50 years ago Black GIs at Fort Hood jailed for protesting riot-control duty

first_imgFrom left, PFC Ernest Bess, attorney Michael Kennedy, PFC Guy Smith, SP4 Albert Henry, PVT Ernest Frederick, SGT Robert Rucker, and SP4 Tollie Royal. The six GIs faced a general court-martial for the Aug. 23, 1968 gathering. Fort Hood, Texas.Anger radiated through the barracks in 1968 as orders reached the Black troops of the 1st Armored Division that they would be sent to Chicago on riot-control duty at the Democratic National Convention.GIs spread a message throughout Fort Hood, Texas, on Aug. 23: They would meet on the grassy area at the main intersection of the fort to start an all-night discussion.More than 100 African-American GIs showed up to plan what to do. It was more than a rap session. It was a protest. To the generals and colonels whose orders must be obeyed, it was mutiny.Some of the GIs had won medals for bravery. Some had been wounded. After a year of heavy combat in Vietnam, the fed-up Black troops were outraged at being ordered to occupy African-American neighborhoods in Chicago.The near-uprising at Fort Hood followed rebellions at two military prisons in Vietnam that August 50 years ago. It was another sign that the Pentagon faced a serious problem that rank-and-file servicemen and servicewomen were refusing to cooperate with the war against Vietnam or play a repressive role against Black rebellions within the United States.The following are excerpts from an article and a letter in the Sept. 18, 1968, issue of The Bond, the monthly newspaper of the American Servicemen’s Union, reporting on these events. The ASU had been founded nine months earlier to organize GIs to fight imperialist war and racism from within the U.S. military.Black GIs at Fort Hood Refuse ‘Riot Control’Fort Hood, Texas — Mass resistance by Black GIs here has shaken the Army. On the night of August 23 nearly a hundred Black GIs massed at a main intersection on the post in protest against being used as a part of so-called “riot control” — actually repression of their own people. (Fort Hood troops were being ordered to Chicago.) They refused to leave the intersection in spite of the pleas of their commanding general.At dawn, 43 were arrested. The men began gathering at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 23, at 65th and Central to protest the use of federal troops in Chicago and to protest against racism. When news of the mass protest reached the startled ears of General Boles of the first Armored Division, he came out personally at about midnight to plead — not to order but to plead —  with the men to disperse. They refused.Then, fearing the massive support that these protesters had from the rank and file throughout the post, the nervous general said that they could stay there all night without repercussions. He even raised his right hand and swore to this concession with eight other brass hats (eight colonels) as witnesses, but he refused to sign a paper to that effect as suggested by some of the men. The men stayed.At 5:45 a.m., Lt. Col. Kulo, the post provost marshal, announced: “I want you all to go back to the barracks.” They did not leave.At 5:58 a.m., Kulo threatened: “I’m asking you to leave now. Otherwise MPs will take you in.”The bugle sounded. Sixty MPs marched up and took 43 men away for “failure to report” (for reveille) — Article 86. In the stockade while the men were waiting to contact lawyers, they were asked if they wanted chow. Since they wanted to hold all moves until they had arranged to see lawyers, they didn’t go.MPs were then marched in and the captain told [the Black soldiers] to get up and go to the mess hall. Nobody moved. The demand was for lawyers first. The MPs were then unleashed: punching, hitting the seated men with their nightsticks. Several men were injured and were refused medical help.Then the Army tried the soft sell: providing cigarettes, food and beds. But the demand was still, no move until legal aid was allowed. A GI who had received a decoration for heroism in Vietnam was suffering from a kidney problem caused by wounds. He was denied medical care. Another member of the group was also denied medical attention at this time.Eight of the men have been charged with violation of Article 90 (disobeying a legal order), which calls for a general court-martial [for serious charges with sentences greater than six months]. Thirty-four are facing a special court-martial. One was acquitted.Legal help was arranged by the American Servicemen’s Union. Lawyers for the general courts-martial are being provided by the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee and the Workers Defense League. The 34 special courts-martial defendants are being represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Fund.Statement of a Black GI at Fort HoodIronically, 43 men are to stand trial here at Fort Hood, Texas, for refusing riot duty in Chicago and 43 men will probably be tried and convicted. Ironical because it is Fort Hood that should be on trial and not 43 disgruntled Black soldiers.First, I would like to say that the policy of “Equal Rights and Opportunity” as outlined by the Army Regulations has broken down here at Fort Hood as usual due to human elements. These men as well as I are very much aware of the racial inequity that has existed here and this should be considered a part of what they are protesting.Take for example “Riot Control Training,” as important as it is, is a big joke because it is itself an addition to the problem. For weeks in class I listened to white first and second lieutenants assail the Negro rioters [in 100 cities following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.] as filthy mouthed punks and hoodlums who under the leadership of a self-styled Messiah such as a Rap Brown or Leroi Jones had brought this country close to anarchy.No one seemed to be aware of any real facts or vaguely familiar with the findings by the “President’s Commission on Racial Disorder”? No one made any attempt to explore the possible causal relation between rioting and the understandable hatred that has mounted as a result of social and economic deprivation.I as well as others was tired of hearing nasty words to describe my brothers, but no nasty words used to describe their situation. I agree my people are raising plenty of hell about being treated so badly, but don’t expect me to go to Chicago with a bunch of white guys who after some of our classes are understandably under the impression that “we must stop the barbarians.” …The Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, Sept. 3, made reference to our usage of the clinched fist as a symbol of sympathy for these soldiers who are to be tried. Don’t get me wrong, we are with them all the way but our fists have been up for months. …As for going to Chicago — simply out of the question.By a Black Soldier Co. B, 1st Bn. 41st Inf. 2nd Armored Div. Fort Hood, Texas.Catalinotto is author of “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions,” World View Publishers, New York, 2017.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

While rate of abortion declines, Title X gag rule will only increase need for abortion

first_imgBulletin: A poll released Sept. 30 by Hart Research Associates shows that about two-thirds (62 percent) of voters nationally believe Medicaid should cover abortion as part of comprehensive reproductive health care. In some congressional districts, support for Medicaid coverage of abortion is stronger, with 7 in 10 voters favoring it. Congress passed the Hyde Amendment banning Medicaid coverage of abortion in 1976. This is a monumental shift in the struggle to overturn the ban, headed by young women of color, particularly All* Above All, and supported by the entire reproductive justice movement.The Guttmacher Institute issued a report Sept. 18 that the rate of abortion in the U.S. declined 8 percent between 2014 and 2017. It’s now at an historic low since abortion was legalized in 1973. Despite abortion foes’ passage of hundreds of state restrictions during those years, the institute concluded that such laws were not the main reason for the decrease. Rather increased use of contraceptives accounted for the decrease, especially long-acting reversible birth control methods, free under the Affordable Care Act as essential preventive health care.Guttmacher issued a statement in honor of Sept. 26, World Contraception Day, stating that the “vast number of unintended pregnancies, in both the U.S. and abroad, are among people who are either not using any contraception or are using it inconsistently.” However, it noted that 91 percent of U.S. women are dissatisfied with many methods of contraception, citing side effects and lack of sexual pleasure.The institute stressed that “attempts to ‘reduce abortion’ through coercive restrictions are a direct violation of people’s dignity, bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom.”Guttmacher reported a 25 percent increase in medication abortions, which accounted for 39 percent of all abortions under clinical supervision. The Food and Drug Administration approved the two-abortion-pill regimen in 2000. The first pill, mifepristone, blocks pregnancy-enabling hormones; the second, misoprostoil, causes uterine contractions. While the first pill is tightly controlled and only dispensed with a physician’s prescription, the second is sold over the counter in many countries, including Mexico. When both pills are taken during pregnancies up to 10 weeks, they are 98 percent effective. The second taken alone is 80 percent effective. Meanwhile, access to abortion varied based on regions and states. The number of clinics declined in the Midwest by 6 percent and in the South by 9 percent, while the number increased in the Northeast by 16 percent and the West by 9 percent. Some 89 percent of U.S. counties have no clinics that provide abortion services, imposing hardships for 38 percent of reproductive-age women (15-44) living there.Guttmacher noted an increase in self-managed abortions, reported by nonhospital clinics — from 12 percent in 2014 to 18 percent in 2017. However, the authors concluded that it was “unlikely that an increase in self-managed abortion could account for most of the national decline in abortion incidence during this study period.”A Sept. 20 New York Times article, ”Why America’s abortion rate might be higher than it appears” speculated that the decline in clinically supervised medical and surgical abortions is due to the “invisible” increase in self-managed care. “You can go online,” said Abigail R.A. Aiken, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin, “and you can fill out a form and you can get this safe and effective technology delivered to your home.”Aid Access, a service set up by a Dutch doctor, offers online counseling by a doctor along with mail-order pills. The service reported 21,000 requests for self-induced abortions last year.  Plan C, which provides how-to information about self-managed medical abortions, reports about 40,000 visitors a month. Social media is spreading the word of how to protect privacy, lower costs and help prevent shame with self-managed care.‘When contraception is limited, more unintended pregnancies’The reactionary, racist, misogynous Trump-Pence administration aimed to reduce access to abortion by exercising state power over reproductive health care for 4 million low-income women and gender-oppressed people, predominantly people of color, youth, rural residents, immigrants, people with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence.By significantly adulterating the rules for Title X of the Public Heath Services Act — passed in 1970 during the Nixon era — the revamped regulations, which went into effect on Aug. 19, do not allow providers enrolled in the Title X program to conduct abortions alongside their other services or to offer patients abortion referrals.The primary target of what is popularly referred to as the “domestic gag rule” is Planned Parenthood, which has been the largest private provider of essential reproductive health services like contraception, testing for cancers, treating sexually transmitted infections and abortions. Planned Parenthood stood up to the Trump-Pence assault by opting out of Title X on Aug. 19.As part of the administration’s reactionary agenda, it opened up participation in Title X to religious-based groups, which disapprove of most methods of birth control and do not offer comprehensive reproductive health care. The administration also promotes so-called “conscience clauses,” under the guise of religious freedom, so health care providers can deny certain services, such as pharmacists refusing to dispense emergency contraception. A Sept. 19 Rewire News article noted that “when contraception access is limited, there are more unintended pregnancies.”Trump’s misnamed Department of Health and Human Services has increased funding for abstinence-only programs (now referred to as “sexual risk avoidance”) and only sanctions sexual expression in opposite-sex marriage. The DHHS defines methods of birth control by their failure rates and demonizes abortion as causing lifelong emotional and physical harm. However, the American Journal of Public Health reports that in conservative states abstinence-only education actually increased teen pregnancies.Appeal court hears arguments on gag ruleEleven judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 23 in San Francisco heard arguments requesting a preliminary injunction against the gag rule, brought by 23 states and a number of reproductive rights organizations, including Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project. The Sept. 24 Rewire News reported that government lawyers tried to downplay the consequences of the Title X changes. They argued that of all Title X grantees, only 18 have left the program, representing 20 percent of providers. However, Planned Parenthood, which refused to accept the new regulations, provides about 40 percent of all Title X’s services. Countering government arguments, Ruth Harlow, ACLU senior staff attorney in its RFP, stated that five states are no longer in the Title X program, and Title X funding has ended completely or has funding gaps in 28 states. More than 500 Title X service sites have closed. Harlow stressed that the consequences of the gag rule are still being revealed. Other lawyers for the plaintiffs focused on the harm the gag rule was causing, including higher fees and long delays in obtaining services.In accordance with a 1991 Supreme Court ruling, agency decision making must be “reasoned and rational rather than arbitrary and capricious” based on the full administrative record. But even government lawyers had to concede that such a record did not exist at this time. A ruling is expected in several weeks.Obviously, if the court rules in favor of a temporary injunction, that will go a long way to restoring reproductive health services to 4 million low-income people. But if it doesn’t, then those who support reproductive justice will need to raise holy hell.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HAT Market Analysis for 5/21/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing Services

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Audio Playerhttps://hoosieragtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Bob-Utterback-markets-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A selloff in corn, soybean and wheat futures brought an end to another volatile week. Bob Utterback takes a look at what may lie ahead. Click to listen. SHARE By Andy Eubank – May 21, 2021 HAT Market Analysis for 5/21/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing Services Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News HAT Market Analysis for 5/21/21 with Bob Utterback, Utterback Marketing Services Previous articlePlanting Forecast: Increased Chances of Rain This WeekNext articleReps Ask Biden Administration to Utilize USMCA Enforcement Measures Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Women journalists terrorized, peasant spokesman gunned down in Aguán

first_imgNews to go further News News RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information Gilda Silvestrucci (photo) has become the latest member of the “Journalists for Life and Free Expression” collective to get threatening phone calls, following Itsmania Pineda Platero, who received a series of threatening calls earlier this month.The two women, along with a number of other journalists, organized a march on 13 December that was violently dispersed outside the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa. The purpose of their march was to protest against free speech violations and impunity for those responsible.Silvestrucci has been constantly followed ever since she and 14 other women members of the collective filed a complaint against President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, armed forces chief of staff Gen. René Osorio Canales and presidential guard chief Gen. Andrés Felipe Díaz a week after the march.“We are in constant contact with this collective and we propose to set up a permanent alert system for its threatened representatives,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge them to share with us all the evidence, including recordings or statements, that could support the complaint they filed on 21 December. We reiterate that we hold the authorities directly responsible for the lives of these women journalists and those close to them.”Silvestrucci received a call on her mobile phone yesterday morning from an unidentified individual who told her: “We know that you have three children, that the oldest is 15, that at this moment you are walking down the street with your seven-year-old son and that the oldest is at home looking after the one-year-old baby, and we are going to kill you.”Three days earlier, Silvestrucci’s mother received a call from someone trying to find about Silvestrucci’s timetable, her movements, the places she frequents and the number of her mobile phone.Silvestrucci edits the online newspaper El Patriota and produces “En la plaza,” a programme broadcast every weekday morning on Radio Globo. She had just finished yesterday morning’s programme, about a controversial mining bill currently before parliament, when she received the call threatening her and her children.Both of the news media she works for voiced their opposition to the June 2009 coup d’état from the outset. The coup started a crackdown that has never stopped.Unnoticed mass killingsA total of 24 journalists have been killed in Honduras in the past decade, 17 of them since the coup. The police and judicial authorities have had little success in investigating any of these cases. Murders of citizens who provided information to the media or defended human rights and media pluralism also go unpunished.The latest victim in this category is Matías Valle, 55, a peasant community leader who was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle at a bus stop in the northern depart of Colón on 20 January, three days after the murder of Ricardo Rosales, a lawyer who had accused police in the northern town of Tela of serious human rights violations.Valle was a leading representative of the Aguán United Peasant Movement (MUCA), a group based in Aguán, a northern region racked by violent land disputes between agro-industrial companies and local peasant communities that has been under military control since 2010. He had repeatedly denounced the constant and often deadly harassment of the region’s peasant inhabitants. The Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre), a Reporters Without Borders partner organization, said that, because of the risks he took in talking to the media, he should in principle have been a beneficiary of “protective measures”. “If these protective measures had been properly implemented, Valle would not have been waiting alone at a bus stop and at the mercy of his killers,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His death must be added to the toll of the mass killings taking place out of sight in Aguán. At the very least, an international commission of enquiry with very broad powers should be dispatched to this region.”Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to Valle and to his personal courage in providing badly needed information about what has been taking place in Aguán. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”center_img Organisation January 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Women journalists terrorized, peasant spokesman gunned down in Aguán HondurasAmericas December 28, 2020 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts HondurasAmericas Reports Follow the news on Honduraslast_img read more

Armed Men stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat

first_img Organisation Men armed with clubs and knives stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat, Bahrain’s only independent daily, and broke equipment, thereby preventing the newspaper from publishing. Editor Mansour al-Jamri said employees had been receiving threats during the preceding days because of Al-Wasat’s coverage of the political unrest. Printing press manager Ahmed Mahdi said police had been escorting his employees to and from work during the three days prior to the attack because of threats from people gathered outside. March 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Armed Men stormed the printing press of Al-Wasat Newscenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Good news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major…

first_imgLinkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Facebook Email WhatsApp WITH three companies confirming that they are about to expand their operations in Limerick, it’s been an exceptionally positive week on the jobs creation front.Three Ireland is to create 90 new jobs at the former O2 customer call centre in Plassey which will serve as the company’s preferred centre for customer queries and business transactions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This followed the announcement from energy firm Pinergy that it is about to create 46 new sales positions in the Tipperary/Limerick area in association with sales management company DSM.Pinergy investors include rugby legend Paul O’Connell and the new jobs come on the back of a major promotional campaign to get households in Limerick city and county to convert to the company’s ‘pay as you go’ payment system for electricity costs.There will be a further jobs announcement this Friday when Finance Minister Michael Noonan visits the Raheen headquarters of the Kirby Group to mark the firm’s 50th anniversary.The well-known engineering company has grown since its foundation in Limerick in 1964 to employ more than 600 people today, with substantial operations in Dublin, Galway, Limerick, the UK and Europe, with a further 250 people employed by key subcontract partners.The Three Ireland move will see the firm increase its Limerick workforce to more than 440 employees.Ninety permanent customer care roles will be created over the next 12 months in Limerick. Additionally, a number of existing contract staff will be made permanent over the next 12 months.Three Ireland chief executive Robert Finnegan said the Limerick expansion would bring all customer care roles back to Ireland. He added that a planned €300 million investment in their high speed network would require up to 100 full-time equivalent roles through third party contractors over the next three years.Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan described the jobs announcement as a “positive reflection on all the existing employees in the call centre in Plassey who have a proven track record of hard work and professionalism”.“Limerick has demonstrated in recent years its ability to continue to attract jobs in various sectors with a number of multinationals choosing Limerick to establish their operations. These much welcome additional jobs in Three Ireland will contribute to improving our local economy while also helping all those agencies involved in attracting more companies to view existing similar type companies continuing to expand in Limerick,” she said.Castletroy-based Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell,  said the jobs announcement was a “further endorsement of Limerick as an investment location”.“It’s significant that Limerick has been selected as the location for customer services for the new combined business, which will have 37 per cent of the Irish mobile market.“This is a clear testament to Limerick as a good location for investment, and follows recent similar announcements from UPC and others. This emphasises the ability of Limerick to compete at the cutting edge of the provision of these services.“However it has a bitter-sweet quality to it with the announcement of job losses in retail around the country and headquarter operations in Dublin. I sympathise with those people who will be losing their jobs and hope that they will be able to take up employment elsewhere without too much delay,” he said. Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img NewsLocal NewsGood news on the jobs front for Limerick with three major expansionsBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 894 TAGSEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanJobsKieran O’Donnell TDKirby Grouplimericko2PinergyThree Ireland Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick homeowners say no to water metersNext articleLimerick schools top Sunday Times list Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Update with LK Parade results – Huge crowds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the…

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News Business: Alcorns Garden Centre and Tropical World 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Thousands took to the streets across the North West today to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with parades and street parties on both sides of the border.The weather was largely good, with some small shows and patches of mist in places, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowds who turned out.Derry City Council estimates in the region of 14,000 turned out for the parade there, with large crowds also reported in Letterkenny and Omagh.Letterkenny Parade Results – Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 17, 2014 Band:  Fanad Accordion Band Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Youth:  Blaze Basketball Club Previous articleTaoiseach seeks movement on status of undocumented during US visitNext articleInto the West publish draft proposals for Waterside Station redevelopment News Highland Pinterest Update with LK Parade results – Huge crowds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the North West Best Float (Overall winner of the Danny Doherty Memorial Plaque): Blue Ribbon Novelty:  Millie’s Walkers Community: Blue Ribbon Facebook Vintage:   Eamonn Tinney & Sons RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Sport : Tirconnaill Equestrian & Riding Group Carnival: Donegal Youth Service & The Intercultural Group Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Armed with a new ordinance, a small town in Florida fights back against hate

first_imgiStock(MIAMI) — Gabriel Groisman knows that his town wasn’t always welcoming to minorities.Until 1968, deed restrictions kept Jews and blacks from owning property in the seaside village of Bal Harbour, about a 45-minute drive north of Miami. It took until 1982 for blacks and Jews to be admitted to the town’s exclusive Bal Harbour Club, Groisman said.But Groisman, Bal Harbour’s mayor since 2016, is on a mission to reduce discrimination in his picturesque village of 3,000. His efforts could be a template for fighting hate crimes far beyond his tiny beach town.“As mayor, I want to take a step in the right direction,” he told ABC News.Elected at age 35 after two years on the village council, Groisman, who is Jewish, spearheaded the passage of a local hate-crime ordinance in 2017 that took the U.S. State Department’s 2010 guidelines on anti-Semitism and codified them into a section of the village code entitled “Consideration of Anti-Semitism in Enforcing Laws.”At its core, the ordinance defines anti-Semitism using real-world examples so village police can more easily determine if a hate crime has occurred against the village’s flourishing Jewish community. Examples of anti-Semitism outlined in the ordinance include making “stereotypical allegations about Jews … especially, but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media (or) economy,” as well as “accusing Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel … than to the interest of their own nations.”Without such guidelines, Groisman said, police departments like his have had a difficult time identifying and investigating anti-Semitic acts.“This gives law enforcement the tools to make a determination of intent,” said Groisman, who believes it’s the first local ordinance of its kind. While numerous municipalities have hate-crime regulations that supplement federal and state hate-crime laws, Groisman said his is the first local hate-crime ordinance to specifically define anti-Semitism for the purpose of law enforcement.He said the new ordinance was especially important after the FBI reported that hate-crime incidents targeting Jews and Jewish institutions in the U.S. jumped about 37 percent between 2016 and 2017.The ordinance, Groisman said, allows law enforcement to protect free speech — yet when a crime like an assault occurs, it “can make a crime rise from a misdemeanor to a felony,” Groisman said.This month Bal Harbour police made their first arrest under the new ordinance, following a seven-week investigation into an alleged anti-Semitic attack.On March 22, village police responded to a report of a man shouting anti-Semitic slurs at two elderly Jewish couples who were wearing religious garb on the day of the Jewish Sabbath. Police say Daniel Starikov, 33, rushed toward the group, shouting, “You Jews, I’m going to get you,” while banging his fists together as though preparing to fight.A short time later, police say, Starikov encountered two more men in Jewish garb and he ran up and spit on them before running off.Authorities reportedly used video from a nearby surveillance camera to help identify Starikov, whom they arrested on May 15 and charged with one misdemeanor count of assault on a person 65 or over, three misdemeanor counts of assault with religious prejudice and two felony counts of battery on a person 65 or over with prejudice.Starikov’s attorney, Aubrey Webb, told ABC TV affiliate WPLG-TV that Starikov doesn’t have an anti-Semitic background.“He comes from a very nice family here,” Webb said. “They are saddened, they are outraged by what happened to these people and the allegation, and they just want help for Mr. Starikov … They are not anti-Semitic.”Starikov, nevertheless, faces hate-crime charges as a result of his alleged attack.The allegations against Starikov suggest “a pretty clear-cut case of anti-Semitism,” said Groisman, who explained that the village’s ordinance will be more helpful in situations when the perpetrator’s motivations aren’t so obvious.For example, “If someone is beating someone up while saying ‘Free Palestine’ on a college campus, the police officer has no immediate way of understanding, unless they’re really knowledgeable about what’s happening in the world, that this kid was just assaulted because he was Jewish, which makes it a hate crime,” Groisman told Israel National News at the time the measure was adopted.Ultimately, Groisman told ABC News, “Police officers just want clarity. When law enforcement is investigating a crime, this gives them a definition to refer to.”Other Florida municipalities have taken notice.Last year the Miami-Dade County Chiefs of Police Association adopted Bal Harbour’s ordinance for use by law enforcement in 34 cities in South Florida. Three months later, the South Carolina legislature passed a similar ordinance to help define anti-Semitic acts on college campuses statewide.“Gabe has moral clarity on this issue,” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told ABC News.“It’s a trend that’s going to continue,” Suarez said of the rise of local hate-crime regulations. “We want to use our power appropriately and respect the principles that make our country great.”“It’s about doing something against the rise of anti-Semitism,” Groisman said. “What’s important is that even a small city can have an effect on the rest of the world.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gregory McMichael, ex-police officer charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery, had service weapon suspended in 2019

first_imgBlake David Taylor/iStockBy BRANDON BAUER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Documents show that Gregory McMichael’s law enforcement certification was suspended and his firearm was taken away in February 2019 due to repeatedly failing to take mandatory training, one year before the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.He retired a few months later in June 2019.McMichael, and his adult son, Travis, were arrested on May 7 and charged with murder and aggravated assault for the Feb. 23 shooting death of Arbery, who was jogging in his Satilla Shores, Georgia, neighborhood when confronted by the two men. The arrest came soon after a video showing the fatal confrontation went viral.This suspension is outlined in Gregory McMichael’s personnel records, obtained by ABC News, from his time working in Glynn County, Georgia, as a police officer and investigator in the district attorney’s office.In February 2019, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) issued McMichael a suspension order for “failure to maintain training for the year 2018.” At that point McMichael lost his powers of arrest.In a “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by McMichael, his boss at the time, District Attorney Jackie Johnson, wrote that McMichael “will not engage in any activity that would be construed as being law enforcement in nature,” and, “To that end, Mr. McMichael will not carry a firearm or badge, nor will he operate any vehicle in the motor pool outfitted with lights, siren or police radio equipment.”McMichael previously received a warning in 2014 after failing to finish mandatory firearms and use-of-force courses, and the documents show McMichael repeatedly failed to complete training over the course of several years.“This situation has been a great embarrassment to me and to Investigator McMichael,” Johnson wrote in a 2014 letter to the Georgia POST director. “It has negatively impacted my office, and I have taken measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.”The personnel records were first obtained by Jacksonville, Florida, TV station WJXT.McMichael was also suspended in 2006 for an undisclosed infraction. He was hired in July 1982 and worked on the force for 37 years.He explained his deficient hours in an application where he asked for a training waiver. McMichael explained that he suffered a heart attack in 2006, and dealt with clinical depression for which he needed medical treatment.In 2009, McMichael and his wife filed for bankruptcy “due to overwhelming medical bills from my surgeries as well as bills from my wife’s cancer treatment,” according to the waiver. McMichael also stated they were having issues with his daughter that year and that he suffered a second heart attack.ABC News has reached out to Laura and Frank Hogue, the lawyers representing McMichael, about the suspension, but have not received comment.The husband and wife team representing McMichael said in a statement Thursday that the public had rushed to judge their client.“So often the public accepts a narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts, one that vilifies a good person, based on a rush to judgment, which has happened in this case,” Laura Hogue said in a statement.“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family — a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life — this case does not fit that pattern,” Frank Hogue added. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”His lawyers will hold a press conference on Friday, and will petition a judge to allow McMichael to be released on bail.He and his son are currently being held at the Glynn County Detention Center.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Barron Trump also tested positive for COVID, Melania says

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 38.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 216,639 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 865,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 830,000 cases and over 741,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:Oct 14, 10:25 pmBYU-Idaho students may be intentionally contracting COVIDOfficials at BYU-Idaho said they are “deeply troubled” by reports that students on campus are intentionally trying to contract COVID-19 in order to recover and then sell their plasma, containing virus antibodies.“The university condemns this behavior and is actively seeking evidence of any such conduct among our student body,” the school said in a statement. “Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed.”However, according to a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education, there have been no substantiated examples of students intentionally contracting the virus. The concern may stem from a local article on the rising demand for sales of plasma, the outlet reported.Still, cases are definitely rising sharply in the state. Idaho’s test-positivity rate spiked to 14.7% for week ending Oct. 8 — twice the national rate of 5.9% during the same time period, according to an internal Health and Human Services memo obtained by ABC News. Idaho has the sixth-highest rate of infection in the country, the latest White House coronavirus task force report, obtained by ABC News and dated Oct. 10, shows.The school, located in Rexburg, Idaho, is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Oct 14, 6:32 pmAlabama coach Nick Saban tests positive: ESPNNick Saban, the head coach of the University of Alabama’s football team, tested positive for COVID-19, sources told ESPN.The 68-year-old was informed about his test by training staff and left the football facility immediately, ESPN reported. Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia in a huge, nationally televised game this Saturday.“At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID-19, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis,” the coach said in a statement. “I informed our team of my positive test at 2 p.m. today on a Zoom call and let them know offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will oversee preparations at the complex while I work from home.”Saban, the highest paid college football coach in the country at over $9 million a year, is the latest college football coach to contract the disease.University of Kansas coach Les Miles at Kansas, Florida State University coach Mike Norvell and University of Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin have all tested positive for the virus this season.Yesterday, the University of Florida announced it was pausing team activities citing a rise in coronavirus cases. Florida’s game against LSU this weekend was subsequently postponed on Wednesday — just days after Florida coach Dan Mullen said he wanted to pack his team’s stadium with 90,000 fans.Oct 14, 4:41 pmBarron Trump tested positive for COVID-19, first lady announcesBarron Trump, the youngest of President Donald Trump’s five children, has contracted COVID-19, according to an article first lady Melania Trump wrote in an article published on the White House website where she described her experience in the battle against the virus.Barron has “exhibited no symptoms” and has since tested negative, Melania Trump wrote. It is unclear when he contracted the virus.The first lady says her own illness came “with minimal symptoms” but adds that they hit “all at once.”“It seemed to be a roller coaster of symptoms in the days after,” she wrote. “I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time.”Melania Trump has also since tested negative, she wrote. She did not reveal the details of her treatment, but thanked her caretakers and the Americans who wished her well while she was ill.“Recovering from an illness gives you a lot of time to reflect. When my husband was taken to Walter Reed as a precaution, I spent much of my time reflecting on my family,” she said. “For me personally, the most impactful part of my recovery was the opportunity to reflect on many things — family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are.”“Barron’s fine,” the president told reporters as he departed the White House, making his way to Iowa for another campaign rally tonightABC News’ Jordyn Phelps contributed to this report.Oct 14, 3:25 pmFrance to impose ‘state of health emergency’ as infections riseFrance presented a decree on Wednesday announcing a nationwide “state of health emergency” in an effort to contain rising COVID-19 infections.The new decree will enable the government to impose measures to restrict certain civil liberties. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. local time on Saturday.French President Emmanuel Macron stated that the difference between this declaration and the state of the country in March and April is they “have not lost control.” However, infections are rising, and the pressure on hospitals is increasing, he said.A curfew between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. will go into effect Saturday and will be in effect for at least four weeks, Macron said. Home gatherings will be limited to a maximum of six people, but schools will not close and travel between regions will not be restricted.ABC News’ Ibtissem Guenfoud and Christine Theodorou contributed to this reportOct 14, 3:07 pmEPA moving to approve more long-lasting surface disinfectantsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is moving to focus its efforts to approve disinfectants during the COVID-19 pandemic on a new kind of product that’s able to keep a surface virus-free between cleanings or even deactivate viruses days later.“We do know the primary source of transmission is airborne but we also know that between wearing a mask, washing hands, and social distancing it’s also important to clean and disinfect surfaces,” Alex Dunn, EPA assistant administrator for chemicals, said on a call with reporters on Wednesday.The EPA has approved one long-lasting disinfectant called SurfaceWise2, which is currently approved only for use in the state of Texas by American Airlines and Texas Methodist Health Total Orthopedics Sports & Spine Clinics. Dunn said the new process won’t require states to submit emergency applications and will make it easier for similar products to be widely available.ABC News’ Stephanie Ebbs contributed to this report.Oct 14, 2:49 pmThe NCAA football game between the University of Florida and Louisiana State University scheduled for Saturday has been postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak on UF’s team, the Southeastern Conference announced today.Oct 14, 2:44 pmPfizer to expand vaccine trial to include childrenPharmaceutical company Pfizer will begin expanding its vaccine trial to include children, Dr. Robert Frenck, director of the Vaccine Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, announced in a Zoom interview Wednesday.Teens ages 16 and 17 could be tested as early as this week, and children as young as 12 could eventually enter the trial. There is no timeline yet for when they will start being enrolled.ABC News’ Eric Strauss contributed to this report.Oct 14, 2:04 pm‘Herd immunity’ is not the answer for solving the pandemic, officials sayPromoting the concept of “herd immunity” or “community immunity,” a form of indirect protection from infectious disease that occurs when a certain percentage of a population has become immune, is “inappropriate, irresponsible and ill-informed,” Thomas M. File Jr., president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, announced in a statement Wednesday.While the concept is the goal of vaccination campaigns, it “should never come at the cost of the planned exposure and infection of millions of additional people,” File said.ABC News’ Eric Strauss contributed to this report.Oct 14, 1:50 pmRussia prepares to test 2nd COVID-19 vaccine on 40,000 volunteersRussia has registered a second COVID-19 vaccine and is preparing to test it on 40,000 volunteers, according to Russian officials.The vaccine, called “EpiVakKorona,” was produced by the ‘Vector’ State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology in Novosibirsk, a top state lab that since Soviet times has also been a key biological warfare center.Unlike the first vaccine, Sputnik V, the new vaccine is not based on a modified adenovirus but instead is a “peptide” type vaccine that uses artificially synthesized fragments of the coronavirus itself to produce an immune response. It is administered in two doses, 21 days apart, according to Russian news agency TASS.Caution must be used when giving it to patients suffering from chronic kidney and liver illnesses, as well as epilepsy and heart illnesses, TASS reported.So far the vaccine has been tested on about 100 people, but it has not yet passed key clinical trials. The vaccine will now undergo, in effect, a phase 3 trial.Sputnik V could be widely distributed in Russia by late October or early November, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev announced on Monday, according to TASS.A third Russian vaccine is also on the way — produced by the M.P. Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immuno-biological Drugs, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday. A phase 3 trial for that vaccine will begin Monday.ABC News’ Patrick Reevell contributed to this report.Oct 14, 1:11 pmFunding to be withheld for New York schools in ‘red zones’New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will withhold funding from schools in “red zones” that remain open –- both public and private –- until matters are resolve to the states liking, Cuomo announced during a conference call Wednesday.Just over 1,200 people tested positive and seven people died in the state on Tuesday, Cuomo said. The test positivity rate in the “red zone” areas is 6.2%, while the statewide positivity rate excluding Red Zones is .95%.ABC News’ J. Gabriel Ware contributed to this report.Oct 14, 12:58 pmTrump seeking emergency approval for RegeneronPresident Donald Trump is working to get emergency approval for Regeneron, the antibody treatment that he himself received after contracting COVID-19.The treatment made him “feel very good very fast,” he told reporters from the Rose Garden of the White House on Wednesday morning.“They call it a therapeutic, but I don’t think it was therapeutic,” Trump said. “I think it was a cure. For me, it was something that was very good. Who knows, maybe it would have happened anyway, maybe I would have recovered beautifully anyway. All I know is once I had Regeneron it worked out very well.”Oct 14, 12:58 pmItaly records record one-day rise in casesItalian health authorities reported 7,332 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, topping the March 21 record when there were 6,557 new cases reported.It should be noted that on March 21, there were only 26,336 tests done — in the last 24 hours there were 152,196 tests.There were an additional 43 deaths reported on Wednesday, bringing the nationwide total to 36,289. Some 539 patients are in intensive care, 25 more than Tuesday.ABC News’ Christine Theodorou and Phoebe Natanson.Oct 14, 12:39 pmTrump not spreading infectious virus, Fauci, NIH saysTests show that President Donald Trump is not “shedding” COVID-19 after he contracted it weeks ago, medical experts say.Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Clifford Lane, medical director of the National Institute of Health, made the conclusion after reviewing the president’s recent medical data, including a PCR test, the NIH confirmed to ABC News.The officials believe “with a high degree of confidence” that the president is “not shedding the infectious virus.”NBC, which is holding a town hall with Trump on Thursday, first reported this information in a company press release.ABC News’ Ben Gittleson and Eric Strauss contributed to this report.Oct 14, 12:39 pmUK reports nearly 20,000 new cases as new restrictions take forceThe United Kingdom registered another 19,724 positive cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a rise of 2,490 from the day before.There were also 137 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, down slightly from the previous day’s tally of 143.The cumulative totals now stand at 654,644 positive cases and 57,690 fatalities with COVID-19 on the death certificate, according to the latest data from the U.K. government.Fresh local restrictions were due to be implemented across swathes of England on Wednesday under a new three-tier system of COVID-19 alert levels, which British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday.The new measures come as England saw its number of infections quadruple in the last three weeks. There are now more patients hospitalized with COVID-19 than when the country went into lockdown in late March, according to Johnson.Oct 14, 11:04 amMan suffers sudden hearing loss due to COVID-19 in 1st such case in UKA 45-year-old British man has suffered sudden complete hearing loss while being treated for COVID-19, which doctors say is the first such case in the United Kingdom.A case study published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal’s BMJ Case Reports said the man, who has asthma but is otherwise “fit and well,” was hospitalized several days after developing COVID-19 symptoms. He was subsequently placed on a ventilator and transferred to the intensive care unit, where he remained intubated for 30 days.The patient received remdesivir, intravenous steroids and plasma exchange to treat his COVID-19 infection, which clinically improved. A week after being taken off the ventilator and transferring out of the ICU, the man noticed ringing in his left ear followed by sudden onset hearing loss. He had no previous history of hearing loss or ear pathology, according to the case study.Following a week of hearing loss, the patient saw an otolaryngology specialist and was treated with steroids. His hearing partially recovered after completing a seven-day course, according to the case study.The researchers — from the University College London and Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital — noted that there are only a few other reported cases of hearing loss following COVID-19 infection.“This is the first reported case of sensorineural hearing loss following COVID-19 infection in the U.K.,” the researchers wrote. “Given the widespread presence of the virus in the population and the significant morbidity of hearing loss, it is important to investigate this further.”Oct 14, 10:28 amICU admissions jump by 13.7% in ItalyThe number of patients admitted to intensive care units in Italy has jumped by 13.7% within the past 24 hours, as COVID-19 infections surge again in the country where the pandemic first took hold in Europe.Italy’s civil protection agency confirmed 5,901 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, an increase of 1,282 from the previous day. An additional 41 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered, the country’s worst single-day death toll from the disease since June 17.The cumulative totals now stand at 365,467 cases and 36,246 deaths.Italy, once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, introduced strict new nationwide measures on Tuesday after seeing a sharp uptick in cases in recent weeks.The European country had gradually loosened restrictions during the spring and summer, following a nearly three-month lockdown that helped get its COVID-19 outbreak under control.ABC News’ Phoebe Natanson contributed to this report.Oct 14, 7:59 amChinese city tests more than eight million residents amid outbreakThe eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao has tested almost all of its nine million residents for COVID-19 since launching a citywide testing campaign this week, amid the country’s first reported domestic outbreak in months.The Qingdao Municipal Health Commission said in a statement Wednesday that it had collected over 8.2 million samples for COVID-19 tests and that no new cases have been found among the results returned thus far. The entire city will be tested this week, the commission said.A total of 12 cases of COVID-19 — six with symptoms and six without — have been recorded in Qingdao, since an outbreak linked to the city’s Municipal Chest Hospital was discovered over the weekend. As of Wednesday, 532 close contacts have been investigated in the city, all of whom have been quarantined and observed and completed two rounds of testing, according to the Qingdao Municipal Health Commission.The Chinese mainland, where the coronavirus pandemic began last December, has so far reported 85,611 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,634 deaths, including 13 new cases of local transmission and 14 cases brought from outside the country, according data released Wednesday by China’s National Health Commission. The country does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.Oct 14, 6:55 amBrigham Young University-Idaho checking reports of students intentionally contracting COVID-19 to sell plasmaBrigham Young University-Idaho said it is investigating reports of students who have intentionally exposed themselves or others to COVID-19 with the hope of getting the disease and being paid for plasma that contains antibodies.The private university in Rexburg, Idaho, shared the development in a statement posted on its website Monday, saying it was “deeply troubled” by the accounts.“The university condemns this behavior and is actively seeking evidence of any such conduct among our student body,” the school said. “Students who are determined to have intentionally exposed themselves or others to the virus will be immediately suspended from the university and may be permanently dismissed.”The university warned that it may be forced to transition to a fully-remote instruction model if recent COVID-19 trends in surrounding Madison County and across Idaho continue.“The contraction and spread of COVID-19 is not a light matter. Reckless disregard for health and safety will inevitably lead to additional illness and loss of life in our community,” the school said. “We urge all members of the campus community to act respectfully and responsibly by observing all public health and university protocols and placing the well-being of others above personal benefit or convenience.”The university added that it “stands ready to help” students who are struggling with the physical, emotional and financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic.“There is never a need to resort to behavior that endangers health or safety in order to make ends meet,” the school said.At least 109 students and 22 employees at Brigham Young University-Idaho have contracted COVID-19, according to the latest data provided by the school.Oct 14, 6:08 amRussia registers another 14,231 cases in new daily recordRussia confirmed 14,231 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting a new record for its daily tally of infections.It’s the first time that Russia has registered over 14,000 new cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the sixth straight day that the country has broken its record for newly confirmed cases. Russia’s previous record of 13,868 new cases was set a day earlier.An additional 239 deaths from COVID-19 were also recorded in the past day, just under the country’s record of 244 fatalities set the previous day.The cumulative totals now stand at 1,340,409 confirmed cases and 23,205 deaths, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia’s capital, Moscow, continues to be the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak. Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin announced Wednesday that first to fifth-grade students will return to classrooms next week, following a two-week school break aimed at slowing the spread of the virus in the city. All other students will continue their studies remotely until the end of the month.“The measure has proven to be effective. The portion of children among the infected has decreased from 19 to 11% in recent days,” Sobyanin said in a statement posted on his official website.Oct 14, 5:27 amNew cases in US rise by double digits in week-over-week comparisonsThe number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States increased by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease continued to tick downward slightly, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Tuesday night.The memo, which is circulated to the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on COVID-19 response, said 34 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while 10 jurisdictions are at a plateau and 12 others are in a downward trend.There were 351,270 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 6-Oct. 12, a 14.4% increase from the previous week. There were also 4,886 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 1.5% decrease compared with the week prior. The national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 4.7% to 6.1% in week-to-week comparisons, according to the memo.Meanwhile, 22% of hospitals nationwide have more than 80% of beds full in their intensive care units. That figure was 17-18% during the summertime peak, the memo said.California’s Sonoma County saw a 129.7% relative increase in new cases of COVID-19 between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The county confirmed 62 cases on Oct. 7 linked to outbreaks at schools and childcare facilities, according to the memo.Kentucky reported on Oct. 7 its highest number of COVID-19 patients in ICUs since May. As of Oct. 6, the state’s seven-day average for ICU bed occupancy was 80.6%, with 43.7% of adult ICU beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, the memo said.Montana hit a peak of 504 new COVID-19 cases confirmed on Oct. 6. Daily hospital admissions in the state have increased from 40 in mid-September to more than 60 per day, with greater than 80 on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6. Montana’s seven-day hospitalization rate continues to rise from 15.7 per 100,000 population on Sept. 29 to a four-month high of 20 per 100,000 population on Oct. 6. Local officials report that hospitals are closed to or at capacity and have started redirecting patients, according to the memo.New Jersey’s seven-day COVID-19 case rate increased 20.6% to 539.5 cases per 1 million population between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6. The state has 71.7% of inpatient hospital beds occupied, with 56.4% of ICU beds full. At least 100 schools in New Jersey have teachers or students who have tested positive for COVID-19, the memo said.New York recorded on Oct. 6 its highest number of total hospitalizations since July 22. The state has 79.5% of inpatient hospital beds occupied, with 62.4% of ICU beds full.Utah reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases per day for six of the seven days last week. At the same time, week-to-week testing in the state has decreased slightly by 1.2%. Utah’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests, however, has remained stable at 14%.Oct 14, 4:26 amUS reports more than 52,000 new casesThere were 52,406 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by nearly 11,000 from the previous day but still falls under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 802 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Tuesday, up by more than 400 from the previous day but down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,858,344 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 215,910 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more