Officials ask Iowa health care providers to be prudent with personal protective equipment (VIDEO)

first_imgWatch Governor Reynolds’ news conference from Thursday afternoon hereDES MOINES — The state hygienic lab has the capacity to conduct up to 800 COVID-19 tests and has set up three shifts for round-the-clock operations at the lab.State officials are discouraging widespread testing, however — partly because health care workers conducting the tests must use personal protective equipment, like face masks and gloves which are in short supply.“What we’re talking about is making sure that we’re helping health care facilities understand the best ways to use the supplies they have,” Dr. Caitlin Pedati, the state medical director, says.State public health officials have asked Iowa contractors and others who had protective gear like masks to donate those items to hospitals and health care facilities. Pedati says there’s high demand globally and nationally for these supplies.“We’ve helped our partners be forward-thinking and thinking about ways to make prudent use of the supplies that we have,” Pedati says, “thinking of ways to provide supplements when we can and just wanting to be very careful and thoughtful about how we use all of our health care resources.”Once the production of masks, gloves, and other protective gear ramps up under President Trump’s use of the Defense Production Act, Governor Reynolds says she’ll channel orders for those critical medical supplies through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.“But they have encouraged every governor in every state to utilize the private sector as well,” Reynolds says.State officials are assessing the supply and demand for these items daily, according to Reynolds.“It allows us to identify the private sector industry that can step up and also play a role in helping us to provide this equipment,” Reynolds says.As for COVID-19 tests, the Iowa Department of Public Health recommendations limit tests to hospital patients, to health care workers with symptoms after being around a COVID-19 patient and to those who’ve had direct contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19.Iowans who’ve returned to COVID hot spots like China or Italy may also be tested if they show symptoms. Dr. Pedati says widespread testing isn’t recommended because most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms and should isolate at home, rest and drink fluids – just as one should with a cold.“When we do a test in somebody, we want to make sure we’re doing it because the result means something, because it means we’re going to do something differently, ” Pedati says. “…Now, if we come to a place where resources change and where maybe there’s a medical we might have available or where there’s an action that’s going to be different, then we may adjust accordingly.”last_img read more

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Okeechobee County woman charged in ex-boyfriend’s shooting death

first_imgPolice arrested a Okeechobee County woman for the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says 29-year-old Roykeria Wiley was seen in surveillance camera footage running from a South Bay, Florida home moments after 43-year-old Estevan Rodriguez was shot from close range.The footage also captured a man running from the home and getting into the woman’s truck.Authorities say the couple broke up and Wiley had a violent outburst in that home three days before the killing.She is now facing homicide charges.last_img read more

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Women’s protection highlighted at WGEC celebration

first_imgThe Women and Gender Equality Commission on Friday observed International Women’s Day 2018 under the patronage of the First Lady of Guyana, Mrs Sandra Granger.The event, held at the National Library, saw the attendance of First Lady Sandra Granger, Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki, and former Attorney General Anil Nandall, among others.In her address to the forum, the First Lady noted that women must command respect, establish control, and take responsibility. She noted that violence has become very prevalent, and today’s society has become inured to this issue. In most cases, women are the victims of gender-based violence.From left to right: Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki, First Lady Sandra Granger and former Attorney General Anil NandlallCrime is also on the rise, she observed, and that more severely in Regions Three, Four and Six. This is mainly because there aren’t many reports from remote areas, although there are acts of crime due to the stereotypical household scheme wherein women accept violent behaviours from men.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noted there should be more focus on the awareness of events such as International Women’s Day in the hinterland and rural areas. He said this observance is “organised” in urban areas.Human Rights Attorney Melinda Janki‘s discourse demonstrated how Guyana can improve accessibility to justice for women. She said there should be gender quality in today’s generation, and women should be given equal importance and opportunities as men.“Equality is not just a goal or a principle of international law; it’s a requirement of national law,” Janki said.The human rights attorney also made a number of recommendations that Guyana can implement to ensure protection of women. One such recommendation is that a harmonised code of law on women’s rights should be produced, and should contain all laws protecting women, but those should be set out as a code, and not separate laws. Legal aid services should also be provided, with priority being given to matters that affect women, such as gender-based violence and other forms of discrimination.last_img read more

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Murders, suicide linked to finances

first_imgThe commotion attracted Alvarado, who said his cousin called him over. Using a flashlight, Alvarado also looked through the window and saw the girl in her bed, with blood around her head, he said. He and two others broke through the front door. In addition to the girl in an upstairs bedroom, Alvarado said he found a man dead on a sofa, his head leaning back. “I just ran downstairs,” he said. “I didn’t want to look no more.” The bodies of the girl and her mother were both found in their beds, and they might have been sleeping when they were shot, Peavy said. The grandfather’s body was found on a chair in the living room, with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a handgun in his hand, Peavy said. On Wednesday, police tape was strung across the front door of the home, and mangled blinds were visible through the window. Neighbors said the family, who lived at River Ranch Townhomes, had received eviction notices, and the grandfather was upset about it. “All indications are that he was going through some difficult times financially, and that might have caused the whole thing,” Peavy said. Neighbors spoke of the family on Wednesday, of little Angelica, whom they said was an active girl, with shoulder-length dark-blond hair. Michele Perez, 34, who lives nearby, said she often saw the girl and her grandfather together. “They were always happy, they were always out by the pool, he was always taking her swimming and jumping rope around here,” she said. Some neighbors said they heard what sounded like gunshots at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of two to three gunshots called in by a resident in the area, said Lt. Brenda Cambra, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s Santa Clarita station. The deputies arrived 10 minutes later, but didn’t see or hear anything more, or locate the source of the gunshots, Cambra said. Sheriff’s deputies came back to the town home Tuesday night, after neighbors discovered the bodies. “The lady next door said they’re not going to knock down the door, they’re going to come by and patrol the area, which makes perfect sense,” said Rhonda Robb, 27, a receptionist who just moved into the neighborhood Tuesday with her boyfriend, Alvarado. River Ranch has gated entrances and maintenance employees who drive around in golf carts. There is a pool near the leasing office, and the wheat-colored town homes have balconies and face neatly clipped lawns. Finding his neighbors’ bodies was the worst thing he has ever seen, Alvarado said. Robb said she could not sleep Tuesday night because of the grisly discovery almost next door from where she just moved in. “I just hope the best for whatever family they do have left,” she said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s unbelievable,” a grim-faced Alvarado, 22, said Wednesday morning. “I just couldn’t believe it, seeing a little girl like that.” Authorities determined that Richard Boyd Burton, 52, shot his daughter, Crystal Marie Burton, 24, and his granddaughter, Angelica, said Craig Harvey, a spokesman for the county Coroner’s Office. Burton then turned the gun on himself, Harvey said. The bodies were found about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the town home on Annes Circle Drive, just outside Santa Clarita. Angelica’s friends went to find her when she didn’t show up for a planned sleepover, said Capt. Ray Peavy of the sheriff’s Homicide Unit. Neighbors say the girls, accompanied by a mother, knocked on the window and threw rocks onto the balcony to try to get their friend’s attention, but got no response. CANYON COUNTRY – Four little girls searching for their friend tossed rocks at her balcony Tuesday night, then peeked through her bedroom window. What was soon discovered rocked the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday as details unfolded of the worst homicide in years in a town that touts its low crime rate. Using a flashlight, the youngsters saw their friend, 8-year-old Angelica Maldonado, lying motionless, blood around her head, and yelled out. Rudy Alvarado, a neighbor in this gated town-home complex in Canyon Country, forced his way inside, where he found Angelica dead. She was one of three people killed in what sheriff’s homicide detectives believe was a murder-suicide in a family facing financial troubles. last_img read more

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Sampdoria set for Premier League striker swoop?

first_img1 Everton striker Samuel Eto’o Sampdoria are eying a potential January swoop for Everton striker Samuel Eto’o.The Cameroonian star arrived in the summer after spending a season with Chelsea – and he has so far scored four goals in 20 appearances for his new club.However, reports in Italy are now suggesting that Sampdoria may turn to Eto’o this month if they fail in their move for Udinese forward Luis Muriel.Eto’o enjoyed his only other stint in Serie A, where he hit 33 goals in 67 league outings for Inter and Sampdoria reckon he could recreate similar form should he return to Italy.last_img read more

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Transient held in Carson assault

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From staff reports A transient assaulted a Carson city employee when she told him to leave Carson Park, authorities said Friday. The incident occurred Thursday evening at the park at Main and 215th streets. After the woman told the transient to leave, he choked her, deputies said. The worker’s colleagues pulled the man off. Deputies arrived to arrest the transient. The worker was taken to a hospital, but her injuries were not serious.last_img read more

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Law enforcement task force makes drug-dealing sweep

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals LANCASTER – Two people with heroin worth $100 to $200 were arrested during a sweep of homes where citizens have complained about apparent drug dealing, sheriff’s officials said. Besides the two people arrested at the Elm Avenue home, deputies arrested two other people wanted on narcotics warrants and two on warrants for other sorts of offenses at other homes about which deputies have received complaints, officials said. Two people were cited for possession of small amounts of marijuana and a motorist was cited for driving on a suspended license. In all, deputies aided by state parole agents, county probation officers and building inspectors visited 29 homes in Lancaster and Quartz Hill on Wednesday in Operation Door Knock. They searched five of them, officials said.last_img read more

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Two men plead guilty in connection with Donegal teen’s death

first_imgTwo men have pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide over the death of tragic Buncrana teen Liam McGlinchey in America.Liam McGlinchey (pictured above) was found dead in New York in 2017 after a night out with friends. The 19-year-old had recently moved to the US and had been celebrating passing his exams.He died as a result of alcohol poisoning after being left lying outside his grandmother’s house in New York.Two men, Samuel Heroux of Cohoes, aged 21, and another friend who is not named because he was a minor at the time, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.Samuel HerouxThe case was held on Tuesday in Saratoga County Court in New York. Sentencing has been scheduled on 8th August 2019, when Liam’s family can attend court.Local news channel WNYT reports that Heroux and the friend had driven Liam, who was highly intoxicated, to his grandmother’s house and left him on the lawn. The pair drove away and came back, but they did not call for help when they saw Liam in distress.Heroux is expected to be sentenced to a term of six months in prison and five years probation. The second friend will also be sentenced in August.Two men plead guilty in connection with Donegal teen’s death was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Liam McGlincheynew yorklast_img read more

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AMBULANCE STAFF TREAT CYCLIST AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT

first_imgA CYCLIST has been treated by ambulance staff at the side of the main road between Donegal Town and Ballybofey this evening.The man, on a blue and white racer, was treated for his injuries on the hard shoulder close to the main by-pass roundabout near Donegal Town.A number of motorists stopped to assist ambulance crews before the cyclist was taken to hospital.   AMBULANCE STAFF TREAT CYCLIST AFTER ROAD ACCIDENT was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Retail complex, condos OK’d near corner

first_img Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 jason.kandel@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – The City Council approved a 276-unit condominium and retail complex at Empire Avenue and Buena Vista Street late Tuesday after imposing conditions to limit the project’s size and scope. Contractor Fairfield Properties/Crown Realty will develop the site, complete with courtyards, a pool, spa and built-in barbecues. The project will have 232 flats, 44 townhomes, and 1,000 square feet of retail space. About 25 units will be set aside for moderate-income buyers and low-income renters, officials said. “This is absolutely the best project for this area,” Councilwoman Marsha Ramos said. “It’s residential that’s near a lot of new jobs that have been generated over the past year. I think it’s a good fit for the area.” Residents who live there will have good options for public transit and can visit a local park, Ramos said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals To make way for the project, the developer will have to demolish a vacant office building and a cafe. After residents raised concerns about possible increases in traffic and noise during a Nov. 1 hearing, the council asked the developer to reduce its size from 300 to 276 units, increase landscaping and provide two parking spaces for each condo unit. Because the area sits near train tracks, officials have vowed to set aside some money to establish a noise buffer. Still, one local resident who has followed the issue questioned the development. “There’s always a concern about traffic,” Phil Berlin said Wednesday. “That’s the question – as to whether that is a good location and what impacts it will have on Buena Vista, which is already backed up.” last_img read more

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