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Goal is to preserve hospital beds for COVID-19 patients
4/9/2020 4:14:01 PM

Paramedics using telehealth to keep mildly ill patients out of hospital   By Suzanne Potter   LOS ANGELES—If you call an ambulance in Los Angeles these days, you may wind up videoconferencing with a nurse practitioner at home instead of going to an emergency room. Paramedics in Los Angeles are trying a new telehealth program to treat people with mild illnesses on the scene, which saves precious hospital beds for severely ill COVID-19 patients.  Sean Ferguson, firefighter specialist with the L.A. County Fire Department, said in cases of mild...

Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation
4/9/2020 4:09:58 PM

By Brian Witte   ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP)—Shady middlemen, phantom shipments, prices soaring by the hour, goods flown in on a private plane. What sounds like an organized-crime thriller is now the new reality for governors desperately trying to find the medical equipment their states need in the throes of a pandemic. With the federal stockpile dwindling fast, and the Trump administration limiting access to what's left, state leaders are going to extraordinary measures on their own to secure faces masks, ventilators, gloves and other equipment essential to fighting the...

Oxnard Beaches and Parks closed over Easter Weekend
4/9/2020 1:12:54 PM

By Chris Frost chrs@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- As Oxnard moves toward protecting the public, City Manager Alex Nguyen gave a detailed report about how the city will move forward.   Besides the social distancing protocols in place, Nguyen also gave a grim fiscal picture for the city and hopes the state or federal government will help.   Police Chief Scott Whitney told the television crowd and the council that things would get worse over the next few weeks, but Oxnard is resilient and will get through this virus. The council participated...

Michael Jackson estate gives to Broadway, Las Vegas needy amid outbreak
4/3/2020 3:40:47 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Michael Jackson estate is donating $300,000 to help entertainment industry workers on Broadway, the music business and in Las Vegas who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The estate announced Wednesday that it will give $100,000 apiece to Broadway Cares, the food bank Three Square in Nevada and MusiCares, because all three areas have been good to the estate and to Jackson. “This virus, this pandemic affects all of us obviously, so we wanted to start in our own communities,” John Branca, the estate's...

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk
4/3/2020 3:39:08 PM

By Michael Tarm   CHICAGO (AP)—R&B singer R. Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge Thursday to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges, a court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put Kelly's life at risk. Sanitizer and even soap is hard to come by in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, with most of its 700 inmates held in small, two-man cells that make the kind of social distancing called for to thwart the transmission of...

Locked up: No masks, sanitizer as virus spreads behind bars
4/3/2020 3:33:18 PM

By Robin McDowell and Margie Mason   NEW YORK, NY—Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York's Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours, the men stood and waited, without food, until a correctional officer quietly delivered the news: A civilian chef was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus. “We was like, ‘What? The cook?”' said Corey Young, who spoke to The Associated Press last week by phone from Rikers. He and others wondered if the chef had sneezed on trays or into the food. Some men later floated the idea of...

Medicare & coronavirus—what you need to know
4/3/2020 3:29:13 PM

By Seema Verma Administrator, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services   Since older Americans are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to let you know the steps we’re taking to help our Medicare beneficiaries cope with the pandemic. We’re warning Medicare beneficiaries that scammers may try to use this emergency to steal their Medicare number, banking information, or other personal data. Unfortunately, scammers come out of the woodwork during times of uncertainty and change. So make sure you give your Medicare number...

Explaining COVID-19 to your grandchildren
4/3/2020 3:27:29 PM

Courtesy kp.org   PASADENA—With COVID-19 dominating the news, and schools shut down as part of efforts to slow down the spreading of the disease, it’s understandable that many children feel overwhelmed and in need of self-assurance to help them cope with the added stress. Parents have an important role to play to make sure their children’s mental health does not suffer during these trying times, according to Dr. Ashley Zucker, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “In these challenging times, it’s...

Time alone is time invested
4/3/2020 3:25:24 PM

Dr. James L. Snyder   During the past week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly have been spending quite a bit of time together. I cannot recall any time that we have spent this much time together. The exception would be when we first got married. Even then, both of us worked during the day and were going to a Bible Institute at night. Occasionally our schedule collided, but rarely. Because we both had energy, we did not realize how much we were doing. Every day had its own blessing. It was not long before the babies came knocking on our door, and we...

Public Works and Transportation awards landscape contract to Natural Green Landscape
4/2/2020 10:37:20 PM

By Chris Frost chris@tricountysentry.com Oxnard-- The Public Works and Transportation Committee approved and awarded Trade Services Agreement A-8208 to Natural Green Landscape, Inc. for Landscape Maintenance Services at various city facilities on March 24.   The city had a contract with Groundskeeper Incorporated that expired in Nov. 2018, and the city currently uses City Corps for services at the locations.   The Purchasing Department got three bids in Dec., and Natural Green Landscape was the lowest responsible bid.   Assistant Public Works...

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