Coronavirus updates: US shatters previous record of new cases

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 544,000 people worldwide.Over 11.8 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 131,521 deaths.Here is how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern: 11 a.m.: Florida has 41 hospitals with no available bedsAs coronavirus cases surge in Florida, the state had 41 hospitals with no available beds as of Wednesday morning, according to the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Only 15.36% of Florida’s adult ICU beds remain available, the agency said.This comes as Florida reports 9,989 more cases since Tuesday, bringing the state to a total of 223,793 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus.In Miami-Dade County, which includes the city of Miami, the positivity rate has jumped to 21.9%.Osceola County is reporting a positivity rate of 19.5%, while in Hillsborough County, which includes Tampa, the positivity rate stands at 16.4%.Hillsborough County students and staff will be required to wear face masks when they return to school, the superintendent announced Tuesday evening.10:25 a.m.: NYC schools to mix in-person, remote learningWhen New York City restarts school for its 1.1 million public school students, classes will be a mix of in-person and remote learning, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.Students will learn five days a week and most children will be in school two or three days each week, he said.Schools will be deep-cleaned each night and face coverings will be required, said Richard Carranza, chancellor of the city’s Department of Education.Fewer students will be in each class and teachers can use large spaces, like gyms and cafeterias, to teach, Carranza said.Families can also choose remote learning full-time for their children, the mayor added.“We have to look at this as a challenge, but one that we can also find good in,” de Blasio said.Of those tested for the coronavirus in New York City, 1% are now testing positive, the mayor said Wednesday.9:05 a.m.: Coronavirus crisis expanding in South and SouthwestThe coronavirus crisis is expanding in the South and the Southeast, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News. Arizona reported 354 new cases per 100,000 population in the past week, compared to a national average of 100 per 100,000. In California, the highest number of new cases in last three weeks were in Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange counties, representing 51.8% of new cases in the state. Southern California and the Central Valley show high community transmission and the Bay Area is also seeing rising cases. Florida is reporting 261 new cases per 100,000 population in the past week. The highest number of new cases in last three weeks were in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Broward Counties. But those counties represented only 37.9% of new cases in the state; increases are occurring broadly across multiple counties, including Orange. In South Carolina, positivity rates are increasing in coastal counties and urban areas. The highest number of new cases over the last three weeks were in Charleston, Horry and Greenville Counties, representing 41.1% of new cases in the state. In Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services reports that 80% of those in the hospital are essential workers, including health workers, first responders and food service workers.7:21 a.m.: Russia surpasses 700,000 cases of COVID-19Russia confirmed 6,562 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, bringing the country’s official number of cases to 700,792.Over the past 24 hours, 173 people have died in the country bringing the total toll to 10,667.A total of 8,631 people recovered over the last 24 hours as well which brings the overall number of recoveries to 472,511.Russia has the fourth highest number of confirmed cases by country in the world behind only the United States, Brazil and India, respectively. Russia has more than double the amount of cases to Peru which currently sits as the fifth worst-affected country in the world.6:33 a.m.: Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official saysOn the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus.Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday. The unidentified player had previously tested positive during the NBA’s last round of testing that began on June 23.“That player is following protocol and and we’re hoping that he can join us shortly,” Weltman said.The Magic did not say which player had a confirmed COVID-19 case.The league told players that it will not suspend play in the event of several positive cases, but would look into stoppage if an outbreak did occur.5:04 a.m.: Over a dozen contract coronavirus after high school graduationMore than a dozen people who attended a high school graduation in North Carolina have reportedly contracted the novel coronavirus.Officials have identified at least 16 people who tested positive for COVID-19 after attending Marvin Ridge High School’s graduation ceremony on June 24 in Waxhaw, North Carolina, according to a report by Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC-TV. While some of those people may have been together at other events, officials said, the only common link they all share is the graduation.Officials said anyone who attended the ceremony “needs to take additional precautions when interacting with individuals from our vulnerable population,” and to get tested if they or someone in their home develops symptoms.Board members of the Union County Public Schools had voted in late May to hold in-person graduation ceremonies while practicing social distancing, despite an order from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper that prohibits them. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said they wouldn’t interfere with the plans to carry out traditional graduations.“As Union County Public Schools held graduations, the district provided clear health and safety guidance for graduates and their guests,” Union County Public Schools told WSOC in a statement Tuesday. “Ceremonies included social distancing protocols, and staff encouraged all attendees to wear face coverings. In addition, hand sanitizer or hand washing stations were available at each stadium.”3:30 a.m.: US sets another record with over 60,000 new cases in a dayMore than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the first time the United States has reached or crossed the 60,000 threshold of newly diagnosed cases in a 24-hour reporting period.Tuesday’s caseload shattered the country’s previous record set on July 2, when more than 54,000 new cases were identified.The national total currently stands at 2,996,098 diagnosed cases with at least 131,480 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 50,000 for the first time last week.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

‘Aggressive’ 3-Foot-Long Crocodile Found in Cardboard Box

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A “very aggressive” three-foot-long crocodile was found inside a cardboard box left in the parking lot of a Melville office building Tuesday, officials said.The unusual discovery was made at about 11 a.m. at 25 Melville Park Road following an anonymous call to the Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, according to Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross.The worker who took the call was suspicious at first, Gross said, because hoaxes are not uncommon in their experience. But when the shelter employee went to investigate the box in the parking lot of the industrial area, it had a crocodile inside it.Gross noted the crocodile was feisty, and difficult at first to corral. But the crocodile was safely captured and transported to the animal shelter before it was turned over to the Suffolk SPCA.Since crocodiles and similar reptiles like alligators grow at a rate of one foot each year, Gross believes the fanged crocodile is 3 years old.He speculated that its former owner had purchased the reptile when it was young but could not care for it as it grew older, and decided to abandon it. After several years as pets, crocodiles, like alligators, can become “very difficult to handle,” Gross noted.The Suffolk SPCA chief has been vocal in recent months about the risks of owning dangerous reptiles. Long Island has seen a slew of alligators over the past two years. This year alone, the Suffolk SPCA has received at least four calls regarding the crocodilian species—which includes crocodiles, caimans, and alligators. This is the first crocodile discovery Gross can recall in years, he said.Crocodiles and alligators are illegal to own in New York State. Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross holding “aggressive” crocodile found in Melville. (Photo credit: Suffolk SPCA) The Suffolk County SPCA will be pursuing criminal charges, Gross said. If the person who left the reptile menace in Melville is identified and arrested, he or she could face charges of abandonment and endangering the public with a wild animal, which combined carry a penalty of one year in jail or a $1,000 fine. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation could also charge the person who abandoned the croc with possessing an illegal reptile, Gross said.A joint investigation by the Suffolk SPCA and DEC police officers has been opened, Gross said.The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible. Anyone with any information is asked to call the agency at 631-382-7722.Gross said if the person responsible had called his organization instead of abandoning the reptile in the parking lot he’d consider it amnesty and would not be pressing charges.“It’s unfortunate that people still get these animals illegally,” Gross lamented.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s win over Navy

first_img Published on April 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm ANNAPOLIS, Md. — No. 7 Syracuse (9-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) cruised past Navy (5-7, 3-4 Patriot), 18-9, on Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Orange expanded their lead after a close first quarter and cruised to their fourth-straight win. After North Carolina lost to Notre Dame, SU will face UNC in the play-in game of this week’s ACC tournament.Here’s what our beat writers had to say about Syracuse’s win. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Mangrove Replanting Project Underway in Portland Cottage

first_imgA mangrove replanting project is currently underway at Portland Cottage, in Clarendon. A delegation from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will conduct a site visit and tour under Component 2 of the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CCADRRP), on March 14. The project, valued at €4.482 million, and which is expected to last for 30 months, is being carried out under the supervision of NEPA. The tour will provide the overseas based EU delegation with an opportunity for the gathering of pertinent information and a chance to see the impact the project has had on targeted communities. Some of  the main objectives of the project is to assist with the country’s adaptation to climate change; to contribute to sustainable development in the country by increasing the resilience of vulnerable areas (such as Portland Cottage); and reduce the risks that are associated with natural hazards, especially in vulnerable communities. The project also aims to reduce downstream run-offs and other negative environmental and human impacts through rehabilitation and improved management of selected watersheds; to increase resilience of coastal eco-systems to climate change impacts; and to enhance institutional and local level capacity for climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction, through increasing capabilities and raising awareness. Primary activities being executed under the project include replanting some 400 hectares of lands in Watershed Areas, such as Yallahs River, Hope River, Buff Bay/Pencar and Rio Bueno; Establishing/strengthening four local Forest Management Committees and helping to establish livelihood programmes; Implementing a Forest Fire Management Programme; and establishing river protection structures in vulnerable communities. Another set of activities being carried out under the programme are: development of a database for the management of coastal ecosystems; preparation of management plans for marine protected areas in Montego Bay, Negril and the Portland Bight area; creation and planting of artificial reefs and securing marker buoys in three Marine protected areas; and replanting some 20 acres of sea grass in Negril. A pilot public education programme on climate change is also being conducted, as well as a pilot project on risk and vulnerability assessment to address issues of climate change. Key organizations that are playing an active role in the project include the Forestry Department, which is responsible for rehabilitated watershed areas, through slope stabilization measures, such as the reforestation of destroyed slope cover on hillsides; NEPA, that is responsible for increased flexibility of selected coastal areas against potential climate change impacts; and the island’s Meteorological Service, which is responsible for climate change capacity building and awareness raising. By O. Rodger Hutchinsonlast_img read more

3 Chrome Extensions That Can Boost Your Ecommerce Business

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read December 21, 2017 One of the best routes any entrepreneur can take to grow is by utilizing the right tools. If you can speed up your processes or obtain a deeper understanding of your customer base through data analysis, your business will benefit — and your investment in those tools will have been a worthwhile endeavor.Related: How Chrome Won the War of the BrowsersThankfully, the days of trial and error are becoming a thing of the past. Entrepreneurs are becoming more and more plugged into the dynamics of everything from how to place products onto Amazon to how to identify the most trustworthy factories on Alibaba. The tool? Credit the power of innovative Chrome extensions which enable software tools to be layered over web pages.Chrome extensions allow users to have more advanced experiences and operations on websites; extensions are how Grammarly, for instance, initially grew to two million daily users — because it could enable the spell-check function on nearly every web page online.Entrepreneurs looking for a big year in 2018, then, should consider implementing the following Chrome extension tools to better prepare their ecommerce platforms for success in the new year.Buffer One of the hardest things about launching an ecommerce venture is that in addition to all the time you spend optimizing, refining and managing your own website and business, you also have to invest in your social media presence to stay competitive.Without a regular flow of content to publish, your social media pages look bland, uninviting or even deserted; and that may lower consumers’ confidence in your brand. What’s more, your business misses out on a wider audience and the user engagement that can drive social proof and increase conversions.Don’t let this be you! Regardless of how crowded the social media space gets in your industry or how insanely busy you are working your business, your social media game has to stay on point.Here, Buffer can help: It’s one of the best ways to share content across Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn from anywhere on the web, directly integrating with your social media platforms for a seamless customer experience.Buffer can assist you in putting up posts and spreading content out through the day, so that that content doesn’t all appear at once (making you look like you managed to dedicate just a few minutes to curating your social media profiles). Enable your Chrome browser extension and give it a go; you’ll be surprised how much easier it can be to stay engaged across multiple social media outlets.Related: Built-In Chrome Ad Blocker Coming Early 2018And, certainly, time is the point here: As an entrepreneur, it’s perhaps your most valuable asset. That means that any tools which promise to save you time, optimize your processes or make your life easier should be at the forefront of your efforts, and that you should always keep an eye out for the latest and greatest enhancements to conducting business.Factory Confirm Starting an ecommerce company begins with establishing a relationship with the right factory to source your products, but it can be incredibly difficult for a lone entrepreneur to sift through countless potential manufacturers. Even using a resource like Alibaba, which is designed to facilitate international business and help entrepreneurs find products and suppliers quickly and efficiently, can be a struggle for entrepreneurs aiming to get in touch with the factories they need.About 80 percent of the manufacturers on Alibaba, in fact, are trading companies or agents, not actual factories equipped to handle the needs of a new ecommerce vendor.That’s why a Chrome extension like Factory Confirm can be an invaluable tool. It analyzes over 20 data points among company pages, external third party searches and its manufacturer’s, Sourcify’s, own data, to authenticate manufacturer listings on Alibaba, ensuring that entrepreneurs connect to legitimate factories for free.Jungle ScoutAccording to Statista, Amazon generated $22.99 billion in third-party seller-service revenues in 2016, and on Cyber Monday alone, sellers themselves received orders for more than 28 million products. Across the globe, the number of third-party sellers successfully operating on Amazon continues to rise, making it an attractive option for ecommerce vendors looking to increase their audience.But with practically everything imaginable available on Amazon (if it’s not on Amazon, do you even need it?), entrepreneurs find themselves wondering if their product can make a big enough impact on the platform to make listing it there worthwhile.Related: This New Google Chrome Extension Lets Colleagues Share Web Pages Using Beeping SoundsJungle Scout is a Chrome extension that enables users to validate product ideas with trustworthy sales data, like product rank, sales, revenue, reviews and ratings. If you’re wondering if your product idea will make a splash in such a large market, this tool could help you develop an informed strategy. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Therapy pig wows crowds at San Francisco Airport

first_img Wednesday, December 7, 2016 SAN FRANCISCO – Travellers are going hog wild over an adorable pig named LiLou, who’s been tasked with making people happy at San Francisco International Airport.The Juliana-breed therapy pig is gaining worldwide fame for her outlandish outfits (think pink tutus and pilot hats) and brightly painted nails, and is winning hearts the world over for her calm and joyful demeanor. She is the newest member of the airport’s ‘Wag Brigade’, a team of dogs, cats and rabbits that has been trained to cheer grumpy airport visitors and calm nervous fliers prior to boarding.LiLou is the first pig to join its ranks. According to USA Today, she can stand up on her back hooves, wave at people with her snout and play a toy piano. She turns two on Dec. 15.When she’s not making people smile at the airport (she appears about once a week wearing a ‘Pet Me!’ badge, says, LiLou spends her time making the rounds at San Francisco’s senior centres and hospitals.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamTo see LiLou hamming it up for the camera, follow her on Instagram @lilou_sfpig.Of, if you love animals like us, you can book the next flight out to San Francisco to see her in person. << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Posted by Travelweek Group Therapy pig wows crowds at San Francisco Airportlast_img read more