News Updates From CLG / 02 April 2020 /
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New Zealand coronavirus: Police can now enter homes to look for people gathering --Police officers would first issue a warning, then arrest people if needed. -- | 26 March 2020 | Police officers now have the power to enter homes to enforce self-isolation rules. New Zealand entered a four-week lockdown to break the transmission of coronavirus on Thursday. Overnight, police officers have pulled over people who were breaking the self-isolation order — apparently unaware it was in place. Police Commissioner Mike Bush, in a series of radio and TV interviews on Thursday morning, reiterated people will initially see the "friendly face" of police during the lockdown... He said it would "pay" for people to carry workplace identity cards, or letters from employers, to prove they were an essential worker.
DOD to provide 100K body bags as coronavirus deaths grow | 02 April 2020 | The Department of Defense plans to provide 100,000 body bags at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the coronavirus death toll is expected to rise, the DOD confirmed Wednesday. "DOD and the Defense Logistics Agency have a longstanding arrangement with FEMA to procure key commodities from DLA's industrial partners during crisis response operations," a DOD spokesperson said in a statement. "DLA is currently responding to FEMA's prudent planning efforts for 100,000 pouches to address mortuary contingencies on behalf of state health agencies."
Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' | 01 April 2020 | Military personnel deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are not planning to assist with treatment of coronavirus patients barring a change in circumstances, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday. Thousands of members of the armed forces, including the National Guard and Army Corps of Engineers, have scattered across the country to provide assistance in the country's response to the virus. But Esper said the military will not be treating coronavirus patients unless "push comes to shove," asserting the Pentagon's resources are better used building hospitals and treating trauma patients to lighten the load on hospitals. "We can take the load off of hospitals with regards to their trauma patients, thereby freeing up rooms and other doctors...who deal with infectious disease, to treat those type of patients," Esper said at a White House coronavirus press briefing in response to a question from The Hill.
Trump announces enhanced narcotic operations amid coronavirus, deploys destroyers and Air Force assets | 01 April 2020 | Flanked by Attorney General Bill Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and top military officials at the White House coronavirus briefing on Wednesday, President Trump announced a massive new "counternarcotics operation" in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to "combat the flow of illicit drugs into the United States" by drug cartels "exploiting" the pandemic... Included in the force package are Navy destroyers, Air Force surveillance planes and helicopters, and ten Coast Guard cutter ships, Trump said, noting that the new forces would double U.S. interdiction capacity in the region -- and help slow the spread of the coronavirus by cutting down on illicit travel.
Twitter Forces Laura Ingraham to Delete Post on Chloroquine Helping Coronavirus Patients | 30 March 2020 | Twitter has forced Fox News host Laura Ingraham to take down a tweet reporting on news that the malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine has been used to successfully treat sufferers of the Chinese virus in New York City hospitals. In a now-deleted tweet, the Fox host reported that "Lenox Hill in New York among many hospitals using Hydroxychloroquine with promising results. One patient was described as 'Lazarus' who was seriously ill from COVID-19, already released. #IngrahamAngle." Twitter told left-wing reporters that Ingraham had been locked out of her account and forced to delete the tweet before regaining access.
Macomb man with COVID-19 says Hydroxychloroquine, Azithromycin saved him | 31 March 2020 | (Macomb County, MI) A Macomb County patient was recently given a drug typically used for malaria that is showing positive results for beating COVID-19. Jim Santilli said it helped him and he believes it could help others, too. "I was struggling to breathe. I felt like I was slowly drowning and I was sitting there thinking I'm not going to make it until midnight," he said. Santilli says the experimental drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin brought him back from the brink. The 38-year old was prescribed the drugs a little more than a week ago at Henry Ford Macomb where he was hospitalized for COVID-19... An infectious disease physician recommended he try both.
Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk' | 30 March 2020 | In late November 2018, just over a year before the first coronavirus case was identified in Wuhan, China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist with three vials labeled "Antibodies" in his luggage. The biologist told the agents that a colleague in China had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute. After examining the vials, however, customs agents came to an alarming conclusion. "Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials," says an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.
Prosecutors: Engineer deliberately ran train off tracks in attempt to smash the USNS Mercy | 01 April 2020 | An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into and damage the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say. The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship. Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
Fauci given security detail after receiving threats | 01 April 2020 | Dr. Anthony Fauci [pushing for deadly vaccines instead of a cure], one of the most visible figures on the White House coronavirus task force, has been given a security detail after receiving threats, a person familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill. Fauci did not directly answer when asked by The Hill at Wednesday's press briefing if he'd been given additional protection, deferring the question to the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general. A second person familiar with the situation said the additional security was under discussion last month and was likely implemented in recent days.
Trump green-lights call-up of one million reservists to battle Covid-19 | 27 March 2020 | To help with the Covid-19 coronavirus emergency, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order authorizing the call-up of up to a million reserve military personnel in the army, navy, air force and coast guard. Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security - which is in charge of the Coast Guard units not subordinated to the Navy - are now authorized to order individual members and units of the Ready Reserve under their jurisdiction to "active duty not to exceed 24 consecutive months," Trump noted in the executive order signed on Friday evening. The number of mobilized reservists is "not to exceed 1,000,000 members on active duty at any one time."
Incident Management Teams are receiving COVID-19 assignments --Area Command, Type 1, Type 2, and NIMO teams | 27 March 2020 | At least eight interagency Incident Management Teams have been deployed to work on issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the teams that usually are assigned on wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, but can adapt to manage many different kinds of planned or unplanned incidents, organized under the Incident Command System. As we reported earlier, three Area Command Teams were given assignments on March 17 to develop protocols and wildfire response plans for maintaining dispatching, initial attack, and extended attack capability. The plan was for the personnel to work remotely, rather than assemble in one location.
Movement of military vehicles through SoCal is routine and not related to coronavirus, officials say | 26 March 2020 | After photos and videos of armored military vehicles being moved through Southern California started popping up online with claims that the sight was related to the coronavirus pandemic, officials took to Twitter to quash the rumors and explain it was only routine movement. The images showed hundreds of tank-like vehicles being hauled on a train over the past week, with some social media users tying the movement to Gov. Gavin Newsom's deployment of the California National Guard to assist with COVID-19 aid efforts. But the Ventura County Sheriff's Department explained on Tuesday that "tanks on train cars" are not related to the state's efforts to fight the pandemic. The vehicles appear to be Bradley Fighting Vehicles.
Los Angeles mayor says everyone should cover their faces while outside to fight coronavirus | 01 April 2020 | Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday urged all Angelinos to wear non-medical face masks when venturing outside to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The mayor of America's second-largest city -- with a population of 4 million -- said those performing essential activities should wear masks or homemade face coverings like bandannas. "I know it will look surreal," he said, donning a mask. "We're going to have to get used to seeing each other like this. ... This will be the look."
Trump extending social distancing guidelines to April 30 to slow spread of coronavirus | 29 March 2020 | President Donald Trump is extending the voluntary national shutdown for a month as sickness and death from the coronavirus pandemic rise in the U.S. The initial 15-day period of social distancing urged by the federal government expires Monday and Trump had expressed interest in relaxing the national guidelines at least in parts of the country less afflicted by the pandemic. But instead, he decided to extend them through April 30... Many states and local governments have stiffer controls in place on mobility and gatherings.
Virginia governor issues statewide stay-at-home order effective through June 10 | 30 March 2020 | Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued a statewide stay-at-home order that's effective immediately and will remain in place until June 10, unless the governor rescinds it. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will order state residents to remain at home with some exceptions, as the state steps up its effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a source familiar with the order said. Northam's order will allow people to leave their homes to seek a wide array of essential services like medical attention, food, banking and more.The order will also close the state's beaches to swimming and sunbathing.
Gov. DeSantis issues stay-home order limiting Florida to essential services for April | 01 April 2020 | After weeks of resisting a statewide stay-home order, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday that he would sign an executive order limiting all activity in Florida to essential services for the next 30 days to try to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The order is effective at 12:01 a.m. on April 3 and expires on April 30, when the governor could extend it. It comes a day after the White House revised its guidelines and extended social distancing recommendations until the end of April.
Texas governor mandates 14-day coronavirus quarantine for travelers from 7 more states, cities | 30 March 2020 | Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered travelers from seven cities and states to be quarantined for 14 days upon entering his state due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The order applies to anyone traveling to Texas from the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington as well as the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. "This proclamation shall remain in effect and in full force for as long as Executive Order GA-11 is in effect and in full force, unless otherwise modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor," Abbott's proclamation said, referring to his March 26 order that imposed quarantines on air travelers coming from other areas "experiencing substantial community spread of COVID-19."
Florida setting up checkpoints for New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus | 29 March 2020 | Florida has announced it will roll out highway checkpoints to screen New York motorists fleeing the coronavirus hot spot for the Sunshine State. The checkpoint will be created on Interstate 95 in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus through the state's northern border, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The Sunshine State has already set up a similar measure on Interstate 10 to discourage travel from hard-hit Louisiana, which has seen more than 3,000 cases. Florida Highway Patrol and sheriff's deputies started screening cars Friday and requiring Louisiana travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Coronavirus update: Bay Area shelter-in-place to be extended until at least May 1 | 30 March 2020 | The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide. There are confirmed cases in the nine Bay Area counties... Local emergencies related to coronavirus have been declared in Solano, San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, and Alameda counties.
TSA security director for several NY airports tests positive for coronavirus | 29 March 2020 | The TSA's director of security at several metro-area airports has tested positive for the coronavirus. "While I am required to stay out of work for the next 14 days, I will keep on top of the ongoing activity," Robert Duffy -- the federal Transportation Security Administration's director of security at LaGuardia, Islip, Westchester and upstate Stewart airports -- told colleagues Friday in an e-mail obtained by The Post... His e-mail came three days after he reported that a TSA agent at LaGuardia had tested positive for the COVID-19 bug -- at that point, the second at the Queens airport to be infected with the virus. At least 11 TSA employees in the New York area tested positive for the deadly bug before Duffy's announcement.
'Dark Day': Detroit Police captain dead due to coronavirus, second DPD member to die | 26 March 2020 | The Detroit Police Department said a second member of its force has died in connection to the coronavirus. Capt. Jonathan Parnell, a veteran of the police department for 31 years and led the homicide department died late Tuesday... So far, nine Detroit Police officers have confirmed contracting the virus, warranting the self-isolation of almost 300 officers.
Three Nuns Left to Handle Nearly 100 Seniors Presumed to Have Coronavirus in NJ Care Home | 25 March 2020 | Nearly 100 residents of a nursing home in New Jersey are presumed to have the novel coronavirus after 24 residents tested positive and many others started exhibiting symptoms. All 94 residents of the St. Joseph's Senior Home in Woodbridge were being transported by bus with the help of workers wearing full-body protective gear to a CareOne home roughly 30 miles away on Wednesday... New Jersey health officials said that many of the residents and roughly a dozen staff members began experiencing flu-like symptoms, leaving only three nuns to care for all of the senior home's residents.
More than 3,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus | 30 March 2020 | At least 3,003 people have died in the United States from Covid-19, according to a CNN tally of data from state health departments. There have been at least 160,698 cases of coronavirus that have been detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems. The total includes cases from every state, the District of Columbia and several US territories, as well as repatriated cases. Hawaii and Wyoming have not reported a death from coronavirus.
Head of Russian coronavirus hospital visited by Putin tests positive for Covid-19 | 31 March 2020 | Denis Protsenko, head doctor at the main hospital treating coronavirus patients in Moscow has tested positive for Covid-19. President Vladimir Putin visited the clinic just last week, and spend considerable time with Protsenko. The doctor confirmed the news on Facebook and said he is self-isolating in his office... Despite the diagnosis, he is set to continue his work. Protsenko has been a leading figure in the fight against Covid-19 in Russia.
US extends waivers on Iran sanctions amid coronavirus pandemic | 30 March 2020 | The State Department has moved to extend waivers for U.S. and foreign companies doing business in Iran to assist that country with its civilian nuclear program. A State Department spokeswoman confirmed to The Associated Press that several waivers had been extended, while sharply criticizing the Iranian government's [alleged] efforts to expand nuclear enrichment... Iranian officials have demanded that U.S. sanctions implemented after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement be relaxed in recent days, accusing the sanctions of stifling Iran's ability to obtain basic medical supplies amid the outbreak of coronavirus.
Seattle police chief tells residents to call 911 if called racist names amid coronavirus pandemic | 01 April 2020 | Seattle's chief of police said in a Monday night video that she wants residents to call 911 if called racist names during the coronavirus pandemic. "Washington state is no place for hate. In a show of solidarity between police and community, I'm joined today by Lori Matsukawa," Chief of Police Carmen Best said, referring to the retired KING 5 news anchor who joined her in the video... The message to Seattle citizens that they should call 911 because of racist name-calling comes as Washington has the seventh most confirmed coronavirus cases of any state, as of Tuesday morning, with 5,187. It is second only to New York in deaths with 219. Hate speech is broadly protected by the First Amendment, meaning there is likely little the Seattle Police Department will be able to do if an incident of racist name-calling is reported.
UC tells students 'do not' say 'Chinese Virus' and 'do not allow' others to say it, either --The document directly tells students what names they should use for the virus. | 28 March 2020 | The Council of Chief Diversity Officers at the University of California released a "guidance document" to announce "supportive positive and inclusive campus climates during the COVID-19 crisis." The list begins by telling students to "reject racism, sexism, xenophobia and all hateful or intolerant speech, both in person and online," and to "Be an 'up-stander,' and discourage others from engaging in such behavior." "Do not use terms such as 'Chinese Virus' or other terms which cast either intentional or unintentional projections of hatred toward Asian communities, and do not allow the use of these terms by others," the university tells students and faculty, insisting that all members of the campus community refer to the virus as only "COVID-19" OR "coronavirus" in all "oral and written communications."
IG Horowitz Found 'Apparent Errors or Inadequately Supported Facts' in Every Single FBI FISA Application He Reviewed | 31 March 2020 | The Justice Department inspector general said it does "not have confidence" in the FBI's FISA application process following an audit that found the Bureau was not sufficiently transparent with the court in 29 applications from 2014 to 2019, all of which included "apparent errors or inadequately supported facts." Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report in December which found that the FBI included "at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications and many errors in the Woods Procedures" during its Crossfire Hurricane investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign... Horowitz's office said in a report released Tuesday that of the 29 applications -- all of which involved U.S. citizens -- that were pulled from "8 FBI field offices of varying sizes," the FBI could not find Woods Files for four of the applications, while the other 25 all had "apparent errors or inadequately supported facts." The Woods Procedure dictates that the Justice Department verify the accuracy and provide evidentiary support for all facts stated in its FISA application. The FBI is required to share with the FISA Court all relevant information compiled in the Woods File when applying for a surveillance warrant.
Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House | 30 March 2020 | Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) resigned from Congress Monday evening ahead of starting at the White House as President Trump's next chief of staff, his office announced in a letter. Meadows is expected to begin his new role as Trump's chief of staff on Tuesday. "I write today to inform you that I will resign from the House of Representatives, effective 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 30," he wrote in a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms | 30 March 2020 | The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show. Risks were downplayed even while they planned how to profit off farmers who would buy Monsanto's new seeds just to avoid damage, according to documents unearthed during a recent successful 265m lawsuit brought against both firms by a Missouri farmer. The documents, some of which date back more than a decade, also reveal how Monsanto opposed some third-party product testing in order to curtail the generation of data that might have worried regulators. And in some of the internal BASF emails, employees appear to joke about sharing "voodoo science" and hoping to stay "out of jail".
Swarm of 650 earthquakes rattles Utah, Idaho and California, experts say | 30 March 2020 | More than 600 earthquakes have hit across Utah and surrounding areas after a 5.7-magnitude quake struck near Salt Lake City about two weeks ago, according to University of Utah Seismograph Stations. As of Monday morning, the University of Utah Seismograph Stations, or UUSS, recorded 658 earthquakes as part of a series of aftershocks. On March 18, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck Magna, west of Salt Lake City, McClatchy News reported. The quake was felt from Idaho to California, according to McClatchy News.
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