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Coronavirus: Saskatchewan invests additional $33M into mental health services

Mental health services and supports are readily available to Saskatchewan residents who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Missing Endangered Advisory for Gallup Police Department- Shyanna Keams and Colin Torrez

Gallup, NM - The following is information for the distribution of a Missing Endangered Advisory from the Gallup Police Department. Please refer all media inquiries to the Gallup Police Department at (505) 722-2231.

The Gallup Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating Shyanna Keams and Colin Torrez. Shyanna is a Native American female, 19-years-old, 5’2” tall, 126 pounds, with brown eyes, and black hair with blonde highlights. She is believed to have her 3-month-old son Colin with her. Both were last seen last seen on March 28, 2020 around 4:00 p.m. at 1712 East Mesa in Gallup, NM. Shyanna was last seen wearing black yoga pants and a pink short sleeve shirt. Colin was last seen wearing a blue and yellow stripped onesie. Shyanna Keams and Colin Torrez are MISSING and are believed to be in DANGER if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico MISSING ENDANGERED ADVISORY is asked to call the Gallup Police Department at (505) 722-2231 or dial 911.


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Lambeth murder probe as man and woman stabbed to death

Six people have been arrested after a man and woman were found dead in Lambeth, London.


Lambeth murder probe as man and woman stabbed to death

Six people have been arrested after a man and woman were found dead in Lambeth, London.


6 feet may not be enough distance to stop the spread of coronavirus, experts say

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most government and scientific officials have repeatedly stressed the importance of people maintaining a distance of at least six feet between each another in public. Those officials include Colorado governor Jared Polis, along with the state Department of Public Health and Environment, who have consistently stressed maintaining that specific distance through a variety of unique examples.

But a group of global experts in aerosol science are sounding the alarm that current guidelines and regulations —  including the widely-acknowledged six-foot rule — may not be enough to keep individuals safe in public settings.

The group of 37 scientists across the globe, including a CU-Boulder chemistry professor, are in discussions with the World Health Organization to encourage it to recognize the potential importance of airborne transmission of COVID-19. The group also is suggesting other measures to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“(The) WHO already recommends wearing respiratory protection such as N95 masks for health care workers performing aerosol-generating procedures,” said Jose Jimenez, a professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado specializing in aerosol science. “But they have failed to recognize that regular breathing is a well-established aerosol-generating procedure, which is increased by talking or heavier breathing, such as when exercising.”

Jimenez’s reasoning is rooted in the thought that the virus can spread through airborne droplets in addition to direct transmission, like coughing and sneezing.

“The best analogy is when someone is smoking tobacco or marijuana,” Jimenez said. “Think about how many times you have walked by people and smelled tobacco or pot smoke that someone else had exhaled. Often, those people were farther than six feet.

“If that happens, we are inhaling the contents of someone’s lungs with limited dilution. Then we could inhale enough viruses to get sick, if the person exhaling the air was sick. Therefore, the six-foot rule, while useful, is not enough. We have to imagine that everyone we cross paths with is smoking, and we want to make sure that we never smell their smoke. So we want to keep larger distances, especially indoors or with light winds, or if they are upwind of us.

“Personally, I’ve been trying to keep at least 25 feet from anyone outdoors.”

Kimberly Prather, a professor of environmental chemistry at the University of California San Diego, agreed with  Jimenez’s recommendations.

“Air is not stagnant outdoors, especially at the beach, so it can carry aerosols further than six feet,” Dr. Prather said. “So, I am not comfortable with the six-foot outdoors rule in a densely populated area.”

Of particular worry to some experts is the possibility that runners and joggers could be susceptible to spreading the virus. When a person breathes, they emit small droplet aerosols. When those are exhaled outdoors, those droplets are smaller and don’t settle as quickly as they do indoors, increasing the possibility of transmission from infected individuals.

“If runners and joggers are breathing hard, it could cause any virus released in their breath to travel farther if they are infected,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech University, who researches the airborne transport of infectious diseases. “It wouldn’t hurt for them to maintain a greater distance.”

Marr, who is part of the group of 37 scientists petitioning the WHO for stricter regulations, suggests that people outdoors may be better off maintaining a distance closer to 10 feet.

A final key unanimous point of agreement among the group of professors is the public need for masks, and it appears those suggestions could be implemented in the near future.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key figure on the White House’s coronavirus task force, said on Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at recommending the use of masks in public “very carefully”.

That would be welcomed by Jimenez and his colleagues, a group which is unanimous in suggesting that members of the public wear masks when they have to go to a store.

“If I go to the store, I wear an N95 mask. Everyone should be doing this in public at this point from my view,” Prather said. “If we reduce the spread of the virus, this is our main hope right now. Once we have testing, we can more intelligently figure out who should stay home, who has already been infected, etc. Unfortunately, we are forced to be extra cautious right now as we are literally flying blind.”


6 feet may not be enough distance to stop the spread of coronavirus, experts say

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most government and scientific officials have repeatedly stressed the importance of people maintaining a distance of at least six feet between each another in public. Those officials include Colorado governor Jared Polis, along with the state Department of Public Health and Environment, who have consistently stressed maintaining that specific distance through a variety of unique examples.

But a group of global experts in aerosol science are sounding the alarm that current guidelines and regulations —  including the widely-acknowledged six-foot rule — may not be enough to keep individuals safe in public settings.

The group of 37 scientists across the globe, including a CU-Boulder chemistry professor, are in discussions with the World Health Organization to encourage it to recognize the potential importance of airborne transmission of COVID-19. The group also is suggesting other measures to help reduce the spread of the virus.

“(The) WHO already recommends wearing respiratory protection such as N95 masks for health care workers performing aerosol-generating procedures,” said Jose Jimenez, a professor of chemistry at the University of Colorado specializing in aerosol science. “But they have failed to recognize that regular breathing is a well-established aerosol-generating procedure, which is increased by talking or heavier breathing, such as when exercising.”

Jimenez’s reasoning is rooted in the thought that the virus can spread through airborne droplets in addition to direct transmission, like coughing and sneezing.

“The best analogy is when someone is smoking tobacco or marijuana,” Jimenez said. “Think about how many times you have walked by people and smelled tobacco or pot smoke that someone else had exhaled. Often, those people were farther than six feet.

“If that happens, we are inhaling the contents of someone’s lungs with limited dilution. Then we could inhale enough viruses to get sick, if the person exhaling the air was sick. Therefore, the six-foot rule, while useful, is not enough. We have to imagine that everyone we cross paths with is smoking, and we want to make sure that we never smell their smoke. So we want to keep larger distances, especially indoors or with light winds, or if they are upwind of us.

“Personally, I’ve been trying to keep at least 25 feet from anyone outdoors.”

Kimberly Prather, a professor of environmental chemistry at the University of California San Diego, agreed with  Jimenez’s recommendations.

“Air is not stagnant outdoors, especially at the beach, so it can carry aerosols further than six feet,” Dr. Prather said. “So, I am not comfortable with the six-foot outdoors rule in a densely populated area.”

Of particular worry to some experts is the possibility that runners and joggers could be susceptible to spreading the virus. When a person breathes, they emit small droplet aerosols. When those are exhaled outdoors, those droplets are smaller and don’t settle as quickly as they do indoors, increasing the possibility of transmission from infected individuals.

“If runners and joggers are breathing hard, it could cause any virus released in their breath to travel farther if they are infected,” said Linsey Marr, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech University, who researches the airborne transport of infectious diseases. “It wouldn’t hurt for them to maintain a greater distance.”

Marr, who is part of the group of 37 scientists petitioning the WHO for stricter regulations, suggests that people outdoors may be better off maintaining a distance closer to 10 feet.

A final key unanimous point of agreement among the group of professors is the public need for masks, and it appears those suggestions could be implemented in the near future.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key figure on the White House’s coronavirus task force, said on Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at recommending the use of masks in public “very carefully”.

That would be welcomed by Jimenez and his colleagues, a group which is unanimous in suggesting that members of the public wear masks when they have to go to a store.

“If I go to the store, I wear an N95 mask. Everyone should be doing this in public at this point from my view,” Prather said. “If we reduce the spread of the virus, this is our main hope right now. Once we have testing, we can more intelligently figure out who should stay home, who has already been infected, etc. Unfortunately, we are forced to be extra cautious right now as we are literally flying blind.”


Nearly 200 rolls of toilet paper found inside a stolen SUV, California police say

Officers in Beverly Hills, California, got a surprise Tuesday when they searched a stolen SUV, a police department Instagram post says. Police found 192 rolls of toilet paper inside the … Click to Continue »


Colorado’s coronavirus school closures extended through April 30

Colorado’s schools are now closed through at least April 30 as the state pushes for residents to stay in their homes in a bid to fight the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Jared Polis announced in a Wednesday news conference.

Two weeks ago, Polis mandated all public and private schools in the state close to in-person learning through April 17.

Since then, Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective through April 11. On Tuesday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said he will extend the city’s stay-at-home order through April 30.

With school doors closed, districts across the state turned to remote learning to keep students engaged with districts launching online schooling and testing out distance-style curriculum.



‘Our province has run out of time’: Nfld premier makes plea to Trudeau amid coronavirus and budget crisis

Premier Dwight Ball tells Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Newfoundland and Labrador would be unable to pay its bills without immediate federal assistance. 


Co-owner of cab company in Fredericton speaks out after driver tests positive for coronavirus

The driver showed symptoms after he got someone from the airport on March 18th.


Inslee appoints Elisabeth Tutsch to the Yakima County Superior Court

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Elisabeth Tutsch today to the Yakima County Superior Court. She replaces Judge Michael McCarthy, who resigned in February 2020, due to serious health issues.


Three more cases of COVID-19 in Kingston region, total up to 46

KFL&A Public Health has identified three more cases of COVID-19 in their catchment area.


Coronavirus: Ontario ‘adjusting the list’ of essential businesses amid calls for expanded closures

"We're going to be adjusting that list. You'll hear that in the next day or so," Premier Doug Ford said.


Countries opt for phone tracking amid coronavirus — should Canada?

The worsening pandemic has drawn a new focus on more invasive, but powerful, tools to flatten the curve: people's phones.


‘No plans’ to staff Ottawa cops on bridges as Gatineau police enforce new Quebec travel limits

"We don't believe on this side that it's necessary," Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said on Wednesday.


Madison police searching for missing teen

MADISON, Ala. – Madison police are searching for a 15-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen in more than a week.

Aaliyah McCoy was last seen at her home March 23, according to the Madison Police Department. Police said it was reported to them that she left home without her parents’ permission.

McCoy could be in Madison or in the Jefferson County area, according to police.

Anyone who has seen her is asked to contact police either at 256-722-7100, investigations at 256-772 5616 or at tellmpd@madisonal.gov.


Three-vehicle crash kills one, closes I-76

One person was killed in a three-vehicle crash on eastbound I-76 Wednesday morning, leaving the eastbound lanes closed near I-270.

Colorado State Patrol received a call about a crash at 11:42 a.m., Trooper Josh Lewis said. The crash involved a 2008 Mazda Sedan, a 2016 Chevy van and a 2016 Dodge pickup truck. The Mazda driver, who has not been identified, was declared dead at the scene.

The Chevy van driver was transported to a hospital with injuries that are believed to be minor, Lewis said. The pickup driver showed no serious injuries and was not taken to a hospital. Tow trucks responded to the scene, but there is no estimated time for the eastbound lanes to reopen.

The crash remains under investigation by the state patrol.


Colorado securing medical supplies for coronavirus surge since feds can’t keep up, Gov. Jared Polis says

Faced with a global supply chain crisis, Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday said Colorado is taking aggressive steps to get critical protective supplies on its own to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, while the head of the state’s COVID-19 response outlined Colorado’s ambitious undertaking to prepare for a surge in patients that could begin this month.

Colorado has gone straight to China for millions of masks and gloves, hundreds of thousands of gowns, tens of thousands of face shields and hundreds of ventilators as the federal government works to increase domestic production, Polis said in a news conference.

“In a matter of a month or two months, masks will flowing out of our ears,” the governor said. “But that doesn’t help us for what we need next week and the week after. Since the feds won’t come through, we have taken it on ourselves.”

The state is still woefully lacking in personal protection equipment from the federal government — and has received zero ventilators, Polis showed in a PowerPoint slide.

These supplies are needed now because the surge in patients is coming — and it’s only a matter of when it happens, Polis said. The state estimates that the high point in hospitalizations could come anywhere between April and July.

Scott Bookman, the state’s incident commander for COVID-19, gave specific numbers and deadlines on a list of “wildly important goals” that the state needs to hit in order to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed:

  • The total number of Tier 1 critical care beds needs to go from 1,849 to 5,000 by April 18
  • Total number of Tier 3 surge beds (located in arenas, warehouses, stadiums) needs to increase from 0 to 2,000 by April 18
  • Total number of non-acute Tier 4 surge beds (dorm rooms, hotel rooms, other lodging) needs to increase from 0 to 10,000 by May 15

“This plan, plus drastic social distancing measures, will allow us to deal with the surge,” Bookman said.

Polis on Wednesday also announced he would be extending school closures through April 30 throughout the state, consistent with federal guidance. He previously said it’s unlikely schools will return at all this school year. Districts have begun the switch to remote learning.

The governor continued to urge people to avoid going to mountain communities — either to stay at a second home or to recreate — because the high country simply can’t handle more patients.

“This is not a vacation,” Polis said, mirroring a phrase he has used throughout the outbreak. “This is a pandemic.”

Polis also announced 77 people have now died of COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness causes by the virus. Another 612 have been hospitalized and 3,338 people confirmed with the illness. Nearly 19,000 people have been tested, with Polis touting Colorado as having one of the highest rates of testing in the country.

Throughout the outbreak, Polis and health officials have acknowledged that the number of cases announced is far lower than actual totals due to the lack of mass testing, which the state’s Innovation Response Team Task Force is working toward.

The governor on Monday said the closure of bars and restaurants two weeks ago appears to have slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus, saying the state’s case count went from doubling every two days to now doubling nearly every five. The effects from the statewide stay-at-home order, which began last Thursday, won’t be seen for at least another week, he said.

While April 11 marks the end of the state’s stay-at-home mandate, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday said he would extend his city’s order until April 30. The move came after President Donald Trump this week pushed back federal social distancing guidelines until that same date.

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New California coronavirus guidance: Masks might help, but no substitute for staying home

Some evidence shows wearing a face covering may reduce spread of coronavirus, but masks are still no substitute for physical distancing, California’s top public health official said Wednesday, outlining new … Click to Continue »


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TD call centre employee in Halifax tests positive for COVID-19

The employee, who was granted anonymity to protect their job, tells Global News they first learned of the confirmed case at the TD call centre on Mumford Road last week through a fellow colleague.


Fresno mayor closes public parks for Easter weekend as coronavirus threat grows

Fresno Mayor Lee Brand on Wednesday announced the closure of all city parks on Easter Weekend, as the state continues to see a rise in the spread of the coronavirus. … Click to Continue »


Bruce Power donates 600,000 pieces of protective equipment for Ontario health care workers

Bruce Power, Canada's only private nuclear generator, says the donation of gloves, masks and gowns is intended for health-care workers across the province.


California company to donate 6 million of eggs to ease coronavirus burden

NuCal Foods, an egg distributor based in Ripon, California, is donating 6 million of them to nonprofits strained by the coronavirus emergency. The eggs will go to shelters, soup kitchens … Click to Continue »


Coronavirus: Social distancing plea by family after boy, 13, died

Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab's family appeals to the public to protect the NHS and save lives.


University of California cuts SAT/ACT requirements for 2021 college applicants

The University of California eased admission requirements for incoming freshman and transfer students affected by the coronavirus pandemic by removing SAT requirements and accepting pass/no pass grading. The 10-campus institution … Click to Continue »


How the coronavirus pandemic is affecting food security in Canada

How is the COVID-19 affecting those experiencing food insecurity? Are more people going to become food insecure? Here's a look at what's going on.


Coronavirus: B.C. woman files class action against Canadian airlines over cancelled flights

The lawsuit claims that instead of offering refunds, the companies are unfairly offering two-year flight credits with a variety of restrictions.


Coronavirus: Can Canada get front-line health workers what they need before it’s too late?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the federal government has been quick to reassure everyone there is enough personal protective equipment, despite pleas for more.


Third coronavirus-related death recorded in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has recorded its third death due to complications from COVID-19.


Coronavirus: Saskatoon lab tests potential vaccine on ferrets

VIDO-InterVac said it has isolated the coronavirus in its lab and generated a vaccine that it's now testing on ferrets.


Coronavirus pandemic forces Waterloo region, municipalities to extend closures into May

Waterloo residents will be asked to stay away from playgrounds and other amenities for a while longer.


Ottawa Senators say 4 more members of organization tested positive for COVID-19

The team did not specify if the additional cases were players, coaches or other members of Ottawa's staff.


Coronavirus: Nottinghamshire ‘lock-in’ pub closed under new laws

The Blue Bell in Sutton-in-Ashfield has also had its stock removed after the licensee served drinks.


Chairman Dale Strong: People know what’s at stake, as White House predicts more than 100,000 virus deaths

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The White House projected between 100,000 to 240,000 people could die in the United States from the coronavirus. Madison County leaders said today they believe people recognize the seriousness of the situation.

“I think the people understand what’s at stake. I think that we’re doing everything possible to stop the progression of this. I think that our healthcare workers and our first responders on the frontline are doing a phenomenal job,” said Madison County Chairman Dale Strong.

“At this point, I think every community in the country needs to really focus on the area that they can control and the things they can control to try to minimize the impact on that community,” Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said. “I think we’re doing that, I think we need to continue to do that. Hopefully, they’ll be wrong. Hopefully, that number will be far less than that. I would not be surprised by that number.”

Spillers said 400 people were tested in Madison County Tuesday. A total of 6,198 patients have been tested across system hospitals with a current 2.4 percent positive rate in North Alabama. Madison County has eight in-patients, none are on ventilators, according to Spillers. He added five in-patients have been discharged.

There are currently 44 patients in Madison County hospitals with cases under investigation — that is, people waiting for tests — and Spillers said that number has stayed pretty consistent as patients cycle in and out.

Spillers also updated an issue he had complained about on Monday.

The problem, he said Monday, was that Huntsville Hospital has the ability to conduct testing in its own lab, but was not being provided needed equipment from vendor Roche Diagnostics Corp. After Monday’s press briefing Roche told WHNT News 19 it was addressing the issue.

Spillers said today, “Roche stepped up” and the Huntsville Hospital lab will be able to begin in-house lab work on the COVID-19 samples starting Monday. Spillers said he expects they can test 200 samples a day, with patients getting results within 24 hours.

Spillers said a new policy will be implemented at Huntsville Hospital and Crestwood Medical Center requiring anyone in the hospitals to wear a mask. He said they are acquiring the masks to start enforcing the policy. He added Toyota will help produce face shields for hospitals and health care workers.

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Huntsville Census Liaison Connie Graham reminded the community Wednesday marked Census Day. She encouraged people to fill out the form online. The deadline to complete the questionnaire was pushed back to August 14.


Clear Creek County warns trail users that emergency rescues could be “significantly delayed”

Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies began posting bulletins at trailheads on Wednesday, warning backcountry users that emergency rescues could be “significantly delayed” because of the strain the coronavirus is putting on law enforcement, search and rescue teams, and emergency medical responders.

Clear Creek County is a popular playground for Front Range backcountry skiers with destinations that include Jones Pass, Berthoud Pass, Loveland Pass — all of which fall on the Continental Divide  — as well as Herman Gulch, Stevens Gulch and four fourteeners (Mount Evans, Mount Bierstadt, Grays and Torreys peaks.

The bulletins also bear the logo of the Alpine Rescue Team, a volunteer group that conducts search and rescue operations in Clear Creek as well as two neighboring counties, Jefferson and Gilpin.

“Plan ahead and be prepared for any eventuality, including extended rescue times and the potential of an uncomfortable night out,” the bulletins say. “Carry the ’10 essentials’ (of backcountry survival), do not participate in activities that are high risk or those which exceed your equipment or capabilities. Also watch the weather as things can change quickly during this time of the year.”

The bulletins stops short of closing the trails.

“Look, we want you to get outside and recreate,” Clear Creek County Undersheriff Bruce Snelling told The Denver Post by phone on Wednesday. “We prefer that you do it in your own neighborhood, don’t come up here and congregate. And certainly, if you’re up here, adhere to the social distancing requirements. And, again, be prepared if you get stuck back there. It could be a delayed response, and we could have other issues because of the pandemic.”

RELATED: Backcountry skiers concerned about safety after sudden influx of novices

A whole chain of problematic events could occur when a backcountry rescue takes place during the coronavirus crisis.

“When we go out there, it’s not that we send one person,” Snelling said. “It takes multiple people to effect a rescue out of the backcountry. And everybody has to use (personal protective equipment) gear. Well, PPE gear for us is a one-time use issue. We will use up that PPE gear, then turn around and get another call and have to re-glove and re-mask and go back out there. If somebody has to be transported out with an ambulance, that’s a paramedic and an EMT on an ambulance that have to use their PPE gear. They end up having to decontaminate the ambulance afterward, taking those guys out of service.

“And that’s if just one person gets hurt,” he said. “If we get an avalanche and there’s a half a dozen people buried, that will call for a bigger response, exposing more people, creating more problems.”

The Sheriff in neighboring Grand County posted similar bulletins last week. Grand County includes the north side of Berthoud Pass, which has attracted many backcountry skiers in recent days. Clear Creek County is on the south side of the pass.

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Why health experts aren’t warning about coronavirus in food

NEW YORK — Chicken with salmonella can make you sick. So can romaine lettuce with E. coli and buffets with lurking norovirus. So why aren’t health officials warning people about eating food contaminated with the new coronavirus?

The answer has to do with the varying paths organisms take to make people sick.

Respiratory viruses like the new coronavirus generally attach to cells in places like the lungs. Germs like norovirus and salmonella can survive the acid in stomachs, then multiply after attaching to cells inside people’s guts.

“Specializing in what tissues to attach to is typically part of the disease’s strategy to cause illness,” according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC and other experts note that the virus is new and still being studied. But they say there’s no evidence yet that COVID-19 sickens people through their digestive systems, though the virus has been detected in the feces of infected people.

How these germs spread also differs.

Respiratory viruses like the flu and the new coronavirus spread mainly through person-to-person contact and air droplets from coughing, sneezing or other flying saliva.

Germs that make people sick through food cause symptoms like diarrhea. In some cases, germs in the feces can capitalize on poor hygiene to jump from people’s hands to whatever else they touch.

That’s why it’s so important for food workers to stay home when they are sick with digestive illnesses: There’s a big risk the restaurant could end up sickening lots of people.

When it comes to food and COVID-19, experts say the biggest risk is contact in grocery stores with other customers and employees, rather than anything you eat. It’s why stores are limiting the number of people they let in, asking customers to practice social distancing and using tape to mark how far apart people should stand.

The new virus can survive on some surfaces, so experts say to keep your hands to yourself as much as possible and to avoid touching your face when shopping. After unpacking your groceries at home, the CDC suggests washing your hands.

It may be harder for viruses to survive on food itself.

“It’s a porous surface. The chances of anything surviving or coming out of it are small,” said Alison Stout, an expert in infectious diseases and public health at Cornell University.

As for the coronavirus being found in the stool of infected people, the CDC notes that it’s not known whether the germs found there can actually sicken someone. Stout said the presence of the virus in the stool is more likely a reflection of systemic infection, rather than its ability to survive the digestive tract.

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Census participation more important than ever, Ivey says

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey says even though people's attention may be on the coronavirus outbreak, it's more important than ever that they participate in this year's census.

Ivey said Wednesday that Alabamians need to participate or risk losing representation in Congress, as well as millions of dollars in funding that is derived from the census. She said this year's participation rate needs to exceed the 72 percent participation rate recorded in 2010.

"The COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance of state representation on a national level," Ivey said. "If we lose a representative due to a low Census count, that would mean one less voice advocating for Alabama’s needs during critical times in the future."

Alabamians can participate in the 10-question Census online at www.my2020Census.gov, by phone at 1-844-330-2020 or by paper form — all without coming into contact with a Census taker.

The Census has changed some of its scheduling and policies due to the spread of COVID-19.


Coronavirus prompts some Canadian insurance companies to go digital

Sun Life Canada president Jacques Goulet knew his insurance business had a virtual care program offering online visits with medical professionals to help such people, but saw COVID-19 as an opportunity to do more.


Sacramento health officials target coronavirus ‘bad actors’ — 24 infected at one church

Sacramento County code enforcement officers will fan out Wednesday to 23 businesses identified by citizens as “bad actors” who have continued group activities or kept stores open despite a county … Click to Continue »


Pursuit leads to drug arrest in Idaho Falls

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District 6 1540 Foote Dr.

Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828

(208) 528-3400 FAX: (208) 528-3485

For Immediate Release: 04/01/2020 12:55 p.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 6:16 p.m., Idaho State Police was involved in a vehicle pursuit in Idaho Falls beginning at Broadway and I15. Jordan Lucas, 26, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, was driving a 1994 Honda Civic. Lucas refused to pull over during a traffic stop and a pursuit ensued. A P.I.T. maneuver was utilized and Lucas fled from the vehicle on foot for a short time. Lucas resisted arrest and troopers used a taser to subdue him.

Lucas was transported the East Idaho Regional Medical Center and was medically cleared for transporting to the jail. He was then transported to the Bonneville County Jail. Lucas was charged with felony fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, felony possession of heroin and felony possession of methamphetamine.

Lucas was also charged with resisting and obstructing officers, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.

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California schools unlikely to reopen this academic year

California schools should plan on teaching from afar for the rest of the academic year because it's unlikely the coronavirus will allow them to reopen before summer, according to the … Click to Continue »


Police in Princeton, B.C., issue warning following report of person impersonating health official

Princeton RCMP say a man reportedly posed as an employee from Interior Health and contacted a local senior who had had a prior medical incident.


Watch live: California Gov. Gavin Newsom gives coronavirus update

California Governor Gavin Newsom will give a coronavirus update at noon Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The news conference will be livestreamed on Facebook and Twitter. You can watch it here: … Click to Continue »


Devin Nunes calls California coronavirus plan ‘way overkill’ the same day Trump praises it

On the same day President Donald Trump praised California’s efforts to contain the new coronavirus, Rep. Devin Nunes in a TV interview called the state’s decision to close schools “way … Click to Continue »


Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe donating his pay increase to charities amid COVID-19 pandemic

Scott Moe is hoping other members of the legislative assembly will follow suit.


FDA requests removal of Zantac from market

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WANE) — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday issued a request for the removal of all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs commonly known as Zantac from the market.

According to the FDA, this is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications, including Zantac. The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity. As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or OTC use in the U.S.

The FDA is also advising consumers taking Zantac to stop taking any tablets or liquid they currently have, dispose of them properly and not buy more. Those who wish to continue treating their condition should consider using other approved OTC products.

Patients taking prescription ranitidine should speak with their health care professional about other treatment options before stopping the medicine, as there are multiple drugs approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine that do not carry the same risks from NDMA. To date, the FDA’s testing has not found NDMA in famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec).

The FDA recommends patients and consumers not take their medicines to a drug take-back location but follow the specific disposal instructions in the medication guide or package insert or follow the agency’s recommended steps, which include ways to safely dispose of these medications at home.


VSP Middlesex/Theft

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A301388 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Casey Ross                              STATION: VSP Middlesex                 CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 4/1/2020 INCIDENT LOCATION: Vermont Route 14, Woodbury VIOLATION: Theft   SUMMARY OF INCIDENT:


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VSP Middlesex/Single Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20A301385                                      RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Casey Ross STATION: Middlesex                     CONTACT#: 802-229-9191   DATE/TIME: 4/1/2020/0824 hours STREET: U.S Route 2 TOWN: East Montpelier LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Muddy Brook


For increased flexibility, Jefferson County sheriff gives local police officers jurisdiction over entire county

City boundaries no longer matter for local police officers in Jefferson County.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader on Tuesday deputized all local police officers in his county, like those who work for Lakewood or Golden, meaning they now have jurisdiction in the entire county. The move, effective through May 31, is meant to give law enforcement agencies more flexibility should they see staffing shortages due to COVID-19.

“Cops can be cops countywide now,” said Mike Taplin, spokesman for Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. “We can all help each other out.”

For example, an Arvada police officer could fill in at the sheriff’s office if it were short on staff. Or if the Jefferson County jail were short on deputies, a patrol deputy with previous experience in the jail could work in the facility and a Lakewood police officer could fill the patrol slot.

Taplin said he didn’t know if such a measure had been used before in the face of an emergency. But local law enforcement participating in regional SWAT teams are deputized so they can be deployed anywhere, he said.

The change comes as a Jefferson County deputy assigned to the jail tested positive for COVID-19 late Tuesday night. Taplin said he didn’t know the last day that the deputy was in the jail but that the sheriff’s office is working with public health officials on next steps.

One jail inmate was tested for COVID-19, but the test came back negative, Taplin said.

Twenty employees stationed at the jail were quarantined due to symptoms or possible exposure to the coronavirus, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Jenny Fulton said Monday. Thirty-one inmates were isolated as a precaution, include two with potential symptoms linked to COVID-19.



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The number of people locked up in Colorado’s biggest jails has dropped by nearly a third as county sheriffs continue mitigating the risk of coronavirus spreading inside their facilities.

The total population of the 15 largest county jails in Colorado dropped to 7,708 on Friday, 31% less than the combined average daily population of 11,002 the facilities reported in January, according to data collected by the ACLU of Colorado and provided to The Denver Post. Some jail’s populations have dipped to low numbers not seen for more than a decade.

The plummeting populations are the result of efforts by law enforcement, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys in some jurisdictions to keep as many people as possible out of the jails. But the decrease in population won’t adequately prevent the coronavirus until there’s enough space in the jails for the facilities to truly practice social distancing, said Rebecca Wallace, staff attorney at the ACLU of Colorado.

Jails are particularly vulnerable to the spread of the coronavirus, medical professionals, civil rights advocates and some law enforcement have said. Inmates and staff often cannot stay six feet apart. Those locked up often share cells and sleep feet from each other. Unlike prisons, where people serve years-long sentences, people are booked in and released daily in jails. In the last three months of 2019, about 53,000 people were booked into the Colorado’s jails and a similar number released, according to state data.

Gov. Jared Polis last week issued guidance that Colorado’s criminal justice system should work to reduce the number of people detained across the state while maintaining public safety. The guidance is not mandatory, however, and the success of jail depopulation varies by local jurisdiction.

“It’s not uniform across the state in a way that we’d like to see,” Denise Maes, public policy director for the ACLU, said. “We’d hope to see even greater depopulation numbers as time goes on.”

Historic drops

Some jails have lowered their populations by placing some inmates on ankle monitors and releasing them to home detention. Many have relied on law enforcement to issue more summons in lieu of arresting suspects, restricting the number of new book-ins. Most of the large jails have seen their populations drop nearly every day of the past week.

The Jefferson County jail saw the largest decrease of the 15 facilities. Its population dropped to 747 on Monday, a 43% decrease from the average daily population of 1,303 it reported in January. Similar populations haven’t been seen in the county since 2004, according to data from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The county reduced its population by releasing some inmates with less than 50% of their sentences left and lowering bonds when possible so that an inmate could be released without paying any money.

“Although these actions have succeeded in reducing our inmate population significantly in the past week, they are by no means a success,” Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader said in a letter last week. “Instead, they are unpalatable for us and unpopular for the public. But during this unprecedented crisis we have to be socially responsible in how we enforce the law, protect the public, and serve our citizens, including those in our care and custody.”

Denver’s jail population saw the second-largest decrease. It dropped by 37% to 1,302 on Sunday from the average daily population of 2,060 it reported to state authorities for the previous year. Denver city officials announced Monday that an inmate at the downtown jail had tested positive for COVID-19 — the first jail inmate in the state to test positive.

Other counties have seen their jail populations drop less drastically, like Weld, Washington and Douglas, according to the ACLU’s data.

The Weld County jail’s population has fallen 15% from its average daily population of 754 to the 639 inmates recorded Monday. The jail is at 85% of capacity, but Weld County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joe Moylan said the facility has enough space should inmates need to be quarantined. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams did not have time for an interview Tuesday, Moylan said.

“We feel that if COVID-19 does show up in the jail, with all the extra capacity we have, we feel we have a lot of flexibility,” Moylan said.

There are no discussions of releasing inmates early from the jail, Moylan said, though there is a plan to quarantine should an inmate test positive for COVID-19. The jail, located in the county with the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths, is screening inmates as they are booked into the facility and holding new arrestees in dedicated housing units so they can be observed before adding them to the general population, he said. The jail has tested two inmates for COVID-19 and both tests came back negative.

“We’ve got these guys and girls spaced out as much as possible,” Moylan said.

Simply having a plan to quarantine isn’t enough if there’s no room in a jail to follow the federal social distancing guidelines, Wallace of the ACLU said. The ACLU and other criminal justice groups are calling on the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court to order the release of some inmates, Wallace said. The New Jersey Supreme Court issued such an order, releasing about 1,000 jail inmates with the stroke of a pen.

“Where is the statewide judicial leadership for a pandemic that knows no geographic boundaries,” Wallace said.



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Dolly Parton announces $1 million donation to Vanderbilt for COVID-19 research

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) – Dolly Parton announced on Twitter Wednesday that she is donating $1 million to Vanderbilt for research on a cure for the coronavirus.

In her tweet, Dolly says Dr. Naji Abumrad has informed her they are making advancements on research for a cure at Vanderbilt.

Dolly encourages anyone who can afford it to make donations for the research.


Backcountry skiers concerned about safety after sudden influx of novices

Jon Ingerson is an avid backcountry skier who would love to be out there now as spring conditions ripen an abundant snowpack, but he’s resisting the lure of those slopes because he doesn’t trust the sort of people he might encounter on them these days.

He worries that too many of them are inexperienced in the ways of the backcountry and are uneducated in avalanche safety skills, thereby endangering others. His concern is based on what he saw at Golden’s Bentgate Mountaineering, where he is a manager, when there was a run on backcountry gear that began March 15. That was the first day Colorado ski areas were closed by order of Gov. Jared Polis.

“Usually this time of year, we’re slowing down a little bit,” Ingerson said of ski sales at the shop. “But that Sunday, it was wall to wall people getting equipment, getting boot-fitted. We didn’t do as much avy gear (avalanche safety equipment) as we should have.”

To Ingerson, that was a clue that things could get dangerous in the backcountry because of people who have never taken an avalanche safety class and lack proper avalanche equipment. For well-prepared backcountry skiers, that includes beacons that send out signals to help rescuers find buried skiers as well as shovels and search probes.

People were spending $2,000 or more for a set-up of skis, boots, bindings and climbing skins, but too many chose not to spend another $300-$350 for avalanche equipment.

“They’re making poor decisions in not buying the appropriate safety gear, which is indicative of their decision-making, and/or experience,” Ingerson said. “Those are the type of people that are going to ski right above you on a slope, not distance appropriately, and just treat it like a ski area. I could do everything right and still get in an avalanche. These people are just adding a whole other level to the equation that I can’t control.”

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Other stores saw the same crush of customers suddenly interested in backcountry skiing.

In Breckenridge, Mountain Outfitters owner Doug Bittinger said his store was “inundated” by people wanting to rent equipment on the very day the executive order closing ski areas was announced. In Dillon, Wilderness Sports owner JT Greene said rental business at his store “exploded.”

That was the weekend of March 14-15. Polis had closed the state’s ski areas for a week, an order later extended into April. Uphill skiing wasn’t yet prohibited, though, which may have fueled the run on backcountry rental gear in Summit County. Since then, uphill skiing has been banned by Summit County resorts and at most other Colorado ski areas, so people wanting to earn their turns pretty much have to do it in the backcountry.

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In Breckenridge, so many people swarmed Mountain Outfitters on March 14, the day Polis announced he was closing the ski areas, that Bittinger decided the store would need to do something the next day to limit the number of customers.

“It was crazy,” Bittinger said. “We have a small shop, 2,000 square feet, and we had tons of people in there. We were like, ‘This is just stupid. This isn’t safe.’ We made the decision, based on all the stuff that was going on in Italy, that on Sunday (the next day), we were going to close to the public, do curbside delivery, and call all of our rental gear back.”

When he got to the shop the next morning, 35 to 40 people were standing in line, wanting gear. The store is closed now, but Mountain Outfitters is selling gear through its website (no rentals), although Bittinger said sales have tapered off.

At Wilderness Sports, Greene decided “in good conscience” to stop renting backcountry gear. They still aren’t renting.

“One (part of the decision) was having that many people come through the store,” Greene said, “and two was having that many people going into the backcountry. It just didn’t feel good to us.”

Greene started selling off his demo inventory, a sale he normally conducts the first weekend of April. Concerned about the kind of people who might be eyeing the backcountry, he personally spoke to most of the customers buying backcountry gear.

“We didn’t really want to sell anything to first-timers who never had any experience, who didn’t have anybody in their family that backcountry skied,” Greene said. “We got pretty nervous about having a lot of random people new to the sport heading straight into the backcountry. We sold sixty setups, and I personally knew pretty much every person who bought a set-up.”

Wilderness is still selling gear through the store website, but like Mountain Outfitters down the road, sales have slowed.

Ski shop operators in Summit County are well aware of the concerns the mountaineering community has regarding an influx of inexperienced people in the backcountry. They also live in a county that has seen community spread of the coronavirus, while Summit County officials urge Front Range folks to stay away.

Still, the number of backcountry skiers and snowboarders remains a concern.

“We have taken a stance as a company to discourage it,” Bittinger said. “St. Anthony’s Hospital (in Frisco) is super small, there are not a lot of resources there, and we’re just trying to keep people from being injured or triggering an avalanche. There are so many more important things going on in the world right now that skiing kind of takes a back seat to all that.”

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Inslee indicó que las fuerzas del orden público brindan asesoría a las empresas y personas sobre el cumplimiento de la orden “ Stay Home, Stay Healthy”.

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Video shows Disney raising American flag inside empty Magic Kingdom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Walt Disney World President Josh D’Amaro shared video on Wednesday that shows Disney security Cast Members raising the American flag inside an empty Magic Kingdom.

“While our world looks very different today, one thing endures…the American flag still flies over Walt Disney World,” D’Amaro wrote on Instagram. “I’m inspired how our Security Cast Members continue to raise it each and every morning at Magic Kingdom while they are on duty protecting the magic. It’s a symbol that we’re still here and will not falter. I hope this inspires you as well.”

Walt Disney World recently announced its theme parks will remain closed “until further notice.”

“We will be back. Thanks to all our incredible Cast Members who continue to maintain the magic until that day. Until then, please take care of yourselves and your families. We will see you soon.”


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Tennessee nurses pray on medical center’s helipad

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A powerful moment happened Monday on the helipad at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Angela Gleaves and other staff members took a minute to pray.

“When you have a few extra minutes at work, you take time to go to the helipad and pray,” Gleaves said.

Gleaves said they prayed over the staff in their unit as well as the patients and their families. They also prayed for their colleagues taking care of patients around the world.

“It felt good to do this with some of my amazing co-workers. We could feel God’s presence in the wind. Know that you are all covered in prayer,” Gleaves said in a Facebook post.

  • Staff prays on Vanderbilt's helipad
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A Huntsville nurse is raising money to buy gift cards from locally-owned restaurants to give to health care workers who are directly caring for COVID-19 patients.

Amy Saunders started the fundraiser Saturday and has raised almost $12,000 with a goal of $15,000. She wants to help struggling local restaurants and health care workers on the front line.

Saunders is using donations to buy the gift cards and then gifting them local nurses, patient care technicians, respiratory therapists, and others providing direct care to COVID-19 patients and those being triage and screened.

The fundraiser is open until April 11th.

If you’d like to donate, click here.


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Census Day arrives with country almost paralyzed by coronavirus

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Census Day — the date used to reference where a person lives for the once-a-decade count — arrived Wednesday with a nation almost paralyzed by the spread of the novel coronavirus. But census officials vowed the job would be completed by its year-end deadline.

The virus’s spread has forced the U.S. Census Bureau to suspend field operations for a month, from mid-March to mid-April, when the hiring process would be ramping up for up to 500,000 temporary census takers. The bureau also has delayed the start of counts for the homeless and people living in group quarters like college dorms and nursing homes, and has pushed back the deadline for wrapping up the head count from the end of July to mid-August.

The Census Bureau is required by federal statute to send the president the counts that will be used to carve up congressional districts — a process known as apportionment — and draw state legislative districts by Dec. 31. Some groups are suggesting that the deadline be pushed back, though it’s currently mandated by federal law.

“We are laser-focused on the statute’s Dec. 31 deadline for apportionment counts and population counts. We will continue to assess all of our operations to see if there are any changes that need to be made,” Michael Cook, chief of the Public Information Office at the U.S. Census Bureau, said Tuesday.

The head count started in late January in rural, native villages in Alaska, but the rest of the country wasn’t able to start answering the questionnaire until the second week of March when the Census Bureau’s self-response website went live and people received notices in the mail that they could start answering the questions. But that was only a week before many governors and mayors started issuing stay-at-home orders to slow the virus’s spread, greatly hindering in-person rallies, meetings and door-knocking by activists to raise awareness about the 2020 census.

Experts say connecting with trusted community leaders in person is the best way to reach people in hard-to-count groups that may be wary of the federal government.

“There is the issue of attention. Certainly when folks are anxious about the public health issue, and kids are away from school, and they’re being away from work, it’s a concern that the census isn’t on top of people’s mind as you would want it to be,” said Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

The U.S. Census Bureau is spending $500 million on outreach efforts, including advertising, and it’s relying on more than 300,000 nonprofits, businesses, local governments and civic groups to encourage participation in their communities. Those efforts have been hamstrung by the nationwide shutdown.

Two surveys by the Pew Research Center suggest the messaging was reaching an audience — at least before the coronavirus outbreak. Pew conducted two surveys, one in early January and another in late February and early March. During that time, those who had seen or heard something about the census grew from half to two-thirds of respondents, the center survey found.

Most of the census takers won’t be sent out until late May to knock on the doors of homes where people haven’t yet answered the questions online, by telephone or by mailing back a paper questionnaire. Until then, the Census Bureau is pushing people to answer the questions so they won’t have anyone knocking on their doors in late spring and summer.

As of Monday, more than 36% of households had already answered the questions, and the Census Bureau reported this week that 40,300 temporary workers were on the payroll as of mid-March.

The 2020 census will help determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets, as well as the distribution of some $1.5 trillion in federal spending.

Researchers at the Urban Institute worry that changed accommodations made in response to the coronavirus may present a distorted picture of where people are living on Census Day. Some people have left their usual residences to move back in with parents or elderly relatives, escaped to vacation homes or had to move because they couldn’t pay rent due to lost jobs during the pandemic, they said.

Urban Institute researchers said the Census Bureau needs more processing time to identify duplicate responses and offer additional guidelines about how people should respond when the traditional recommendation to answer where you are living on April 1 is no longer clear for some. They’re asking that the Dec. 31 deadline be postponed, which would require an act of Congress.

“There’s no way reliable counts are going to be generated by the end of December,” said Robert Santos, vice president and chief methodologist at the Urban Institute. “It’s implausible.”


Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon Offense: 1300 Block of Queen Street, Northeast

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Fifth District announce an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon offense that occurred on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the 1300 block of Queen Street, Northeast.

 

At approximately 6:29 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 47 year-old Lawrence Westley Murphy, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).


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Wimbledon canceled for first time since World War II

(CNN) — This year’s Wimbledon tennis championships have been canceled by organizers because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The grass-court grand slam was due to begin on June 29 but a decision was made to scrap the event for the first time since World War II.

The number of confirmed cases has continued to rise in the UK with its government implementing lockdown measures on the entire country.

Tournament organizer the All England Club (AELTC) held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss possible options before making its announcement.

“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the well being of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen,” said AELTC chairman Ian Hewitt.

“It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars but, following thorough and extensive consideration of all scenarios, we believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships.

“And instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond. Our thoughts are with all those who have been and continue to be affected by these unprecedented times.”

AELTC had already ruled out the possibility of playing the tournament behind closed doors and had said that postponing the tournament would be difficult give the short window available for grass court tennis.

The French Open, due to start on May 18, has already been pushed back until September, while all professional tennis has been suspended until further notice.

Sport has been severely impacted by the global pandemic. The Olympics — set to be held in Tokyo this summer — has also been postponed.


Child abducted during triple murder; AMBER Alert issued in Georgia

 Bibb County (WGCL) — The Bibb County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who they say fatally shot three people and then kidnapped his son.

According to a press release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s office, the fatal shooting happened Tuesday night in the 500 block of Moreland Avenue.

Police responded to the scene and found three people fatally shot and a woman suffering from a gunshot injury, official wrote.

The press release stated,” it was reported that there was an altercation between Zamien Lamar Crockett Jr., 29, and his child’s mother, Jamila Augustine French, 30. During the altercation Crockett pulled a firearm and shot French’s mother and step-father and sister killing them.”

After the reported shooting, Crocket left the scene with his son, King Crane Crockett, 2.

After the reported shooting, Caesar drove away in a black 2007 Pontiac G5 with a drive-out-tag.

Sheriff’s officials indicated Caesar has family in both Florida and California.

Caesar is described as 6’ 1”, weighing between 180 and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt and black shorts with red and white stripes on the side.

Caesar’s son was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jogging pants with a white stripe on the side, and a black and white hoddie with a blue superman logo on the front.

Caesar is facing murder and kidnapping charges and anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1.


Wimbledon cancelled due to coronavirus – where does that leave tennis in 2020?

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Kroger adds “hero bonus” to frontline workers’ pay during coronavirus outbreak

The Kroger Company has announced a “Hero Bonus” for frontline workers to reward them for working during the coronavirus outbreak, including employees at its King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado.

The Cincinnati-based supermarket chain will provide all frontline grocery, supply chain, manufacturing, pharmacy and call center associates a $2 premium above their standard base pay for hours worked March 29 through April 18, according to a company news release.

Employees will receive the premium weekly to ensure they have access to additional cash.

“Our associates have displayed the true actions of a hero, working tirelessly on the frontlines to ensure everyone has access to affordable, fresh food and essentials during this national emergency,” Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s chairman and CEO, said in the release. “The Hero Bonus is just one more way we continue to convey our thanks and gratitude not only to our existing associates but also to the more than 30,000 new hires who have joined in the past two weeks and those who will soon join the Kroger Family of Companies.”

The announcement follows a commitment by the company to provide a one-time bonus to frontline associates which will be paid on April 3.

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Lost to coronavirus: Dan Vigil, a Lafayette family man, dies

Dan Vigil had too many family members to count — don’t even try. The total has nothing to do with blood. If he cared for you, you were family.

Vigil, 68, of Lafayette, cared for most everybody and they loved him right back, his daughter Nichole Romero said.

“He never just went from the grocery store to home. He’d pass by my grandma’s house to make sure everything was OK; he stopped and talked to everybody he knew; he waved and smiled,” Romero said. “There isn’t a person I can think of that didn’t love him.”

Courtesy of Nichole Romero

Dan Vigil, 68, of Lafayette died March 22.

And now Vigil’s family is mourning his March 22 death — one of dozens in Colorado due to the new coronavirus sweeping the country.

The loss is more difficult still because the family remains separated, Romero said. Once Vigil was admitted to the hospital, they never saw him again, and they couldn’t didn’t speak with him again after he was placed on a respirator. Such is a possibility for other families in Colorado as new cases of the virus emerge.

“I’ll never see my dad again this side of heaven; that’s the hardest part,” Romero said.

But Romero and others take solace in the notion that once the pandemic settles down, the entire community will rally around her father’s memory and come together for a proper sendoff.

Elena Robles recalls her uncle’s penchant for jokes as she grew up. He’d give her a hard time by pulling her friends aside.

Courtesy of Elena Robles

Dan Vigil poses with his niece, Elena Robles.

“He’d grab his wallet, grab a five-dollar bill and hand it to them and say ‘Thank you for being her friend,’” Robles said with a laugh. “It was so embarrassing, but looking back it’s what made him him.”

But then he’d pull her aside and make sure she was doing OK at home and ask if there was anything she needed, Robles said.

“He always had a soft side, too, and not everyone got a chance to see that,” she said.

Soft, sure, but Vigil’s Sundays were set in stone, Robles noted.

“Every Sunday, like clockwork. Never failed,” Robles said. “He took my grandma to church with him, he’d be at Rosita’s afterward (for menudo soup, a side of carnitas, a Diet Coke and sopapillas to finish) and he’d always be at home for a Broncos game.”

Typically, Vigil arrived with his wife and mother, but sometimes his entire family dined in, said Pauline Gallegos, the Westminster restaurant’s owner. The schedule held for years, and the staff will miss his weekly presence.

“Not to see him again is going to be so hard when we do get back to normal,” Gallegos said. “This is just unreal.”

Vigil’s soft heart came into play often during Romero’s childhood, she recalled.

“If me or my brother got in trouble, he would pay my mom off, like buy her a comforter set, so we could be ungrounded,” Romero said.

Courtesy of Nichole Romero

Dan Vigil (left), 68, died March 22 after contracting COVID-19.

For decades Vigil worked as a lineman for CenturyLink, hanging many of the telephone cables throughout the mountains, in Boulder County and in parts of Weld County, Romero said.

Vigil was also a stubborn man who would attack a wasp nest head-on or “slap some mud” on an injury and keep going, she said.

But by Sunday March 15, he couldn’t stop coughing, and he was admitted to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette.

By Tuesday, Vigil was on a respirator and unable to communicate, Romero said. Toward the end of the week the doctors and nurses were so overwhelmed they were only able to offer the concerned family updates maybe twice a day.

“I could tell it was getting crazier and busier there,” she said. “The hardest part about this is we are a close family and nobody has ever been in the hospital or sick in my family and we haven’t rallied around them or set up shop at the hospital.”

Robles teared up thinking of a lost opportunity to call her uncle one last time.

The greatest fear, Romero said, was that her father might have died alone. She gave thanks for the medical professionals who took care to offer her father company in his last minutes.

“He actually died with nurses around him,” she said. “Even though they were so busy, they stopped and they were there with my dad for his last breath.”


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Some Alberta convicts move to house arrest to mitigate COVID-19 risk: official

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Hawaii will fine self-quarantine violators $5,000 or send them to prison

(CNN) — If you were thinking of riding out the pandemic in sunny Hawaii, think again: Anyone traveling between the state’s islands must quarantine themselves for two weeks.

And breaking that quarantine order to gulp some fresh air could earn you a hefty fine — or a prison sentence.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation on Monday that requires residents and visitors who travel between islands to quarantine themselves for 14 days.

Anyone who violates the mandatory quarantine could face up to $5,000 in fines or a year in prison, if convicted.

In this case, quarantined people cannot leave their hotel rooms or receive visitors. People traveling for health care aren’t required to quarantine themselves, though they must follow the social distancing measures laid out in a previous supplementary proclamation.

“The dangers of Covid-19 require the serious attention, effort, and sacrifice of all people in the State to avert unmanageable strains on our healthcare system and other catastrophic impacts on the State,” the recent proclamation read.

Violating social distancing is an arrestable offense

For weeks, public health officials have pleaded with the American public to stay home to prevent new coronavirus cases.

Several states are taking that seriously, and now, violating social distancing orders is an arrestable offense.

In Florida, a megachurch pastor was arrested and charged with unlawful assembly and a violation of health emergency rules for holding services for hundreds of churchgoers. A Louisiana pastor who held services and said the virus was a political ploy was hit with similar charges.

Police have broken up weddings and house parties in New Jersey and charged hosts with disorderly conduct. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said residents who violate the stay-at-home order could face a misdemeanor charge or be jailed for up to a year.


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Coronavirus-caused election delays mean a second Super Tuesday is on the schedule for June

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Thai pair jailed for trafficking more than HK$470,000 worth of ketamine in packets of coconut chips in Hong Kong

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Coronavirus in Colorado, April 1: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced Tuesday that the city’s stay-at-home order has been extended to April 30 in an effort to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Public health officials said there were 18 more deaths, bringing the state’s total to 69. There were 339 more positive cases, taking the total to 2,966. There are 509 people who have been hospitalized.

How many people have recovered from the coronavirus? Colorado says it can’t yet answer that question.

As the reality of the situation sinks in, we want to hear from you. Tell us what the coronavirus outbreak looks like for you and submit your story here.

Throughout the day, we will share the latest coverage from Denver Post journalists on the coronavirus outbreak on this page. Also, bear in mind The Denver Post relies on support from its readers to provide this in-depth coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, so please consider buying a subscription if you haven’t already.

Here are the updates for March 31.

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A fiery crash on a Texas interstate overnight involved a big rig carrying a load of toilet paper

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An 18-wheeler crashed overnight in Dallas County, Texas carrying some precious cargo – toilet paper!!

The driver and his dog were not injured – but the truck did catch fire – burning the thousands of rolls toilet paper along with it.

All lanes of I-20 westbound were closed while crews cleaned up and towed the truck away.


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A son used a bucket truck to visit his mother on the third floor of her assisted living home

(CNN) — An Ohio arborist with a bucket truck is making a strong entry for son of the year award.

Charley Adams hasn’t been able to visit his mom Julie at her Ohio assisted living home because of coronavirus restrictions, so he came up with a clever way to visit her without violating social distancing rules.

Adams owns Adams Tree Preservation in Youngstown
and like any tree service business, he has a truck with a bucket
attached to an adjustable boom for trimming hard-to-reach branches.

The
truck’s boom is tall enough to reach his 80-year-old mom’s third-floor
window, so he drove over for a visit. He said he checked with Windsor
Estates Assisted Living before he came over, and they thought it was a
neat idea.

The staff is taking great care of his mom and he
appreciates everything they’re doing to keep residents safe, but he said
it’s been tough for everyone.

“Her spirits were kind of down
because she’s used to being able to get out, go places and do things.
And so I just had the idea that I’d bring the bucket truck over,” Adams
said. “I called her, and I told her to come look out the window — and
there I was.”

They chatted about family for five or 10 minutes and
he asked if she wanted any books or movies to entertain herself, Adams
said. His wife Corrie was on the ground with their dogs, because his mom
likes to see them.

His wife took photographs of the visit, which went viral when his uncle posted them on Facebook.

Adams said he usually takes his mom out to eat twice a week, but they’ve had to keep in touch through phone calls and texts.

He said she doesn’t own a computer and isn’t on Facebook, but the viral attention has kept her busy.

“Now
with all the attention, she’s getting lots of calls from family and
friends from all over the country. And so it’s been great,” he said.

Adams planned to take the bucket truck over to see his mom again on Tuesday if he was able to finish his work on time.


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More than 50 test positive for COVID-19 at California nursing home

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YUCAIPA, Calif. (KTLA) -- A total of 51 residents and six staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus at a California nursing home, and a second resident has died, health officials said Tuesday.

Some results are still pending, but the entire Cedar Mountain Post Acute facility is assumed to be infected, Trudy Raymundo, director of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, said in an afternoon news briefing. Countywide, officials reported 183 confirmed COVID-19 cases and four deaths as of Tuesday.

Officials first became aware of the outbreak at the 99-bed facility last Thursday, when an 89-year-old woman who was recently admitted was taken to the hospital with respiratory symptoms, according to Elizabeth Tyler, a spokesperson for Cedar Mountain.

It was only after the woman was hospitalized that she tested positive, Tyler said.

Raymundo said health officials were able to expedite testing so that results were received the same day, and they gave Cedar Mountain guidance that included suspending admissions and discharges.

Another three residents of the nursing home were confirmed positive Friday, and a total of 12 cases were confirmed after test kits were delivered to the facility Saturday. The remainder of the positive results were returned Monday.

Raymundo was unsure how many people currently reside at Cedar Mountain, but she said her department collected about 79 specimens from the home. The source of the exposure there remains under investigation.

Test kits were also dropped off Saturday at a nursing home in Mentone, California, where a resident was exhibiting symptoms of the respiratory illness. But as of Tuesday, there were no confirmed positives at that facility, Raymundo said.

People 65 and older are particularly vulnerable to the deadly virus, especially if they have underlying conditions. Those who live in nursing homes are at a higher risk for severe illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says senior care facilities should restrict visits, halt volunteer programs, cancel group activities and actively screen all residents.

Cedar Mountain says its staff members are being screened upon arriving at work.

An infection preventionist with the state Department of Public Health has visited the facility to give advice on isolation measures and use of protective gear, Raymundo said.

Yucaipa Mayor David Avila said since the city is a significant retirement community, he's taking precautionary measures seriously. Fire stations are no longer open to visitors and protective gear is being used in all emergencies, after which all first responders' equipment is decontaminated.


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Starting Friday, Costco will allow no more than two people to enter any of its warehouses with each membership card.

“This temporary change is for your safety and the safety of our employees and other members, and to further assist with our social distancing efforts,” the company’s website states.

Other measures include new weekday 6:30 p.m. closing hours for many locations. Warehouses also will open from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays for members ages 60 and older and those with physical impairments.

It’s recommended that customers check their specific location for hours and guidelines ahead of time.

For more on the Costco changes and for locations, click here.

In the meantime, Home Depot has also issued some new shopping guidelines.

Stores will limit the number of customers inside at any given time. The stores will also eliminate major spring promotions to avoid high levels of traffic.

Social distancing markers have been placed at counters along with signage throughout the stores.

Store hours have been adjusted to close daily at 6 p.m. to give staff more time to perform cleaning and restock shelves. Opening hours will not change.

In addition, thermometers will be distributed to associates in stores and distribution centers, and employees will be asked to perform health checks before reporting to work.

For more on the Home Depot guidelines and for locations, click here.


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Denver weather: No fool, April snow could be on the way

Nothing says April in Denver quite like a 70-degree day followed by snow. And that’s probably what’s coming our way this week.

After a high temperature near 70 degrees on Wednesday, temperatures will plummet on Thursday, giving way to the likelihood of more spring snowfall for the Denver area on Thursday night into Friday.

A sharp cold front will drop down from the north on Wednesday night, quickly dropping temperatures and drawing in cloud cover for Thursday. After Wednesday afternoon’s high near 70, temperatures will drop by 20 or so degrees by Thursday. The mercury will struggle to reach 50 on Thursday under mainly cloudy skies during the day. Denver and points south and east may wind up with a rain shower on Thursday afternoon, perhaps mixed in with a rumble of thunder or two in a few spots.

By Thursday night, though, any rain will quickly flip over to a heavy, wet snow – similar to last Friday night’s 1-3 inch snow event across most of the metro area. The snow could fall quickly for a few hours on Thursday night, before tapering off by sunrise on Friday morning.

As far as accumulations are concerned, most of the Denver area can expect 1-3 inches of snow by the time the storm winds down on Friday morning. Because the snow will mostly come during the overnight hours, however, this week’s snow may have a better chance of sticking to roads than last week’s event.

The highest totals will likely come in the colder foothills west of the city, and in a few bands in far northeast Colorado as well. The bulk of the energy from this storm will stay well north and east of Denver, sparing most of the metro area a significant snow event.

Any snow, though, would kick off Denver’s second-snowiest month of the year with a bang. Denver averages 8.9 inches of snow each April, second only to March. Denver’s already clinched an above-average snow season, following a busy February and March that featured a combined 30 inches of snow at the city’s Stapleton Airport observation site.

After the wet snow, though, temperatures will quickly rebound back to seasonable levels this weekend. Highs will bounce back to around 60 degrees by Saturday (Denver’s average high for the first week of April is around 60), and temperatures could once again return to the low 70s by Sunday and Monday.

In other words, this week promises to be a near-perfect synopsis of April weather in Colorado: spring-like warmth, followed by a sudden reminder that spring also means snow along the Front Range.


Colorado readies guidelines for prioritizing coronavirus patient care in case of hospital overload

Colorado health officials are finalizing guidelines to help doctors on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis make the excruciating choices about how to prioritize care for COVID-19 patients should the pandemic overwhelm the capacity of the state’s hospital system.

Julie Lonborg, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Hospital Association, said the state’s medical network is currently “not anywhere near capacity” but the growing numbers of coronavirus cases in the state — the latest tally Tuesday was 2,966 cases and 509 people hospitalized with COVID-19 — could quickly change that situation.

“We have to get ready for it to be a lot of patients all at once,” Lonborg said.

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UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital at Anschutz Medical Campus is one of several hospitals working to get ready for the peak of patients due to the COVID-19 crisis on March 31, 2020 in Aurora.

That kind of surge could lead to the nightmare scenarios that have most notably played out in northern Italy, where doctors have been forced to decide which critical patients get scarce equipment and staffing to keep them alive.

“There may be dire circumstances where our resources are unable or are insufficient to provide optimal care to everyone,” said Dr. Darlene Tad-y, a physician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora who serves on the Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee, or GEEERC. “Should we reach that moment, I hope community members will feel we have done our due diligence in using the utmost sense of fairness and ethics in what we write.”

The 19-member GEEERC is in the midst of finalizing recommendations for how to put in play the Colorado Crisis Standards of Care Plan, a set of emergency protocols meant to help caregivers manage a health crisis when “demands related to patient care and public health needs radically exceed available resources.”

“This is statewide guidance on how to do triage in the most ethically defensible way,” said Dr. Matthew Wynia, director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.

It’s expected that the group will forward its report to the governor’s office in the next week to 10 days.


At the core of the guidelines is the acknowledgment that when things get desperate — like there’s a shortage of hospital beds, ventilators or medical staff — “there may be circumstances in which resources should be diverted from patients with a lower likelihood of benefit to those with a greater likelihood to benefit,” according to the 2018 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s All Hazards Internal Emergency Response and Recovery Plan.

But how those patient care priorities are determined is critical, said Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.

“We don’t want assumptions made about quality of life — that because someone has an underlying condition or a disability they have less to offer,” she said. “We don’t want them to use a disability characteristic that is not relevant to the pandemic (to deny care). It has to be scientifically based and not based on the assumption or belief about the value of someone’s life.”

According to a story published by ProPublica and the Arizona Daily Star, several disability advocacy organizations recently filed complaints with the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about wording in disaster preparedness plans for the states of Washington and Alabama.

They object to wording in Alabama’s plan, for instance, that states “persons with severe mental retardation, advanced dementia or severe traumatic brain injury may be poor candidates for ventilator support.”

Tad-y, the CU doctor who sits on GEEERC, said Colorado’s approach to critical care is not to look at categories of people but at an individual’s overall health condition and their likelihood to survive coronavirus.

“Primarily, we’re looking at the clinical status of our patients as it relates specifically to this illness,” she said.

The Seattle-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projects that Colorado will hit its peak COVID-19 cases on April 17, when it says there could be a shortage of nearly 2,000 hospital beds and nearly 500 intensive care unit beds based on the measures the state has taken so far to stem the spread of the virus. A number of efforts are underway to close that gap.

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Limited group gatherings — like access to prison stores, laundry, showers and the telephone — will be “afforded to the extent practical,” the agency said.

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Million dollars available for Jefferson County COVID-19 response

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Jefferson County has the highest number of people in Alabama with COVID-19 at 282.

Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commission made a million dollars available for emergency response.

This money was taken from the catastrophic event fund and moved to the general fund so commissioners can spend it as needed.

$80,000 will go to purchasing 55 hospital beds in case they're needed.

The county has also been searching for areas that can be converted into makeshift hospitals.

"They've got to meet some criteria that the medical community is well aware of. Which goes back to patient care. Is there sufficient power? plumbing? The ability to section off and isolate certain rooms," said Jim Coker, the Jefferson County EMA Director,

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A surge in deaths in the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. has overwhelmed the city’s permanent morgues and filled storage spaces in many hospitals to capacity. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending 85 refrigerated trucks to serve as temporary morgues, the city said.

It’s been that way for days at Brooklyn Hospital Center, where a worker Tuesday wheeled out a gurney carrying a body covered in white plastic, a forklift operator carefully raised a body into the trailer and undertakers came to claim the remains of yet another of the city’s nearly 1,000 coronavirus dead.

The hospital said in a statement that the “unprecedented crisis calls for extraordinary measures” and that extra storage is needed “to accommodate the tragic spike in deaths, placing a strain on the entire system of care — from hospitals to funeral homes.”

“Grieving families cannot quickly make arrangements, and their loved ones who have passed are remaining in hospitals longer, thus the need for this accommodation,” the hospital in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood said.

The city’s medical examiner’s office has also started operating a makeshift morgue, as it did after the Sept. 11 attacks, to provide emergency capacity as the city’s permanent facilities fill up.

The city’s coronavirus death toll more than doubled in the past four days, surging from 450 on Friday to 932 as of Tuesday morning.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia and can be fatal.

The city and FEMA have delivered refrigerated trucks to various hospitals, while the Office of Chief Medical Examiner has been guiding them on how to properly move and store bodies, officials said.

“To see the scenes of trailers out there and what they’re doing with those trailers — they’re freezers, and nobody can even believe it,” President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

At some hospitals, like Lenox Hill in Manhattan, the trailers are being parked on city streets, along sidewalks and in front of apartments. Cars and buses passed by as bodies were loaded Tuesday outside Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Cellphone videos posted on social media over the weekend drew attention to hospitals using trailers to store bodies. An image from one video of the activity outside Brooklyn Hospital Center appeared on the front page of Tuesday’s New York Post.

“It’s hard to believe this, but this is for real,” said the man shooting the video, his voice quaking. “Lord have mercy, help us Lord, this is for real.”


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‘I heard the roar’: Big earthquake hits Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A large earthquake struck north of Boise Tuesday evening, with people across a large area reporting shaking.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the magnitude 6.5 temblor struck just before 6 p.m. It was centered 73 miles (118 kilometers) northeast of Meridian, near the rural mountain town of Stanley. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

More than 2 million live in the region that could feel the Idaho quake, according to the USGS, with reports of shaking coming in from as far away as Helena, Montana, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Marcus Smith, an emergency room health unit coordinator at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, said the hospital, about 65 miles (104 kilometers) south of the epicenter, shook but the quake didn’t interfere with the treatment of any patients. The hospital in Blaine County is on the front line of Idaho’s coronavirus outbreak, in a region with the nation’s highest per-capita rates of known COVID-19 cases outside of New York City and its surrounding counties.

“It felt like a wave going through the ground, so I knew right away what it was. It just felt like waves going through the ground,” he said.

The earthquake added stress during an already tense time for the region, but Smith said everything seemed fine, for now. “Until the next one, I guess,” Smith said. “I mean, that’s what we do. We’re all good.”

Brett Woolley, the owner of Bridge Street Grill in Stanley, said he heard the earthquake coming before he felt it.

“I heard the roar, and at first it sounded like the wind but then the roar was tremendous,” Woolley said about 10 minutes after the earthquake. “The whole house was rattling, and I started to panic. I’m sitting here perfectly still and the water next to me is still vibrating.”

Dr. Lucy Jones, a seismologist at Caltech and the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Seismology, said the Idaho region has an earthquake of about this size every 30 or 40 years. The most recent one, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake near Borah Peak in 1983, killed two children in Challis and caused an estimated $12.5 million in property damage across Challis and Mackay.

That quake was along what scientists call a “normal fault,” with the quake causing vertical movement, she said. Tuesday’s quake appeared to be on an unmapped “strike-slip fault,” causing mostly horizontal movement along the fault line.

“This is one that wasn’t obvious enough to be mapped before now,” Jones said.

Unmapped faults of this size are rarer in highly populated areas like California, she said, but in sparsely populated and remote regions like central Idaho they’re less likely to cause damage and less likely to be a focus of geologists and seismologists.

Residents in the region will likely continue to feel aftershocks, she said. The area had already recorded five aftershocks within the first hours after the 6.5 earthquake.

“An aftershock is just an earthquake, but it happens at a time that doesn’t surprise us,” she said. “They do every bit as much damage.”

People in an earthquake should drop to the floor and cover their heads with their arms, she said.

“Get to the floor before the earthquake throws you there, and if you have a table nearby, get under it and hold onto it,” Jones said. “Running in an earthquake is incredibly dangerous — people die from running in an earthquake. Just get down and try to cover.”

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This story has been corrected to show the temblor struck just before 6 p.m.

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Associated Press writer Lisa Baumann in Seattle contributed to this report.


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APH says about a week-and-a-half ago, the group comprised of approximately 70 adults in their 20s left for a spring break trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on a chartered plane. Not all of those people came back on the same flight and some took commercial airlines back.

Currently, 28 of the 70 have tested positive for COVID-19, and more of them are under public health investigation. The University of Texas at Austin confirmed all 28 people who tested positive were UT students.

APH says UT Health Austin and University Health Services have made contact with every person on the trip, and all 28 people who tested positive for COVID-19 are self-isolating. Others are under quarantine while being monitored and tested, APH says.

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A city spokesperson explained that because this case is an active investigation, they can’t confirm whether these spring breakers are still in Austin now.

But UT Austin tells KXAN that because classes have now switched online at the university since March 30, almost all UT students have returned to their homes in Texas and around the world. This means these students, if they contract the virus, may report their case to the local health departments.

The university is working with Austin Public Health to determine all the individuals these students may have been in contact with.

UT Austin’s  Spring break was supposed to go from March 16- 21st. But then the University, like many other schools, decided to extend spring break. So classes just started back up on March 30 in an online format due to COVID-19.

UT told students to take preventative measures and to be cautious while traveling over spring break.

“The virus often hides in the healthy and is given to those who are at grave risk of being hospitalized or dying,” APH Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott said.

“While younger people have less risk for complications, they are not immune from severe illness and death from COVID-19,” he said.

Data from the regional health authority shows that almost half of the people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Austin-Travis County are between the ages 20-40, APH says.

“The incident is a reminder of the vital importance of taking seriously the warnings of public health authorities on the risks of becoming infected with COVID-19 and spreading it to others,” UT spokesman JB Bird said in a statement.

Bird tells KXAN that as of March 31 that UT is aware of 7 employees and 38 students in the UT Austin community who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive.

KXAN Graphic based on Austin Public Health numbers. (KXAN Graphic/ Andy Davis).

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Jerry Perkins and his wife Louise have been together for nearly 65 years.

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Law enforcement says the crash happened at 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st at the intersection of AL 243 and County Road 79.

Milton W. Alexander, 82, was killed when the 2013 Dodge Ram pickup he was driving was struck by a 2012 Ford Taurus, driven by 25-year-old Christian Garcia of Phil Campbell. 

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Citizens and first responders show support for Madison Hospital workers

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MADISON, Ala. - We wanted to share a great show of kindness and thankfulness in Madison.

People filled the parking lots at Madison Hospital this evening around 8 p.m. to flash their lights and honk their horns to thank those are truly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare workers.

That display of thankfulness and appreciation also came from local first responders who flashed their lights and sirens in a show of solidarity.


Windows shot out of parked vehicles in Manitou Springs

A vandal, or vandals, have twice this week shot out windows of parked vehicles in Manitou Springs and police, in partnership with a local business, are aiming to identify and arrest the culprit.

The vandalism came during Colorado’s stay-at-home order because of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Now is not the time for senseless vandalism,” a Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers news release said. “Time, resources and money are needed elsewhere. The price of replacing a car window could amount to a weeks’ worth of groceries, or more, for a struggling family.”

Vehicle windows were shot out along Ruxton Avenue. Police, crime stoppers and the Pikes Peak Cog Railway are offering a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect, or suspects.

Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call police at 719-390-5555, or call crime stoppers at 719-634-7867 (STOP). Information can also be left with crime stoppers online.


Jackson County, Scottsboro leaders update residents on COVID-19 measures

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - Leaders with various Jackson County and Scottsboro agencies live-streamed a conference updating residents about what they are doing to keep residents and employees safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The panel discussion was held at the Well Family Worship Center in Scottbsoro Tuesday afternoon.

Mayor Robin Shelton said he is following Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health's recommendations, guidelines, and orders when it comes to leaving various industries like Maples Rugs, Inc. open. He added he does not believe a shelter in place order is necessary at this time.

He explained that an essential business is one that meets the needs of not only the individual, but also commerce as a whole. Shelton told WHNT News 19 that he does not think all commerce should be shut down completely.

Scottsboro City Schools superintendent Jose Reyes, Jr. presented an update on how students will proceed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Reyes said through an academic continuity plan for all of the students except for Seniors. Seniors in good standing at this time will be considered high school graduates, according to Reyes.

The academic continuity plan begins on Tuesday, April 7.

Reyes mentioned they are going to do as many senior activities as they can and plan to release dates for for prom and graduation within the coming days.

The Nourish One Child program with Scottsboro City Schools began delivering food to students Monday afternoon. On the initial day, volunteers delivered bags containing multiple meals to more than 300 children

Bus drivers deliver food each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to various locations. The donations needed to continue and grow the Nourish One Child program can be found here.

Northeast Alabama Health Services, Inc. (NEAHSI) CEO Deborah Culpepper was also in attendance at the press conference. There are seven NEAHSI community health centers; five in Jackson County and two in Dekalb County.

Culpepper said they have close the buildings in the morning hours except for patients with appointments, those who are elderly, or those who are well. The closure also gives the providers the opportunity to call in prescription refills.

She said there are COVID-19 notices posted on exterior doors of the centers. The notices urge patients that if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or believe they may have been exposed, to go back to their vehicle and call a posted phone number for the medical director. Culpepper explained that the medical director is screening calls to let them know if they should be tested.

NEAHSI's Culpepper said at the end of each day, the staff disinfects the facility and its equipment top to bottom.

The first drive-through COVID-19 screening and testing site was opened on March 28, 2020.

Culpepper said they are utilizing two labs for COVID-19 testing. She explained that the turnaround for results is anywhere from 24 hours to six days depending on the number of test submissions to the labs.

NEAHSI director of clinical services Jennifer Sanders spearheaded the drive-through. She said they will continue as long as they have enough resources to provide it to the community.

Sanders broke down what to expect at the drive-through COVID-19 screening and testing site as follows: Everyone must show photo ID and insurance. If they do not have insurance, they will need to fill out a sliding fee application. A doctor's order is not required at the NEAHSI site, but a doctor will be there to consult with patients about their symptoms to decide whether they should be tested.

Sanders said people should stay in their vehicle and should not roll down their window. She added there is no restroom available.

Highlands Medical Center CEO John Anderson began by stating that this is an extraordinary time in healthcare.

Anderson discussed the success of his system's drive-through COVID-19 screening and test site. He said they plan to continue Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. as long as supplies last. A patient does need a doctor order to be tested at this site.

Anderson encouraged residents to keep the safety of caregivers and their families in their prayers. He said if anyone would like to volunteer time or service, to call (256) 218-3782.

Highlands Medical Center Dr. Lonnie Albin followed up by reminding everyone of the importance of hand washing and social distancing.

The turnaround time for COVISD-19 test results through their labs have gone down from the initial seven days when the virus began taking over to the current 36 hours. Hospital officials said that still depends on how inundated the lab is at the time.

Dr. Albin confirmed that four hospital employees tested positive for COVID-19, adding that "at least half" were nurses. The infected employees are now in quarantine.

He added that all employees are told the measure and log their temperatures twice daily and report any symptoms or exposure they may have.

Dr. Albin explained that COVID-19 can be spread through air droplets ranging within three or four feet with a sneeze or heavy cough. He added that person touches their face an average of 50 times an hour, so it's important for people to not touch their face after touching unclean surfaces.

Jackson County Commission Chairman Tim Guffey stated the courthouse would remain closed to the public until April 20, 2020. He encouraged residents to utilize the county website to fulfill their needs.

Guffey said while the Council on Aging is still providing meals to existing clients, they will begin delivering shelf-stable meals starting April 6. You can find more information on that here.

Scottsboro Police Chief Ralph Dawe said his department is making several modifications amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dawe said he is encouraging officers wash their hands as they get in and out of vehicles and the buildings. He also suggests they stand 10 feet apart from each other.

The chief said they are also sanitizing all surfaces including doorknobs, countertops, and keypads each day.

Dawe reported that officers are now doing "field arrests", where the perpetrator is given a citation in order to keep contact between the outside world and the jail down.

However, Dawe said if someone is arrested and taken into custody, the suspect will be put into a quarantine area and be decontaminated. A nurse will then screen the suspect about any COVID-19 symptoms or exposure they may have had. The nurse will determine if the suspect can be booked and put into the general population of the jail. Dawe said he hopes these measures limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19.

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said they are working keep their first responders healthy in many ways, including limiting public access to the fire station. Necklaus said they have also stopped outside training, building inspections, and public education events.

He added that dispatchers have adapted their screening process to try and identify patients who may have COVID-19 symptoms, are carriers, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Necklaus said as new information comes in about COVID-19 symptoms, the screening process evolves.

He added that they are also changing how they approach calls. Neckalus explained that as of right now, only one responder will make initial contact with a patient to evaluate them, as opposed to the usual three or four responders.

Necklaus said based on the current rate of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) use, they have enough to get through the next several days. He added that they are working with the Emergency Management Agency, private vendors , and the national stockpile to get more.


High school senior uplifts classmates with song

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. – School closing for the remainder of the year means that seniors are losing out on special events and memories.

One Madison County senior is aiming to uplift his classmates with a special song. Buckhorn High School senior Peyton Malone says COVID-19 has taken precious memories from his classmates.

“I knew my senior class needed something to get through this quarantine being here at home for so long.”

He says the one thing that hasn’t been taken away is graduation, it has only been postponed. That was his inspiration.

He wrote the song and shared with his classmates with no expectation that it would gain popularity. During times of uncertainty, Malone says seniors can listen to his song and look forward to walking across the stage to get their diplomas.

Madison County Schools announced all graduation ceremonies will be rescheduled for later this summer.


Arrests Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon Offense: 2200 Block of New York Avenue, Northeast

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department's Fifth District announced arrests have been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon offense that occurred on Monday, March 30, 2020, in the 2200 Block of New York Avenue, Northeast.

 

At approximately 12:28 am, the three suspects were involved in an altercation, with each other, at the listed location. During the altercation, the suspects brandished a handgun and knives. One of the suspects sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspects were apprehended by responding officers. A handgun and two knives were recovered on the scene.

 

On Monday, March 30, 2020, 40 year-old Alonzo Barringer, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife), and Carrying a Pistol Without a License.

 

On Monday, March 30, 2020, 39 year-old Alicia Carson, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

 

On Monday, March 30, 2020, 32 year-old Sean Adams, of Suitland, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Knife) and Simple Assault.

 

 

 


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Florence Planning Commission passes emergency resolution

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FLORENCE, Ala. — The City of Florence Planning Commission
met Tuesday afternoon to pass an emergency resolution creating a moratorium on
the action of subdivision regulations. The state requires that planning
commissions act on subdivision applications within thirty days of submission —
but given Governor Ivey’s new mandate, they are unable to have public meetings
of ten or more.

“We passed this moratorium so that we would not put
developers or independent individuals trying to subdivide their property at a
disadvantage because if we did not act on their application within thirty days
they would be denied and they would not be able to reapply for six months,”
said Florence Planning Commission Chairman Jim Stanphill.

Stanphill said the commission is trying not to put the
public at any sort of disadvantage. The moratorium will allow them to delay
acting on subdivision applications through the end of May.


Coronavirus: Saskatoon mother-daughter duo crafting Easter baskets for front-line workers’ kids

A mother and daughter in Saskatoon are making Easter baskets for the children of frontline workers.


Coronavirus: Saskatoon mother-daughter duo crafting Easter baskets for front-line workers’ kids

A mother and daughter in Saskatoon are making Easter baskets for the children of frontline workers.


How COVID-19 is affecting the Alabama Legislature

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama lawmakers returned to Montgomery Tuesday to come up with a plan to conduct state business while also fighting coronavirus.

Clorox wipes, hand sanitizer and some lawmakers wearing a mask are things you don’t usually see, at least front and center.

“Some good things will come of this,” Sen. Del Marsh (R-Anniston) said.

Lawmakers tried to practice what we’ve been hearing over the past few weeks: social distancing.

Several safety precautions were taken to get inside the senate chambers. Members of the press had to get their temperature taken.

There’s concern from Sen. Bobby Singleton about testing in his district.

“We are not getting enough tests in the west Alabama area, but we are beginning to see more cases and confirmed cases pop up,” Sen. Singleton (D- Greenboro) said.

On the economic side of things, Sen. Marsh said coronavirus will have an impact on state budgets.

“Both budgets are the bare bones. They were basically budgets that were passed last year or in agreement with that with the uncertainty in the economy at this point. we can’t justify any kind of pay raises,” Sen. Marsh said. 

Lawmakers plan to return April 28 to finish out the session.


Obamacare lawsuit moves forward as newly unemployed apply

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WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – The Trump Administration and Republican attorneys general are moving forward with a lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act even as they’re encouraging the 3 million newly-unemployed workers in the U.S. to sign up.

President Trump said he continues to support the lawsuit brought forward by a number of GOP state attorneys general. But the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma said it’s not the administration’s top priority.

“Right now, we’re focused on dealing with the pandemic,” Verma said. “Obviously there are problems with the ACA that have created insurance costs that are so expensive that people can’t afford them.”

Oregon Democrat Earl Blumenauer said the President should withdraw his support of the lawsuit.

“That is the biggest outrage, the notion that he would continue to try to undercut health care for millions of Americans,” Blumenauer said.

Even as the Administration works to end the ACA, it’s encouraging more people to sign up for ACA health plans — especially the 3 million Americans who lost their jobs last week because of the coronavirus.

“All of those people can come to the exchange and they can apply for coverage today,” Verma said.

The Supreme Court will hear the case challenging the ACA later this year. In the meantime, Republican Sen. John Kennedy is among those working to prepare for an end to Obamacare with a new piece of legislation.

“It says everybody is going to cover pre-existing conditions, including but not limited to the government,” Kennedy said.


Albertville custodian competes for Custodian of the Year

ALBERTVILLE, Ala.- One Albertville man is in the running for a national title: the Cintas Corporation 2020 Custodian of the Year.

Howell Beasley is in the top ten and needs
votes to win the grand prize of $10,000.

Beasley, who is the only Alabamian in the
running, woks at Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K.

“I come in at six and clean bathrooms,
gym, classrooms,” said Beasley. “Sweeping, mopping, dusting, clean windows,
clean classrooms.”

He also does what he can to make the students
happy.

“Play with the kids, walk with the kids,
pay attention more to them than a lot of custodians would,” said Beasley.

“He’s probably one of the people that all of the kids learn
first outside of the classroom teacher because he’s all over. He’s a familiar
face and a friendly face,” said Albertville Kindergarten and Pre-K principal
Beth Rigsby.

Rigsby told WHNT News 19 that it’s Beasley’s
hard work and generosity that proves he deserves the title of Custodian of the Year.

“He is just a joy for all of us. Every morning and every
afternoon, he speaks to everyone by name including the kids and he’s always
willing to help others and pitch in,” explained Rigsby.

Beasley has been a custodian at Albertville Kindergarten
and Pre-K for 36 years.

“I always enjoy coming to work. I have
probably almost 400 sick days built up, so I’m never out. I love my job. I love
the people that I work with,” said Beasley.

If Beasley wins the title, he would get a $10,000 cash prize,
$5,000 in CINTAS and Rubbermaid products for the school and a comprehensive
training and development package from the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association,
valued at $20,000.

Even if he doesn’t win, Howell said he is
proud to be recognized and appreciated by his school district family.

“I feel very honored because I’m just a little country boy.
I wouldn’t think I’d be picked,” said Beasley.

A person can vote here once a day until voting is closed on April 17, 2020.


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Nonprofit organizations unite to help shelter homeless in Florence

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FLORENCE, Ala. — Veterans Park in Florence was nearly empty Tuesday morning. Caution tape surrounded playground equipment in compliance with Governor Kay Ivey’s order that the use of such equipment is prohibited. However, tents can be found throughout the park’s campgrounds, where many of the city’s homeless can be found taking shelter.

In the middle of a pandemic, what do you do when the government asks that you stay home, but you don’t have one?

Leaders from three different organizations that aim to help
the homeless thought of a temporary solution. During the COVID-19 outbreak, that
solution also needed to provide the required six feet of separation.

“Krista Manchester who runs Room in the Inn had gotten
together with two other organizations, which would be Courtney McKinnon from Sunrise
Center and Kimberly Jackson from Crossroads Day Center in downtown Florence,
and they had come up with a great idea of allowing the homeless population to
camp at the old campground at Veterans Park,” said Ashley Smith, Executive
Director of the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama.

The three women brought the idea to Smith who then presented
it to Florence Mayor Steve Holt. “And within a 24-hour turnaround time he
approved it and we got the plan going,” said Smith.

Room in the Inn Shoals donated around $1,000 worth of tents. Edgemont United Methodist Church, as well as Room at the Table, are providing to-go meals. Smith said there are also water drop-offs to provide them with hydration.

In the mornings, the homeless are provided meals and showers
at the Crossroads Day Center and then they are taken back to Veterans Park in
the afternoon. They do, however, have a curfew of 8 p.m. that they must abide
by in order to stay overnight.

Smith said there’s a lot of heart in Florence and people in the community have already been reaching out to see how they can help. If you would like to volunteer, email Ashley Smith at hccnwal@gmail.com.


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COVID-19 causes widespread wedding day woes

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Future newlyweds may need to rethink their big day – at least in the short term.

We were headed into peak wedding season, but soon-to-be brides may not get everything they've dreamed of all their lives. COVID-19 changed a lot of plans.

Planning for the BIG DAY

Most brides spend months planning the moment that would solidify their relationships.

"He picked our wedding date to be our 4 year anniversary which is April 18," said future bride Kailey Lones. "Everything was fine until three weeks ago – until it wasn't fine."

The COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. Lones expected 200 guests to come to her wedding, but now the new guest list will barely reach the double digits.

"I never thought in a million years which family members could come to my wedding," said Lones.

Until reality sets in

Brides are either downsizing or postponing their wedding days altogether.

"We've had a lot of freaking out for lack of a better term," said Kelsey Hyche. "A lot of brides scrambling trying to figure out what to do."

Kelsey Hyche is a rental manager for Riverside Event Venue in Madison County.

"A lot of people don't think about how wedding vendors are also small businesses," said Hyche. "So this can be make or break for a lot of wedding vendors."

Riverside was stepping into its busiest time of year.

"Now I'm having to change venues," said Lones. "None of my vendors will be there. I have to make my flowers by myself. It’s just a lot."

To do or not to do

This is a reality many brides are facing throughout the country.

Hyche said brides can still plan their dream weddings even though we're going through a pandemic right now.

"This is a temporary time," said Hyche. "We're hoping that it's going to be sooner than later."

Regardless of what happens, Lones said she isn't giving up on saying "I do" in two and half weeks.

"We just want to be married," she said. "At the end of the day that's all that matters."

Need wedding disaster support?

Couples don't have to feel alone during this time. There's a Facebook group called "Wedding Disaster Support: COVID-19." That's right - you can vent with other brides with widespread wedding woes.

Thousands of soon-to-be brides are waiting for their turns to walk down the aisle, and a lot of them are figuring out what to do during this pandemic. Postponing, or worse, canceling their wedding day has caused a lot of heartache.

"It’s so nice because they understand and you really go through this state of depression. That might sound crazy but as a girl – my fiancé’s like it’s OK – you dream of this day for so long, and everything is just ruined three weeks out," said Lones.

As of today, the Facebook bridal support group has more than 3,000 members.


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How a bridge tournament led to 4 coronavirus deaths in El Paso County and exposed hundreds to COVID-19

As Dr. Leon Kelly stood before the El Paso County commissioners Tuesday, he likened the fight against the novel coronavirus to a boxing match.

“It’s a 12-round title belt,” said Kelly, the deputy medical director of El Paso County Public Health. “And at the opening bell, we kinda got punched in the mouth a little bit.”

El Paso County is home to the nation’s sixth-highest fatality rate from COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the virus at the heart of the global pandemic. At least 13 people have died of the new coronavirus in El Paso County, the most in Colorado.

And it all started at a bridge tournament in Colorado Springs.

On Tuesday, Kelly gave the most insight thus far into how one woman who’d contracted the illness spread into a series of cases that has led to at least four deaths in the county. And he described the heroic efforts taken to cut the illness off before it could do more damage.

After the woman in her 80s died on March 13, El Paso County health officials learned that she had attended a bridge tournament earlier in the month. They scrambled to identify everyone who attended the tournament, realizing that 150 people could have had contact with the woman, Kelly said.

Health officials found 10 to 15 more people who showed symptoms of being infected with the coronavirus or who had become ill. They traced their contacts, finding out that one of the people at the bridge tournament also attended a choir practice with more than 100 at-risk people.

The one person with the virus quickly turned into 300 people who could have been exposed, nearly all in the over-60 age group, the demographic at most risk to COVID-19.

At least four of El Paso County’s deaths are now linked to that original outbreak. And it could have been much worse, Kelly said.

“Because of the efforts of the original woman’s family, bridge club organizers and those in attendance, there were untold lives undoubtedly saved,” he said. “Everyone across the line knew this was important, and they worried about helping others versus helping themselves. There’s no one to blame here. These people were both victims of this virus and also heroes.”

Between the bridge tournament and an outbreak at the Laurel Manor Care Center, the county’s most vulnerable population was hit with the virus at the onset, leading to higher numbers in El Paso County, Kelly said.

“We do not believe our local number of deaths is being driven by a failure by anyone here,” he told the county commissioners. “It’s just unfortunate right out of the gate we had it in our susceptible portion of the population.”

With 286 confirmed cases, El Paso County’s 5.1% fatality rate ranks sixth in the nation, with Weld County — which has 255 cases and 12 deaths — at 5%, right behind it.

Colorado has recorded at least 69 coronavirus-related deaths, state health officials said Tuesday.

Kelly said he believes the numbers will eventually even out, with El Paso County still likely to have higher total numbers due to its large population. He cited no deaths under 60 in the county, while its case rate per 100,000 people is still lower than Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe counties.

“We are near top of the pack fatalities wise,” Kelly said. “But despite having some early setbacks and challenges, from a public health perspective, we’re very happy with where we are.”


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‘Coronavirus: Facts Not Fear’ evening update – March 31, 2020

(WPRI/NEXSTAR) — As the nation finds itself deep in the throes of a pandemic, Nexstar stations from around the country are providing updates each night at 9 p.m./8 CST with the latest coronavirus headlines.

A federal agency stepping in to create more beds for Coronavirus patients. Plus, details on an executive order aimed at helping those struggling financially, and other updates from around the country.

In our live digital show Coronavirus: Facts Not Fear – Evening Update, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, we have live reports from Providence, Rhode Island; Raleigh, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; and Los Angeles.

In addition to this evening update livestream, Nexstar is also bringing other daily shows at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays as well as on Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Over the weekend, we’ll be sitting down with doctors to get your key questions about the coronavirus answered.

If you have a question to be answered in our weekend show, you can email it to coronaquestions@nexstar.tv.


Driver stopped by fake officer in Fort Collins for fraudulent stay-at-home check

Another report of a police impersonator was announced Tuesday, this one in Fort Collins involving a driver, a woman, who was stopped in a bogus stay-at-home compliance check.

The incident happened at about 11:45 a.m. on Thursday at Harmony and Timberline roads, police said in a news release.

A man, wearing a dark blue police uniform and police baseball cap, driving an unmarked white pickup truck with red and blue lights on the windshield, stopped the victim and requested her driver’s license, proof of insurance and vehicle registration. The woman complied and the impostor took the documents to his truck, returning them in several minutes.

The victim later reported the incident to police after she determined that no such stay-at-home compliance checks are being conducted in Fort Collins, the release said.

The incident is being investigated and it’s been determined that no law officer conducted a traffic stop in the area at that time on that date. The suspect is described as a white man about 6 feet tall, between the age of 45 to 50, with an athletic build.

“While we are still enforcing traffic laws, Fort Collins Police officers are not conducting traffic stops solely related to COVID-19 orders,” Assistant Chief John Feyen said in the release. “Unfortunately, criminals around the country are using COVID-19 concerns to their advantage in many ways. We will hold these people accountable for their illegal activities and encourage our community members to report any suspicious behaviors.”

Similar incidents have been reported in Greeley and Aurora in the past week.

Fort Collins police are concerned that there may be additional victims. Anyone who has been stopped for an alleged stay-at-home compliance check is asked to call Detective Mike Harres at 970-221-6543 or contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County.

Fort Collins police say that drivers who are stopped, and suspect that the action is not being carried out by a legitimate officer, can take several precautions including:

  • Call 911; dispatchers can verify if it’s an actual officer
  • Turn on your hazard lights; it draws the attention of passing vehicles
  • Pull over in a well-lit, public area
  • Ask to see a badge or identification; officers carry business cards


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Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter Tuesday urging the federal government to automatically extend work authorizations set to expire this year for all Deferred Action Childhood Arrival recipients, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

The Obama-era policy allows eligible immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children to receive a renewable two-year authorization to study and work in the country without fear of being deported. Nearly 15,000 “Dreamers” have benefited from the program in Colorado since 2012, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“Coloradans face unprecedented challenges to their economic and social lives, and this extension would provide some needed stability to our businesses and residents who benefit from opportunities that DACA provides,” Polis wrote in a letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf.

The governor’s request comes amid concerns about immigrants getting access to services and information they need during a nationwide pandemic.

Polis commended the federal department for using previous biometrics data to continue processing of certain employment authorization requests because of the closure of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices to the public since March 18. But he asked Wolf to take it “a step further” as unemployment numbers hit historic highs and universities and colleges shut down campuses, leaving students unable to get the legal assistance they usually provide.

“These realities create difficulties for DACA recipients to submit renewals in a timely fashion, despite the actions you have taken thus far,” he wrote.


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Oregon State Police Requesting Public’s Assistance with unlawful take of deer in Henry Hagg Park – Washington County

On Monday March 23, 2020 Park Rangers at Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County located the remains of a freshly field dressed small deer.

The remains were located near the intersection of Scoggins Valley Road and Herr Road near boat launch C.

There were no open deer seasons in the area and hunting is not allowed on park property.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed no road-kill recovery permits have been submitted for the area.   

The Oregon State Police is requesting that any person with information about this unlawful take of deer contact Oregon State Police at 1-800-442-0776 and request to leave information for Trooper Tayler Jerome.

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may also contact the Oregon State Police through the Turn in Poachers line at;

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Mountain Sheep

* 5 Points-Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

 

The TIP program also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Furbearers. Cash rewards can also be awarded for the unlawful take of Game Fish and Shellfish and for Habitat Destruction.

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Mountain Sheep, Mountain Goat and Moose 
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope 
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf 
* $300 Habitat Destruction 
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl 
* $100 Furbearers 

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish 

How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity: 

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM - 5:00PM)

 


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St Albans Barracks \\ Violation of Conditions of Release

STATE OF VERMONT                                 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY                                           VERMONT STATE POLICE   PRESS RELEASE                 CASE# 20A201436 TROOPER: A. Currier                                                               STATION: St. Albans Barracks                      CONTACT# 802 524 5993   DATE/TIME: 03/31/2020 – 0031 hours


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Several hundred workers at the JBS USA meat processing plant in Greeley called off work Monday as a handful of cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed among employees.

About 500 people called off in the morning and another 400 did not go to work in the evening, said Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, a union that represents about 3,000 JBS USA employees at the Greeley plant.

Cameron Bruett, a spokesman for JBS USA, said only 800 employees called off work Monday. He said that typical Monday absences have hovered around 500 since schools closed earlier this month but that yesterday saw an additional 300 people stay home.

The uptick in absences comes as at least six employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Cordova said. The union is investigating why the hundreds of employees decided to stay home Monday.

“I don’t believe it was a concerted effort by the workers to stage a protest,” she said. “I absolutely believe somebody may have exposed them, or they’re afraid, or maybe folks are sick. I don’t want to speculate until we get the information.”

Plant employees speak 27 different languages, she said, which can slow down communication. The union received the report about the mass call-offs Tuesday morning.

The union is pressing JBS USA, the Greeley-based beef and pork processing company, for more information on the call-offs and is lobbying for additional protections for workers.

The company put in place increased sanitation and disinfection efforts weeks ago, and started staggering shifts and breaks on Monday, Bruett said Tuesday. Sometime this week, the company should have the ability screen employees for high temperatures. The plant also “promoted physical distancing” by putting up tents to give workers more space during lunch breaks, he said.

“The health and safety of our team members providing food for us all during this unprecedented time remains our top priority,” he said in a statement, adding that the company also gave $600 bonuses to plant employees.

Cordova said JBS has discussed distancing measures such as putting plexiglass barriers between workers, but they had not yet been implemented.

“While they were getting ready to brace for all this, it just happened,” she said.

Greeley Tribune file photo

A car drives by the JBS packing plant in Greeley.

The plant employs between 1,000 and 1,500 workers per shift, and social distancing on the job is difficult because many employees work in tight quarters and use the same break room, Cordova said. The union is pressing for employees to be given personal protective equipment and is asking the company to identify the areas where the infected employees worked in order to determine how widespread the novel coronavirus is in the facility.

Eric Aakko, spokesman for the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment, said Tuesday that county health officials couldn’t confirm or deny confirmed cases connected to the JBS plant.

Weld County has at least 254 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has seen nine deaths, according to the agency. There are more than 2,600 cases in the state.

The Greeley meat processing plant is an essential business under the state’s stay-at-home order because it is part of the food supply chain. But Cordova said plant workers were not included in recent rules issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, which guaranteed up to four days of paid sick leave to workers in some essential industries if they suspect they’ve contracted COVID-19. The rules cover grocery workers and restaurant workers, but not food processing employees, Cordova said.

“What the company is doing is, if someone tests positive, they are paying them their full wages,” she said. “The problem is there are not enough tests.”



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