U.S. States Race to Contain Coronavirus as Cases Exceed 1,000

first_imgWith new deaths reported and the number of confirmed U.S. cases exceeding 1,000, lawmakers and health officials set up containment zones and quarantine areas and sought to limit contact with those who might be infected. “We’re trying to stay calm and were trying to stay positive, but it’s getting harder and harder. They can’t make up their minds how to keep us safe,” said passenger Beryl Ward, 77, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged the state’s nearly 40 million residents to avoid sporting events, concerts and large gatherings and adamantly warned the elderly to stay away from cruise ships. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency as cases statewide jumped from 51 to 92. Of that number, 70 are now connected to a meeting held last month by biotech company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston. Some airport workers are also dealing with the outbreak, with several Transportation Security Administration officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport testing positive. They were receiving medical care and all TSA employees who had contact with them over the past 14 days are being quarantined at home, the agency said. A patient is loaded into an ambulance, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The virus has infected more than 1,000 people in the U.S. and killed at least 30, with one state after another recording its first infections in quick succession. For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough. For some, especially the elderly and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. Most people recover in a matter of weeks, as has happened with three-quarters of those infected in China. In Washington state, the governor was expected to ban gatherings of more than 250 people in virtually the entire Seattle metro area, home to some 4 million people. Schools and houses of worship were shuttered in a New York City suburb where a cluster of cases could be the largest in the nation, and the governor sent National Guard troops to help clean public spaces and deliver food. For those in the middle of a quarantine, it’s an anxious time waiting for the threat to pass. By Tuesday night, Princess Cruises said about 1,400 people had gotten off the ship. About 1,100 crew members were to remain aboard. “People are really afraid to go to the supermarket. They’re afraid to go to the cleaner,” she said. When her husband made a recent run to a post office, she told him to wear gloves. As many people considered whether it’s prudent to travel, the news that everyone on a flight from Italy may have been exposed had health officials urging those passengers to self-isolate. A woman from suburban Houston flew home after testing positive to consult her own doctor, and now everyone on the two flights she took could be at risk. As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread, banning large public gatherings, enforcing quarantines and calling National Guard troops. ___ Judy Aqua, who’s in her 60s, is quarantining herself at home in New Rochelle, outside New York city, after possibly being exposed to someone with the virus. ___ Rodriguez reported from San Francisco. Associated Press writers Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Washington; Jake Seiner in Surprise, Arizona; Steve LeBlanc in Boston; Mike Stobbe and Adam Geller in New York; Edith M. Lederer at the United Nations; Janie Har, Jocelyn Gecker and Juliet Williams in San Francisco; Robert Jablon in Los Angeles; and Rob Gillies in Toronto contributed to this report. A Kirkland Fire and Rescue ambulance worker walks near a second ambulance after a patient was loaded into another vehicle for transport, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Life in many places went on as usual, but many major events were canceled or postponed, including the Coachella music festival that draws tens of thousands to the California desert near Palm Springs every April. A patient is loaded into an ambulance, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) In Oakland, California, restless passengers on a coronavirus-struck cruise ship awaited their turn to disembark. After being forced to idle for days off the California coast, the ship docked Monday with about 3,500 passengers and crew, including at least 21 who tested positive for the virus. Passengers from Canada and other countries were to be flown home, while Americans were being sent to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and 14-day quarantines, and others were still waiting to get off. The United Nations announced it would close its New York headquarters to the public and suspend all tours, and one of the biggest resort operators in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, said it would close buffets at all of its Las Vegas Strip casinos as a precaution, although the casinos were staying open. A patient is loaded into an ambulance, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. The nursing home is at the center of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Baker said the state of emergency will give him greater authority to take such actions as shutting down large events, gaining access to buildings or stockpiling protective gear. Santa Clara County in California, home to San Jose and Silicon Valley, has banned on all gatherings of 1,000 people or more. The moves came as the battle to stop the virus from spreading intensified. More schools and universities, including UCLA, Yale and Stanford, have announced plans to send students home and move classes online. The ban on gatherings in Washington state would apply to sporting events such as Seattle Mariners baseball and Seattle Sounders soccer games, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly. It could be just the beginning of disruptions to sports: Already, some college sports games will be played without fans in Ohio and California, and the NCAA said it would “make decisions in the coming days” about its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments after two conferences banned fans from their championships and the Ivy League cancelled its basketball tournaments altogether. Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly canceled rallies in Cleveland because of worries about the virus. The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

How the Poor Make Better Financial Decisions Than the Wealthy

first_imgSlate:People often assume that the poor are less competent than the wealthy. Some even suggest that the poor have flawed values or ways of thinking. But my colleagues and I have recently found that the poor outperform the rich at some financial decisions. Under poverty, people develop a unique expertise.To appreciate this expertise, we should first come to terms with a mistake nearly everyone makes. Consider this question, which I regularly pose to my MBA students: Imagine you are buying a $300 tablet, but the salesman says the same tablet is available for $50 less at a store 20 minutes away. Would you travel for the discount? Almost certainly. Now imagine that the tablet costs $1,000. Would you still travel the 20 minutes to save $50? Now you might hesitate.You are not alone. People are far more likely to say “no” to the second question than the first, even my MBA students, whose jobs are to make good financial decisions. This is a common response. It is also irrational.Read the whole story: Slate More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Heavy lift operation to save historic coast guard boathouse

first_imgThe equipment and manpower to raise and move the boathouse was donated by a local businessman who owns an equipment company in gratitude for their rescue of him as a young man. The initial planned lift was delayed for 24 hours because of a burst hydraulic hose on the crane but was successfully completed the following day. Riggers used a cradle of steel H-beams to support the building during transport.last_img

SVREL: We will reopen racing when allowed to do so

first_imgIn a response to yesterday’s protest by some stakeholders at Caymanas Park, the promoters, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), said in a release that they understand the frustrations being experienced by members of the racing community as the country goes through the fight against the COVID-19 challenge. The release added: “This is an unprecedented time, and industries across the country are being challenged to ensure that operations remain viable. We have employed various strategies to maintain business continuity, and our recently scaled-down operations are in keeping with the available resources at this time. “SVREL has explored several measures, including spectator-less horse racing, and has met with the Government, the Project Monitoring Committee and horse-racing stakeholders, to have further discussions regarding reopening business operations. “We will continue to abide by the protocols implemented by the Jamaican Government to protect the country, and reopen racing at Caymanas Park as soon as we are allowed to do so in a comprehensive manner.”last_img read more

MSU lands commits from 2 Meridian standouts

first_imgMeridian safety Zaire Jones had been committed to Mississippi State for a few weeks.But he was the only one that knew it.On Saturday night, he was on the sidelines in Starkville with teammate Quincy Lenton.When Lenton informed Jones he too wanted to be a Bulldog, Jones figured now was as good a time as any to make his decision public.“I just felt comfortable… (committing) with one of my teammates,” Jones told The Clarion-Ledger in a text message.Lenton and Jones give Mississippi State seven commitments in its 2015 class, which ranks fourth in the nation according to 247Sports.com.The pair of safety also give the Bulldogs pledges from three defensive backs in the class.Jones, a four-star, is ranked as the state’s No. 6 overall junior prospect.Lenton isn’t as heralded. He’s not ranked by most recruiting websites, but the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder is praised for his hard-hitting and speed.Lenton reports interest from Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Nebraska and Tennessee.Mississippi State is the lone offer for both prospects, although Jones’ has taken visits to both Alabama and Auburn this season.Jones said his “tight” relationship with MSU’s coaching staff made him feel comfortable committing so early in the recruiting process.“(Mississippi State) coach (Dan) Mullen and the whole staff has been making us feel welcome since the day we met,” Jones said. “Since then, the relationship hasn’t done anything but (get) stronger.”The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jones also credited the staff’s track record for developing talent as a “major” factor in their commitments.“That really made (us) more drawn to the university,” Jones said.last_img read more