Messenger: Parson orders investigation into COVID-19 outbreak in veterans homes. What about prisons? | Tony Messenger

The state prison in Farmington is undergoing at least its second major COVID-19 spike, with 300 detainees and 53 staff members infected. Since the pandemic began, there have been 481 detainees and 108 staffers infected at Farmington. Down the road, also in St. Francois County, the prison at Bonne Terre has 46 active detainee cases and nine staff members affected, bringing its total to 370 detainees infected since the pandemic began, and 103 staff members.

St. Francois County, just south of St. Louis, has one of the highest positivity rates in the state of Missouri, at 37 people per 1,000. It’s a chicken-and-egg question: Is the prison spike feeding the positivity rate, or is it because there is little mask wearing and social distancing in another rural county eschewing mandates and restrictions, continuing to believe that the more than 210,000 deaths nationwide are a hoax?

Missourians should not be surprised

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Trump Administration Orders Nevada to Allow Rapid Covid-19 Tests in Nursing Homes

The Trump administration ordered the state of Nevada to withdraw a directive blocking nursing homes from using federally provided rapid coronavirus testing equipment, highlighting a debate over the proper use of the tests after reports of some false-positive results.

In a letter to Nevada officials, Adm. Brett Giroir, the Department of Health and Human Services official who has overseen U.S. testing efforts, said the state’s action is “inconsistent with and pre-empted by federal law and, as such, must cease immediately or appropriate action will be taken against those involved.” The letter was dated Oct. 8 and made public Friday.

Adm. Giroir defended the performance of the federally supplied equipment on a call Friday with reporters, saying the false-positive rate was low and the issue could be managed by using proper procedures to confirm results. The state’s action wasn’t justified, he said. Adm. Giroir declined to say what enforcement action the

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Gov. Parson orders external review of Missouri Veterans Homes

Gov. Parson instructed Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman Timothy Noonan to conduct a rapid, independent, external review of all seven Missouri Veterans Homes

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered an external review of all seven of the state’s veteran homes and their COVID-19 operations.

The order comes after four veterans have died in Missouri Veterans Homes.

According to a release from the governor’s office, data that was presented on Thursday in a briefing with Gov. Parson raised concerns about how well Missouri Veterans Homes are uniformly and systematically operating to prevent and, if necessary, contain COVID-19 outbreaks among their staff and residents.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of the deaths in four of our Missouri Veterans Homes,” Governor Parson said. “As a veteran myself, I care a great deal about the quality of care our veterans receive at the Veterans Homes in our state and

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Lina Hidalgo quietly postponing Harris County foreclosures with executive orders

While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.

She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.

“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at

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Lina Hidalgo using executive orders to postpone Harris County foreclosures

While Gov. Greg Abbott and state legislators have not moved to protect Texas homeowners struggling financially because of COVID-19,

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has been quietly postponing foreclosures through executive orders shutting down the facility where those auctions are held.

She has shut down the Bayou City Event Center on the first Tuesday of the month, the day foreclosure auctions must be held under state law, in at least five out of seven months since April. An order canceling October’s foreclosure auction was signed on Sept. 24.

“The county’s official position is that mass gatherings should not take place given the threat from COVID-19,” said Rafael Lemaitre, spokesperson for Hidalgo’s office, in an email. “As a reminder, the county is still at its highest threat level — red — meaning that the spread is still at too high a rate for us to advise residents to gather in groups.”

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