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Thousands of farmed minks have died from COVID-19 in Utah

Nearly 10,000 minks have died across several farms in Utah due to COVID-19 in a matter of weeks, a state official said.

State veterinarian Dean Taylor told NBC News that the deaths have been spread across nine mink farms in Utah over just two weeks.

While the official noted “research indicates there hasn’t been a spread from minks to humans,” he said that the minks suffered from respiratory issues, which have also been reported among humans. 

“Minks show open mouth breathing, discharge from their eyes and nose, and are not sick for several days before they pass away. They typically die within the next day,” he told the network.

He also said that older animals have proven to be more vulnerable to the disease.

Taylor told NBC News that the illness has been “wiping out 50 percent of the breeding colonies.”

He said the country first started seeing minks return positive results for the coronavirus back in August. The discovery, Taylor said, came after several workers were diagnosed with the virus.

Taylor told the network that the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other federal agencies, are working to mitigate the outbreak.

“Once final testing is done, we’re going to create a state plan to stop this virus from spreading to more farms,” he said. 

“It’s far easier to prevent it from happening, then stopping it from happening all at once,” he added.

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210K in US have died from virus. Now Trump says he ‘gets it’

WASHNGTON (AP) — Now that he has contracted COVID-19, President Donald Trump says he does “get it.” That revelation, seven months into the pandemic and after almost 210,000 American deaths, is not the first time he has relied on personal experience to shape his views.

He said he now “understands” the virus. But because of his own experience, as a patient at one of the nation’s finest medical facilities with treatment options available to very few, the president also reinforced that he has struggled to relate with everyday Americans, millions of whom have lost their jobs because of the coronavirus.

Instead, as he has in relationships with other countries, he has prioritized his own personal experience over that of experts. He has been reluctant, for instance, to call out Russian President Vladimir Putin over interference in American elections in the face of clear evidence from the U.S. intelligence community that it has occurred.

He has also drawn frequently on his experience with the business world or his own family to set the White House agenda. He cited his business acumen as helping him land a deal for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, and he said he understands the airline industry because of his time running the failed Trump Shuttle.

Despite months of briefings from the nation’s leading infectious disease experts, it was the onset of his own symptoms, as he was brought low by a lethal virus, that he said gave him a greater understanding.

That understanding, however, seemed very much in conflict with expert public health guidance about how the virus behaves and the precautions that people infected, particularly those in a higher risk group like the president, need to take.

“It’s been a very interesting journey,” Trump said in a video released Sunday night. “I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. And I get it, and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it.”

But it soon became clear that he did not, in fact, get it.

Trump took a surprise ride in a motorcade to pay tribute to his supporters, potentially exposing the Secret Service agents who rode in the vehicle with him. The next day, when announcing that he would be returning to the White House, he took a tone that suggested he was out of touch with suffering Americans who could not receive the same level of presidential care.

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump tweeted. “We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

At no point since he tested positive for the virus has Trump acknowledged others afflicted with the deadly disease. His general election foe, Democrat Joe Biden, on Monday urged him to fundamentally change how he manages the pandemic.

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Another Elderly Man Has Died In New Hampshire: COVID-19 Update

CONCORD, NH — Another elderly man has died due to complications from or due to COVID-19, according to state health officials.

The State Joint Information Center reported Sunday that the man was 60 years of age or older and lived in Hillsborough County.

“We offer our sympathies to the family and friends,” the state said.

Officials also announced 53 new positive test results including six children. Twenty-nine of the new test results were males. Sixteen of the new positive test results live in Hillsborough County outside of Manchester and Nashua, 11 reside in Rockingham County, nine live in Nashua, and five live in Merrimack Count.

The state reported no new hospitalizations with 23 currently receiving more extensive care. Six of the new cases had no identified risk factors — meaning they have not traveled, have not had contact with a confirmed case, and are not associated with an outbreak setting.

The new cases bring the state’s count to 8.645 with 7,710 recovering from the virus — about 89 percent.

The state said Sunday that limited information was available due to “a technical update impacting the reporting of lab data.” Because of that, “the percent positive calculation is not included” in the data but information will be posted later and will resume in daily updates moving forward.

About 2,750 people are under public health monitoring by state health officials.

School Data Dashboard Information

Another large New Hampshire city moved into the “substantial” community level transmission metric while another moved out.

According to the state’s school data dashboard, Nashua has entered into the substantial category — due to having 100.7 cases per 100,000 people during the past two weeks. Manchester was listed as substantial Saturday but moved out of the category Sunday. Manchester, Hillsborough County, and Strafford County are in the “moderate” category while the rest of the state is still in the minimal category.

Other data was not updated on the state’s dashboards Sunday.


Stop The Spread Of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus is spread through respiratory droplets, usually through coughing and sneezing, and exposure to others who are sick or might be showing symptoms.

Health officials emphasize residents should follow these recommendations:

  • Avoid any domestic and international travel, especially on public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes.

  • Practice social distancing. Stay at least 6 feet from other people, including distancing while in waiting areas or lines.

  • When you can’t practice 6 feet of social distancing, wear a face covering.

  • Anyone who is told to self-quarantine and stay at home due to exposure to a person with confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 needs to stay home and not go out into public places.

  • If you are 60 years or older or have chronic and underlying health conditions, you need to stay home and not go out.

  • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more.

  • Employers should work from home as much as possible.

  • There is increasing evidence that the virus can survive for hours or possibly days