5 Things That Happened While You Were Out: March 2

Happy Monday and welcome to March CivMixers!!! As this day winds to a close, the weather seems to have taken a bit of a warmer turn, the snow (what was left of it) is melting, and the Capital Region is starting to come alive for spring.

Here are the five things you should know as you head into the evening…

1) Washington State has had four more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths there up to six. This accounts for all the deaths that have taken place to date in the U.S.

All of Washington State deaths have occurred in Kirkland, which is in Kings County, and are associated with a nursing care facility. All the deaths have happened within the past 72 hours.

Washington State Health Officials confirm the total number of confirmed coronavirus is up to 18; 14 of those are in Kings County. The Centers for Disease Control has a response team on the ground in Kings County, and The University of Washington has a lab that will begin helping with the testing starting tomorrow.

New York, Florida and Rhode Island all have their first confirmed cases, and California, Oregon and Washington State all have confirmed locally spread and developed cases. With 91 current confirmed cases in the United States, it is clear that the coronavirus – officially known as COVID-19 – is here to stay.

2) Gannon Stauch, the boy who went missing in Colorado on Jan. 27, 2019, has been pronounced dead. Stauch’s stepmother reported him as missing, stating that he left the house to go to his friend’s but never arrived. Due to the circumstances given by the stepmother, Gannon Stauch was deemed a potential runaway and not marked as missing and endangered for three days.

His case has spawned national talk about the handling of missing children cases for children under 12, and sparked a petition calling for a bill called Gannon’s Law.

Also today, Gannon’s stepmother was arrested in South Carolina and charged with 4 counts – child abuse resulting in death; murder in the first degree of a child under 12 years of age by a person in a position of trust; tampering with physical evidence and tampering with a deceased human body.

3) New York State has not gained much ground in the fight to increase high school graduates, being ranked 38th in the most recent report released. This is approximately the same rank as in 2012 when the last report was released. Gov. Andrew Cuomo disavowed that report as a true weakness in the state and swore to improve.

The State’s Board of Regents will be hosting workshops on Long Island, where administrators and teachers from across the state will gather. A review of the requirements for graduation is on the docket, and more specifically, a closer look at the Regents Exams, which proves still be a major barrier in New York moving up the list. The first meeting is this Wednesday, March 4th. The next is March 27th.

4) Former G.E. Chairman Jack Welch passed away today at age 84. His wife Suzy Welch revealed the cause of his death was renal failure, but no other information has been shared. Welch was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine in 1999.

Taking over the helm of G.E. in 1981, during his tenure Welch turned G.E. into a new tier of power, only to see it all fall apart after he left. Under Welch, the G.E. revenue grew almost fivefold, and market shares went stratospheric to $410 billion from $14 billion when he took over. Welch retired in early September 2001.

5) If parents have children from age 2 to age 6 who are suffering from cabin fever now that the weather has turned warmer, be sure to put tomorrow’s Drop-in PJ Storytime at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library. This is a time set aside for families to come and spend quiet time together, reading stories and exploring other options at the library. All family members are encouraged to come in their PJs.

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