Hunt for quarantine locations consumes governments across US

first_imgAny choice can face fierce and immediate blowback.In the hard-hit Seattle area, officials in the suburb of Kent have gone to court to stop the county from housing patients in a former Econo Lodge motel that it bought, renovated and staffed for $5.5 million. In California, Costa Mesa obtained a court order that led federal officials to drop plans for housing patients there. San Antonio briefly tried to block federal officials from releasing quarantined people from a local Air Force base.And yet, public health experts say quarantines can make the difference between overwhelming hospitals with a flood of patients or keeping numbers manageable. And those people have to stay somewhere.“You should try to contain as much of the disease as you can,” said George Rutherford, an epidemiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco. “If you’re talking about an extra 100,000 cases in the ICUs, that’s a lot of ICU beds. Anything that will flatten the curve is good.” Isolation drillGeorgia State Representative Dave Belton, whose constituents live in the rural towns near Hard Labor Creek, said people initially were “angry and shocked” when they heard that infected patients would be quarantined in seven trailers there, about an hour east of Atlanta. “People move out here to get away from this kind of thing,” he said.But when he explained that the quarantine spot was small and far from public areas, that law enforcement would be on duty 24/7 and that trash would be incinerated, they calmed down. “We’re a welcoming community,” he said.San Francisco’s solution may be the most unusual. The city has leased 30 recreational vehicles, at a cost of $443,000, for homeless people who test positive but don’t require hospitalization.The virus arrived as San Francisco, with its sky-high rents, was struggling with a surging homeless population estimated at more than 8,000 people. Leaders fear the results if infection starts spreading through shelters or tent encampments. Aware that 30 campers may not be enough, city leaders are also searching for vacant residential properties — a rarity — and asking hotels to identify unused rooms.“It’s important that we take measures like this to care for our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said when she announced the program.Wandering shipsNothing, however, drove home the need for quarantine spaces more than the arrival in California this week of a cruise ship bearing infected passengers and crew.The Grand Princess docked at the Port of Oakland on Monday after days circling the waters off the Golden Gate, kept there by state and federal officials as they searched for a safe place to bring it ashore.By Tuesday evening, more than 760 passengers had been bused to nearby Travis Air Force Base. Another 42 had been flown to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar near San Diego, while 124 went to Georgia’s Dobbins Air Reserve Base and 98 to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Lackland had already housed quarantined passengers from another infected ship — the Diamond Princess.As controlled environments, military bases make for good quarantines, said Nasia Safdar, a doctor who is director of infection prevention at the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. A successful quarantine tends to a patient’s meals, provides medicines or supplies — and keeps the world at bay. Bases have the resources, not to mention the guards.“This is a very high-risk scenario, inherently, and there’s a lot of logistical support needed, so a military environment helps,” Safdar said.Grand Princess passengers showing mild signs of illness — any illness — were further separated, so they could be monitored while being tested. Up to 24 were taken to Asilomar State Beach near Monterey. Others went to a vacant hotel in San Carlos, just south of San Francisco, that can house 120 people. California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state had been searching for appropriate quarantine sites for a week and wanted more.But in a sign of just how touchy quarantine decisions can be, Newsom took aim at Texas on Thursday over its stance on passengers from the Grand Princess. Only Texas residents are being accepted for quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base, a decision that San Antonio’s mayor explained on Facebook was made to avoid straining the hospitals.“Folks in Georgia are doing more, and the people, of course the state of California have always done more,” Newsom said at a press conference. “That has not helped in our logistics, to be candid with you, but it is what it is.”Representatives of the Texas Department of State Health Services and the office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott didn’t return requests for comment. Topics :center_img Near the famed Pebble Beach golf course, two dozen people exposed to the new coronavirus sit confined to a cluster of unused buildings on a California seafront park.Hundreds more have been whisked to military bases in California, Georgia and Texas, to count down two weeks of isolation. In San Francisco, a few may soon be housed in recreational vehicles leased by the city. Georgia is using trailers stationed within a state park called Hard Labor Creek.As President Donald Trump prepares to declare a national emergency to slow the pandemic, health officials across the US are grappling with a problem rarely seen since the days when tuberculosis and polio swept the land: where to put people who have been quarantined.last_img read more

New York bidder secures inner Brisbane investment

first_imgWith five bidders in the race, Ray White auctioneer Dwight Ferguson accepted an opportunistic opening bid of $500,000 for the three-bedroom, one-bathroom original Queenslander but a second bid of $650,000 put the house in warmer territory. 12 Argyle St, Red Hill. Photo: suppliedMr McGee played a strategic game for his buyer, not entering the auction until $740,000 when there were two bidders left.At $755,000, with Mr McGee’s client in front, the auction was paused for negotiation and a revised bid of $770,000 secured the auction sale.“I’d just say we got a very good buy. I didn’t bid hard and heavy fast, I know what the seller’s reserve was, I was made aware of that, and I wouldn’t pay that, and it was in excess of $800,000.” 12 Argyle St, Red Hill. Photo: suppliedRay White Albion principal David Treloar said the 405sq m property was entry level buying in Red Hill and the 57 buyer groups who inspected the property were mostly younger couples.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours ago“It wasn’t an emotional buy today,” he said. “Everyone looking at it was intending on spending some money on it.”Mr McGee is now working with the buyer to prepare the property for rent.“He’s got a plan, he’s working in New York at the moment so we’re just going to do some small cosmetic improvements to get a tenant in for him and then he can set and forget and when he’s ready he can do a full renovation on the house,” Mr McGee said. Ray White Albion principal David Treloar with the sellers of 12 Argyle St, Red Hill. Photo: suppliedThe property was part of a self-managed super fund for the owners whose adult children had most recently been living in the house. They had bought the property in 2005 for $435,000.It was one of seventeen properties to go to auction across Brisbane yesterday. This house at 12 Argyle St, Red Hill sold at auction for $770,000. Photo: suppliedUP to 20 people were allowed at onsite auctions on Saturday but eased coronavirus restrictions were no help at 12 Argyle St, Red Hill, with the winning bidder dialling in from New York City.Buyer’s agent Stephen McGee represented the young Brisbane solicitor who relocated to New York more than a year ago and his parents attended the auction for moral support.“I gave the phone to his father so he could hear everything,” Mr McGee said.“He’s rapt. He got it bang on the money. He’s rapt he’s got a home to come home to.” MORE PROPERTY STORIES Build or buy, what should you do? FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Managing Adelaide’s Beaches

first_imgThe SA Department for Environment and Water continues sand movement works from the Semaphore South breakwater and the beach between the Semaphore and Largs Bay jetties, to West Beach and Henley Beach South.According to the City of Port Adelaide Enfield latest update, sand will continue to be moved from Semaphore South this week, then from Wednesday, March 18, works will commence between Semaphore and Largs jetty.The works are part of the ongoing beach replenishment effort being led by the State Government.Under the “Securing the Future of our Coastline” initiative, the Government is delivering a long-term solution to restore and maintain the sand at eroding beaches, including West Beach and Henley Beach South.As part of the initiative, a sand recycling pipeline has been built from Semaphore to West Beach, through which about 500,000 cubic meters of external sand will be imported to make up for sand losses over the years.All works are scheduled to be completed by 9 April (the start of the Easter break).last_img read more

Van Dijk surprises Liverpool fan with video call

first_img Loading… Liverpool fan Ben Price was given a surprise when an ordinary video call was interrupted by Virgil van Dijk. The defender had been listening to Price, a member of the LFC Foundation, tell his story about dealing with anxiety and realising a dream to become a barber. Virgil Van Dijk had a special surprise for LFC Foundation member Ben Price this week He is currently self-isolating in sheltered accommodation away from his pregnant girlfriend so the club’s charity organised a special phone call to lift his spirits. ‘My legs are shaking!’ the Reds fan said as Van Dijk appeared on his screen. The defender appeared on video call leaving the fan stunned as he spoke to the Dutchman ‘I’ve just been listening to you man,’ said the defender.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MovieYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot ‘First of all congratulations obviously because you’re gonna be a dad, that’s the most important thing mate. ‘Enjoy every bit of it right now, it’s the most beautiful thing in life.’ Van Dijk helped lift the spirits of the fan who is self-isolating away from his pregnant girlfriend Price recently left his job in a warehouse to realise a dream to become a barber but was forced to stop working two days before the government lockdown. However, Van Dijk had some words of encouragement. ‘I’ve heard you want to be a barber and it’s a bit of a dream, a bit of a goal of yours. ‘So just go for it and maybe one day you might come to Melwood and cut some of the players’ hair, you never know!’ Price joked that he used to get anxious any time an opposition team attacked Liverpool but doesn’t panic now the Reds have the Dutchman at the back.‘I remember when you first came and every single time they attacked us, any team, I’d panic and I’ve got bad anxiety as you can tell,’ he said.‘But now I’m quite chilled about it. You’re like a brick wall aren’t you?’Van Dijk said the team try to give back as much as they can to the fans who support them every week.‘When we go out on the pitch, the least we can do is give everything that we’ve got because you guys always give everything for us and I think that’s the beauty of football with the fans,’ the centre half said.The Dutchman invited the aspiring barber to Melwood to cut some of the players’ hairRead Also: Liverpool set to suffer £55m losses in TV revenue‘The support we have is incredible, it’s something that we won’t ever take for granted.‘We know how important it is for you guys as fans but for us it’s the same feeling, how important you guys are for us.‘I think that’s why this season has been a success so far and hopefully we can finish it off, when the time is here.’FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Death of Comedian Felt Locally On Social Media

first_imgRobin Williams. (AP File Photo)BATESVILLE – Local fans turned to social media after receiving word that comedian and actor Robin Williams passed away Monday at the age of 63.Here are some Facebook posts we gathered from local residents Monday night:“How sad so many wonderful movies!”“Thank you Robin Williams for always thinking outside the box. Your flawless performances in jack, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jumangi (just to name a few) taught myself and my generation that our imagination can take us anywhere if we just believe.”“I am in shock… RIP Robin Williams. You have made me laugh and cry with your amazing personality and performances.”“I literally thought it was a hoax…I can’t believe he’s gone”Known for his rapid-fire comedy, Robin Williams died at his residence in Tiburon, California, in an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings.”“As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”last_img read more

Big Daddy Race Cars starts second season as title sponsor of Northern Region for IMCA Hobby Stocks

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Big Daddy Race Cars continues to make a big impression in the IMCA Hobby Stock ranks, returning for a second season as title sponsor of the Northern Region. The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder again furnishes a portion of the point fund to be paid to top five drivers in the region, which includes sanctioned tracks in eastern Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.Among the Big Daddy drivers distinguishing themselves in 2014 were national and regional rookie of the year TeJay Mielke and four-time Lady Eagle award winner Tiffany Bittner.“The Big Daddy brand has certainly seen its share of success recently and I anticipate more of the same in 2015,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “They build a quality race car and can no longer consider themselves a very well-kept secret.” Founded in 2005 and owned by Dale Bittner, Big Daddy Race Cars builds both Hobby Stock and Stock Car chassis.Information about those chassis is available by calling 402 371-1927 or 402 841-4119, at the www.bigdaddychassis.com website and on Facebook.Point fund shares will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.last_img read more

Practice responsible recreation at fish & wildlife areas

first_imgStatewide—Fish & wildlife areas (FWAs) are managed so Indiana’s fish, wildlife, and habitats can thrive and benefit present and future generations of Hoosiers. Help the DNR keep them clean and safe this holiday weekend by practicing responsible recreation.Responsible recreation means that everyone does their part to keep FWAs healthy, beautiful, and safe for Hoosiers and Indiana’s fish and wildlife. While at FWAs this weekend, remember to bring a bag to carry out your trash. Enjoy the outdoors safely by practicing social distancing, parking only in designated areas, driving 30 mph or less on property roads, and only using designated shooting ranges for target or recreational shooting. Planning ahead is another way to ensure that you have a fun and safe time while enjoying the outdoors. Along with any activity-specific gear and a trash bag, remember to bring water, hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels with you. Know where you’re going and think about an alternative location if your initial destination is crowdedlast_img read more

Cricket News Gautam Gambhir likely to join BJP today, set to contest Lok Sabha polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Gautam Gambhir, the noted cricketer who was conferred with Padmashri recently, is likely to join the ruling BJP today. Gambhir, who retired from all forms of cricket during the Ranji Trophy encounter between Delhi and Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on December 2018, is likely to make the announcement about his political inning in Delhi today.According to sources, the left-handed batsman will reportedly contest the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat on the BJP’s ticket. Gambhir has been vocal on plenty of issues ever since his retirement and he lashed out at the separatists in Kashmir during the Pulwama Terror attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans. “Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough,” Gambhir said on his Twitter handle. During his final international match, many players posed with Gambhir and the left-hander said at that time, “I have always been honest with DDCA and I wanted to finish my career here. There were times when I had the option to play in other states. Loyalty is something which is important to me. I thought that wherever I started, I wanted to end there.” When asked about his future in administration, Gambhir had given an epic reply. “Too straight forward a person to be in administration. I don’t think people would accept me anywhere,” Gambhir said with his savage wit.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded recently retired cricketer Gautam Gambhir for his contribution to the sport as well for his efforts to bring “positive difference in the lives of the lesser privileged”. PM Modi made a special mention of the contribution made by Gambhir during India’s triumphant campaign at the ICC World Twenty20 2007 and the ICC World Cup (50-over) in 2011.”Let me begin by congratulating you for your stupendous contribution to Indian sports! India will always be grateful to you for you memorable performances, many of which resulted in historic victories for our nation,” Modi wrote in the letter which was posted by Gambhir on his Twitter handle.Gambhir thanked the PM for his kind words.”Thanks @narendramodi @PMOIndia for the kind words. Nothing of this would have been possible without love and support of our fellow countrymen. All these deeds are dedicated to our country,” he said in the same tweet posted along with the letter. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Williams, Bright and Skeete set new records to highlight penultimate day of ‘Nationals’

first_img– Both athletes on show today in 400M finalsAFTER rerouting the boys’ U-18  100M record, Daniel Williams continued his record-breaking legacy by putting the boys’ U-18  200M record down to 21.78 seconds, and moments later, Deshanna Skeete reproduced a similar accomplishment in the Girls’ U-16  200M, as action peaked on day five of the National Schools’ Cycling, Swimming and Track and Field Championships yesterday.District 10’s Chantoba Bright also set a new Girls U-18 High Jump record with a jump of 1.57 metres, surpassing the 1.55 metres record that Tatyanna Blair set in 2013.There was no doubt as to who was in control of the race from the blast of the gun, as Williams shot out of the blocks. Running out of lane three, Williams established his lead on the turn, and it was just a matter of maintaining the lead on the home straight.West Coast Berbice’s Lionel Marks pushed hard to keep up with Williams, but the World Youth 400m silver medallist was more than he could handle. Marks clocked 22 seconds, equalling the record that Williams smashed. That four-year-old record was set by former great, Jason Yaw.Williams, the 2017 IAAF World U-18 Championships silver medallist, is next set to take to the track today in the 400M, where another record-breaking performance is anticipated.Spectators got a chance to see a preview when Williams gave his team a massive start in the 4x400m finals. However, several lapses along the way saw the team finishing third in the end, as the District 5 team took the win.Over in the Girls’ U-16  200M, Skeete toppled her own record with her time of 24.97 seconds, erasing the 25.3 seconds record she had set last year.Williams’ and Skeete’s record followed the new Girls’ U-18 high jump record set by their teammate Chantoba Bright, who cleared 1.57 metres, surpassing the 1.55 metres record that Tatyanna Blair set in 2013.Deshanna Skeete of District 10 bursting out the blocks at the Leonora Track and Field Facility, where she set a new Girls’ U-16 200M record when she ran 24.97 seconds. The previous record (25.3 seconds) was also owned by Skeete.Murphy Nash was another outstanding Lindener who was among the record breakers of the day. The middle distance runner took the Boys’ U-16  1500m record down to 4:26.5s.And those were only a few of the exceptional performances from District 10 athletes that ensured the District continued in the lead. District 10 moved up to 577 points after 103 finals, to continue their unshakable lead.West Demerara (District 3) is some way behind with 410 points, followed by South Georgetown (District 13) with 356.5 points.Meanwhile, wins like the 50.38 metres record-breaking boys U-16 javelin throw from Randy Hamilton, has helped North Georgetown (District 11) to gain some headway, moving up to fourth with 334 points.East Coast follows on the list with 314 points.last_img read more

Lennox Lewis Defends Anthony Joshua’s Style against Parker

first_imgBritish-Nigerian Joshua, 28, has now gone 21 fights without defeat while it was Parker’s first professional loss after 25 fights.Reacting to the outcome of the fight, Briton Lewis who was the last heavyweight boxer to hold the undisputed title, hailed Joshua for keeping things simple.“I thought AJ fought a great fight,” Lewis tweeted.“I know fans want blood but sometimes it’s just not there. AJ kept proper distance to keep Parker at end of jab but out of range of Parker’s jab.“Parker’s hands were faster than I thought but his game plan was too one dimensional.“Good big one beats a good little one!”And on the possibility of a Joshua, Deontay Wilder fight, Lewis added: “The dynamics of a Joshua, Wilder fight will be quite different for both fighters who are used to punching down on shorter fighters.“It will be interesting to see how each adjusts.”American Wilder holds the World Boxing Council (WBC) world title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former undisputed world boxing heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has praised Anthony Joshua for the manner he overcame Joseph Parker in their unification bout in Cardiff on Saturday night.For the first time ever, Joshua failed to knock out an opponent, instead defeating Parker via aunanimous decision of 118-110, 118-110, 119-109.The win means he has added Parker’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) title to his International Boxing Federation (IBF), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles.last_img read more