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Demonstrators say it’s worth braving coronavirus to protest George Floyd’s killing

demonstrators say it’s worth braving coronavirus to protest george floyd’s killing

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Gibbs was worried about the risk of coronavirus. Doctors from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield on down have cautioned demonstrators that crowds provide a perfect opportunity for the virus to spread.But after weeks of holing up at home under pandemic lockdown, she was glad to finally have something she could do.”The pandemic has made us feel kind of helpless,” said Gibbs, a 23-year-old behavioral science consultant. “We can’t really control how many tests there are and how many masks there are — those types of things,” Gibbs told CNN. “But I can control the time that I spend to put these bags together and I can control how much time I want to spend doing this. Those are things I can be in control of.”On Friday, Gibbs hit the store. She wasn’t feeling brave enough to march shoulder to shoulder with strangers, but she wanted to be part of the demonstrations. “So we just made a run to Costco and bought a whole bunch of stuff,” she said.As she spoke, Gibbs was handing out her care packages to the throngs of people headed down 16th Street towards the White House, …

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Coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species – Portland Press Herald

coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species – portland press herald

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WASHINGTON — Biologist Carlos Ruiz has spent a quarter-century working to save golden lion tamarins, the charismatic long-maned monkeys native to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
Thanks to painstaking reforestation efforts, the population of these endangered monkeys was steadily growing until an outbreak of yellow fever hit Brazil in 2018, wiping out a third of the tamarins. Undeterred, Ruiz’s team devised an ambitious new experiment: This spring, they would start vaccinating many of the remaining wild monkeys.
Enter the coronavirus, which is now hampering critical work to protect threatened species and habitats worldwide.
First, members of Ruiz’s team exposed to the virus had to be quarantined. Then the government closed national parks and protected areas to both the public and researchers in mid-April, effectively barring scientists from the reserves where tamarins live.
“We are worried about missing the window of opportunity to save the species,” said Ruiz, the president of the nonprofit Golden Lion Tamarin Association. “We hope that we … can still do our work before a second wave of yellow fever hits.”
While the scientists follow government guidelines, they know that people intent on illegally exploiting the rainforests are still entering the parks because several motion-activated research cameras have been …

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More than two-thirds of Wisconsin coronavirus patients have recovered, percent of positive cases keeps falling

more than two-thirds of wisconsin coronavirus patients have recovered, percent of positive cases keeps falling

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CLOSE The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests continues to fall, as the state health department reported Saturday that 2.7% of test results came back positive for coronavirus. Of the 11,792 new test results reported by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Saturday, 322 were positive for the virus. This is the lowest number of new cases reported since Monday and the lowest percentage of positive cases since Sunday. As of Saturday, 20,571 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for COVID-19. In total, 314,802 people have been tested and 645 people have died, according to state health officials. More than two-thirds of Wisconsinites, or 13,770 people, who tested positive for coronavirus have recovered, according to DHS. Thirty percent, or 6,155 cases, are considered to still be active. Those who have died account for 3% of all Wisconsin cases.The rate of hospitalization remains around 14% since the start of the pandemic. Forty fewer COVID-19 patients were hospitalized Saturday compared to Friday, according to the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Of the 315 people currently hospitalized, 118 are in intensive care.On Saturday, the total number of cases in each Wisconsin county stood as follows:8,688 in Milwaukee County2,374 in Brown County1,906 in Racine County1,267 in Kenosha County814 in Dane County795 in Waukesha County685 in Rock …

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Maine CDC reports 42 cases of coronavirus, no new deaths – Portland Press Herald

maine cdc reports 42 cases of coronavirus, no new deaths – portland press herald

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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported 42 cases of the novel coronavirus and no new deaths, raising case numbers slightly as the state continues to reopen.
The newest numbers bring Maine’s total cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, to 2,524. Of that cumulative number, 2,253 cases have been confirmed by testing and another 271 are considered “probable” cases.
Subtracting numbers of people who have recovered —1,845 — and died, there were 581 active cases on Saturday. Deaths remain level, at 98.

Maine’s leaders are cautiously hopeful about coronavirus statistics as the state continues to reopen for business. The state’s seven-day average of daily new cases declined this week, from 52.6 on May 26 to 36.6 on Friday, and active cases fell from 612 on Thursday to 587 on Friday.
Still, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said Thursday that Maine still has “a ways to go” before reaching a desired 2 percent positive rate for coronavirus tests – a benchmark achieved in South Korea, which built one of the world’s most effective pandemic responses. The rate of tests positive for COVID-19, compared to the total that includes negative and inconclusive results, has fallen to just under 5 percent in Maine after wavering between 5 …

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Pennsylvania coronavirus update: cases reach 75,000 Saturday

pennsylvania coronavirus update: cases reach 75,000 saturday

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Lehigh and Northampton counties were among the remaining 10 moving from the red shut-down phase to the yellow phase on Friday, with outdoor dining resuming and retail outlets opening. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday that a dozen counties, including Carbon, will move into the green, or final, reopening phase on Friday. In that phase, which 46 of the 67 counties will be in next week, people can gather in larger groups, albeit while wearing masks and social distancing.

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Latin America is losing the battle against coronavirus

latin america is losing the battle against coronavirus

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Coronavirus-related cases and deaths across the region are rising faster than anywhere in the world. And in the worst-hit countries, they show no signs of slowing down. The region has recorded nearly 1.2 million cases and more than 60,000 deaths.”We are especially worried about Central and South America, where many countries are witnessing accelerating epidemics,” World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.The WHO does not believe Central or South America have reached peak transmission, meaning the number of people getting sick and dying might continue to rise. Health officials warn countries against reopening their economies too soon, even as nations prepare to reopen or have already done so.Here’s a look at the outbreaks in three of Latin America’s hardest-hit countries, which account for roughly 60% of the region’s population. And there is a success story as well.Brazil is stuck in crisis mode.The country has recorded at least 645,771 coronavirus cases and 35,026 deaths.It recently passed Italy to become the country with the third-highest deaths in the world and will likely surpass the United Kingdom soon.That means Brazil will have both the second-most cases and deaths in the world, trailing only the United States.It’s worth …

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Coronavirus: What you need to know in Asheville, WNC June 6

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ASHEVILLE – As of noon June 5, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services tallied 30,777 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide. NCDHHS counts a total of 966 deaths associated with lab-tested COVID-19 statewide, with 717 hospitalized across the state.As of about noon June 5, Buncombe County reported 376 total cases and 30 deaths. Most of Buncombe’s deaths continue to be in nursing homes, which accounted for at least 30 deaths in the county so far. Confirmed cases in other Western North Carolina counties, according to state counts:Avery: 3 case, 0 deaths.Cherokee: 21 cases, 1 death.Clay: 5 cases, 0 deaths.Graham: 4 cases, 0 deaths.Haywood: 55 cases, 0 deaths.Henderson: 359 cases, 46 deaths.Jackson: 38 cases, 1 death.Macon: 119 cases, 1 death.Madison: 3 cases, 0 deaths.McDowell: 86 cases, 1 death.Mitchell: 17 cases, 0 deaths.Polk: 45 cases, 4 deaths.Swain: 22 cases, 0 deaths.Transylvania: 16 cases, 1 deaths.Watauga: 37 cases, 0 deaths.Yancey: 16 cases, 0 deaths.The Citizen Times is providing this story for free to readers because of the need for information about the coronavirus. We encourage you to further support local journalism by subscribing.Takeaways from Buncombe briefingAs interim health director Dr. Jennifer Mullendore spoke June 4 about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Buncombe County, she asked the community to “keep working together” to curb the spread of COVID-19.Mackenzie Wicker reports on …

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Coronavirus Live Updates: Infection Warnings as More Countries Protest

coronavirus live updates: infection warnings as more countries protest

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Here’s what you need to know:Fear of a coronavirus spike as crowds gather for anti-racism rallies around the world.African-Americans and Latinos are especially vulnerable to job losses in the pandemic.Europe has lost some of the last witnesses to its grim history.New York could have taken a more targeted approach to the shutdown, researchers say.Coronavirus helped Britain’s homeless off the street. But maybe not for long.In fighting pandemic risks, home care is ‘the forgotten sector.’Amazon deforestation is soaring as the pandemic cripples enforcement.Image Protesters at a Black Lives Matter rally in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday.Credit…Glenn Hunt/EPA, via ShutterstockFear of a coronavirus spike as crowds gather for anti-racism rallies around the world.As cities around the world braced on Saturday for more demonstrations against racism and police violence, spurred by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, alarmed health officials warned that the crowds could speed the spread of the coronavirus.In Australia, tens of thousands rallied on Saturday in major cities and small towns in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, calling for an end to systemic racism and Aboriginal deaths in police custody. …

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Coronavirus updates: Cases increase slightly; MVC to reopen; What you need to know

coronavirus updates: cases increase slightly; mvc to reopen; what you need to know

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New Jersey saw a slight uptick in the number of coronavirus cases reported by state officials on Friday, but will continue with its planned incremental reopening.The number of new cases reported on Friday was up by 261 from Thursday’s figure. But deaths and hospitalizations continue to drop.State officials, during their daily briefing Friday, reported 864 new positive tests and 79 new deaths, bringing the totals to 163,336 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 12,049 known deaths from the virus since the outbreak started March 4.There were 1,882 people hospitalized with COVID-19 as of 10 p.m. on Friday, according to state data. That’s down from a peak of more than 8,000 in mid-April.Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced that the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission offices will reopen June 15 for pick-up and drop off services and the agency plans to begin conducting behind-the-wheel road tests and issuing new licenses and permits June 29.He also promised an announcement on how community pools can safely reopen on Monday.The state is scheduled to enter Stage 2 of its reopening plan on June 15 when child care, outdoor dining and non-essential retail stores can reopen. Hair salons and barbershops can reopen June 22. Outdoor non-contact sports can also resume as …

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What you need to know about coronavirus on Saturday, June 6

what you need to know about coronavirus on saturday, june 6

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A version of this story appeared in the June 6 edition of CNN’s Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday.The general public should use fabric masks in high-spread areas, the WHO said, or whenever social distancing is impossible. The global health agency also said that all health workers, not just those caring for Covid-19 patients, should wear masks in clinical areas. In an effort to make more masks available for health workers, the WHO had previously advised the public to avoid wearing them if they were not sick or caring for someone who is ill. The policy shift is another reminder of the constantly evolving challenges faced in the fight against the virus. Hydroxychloroquine provides another example. Initial studies suggested the malaria drug may help Covid-19 patients recover faster. But subsequent trials have disproved that research, with one study suggesting the drug might be harmful, prompting the WHO to suspend its trials. While that study has since been retracted, and the WHO is now saying it’s safe to resume trials, the United Kingdom abruptly ended its trial yesterday. Its researchers found the drug doesn’t work against Covid-19.In the rush to find …

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