Students listen in the Introduction to Literature class, taught Dr. James Beaver, visiting professor of English, at Calabria Pavilion. (Photos- Kevin Trimmer)

Your Coronavirus Update – Today, Oct. 13, 2020

Photo: Providence College – one of many outdoor classrooms


New York Catholic Churches have said they will not be shuttered – reacting to attempts to shutter synagogues that are a source of coronavirus outbreak.

Bill Gates says antibody drugs could sharply reduce COVID-19 death rates and effective vaccines could bring life back to normal by end of next year.

In Hanover, MA, the Hanover Fire Dept. is testing people in their homes for COVID19 if they are interested in being tested.

Dr David Nabarro, the WHO’s Special Envoy on COVID-19: “We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it.” One of Nabarro’s main criticisms of lockdowns was the devastating global impact lockdowns have on poverty levels.

Dubbed a “coronavirus emergency”, an overflow hospital is being opened on the grounds of the Wisconsin State Fair. Their 3-day positivity rate is over 17%.

Titans have had more players test positive.

WarnerMedia, which owns the TV channels HBO, TBS and TNT and Warner Bros. studio, is cutting thousands of jobs to compensate for the pandemic’s damage to movie ticket sales and advertising revenue.

Liverpool faces ‘tier 3’ lockdown – pubs, bars and gyms expected to close

Boris Johnson putting into place Tier 1, 2, 3 states of emergency shutdown over fears of coronavirus upticks in England.

Payouts for potential injuries from Covid-19 vaccines will be covered by a far less generous program. Covid-19 vaccine injuries will be covered under the “counter-measures injury” compensation fund, which was set up in 2010to cover harm resulting from vaccines for a flu pandemic, or drugs to treat an anthrax or Ebola outbreak.

Growing availability of Covid-19 tests in the U.S. has prompted officials at the Transportation and Homeland Security Departments and other agencies to revive efforts to establish safe international travel, especially between the US and England.

North Korea says it has not had one case of coronavirus

NY Governor Cuomo’s book will be out this week: “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Melania Trump is said to be 99% “there” – expects full recovery in 48 hours.

Tech workers leaving Silicon Valley to work remotely are facing pay cuts, some of 15% or more, depending on where an employee moves.

President Trump isn’t a transmission risk, his physician said in a memo 

A conservation group is warning that the development of an effective coronavirus vaccine on a global scale could ravage over half a million shark populations worldwide, as researchers race to produce a vaccine using an oil derived from sharks.

Novel coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, currency, Australian study finds – “It really reinforces the importance of washing hands and sanitizing where possible

In China, Qingdao’s population of nine million will be tested for Covid-19 over five days after 12 cases.

Carnival Cruise Line is canceling its remaining cruises scheduled for November out of two Florida ports, Port Miami and Port Canaveral, as well as five cruises from Australia at the beginning of next year.

Manchester, Tennessee Mayor Lonnie Norman has died of COVID-19 after being hospitalized about 2 weeks ago.

In a new restructure, Disney is positioning streaming at the center of its entertainment empire. That includes bringing distribution and commercialization under the media and entertainment distribution group, which will be headed by 14-year company veteran Kareem Daniel and will also include streaming services such as Disney+, ESPN and Hulu.

13 states – Alaska, Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Wisconsin – had topped their own records for new cases in a seven-day period.

WCVB-Ch. 5 is reporting that tens of thousands of people have signed up to a campaign by a group called 1 Day Sooner to take an experimental vaccine candidate and then face coronavirus in a controlled setting.

Johnson & Johnson news on vaccine trial: “We have temporarily paused further dosing in all our COVID-19 vaccine candidate clinical trials, including the Phase 3 Ensemble trial, due to an unexplained illness in a study participant.” This is similar to the temporary pause Astra-Zeneca has about 2 months ago.

President’s doctors released test results:


New England Patriots have had at least two players test positive. Their training facility was shut down. Game with Broncos for Monday was canceled. Players have since been retested and those players tested negative.

Rhode Island Dept. of Health is issuing caution to workers who carpool to work as some clusters of cases can be traced to that environment. Mask-wearing and keeping windows open, and staying with the same consistent group are suggested.

Glocester Scarecrow Festival set for 10/17 is canceled.

Jamestown Fish will not reopen.

The Fish Co. in Providence was shut down after 8 staff were not wearing masks, or not wearing them properly, distancing was not happening, and the night spot stayed open past shut down time.

These 4 bars have been closed pending review – employees must be tested.

Fish Co. – Providence

7 Sister La Cachimba Hookah Lounge – Providence

Pregame Lounge – Cranston

Tres Letras Hookah Lounge – Providence

Also the Red Lounge in Cranston was in violation.

This is what recovery looks like?

(OK, we only post this because it gives us hope that new treatment modalities that were available to a sitting President will some day be able to treat us all. Regeneron, as an example, only has 50,000 doses available. Hopefully, the President’s bout with coronavirus will inspire mass production – because everyone deserves the treatment and care he had. And, yes, we are glad he did not do the Y – M – C – A!

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