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  1. #2971

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    WHO's Situation Report for June 30, 2020. Here's the full text from the e-newsletter:

    ...

    REMDESIVIR PRICE Gilead Pharmaceuticals announced the price for its antiviral drug, remdesivir. The announcement comes after a number of studies demonstrated that the drug has some efficacy in treating COVID-19 patients. According to multiple reports, Gilead will charge at least US$2,340 for a 5-day treatment course (for the US Indian Health Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs) in the United States. Private insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid will be charged US$3,120 for the same amount. Gilead indicated that it will charge other developed countries the same price as the United States. Some experts have criticized the price as too high, arguing that cost should not be prohibitive for any patient, particularly in the midst of a pandemic. Gilead’s CEO, Daniel O’Day, published an open letter discussing the company’s cost evaluation, and he argues that the cost saved by shortening the treatment time and hospitalization stay far outweighs the cost of the drug.

    ...

    https://www.who.int/docs/default-sou...sitrep-162.pdf
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    Several bags of sea salt.
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    A very large cooler with assorted beverages (for the Marquis).
    Carte Blanche (again, for the Marquis)
    And a direct video feed to the offices of all CEO's of Big Pharma.

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  2. #2972

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    I heard a public service announcement on the local all news station last evening re MIS-C. The symptoms are horrendous.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  3. #2973

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Live updates: ‘We are not flattening the curve,’ official says as Florida reveals 10,000 new covid-19 cases

    By
    Kim Bellware,
    Siobhán O'Grady,
    Hamza Shaban,
    Hannah Knowles,
    Jacqueline Dupree,
    Felicia Sonmez,
    Colby Itkowitz,
    Steven Goff and
    Michael Brice-Saddler
    July 2, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. EDT

    Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, marking a new single-day record for the state, which reported 6,563 cases on Wednesday. There were 68 new deaths, for a total of 3,718.

    The numbers are a sign of a surging outbreak. It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average, but Sen. Marco Rubio (R) suggested that reporting cases and hospitalizations might not be the best way to paint the full picture.

    New York, whose 11,571 new cases on April 15 marked the highest single-day total in any state, remains the hardest-hit state overall. Florida’s spike is among the three biggest currently, alongside California and Texas. Arizona also reported 3,333 new cases and 37 deaths on Thursday.

    The United States reported 52,789 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic.


    “We are not flattening the curve right now,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, the U.S. government’s coronavirus testing coordinator. “The curve is still going up.”

    “I think it’s pretty obvious that we are not going in the right direction,” Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious-disease expert, said during a YouTube live stream.

    Here are some significant developments:

    Fauci attributed rising case numbers in the United States at least partially to the fact lockdown measures were more lenient than those in some European countries that have since managed to turn the tide on the virus.

    The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, sending the unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent. But new data also released by the Labor Department showed that 1.4 million people filed unemployment claims for the first time last week, marking the 15th straight week of claims that exceeded 1 million.

    Stocks rose dramatically in response, with the Dow Jones, Standard & Poor’s and Nasdaq each rising about 1.5 percent to start the day.

    The U.S. is on track to have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of this year or early 2021, according to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn. The FDA has given authorization to proceed with clinical trials for four vaccines, Hahn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    Giroir said that the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile will have 50,000 ventilators as of next week — a significant increase from several months ago.

    Nashville, the most populous city in Tennessee, announced that it would revert to Phase 2 of reopening on Friday. Elsewhere, New York City and the states of California and Michigan became the latest to rethink some aspects of reopening.

    12:30 p.m.
    Brazil, ravaged by the coronavirus, becomes key testing ground for vaccine

    RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil's virtually unchecked coronavirus outbreak, second worst in the world and growing, is making the country an attractive proving ground for researchers racing to find a vaccine.

    A vaccine developed at Oxford University, said by the World Health Organization to be the furthest along of several candidates worldwide, is being tested on 5,000 volunteers in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and an undisclosed site in northeastern Brazil.

    The Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech will soon begin trials on a separate vaccine in partnership with a Brazilian research institute, and Italian researchers will probably follow with a third. Other immunological firms are also signaling interest in Brazil.

    Read more here.

    By Terrence McCoy
    12:15 p.m.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  4. #2974

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Live updates: ‘We are not flattening the curve,’ official says as Florida reveals 10,000 new covid-19 cases P2

    1:17 p.m.
    Man who went to party warned people not to be an 'idiot like me’ a day before dying of covid-19


    Thomas Macias, 51, with his great niece. Macias died of the coronavirus after attending a party without a mask, according to his family. (Danielle Lopez)

    Sharing his regret on Facebook, Thomas Macias was focused on his loved ones.

    “Because of my stupidity I put my mom and sisters and my family’s health in jeopardy,” the California truck driver wrote in a post his family shared with The Washington Post. He had gone out to a party where no one wore masks, his niece Danielle Lopez said, only to learn afterward that someone who had contracted the novel coronavirus had attended the event, apparently reasoning — erroneously — that without symptoms, it couldn’t anyone harm.

    But 51-year-old Macias was at risk, made extra vulnerable by his diabetes and weight, Lopez said. The morning after that June 20 Facebook post, he called his mother saying he couldn’t breathe. She told him to rush to the hospital.

    By 9 p.m., the family said, he had died.

    Perhaps, Lopez said, her uncle would not have gone out if their Southern California county had not been reopening and if people hadn’t thought the virus’s threat was easing.

    “It was absolutely preventable,” Lopez told The Post.

    Read more here.

    By Hannah Knowles

    2:00 p.m.
    Honduran president discharged from hospital after two-week battle with the coronavirus


    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that he has recovered from the coronavirus and was discharged from a hospital in Tegucigalpa on Thursday. (Honduran Presidency/AFP/Getty Images)

    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández tweeted a photo of himself Thursday in which he appeared to be walking away from the military hospital where he was being treated for the coronavirus, a mask covering his face and his fist pumping the air.

    “My commitment to Honduras is stronger than ever!” he wrote. “To work!”

    In public remarks after he was discharged, he described his fears during his illness.

    “Many think this is a game and it is not until they see a relative who gets sick or when they get sick themselves that they understand the seriousness of this issue,” he said, according to CNN. “I tell you, the truth is I don’t wish this on anyone.”

    Hernández, his wife, Ana Garcia, and two aides tested positive for the virus two weeks ago. Hernández, 51, was admitted to a military hospital for treatment.

    Alicia Jimenez, one of his doctors, said that in recent days “he has gradually presented clear improvement in his general condition, with a decrease in respiratory symptoms and a significant decrease in inflammation,” Reuters reported.

    By Siobhán O'Grady

    2:19 p.m.
    Florida sets yet another high, and other states see infections rise

    The country’s total number of coronavirus cases has increased by more than 21,000, according to Washington Post data from 22 states as of mid-Thursday.

    Florida and Montana reported single-day highs of over 10,000 and 60, respectively, and other states and territories are grappling with a surge in new infections.

    At least four of the 22 reporting sites — the Virgin Islands, Florida, Montana and Nevada — saw their new case average increase by more than 40 percent than their average a week ago, according to data.

    Nevada also set a dismal high for its number of covid-19 hospitalizations, reporting 662 cases Thursday, an increase of 30 compared with Wednesday, according to records.

    Its southern neighbor Arizona overshadowed the concerning numbers of the Battle Born State by reporting more than 3,300 cases Thursday, setting a new average high.

    Arizona, which is fast emerging as an epicenter for the virus, also set a record for covid-19 hospitalizations. More than 4,916 people are hospitalized due to the virus, according to data.

    By Lateshia Beachum

    2:58 p.m.
    Herman Cain hospitalized with coronavirus, about two weeks after attending Trump rally

    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account Thursday.

    The announcement comes almost two weeks after Cain joined thousands of people at President Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally, which health officials warned could spread the virus in a city with spiking infections. Cain’s Thursday Twitter statement said there is “no way of knowing for sure how or where [he] contracted the coronavirus.”

    Cain, a former National Restaurant Association chief executive who touted his business experience in his 2011 bid for the presidency, was told Monday that he had tested positive, according to his statement. By Wednesday, Cain had developed serious symptoms, the statement said.

    He is receiving treatment and “resting comfortably” in an Atlanta area hospital, according to the statement, which says Cain did not need a respirator and is “awake and alert.”

    Cain had tweeted enthusiastically about Trump’s June 20 campaign rally, the president’s first since the pandemic set in. “Here’s just a few of the #BlackVoicesForTrump at tonight’s rally! Having a fantastic time!” Cain tweeted that night.

    Trump once said he wanted to nominate Cain for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, but Cain withdrew from consideration after it appeared unlikely he would be confirmed.

    Here’s just a few of the #BlackVoicesForTrump at tonight’s rally! Having a fantastic time!#TulsaRally2020 #Trumptulsa #TulsaTrumprally #MAGA #Trump2020 #Trump2020Landslide pic.twitter.com/27mUzkg7kL

    — Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) June 20, 2020

    The event drew crowds of people indoors, many without masks, at a time when public health officials warned large gatherings remained dangerous. The Washington Post obtained video showing workers removing seat stickers aimed at keeping attendees socially distanced, a move that contradicted instructions from the management of the 19,000-seat arena where the rally took place.

    Six advance staffers, including two Secret Service employees, on site in Tulsa tested positive for the virus before the president took the stage, and dozens of Secret Service agents were told to self-quarantine afterward, while two more advance staffers tested positive after heading back to Washington.

    By Hannah Knowles
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  5. #2975

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    P3
    Live updates: ‘We are not flattening the curve,’ official says as Florida reveals 10,000 new covid-19 cases P3

    2:02 p.m.
    New York City public schools will reopen in the fall, mayor says

    The biggest public school district in the country will reopen in the fall with social distancing measures and the goal of allowing “the maximum number of kids” possible to attend, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.

    Schools nationwide are bracing for massive challenges when the new academic year begins, after the coronavirus led to campus shutdowns and quickly improvised distance learning that educators worry has left many children behind. Working parents have struggled to balance child care and jobs as stay-at-home orders keep students home.

    A family survey that drew more than 450,000 responses showed that 75 percent of parents in New York City want kids to go back to school in September, de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday.

    “So we’re full steam ahead for September,” de Blasio (D) said.

    Schools will not be able to reopen “100 percent” until scientific progress is made against the coronavirus, he said, and some schools now facing social distancing mandates were crowded before the virus.

    But De Blasio expressed confidence that in-person instruction can return in some capacity with rules to keep people six feet apart, daily deep cleanings of facilities, “constant use of face coverings” given out free, plentiful hand-washing stations and other measures.

    Worldwide, hundreds of millions of children affected by coronavirus shutdowns had already been cleared to return to class as of early June.

    Partial school reopenings in the United Kingdom, for example, brought hundreds of thousands of students back to the classroom for the first time since March.

    British officials outlined plans Thursday to reopen all schools in England by September. Attendance will be mandatory, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said at a news conference Thursday.

    He described children’s return to school as a “vital” aspect of economic recovery and said children will be separated into groups to avoid widespread interaction.

    By Hannah Knowles and Siobhán O'Grady

    3:03 p.m.
    USC scales back campus reopening plan as coronavirus surges

    The University of Southern California, citing a spike in coronavirus cases in Los Angeles, is backtracking from an aggressive plan to reopen its campus for in-person teaching in the fall term. The private research university announced Wednesday that nearly all of its undergraduate courses would be taught remotely.

    “Given the continuing safety restrictions and limited densities permissible on campus, our undergraduate students primarily or exclusively will be taking their courses online in the fall term, and on-campus housing and activities will be limited,” USC officials said in a statement.

    “While not what we hoped, we are now recommending all undergraduates take their courses online, and reconsider living on or close to campus this semester. We are continuing with limited in-person, on-campus activity because we believe we can keep students, researchers, staff, and faculty safe with our low-density plan.”

    USC has about 47,000 students, including 20,000 undergraduates. Under the latest plan, the university said it would house far fewer students than normal and allow no more than one per bedroom.

    Last month, USC had announced a “Trojans Return” plan with a mix of face-to-face, online and hybrid teaching.

    “So, things could change, but we are excited to move forward and to have you back,” USC President Carol L. Folt wrote to the community on June 2.

    Many colleges and universities are still struggling with when and how to reopen campuses that were abruptly shuttered in March when the novel coronavirus pandemic forced students to go home in the middle of the spring semester. Some have pledged to bring most students back, while others are recalling half or fewer of their undergraduates. Still others, including the massive California State University System, have said they would operate mostly online.

    As the USC announcement indicated, the situation remains fluid and is likely to continue that way until the first day of class — or even after classes resume.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  6. #2976

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Secret Service agents preparing for Pence Arizona trip contracted coronavirus

    By
    Carol D. Leonnig and
    Josh Dawsey
    July 2, 2020 at 8:57 p.m. EDT

    Vice President Pence’s trip to Arizona this week had to be postponed by a day after several Secret Service agents who helped organize the visit either tested positive for coronavirus or were showing symptoms of being infected.

    Pence was scheduled to go to Phoenix on Tuesday but went on Wednesday instead so that healthy agents could be deployed for his visit, according to two senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private details of the trip.

    Arizona has seen a spike in cases in recent weeks and Pence scaled back the trip before the delay because of the growing amount of infections in the state.

    Pence’s staff was concerned last weekend about their ability to hold planned public events in Tucson and Yuma due to the outbreak, one administration official said, and decided on Saturday to visit only Phoenix for a much smaller meeting — a public health briefing with Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and local health care leaders.

    On Monday night, the Secret Service urged Pence’s staff to delay the Tuesday trip until Wednesday because at least one agent on the ground had a confirmed case of covid-19 and other agents and federal officers preparing for the Arizona visit were showing signs of illness, according to two administration officials.

    The Secret Service needed time to bring in healthy agents and other personnel to replace the ones who were either sick or most likely sick, one of the officials said. The official said the Secret Service estimated that a total of eight to 10 agents and other officers from sister agencies — all of whom were helping prepare for Pence’s visit to Arizona — had fallen ill.

    This is the second time in recent weeks that Secret Service agents preparing for a White House or Trump campaign event outside of Washington have contracted the virus. At least three Secret Service personnel working on the advance team for President Trump’s Tulsa rally on June 20 tested positive for covid-19. Two agents tested positive hours before the indoor stadium event was held and dozens of agents who were on site for the rally were ordered to self-quarantine when they arrived home.

    Trump was criticized for holding the rally in an area with an increasing number of cases, but he brushed aside the concerns raised by public health officials and urged his supporters to turn out. Far fewer people than expected attended the rally. Pence has faced criticism over his recent travels as he has sought to get out of Washington and visit areas hit hard by the coronavirus that are also key swing states in the upcoming election, such as Arizona and Florida.

    A spokesperson for Pence, who heads the administration’s coronavirus task force, declined to address the specific issues of the trip’s delay.

    “Instead of highlighting Vice President Pence’s concerted effort with Task Force members to visit and support states with new cases, The Washington Post is choosing to use its pages to report on a story of little use to every day Americans attempting to learn more about how coronavirus affects them or the Administration’s response efforts,” Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

    One administration official defended Pence’s trip to Arizona and said the vice president values traveling the country so he can see some of the hardest-hit areas, meet with state and local officials and have an informed opinion while showing the administration is paying attention. Pence traveled to Arizona with other administration officials, including Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator.

    While in Phoenix, Pence was asked by a reporter why he needed to travel to Arizona to be briefed on the outbreak.

    “Well, the rising cases here in Arizona is why I’m here. It’s why we brought the White House Coronavirus Task Force here,” Pence said. “I’m a real believer, as President Trump is, in — in sitting down with the people that are leading the effort.”

    The heightened risk of agents getting sick while they try to prepare for events for Trump and Pence in cities far from Washington has begun to frazzle agents and their families, according to several people who have spoken to agents. The Secret Service’s foremost mission is protecting the safety and health of the president and vice president, as well as 39 members of their family and senior leaders in the administration.

    Trump’s news conferences are typically broadcast live and Pence could have communicated with the governor of Arizona and other local leaders through video conference.

    Pence did not leave the airport during his Phoenix trip, which lasted about two and a half hours.

    Many of the activities that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn can increase the chance of infection are similar to what advance agents are required to do to plan the major events the White House and campaign have chosen to host. The agents must travel significant distances away from home, meet with strangers and spend many hours indoors with other teams to coordinate security planning.

    Secret Service communications director Catherine Milhoan declined to comment on any specifics on number of agents who were infected or steps taken to protect them but stressed the agency follows CDC guidelines and issued the following statement.

    “The health and safety of our workforce, their families, and that of our protectees remains the agency’s highest priority,” she said. “As a matter of practice, the Secret Service does not comment on the means and methods used to carry out our protective operations. The men and women of the Secret Service continue to meet operational mission requirements without fail.”

    Despite the illnesses that were found among advance team members at the president’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Pence’s office soldiered forward to try to hold events in Arizona.

    The White House has said that Trump and Pence are tested daily for infection.

    At the Tulsa event, six advance team members tested positive in the hours before the rally, which was reported by media outlets that afternoon. The news set off a scramble by the campaign to determine if the tests had been flawed, but also to quiz health care workers conducting the tests about whether they had leaked the information to the media. Two Secret Service personnel — an advance agent and an officer in charge of screening rally attendees — also tested positive that day.

    Later, a group of Secret Service agents in the Tulsa field office arranged to be discreetly tested in the parking lot of a hospital, avoiding the normal routine of entering the emergency room and answering questions about their potential exposure, according to two people familiar with the agency’s decision. Dozens of Secret Service agents on the Tulsa trip were instructed to self-quarantine at home for two weeks when they returned from Tulsa.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...26f_story.html
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  7. #2977

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Herman Cain
    @THEHermanCain· Jul 1
    Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!
    https://westernjournal.com/south-dak...um=thenewvoice
    Michelangelo Signorile @MSignorile
    Herman Cain yesterday.

    Today he’s hospitalized with coronavirus.

    Let's be clear:

    Herman Cain knew he was positive for coronavirus when he wrote this tweet. His test had come back on June 30.

    That’s according to Cain’s own statement per Fox News:

    "Cain was notified on Monday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and by Wednesday had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization, the statement said.”
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  8. #2978

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Live updates: U.S. sets record for new coronavirus cases, surpassing 55,000

    By
    Kim Bellware,
    Siobhán O'Grady,
    Hamza Shaban,
    Hannah Knowles,
    Jacqueline Dupree,
    Felicia Sonmez,
    Colby Itkowitz,
    Steven Goff and
    Michael Brice-Saddler
    July 2, 2020 at 9:11 p.m. EDT

    The United States reported at least 55,220 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, surpassing Wednesday’s record of 52,789, previously the largest single-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data collected by The Washington Post.

    Florida on Thursday reported 10,109 new cases of covid-19, marking a new single-day record for the state, which reported 6,563 cases on Wednesday. There were 68 new deaths, for a total of 3,718. It’s the 25th consecutive day that Florida has set a record high in its seven-day rolling average. Georgia, one of the first states to loosen restrictions, joined Florida and several other states in setting single-day records of new cases. Georgia reported 3,472, up from 2,976 on Wednesday.

    In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday issued a statewide mandate requiring Texans to wear masks in public in any county with 20 or more positive covid-19 cases — a dramatic move that comes as cases in the state continue to climb. On Thursday, Texas reported 7,915 new cases of the coronavirus.


    The mayor of Miami-Dade County announced a 10 p.m.-to-sunrise curfew starting Friday night and continuing until further notice. Around 2,300 of Florida’s 10,109 new infections on Thursday were reported in Miami-Dade.

    During an event in Florida, Vice President Pence sought to distinguish the surge of coronavirus cases across the Sun Belt from the larger pandemic that shut down the country. “It’s not one large pandemic, but rather pandemics that emerge individually,” Pence said.

    Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, according to a statement posted to his Twitter account Thursday. The announcement comes almost two weeks after Cain joined thousands of people at President Trump’s Tulsa campaign rally.

    Anthony S. Fauci, the country’s top infectious-disease expert, attributed rising case numbers in the United States at least partially to the fact lockdown measures were more lenient than those in some European countries that have since managed to turn the tide on the virus.

    The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June, sending the unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent. But new data also released by the Labor Department showed that 1.4 million people filed unemployment claims for the first time last week, marking the 15th straight week of claims that exceeded 1 million.

    The U.S. is on track to have a vaccine against the coronavirus by the end of this year or early 2021, according to Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn. The FDA has given authorization to proceed with clinical trials for four vaccines, Hahn said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    6:28 p.m.
    Report: 11-year-old who died from covid-19 is youngest recorded death in Florida

    An 11-year-old boy is the youngest child to die from covid-19 in Florida, the Miami Herand reports.

    The Miami-Date County child died of covid-19 pneumonia on June 30. The county medical examiner said his immune system was compromised by “multiple congenital abnormalities," the Herald reported.

    Covid-19 appears to be milder in children and fewer children experience symptoms than adults, though severe outcomes are possible and have been reported. As of last week in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported nine covid-19 related deaths of babies younger than 12 months, six deaths among children 1 to 4 years, and 14 deaths among children 5 to 14 years.

    The CDC in May warned doctors to be on the lookout for a covid-related inflammatory syndrome in children that has some characteristics in common with Kawasaki disease, a rare illness that typically impacts children under age 5 and whose cause is unknown.

    Health commissioners in New York and New Jersey released data in early June that showed black or Hispanic children have been disproportionately affected by the pediatric syndrome — representing roughly two-thirds of all cases.

    Ariana Ejung Cha and Chelsea Janes contributed to this report.

    By Angela Fritz

    8:00 p.m.
    Miami-Dade County mayor implements nightly curfew to slow spread of infections

    After a record-setting day of new coronavirus infections in Florida, the mayor of Miami-Dade County is trying a new restriction to slow the spread. Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced a 10 p.m.-to-sunrise curfew starting Friday night and continuing until further notice.

    “I agree with my medical advisers that young people and their parents are not taking seriously the New Normal rules,” Gimenez said in a statement. “ ... This curfew is meant to stop people from venturing out and hanging out with friends in groups, which has shown to be spreading the virus rapidly.”

    Florida reported 10,109 new infections on Thursday, a record for the state and the largest daily increase for any state in the United States on Thursday. Around 2,300 of Florida’s cases were reported in Miami-Dade.

    Gimenez’s curfew announcement says essential workers, “among them first responders, hospital workers, food delivery services and media,” will be excluded from the order.

    “I do not want to go back to closing all but essential businesses, but the only way to avoid that is for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Gimenez said. “That means every generation — everyone of us, no exceptions.”

    On Wednesday, the mayor ordered masks be worn in all indoor and outdoor public settings and said in a statement that police would be out over the holiday weekend to enforce the rule.

    Beaches in Miami-Dade will be closed through at least Tuesday. Gimenez said he would consider extending the closure if cases continued to rise. Beaches in neighboring Broward County are closed from Friday though Sunday.

    By Angela Fritz

    8:20 p.m.
    Mexico City deaths spiked to three times normal during covid outbreak, top official says

    MEXICO CITY — The Mexican capital suffered about three times as many deaths as it normally would from March through May, according to the country’s coronavirus czar — the clearest sign yet of the extraordinary toll that the pandemic has taken on the city.

    That estimate comes from the government’s first detailed study on lives claimed by the virus, an investigation officials say will soon be made public.

    The excess mortality figure, which includes deaths both directly and indirectly related to the pandemic, is considered the most complete indicator of the damage done by coronavirus. The jump in deaths this spring was similar to surges in urban centers such as London or New York, experts said.

    “Certainly it’s on a par with what we’ve seen in the most hard-hit areas of the United States,” said Daniel Weinberger, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health who has studied excess deaths during the pandemic.

    Hugo López-Gatell, the undersecretary of health who is leading Mexico’s response to the coronavirus, told The Washington Post that the study uses average deaths from March through May in recent years as a baseline. “How many people have died now? This statistic, which we are still refining, is about three times more,” he said.

    Read more here.

    By Mary Beth Sheridan
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  9. #2979

    Re: covid-19 Virus Updates and Discussion

    Live updates: U.S. sets record for new coronavirus cases, surpassing 55,000 P2

    8:36 p.m.
    Chicago orders travel quarantine; Pennsylvania recommends it for 15 states

    Ahead of a three-day holiday weekend, Chicago and Pennsylvania announced new travel quarantine measures for arrivals from coronavirus hot spot states.

    The Chicago Department of Public Health announced that travelers from 15 states, and Chicagoans who traveled to those states, will be expected to quarantine for 14 days. People found in violation of the order could be fined up to $500 per day for a maximum of $7,000.

    The quarantine order goes into effect July 6.

    The states included in the order are seeing a recent surge in the spread of the virus, measured by the number of new cases per day, per 100,000 residents: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

    New infections in Illinois had been declining since late May, but the state has recently reported a slight uptick in cases and hospitalizations. Illinois reported 869 new cases on Thursday, 470 of which were in Cook County, where Chicago is located. At its peak, Illinois reported 4,014 new cases on May 12.

    “This emergency order will not only help contain the local spread of COVID-19 and preserve the positive progress we’ve made,” Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (D) said in a statement, “it will also serve to prevent further spread nationwide and support the efforts of officials in other cities and states.”

    Pennsylvania recommends its residents quarantine in their homes for 14 days upon return from the same 15 states. The state health department is not requiring quarantine for non-Pennsylvanian travelers from those states, as other states and cities have done.

    “We would recommend that if someone is coming from one of the listed states, and has been in areas with a high prevalence of covid-19, that they consider postponing their trip,” said Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) also signed an order on Wednesday requiring masks be worn when residents leave their homes.

    By Angela Fritz
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.




  10. #2980

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    *Sigh* - The state of some of our higher education in America leaves something to be desired. Of course, this really speaks more to a lack of education...and ethics...and common sense...and even, morality on some level.

    Alabama students throwing 'COVID parties' to see who gets infected: Officials
    Rising infections prompt Gov. Kay Ivy to extend 'Safer at Home' orders.
    July 1, 2020

    College ‘COVID parties’ under investigation
    Alabama state officials confirm that a group of college students took bets on, then intentionally spread COVID-19 and at least 8 cases are linked to a house party in a New York City suburb.
    Students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have been attending parties in the city and surrounding area as part of a disturbing contest to see who can catch the virus first, a city council member told ABC News on Wednesday.

    Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students have been organizing "COVID parties" as a game to intentionally infect each other with the contagion that has killed more than 127,000 people in the United States. She said she recently learned of the behavior and informed the city council of the parties occurring in the city. She said the organizers of the parties are purposely inviting guests who have COVID-19. "They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense," McKinstry said. "They're intentionally doing it."

    Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith told the City Council on Tuesday that he has confirmed the students' careless behavior. In a briefing to the City Council, Smith expressed concern that in recent weeks there have been parties held throughout the city and surrounding Tuscaloosa County, "where students, or kids, would come in with known positive," according to a video recording of the meeting obtained by ABC affiliate station WBMA in Birmingham. "We thought that was kind of a rumor at first," Smith told the council members. "We did some research. Not only do the doctors' offices confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information."

    In his presentation, Smith, who wore a face mask, did not say what is being done to curb the behavior or what schools the students were from. Tuscaloosa is the seventh-largest city in Alabama and home to The University of Alabama and several other colleges. Just hours after Smith's briefing, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance requiring people to wear face coverings when out in public.

    They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot.

    On Wednesday, Holly Whigham, a spokesperson for the fire department, told ABC News, "We are not releasing any statements about what was said last night."

    It was unclear if the COVID-positive students infected anyone at the parties they attended.

    Richard Rush, a city spokesman, said in a statement to ABC News that the city "is currently working with local agencies and organizations to ensure that we do everything in our power to fight this pandemic."

    McKinstry said she fears that some people will attend the parties not knowing their intent and be exposed to infected guests. "We're trying to break up any parties that we know of," McKinstry told ABC News, adding the infected students are obviously disregarding guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to self-quarantine for two weeks. "It's nonsense," McKinstry added. "But I think when you're dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they're spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?"

    Arrol Sheehan, spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Public Health, said the state's "Safer at Home Order" explicitly states that people who test positive "shall be quarantined to their place of residence for a period of 14 days." Sheehan stressed that violation of the heath order is a misdemeanor and fines for each violation can be up to $500. "Suspected violations of the home quarantine order should be reported to law enforcement and the local health department," she said in a statement to ABC News.

    As of Wednesday, Alabama had recorded 38,422 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 10,696 in the last 14 days, according to data provided by the state Department of Public Health. At least 947 people have died in Alabama from the virus.

    In Tuscaloosa County, 2,049 people had contracted the contagion and 38 deaths had occurred in the county, according to the Department of Public Health.

    Word of the COVID parties came on the same day Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced she is extending the "Safer at Home" orders through July 31 because coronavirus infections continue to rise. Under the extended orders, gyms, entertainment venues, child care facilities and barbershops are required to follow sanitation and social distancing rules. Retail stores are allowed to open with a 50% occupancy rate.

    "Personal responsibility means it is everyone's responsibility," Ivy said at a news conference. "If we continue going in the wrong direction, and our hospitals are not able to handle the capacity of patients, then we're going to reserve the right to come back in and reverse course."

    Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, who joined Ivy at the news conference, urged people to wear face coverings although they are not required statewide. "We know face coverings aren't perfect and they don't stop everything," Harris said. "But they do limit transmission."
    "And for my next fearless prediction..."

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    There is something disturbing about this mindset. Even if Covid-19 were an ordinary flu...
    Roger forever

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    Additional data: 4 patients currently hospitalized (1 in a serious condition), total of 155599 tests with 0.72% positive. 2.7% of positive cases have ended up dying. Population of Latvia is ca 1,9 million (ca same as Nebraska only with 3.5x higher population density).
    Roger forever

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    In Switzerland it's nowhere near as good. It seemed to be almost under control 2 weeks ago, but now cases are increasing again (116 yesterday).
    Roger forever

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    Suliso, Many thanks for posting that. Our curve could have looked more like that with sane leadership and sane citizens. Alas, we are totally lacking the former and seriously lacking adequate numbers of the latter.

    That percent positive tests is maybe the most beautiful statistic you give. That means the country was testing appropriately, finding out who was positive, tracing contacts, and dealing appropriately with positive cases. GH

    P.S. I'm referring to the Latvian curve and statistics, 2 posts up.
    Last edited by GlennHarman; 07-03-2020 at 02:46 AM. Reason: adding P.S.

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    What also helps that we have good neighbors (Estonia and Lithuania) and we can close borders fully with not so good ones (Russia and Belarus). This is not possible in Switzerland with two neighboring countries (France and Italy) with considerably more infections and inevitable cross border traffic.
    Roger forever

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