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Tucson Thief Allegedly Caught on Camera Stealing Coronavirus Test Kits From Medical Center

Talk about harming the community in a time of need.

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The Tucson Police Department is seeking information regarding a man who allegedly stole almost 30 coronavirus test kits on Friday.

The unknown man entered the El Rio Health Center just before closing time disguised as a delivery driver. When employees returned to work the next day, they realized that 29 coronavirus testing kits were missing from the facility.

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Posted by Tucson Police Department on Saturday, March 21, 2020

It’s hard to imagine anything that could be more destructive to testing for the viral disease in its hour of epidemic. The tests the man stole are going to be worthless, anyway- results from samples can’t be obtained without private laboratory equipment the test burglar almost certainly won’t have access to.

Members of the community responded with fury to find that a man had singlehandedly harmed coronavirus preparation effots by stealing test kits.

Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man, approximately 5’10 in height, and with a dark beard. He left the health center in a Dodge Charger. If arrested, he could face even more severe criminal charges that mundane burglary. Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey has declared a statewide state of emergency on account of the coronavirus epidemic.

There is no such thing as a home test for the novel coronavirus. If the man tries to sell the test kits, presumably at outrageous prices, he’ll be peddling medical technology that is essentially useless.

Arizona incurred its 100th diagnosis of the Chinese coronavirus on Saturday, after the disease was slow to begin spreading in the state.

It’s possible the desert state, known for the warmest climate in North America, could be spared the very worst of the epidemic on the basis of its hot weather.

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Gray Wolves Spotted in Central California for the First Time in a Century

Wolves are traveling from Oregon to Central California.

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A gray wolf (canis lupus) has been observed in counties of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, with the animal returning to territory from which it’s been absent from for nearly a century. The GPS-tracked wolf, designated OR-93, has traveled south from Oregon, passing through Modoc County and Alpine County. Most recently, the wolf entered Mono County.

The journey of the young male wolf represents new territorial range from the species. Biologists believe it’s possible the wolf’s presence could result in the formation of new wolf packs in the Sierra Nevada region, should the animal prove successful in returning to the area with a mate. The wolf broke off from Oregon’s White River Pack southeast of Mt. Hood sometime within the past few months. Previously, wolves that ventured into California from Oregon didn’t travel south of Lake Tahoe, the single largest alpine lake in North America, that straddles the California-Nevada border.

OR-93’s historic trek so far south into California’s central Sierra Nevada is thrilling news for wolf recovery throughout the West,” said Pamela Flick, director of the California preservation group Defenders of Wildlife. “OR-93 also importantly brings the potential for increased genetic diversity to our state.

Wolves were dealt with as pestilence during the American settlement of the western United States, and the animals still pose a threat to the livestock of ranchers to this day. The animals were eliminated from the state of California entirely sometime in the 1920’s, and a gray wolf was seen in California for the first time in almost a century in 2011.

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Wolf attacks on humans are extremely rare, although if the population is restored in Eastern California, farmers and ranchers will have to find deterrents for threats to their livestock. The presence of wolves in the region can serve as a benefit to the local ecosystem, assisting to keep the population levels of destructive animals in check.


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