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Illegal immigrants who can use welfare and still receive green cards

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Two illegal immigrants sue the Trump administration to make sure they can receive federal welfare and still get green cards to remain in the U.S.

The CASA de Maryland Open Borders Group and two DACA illegal aliens are suing the Trump administration for its “government charge” law, which will save American taxpayers billions by ending welfare-dependent legal immigration to the U.S. The new regulation prevents legal immigrants from permanently resettling in the U.S. by acquiring green cards as long as they are discovered to have been used or are likely to be used.

Breitbart.com reports: The DACA illegal aliens, represented by the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP) of Georgetown Law, want a preliminary injunction to prevent the application of the government charge rule while the case passes through the judiciary, calling for an “discriminatory” end to welfare-dependent immigration and suggesting that the rule is racist against non-white immigrants.

“The new law would allow immigration officials in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner to deny the status of[ Lawful Permanent Resident] to many immigrants,” said Amy Marshak, senior ICAP counsel in a declaration. “By design, this is. President Trump and his consultants have voiced encouragement towards non-white immigrants, and surveys have already shown that the new law will disproportionately impact colored immigrants. “The lawsuit seeks to guarantee that DACA illegal aliens, who have been lobbying for DACA amnesty for years, will be able to receive green cards if such amnesty is given despite the use of welfare by U.S. taxpayers.

“The new rule would expand the concept of a’ public charge’ beyond recognition, transforming someone who receives just over $1500 in food stamps or a few benefits at the same time into a’ public charge’ for less than a year,” said ICAP counsel Jonathan Backer. “That’s not what anyone ever expected to mean.” Despite outrage at the open borders lobby, Democrats, and establishment media, Trump’s pursuit of ending welfare-dependent immigration is hugely popular with Hispanic Americans and U.S. voters in general. There is a legal way of immigration services to the U.S through Caribbean Programs.

The recent Harvard / Harris Poll finds Hispanic Americans supporting immigrants who are known to have used welfare or are likely to use welfare by a majority of 56 percent, denying permanent residence. Likewise, a majority of 65% of Hispanic Americans said illegal aliens should not be permitted to benefit from welfare programs funded by taxpayers, as well as 71% of black Americans.

A Center for Immigration Studies research states that about 63 percent of U.S. non-citizen families use at least one type of taxpayer-funded welfare, while only about 35 percent of American native-born families are on welfare. This implies non-citizen households are using almost twice as much welfare as American native-born families.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that granting amnesty to approximately 3.5 million illegal DACA registered and eligible aliens would cost American citizens at least $26 billion as approximately one out of five DACA illegal aliens would end up on food stamps, and at least one out of seven would go to Medicaid.

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Patriots QB Mac Jones doesn’t feel restricted by play-calling

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Mac Jones doesn’t feel the offensive play-calling has been too safe or too conservative during the opening two games.

The Patriots rookie quarterback, appearing on WEEI’s “Merloni & Fauria” show Monday, told the hosts he doesn’t feel like he’s being held back.

Basically, it’s on him to make the plays.

“At the end of the day, it’s about moving the ball, taking what the defense gives you,” said Jones. “If they give you the deep shot, then take it. If they give you the short, then take the short. It’s what the defense is doing, really.”

During his weekly appearance on the radio show, Jones was asked a number of questions related to the offense in terms of its troubles in the red zone, and the lack of big plays. He said offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels puts them in a position to succeed.

“Obviously, Josh does a really good job preparing all of us. And we have a plan for what the defense is going to give us,” he said. “We don’t over-plan or anything like that to expect what they might do, or what we think they’re going to do, we just kinda stick to what we do, and he calls great plays, and we gotta execute them better. And, I think the offense, when we watch the film together, we’re all going to say that. We can definitely play better, and execute the plays that were called better, and we will.”

Jones, who completed 22 of 30 passes for just 186 yards in the 25-6 Jets win, also didn’t necessarily feel he was passing up opportunities, although upon further review, he knows he could have gone deep to Nelson Agholor in the end zone on the double-pass against the Jets, instead of going short to Jonnu Smith. So he’d love a do-over on that one.

“Yeah, I think with that type of play, it’s just hard sometimes to read it out as best you can … it’s a one-and-done deal,” he said. “I saw Jonnu flash in front of me, and got it out really quick. If you go back and watch it, I definitely could have held the ball, and made a look before I caught it to see if anyone was around me. I just didn’t have as good of awareness as I should have had.”

Jones said throwing to the open guy shouldn’t be so “confusing or complicated.”

Asked if he was afraid to throw an interception, Jones said he doesn’t fear making mistakes, but given statistics, he definitely errs on the side of caution.

“When you look at turnover statistics, the team that turns the ball over less usually wins,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s pretty high percentage-wise. … Yesterday, we could have capitalized more on the turnovers we got, but as long as you’re ending every possession with a kick, then things will be moving in the right direction. That’s always what I’ve been taught. But, I think, there may be some things I can adjust, and I will do that and just listen to the feedback I get.”

The former Alabama star was always taught that punts, field goals, or touchdowns with the extra point are fine. Turnovers aren’t. That philosophy has been engrained in him.

“Yeah, I think that’s just an old saying in football. Some coaches see it, some coaches don’t, but from what I’ve been listening to here, we just want to control the ball, and we want to end the possession in a kick,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s going to be a punt. You want them all to be extra points. That’ll be ideal.”

The red zone woes? The Patriots have converted just 2-of-7 opportunities during the two games played.

Jones said there’s been an emphasis on red zone play, it’s more about execution than anything else.

“The field gets tighter. You don’t have space to work with,” he said. “Sometimes that can be an issue, but I think it’s more about us executing the plays that are called, and doing it against tighter looks, and me making more competitive throws. And things like that. I don’t think there’s any big thing we’re missing, it’s just little things.

“Josh has done a good job preparing me in the red zone,” he went on. “I feel it’s more me than anybody else. I can make those tight window throws, and I have in the past. So, we can be better. It just kind of is what it is.”

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State senator’s wife charged with domestic assault

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CHISHOLM, Minn. — The wife of a Minnesota state senator was arrested Sunday night on charges that she physically abused her husband.

Charlotte Tomassoni, 69, of Chisholm, was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault, committing acts to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death. Her husband is Sen. David Tomassoni, an independent who represents parts of Itasca and St. Louis counties.

Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm (Courtesy photo)

According to a Chisholm police report, an officer arrived at around 6:36 p.m. at the back door of the residence, where they found David Tomassoni sitting in the kitchen.

He told police officers that his wife, Charlotte, had been yelling at him earlier in the day and that “she was intoxicated and might be high on something,” the police report said. He said she was upset about “past family dynamics,” so he said he left the residence so she could “cool off for a while,” but returned around 4:30 to watch the Minnesota Vikings game on TV.

He told police his wife was still upset, so he went into the basement to get away from her. He said she came downstairs at that time and was yelling at him again. According to the report, she threw his computer and hit him in the chest with a broomstick before returning upstairs.

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Charlotte Tomassoni (Courtesy Forum News Service)

David Tomassoni was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Due to his ALS, he has lost a lot of his upper-body strength and he felt he wouldn’t be able to defend himself, the report said.

After she went back upstairs, she yelled down to him that if he came upstairs she was going to stab him with a knife, the report said.

When police entered the home they found her laying on the living room couch, the report said. She was asked to stand up and was patted down for weapons. According to the police report, she appeared to be intoxicated as she was slurring her words, had poor balance and smelled of alcohol.

The report said police observed two 12-packs of beer bottles on the living room floor and several empty beer bottles on the coffee table and floor around the couch. Officers also allegedly observed two steak knives on the kitchen table.

Charlotte Tomassoni was convicted of fourth-degree driving while impaired in 2012 and was sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

Judge Bhupesh Pattni granted Tomassoni conditional release shortly after her arraignment Monday, where she pleaded not guilty. She was granted a public defender. Her next court date is Oct. 4.

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New ‘test and stay’ approach could minimize student quarantine

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ATLANTA (NewsNation) — A new COVID testing model is looking to minimize time missed from school due to quarantine. The resource-intensive approach is sometimes called “test to stay.” It is essentially a modified quarantine that allows kids to stay in school as long as they’re tested regularly and adhere to precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing.

Students at Marietta City Schools in Georgia who have come in contact with someone who has COVID have to come to school early every day for seven days and take a rapid test. As long as those tests come back negative, they’re allowed to go to class. If a test comes back positive, they have to quarantine.

Grant Rivera, the superintendent of Marietta City Schools, said he took the proposal to his contacts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other health authorities. “We’ve always followed the recommended protocols. I don’t want to be reckless. I’m a former special education teacher, high school principal turned superintendent—I don’t want to make up protocols. And I said, ‘Is this scientifically sound?’ And they said, ‘Yes.’”

The tests are free to the district, thanks to a partnership with the Georgia State Health Department. But the approach is considered resource heavy because school administrators and staff are the ones that have to administer these tests.

“Although our state and across the country, they have not yet adapted to a modified quarantine protocol, every scientist and researcher that I talked to said, ‘Yes, if the viral load is so low that it won’t trigger a rapid antigen test, you’re good to come to school that day,’” Rivera said.

Right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not endorsing the approach. The agency says it needs more data before it makes any sort of recommendation. It also says that it’s working with the districts and jurisdictions that are using the approach right now, like the one in Marietta, to gather more information so they can see if it actually works at limiting the spread of COVID.

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Jefferson County officer back at work after brush with death

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. – An officer injured last May has returned to duty. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says that Deputy Zach Faulkner is back in the office. He will be on “light duty” for the next few months as he continues to recover.

Faulkner was hospitalized in May and spent weeks recovering after a shootout with a murder suspect. He is part of the Jefferson County SWAT team.

The SWAT team was outside the home on Lake Drive when Anthony Legens, 36, began shooting at authorities, who fired back. He was shot and killed later that evening.

Tanya Gould’s body was found in the Cedar Hill home last spring. Investigators were a the residence to search for a missing man.

Faulkner is a SWAT team member. He was shot at and taken to the hospital to have emergency surgery. He eventually recovered with help from the community and BackStoppers.

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More than 1,000 Denver students stage walk-out to call for Tay Anderson’s resignation

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More than 1,000 students walked out of Denver Public Schools classrooms across the city Monday to call for the resignation of school board member Tay Anderson, who was censured by his colleagues last week for “behavior unbecoming of a board member.”

Friday’s vote by the DPS board to publicly reprimand Anderson followed the release of a third-party investigation into allegations of sexual assault against the 23-year-old elected official.

The months-long investigation did not substantiate any of those claims, but did conclude Anderson had flirted online with a 16-year-old student this summer before knowing her age, and made coercive and intimidating social media posts during the investigation.

The students who walked out Monday morning assembled outside the school district’s downtown headquarters, chanting “Hey hey, ho ho, Tay Anderson has got to go,” and “Women’s rights are human rights.” City public safety officials estimated 1,000 to 1,200 students gathered outside the district offices, a DPS spokesman said.

Anderson, during an evening speech broadcast online from Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center in Five Points, took a softer tone than his incendiary remarks Friday. He apologized to those hurt during the investigative process and promised to listen to students’ concerns.

He did not directly address the behaviors for which the board censured him.

“I know this process has been very difficult during already difficult times,” Anderson said. “I hope that over time, and with hard work, I will be able to earn your trust back.”

He also apologized to Denver taxpayers for what he called “fiscal mismanagement” — an apparent reference to the cost of the law firm hired by DPS to conduct the investigation — and recapped some of his achievements as a school board member, before laying out plans for what he still hopes to accomplish during his time on the board.

Meanwhile, as Anderson spoke about “getting back to work,” his school board colleagues were participating in a virtual meeting about student achievement. (Anderson had appeared briefly in the meeting prior to giving his speech.)

Some students at the protest told Chalkbeat Colorado they felt Anderson should resign over the sexual assault allegations — even though they weren’t substantiated.

“Sexual assault is not a thing to play with,” Ashley Robinson, who organized the walkout at North High School, told Chalkbeat. “Nobody is out to get Tay Anderson. It could be Santa Claus, and we would want him out.”

North senior Destinee Mcleain said that while it was significant the sexual assault allegations were not substantiated, she still was concerned about the finding that Anderson had behaved flirtatiously online with a student.

“He has spent enough time around students that he knows a high school student from an adult female,” she told Chalkbeat.

Eleven students from various city high schools also met with DPS Superintendent Alex Marrero, school board president Carrie Olson and vice president Jennifer Bacon.

In the meeting, students detailed their concerns about student safety and said they were “embarrassed and disappointed to see how Director Anderson was responding to the censure by continuing to disparage and attack anyone who was concerned about his behavior towards students,” Olson said during an afternoon news conference inside DPS headquarters.

As a result of Monday’s conversations, school board officials said students would be included in discussions as the board writes a code of conduct for its members.

“Our students’ messages came through today, loud and clear,” Bacon said. “We need to do more to make sure that our students feel safe and that board members are held accountable for everything we do.”

On Friday, a defiant Anderson defended himself before and during the special school board meeting, calling the censure vote a “high-tech lynching.” A host of Black leaders stood beside him to deride white supremacy, referring to the vote and investigation as a “witch hunt.”

Bacon pointedly called out Anderson’s response to the censure, saying the board hopes that he will “not provoke and disparage anyone who has concerns with his behavior.”

Asked about Anderson’s use of the phrase “high-tech lynching” to describe his treatment, Bacon, who is Black, said, “We took the steps necessary to ensure that due process was properly given.”

Anderson forcefully rejected calls to resign Friday ahead of the censure vote. The board has no power to remove Anderson from his post.

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Ticker: Registry resumes some services; Twitter to pay $809.5M to settle lawsuit

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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday resumed offering some services that had been put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

Twenty-one locations statewide will offer appointments for in-person vehicle and driver services, walk-in visits, and business-to-business transactions, which includes bulk transactions for auto dealers and insurance agents, the agency said.

Walk-in services will be available at Braintree, Brockton, Danvers, Easthampton, Greenfield, Fall River, Haverhill, Boston (Haymarket), Lawrence, Leominster, Milford, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Plymouth, Revere, Springfield, Yarmouth, Taunton, Watertown, Wilmington and Worcester.

Twitter to pay $809.5M to settle lawsuit

Twitter said Monday it will pay $809.5 million to settle a consolidated class action lawsuit alleging that the company misled investors about how much its user base was growing and how much users interacted with its platform.

The San Francisco company said the proposed settlement, which must still be signed off by a judge, resolves all claims against it without Twitter admitting any wrongdoing. The original lawsuit filed in 2016 claimed that Twitter executives “knowingly made inaccurate public statements regarding these metrics, and failed to disclose internal information about them, resulting in an inflated share price that fell when the truth about user engagement became known.”

The company said it plans to use cash on hand to pay the settlement in the fourth quarter of 2021. It expects to record a one-time charge as a result.

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Minnesota Bank and Trust expands into east metro with new St. Paul office

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Minnesota Bank and Trust is making its first foray into St. Paul and the east metro with new banking offices along the Green Line.

On Sept. 27, the Minnetonka-based personal, small business and commercial bank plans to open a branch within the Court International Building at 2550 University Ave. West. The bank currently maintains banking centers in Minnetonka and Edina.

Two commercial bankers, Heath Stanton and Eric Britt, will be joined by a team of bank partners to offer private banking, wealth management and other products to customers throughout the Midway and east metro.

The bank, which has $956 million in assets, is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., which is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and oversees some $18 billion in combined assets.

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Body found in Wyoming believed to be Gabby Petito; search continues for fiancé

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NORTH PORT, Fla. (NewsNation Now) — Authorities say a body discovered Sunday in Wyoming is believed to be Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito.

The FBI said the body was found by law enforcement agents who had spent the past two days searching campgrounds on the east boundary of the park.

Petito and her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West.

Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Petito’s family filed a missing person report on Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.

Police searched a vast Florida wildlife reserve on Sunday for Laundrie, a person of interest in the case. The 23-year-old was last seen Tuesday by family members in Florida, and investigators have been searching for him for the past two days in a 24,000-acre wildlife reserve near Sarasota, Florida.

Police say Laundrie’s missing status is “certainly a twist.”

“We’re hopeful that he’s out here,” says Josh Taylor, a North Point Police spokesperson. “Certainly, we’ve prepared for all different possibilities, but our goal is to locate him and bring him back to North Port.”

Authorities used drones, scent-sniffing dogs and all-terrain vehicles in the reserve, which has more than 100 miles of trails, as well as campgrounds. Investigators took some of his clothing from his parents’ home Friday night to provide a scent for the search dogs.

“His family says they believe he entered the area earlier this week,” North Port Police tweeted Saturday.

Investigators in Florida were hopeful Laundrie was somewhere in the wildlife reserve near Sarasota. Depending on his skills, he could survive out in the reserve for some time, said police spokesperson Josh Taylor at a news conference.

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“Certainly, we prepare for all different possibilities, but you know, our goal is to locate him and bring him back to North Port,” Taylor said.

Police said the conversation Friday evening was the first time they’d spoken with the Laundries in detail about the case and that the meeting came at the family’s request. An attorney for the family called FBI investigators and said they wanted to talk about Laundrie’s disappearance, police said.

Investigators were trying to verify the story told by Laundrie’s family members that he went in the reserve with only a backpack, Taylor said. One mystery is how Laundrie got to the reserve. Family members told investigators he took his car, but the vehicle was found back at his family’s home, not at the reserve.

Earlier, the North Port Police said in a statement that they understood the community’s frustration over the lack of progress in finding the missing woman.

“We are frustrated too,” the statement said. “For six days, the North Port Police Department and the FBI have been pleading with the family to contact investigators regarding Brian’s fiance, Gabby Petito. Friday is the first time they have spoken to investigators in detail.”

“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police said in Friday’s statement.

Attorneys for the Petito family released a statement saying Laundrie was not “missing.”

“All of Gabby’s family want the world to know that Brian is not missing, he is hiding. Gabby is missing,” the statement from the law office of Richard B. Stafford said.

Earlier in the week, Petito’s family pleaded for the Laundrie family to tell them where their son last saw her. Petito and Laundrie were childhood sweethearts who met while growing up on Long Island, New York. His parents later moved to North Port, about 35 miles south of Sarasota.

The couple’s trek in the Ford Transit van began in July from Long Island. They intended to reach Oregon by the end of October, according to their social media accounts, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said.

Police video released by the Moab Police Department in Utah showed that an officer pulled the van over on Aug. 12 after it was seen speeding and hitting a curb near the entrance to Arches National Park. The bodycam video showed an emotional Petito, who sat inside a police cruiser while officers also questioned Laundrie.

Ultimately, Moab police decided not to file any charges and instead separated the couple for the night. Laundrie checked into a motel and Petito remained with the converted sleeper van.

The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate contributed to this report.

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Missouri records fewer than 1,000 COVID cases for second time this month

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – For just the second time this month and the fourth time since Aug. 1, Missouri health officials have recorded fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the state has recorded 663,282 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 902 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 11,063 total deaths as of Monday, Sept. 20, an increase of 1 over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.67%.

Please keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours.

State health officials report 53.1% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 64.4% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.

The state has administered 63,391 doses of vaccine in the last 7 days (this metric is subject to a delay, meaning the last three days are not factored in). The highest vaccination rates are among people over 65.

Boone County, the city of Joplin, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its population fully vaccinated. Fourteen other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Franklin, Atchison, Jackson, Cole, Gasconade, Greene, Shelby, Nodaway, Montgomery, Cape Girardeau, and Christian counties, as well as Kansas City, Independence, and St. Louis City.

Vaccination is the safest way to achieve herd immunity. Herd immunity for COVID-19 requires 80% to 90% of the population to have immunity, either by vaccination or recovery from the virus.

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(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

The Bureau of Vital Records at DHSS performs a weekly linkage between deaths to the state and death certificates to improve quality and ensure all decedents that died of COVID-19 are reflected in the systems. As a result, the state’s death toll will see a sharp increase from time to time. Again, that does not mean a large number of deaths happened in one day; instead, it is a single-day reported increase.

At the state level, DHSS is not tracking probable or pending COVID deaths. Those numbers are not added to the state’s death count until confirmed in the disease surveillance system either by the county or through analysis of death certificates.

The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Jan. 8, 2021.

The 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,620; yesterday, it was 1,640. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 1,953. 

Approximately 49.3% of all reported cases are for individuals 39 years of age and younger. The state has further broken down the age groups into smaller units. The 18 to 24 age group has 82,384 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 56,784 cases.

People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 44.1% of all recorded deaths in the state.

Month / Year Missouri COVID cases*
(reported that month)
March 2020 1,327
April 2020 6,235
May 2020 5,585
June 2020 8,404
July 2020 28,772
August 2020 34,374
September 2020 41,416
October 2020 57,073
November 2020 116,576
December 2020 92,808
January 2021 66,249
February 2021 19,405
March 2021 11,150
April 2021 12,165
May 2021 9,913
June 2021 12,680
July 2021 42,780
August 2021 60,275
September 2021 32,255
(Source: Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services)

Missouri has administered 6,896,446 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Sept. 19, 16.9% of those tests have come back positive. People who have received multiple PCR tests are not counted twice, according to the state health department.

According to the state health department’s COVID-19 Dashboard, “A PCR test looks for the viral RNA in the nose, throat, or other areas in the respiratory tract to determine if there is an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive PCR test means that the person has an active COVID-19 infection.”

The Missouri COVID Dashboard no longer includes the deduplicated method of testing when compiling the 7-day moving average of positive tests. The state is now only using the non-deduplicated method, which is the CDC’s preferred method. That number is calculated using the number of tests taken over the period since many people take multiple tests. Under this way of tabulating things, Missouri has a 10% positivity rate as of Sept. 17. Health officials exclude the most recent three days to ensure data accuracy when calculating the moving average.

The 7-day positivity rate was 4.5% on June 1, 10.2% on July 1, and 15.0% on Aug. 1.

As of Sept. 17, Missouri is reporting 1,750 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,911. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 17% statewide. The state’s public health care metrics lag behind by three days due to reporting delays, especially on weekends. Keep in mind that the state counts all beds available and not just beds that are staffed by medical personnel.

On July 6, the 7-day rolling average for hospitalizations eclipsed the 1,000-person milestone for the first time in four months, with 1,013 patients. The 7-day average for hospitalizations had previously been over 1,000 from Sept. 16, 2020, to March 5, 2021.

On Aug. 5, the average eclipsed 2,000 patients for the first time in more than seven months. It was previously over 2,000 from Nov. 9, 2020, to Jan. 27, 2021.

The 2021 low point on the hospitalization average in Missouri was 655 on May 29.

Across the state, 439 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 17%.

If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.

As of Sept. 20, the CDC identified 42,031,103 cases of COVID-19 and 672,738 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.6%.

How do COVID deaths compare to other illnesses, like the flu or even the H1N1 pandemics of 1918 and 2009? It’s a common question.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preliminary data on the 2018-2019 influenza season in the United States shows an estimated 35,520,883 cases and 34,157 deaths; that would mean a case-fatality rate of 0.09 percent. Case-fatality rates on previous seasons are as follows: 0.136 percent (2017-2018), 0.131 percent (2016-2017), 0.096 percent (2015-2016), and 0.17 percent (2014-2015).

The 1918 H1N1 epidemic, commonly referred to as the “Spanish Flu,” is estimated to have infected 29.4 million Americans and claimed 675,000 lives as a result; a case-fatality rate of 2.3 percent. The Spanish Flu claimed greater numbers of young people than typically expected from other influenzas.

Beginning in January 2009, another H1N1 virus—known as the “swine flu”—spread around the globe and was first detected in the US in April of that year. The CDC identified an estimated 60.8 million cases and 12,469 deaths; a 0.021 percent case-fatality rate.

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: At 2-0, are undefeated Broncos the real deal or fool’s gold?

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Kiszla vs. O’Halloran: At 2-0, are undefeated Broncos the real deal or fool’s gold?

Kiz: For the first time in what seems like forever to you, me and linebacker Von Miller, there’s a happy orange glow in Broncos Country. Everything’s going according to plan for coach Vic Fangio and the gang. After two weeks, the Broncos are not only undefeated and in first place of the AFC West, but they are also one game ahead of Kansas City in the standings. As the team returns to Denver for the home opener, is it too early to start selling playoff tickets?

O’Halloran: As long as they’re refundable, why not? In 2018, my first year covering the Broncos, they started 2-0 but all I seem to remember is a tepid excitement. In Week 1, the defense stood tall after three Case Keenum (remember him?) interceptions to beat Seattle, 27-24. In Week 2, they survived darn-near 100% accuracy from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (29 of 32) to win 20-19 with six seconds remaining. The bottom fell out the next week in Baltimore. This team appears different. They faced two teams they should have beaten and once they got going late in the first half, they won both by double-digits.

Kiz: Maybe it wasn’t particularly fair or especially wise for Miller to compare quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. While nobody expects Bridgewater to be enshrined in Canton, the comparison is apt in one important respect. Under the unrelenting spotlight of playing QB in a city where John Elway set impossibly high standards, Bridgewater is the first player since Manning not to be unnerved by the unreasonable expectations for the position in Broncos Country.

O’Halloran: Spot on about Bridgewater both on the field and at the podium. On the field, he just never appears to get rattled. Pass rush breaks down? Scramble. First receiver is covered? Move on to the second or third options. Face a third-and-long? Check out of the called play and hand off to running back Javonte Williams for the conversion. At the podium, he’s insightful, critical and amusing all rolled into one No. 5 jersey. Vic’s decision to go with Teddy has been the right one so far.

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