September 30, 2020

On Tuesday, Harrison County reported 4 new cases, Gregg 24, and Smith County 7.
Marshall, Karnack ISDs report COVID-19 cases on campus

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(J. Harris: So our LOCAL covid infection rate has about doubled in 1 ½ months. Nevertheless,  Harrison County still has a lower rate than other area counties as we head into the flu season and our  schools have been opened for over a month ago. Our local universities did not bring outside COVID cases to the community! Our jails have had few infections. We need to keep our distance, avoid crowds, and wear masks. Masks work. Vaccines will help and are on the way. Improved and more accessible testing is being implemented. New therapeutic medicines and techniques will help. Physicians and health care professionals have gained tremendous experience. Things are looking up; keep your masked chins up.)

A layperson’s guide to how — and when — a Covid-19 vaccine could be authorized
(J. Harris: A concise and readable laymans guide to vaccinations — well with a 5-minute read.)


1. Flu Vaccine for Children in the Time of COVID (Mott Poll, Michigan Medicine) Public health experts have emphasized that during the COVID pandemic, it is important for people of all ages to get seasonal flu vaccine this year. In August 2020, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked a national sample of parents about getting flu vaccine for their children age 2-18 years. Two-thirds of parents intend to have their child get flu vaccine this year (49% very likely and 19% likely). Parental intention regarding flu vaccine this year is slightly lower for parents of teens compared to younger children (73% for 2-4 years, 70% for 5-12 years, and 65% for 13-18 years). Among parents who said their child got flu vaccine last year, nearly all (96%) intend to have their child get flu vaccine this year. In contrast, among parents whose child did not get flu vaccine last year, only 28% say their child is likely to get flu vaccine this year. 

2. UK to Become WHO’s Largest State Donor with 30% Funding Increase (The Guardian) Boris Johnson will announce a 30% increase in the UK’s funding of the World Health Organization, making the UK the single largest national donor after the US leaves. In an announcement at the UN General Assembly, he will urge it to heal “the ugly rifts” that are damaging the international fight against coronavirus.

3.  WHO COVID-19 DashboardThe US is averaging 44,307 new cases and 755 deaths per day. This is the highest average daily incidence since August 21 and nearly 30% greater than the low reported on September 12. We are now 3 weeks past the Labor Day holiday—which is also typically the latest that US schools begin the school year—and the US is exhibiting another increase in incidence at the national level. 

(J. Harris: Viral spread is speeding up again. WEAR YOUR MASK).


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