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11 cases of COVID-19 confirmed as result of University of New Hampshire fraternity party – WMUR Manchester

September 6th, 2020

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a potential outbreak of COVID-19 among individuals associated with the Theta Chi Fraternity chapter, located at 5 Strafford Ave. in Durham.>> Download the FREE WMUR appHealth officials said that as of Sunday, 11 persons with COVID-19 have been identified who have been at the fraternity house. Any individuals who visited the Theta Chi Fraternity since the end of August may have been exposed to COVID-19.All members of the fraternity are in a 14-day quarantine. School officials say the chapter of Theta Chi is under interim suspension immediately. According to a statement from school officials, the outbreak was the result of a party of more than 100 people not wearing masks on Aug. 29. The Office of Community Standards is taking the chapter through student conduct judicial proceedings.Those who may have been exposed should self-observe for illness and seek testing, Guidance for self-observation is available at the DHHS website. Students who may have been exposed can access testing through UNH. Persons not associated with the university can access testing through multiple testing options available in the state. For persons without health insurance or a primary care provider, testing is available and can be scheduled by calling (603) 271-5980 or through completing an online form available through DHHS.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a potential outbreak of COVID-19 among individuals associated with the Theta Chi Fraternity chapter, located at 5 Strafford Ave. in Durham.

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Health officials said that as of Sunday, 11 persons with COVID-19 have been identified who have been at the fraternity house. Any individuals who visited the Theta Chi Fraternity since the end of August may have been exposed to COVID-19.

All members of the fraternity are in a 14-day quarantine. School officials say the chapter of Theta Chi is under interim suspension immediately.

According to a statement from school officials, the outbreak was the result of a party of more than 100 people not wearing masks on Aug. 29. The Office of Community Standards is taking the chapter through student conduct judicial proceedings.

Those who may have been exposed should self-observe for illness and seek testing, Guidance for self-observation is available at the DHHS website. Students who may have been exposed can access testing through UNH. Persons not associated with the university can access testing through multiple testing options available in the state.

For persons without health insurance or a primary care provider, testing is available and can be scheduled by calling (603) 271-5980 or through completing an online form available through DHHS.

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Police identify victims of Oshawa, Ont., shooting as 4 members of Traynor family – Canada News – Castanet.net

September 6th, 2020

Police in Oshawa, Ont., have identified four people killed in a mass shooting early Friday morning as a father and three of his children, as they continue to seek a motive behind the carnage that took place in a family home.

Durham regional police say the deceased are 50-year-old Chris Traynor and his children, 20-year-old Bradley Traynor, 15-year-old Adelaide Traynor and 11-year-old Joseph Traynor.

A 50-year-old woman who was injured in the shooting is also related to the family and continues to recover in hospital.

Police have identified the shooter as 48-year-old Mitchell Lapa, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and say he was an “uninvited person.”

Police have not yet specified Lapa’s relation to his victims, and the homicide unit is still investigating the motive behind the shooting.

“Investigators also want to speak to anyone who knew the lone attacker, Mitchell Lapa, as they seek to understand the motivation and reasons for this attack,” said Durham police in a statement.

“If anyone has details or background information about him, they are asked to contact their local police service or one of our lead investigators.”

Condolences for the Traynor family have been pouring in on social media throughout the weekend, with many describing the family as generous, caring and deeply involved in the local sports community.

“The Traynor family were beloved and active members of the Oshawa community,” reads a GoFundMe page set up to support the surviving members of the family, which had raised more than $85,000 by Sunday evening.

“Their acts of kindness, love and generosity are unmatched. The impact the family had on everyone they touched will be forever remembered.”

The Durham Catholic District School Board’s director of education offered support to students and families who knew the Traynors.

“Words cannot adequately express our profound shock and deep sorrow over this terrible event,” Tracy Barill said in a statement.

“As a Catholic community rooted in faith, we continue to pray for the family members and those affected most directly by this heartbreaking news.”

Ken Babcock, president of Baseball Oshawa, said Chris Traynor had coached with the program for many years, while Joseph Traynor was a member of the Legionaires rep team.

“Words cannot describe the shocking and senseless tragedy that has struck our wonderful community in Oshawa and impacted our collective baseball family,” Babcock said in a statement.

Neighbours had described the Traynor family as caring deeply for each other, and said they were often seen spending time playing games and doing chores together in the yard.

The City of Oshawa announced that flags would be lowered to half-mast at city hall and other facilities.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends during this difficult time,” Mayor Dan Carter said in a statement, while thanking police and first responders.

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Alpaca could be key to COVID treatment – WKOW

September 6th, 2020

An alpaca named Tyson has been instrumental in the discovery of a tiny particle that can neutralize the coronavirus.

Alpacas don’t get sick like humans do from COVID-19, but the animals do produce nanobodies – essentially fragments of antibodies – when confronted with an infection.

Swedish scientists discovered one nanobody generated by Tyson in response to COVID-19 that has potential to be used for treatment.

This nanobody appeared to quickly and efficiently neutralize novel coronaviruses.

They’ve named the nanobody ty1, in honor of Tyson’s contribution.

And testing will now begin to see if it is viable to be used in anti-viral treatments for COVID-19.

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Expert Group Proposes a Controversial New Way to Allocate The First COVID-19 Vaccines – ScienceAlert

September 6th, 2020

Once safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available, tough choices will need to be made about who gets the first shots.

A committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – at the behest of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health – has proposed an equitable way to allocate the vaccine.

They recommend first responders and health care workers take top priority. Older adults in congregate living situations would also be part of a first vaccination phase, according to the plan.

We are faculty at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California who have spent decades studying health economics and epidemiology. One of us is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Having seen firsthand the real risks of rapid, asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 among younger adults, we disagree with some of the recommendations. Asymptomatic spread is shutting down schools and universities nationwide and threatening surrounding communities.

We argue that this pandemic requires a different model for making vaccination choices. After taking care of essential workers, vaccinations should be given to the biggest transmitters of the virus – mostly the young – and only then to the most vulnerable.

Lessons from 2009 flu epidemic

The textbook vaccine model goes out the window when novel viruses emerge.

Some lessons can be drawn from the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic, which killed an estimated 500,000 people around the world. In the US, President Barack Obama declared the spread a national emergency.

A vaccine was developed as early as the fall of 2009. However, only 16 million doses were initially available. The CDC was required to make some difficult decisions about allocation. Some states requested 10 times the amount they were allocated.

In the end, the CDC allocated the vaccine strictly in proportion to a state’s population – that is, on a per capita basis. States then allocated them, often with priority to infants and the elderly, along with people at high risk.

This priority – to protect the most frail – has been public policy since at least the 1957-1958 influenza pandemic.

Later studies, however, have shown that a better way to protect older people was to control spread among the young, which often has meant vaccinating school-age children early.

One of the lessons from these past pandemics is that vaccinating the likely asymptomatic spreaders early can avert multiple infections with others.

The superspreaders

The experience of the past few months has shown how important it is to check transmission with COVID-19. A recent study found that as few as 10 percent of those infected lead to 80 percent of the infection cases. What has made it more difficult is that up to 40 percent of those who carry the virus, often known as superspreaders, show no symptoms at all.

Very few of the COVID-19 superspreaders are elderly. It is the younger people who have a much greater propensity to resume social lives at schools and in other venues.

Among the young are a subset of highly social people with wide circles of friends who become the most fertile ground for the spread of COVID-19. These young people also have a much lower risk of death or even severe symptoms, which also means they are more likely to infect others.

Cases have been spiking in the 15- to 25-year-old age group, another likely sign that they are propelling the spread of the virus. A recent outbreak on the University of Southern California’s fraternity row infected at least 40 people.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association reports that at least 338,000 children have tested positive for the virus through July 30, with more than a quarter of that number having tested positive in just the last two weeks of that month.

More broadly, younger residents in the virus hot spot of Los Angeles County make up the majority of positive new cases. In California, young people between 18 to 34 years of age account for more than one-third of cases.

Young versus old

Anticipating that young people will engage in activities that spread the virus, many universities put their fall classes exclusively online. Some that decided to go in-person had to close after as little as a week on campus.

With or without a vaccine, the best strategy for older Americans, especially those with underlying medical conditions, is avoiding contact with potential carriers.

Optimally, older people will drive down deaths by staying home in large numbers, and younger people will drive down infections by getting vaccinated in even larger numbers. It all works if the vaccine is effective and enough people take it.

We predict the pressures and politics around prioritizing vaccine distribution will be intense. We argue that they key will be to take the most beneficial route, not the most obvious one.

With a full-scale public health campaign behind it, that will mean prioritizing those who are driving transmission, not those who are most vulnerable.

As counterintuitive as such a strategy may appear, plenty of evidence shows this would be the right approach. The Conversation

Dana Goldman, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics, University of Southern California; David Conti, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Associate Director for Data Science Integration, University of Southern California, and Matthew E. Kahn, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Economics and Business, Director of JHU’s 21st Century Cities Initiative, Johns Hopkins University.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

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Best Labor Day deals for 2020: Segway scooter, Ring security, Lenovo laptops and more – CNET

September 6th, 2020

Two drivers under investigation after Lamborghini crash on Sea to Sky highway, RCMP say – Toronto Star

September 6th, 2020

WHISTLER, B.C.—Mounties are providing more details about a crash that sent two kids to hospital and closed the Sea to Sky highway south of Whistler for several hours on Saturday afternoon.

They say a Lamborghini involved in the collision was part of a car rally raising funds for various charities and police are now investigating the driver for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Sgt. Sacha Banks says the driver of a Range Rover is also under investigation.

She says police will have a clearer picture of fault once more details come to light, including analysis from the RCMP’s integrated collision reconstructionist service.

RCMP say an initial assessment shows the two vehicles were travelling north when they were involved in an incident that caused the Lamborghini to lose control and hit the median before veering into oncoming traffic and hitting a Toyota crossover driving south.

Multiple occupants of the Toyota and Lamborghini were injured and transported to hospitals, including two children who police say are in stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the RCMP in Whistler.

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EA Removes In-Game Ads From UFC 4 After Backlash – GameSpot

September 6th, 2020

Huawei says that it will release a HarmonyOS phone next year – PhoneArena

September 6th, 2020

Apple’s Surprise iPhone 12 Upgrade Suddenly Confirmed – Forbes

September 6th, 2020

The best Labor Day sales of 2020: Segway scooter, Ring security, Lenovo laptops and more – CNET

September 6th, 2020