Today’s In Crisis headlines


(NEW YORK) — Here are today’s In Crisis headlines:

Rochester mayor fires police chief over Daniel Prude’s death
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren fired Police Chief La’Ron Singletary Monday, two weeks before he was set to retire, as part of leadership changes following a review of Daniel Prude’s death. Warren told reporters that the cursory management review of the city’s handling of the March 23 incident showed that the city did not take Prude’s death as seriously as it should have. She also suspended Rochester Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin and Communications Director Justin Roj for 30 days without pay for “failure to act, inform and follow policy and procedures.” The shakeup came a week after police body camera footage was released showing the incident between the officers and Prude, who was reportedly having a mental health emergency. Police put a spit bag over his head and pinned him down until he went unconscious. He died a week later.

COVID-19 numbers
Here’s the latest data on COVID-19 coronavirus infections and deaths.

Latest reported numbers globally per Johns Hopkins University
Global diagnosed cases: 29,306,931
Global deaths: 929,026.  The United States has the most deaths of any single country, with 194,545.
Number of countries/regions: at least 188
Total patients recovered globally: 19,881,668

Latest reported numbers in the United States per Johns Hopkins University
There are at least 6,555,247 reported cases in 50 states + the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.  This is more than in any other country.
U.S. deaths: at least 194,084.  New York State has the greatest number of reported deaths in the U.S., with 33,030.
U.S. total patients recovered: 2,474,570
U.S. total people tested: 89,603,688

The greatest number of reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S. is in California, with 765,918 confirmed cases out of a total state population of 39.51 million.  That ranks third in the world after Maharashtra, India, which has 1,077,374 reported cases, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, which has 893,349 reported cases.

University of Wisconsin-Madison votes to cancel spring break

Spring break is cancelled next year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The public research university’s faculty senate voted Monday to scrap the nine-day vacation from the school’s 2021 spring calendar as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to Madison ABC affiliate WKOW. Under the new schedule, spring classes would start a week later than usual, on January 25. And although spring break is cancelled, students would still have the following days off: March 27; the beginning of Passover, on April 2; Good Friday and April 3, the day before Easter.

Holiday Peeps on hold due to COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is even affecting production of some of our favorite seasonal snacks. Peeps holiday marshmallows won’t be on store shelves this season, Just Born Quality Confections confirmed to ABC’s Good Morning America. The marshmallow treats in the shapes of pumpkins, ghosts, Christmas trees and more “will not be in stores again until 2021.”

“Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we temporarily suspended production of our candy brands to ensure the health and safety of our associates,” a company spokesperson said.

While the Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day Peeps won’t be available, the company is making sure it can focus on “meeting the expected overwhelming demand for Peeps for next Easter season.”

The halt in production will also impact seasonal varieties of the candies Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales.

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