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New Coronavirus Cases Pop Up in Washington State

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The Seattle Times reported that two new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Washington State.

One of them was in a King County woman and the other was in a Snohomish County teenager, according to a report from state and local officials on Friday night.

Two new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Washington, in a King County woman and a Snohomish County teenager, state and local officials said on the night of June 28, 2020.

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The woman was recently visiting South Korea, a country impacted by the outbreak. However, the Snohomish County patient, a high school student, did not recently travel to any nations negatively affected by SARS-CoV-2, what the novel coronavirus is being called, according to recent comments from Snohomish Health District officer Dr. Chris Spitters.

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“It’s concerning that this individual did not travel, since this individual acquired it in the community,” Washington state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said during a news conference at the Department of Health Shoreline in Friday. “We really believe now that the risk is increasing.”

Both of these cases were deemed “presumptive positive,” while test results were confirmed at the Shoreline site on Friday. Additionally, the results are being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation. A case waiting for confirmation from the CDC was also reported Friday in Oregon.

Apparently, the case in Oregon, two in California, and the new Snohomish County case do not appear connected to travel to a country experiencing the outbreak.

The Snohomish County student originally became ill on February 24, 2020 with a fever, body aches and a headache, and went to two clinics throughout the week, Spitters stated.

Because he was feeling better, he went back to school Friday morning. However, after his tests came back positive, he went home before attending class.

Officials sustained that the student became infected through a respiratory pathogen, even though they declared it’s still too early in the investigation. The student is currently quarantined at home and is “doing well,” according to Spitters report.

A number of students who have been in close contact with the teen have been quarantined at home for 14 days.

School district officials sent out a letter to Everett Public Schools families on Friday, announcing they would close the high school on March 2, 2020 to end three days of “deep disinfecting.”

“This is a rapidly changing situation, but please be assured the health and safety of our students are of utmost importance and we will keep everyone informed,” the letter stated.

The King County patient is a woman in her 50s, according to an account from Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, the health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She came back to Washington from South Korea on February 23 and worked for one day before she started developing symptoms, Duchin stated. Subsequently, her husband called county health officials to inform them about her symptoms and travel history.

According to Duchin, the woman did not interact with the public during her workday and is at home recovering “without complications.”

The husband has not shown any symptoms and is currently under home quarantine.

“We have the ability to do more testing now, so we expect to see more cases, including community-acquired cases at some point,” Duchin asserted.

He stressed that COVID-19 mainly causes relatively mild infections, and that 80% of infected people have uncomplicated illnesses. Thus, these cases don’t require hospital care.

The 35-year-old Snohomish County man who was America’s first patient confirmed to have contracted the virus is considered fully recovered. The man had recently visited Wuhan, China, where the global outbreak initiated back in December.

The Wuhan virus is making many start to question the merits globalism.

After all, elites’ fetish with open borders is starting to make nation states dysfunctional in the face of health crises of this sort.

Countries will need to rethink open borders and restore some degree of national sovereignty to address the many problems of the 21st century.

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Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign

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The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.

At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.

Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.

“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.

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Fallon added:

I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.

“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:

This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.

I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.

Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.

“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”

“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.

“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.

Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.

A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.

Election Day will be on September 29.

Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.

 

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