Wednesday News: Insidious


DR. FAUCI ISSUES WARNING ABOUT NC'S INCREASE IN COVID 19 POSITIVES: “When you have those kinds of increases, you must implement on the ground as effectively as possible the manpower, the system, the tests to do identification, isolation and contact tracing to try and blunt that surge of cases,” he said. “Hopefully that will be successful in the blunting of those cases, because if not, then you have the danger of having a gradual, insidious increase in community spread, which will be much more difficult to contain as the community spread amplifies itself.” There were 848 new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday by DHHS. The positive rate of tests for the virus was 10%, DHHS reported. The death total from coronavirus in the state was 1,251, according to DHHS, with 28 new deaths.

FAYETTEVILLE'S (SLAVE) MARKET HOUSE COMES UNDER SCRUTINY: Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said he will present a proposal to the city council to change the city's seal, which currently has the historic Market House front and center. Colvin spoke Tuesday night with WRAL's Mark Boyle and said the seal, which is on things like the city flag and trash cans, would be removed if the city council votes to approve the measure. Colvin said if the measure is approved, the removal process could happen "relatively quickly." He also said the conversations about the future of the Market House itself are still ongoing. Tuesday, it was announced a mural with the words "Black Lives Matter" and "End Racism" would be painted around the historic structure — perhaps opening a new chapter in the building's history.

24 YEAR-OLD DEFEATS CANDIDATE PUSHED BY TRUMP AND MEADOWS IN 11TH DISTRICT GOP PRIMARY: A 24-year-old motivational speaker has defeated the Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in a GOP runoff for Meadows’ old congressional seat, according to unofficial results. Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett in North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District in far-western North Carolina. He won 65.8% of the vote in the race with Bennett at 34.2% with all precincts reporting. Cawthorn won more than 30,000 votes with Bennett receiving fewer than 16,000. Cawthorn will face Democrat Moe Davis in November’s general election. If elected, Cawthorn, who turns 25 before the election, would be the youngest member in the House of Representatives. Tamara Zwinak (Green Party) and Tracey DeBruhl (Libertarian Party) will also be on the November ballot in the district, which includes all or parts of 17 counties.

DONATIONS TO BIDEN SURGE AS OBAMA JOINS HIS CAMPAIGN: “You’re all feeling a sense of urgency, the same kind of urgency I’m feeling right now,” Obama said near the start of the fundraiser. “I’m here to say: Help is on the way.” Obama launched into an in-depth criticism of Trump, without mentioning him by name, and said that while his own administration inherited problems, “the foundation stones, the institutions we had in place, were still more or less intact.” “My predecessor, who I disagreed with on a whole host of issues, still had a basic regard for the rule of law and the importance of our institutions and democracy,” he said. “What we have seen over the last couple of years is a White House enabled by Republicans in Congress and a media structure that supports them . . . that suggests facts don’t matter, science doesn’t matter,” Obama said. “That suggests that a deadly disease is fake news. That sees the Justice Department as simply an extension and an arm of the personal concerns of the president. That actively promotes division. And considers some people in this country more real as Americans than others.” He urged those watching to do more and to take the election seriously. “Man, this is serious business. Whatever you’ve done so far is not enough . . . We have to do more,” Obama said. He warned Biden supporters of Trump’s strength, and not to underestimate his ability to harness his supporters.

SHORTAGE OF OXYGEN FOR COVID 19 PATIENTS IS PLAGUING POOR COUNTRIES: As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in South Asia, Latin America and parts of Africa, regions of the world where many hospitals are poorly equipped and lack the ventilators, tanks and other equipment necessary to save patients whose lungs are failing. The World Health Organization is hoping to raise $250 million to increase oxygen delivery to those regions. The World Bank and the African Union are contributing to the effort, and some medical charities are seeking donations for the cause. Although the machinery needed to generate oxygen is relatively simple, it must be sturdy enough to withstand the dust, humidity and other hazards common in rural hospitals in poor countries. Some companies produce relatively rugged equipment, but prices are rising and restrictions on international flights are complicating deliveries. The machines cannot come too soon, doctors working in the field said. UNICEF has ordered about 16,000 concentrators for about 90 countries, but thus far has been able to deliver only about 700, said Jonathan Howard-Brand, an innovation specialist at UNICEF’s procurement center in Copenhagen. The W.H.O. has ordered another 14,000, of which 2,000 have been delivered and 2,000 are in transit, Mr. Molinaro said.