Links and Notes - Tue, Mar 17, 2020

9:09 a.m.

It's overcast morning. We experienced a little light rain yesterday evening, but barely enough to dampen the ground.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Mar 17, 2020 8:52 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 40 F
Humidity : 76%
Wind Speed : W 9 mph
Barometer : 30.16 in
Dewpoint: 33 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 34 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Mar 17, 2020 8:53 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 40 F
Humidity : 85%
Wind Speed : WNW 15 mph
Barometer : 30.17 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 8.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 32 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Mar 17, 2020 8:56 am EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 39 F
Humidity : 79%
Wind Speed : W 6 mph
Barometer : 30.16 in
Dewpoint: 33 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 35 F

Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Mar 17, 2020 6:25 am

Today: Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 9 to 11 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday: A chance of showers after 3pm. Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Showers, mainly before 2am. Low around 43. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: Rain, mainly after 2pm. High near 65. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday Night: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 57. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Friday: Rain, mainly before 8am. High near 64. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 27.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

Out in southeast Wyoming:

6:30 AM Tues March 17, 2020 – A Potent Winter Storm will begin impacting the High Plains and adjacent mountain terrain this Wednesday evening and continue through Friday. There are a lot of elements that make this a complicated system. First, this system will begin as rain, with snow over the highest elevations over the Snowys and Sierra Madres, then switch into a wintry mix overnight, with a light coating of ice possible in pockets over the High Plains, and then change over to snow by daybreak Thursday. Thursday’s high temp will be in the morning, as a cold front will pass through the region midmorning, with winds increasing gradually over the course of the day. This will lead to Blizzard conditions across the High Plains and the I-80 Summit and Arlington areas Thursday and overnight Friday. Lastly, wind chill temperatures will drop below zero Friday morning as the cold air mass fully seeps into the region. Will see areas of 4 to 9 inches over much of the region, with more expected over the mountains. This will create road hazards with packed and blowing snow, reducing visibilities, but also hazardous conditions for hikers/snowmobilers in the mountains and livestock/newborn calves, especially in the blizzard conditions. Check our site frequently for updates as we move into these conditions.

For Laramie:

National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
420 AM MDT Tue Mar 17 2020


North Laramie Range-Ferris/Seminoe/Shirley Mountains-
Shirley Basin-Central Laramie Range and Southwest Platte County-
Central Carbon County-Laramie Valley-
Including the cities of Garrett, Seminoe Dam, Medicine Bow,
Shirley Basin, Bordeaux, Rawlins, Bosler, and Laramie
420 AM MDT Tue Mar 17 2020



Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

National Weather Service Cheyenne WY
420 AM MDT Tue Mar 17 2020


North Snowy Range Foothills-South Laramie Range-
Including the cities of Arlington, Elk Mountain, Buford,
Pumpkin Vine, and Vedauwoo
420 AM MDT Tue Mar 17 2020



Travel should be restricted to emergencies only. If you must
travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded,
stay with your vehicle.

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can
be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


After 20 years, Tom Brady is leaving New England.

Brady posted on Instagram today that he is planning to leave the Patriots and sign with another team in free agency.

“I don’t know what my football future holds but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and career,” Brady wrote.

That sounds like he is retiring. How is it possible to keep his new team a secret? Someone would have leaked news about a possible new team by now.

Browns made free agent signings yesterday.

tight end

offensive tackle

Browns Gm Andrew Berry Strikes Swiftly In Free Agency With Three Big Signings On Offense

The day he was introduced by the Browns as the youngest general manager in the NFL, Berry said, “If there is anything that I want to be defined by, it is aggression. We want to aggressively acquire talent because that is the name of the game from an NFL front office perspective, and we are going to explore every avenue that enables us to do that.”

On the first day of legal negotiating with free agents, Berry agreed to terms with three offensive players tailored to new coach Kevin Stefanski’s offensive system.

In rapid succession, the reported deals were struck with:

Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper for $42 million over four years, with $23 million guaranteed.

Tennessee right tackle Jack Conklin for $42 million over three years, with $30 million guaranteed.

Washington quarterback Case Keenum for $18 million over three years, with $10 million guaranteed.

Earlier in the day, the Browns gave restricted free agent running back Kareem Hunt the second-round tender. The tender, worth a guaranteed $3.2 million to Hunt in 2020, reserves the Browns a second-round pick in compensation if another team signs Hunt to an offer sheet and the Browns decline to match.

How reporters at the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio are struggling with deep staff cuts while reporting on COVID-19's spread in the state

Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau: Fourteen reporters in Cleveland. The news crisis is local ...
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik: That's not right. While cuts are real, and move to sidestep union from my perspective problematic, the significantly larger staff of sister (60+ newsroom) writes stories that populate the paper. I love @sulliview's focus on local news. But this misleads.
Ben Pershing / @benpershing: This is worth reading. Much of the virus response that affects people most is happening at the state and local level, and there are so many fewer local reporters to cover it. ...
Alan C. Miller / @alanmillernlp: The tale @Sulliview tells about @ThePlainDealer in Cleveland is heart-rending. Just when local newspapers are needed most to cover the #CoronavirusOutbreak, they continue to be hollowed out. Local news remains one of the country's most trusted sources. ...
Anna Bruchez / @annabruchez: I have been thinking about this since COVID19 started to take off. Local reporting has a huge role to play in protecting the public health. Cleveland's double crisis — coronavirus and a shrinking number of reporters to cover it - The Washington Post ...
Margaret Sullivan / @sulliview: At the Cleveland Plain Dealer, new staff cuts may slice the number of reporters to a shockingly low 14. The newsroom staff (reporters, editors, etc) was more than 300 in the 1990s. My column ...
Kim Masters / @kimmasters: Seems like an especially bad time to do without local information.
Ginger Christ / @gchristcle: I'm grateful to @Sulliview for sharing our story, to my incredibly talented colleagues for their commitment to journalism even during such uncertain times and to our readers, many of whom steadfastly support us, even as our staff is decimated. ❤️
Michael Lederman / @mmlederman1: The Cleveland Plain Dealer @ThePlainDealer , once a wonderful paper, has been unable keep pace with community needs to address the COVID-19 crisis: a tragic and possibly deadly failure.
Benjamin McKean / @blmckean: Needless to say, the pandemic will make it even harder for local news to get revenue even as it will be needed more than ever

STARING OFF A CLIFF — Early signals point to damage unseen in modern U.S. economic history: Potentially millions of jobs lost in a single month, an unprecedented and steep fall in economic activity and market swings not seen since the Great Depression, POLITICO's Ben White reports

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"in a 90 to 120 day period", and "Ventec is a fairly small player". A five-fold increase in production of a company that's not making many ventilators to start with, in 3-4 months, isn't going to do a whole lot even before you get into the problem of finding the staff to actually run the things correctly and not kill the patients.

‘It shouldn’t take a pandemic’: Coronavirus exposes Internet inequality among U.S. students as schools close their doors

In Dead of Night, Israel Approves Harsher Coronavirus Tracking Methods Than Gov't Stated

Government approves regulations permitting collection of data without court order, circumventing Knesset in the process Data can be stored until regulations, which can be extended, expire

Google is delaying the launch of its coronavirus information website to later this week

the news keeps getting dire with the predictions.

Could Coronavirus Cause as Many Deaths as Cancer in the U.S.? Putting Estimates in Context

Here is where coronavirus deaths would rank in the U.S., assuming an overall infection rate of 30% and fatality rate of 0.5% over the next year:

Coronavirus (estimate) 480,000 U.S. deaths

All of the estimates depend on two basic questions: How many Americans will be infected with the virus? And how many who are infected will end up dying? Our sliders allow you to consider a range of options.

As The New York Times reported last week, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently prepared four scenarios. Their calculations showed a large range of possible fatalities in the United States: between 200,000 and 1.7 million Americans over the course of Covid-19, assuming minimal efforts to contain it.

Few things kill anywhere near so many people in this country. These comparisons assume that the entire coronavirus pandemic runs its course in one year, though it could well take longer.

Dr. Lawler’s estimate, 480,000 deaths, is higher than the number who die in a year from dementia, emphysema, stroke or diabetes. There are only two causes of death that kill more Americans: cancer, which kills just under 600,000 in a year, and heart disease, which kills around 650,000.

A coronavirus death toll near the top of the C.D.C. range (1.7 million) would mean more deaths from the disease than the number of Americans typically killed by cancer and heart disease put together.

Many scientists and public health officials who have studied the data so far say they expect a fatality rate for Covid-19 of around 1 percent. But the documented fatality rate in most places is still higher. Places where a flood of sick patients have overwhelmed hospital capacity have had higher death rates than places where everyone who needs medical care can get it.

It’s possible fewer people will die here, either because conditions are substantially different in the United States, or because better treatments are developed, or because efforts to slow the spread help protect the people who are most vulnerable to severe disease. Evidence from South Korea, where the government has undertaken widespread screening and infection control measures, shows a fatality rate closer to 0.8 percent. In Hubei, China, where the disease began, far less than 20 percent of the population has been infected. But China has also imposed strict containment measures, and some experts worry that the numbers could rise once those rules are lifted.

Mr. Frieden has published his own estimates for the potential death toll. The top of his range assumes no more than half the U.S. population becomes infected. He puts the fatality rate at 1 percent, resulting in about 1.6 million deaths, though he noted that public health efforts could reduce that number.

How Different Age Groups Could Be Affected

The evidence from China, Italy and other countries that have experienced outbreaks suggests that the deaths will cluster among the oldest Americans. In Italy, for example, the average age at death from the disease stood at 81 earlier this month, according to the country’s health department.

The tables below describe the possible effects of coronavirus on Americans of different ages, assuming that fatality rates by age are distributed in the same proportions as those observed in Hubei. The tables also assume that coronavirus cases will be distributed in the same proportions as have been observed so far in the United States according to data collected by The Times. These rankings should be seen as approximate because scientists are still studying the effects of age on the severity of the disease.

It's still early for the U.S., and we may not have enough data to produce semi-accurate predictions.

20 to 29: 2,300 deaths

Age 30 to 39 Coronavirus (estimate) 2,800 deaths in the U.S.

50 to 59: 32,000 deaths

70 to 79: 147,000 deaths

80+: 192,000 deaths

Dire new report forces U.S. and U.K. to change course on coronavirus strategy

A startling new report from Imperial College London warns that 2.2 million Americans and 510,000 Britons could die from coronavirus if extreme action isn't taken to change the course of the outbreak.

Why it matters: The report's dire warnings prompted a quick course correction from both the American and British governments on their strategies, but its strict recommendations and long timeline — 18 months — to stem the tide could have far-reaching implications for both populations and economies.

What they found: The report states the effectiveness of "mitigation," which includes isolating only the sick and those linked to them while advocating social distancing for at-risk groups, is limited. It instead recommends "suppression," a much more wide-ranging tactic to curb coronavirus' spread.

The researchers say that suppression "will minimally require a combination of social distancing of the entire population, home isolation of cases and household quarantine of their family members." It also recommends school closures.

The report notes that this strategy could have to be in place until a vaccine is developed, which could take 18 months — saying it is "the only viable strategy at the current time."

In 2009, it only took approx seven months for the Swine Flu vaccine to be available in large quantities.

Worth noting: While China and South Korea have managed to suppress the outbreak using similarly draconian strategies, the report admits that it's not yet clear if suppression's successes can last in the long-term.

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Italy: rate of new cases slows, even as death toll rises

More than 2,500 people have died of COVID-19 in Italy, the heart of the outbreak in Europe, the country's health ministry announced Tuesday afternoon. Italy is now reporting 31,506 total cases, including nearly 13,000 people who are hospitalized.

Despite the huge numbers of infected people, Italy's 24-hour rise of 3,500 new cases is the slowest rate of increase the country has seen in weeks.

It's Time To Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here's How

On Monday, the White House announced new guidelines for the next two weeks, urging Americans to avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, to avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, or social visits, and not to go out to restaurants or bars.

This guidance is based on new modeling on how the virus might spread, according to Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House coronavirus task force.

"What had the biggest impact in the model is social distancing, small groups, not going in public in large groups," Birx said at a White House press conference Monday.

Also critically important, said Birx, is a 14-day quarantine of any household where one person is infected with coronavirus. "That stopped 100 percent of transmission outside of the household," in models, she said.

The federal government is urging older people and those with serious underlying health conditions — like lung or heart conditions or a weakened immune system — to "stay home and away from other people," because data shows that these groups are most vulnerable to developing a severe form of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

But what if you don't fall into these categories, and no one in your house is sick? Is it OK to have people over or go visit grandma? Here's what the new CDC guidelines and other health experts have to say.

Can I go to a restaurant, food court or bar?

According to Monday's new guidelines, no — at least not for dining in. The CDC says people should use drive-through, pick-up or delivery options instead.

When you get home with your food, you could take it out of the containers, throw those out, and then wash your hands thoroughly before eating, says Drew Harris, a population health researcher at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. "We don't want to get too crazy about this, but taking reasonable precautions should be sufficient," he says.

Luckily, the food itself "is probably not a major risk factor here," Daniel Kuritzkes, an infectious disease expert at Brigham and Women's Hospital, told NPR. That's because most infections from the new coronavirus appear to start with the respiratory system, not the digestive tract.

What about visiting grandma and grandpa?

The federal government is asking visitors to stay away from nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless they're going to provide critical assistance.

This one is tough, because social isolation is already a problem for many of the elderly. But as Birx noted Monday, "we know there is a large group [of infected people] – we don't know the exact percent yet – that actually is asymptomatic or has such mild cases, they continue to spread the virus."

That includes children. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that 13% of children with confirmed cases of COVID-19 didn't show symptoms.

Given all that, "we're recommending that older adults avoid contact with children," says Sean Morrison, a geriatrician with Mount Sinai Health System in New York. "We want to minimize the risk of that child passing on disease to their grandparents, who are at increased risk."

U.S. Stock Market Jumps As Fed Offers Emergency Lending Program

Poll: As Coronavirus Spreads, Fewer Americans See Pandemic As A Real Threat, March 17, 2020 · In the face of the coronavirus worsening across the U.S. and reordering the daily life of millions of Americans, fewer people view the pandemic as a real threat, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Just about 56% of Americans consider the coronavirus a "real threat," representing a drop of 10 percentage points from last month. At the same time, a growing number of Americans think the coronavirus is being "blown out of proportion."

The differences between political parties are stark, with a majority of Republicans saying it is overblown and the vast majority of Democrats considering it a legitimate threat.

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The spotted lanternfly could flourish in Ohio.

And cost the economy jobs and millions of dollars a year.

The invasive species, which is causing major damage in southeastern Pennsylvania, has now been discovered 15 miles from the Ohio border in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

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Ohio Division of Forestry officials ask outdoor enthusiasts returning from Pennsylvania, especially its eastern counties, to do their fellow citizens a favor by checking their gear, vehicles, and clothing for the bugs or lanternfly eggs. The bug doesn’t bite.

Find one? Kill it if you can. The insect can move quickly, but killing even a single female bug can help reduce the population over the course of a year.

People who have encountered a spotted lanternfly in Ohio should call their local extension office, 419-578-6783 in Lucas County, or the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6201 to report it.

A fact sheet on the spotted lanternfly can be found in the VegNet newsletter online at the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Search for “spotted lanternfly.”

The spotted lanternfly would be at home in Ohio, which offers a suitable climate and food the pest likes. It loves a fellow invader, the Tree of Heaven plant, which grows throughout the state. It also loves grapes and has the potential to destroy Ohio’s growing wine industry. The pest, which is costing Pennsylvania’s economy $50 million a year, also enjoys apples, hops, and trees such as walnut, birch, and maple. That means the insects are also a threat to orchards and the timber industry.

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