There is a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic globally. Resurgence Of COVID-19 Sparks New Wave Of Restrictions Across Europe.
The US has entered its 3rd — and possibly largest — wave of coronavirus cases. Experts say states should ‘pull back’: The country’s seven-day average of new cases has risen about 25% since October 1, with the number of new cases climbing in 41 states over the past two weeks. The US is now seeing an average of more than 50,000 cases per day.
As of October 12, national forecasts predict 3,400 to 7,100 new #COVID19 deaths will be reported during the week ending November 7. These forecasts predict 229,000 to 240,000 total COVID-19 deaths in the United States by November 7. More: https://t.co/Ft6cgmaMPX pic.twitter.com/yvyfpkBtTH
— CDC (@CDCgov) October 16, 2020
Arizona’s COVID-19 infection rate is creeping back up again, with one organization predicting an escalating increase in deaths beginning next month if the state imposes no new restrictions.
But don’t look for Gov. Doug Ducey to do that.
New figures from Rt live, an organization that tracks cases on a state-by-state basis, show the effective “reproduction rate” of the virus here is at 1.14, its highest point since early June.
Arizona actually dropped into negative numbers in June after Ducey reversed course and reimposed some of the restrictions he had allowed to expire the month before.
It isn’t just this data that reflects an upward trend in infections.
The state Department of Health Services is reporting an upswing in the past month in the number of patients in intensive-care units of Arizona hospitals who have with COVID-like symptoms.
And the outlook, unless something changes, is not good.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that the number of daily deaths, which has been on a declining trend since the beginning of August, is likely to start rising again by the end of the month based on current projections.
President Donald Trump on Friday escalated his war on science during a campaign rally in Macon, Georgia. Donald Trump is now openly campaigning against following the science during a pandemic:
Trump suggested he would ignore the advice of Dr. Tony Fauci if he were advised to close down America — and bashed Joe Biden for saying he would follow the science.
“But Biden will close your classrooms and you know that,” Trump alleged.
“He actually said the other day he’ll follow science. So that means if Fauci says ‘close up the country,’ he’s gonna close up the country? It’s not going to happen,” Trump said.
The COVID-19 infected promoter of unethical “herd immunity” is bringing his Trump death cult super-spreader rally to Tucson on Monday. Trump’s anti-mask, anti-social distancing cult followers will no doubt be leaving a COVID-19 hot spot in his wake. President Trump to campaign in Tucson Monday:
President Donald J. Trump will be making his way to Tucson after all, exactly two weeks after a scheduled campaign stop to the city was canceled after he was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Trump will be holding a rally at the Tucson Jet Center at the Tucson International Airport, 6720 S. Plumer Ave., at 3 p.m. on Monday as part of a two-city Arizona stop just weeks before the Nov. 3 general election. His other stop will be noon Monday at the Prescott Regional Airport in Prescott.
Doors for the Tucson event open at noon. Interested attendees can reserve two tickets per mobile phone number at events.donaldjtrump.com. All tickets are subject to first-come, first-serve basis.
Trump was originally scheduled to visit the airport on Oct. 5, but canceled campaign events after he hospitalized during a bout with the coronavirus. The rescheduled visit will be his first stop in Tucson this cycle, although he held a rally at the Tucson Convention Center back in 2016. His son, Donald J. Trump, appeared at a rally at the Port of Tucson on Wednesday.
Pima County has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 26,700 cases and 630 deaths since March.
While the rally will exceed the 50-person limit on gatherings set forth by Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, it does include exceptions for “constitutionally protected activities such as speech,” according to the order.
In a statement after the first scheduled rally, Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen encouraged anyone attending “any gathering of any kind” to practice physical distancing and wear a mask when they otherwise can’t, as is required by the county’s resolution regarding the pandemic.
Attendees will be given a temperature check, masks and access to hand sanitizer, a news release says.
Trump cult members will of course ignore this, following the reckless behavior modeled by their “Dear Leader,” as they have elsewhere in the country.
A COVID-19 “hot spot” generally can be identified within two weeks after a super-spreader event, which is just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks for ruining everyone’s holiday, Trump super-spreaders!
On Wednesday, Dr Anthony Fauci said that his family’s Thanksgiving “is going to look very different this year” and said Americans “may have to bite the bullet” and rethink holiday gatherings as the coronavirus pandemic continues raging. Anthony Fauci Urges Americans To Reconsider Thanksgiving Gatherings Amid Pandemic:
Fauci said the possible spread of the coronavirus at family gatherings would be a serious holiday concern. With the arrival of cooler weather, infections are again rising in many states that had shown monthslong declines.
“That is unfortunately a risk, when you have people coming from out of town, gathering together in an indoor setting,” Fauci said. “You don’t know what the status of it is. It is unfortunate because that’s such a sacred part of American tradition ― the family gathering around Thanksgiving. But that is a risk.”
Asked how people should approach the holidays, Fauci said that with “the fluid and dynamic nature of what’s going on right now in the spread and the uptick of infections, I think people should be very careful and prudent about social gatherings, particularly when members of the family might be at a risk because of their age or their underlying condition.”
“You may have to bite the bullet and sacrifice that social gathering, unless you’re pretty certain that the people that you’re dealing with are not infected,” he added.
With the 3rd — and possibly largest — wave of coronavirus cases coupled with the start of the flu season, Dr. Fauci may have to recommend cancelling Christmas. Imagine the howling we will hear over that!
UPDATE: The Trump campaign has added a mini-rally at the Prescott Regional Airport at noon. E.J. Montini explains some of the restrictions at this rally. Donald Trump brings his ‘Spit Venom/Spread Virus’ tour to Arizona:
One of the strangest aspect of the Donald Trump rally in Prescott Monday is how the Trump campaign is preventing the president’s biggest fans from doing what the president’s biggest fans like to do best — carry signs and brandish weapons.
The president visits Prescott early in the day and Tucson later. According to restrictions outlined by the Trump campaign for the event at Prescott Regional Airport:
Because at other small demonstrations staged in Prescott, for causes like Black Lives Matter, Trump supporters came out in force – literally – brandishing weapons and waving Trump banners and flags of all sorts, including one spotted on the Fourth of July saying White Power.
It would seem to indicate that Trump will be welcomed by just the type of crowd who are most emboldened by his hateful rhetoric.
At a speech in Michigan, for instance, Trump egged on the crowd chanting “lock her up” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, only 10 days after the FBI broke up a rightwing plot to kidnap and possibly kill her over coronavirus lockdown measures.
How does Gov. Doug Ducey feel about a fellow governor, targeted for murder, being targeted again by the president?
It’s a desperate ploy to appeal to the worst of us. It should work well in Prescott, where we’ve not only seen the rise of groups with white supremacist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic beliefs in the area, but the rise of politicians who cozy up to such groups.
NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard tweeted the photo of Rep. Paul Gosar, at the Fourth of July festivities in Prescott in which Nick Martin, creator of The Informant tweeted: Here’s Congressman Paul Gosar posing for a photo with what appears to be a member of the Proud Boys, a known hate group. As a bonus, the man on the far left of the photo is wearing a T-shirt for the Oath Keepers, an anti-government extremist organization.
No public figure in the country shows less sympathy and respect for those who suffer from COVID-19, and those who have died from COVID-19, and those who mourn the dead, than Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar.
He told Dennis Welch, political editor for Phoenix’s 3TV/CBS 5, that the pandemic has been overblown, presumably by politicians and the media.
Arizona had suffered 1,400 deaths from COVID-19 at the time. The number now is approaching 6,000. With more than 230,000 cases.
And more to come, no doubt, thanks to Trump’s largely maskless, superspreader events in our state. This at a time when the U.S. surpassed more than 8 million COVID-10 cases and, as the next wave of virus spreads, reported 70,000 new infections on Friday, the most on any day since July.
Of course, the president and others pretend there is no danger. Unless you read the small print.
Those who signed up to attend Trump’s rally might have noted the disclaimer at the end of the form that reads:
“By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; the host venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability…”
In other words, come for the venom, leave with the virus.