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.
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.
“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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Greg Abbott Signs Executive Order Keeping Violent Criminals from Going Back on the Streets During the Wuhan Crisis
After the Wuhan Virus was confirmed in several Texas jails in the last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on March 29, 2020 that makes it more difficult for several inmates to be let out on “no-cost, personal recognizance bonds.”
Abbott tweeted, “Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails. We want to prevent the spread of #COVID19 among prison staff & inmates. But, releasing dangerous criminals in the streets is not the solution. #txlege #coronavirus”
Today I issued an Executive Order preventing [email protected] of dangerous criminals from prisons & jails.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 30, 2020
Several cases of the Wuhan Virus were discovered in the Dallas County Jail and Harris County Jail last week, two of the state’s largest jails. In addition, a handful of cases were confirmed in state prisons. According to NBC DFW, the virus’ outbreak was “followed by demands to reduce the inmate populations by releasing, immediately and without bond or judicial delay, those held on misdemeanor crimes or awaiting trial on misdemeanor crimes. Some also called for non-violent felons to also be released on no-cost bonds.”
Abbott said Sunday that “releasing dangerous criminals makes the state even less safe” and issued a proclamation to prevent judges, and others, from releasing some inmates without a paid, cash bond.
In his executive order, Abbott declared that a person convicted of a crime that involved or threatened physical violence, or a person arrested for such a crime backed by probable cause, or a person with a criminal history of violent crime, cannot get out of jail on a no-cost personal recognizance bond.
With a PR bond, a defendant is released without having to post any money for his or her bond on the promise they’ll show up to their next court date.
Instead of virtue signaling and buying into the criminal justice reform movement’s desire to foment anarcho-tyranny, Abbott has held his ground by promoting public order.
A crisis like the Wuhan Virus pandemic does not need to be exacerbated by opening up the prison floodgates.
This is one case where American policymakers should use logic not emotion to craft prison policies in times of a pandemic.
Failure to do so will put the U.S. on the road to institutional failure.
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