Texas surges past California to become state with most COVID-19 cases

first_imgStates like Texas, Florida, and Georgia’s Republican leadership scoffed at early prevention measures like mask mandates and shutting down indoor businesses. Since the initial wave of the pandemic hit our country in February, March, and April, these states have seen exploding numbers. Over the last two weeks however, Texas has surged to a positivity rate of 10.72%. The national average is 6.6%. Cars line up for Covid-19 tests at the University of Texas El Paso on October 23, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - The city has seen a surge in cases, reporting over 1,150 new cases on October 22. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)Testing site in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 23, 2020More than 29 million people live in Texas. The state’s cases per 100,000 population is 3,269.84. By comparison, California—home to more than 39 million people—has a rate of 2,371.56 cases per 100,000.Three days ago, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tweeted: “The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner’s Office parking lot so that we can get a 3rd mobile morgue unit. If that doesn’t put our situation into perspective I don’t know what will.” NPR reports that as of Nov. 3, it looks like El Paso has added a fourth “mobile morgue.” This is because as COVID-19 cases surge, death rates go up. They go up because resources and access for people become stretched thin, and Americans pay for this lack of infrastructure and leadership.- Advertisement – Will this reality have any effect on the close races of Republican duds like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas? It remains to be seen, but he has clearly felt the shift in his state from complacency to anger. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Bekasi flood victims demand action from property developer, administration

first_imgThe residents, grouped under the Harapan Indah Housing Forum, demanded three things, according to their press release on Sunday. First, they demanded the developer PT Hasana Damai Putra Group and the Bekasi administration take responsibility for the flooding that caused material and other damages. Second, they demanded the developer carry out mitigation efforts against future flooding. Finally they asked for the administration to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the housing projects built by the developer, especially with regard to drainage.  The housing forum claimed that the drainage did not work optimally, allegedly due to bad planning and the absence of a sluice system, for which the developer was at fault. There was an apparent difference between the conditions on Jl. Nusa Indah and Jl. Garden Indah, because of the failures of Hasana Damai as a developer, the press release claimed. Since the start of the year there have already been three floods, which have claimed two lives as a result of electrocution.The negligence of the administration was also highlighted in the housing forum’s demands given the recurring nature of the flooding, which led residents to feel that the administration had failed to create a safe and comfortable living space. (ydp) Flood victims in Bekasi, West Java, are demanding that property developers and the Bekasi administration take responsibility for floods at the weekend in several neighborhood units and to carry out mitigation efforts to prevent future incidents. The heavy rainfall on Saturday night and Sunday morning inundated four neighborhood units at the Harapan Indah Housing on Jl. Nusa Indah. The flooding, up to a depth of around 1.2 meters, killed one, cut off electricity and forced a number of people, especially the elderly and families with young children, to evacuate as late as Sunday night. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hyun-Jin Ryu outpitches Stephen Strasburg as Dodgers beat Nationals

first_img“It’s nice to get a win when those guys are on the mound. You know they (the Nationals) expect to win – kind of like we expect to when Kershaw is on the mound.”The Nationals got to Kershaw in a 5-2 win Friday. They didn’t get to Ryu who has followed up a dud in his first start of the season — he didn’t make it through four innings that day, giving up five hits, walking five and striking out only two – with a string of gems like Saturday’s.In his past three starts, he has been retro-Ryu, turning the clock back to his pre-surgery form of 2013 and 2014. Over 19 innings, the Korean left-hander has allowed only two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out 25 in 19 innings.“In my first game, I had a hard time commanding my pitches and made mistakes here and there. That led to a bad result,” Ryu said through his interpreter. “Since then, I’ve gotten better in terms of my command and because of that I think I’m having a good run.”He was stressed only once Saturday. The Nationals loaded the bases with two outs in the third inning. Ryu got Moises Sierra to ground out to end the danger. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousWashington Nationals’ Trea Turner leaps to throw to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, steals second base as Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner makes a late tag during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, reacts after hitting a foul ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWashington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Washington Nationals’ Wilmer Difo tosses his bat after striking out during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, of South Korea, throws against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a fly ball during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor hits a fly ball during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner leaps to throw to first base for the out on Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, steals second base as Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner makes a late tag during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig, right, steals second base as Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner makes a late tag during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES – Maybe they hyped the wrong pitching matchup.One night after Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw polished off their Cy Youngs in a rare matchup of three-timers, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Stephen Strasburg did their own dueling best to top their more pedigreed teammates.Ryu allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings, getting the better of Strasburg thanks to solo home runs by Joc Pederson and Kiké Hernandez. Cody Bellinger added a two-run shot later and the Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals, 4-0, Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.“It’s not fun offensively, that’s for sure,” Bellinger said of drawing Scherzer and Strasburg on back-to-back nights. “You know you’re going to have to grind out every at-bat.center_img That was the first of 13 consecutive Nationals retired by Ryu, all with a narrow 1-0 margin.“Just the way he’s mixing his pitches, changing eye levels, in and out with the fastball, the cutter, the change – he’s really synced up and he’s got a lot of confidence,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Ryu.Roberts had a good night, too.He opted to start Pederson and put him in the middle of the lineup against Strasburg despite Pederson’s 6-for-34 start this season. Pederson rewarded him by turning on a 97-mph fastball in the second inning and sending it over the wall in center field. It was Pederson’s first home run of the season and it came on his birthday.That birthday bash stood up as the only score of the game deep into the night.In the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the bases against Strasburg with no outs. But the Nationals right-hander got his back up after that and struck out Bellinger, Pederson and Matt Kemp to escape undamaged.Roberts had Chase Utley on deck to pinch hit for Ryu in the seventh inning. When Strasburg retired the first two batters, though, he pulled Utley back and sent up Hernandez got a 96-mph fastball up over the plate and launched it into the left-field pavilion for the game’s second solo home run. The Dodgers had just three other hits off Strasburg.“The last two nights, these are two of the best pitchers in the National League. But we competed both nights,” Roberts said.Bellinger’s eighth-inning homer off Nationals reliever Carlos Torres allowed everyone in Dodger Stadium to breathe more easily — including Kenley Jansen. The closer whose vulnerability has showed early this season retired the side without incident to finish the two-hit shutout, flashing rediscovered velocity (up to 95 mph).“Tonight obviously was as good as we’ve seen him in quite some time,” Roberts said. “The characteristics of the cutter seemed like from the side they were there, given how the swings were. Obviously the velocity was a few ticks up from where it’s been.“He’s on a mission to get back.”Jansen has spent countless hours watching video and obsessing over his mechanics in search of solutions the past three weeks. Simplicity is his new companion, he said.“Just calmed down all the noise outside,” he said. “I’m just looking forward.”last_img read more