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BERGER'S FUNDRAISING E-MAIL SAYS TO IGNORE CDC MASK GUIDELINES: Senate Leader Phil Berger called the CDC’s guidance on wearing masks as something similar to that of eating raw cookie dough: “guidance to ignore.” A fundraising email sent Wednesday morning said the latest CDC guidelines aren’t based on science but a method by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the media and liberals to control the American people. When asked if Berger had any concerns that his email could cause a distrust of the CDC among North Carolinians, Watts responded, “The CDC is doing a perfectly capable job of that itself.” The News & Observer emailed NCDHHS for comment on Berger’s email but did not immediately get a response. 28 people died between yesterday and today, so take your cookie dough and shove it.

MYSTERY TOXIC FOAM AGAIN APPEARS IN CREEK NEAR FAYETTEVILLE: State officials are for the second time in slightly more than a year trying to determine the source of potentially harmful compounds found in foam floating on a North Carolina creek. In both instances, the man-made chemicals found in the Gray’s Creek area don't appear to be connected to the Chemours plant, which is in the same area and makes a similar compound, The Fayetteville Observer reported. The state Department of Environmental Quality said in a memo dated June 22 that tests were conducted in March on foam from an unnamed tributary of Rockfish Creek. The tests showed that the foam contained perfluorooctane sulfonate, also known as PFOS, and three other compounds. In July 2020, department officials said tests on foam found floating in a creek revealed high levels of PFOS. This year's results showed PFOS levels at 614 parts per trillion, well above the 70 parts per trillion set for drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency.

4 YEAR-OLD DIES SENSELESSLY THANKS TO PROLIFERATION OF GUNS: A North Carolina woman is charged with child abuse after her unattended 4-year-old boy picked up a gun while she drank and smoked marijuana and fatally shot himself in the head, police said. High Point police said the 29-year-old High Point woman is jailed on a $50,000 secured bond, news outlets reported. It's not known if she has an attorney. According to police, the woman and several other adults were at a home Sunday night when the 4-year-old found a firearm under a couch cushion in the living room and shot himself in the head. He died at a local hospital. Detectives using a search warrant found two additional firearms, multiple firearm accessories, ammunition, marijuana and cocaine, police said. The homeowner is also facing charges, according to police. I'm going to my Grandson Jack's second birthday party Saturday, and I will hug him for an extra 10 seconds more than usual, which he will probably protest some.

BIDEN STRUGGLES TO GET EXTENSION ON EVICTION MORATORIUM: President Biden and congressional Democrats scrambled on Thursday to try and find a way to prevent a federal eviction moratorium from expiring in two days, mounting a last-minute effort as fears spread about the economic impact of a new resurgence of the coronavirus. Biden called on Congress to act “without delay” to extend the eviction moratorium, which applies to renters who have fallen behind on their monthly payments as a result of financial hardship. Top White House aides fretted the administration could not act on its own as a result of a recent, adverse Supreme Court ruling. The moratorium had last been extended one month ago and little had been done in recent weeks to advance another extension through Congress. In the Senate, meanwhile, party lawmakers led by Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), the leader of the chamber’s top housing panel, started preparing their own last-ditch attempt to extend the moratorium on Thursday. They seek to approve it under unanimous consent, according to two senior Democratic aides, a tough proposition given potential Republican objections to the idea. Brown “supports an extension of the eviction moratorium and will work with Leader Schumer to pass legislation that will allow our nation’s renters to stay in their homes during this crisis,” a spokesman for Brown said Thursday.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS MAKING SOME PARTS OF THE EARTH UNINHABITABLE: A measurement of the combination of heat and humidity is called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is determined by wrapping a completely wet wick around the bulb of a thermometer. Scientists are using this metric to figure out which regions of the world may become too dangerous for humans. A term we rarely hear about, the wet-bulb temperature reflects not only heat, but also how much water is in the air. The higher that number is, the harder it is for sweat to evaporate and for bodies to cool down. At a certain threshold of heat and humidity, “it’s no longer possible to be able to sweat fast enough to prevent overheating,” said Radley Horton a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Scientists have found that Mexico and Central America, the Persian Gulf, India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia are all careening toward this threshold before the end of the century. Even below these thresholds, cooling down is hard work on the body. The efforts to fight the effects of heat puts pressure on your heart and kidneys. With extreme heat, people’s organs can start to fail. If you have preexisting conditions, it’s even more likely. When your body temperature gets too high, it will ultimately cause your body’s proteins to break down, its enzymes to stop regulating your organs’ functions and your organs to start shutting down.



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NC Xian Summer Camp is National Superspreader Event

From the State:

Dozens of coronavirus cases across 17 states are now tied to a summer camp in the North Carolina mountains, officials say.

At least 75 positive COVID-19 tests reportedly have been linked to campers or staff members who were at The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center from June 28 to July 17.

The cases were in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, said Tara Rybka, spokesperson for Transylvania Public Health. ...

In all, the area has recorded 2,500 coronavirus cases during the pandemic. As of Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Transylvania County had a “high” level of transmission of the virus.