CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/21/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/21/2020

11/21/2020

J. Harris: I am trying to improve my ability to reproduce data. Please bear with me until I figure it out. 

From a local standpoint, Harrison County continues to have lower counts than some of our neighbors. Cases and death statistics  are based on the county where the patient lives or lived, not where they died, so our death counts are significantly lower in Harrison County.

Perhaps the most dangerous looming danger for Covid patients in East Texas is due to potential staffing problems. Covid is now so widespread that the daring health care workers who have moved from one crisis to another find themselves with more epidemic areas than they can service. Perhaps the military will be necessary for acute hospital staffing as well as for Covid Rehabilitation Facilities. Remember, the nursing homes are already full. Where will the Covid patients who need more rehabilitation go which will be an acute problem as the demand for hospital beds increases, and it will. 

I heard today on NPR a respected expert say that he felt like 6 foot spacing was even more important than masks to prevent Covid spread. He also said that “Herd Immunity” with virulent viruses does not occur. I should be able to supply more about him on Tuesday when the blog will be available. 

 A Living WHO Guideline on Drugs for Covid-19 (BMJ)

(A simplified teaching guide on how and when to treat Covid for universal application)

HOSPITAL DATA FOR TEXAS TSA AREAS UPDATED

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1yKi2rancEQv0cZAJUygBrGaVkU0WzasPw5dz-8wb6WE/edit#gid=0

HOME TEST KIT EUA The US FDA granted Emergency Use Authorization to the first fully at-home SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test kit. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit must be prescribed by a healthcare provider, but it can be performed by individuals at home. The manufacturer recommends that children under 14 years old should have the test performed by a healthcare provider in order to maximize the chances of obtaining a valid result. The kit comes with a nasal swab, a test tube with detection reagents, and a small test machine. Once the used nasal swab is swirled around the test tube for the requisite amount of time, the user inserts the tube into the machine, which will automatically process the sample and provide visual indication of the results. The test kit will light up as positive, negative, or inconclusive results in around 30 minutes. 

(J. Harris: The Whitehouse proved that you can’t  protect yourself  only with testing. However, a cheap, quick test can be helpful at home, especially with children involved. 

TEXAS SCHOOL COVID STATS–WEEKLY  

 J. Harris: I’ll work on this chart.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/20/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/20/2020

11/20/2020

 11/1411/1611/1711/1811/19
COVID IN HOSP333328362368366
COVD IN ICU8087909494
ICU BEDS AVAIL3123292623
TEXAS R FACTOR 1.141.12 1.09
COUNTY CASES/1000 POP 20   
NEW HARRISON?7924
NEW GREGG641551238968
NEW SMITH13932815123887
MISD NEW/ACTIVE Oct-32Jun-33Feb-36 

HOW BIG IS YOUR BUBBLE?

SUGGESTED BY HOPKINS:

1.     They’ve Been Following the Science’: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Been Curtailed in Cherokee Nation (STAT) With a mask mandate in place since spring, free drive-through testing, hospitals well-stocked with PPE, and a small army of public health officers fully supported by their chief, the Cherokee Nation has been able to curtail its Covid-19 case and death rates even as those numbers surge in surrounding Oklahoma, where the White House coronavirus task force says spread is unyielding.

2.     Canada celebrates Thanksgiving the second Monday in October. A surge in COVID-19 incidence following Canadian Thanksgiving is a cautionary reminder for the coming US Thanksgiving and other winter holidays. Canadians were advised to limit celebrations to household contacts only or host remote/virtual events, but the extent to which Canadians adhered to that guidance is not fully known. A month after the holiday, COVID-19 incidence continues to rise in Canada, but the largest increase was observed 2 weeks following the holiday, which is consistent with the epidemiology.

3.     HOW GOOD INDICANS STAY ALIVE: How a distinct ethnic groups who are organized, structured, and well led are beating Covid. This is long but readable and illustrates that there are many things we could do (in addition to the Vaccines) to inhibit Covid spread and death.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/19/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/19/2020

11/19/2020

THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR TSA “G”. HOWEVER, ANY COUNTY IN TEXAS, OR SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CURRENT AND AVAILABLE TO ANYONE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AROUND AND PLAY WITH THE SITE TO FIGURE OUT JUST WHAT YOU WANT TO KNOW. THE SOURCE IS TEXAS COVID=BEST SITE OF ALL.    

TSA G11/1411/1611/1711/18
COVID IN HOSP333328362368
COVD IN ICU80879094
ICU BEDS AVAIL31232926
TEXAS R FACTOR 1.141.12 
COUNTY CASES/1000 POP 20  
NEW HARRISON?792
NEW GREGG6415512389
NEW SMITH139328151238
MISD NEW/ACTIVE 10/326/332/36

More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus

J. Harris: One out of every 100 Americans is infected.

SUGGESTED BY HOPKINS:

1.  Hospital-Acquired SARS-CoV-2 Infection Lessons for Public Health

“…An illustrative example of the devastating potential for health care transmission of SARS-CoV-2 came from St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, South Africa, a facility with 469 beds, including 18 wards, 6 intensive care units, and 735 clinical staff.2 Through a detailed epidemiologic study supplemented by phylogenetic analyses, investigators documented how a single unsuspected case of SARS-CoV-2 led to 6 major clusters involving 5 hospital wards and an outside nursing home and dialysis unit, with infection ultimately confirmed among 80 staff members and 39 patients, 15 of whom died.

(J. Harris: Yeah, you read it right. Lack of Covid immunity by everyone makes every single case of Covid  important! This one person   transmitted disease to 119 others, 15 of whom died. I don’t know if the first patient died; I don’t want to know. Please be careful. 

2. Belgian Nursing Homes Failed Patients Amid Pandemic (AP) Belgian authorities “abandoned” thousands of elderly people who died in nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic and did not seek hospital treatment for many who were infected, violating their human rights, Amnesty International said in an investigation published Monday. During the first wave of the pandemic last spring, the European nation of 11.5 million people recorded a majority of its COVID-19-related deaths in nursing homes. Between March and October, Amnesty International said “a staggering” 61.3% of all COVID-19 deaths in Belgium took place in nursing homes. The group said authorities weren’t quick enough in implementing measures to protect nursing home residents and staff during this period, failing to protect their human rights.

Over 1 Million Children Tested Positive For Coronavirus In The United States

Immunity to the Coronavirus May Last Years, New Data Hint (J. Harris: A good read, maybe good news.)

They’ve Been Following the Science’: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Has Been Curtailed in Cherokee Nation (STAT) With a mask mandate in place since spring, free drive-through testing, hospitals well-stocked with PPE, and a small army of public health officers fully supported by their chief, the Cherokee Nation has been able to curtail its Covid-19 case and death rates even as those numbers surge in surrounding Oklahoma, where the White House coronavirus task force says spread is unyielding.

This was written by someone in California in response to their governor’s COVID orders:

“We’ve been told that only 6 people are allowed to meet for Thanksgiving, but 30 may gather for a funeral.  With this in mind, I announce that we will be holding a funeral for our pet turkey, who will pass away on Nov. 26.

Refreshments provided.

P.S. In lieu of flowers please bring a side or dessert.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/18/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/18/2020

11/18/2020

HELLO

J. Harris: Below (hopefully) is a chart showing current Covid states is TSA G as well as a count of new cases in 3 counties and MISD. 362 Covid patients is the largest number TSA G has had since the pandemic began. Fortunately, we still have 29 ICU beds available. I expect Covid counts to increase significantly. Be careful. 


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Viewpoint: Biden’s COVID-19 task force needs a nurse

WASHINGTON STATE COVID SHUTDOWN GUIDANCE

USC study: Younger and older adults resumed risky social behaviors as COVID-19 progressed

Nasal Spray Prevents Covid Infection in Ferrets, Study Finds

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/17/2020

11/17/2020

Yesterday, Monday, Harrison County reported 7 new cases, Gregg County 155 new cases, and Smith County had 351 NEW CASES. In TSH AREA G there were 328 cases in area hospitals, 87 of whom were in ICU, and yesterday there were 23 ICU beds available in our area. So, it looks like East Texas is starting up the Covid mountain. 

This  chart shows historical numbers for our area and others. 


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Hosting a safe Thanksgiving celebration this year

J. Harris: A good MNM article.

DAILY COVID PROJECTIONS (FROM U OF TX AT AUSTIN)

MDHHS issues three-week epidemic order to save lives, protect frontline heroes during fall COVID-19 surge

Advice for the holiday season: 10 clinicians weigh in

J. Harris: Readable, quick, worthwhile. And you thought I was too cautious?

How to Stop Restaurants from Driving COVID Infections

“In cities worldwide, coronavirus outbreaks have been linked to restaurants, cafes and gyms. Now, a new model using mobile-phone data to map people’s movements suggests that these venues could account for most COVID-19 infections in US cities.

“They found that opening restaurants at full capacity led to the largest increase in infections, followed by gyms, cafes and hotels and motels.

“The mobility data also suggests why people from poorer neighbourhoods are more likely to get COVID-19: because they are less able to work from home, and the stores they visit for essential supplies are often more crowded than in other areas. The average grocery store in poorer neighbourhoods had 59% more hourly visitors per square foot, and visitors stayed on average 17% longer than at stores outside those areas.

“Last month, … published a report showing how a UK government programme called Eat Out to Help Out, in which restaurant meals were subsidized during August, led to a huge surge in restaurant visits and accounted for up to 17% of new COVID-19 infections That month.”

Plano televangelist who linked pandemic to premarital sex dies of COVID-19

The Rev. Irvin Baxter Jr., who suggested the coronavirus pandemic was a warning from God about the “sin of fornication,” died Nov. 3 of complications from COVID-19, his Plano-based ministry announced. He was 75. 

Another joke?

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STOP THE UNNECESSARY DESTRUCTION

Scenic Texas

SCENIC TEXAS CALLS ON TXDOT TO STOP THE UNNECESSARY DESTRUCTION OF 250+ ACRES OF TREES IN EAST TEXAS

State Agency Fails to Provide Evidence to Support “New Traffic Safety Program”

(AUSTIN, TEXAS) August 24, 2020 — Scenic Texas, the state’s only non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our state’s visual environment, particularly as seen by the traveling public, is urging the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to stop two TxDOT highway projects in Northeast Texas from destroying 250 acres of trees. This project is part of a “safety program” that TxDOT is piloting in East Texas to be applied to the rest of the state.

In a July 13 letter sent to the Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT and legislators, Scenic Texas outlined its concerns about two TxDOT projects (see below for project details) in the agency’s Atlanta District which encompasses nine counties. Combined, these projects will clear approximately 250 acres of trees along 110 miles of public Rights-of-Way (ROW) by an unprecedented doubling of clear zones from 30 feet to 60 feet. Scenic Texas believes these are the first two projects approved under this program but because the program is state-wide, these types of tree-clearing projects could happen anywhere in Texas.

Scenic Texas Executive Director Sarah Tober says that, “Scenic Texas agrees our state’s highway infrastructure should meet rigorous safety standards and provide ample clearance in case of an accident or need to pull over. However, engineers from TxDOT have seemingly based their decision to double this already generous clear zone on intuition rather than evidence. No state or national studies, data, or calculations have been publicly provided to support this decision. While TxDOT provided information to Scenic Texas on the number of off-road crashes in the area, no detail was given to demonstrate whether the injuries or fatalities involving drivers who ultimately hit trees had contributing factors before leaving the highway. For example, distracted driving, drunk driving, texting, or other driver error could have been the actual cause of most if not all of the accidents and thus the real reason the driver left the road and hit a tree.”

Tober continued, “In fact, a number of studies exist that conclude trees along highways help to slow down drivers. Trees also provide valuable environmental benefits including the protection of pavement and a scenic drive that, in some instances, took decades or centuries to make. Additionally, the decision to double the clear zone in the public ROW will have fiscal implications for TxDOT since broader ROWs require more maintenance.”

Scenic Texas maintains that the current 30-foot clearance zone has proven to be ample enough space for public protection, and that clear-cutting publicly-owned trees beyond 30 feet has not been proven to increase highway safety. Moreover, it reflects a lack of good stewardship of taxpayer dollars and harms the state’s scenic beauty. If allowed to proceed, these projects will set a negative precedent for TxDOT to arbitrarily double the clearance zone in the public ROW and destroy hundreds, if not thousands, of acres of publicly-owned trees, many of which are native.

In his August 11 letter to Scenic Texas, TxDOT Executive Director James Bass said that TxDOT, “will be planting wildflowers along the stretch of roadways where the trees have been removed.” Scenic Texas believes that most Texans cherish their trees and would consider this a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars and contrary to the 20-year-old Green Ribbon Program. This taxpayer-funded initiative is intended for abatement of non-attainment standards under the Clean Air Act through the planting of highway trees and shrubs. While Scenic Texas is in support of most beautification efforts by TxDOT, the nonprofit organization of 35 years is adamantly against the clearing of trees only to plant wildflowers in these trees stead. In addition to severely altering the beauty of our highways, taxpayers will first be paying for the clearcutting of trees and then will be paying for the planting of wildflowers and other maintenance of the expanded ROW.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/16/2020

11/16/2020

Area counts seem to be increasing but slowly. I should have new information on Tues. We still have some ICU beds in our Trauma Area G.  There were 64 new Covid cases in Gregg County and 139 in Smith County on Saturday. 

Until listening to NPR this morning, I had not considered  that our nursing homes are currently full all over the US. Where will discharged Covid patients go? There will be a bottleneck that will keep Covid patients in the hospitals longer than necessary. Where are those patients who need rehabilitation and/ or more care at the time of hospital discharge from ICU and the wards. If recovering patients are too weak or unable to be cared for at  home, where will they go — to some makeshift temporary space in a gymnasium or under a large tent? Behind a large rock? 

How about utilizing a nearly empty 5  story (6 floors) hospital that is not being used at this time. Of course, I mean Kahn/Memorial/Good Shepherd/Christus Good Shepherd Marshall Hospital.These newly discharged patients should not be contagious and might even have immunity. They will be well enough to leave a general hospital but too sick or weak to go home. The medical environment should be safer for the level of medical care and rehabilitation that the facility would provide. In a short time, such a facility should provide many new jobs for area people that are medically safe and worthwhile — as well as filling a medical vacuum and utilizing a very large hospital building that seems to be in good condition. 

J. Harris

Staying sane in our new COVID-19 world

(J.Harris: Some explanations and recaps but some comfort and suggestions. Very readable.)

 “… during the pandemic there is also renewed purpose, hope, and community emerging. Scientists have responded with focus to their work and to developing appropriate guidance, treatments, or vaccines. Meanwhile, many citizens have taken on roles in their communities running welfare groups, delivering groceries to elderly neighbours, or working on communal gardens. Early on in the pandemic, health-care workers showed up on COVID-19 wards without appropriate personal protective equipment committed to their vocation of serving others. As we compare our pre and post COVID-19 selves, perhaps we should emphasise how the pandemic has shown who each of us really is…

“…Some governments, such as in the UK, initially turned to experts to become the oracles and predict the future—first to mathematical modellers and behavioural scientists, then to vaccinologists, and, finally, to public health experts and economists. And when these experts are not always able to provide the answers that appease the need for concrete predictions with dates, a backlash followed against experts with their balanced and contextualised statements. This gap was exploited by social media pseudo-scientist celebrities predicting the future and offering comforting lies on easy solutions.

“…One of these comforting lies being told is that we can have our pre-COVID-19 life back for the “acceptable” loss of some old and vulnerable people. Terms like “herd immunity” have been the ammunition of those who would see it as the perfect cover for lifting all restrictions and letting a dangerous virus spread through the population, starting with the young and fit.”

Suggested by Hopkins:

1. CHINA Shanghai, China, reported a locally acquired case of COVID-19 on November 10. While many countries around the world are battling a surge in COVID-19 incidence, this marks the first locally acquired infection in Shanghai in several months. According to local officials in China, the individual worked at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and at least 25 close contacts have been quarantined. While SARS-CoV-2 emerged in China, China has largely contained its epidemic. In fact, the vast majority of cases over the past several months have been among arriving travelers. In an effort to maintain this level of epidemic control, the Chinese government is reportedly taking new steps to limit the possibility of importing COVID-19. One aspect of these efforts involves disinfecting packaging and transport vehicles carrying imported frozen food, after China identified contaminated food products as the source of several SARS-CoV-2 infections among cargo handlers and port workers.

Lessons From Europe, Where Cases Are Rising But Schools Are Open (NPR) Across Europe, schools and child care centers are staying open even as much of the continent reports rising coronavirus cases, and even as many businesses and gathering places are shut or restricted. Countries such as France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy appear to be following the emerging evidence that schools have not been major centers of transmission of the virus, especially for young children. And experts say these nations are also demonstrating a commitment to avoiding the worst impacts of the pandemic on children.

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Donald J Trump Is Not The President

By George Smith — 11/16/2020

Correction: He IS the current president, but he is not governing, not taking a leadership roll in guiding the country through this perilous time. In fact, instead of being the commander in chief, he has donned the mantle  of abstainer in chief.

As expected, he is tweeting, moaning his daily choruses of “Woe is me! Yet another hoax to fight,” and still looking for fictitious election fraud ploys in various states to prove he was cheated  out of a second term.

Oh, he is golfing and watching TV cable news and screeching at any commentator who dares suggest his barrage of lawsuits in multiple states will not change the Electoral College total. For him, that’s business as usual.

But…he is not performing the duties of president.

He is going out of office like he came in, poor-mouthing his treatment by the media, claiming he won the election in a landslide, making promises he cannot keep, striking out at anyone he considers “disloyal”, acting like a Tootsie Pop stealing bully during recess.

To those supporters of Trump: This cannot be a happy time; too much rancor and vitriol have been passed around in the last four years to make this transition from delusional egotism and ignorance of how government works to a calm, try-to-get-along-with-the-opposing-party administration an easy one.

But, it’s time for the supporters of this spit-fit persona of a political clown and a personality disaster to think more about the future of this country and less about upholding the allegiance to  the Cult of Trump.

Donald Trump was not/is not a straight shooter; he lies when the truth was evident and would have served him and his party better.

He was not a skilled negotiator; Russia, Syria and North Korea played him for a fool; his trade agreements and his statements about their success were laughable; getting out of the Iran nuclear agreement and the global climate accord endangers the future of this country.

His decision to attack the competency of the national media AND the nation’s intelligence services was stupid and asinine.

In a phrase, Trump sees himself as a dictatorial strongman whose word is law and every thought and whim are of genius caliber.

I will not argue nor second-guess the support Trump garners from those who totally are absorbed by their belief that abortion is wrong. Personally, I will not insert myself in a situation between a woman, her doctor and her God.

But in all other issues, I cannot understand how anyone who is not a hardshell racist remains blind to the damage this self-centered, megalomaniac who shows not a shred of empathy for anyone, is doing to the democratic fiber of this country.

Trump relishes in the turmoil he has caused, continuing and expanding the partisanship of party politics that intensified with the election of the first black president in 2008.

Go back 13 years and remember that Trump was one of the leaders in denouncing Obama’s candidacy, perpetuating the lie that Obama was not born in the U.S. He was wrong, of course, but like all of his other lies, he has never admitted it nor apologized for promoting the fabrication.

Trump will eventually leave the White House. But, unfortunately for America, he will not just go away.

He is a master manure stirrer and spreader. And stir and spread more of his tongue fertilizer he will do. After all, he still has his followers, his Trumpuppets, to please. And the only way he can continue to hold his audience is to posture and preen and keep his cock o’ the walk act fresh by inventing new conspiracies and frauds perpetuated upon his person.

The Trump Show will continue. Count on it. He has no other place to go to get the adrenalin surge that keeps him

at the same emotional and needy psychological level as he did for being the most powerful man in the world for the past four years.

He is an addict and he needs his fix.

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/14/2020

CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 11/14/2020

11/14/2020

Hello

On Thursday, we were down to 22 ICU Beds in our area. It’s up a bit on Saturday. 

Measles Deaths Soared Worldwide Last Year, as Vaccine Rates Stalled

Biden forms special 52-person COVID transition team

From Johns Hopkins

1. Fluvoxamine vs Placebo and Clinical Deterioration in Outpatients With Symptomatic COVID-19 (JAMA) In this randomized trial that included 152 adult outpatients with confirmed COVID-19 and symptom onset within 7 days, clinical deterioration occurred in 0 patients treated with fluvoxamine vs 6 (8.3%) patients treated with placebo over 15 days, a difference that was statistically significant. In this preliminary study, adult outpatients with symptomatic COVID-19 treated with fluvoxamine, compared with placebo, had a lower likelihood of clinical deterioration over 15 days; however, determination of clinical efficacy would require larger randomized trials with more definitive outcome measures..(J. Harris: This is a commonly used antidepressant medication.)

2. New Airflow Videos Show Why Masks With Exhalation Valves Do Not Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (NIST) Masks with exhalation valves do not slow the spread of the disease, and now, new videos from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) show why. The videos, which show airflow patterns through masks with and without exhalation valves, were created by NIST research engineer Matthew Staymates. The videos were published, along with an accompanying research article, in the journal Physics of Fluids.

3, An Outbreak of Covid-19 on an Aircraft Carrier (NEJM) An outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) occurred on the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a crew of 4779 personnel. Over the course of the outbreak, 1271 crew members (26.6% of the crew) tested positive for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection by rRT-PCR testing, and more than 1000 infections were identified within 5 weeks after the first laboratory-confirmed infection. An additional 60 crew members had suspected Covid-19. Among the crew members with laboratory-confirmed infection, 76.9% had no symptoms at the time that they tested positive and 55.0% had symptoms develop at any time during the clinical course. Among the 1331 crew members with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, 23 (1.7%) were hospitalized, 4 (0.3%) received intensive care, and 1 died. Transmission was facilitated by close-quarters conditions and by asymptomatic and presymptomatic infected crew members.(J. Harris: Below the chart shows the various symptoms these young, healthy sailors had. Note that fever was uncommon.)

THE FIRST INTERIM DATA ANALYSIS OF THE SPUTNIK V VACCINE AGAINST COVID-19 PHASE III CLINICAL TRIALS IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION DEMONSTRATED 92% EFFICACY

The Sputnik V vaccine efficacy amounted to 92% (calculation based on the 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases split between vaccinated individuals and those who received the placebo). Currently 40,000 volunteers are taking part in double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase III of Sputnik V clinical trials, out of which over 20,000 have been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine and more than 16,000 with both the first and second doses of the vaccine.

Efficacy was demonstrated on the basis of a first interim analysis obtained 21 days after the first injection.

There were no unexpected adverse events during the trials. Monitoring of the participants is ongoing.

The world’s first registration of COVID-19 vaccine, done in Russia on the 11th of August under the emergency use authorization mechanism, enables the Russian Federation to administer the vaccine outside of the clinical trials to volunteers such as medics and other high-risk groups. Trials conducted under the civil use of the vaccine in Russia (not being a part of clinical trials) based on the monitoring of additional 10,000 vaccinated confirmed vaccine efficacy at a rate of over 90%.

The interim research data will be published by the Gamaleya Center team in one of the leading international peer-reviewed medical journals. Following the completion of Phase III clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine, Gamaleya Center will provide access to the full clinical trial report.

Currently Sputnik V Phase III clinical trials are approved and are undergoing in Belarus, UAE, Venezuela and other countries, as well as Phase II-III – in India.

The Sputnik V vaccine is based on a well-studied human adenoviral vector platform that had proven safe and effective with no long-term side effects in more than 250 clinical trials globally conducted during the past two decades (while the history of use of human adenoviruses in vaccine development started in 1953). More than 100,000 people have received approved and registered drugs based on the human adenoviral vectors.

The uniqueness of the Russian vaccine is in using two different human adenoviral vectors that enable  to provide strong and long-term immune response after the second injection.

(J. Harris: Many or most American vaccine experts have serious reservations about this vaccine trial. We’ll see.)

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MARSHALL ANNOUNCES DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT — 12/02/20220

In 2019, the citizens of Marshall met together to voice their current and future priorities for their city. The citizen-driven Mobilize Marshall plan was developed as a direct result of this effort. The short-term goals of one to three years included Downtown Redevelopment. Beginning December 28, 2020, the first phase of redevelopment will start in the 200 block of North Washington in downtown Marshall, Texas.

The 200 block of North Washington has been plagued with damage and years of disrepair. Due to excessive wear, improper leveling, and root damage from trees, the brick pavers are uneven and pose a significant hazard. The tree roots near The General Store and Pietro’s have caused a gap of up to six inches. The current trees were not intended for small downtown spaces, and root control was not used, so the tree branches at Austin and North Washington have grown over the stoplight and caused a driving hazard. The current street poles were outfitted for Wonderland of Lights that failed to meet safety code, including indoor outlets installed on outdoor poles. Due to the short-term planning at installation and subsequent damage, the block is not compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and poses a safety risk to local citizens and visitors.

At the initiation of this project, the City of Marshall will safely remove and store the existing street lights made by Smith Steel Casting Company, green benches with dedications, and brick pavers in good condition for a future project. The redevelopment plan includes removing the overgrown trees, broken pavers, broken trash cans and cracked or discolored planters.
The new downtown will meet ADA compliance with a concrete walkway featuring 3-foot red brick pavers at the curb. The redevelopment will also highlight eight Redbud Merlot trees with root blockers, brilliant black benches, trash cans, planters, matching street poles with advertising flag poles, planters, and lighting to code for Wonderland of Lights.

Marshall City Manager Mark Rohr stated, “During this redevelopment, residents and visitors will have access to every business on the block. The project was bid with a completion date of four months. While we know there may be inconveniences, the City of Marshall is grateful for the support of the building owners and merchants of the 200 block of North Washington.”

Hewlett Packard Enterprise relocating global HQ from San Jose to Texas — 12/01/2020

The company is building a new campus in Spring to accommodate its 2,600 workers in the Houston area.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co., part of one of the founding companies of Silicon Valley, is relocating its global headquarters to suburban Houston from San Jose.

The company said it’s already building a “state-of-the-art” new campus in Spring to accommodate the 2,600 workers it has in the Houston area. HPE also has operations in Plano and Austin.

As part of its headquarters move, HPE said it will consolidate a variety of sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. No staff reductions “are associated with this move,” HPE said in the statement.

As part of its headquarters move, HPE said it will consolidate a variety of sites in the San Francisco Bay Area. No staff reductions “are associated with this move,” HPE said in the statement.

“HPE’s largest U.S. employment hub, Houston, is an attractive market to recruit and retain future diverse talent,” the company said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the new campus is expected to open in early 2022 and could result in additional jobs in coming years.

“We are excited that Hewlett Packard Enterprise has chosen to call Texas home, and I thank them for expanding their investment in the Lone Star State by relocating their headquarters to the Houston region,” Abbott said in a statement. “Hewlett Packard Enterprise joins more than 50 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Lone Star State, including 22 in the Houston area alone.

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Attorney General William Barr: No evidence of fraud that’d change election outcome — 12/01/2020

Barr’s comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

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COVID-19 News — 11/30/2020

The United States’ top health officials are bracing for another surge of cases, superimposed on the one the country is already experiencing, after a week of Thanksgiving travel and gatherings. “It looked like things were starting to improve … and now with Thanksgiving, we’re worried that all of that will be reversed,” Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, told CBS News.

Looking toward December, top federal infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci implored Americans to restrict their holiday activities, speaking in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He also stressed the importance of complying with mask mandates and social distancing. If your state doesn’t have restrictions, Birx said, you need to “take it upon yourself to be restrictive” so the country can get the pandemic under control.

Biotech company Moderna announced this morning that it would file for regulatory clearance for its vaccine candidate, which was 94 percent effective in a 30,000-person trial. Pfizer also has submitted an FDA request for emergency approval of its candidate.

With two candidates pending authorization, vaccine planning is heading into overdrive. An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss which groups should be eligible to receive the first doses of an approved vaccine. Around 21 million health-care workers are likely to be at the top of the list, with nursing home residents and staff coming soon after.

Immunization program managers are already concerned about the logistics of a two-dose regimen, which the Pfizer and Moderna candidates require. Getting two or even three shots is routine for immunizations, but it is unprecedented in a pandemic. (You can dive into more details in the Q&A below.) Those challenges are even more intense in poor, rural states like Alabama, where distrust of the medical establishment permeates the Black community.

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Caddo Lake to host annual Floating Christmas Parade — 11/29/2020

UNCERTAIN — The annual Uncertain Floating Christmas Parade will return to the waters of Caddo Lake this holiday season.

Parade Organizer Shirley Moore, who brought back the floating parade in 2017 after a decade hiatus, said this year’s parade is set for 2 p.m. on Dec. 19.

The town’s Christmas parade, which puts a literal meaning to the word parade “float,” has hosted the festive floating parade each Christmas season since its triumphant return in 2017.

Moore, a long-time Uncertain resident, moved back to the town in 2017 and immediately went to work bringing the popular floating Christmas parade back.

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Murder in Harrison County — 11/27/2020

Harrison County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are compiling information regarding a fatal shooting on Whitehurst Drive in Harrison County. At approximately 12:05 AM on November 27, 2020, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call that a shooting had occurred at a party event location on Whitehurst Dr. in Longview, Texas near the intersection of Loop 281 and I-20. The victim of the shooting was taken by private conveyance to Longview Christus Good Shepherd hospital. Deputies also proceeded to the hospital where it was confirmed that a Black male had been brought to the Emergency Room with a gunshot wound and pronounced deceased. The name of the victim is not being released at this time due to the ongoing investigation. A Longview police officer responded to this location, as well. During a separate fight, not related to the shooting at the location, the officer sustained a broken ankle while assisting Harrison County Deputies in making an arrest. The suspect charged in this incident, is Devin Loyd. He is charged with Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant. His bond is set at $103,000.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they may anonymously contact Harrison County Investigators at 903-923-4000.

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Michael Flynn — 11/27/2020

President Trump announced on Twitter that he has issued a “full pardon” to his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The retired lieutenant general was a major figure in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he admitted under oath that he was guilty of lying to the FBI while serving as national security adviser. However, Flynn has since claimed his innocence, and Trump has touted him as a political symbol at rallies. Trump previously pardoned Roger Stone, another ally involved in the investigation, and these acts of clemency will likely color the President’s legacy in the waning days of his administration. Still, this pardon doesn’t necessarily mean Flynn’s legal obligations are over. Flynn admitted to lying about his lobbying for Turkey but was not charged with that crime, and the Justice Department in the Biden administration could have more questions for him.

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Election 2020 — 11/26/2020

President Trump said for the first time that he will leave office if the Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden on December 14, bolstering confidence in a peaceful transition of power — something that, in a democracy, should be a foregone conclusion. The President also said he will travel to Georgia to support the state’s Republican Senate candidates ahead of the January 5 runoff elections. The two races could tip the Senate majority. Meanwhile, Biden faces the test of whether to keep Trump-era security edicts in place. He and his team will soon have to decide whether they want to maintain the Trump administration’s lockdown on highly sensitive information, like transcripts of presidential calls with foreign leaders. These calls were previously shared with a broad, security clearance-holding audience, but the Trump administration claimed it was concerned they might be leaked.

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mLife Diagnostics of Marshall receives FDA authorization for COVID saliva test — 11/22/2020

mLife Diagnostics LLC of Marshall announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization, or EUA, for the mLife True saliva COVID-19 collection kit for testing at Express Gene Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory of Miami, Florida.

mLife CEO Alan Loudermilk said that this authorization allows any clinic in the country to utilize the new, and less invasive COVID-19 test created by the company.

“Basically, when the EUA is granted for one location, as long as you are doing the exact same thing as they are at the clinic with the EUA, it is counted under the EUA,” Loudermilk explained.

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Federal Reserve Rebukes Treasure Secretary Steven Mnuchin

In an extremely rare rebuke, the Federal Reserve condemned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s decision this week to end most of the central bank’s emergency lending facilities, including those that assisted small businesses and local governments. Mnuchin fired back at the bank Friday, signaling a split between two government entities responsible for restoring economic stability during the pandemic.

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