CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: April 22nd

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 2,573,471 (up from 2,498,474 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 178,558 (up from 171,332 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 701,838 (up from 657,808 Yesterday)
  • The US has 819,175 Confirmed Cases and 45,343 Deaths, up from 792,938 cases and 42,518 deaths yesterday
  • The US currently has 14,016 people in Serious or Critical Condition, up from 13,887 yesterday
  • The US has now tested 4,190,002 people, with 21% of tests showing positive for SARS-CoV-2
Food/Meat Rationing Hits US https://finance.yahoo.com/news/food-rationing-reality-buyers-once-230000895.html
  • At a Publix store in St. Petersburg, Florida, handmade signs limit customers to two packages of beef, pork and Italian sausage products.
  • In Toronto, shoppers at a west end Loblaws can't buy more than two dozen eggs and two gallons of milk.
  • Shoppers at Walmart in Utah were limited to no more than 2 of any item from the stores Meat department.
  • Across the US, grocers have started limiting the amount of meat and other products whose supply chains have been impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • "The thing I'm struck by, in the U.S., we're so used to walking down a supermarket aisle and having thousands of choices," said Heidi Heitkamp, a former North Dakota Senator and current member of Alliant Group's strategic advisory board. "Now that's not what people see on the shelves and it's a little unnerving.
  • "But what everyone should be grateful for is that you can walk into any supermarket in a major metro area and you can still find food to eat. That's a critically important national security concern."
  • "Once we see the impact of workers testing positive in the meat packing plants, we're going to see a shortage of meat," said Heitkamp, the former senator.
  • 49% of U.S. shoppers report their supermarket has had products out of stock, according to one industry survey. On popular items, "they could consider limits based on where the grocer may be located and when their supplier or wholesalers can get them product," industry analysts said in a report.
Iowa Governor "Meat Packers Must Remain Open" https://apnews.com/e4d88c7f43d429fd01c58c8bc08ab4e2
  • Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that Iowa's meatpacking plants must stay open despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers, saying that shutting them down would be devastating for farmers and the nation's food supply.
  • "But these are also essential businesses and an essential workforce," she said. "Without them, people's lives and our food supply will be impacted. So we must do our part to keep them open in a safe and responsible way."
  • If hogs are unable to be processed, farmers may "have to consider euthanizing" them, the governor said. "We're not that far from that and it will be devastating not only for the food supply but for the cost of food moving forward," she said.
  • The Tama National beef plant resumed limited production Monday after a two-week shutdown, employees said, despite the news that 177 workers out of more than 500 tested were positive.
  • Tyson Foods also said that its pork plant in Waterloo remained open, defying pleas from the mayor and other officials to temporarily close for cleaning and additional testing of workers.
  • Coronavirus cases in Black Hawk County have doubled in recent days to 356, with 90 percent of them traced to Tyson plant workers. The county reported two more deaths on Monday, both former Tyson employees.
Let Them Eat Ice Cream https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/21/biden-spent-nearly-11-thousand-on-pelosi-favorite-ice-cream/
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign has spent nearly $11,000 on Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's favorite ice-cream, which she has come under fire for after showing off her collection in an interview.
  • According to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Biden's campaign has spent $10,600 on Pelosi's favorite ice cream as donor gifts between May 2019 and March 2020.
  • The description for the ice-cream in the FEC filing says "donor gifts." The Daily Caller contacted the Biden campaign to ask about the gifts but did not immediately receive a response.
  • Jeni's Gourmet Ice Cream has also responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic by offering customers free to download Zoom backgrounds featuring selections of Jeni's Gourmet flavors.
  • President Donald Trump's campaign released an advertisement Monday blasting Pelosi for focusing on eating ice cream instead of working with Congress to put together legislation for coronavirus funding.
VA Study: No Benefit From Taking HydroxyChloroquine https://apnews.com/a5077c7227b8eb8b0dc23423c0bbe2b2
  • A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a study of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported.
  • The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it's the largest look so far of hydroxychloroquine with or without the antibiotic azithromycin for COVID-19, which has killed more than 171,000 people as of Tuesday.
  • Researchers analyzed medical records of 368 male veterans hospitalized with confirmed coronavirus infection at VA medical centers who either died or were discharged by April 11.
  • About 28% who were given hydroxychloroquine plus usual care died, versus 11% of those getting routine care alone. About 22% of those getting the drug plus azithromycin died too, but the difference between that group and usual care was not considered large enough to rule out other factors that could have affected survival.
  • Hydroxychloroquine made no difference in the need for a breathing machine, either.
  • The study was posted on an online site for researchers and has not been peer reviewed by other scientists. Grants from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Virginia paid for the work.
Total US COVID-19 Deaths Double Over Last 8 Days https://news.trust.org/item/20200421211344-sn3xj
  • U.S. coronavirus deaths doubled in a little over a week and rising by a near-record amount in a single day.
  • U.S. deaths increased by more than 2,750 on Tuesday alone, just shy of a peak of 2,806 deaths in a single day on April 15.
  • Officials reminded the public that deaths are a lagging indicator since the average victim takes 24 days to succumb to the disease.
  • New reported U.S. cases appear to be slowing this week, rising by less than 30,000 a day for the past four days through Tuesday.
  • The United States had a high of 35,392 new cases on April 4.
First West Texas, Now Northsea Brent Crude Crashes https://finance.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-brent-crude-hits-1999-lows-as-oil-prices-continue-to-fall-072702942.html
  • Brent Crude, Europe's equivalent to West Texas Intermediary crude oil, crashed to levels not seen in 3 decades yesterday and is trading at levels well below production cost.
  • More than 140 Million Barrels are being stored at sea, according to one industry survey.
  • Some companies have taken to floating barrels chained together to form 'barrel rafts', a practice not seen since barrels of oil were floated down the Mississippi River in the early 1900s.
  • In Europe, demand for Petrol has dropped by over 30% since April 1st, as more and more countries limit travel and have closed borders.
Mexico Enters Phase III of Outbreak, Deaths Spike https://news.yahoo.com/mexico-entered-most-serious-phase-125222515.html
  • Mexico has entered what the government calls "Phase 3" of the spread of the new coronavirus, the most serious stage, as transmission of the virus is intensifying.
  • Mexico has registered 712 coronavirus deaths and 8,772 infections, with 511 new cases reported on Monday.
  • But health officials expect the real number to be substantially higher as Mexico has limited testing capacity.
  • The government's "Sentinel Surveillance" mathematical model estimated there were 55,951 cases across the country, and estimated over 2,800 deaths due to COVID-19. Hospitals in Mexico City reported nearly 3,000 more deaths so far in April compared to the same month last year.
  • Mexico's leftist leader, President Obrador once again vowed that the country would not enforce "authoritarian" measures such as curfews or travel restrictions, which other countries around the globe have implemented.
  • He has come under fire for downplaying the seriousness of the outbreak, and as recently as last week had allowed a bullfight in Mexico City, with nearly 28,000 spectators in attendance.
Survey: 4 in 5 Households Report COVID-19 Lockdowns Bring Family Closer Together https://www.studyfinds.org/quarantine-quality-time-4-in-5-parents-say-coronavirus-lockdown-has-brought-family-closer-together/
  • British study finds 4 out of 5 Parents report lockdowns have brought the family closer together.
  • Six in ten say they're happier with their spouse or partner than ever before.
  • A Quarter of respondents say the extra time together has improved their sex life.
  • The survey finds that half of families are getting together to play board games and make puzzles. Another 30% say they've formed book clubs and read together.
  • And some parents are engaging in new activities with their kids. Just over a quarter of families (28%) have picked up family gardening.
  • The study was conducted online by MumPoll, and included over 2,000 participants.
NY Times: Massive Undercounting of COVID-19 Deaths Worldwide https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/21/world/coronavirus-missing-deaths.html
  • There are tens of thousands of "Excess Deaths" across the globe, in a country by country analysis conducted by researchers from the Times.
  • Examining state medical records and official death statistics, more than 25,000 extra deaths were recorded compared to the same period last year.
  • The totals include suspected deaths from COVID-19 as well as those from other causes, likely including people who could not be treated as hospitals became overwhelmed.
  • AREAPCT. ABOVE NORMALEXCESS DEATHSREPORTED COVID-19 DEATHS=DIFFERENCE
    Spain
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    66%19,70012,401=7,300
    England & Wales
    Mar. 7 - Apr. 10
    33%16,70010,335=6,300
    New York City
    Mar. 11 - Apr. 18
    298%17,20013,240=4,000
    France
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    21%10,5008,059=2,500
    Netherlands
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    33%4,0002,166=1,900
    Istanbul
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 12
    29%2,1001,006=1,100
    Jakarta
    March
    36%1,00084=900
    Belgium
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    25%2,3001,632=700
    Switzerland
    Mar. 9 - Apr. 5
    21%1,000712=300
  • Among all countries who included causes, deaths by Automobile-Accident dropped dramatically and was down by over 59% in the US for April compared to 2019.

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Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

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