June 21, 2020

Texas again sets 1-day COVID-19 record

 Harrison County Judge Chad Sims said his county has three new COVID-19 case, raising the total there to 272. Harrison County has seen 26 deaths, 181 recoveries and has 66 active cases.

“We have enjoyed a nice downward trend in our active cases,” Sims said in a statement. “Don’t let up now on the personal hygiene and social distancing.”

J.Harris: I read about COVID for several hours most days. I am convinced that the most important self preventive measure that folks can employ at this time — in this city, in this county, in this state, in this country is to WEAR A MASK  when you are out and about around other people. Avoid the crowd, of course, and we will have a vaccine and treatment before long. Our area had a rough start, but look at us now! Masks work in the orient. They will work here. 


These are up-to-date values for Rt, a key measure of how fast the virus is growing. It’s the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If Rt is above 1.0, the virus will spread quickly. When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.

TEXAS: 3 MO AGO    1.05

                2 MO AGO   0.86

                 1 MO AGO   1.06

                 1 WK AGO   1.16

                  LATEST.      1.17

From Houston: Customers must wear masks while shopping. (no reprint available)

Is it safer to fly or drive this summer? 5 health experts weigh in.

This is a good read, somewhat reassuring.  JH


J.Harris: easy to understand graphs for each state. Higher values are the most dangerous.

What do you get when you mix alcohol and literature? Tequila mockingbird.

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By George Smith

This Father’s Day is different for me. Why? I am a year older but was true in that situation a year ago.

The last 24 hours has caused me to question everything I believe or think I know. The present global pandemic and ensuring isolation and cloying anxiety and fingerlings of depression (plus some inner-most personal, tumultuous thoughts) created a need to examine my “here” and take a mental inventory of my “now” and ask hard questions about my very existence and my overall worth to myself, my family, my world.

A personal humanity laundry list emerged from my musings, not just for me, but for others as well. Take it or leave it, it’s now out there and my sunshine today is ultra-bright. 

Happy Father’s Day to everyone.

We know first hand about the dilemma associated with race, this big story about how people go out of their way to be judgmental, mean-spirited even, to those who are different or who chose to be appear or act differently

Shame on those that see color before humanity, gender before value, sexual orientation before good deeds, religious affiliation (or atheism) before   reverence for the emotions of the human heart, or nationalism over the needs of fellow human beings.

We are all of one creation…of that we should all agree. even if we disagree on a distinctive singular path.

That is a start.

Be kind today and every day after. If you do that and I do do that…it is the start of a movement that can change our world for the better.

Be kind. Today. Every day.

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