Public health group calls for standardized data collection to more clearly track Covid-19

first_img Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. “People are just drowning in case counts and testing numbers, and they’re not seeing what’s really important,” Frieden told STAT in an interview in which he explained the thinking behind the plan. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, which issued the report. Alex Wong/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: But Frieden said the public has the right to know these key facts, many of which need to be broken down by age, sex, race, and ethnicity.“If — and I admit it’s an if — if we can get states to report this, then we’re going to be in much better shape. And in the absence of strong national leadership, at least being on the same page is … something that can help us get our response to a much better shape,” he said.“What gets measured can get managed. And what gets measured and reported publicly, can absolutely get better,” he said. “Right now, we’re not managing this response well at all.’’Asked why an NGO, not the CDC — which he led through the 2009 flu pandemic —  is trying to rally states to collect standardized, useful data, Frieden sighed.“We are where we are.” By Helen Branswell July 21, 2020 Reprints Related: Actual Covid-19 case count could be 6 to 24 times higher than official estimates, CDC study shows In a new review of the Covid-19 response across the country, a group of public health experts conclude that critical data the public needs to assess their risks and tailor their behaviors is often unavailable.The assessment, released Tuesday by the nongovernmental organization Resolve to Save Lives, calls on states and communities to start recording and sharing standardized data on 15 key metrics, so that people — and health departments — can get a clearer picture of how the response to the pandemic is working in their area.Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve, which is an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, said there is currently both a glut of data and a scarcity of information — a situation that needs to change if the country has any hope of gaining ground against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policycenter_img About the Author Reprints Helen Branswell @HelenBranswell More important than the sheer number of Covid-19 tests administered is the number of tests processed within 48 hours, said Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many test results — he estimated maybe as many as three-quarters of tests conducted — are processed days after the swabs were taken. That tells the tested person whether they were infected at the time of testing, but can’t be used as an indicator of their current Covid infection status.advertisement HealthPublic health group calls for standardized data collection to more clearly track Covid-19 Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Other metrics that should be commonly collected and reported, the group said, include daily Covid-19 hospitalization rates per capita in each community and state; the percentage of licensed hospital beds occupied by confirmed or suspected Covid patients; the percentage of new cases among quarantined people; and the percentage of new cases with a known epidemiological link to previously confirmed cases.Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy, said the type of standardized data collection and reporting that Resolve is proposing is a key tool for combatting the spread of the virus.“I don’t know how you can judge where you’re at if you don’t have this kind of information,” he said. “I think the information’s not just timely for what’s happening today but it allows you then to plan for what you must do to bring those numbers down tomorrow.’’Frieden acknowledged some state officials may have at least some of the information, but it isn’t being posted because they are afraid to share it for fear of being blamed for the sorry state of the pandemic response. “A lot of these indicators, if we reported them, would be bad,” he said. Tags Coronaviruspublic healthlast_img read more

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City to initiate crime watch program

first_img RelatedCrime watch to get new startBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] The Port Isabel Police Department has a new chief in Robert Lopez and with him comes a renewed effort to spark a community crime watch program within the town. Community Officer Lealani Cooper is in charge of organizing the crime watch, which will…January 13, 2017In “News”Crime watch gets detailed rebootBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] It’s taken a couple of tries, but the Port Isabel Police Department Community Crime Watch seems to have gotten off to a stronger start this time around. The small meeting room adjacent to the main building at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural…January 27, 2017In “News”CPO has high expectations for clubBy RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS [email protected] Michael Quist is a believer. He believes in the power of people. He believes in this community, and he believes in the Boys & Girls Club of America. As the recently hired director (officially titled Chief Professional Officer) of the Boys &…January 17, 2013In “News” Share By PAMELA CODYSpecial to the PRESSIt’s not a new concept — neighbors watching out for each other — but Port Isabel police officer Lealani Cooper is hoping to bring in 21st century technology to make the City’s new program more immediate and effective.Officer Cooper was on hand at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center Monday night, handing out literature and pamphlets about issues such as organizing a neighborhood watch, keeping personal accounts safe, avoiding cons, scams and fraud, and safety tips to implement when leaving your home.Cooper talked about the program she’s been assigned to spearhead, and her goals for the project. “I think anything that promotes unity within the community, to work together and build it up, is awesome, and I love being a part of it.” She went on to elaborate, saying, “We’ve had a few burglaries and we do have a lot of problems with theft, especially with bicycles, that’s a big thing around here,” she said. “It would help if the community was looking out for each other and have each other’s backs, and that’s what we’re trying to create here.”She emphasized the importance of residents knowing their neighborhoods. “Getting to know your neighbors and knowing who’s not from your neighborhood, who’s not normally there, and who’s unfamiliar, that helps us,” she said. She also encouraged residents to open up dialogs with their neighbors and to feel free to approach police with any concerns.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

How to Find the Cheapest Tickets for Florida Residents

first_imgShare This!Do you like saving money? Tickets to visit the Walt Disney World parks are expensive no matter what, but our Walt Disney World Ticket Calculator eases that pain a bit by helping you find discounted tickets from legitimate third-party vendors. We monitor vendors’ ticket prices and calculate solutions that offer the cheapest way to meet your Disney World ticketing needs.Florida Resident TicketsEarlier this month, we added support for Florida resident tickets to the Ticket Calculator. If you are a Florida resident, click “Show Advanced Options” and then select Yes at the “Are You a Florida Resident?” prompt.Although this could change in the future, Disney currently offers “normal” 1-day, 3-day, and 4-day tickets to Florida residents (see Disney’s information on proving Florida residence) at a slight discount. In addition, Disney periodically offers heavily discounted tickets to encourage Florida residents to visit the parks during specific times of year. For example, right now Florida residents can purchase 3-day or 4-day Get Your Ears On tickets that are valid for use any days between the purchase date and August 28, 2019. The 3-day Get Your Ears On tickets start at $199, and the 4-day tickets start at $219. (These prices are for 1 Park per Day tickets and do not include sales tax; Park Hopper and Park Hopper Plus options can be added.)The Calculator may reveal some results that are not obvious. For example, if you are a Florida resident and need 5 park days in July 2019, it may be cheapest to purchase a 4-day Get Your Ears On ticket in combination with a separate 1-day ticket rather than getting a single 5-day ticket.There are more than 20 million people living in Florida, and we hope they can take advantage of this Ticket Calculator update!Ticket Calculator SpeedFinally, please be patient after clicking the “Calculate” button on the Ticket Calculator. The tool may take many seconds to run, especially with complex requests. Your browser may issue a timeout, in which case clicking “wait” to allow it to complete should succeed. We generally use Google Chrome with the Ticket Calculator and have it work fine, occasionally needing to click “Wait” a time or two for complex ticket scenarios. We realize this is not a great user experience, and we’ll be looking to improve that in the future.Have any questions about this tool? Are there other features you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Senate GOP Tax Writers Clarify Intent on Certain Tax Reform Provisions

first_imgSenate Finance Committee (SFC) Republicans are clarifying congressional intent of certain tax reform provisions. GOP Senate tax writers, in an August 16 letter, called on Treasury and the IRS to issue tax reform guidance consistent with the clarifications.The letter, addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter, identifies three sections of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) needing clarification: Section 13204 – qualified improvement property expensing; Section 13302 – net operating losses (NOLs) deduction; and Section 13307 – sexual misconduct settlement deduction.Real Property DepreciationCongressional intent for Section 13204 under the TCJA was to provide a 15-year modified accelerated cost recovery system (MACRS) recovery period for qualified improvement property, the lawmakers wrote. Additionally, the letter states that the new law should also provide a 20-year alternative deprecation system (ADS) recovery period for qualified improvement property.NOLsFurther, the TCJA contains a typographical error in Section 13302. The law should state that the NOL carryforward and carryback modifications are effective for NOLs arising in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2017, the lawmakers noted. Currently, the legislative text states the effective date is for taxable years ending after December 31, 2017.Attorney’s FeesGenerally, section 13307 of the TCJA denies a deduction for attorney’s fees related to a settlement or payment stemming from a sexual harassment/abuse nondisclosure agreement (NDA). Congressional intent was that attorney’s fees would not be subject to the rule prohibiting the deduction, the letter states.Technical CorrectionsSFC Republicans intend to introduce a technical corrections bill addressing other needed clarifications of the TCJA, the letter notes. The intended technical corrections bill is not expected to be a part of Republican “Tax Reform 2.0” efforts.“While this letter focuses on these three important provisions, we are continuing a thorough review…to identify other instances in which the language as enacted may require regulatory guidance or technical corrections to reflect the intent of the Congress. After this review, we intend to introduce technical corrections legislation to address any items identified in the on-going review.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffA copy of the letter can be found here: https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/8.16.18%20Member%20Letter%20-%20Techincal%20Corrections.pdfLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

(AUDIO) April election preview

first_imgVOTING UPDATE: Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon says Hallsville voters need to go to Red Top Christian Church on Route U to cast a ballot. A carbon monoxide alarm went off early this morning at the community center.Tuesday is municipal election day.Columbia voters are deciding whether to stay with Brian Treece as mayor, or go with challenger Chris Kelly. Jefferson City incumbent Carrie Tergin is facing a challenge too, from Tiwan Lewis. Fulton will choose a new mayor.The Columbia Public Schools board has three candidates running for two open spots. Southern Boone and Blair Oaks schools are among the districts asking voters to pass a tax increase for more revenue.-Listen to our interviews with Treece and Kelly here.-Our features on CPS board of education candidates Jay Atkins, Della Streaty-Wilhoit, and Blake Willoughby.-Stories on tax increase proposals for the school district and the fire protection district in Southern Boone.-A breakdown of Jefferson City’s mayor race.-Blair Oaks voters will decide on a tax increase for a new high school.last_img read more

Daily Mullets (November 8)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Football NewsA must-read here on how Mike Yurcich is helping Mason Rudolph. [PFB]I wish I’d though to write about this. Mark Cooper on why OSU is more equipped to handle the final stretch run this season than it was last season. [Tulsa World]Guess what … Mike Gundy almost always beats the teams he’s supposed to beat. He’s 32-3 as a home favorite since 2010. [PFB]A list of the players who will be honored on Senior Day this weekend. Gonna miss Sterns and Burton the most. [NewsOK]Pro Football Focus has OSU as the No. 12 team in the nation. [PFF]But with success comes expectations, as evidenced by the fact that the Pokes opened as 12-point favorites over Texas Tech. That’s a lot of love from Vegas. Mentally, it’s an entirely different challenge when you go from feeling cheated and disrespected to being considered a legitimate contender. We’ll get our first glimpse of how this team will handle that new role on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. [CRFF]You should come for Carson’s soundtrack for Sugar Loaf Daniels and stay for the winners and losers. [PFB]Austin Hays on KSU: “Truly, in our hearts, we never believed we were going to lose. And that matters. It really does.” [NewsOK]New pod — this was a fun one. Carson and I broke down the KSU game and what’s going to happen with the Big 12 title race. [PFB]This is very strange.Weird Mason Rudolph stat I thought of today.Against Baylor: 0-3Against all other B12 teams: 13-0— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016This is very interesting. Has Oklahoma State at No. 21.My Top 40, based on a combination of Win %, FPI, SRS, S&P+, Sagarin, Massey, and my own assessment of wins/losses. https://t.co/BYCb8Rz0zn— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 6, 2016Wut?!That 7-1 feeling #mannequinchallenge pic.twitter.com/mJeoKlANYS— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 6, 2016Next year’s ReceiversMarcell Ateman will redshirt and hoooo boy that WR group coming back next year could be delicious … [PFB]… unless Washington goes pro which Mike Gundy doesn’t think he should. [PFB]Contain Patty Mahomes?Devante Averette on Patty Mahomes: “Sometimes it’s just backyard football. When (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) gets out of his first read, he moves all over the place, and a receiver will make a play. We’ve got to be able to adjust and get pressure on him to keep him in the pocket. He’s a great quarterback.” [NewsOK]Gundy says Patty reminds him of Dak: “He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State when he was younger. At that time, the style of play, body, the strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions, reminds me a lot of him.” [O’Colly]Recruiting NewsKyle B. doing some work here evaluating the prospects at the safety position. [PFB]Around the league/countryOklahoma State and Oklahoma control their own destiny in Big 12 play. [PFB]You might not like day games but coaches certainly do. [NewsOK]Baylor’s coach thinks his staff might be distracted. Wait … might be?? [NewsOK]Also, yikes!omg https://t.co/64qxHrNcl2— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016Hoops NewsWe are rolling our our basketball preview stuff this week. Kyle Boone took a look at who Lindy Waters is. [PFB]Ranking the 2016-17 OSU freshmen. [PFB]Other Sports/NewsI wrote something short about Kyle B’s leap to CBS Sports. [PFB]Oklahoma State’s women’s soccer team plays Colorado in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. [Big 12]ElectionCan you imagine if Mike Gundy attended an Obama rally for Hillary? The meltdown would be spectacular. Harbaugh is in full “I’m 9-0 and make $9M a year” mode. [Yahoo]Hahaha.With this crazy election at home I just want to move to the opposite side of the world and live on an island… Oh wait nvm ✔ #RIPUSA— Mason Cox (@masonsixtencox) November 8, 2016#SponOne of our sponsors — Hoboken Coffee — is selling these sweet shirts along with a bag of coffee. [JustOK]last_img read more

Oklahoma State Finishes Year On Defensive High, Still Has Work To Do

first_imgKansas State2.0451 Vanderbilt2.0147 This was not a great defense, mind you, but it was certainly better than what OSU has experienced in the last two years, although not all that close to where it was at in the early 2010s. It all came to a head in the Alamo Bowl against Colorado where the Pokes allowed a single touchdown.“They’re being humble on defense,” said head coach Mike Gundy after the game. “Basically what we asked them to do a month ago was to come out and be physical and stay on the attack, pressure the quarterback and hit hard. That’s what we asked them to do, that’s what they did.”Here is a look at all of its defenses going back to 2007.That 2013 defense, have mercy. How did OSU not win the Big 12 that year?! Also, that 2007 defense — Texas Tech thinks that’s a poor showing. If OSU can figure out how to get that number under two in 2017, it will have a legit chance at running the table into the CFB Playoff. And we all know what we saw in the postseason this time around.Scoring Defense in Bowl Season:21.5 (ppg) – Big 12 22.3 – ACC25.4 – SEC29.2 – Pac-1229.8 – BigTen#Big12Defense— Pick Six Previews (@PickSixPreviews) January 4, 2017 Notre Dame2.0955 Oklahoma State2.0954 Tennessee2.0349 Texas A&M2.0248 Western Kentucky2.0452 TeamPPDRank Army2.1357 Toledo2.0553 Louisiana Lafayette2.0450 We looked last week at where Oklahoma State ended up when it comes to offensive points per drive. Mike Yurcich’s (last?) OSU offense finished No. 17 in the country with 2.89 points per drive scored. The defense did not fare as well, but it did still finish fourth out of all Big 12 teams.Glenn Spencer’s boys rose to No. 54 in the country, just behind TCU and Kansas State. West Virginia led the Big 12 and finished No. 34 in the country with 1.82 points per drive allowed (which is a crazy good mark for Big 12 teams). Here are the squads around Oklahoma State. Tulane1.9946 TCU1.9745 Old Dominion2.1356 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Ashton Lampkin Impresses In Bench at NFL Combine

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ashton Lampkin is one of three Cowboys at the NFL Combine this week. All three — Lampkin, Chris Carson and Vincent Taylor — have performed well. Carson starred in the bench press (shocker), and Taylor and Lampkin turned in top performances there, too. #BodyByGlassLampkin hoisted 225 pounds 19 times which was fourth-best among CBs and just three back of first place.Here were his other measurables, none of which rated as a top performance according to NFL.com.40-yard dash: 4.52 sec.Vertical: 34.5 inchesBroad jump: 120.0 inchesThe 4.52 was just outside the top 10 for cornerbacks. We will update the rest of his numbers as they come in on Monday.Here’s Ashton Lampkin’s (@OSU_DB6) second 40 yard dash at the #NFLCombine. Unofficially runs 4.53 & 4.58. #OKState pic.twitter.com/XNATdnT6iT— Nate Feken (@TheGreat_Nate) March 6, 2017last_img read more

9 months agoMonaco signing Cesc pays tribute to Chelsea and fans

first_imgMonaco signing Cesc pays tribute to Chelsea and fansby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Monaco signing Cesc Fabregas has paid tribute to Chelsea and their fans after leaving today.Fabregas has sent a message to Chelsea fans after his move to Monaco was confirmed.“It’s with mixed emotions that I am writing this message,” he posted on Twitter.“To everyone at Chelsea Football Club. The owner Mr Abramovich who brought me here, to my teammates who helped me win so many trophies, to the staff who made my time here so easy and to all you fans who made me feel so special week in week out.“It has been an incredible journey and it is with great sadness that I must say goodbye. I will miss you all and wish you the best of luck for the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more