Links To Others Stories

Here are a set of links to other stories and website that you might enjoy.

10/2/2020***Harrison County reports 9 new COVID-19 cases, free testing offered

Harrison County gained nine new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and saw three more recoveries.

County Judge Chad Sims noted that of the cumulative total of 913 positive cases for the county, 35 have been fatalities, 834 recoveries and 44 are considered active cases.

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7/29/20***Rep. Louie Gohmert, who often went without a mask, tests positive for coronavirus

Gohmert was in close contact with lawmakers and others on Capitol Hill, including Attorney General William Barr, on Tuesday.

Harrison County gained nine new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and saw three more recoveries.

County Judge Chad Sims noted that of the cumulative total of 913 positive cases for the county, 35 have been fatalities, 834 recoveries and 44 are considered active cases.

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***Voices from the Pandemic
‘No mask, no entry. Is that clear enough? That seems pretty clear, right?’

Lori Wagoner, retail clerk, on trying to enforce a state requirement to wear masks

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July 16, 2020

NEW COVID CASES FROM AREA:Harrison County: 8Gregg County: 42Smith County: 69 (only one found on routine testing apparently–the rest are newly sick).

2020-07-092020-07-102020-07-112020-07-122020-07-132020-07-14WEDNESDAY TSA AREA
33323535353334Wichita Falls
1826187218251895186718341854Dallas/Ft. Worth
260261251277285283287El Paso
47495141393939San Angelo
63585858546270Bryan/College Station
1442143915291490153515631549San Antonio
322341337360355348333Corpus Christi
1216129311971356135113041300Lower Rio Grande Valley
9689100021008310410104051056910471Statewide Total


1. Health Data: Hospital data related to the coronavirus in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Trump administration says the move will speed up reporting, and the CDC director said that he’s fine with the change. But some public health leaders fear it will further sideline the agency. 
(J. Harris: after a slow start, The Communicable Disease Center (CDC) has become a great source of COVID information and to the coordination of the myriad of agencies and companies and corporations who are fighting the pandemic. It is frightening to me to learn that the white house is redirecting hospital information to some new private firm. I prefer that this hospital information be daily available to the public and to me without non-medical people and politicians fiddling with it. Expletive deleted!).

2. Mask Mandate: Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam’s Club stores, making it the largest U.S. retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements. 

J Harris: I suspect the true number of cases and deaths is much higher.

An mRNA Vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 — Preliminary Report NEJM

J. Harris: Good news! …The mRNA-1273 vaccine was immunogenic, inducing robust binding antibody responses to both full-length S-2P and receptor-binding domain in all participants after the first vaccination in a time- and dose-dependent fashion. Commensurately high neutralizing antibody responses were also elicited in a dose-dependent fashion. Seroconversion was rapid for binding antibodies, occurring within 2 weeks after the first vaccination, but pseudovirus neutralizing activity was low before the second vaccination, which supports the need for a two-dose vaccination schedule. It is important to note that both binding and neutralizing antibody titers induced by the two-dose schedule were similar to those found in convalescent serum specimens. However, interpretation of the significance of those comparisons must account for the variability in Covid-19 convalescent antibody titers according to factors such as patient age, disease severity, and time since disease onset and for the number of samples in the panel.12,13

In this interim report of follow-up of participants through day 57, we were not able to assess the durability of the immune responses; however, participants will be followed for 1 year after the second vaccination with scheduled blood collections throughout that period to characterize the humoral and cellular immunologic responses. This longitudinal assessment is relevant given that natural history studies suggest that SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infections, particularly mild illnesses, may not generate long-lived antibody responses.20-22

….Of the three doses evaluated, the 100-μg dose elicits high neutralization responses and Th1-skewed CD4 T cell responses, coupled with a reactogenicity profile that is more favorable than that of the higher dose. A phase 2 trial of mRNA-1273 in 600 healthy adults, evaluating doses of 50 μg and 100 μg, is ongoing ( number, NCT04405076. opens in new tab). A large phase 3 efficacy trial, expected to evaluate a 100-μg dose, is anticipated to begin during the summer of 2020.

How does Moses make coffee? Hebrews it. 

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Embrace Good Traditions

Editor’s note:
George Smith is a co-founder of Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights. He recently sent me this article. It’s something we should all think around.

Traditions, good traditions, the ones that make us smile, that give our kids and grandkids pleasure, that bring back fond memories should be cherished and protected and embraced, revered even.

Marshall has such a tradition, one that is more than 30 years old and has brought more people to this city and produced more smiling faces than any other event…ever.

The Wonderland of Lights is not another festival; it is an institution that must be preserved, changed to fit the times and cultivated with love and reverence.

When Wonderland of Lights was conceived, Marshall was in the midst of the worst economic period since the Great Depression. There were more empty storefronts downtown than were occupied buildings; 18 of the top 22 retail establishments had given up and locked their doors.

From Day 1, the Wonderland of Lights was never about “lights”; it was about the spirit in the hearts of the special people in a special place called Marshall. As co-chairman with J.C. Hughes, Jr. for first five years of the holiday lighting festival, I have a personal bias in making sure the festival not only stays viable…but grows as it glows annually.
A vast majority of the citizens embraced the concept of Wonderland from Day 1. And from the onset, the Chamber of Commerce, Tony Bridge at the radio station, and the News Messenger pushed the idea because it served as a beacon of light in a dark era of the city’s history.

What was so special about Wonderland of Lights?

One night in the first year, I was going around the square, replacing burned out bulbs and talking to visitors. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a woman and four children get out of a car. Something made me watch them. The kids, 10 to about four years of age, were running around under the lighted trees and staring gawk-eyed at the courthouse with its 100,000-plus lights.

The woman watched them and, suddenly, slumped to the ground. I ran over to check on her. “Are you okay?”

She looked up and big tears were coursing down her cheeks. “This is just so beautiful. This is just so incredibly beautiful.”

Her story tore through my heart.

Her husband had left, walked out of the marriage a few weeks before; she had no job, no money and four small children. And Christmas was less than a month away.

She looked up at the lights. “This is our Christmas! I bring the kids up every night and let them run and play and marvel at the beauty.

“It’s all they’ll have this year for Christmas.”

I turned away on the pretense of getting something  to write on which gave me time to wipe my tears away.

I got the lady’s contact information that night and the next day started a “telephone tree” to see if folks could help.

Within 48 hours, the spirit of Marshall rose up: The lady had a job, free day care for the kids, enough money to keep the rented house outside of town and utilities, groceries, and abundant Christmas presents and clothes for all the children. This newspaper gifted her with a Christmas tree, lights and ornaments and a shopping trip to local merchants.

The spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Marshall.

Fast forward a few years. There was an incredibly likable high school girl who volunteered to help string lights and work at the old city hall stage on the intricate task of making light panels in chicken wire.

She was happy, helpful, diligent and hard working. She always carried a smile on her face to share with others.

One night she didn’t show up to work; we learned she had been killed in a car wreck.

The day after her funeral someone put up a small decorated Christmas tree at the gravesite; one of her friend, knowing she loved teddy bears, put a small bear in a glass jar by her gravestone.

The tree and the bear were stolen.

Within a couple of days, there were five small, decorated Christmas trees and more than 10 teddy bears in jars surrounding her gravesite.

The spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Marshall.

Of course, there were detractors for the projects, aginners who didn’t like change, who didn’t like the Chamber or the newspaper and went out of their way to make their feelings known. One lived in a very nice neighborhood and when all his neighbors decorated their houses and landscaping…this resident held on to an intense curmudgeonry with a fierce determination.

About the first of December that year, the resident left on a family vacation and returned to find the house and landscaping ablaze with thousands of tiny white lights, courtesy of his neighbors, who even ran extension cords to their homes to provide power.

The spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Marshall.

Wonderland of Lights is not about Christmas lights; it never has been. Don’t let the special spirit diminish. Embrace and enhance this tradition that only Marshall possesses.

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