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Coronavirus: Could you have already had the virus? 5 questions answered
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Coronavirus: Could you have already had the virus? 5 questions answered

Coronavirus: Could you have already had the virus? 5 questions answered
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MIAMI BEACH, FL - APRIL 02: A skateboarder wearing a mask rides down the boardwalk on April 02, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a "Stay-at-Home" order Wednesday in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Coronavirus: Could you have already had the virus? 5 questions answered

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it has begun studies to determine how many people in the United States have already been infected with COVID-19.

The new testing will look for the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. The test results will be important in detecting infections in people who have had few or no symptoms of the virus.

Some health officials, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, believe that up to 50 percent of the people who have contracted the virus have had no symptoms while the had the virus.

Someone infected with the COVID-19 can show mild symptoms similar to a cold or have more severe symptoms like high fever, severe cough and shortness of breath, which often indicates a person has pneumonia. However, more scientists are saying that perhaps a larger number of people have virtually no symptoms at all when they have the virus.

Could you have had the disease in the past few months and not known it? Here’s what we know about spreading the virus, mild or no symptoms and if there’s a test that can tell you if you have already had COVID-19.

1. Could I have had COVID-19 in the past few months and not known it?

The answer is yes, you could have had the virus and not shown symptoms or perhaps had symptoms so mild you assumed you had a cold or allergy.

Robert Redfield, the director of the CDC, said last week that up to 25% of people who have been infected with COVID-19 may never show symptoms.

“We have pretty much confirmed” that “a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic,” Redfield told NPR last week.

If a person is asymptomatic it means they have an infection but are not suffering any symptoms of the virus.

Fauci said Sunday during a briefing by the White House Coronavirus Task Force that he believes the number of people infected with COVID-19 but show no symptoms is likely “somewhere between 25 and 50 percent.”He emphasized that until more testing information is available, that estimate is a guess.

The list of symptoms that have been associated with the virus is not a small one. According to the CDC, symptoms such as a dry cough, fatigue, low-grade fever, body aches, nasal congestion and sore throat are the most common with COVID-19. In addition, symptoms such as the loss of the senses of taste and smell, diarrhea and the appearance of conjunctivitis – commonly known as “pink eye” – have also been seen.

2. Is there a test that can tell me if I had it?

The CDC testing to identify who has been infected with the virus began last week, STATnews and The New York Times reported. The first phase of testing is aimed at identifying people in COVID-19 “hot spots” who weren’t diagnosed with the infection.

These tests are different from the tests conducted now to find out if a person is positive for COVID-19. Those tests are called PCR and they look for the presence of the virus in people at the time they are tested.

If a person has had the virus and recovered, the PCR test would show no virus in the person. The PCR test result does not mean that the person never had the virus, only that there is no virus in them at the time the test was taken.

The tests the CDC began look for something different.

When a person is infected with a virus, the body begins to fight it by producing antibodies. Antibodies, which are a protein in the blood, will combine chemically with viruses to kill them.

After the virus is dead, some antibodies remain in the blood, ready to fight the virus should it return.

Antibodies have properties unique to the virus it is fighting and those properties allow scientists to develop tests to see if a person’s body has fought off a certain virus.

According to a story from STATnews.com, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City have also developed tests that look for the antibodies created to fight COVID-19.

“It seems very easy to be able to say yes or no, somebody was infected or wasn’t infected,” Florian Krammer, a virologist at the Icahn School of Medicine, told Stat.

According to the article, Krammer and several colleagues posted a paper describing how they developed the test. The paper has not been through the peer review process yet.

A website Krammer’s group has started directs labs on how they can order the ingredients they need to conduct the tests. Other laboratories around the world are also developing antibody tests.

3. If I had no symptoms but had the virus, was I contagious?

Scientists believe that people without symptoms can spread the virus.”There’s significant transmission by people not showing symptoms," Stephen Morse, an epidemiologist at Columbia University, told Business Insider.

In the interview with NPR, Redfield said it appears people with the virus are most contagious about 48 hours before symptoms appear.

“This helps explain how rapidly this virus continues to spread across the country because we have asymptomatic transmitters and we have individuals who are transmitting 48 hours before they become symptomatic,” Redfield said.

A CDC study of coronavirus patients in a nursing home in Washington showed that of 23 people who tested positive for COVID-19, only 10 had shown symptoms on the day of their diagnosis. Of the 13 others, 10 developed symptoms a week after being found to be positive for the virus.

4. If I have mild or no symptoms, how am I spreading the virus?

The virus is believed to be spread by droplets that come from an infected person’s body. Even if you do not feel ill or do not have severe symptoms, you can have a high virus “load,” or amount of virus in your body.

People shed the virus (pass it to others) through touching their mouths or noses and then touching a surface where it can stay for minutes or hours, or by coughing or sneezing. Some researchers believe that just by being near someone and talking can spread the virus.

5. If I’ve had it, can I get it again? Researchers say that having the virus and recovering from it will likely give a person immunity from the new coronavirus, at least for a time.

"It is reasonable to predict we will have some immunity. To say you will have lifelong immunity? We just don’t know yet,” Frances Lund, professor and chair of the department of microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told NBC News.

“But I think it’s a reasonable conclusion that you will have immunity for the rest of this season.”

Viruses can and do mutate in order to survive. If the COVID-19 virus does mutate, a person could get the virus again, albeit a slightly different version of the virus.

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  • Protests and demonstrations have led to violence in at least 30 cities across the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Floyd, 46, died after he was detained for questioning regarding a possible forgery in progress. Video of his death caught by bystanders showed a Minneapolis police officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for more than five minutes as Floyd pleaded for air, sparking outrage.  As of Monday, at least 40 cities across 16 states have imposed curfews.  Live updates for Monday, June 1 continue below:  Doctor says evidence shows Floyd died of ‘mechanical asphyxia’ Update 3:30 p.m. EDT June 1: Dr. Allecia Wilson, director of autopsy and forensic sciences at the university of Michigan, said Monday that evidence shows that George Floyd died of mechanical asphyxia. “We acknowledge that additional medical information including toxicology and further investigation are necessary for a final report, however, the evidence is consistent with mechanical asphyxia as the cause of death and homicide as the manner of death,” she said. A preliminary autopsy mentioned by authorities in charging documents filed against former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.” Authorities said Floyd had likely died from a combination of being restrained by police, underlying health conditions and 'any potential intoxicants in his system.” Independent autopsy shows George Floyd died of asphyxia from sustained forceful pressure, family attorney says Update 3:25 p.m. EDT June 1: An independent autopsy has found that George Floyd died last week of asphyxia from sustained forceful pressure, Ben Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, said Monday in a news release obtained by PBS. “Despite how painful these autopsy findings are, especially for George Floyd’s family, we think it is essential that the truth comes out about the manner and the exact manner and science as to how George Floyd was killed,” Crump said Monday at a news conference. Crump and medical professionals held a news conference Monday to discuss the autopsy results. “What you’re going to hear from these renowned pathologists is essentially: George died because he needed a breath,' Crump said. “He needed a breath of air.” George Floyd’s family to announce results of independent autopsy Update 3:05 p.m. EDT June 1: The family of George Floyd and their attorney, Ben Crump, are holding a news conference Monday to announce the results of an independent autopsy performed on the 46-year-old. Atlanta’s curfew extended for another night Update 2:30 p.m. EDT June 1: Officials in Atlanta announced Monday that a curfew enacted amid protests over the death of George Floyd will continue for another night, WSB-TV reported. Tens of thousands of people nationwide have taken to city streets to protest Floyd’s death, which happened last week after a Minneapolis police officer pinned Floyd’s neck under his knee for nearly nine minutes. Most demonstrations have been peaceful, but some have been marred by skirmishes between police and demonstrators, WSB-TV reported. Monday’s curfew will begin Monday at 9 p.m. and last until sunrise, according to WSB-TV. Florida governor activates National Guard Update 2:20 p.m. EDT June 1: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has activated the Florida National Guard after some protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent over the weekend, WFTV reported. The governor’s office said the specially trained units were put on standby Saturday, according to WFTV. More protests against police brutality are expected in Florida and nationwide in the wake of Floyd’s death last week. >> Read more on WFTV.com George Floyd’s brother urges people to vote during peaceful protest in Minneapolis Update 2:05 p.m. EDT June 1: One of George Floyd’s brothers, Terrence Floyd, urged protesters to remain peaceful Monday and told people that the best thing they can do to make change is to vote “not just in the presidential elections.” “If i’m not over here wilding out. If i’m not over here blowing stuff up. If I’m not here messing up my community, what are you all doing?” he asked as the crowd cheered him on. “You’re doing nothing. Because that’s not going to bring my brother back at all.” He compared the recent nights of looting and rioting to drinking. “It might feel good for a moment, like when you drink but ... you’re going to wonder what you did,” he said. More than 400 arrested in Santa Monica, California protest; most from out of town, police say Update 1:30 p.m. EDT June 1: Police in Santa Monica, California, said authorities arrested more than 400 people in citywide protests overnight in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Police Chief Cynthia Renaud said 95% of those arrested “reside outside the city.' 30 arrested during protests in Orlando, Florida Update 1:15 p.m. EDT June 1: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said up to 30 people were arrested amid overnight protests in the city, according to WFTV. Police Chief Orlando Rolon said some of the arrests were connected to eight businesses that people attempted to break into or vandalize in the city, WFTV reported. Rolon said some demonstrators got onto Interstate 4 on Sunday and threw rocks and other objects at police officers, who responded by deploying tear gas. Dyer said he’s ordered the release of body camera footage from the situation in order to be fully transparent. >> Read more on WFTV.com Memorial for George Floyd scheduled for Thursday Update 1:05 p.m. EDT June 1: A funeral memorial will be held Thursday for George Floyd, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Monday, according to CNN. “It will be an important event both for the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota and for the nation to watch that process of celebrating a life that was taken in front of us,” he said, according to the news network. Floyd died May 25 after then-Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin pinned his neck under his knee for nearly nine minutes. Video of Floyd begging for air as he lay face-down on the ground surfaced after the situation, prompting widespread protests nationwide and calls for police reform. State of emergency declared in Birmingham, Alabama due to civil unrest Update 12:40 p.m. EDT June 1: Mayor Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, Alabama, declared a state of emergency for the city Monday due to civil unrest after protests over the weekend left behind widespread property damage. At a news conference Monday morning, Woodfin said that he “100 percent (supports) civil disobedience but that is very different from civil unrest.” “I support activism and your right to peacefully assemble, but I don’t support mobs and people destroying things just because,” he said. “And so, moving forward, the City of Birmingham as of today (is) declaring a state of emergency due to civil unrest and will be implementing a citywide curfew starting today at 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. everyday going forward.” On Sunday, demonstrators tried to tear down a Confederate monument in Linn Park and several members of the media were attacked, according to AL.com. Windows were smashed at several businesses, the news site reported. Trump to governors: ‘Most of you are weak’ Update 12:10 p.m. EDT June 1: President Donald Trump is telling the nation’s governors that most of them are “weak” and calling for tougher crackdowns on violence as protests rage across the nation. Trump is speaking to governors on a video teleconference with law enforcement and national security officials. He’s telling them they “have to get much tougher” amid nationwide protests and criticizing their responses, saying: “Most of you are weak.” And he’s chastising them for failing to use the National Guard more aggressively, saying they’re making themselves “look like fools.” Attorney General Bill Barr is also on the call and telling governors they have to “dominate” the streets and control, not react to crowds. He’s calling on them to “go after troublemaker” and use “adequate force.” Curfew will be in effect for next two nights in Washington DC Update 12:05 p.m. EDT June 1: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday announced that the city will enforce a 7 p.m. curfew for the next two nights amid protests following the death last week of George Floyd. Bowser has enacted a curfew Sunday that didn’t go into effect until 11 p.m. The decision Sunday sparked criticism from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh MeEnany. “I think when you look at some of the befuddling actions, like right here in D.C., the mayor of D.C. didn’t issue a curfew until 11 p.m.,” McEnany said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” according to The Hill. “Well, guess what? At 10 p.m. you had St. John’s Church burning. Several other cities had curfews at 4 p.m., at 5 p.m., at 6 p.m.” Florida police officer suspended after video showed him pushing kneeling protester Update 11:50 a.m. EDT June 1: Interim Fort Lauderdale police Chief Rick Maglione said an officer who appeared to shove a protester without provocation Sunday as she was kneeling near him has been suspended from duty as authorities investigate the situation. Maglione said the situation began when an officer asked for help after she became surrounded by protesters. A short while later, some protesters began to attack a police car, smashing windows and jumping on the vehicle as a police officer sat inside. “In the middle of that event ... our officer, as he passed a female that was on the ground already, appears to shove her as he goes by her,” Maglione said. “That officer has been removed from any contact with the public. He is relieved from duty, basically, while this matter is investigated.” Maglione said officials with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have opened a criminal investigation into the situation. Mayor Dean Trantalis said he thought the situation was “offensive” and “should never have happened.” “I appreciate the fact that the department has relieved him of duty while this investigation happens,” he said at a news conference Monday. “I understand the state attorney has opened a file, an investigation to make sure that we get to the bottom of this and If it’s determined by those agencies that something wrong was done we will follow with swift disciplinary action.” New York City mayor: Police cars driving into crowd of protesters Saturday ‘unacceptable’ Update 11:20 a.m. EDT June 1: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that two police cars caught on video driving into a crowd during a protest Saturday of police brutality was “dangerous” and “unacceptable,' according to The Guardian. “There is no situation where a police vehicle should drive into a crowd of protesters or New Yorkers of any kind,” the mayor said, according to the newspaper. In a video that went viral Saturday, protesters could be seen carrying a yellow metal barricade to block a police SUV in Brooklyn, The New York Times reported. While some demonstrators began to throw things at the vehicles, both of them sped up into the crowd, according to the Times. The newspaper reported it was not clear whether anyone was injured in the incident. De Blasio said he had directed city officials to investigate the situation, the Times reported. Obama: Protests and political action necessary ‘if we want to bring about real change’ Update 11:10 a.m. EDT June 1: Former President Barack Obama said people need to be active in both protests and the political process if they want to bring about real, lasting change as protests erupted nationwide due to the death last week of George Floyd. “If we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn’t between protest and politics,” Obama said in a post published Friday on Medium. “We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.” Obama noted that while the focus is often on the federal government’s response to events like Floyd’s death, “the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.” “The more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away,” Obama said. “I recognize that these past few months have been hard and dispiriting — that the fear, sorrow, uncertainty, and hardship of a pandemic have been compounded by tragic reminders that prejudice and inequality still shape so much of American life. But watching the heightened activism of young people in recent weeks, of every race and every station, makes me hopeful. If, going forward, we can channel our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, then this moment can be a real turning point in our nation’s long journey to live up to our highest ideals.” At least 12 arrested during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon Update 10:20 a.m. EDT June 1: Police in Portland, Oregon, said they arrested at least a dozen people after peaceful protests in the city spurred by the death of George Floyd turned violent. Authorities said they also detained two juveniles during Sunday night’s protests. Police said thousands of demonstrators marched Sunday to the city’s Justice Center. The gathering remained peaceful until around 11:30 p.m., when authorities said some demonstrators began to throw things at officers. When the crowd refused to disperse, police said they deployed “Riot Control Agents to disperse the crowd.” In response, some demonstrators threw what police described as fireworks at officers before the crowd broke into smaller groups, some of which set fires, smashed storefront windows and vandalized buildings and parked vehicles, authorities said. Police Chief Jami Resch said she met Sunday with demonstration leaders. “We agreed that the majority of demonstrators AND the police want a peaceful protest and are frustrated by those who are engaging in violence and destruction because it is not helpful for change efforts,” she said in a statement. “Unfortunately, while we were meeting, some individuals started to engage in violent acts toward Officers, which continued despite warnings to disperse. Officers deployed riot control agents to disperse the crowd for the safety of all.' NBA coaches: ‘We cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage’ Update 9:40 a.m. EDT June 1: The National Basketball Coaches Association released a statement Monday sharing condolences and prayers for the family of George Floyd and condemning his death. “The events of the past few weeks -- police brutality, racial profiling and the weaponization of racism are shameful, inhumane and intolerable,” the group said. “Witnessing the murder of George Floyd in cold blood and in broad daylight has traumatized our nation, but the reality is that African Americans are targeted and victimized on a daily basis. As NBA coaches, we cannot treat this as an isolated incident of outrage.” Coaches said in the statement that they will work with local leaders, officials and law enforcement agencies in the cities where they are based “to create positive change in our communities.” “We have the power and platform to affect change, and we will use it,” the statement said. 1 dead after authorities, protesters exchange fire in Kentucky; police investigating Update 9:20 a.m. EDT June 1: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday that he’s authorized an investigation into a police-involved shooting that left one person dead during protests over the death of George Floyd. Beshear said the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Kentucky National Guard were dispatched around midnight to 26th Street and Broadway. “While working to disperse a crowd, LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard were fired upon,” the governor said. “LMPD and the Kentucky National Guard returned fire resulting in a death. Given the seriousness of the situation, I have authorized the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate the event.” DC mayor: Some protesters brought tools, supplies with them Update 9 a.m. EDT June 1: Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. said Friday that some protesters brought “tools and supplies” with them to demonstrations Sunday over the death of George Floyd. “We know that we have people that came here with tools and supplies and they re-upped their supplies,' Bowser said during an interview Monday with NBC’s “Today” show. 'They went to different parts of the city. So, we think there was a mix of people here but certainly people here who do this type of protest and demonstration.” Ask if the demonstrators were believed to have been “professional protesters,” Bowser told the “Today” show, “We’ve seen some of these tactics before so we know that they were among the groups here.” She described the tactics used as “the types of tools they use, restocking, setting fires here and there to try to draw in the police to various locations.” 2 killed, police officer injured during protests in Iowa Update 8:35 a.m. EDT June 1: Two people died and a police officer is injured Monday following a series of shootings reported during protests overnight in Davenport, Iowa, police said. One person died in a shooting reported at the Walmart on West Kimberly Road and one person died in a separate shooting in the 1100 block of West 15th Street, according to police. Officials said rioters ambushed police officers in a vehicle around 3 a.m., firing several shots, some of which hit a police car while officers were inside. Police Chief Paul Sirkorski said one officer was injured. Police were later able to find the vehicle and arrested several people after it crashed during a pursuit. Sirkorski said the officer was “doing okay” Monday morning. “What we experienced tonight, last night was completely unacceptable and it does not honor the memory of Mr. Floyd,” Sirkorski said at a news conference Monday. Mayor Mike Matson said that in light of the overnight violence, a curfew will be enacted for all of Scott County on Monday. He said he has also requested the help of the Iowa National Guard. Facebook pledges $10 million toward ‘efforts committed to ending racial injustice’  Update 7:51 a.m. EDT June 1: Facebook will donate $10 million to “efforts committed to ending racial injustice,” the social media juggernaut announced early Monday. Several Boston police officers injured, more than 3 dozen protesters arrested Sunday night Update 5:37 a.m. EDT June 1: The Boston Police Department has confirmed multiple officers were injured during Sunday night’s protests, and 40 demonstrators were arrested. According to the department, at least seven officers were transported to local hospitals for treatment of injuries, numerous others were treated at the scene of the violent clashes and at least 21 police cruisers were damaged during the protest.  Citing ‘violence and thefts,’ Washington county declares state of emergency Update 5:14 a.m. EDT June 1: Washington’s King County, which includes the city of Seattle, declared a state of emergency early Monday due to “violence and thefts associated with some of the local protests.” “King County values and respects the peaceful expression of political views, and supports all people in exercising their First Amendment rights,” the county government said in a news release. Derek Chauvin’s 1st court appearance postponed 1 week Update 4:55 a.m. EDT June 1: The first court appearance for the former Minnesota officer charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd has been postponed until June 8. Chauvin, the officer seen in a video kneeling on Floyd’s neck, originally had a hearing set for 1 p.m. Monday. Court records cite no specific reason for the delay. Chauvin was moved to the Hennepin County Jail from the Ramsey County Jail Sunday. Birmingham protesters tear down Confederate monument, set fire to Thomas Jefferson statue Update 4:32 a.m. EDT June 1: Protesters in Birmingham, Alabama, were captured on video Sunday night looping a rope around the neck of a monument to a Confederate naval captain before dragging it to the ground. The statue, depicting Charles Linn, could be seen in the aftermath lying face down with “BLM” painted in large red letters along the back of his leg, The Washington Post reported. In addition to smashing the namesake of Birmingham’s Linn Park, protesters also set a statue of Thomas Jefferson ablaze. Police fatally shoot man at Louisville protest they say opened fire first Update 4:12 a.m. EDT June 1: A man has been shot and killed during protests in Louisville, Kentucky. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, shots were fired at them first. The shooting occurred around 12:15 a.m., and the victim has not been identified. Washington activates statewide National Guard Update 3:38 a.m. EDT June 1: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called up the National Guard for statewide deployment. “We must not let these illegal and dangerous actions detract from the anger so many feel at the deep injustice laid so ugly and bare by the death of George Floyd,” Inslee said in a statement. He also noted that members of the Guard engaged in crowd control must remain unarmed to ensure public safety. “But we also will not turn away from our responsibility to protect the residents of our state,” Inslee said in the statement. Florida police officer suspended after shoving kneeling protester Update 3:14 a.m. EDT June 1: A police officer has been suspended after video showed him shoving a kneeling woman during a Sunday afternoon protest in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to The Washington Post, the video shows police walking through throngs of protesters as several people dropped to their knees and held their hands overhead. As one officer passed a black woman kneeling at his feet, he reached down and shoved the back of her head, sending her falling forward into the pavement. Nearby protesters erupted in shouts and several people threw water bottles at the police. The officer retreated, followed by other officers who appeared to be yelling at him over his actions, the Post reported. George Floyd's son says heart ‘really touched’ by mass protests Update 2:59 a.m. EDT June 1: Quincy Mason Floyd had not seen his father, George, since he was a young child. On Sunday night, the younger Floyd attended a Bryan, Texas, protest and spoke with CNN affiliate KBTX. 'Everyone is coming out and showing him love. My heart is really touched by all this,” Quincy Mason Floyd told the local station. DC’s historic St. John’s church set ablaze during Sunday protests Update 2:51 a.m. EDT June 1: A fire was set in the basement of historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Square from the White House, during Sunday night demonstrations calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. Tanker truck driver who plowed into crowd of Minnesota protesters charged with assault Update 2:32 a.m. EDT June 1: Bogdan Vechirko, the man who drove a tanker truck into a crowd of protesters on a Minnesota interstate Sunday, has been charged with assault, according to Hennepin County Jail records. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety described Vechirko’s actions as “inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators.”  He is being held without bail. The Massachusetts National Guard arrives in Boston Update 2:02 a.m. EDT June 1: The Massachusetts National Guard has arrived in Boston to disperse the remaining protesters, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio told CNN. Police have already made two arrests after two protesters jumped a fence and tried to get onto State House property, the network reported. Austin police fire on protesters after a day of peaceful demonstrations Update 1:42 a.m. EDT June 1: Police in Austin, Texas, opened fire on protesters early Sunday with what demonstrators described as rubber bullets, The Washington Post reported. The clash followed a day of peaceful protests in the Texas capital with witnesses stating the shots were fired by a group of officers on a nearby overpass at protesters who had been descending on police headquarters. .At least three people were struck by the projectiles, including a young woman who was hit in the back of the head, the Post reported. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Pat Dye, who led Auburn’s football team to four Southeastern Conference championships during his 12-year coaching career at the university, died Monday. He was 80. Dye had tested positive for the coronavirus while he was hospitalized in Atlanta with kidney issues, his son told ESPN last month. Dye’s death was first reported by 247Sports. Dye led the Tigers to a 99-39-4 record from 1981 to 1992, winning at least a share of SEC championships in 1983, 1987, 1988 and 1989. His Auburn teams won at least 10 games in a season four times and won six bowl games. Dye was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005. He also was the university’s athletic director from 1981 to 1991. Former Auburn Athletic Director David Housel said in a statement that Auburn “will be forever better because of (Dye).” “People will talk about all the games he won, the championships and bowl games, but his greatest contribution, his legacy, is the difference he made in the lives of the people who played for him and worked with him,” Housel said in a statement. 'I am one of them. He made a difference in my life. “He came to Auburn at a time when Auburn needed leadership and focus. He provided that leadership and focus.” Dye’s first SEC title was won with the help of running back Bo Jackson and was the program’s first football conference title in 26 years, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. In 1982, Jackson’s goal-line leap allowed Auburn to defeat Alabama and snap a nine-game losing streak to the Tigers’ in-state rivals. Dye was instrumental in moving the Iron Bowl from Legion Field to Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1989 after the game had been played annually in Birmingham since 1948, AL.com reported. “When I saw Coach (Bear) Bryant when I first got to Auburn, the first thing he said to me, very first thing, he said, ‘Well, I guess you’re going to want to take that game to Auburn,’” Dye told AL.com in 2019. “I said, ‘We’re going to take it to Auburn.’ “He said, ‘Well, we’ve got a contract through (19)88. … I said, ‘Well, we’ll play ’89 in Auburn.’” Dye was a three-time SEC coach of the year and 1983 national coach of the year. Dye was an All-American high school football player at Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and led his team to the Class 3A state championship in 1956, WRBL reported.
  • A convicted felon is now facing murder charges after police accused him of fatally shooting a man at a LaGrange home.  Charlestavious Dyer, 31, was arrested Friday in the death of 56-year-old Willie Render Jr., LaGrange police said in a statement.  Police found Render with a gunshot wound to the chest at a home on Brown Street just before 10:30 p.m., officials said. Emergency responders took him to Wellstar West Georgia, and he was later pronounced dead.  A witness at the scene gave police a description of the suspects in the shooting and said they had left in a car, according to authorities. Officers later found the car with the suspects inside, police said.  Investigators identified Dyer as the shooter in the case. Police said the incident began with an argument over drugs and turned violent.  Dyer had previously been arrested 18 times in Fulton County, according to jail records. LaGrange police said he was on probation at the time of the fatal shooting.  Dyer was taken to the Troup County Jail, where he remains. In addition to murder, he is charged with possession of a weapon during certain crimes and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Details about his previous conviction and the other suspects found in the car with Dyer were not immediately available. We’re working to learn more. You may find this story and more at AJC.com. In other news: 
  • One of the Atlanta Police Department officers fired Sunday for forcibly arresting two college students had previous complaints of excessive force that were upheld after an internal review, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Mark Gardner, who joined APD in 1997, was the subject of four citizen complaints from Richard Williams. Two of the complaints against Gardner were for 'maltreatment or unnecessary force' and two were for violation of the department's policy on personal weapons.  The charges were sustained in 2016, according to APD data previously provided to the AJC. The officer received written reprimands for two of the complaints; no action was taken on the other two allegations. Gardner and Ivory Streeter, the other officer fired Sunday, were investigators with the department’s fugitive squad, APD spokesman Carlos Campos said.  Streeter, with APD since 2003, had just completed a class on “de-escalation” tactics, according to records kept by the state Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.  He also completed a 6-hour course on use of force on May 7. Gardner took a 2-hour de-escalation class and a 3-hour class on use of force in late March 28, POST records show.  >>Click HERE for updates from The Atlanta Journal Constitution. 
  • June 1 marks the official start of the hurricane season. At the same time, a storm, which may develop into the third named storm of the year, is starting to churn. If the weather pattern continues, the storm would be named Cristobal. The National Weather Service is watching an area over southern Mexico. Experts say it has an 80% chance of developing, CNN reported. It had been named Tropical Storm Amanda when it developed in the Pacific but had dissipated. It is now in the Atlantic Ocean basin, hence the potential name of Cristobal, CNN reported. There have already been two named storms that developed in May before the official start of the season, WTVJ reported. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said 2020 will be an above-normal year with between 13 and 19 named storms, six to 10 will be hurricanes and three to six will be major hurricanes with at least 111 mph winds. Hurricane season runs until Nov. 30.