Texan star Matthew McConaughey donated Austin
Texan star Matthew McConaughey donated masks to rural hospitals in need
Interstellar star, Matthew McConaughey is providing masks to rural hospitals in need.
Lincoln had donated more than 110,000 masks for some rural hospitals which are in need.
According to a Facebook post by him on Thursday night, the star born in Texas and his wife loaded a pickup truck with boxes containing masks and are “hitting the road to get to rural hospitals in need across Texas.”
He made this donation after the Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller requested emergency funding for the rural hospitals.
According to Miller, “rural Texans can’t afford to lose their hospitals right now.”
McConaughey did not clarify which hospitals will receive the donations.
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Mail-in ballot permitted in Texas elections? - Conditions applied
Texas citizens are battling to conduct elections amid the pandemic. Initially, Fred Biery, U.S. District Judge, granted an injunction which stated that anyone in Texas who wished to vote via email to avoid the spread of coronavirus could qualify for the mail-in ballot. The following day, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals transiently stopped this rule from taking effect. However, Texans, who generally qualify for mail-in voting, can still cast their vote in a similar way irrespective of the court's decision.
As per Five thirty-eight, 29 states permit any registered voter to request for casting a ballot via email and five countries are carrying out their voting entirely by mail. In Texas, voters who are 65 years or older, have an illness or disability or are behind bars can request for a mail-in ballot. Attorney General Ken Paxton and other Texas Republican leaders clarify that the disability code is applicable for ones who are already suffering from some sickness or physical condition and not for those who are scared of encountering a disease like COVID-19. Despite many arguments for and against these norms, but currently, these regulations are in effect.
Voters must have filled the application for the ballot by email to the early voting clerk where they are registered.
For many people casting a ballot truant, areas must get finished polling forms that aren't stamped by 7 p.m. on political decision day. Voting forms are additionally substantial on the off chance that they have got by 5 p.m the day after the election if they were stamped by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Under Texas' political decision code, an absentee voting form can be conveyed to the region assistant's office via mail or dropped off face to face upon the arrival of the political decision with a legitimate type of ID.
Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt called Abbott’s reopening procedure risky and aggressive
Sarah Eckhardt, former Travis County Judge, and Senate District 14 candidate said that Gov. Greg Abbott is showing a hurry in reopening the state, as the risk of spread of COVID-19 still prevails. She said that his measured and inclusive plan for Texas was good for both people and the economy. But the new strategy is more risky and aggressive.
Eckhardt added that pandemic had not been completely cured, and there is a need to be a bit afraid as the infection rates are increasing. She said that if the number of cases continues to grow like this, the cases "will overrun our hospital capacity if we don't continue to flatten our curve."
According to her, both economy and health are essential, and if she were in Abbott's place, she would have relied on the same metrics. But her methods would have been different.
Abbott had pointed towards continued availability of beds in the hospitals and decline in positive cases, and these facts backed his decision of reopening Texas. But last week, the state set new record in the number of new cases and deaths, and even the state misses the benchmark of 30,000 per day testing.
As Texans return to work, Austin City Council calls for worker protections
At the time when Texas Governor Greg Abbott is focusing on getting Texans back to work, there is this Austin City Council who wants their workers to come back with additional health and safety protections.
The call comes after a profound jump into information from the individuals who were hospitalized for COVID-19. At the point when the city attempted to get all labourers to remain at home to slow the spread of coronavirus, the state proclaimed development ventures basic and the work went on in spite of the neighbourhood coronavirus danger. Presently the Austin City Council is seeing a few equals between the socioeconomics of the basic workforce and the socioeconomics of the individuals who are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.
Tuesday committee individuals will burrow through an information dump of segment data about the labourers who continued structure, loading racks and staffing the drive-through eateries presenting themselves to other people who may unconsciously convey COVID-19.
A ton of this information is currently accessible on the City of Austin site. The committee examination - to a limited extent - finds countless labourers were Hispanic and are the patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
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Personal motorized watercraft banned IN Lake Austin, for the Memorial Day Weekend
Austin Police Department states that the ban is essential for the safety of the large population enjoying the parks and lake for the Memorial Day. The ban is applicable only for wet bikes, jet skis, motor surfboards and similar transports. This ban does not include kayaks, paddleboards, canoes or other non-motor vehicles. The ban on the lake will be effective from May 22 to May 26, enforced by the Lake Patrol unit and ABD’s Parks.
Large events and gatherings should be avoided till the end of the year, according to health officials
According to Austin public health officials, large gathering and significant events should be canceled for 2020, and people need to learn to live without these significant events at least for this year.
This issue was put forward in the Q&A session on Wednesday.
Interim Health Authority for Austin/Travis County, Dr. Mark Escott said that large gatherings were the first things that were turned off, and they will be the last thing to turn back on as these have a high potential to spread the infection to a massive crowd at the same time.
Escott said the mass events are a challenge, and there is no safe way to host such events before December, especially events with more than 2,500 people.
But he also said that rapid testing and effective treatment might change this. According to him, for the large events like October's ACL Fest, it is challenging to estimate anything beyond 2-3 months.
AUSTIN HOTEL OCCUPANCY RATE IS HIGHER EVEN DURING PANDEMIC
Austin hotel is full of visitors even during disease outbreak began affecting our entire lives.
That's according to the latest figures firm STR info.
Between 10-17 May, the hotel occupancy of Austin was thirty percent, the highest since the week of 7-15 March, when the figure was 53 percent.
"All fifty states have opened at least partly, and a slowdown in weekly demand will proceed with more recreational activities across the world," said Jan Freitag, senior vice president of lodging insights at STR. "The sector will stay highly dependent on the leisure segment because there is still confusion when hotels are prepared to accept huge events and group biz."
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Many Counties in Philadelphia will move to yellow phase by June 5 said Gov. Wolf
Gov. Tom Wolf announced that Philadelphia has a new timeframe for the reopening, which includes the reopening of Pennsylvania's 18 counties. As these counties were strictly locked down as a response to coronavirus, these will move from red to yellow by June 5.
The city with Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties, will join other provinces which had already started reopening the businesses and services under the yellow phase of state reopening.
From May 29, eight counties will move to the yellow phase: Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill, and the remaining ten counties will move to yellow on June 5.
In his announcement, Wolf also announced that 17 more counties would move to green phase from May 29, including Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.
Even the yellow phase will be strictly implemented as many businesses will continue to remain closed in the yellow period. These closures include gyms, casinos, theaters, and other indoor recreational, wellness, and entertainment venues, and no gathering of more than 25 people will be allowed.
Restaurants and bars are only allowed for limited carry-out or delivery. Businesses also have to follow the state and federal guidelines of sanitization and social distancing.
Atlantic city will reopen the hotels, motels and Airbnb from next week
As the reopening phases had started in the U.S., Atlantic City plans soon to reopen the hotels, motels and short-term rentals. City officials said that these might open from next week.
Mayor Marty Small Sr. said if a business can follow all the regulations for safety, they may start reopening, but they should ensure the safety of customers and employees. Those businesses were closed last month as a part of the pandemic lockdown.
"We depend on all those economic engines to drive our revenue, we are a tourist destination," Small said.
The city's director of licensing and inspections, Dale Finch, said that his department will reach 35 hotels and motels and will tell that they can open. The businesses can restart their businesses from next Friday, March 29.
Finch also said that some online businesses like Expedia and Airbnb have been calling almost every day to know the update on the reopening date.
Fire chief Scott Evans said that if a business did not follow the safety guidelines, then their business will be forcefully closed.
Small did not tell anything about the reopening of casinos, but he said there is a "constant conversation" about the timeline and safety concerns.
Shooting in south Tulsa under investigation
Similar to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frier puts out an order that An eighteen-year-old man was shot on his lower back and was taken to the local hospital. Police reached the crime scene on Friday afternoon near 81st and Lewis. Along with the victim, two other youngsters were present in the car. The victim is expected to recover soon. However, police are conflicting stories among the three occupants, and the detectives are investigating the situation.
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Pdte. Maduro denuncia infección intencionada de migrantes venezolanos con Covid-19 desde Colombia - teleSUR TV
En Venezuela se reportan hasta el momento 1.121 casos, 475 hospitalizados, 357 en centros de diagnóstico integral, 17 en clínicas privadas, 262 recuperados y 10 fallecidos.
El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, acusó este domingo a su par colombiano Iván Duque promover la infección intencional de migrantes venezolanos que regresan a su país para cambiar la curva de contagio que se había mantenido controlada en este territorio desde el inicio de la pandemia de Covid-19. LEA TAMBIÉN: Venezuela agradece a Irán envío de buques tanques en el marco del bloqueo de EE.UU. El mandatario venezolano, en una reunión ministerial televisada, alertó sobre el aumento de los casos de contagios importados, en especial provenientes de Colombia. Informó que el número de infectados en Venezuela aumentó a 1.121 casos de coronavirus para este 24 de mayo, de los cuales 75 por ciento son casos provenientes del exterior. Maduro resaltó que, de los 843 casos procedentes del extranjero, unos 433 proceden de Colombia, mientras que 95 vienen de Brasil, 49 de Perú, 36 de Ecuador, entre otros países. Este domingo la cifra de personas infectadas con coronavirus fue de 111, la más alta desde que se detectó el primero caso en Venezuela. De este número, 93 casos fueron importados o por contacto internacional, 73 de ellos, proveniente específicamente de Colombia. En tanto, 18 casos fueron de transmisión comunitaria. El mandatario venezolano alertó sobre un nuevo foco de contagio registrado en el Mercado Las Pulgas en el Zulia, estado fronterizo con Colombia. Sobre la situación sanitaria del país, Maduro expresó que existe la cantidad de camas necesarias para los pacientes que necesiten ingreso hospitalario como consecuencia de la Covid-19. Sin embargo, hizo un llamado al pueblo venezolano a cumplir con las medidas de seguridad e higiene necesarias para evitar el virus. Recalcó además que Venezuela ha realizado más de 804.000 pruebas diagnósticos para descartar la Covid-19 en el país, lo que convierte a la nación de América Latina con el mayor número de pruebas por millón de habitantes.