June10, 2020

Harrison County Judge Chad Sims noted that of the overall 260 positive cases for the county, 26 resulted in death, and 154 have been recoveries, for a current total of 80 active cases. 
The Texas Department of State Health Services notified Harrison County, on Tuesday, of two new COVID-19 cases and 27 more recoveries for the county.
“Just to remind you that on May 17, at our peak, we had 164 active cases,” Sims noted in his daily 4 p.m. update Tuesday.

“Today we are down to 80,” he said. “Let’s keep this up!”

Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest-ever seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, according to data tracked by The Washington Post: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, TEXAS, and Utah.
SUMMARY: Findings  This case series included 58 hospitalized children, a subset of whom required intensive care, and met definitional criteria for pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (PIMS-TS), including fever, inflammation, and organ dysfunction. Of these children, all had fever and nonspecific symptoms, such as abdominal pain (31 [53%]), rash (30 [52%]), and conjunctival injection (26 [45%]); 29 (50%) developed shock and required inotropic support or fluid resuscitation; 13 (22%) met diagnostic criteria for Kawasaki disease, and 8 (14%) had coronary artery dilatation or aneurysms. Some clinical and laboratory characteristics had important differences compared with Kawasaki disease, Kawasaki disease shock syndrome, and toxic shock syndrome.
J. Harris: I believe that all of these children survived, although several have coronary artery aneurysms at this time. This is a bad virus; it can be devastating for children as well as adults. 
A widely cited paper published in April suggested that people are most infectious about two days before the onset of symptoms, and estimated that 44 percent of new infections are a result of transmission from people who were not yet showing symptoms.
All of the best evidence suggests that people without symptoms can and do readily spread SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19,” scientists at the Harvard Global Health Institute said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Bucks County Health Department in Pennsylvania reported 33 new coronavirus cases Saturday, including 11 that can be traced back to a New Jersey resident “who attended multiple house gatherings at the Shore during the past two weeks.”
The study evaluated 1,717 policies implemented in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, France and the United States in the period extending from the emergence of the virus in January to April 6, 2020. 
Emergency COVID-19 measures prevented more than 500 million infections, study finds
An objective of the study was to understand which policies have played the greatest role in slowing the pandemic.

The team found that home isolation, business closures and lockdowns (a component of emergency declarations in some countries) often produced the clearest benefits. Travel restrictions and bans on gathering had mixed results, with large effects in some countries — Iran and France, respectively, for example — and less clear benefits in countries such as the United States.

The researchers did not find strong evidence that school closures had an impact in any country, but they cautioned that their finding is not conclusive and that more research should be used to inform school policies.

The team found that while some policies change behavior immediately and may have quickly led to small benefits, it took three weeks, in general, for policies to achieve their full impact on the spread of COVID-19. Now that some countries are relaxing policies, Hsiang said, “we might reasonably expect signals of any renewed spread to emerge on a similar two- to-three-week time frame.”

COVID death rates in many cities are startling, even when compared to 1918 Flu
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By George Smith

A lifelong friend, a distant relative and someone I care about on an ethereal level blocked me on Facebook.

No warning. No explanation. Boom. Gone.

I am hoping it was a mistake because, for me, her smiling face is like a ray of sunshine after a hurricane.

Why the split? Freedom of speech and difference of opinion about the current state of politics in America, I suppose.

I was under the impression we were adults who could agree to disagree agreeably. I now to now assume I was wrong, that politics matters more than long-time relationships and familial ties.

I was so wrong, couldn’t be more 


While I believe the U.S. is walking on the edge of fascism, thus endangering our democracy, this dear friend is an Always-Trumper. I don’t understand a majority of those that feel that way and it’s obvious they don’t understand my viewpoint.

As a one-time history major with a love of historical novels about this country’s history and the key personalities who formed the foundation and underpinnings of the U.S., I clearly see the slippery slope to the mutated form of mini-fascism that Donald J. Trump and his chosen minions have erected.

In a democracy, brute force is not used to move peaceful protestors from a specific area so a president can move through the area for a staged photo op.

 In a democracy, the nation’s highest law enforcement officer, who specifically is charged with representing the best interests of the citizens,  does not do the express bidding of the top executive in direct opposition to best interests of the citizenry.

In a democracy, trusted global allies are revered and nations ruled by strong-arm thugs are watched closely with the well-worn adage displayed prominently — Speak softly and carry a big stick.

In a democracy, our freedoms (speech, religion, a free press, right to assemble and protest, etc.) are sacrosanct.

In a democracy, treaties which are designed to keep this nation safe are not not torn asunder on the knee-jerk whim of a chief executive.

In a democracy, no one —NO ONE! — is above the law, criminal acts are punished; power, money, status and title be damned.

Look around. Is the view of America today one that resembles the dictionary definition of “democracy”?  

The definition of democracy is a “form of government in which the common people hold political power and can rule either directly or through elected representatives. An example of democracy at work is in the United States, where people have political freedom and equality.”

Is that American in 2020?

Political freedom? Equality?

Not even close.

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