Quote for today…
Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. ― H. Jackson Brown
Welcome to “Thursday Numbers!” If you are a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I look at the numbers in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm and humor.
This week’s topics include nation, state, and local COVID numbers, unemployment claims, Rosendale & Ukraine, Greg & the lion, SOTU, TWW poll results, Biden approval numbers, more free COVID-19 tests, and much more!
That is how many people have died in the United States from coronavirus, according to the latest data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. There have been 79,143,885 cases across the country so far. The first death in the USA was reported on February 29, 2020. (Johns Hopkins)
Last week, the death total was 941,909.
Thanks to everyone who wears a mask and has been vaccinated – you are patriots!
That is how many Montanans have been fully immunized for COVID-19. This is still just 54% of the eligible population. (Source)
Last week, the number of fully immunized Montanans was 554,847.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana’s population in April 2020 was 1,084,225.
In the week ending February 26, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 215,000, a decrease of 18,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 232,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 230,500, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 236,250 to 236,500. (DOL)
Note: On Thursdays, this column is published right after 6:30 a.m. (Montana time), so I can post the latest unemployment numbers.
The House passed a resolution on Wednesday to declare support for Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of the invasion ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin while urging an “immediate cease-fire.” Lawmakers in both parties voted near-unanimously in favor of the resolution, 426-3. The only votes in opposition were from three Republicans: Reps. Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Matt Rosendale (Mont.). (The Hill)
There is no reason whatsoever that Rosendale should have voted “NAY” on this resolution. Shame on him. (Vote)
That’s the research number of the mountain lion Montana Governor Greg Gianforte killed in December. (WaPo)
I guess with all those millions, one must have some strange hobbies. Gianforte must be compensating for something…
That was the length of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address. (Source)
They should boot Presidents off the stage after an hour…
This week’s poll question asked, “Would you vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?”
Here are the results:
Thanks for taking part!
Nearly 80 percent of those who watched President Biden’s first State of the Union address approved of his remarks, according to a new poll released on Wednesday. A new CBS News/YouGov poll found that 78 percent of surveyed Americans who watched Biden’s address approved of his remarks, while 22 percent disapproved. (The Hill)
Some of the attacks on Biden were uncalled for. I will address some of them on Friday.
The Cascade County (Great Falls, MT) City-County Health Department reports that as of Wednesday still only 50% of eligible individuals in the county are fully vaccinated. (Source)
The “Community Level” is still rated as “High” in Cascade County.
C’mon people – get vaccinated!
According to FiveThirtyEight.com, that is President Joe Biden’s current approval rating. (Source)
Last week, Biden’s approval rating was 42.4%.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-home COVID-19 tests. If you haven’t already, order yours today. Starting next week, every home in the U.S. will be able to order an additional set of four tests. (covidtests.gov)
Is this a great country or what?