This week, the American media has focused mostly on rioting, looting, and the Black Lives Matter movement. The press has dropped its interest in pursuing stories related to coronavirus.

Therefore, the Legal Insurrection team has decided to retire the daily update that we have done for the last 125 days. We began the update as an effective way to consolidate a plethora of stories published on a wide array of coronavirus subjects: The pathogen, the health effects, the spread of the disease, policies, and politics. Going forward, I will continue to cover COVID-19, but as it relates to specific issues or development.

At this point, however, I would like to take a small, Legal Insurrection victory lap. We were among the first to bring our readers the news of the outbreak in China on January 10:

Chinese public health officials are struggling to identify a mysterious strain of pneumonia that has infected dozens of people and put the rest of Asia on alert for outbreaks.

Symptoms of the new disease include high fever, difficulty breathing, and lung lesions. Currently, there are 59 known cases of this pneumonia-like illness. And while Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been ruled out as a cause, public health officials are concerned about another potential pandemic.

We followed the robust Chinese response, including spraying of the streets and shutdown of significant cities. By the end of January, it was clear that Americans had the virus, many infected people were dying around the globe, and we needed more information than the politicized analysis offered at the time.

Therefore, on January 31, 2020, we published our first daily update post, with a title that turned out to be quite prophetic: Wuhan Virus Watch: Global Panic Over Coronavirus is “Unproductive and Unwarranted.”

The Wuhan Coronavirus virus does not seem to be as deadly as the virus causing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed 774 people from 2002 to 2003. However, between social media and click-bait news reports, public health officials are now becoming concerned about the spread of panic related to the new virus.

During the past four months, I have endeavored to highlight important stories that our press didn’t care to feature. I also wanted to give our readers as much science-based information as was practical in this forum so that they could make fully informed decisions about precautionary measures and treatment options. I also kept an eye out for information related to the origins of the coronavirus.

On Tuesday Night, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson discussed a report claiming that the pandemic Coronaviru may have originated from a Chinese research laboratory in Wuhan.

Carlson when on to note that American media outlets failed to cover the story, in spite of the fact that the report had been publicly available for nearly two months.

Legal Insurrection readers, however, have been aware of the report since mid-February. On February 16, I covered the paper in my piece: Chinese university researchers believe virus may originate from government laboratory.

Going forward, I anticipate preparing posts that offer further details on the coronavirus’ origins, analyze the reprehensible response by China, and further question the models used and the policies developed by “experts.” I will also share information about new vaccines and treatments as they become available.

I would also like to take a moment to thank James Creigh, who has been sending me supplemental information, as well as my editor Mary Chastain (who prepared the updates on my “mental health day off”).

I would like to conclude with two predictions: There will be no “second wave,” and if there is, Americans will not readily agree to a second national lockdown.

No new COVID-19 cases from Lake of the Ozarks crowds

Remember the big Memorial Day bash in Missouri, which generated a videotape that went viral of party-goers violating every one of the social distancing guidelines that had been thrust on the public?

Despite predictions of massive infections, there are no new cases of COVID-19 reported from those celebrants.

The large crowds of people at the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend have not led to any more reported cases of COVID-19, Missouri’s top health official health department said Wednesday.

“The answer, to our knowledge, is no,” Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said when asked whether more cases have come from the gatherings, photos of which showed throngs of people close together without wearing masks.

Williams answered questions during a daily news briefing in Jefferson City hosted by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson to address civil unrest and efforts to contain the coronavirus.

County officials say they won’t enforce Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders

One county in Michigan has decided it will not enforce Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s strict lockdown rules.

Businesses in Jackson County that violate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders will not be reported to licensing agencies, Jackson County officials said.

A resolution passed by the county Board of Commissioners, states the county will not bar access to businesses that fail to follow guidelines designed to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The county “should be permitted to return to our natural freedoms,” states the resolution that passed 6-2 at the commissioners’ study session on Tuesday, June 2.

Gamblers flock to downtown Las Vegas on first night of casino reopenings

Perhaps the best way to conclude the daily update series is with a post that is optimistic and demonstrates the American spirit.

Tourists returned to downtown Las Vegas Wednesday evening, trickling in after months of a state lockdown on all gaming and casinos.

From the East to West Coast, most tourists said they had no hesitation to come back. Several hotels reopened properties June 3. Governor Steve Sisolak allowed casinos to reopen their floors at 12:01 a.m. on June 4.

“I can start to see a lot of people right now– who knows, from all over?” one guest at the D Hotel and Casino tells FOX5, who came for their birthday.

“We are kind of nervous about COVID-19 and everything, we had to make the move. We drove in from Atlanta to move our daughter here,” said another visitor, glad to hit the slots while they are in town.

 

 
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