.

    “It seemed like a normal rehearsal, except that choirs are huggy places,” Burdick recalled. “We were making music and trying to keep a certain distance between each other.”

    After 2½ hours, the singers parted ways at 9 p.m.

    Nearly three weeks later, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.

    The outbreak has stunned county health officials, who have concluded that the virus was almost certainly transmitted through the air from one or more people without symptoms.

    “That’s all we can think of right now,” said Polly Dubbel, a county communicable disease and environmental health manager.

    In interviews with the Los Angeles Times, eight people who were at the rehearsal said that nobody there was coughing or sneezing or appeared ill.

    Everybody came with their own sheet music and avoided direct physical contact. Some members helped set up or remove folding chairs. A few helped themselves to mandarins that had been put out on a table in back.

    Experts said the choir outbreak is consistent with a growing body of evidence that the virus can be transmitted through aerosols — particles smaller than 5 micrometers that can float in the air for minutes or longer.

    The World Health Organization has downplayed the possibility of transmission in aerosols, stressing that the virus is spread through much larger “respiratory droplets,” which are emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes and quickly fall to a surface.

    But a study published March 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when the virus was suspended in a mist under laboratory conditions it remained “viable and infectious” for three hours — though researchers have said that time period would probably be no more than a half-hour in real-world conditions.

    One of the authors of that study, Jamie Lloyd-Smith, a UCLA infectious disease researcher, said it’s possible that the forceful breathing action of singing dispersed viral particles in the church room that were widely inhaled.

    “One could imagine that really trying to project your voice would also project more droplets and aerosols,” he said.

    With three-quarters of the choir members testing positive for the virus or showing symptoms of infection, the outbreak would be considered a “super-spreading event,” he said.

    Linsey Marr, an environmental engineer at Virginia Tech and an expert on airborne transmission of viruses, said some people happen to be especially good at exhaling fine material, producing 1,000 times more than others.

    Marr said that the choir outbreak should be seen as a powerful warning to the public.

    “This may help people realize that, hey, we really need to be careful,” she said.


    ***

    The Skagit Valley Chorale draws its members from across northwest Washington and often sells out its winter and spring concerts at the 650-seat McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon.

    Amateur singers interested in choral music tend to be older, but the group includes some young adults. Last year, Burdick worked some hip-hop into one number.

    The next big performance on the group’s schedule was in late April, peak tourist season, when the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival attracts more than a million people to view brilliant hues in meadows surrounding Mount Vernon.

    The festival would soon be canceled, but nothing had been announced yet and the choir was continuing to prepare.

    Carolynn Comstock and her husband, Jim Owen, carpooled to the March 10 practice from the nearby city of Anacortes with their friends Ruth and Mark Backlund.

    Carolynn and Jim, who ran a home remodeling business together, had been singing with the choir for 15 years and thought of it as a centering force in their lives. They had introduced the Backlunds to the choir.

    The two couples entered the rented church hall — roughly the size of a volleyball court — and offered their hands for the disinfectant.

    Cushioned metal chairs extended in six rows of 20, with about a foot between chairs and one aisle down the center. There were twice as many seats as people.

    Comstock, a soprano, and Owen, a tenor, took their usual seats beside each other in the third row. The rows toward the front and center filled up around them.

    Burdick, 49, stood facing his choir, with an accompanist to his right seated at a grand piano.

    Given the anxiety over the coronavirus, the conductor decided to lead off with a piece called “Sing On.”

    The singers inhaled deeply, and sang the chorus with gusto: “Sing on! Whatever comes your way, sing on! Sing on!”

    The choir moved on to other numbers, including a popular spiritual piece written by gospel legend Thomas A. Dorsey: “If we ever needed the Lord before, we sure do need Him now.”

    https://t.co/TaWAOpKSrm?amp=1

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