Judge Staci Williams, Democratic Candidate for Texas Supreme Court in Marshall October 3

October 2, 2020

Judge Staci Williams, Democratic Candidate for Texas Supreme Court, to speak at Harrison County Democratic Headquarters in Marshall on Saturday, October 3

Judge Staci Williams, Candidate for the Texas Supreme Court, will speak at a “Meet the Candidate and Voter Registration” event held by the Harrison County Democratic Party at their headquarters, located at 213 West Austin Street in downtown Marshall, on Saturday,  October 3 at 2:00-4:00pm.

The event will also be a kind of “Welcome Home” event for Judge Staci Williams, since Judge Williams was born in Gregg County and lived her early childhood in Marshall before moving to Dallas. Her father, Dr. Claude Williams, was a well-respected dentist in our community.

Judge Williams shared:  “Even though my family moved from Marshall to Dallas when I was 9 years old, Marshall has always been and will always feel like home. Coming back to Marshall, it reminds me of hard work, integrity, and my roots in East Texas.”

Judge Williams is a judge of the Texas 101st District Court. She assumed office in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Massachusetts and her law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Judge Williams’ biographical information includes that she has worked as corporate counsel in the defense telecommunications and retail industries. She has also served as a trial attorney and an administrative judge for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, counsel to the United States Judiciary Committee, as well as a municipal judge in Dallas and an attorney in private practice. She has also been on the arbitrator panels of the U.S. Postal Service, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Security Dealers.)

If elected, Judge Williams would be the first African-American female elected in the 174 year history of the Texas Supreme Court.

The Saturday, October 3 event for Judge Williams in Marshall event is also designed to provide a continued opportunity for citizens of Harrison County who are not yet registered to vote to register before the voter registration deadline.

Maxine Golightly, chairman of the Harrison County Democratic Party, shared: “We’ve had a very successful voter registration campaign in Harrison County and we’re continuing to encourage community members who are not yet registered to get registered to vote before the registration deadline on Monday, October 5. It’s important that people make sure they are registered so they can vote in this critical election.”

Christina Anderson added: “In addition to registering to vote, we invite community members to join us in welcoming Judge Williams back to Marshall.  Judge Staci Williams is an outstanding candidate for the Texas Supreme Court and the event on Saturday is a great opportunity to meet and ask any questions you might have of this excellent candidate who has her roots in Marshall, Texas.”

The event will be held in the backyard of the Democratic headquarters at 213 West Austin so that people can enjoy the beautiful fall weather and to assist in providing room for social distancing.

Also, community members are welcome to visit the Harrison County Democratic Headquarters during the week in these final days before the November 3 election. The headquarters is open every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

If these times are not convenient, persons are encouraged to call Maxine Golightly at (903) 908-0521 to make an appointment and she or another volunteer will arrange to meet the person at the headquarters at an appointed time.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Democratic Party wishing to take all measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Democratic headquarters follows all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for social distancing and wearing masks. If a person does not have a mask and wishes to visit the headquarters, a mask will gladly be provided.

Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 13 at seven locations in Harrison County and runs through Friday, October 30, 2020. Information about specific times and locations for early voting are available at the Democratic headquarters or at the Harrison County Elections Office at 415 East Burleson Street.

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October 2, 2020

In addition to a couple of big COVID cases in Washington, DC, yesterday other notable cases include 9 new cases in Harrison County with 14 in Gregg and 37 in Smith County, including several in Tyler and area schools. 
FAQ: What you need to know about masks and covid-19

Judge Ammerman sent this video article over:Children and Covid
(Short video)


1. COVID-19 AGE DISTRIBUTION Researchers from the CDC COVID-19 Response Team published analysis of shifts in the age distribution of US COVID-19 cases. The study, published in the CDC’s MMWR, evaluated age data from COVID-19 cases reported in the US between May and August. The analysis included patients who visited the emergency department with COVID-like illness, patients with positive SARS-CoV-2 tests, and confirmed COVID-19 patients as well as test positivity data among the defined age groups. From May to July, COVID-19 incidence increased among all age groups, but the largest increases were observed in individuals under 30 years old, which drove a decrease in the median age of COVID-19 cases—down from 46 years old in May to 38 years old in August. Similar trends were observed at the regional level, although with some variations between regions. The timing of these shifts coincided with many states’ efforts to relax social distancing in order to resume some social and economic activity. Notably, the researchers identified an increase in test positivity among individuals aged 20-39 years in several regions, particularly in the South, that preceded a similar increase among individuals 60 years and older by an average of 8.7 days—with a range of approximately 1-3 incubation periods. This study provides further evidence that transmission among younger portions of the population can drive subsequent increases among older individuals, who are at elevated risk of severe disease and death.

2.  One Number Could Help Reveal how Infectious a COVID-19 Patient is. Should Test Results Include it?(Science) Ever since the coronavirus pandemic began, battles have raged over testing: Which tests should be given, to whom, and how often? Now, epidemiologists and public health experts are opening a new debate. They say testing centers should report not just whether a person is positive, but also a number known as the cycle threshold (CT) value, which indicates how much virus an infected person harbors.


ANTIGEN TESTING Since the onset of the pandemic, many countries around the world have struggled to establish and maintain sufficient testing capacity to support COVID-19 response and prevention measures. Antigen-based tests could potentially provide rapid, on-site/point-of-care testing capacity on a large scale; however, barriers remain to effectively implementing antigen testing strategies. Antigen tests detect the presence of specific viral proteins, as opposed to antibodies or viral RNA, and they are faster and less expensive than traditional PCR-based diagnostic tests.

In the US, antigen testing is gaining momentum, particularly as some companies and organizations are leaning heavily on antigen testing to resume normal operations. In particular, sports leagues have implemented antigen testing to provide routine surveillance capabilities for athletes, coaches, and other staff (e.g., on a daily basis), and multiple US airlines intend to utilize antigen testing for passengers. These programs may not necessarily be mandatory; however, they can provide increased screening capacity for travelers and crew. United Airlines will begin offering on-site antigen testing for flights from San Francisco to Hawai’i, but passengers will be charged an additional $250 to cover the cost of the test. Passengers will also have the option of conducting the test at home. Lufthansa will implement on-site testing for intercontinental flights in the near future.

President Donald Trump announced a new program that willdistribute 150 million antigen
tests nationwide, with the aim of supporting screening efforts at schools and for higher-risk populations (e.g., long-term care facilities). The tests can provide results in approximately 15 minutes and can be performed by “medical personnel or trained operators in certain non-clinical environments.” The program could begin shipping 6.5 million tests this week, with additional tests to follow. Notably, the program will utilize antigen tests produced by Abbott Laboratories. The US FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Abbot tests; however, data published on the FDA website do not include any tests on individuals aged 21 or younger. Without testing pediatric specimens, it is unclear how accurate the test is in kids. Also, there are approximately 50 million children enrolled in public schools alone, so it is unlikely that 150 million tests would provide routine screening capacity nationwide. Elected and health officials in some states have commented that they are struggling to control where the tests will be distributed or to gather data on test results.

In addition to antigen tests, the FDA issued its first Emergency Use Authorization for a point-of- care serological test. While traditional PCR-based diagnostic tests and antigen tests detect active infection, serological tests detect antibodies, which indicate prior infection. The test, produced by Assure Tech (China), uses a lateral flow approach and can provide test results in as little as 15 minutes using fingerstick blood specimens. The tests can be administered at common points of care, such as primary care physician offices and emergency departments, without the need to transport specimens to centralized laboratories with specialized equipment and personnel. The expanded availability of serological tests, particularly rapid tests capable of on-site testing, can further increase critical testing capacity and provide valuable data for both individuals and public health officials. 
Study finds 100% death rate in COVID-19 patients after CPR
(J. Harris: Good summary article of JAMA article which illustrates more reasons not to contact COVID.)


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