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2 new coronavirus cases emerge in Washington, in King and Snohomish counties – Seattle Times

February 28th, 2020

SHORELINE – 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 Friday night.

The woman had recently been to South Korea, a country affected by the outbreak. But the Snohomish County patient, a high school student, did not recently travel to any countries affected by SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the novel coronavirus, said 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 told reporters Friday at a news conference at the Department of Health Shoreline. “We really believe now that the risk is increasing.”

Both cases are considered “presumptive positive,” as test results were confirmed at the Shoreline site Friday, but are also being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmation. A case awaiting confirmation by the CDC was also reported Friday in Oregon.

The student, who attends Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, became ill Monday with a fever, body aches and a headache, and visited two Snohomish County clinics this week, Spitters said.

Because he was feeling better, he returned to school Friday morning, but after his tests came back positive, he went home before attending class.

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Officials believe the student became infected through a respiratory pathogen, though they said it’s still early in the investigation. He is currently quarantined at home and is “doing well,” Spitters said.

A handful of students who came in close contact with the teen are being quarantined at home for 14 days.

In a letter to Everett Public Schools families Friday, school district officials announced they would close the high school Monday to conclude 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 said.

The King County patient is a woman in her 50s, said Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County. She returned to Washington from South Korea on Feb. 23 and worked for one day before developing symptoms, Duchin said. Her husband then called county health officials to report her symptoms and travel history.

She did not interact with the public during her workday, Duchin said, and is recovering at home “without complications.” A workplace investigation is underway.

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Her husband has not shown any symptoms. He is also 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 said.

He emphasized that COVID-19 primarily causes relatively mild infections, and that 80% of infected people have uncomplicated illnesses and don’t require hospital care.

This makes three cases in Washington state.  The 35-year-old Snohomish County man who was the United States’ first patient confirmed to have the virus is considered fully recovered. He had recently visited Wuhan, China, where the global outbreak began in December.

The man had visited family in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak began in December, and noticed symptoms after returning in January.

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(Anika Varty / The Seattle Times)

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February 28th, 2020

Microsoft will remove Cortana from its Android launcher in April – Engadget

February 28th, 2020

2 new coronavirus cases in Washington: Snohomish Co. high school student and King Co. woman – Q13 News Seattle

February 28th, 2020

SHORELINE, Wash. — State health officials on Friday announced two new cases of novel coronavirus in Washington state, a King County woman who recently traveled to South Korea and a Snohomish County high school student whose school will be closed and sanitized.

The new cases are labeled as “presumptive positives,” meaning the patients tested positive at a state lab and the results are awaiting confirmation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Officials say the Snohomish County case involves a Jackson High School student who is currently in home isolation. The student has no recent travel history and the CDC labeled the case as a “possible instance of community spread,” meaning the source of the infection is unknown.

Everett Public Schools said that Jackson High School will be closed for three days starting on Monday, March 2 for sanitization. The district said that family and students who came in contact with the student will be tested if they develop symptoms.

State health officials said the second new COVID-19 case involves a woman in King County who recently traveled to South Korea. It’s the first known case in the county.

State health officials said the woman is also in home isolation.

Neither patient is seriously ill, officials said.

State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 in Shoreline, Wash. on Feb. 28, 2020. Health officials announced two new cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus, one involving a high school student in Snohomish County and another involving a woman in King County. (Q13 News Photo)

“While the King County case is believed to be travel-related, we don’t know how or where the new Snohomish County case was infected,” a release from the Washington State Department of Health says. “We are working hard to find and identify how the patients were exposed as well as tracing people who might have been exposed to this patient.”

The new Snohomish County case would be the fourth instance of community spread in the country, the CDC said. There are two possible instances in California and one that was announced earlier on Friday in Oregon. 

Until Friday, there had only been one known case of the 2019 novel coronavirus in Washington. A Snohomish County man who traveled to Wuhan, China was the first confirmed case in the country. He had fully recovered as of Feb. 21.

“Now that we are able to expedite test results here at the Public Health Lab, we’re getting results on suspected local cases a lot faster,” said State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. “Given the extent of global spread, we expect to identify more individuals with COVID-19 in Washington.”

A total of 37 people have been tested by the state for novel coronavirus. In addition to the three positive results, 29 tests came back negative and five are pending.

Health officials say that preventing the spread of COVID-19 begins with good personal health habits, including washing your hands often with soap and water, staying home when you’re sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Lizzo Countersued As ‘Truth Hurts’ Songwriting Legal Drama Continues – Vulture

February 28th, 2020

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Four months after filing a lawsuit rejecting their claim on her number-one hit song “Truth Hurts,” producers Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen and Justin “Yves” Rothman have filed a lawsuit claiming they once helped co-create a Lizzo song called “Healthy” that they allege is, well, maybe not 100% that song, but similar enough to “Truth Hurts” that they should receive credit on the Grammy-winning tune.

“Lizzo is a talented musician and performer who currently enjoys immense popularity based on a hit song that she did not write alone,” their attorney Lawrence Iser said in a statement Friday. “The Counterclaims we filed today seek a judgment from the court that the song that is now called ‘Truth Hurts’ originated in Justin Raisen’s home recording studio from a collaboration among our clients, Justin and Jeremiah Raisen and Yves Rothman, along with Lizzo and Jesse Saint John.”

According to Variety, the trio says they have “sound recordings, videos, photographs and musicology” backing up their claim, an assertion Lizzo has previously denied. “There was no one in the room when I wrote ‘Truth Hurts,’ except me, Ricky Reed, and my tears,” she wrote on Instagram in October.

This past fall, the singer responded to the Raisens’ attempts to establish a songwriting claim with a lawsuit of her own. “Today we filed a lawsuit on Lizzo’s behalf to establish, in a court of law, that the Raisens are not writers of ‘Truth Hurts’ and have no right to profit from the song’s success,” her lawyer Cynthia Arato said in a statement on October 23. “Although it is all too commonplace for successful artists to be subjected to these type of opportunistic claims, it is nevertheless disappointing that Lizzo had to take this step to put an end to the Raisens’ false claims and their campaign of harassment.” While it probably wouldn’t provide any legal clarity, boy, we would love to hear “Healthy” in comparison. You know, to educate ourselves on Bop Law.

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US court reverses Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy – BBC News

February 28th, 2020
Central American asylum seekers confronted by Mexico security officials last monthImage copyright Getty Images
Image caption Central American asylum seekers confronted by Mexico security officials last month

A US federal court has ruled that the Trump administration must halt its policy of requiring Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico pending US approval.

The ruling from the San Francisco-based appeals court temporarily upends Mr Trump’s policy

The so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy is touted by supporters as key to reducing illegal migration.

Friday’s decision is expected to be challenged in the US Supreme Court.

In the past year, some 60,000 migrants have been sent back to Mexico.

The border cities where migrants wait for months are suffering from growing crime rates. According to charity Human Rights First, there have been more than 800 reports of kidnapping, rape and other violent crimes against returned migrants.

The policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), took effect in January 2019.

It requires migrants entering through the southern border to wait in Mexico as US immigration courts hear their cases.

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Image caption The Mexican National Guard clashed with migrants after forcing them away from the US border in January

Asylum-seekers were previously permitted to remain in the US pending the outcome of their case, which sometimes takes years to resolve. Mr Trump has claimed that allowing asylum-seekers to remain in the US made it more likely that they would skip the legal process.

The policy does not apply to Mexican citizens.

What did the court say?

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the MPP is “invalid in its entirety” due to its inconsistencies with existing laws.

The three-judge panel ruled that a block on the MPP, which was granted by a lower court, was “not an abuse of discretion”.

In a separate decision, the court agreed to stop another major Trump administration policy denying asylum to anyone caught entering the US illegally from Mexico.

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Media caption“I sent my seven-year-old across the border alone,” says one parent on the US-Mexico border

The numbers of migrants entering the US illegally has declined sharply in recent months.

In an October report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) called the Remain in Mexico policy “an indispensible tool in addressing the ongoing crisis at the southern border and restoring integrity to the immigration system”.

It was unclear whether the decision meant migrants being held in Mexico would immediately be allowed to cross into the US. The DHS has not returned a BBC request for comment.

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Coronavirus in Oregon: Simple steps you can take to protect against it – KPTV.com

February 28th, 2020

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Now that the first case of coronavirus has been reported in Oregon, health officials are advising people about the simple steps they can take to avoid exposure to it.

The Oregon Health Authority says steps you already should take to avoid spreading the flu or a common cold can also help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

That includes:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

The CDC has provided a hand-washing guide related to the coronavirus. The agency also has detailed information on all aspects of the disease.

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The Resident Evil and Silent Hill-inspired Lies Beneath hits Oculus next month – GamesRadar+

February 28th, 2020

John Cena Changes Up Entrance Routine For WWE SmackDown Return – Ringside News

February 28th, 2020

John Cena has a pretty iconic entrance. Not much has changed over the years. When he showed up on Friday Night SmackDown this week fans noticed one small, yet noticeable difference.

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John Cena showed up in full ring gear with his classic jorts and a t-shirt. He even had knee pads on. When he got to the ring and it was time for him to throw up his famous handsign, he opted for peace signs this time around.

Cena’s iconic hand sign has another meaning in sign language. Yes, he’s been calling fans assholes for years.

It seems like John Cena’s new public persona and the responsibilities that follow might have caused a change to his entrance routine. We’ll have to see if the classic hand gesture returns.

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Massachusetts state health lab given approval to test for coronavirus – WCVB Boston

February 28th, 2020

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given approval to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory to begin testing patients for COVID-19, the state health department announced Friday. The approval means any clinicians who have patients they think may have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, can contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to discuss their patients and receive authorization to submit specimens for testing. State health officials said the approval will allow test results to be obtained faster.The anticipated turnaround of test results from the state lab will take 24 hours, depending on testing volume, officials said. Symptoms of the coronavirus include a fever, cough and shortness of breath andin severe cases, pneumonia.There has been one confirmed case of the coronavirus in Massachusetts. State health officials said that patient was showing positive signs of recovery. The state department of public health said they would release updated statewide monitoring data weekly, beginning Wednesday, March 4.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given approval to the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory to begin testing patients for COVID-19, the state health department announced Friday.

The approval means any clinicians who have patients they think may have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, can contact the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to discuss their patients and receive authorization to submit specimens for testing.

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State health officials said the approval will allow test results to be obtained faster.

The anticipated turnaround of test results from the state lab will take 24 hours, depending on testing volume, officials said.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include a fever, cough and shortness of breath and

in severe cases, pneumonia.

There has been one confirmed case of the coronavirus in Massachusetts. State health officials said that patient was showing positive signs of recovery.

The state department of public health said they would release updated statewide monitoring data weekly, beginning Wednesday, March 4.

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