Study suggests more cases, fewer death rate of COVID-19 in Indiana

first_img Pinterest IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – May 14, 2020 0 316 Facebook Google+ Study suggests more cases, fewer death rate of COVID-19 in Indiana WhatsApp WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) INDIANAPOLIS — An I-U-P-U-I study estimates more than 180-thousand Hoosiers have already had coronavirus:Randomized testing by the Fairbanks School of Public Health found about one in 60 Hoosiers had the virus, and another one in 90 showed antibodies, indicating they’d had it previously without knowing it. It adds up to nearly three-percent of Hoosiers who have been infected — 11 times the number of known cases at the time of the study at the end of April.Fairbanks health policy director Nir Menachemi says nearly half of all Hoosiers with coronavirus never had any symptoms. The large number of previously unsuspected cases makes Indiana’s death rate point-six-percent, one-tenth what the official data had indicated.Menachemi says while that means any individual Hoosier’s odds of dying from the virus are about one in 170, that’s still six times the death rate from flu. And since the coronavirus is far more infectious and can be carried by people without symptoms, Menachemi says Indiana needs to “double and triple up” precautions like hand washing and social distancing as it slowly reopens.Menachemi says the study shows people in a household with someone with coronavirus were 12 times as likely to get the virus themselves. He says the large gap shows social distancing has succeeded in reducing the virus’s spread in the community at large.State health commissioner Kristina Box says it’s “a little bit heartbreaking” when she receives photos from people alarmed at seeing people ignoring those restrictions, standing shoulder to shoulder in line at stores without wearing masks. Box, Menachemi and Governor Eric Holcomb all emphasize the virus is still lurking, and if Hoosiers let their guard down, it could come roaring back.Menachemi notes the nearly one-half of patients who don’t get symptoms are still carriers who can infect the other half.Fairbanks plans three more rounds of testing to monitor the virus’s spread, with the next wave planned for the first week of June. Twitter Twitter Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous articleHoosier truckers getting recognition during pandemic, shutdownNext articleReported shooting kills one, injures another in South Bend Wednesday Network Indianalast_img read more

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Bumi Armada Scoops Filanovsky Field Pipelay Gig

first_imgBumi Armada’s wholly owned subsidiary Bumi Armada Caspian has signed a supplementary agreement with Lukoil for additional engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) scope. The additional scope will involve Bumi Armada’s Subsea Construction assets to lay subsea pipelines and undertake post trenching and back-filling works on sections of the Filanovsky field in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea.The works are expected to be completed in the second half of 2018 and the total contract value is USD 134 million (approximately RM576 million).Leon Harland, executive director and CEO of Bumi Armada, said: “Bumi Armada has been working with Lukoil in the Caspian since 2012 and this Supplemental Agreement highlights the continuing strong working relationship with our client, and our proven track-record to deliver high quality Subsea Construction services in the Caspian Sea.“The work involved in this additional contract with Lukoil relates to the installation of approximately 20 km of pipelines in the Filanovsky field in the Russian sector of the Caspian Sea and where our team will use both the Armada Installer and Armada Constructor vessels. The project preparation activities have been started and completion of the scope is expected before the end of 2018.”last_img read more

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Business as usual for Ireland captain Paul O’Connell before last game in Dublin

first_imgIreland captain Paul O’Connell wants it to be a case of business as usual when he makes his Dublin farewell as a Test match player on Saturday. O’Connell is guaranteed a rapturous Aviva Stadium send-off, whatever the result, but he has no intention of being distracted. “There seems to be a lot of final everythings for me lately!” he said, speaking at a press conference in Dublin on Friday. “It is my first start (of the summer), and it’s more where I am going to be in terms of my playing and my fitness is where my mind is at the moment. “I have had a good pre-season, but it has been two-and-a-half months since I started a game, so I am just eager to get out and see where I am and put in a good performance. “That side of it (Dublin farewell) hasn’t been big for me this week. “I was disappointed with some of the things I did in the Scotland game (two weeks ago), and I am eager to correct those. It’s about the game, and getting it right.” Reigning RBS 6 Nations champions Ireland have been tipped by many to reach at least the World Cup semi-finals – they have never previously progressed beyond the last eight – and they go into the Wales encounter after beating them in Cardiff earlier this month, before toppling Scotland last time out. England at Twickenham next Saturday will complete Ireland’s competitive World Cup preparation, and then it will be down to business and qualification from a World Cup pool that also features France, Italy, Canada and Romania. O’Connell will bow out of Test rugby after the forthcoming World Cup campaign in England and Wales following a stellar international career that has so far harvested 102 Ireland caps, while he also went on three British and Irish Lions tours. Wales, the country that O’Connell made his Test debut against on home soil 13 years ago, are fittingly the opposition this weekend in what is a last warm-up game for both countries ahead of Ireland boss Joe Schmidt and Wales head coach Warren Gatland announcing their World Cup squads next week. “We are all about preparation and how we train, and training at a certain level and intensity,” O’Connell, 35, added. “You regret a mistake in training almost as much as you regret a mistake in a match, and that’s a great place to be when you are trying to prepare really well for big games. “The way we prepare, we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We just put the emphasis on what is right in front of us. “There are certainly things we would like to do a little bit better from the Scotland game. One of our big things is trying to improve from championship to championship and game to game, and we probably took a step back in some of the things we did in the Scotland game. “We are staying very focused on the short-term, taking these matches really seriously and not looking too far beyond them. It works for us, and we will stick to it. Once the final whistle has sounded on Saturday, though, O’Connell should expect an emotional exit. “It has been a very enjoyable experience playing in Ireland and playing in Dublin at the Aviva in Lansdowne Road. It’s every kid’s dream,” he said. “It has always been a dream of everyone to play for their country, so to play in the Aviva and in Lansdowne Road as many times as I have, and had as many great days as I have, has been brilliant.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Grassley comments on president’s tweet controversy

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is doing his best to straddle a very thin line as to whether President Trump’s tweet on Sunday about four Democratic women in Congress was racist.Grassley was asked about the president’s tweet, which said the four black, Muslim or Hispanic women should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Grassley did not specifically call the comment racist, but did address the topic.“Racism is wrong,” Grassley says. “I think the American people deserve more civility in their politics. I hope I promote civility. If I haven’t, I ought to be called out for it.” Democrats in the U.S. House say they’ll pass a resolution condemning the president’s tweet as racist.Grassley, a Republican, is remaining on the fence. “Democratic elected officials should avoid name-calling,” Grassley says. “Everybody ought to be treated respectfully. That’s true of these members of Congress and that’s true of the president.”Reports say Iowa’s other U.S. Senator, Republican Joni Ernst, when asked Monday if she thought Trump’s comment was racist, said, “Yeah, I do.” Later, Ernst was asked by a CNN reporter to repeat her statement as to whether the comment was racist. She responded, “Uh, yeah. They’re American citizens,” and called the president’s comment “not constructive” and “not helpful.”The president’s tweet targeted New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar, Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib and Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Omar is the only one of the four who was born outside the U-S. She came here as a refugee from Somalia as a child.last_img read more

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McCutchen wonders what might have been for Pirates

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates All-Star center fielder Andrew McCutchen puts on a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey with his number on it on the sideline before an NFL football game Baltimore Ravens in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)by John PerrottoAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen might be the best player on the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he’s not their chief recruiter.The All-Star center fielder doesn’t plan to make any calls to right-hander A.J. Burnett, right fielder Marlon Byrd or any of Pittsburgh’s other free agents in an attempt to talk them into staying.“That’s out of my jurisdiction,” McCutchen said Thursday before hosting a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity. “Those guys have to make their own decisions. I hope they stay but I also know that other free agents will come here. Pittsburgh isn’t a place for players to come when they (don’t) have anywhere to go anymore.”That’s what happens when a team wins.The Pirates ended their streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons, the longest in the history of the four major professional sports, by going 94-68 this year. They also reached the playoffs for the first time since winning a third straight division title in 1992.Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NL wild-card game before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a division series that went the full five games.McCutchen acknowledged wondering what might have been as he watched the NL champion Cardinals lose to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.“We took the Cardinals to the limit, gave them everything we had, so it was hard not to think that it could have been us playing the Red Sox,” McCutchen said. “I think we proved in the playoffs that we could play with anyone.“It was a great experience for us and a great experience personally because it was my first time in the playoffs. I tried to savor every minute.”The Pirates’ mission next season will be to prove they were not one-year wonders. Since the day after Pittsburgh clinched its playoff berth in September, general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle have been preaching the importance of sustaining the organization’s success.“We’re not going to rest on what we’ve done,” McCutchen said. “We’re only going to get better as a team and the people upstairs are going to do everything they can to give us the best chance possible.”McCutchen is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award, along with Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The winner will be announced next Thursday.McCutchen hit .317 with 21 home runs, 84 RBIs and 27 stolen bases in 158 games.“It’ll be interesting because Goldschmidt and Yadi had really good years,” McCutchen said. “There’s nothing more I can do now but wait and see what happens. Obviously, I’d love to win it. I’d definitely find some room in my office for it.”last_img read more

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Hauled Out

first_imgBy John Burton RED BANK – Labor Day is now long gone, kids are back in school and the air has taken on a distinctly autumnal nip. That means boat owners, who may have been putting off the inevitable, are thinking about the coming winter and their crafts.“The first cold snap, that’s what wakes everybody up,” said Don Kimber, service manager at Irwin Marine, located in Marine Park.Mechanics at Irwin Marine prepare a boat for winter stoarge.“Everybody kind of forgets about their boats,” as they think about everything else going on like getting the kids settled in school and other responsibilities, he said. “But it’s better to get it done now,” before the severe weather gears up.As the temperature drops, people’s boats, like their homes or cars, can face damage if not prepared. Irwin likened the larger cabin cruisers he sees to small condos. It’s important to drain water and oil and drain and replace the propylene antifreeze (a more environmentally friendly cousin to what is used in cars) to get it ready.“A boat’s a big investment,” Kimber stressed. “Like anything, you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.”Irwin Marine provides the services needed to haul boats out of water and then store them indoors or out. Other options include putting them on trailers or keeping them in the water.If boats are taken out of the water for the season, Kimber said, they get power washed, the engines are winterized and – importantly – the oil and filters are changed. “Oil as it breaks down is corrosive. So you want all of that out of it,” he said.Many owners ask Kimber and his crew to apply shrink-wrap to their boats that are being hauled out of the water. The work, which provides an airtight seal, is done using propane torches. Mechanics also can apply the wrap to boats that will remain in the water. However Kimber said he tends to “shy away from doing it” because it’s really difficult to get a good tight fit that way.Many boat owners decide to keep the vessels in the water over the winter, and that is all right, too. The key is the prep work, Kimber said. Irwin can provide an additional service to protect the boats by pumping warm air through a series of lines just below the surface, surrounding the boats, when the air temperature begins to dip below 32 degrees.Kimber has some recommendations for owners before they bring in their the boats. He has noticed that many people don’t do enough to protect the craft’s exterior, which can take a beating over the summer and winter.“The UV rays just bake it,” he noticed.Owners should also top off the gas tank, but not completely fill it, leaving a little room. Boat fuel in this state has about 10 percent alcohol, which tends to absorb moisture. “If gasoline isn’t prepped properly,” he advised, “your fuel system just gets contaminated.”This week Kimber has begun fielding more calls from owners looking to winterize their boats. The calls were not unexpected.“It’s getting busier and busier,” he said.Last year Irwin serviced about 150 boats, ranging in size from 11 feet to about 47 feet; many of those had spent the summer docked at the Marine Park marina. He expects about the same number this year.Irwin charges $50 a foot for the winterizing service, and offers an a la cart menu of services and charges accordingly.Kimber has been working nearly 30 years at Irwin, which has been in business and run by the Irwin family since 1884. He expects to be busy servicing the boats until the holiday season.Just a few short months later, beginning in March, it all starts up again. That’s when “we’re putting people back in the water,” he said. RB business sees sure seasonal sign as boats come out of the waterlast_img read more

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Leafs escape Sunflower City with series split, game three Monday at NDCC Arena

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThrough eight regular season games each team won four times.Each team won twice in the other team’s rink.So it should come to no one’s surprise that after two Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff games the Castlegar Rebels and Nelson Leafs are knotted up at one game.Jonathon Petrash’s third-period power play goal proved to be the winner as the Leafs, thanks to the stellar netminder of former Rebel Andrew Walton, escaped with a 2-1 KIJHL playoff win Saturday in the Sunflower City.Castlegar opened the best-of-seven series, now tied up at 1-1, with a 5-1 win Friday.“This is big . . . especially on the road because this isn’t an easy building to win in,” said Leaf captain Tyler Parfeniuk from outside the winner’s dressing room.“But we’ll take anything we can get because (Castlegar) is tough team to play against.”Coming off the four-goal loss in a game the Leafs had more jitters than shots, the Green and White once again started slowly.However, in game two the Rebels didn’t get the early goals as Walton stoned the home side despite Nelson being out shot 12-4.“All year we’ve had faith in (Andrew) even if he has one bad game there’s not going to be too many that follow that so we know he’s going to bounce back,” Parfeniuk exclaimed.Walton’s play allowed the Leafs to hang around long enough to get the first goal of the game 39 minutes into the game.The all-Nelson line of Carsen Willans, Dallon Stoddart and Horswill, combined to spring Horswill in the slot and the Nelson Minor Hockey grad made no mistake beating Jordan Gluck for the game’s first goal. Nelson came close to making it 2-0 seconds later on the power play, but Gluck, down and out on the play, got some help from the iron as Matti Jmaeff rang his backhand shot off the post.The miss proved costly as seven minutes into the third period Scott Morriseau, the latest Leafs’ killer, potted his fourth of the series to even the game at 1-1 on the power play.The score remained the same until the 14-minute mark when Rebel captain Erik Alden was whistled for a roughing infraction.Off the ensuring draw, Jmaeff and line mate Colton Malmsten combined to get the puck back to Petrash who drilled a point shot past a screened Gluck.The goal was enough, after more than a few anxious moments, to get the Leafs back even in the series.“I don’t think I played that much different between last night and tonight, I just think we played a lot more team game and were lot better defensively than we were last night,” Walton said after the game.The anxious moments came compliments of a few mental errors by the Leafs as the team was whistled for nine minutes in penalties in the final 11 minutes of the game.“Ya, it was a little bit of a nail-biter at the end,” Walton admitted as his former mates pressed for the equalizer. “We were six-on-four so ya, it was a little crazy.”Nelson’s special teams were put to the test especially after defenceman Eric Spring was whistled for five-minute checking-from-behind penalty on Rebel forward Arthur Andrews.“It was a little demoralizing but you’ve got to work past that,” said Castlegar captain Erik Alden. “You’ve got to keep your head straight and keep your concentration.”“We’re going to regroup and come back Monday (in Nelson),” Alden added.Castlegar out shot the Leafs 37-26 including several shots in the dying minutes as Castlegar, with numerous power plays, surrounded the Nelson net.Games three and four go Monday and Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.Game five is scheduled for Thursday in Castlegar.SERIES NOTES: The Leafs are going to lose the services of banging defenceman Eric Spring who was given a game misconduct along with his checking-from-behind penalty. The game misconduct comes with a one-game suspension . . . . Leafs Dallon Stoddart was wearing jersey No. 9 after his regular No. 10 road sweater went missing after a game in Grand Forks . . . . Winger James Sorrey and defenceman J.J. Beitel did not play in the first two games for Nelson . . . . Castlegar’s leading scorer Stuart Walton did not score, but had four assists during the first two games of the series . . . . Rebel sniper Scott Morriseau is tied with Connor Flynn of Sicamous and former Leaf and current Fernie Ghostrider Connor McLaughlin for the goal scoring lead, each has four goals. . . .Max Flanagan scored in overtime to give Beaver Valley a 4-3 victory over Spokane in game two of the Murdoch semi final. The Hawks, winners of game one 6-3, lead the series 2-0. Game three is Monday in Spokane.last_img read more

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