Wildfires are raging in Northern California, and tens of thousands of people are going to lose electricity because of it, adding insult to injury:
Wildfires that incinerated two mountain communities have continued marching through Northern California. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to as many as 51,000 customers in 18 counties to prevent new blazes. https://t.co/xtSqH75v6F
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2021
In news of the weird, intelligence data firm Palantir bought $51 million in gold bars as a hedge against a “black swan event.” Many other large companies are hoarding cash, too. I don’t know what they’re expecting, but apparently liquidity is high on the priority list:
Can’t believe nobody else has pointed out how the firm with more classified intelligence data than anyone buying gold as a hedge may be a giant signal https://t.co/hRzOZ8OY59
— Bryan Beal 🎧 (@bryanrbeal) August 18, 2021
Toyota is cutting production by a whopping 40% because of the chip shortage. Most car companies have had to cut production, and Volkswagen says it may follow suit, too.
Tens of millions of US T-Mobile users have had their data breached in a significant cyberattack. Estimates now say 50 million accounts have been exposed, up from 40 million.
Haiti is in desperate need of help and aid. The confluence of COVID, devastating earthquakes, and tropical storms have left the country in despair. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas.
Tropical storm Henri is about to hit the East Coast:
Watching what is going on with #Henri. Still uncertainty about its exact track but chances are increasing for direct impacts to parts of Southern New England. @JenCarfagno & I have the latest forecast on the @weatherchannel. 10am-Noon ET. pic.twitter.com/qI0sUc2Bw0
— Alex Wallace (@TWCAlexWallace) August 19, 2021
Hundreds of thousands of people who have been deemed to be permanently disabled will be made eligible for student loan forgiveness by the Biden Administration. The paperwork burden needed to seek the loan forgiveness is said to be formidable.
The world has 210.8 million COVID cases. The world has gained 4.8 million cases in the last seven days. There have been over 4.4 million deaths in total. The US has had a cumulative 38.2 million cases. Over 643,000 Americans have died. There have been over 5,200 deaths in the US in the last seven days, and nearly 1 million new cases in that time. The US gained over 162,000 new cases on Wednesday. The US is once again leading the world in explosive daily case gain. The Delta surge in the US is serious:
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. top 900,000 in a week for the 1st time since January. For the week ending Aug. 15, the country reported 911,529 new cases w/ an average of more than 130,000 cases a day. Medical experts say SARSCoV's #DeltaVariant is fueling the surge. From @wapost pic.twitter.com/N3USnvqJZa
— delthia ricks 🔬 (@DelthiaRicks) August 17, 2021
Hospitals are filling up all over the US:
Some States ('morning, Arkansas) are taking steps that are lowering their daily #COVID19 rates.https://t.co/3wfI9NRhH2
But then, we have #Florida #Alabama #Texas #Oregon #Wasington #NorthCarolina #SouthDakota #Tennessee
— Laurie Garrett (@Laurie_Garrett) August 19, 2021
If you need a resource for checking how full hospitals are near you, check here. If you want to see weekly hospitalization trends, this is a good resource:
You can now view 7-day trends in overall and Covid-19 hospitalization occupancy data on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
— Johns Hopkins University (@JohnsHopkins) August 16, 2021
Delta is causing schools around the country to quarantine huge numbers of staff and students and/or shut back down, many after only a few days of instruction in the new school year:
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) August 16, 2021
The US DHHS is recommending a third vaccine dose not just for immunocompromised people, but for all fully-vaccinated people who received mRNA vaccines. The booster should be given eight months after their second dose. Booster doses will first be administered to health care workers, nursing home residents, and senior citizens. Dose distribution will start the week of September 20th:
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced our administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for fully vaccinated Americans. Alongside this plan, we will continue our efforts to vaccinate those who are not yet vaccinated in the U.S. and around the world.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 18, 2021
New Zealand entered lockdown after discovery of new COVID cases. Although NZ is criticized for perceived “heavy-handed” measures, they’ve had very few infections, very few deaths, and fewer total days in lockdown than many other countries:
JUST IN – New Zealand to enter nationwide lockdown after detecting 1st local case for 170 days: "Do not talk to your neighbors."pic.twitter.com/jCJSU5g0nw
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) August 17, 2021
The Governor of Texas, known for his anti-mask mandates, has a COVID breakthrough infection:
— Ken Molestina (@cbs11ken) August 17, 2021
Three members of the US Senate are also positive:
And now another. 3% of the US Senate tested positive for Covid today, all breakthrough infections. https://t.co/xWrnabq3SM
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) August 19, 2021
Please encourage the folks in your life who are not yet vaccinated to get vaccinated. Even people who have very mild COVID cases can wind up with serious cognitive deficits from that infection:
Researchers find that COVID-19 patients who only suffered mild infections can be plagued with life-altering and sometimes debilitating cognitive issues https://t.co/ayo72AEnpG
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) August 18, 2021
Delta is putting kids in the hospital in record numbers, and the start of school is going to make things worse:
With the highly contagious delta variant spreading across the US, children are filling hospital intensive care beds in record numbers. The virus surge is spreading anxiety and causing turmoil and infighting among parents, administrators and politicians. https://t.co/9ZJMYL59tZ
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) August 19, 2021