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    https://www.fox9.com/news/minnesota-...d-by-the-state

    (FOX 9) - A Minnesota State Senator and doctor known for disputing government-reported fatality data related to COVID-19 says he is being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice in Minnesota.

    In a Facebook video Sunday, Dr. Scott Jensen, a Republican state senator for Carver County and a family medicine doctor, said he was “ticked” to receive notice from the state that he was being investigated.

    Jensen said he is being investigated for public statements he made “spreading misinformation” about death certificates and COVID-19 on a news program and “provided reckless advice” comparing COVID-19 and influenza.

    Jensen has been a vocal critic of Minnesota’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including disputing the reported death totals, disputing future modeling of the virus and comparing the virus to influenza.
    In the video, Jensen said he was “trying to provide some context for the flu, for COVID-19.”

    He took particular issue with COVID-19’s place on death certificates, saying that too many death cases where COVID-19 was “assumed to have caused or if it contributed” were listed as COVID-19 deaths. He pointed to medical guidelines that say the virus should not be listed unless the patient was confirmed positive.

    Jensen said the Medical Practice Board does “important work” and said he plans to “fully cooperate with them,” but went on to say that he feels targeted by anonymous complainants. He lamented the fact that he was not allowed to know who complained about him.

    “I don’t know what to tell ya,” he said in the video. “I just know this is wrong.”

    The Board of Medical Practice is made up of 16 members, including 11 physicians and five members of the general public who are appointed by the Governor. The board works with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office when reviewing complaints against physicians, the Board’s web page says.

    Most complaints are about competency, impairment or chemical abuse, sexual misconduct and inappropriate prescribing, the Board’s website says.


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    https://www.wkms.org/post/west-ky-tv...tests#stream/0


    A west Kentucky television station manager told his employees they need his permission before getting tested for coronavirus, after an employee at the station tested positive for infection by the virus. Some employees of the station’s parent company, Paxton Media Group, say that policy discourages them from getting a test. Health and legal experts say the station policy is problematic, putting employees of the station and the public at large at risk for spreading the virus.

    Some employees of WPSD-TV in Paducah say their coverage promoting safety measures against the spread of COVID-19 is disconnected from how the company protects employees from the virus. The Ohio Valley ReSource spoke on background with three people associated with Paxton Media Group — which owns WPSD, the Paducah Sun newspaper, and numerous other media outlets in west Kentucky. Those people, who asked to remain anonymous to avoid reprisal, say they fear their health and safety is not a priority at the company. They cited a memo from Bill Evans, the Vice President and General Manager of WPSD, implementing a new testing protocol at WPSD that legal and health experts say is problematic.

    “If you DID NOT have direct contact (within six feet, for more than 10 minutes) with the employee that tested positive, and you ARE NOT showing symptoms — there is no reason to get tested,” Evans wrote in the memo dated June 26, which was subsequently posted on social media. “Any further COVID-19 testing will be done with my approval only.”

    Evans added that the station’s weekend morning newscast would be cancelled due to the need to isolate employees after being tested. He also stated that getting his permission for testing would let the station manage “staffing needs.”


    An excerpt from the WPSD management memo instructing employees to get permission before a COVID-19 test.
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    PMG sources said some WPSD employees potentially exposed to the person who tested positive had already received COVID-19 tests before the June 26 memo was issued.

    Evans, who is also publisher of the Paducah Sun, declined an on-the-record interview about the memo. In a July 8 statement to the ReSource, Evans acknowledged an employee tested positive and that afterwards employees who had close contact with that person were tested. The June 26 memo states some employees were tested at Baptist Health Paducah Hospital’s Urgent Care.

    All employees were then required to wear masks in common areas of the workplace. Some asymptomatic employees who weren’t in close contact with the positive case also requested and received tests, he said, and the facilities offering the test required all employees tested to not return to work until getting a negative test result.

    “As a result, we were required to cancel our weekend morning newscasts. I directed that any other employee that wished to be tested should clear such testing with me so that I could make staffing arrangements in anticipation of the state mandated quarantine following such testing,” Evans said in the statement. “No other employee indicated that they wished to be tested. The following week every employee who had been tested reported receiving a negative test result.”

    Susan Dunlap, Executive Director of the Office of Public Affairs in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, said in a statement state health officials only recommend — not mandate — that Kentuckians quarantine after receiving a test in all cases to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Sources associated with PMG said the June 26 memo discouraged employees from getting COVID-19 tests on their own out of fear of reprisal from management. Sources also said the protocol in the memo was still in force, publicly posted in WPSD’s office as of July 7.

    Leading experts in public health, employment law, and media commentary say the station memo’s demand for permission to get coronavirus testing could expose PMG to legal liability, potentially violate state COVID-19 guidance for employers, and could put the health of employees and the public at large at risk.

    “Insanely Reckless”

    PMG sources detailed how in the months leading up to when the positive case was discovered among station employees, they felt that measures to protect employees at WPSD and The Paducah Sun were rudimentary, or an afterthought. One source said that social distancing behind the camera in the WPSD workplace wasn’t taken seriously until after the positive case was discovered.

    Two sources expressed that while alternatives were offered for doing interviews and reporting remotely, there was an expectation among management of The Paducah Sun and WPSD that reporting in public was preferred, even if some in-person reporting wasn’t necessary in light of risks due to the pandemic.

    In regards to the specific June 26 memo sent to WPSD employees, one source stated the memo was viewed in a negative light by staff, and the source worried that news of the memo would hurt the station’s credibility, considering the station’s extensive coverage of the pandemic and various safety measures.

    WPSD reporters covered some of the first meetings of McCracken County leaders as the specter of the pandemic materialized, making trips to local hospitals, into businesses, and talking with residents out in public. WPSD also provides a link to an information guide on their website’s landing page on coronavirus-related resources, including how to sew face masks, a list of local food pantries, and a list of regional testing sites.

    The same source also expressed dismay over what they saw as inaction by local government and health leaders on addressing the memo. The memo had been posted on social media, receiving discussion on Facebook as early as June 27.

    ”We’re in a life or death situation, and you’re telling us that we have to seek approval to get tested for this? I mean, it’s only killed over 120,000 people in the country so far,” a source said. “It’s just insanely reckless.”

    This source said even though they were asymptomatic and weren’t around the positive case for an extended period of time, they hadn’t received a test in part out of fear of reprisal from management from having to potentially miss work days until receiving a test result.

    “It’s kind of like we’re playing Red Rover with the coronavirus, and this isn’t a type of game you play for fun. Coronavirus is a life or death situation, and we should have been taking this way more seriously from the jump,” the same source said.

    Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Steven Stack said in a statement that his department has consistently encouraged everyone, employers and employees, to isolate and receive testing if sick.

    “If an employer issued a memo, internal or otherwise, that discouraged employees from getting tested, they have endangered their employees, the public at large, and have violated the Healthy at Work guidance that has been published since early/mid-May,” Stack said in his statement.

    Stack referenced Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order from May 11, establishing “Healthy at Work” guidance for employers. The guidance states employers should have all employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms receive a test within 36 hours, with employees trained on how to isolate certain cases, and make accommodations for employees at higher risk from the virus, among other requirements.

    Stack also referenced recent guidance from June 29 that requires employers to have a testing plan in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19 in a workplace. The guidance for a testing plan recommends employers to have a protocol in place to identify and test symptomatic employees and isolate close contacts, remaining in quarantine for 14 days to see if COVID-19 symptoms develop.

    The Kentucky Labor Cabinet enforces non-compliance of the “Healthy at Work” guidance. Cabinet Chief of Staff Marjorie Arnold said in a statement that cabinet employees can serve “Orders to Cease Operations to companies for failing to follow requirements and Notices of Deficiency for companies that have had minor deficiencies identified.”

    Arnold said an Order to Cease Operations mandates a company to stop operating until the company comes into compliance, while a Notice of Deficiency lets a company continue to operate while submitting evidence of actions taken to correct “identified deficiencies.” She added employers who fail to follow Healthy at Work guidance could face monetary penalties.

    Legal Liability

    One Louisville-based attorney specializing in employment law and representing employees facing wrongful termination and dangerous work conditions said he believes the memo could expose Paxton Media Group to legal liability.

    “This company’s memo, what they are doing gets in the way of Kentucky’s public policy that favors testing. And so they should be able to sue them over it. And also enjoin the memo from ever being applied to anybody else,” said John Friend, a director and shareholder at Bishop Friend, P.S.C. “You have a lot of companies that are losing money, and they're panicking because they were not prepared for something like this. And when people panic, they do dumb stuff. In an era where there is not this COVID-19 going on, there is not a company in the United States of America that would send out a memo like this. Anywhere. Like, this is crazy.”

    Friend said while he couldn’t immediately point to a specific executive order or state statute that would clash with the memo’s protocol, he believes “if somebody decides to come after them, I think they're gonna have a problem.”


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    https://www.foxla.com/news/clothing-...covid-19-4-die


    LOS ANGELES - County public health officials said Friday they've ordered the continued closure of LA Apparel's manufacturing facilities in South Los Angeles, announcing that more than 300 workers have been confirmed with the coronavirus and four have died.

    The company's manufacturing complex on 59th Street was originally closed June 27 after inspectors found "flagrant" violations of infection-control protocols and the company "failed to cooperate" with the county's investigation of what were then about 150 total infections.

    According to the county Department of Public Health, an official order was issued Thursday mandating the "continuous closure" of the facility.

    Officials with LA Apparel could not be reached for immediate comment.

    "The death of four dedicated garment workers is heartbreaking and tragic," public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement. "Business owners and operators have a corporate, moral and social responsibility to their employees and their families to provide a safe work environment that adheres to all of the health officer directives -- this responsibility is important, now more than ever, as we continue to fight this deadly virus."


    Public health officials said Friday three workers from the plant died in early June, and one more died this month. The agency began investigating conditions at the plant on June 19 after being notified by a "concerned healthcare provider."

    According to the department, investigators asked the company for a list of all employees so it could be compared with testing results, but the company failed to provide it.

    In late June, inspectors found violations at the facility of distancing requirements and infection-control protocols, according to the department, noting that the company was using cardboard as a barrier between workers.

    On July 4, the company sent the department an "incomplete list" of employees, and by then 198 positive cases had been reported. But as of Friday, that number had risen to more than 300, according to the public health agency.

    Health officials said that despite the company being ordered closed in late June, LA Apparel reopened the factory with new employees, and company officials tried to prevent health inspectors from entering the facility.

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    https://www.stopfake.org/en/one-grou...-anti-vaxxers/

    By Laura Hazard Owen, for NiemanLab

    The growing stream of reporting on and data about fake news, misinformation, partisan content, and news literacy is hard to keep up with. This weekly roundup offers the highlights of what you might have missed.

    “How Big Tech powers and profits from vaccine misinformation.” That’s the title of a report released this week by the U.K.-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate. Among the findings:

    Covid-19 has been a growth opportunity for anti-vaccination sites. “Our investigation of 409 English language anti-vaxx social media accounts shows that they now have 58 million followers. For 147 of the largest accounts, with 49 million followers, we have calculated that they have gained at least 7.8 million followers since 2019, an increase of 19%.”

    The movement is strongest on Facebook… “In our sample, anti-vaxx Facebook groups and pages command over 31 million followers, well over half of the combined following of all the accounts we studied. Anti-vaxx accounts have nearly 17 million subscribers on YouTube and 7 million on Instagram, but appear to be weakest on Twitter where they have 2 million followers.” The authors theorize that this could be because people are reluctant to publicly admit anti-vaccination views: “89 percent of the Facebook pages in our sample have more followers than likes, with the key difference that likes are visible to other users. In contrast, just 44 percent of the top 50 Facebook pages have more followers than likes.”

    …but Instagram is catching up:

    Instagram accounts for more than half of anti-vaxx campaigners’ follower growth during the Covid pandemic, attracting an extra 571,000 people. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. led this trend by leveraging his reputation as an environmental activist in conjunction with graphic memes that work well in Instagram’s format to promote conspiracy theories about Bill Gates and 5G mobile phone signals, adding over 336,000 people to his following in a matter of months.

    Anti-vaxx filmmaker Del Bigtree and Nation of Islam influencer Rizza Islam have also mastered Instagram as a medium, adding another 187,000 followers between them.

    This rapid growth contrasts with more sluggish growth on Facebook where new policies on anti-vaccine misinformation appear to have had a limiting effect on many groups and pages, suggesting that Facebook would be wise to ensure that similar techniques are being applied to its management of Instagram, which it wholly owns.

    Social media use and vaccine refusal are linked:

    New polling of 2,861 US and UK adults commissioned from YouGov for this report indicates that vaccine refusal and use of social media are linked, and that too few people currently plan to get a Coronavirus vaccine.

    Amongst those who use social media more than traditional media to access news and updates about Covid, 63 percent in the UK and 56 percent in the US say they will definitely or probably get a vaccine. This compares to 72 percent in the UK and 66 percent in the US amongst those who get more information from traditional rather than social media.

    Other studies back this up. Warren Cornwall wrote last month in Science:

    Recent polls have found as few as 50% of people in the United States are committed to receiving a vaccine, with another quarter wavering. Some of the communities most at risk from the virus are also the most leery: Among Black people, who account for nearly one-quarter of U.S. COVID-19 deaths, 40% said they wouldn’t get a vaccine in a mid-May poll by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago. In France, 26% said they wouldn’t get a coronavirus vaccine.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now working on a plan to boost “vaccine confidence” as part of the federal effort to develop a vaccine, director Robert Redfield told a Senate committee this week. Advocates urge campaigns that include personal messages and storytelling. “We better use every minute we have between now and when that vaccine or vaccines are ready, because it’s real fragile ground right now,” says Heidi Larson, an anthropologist and head of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

    (Not helping anything, by the way: Muddled CDC messaging. Redfield seemed to suggest on Wednesday that the CDC would backtrack on or loosen its return-to-school guidelines under pressure from Trump — only to insist on Thursday that the guidelines would not be changed.)

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    I didn't know where to put this, but damn you covid-19!
    I can't go grocery shopping, because I'm afraid of the virus and I'm for damn sure not taking my four month old around people that won't wear masks.
    My damn husband won't buy me frozen meals to eat while he's gone. I don't know how to cook. We're running out of money. We constantly eat out, because he doesn't want to cook when he gets home and I've been semi-lazy.
    I'll admit dealing with baby isn't hard. I only have to feed and change him. Otherwise, he's sleeping or on his playmat.
    I don't really want to learn how to cook, because I'm afraid I'll get salmonella or e. coli poisoning. I have been buying Publix ready to pop into oven meals.
    So now I'm placing an instacart order for them to deliver groceries so I don't have to buckle my child into his carseat and go to the grocery store. I know I can do curbside, but it's a hassle. They give a one hour window and who knows when the baby wants to start screaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    I didn't know where to put this, but damn you covid-19!
    I can't go grocery shopping, because I'm afraid of the virus and I'm for damn sure not taking my four month old around people that won't wear masks.
    My damn husband won't buy me frozen meals to eat while he's gone. I don't know how to cook. We're running out of money. We constantly eat out, because he doesn't want to cook when he gets home and I've been semi-lazy.
    I'll admit dealing with baby isn't hard. I only have to feed and change him. Otherwise, he's sleeping or on his playmat.
    I don't really want to learn how to cook, because I'm afraid I'll get salmonella or e. coli poisoning. I have been buying Publix ready to pop into oven meals.
    So now I'm placing an instacart order for them to deliver groceries so I don't have to buckle my child into his carseat and go to the grocery store. I know I can do curbside, but it's a hassle. They give a one hour window and who knows when the baby wants to start screaming.
    Learning to cook can be fun. You just start out with simple stuff and move on from there. You could also go with a service like "Freshly That delivers to your door and is pre cooked. All you have to do is heat it up. I wish there were more I could do for you. Maybe watch a couple of easier cooking shows and you'll lose a bit of that fear. I'm with you on grocery shopping. I only go ever two weeks or so and always in the early morning to avoid people.
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    ....or exchanging Puke's wang for spicy nuts.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    I didn't know where to put this, but damn you covid-19!
    I can't go grocery shopping, because I'm afraid of the virus and I'm for damn sure not taking my four month old around people that won't wear masks.
    My damn husband won't buy me frozen meals to eat while he's gone. I don't know how to cook. We're running out of money. We constantly eat out, because he doesn't want to cook when he gets home and I've been semi-lazy.
    I'll admit dealing with baby isn't hard. I only have to feed and change him. Otherwise, he's sleeping or on his playmat.
    I don't really want to learn how to cook, because I'm afraid I'll get salmonella or e. coli poisoning. I have been buying Publix ready to pop into oven meals.
    So now I'm placing an instacart order for them to deliver groceries so I don't have to buckle my child into his carseat and go to the grocery store. I know I can do curbside, but it's a hassle. They give a one hour window and who knows when the baby wants to start screaming.
    I hate cooking. I prefer something fresh out of the fridge or something frozen I can pop in the microwave. I wanted to do curbside but Walmart wouldn't do that for any frozen stuff so we had to go inside.

    Walmart has this really good Atkins omelet I am obsessed with. It is just ham and cheese but I put some ketchup on it, so yummy. I also buy those personal prepackaged salads....I love the chicken Caesar and the Sante Fe kind (though I use my own dressing, vinagarette instead of the kind it comes with.


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    https://www.kcra.com/article/harriso...id-19/33314321

    Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento kings has been tested positive for COVID-19

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

    Harrison Barnes announced Tuesday he tested positive for COVID-19, making him the fourth Sacramento Kings player confirmed to have contracted the virus.

    Barnes posted on Twitter that prior to the team leaving last week for Orlando, he tested positive for coronavirus. He said he's been primarily asymptomatic and is feeling well.

    "I'm quarantined and am abiding by the safety protocol until I'm cleared for action," Barnes said on Twitter. "I hope to join my team in Orlando when it is safe to do so!"

    Before heading to join his team in Orlando, Barnes will need to test negative for coronavirus twice in a row, and then pass separate NBA protocols.

    Jabari Parker, Buddy Hield and Alex Len also tested positive for COVID-19 in June. Hield and Parker are already in Orlando, but Len has not yet arrived.

    The Kings confirmed July 5 that they shut down their practice facility after a member of their traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

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    https://www.yourcentralvalley.com/ne...-for-covid-19/

    FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) — A Porterville man was arrested and charged with mail fraud and introducing a misbranded drug and sold a package of herbal mixtures dubbed the “Emergency D-Virus Plan of Care,” which he claimed treated COVID-19, according to U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott.

    According to the indictment, Huu Tieu, 58, was the president and CEO of Golden Sunrise Pharmaceutical Inc. and Golden Sunrise Nutraceutical Inc., both headquartered in Porterville.

    Scott said from at least April 25 to July 9, through his companies, Tieu marketed and sold a package of herbal mixtures dubbed the “Emergency D-Virus Plan of Care,” which he claimed treated COVID-19. In materials posted on the companies’ websites and Facebook pages and in emails to the media, Tieu made a series of false statements about the Emergency D-Virus Plan of Care, including:

    That one of the mixtures in the product, called “ImunStem,” was the first dietary supplement in the United States to be FDA approved as a prescription medicine to treat serious or life-threatening conditions and had specifically been approved to treat COVID‑19. In reality, the FDA has never approved any Golden Sunrise product for any intended use and, on at least two occasions, has told Tieu in writing that ImunStem is not FDA approved; and
    That ImunStem was designated as a Regenerative Medicine Advanced Therapy (RMAT) under the 21st Century Cures Act. In reality, the FDA never granted an RMAT designation to any Golden Sunrise product, denied Tieu’s request for an RMAT designation for ImunStem in 2017, and reiterated that denial to Tieu in writing in 2019.

    According to the indictment, Tieu made these misrepresentations for the purpose of soliciting customers, both patients and health care professionals, to acquire Golden Sunrise products so that he could submit reimbursement claims to the patients’ insurers, including Medicare and Medi-Cal. Tieu dispensed his products to customers in the Porterville area and also shipped the products to other parts of California and the United States.

    According to Scott on May 8, an undercover investigator with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office met with Tieu in person, telling him her mother was 68 and very sick with COVID-19. The investigator asked Tieu if she should take her mother to the hospital. Tieu responded, “No. You cannot go in there,” and instead, encouraged her to use Golden Sunrise products.

    If convicted, Tieu faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the mail fraud counts and three years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the misbranding counts.

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    Here is a Report of a COVID-19 Party On Lake Erie

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    https://www.npr.org/sections/coronav...e-for-covid-19

    The Governor of Oklahoma has been tested positive for COVID-19

    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first U.S. governor known to have been infected during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Stitt, a Republican, disclosed his illness during a press conference Wednesday over Zoom. He said that he had been tested the day before and that he has been getting tested periodically.

    "I feel fine. I felt a little bit achy yesterday, didn't have a fever but just a little bit achy," the governor said. "So just did my regular testing, and it came back positive."

    Stitt said he's self-quarantining away from his family and that he will be working from home from now.

    The governor attended President Trump's rally in Tulsa, held indoors on June 20. Tulsa's health director said that large gatherings including the rally "likely contributed" to the surge in new cases plaguing the state.

    Stitt said the rally happened too long ago for it to have been the site of his infection. "I don't think there was any way it was at the president's rally," he said. "It was too long ago for it to be dormant, based on the science."

    Oklahoma Health Commissioner Col. Lance Frye agreed.

    "It wasn't that," Frye said. "As far as where he became infected is really unknown. It could be at anytime within the last couple weeks, but it wasn't so far back as the rally."

    Stitt has not made any mandate for face coverings in his state. He did not publicly encourage Oklahomans to wear masks until a press conference on June 30, according to The Oklahoman newspaper.

    "We're not going to mandate [masks] in the state of Oklahoma, and we're not going to be mask-shamers either," Stitt told reporters on Thursday.

    Oklahoma City's mayor has asked people to wear masks when indoors in public spaces and encourages businesses to require them. Tulsa's mayor is seeking an ordinance to require masks be worn in public.

    NPR member station KOSU reported that Oklahoma saw its largest one-day increase of cases on Wednesday. The number of cases rose by 1,075, nearly a 5% increase in the state's total number. Four people died from COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, bringing the state's fatality count to 432.

    The state is on pace to have more infections in July than it had in total before the month began, KOSU reported.

    During his news conference, Stitt encouraged Oklahomans to get tested for the virus. "I want to use my story to remind Oklahomans that if you aren't feeling well, we want you to get tested," he said.

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    https://news.yahoo.com/oklahoma-gove...170129954.html

    Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, weeks after attending a campaign rally for President Trump in Tulsa.

    During a remote press conference, Stitt said he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon. The Republican is the first governor in the United States to announce a positive test.

    “I feel fine,” Stitt said. “I felt a little bit achy yesterday. I did not have a fever.”

    He said he is working with contact tracers and will keep working from home in isolation. His wife and children have tested negative, he said.

    Stitt attended Trump’s controversial campaign rally in Tulsa on June 20. Health officials there said the rally “more than likely” contributed to a surge in coronavirus cases.

    “The past two days we’ve had almost 500 cases, and we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago, which is about right,” Tulsa Health Department Executive Director Bruce Dart said on July 9. “So I guess we just connect the dots.”

    At least eight Trump campaign staffers who attended the rally in Tulsa later tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CNN. On the eve of the rally, Stitt downplayed concerns about holding the event amid the pandemic.

    “We have been safely reopening,” he said during an interview with Fox News on June 16. “We were one of the first states to start reopening. So, we’re 57 days into our reopening campaign, and we feel like it’s the right time to start reopening. So we’re excited about the president coming.”

    Stitt, who did not wear a mask at the rally, said Wednesday that he does not believe his exposure came from the event. He also said he would not have been contagious before this past Saturday, but it’s unclear how he would know that.

    On Tuesday, Oklahoma reported 993 new coronavirus cases, its highest single-day tally since the pandemic began. Overall, the state has had more than 21,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 428 deaths.

    “We need to take this virus very seriously,” Stitt said. “We need to come together and make sure each one of us is doing the best we can to slow the spread."

    Many states have mandated that people wear face coverings to stop the spread of the virus when social distancing is not possible. Concern over rising cases and deaths recently prompted the governors of Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana to join more than a dozen other states that have some form of a statewide mask mandate.

    But Stitt said that Oklahoma won’t be one of them.

    “I’m not thinking about a mask mandate at all,” he said, adding: “I’m hesitant to mandate something that is problematic to enforce.”

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    Youtube Host Jake Paul Under fire for holding a COVID-19 Party. Umm some people have died for going to a COVID-19 party in some parts of the USA.

    CALABASAS, Calif. - The mayor of Calabasas tells FOX 11 she is outraged after video shows YouTube Star Jake Paul throwing a large party at his mansion on Saturday.

    ?It wasn?t just myself who was outraged, it was everyone who saw the video,? said Mayor Alicia Weintraub.

    The Mayor says she started getting a barrage of phone calls from constituents after the video surfaced on social media of the party.

    Angry nearby residents contacted FOX 11 on Tuesday and sent their own video they shot of the party but declined to be interviewed.

    Video posted to Instagram shows masses of young people partying both inside and outside of Paul?s mansion, all day and night.

    No masks or social distancing can be observed.

    They?re having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it?s just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning,? Weintraub said. ?It?s really just a party acting like COVID does not exist, it?s acting that businesses aren?t closed.?

    As a result, Weintraub says she?s working with the Lost Hills Sheriff?s station to ensure that moving forward, there will be a zero-tolerance policy on house parties in the city in violation of health orders. No more warnings.

    ?No gatherings will be tolerated like this,? she said. ?Something like this will not happen again.?

    FOX 11 has reached out to Paul and his reps for comment, but we have not yet heard back.

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    Jail for everyone that hosts and attends a covid-19 party. Stick them in solitary for a month and see if they make that stupid mistake again.
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    Yo mama such a ho, that Foursquare has made her vag a place to "check in".

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    YouTuber Jake Paul found himself at the center of controversy yet again after throwing a barnburner of a party in his Calabasas, Calif., mansion on Saturday despite the state’s recent surge in new coronavirus cases, drawing the ire of Mayor Alicia Weintraub.

    Video of the party, which surfaced on social media, showed dozens of unmasked partygoers crowded around a living room, on a staircase and around a television. Some guests played beer pong outside, while others dangled from an arm of a yellow mobile excavator, seemingly as some sort of prank. Social distancing did not appear to be taking place.

    It appeared from social media posts that the party doubled as a shoot for a music video.

    “They’re having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it’s just a big huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning,” Weintraub told Fox 11. “It’s really just a party acting like covid does not exist, it’s acting that businesses aren’t closed.

    “The City of Calabasas will be enforcing a zero tolerance for large gatherings that defy local public health order,” Weintraub told The Washington Post via email. “I am committed to keeping our community safe and we are working with the Lost Hills Sheriff Station to ensure enforcement and looking at other actions the City can take. Nobody should be acting like COVID-19 doesn’t exist and everyone needs to act responsibly in order to protect our entire community.”

    The Fox 11 report added that “angry nearby residents contacted” the station “and sent their own video they shot of the party, but declined to be interviewed.”

    It’s been a controversial year for Paul, even by his standards. He has made a career out of inserting himself into national new stories, often in contentious ways — such as when he visited Parkland, Fla., in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and offered a five-point plan to end school shootings, or when he took a disastrous trip to Houston to “save thousands of lives” after Hurricane Harvey.

    This year, at the end of May, videos surfaced showing him among a crowd of people who were looting the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Scottsdale, Ariz., amid a wave of protests across the nation calling for racial justice after the death of George Floyd. The video did not appear to show Paul stealing or breaking anything, and Paul denied looting.

    Many users accused him of taking advantage of the protests to further his own celebrity. Musician Lauren Sanderson wrote: “to the jake paul’s of the world, those EMBODYING white privilege, publicly victimizing themselves for being tear gassed yet showing up with vlog cameras only to loot and trash the city is beyond unacceptable. if you’re not coming to fight for black lives, don’t come at all.”

    Days later, police in Scottsdale, Ariz., charged Paul with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly, both of which are misdemeanors.

    Paul has not responded to request for comment, nor has he addressed the party on social media.

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    https://fox40.com/news/coronavirus/u...accine-trials/

    LONDON (AP) — Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia on Thursday of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

    The three nations alleged that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development.

    Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre made the announcement, which was coordinated with authorities in the U.S. and Canada.

    “It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behaviour, the U.K. and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health.”

    The persistent and ongoing attacks are seen by intelligence officials as an effort to steal intellectual property, rather than to disrupt research. The campaign of “malicious activity” is ongoing and includes attacks “predominantly against government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy targets,” the National Cybersecurity Centre said in a statement.

    It was unclear whether any information actually was stolen but the center says individuals’ confidential information is not believed to have been compromised.

    Cozy Bear, also known as the “dukes,″ has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.

    The director of operations for the British cybersecurity center, Paul Chichester, urged “organizations to familiarize themselves with the advice we have published to help defend their networks.”

    The statement did not say whether Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about the vaccine research hacking, but British officials believe such intelligence would be highly prized.

    U.S. authorities have for months leveled similar accusations against China. FBI Director Chris Wray said last week, “At this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”

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    COVID-19 Party reported in Florida

    OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. ?

    COVID-19 parties are reportedly attended by people who are either trying to get the virus or people who think they just won?t be impacted.

    Sheriff?s officials say the crowds at the parties in Kissimmee range from teenagers to people in their 20s and early 30s, which they believe has a direct correlation to the spike in COVID-19 cases in that age bracket.

    According to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, the parties don?t just pose a health risk. They've led to drug and alcohol related incidents as well as gunfire and even a death.

    ?People are showing up with drugs, drinking, partying, they?re armed with firearms and they?re usually local people from Central Florida, or near the Florida areas. Unfortunately, some of these situations get violent. We?ve seen fights, we?ve seen shootings, and in one incident in April, there was a homicide,? Osceola County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer, Major Jacob Ruiz, said.

    Sheriff?s officials say the worst part is when they arrive on scene to break the party up, they?re met with resistance. Some attendees have even thrown fireworks at deputies. When the deputies try to get in contact with the property owner, it?s usually a vacation home company from out of state.

    ?The truth of the matter is a lot of young people are not taking it serious and the rise in cases and the median age of those being infected, we can see why. Because of things like this,? Ruiz said.

    The sheriff?s office is now working with vacation rental companies, with the communities where the parties are being held, and with county commissioners to create some sort of ordinance to help stop these parties from happening.

    They say they need the communities help as well. If you hear of a COVID-19 party happening in your area, give them a call as soon as possible.

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    COVID-19 Party reported in Albany

    ALBANY — Albany County officials said five more people were infected with coronavirus as a result of attending a July 4 street party on Hudson Avenue.

    The new cases revealed Thursday increased to 11 the number of people who contracted the virus after attending the block party, which drew about 200 college-aged people.

    On Wednesday, the county expressed concern after it received 44 new positive cases, which was the largest daily increase in confirmed infections since May 20.

    On Wednesday, the Capital Region had the highest percent of tests that came back positive - 2.1% - of all regions in New York. New York City, in comparison, had 1.3% of people test positive.

    But the overall new case count was much lower Thursday, with 13 new cases in Albany County - five of which where from the block party.

    In an example of how coronavirus statistics can swing wildly, the region went back to having one of the lowest percent positive rates Thursday at 0.8%. The state rate was slightly more, at 1.06% of all tests done coming back positive.

    Still, elected officials across the Capital Region are viewing any uptick in cases with caution. On Thursday, Warren County found a sixth case of someone who appeared to contract coronavirus from a July 4th weekend camping get-together that is believed to have happened in Saratoga County.

    Meanwhile, Albany County leaders pleaded with party-goers from the Hudson Avenue celebration to get tested.

    "We would like to encourage anyone who was at that party to be tested and contact Albany County Department of Health at 518-447-4640," said Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen. "It’s very important for control of COVID for us to be able to identify and appropriately isolate individuals who test positive as quickly as possible - especially because we know people in that age group are asymptomatic. Knowing you’re positive empowers you to make positive decisions."

    Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan weighed in on Twitter after the Albany County press conference, saying: "Our entire city, county, and region has worked very hard over the last several months to limit the impacts of COVID, however we cannot continue on the trajectory we are on or we will quickly undo that work."

    Mask up or close down (again) - it’s as simple as that," Sheehan wrote.

    Coronavirus has been most prevalent in Albany County among people aged 20-29, a group that often shows no signs of the virus and can easily spread it to others, including sick and elderly people who are particularly vulnerable.

    Whalen said officials worry that the party cases will eventually spread to at-risk people, which could lead to increased hospitalizations. During Schenectady County's weekly Facebook live press conference, County Manager Rory Fluman reminded residents that "COVID is a disease of opportunity" as 95% of the 40 people who have died there have been over the age of 70.

    'You don't want someone who is quite ill to say you were the contact," Whalen said. "Please think of others."

    Albany County also announced four health care workers tested positive for the virus, including two staffers from the county's nursing home, Shaker Place in Colonie.

    Overall, cases in nursing home are coming back in the Capital Region after a lull of several weeks. Riverside Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Castleton-on-Hudson has had 34 residents test positive for virus recently, along with 11 staff members. Four other health care workers in Rensselaer County at Living Resources and Evergreen Commons also tested positive Tuesday.

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    COVID-19 party reported in Michigan

    (CNN)Forty-three new coronavirus cases have been linked to a large house party from early July in Washtenaw County, Michigan, according to health officials.
    Most of the new cases are young people between the ages of 15 and 25, the Washtenaw County Health Department said in a press release Monday.
    It is believed that the party took place between July 2 and 3, and health officials are now asking anyone who attended the party to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus for 14 days.
    There were an additional 66 people who are believed to have had face-to-face contact with a confirmed case. That number does not include family members who are immediate household contacts of the newly identified cases, the release said. With a recent surge in cases, more parties have been identified as the source of Covid-19 clusters. Cases, sometimes fatal, have been linked to gatherings in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Missouri, California, Texas and New Jersey.

    Over the weekend, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said may new cases had been linked to casual gatherings in people's backyards. The governor issued a restriction mandating gatherings be under 50 people.
    Local health officials said this cluster in Michigan highlights how easily and rapidly the virus can infect people.
    "This is a very clear example of how quickly this virus spreads and how many people can be impacted in a very short amount of time" Jimena Loveluck, a health officer with Washtenaw County Health Department, said in the release. "We cannot hope to accomplish our goal of containing COVID-19 and preventing additional cases, hospitalizations and deaths without full community support and cooperation."
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    Spread from the party has impacted people outside the county and even the state, according to the release.
    The party and subsequent events have led to additional exposures at retail stores, restaurants, businesses, canoe rentals, clubs, camps, athletic teams and a retirement community, the release said.

    "We need people of all ages, including young people, to take COVID-19 seriously and follow public health guidelines and instructions. That means avoiding large gatherings without physical distancing or face coverings. It also means cooperating with the Health Department to complete case investigation and contact tracing," Loveluck said.
    "None of us wants to be the reason someone in our community or county becomes seriously ill or dies," says Brian Marl, mayor of the city of Saline. "We have the opportunity to work together and with our local health department to contain this as quickly as possible. We know what we need to do, and we can certainly do it."

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    Even in Canada there was report of a COVID-19 Party

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