mixetto/iStockBy JULIA JACOBO, ABC News(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Multiple schools in an Arizona school district have closed Monday due to a massive teacher sickout protesting in-person learning as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.Up to 600 teachers in the Peoria Unified School District are expected to participate in the sickout, according to the Peoria Education Association.The teachers planned to call out sick to demonstrate against what the teacher union described as the school board’s decision to “disregard” county COVID-19 statistics “after promising parents and staff those metrics would be followed to keep students and staff members safe and healthy,” the teacher’s union wrote on Facebook.“Hopefully this sends a message that we need to be heard and hope they install metrics and come up with a plan,” a union spokesperson told ABC Phoenix affiliate KNXV in a statement.“If not we will have to do it again,” according to a spokesperson for the Peoria Education Association.Maricopa County, where the city of Peoria is located, is the COVID-19 hot spot in the state of Arizona, with 6,109 new positive cases on Monday and 388,518 overall since the pandemic began, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.In Arizona, 8,995 new cases were reported on Monday, according to the state health organization.More than 900 emails were sent to the school board to request a special session to reassess the learning plan, but the school district has given no indication that it will do so, according to the teacher’s union.On Sunday, the school district posted to Facebook that teachers and school staff could sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine starting on Monday.Five elementary schools and seven high schools in the district are closed due to the teacher absences, according to the school district’s website. Two high schools will remain open.Other nearby school districts have stayed open despite teachers participating in the sickout. At the Dysart Unified School District, 142 teachers have been reported absent, KNXV reported.Buses still conducted their normal routes to ensure that no students were left at bus stops, and lunches were offered for curbside pickup during lunch times, according to a letter sent to parents by the school district.Parents will be notified Monday afternoon whether the closures will continue into Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the school district told ABC News.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Employers have been advised to ensure policies on absenteeism are spelt outto staff for the week starting with the Golden Jubilee celebrations andculminating in a crunch game for England in the World Cup. The Golden Jubilee on Monday 3 June is a national holiday, Tuesday 4 June isa Bank Holiday and at midday on Friday 7 June, England play Argentina. CIPD employee relations adviser Diane Sinclair urges employers to beconsistent in their approach to absenteeism. “Companies have to realisethis is very important to some people and need to develop a consistent policyon whether people can be absent.” Richard Smith of law firm IRPC, stressed the importance of warning staff inadvance of the consequences. “One solution would be to allow staff towatch the game and approach it as a team-building opportunity.” Bosses urged to set out policy during World CupOn 2 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today
http://evansville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=280IS IT TRUE below is a link of the video of the ERC Dec. 18,2018 meeting? …please start playing video at 3:55 to see the discussion about the DaVita Dialysis Center investing $1.5 in the 880 North Main Street building? …during this meeting it was mentioned that DMD has 2 appraisals based on the income approach, but the appraised values are never mentioned when the video recording was on?http://evansville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2649IS IT TRUE attached below is a video and agenda of the ERC March 5, 2019 meeting that concerns the opening bid for 800 N Main St? ….please start playing the Videro at 16:30 to hear the discussion about lone bid to purchase this building?http://evansville.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=2776Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who do you blame for the unacceptable deficit spending of the City of Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports. We are pleased to provide obituaries from several area funeral homes at no costs.O ver the next several weeks we shall be adding additional obituaries from other local funeral homes. Please scroll down the paper and you shall see a listing of them.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE at Monday’s City Council meeting Finance Chairman Jonathan Weaver said; “as of February 29, 2019, the City’s General Fund has a deficit of more than $10 million dollars”?IS IT TRUE if your CEO of a for-profit Corporation and you just found out that your company has a $10 million dollars deficit we bet you would immediately fire the Controller of his Corporation? …all we heard from the Mayor of Evansville concerning this $10 million dollars deficit issue are crickets? IS IT TRUE OldMustangMan posted this comment on Facebook that was made by the “Deputy Mayor” of Evansville? …the “Deputy Mayor’ of Evansville said; “Wait for a sec……let’s wait to criticize before the article is updated with comments from the Administration. For the record, the 2017 audit was a “clean” audit by the SBOA. The comment of “overdrawn accounts” has been included by the SBOA for decades at least since 1997. This Administration has put together a corrective action plan to fix the issue that has been occurring for decades, across multiple Administrations and City Councils.”IS IT TRUE that it has not always been the subject of local mainstream media that the City of Evansville has consistently run negative balances in several key accounts and the hole is getting deeper? …according to some Facebook posts by Deputy Mayor Steve Schaffer, this sort of deficient accounting practice has been going on since 2001 and that being the case the old “we have always done things wrong so that makes us right” argument is being floated on social media? …most of us grew up with parents that taught us that just because Johnny smoke pot doesn’t mean it is okay to smoke pot? …the same idiocy follows that just because Johnny is up to his eyeballs in debt doesn’t mean it is okay to perpetually run accounts with negative balances? …the City of Evansville General Fund now has a negative balance of $10,025,916 which is about the same depth that the hole was last year?…the Downtown Master TIF has dropped over $2 million to a negative balance of $1,272,577 from a positive balance of $758,000 at this time last year?…perhaps the most insulting and damaging negative balance that went $256,000 deeper into the red since last year with a balance of NEGATIVE $3,876,935?…what is most disturbing is that the City of Evansville has managed to keep this situation out of the limelight? IS IT TRUE that the CCO warned about the pending deficit spending disaster of the City of Evansville for several years?…former Councilman John Friend, CPA also warned that this was deficit spending disaster was coming for many years? …it seems that the only member of the current City Council who recognizes and admits to these deficiencies is At-Large Councilman and City Council Finance Chairman, Jonathan Weaver?…we wonder what our former banker Mayor Lloyd Winnecke thinks of a city that overdraws its accounts by over $10 million and keeps on spending like there is no tomorrow? IS IT TRUE that the secrets about the appraisals surrounding the former CVS on North Main that was leased by DaVita Dialysis Center for $1,600 per month is maddening?…by connecting the statements of DMD Director Kelley Course, it can be surmised that the City of Evansville and DaVita Dialysis Center have spent about $2 million dollars to purchase and refurbish this building? …this building is now on sale and bids are being solicited based on the value of the building based on the cash income method?…income real estate is often valued based on the CAP rate which in Evansville is between 8 and 12 times the annual gross revenue potential?…the lease rate of $1.600 per month at a CAP rate of 10 would yield a value of only $192,000 for this building that supposedly has over $2 million in it?…there is actually a bidder that has offered $178,000 which is on the low end of the CAP rate expectation so this offer needs to be taken seriously?…the fact that the City of Evansville paid over $535,000 for this vacant building and according to the DMD Director Kelly Course DaVita Dialysis Center reportedly added another $1.5 million after they leased it from the DMD is irrelevant? …it sounds like the viability of income property in Jimtown has not changed much in 50 years since the manufacturing base left town?…investing in Evansville as if it was a high-cost coastal enclave has and will always lead to losses and this time the taxpayers of Evansville were fleeced again by their own government? …bottom line the investments of the City of Evansville in the Jimtown CVS was just plain old dumb? IS IT TRUE yesterday one of our posters named Frank Lee made the following statement concerning the Overdrawn City of Evansville Accounts? ….he said; “How can the City have overdrawn accounts because they lump about 90 Funds into a single Bank Account, so the City uses the money from other Funds to prop up the overdrawn ones?”IS IT TRUE that we are pleased and grateful that the minds of sanity came together to change some unreasonable rules that would have made the Rathbone follow the fate of the McCurdy due to a downright silly parking situation?…now that the dumb law has been corrected as it should have long long ago the Rathbone can once again be utilized for housing as it has been for many years?…the parklike grounds will be preserved in a part of the City of Evansville that is not famous for parklike anything?…this is a situation where the local government did the right thing after doing the wrong thing and we commend them for doing so? IS IT TRUE we are very surprised that the only CPA on the Evansville City Council didn’t publically speak out against the out of control deficit spending habits of the Winnecke Administration?IS IT TRUE here’s the video and agenda from yesterdays morning ERC meeting (March 19, 2019)? … the 800 North Main Street building briefly discussed? …please start playing the attached Video at 8:30 to learn what was said about this building?
Today I am publishing the government’s zero emission road transport strategy ‘Road to Zero’. The transition to zero emission road transport is happening now across the world. It will mean fundamental changes to the global automotive market, worth over £1.5 trillion a year, bringing new jobs and growth opportunities for the UK. These include those we are already enjoying through Nissan in Sunderland, producing 1 in 8 zero emission cars bought in Europe in 2017, and the London Electric Vehicle Company near Coventry, which put the world’s first electric black taxis on the streets of London earlier this year.This government’s vision is to build a Britain that is fit for the future. Leading the industries of the future and building the UK’s competitiveness in the face of major global economic trends are key parts of our Industrial Strategy. That’s why our 2040 mission to put the UK at the forefront of the design and manufacturing of zero emission vehicles is central to the Future of Mobility and Clean Growth Industrial Strategy Grand Challenges.The benefits are not just economic. Road transport is one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality in some of the UK’s towns and cities. And transport is the largest greenhouse gas-emitting sector in the UK. The work we are doing today to make road transport cleaner will mean we are handing the next generation a better, cleaner, greener Britain. It will improve the health and lives of people across the UK. It will help us achieve our statutory long-term greenhouse gas targets and our air quality commitments.We have already made significant progress thanks to this government’s £1.5 billion investment. Today there are more than 150,000 ultra low emission vehicles in the UK and around 14,000 public chargepoints, with hundreds more being added every month. There is a network of over 1,300 rapid chargepoints — one of the largest in Europe.But we need action on a number of fronts to give certainty to the market and the consumer that the government is fully behind this transition. The Road to Zero Strategy sets out both our long term ambitions and the measures we are taking to get there. It builds on our Industrial Strategy, Automotive Sector Deal, Clean Growth Strategy and the UK plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations.Government’s long-term ambitionsAs set out in the government’s NO2 plan, we will end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. By then, we expect the majority of new cars and vans sold to be 100% zero emission and all new cars and vans to have significant zero emission capability. By 2050 we want almost every car and van to be zero emission. We expect this transition to be industry and consumer led, supported in the coming years by the measures set out in this strategy. We will review progress by 2025 and consider what interventions are required if not enough progress is being made.In addition, by 2030, we want to see at least 50%, and as many as 70%, of new car sales being ultra low emission.Government has a key role to play. The strategy contains a package of measures covering the three key issues: supply of vehicles to the market; consumer demand; and a fit for purpose infrastructure network.The right infrastructure to support the transitionIf we are to help people to make the right choice of vehicle for their journey, then one element will be to reduce range anxiety on electric vehicles. The strategy sets out a package of measures to ensure that electric vehicle drivers will be able to easily locate and access charging infrastructure that is affordable, efficient and reliable. We will continue to provide grants to encourage people to charge at home overnight, both on and off streets. This is how we envisage the majority of charging will take place.Today we are announcing our intention that all new homes, where appropriate, should have a chargepoint available. We plan to consult as soon as possible on introducing a requirement for chargepoint infrastructure for new dwellings in England. We will look at how to achieve this in the most cost effective way, mindful of the government’s housing supply objectives. We also want all new street lighting columns to include charging points, where appropriately located, in residential areas with current on-street parking provision.Workplace and public infrastructure will also be vital. The strategy contains a range of measures to support the development of these networks. These include an increase to the grant available for workplace charging, a joint pilot with Highways England to increase electrical capacity at a motorway service area, Highways England’s commitment to ensuring there is a chargepoint every 20 miles along the strategic road network by 2020 and the £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund announced at Budget 2017 to accelerate the roll out of chargepoints.In this Parliamentary session we have taken the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill through Parliament, now only awaiting Royal Assent, to improve the experience and provision of chargepoints. The bill gives government powers to ensure that chargepoints are available at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, with Metro Mayors granted powers in relation to the latter. It also gives powers to ensure that chargepoints are easily accessed and used across the UK. This includes providing a uniform method of accessing public chargepoints and refuelling points; making certain information publicly available in an open and transparent format; and setting reliability standards.We will also ensure the electricity system now and in the future is ready for this transition. We and the energy sector are confident that existing market mechanisms will be able to meet additional electricity demand. Provisions in the aforementioned bill to mandate smart charging, and our £30 million R&D investment in technologies allowing electricity to pass from vehicles into the grid at times of peak demand, will help alleviate these effects. We have launched an Electric Vehicles Energy Taskforce to bring together the relevant parts of industry and government to ensure the transition is smooth.The supply of vehicles and associated technologies to marketIn our Automotive Sector Deal, we made major new commitments to research and development in zero emission vehicle technology, and to developing competitive UK supply chains. This included the £246 million Faraday Battery Challenge, which is already supporting the development of battery technology in the UK. We will continue to support our established multi-million pound research and development programme for ultra low emission vehicles, which has been estimated to have a rate of return of £8 for every £1 invested.The industry has an ambition to increase the level of UK content by value in domestically-built vehicles to 50% by 2022. We want to work with industry to set a target at least as ambitious for the ultra low emission vehicle supply chain as we look to secure investment in UK battery manufacturing.Consumer and business demand for ultra low emission vehiclesA recent survey indicated that around 38% of consumers considering a new car purchase would consider an electric car. However, only 2% of new car sales are currently ultra low emission.More models are coming to market, giving consumers greater choice. Battery prices are coming down and we are committed to keeping in place our plug-in car and van grants until at least 2020. The tax system also favours ultra low and particularly zero emission vehicles over conventional ones. The strategy recognises that consumer incentives in some form will continue to play a role in driving uptake beyond 2020. And with industry we are launching the 2018-19 Go Ultra Low consumer campaign to promote the benefits of these vehicles and improve understanding of the choices available. Government will lead consumer uptake with 100% of central government car fleets being ultra low emission by 2030.Reducing emissions from conventional vehiclesHowever, it’s important to recognise that today over 99% of global car and van sales are petrol or diesel. Our strategy sets out how will reduce emissions from the vehicles on our roads now and during the transition to zero emission vehicles. We will do this by increasing the supply and sustainability of low carbon fuels, accelerating the adoption of fuel efficient motoring and ensuring that our future approach to vehicle emissions regulation as we leave the European Union is at least as ambitious as current arrangements.Cleaner diesel vehicles can play an important part in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport during the transition to zero emission vehicles whilst meeting ever more stringent air quality standards. For diesel vehicles to play their part fully, their air quality impact must continue to be reduced. We welcome the continued innovation and investment by vehicle manufacturers to develop cleaner diesel vehicles that meet the more challenging real driving emissions (RDE) requirements, delivering critical improvements in NOx emissions on our roads.In addition to working in Europe to set ambitious new EU CO2 emissions standards for HGVs, we also recognise the need to reduce emissions from existing HGVs significantly. Working in partnership with industry leaders, the government is also announcing a new industry-wide voluntary commitment for reducing HGV greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2025.The strategy also sets out the results of our assessment of the environmental performance of the road vehicle fuels and technologies available to consumers. It is clear that zero emission vehicle options deliver the greatest environmental benefits regardless of vehicle type or use.In the transition to zero emission vehicles, clear and consistent consumer information will be essential. We will set up a Road Transport Emissions Advice Group to bring together government, industry and consumer groups to work together to meet this challenge.ConclusionsWe cannot deliver this strategy alone. We are committed to working in partnership with industry, businesses, academia, environmental groups and others. That includes the devolved administrations: Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, who are taking significant steps to accelerate the transition. This is a UK-wide strategy and our core package of vehicle and chargepoint grants applies across the UK. We are working with local areas. We are also playing a leading role internationally, bringing together the international community in September’s ground-breaking Zero Emission Vehicle Summit.Other changes are happening to the automotive sector including automation and new business models, which are challenging our assumptions about how we travel. The Future of Mobility Grand Challenge has been established to harness the opportunities presented by these changes and consider their impact on our society. Later this year, we will be publishing our strategy for the Future of Urban Mobility, and we will shortly be engaging on this.By putting the UK at the forefront of the twenty-first century transport revolution, we can ensure our automotive sector — one of our greatest success stories — continues to thrive and create good jobs across the country. We can set a global standard for managing technological change to maximise economic and environmental benefits. We will work with industry to achieve this ambition, and share the benefits this opportunity presents. Helping us achieve our goals of cleaner air, a better environment, zero emission vehicles, a strong clean economy.A copy of this statement is being placed in the libraries of both Houses.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is one of the most notorious anti-marijuana crusaders in the United States. But what if… he wasn’t? What if, instead of spending the early ‘70s as a reactionary law student, Sessions spent those years leading a weed-loving jam band instead?As far as alternative histories go, its a pretty preposterous one. And if this satirical video from Very Serious Content is any indication, its a pretty hilarious one too.The clip tells the story of The Jeff Sessions, an early-‘70s rock group known for songs like “The Open Road Is Paved With Green” and “Pipe Dreams”. As the faux Sessions belts out lines like “It’s 4:20 Mr. President, won’t you light a joint with me?”, you can almost forget that the real version once said he thought the KKK was ok until he found out they smoked pot.Go ahead and watch it yourself:Jeff Sessions loved weed
Saint Mary’s hosted author Karen Lee Boren on Thursday for a reading and signing of her recently-released collection of short stories, “Mother Tongue.”“‘[Mother Tongue]’ is a book of hope in that it is a sort of literary Cinderella story,” Boren said. “It renewed my belief in literary humanity.”Boren said this novel was submitted to New Waters Press 10 years after submitting it to the Headwaters Literary Competition. She said the original reader of her work for the competition submitted an updated copy without telling Boren.“Out of the blue, I got a New Press e-mail that said [they wanted] to publish [my] book.” Boren said. “Fairy tales do come true.”Boren said the meaning of a written work lasts longer than most writers think.“We are always looking for the next sentence, the next word, the next theme, the next idea,” she said. “It’s surprising how many of the themes stay with me from when I was writing in my twenties.”Boren said she used inspiration from her life growing up in Milwaukee.“I draw from real life as much as I need to,” she said. “Usually more than I think at the time.”Dionne Bremyer, Saint Mary’s associate professor of English, met Boren while studying at Rhode Island College and said they have maintained their friendship over the years.“My admiration for her has grown every day since I’ve come to understand how amazingly good she is — as a teacher, as a writer, as human being,” Bremyer said.Boren said this is the second time the College has invited her on campus. Boren also visited the college after the publication of her novella, “Girls in Peril.”“It is … my pleasure to see [Bremyer] in her environment.” Boren said. “My mother had six kids and she told us all we were her favorite. Unlike her, I’m going to be honest and say that [Bremyer] has always been my favorite.”Tags: department of english, Karen Lee Boren, saint mary’s, visiting writer series
Are you ready for fresh tomatoes from the garden? University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends growing tomatoes in a garden or in containers for the best results. And, Spalding County Extension coordinator Wade Hutcheson has a few more suggestions to make tomato season even better.First, he says, strive to grow a healthy plant that’s not stressed in any way. Provide adequate nutrition, water, pest management and timely harvest. He gives these tried-and-true growing tips:Pick the right pot. For tomato container gardens, Hutcheson suggests using a pot at least as big as a five-gallon bucket. Make sure to drill drainage holes in the bottom of the container before planting the tomatoes.Select the right site. Tomatoes need at least six hours of sunshine per day. Avoid trees and hedges, and place garden-grown plants or containers in convenient locations.“Remember, you are going to have to water your plants, so don’t place them too far away from your home,” he said. “Plants in containers will dry fairly fast so check them daily.”Ventilation is also important. Tomatoes should be grown no closer than three feet apart to allow lots of air to move through them, which will aid in drying. Space plants 2 to 3 feet apart in rows 4 to 6 feet apart.Plant properly. When installing plants, Hutcheson says first gently pinch off the lowest leaves. Then place the plant deeply into the soil, up to the first set of true leaves. Firm the soil around the transplant.Do a soil test. Don’t fertilize until you get a soil test report. In general, add about a pint of starter fertilizer (make one by adding 2 tablespoons of 5-10-15 to one gallon of water and letting the mixture soak 24 hours) to the first watering, Hutcheson said.Fertilize lightly every two to three weeks until the fruit are about the size of a nickel. Then, stop until those first fruit come off. “Over-fertilization, especially with nitrogen, can lead to a 10-foot plant with no fruit,” he said. “It can also contribute to blossom end rot.”Water well. Tomatoes and other vegetable plants should be watered deeply and infrequently to encourage a deep root system. But don’t allow them to go dry. Drip or soaker hoses are efficient, productive ways to provide water.Give them support. When tomato plants begin to grow, they should be staked or caged. “Keep in mind the cage has to support a good bit of weight,” Hutcheson said. “It needs to be sturdy enough not to bend in the wind, too. Heavier cages tend to serve the purpose better.”Protect with mulch. Adding mulch around plants helps retain water. It also keeps soil from splashing onto the fruit, stems and leaves. Dirty plants can contribute to diseases, which can be difficult to deal with. Plants that show signs of disease should be pulled out of the garden to help slow disease spread.Watch for trouble. Common insect pests include whiteflies, aphids, caterpillars and hornworms. Regular scouting and proper control measures are a must.“No matter what, your results and your mileage may vary due to your cultural practices and the varieties you pick,” he said.For more information on growing tomatoes and other garden plants, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or check out our gardening publications online at www.ugaextension.org.
continue reading » The Trump Administration’s urgency to free Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from federal control has some on Wall Street worried that it might happen without the U.S. government providing an explicit backstop of the companies’ $4.7 trillion of mortgage securities.Credit rating companies, financial firms and even real estate agents claim that such a move would be a disaster. They’re warning that ending Fannie and Freddie’s conservatorships absent a clear guarantee of their securities might prompt big asset managers to curtail their bond buying. That in turn could dry up some of the financing that keeps the mortgage market humming, making it harder and more expensive for consumers to get home loans, they say.“Conservatorship is safe. An explicit guarantee is safe. Keeping Fannie and Freddie as they are and privatizing them is a dangerous experiment,” said Michael Bright, president of the Structured Finance Industry Group and the former acting president of Ginnie Mae. He co-authored a 2016 plan that proposed turning Fannie and Freddie into lender-owned insurers that could issue mortgage securities with federal backstops. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In addition, levels of antibodies to SARS Co-V were significantly lower in the workers who remained asymptomatic than in those who fell ill, the article says. “These observations suggest that the extent of exposure to SARS in persons who remained asymptomatic may have been lower, possibly resulting in a lower viral load of SARS-CoV, associated with less severe symptoms,” the report states. This possible association needs to be tested in animal studies, the authors add. Three earlier studies turned up no evidence of asymptomatic SARS infections, while two studies in Hong Kong did find some cases, though the rates were lower than in this study, the researchers say. The investigators found no difference between the pneumonic SARS patients and the asymptomatic workers in age, glove use, handwashing, and closeness or time of contact with SARS patients. However, three of the six asymptomatic workers had worn N95 masks, whereas only 8% of the pneumonic SARS patients had used masks, a significant difference. The initial cases at the hospital involved three patients admitted to three wards in early March 2003, before the SARS coronavirus (Co-V) was identified. The first patient brought SARS from Hong Kong, and the second patient was the first patient’s nurse. The third patient was admitted for other health problems, but shared a room with patient 2 and became infected. Of the 80 workers, 45 (56%) had positive serum samples for antibodies to SARS Co-V. Thirty-seven of the 45 (82%) were classified as having pneumonic SARS, 2 (4%) as having subclinical SARS, and 6 (13%) as having asymptomatic infection, the report says. Patient 1 arrived Mar 1. By Mar 6, healthcare workers were using N95 masks, gowns, and gloves when nursing patient 1 and any other suspected SARS patients. But since SARS was not suspected in patients 2 and 3, workers caring for them initially did not use protection. Jul 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Some healthcare workers who were exposed to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) early in the epidemic became infected without ever falling ill, according to a recent report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The researchers identified 105 staff members who had worked in the three affected hospital wards between Mar 1 and 22 and had contact with any of the three patients. Eighty of these responded to a questionnaire and consented to a serologic test. Six of 80 (7.5%) healthcare workers exposed to SARS patients in a Singapore hospital had asymptomatic infections, according to the report by Annelies Wilder-Smith of Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore and her colleagues with National Healthcare Group and Singapore General Hospital. They studied healthcare workers exposed to patients with SARS in the first 22 days of the outbreak, before the hospital began infection control measures. Because the cases occurred before SARS diagnostic tests were available, the researchers could not determine whether the asymptomatic workers had shed the SARS virus during their infection. Wilder-Smith A, Teleman MD, Heng BH, et al. Asymptomatic SARS coronavirus infection among healthcare workers, Singapore. Emerg Infect Dis 2005;11(7):1142-5 [Full text]
Spain declared a state of emergency in the country for 15 days on March 14 over the coronavirus outbreak. The country recently announced that it would extend the status for another 15 days.As a consequence, Spain imposed a lockdown on the entire country as well as limiting the movement of citizens across the entire territory.”Since Monday, the Spanish government has extended the lockdown status. The government only allows people working in essential sectors to go to work,” Hermono said.He said the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid had also limited its services, and only offered services for urgent matters.”To protect Indonesian citizens in Spain, we’re continuously communicating with representatives from various areas to monitor their condition and remind them to stay alert. We also monitor those who are infected with COVID-19 and offer them help if necessary,” he said.As of Wednesday, Spain had recorded 95,923 cases of the coronavirus and 8,464 fatalities linked to the disease, making it the country with the highest COVID-19 death toll after Italy, which has recorded 12,428 deaths from the disease, according to John Hopkins University. (nal)Topics : Indonesian Ambassador to Spain Hermono has said that nine Indonesian nationals living in the country — one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus in Europe — have tested positive for COVID-19.”Two of them are currently being treated in hospitals, six are exercising self-quarantine and one has fully recovered, Hermono said on Wednesday.There are currently around 1,468 Indonesian nationals living in Spain, 400 of whom lived in Madrid, he said.”Most of them work here or have married locals,” he said as quoted by Antara.