COVID-19: News From the Front Lines.

We thought we do a bit of a round up of news and events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that you may have missed.

F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates

SEATTLE — An innovative coronavirus testing program in the Seattle area — promoted by the billionaire Bill Gates and local public health officials as a way of conducting wider surveillance on the invisible spread of the virus — has been ordered by the federal government to stop its work pending additional reviews.

The program involved sending home test kits to both healthy and sick people in the hope of conducting the kind of widespread monitoring that could help communities safely reopen from lockdowns. Researchers and public health authorities already had tested thousands of samples, finding dozens of previously undetected cases.

But the program, a partnership between research groups and the Seattle and King County public health department that had been operating under authorization from the state, was notified this week that it now needs approval directly from the federal government. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration told the partnership to cease its testing and reporting until the agency grants further approval.

In our opinion, the biggest obstacle to reasoned and effective response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been the government. Whether local, state, or federal, the government has seemed to become an enemy of the people and innovation.

Coding that led to lockdown was ‘totally unreliable’ and a ‘buggy mess’, say experts

The code, written by Professor Neil Ferguson and his team at Imperial College London, was impossible to read, scientists claim

The Covid-19 modelling that sent Britain into lockdown, shutting the economy and leaving millions unemployed, has been slammed by a series of experts.

Professor Neil Ferguson’s computer coding was derided as “totally unreliable” by leading figures, who warned it was “something you wouldn’t stake your life on”.

The model, credited with forcing the Government to make a U-turn and introduce a nationwide lockdown, is a “buggy mess that looks more like a bowl of angel hair pasta than a finely tuned piece of programming”, says David Richards, co-founder of British data technology company WANdisco.

“In our commercial reality, we would fire anyone for developing code like this and any business that relied on it to produce software for sale would likely go bust.”

The model was also used in the US.

Ferguson was fired from his position for breaking the stay at home orders in Britain and going to visit his lover. That’s the official story. Insiders are staying Ferguson was let go because of the mess he created in the model but the powers that be were not willing to let the cat out of the bag that they were basing the policy of stay-at-home orders on a badly coded and designed model.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer slapped with lawsuit over ‘drastic’ lockdown

Medical professionals and a patient in Michigan have filed a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as the battles grow between her and those favoring relaxing the economic shutdown she has imposed in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Their lawsuit in federal court comes at a time when Ms. Whitmer continues to engage in a public spat with a 77-year-old barber, who has defied various orders and as of Thursday morning continued to cut hair at his Owosso shop.

The plaintiffs allege in federal court that Ms. Whitmer’s “drastic, unprecedented [and] unilateral executive actions” to cease economic activity that her office deemed nonessential were based on “grossly inaccurate” models that no longer apply and therefore should be lifted.

“Medical providers are on the brink of financial ruin, facing extreme revenue shortages caused by the Governor’s order forcing the postponement or cancellation of so-called ‘non-essential’ procedures,” said the suit filed by the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and a private law firm, Miller Johnson. “Thousands of healthcare workers across Michigan have been furloughed or laid off.”

In addition to the economic devastation, Ms. Whitmer’s order has left hospitals and patients facing a dangerous backlog on procedures that will create a public health catastrophe of its own, said Dr. Randal Baker, a general surgeon and president of Grand Health Partners, a plaintiff based in Grand Rapids.

“This whole ‘elective-procedure’ thing is now a time bomb,” Dr. Baker told The Washington Times. “There is no good reason to have a ban on elective surgery any more. This is now a significant health problem for the people of Michigan and our patients, and I’ve had one patient attempt suicide — a very serious attempt.”

Initially elective surgeries were put off because of the need for doctors and nurses on the front lines to fight COVID-19 as well as lessen the presumed exposure of patients to others with COVID-19 in the hospital. The ban may have made sense initially, but no longer.

Of course, Whitmer may just try to suspend the medical licenses of any medical personnel who participate in the surgeries. Its not like she hasn’t done that before to people who people who went against her overly broad orders.

Parolee accused of murder left prison early due to ongoing COVID response by state

Cornelius Haney, 40, wasn’t due to be released from prison until August; COVID-19 changed all of that.

DENVER — A parolee accused of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Denver on Saturday was out of prison, according to information shared with 9Wants to Know, due to ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s prison system.

On Saturday, Denver Police believe Cornelius Haney shot and killed Heather Perry, 21, in an alley between the 1400 block of North Verbena St. and North Valentia St. in east Denver.

The fact that Haney, a felon with an extensive Colorado criminal history dating back to 1998, was out in the first place has a lot to do with the state’s efforts to keep COVID-19 from spreading within the state’s prison system.

Serving the tail end of a seven-year sentence for robbery, Haney left prison April 15th, four months earlier than his mandatory release date. A spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) told 9Wants to Know on Friday that Haney “was released due to special needs parole criteria” under an Executive Order signed by Governor Jared Polis in March.

We cynically wonder whether Perry’s death will be counted in the number of people who have died because of COVID-19.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s Shady Way of Shutting Down Businesses: Sticking CPS on Parents

Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon in Salem, Oregon, has been harassed by numerous government agencies for reopening her salon despite Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) stay-at-home order.

During a Friday press conference, Graham said multiple government agencies, including child protective services, have investigated her for wanting to reopen her salon and make a living.

“And, if you can possibly believe this, on May 7th, Child Protective Services showed up at my home,” she said, taking a deep breath while holding back tears. “They questioned my husband and I. They questioned my child, without me present. They searched our home. And I’ve never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing ever could have been done to me or my family because I’m trying to earn a living, because I’m trying to work.”

According to the salon owner, CPS’ case is still open, as far as she knows.

“They are still insisting that they want to talk to my three-year-old daughter,” Graham said. “So I don’t know if they’re going to try to talk to my eight-week-old newborn. We’ll see. But they did check his diaper.”

She said the concerns the CPS listed “were completely random, unmerited, unwarranted and unprovable.”

“So it was a completely false claim and if they don’t pursue a false claim and there are actually children out there that are being abused by their families, then they’re wasting their time investigating me because Kate Brown doesn’t like me, that’s pretty devastating,” Graham said. “This is a false claim that wasted CPS’ valuable time when there are children who are really in need.”

Not only did CPS come after Graham’s family but Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) slapped her with a $14,000 fine. The state’s licensing board also threatened to pull the licenses of every single stylist at the salon, which would prevent them from working at other salons throughout the state.

Governor Brown is clearly learning from the “Whitmer School of Cruel, Unreasonable, or Arbitrary Use of Power.

She may also be about to learn about the “Mama Bear” response from Graham, and thousands of other mothers in Oregon. It is one thing to tyrannically come after and adult. It is another for the government to come after newborns and three year old kids.

California sheriff won’t enforce lockdown order: ‘Hands full trying to rearrest’ accused criminals

The sheriff of Fresno County, California, said she is unable to enforce the state’s stay-at-home order because she’s too busy rearresting accused criminals who were released due to the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.

“I’ve heard multiple sheriffs around the nation state they will not enforce their governors’ shelter-in-place orders,” Sheriff Margaret Mims was asked in an interview on the Trevor Carey Show, according to Breitbart News. “Is that your position?”

“That is my position,” Mims responded. “We do not stop the public to find out what they’re doing when they’re not sheltering in place. We don’t ask those questions. We don’t ask if they’re ‘essential.’ We’ve got our hands full trying to rearrest people that are released due to zero-dollar bail. So we’ve got other things that are on our mind that are more important than stopping normally law-abiding citizens.”

A CALIFORNIA sheriff has come to believe the orders from the governor are overly broad and is protecting the rights of people rather than blindly going along with California Governor Newsome?

Who’da ever thunk that would have happened?

Sheriff Mims is part of a growing number of sheriffs who are saying “enough is enough.”

Deserving of its own section in this post, the State of New York:

Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks

The coronavirus outbreak in New York City became the primary source of infections around the United States, researchers have found.

New York City’s coronavirus outbreak grew so large by early March that the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States, new research reveals, as thousands of infected people traveled from the city and seeded outbreaks around the country.

The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast.

The findings are drawn from geneticists’ tracking signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people and models of the outbreak by infectious disease experts.

“We now have enough data to feel pretty confident that New York was the primary gateway for the rest of the country,” said Nathan Grubaugh, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health.

This means that while New York Mayor DiBlasio and New York Governor Cuomo were opening attacking President Trump for trying to limit incoming people from other countries and saying that the recommendation of the social distancing / state at home was a bunch of nonsense, it turns out the New York was the epicenter of the infection of the entire country.

New York State Deliberately Covered Up Full Extent of Coronavirus Nursing Home Deaths

On March 25, New York state ordered nursing homes to accept patients regardless of their coronavirus status. That order proved to be a deadly mistake. It was well known that the elderly were more vulnerable to the virus, so having patients who tested positive for the coronavirus in nursing homes allowed the virus to spread, as Governor Andrew Cuomo put it, “like fire through dry grass.”

Despite this, Cuomo defended the policy. Nursing homes “don’t have a right to object. That is the rule and that is the regulation and they have to comply with that,” Cuomo said during a daily briefing last month. He finally rescinded the order on May 11, but the damage had been done.

But New York state was covering up just how deadly this policy was. By not counting the deaths of nursing home residents who died in hospitals in their tallies of nursing home resident deaths, New York was vastly undercounting nursing home deaths. In fact, it was the only state with a large outbreak to do this, and they finally admitted to this in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

“The NYSDOH confirmed to the DCNF that until around April 28, it was disclosing coronavirus deaths for all nursing home and adult care facility residents, regardless of whether the patient died at their long-term care facility or at a hospital,” The Daily Caller reported. “But the department made a subtle change to its disclosures beginning around May 3, according to web archives. The NYSDOH told the DCNF its disclosure now only reports coronavirus deaths for long-term care patients that died while physically present at their facility.” Deaths of nursing home patients who died in hospitals were still included in the overall count.

NY Tourist Arrested In Hawaii After Posting Beach Photos

A tourist from New York has been arrested in Hawaii after he allegedly violated state regulations that require travelers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Tarique Peters, 23, of the Bronx, arrived in Honolulu on Monday. He then posted photographs on Instagram photos showing himself sunbathing at the beach and carrying a surfboard, state officials said.

“He allegedly left his hotel room the day he arrived and traveled many places using public transportation. Authorities became aware of his social media posts from citizens who saw posts of him — on the beach with a surfboard, sunbathing, and walking around Waikiki at night,” said a news release from the Hawaii COVID-19 Joint Information Center. “This morning agents were able to confirm with hotel personnel that had seen Peters leave his room and the premises on numerous occasions this week,” the statement said.

Hawaii authorities have instituted strict quarantine regulations for tourists, even though the state has only 638 confirmed coronavirus cases and 17 deaths as of Friday.

We concede that technically this one is not about New York but a New Yorker and a response from another state government, but given how intensely proud New Yorkers are from being from New York, it falls into our “New York” sub-category.

Finally, Publix has announced that they are expanding hours of operation to almost normal levels.

Publix stores are now open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the pharmacy has returned to regular operating hours. Thank you for your patience over the past several weeks while we’ve operated under reduced hours.

With our newly expanded hours, we have suspended reserved shopping hours. We do understand some customers prefer to shop when the stores are less crowded. We encourage you to shop during the first hour of the day, when we can better accommodate that need.

‘Kudos to Publix workers and those other workers who have done much more than any government official in keeping the country going during the pandemic. Whether it be Publix, WalMart, Target, Winn-Dixie, gas stations, etc., the workers behind the counters and behind the scenes did a wonderful job under incredible stressful circumstances, and we all should appreciate what they did.

PS. A bit of “hours changing” humor when Publix and other companies announced several months ago they were limiting hours:

That’s all for now!

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