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by Cat on Mon May 11th, 2020 at 09:16:19 PM EST
by Cat on Mon May 11th, 2020 at 10:19:22 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon May 11th, 2020 at 10:38:46 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 02:33:35 PM EST
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Tesla's California fight heats up ["]competition for jobs["]
Since the disagreement between Tesla and Alameda County gained national attention, officials from such states as Texas, Nevada, Georgia, Utah and Oklahoma have pitched Musk about considering their state. Analysts estimate it would take Tesla 12 to 18 months to move production.
by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 02:32:03 PM EST
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NYC deaths from ["]non-COVID causes["] rise over 5,000 above normal rate: CDC
These deaths could be directly or indirectly attributed to the pandemic and counting only the confirmed or probable COVID-19-associated deaths likely underestimates deaths attributable to the pandemic, the researchers said.
CDC | NEW! "estimates in a range" of ranges, 11 May 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
by Cat on Mon May 11th, 2020 at 11:01:23 PM EST
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UK under- and over-estimated deaths: jobs saved or created
Researchers from across the United Kingdom will sequence the genetic code of people who fell critically ill with COVID-19 and compare their genomes with those who were mildly ill or not ill at all.

by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 01:58:43 AM EST
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OCCAM: wut
by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 02:16:40 PM EST
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£84M purchase order
[business minister Alok Sharma] said that Oxford University and drug maker AstraZeneca (AZN.L) had struck a global licensing deal for a vaccine that Oxford scientists were working on
by Cat on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 02:31:30 AM EST
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A Colorado restaurant opened sit-down brunch on Mother's Day. It got shut down.
"Gov. Jared Polis said the restaurant was 'causing an immediate health hazard,' and its business license will remain suspended until it is no longer a threat."
Rising Sun pastor among plaintiffs in lawsuit against governor
Antietam Battlefield et al vs. Hogan et al: When #COVID Battlefield Killing Becomes Murder
by Cat on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 02:40:36 PM EST
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Presented to camera this afternoon.

What about the other 1,800 pp, speed reader?

by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 01:29:03 AM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 01:45:26 PM EST
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$100B CDC jobs saved or created, disguised as the "TRACE" Act.
by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 01:34:27 AM EST
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Russia slams U.S. assertion at U.N. that it remains party to Iran nuclear deal
The United States has raised with the European parties to the deal the possibility of restoring sanctions if it is unable to get the 15-member Security Council to stop an arms embargo on Iran from expiring in October.
by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 03:27:41 AM EST
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"Normalizing" SARS-COv-2 the virus that causes COVID-19

For the past three weeks Hogan and Cuomo (figureheads of the governors' association, of state in the absense of presidential speech) in fear of radical FY deficits, attributable to commercial "lockdown" have publicly lobbied for fiscal "states' aid" from the US Senate, tbh. Of course, both had full budget-trimming terms prior to the COVID panic--but Cuomo's reputation and constituents subsequently suffered most tragically in loss of life, while Hogan predictably exploited veto over spending passed in final hours of (D) legislature.

The morning, 11 May, Hogan signed the "National Hospital Week" proclamation, I posted a simple calculation to test central limit and found insufficient reason to draw conclusion on viral "containment": 2% of Maryland population having been tested under duress to date. 2% is a flacid comp (int'l std of epidem. rigor) but for fervid, trained attention to mortality trend line, especially elderly inmates of "congregate facilities", hospitalization rate, and other minutia. Indeed, the state doesn't graphed new case data as a curve, but quantifies ICU and acute beds occupancy. Neither has Q supply of reliable test kits a plot, though media periodically stimulate interest in new test site locations until customers report unsatisfactory services. Disaggregation by race prompted cursory examination of black decedants' comorbidity by zip code.

While deaths/day are said to be "stable," anecdotal duration of hospitalization (for a range of age cohorts) has lengthened. Again, media seize imaginations by valorizing the releases of patients who've been "fighting" the scourge ≤ 42 days term. Similarly, dramatic annotations to continuous case load dominate reportage from cooling "hot spots" and "epicenters" like NYC; Fauci falls out of his cupboard to estimate ROI in vaccine developments in '21 or '22. But dysfunctional delivery of cash benefits throughout April diverts much more attention from COVID prevention or cure to mundane household responsibilities.

In any case, May 11 turns out to be an auspicious date, because Politico's feed later promoted The Limit proposed by "health officials" (HHS, possibly OMB), White House pushes states to test 2 percent of their populations for coronavirus. Taking this cue--a demonstrable pseudo-scientific effort to "mitigate" public health hazards--governors began to rehearse repeals of orders curtailing commercial business in their states. In parallel form Congress is winding-down economic relief  and liability insurance to definition of an accident. Mathematically and perceptively, the "new normal" American lifestyle embraces an endemic disease no deadlier than seasonal influeza.  

by Cat on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 01:45:31 AM EST
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Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19, 20 April 2020
To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.
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    Guidance for Meat Packing Industry
    First responders and law enforcement
    Businesses and employers

Consider conducting daily in-person or virtual health checks (e.g., symptom and/or temperature screening) of employees before they enter the facility, in accordance with state and local public health authorities and, if available, your occupational health services:

    If implementing in-person health checks, conduct them safely and respectfully. Employers may use social distancing, barrier or partition controls, or personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the screener. However, reliance on PPE alone is a less effective control and is more difficult to implement, given PPE shortages and training requirements.
        See the "Should we be screening employees for COVID-19 symptoms?" section of General Business Frequently Asked Questions as a guide.
    Complete the health checks in a way that helps maintain social distancing guidelines, such as providing multiple screening entries into the building.
    Follow guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [!] [external icon] regarding confidentiality of medical records from health checks.
    To prevent stigma [!] and discrimination in the workplace, make employee health screenings as private as possible. Do not make determinations of risk based on race or country of origin and be sure to maintain confidentiality of each individual's medical status and history.
Identify where and how workers might be exposed to COVID-19 at work. Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace [external icon]. Conduct a thorough hazard assessment [external icon] of the workplace ....

   Correctional and detention facilities

Kudlow: Businesses shouldn't be held liable for employees and customers getting coronavirus, 22 April 2020
by Cat on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 01:22:32 PM EST
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Maryland Gov. ["Mag-lev"] Hogan lifts stay-at-home order, allows limited retail to resume
Maryland's stay-at-home order will be lifted at 5 p.m. Friday [15 May], Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday, citing a slight two-week decline in hospitalizations statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Republican governor is replacing the order with a "Safer at Home" advisory that will not be enforced by the rule of law. It allows manufacturing, retail, haircuts and worship services to resume with limitations.
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Even so, citing a decline in hospitalizations, Hogan said he believes there is sufficient data to support gradual resumption of some activities that have been banned or curtailed for weeks.

On April 30, 1,711 Marylanders were hospitalized due to COVID-19. As of Wednesday, that number had dipped to 1,550.
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Hogan made the announcement standing alone at a lectern in the State House. He was not joined by any of his medical advisers who often appear at his news conferences, such as Deputy Secretary Fran Phillips of the state health department, Dr. Tom Inglesby from Johns Hopkins University or Dr. David Marcozzi of the University of Maryland Medical System -- who all variously have been featured at earlier announcements.

Hogan's order gives local governments the option to retain stricter measures.

Updated daily since on or about 10 March
Maryland baby CSSE Dashboard
Baltimore City baby CSSE Dashboard
by Cat on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 01:40:44 PM EST
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"so many have died and not been counted or were infected and recovered" and traveled
by Cat on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 01:55:37 PM EST
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by Cat on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:50:06 PM EST
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Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.
California's governor and San Francisco's mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat.
(except for the homeless-can't-stay-home or hotels thingie)
For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.
APsplainin Battle for LA (4M) v NYC (8M): "more than half the state's deaths"
The official noted that California's first case surfaced on Jan. 26, its first death occurred March 4 and its statewide shutdown went into effect March 19, a span of almost two months.

But a range of health officials and scientists interviewed by ProPublica say creating such timelines misses the central issue: No later than Feb. 28, federal officials warned the country that a deadly pandemic was inevitable. It is from that point forward, they say, that any individual state's actions should be judged.

waitwut
For New York and California, the clock for quick and prudent action in the fight against COVID-19 began ticking no later than Jan. 17 [?!], when the federal government announced it would begin screening passengers arriving in both states from China. The virus had been found outside China and would soon be discovered [!] in DOZENS of countries.
Situation report - 1 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), 21 Jan 2020: JP, ROK, TH
The state's performance once New York fell UNDER SIEGE from the disease has also been challenged. State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker -- one of a half-dozen advisers who made up Cuomo's BRAIN TRUST during the crisis -- has been pilloried by the local press for his decision to allow nursing home residents who tested positive for the disease to be returned to those homes. The administration reversed its position this week.
"community spreade," "raft of issues," "a Monte Carlo simulation"
"The good thing is greater than 99 percent will recover without harm. Once people recover they will have immunity. The immunity will protect the herd."

Goldstein did not dispute the report, saying that de Blasio relied on a variety of advice, including his Health Department's.
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"Nobody was saying, 'Beware of people coming from Europe.' We weren't testing people coming from Europe," Cuomo said. "We weren't telling anyone at the time if you have a European visitor or European guest, make sure they get tested. They walked right through the airport."
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"The way I sleep at night is I believe that we didn't lose anyone that we could have saved, and that is the only solace when I look at these numbers and I look at this pain that has been created that has to be true."

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by Cat on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 05:35:56 AM EST
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Meanwhile in related Magical Number News ...


Governor "Mag-lev"  Announces Critical Milestone in COVID-19 Testing Strategy as State Broadens Criteria for Testing, Dramatically Expands Testing Availability Statewide

by Cat on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 05:49:19 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 26th, 2020 at 11:00:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Thu May 21st, 2020 at 12:04:39 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 21st, 2020 at 12:50:59 PM EST
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