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California offers ship, support to nursing homes amid virus
4/17/2020 3:53:23 PM

By Kathleen Ronayne and Amy Taxin   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California will help skilled nursing facilities wracked by the new virus by providing additional bed space for their patients on a Navy hospital ship and shipping masks and gloves for their workers, the governor said Friday. The state will also help track the virus in more than 1,000 facilities and isolate those who test positive, Gov. Gavin Newsom said. The announcements came as Newsom warned skilled nursing facilities are especially vulnerable to the virus and that more than 1,200 residents and staff had...

Fears of 'Wild West' as COVID-19 blood tests hit the market
4/17/2020 3:52:12 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—Blood tests for the coronavirus could play a key role in deciding whether millions of Americans can safely return to work and school. But public health officials warn that the current “Wild West” of unregulated tests is creating confusion that could ultimately slow the path to recovery. More than 70 companies have signed up to sell so-called antibody tests in recent weeks, according to U.S. regulators. Governments around the world hope that the rapid tests, which typically use a finger-prick of blood on a test strip,...

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients
4/17/2020 3:50:58 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK (AP)—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...

Sharon keeps her Sizzling Seniors motivated
4/16/2020 2:12:19 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Port Hueneme-- As the Coronavirus drags on through April, lines, shortages at the grocery store, layoffs, and worrying about receiving unemployment from the state became a centerpiece of worry in many families' lives.   Social distancing is part of the new normal too, and that has taken a toll on many vital services in the area.   One casualty has been the canceling of "Sharon's Sizzling Seniors" exercise class that usually meets each Mon. Wed., and Fri. at the Port Hueneme Community...

Council approves Housing Authority’s five-year and annual plan
4/10/2020 11:40:00 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard--The Oxnard City Council approved the Five-Year Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan, Annual Agency Plan, and Capital Fund Program (CFP) Five-Year Action Plan for Low Rent Public Housing on April 7.   The item is not complete, however, as the adopted form will return to the Housing and Economic Development Committee for further discussion and will be amended by the council at a later date.   The Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act of 1998 requires the Oxnard Housing Authority (OHA) to submit a Five-Year...

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds
4/9/2020 4:37:22 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said Friday, also announcing that she is donating $500,000 each to two emergency funds. In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician. Her family had already been sheltering at home and continued to do so, she said. They were tested again "just a few days ago," and were negative. The Grammy Award-winning artist behind eight studio albums and hits like "Get the...

HBO documentary sheds new light on 'Atlanta Child Murders'
4/9/2020 4:36:03 PM

By Jonathan Landrum. Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Anthony Terrell believes an imprisoned man currently serving two life sentences may not have been the person who murdered his brother as part of a killing spree that rocked Atlanta four decades ago. Terrell hopes new light can be shed nationwide on the murders that terrorized the African American community in the city within a two-year time span with the HBO documentary "Atlanta's Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children." The five-part series, which begins Sunday, will explore how the victims' family...

Comic book retailers adjust to virus' impact on industry
4/9/2020 4:30:14 PM

By Tyler Hammel   CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Starting on April 1, many comic book shops will not have a fresh crop of issues, which are released weekly, for the first time in recent memory—making purveyors of masked superheroes and illustrated stories the latest industry to face big changes due to the novel coronavirus. Most publishers have paused both physical and digital releases following the decision of Diamond Distributors—which has exclusive rights to distribute big labels such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Image comics—to indefinitely pause...

Dr. Fauci's face will soon be on a bobblehead
4/9/2020 4:28:39 PM

By Carrie Antflinger   MILWAUKEE (AP)—The United States' top infectious disease specialist is getting his own bobblehead. The creation from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee features Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to "flatten the curve" in the coronavirus pandemic. The museum in Milwaukee picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now, said co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar. "He isn't trying to spin...

New phone-only Quibi aims for bite of digital entertainment
4/9/2020 4:27:07 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Want to see Chance the Rapper prank Hollywood stars? Catch a new action thriller starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz? How about a six-minute edition of "60 Minutes"? There's an app for that, and more. Quibi—a snappy amalgam of "quick" and "bite"—is a mobile phone-only platform that will release its snack-sized installments of movies and TV shows each weekday. There will be seven-day-a-week dollops of news, sports and weather, gathered under the umbrella name Daily Essentials, all...

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