Minnesota sees no rise in COVID-19 cases tied to protests: Health official

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO and JOSHUA HOYOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Infectious disease experts have warned that mass protests over the death of George Floyd could lead to another wave of COVID-19 infections. So far, Minneapolis, where the protest activity originated, has not seen a dramatic uptick in cases related to the demonstrations, the state’s Department of Health told ABC News Monday.As of late last week, 4,487 tests conducted across four testing sites specifically for protesters resulted in 62 positive cases of COVID-19, for a positivity rate of 1.4%, the department said.Another health system in Minnesota, HealthPartners, tested 8,500 protesters in several of their clinics and had a positivity rate of 0.99%, Doug Schultz, public information officer for the Minnesota Department of Health, told MedPage Today last week.The overall positivity rate for Minnesota is currently about 3.6% to 3.7%, according to a health official.Minnesota has 33,227 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,384 deaths, based on the latest figures from the state health department.The results are “very encouraging,” the health official told ABC News. The official attributed the low infection rate to “the fact that many or most protesters were wearing masks, the events were outside, people were often able to maintain a 6-foot distance, and any exposures were of relatively shorter duration, not several hours to the same people in the same place.”The health official did not know how many of the positive cases among protesters were hospitalized, but noted that hospitalizations in the state have been declining.Protests that started in Minneapolis in the days following the death of Floyd while in police custody spread across Minnesota, the United States and the world over the past month.Health departments and government leaders have been recommending that anyone who attends a protest get tested for COVID-19 within a week of possible exposure to the virus. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Stars align at astronomy reunion

first_imgCamaraderie upstaged heady ideas in Cambridge on Friday, as exoplanet research and talk of the universe’s basic laws competed with a reunion of faculty and former graduate students from Harvard’s Astronomy Department.“It was very interesting to catch up,” said Avi Loeb, department chair and the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science. “Some people changed a lot.”Loeb worked with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to organize the event, intended to celebrate the impact and vibrancy of Harvard’s astronomy community.Slavco Bogdanov, who received his doctorate in astronomy in 2008 and who is now a research scientist at Columbia University, was making his first visit to Harvard since graduating.“Seeing all the people I haven’s seen in a long time, I think that was the main motivation for coming here,” he said.The reunion included a mix of social events and morning programs at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In the afternoon, participants moved to the Sheraton Commander in Cambridge for a luncheon, panel discussions, and an evening reception.The afternoon panels focused on two of the most active areas of current research. The first was on the basic nature of the universe and the search for evidence related to Einstein’s general theory of relativity.The panel included two Nobel laureates among its 10 members. One was Brian Schmidt, who received his Ph.D. in 1993 and won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2011 for work showing that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. (He’s now at the Australian National University) Schmidt’s adviser, Clowes Professor of Science Robert Kirshner, was also on the panel and, in his remarks, recalled taking a freshman seminar for which Joe Taylor, the panel’s second Nobel laureate, was the teaching fellow. Taylor, an emeritus professor at Princeton University, received his doctorate from Harvard in 1968 and won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1993 for discovering the first pulsar in a binary system, which could be used to study gravity.Taylor said he was able to use the pulsar to observe what is called the “Shapiro delay,” a delay that light experiences when it passes close to a very massive object. The delay was predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity and first observed in 1977 by the panel’s moderator, Timken University Professor Irwin Shapiro.The discussion touched on several of the hottest topics in understanding the fundamental nature of the universe, including cosmic microwave background, dark energy, and black holes.The second panel looked at the state of exoplanet research and the upcoming search for life on planets circling other stars. The discussion was given a forward-looking focus by the announcement that NASA had agreed to launch the TESS satellite, for which panel member David Latham, lecturer on astronomy, is the chief mission scientist. After its launch in 2017, TESS — the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — will scan the sky for planets transiting bright nearby stars, which would allow study of atmospheres for chemical signatures of life.“We’re here at a very special time in the history of astronomy,” Latham said. “We are poised to discover and characterize worlds like Earth, where life as we know it would be comfortable.”Members of both panels said they are looking forward to completion of the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will have 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope. It is being built on a mountaintop in Chile.Exoplanet research has been energized in recent years by results from the Kepler Space Telescope, which has discovered thousands of star-circling planet candidates. New detections from TESS, which will examine nearby stars some 30 to 100 times brighter than Kepler targets, will be followed up by another new instrument, the James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch in 2018.Panelists said they are looking forward to deeper exoplanet research brought on by the more sophisticated instruments.“I really believe … you’re going to find these first discoveries of life in the universe here at Harvard,” said Professor David Charbonneau.last_img read more

Broadway.com Audience Choice Award Nominations Announced; Cast Your Vote!

first_img View Comments Broadway.com celebrates its 15th birthday on May 1, and you know what makes a great gift? Voting for the 2015 Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards! The nominations are in, and the new musical Finding Neverland led the pack with 11 nominations. It’s followed closely by It’s Only a Play, which took in 10 nods. Four-time BACA winner Kristin Chenoweth garnered four nominations for her performance in On the Twentieth Century. Voting begins now and will end on May 10 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be announced shortly after.The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are the only major theater awards voted on by Broadway’s biggest cheerleaders: the fans. Shortly after its launch in 2000, the editors of Broadway.com realized that the Broadway community was missing an award from the people: the actual theatergoers who fill the seats, root for the stars and keep Broadway alive.Polls are now closed. Thanks for voting!See below for a full list of nominees.Favorite New MusicalAn American in ParisFinding NeverlandFun HomeIt Shoulda Been YouSomething Rotten!Favorite New PlayThe AudienceConstellationsThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeHand to GodThe RiverFavorite Musical RevivalGigiThe King and IOn the TownOn the Twentieth CenturySide ShowFavorite Play RevivalThe Elephant ManThe Heidi ChroniclesIt’s Only a PlayThis Is Our YouthYou Can’t Take It With YouFavorite Long-Running ShowA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderThe Book of MormonHedwig and the Angry InchLes MiserablesWickedFavorite TourThe Book of MormonCinderellaNewsiesPippinWickedFavorite Leading Actor in a MusicalMichael Cerveris, Fun HomeCorey Cott, GigiBrian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten!Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandTony Yazbeck, On the TownFavorite Leading Actress in a MusicalKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyLisa Howard, It Shoulda Been YouVanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara, The King and IFavorite Leading Actor in a PlayBradley Cooper, The Elephant ManJake Gyllenhaal, ConstellationsHugh Jackman, The RiverNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeFavorite Leading Actress in a PlayGlenn Close, A Delicate BalanceMaggie Gyllenhaal, The Real ThingHelen Mirren, The AudienceElisabeth Moss, The Heidi ChroniclesCarey Mulligan, SkylightFavorite Featured Actor in a MusicalChristian Borle, Something Rotten!David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandAndy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyMax von Essen, An American in ParisFavorite Featured Actress in a MusicalSierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been YouCarolee Carmello, Finding NeverlandVictoria Clark, GigiAlysha Umphress, On the TownTeal Wicks, Finding NeverlandFavorite Featured Actor in a PlayIan Barford, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMatthew Broderick, It’s Only a PlayRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayJames Earl Jones, You Can’t Take It With YouBryce Pinkham, The Heidi ChroniclesFavorite Featured Actress in a PlayAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouRose Byrne, You Can’t Take It With YouStockard Channing, It’s Only a PlayPatricia Clarkson, The Elephant ManMegan Mullally, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Diva PerformanceKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been YouHelen Mirren, The AudienceKelli O’Hara, The King and IChita Rivera, The VisitFavorite Funny PerformanceAnnaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With YouKristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyKelsey Grammer, Finding NeverlandRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayNathan Lane, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Onstage PairSierra Boggess & David Burtka, It Shoulda Been YouKristin Chenoweth & Andy Karl, On the Twentieth CenturyCorey Cott & Vanessa Hudgens, GigiLaura Michelle Kelly & Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandKelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe, The King and IFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male)Steven Boyer, Hand to GodRobert Fairchild, An American in ParisRupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayAlex Sharp, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeMicah Stock, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female)Megan Fairchild, On the TownVanessa Hudgens, GigiSydney Lucas, Fun HomeAshley Park, The King and IEmily Skeggs, Fun HomeFavorite Replacement (Male)Gavin Creel, The Book of MormonDarren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry InchNorm Lewis, The Phantom of the OperaJohn Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry InchAndrew Rannells, Hedwig and the Angry InchFavorite Replacement (Female)Caroline Bowman, WickedCarol Burnett, Love LettersRebecca Naomi Jones, Hedwig and the Angry InchKara Lindsay, WickedEmma Stone, CabaretFavorite New Song“All That Matters,” Finding Neverland“A Musical,” Something Rotten!“Believe,” Finding Neverland“God, I Hate Shakespeare,” Something Rotten!“Neverland,” Finding NeverlandShows with multiple nominations:Finding Neverland – 11It’s Only a Play – 10Gigi – 6It Shoulda Been You – 6On the Twentieth Century – 6Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 5The King and I – 5Something Rotten! – 5You Can’t Take It With You – 5The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 4Fun Home – 4On the Town – 4Wicked – 4An American in Paris – 3The Audience – 3The Book of Mormon – 3The Elephant Man – 3The Heidi Chronicles – 3Constellations – 2Hand to God – 2The River – 2last_img read more

John and Joan Hillenbrand Vision Fund steps up for St. Louis students

first_img(L-R) Ben Ruter, Mary Ann Meyer, Ava HornbeckBatesville, In. — With a grant from the John and Joan Hillenbrand Vision Fund, St. Louis Catholic School 8th grade language arts students purchased a set of digital cameras to produce a photo story.The lesson provided an opportunity for students to learn about perspective in photography and the connection with the “6 Traits of Writing.”last_img

Wellington police notes: Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2013

first_imgSunday, March 03, 2013•12:29 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a license plate by unknown suspects in the 500 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•12:40 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 100 block W. 16th, Wellington.•1:26 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by known suspects in the 1400 block, Michigan, Wellington.•9:22 p.m. Officers took a report of a suicidal subject in the 1000 block, Shady Lane Court, Wellington.•1:16 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington. Saturday, March 2, 2013•1:17 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a cell phone in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington. It was recovered.•9:36 p.m. Thomas J. Mann Jr, 31, Wellington was arrested and charged with domestic violence battery, criminal damage to property/DV, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 300 block W. 2nd, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3: Friday, March 01, 2013•10 a.m. Patricia R. Reyes, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while license is suspended and no insurance in the 700 block E. Lincoln, Wellington.•Patricia R. Reyes, 24, Wellington was served a summons to appear for charges of battery, disorderly conduct and assault.•10:10 a.m., Paula M Moore, 29, Wichita, was arrested on a Sedgwick County Warrant for probation violation.•11:59 a.m., Officers investigated a theft by unknown suspects in the 400 block of Circle Drive, Wellington.•11:59 a.m., Officers investigated theft and criminal use of a financial card by unknown suspects in the 100 block, N. Washington, Wellington.•2:19 p.m. Officer investigated a theft of aluminum cans by a known suspect in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington.•4:04 p.m. Officers investigated a criminal deprivation of property by a known suspect in the 700 block S. H,  Wellington.•5 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N.C, Wellington.•5:03 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 300 block W. 2nd, Wellington.•4:20 p.m. Non-injury accident on private property in the 1800 block E. 16th, Wellington, involving vehicles operated by Mary A. Long, 50, Wellington and Marti E. Cureington, 69, Caldwell.•8:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block S. C, Wellington.•9:18 p.m. Mike L. Flynn, 36, Conway Springs, was arrested and charged with driving while lficense is Suspended, No Proof of Insurance, Transporting an Open Container and no tail lights.•11:32 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.last_img read more