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Category Archives: Covid-19
Posted: September 19, 2020 at 10:06 pm
TheWest Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reportsas of 10:00 a.m., September 19, 2020, there have been 509,154 total confirmatory laboratory results receivedfor COVID-19, with 13,874 total cases and 308 deaths.
DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a67-year old male from Cabell County, a 62-year old female from Raleigh County,a 79-year old female from Raleigh County, an 81-year old male from PutnamCounty, a 93-year old female from Putnam County, a 71-year old female fromKanawha County, a 78-year old male from Kanawha County, a 72-year old male fromKanawha County, a 66-year old male from Mercer County, a 79-year old male fromMercer County, and a 48-year old male from Hardy County. We are deeply saddened bythis news, a loss to both the family and our state, said Bill J. Crouch, DHHRCabinet Secretary. Our deepest condolences are extended at this time ofgrief.
CASESPER COUNTY: Barbour(44), Berkeley (938), Boone (192), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (712),Calhoun (23), Clay (34), Doddridge (18), Fayette (534), Gilmer (21), Grant (150),Greenbrier (120), Hampshire (100), Hancock (141), Hardy (80), Harrison (336),Jackson (238), Jefferson (418), Kanawha (2,258), Lewis (38), Lincoln (152),Logan (565), Marion (253), Marshall (154), Mason (134), McDowell (80), Mercer(398), Mineral (163), Mingo (353), Monongalia (1,867), Monroe (146), Morgan(50), Nicholas (82), Ohio (349), Pendleton (52), Pleasants (16), Pocahontas(59), Preston (149), Putnam (484), Raleigh (471), Randolph (234), Ritchie (10),Roane (47), Summers (40), Taylor (117), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (60),Wayne (339), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (10), Wood (347), Wyoming (96).
Pleasenote that delays may be experienced with the reporting of information from thelocal health department to DHHR. As case surveillance continues at the localhealth department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain countymay not be a resident of that county, or even the state as an individual inquestion may have crossed the state border to be tested.Suchis the case of Jackson, Lincoln, and McDowell counties in this report.
Pleasevisit the dashboard located at http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov for more information.
Free COVID-19 testing locations areavailable this weekend in Kanawha and Monroe counties:
Kanawha County, September19, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, West Virginia State University, 5000 Fairlawn Avenue,Institute, WV
Monroe County, September19, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Monroe County Health Department, 200 Health CenterDrive, Union, WV
Kanawha County, September20, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, 108 Lee Street,East, (Use Reynolds Street Entrance) Charleston, WV
Additional sites will be open next week inBoone, Cabell, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Ohio, Marion, Mingo, andWayne counties. Testing is available to everyone, including asymptomaticindividuals. For testing locations, visit https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/pages/testing.aspx.
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Governor Cuomo Announces New Record-high Number of COVID-19 Tests Reported to New York State – ny.gov
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Governor Andrew M. Cuomotoday announced a new record-high number of test results 110,444 were reported to New York State yesterday. Yesterday, 0.89 of test results reported to New York State were positive. The number of new cases, percentage of tests that were positive and many other helpful data points are always available atforward.ny.gov.
"When we first started this journey a few months ago, we only had the capacity to do a few hundred tests per day - we have now reached a new record with over 110,000 tests reported to the State in one day,"Governor Cuomosaid."Despite testing more than most other states, our infection rate remains below one percent. But this pandemic is not over. We must protect our progress, and it's going to take all of us to keep up our hard work to do so. Everyone must continue to wash their hands, wear their masks, remain socially distant and above all, stay New York Tough."
Yesterday, the State Liquor Authority and State Police Task Force visited 1,434establishments in New York City and Long Island and observed 6establishments thatwere not in compliancewith state requirements. A county breakdown of yesterday's observed violations is below:
Of the 110,444 testresults reported to New York State yesterday, 986, or 0.89 percent, were positive. Each region's percentage of positive testresults reported over the last three days is as follows:
New York City
TheGovernor also confirmed 986 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to449,038 confirmed cases in New York State. Of the 449,038 total individuals who tested positive for the virus, the geographic breakdown is as follows:
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TheWest Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reportsas of 10:00 a.m., September 18, 2020, there have been 502,803 total confirmatory laboratory results receivedfor COVID-19, with 13,683 total cases and 297 deaths.
DHHR has confirmed the deaths of an83-year old male from Mingo County, an 87-year old female from Mason County,and a 62-year old male from Logan County. As we extend our deepestsympathies to the loved ones, we also encourage all West Virginians torecognize the continued need to take every possible step to slow the spread ofthis disease, said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.
CASESPER COUNTY: Barbour(42), Berkeley (929), Boone (191), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (707),Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (524), Gilmer (20), Grant(150), Greenbrier (119), Hampshire (100), Hancock (140), Hardy (78), Harrison(332), Jackson (244), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,194), Lewis (38), Lincoln(153), Logan (559), Marion (252), Marshall (150), Mason (130), McDowell (86),Mercer (394), Mineral (161), Mingo (346), Monongalia (1,836), Monroe (146),Morgan (49), Nicholas (79), Ohio (349), Pendleton (51), Pleasants (16),Pocahontas (59), Preston (147), Putnam (471), Raleigh (470), Randolph (233),Ritchie (10), Roane (43), Summers (34), Taylor (117), Tucker (15), Tyler (15),Upshur (60), Wayne (336), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (10), Wood (346),Wyoming (94).
Pleasenote that delays may be experienced with the reporting of information from thelocal health department to DHHR. As case surveillance continues at the localhealth department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain countymay not be a resident of that county, or even the state as an individual inquestion may have crossed the state border to be tested.
Pleasevisit the dashboard located at http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov for more information.
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After Criticism, C.D.C. Reverses Covid-19 Guidelines on Testing People Who Were Exposed – The New York Times
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The C.D.C. reverses its guidance on testing for people who were exposed to the virus and arent showing symptoms.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reversed a recommendation that people who have had close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus did not need to get tested unless they had symptoms.
The change came after widespread criticism of the earlier guideline, as well as reporting from The New York Times that the recommendation had come from political appointees in the Trump administration and skipped the agencys usual, rigorous scientific review.
The Times reported Thursday that the guideline was posted on the C.D.C. website despite strenuous objections from the agencys scientists.
The previous phrasing, which said asymptomatic people who have had close contact with an infected individual do not necessarily need a test, now clearly instructs them: You need a test.
Public health experts welcomed the change as consistent with research showing that people without symptoms can spread the virus. Some research has suggested that they are actually most likely to transmit to others starting around a day before the onset of symptoms, when the viral load can be the highest.
Its good to see science and evidence taking a front seat for a change, said Scott Becker, chief executive of the Association of Public Health Laboratories.
Emails by a former top Trump health official and his science adviser show efforts to silence the C.D.C.
Emails obtained by The Times illustrate how a top Trump health official and his science adviser tried to browbeat career officials at C.D.C. at the height of the pandemic, challenging the science behind their public statements and trying to silence agency staff members.
The Times reported last week on pressures on the C.D.C. to change its weekly disease reports exerted by Michael R. Caputo, a former Trump campaign official installed by the White House in April as the top spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, and his science adviser, Dr. Paul Alexander, a part-time assistant professor of health research methods. Mr. Caputo went on medical leave this week.
The emails, obtained by Noah Weiland of The Times, conform with what current and former C.D.C. officials called a five-month campaign of bullying.
One of the emails was written after Dr. Anne Schuchat, a 32-year veteran of the C.D.C., appealed to Americans to wear masks and warned, We have way too much virus across the country.
She is duplicitous, Dr. Alexander wrote to Mr. Caputo. He asked Mr. Caputo to remind Dr. Schuchat that during the H1N1 swine flu outbreak in 2009, thousands of Americans had died under her work.
Of Dr. Schuchats assessment of Covid-19s dangers, Dr. Alexander fumed, wrongly, The risk of death in children 0-19 years of age is basically 0 (zero) PERIOD she has lied.
Mr. Caputo forwarded that assessment to Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the C.D.C. director. When a member of the health departments White House liaison office called the agency to ask questions about Dr. Schuchats biography, C.D.C. officials were left with the impression that some in Washington could have been searching for ways to fire her.
Far from hiding what they knew about the viruss danger, as Bob Woodwards new book contends President Trump was doing, the emails seem to indicate that aides in Washington were convinced of their own rosy prognostications, even as coronavirus cases were shooting skyward.
Trump acknowledged that distribution of an authorized vaccine for every American may not be until next year.
Mr. Trump sought on Friday to recalibrate his assurances on vaccine availability, acknowledging that authorized doses might not be widely available in the United States until next spring even if distribution starts earlier.
Speaking at the White House, Mr. Trump said that once a vaccine is authorized, distribution will begin within 24 hours after notice. He added: We will have manufactured at least 100 million vaccine doses before the end of the year. And likely much more than that. Hundreds of millions of doses will be available every month, and we expect to have enough vaccines for every American by April.
The president had said earlier that a vaccine would be available to the general public immediately once it is authorized, and although he held firm on that pledge, he acknowledged that it would take perhaps months from that point to distribute vaccines to hundreds of millions of Americans.
Because of fears that Mr. Trump would interfere in the process to improve his election chances and pressure the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it was proved safe, the chief executives of all the leading pharmaceutical companies signed a pledge two weeks ago saying they would not release any vaccines until they were sure they were safe.
Opinion polls have shown that many Americans are already hesitant about taking a vaccine that is seen to have been rushed to market by the federal government for political reasons.
Mr. Trumps estimates of how many vaccine doses would be available this year conflicted with projections by the chief science adviser for his administrations Operation Warp Speed effort, Moncef M. Slaoui, a former chairman of global vaccines for GlaxoSmithKline and a widely respected figure in the vaccine field. He and other leaders of Warp Speed were present at Fridays news conference but not asked to comment.
In interviews with CNN and National Public Radio, Dr. Slaoui has said he expected only enough vaccine to immunize 20 million to 25 million people by years end. Enough to vaccinate all Americans would be ready by about the middle of next year, he said.
Dr. Slaoui has publicly said he would resign if there was political interference in the process of delivering a safe, effective vaccine.
Iran is a virus red zone, a health minister says.
Iranian health officials warned for weeks that the country would see another wave of the virus if schools reopened and religious ceremonies proceeded. But the government ignored their advice, instead allowing crowds to gather for the Shiite ceremony of Ashura, universities to resume classes and a million students to sit for an indoor college entrance exam.
We consider the entire country in the state of alarm and a red zone, said Irans deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, in an interview on state television Friday. (Iran has defined a red zone as a place with an alarming increase in the number of deaths, new cases and hospitalizations.)
In February, during the earliest weeks of the pandemic, Iran emerged as a global hot spot, but the countrys health ministers initially denied the severity of the outbreak. Officials have repeatedly resisted the harsh shutdowns and quarantines enacted by other countries to curb the spread of the virus.
President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iranians must find a way to coexist with the virus and that shutting down businesses, schools and religious ceremonies was not feasible. And from the start, power struggles between the president and the military have hampered the countrys response.
On Friday, the health ministry said 144 people had died and 3,049 had tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.
An infectious-disease doctor at the main coronavirus hospital in Tehran posted a video on Instagram saying his hospitals Covid-19 emergency triage team had seen over 200 patients a day in the past week, many of them students and teachers. He warned that at this pace, the country would soon face a crisis as hospital and medical staff members become overstretched and beds unavailable for new patients.
Roughly 10 million people in England face new virus restrictions amid a spike in new cases. The countrys once-vaunted testing system is on the verge of collapse. And Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain is contemplating closing restaurants and pubs to corral a second surge in Europes worst-affected country.
Mr. Johnson is also facing rising anger over his contradictory edicts. Over the summer, he offered people a government-subsidized discount at restaurants and pubs but spoke bluntly on Friday about the virus advancing across Britain.
Theres no question, as Ive said for several weeks now, that we could expect and we are now seeing a second wave coming in, Mr. Johnson said in a television interview. I dont think anybody wants to go into a second lockdown, but clearly when you look at what is happening, youve got to wonder whether we need to go further than the new law forbidding gatherings of more than six.
It does seem ironic, said Jonathan Ball, a professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, after encouraging mass attendance at pubs, cafes and restaurants, that restrictions on those activities were being considered.
The R number, a measure of how many people on average a single patient will infect, rose to between 1.1 and 1.4, the government said on Friday. Any number over 1 is a worrisome indication that the epidemic is growing.
In the week ending Sept. 10, there were roughly 6,000 new daily cases outside hospitals and nursing homes in England, the governments official statistics authority estimated, nearly a doubling from the week before.
In other news from around the world:
More than 30 million cases have been reported worldwide as of Friday morning, according to a New York Times database. India, in particular, has recently contributed significantly to the count, having added more than 93,000 new cases a day on average over the last week.
President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala said Friday that he had tested positive for the virus, becoming at least the fourth Latin American leader to be infected during the pandemic. In a video address, the president said he was in stable condition and continuing to work. More than 3,000 people have died from the virus in Guatemala. The countrys pandemic response has been hindered by widespread poverty, proximity to hard-hit Mexico and the Trump administrations decision to continue deporting Guatemalan migrants, despite the high positivity rates among the returnees.
Thousands of Hasidic pilgrims who set out to celebrate the Jewish New Year at the grave in Ukraine of a revered rabbi started heading home on Friday, after being prevented from entering from Belarus due to virus travel restrictions.
New Zealand recorded no new cases of the virus on Friday for the first time in more than a month, after an outbreak in Auckland in August threatened the progress against the virus. The country now has just 70 active cases. Of those, 37 are from community transmission and the rest are from overseas arrivals.
Sciences Po, one of Frances most prestigious universities, is closing its Paris campus for 14 days after a significant number of students tested positive for the virus. Classes will be held online. And Nice, the countrys fifth-largest city, banned social gatherings of more than 10 people in parks, gardens and beaches to try to slow the spread of the virus. Cases have surpassed 50 per 100,000 people in Nice, where a third of the residents are considered elderly. The sale and consumption of alcohol is also forbidden after 8 p.m. and bars will have to close at 12:30 a.m. Bordeaux and Marseille are facing similar rules.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has extended a national state of emergency until September 2021. Last month, the Philippine Congress extended Mr. Dutertes emergency powers to address the pandemic, and it passed legislation allocating support for low-income households and people who lost their jobs because of the crisis.
A repeatedly extended ban on nonessential travel between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico that was set to expire Sept. 21 has been extended again, to Oct. 21, according to the Department of Homeland Security. However, Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday, said he was working to open the border with Canada pretty soon.
Chinas CanSino Biologics and a military-backed research institute are preparing to start clinical trials of a two-dose vaccine regimen after scientists raised concerns that their current one-dose treatment failed to produce a strong enough immune response. The vaccine was promoted by Chinese state media as a front-runner in the vaccine race but struggled to get Phase 3 trials started in Canada.
Early voting began in earnest Friday in four states: Virginia, South Dakota, Wyoming and Minnesota, a key Midwestern battleground that both candidates visited.
With the pandemic limiting indoor gatherings, elections administrators have urged voters to cast ballots either by mail or in person before Election Day. States have already seen record numbers of absentee ballot requests, and officials expect exceptional levels of voter participation before Nov. 3.
At a municipal voting center in northeast Minneapolis, voters waited 30 to 40 minutes in a line that snaked through an office park near Interstate 35W. The familiar I Voted stickers were replaced with a more precise I Voted Early model.
Darcy Berglund of Minneapolis said she had voted the first day that polls were open because she often travels back and forth to Iowa to care for her ailing mother.
If she really takes a turn Nov. 2, I wont be coming up here, said Ms. Berglund, 60. Even if I were in town, Im so worried about this election. I just wanted to make sure I got my vote in.
In most places in states that allow in-person early voting, it means going to a City Hall or a local board of elections, though some larger jurisdictions will arrange for regional early vote centers. The pandemic has brought even larger early-vote locations, with some major league sports franchises opening their vacant arenas and stadiums.
As millions of American students have returned to school across the country in recent weeks, cases have forced quarantines and shutdowns, and a few states, including Texas and Ohio, have rolled out online dashboards to track cases in schools.
Determining the impact of school openings on the broader trajectory of the pandemic has been difficult as reporting from states and districts has been spotty and inconsistent, with officials in some places refusing to reveal case numbers.
The number of cases reported by schools will almost certainly be an undercount, experts say, because children in particular are likely to be asymptomatic when carrying the virus, and are unlikely to be tested in the absence of symptoms.
In other education news:
A high school student in Attleboro, Mass., went to the first day of in-person classes on Monday despite testing positive days earlier. Roughly 30 people at Attleboro High School who came into contact with the student are now in quarantine. Attleboros mayor said that the students parents knew he had tested positive when they sent him to school.
Police in Mitchell, S.D., removed a man from a school board meeting for refusing to put on a mask in violation of district policy. Several speakers later criticized the mask mandate and asked why parents had not been surveyed about whether they supported it. A survey wouldnt change my mind, one member of the school board said.
Because of virus-related precautions, Baylor University has postponed its football season opener scheduled for Saturday against the University of Houston. The matchup was hastily arranged last week to fill a void after each teams original season-opening opponent had to cancel because of unmet standards for playing during the pandemic. More than a dozen football games at the elite F.B.S. level have been canceled or postponed in the first three weeks of the season.
Northeastern University in Boston has agreed to refund most of the fall semester tuition of 11 first-year students who were dismissed earlier this month for violating the schools virus rules by gathering in a room without masks or social distancing.
More than 1,000 students and employees at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., have been instructed to quarantine, according to the schools virus dashboard.
New York City will soon let restaurants add a temporary charge of up to 10 percent as help in the pandemic, (though not for takeout or delivery), as long as it is clearly noted on menus.
The charge, which comes before tax, will be allowed until 90 days after the date, yet to be determined, when indoor dining is fully restored. (Indoor dining resumes on Sept. 30 at only 25 percent capacity.)
But in interviews, many restaurant owners said they werent ready to add the new surcharge, especially at the full 10 percent.
A growing group of restaurateurs and activists urging the City Council to add some restrictions to the surcharge that will improve conditions for workers, such as limiting it to restaurants that pay their entire staff, including servers, at least the full city minimum wage or above, as he does.
A lockdown in Israel transforms celebrations for the Jewish high holidays.
As Israelis prepare to celebrate the holiest days on the Jewish calendar under a new lockdown, organizing prayer services is proving to be more of a mathematical brainteaser than a spiritual exercise.
Rabbis must arrange worshipers into clusters of 20 to 50, separated by dividers, determining the size of the groups based on complex calculations involving local infection rates, and how many entrances and square feet their synagogues have. Masks will be required, and many seats will have to remain empty.
With the virus rampaging again, Israel became one of the few places in the world to go into a second lockdown. The rules took effect on Friday, on the eve of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.
The government has issued a list of restrictions along with a plethora of exemptions that many criticize as a formula for confusion and noncompliance.
The atmosphere in the run-up to the holidays was more despairing than joyous.
These are not the holidays we were hoping for, said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the president of Ohr Torah Stone, an Israel-based Jewish education group with emissaries around the world. The fragility of life is upon us, but I see people rising to the occasion.
The three-week national lockdown was timed to coincide with the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur holy days and the festival of Sukkot, in the hope of causing less economic damage because business slows down in any case around the holidays. It was also aimed at preventing large family meals that could become petri dishes for the virus.
Israel successfully limited the spread of the virus in the spring, but the number of cases, when adjusted for population, has risen to among the highest in the world. The country has had more than 300 confirmed new cases per 100,000 people over the last week more than double the rate in Spain, the hardest-hit European country, and quadruple that of the United States.
Reporting was contributed by Livia Albeck-Ripka, Peter Baker, Alexander Burns, Sarah Cahalan, Julia Carmel, Shaila Dewan, Sydney Ember, Nicholas Fandos, Farnaz Fassihi, Antonella Francini, David Gelles, Denise Grady, Ruth Graham, Katie Glueck, Christina Goldbaum, Jason Gutierrez, Rebecca Halleck, Anatoly Kurmanaev, Mike Ives, Andrea Kannapell, Isabel Kershner, Apoorva Mandavilli, Donald G. McNeil Jr., Constant Mheut, Zachary Montague, Benjamin Mueller, Kevin Roose, Anna Schaverien, David Segal, Michael D. Shear, Mitch Smith, Megan Specia, Liam Stack, Matt Stevens, Katie Thomas, Glenn Thrush, Maria Varenikova, Amber Wang, Sui-Lee Wee, Noah Weiland and Rachel Wharton.
Wisconsin health officials report more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for the third day in a row – Post-Crescent
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For the third day in a row, Wisconsin health officials reported more than 2,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the state.
Saturday's 2,283 positive casesmade up 18.3% of the 12,472 test results reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The average number of new daily cases over the last seven dayswashigher than ever Saturdayat 1,708.
Positive tests reported on Thursday, Friday and Saturday totaled 6,850, marking the highest number of positive tests over a three-day period in Wisconsin.On Friday, a record high 2,533new confirmed cases of COVID-19 was reported. The previousday, Thursday, saw 2,034new positive tests, the third highest single-day total, according to DHS.
The state health department also reported Saturday that three more people had died, bringing the total number of deathsin Wisconsin due to the coronavirus to 1,241.
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More than 1.4million Wisconsinites have been tested for the virus since the pandemic began.Of the 99,562 who have tested positive:
As of Friday afternoon, 342people with COVID-19 were hospitalized and 98of them were in intensive care, according to DHS. An additional 121hospital patients were awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
Globally, confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 30 million and nearly 1 million people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University data.As of Saturday afternoon inthe United States, 6.7 million people have tested positive and more than 198,900 have died.
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Some people, like Ms. Kim, have paid a price. Online harassers labeled her a cougar, suggesting she used sex to proselytize to a younger man. Others said that, should she get pregnant, the infant should undergo a paternity test. Officials in the city of Busan debunked the rumors, but they continued to spread online.
Once discharged, she filed complaints with a major web portal to remove the fake content. But after trying to hound dozens of blogs, she gave up. There were too many of them, she said.
The global fight against the pandemic has raised privacy concerns across countries. Governments, including those of Italy, Israel and Singapore, have used cellphone data to track potentially infected people and their contacts. China has employed mobile phone apps with little disclosure about how they track people. Venezuela has urged neighbors to turn each other in.
South Korea, an intensely connected country where nearly everyone totes a smartphone, has taken those efforts a step beyond. In addition to making some personal data public, the authorities sometimes use it to send text messages to people whose cellular data history indicates they were in proximity to an infected person. Other than China, South Korea is virtually the only country in the world whose government has the power to collect such data at will during an epidemic, according to Prof. Park.
In the initial desperate months of the pandemic, government websites uploaded a detailed sketch of each patients daily life until they were diagnosed and isolated. The government did not reveal patients names but sometimes released revealing data such as their addresses and employers.
That rush of data fed a growing culture of online harassment. In South Korea, doxxing digging up and publishing malicious personal information had already been a growing problem, often cited in the recent suicides of K-pop stars.
Restaurants visited by patients were sometimes treated as if they were cursed. Citing one female patients frequent visits to karaoke parlors, online trolls claimed that she must be a prostitute. Gay South Koreans began to fear being outed, prompting the government to promise them anonymity in testing after an outbreak erupted at a gay club in Seoul in May.
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TheWest Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) reportsas of 10:00 a.m., September 17, 2020, there have been 497,962 total confirmatory laboratory results receivedfor COVID-19, with 13,430 total cases and 294 deaths.
DHHR has confirmed the deaths of a69-year old male from Berkeley County, a 75-year old male from Berkeley County,a 91-year old female from Jackson County, and an 80-year old male from RoaneCounty. Wesend our sympathy to these families and urge all West Virginians to continue toprotect each other by wearing a mask, washing hands, and staying sociallydistant, said Bill J. Crouch, DHHR Cabinet Secretary.
CASESPER COUNTY: Barbour(42), Berkeley (922), Boone (190), Braxton (10), Brooke (106), Cabell (690),Calhoun (23), Clay (33), Doddridge (17), Fayette (501), Gilmer (19), Grant(150), Greenbrier (118), Hampshire (99), Hancock (139), Hardy (76), Harrison(326), Jackson (239), Jefferson (413), Kanawha (2,154), Lewis (38), Lincoln (148),Logan (558), Marion (250), Marshall (148), Mason (130), McDowell (80), Mercer(392), Mineral (157), Mingo (332), Monongalia (1,791), Monroe (143), Morgan(48), Nicholas (77), Ohio (343), Pendleton (51), Pleasants (15), Pocahontas(59), Preston (145), Putnam (460), Raleigh (449), Randolph (233), Ritchie (10),Roane (43), Summers (32), Taylor (115), Tucker (15), Tyler (15), Upshur (60),Wayne (328), Webster (7), Wetzel (49), Wirt (9), Wood (345), Wyoming (88).
Pleasenote that delays may be experienced with the reporting of information from thelocal health department to DHHR. As case surveillance continues at the localhealth department level, it may reveal that those tested in a certain countymay not be a resident of that county, or even the state as an individual inquestion may have crossed the state border to be tested.Such is the case of Monroe and Tucker counties in this report.
Pleasevisit the dashboard located at http://www.coronavirus.wv.gov for more information.
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Photo by Roland Lizarondo
Above: Inside Bubs at The Beach in Pacific Beach, Sept. 18. 2020.
By next week, San Diego County could be in California's most restrictive tier for reopening during the pandemic.
Currently it's in the "red" tier, which allows for salons, tattoo shops, massage parlors, restaurants, gyms, churches, and museums to open at a limited capacity. In the "purple" tier, only hair salons/barber shops, retail and shopping centers can have indoor operations.
"If we have to close our indoor operations we may have to close our entire operation permanently," said Todd Brown who owns Bubs at the Beach in Pacific Beach. "We're down, this is it."
Brown has pivoted to outdoor dining during the pandemic, turning parking spaces into tables, but said it is not enough.
"It's not sustainable," he said. "That's our problem."
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Brown said he feels backed into a corner and if indoor operations are forced to close next week he may decide to stay open.
"All I'm trying to do is survive as an operator. Weve been a fixture for 22 years in Pacific Beach and if they close us down next week, and we choose to follow the mandate, Im not sure well ever be able to open the doors again."
County health officials said our case rate is high because of more than 700 San Diego State students testing positive. County officials believe they have the outbreak contained to a small area around the university and are asking for a an exemption from the state to avoid going to the "purple" tier. But Governor Gavin Newsom himself has said "no."
"All were asking for is a fair shake," Brown said. "And were asking for the governor to hand the reins over our county board of supervisors."
At least four county supervisors have indicated they believe SDSU's cases should not be counted in our totals, and they could decide to take legal action ahead of our descent to the purple tier and it's restrictions.
"I would like the county to fight for us. I think me as a business owner is just more support financially has been the biggest issue," said Steven Land who owns Landform Fitness in the College Area.
Right now under the state's "red" tier, Land can have his gym open, but that could all change next week if he has to close.
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"It would be Im reaching the end and theres not much more time I can keep winging this thing," Land said.
Land said his customers have been understanding with closures and hes been able to move some classes online but it is just not sustainable.
"Something that Ive worked my entire life to get to is just basically gone and I cant talk to anyone that has any answers for me," he said. Land also said he has been trying, unsuccessfully, for months to get an Small Business Administration loan.
San Diego County has already had one week of purple tier data. If that continues next week more restrictions will be coming. There are a few scenarios where that does not happen. First, cases could simply be low next week and keep us under the state requirement for the "purple" tier.
Despite already getting a "no" from the Governor, county officials are still lobbying the state to remove cases from SDSU. If that happened we would stay in the red tier. Finally, there could be action from the board next week. There is a closed session meeting of supervisors on Monday, where legal action could be taken. There is another special meeting on the books for Tuesday.
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Fargo's Cass County reported the greatest number of new cases with 72 while Bismarck's Burleigh County reported 58 new cases. Dickinson's Stark County added 49 new infections.
Bordering the capital city, Mandan's Morton County, Emmons County and McLean County reported 24, 23 and 20 new cases, respectively. Minot's Ward County added 18 new cases and Williston's Williams County totaled 15 new cases.
Wahpeton's Richland County added eight new cases. Grand Forks County recorded seven new cases, while Logan County and Mercer County tallied six new cases. Adams, Barnes, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Dickey, Dunn, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, LaMoure, McIntosh, McKenzie, Mountrail, Pembina, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Rolette, Sargent, Sioux, Stutsman, Traill and Walsh counties each added five or fewer new cases.
The new cases came from a total 6,759 tests, a 5.6% daily positivity rate.
The department also reported eight new deaths in the state from COVID-19. The deceased were six males and two females in their 80s and 90s, all of whom were from Morton County and suffered from underlying health conditions.
The eight reported deaths were a single-day pandemic-high, though the department attributed the figure to a delay in reporting and stated the individuals all died between one and 13 days ago.
139 of the state's deaths list COVID-19 as the primary cause of death while 53 others list the virus as a secondary cause or are pending death records. The state also reported three individuals who were presumed to have been positive for the virus at the time of their death. The state's death rate for individuals who have become infected is 1.1%.
Active cases rose by 110 to 3,096, a pandemic-high for the state and the first time the figure has risen above 3,000. Statewide, active cases have risen 38% since the beginning of September.
Burleigh County currently leads the state with 570 active cases, representing a 28% increase from last Saturday.
Cass County's active cases rose 33% in the past week from 402 to 536. While the state has kept Cass County's at its "low risk" designation, the county could be a candidate to move to the "moderate risk" designation if numbers continue to move in the wrong direction next week, Gov. Doug Burgum said Tuesday, Sept. 15.
As of Friday, Sept. 18, North Dakota State University reported 119 COVID-19 cases among students and employees with an additional 217 students either in isolation or quarantined in university housing.
Active cases totaled 307 in Stark County Saturday, a 30% rise over the past week. Dickinson State University reported nine active cases and 45 recovered cases as of Friday.
Grand Forks County's active cases decreased for the second consecutive week, dropping 15% to 229. The University of North Dakota reported 59 "current self-reported" faculty, staff and student positives.
Active cases numbered 237 in Morton County, 216 in Ward County and 199 in Williams County. Jamestown's Stutsman County reported 93 active cases Saturday while all other counties totaled 72 or fewer active cases. Three rural counties Divide, Sheridan and Slope currently do not have any active cases.
Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 6,706,374 cases of COVID-19 and 198,099 deaths from the virus.
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