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Why we need continued pandemic surveillance

why we need continued pandemic surveillance

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While we wait for the accelerated development of medical treatments or vaccines to ease the COVID-19 crisis, measures known as non-pharmaceutical interventions such as contact tracing, enforced quarantines and universal mask-wearing are increasingly in the spotlight. But resistance to these interventions is also on the rise. Suggestions that we adopt the strategies that countries like Taiwan have enacted to successfully rein in the virus are met with online comments such as “we are NOT going to allow the government to track us” and “the government cannot lock us up in quarantine.”New data lets us see in precise terms how effective non-pharmaceutical interventions have been. The strict lockdown in Hubei, China, from January to April reduced new COVID-19 cases by more than 70 percent. The lockdown in France, implemented in mid-March, has decreased the R value, or the average number of people an infected person will pass the virus on to, by 77 percent. In the U.S., early physical distancing and stay-at-home orders enacted in Washington and Illinois have decreased rates of COVID-19 in both states.It’s irrefutable that shutdowns work.ADVERTISEMENTIt’s also irrefutable that shutdowns have taken a massive toll on the economy.And so, many states have …

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Surveillance system proving effective for law enforcement

surveillance system proving effective for law enforcement

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MT. VERNON (WSIL) — The Mt. Vernon Police Department installed more than 40 surveillance cameras late last year, and they say, they are already paying off.

The department invited News 3 for a look at incidents caught on camera that saved them time, and resources, moving cases forward.

“In this case, they had reported that they were hijacked,” said Assistant Police Chief Robert Brands, as he played a video of a vehicle crashing into the back of another, and provides their reason was that, “A person jumped in the back of their car with a gun, told them to drive.”

Turns out, they were shooting a paint-gun out their window and not paying attention to the road, said Brands, adding, “That saved us a lot of man hours and investigations, in investigating a hijacking that didn’t occur.”

City leaders say the system works and they are committed to increasing their numbers to create a stronger network.

“They’re a great equalizer and they’re going to make sure the truth is told about something that happens when it’s filmed,” said Jefferson County’s State’s attorney Sean Featherstun. Without discussing the specifics of active cases, he says the evidence the cameras collect is invaluable and already …

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Surveillance captures fire starters at park pavilion

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Local NewsThree people used trash from nearby garbage cans to set fire to bench, investigators sayLAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – A fire that heavily damaged the main pavilion at Northgate Neighborhood Park on Thursday is now being called arson by Broward Sheriff’s Office.Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, BSO deputies and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded to a call of a fire at the public park, located at 3555 W. Oakland Park Blvd. When they arrived on the scene, the pavilion in the center of the park was fully engulfed in flames.BSO investigators, after reviewing surveillance video, say the fire was intentionally set. Earlier that day, at approximately 3:22 p.m., video captures three black males entering the park. They are seen sitting on a bench underneath the main pavilion. Investigators said the video shows them deliberately using trash obtained from nearby garbage cans to ignite a fire on the bench. The three subjects are then seen leaving the area while the pavilion catches fire.There was extensive damage to the pavilion as well as damages to a nearby playground.Violent crimes detectives are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Derek Diaz at (954) 321-4356. To remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers …

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Feds flew an unarmed Predator drone over Minneapolis protests to provide “situational awareness”

feds flew an unarmed predator drone over minneapolis protests to provide “situational awareness”

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On Friday, a Predator surveillance drone operated by United States Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) diverted from its normal route along the Canadian border in order to circle the skies over Minneapolis. Hours earlier, a third night of protests had escalated as thousands demonstrated following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a police officer held his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes. (The officer has since been fired and charged with third-degree murder.) And while federal authorities say the unarmed drone was there “to provide situational awareness,” the presence of a military-grade aircraft watching protesters in Minnesota added to an already anxious day in America.
A couple of hours before reports about the Predator drone over Minneapolis, President Trump tweeted, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” Though his use of this charged phrase with racist origins suggests a threat against the protesters, Trump later tried to walk back his statement, and it seems unlikely that his rhetoric had anything to do with the drone flight. Still, to know that a drone was circling the protesters as the president was making these charged remarks is unsettling. According to CBP, however, the Predator drone …

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Surveillance video shows people breaking into downtown Columbus

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TJ Wellman could not believe what we saw on the surveillance video from his store in downtown Columbus.His camera captured a man throwing an object against one of his windows shattering the glass then kicking it in to allow the group behind him to enter the store.Moments later the camera shows another group of men kicking his windows and then another man going into the store stealing drinks and knives.Advertisement – Story continues belowWellman said it was frustrating to watch the damage done to his restaurant.”It’s unfortunate. You have to love your neighbors, you have to respect your community and that wasn’t done last night and some damage was caused,” he said.He says he doesn’t understand why people took out their anger on his business and others.”We’re trying to provide good food at a good price and its hard to do when these kinds of things happen,” he saidWellman says he was glad to see police respond as quickly as they did outside his store to prevent more possible damage.”They stayed here protecting the corner,” he said.As for the message he has for those caught damaging his restaurant, Wellman says let’s work …

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Surveillance video shows shooting victim running from gunfire in parking lot, courts say

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Cerro Gordo’s daily COVID-19 update: Confirmed cases up to 27, surveillance testing results

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Friday, May 29Data Snapshot 18,791 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa (05/29/2020).27 total lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cerro Gordo (05/29/2020).520 deaths in Iowa1 death in Cerro Gordo3,552 COVID-19 tests administered at the mobile testing unit (05/28/2020).A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID-19 in Iowa, including county-level data, provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health can be found at https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/#CurrentStatus.Iowa Department of Public Health Announces Processes on Outbreak Notification for IowansDuring yesterday’s Governor’s press conference, Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter outlined IDPH’s process for notifying the public of an outbreak within businesses and establishments.An outbreak within a business/establishment is confirmed when 10% of all employees tested, test positive for COVID-19.The IDPH launches an investigation into the business/establishment in question to determine if the employment setting constitutes a high-risk environment for the potential of COVID-19 transmission.If the IDPH determines the employment setting does not constitute a high-risk environment for the potential …

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Facial Recognition, License Readers And Camera Scanners: Here Are The Surveillance Tools Used By The Minneapolis Police Department

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The Minneapolis Police Department has a wide breadth of surveillance technologies which could be used to monitor and target protestors — including controversial facial recognition software Clearview AI, license plate readers, body cameras, and video analysis tools. The department and law enforcement in neighboring cities have a history of surveilling residents with technology that can speed up the process of identifying and possibly arresting people.After an unarmed black man in Minneapolis and an unarmed black woman in Louisville died following altercations with police, protests have broken out across the United States — including in Minneapolis, Denver, Columbus, and New York — expressing grief and outrage, and demanding an end to police brutality.Minneapolis has been the center of these protests following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd on May 25. He died after being detained by a white police officer, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. The moments before his death, which were captured on camera, showed Floyd struggling to breathe, repeatedly telling police “I can’t breathe” and “they’re going to kill me.”The Minneapolis Police Department has used a wide breadth of surveillance technologies which could be used to watch and target protestors captured on camera — including Clearview AI, …

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Surveillance video shows murder suspect’s truck near location slain St. Cloud mother’s car was found

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Local NewsVictim’s in-laws, estranged husband facing charges Angel Rivera’s truck is seen heading near the area where Nicole Montalvo’s car was found abandoned, deputies say. (Osceola County Sheriff’s Office)OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – Recently released evidence shows someone driving a murder suspect’s truck in the area near the location a missing St. Cloud mother’s vehicle was found abandoned after her death.The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigative report was released Friday by the State Attorney’s Office, the day after Nicole Montalvo’s mother-in-law, Wanda Rivera, was arrested on charges of accessory after the fact to murder and tampering with physical evidence in connection with Montalvo’s death. She has since bonded out of the Osceola County Jail.Her husband, Angel Rivera, and her son, Christopher Otero-Rivera, remain behind bars on murder and other related charges.Deputies said Montalvo’s body was found dismembered on property belonging to the Rivera days after she was reported missing when she failed to pick her son up from school.Her 1999 Honda Accord was found abandoned on Oct. 24 on Big Sky Boulevard, about 8 miles from the Rivera home, where she was last seen alive.The new report released in connection with …

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