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Keeping the faith as Italy shuts down
3/26/2020 7:38:29 AM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Milan-- As the world uses social distancing and quarantine measures to stop the coronavirus, the Alley family use their faith in God, plenty of prayers, and extreme caution to stay safe where the virus runs rampant in Italy.   Italy has been overwhelmed by the virus and is second to China, where the virus originated, in confirmed cases. The mortality rate in the country sits at 9.2 percent at press time and the country is under lockdown.   Chandra Alley and her family arrived in Italy on Aug. 31, 2018, as her...

Nguyen keeps the city moving forward as it faces the Coronavirus
3/20/2020 1:50:55 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- As the City of Oxnard readjusts to life with the coronavirus pandemic, City Manager Alex Nguyen stays on top of all the latest developments and stays prepared to adjust as things can change rapidly.   The city is following all the directions it receives from the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the state health department, and the county health official to keep people safe and healthy.   The city has emergency protocols in place for events, like an earthquake, and those protocols have been adapted for this...

Author Roth weighed in on 'Plot Against America' TV series
3/19/2020 4:21:35 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—David Simon, the creative force behind stellar TV including “The Wire,” “Show Me a Hero” and “Treme,” found himself in unfamiliar territory with his latest series, HBO's “The Plot Against America.” He'd developed books into shows before, nonfiction works that demanded adherence to facts. But Simon didn't necessarily feel liberated in adapting Philip Roth's 2004 novel, a re-imagined history of World War II-era America made fascist in the grasp of a real-life, wildly...

Disneyland visitors savor final day before closure for virus
3/19/2020 4:20:33 PM

By Amy Taxin   ANAHEIM (AP)—The trip to Disneyland was a special vacation for a 4-year-old girl and her three cousins from Mexico—one that her parents couldn't wait to take. It was a short freeway drive for a pair of former high school sweethearts who headed over to the theme park whenever they could get a few hours away. Both groups were among the thousands of visitors who crammed rides, treats and fun into the final rainy hours the self-proclaimed Happiest Place on Earth remained open before shutting for more than two weeks starting on Saturday to help...

Virus concerns hit California casinos, entertainment venues
3/19/2020 4:19:31 PM

By Daisy Nguyen   SACRAMENTO—Californians wanting to escape the new reality of the coronavirus at the movies, casino or amusement park are running into the six-foot rule. State health officials issued new guidance Saturday urging theaters to keep attendance under 250 people and ask strangers to sit six feet apart. The Department of Public Health said ushers should monitor theaters to ensure people are keeping appropriate social distance, while ensuring that family members can sit and stand in line together. A similar guideline issued to gambling venues, urging...

Covered California offers surprise grace-period enrollment extension
3/19/2020 4:16:55 PM

SACRAMENTO—Covered California is giving those without health care coverage another chance. With the new year came new subsidies for middle-income households and a new penalty from the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). Because many people were unaware of the changes, California’s exchange has established a special-enrollment period for people who did not hear about the state penalty or the new financial help during open enrollment. Consumers who fall into those categories, or who are currently insured off-exchange and want to switch to Covered California to benefit from the new...

Savvy Senior - How to prevent the silent epidemic of kidney disease
3/19/2020 4:10:42 PM

Dear Savvy Senior, Do kidney problems run in families? My mother died from kidney failure 10 years ago at age 74 but didn’t know she had a kidney problem until it was too late. Just Turned 60   Dear 60, Anyone who has a family history of kidney disease, or who has high blood pressure or diabetes is at increased risk and needs to have their kidneys tested. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 37 million U.S adults have chronic kidney disease (when the kidneys can’t properly do their job of cleaning toxins and wastes from...

Limón updates Ventura County on the Coronavirus
3/18/2020 8:14:18 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com   Oxnard-- As Ventura County residents struggle to find answers about the coronavirus and what the latest information available, State Assembly Member Monique Limón took time out of her busy schedule to give readers the latest news.   The statehouse has been going non-stop working on and approving a $1.1 billion virus emergency response package for residents who have been affected by the pandemic.   Getting tested   One of the more pressing questions has been testing for the virus, and...

Communication makes HPC a special place
3/18/2020 7:58:38 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Port Hueneme-- The conversation with the Hueneme Patient Collective (HPC), Dispensary manager Ericka Tutino and Owner Beth Thuna continues with people who visit the dispensary and have diabetes.   People with diabetes who consume alcohol often struggle with high blood sugar, as alcohol turns into sugar in the bloodstream.   Ericka said the first thing people with diabetes will notice is that when they eat a medicated gummy bear, the sugar is the equivalent of eating one piece of candy store...

Eat Street Kitchen faces possible fallout from the coronavirus
3/18/2020 7:35:54 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Mission Viejo-- Opening a restaurant is a tough venture in 2020, as the latest statistics say more than 90 percent fail in the first year.   Among the challenges that someone will face include finding the right staff, developing a menu that people enjoy, managing food and labor costs, and attracting customers to come in, try the food, and deliver the type of guest service that keeps them coming back.   That was the challenge that Chef Katie Averill took on when she opened Eat Street Kitchen in...

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