German Army Medics Arrive in Portugal to Fight Pandemic

first_img“It might not seem like much,” Temido said of the eight ICU beds, “but let me tell you it’s a lot, especially for a health system that’s under heavy pressure and where the coming days will be critical.” Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospital with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Hospital wards and ICUs were on average at 94% of capacity at the start of this week, according to Portuguese health officials. The medics are being given temporary credentials to work in Portugal, which provides liability insurance for any claims against them. They are exempt from the usual requirement for foreign doctors of being able to speak Portuguese. Almost 7,000 people are currently in hospitals with the virus, with almost 900 in intensive care. Portuguese Health Minister Marta Temido said they would be deployed at an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital da Luz with eight beds. The unit had not been used so far because of a lack of medical staff. The eight doctors and 18 nurses arrived at the Figo Maduro military airport in the Portuguese capital aboard a Luftwaffe transport plane. LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A German army medical team flew into Lisbon on Wednesday to help Portugal cope with a pandemic surge that has made it the world’s worst-hit country by size of population. The arrival of foreign help coincided with the launch of Stage Two of Portugal’s national vaccination plan. European Union countries helping each other in times of crisis is common. Germany has also provided help during the pandemic to Italy and France, among others. The unit being deployed would rotate outevery three weeks German army personnel disembark from a German air force airplane after it landed at Lisbon airport, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The airplane is bringing 26 German army medics along with medical equipment to help out at Portuguese hospitals under stress from the recent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) Though the growth of new cases has slowed in recent days, hospitals are still bracing for weeks of many new admissions because of a time-lag between diagnosis and possible need for hospitalization. Health services began Wednesday the process of inoculating some 900,000 people above 80 years of age, or above 50 with underlying health problems, over the next two months. Portuguese authorities have recently spent frantic weeks rushing to turn every available space into makeshift areas for COVID-19 beds. Prime Minister António Costa said that in the first phase during January more than 400,000 people were vaccinated, mainly residents and staff of elderly care homes, frontline health workers and security forces. He said the challenge of the third phase of the plan, when the rest of the population is due to be inoculated, depends on how quickly manufacturers can provide their vaccines. By BARRY HATTON Associated Press German ambassador Martin Ney said the unit being deployed would rotate out every three weeks. “This is a long-term effort,” he said. “We are now making a big leap forward,” Costa said of the second phase. Temido said the deployment addresses an acute problem in Portugal: a shortage of human resources in the public health system, which has been stretched to the limit after a January spike fueled by a fast-spreading COVID-19 variant first identified in England. All contents © copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Indiana Supreme Court justices hear case at Law School

first_imgFive Indiana Supreme Court justices visited campus Monday to hear arguments for a case on their docket, swapping their regular location in Indianapolis for the Eck Hall of Law’s Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom. Kathryn Dolan, public information officer for the Indiana Supreme Court, said the justices typically hear cases in other parts of the state several times a year. “The Court traditionally goes on the road a couple times a year to here oral arguments in places other than Indianapolis,” Dolan said. “The goal behind it is to allow the press and public and students the opportunity to see the court at work.” The justices heard the arguments for Jerrme Damar Cartwright v. State of Indiana in which Cartwright was convicted of attempted battery with a deadly weapon, attempted aggravated battery and possession of a handgun by a felon. The Indiana Court of Appeals overturned his original conviction due to alleged unfair jury selection. The case was open to the public to sit in on the arguments and afterwards, students engaged in a question and answer session with Chief Justice Randall Shepard about the case and his work. “We do actually take special pleasure in the question and answer with students after the argument,” Shepard said. “There are often, as they were today, very good, very thoughtful questions about how we do our work. It gives us a chance to see people we wouldn’t normally see in Indianapolis.” Notre Dame Law School professor Lloyd Mayer recognized the Supreme Court for hearing oral arguments outside of Indianapolis and around the state. “We want to be a place to be an advantage to the court here in Indiana and also an education for the students and the greater public,” Mayer said. A 1998 Notre Dame Law School graduate, Matthew McGovern, is the defense attorney in the case. “I am trying to get the [Supreme] court to leave the remedy that the Court of Appeals issued intact,” McGovern said. McGovern said the repercussions of the case would not be felt until after the Supreme Court writes its opinion. “What it is [they want to do] we will find out when the opinion comes down,” he said. “They could really do anything. They could give me the same remedy that I got in the Court of Appeals, but clarify the opinion. They could make new law and give me what I’ve asked for, or they could give the state what they asked for.” Mayer said the chance to observe the case was an important moment outside the classroom for law students. “This makes it real for [the law students], because you do a classroom exercise, and in the back of your mind you’re always thinking, ‘Is this really how it works?’ and it feels artificial,” Mayer said. “But this is a chance to see a real argument, a real case. This case has freedom on the line.” Mayer said the fact that McGovern, Cartwright’s attorney, was a Notre Dame graduate was also very powerful. “He was a student here, and the students can say, ‘I could be that guy,’” Mayer said. “‘I could be interacting with the justices that way.’” First-year law student Elizabeth Charnowski said hearing the arguments, watching the proceedings and interacting with the justices was a phenomenal chance for a law student. “This was a great way to get exposure to the criminal law,” Charnowski said. “And it was great to hear such an important case argued in our own courtroom.”last_img read more

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Champlain Oil donates more than $2,500 for the Bissonette Family recreation area

first_imgLocal CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co.raised $2,530.60 by collecting three cents from every gallon of gas purchased in the month of April at the Hinesburg Jiffy Mart for the construction of a new recreational facility, the Bissonette Family Recreation Area. The 11-acre recreational facility located off Shelburne Falls Road will accommodate youth and adult recreation programs and provide adequate recreation space to support the town’s athletic programs.”We want to thank our great customers for helping make this donation possible. We kept hearing our customers complain about how much time it took to go to a field in another town just so their kids could play. When we heard about the plan to build a nearby recreation center, we jumped at the opportunity to help fundraise for the construction,” said Jiffy Mart manager Kristi Brown. “We know the facility will be a great asset to our community, and it definitely took a community to build it. We look forward to crossing the road and watching tons of games.”For many years, the Town of Hinesburg did not have the space to support its athletic programs, leaving youth programs scattered throughout the town and forcing residents to travel to surrounding towns in order to participate in team sports. In 2011, local farmer, the late Wayne Bissonette, and his family donated 11 acres of land to the Town of Hinesburg to be used as the Bissonette Family Recreation Area. This facility will include two full-size, multi‐purpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, a Little League baseball field, a “tot lot” playground, parking, restrooms and storage. To learn more about this project, visitwww.hinesburg.org(link is external).The campaign for the recreation area is just one way in which Champlain Oil gives back to the local community. Other examples include annual fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through a golf tournament and donations within its Jiffy Mart locations and also sponsorships for local youth sports teams, including the Charlotte Little League and CSSU Buccaneers football.Founded in the 1940s, Champlain Oil Company is an innovative leader in the wholesale fuel and convenience store industries and has grown into one of the largest, independent gasoline, diesel and kerosene distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire. Champlain Oil works with the Trucking Fleet and individual independent dealers to help them structure a business model and insure their success. Champlain Oil currently owns 32 Jiffy Mart locations throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.champlainoil.com(link is external).CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Vermont and New Hampshire own and operate nearly 140 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.CITGO.com(link is external).CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com(link is external).SOURCE SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — CITGOlast_img read more

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BikeFlights.com confirms 2017 brand ambassadors

first_imgBikeFlights.com, the bicycle shipping service for cyclists, has announced its brand ambassadors for the 2017 season, including 38 individuals and eight teams.“The BikeFlights.com Ambassador Program has proven hugely popular, and we’re excited to continue to expand it,” said Sue George, Director of Communications at BikeFlights.com. “We’re proud to support our ambassadors and help them get their bikes to wherever they need to go.”BikeFlights.com’s Brand Ambassador Program is celebrating its third year; and BikeFlights.com ambassadors range from grassroots riders to Olympians and include roadies, trackies, mountain bikers, cyclocross racers, BMXers and triathletes.Elite Team AmbassadorsLA Sweat (including Anna Grace Christiansen, Becca Schepps, Brenna Wrye-Simpson, Christa Ghent, Erin Goodall, Kelli Samuelson, Melanie Beale and Tiffany Pezzulo)Maverick Multisport Pro Team (including Clayton Fettell, Dan Wilson, Jon Shearon, Lesley Smith and Rudy von Berg)Stan’s NoTubes-Kenda Women’s Team (Alexis Skarda, Jenny Smith, Nina Baum and Sarah Kaufmann and Vicki Barclay)Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team (including Chloe Woodruff and Rose Grant)National and Regional Teams, Clubs and OrganizationsGreen Line VeloLadies AllRideMaverick Multisport Amateur TeamNapleton Elite Cycling TeamIndividualsAdam Ward (Wicked Wash) – Fairfax, VAAllie Dragoo (Cervelo Bigla) – Grand Rapids, MIAllison Linnell (Team Sirius) – Miami, FLAmber Pierce (Team Colavita-Bianchi) – Mansfield Center, CTAndrew Rizzi (HRRT) – Niskayuna, NYAnna Janas (Razzle Dazzle Racing) – Palo Alto, CABeth Ann Orton (Hagens Berman-Supermint (road) & Sellwood Cycle Repair p/b Kona (cross) – Portland, ORBeth Hernandez (Jakroo Track) – Oakland, CABlake Anton (Herbalife p/b Marc Pro – Nature’s Bakery Elite Cycling Team) – Arroyo Grande, CACecilia Davis-Hayes (Blue Ribbon Cycling Team) – New York, NYChristina Birch – Los Angeles, CACody Kaiser (LangeTwins / Specialized) – Sacramento, CADaniel Holloway (Texas Road House) – Boulder, CODouglas Torres (University of New Mexico-High Desert Bicycles) – Albuquerque, NMEmily Shields (Ken’s Bike Shop) – Advance, NCEric Oberg (Team Rev3) – Eliot, MEHeather Leiggi – Milton, DEIvy Audrain (Hagens Berman-Supermint) – Bellingham, WAJon Hyde & Kimberly Sultze – Colchester, VTJustin Lindine (Apex-NBX-Trek) – Ogden, UTJustin Mauch (Herbalife- Nature’s Bakery) – Sterling, VAKatie Araujo (Castelli US) – San Marcos, CAKayley Burdine (Eastern Shore Cycles) – Mobile, ALKerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team) – Advance, NCKyle Trudeau (CZ Racing) – Tucson, AZLesley Paterson (Scott USA/Braveheart Racing) – San Diego, CALia Westermann (Summit-Competitive Cyclist) – Salt Lake City, UTLindsay Bayer (Hagens Berman-Supermint) – Chantilly, VALiza Rachetto (Hagens Berman-Supermint and Liza Coaching, LLC) – Boise, IDMatt Gittings (Marian University Cycling) – Indianapolis, INMike King (Felt Bicycles-Glukos Energy-Turbine-Vittoria) – Fort Mill, SCMindy McCutcheon (Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling (road) & DNA-Cotton Sox (cross) – Salt Lake City, UTNicole Mertz (NoCoast Racing powered by Intelligentsia) – Columbia Heights, MNPayson McElveen (RideBiker) – Durango, CORebecca Rusch (Niner-Red Bull) – Ketchum, IDRobert Mayfield (Holtey Law p/b Peak Condition) – Saint Louis, MOSebastian Colon (NorthwestBMX & Jakroo Track) – Fort Mill, SCThe BikeFlights.com Brand Ambassador program is full for 2017. The application period for 2018 Brand Ambassadors will open in the autumn/fall after Interbike.www.bikeflights.com/ambassadors Relatedlast_img read more

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Three analytics tips to help customers grow their business

first_imgEvery business’ ultimate goal is to grow and increase profits. Business owners often underestimate the importance of analytics and struggle to get timely and measurable insights that drive the bottom line. As an important partner to small businesses, credit unions should take on the task of ensuring members are effectively using the tools available to them to track analytics. There are many factors that can influence the success of business on any given day, and data analytics should be top of mind for business owners so they can make informed decisions that will help them reach their goals.Education is key in launching an analytics program; these three tips will help you to better educate your members on how analytics can help their business succeed in the long-term:1.     Use Analytics to Grow BusinessNo one will know a particular company better than the business professionals running it. Even still, there are certain factors when it comes to consumer spending and member behavior that a business decision maker may not be able to identify. You can help by providing insights on how analytics can help them better understand the needs of members and anticipate member behavior. By defining which analytics make the most sense to track for their specific business, you can guide your members to use customized analytics to help their business grow.2.     Highlight Ease of UseNot everyone is a math wizard, and understanding detailed analytics can be a daunting task. Many small business owners become intimidated by the thought of analytics because they think the concept is too complicated to understand or their business isn’t complex enough to need analytics. However, modern business analytics can be understood easily and can provide businesses with meaningful insights. You can position yourself and your credit union as a go-to resource not only for financial issues, but business analytics as well. For members, the added support helps to drive home the important partnership they have developed with their credit union professional.3.     Showcase Availability and AccessibilityCloud-based, mobile and big data technologies have made it easier to access analytics. Prior to the more advanced technology that we use today, analytics solutions were set up for a specific company; however, the cloud has made it possible for analytics solutions to be more diverse and cater to many businesses. Today, business professionals can access essential information at any time from a computer or mobile device. This is an opportunity for you, as a credit union professional, to showcase your knowledge of the rapidly changing world of big data and make recommendations on analytics solutions that are both convenient and critically important to your customer’s business success.Business analytics are no longer restricted to the national chains, and credit unions can help educate their members by spreading the word. Small- and medium-size business owners can use analytics solutions that provide the same level of insights and valuable information as their larger competitors, and in turn, help grow their business in the long-term. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neal Korzekwinski Neal Korzekwinski is Senior Vice President of Strategic Partner Sales and Management at First Data, a global technology and payments processing company that serves more than six million merchant locations … Web: www.firstdata.com Detailslast_img read more

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Hide Your Phone When You’re Trying to Work. Seriously.

first_imgWorse still: The more you depend on your phone, the more your cognitive abilities suffer when it’s around. Yes, it’s a little extreme to lock your phone in a drawer. But I’ve learned that it’s the only way I can truly focus and be as productive as I want to be. And unfortunately, the same is true for you, even if you don’t realize it — or want to believe it. (Airplane mode, sadly, won’t help — more on that later.) A 2017 study in The Journal of the Association of Consumer Research found that the mere presence of your phone — even if it’s powered off, and even if you’re actively and successfully ignoring it — “reduces available cognitive capacity,” which the study’s authors call “brain drain.” As I type this, my iPhone is tucked away inside my desk drawer under lock and key. It’s been there all day, completely out of sight. I’m slightly anxious about the notifications I might be missing, but only slightly; it’s a manageable level that’s not distracting. “If it’s in the environment, it’s almost like it’s calling out to us,” said Adrian Ward, assistant professor in the marketing department at the University of Texas at Austin. “We’re automatically drawn to it.” Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Čakovec gets three “smart” rest areas for cyclists

first_imgBased on the decision of the Ministry of Tourism related to the Public Invitation for the development of public tourism infrastructure for 2016 with an emphasis on cycling infrastructure, the City of Čakovec was approved 102.900,00 kuna for a project called ‘SMART cycling rest areas’, which provides for the installation of three’ smart ‘rest areas for cyclists in the area of ​​Čakovec, he writes Lovely MeđimurjeRest areas will be set up near sports facilities, SRC ‘Mladost’ in Čakovec, on a green area near Bike Park in Preloška Street in Čakovec and the sports zone in Kuršanec, and all three locations are along the international R1 cycling route.Rest areas consist of a canopy, rest benches, info panels, so-called. ‘smart benches’ with the possibility of charging mobile phones and tablets via a solar panel or battery, a box with a safety lock and bicycle repair tool, spare tubes and a first aid kit, a service stand with integrated pump and five bicycle parking racks. This project enriches the tourist infrastructure of the city and the county, and an increasing number of cyclists are provided with places for rest and repair in attractive locations that attract a large number of visitors.Innovative solutionsAs these rest areas are treated as urban equipment, their construction does not require a location or building permit. It should be emphasized that these are innovative solutions because they represent a step forward in the use of solar energy that is sufficient to power the screen, LED lighting of the resort and free charging of electronic devices that tourists use on their travels.It is planned that the Ministry of Tourism will provide 80 percent of the funds with the approved amount, while the City of Čakovec will provide the rest in its budget. SMART bike rests will be set up by the end of the year. For more information on bike paths in Međimurje County, see hereSource: Lovely Međimurjelast_img read more

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News Scan for Feb 28, 2014

first_imgFDA picks flu vaccine strains for 2014-15 flu seasonA US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel today made its recommendation on strains to include for the next flu season vaccine. The move is part of a process that the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) conducts to review the most current flu strains, surveillance, and updates on vaccine performance, uptake, and manufacturing.After hearing several detailed expert presentations, VRBPAC voted to include the strains recently recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for next season’s Northern Hemisphere flu vaccine. The WHO announced its strain selections on Feb 20, which kept in place the same ones included in this season’s seasonal flu vaccines.VRBPAC members voted separately on each of the strains for the trivalent (three-strain) vaccine, as well as an additional influenza B strain for quadrivalent (four-strain) versions. The votes for all four strains were unanimous.Adivsers recommended strains similar to A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), A/Texas/50/2012 (H3N2), and B/Massachusetts/2/2012. The group also included the WHO’s recommendation for a second influenza B strain from the Victoria lineage, B/Brisbane/60/2008.The vote today allows vaccine manufacturers to start the steps for formulating next season’s flu vaccine, which takes about 6 months.Sam Lee, PhD, Sanofi Pasteur’s senior director for pandemic influenza strategy, told the group that the quadrivalent vaccine accounted for about 20% of the total doses distributed this season and is expected to make up about 50% of next year’s vaccine doses.Though vaccine production hasn’t started yet, Lee said that, based on the information the company has, he doesn’t anticipate any major issues.Feb 28 VRBPAC meeting agenda Feb 20 CIDRAP News story “WHO keeps same strains for next season’s flu vaccine” Two Cambodian girls test positive for H5N1 avian fluTwo girls, 10 and 11 years old, from the same Cambodian province have tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, according to a news release yesterday from the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the WHO.The girls, from Tboung Khmum province (formerly part of Kampong Cham province), have both recovered from their illness after being hospitalized, the release said. Their cases bring the total H5N1 count in Cambodia this year to five.The 10-year-old is from a village in Cheung Prey district. She developed a fever on Jan 26 and then developed a cough, runny nose, and abdominal pain the next day. Staff at the Naval Medical Research Unit 2 (NAMRU-2) in Phnom Penh took samples on Jan 29, which were confirmed to be H5N1-positive by the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge on Feb 20.Upon H5N1 confirmation, the girl was transferred to Kampong Cham Provincial Hospital, where she was administered oseltamivir (Tamiflu). She has since recovered, the two agencies said.The girl’s mother had bought sick and dead village ducks on Jan 25, and the girl had helped prepare them to eat.The 11-year-old girl, from Ponhea Krek district, first had a fever and cough on Feb 9. The next day she also experienced a runny nose, sore throat, and vomiting. Staff at NAMRU-2 took samples on Feb 10, which were confirmed to be H5N1-positive also on Feb 20. The older girl likewise was then prescribed oseltamivir and has recovered.From Feb 7 to Feb 10, all 30 chickens owned by the girl’s family died near her house. Relatives said the girl had no direct contact with the birds, but they had died “in close proximity” to the girl, according to the MOH/WHO press release.Of 52 H5N1 cases in Cambodia since 2005, 40 have been in children younger than 14, the release said, and 34 have been fatal.Feb 27 Cambodia MOH/WHO news release About 6,500 babies each year are hospitalized for fluAbout 6,500 US babies are hospitalized each year due to influenza, many with serious disease, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.The researchers used population-based, lab-confirmed flu hospitalization surveillance data from 2003 through 2012. They found that an average 6,514 infants younger than 1 year were hospitalized each year, with a range of 1,842 to 12,502.They also noted that 75% of the hospitalizations were in otherwise healthy babies, among whom up to 10% were admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) and up to 4% had respiratory failure. ICU and respiratory-failure rates, however, were two to three times higher in infants with high-risk conditions. And those younger than 6 months were 40% more likely to be admitted to the ICU than were older babies.The team said that lung disease, heart disease, and neuromuscular disorders were risk factors for ICU admission.They conclude, “The impact of influenza on infants, particularly those very young or with high risk conditions, underscore the importance of influenza vaccination, especially among pregnant women and those in contact with young infants not eligible for vaccination.”Feb 26 Ped Infect Dis J abstract Measles outbreak involved patient who had 2 vaccine dosesA five-case measles outbreak in New York City in 2011 involved the first known reported case in a person who had received two doses of measles vaccine, according to a report yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The index patient then spread the disease to others who had either been vaccinated or had antibodies against measles.New York and CDC researchers studied medical histories and immunization records of the patients involved. Among 88 of the index patient’s contacts, 4 secondary cases were lab-confirmed and had either received two doses of measles vaccine or had a positive measles immunoglobulin G antibody test in the past.Neutralizing antibody titers of secondary cases reached more than 80,000 milli-international units per milliliter (mIU/mL) 3 to 4 days after rash onset, while titers for the index patient were less than 500 mIU/mL 9 days after rash onset. There were no tertiary cases identified despite numerous contacts, the investigators reported.The authors conclude, “This is the first report of measles transmission from a twice vaccinated individual. The clinical presentation and laboratory data of the index were typical of measles in a naive individual.”Feb 27 Clin Infect Dis abstractlast_img read more

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Wrenbridge founder’s eastern test of Endurance

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EDITORIAL: Stop spread of Covid-19 in jails, prisons

first_imgInside the correction system, officials should use the extra space to separate inmates as much as possible, do more testing to segregate sick inmates and to take other steps to interfere with the spread of the disease.Outside the walls, lawmakers ought to continue with the existing bail reforms unaltered so as not to add inmates to the system — at lease until they come up with well-thought-out measures to fix the flaws in the law.This is not a recommendation for throwing open the gates of hell. Nor is it unusual under these unusual circumstances.On Tuesday, for instance, New Jersey began the release of 1,000 inmates jailed for probation violations, those convicted in municipal courts and those sentenced for low-level crimes. New York City is considering releasing more than 1,000 inmates from its overcrowded Rikers Island jail. And other cities and states are taking or considering similar actions.New York needs to protect its citizens, including those in its custody.Done diligently, responsibly and with strong consideration for public safety, this can be an effective way to reduce the spread of this very contagious, very dangerous disease. GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouMany aren’t even serving time for actual new crimes, but instead have been tossed into cells for violating rules like not calling their parole officers or failing to make a meeting.Many have been convicted of minor, non-violent crimes that don’t involve threats to public safety. And many haven’t been convicted of any crime at all, but are jailed awaiting a court date for lack of bail after their arrest.Yet their lives, and the lives of other inmates, correctional officers and prison staff are in great danger because of the potential explosion of Covid-19 cases inside the walls.If health officials think spreading the virus is easy in a crowded bar or church, imagine how easily and quickly it could spread in jails and prisons, which are damp, unsanitary places where too many people are crammed into very close quarters with little ventilation and not enough measures to ensure cleanliness or proper hygiene. Most inmates aren’t even allowed access to hand-sanitizer because it contains alcohol.The combination of the coronavirus and these unique conditions could be a potential health catastrophe that state officials need to take immediate steps to address.To help slow the spread of the virus in jails and prisons, conditions need to be eased by reducing the concentration of people in these facilities. That should involve identifying non-violent and elderly inmates who pose absolutely no threat to society and then facilitating their early release.Many inmates, for instance, are within a month or so of their release dates and would be released in a short time anyway. They should be let go early. Many inmates who are in for minor parole violations or technical issues should be let go. Those involved in specific non-violent crimes should be considered for release. Categories: Editorial, OpinionNot everybody in a New York state jail or prison poses a danger to society.Not all are serving life-sentences.Not all of them are young punks or gang members lifting weights and looking for trouble. Many are elderly and sick individuals who have served many years behind bars and no longer resemble their once-criminal selves.center_img GAZETTE COVID-19 COVERAGEThe Daily Gazette is committed to keeping our community safe and informed and is offering our COVID-19 coverage to you free.Our subscribers help us bring this information to you. Please consider a subscription at DailyGazette.com/Subscribe to help support these efforts.Thank YouMore from The Daily Gazette:HIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.last_img read more

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