Coronavirus Briefing: What Happened Today

first_imgWill Thanksgiving lead to a spike in cases? Time magazine found that Canada’s Thanksgiving, on Oct. 12, did. What you’re doingI have eight roommates in my house, off of Ohio State University’s campus. It has been very helpful to have a community while trying to social distance. People are shocked when I tell them I live with so many people, but I would never have it any other way. Some things we do to keep busy: shave our heads, become Ping-Pong masters, fix old go karts and race in empty parking lots, and work toward becoming master carpenters. This year has been a rough one, but having people to do it with made it extremely fun.— Andy Vasulka, Columbus, OhioLet us know how you’re dealing with the pandemic. Send us a response here, and we may feature it in an upcoming newsletter.Sign up here to get the briefing by email. Adam Pasick contributed to today’s briefing. It’s been a tough year for parents. Schools have closed and reopened, only to close again. Parents have scrambled to find child care while struggling to do their jobs and navigate remote learning. But there have been joyous moments, too.The Times spoke to mothers and fathers across the county about what parenting has been like in the pandemic. Here are a few of their stories.Resurgences As cases continue to grow in most of Canada, the western province of Manitoba implemented sweeping restrictions that closed most stores other than grocers and pharmacies, along with sports fields and playgrounds, bars, movie houses and theaters. Here’s where the virus has hit hardestThe United States is reeling as infections and hospitalizations soar to all-time highs. Outbreaks are emerging from coast to coast.Which place is the worst off?- Advertisement – Schools in N.Y.C. may closeThe nation’s largest school system is on the precipice of closing thousands of schools.New York City, once the global epicenter of the pandemic, now has far lower rates of community infection than most of the country, but the numbers are quickly climbing. On Thursday, the seven-day test positivity rate rose to 2.6 percent. If that number hits 3 percent, schools are supposed to close.For many of the approximately 300,000 families who have cobbled together ways to send their kids to classrooms for a few days a week in this fractured school year, the reversal is a gut punch.Particularly maddening is that restaurants, bars and gyms — indoor spaces which have been shown to be primary vectors of coronavirus infection — remain open, albeit with some restrictions.New York City’s schools have recorded a much smaller number of infections. A recent positive-test rate was just 0.17 percent, prompting one of the city’s top health officials to declare that public schools are among the safest public places around.Many countries in Western Europe have chosen to keep classrooms open and to place restrictions on bars and restaurants instead, a contrast that has not gone without notice.“That N.Y.C.’s public schools may have to shut down because the city and state felt they just had to let people dine indoors and work out at a gym says all we need to know about how much our society values public education, particularly when it comes to low-income Black & brown kids,” our colleague Nikole Hannah-Jones said on Twitter.Other major American cities with climbing cases have already delayed returns or walked back reopening plans for public schools. On Thursday, Detroit announced it would stop all in-person learning. This week, cities including Minneapolis and Philadelphia delayed planned returns. In late October, Boston pulled its few in-person students. And almost all public school students in Los Angeles; Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and San Francisco are also learning remotely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that children’s visits to the emergency room for mental health issues have risen sharply. Here’s a roundup of restrictions in all 50 states.What else we’re following The state with the highest hospitalization rate: South Dakota.- Advertisement – New Zealand, which eliminated community spread of the virus, discovered a mysterious new case that officials think may have been transmitted within the country, Radio New Zealand reports. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus adviser to President-elect Joe Biden, said that shutting down the economy and paying people for lost wages for four to six weeks would help get the virus under control and keep the economy afloat until a vaccine is available, CNBC reports. In Italy, which is facing a surge in cases, a video of a man who died in the bathroom of an emergency room in Naples from what might have been Covid has sparked outrage across the country. – Advertisement – About 54 of every 100,000 South Dakotans are hospitalized with Covid-19. The testing positivity rate remains sky-high, and there are few signs of progress. On Tuesday, Mayor Paul TenHaken of Sioux Falls cast the tiebreaking vote to strike down a citywide mask mandate, which he has called “simply unenforceable.”The biggest cluster: Avenal State Prison, Calif.In the U.S., more than 30 correctional facilities have reported more than 1,000 cases each, but none have more than Avenal State Prison, in the San Joaquin Valley. It has logged more than 3,300 known cases among prisoners and correctional officers.The state that has unraveled the fastest: Wisconsin.At the beginning of September, Wisconsin averaged about 700 cases a day. This week, it’s averaging more than 6,000. Hospitals are packed, positivity rates remain high, and testing supplies are strained. More than 300 deaths were reported in the state over the past week, a record.The big city with the worst death toll: New York City.More than 24,000 New Yorkers, or one in every 351 city residents, have died from the virus. Still, some rural counties in other parts of the country may have higher death rates. Last month, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicted that by around Inauguration Day, deaths in the U.S. could reach 2,200 a day, and total 386,000. As infections accelerate, Foreign Policy reports that deaths may reach 2,500 a day, and 400,000 total, by around Christmas. A passenger tested positive on a “preliminary basis” on the first cruise ship to begin sailing again in the Caribbean, The Points Guy reports. Dry air caused by cold winter temperatures and heaters can make it easier for viruses to spread, Wired reports. A humidifier this winter could help. The county with the most known cases: Los Angeles County, Calif.More than 325,000 cases have been identified in Los Angeles County over the course of the pandemic, more than in 44 states — but this figure can be a bit misleading. On a per-capita basis, Los Angeles County has far fewer cases than many other counties in California and elsewhere. Our reporters Mitch Smith and Amy Harmon dug into the data and found lots of places that would qualify — depending on the metrics.The metro area with the most recent cases per capita: Minot, N.D.North Dakota has the most total cases per capita and the most recent cases per capita, and the Minot area, known for its Air Force base, is doing worse than anywhere else.- Advertisement –last_img read more

2-year-old falls under mower

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Saturday,  a Commiskey couple arrived at the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office/Rescue 20. They were requesting an ambulance for their 2-year-old grandson.According to statements given by the grandparents to deputies, they stated that the grandfather was mowing the yard on Grayford Road. The toddler ran towards his grandfather as the grandmother ran after him. As the grandfather was backing up the mower, the 2-year-old fell and went under the mower while it was mowing.The grandparents met with Rescue 20 and the grandson was transported to St. Vincent Jennings Hospital. He was shortly flown from the hospital to Riley Hospital for serious injuries.Deputies are still investigating and thus far are calling it a terrible accident.last_img read more

Volleyball breakdown: Sixth-seeded Wisconsin led by Gillis, Carlini in first-round win over Oregon

first_imgIn the NCAA Tournament, the name of the game is “survive and advance.”No. 6 Wisconsin (25-6) extended its winning streak to 13 as it defeated a scrappy Oregon (16-14) team 3-1.After a sloppy start to the match, Wisconsin won the first set behind the offensive prowess of outside hitter Kelli Bates. Bates led all hitters in the first set with eight kills and fueled the Badger attack to a 25-18 Game 1 victory.Game 2 was a much different story, however. After Wisconsin got off to another quick start, Oregon responded valiantly turning the set in their favor and setting up what would be an intense second half of the match. Oregon was led by attackers Martenne Bettendorf and Taylor Agost, who had five and four kills, respectively.Oregon carried their set 2 momentum into the third set and jumped ahead 6-3. However, the seasoned Badgers would not be foiled and used a balanced attack to win the 3rd and 4th sets to end any hope of an Oregon upset.Offensive Player of the Game: Lauryn GillisGillis had a game high 14 kills and continuously energized the crowd and her team with massive spikes that swung crucial points in Wisconsin’s favor. Gillis also was a surgeon on the outside committing only one error in her 36 attempts.Defensive Player of the Game: Lauren CarliniCarlini, mentioned as the top setter in the country by Oregon’s head coach Jim Moore, had a career high seven blocks and was a constant thorn in the side of the Ducks attack. In addition to her presence at the net, she had 11 digs and was constantly running cross-court to organize the Badger offense.QuotableOregon head coach Jim Moore on Lauren Carlini:“Great team, obviously, with the best setter in the country, there’s no question about that. They played great defense and did a lot of really good things, so congratulations to them.”Lauren Carlini on her career high seven blocks:“It’s always exciting getting a block, especially if it’s you and someone else and you both touch the ball. It’s very personal. It just goes straight down and it’s just a good feeling and it creates a lot of momentum for the team. That’s one of the parts of the game that I’ve really been working on the last few weeks and so I think it’s finally starting to come together and it’s starting to show.”Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield on Oregon and the match in general:“That was a heck of a battle. That is a really, really good team and it’s unbelievable, as you go through and you’re watching a team, I don’t know how many matches we had of them, but you see the type of team that they were for half of the season, two-thirds of the season, and what they were the last part of the season.”last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: ‘Hungry’ Derrick White sparks Spurs win over Nuggets

first_imgMalone, meanwhile, had plenty of words about White, who was born in Colorado and played his college basketball in Boulder. He felt White’s performance was in part a response to Nuggets guard Jamal Murray’s fourth-quarter showing in Game 2, which saw him rack up 21 points in the final quarter of a Nuggets victory. Have a night, Derrick White.#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/osfMMdYwcW— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 19, 2019″There’s no doubt in my mind that Derrick White, the last couple of days, has been reminded about Jamal Murray’s fourth-quarter performance,” Malone said. “Derrick White came out like he hadn’t eaten in two days. “He came out hungry. He came out pissed off. And he sent a very loud and clear message. “Now I’m anxious to see our guys. How do we respond to that? Where is your pride? Where is your toughness? Where is your grit? So Game 4 is going to be great insight to who we are as a team, especially our young players, especially Jamal Murray.  Derrick White played like he had not eaten in two days, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after seeing his team undone by the unheralded Spurs point guard. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against the second-seeded Nuggets with a 118-108 home victory Thursday.  NBA playoffs 2019: Ben Simmons ‘exceptional’ as Sixers take series lead against Nets The Spurs were paced by White, who put up a career-high 36 points in just his third playoff start, and coach Gregg Popovich let that performance speak for itself rather than offering any great praise of their 2017 first-round pick. “He’s OK,” Popovich joked. “He was obviously spectacular. I don’t know what else to say.”  Related Newscenter_img NBA playoffs 2019: ‘Missing’ poster in Brooklyn mocks Ben Simmons’ jump shot “Great fourth quarter, we win Game 2. Well, he’s going to learn as a young kid. It can’t be just one quarter, it has to be every night if you want to be a really good basketball player, especially in the playoffs. “It’s defense. Derrick White dominated the game tonight. Jamal, first and foremost, has to take a lot more pride in his ability to guard and contain and make Derrick White feel him. Derrick White did not feel us tonight.” The Spurs take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 Saturday in San Antonio.last_img read more