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DELLWOOD, Mo – The National Allegiance on Mental Illness reports 63% of black people believe mental health conditions is a sign of personal weakness. This idea, and lack of seeking treatment or services, has led to a mental health crisis in black communities.
Tunnel Light, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2018 after the founder Sideny Stuckey’s brother committed suicide.
Passionate about addressing mental health, Tunnel Light launched an initiative that will provide mental health first aid training to local professionals in an effort to help residents better identify signs of depression, reverse the stigma on mental health, and begin rebuilding the health of black people overall.
Saturday afternoon the organization hosted an open discussion at Eclectic Retail Gallery (E.R.G) in Dellwood. Singer, actress, and St. Louis native Truth Hurts served as the moderator and is endorsing the initiative.
She said, “The more we start talking about it and dealing with it is the way that we handle it and really come up with some good remedies for mental health and start dealing with each other.”
The Tunnel Light Mental Health Awareness First Aid program is based upon a model out of Australia that has seen success. The organization has partnered with the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), Mental Health of America, and National Wellbeing of America to provide the training.
The training is a five-hour online course. Upon completion, participants receive a certificate, and board member Bishop Perry says after you receive your certificate, you become eligible to co-host other training sessions to earn money.
Perry said, “This training is set to give you resources and tools to use for someone who might be experiencing a mental health crisis or challenge.”
Though individual and collective awareness of the signs of depression and anxiety in yourself and others is a good first step, Tunnel Light ultimately wants to connect those struggling with mental health issues in silence to seek other resources, like therapy.
“It just takes on person or one mission to interject in a person’s situation that might be depressive or unhappy,” said Perry, “and then they’re on their way to true happiness in their life.”
Stuckey knows mental health is hard for many people in the black community to discuss, but she says they hope to continue creating more safe spaces for open dialogue.
They encourage St. Louis City and County residents who are interested in helping their cause or in need of mental health services to contact them on their website or on their Facebook page.
Chris Myarick is as Philly as they come. The Giants tight end was born in Elkins Park and went to Cheltenham High School before moving seven miles south to go to Temple University in North Philadelphia. So of course his first career NFL catch was a decisive touchdown for the Giants against their hated division rivals, opening up a 10-0 lead in a 13-7 win that had real implications on the fringes of the NFC playoff race.
“Crazy play. Crazy first regular season catch for me,” Myarick said Sunday. “It was just crazy for me personally — finally getting the sign up, and that’s the first touchdown of the game and it was coming to me. It was kind of a crazy experience.”
Myarick is right, because it isn’t just crazy that a Philly native caught his first career NFL pass for a touchdown in a huge moment. It’s how he ended up on the field, and how he caught it — or not.
Backup tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith were out with injuries, so Myarick was signed off the practice squad for the second straight week. Undrafted out of Temple in 2019, Myarick appeared in three games with the Dolphins the last two years before joining the Giants this fall.
“I’d say it was pretty much just like any other week for me,” the understated Myarick said after the win. “I always try to prepare like I’m playing, prepare like I’m starting, even when I was on the practice squad. Not much of that changed. Obviously, a little bit more reps here and there, but that was pretty much it.”
The catch itself was outrageous. The one-yard pass from Daniel Jones late in the third quarter bounced off his stomach and slid down his leg before Myarick used his knees to squeeze the ball and then got a hand under it. Or at least that’s what replay officials concluded, as it was hard to tell if the ball hit the ground.
In a statement, the NFL said that Myarick “bobbles the ball, but gets his left hand underneath the ball before it touches the ground,” and therefore it was a touchdown.
Asked Sunday, he said that the ball didn’t hit the ground. “It wasn’t the cleanest catch,” he said, “but it still counts. I’ll take it.”
The Giants will take it too. Jason Garrett’s firing was supposed to result in an increased emphasis on playmakers like Kenny Golladay and Saquon Barkley, but for the second straight game, Jones’ only touchdown went to an extremely unlikely source. (Tackle Andrew Thomas caught one in the blowout loss to the Bucs.)
But Myarick’s teammates were thrilled for him, telling him to go ahead and celebrate and they would worry about tracking down the ball later. “I was holding on to it at first and they wanted me to spike it,” he said. “Saquon went and got it for me. I appreciate him for that.”
The people in his life who probably don’t appreciate him much right now? Eagles fans, including his friends and family. He lost his Eagles fandom once he got closer to pro ball, saying “Once you get to college … you root for guys you know in the league.” But that doesn’t apply to everyone he knows, obviously. “They might be a little mad at me,” he said of the countless Eagles fans in his life, “but that’s all good. I’ll take our win for sure.”
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – After taking the last few days off for the Thanksgiving break, Missouri health officials announced more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), the state has recorded 738,823 cumulative cases of SARS-CoV-2—an increase of 5,380 positive cases (PCR testing only)—and 12,529 total deaths as of Monday, Nov. 29, an increase of 9 over yesterday. That’s a case fatality rate of 1.70%.
It’s important to keep in mind that not all cases and deaths recorded occurred in the last 24 hours. The state health department did not report new data from Nov. 25 through Nov. 28.
State health officials report 57.8% of the total population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Approximately 69.3% of all adults 18 years of age and older have initiated the process.
The first doses were administered in Missouri on Dec. 13, 2020.
The state has administered 106,282 doses—including booster shots—of the 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.
Joplin, St. Louis City, and Kansas City, as well as St. Louis, St. Charles, Boone, and Atchison counties are the only jurisdictions in the state with at least 50% of its populations fully vaccinated. Thirty-five other jurisdictions in the state are at least 40% fully vaccinated: Cole, Jackson, Franklin, Greene, Cape Girardeau, Jefferson, Nodaway, Cass, Ste. Genevieve, Carroll, Andrew, Callaway, Gasconade, Christian, Benton, Adair, Clinton, Dade, Livingston, Ray, Lafayette, Montgomery, Shelby, Osage, Henry, Clay, Camden, Warren, Howard, Cooper, Phelps, Stone, St. Francois, and Chariton counties, as well as the city of Independence.
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.
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 7-day rolling average for cases in Missouri sits at 1,197; yesterday, it was 528. Exactly one month ago, the state rolling average was 709.
The 10 days with the most reported cases occurred between Oct. 10, 2020, and Nov. 18, 2021.
Approximately 49.9% 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 89,422 recorded cases, while 25 to 29-year-olds have 62,444 cases.
People 80 years of age and older account for approximately 41.9% of all recorded deaths in the state.
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Missouri has administered 7,842,004 PCR tests for COVID-19 over the entirety of the pandemic and as of Nov. 28, 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 10.6% positivity rate as of Nov. 26. 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 Nov. 26, Missouri is reporting 779 COVID hospitalizations and a rolling 7-day average of 1,063. The remaining inpatient hospital bed capacity sits at 24% 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 Missouri, 179 COVID patients are in ICU beds, leaving the state’s remaining intensive care capacity at 24%.
If you have additional questions about the coronavirus, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is available at 877-435-8411.
As of Nov. 28, the CDC identified 48,106,615 cases of COVID-19 and 776,070 deaths across all 50 states and 9 U.S.-affiliated districts, jurisdictions, and affiliated territories, for a national case-fatality rate of 1.61%.
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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PONTOON BEACH, Ill. – Someone hit the jackpot at Casey’s General Store in Pontoon Beach, Illinois. The Illinois Lottery reports that a player matched all five numbers Sunday night. The winning “Lucky Day Lotto” ticket is worth $800,000.
Jackpots in the Lucky Day Lotto game start at $100,00 and increase in size until someone matches all five numbers. The game costs one dollar to play and the chances of hitting the jackpot are around one in 1,221,759. This makes it one of the best odds of any Illinois Lottery draw game.
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