Experts warn Labor Day could trigger COVID-19 surge across country

first_imgDutcherAerials/iStockBY: ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC NEWS    (NEW YORK) — Health experts are pleading with the American public to be vigilant during the upcoming Labor Day weekend to prevent a repeat of the increase in COVID-19 cases that followed the Memorial Day and the Fourth of July holidays.“We don’t want to see a repeat of the surges we’ve seen following holiday weekends,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during an interview with CNN on Thursday. “That doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in a room and not enjoy what hopefully will be a nice weekend for people, but there are certain fundamental things that you can do and still enjoy yourself.”Large social gatherings, crowded venues, juxtaposed to the highly infectious virus, have proven to result in a widespread escalation of metrics across the country.Memorial Day appeared to be the first domino of the summer surge, setting off an influx of cases across many states in the following weeks and months.On May 25, Memorial Day, the national seven-day average of new cases was 21,955. Five weeks later, on June 29, the seven-day average jumped to 40,178, an 83% increase in new cases, according to an ABC analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project, and from where the below data is cited.In the weeks following the holiday, the South saw a rise in its COVID-19 metrics and on May 25, reported an average of 7,641 new daily cases. A month later, that number had increased by 126%.A similar pattern occurred just over a month later following the Fourth of July weekend.Just two weeks after July 4, the U.S. hit a record high of 76,844 daily cases, and a seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases had risen by nearly 40%. By July 23, current hospitalizations hit a near-record high of 59,720 — an increase of 56.6%.Eight weeks after Memorial Day, and three weeks after the Fourth of July, cases peaked in the South, with a seven-day average of new cases standing at 39,587, an increase of nearly 418% from May 25.Death metrics, which tend to lag behind other COVID-19 metrics, soon increased in the weeks following the early summer holidays.On July 4, the seven-day average of deaths stood at 500. Aug. 12, approximately five weeks after the holiday, marked the deadliest day of reported COVID-19 deaths, this summer, with 1,517 deaths reported. In August alone, there were 21 days with over 1,000 deaths reported, and 30,000 deaths were reported in total.According to Fauci, the American public’s behavior over the Labor Day holiday is critical to dictating what the course of the virus will be this fall.“We don’t want to see a surge under any circumstances. But particularly as we go on the other side of Labor Day and enter into the fall … we don’t want to go into that with another surge that we have to turn around again,” he said.Such an uptick would be particularly worrisome, with winter approaching and people congregating inside, leading to potential spikes in infections.“We’re going into fall with a lot more disease than we entered summer,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, wrote in a series of tweets on Thursday.“Starting at a baseline of 40,000 daily cases is a bit of a disaster, and no; vaccine on Oct. 22 won’t bail us out,” he added.At its peak in July, the U.S. reported a seven-day average of approximately 66,000 daily cases.Although testing has increased substantially since the beginning of the summer, new cases and national testing has dropped by nearly 39% and 12.6% respectively, since the end of July. However, heading into the holiday weekend, a number of states are exhibiting concerning COVID-19 trends.According to an ABC News analysis of data, compiled by the New York Times, the number of states reporting an increasing new case trend appears to be going up. Three weeks ago, only five states and Puerto Rico were reporting increasing new case trends. Since then, that metric has doubled, with 18 states reporting increasing new case trends.The Midwest, in particular, continues to be a concern.“There are several states that are at risk for surging, namely North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois,” Fauci said in an interview with Bloomberg this week.Seven-day averages of the rate of positivity have risen over the last two weeks in 11 Midwestern states.In addition, Montana, North and South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri have all recently reported an uptick in infections among young people between the ages of 18-25.Missouri has also reported nine consecutive days with over 1,000 cases and the seven-day average of new cases in South Dakota has increased by 149% over the last two weeks.It is essential for Americans to scrupulously follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and avoid crowds. “If we’re careless about it, then we could wind up with a surge following Labor Day,” Fauci added. “It really depends on how we behave as a country.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Medicine in the heart of the Antarctic: 1908-2001

first_imgPrehospital care in the United Kingdom rarely lasts more than a few hours other than in exceptional circumstances (for example, mountain and cave rescue, oil rigs). In other parts of the world hospitals may be much more distant and in expeditions to remote areas, prehospital care may extend to days or even weeks. When this occurs, the boundaries between primary care and prehospital care blur.last_img

Residents, Visitors to Historic District Enjoy Area’s Charms

first_imgXandy Peters (left) and Viola Zborowski at the Northwod Inn On a sun splashed, unseasonably warm afternoon Sunday, residents and visitors of Ocean City’s Historic District were out in force, reflecting on their good fortune to enjoy one of the most revered sections of town.“It’s awesome,” resident Gene Kenny said. “The trees. The old homes. The slate sidewalks. We’re at the Shore but we are a year-round town and this just feels like what it is — a beautiful neighborhood.”The Historic District is located from Third to Eighth streets encompassing Central, Wesley and Ocean avenues; the Lifesaving Station on Fourth street and Atlantic and Wesley between Eighth and Ninth streets, according to a City spokesman. It has been the subject of added attention recently because of a property maintenance ordinance for the district introduced by City Council two weeks ago.The ordinance is designed to make the City’s property maintenance code apply to all properties within Historic District. Currently, these properties must comply only if the cost of correcting a violation is equal with 25 percent of the value of the home or property.  Given property values island-wide, the current ordinance exempts the historic district property owners from all but the most expensive fixes.Business Administrator Jim Mallon said there are no existing situations prompting the measure, which is designed to hold all property owners to the same standard.On Sunday, residents and guests at two Bed and Breakfast inns were more interested in enjoying the beautiful weather and their historic surroundings.John Harahan of Jenkintown, Pa. and Haley Mead of Harleysville, Pa. were guests at the Ocean City Mansion, a 120-year-old B&B at 416 Central aver.John Harahan and Haley Mead at the Ocean City Mansion bed and Breakfast in the Historic District“We were looking to get away for a long weekend, and it was between here and the Poconos,” John said. “We decided to come here and hoped for good weather. We made the right choice.”Social worker John and pre-school teacher Haley spent a relaxing weekend “taking walks on the beach, walks on the boardwalk, and walks around the neighborhood,” John said. They also made a side trip to Cape May.   “I’ve been down here in September before but this is the first time I’ve ever this late in the year. It’s just beautiful.”Viola Zborowski of Long Valley, NJ was checking out at the Northwood Inn bed and breakfast at Fourth and Wesley. She stayed in Ocean City for the first time last year and returned for a knitting group’s retreat at the B&B this year.“I will definitely be back,” she said. “I prefer staying at a B&B to a hotel or a condo. Just the charm of the place. It’s clean and the owners do a great job taking care of the place.  I love it here.”Owners Mary and John Loeper seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as their guests.“This is a great group and we had great fun,” Mary said. “Now it’s time to watch the Eagles,” she said with a laugh.John Loeper said preservation of the Historic District was an important priority for the city.“When you lose your history, you lose your city,” Loeper said. “I can sit here and look out the window and it’s almost exactly the same view as it was 29 years ago when I moved here,” he said.Loeper pointed out that Fourth street is one of the only, if not the only streets in Ocean City with a corridor of neighborhood businesses including 701 Mosaic, the Fourth St. Café, the former Bakley’s Deli which is slated to become and ice cream parlor and Loeper’s Inn.“Back in the day, most neighborhoods had corner stores and businesses the residents walked to, but the demographics have changed.”The property maintenance ordinance will come up for its second reading on November 10, 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 861 Asbury.First Ward Councilman Michael DeVlieger and Second Ward Councilman Antwan McClellan invited residents to voice their opinions about the ordinance, even if they are unable to attend the meeting. DeVlieger can be reached at [email protected] and McClellan may be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

In Short

first_imgGenius developmentWest Lothian-based United Central Bakeries plans to roll out 18 new products under its gluten-free fresh bread brand, Genius, next year. Listings have already been agreed with supermarkets for launches at the end of January. Genius recently won a Gold Q award at the Quality Food Awards. Costa’s green movesCosta Coffee has announced the proposed acquisition of European coffee and sandwich chain coffeeheaven. It revealed it would offer 24p for each coffeeheaven share, in a deal worth around £36m. The coffeeheaven group operates 90 coffee shops in Central and Eastern Europe, including 62 shops in Poland. Costa’s total sales increased 6.7% in the third quarter, beating the 2.4% growth it registered in the previous quarter.Bank lending critiqueThe Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said bank lending needs to be more accessible and affordable, following the outcome of a report, Rowland’s Growth Capital Review, which identified a permanent gap in small business finance those seeking between £2m-£10m.International dealCampden BRI has signed a collaborative agreement with the Korea Food Research Institute (KFRI), based in Kyonggi-do, to explore joint ventures in research, technical services and information provision. For example, they will exchange best-practice in areas such as food safety assurance, and low energy and low carbon technologies.Packaging agreementMail and packaging specialist KernPack is now the official distributor of Italian packaging firm Dolzan’s range of vertical form fill and seal packaging machines to the UK market.last_img read more

Reynards pushes pop-up packs

first_imgReynards has introduced a range of Push Pop cupcake containers to the UK wholesale bakery market.The food packaging supplier’s clear PVC containers are the company’s latest development in response to the fast growing cake pop and cupcake sector, which was first made popular in the US. It allows consumers to gradually eat cake products by pushing it to the top using a lolly stick.Reynards’ innovative packaging also enables customers to hold and eat cake products with ease.The Push Pop containers come in packs of 100 with an optional acrylic display stand to hold 28 units.last_img

Child abuse reports down in Indiana since pandemic stay-at-home order

first_img WhatsApp By Network Indiana – June 10, 2020 1 260 Facebook Facebook Previous articleStudying connection between Alzheimer’s Disease and coronavirusNext articleSt. Joseph School’s announce budget cuts Network Indiana WhatsApp Pinterest Child abuse reports down in Indiana since pandemic stay-at-home order CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/Pixabay) (INDIANAPOLIS) — Child abuse reports are way down since the pandemic started, but that probably doesn’t mean fewer kids in danger.Prevent Child Abuse Indiana says calls to the state’s child abuse hotline are down 40-percent. But program director Sandy Runkle says there’s probably not less abuse — with schools and afterschool programs shut down, kids just aren’t in contact with the people who normally are in the best position to spot signs of abuse.If anything, Runkle says the stress of pandemic restrictions can make abuse more likely. She says neighbors and churches should check in with families before the pressure builds too high.And Runkle says Prevent Child Abuse has been urging businesses to be more watchful — stores, pharmacies, even food delivery drivers. The organization has also suggested stores put informational fliers at the checkout so people can inform themselves about what to look for. Twitter Twitter Google+ Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Gas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains

first_imgGas turbine sales falter in the face of renewable energy gains FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times:Natural gas is still often described as “the fuel of the future”. If you are selling turbines for gas-fired power generation, it cannot feel that way. Sales of gas turbines have fallen sharply, under pressure from low-cost renewable energy, and are expected to remain weak for at least another couple of years.While the market has been shrinking, it has also been becoming more competitive. For the largest and most advanced turbines, bought by utilities and other power producers, there are only three significant manufacturers: General Electric of the US, Siemens of Germany and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems of Japan.GE has for decades been the market leader, but this year MHPS, which is 65 per cent owned by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and 35 per cent by Hitachi, has been having a run of success, reporting a 40 per cent market share in the first six months of 2018.The ebb and flow in the market is a sign of intense competition for a diminished number of orders. In 2011, manufacturers sold gas turbines with a total generation capacity of 71.6 gigawatts, according to McCoy Power Reports. Last year, the market was less than half that size at 34.4GW, and this year it is expected to be smaller again at about 30GW.More ($): Gas turbine competition heats uplast_img read more

Bin Laden’s death will disrupt al-Qaeda’s operations in Yemen

first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2011 SANA’A, Yemen – Yemeni researchers and politicians stressed that the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would cause a major setback to the organization, paralyze it in the near term and enhance efforts to combat terrorism and terrorist elements in Yemen. Bin Laden was killed early in the morning on May 1 (May 2 in Pakistan) during an operation carried out by U.S. forces in the town of Abbottabad, 38 miles northeast of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. “The death of bin Laden at this time during a period of peaceful Arab revolutions may enhance the thinking of those who call for peace and the peaceful achievement of goals instead of by violence which al-Qaeda advocates,” Mohammad al-Ghabri, a political analyst and an expert on Islamist groups, told Al- Shorfa. Al-Ghabri said al-Qaeda may suffer from “hysterical madness” following the killing of its leader, and it may lose much of its power. He said that many individuals who recently joined may leave the organization and abandon a life of violence that the organisation preached to them. “The confusion that will occur within al-Qaeda may reveal many of its weaknesses, especially in this sensitive time for Arab revolutions which overturned the idea of achieving goals through violence,” he added. Mohammed al-Qaidi, the official spokesman for the Yemeni Interior Ministry, said Yemen is continuing its efforts and its partnership with the international community in the fight against terrorism. The death of bin Laden is of paramount importance, he said, and will strengthen the fight against terrorism because he was the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda internationally. Al-Qaidi said the killing of bin Laden would cause great confusion within the organization in the near term and will affect its operations. “His elimination, however, does not represent the elimination of terrorism. Terrorism is a departure from the law and Sharia, and habits, traditions and customs, and terrorists will continue to be targeted by the regime until they are eliminated,” he said. Al-Qaidi stressed the need for continued international efforts to combat terrorism. Saeed al-Jamahi, a researcher on terrorist organizations, told Al-Shorfa that bin Laden’s death will be a setback for the organization that might prompt its members to retaliate and carry out operations against Western interests. Al-Jamahi said, “Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen will be affected the most because some considered that the organization’s future was in Yemen.” He added that bin Laden’s death will trigger a phase of confusion. “But the conflict the organization leads is a military and ideological conflict. While the military conflict may stop, the ideological conflict will continue with the recruitment and targeting of foreigners for membership in the organization,” he said. Al-Jamahi said the organization received severe blows, directly and indirectly, from the Arab revolutions, and that the killing of bin Laden is a significant victory in the fight against terrorism because he was a spiritual leader for terrorists. “The presence of rash and violent personalities such as (Ayman) al-Zawahiri will encourage the organization to respond and avenge their leader in the fastest time to prove to its opponents that the organization will continue with greater force than before,” he said. But al-Jamahi added that this possibility seems weak. Judge Hamoud al-Hattar, a former Yemeni Minister of Endowments and Guidance, said more needs to be done to confront terrorism. He said that the killing of bin Laden will be a big shock for al-Qaeda and that all entities must co-operate at this time to fight the organization intellectually and ideologically.last_img read more

3 questions that enable leaders to call for commitments

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Back on the farm, we threw bales of hay down from the hay loft to feed the cows. Our cat waited for us to lift a bale to see if there might be a mouse nest. Most of the time, when mice went running, the cat came up empty. He couldn’t commit to one mouse when so many were present.Options are shiny distractions that drain energy and dilute opportunity until commitments are made.The courage of commitment is the ability to eradicate options.Lead team members to make commitments:It doesn’t matter how many alternatives are on the table if you don’t understand the power and cost of eliminating options. continue reading »last_img

CFPB drops multi-year probe of installment loan organization

first_imgIn another indication that the Trump Administration is taking a vastly different approach at the CFPB, the agency has dropped an investigation of World Acceptance Corp., one of the largest small-dollar loan companies.The company, which has 1,331 offices in 15 states and Mexico and specializes in instalment loans, said the agency has notified the company that the probe has been completed and no action will be taken against the company.World Acceptance had indicated in March 2014 that it was the target of a CFPB probe into how it markets and provides loans. And then, in August 2015, the company said that the CFPB staff was considering recommending that the agency take legal action against the company. That notice was intended to allow the company to present its side before the CFPB made a final decision. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more