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3 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 14th, 2020.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 14th, 2020.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 14th, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, June 14th, 2020 was:

         

STEPHEN  EARL

Minneapolis, MN

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Trivia Last Weeks Winner

 

 

Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 6/08/20 thru 6/14/20 are as follows:

 

 

 

 

6/8/20

 

Nicole Blaha

Ashley Agner

Katrina Worford

Sunney Michelle Johnson

Jodi Stevens

Tammy Lee Stookey

Debbie Bloxom

Melanie Raman

Diane Hamric

Brittany Seiler

Janice McKay Donahue

Rhonda Grisham

Kate Williams

Lauren Yost

Becky VanGinkel

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Alyssa DiFazio

Christy Hawkes

Becky Belle

Rosanne Clark

Jeremy Mclaughlin

 

 

 

6/9/20

 

Dale Fish

Phylicia Phillips

Tabitha Sinks

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Be Schwerin

Kelsey Brooke Vinson

Shannon Schleif

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Kendra Lynne Ramsey

Sheila Carvell

Pamela Gonzalez

Kimberly Snyder

Lori Sexton Leal

Trish Dye Masi

Meg Marshall

Linda Godin

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Kathy Stevens Ring

Wayne Gallas

Tom Cavalli

Alisa Jones

 

 

6/10/20

 

Cheryl Ralley-Messick

Carrie Vucinaj

Rhonda Grisham

Kimberly Snyder

Annette French

Kassie Lynn DiFazio

Cathy Ahner

Anniemae Maria Aikens

Jan Lehman

Mike Wallace

Diane Hamric

Theresa Sigourney

Stephen Earl

Jay Robert

Cathie Ahner

Barbara Austin

Christina Domingue

Kim Minton

Kathleen Hickman

Tom JG

Alicia Dansby

Steve Ahner

Jennifer Vega

Amber Chandler

Christy Hawkes

 

 

6/11/20

 

Debbie Nubile

Karen Brunet Moore

Trish Hysell

Jean Simmons Homfeld

Sunney Michelle Johnson

April Ashcraft

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Jennifer Ramlet

Tiffany Greene Elliott

Kevin Cusack

Stacy Nelson

Carla Marie

Jodi Stevens

Sheila Carvell

Melinda Dreier

Tabitha Sinks

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Jessica Steiner

Rhonda Grisham

Cheryl Ralley-Messick

Melissa White

 

 

 

6/12/20

 

Be Schwerin

Gina Guarente Fieger

Sandy Nevels

Dawn Waddington

Jennifer Leffler

Steve Ahner

Sue Dudley

Kim Avery

Tonya Velazquez

Debbie Bloxom

Kate Williams

Jay Robert

Mike Wallace

Brandi K Chaney

Carol Jean

Melissa Barnes Walker

Sheila Carvell

Nacole Patrick

Stephen Earl

Debbie Nubile

Tiffany Patrick

 

 

6/13/20

 

Karen Ann Hinkle

Angela Janisse

Trish Marks

Terri Bowen

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Josephine Casey

Jodi Stevens

Alisa Jones

Stephanie Beckwith

Jill Nagel

Sarah Frank

Cathie Ahner

Alicia Dansby

Kimberly Taylor Hall

Stephen Earl

Kristina Harris

Jay Robert

Cathy Ahner

Steve Ahner

Karen Goodwin Delaney

 

 

6/14/20

 

Christy Hawkes

Kimberly Snyder

Joann Tompkins-Winborn

Jenai Merri

Barbara Austin

Dale Fish

Cathie Ahner

Sarah Bellestri Shih

Lauren Bradley

Lisa Puckett

Christy George

Darlene Whyte

Wendi Black

Christina Radcliff

Sue Dudley

Alicia Dansby

Stephen Earl

Gina Guarente Fieger

Cathy Ahner

Katrina Worford

Mike Wallace

Georgiann D’Angelo

Nacole Patrick

 

 

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Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better. 

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The U.S. has the highest number of confirmed Covid 19 cases by far and over 108,000 deaths while as many as 1,000 Americans are still dying per day.  With a majority of states lifting restrictions that were implemented to slow the spread of the coronavirus, close to half of the nation’s states are diagnosing new Covid-19 cases in increasing quantities.  States across the US have increased testing so an increase is expected but U.S. data shows hospitalizations in at least nine states have been on the rise since Memorial Day.  In Texas, North and South Carolina, California, Oregon, Arkansas, Mississippi, Utah and Arizona, increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients are showing up at hospitals.

Texas, one of the first states to reopen, reported two consecutive days of record-breaking coronavirus hospitalizations. The state has seen a 36% increase in new cases since the end of May, with a record 2,056 hospitalizations recorded last week.  Since the start of June, 14 states and Puerto Rico have recorded their highest seven-day average of new coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah are all seeing spikes in cases.

The overall numbers nationwide look relatively promising, as America’s overall daily count of new coronavirus cases has declined and the number of new deaths has continued to curve downward since the pandemic hit the US.  That’s primarily due to progress in previous hot spots such as Illinois, New Jersey and New York.  New York City finally reopened its economy after being the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic for months.  If you remove the impact of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other hot spot states, we have a much more worrisome picture of what’s happening in the U.S.

A new study showed that stay-at-home orders may have been worth it, preventing nearly 60 million U.S. infections.  Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a House committee that many Americans are failing to heed CDC warnings that they should practice social distancing and wear masks in public since states have reopened.  Redfield said “We’re very concerned that our public health message isn’t resonating. We continue to try to figure out how to penetrate the message with different groups.”  Public health officials have been stressing sheltering in home for three months, with people asked to reduce contacts outside their household unit as much as possible.  With the arrival of summer weather and the gradual reopening of businesses and services, people are forgetting Covid 19 is still a risk.  We don’t have community immunity to COVID-19, it’s still highly contagious and we don’t have a vaccine and this has many worried the spikes will continue.

Public health officials have raised concern about future coronavirus spread following days of protests against police brutality across the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was closely monitoring the demonstrations and warned such gatherings could spur coronavirus transmission on a wide spread level.

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Protests against police violence continue across the country as many cities have imposed curfews. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have activated their National Guards, with nearly 80 localities implementing curfews in response to the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd.  Protests largely remain peaceful during the day but by night, protests turn to riots.  At least 9,300 people have been arrested across the US during protests.

Protesters across the US and globe keep gathering to march, some shouting slogans including “I can’t breathe,” which Floyd told the Minneapolis police officer who had a knee on his neck in a bystander’s video of the incident.  Others have gathered to lie face down for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck.  In many cities, just before the 8 p.m. curfew begins, police begin shooting tear gas, flashbang grenades and rubber bullets at demonstrators in an attempt to disperse crowds.

In Houston, Texas, 16 members of George Floyd’s family joined a crowd of 60,000 protesters who marched to City Hall to remember Floyd, who spent most of his life in Houston before moving to Minnesota in 2014 for a fresh start.  His family urged protestors to continue to fight for police reform and equality by protesting but said rioting is not the way to fix this.  Chauvin and Floyd both worked security at the same night club with together with Chauvin working outside security and Floyd working inside the bar.  Former coworkers of the two said they bumped heads over Chauvin’s aggressiveness with patrons of the club.  Floyd’s family believe George’s death was, in part, personal.

Two separate autopsies confirmed Floyd’s death was a homicide.  George Floyd’s memorial service was planned for Thursday in Minneapolis, and his funeral was scheduled for next Tuesday in Houston.  Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has filed charges against all four Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.  A charge of second-degree murder was added against Officer Derek Chauvin, who was already facing a third-degree murder charge.  The other three officers present were charged with aiding and abetting the murder. Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were arrested with bail set at $750,000 each.  Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz said the state’s Department of Human Rights has opened a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

Many wonder how we got here or believe the arrest of all four officers involved should quell the protests but George Floyd is not the only person protestors seek justice for.  Protestors say Floyd was just the last straw in a growing list of black people that have been killed with no charges for the officers involve or charges being filed months after, only after protests start.  News media coverage of the protests has been largely bias and focused on reports of looting have marred the message peaceful protestors want to make.  Social media sites like tik tok or youtube can give the world a more factual account of what goes on during these protests in every city by those that are actually there and countless videos show protestors stopping the looters, chasing them off or handing them over to police.

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4 weeks ago · by · Comments Off on Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 7th, 2020.

Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 7th, 2020.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, June 7th, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, June 7th, 2020 was:

         

AIMEE  MUNOZ

Mukilteo, WA

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers.

 

Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 6/01/20 thru 6/07/20 are as follows:

 

 

Trivia Last Weeks Winner 

 

6/1/20

 

April Ashcraft

Aimee Munoz

Madeline Lonergan

Karen Brunet Moore

Linda Godin

Gricelda Castro

Janice McKay Donahue

Darlene Whyte

Josephine Casey

Tom Cavalli

Brittany Doerfler

Jessica Steiner

Paula Johnson

Andrea Somers

Deborah Farris

Tabitha Sinks

Ashley Sammons

Lisa Puckett

Angela Janisse

Nicole Blaha

Becky VanGinkel

 

 

6/2/20

 

 

Karron Redfield

 

Theresa Sigourney

 

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

 

Paula Johnson

 

Kassie Lynn DiFazio

 

Derelys Peterson

 

Jill Nagel

 

Heather Lynn Rood

 

Jeremy Mclaughlin

 

Becky Hartman

 

Tiffany Patrick

 

Dale Fish

 

Karyn Koehler

 

Rosanne Clark

 

Karen Bondehagen

 

Kristina Harris

 

Michael Ingelido

 

Lisa Puckett

 

Kathleen Hickman

 

Maria Bouchard

 

Alicia Dansby

 

 

6/3/20

 

Jenifer Garza

Leigh Reader

Andrea Somers

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Paula Johnson

Nelle Bailey

Sue Dudley

Rosanne Clark

Kim Avery

Madeline Lonergan

Josephine Casey

Debbie Bloxom

Gina Guarente Fieger

Lori Capobianco

Cheryl Ralley-Messick

Michelle Schultz

Jenai Merri

Melodie Thomas

Aimee Munoz

Stephanie McCoy

Darlene Whyte

Priscilla Shimp

 

 

6/4/20

 

Robin Griffitts Pratt

Alicia Dansby

Jay Robert

Kacie Rogers

Jill Nauyokas

Meg Marshall

Missy Nicole Adams

Christina Radcliff

April Ashcraft

Debbie Bloxom

Mike Wallace

Jessica Steiner

Nicole Blaha

Kathleen Hickman

Madeline Lonergan

Stephen Earl

Andrea Somers

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Cathy Ahner

Michelle Schultz

 

 

6/5/20

 

Eleazar Ruiz

Andrea Somers

Stephanie McCoy

Kimberly Snyder

Brittany Light

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

Alisa Jones

Aimee Munoz

Lena Perry

Nicole Watson

Jill Nauyokas

Anna Nichols

Ashley Sammons

Sheila Carvell

Amber Chandler

Susan Clarke Jette

Pam Johnson Rowland

Jan Lehman

Stacy Nelson

Amber Chandler

Lauren Bradley

 

 

6/6/20

 

Sheila Carvell

Madeline Lonergan

Nikki Nichole

Nicole Blaha

Joanie Waterman

Christy Hawkes

Michelle Webb

Karen Goodwin Delaney

Shannon Rush

Paula Johnson

Kimberly Snyder

Josephine Casey

Wendi Black

Leigh Reader

Rosanne Clark

Terri Bowen

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Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Suzie Mize Lockhart

Angela Janisse

Alisa Jones

Debbie Bloxom

Darlene Whyte

 

 

6/7/20

 

Jenifer Garza

Christina Radcliff

Andrea Somers

Tammy Lee Stookey

Katrina Worford

Alyssa DiFazio

Lauren Bradley

Becky Belle

Jennifer Ramlet

Phylicia Phillips

Becky Holland

Cathy Ahner

Trish Hysell

Sean Stover

Sue Dudley

Kevin Cusack

Mike Wallace

Maria Bouchard

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

Deborah Farris

 

 

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Remember that if you try your hand at answering the Trivia Question several days each week, your odds of winning the Sunday weekly drawing are much better. 

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Protests erupted in Minneapolis, Minnesota after video footage of the death of George Floyd, 46, went viral. Floyd died after being arrested by police outside a shop on May 25th on a report he used a fake $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes from Cup Foods, a grocery store. The video shows now fired police officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck while he was laying on his stomach in the street with his hands cuffed behind his back. Floyd can be heard repeatedly saying “Please, I can’t breathe, please, please officer don’t kill me” for the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that Officer Chauvin held him pinned to the ground with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck.
In the video of the incident, a bystander tells the police: “You got him down. Let him breathe.” After Floyd says, “I’m about to die,” Chauvin tells Floyd to relax. The police ask Floyd: “What do you want?” Floyd repeats: “I can’t breathe.” Floyd continues: “Please, the knee in my neck, I can’t breathe.” The policemen taunt Floyd to “get up and get in the car,” to which Floyd replies: “I will… I can’t move.” Floyd also cries out: “Mama!” He then says “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts, everything hurts,” and requests water. The police do not audibly respond to Floyd. Floyd begs: “Don’t kill me.” A bystander points out that Floyd is bleeding from the nose. Another bystander tells the police that Floyd is “not even resisting arrest right now.”
The day after Mr. Floyd’s death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved and the Hennepin County attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Mr. Floyd to the ground. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. Video show that Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene. Floyd’s last words have been compared to those of Eric Garner who uttered the words “I can’t breathe” eight times before he died while being placed in a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo in July 2014.
Derek Chauvin had 18 complaints over his 19 year career as a police officer with 2 resulting in disciplinary actions. Chauvin has been the subject of several internal complaints as well. George Floyd and fired police officer Derek Chauvin knew each other before the fatal encounter. Chauvin worked outside security at a bar for 17 years while Floyd worked security inside the bar. Floyd grew up in Houston Texas and 13 years ago in 2007 he was charged with armed robbery in a home invasion in Houston In 2009 he was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal, according to court documents. In 2014 he moved to Minneapolis looking for work and a new start. Videos he posted on social media while under stay at home orders show him denouncing violence and encouraging his community to find another way.
While the protests started in Minnesota, they quickly spread across the globe. Demonstrators gathered in London, France, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Syria, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, Mexico, Canada and New Zealand, among other places, to protest against police brutality in solidarity with the US crowds. Demonstrators have gathered in the thousands in many major cities worldwide. Many protestors remain peaceful but their message has been marred by the violence, looting and vandalism taking place in cities across the US.

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US Unemployment Passes 40 Million

 

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The U.S. Labor Department reported another 2.1 million workers filed for unemployment benefits over the last week, the lowest total since the coronavirus crisis began though indicative that a historically high number of Americans remain separated from their jobs.  The combined total of job losses since coronavirus lockdowns began in mid-March is a staggering 40.7 million.  One in four U.S. workers has lost their job in just 10 weeks.

Continuing claims, or those who have been collecting for at least two weeks, numbered 21.05 million, a clearer picture of how many workers are still out of work.  That number dropped sharply, falling 3.86 million from the previous week.  That decline in continuing claims suggests that the reopening of states is pushing businesses to rehire some of the people let go when the virus hit.  The Institute for Policy Studies reports that during the same period the combined wealth of U.S. billionaires soared by $485 billion.

State labor departments have been working since the beginning of the pandemic to clear their backlogs of jobless claims, after the surge in unemployment crashed systems that were ill prepared for such volume. Newly laid-off workers have overwhelmed unemployment offices in numerous states, leading to frustration and delays in applying for and receiving benefits.  The high jobless numbers persist even as all states have reopened their economies to various extents. Las Vegas casinos will be resuming activities late next week, Disney resorts also have targeted July reopening dates and Los Angeles is allowing retail stores to resume business. Restrictions are likely to be loosened soon in New York as well.

Many businesses are wrestling with multiple dynamics stemming from the biggest surge in in layoffs since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve reported Wednesday that business owners are seeing workers reluctant to return to their jobs because of safety concerns, child-care issues and “generous” unemployment benefits from the government.  Pennsylvania saw the biggest rise in claims last week with 6,892, according to numbers.  Many large states, though, saw declines from a week earlier Washington fell by 86,839, while California declined by 32,088 and New York decreased by 31,769.

Many struggling retailers were forced to file bankruptcy during the pandemic.  FoodFirst Global Restaurants, the parent company of the Brio Italian Mediterranean and Bravo Fresh Italian restaurant chains filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in April.  The company said that 71 of its 92 restaurants had temporarily closed amid the coronavirus outbreak.  The company employed over 10,000 people nationally before the pandemic.

Neiman Marcus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 7, citing “inexorable pressure” from the coronavirus pandemic.  They employed over 13,000 people before the pandemic.   J. Crew filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on May 4. The company now plans to convert $1.65 billion of its debt into equity.  The company said they will continue day to day operations with plans for downsizing, leaving 9,400 jobs up in the air. Stage Stores, which owns Goody’s, Palais Royal, Bealls, Peebles, and Gordmans, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 10, saying that coronavirus-related closures exacerbated a “challenging market environment.” The company said it would start winding down operations while seeking a buyer for part or all of its business.  They employed over 13,000 people.  JCPenney filed for bankruptcy on May 15, saying in court documents that pandemic-related disruptions pushed it over the edge. It will close about 30% of its stores leaving many of its 90,000 employees out of work.

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Daily HI4E.org Trivia Contest Winners For The Week Ending: Sunday, May 31st, 2020.

In an effort to broaden the company’s “social interaction” with our clients and FaceBook fans, Daily Trivia Questions are posted on both of our business pages. Here are the weekly standings for this past week, and the winner of the Sunday night Weekly Drawing for an AmEx/VISA gift card!     

Congratulations  – To this past week’s Trivia Contest Winner!!   Our latest contest winner for the weekly FaceBook HealthInsurance4Everyone/Health & Life Solutions, LLC Trivia Contest, drawn randomly by computer late Sunday evening, May 31st, 2020 was:

         

MARIE  MARIANI

Spring Hill, FL

Winner Of A $25.00 AmEX/VISA Gift Card

 

Each day, fans who have “liked” either of our company FaceBook pages (HealthInsurance4Everyone  or Health & Life Solutions LLC) are able to test their skills with our Daily TRIVIA QUESTION.  The first 20 winners who post the correct answer to the TRIVIA QUESTION, will then get entered into the weekly drawing held late on Sunday evenings for a $25.00 Am Ex/Visa Gift Card.


Weekly Gift Card winners will be posted in our blog at this site.  Remember to become a FaceBook fan and “Like and Follow” either of our company pages to enter and post your answers. 

 

Trivia Last Weeks Winner

 

 

Trivia Winners & Drawing Entries 5/25/20 thru 5/31/20 are as follows:

 

 

5/24/20

 

 

Jennifer Lee Nalley

 

Kristina Harris

 

Jenn Smith Jackson

 

Priscilla Shimp

 

Sheila Carvell

 

Tom Cavalli

 

George Pownall

 

Aimee Munoz

 

Yolanda Ortega-Hackett

 

Kim Avery

 

Wendy Pesce

 

Tracy Heyer

 

Rebecca Crum

 

Melissa Ann Stura-Bassett

 

Melissa Shaulis Mazzur

 

Brooke Scott

 

Darlene Whyte

 

Nicole Blaha

 

Kimberly Taylor Hall

 

Nikki Nichole

 

Terry Schmitt Sutton

 

Kendra Lewis Mcbride

 

 

5/25/20

 

 

Kimberly Snyder

 

Shelley Ann Peoples

 

Angela Janisse

 

Madeline Lonergan

 

Stephanie McCoy

 

Jodi Stevens

 

Sherry Lilly

 

Jennifer Ramlet

 

Sandy Nevels

 

Sarah Harrison

 

Rhonda Grisham

 

Kathleen Hickman

 

Suzie Mize Lockhart

 

Tiffany Greene Elliott

 

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A Missouri resident has tested positive for COVID-19 after going to the Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial day weekend, health officials said. The Camden County Health Department said one person tested positive for the virus from Boone County. Health officials said the person did visit Backwater Jack’s, which is the outdoor pool and bar, where a viral video of people not social distancing was taken on Memorial Day weekend. Authorities say the person developed the illness on Sunday and was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit.
Health officials provided the following timeline for contact tracing:
Saturday, May 23- Backwater Jacks – 1pm to 5pm, Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool — 5:40pm to 9pm,
Backwater Jacks — 9:40pm to 10pm, Sunday, May 24 – Buffalo Wild Wings – 1pm to 2pm, Shady Gators — 2:30pm until about 6:30pm or 7pm, Taxi from Shady Gators to private residence about 7pm. They encourage anyone who was at these locations during these times to get tested for Covid 19.
Photos and videos of partygoers crowded into the swim up bar-Backwater Jacks circulated social media over the holiday weekend. Backwater Jack’s Bar and Grill in Lake of the Ozarks is a popular vacation spot in the Midwest that regularly draws summer crowds. It was no different last weekend, even given the pandemic, and people are blasting the restaurant and attendees for ignoring social distancing advice. It’s clear from posts on social media that even if the venue was operating at reduced capacity, it was too crowded to maintain 6 feet between attendees.
Visitors and lake area residents told news outlets they were concerned with the lack of social distancing and safety that lead to a positive coronavirus case because they know the area attracts people from out of state also. “Everyone saw it coming so it’s kind of irony. Everyone’s like oh it’s fine we won’t do anything. But, there’s 200 people in a little pool. So I saw it coming. That’s why I tried to protect myself and make sure I keep others safe as well.” One Lake area resident said.
A visitor to the Lake Area said “They were taking a chance and I’m concerned about what the outcome will be in another week or two. With the one case showing up. Everyone that was exposed to that person is exposing a lot of other people. So it’s a bit concerning.”
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Monday 773 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are over 13,000 confirmed cases since the outbreak started. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Monday the state has almost 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been 217 deaths since the outbreak started. The US death toll over 100,000.

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There are now over 5 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and more than 325,000 known deaths around the world. Over 2 million people around the world have recovered from the virus. Despite the US having less than 5% of the world’s population, there are almost 1.5 million confirmed cases with over 100,000 deaths, representing over one-quarter of all fatalities and almost one-third of the confirmed cases. Over 450,000 people have recovered from Covid 19 but there are now cases in the US of people that have been re-infected, meaning they did not develop antibodies to build immunity with their first infection.
Forty-eight states will be at least partially reopened this week as health experts continue to warn of the danger of a hasty end to lockdowns. Each state has their own guidelines on what businesses have reopened and a timeline on further openings. There are 17 states that have seen an uptick in new cases since reopening. Officials from the World Health Organization say those who ignore measures such as social distancing are at risk of seeing a resurgence of the coronavirus. They also advise people to wear face masks when they are in groups. While coronavirus generally doesn’t spread outdoors as easily as it does indoors, there’s still a risk with any cramped crowd — especially because the virus can spread by just talking.
A cluster of new cases emerged after a swim party in Arkansas. In Atlanta, several recent prep school graduates also tested positive for the coronavirus, including one who had friends over for a graduation party. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed new COVID-19 cases are predominantly coming from people leaving their homes to shop, exercise or socialize. Meanwhile, in California, Orange County’s coronavirus cases continue to mount, with over 4,000 cases reported. COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Texas, with 1,800 new infections reported last Saturday — the highest single-day increase in Texas so far. South Dakota has also seen a spike in cases since reopening.
Some states are now seeing drops in the number of confirmed cases. New Jersey, one of few states that had one of the strictest and longest stay at home orders, has seen a decrease in cases. This appears to be relatively bright news for hard-hit New Jersey, second in the country only to New York for the number of total reported cases with over 143,600 confirmed and over 10,000 deaths.
Missouri also saw a drop in cases when they began allowing all businesses to reopen May 4, but then an increase during the second week of reopening. Businesses were allowed to reopen provided they could abide by certain social distancing guidelines. Indoor retail businesses must limit their number of customers to no more than 25% of normal capacity, and local communities can choose stricter rules if they choose. Missouri has over 11,000 cases and over 600 deaths. Idaho, which only has around 2,500 cases, also saw a decrease in reported cases.
As each state opened, many leaders stressed the importance of following the social distancing guidelines but left responsibility up to it’s’ citizens. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. They say that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

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Physicians caution that amid a desire to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic, developers of drugs and vaccines have become overly enthusiastic about the chances their products will work.  Several vaccine developers have issued statements looking into the future — setting possible timetables for study completion and vaccine manufacturing.

Biotech company Moderna said early trials of their coronavirus vaccine show promising results as volunteers developed antibodies against the virus. Eight people took part in the study. The company, which is developing the vaccine with the National Institutes of Health, says it will move on to larger-scale trials and that a vaccine could be made available as soon as January.   Moderna is collaborating on its vaccine development with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of NIAID, said while Moderna’s numbers were limited, “it was good news” and he was “cautiously optimistic” about the vaccine.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are currently over 100 vaccine efforts underway around the world.  There are 10 vaccines in human clinical trials worldwide. There are four teams in the United States: Moderna, Pfizer, Inovio and Novavax.  Five Chinese companies have vaccines in human trials. University of Oxford is the only team in Europe currently running trials.  Inovio and Moderna have said they expect their large-scale clinical trials, known as Phase 3 trials, to last around six months. Pfizer hasn’t given a timetable for its Phase 3 trial.  Worldwide, there are 114 more candidates in pre-clinical trial stages.

One big stumbling block for any vaccine trial is that Covid-19 infection rates in many areas of the world are flattening out or declining. The point of Phase 3 is to vaccinate people and then see if they naturally become infected, and with lower rates of circulating virus, the study subjects are less likely to be exposed to the virus in the first place.  For a vaccine clinical trial to be successful, there needs to be sufficiently high levels of the virus circulating in the community. If there isn’t enough virus around, it will be impossible to tell if the vaccine protected the study subjects, or if they were just never exposed to the virus.

The global effort to develop a vaccine is just the beginning of this race. It also takes time to ramp up vaccine production and deciding how it will be distributed will be difficult in a world of more than 7 billion people.  New drugs and vaccines traditionally go first to the wealthiest countries and that’s the expectation in this case as well. But the exact order could depend on where the vaccine is first developed and what that countries priorities are in distribution.  Wealthier countries have been hit hardest by the virus so far. But in many of these nations, COVID-19 cases are leveling off or declining, while they are rising rapidly in the developing world, including countries such as India, Brazil and Peru.  Nations and drug companies are likely to face a range of conflicting pressures with the need to provide the vaccine at home and intense scrutiny to share it widely, fairly and cheaply abroad.

 

 

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