Gun-toting St. Louis couple charged with felony over unlawful weapons

first_imgiStock/Kuzma(ST. LOUIS) — BY: KARMA ALLENA St. Louis couple were charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon for displaying guns during civil rights demonstrations outside their mansion.St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey on Monday, saying they could face an extra charge of fourth-degree assault. They will both be issued summons to appear in court at a later date, officials said.The couple’s attorney called the charges “disheartening” and maintained that no crime had been committed.“I, along with my clients, support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard,” attorney Joel Schwartz said in a statement. “This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SOMA – Assistant/Associate Professor, Family Medicine/Primary Care

first_imgA.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona(ATSU-SOMA) invites applications for a full-time faculty positionin the Department of Clinical Science Medicine. This is a full-timeacademic teaching position. Applicants must be an MD or DO,board-certified in Family Medicine or other primary carespecialties with the ability to obtain an Arizona medicallicense.ATSU-SOMA’s model of education is designed to train future primarycare physicians who will work with underserved communities byplacing them in community health centers for a large portion oftheir education. Students, Faculty and Staff at ATSU-SOMA arecompassionate and have a drive for working with the underserved.Working at ATSU-SOMA provides an opportunity to teach using avariety of interactive methodologies, and the position provides anopportunity to express creativity in many facets includingteaching, curriculum development, and student assessment. ATSU-SOMAfaculty members collaborate with each other by serving oncommittees, interviewing student applicants, advising students, andin their research or other scholarly activity.Job Duties:Faculty will contribute to ATSU-SOMA in the areas of educatingstudents in years 1-4, scholarly activity, diversity, equity andinclusion, and service to the University and community.Attend to regular communications as it relates to all positionresponsibilities.Provide objective input on a diversity of perspectives.Create and provide osteopathic medical student years I-IVeducational content that integrates foundational, clinical, andosteopathic sciences in a variety of online and live presentations,which includes podcasts, small group case discussions, andlaboratory sessions for either Medical Skills or OPP.Facilitate small group active learning sessions.Create NBOME board-style examination items.Serve on ATSU-SOMA committees (ex: Admissions, DiversityCommittee, Student Performance, and Curriculum).If desired, may use half-day per week for activity related topatient care in an alternate clinical setting of candidate’s choicewhile providing shadowing opportunities for students.Interview ATSU-SOMA candidates for admission.Perform student advising functions.Participate in research as deemed appropriate by the DepartmentChair.Other functions supporting the department and its contributionto the mission and vision of ATSU-SOMA. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to innovation,collaboration, and professional development. Necessary skillsinclude proficiency with Microsoft Office and email and an interestin learning other technology used in education. Experience with OMTis a plus.Rank and salary for all positions are commensurate withqualifications and experience and includes a competitive fullbenefits package.last_img read more

Campus Support Technician I

first_imgPosting DetailsPlease view posting details below. To apply to this posting, pleaseclick the link above.Job TitleCampus Support Technician IPosting NumberF003903Position StatusFull TimeAssignment LengthThis field only applies to FacultyGrant FundedNoCategoryComputer ServicesClass Code46Pay Rate$13.41LocationSoutheastDepartmentDT Technical Media ServicesJob SummaryResponds to staff requests for technology equipment, support andsupplies, performs minor repairs on equipment and assists withinventory. Troubleshoots and repairs technology equipment.Installs, modifies, and makes minor repairs to microcomputerhardware and software systems and provides technicalassistance/training to system users.Essential Duties and Responsibilities• Completes scheduled technology setups/Ensures equipment is ingood operating condition• Ensures correct software, firmware, and updates are done to theintegrated systems• Experience in installing audio‐visual‐control systems includingvideo conferencing systems, cabling and terminating video/audiosystems, and equipment rack fabrication• Provides system testing and troubleshooting expertise on high‐endA/V integrated control systems (i.e. Extron)• Responds to emergency calls for assistance/Performsrepairs/adjustments on equipment• Responds to faculty/administrative requests for technologytraining and support in person or through email• Assists with maintaining inventory of all campus technologyequipment• Ensures an efficient workflow and maintenance of establishedquality control standards• Assists with the installation and preparation of technology forcampus events• Assists with equipment troubleshooting, maintenance, andresearch• Responsible for maintaining the schedule of campus events relatedto technology• Inspects microcomputer equipment and reads order sheet listinguser requirements to prepare microcomputer for delivery• Installs or assists service personnel in installation of hardwareand peripheral components such as monitors, keyboards, printers,and disk drives on user’s premises• Loads specified software packages such as operating systems, wordprocessing, or spreadsheet programs into computer• Instructs user in use of equipment, software, and manuals• Diagnoses system hardware, software, and operator problems• Assists with scheduling requests for equipment and software forclassrooms• Attends the workplace regularly, reports to work punctually andfollows a work schedule to keep up with the demands of theworksite• Completes all required training and professional developmentsessions sponsored through Tarrant County College ( TCC )• Supports the values of the College: diversity, teachingexcellence, student success, innovation and creativity and serviceto the College• Supports the mission, values and 3 goals and 8 principles of theCollegeThe duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the varioustypes of work that may be performed. The omission of specificstatements of duties does not exclude them from the position if thework is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.The job description does not constitute an employment agreementbetween the employer and employee and is subject to change by theemployer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the jobchange.Required Education, Experience, Certifications,Licensures• High school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma ( GED )• One (1) year of experience in technical user support or mediasupportDesired Education, Experience, Certifications,Licensures• Associate’s Degree from a regionally accredited college oruniversity• Experience using and supporting microcomputers• Experience working with Crestron and Extron equipmentKnowledge, Skills and Ability• Knowledge of advanced computer graphics• Experience with computerized systems• Basic knowledge of computer networking• Excellent problem solving abilities• Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and presentationsoftware• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills• Must be proactive, self‐directing and goal orientedAccommodationsReasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform the essential duties andresponsibilities.Special Instructions SummaryPosted04/16/2021ContactMichael Johnson*817-515-3091Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume / Curriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsCover LetterUnofficial TranscriptsCertification / Licenselast_img read more

Instructor/Assistant Professor of BSN Program, Medical Surgical

first_imgClose Date Posting NumberF00107P Position Number * Did you complete the Employment History section of theapplication?YesNo Special Instructions to Applicants DepartmentNursing Programs Working TitleInstructor/Assistant Professor of BSN Program, MedicalSurgical Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterCurriculum VitaeUnofficial College TranscriptsOptional DocumentsRelated CertificationsUnofficial College Transcripts – Additional 1Additional DocumentProof of Veteran StatusSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Extended hours occasionally required. Travel may be required.This is a 9-month position. SalarySalary and rank commensurate with education andexperience. Posting Details Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Nursing; anArkansas RN license (or eligibility); experience in medicalsurgical clinical nursing; and collegiate nursing education or awillingness to learn education strategies to facilitate studentsuccess. For more than 6,000 students each semester, the University ofArkansas – Fort Smith offers a dynamic and diverse learningcommunity with a student-centered approach focused on the successof the individual. Small class sizes combine with innovative,hands-on learning and research experiences alongside expert facultyto ensure students receive a future-focused education at the mostaffordable tuition rate in the state. The university has undergonesignificant changes since its founding in 1928 and now offers 51bachelor’s and associate degrees, two master’s degrees, and 36certificate programs, all aimed at preparing students for successin the global workforce. UAFS is one of 21 academic institutionsand affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.The second-largest city in the state, Fort Smith is located on theArkansas-Oklahoma border in the heart of the Arkansas River Valley.Established in 1817 as a frontier military post, Fort Smith is nowa vibrant and growing city featuring a variety of culturalactivities and entertainment options, including a thriving downtownarts and entertainment district. Outdoors enthusiasts willappreciate the Natural State’s plentiful trails, mountains,forests, parks, and waterways, both within city limits andthroughout the surrounding area. The city is also within easydriving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Oklahoma City,Little Rock, and Memphis.The UAFS campus is comprised of 77 buildings and facilities locatedon 170 beautifully manicured acres and crowned with the Donald W.Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. Students who chooseto live on campus may do so in one of two residence hall complexes,complete with a full-service dining center, or the on-campusapartment complex for married students and upperclassmen. Campusinvolvement is encouraged by participation in more than 100registered student organizations, which includes academicsocieties, a dynamic Greek life system, intramural sports, andcultural/special interest groups. The UAFS Lions compete in NCAADivision II Lonestar Conference in men’s baseball, women’svolleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball, golf, cross country,and tennis. Preferred Qualifications Summary of Job Duties The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity,affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting andsupporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. TheUniversity welcomes applications without regard to race, religion,color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexualorientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability,family medical history or genetic information, politicalaffiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors.Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the UnitedStates on the first day of employment. All applicant information issubject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom ofInformation Act.UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educationalopportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, nationalorigin, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation,or gender identify. The University abides by all applicableemployment laws.As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the Universityis committed to provide equal employment opportunities for allapplicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring,transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits andall other aspects of employment. Open Until FilledYes Primary responsibilities include classroom and clinical teaching.Other duties will include on-going curriculum planning and review;scholarly activity; professional/instructional development; serviceto the department, college, and university, including committees,assessment, student recruitment, and retention activities; andother related duties as required or assigned. Nursing facultyincludes full- and part-time teaching faculty and clinicalinstructors. The faculty accepts, first and foremost, theresponsibility of maintaining high standards of quality nursingeducation. With the exception of part-time clinical instructors,each nursing faculty member is a member of the University facultyat large, with all the rights, freedoms, privileges, andresponsibilities of faculty. School of Nursing ( SON ) faculty areresponsible for adhering to regulations in the UAFS EmployeeHandbook and in the SON Faculty Handbook. The position reports tothe SON Executive Director. Preferred qualifications include a doctorate in nursing or relatedfield, and active membership in professional organizations.Finalist may be encouraged to actively pursue a doctoratedegree. * Did you upload your unofficial transcript(s)?YesNo Special Job Dimensions For full consideration, applications must be received by May 22,2021. Anticipated start date08/09/2021 Does this position require a background check?Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR)Check * Do you understand that failure to complete the EmploymentHistory section of the application will result in automaticelimination?YesNo Work Schedule About the College / Department EEO Statement If yes, please describe.(Open Ended Question)* How did you learn of this employment opportunity?(Open Ended Question) This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminalbackground check, sex offender registry check, financial historybackground check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction orarrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history aloneshall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationshipto the requirements of the position. Background checks and drugscreening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening • Attendance and participation in University faculty andadministrative meetings, Student Research Symposium, commencementceremonies, and other meetings/events as required.• Maintains security and confidentiality of all records andexaminations.• Maintains office hours. Collaborates with student in selectionand evaluation of preceptors (when appropriate) to assuresuccessful completion of practicum objectives.• Participates in the campus wide activities in ways that benefitUAFS, the College of Health Sciences, SON, faculty, andstudents.• Develops effective working relationships within the SON, Collegeof Health Sciences, UAFS, and community.• Participates in professional and community activities for thepurpose of bringing education, service, and research findingstogether for the improvement of health care.• Consistently participates in scholarly and/or serviceactivities.• Serves as advisor to the local chapter of the Arkansas StudentNurses Association as appointed.• Maintains a hard copy or disk copy of all lecture material onfile in the SON .• Promotes the goals, objectives and reputation of the SON with theCollege of Health Sciences, UAFS and community.• Participates in continuing education programs to remain currentin practice.• Promotes cohesiveness between faculty and students within the SON.• Submits goals for the coming year no later than March 1.• Other duties as assigned. Benefits Quick Link for Positionhttps://jobs.uafs.edu/postings/1819 * Have you ever been fired or asked to resign from a job?YesNo Competitive benefits package. About the University Applicant must maintain current credentials in their field. Mustprovide evidence of current CPR certification, immunizations, andTB skin test or chest x-ray on annual basis. Work performedprimarily in an office/classroom/clinical setting. Must travel toand from clinical sites. While performing the duties of this job,the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when enteringdata into computer. Required abilities include walking, standingfor up to 12 hours, bending, reaching turning, listening,observation, and moderate to heavy lifting of up to 50 pounds. Mustbe physically and emotionally able to complete all jobrequirements. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Open Date04/22/2021 Minimum Qualifications * Do you understand that failure to upload your unofficialtranscript(s) may result in an incomplete application packet?YesNo License(s)/Certifications Mastery of subject areas related to their professional practice andassignments.• Commitment to excellence in teaching, and the ability to usetechnology as a teaching and learning tool, including the use ofalternative delivery methods such as online courses (Blackboardpreferred).• Ability to develop of instructional materials includingalternative delivery methods.• Well-developed communication skills• Strong organization and prioritization skills• Ability to effectively work with a diverse body of students,staff, and faculty• Ability to interact with diverse groups of people with acommitment to working within a team Position Summarylast_img read more

Common unveils property manager for workforce housing

first_imgCommon CEO Brad Hargreaves and Outlier Capital’s Peter Stuart (Credit: Common; Outlier Properties; Noah)Common, a company known for high-end communal living, is getting into the affordable housing business.The co-living firm revealed Monday that it has launched a brand geared towards workforce housing. The initial portfolio will be Class B and C multifamily buildings where renters earn 40 percent to 80 percent of the area median income, said Brad Hargreaves, Common’s CEO and co-founder.The new product is called Noah — for “naturally occurring affordable housing” (the acronym dates back to 2007). Common’s effort quietly began in January, managing 500 units over five properties in Hampton Roads and Winchester, Virginia. Rents range from $750 to about $2,000, according to its website.Read moreL+M raising $500M private equity fund for “workforce housing” developmentNYC is banking on Common to deliver affordable bedsSqueezing profits from shared housing Unlike Common’s tenants, Noah’s have their own units, not rooms, and no furnishings are included. However, the management systems Common uses in its co-living buildings are being used by Noah, including its in-house leasing and maintenance teams, online payment portal and app for renters.Hargreaves said the idea of getting into workforce housing was proposed by Peter Stuart of Outlier Capital, one of Common’s partners in a co-living project. The investor wanted to use Common as a property manager for his workforce housing buildings.Workforce housing is a segment of the multifamily market characterized by middle-income tenants with slow wage growth whose incomes may be too high to qualify for affordable housing programs but who are unlikely to become homeowners.According to CBRE, workforce housing outperformed the overall multifamily market between 2014 and 2018 and attracted nearly $375 billion from investors. For context, that was a little more than half of the capital that went into multifamily assets during that period.Noah marks the first time Common is branching into asset management outside of its co-living model, though the company has ventured outside its niche of luxury living.Last year, the company launched a co-living product with Tishman Speyer called Kin. It was also selected by the de Blasio administration to develop a 235-bed affordable co-living project in East Harlem with L+M Development Partners.Hargreaves said he decided to pull the trigger on Noah last summer after touring the Virginia properties. He called it a “no brainer.”“Yes it’s a different brand [but] they’re all within the Common umbrella,” he continued. “We can’t change our standards of how we operate, even if they’re older buildings and they don’t have the same quality.”On the investor side, Hargreaves said Common’s umbrella systems for property management can lead to owners’ saving on operating costs and provide them with better financial reporting, easing their access to financing.For renters, Noah will offer perks and discounts much like Common does for its co-living tenants, albeit of a slightly different ilk. Noah’s discounts are for services such as student loan advisory, savings and investment plans, and coding and digital skills classes.“It’s not difficult to run these buildings well,” he said. “They can be run well and they can be operated to a higher standard.”Hargreaves said the five Virginia buildings’ vacancy and delinquency rates exceed national averages. He attributes that to Common’s flexibility in drawing up payment plans for tenants and faster leasing processes, although Noah has only managed the properties for two months.Eric Edelman, who leads Noah, said Common’s umbrella model of financial screening and using insurance instead of collecting security deposits means many tenants have some additional cash on hand.Noah expects to have 1,200 more units under management in the metro areas of Los Angeles, Boston, Tampa, Fort Worth and Nashville by year end.Hargreaves noted that Noah will be selective in choosing partners.“We don’t want to be in the business of vacating buildings to replace the tenants,” he said.Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Center Slope townhouse leads Brooklyn luxury sales

first_img This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now Message* Email Address* 589 Third Street and 196 Hicks Street (Google Maps, iStock)The volume of luxury home sales in Brooklyn declined last week, though condo and co-op units saw a bump in activity.There were 17 contracts signed last week for properties asking more than $2 million, according to Compass’ weekly report. The combined volume of those deals was $51.7 million, on par with the previous week’s totals of $54.8 million and 18 contracts.Read moreTownhouse sales dominate Brooklyn’s luxury marketVince Viola’s $25.5M mansion sale breaks Brooklyn record$6.5M Fort Greene townhouse sale breaks neighborhood recordcenter_img Full Name* Last week’s deals were for nine condos and co-ops and eight townhouses.ADVERTISEMENTThe median asking price at time the contracts were inked was $2.69 million. The average listing discount was 3 percent across the 17 contracts with 206 days on the market on average.The highest asking price among homes snapped up last week was for a townhouse at 589 Third Street in Park Slope. The six-bedroom home, a block from Prospect Park, spans 3,840 square feet and includes a home gym and fenced backyard outfitted with a grill and an outdoor projector. Its final asking price was $4.35 million, or $1,133 per square foot.The second priciest was a Brooklyn Heights co-op. The four-bedroom apartment spans two levels of the historic Casino Mansions’ co-operative annex at 196 Hicks Street. The 2,800-square-foot unit has the original architectural details of the 1910-era home, and includes a wood-burning fireplace and 13-foot ceilings. The final asking price was $4 million, or $1,429 a foot.The contracted condos had an average price per square foot of $1,563 and were 1,800 square feet on average; while co-op units averaged 2,400 square feet with an average price of $1,314 per foot.The eight townhouses averaged 3,168 square feet and an asking price of $1,078 per square foot. Last week marked the second time in January that the average price per square foot for townhouses was over $1,000.Contact Erin Hudsonlast_img read more

Carr Center awards Traub-Dicker Fellowships for summer 2009

first_imgThe Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has awarded Traub-Dicker-HKS Fellowships for the summer of 2009 to Benjamin Hall and Baylee DeCastro. Hall and DeCastro will spend the summer researching in the domain of policies affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.Both students bring a strong record of academic achievement and a long-standing commitment to LGBT human rights. Hall will study police reform in London’s LGBT community, and DeCastro will research LGBT health advocacy in San Francisco. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy and Carr Center faculty affiliate, will advise their research projects.“I am genuinely delighted to welcome Ben Hall and Baylee DeCastro as the Carr Center’s inaugural Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellows,” says McCarthy. “These two extraordinary students bring a rare combination of talents — intellectual heft, political acumen, and personal passion — to the study of LGBT human rights and public policy. We are all very excited to see the fruits of their important research.”McCarthy added, “Personally, I am also extremely grateful to our friends Margaret Traub and Phyllis Dicker, not only for making this exciting fellowship opportunity possible, but for supporting the Carr Center’s growing commitment to LGBT human rights.”Hall joined the Metropolitan Police, London, in 2001, and graduated as the top student in his class in the police academy. He spent one year in uniformed response in South London before selection into the Detective Corps where he worked in investigation units for sexual assault and domestic violence. After two years’ service, he was selected for specialist operations at New Scotland Yard at the age of 23, where he has since been promoted to detective sergeant in the Serious Crime Command. Before coming to Harvard as a Kennedy Scholar, he received a French and Spanish B.A. with honors from University College, London; an M.Sc. in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and an M.Phil. in criminological research from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, U.K.DeCastro is a second-year master in public policy (M.P.P.) student at HKS. As a committed public health advocate, DeCastro has worked for over a decade to unlock the health system’s potential to restore economic security and promote the health of low-income and medically underserved communities. Her research focuses on the relationship between the production of scientific knowledge and its use in policy formulation and implementation. As one of this year’s Traub-Dicker Research Fellows, her research examines the ways in which state-centered advocacy efforts toward LGBT inclusion as subjects and objects of health research influence health policy. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, DeCastro served as policy adviser to three large University of California, San Francisco, clinical, policy, and research programs, where she forged successful partnerships with health care providers and community organizations to promote quality affordable health care statewide. DeCastro also led a national network of women’s health professionals as executive director of the Association of Academic Women’s Health Programs.The Traub-Dicker-HKS Summer Research Fellowship is intended to support the summer research of one or two HKS students in the domain of policies affecting the LGBT communities. This program was established through a gift by Margaret Traub ’80 and her partner, Phyllis Dicker.last_img read more

Bill Simmons’ Ringer Films, HBO To Produce Music Documentary Series Similar To ESPN’s ’30 For 30′

first_imgSportswriter Bill Simmons is the latest entertainment media personality to try his hand at producing a music documentary series. A new report shared by The Hollywood Reporter reveals Simmons and his team at The Ringer will partner up with HBO for music-focused documentary films similar to ESPN‘s sports-driven 30 For 30 series.Related: Spike Jonze-Directed ‘Beastie Boys Story’ Set For IMAX, Apple TV+According to the report, the forthcoming six-part series to air on HBO will see six filmmakers explore and portray “pivotal moments or stretches in an artist’s career, iconic albums or larger looks at the music industry.” Simmons and his Ringer Films–a subsidiary of his Ringer media group which provides digital content covering pop culture at large–will produce the series alongside Polygram Entertainment and Universal Music Publishing Group executives Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino.The untitled project is expected to air on HBO sometime in 2021, and no specific directors or documentary subjects were revealed with the report.Related: Phish Got Their Own Spotlight Moment During This Week’s Episode Of “High Maintenance” [Watch]“It’s been a dream of mine to put this project together,” Simmons mentioned in a statement to go with Wednesday’s report. “We see an opportunity to elevate the storytelling form with music docs much like ’30 For 30′ changed the landscape for sports documentaries at the end of last decade. We don’t want to make music docs that just cover the beginning, middle and end of someone’s career. We think there’s a different way to do these. And we want to work with the best directors possible, talented filmmakers who have the same passion for this project that we do.”Simmons has a strong history with the subscription-based television and movie platform, having previously produced his own sports-focused talk show and an after-show for Game of Thrones in recent years. Ringer Films also produced the 2019 HBO documentary on the larger-than-life wrestler Andre the Giant. Ringer Film’s forthcoming film for HBO, Showbiz Kids, was directed and produced by Bill & Ted actor, Alex Winter.[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]last_img read more

Tornado Survivor Finds His Missing Dog Buried Alive Under Rubble

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreJon Byler Dan, survived the devastating tornado that struck Washington, Ill., by hunkering down in the basement clutching his four children – ages 8, 5, 2½ and 1½. But an important member of the family was still in harm’s way.Before the storm, as debris started to hit his house, he tried to coax the family dog, Maggie, downstairs but the skittish animal refused to leave her kennel. After the storm passed, Byler Dann emerged from the basement to find that his home had been destroyed above him. Maggie was missing and the family assumed their beloved pet was dead.(READ the story, w/ more photos in Weather.com)Photo by Charles Ledford of the University of Illinois, via Weather.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

VDH COVID-19 Update: Cases fall under 100 as Pfizer vaccine distributed

first_img2.2% Total tests 3,970 People tested 2 Deaths+ Total people recovered * Includes testing conducted at the Health Department Laboratory, commercial labs and other public health labs.+ Death occurring in persons known to have COVID-19. Death certificate may be pending. Hospitalization data is provided by the Vermont Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Coalition and is based on hospitals updating this information.Find more data at: healthvermont.gov/currentactivity(link is external).COVID-19 TestingTesting is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more about who should get tested and find a site near you at healthvermont.gov/covid-19/testing(link is external).Guidance for Vermonters and BusinessesHealth information, guidance and data: healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external)Sector guidance: accd.vermont.gov/covid-19(link is external)Modeling: dfr.vermont.gov/about-us/covid-19/modeling(link is external)Governor’s actions: governor.vermont.gov/covid19response(link is external)Get the information you need at our Frequently Asked Questions(link is external).School & Child Care GuidanceStrong and Healthy Start: Safety and Health Guidance for Vermont Schools(link is external)Mental Health: A Strong and Healthy Start: Social, Emotional and Mental Health Supports During COVID-19(link is external)Child care: Health Guidance for Child Care and Out of School Care(link is external)More resources on the Your Community web page(link is external).Take Care of Your Emotional and Mental HealthIf you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:Call your local mental health crisis line(link is external). Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line(link is external).Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline(link is external) at 1-800-273-8255.For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide(link is external).Visit our Coping With Stress(link is external) web page.Get connected to Alcohol and Drug Support Services at VT Helplink(link is external).Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT(link is external).Food resourcesIf your financial situation has recently changed, you may now qualify for Vermont nutrition and food programs, including WIC program (Women, Infants and Children), 3SquaresVT/SNAP, and more. Newer programs such as Farmers to Families and Everyone Eats are helping to fill the gaps. Contact the Health Department(link is external), Hunger Free Vermont(link is external), or call 2-1-1 for more information.Find Opportunities to Support the COVID-19 ResponseVermonters can now step up and help with the COVID-19 response in long-term care facilities and other areas. Visit www.vermont.gov/covid-staffing(link is external) for more information.Stay Informed with VT-ALERTStay up to date on the latest COVID guidance and information by registering for Vermont Alert (VT-ALERT), the State’s emergency notification system. Visit www.vtalert.gov(link is external) and select the alerts they would like to receive (COVID information is listed under “Health Alerts”). Current subscribers can also update their notifications. Notifications are available via email, text, phone and the Everbridge mobile app. 640,896 86(6,243 total) 10 Percent Positive (7-day average) Hospitalized under investigation 214 Number Travelers monitored 191 Daily Update on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)December 18, 2020New or updated information is in red and bold.This update is available online at healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external)Click the “See the Latest Update” button.Please visit the Vermont Department of Health’s COVID-19 web and data pages healthvermont.gov/covid19(link is external)Officials give vaccination update, urge Vermonters to stay safe for the holidaysHealth Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, said at Friday’s press conference that all hospitals have now received their allocation of COVID-19 vaccine for the first week and have been busy vaccinating their higher risk healthcare staff.Meanwhile, the state pharmacy partners — CVS, Walgreens and HealthDirect/Kinney Drugs — are scheduled to begin clinics at long-term care facilities next week.“We need to be patient as we wait to make sure those at highest risk are protected right now,” Dr. Levine said. “While we won’t get to watch all the vaccinations that continue over the coming months like we saw the very first one, we can keep this in mind: every time a Vermonter gets vaccinated, all of us benefit.”Before finalizing the next priority group for vaccination, we are awaiting recommendations from ACIP, which will be meeting this weekend, and our own Vaccine Implementation Advisory Group which met today. As important as the vaccine is, we must stay focused on preventing the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Levine said, especially with the holidays that begin next week.“The guidance that is currently in place still calls for us to avoid social gatherings, and the CDC has also said: the safest way to celebrate is to celebrate at home with the people you live with,” Dr. Levine said.We need to remind anyone who does get together with others, to keep gatherings as small as possible, wear masks, keep a 6-foot distance, go outside if you can. And always stay away from others if you’re sick.Plan ahead to get tested — right afterward, and seven days later. And if you gather or travel, plan to quarantine — stay home and away from others, either for 14 days or seven days with your negative test result (as long as you don’t have symptoms).“The fact is, we need to acknowledge that some people will choose these higher risk activities, but if we can encourage them to take these steps, we can still help protect our communities from further spread,” Dr. Levine said. “And please strongly reconsider any gathering that involves a person with underlying medical conditions or an older person.”Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine?The COVID-19 vaccine is now here in Vermont, and hospitals have begun vaccinations.If you’re looking for the latest information about who can get the vaccine now, where and when people will be vaccinated, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19-vaccines(link is external). Check back often, as we update this web page with new information. And sign up for our Weekly COVID-19 newsletter(link is external) to stay up to date.While we wait for vaccine to become more widely available to Vermonters, we must keep up our prevention practices, including physical distancing, mask-wearing and handwashing. This is still the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.New at healthvermont.gov(link is external)The Holiday Messaging Toolkit for Schools(link is external) has been updated with messages to share with families for the winter holidays and break. The toolkit contains social media posts plus images, sample newsletter drop-in text and information to help schools share with staff and parents. You can find it, and other resources, on our PreK-12 schools page(link is external) under “Guidance.”Each county in Vermont has a 2% or lower percent positivity since March. Since October 1, percent positivity has increased in every county except Chittenden. Learn more about the percent positivity by county in the latest Weekly Data Summary Spotlight(link is external).Vermonters who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) represent 6% of the state’s population but 18% of COVID-19 cases. BIPOC Vermonters with COVID-19 have significantly higher hospitalization and chronic disease rates, relative to white non-Hispanic people with COVID-19.A new data brief(link is external) delves deeper into how BIPOC Vermonters have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, due to systemic and structural racism affecting the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, and work.Case InformationCurrent COVID-19 Activity in VermontAs of 12 p.m. on December 18, 2020 Description 27 107 Currently hospitalized 248,986 Hospitalized in ICU Contacts monitored New cases* 11,400 People completed monitoringlast_img read more