9 vaccinated Montana nursing home residents dead after GOP governor banned vax mandates for healthcare workers: report
Hospitals across Montana are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients as the Delta variant spreads across Big Sky Country.
Montana's Republican governor, Greg Gianforte, signed the nation's only ban on employers requiring vaccination for employees. This has prevented even nursing homes and medical facilities from requiring vaccination, which resulted in a new lawsuit led by the Montana Medical Association.
On Friday, Gianforte successfully got the Veterans Administration to open 6 beds at its Fort Harrison hospital. But with 416 Montanans hospitalized, that will do little to ease the strain on the system.
Also on Friday, Gianforte announced that he was deploying the National Guard to four more hospitals. Gianforte had already approved deployments to Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula. Troops will now also deploy to Kalispell, Livingston, Plains and Whitefish.
While Gianforte has taken measures to deal with the impact of the surge, he has not yet taken measures to slow the spread.
The law he signed, which banned long-term care facilities from requiring staff to get vaccinated, may have been fatal in one Montana town.
"Ten residents of Libby Care Center in Lincoln County died in August as a result of a COVID-19 outbreak that started at the end of July," KPAX-TV reported. "The company believes the virus got into the facility through an unvaccinated Certified Nursing Assistant."
Nine of the ten residents who died were reportedly vaccinated.
Cascadia Healthcare told the station only 54% of staff are vaccinated, even though they work in a long-term care facility.
National Guard will be helping four more Montana hospitals -- Livingston, Kalispell, Whitefish and Plains. This com… https://t.co/R0KA9LFOES— Mackenzie Quinn - NBC Montana (@Mackenzie Quinn - NBC Montana) 1632517653.0
‘Intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant’: Maricopa County destroys Cyber Ninjas after ‘laughable’ audit
Maricopa County officials Friday afternoon responded in detail to claims made by Cyber Ninjas in the $6 million six month "audit" of the Arizona county's ballots from the 2020 presidential election. Late Thursday night multiple news organizations reported that Cyber Ninjas' audit, officially released Friday afternoon, found Joe Biden did win the election in Arizona, as originally reported nearly one year ago, and actually walked away with even more votes that first reported, while Donald Trump, the company concluded, got even less.
But the devil is in the details and after six frustrating months of dealing with a company that reportedly has zero expertise in auditing elections, Maricopa County officials blasted some of the "critical concerns" Cyber Ninjas claimed in their report.
Via a lengthy series of tweets Maricopa County officials destroyed Cyber Ninja's audit, which is being called a "fraudit" and a sham.
For example, calling it "intentionally misleading or staggeringly ignorant," Maricopa County blasted Cyber Ninjas and GOP state senators over the claim and "concern" that 23,344 mail-in ballots voted from a prior address:
County officials went even further, writing:
1) Military and overseas voters can cast a “federal only ballot" despite living outside the U.S. The address tied to their ballot would be their prior address in AZ.
2) People are allowed to move from one house to another (or even one state to another) in October and November of an election year (yes, shocking!). If the driver's license address matches the voter registration address, they are still allowed to vote.
3) For the November General Election Maricopa County had 20,933 one-time temporary address requests. In addition, snowbirds and college students tend to have forwarding addresses when they are out of the county.
4) Mail-in ballots are not forwarded to another address.
In another they called it “laughable" that Cyber Ninjas were concerned that in a state of “more than 7 million people" … “yes, some of them share names & birth years."
CLAIM: 10,342 potential voters that voted in multiple counties BOTTOM LINE: There are more than 7 million people… https://t.co/MS08MnUW6s— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632508356.0
"If Cyber Ninjas understood data analysis, they would have performed standard processes to rule out situations that lead to faulty conclusions," county officials added.
And even more criticisms:
"Anomaly" seems to be another way of saying the Senate's contractors don't understand election processes. Sadly, t… https://t.co/K33EEcHZ9L— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632516192.0
BACKGROUND: These claims of “deleting” and “purging” are reminiscent of the false claim Cyber Ninjas made in May, a… https://t.co/FwGCmCy2dY— Maricopa County (@Maricopa County) 1632513087.0
You can read them all here.
The Republican-backed "audit" of ballots in Maricopa County that Trump supporters were hoping to confirm widespread election fraud in Arizona has ended — and not only did it fail to find any substantial fraud, it actually slightly revised down the number of Trump ballots and up the number of Biden ballots.
But Arizona GOP chairwoman Kelli Ward had a different conclusion. On Friday, she called for a do-over of the whole thing.
Amazing report from Dr. Shiva. Many questions for Maricopa County as well as exposure of incompetence & possible ma… https://t.co/wp2eJdrt8X— Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸 (@Dr. Kelli Ward 🇺🇸) 1632517577.0
"Dr. Shiva" is a reference to Shiva Ayyadurai, an election conspiracist and anti-vaccine truther who has claimed he was the inventor of email and that Dr. Anthony Fauci is a "Deep State" agent. He was hired by the Arizona State Senate to take part in the audit.
The audit swiftly grew controversial due to giving selective access to right-wing news organizations and for pursuing conspiracy theories, including hunting for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were forgeries from Asia. Even some Trump supporters, like right-wing talk radio host Mike Broomhead, ultimately turned on the effort.
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