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IRS to launch online tool for people to track their stimulus checks

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Wondering where your stimulus check is, if it isn’t in your bank account just yet? There will soon be a tool for that.

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced Friday it will launch a tool this week allowing Americans to register and track their stimulus checks. The tool is expected to be available by Friday.

The free “Get My Payment” tool located on the IRS.gov website will allow taxpayers who filed their tax returns in 2018 or 2019 but did not provide their banking information on their return to submit direct deposit information as to ensure they get their payments sooner.

Having your direct deposit information on file with the IRS ensures you get your stimulus check in your bank account quickly instead of waiting for a check in the mail.

Through this tool, you’ll be able to track the status of your payment by entering your Social Security Number, date of birth, and mailing address.

Those who want to add bank account information will need to provide the following:

  • Their Adjusted Gross Income from their most recent tax return submitted, either 2019 or 2018
  • The refund or amount owed from their latest filed tax return
  • Bank account type, account and routing numbers

If you did not use file a tax return in 2018 or 2019, there is a separate tool for non-filers to submit basic personal information to receive stimulus payments.

If you filed 2018 or 2019 tax returns with your direct deposition information on file, or if you are a Social Security recipient, you don’t need to take any further action as you will automatically receive your check in your bank account in the coming days.

The IRS says, however, once your check is scheduled for delivery, you are prohibited from updating your bank account information.

Taxpayers are also not allowed to change bank account information that is already on file with the IRS in an effort to help protect against potential fraud.

It’s important to note that the IRS does not email, text, or use social media to request your personal or financial information.

Anyone earning up to $75,000 in adjusted gross income and who has a Social Security number will receive a $1,200 payment.

That means married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment — $2,400 — if their adjusted gross income, which what you report on your taxes, is under $150,000.

The payment steadily declines for those who make more.

Those earning more than $99,000, or $198,000 for joint filers, are not eligible.

For heads of household with one child, the benefit starts to decline at $112,500 and falls to zero at $146,500.

Parents will also receive $500 for each qualifying child.


Nursing home deaths soar past 3,600 in alarming surge

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 3,600 deaths nationwide have been linked to coronavirus outbreaks in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, an alarming rise in just the past two weeks, according to the latest count by The Associated Press.

Because the federal government has not been releasing a count of its own, the AP has kept its own running tally based on media reports and state health departments. The latest count of at least 3,621 deaths is up from about 450 deaths just 10 days ago.

But the true toll among the 1 million mostly frail and elderly people who live in such facilities is likely much higher, experts say, because most state counts don’t include those who died without ever being tested for COVID-19.

Outbreaks in just the past few weeks have included one at a nursing home in suburban Richmond, Virginia, that has killed 42 and infected more than 100, another at nursing home in central Indiana that has killed 24 and infected 16, and one at a veteran’s home in Holyoke, Mass., that has killed 38, infected 88 and prompted a federal investigation. This comes weeks after an outbreak at a nursing home in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland that has so far claimed 43 lives.

And those are just the outbreaks we know about. Most states provide only total numbers of nursing home deaths and don’t give details of specific outbreaks. Notable among them is the nation’s leader, New York, which accounts for 1,880 nursing home deaths out of about 96,000 total residents but has so far declined to detail specific outbreaks, citing privacy concerns.

Experts say nursing home deaths may keep climbing because of chronic staffing shortages that have been made worse by the coronavirus crisis, a shortage of protective supplies and a continued lack of available testing.

And the deaths have skyrocketed despite steps taken by the federal government in mid-March to bar visitors, cease all group activities, and require that every worker be screened for fever or respiratory symptoms at every shift.

But an AP report earlier this month found that infections were continuing to find their way into nursing homes because such screenings didn’t catch people who were infected but asymptomatic. Several large outbreaks were blamed on such spreaders, including infected health workers who worked at several different nursing home facilities.

This past week, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that regulates nursing homes issued recommendations urging nursing homes to use separate staffing teams for residents, and to designate separate facilities within nursing homes to keep COVID-19 positive residents away from those who have tested negative.

Dr. Deborah Birx, who leads the White House coronavirus response, suggested this past week that as more COVID-19 tests become available, nursing homes should be a top priority.

“We need to really ensure that nursing homes have sentinel surveillance. And what do I mean by that? That we’re actively testing in nursing homes, both the residents and the workers, at all times,” Birx said.


Man killed after tree topples onto his Georgia home

CARTERSVILLE, GA (WGCL) — A man was killed overnight after a tree fell onto his home in Cartersville.

The tree crashed down onto the bedroom of the home on Fite Street around 1 a.m. Monday morning, killing the man as he was sleeping.

The identity of the man has not been released but the fire department says he is 34 years-old.

There were other people inside of the home at the time. Thankfully, they were all able to make it out of the home safely.


Denver weather: Snow throughout Monday with below freezing temperatures

Snow is likely through the day and into the night Monday as the high temperature is expected to remain below freezing, forecasters said.

The high temperature will be around 29 degrees, said the National Weather Service in Boulder.

Snow is mainly expected in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 90%, forecasters said. A total of up to 3 inches of snow could accumulate through Monday night, the weather service said. It will get blustery tonight with wind gusts reaching 18 mph, the NWS said.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high temperature near 40 degrees and a low around 23, forecasters said.

Afternoon snow is possible between noon and 1 p.m. on Wednesday. There’s a chance for rain after 1 p.m. It will be partly sunny with a high temperature around 47 degrees, the NWS said. Rain and snow is likely at night. By 10 p.m. only snow is expected. The chance for precipitation will be 70%.

Snow is also likely on Thursday, when the high temperature will drop down into the 30s to around 36 degrees, the NWS said. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

It will be mostly sunny on Friday with a high temperature of around 46 degrees and a low of 26, forecasters said. Saturday will also be mostly sunny with a high of 58 degrees.

There’s a slight chance for rain on Sunday, when the high temperature will be around 60 degrees.


Additional COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Veterans’ Home in Scarborough

Six staff and three residents have tested positive

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) today confirmed an increase in cases of the disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Maine Veterans' Homes facility in Scarborough.

As of today, six staff members and three residents of the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has died. The other residents who tested positive reside in the same wing of the facility and are being cared for there. Working with Maine Veterans' Homes, COVID-19 testing is underway for other residents and staff.

Maine CDC is in regular contact with administrators at the home. Elevated protective measures have been in place since the first positive test involving a member of the community. An additional supply of personal protective equipment is being provided to the facility, on top of what was sent to it in March. Nursing facilities have been prioritized for personal protective equipment from the State emergency stockpile.

Maine CDC continues to work closely with congregate living facilities to protect staff and residents, and to limit potential spread of the virus. On March 15,Governor Janet Millsand theMaine CDC recommended that long-term care providers prohibit all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, until further notice.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, shortness of breath, and lower respiratory distress. Individuals who exhibit those symptoms are advised to contact medical providers before going to a health care facility. Medical providers will make initial determinations about who should be tested.

Maine people can protect their health by exercising good personal hygiene and abiding by physical distancing to limit potential spread of the virus: Wash your hands often for 20 seconds. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home except for essential trips. Avoid group gatherings. Stay at least 6 feet away from others while out in public. Use phones or other media to chat with friends and loved ones rather than meeting face to face.

For more information

  • Contact 211 Maine for answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19:
  • Dial 211(or 1-866-811-5695)
  • Text your ZIP code to 898-211
  • Emailinfo@211maine.org
  • 211 is TTY and Video Relay accessible if calling from Maine
  • Visitwww.maine.gov/dhhs/coronavirus.

Additional COVID-19 Cases Confirmed at Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation

41 residents and 14 staff have tested positive

AUGUSTA – TheMaine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) todayconfirmedanincrease incasesof COVID-19 at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Augusta.

As of today, 41 residents and 14 staff members of the facility have tested positive for COVID-19.As reported on Friday, one resident who tested positive for COVID-19died. Maine CDC facilitated COVID-19 testing for all residents and staff after the first case, and the state lab confirmed the additional cases in a batch of subsequent samples.The increased number of cases at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation will be reflected in the COVID-19 data that Maine CDC will post on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Maine CDC is in regular contact with administrators at the facility.Elevatedprotective measures have been in place since the first positive test involving a member of the community.Anadditionalsupplyof personal protective equipment (PPE) has been providedto the facility.Federal law requires that nursing facilities have emergency preparedness plans that include infection control protocols.

To date, Maine has had three outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (LTCFs).Maine CDCpreviouslyannouncedoutbreaksatthe Tall PinesRetirement and Health Care Communityin Belfast, and the Maine Veterans' Homes facility in Scarborough. Other outbreaks have been previously reported at assisted living, independent living, and group homes that do not offer skilled nursing care. Nationwide, nursing facilities have been common settings for COVID-19 outbreaks.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is intensifying its ongoing work to limit additional nursing and LTCF COVID-19 outbreaks. This week, Maine CDC will, working with State licensing boards, reiterate in an email to all physicians and nurses licensed in Maine the actions that can be taken in long-term care settings to protect residents and staff. A special webinar also will be held for medical directors of nursing facilities on best practices for prevention and response to the spread of COVID-19.

Maine CDC will also redistribute its "LTCF toolkit" that includes a preparedness checklist for nursing homes and other LTCFs; a LTCF respiratory illness tracking chart; guidance for nursing homes from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and a letter that LTCFs can use to inform families regarding actions being taken to preserve the health of facility residents and staff. And, the DHHS Office of Aging and Disability Services will work with the Long-Term Care Ombudsman on facility-specific technical assistance, with a special focus on small and rural nursing facilities and LTCFs that serve older adults and adults with disabilities.

These proactive measures build on the steps already taken to support Maine's nursing homes and congregate living facilities:

  • Since March 4, Maine CDC has hosted a weekly call for staff at LTCFs to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation in Maine and on published guidance relevant to LTCFs, and to answer questions from attendees. On a regular basis, Maine CDC staff have provided guidance and self-assessment tools to the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) and the DHHS Division of Licensing and Certification (DLC). MHCA and DLC have distributed these to all Maine LTCFs.
  • OnMarch 9 and March 15, Maine CDC issued a number of recommendations for LTCFs through theHealth Alert Network, including restricting visitors, checking staff for symptoms of COVID-19, canceling communal meals and activities, posting visual alerts, and ensuring hand hygiene supplies are available.
  • OnMarch 15, Governor Mills recommended that long-term care providers prohibit all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, until further notice.
  • OnMarch 26, DHHS announced that MaineCare will pay nursing facilities for extra costs associated with COVID-19, including staffing above and beyond customary levels to maintain proper ratios and to monitor residents and screen visitors, and supplies and PPE, such as face masks and gowns, beyond the amounts typically purchased. This extraordinary circumstance allowance builds on the investment in nursing facilities through a cost-of-living increase in the biennial budget and other increases to their rates.
  • Maine CDC and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have prioritized requests from LTCFs for PPE.

Maine CDC continues to track all COVID-19 positive LTCF residents and health care workers.When a LTCF has a case, Maine CDC staff work with the facility to provide recommendations for public health interventions, facilitate further testing, and expedite requests for additional PPE.


Tottenham Hotspur reverse furlough decision for non-playing staff

Tottenham reverse their decision to use the government's furlough scheme for some non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis following criticism from supporters.


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Man found fatally shot inside crashed car in Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge police who responded to a car crash early Monday morning found a male fatally shot and another injured person inside the vehicle.

The crash happened at midnight at 33rd Avenue and Chase Street, according to Wheat Ridge police tweets.

The injured person was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to a tweet.

The case remained under investigation several hours later.

Check back for updates on this breaking news story.


DEP provides guidance to municipalities regarding recycling and transfer station operations

AUGUSTA, MAINE, April 10, 2020 - On March 26, 2020, Governor Janet Mills issued Executive Order 24: An Order Regarding Recycling and Solid Waste Facility Operating Hours Enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection. Executive Order 24 provides additional flexibility to solid waste facilities and municipalities managing their communities' solid wastes. Solid waste facilities are diligently working to meet social distancing requirements and to minimize any unnecessary contact their employees have with wastes and recyclable material. This Order was issued to address concerns from municipalities about sorting recyclable materials at local transfer stations and to allow facilities to adjust their operating hours to effectively process wastes while protecting their employees.

Maine law requires municipalities to provide for the disposal of domestic and commercial wastes generated in their community and establishes a goal for municipalities to recycle at least 50% of those wastes. This Order provides flexibility for towns to maintain their recycling programs without turning citizens away during this public health crisis. The Governors Executive Order gives towns additional options to meet their recycling goals by enabling them to count the recyclables they send to waste-to-energy facilities as recycled until January 1, 2021. It is not necessary to bury recyclable material in landfills to protect workers and citizens from COVID-19; Maine has a variety of businesses that can safely handle our wastes and convert it into energy instead. Executive Order 24 does not restrict these activities - it expands options for solid waste management to ensure that towns and facilities can safely meet citizens needs for waste management during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Amazon puts new food delivery customers on a waitlist

(CNN) — Soaring demand for online food delivery during the coronavirus pandemic has forced Amazon to create a waitlist for new shoppers. It’s part of a number of changes Amazon is making to its food delivery business.

Shoppers who want to order through Whole Food or Amazon Fresh have recently found it nearly impossible to find an open delivery or pickup slot. Beginning Monday, Amazon said it’s requiring new customers that want to use those services to “sign up for an invitation” to help it handle the demand crush.

Amazon explained in a blog post that it recently boosted order capacity by 60% in recent weeks and is adding more. That is still not enough to meet demand from the millions of subscribers to Amazon’s Prime services.

Among the other changes Amazon is implementing in the coming weeks includes giving delivery customers a “virtual place in line” to shop so the company can distribute demand.

Amazon also said that it added pick-up to roughly 70 new Whole Foods locations, bringing its total to more than 150 stores. Around 480 Whole Foods stores are open in the United States. Amazon is also adjusting opening hours at some Whole Foods locations so employees can use the reduced shopping hours to fulfill online orders.

Separately, a Los Angeles-area store built for Amazon’s new grocery concept was converted to a warehouse to process online orders.

Most grocery competitors have implemented similar measures, including Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Target.

Amazon bought Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in 2017. Amazon has struggled with its grocery strategy and has failed to significantly grow its share of the $830 billion American grocery industry.

Whole Foods and Amazon together control 4% of the grocery market, according to an estimate from Cowen. Walmart, by comparison, controls an industry leading 21%.

Amazon does not break out Whole Foods’ sales, but revenue at physical stores — which also include cashier-less Amazon Go stores, Amazon Bookstores and Amazon Four-Star — fell 3% during Amazon’s most recent quarter compared with a year ago. Amazon blamed an accounting change and a shift in the calendar for the decline.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the brand of the Los Angeles store that was converted to a warehouse.


Mills Administration Steps Up Support For Maine People With Substance Use Disorder In Response to COVID-19

Actions Reduce Harm, Promote Treatment Access, and Bolster Funds to Providers

AUGUSTA –Governor Mills and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew announced today a series of actions to ensure that Maine people affected by Substance Use Disorder can access critical treatment and resources in the face of COVID-19, including facilitating access to medication and counseling, promoting harm reduction strategies, and accelerating financial relief for providers.

"While physical distancing is our best tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we also have to recognize its impacts on Maine people, like those with Substance Use Disorder, many of whom rely on in-person support for treatment and recovery,"said Governor Janet Mills. "My Administration is taking these steps to try to help those with SUD get the support they need during this challenging time."

"We recognize that individuals with Substance Use Disorder who rely on face-to-face treatment and recovery support are at greater risk during this time of physical distancing,"said Maine Opioid Response Director Gordon Smith."But separation doesn't have to mean isolation. We must all join together to maintain Maine's recovery from the opioid epidemic."

"We are working to both prevent and treat Substance Use Disorder during these unprecedented times,"said DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew."I urge all Maine people to reach out to those who are struggling and their families to let them know that help is still available."

Governor Mills has signed an Executive Order that temporarily relaxes restrictions on syringe exchange programs, which are proven harm reduction strategies that open the door to treatment and protect against the spread of infectious diseases. For the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency,Executive Order 27lifts the requirement that syringe exchange programs collect one syringe for every one delivered, allowing individuals to receive and return syringes on an as-needed basis. Syringe exchange programs may also more easily adjust their hours and, for mobile sites, their locations to best serve their clients.

The American Medical Associationyesterdayurged all states to adopt the Maine Executive Order on syringe exchanges, with its President, Patrice Harris, MD, MA, stating, "Sterile needle and syringe exchange is a proven harm reduction strategy.We commend Governor Mills for her action."

To ensure continued access to essential medication during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine DHHS is following federal guidance that allows opioid treatment programs greater flexibility to provide take-home doses of methadone. Patients who are determined by the programs' clinicians to be stable and safe to take home additional doses may receive 14- or 28-day supplies. The Board of Pharmacy has also enacted emergency rules, at the Administration's request, to allow the pharmacist in charge at each clinic to oversee preparation of take-home doses by a nurse without being physically present.

Additionally, DHHS has facilitated distribution of naloxone to the opioid treatment programs so patients can have take-home doses due to the potential for overdose. This is part of the Administration's broader work to increase access to naloxone, with 20,000 doses expected to be purchased this month for distribution over the remainder of the year. DHHS is in daily communication with opioid treatment programs and requires them to contact patients receiving take-home doses at least weekly through virtual visits.

The Administration has acted topromote the expansion of telehealth, including for medication-assisted treatment and counseling. Executive Orders have facilitated providers' ability to see patients via telehealth and MaineCare has authorized and enhanced reimbursement for virtual visits.

MaineCare claims for Substance Use Disorder services provided via telehealth have jumped 30-fold, from an average of approximately 100 weekly claims for the previous six months to more than 3,600 for services provided during the last week in March at last count. These figures are preliminary and are expected to increase as providers continue submitting claims.More than 68,000 people have cumulatively enrolled in MaineCare through the expansion ordered by Governor Mills, withnearly 9,000 receiving Substance Use Disorder treatment.

The Administration is additionally supporting Substance Use Disorder providers financially through MaineCare. DHHS has accelerated rate increases for medication management to April 1, 2020 from July 1, 2020, and made planned rate increases for opioid treatment programs retroactive to July 1, 2019.

The Mills Administration is alsosupportingrecovery centers, recovery residences, and recovery coaches, which are continuing services and training through virtual platforms, and thanks the recovery support organizations hosting hundreds of support meetings virtually.

Free, confidential peer recovery support is available seven days a week, and help is only aphone call or click away.If you, a friend or a family member needs help, resources are also available by calling 211. For more urgent needs, call the state crisis line at 1-888-568-1112.


For Lakewood nurse, combating coronavirus is part of personal mission to “meet people where they are most vulnerable”

Jessica Melba Mossbrucker can remember the moment she decided to become a nurse.

She was a teenager, and her grandfather had just passed away in the intensive care unit of Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette when a nurse came over and hugged her.

“Wow, nurses are really cool,” the 27-year-old Golden native thought in the moment.

The cruel irony for Mossbrucker, an ICU nurse at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, is she now cannot provide that same emotional support to her patients’ family. The harsh reality of COVID-19 won’t allow for it.

Those suffering from the virus must do so in isolation — quarantined in order to ensure they don’t spread it to others. That leaves nurses like Mossbrucker to give what comfort they can as loved ones communicate remotely.

“It’s very difficult emotionally,” Mossbrucker said, “because I can’t look a family member in the eye and explain to them what’s going on. … It is hard when I am talking to someone on the phone, to get across how much I am caring for their family member.”

Compassion has been a central part of Mossbrucker’s life, well before she became a nurse.

The summer after graduating from Arvada West High School in 2010, the then-18-year-old embarked on the first of five mission trips to the Mathare slums outside Nairobi, Kenya. Working with a nonprofit named The Inspiration Centre, she fostered relationships with children and others living in the slums while also participating in community projects to help improve conditions. It was an experience Mossbrucker said has impacted the rest of her life, and one she carries with her now as she serves in her home state.

Five years after her last mission trip, and after she graduated from Colorado Mesa University, her connection to Kenya remains as a benefactor for She Has a Name — a nonprofit operated by HEART of Junction church in Grand Junction that helps young prostitutes in Nairobi escape that life and return to school.

“(Going to Kenya) made me more compassionate for humans in general,” Mossbrucker said. “It has shaped my nursing, because I feel like I understand, if someone was to come from another country or just a different lifestyle than me, I feel like I can empathize with them a lot better. … My eyes were opened to how people live and that I can connect with them even though we live differently.”

As difficult as it would have been to grasp just one month ago, those connections have become increasingly tenuous as Mossbrucker and her colleagues in St. Anthony’s ICU confront the coronavirus.

The COVID patients she encounters are the sickest of the sick — those who require ventilators and around-the-clock care. Their conditions are subject to change at a moment’s notice. And when they do, Mossbrucker can address it only after she’s meticulously covered herself in personal protective equipment.

Thus, the challenge isn’t just combating a relatively unknown virus, but doing it in an environment in which she must also be hypervigilant about protecting herself and those she comes into contact with, including her own family.

“This is something that gives me extreme anxiety, because I would hate to bring it home to the family,” said Mossbrucker, who is married with three stepchildren. “That’s my biggest concern.

“So I take all of the precautions needed to try not to bring it in the house after a shift. I make sure I change my clothes, change my shoes (before leaving the hospital). I instantly get in the shower (at home). I try to keep my distance, but it’s a little hard with the kids.”

Harder still when her regular day-care service, Mossbrucker’s 57-year-old mother, is isolating in her own Arvada home.

Mossbrucker and her husband, Alex, have rearranged their schedules so that someone can be home with Keely, 9; Sam, 7; and Elizabeth, 3. It helps that she works the night shift (6:45 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.) three times a week. But like everyone else these days, nothing comes easy.

That scrambling effort is the new normal for Mossbrucker, who finds herself working alongside nurses pulled away from their regular duties to meet the growing demands of the COVID crisis. Whether it’s ICU nurses like herself, PACU nurses, designated cardiac nurses or medical professionals from other areas of the trauma hospital, all of them are coming together to take care of those patients.

“What impresses me the most is that they are doing it with such ease, and that’s how I know that I have the best talent on my team,” said Jenny Choi, Mossbrucker’s manager who oversees a pool of 90 nurses at St. Anthony. “We have people willing to help out in every single department, whether it’s coming to help with supplies, just anything that anybody can do. It’s just been a whole team approach as far as getting these patients taken care of. This is not our norm, so we had to reach out to get extra help.”

That, of course, includes Mossbrucker, who in just her fifth year in the profession finds herself navigating what may end up being the biggest health crisis of her career.

It may not have been what she envisioned more than a decade ago when that nurse at Good Samaritan embraced her amid the grief of losing her grandfather. But it is what she signed up for.

“Taking care of people in general and using my critical thinking skills and to meet people where they are most vulnerable in life… that’s what I wanted to do,” she said.

“I knew that it was going to come with scary moments. I never thought of a pandemic, but I knew that I would be exposed to scary things. I don’t necessarily feel like a hero, I just feel like a person who’s doing my job.”

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How lobbyists and panicked Denverites kept liquor stores and marijuana dispensaries open during coronavirus

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock reversed himself twice on March 23 when he ordered residents to stay at home to prevent spreading the coronavirus sweeping the country.

Had he stuck to his instinct, the mayor could have avoided hours of intense lobbying from residents, small-business owners, industry advocates and politicians, all of whom urged his administration toward the city’s ultimate conclusion: Liquor stores and recreational marijuana shops should be considered essential and remain open during Denver’s stay-at-home order.

Instead, Hancock double-checked during his afternoon news conference when asked by a reporter about the two types of businesses.

“As far as the liquor store and I am concerned, yes, very essential,” Hancock said with a laugh, but he looked to a city attorney for guidance, asking her to the stage.

“I don’t want to give the wrong information, but I think we’ve allowed them to continue operating, particularly for medical marijuana,” Hancock said of dispensaries.

Seconds later, Marley Bordovsky, Denver’s director of prosecution, looked into the camera and said neither liquor stores nor recreational marijuana shops were considered essential and they would close the next day under the mayor’s order.

“That’s exactly what I was going to say,” Hancock said as he reclaimed the microphone.

With that, the phones started ringing and a large lobbying effort mobilized. Conducted outside the public’s view, its goal was to keep hundreds of stores open, thousands of Denverites employed and entire industries functioning across the city.

“We have a lobbyist, we have people on the ground, and we were able to text (Hancock’s) chief of staff,” said Jeanne McEvoy, president and CEO of the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association. “One of our legislators from Denver called me and said, ‘This is crazy. I’m going to text the mayor right now.’ ”

That lawmaker, Rep. Leslie Herod, a Democrat representing a section of central Denver, said she immediately texted Alan Salazar, Hancock’s chief of staff, and later spoke to the mayor himself.

“I was watching the press conference and when he said that, I knew it was the wrong decision and it was a decision that was made on the fly without enough consideration,” Herod said.

Upgrade, left, organizes and sanitizes shopping ...
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Upgrade, left, organizes and sanitizes shopping carts before giving them to customers waiting in line to shop at Argonaut Liquors on March 23, 2020 in Denver.

Several considerations had been omitted, but one was more immediately apparent than the others. The growing lines outside stores obviously and dangerously flouted the minimum 6-foot social distancing recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus that caused Hancock’s stay-at-home order in the first place.

“I got on the horn to our lobbyist and a couple of Denver legislators at the state level and said, ‘This can’t happen. If you want to see how social distancing won’t work, you really need to get on this one,’ ” McEvoy said.

Shawnee Adelson was also surprised. The executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild had expected that breweries would be deemed essential and kept open. The guild reached out to the mayor’s office, and brewery owners began calling City Council members they knew.

Hancock’s announcement also caught several council members off guard. Their phones immediately began lighting up.

Councilman Chris Hinds said they were not consulted before the order was issued. He received calls from people in the cannabis industry saying, “This doesn’t make any sense. What happened here?”

Councilwoman Robin Kniech and Council President Jolon Clark received a mass of messages with serious medical concerns: Closing liquor stores could send alcoholics into withdrawal, placing their health at risk and straining a medical system already spread thin by the virus.

Kniech said she called representatives at Denver Health and heard the medical staff there was already working on an amendment to Hancock’s order and had been in contact with the mayor’s office.

Clark and Hinds passed messages to Hancock’s office. The council president suspected the initial order was the result of an omission rather than a conscious decision. He pointed to Hancock’s earlier reversal in support of his theory.

Herod agreed, noting that by the time she spoke with Hancock, he was clearly open to the idea of changing the order. Hinds called the next few hours productive as lines of communication opened wide for a quick change.

The marijuana industry talks periodically with city officials, and for the most part recreational stores had already put protective measures in place, said Truman Bradley, director of the Marijuana Industry Group. After Hancock’s news conference, city officials were told that one of the state’s most highly regulated industries could safely follow public health recommendations and stay open.

The businesses were needed not only so residents could safely access their medicine or recreational marijuana, Bradley noted, but also to keep small businesses open and hold on to full- and part-time employees at a time when Coloradans were filing for unemployment en masse.

Cindy Sovine, a medical marijuana advocate, had heard rumors of imminent dispensary closures days before. In the hours before Hancock’s announcement, she and several medical marijuana patients issued a news release urging the city to keep dispensaries open. They conducted TV news interviews in dispensary parking lots. Articles began popping up that afternoon.

“Those stories were being released as the mayor was saying, ‘We’re shutting everything down,’ ” Sovine recalled.

“When he made that decision, it created absolute panic within the patient population. Within minutes there were lines out the door and around the corner at dispensaries.”

Rather than dwell on the Denver order, Sovine worked to prevent other bureaucratic dominoes from falling. She reached out to Aurora, worried Denver’s eastern neighbor would follow its lead. Before it could, circumstances would change.

Back in Denver, Salazar said afterward that he was too busy in the city’s Emergency Operations Center to give much notice to the messages. He acknowledged the initial order was a mistake but said it was news of the large crowds that encouraged the administration to take a second look and better align themselves with what they knew Gov. Jared Polis would soon order for the rest of the state.

“We all got the flurry of emails, of texts. I didn’t respond to any of that because I couldn’t,” Salazar said. “We knew by the end of the day that we had to make a change.”

The original decree to close liquor stores and pot shops had been an omission rather than an intentional decision, Salazar said. With a bit of extra time, city officials spoke with public health and state officials and arrived at a new conclusion: the stores could remain open so long as they exercised physical distancing measures.

“These are judgment calls you make,” Salazar said. “The lines are hard to draw. … That is a place where we had not looked around the corner, clearly.”

Hancock tweeted the change at 5:38 p.m., less than two hours after his original news conference began. The mayor who had jokingly told residents to stock up on liquor earlier that day then tweeted, “Please do not panic buy.”

“For those of you who have been asking, the Public Health Order has been updated to include marijuana and liquor stores,” Hancock wrote.

“I was very pleased when he reversed his decision,” said Councilman Paul Kashmann, “because the last thing we need at this point is hundreds of alcoholics showing up at hospitals with withdrawal symptoms.”

Many inside and outside of Denver’s city government believe Denverites changed city policy on that odd March day when they opened social media apps, snapped photos of dangerously crowded stores, and posted them. They were sharing photographic proof that the order was unhelpful.

Whatever the impetus for the switch, industry officials chalked it up as a win. Within two hours, their organic lobbying effort had worked. The liquor store association wrote a thank-you note to Hancock’s office in appreciation.

“I see the ultimate outcome as a great thing,” Bradley said. “Not for the industry per se, but for everybody. … We’re hiring people right now that would be filing for unemployment.”

For McEvoy, the liquor store advocate, Denver’s strange afternoon of March 23 reinforces her belief that Denverites, like all Americans, need an escape from these uncertain times and many are inclined to find it at the bottom of a cocktail glass.

“We now know why Prohibition didn’t work,” she said with a laugh.

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“Baby, I Can’t Breathe”: The story of America’s first ER doctor to die in the coronavirus battle

At about 5 a.m. on March 19, a New York City ER physician named Frank Gabrin texted a friend about his concerns over the lack of medical supplies at hospitals.

“It’s busy ― everyone wants a COVID test that I do not have to give them,” he wrote in the message to Eddy Soffer. “So they are angry and disappointed.”

Worse, though, was the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) — the masks and gloves that help keep health care workers from getting sick and spreading the virus to others. Gabrin said he had no choice but to don the same mask for several shifts, against Food and Drug Administration guidelines.

“Don’t have any PPE that has not been used,” he wrote. “No N95 masks ― my own goggles — my own face shield,” he added, referring to the N95 respirators considered among the best lines of defense.

Less than two weeks later, Gabrin became the first ER doctor in the U.S. known to have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians.

He is one of numerous medical workers across the U.S. who have succumbed to the virus, from doctors and nurses to paramedics and hospital food service employees. The Guardian and Kaiser Health News are launching a new project, “Lost on the Frontline,” to track them and tell their stories.

New York City-area hospitals have been particularly hard-hit. More than one-third of all U.S. cases have occurred in New York state. At a hospital in the borough of Queens, patients have reportedly died while waiting for a bed, and a temporary trailer morgue was set up outside. Physicians at another hospital system created a GoFundMe drive because they had insufficient masks and gowns.

Gabrin knew the stakes of his job. “Inside the emergency, the angel of death is in the room,” he wrote in his 2013 book, “Back From Burnout.” “The pressure is intense, yet there is a calm, a peace, like being in the eye of the storm.”

His own resilience was hard-won after several close brushes with mortality, and his marriage to a special man only seven months prior to the COVID-19 spike in New York. But circumstances around the coronavirus unsettled him. “I have to admit,” he posted on Facebook, “I am having some anxiety.”

“He Showed Me The Light”

Toothy and energetic, Gabrin, 60, was adored by colleagues at hospitals in Ohio, New York and elsewhere. He was loud. He always arrived at work bearing food to share. He was “a ray of sunshine,” said physician assistant Lois-Ann Welsh, and possessed the “emotional intelligence” that differentiated a great doctor from merely a good one.

“I don’t hold any fancy titles and I am not the director of anything,” Gabrin explained in his book. “But I can say that I have spent the last quarter of a century at the bedside of America’s sick, injured, intoxicated, impaired and disenfranchised.”

Born in Pennsylvania, Gabrin was a physician by calling, and his mother had photographs of him as a child tending to neighborhood dogs. His commitment to his profession was strengthened by his own illness. During his first year as an attending physician, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He survived, but it returned when he was 38. Both testicles were eventually removed ― he called it “the mutilating surgery.” Even so, he resolved to offer others the second chance that he himself received twice.

This, and an incident when a man tried to kill Gabrin at his ER, choking him so that he “started turning purple in the face,” helped lead to Gabrin’s unique professional philosophy. He described it in his book, explaining how medics can overcome burnout and feel greater compassion for their patients.

A huge shift in his life came a few years ago, when at a nightclub he met Arnold Vargas, a Peruvian who had lived in the U.S. for a decade.

“I saw [Gabrin] the happiest with Angel,” said Eddy Soffer, using Vargas’ middle name, as Gabrin did. “All his fear dissipated and he became his true self.”

“I think it gave me a second chance,” said Vargas, now 28. “He showed me the light — how beautiful my life can be.” He had been miserable, in a rut, yet Gabrin pushed him to train in massage therapy and to apply for U.S. citizenship. There was an age difference, but to Vargas, who felt enriched by Gabrin and his experiences, it was irrelevant. “I was always thinking, ‘I just want to make you happy,’ and he did the same for me.”

They married in August 2019 at City Hall in New York.

“It’s Not Going To Be This Way Forever”

When infections in New York surged in March, Gabrin posted a picture of ambulances crowding a hospital bay on Facebook. “I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is the moment Armageddon happens,’” said Debra Vasalech Lyons, another old friend. “He said, ‘No, it’s still manageable, but it’s not going to be this way forever.’”

In fact, St. John’s Episcopal in Queens, one of two hospitals where Gabrin worked at the time, was among local facilities “dealing with challenges around PPE,” said New York City Council member Donovan Richards. The hospital says it has always had enough equipment for staff.

Richards linked difficult conditions there to historical discrimination and underresourcing in the largely African American and Hispanic district. “When America gets a cold, black and brown communities get pneumonia,” Richards said. “But in this instance, we are getting death sentences.”

The other hospital at which Gabrin was employed, East Orange General in New Jersey, served a majority African American community, and also had a devoted staff that before the virus had struggled to maintain care standards.

In conversations with his husband and friends in mid- and late March, including in text messages shared with The Guardian, Gabrin said he had to reuse his PPE because he did not receive replacements. He told Lyons that he was attempting to wash an N95 mask to make it last several shifts, and that the only gloves available were too small for his hands and ripped.

Lyons mailed him gloves in the correct size from Florida, where she lives, and ordered 4 gallons of hand sanitizer for him. On Facebook, Gabrin wrote about concocting his own sanitizer from vodka and aloe vera plants.

The heads of the two emergency rooms where Gabrin worked both said they had sufficient supplies of protective equipment.

“I know for one thing he wasn’t speaking about a lack of PPE at St. John’s,” said Dr. Teddy Lee, the ER chairman there.

“If for a second I thought that was our problem at East Orange, I would tell you otherwise,” said ER chairman Dr. Alvaro Alban.

On March 25, when Gabrin arrived home, “he said, ‘Baby, something bad happened tonight,’” Vargas recalled. A coronavirus patient with whom Gabrin formed a deep connection had passed away. Gabrin took a shower and cried, then he and Vargas offered a prayer for the person’s soul.

The next morning, a Thursday, they both had symptoms and self-quarantined. “It was me using the same mask for four days in a row that infected me,” he texted Lyons. Through the weekend, their cases seemed mild. Gabrin coughed and had joint aches but didn’t have significant respiratory issues. On Monday, though, Gabrin was in greater pain and spent the day in bed.

At around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, he woke Vargas and said, “Baby, I can’t breathe, help me.”

He was gasping for air in great, hoarse breaths, but could not get enough oxygen. Vargas called Lyons and 911. But by the time paramedics arrived, Gabrin was on the edge of death, or had already gone. His face had turned purple.

Frank “passed away in my arms,” Vargas said. “He was looking into my eyes.”

Vargas himself eventually recovered. On Tuesday, two weeks after his death, Gabrin will be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Queens.

Owing to the need for physical distancing, Vargas was told, only 10 mourners will be allowed.

The headstone, Vargas expects, will bear a middle name that Gabrin adopted through his decades-old interest in Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition. That name, Pinchas, now seems poignant.

It comes from a biblical figure who halted a plague.

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This story is part of Lost On The Frontline, a project from The Guardian and Kaiser Health News that aims to document the life of every healthcare worker in America who dies from COVID-19 during the pandemic. We’ll be sharing more about the project soon, but if you have a colleague or loved one we should include, please email covidtips@kff.org.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


Colorado teachers of color push for diversifying educator ranks

At the start of one semester, Leilani Gomez, a high school senior in Aurora, was shocked when her white teacher introduced herself.

“She told us we had to respect her, because we were receiving an opportunity to learn from her, and said a lot of students ‘like us’ don’t have that opportunity,” Gomez recalled. “I think she made it obvious that she thought she was better than us.”

Students stopped listening to her. Many didn’t show up to class. Students complained to school leadership, and eventually the teacher was gone.

Instead, Gomez said, she wishes she would have had more opportunities to learn from teachers of color. In four years of high school, she recalls having just two teachers of color.

“It was cool,” Gomez said. “It kind of felt like we had a space to talk to each other about anything. She was willing to be like ‘oh I know what you mean.’ It was almost a sense of comfort.”

Experiences like that are one reason educators of color in some of Colorado’s largest districts have called on officials to do more to diversify school staff.

But Colorado’s teachers largely don’t look like the students they serve and the gap has mostly stayed the same for five years. District policies don’t easily translate to practice in part because hiring decisions are left up to principals, and educators of color have higher attrition rates.

Read more at Chalkbeat.org.

Chalkbeat Colorado is a nonprofit news organization covering education issues. For more, visit chalkbeat.org/co.


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Coronavirus in Colorado, April 13: A look at the latest updates on COVID-19

Colorado health officials on Sunday said there have been at least 290 deaths from complications of the novel coronavirus. There have been 7,303 who have tested positive and 37,153 have been tested.

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“Our flag was still there:” Arkansas family finds Old Glory still flying amongst storm debris

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You know the story -- after the rain comes the rainbow. Well, for one family in Arkansas they got something even better.

Amongst all the debris and scattered tree limbs, the American flag is still standing.

A tree had fallen on the home in Hot Springs, but the family was all able to make it out. Seeing this gave them a little hope that everything will be okay.


Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Closely Watching Upcoming Wind Storm and Flood Threats

####Work Continues to Restore Power Following Last Week's Nor'easter and on Covid-19 Response

AUGUSTA, MAINE - Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is gearing up for yet another powerful storm that is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the state, possibly causing additional power outages. This comes amid the ongoing efforts to restore power after a Nor'easter left about a third of the state's electrical customers without power last week.

"We are monitoring this storm closely and working to get additional crews in place through mutual assistance agreements," said MEMA Director Peter Rogers. "MEMA staff continue to work on this Easter holiday and weve been talking with the National Weather Service, utilities and others to prepare for this challenging weather event thats heading our way."

MEMA will continue to work with utilities to prioritize power restoration for critical services such as hospitals, healthcare facilities and food distribution facilities.

The National Weather Service predicts damaging winds, especially along the coast. Rain combined with melting snow is expected to cause river and stream levels to rise, especially in northern and central Maine.

"We are in flood season, and these conditions are on our radar as well," said Rogers. "We have already experienced some flooding in Aroostook County due to the large amounts of snow in that region and the rain will only add to that threat."

Mainers are reminded to ensure that alternate heat and power sources are in proper working condition and properly installed. Mainers should also remove objects in their yard that could take flight during strong winds.

In anticipation of potential flooding, Mainers are reminded to take the following steps to protect their homes or businesses from flood damage:

- Be aware of hazards that can increase the potential for flooding - including flash flooding such as heavy rain, melting snow and ice jams.

- Know the flood prone areas in your community - including dam locations.

- Have a family evacuation/communications plan.

- Know where and how to seek shelter in the event of evacuation.

- Check with your insurance agent about flood insurance coverage; most homeowners insurance does not cover floods.

- Take steps to "flood proof" your home, such as elevating electronics, appliances and furniture, building a dam of sandbags, unplugging electronics and equipment and varnishing wood doors and floors.

- During the flood stay tuned to radio or TV to get the latest information or monitor a NOAA Weather radio.

- Pay attention to evacuation orders.

- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams or areas at risk of flooding.

- DO NOT DRIVE ON FLOODED ROADWAYS or cross flowing streams, as the road underneath may be washed out.

- Be cautious when driving at night as it may be more difficult to recognize flood dangers.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains operational seven days a week and is responding to resource needs of the county emergency management agencies related to Covid-19 as well as storm events.

For additional information, please visit Maine.gov/MEMA, or visit MEMA on Facebook or Twitter.


Deadly storms that brought destruction to the South move north

 Severe storms that left at least eight people dead and parts of the South reeling from tornadoes that destroyed hundreds of structures are now moving north, with more than 39 million people under the threat of severe weather.

Mississippi was among the state’s hardest hit by Sunday’s storms. Seven people were confirmed to have died as a result of severe weather in the state, with at least 10 counties reporting damage, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.

Emergency officials advised residents that sheltering for safety from the storms took priority over the social distancing guidelines in place to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency tweeted a photo saying their experts were monitoring the weather. The tweet also emphasized that people should have a safe place to go — and if that’s a public shelter, to continue practicing social distancing.

“If you go to a public shelter please wear a mask, bandana, or scarf around your nose and mouth,” the tweet said.

In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a state of emergency over the “devastating damage.”

The damage done

At least 34 tornadoes were reported to have hit Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia as of early Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The storms left more than 450,000 customers in those states without power early Monday morning, according to poweroutages.us.

The storm system brought severe weather first to Texas on Saturday and moved east, bringing forecasts of tornadoes, strong winds and hail the size of tennis balls or larger for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

“This is not how anyone wants to celebrate Easter Sunday,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a statement. “The state and our first responders are working around the clock and will not rest until this is over. We are mobilizing all resources available to protect our people and their property.”

At least 200 to 300 structures were damaged in the city of Monroe, a city in north-central Louisiana of about 50,000 people, Mayor Jamie Mayo said. The city has not had reported fatalities, but emergency workers were responding to “minor injuries.”

More to come

The system is expected to focus on the East Coast on Monday, bringing a continued threat of tornadoes, straight-line winds and hail.

More than 150 million people are under a wind advisory or warning Monday, according to CNN meterologist Michael Guy.

“The line of storms that produced the deadly tornadoes in Mississippi are moving through Georgia and over the Appalachians (Monday) morning,” Guy said. “Wind gusts from Georgia up through New England today could be upwards of 50 mph with some areas in the North East getting gusts in excess of 70 mph.”

The worst of the wind gusts — or even a possible tornado — could occur in southeast Georgia up into northern Virginia, just south of metro Washington DC, Guy said.

New Yorkers told to remain at home during severe weather

Strong winds and heavy rain are expected to reach New York, the state hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told residents the best protection from the weather is to continue to practice social distancing.

“We have strong winds and heavy rain coming our way on Monday, New York City, so it’s really simple: if you do not need to be outside tomorrow then STAY HOME,” de Blasio said on Twitter.

But in the South, people already displaced by the damage are looking for shelter.

Monroe Mayor Mayo said he had asked local hotels to provide rooms to people made homeless by the storms as coronavirus made opening a shelter potentially dangerous.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency ahead of Sunday night’s expected severe weather, suspending coronavirus orders where life could be endangered.

“Shelters and community safe rooms should remain open and accessible to all individuals seeking refuge from this severe weather, while implementing reasonable practices and procedures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among those seeking shelter,” she said.

Officials in Mississippi said most county safe rooms were equipped with hand sanitizer and advised residents to still wear masks in the rooms.


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Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue lit up as a doctor, in tribute to healthcare workers fighting coronavirus

(CNN) — Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue was illuminated to look like a doctor on Easter Sunday, in a tribute to front-line healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic around the world.

The flags of several countries affected by the outbreak were also projected onto the monument, which towers over Rio de Janeiro.

The city’s archbishop, Dom Orani Tempesta, performed a mass at the base of the statue during the light show, in which he paid tribute to medical workers.

Messages of thanks in various language appeared on the statue, while pictures of medical professionals wearing scrubs and putting on face masks were also shown. The slogan “Fique Em Casa” — meaning “Stay at Home” — was projected onto the statue’s arm.

This is the second time the monument has been illuminated in response to the pandemic.

Last month, a composite of various countries’ flags was displayed on the statue, recognizing nations that have reported cases of the virus.

Brazil has so far recorded more than 22,000 Covid-19 cases and 1,230 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

However, President Jair Bolsonaro remains one of the few world leaders playing down the threat of the disease.

The populist leader has continued to push back on social-distancing policies in recent weeks, dismissing the coronavirus as a “little flu” and saying Brazil will suffer more if the economy collapses.


“Take What You Need, Leave What You Can:” New York couple gives back to community in unique way

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A couple in New York has their front porch covered in items - not for a yard sale - but as a donation center.

They say it's a free market, offering canned goods, pet food, even books and movies. Scott Upham and Tammy Schuh say it started out as a small way to give back to their community, and in just a few weeks more people got involved and the market grew.

"Our slogan is 'take what you need and leave what you can' and basically anyone can come and take whatever they need," explained Upham.

They call their market the "Shoppe at Strathmore," named after the neighborhood.


Shopping patterns continue to change during COVID-19 pandemic

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Andrea Bocelli performed ‘Amazing Grace’ to an empty Milan during ‘Music for Hope’ concert

Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli gave a moving performance from an empty cathedral on Sunday evening, in a bid to inspire hope amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, the 61-year-old tenor — who has been blind since age 12 — sent an Easter message to millions around the world with his “Music for Hope” concert from Milan’s historic Duomo cathedral.

Wearing a three-piece suit and black bow tie, he performed sacred works such as Bach’s “Ave Maria” and “Sancta Maria” by Pietro Mascagni in front of a single microphone for the virtual concert.

Ahead of the special set, Bocelli said he hoped to bring together millions together– regardless of their faith.

“On the day in which we celebrate the trust in a life that triumphs, I’m honored and happy to answer ‘Si’ to the invitation of the City and the Duomo of Milan,” the star said in a message played as the camera panned the cathedral’s empty pews and the deserted streets of the city.

“I believe in the strength of praying together. I believe in the Christian Easter, a universal symbol of rebirth that everyone, whether they are believers or not, truly needs right now.

“Thanks to music, streamed live, bringing together millions of clasped hands everywhere in the world, we will hug this wounded Earth’s pulsing heart,” he added.

Bocelli was accompanied only by the cathedral’s organist, Emanuele Vianelli, because the Duomo, like many landmarks, is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman was one of many viewers moved by the performance.

Sharing a snap of the tenor singing, he wrote on Twitter: “From the bottom of our hearts, thank you @andreabocelliofficial. A tremendous gift and exactly what we needed. #amazinggrace #happyeaster.”

The special, audience-free concert, organized at the invitation of the mayor of Milan and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, was live-streamed on Bocelli’s YouTube channel.

Money raised from the concert will help provide emergency hospital resources, such as protective equipment for medical staff.

Italy has been one of the countries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 156,000 cases of Covid-19 and 19,899 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.


Astronaut offers advice to deal with social distancing during COVID-19 pandemic

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Finding things to do while at home - your options are probably running a bit thin, but astronauts aboard the International Space Station have some ideas that might help. After all, nothing says "social distancing" like a trip off the planet. Here's some advice from astronaut Andrew Morgan:

"I think one of the most important things is to live by routine," he said. "That's what we do up here. We have a schedule and we follow it to the T and make sure that we're the most efficient, most effective with our time. Um, our exercise, our personal hygiene, our sleep."

Both Morgan and astronaut Jessica Meir are due to come back to earth Apr. 17.


What did the Hubble Telescope see on your birthday? Here’s how to find out

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The Hubble Telescope is nearing 30 years in orbit. Now you can join the celebration by going back to your birthday.

NASA is letting you see the images taken by the Hubble Telescope on the day you were born. Just go to their website, select the date and time, and it will pull images from the telescope captured that day.

If you're young enough, you can even see images taken from the moment you were born. Hubble was the first major telescope to go into space, and has been sharing incredible images since April 1990.


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FDA approves decontamination system for N95 masks

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The Food and Drug Administration is authorizing the use of a decontamination system for N95 respirators.

The masks are needed by health care workers to protect themselves against the coronavirus. The FDA says more than 6,000 U.S. hospitals already have decontamination systems, allowing roughly 4 million respirators to be cleaned each day.

This becomes the third emergency authorization from the FDA in regards to COVID-19 this year.


FDA approves decontamination system for N95 masks

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The Food and Drug Administration is authorizing the use of a decontamination system for N95 respirators.

The masks are needed by health care workers to protect themselves against the coronavirus. The FDA says more than 6,000 U.S. hospitals already have decontamination systems, allowing roughly 4 million respirators to be cleaned each day.

This becomes the third emergency authorization from the FDA in regards to COVID-19 this year.


Crews working to restore power in south Huntsville, Madison

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville Utilities are working to restore power to all of their customers.

Crews are working to fix a power outage in the areas of Madison and South Huntsville on Zierdt Road from Highway 20 south to Beadle Lane, west of Redstone Arsenal. 

This outage is impacting over 1300 people.

According to HU, there are several other outages scattered across the service area. 

The wind and lightning from the storm Sunday evening led to numerous power outages in the Huntsville Utilities service area. 


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Microsoft is giving workers 12 weeks of paid parental leave because of school disruptions

Microsoft is giving its workers an additional three months of paid parental leave to deal with extended school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Parents who work for Microsoft can choose how and when to use the leave — whether it’s a three-month stretch or a few days a week — a company spokesperson told CNN Business. The company is calling the program “12-Week Paid Pandemic School and Childcare Closure Leave.”

The news was first reported by Business Insider.

The policy is meant to “give our employees greater flexibility and time off as they face extended school closures,” the spokesperson added.

The coronavirus has forced schools around the world to shut, with UNESCO estimating that school closures across 188 countries are impacting more than 91% of the world’s student population — around 1.6 billion children and young adults. Several US states have extended school closures, with some governors already announcing schools will remain shut for the rest of the academic year. That includes Washington, where Microsoft is headquartered.

Microsoft’s move is one of several measures tech companies are taking to adapt to lockdowns, as most of their employees transition to working remotely due to the global pandemic. Facebook announced last month that it would give $1,000 to each of its 45,000 employees, and will continue to pay its hourly and contract workers in full despite reduced workloads. Google and Twitter have also said they will continue to pay contractors.

But other tech companies, such as Amazon, have come under fire for their treatment of workers amid the outbreak, particularly those at their warehouses and distribution facilities.


Coronavirus: Hong Kong inventor unveils reusable masks he says employ UV rays, ‘photocatalytic coating’ to disinfect in storage

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Coronavirus: Twelve die at Stanley care home

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St. Johnsbury Barracks – VAPO and Unlawful Trespass

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401847 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Rodzel                      STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks  CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: April 12, 2020 at approximately 2054 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Fairlee, VT VIOLATION: VAPO and Unlawful Trespass


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This is a developing story.


New Mexico State Police Officer Involved Shooting in Los Lunas

Los Lunas, NM - On April 12, 2020, at approximately 5:46 p.m., New Mexico State Police responded to assist the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office at the intersection of Tavalopa Road and Entrada Aragon in Los Lunas.

The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office requested New Mexico State Police to assist with scene security and attempt to locate an unidentified female in the area. While attempting to locate the unidentified female, a State Police Officer observed a dark grey passenger vehicle driving erratically and at a high rate of speed through the neighborhood. The State Police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle came to a stop on Entrada Aragon. At some point after the pursuit ended, the officer deployed his department issued taser and fired his department issued firearm towards two male subjects. Both male subjects were struck by the officer’s gunfire.

The officer began rendering aid to one or both male subjects on scene until Emergency Medical Services arrived. One male subject died on scene and the other male subject was transported by ambulance to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was requested to investigate the incident. The identification of the officer and both male subjects will not be released at this time. No officers were injured during the incident. This information is preliminary, and the investigation is still active and ongoing.

When more information is available State Police will send out an additional press release.


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Kindness spreads quicker than a virus

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Social distancing is giving some of us time to reflect on what's important in our lives, and perhaps look at people a little differently.

Church doors may have been closed for Sunday services, but that didn't stop Christians from celebrating Holy Week. Sometimes it just takes some painters tape and sidewalk chalk. With some help from their mom, two granddaughters shared a message with folks in their neighborhood wishing everyone a Happy Easter. 6-year-old Lola, and 10-year-old Avery, created some Easter artwork on their fence at home too. They’re students at Priceville Elementary.

One thing may be spreading quicker than the virus, kindness. Some people really are loving thy neighbor. You don't have to look far to find them either. Margaret Hill has been sitting at her sewing machine making masks. In just two weeks, she has sewn and given away more than 500 of them to medical workers, first responders and others for free.

Music is medicine, and we're seeing a healthy dose of that right now. Roque Haines walks the grounds of a Huntsville retirement community twice a week with his bagpipes, playing for the people who live at Redstone Village. Others, like Robin Key, are inspired to write and sing about those on the front line. His song, “Heroes Walk in the Rain,” honors those helping get us through this storm. Robin is the youth pastor at Cullman County's Mount Hope church. 

We're also seeing others feed the soul of people. The Rock Family Worship Center firing up the grill and oven to make hot meals for members who are widowed, children in the foster care system.
The mission is to help those who need it most. Huntsville Dream Center Director Chris Mitchell added, “We're doing this because it's an opportunity for the church, which is the light of the world, to shine and to step forward instead of running away from a need.” The Rock served more than 4,000 grab and go meals to Madison County students in a week. 

Wayne Jones started a month ago making soup, cornbread and banana bread to feed shut-ins in Hartselle. “We're all in this together,” he said, “One person, helping another. Next thing you know everybody joining together and it gets somewhere. I just wanna do my part.” It's the neighborly thing to do. “This man is truly a, he's just a good Samaritan,” a woman told us, “A good Christian person.”

Some businesses are also feeding heroes on the front lines. Old Black Bear Brewing and Breland Homes in Madison prepared and delivered more than 140 meals to health care workers and employees at Madison Hospital, part of the Huntsville Hospital system.

COVID-19 cancelled high school proms this year, but that didn't stop Geraldine High senior Hunter Norwood and his prom date from keeping their date. Hunter, born with Down syndrome, is living life to the fullest. Molly Bailey of Scottsboro has fought health battles before. The high school senior had brain cancer surgery 16 years ago. Islablue Photography captured their special prom night.

Hunter and Molly may have been socially isolated from their friends but are teaching us a powerful lesson. When we no longer have to practice social distancing, let's do better at including everyone, especially our friends with special needs.


Man tried to assault El Paso County deputies with tire reamer, sheriff’s office says


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Thomas Flores.

A 41-year-old man was arrested after he charged deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and tried to assault them with a tire reamer, according to a Sunday night news release.

At 10:57 a.m., the sheriff’s office received a call about a restraining order violation in the 1000 block of Main Street in Security, the sheriff’s office said in the release.

The female caller and her children were able to get out of the home safely, and the tactical support unit took control of the scene before 1 p.m., the release added.

At about 2:35 p.m., the suspect, Thomas Flores, walked out of the garage and charged, attempting to assault deputies with a tire reamer, the sheriff’s office said.

He was later disarmed, taken into custody and transported to a hospital. After being medically cleared, he was booked into the El Paso County Jail on two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, multiple counts of assault on a peace officer and violation of a restraining order (domestic violence), the release said.


St. Johnsbury Barracks / Simple Assault

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St. Johnsbury Barracks / 1st Degree Aggravated Domestic Assault

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401843 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Nicholas Cianci                            STATION: VSP - St. Johnsbury                    CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 4/12/2020 @ 1644 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Route 25, Topsham, VT VIOLATIONS:


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Law school graduates can temporarily practice law in New Jersey without bar due to pandemic

(CNN) — Law school graduates will be able to practice law temporarily in New Jersey without taking the bar exam after the state test was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state Supreme Court ruled.

Students who graduate in 2020 before the bar exam is held in the fall can practice under the supervision of an attorney in good standing with a three-year license, according to an order from the Supreme Court.

“At this challenging time, the public has a continuing and growing need for legal services in many critical areas,” Chief Justice Rabner said in a press release last week. “Newly admitted lawyers can help meet that need.”

The graduates must apply to take the first scheduled bar exam after graduation or qualify for one extension, and they must have a degree from an accredited law school.

They also must get certification from the Supreme Court Committee on Character before working as attorneys.

The order allows graduates to do such things as drafting legal documents and pleadings, providing client legal services and taking part in negotiations and settlement discussions.

“The temporary ability to practice law will lapse if the graduate does not sit for the first bar exam scheduled after graduation, unless granted an extension, or if the graduate does not pass the exam,” the release said.


Joe Biden’s next big decision: Choosing a running mate

Joe Biden faces the most important decision of his five-decade political career: choosing a vice president.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee expects to name a committee to vet potential running mates next week, according to three Democrats with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans. Biden, a former vice president himself, has committed to picking a woman and told donors this week that his team has discussed naming a choice well ahead of the Democratic convention in August.

Selecting a running mate is always critical for a presidential candidate. But it’s an especially urgent calculation for the 77-year-old Biden, who, if he wins, would be the oldest American president in history. The decision carries added weight amid the coronavirus pandemic, which, beyond its death toll, threatens to devastate the world economy and define a prospective Biden administration.

“We’re still going to be in crisis or recovery, and you want a vice president who can manage that,” said Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist who worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. The vice president is “always important,” Finney added. But she pointed to Biden’s role in the Obama administration’s 2009-10 recovery efforts as evidence that a crisis makes the choice of a running mate an even “more important decision than usual.”

Biden faces pressure on multiple fronts. He must consider the demands of his racially, ethnically and ideologically diverse party, especially the black women who propelled his nomination. He must balance those concerns with his stated desire for a “simpatico” partner who is “ready to be president on a moment’s notice.”

The campaign’s general counsel, Dana Remus, and former White House counsel Bob Bauer are gathering information about prospects. Democrats close to several presumed contenders say they’ve not yet been contacted.

Biden has offered plenty of hints. He’s said he can easily name 12 to 15 women who meet his criteria, but would likely seriously consider anywhere from six to 11 candidates. He’s given no indication of whether he’ll look to the Senate, where he spent six terms, to governors or elsewhere.

Some Biden advisers said the campaign has heard from many Democrats who want a woman of color. Black women helped rescue Biden’s campaign after an embarrassing start in predominately white Iowa and New Hampshire. Yet there’s no firm agreement that Biden must go that route.

“The best thing you can do for all segments of the population is to win,” said Biden’s campaign co-chairman Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana congressman and former Congressional Black Caucus chairman. “He has shown a commitment to diversity from the beginning. But this has to be based on, like the VP says, who he trusts.”

Biden has regularly praised California Sen. Kamala Harris, a former rival who endorsed him in March and campaigned for him. When she introduced him at a fundraiser this week, Biden did little to tamp down speculation about her prospects.

“I’m coming for you, kid,” he said.

He’s also spoken positively of Stacey Abrams, who narrowly missed becoming the first African American female governor in U.S. history when she lost the 2018 Georgia governor’s race.

Yet those two women highlight Biden’s tightrope. At 55, Harris is talented and popular with Democratic donors, a valuable commodity for a nominee with a fundraising weakness. But she’s also a former prosecutor who faces the same skepticism among progressives as Biden. Meanwhile, her home state is already firmly in the Democratic column and could make her an easy target for Republicans eager to blast the party as too liberal.

Abrams, 46, is a star for many younger Democrats, a group Biden struggled to win over in the primary. And she could help turn Georgia into a genuine swing state. But the highest post she’s ever held is minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, a possible vulnerability in a time of crisis.

Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster based in the battleground state of Wisconsin, said it will be impossible for Biden to please everyone.

“You can ask too much of a vice president pick to bridge everything — ideology, generational gap, gender, race, experience,” he said. “There’s going to be something wrong with every one of these choices.”

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is Democrats’ only nonwhite female governor. Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada has reportedly vouched for his state’s Latina senator, Catherine Cortez Masto. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth is a veteran who lost limbs in combat. She’s of Thai heritage and has notably jousted with President Donald Trump. And Rep. Val Demings, a black congresswoman from the swing state of Florida, helped lead the House impeachment efforts against Trump.

Yet all four women are relative unknowns nationally.

Biden could go beyond Washington to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, one of the three Great Lakes states that delivered Trump his Electoral College majority in 2016. She’s won plaudits during the pandemic and meshes with Biden’s pragmatic sensibilities, winning her post in 2018 with promises to “fix the damn roads.”

But it’s not clear that a 48-year-old white woman from the Midwest brings Biden advantages he doesn’t already have or can’t find elsewhere.

It’s a similar conundrum for others, including Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former rival who fits seamlessly with Biden’s politics. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, meanwhile, could offer a bridge to progressives, but several Democrats said her age, 70, is a bigger liability than potential policy differences with Biden.

Several African American advocates and progressive leaders said the Democratic ticket’s policies and empathetic appeals are what’s most important.

Black voters “have to trust the messenger,” said Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of Black PAC, and “a black woman could stand up and have moral authority to lead on those big issues facing the country right now.”

But she said that doesn’t mean a white, Asian or Latina vice presidential nominee couldn’t “speak to the systemic issues, the structural issues that allow for inequalities to persist.”


Update- Crash Blocking Traffic on I184 near Cole Road in Boise

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(208) 846-7550

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For Immediate Release: 04/12/2020 7:36 P.M.

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***Update***

All lanes are now open.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Strong storms pounded the Deep South on Sunday, killing at least six people in south Mississippi and damaging up to 300 homes and other buildings in northern Louisiana.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel said one person killed was in Walthall County, two were killed in Lawrence County and three were killed in Jefferson Davis County. All three counties are more than an hour’s drive south of Jackson, near the Louisiana state line.

The National Weather Service said strong winds were sweeping through other parts of Mississippi, and a tornado was spotted north of Meridian near the Alabama state line.

Before the storms moved into Mississippi, the weather service reported multiple tornadoes and damaging winds over much of northern Louisiana. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Utility companies reported thousands of power outages.

The mayor of Monroe, Louisiana, Jamie Mayo, told KNOE-TV that the storm damaged 200-300 homes in and around the city. Flights were canceled at Monroe Regional Airport, where siding was ripped off buildings and debris was scattered on runways. Airport director Ron Phillips told the News-Star the storm caused up to $30 million in damage to planes inside a hangar.

In northwest Louisiana, officials reported damage to dozens of homes in DeSoto and Webster parishes, according to news outlets.

The weather service said the greatest risk for strong Easter Sunday storms covered much of Mississippi, Alabama and western Georgia. That area was at “moderate risk” while much of the rest of the South was under at least a “marginal” risk, the weather service said.

The weather service said a broader area, from east Texas to the East Coast was under at least a “marginal” risk of storms.

In Morgan County, Alabama, a church roof and steeple were damaged by lightning Sunday afternoon, Morgan County Emergency Management Agency Eddie Hicks told AL.com. Shoals Creek Baptist Church in Priceville was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

WBMA-TV reported that strong winds damaged buildings and snapped trees in Walker County, Alabama, north of Birmingham.


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Crash Blocking Traffic on I184 near Cole Road in Boise

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Madison church celebrates Easter with drive-in service

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MADISON, Ala.-- Easter may look different this year for millions of people celebrating across the globe amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but members at Harvest Pointe Methodist Church in Madison believe Easter came just in time.

On Sunday, the Harvest Pointe congregation celebrated Easter with a sunrise drive-in service.

“We’re just making the best of what we’ve been given," said Pastor Marshall Daigre.

After nearly a month of not holding in-person services due to COVID-19 restrictions, Daigre said coming together, even from afar, was a refreshing change.

Church members stayed in their cars while Daigre preached a sermon. To say "amen," members honked their car horns.

“It was just so encouraging to be able to meet together even if it is in a very odd way," said worship leader Rachel Speakman.

Pastor Daigre said the sun breaking through the clouds in the middle of the service is a perfect representation of what faith can do in our lives during these challenging times.

"We’ve been in the shadow of this darkness for so long, I think we need the light of Easter more than ever," he said.

And the light didn’t stop shining there. Daigre was surprised to return to the church sanctuary for the 10 a.m. service and found photos of church members and their families sitting in chairs, right where members would normally sit when they attended service.

So whether it's sitting in your car, or making the effort to print a photo, people are showing up in unexpected ways this Easter, and churches are finding creative ways to bring people together.


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More than 7,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Colorado as total deaths near 300

Colorado has surpassed 7,000 total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to new data released Sunday, as the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state nears 300.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the state rose to 7,303 with 410 new infections confirmed through testing, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported on its website.

Those numbers, which reflect cases confirmed through Saturday but do not include cases discovered on Sunday, represent just a slice of total coronavirus cases in Colorado — health officials estimate the true number of cases to be four to 10 times higher than the confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Another 16 people have died from the disease, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which collects fatality information from counties. The new deaths reported Sunday happened on or anytime before Saturday.

In total, 290 people have died from COVID-19 in Colorado, and there have been 68 outbreaks at residential health care facilities. Most of the patients who died have been over the age of 70, according to the state data.

About 1,417 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19. The state has tested 37,153 people for COVID-19.

State health officials said last week they expected to soon see the impact of the state’s stay-at-home order reflected in the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations.


Florida prison inmates will make face masks for their correctional officers

(CNN) — Florida inmates will produce cloth face masks to protect the correctional officers overseeing them as the number of inmates with Covid-19 continues to rise.

Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) and Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE) will be making cloth face masks using the CDC’s templates, the FDC said in a news release Saturday. The FDC and PRIDE are “uniquely situated to respond quickly” to the high demand for these face masks, the department said.

“It’s critical we take all precautions necessary to minimize the potential risk to the inmate population and staff charged with their care and custody,” FDC Secretary Mark Inch said.

The release says these face coverings will initially be issued to correctional officers, probation officers and staff in high-risk geographic areas of the state. Then the masks will go to institutions which have large at-risk inmate populations, according to the release.

As of Saturday, 44 employees or contract staff and 35 inmates in the Florida correctional system have tested positive for coronavirus, according to data from the state.

Across the country, prisons and jails have become hotbeds of coronavirus infections, largely because of their cramped housing. Cook County Jail in Illinois, for example, has the largest indoor concentration of coronavirus cases in the United States — more than any cruise ship or nursing home.

To keep the virus from infiltrating correctional institutions, the country’s 122 federal prisons and many of its 1,700-plus state prisons have banned visitors and volunteers.


Tim Tebow delivers message of redemption during livestreamed Easter sermon

(CNN) — We may be used to seeing Tim Tebow on the gridiron, or more recently on the baseball diamond, but on Sunday, the former NFL quarterback took to the pulpit to deliver a special Easter sermon.

With churches closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak, Tebow preached during Passion City Church’s livestreamed Easter service from Atlanta at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The service will be replayed on Sunday at 5 and 8 p.m. ET.

“Jesus was forsaken on the cross, so you don’t have to be. Their perfect relationship from eternity past. That bond was broken, so Jesus, his bond with you never has to broken,” Tebow said during his sermon.

“It wasn’t just that Jesus experienced physical pain. It wasn’t just the sin of the world, which I can’t even imagine, but it was a perfect relationship that he was willing to sever because he wants a relationship with you that will never be severed. That’s why Easter is so amazing,” he added.

In a tweet on Sunday, Tebow used a sports metaphor to describe Easter as “the greatest trade of all time.”

The 32-year-old is known for being outspoken about his Christian faith. Tebow often knelt in prayer before or after his football games. The act has since been widely referred to as “Tebowing” and he officially trademarked it in 2012.

Tebow was signing autographs after a baseball game in October 2016 when a fan appeared to have a seizure. Tebow prayed over the fan while waiting for paramedics to arrive and the video of the moment quickly spread on social media.

Last week, he asked his Twitter followers to join him in prayer and gratitude for the health care workers and first responders who are fighting against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our prayers count, and they work so let’s be lifting up all of our first responders and their families in this time of need,” Tebow said in a video posted on his Twitter account.

In 2007, Tebow became the first player to win the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore quarterback at the University of Florida. Florida won two national titles while Tebow was there from 2006-2009.

He played in the NFL from 2010 to 2013 for the Denver Broncos, the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. He returned to the NFL in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles but was released by the team before the regular season began.

In 2016, he announced that he was interested in playing baseball. After an open tryout, he signed a contract with the New York Mets. Since then, he has played three seasons as an outfielder and designated hitter with several of the Mets’ minor league teams. He was back with the Mets in spring training this year before the season was postponed due to the pandemic.

In January, he married Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in Cape Town, South Africa.


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According to the city, early reports show only a few minor injuries.


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"Our sympathies are extended to the family and loved ones of these individuals."


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Roadway back open on Inner Loop between N Chase St/Commerce Rd. Drive Safely.

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This is Denver’s coldest Easter since at least 1937

You might want to send the Easter Bunny some tropical thoughts.

Denver’s average daily temperature of just 27 degrees, as of Sunday afternoon, made it the city’s coldest Easter since at least 1937. It was also Denver’s seventh-coldest Easter on record.

That 27-degree average daily temperature statistic is based on an average of the city’s high (34 degrees) and low (20 degrees).

With light snow continuing throughout the day on Sunday, however, that average temperature could tumble even lower, perhaps making it Denver’s coldest Easter in nearly 100 years.

All of those statistics are based on the city’s official observations at Denver International Airport.

More so: Denver’s “high” temperature of 34 degrees took place at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning, meaning what most people actually felt on Sunday was far colder than what even the chilly statistics say.

On top of the cold air temperatures, wind chills were mostly stuck in the single digits on Sunday as well.

One bit of good news for winter-haters, though: the majority of Sunday’s snowfall stayed just north and west of Denver. The city had only officially recorded 0.1 inches of snowfall, and most immediate Denver-area totals were in the half-inch to 1 inch range, as of Sunday afternoon. More light snow is expected through Sunday night, which could lead to another inch or 2 of snowfall in the Denver area.

That said, the cold, and perhaps snow, isn’t going away any time soon. Another round of light snow is likely on Monday night, with 1 to 3 inches possible in the Denver area. More light snow could also be in the offing for Wednesday night into Thursday.

Temperatures likely won’t return to Denver’s seasonal average of around 60 degrees until early next week.


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Colorado snow totals for April 12, 2020

The following Colorado snow totals have been reported by the National Weather Service for April 12, 2020, as of 1:15 p.m. Sunday.

Allenspark, Co — 6.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Alma, Co — 2.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Arapahoe Park, Co — 0.7 inch at 9:25 a.m. MDT

Arvada, Co — 2.2 inches at 9 a.m. MDT

Aspen Park, Co — 2.5 inches at 10:30 a.m. MDT

Aspen Springs, Co — 3 inches at 9:22 a.m. MDT

Aurora, Co — 0.5 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Avon Nnw, Co — 1.5 inches at 9:08 a.m. MDT

Bergen Park, Co — 1.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Berthoud, Co — 5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Blue River, Co — 7 inches at 10:58 a.m. MDT

Boulder, Co — 6.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Breckenridge, Co — 5.5 inches at 10:06 a.m. MDT

Brighton, Co — 1.8 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Brookvale, Co — 2.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Broomfield, Co — 3 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Brush, Co — 1.9 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Buckley Afb, Co — 0.7 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Carter Lake, Co — 7.5 inches at 9 a.m. MDT

Castle Pines, Co — 1.1 inches at 9:30 a.m. MDT

Castle Rock, Co — 0.5 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Chatfield Reservoi, Co — 1.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Cherry Creek Rese, Co — 1.1 inches at 10 a.m. MDT

Columbine, Co — 0.8 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Commerce City, Co — 1.4 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Conifer, Co — 1.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Crescent Village, Co — 6 inches at 9:41 a.m. MDT

Crisman, Co — 7 inches at 9:33 a.m. MDT

Denver Intl Airport, Co — 0.1 inch at 6 a.m. MDT

Denver, Co — 1 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Elkdale, Co — 4.6 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Erie, Co — 4.5 inches at 10 a.m. MDT

Evergreen, Co — 2.4 inches at 10 a.m. MDT

Fairplay, Co — 2.4 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Federal Heights, Co — 3 inches at 10:20 a.m. MDT

Firestone, Co — 4.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Floyd Hill, Co — 3.2 inches at 10:30 a.m. MDT

Fort Morgan, Co — 1 inch at 7 a.m. MDT

Frisco, Co — 3 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Georgetown, Co — 1.7 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Golden, Co — 1.7 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Gothic, Co — 5 inches at 7 a.m. MDT

Heeney, Co — 2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Highland Park, Co — 1.4 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Highlands Ranch, Co — 1.5 inches at 9 a.m. MDT

Hygiene, Co — 5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Jamestown, Co — 8.2 inches at 9:30 a.m. MDT

Ken Caryl, Co — 2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Keystone, Co — 3.8 inches at 10 a.m. MDT

Kittredge, Co — 2.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Kremmling, Co — 6 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Lafayette, Co — 3.8 inches at 10 a.m. MDT

Lakewood, Co — 0.7 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Littleton, Co — 0.9 inch at 8:30 a.m. MDT

Lochbuie, Co — 0.7 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Lone Tree, Co — 0.7 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Longmont, Co — 6.5 inches at 8:30 a.m. MDT

Louisville, Co — 4.3 inches at 10:53 a.m. MDT

Lyons, Co — 5.4 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Marshall, Co — 5 inches at 7 a.m. MDT

Mead, Co — 4.3 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Meeker Park, Co — 6.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Milton Reservoir, Co — 1.8 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Mountain View, Co — 1 inch at 10:30 a.m. MDT

Nederland, Co — 5.5 inches at 7:13 a.m. MDT

Niwot, Co — 5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Northglenn, Co — 1.7 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Parker, Co — 1 inch at 7:45 a.m. MDT

Pine Junction, Co — 1.7 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Pinecliffe, Co — 4.7 inches at 9 a.m. MDT

Pinewood Springs, Co — 7.8 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Rollinsville, Co — 4.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Roxborough Park, Co — 1.9 inches at 9 a.m. MDT

Shaffers Crossing, Co — 1.8 inches at 8:15 a.m. MDT

Shamballa, Co — 0.7 inch at 9 a.m. MDT

Sheridan, Co — 0.6 inch at 9 a.m. MDT

Silver Plume, Co — 2.5 inches at 6 a.m. MDT

Silverthorne, Co — 5.1 inches at 9:50 a.m. MDT

Sunshine, Co — 7.7 inches at 8:53 a.m. MDT

The Pinery, Co — 1.2 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Todd Creek, Co — 0.5 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Wah Keeney Park, Co — 2.4 inches at 8:25 a.m. MDT

Westminster, Co — 2.5 inches at 11:30 a.m. MDT

Wheat Ridge, Co — 1 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

White Ranch Open Sp, Co — 1.8 inches at 8 a.m. MDT

Williams Fork Reservoir, Co — 1 inch at 8 a.m. MDT

Winter Park, Co — 3.5 inches at 8 a.m. MDT


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NEW HAVEN BARRACKS / EXCESSIVE SPEED

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B500892 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Christopher Hein                              STATION: New Haven Barracks                        CONTACT#: 802-388-4919   DATE/TIME: April 12, 2020, at approximately 1403 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 7 in the


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Priceville church struck by lightning Sunday afternoon

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But with COVID-19, a lot changed, and there will be even more changes at some point when the intensity of the pandemic lessens.

Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce President Chip Cherry discussed the changes live on WHNT News 19 Sunday morning.

You can watch our full interview with Cherry below:

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Name Released In Lawrence County Fatal Crash

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Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 12

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Colorado photography center puts its entire 180-artist collection online

It’s impossible to tout the valiant efforts of one Denver cultural organization to keep art thriving during the great coronavirus shutdown of 2020 without mentioning a few others for context.

Like the Kirkland Museum’s virtual, 360-degree tour, which popped up on its website offering stay-at-homers a fun and free excursion through its permanent galleries; or Walker Fine Arts’ quickly assembled video trek around its current “Ghost Forest” installation by artist Melanie Walker; or the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s super-energized Instagram feed; or the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design’s newly released, boredom-battling podcast “Remotely Creative.”

Not everyone is stepping up — some top museums seem to be taking the time off just when we need them the most — but the groups and galleries that are going the extra mile are offering us badly needed distractions during dark times. Combine that with the efforts of funders — like the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Black Cube Nomadic Museum and RedLine arts center — to help out struggling artists with actual cash, and this is a moment Colorado culture can be proud of.

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center adds mightily to the mix, using the pandemic as an incentive to put its entire in-house collection online. CPAC’s just-released digital gallery is an easily accessible assemblage of images featuring some of the world’s most-respected photographers past and present, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Berenice Abbott and Philippe Halsman.

The collection, 180 artists deep, is high in quality and full of surprises — one of those Denver treasures that’s been hiding in plain sight for decades, that’s suddenly there for all to enjoy.

“We have a lot of work but no one really knows about it or how to access it,” said CPAC executive director Samantha Johnston.

The new archive is the culmination of CPAC’s four-year effort to organize and catalogue the photos it has amassed since its founding in 1963, when gifts from Adams, Halsman and Yousuf Karsh gave its permanent holdings a solid start.

The collection has grown over the years, at varying degrees, as the organization acquired what it could (mostly through donations since it doesn’t have a budget to buy new works). Many of the pieces came from artists who offered to leave behind samples of their work after CPAC featured them in one of the many exhibitions it has produced for the public.

Johnston and her team culled through hundreds of archival boxes and storage sleeves, examined their contents and then painstakingly rephotographed key works so they could go online in a digital format.

The project isn’t quite done; there’s still some key information missing from the online gallery and several works need to be uploaded and organized. But CPAC quickly put enough finishing touches on the presentation to get it up and running for people stuck in their houses during the present quarantine.

Johnston refers to it as a work-in-progress, but it’s more than that. It might take viewers a few clicks to find their way around, though once they do, the gallery provides a stunningly handsome journey through the history of photography reaching back to the mid-1800s.

It helps that photography, as an art form, presents well in digital formats. It would be impossible to create a gallery of painting or sculpture that has the same richness. Painting needs to be seen in person, so viewers can take in the subtleties of surface and the depth of color that artists instill in their work. A van Gogh, for example, loses its character online, where it is impossible to experience the globs and slathers of oil paint its creator built into his objects.

But photos are, by and large, made with a flat surface in mind, usually the paper or metal they are traditionally printed on. That has always been something of a limitation on the art form; photography, by its nature, can seem a little cold and mediated by the machines required to make it happen.

But in the digital age, it’s a plus. Two-dimensional computer screens are suitable platforms for photographs, which are two-dimensional by necessity. Digital images aren’t exact replicas of printed pictures, of course, but they can be distributed widely and authentically on the Internet.

That makes clicking through CPAC’s collection a credible and efficient art experience. Images like Adams’ 1963 “View East to the Great Plains From Cimarron, N.M.” or his 1937 “Mirror Lake” convey nearly all of the organic drama the photographer intended to capture in his grand, Western landscapes.

The photos in CPAC’s collection are sorted by photographer, and they are searchable by title and certain keywords (like “animals” or “cemeteries”), and they are often accompanied by text that explains something about the scenery or the artist’s career.

They don’t always have dates or exact locations or the names of subjects, which makes looking at vintage works something of a mystery. Portraits and streetscapes from the late 19th century and early 20th century are captivating, and revealing, though they can raise more questions than they answer.

The collection’s strength is in its variety and diversity. It covers a world of geography and a long list of social movements and political events, wars, protests, the faces of world leaders. But there are scores of casual moments in the lineup that convey how society has changed. The range is wide: Abbott’s “Changing New York,” for example, freezes Manhattan in the 1930s, back when horses still pulled milk coaches. Other images, such as Jamil Hellu’s 2012 portrait of a costumed superhero in San Francisco, mirror culture in the current age.

There are also a few oddball celebrity moments that keep things interesting, like John Bonath’s portrait of Andy Warhol from the 1980s, or Ken Heyman’s extreme close-up of Audrey Hepburn, probably from the 1960s.

Several photographers stand out and are worth spending time with, among them Edward R. Miller, who is represented with several mid-century shots taken around the globe;  Peter Menzel, who made candid portraits of Boston street life in the 1970s; Vivian Keulards, who contributes two recent color portraits of children; and Ralph Morgan, who photographed notable figures from the 1920s and ’30s, including presidents Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt.

Notably, there is a large amount of work by R. Ewing Stiffler, who was born in the late 1800s and lived much of his life in Colorado. His lush and romanticized pictorialist images of the state and beyond are nearly forgotten.

This collection gives folks a chance to rediscover his work, but also the products of scores of other artists, some famous, though most not. CPAC has always made its holdings available to researchers and students, but this new online archive takes something that’s generally been off-limits and “makes it something that’s usable” for the community, as Johnston puts it.

And it comes along at just the right time.

CPAC’s permanent collection can be viewed online at cpacphoto.org.

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Coronavirus: Quebec to receive 250,000 N95 masks as cases reach 12,292

Quebec's battle with the novel coronavirus outbreak continues as cases reached 12,292, as of Sunday morning. 


Coronavirus: Quebec to receive 250,000 N95 masks as cases reach 12,292

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10,000 railroad ties set ablaze in Pueblo County in suspected arson

Approximately 10,000 railroad ties were set on fire at two separate locations in Pueblo County on Saturday night in what sheriff’s officials say is a suspected arson.

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet that deputies and emergency services teams responded to the fire Saturday night and halted BNSF Railway traffic while crews put out the blaze.

The only location sheriff’s officials gave was that the fire was near railroad tracks north of mile marker 108.

Investigators from BNSF are continuing to probe the fire’s origins, sheriff’s officials said.

This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.

 


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One of Denver’s leading poets shares “Poems for the End of the World”

Relax, take a breath, take a read on some of the poetry that Suzi Q. Smith has been sharing during the coronavirus pandemic. Her “Poems for the End of the World” are a gift, a diversion, a distraction; supremely existential, fully resolved, loaded with a casual kind of hope.

They are of a crisis, but not about a crisis. Instead, they remind us to consider the moments before, during and after this thing we are all going through. They ask you to surrender to the present, and then remind you that the present is the product of the past and the future and of now.

They come from experience — of Smith’s as a writer, singer, slammer, activist, parent, as a performer, a teacher of kids in Denver public schools, an observer of time and nature, as a witness to 21st-century life.

One of the city’s leading word artists, she shares these works on her blog and she agreed to let us share them with our readers here because — as she says in the Q&A that follows — “Now is a time to focus on what we have, what we know, and who we are.”

“Let it Let”

pressing weight into grief
weight into weight
a trap
door perhaps pressing my way
into the crack the in between stone
rolling surrender to the potential of its crushing
or my own strength
or miracle of movement

maybe a door opens
collapses into my breath
and aren’t we all quite bored with tears
especially small ones
selfish ones
that have my heart running scared

the small close droplets are the ones that make you crazy
the echo of those unwept howlings
the ting of a valve until it stops

let the blood come rushing back into feeling
let even the boring tears fall
even the predictable flurries
even the most self pitiable
even the small small blood
the bitter and petty shameful

let it let
let myself surrender to the river
to the ocean
let me become water
let me hold only what is mine to hold
let it root and flourish
let the rest drown
let me remember surviving it
as I watch it wash away

“Becoming Memory”

what is a face
but a flash of light?
a life.
fragile, fierce, temporary.
death comes as a thief in the night
and sometimes our bodies thrash against it
and sometimes the bell rings too early,
undressed faces
still finding their shape.

you can tell by the smile
whether or not a person
has been loved
correctly
at least once
which is, of course, too small,
a flame not enough to warm hands
but a spark enough to start a fire.

even the most rapturous fire
is temporary.
even howling, it is going to die.
even in death,
we remember at least flashes,
at least moments,
in light.

“Here’s What I Know”

how small a world is when dying
or falling
or recovering
or pulling the edges of a knowledge
strewn about among the weeds

I love the weeds
the way they survive and flower
I blow wishes against their seeds
and spread

I love the way
the real ones come thru
with open doors and made plates
I dance like an earthworm emerging in a spring storm

I love the ladybug I saw move among the leaves
escaping the spinning blade I was approaching with
the ladybug spared me from killing it
and let me see myself
not kill it
and already I loved the ladybug
and especially now

I love it more.

“The Air is Dry Here”

Obviously I fantasize
about other lives/lands
where I am not asked to leave at least
half of myself (and Of Course the half
of myself that loves myself) quietly
d(r)ying out on the back porch
I dream of oceans and islands
the strong arms of beautiful men
with clean, dark eyes
and (At Least) one of them saying to me
Welcome Home.

“When I Am Free”

Assume there was never a plan for my freedom
I hold my hands out, open palmed,
snap off each finger and say:
Here. Eat.
Laugh, fear brings out the mob in people.
An unsheathed ear.
An unleashed fear.
An opening, unveiled mirror.

I’m not claiming to be any type of Messiah.
Who knows loneliness better than a free-drawn clear breath?
I shatter whole buildings that would have me bend to enter
and imagine myself free:
An arrow with wings
who shot herself
into the sky,
piercing and open,
a radical act of love for air
and night and blue and speed.

What is freedom but a devotion to opening?
A madness unconfined?
A clear note played long and wet?
A soft landing in soft black soil?
The kiss of a honeybee?

When I am free
(and here I sing ooooo and leap into a holy ghost dance)
When I am free
(and here even the angels laugh with me in my delight)
When I am free
honey, you have never heard such a hallelujah,
nectar never tasted so sweet.

“Aunties Always Know”

sometimes my ancestors
holler
right in my ear

“girl if you don’t go get you some joy!”

and i will,
i will.

i want to know joy
this well, this body full of
yes, please and thank you
this blessed rain
let it pour over my upturned face
right into my mouth.

really been in the desert though.
this really been a love drought though.
of course i’m thirsty.

ashamed at all i have drunk
that was not water.

“A Song for Red Mornings in Spring”

let this be the book of the rooster
of the eastern sky
call of the robin breast
of the drained morning and hoards running

let it be the wind at backs and feet stirring
let it be unstoppable
a wave
a high ground seeking

a knowing
a beginning as much as an end
let the trees fall where they must
flying back behind a flooding ground

an answer of blue sky coming
let me know and keep knowing
trust the hips and feet to move forward even unwavering
let the sun rise and see me soaring

let me be forgiven for all I leave
at my feet for all I cannot carry or convince
let me keep running
until I get there let me get there.

A sampling of Suzi Q. Smith’s “Poems for the End of the World.” Read more at suziqsmith.wordpress.com.


Q. I love the poems you’re writing. They’re comforting and they come along at just the right time. They inspire us to think deeply in a moment when we actually have time to do just that.

Suzi Q: I actually started writing these poems last year, and calling them “Poems for the End of the World” because there were so many small world-endings in my personal life, and I was spending time in nature, and the Amazon was on fire; the theme of birth and death and ending and beginning emerged.  Some of the poems I’m sharing have been written since the pandemic began, and some are from before.

Q. I have to say, they’ve encouraged me to think about this quarantine differently. There’s death and fear of death in the air, but I’ve also started to see it as a romantic moment, beautiful in the way it reminds us that joy and suffering are necessary parts of the human condition. 

A: Poetry offers us an opportunity to offer language to the unlanguageable. To find beauty where none is immediately apparent. This requires a slow and careful heart.

Q: They’re also inspiring. So many of us feel pressure not to waste this time. What do you think it means for someone to use this time wisely?

A: My favorite ministry is The Nap Ministry, founded by Tricia Hersey, who teaches the value of rest as a tool of liberation. I believe that rest is productive. I also believe that slowing down and spending intentional time getting to know yourself and your loved ones is an important tool in cultivating wisdom.

Q: Can you report any “corona miracles,” as some of my friends are lightly calling them? This is what I mean: On a grand scale, I’ve been in contact with people I haven’t spoken to for many years. On a minor level, I painted my living room ceiling, which I’d been putting off for a decade, and I learned to make bagels — on the same day.

A: While I miss my students terribly, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue working with them online. In the meantime, I am writing, I am cooking slow, and I now have time to dance every day. My sister and I just talked about our garden plans, and she and her husband are building a chicken coop.

Q: How can you write with all this noise going on?

A: Writing is part of how I keep myself well, it’s how I process everything I observe and feel. I have to write, especially with all this noise going on. I have to find the quiet in myself.

Q: What’s making you angry or frustrated about this situation?

A: The hardest part of this experience for me is watching so many people I know lose loved ones, and not being able to grieve collectively. People can’t have proper funerals right now, which makes the grieving process that much more difficult.

Also, I’m frustrated with the hoarding of wealth and resources. In this crisis, we are seeing clearly the stark gaps in access to wealth and resources, and the most vulnerable people in our society are not protected. As a community, as a society, we have enough for everyone to be taken care of quite well and I would love to see us move in that direction going forward.

Q: Are you changed by this?

A: I am an introvert and a writer, so social isolation is my normal. However, I believe we will all be changed by this experience, and hopefully for the better. I hope we move forward with greater compassion, kindness, deeper and more authentic relationships, and a respect for our interconnectedness with each other and our environment.

Q: Can you recommend other sources of comfort, that are right for the times?

A: I am longing to swim in the ocean and squeeze sand between my toes, and nature documentaries help me to remember and hold this longing. I listen to Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Prince, because all of them have voices that contain worlds and worlds.

For wisdom and insight, I have been reading Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes and Octavia Butler, because they help me to feel ready for whatever is coming next.

Q: You are a mother and an educator. What anxiety are you seeing in young people, if any?

A:  Now is a time to focus on what we have, what we know, and who we are. It’s imperative that people have the means to express themselves creatively, to ask questions and articulate their emotional experiences.

I also believe that even in the hardest of times, we can find beauty and humor, both of which help us survive.  Maybe that’s why we’re all watching “Tiger King.”

Q. Which of these “Poems for the End of the World” is your favorite. Why?

A: I definitely can’t choose a favorite — it would change with my mood.

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Rain turned to snow overnight and light snowfall is expected to continue for most of Sunday. The high temperature will only hover around 29 degrees with a low of just 16 degrees overnight, the National Weather Service in Boulder predicted.

Denver is expected to get about 2 inches of snow between Sunday and Monday morning, while Boulder is forecast to get up to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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Tuesday has a 20% chance of snow after noon with a forecast high of 41 and a low of 23.

Wednesday has a 20% chance of rain with a high near 51 degrees and a low near 28. Wednesday evening, there’s a slight chance for snow showers after 7 p.m., the NWS reported.

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DECATUR, Ala. - Friday, parents came to elementary schools across Decatur to pick up their students' school packets.

The packets are filled with assignments through the end of April. Packets only had to be picked up for students in pre-k through second grade.

Students in third grade through 12th grade in the Decatur City School system have their assignments primarily online.

Theodora Jackson, the principal of Oak Park Elementary, says they are doing everything they can to meet the needs of their students.

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Aurora police were dispatched at 10:08 p.m. Saturday to the Amber Apartments, 1945 Peoria St., on a report of an unknown problem, officials said. When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman inside a fifth-floor apartment who each had been stabbed.

Both were taken to a local hospital, where the woman died of her injuries, police said. The man is expected to survive

The woman’s identity will be made public by the Adams County Coroner’s Office after she has been positively identified and family has been notified, police said.

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Colorado health officials on Saturday said there have been at least 274 deaths from complications of the novel coronavirus. Nearly 6,900 have tested positive and more than 34,800 have been tested.

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“Like the rug was ripped out from under me”: The mental health costs of coronavirus

At 7 p.m. on a Sunday night in March, Daniel Goldberg began to feel a familiar sense of panic and doom.

The public health ethics professor was standing in his kitchen, scrolling through Twitter on his phone, when suddenly it felt like he was spiraling into a dark hole. His heart started pounding furiously, his chest felt like it was constricting and he became lightheaded, ready to pass out. He couldn’t talk. He was consumed by a sense of terror.

Goldberg had been reading about a man his age who had contracted COVID-19. The man became so sick, he had to be intubated. The story may have triggered Goldberg’s panic attack, but he knows a long list of other things contributed.

And even though logically, he knew it was highly unlikely he would die at that very moment, “it doesn’t matter because you feel like you are,” he said.

Goldberg has spent much of his life developing strategies to cope with his generalized anxiety disorder. But the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic is testing him in new ways. He can’t detach from conversations about it, even if he wants to, because it’s literally his job to be informed and lead discussions on these issues at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

He’s far from alone in dealing with mental health issues alongside the physical health risks the coronavirus has brought. Social distancing and staying at home may be the best way to fight a global pandemic, but they also take a mental and emotional toll as the days wear on.

Calls, texts and chats to the Colorado Crisis Services hotline, including Colorado calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, saw a 47% increase with 19,985 contacts last month vs. March 2019. January and February also had higher volumes, but the jumps weren’t as big, according to data from the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health.

The increase has amounted to about 20 to 30 extra calls per day over the last couple of weeks, and the calls are also lasting about two to four minutes longer than is typical, said Camille Harding, state division director for Community Behavioral Health.

There are a number of factors that could be contributing to the higher volumes and lengthier calls, Harding said, but it’s clear that callers are dealing with anxiety, depression, financial stresses and having to pivot their lives quickly.

Two-thirds feel emotional impact

In a recent McKinsey survey, 64% of those responding reported feeling anxious or depressed for reasons related to the novel coronavirus, and suicide hotlines nationwide are getting more calls daily, according to Psych Hub.

“When you have an event like a pandemic or 9/11 or stock market crash, you will see increased depression and increased anxiety and increased misuse of substances,” said Dr. Carl Clark, president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Denver.

Although suicides don’t have any one specific cause or trigger, Clark said stressful events exacerbate suicidal ideations, often disproportionately affecting people from lower-income households. The Mental Health Center of Denver, which is providing therapy over video calls, offers services regardless of income. Clients who don’t have the technology can visit kiosks to connect with their therapists electronically.

Denver resident Anastasia Briggs deals with anxiety as well as post-traumatic stress disorder. Her stress escalated when she lost her marketing job. She not only had to figure out how to pay her bills, she had to suffer through it alone.

“It feels like the rug was ripped out from under me,” she said. “And now, it’s the rug and the TV and the couch are being ripped out, too, because Denver is extremely expensive to live in.”

Her friends and family tried to support her from afar, like by dropping off banana bread at her door, but it’s different than getting wrapped in a hug. Same with FaceTime and Zoom meetings.

The stresses of the pandemic don’t just affect people who have a history of mental health issues.

“People do not need an official mental health diagnosis in order to suffer during unprecedented times like these,” said Alexis Verbin, a therapist at Wellcore in Lakewood. “It is very normal and natural for us as humans to experience anxiety during heightened periods of stress and uncertainty.”

Rae Moore, a 31-year-old Denver resident who runs her own sewing business from home, often thinks about how hard it will be to not have physical contact with friends or family for six weeks or more. And, she wonders, what will it be like to meet people after social restrictions are loosened? What will dating look like?

“When I think how long it’s going to be before it’s safe to do things like that again, I feel a little afraid that it’s going to be really hard where you feel comfortable and safe touching somebody again,” she said. Plus, people will be financially strained, she said.

Loneliness carries dangers for elderly

Although much of the distancing is about protecting vulnerable people such as older adults, they are also among the people who most need interaction. Studies have shown that isolation and loneliness may contribute to the health and mortality rates of older adults. There’s a 45% increased risk of death in seniors who report feeling lonely, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration.

“While coronavirus is impacting everyone in some fashion, certain individuals and populations are facing more change, loss of control, trauma and uncertainty than others,” Verbin said.

Richard Erickson, 78, moved to an assisted-living facility in Denver after his wife died so he could take part in social activities and feel less isolated. His daughter works five minutes from his apartment and lives only 20 minutes away, so she used to visit often. But since at least one resident was hospitalized with the coronavirus, the rest have been in quarantine.

Erickson still goes walking outside twice a day, wearing a mask, and he can get the mail. But aside from the nurse who comes in to help him and his son-in-law bringing his medicine, he doesn’t see many people. He can’t gather with fellow residents in the dining room, and he doesn’t see people in the hallways anymore. His meals, ordered by phone, come to his door. Erickson said he tries to stay busy with reading, but he misses seeing his family and friends.

“I try not to let it bother me because if I did, I’d be in a depression that I don’t want to be in,” he said.

Aurora resident Angela Pierce worries about her parents. Her dad lives at a skilled nursing facility after taking a fall last year, and the facility has been locked down except to essential personnel. He has dementia, so the isolation has been confusing for him.

“My dad is so scared because he doesn’t understand why he can’t see my mom, even though she’s calling every day,” Pierce said. “It’s been pretty difficult for all of us.”

Pierce also worries about him contracting the virus from another resident.

Her mom, who is immunocompromised, temporarily lives in a hotel because her condominium flooded, but Pierce can’t go see her because Pierce’s husband worked with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Her mom is similarly struggling with anxiety being surrounded by people she doesn’t know.

And to add to the stress, Pierce was laid off from her job.

“We’re all just kind of worried and wishing everyone would just stay home,” she said.


Andy Cross, The Denver Post

DENVER, CO – APRIL 03: Professional seamstress Rae Moore, Rae Moore Studio, cuts fabric for face masks she’s making free-of-charge for local hospitals in need for Operation We Can Sew It April 03, 2020. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Coping mechanisms

Therapists encourage people to find coping mechanisms to help them through difficult times, including establishing routines and taking advantage of resources available.

Briggs said it has felt like a “storm cloud you can see in the distance and all you can do is try to not let it come closer.” So she focuses on what she can do, including exercising and using teletherapy.

Among Moore’s coping mechanisms is making masks for health providers, because doing something for others helps her put away some of her own worries.

Goldberg realized he had to make changes. He started by deleting the Twitter application on his phone. And he tries to focus on compassion for himself and others, particularly his students.

But the professor worries that while the country is dealing with the acute crisis — as it should be, he said — it isn’t dealing enough with how to solve the problem long term, making it more likely that everyone will have to stay home again for an extended period of time.

The harm from isolation increases as time passes and affects many of the same people the country is trying to protect with distancing measures, creating an ethical dilemma, Goldberg said.

“Extreme physical distancing has to be understood as a harm,” he said.

Where to find help:

  • Healthier Colorado: healthiercolorado.org/about/covid-19-resources
  • Colorado Crisis Services: Call 1-844- 493-8255, text “TALK” to 38255 or go to coloradocrisisservices.org
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Mental Health and COVID-19 page: afsp.org/campaigns/covid-19
  • COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub: psychhub.com/covid-19
  • Mental Health Center of Denver: mhcd.org/covid19
  • Mental Health of Colorado: www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/resources

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Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of April 6-12

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Each week an editor will write a short introduction giving you extra context or a peek behind the scenes on one of our biggest stories from the week. Below that is a collection of other important pieces from around the state, featuring some of our award-winning photojournalism.


Could you imagine wearing a face mask to the grocery store or the park six weeks ago? And now, at least half the shoppers at my neighborhood store are wearing some kind of covering over the bottom half of their faces.

On leap day, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged Americans not to buy masks, saying they were not effective at preventing illness and a shortage would put health care workers at risk — which, if you think about it, seem like contradictory messages. Since then, the thinking among an increasing number of politicians and public health officials has evolved to “it can’t hurt.”

This week, John Aguilar reports on the incredibly fast shift to wearing masks in public — a cultural phenomenon that has existed for years in many Asian countries — including exploring some of the downsides.

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Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Professional seamstress Rae Moore cuts fabric for face masks she’s making free of charge for hospitals in need for Operation We Can Sew It on April 3.

Social distancing and staying at home may be the best way to fight a global pandemic, but they also take a mental and emotional toll as the days wear on, Saja Hindi reports.

Calls, texts and chats to the Colorado Crisis Services hotline, including Colorado calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, saw a 47% increase with 19,985 contacts last month vs. March 2019.

“When I think how long it’s going to be before it’s safe to do things like that again, I feel a little afraid that it’s going to be really hard where you feel comfortable and safe touching somebody again,” said Rae Moore, a 31-year-old Denver resident who runs her own sewing business from home. Plus, people will be financially strained, she said. Read more here…

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Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Centennial Healthcare Center in Greeley on April 10.

Nearly 40% of the people who’ve died of complications from the novel coronavirus in Colorado were living in nursing homes or residential health care facilities, according to the most recently available state data. A single Greeley elder-care center is reporting at least 14 COVID-19 deaths at its location, Meg Wingerter and Sam Tabachnik report.

Officials at the health department believe at least 55 people living in residential and non-hospital health care facilities had died from COVID-19 as of April 5. On that date, Colorado officials said there had been 140 coronavirus-related fatalities in the state — making those 55 deaths 39% of the total COVID-19 fatalities at the time, the Department of Public Health and Environment confirmed. Read more here…

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Allison Vilander — assistant professor of microbiology, immunology and pathology — works to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus on March 31.

 

Research underway at Colorado State University when the coronavirus began its brutal march across the globe may provide a head start in finding a vaccine for the virus, Judith Kohler reports.

Researchers led by Ray Goodrich, executive director of CSU’s Infectious Disease Research Center on the Fort Collins campus, shifted their focus to COVID-19 in February. The team had been looking at developing vaccines with a process that is used to prevent the transmission of disease through plasma and other blood components during transfusions. Read more here…

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Coronavirus a potential financial disaster for Colorado’s underfunded universities

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A man with a mask walks toward the University of Colorado Ralphie statue, adorned with a protective mask, in front of Folsom Field on April 10.

On a good day, higher education in Colorado is in dire financial straits. But during a pandemic, the financial toll to the institutions fortifying bright minds and bolstering the state’s workforce could mean a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars — forcing reductions in staffing and student support services, Elizabeth Hernandez reports.

Colorado’s colleges and universities, 48th in the nation for state funding, have a thin buffer to withstand a big financial challenge, said Todd Saliman, the University of Colorado’s chief financial officer. Read more here…

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Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Nearly empty streets and parking spaces in downtown Denver on March 29.

Three weeks of record-shattering unemployment claims in Colorado have produced staggering job-loss numbers, but those figures tell an incomplete story about the scale of the economic catastrophe brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Joe Rubino reports.

An entire segment of Colorado’s workforce — exact size unknown but likely more than 10% of the working population — hasn’t been able to tap into unemployment insurance support yet. Thanks to emergency legislation that is about to change. For some, it’s overdue. Read more here…

MORE: An additional 6.6. million U.S. workers applied for unemployment last week, including 46,000 in Colorado


A few more important stories from the past week

+ 2020 Easter services switch from sunrise gatherings to private moments at home

+ Denver family stays true to Passover traditions, celebrates through computer screen

+ Tribute: John Prine was every ounce the man you’d hope him to be

+ In Colorado’s mountain towns, high altitude presents a unique challenge in treating coronavirus

+ Average wildfire season likely ahead for Colorado, but pandemic will mean fewer firefighting resources

+ At least three reports of police impersonators are false, authorities say

+ Coronavirus threatens to keep proposed taxes, laws off Colorado’s 2020 ballot

+ Colorado Republicans act as watchdogs on Polis’ coronavirus policies

+ Coronavirus timeline: An in-depth look at COVID-19 in Colorado


Photo of the week

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The full moon rises behind the University of Denver’s Ritchie Center on Tuesday. The moon was only 221,918 miles from Earth. The average lunar distance, according to NASA, is 238,855 miles. Click here to see more photos on The Know. (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post)

 


How does COVID-19 cause death? Here’s what happens in the lungs

The spike-like appearance of the coronavirus is how the virus is able to invade human cells that can lead to breathing being severely impacted.


How does COVID-19 cause death? Here’s what happens in the lungs

The spike-like appearance of the coronavirus is how the virus is able to invade human cells that can lead to breathing being severely impacted.


Coronavirus a potential financial disaster for Colorado’s already-underfunded universities

On a good day, higher education in Colorado is in dire financial straits, but during a pandemic, the financial toll to the institutions fortifying brights minds and bolstering the state’s workforce could mean a loss of hundreds of millions of dollars — forcing reductions in staffing and student support services.

Colorado’s colleges and universities, 48th in the nation for state funding, have a thin buffer to withstand a big financial challenge, said Todd Saliman, the University of Colorado’s chief financial officer.

In the past month — since colleges across the state rapidly transitioned classes online and encouraged students to vacate their dorms — CU took a $44 million hit refunding impacted students’ housing and dining costs and paying hourly and student employees throughout the crisis.

“We are just trying to do right by everyone,” Saliman said.

Between Colorado State University’s two campuses, the university paid out around $19 million in rebates for students’ housing and dining costs in the past few weeks since shuttering campus for most students in a bid to reduce the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19. Durango’s Fort Lewis College gave back $2.8 million in spring semester room and board.

“These aren’t just numbers,” said Tom Stritikus, Fort Lewis College president. “While there’s money going out the door, our institutions have moved heaven and earth to meet the needs of our students.”

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Rozzie Lane, a music education major, leans on Alex Magnette’s truck as the duo packs to return Lane to Peyton, Colorado after she and fellow students were told to clear out their dorm rooms due to a coronavirus closure of Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

On Wednesday, more than a dozen higher education institutions across the state signed onto a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation, senators and state representatives asking for relief for colleges and their students. The letter projected room and board refunds could reach $100 million in Colorado.

“The Association of American Universities estimates auxiliary revenues at colleges and universities will decline by at least 25% or $11.6 billion nationwide,” the letter read. “We estimate this figure could soar above 75% in Colorado if students are unable to return to campuses this fall. Our institutions contribute approximately $20 billion in annual economic impact to Colorado and are the largest employer in some parts of our state, which means the financial crisis we are facing will reverberate beyond our campuses and into the rural and urban communities we serve.”

Before the coronavirus pandemic, higher education institutions were lobbying for a state funding increase that would have yielded CU a 6% hike in funding, Saliman said.

“It’s highly unlikely that is going to happen now,” he said.

Colorado lawmakers are bracing for a state budget shortfall of up to $3 billion, potentially forcing cuts of up to 10%.

A 10% loss in 2020-21 state funding would amount to a nearly $25 million hit to CU’s four campuses, according to a model presented at a CU Board of Regents meeting last week.

Higher education administrators looking to the future are left staring into the dark unknown, like most industries and citizens wondering how long the pandemic and its disruption to daily life will last.

“There are so many variables unknown at the same time that it’s creating multiple scenarios to be ready for,” said Henry Sobanet, CFO of the CSU System.

Questions on the mind of every higher education official include: Can colleges open their doors back up come fall semester? If so, will students want to come back? How will international student enrollment be impacted by the global pandemic?

“Our students have gone through a tremendously destabilizing event,” Stritikus said. “Predicting how they’re going to react in the fall in terms of wanting to come back is another unknown variable.”


Jeremy Papasso, Daily Camera

Sets of abandoned shoes are seen wrapped around a power line on University Hill in Boulder on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The shoes signal the University of Colorado students departure for summer each year, but happened early due to the campus closure in response to the current coronavirus pandemic. CU will hold a live-stream commencement ceremony in May for graduating students.

Even a 1% decline in enrollment would mean a revenue loss of more than $11 million, according to the university’s budget presentation.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced $14 billion to be distributed to postsecondary education institutions and students across the country. A bit less than half of that must be immediately given to colleges and universities as emergency cash grants to students impacted by the coronavirus, according to a news release by the U.S. Department of Education.

“The funds DeVos mentioned yesterday go directly to students and cannot be used by our institutions for current COVID-19 related expenses,” said Megan McDermott, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Higher Education. “We are thankful for what has been appropriated, but it’s not enough to fill the gaps for our colleges and universities.”

CU’s budget presentation last week presented grim budget balancing options for each campus in the event of significant financial damage, including employee furloughs and layoffs, reductions in investment in classroom technology and infrastructure, the reduction or elimination of planned raises, and reduced student support services.

“Federal funding is so important because if it provides significant relief to the state, we won’t have to pursue as many things on this list,” Saliman said.


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A truck bed full of belongings as students clear out their dorm rooms at Colorado Mesa University on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The school is closed through the rest of the semester for on-campus learning.

Colleges and universities will have a better understanding of their financial futures in coming months when the state budget is solidified and federal assistance is figured out.

No matter the impact to Colorado’s postsecondary institutions, Sobanet said, higher education will be one of the ways out of the COVID-19 hole.

“Higher education wants to be part of the comeback,” Sobanet said. “That’s the one thing I’ve been hearing everybody talk about. From contributing research or getting students back to continue and get out into the workforce, I think that’s the one thing I’ve heard across the board is even though we’re taking impacts just like everybody else, we want to be part of the comeback.”


Masks are having a moment in Colorado, though safety accessory also brings risks

People looked askance at Silas Courson when he started wearing a mask a few weeks ago to ward off the contagious coronavirus that had begun circulating throughout Colorado.

“I think people were looking at me like I was silly — like I was overreacting,” said the cannabis industry recruiter, who lives in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. “But that stopped last week.”

That was when known cases of coronavirus in Colorado eclipsed 3,000 and deaths from COVID-19, the respiratory disease it causes, approached 100. It was also the same week that Gov. Jared Polis urged all Coloradans to start wearing masks to reduce transmission of the virus, which can spread via respiratory droplets released through sneezing, coughing or breathing.

As of Saturday, there were nearly 6,900 cases of coronavirus in the state, with 274 reported deaths.

“Now people are stopping me and asking me where I got it,” Courson said of his growing mask collection, one of which sports a colorful array of exploding comic book superlatives such as SNAP, POW and ZOOM. “I’m already thinking fashion-forward so that it matches my clothes, matches my shoes. I’m of the mind-set ‘Let’s make it look cool.’ ”

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Henry Jones, 6, pictured in Denver on April 8, 2020, said he was wearing his mask “because I get to look like an outlaw.”

Experts say the embrace of face masks by Courson and others could help rein in a contagion that has infected at least half a million Americans and killed more than 20,000 since the first COVID-19 death in the country was reported Feb. 28.

“Up until now masks have only been used in the U.S. for people who are sick … so, for that reason, masks have been stigmatizing rather than health-promoting,” said Shan Soe-Lin, a lecturer in global health at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. “I hope this mind-set can be changed — and yes, unfortunately, I think it would take a cataclysmic event like this pandemic to rapidly change long-standing cultural norms.”

The more that masks are used in Colorado and across the United States, the more accepted they will become as both a protective barrier against the coronavirus and a visual cue that everyone needs to do their part in stemming the pandemic, said John Zhai, a professor of building systems engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Zhai wrote a paper on mask usage during the coronavirus pandemic that appeared recently on the National Institutes of Health website.

“Encouraging the wide use of facial masks in critical spaces regardless of people’s health conditions can provide significant social and psychological benefits,” he wrote. “This will increase the public awareness of the severeness of COVID-19 and constantly remind people of the necessity of social distance. It will fully eliminate the biases towards those who are in infection and who are at risk; and will surely mitigate the growing hatred and violence towards those who are from the infection zones.”

 


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Dr. Nathan Pollack shows off his mask on April 8, 2020. “This virus has shown the need for spiritual growth and I think we are seeing that now,” Dr. Pollack said.

Conflicting advice on masks

Zhai said it’s understandable that the use of masks hasn’t been as prevalent in the United States as it has in other parts of the world, especially in Asian nations where experiences with past viral epidemics such as SARS in 2003 and swine flu in 2009 have helped cement the practice.

Preventing the spread of viruses isn’t the only reason covering the face is a regular practice in Pacific Rim countries, Zhai said.

“The population density in Asian countries is much more than here,” he told The Denver Post. “Because of the pollution issue, they’ve gotten used to wearing masks.”

But in a state such as Colorado, where people embrace an outdoor lifestyle, masks can interfere with activities such as running, cycling and hiking. Brian Hood, who rode his bike from his home in the City Park West neighborhood on a recent afternoon without a mask, said he would simply keep distance between himself and others while out for a ride.

“I’m not being wise or obedient,” he said somewhat sheepishly.


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Jose Zamora Ayon and his husband Brandon Joseph pose with their dog Tobi Wan Kenobi in Denver on April 8, 2020. The men said they wanted to be mindful and demonstrate awareness to show everyone that “we are a part of this together and as well that we can get through this together if we all do our part.”

A mile or so southwest of Hood’s home, Hannah Levy spent part of the day on her front porch near Cheesman Park watching people stroll up and down East 11th Avenue, which has been closed to most cars. She said using a mask when she is active fogs up her glasses.

“I’m just trying to be as mindful as I can of getting away from people,” she said.

But Tom and Melissa Gardner were taking no such chances last week. The Denver couple, out for a walk in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, heard the governor’s suggestion on mask use and decided to dig some out.

“From the reports of other countries, it sounds like a great idea,” Tom Gardner said.

Health experts have argued over the efficacy of face masks as a barrier against the microscopic coronavirus. While no one is arguing that a handmade face covering will ever work as effectively as a medical-grade mask, an increasing number of infectious disease experts and politicians are arguing that some sort of barrier is better than nothing.

This month, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance encouraging people, especially in areas hit hard by the spread of the coronavirus, to use rudimentary coverings such as T-shirts, bandanas and non-medical masks to cover their faces while outdoors.

That’s a far cry from the message six weeks ago, when U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams advised Americans on Twitter to “STOP BUYING MASKS!” Much of the concern at the time was driven by an expected shortage personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders.

Even while reiterating the new guidelines on mask use during a COVID-19 news conference April 3, President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t actually be heeding the advice himself, saying: “I’m choosing not to do it.”

If an informal tally of Denverites out for a stroll or ride on a recent sunny afternoon was any indication of how prevalent the adoption of mask wearing has become, it is far from universal. There were many more uncovered faces than obscured ones, even as trails and paths filled up with moving bodies.

Shirking a mask — even when outside — is a mistake, Yale’s Soe-Lin told The Post in an email.

“I think the bigger deterrent is that people think if they’re outdoors they don’t need masks, which is not true,” she said. “It’s hard to consistently maintain six feet of physical distance especially when you need to pass someone or if they’re in a big group taking up the sidewalk, and if you’re asymptomatic you can be exhaling a lot of aerosols during physical exertion which can travel significant distances.”

Stick ’em up

But obscuring the face creates new complications. Kim Cordova, president of UFCW 7, heads the union that represents 17,000 grocery workers in Colorado. She is worried about employee safety at supermarkets.

“The downside of masks for our members is the potential for robberies,” she said.

Checking IDs for alcohol purchases is also trickier when masks are in use, she said.

Zhai, the CU professor, said society has to “balance the risks” when trying to negotiate the pandemic landscape.

“While (robberies) can happen, that doesn’t mean we don’t recommend the use of masks,” he said.

If history is any guide, Coloradans have always been reticent to cover their faces to stave off infection. During the 1918 Spanish flu that killed approximately 8,000 people in the state and tens of millions globally, one of the last orders given by Denver officials during that pandemic was to strap on a mask.

But the city’s directives were inconsistent, according to an authoritative account of the Spanish flu authored by Stephen Leonard, a history professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Citizens were told to wear masks in theaters but not churches, and in shops but not in hotels. Waiters needed to cover their noses and mouths, but diners did not.

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To prevent influenza! A Red Cross nurse with a gauze mask over her nose and mouth. Text next to the image provides tips to prevent influenza. Title above text. Publisher information at top of poster.

Leonard wrote that the city’s mask order “irked people and was irregularly obeyed.” One saleswoman told the Rocky Mountain News that she didn’t like wearing a mask because it “caused her nose to fall asleep,” according to Leonard’s account.

Whether the use of masks ever becomes compulsory in Colorado — as has occurred in one form or another in Morocco, Germany, China and Austria — is yet to be seen.

But Jeff Stanley, a 68-year-old Denver resident who last week was walking around the city with a protective bandana tied around his face, said for him the decision to cover up wasn’t hard.

“I’m old and I’m terrified,” he said.



Coronavirus: Drone footage shows Yorkshire in lockdown

Once-bustling streets are still while formerly congested roads are clear and beaches lay empty across North and West Yorkshire.


Hope Valley Barracks

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Scituate Barracks

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Media Contact: Major Christopher J. Dicomitis, Administrative Commander and Public Information Officer, Rhode Island State Police, 401-764-5603 or rispdps@risp.gov


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Coronavirus: Two hospital porters die amid pandemic

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The new reality of coronavirus for Canadians: focus of new Global News program

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The new reality of coronavirus for Canadians: focus of new Global News program

Global News is launching a new weekly 7 p.m. local Sunday special titled ‘Coronavirus: The New Reality.’


Anti-government activists’ plan to win key Legislative Council seats in 2020 elections suffers blow as minister reveals huge backlog to trade union approvals

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Easter Sunday Severe Weather Threat

Significant Severe Weather Outbreak Sunday

This weekend’s system is something that we’ve been watching closely for a while now. This appears to be a potent severe weather setup across the southeastern U.S.   

Latest SPC outlook includes part of the Tennessee Valley in the greatest threat

ANY SPOT in the Tennessee Valley will have the potential for strong, long track tornadoes, destructive straight line wind, and large hail greater than the size of a quarter, and perhaps as large as a golf ball. 

While the tornado threat usually gets a lot of the attention, don’t discount the wind threat today. 

Potential exists today for storms to produce widespread wind damage, with some storms potentially producing wind gusts over 70 mph. 

Timing

Timing is difficult to convey. This system will impact us with multiple waves of storms.

  • 2 AM to 10 AM Sunday: storms will not likely be severe, but some of the rain could be heavy.
  • 10 AM to 12 PM Sunday: a limited risk of a severe storm in North Alabama or Southern Tennessee
  • 12 PM to around 11 PM (or later): widespread severe storms expected with high winds, potentially-strong tornadoes, and hail. Flash flooding could occur in areas that get 3-5 inches of rainfall Sunday.

Be alert and informed!

This may sound alarming, but it is a significant threat that you need to be prepared to weather. Ensure your NOAA Weather Radio is ON, has good batteries, and is programmed for your county:

(Click the links for programming information for Alabama Counties or Tennessee Counties.)

Live Alert 19 is also a must-have. Where the NOAA Weather Radio gives you county-based warnings, the app gives you a location-based warning. In other words, it backs up what the NOAA Weather Radio says with specific location information relative to where you are standing at that moment.Need to figure out where to find a safe place? Here are some ideas in your home, but if you are in a mobile home, you need to LEAVE and go to a public shelter near your home.

Download Live Alert 19 for iOS or Android.

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Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the Centre for Health Protection’s communicable diseases branch, said three of the newly infected people had a recent travel history.

Despite the drop, Chuang cautioned against reading too much into the figures.

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Liverpool: Sir Kenny Dalglish released from hospital after positive coronavirus test

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WILLISTON BARRACKS / DUI #2 REFUSAL, CRIMINAL DLS

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A101657 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Quealy                              STATION: Williston                      CONTACT#: 802-878-7111   DATE/TIME: 04-12-2000 @ 0003 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: VT Route 15 @ Daudelin Road, Underhill VIOLATION:


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Silver Alert for Rio Rancho Police Department– Rio Rancho, NM –Vernon E. Spurlock

Rio Rancho, NM -The following information is for the distribution of a Silver Alert for Rio Rancho Police Department (RRPD). Please refer all media inquiries and questions to the Rio Rancho Police Department at (505) 891-7226.

RRPD is seeking the public's assistance in locating Vernon E. Spurlock, a Caucasian male, seventy-eight-years-old, five-foot-eight inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with blue eyes and grey hair. Spurlock was last seen on April 11, 2019 at around 2:30 p.m. as he drove away from 502 San Juan De Rio in Rio Rancho, NM. Spurlock might possibly be in the area of State Road 528 and State Road 550 or in the area of Walmart. He was driving a silver 2004 Hyundai Elantra with New Mexico license plate KZA359. He was last seen wearing a red and orange shirt with brown plaid and black jeans. Vernon E. Spurlock is missing and believed to be in danger if not located.

Anyone with any information regarding this New Mexico Silver Alert is asked to call the Rio Rancho Police Department at (505) 891-7226.


St. Johnsbury Barracks – Two Vehicle Crash

STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH   CASE#: 20A401834                        RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Rodzel STATION: St. Johnsbury Barracks              CONTACT#: (802)222-4680   DATE/TIME: April 11, 2020 at approximately 1833 hours STREET: VT Route 25 TOWN: Bradford LANDMARK AND/OR CROSS STREETS: Chase


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​ST. PAUL — One man is in custody following an officer involved shooting incident that happened this afternoon in Shakopee. No one was injured during the incident.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the incident at the request of the agencies involved.

The man was driving approximately 100 mph on westbound I-494 near Dodd Road around 11:30 a.m. Saturday when he passed a Minnesota State Patrol trooper. A pursuit began that stretched through several cities and included State Patrol troopers and Burnsville police officers. The pursuit ended in Shakopee when the man crashed his vehicle on southbound Highway 169 near Eagle Creek Boulevard.

The man then fled the vehicle and a foot pursuit began. At one point during the foot pursuit, two officers discharged their weapons. No one was hit by the gunfire. The foot pursuit ended around Noon on the 1300 block of Pine Tree Lane when the man was taken into custody. He is expected to be booked into jail on outstanding felony warrants.

The BCA is asking anyone who saw or had contact with this person around the time of this incident to contact the BCA at 651-793-7000.

Highway 169 southbound is currently reduced to one lane so that BCA crime scene personnel can process the scene. The lanes will be reopened as soon as possible.
Law enforcement personnel from the State Patrol, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Burnsville, Prior Lake, Shakopee and Savage police departments were involved in the foot pursuit.

The BCA will determine whether dash camera and body camera video captured the incident.

The BCA will provide additional details, including the names of those involved, once initial interviews with incident participants and witnesses are completed. The BCA will provide its findings without recommendation to the Scott County Attorney’s Office for review.

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Director: Bruce Gordon
Primary Contact Email: jill.oliveira@state.mn.us
Primary Contact Name: Jill Oliveira
Primary Contact Phone: 651-793-2726
Formatted Publish Date: April 12, 2020

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Huntsville wellness clinic offering COVID-19 antibody tests

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to increase, a Huntsville wellness clinic has started to administer a blood test to determine if a person's immune system has created antibodies to attack the novel coronavirus.

Normally, Synergy Wellness Clinic focuses on physician-approved mental health and addiction treatment programs. But one physician said they saw a need for widespread COVID-19 testing and wanted to fill it.

"We saw a deficit in the amount of testing that was available to the community," explained Dr. Steven Werdehoff, clinic partner and emergency medicine physician. "We saw that we might be able to provide the antibody testing for anybody who wanted to get tested."

Antibodies are proteins in the immune system that develop days after an infection establishes itself in the body. The antibody test requires a small blood sample and is achieved by a finger prick.

A spokesperson with the Alabama Department of Public Health said the antibody tests are not yet FDA validated:

As a whole, these tests, although approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for distribution by commercial manufacturers, or development and use by laboratories, are not reviewed or validated by the FDA, nor do they have Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) before being made available for use.

The ADPH said its uncertain about the validity of the tests.

“We as physicians are concerned that the antibody testing might pick up again a false reactivity from another coronavirus,” said Dr. Karen Landers with the state health department. 

Landers said the department is concerned antibody tests are not sensitive enough to detect COVID-19 specifically.

"People may have negatives that are false negatives in terms of if their body hasn't mounted an immune response yet, because it's not testing for the virus, it's only testing for the antibodies to the virus," Landers said.

Werdehoff said while that may be true, he and his partners have confidence in the method and its results.

“We have had a patient that we knew was positive and tested them, and they were positive on the test and that was reassuring,” he said. “We've had several positives throughout the day today, so I believe the test does what it says it does, the test for the IGG and IGM antibodies to the COVID virus.”

The clinic provides the antibody tests for a fee of $50. Werdehoff said the fee covers test supplies, personal protective equipment used to administer the tests and helps pay the employees on site.

“One of our partners is based out of Houston and he had some contacts and was able to procure these tests from Wuhan, China,” Werdehoff said.

Anyone can register to be tested without a doctor's order. Once you're registered, the clinic gives you a time slot to show up at its mobile testing site in Jones Valley. The clinic says results will be texted to you within 10 minutes after the test is administered.

Werdehoff said the Huntsville-based clinic has already tested more than 80 people, including a number of medical professionals.

“They’re on the front lines. They're seeing patients who are COVID positive, and they want to know if they've been exposed or, you know, have built up the antibodies to this virus,” Werdehoff said. “So that's been a surprise that we've seen several nurses and physicians come through that want to be tested.”

It can be difficult for people who are asymptomatic to get tested, Werdehoff said. That's where he says this test can be a useful tool.

“You will build immunity even if you haven't had symptoms so it can be valuable to know. 'Hey have I already been exposed? Am I building an immune response to the COVID virus?'"

Though antibodies are said to make people immune to reinfection, Werdehoff explained it’s still not clear if someone who has fought off the COVID-19 virus once, can contract it again. He urges people to continue to follow CDC guidelines and practice social distancing even if they have COVID-19 antibodies.

Synergy Wellness said it has only had five people test positive for COVID-19 so far. The clinic plans to send those results to the state.

The department of public health said, at this time, antibody test positives will not be counted as a COVID-19 positive. Those cases will require an additional nasal swab test for confirmation.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told CNN he expects to see a large number of antibody tests around the country within a week.


Pope Francis says, ‘Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear’ this Easter

(CNN) — Pope Francis told followers to “not yield to fear” while leading an Easter Vigil the night before Easter Sunday inside an empty St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday.

Quoting Jesus upon the resurrection, Pope Francis said: “Do not be afraid, do not yield to fear. This is the message of hope. It is addressed to us today. These are the words that God repeats to us this very night.”

The vigil, typically attended by thousands, was scaled back amid coronavirus lockdown measures.

“We are all brothers and sisters — may we bring the song of life,” he added.

The Pope also used the address to urge against the arms trade. “Let us silence the cries of death, no more wars! May we stop the production and trade of weapons, since we need bread, not guns.”

The vigil was part of the Pope’s Easter Triduum liturgies, a series of ceremonies given during the days leading to Easter Sunday — beginning with Holy Thursday. The vigil is to be followed by Sunday’s event, when the Pope will host Easter Sunday Mass at 5 a.m. EST or 11 a.m. Rome time.


Work from home, call for meals: food delivery platforms provide lifeline to Hong Kong’s empty restaurants

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Some doctors moving away from ventilators for coronavirus patients

NEW YORK — As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using the breathing machines when they can.

The reason: Some hospitals have reported unusually high death rates for coronavirus patients on ventilators, and some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

The evolving treatments highlight the fact that doctors are still learning the best way to manage a virus that emerged only months ago. They are relying on anecdotal, real-time data amid a crush of patients and shortages of basic supplies.

Mechanical ventilators push oxygen into patients whose lungs are failing. Using the machines involves sedating a patient and sticking a tube into the throat. Deaths in such sick patients are common, no matter the reason they need the breathing help.

Generally speaking, 40% to 50% of patients with severe respiratory distress die while on ventilators, experts say. But 80% or more of coronavirus patients placed on the machines in New York City have died, state and city officials say.

Higher-than-normal death rates also have been reported elsewhere in the U.S., said Dr. Albert Rizzo, the American Lung Association’s chief medical officer.

Similar reports have emerged from China and the United Kingdom. One U.K. report put the figure at 66%. A very small study in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the disease first emerged, said 86% died.

The reason is not clear. It may have to do with what kind of shape the patients were in before they were infected. Or it could be related to how sick they had become by the time they were put on the machines, some experts said.

But some health professionals have wondered whether ventilators might actually make matters worse in certain patients, perhaps by igniting or worsening a harmful immune system reaction.

That’s speculation. But experts do say ventilators can be damaging to a patient over time, as high-pressure oxygen is forced into the tiny air sacs in a patient’s lungs.

“We know that mechanical ventilation is not benign,” said Dr. Eddy Fan, an expert on respiratory treatment at Toronto General Hospital. “One of the most important findings in the last few decades is that medical ventilation can worsen lung injury — so we have to be careful how we use it.”

The dangers can be eased by limiting the amount of pressure and the size of breaths delivered by the machine, Fan said.

But some doctors say they’re trying to keep patients off ventilators as long as possible, and turning to other techniques instead.

Only a few weeks ago in New York City, coronavirus patients who came in quite sick were routinely placed on ventilators to keep them breathing, said Dr. Joseph Habboushe, an emergency medicine doctor who works in Manhattan hospitals.

But increasingly, physicians are trying other measures first. One is having patients lie in different positions — including on their stomachs — to allow different parts of the lung to aerate better. Another is giving patients more oxygen through nose tubes or other devices. Some doctors are experimenting with adding nitric oxide to the mix, to help improve blood flow and oxygen to the least damaged parts of the lungs.

“If we’re able to make them better without intubating them, they are more likely to have a better outcome — we think,” Habboushe said.

He said those decisions are separate from worries that there are not enough ventilators available. But that is a concern as well, Habboushe added.

There are widespread reports that coronavirus patients tend to be on ventilators much longer than other kinds of patients, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious diseases expert at Vanderbilt University.

Experts say that patients with bacterial pneumonia, for example, may be on a ventilator for no more than a day or two. But it’s been common for coronavirus patients to have been on a ventilator “seven days, 10 days, 15 days, and they’re passing away,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when asked about ventilator death rates during a news briefing on Wednesday.

That’s one reason for worries that ventilators could grow in short supply. Experts worry that as cases mount, doctors will be forced to make terrible decisions about who lives and who dies because they won’t have enough machines for every patient who needs one.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said Wednesday that officials are looking into other possible therapies that can be given earlier, but added “that’s all experimental.”

The new virus is a member of the coronavirus family that can cause colds as well as more serious illnesses. Health officials say it spreads mainly from droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. There is no proven drug treatment or vaccine against it.

Experts think most people who are infected suffer nothing worse than unpleasant but mild illnesses that may include fever and coughing.

But roughly 20% — many of them older adults or people weakened by chronic conditions — can grow much sicker. They can have trouble breathing and suffer chest pain. Their lungs can become inflamed, causing a dangerous condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome. An estimated 3% to 4% may need ventilators.

“The ventilator is not therapeutic. It’s a supportive measure while we wait for the patient’s body to recover,” said Dr. Roger Alvarez, a lung specialist with the University of Miami Health System in Florida, who is a leader in the effort to use nitric oxide to keep patients off ventilators for as long as possible.

Zachary Shemtob said he was “absolutely terrified” when he was told his 44-year-old husband, David, needed to be put on a ventilator at NYU Langone last month after becoming infected with the virus.

“Needing to be ventilated might mean never getting off the ventilator,” he said.

Shemtob said the hospital did not give any percentages on survival, but he got the impression it was essentially a coin flip. He looked up the rates only after his husband was breathing on his own six days later.

“A coin flip was generous it seems,” he said.

But Shemtob noted cases vary. His husband is relatively young.

“David is living proof that they can really save lives, and how incredibly important they are,” Shemtob said.

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Experience the Apollo 13 mission in real-time during its 50th anniversary

(CNN) — Saturday afternoon marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 13 mission, dubbed the “successful failure” of the Apollo program.

Although an explosion prevented astronauts James Lovell Jr., John Swigert Jr. and Fred Haise Jr. from participating in the third planned lunar landing, NASA’s engineers and flight control teams at the Apollo Mission Control Center worked with the astronauts to safely return them to Earth.

Perhaps you watched the afternoon launch on TV when it happened on April 11, 1970, or first learned about the mission watching the 1995 “Apollo 13” film.

Regardless, you can now relive the Apollo 13 mission in real-time, beginning with the launch as it happened at 2:13 p.m. ET on April 11.

NASA software engineer and historian Ben Feist, along with a dedicated team of historians, researchers and audio, film and visual experts, have digitized and restored footage and audio from the mission.

Everything is organized in the order it happened during the mission, from launch to the celebrated return of the astronauts to Earth.

Mission Control footage is married with film taken by the astronauts during their flight, as well as broadcasts about the mission. Every photo has been inserted when it was taken.

More than 7,200 hours from 50 different channels of Mission Control audio are synchronized to play out as they were spoken.

Included is newly digitized and restored audio, according to the apolloinrealtime.org site.

There were four missing tapes from Apollo 13 Mission Control that were recovered from the National Archives in fall 2019. They contain the audio from the time of the explosion aboard Apollo 13.

After being digitized and restored, it’s the first time the recordings have been heard since they were used in the investigation of the accident in 1970.

The tapes disappeared for so long because they were packed away with the rest of the accident investigation material in 1972, according to an article by Catherine Baldwin, the NASA History Center’s editor and social media coordinator. The article appeared in the latest edition of NASA History’s News and Notes Newsletter.

The intriguing audio captures the range of emotions and magnitude of stress experienced by the astronauts and ground teams as they worked together to safely return the three men. It’s a race against time over five days, 22 hours and 54 minutes.

At the beginning of the mission, there are jokes and fun, humanizing exchanges. After the success of the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, certain aspects of spaceflight had started to feel routine and it’s palpable in the crew.

Everything takes a drastic shift when the explosion occurs on April 131970. Tension, strain and long pauses as they search for words mark the exchanges between the astronauts and Mission Control.

Historic moments stand out, such as the infamous words spoken by Lovell of “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” or Haise saying, “I didn’t think I’d be back here this soon” as he and Lovell entered the lunar module after the explosion, preparing to use it as a “lifeboat.”

The Apollo 13 project joins two others on Feist’s site, a NASA-funded project including real-time explorations of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 missions.

Feist also performed audio restoration for the “Apollo 11” documentary, directed by Todd Douglas Miller, that aired on CNN in 2019 for the 50th anniversary of the mission.


Huntsville-Madison County EMA recommends continued social distancing while taking shelter for severe weather

MADISON COUNTY, Ala.- Many people rely on community storm shelters as their go-to place when storms roll into their area. Officials with the Huntsville-Madison County Emergency Management Agency understand some may be trying to balance the threat of severe weather and protecting themselves from the coronavirus.

“You’ve gotta handle the emergency at hand. You know, what’s the biggest threat? You know the risk is higher for you if a tornado is impending than you actually contracting COVID-19,” said EMA Director Jeff Birdwell.

Officials said that if you have to go to a community storm shelter, they recommend wearing a face mask or some type of face cover.

“Do your best to practice social distancing. Maybe have hand sanitizer on hand. If people have masks, wear masks,” said Birdwell.

As for people who are in quarantine for COVID-19 — Birdwell said they recommend they find other plans to seek shelter.

“The best thing to do is if you can find an alternate plan rather than going to a community storm shelter, certainly do that,” Birdwell said.

When shelters are at capacity — social distancing goes out the window. Birdwell encourages people to do their best, but focus on weather first in the event of a tornado warning.

“If you’ve got somebody thats standing outside, you’re not going to not let them come in because you can’t adhere to the six feet,” said Birdwell.

Health officials said the decision to open a community shelter will be made at the local or county level. They added you should contact your shelter before going to make sure they will be open.

View a PDF map of Madison County Shelter locations here.


Multiple people injured after alleged South Tennyson Street shooting, according to Denver police

Denver police are investigating an alleged shooting Saturday night in the 1600 block of South Tennyson Street, the department tweeted. Multiple people were treated for injuries.

The number of people and severity of the injuries have not been specified. There is no information on the suspect yet. This is a developing story.


Coronavirus: Boris Johnson ‘owes his life to NHS staff’

The prime minister thanks those who treated him for coronavirus, and is now expected to rest and recover.


Middlesex Barracks – DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A301285 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Crista Maurice                             STATION: Middlesex Barracks                     CONTACT#: 229-9191   DATE/TIME: 03/24/2020, 1710 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US RT 2, near Danville Hill Rd, Cabot VIOLATION:


Coronavirus: think home-schooling is stressful? Spare a thought for South Koreans

As parents and students across the world struggle to come to terms with the horrors of home-schooling, spare a thought for those in South Korea.

In a country that takes education so seriously that aeroplanes are sometimes diverted to avoid distracting students, the switch is proving particularly stressful.

Classes finally resumed this week after the coronavirus outbreak turned what was supposed to be a typical two-week Spring break into 38 days of school-less uncertainty. But even then…


How the coronavirus crisis will affect Hong Kong’s migration dynamics

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Aside from economic disruptions, the coronavirus crisis could also have a longer-term impact on Hong Kong’s migration dynamics. Here are four ways that could…


Westminster Barracks / DUI

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20B101632 RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Ryan Miller                            STATION: WESTMINSTER                    CONTACT#: 802-722-4600   DATE/TIME: 4/10/20 1720 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: US Route 5 & VT Route 121, Bellows Falls, VT  


At least 70 people at Georgia nursing home being treated for COVID-19

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – At least 70 residents and staff members at an Augusta, Georgia nursing home are being treated for novel Coronavirus.

According to Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center’s parent company, SavaSeniorCare Administrative Services, 70 residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Sixty-seven of these patients are isolated in the rehab center, and three of the residents are being treated at the hospital.

The 120-bed care facility for the elderly is located off Dewey Gray Circle near Doctors Hospital.

There has been no reports of deaths as of Friday afternoon.

Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center released the following statement:

At this time we can confirm that seventy (70) residents at Windermere Health and Rehabilitation Center have tested positive for COVID-19. Sixty-seven (67) of those residents are isolated in the Center and three (3) residents are being treated at the hospital.

We are doing everything we can to protect our residents and staff. This includes providing appropriate PPE, taking heightened precautions and adhering to protocols outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We are also working closely with our local health department to prevent exposure and to protect all our residents and staff at the Center. Before every shift, we assess the health of our staff and screen all staff members for respiratory illness, which includes a temperature check. We are also restricting visitation at this time based on guidance from the CDC and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

We know that this is an unsettling and scary time for our residents and their family members. We understand and greatly appreciate family members’ concern for their loved ones and are doing everything in our power to keep our residents safe and protected. We are in the process of contacting the family members of every single resident in our Center to keep them informed of their loved one’s condition as it evolves. We will continue to update family members in the coming days as new information becomes available or as circumstances change. We are working closely with the health authorities to follow their guidance and have been 100% transparent with all information released to the authorities, family members and the wider public, while maintaining the dignity and privacy of each of our residents.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updated information and education to the Center, staff, patients, residents and families, as updates become available. We appreciate the continued support of the long-term care community, and the agencies and associations that support us in our efforts.


Battle of Alberta: Edmonton, Calgary orchestras unite to perform physically distanced ‘Hockey Night in Canada’

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Coronavirus: Front-line NHS staff ‘at risk of PTSD’

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Anxiety and tears in Hong Kong, as young children are taken from parents for coronavirus tests

Mother of two Elizabeth* recalls the day her eight-week-old son was taken away from her to be tested in hospital for Covid-19.“Three guys in hazmat suits turned up, and then my son was gone. It was heartbreaking,” said the 41-year-old British-Canadian who has lived in Hong Kong for five years.She could not accompany her baby to hospital on April 7 because she had to care for her 19-month-old daughter. Her 39-year-old Filipino domestic worker had tested positive for the coronavirus and was…


St Johnsbury Barracks / Cruelty to animals

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A401830 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Trooper Justin Thompson                              STATION: St. Johnsbury                     CONTACT#: 802-222-4680   DATE/TIME: 04-11-20 / approximately 1320 hours INCIDENT LOCATION: Vershire Riding School Rd,


IRS deposits first wave of stimulus payments

The Internal Revenue Service sent out the first wave of stimulus payments to Americans on Saturday, the agency said.

“#IRS deposited the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts today. We know many people are anxious to get their payments; we’ll continue issuing them as fast as we can,” the IRS wrote Saturday evening on Twitter.

Stimulus check: How much can you expect?

Deposits will continue in the days ahead, starting with people who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and authorized direct deposit. Others — including people who haven’t filed returns, authorized direct deposits, or receive Social Security — will probably have to wait weeks or months before seeing their money.

The distributions are part of the $2.2 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress in March.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


IRS deposits first wave of stimulus payments

The Internal Revenue Service sent out the first wave of stimulus payments to Americans on Saturday, the agency said.

“#IRS deposited the first Economic Impact Payments into taxpayers’ bank accounts today. We know many people are anxious to get their payments; we’ll continue issuing them as fast as we can,” the IRS wrote Saturday evening on Twitter.

Stimulus check: How much can you expect?

Deposits will continue in the days ahead, starting with people who have filed tax returns for 2018 or 2019 and authorized direct deposit. Others — including people who haven’t filed returns, authorized direct deposits, or receive Social Security — will probably have to wait weeks or months before seeing their money.

The distributions are part of the $2.2 trillion economic relief package passed by Congress in March.

Check back for updates on this developing story.


Sobeys liquor store employee in Saskatoon tests positive for COVID-19

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Coronavirus: Free hotel rooms for front-line essential service workers

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Fort Payne church expecting a “full house” for a picture-perfect Easter service

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FORT PAYNE, Ala. —The pews inside First Baptist Church in Fort Payne will be packed on Easter with everyone in their Sunday best. You might be asking yourself, “how?”

For Pastor Marshall Henderson, it was a ‘picture-perfect’ surprise.

On Easter, the light shining through the church’s stained glass windows won’t cast on churchgoers, but their church directory photographs.

Music minister Roger Walworth, his wife Myla, and friend Cindy Lowe thought of the idea after noticing how lonely the sanctuary looked on weekly service recordings. They had the directory photos of more than 250 families printed and positioned on each pew.

“For us, it’s odd to lead a worship service with no congregants,” said Pastor Henderson. “It’s odd to think about church without a church actually gathered and so, this was their answer to that loneliness is to fill the pews with our church members.”

The trio had a keen eye for detail, placing photos of members on the same pews in which they would normally sit.

“Because we are a Baptist church and everybody has their spot and their pew,” said Henderson jokingly.

With a little church humor, Henderson remains in good spirits through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s hard to imagine not being together on Easter but we will have a "full house" and we will be here together, and of course, we’re all together in spirit as well,” he said.

Henderson said he will leave the photos up through this period of social distancing until the day the congregation can once again fellowship in person.

Jokingly, Henderson said whenever on-site services resume, he will have the members remove their photos themselves to know who wasn’t attending based on the photos left behind.

For anyone looking for an online Easter service, connect with First Baptist on their website or Vimeo.


Steve Nash shares ‘sympathies’ with workers terminated from namesake fitness club

Lawyers for the Canadian basketball great, who terminated his involvement with Steve Nash Fitness World, said they have been made aware the company has filed for bankruptcy.


Town Creek community throws birthday parade for tornado survivor














LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. – Community members in Town Creek came together Saturday to celebrate a young boy after an especially difficult time in his life.

Landen Godsey was critically injured after an EF-2 tornado hit his family home in Town Creek on December 16, 2019. Landen’s parents, Chase and Keisha Godsey, were killed in the tornado.

Landen was treated at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham for his injuries, including head trauma.

Family and loved ones threw Landen a parade for his 9th birthday, complete with signs, banners and balloons. Landen has the same birthday as his dad.

In a Facebook post, Landen’s aunt, Cheay Godsey, said, “Birthday parade for Landen was a success! Everything else may be canceled, but God’s grace is not. Thank you for the love and support of Landen as he celebrates his first birthday without his parents. If you don’t know his story, follow the ‘Pray for Landen page’. We love you big man & we are so proud of you!”


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Coronavirus: England’s oddest events hit by the lockdown

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Coronavirus: Ethnic minorities ‘are a third’ of patients

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Coronavirus: ‘Local shortages’ of intensive care drugs

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Easter in lockdown: Feasting in the time of coronavirus

Four families across Europe explain how they are taking comfort in the food associated with Easter.


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Colorado confirms 274 coronavirus-related deaths as outbreaks at nursing homes increase

At least 274 people in Colorado have died from complications of the novel coronavirus, while outbreaks at nursing homes continue to rise, state health officials announced Saturday.

Nearly 6,900 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness caused by the virus, while hospitalizations increased to 1,376. Health officials have reiterated that a lack of mass testing means the number of true cases in the state is likely four to 10 times higher. More than 34,800 people have been tested, including nearly 2,500 individuals Friday.

Officials also confirmed 67 outbreaks at residential and non-hospital residential and non-hospital health care facilities, with as many as eight deaths at one Aurora facility prompting a state investigation.

The state health department announces new totals daily of coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases based on what’s reported up from Colorado’s counties; though the deaths and positive test results may be announced on a particular day, they may have occurred any time in the past and are just now being reported to the state. Saturday’s reported deaths were 24 more than on Friday.


Falling brick fatally strikes woman on California highway

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Coronavirus: Londoners giving back to front-line workers and those in need of masks, scrub caps

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Derby/Larceny + Active Arrest Warrant

VSP News Release-Incident   STATE OF VERMONT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY VERMONT STATE POLICE   NEWS RELEASE         CASE#: 20A501236 RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Tpr. Mikkola                             STATION: Derby                     CONTACT#: 802-334-8881   DATE/TIME: 04/05/2020 @ 1828 INCIDENT LOCATION: Valley Road, Holland, VT VIOLATION: Larceny   ACCUSED: Christina


As many as eight COVID-19 deaths at Aurora assisted-living facility

As many as eight residents have died of COVID-19, and 49 others living or working at an Aurora assisted-living facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, prompting the state to launch an investigation into what prompted the severe outbreak.

Health officials have confirmed five deaths because of complications from COVID-19 at Juniper Village at Aurora. The remaining three deaths are considered probable cases by the coroner, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said Saturday in a news release.

After learning that several staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus, the facility tested all workers and residents. The results showed 33 of 46 residents and 16 of 25 staff members were positive for COVID-19, the news release said.

A team from the state health department is investigating the facility after receiving a formal complaint regarding Juniper Village’s infection prevention practices, the department said in the release. The investigation could take several months to complete, the agency said.

“We are distressed by the outbreak of COVID-19 at the Juniper Village and the tragic loss of life and extend our deepest sympathy to the families who lost loved ones,” Dr. John M. Douglas Jr., executive director of the Tri-County Health Department, said in a statement. “COVID-19 can cause particularly severe illness in older adults, and we appreciate the support of CDPHE in strengthening steps to prevent further illness at this facility.”

The state health department also said it would start next week releasing more information publicly about outbreaks at nursing homes across the state, updating every Wednesday on the state’s COVID-19 website. The state thus far has released data and names of facilities with outbreaks only occasionally, after requests from news organizations.

A Denver Post inquiry on Friday prompted the state health department to identify all 59 facilities with confirmed outbreaks in the state.

Health officials long have been worried about outbreaks at nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, as older people are at a higher risk of contracting and dying from the new coronavirus.

As of April 5, nearly 40% of the people who have died of complications from the novel coronavirus in Colorado were living in nursing homes or residential health care facilities, according to information provided by the state health department. A single Greeley elder-care center reported at least 14 COVID-19 deaths.

Of the state’s 250 deaths linked to COVID-19 that had been reported by Friday afternoon, 132 have been 80 or older, with an additional 65 deaths linked to those over 70.



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Mississippi churchgoers fined $500 for violating curfew order while attending drive-in service

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GREENVILLE, Miss. (WREG) — Churchgoers who attended a drive-in service at a church in Greenville, Mississippi, were fined $500 for reportedly violating a curfew order from the mayor.

During Thursday night service at King James Bible Baptist Church, while parishoners sat in their vehicles listening to Pastor Charles Hamilton, Greenville Police surrounded the church parking lot.

Jeremy Dys, with First Liberty Institute, is representing Pastor Hamilton and says police were violating the church's constitutional right while enforcing a curfew order from Mayor Errick Simmons.

“They park in their parking spaces, they keep their windows up, the doors closed, they never get out of the cars like the CDC recommends they do,” Dys said. “There's no exception to the United States Constitution for a pandemic. What Mayor Simmons has done is to apply an order without regard to equality and he's singled out churches in particular.”

King James Bible Baptist isn't the only Greenville church police visited.

“We have everybody stay in their cars, with their windows up and go to a certain radio station, a low frequency station,” said Lee Gordon with Temple Baptist Church.

Gordon says there were about thirty cars in the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church.

“The police started coming up and we said, 'we think we're within our rights.' So they started issuing tickets, five hundred dollar tickets,” Gordon said. “I don't know, it may have been twenty to thirty tickets. Everybody got one. It wasn't per car. Me and my wife was in a car together and both of us got tickets.”

Gordon says the intimidation won't stop the faithful from gathering safely.

“This is Easter Sunday, and we want to celebrate Easter Sunday the best way can,” Gordon said.


Coronavirus: Tracking hospitalization and recovery

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Coronavirus updates and cancellations in our state

Questions about medical or social service needs, call 211, 800-560-3372, 711 (deaf or hard of hearing), or text ZIP code to 898-211, 8:30-6 p.m. M-F, 10-4 p.m. weekends or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. Official page: de.gov/coronavirus.


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Severe storms forecast for Texas, Louisiana, setting up threat of tornadoes in Southeast on Easter

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Arrest Made in a Homicide: 4000 Block of Clay Place, Northeast

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announced an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Friday, April 10, 2020, in the 4000 block of Clay Place, Northeast.

At approximately 11:56 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, officers located an unconscious adult male, inside of a residence, suffering from a stab wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. The detectives’ investigation revealed that this offense is domestic in nature.

The decedent has been identified as 33 year-old Cornell Mason, of Northeast, DC.

On Saturday, April 11, 2020, 44 year-old Phillip Humphrey, of Northeast, DC was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder.


Black Denverites have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus, early data shows

Black Denverites have been impacted by the novel coronavirus at higher rates than white or Hispanic and Latino residents in the city, preliminary data released Friday by Denver Public Health shows.

The numbers offer the first glimpse into how the virus may be disproportionally affecting black people in the Mile High City, as data in other states has shown the global pandemic to be particularly cruel in communities of color.

Denver’s black population has been overrepresented across total cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, the highly infectious respiratory illness caused by the virus, the data shows. It is important to note that the small sample size makes it difficult to draw definitive conclusions at this early stage. As more data is reported, stronger correlations can be gleaned.

But Denver’s initial data depicts much of what has been seen in cities such as Milwaukee and Detroit, where black communities have seen far higher rates of COVID-19.

Of Denver’s 1,152 people with confirmed infections, 13% have been black, though the city’s black population stands at 8%. White, non-Hispanic residents make up 54% of the city but just 40% of the total cases. The Hispanic/Latino population makes up 30% of Denver’s residents, and has 24% of total COVID-19 cases.

Hospitalization numbers tell a similar story: Of the city’s 351 total hospitalizations, patients who are black make up 19%, the same percentage as white patients, according to Denver’s data. Hispanic/Latino residents have the highest rates at 27%, though that is below its share of the population. More than one-quarter of the hospitalizations recorded in this data set were marked as unknown race or ethnicity.

Denver has recorded 47 deaths in the city related to the novel coronavirus, so the sample size remains small. The limited data, however, shows deaths among black residents at 11%, higher than its percentage of the population, with white deaths at 33% and Hispanic/Latino deaths at 19%. As with hospitalizations, 26% of the cases had an unknown race or ethnicity.

The city also released updated maps Friday showing North and South Park Hill neighborhoods had Denver’s highest rates of COVID-19 with 1.85 and 1.88 cases per 1,000 people, respectively. Washington Park (1.86) and Whittier (1.85) also ranked at the high end for total cases per capita.

Health officials for weeks have cautioned that limited testing has resulted in lower numbers of confirmed COVID-19 statewide, and that the actual number of infected people is likely four to 10 times higher.

As the new coronavirus began to spread through the county last month, some national experts warned that residents who are black would be more susceptible to the illness due to higher rates of chronic health conditions. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that their limited data on racial breakdowns is “suggesting that black populations might be disproportionately affected by COVID-19.”

“I think the biggest challenge is the fact that people of color, African Americans, start out with health outcomes that are disproportionately poor when compared to white Americans,” Dr. Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told The Undefeated in early March. “The highest risk, if you get this disease, is to someone 60 or older with chronic disease. With African Americans, you start with a population that is disproportionately sicker, and if it gets exposed, it will have a higher death rate.”



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Spillers: COVID-19 patients in hospital continue to decrease in Madison County, hotspot now in Marshall County

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Leaders from Madison County gave an update on the county’s response to COVID-19 Saturday afternoon.

Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers:

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Huntsville Hospital CEO David Spillers said there were only four patients in Huntsville Hospital with coronavirus, down from a peak of 13. He also confirmed two patients were a Crestwood Medical Center.

Testing-wise, Spillers said only 250 people were tested across the region Friday, with 175 in Madison County, down from a peak of 400.

75 of those were at the Fever and Flu Clinic, which has a maximum capacity of 200.

50 members of the homeless population were tested and the hospital plans to continue doing it every day next week.

The hotspot, according to Spillers is in Marshall County, where there were 70 cases as of Saturday, with an upward trend reported.

There are two Huntsville Hospital facilities in the county - Albertville and Boaz, where one patient was discharged yesterday, leaving just two coronavirus patients in the facilities.

Spillers also reported supplies and morale continue to be good.

Madison Mayor Paul Finley:

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Madison Mayor Paul Finley reminded the public to be wary of coronavirus scams, such as false test kits, especially with the stimulus checks coming soon.

He also reminded the public that tag renewals for both April and March have been extended, but encouraged anybody who can renew online to do so.

Q&A:

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Spillers said Huntsville Hospital looked at several projections for coronavirus and used those methodologies to create their own. Spillers said the numbers are not going up as expected and said as long as people keep distancing he doesn't expect there to be a surge of patients. Spillers also said the hospital is hoping to give everyone reusable masks next week, clinical areas already have all the protective equipment they need.

Spillers also addressed the layoffs at Huntsville Hospital, saying a drop in patients has translated to reduced staffing - the hospital is seeing half of the normal patient load and all outpatient facilities are shut.

Spillers said 2,000 of the hospital's 15,000 staff are affected, and they are being allowed to use PTO or apply for unemployment.

As far as severe weather is concerned, Huntsville-Madison County EMA Director Jeff Birdwell said much of the same policies are being followed and they will activate the emergency operations center if needed.

Spillers said while elective surgeries could be done now, the hospital wants to hold supplies in case hotspots pop up locally and across the state. He said there will likely be a transition period back into normal operations and there will likely be a period where employees will still distance and wear masks.

Huntsville Hospital will be talking to hospitals around the state to make sure everybody is ready, and Spillers added the decision to resume normal operations will likely be a statewide effort.


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WATCH SOON: Doctors answer your questions on ‘Coronavirus House Calls’ | April 11-12

Have a question about COVID-19? Email the question, your name, and your city to our doctors at coronaquestions@nexstar.tv to have it answered on “Coronavirus House Calls.” Watch the next episode RIGHT HERE on Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. CT!


CBS 42’s Art Franklin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the U.S. may be growing exponentially, but we want to look beyond statistics. We’re here to talk about your concerns, differentiate between fact and fiction, and move from fear to hope.

[WATCH: Coronavirus House Calls | April 4-5]

That’s why we’ve assembled a panel of the nation’s top doctors to answer your biggest questions about COVID-19 in the Nexstar digital original, “Coronavirus House Calls” hosted by Emmy award-winning CBS 42 Anchor Art Franklin.

Some of the questions addressed this weekend include:

Why do some people not have symptoms? Why did the virus start in China? What happens if and when stay-at-home orders are lifted? Why are black people dying of the coronavirus at a much higher rate than other races? Is the government authorizing doctors to decide who lives and who dies when rationing ventilators? How do I deal with being cooped up? Do healthy people die of COVID-19? How much does it cost to be hospitalized for COVID-19? How big of a problem are false negative tests? What should we be donating to hospitals and healthcare workers? What kinds of mental health problems await our doctors on the front lines? Can we expect more dangerous viruses like COVID-19 to emerge in the future? What are my options for therapy? Will we have a stronger health care system at the end of this pandemic?

If you have a fever or cough, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. Keep track of your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get medical attention right away.

Shainna Ali, PhD, LMHC, NCC (Orlando, FL)
Mental health counselor, educator, advocate

Shainna Ali is a mental health counselor, educator, and advocate. Dr. Ali is passionate about destigmatizing mental health counseling and helping individuals worldwide recognize the importance of fostering mental wellness. She is a nationally certified counselor, approved clinical supervisor, and a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida where is the owner and operator of Integrated Counseling Solutions, LLC, a strengths-based clinical mental health and consulting practice located in Downtown Orlando. Dr. Shainna Ali is the author of The Self-Love Workbook, The Self-Love Workbook for Teens, and the blog A Modern Mentality which is hosted by Psychology Today. Dr. Ali is also an active blog contributor for the American Counseling Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Thrive Global. As a mental health advocate Dr. Ali has been featured in outlets such as CBS, ABC, NBC, Yahoo, Bustle, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Insider.

Dr. Ali is a past president of the Florida Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, presently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal for Creativity in Mental Health and the Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness: Research, Practice, and Education, and is an ambassador for the International Registry of Counselor Education programs. Dr. Ali has been named an emerging leader by both the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Association for Creativity in Counseling. She has also been honored with the Association for Specialists in Group Work’s Al Dye Award, the Pete Fischer Humanitarian Award, and 30 under 30 award by her alma mater, the University of Central Florida.

Follow Dr. Ali on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Check out Dr. Ali’s website for more information on her work and private practice.


Oveta Fuller, PhD (Ann Arbor, MI)
Virologist, scientist, clergyperson

A. Oveta Fuller is medical school faculty member in Microbiology and Immunology and in the STEM Initiative of the African Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Michigan (UM). She also is an adjunct professor at Payne Theological Seminary (PTS) and an ordained itinerant elder and former pastor of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a scientist who studies and teaches about viruses (a virologist), Dr. Fuller’s laboratory team has published studies about herpes simplex and influenza viruses. She teaches UM medical, graduate, dental, and undergraduate students about human virus pathogens. Her current community engagement research with networks of religious leaders in communities of Zambia, South Africa and the USA seeks to enhance effective engagement in disease prevention. This includes teaching annual courses at Payne Seminary “What Effective Clergy Should Know about HIV/AIDS” and What Effective Leaders Should Know about Health.” Her UM study abroad course, “Global Impact of Microbes: Fieldwork” takes students to field sites to explore effective partnerships for global health research.

Dr. Fuller earned a B.A. (biology) and a Ph.D. (microbiology and immunology) from the UNC-CH and conducted postdoctoral training at the University of Chicago. Along with research grants from the NIH and National Science Foundation, she is a fellow of the Ford Foundation (1986) and the J William Fulbright (2012) programs. Her sabbatical in 2015-2016 in sociology at Duke University explored the use of religious leader networks in disease prevention. She has received academic and community awards in recognition of contributions and is an inaugural alumna of the Ansbacher Women in Academic Leadership Program at the UM Medical School. Dr. Fuller lived most of 2013 in the southern African country of Zambia conducting studies with the Trusted Messenger approach she developed for HIV/AIDS prevention. She grew up in Caswell County, N.C and is the daughter of Herbert R. and Deborah Woods Fuller. She and her husband Dr. Jerry Caldwell live in Dexter, Michigan and are parents of three young adults.

Learn more about Dr. Fuller’s work at UM, and read more about her efforts to bring faith and science together.


Dr. Marcalee Alexander, MD (Hoover, AL)
Rehabilitation medicine and telemedicine specialist

Marcalee Alexander graduated Jefferson Medical College where she also completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has a strong background in spinal cord injury research and was the first female president of the American Spinal Injury Association. She has published over 125 professional manuscripts and has served as the editor of the journal Spinal Cord Series and Cases since 2017.

Her research has focused on sexuality and included extensive laboratory based work on the impact of SCI on sexual response. She translated her findings to make them available to a consumer audience through the book: Sexual Sustainability:  A guide to having-a great sex life with a spinal cord disorder, which will also be available soon in Spanish.

Dr. Alexander is a leader in telerehabilitation and is passionate about the issues of persons with disabilities and quality of life. She started a nonprofit called Telerehabilitation International and recently launched the YouTube channel, Sustain Our Abilities. The channel’s goal is to bring rehab professionals from around the world into people’s home to educate people with disabilities who are homebound during the COVID-19 crisis and to be a source of support during future disasters and climate change effects. Moreover, it is a mechanism in which people with disabilities can share their success stories online.

Dr. Alexander also began a walk from Canada to Key West in 2019 to highlight issues of accessibility for persons with disabilities and to educate both professionals and communities about the issue of disasters, climate change and disability. In this process, she has given multiple professional lectures and launched the concept of “Day for Tomorrow,” a time for people to come together in community to prepare for disasters.

Follow Dr. Alexander on Twitter and Instagram, and check out Sustain Our Abilities on YouTube.


Dr. Michael Saag, MD (Birmingham, AL)
Infectious disease specialist, renowned HIV/AIDS researcher

Dr. Saag received a B.S. in chemistry with honors in 1977 from Tulane University, earned his medical degree with honors from the University of Louisville, and completed his residency and infectious disease and molecular virology fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During the last six months of his fellowship, Dr. Saag conceived the concept of a comprehensive HIV outpatient (1917) clinic dedicated to the provision of interdisciplinary patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high quality clinical trials, translational science, and clinical outcomes research.  Within the clinic structure, he established a clinical trials unit, a data management center, and a Clinical Specimen Repository designed to support the activities of the newly established Center for AIDS Research at UAB. In essence, the clinic became a “hub” for the clinical, basic science, and behavioral science investigators by creating a dynamic interface between the patients and the investigators.

Dr. Saag has participated in many studies of antiretroviral therapy as well as novel treatments for opportunistic infections. He has published over 450 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the first description of the use of viral load in clinical practice (Science, 1993), the first description of the rapid dynamics of viral replication (Nature, 1995), the first guidelines for use of viral load in practice (Nature Medicine, 1996), and the first proof of concept of fusion inhibition as a therapeutic option (Nature Medicine, 1998). He directed the ‘first-in-patient’ studies of seven of the 30 antiretroviral drugs currently on the market. 

Dr. Saag co-edited a textbook entitled AIDS Therapy (now in its 3rd edition) and currently serves as an Editor of the Sanford Guide for Antimicrobial Agents and the Sanford HIV Guide. Dr. Saag serves on the International AIDS Society-USA Board of Directors, is a past president of the HIV Medical Association, is Chair of the IAS-USA Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines panel, was a founding Co-Chair of the AASLD / IDSA Hepatitis C Guidelines Panel, and is a past-member of the HHS Guidelines Panel on Antiretroviral Therapy and the WHO Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines panel.

In 2014, he was the Castle-Connolly National Physician of the Year and was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. An accomplished teacher, Dr. Saag has been awarded Argus awards annually by the UAB medical students as Best Lecturer in the Patient, Doctor, and Society module. Dr. Saag recently published a memoir entitled “Positive: One doctor’s encounters with death, life, and the US Healthcare system,” now in its second printing.

Follow Dr. Saag on Twitter.


Coronavirus: Latest developments in the Greater Toronto Area on April 11

Here is a roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in the Greater Toronto Area for Saturday.