Police Chief Resigns After Officer Kills Black Man
- Atlanta’s Police Chief stepped down after officers shot and killed a black man.
- Scientists at the University of Oxford say a steroid drug could reduce coronavirus deaths.
- Officials in Tulsa, Okla., warn that President Trump’s indoor rally could lead a spike in cases.
- Texas and Arizona continue to see a surge in coronavirus cases.
Police Chief Resigns After Officer Kills Black Man
Atlanta’s Police Chief Erika Shields has stepped down from her position less than 24 hours after officers shot and killed a black man outside a Wendy’s drive through on Friday night. On Saturday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, called for the “immediate termination” of the officer who shot the man.
27-year-old Rayshard Brooks had run from the police after failing a sobriety test. The man grabbed a Taser from an officer during a struggle to keep him under custody. He then appeared to fire the taser towards the officer before being chased down and killed. Atlanta’s mayor says she does not consider the action a justification for deadly force.
On Sunday morning, Sgt. John Chafee, a spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, announced that the officer who shot the man has been fired. The Mayor’s rapid response to the fatal shooting signaled the heightened scrutiny facing law enforcement as a wave of protest against police violence continues in many cities around the country, a movement that has already prompted a number of changes to local police policies.
Scientists Say Steroid Drug Reduces Virus Deaths
Scientists at the University of Oxford have announced that they have identified what they called the first drug proven to reduce coronavirus-related deaths, after a 6,000-patient trial of the drug in Britain showed that a low-cost steroid could reduce deaths significantly for hospitalized patients.
The steroid, dexamethasone, reduced deaths by a third in patients receiving ventilation, and by a fifth in patients receiving only oxygen treatment. They found no benefit from the drug in patients who did not need respiratory support.
Matt Hancock, Britain’s health secretary, said NHS doctors would begin treating patients with the drug this week. The British government started stockpiling dexamethasone several months ago because it was hopeful about the potential of the drug, Mr. Hancock said the nation has 200,000 doses on hand.
Concerns Arise Over Trump Rally In Tulsa
Officials in Tulsa, Okla., are warning that President Trump’s planned campaign rally on Saturday, his first in over three months, is likely to worsen an already troubling spike in infections. Local officials are pleading with the Trump campaign to cancel the event, slated for a 20,000-person indoor arena.
Bruce Dart, the executive director of the Tulsa health department, says it’s the perfect storm of potential over-the-top disease transmission. Tulsa County, which includes the city of Tulsa, tallied 89 new cases on Monday, its one-day high since the beginning of the outbreak. The number of active cases climbed from 188 to 532 over the last week. COVID hospitalizations have almost doubled.
President Trump has since said that criticism of the rally was the result of the news media trying to COVID shame his rallies. Conservatives have claimed a double standard around large gatherings in recent weeks after millions of Americans attended protests, often inches from one another.
Coronavirus Hotspots Shift States
Even as states are reporting new spikes in coronavirus cases, reports of new virus cases continue to decrease across much of the Midwest and Northeast. Outdoor sports and popular recreation sites are reopening in New Jersey and Chicago, areas of the country that had been overwhelmed by the spread of the virus. In Chicago, bars and breweries will also start to reopen, as well as the popular trail along Lake Michigan.
Texas and Arizona continue to see a surge in cases. Nearly half of the known cases in Maricopa County, Ariz., have been reported since the start of June. At least 300 new cases have been identified in Dallas County, Texas, on each of the last six days. The Houston area has also seen a sharp increase. In Miami-Dade County, Florida, more than 2,400 new cases have been announced over the past week. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has largely dismissed the increase as a result of expanded testing.
Study Finds Coronavirus Could Lurk In Bathrooms
Scientists have found that a cloud of aerosol droplets created from flushing the toilet can rise nearly three feet and may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by people who use the restroom. Simulations show that the plume can carry infectious particles that are already present in the surrounding air, or that were recently shed in stool. The research, from the journal Physics of Fluids, adds to growing evidence that the coronavirus can be passed not only through respiratory droplets but through feces.
The findings draw concern for public restrooms which will need to open as cities around the world navigate reopening plans. Researchers have found viable virus particles in patients’ feces, as well as traces of viral RNA on toilet bowls and sinks in hospital isolation rooms. The material appears less likely to be infectious than virus particles that are coughed out.
Stocks Surge Amid Unexpected Retail Sales Increase
Stocks on Wall Street surged today after a surprisingly strong rise in retail sales. Bulls were also driven over news of a promising virus treatment study from Oxford University. The S&P 500 also rose more than 2 percent, in its third consecutive climb since stocks suffered a sharp decline last week.