The State of Virginia is Counting Positive COVID Tests Instead of People

Virginia: The number of COVID-19 cases jumped 15% overnight last Friday due to a change in how cases are counted. The Department of Health announced it now is counting the number of positive virus tests instead of the number of people who test positive. If one person is tested three-times and all three tests are positive, the records now show three cases. Other states, including North Carolina, have been reporting numbers that way for several months.

Governor Ralph Northam’s response team is explaining why the commonwealth has lagged in testing when compared to other states.

The state saw a historic increase in testing numbers Friday, jumping 15% in the last 24 hours, but a change in the methodology is behind the spike.

“You need to know the exact number of tests not the number of people who had tests,” said Dr. Daniel Carey, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

During a COVID-19 briefing, The Virginia Department of Health announced it will now count the number of positive virus tests instead of the number of people who test positive.

That means if one person is tested three-times and all three tests come back positive, it counts as three instead of how the numbers were being counted before, which would have only been one because it was a single patient.

“We realized for Virginia that that change in methodology made a clear sense because we want to make sure that other number that we’re reporting since so many folks are focusing on that as we move into the phases so as one of the important indicators,” said Dr. Carey.

Other states, including North Carolina, have been reporting testing numbers that way for quite some time.

Virginia now has contracts with three labs – two in the commonwealth and one in North Carolina to increase testing capacity by 3,000 per day.

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US Universities are Creating Social-Credit Coronavirus Surveillance Systems

Researchers at the University of Southern California, Emory University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center are working on a tracking system, after receiving federal funding to complete the task by August. The Chinese-inspired system will consist of a mobile app for contact-tracing people who either have tested positive or who may have been in contact with someone who may have suspicious symptoms – and that includes just about everyone. The system will track real-time locations and behavior of everyone and will calculate “personal risk scores”. Those with low scores will be quarantined and denied employment. China’s system is used to monitor people’s social and political behavior to deny travel and jobs to those who do not obey. -GEG

Three US universities are responding to the coronavirus crisis by creating (irony of all ironies) a Chinese style social credit surveillance system that will ‘score’ people based on their exposure to the virus.

According to a report from Tech site dot.LA, researchers at the University of Southern California, Emory University, and the University of Texas Health Science Center are jointly working on the system after receiving federal grant funding.

Like the Chinese social credit system, the system will consist of a mobile app for contact tracing the virus, and promises to track the real-time location and symptoms of individuals to calculate “personal risk scores”.

The score would be used to determine the need “for quarantine and decontamination,” according to the report, with “aggregate risk scores” also assigned to “locations like your neighborhood grocery store.”

The universities hope to have a working mobile app by August, in time for the start of the fall semester.

Welcome to the new normal. Surely the fallout of this system will all be positive.

When the coronavirus vaccine eventually comes along the system will presumably be updated to show who has had it and who hasn’t.

High social credit points for those who have taken it, no travel privileges for those who refuse!

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Trump Launches ‘Operation Warp Speed’ — a Blank Check to Develop COVID Vaccine

President Trump declared he is in charge of “Operation Warp Speed”, a program to quickly develop a COVID-19 vaccine, and he virtually endorsed a blank check to produce 300-million vaccines by next January, That number is adequate for the entire US population, so the plan is clear. His team also is brainstorming advertising strategies to inspire even skeptics to want a vaccine. -GEG

President Donald Trump has essentially given “Operation Warp Speed” a blank check as the team of government officials, scientists and private companies aims to produce hundreds of millions of doses of a life-saving coronavirus vaccine by early next year.

The goal — which may prove impossible to meet — is to make 100 million doses of the vaccine available by November, 200 million doses by December and 300 million doses by January, a senior administration official said.
“When the President was asked, ‘What do you want to put into it?’ He said, ‘No limit,'” the official said.
Trump insisted Thursday the administration wasn’t “overpromising” with its aggressive timeline.
“Whatever you can humanly do, we’re going to have,” Trump said. “We’re going to fast-track it like you’ve never seen before, if we come up with a vaccine.”
At a government agency level, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Defense Secretary Mark Esper are taking the lead. A director of the project is expected to be announced next week, according to a senior administration official.
But Trump, as he declared Thursday, is officially the head of the project.
“You know who is in charge of it? Honestly? I am,” Trump said.
The obvious hurdle is quickly developing a vaccine that is effective and safe.
But “Operation Warp Speed” — a name that was chosen by the scientists working on it, who are Star Trek superfans — is also working on all the challenges that surround vaccine deployment. They are already working on solutions to quickly ramp up production, organize distribution and determine who gets the first doses of the vaccine.

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Joe Biden Benefits from Mainstream Media Double Standard Compared to Brett Kavanaugh

In March, Tara Reade, a former staffer for then-Senator Joe Biden, claimed that he sexually assaulted her in 1993 by pinning her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers. Reade’s former neighbor said she remembered Reade, in 1995 or 1996, recounting the story. The response of the media and the #MeToo Democrats has been very soft compared to the response to charges made against Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings last year. This was further corroborated by a recording of Reade’s mother as she called in to the Larry King Show at that time and told the story. -GEG

With Joe Biden facing a sexual assault accusation from a former staffer who not only remembers the date, location, and who she told – and that there was penetration, Democrats who condemned Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over allegations which were devoid of the same level of specificity have come under fire for their utter silence, or defense, of Biden.

Both Biden and Kavanaugh have faced decades-old charges that first became public at critical junctures in their pursuit of high political office.

Top Democrats who were on the front lines demanding justice for Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh hearings have rushed to defend Biden, saying they do not believe the allegations made against him by Tara Reade.

And while the news media printed salacious new allegations against Kavanaugh before vetting the accusers or their claims, media outlets have approached Reade’s allegations with extreme caution. –The Hill

Indeed, the standard of “believe all women” set by Democrats themselves has been utterly abandoned, highlighting what a giant virtue signal it was in the first place.

“There is a clear double standard between how the media and Democrats treated Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations versus Tara Reade’s allegations,” said Mike Davis, president of the Article III Project, which advised the Senate on Kavanaugh’s nomination.

“It was stunning to see Democrats say they believed Joe Biden even before he’d spoken a word about this,” he added. “And the media instantly and breathlessly reported on all of the allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, which resulted in three criminal referrals against accusers for conspiracy to lie to Congress.”

In stark contrast to Biden’s accuser, top Democrats demanded that Kavanaugh remove himself from consideration to the Supreme Court  – participating in Capitol Hill protests and fundraising off the hearings which became a key issue for liberals ahead of the 2018 midterms in which Democrats won back the house, notes The Hill.

Privately, some Democrats are now lamenting the standard they set in 2018, saying it has backfired now that Biden has been accused.

We set up a standard we can’t live by. No one likes to discuss it but it’s the reality,” said one Democratic strategist who requested anonymity to talk candidly. “It looks terrible for him and for the party. You can’t say you believe women and then take it all back because it doesn’t apply to you.”

Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her in the early 1980s when they were both in high school. Reade accused Biden of assaulting her in the early 1990s when she worked in his Senate office.

Biden and Kavanaugh have both strenuously denied the allegations against them. –The Hill

In 2018, Biden said that if a woman comes forth “in the glaring lights of focus,” you’ve got to “start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she is talking about is real.

When asked by MSNBC‘s Mika Brzezinski on Friday if all women are to be believed “unless it pertains to you,” Biden said that women should be “given the benefitt of the doubt,” and should “start off with the presumption they’re telling the truth.”

BUT

“Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts,” Biden continued – with a giant caveat absent from his Kavanaugh condemnation. “And the facts in this case do not exist. They never happened, and there’s so many inconsistencies in what has been said in this case. So yes, look at the facts and I assure you it did not happen, period. Period.”

Meanwhile, the MSM’s coverage of Kavanaugh is coming under new scrutiny, as several allegations with virtually no evidence were breathlessly promoted – including an allegation of gang rape made by Michael Avenatti client Julie Swetnick, which resulted in a criminal referral for conspiracy to lie to Congress.

With Reade, however, most of the MSM waited a full three weeks after her March 25 accusation to even cover the story.

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Additional source:

New Evidence Appears to Corroborate Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Claim Against Joe Biden (VIDEO)




UN Chief Says Pandemic Must be Used to Deindustrialize West

Berlin, Germany: UN Secretary-General António Guterres said during a two-day conference on global warming, that the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic presents a “rare and short window of opportunity” to accelerate their globalist 2030 Agenda project and roll out their global climate-change agenda by using bailout money for ‘green’ enterprises. -GEG

The head of the United Nations called for global leaders to “use the pandemic recovery” to roll out their global climate change agenda, including allowing fossil fuel companies to collapse and using taxpayer stimulus money to fund green jobs.

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said during the Petersberg Virtual Dialogue, a two-day international conference on global warming, in Berlin, Germany that the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic presents a “rare and short window of opportunity” to accelerate their globalist 2030 Agenda project.

“It has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to shocks,” Guterres said Tuesday, adding that “the only answer is brave, visionary and collaborative leadership.”

“The same leadership is needed to address the looming existential threat of climate disruption,” he continued. “These are dark days, but they are not without hope. We have a rare and short window of opportunity to rebuild our world for the better.”

“Let us use the pandemic recovery to provide a foundation for a safe, healthy, inclusive and more resilient world for all people.”

Guterres insisted that U.S. taxpayer stimulus packages must be used to create “green jobs” instead of “bailing out” the energy sector.

“Where taxpayers’ money is used to rescue businesses, it must be creating green jobs and sustainable and inclusive growth,” he said. “It must not be bailing out outdated, polluting, carbon-intensive industries.”

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